Kensington has posted new OS X drivers v1.1 for its line of USB and ADB mice and trackballs.
LSI Logic has introduced a new 36 GB, 15000 RPM disk drive under its MetaStor E-Series family of storage systems. The new drive is available in both low profile and half-height configurations, and comes pacakged with a series of storage set-ups.
Apple has released iPod Software Updater v1.0.3. iPod now supports additional languages-- including Brazilian/Portuguese, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, and Swedish-- and 255-character filenames. MP3 sound quality has also been improved and two functions, update and restore, have been added to the iPod Updater. The update command downloads new software to an iPod and the restore command returns an iPod to a \"factory fresh\" condition.
SmithMicro has released FAXstf X, a $60 cocoa fax software. The Mac OS X native software utilizes the built-in Address Book and Print Center to manage fax jobs, allows multiple user support, includes PDF file format, and can automatically receive faxes.
Architosh is reporting on MacDraft 5 users being wanted for drawings and on Apple\'s new AppleScript Studio being able to deliver on Architosh ideas.
RagTime GmbH has announced that a full version of their business publishing software, RagTime, will be available free of charge for non-commercial use. [site not updated]
MOTU\'s Digital Performer 3.02 update contains a \"workaround to a bug in the ATI Graphics Update file under OS 9.2x. The bug in the ATI Graphics update may result in System freezing when restarting or shutting down on Titanium Powerbook 500\'s or 667\'s.\" it also requires MOTU Audio System 2.33.
Afternoon tech news: Microsoft is suing a Linux OS manufacturer called \"Lindows\" over its name; Palm is appealing a ruling that 3Com infringed on Xerox patents with the development of its handwriting recognition system; AMD is leading a new initiative to create more effective chip manufacturing process to reduce errors in fabrication.
Apple\'s PowerBook Firmware Update 4.2.9, for 550MHz/667MHz PowerBooks, will only run on Mac OS 9.1 or later from a local (writeable) drive. It includes improvements to Firewire target disk mode when running Mac OS X, and improves starting up on systems with 1gigabyte (GB) RAM and enables Netbooting over gigabit Ethernet.
EscapePod 1.0, a free AppleScript application that retrieves songs stored from Apple\'s iPod, is now available for OS 9.x and OS X.
FileMaker Inc today issued a press release detailing the role of its database software in the creation of the new feature film \"Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius.\" The film\'s production crew used four FileMaker databases to track story lines, and assign characters to different shots.
Cameraid 1.2 is an update to the shareware digital photography and photomanagement utility. Version 1.2 of the $15 shareware offers improved display performance, support for browsing QuickTime movies, improved batch renaming, and UI improvements.
MacSoft has posted a Myth III Demo 1.0, \"a prequel to the original game, is set one thousand years before the coming of the Fallen Lords. The world of Myth is on the brink of destruction. The race of devils known as the Myrkridia had single-handedly hunted the lands of humanity to near extinction.\"
Law.com\'s recent profile on Apple\'s Corporate Counsel discusses the company\'s efforts to protect its intellectual property, copyrights and trademarks, noting that Apple\'s law department monitors over 30 trade and fan sites that publish information about company products.
eWeeK Labs\' tests of OS X Server 10.1 showed the now-Unix-based Mac \"finally makes a good server,\" according to an article that lauds the Mac-based GUI management tools: \"We found that the Mac-based GUI management tools provided much easier administration than did the Unix-based versions of these tools.\"
cyan soft Ltd. has released a public beta of MacServerIP 8 for Windows XP/2000/NT, a fast file server for Mac clients that speeds up the file transfer between Macs and Windows XP/2000/NT by up to 5 times. It brings faster folder browsing, support for Windows XP, and has been optimized for Windows NT cluster and Windows 2000 Datacenter.
Digital Juke 2.0 is a free upgrade to the $15 jukebox mp3 player, which provides users \"with a jukebox-like user interface for selecting the tracks, and also provides a level of security for you, by ensuring your guests cannot access your computer when the software is running.\" It offers track export, full screen mode, keyboard or mouse control, and playlist logging.
The Morphon XML Editor 2.0b3 is the latest revision to the Java-based validating WYSIWYG XML editor that lets you create and modify XML documents. It is bundled with the Morphon CSS Editor that can be used to customize your CSS or can also be used stand-alone to directly create CSS for the web.
Apple yesterday released OS X 10.1.2 as well as a new updated Open Firmware Password 1.02 utility. It also announced that certain Macs will never support OpenGL under OS X. Other updates include a Carbon version of Acrobat (separate from Acrobat Reader), Metrowerks\' CodeWarrior Pro 7.1, Limewire 2.0, and BBEdit 6.5.1.
Jeff Adams notes that HP has quietly released printer drivers for his HP G85/G85xi, although they are not available on HP\'s website: \"I received an update CD from HP to fix a problem I was having under Windows 2000 with my G85xi. The new version (2.5) cannot be obtained from the HP web support site. Look at the right side of the CD. Yep the drivers are there! They work great under 9.2.2 and 10.1.1 and 10.1.2. The pertinent items seem to be dated in October of this year. My G85xi scans (guess where the scan came from), prints, faxes and copies just fine under OS X.\"
Nisus has released Nisus Writer 6.5, which now includes an integrated outliner and an innovative Document Manager as well as other enhancements to improve stability and compatibility with Mac OS 9.2.2. The company is offering discounts of $20 off the $100 application and $10 off the upgrade price ($50) for a limited time. A 30-day demo is available online.
Stone Table has updated its freeware scanned image resolution calculator, ScanCalc 1.7, which adds OS X compatibility, improved launch speeds, a new hierarchal help system, revised documentation, and minor bug fixes. The application will determine how much disk space an uncompressed scanned image will require at specific size, resolution, and color format (CMYK, RGB, grayscale, etc.). [Classic, Carbon]
Dr. Bott is shipping its iPod Connection Kit with FM Transmitter, which has options for connecting the iPod\'s 3.5-mm stereo headphone jack to automobile stereo systems, home stereo systems, mic input of computers and other devices, boom boxes, and clock radios. The $50 kit includes an iPod Auto Charger, FM Transmitter (batteries included), three audio cables and a carry pouch. (The iPod Connection Kit II with Cassette adapter will be available in January 2002.)
David Coursey of ZDNet writes: \"AirPort wireless technology made for the easiest and most straightforward networking I did in 2001. It pretty much just works. And the high-quality Agere hardware is what AirPort is built around.\"
Norbert Doerner has released CDFinder 3.5.1, an update to his $25 utility for catalogging hard disks and removeable media. It adds support for the scroll wheel under OS X, fixes problems reading MP3 tags, and has other enhancements.
Rob Buckey notes that Kodak has recently released OS X drivers for its USB card reader.
Adobe yesterday announced it has entered into an agreement to settle a lawsuit brought by Trio Systems involving Adobeís InDesign 1.5 and InCopy 1.1 products. The settlement resolves both Trioís claims and Adobeís counter-claims of fraud and copyright misuse, allow Adobe to continue to include the disputed C-Index technology in those products, and dissolves the injunction recently issued by the court, which prevented Adobe from shipping InDesign 1.5. (Neither InDesign 2.0, which will be released in Adobeís first quarter of fiscal 2002, nor InCopy 2.0, which will be released soon after, include C-Index. Both new versions of the products were beyond the scope of the lawsuit or injunction issued earlier this week.)
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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