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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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