iTunes Remote v1.5 in a modest revision to the $5 iTunes add-on that lets users of the music software control iTunes from any application via a floating window. This version enhances network-based control by offering Mac OS 9/X cross-compatibility, offers global key commands and a scaleable interface with a new default skin.
We\'ve posted a short series of ten photographs from the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference for 2002.
ATI has posted an updated version of its March 2002 ATI Retail Update for its Rage 128 and Radeon retail video card, bringing better compatibility with Mac OS X 10.1.4. An ATI†Radeon†8500†Mac†Edition Firmware†Update†v126 has enhanced resolution/mode support for newer monitors and better supports monitors with DDC and GTF (also eliminating a possible screen flash when the Mac OS desktop comes up). [March driver, v126ROM]
We have more details from yesterday\'s WWDC Keynote, which offered a peek at Jaguar with new Inkwell handwriting technology, Jaguar Server, Sherlock 3, new iChat, an improved Finder, the new Quartz Extreme graphics rendering model, new Rendezvous technology, a new version of Mail, and a forthcoming new rack mount server from Apple.
Gideon Softworks has released Snard v1.1, a launcher that can be used as a system menu or from the dock. It can open applications as the administrator, help organize your work cycle through the use of worksets, and give you quick access to all your system preferences. [dock, menu]
Zero G Software has released InstallAnywhere Mac OS X Edition, which features a customizable workspace derived from Mac OS X\'s Aqua user interface. The royalty-free developer tool handles most Mac-specific installation details automatically, including the creation of icons in the Dock and onto the desktop, complete support for all Mac OS file systems, and the ability to authenticate users with installation privileges. InstallAnywhere is licensed for $200 per-developer, per-system. (Fully licensed copies were distributed to WWDC attendees.)
osx.macnn.com has reports on updated Eskape beta drivers, a new MIDI-based audio application, Sybase Open Client/Open Server, Apple WebObjects 5.1.2, OmniOutliner 2.0, an updated build of AOL IM with support for mac.com handles, and OmniWeb 4.1b6.
Morning tech news: Intel yesterday introduced a Pentium 4 chip running at 2.53GHz with support for PCs with a faster 533MHz system bus and also said it would ship 3GHz chips in the fourth quarter of this year; Macromedia today announced new site licensing options for K-12 schools for its Macromedia Studio MX ($2,000 for K-12 schools with up to 500 students or $3,000 for schools with over 500 students); Handspring today announced the \"Trade up to Treo\" program allowing owners of any existing Visor, Palm OS or even wireless email-enabled devices, such as a RIM wireless handheld, to receive a rebate for $100 off the purchase of the Treo 180 communicator.
Eskape has released updated OS X beta drivers for its line of video capture devices, Beta-Fish 0.1b, offering MyTV2GO hardware support, SECAM Support, and the ability to record QuickTime-compatiable movies from with-in EskapeTV.
Openoffice.org today announced the availability of the first milestone build of the OS X port of the OpenOffice productivity suite. It uses the X11 Windowing System from XFree86.org to run on either OS X or Darwin, and is \"available for developers interested in helping finish the port.\" The OS X build is currently available as an alpha release in English.
Sybase has released its Open Client and Open Server for OS X, its programming tool kits for developers that bring Sybase\'s enterprise-class database management technology to the Mac.
Apple\'s WebObjects 5.1.2 update includes updated versions of several WebObjects class and jar files: \"some projects may need to be rebuilt to take advantage of the issues addressed in the update...To use the new files, you must install them in the correct location for the web server being used.\" [Deployment, Developer]
Companion today released Intuem, a $130 MIDI based music authoring application for OS X that us \"designed specifically for education and home use to provide professional quality results without needing the users themselves to understand professional audio engineering concepts or be fully trained musicians. \" It leverages the built-in MIDI capabilities of OS X, can work with any MIDI keyboard or sound module as well as QuickTime Musical Instruments plus DLS and SoundFont2 files to provide a rich environment for music production.
The Omni Group has released OmniOutliner 2.0, an update to its popular outlining and organizing application. It uses intuitive commands and collapsible groups to help users maintain multiple to-do lists, create agendas, manage tasks, track expenses, write legal briefs, take meeting notes, monitor project status and much more. The $30 application is available as a $10 upgrade for v1.0 owners and as a free limited trial.
Kartolina Photo 1.3.1 allows users to create post cards using digital photos. The $15 shareware offers integration with iPhoto, support for color backgrounds, and support for most mail clients. [Classic, OSX]
Imaja Reminder 2.0 is a \"major\" upgrade to the personal calendar, address book and to do list software. The $50 application includes a full-featured calendar system (with manually and automatically scheduled events), overdue alerts, filtering, import/export functions, and other functions.
America Online today released AOL Instant Messenger 4.5.651, an updated version of hte popular messaging client, which features a new Dock Menu, new AIM Contextual Menu plugin, new Bot Artwork, improved Smart Connection Prefs, direct IM Support, new Artwork, new Away Options, Smileys!, and new Font Prefs for incoming IMs and Chats. MacNN reader Josh Rafofsky notes that it also has a \"nicer GUI and some interesting preferences over it\'s OS 9 counterpart. [also]... try to login via your iTools username and password. Guess what: it works! Yup, perhaps in preparation for full iChat/AIM compatibility, users can login to AOL IM using their iTools account, with this new software.\" [updated]
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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