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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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Apple brings iTunes Movie Trailers app to Canada
After five years, Apple has expanded its iTunes Movie Trailers app for iOS to Canada. As of Saturday, the free app allows movie buffs to see HD movie trailers for new studio and independent features, and explore some other movie-related extras such as photos, behind-the-scenes footage, or clips from upcoming films. Users can save trailers for quick access, read reviews from RottenTomatoes.com within the app, use AirPlay to send them to an Apple TV, share trailers, and peruse the top movie charts. http://apple.co/1UUKtwr
Apple expands CloudKit API, provides web interface
On Friday, Apple notified developers that it was expanding a feature of CloudKit to allow for server-to-server web service requests. "In addition to providing a web interface for users to access the same data as your app, you can now easily read and write to the CloudKit public database from a server-side process or script with a server-to-server key," Apple said in its announcement. Previously, interaction with the CloudKit public database was limited to apps and web only. http://apple.co/20h1RwP
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