Cyberduck 2.1b5 is an open-source Cocoa-based SFTP and FTP browser with support for multiple servers, site bookmarks, drag & drop uploads, Finder-like file functions, and other features. It adds HTTP support, default application preferences, and other changes. [1.2MB] Spectral Class has released an update to Skeleton Key 2.0b, its utility to open programs as the root user without having to use the command line. This update offers a new version checking feature as well as bug fixes and stability enhancements. [62KB] 4D Agenda 1.16 is a plugin for 4th Dimension that allows users to visualize Calendar events in a day, week and month view. Users can drag events to different locations within the calendar and create calendars for multiple users. All views in 4D agenda are printable in full color or black and white. [250KB] Shrook 1.3 is a $20 RSS reader that tracks read and updated items and automatically checks channels for updates. It offers synchronization with shrook.com to track folders, channels, their settings accross different computers. It also adds support for Apple's WebKit technology and an export to iPod functions. [760KB] The freeware Saft 3.0 adds full-screen browsing and kiosk mode to Safari. It adds Kiosk mode, an option to open URLs in tabs instead of new windows, an option for an auto show menu bar, and option to enable/disable Saft contextual menu. [210KB]
Feral Interactive announced that it is now shipping Warrior Kings, its realtime strategy game. Feral said that over 20,000 Mac users have downloaded the demo: "Warrior Kings is a massive medieval-fantasy real time 3D strategy game. Seize the destiny of the young king Artos and immerse yourself into an epic adventure composed of 22 different missions with 3 different paths. Build massive-devastating armies composed of hundreds of units chosen from over 60 different type of units. Your armies move in real military formations and take advantage of realistic 3D terrains." It runs on Mac OS 9/X, supports GameRanger for multiplayer games, and is available in English, French, German and Italian.
Apple has cut prices on the 17" PowerBook G4 in some parts of Europe, according to MacGadget: "Apple cut the price on the 17 inch PowerBook G4 today in Germany, Austria and the Switzerland. In Germany, the price of the 17 inch PowerBook G4 was cut by 300 to 3710 Euro. In Austria, the new price for the 17 inch PowerBook G4 is 3840 Euro (formerly 4200 Euro). In the Switzerland, Apple cut the price by 200 Franken to 5199 Franken."
The Age reports that Apple will create an Australian localized version of the iTunes Music Store by Christmas of this year: "Australia should have its first by Christmas. It is likely it will be a local version of the successful Apple iMusic Store, which operates only in North America. Locally, Telstra is working on a licensing deal with at least one record company."
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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