Graphing Calculator 3.2 is a new release of the popular calculator from Pacific Tech. It is a tool for quickly visualizing math on the computer. The new version allows users to display vectors and also to do coordinate transformations. The application costs $100 for Mac OS 9, and there is no plan for a Mac OS X release.
CodeTek VirtualDesktop v1.4 is a $20 virtual desktop application for Mac OS X. The release is primarily a bug-fix release, although some new features have been added such as improved load time, sliders in the Preference Pane, window titles and more.
A 674-page study put out by TrendWatch Graphics Arts (TWGA) states that in the next five years, the number of digital color presses installed in commercial printing establishments will increase 564% to almost 10,000 units. Also released in the study, 35% of design and production firms, who own a digital camera, say their use of color scanners has decreased as a result of purchasing a digital camera. The results were gathered through a TWGA poll of the industry\'s most prominent market segments including: Newspapers, Book and Magazine Publishing, and several Graphic Design and Advertising Agencies.
Singlestep Technologies has announced the released of the first in a series of Device Management Applications developed specifically to give network managers more efficient management of network devices. The applications improve the manageability of select Cisco routers, switches and security devices. Also, VNOS 1.1 (Visual Network Operating System) for Mac OS X has been released. The update increases speed, stability and functionality as well as adds nine new visual programming objects.
Sapphire Innovations has released an update to their $37 set of After Effects plug-ins, Sapphire Effects vol. 1.1. The set consists of 12 plug-ins: color gradient effects, ring effects, starburst color gradient effects, osterisation, solar color effects, greyscale, and inverse plugins. The plug-ins now feature 16bit color aware options and other features.
Final Cut Pro 3 for Dummies is now available from Wiley Publishing. The $25, 410-page book is geared toward both casual and more experienced users to help expand their knowledge of Apple\'s video editing software.
Andromeda v1.9.3 manages and delivers audio, video and other files over the Web, local networks and PCs with Mac OS X, Apache and PHP. The update adds a new track numbering feature, as well as support for four more languages (for a total of 33), and numerous tweaks and minor bug fixes. The price is $35.
Apple has received a perfect 100% score from the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index, which rates large American businesses on how they treat their gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees, investors and consumers.
PowerGlot 2.0 is a $200 localization tool for Mac OS 9 & X. It enables developers to make products available worldwide in the native language of choice, including 2-byte languages like Japanese, Chinese and Korean. The update brings Mac OS X compatibility, improved AppleScript support and bug fixes. [Classic, Carbon]
ExtremeZ-IP is a specialized file and print services system that uses the TCP/IP protocol to increase throughput between Macintosh clients and a Microsoft Windows 2000 or Windows NT servers. Pricing starts at $440.
Microsoft is planning on re-releasing its Handheld Synchronization for Entourage X software by the end of August. It was originally released at the Macworld Expo in New York, but pulled because techincal problems.
Deals Roundup:Macs4all is offering two deals this week, the Wiebe Tech 20GB FireWire Wafter-thin Pocket Drive for $218 and the Sonnet HARMONi G3 600MHz with FireWire for $383.
Apple has updated their Macintosh Products Guide, which features more than 20,000 products made for the Mac. OmniGraffle, a program that creates flow charts and other drawings, is now the Featured Mac OS X Product.
Dave Taylor has released his book Teach Yourself Unix System Administration in 24 Hours, which covers Mac OS X, Red Hat Linux and Solaris. Twenty-four 1-hour lessons will teach readers how to add new disks and partitions, manage users, configure and run a free Web server, create backup schemes and much more. The retail price is $30.
IBM Corp. revealed that it is slashing about 15,600 workers, or about 5% of its total work force, according to a Nando Times article. The announcement was not made public, but rather disclosed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday. Employees that were laid off were notified during the second quarter, which ended June 30. IBM blamed the layoffs on \"the recent decline in corporate spending on technology services\".
Epson has introduced two new direct photo printers, the Stylus Photo 925 and Stylus Photo 825. The Stylus Photo 925 features automated roll paper cutter, one-touch printing buttons, the ability to crop images without a computer and digital image archiving to a Zip disk. The Stylus Photo 825 is the replacement to the popular Stylus Photo 785EPX and provides a simple and easy-to-use photo printing solution for new digital camera owners. Both printers features a resolution of 5760x720 dpi and Epson\'s six-color Photo Ink system, BorderFree photo printing technology, USB connectivity, and built-in card slots for many different digital camera memory cards. Both the Stylus Photo 925 and Stylus Photo 825 will be available in September for $300 and $200, respectively. [site not updated]
FUNDimensions Fundraising Software 4.0.3 is a database application for small non-profit organizations and schools. It manages the entire fundraising process, helping these often under-staffed organizations to raise more money, identify the best fundraising opportunities, and maintain a personal relationship with donors. The updated version improves the Aqua interface and report printing.
Gefen today released its $450 ADC Switcher for Apple Cinema Display Users: the ex-tend-it ADC Switcher allows users to work on two cross-platform computers using a single display, keyboard and mouse. It supports most DVI computers with an integrated DVI-to-ADC converter.
MacNN reader Steve Stecklow notes that Hewlett-Packard\'s All-In-One printers drivers no longer function under Mac OS X 10.2: \"The current all-in-one software drivers for Mac OS X v 10.1 will no longer function on Macintosh systems upgraded to Mac OS v 10.2. Hewlett-Packard is aware of this issue and working on a solution. Please check back to this Web page for information regarding new driver updates.\"
Media 100 today began shipping its Media 100 i digital video system for Mac OS X, its solution for professional content creators, broadcast designers and digital media artists. It includes a new OS X-compatible interface along with new visual effects creation and sound design capabilities. V8 now ships with all Media 100 i configurations including the new Media 100 i/DV, which starts at $2,000. The application is now threaded for better performance on multi-processor systems, offers improved workflow with up to 8 graphics tracks, a new QuickTime Video Output, better integration with Boris FX, and new host-based audio processing for up to 24 real-time audio tracks as well as new audio reverb and dynamics processing for all-in-one audio sweetening.
EarthDesk 1.2 replaces the desktop picture with real-time maps showing proper sun and moon illumination over the Earth, political maps, and numerous different map projections. New features include a reorganized interface, the ability to restore previous desktop pictures, updated city databases and other minor bug fixes. The update is free while the full version is $20.
AutoTag v1.1 is a Mac OS X MP3 organizer. It sorts tags, file names, and folder names to keep them all consistant and correct. The $13 app features a unified user interface, smart links to allmusic.com and flexible track and album naming. The update now works behind a proxy, widens FreeDB searching, fixes bugs and improves performance.
PrintMagic v1.2 is a Mac OS X printing utility. It works with most programs and allows users to select text, accelerates printing, eliminates web browser printing problems and reduces ink/toner use. The update adds a windowshade feature and improves the code. A free demo is available; the price is $25.
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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
French show carries on with iPhones
Following a prolonged power loss in a French TV studio, the crew was able to use a combination of limited studio lighting and a number of iPhones to continue taping the Saturday episode of talk show On n'est pas couché ("We're Still Awake"), using the resulting footage in the first edited episode. The Plus-model iPhones used for the impromptu shoot completion were either iPhone 6 Plusses (which shoot in 1080p) or 6s Plus models (which can shoot in 4K). The decision to use the iPhones to complete the show was made after a power outage at France 2's studio stretched to more than three hours. http://bit.ly/299wqDt
Scrivener for iOS to arrive in late July
For some long-time Scrivener users, to quote Paul Simon, "these are the days of miracle and wonders." As it marks its 10th anniversary in business, developer Keith Blount has announced that the long-awaited iOS version of his creative-writing tool Scrivener is to be submitted to the App Store, following strong praise from beta-testers. The program, expected in late July, will sell for $20 and work with both the iPad and iPhone. When we interviewed Blount last January, he added that Scrivener 3 for Mac would follow along shorty afterwards. http://bit.ly/2901XLE
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