FWB Software today announced the immediate availability of SubRosa Volume 1 - File Utilities. SubRosa Volume 1 is the first installment in a new series of security software applications for Mac OS 9/X. SubRosa Encryptor allows a user to take files and folders and encrypt them; Subrosa Shredder securely erases files or folders; SubRosa Decryptor is used to convert files made by Encryptor back to their original format. SubRosa Volume 1 is now available at the suggested retail price of $30.
Ricoh has announced the first mobile 802.11b (wireless) Digital Camera -- the RDC-i700. The new device features high-resolution still photographs (3.34 megapixels) and full-motion streaming video (320x240 pixels, 10fps). \"Its readiness for connection to wireless 802.11 networks in any digital environment allows multiple cameras to be deployed and monitored simultaneously.\" The $1300 camera comes in a weatherproof housing and is available immediately.
Apple\'s iMac supply problems over the next few weeks will make or break the company\'s second quarter financials, according to Prudential Securities analyst Kimberly Alexy, flagging potential problems.
The OS X backup utility iMsafe 1.5 now has full support for HFS+ files (including support for resource forks) as well as the ability to stop and resume backups. The $13 application offers incremental backups, scheduling options, preservation of file modification dates and permissions, and the ability to backup to any mounted volume.
Yellow Dog Linux 2.2, due out this week, will include improvements, and support for newer Apple hardware, including improved nVidia and Radeon support for digital LCD screens as well as a new user interface00Gnome 1.4 (an aesthetic rival to Mac OS X), the updated v2.4.18 kernel and XFree86 4.2.0--built from a Red Hat 7.2 foundation. Version 1.4 of GNOME also includes the powerful Nautilus file manager, Ximian\'s Evolution email client which includes a contact database, email client (with BCC option), calendar, and import functions for a variety of mail clients.
CharlieX software factory has released an update for their \'handy set of four different on-screen rulers and measure tools\', CharlieX Screen Ruler v2.0. The update adds many new features such as region markers, a launch pad, and other minor fixes and adjustments; price is $15.
Sapphire Innovations has introduced Nozzles Pack Vol. 6, a set of one hundred royalty-free line/glow nozzles for use with Corel Painter. The $15 set of plug-ins adds nozzles that range from \"strands\" to \"wave\" effects.
Classic Menu v2.5.1 brings the \'Classic\' Mac OS Apple Menu to Mac OS X, replacing the system\'s built-in iteration of the Apple Menu. The update to the $10 shareware application adds a Japanese localization, updated menu icons and improved detection of packages, network aliases and hidden files.
MegaSeg v2.1b8 is an application that is targeted at mobile club DJs and other audio performers that need live, continuous music mixes. The latest version -- which now supports Mac OS X -- includes improvements in search speed, multiple sound outputs and ID3 tag handling. The single-user price is $150; a demo is available.
Ambrosia\'s EV Nova, the third game in the Escape Velocity series, has been released for public download. The game is also available via iDisk, located in the Software folder. [updated]
Olympus today announced the Olympus D-380, a value-priced 2-Megapixel camera for $200. It includes a 5x digital zoom, a new self-portrait and image resizing modes as well as the ability to merge two shots into one image, multi-mode flash, auto white balance and digital ESP metering. It will be available April 2002 and will be bundled with Camedia Master Software 4.0 for photo manipulation and management, an 8MB SmartMedia Card, USB cable, strap, and 4 AA Alkaline batteries.
Lexmark today became the first printer manufacturer to ship new 4800 dpi inkjet printers with its new 2002 Z-line of Color Jetprinters. The $200 Z65 offers support for dual paper trays, 15 ppm color/21 ppm black speeds, and 4800 dpi resolution, while its sibling product, the $130 Z55 offers the same print speeds with 3600 dpi resolution. Both offer the new industry-leading resolutions on any paper type. The $90 Z45 has 15 ppm black/9 ppm color print speeds and 2400 x 1200 dpi, while the $70 Z35 offers the same resolution, but 11 ppm black/6 ppm color printing. The entry-level Z25 ($50) functions as either a single or dual-head printing (via an optional black cartridge), offers 1200 x 1200 dpi resolutions and 9 ppm black/6 ppm color print speeds. Availability for all printers is listed as \"shipping soon.\"
Lava Software is now shipping PC-Mac-Net FileShare v1.0, a new $25 software solution that allows users to transfer files between any type of Windows PC and Macintosh. File transfers can be paused/resumed and are protected by secure 448-bit encryption: \"[it] is fully Macintosh aware, correctly transferring flat files from Windows PCs and files with resource forks and custom types/creators from other Macintoshes. Files transferred from Windows PCs have their type/creator set automatically, based on the Windows PC file extension.\" A demo version allows transfers of files up to 1MB.
Pactrick Beard\'s MRJ plugin, which allow Netscape and Mozilla browers to use the Apple\'s Mac OS Run for Java (MRJ) to run Applets, provide compatibility with the latest Mozilla 0.99 release. [Classic, Carbon]
Plextor today announced its PlexCombo 20/10/40-12A optical disc drive, an internal drive that delivers 20X CD-Recording and 10X CD-Rewriting, along with playback speeds of 40X-max CD-ROM and 12X-max DVD-ROM. The $230 four-in-one ATAPI drive is expected to ship in mid-April with a 1 yr-warranty and PC software bundle.
Macromedia has posted Flash Player 6.0r21, the latest version of its browser plugin for OS X and Classic. It supports the latest Flash MX features and has a few bug fixes. [Classic, Carbon]
Glucose Develoment\'s Impasse 1.1 adds automatic firewall startup on startup and interactive packet deny/allow logging tools to its OS X firewall software. Single-user licenses, normally $35, are being offered for $10 for a limited time. A 30-day demo is also available.
ArrayMiner, now available for OS X, is a clustering tool using advanced algorithms to reveal the true structure of your gene expression data: \"Its unique graphical interface gives you the tools necessary to understand the clusters [and] its innovative high-performance clustering algorithms make sure no important similarity between genes goes unnoticed.\" A demo is available.
MacJanitor offers a one-click GUI for executing system-level OS X scripts that are usually set to run at night and on weekends and may not execute because the computer is powered-off. It is freeware.
The $7 shareware Trash X v1.3 offers several enhanced \"trash\" features, including secure deletion of files, immediate deletion of select files, deletion of files on select disks, and the abiltiy to execute OS X system maintenance scripts manually.
The Iconfactory has released a freeware icon utility, IconViewer 1.0, which \"is a quick and easy way to view any and all resources contained within a Macintosh desktop icon.\" It can be used to view the 128x128 resources contained in a particular icon file without changing the desktop/Dock settings to full magnification.
bincat is a command line tool for OS X that will do a hex dump of a file or standard input.
Blosxom is a lightweight \"Weblog-in-a-jiffy\" Perl CGI script for OS X that features simple drag & drop installation, intelligent defaults, CSS-styled output, Permalinks, day/month/year \"archive\" views, and Weblogging from any text editor. Version 0+3i adds multiple blogs under one Blosxom installation and RSS syndication.
Blue Globe Software\'s shareware ($15) fax viewing application, Tiff-Sight 1.2.2, corrects a number of printing problems under OS X, adding the ability to print to non-default printers and properly supporting the Preview function in all printing dialogs.
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Fiat Chrysler adding Siri Eyes Free
On Friday, automaker Fiat Chrysler issued a software update for selected 2013-2015 model cars to allow Siri Eyes Free, the precursor to the more fully-featured CarPlay, to be compatible with the vehicles' infotainment systems, including steering wheel control. The 2013 through 2015 model Ram 1500/2500/3500, the 2013-2015 Dodge Viper, the 2014-2015 Dodge Durango, the 2014-2015 Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee, and the 2015 models of Dodge Challenger and Charger, Jeep Renegade, and Chrysler 200 and 300 can be upgraded through the Unconnect touchscreen, visiting the Uconnect site and entering their 17-digit Vehicle ID, then downloading the update to a USB drive. Installation can take up to 45 minutes, and can only be done while the vehicle is in park. http://bit.ly/23f0sby
Tor Myhren starts as VP of Communications
After an initial announcement in December, Apple on Friday added former Grey Group chief creative officer Tor Myhren to its leadership roster as VP of Marketing Communications, placing the well-known ad exec in charge of Apple's advertising and Internet marketing efforts, as well as having a hand in packaging design. He will report directly to CEO Tim Cook, and is replacing the retired Hiroki Asai, who left Apple after 18 years with the company. Myhren is expected to continue Apple recent push into more "lifestyle" marketing rather than product-centric ads, such as the well-remembered "I'm a Mac" campaign from last decade. http://apple.co/1Wwf0Dd
Marseilles Apple Store to open May 14
Apple has officially announced its newest retail store in France, which is to open in the southern port city of Marseilles in the Les Terrasses du Port shopping center on May 14 at 10AM local time. It will be the 19th full retail store Apple has opened in the country, or 20th if one includes the Apple Watch-only boutique at Galeries Lafayette in Paris. Apple is said to be planning a new showcase Paris store to be located on the Champs-Élysées. http://apple.co/1pP77vO
Maps adds Flyover, Suggestions locations
Apple has updated Maps to include Spotlight Suggestions for Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, allowing users to search both internally and across the web on both Mac and iOS devices for data in Spotlight. In addition, the company has added Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and Akron, Ohio to the 3D Flyover feature, offering computer-enhanced aerial views of the two areas -- and has activated real-time traffic information for Thailand, which will augment services like reminders to incorporate estimated travel times for appointments, as an example. The company recently added Nearby searches to five countries, and rolled out transit directions for Montreal in Canada and Portland, Oregon. http://apple.co/1Lh1Zel
Verizon gives last offer, issues workers ultimatum
Verizon has offered striking workers its "last, best and final offer" following 10 months of protracted negotiations with union leaders. The latest offer comes on the back of 36,000 Verizon employees taking strike action two weeks ago. The proposal includes a 7.5 percent wage rise, better benefits and voluntary retirement incentive offers. The striking workers, mainly on from its fixed line operations, have claimed that Verizon has outsourced 5,000 jobs to workers overseas and that it has been deliberately hiring low-wage, non-union contractors. Verizon recently posted revenue of $32.2 billion for the March quarter. http://cnnmon.ie/26AmwSv
CarPlay comes to Porsche 718 Cayman
Porsche has revealed that its new 718 Cayman series will be the latest vehicles in its range equipped with support for Apple CarPlay. The new Porsche models joins the recently announced 718 Boxster, the 2017 Macans and the 2016 model of the 911 in offering support for Apple's iOS in the car interface. Both are fitted standard with an eight speaker sound system and the Porsche Communications Management (PCM) system. The entry-level Cayman starts at $53,9000, while the faster S variant starts from $66,300. Although already on sale, the won't reach US dealers until late November. http://prn.to/1Tj1EW7
Macphun offers free Photos filters
Image editing software maker Macphun are offering a free set of up to 30 photo filter effects to extend the range of filter options available to users of Apple's Photos app for OS X, which replaced the previous iPhoto program. The first 15 filters are available after installing the software, and includes filters such as "Ancient Canvas" and "Twilight," while users who sign up for the Macphun newsletter will unlock the other 15 effects. The extension integrates directly into Photos, and include sliders for finer control of the effects and a masking brush. http://bit.ly/1VEgQD6