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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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