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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WhatsApp now handles over 100M calls daily
WhatsApp is celebrating that it is being used for over 100 million calls every day. In a brief notice, the Facebook-owned messaging platform advises the voice-calling feature it rolled out to its users last year now deals with an average of over 1,100 calls initiated per second. Earlier this year, it increased the security of its calls and other messages, by introducing end-to-end encryption on all platforms. http://bit.ly/292HqCX
Adele's '25' album now streaming
Recording artist Adele has "pulled a Kanye" after saying that her current album "25" would not be available for streaming. The seven-month-old record, which has yielded a number of hit singles, is now available for streaming on all the major streaming services, such as Apple Music and Spotify, as of today in most major markets, with worldwide distribution to come. Reportedly, the singer had demanded streaming be limited to paid subscribers -- a condition that has hurt some streamers with artists, who aren't paid royalties for free or trial listens . Apple pays performers its normal royalty rates during its free trial, avoiding the issue -- and having repeated success in both signing up exclusives and placing those exclusives into the top of the charts. http://ti.me/28U7NOu
SanDisk iXpand case has battery, storage
A new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s case from SanDisk appears to be the "holy grail" of accessories: a stylish and protective case that offers both extra storage as well as the option of extra battery power as well. The iXpand Memory case offers either 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of additional storage incorporated into the case, and an optional add-on battery pack (sold separately) adds up to an extra day or more of charge. Through the associated iXpand app, camera photos and videos can be automatically stored on the extra storage, optionally password-protected, The cost for the case is (in order of storage capacity) $60, $100, and $130. The battery pack's release data has not yet been announced, but the add-on should retail for an additional $30. http://bit.ly/291epHu
Fifth Hong Kong store to open June 30
The 46th official Apple store in what the company calls the "Greater China" region will open at 10AM local time in Hong Kong's New Town Plaza in the Sha Tin district on Thursday, June 30, according to a new page on Apple's retail website. Despite slowing growth due to economic turmoil in China, the country is still Apple's fastest-growing market. The new story will be the fifth for Hong Kong, a lucrative market for Apple thanks to the high concentration of wealth there and a thriving "gray" market. Normal store hours for the new store will be 10AM to 10PM every day. http://apple.co/291diaT
Apple Music bug bites very short songs
There appears to be a reproducible bug in the current version of iTunes -- version 12.4.1, running on OS X 10.11.5, both the current non-beta versions of the respective software -- that causes a streamed song to become "stuck" in endless buffering if the streamed item just before this happened was 60 seconds or less in length. The problem appears to stem from code in iTunes that signals the next track to start downloading one minute before the currently-playing track is done, and thus songs shorter than one minute don't trigger the download. Locally-stored music is unaffected by the bug, and the problem does not appear to exist in either the macOS Sierra developer beta or versions of iTunes earlier than 12.4, and does not affect the iOS Music app at all. http://bit.ly/291cN0l
Walmart Pay expands to 15 states
Walmart, one of the key progenitors of the failed CurrentC mobile payment system that was distinguished from Apple Pay by its ability to collect and share customer financial and buying data among its participants, has expanded the soft rollout of its alternative solution "Walmart Pay" to an additional 15 US states following a pilot program in Arkansas and Texas last month. Walmart continues to resist adding Apple Pay. The system, built into the Walmart app for iOS and Android, works with a complicated system of the camera scanning a purchase code at the register, then generating a QR code which is then scanned by the register. The system is available now in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, DC. http://apple.co/28SqZfu
Amazon refreshes entry-level Kindle
Amazon has added a new Kindle to its ebook reader range, one that is thinner and lighter than the previous entry-level model. Offering a six-inch 167-dpi touchscreen display, a doubled 4GB of storage, and an option for a white casing, the new model also adds in the ability to export highlights and notes to an email account as a PDF. Two versions of the all-new Kindle are available, priced at $80 including "Special Offers" and $100 without. http://amzn.to/28Q4c3R