FWB is now shipping BackUp ToolKit 2.2, a repackaged version of the backup utility from French software publisher Tri-Edre. The $35 utility offers multiple backup configurations, mirror and incremental backup, folder synchronization, compression, and file exclusion management. FWB is expected to introduce two other titles as result the software cross licensing agreement between it and Tri-Edre.
Square Box Systems has released CatDV 2.0, a new version of its flagship media cataloging and video logging utility that adds new features as well as support for OS X. The fully cross-platform media asset management system can create a thumbnail catalog of any QuickTime supported media files, including still images, audio files, and movies and also provides searching, indexing, and and slide shows functions as well as QuickTime and HTML export routines. The $70 utility is available for $60 through September 16th. A demo is available.
Black Cat Systems\' Sara 0.4.0 is a freeware Apple III Emulator, which \"will allow your Macintosh to emulate the Apple ///, which was the computer released by Apple just after the Apple ][, and before the Lisa....users will need to get an Apple /// ROM image, as well as various disk image files.\"
Corona 1.5 adds general form entry and payroll accounting the Carbonized accounting application that also includes check register and account chart features. Version 1.5 also adds dynamic popupselectors for choosing names and accounts, expandable views with adjustable font size, and online help. A 30-day trial of the $35 application is available online.
ESP Graphics has released a free sample component of its Screens software suite: ScreensSaver, an interactive screen-saver that gives users live news headlines with customized newsgroup selection, a stock-ticker, and website bookmarks.
Exabyte and Ecrix today announced the completion of a definitive merger agreement \"motivated by the complementary nature of Exabyte\'s high performance MammothTape? and Ecrix\'s high value VXA? drive technologies and numerous synergies to be realized from the combination of the two businesses.\"
Steve Barham writes about Macs being used at the \"McInternet Cafe\" in a McDonalds restaurant in Guatemala: In Guatemala City, Guatemala, there is a McDonalds that gives free internet service. Customers that buy Big Mac or other meals can use the in-store computers for 30 minutes- gratis. These computers are all imacs running OS9 and Internet Explorer 5. There are three Indigo and two Ruby connected through ethernet cables. All have optical mice. I think it is very interesting that McDonalds chooses iMac\'s (a very good choice, though) especially since I have been having trouble finding anything Macintosh in this city.
Afternon Tech: Exodus, the Web hosting firm for many popular Internet sites, is looking for a buyer, according to company CEO Ellen Hancock (a former VP at Apple); Standard & Poor\'s lowered Gateway\'s corporate credit and bank credit ratings to junk status, to reflect \"extremely competitive industry conditions, a declining revenue base and the company\'s expectation that it will not return to material profitability until fiscal 2002;\" An increasing number of U.S. schools are equipping every student with a laptop computer for use at school or home with more than 800 schools and 125,000 students in Microsoft and Toshiba\'s Anytime Anywhere Learning program, which started in 1996.
Blackmagic Design today announced the release of the first uncompressed QuickTime codecs for MacOS 9, MacOS X and Windows NT/2000/XP. The codecs allow uncompressed files from AJA Video\'s Kona-HDTV product to be opened and rendered and are also fully compatible with Pinnacle CineWave files. Codecs are available for download today from the Blackmagic Design web site at no charge.
Wildform has released Flix for Mac ($100), \"the first\" Macintosh application that encodes video into Macromedia\'s Flash format and has released SWfX for Mac ($25), \"the first\" Flash text animation software for the Mac. Both are Carbonized applications.
Nikon today introduced the Coolpix 885, a 3 megapixel digital camera that has a Transfer button on the camera for directly uploading digital photos quickly and easily to the desktop as well as a 3x Optical Zoom-Nikkor lens. The sub-8 oz. camera (without battery) has a USB connection, supports CompactFlash media and ships with a complete software bundle, a 16MB media card, and a 2CR5 lithium battery as well as a lens cap, wrist strap, USB and video cables. It will be available September 2001 for $600.
John Jobe provided some details about the new Apple Retail Store in Chicago, which is expected to open this weekend: The new Apple Store in Woodfield Mall today pulled the blinders from the store window glass. For the first time we could see in and get a view of what was going on inside the store. Everything looked in place and ready to go. Lots of staff roaming the floor and looking at various pieces of equipment this morning. One guy inside with a camera taking pictures of people passing by. The only thing that kept me out were the two security guards and the big sign blocking the door saying that the grand opening would be Saturday at 9AM.
Gefen\'s new $500 ex-tend-it USB-400 system includes a 4-port USB hub and can extend the 17ft limit of USB cables. The remote 4-port hub can handle up to 12.5Mbps of data on each port; the send/receive units are connected to each other via a standard CAT-5 cable, extending the distance of a standard USB connection up to 330 feet using a single CAT5 cable.
Sean McBride writes: \"After updating Mac OS 9.1 to 9.2.1, the Bell Sympatico Access Manager software stopped working. I\'m pretty sure this happened last time I updated Mac OS too. As before, reinstalling the Access Manager software (newest is 1.11) got things working again. Be warned though: when you install Access Manager you must supply your user id and password!\"
Stone Table Software has posted public betas of two of its freeware products for OS X, RTF-to-Styled Text 1.03b, an open-source program that converts Rich Text Format documents into standard Macintosh Styled Text format, and Cobweb 1.0b is a simple, non-WYSIWYG HTML editor. [RTF--600KB, Cobweb-700KB]
MacInstall 1.3.1, Public Access\'s $25 shareware software installer for developers/programers, adds Mac OS 9.2.1 to System version pop-up menus, appropriately displays Installer items that have Actions associated with them, and has other changes.
StimpSoft\'s headline grabber Faust\'s Friend 2.1 adds compatibility with a number of news sites. [Classic, Carbon]
Fuji has unveiled its FinePix A101, FinePix A201 and the FinePix 2600 Zoom digital cameras. The A-series is the company\'s newest line of entry-level cameras, while the 2600 Zoom offers the same feature set with additional optical zoom capabilities.
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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