KepMad Systems today released ImageBuddy v1.03, a $15 shareware utility that can create contact sheets for printing as well as rotate, resize, crop, mask and layout your digital photos. [3.7MB] [price and link updated]
Adobe sent us a note regarding the loss of some Acrobat Reader functionality in Netscape 6.
In a continued effort to clear out inventory, Dewey Maxwell noticed that Apple has added yet another promotion at the Apple Store. Users who purchase a Power Mac G4/450 receive a $300 mail-in rebate, while those who purchase a G4/500 receive a $500 rebate. The offer is good until the end of the year.
Yesterday we noted Newer\'s Holiday Sale (and public beta of OS X drivers), Intech\'s CD/DVD SpeedTools 5.5, and price reductions for Apple Education customers (as well as 2.9% offer for education leases), as well important TILs about crashes with any Carbon application, low-power mode with the ATI Rage 128 PCI card option, and routine DHCP polling under Mac OS 8.6.
Greg Landweber has released SmoothType 2.2.2, an update to his $10 shareware control panel that brings Mac OS X style font smoothing to Macs running System 7 through Mac OS 9; version 2.2.2 improves the appearance of bold text in fonts without a bold variant, as well as fixing text drawing problems with Adobe PageMaker, Equation Editor, and MathType. [104KB]
A recent New York Times articled compared select computer offerings from IBM, Dell, and Apple: "While the Apple G4 Cube is a functional objet d\'art with serious computing power, the [IBM\'s] NetVista X40i is more of an unobtrusive desktop machine. It stands out because of its black finish, condensed design and flat- panel screen, but it is not the thing of beauty that the Cube is."
Over the past week we\'ve noted important releaes such as Adaptec Toast 4.1.2, Apple\'s new manufacturing plant, shipment of PowerLogix\'s 500-MHz Blue Chip G3 upgrade, Documents To Go 3.0 Professional Edition, MYOB\'s new AccountEdge 1.0, HP\'s new LaserPrinters, Palm OS 3.5, SuSE Linux 7.0 PowerPC Edition, Nvidia\'s Geforce2go for Macs, and Macromedia\'s Dreamweaver 4, UltraDev 4, and Fireworks 4.
The newest member of Apple\'s Board of Directors, Dr. Arthur Levinson, recently purchased a stake in the company, according to a Macworld UK report early this week. Filings from the Securities and Exchange Commission show that Levinson bought 80,600 shares in Apple, or approximately $1.55 million (estimated from market value at the time). Dr. Levinson is chair and CEO of biotech company Genentech and joined the Apple board in August, replacing retiring board member Edgar S. Woolard Jr. Levinson\'s presence on the board and strong support of the company (he filmed a testimonial praising the G4 Cube prior to joining Apple) is expected to help strengthen Apple\'s already-high marketshare in the scientific and high-end educational market.
Reuters reports that Apple\'s retail store, planned for Palo Alto, CA, may open as early as April of next year, noting that Apple had "applied for approval to modify a downtown building into a 6,581 square foot retail store."
RB App Type 1.0 is a freeware developer utility to help build system extensions, control panels and background apps with REALbasic.
Apple\'s Power Mac G4 Cube has been named Product of the Year by Home Office Computing magazine. Apple products also took home three silver medals: PowerBook G3 (Deluxe Notebook), 15" Studio Display (LCD Monitor), AirPort (Home Network).
iSee 1.8 allows users to preview images directly in the Finder. The new version includes bug fixes and adds the ability to open and lock iSee windows, allowing users to work in the Finder without loosing the iSee window. [740KB]
Travis Wright was informed by Yamaha technical support that the company is now shipping its CDR 2100FXZ CD-RW, which features a 16x/10x/40x mechanism as well as an 8 MB memory buffer, used to prevent errors when burning CDs. The drive is presently the fastest available on the market. [updated specs; site not updated]
Joshua Rafofsky sent us a note regarding an incompatibility that he is experiencing when trying to play DVD movies from his built-in DVD-RAM drive with Adaptec Toast installed.
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Remote S for Tesla Apple Watch app drives car out
Developer Allen Wong has created the Remote S for Tesla app, which can be used to remotely activate the Model S electric car via an Apple Watch, and drive it a short distance. Aside from providing data about the car and some basic function controls, the unofficial app uses the manufacturer's Summon command to allow the car to turn on, exit the garage, and park near to the user's location. The app is available to purchase from the App Store for $10. http://apple.co/1PprF4t
Seagate 3TB unreliability suit expands
The Seagate 3TB class-action hard drive lawsuit has been expanded to more devices. The expanded suit, filed today, now includes Seagate's Barracuda 3TB Hard Disk Drive, Desktop HDD 3TB, Backup Plus 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, GoFlex 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, or any other Seagate hard drive with model number ST3000DM001. The law firm, Hagens Berman, is seeking information from consumers such as time in service, purchase price, and the nature of any drive received in return from Seagate as a replacement for a failed unit. http://bit.ly/1Pc34Cq
BlackBerry Canada, Florida hit with layoffs
The BlackBerry campus has reportedly been wracked with layoffs. Sources familiar with the company's Waterloo office staffing claim that close to 35 percent of the local workforce has been laid off, with the deepest cuts being made in the BlackBerry 10 OS and hardware teams. Additionally, the state of Florida has been officially notified that the company's Sunrise facility will see 75 people fired. Enthusiast site Mobilesyrup puts the layoffs at around 1000 total. http://bit.ly/1Pc1Rep
Instagram tests multiple account support for iOS
Instagram is trialling support for multiple accounts in its iPhone app with a small number of users. The Facebook-owned photo sharing service confirmed the reports of the tests to TechCrunch, which will allow a single user to manage more than a single account within the app, transferring between two or three accounts with a few taps. It is unclear when the feature will roll out to the public, but it has previously tested it with the Android version of the app since November. http://tcrn.ch/1SPKEKh
Foxconn CEO declares Sharp deal near done
The Foxconn bid for Sharp is allegedly only waiting on specific details of the deal. Foxconn CEO Terry Gou has declared that his company has privileged negotiation rights for the Apple iPhone screen supplier, saying that "we have a consensus, the rest is a process ... I don't see a problem completing this process." Gou hopes the deal, worth up to $5.6 billion, will be formalized by the end of February. http://reut.rs/1SPEQjN
MIT demoes 'Eyeriss' AI chip for mobile
At the International Solid State Circuits Conference in San Francisco this week, MIT researchers presented a new chip designed specifically to implement neural networks. The researchers claim that "Eyeriss" is 10 times as efficient as a mobile GPU, so it could enable mobile devices to run artificial-intelligence algorithms such as Siri or Cortana, rather than uploading all data to a remote server for processing. http://bit.ly/1TISJBe
Pocket for iOS adds readability settings
Offline reader iOS app Pocket has updated, with reader-friendly changes. With the new revision, premium subscribers can adjust character spacing, and choose from eight new fonts including one that makes it easier for sufferers of dyslexia to read saved content. The app itself is free, with a premium subscription available for $5 a month, or $45 a year. http://apple.co/1KuILBl