Sputnix v0.8.2B is an unsupported and unofficial \"satellite\" client for the Audiogalaxy music exchange protocol. This version brings the temporary removal of German, Dutch, Swedish, and French localizations that caused application instability. Other, more minor, changes include non-case-sensitive uploads requests, a Customize Toolbar option and new \"Pro\" features for paying users.
Chimera v0.2.7 is an update to the powerful Fizzilla-based Web browsing solution for Mac OS X. Version 0.2.7 offers more-intuitive customizable toolbars and tabs, drag-and-drop arrangement of the bookmarks drawer, new key bindings and bug fixes relating to forms.
Default Folder X v1.5 is an update to the highly popular utility for improving Open and Save dialogs in Mac OS X. Important new features in this release include support for Cocoa Open/Save dialog boxes, integration with BBEdit\'s \"Super Get Info,\" and compatibility with the latest version of Keyboard Maestro, PageSpinner and other Carbon applications.
Ed Krafsur writes that the latest version of Discreet Media Cleaner (v5.1) -- billed as Mac OS X-compatible -- lacks certain features under Apple\'s new OS. \"I noticed this week that Discreet had finally released an OSX version of Media Cleaner [...] found that in OSX the DV import option is Disabled.\" After further investigation, Krafsur found a small notice in the ReadMe file for Media Cleaner: \"Booted in OSX, cleaner does not support the following:-Real Media-user must be in Classic or booted to OS 9 in order to encode to Real -MotoDV-user must be booted to OS 9 in order to run.\"
An updated version FTP Wizard, released today by CyberKare Technologies, now fully supports Mac OS X, in addition to Mac OS 9. FTP Wizard is a file transfer protocol application that allows users to connect to FTP servers and transfer files. Multiple destinations for FTP accounts and/or directories can be created that allow users to \'drop\' a file onto the application icon and automatically upload those files to the designated FTP site.
Architosh notes that Canadian developer Marketcircle has shipped the first PIM/CRM-combo software package for Mac OS X. DayLite is a \"gorgeous\" personal information manager (PIM), combined with customer relationship manager (CRM) functionality. Palm and iPod synchronization are planned features for forthcoming releases.
REALbasic developer Mike Murry today announced the initial release of REALdocbuilder, a utility for REALbasic developers that generates basic HTML documentation for custom classes. REALdocbuilder 1.0 creates HTML documentation based on user input. [Classic, Carbon]
iView MediaPro 1.5 is an update to the $65 media browser and organizer that includes a media presentation system, tools to organize and annotate media files, print reports, keep version backups, and export files in a variety of formats. Version 1.5 is a free upgrade, with new Backup and HTML export features.
Groundlevel Software has updated Drumbeat v1.5, which brings a new UI, a built-in Player for previewing Music files, and a new Preview Tab, which lets you preview Movies and other files and other enhancements to the $30 file-sharing software: \"This is the only the first of a planned 4 release cycle which will culminate in a totally new Drumbeat, with more features, more search results, better speed, and greater download success.\" An OS X version is in final testing and due out \"shortly.\"
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XLR8 is now accepting for orders for upgrading InterView and InterView 2.0 to the newly released InterView 2.0 with OS X Support package. The updated USB capture device package includes the reprogrammed InterView 2.0 capture device, QuickTime Pro, and InterView Capture from EchoFX, which is designed to offer OS X capture functions. Current customers can upgrade for $25.
\"Two of the absolute finest laptops around don\'t run Windows. They are Apple\'s PowerBook and iBook models, and they run the new Mac OS X operating system\" according to Walt Mossberg of the The Wall Street Journal.
The Mecury News notes that while setting up an iMac was a \"snap\" neither Linksys nor Apple technical support could explain the AirPort networking problems, which once solved (after disabling encryption) only revealed further issues: \"My systems administrator at work informs me that the AirPort uses a wireless networking protocol that the Mercury News doesn\'t support. I can\'t access the newsroom\'s virtual private network wirelessly.\"
After discontinuing development last November, AOL UK has said it is now developing a \"completely\" new client for OS X with Mac-only features (and features different from the US version), according to a note sent to customers: \"We would like to thank you for your continued support and patience over recent months. We have examined the UK market very carefully, and now feel confident about the business case for this new software as more and more Macintosh users in the UK move across to OS X.\"
The Law Office Software List for the Macintosh Computer, a comprehensive list of all the available software for law office use on the Mac has moved to a new URL on the Web.
Cityview Software has release AppBeat 1.2, a developer utility that \"enables programmers to examine exactly what is going on inside their application as it executes. Using AppBeat\'s real-time profiler, programmers can see the profile results as the application runs...[it also] provides a real-time memory monitoring utility that allows programmers to visually inspect their application\'s memory usage to find functions that are allocating too much memory or to find memory leaks as they happen.\" A Basic license ($20) limits the applications to 500 or fewer functions, while the Professional ($40) license offers debugging of any application. A demo is available for applications with 100 or fewer functions.
MenuStrip 2.5, now implemented as a system preference pane, is a multi-purpose utility for Mac OS X that provides easy access to frequently used settings, such as computer volume, monitor resolution, and color depth from the OS X menubar, or in a floating window similar to the OS 9 control strip. It also features an Application Menu to switch between running apps, app hiding functionality (such as \'Single App Mode\' and \'Hide All\') and a configurable clock with chime and alarm capabilities. Version 2.5 has a new installer/uninstaller, lower CPU usage, and better integration with other utilities.
DivX Tool 1.2 offers the ability to repair, split, extract, and edit AVI files. Version offers a new \"Speed Boost Option.\" A guide page explains \"how to use DivX AVI files on the Mac [including] how to get the audio to work correctly.\" [Classic, OSX]
Sound Studio 2.02 is a maintenance update to the $50 audio recording and editing tool that can record up to 2GB of audio, mix audio, apply effects filters, generate tones, pitch-shift and resample audio, and open and save in several file formats.
Following Apple\'s recent acquisition of Nothing Real, Apple has announced that it will no longer develop Shake for Windows beyond the upcoming v2.5 upgrade, but will continue to develop and support Irix and Linux versions through 2003, according to fxGuide. An OS X version of Shake, a compositing software for feature film effects, was demoed at NAB and is expected to be released for OS X \"soon.\"
CyClone today announced its new 40x12x48x CDRevo FireWire drive, which includes burn-proof technology and a 2MB buffer as well as a CD mastering software bundle (Toast), cables and media. The drive is available from CyClone and their established channel members. [pricing not available; site not updated]
Trans Intl. has announced the online availability of a new low-profile IBM 40 GNX 2.5 inch, 5400-RPM hard disk drive offered in 20GB ($160) and 40GB ($240) capacities. it offers \"increased \'power-on\' hours with\" the ability to leave the power on around the clock [24x7]. Other performance features of the drive are, high RPM, increased data rate, advanced cache management software, larger cache size [2MB[ and most notable -- 5400 spindle speed in a drive with 9.5 mm thickness.\" External FireWire versions of the drives are also available, featuring sustained data transfer rate of 20-35 MB/s.
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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