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Sagan Technology recently debuted version 6.0 of its Metro audio/video software. Most significantly, version 6.0 adds support for Mac OS X, and support for the underlying technologies in the OS, such as CoreAudio and CoreMIDI. Also included is VST 2.0 support, with the ability to convert 'VST Instruments' to audio easily. Included is the ability to read MOV, MPG, AVI and all other QuickTime-compatible video formats, and edit such content. A free demo is available by filling out a download form.
Unsanity has released a minor update to its Labels X ($7) folder labeling "Haxie" for Mac OS X. Version 1.1.1 fixes a bug with affecting the 'Recent Items' functionality in Mac OS X 10.2. [Download - 1.2 MB] Richard Bannister has released Oswan 0.7.0, a free Bandai Wonderswan emulator for the Mac. The Wonderswan is a handheld video game system with such titles as Final Fantasy 4 available. [Download - 500 KB] LogMaster 1.1 is a maintenance update to the $3 system log browser for Mac OS X. This update contains an unspecified number of modifications. [Download - 189 KB] Sillysoft has released version 1.2 of its Lux digital board game. Version 1.2 adds more modifier keys, auto selection of the best card set, and new graphics. Lux is based on the classic 'Risk' board game, but adds the dimension of multiple worlds and various enemies. Registration is $10. [Download - 1.1 MB] wKiosk 1.0.1 adds a number of minor bug fixes and a French localization to the Internet kiosk management suite for Mac OS X. wKiosk utilizes the Netscape 7 engine to provide a complete, secure kiosk solution for the Mac. Additionally, a final version of the companion server software is now available. [Download - English, French, Server] PHP 4.3.0 is an update to the Web scriping development environment that adds a finalized command line interface, a "streams" API and countless other improvements. A Mac OS X-specific version is not yet available, but is expected shortly.
Yesterday, we noted that some Mac users were experiencing problems with connecting to Microsoft's MSN Messenger service. Several readers wrote in to say that MSN was functioning correctly on their computers, while other users indicate that deleting the MSN preferences under Mac OS 9 may be a solution.
Virtual Pet Rock is a program for Mac OS X that challenges users to "keep alive" a pet rock by feeding it and playing with it. Virtual Pet Rock is a free download. [Download form] The*Better*FileMaker*Developer today released a brain-teasing "Christmas puzzle" for FileMaker Pro. The plug-in entertains FileMaker users while allowing them to keep the productivity suite in the foreground. [Subscription required to download] Thinkertons has updated its Jotz multimedia notepad to version 1.1.055. The update addresses a bug that could, under certain specific circumstances, cause Jotz to unexpectedly quit while importing Classic notepads. Jotz is distributed as shareware; registration is $18. [Download - 612KB] iDVDthemePAK today released two of its iDVD menu theme collections in PAL format. Previously, the themes for Apple’s iDVD 2.0 were only available in the NTSC format for North American and Japanese markets. PAL support allows European and Australian users to take advantage of the two 'PAKs.' Each iDVDThemePAK is priced at $30; bundled together they cost $54.
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Apple Music in Taiwan, now up to 113 countries
Apple Music has now added its 113th country, Taiwan, to its expanding list of areas where it offers its paid subscription service. The price in the country will start at NT$150 (about $4.50 US) for an individual subscription, and that now includes (as it does in the rest of the world) the formerly free-but-ad-supported iTunes Radio feature, which as in other countries will be customized somewhat to offer channels of locally-popular music styles. Following on the heels of the addition of the service to Turkey, Apple Music is now available in 16 countries and regions -- including China, India, Russia, and Japan -- where Spotify has not yet arrived. http://apple.co/1Q3yI2e
Invisible wall mount for iPad Pro, mini
Computing hardware mounting company Wall-Smart has announced the availability the new "invisible" wall mount, with models for the iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4 -- all with no bezel. The invisible mount includes ÂPower Over Ethernet to USB, which allows charging while in-wall, and is available for both drywall and solid surfaces such as solid wood panels or partition walls. Prices vary widely by iPad model, and required mounting hardware. http://bit.ly/1SE5jCO
Kingston buys IronKey secure USB tech
Kingston Digital today announced it has acquired the USB technology and assets of IronKey from Imation. In addition to Kingston's acquisition, encryption services leader DataLocker has purchased the IronKey Enterprise Management Services platform which provides centralized management to encrypted USB drives. Kingston and DataLocker claim that there will be no interruption in service provided, or available products as a result of the consolidations. http://bit.ly/1QQk9SZ
View-Master VR device in Apple Store
Apple has started to sell a Google Cardboard-style VR headset modeled on a classic Mattel toy. Initially launched early last year, the View-Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack for $30 is designed to use an iPhone as a display, with a Preview Reel and lever system mimicking the toy's switching between images to take users between different VR apps and scenes. http://bit.ly/1RhJW8y
Apple brings iTunes Movie Trailers app to Canada
After five years, Apple has expanded its iTunes Movie Trailers app for iOS to Canada. As of Saturday, the free app allows movie buffs to see HD movie trailers for new studio and independent features, and explore some other movie-related extras such as photos, behind-the-scenes footage, or clips from upcoming films. Users can save trailers for quick access, read reviews from RottenTomatoes.com within the app, use AirPlay to send them to an Apple TV, share trailers, and peruse the top movie charts. http://apple.co/1UUKtwr
Apple expands CloudKit API, provides web interface
On Friday, Apple notified developers that it was expanding a feature of CloudKit to allow for server-to-server web service requests. "In addition to providing a web interface for users to access the same data as your app, you can now easily read and write to the CloudKit public database from a server-side process or script with a server-to-server key," Apple said in its announcement. Previously, interaction with the CloudKit public database was limited to apps and web only. http://apple.co/20h1RwP
Remote S for Tesla Apple Watch app drives car out
Developer Allen Wong has created the Remote S for Tesla app, which can be used to remotely activate the Model S electric car via an Apple Watch, and drive it a short distance. Aside from providing data about the car and some basic function controls, the unofficial app uses the manufacturer's Summon command to allow the car to turn on, exit the garage, and park near to the user's location. The app is available to purchase from the App Store for $10. http://apple.co/1PprF4t