Benjamin Reed has compiled Konqueror for Mac OS X, after recently porting the KUniqueApplication class. "Considering Konqueror is a fairly complex application, it looks like we're hitting a point where apps will start getting easier to build." Currently, Konqueror binaries are not available for download, and "probably won't be for a bit until things get cleaned up more." According to Reed's blog, "next up is KOffice."
Methodshop observes that the popular Blink II digital camera is not compatible with Mac OS X, unlike the majority of cameras that allow OS X users to "plug-n-play." SiPix, maker of the Blink II, has been contacted by Mac users, but has said it doesn't believe there is a market. Methodshop is encouraging Mac users to "prove them wrong" and express an interest in software for the camera. "All they need to do is write a few lines of code so iPhoto will recognize their products."
Koingo Software has released Slideshow Magic 2.0, a $10 shareware utility for creating picture slideshows (with the option of an audio track): "Compile your home photo album into a slideshow and send it out! Slideshow Magic is easy enough for anyone to use, but has more than enough advanced features to keep Pro users happy (like the ability to define your export codec)." Version 2.0 adds keyboard navigation, drag & drop of folders, a new toolbar, scale/cropping options, and other changes.
dincTYPE is celebrating the arrival of 2004 with a free ten-font set of some of its "greatest commercial typefaces," all with international character sets. These fonts range from retro to modern, and will be available for one week only to celebrate 2004. This is also the last week dincTYPE is offering its set of five Retro Clip Art fonts.
The Final Cut Pro User Group Network, which consists of over 30 FCP UGs throughout the world, will hold a gathering at Macworld on January 7, beginning at 7:00PM at the Mezzanine Club in downtown San Francisco. FCP Creator and Chief Architect, Randy Ubillos will discuss Final Cut Pro 4, while Sean Cullen will talk about using FCP in the motion picture 'Cold Mountain.' There will be food and drink available and doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is first come first serve and is limited. A $5.00 donation will be requested at the door for this event and it is open to the public.
ArsTechnica has published its Mac.Ars annual year-end report. In it, Mac.Ars takes a look back at "the good, the bad, and the ugly" in 2003, and looks ahead to 2004. "2003 was a big year for Apple, and arguably its most successful in over a decade on a number of metrics." Categories of discussion include pro and consumer desktops, laptops, and "software and gadgets."
For a limited time, Prosoft is offering Data Recycler for Mac OS X at 50% off (promotion code DRY004). "Once you load this software, you never have to worry about accidentally deleting files in OS X," explains the developer. Typically, deleted files cannot be recovered without professional help, but Data Recycler simplifies the task.
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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