Tom Binh has added a new Size 3 Eclipse laptop carrying case to its product line. The compact, micro-briefcase is designed to carry either a 14\" iBook, clamshell iBooks, or PowerBook G3 as well as a few essentials. The $100 carrying case is available with Yellow, Tangerine, Blue Moon, or Black highlights and has an optional $15 shoulder strap.
With the recent launch of the new iMac in India, Apple is considering opening Apple-branded retail stores in the country, according to The Financial Express: \"\'Presence in retail arena makes sense now as weíve a fairly strong desktop portfolio With the induction of three new iMacs, in addition to the existing two iMacs.\' Globally the retail channel, including exclusive Apple Stores, accounts for a significant portion of Apple Inc sales.\"
Blue World has released Lasso Professional 5, an update to its Web developer and database tool. Version 5.0, a \"major\" update, adds an embedded MySQL database server and a new distributed architecture. Other changes include improved extensibility and customization, redesigned and rewritten documentation and about 200 new features. Lasso Professional Standard and Developer sell for $1300 and $800, respectively--with $100 discounts for electronic purchases. Upgrades for Lasso Web Data Engine 3.x users are $600 electronic/$700 boxed edition.
Apple will be honored this evening by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences with the first ever Technical Grammy Award given to a PC company for \"outstanding technical contributions to the music industry and recording field.\" Apple included advanced audio-processing capabilities with the original Macintosh and has been a leader in today\'s digital music market with its iTunes music software and iPod digital music player.
Apple has announced a new retail store location, The Streets at Southpoint, which is located in Southpoint, North Carolina. The grand opening is scheduled for Saturday, March 9, with a \"Getting Started Workshop\" available for new Mac owners from 9-10a.m.
Adaptec recently posted new OS X drivers for its line of SCSI cards, offering full support for OS X 10.1, including Deep Sleep support on compatible Power Macintosh G4 systems and improved compatibility with the Apple Installer version 1.2 (v159) included with Mac OS X 10.1.2 and 10.1.3: Adaptec 39160 v1.1, Adaptec 2930 v1.1, Adaptec 2960(N) v1.1, and Adaptec 2906 v1.1.
Several readers have alerted us to a typo in Apple\'s Mac OS X newsletter that states the Mac OS X 10.3.1 update is available for download; it is later referred to as the 10.1.3 update, which was released last week. The newsletter is available in PDF format. [emphasis added]
MacJournal v2.1 is a journal program for Mac OS X that allows users to organize entries, add interface enhancements -- dock menus, toolbars, services, and drawers-- and is available in numerous languages. The latest version of the freeware application gains customized HTML templates, enhanced drag and drop, and Blowfish encryption.
Imaja has released ProtoFont v2.0, its font library browsing and spec sheet printing program for Mac OS 9. The $50 application now allows several different layouts to create a type specimen book.
gBrowser 1.1b8 is a Mac OS X image browsing tool that can view large collections of images as thumbnails. The latest beta improves moving the files to the trash, the speed of the application, and other bug fixes.
FAXstf X 10.0.3, a free update from Smith Micro, addresses several issues in its $60 fax software package. It adds the ability to disable cover pages, port arbitration (under OS X 10.1.3), reduced CPU usage during fax transmission and while idle, support for two-byte language characters, and several bug fixes and minor enhancements. [site1, site2]
iSpQ VideoChat 5.04, a free update to the video messaging client, adds \"minor enhancements and fixes to several important areas of the program.\" It offers video mail features, support for multi-person chat, visual member profiles, and support for audio/visual broadcast. A 21-day trial of the $40 application is available online. [Classic, Carbon]
DesiSoft Systems has announced that they are seeking information from users and developers regarding product ideas that they would like to see developed on the Macintosh platform. The company asks users to submit ideas for Mac OS 9 and X applications.
Time Palette v5.0.5 -- a cross-platform world time and mapping tool -- has been released. The new version includes fixes for bugs in v5.0; the update is free to all users of Time Palette 5.x and costs $15 for 4.x and earlier users.
SQLBoss Developer 1.2c is a candidate release of the general application that can design databases, change, retrieve and export data as well as connect to MySQL, ODBC, PostgreSQL, Oracle and other database servers. Pricing starts at $75 per supported database. [Classic, Carbon]
Discreet today announced cleaner central software, a scalable client server-based automated transcoding system. Users can reuse and repurpose their customized cleaner settings within cleaner central. cleaner central, including the central server application and two network-enabled transcoding nodes is expected to be available for purchase in late March 2002 for $5000. [platform info not available; site not updated]
CTM Development\'s $50 email client, PowerMail 3.1.2, has 39 enhancements, including fixes in the area of Mac OS X compatibility, AppleScript, IMAP and improvements to the general user-experience.
Gideon Softworks has posted Autologin 1.0, a $10 shareware preference pane that can automatically mount Appleshare volumes when you login.
FrontBase has updated FrontBase Relational Database Server 3.5, adding support for symbolic time zones, two new functions (ABS and SIGN), and new commands for for controlling and maintaining a replication master and its clients in the sql92 command line tool.
Shaq Diesel has posted Sniffles 2.1, an update to the OS X network traffic monitoring tool that allows you to monitor any traffic on your network, over any ethernet or PPP device. An included viewer offers the ability to view Packet payloads and details on ethernet/IP/protocol headers, while the application will also provide a graph view of network traffic over time.
Optima System has released PageSpinner 4.0 Beta 2, a preview of its $40 HTML editor. It now adds Aqua-buttons, support for proportional scrollbars and scroll wheel under OS X, and improved support for double-byte input. Version 4.0 is a free upgrade fro v3.1 owners.
Objective Development today released LaunchBar 3.2b2, a popular productivity utility that provides fast access to thousands of files, web-bookmarks, email-addresses and applications just by entering short abbreviations. Version 3.2 adds improved performance, new preferences, nd other enhancements. A business license is $40, a home-license is $20; the app also works in a limited mode \"sufficient for occasional use.\"
eKiosk 3.0 from AppMac software is an application designed to manage internet access in public spaces. Version 3.0 has a new engine for better stability, integrated documentation, a new OS X preview version, and a POP3 function to receive email. [Classic, Carbon]
iMsafe 1.0 backs up data stored on any mounted OS X volume (such as your HD) to any mounted OS X volume, including another drive, removeable media, or a networked volume). It offers a scheduler, incremental backups, preservation of file attributes/permissions/info, and visual indication of process status via the dock icon. Registration for the Cocoa-based application is $13.
Apple has begun accepting registrations for its Worldwide Developer Conference 2002, which takes place in San Jose (CA) in May. Early registration is discounted $300 to $1295. A $1600 \"Getting Started Bundle\" offers a full conference pass, a discount on a complete Mac system, and an ADC Select membership for 1 year. Both registration prices are only good through April 14th. Information is available on each session, including Carbon, Cocoa, Darwin, Development Tools, Hardware, Internationalization/Localization, Java, Networking/Server, OpenGL, Quartz, QuickTime, Security, and WebObjects.
osx.macnn.com has updates on Glucose Development\'s Impasse 1.0 firewall system preference pane, Apple\'s Java Developer Tools 1.3.1 Update 1, two new dock utilities, updated Keyspan drivers, and Proteron\'s MaxMenus 1.0 utility.
TECSoft announced today its AppleScript for Success Seminar, a half-day seminar co-sponsored with Apple that will take place in 9 cities during tour stops March 11 through May 14, 2002 at Apple Computer\'s North American Market Centers. The AppleScript seminar will feature a comprehensive overview of AppleScript, the \"English-like scripting language used to automate key tasks performed on the Macintosh computer. Registration is $100 for each session and includes TECSoft\'s Workflow Automation with AppleScript Training CD.
Automatic Duck is now shipping its Automatic Composition Import FCP Suite v1.1 for Final Cut Pro 3.0 and Adobe After Effects 5.5. It is designed to optimize the import/export process for both applications via two plugins: Automatic Sequence Export is an OMF export plug-in for Final Cut Pro 3.0 and Automatic Composition Import FCP, an import plug-in for After Effects 5.5. It is $400 and each plugin is also available separately.
Apple will be among other PC vendors (and 70 other exhibitors) who will showcase its hardware other software solutions for the biological life sciences at BioITWorld in Boston. The event takes places March 12-14 at the World Trade Center Boston.
FM7 v1.02 from Native Instruments is a free update to the synths with distortion and filter operators, extensive modulation capabilities, a comprehensive effects section, and audio input functions. It offers displays for CPU usage and the number of active voices as well as an optimized sysex import routine.
Professional Data Management has setup a dedicated mailing list on FileMaker and SQL, discussing ODBC, JDBC, \"the SQL plugin,\" and other Mac-related issues. (You can subscribe by sending a message to: firstname.lastname@example.org.)
QueueSoft\'s QueueSync 1.3 is a $9 shareware conduit for syncing Entourage 2001 information with your Palm. A freeware versionis available for Outlook Express as well as both Classic and OS X versions of the freeware \'Expense\' application on your Palm. The Entourage X Palm Conduit for Palm Desktop 4.0b on OS X is also in beta: QueueSyncX 1.31b2. [QS, QSX, OE]
AppMac software has released mSecure 2.0, a free update to its $100 application for protecting Macs in public spaces. The software restricts access to applications, disabling \'Force Quit\', the \'Power Key\', and other system bypass keys. An OS X version is due in March. Both English and French versions are available.
Glucose today introduced Impasse 1.0, an application for accessing OS X\'s built-in firewall features. Implemented as a system preference, it automatically checks which services are running (such as Apache Web Server or Remote Login) and opens or closes firewall holes automatically as well as offers more advanced, custom firewall controls for advanced users. A 30-day demo of the software is available online. Registration is $10 for a limited time.
DealNN has a note on a special $200 offer on Corel Graphic Suite 10 as well as a $200 gift certificate from Amazon.com (on a Mac purchase), an iBook 500 with an AirPort card for under $1000, and a 7,200 rpm 80GB drive for under $90.
Dean Davis has updated WeatherMan 1.5, which adds display of current conditions of all cities, a new moon phase graphic, support for HTTP proxies, and more AppleScript support to the $10 shareware that can download current weather conditions, current weather forecast and Nexrad radar images from the National Weather Service. [Classic, Carbon]
Pic2Icon 1.2.1 is a program that automatically creates 128x128 OS X icons for pictures by dragging pictures or a folder to the application. Version 1.2.1 will create images for files without without extensions and will now use the poster picts for QuickTime movies (if available).
Dock Switcher 1.0 is a $3 utility that offers an unlimited number of docks and the ability to switch between them via the Dock menu without exiting the current application. Dock Switcher Delta 1.0 is another $3 utility that offers \"all the features of dock switcher\" in an system-wide menu. [DS, DSD]
Apple has also posted the Java 1.3.1 Update 1 Developer Tools, which contains updates to documentation, templates, examples, and tools from previous releases as well as requires installation of the December 2001 Developer Tools. (Yesterday we noted the release of the Java Client 1.3.1 Update 1.)
Keyspan\'s new USB Serial Adapter 1.02 driver improves Palm support as well as adds \"Break\" and \"External Clock\" support.
Power On Software has released a public beta of the Palm conduits for its $130 personal information manager, Now Up-to-Date & Contact. The new conduits offer native support for Palm synchronization under OS X.
Northern Softworks has released Hostal 1.1.6, which brings OS X 10.1.3 compatibility, improved DNS lookups, and other enhancements to the $7 shareware Hosts file database and editor: \"A properly designed and formatted hosts file can not only help speed up the web surfing experience, but can allow simple, effective content filtering as well...[It] supports both host mapping and host blocking.\"
MoonMenu 1.8 from Selznick Software is a maintenance update to the application that allows users to analyze lunar data such as lunation, lunar phase, illumination, moon age, and upcoming quarter predictions. An included system extension draws the current phase of the moon in the menubar, displaying relevant lunar information when selected.
Glass Bead Software today released a public beta of SnapTalk 3.0b3, its secure chat and file transfer software. It offers two-way chat over a LAN or the Internet, including sophisticated archiving features, and encrypted, secure, messaging as well as a drag-and-drop file transfer system with transparent file compression. A final version is expected to ship in early March.
Auto FX Software has released DreamSuite Gel, a special effects suite for creating vibrant, translucent depth effects. It works both as a plugin for Adobe Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro and Corel Photo Paint or as a stand-alone imaging application. It is available for $50 or as part of the entire Dream Suite Gel Series ($100). A demo is available online.
Proteron is now shipping MaxMenus 1.0, its $30 system utility that adds flexible, customizable menus to the corners of any display: \"These menus simplify the locating and launching of applications, documents, volumes, preferences, recent items, photos, music playlists and much more.\" It allow offers the ability to assign keyboard shortcuts to items, drag and drop into spring loaded menus, process management through its \"Application Switcher\" menu, and an enhancement to the Dock for starting/stopping Classic and access to System Preferences.
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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