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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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