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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WhatsApp working on Mac desktop app?
Allegedly-leaked information from a WhatsApp beta enthusiast account on Twitter appears to suggest that the messaging service and app maker may be developing native Mac and Windows versions, allowing users who sign up with the service to text each other all over the world using either Wi-Fi or cellular data. The source of the documents is in question, but it would not be unusual for the service to expand onto Mac and Windows desktops. WhatsApp is currently available for iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Nokia, Symbian, and Windows Phone. http://bit.ly/1Ura0zN
Drake's Views an iTunes, Music exclusive
Drake's new album Views (formerly known as Views from the 6) has debuted on iTunes and Apple Music as an exclusive in the first week of its release. The singles Once Dance and Pop Style, however, are available elsewhere in the interim. Securing exclusives from leading artists has been a key strategy that Apple has adopted in trying to attract users to its services. Most notably, Taylor Swift's hugely popular 1989remains unavailable to users of competing services like Spotify or Tidal. http://apple.co/1NLwsSH
TSMC chip sales to Apple jump $2B in 2015
Apple A9 and A9X chip supplier TSMC saw sales to Apple jump $2 billion in 2015. TSMC's fabrication partnership with Apple on the A-series processor helped drive its revenue to $26.4 billion, up six percent over the previous year, although its dependence on Apple's chip orders meant that without its business, TSMC's revenue would have actually declined by two percent. The Taiwan-based chip maker is currently sharing Apple's A9-series chip supplies with Samsung, although is rumored to be gaining all Apple's orders for the next-generation Apple A10 chips. http://bit.ly/24tCE6e
Fiat Chrysler adding Siri Eyes Free
On Friday, automaker Fiat Chrysler issued a software update for selected 2013-2015 model cars to allow Siri Eyes Free, the precursor to the more fully-featured CarPlay, to be compatible with the vehicles' infotainment systems, including steering wheel control. The 2013 through 2015 model Ram 1500/2500/3500, the 2013-2015 Dodge Viper, the 2014-2015 Dodge Durango, the 2014-2015 Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee, and the 2015 models of Dodge Challenger and Charger, Jeep Renegade, and Chrysler 200 and 300 can be upgraded through the Unconnect touchscreen, visiting the Uconnect site and entering their 17-digit Vehicle ID, then downloading the update to a USB drive. Installation can take up to 45 minutes, and can only be done while the vehicle is in park. http://bit.ly/23f0sby
Tor Myhren starts as VP of Communications
After an initial announcement in December, Apple on Friday added former Grey Group chief creative officer Tor Myhren to its leadership roster as VP of Marketing Communications, placing the well-known ad exec in charge of Apple's advertising and Internet marketing efforts, as well as having a hand in packaging design. He will report directly to CEO Tim Cook, and is replacing the retired Hiroki Asai, who left Apple after 18 years with the company. Myhren is expected to continue Apple recent push into more "lifestyle" marketing rather than product-centric ads, such as the well-remembered "I'm a Mac" campaign from last decade. http://apple.co/1Wwf0Dd
Marseilles Apple Store to open May 14
Apple has officially announced its newest retail store in France, which is to open in the southern port city of Marseilles in the Les Terrasses du Port shopping center on May 14 at 10AM local time. It will be the 19th full retail store Apple has opened in the country, or 20th if one includes the Apple Watch-only boutique at Galeries Lafayette in Paris. Apple is said to be planning a new showcase Paris store to be located on the Champs-Élysées. http://apple.co/1pP77vO
Maps adds Flyover, Suggestions locations
Apple has updated Maps to include Spotlight Suggestions for Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, allowing users to search both internally and across the web on both Mac and iOS devices for data in Spotlight. In addition, the company has added Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and Akron, Ohio to the 3D Flyover feature, offering computer-enhanced aerial views of the two areas -- and has activated real-time traffic information for Thailand, which will augment services like reminders to incorporate estimated travel times for appointments, as an example. The company recently added Nearby searches to five countries, and rolled out transit directions for Montreal in Canada and Portland, Oregon. http://apple.co/1Lh1Zel