Apple has made its iPod Software 1.1 Updater, released on the Web in late March, available via the Software Update control. It adds audio playback and user interface improvements, equalization presets, shuffle by album, track scrubbing, Contacts, and additional languages: Korean, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese.
Macromedia today announced that a San Francisco jury ruled in favor of the software developer in a counterclaims patent suit against archrival Adobe Systems. Macromedia is expected to ask the court for an immediate injunction against Adobe to prevent further infringement of its patents, relating to blended elements and automatic re-blending features, allegedly infringed upon by the Adobe Illustrator suite. Adobe is expected to appeal the rulling, which awarded $4.8 million in damages. This comes on the heels of a ruling, in another case, that favored Adobe on other claims of patent infringement against Macromedia. Macromedia is expected to appeal the $2.8M verdict awarded to Adobe and moving forward with another case against Adobe, scheduled for 2003.
Red Rock Software, and the United States Department of Energy (Pacific-Northwest) have announced plans to release a Java version of MECcheck -- an application used by the construction industry to test modle energy code (MEC) compliance -- at the AIA (American Institute of Architects) conference this week. Red Rock Software was chosen for the project due mainly to its past experience with both Java and Macintosh programming. MECcheck will run on Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X systems.
\"Chris\" describes a potential solution for the so-called death of many iPod digital music players. Several iPod owners have experienced a complete and permanent loss of FireWire connectivity from the device to a Macintosh. When presented with these unexplained occurrences, Apple\'s technical support department has been largely unable to remedy the problems and offered replacement units for $256 apeice.
Apple is reportedly setting up a retail store in Houston, Texas, according to job postings on Apple\'s career Web site. Positions are open at the Houston Galleria location in sales and management.
LabanWriter 4.3 is a free graphical notation editor for Laban Movement Notation, which can be used for recording dances, or any type of movement in written form. The new version allows users to export their scores in various image formats, and has been completely carbonized for OS X.
Phil Lefebvre notes the recently formed Quicken user support list: \"Quicken 2003 beta testing is under way, and several list members are also beta testers, so feedback on the list has a good chance of getting back to Intuit before the code is frozen.\"
Hewlett-Packard has posted updated Mac OS 9/OS X drivers for its OfficeJet G v4.26, OfficeJet D v4.26, and its HP PSC 900 v4.26 all-in-one machines.
Aurelon has released Coco 3.5, a $300 Photoshop 7 and OSX compatible plugin, which offers selective color corrections in the RGB, Lab, CMYK and MultiChannel modes: \"[it] is the smartest tool for dealing with non-standard jobs such as spot colors, bump plates, HiFi or jobs which will not be printed on a white substrate. CoCo works in a fundamentally different way than Photoshop. Colors are corrected in accordance to the relative distance to the source color.\" Upgrades are free for v3.0 owners.
Optigold ISP 2.9.9, a cross-platform ISP business software package, adds LDAP provisioning functionality (add, modify and delete entries record), new QuickDNS functionality, new reports, new email manager functions, new product package flexibility and other miscellaneous improvements. A free demo is available online.
MemoryPro 1.0 is a utility that can control the memory allocation settings of applications. It can adjust memory settings for several applications within a single window and can change memory partition settings even if the application is running.
Pedagoguery Software has released Poly 1.09, a $28 application for making paper models with your Mac. It includes new Polish and Italian interfaces, support for more file formats (STL, JIF, and PCX) and the addition of Geodesic spheres and domes.
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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