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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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