The Cleaner 5 v5.0.1 update is the first of two that Terran Interactive (a Media 100 company) will release to shake out issues discovered since the launch of Cleaner 5. This update includes many fixes, including better handling of 16:9 DV sources and better scaling of interlaced sources. The second (available in beta form within a few weeks) will address two major remaining issues in the Macintosh release: the ability to create the proprietary MPEG-1 files that Adaptec Toast requires to make Video CDs, and a fix for problems when creating long Windows Media files. The Read Me notes a workaround for the Sorenson Video 2 quality issue on dual-processor G4s, and talks about the need to disable the RadDV codec (which Cleaner 5 includes for high-performance, high-quality DV decoding) when using Final Cut Pro on the same machine. [updated]
Scott Kevill today added Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force and Monopoly to GameRanger, his Macintosh multiplayer online gaming service that now includes nearly 50 titles.
Uni Software has released a public beta version of its new version organizer, Voodoo Personal 2.0b3, designed for people working in a broad range of areas, including web publishers, designers, book writers and musicians. It adds a new contextual menu plug-in, improved ease of use, and other enhancements. The final version of the $80 application is expected early next year.
Adaptec recently posted first beta release of the PowerDomain 29160N 1.0b1 driver for Mac OS X beta.
games.macnn.com has published an article detailing tips and strategies for Monopoly for the Mac from United States Monopoly Champion Matt Gissel.
Chris Ruzin today updated LinkBox 3.3, his $10 shareware URL scrapbook application. It adds the ability to export links as HTML, the option to sort by usage, and an improved list display. A 15-day trial version is available online.
Mark/Space has posted a beta of PageNOW! 2.0b, its messaging application that can send messages from your Mac to pagers and PCS/GSM digital phones, including personal messages, wireless email, fax notification, and appointments/reminders.
Apple\'s vice president of marketing communications Steve Wilhite has resigned effective immediately. The departure follows the retirement last month of Mitch Mandich, Apple\'s senior VP of worldwide sales: "Wilhite oversaw advertising, marketing communications and online marketing. He was Apple\'s primary contact with TBWA/Chiat/Day, the company\'s advertising agency....Apple\'s Web site describes Wilhite as "the man singularly responsible for protecting and promoting the Apple brand." His replacement has not yet been named.
The Associated Press (republished by USA Today) is the latest publication to review Mac OS X, concluding: "Long-time users may complain of a learning curve, given how much OS X differs from its predecessors. But the stability, speed and visual stunningness of the new system far outweigh the familiarity of the old. One important note of advice, though: I wouldn\'t recommend installing OS X unless you\'re an experienced computer user who doesn\'t mind weathering a beta\'s turbulence. "
Aaron Bratcher says he will post the "full source of the current version" of vServe 1.3.1 this weekend. The utility allows REALbasic developers to share valentina databases with multiple Macs via TCP/IP and gives clients some sqlExecute commands. (The client does not use Valentina classes or classes that resemble the valentina classes.) [MacTech]
APS has released PowerTools 6.3.2, an update to its hard drive formatting utility from APS.
Optigold ISP 2.6.1 adds new FTP server actions, HTTP realm support, HTTP POST server actions, new billing functions, new online signup functions, and a few other miscellaneous new features to the cross-platform ISP application. A full demo is available online.
Yesterday we posted a review of The Sims: Livin\' Large, and noted Met@box\'s holiday reabtes, Microsoft\'s $100 mail-in rebate on Office 2001, as well as the release of Corel Painter 6.1b, Big Business 3.0, Pacific Tech\'s Graphing Calculator 3.0, and GrabPac\'s new cases for the iMac and iBook.
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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