Sonnet Tango firmware patch v1.1 updates the firmware on the Tango FireWire/USB Combo card to improve compatibility with a wider variety of FireWire storage devices.
The three-year-old Mozilla project may finally yield a general-use release of the open source Web browser in the coming weeks, c|net\'s John Borland writes. The evolving repository of program code -- often referred to as the \"tree\" -- has now been restricted to only minor revisions in preparation for a \'1.0\' release.
Microsoft has posted new OS X Intellipoint 2.1 drivers for its line of optical mouse and trackball products, after announcing it would earlier today. The drivers extend programmability options for existing Microsoft mice, including those from the popular IntelliMouse line. Drivers for Microsoft keyboards should be available in mid-April, according to Microsoft representatives. [updated: Drivers now available for download]
Niemeijer Consult today announced that KeyStrokes, the company\'s on-screen keyboard software for the Macintosh, is now available for Mac OS X. The much-anticipated Mac OS X application is the first fully-functional on-screen keyboard to run natively on Apple\'s next generation operating system, according to the developer. KeyStrokes works with all standard Mac OS X applications (including those running in the Classic environment) allowing a physically disabled person to type virtually anywhere a hardware keyboard can be used.
In recent weeks, PC manufacturer Dell Computer has introduced several new computer models that sport faster processors and more memory, but also carry larger price tags for what would normally be successor products. In an effort to maintain profitability on bargain-basement PCs, rising component costs have forced Dell to raise the price of low-end machines and offer relatively marginal improvements, according to a Yahoo! report. Earlier this month, Apple raised the cost of all three iMac models by $100.
Optigold ISP v2.9.6 is a cross-platform business management package that helps with the organization of all aspects of an Internet Service Provider. Version 2.9.6 adds new Web functionality, ACH processing through ECHO, expanded billable tech support, more reporting, a new postcard format and the ability to export individual invoices.
An Ananova summary indicates that Apple\'s new iMac personal computer is one of the quietest machines on the market as a result of high-quality components used in its construction. The iMac lacks the noisy fan found in most home PCs and features a more quiet hard disk drive than previous models.
Palm OS developer Blue Nomad today announced the release of WordSmith v2.1.4 and a TimeSync update for Macintosh handheld users. Both applications now offer full Mac OS X compatibility and support for Palm Desktop 4.0. [Download - WordSmith, TimeSync]
Earlier this week, Boris FX began shipping Graffiti 2.0, a major upgrade to its graphics and titling application billed as \"the only integrated vector-based titling package on the market.\" It offers the ability to create sophisticated animations with flexible animation tools such as Type On and Title Containers for auto-animated rolls, crawls, fades, shuffles and zooms. It also.0 allows users to map text to 3D shapes, and extrude and composite in three dimensions and also supports the addition of third-party Adobe After Effects filters.
Virtix has released Virtix Sample Pack for iMovie, \"the first\" freeware special effects that utilize the new iMovie Plug-in Software Development Kit from Apple. It contains 3 effects: \"Extreme Black and White\" turns an iMovie clip into an abstract high-contrast image; \"Flame adds fire to action scenes; and \"Letterbox\" gives video the look of a widescreen movie. It works with iMovie 2.0.1 in both Classic and OS X.
Extensis has released Suitcase 10.1.2, a free update to its $100 font management utility that includes an updated font manager with support for Auto-Activation in OS X. It has a bug fix for auto-activating fonts in Mac OS X Classic Mode for users with International English operating systems and has added Auto-Activation support for Adobe Illustrator 10 in both Mac OS 9 and OS X. Upgrades are $50.
beAccountable has released beCreative Desktop 2.1, a custom application for tracking time and resources spent on projects. It is designed for graphic designers, marketing and communications companies, service bureaus, printers, consultants, advertising and PR agencies. The $250 application records accurate time logs, project details, vendor information, workgroup collaboration functions, and costing functions.
InterMapper Remote 1.0.1 is a utility that allows administrators to connect to any InterMapper application and remotely display the monitored network\'s topology, view detailed device info, and acknowledge application alarms.
FileMaker to iPod allows users to export data to an iPod from any data source by first importing contacts into this nifty little database first and then selectively exporting contacts to the iPod format. It is a free utility.
Techno Design has released TCP-IP XT v1.4 for QuarkXPress, its remote control application that allows users to control 95% of all QuarkXPress user-interface functionality through an Internet/LAN connection. It has over 320 commands that can provide unattended automatic QuarkXPress document construction, document querying, data extraction and export. It is Euro 2,500 (and a free upgrade to current customers.)
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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