File Stitcher 1.2 ($12) a Mac OS X utility that gives users an easy way to merge files together. The new version is compatible with Mac OS X "Tiger." With the MP3 Edition of File Stitcher, ID3 tags can now be set for the stitched file. [Download - 1.2MB] Throttled Pro 1.0 ($20) makes setting up QoS on a Mac easy. "Whether you are a hard core Internet user, or just casual Web surfer, this application will optimize your network to speeds you have never imagined." Throttled Pro provides ACK packet prioritization and PRIQ priority services. [Download - 354KB] Garden Golf 1.6 ($20) is a cartoon-like 3D miniature golf game for Mac OS X. The new version includes a new 18-holes course, for a total of 54 holes! Also added is an easy character editor that lets you change the looks of your golfer. [Download - 8.5MB] Birthday Buzzer 1.0b2 ($9) is a shareware program that reminds you of upcoming and missed birthdays. It integrates with Apple's Address Book, can remind on a schedule or at login, and comes in English and French. [Download - 509KB] MimMac 1.5 ($10) is a major update to the backup, cloning, and data synchronization utility. Version 1.5 allows the user to automatically check and enable file ownership on the destination volume(s). It also provides the ability to automatically repair permissions on the source volume(s). [Download - 560KB] Serial Mail 3.0 allows users to create group mailings based on a template that may reference almost any Adress Book field of an person from an Adress Book group. Version 3.0 brings Tiger compatibility but still lacks the ability to use attachments. [Download - 314KB]
A number of sites running Mac OS X "Tiger" are experiencing problems with SMB file sharing and authentication with Microsoft's Active Directory, eWEEK reports. Although Apple's Tiger increases support for Server Message Block file sharing and Active Directory, several sources say that the Finder fails to log on to Windows and Linux Samba file servers. With Active Directory, Tiger users with mobile accounts can log on once, but cannot log on again after disconnecting. "To be honest, without the machine being bound to AD and OD, [Tiger] is kind of useless for me in my environment," said Brad Anderson of The Marketing Store. An Apple representative said Apple was unaware of the problems: "We have not received any customer reports of issues with SMB in Tiger."
Otter Products todoy announced new cases in its waterproof carry case line to include two redesigned versions for 20GB and 30B/40GB/60GB iPods. The OtterBox offers waterproof protection as well as allows access to controls through a clear membrane. A hard screen cover protects the iPod display and provides screen visibility as well as rugged drop protection. "The new case, inspired by the popular OtterBox for iPod Mini released earlier this year, allows users to take music virtually anywhere in a more compact and rugged design than before." The easy-open and secure-closing latch protects the iPod from water, dust, sand and other elements, while an included belt clip allows hands-free carrying as well as integrated headphone cable management. An optional armband ($15) is available as well. Both cases are $50 each.
Griffin Technology today announced TuneCaps, a new carrying solution for the iPod shuffle. It offers three convenient carrying options: "Slip on a TuneCap to keep your shuffle handy in any of three different ways: (1) TuneCaps' Wrist Strap cap gives you a comfortable carrying strap for fingertip convenience. (2) Use TuneCaps' handy pocket clip to secure your shuffle to a pocket or belt or lapel -- wherever you want to wear it. (3) TuneCaps' keyring attachment provides a safe and convenient way to keep your tunes with you while you drive." All three solutions are included in each TuneCaps package. The $15 package is expected to ship in two weeks, with pre-orders available now.
DAZ Productions today announced it is shipping Bryce 5.5, a major upgrade to the 3D design application for landscaping and animation. Version 5.5 software delivers several new features and a simplified workflow. A new DAZ/Studio Character plugin can load, edit, and importt thousands of 3D figures, vehicles, wildlife and more. A newly optimized engine can be up to five times faster than in previous versions, depending on the attributes of the scene being rendered. The company says that on average, render times have been improved by over 30% when compared with version 5.0. Bryce runs on Mac OS X 10.2/10.3; it is available for $100 with a $20 rebate for users of version 5.0.
Adobe has updated its Photoshop Camera Raw 3.1 plug-in to include support for the latest digital cameras. The camera raw functionality in Photoshop provides fast and easy access to the "raw" image formats produced by many leading professional and midrange digital cameras. The Photoshop Camera Raw plug-in now alo supports raw files in the DNG (Digital Negative) format. The new cameras supported include Canon's EOS Rebel XT, the Nikon D2X, and Olympus' EVOLT E-300 and C-7070 Wide Zoom. Camera Raw 3.1 is not compatible with Photoshop CS.
In brief: Destineer today announced that it has acquired Atomic Games, longtime developer of action-oriented military strategy games, including V for Victory, and the Close Combat series, ... Google has applied for U.S. and international patents on technology to rank stories on its news site based on the quality of the news source, ... Bakbone Software's NetVault enables the Las Vegas Review Journal to centralize its data backup while migrating to Mac OS X servers, ... NBC 5 Chicago News has begun publishing news podcasts with news reporters (and Mac users) Art Norman and Charlie Wojciechowski.
Apple is offering more several refurbished iBook, Power Mac and display models. The iBooks, available starting at $650, include previous generation models: the 12-inch models with 256MB/30GB drives are available for $650 (800MHz/Combo), $700 (1GHz/CD), $800 (1.2GHz/CD or 1GHz/Combo), or $850 (1.2GHz/Combo/AP). The 14-inch models are available for $800 (933MHz/40GB/Combo) or $1,100 (1.33GHz/60GB/Combo/AP). Both Aluminum ($1,300) and previous-generation ($1,250) 23-inch Cinema displays are available along with refurbished previous-generation 4GB iPod minis ($170) and 40GB iPods ($330)--both ship with FireWire and USB cables. As noted previously, iMac G5s are available starting at $900 (1.6GHz/80GB/Combo) or $1000 (1.8GHz/SuperDrive), while the larger 20-inch model is $1,400 (1.8GHz/SuperDrive). New versions of the 17-inch models are available for $100 more, while the new 20-inch iMac G5 is $200 more at $1,600. Dual-1.8GHz and Dual-2GHz Power Mac G5s (PCI or PCI-X) are also available, starting at $1,500.
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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