Andromeda v1.92 is an update to the MP3 utility that offers functions for streaming files over the Internet using Apache. It has remote playback, private/public play lists and personal jukebox functions. The $20 \"donationware\" application supports skins, video files, and a variety of audio formats.
POPmonitor v2.0 is a complete rewrite of the $25 e-mail management software with new functionality, performance enhancements and an improved user interface. POPmonitor offers the ability to delete email directly on the server, to automate the removal of unwanted messages by creating lists of trusted and blocked senders and by creating custom filters based on other criteria. Also available is the option to automatically return rejected mail to the sender to indicate that the message is unwanted, or to notify a coworker that further correspondence is necessary.
c|net points to a serious flaw in Microsoft Office 2001 and v.X for the Macintosh -- only recently acknowledged by the software giant -- that would leave a user\'s system open to Internet \'vandals\' and computer worms. Malicious hackers can cause a complete system crash of Mac OS 9, or an application crash in Mac OS X by formatting HTML in a particular manner and taking advantage of the software\'s built-in HTML engine. Discovered by the w00w00 security group, the method can result in loss of work, or just simple annoyance. \"In all cases, writing shellcode (a program) to exploit this problem is simple.\" A patch to correct the hole is now available from Microsoft; OS X users can get the update via the Apple Software Update application; a Microsoft Office X Combined Update also addresses the issue; a small patch is available for Mac OS 9.
MIDI Monitor v1.1 is a free utility that displays MIDI signals in a variety of formats and can watch both incoming and outgoing MIDI streams as well as filter them by message type and channel, \"Musicians will find it handy for tracking down confusing MIDI problems. Programmers can use it to test MIDI drivers and applications.\" An update allows MIDI Monitor to \"spy\" on MIDI data as it is sent to destinations by other applications; version 1.1 offers an updated interface to several portions of the software.
Mac OS-X Unleashed is a Mac OS X book that goes over many different aspects of Apple\'s operating system. The authors would like to note that mistakes in the book have been realized, and have been put onto a website before a future release of the book corrects the mistakes.
Symantec\'s Norton AntiVirus 8.0.1 is an antivirus appilcation for Mac OS X. The latest update, which is available via LiveUpdate (download update is not available at this time) resolves an issue that occurs when files in the Finder are replaced.
24U s.r.o. has updated 24U Email OSAX v2.0, its AppleScript Scripting Addition. The software automatically sends mail without an email client necessary. The update now provides OS 7-X support.
Troi Grabber Plug-in v1.5 is a plug-in for FileMaker Pro 5.5 that allows users to record pictures and movies directly into FileMaker Pro databases. New features include OS X compatibiltiy and new and improved example files. A fully functional version is available; full price is $80.
Chaotic Software has released Folder Spy v1.5, its folder monitoring shareware for Mac OS X. It now features support for saving and opening Folder Spy documents and improves the user interface. The price is $10.
Everyday Software\'s clipEdit 2.6 is a $5 shareware picture clipping editor for OS X. Version 2.6 adds sheet support, live window resizing, scroll wheel support, a dock menu, long file name support, Services support and speech recognition as well as a new interface and several bug fixes: \"It is particularly useful under Mac OS X because the Finder lacks the ability to copy text from a clipping window when being displayed.\"
Pooch 1.2, the Parallel OperatiOn and Control Heuristic Application, is designed for assembling and operating a parallel cluster. Version 1.2 adds support for jobs compiled with other MPIs; Cocoa apps and other bundle-based apps; Unix-based executables (including Mach-O executables and Unix scripts); Unix-style permissions, process monitoring, and process killing; and scheduling of Node registration. It is $150 for the first node and $100 for additional nodes through the month of April.
Afternoon tech news: HP shareholders appear to have narrowly approved the $20 billion acquisition of Compaq, according to an independent proxy certifying firm; IBM and Hitachi have agreed to combine their hard disk businesses into a single company; Intel yesterday met Wall Street expectations on stronger-than-expected microprocessor sales, earning $936 million, or 14 cents a share--nearly double its revenue and profit numbers from the year-ago-quarter.
The New York Times discusses the trends in PC case design in a piece titled \"The Beige Box Fades to Black,\" which notes new case styles/coloring from Dell, HP, Compaq, Gateway, and Sony: \"But the real innovator in computer design and the use of color has been Apple since Steven P. Jobs returned to the company in 1997.\"
Qualcomm yesterday released Classic and OS X versions of Eudora 5.1.1b23, which fixes dozens of bugs in the popular email client. [Classic, OSX]
Koingo Software\'s $12 shareware for securely storing passwords and other private info, Password Retriever 3.5, adds the ability to protect different password lists with different passwords, stores all information a single encrypted archive, and has new export options which allow you to specify unique delimiters. [Classic, OSX]
Iconographer 2.4, a fully-featured icon editor, allows you to both change the icons of items and to edit the icon resources used by various applications. Version 2.4 adds support for QuickTime effects, help tag support under OS X, palette snapping, and other performance/stability improvements. It supports classic Mac OS (8-bit icons only), Mac OS 8.5+ (32-bit icons with 8-bit icons), Mac OS X (128 x 128 icons in .icns files), Windows and Windows XP (.ico files), and Mac OS X Server (48 x 48 icons in .tiff files). [Classic, OSX]
RealViz yesterday announced Stitcher 3.5, an update to its application for building panoramas for film, print, 3D and the Web. Version 3.5 brings a new Forced\' Stitch option to create images in the exact position required; new lens distortion correction; the ability to crop final renderings; enhanced Horizon Definition for eradicating \'wavy\' cylindrical panoramas; a new Hotspot tool for creating hyperlinked areas; an artifact removal tool; and a new flat stitch function for assembling images of a flat object. It is due in May as a $200 upgrade to v3.1 owners. Full versions of the application are $500.
Apple yesterday reported a profit of $40 million or $0.11 per share on increased revenues of 1.5 billion, edging out analysts estimates of $0.10 profit. We have updated our conference call highlights from yesterday with more information. (We also noted the release of OS X 10.1.4 yesterday.)
Glucose today unveiled WeatherPop, a freeware tool that periodically queries the internet and displays the current weather conditions for virtually any city or town in the world in the menu bar.
Power On Software today released On Guard 3.4, an update to its security and computer access management software. It adds support for Apple\'s Navigation Services and the ability to prevent files from being saved into protected folders; prevents the use of the Finder\'s Duplicate command on protected items; allows removable USB and SCSI volumes to be recognized as \"Floppies/Removables\" and configured in the Security Tab of the On Guard Control Panel; and can now disable certain Internet Explorer menu items. It is a free update to v3.x owners of the $70 product.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE