Darwin 1.4.1, released last week by Apple, is available on the Web. GNU-Darwin has posted Net Installation instructions for Darwin-only users and a beta of its bootable Installer CD. The new GNU packages, which work with the Darwin-bundled XFree86 software, are compatible with OS X 10.1, including OpenSSH and XFree86. A reader forwarded some more notes from a mass email: \"It is important for OSX.1 users to upgrade their OpenSSH. This is a great time to check out our other packaged offerings, which are also Darwin-1.4.1 and Mac OSX.1 compatible. OSX.1 users who are new to GNU-Darwin might like to try our new Net Installer. Just follow the OSX-specific directions at the top of the script.\"
AIMgadget 2.2 is a freeware tool for conveniently viewing logs. Version 2.2 adds the ability to view Netscape AIM logs and suppor for reverse session order, as well as other minor improvements. A Carbon version, AIMgadget 2.2b1, is also available, for viewing old logs in Mac OS X (however, AIM for Mac OS X does not support logging, yet). [Classic, Carbon]
ZipBurst CGI 2.5, a distance locator and database lookup tool for Webservers, adds three new conditional tests to show records in your data base that can\'t be physically located. A new \"Trial Size\" 2-month license for The ZipBurst CGI Pro with US locations is available for $25 (with upgrades to the full 1-year license also discounted by 25%).
Some interesting threads in our recently reopened forums include: a welcome to and some information about our new forums, slower Terminal.app speed in OS X 10.1, setting up Anonymous FTP services in OS X 10.1, a reader\'s ideas on how to improve the Dock, news about Unreal Tournament for Mac OS X, and information about our new Team MacNN Distributed Computing website.
The Motley Fool has published a \"Fool Plate Special\" examining different tactics being exhibited by computer manufacturers in the retail market. The article says that while Dell, Gateway and Apple have similar strategies, they are using contrasting methods. \"Apple ... is moving in the opposite direction, gradually opening retail stores across the country... While the differing approaches may seem odd given that these two companies peddle ostensibly similar products -- though one, obviously, is a manufacturer and marketer and the other a straight retailer -- both moves make sense, though neither is without risk.\"
The MacNN forums are online and operational again on our new forum server. We took the opportunity to clean up a few things during the transition, and we greatly appreciate your support and patience over the past few weeks. The new forums are accessible at http://newforums.macnn.com, and we should be making additional modifications for additional performance boosts over the next two weeks. Thanks to our forum administrators for their hard work. Hope to see you at our new forums! --MacNN Staff
Macrovision Corp has begun shipping FLEXlm, its licensing management pacakge, for Mac OS X. \"(Our Software) benefits from the super-modern operating system\'s power, stability and advanced networking capabilities,\" said company officials in a statement. Several license options are available for FLEXlm, including a demo version.
English and Dutch versions of PocketNotes 1.01, an update to the $20 flexible notepad application for outlining and planning, includefixes bugs and minor performance enhancements.
CE Software today announced the release of QuicKeys X, a Cocoa- version of its keyboard and automation utility that includes the ability to assign keyboard shortcuts repetitive tasks, including \"Type Text\" functions and Mouse Recording. The $60 utiilty is available for a special migration price of $50. A bundle of QuicKeys 5.0/QuickKeys X is $140. [updated]
A Reuters article notes that Microsoft has begun a $6 million marketing campaign to sell Office v.X and that the company projects sales of 750,000 by next June.
SearchWare Solutions has released Pix Lite 1.1.6, an OS X 10.1-compatible version of its $15 shareware QuickTime-based media viewer.
Dell sees reason for a turnaround in 2002 in its PC sales, ancitipating resumed consumer spending on computers and pledging to spend some $700 million a year on research and development.
Joy 2.3 adds OS X 10.1 compatibility to AAA+ Software\'s developer productivity and RAD tool that includes a run-time class browser and object inspector to debug applications and inspect Cocoa applications. Licensing starts at $70 and a free demo is available.
An OsOpinion.com article discusses Intel\'s recent attempts to discourage PC manufacturers from including floppy drives and serial ports in their upcoming models. \"The iMac\'s form factor, small footprint, colors, removal of many legacy ports, and nearly every other aspect of the machine have been all but entirely copied except for one thing -- removal of the floppy drive.\"
breve 1.2 is a simulation environment which allows users to define the behaviors and interactions of different types of agents in a simulated 3D world and observe the emergent behaviors. The new version features enhanced graphics, speed improvements, and more comprehensive documentation.
Our new forum server is up and running, and we\'re almost done transferring all our forum data across. We\'re in the finishing stages of polishing it up, optimizing performance, fixing a few problems that occurred during the forum transplant, and updating the DNS to point to the raw IP address. The forums currently located at http://forums.macnn.com are still down, but once the new forums are up we will set those links to redirect to our new pages. As soon as we finish up, we will inform our readers (even if the DNS hasn\'t fully updated yet) so they can get back to discussion. MacNN Forums are on schedule to open later today. Thank you for your patience during this turbulent transition.
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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