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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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
Fifth Hong Kong store to open June 30
The 46th official Apple store in what the company calls the "Greater China" region will open at 10AM local time in Hong Kong's New Town Plaza in the Sha Tin district on Thursday, June 30, according to a new page on Apple's retail website. Despite slowing growth due to economic turmoil in China, the country is still Apple's fastest-growing market. The new story will be the fifth for Hong Kong, a lucrative market for Apple thanks to the high concentration of wealth there and a thriving "gray" market. Normal store hours for the new store will be 10AM to 10PM every day. http://apple.co/291diaT
Apple Music bug bites very short songs
There appears to be a reproducible bug in the current version of iTunes -- version 12.4.1, running on OS X 10.11.5, both the current non-beta versions of the respective software -- that causes a streamed song to become "stuck" in endless buffering if the streamed item just before this happened was 60 seconds or less in length. The problem appears to stem from code in iTunes that signals the next track to start downloading one minute before the currently-playing track is done, and thus songs shorter than one minute don't trigger the download. Locally-stored music is unaffected by the bug, and the problem does not appear to exist in either the macOS Sierra developer beta or versions of iTunes earlier than 12.4, and does not affect the iOS Music app at all. http://bit.ly/291cN0l
Walmart Pay expands to 15 states
Walmart, one of the key progenitors of the failed CurrentC mobile payment system that was distinguished from Apple Pay by its ability to collect and share customer financial and buying data among its participants, has expanded the soft rollout of its alternative solution "Walmart Pay" to an additional 15 US states following a pilot program in Arkansas and Texas last month. Walmart continues to resist adding Apple Pay. The system, built into the Walmart app for iOS and Android, works with a complicated system of the camera scanning a purchase code at the register, then generating a QR code which is then scanned by the register. The system is available now in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, DC. http://apple.co/28SqZfu
Amazon refreshes entry-level Kindle
Amazon has added a new Kindle to its ebook reader range, one that is thinner and lighter than the previous entry-level model. Offering a six-inch 167-dpi touchscreen display, a doubled 4GB of storage, and an option for a white casing, the new model also adds in the ability to export highlights and notes to an email account as a PDF. Two versions of the all-new Kindle are available, priced at $80 including "Special Offers" and $100 without. http://amzn.to/28Q4c3R