Monitorer X 1.1 is a Mac OS X extension that records every keystroke in the background and saves it to a text file. "It also can take screenshots so you can view what other people were doing on your computer," explains the developer. With the latest version, you can choose between seven different screenshot compression qualities. [Download - 1.6MB] Complete Apache 2.0.45 is an update to the "easiest way to install and setup an Apache 2 Web server on Mac OS X." Version 2.0.45 includes a number of enhancements to the Apache 2 preferences pane, as well as many bug fixes. This version also includes fixes to recently announced security issues with Apache 2, so all users are encouraged to upgrade. [Download - 6.6MB] mere-mortal Software has released Safe Place, a $10 application designed to securely store your passwords, credit card numbers, software registration numbers, or "any other information you want to keep handy and safe from prying eyes." It is available for Mac OS X only. [Download - 4.4MB]
Mac fans are clamoring for Apple to develop its own cell phone, but Wireless Supersite Editor Ross Rubin explains why the company "won't phone home." Rubin says that control over distribution is paramount at Apple: "In Steve's world, distribution is a necessary evil; I can just see him storming around the board room, asking Al Gore why users can't just come to Cupertino to pick up their Macs." Rubin compares the potential situation to that of Apple's retail experience, in which it resorted to opening its own stores: "the company wants to control so much of the user experience -- from your presentation package to your email address -- that if it could break even delivering its own products instead of using Airborne Express, it would."
Impression 1.1 is a $20 backup utility used to back up directories to (and restore them from) multiple optical discs (CD-R, CD-RW, and DVD-R are supported). It includes a utility for erasing rewritable discs. It now supports incremental/differential backups, support for session documents to recall any previous backup state, and handles burn preferences on a per-disc basis. [466KB] Xupport 1.2.9 provides a clean GUI to configure many Mac OS X system options, that are not or hard to configure manually, and more. It includes several unix command to optimize and secure your Mac, and activates features that are disabled by default. Version 1.29 a new command to create symbolic links in the Browser; list last logins of users and ttys; more firewall examples (Stealth mode; and an actualized network port list. [423KB] tin:b Software has released TurboTool 2.2, a shareware utility that can graphically compose 'actions' which are built from 'atomics', i.e. basic components like shell or AppleScripts, service calls or copy/paste. 'Actions' run either within TurboTool or can be created as a droplet application. It includes enhancements for compatibility with Mac OS X 10.2, adds AppleScript support and fixes minor bugs. The license is $15 after the demonstration period until May. [4.1MB] Electric Butterfly has released Stimulus 3 for Mac OS 9. The $15 shareware multimedia player will play MP3s, view photos, and perform other multimedia actions such as a play slideshow, adjust volume, adjust treble/bass, create play lists, and search your collection. It is already available for Mac OS 9. [Classic, OSX] Andreas Pardeike has updated the LOOPS screensaver series with a brand new screensaver called "LOOPS Disco" and a free "LOOPS Teaser" screensaver that shows our engine. The collection features Aqua, Fireplace, Laundry, and Stream modules. Each module is $1.50. Only the LOOPS Teaser, displaying a Newton Scale, is available for download. [1.5MB] Lightbox 1.0.1, a free update to the $25 professional photo management program for Mac OS X, is now available. It includes over 50 new features including an iPhoto importer, the ability to use Lightbox albums in iDVD/iMovie, the option not to copy images into the storage location, simultaneous jpeg/raw shooting support, improved image previews, faster histograms, and other changes. [2.0MB]
Shares of Apple tumbled almost 9 percent on Friday on concern that its talks with Vivendi Universal to buy the Universal Music Group could yield a deal that would deplete Apple's cash trove and push it into an uncertain and troubled market. Meanwhile, Billionaire oilman Marvin Davis said he would drop his bid to acquire the entertainment assets of Franco-American conglomerate Vivendi Universal if Vivendi sells Universal Music to Apple, which could jeopordize Apple's bid: "The shares dropped $1.27 to $13.10 on Nasdaq in midafternoon trade. It was the biggest one-day percentage drop for the stock since last July."
Mandrake Linux 9.1, code-named "Bamboo", is now available for PowerPC processors. This new release provides all Mandrake 9.1 features, including Apache 2, "Zeroconf" network support and WiFi support. Mandrake 9.1 also offers simplified graphical installer, a new "MandrakeGalaxy" theme, stunning anti-aliased fonts, and the new KDE 3.1 and GNOME 2.2 desktop environments. Mandrake 9.1/PPC is based on Linux kernel 2.4.21 and includes XFree86 4.3.0, KDE 3.1, GNOME 2.2, OpenOffice.org 1.0.2, Mozilla 1.3, Apache 2, and Samba 2.2.7. It also includes Mac-On-Linux, full support for newest hardware and new sleep code for Apple laptops, and support for all PCI-based Macs. CDs are $35.
The LA Times reports that Apple is in talks to buy Universal Music for as much as $6 billion: "In a pairing that would alter the architecture of the music business, Apple Computer Inc. is in talks with Vivendi Universal to buy Universal Music Group, the world's largest record company... The discussions, a closely held secret for several months, could founder over unresolved issues. Apple hasn't made a formal bid but may offer $5 billion to $6 billion for the music company before Vivendi's April 29 board meeting, according to the sources." "People close to Jobs say he is convinced that the music industry is about to turn a corner in the copyright war. With the government shutting down pirate Web sites and the record industry now going after individuals for alleged piracy, the Apple chief believes digital theft will become increasingly more complicated, prompting fans to migrate to legitimate services, sources said."
Native Instruments has released Vokator, its "revolutionary vocoder that defines a new standard for transparency, detail, and smoothness. It is not only an exceptional vocoder, but also a sophisticated synthesizer, a granular sampler, and a virtualsound-fusion laboratory. The $300 application uses 1024 bands. eSuite4X 2.5 - MySQL4 Edition allows users to install MySQL ("in under 5 minutes"), start/stop and configure MySQL using a System Preference Pane, easily view log and configuration files with the integrated Log & Config File Manager, and graphically manage users, databases, tables, indexes, server status, create queries, import and export data etc. with the integrated SQL4X Manager J. A demo of the $100 application is available online. [7.7MB] Acrux software's MailVoiceClip is a Mac OS X Cocoa application for sending voice-clips by e-mail. Users can record a voice-clip and immediately send it by e-mail (or alternatively attach it to an email message). The received voice recording can be played by both Mac and PC users. The $10 shareware requires Mac OS X 10.2 and an internal/external microphone. [500KB]
KB roundup: Apple says that Mac OS X 10.2.5 fixes the date reset problem introduced in Mac OS X 10.2.4; Classic may not recognize some CD-ROMs when inserted after the Classic environment is launched; Mac OS X 10.2.3 or later may not complete installation and will quit without an error message, if the 128MB minimum memory requirement is not met; and Apple describes how to change the location of the default FTP root directory (FTPRoot).
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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
French show carries on with iPhones
Following a prolonged power loss in a French TV studio, the crew was able to use a combination of limited studio lighting and a number of iPhones to continue taping the Saturday episode of talk show On n'est pas couché ("We're Still Awake"), using the resulting footage in the first edited episode. The Plus-model iPhones used for the impromptu shoot completion were either iPhone 6 Plusses (which shoot in 1080p) or 6s Plus models (which can shoot in 4K). The decision to use the iPhones to complete the show was made after a power outage at France 2's studio stretched to more than three hours. http://bit.ly/299wqDt
Scrivener for iOS to arrive in late July
For some long-time Scrivener users, to quote Paul Simon, "these are the days of miracle and wonders." As it marks its 10th anniversary in business, developer Keith Blount has announced that the long-awaited iOS version of his creative-writing tool Scrivener is to be submitted to the App Store, following strong praise from beta-testers. The program, expected in late July, will sell for $20 and work with both the iPad and iPhone. When we interviewed Blount last January, he added that Scrivener 3 for Mac would follow along shorty afterwards. http://bit.ly/2901XLE
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