Data Recycler 1.0.3 is a maintenance update to the powerful utility for protecting files from accidental deletion. Version 1.0.3 contains an unspecified number of modifications. Pricing of the Mac OS X program begins at $50. [Download - update only, evaluation] 3TAG AB has released ImageOrganizer-X 2.0.1, an update to the $20 Mac OS X thumbnail database software that fixes "issues" that "never showed up during beta cycle." According to the developer, "the idea behind IMOX is [...] not to fill your hard drive with thousands and thousands of duplicates of your images, but to keep track of where your images are stored, even on [...] on remote volumes." [Download - 2.1MB] DC Handy Palette 1.0 is now available for $10 through February 28th, compared to the regular price of $20. DC Handy Palette allows Mac OS 9/X users to keep track of their daily changes to files. "Web page designers are using this program to keep track of daily changes to Web sites," notes the developer. It includes support for Macintosh Client Server Mounting through TCP/IP, SAMBA, and AppleTalk. [Download - 1.9MB] Apple has released File Name Encoding Repair Utility, which will fix incorrect file name conversion done by Classic versions of the Mac OS. [Download - 54KB] Cocoa eFax 1.1 adds a better manual, improved Mac OS X 10.2.4 support, a SPAM blocker, and the ability to email a received fax to specified address -- or to multiple addresses -- to the $10 fax solution. The next release will deliver overhauled printing functionality, the ability to receive faxes as PDFs, and fax queuing. [Download - OS X 10.2, OS X 10.1] IOXperts has released version 1.0.2 of its USB WebCam Driver for Mac OS X. The driver supports more than 35 USB Web cameras, including many popular models from Logitech and Philips. Newly supported cameras in this release are: AME-CU320, Philips ToUcam XS (PCVC720K/40 only), and VideoLogic HomeC@m. Registering the driver for full functionality costs $20. [Download - 539KB] Intelli Innovations has released Barcode Producer 1.8, which adds support for POSTNET barcodes, improved support for ISSN barcodes and a new 'IntelliScanner Test Box' feature to the $100 barcode creation software. Other changes include a number of customer-requested 'tweaks,' and a few minor bug fixes. [Download - 1.2MB]
Mac OS X 10.2.4 users continue to report problems with Mac OS X 10.2.4, and possible solutions. We've posted reports from two users regarding the keyboard menu, and "corporate.local" DNS Name compatibility.
Belkin today introduced its new lineup of accessories for the iPod. The TuneCast Mobile FM Transmitter (F8V367-APL $30), the iPod Case (F8E520-APL, $20), and the iPod Leather Organizer (F8E522-APL, $30, The TuneCast Mobile FM Transmitter connects an iPod wirelessly to their home or car stereo, allowing users too choose from four different FM frequencies. The Belkin iPod Case allows the user's iPod mobile digital device to be completely visible and functional via PVC cover (that provides access to buttons) and also clips securely onto the user's belt or waistband using a sturdy swivel case. The Belkin iPod Leather Organizer also holds personal essentials like business and credit cards in four convenient slots and also includes a handy mesh pocket for earphones as well as a billfold to hold money and receipts.
MYOB US, Inc. is giving a $100 refund to QuickBooks users who purchase MYOB AccountEdge v3 between February 26, 2003 and March 31, 2003: "QuickBooks users who find themselves twitching in frustration at their inability to switch from QuickBooks for Windows to Mac can find a cure in MYOB AccountEdge version 3... Most QuickBooks company files can be converted to MYOB AccountEdge v3 in five easy steps!"
Blue World is shipping its Lasso Studio 6 for Macromedia Dreamweaver MX, which allows non-programmers to quickly build data-driven Web sites using an intuitive set of tools and wizards. Designed for entry-level Web designers to intermediate Web developers, Lasso Studio provides wizards and tools which dramatically ease the process of building data-driven Web sites. It includes new live data preview, a Snapshot editor, the ability to show/hide the database schema, a redesigned interface, better performance, a new floating tool panel, and a feature-complete single-user version of Lasso Professional 6. It is available for $300 with upgrades starting at $200.
Blue World's Lasso Professional 6.0.3 Update fixes several bugs and adds a few new features to the company's web server and application development environment. The LassoTags module in the LassoModules folder has been incorporated into the LassoService application to fix a memory leak and modifications to the httpd.conf file are now done via an included file in the /etc/httpd/users folder to prevent the Mac OS X installer from overwriting changes to the httpd.conf file. [31MB] UniHelp 1.4.2 adds REALbasic 5 support and packages a new (free) lite version. The $50 royalty-free REALbasic class offers developers the ability to instantly add a cross-platform help system to any REALbasic project. It includes a built-in Search Engine and supports HTML pages, URL Links, relative Links, images, multimedia, back/forward history navigation, and printing. [4.7MB] Profound Effects has released Reveal, a plug-in for Adobe After Effects 5.5 that makes working with large projects easier. The search tool helps locate specific components such as specific solids, cameras, and lights in After Effects projects. It is "charity-ware". Reveal joins Profound's family of plug-ins for Adobe After Effects including Useful Things, a flexible, time-saving, cost-cutting, and radically expandable new technology. [form] Concept House has released Fluid 2.01, a real-time fluid-dynamics model and rendering engine for Mac OS X that uses OpenGL to create the effect of flowing liquid on your screen. The "donation-ware" features multi-processor support, AltiVec-enhanced modes, and user-configurable color themes and rendering styles. (SaverLab can be used to capture Fluid's renders using standard screen-capture programs. ) [2.4MB]
Apple has posted AirPort Extreme Firmware Update 5.03 for its new 802.11g base stations: "This firmware update fixes an issue where an AirPort Extreme network appears to be unavailable as displayed by the AirPort Menu Extra or the Internet Connection application. This behavior may result from excessive 2.4 GHz radio interference which causes the wireless network to disappear. The update allows the base station to more gracefully recover when exposed to sources of interference. For additional information on reducing the effects of interference, see the Apple Knowledge Base document 'AirPort: Potential Sources of Interference.' The AirPort Extreme Base Station will no longer spontaneously restart itself. There is now no known limit to the number of FTP connections that can be initiated through the base station."
USB Overdrive 1.4 is an update to the universal mouse and joystick driver for Mac OS 9.x and for the Classic environment under Mac OS X 10.2. Version 1.4 enables mouse wheel scrolling in Classic applications (works with USB Overdrive X). New features also include a "Use Global Settings" command, support for the Logitech MX500 and MX700 8-button mice, support for the Microsoft Sidewinder Strategic Commander, support for GyroPoint devices, and more. [304KB] Whizzo Consulting's Download Wizard 1.0rc1 is a replacement for your browser's built-in download manager. The Cocoa application offers dock menus, service availability, dock icon status, and localization in different langauages. The freeware version of Download Wizard will never expire; however, registration ($17) unlocks some of the more advanced features. [306KB] Freeverse today announced version 3.3 of GameSmith, its Mac OS X native game matching service that features private accounts, server-side rankings, and an integrated mySQL database that powers live web-based stats. The new features include LAN play (Zero-Config), chat coloring, more powerful preference settings, AFK feature, many community-demanded features and numerous bug fixes. GameSmith hosts all of Freeverse's online play as well as other compatible third-party games. [228KB] Publicspace.net has released version 3.0 of A Better Finder Select, the first version of its Finder file filtering utility for Mac OS X. The $10 shareware is a contextual menu plugin that allows power users to filter file selections based on a range of criteria. It offers partial file name, Unix-style wildcard matches, and regular expression matching. [1.5MB] The shareware ftp client, CaptainFTP 2.2, offers segment downloading, a copy manager, multithreaded operation, Rendezvous support, and other advanced features. Version 2.2 adds synchronization, resumeable downloads, improved offline browsing, better server connectivity, a new 'GO' menu, and file-based logging for FTP traces. Upgrades from pre-2.0 versions are $15 through the end of the month. The update is free to registered users of v2.0 ($25). [2.0MB]
Monaco Systems has released updated versions of its professional ICC profiling products and has expanded its family of profiling solutions with the introduction of MonacoPROFILER Gold.
Open Text Corporation's FirstClass division has introduced FirstClass 7.1, the latest version of its cross-platform messaging and communications software package. The new version includes new spam management capabilities, security enhancements, PDA support, and a better Voice UI. FirstClass 7.1 also delivers support for Mac OS X platform with both a FirstClass Client and FirstClass Server. Other new features include an improved Webmail interface, an enhanced browser, and a new FirstClass Lotus Notes/Domino Connector for better connectivity between FirstClass servers and Notes/Domino servers.
Cocktail 1.0b5 is an update to the 'donation-ware' application, which simplifies the use of of advanced UNIX functions and gives access to hidden Mac OS X settings. The update adds a new 'Cache' tab, gigabit eithernet support, a new "Use the Desktop" option in Finder settings, and various bug fixes. [Download - 762KB] CrushFTP 3.0b31 fixes a GUI freeze bug, a number of directory-related bugs, and adds a firewall/rotuer testing feature to the $25 professional FTP server software. It offers multihoming, virtual servers, users/groups, ratios, quotas, bandwidth limiters, remote admin, virtual serving, redundancy, load balancing, virtual directories, and other advanced features. [Download - Classic, OS X] Memory Usage Getter 2.2 displays "the memory and CPU usage of each individual process (not simply the total memory usage), as well as displaying them visually so that you can see at a glance the relative usage of processes to one another. Version 2.2 adds the ability to kill processes (any process with admin privs) and a new toolbar with a search box as well as French and Spanish localizations. The $5 shareware is for Mac OS X only. [431KB] Taco HTML Edit 1.2 is a full-featured HTML editor featuring a new tag coloring scheme, batch Find options for searching multiple documents, a new tag organizer for cleaning up HTML, the ability to do text line wrapping by words or characters, and improved Unicode handling as well as other features such as code clips for tracking frequently used HTML code, a customizable toolbar, HTML wizards, document templates, and HTML syntax error detection. The freeware runs on Mac OS X. [509KB] Ranchero Software's Huevos 1.1 is an open-source Cocoa application (for Mac OS X only) that makes it easy to search many different search engines. It comes with 15 search engines built in and offers the ability to can add more. It adds support for hotkey activation, keyboard navigation, and other features. [92KB] Trinfinity Software's freeware QuicKalendar 1.1 offers quick and easy access to a resizable calendar. It can now display multiple calendar windows and functions organize and access open windows. [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