osXigen 1.2.1 adds new French documentation, includes a German localization, supports FTP Proxy authentication and offers a handful of bug fixes. osXigen is $20 until the end of April, at which point it will cost $25.
PC Mall, which owns the MacMall brand, today announced that it has acquired Pacific Business Systems, which does business under the ClubMac and PBS brands. PBS reported net sales of $84 million for 2001 and has enjoyed eighteen consecutive years of profitability. Under the terms, PC Mall will acquire PBS\' customer database, accounts receivable, inventory, certain fixed assets and certain intellectual property in exchange for 300,000 shares of its common stock and a capped three year earn-out with consideration for the future results of the acquired business. PC Mall also said it would extend offers of employment to PBS sales and support employees.
Evening Tech News: Microsoft Chief Operating Officer Rick Belluzzo has announced his resignation from the position, effective May 1st, 2002. Microsoft has not named a replacement, but indicates that the move is part of a company-wide reorganization.
c|net has posted a review praising Apple\'s new 10GB iPod, which has \"made a good thing even better.\" Pointing out the \"near-perfect design\" and ease-of-use, the review also covers the additions to the new generation of iPods as well as what could be improved -- namely Windows support.
Adobe Systems today announced the Adobe After Effects Plug-In Power Pack for After Effects v5.5, an industry standard for in motion graphics and digital video editing. The After Effects 5.5 Plug-In Power Pack incorporates sixteen new effects that offer enhanced creative control and improved productivity. New plug-ins include the Calculations, 3D Glasses, Magnify and Turbulent Displacement effects. The Mac OS X-native software package lets users customize settings, embed metadata, create multi-stream movies and optimize audio and video independently. The software is expected to ship in May, 2002 for $25.
Apple has released NVIDIA Driver Update 3.0 for Mac OS 9, an update for its NVIDIA graphics cards. Additions of the update are not known at this time. The update is available from directly from Apple\'s download page or through Software Update.
PrefsOverload v4.1.2 is a tool for managing the Prefernces Folder on Mac OS 9/X. It helps resolve problems by displaying a list of damaged or unnecessary Preference Files, allowing users to delete them or put them into the Trash. Changed in the latest version are fixes for a few minor bugs and the application may be quit from the main window\'s close box. The sharware product costs $15.
Contour ShuttlePRO is a jog and shuttle multimedia controller that provides control over digital editing software such as Final Cut Pro and Cubase. Improvements in the device include a hybrid Mac/PC compaible software, fully automated installer, pre-printed labels for 13 programmable buttons and pre-programmed settings. Contour ShuttlePRO is available for $125 and works on both Mac OS 9 and X.
InterACTIVE-Technology has released their Objective-C and C IDE for Cocoa and WebObjects, ActiveDeveloper v2.10. It allows development, testing, debugging, and playing of the software at runtime, as well as \"edit-compile-play cycles\" in 1-2 seconds. Pricing is $50 for a single liscense, $100 for a multi license, and $250 for 5 licenses.
publicspace.net and ISM have released a new Java development tool for Mac OS X -- named JQA -- which helps software developers improve the quality of their Java code. The software, already available in a Windows version, \"provides a comprehensive set of quality metrics offering objective measurements of code quality\" as well as the ability to compare code against a quality baseline to help improve the code; price on the software is $50.
James Sentman today released Whistle Blower 3.0, an enterprise server monitoring and restart utility. An updated FileMaker client/server check can now verify the list of shared databases and make sure that all your databases are still being shared, and an updated DNS server task can now run a query against a specific server and validate that the correct IP address is being returned. It also adds the ability to verify the return from SSL web servers. The $100 utility monitors a large variety of servers and a \"lite\' version limited to monitoring of 10 servers is $50; a 45-day demo is available. [Classic, Carbon]
3ivx 4.0PR1, an MPEG-4-compliant video codec, dramatically improves quality and speed as well as compatibility. It can now play most MPEG-4 variants including DivX and adds skip protection and AltiVec support. Additionally, DivX Doctor II, corrects stuttering sound and jerky playback on DivX Movies by updating DivX .avi videos to 3ivx QuickTime (.mov) videos: \"After the conversion you will be able to play the video smoothly, and the audio glitches inherrant in the AVI format will be fixed. The conversion is fast.\" It also provides WMA audio decompression and can also process non-AVI files. [3iVX4.0PR1, DDII]
Modeless Software today announced the availability of Liquid Ledger 1.0, a \"complete personal finance application based on the object-oriented Cocoa framework. [It] is a comprehensive, user-friendly tool that enables consumers to effortlessly manage and analyse their personal finances.\" It includes functions to record bank account and credit card activity, track income/expenses/ and investments/assets/liabilities, track capital gains, and other functions. A demo of the $40 utility is available online.
A MacNN reader notes a problem with new flat-panel iMacs: \"I discovered a bug in my new 700 MHz CD-RW iMac today. When I boot into OS 9, the media eject button doesn\'t work (it works perfectly when I boot into OS X). At first, I thought I\'d installed a conflicting extension, but when I checked on Apple\'s web site, other users had already reported the problem.\"
Youpi Key 1.7 is an automation utility, which can run actions based on a keyboard equivalent, a menu item, or a scheduled or regular time. French and English versions of the freeware application are available. It adds import/export of sets and shortcuts, menu simplification, contextual menu support, and better AppleScript support.
Stone Design is now shipping StampInStone 1.0, a native OS X PDF watermarking application that allows you to instantly add text or an image to every page of a PDF document. It offers control over color, font, size and placement. A 30-day trial of the $50 application is available online.
TC WORKS has announced SPARK 2.5, an OS X-compatible version of its audio processing application that includes enhanced editing features, such a new scrub tool which enables tape-style acoustic navigation through a file and a streamlined waveform overview and zoom handling. The OS X version supports Apple\'s Core Audio for extremely low latencies and Apple\'s Core MIDI for playback of the modular synthesizer from any connected MIDI device. It is expected to ship later this month for $400.
Proteus 1.6 is a new version of the multiservice IM client, offering custom Emoticons, Sound Packs, Icon Packs, and Fonts. Other changes include a revamped preferences section, improved performance, and a few bug fixes.
Microsoft will renew its commitment to the Mac in a presentation by MacBU General Manager Kevin Browne scheduled for April 10. The 5-year contract between Apple and Microsoft, which included a $150 million investment and continued development of Mac Office, ends this summer. The MacWorld UK article notes that the presentation will also touch on the .NET\'s role in the Mac community, noting that Corel and Microsoft have been developing an alternatve version of the .NET runtime for FreeBSD.
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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