Rob Galbraith has posted an article on digital file transfers, comparing an Alienware Laptop, a discontinued Dell Desktop and a MDD Dual 1.25GHz PowerMac in RAW photo and Photoshop batch processing. The article concludes that the Windows machines beat the Mac in virtually all of the benchmarks: "The fastest dual processor Mac has been soundly thumped by one of the fastest single processor PCs. If this report had included a dual processor PC, the PC's margin of victory could have been even greater. Even the Dell, a modestly equipped desktop by current standards, matches or bests the dual 1.25GHz desktop Mac in numerous benchmarks. And the recently discontinued Powerbook G4/800 trails by a significant margin throughout. If the processing of RAW photos in particular is where your workflow hangs up, a Pentium 4-equipped single processor PC offers a compelling solution."
The Iconfactory has released volume 4 of its World of Aqua series by resident artist David Brasgalla. This latest collection includes 17 all new icons for Mac OS X based on objects from the real world, pop culture and more. World of Aqua 4 is available for Mac OS X.
Stata 8 is expected to ship for Mac OS X later this month. The general-purpose statistical package is designed for researchers of all disciplines, and features new publication-quality graphics, a new GUI, new data management functions such as ODBC support for full SQL selection, new statistics, new programming features (object-oriented programming, a programmable GUI, etc.), and significant performance improvements. The application will only be available for Mac OS X. Upgrade pricing starts at $500, while product pricing starts at $1,215 for single-user license. Late last year, Stata also released a Mac OS X version of Stat/Transfer, a $250 application for transferring data among the different spreadsheet and statistical programs. It supports Microsoft Access, dBase, MS Excel, JMP, SPSS, SAS, Stata, Systat, ODBC-compliant sources and many other applications. A $100 discount is offered to education customers.
Dartware has posted a public beta-test release of InterMapper 4.0b4 for Macintosh (Classic and MacOS X). Many of the new features require the use of InterMapper Remote 4.04b4, which is also entering public beta test. Version 4.0 offers drill down maps, aggregate actions to configure multiple devices, remote configuration, a new Map Status probe for scalability, and enhanced monitoring of remote networks with security. PowerMail 4.1.1 brings improvements in importing of PowerMail 3 databases, scripting, compatibility with Mac OS 8.6, spell-checking and German language localization. The $50 email client runs on Mac OS 8/9/X and is available as a time-limited-demo. [4.7MB stupidFish programming has released shadowClipboard b1 for beta testing. shadowClipboard is a cocoa clipboard enhancer that remembers the last ten items copied to the clipboard. a simple interface lets you choose which item to paste into applications. It runs on Mac OS X 10.1 or later. [258KB] Desideratum has released Praeco 1.6, an update to its professional eBay auction tool for buyers and sellers. This version adds customizable export functionality, auction notes, increased password security, improved bid result reporting, and an updated database engine. [Classic, OSX] Nano Software has released Accounts 1.4, an update to the personal finance and small business accounting application that is available with both brushed metal and Aqua interfaces. The new version adds reconciliation, calendar date fields, a brushed metal appearance, performance improvements, initial localization for French and German languages and other new features. A demo of the $35 application for Mac OS X only is available. [1.4MB] mod_rendezvous v0.2 is an update to the Apache 1.3.x module which "causes all running Apache 1.3.x servers to register themselves on Rendezvous, and thus be visible in Apple's new Safari browser under the Rendezvous section of the bookmarks, and in any other application which browses for Rendezvous enabled web browsers." The source code is also available. [app, source] EZ shop ($150) enables Web site owners to implement an E-commerce infrastructure "in seconds." It has been updated to include Safari support. It is drag-and-drop-installable, and inlcudes features found in professional packages. "If you have a Web site you can convert to an ecom shop in minutes not hours with EZ shop." [updated link]
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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