Alera Technologies has introduced the DVD+RW Cruiser, a DVD rewritable drive with standard FireWire connectivity. The Cruiser can also use A-Connect USB 2.0 and Cardbus/PCMCIA connection kits. The DVD+RW Cruiser has an estimated street price of $699.
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Castlewood today announced its \"4 in 1\" combination FireWire 2.2GB drive as well as shipment of its new ORB 5.7GB drives.
ViewSonic has added 17-inch and 18-inch models to VX series of flat panel LCD displays as well as a new 17\" CRT monitor.
iPod Free File Access 1.1b1 allows you to access the hidden music folder on the iPod (created by iTunes 2). Version 1.1 brings OS X support (under Classic) and other minor changes.
Jethro Lyons writes \"this weekend I saw a small story outlining a problem at Dell\'s Nashville plant. Apparently Apple isn\'t the only one with discrimination issues these days. The only thing lacking in Dell\'s case is the demand for ridiculous amounts of money and a severe lack of mainstream press coverage.\"
TROY Wireless today released EtherWind, a full-featured 802.11b print server that allows multiple users to share a printer without physical cable connections.
IBM\'s ViaVoice for Mac OS X Edition, the third product in IBM\'s line of continuous speech recogition products, will be released on November 16th, as noted on its Website.
Orange Micro today announced a new Combo CardBus PC Card for laptops, which offers two USB 2.0 ports and one FireWire port in a Type II PC Card. The Combo card is bundled with a power supply to provide 500 milliamps of power per port for USB peripherals requiring power. The $140 card is expected to ship in January 2002. (Mac OS drivers not specified, but the company had previously announced it was developing USB 2.0 drivers for the Mac.)
Diasoft Corp has released FileReplicationPro 2.0, a multi-operating system, real-time, secure replication, backup and synchronization for servers and workstations on any TCP/IP network.
Aladdin has released StuffIt 6.5.1, a free update for v6.5 owners to its access and compression utility for Macintosh. StuffIt Deluxe 6.5.1 adds Contextual Menu support Magic Menu in OS X, smart expansion of Palm OS files, DropTar (a drop box compression utility for Unix), and StuffIt Express Personal Edition, which allows users to create customized drop box applications that can be configured to automate their file compression and transfer tasks as well as bug fixes. [Classic, Carbon]
ClipCleaner 1.0b6 a freeware utility for cleaning up clipboard text, offering functions such as converting straight quotes to smart quotes, converting ligatures , converting em and en dashes, removing multiple spaces & returns, guessing paragraphs from email text, removing quote characters, converting ellipsis, removing spaces before punctuation, and removing spaces at the start of paragraphs.
Vivastar today announced its PC-based DVD recorder line, which is expected to be available at US retailers in early 2002.†Its new DVD-R products include the RS-121 External DVD Recorder and the RS-111 Internal DVD Recorder, which can burn DVD-R discs at 1X and 2X speeds, with a maximum read rate of 4X and feature disc-at-once and incremental writing methods.† The RS-121 sports a streamlined \"futuristic\" design and a FireWire interface. Next month, the company will also began shipping its 4.7 GB DVD-R storage discs to the U.S. market and says it expects to extend its line of writeable DVD media with the addition of DVD-RW and DVD+RW storage discs in the \"near future.\" (Mac compatibility unknown.)
Micro Center sent us word of a special sale on iMacs during its 22nd Anniversay sale, which runs November 16-18. The Indigo iMac G3/500 (20GB/CD-RW/128MB/56K modem) will be $740, which is 22 percent off of its normal price of $950: \"We are taking the 22% off in honor of our 22nd Anniversary. We will also have great deals on RAM and other products too.\"
Imation today announced new Travan 40GB tape cartridges based on the seventh generation of Travan technology. The cartridges are compatible with Seagate\'s new Hornet 40GB Travan tape drive and offer 20GB native storage capacity (40GB compressed), while maintaining backward compatibility with Travan 20GB cartridges. Imation also introduced new 32X CD-R media and new line of small format CD-R media includes mini (80mm), which can hold up to 185MB of content and Business Card CD-R media, with write speed of up to 16X, can hold up to 50MB of information or 5.5 minutes of audio files. Business Card CD-R media is expected to ship in January 2002. Finally, the company also introduced new DVD+RW media, which can be rewritten 1,000 times and has an expected archive shelf life of 30 years. [pricing not available]
Proxim today announced Skyline 802.11a, a family of next generation wireless connectivity products that offer wireless network at 54Mbps. The Harmony 802.11a CardBus Card ($180) and Harmony Access Point ($450) feature Proxim\'s 2X mode, which enables connection speeds up to 108 Mbps. Mac support for the new Skyline PC CardBus adapter is expected in the first quarter of next year. Both products are expected to ship in December. They are not compatible with AirPort or other 802.11b devices.
Ricoh today announced its multimedia 4-megapixel Caplio RR1 digital camera with USB connectivity as well as three operating modes, digital still, voice and motion picture.
IGG Software has released AtWork 2.1, Cocoa-native time-billing application. It adds a new toolbar item for rounding the clock timer and new countdown alarm utility for time management. Version 2.2, under development, will add support for multiple currencies (send suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org).
CMS Peripherals is adding FireWire support to its line of portable notebook and desktop USB Automatic Backup Systems (ABS).
ATTO today announced a dual-channel host adapter utilizing the latest Ultra320 SCSI technology and new SAN Management Software.
TruSoft\'s HotApp 0.9.a adds new features to its own keyboard laucher, including the ability to open a URL or paste text with a keyboard shortcut. The shareware will expire on November 16th for testing purposes.
Exabyte and Ecrix Corporation have announced the completion of their merger agreement. The combined company now operates under the Exabyte name and offers high-performance tape drive and tape automation products: \"With the finalization of this transaction, we expect to see increased efficiencies in manufacturing, marketing and sales; stronger support for additional OEM and channel business; and a product roadmap that positions the company as a leader in the midrange tape market.\"
FileMaker today announced that it has shipped 40,000 units of its FileMaker Developer software for creating custom database solutions. FileMaker Developer 5.5 allows developers to create FileMaker solutions for the Web, across workgroups or as run-time applications. It includes a new Database Design Report generator for documenting the structure of solutions; a new Script Debugger for the systematic testing of scripts within a FileMaker solution; and a new Developer Tool for creating stand-alone and Kiosk-mode solutions.
Rusty Pole writes: \"ycan finally see the \'Mystery\' trailer on a Mac! Here is the direct link, remember you need your DVD (disk #2) in your DVD drive. I am not sure how it works but I did here my DVD spin for a second before the page came up....\"
Adberg Consulting has released Email2FMP 1.8.3, which brings interface enhancements, bug fixes, and status updates to the set of FileMaker Pro databases which import and parse Eudora, Eudora Lite, Eudora Pro, Netscape Communicator, SweetMail, and OS X mail.app mailboxes.
Thursby has released DAVE 3.1, the new version of its popular Mac-to-PC file and printer sharing software.
ArcSoft today introduced new four new OS X applications: PhotoStudio ($100) is an image-editing application; PhotoPrinter ($40) is contact sheet generatio application for arranging multiple images on a single sheet of paper; Panorama Maker ($30) is a photo-stitching package that can join multiple photos into a single panoramic picture for viewing in QuickTime VR or VRML; and PhotoImpression ($50) offers \"point-and-click\" editing to retouch and enhance images as well as apply a variety of special effects. All titles support the latest TWAIN photo acquisition technology designed for OS X and also run under Mac OS 8/9.
Hash, Inc. has quietly released Animation Master 2002 v9.0, a CD-ROM release of its $300 3D and animation application, which includes sculpting features, character animation tools, rendering, and spline-based modeling. The changes are not yet noted on the Website; however, an update is available online for registered users.
This past weekend, Apple opened new retail stores: Fashion Island (Newport Beach, CA), and Aspen Grove (Littleton, CO). This week Apple will open a store in Santa Clara, CA, Valley Fair. Matt Matteson has posted a video and Stepen Alison has posted images of the Aspen Grove ppening.
MAKI Enterprise has released Kids GoGoGo 4.7, an internet control application that helps monitor/restrict usage in public areas or by kids. Version 4.7 improves Website filtering, adds the ability to filter images/video searches, and improves performance. It is a free update for registered users.
Gabriel Sterritt writes about interesting issue with the iPod, which began shipping officially this weekend. According to the report, the device requires a bus power, even though the device itself is self-powered.
QPS today introduced its 120GB Que! M3 UltraSlim Hard Drive, which offers FireWire connectivity and a 7,200 rpm drive mechansim for high-speed data transfers. The sleek, stackable Que! M3 measures a compact 31.25mm (h) x 137.5mm (w) x 212.5mm (l) and weighs 0.8kg (1.75 lbs) and offers transfer rates from 34/35MB per second and an average seek time of 8.2 to 9 msec. It is expected to retail for $500. (Last Friday, we noted its new 32x external CD-RW drives as well.)
Tess 1.06 is an update to to Pedagoguery Software\'s educational mathematics application for the Mac that creates attractive symmetric planar illustrations. Version 1.06 adds a German-localized version as well as an SVG export option, although the company recommends \"using Batik to view the SVG output; the current Adobe SVG browser plug-in has some issues with patterned fills and also with elliptical arcs.\" Pedagoguery is also sponsoring a new tessalation art contest.
Graffix has updated two new plugins for Adobe Illustrator, which have been updated for Illustrator 10 and OS X: Nudge Palette, which adjusts the location of pattern fills and dashes in strokes and Square-Up which adjusts path segments to be at right angles to each other.
The Irish Times reports that Apple\'s market share in Ireland is less than 2 percent, noting that it shipped about 1500 units in the last quarter, according to MacNN reader Simon Spence: \"This is disappointing as Ireland builds the PowerMac in Cork (Republic of Ireland) and it launched its Irish Apple Store this year.\"
Microsoft\'s Outlook Express 5.03, an update to its free emai client, adds support for MSN mail accounts (including an integrated Junk Mail Filter), support for MSN Hotmail†(after connectivity was previously disabled due to \"security enhancements\" at Hotmail), and improved SMTP authentication.
Keyspan today announced its Hi-Speed USB 2.0 CardBus Card, which adds two USB ports to any laptop with a CardBus slot. Each port supports connectivity for both USB 1.1 and USB 2.0 devices. The PC card ships with an optional small power adapter, which guarantees that a full 500mA of power is delivered when both ports on the card are in use. The $100 card is expected to ship on November 27. (Earlier this year, Keyspan released a five port USB 2.0 PCI Card.)
Pixel Mountain Desktop Pictureshas five new pictures this week, including three Colorado mountain vistas and two scenes of an old bridge. These pictures also sport a new, less obtrusive text logo.
Key Xing 1.1 is a $10 shareware utility for OS X which allows you to launch files and programs from the keyboard. Version 1.1 adds a \"faceless\" background application and fixes a few other bugs.
Big Business 3.0.7 is an update to the management application for growing companies that offers sales, purchasing, inventory, and accounting. It improves of key list management, offers access to more item and item-related fields for Web Catalog Publishing, has improved vendor return support, and has other accounting enhancements, including resizable windows on more than 50 tools and new options for importing and exporting custom forms and reports.
BHand 1 evolution 2 is an experimental software that is able to recognize users analysing their keyboard typing style.
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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