Dave Smith has released GolfMeister v3.5, a shareware ($20) program used to record and analyze golf scores. GolfMeister stores statistics on greens in regulation, drives in fairway, eagles, birdies and more. The latest release provides full Mac OS X support, new statiscitcs and several bug fixes.
iCab v2.8.1 is a maintenance update to Alexander Clauss\' $29 Mac OS 9/X Web browser. Version 2.8.1 delivers HTTPS support for users behind a proxy or firewall; improves Java support under Mac OS X; and fixes bugs relating to the Filter Manager. [Classic, Carbon]
A MacNN Reader has provided the following transcript from correspondence with Umax, a leading developer of scanning solutions for the Macintosh. Umax indicates that it currently has no commitment to offering Mac OS X support for older professional scanners, or any consumer-level products.
Proteron has released LiteSwitch X v1.0.1, a minor update to its simple solution for the management of open applications using keyboard commands. Similar to Microsoft Window\'s \'Alt-Tab\' key command, LiteSwitch X offers application switching under Mac OS X with a simple keyboard combination. LiteSwitch X provides on-screen feedback when rotating between applications.
Handspring today announced that its Treo 90 Palm OS-based personal organizer and communicator is now available in retail channels, nationwide. Staples, Best Buy, Circuit City and CompUSA are among the retailers now carrying the Mac-compatible $300 device. The Treo 90 includes 16MB of built-in memory, a rechargeable battery, MultiMediaCard expandability, a built-in keyboard and a color display.
Riverdeep today announced the release of StarFlyers Royal Jewel Rescue and StarFlyers Alien Space Chase, two new CD-ROM adventures designed to \"inspire a child\'s imagination and provide fun, wholesome entertainment.\" StarFlyers software adventures, designed for children agest 5-8, take place in a fantasy space world that is filled with engaging, interactive puzzles and games. Royal Jewel Rescue and Alien Space Chase, the first two StarFlyers CD-ROM adventures, are available for $20 each.
Interstudio has announced DigiCad v7, its 3D software application for architects, engineers, surveyors and photogrammetry professionals. which \"is used to transform a perspective, distorted photo image in a front measurable image of the building and to digitize architectural drawings or photos,\" according to Architosh. It can also be used for mapping, to snap together pieces of a site map at the correct scale or to digitize aerial photos.
Apple Australia PR Manager Myrna van Pelt has been fired after she mistakenly issued a press release on un-endorsed Gartner Research. The report commissioned by Apple showed that Macs are up to 36 percent cheaper to own and run than competing PCs, but after it was published, Apple Australia quickly issued a public apology to Gartner for releasing the report. A Gartner spokeperson recently refused to comment on the report because Gartner \"no longer owned\" the research, despite the fact it apparently required Gartner approval before becoming public: \"The final press release was not approved by Gartner, and the research referred to is not part of published Gartner research.\"
The latest versions of ConceptDraw Professional ($250) and Standard ($125) are now available in German, French and Spanish as well as English. Users can exchange the English version of the cross-platform application for creating business and technical drawings for a localized one (German, French or Spanish) free of charge. Both run on Classic and OS X.
Nikon has announced pricing for its three new Nikon Coolpix digital cameras: the Coolpix 5700, Coolpix 4500 and Coolpix 2000. The flagship Coolpix 5700, which features a 5.0 effective megapixel CCD and 8x Optical Zoom-Nikkor ED glass lens, is $1,200, while the Coolpix 4500 will be priced at $700, offering a 4.0 effective megapixel CCD and a 4x Optical Zoom-Nikkor lens in a swivel lens body. Finally, the entry-evel Nikon Coolpix 2000, its newest 2.0 effective megapixel digital camera with a 3x optical Zoom-Nikkor lens, will be priced at $250. All three models are expected to be available July 2002.
softoBe\'s FoldersSynchronizer 3.0B5 is yet another beta release of its $40 utility for sychronizing and backing up OS X data. It offers sync/backup of deleted files/folders, the ability to execute multiple synchronizations/backup in a single session, and other features.
Nick Zitzman\'s HenWen 1.02 is an update to the network security package for Mac OS X that \"makes it easy to configure and run Snort, a free Network Intrusion Detection System (NIDS)...that will scan network traffic for undesirable traffic a firewall may not block.\" This version adds a German localization, has improved documentation (\"to explain things better to non-security experts\"), and has other minor fixes.
WiebeTech has cut prices by as much as 43% on its FireWire KeyChain, its portable personal storage device that offers data transfer rates of up to 5MB/sec, support for up to 1GB of storage (via IBM\'s MicroDrive), OS X bootability, and a \"tough and beautiful\" aluminum casing.
Nikon today officially introduced Nikon Scan 3.1.3 scanner software, an OS X version of its sofware for its line of film scanners -- the Coolscan IV ED, Super Coolscan 4000 ED and Super Coolscan 8000 ED. It offers advanced imaging capabilities and restoration functionality available in Nikon\'s film scanners, including Applied Science Fiction\'s Digital ICE3, a suite of digital enhancement tools for color correcting and enhancing images. It will be shipping with the scanners in the summer and is currently available as a free download for all current Nikon Coolscan owners.
CMS Peripherals today announced the immediate availability of a new 160GB capacity Automatic Backup System Plus (ABSplus) for Desktops on Mac OS and Mac OS X. The $600 ABSplus for Desktop solution can be used as an additional drive volume, offering a simple install and users\' a settings choice of \"express\" for single machine backup (multiple partitions) or \"advanced\" for custom settings (multiple drives on one system). It is available on Mac OS 9.1 with complete native file archiving, full recovery and system bootability, while current OS X support includes native file archiving and full recovery for the user area of the directory tree (OS X system bootability is now in beta testing).
M-Systems today announced a 512MB capacity version of its DiskOnKey personal storage device. The USB device offer driverless operation and an extremely compact form factor. It is $500 and is also available in 8MB ($30), 16MB ($50), 32MB ($80), 64MB ($100), 128MB($150), and 256MB ($250) capacities.
Prosoft Engineering is now accepting orders for NetWare Client For Mac OS X IP Edition, offering \"greatly reduced\" pricing for all pre-orders through July 12th. Purchasers will receive the current beta version of the client immediately, and will receive the final release, which is scheduled to be shipping on July 15. NetWare Client For Mac OS X IP Edition is the next generation client for Mac OS connectivity to Novell networks. It is built completely from the ground up with features such as a simple install procedure, automatic IP connectivity (no AppleTalk needed), compatibility NetWare 5 and 6, NDS Browsing, RSA Encrypted Authentication, full native NCP implementation, a ubiquitous menu for login within any application, support for NSS volumes, volume Automount upon NetWare login and both command-line and GUI-based interfaces for mounting/unmounting volumes. [new link added]
Epson has introduced three new Perfection scanners: Perfection 2400 Photo ($230), the Perfection 1660 Photo (480) and the Perfection 1260 ($100)/1260 ($130) Photo. e scanners deliver maximum hardware resolutions of 2400 x 4800 dpi, 1600 x 3200 dpi and 1200 x 2400 dpi, respectively and each feature 48-bit color depth as well as faster scanning speeds. Each \"Photo\" model is also equippred a built-in 35mm adapter for scanning slides and film strips as well as a USB 2.0 interface. All models are due in August.
Logitech has introduced its Cordless Optical TrackMan, which it says is \"the first\" finger operated trackball that features both optical and cordless technology. The \"space-age\" design features 27 MHz cordless digital radio technology as well as new advanced navigation features in \"a comfortable finger-operated, form-fitting, right-handed design. It features special drag-lock functions to move text and images with ease and introduces Cruise Control scrolling, which allows the user to scroll rapidly through web pages and documents by just depressing a button.\" It also includes thumb-operated forward and back buttons. It is due in July for $70.
Grafboard is a freeware OS X utility that provides a readout of system performance data via a series of real-time graphs. Areas monitored include CPU load metrics, memory statistics, network bandwidth, and disk I/O operations. The user can select how many graphs to display, the color for each graph, and which metric each graph displays.
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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