JomoSoft has announced an update to osXigen, its new Cocoa-based FTP client. osXigen v1.1.1 fixes a problem introduced in v1.1 where the application would not start the 21-day trial period for some users. Also included are other minor bug fixes.
Keyboard Maestro 1.01, an update to Michael Kamprath\'s system utility for OS X, includes the popular Program Switcher functionality as well as a keyboard-utility for pasting text, launching applications, and executing AppleScripts.
As a follow up to our report earlier today on Telstra\'s lack of support for Mac OS versions above 9.0.4, reader Melissa Jenks notes that Verizon also lacks support for newer Mac OS versions. \"My ISP in Washington, DC, Verizon DSL, doesn\'t support past Mac OS 9.0.4. I\'ve yet to send large emails (photo attachments) with this account and their support won\'t help.\"
PcConverter v2.2 allows converting of text files (including RTF files) from Windows or Unix to the Mac OS, as well as the ability to process custom database files and to automate the conversion of text files to HTML. [Classic, Carbon]
c|net, as part of their Vision Series, has posted an interview with Dell CEO, Michael Dell. \"If there is a key to Michael Dell\'s success, it is his ability to make the right decision at the right time--and often, that decision is to do nothing at all.\" Although Dell attributes a jump in sales to the \'Stephen\' adveritsing campaign, it has avoided producing PDAs and opening stores as a method to jump-start sales.
Ambrosia Software has released Snapz Pro X v1.0.2 -- a free update to all registered users of Snapz Pro X. This version adds Finnish and Traditional Chinese localizations, full Spanish documentation, improved compatibility with Final Cut Pro and minor big fixes.
Evening tech news: c|net reports that a federal judge has granted a Microsoft request that would close upcoming testimony in its antitrust trial to the media. However, in a seemingly unprecedented move, district judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly said she would allow the media to file court briefs in response to the request.
An Australian Mac user reports that one of the largest internet service providers in the country apparently does not support Mac OS versions newer than v9.0.4. After contacting technical support, Aidan was informed by a representative that Telstra does not support his operating system (Mac OS 9.2.2): \"He said \'can\'t help at all sorry\' and ended the call to me.\" There is no notice of this policy on the Telstra website.
iMedia software has released MediaEdit 1.1, an update to its $60 movie and graphic editing tool that lets you add transitions and effects. [Classic, Carbon]
VizSync 0.98 for the Palm OS Address Book allows multi-user synchronization to occur between the native the Address Book application and FileMaker Pro databases. The pre-release license is being offered with a 50 percent discount ($35) through the end of the month.
Needham & Company\'s analyst Charles Wolf issued a word of caution against Apple\'s retail strategy, saying that \"Apple appeared not to be transforming high foot traffic numbers into sales of computers so far. At least 2 percent of the stores\' visitors must buy computers to make the company\'s retail store gamble pay off.\"
David Coursey of AnchorDesk notes that Microsoft\'s 5-year commitment to build applications for the Mac expires this August: \"...Microsoft can stop developing for the Mac anytime after this August. Will it? Probably not. But it must do more than just continue with its so-so support--and raise Mac users from the ranks of second-class citizens.\"
Everyday Software has released Mac OS X Toolbar Buttons Pro v1.0, its software that allows the creation of Cocoa-like toolbars in REALbasic. New features include contextual menu support, drawing optimizations, and modified apperance under Classic; pricing is $25.
The State of Maine\'s iBook initiative has its critics as conservative activist Mary Adams cites security and abuse issues in Virginia\'s recall of over 11,000 iBooks, according to the Bangor Daily News; however, Department of Education spokesman Yellow Light Breen responded: \"Maine has foreseen many of the problems, and has required \'some pretty significant commitments\' in the final contract with Apple that Henrico County officials didnít envision regarding technical support.\"
PIT today announced the availability of the MemPlug Memory Stick adaptor, a Memory Stick Springboard module for the Handspring Visor that provides up to 128MB storage using a MemoryStick. The $70 adaptor includes seven self-installing applications and registered gMovie Maker software, including software for formatting, file management, application backup/restoration, JPEG viewing, movie playback, and direct viewing of docs and databases. (Handspring also announced the availability of its Treo 180 communicators in Hong Kong and dropped the price on its Visor Pro by $50 to $250.)
Apple\'s new Power Mac G4 line-up will also include new \'OS X Server\' models, which will ship in February with OS X Server: 933MHz/256KL2/2MBL3/256MB/80GBATA/CD-RW $2,799 Dual 1-GHz/256KL2/2MBL3/512MB/80GBATA/CD-RW $3,299 Dual 1-GHz/256KL2/2MBL3/1GB/72GBU160/CD-RW $4,549
Dartware is now shipping InterMapper 3.6 network monitoring and alerting software, an OS X and Classic application that monitors servers, routers, switches and other devices on a network as well as the local and wide area links that connect them. Version 3.6 adds a remote viewer application, supports background images for maps, offers response time measurements, SNMPv2c and 64-bit Counters, persistent chart data,, new SNPP probes, and multiple log files. [Classic, Carbon]
Media 100 today announced support for Apple\'s new Power Mac G4 systems, including the new dual 1-GHz model, with its Media 100 i digital media solutions pending final certification on production models. The company says that Media 100 i V8, the recently introduced OS X-compatible version of its content design system for content creators, broadcast designers and digital media artists, has been tested extensively on the dual 1-GHz as well as the 933MHz models.
Motorla\'s new 1GHz PowerPC 7455 chip used in the new Power Macs, boasts higher clock speed and lower power consumption than previous versions of the chip and uses a newer manufacturing process that includes silicon on insulator (SOI), making it the first to deliver SOI technology to desktop computers.
iCab 2.7.1 is the latest release of the small, compact browser, which now expires in June 2002. Registration is $30, but the preview is free to use until it expires. [Classic, Carbon]
MacNN readers, who ordered G4 iMacs on the day it was introduced, report receiving shipment confirmation from The Apple Store.
A MacNN reader points to an (older) article at InfoSatellite.com which talks about Intel\'s support for USB 2.0 over FireWire: \"A European Intel spokesman has forecasted the demise of Apple\'s IEEE 1394 Firewire technology. The company is dropping Firewire support in its chipsets, and is backing the new USB 2.0 standard as the next evolution in pluggable interfaces.\"
Andreas Amann has updated his freeware Eudora Mailbox Cleaner 1.1.2, which helps migrate from Eudora to OSX\'s Mail.app and Address Book.
HotApp 1.2, an update to the $15 shareware system utility for OS X, offers additional support for French, Japanese, and Dutch-localizations as well as the ability to print key combinations. (The utility offers the ablity launch files/folders/URLs via a customizable hotkey as well as insert custom text strings.)
MPEG2Splitter 1.1 splits MPEG-2 files in smaller user-defined segments--manually or automatically--from any size source. Version 1.1 adds overlapped splitting capability to ease splitting of problematic MPEG2 files. A 15-day demo of the $15 shareware is available online.
Limewire 2.1.3 is the latest version of the Java-based peer-to-peer client that offers connectivity to the Gnutella file sharing network. Both the Basic (free) and Pro ($8.50) versions are available online. [Classic, Carbon]
NS Team Scheduler X 1.8 is a Java-based shareware ($32) application for \"people who organize team sporting or game events. It is truly unique as it\'s the only available sports scheduling software with complete support for the Mac OS.\"
Contextual Menu Workshop is a free framework for creating Contextual Menu plugins for OS X. It includes three pre-built and ready to use plugins, including InternetLocationCM for creating/copying Internet Location files; FileUtilsCM for setting different file or folder attributes; and BinJugglerCM for encoding and decoding MacBinary files.
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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