OmniWeb 4.0, a new version of The Omni Group\'s web browser created exclusively for Mac OS X, brings a full-featured, fast, and solid browser to the early adopters of Apple\'s new operating system.
This week we have posted reviews of Apple\'s PowerBook G4 Titanium, Willow Design\'s PowerBook G4 Case, STM\'s Sport LapBack and Norton Personal Firewall.
QuantumSoft has released pro Fit 5.6.0b5, a prerelease, Carbon version of QuantumSoft\'s tool for scientific data and mathematical function analysis that runs natively on Mac OS X. Version B5 has been updated to run on the final version of Mac OS X and comes with full on-line help and support for the new Aqua user interface.
St. Clair Software has released Screen Catcher 2.3.3, an update to its $25 screen capture utility to fix problems introduced with earlier versions of Kensington\'s MouseWorks software.
Mac OS X My Way is Apple\'s Website dedicated to Mac OS X customization and is soliciting submissions: \"We\'d like to see how you set up Mac OS X on your Macintosh to fit your personal style and work requirements. Use Mac OS X\'s cool Mail program to send us pictures at firstname.lastname@example.org.\" Requirements for submission are listed on the page.
While most have been generally positive, several readers provided first-hand negative experiences about the launch of OS X: [Bill Davis] I\'m writing to alert readers of my poor experience purchasing Mac OS X this morning at CompUSA in Alexandria, VA (Store # 477). When I arrived at 10:15 AM, the new software was nowhere to be found and the Apple store-within-a-store was looking pretty bleak. When I asked the information desk about OS Ten\'s whereabouts, the sales associate first told me that it wasn\'t out yet, then informed me that the proper pronunciation was Mac OS \"Ex.\" After asking him to look into it a little further, he saw that it was in stock but still sitting in the warehouse. He went to look for it and vanished. After 20 minutes of standing around with several others waiting for Mac OS X, I noticed that CompUSA was only handing out INDIVIDUAL COPIES of the software from behind the counter for those people who actually knew to ask for it. [anonymous] I run an apple only dealership, I read that if I were to preorder copies of OS X from either of Apple\'s distributers, Ingram Micro or TechData, I would have copies by the time of it\'s release. Today is Saturday March 24 and I\'m yet to see a single copy, not even a demo copy, to show customers how it works. With all the recent news of Apple\'s plans to build retail stores, I allready feel like I\'m going to be driven out of bussiness, but then they can\'t even send me a copy of there most important opperating system in seventeen years. I makes me want to shut my doors, and buy a PC.
As noted yesterday, MacNN has confirmed that OmniGroup will be bringing four new games to Mac OS X, including Star Trek: Voyager - Elite Force, Bungie\'s Oni, Heavy Metal: FAKK2, and American McGee\'s Alice. The games will be published by Aspyr, Gathering of Developers, MacPlay, and Aspyr, respectively.
UK supermarket giant Tesco has sparked a computer price war by selling pre-Tokyo iMacs for £699, £100 less than Apple charges, forcing UK authorized reseller Dixons to sell its remaining inventory at the same price. Although Tesco\'s iMacs are \"flying off the shelves,\" it has apparently frustrated Apple, who has refused to appoint Tesco an official retailer, according to UK-based newspaper, The Sun.
Black Magik Software has released Pre-Lister 3.7b1, a beta of its offline auction-listing utility for use with eBay that adds support for new category changes and has other fixes.
Ibrium\'s NotePad Deluxe 2.1.3 is a multi-purpose notepad for Macintosh. The $25 shareware is now Carbonized and brings new and improved background textures and fixes a few bugs. [PPC, Carbon--~950KB]
Faust\'s Friend 2.0, an OS X-compatible version of the freeware desktop application that grabs headlines from several sources, now includes MacNN headlines.
Newtourage 0.3b3 allows users of Apple\'s Newton MessagePads to synchronize their Names, To-Do\'s, Calendar and Notes applications with Microsoft Entourage. The new beta adds a \"Default Address\" option, support for connecting via the printer port (in addition to the modem port and AppleTalk), and better error handling.
Raining Data has released OmniStudio 3 for OS X. The rapid development environment optimized for Web development and database connectivity can be used to develop and deploy applications under Windows, Linux, and MacOS for diverse markets such as healthcare, human resources, publishing, customer relationship management, e-business, education, government, and more. An evaluation copy for the release version of OS X is available for download.
CDFinder 3.1 is billed as \"the first\" disk cataloger tool for OS X. The $20 shareware now catalogs contents with a Finder-like hierarchy, provides stats via a \'Get Info\' window, and fixes several bugs. [PPC, Carbon]
Alco Blom\'s popular bookmark manager, URL Manager Pro 3.0d6, is an update to his special preview version, bringing support for new LaunchServices API only available in the release version of Mac OS X (users can launch Internet applications by double-clicking bookmarks).
Xicons.com today released two special sets of icons for Mac OS X in celebration of the operating system\'s launch. Xicons now offers over 1300 unique icons for Mac OS X in 127 individual sets. Their current icon submission contest ends March 31st.
With the official release of Mac OS X today, osx.macnn.com has news on a final release of OmniWeb 4.0 updated software on iDisks, and new OS-X specific icons as well as on other software updates such as Audio 2.1PR2, Eudora 5.1b9, LightWave 6.5b, GraphicConverter 4.05, URL Manager 3.0d6, and a new Cocoa-based ftp client called iFTP. Several other applications were announced yesterday for Mac OS X, including Dantz\'s Retrospect Client, four new OS-X games from Omni Group, IDL scientific visualization software, and Wolfram\'s Mathematica. [updated 9:40 am ET]
Panic has posted Audion 2.1 PR2 for Mac OS X, an update to its popular MP3 player that brings support for customizable Quartz interfaces: \"over 500 Audion faces sport live, real-time Mac OS X-native shadows, highlights, and transparencies.\" It also offers multiple playlist windows, equalization, Karaoke-mode, speed control, linked playlist, popularity ratings, DJ-style crossfading, and much more, Audion is the premier MP3 tool for Mac OS X users.
Yesterday we noted Carbon versions of Apple\'s iTunes, iMovie 2.1 and AppleWorks 6.1 (preview). Other updates covered XLR8 and Sonnet\'s statements on OS X compatibility for their upgrade cards, new software on user iDisks, and instructions for installing OS X from a hard disk. Software updates include new Asante drivers, Graphic Converter 4.05, Eudora 5.1b9, and LightWave 6.5B.
Gideon Softworks has posted iFTP prc1 is a new Cocoa-based graphical ftp client that has support for both local and remote file filtering, bookmarks, threaded connectivity, remote file editing/viewing, download schedules, and a modular architecture. The pre-order price is $25 until July, when it will increase to $30.
Yesterday we noted a Carbon version of iTunes and iMovie 2.1, AppleWorks 6.1 updater (which also includes a Carbon preview of the application for OS X users), Apple\'s Starup Disk 9.2.1, Sanyo\'s new 24x CD-RW, new Lexmark printers, and Apple\'s firmware updates for iMacs, iBooks, PowerBooks, Cubes, and G4 Power Macs. Other updates included GraphicConverter 4.05, CalcX 1.0, and others.
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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