Secure.CC has released eShox 1.5, a significant update in its Mac OS X ecommerce solution that includes multiple languages, a help system, and mShox/eShox features consolidation. Language support has been added for French, Dutch and Italian. Also added is support for the euroConex Clikpay payment gateway, the Kagi payment gateway, and the Authorize.net AIM payment method.
Bare Feats has published performance statistics comparing the recently released ATI Radeon 9700 Pro to nVidia GeForce4 Titanium. The Radeon's advantage becomes especially apparent at the most demanding Quake3 Arena test. "ATI Technology's Radeon 9700 Pro takes the Quake3 frame rate bragging rights away from the GeForce4 Titanium," the review concludes.
Aspyr Media has published a demo of Medal of Honor Allied Assault Spearhead. "Players will assume the role of Sgt. Jack Barnes as he endures the final months of World War II, from Operation Overlord to the Battle of the Bulge and culminating with the fall of Berlin," says Aspyr, "Spearhead combines nine expansive single-player levels with over 12 new multiplayer maps and includes new locations, new weapons, and new soldiers."
Apple has informed customers with Apple IDs and .Mac accounts that on April 10th the company will implement a unified Web login database. The .Mac login information will override the Apple ID username and password. For users with matching logins, the .Mac password will override the Apple ID password. "Additionally, if your .Mac account included your billing information and your Apple ID did not, your 1-Click accounts are now populated with your .Mac billing information," Apple says. If you'd prefer not to use the same billing information for .Mac and your Apple ID account, 1-Click billing information can be modified at any time.
Dracosoft this morning released Cube It! 1.0, a "fast-paced fun world of cubes and colors" themed after the de Stijl art style. It is priced at $10; a 60-minute trial is available for free. [Download - Classic, OS X]
Chronos today released F10 Launch Studio 1.1, an update to its launcher utility for Mac OS X. Version 1.1 fixes several minor bugs and adds two new features: a 'Switch & Hide' hot key makes it easy to keep the proliferation of windows on the screen to a minimum, and the ability to completely customize hot key combinations. F10 Launch Studio is $30. [Download - 2.8MB] Automated Workflow has posted Clipboard Scripts, a collection of 20 AppleScripts that can be used to improve everyday system efficiency. "Clipboard Scripts" utilize the clipboard in OS X to perform specialized tasks. After copying text to the clipboard, users can trigger these AppleScripts to add prefixes and suffixes to each paragraph, sort paragraphs, extract URLs, remove HTML tags, and so on. A five-script "Clipboard Scripts" package is available as freeware; the complete package of all 20 scripts is available for as little as $5. [Download - Freeware form] KeyStrokes 3.0, a major update to the only fully-functional on-screen keyboard solution for Mac OS X, is scheduled for release in May and will include a "revolutionary" new word prediction engine. "This is not the earlier planned port of the word prediction engine used in KeyStrokes 2," cautions the developer. Version 3.0 will cost $200 for new users, and will be free to owners of prior version. Pro Tools 6.0.1 is a free update to the audio editing suite for Mac OS X. The update corrects a "NeoAccess" error; adds the ability to read/write embedded comments in AIFF and generic WAV files; introduces a command to a command to copy the Mac OS X Finder comments to the Database comments field of a DigiBase Catalog; and corrects a '9014' error with Mbox. [Download - form] Koingo Software has released version 4.1.2 of Password Retriever, an update that includes a complete overhaul of the core as well as "many code optimizations." The update is free to owners of previous versions. Password Retriever lets you store and categorize passwords for "everything from your voice mail to your countless e-mail accounts." [Download - 963KB] HotApp 1.7.3 and HotAlias 1.5 are now available from TrufSoft for Mac OS X. The new releases introduce expanded support for file and application tracking. HotAlias is a simple multiple document launcher; HotApp is a utility application that let you control various elements of Mac OS X directly from the keyboard. [Download - HotApp, HotAlias]
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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