Ram Disk Creator 1.0.1 ($15) is a tool for Mac OS X to create RAM disks, a capability that was offered in Mac OS 9, but has not been available in Mac OS X. Version 1.0.1 has the ability to mount a RAM disk at any path, fixes a memory leak, and improves Mac OS X Sever compatibility. [Download - 504KB] Hallon 0.8 (free) can create bookmarks in many applications that otherwise would not offer bookmarking. "You can bookmark your favorite songs, an email that you have to reply to later that day, some documents that you are working on or the contact information of a friend whom you need to call before the end of the week." [Download - 278KB] iWapper 1.0 ($15) allows users to set up a WAP server easily. WAP (wireless application protocol) sites are a can be displayed on many mobile devices, including cell phones with GPRS/3G UMTS. [Download - 1.4MB] PictureSync 1.1 ($8) is a convenient utility that simplifies uploading photos to a Web site. PictureSync now has Webshots support, and the option to upload images directly to albums (Webshots) or photosets (Flickr). [Download - 510KB] Skype (free) is a program that uses the latest P2P technology to bring "affordable and high-quality voice communications" to Internet users. "If your Mac has a built in microphone you can start making calls with a simple set of headphones." [Download - 6.2MB] SubtleStatus 1.1 is an "unobtrusive info display" that lets users set the transparency and other options. "It is intented for iTunes info, though you can write you own AppleScripts for it."[Download - 606KB]
Kanguru Solutions has released its smallest USB 2.0 Flash Drive: the ultra compact Kanguru Mini Drive is nearly 25% smaller than the previously released KanguruMicro Drive. The palm-sized device measures less than 3 inches in length and weighs only 21g. It is capable of storing up to 1GB of data and offers bus-powered and driverless operation. Leveraging its high-strength exterior aluminum housing, it has ability to resist up to 1000Gs of shock. The Kanguru Mini Drive works with Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems. The drive is available in 128MB ($30), 256MB ($40), 512MB ($70), and 1GB ($120).
IDG World Expo today unveiled "Live On Stage," a new educational feature for all attendees at Macworld Expo in San Francisco (January 10-14). Live On Stage offers over 20 hours of free training classes by industry experts; it will take place on the exhibit hall's main stage beginning at 11:00 a.m. each day of the event. Live On Stage will also feature two Macworld Expo update sessions per day as well as the Macworld Best of Show Awards on the final day of the event. The Live On Stage program runs daily from 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Day one (Tuesday January 11) includes four sessions that provide tips, tricks and demonstrations about the iPod digital music player.
MacPractice this week began shipping the beta version of its new Mac OS X versions of its practice management software for doctors' offices, dentists and chiropractors. Announced earlier this month, the beta has been seeded to a group pre-selected, qualified customers. The new version features new MacPractice software installer as well as a data migrator to transfer their MediMac, DentalMac or ChiroMac patient records into MacPractice software. In the future, this migrator will make help users of any other practice management application to import patient data they have collected over years easily into MacPractice MD, DDS or DC. MacPractice says it expects MacPractice MD, DDS and DC to be out of beta and shipping in the 1st quarter of 2005 and that scheduling and e-Claims will be added in the 2nd quarter.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs was the highest-paid executive in the San Francisco Bay area in 2003, according to a new study noted by The Mercury News: . "Jobs received a salary of only $1 in 2003, but he traded in almost all of his stock options for $74.8 million in restricted stock, according to an analysis of 400 publicly traded companies in the Bay Area by San Mateo-based Equilar, which tracks executive compensation. Other Bay Area CEOs in the top five included John Chambers (Cisco, $47.7M), Meg Whitman (eBay, $42.6M), Stephen Bennett (Intuit, $29.9M ) and Craig Conway (PeopleSoft, $26.9M). Some high-profile executives didn't make the list for 2003. Oracle CEO Larry Ellison is one of the world's wealthiest men, but he didn't receive any cash or stock last year." The report says that figures include salaries, bonuses, restricted stock, stock options and other compensation, but the value of stock options could change based on the stock's worth.
Sony has established a new division called Connect Company to develop devices and services that challenge Apple, its iPod players and the iTunes Music Store service, according to The Asahi Shimbun: "For Sony, which virtually created the market for portable audio players with the Walkman, the new division represents an attempt to regain lost ground to latecomer Apple. Connect Company was established on Nov. 1 and brings together Sony experts from Japan and the United States. The division will enter into operations early next year and will eventually employ 300 to 400 workers. Engineers will work on new portable audio players equipped with hard disk drives like the iPod or with computer memory chips. The first product is expected to hit shelves by the end of next year. Connect Company will also operate music download services similar to iTunes that will be personal computer- and cellphone-compatible. In the future, the division is expected to offer video and game distribution services."
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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