PC companies may soon implement \'Freestyle\' technology in new computers this holiday season that promise to offer better control over home entertainment devices. Features of the Windows XP technology include the ability to record TV programs -- much like stand-alone TiVo devices today. Although some analysts remain skeptical, companies like Sonicblue already offer similar technologies, and the PC-centered concept echoes Apple CEO Steve Jobs\' own view of a \"Digital Hub.\"
XEALbc v1.0 is a calculator utility for Mac OS X that surpasses the functionality of most pocket calculator emulators by offering a text editor-like interface with multiple windows and the ability to handle complex equations. XEALbc is a RealBASIC front-end to the powerful bc command line tool in Mac OS X, which implements an arbitrary precision numeric processing language
Apple has released an update for AGP 4X Power Mac G4 owners with ATI graphics cards installed. ATI Update v1.1 resolves a wake-from-sleep issue for Mac OS 9.2.2 users.
European software developer equinux today announced APC Tracker v2.1, an update to the UPS device client application for Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. APC Tracker now offers Macintosh-like plug-and-play installation and configuration, a new status window and an adjustable shutdown timer. Upgrade licenses are priced at $10; full single user licenses start at $50.
Adobe customers who opted for overnight shipping on Adobe Photoshop 7.0 orders today began to receive shipments of the highly-anticipated Mac OS X release.
Chris Taylor of Time reports on \"How to Hack an iPod\", noting that the digital music player has turned into PDA-type device from the use of hacks -- storing phone numbers, shopping lists and more.
Intego ContentBarrier v1.3 is an internet filter for Mac OS 9 (an OS X version will be available soon) that blocks unwanted sites from being viewed and logs all sites visited. The interface has been updated, as well as compatability with QuickTime 5.0.2 and different ICQ clients in the latest version; price is $40.
Open AG X v1.1 is a Mac OS X and Unix client for the AudioGalaxy file sharing system. It now brings more international support as well as numerous bug fixes. The software is part of the OpenAGs project, and an open source version is available. [OS X, Open Source]
Dartware is publicly beta-testing InterMapper 3.6.1b2, its flagship network monitoring and alerting program that now includces Airport (Apple) and Aironet Probes Cisco), authenticated E-mail Notifications, improved logging, an improved HTTPS probe for Classic, and new SNMP v2c versions of the Cisco and Basic OID probes. [Classic, Carbon]
Unsanity\'s WindowShade X 2.0 brings the familar window effects from Mac OS 9 to OS X. The free update to the $7 shareare adds the ability to minimize all windows by holding down Option while minimizing, the ability to control OS X windows shadows parameters, a new installer, options for playing sounds, limited support for Java-based applications, and other enhancements.
Package Tracker 3.8 brings a \"dramatic\" increase in package tracking and rate calculation speed as well as redesigned U.S. Postal Service tools, Address Validation, City/State Lookup, and Zip Code Lookup. A demo of the $35 utility is available online. [Classic, Carbon]
Aspyr Media has announced that Return to Castle Wolfenstein is in duplication for the Mac and expected to be on store shelves by April 29, according to IMG. The $50 mission-based action game is compatible with both Mac OS 9 and OS X.
Sorenson Media today announced the release of Squeeze for Macromedia Flash MX and Sorenson Squeeze for QuickTime for Mac OS 9.2 and OS X. The compression tool offers access to several advanced features of its new Sorenson Spark Professional video codec. It is packaged as an optional application for Macromedia Flash MX, offering enhanced videocompression capabilities for higher quality and smaller file size, as well as Two-Pass Variable Bit Rate (VBR), cropping and inverse telecine tools, multiple filters, and advanced editing features. Sorenson Squeeze for QuickTime includes the Sorenson Video 3 Professional codec and also supports One and Two-Pass VBR compression. Sorenson Squeeze for Macromedia Flash MX (includes Sorenson Spark Pro) and Sorenson Squeeze for QuickTime (includes Sorenson Video 3 Professional) will be available electronically later this week. Box copies will be available within 30 days. Each product is $300 and bundle of both products is $500.
Other World Computing will begin bundling a free copy of Intech\'s Hard Drive SpeedTools 3.5 with all of its OWC Mercury FireWire drives, claiming that the software accelerates OWC\'s Mercury FireWire drives\' performance drives by as much as 20 percent compared to other drive management software programs, such as Apple\'s stock utility. With SpeedTools: \"several of OWC\'s Mercury FireWire models are now able to provide sustained data transfer rates of more than 40 Megabytes per second.\"
Registration for the annual MacHack 17 developer conference, which takes place June 20-22 in Dearborn, Michigan, ends today. Early registration offers a $50 discount off of the $525 regular conference price. MacHack also announced this year\'s paper finalists, which will compete for the \"Best Paper\" award and will be presented during conference. (Early registration for WWDC also ends this week.)
Advenio Software has released MacXword 1.0, a $15 crossword client, which now runs natively under OS X operating system. It also offers support for multiple crosswords, offers the ability to print crossword grid and clues in either landscape or portrait mode, and allows users to check against and reveal answers. A trial version is available on the Web.
Kingston is now shipping its USB 6-in-1 Flash Card Reader with a dual slot architecture that can read/write to CompactFlash, Memory Stick, Microdrive, MultiMediaCard (MMC), SecureDigital (SD) and SmartMedia. The USB-powered device is $60.
Deep Sky\'s HTTP Client Deux v1.1.0 is a 4th Dimension component which provides a comprehensive set of HTTP and HTTPS request methods for use in 4D-based projects. Version 1.1 adds now provides direct support for authentication in all HTTP requests, the ability to add custom request header lines and request timeout values, and support for 4D v6.8.x. It is free to all owners of TCP Deux.
4D today announced 4D v6.8, which brings support for OS X (as well as Windows XP) to its web-enabled cross-platform database development solution. The free update for all registered v6.7 users allows current customers to migrate 4D applications without modifying any underlying code. Version 4.8 also improved contextual menu support, better plug-in administration, and new commands and constants as well as more security options, an integrated TCP/IP component, and interface enhancements such as floating, dockable toolbars under OS X. It is expected to be released on Wedneday, April 17th.
Key Xing 2.1 is a $7 shareware utility which allows you to launch files, programs, folders, URLs, and AppleScripts from the keyboard. Version 2.1 can disable keystrokes for specific active applications, brings more system actions for iTunes, and can copy the full path of a file.
Bare Bones Software today released an update to its $100 email client, Mailsmith 1.5.1. The update adds two optional \"smart\" columns, including a \"From/To\" column and a \"Date Sent/Received\" column as well as a more flexible \'mbox\' file import procedure, and direct support for drag and drop of addresses from the Apple Address Book and Microsoft Entourage.
Michael Kamprath\'s Keyboard Maestro v1.04 adds the ability to open individual system preferences with a hot key and the ability to insert dynamic text (date/time and current IP) to system utility that provides the ability to launch applications/folders, type text, siwtch applications, and manipulate the clipboard via the keyboard.
A MacNN reader has posted photos of the DLink USB Bluetooth Wireless Adapter, which recently began shipping from the Apple Store. The $50 adapter uses Apple\'s recently released Bluetooth Technology Preview software release.
Apple today announced that Steve Jobs will kick off its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) with a keynote on Monday, May 6, 2002, beginning at 10:00 a.m. The five-day event, which runs from May 6-10 at the San Jose Convention Center, will feature more than 120 scheduled in-depth technical sessions on Mac OS X, including a sneak peak at the next release of OS X, code-named Jaguar.
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Fiat Chrysler adding Siri Eyes Free
On Friday, automaker Fiat Chrysler issued a software update for selected 2013-2015 model cars to allow Siri Eyes Free, the precursor to the more fully-featured CarPlay, to be compatible with the vehicles' infotainment systems, including steering wheel control. The 2013 through 2015 model Ram 1500/2500/3500, the 2013-2015 Dodge Viper, the 2014-2015 Dodge Durango, the 2014-2015 Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee, and the 2015 models of Dodge Challenger and Charger, Jeep Renegade, and Chrysler 200 and 300 can be upgraded through the Unconnect touchscreen, visiting the Uconnect site and entering their 17-digit Vehicle ID, then downloading the update to a USB drive. Installation can take up to 45 minutes, and can only be done while the vehicle is in park. http://bit.ly/23f0sby
Tor Myhren starts as VP of Communications
After an initial announcement in December, Apple on Friday added former Grey Group chief creative officer Tor Myhren to its leadership roster as VP of Marketing Communications, placing the well-known ad exec in charge of Apple's advertising and Internet marketing efforts, as well as having a hand in packaging design. He will report directly to CEO Tim Cook, and is replacing the retired Hiroki Asai, who left Apple after 18 years with the company. Myhren is expected to continue Apple recent push into more "lifestyle" marketing rather than product-centric ads, such as the well-remembered "I'm a Mac" campaign from last decade. http://apple.co/1Wwf0Dd
Marseilles Apple Store to open May 14
Apple has officially announced its newest retail store in France, which is to open in the southern port city of Marseilles in the Les Terrasses du Port shopping center on May 14 at 10AM local time. It will be the 19th full retail store Apple has opened in the country, or 20th if one includes the Apple Watch-only boutique at Galeries Lafayette in Paris. Apple is said to be planning a new showcase Paris store to be located on the Champs-Élysées. http://apple.co/1pP77vO
Maps adds Flyover, Suggestions locations
Apple has updated Maps to include Spotlight Suggestions for Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, allowing users to search both internally and across the web on both Mac and iOS devices for data in Spotlight. In addition, the company has added Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and Akron, Ohio to the 3D Flyover feature, offering computer-enhanced aerial views of the two areas -- and has activated real-time traffic information for Thailand, which will augment services like reminders to incorporate estimated travel times for appointments, as an example. The company recently added Nearby searches to five countries, and rolled out transit directions for Montreal in Canada and Portland, Oregon. http://apple.co/1Lh1Zel
Verizon gives last offer, issues workers ultimatum
Verizon has offered striking workers its "last, best and final offer" following 10 months of protracted negotiations with union leaders. The latest offer comes on the back of 36,000 Verizon employees taking strike action two weeks ago. The proposal includes a 7.5 percent wage rise, better benefits and voluntary retirement incentive offers. The striking workers, mainly on from its fixed line operations, have claimed that Verizon has outsourced 5,000 jobs to workers overseas and that it has been deliberately hiring low-wage, non-union contractors. Verizon recently posted revenue of $32.2 billion for the March quarter. http://cnnmon.ie/26AmwSv
CarPlay comes to Porsche 718 Cayman
Porsche has revealed that its new 718 Cayman series will be the latest vehicles in its range equipped with support for Apple CarPlay. The new Porsche models joins the recently announced 718 Boxster, the 2017 Macans and the 2016 model of the 911 in offering support for Apple's iOS in the car interface. Both are fitted standard with an eight speaker sound system and the Porsche Communications Management (PCM) system. The entry-level Cayman starts at $53,9000, while the faster S variant starts from $66,300. Although already on sale, the won't reach US dealers until late November. http://prn.to/1Tj1EW7
Macphun offers free Photos filters
Image editing software maker Macphun are offering a free set of up to 30 photo filter effects to extend the range of filter options available to users of Apple's Photos app for OS X, which replaced the previous iPhoto program. The first 15 filters are available after installing the software, and includes filters such as "Ancient Canvas" and "Twilight," while users who sign up for the Macphun newsletter will unlock the other 15 effects. The extension integrates directly into Photos, and include sliders for finer control of the effects and a masking brush. http://bit.ly/1VEgQD6