Infoworld's Neil McAllister discusses some of the cultural differences within the open-source community as the KHTML project has offered several gripes with Apple's Safari web browser, which leverages the KHTML open-source code: "The open source community has rules, too, and these rules are laid out in the various licenses under which open source code is published. Although it may not always be the most cooperative company, everything Apple has done with KHTML code has been in compliance with the letter of the GNU LGPL (Lesser General Public License) -- a point no one has even tried to dispute." Earlier this month, one Apple developer proposed resolving compatibility conflicts in Safari by scrapping the KHTML rendering engine in favor of its own WebCore, which received support from Firefox lead engineer Ben Goodger, who said that "Safari's renderer is vastly superior to the KHTML used by Konqueror."
Stone Design today announced PreferenceCommander 1.0, a powerful Preference Manager that can be used to view, edit, update, restore, and save sets of preferences for any Mac OS X application. Preferences are user-specific settings that give Mac OS X applications so much flexibility. "PreferentialTreatment is a very useful utility which can add functionality to every Mac OS X application. Just click a button to restore an application to it's original preferences - or save and install custom sets of preferences for the task at hand." A 14-day demo of the $20 application is available online. [Note: Stone updated the application name after initially calling it 'PreferentialTreatment']
Apple is again offering refurbished flat-panel iMac G4s at the online Apple Store. The 1.25GHz iMac G4 is available for $1,100 with 256MB of RAM, a 80GB drive, and a SuperDrive. Apple is also offering refurbished, current-generation 15-inch PowerBooks for $1,700 (1.5GHz) and $2,000 (1.67GHz) as well as a 12-inch PowerBook for $1,500. Apple is also offering a refurbished previous-generation 20GB iPod ($250), iPod mini in Silver/Blue/Pink/Green ($170), and 40GB iPod ($330) and current-generation flat panel displays for $550 (17-inch), $1,300 (23-inch), and $2,600 (30-inch).
MacPractice today announced MacPractice 1.5, its medical, dentists, and chiropractic practice management applications designed especially for Mac OS X. Version 1.5 adds scheduling, electronic insurance submission, periodontal charting, image storage, and integrated word processing. MacPractice DDS Scheduling interfaces with iCal, providing doctors the ability to take their schedule of appointments on an iPod, phone, Palm, or PowerBook, or place it on the Internet or Apple's .Mac internet service. MacPractice EClaims provides online eligibility verification and claim tracking, and claims transmission via Internet or modem. MacPractice 1.5 is expected to available next month.
Digigami today announced that it is now shipping MegaPEG.X Pro HD 3.0, featuring both improved standard definition "SD" and high-definition "HD" MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 encoding. The new encoder features a built-in "videophile" MPEG decoder for transcoding from MPEG-2 (DVD, HDTV, DVB, HDV) sources. The new HD version is available as a QuickTime Exporter for $240 and as a full-featured Batch encoding and analysis tool for $300. Existing Digigami customers can upgrade for just $100. Free upgrades will be offered to customers who take a few moments to write a brief testimonial about how they utilize Digigami MPEG products in their own production environment.
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Atari, Sigfox partner for IoT development
Atari and Internet of Things pioneer Sigfox today announced a global partnership to develop a line of new connected devices based on Atari's brand. The collaboration will cover a wide range of new Atari products, with launch products covering "categories such as home, pets, lifestyle and safety" according to the pair. Development of the new product line will begin this year. http://bit.ly/1WvklfB
Samsung still not recommending Windows 10
Nearly a year after release, Samsung support is recommending that owners of its PCs not upgrade to Windows 10. In an email exchange with UK Samsung technical support and an individual in need of help getting Wi-Fi to work, the support representative wrote that "honestly speaking, we don't suggest installation of Windows 10 to any Samsung laptop or PC and we are still coordinating with Microsoft regarding to this matter" and "the Drivers that we have on our website are not yet compatible to the latest version of Windows." Samsung will update users when there are no more compatibility issues with Samsung hardware and Windows 10. Microsoft has no meaningful comment on the matter. http://bit.ly/1PgrJcx
T-Mobile offers 'tourist' plan
A new plan from T-Mobile is launching on June 12, and will offer visitors to the US a flat-rate $30 plan that offers a free US SIM, 2GB of high-speed data, and 1,000 minutes of calls good for a three-week period. The plan will work with any unlocked GSM-compatible smartphone, and is advertised as "unlimited" data (but speed will slow down after the first 2GB). The plan does not automatically renew, but can be manually renewed for those staying longer. It also comes with unlimited international texting to some 40 countries, but does not offer any international talk minutes at all. http://t-mo.co/1TI1Pe9
First hardware RAID 10Gbps USB 3.1 controllers
Marvell today announced the Marvell 88RC13xx family of high-performance RAID storage controllers with a full set of features that include eight 6Gbps SATA ports, four lanes of PCI Express 3.0, and a 10Gbps USB 3.1 device port with Type-C connector support. The move paves the way for high-performance USB-C UASP hardware RAID multi-drive arrays, utilizing the full bandwidth of USB 3.1. http://bit.ly/1P0JBmb
Tama debuts adapters for Lightning-only iPhone
Predicting an iPhone without a standard 3.5mm headphone, a Chinese accessory maker has released three Lightning-to-headphone-adapters ready should Apple pull the trigger on what would be a controversial decision. The three adapters, picked up by Macotakara, includes two models that simultaneously support charging an iPhone over microUSB while the user also continues to listen to music. Rumors have suggested that Apple will eventually drop the 3.5mm jack on one of its next-generation iPhones, although it is not clear whether it will be in the 'iPhone 7,' due this year, or a future model. In the interim, the Tama Electric Lightning-to-headphone adapters offer little particular utility. http://bit.ly/1P0sYXM
French Google tax raid evaluation could take years
The data retrieved from the Paris raid on Google's headquarters by French police could take months or even years to analyze, according to a prosecutor assigned to the case. Authorities seized dozens of files and related data that recorded Google's financial transactions in the country with a view to lodging a claim for unpaid taxes by the Internet search giant. Although Google has denied any wrongdoing, it must complete all of its sales contracts in Ireland, where it is incorporated. If French authorities sifting through the documents seized in the raids discover that any of its French sales transactions were completed locally, it could be subject to further action, including fines. http://reut.rs/1P0n8G2
Trade-up program expands in Europe
Smartphone users in France, Italy, and Spain will have until at least August of this year to trade in old iPhone, Windows Phone, or Android models at Apple Stores, and put the reward towards a new iPhone -- thanks to an expansion of Apple's trade-in program into those countries. The money given for the trade-in must be applied towards a new iPhone on a two-year payment plane, and traders must qualify under a credit check as part of the program. Interested customers can apply for the trade-in at their nearest Apple Store. http://bit.ly/1qPsldD