Smith Micro has announced its QuickLink Mobile data connectivity product for Mac OS X. QuickLink Mobile allows users to utilize their built-in USB port to instantly connect to the Internet via their cell phone. The installer automatically detects the mobile phone, carrier and sets up your account and the $60 package includes USB data cable (for select Audiovox, Ericson, LG, and Motoroala phones). It features a "digital dashboard" to connect, check cell phone battery and signal strength.
GameHouse today announced Super Collapse! II, the sequel to its award-winning online puzzle game. Super Collapse! II offers three completely new ways to play, in addition to the traditional mode. "We've stuck to the basic, simple concept of the original Super Collapse!, but now it offers a greater variety of challenges and rewards," says Garr Godfrey, president of GameHouse." Super Collapse! is priced at $25; an online trial is available.
Jasmine 1.5.4 is a professional multi-track audio editing and mixing application now available for Mac OS X. The $30 application features a moving "tape" display and graphical fader indicator, the ability to play/record/overdub multitrack audio, sophisticated dynamics processing (AGC), and import of multiple audio file types as well as the ability to record from various input devices (including CD audio). [Classic, OSX] SmoothPrint 1.0 is an application that allows you to arrange digital photos on any size paper via drag and drop. Users can also add text, boxes, lines, arrows, and custom color borders as well as rotate and print the photos. The $13 shareware is available for Mac OS 8/9/X. Version 1.1 with variable print resolution (for Mac OS 8/9) requires QuickTime 6. [Classic, OSX] Bruno Blondeau's iOrganize 4.4 is an update to his $20 application to store and organize notes, ideas, text extracts and web links. It features a new preference dialog, much improved export and import commands, and a new function to print an entire notepad category. It is for Mac OS X only. [1.7MB] LAJ Design today updated its cross-platform application that creates online web-based stores that use shopping cart technology. eOrdering Complete 1.7 adds a new process fee option, billing and shipping captions, form verification, improved templates, and other bug fixes. A demo of the $65 application is available online. [Classic, OSX]
Apple has extended its 100 Free Kodak prints promotion -- which was originally scheduled to end today -- to the 28th of February, according to an Apple representative (although the online Webpage has not been updated). The offer gives 100 free 4x6 Kodak prints to new subscribers using the iPhoto print service.
Larry Blasko of the Associated Press has awarded Apple with the 'Designed Like A Picasso And Priced Accordingly' honor, for the design of its iMac computer. Meanwhile, Mr. Blasko gives the 'Anything, So Long As It Sells' "award" to PC and video console game developers, for drenching "each adventure in gore, rape and mayhem." Blasko also hands out a number of other awards, including the less-than-flattering "Work In Progress" award for Windows XP.
Jason Suitts has released a preview version of Playalong, a companion to iTunes that displays album cover art and rating information in a floating window. This free tool matches ID3 tags with Amazon's Popular Music catalog. [84KB] GeekTool 1.0 is a Preference module for Mac OS X 10.2: "Once installed, you can then show log files or even unix commands output on your desktop with a nice transparent background." [223KB] GTK+OSX has released a native Mac Aqua port of the Linux-based GTK+ open source graphical user interface library. GTK+ 0.1, an alpha release fo developers, (GIMP Toolkit), is a popular widget library supporting graphical applications for Linux: "It is based on the abandoned mac-gtk project, a Mac OS 9 effort that has laid dormant since 2000. Unlike the GTK-Quartz attempt, GTK+OSX is Carbon-based and does not use Objective C." [927KB] Braided Matrix has released 4th Quarter 7.1, an update to its 4D-based accounting solution for mid-sized businesses, adding support for Canadian Value Added Tax (VAT) systems, to be used in conjunction with 4Q's extensive multiple currency system. It also extends inventory management to multiple warehouses. 4Q provides a comprehensive system in which businesses can modify their operations without having to revise their accounting system. Emagic's Audiowerk 8 and Audiowerk 2 now run in Mac OS X 10.2 using a new Core Audio driver, which allows these two PCI-recording cards to operate at a minimum latency of 1.5 ms. The EMI Driver Version 2.1 requires Mac OS X 10.2.2. [851KB] Checkbook 1.03 is an update to the Mac OS X-only account management application. It features a single-window interface, color-coded transactions, sorting, searches, password-protection, and both auto-save and printing functions. It is $10. [542KB]
iStumbler 0.5b adds a graph view of 'signal to noise' for the selected network and an updated interface to the Mac OS X utility for finding local wireless networks and services. "iStumbler combines a compact Aqua user interface advanced wireless scanning and reporting." [Download - 109KB] Optigold ISP 3.1.5 for Mac OS X is a maintenance update to the free cross-platform business software package for running all aspects of an Internet service provider. Version 3.1.5 adds the abillity for slave account customers to add domains through the customer Web interface. Additionally, the company email manager supports 'admin' and 'sales' email types. [Download form] Sci-Fi Hi-Fi has released version 1.1.1 of PodWorks ($6), the "only" iPod song copying utility that is capable of displaying song meta data by extracting it directly from the iPod's internal database. Version 1.1.1 fixes minor bugs introduced with the 1.1 revision, in addition to introducing a slight reworking of the drag-and-drop song copying functionality to make it more compliant with Apple's Human Interface Guidelines. [Download - 242KB] MultiSpec v021224 is a minor update to the collaboratively-developed processing system for interactively analyzing Earth observational multispectral image data such as that produced by the Landsat series of Earth satellites and hyperspectral image data from current and future airborne and spaceborne systems such as AVIRIS. [Download - Classic, OS X, 68K] GyazMail 0.9.8.1 adds automatic address completion, fixes search issues, has new dock features (icon notification and contextual menus) and other bug fixes to the free e-mail client for Mac OS X with support for multiple accounts, custom keyboard commands, MIME support, integration with the Address Book (Mac OS X 10.2), and other features. [Download - 1.3MB] Buena Software's Dissolve Factory is a powerful $40 tool for creating dissolve transitions for Final Cut Pro and Adobe After Effects. "It can simulate subtle effects like a film dissolve or create never-before-seen dissolves, like a saturation dissolve." A $10 discount is offered through mid-January. [Download - FCP, AE] ExecutiveSync ($20) is a file synchronization utility for Mac OS X. It uses the TAS (Time And State) synchronization technique, which employs true CRC32 bit checksums to guarantee accuracy, offers file archiving for backup purposes, and logging. [Download - 1.6MB] Yamaha has posted 1.0f firmware updaters for its CRW-F1 44x/24x/44x CD-RW drive, offering support for switching the maximum rotation speed in reading Audio CD between 8700 rpm and 4700 rpm, more support for 44x+ CD-R discs, and support for CMC Ultra Speed CD-RW disc (24x). SCSI, FireWire, and USB versions are available for both Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X.
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Markzware updates Q2ID for QuarkXPress 12 files
Graphic design file conversion tool maker Markzware has launched a new version of its Q2ID tool. The InDesign plugin enables users to open QuarkXPress files within a new InDesign (INDD) document, without rebuilding the QXP document from scratch -- the new version includes support for QuarkXPress 12 files. Q2ID Subscription members can download the new version as part of their annual plan. A single-user can purchase the plugin for $200, with other licensing options available. http://bit.ly/1Z4dS9t
PopChar X 7.5 arrives
Ergonis Software has released PopChar X 7.5, an improved version of the company's tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts. PopChar X 7.5 adds support for combined emojis in the Apple Color Emoji font, enhances the "Font Info" view, and adds many further enhancements that improve overall speed and stability. PopChar X 7.5 retails for €30 ($34), and is free for anyone who owns a license for PopChar X 7 or purchased a license for PopChar X 6 on or after March 1, 2014 [4.5MB]
Safari Technology Preview release 5 arrives
Parallels Access 3.1 updated for iPad Pro
Virtualization software Parallels Access 3.1 has been updated with support for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, including Apple Pencil support. The software allows remote access to your PC or Mac from anywhere to control desktop applications from iOS or Android tablets and phones, with native touch gestures, as well as from any computer with an HTML5 web browser. Featuring three resolution choices for your mobile device ("Best for your Device," "More Space," and "Same as Computer") and 3D Touch support for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, the update also adds a new Tablet Mode in Windows 10, which makes it easier to interact without a mouse or keyboard. http://bit.ly/1OWZqjg
Hyundai brings CarPlay to more 2016 models
Along with its previously-announced support for adding CarPlay technology to the 2016 Sonata, 2017 Elantra, and 2017 Ioniq, a leaked memo to dealers has revealed that CarPlay-supporting software updates will be available today that bring the infortainment tech to the 2015 and 2016 non-hybrid Sonata models, the 2016 hybrid Sonata, the 2015 and 2016 Genesis Sedan, the 2016 Tucson, the 2017 Santa Fe, and the 2017 Ioniq. Owners can upgrade the system themselves by visiting the Hyundai website, and will need a Mac or PC with either an SD card slot or SD card reader to transfer the update to the vehicle. http://bit.ly/1YZqkqS
Google Paris HQ raided by investigators
Google's Paris headquarters has been raided by dozens of French police. The Tuesday raid was part of an ongoing investigation into possible tax-avoidance practices, stoked by widespread dissatisfaction with the way multinationals like Google are structuring their business operations. Although trading in many countries around the globe, Google reports its international sales only in tax-friendly Ireland, similar to a practice adopted by Apple. According to French law, if it completes any of its sales contracts in France and not Ireland alone, it could be in breach of its laws. Google, for its part, denies any wrongdoing, and said that it is fully compliant with French law. http://reut.rs/1Udk2T9
Apple TV extends universal search to NBC
Apple has extended its universal search function on the Apple TV to now include NBC shows in its results, provided the user has installed the NBC tvOS app. The search results can be generated either through Siri, or through the Search app, and includes support for searches by title, genre, and actor, among other queries. NBC joins CBS, more recently, among other channels including: Disney Channel; Disney Jr; Disney XD; FOXNOW; FXNOW; HBO GO; HBO NOW; Hulu; Nat Geo TV; Netflix; PBS; PBS Kids; SHOWTIME; SHOWTIME Anytime; Starz, and Watch ABC, all of which are supported by universal search. http://apple.co/25lGi5R