UnCoverIt 1.3.2 is an update to the $10 shareware label creation software, adding the ability to create Audio CD covers from a folder of MP3 files and fixing other bugs.
Glenn Fleishman\'s column in the The Seattle Times talks about Mac OS X\'s enhancements: "it\'s like leaving the food on your plate untouched while replacing the table with a solid granite block, the tablecloth with a fancy embroidered tapestry, and the place settings with modern Danish shiny stuff. The food still tastes the same - but the surroundings are suddenly oddly unfamiliar. "
Synergy Software has released KaleidaGraph v.3.5.1, an update to its graphing and scientific analysis software which includes a new Date/Time Axis with full control over ticks, labels, and other options as well as a group of Enzyme Kinetics curve fit definitions. Upgrades are free for v3.5 owners and $50 for registered users of older versions.
AppleInsider has published a report on Apple\'s recent acquisition of SoundJam MP from Casady and Greene which will reportedly be incorporated into Apple\'s forthcoming MP3 software, as well as an article on rumored Apple-branded CD-RW drives that are said to be under development at the company.
Runtime Revolution has posted Ten Thumbs Typing Tutor 2.2, which adds multiuser network capabilities and support for the Linux platform. The $40 software already supports Macintosh and Windows.
Mac Unicorn Software has introduced Turbo Internet 1.0.0, an Internet utility which can significantly accelerate PPP dial-up connections, allows for resumable downloads, and more. The introductory price is $20.
MaBaSoft has posted Quit CSM 2.1, a control-strip module that quits application without having to activate them. It is available in English, Japanese, German, Dutch, French and Italian.
Evening tech news: State attorneys general say they will pursue the Microsoft antitrust case if the Bush administration will not; three software developers from Pixar will be presented the Award of Merit on March 3 at the Oscars; and AMD has introduced a new version of its 850-MHz Duron chip for personal computers.
Fastware.net will demonstrate the newly released BridgeIt FireWire-to-SCSI converter at MWSF this week at FWDepot\'s Booth #4700. BridgeIt supports hard drives, CD-R, MO, tape, removable media and soon, scanners and printers in a full SCSI chain of 7 devices and offers speeds almost one order of magnitude faster than USB-SCSI type devices. The $180 device has 3 FireWire ports to also provide hub functionality as well as a 50 pin Ultra SCSI connector.
All the events in and around Macworld this week are posted on Ilene Hoffman\'s Hess Memorial Events List. The site was last updated early this morning.
Macworld Expo officially kicks off tomorrow, and Steve Jobs is scheduled to present his keynote between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m PST. There will be live Web coverage via QTTV, as well as satellite coverage. In addition to the keynote, there are also seminars and conferences scheduled for tomorrow\'s first day. The exhibit hall is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m PST. Apple has posted The Creative Professional\'s Guide for the show.
Asanté is expected to introduce and demonstrate several new products at Macworld Expo this week: It will preview "the world\'s first" NAT router with cache for sharing 10/100/1000BaseT network connection, FriendlyNET Internet Accelerator, which has a high-performance caching engine that holds web content in local RAM and hard disk as well as a print server with local spooling. Its new FriendlyNET 2.0 firmware ($20 upgrade), which is due at the end of January. Asanté will demo its FriendlyNET FR3004AL, an Internet router with support for Airport and other 802.11b wireless devices and a bundled Windows and Linux print server.
mBase is demonstrating its InteliCat Publishing solution this week at Macworld Expo in booth #4354. The APS software is for the production of catalogs that allows seamless integration between automated print publishing, online eCommerce, CD-ROM eCommerce, Touch screen Kiosks and wireless technology.
Sherlock Menu 3.5.1 is a minor update to the $7 shareware Sherlock-accessing software. Version 3.5.1 is recommended for use with Mac OS 9.1 as "Apple has made changes that relocate various components including Sherlock 2."
LaCie today unveiled its 4x4x24x PocketDrive CD-RW, a 6" x 6" CD-RW that fits in the palm of your hand and includes a USB and 2 FireWire connectors. The $400 drive is bundled with cables, a universal A/C adapter, 3 CD-R discs, 1 CD-RW disc and the LaCie Recording Utilities (with Adaptec Toast 4.1.1).
The new Initio iConn FireWire-to-SCSI adapter, to be showcased at Macworld Expo this week, boasts "data speeds nearly 10 times faster" than USB-to-SCSI converters. The $100, IEEE 1394.a-compliant external device measures 2.5"(W )x2.75"(L) x.75"(H) and offers one 50-pin UltraSCSI connector and two FireWire ports.
A MacNN reader notes that sales and trial versions of the ICUII videoconferencing program have been discontinued as of December 31, 2000, according to a note at Cybration\'s Website: "We are looking at the feasibility of releasing a new Mac product in the future. We will continue to provide support to registered owners of the Mac version of the program."
OmniGraffle 1.0b3 is a maintenance release to OmniGroup\'s drawing utility for Mac OS X that can create diagrams, family trees, flow charts, org charts, layouts, and other directed or non-directed graphs. The beta release includes a free license which will expire on March 31, 2001.
Epson\'s new Expression 1680 is a 48-bit color scanner that offers true 1600 x 3200 dpi resolution using a 1600 dpi CCD sensor and its resolution-doubling Micro Step Drive technology. The scanner will ship in Febraury in four configurations, a stand alone Special Edition for $800 and Artist ($900), Pro, and Pro FireWire configurations, which ship with LaserSoft SilverFast Ai 5 scanning and imaging software, MonacoEZcolor color management, Photoshop LE, NewSoft Presto! PageManager for document management, and ScanSoft Textbridge Pro OCR. The $1150 Pro model additionally ships with the optional $300 transparency unit, while the $1400 Pro FireWire model also includes a $300 FireWire interface card.
Thursby today announced a new version of TSStalk 2.0, its Windows application that provides access to AppleTalk PostScript printers as well as AppleShare and AppleShareIP servers. The $150 application is now compatible with all Windows platforms, including 95, 98, Me, NT, and 2000.
Proxim, who recently acquired Farallon, today made three announcement today: Its new Farallon NetLINE Wireless Broadband Gateway, an AirPort-compatible (802.11b) gateway for both wireless and wired networks. The $400 base station due to ship later this month offers NAT (for sharing a single IP), DHCP support, a built-in firewall, and Web-based management. Its Farallon SkyLINE PCI Card is now shipping, providing older Macs with access to AirPort and 802.11b networks. The card is available in a bundle with the Farallon PC-card for $240 or as a standalone product to international distributors for bundling with country-specific PC Cards, and to consumers who have already purchased a PC Card, for $70. Mac support for its wirefree home networking suite, Symphony-HRF is due later this month. The Symphony PC Card allows users to share a single broadband connection via the Symphony-HRF Cordless Gateway (2.4 GHz) and share files and printers among up to ten computers over distances up to 150 feet (50 meters) through walls, ceilings, floors and other standard home obstacles.
Adobe today began shipping Premiere 6.0, after having announced the title in early December. The $550 application requires Mac OS 9.0.4. Upgrades from previous version are $150, while an upgrade from an LE verrsion is $200.
Brilliant Digital Entertainment will provide a Mac-compatible version of its Digital Projector player in February 2001 and says that will integrate its into the forthcoming QuickTime 5 player as a downloadable, integrated QuickTime component as well as support Mac OS X. The Brilliant Digital Projector offers projection and playback of 3D interactive content with synchronized audio, allowing users to alter story lines, explore the content or experience from a different viewpoint.
Mushkin today announced a new family of "graphite-color" CAS2 PC133 and PC100 memory upgrades for Mac desktop computers, including Cube, G4 and iMac, as well as older Macintosh G3 systems. The family includes densities of 64-, 128-, 256-, and 512-MBytes as well as small outline memory upgrades for PowerBook, iBook and early iMac systems. The new Graphite CAS2 PC133 memory modules conform to the JEDEC PC133 SDRAM timing specification and are available with low CAS latency (2:2:2) for maximum performance in graphics-oriented applications.
WebDevil 5.2 adds an HTML viewer to the application for downloading Web sites either partially or entirely for offline viewing. The $35 title can also extract specific items from a Web site.
Sustainable Softworks has released IPNetSentry 1.0c2, a security application which protects your Mac from outside Internet intruders by "silently and intelligently watching for suspicious behavior" and giving you the option to invoke "a solid filter which completely bans the potential intruder from your Macintosh."
Graphic Converter 4.02 is an update to Lemke Software\'s popular graphics conversion and manipulation utility, adding a new red-eye filter, import and export of WBIN MacWavelet 2D files, an option to separate Photoshop layers into invidual files, and many other bug fixes and minor enhancements.
osx.macnn.com has news on Project-M, a native Cocoa publishing system and new components to Tenon\'s iTools for Mac OS X.
Voting has begun for the application icon contest at Xicons.com. Up for grabs is a $120 gift certificate to any online retailer. Xicons has also posted a new set for OS X called \"XMario+.\"
Wacom has announced a mail-in rebate program through the end of January for its Graphite-colored Intuos USB professional tablets, including a $30 rebate for its $300 6x8 active area model and a $50 rebate for its $430 9x12 active area model.
Digital Voodoo today announced the availability of Version 4.9 of its D1 Desktop 64 software, which brings full 16-bit RGB (64-bit per pixel support), full RGB+Alpha key playback, Media Transfer 1.6 with better support for Final Cut Pro reference movies, and other enhancements. The software works with its D1 Desktop series of PCI QuickTime cards, which offer uncompressed editing with Final Cut Pro, design with Adobe After Effects, and broadcast paint with Adobe Photoshop. The latest model, the D1 Desktop 128HD offers full, uncompressed HDTV support as well as standard definition formats.
Softmagic has announced Project-M, an XML-based suite of five native "Cocoa" publishing software applications for Mac OS X that address the publishing process, including authoring, page layout, and delivery across multiple media and support collaborative activities of writers, editors, designers and system administrators.
Tenon announced that its new version of iTools will be bundled with Halcyon\'s Instant ASP (iASP), a Java implementation of the industry-standard Microsoft Active Server Pages (ASP) framework, which includes support for VBScript and JScript and interfaces with multiple component architectures, including JavaBeans, EJB, JSP, Java Servlet, and all JDBC database engines. Aestiva and Tenon have also released four Web-site add-on applications that will ship for iTools 6.0 for Mac OS X (and is due later for other platforms). The products include point-and-click administration and include free installation help so outside technical assistance is not needed. LiveHelp is a pop-up chat window that is added to a Web site to provide live Technical Support and/or Sales Support services; HelpMate supercharges a Web site with "popup help" windows; Tell-A-Friend is a marketing component designed to help visitors instantly spread the word about a Web site. Knowledge Base allows one to add a searchable database to a site.
Tenon also today announced iTools 6.0, its web server package for Mac OS X, will include a new version of WEBmail developed by EMUmail, Inc. The new WebMAIL application supports multiple attachments, address books, user definable folders, outbox for sent messages, real-time SPAM filtering using the "Real-TimeBlackhole" list of known SPAMmers, customizable tag line for site branding, blind carbon copy, spell check, quoted reply, forwarding, per-user or per-domain message quotas, and per-user or per-domain access restrictions.
Evological has released CoolCam 1.7, an update to its $20 webcam application that adds the ability to save a copy of all uploaded images to an archive folder.
Version 2.0b7 of CrushFTP, Ben Spink\'s $20 shareware Java FTP server, fixes a "major" bug that caused problems for all users that were not using the Virtual File System and also adds tutorial to help explain the virtual file system.
Over the weekend we noted the Adobe Illustrator 9.02 update, GM release of Mac OS 9.1 (to ADC developers), Iomega\'s Peerless drive system, Belkin\'s 6-port FireWire hub, digital cameras from Canon and Olympus, new Mac carrying cases, possible compatibility issues between Newer\'s iMAXpowr G4 upgrade and OS 9.1, and changes to Apple\'s user iDisks.
At Macworld, U & I Software will introduce and demonstrate ArtMatic Pro, a $180 application for creating digital art, including fractals, pictures, textures, and animations, as well as sound. New to the Pro version is keyframe-based animation, graphics and sound synthesis functions, structure editing, the ability to manipulate existing movies and pictures, new shading/lighting components, and more.
Douglas Bania has put together his own Apple spec commercial dubbed \"iRoom.\" The 30 second commercial was edited on a Power Mac G3 using Media 100 and illustrates how easy the world could be if everything were powered by Macs.
Thomas Johnson noted the irony of NBCi.com\'s latest television commercial: \"During Dateline Sunday night 1/7/01, NBC ran a commercial for their service NBCi.com. During that commercial they show a software program called \"Quickclick\". In the commercial they show an iBook and a Powerbook running the software. However, when you go to the site it tells you that it only runs on Microsoft Operating Systems.\"
Insider Software has posted FontAgent 8.1, an update to its font repairing utility that now checks for corrupt data forks and adds support for Adobe InDesign font requirements. The $70 application is also available in a Lite version for $30, or a network version for $170.
Diet Sleuth 3.1 is a nutritional database and health logbook that allows users to track their food consumption and fitness. The new version adds enhancements to the printing and reporting functions.
AIMM 1.1 adds several requested improvements, documented on its web page, to the alternative AOL Instant Messenger client.
HTTP Benchmark 1.3 is a free utility for comparing the bandwidth of web hosting providers. The new version creates more detailed download results and features more accurate transfer rates.
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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