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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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