Ciboulette v1.5 represents a significant update marcadesign\'s Classic Mac OS file encryption software. Version 1.5 includes the ability to encrypt sensitive clipboard content that can be subsequently emailed or stored in a nearly \"unbreakable\" format. The free update to the $10 shareware application also offers multiple encryption algorithms, a greatly-improved Strong Key generator and a new random key generator.
Ericsson Client 1.0b5 is an application for OS X that allows you to transfer files to and from an Ericsson phone using a wireless Infrared or Bluetooth connection. It enables users to utilize PIM capabilities by moving contact and calendar items between the phone and calendar/address applications; make a backup of your phone\'s calendar or phone book; and transfer files (notes, sounds, screensavers, background pictures, themes) to the phone. The recent beta has a new UI and expires June 30.
Nikon earlier this week introduced three new Coolpix cameras, including the Coolpix 5700 (5MP, 8x optical zoom), Coolpix 4500 (4MP, 4x) and Coolpix 2000 (2.0MP, 3x) as well as a new portable light for macro shooting.
A recent Apple article takes a look at the digital production of a small Indie film titled \"Blue Car.\" First-time director Karen Moncrieff headed the production -- Miramax\'s first Sundance debut of the year -- which has been called \"the most haunting film at Sundance\" by critics. Blue Car was edited on Macintosh computers using Final Cut Pro and the previously named FilmLogic suite (now know as Apple Cinema Tools).
Some 2002 Macintosh Server G4 servers came with incorrectly-printed software serial numbers, according to an Apple knowledge base document. Owners of such machines received ten-user licenses for Mac OS X Server instead of the unlimited licenses they were entitled to. Apple will issue users new serial numbers at the Mac OS X Server Serial Number Exchange Web site. Apple has also launched a PowerBook G4 S-video-to-Composite Adapter Fulfilment Program for customers whose PowerBook G4s shipped without the adapter.
The Fink team has announced preliminary support for KDE on OS X: \"Work has been progressing steadily on getting KDE 3.0.x ported to run in XFree86 on MacOS X. Packages and pre-built binaries are now available for users interested in running KDE on MacOS X via Fink... There are a large number of issues remaining before the port is truly complete, but the vast majority of KDE builds and runs just fine.\" (Fink provides a \"virtual\" package for XFree86 called \"system-xfree86\", for users that have downloaded XonX or some other binary XFree86 distribution and don\'t want to build XFree86 from source.)
Apple\'s new Xserve represents the \"first bid for federal data center business,\" according to Federal Computer Week. Both pricing and software availability are noted as potential pitfalls for entering the server market: \"the $3,000 starting price for Xserve is actually very competitive in comparison to similarly equipped Unix servers or PC servers running Microsoft Corp. Windows...We\'ve already received dozens of requests for pricing and availability information,\" according to one reseller. [article date misprinted]
Morgan Stanley says that Apple will ship about 235,000 iMac units this quarter compared with Wall Street consensus estimates of roughly 300,000, according to Briefing.com. Update: Salomon Smith Barney is \"defending AAPL against a rumor that they will miss the 300k iMac Street forecast ; firm does not know where the 300k forecast comes from, and believes [Apple] is tracking towards 225k-250k units for the quarter (although that is still below firm\'s estimate of 265k).\"
Updated virus definition files have been posted for June, including Symantec\'s NAV 6/7/8, Network Associates\' Virex, and Intego\'s VirusBarrier. [NAV: 6/7/7OSX/8, Virex, VB]
MindVision today began shipping Installer VISE 8.0 for OS X, a fully Carbonized version of its developer utility for creating application installers. It can now also create OS X application bundles and supports more OS X install locations as well as has updated Gestalts and more integrated e-commerce options. Annual pricing starts at $275 for up to 3,000 copies of a single product, while a lite version is available for free to qualified shareware/freeware authors.
Gigawiz has released Aabel 1.0, a new data analysis and charting application for OS X, which includes a free, complementary OS 9.x version for users who are in transition. Aabel enables simultaneous data analysis and charting from multiple worksheets and databases, offering native worksheet and database support, a wide range of 2D and 3D charts, built-in statistical methods, integrated tools for quality control of numerical data, and integrated map projection utilities. A demo of the $350 ($250 for education) AltiVec-enhanced application is available.
Sustainable Softworks\' IPNetTunerX 1.0b1 is an application that allows you to optimize TCP/IP network performance under OS X by tuning internal TCP/IP parameters to match your network environment. It supports over 20 adjustable parameters including the TCP Window Size, Time Out intervals, Maximum Segment Size, and MTU.
AJA Video has expanded its warranty terms for the Kona HD and Kona SD uncompressed 10-bit video cards for OS X to 3 years. The Kona SD and the Kona HD are uncompressed 10-bit PCI video cards designed for both editing and design on OS X. The Kona SD ($3,300) provides all the features for standard definition television, while the Kona HD ($11,000) offers support for HDTV television. Both include real-time capture to Offline RT motion jpeg files for Final Cut Pro, six channels of 48/96 KHz AES/EBU digital audio with sample rate conversion on each input, fully digital SDI connections, separately available multi-format analog options, and software codec\'s for OS X and Mac OS 9.
The $7 shareware Trash X 1.4 is a fully functional trashcan for OS X, adds features such as the ability to instantly delete files and folders, empty trash on selected disks, securely delete (Shred) files and folders, automatically empty items from the trash after a user specified interval and other options.
Kensington\'s latest MouseWorks 2.0b3 beta adds a simplified application settings interface as well as several bug fixes to the driver software for its input devices under OS X.
Infinisys has released an English version of its popular hairstyle simulation software for the Macintosh, Change My image, which allows \"you to quickly and easily try out a variety of hairstyles and hair colors. Just load in your photograph and then click on the desired hairstyle and hair color.\" A demo of the $15 application for both Classic and OS X is available online.
Robert Vasvari has posted Remote Browser 3.07, which provides access to files on the local host as well as remote UNIX systems with an easy-to-use graphical interface. It is a full-featured free graphic FTP/SSH/SFTP client, which allows users to manage/browse files on the remote host, offering file management features such as move, copy, duplicate, compress, delete,set permissions, make links, etc. Version 3.07 fixes a bug that prevented multiple ssh proxy connections, improves handling of SSH Key changes of remote hosts, adds support for symbolic links, and adds a dock menu.
Gracion Software has posted digitunnel 1.0b4, an update to the Virtual Private Network (VPN) client for Mac OS X, which is compatible with Windows 2000 servers and supports PPTP (Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol), an Internet standard for VPN.
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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