Apple has posted ColorSync 3.0.3 SDK to its publicly accessible Apple Developer ftp site. The SDK includes the ColorSync 3.03 installer, which is due via both automatic and manual softtware \"in the near future,\" according to a note posted on the ColorSync-users list. (The software is part of the Mac OS 9.1 install CD, but not part of the online update.)
Apple is offering a free update to WebObjects that will run Objective-C applications on Mac OS X for registered users of WebObjects 4.5: \"This update will also convert WebObjects 4.5 Java applications to run on WebObjects 5 for Java. It will also help you bring Objective-C applications forward to Java.\"
Pixologic will unveil ZBrush 1.2 at the San Jose Game Developers Conference (March 22), which will bring a new Zscript language, Instant Replay, and new tools to the application for creating dynamic and integrated digital imagery workflows. The 2D/3D painting application, which renders geometry, materials, and textures in realtime, can create images with depth and push/pull sections, create and move lights, change the materials and apply both 2D and 3D effects in one integrated, real-time workspace. The $585 application will be a free upgrade to current registered users and is available with a 50% discount in an introductory offer.
The latest release candidate for Sustainable Softworks\' excellent software utility for sharing a single Internet connection, IPNetRouter 1.6c7, adds a new trigger action to optionally block subsequent data from a particular source and adds support for filter logging.
Apple has recently posted a QuickTime 4.1.2 Patch for Windows, which prevents the possibility of a buffer overflow in the QuickTime 4.1.2 plugin.
The $25 shareware RealView 2.7, an update to the file and image viewer, includes dozens of improvements, including Appearance Manager support, Navigation Services support, a new and improved \"Find\" option, and a flexible zoom for image files. [PPC, 68k]
Virtual Composer 2.7.8 is a $25 shareware virtual music and QuickTime musical instruments editor designed for complex polyphonic music.
Apple will be sponsoring six sessions at this year\'s Game Developers Conference (GDC) held March 20-24th in San Jose. Sessions will focus on game development for MacOS X and Apple\'s Developer Technical Support Staff will be present to run the sessions. The presentations include such topics as 2D and 3D graphics, 3D Modeling and Rendering Techniques, Motion Capture and Character Animation Techniques and Making Money with Mac Games.
Apple has posted its \"Introduction to Mac OS X\" tutorials online. This is a mirror of the tutorials sent to developers in this month\'s ADC mailing and includes tutorials on Cocoa, Carbon and Java programming as well as sample programs and source code. The Developer Tools needed to work with these files is also linked on this page.
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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