Black Diamond has released a public beta of its popular download manager Monica 3.0b1, a $20 shareware \"queue-based file download program for the Mac for downloading files from the Internet using ftp, Hotline and http protocols.\" This version brings better support for non-standard FTP and HTTP servers, better handling of queue-enabled Hotline servers, better stability, HTML-based documentation, and GUI changes.
MuchoThumbs 1.0b1 for OS X is a developmental Carbon version of its application for creating a large number of web pages extremely rapidly: \"[it] is specifically written to produce thumbnails web pages and all linked pages, starting from an images folder.\"
iSlideShow 1.0pb1, now in public beta, is an application for creating slide shows for multimedia projects and webpages. The $10 shareware QuickTime-savvy application is Carbonized and includes over 65 diffrent transitional effects, QT export routines, and offers full drag & drop support.
Joshua Botts reports that the Apple Store has upgrade all orders of Mac OS X to FedEx Saturday delivery, including those that were to ship via standard UPS: \"Just wanted to let you know that I got the Fed Ex Saturday Delivery Upgrade on my order even though I had UPS as my carrier. Apple must have decided to give everyone a treat, not just those that wanted expedited shipping. Of course I\'d be a little mad if I paid the extra $10 now....\" Previously, we noted that Apple had upgraded all orders with FedEx delivery to Saturday delivery.
Paul Sian notes that Popular Power, a company that provided Mac support for distributed computing, has shutdown, but promises to continue its \"non-profit projects\" for as long as they are able.
Josiah Pugh has released iTunes Associator 1.6 which batch converts mp3s for use with iTunes. This version adds new filters, and a Pro version is included.
The Sega Genesis/Megadrive emulator for the Mac, Generator/MacOS v0.17, fixes a long-standing bug that caused slow music in some games, adds SN79476 sound emulation, and is now carbonized for MacOS X.
Following a settlement earlier this week between Connectix and Sony and agreement to \"advance emulation programs,\" Sony is reportedly evaluating the possibility of adopting Connectix\'s PlayStation emulation software \'Virtual Game Station\' to Microsoft\'s XBox.
RealMac Software\'s Button Builder 1.7, for both OS X and Mac OS Classic, adds Website templates and updated button designs, and better documentation to the $10 shareware for creating button-type graphics for the Web and multimedia projects.
The Pittsburgh Business Times confirms a report from last week, noting Apple\'s plans to enter the retail market with Apple-branded stores, adding that \"along with plans to establish flagship sites in larger markets such as New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, Apple is working to bring retail stores [2-3] to the Pittsburgh market. [It] hopes to have stores open in Western Pennsylvania by the end of the year.\"
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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