Unsanity has posted its released its first OS X hack, ShadowKiller 1.0, a freeware tool that removes all shadows in OS X (including windows, menus, etc).
Motorola plans to cut 7,000 jobs, and implement other measures to scale back spending. The company also announced that it would lose money in its fiscal fourth quarter, resulting in the first full-year operating loss in at least 45 years. Motorola\'s semiconductor unit, which produces PowerPC chips for Apple, said it would not see a recovery in sales until at least the first half of 2002.
Thursby\'s Dave for X, software for browsing networks and printer to connected printers, will be released as public beta in the next two weeks, with the final product shipping in the first couple of weeks of November, according to MacUser UK. The article notes that it includes the ability to \"browse Windows networks as they can AppleTalk-based ones...[and] the ability to connect to inkjets connected to Windows machines, as well as laser printers.\"
Apple has confirmed that its Apple store at The Shops of Saddle Creek (Germantown, TN) will open on Saturday, October 13, 2001. Meanwhile, another reader notes that a store in Westfarms Mall (Farmington, CT) in \"the vicinity of J.Crew, Banana Republic and Restoration Hardware,\" is now \"Coming Soon.\"
Brian Frank noticed a new VRML client for OS X, which is under development by Parallel Graphics. The Cortona VRML Client OS X uses hardware rendering scheme based on OpenGL, and is available as a free add-on for Internet Explorer, offering \"navigation paradigms (such as walking or flying) that enable the user to move the viewer through a virtual world [and] a mechanism that allows the user to interact with a virtual world through a sensor in the scene.\" The company is currently looking for beta testers.
Gefen\'s $500 ex-tend-it DVI-Switcher allows users to share a single DVI monitor among two computers. It switches DVI, USB & Audio between any combination of two computers with DVI port (PC or Mac) and can be used in conjunction with its ex-tend-it DVI to ADC Conversion Box for Apple ADC monitor compatibility.
Adobe has posted release candidates of its SVG Viewer 3.0, a plugin for viewing data-driven, interactive, and personalized SVG-based graphics on the Web. Version 3.0 includes support for more elements CSS properties, and DOM Support as well as a new OS X 10.1 native version, performance improvements, and compressed file support. It is available in several languages. [Classic, Carbon]
PageSpinner 3.1.1 has been released, adding the ability to generate Windows IE QuickTime tags to Optima Systems\' HTML editor. Also, the included Database Publishing Kit has been updated with support for generating web pages with data from AppleWorks 6 databases.
BusinessWeek writer Charles Haddad says that Apple is putting a drain on its resources by supporting both Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. \"When, then, will OS X hit critical mass? My guess is in about 18 months.\" Haddad adds that Microsoft\'s Office v.X will help add momentum to the user shift.
A Reuters article describes the gathering of Mac users at Apple retail stores following the September 11th attacks. \"... as the United States was trying to absorb the enormity of the previous day\'s deadly hijacking attacks on New York\'s tallest buildings and the Pentagon, Apple Computer Inc\'s new retail stores were jammed.\" The piece also describes Apple\'s stores as \"boutiques,\" and interviews Apple VP Ron Johnson, who said the stores are \"opening against the wind,\" because of current economic conditions.
SONICBlue has debuted two new analog modems - the Diamond SupraMax V.92 PCI and Diamond SupraSST V.92 PCI. The new modems incorporate ITU V.92 and V.44 technologies, allowing features such as Quick Connect, Modem-on-hold, PCM Upstream and V.44 data compression. The PCI modem will be priced at $39.95 while the USB version will be priced at $49.95.
On2 Technologies has announced that the plug-in for its VP3 codec will continue to be available via the component download feature in Apple\'s QuickTime 5. †The VP3.2 plug-in allows any QuickTime user to decode On2 encoded content.
IDG has reacquired the rights to Mac Publishing, LLC (the parent company of Macworld Magazine) previously a joint venture between IDG and Ziff Davis Media Inc. Ziff Davis also announced \"the sale of its 50% stake\" in Mac Publishing, but neither company disclosed the terms of the deal.
PopChar Pro 1.3.3 adds a new site license installer for managing multiple installations as well as Mac OS 9.2 compatibility and accelerated isplay of the PopChar Pro menu. It is a free upgrade to the $40 menu-based character selector that offers quick visual selection of any keyboard character.
ObjectFarmSpell 0.9.1b offers spell checking support for non-English languages including Spanish, Italian, German and French: \"Based on the famous unix spell checker ispell this spell service allows you to check spelling within almost every Cocoa application.\"
Jesse Brown writes about the development freeze of Research Systems\' EVI/IDL, a high-end image processing application, noting that the company had previously sold licenses and marketed development for an OS X compatible upgrade. \"Just received a disturbing letter from Research Systems, Inc business manager stating that after careful consideration they would be discontinuing development of ENVI for Macintosh operating systems including MacOSX beginning with ENVI 3.5. Support for current users will be frozen at ENVI version 3.4. \"ENVI/IDL is a very high end image processing application for manipulating satellite Earth Sensing data. We purchased a license (~$5000 + support) for our new G4 Mac with the explicit assurance that the next version (3.5) was in the process of being ported to MacOS X. Apparently they see demand for a Linux version and are willing to port to that platform but not OS X on a G4. \"I believe they are being very shortsighted as there is probably no better platform on which to display the power of this program than the G4 running OSX and taking advantage of Multiple Processors. (full letter available)
MacityNet/MacProf has posted photos of (and some commentary on) IBTS, a major Italian conference for professional Audio/Video users.
SearchWare Solutions\'s freeware Print Window 1.0 offers printing of file listings directly from the Finder, including the ability to print in multiple columns, adjust icon sizes, and generate hierarchical listings.
EasyView 1.0 is a freeware visual plugin for iTunes that allows you to view the track information for the current song and includes the ability to customize the font, size, and colors for the display.
Mac OS 9 has an an important, vital role in Apple\'s strategy, as adoption of may not reach critical mass until mainstream applications are available to drive mass adoption of OS X: \"There\'s no real reason to switch until widely used programs such as Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop release OS X versions,\" according to Business Week.
Snak 4.7.2, Kent Sorensen\'s IRC client, a bug fix release that among other things corrects a few incompatibilities with OS X 10.1 and has other bug fixes.
Greg Askins notes a new Apple Web page for an upcoming retail store in Chandler Fashion Center in Chandler, Arizona.
Alex Dawson writes about availability of PowerBook Titanium G4/500, noting the possibility of an upcoming product transition: \"I have a friend who has been trying to buy a Titanium G4/500 powerbook thru the educational reseller on campus. He has been waiting for 2 weeks for his. He eventually got the reseller to call Apple. Apple Australia responded to the reseller saying that they weren\'t going to get any more of them into the country, said he would get a powerbook, but wouldn\'t elaborate further. Looks like something new is on the way...\"
Jeff Melrose has confirmed problems running TBS\' Toonboom animation package under OS X 10.1, while the company claims a fix for problem is due in Spring 2002: \"It won\'t save files. I recieved a reply from their support saying their official position was that in order to save files/use ToonBoom studio you much downgrade the OS back to 10.0.4. Despite 10.1 being available to developers for several months, it REALLY bothers me that their site still says 10.0.1 or higher, which would include 10.1. Plus, there\'s no update due for 4-6 months apparently.\"
Tenon announced today a public beta of its new Apache Administration tools: iTools 6.1, which adds a new Aqua-based GUI for setting up and configure Apache directly on the desktop.
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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