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Ken Winograd and Space-Time Associates have released a "major" update to its accounting and bookkeeping program: TinyBooks 3.0 is a simple, flexible, non-bloated, single-entry bookkeeping and accounting system that is designed for Sole Proprietors, home and other small businesses, and family finances. "TinyBooks is the simplest way to handle the books for most small companies. You enter your expenses and income, and TinyBooks does the rest. Current and year-to-date 'on-the-fly' totals are continually displayed." Version 3.0 adds a new Professional Invoice Printer, added fully-automatic Account Charting with built-in support for budgets, increased the width of Comment/Description and Check Number fields, increased the maximum number of transactions per month, and more. Licenses are $50 (single-user) or $300 (company license).
The future of Apple and the future success of the iPod hangs in the balance, as the cell phone industry preps its own mobile music services. A new Wall Street Journal report says that despite the growth and success of the iPod/iTunes industry, "Apple's polishers seem to be missing a looming threat: Wireless-phone companies are teaming with the music industry to make most mobile phones into music players. While optimists think Apple could sell 45 million iPods next year, mobile-phone makers will sell more than 750 million handsets. All those phones could weigh on the iPod's growth prospects -- and Apple's premium stock valuation. Cellphone users won't need to lug around a second gadget to have their music..... With the rollout of full-track music download services in the next 12 months, the wireless phone could become the music industry's biggest and most profitable distribution channel." [paid subscription required]
In Brief: Within hours of London's opening Live 8 performance by U2 and Paul McCartney, Apple begun offering the opening performance of The Beatles track "Sergeant Pepper" (sung by McCartney with U2) via the iTunes Music Store.... Two teenagers are under arrest Sunday on suspicion of killing another teen for his iPod.... Apple's iPod and other portable digital media devices have become as useful to criminals as they are to the general public.... One website has posted photos of what it says is iTunes mobile software running on a Motorola E790 phone, while AppleInsider says that iTunes 4.9 already recognizes some Motorola phones as an iPod phone.... Mozilla.org developers, with the help of Apple, have ported the Firefox browser to Intel-based Macs.
Apple is being criticized for creating a propietary tags within its new iTunes RSS extensions, which were released as part of iTunes 4.9 to support the new podcasting features. According to Tom's Hardware Guide, "leaders in the RSS community, including the standard's own creator, are taking Apple to task for developing an ill-advised DTD without seeking input and guidance from the community." Internet guru Dave Winer, has "chastised Apple for explicitly using the name of its technology, "itunes," within the DTD namespace. With this and other measures that appear, at least on the surface, to be part of an unsupported effort to make the iTunes DTD proprietary, and a podcast's inclusion in the iTunes catalog exclusive to Apple."
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Apple want ads hint at future Watch faces
An Apple job listing for a dedicated clock face team may suggest future fashion-brand partnerships, possibly in time for the updated watchOS updates that are likely to be revealed at this spring's Worldwide Developer Conference. Since the introduction of watchOS 2, there has only been four new watch faces, but three of them were left over from the first release, with only one truly new one -- the co-branded Hermés face exclusive to that edition. There is a rumored March 15 event, but if that takes place it will likely focus on new band options as regards the Apple Watch. http://apple.co/1O1TbTI
Microsoft may end Office Support Professional prog
Microsoft appears to be either ending or seriously revamping its "Accredited Support Professional Program" for training on Microsoft Office for Mac and iOS it has offered at MacTech conferences since 2013. The program is not on offer at the upcoming MacTech tour, which begins on March 16 in San Francisco and includes a number of other cities. Microsoft has released a statement that it is "evaluating options for 2016, but don't have anything to share at this time." http://bit.ly/1KDz3MQ
Office for Mac v15.18 released
Microsoft has issued an update for the Mac version of its productivity suite, Office 2016. The v15.18 update offers improvements for all of the included apps, such as bringing full screen support to Outlook and allowing Word to save PDF files to flash drives. In addition, a new selection pane has been added to PowerPoint and Excel for keeping track of objects, and shapes can now be added to OneNote notebook pages. The update is free for all users, but requires a Mac running OS X 10.10 or later and a valid Microsoft Office 365 subscription. http://bit.ly/1Q7pAzW
Apple to open new south Florida mall store
According to real estate trade papers in south Florida, Apple has signed a lease for a new retail space in Miami, at the forthcoming Brickell City Centre (yes, the UK spelling is used) open-air mall, which is set to open later this year. The center will feature a five-story shopping area, condominiums, a hotel and office buildings, along with a "climate ribbon" in the shopping area to keep visitors cool, eschewing traditional air conditioning. The exact location of the Apple Store within the plan is not yet clear, but the destination already boasts 75 confirmed stores. http://bit.ly/1Q7n7Wd
Filemaker provides free custom app guide
FileMaker announced today the release of the first in a three-part series of free how-to guides that will lead teams through the process of building a custom app using the FileMaker Platform. FileMaker's new how-to guides provide a step-by-step process that starts with a planning cycle covering goals, requirements, functionality and usability, and run all the way through identifying user scenarios, defining requirements, addressing integration, providing security, and deployment of the final product. http://bit.ly/1o08wQh
OCZ Trion 150 SSD shifts to 15nm TLC NAND
SSD manufacturer OCZ has updated its entry-level 2.5-inch Trion 100 SSD. The new Trion 150 has similar performance to the now replaced model, and now utilizes 15nm TLC NAND. Sequential read speeds top out at 550MB/S, with 4KB random write speeds running from 25K IOPS in the 120GB model, to 64K IOPS in the 960GB version of the drive. Endurance is limited to 30TB in the 120GB, and peaks at 240TB in the 960GB version. Retail prices vary between $46 for 120GB, to $270 for the 960GB version. http://bit.ly/1nVmlyL
Google off the hook in CAPTCHA labor suit
US District Jacqueline Scott Corley has dismissed a proposed class-action suit against Google, that alleged that Google secretly was given an economic gain without user knowledge. The suit alleged, correctly, that the second word in Google's CAPTCHA service was used as a crowd-sourced word identification for Google's book-scanning project. The judge ruled that the suit as filed had no facts to support a "reasonable consumer would expect to receive compensation" for the seconds it took to complete the form, and in addition, the free Gmail account provided more than offset any labor penalty incurred by the user. http://bit.ly/1o06Cir