Black Cat Systems has released Audiocorder 3.2.1. The updated shareware ($19) program, which allows your Mac to act as an audio recorder, fixes numerous bugs, improves the interface, and adds the ability to save recordings as WAV files. [Classic,Carbon]
Unsanity LCC has released Dock Detox 1.0. The freeware \"haxie\" suppresses the bouncing notification behavior of the Dock in Mac OS X.
w00w00.org, a nonprofit internet security team, has found vulnerabilities in AOL\'s Instant Messenger software for Windows. The vulnerability in the latest version (4.7.2480) and beta version (4.8.2616) could allow worms, such as Melissa, ILOVEYOU, CodeRed, and nimda to spread throughout systems using the software. AOL plans on fixing the problem in the next few days.
WiebeTech Micro Storage Solutions, a company that specializes in portable storage solutions for the Mac, is set to release a new line of products on January 8 at Macworld Expo.
MacMuse Software, Shareware for Education, today announced the release of Teacher\'s Toolbox version 1.0. Teacher\'s Toolbox is a utility with 6 modules that assist teachers or parents with common tasks and lesson planning. List Manager, Word Find, Name Manager, Web Sites and Password Vault are all part of the registered version of Teacher\'s Toolbox. TTBox v1.0 costs $12 to register ($75 for site licence).
Einhugur Software has released LongBinaryStream version 1.0, a cross-platform BinaryStream for 2 GB and larger files for REALbasic. LongBinaryStream will automatically switch to the 2 GB files, is \"as easy to use\" as REALbasic\'s built in BinaryStream and is 68K, PPC, Carbon and Win32 compatible. LongBinaryStream is available for $49 as a part of the Einhugur plug-in pack. A trial version is available.
Jasmine 1.5b, a multitrack audio editor/mixer for OS X, is now available for public testing: \"It is a free download and is virtually identical in design to the version that runs under OS 9. Testers are urged to provide feedback to help identify remaining pre-release issues.\"
Several MacNN readers note the release of CarbonLib 1.5 via the Software Update Control Panel in Mac OS 9, although it has yet to be posted as a separate download via the Web. (We do not currently have a list of changes.)
Apple today officially announced the Webcast of Steve Jobs\' keynote as well as the (expected) satellite simulcast on Monday, January 7th at 9 am PST. Apple VP\'s Avie Tevanian and Phil Schiller will also be giving a \"Power of X\" feature presentation on Tuesday, January 8th at 12 pm PST. Jobs\' keynote satellite broadcast will be available on both KU and C bands.
Cocoa eFax (not affiliated with the eFax service) is a freeware Cocoa frontend to the UNIX tool efax, which lets you send and receive faxes. Currently users must an external TIFF-compatible appliation to view faxes; however, future versions will convert received faxes to PDF files. It supports all fax modems, offers automatic reception of faxes (after 1 ring of the phone), and generates an automatic email with the fax as an attachment.
HotApp 1.0 is a $15 shareware utility thats let you take control of various elements of OS X directly from your keyboard, including application launching applications, opening folders, visiting URLs, pasting commonly used text, etc. A limited demo is available online.
QPict 5.0.1 helps organize digital media files (supporting meta data such as ANPA (IPTC) and EXIF photo information) and includes advanced search and batch processing functions. This version adds support for Canon Raw Files and is also available for Mac OS 8.6-9 in addition to OS X. A demo of the $35 application is available online. [Classic, Carbon]
Dartware has announced InterMapper 3.6, an update to its network monitoring and alerting program. Version 3.6 saves info on packet loss, response time and availability. It also includes support for background images for maps, response time measurements for devices, SNMPv2c and 64-bit counters, persistent chart data (across restarts), a new outages window, and multiple log file support. It has also announced InterMapper Remote 1.0, a new $200 cross-platform, remote viewer application that displays real-time status of routers, switches, servers and other networking equipment. Both are expected to be released at Macworld Expo next week.
Investment firm Robert W. Baird has downgraded Adobe\'s stock from market outperform, to market perform. As of 2:30 PM EST, shares of ADBE were down $.30 to $30.75 a change of just under 1 percent.
The judge in Microsoft\'s on-going anti-trust trial scheduled a hearing for Jan. 7 on whether to grant the company\'s delay request, filed on Dec. 21. Under the originial plan, hearings are scheduled to begin on March 11.
Afternoon tech news: Bill Gates remained the top charity giver in 2001, with a $2 billion gift to his foundation, down from $5 billion in 2000; Memory prices may be on the rise again, after a 30 percent price hike from Hynix; The Semiconductor Industry Association says that sales rose in November, ending a long decline.
OmniDictionary 2.0 is a free utility from OmniGroup that allows users to look up words via public dictionary servers available via the Internet (it also provides services in other applications for streamlined lookup functions). Version 2.0 adds speech support, history navigation, customization of the dictionary server, and other other enhancements.
FirewireDirect.com has announced the FireWire RAID Vanguard, an external storage device that offers RAID Level 1 and NRAID. The hardware-based RAID offers an auto rebuilding feature that allows full access to one volume while rebuilding the RAID 1 mirror in the event of a hard disk failure. Each RAID Vanguard System contains two drives, with capacities of 160/80GB ($1000), 200/100GB ($1300) and 240/120GB ($1500) of RAID Level 1 or NRAID, also known as \"spanning\" (allows 2 drives to be spanned as a single larger volume).
IDG has issued a statement highlighting some aspects of next week\'s Macworld Expo in San Francisco. The company says it expects more than 300 exhibitors at this year\'s show, and claims \"Due to the impact of new announcements from Apple, Steve Jobs\' keynote was moved to one day earlier than previously scheduled.\" Among the companies profiled by IDG as spotlight exhibitors are NewTek, Roxio, Sony, Connectix, Creo, and ThinkFree.
Foxchange Software has released Cave Dig 3, a $15 arcade/puzzle game: \"You control Simon, a small fox with great powers, who is transported in a fantastic underground world. You will have to dig, move stones, travel through warps and ultimately use a laser pistol to escape from the hostile caves.\" A demo is available online.
Epson has released two new projectors under its \"Value Series\" line - the PowerLite 51c and PowerLite 71c. The PowerLite 51c delivers 1,200 ANSI lumens, SVGA (800 x 600) native resolution, a 400:1 contrast ratio and is priced at $2200. The PowerLite 71c is rated at 1,000 ANSI lumens with XGA (1,024 x 768) native resolution, 300:1 contrast ratio and sells for $3000. Both models weigh just under 7 pounds, and use Epson\'s triple LCD system.
US-International 1.0 is a freeware utility (for both Mac OS 9 and OS X) from Rainer Brockerhoff that \"duplicates as closely as possible the Window key sequences, while keeping most of the option-key sequences intact.\"
Essential Reality has disclosed that it will reveal the final product design of its P5 virtual reality glove peripheral at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which runs from January 8 - January 10. The company says it expects to deliver a Macintosh compatible version of the USB-based P5 soon after its introduction at CES.
AustinSoft has updated DTerm, its $65 real-time debugging application for Mac OS 9 and OS X. The new version now supports CFM programs under OS X (in addition to Mach-O programs)
Wired News has posted a piece titled \"Virtual PC is Virtually Perfect,\" in which author Dave Horrigan profiles Connectix\'s PC emulation software and states \"It\'s one thing to tell PC users that a Mac is better, but to show them that even a PC is better when it runs on a Mac really drives the point home.\" Horrigan praises VPC 5\'s fast Windows XP installation, ability to run nearly a dozen operating systems, and speed.
Giles Williams has updated JewelToy 1.15, his \"fiendishly\" addictive puzzle game, which adds \"a lot more speed and many little enhancements to gameplay.\' He has also updated YaxJournal 1.05, his offline LiveJournal client, to fix a few bugs and bring compatibility with OS X 10.1. [JT, YJ]
Cyclone 1.5.1 is the latest release of Tomasz Kukielka freeware text converter based on that is based on Apple\'s Text Encoding Converter engine. The new version provides a polished OS X styled interface and bug fixes. [Classic, Carbon]
Analyst Gerard Klauer Mattison has upgraded AAPL to \'Outperform\' from \'Neutral\', noting that \"desktops and the maturation of the Mac OS X operating system should accelerate an upgrade cycle among installed base.\" He lowerdc FY02 estimate to $0.52 from $0.55 and has established a price target of $26, saying that he expects AAPL to \"continue to run up before MacWorld Expo on Jan 7 and fall off afterwards.\"
Now AAPL Stock: 94.02 ( -2.58 )
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