Fantom Drives today announced the release of its \'Premier\' product line -- an array of FireWire and USB 2.0 solutions for the Mac and PC. The drive maker calls Mac compatibility a non-issue, suggesting out-of-the-box Macintosh support is included. The Premier series will include hard drives, CD-RW drives and multiple DVD authoring solutions. Units are expected to begin shipping as early as tomorrow, May 23.
B-Prolog v6.2 is a cross-platform prolog implemenation for Mac OS X. It provides efficient constraint logic programming (CLP), which is used in computer-aided design, databases and software engineering. \"B-Prolog follows the standard of Prolog but also enjoys several features that are not available in traditional Prolog systems.\"
Apple sales in Japan continue to be strong, as the computer maker holds third and sixth, and ninth place overall in desktop and laptop sales, respectively. According to a report compiled by DigiTimes, the 800MHz model of Apple\'s iMac personal computer is the third-ranking desktop computer in Japan; the less-expensive 700MHz model holds sixth place overall. Apple\'s 600MHz iBook is ninth in its category, with a mid-range price tag of about •190,000 (Yen).
24U Appearance OSAX v2.0 extends AppleScript functions such as dialog displays, pop-up menus, floating progress bars and system notifications. The OS X addition is designed for users of AppleScript that prefer more options and quality in their AppleScripts; a full version is $30, while an upgrade is only $20.
BatChmod v1.3.1 is a handy utility that changes file ownership and permissions as well as force empties the Trash in Mac OS X. The latest version fixes a bug where ownership couldn\'t be changed, fixes localisation issues, and adds a new about box.
Wolfram Research has recently released the second version of its slimmed down version of Mathematica, CalculationCenter. The software, which is easier to use but slightly less powerful than Mathematica, does not run under Mac OS X, but provides a simple, easy to use interface designed for new users or people that do not want to learn the complicated Mathematica syntax; the price is $300.
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AAPLTalk System Shootouts is now featuring 4 updated comparisions for laptops between $1200 and $2100 and 1 new comparision between the entire Apple laptop product lineup. The site allows users to easily see the similarities and differences between desktop and laptop computers to aid in the purchase making process.
Architosh has posted two interesting articles, one on the coming of MECcheck energy anaylsis software to the Mac, and another on the discussions from Apple on Oct-level precision in AltiVec G4 processors. The later article uses research from Apple\'s Research for Advanced Computational Group which \"concerns an issue with a limitation of the Apple G4 processor and its AltiVec (vector processing unit(s)). Specifically the AltiVec processing unit only deals with single-precision floating point (24-bit mantissa) calculations and therefore has been criticized by some for it lack of double-precision floating point capability (commonly found in other processors). \"
LightSpeedMedia has announced a new CD-Rom that helps users in creating interactive presentations with QuickTime VR. The CD includes topics such as basic Photography and authoring, advanced Panoramic cameras and advanced software usage. A special price of $40 is available until the end of May; the regular price is $50.
Eastgate Systems has released Tinderbox 1.0.2, a new version of its tool for making, analyzing, and weblogging notes. The new version is faster, uses less memory, and offers better Web support. Tinderbox, available for $95 in a special introductory offer (regularly $195), includes free upgrades for a full year.
Apple stock is trading up 56 cents, or 2.4 percent, to $24.02, after analyst Mark Specker at SoundView Technology raised fiscal third-quarter revenue and earnings estimates for the PC maker, citing \"early-quarter\" evidence that production of its iMac line was \"off to a good start.\" Specker also that he was feeling better about Apple\'s margin performance due to lower memory prices and potential lower shipping costs, according to CBSMarketWatch.
Telnet Launcher 1.5.1 is a telnet and SSH manager for OS X, offering the ability to manage/organize multiple terminal sessions via the dock. It offers the ability to set terminal window size, custom terminal window commands, non-standard port connections, and terminal emulation type for each session.
Netcape has posted Netscape 7.0 PR1, a pre-release version of the next generation browser for users to test and provide feedback. It features tabbed browsing for visiting multiple web pages in a single window, bookmark groups, Radio@Netscape for listening to music, integrated Click-to-Search for invidual words on Web pagegs, the ability to save whole web pages, improved search in Netscape Mail and Address Book, better corporate features in Netscape Mail (including S/MIME, Shared folders for IMAP, Secure LDAP, and Offline LDAP), new Instant Messenger, integrated ICQ, and other features. [Classic, OSX]
The Chinese Edition of PanALEX beta 3 is a complete Chinese input environment for OS X that supports more than 20 input methods in both simplified Chinese and traditional Chinese characters as well as Unicode. Beta release 3, a \"major bug-fix,\" will expire after July 1, 2002. It is $25.
Nikon Scan 3.1.3 offers OS X support for its line of USB and FireWire Scanners, including LS-8000ED, LS-4000ED and LS-40ED scanners; however, the LS-2000 and Coolscan III/ LS-30 are not supported under OS X. The page also notes issues when saving to networked volume and OS X-specific issues such as opening PICT files and system sleep issues when using the LS-8000ED or LS-4000ED.
Lincoln Public School\'s new Information Technology Focus Program offers students an opportunity to explore interactive media in its new 1,425-square foot media production center and computer lab exclusively powered by Apple hardware, including 24 Dual 1GHz Power Mac G4 systems with flat panel displays. Students work on web design, CD-ROM authoring, 3D animation, and other interactive projects using Final Cut Pro, Photoshop, and Cinema 4D and other applications.
Planar has unveiled a new 12.1-inch touchscreen flat-panel display for point-of-sale and information kiosk applications. Its line of flat-panel display platforms now includes 12.1-, 15- and 17.4-inch touchscreen models. The 12.1-inch display supports 800x600 (SVGA) resolution and connects to either a PC or Mac via analog VGA input. The company provides customized point-of-sale solutions ranging from re-branding and custom colors to modifications of touchscreen technology and custom bezels as well as non-touchscreen version of each LCD flat-panel. (Pricing unavailable.)
LAJ Design has updated both eOrdering Complete 1.1.5 ($55) and Web Proofs 1.3 ($55), its products for designing online shopping carts and an online store solution. eOrdering Complete 1.1.5, adding support for the Euro and other currencies as well as options to change the product name, supports multiple costs for a single product, while Web Proofs only supports a fixed cost for each product. WebProof 1.3 also adds an option to make a web album of all the images, improved ASP and PHP processing options, and options for individual shipping for each product.
ConceptDraw 1.8 brings XML import/export options to the cross-platform diagramming and drawing application for technical professionals. Version 1.8 of both the Standard ($125) and Professional ($250) editions also offers an integrated update function, improved find/replace, better inter-document hyperlinking, and new shortcuts. Upgrades for registered users are free.
Virtix has released Zoom Filters v1.1, an update to its $20 package of iMovie effects. Version 1.1 contains three new effects, including Zoom In (Photo), Zoom Out (Photo) and Zoom Static (Photo), which are optimized for still photographs and offers 10-200% performance improvements.
The PandaWare Company has released a new version of TimeCache, its time and expense tracking application for Macintosh users. TimeCache 5.0 offers tracking of more types of information, an enhanced reports function (with both on-screen reporting and export functions), the ability to add tax and markups to time/expense charges, a new list manager for quick access, and more customization preferences. Upgrades to the $150 application are $40. It has also released an upgrade to the companion application, TimeCache Data Merger 2.0 for OS X and Classic, which allows workgroups to consolidate multiple users\' TimeCache data into a single tab-delimited text file. Free demos of each are available online.
Parker Software\'s ArcherPro 1.0 is an easy-to-use multimedia viewer for OS X that lets you combine still images, audio, and video files into the same slide show. It supports all the features of it free counterpart, Archer, but adds the ability to save and load slide shows, export your slide shows, as well as create squenced images, and more. A demo of $30 utility is available online.
CompuCable has introduced a new digital KVM (Keyboard, Video, Mouse) Controller designed for Apple\'s ADC Displays. The 2-Port ADC KVM can share one set of ADC (monitor) and USB (keyboard, mouse, etc) devices between two computer systems. It is ADC bus-powered and ships with two ADC cables to connect between the computers to the KVM controller. The unit can also be coupled with the DVI to ADC adapter (P/N: MCA-DVI-ADC) for DVI system support. (Pricing was not available.)
Michael Kamprath\'s Keyboard Maestro 1.1 is an upgrade to the keyboard-based productivity for OS X that includes Hot Keys, Program Switcher, and Clipboard Switcher. The program switcher is now free (with no limitations the downloadable \"lite\" version). It also adds multi-action hot keys and several new actions, including move/click, restart/shutdown/sleep, and screen saver integration as well as better integration with Default Folder X.
CMS Peripherals today announced it is now accepting a limited number of beta testers for its next generation bootable version of the Automatic Backup System Plus (ABSplus) and ABSplus for Desktops on Mac OS X. Interested parties running OS X should send a note to the company. (ABSplus and ABSplus for Desktops on Mac OS and Mac OS X are currently available with complete archiving, recovery and bootability for Mac OS 8.6 and higher, or complete archiving and full recovery for the user area of the directory tree on Mac OS X.)
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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