Ciboulette v1.5 represents a significant update marcadesign\'s Classic Mac OS file encryption software. Version 1.5 includes the ability to encrypt sensitive clipboard content that can be subsequently emailed or stored in a nearly \"unbreakable\" format. The free update to the $10 shareware application also offers multiple encryption algorithms, a greatly-improved Strong Key generator and a new random key generator.
Ericsson Client 1.0b5 is an application for OS X that allows you to transfer files to and from an Ericsson phone using a wireless Infrared or Bluetooth connection. It enables users to utilize PIM capabilities by moving contact and calendar items between the phone and calendar/address applications; make a backup of your phone\'s calendar or phone book; and transfer files (notes, sounds, screensavers, background pictures, themes) to the phone. The recent beta has a new UI and expires June 30.
Nikon earlier this week introduced three new Coolpix cameras, including the Coolpix 5700 (5MP, 8x optical zoom), Coolpix 4500 (4MP, 4x) and Coolpix 2000 (2.0MP, 3x) as well as a new portable light for macro shooting.
A recent Apple article takes a look at the digital production of a small Indie film titled \"Blue Car.\" First-time director Karen Moncrieff headed the production -- Miramax\'s first Sundance debut of the year -- which has been called \"the most haunting film at Sundance\" by critics. Blue Car was edited on Macintosh computers using Final Cut Pro and the previously named FilmLogic suite (now know as Apple Cinema Tools).
Some 2002 Macintosh Server G4 servers came with incorrectly-printed software serial numbers, according to an Apple knowledge base document. Owners of such machines received ten-user licenses for Mac OS X Server instead of the unlimited licenses they were entitled to. Apple will issue users new serial numbers at the Mac OS X Server Serial Number Exchange Web site. Apple has also launched a PowerBook G4 S-video-to-Composite Adapter Fulfilment Program for customers whose PowerBook G4s shipped without the adapter.
The Fink team has announced preliminary support for KDE on OS X: \"Work has been progressing steadily on getting KDE 3.0.x ported to run in XFree86 on MacOS X. Packages and pre-built binaries are now available for users interested in running KDE on MacOS X via Fink... There are a large number of issues remaining before the port is truly complete, but the vast majority of KDE builds and runs just fine.\" (Fink provides a \"virtual\" package for XFree86 called \"system-xfree86\", for users that have downloaded XonX or some other binary XFree86 distribution and don\'t want to build XFree86 from source.)
Apple\'s new Xserve represents the \"first bid for federal data center business,\" according to Federal Computer Week. Both pricing and software availability are noted as potential pitfalls for entering the server market: \"the $3,000 starting price for Xserve is actually very competitive in comparison to similarly equipped Unix servers or PC servers running Microsoft Corp. Windows...We\'ve already received dozens of requests for pricing and availability information,\" according to one reseller. [article date misprinted]
Morgan Stanley says that Apple will ship about 235,000 iMac units this quarter compared with Wall Street consensus estimates of roughly 300,000, according to Briefing.com. Update: Salomon Smith Barney is \"defending AAPL against a rumor that they will miss the 300k iMac Street forecast ; firm does not know where the 300k forecast comes from, and believes [Apple] is tracking towards 225k-250k units for the quarter (although that is still below firm\'s estimate of 265k).\"
Updated virus definition files have been posted for June, including Symantec\'s NAV 6/7/8, Network Associates\' Virex, and Intego\'s VirusBarrier. [NAV: 6/7/7OSX/8, Virex, VB]
MindVision today began shipping Installer VISE 8.0 for OS X, a fully Carbonized version of its developer utility for creating application installers. It can now also create OS X application bundles and supports more OS X install locations as well as has updated Gestalts and more integrated e-commerce options. Annual pricing starts at $275 for up to 3,000 copies of a single product, while a lite version is available for free to qualified shareware/freeware authors.
Gigawiz has released Aabel 1.0, a new data analysis and charting application for OS X, which includes a free, complementary OS 9.x version for users who are in transition. Aabel enables simultaneous data analysis and charting from multiple worksheets and databases, offering native worksheet and database support, a wide range of 2D and 3D charts, built-in statistical methods, integrated tools for quality control of numerical data, and integrated map projection utilities. A demo of the $350 ($250 for education) AltiVec-enhanced application is available.
Sustainable Softworks\' IPNetTunerX 1.0b1 is an application that allows you to optimize TCP/IP network performance under OS X by tuning internal TCP/IP parameters to match your network environment. It supports over 20 adjustable parameters including the TCP Window Size, Time Out intervals, Maximum Segment Size, and MTU.
AJA Video has expanded its warranty terms for the Kona HD and Kona SD uncompressed 10-bit video cards for OS X to 3 years. The Kona SD and the Kona HD are uncompressed 10-bit PCI video cards designed for both editing and design on OS X. The Kona SD ($3,300) provides all the features for standard definition television, while the Kona HD ($11,000) offers support for HDTV television. Both include real-time capture to Offline RT motion jpeg files for Final Cut Pro, six channels of 48/96 KHz AES/EBU digital audio with sample rate conversion on each input, fully digital SDI connections, separately available multi-format analog options, and software codec\'s for OS X and Mac OS 9.
The $7 shareware Trash X 1.4 is a fully functional trashcan for OS X, adds features such as the ability to instantly delete files and folders, empty trash on selected disks, securely delete (Shred) files and folders, automatically empty items from the trash after a user specified interval and other options.
Kensington\'s latest MouseWorks 2.0b3 beta adds a simplified application settings interface as well as several bug fixes to the driver software for its input devices under OS X.
Infinisys has released an English version of its popular hairstyle simulation software for the Macintosh, Change My image, which allows \"you to quickly and easily try out a variety of hairstyles and hair colors. Just load in your photograph and then click on the desired hairstyle and hair color.\" A demo of the $15 application for both Classic and OS X is available online.
Robert Vasvari has posted Remote Browser 3.07, which provides access to files on the local host as well as remote UNIX systems with an easy-to-use graphical interface. It is a full-featured free graphic FTP/SSH/SFTP client, which allows users to manage/browse files on the remote host, offering file management features such as move, copy, duplicate, compress, delete,set permissions, make links, etc. Version 3.07 fixes a bug that prevented multiple ssh proxy connections, improves handling of SSH Key changes of remote hosts, adds support for symbolic links, and adds a dock menu.
Gracion Software has posted digitunnel 1.0b4, an update to the Virtual Private Network (VPN) client for Mac OS X, which is compatible with Windows 2000 servers and supports PPTP (Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol), an Internet standard for VPN.
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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