Power Rip X v7.0 ($360) is a Mac OS X PostScript Level 3-compatible printer driver for Epson inkjet printers and iProof-X Direct Driver ($50) are non-PostScript Epson inkjet printer drivers. Both use the CUPS printing architecture and Mac OS X's printer sharing to support over 55 Epson color inkjet printers, offering automatic color profile selection at print time. iProof-X contains ICC color profiles for each paper type and resolution and also ships with custom PPD's for all the Epson Ink Jet printers supported. Demos of each are available online.
Neon Software's Bandwidth Hog Update for NetMinder Ethernet 5.0 ($800) contains an updated Packet Interference plugin, which automatically discovers network problems and security risks ((port scans, DoS attempts, duplicate IP addresses, and worms and viruses) and notifies users via email, pager or SNMP trap. This update analyzes network data to detect transfers of audio/video files to help administrators enforce bandwidth policies. [54KB] David Watanabe has updated his client for the gnutella peer-to-peer file sharing network. Acquisition 0.72, built using Cocoa for Mac OS X 10.2, features, among other things, pervasive contextual menu support, improved filtering, and a powerful new ability to tag search keywords (by prefixing) as necessary ('+') or unwanted ('-'). The shareware is $15. [1.4MB] iStumbler 0.6b is a utility for finding local wireless networks and services. It combines a compact Aqua UI with advanced wireless scanning and reporting. This release adds an info view for editing the latitude, longitude and info for each access-point as well as the ability to save and open log files. iStumbler is available under a BSD-style open-source license. [188KB] stupidFish has updated its Cocoa clipboard enhancer. shadowClipboard beta 2 brings an unlimited number of clipboards for Mac OS X. The new release features automatic hiding when in background, window resizability and alpha settings, an aqua-look option, automatic start, pasteboard-type filtering restrictions, cliboard storage slots for saving certain clipboards, and an advanced interface. [135KB] ThetaKent has released an updated MuseP3 0.3b, a frontend for the LAME MP3 encoder. It adds batch encoding, multiple selection/deletion, an option to encode using LAME's presets added, and other enhancements. The freeware requires Mac OS X 10.2. [472KB]
Apple's new School Night at the Apple Store program is designed for K-12 schools to "celebrate achievement" for one night a local Apple Store. The special event nights, which will begin in February (Tuesday and Wednesdays), are designed to showcase work both students and teachers are creating using Apple technology. To help raise money, Apple will offer $50 off any Mac purchased as well as a $50 credit for the school to use against future product purchases and will also provide invitations, posters, and other materials to help market the event.
Tech news: Microsoft's new digital rights software is designed to prevent unauthorized copying of CDs by creating special copy-controlled CDs with multiple layers of songs; A New York court has ruled that Network Associates may not require people who buy the software to get permission from the company before publishing reviews of its products and that the company could be penalized millions of dollars for violating consumers free speech, according to The New York Times; and HP regained its position as the world's largest PC maker in the fourth quarter, while the industry overall saw shipments increases by 4 percent in the quarter and No. 5 Apple saw its U.S. market share rise from 2.9 percent to 3 percent in the fourth quarter.
Bery Rinaldo's MacMP3Gain 1.0 is an AppleScript Studio application which adds a GUI to the command line version of mp3gain, a utility that performs some statistical analysis to determine how loud the file actually sounds to the human ear and performs lossless volume normalization (i.e., adjust them so that they have the same volume) without re-encoding the file. It is free and runs on Mac OS X 10.2. [MacGUI, MacApp] Laurens van Klaveren writes: "After months of using my Oki 8im USB led-printer from Classic because the beta driver for Mac OS X proved itself to be totally unusable, I found an updated 1.0 driver today. dated 20/12/02, this new (non-beta) OKIPAGE 8im 1.0 driver works flawlessly with both my Power Mac G4 and PowerBook, running Mac OS X 10.2.3." An updated Classic version is also available: OKIPAGE 8im v2.1.1. [Classic, OSX] Xupport 1.2.3 provides a clean GUI to configure many Mac OS X "hidden" system options and includes several Unix command to optimize and secure your Mac and can also activate features that are disabled by default. Version 1.2.3 can now change the swap file location and corrects some keyboard shortcuts. A 20-run demo of the $20 utility is available. [693KB] The $30 shareware PopChar X 2.0.1 is a maintenance update to the Mac OS X sibling of PopChar Pro. It fixes a bug that could cause PopChar X to crash on some configurations. Version 2.0, released yesterday, features automatic font detection in some applications and new language localizations.
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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