iCalShare is now offering a special Sherlock channel that allows iCal users to search the iCalShare database for relevant calendars. The free online directory contains links to over 750 calendars in nearly 30 different categories. Search results include calendar title, category, author and Web site URL. [Add channel to Sherlock (OS X)]
Red Giant Software has announced that Knoll Light Factory 2 for Mac OS X will begin shipping next week. Light Factory -- which was created by Photoshop co-author and Industrial Light and Magic supervisor John Knoll -- offers a number of high-quality lighting effects for use in motion graphics.
TechTV has revealed its list of the top twenty holiday gift items for 2002. The list includes three products from Apple: the iPod (2), iBook (11) and iMac (18). In November, we reported that Apple products would be among those in the lineup.
HELIOS Software today added new features to its 4th generation HELIOS ImageServer 2.5 (formerly HELIOS EtherShare OPI). It supports server-based image transformation, repurposing and conversion for automated conversion of file format, resolution, color space, and compression, for web and print needs. ImageServer also provides OPI image replacement, server-based ICC Color Management, color separation, and proof printing capabilities. Version 2.5 adds a new Script Server service that helps automate tasks via "hot folders."
Vorbis Rage 1.0 is a new collection of tools for Ogg Vorbis users running Mac OS X, offering the ability to edit Vorbis "Comments", batch renaming, catalogging, and other features. A demo of the $20 collection is available online. [1.2MB] even-t 1.1 is a calendar tool to manage, view and organize your calendar entries. The $50 application integrates with Mac OS X 10.2's address book, offers a "calendar navigator," supports multiple calendars, can publish calendars on the web, support XML, and has other features. [924KB] Unsanity today released Labels X 1.1, which adds Mac OS 9's file/folder labeling features to Mac OS X, and has also released Xounds 1.4, which adds significant performance improvements, a new installer, and other enhancements to the haxie that adds Mac OS 9 sounds to Mac OS X. Each is $7 (shareware). [LB, XS] Yenco.com's $20 shareware iEvents 1.5 includes Mac OS X support, full support of Aqua and Platinum appearance themes, and other improvements to the desktop tool for quickly creating custom calendar websites. It runs on both Mac [859KB]
StageTools has released MovingPicture 4.0, an update to its image pan and zoom software. It includes the ability to use the alpha channel in images for high-quality floating logos and special effects, the ability to rotate the camera in 3 dimensions to achieve "skewed" effects, support for Mac OS X 10.2 (Jaguar), and other productivity enhancements. MovingPicture is a tool for documentary and industrial filmmakers to pan and zoom on high-resolution images. It works as standalone application and as a plug-in to most nonlinear editors (After Effects, Avid, Final Cut Pro, Media 100, and Premiere, for both MacOS 9 and X based systems).
Cometa Networks is a new partership between AT&T, Intel and IBM to provide broadband, wholesale, wireless Internet access nationwide. It plans to provide services to enterprise customers, telecommunications companies, ISPs, cable operators and wireless carriers, who then can offer their customers wireless 802.11b Internet access. The company says it will work with major national and regional retail chains, hotels, universities and real estate firms to deploy the broadband wireless access service in "hot spots" throughout the top 50 U.S. metropolitan areas and its services will make it possible for users to keep existing sign-on procedures, email addresses, IDs, passwords and payment methods."
Schema Research has released SRMigrate 1.0, a $975 database migration application that can migrate Microsoft SqlServer databases to Sybase on Mac OS 10.2 Jaguar. It moves the database structure (the schema) and the data and currentl supports migration from Microsoft Sql Server 2000 to Sybase ASE 12.5. iWatch 3.0 is a time management application built for Mac OS X. The $10 shareware is a four-task application that is able to act as a kitchen timer, an alarm clock, a stopwatch (with lap memory) and clock displaying the time and computer uptime. It now offers the ability to display system alert messages and beeps, play sound files or QuickTime movies, control iTunes, or perform various system actions. [1.2MB] Mac Army Knife 2.8 adds scroll wheel support and Mac OS X contextual menu plugins to the $25 general-purpose system application for Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. It has modules such as File Finder, File Attribute Modifier, Developer Value Converter, ASCII table, Mac Errors List, Stop Watch, Egg Timers). [767KB] Chaotic Software has updated its $25 MP3 tool suite, MP3 Rage 5.4, with bug fixes and a few new options. Users can edit ID3 tags, adjust MP3 sound volume, export MP3 files to AIFF format, catalog, organize, rename, find, and edit ID3 tags. [2.0MB] CheckBook 1.0 is designed to manage your personal accounts with features for entering, sorting, printing, and sorting information for multiple accounts. It offers password protection, custom color-coded entries, and other featurs in a single-window interface. It is $10 and is only available for Mac OS X.
Realviz today announced ReTimer SD, which offers the ability to smoothly slow down, or speed up the frame rate of any video, film, or image sequence. The $800 post-production tool offers frame rate manipulation and will automatically generates new frames in between existing frames, for high-quality results when changing the speed of image sequences. The plug-in, which works with After Effects, Discreet Combustion?and Final Cut Pro, is due in January for Mac OS X. (Later this month, it will also begin shipping , ImageModeler 3.5, its application for creating 3D realistic models using photographs.)
Extensis is now shipping PhotoFrame 2.5, an update to its professional quality Adobe Photoshop plug-in for creating border and edge effects, including Acid Burn, Junkyard, Paper Mache and more than 100 different variations of the Emulsion family of frames, which allow users to depict any number of camera edge effects. Version 2.5 includes more than 1,000 new, professionally designed frames and brings support for Photoshop 7.0 and Photoshop Elements 2.0. The $200 plugin supports Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X.
Modifier 2.6 is a $10 shareware file/folder utility, which offers a graphical interface for administering file permissions in Mac OS X. It allows you to create application "Droplets" that can automatically apply your predefined attributes to files dropped on the Finder icon. [1.4MB] Luma Code has updated its $20 shareware utility for for parents, teachers, and sysadmins, Mac Minder 1.1, which helps track and regulate usage of programs. It improves security, adds an optional secondary password, and fixes bugs. [575KB] Sveinbjorn Thordarson has updated xGates 1.2, his "popular game of chainsaw murder. The new version, 1.2, features new immersive full-screen gameplay in MacOS X and improved performance on older systems." It is available for Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. [2.0MB] BK Task Timer 2.0.2 is an easy-to-use timer that helps users keep track of their time spent on projects and the tasks associated with those projects. [Classic, OSX]http://www.bkeeney.com/Downloads/TaskTimer202X.sit Script Software's Easy Card Creator 1.1.1 brings POP before SMTP authentication, JPEG image conversion and other bug fixes to the company's vector-based application for creating greeting cards and envelopes from digital photos. The $30 utility is available for Mac OS X. [2.5MB]
OpenOSX today began its OpenWeb 2.5 CD, which brings support for Mac OS X 10.2.2 as well as updated software and "dozens of additional enhancements and applications including optional support for the new and slightly experimental Apache 2 Web Server series." The CD includes separate Apache 1.27 and Apache 2.0.43 packages and well as single-click installers for popular server software and web-applications such as a secure shopping cart, advanced content management, web-based server administration (for DNS, SSL, Apache, MySQL, Samba and more), SQL databases, a search engine, a bulletin board system, advertising management and more. Upgrades to the $60 CD are $20.
RealNetworks today announced its new RealVideo 9 encoding plug-in for Adobe Premiere, which supports Adobe Premiere 6.0 and 6.5 under both Windows and Mac OS 9. The company says that RealVideo 9 provides 30% bandwidth savings over RealVideo 8, producing "near DVD quality" at 500 Kbps and offer the ability to store two full-length movies on a single CD.
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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