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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US tech giants to candidates: support TPP
Tech giants including Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Uber are among thirteen major US corporations who have written an open letter to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton urging them to support the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal, reports Reuters. Although not yet made public, the letter also asks the candidates to make it easier for the companies to hire tech workers from overseas. Both are not happy with the TPP deal, although Trump is sterner in his opposition to any kind of trade deals between countries. Trump has not rejected outright the idea of importing high-tech talent from overseas, while Clinton has already voiced her support for the idea. http://reut.rs/1Wb0Zwq
Apple mandates June 1 app IPv6 support
Apple has set the deadline for IPv6 support for App Store-supplied software. On June 1, apps thast use a custom networking stack and that are submitted to the app store must support IPv6-only networks. The rule, announced last year as coming soon, will only affect a small portion of submitted applications that do not use the NSURLSession and CFNetwork APIs. http://apple.co/24yBTIY
YouTube Unplugged OTT service coming 2017?
As part of the continuing YouTube evolution, the video streaming service is reportedly considering a paid subscription service that would provide users "over the top" cable TV service. According to sources familiar with the matter, the service has been in the works since 2012, has already made changes to accommodate the live video feeds, and could debut the offering as soon as 2017. http://bloom.bg/1rvx8BW
Kohls Apple Pay integration with loyalty program
Kohl's customers are now able to pay for their purchases with Kohl's Charge and simultaneously earn loyalty program Yes2You Rewards in conjunction with Apple Pay. The service is currently available in approximately 250 Kohl's stores and is expected to be in all Kohl's stores nationwide later this month, making Kohl's the first retailer to deliver a one-tap checkout that integrates both its private credit card as a form of payment and a loyalty program with Apple Pay. http://yhoo.it/21wEUI6
AirMap iOS app for drone operators
Provider of airspace information and services for unmanned aircraft AirMap announced today the release of the AirMap app for iOS and Apple Watch. Operators can now access low-altitude airspace advisories, create flights, file digital flight notices to over 80 airports, and manage unmanned aircraft. Building on the success of AirMap's Digital Notice and Awareness System (D-NAS), the AirMap app brings to iOS devices a fully integrated airspace management solution for recreational and commercial drone operators. The app is free. http://apple.co/21wCadD
BlackBerry video calling available on iOS
BlackBerry has made its video calling feature available to Android and iOS users. The company reports limited availability of the new cross-platform feature for now, citing "because this is the first time we're launching BBM Video calling, and we want to monitor performance, gather feedback, and iron out any kinks that may arise before we roll it out globally." http://blck.by/1ruu4pC
Apple loses iPhone brand exclusivity in China
Apple has lost its exclusive rights to the 'iPhone' brand in China, the Beijing Municipal High People's Court has ruled. According to Quartz, Chinese company Xintong Tiandi is now free to continue selling its non-smartphone "IPHONE" branded products, which include smartphone cases, among other leather goods. The Chinese court ruled that Xintong Tiandi, which registered the "IPHONE" trademark in 2007, could continue to use the trademark because Apple did not start selling the iPhone in China until 2009. Apple also could not prove that Xintong Tiandi's ongoing use of the trademark would cause Apple material harm. The latest ruling by the Chinese government follows its recent decision to shut down the iTunes Movies and iBooks Store. http://bit.ly/1SNhRmB