Deep Sky Technologies, today announced the release of BASh Professional v1.6.2 for Macintosh. BASh is a \'4th Dimension\' component which provides extensive utility functionality for 4D programmers, including a dynamic stack space module for reusing variable space, encoding and cryptography routines, and much, much more. BASh Professional is the source code version of the internationally popular BASh 4D component. Renewing existing BASh Professional licenses are available at approximately 50% the cost of the initial US$395 license.
Apple has asked makers and distributors of Mac OS X themes for Windows XP to cease distribution of such material as it is a \"violation of our copyrights and intellectual property.\" A c|net News.com article notes that Apple asked Web site ThemeXP to stop offering two \"desktop themes\" that let Windows XP users make the OS resemble the Apple\'s own Mac OS X.
Bleu Rose today announced Black & Bleu v5.0/ Black & Bleu Pro v5.0. Black & Bleu is an application that provides a comprehensive database of Mac OS error codes -- almost 6,000. Additionally, the database includes a detailed explanation for, and suggestions for dealing with, many of these errors. The Professional edition of the product offers the same features as the Standard version, but differs in one important way: \'Pro\' allows users to export detailed explanations to file. This version includes countless enhancements from 531 new error codes and \'Sad Mac\' sounds to explanation statistics. The Standard version is $30 electronic and $40 on CD-ROM; the Pro version is $100 on-top of the base prices.
Marathon is now shipping a new 2U rackmount case for the Apple 15\" Studio Display. The $225 rackmount case is made of lightweight steel construction with ball-bearing slides and a sleek neutral gray finish that complements the Studio Display\'s industrial design and accommodates equipment rack depths of from 18\" to 26.5\".
Apple\'s FixApplicationsFolderPermissions application fixes a problem where \"in some situations, the Applications folder may be locked or have incorrect permissions after installing Mac OS X 10.1.\"
Frank Vercruesse has introduced a new freeware application that displays icons for running applications in the menu bar. Ambar v1.0 is intended for Mac OS X users who are still accustom to using the menu bar to switch the active application.
Architosh has published an article on VectorWorks 9.5 Viewer. Developer Nemetschek North America announced on Friday that VectorWorks Viewer has been updated for Mac OS X compatibility. \"Since the Viewer was made available on our website in August 2001, we\'ve had close to 6,000 downloads. We\'re happy to see that the Viewer has been received as a valuable and useful tool. We will continue updating it, as our products develop, to ensure that it remains a helpful tool.\"
ATTO has introduced its ExpressPCI UL4S single-channel and UL4D dual-channel host adapters, which feature Ultra320 SCSI technology with transfer speeds of up to 320 MB/sec. per channel. Both offer packetized SCSI, Quick Arbitration Select (QAS), Pre-compensation and Flow Control for improved throughput as well as 64-bit/133 MHz PCI-X functionality and Vpath Technology for connecting legacy SCSI peripherals without slowing down transfers. [site not updated; pricing and availability not available]
Eric Schneck has unveiled an iTunes plug-in for the Apple Newton. The software package allows users to copy music to the Newton via the built-in serial port on older Macs or via Ethernet. The plug-in works with MAD Newton by Eckhart Köppen. [updated]
töshöklabs has posted Osirus 1.1.3, a screen saver that \"generates hypnotic circular patterns, which randomly form various disc shaped imagery. Controls are provided for different color schemes, the speed, transparency, refresh rate, line thickness, motion, fade and full screen options.\" It improves full screen rendering, a new \'Fade Out\' control, new keyboard arrows controls, and other enhancements.
iEvents 1.4 is a maintenance release to the $20 client-side tool for quickly creating custom calendar websites.
Optigold ISP 2.9.3 is an update to the cross-platform business software package designed to perform all tasks from billing to server management. It adds more web-based functionality, new email manager functions, CVV collection via web, new web based reports, invoice type can be set on a per employee basis, new event functionality and some other miscellaneous items.
Aspyr Media is now shipping Terminal Reality\'s 4x4 Evolution 2, the single and/or multiplayer interactive true racing game that provides a realistic and exciting off-road racing experience. The customizable game has more than 120 off-road vehicles to choose from and over 125 performance upgrades for the vehicles. It also includes an off the track adventure where drivers search for ancient ruins and lost treasure. The $40 title runs under OS X and Mac OS 9.
Gideon Softworks has released Get Info v0.9.5, a file/folder attribute editing application that offers batch mode, Privilege Presets, Type/Creator favorites, dock menu support, and extensive Finder Hot Key support.
The virtual instrument plugin for VST, TC PowerCore 01, is a monophonic synthesizer for the TC PowerCore, which \"is modeled after the classic analog monosynth. Unlike its inspiration, it even comes with more than 100 unique presets and is great for fat bass, wicked leads, sound FX and even percussion!\" It is a free download for registered PowerCore users.
Quark\'s Guide Manager 1.4 is an XTension that ofers you greater control over the placement of guides in QuarkXPress documents and spreads, allowing users to create, lock, or remove a guide grid.
Canto is now shipping Cumulus 5.5, an update to its digital asset solution that adds improved IPTC Support (including the ability to write IPTC data back into the file), Palette View Mode, Server/Client Asset Transfer, Remote Administration, and integrated versions of URL AssetStore and ZIP AssetStore. Canto also offers new versions of the Options PDF AssetStore, QXP AssetStore PPT SupportKit and the Web Publisher.
Apple today announced that it has adopted a new auditor policy which bans its auditors from performing non-financial consulting, such as information technology consulting and internal audit services. Apple says it will continue to use its auditors to perform financial consulting in such areas as audits of statutory filings of foreign subsidiaries, 401-K audits, SEC registrations, and tax compliance and planning.
Microtek customer service notes that an OS X driver will be available for its scanners in mid-late March 2002.
c|net\'s latest editorial on Apple praises the company for its design but says it is \" destined to forever remain a prisoner of its own success...The [iMac] is without a doubt a piece of art and lives up to the purple prose of praise spilled in its honor. Not long ago, I ran a friend\'s new iMac through its paces, concluding the evening suffering from an acute case of computer envy.\"
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,Â Desktop HDD 3TB, Backup Plus 3TB External Hard DiskÂ Drive,Â 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