Roxio is questioning the marketshare and download numbers quoted by Apple's press release this week that singled out the Napster service, while one analyst says that Apple's "mistake" lends unnecessary credibility to its competitor: "Roxio's Gorog questioned Apple's figures from Nielsen SoundScan, telling TechNewsWorld that those numbers did not include Napster's results. Gorog said Apple's claim of 80 percent market share is reduced to 62 percent if Napster's 23 percent is considered. Gorog, who also questioned how Apple could have had 1.5 million song downloads when SoundScan reported a total of 827,000 single downloads in the same period, said he does not know where Apple got the 1.5 million figure."
The MacGIMP project today announced that it has received sponsorship from Archei LLC, a new company dedicated to the "best of" open-source software. This week, the MacGIMP 1.2.3 packaged software (regularly $18) is being offered as a free download for all Mac OS X Panther and Jaguar users. The GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software suitable for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. Update: The download link is now available as of 12:55 pm ET. [form]
MacNN readers are discussing a yet-unreleased Mac OS X 10.3.1 update, the release of Windows Media Player 9 for Mac OS X, problems with Bondi iMac video, using the PDA/Phone Samsung i500 & Kyocera 7135 on Mac OS X, limited AirPort range on a iBook and lowered AirPort Extreme range under Panther, heat issues with the iBook 14" and PowerBook 15", using Cocoa or Swing for the UI of Java applications, discussion on muting the startup chime, and Panther mail problems.
Roxio has posted Toast 6.03 updater, after offering details of the changes earlier this week. The update also includes CD Spin Doctor 2.0.2 and Motion Pictures 1.0.3 and supports English, French, German, Italian and Japanese. [21.3MB] PandaWare has updated TimeCache 5.1.6, its $50 time and expense billing application. It fixes problems under Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther) as well as other bugs. In addition, PandaWare has release DiskWrangler 1.0.2, a file launcher and browser for Mac OS X. [Download - TimeCache; DiskWrangler] St. Clair Software has posted a new public beta version of Default Folder X, its utility for enhancing Open and Save dialogs in Mac OS X. Version 1.9.2b1 improves performance of its new hierarchical menus, corrects bugs that could cause it to crash, and resolves many minor problems. [Download - 3.7MB] Postfix Enabler lets users activate Mac OS X 10.3's built-in mail server with "just one click." Although Postfix on Panther is not that difficult to configure using the command line, the developer says using Postfix Enabler is still faster than doing it manually. [Download - 174KB] Chronopath today released MacVault 1.0.2, an update to its $15 data organization application. This version addresses legal issues regarding the prior product name. A limited trial is available. [Download - 1.5MB] Burnz is a drag-and-drop disc-burning application ($13) is "at least twice as fast as the Finder on most Macs". It supports any burner and disc media supported by Apple (CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, etc.); supports pure ISO, RockRidge and Joliet discs; does not require a disc's-worth of free space on the startup volume; and supports rapid burning of multiple discs of the same data." [981KB] Xupport 2.0b3 updates the all-in-one interface for Mac OS X with a new Pipe firewall log to ipfw.log (Mac OS X 10.2 and 10.3) and other bug fixes. The $20 shareware provides a clean GUI to configure many Mac OS X options, that are not or hard to configure manually, and much more. [408KB] Apple's Java 1.4.1 update is being revised to "provide better compatibility with changes made in other recent software updates, according to Apple's Knowledge Base.
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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