Aspyr Media has released a free demo version of Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds; Freeverse Software today announced the release of Arcane Arena for Mac OS X (a demo of Arcane Arena 1.04 can be found at the Freeverse Web site).
Derk-Jan Hartman has released a new beta of his Samba Sharing Package for Mac OS X 10.2. Version 2.5b1 allows users to use Mac OS X 10.2 to share printers with Windows users. Additionally, the latest release fixes a small bug related to the Start/Stop action, corrects a problem with with Windows XP and \"Hide Mac Files,\" and adds several new options. Documentation for OS 10.2 is not fully complete, neither are all language packs.
PowerLogix today announced that it would lower the pricing and increase the L3 cache on its PowerForce G4 Series 100 processor upgrade cards. The PowerForce G4 Series 100 at 700MHz, 800MHz and 1000MHz will sell for $370, $450 and $700, respectively, with the latter two models including 2MB of L3 cache.
Danicsoft has released a major update to its \"Copernicus\" screen-capture software. Copernicus 1.1 introduces several changes, including: minor bug fixes, a new interface, better support for menu bar and Dock capture, theme support, QuickTime exporting for still images and multiple-key triggers. Copernicus allows users to capture and manage standard or slideshow screenshots in Mac OS X. [Classic, OS X]
Dejal today introduced Simon, a new site-checking utility for Mac OS X that is currently available as a public beta. Simon 1.0b1 is a Web/FTP site monitor that checks for changes to favorite sites at a desired interval. Simon is free.
unmarked software has released textSOAP 3.2 -- an updated version of its $20 ($10 upgrade) \'text cleaning\' software that adds Quartz rendering support, an updated WASTE library and Entourage X Scripts for each of the standard cleaners. Version 3.2 also includes bug fixes for AppleScript, the installer, OS X preferences and Net Text cleaner.
Yahoo! Messenger X 2.5b2 is the second beta release of Yahoo!\'s newest instant messaging client for the Mac. Beta 2 offers improvements over the first beta -- released two weeks ago -- but Yahoo! has yet to published specific details. [Classic, OS X]
Today marks the conclusion of MacNN\'s special Mac OS X 10.2 coverage. Throughout the day, we will post final compatibility reports, interesting tidbits and software updates.
Dracosoft\'s Wordsmith is an \"entertaining word-forming game. Form words up to seven letters long before the time expires, or enjoy more relaxing play in practice mode.\" The arcade/puzzle game is $10 shareware and available for both Classic and OS X. [Classic, OSX]
Colourfull Creations has released Simple Weather 1.0, another $5 shareware application for both Classic and OS X, which \"puts the weather on your desktop for fast and easy reference. Simple Weather has an easy to set up and easy to understand interface that \'just gives you the facts\' that you will need to keep you informed throughout the day and week.\" [Classic, OSX]
uni software plus has released VOODOO Server 2.0, an update to its $80 version control system for software developers using Metrowerks CodeWarrior. The included CodeWarrior plug-in provides version control from within the development environment. Version 2.0 adds compatibility with Mac OS X 10.2 (Jaguar) and Metrowerks CodeWarrior Pro8. VOODOO Server offers object-oriented version management. Upgrades are $40 for the Server and $60 per extra remote client.
Logitech has released Logitech Control Center 1.02, which brings support for Jaguar to its OS X application that users to program the keyboard and/or mouse buttons to perform different functions.
Ben Mackin today released Cocoa eFax 0.9.7, his $5 shareware application that sends and receives faxes using almost any fax modem (internal and external). It offers address book support, optional coversheet support, the ability to create quick notes, a fax browser interface, and support for a wide variety of modems. Limited trial versions are available for Jaguar and pre-Jaguar systems.
DeskShade Plus 1.0 is a $7 shareware utility for Mac OS X that can discreetly hide desktop icons, animate the desktop background and protect the computer from intrusion. The latter feature works using three built-in components -- DeskLock, DeskShade and HackerLog. DeskLock password-protects the computer, DeskShade allows the user to post on-screen \"away\" messages for a home or office setting and the aptly-named HackerLog tracks failed attempts to bypass DeskLock.
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US tech giants to candidates: support TPP
Tech giants including Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Uber are among thirteen major US corporations who have written an open letter to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton urging them to support the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal, reports Reuters. Although not yet made public, the letter also asks the candidates to make it easier for the companies to hire tech workers from overseas. Both are not happy with the TPP deal, although Trump is sterner in his opposition to any kind of trade deals between countries. Trump has not rejected outright the idea of importing high-tech talent from overseas, while Clinton has already voiced her support for the idea. http://reut.rs/1Wb0Zwq
Apple mandates June 1 app IPv6 support
Apple has set the deadline for IPv6 support for App Store-supplied software. On June 1, apps thast use a custom networking stack and that are submitted to the app store must support IPv6-only networks. The rule, announced last year as coming soon, will only affect a small portion of submitted applications that do not use the NSURLSession and CFNetwork APIs. http://apple.co/24yBTIY
YouTube Unplugged OTT service coming 2017?
As part of the continuing YouTube evolution, the video streaming service is reportedly considering a paid subscription service that would provide users "over the top" cable TV service. According to sources familiar with the matter, the service has been in the works since 2012, has already made changes to accommodate the live video feeds, and could debut the offering as soon as 2017. http://bloom.bg/1rvx8BW
Kohls Apple Pay integration with loyalty program
Kohl's customers are now able to pay for their purchases with Kohl's Charge and simultaneously earn loyalty program Yes2You Rewards in conjunction with Apple Pay. The service is currently available in approximately 250 Kohl's stores and is expected to be in all Kohl's stores nationwide later this month, making Kohl's the first retailer to deliver a one-tap checkout that integrates both its private credit card as a form of payment and a loyalty program with Apple Pay. http://yhoo.it/21wEUI6
AirMap iOS app for drone operators
Provider of airspace information and services for unmanned aircraft AirMap announced today the release of the AirMap app for iOS and Apple Watch. Operators can now access low-altitude airspace advisories, create flights, file digital flight notices to over 80 airports, and manage unmanned aircraft. Building on the success of AirMap's Digital Notice and Awareness System (D-NAS), the AirMap app brings to iOS devices a fully integrated airspace management solution for recreational and commercial drone operators. The app is free. http://apple.co/21wCadD
BlackBerry video calling available on iOS
BlackBerry has made its video calling feature available to Android and iOS users. The company reports limited availability of the new cross-platform feature for now, citing "because this is the first time we're launching BBM Video calling, and we want to monitor performance, gather feedback, and iron out any kinks that may arise before we roll it out globally." http://blck.by/1ruu4pC
Apple loses iPhone brand exclusivity in China
Apple has lost its exclusive rights to the 'iPhone' brand in China, the Beijing Municipal High People's Court has ruled. According to Quartz, Chinese company Xintong Tiandi is now free to continue selling its non-smartphone "IPHONE" branded products, which include smartphone cases, among other leather goods. The Chinese court ruled that Xintong Tiandi, which registered the "IPHONE" trademark in 2007, could continue to use the trademark because Apple did not start selling the iPhone in China until 2009. Apple also could not prove that Xintong Tiandi's ongoing use of the trademark would cause Apple material harm. The latest ruling by the Chinese government follows its recent decision to shut down the iTunes Movies and iBooks Store. http://bit.ly/1SNhRmB