Bains Software has released an OS X version of MacDICT 2.2, a dictionary program popular on the Mac OS platform. MacDICT lets the user access a growing number of databases -- including Webster\'s Dictionary -- for free. The Classic version is still at v2.1. [Classic, Carbon]
Innobits today announced the release of BitVice MPEG2 Encoder, a high-end video encoder that is friendly to a producer\'s quality and budget needs. BitVice MPEG2 Encoder helps Mac users fit more broadcast-quality digital video onto a DVD. Pricing starts at $300 for a single-user license.
IOGEAR has unveiled a two-port USB 2.0 PCI card that enables Mac and Windows users to cost-effectively upgrade to USB 2.0 technology. The new card is designed for use in any standard PCI slot on a Macintosh or IBM-compatible PC. The $35 product is available immediately from catalog and online resellers. The card requires a Mac OS driver to function correctly; USB 2.0 support is not currently available from Apple.
ATI has released the March 2002 ATI Retail Update for Mac OS 9/X, which updates the Radeon and Rage line of video cards -- Radeon 8500/7500, RAGE 128, ORION, Nexus 128 and XCLAIM VR 128. The updated drivers improve compatibility as well as performance.
NFN reports on Microsoft\'s plan for .Net implementation on the Macintosh platform, which is expected to be announced later this week. Because the five-year-old Apple-Microsoft partnership expires this summer, both companies want to re-affirm the commitment that they are \"staying together.\"
SnapperHead v4.5.2 is an update to the freeware application that allows others to see a snapshot of your screen in their web browser. Improvements in the update include stability, controls, and user features as well as fixing a few bugs.
rootsolutions has annouced StudioSystem v4.1, an all-in-one administration package for recording studios and musicians. Features include archival integration, contacts, invoicing, and more. A demo is available; price is $60.
Apple has released Remote Desktop 1.0.1, an update to its remote control application that manages Macs over local networks or the Internet. The update offers improved security for opening and copying applications, folders, and files on a remote client. Pricing is $300 for 10 licenses or $500 for unlimited licenses. [updated]
Dantz has released a minor update to Retrospect Backup 5.0203 recommended for all customers. The update fixes a problem that caused all Retrospect Backup 5.0 editions running under Mac OS X to continually increase their memory usage while any LaunchCFMApp process was running and also fixes a problem that caused Retrospect Desktop, Workgroup,and Server Backup 5.0 editions running under Mac OS 9 to assert failure (with \"elem.c-812\") when backing up a client AppleShare IP Server or a client computer that has personal file sharing turned on. [Express, Desktop/Workgroup/Server]
ATTO today announced it will begin shipping its single- and dual-channel Ultra320 SCSI host bus adapters (HBA) for the Mac platform within 30 days, noting that production-quality cards have already been delivered to select beta testing sites. The ATTO Express PCI UL4D/S Ultra320 incorporates 64-bit/133 MHz PCI-X functionality while retaining backward compatibility with earlier SCSI versions. Pricing, although not final, is targetted for $650 for the single-channel card.
The Hollywood Reporter says that \"Apple\'s interest in becoming a serious contender in the world of film editing and postproduction became more fully realized with the release of a software package beta-tested on Steven Soderbergh\'s upcoming movie,\" Full Frontal. Final Cut Pro with Cinema Tools is now being discussed for use on the director\'s sci-fi feature \"Solaris,\" according to the article.
Bluetooth comes of Age discusses the implications of Apple\'s recent backing of the BlueTooth standard, noting that Apple has been in a leader with new technologies over the past 5 years (USB ports, FireWire, 802.11b, etc.).
Zend Tecnologies is notifying Zend Studio 2.0 for OS X beta testers that the upcoming release of its client-server PHP development environment has been delayed: \"The final release of the Zend Studio 2.0 for Mac OS X has been postponed indefinitely due to several problems found in the Mac implementation of Java.\" The company is offering users an extended beta license of the client through June 30, 2002.
OFFICER FilePod 1.0b1 is a freeware solution that can export contact information from an existing FileMaker Pro 5/5.5 database into the iPod\'s contact list. The tool is available for both Mac OS 9.x and Mac OS 10.1.3 and requires Apple\'s iPod Update 1.1.
Ian Page\'s Mactracker 1.7, which contains detailed info on a host of Apple products, now includes info on the Apple Cinema HD Display, updated 10 GB iPod model, info on both AirPort Base Stations, and a few bug fixes. [Classic, Carbon]
Iceblink has introduced [info]Batcher 1.0, yet another system utility ($20) that can change attributes including file Type/Creator, Visibility, Locked status, Label, Comments, etc.. It can also erase Custom Icons and Rename files in sequential manner. It has an advanced filter system that can be used to apply the changes to only specific files and includes an Undo functionality to restore the previous state of changed files.
Square Box Systems Ltd today announced the upcoming release of CatDV Pro 3.0, a multi-user version of its flagship media cataloging and video logging utility. It can capture and log video and has the ability to add comment/annotations. CatDV Pro also creates and manages low-resolution preview versions of movies. Version 3.0 has a central shared database of clips and logging information, and a file server holding preview movies. The Server runs under Mac OS X Server (or Win2000), while clients can run on Classic or OS X. Other new features include an enhanced search dialog, Live HTML Publisher, support for QuickTime text tracks, and ownership and permissions to control access to the clip library. It is due in the third quarter.
Aladdin today began shipping Secure Delete 1.0, its $25 data deletion tool that completely and permanently erases selected files by overwriting them.
The AltiVec Difference details the functions and advantages of the vector processing unit found in the G4 chip: \"For all itís marketing hurrah, the concept of AltiVec is exceedingly simple: it processes data in multiples, working on a whole mouthful of data instead of tackling it one nibble at a time like the integer and floating-point units.\"
Professional film editors recently completed the first Final Cut Pro-based film editing classes authorized by The Motion Picture Editors Guild in the Sunset Boulevard offices of DigitalFilm Tree, a Certified Apple Training Center.
Nemetschek NA has introduced 3D PowerPack, a new advanced modeling application plugin for VectorWorks users, according to Architosh.
Morning tech news: A New Zealand company has filed a complaint against Microsoft, alleging that a subscription-like software-licensing program violates that country\'s laws; Apache 2.035 brings performance boosts, IPv6 support, filtered IO, and other changes to the popular Webserver (bundled with OS X) as well as the ability to run Apache in a hybrid thread/process mode on any platform that supports both threads and processes; and MovieLink, a joint venture among five major movie studios, is expected to launch its Internet video-on-demand service later this year using MPEG-4 technology.
eClick 1.2 adds GIF file support to the $25 utility that creates button graphics for web sites and presentations in 6 steps (from selecting a button\'s style, size, color, shadow and label to choosing its final output file format). It includes over 900 button styles.
Allgood Software\'s Dominoes 2.0 is an update to the classic game, offering 11 different variations, including the straight forward Block and Draw, Matador, and Mexican Train game styles. The $20 shareware allows you to play against up to three computer opponents, offers the choice of three different skill levels, and supports both Double 6 and Double 9 domino sets.
Revolution 1.1.1 is the latest version of the cross-platform development environment, bringing Valentina and MySQL database support , improved stability, more comprehensive error reporting, custom HTTP header control, FTP upload functions, a new driver interface for communicating with and controlling external devices, and better performance. [Classic, Carbon]
\"Freakin\' Magic\" is a Mac OS System Extension that claims to accelerate \"the performance of WebSTAR 3.x/4.x and FileMaker Pro 4.x/5.x a minimum of 100% to 200%, gauranteed! [sic]\" Licenses are $200 or $100 for education and registered users of WebFM 4.1.
eline Technologies has released VideoClix 2.0, a major upgrade to its interactive video authoring solution. Th application offers the ability to build interactive Objects int video content. Version 2.0 adds new click, rollover and time triggered Actions, messaging for third party application support (Flash, iShell, LS Pro...), HTML independent interactivity, faster Object tracking, canned effects, full OS X support, MPEG support and UI improvements. The application is $500 and is bundled with an iShell Silver membership for $1000 (nearly a $500 savings). [upgrade pricing not available]
Lava Software is now shipping PC-Mac-Net FileShare v1.5, which adds drag & drop support to the $25 application that can transfer files securely between any type of Windows PC and Macintosh over a Local Area Network (LAN) or the Internet. A free demo limited to files of 2MB is available online.
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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