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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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