ZipCenter v1.6 is a plug-in that adds 5-digit ZIP code functionality to any 4D or 4D Server database. ZipCenter offers fast ZIP Code lookups, commands that perform area searches and files in both ZipCenter and ASCII formats. ZipCenter is available in both \'standard\' and \'advanced\' versions for $99 and $349.00, respectively; discounts are available for multiple-license purchasers.
Xicons has posted a brief tutorial that guides its readers through the creation of Aqua-like effects using Adobe Photoshop. Xicons contributor Matthew Bice outlines the three primary characteristics that make an object resemble Apple\'s Aqua interface: glare, proper Lighting and drop shadow.
Eastgate Systems today announced the release of Tinderbox v1.0, the long-awaited \'personal content management assistant.\' Tinderbox stores notes, ideas and plans; it assists with organization of material and helps its users share ideas through Web-based journals. Writers who create regularly-updated Web journals, Web logs and newsletters can look to Tinderbox for a less tedious method of management. The $95 application is available today.
MuchoFileInfo v1.3 is a utility for Mac OS 9/X which modify\'s files\' creator and type and changes the file\'s finder flags. The latest version includes drag and drop of files onto the MuchoFileInfo\'s icon, better support of Finder flags, and added French support.
PodNotes is a Mac OS X piece of freeware that allows users to add notes to Contact lists in Apple\'s iPod. It uses the clipboard contents and produces a note in any text application which is then saved on the iPod.
Netscape v6.2.2 is an update to the Netscape browser suite for Mac OS 9/X. Included in the suite is Netscape Navigator, Mail, Instant Messenger, Composer and Address Book. The latest version improves Autocomplete and downloading, includes a new Address Book, and enchances security and stability.
PictchToMidi v1.0 is a audio-to-midi realtime converter from PolyFractus. The Cubase-VST plug-in analyses the melody in any audio source (file or live input) and converts it into MIDI notes messages. A demo is available for the $50 piece of software.
Stimulus v2.0 is viewer/player for personal collections for photos, digital music and video clips for Mac OS 9 & X. Features in the latest version are iPod audio playback, enhanced support for 18 file formats, redesigned interface, and improved navigation/speed. The $12 piece of shareware offers a full month of unlimited use before registration is required. [Classic, Carbon]
Apple\'s BlueTooth page talks about the open-specification technology that enables short-range wireless connections between desktop and laptop computers, noting that Bluetooth is to Firewire/USB as AirPort is to Ethernet. Apple\'s BlueTooth Technology Preview 1 software is due in April as a free download.
Hugo Diaz notes that CNN has stopped offering QuickTime video on its website in favor of \"RealOne\", by subscription-based service that only offers video playback via Real\'s RealPlayer (currently not available for OS X).
JP Morgan says that profitability on the new iMacs may have \"come close to evaporating in the current quarter.\" The firm cut Q2 revenue and EPS (earnings per share) estimates to $1.35 billion and $0.06 from $1.45 billion and $0.11 and Q3 numbers from $1.49 billion/$0.12 from $1.56 billion/$0.16. It maintained its \"Market Perform\" rating and its $25 price target.
Macromedia has posted an updated Flash 6.0r23 plugin for both Classic and OS X browsers. [Classic, Carbon]
Sustainable Softworks has created a pre-release bundle ($40) of IPNetMonitorX, now native for Mac OS X, with the Classic version of its popular set of network diagnostic tools, which also includes a free upgrade to the full version 1.0 of IPNetMonitorX when it\'s released in the \"near future.\" IPNetMonitorX v0.9 improves on the Network Utility included in OS X, including an improved Trace Route (with IMCP Trace), UDP scan, DHCP Lease controls, link rate calculator, connection list, TCP Dump for viewing packet headers, and TCP Info. Upgrades are $20.
A MacNN reader has posted photos from Macworld Tokyo exhibition floor.
Sonnet has announced the its HARMONiG3 600 MHz processor upgrade/FireWire combo card, which includes a 600 MHz IBM PowerPC G3 processor, with 256K 1:1 Level 2 cache and a FireWire port for first-generation iMacs. It is due in early in the second quarter of thie year for $400.
hp deskjet driver 1.3 for OS X 10.1 or later offers support for the cp1700-series, cp1160-series, as well as DeskJet 1200-series, 1125, 900-series, 800-series, and 640-series printers with on-printer USB ports. It includes a driver installer, which also installs the newest deskjet printer utility, adding network support via AppleTalk, improved support for automatic hardware duplexing, bug fixes, and speed increases as well as support for DeskJet 640-series printers.
osx.macnn.com has news of a new HP deskjet driver, NetCloak 3.2 for OS X, MacVCD X 4.0 for playback of VCDs, and other reports.
FrakKalk 1.0 is a \"convenient, free way to perform standard operations on your fractions. Unlike handheld calculators, FrakKalk gives you the result of your operation as a fraction, not a decimal....\"
ePhoto, a commercial alternative to Apple\'s iPhoto application, adding the ability to import, store, display and manage video as well as still images. It supports basic photo editing functions, unlimited keywords, instant Web publishing/sharing, and flexible \"visual search\" options. The Java-based application will be available in Q2 2002 as a free download at with up to 750 images per user, with a prosumer and professional version expected later this year.
Alco Blom released a new public beta of its Palm conduit for Web Confidential, improving log messages as well as adding a native OS X Conduit, and a feature to calculate WEP keys. Also included in the download is Web Confidential for Palm 1.3.
Norbyte has released a new shareware ($10) game, Downfall 1.0, which \"takes the Tetris/Columns genre one step further with its 12 uniquely designed implementations of the classic concept, each offering the player a game theme with special bonus blocks and rules that fit the theme, and requiring different tactics to master.\"
NetCloak 3.2, Maxum Development\'s tool for creating dynamic, interactive Web sites, is now available for OS X. Version 3.2 supports both 4D\'s WebStar V and OS X Server, as well as popular Classic Mac servers such as WebStar, WebTen, AppleShare IP and others. It is a free upgrade to the $100 application.
Apple also released its iPod Software 1.1, which adds significant enhancements and new features to iPod (both the new 10 GB model as well as the previous 5 GB model), including audio playback and user interface improvements, more than 20 equalization presets, individual song equalization settings from iTunes, shuffle by album, \"track scrubbing\" (the ability to move to any point in a currently playing track by using the scroll wheel) from the Now Playing screen, an option to display up to 1000 industry-standard vCards (Apple has provided for download scripts to export contacts from OS X\'s Address Book or Microsoft Entourage to the iPod (links below)), and new Korean, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese versions. A MacNN reader provided some notes about the new update: \"Well, the iPod has been updated and Breakout seems to have be taken away from us. Well, if you\'re one of the many who loved this classic game -- have no fear, it\'s still installed, but it\'s been moved. You can reach it now in /Settings/Legal. Once you have opened Legal, hold down the center button for 5 seconds and Breakout is back on your screen.\" [iPod 1.1, OS X AddressBook to iPod, Entourage to iPod] [updated]
Mireth Technology has released MacVCD X 4.0, a native version of its $20 VCD player that supports playback of Video CDs on OS X. It supports full screen display, file chaining, track selection, speech activated control, advanced playback options, and playback on a second display. A demo is available.
Apple\'s iTunes 2.0.4 adds expanded AppleScript support, and improved stability and performance to its freeware audio application. [Classic, Carbon]
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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