Constantin von Wentzel, who recently posted instructions for replacing failed capacitors in Apple\'s AirPort Base Station, has also added further instructions for those who want to retrofit extender antennas.
The $40 package of modem scripts, Mac aRa Modem Magic 5.0, promises to improve modem connection speeds through optimizations and compatibility with the latest protocols. It includes over 190 new ITU 56K Standard V.90, ITU V.92/V.44 and ISDN Drivers for your Modem Scripts Folder (inside the System Folder). A list of supported modems and a demo are both available.
Richard Bannister\'s Jum52/MacOS 0.5.1 is a new Atari 5200 emulator for Mac OS that includes full sound support and runs just fine under MacOS X.
Chronos\' latest promotion offers StickyBrain for $20, a 43% savings: \"Each subsequent day the price of StickyBrain will increase by $1 until the final retail price of $35 is reached.\" The company has also posted StickyBrain 1.1, an update to its \"personal productivity\" application that offers tools to organize and store information, password management, and to-do lists, contact lists, alarms and an infinitely customizeable interface. A demo is available online and also runs under Mac OS X.
Tape 1.6a5, the next version of the $10 shareware Mac OS 9 Package and Mac OS X Bundle editor, adds support for editing Mac OS X Help Book bundles, which \"use a slightly different bundle format than application bundles.\"
The $20 shareware CDFinderX, now available for Mac OS X, is billed as \"the first disk cataloger tool\" for the upcoming OS.
SETI UNiT Manager 3.3 is an update to the popular SETI@Home helper utility that allows users to cache work units, log the analysis process, and automatically work units to RAM Disk for improved performance. Version 3.3 brings OS 9.1 support (through a new data file format), improved compatibility with Retrospect, and improved performance. [Readers are encouraged to join Team MacNN]
Keys Curry notes an that Apple has increased the price on 500-MHz Cube in Hong Kong, despite a recent price drop in the US (as noted first by MacNN): I have been waiting patiently for Apple Store HK to drop the price on its Fastest Cube model to match the reduction in price at the Apple Store USA. Generally, the prices at the Apple Store HK pretty closely track prices at the Apple Store USA. Anyway, imagine my shock when I found out that the Apple Store HK actually increased the price of the Faster and Fastest models from the old price (which was equivalent to the price at the Apple Store USA prior to the recent price reductions). The Faster model is now around $2,499 US and the Fastest model is now at a whopping $2,975 US. I hope that this is a mistake. I sent a note to Apple Store HK asking for comment on the price rise, but no response so far. The Fast model is pretty much equivalent to the Apple Store US price.
NetShred 1.8 adds support for multiple overwrites of file names to the $10 software utility that erases the web browser cache, browser history files and email trash for improved computer privacy.
The February meeting of The 3D Artist User Group of New York will offer first looks at both Maya 3.0 and ElectricImage Universe on Wednesday, February 28th. Alias/Wavefront will be giving a Mac-oriented demo of Maya for Mac OS X and attendees will also get a first look at ElectricImage\'s soon to be released new interface and feature set, which will include new modeling enhancements, an improved Raytracing engine, Open GL support, new IK controls, and multi-platform support. Online pre-registration is required for the free event, which will take place at the Apple Marketing Center in NYC.
Reseller FireWire Depot is now offering CDCylone\'s 12x10x32 CDRW and 16x10x40 CDRW for $370 and $400 respectively and is also accepting pre-orders on CDCyclone\'s \'SuperDrive\' DVD/CDRW for $990. It is also offering SCSI and FireWire versions of Ecrix Tape Back-up drive (starting at $1050), full-size 5.25\" FireWire enclosures ($155), and 2.5\" and 3.5\" USB/FireWire drive enclosures for $160 and $185 respectively.
CDS advanced technology bv has released LanBox-LCII v1.3.3, updated software and firmware for its 250 channel, DMX controller box for lighting applications.
The Digital Universe 2.3 is a $100 professional-level astronomy simulation tool that integrates a \"several thousand page multimedia encyclopedia of astronomy.\" Version 2.3 provides online integration, improved grid display and customization, and other enhancements.
FlavorSavers 2.7 is an update to the $25 screen saver package, adding 11 new modules, improved security, and better screen coverage.
Sleeper 3.2.3b3, a public beta version of St. Clair Software\'s popular screen saver and energy saving utility, improves support for Apple\'s latest PowerMac G4\'s and iMacs, resolves some isolated compatibility problems with OS 9, and adds support for Apple\'s Studio and Cinema LCD displays. Sleeper 3.2.3 also includes controls for managing processor cycling on Macs that support it, allowing \"users who are having problems with Apple\'s built-in power management to disable the Energy Saver control panel completely.\"
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Apple brings iTunes Movie Trailers app to Canada
After five years, Apple has expanded its iTunes Movie Trailers app for iOS to Canada. As of Saturday, the free app allows movie buffs to see HD movie trailers for new studio and independent features, and explore some other movie-related extras such as photos, behind-the-scenes footage, or clips from upcoming films. Users can save trailers for quick access, read reviews from RottenTomatoes.com within the app, use AirPlay to send them to an Apple TV, share trailers, and peruse the top movie charts. http://apple.co/1UUKtwr
Apple expands CloudKit API, provides web interface
On Friday, Apple notified developers that it was expanding a feature of CloudKit to allow for server-to-server web service requests. "In addition to providing a web interface for users to access the same data as your app, you can now easily read and write to the CloudKit public database from a server-side process or script with a server-to-server key," Apple said in its announcement. Previously, interaction with the CloudKit public database was limited to apps and web only. http://apple.co/20h1RwP
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