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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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