ClickCopy 1.0 is a $10 shareware contextual menu plugin that \"enables the user to copy files, make aliases, and move files easily.\"
Apple is offering Cocoa develeopers an invitation to a \"Cocoa kitchen\" at Apple in Cupertino, CA, scheduled for August 7-10. \"The focus of the kitchen will be on Cocoa Development and related topics. Cocoa Framework Engineers, DTS Engineers, and Technology Managers will be available to help work through technical issues and listen to your feedback. Reservations are accepted on a first come, first serve basis and all attendees must be a member of the Apple Developer Connection program.\"
jPEE 1.3 for OS X adds the option to extract email addresses from files contained within directories and subsequent sub-directories and to verify the domains of the addresses to the utility for automatically removing email addresses, from large text files and directories.
SmartMode has released a Mac OS X-compatible version of its Rapid JavaServer Pages (JSP) Development tools. \"SmartMode enables JSP and Servlet developers to build dynamic, interactive web sites with distinct display, business logic, and database layers.\" The company will be releasing a Mac OS X GUI version in an upcoming release.
MacNN reader Richard L. notes that Aspyr Media has updated its game status list with information on Carbonized versions of The Sims: Livin\' Large, which is expected in August, and The Sims: House Party, which is expected in September. The Classic version of second expansion pack The Sims: House Party is expected to be released next week.
After a month-long hiatus, The Apple Store is now offering refurbished products again. Current offers include 400 and 500 MHz Indigo iMacs for $700 and $850, respectively.
Luigi Ballabio has released a Macintosh port of SWIG 1.3.6, a software development tool that connects programs written in C, C++, and Objective-C with a variety of high-level programming languages. The program is primarily used with common scripting languages such as Perl, Python, Tcl/Tk, Ruby, and Guile but has also been extended to include languages such as Java and Eiffel.
CyberDisc has released new beta versions of NodeScan Client and NodeScan Server, its Java-based platform for Classic and Mac OS X for distributed network services that combines elements of both peer-to-peer and client/server type networks. The new versions provide significantly improved appearance, functionality, performance, and reliability.
Creative has released version 2.91 firmware for its Nomad Jukebox MP3 Player that improves the device\'s battery life.
EjectMenu 2.6 is a new version of the $15 utility that adds the option of ejecting any mounted volumes from a system-wide menu, control strip, or contextual menu. The new version adds support for Mac OS 9.2, which is available on new \"QuickSilver\" Power Mac G4s.
Iconizer Pro 1.4.6 is a new version of the application for creating a group of 32-bit icons to form a picture as a folder background. Version 1.4.6 tweaks the Border Mask and Center image commands and fixes several minor bugs.
Strange Flavour has announced that Airburst, its new Classic and Mac OS X shareware game released last week, will soon feature Internet and LAN network play for registered users. A feature-limited LAN-only version for non-registered users will also be available. The company has also unveiled a new online registration option through Fairtunes.com and plans for Airburst shirts, hats, mugs, and other merchandise for the game\'s growing number of fans.
Apple ranks 49th in Business Week\'s assessment of the world\'s most valuable brands (PDF); the Apple brand is valued at $5.46 billion, down 17 percent from last year\'s value of $6.59 billion. \"Apple continues to churn out eye-pleasing products but struggles to find takers beyond the core Mac faithful,\" the report said. Coca-Cola, Microsoft, IBM, GE, and Nokia are ranked as the world\'s top five brands.
sMailing 1.5.1 is a new version of the Carbonized email application that can send personalized email messages. Version 1.5.1 adds name sender, an option to send email to admin when finished, read system Internet preferences for SMTP server, and bug fixes.
TimeCache 4.1.1 is a free, maintenance update to its time and expense tracking application for Macintosh users who bill clients for project work. It adds a pop-up a calendar and fixes a few bugs, including a problem with inaccurate timing when starting the timer from the TimeCache Remote Control window, and printing using user-selected fonts. A limited demo is available online.
Ashlar-Vellum last week announced its forthcoming precision design software product line, Designer Elements, which includes Graphite, Neon, Argon, Xenon, and Cobalt applications.
OSOpinion.com has published an article discussing the many different flavors of OS X applications including Carbon, Cocoa, and Classic. \" Mac OS X is a strange hybrid beast to be sure; it has a slick GUI on top of a tried-and-true Unix base,\" says author Kelly McNeill.
Memory Plus has announced a 640MB CompactFlash card, offering writes speeds of nearly 2MB/sec, according to Macworld UK. The media, due next week, has been tested in Kodak cameras and is encased in metal for enhanced durability: \"We don\'t see the average digital photographer wanting to buy this card just yet. We see this as a solution for a number of industrial and corporate applications. It\'s also ideal for some applications in the handheld market.\"
Jeff Pollard writes about the recent release of DialPadX: \"I installed it on my blue & white 450 and tried a few calls wit it. It doesn\'t work very well. From the computer side, I could hear the other end talking, but they couldn\'t hear me. Pretty disappointing after waiting this long for it.\"
ABBYY next month plans to launch the public beta of FineReader 5.0 Pro Mac, an optical character recognition (OCR) tool that uses the same engine as FineReader Pro for Windows. The public beta period for FineReader 5.0 will begin August 6th, and general availability is slated for September 10th.
Afternoon tech news: Palm plans to create a subsidiary specifically to manage the company\'s operating system for handheld devices, which is also used by Handspring; Government anti-trust enforcers are attempting to block a bid by Microsoft for another hearing; Motherboard makers plan to phase out Rambus, or RDRAM technology, which many industry pundits were pressuring Apple to incorporate into new Macs.
Koingo Software\'s has introduced introduced Blaze 1.0, its $16 shareware word processor that features line, word and character counts as well as color and font customization.
QXP PhotoBook 3.0 is a $15.00 stand-alone utility which helps create image catalog either QuarkXpress documents or Acrobat PDF files. It supports PDF and GIF formats as well as other non-Quark-supported formats such as Adobe Photoshop files. A limited demo is available.
Jeremy Kezer\'s $7 shareware Thermograph 1.3.3 measures the internal processor temperature of any late-model G3 or G4-based Mac, records the minimum and maximum temperatures, and plots the temperature over time.
Ryan Rempel has released Unsupported UtilityX v1.0b9, which now pre-installs BootX in the manner required to boot on older systems (i.e. the 7300 - 9600 series), providing compatibility with Darwin 1.3.1.
Yesterday we reported on a technical problem disallowing PowerPC upgrade manufacturers to use the new, faster G4 chips from Motorola; a review of American McGee\'s Alice, a new 3D action/adventure game; the Apple retail store buying experience; price cuts on older Power Mac G4s; record sales for Diablo II: Lord of Destruction; new details on Microsoft\'s .NET initiative; QuickMail for Mac OS X; and Radiohead\'s use of a PowerBook to create its latest online music video. Software releases included The Sims for Mac OS X and GraphicConverter 4.09.
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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
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