The much-anticipated Mac-compatible version of ePocrates Rx Pro is now available. ePocrates Rx Pro is a handheld drug reference guide "with over 750,000 healthcare professionals who rely on the software to reduce medication errors and practice more efficiently." The new ePocrates Rx Pro is compatible with Mac OS 9.2 and above and can be used with Palm OS devices.†[Download site unreachable]
MacNN reader John Glasgow writes: "I havenít seen a mention anywhere about the new Apple Store in (West Los Angeles) Santa Monica, CA on the 3rd. Street Promenade. I noticed the big black plywood construction fence with the white Apple logo last Saturday in the block just south of Wilshire Blvd."
The Darwin team today posted the Darwin 6.5 source code, corresponding to Mac OS X 10.2.5. "Darwin 6.5 is what we call an 'on-cycle' source-code release, where the corresponding Darwin source is made available soon after a new release of Mac OS X to customers." Several projects (e.g., gcc, gdb, CUPS, Rendezvous) will continue to do 'off-cycle' releases, according to the developer, whereby the source code is updated more frequently than the commercial releases.
Apple UK has launched the "Switch a Friend to Mac" promotion: "When you recommend a Mac to a friend who then takes advantage of these great deals created especially for switchers, you'll both receive a superb offer from the Apple Store." It is not clear if the program will be offered in the United States or other countries.
Added: Red Marble Games, in association with Twilight Games, has released Aargon Deluxe, a unique "laser puzzle" game. Aargon Deluxe is a non-violent logic game in which the player uses a wide variety of tools - mirrors, beam splitters, refractors, prisms, color converters, etc - to direct one or more laser beams to its goal. "There is no time limit or other pressure, so you can take your time and think through the solution." The free demo version of Aargon Deluxe comes with thirty levels which teach the basics of the game and offer some challenges. The registered version ($15-25) has 180 puzzles, including a full interactive tutorial that leads beginners from the basic concepts to advanced techniques and expert playing pieces. [Download - 3.3MB] Ken Winograd and Space-Time Associates today released TinyBooks 1.0.4, an update to the accounting/bookkeeping program. TinyBooks is designed for Sole Proprietors, home and other small businesses, and family finances. Version 1.04 adds cosmetic improvements to the Expense, Income and Account lists, and fixes a bug that prevented standard copy and paste keyboard equivalents from being used. [Download - 187KB] cycling74 today released a Mac OS X version of Max/MSP. Max is a graphical programming environment for music and media applications. Max/MSP combines the Max graphical programming environment with MSP audio extensions. [Download - 18.3MB] TFTP Server 1.5 is a simple utility that assists with the configuration of the TFTP server shipped with the standard Mac OSX distribution. TFTP (Trivial File Transfer Protocol) is a simple protocol used to transfer files. Details of changes in version 1.5 were not made available. [Download - 138KB] WAFInspec 1.0 is a small application for Mac OS X, that enables you to browse, preview and extract contents of Web Archive Format type files, such as the cache files of Microsoft Internet Explorer. Since the beta releases, WAFInspec has reverted to a standard Aqua interface (as opposed to Brushed Metal), includes example preferences, and no longer has memory leaks. [Download - 516KB]
The Washington Post discusses Steve Jobs' denial of a rumored bid by Apple to by Universal Music Group record label (with links to dozens of other industry articles): " Apple Computer says it has a policy of not commenting on rumors, but the trendy computer company did just that yesterday in an attempt to quash rumors that it might pony up major cash...The rumor mill is still churning (like this Yahoo message board), stoked by what some describe as a vague statement from Apple chief executive Steve Jobs. Media outlets were quick to point out that the statement did not address the existence of talks between the media giant and personal computer company."
Apple confirmed it will open its first Washington state retail store next month, at Bellevue Square, after we first reported the location in November 2002. The 4,600-square-foot, ground-level store will sell Macintosh-brand computers and other companies' digital cameras and other electronics, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Update: A King Country Journal article indicates that the store will likely open May 10. Meanwhile, another MacNN reader points to more Apple store job openings at a second location: "It looks like Apple has started posting job ads for a second company store in the Seattle area. This one is in University Village, an open air mall near the University of Washington campus within Seattle proper. The other store to open shortly is in Bellevue, a suburb on the other side of Lake Washington (and not very accessible for Seattle-ites)."
CMS Peripherals today added a new 80GB model to its line of portable ABSplus backup solutions. The ABSplus is the only fully integrated hardware and software solution for automatic backup and restore on the Macintosh. The ABSplus is shock-mounted for mobile users, and is bootable in a single keystroke on Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. The portable FireWire drive is available for $550.
TLA Systems has released DragThing 4.6, an update to its popular shareware ($25) dock application. It offers improved contextual menus for dock items, including the ability to quit applications and eject disks from any dock, and a "Windows" menu for running applications. It also features a new "Paint Tools" window that lets you to draw colors and textures directly onto your docks and has improved support for Safari and Mac OS X. All features of DragThing are now fully unlocked for a one week trial period after you first run this new version. It requires Mac OS X 10.1 or later. [1.5MB] Microspot Ltd has released PrintmiX 1.2, an application that allows you to select, arrange and print several different photographs on one page using various templates. PrintmiX 1.2 is designed as a compliment to iPhoto. Version 1.2 includes more ways to arrange and present photographs and other types of images, drag & drop support, use of landscape and portraits on a single templates, and new frame designs to customize photographs. It costs $35 and is avaialable for Mac OS X. [3.8MB] The Omni Group released OmniOutliner 2.2.1, a new version of the popular Mac OS X outlining tool adds enhancements to the Find, Spell Checking, and Sorting functions. OmniOutliner 2.2.1 also provides updates to the Keynote preference panel and improves XML export. [1.6MB] The LaTeX Equation Editor "provides an elegant graphical interface to LaTeX, a powerful typesetting engine for mathematics, enabling you to quickly generate professional-looking mathematics for inclusion in your slides. All equations are produced as single-page PDF files, so they can be smoothly resized and rotated like any other graphic object in Keynote" (and any other application which accepts PDF files as input, including Adobe Acrobat, Mail, QuickTime, etc.). [50MB] SGBD Products today released 4DiTools, an 4D developer tool that can manage macros, colors, and strings as well as offers other tools such as a magnifying glass, virtual screen size, Finder error reporting, and others. It is 15 Ä shareware. Ronald Ladouceur's Address Book Importer is a free utility to import data from tab-delimited files into Apple's Address Book application on Mac OS X: "I wrote it originally for myself to move my contact data from classic Mac OS to Mac OS X. It worked so well I decided to add a little bit of polish to it in case it might be useful to somebody else." [28KB] David Skelly has released Hearts 4.0 and Spades 1.1, updates to his Mac card games. Each title is $15. (Classic versions are available on the Website.) [H-OSX, SP-OSX]
America Online today announced a new version of AOL for Mac OS X that gives members more control over their online experience, greater protection for their privacy and security, and enhanced communication features for e-mail and instant messaging. Customers can simply add the AOL for Broadband service to any high-speed DSL or cable Internet connection using a "bring your own access" (BYOA) plan if they have existing broadband access already through their local phone, cable TV or Internet provider.
Centurion Technologies has launched its new drive and data protection solution for the Mac. DriveShield is currently in beta testing and is expected to ship in late spring/early summer: "[It] gives full and total protection by protecting everything on the hard drive. A temporary storage space on the hard drive is created and any changes or modifications are captured there and when the system is rebooted this space is wiped clean." Orders between now and July 15 are eligible to be entered into a drawing to receive a PDA which will be awarded on August 31, 2003. HumanSoftware has released BoosterElements 1.1 for Adobe Elements, a set of three filters designed to add missing features to Photoshop Elements, including Masking to silhouette difficult images via density (especially fur, hair, trees); Curves to adjust a shadow or perform a precise color correction in a tonal range; and a SWAP element to create easily 4 colors Black & White, sepias, duotone, and tritone images. It is $30. Waves in Motion has upgraded its popular FileMaker plug-in to take advantage of VeriSign's payment gateway. eAuthorize 3.5 can process credit cards or electronic checks from within any FileMaker solution. It will authorize transactions securely and quickly with either Authorize.net, PlanetPayment and now VeriSign. The $250 plugin is available for both Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. For a limited time, Waves in Motion is offering a 20% migration upgrade discount for all MacAuthorize users. [form] El Gato Software has released EyeTV 1.2, an update to its software for its $200 EyeTV DVR (digital video recorder) device. It offers new Italian and Spanish localization, a bug fix that affected users running OS 10.2.4, the ability to edit recordings and save clips as QuickTime movies, and the ability to wake or power up your system to record shows. [5.4MB] Cisco has released its Cisco VPN Client 4.0, an update to its VPN software Version 4.0 adds support for SEP-E modules ( supporting DES, 3DES and AES), group-based DHCP server configuration, LDAP authorization, native Kerberos/Active Directory authentication, RADIUS defined Remote Access user filters, SNMP/log message filtering, Alerts (Disconnect Reason Codes) for Remote Access connections, and Site-to-Site backup and disable functionality. [requires password] dot software has released Aquaruler 4.1, a full-featured screen measuring utility for designers, and programmers. It offers an edge ruler, mouse XY coordinates, a drag ruler, measure/resolution boxes, screen lines, a cross hair pointer, customizable pixels per inch, zoom functions, and a zap ruler. The OS X utility is $11 shareware. [1.2MB]
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Apple mandates June 1 app IPv6 support
Apple has set the deadline for IPv6 support for App Store-supplied software. On June 1, apps thast use a custom networking stack and that are submitted to the app store must support IPv6-only networks. The rule, announced last year as coming soon, will only affect a small portion of submitted applications that do not use the NSURLSession and CFNetwork APIs. http://apple.co/24yBTIY
YouTube Unplugged OTT service coming 2017?
As part of the continuing YouTube evolution, the video streaming service is reportedly considering a paid subscription service that would provide users "over the top" cable TV service. According to sources familiar with the matter, the service has been in the works since 2012, has already made changes to accommodate the live video feeds, and could debut the offering as soon as 2017. http://bloom.bg/1rvx8BW
Kohls Apple Pay integration with loyalty program
Kohl's customers are now able to pay for their purchases with Kohl's Charge and simultaneously earn loyalty program Yes2You Rewards in conjunction with Apple Pay. The service is currently available in approximately 250 Kohl's stores and is expected to be in all Kohl's stores nationwide later this month, making Kohl's the first retailer to deliver a one-tap checkout that integrates both its private credit card as a form of payment and a loyalty program with Apple Pay. http://yhoo.it/21wEUI6
AirMap iOS app for drone operators
Provider of airspace information and services for unmanned aircraft AirMap announced today the release of the AirMap app for iOS and Apple Watch. Operators can now access low-altitude airspace advisories, create flights, file digital flight notices to over 80 airports, and manage unmanned aircraft. Building on the success of AirMap's Digital Notice and Awareness System (D-NAS), the AirMap app brings to iOS devices a fully integrated airspace management solution for recreational and commercial drone operators. The app is free. http://apple.co/21wCadD
BlackBerry video calling available on iOS
BlackBerry has made its video calling feature available to Android and iOS users. The company reports limited availability of the new cross-platform feature for now, citing "because this is the first time we're launching BBM Video calling, and we want to monitor performance, gather feedback, and iron out any kinks that may arise before we roll it out globally." http://blck.by/1ruu4pC
Apple loses iPhone brand exclusivity in China
Apple has lost its exclusive rights to the 'iPhone' brand in China, the Beijing Municipal High People's Court has ruled. According to Quartz, Chinese company Xintong Tiandi is now free to continue selling its non-smartphone "IPHONE" branded products, which include smartphone cases, among other leather goods. The Chinese court ruled that Xintong Tiandi, which registered the "IPHONE" trademark in 2007, could continue to use the trademark because Apple did not start selling the iPhone in China until 2009. Apple also could not prove that Xintong Tiandi's ongoing use of the trademark would cause Apple material harm. The latest ruling by the Chinese government follows its recent decision to shut down the iTunes Movies and iBooks Store. http://bit.ly/1SNhRmB
Bowers & Wilkins bought by EVA Automation
High-end UK audio equipment maker and fixture in Apple retail stores Bowers & Wilkins has been bought out by a California "smart home" tech firm, EVA Automation. Fomer Bowers & Wilkins owner Joe Atkins will continue as CEO of the joint venture, with EVA Automation founder Gordon Yu acting as executive chairman. The two companies said the merger will combine EVA's AV technologies and Bowers & Wilkins' acoustic engineering talents to grow the now-combined firm. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, and it is expected that the Bowers & Wilkins brand name will continue. http://yhoo.it/1SLt6zj