Black Cat Systems\' Audiocorder 3.10 adds the ability to select the sound input source from within Audiocorder, as well as more easily change the recording settings. The shareware allows your Mac to acts as a sophisticated audio recorder, operating as a volume operated (VOX) audio recorder or a programmable audio recorder.
B-Prolog, a versatile constraint logic programming (CLP) system, is now available for Mac OS and Darwin. The programming environment, which combines both logic programming and constraint solving, offers an interactive environment, a bi-directional interface with C/Java, action rules and constraint solveers, a built-in high-level graphics library, and tabling mechanisms.
Andrew Watters has written a patch to remove banner ads from Sherlock in Mac OS X, and other system versions.
Conversion 3.0, once a popular Mac Desk Accessory, is now available as a standalone $10 shareware utility that offers the ability to convert between different units of measurement, such as length, weight, temperature, model railroad scales, and others. Version 3.0, available for OS X and Classic, allow users to import, export, and customize the menus.
Agere has announced new ORiNOCO wirless networking kits, including a Wireless Home & Small Office Networking Kit for the desktop ($350), which the new RG-1100 Broadband Gateway that wirelessly connects up to ten computers and provides high-speed Internet access from a DSL, ISDN or cable modem connection (AirPort-compatible).
Motorola\'s next generation PowerPC processor, codenamed G5, will be officially known as the PowerPC 8500 and not the 7500, as originally planned, according to The Register: \"It\'s a sign that Motorola is turning its sights even further away from the desktop market - represented by the \'7\' in its chip nomenclature - to the embedded arena - which is essentially what the \'8\' indicates.\" The article notes that PowerPC 8500 will have symmetric processing capabilities,, silicon-on-insulator technology, and a 0.13 micron architecture as well as an extensible architecture, new pipeline and both a 32-bit and 64-bit product line.
Plextor is now shipping its 8x/8x/24xU CD-RW drive, which is housed in a \"stylish yet durable silver-and-blue\" portable enclosure case and offers USB 2.0 connectivity for OS X systems, according to the company. USB 1.1 compatibility is available, offering 4x/4x/6x specs with Mac OS 8/9 operating systems. The $290 drive has a 2MB buffer and supports a wide variety of writing modes, including Track-at-Once, Disc-at-Once, Session-at-Once, Multisession, and variable/fixed packet writing.
ADS today announced the PYRO/FireWire-based PYRO DV RAID, a $400 removable dual-bay drive enclosure that accommodates two Ultra ATA-100/66 hard drives and includes Charismac RAID Plus software to support RAID levels 0 (striping) and 1 (mirroring) on Mac OS 9 systems.
FOCUS Enhancements today announced immediate availability of Videonics FireStore, a $1000 DV product that allows direct camera-to-hard disk recording of edit-ready DV files without the use of a computer: \"[it] converts any IEEE-1394 (FireWire, i.Link) Hard Disk Drive (or drives) into a high performance digital disk recorder/player. It allows video production professionals to record directly to disk from a DV based camcorder, VTR or mixer.\"
A MacNN reader notes a recent interview with Michael Dell in which he claims to have \"he first to integrate wireless into notebooks, with integrated antennas.\"
FireWire is poised to become ubiquitous, according to a cnet article that mentions the Texas Instruments\' introduction of FireWire 2.0, or 1394.b, which \"will double the speed at which data can be shared, to 800 megabits per second. The new standard also allows FireWire to carry data over longer distances, using fiber-optic cables as well as traditional copper wiring. \"
iREZ has begun shipping the StealthFire Web Camera, which can display or capture video ata full 30 fps at 640 x 480 resolution. The FireWire-based camera includes iREZ Reel-Eyes, video capture, edit and viewing software, and ISPQ video chat software. The base package with software is $130, while package with analog headset and microphone with volume control is $150. A software, headset and 3-port iREZ WildFir 1394/FireWire PCI card is $170.
Tim De Chant writes \"As a rev. D iMac user, I have grown frustrated with Apple\'s lack of true support for my graphics card, the ATI Rage Pro Turbo. Many others share my discontent, both on your BB system and elsewhere, which is why I started a petition to get Apple to recognize the need to fully support our machines... Apple has unfortunately neglected to included real drivers for these GPUs, thus leaving 2D and 3D elements unaccelerated in OS X. \"
Weblet Contacts for Lasso and CDML are collections of format files and databases (FMPro 4 and 5) to \"get you started building your own system. Weblet Contacts provides a full-featured, web based contact manager that you can use all by itself, merge with your existing solution, or modify however you like.\"
ATI today unveiled the Mobility Radion 7500, ATI\'s next-generation mobile graphics processor, which it says \"delivers almost twice the performance of its nearest competitor on a range of industry standard benchmark tests. The graphics processor supports 128-bit DDR (double data rate) memory and consumes less than half a watt in a light usage scenario, including a reduction in battery power of up to 25 percent during DVD Playback.
Adobe today announced the availability of Acrobat Approval 5.0, which offers the ability to users to easily fill-in, spell-check, digitally sign, save, and submit eForms that have been created using Acrobat 5.0 software. The software also supports 128-bit encryption and password protection. It is available immediately in English, French, German, and Japanese versions Mac OS OS 8.6, 9.0.4 and 9.1. Pricing is $40 for a single license with substantial discounts for volume licensing.
Crescendo Software\'s Picture Play 1.2 is an \"application for creating compositions of many images. It is basically an electronic collage. You can use it to incorporate multiple images into a single artistic image, and add text labels as well.\" [Classic, Carbon]
Merilus today announced that its line of network security products including the Gateway Guardian (security and connectivity software package) and FireCard (PCI security card) lines are now OS X-compatible, bringing security and network enhancement features such as setting up firewalls, managing bandwidth, and creating VPN tunnels to OS X. The update will be made available at no extra charge to all existing Merilus customers and will be incorporated into all new product.
Following PowerBook G4 price cuts on Friday, Apple Europe has also cut prices on its professional notebook: 2590 and 3505 EUR for the 400-MHz and 500-MHz models, respectively. (One reader also writes that developer pricing has been updated to $1,759 and $2,399 respectively as well, although this has been unconfirmed.)
BHand 1.0 is a computer password utility that analyzes \"the keyboard typing style of each user. Doing this and applying a biometric analysis BHand is able to recognize any user.\" It claims to be 95% effective.
MacNN readers have posted a QuickTime video of this weekend\'s Chicago-Area retail store grand opening as well as more photos.
Jon Klein\'s BreveWalker 1.1 is a screensaver for OS X in which \"a physically realistic simulated creature learns to walk using a genetic algorithm. Starting with random walking behaviors, the system learns over time by selectively breeding and mutating these behaviors.\"
A Reuters article quotes Apple CFO Fred Anderson as saying \"Normally you do get a little bit of a seasonal bounce with back to school, but we think it is prudent not to count on that this year.\" The same piece chronicles similar struggles in the education market from other manufacturers.
We\'ve posted a review of PowerLogix\'s PowerForce G4/450 ZIF upgrade, the company\'s upgrade designed for Beige, Blue and White, and All-in-one G3 systems.
eClick 1.0.1 creates button graphics for web sites and presentations through a six-step process, from selecting a button\'s style, size, color, shadow and label to choosing its final output file format. The new release fixes OS 9.2.1 incompatibilities.
Ambrosia Software has unveiled Pillars of Garendall, a new action-oriented role playing game. The title was created by Beenox using the Coldstone game engine. The game has extensive support for plugins, which allow it to be expanded with new levels and characters. Ambrosia has made Pillars of Garendall available both as a download, and a published CD.
Magellan 2.0.1 is the latest release of an e-mail client for both Classic and Mac OS X environments. The new version adds support for messages sent from cellular phones, adds mailbox repair functionality, and fixes several bugs.
SQLGrinder 1.0 is a native Mac OS X SQL editor and developer tool that allows developers to easily create, edit and execute SQL queries as well as browse their database structures.
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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