Members of the MacNN Forums today discuss a number of topics, including: testing a PowerBook or iBook's battery capacity (which degrades over time); an ongoing thread for users to post photos of their PowerBook setups; discussion of an article that criticizes the intuitiveness of Apple's Mac OS X; continued discussion of Mac OS X GUI customization, and new themes; speculation and discussion of the upcoming OmniWeb 5 browser; the latest news on the Mac OS X version of the highly-popular Halo.
Mozilla.org has released Mozilla 1.5.1, an update to the open-source browser. New features include a spellchecker for MailNews and Composer, additional MailNews improvements, improvements to Mozilla Composer, an overhaul of the ChatZilla IRC client, improvements to tabbed browsing, and other enhancements.
Japan Consuming provided a report on the upcoming Apple Store in Tokyo: "Apple will open its first directly operated store outside the US in Tokyo November 30. Split over five floors the store has sales space of about 1,000 sqm and is located in central Ginza. At a press conference at the Ginza store Thursday, Steve Jobs confirmed that Apple will open its second store in Japan in Osaka in the fall of 2004. Apple has been raising its profile in Japan as much as elsewhere and finding considerable success both as a recognized brand and for its new high tech gadgets. The iPod in particular has found a strong following in Japan, and Apple has backed this up with TV advertising and in store events across the country."
The Wild Bits has released Ask The DJ 1.5 ($30), analyzes beats to perform truly seamless transitions between tracks. This new version improves the tracks browser by adding iTunes-like appearance: "Ask The DJ matches beats and adapts tempos whenever needed so the music always flows, even when cross-fading between tracks with different bpms. It also automatically cuts unrhythmical intros and outros, and levels volume as well as produces seamless transitions--even when mixing tracks with different tempos. It requires Mac OS X and plays files in MP3, AAC or AIFF format.
Sig Software has released Drop Drawers X 1.6.3 for Mac OS X, bringing full compatibility with OS X 10.3 (Panther). Drop Drawers provides floating drawers on the sides of monitors to store text, URLs, aliases, scripts, pictures, sounds, movies and anything else. Information in drawers can be viewed, edited, inserted and launched by clicking or pressing a user-defined key. Version 1.6.3 for Mac OS X fixes aesthetic issues with OS X 10.3 and adds text editing in Japanese and other multi-byte languages. The $20 application is available in English, French, German and Japanese versions.
SquidCam 1.5 is a video phone/video chat application intended for use with broadband connections. It enables you to have a conversation with one or more people using SquidCam over a network (LAN and/or Internet) connection, supporting audio and video connectivity, as well as text messaging. It supports both USB and FireWire devices, offers "extremely low latency compared to other video and VoIP applications," and has a LANcast mode for multi-person conferences over a local network. The $25 application runs on Mac OS X 10.1.5 or later. A limited time offer of 2 separate registrations for $15 is available.
Now AAPL Stock: 93.59 ( + 1.55 )
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
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