Micromat has released Drive 10 v1.1.2, an updated version of its hard disk analysis and repair utillity that adds Mac OS X 10.2 compatibility. Drive 10 retails for $70.
Geneffects today released an updated version of its media download automation utility for Mac OS X. iMeMiner 1.1 allows users to batch-download multiple photo galleries; release notes for the latest update were not immediately available.
Robert Daeley has posted downloadable calendar files for Apple\'s new iCal software that provide users with the NHL 2002-03 season schedule. Despite offering sporting schedules for baseball and basketball, Apple has yet to offer a hockey schedule for avid Canadian, American and international fans. The free team-specific \'.ics\' files include information for all 30 teams in the league; it does not require subscription.
Schubertit has released version 3.1.6 of its Vektor3 chess program for Mac OS X. The latest release adds support for Mac OS X 10.2, newly designed chess boards and a French localization. The $10 shareware program received a \"runner-up\" award for \'best Mac OS X technology adoption,\' at this year\'s Apple Design Awards.
At the Seybold Expo this week, Extensis announced its new PrintReady product for preparing and sending perfect print jobs. The Web-based system includes a product for designers and small workgroups (under $400) and two enhanced packages aimed at service providers, large printers and publishers.
PocketDock 2.54 is now available. The utility allows users to organize and launch applications, documents, web links and email addresses, and features multiple skins, drag and drop of links and tabs, multiple docks and different localizations.
iReplace 1.3 is an application for desgined advanced search and replace functions within Web documents. It allows you to specify multiple items to find and replace or just to search for those items and allows you to select special characters and will replace those with the HTML equivalent. A demo of the $13 utility is available online. [Classic, OSX]
St. Clair Software has released Default Folder X 1.6.3, an update to its utility for improving Open and Save dialogs in Mac OS X. Version 1.6.3 improves the reliability of the Default Folder X preference pane, eliminates occasional crashes when launching applications, and adds Japanese language support. It is a free update for registered owners of Default Folder X; while upgrades to the $35 utility are $20.
MacNN reader Shawn Wall has written a tutorial on how to configure webDAV support for Apache under OS X to \"enable support for storing your iCal calendars so you won\'t have to pay for .Mac services...for access of your stored calendars from outside locations, you will need permanent broadband access for your mac, and know its ip address.\"
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WhatsApp working on Mac desktop app?
Allegedly-leaked information from a WhatsApp beta enthusiast account on Twitter appears to suggest that the messaging service and app maker may be developing native Mac and Windows versions, allowing users who sign up with the service to text each other all over the world using either Wi-Fi or cellular data. The source of the documents is in question, but it would not be unusual for the service to expand onto Mac and Windows desktops. WhatsApp is currently available for iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Nokia, Symbian, and Windows Phone. http://bit.ly/1Ura0zN
Drake's Views an iTunes, Music exclusive
Drake's new album Views (formerly known as Views from the 6) has debuted on iTunes and Apple Music as an exclusive in the first week of its release. The singles Once Dance and Pop Style, however, are available elsewhere in the interim. Securing exclusives from leading artists has been a key strategy that Apple has adopted in trying to attract users to its services. Most notably, Taylor Swift's hugely popular 1989remains unavailable to users of competing services like Spotify or Tidal. http://apple.co/1NLwsSH
TSMC chip sales to Apple jump $2B in 2015
Apple A9 and A9X chip supplier TSMC saw sales to Apple jump $2 billion in 2015. TSMC's fabrication partnership with Apple on the A-series processor helped drive its revenue to $26.4 billion, up six percent over the previous year, although its dependence on Apple's chip orders meant that without its business, TSMC's revenue would have actually declined by two percent. The Taiwan-based chip maker is currently sharing Apple's A9-series chip supplies with Samsung, although is rumored to be gaining all Apple's orders for the next-generation Apple A10 chips. http://bit.ly/24tCE6e
Fiat Chrysler adding Siri Eyes Free
On Friday, automaker Fiat Chrysler issued a software update for selected 2013-2015 model cars to allow Siri Eyes Free, the precursor to the more fully-featured CarPlay, to be compatible with the vehicles' infotainment systems, including steering wheel control. The 2013 through 2015 model Ram 1500/2500/3500, the 2013-2015 Dodge Viper, the 2014-2015 Dodge Durango, the 2014-2015 Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee, and the 2015 models of Dodge Challenger and Charger, Jeep Renegade, and Chrysler 200 and 300 can be upgraded through the Unconnect touchscreen, visiting the Uconnect site and entering their 17-digit Vehicle ID, then downloading the update to a USB drive. Installation can take up to 45 minutes, and can only be done while the vehicle is in park. http://bit.ly/23f0sby
Tor Myhren starts as VP of Communications
After an initial announcement in December, Apple on Friday added former Grey Group chief creative officer Tor Myhren to its leadership roster as VP of Marketing Communications, placing the well-known ad exec in charge of Apple's advertising and Internet marketing efforts, as well as having a hand in packaging design. He will report directly to CEO Tim Cook, and is replacing the retired Hiroki Asai, who left Apple after 18 years with the company. Myhren is expected to continue Apple recent push into more "lifestyle" marketing rather than product-centric ads, such as the well-remembered "I'm a Mac" campaign from last decade. http://apple.co/1Wwf0Dd
Marseilles Apple Store to open May 14
Apple has officially announced its newest retail store in France, which is to open in the southern port city of Marseilles in the Les Terrasses du Port shopping center on May 14 at 10AM local time. It will be the 19th full retail store Apple has opened in the country, or 20th if one includes the Apple Watch-only boutique at Galeries Lafayette in Paris. Apple is said to be planning a new showcase Paris store to be located on the Champs-Élysées. http://apple.co/1pP77vO
Maps adds Flyover, Suggestions locations
Apple has updated Maps to include Spotlight Suggestions for Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, allowing users to search both internally and across the web on both Mac and iOS devices for data in Spotlight. In addition, the company has added Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and Akron, Ohio to the 3D Flyover feature, offering computer-enhanced aerial views of the two areas -- and has activated real-time traffic information for Thailand, which will augment services like reminders to incorporate estimated travel times for appointments, as an example. The company recently added Nearby searches to five countries, and rolled out transit directions for Montreal in Canada and Portland, Oregon. http://apple.co/1Lh1Zel