Transmit is a great FTP client and one of the apps I've been using for many years. Panic has release a major new version with 5.0.
Seven years after the first release of Transmit 4, our well-loved and widely-used macOS file transfer app, we sat down with an incredibly exhaustive list of ideas, and -- this'll sound like I'm exaggerating but I'm mostly sure I'm not -- we did it all.
With one massive update we've brought everyone's favorite file-transferring truck into the future with more speed, more servers, more features, more fixes, a better UI, and even Panic Sync. Everything from the core file transfer engine to the "Get Info" experience was rethought, overhauled, and improved.
Transmit 5 is available this week for $35. After this week, it will sell for $45. There is no upgrades available, so, this is a price new and existing users.
1Password for iOS eases one-time usage
1Password for iOS was updated to version 6.8 and includes a few interesting features:
We can't think of anything better to beat the heat than a nice cold ice-cream in the sunshine ... with extra sprinkles, of course. We'd like to think of your one-time passwords as the sprinkles that complete your Login items. Now 1Password automatically copies those one-time passwords when you fill an item with the 1Password Extension, saving you a step and a giving you more time to enjoy that ice cream.
Also new is support for 1Password.com vaults and date stamps for login modifications. For the modifications, this is a nice feature on macOS that lists when a password was created as last modified. This is pretty helpful when trying to figure out a current password if you happen to have multiple saved passwords. It's also helpful for troubleshooting password issues.
Report: How Apple vs. Samsung Became a Smartphone Beauty Contest
The Wall Street Journal has a piece comparing Apple and Samsung's design trends.
Some design experts wonder if the Galaxy S8's visual leap says more about Apple and its chief executive, Tim Cook, whose operational skills contrast with the visionary talents of his predecessor, Steve Jobs. "It's not so much that Samsung has gotten better, but Apple has fundamentally changed," said Hugh Dubberly, a former Apple creative director and former member of Samsung's global design advisory board. "The pipeline that Steve [Jobs] started is over."
This is an easy and popular narrative, especially given the iPhone physical appearance is near the end its third year. What might be missed though is that Jobs may have not been as engaged leading up to his resignation. Cook like has been in his role for multiple major cycles. On the flip side, major product cycles span years, so it could be argued Cook is now fully owning the current cycle for its products.
Either way, beyond physical appearances, there are platform considerations. Each company represents different platforms, Apple with its iOS and Samsung Android.
Apple previews new upcoming emojis
For World Emoji Day, which is a thing, Apple is highlighting a batch of new emojis that it is planning to include with future operating systems. The new emojis appear to be coming either all or in part to iOS, macOS, and watchOS.
With thousands of emoji available on iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Mac, there are many ways to add personality to every message. New emoji include Woman with Headscarf, Bearded Person and Breastfeeding, and food items such as Sandwich and Coconut. More animals and mythical creatures like T-Rex, Zebra, Zombie and Elf are a fun way to describe situations and new Star-Struck and Exploding Head smiley faces make any message more fun.
Apple's back-to-school promo now available
Those looking to purchase a new Macs or an iPad Pro for school can get free Beats headphones. For years, Apple has offered some kind of promotion of either product or store credits to for back-to-school seasons. Like recent years, Apple is offering Beats headphones. The promotion is on top of existing pricing discounts for education purchases.
With a qualifying purchase, Apple is offering its current line of Beats including Solo3 Wireless, PowerBeats3, or BeatsX
The promotion is available for all qualified education customers, which includes college students and their parents, in addition to educators for all grade levels. The promotion runs July 12 through September 25, 2017.
Report: Software issues affecting rumored next iPhone's features
Fast Company is reporting that Apple has been struggling with software problems on its upcoming new iPhone. Specifically, the issues are around rumored wireless or inductive power charging and a rumored 3D sensor. The report describes the situation in June as a "panic" as the company races to prep the next iPhone upgrade cycle.
If the company can't get the technology to work smoothly in time, my source said, it might ship the first phones with inoperable wireless charging hardware, then enable the feature later on.
Another software feature relates to a 3D sensor that may be used to identify owners.
Worst case, however, seems to be that if features are not ready for primetime, they could simply be enabled at a later date. That wouldn't be unprecedented as Apple has activated features for shipping hardware in the past. Most recently the ability to take depth prostrate features with the iPhone 7 Plus and also wireless features that require mobile carriers to support.
Apple offers extended coverage for 1G Apple Watch back covers
Apple has determined that under certain conditions on some Apple Watch (1st generation) devices the back cover may separate from the watch case. Apple will service eligible devices free of charge. Apple will authorize coverage for three (3) years from the date of purchase.
The extended coverage affects original Apple Watch purchases until at least April 2018. MacRumors said this policy has been in effect since last year, however, support for covered repairs may be spotty. If anyone paid for a past repair to a first generation Apple Watch back or are asked to pay, they should inquire about this coverage policy.
Jawbone customers struggle to find support
Jawbone is shutting down operations and liquidating assets. The company claims to have a plan in place to deliver on its service obligations, but apparently is struggling to do so for the past six months or so.
Visitors to its website see a company that looks like all is well, and is promoting products--except that there are no links to buy them. Jawbone's Amazon, Facebook and Twitter pages appear as though the company still has its doors open.
Yet a company headquarters phone number contact directs tech support callers to another number that has apparently been disconnected. Customers complain in online review forums of leaving many messages in e-mail and phone form that haven't been answered.
Little Snitch 4
Little Snitch 4 was recently released with a score of new features. I've been using Little Snitch since the first version. It's a great network monitoring tool to control apps that phone home for various reasons. It also is useful for monitoring activity for a malicious applications that may be running without the user's knowledge.
Overall modernized design of all UI components
Completely redesigned Network Monitor with map view for visualizing worldwide network connections based on their geographic location
Research Assistant accessible from Network Monitor and Little Snitch Configuration
New, redesigned Silent Mode
Connection alert can be minimized to defer the decision whether to allow or deny a connection
Improved DNS name based traffic filtering using Deep Packet Inspection
Code signature secured filter rules
Improved working with profiles
Automatic Silent Mode Switching
Touch Bar Support
Jean-Louis Gassee on the iPhone's scale
The iPhone is on track to selling over 1.2 billion handsets in its first 10 years while generating over $1 trillion in revenue for Apple.
Jean-Louis Gassee puts the iPhone's scale into perspective:
During the most recent Xmas quarter, Apple sold slightly fewer than 80 million iPhones, about 900,000 a day. Obligingly, a day has 86,400 seconds, so we round up to 90,000 to get a production yield of ten iPhones per second.
But producing a phone isn't instantaneous, it isn't like the click of the shutter in a high-speed camera. Let's assume that it takes about 15 minutes (rounded up to 1,000 seconds) to assemble a single iPhone. How many parallel production pipes need to accumulate ten phones a second? 1,000 divided by 1/10 equals...10,000! Ten thousand parallel pipes in order to output ten phones per second.