With the backlash rising against Canada's exclusive iPhone carrier, Rogers may be facing sanctions by Apple for its exorbitant rate plans. An unconfirmed report indicates that Apple, unhappy with the pricing plans offered by the carrier and perhaps the negative attention, has diverted a large percentage of iPhone 3G shipments -- destined for Canada -- to Europe. Since the initial announcement of Roger's rate plans, over 43,000 users have signed the virtual petition at RuinediPhone.com and even the main stream media is bolstering the negative attention with headlines such as "Solution to high iPhone prices is not to buy one."
Limit Point Software has released PhotoTiles 1.0, an application used to create a single image of a tiled group of cells that can be images or other visuals. PhotoTiles supports drag-and-drop image creation, with flexible dimensions and sizes. It can be configured for cell size and spacing and has a user-configurable number of columns. The software is a universal binary, working with Mac OS X 10.4 and higher. It retails for a $10 donation via the website.
Hendrickson Software Components has replaced Sp@mX, its spam tracing and reporting utility, with Purify. Purify can filter email, forward validated email, and both trace and report spam. It can support single users or a workgroup from a central computer and its spam-filtering can be used with Hendrickson's email-archiving Compass software. The software works with virtually every email client (Apple Mail, Outlook, etc.), and supports POP, POP SSL, IMAP and IMAP SSL. Purify can filter e-mail using a statistical Bayesian filter, by country of origin and filter, accept, or ignore e-mail based on user-defined phrases. It can also accept e-mail from an imported friends list and forward valid e-mail to an iPhone. Purify filters image spam and e-mail that is not addressed to the user or uses an incorrect proper name, and it will report spammers and phishers to their ISPs. Purify is AppleScript-capable and has been tested on Mac OS X 10.5. Purify costs $30.
Canto has released version 7.5.4 of its Cumulus digital-asset management platform and promised that version 7.6 would be available soon. The 7.5.4 update addresses an issue that affected users of Cumulus Backup Manager and also increases the performance of Cumulus Servers running 64-bit Linux environments, and offers reliability enhancements for customers using central asset locations or providing previews of Office documents. Cumulus 7.5.4 is a free update for registered users of Cumulus 7.5. New customers must contact the company for price-quotes on Cumulus.
Apple appears to be expanding its retail store presence into Modesto, CA, as both Apple and Monster.com have listings for at least 11 positions in the Central-Valley city. The new store would be located at Modesto's Vintage Faire Mall, the report claims. Advertised positions include store manager, assistant store manager, genius, cashier, inventory specialist and others. Although has not yet confirmed the store, the Modesto location would be the 41st Apple retail store in California.
Syncro Soft has updated Oxygen XML Editor (and Oxygen XML Author) to version 9.3. The update's main feature is archive-editing support. Users can extract, validate, edit and process the XML data in OpenDocument files and other ZIP-based archives. The software also supports transformations using XSLT 1.0, XSLT 2.0 and XQuery on files inside ZIP-based archives and users can compare and merge archived files. It works with OOXML, ODF, JAR and other zip-based archives. Oxygen XML Editor and XML Author are cross-platform, working on Windows, Linux/Unix and Eclipse, in addition to the Mac platform. Oxygen XML Editor costs $300 for a professional license while XML Author costs $180. There are also enterprise and education licenses and a 30-day trial is available.
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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