Apple India is working behind scenes to bring about a radical change in its channel sales, according to Cyber India Online's Ciol: "Apple sells through Ingram Micro and Neoteric apart from selling directly in India. With a new thrust to target sectors such as SOHO, SMB, Education, Home and Unix users, the company plans to entrust specialist resellers and sales support partners. The process is on and is slowly and silently being put in place."
Following up on comments generated yesterday, we've started a new Tax Cut Special Report, adding an explanation for the delays in the federal and state filing forms and other notes by readers running the application. We also updated our 12" Aluminum PowerBook report, adding a note about solving some DVD playback issues and a note from Switcher "Mac-Mike" about AirPort signal strength and heat issues (The report also now has a contents area and hyperlinks to the newest reports).
Apple KB roundup: Apple explains how to resolve an issue in which you may not be able to delete a "partial" file, such as an incomplete download, or any incompletely copied file that appears with a generic icon; iMovie 3 may stop responding or unexpectedly quit when choosing a menu item while iMovie previews an effect; Apple has a workaround for accelerating the Quark XPress 5.01 updater; the new iMacs are not among the listed computers that only startup and run Mac OS X (only the new 12" and 17" PowerBooks and the new FireWire 800 Power Macs).
Apple will open one of its retail stores at Sacramento's Arden Fair this Spring, according to the Sacramento Bee: "Apple spokeswoman Jane Rauckhorst said the company would not comment on unannounced store openings. But Chris Facas, senior manager at Arden Fair, confirmed Apple had signed papers Wednesday to move into 3,600 square feet previously occupied by the jeweler Bailey, Banks & Biddle. He said Apple would likely move in after renovations are completed sometime in May."
Dockside for OS X 1.0 is a collection of helpful system and internet applets with a 'dock-like' interface. It includes 'applets' on system info display, system stats.load monitor, analog clock with visual alarm, a calendar with visual alarms, and a timer with count up/down functions and alarm. The $15 shareware is fully configurable (position, orientation, size/look, etc.) and is extensible through a theme-based interfaced. [317KB] iVCR will work with most dedicated webcams across the internet or on your local area network to create a sequence of QuickTime movies from a webcam. It can record from multiple cameras simultaneously. [216KB] iBlog is a desktop blogging application for authoring and publishing weblogs. It supports multiple weblogs and categories, one-click publishing, suscription and viewing of other weblogs, automatic generation of an RSS/XML file, and other features. It is $20 and runs on Mac OS X (although licenses will not be available until February 20th). [1.7MB] Robert Najlis has posted a Mac OS X port of fragstats, a spatial pattern analysis program for categorical maps: "This is only the raster code. I did not port the vector code, as it requires Arc/Info, which does not run on Mac OS X." [174KB] Caffeine Softare's Curator 3.1 is a shareware image display and organization application for Mac OS X. Version 3.1 adds image focus based on Shutter Speed, Aperture, or Focal Length, gamma adjustment for Web Builder and Export functions, Histogram (levels) for photo adjustment, an option to include 2x- and 4x-sized images, a larger slide show buffer, an improved Web Builder interface, and cached Image EXIF data for better searching. It is $20. NovaMind 1.4.1 is an application designed to organize thoughts, remember information, generate ideas, and focus on concepts within a project. It uses shape, position, color, size, and text to help organize ideas and concepts. Version 1.4.1 adds preliminary support for German localization, while the last major release added custom display of "mind maps," including show/hide of specific branches. The $60 software is available with a 30% discount to educational institutions. [3.6MB] MIDI patchbay 1.0 lets you hook up your various pieces of MIDI software and hardware and pass MIDI data between them and apply assorted filters (key splits, MIDI channel remapping, transposition, etc.). Version 1.0 adds support for saving patch setups. Meanwhile, SimpleSynth 0.7 takes input from a connected MIDI device and can play instruments from Soundfonts and DLS files including Apple's default General MIDI sound set. Both are available for free (as is the source code). [MPB, SS]
Booq's PowerBook sleeve, PowerSleeve12, is a convenient and stylish laptop sleeve optimized for the new 12" PowerBook G4. The black case (with dark grey flap) is made from real durable ballistic nylon; the padded, toploading laptop case with velcro flap offers room for your PowerBook's power adapter, iPod, and other accessories and features a detachable shoulder strap. It is $40 and available now.
Early registration for FMP World 2003, a premier event for FileMaker Pro database developers, administrators and consultants in K-12 and higher education, ends February 28, 2003. Attendees can save $100 off the $700 conference fee by registering on or before Friday, February 28, 2003. FMP World runs March 31 through April 1, 2003 at the Doubletree Hotel and Executive Meeting Center in Plano, Texas. The sessions are divided into three tracks, Foundation, Developer and Solutions. Each attendee will receive the FMP World 2003 Manual and CD-ROM with white papers and sample files from the speakers. Breakfast, lunch and refreshment breaks are included in the registration fee.
Marketcircle today announced DayLite, 1.3, which features a specialized importer for ACT! data, easying the migration for PC users to the Mac and for Mac OS 9 users to Mac OS X. DayLite is a contact and sales manager for small businesses. Version 1.3 also improves the import/export process, has a new manual, adds label printing, includes campaign management features, incorporates a call log, offers more custom field options, improves Adress Book sync, and now integrates with MailDrop, Freshly Squeezed Software's mass mailing tool. The personal edition is $95, while the Business Edition is $150.
Panic has released Transmit 2.3, an update to its popular $25 shareware ftp client for Mac OS X. It improves Rendezvous support, better supports integration with BBEdit, adds a new "Double Click Action" preference to configure Transmit's behavior when a file is double-clicked, and changes the method of deleting files for better compatibility with more servers as well as improved Japanese language support. [676KB] iDVDthemePAK.com today released two iDVD menu theme collections for Apple's iDVD 3.0. Each theme includes completely custom button designs and composite graphic backgrounds, including 6 motion themes and 2 still background themes in either PAL or NTSC formats. The menu themes in the collections include: Motor Sports, Retro TV, Ocean, Beach, Adventure, Cinema, Road Trip and more. Existing customers can update their 2.0 ThemePAKs with a free updater. Each iDVDThemePAK is $30 or both PAK 1 and 2 are available for $54. It requires iDVD 3.0. SilverNetworks today released an updated version of its free remote screen capture tool, Spy 1.01, which offers remote access to a snapshot of your screen (via a standard web browser) and other system info. The utility can transmit live images in either JPEG or PNG fromat, with options for picture quality and scale. Version 1.01 adds the ability to turn off Live, the ability to limit how many people can be connected to the Live stream at once, and blocks Safari v58 and below from viewing Live (formerly blocked v54 and below) because Safari does not support Server Push. [588KB] Audiocorder 3.7 adds timed recording, additional Applescript support, and other bug fixes to the $20 sophisticated audio recorder utility. It can operate as a volume operated (VOX) audio recorder, can be programed with a recording schedule, or can record telephone conversations using your internal modem (Mac OS 9 only). It can also playback AIFF, WAVE, and mp3 sound files. [Classic, OSX] Dog Park Software has released iSpectrum Analyzer 0.1, an audio spectrum analyzer which allows users to view live audio in a standard frequency plot as well as a waterfall display. The user can adjust the display resolution and save images to disk. A $30 registration is required to work beyond the 5 minute time limit. [383KB] Sound Byte 2.02 turns your Mac into a "cart machine" for playing sound recordings--designed for DJs, radio stations and audio productions, to quickly and easily play a variety of recorded sounds, such as jingles, advertisements, songs, sound effects at sporting events, and more. Pricing starts at $25 for the shareware. [Classic, OSX] Black Cat Systems has released Diet Sleuth 4.0, a nutritional database and personal health logbook that tracks what foods you eat each day, and their nutritional value. It will automatically calculate your caloric intake, fat grams, carbohydrates, fiber, protein, cholesterol, along with sodium, potassium, and calcium. The $35 utility runs on Mac OS 9/X. [Classic, OSX]
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WhatsApp now handles over 100M calls daily
WhatsApp is celebrating that it is being used for over 100 million calls every day. In a brief notice, the Facebook-owned messaging platform advises the voice-calling feature it rolled out to its users last year now deals with an average of over 1,100 calls initiated per second. Earlier this year, it increased the security of its calls and other messages, by introducing end-to-end encryption on all platforms. http://bit.ly/292HqCX
Adele's '25' album now streaming
Recording artist Adele has "pulled a Kanye" after saying that her current album "25" would not be available for streaming. The seven-month-old record, which has yielded a number of hit singles, is now available for streaming on all the major streaming services, such as Apple Music and Spotify, as of today in most major markets, with worldwide distribution to come. Reportedly, the singer had demanded streaming be limited to paid subscribers -- a condition that has hurt some streamers with artists, who aren't paid royalties for free or trial listens . Apple pays performers its normal royalty rates during its free trial, avoiding the issue -- and having repeated success in both signing up exclusives and placing those exclusives into the top of the charts. http://ti.me/28U7NOu
SanDisk iXpand case has battery, storage
A new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s case from SanDisk appears to be the "holy grail" of accessories: a stylish and protective case that offers both extra storage as well as the option of extra battery power as well. The iXpand Memory case offers either 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of additional storage incorporated into the case, and an optional add-on battery pack (sold separately) adds up to an extra day or more of charge. Through the associated iXpand app, camera photos and videos can be automatically stored on the extra storage, optionally password-protected, The cost for the case is (in order of storage capacity) $60, $100, and $130. The battery pack's release data has not yet been announced, but the add-on should retail for an additional $30. http://bit.ly/291epHu
Fifth Hong Kong store to open June 30
The 46th official Apple store in what the company calls the "Greater China" region will open at 10AM local time in Hong Kong's New Town Plaza in the Sha Tin district on Thursday, June 30, according to a new page on Apple's retail website. Despite slowing growth due to economic turmoil in China, the country is still Apple's fastest-growing market. The new story will be the fifth for Hong Kong, a lucrative market for Apple thanks to the high concentration of wealth there and a thriving "gray" market. Normal store hours for the new store will be 10AM to 10PM every day. http://apple.co/291diaT
Apple Music bug bites very short songs
There appears to be a reproducible bug in the current version of iTunes -- version 12.4.1, running on OS X 10.11.5, both the current non-beta versions of the respective software -- that causes a streamed song to become "stuck" in endless buffering if the streamed item just before this happened was 60 seconds or less in length. The problem appears to stem from code in iTunes that signals the next track to start downloading one minute before the currently-playing track is done, and thus songs shorter than one minute don't trigger the download. Locally-stored music is unaffected by the bug, and the problem does not appear to exist in either the macOS Sierra developer beta or versions of iTunes earlier than 12.4, and does not affect the iOS Music app at all. http://bit.ly/291cN0l
Walmart Pay expands to 15 states
Walmart, one of the key progenitors of the failed CurrentC mobile payment system that was distinguished from Apple Pay by its ability to collect and share customer financial and buying data among its participants, has expanded the soft rollout of its alternative solution "Walmart Pay" to an additional 15 US states following a pilot program in Arkansas and Texas last month. Walmart continues to resist adding Apple Pay. The system, built into the Walmart app for iOS and Android, works with a complicated system of the camera scanning a purchase code at the register, then generating a QR code which is then scanned by the register. The system is available now in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, DC. http://apple.co/28SqZfu
Amazon refreshes entry-level Kindle
Amazon has added a new Kindle to its ebook reader range, one that is thinner and lighter than the previous entry-level model. Offering a six-inch 167-dpi touchscreen display, a doubled 4GB of storage, and an option for a white casing, the new model also adds in the ability to export highlights and notes to an email account as a PDF. Two versions of the all-new Kindle are available, priced at $80 including "Special Offers" and $100 without. http://amzn.to/28Q4c3R