Mediafour has released XPlay Preview 3, iPod connection software. XPlay allows users of Microsoft Windows to connect an Apple iPod to their FireWire-equipped PC. Because XPlay is currently pre-release software, and distributed at no charge, technical support is not available. However, users are encouraged to email Mediafour if they encounter problems in the software.
As reported yesterday, AOL has fixed the security hole found by the w00w00 security group in their AOL Instant Messenger software.
Reader Scott Hancock has noted a problem with tcpdump, a packet sniffer, and Mac OS X: After upgrading to MacOS 10.1.2, I noticed that tcpdump causes a kernel panic on all of my Macs. I found several posts about the problem on the Apple Support Discussions groups. It may have started as early as 10.1.1 and may also happen when running tcpflow. That indicates that its not tcpdump but some underlying piece that\'s causing the problem.
EZQuest has introduced and is shipping its Cobra+ 120GB, 7200 RPM external hard drive (also available in 40GB, 60GB, 80GB, and 100GB sizes). The stackable, FireWire drive is housed in a light-gray fully shielded case; price is $490.
MacNN reader David Jones notes that in addition to Apple\'s Webcast and Satellitecast and TechTV\'s live coverage, readers can attend the keynote at any Apple Store: \"Just to let everyone know, apparently anyone can attend the Steve\'s Keynote Speech in the Apple Retail Stores. The retail stores are handing out invitations, but you don\'t need one to attend the Theater Event. I guess there has been some confusion over this. The Apple Stores are open for business so that means anyone can sit in! Be warned--they are apparently standing room only!\"
Unsanity\'s $7 shareware utility, FruitMenu 1.1 adds the ability to customize and enhance the Apple Menu in OS X. Version 1.1 is now implemented as a preference pane and offers the ability to order items in the menu (as well as insert separators).
Chronos LC today announced Personal Organizer 4.02 ($60) and Group Organizer 4.02 ($100), a free update that adds includes 3 minor feature enhancements and 25 minor bug fixes to the application that integrates a calendar, address book, word processor, memo taker, personal journal, phone dialer, and alarm clock as well as Palm synchronization. [Classic, Carbon]
Apple\'s CarbonLib 1.5 extension is now available on the Web, after the company released it to Mac OS 9.2 users via the Software Update Control Panel yesterday.
Feelorium\'s Picture-in-Picture X v1.05 is a $7 shareware QuickTime movie player and web cam viewer that offers a \"always-on-top window\" as well other features such as dock menu for movie controok and playlist organization. Version 1.05 adds the ability to make files that point a Web page/movie, and allows users to customize reload intervals of Webcam pages.
Apple has extended its Mac OS X Up-to-Date program for upgrades to OS X 10.1 for purchasers of the retail version of OS X and qualifying computers. The deadline has been moved from December 31,2001 to January 31, 2002, as noted by MacNN reader Richard Lorenc.
AliasMultiplier 2.5, now available for OS X, brings a few interface adjustments (for Aqua) to the $7 shareware that creates single aliases that can open more programs, documents, folders or web pages. The custom aliases also allow uers to easily modify aliases or edit the launch-order.
The Nielsen//NetRatings Holiday eCommerce Index has ranked Apple fifth in its list of the fastest growing e-tailers for the 2001 holiday season. The firm says Apple\'s e-commerce site garnered 17,642,000 shoppers in the 2001 Holiday season, up from 10,322,000 the previous year, a gain of 71 percent. The fastest growing e-tailers include Columbia House and fingerhut.com, each at least doubling their traffic from the previous year.
Several MacNN readers note that Steve Jobs\' Expo keynote will be covered on TechTV Cable Channel (as well as Webcast and Satellicast, as noted yesterday): \"TechTV WILL be covering the January 7, 2001 MacWorld Expo keynote and any new products....Special Thanks to those of you who wrote asking about the keynote being carried. It was what was needed to push the issue and get a decision to send Brett [Larson].\" [updated] A MacNN reader brought to our attention that TechTV will cover the keynote, and not necessarily broadcast it live.
The Register, noting several shortcomings in OS X\'s Aqua interface (which it notes are echoed by other prominent UI experts and columnists), writes \"Aqua has been more a case of a death of a thousand cuts: there\'s no big flaw so obnoxious it\'s enough to cause a revolt , but it\'s felt like a constant hindrance, and the annoyances add up.\"
Austrian graphic designer Robert Kalina used a Power Mac to design the first series of euro banknotes for the new European Union.
Apple\'s pre-show hype, as noted by Forbes.com may not live up to expectations, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal: \"Stock could \'hit the skids\' after Monday\'s MacWorld trade show, according to the WSJ\'s \'Heard on the Street\' column. Even much-anticipated new product releases may not provide a boost to the stock, continuing the historical pattern of a run-up before the show and a sell-off following the news.\"
Chaotic Software has released MP3 Rage 4.1, an update to its MP3 tools suite that improves Gnutella support, adds artist/album tag swapping, and fixes a few minor problems. Chaotic\'s offline download Web page download utility Web Devil 5.4, also updated, adds an incremental downloader, improves support for long URLs, and offers better OS X support, while its movie creation utility, QuickMovie 1.5, adds support for easily sorting images. [MP3, WD, QM]
New flat panel iMacs and 1GHz+ Power Mac G4s are among eWeek\'s predictions for Apple product announcements at next week\'s Expo: \"Expectations for the show have been running extraordinarily high, even by the ebullient standards of the Mac community....Meanwhile, Apple seems unusually confident that it can deliver. The company was uncharacteristically blunt about quashing rumors of major hardware innovations at September\'s Apple Expo in Paris and Seybold Seminars/San Francisco; this time around, Apple\'s home page encourages Mac optimists to believe the hype, even if it doesn\'t fill in the blanks. \"
Morning tech news: President Bush has allowed U.S. companies to sell high-speed computers to countries such as Russia, China and India, easing a Cold War-era ban designed to halt the spread of nuclear arms; Scientists have developed a sophisticated imaging technique that can detect a lie at first blush b detecting increased blood flow levels near the mouth; and an AOL glitch classified some emails from a college admissions office as junk mail.
Glenn Anderson has licensed Eudora Internet Mail Server (EIMS) from Qualcomm, and has released EIMS 3.1b3, an update that fixes an LDAP issue (and expires on January 30, 2002). Upgrades from EIMS 3.0.x to 3.1 are $60, and an upgrade from EIMS 2.x to 3.1 is $150, while new EIMS 3.1 licenses are available for $400. Also available is EIMS Admin 3.1a7 for OS X, which \"should be fully operational, it just needs a lot of cosmetic work.\" [EIMS 3.1b3, EIMS 3.1a7 for OS X]
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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