Sputnix v0.8.2B is an unsupported and unofficial \"satellite\" client for the Audiogalaxy music exchange protocol. This version brings the temporary removal of German, Dutch, Swedish, and French localizations that caused application instability. Other, more minor, changes include non-case-sensitive uploads requests, a Customize Toolbar option and new \"Pro\" features for paying users.
Chimera v0.2.7 is an update to the powerful Fizzilla-based Web browsing solution for Mac OS X. Version 0.2.7 offers more-intuitive customizable toolbars and tabs, drag-and-drop arrangement of the bookmarks drawer, new key bindings and bug fixes relating to forms.
Default Folder X v1.5 is an update to the highly popular utility for improving Open and Save dialogs in Mac OS X. Important new features in this release include support for Cocoa Open/Save dialog boxes, integration with BBEdit\'s \"Super Get Info,\" and compatibility with the latest version of Keyboard Maestro, PageSpinner and other Carbon applications.
Ed Krafsur writes that the latest version of Discreet Media Cleaner (v5.1) -- billed as Mac OS X-compatible -- lacks certain features under Apple\'s new OS. \"I noticed this week that Discreet had finally released an OSX version of Media Cleaner [...] found that in OSX the DV import option is Disabled.\" After further investigation, Krafsur found a small notice in the ReadMe file for Media Cleaner: \"Booted in OSX, cleaner does not support the following:-Real Media-user must be in Classic or booted to OS 9 in order to encode to Real -MotoDV-user must be booted to OS 9 in order to run.\"
An updated version FTP Wizard, released today by CyberKare Technologies, now fully supports Mac OS X, in addition to Mac OS 9. FTP Wizard is a file transfer protocol application that allows users to connect to FTP servers and transfer files. Multiple destinations for FTP accounts and/or directories can be created that allow users to \'drop\' a file onto the application icon and automatically upload those files to the designated FTP site.
Architosh notes that Canadian developer Marketcircle has shipped the first PIM/CRM-combo software package for Mac OS X. DayLite is a \"gorgeous\" personal information manager (PIM), combined with customer relationship manager (CRM) functionality. Palm and iPod synchronization are planned features for forthcoming releases.
REALbasic developer Mike Murry today announced the initial release of REALdocbuilder, a utility for REALbasic developers that generates basic HTML documentation for custom classes. REALdocbuilder 1.0 creates HTML documentation based on user input. [Classic, Carbon]
iView MediaPro 1.5 is an update to the $65 media browser and organizer that includes a media presentation system, tools to organize and annotate media files, print reports, keep version backups, and export files in a variety of formats. Version 1.5 is a free upgrade, with new Backup and HTML export features.
Groundlevel Software has updated Drumbeat v1.5, which brings a new UI, a built-in Player for previewing Music files, and a new Preview Tab, which lets you preview Movies and other files and other enhancements to the $30 file-sharing software: \"This is the only the first of a planned 4 release cycle which will culminate in a totally new Drumbeat, with more features, more search results, better speed, and greater download success.\" An OS X version is in final testing and due out \"shortly.\"
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XLR8 is now accepting for orders for upgrading InterView and InterView 2.0 to the newly released InterView 2.0 with OS X Support package. The updated USB capture device package includes the reprogrammed InterView 2.0 capture device, QuickTime Pro, and InterView Capture from EchoFX, which is designed to offer OS X capture functions. Current customers can upgrade for $25.
\"Two of the absolute finest laptops around don\'t run Windows. They are Apple\'s PowerBook and iBook models, and they run the new Mac OS X operating system\" according to Walt Mossberg of the The Wall Street Journal.
The Mecury News notes that while setting up an iMac was a \"snap\" neither Linksys nor Apple technical support could explain the AirPort networking problems, which once solved (after disabling encryption) only revealed further issues: \"My systems administrator at work informs me that the AirPort uses a wireless networking protocol that the Mercury News doesn\'t support. I can\'t access the newsroom\'s virtual private network wirelessly.\"
After discontinuing development last November, AOL UK has said it is now developing a \"completely\" new client for OS X with Mac-only features (and features different from the US version), according to a note sent to customers: \"We would like to thank you for your continued support and patience over recent months. We have examined the UK market very carefully, and now feel confident about the business case for this new software as more and more Macintosh users in the UK move across to OS X.\"
The Law Office Software List for the Macintosh Computer, a comprehensive list of all the available software for law office use on the Mac has moved to a new URL on the Web.
Cityview Software has release AppBeat 1.2, a developer utility that \"enables programmers to examine exactly what is going on inside their application as it executes. Using AppBeat\'s real-time profiler, programmers can see the profile results as the application runs...[it also] provides a real-time memory monitoring utility that allows programmers to visually inspect their application\'s memory usage to find functions that are allocating too much memory or to find memory leaks as they happen.\" A Basic license ($20) limits the applications to 500 or fewer functions, while the Professional ($40) license offers debugging of any application. A demo is available for applications with 100 or fewer functions.
MenuStrip 2.5, now implemented as a system preference pane, is a multi-purpose utility for Mac OS X that provides easy access to frequently used settings, such as computer volume, monitor resolution, and color depth from the OS X menubar, or in a floating window similar to the OS 9 control strip. It also features an Application Menu to switch between running apps, app hiding functionality (such as \'Single App Mode\' and \'Hide All\') and a configurable clock with chime and alarm capabilities. Version 2.5 has a new installer/uninstaller, lower CPU usage, and better integration with other utilities.
DivX Tool 1.2 offers the ability to repair, split, extract, and edit AVI files. Version offers a new \"Speed Boost Option.\" A guide page explains \"how to use DivX AVI files on the Mac [including] how to get the audio to work correctly.\" [Classic, OSX]
Sound Studio 2.02 is a maintenance update to the $50 audio recording and editing tool that can record up to 2GB of audio, mix audio, apply effects filters, generate tones, pitch-shift and resample audio, and open and save in several file formats.
Following Apple\'s recent acquisition of Nothing Real, Apple has announced that it will no longer develop Shake for Windows beyond the upcoming v2.5 upgrade, but will continue to develop and support Irix and Linux versions through 2003, according to fxGuide. An OS X version of Shake, a compositing software for feature film effects, was demoed at NAB and is expected to be released for OS X \"soon.\"
CyClone today announced its new 40x12x48x CDRevo FireWire drive, which includes burn-proof technology and a 2MB buffer as well as a CD mastering software bundle (Toast), cables and media. The drive is available from CyClone and their established channel members. [pricing not available; site not updated]
Trans Intl. has announced the online availability of a new low-profile IBM 40 GNX 2.5 inch, 5400-RPM hard disk drive offered in 20GB ($160) and 40GB ($240) capacities. it offers \"increased \'power-on\' hours with\" the ability to leave the power on around the clock [24x7]. Other performance features of the drive are, high RPM, increased data rate, advanced cache management software, larger cache size [2MB[ and most notable -- 5400 spindle speed in a drive with 9.5 mm thickness.\" External FireWire versions of the drives are also available, featuring sustained data transfer rate of 20-35 MB/s.
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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