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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Fiat Chrysler adding Siri Eyes Free
On Friday, automaker Fiat Chrysler issued a software update for selected 2013-2015 model cars to allow Siri Eyes Free, the precursor to the more fully-featured CarPlay, to be compatible with the vehicles' infotainment systems, including steering wheel control. The 2013 through 2015 model Ram 1500/2500/3500, the 2013-2015 Dodge Viper, the 2014-2015 Dodge Durango, the 2014-2015 Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee, and the 2015 models of Dodge Challenger and Charger, Jeep Renegade, and Chrysler 200 and 300 can be upgraded through the Unconnect touchscreen, visiting the Uconnect site and entering their 17-digit Vehicle ID, then downloading the update to a USB drive. Installation can take up to 45 minutes, and can only be done while the vehicle is in park. http://bit.ly/23f0sby
Tor Myhren starts as VP of Communications
After an initial announcement in December, Apple on Friday added former Grey Group chief creative officer Tor Myhren to its leadership roster as VP of Marketing Communications, placing the well-known ad exec in charge of Apple's advertising and Internet marketing efforts, as well as having a hand in packaging design. He will report directly to CEO Tim Cook, and is replacing the retired Hiroki Asai, who left Apple after 18 years with the company. Myhren is expected to continue Apple recent push into more "lifestyle" marketing rather than product-centric ads, such as the well-remembered "I'm a Mac" campaign from last decade. http://apple.co/1Wwf0Dd
Marseilles Apple Store to open May 14
Apple has officially announced its newest retail store in France, which is to open in the southern port city of Marseilles in the Les Terrasses du Port shopping center on May 14 at 10AM local time. It will be the 19th full retail store Apple has opened in the country, or 20th if one includes the Apple Watch-only boutique at Galeries Lafayette in Paris. Apple is said to be planning a new showcase Paris store to be located on the Champs-Élysées. http://apple.co/1pP77vO
Maps adds Flyover, Suggestions locations
Apple has updated Maps to include Spotlight Suggestions for Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, allowing users to search both internally and across the web on both Mac and iOS devices for data in Spotlight. In addition, the company has added Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and Akron, Ohio to the 3D Flyover feature, offering computer-enhanced aerial views of the two areas -- and has activated real-time traffic information for Thailand, which will augment services like reminders to incorporate estimated travel times for appointments, as an example. The company recently added Nearby searches to five countries, and rolled out transit directions for Montreal in Canada and Portland, Oregon. http://apple.co/1Lh1Zel
Verizon gives last offer, issues workers ultimatum
Verizon has offered striking workers its "last, best and final offer" following 10 months of protracted negotiations with union leaders. The latest offer comes on the back of 36,000 Verizon employees taking strike action two weeks ago. The proposal includes a 7.5 percent wage rise, better benefits and voluntary retirement incentive offers. The striking workers, mainly on from its fixed line operations, have claimed that Verizon has outsourced 5,000 jobs to workers overseas and that it has been deliberately hiring low-wage, non-union contractors. Verizon recently posted revenue of $32.2 billion for the March quarter. http://cnnmon.ie/26AmwSv
CarPlay comes to Porsche 718 Cayman
Porsche has revealed that its new 718 Cayman series will be the latest vehicles in its range equipped with support for Apple CarPlay. The new Porsche models joins the recently announced 718 Boxster, the 2017 Macans and the 2016 model of the 911 in offering support for Apple's iOS in the car interface. Both are fitted standard with an eight speaker sound system and the Porsche Communications Management (PCM) system. The entry-level Cayman starts at $53,9000, while the faster S variant starts from $66,300. Although already on sale, the won't reach US dealers until late November. http://prn.to/1Tj1EW7
Macphun offers free Photos filters
Image editing software maker Macphun are offering a free set of up to 30 photo filter effects to extend the range of filter options available to users of Apple's Photos app for OS X, which replaced the previous iPhoto program. The first 15 filters are available after installing the software, and includes filters such as "Ancient Canvas" and "Twilight," while users who sign up for the Macphun newsletter will unlock the other 15 effects. The extension integrates directly into Photos, and include sliders for finer control of the effects and a masking brush. http://bit.ly/1VEgQD6