Apple outlines the procedure for creating encrypted disk images in an AppleCare Knowledge Base article. "Creating an encrypted disk image is very similar to creating an unencrypted image," explains the article. Apple cautions that by default, the password will be saved in your Keychain. You may elect not to save the password by deselecting the checkbox for "Remember password".
Several MacNN readers note that shortly after the tragic loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia this morning, Apple pulled promotional images featuring the Shuttle. The imagery, which was used to promote Apple's new LCD displays, was replaced with pictures from the Sydney Harbor Bridge.
SDF, the longest running public access UNIX system, had its network abrubtly terminated by NWLINK, its ISP, for being the victim of a Distributed Denial of Service attack. SDF was used by over 20,000 active Mac, Windows, Linux, and Unix users for cheap and reliable POP3 email and webhosting services. SDF has been operational since 1987. Slashdot readers debate the precedent this may set of ISPs evicting users and customers who are the victims of internet attacks, not the perpetrators of them. Complaints can be filed with Washington State's Attorney General's office following the instructions available on SDF's homepage.
Dell is enlisting Sears as the latest partner in its effort to wring more sales out of the consumer personal computer market. Dell is expanding its 2 1/2-year-old experiment with mall-based display areas and moving into individual stores. The company opened a demonstration area at a Sears store on Wednesday. It will open three more kiosk-like displays next month in the Florida cities of Orlando, Coral Gables and Aventura, Sears said. Apple Computer previously worked with Sears on a similar strategy, but the partnership eventually collapsed in March, 2001.
PreFab Software's UI Browser 1.0 is a utility to help scripters write user interface scripts using Apple's new "GUI Scripting" technology for AppleScript in MacOS X 10.2.3: "Using a familiar browser interface similar to the Finder's column view, UI Browser lets you navigate up, down, and sideways in the user interface tree of any and all Mac OS X applications that are accessible to GUI Scripting." The $40 utility is available through April 19th for $25. [400KB] AysMon 2.1 is a no-cost utility for monitoring network related system resources such as open server ports, bandwidth, and disk utilization. Version 2.1 adds Printer sharing monitoring (IPP). [670KB] iPhoto Mailer Patcher 2.0 add supports for Claris Emailer, Mailsmith, Outlook Express, PowerMail and QuickMail Pro to Apple's iPhoto (in addition to America Online, Eudora, Mail and Microsoft Entourage, support for which is included in iPhoto 2). [254KB] MGU Software today released Watcher 1.0.3, a new version this free OS X tool for the automatic limitation of computer use time. Watcher "allows the owner of a computer to set up how long a given user can use the computer every day." This new version is Jaguar-only, fixes the OS 10.2.3-related bugs, and has a few new features. [801KB] Cacophony 1.2.2 updates Richard Bannister's digital audio editor supporting over 20 file formats, fixing a bug related to GSM file conversion, offering configurable fade effects, and adding support for "Play Through" when recording. It is available in English and French. [1.0MB] GyazMail 0.9.9 is an e-mail client for Mac OS X, offering support for multiple accounts, management of messages by one file per message (RFC 822 format), a single-window interface with 2 or 3 panes, message threading support, multi-function searches, message rules and filters, templates (for outgoing messages), message queueing, SSL and SMTP auth support, and other features. [1.2MB]
Sonnet is offering a free 32MB Piccolo USB Flash Drive with every Encore/ST purchased between the dates of February 1 and March 31, 2003. Each customer that purchases an Encore/ST 800 MHz, 1GHz, or 1.2GHz upgrade in the U.S, Canada, Japan, or Europe, will be eligible to receive a free Sonnet Piccolo 32MB USB Flash Drive. (Online orders will receive the drive immediately without the need for a mail-in rebate.)
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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