The CodeTek VirtualDesktop v1.2 application, which allows users to switch between desktops on the monitor as though it had separate monitors, is now available for Mac OS X. It provides a GUI interface that contains the desktops arranged in a grid. Each desktop on the pager is a unique environment where you can accomplish your work. Windows can be moved between desktops simply by dragging them between desktops on the pager. New features and bug fixes are included with the $20 shareware application.
Dock-It v1.2 is a multifuncional launcher and Finder enhancer for Mac OS X. It allows users to create multiple docks, streamline Finder drag and drop as well as the copy and paste of text and URLs. The latest update fixes numerous bugs as well as adds some features. The price is $15.
Blue World Communications today announced the launch of the Lasso Partner Alliance (LPA), a new service designed to offer numerous benefits for advanced users of Lasso products. Members of the LPA receive benefits, including LPA Talk, pre-release software, bug tracking, private web sites and more. Prices for membership range from $400 for an Associate and $1200 for a Corporate membership.
Stargazer\'s Delight 6.1 for Mac OS 9/X is a modest update to Ruedi Schmid\'s astronomical \"desktop planetarium\" that delivers information on the moons of Jupiter; introduces a \"live update\" feature; fixes printing, rendering and interface bugs. Stargazer\'s Delight offers views of the sky for any date and from any location on Earth. Users can see all the stars up to \'magnitude 10\' (over 260,000 stars), in addition to our Solar System (the Moon, the Sun etc.).
Adobe Systems and Macromedia have reached a settlement agreement on all litigation between the two parties. Nearly three months ago, Adobe won a $2.8 million victory over archrival Macromedia. Shortly thereafter, Macromedia returned that favor with a successful counter-suit, claiming $4.8 million in damages. Prior to both cases, other legal quarrels between the two were in the media spotlight. Today\'s undisclosed agreement put an end to further action against Adobe, scheduled for 2003.
Deals Roundup: Macs4all has three new deals; the Fire-I Digital Camera with Video Conference Software and Cable for $105, a 120GB 7200RPM Fantom Premier FireWire Hard Drive for $245, and the LaCia FireWire & USB CD-RW 40x12x48x with a free 10 pack of CDR\'s for $210.
Host Solutions has expanded its shared hosting services to include co-location server hosting. Organizations can now co-locate an Apple Xserve server for $99/month. This includes 10GB of bandwidth; $3 per gigabyte of 10GB.
OWC has introduced the Mercury Pro DVD-R/RW, CD-R/RW FireWire drive, the first external FireWire solution that allows authoring of DVDs using iDVD. The drive writes DVD-R discs at 2x, DVD-RW discs at 1x, and CD-R discs at 8x. The price is $400.
In an effort to make the transition to the Macintosh platform easy for Windows users, Aladdin Systems and Detto Technologies today announced a partnership that will include Detto\'s recently-announced Move2Mac. Both companies contend that their products offer \"efficient solution[s] for moving files safely and securely.\" Specific details of forthcoming joint solutions were not available.
Troi Automatisering has announced eleven new Troi Plug-ins to run with FileMaker Pro 6, including Troi Activator Plug-in which triggers scripts on a different computer, even over the internet, Troi Grabber Plug-in, which adds video image grabbing functions and many more. All of the plug-ins work with FileMaker Pro 5 and later for both Mac OS 9 & X. The price is $89 for a single license.
The iPod is \"the class of the field\" according to SFGate\'s review of MP3 music devices, including Sonicblue\'s $350 Rio Riot and Creative\'s $400, 20-GB Nomad 3. (Another article examines the iPod knockoff noted last week, which it says may prompt legal action by Apple.)
A personal \"blog diary\" notes that Douglas Adams -- author of The Salmon of Doubt -- \"predicted\" Rendezvous, the new Apple-sponsored open standard for any TCP-speaking device to find another across any IP network, in a 1989 letter to MacUser Magazine. \"I\'ll tell you all I want to do in order to get my portable to appear on the Desktop of my IIx... I just want to carry it into the same room. Bang. There it is. It\'s on the desktop.\"
Last week, MacNN reported that Mac OS X 10.2 was available from Amazon.com for $80 (after exclusive $50 mail-in rebate). However, Amazon\'s Mac OS X 10.2 product page includes an incorrect coupon for the deal -- an older Mac OS X 10.1 rebate. A newer printable coupon (linked last week by MacNN) includes Mac OS X 10.2.
PCWorld\'s Stephen Manes says that, despite somewhat irritating advertising on the part of Apple, the \'Switch\' TV campaign is accurate and represents some PC users\' \"fantasies.\" The PC columnist calls the \"Blue Screen of Death\" -- publicized in one Apple Switch ad -- a \"dirty little secret\" of die-hard Windows fans. Manes also points out that many technologies used in today\'s PCs, such as the floppy drive -- now absent in new Macs -- were pioneered by Apple with earlier machines.
Several MacNN Readers report that Apple\'s .Mac service continues to be unreliable, with outages and downtime over the past week. Apple has not explained these outages, although some attribute the problems to upgrades following the iTools transition.
24U PlaySound Plug-in v1.1 allows FileMaker Pro (v4.0 - v6.0) databases to play custom sounds on both Windows and Macintosh computers. The new version offers an external function for asynchronous sound playback for developers who want to add longer sound effects and backround music. The price for one license is $10.
Morining tech news: Ziff Davis Media will reportedly file for bankruptcy this week, as the publisher scrambles to reorganize on low cash [NYT registration req\'d]; U.S. Senator Joseph Biden [D] recently called for the passage of a new bill that would make it a federal felony to modify certain devices to play \"pirated\" copyrighted media; With its stock price nearing $1, Palm may ask shareholders to approve a reverse stock split that would increase the handheld maker\'s stock price.
Citrix has posted a Technology Preview of the Citrix ICA Client for Mac OS X, which allows users to connect to MetaFrame XP servers over any connection type and execute applications on a remote server.
Difusi has unveiled its Speaker Grille Collection for \"Quicksilver\" Power Mac G4s. The $23 package (with two gaskets) has \"been designed as an aesthetic enhancement and to provide protection from wandering children\'s fingers, or other foreign objects inserted to the exposed speaker.\" It includes a self-adhesive neoprene gasket, to firmly hold the grille in place without glue and offers interchangeability between multiple designs.
Macromedia today announced the Macromedia Developer Conference 2002 for Macromedia designers and developers. It will feature more than 100 sessions designed to provide hands-on training and skills development. Developers can now register for the conference, being held October 27-30 at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., and take advantage of an early registration fee of $900 per person ($150 discount).
ArcaneWare\'s SerialStorage 1.1.1 adds new menu commands, full keyboard support to the main database window; better security, improved error handling, and other enhancements to the $10 shareware for securely storing passwords. [Classic, OSX]
Refection of Daylight is a freeware application that changes the background of your desktop according to the time: \"So you\'ll have a sunny desktop at noon whereas in the evening your desktop will be full of the red sunrays of the sunset which will fade into a starry night.\"
Archer 2.2 is an update to the free multimedia slide show player for OS X, adding support for long filenames, improved window re-size options, and keyboard-based navigation. Archer supports multiple players running at the same time--each with its own set of images, speed setting, and size.
Peter Ammon\'s JPEGDeux 1.5 is the latest version of the open-source image slideshow viewer for Mac OS X. New features include moving or copying images to arbitrary folders, a new \"pre-cache\" feature for better speed, and the ability to rotate or flip images, a preview drawer.
Bleu Rose has released Black & Bleu 6.0, an application that details over 7,000 different Macintosh OS error codes (as well as has suggestions for resolving the errors). In addition, over 500 Sad Mac error codes and all 30 PostScript error codes are included. The standard version is $30, while the Pro version, with export features, is $130. Upgrades are $20.
Willow Design has updated its Wedge iMac Flat Panel carry case to securely fit and carry the new 17\" G4 iMac. The lightweight case (7.3lbs) features rigid protective external walls, and dividers throughout to separate and protect the Flat Panel and other components with specific compartments for the iMac, speakers, keyboard, two separate accessory compartments, and room for cables underneath the back of the iMac. It is $215.
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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