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Freeverse Software announced today that it will show its new children's Web browser, "BumperCar," at MacWorld San Francisco next week (booth #4232). "We've been really happy with the progress we've made on BumperCar this far, and we're looking forward to showing educators and purchasers at MacWorld," said Ian Lynch Smith, Freeverse President. Based on Apple's WebCore technology, it offers Child Protection with support for ICRA content tags, customizable white-lists using researched data from The Open Directory Project, and more.
The Hess Memorial Macworld Events Web site again populates its page with press conferences, parties, author signings, and user group gatherings taking place around Macworld Expo San Francisco. A list of Internet events is also available for those not in the San Francisco area during the expo. Macworld Expo San Francisco takes place next week, January 5th to 9th.
In Play writes: "Today's Financial Times publishes a positive story on Apple, saying its iPod portable digital music player has helped redefine music on the move since it was launched a little over two years ago. ....About 7% of Apple's $1.7 bln in fiscal Q4 revenue came from the iPod. The success of the iPod has drawn comparisons with Sony's Walkman cassette player, launched in 1979, which also helped redefine the music industry." [registration required to view FT article]
MBS plug-in v3.4 is a collection of plug-in parts which extend the REALbasic development environment. It now supports XML classes, Windows-based printing, plugin support, transparency, support for MIDI, AppleScript, WebKit, QuickTime, etc. Pricing is €40 (personal) or €80 (business). [19MB] Aspyr has released a patch for Jedi Knight II: the 1.03b/1.04b patch fixes a few minor bugs and improves stability. The ReadMe file included with the patch contains a full list of fixes, including better support for GameRanger, stability issues when switching maps, etc. [2.6MB] The Fontz X 3.5.5 ($10) is a versatile font utility that allows you to browse installed and uninstalled fonts, see what they look like at different type sizes, styles and colors, and even group them in like categories using a "wysiwyg" group editor. It is now Panther compatible, offers customizable font links list, and more. [1.0MB] Dog Park Software's MacLoggerDX 3.8 ($95) adds support for Split Operation Rig Control and Logging, popup support for multiple logs. amd Copy/Past/Clear and Save-to-Disk to the TNC & DXCluster panels. MacLoggerDX tunes your radio to the spot, looks up the call and displays the DX station on the Grey line Map with distance and bearing from your station. [8.8MB] Rogue Amoeba has released Audio Hijack 2.03, which adds support for Mac OS X 10.3.2, a new duplicate preset menu option and fixes a few bugs. The $16 tool can record any audio on your computer and export audio from almost any application to an AIFF file. [1.5MB] EazyDraw 1.5 is an illustration or drawing software application that offers vector-based graphics for creating simple, non-photographic drawings, technical diagrams and illustrations such as logos, icons, buttons and stylized art. Version 1.5 provides significantly optimized performance for large professional level drawings. A limited demo and $20 trial license (for 9-months) is available. [7.3MB] Canon's PowerShot ImageBrowser 3.5.2r2 adds a preview mode, file export function (resize/rename batch conversion), export of shooting information, and integrated RemoteCapture functions (as RemoteCapture Task), supporting the PowerShot A80, G5, S50, A70, A60, A300, S400 and SD100. [15.2MB]
Route 66 has released Route 2004 3.6.0 (build 3), an update to its door-to-door route planning application for the US and Canada. The update provides better support for Mac OS 10.3.x ("Panther"), changes the GPS refresh rate to one second (real-time GPS), prevents the application from crashing when used with GPS for a long time, extends the GPS baud rate options, and also fixes several minor bugs. The full version is available for $40.
Rainer Brockerhoff has released Zingg! 1.3, a freeware fast launch contextual menu for Mac OS X. Zingg! shows a list of some or all applications that claim to open the selected file. Users can select certain applications to be always included or always excluded from the list, and Classic applications may receive special handling. Version 1.3 adds new configuration options for listed applications, more sorting options for application display, contextual menu-based preferences, and other enhancements.
Maxum Development today announced that it has added NetCloak functionality to its newest Internet server management tool, iAssist. The latest version of iAssist has also expanded to include functions for installing and managing Apache 2, complete with support for SSL and Virtual Hosting. iAssist provides graphical, remote installation and control of a variety of Open Source Internet services, including Web proxy, Secure Shell, SSL Tunneling, and Apache 2. Upgrades for any NetCloak user are $100.
Insider Software today released FontAgent Pro 1.4, an update to its Mac OS X native font management and repair utility with support for auto-activation in Adobe Photoshop CS. In addition to Panther support, the new release uses Apple's latest installer technology for a simplified installation process. The Cocoa-based font utilty repairs or eliminates corrupt fonts, partial and unmatched fonts, duplicate fonts and unnecessary point sizes, and builds optimized, organized font libraries; it can also build font sets, activate and deactivate fonts. It is available for $90 online.
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Swift benchmarking suite goes open-source
Following the release of new betas for all its platforms, Apple on Monday also made a suite of 75 tools for benchmarking Swift-developed coding projects, including libraries for benchmarking functions, a utility for comparing the resulting metrics, and a driver for running them. The company says it is asking the community for help in developing additional benchmarks, as well as further "helper" libraries and overall code review for better stability and performance. Apple plans to include benchmark pull requests in Swift's new continuous integration system as well. http://bit.ly/1W8u0EU
Instagram now supporting multiple accounts
As reported earlier, Instagram is now rolling out support for multiple accounts (up to five) in version 7.1.5 of its iOS app. The feature has been one of the main attractions of third-party Instagram clients, but it is unclear if users must seek out an "add account" preference in the app; additionally, some users are reporting that the ability to add accounts has not yet been added. The company says notifications "depend on when you last logged in, and the number of devices that are logged into that account," suggesting not all notifications across accounts will appear when logged into a given one. http://bit.ly/1moh95p
Pictures of Galaxy S7, Edge leaked
New images have been leaked of Samsung's new Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. The images of the Galaxy S7 are very similar to a draft leaked earlier this year, with a curved back reminiscent of the iPhone 3G with the normal Samsung camera hump in the upper center of the phone. The picture of the Galaxy S7 Edge as leaked is running a benchmark application showing modest improvements over the S6 line, if accurate. Both models are expected to be formally announced in a February 21 press event hosted by Samsung. http://bit.ly/20Gf07X
Bambooti wooden skins for MacBooks
Bambooti has introduced premium wooden skins for Apple laptops that allow users to customize any design or logo directly on the case. Each Bambooti skin is handcrafted from sustainably managed forests, and are hand sanded and spray-finished to create an ultra smooth exterior. Bambooti's wooden skins start at $65 on the fully-funded Kickstarter which includes a custom design or logo of the user's choice that will be engraved on the product. http://kck.st/1PhE6Sb
Apple Music in Taiwan, now up to 113 countries
Apple Music has now added its 113th country, Taiwan, to its expanding list of areas where it offers its paid subscription service. The price in the country will start at NT$150 (about $4.50 US) for an individual subscription, and that now includes (as it does in the rest of the world) the formerly free-but-ad-supported iTunes Radio feature, which as in other countries will be customized somewhat to offer channels of locally-popular music styles. Apple Music is now available in 16 countries and regions -- including China, India, Russia, and Japan -- where Spotify has not yet arrived.
Invisible wall mount for iPad Pro, mini
Computing hardware mounting company Wall-Smart has announced the availability the new "invisible" wall mount, with models for the iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4 -- all with no bezel. The invisible mount includes ÂPower Over Ethernet to USB, which allows charging while in-wall, and is available for both drywall and solid surfaces such as solid wood panels or partition walls. Prices vary widely by iPad model, and required mounting hardware. http://bit.ly/1SE5jCO
Kingston buys IronKey secure USB tech
Kingston Digital today announced it has acquired the USB technology and assets of IronKey from Imation. In addition to Kingston's acquisition, encryption services leader DataLocker has purchased the IronKey Enterprise Management Services platform which provides centralized management to encrypted USB drives. Kingston and DataLocker claim that there will be no interruption in service provided, or available products as a result of the consolidations. http://bit.ly/1QQk9SZ