osx.macnn.com has posted a review of Snapz Pro X, Ambrosia Software\'s new screen capture utility built from the ground up for Mac OS X.
We have posted a review of Snapz Pro X, Ambrosia Software\'s new screen capture utility built from the ground up for Mac OS X.
For the second time, Apple has successfully defended itself against plaintiff\'s accusing the company of using patented technology for ColorSync. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld a lower court\'s decision to throw out Imatec\'s case against Apple.
Canon has introduced the Optura100 MC, a digital camcorder that has a 1.3M megapixel CCD image sensor to capture digital video and digital photos at 1280 X 960 resolution. The new device features a 10x zoom lens plus 200x digital zoom with Optical Image Stabilization; built-in Auto Pop-up Flash; and extended Recording Mode to deliver four hours of video recording on one 80-minute MiniDV videotape. The Canon Optura100 MC will be available in September 2001 at a suggested list price of $1,899, and sports FireWire connectivity.
db Reports 2.5b4 is a cross platform report writing application that allows users to extract, format and print data from one of various data sources. The new release adds three field functions, and resolves a fatal error in the limit dialog box. [Classic, Carbon]
Channel 8 Software has release iOrganizer 1.6, an information manager that includes an address book, a bookmark list, an event calendar, and a download list. The new version adds support for recurring events in the calendar. It can now remind you of events that repeat daily, weekly, monthly or annually. [Classic, Carbon]
MacGeneration reports on a new study detailing Apple\'s share of the market in France for the second quarter of 2001. Apple France sold 28,570 units during the quarter, and market share decreased from 3.7 percent in Q2 2000 to 2.7 percent in Q2 2001. \"The consumer market in France is weak, but the professional market remains strong,\" reports Chris Laporte. Apple is now the 9th ranked computer maker in France.
Earth Browser 1.5.3 is an Earth simulation app that combines a navigated 3 dimensional globe with real-time weather conditions and 5 day forecasts. Live earthquakes, webcam images, volcanoes and current cloud formations are also featured. The new release fixes a connection problem with AOL accounts.
ARM processors, which were once used in Apple\'s Newton PDA, may be making their way into desktop computers. SiS has licensed the ARM7TDMI microprocessor core for use in its product range of integrated chipsets for personal computers that will eventually lead to system-on-a-chip designs. However, products based on ARM processors in desktops won\'t likely show up until the end of next year.
Afternoon tech news: Dell has stopped shipping systems with Linux pre-installed, citing weak demand; An appeals court has rejected Microsoft\'s request for a new trial regarding its anti-trust proceedings; The Wall Street Journal discusses the price war currently waging between makers of handheld devices.
As Apple continues its effort to open 25 retail stores by the end of the year, Tiny Computers will be shutting down its remaining retail stores as it faces a PC market struggling with decreasing sales. Phil Morris, Tiny\'s COO, will be closely watching how Apple performs with its retail initiative but thinks retail outlets could be a money-losing proposition.
PELE Enterprises is selling its remaining colorful Apolla Speakers at discounted prices ranging from $20 to $30. Due to Apple\'s frequent change of colors in its iMac line, the company was forced to discontinue color-coded products and is now looking to sell the remaining inventory. Colors still available include Blueberry, Grape, Lime, and Strawberry.
UbiSoft has announced that it will publish Shadowbane, a new massively multiplayer online role-playing game for Mac and PC, in early 2002. The game was expected to be published by Gathering of Developers, but the publishing deal was broken earlier this year.
Apple has released several International versions of QuickTime 5.0.2, its media technology for the Mac and PC. QuickTime 5 primarily adds support for the Sorenson Video 3 Codec.
Rosetta 1.3 is a small app capable of decoding BinHex, MacBinary, MIME Base64, uuencode files; rejoining binary files; and making some movie file repairs. The new release sports interface enhancements and a new file splitting feature. The Carbonized release is both OS 8/9 and OS X compatible.
After first stating that he would cease development of VueScan for the Mac platform due to a disagreement with a representative from Apple\'s Developer Relations, Ed Hamrick says he will now continue developing his software for Mac OS 8/9 and OS X due to a \"barrage of e-mails\" from Mac users.
CrushFTP 3.0b7 brings event based actions to the shareware FTP server software. With the new functionality,†users can perform searches in the log file as actions are happening, and either generate an email message, perform some file I/O, or kick-ban a user. [Classic, Carbon]
Lithe Integration has introduced Script Console, a new utility that consolidates multiple Applescripts into a singe file (a console). Each script in a console can be independently edited, compiled and run, and Script Console will save the results and the date and run time for each script.
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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