Adobe Systems this afternoon reported revenue of $317.4 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2002, down from the the $344.1 million reported for the second quarter of fiscal 2001, but up from last quarter\'s $267.9 million. Net income was $54.3 million, or 22 cents per share, compared with net income of $61.3 million, or 25 cents, a year ago. \"Despite a continuing soft economy, we had a solid quarter with a strong release of Photoshop,\" said Bruce Chizen, president and CEO of the software giant, pointing to the recent release of Photoshop 7 for Windows and Mac OS X.
Tenon has announced iTools 6.5, an updated version of web server package for Mac OS X, which includes new versions of WEBmail and WEBcalendar. WEBmail enables users to access email (POP or IMAP) from any device running a web browser. WEBcalendar provides a simple way to keep track of events and appointments with any web browser. It is available in three versions: Small Business Edition, $500; Corporate Edition, $750; Service Provider Edition, $1500.
BESTCapture Plug-in v1.0 allows REALbasic developers to quickly and easily add audio and video features to applications. It features Mac OS 9/X compatibility, live previews, support for multiple sources and it can record synchronously or asynchronously. A demo is available; the price is $60.
Can Combine Icons v3.0.0 is a major update to the custom icons creation tool. The $10 Mac OS X only application can combine already existing icons into one single icon. The update adds features such as drop shadows and 3D effects along with performance enhancements.
Several Mac games have gone \'gold\' today, including Max Payne and Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos. Also, retailers have received shipments of Medal of Honor: Allied Assault, The Sims: Hot Date, and Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds.
Thursby Software has announced the availability of Volume License Agreements (VLA) for DAVE, its file and print share product. Requirements for the program include customers being under an Annual Update Agreement and having a minimum of 100 users.
Time magazine\'s The Pringles Solution talks about free AirPort-compatible WiFi networks, noting the Global Access Wireless Database, which lists street intersections for many networks and how too build a Pringles-can antenna, a \"very cool home-brew device that plugs into most wireless cards.\"
Mammoth PostgreSQL is a SQL-compatible Object Relational Database Management System that provides commercially-supported PostgreSQL distribution for Mac OS X. \"Mammoth PostgreSQL ships with built-in support for SSL connectivity, as well as programming APIs for JDBC, C/C++, Perl, and Python. The Deluxe version of Mammoth also ships with the SQL/XML application server LXP, which provides high level out-of-the-box developer support for website integration with PostgreSQL, XML documents, and other web-based programming solutions (such as PHP, or Perl).\" An evaluation version is now available.
Virtix has announced an iMovie plugin to convert the anamorphic 16x9 format to the standard 4x3 format without having to leave iMovie. The plugin is now available for Mac OS 9/X and is priced at $25.
Slaptech has confirmed the location for another Apple Store, as we noted yesterday. The store will be located in the Wellington Green Mall in West Palm Beach, Florida, on the second floor and is set to open in August.
A KBase document notes an official fix for a problem in Mac OS X 10.1.5 where users can lose network or Internet connections. The fix involves deleting one file which should fix solve the network issues. Yesterday, a MacNN reader noted his unofficial fix, which also solves the problem.
Toshiba has announced today the e-STUDIO16P monochrome, digital laser printer, which is designed for personal or small business use. The printer boasts 16 pages-per-minute, 600 x 600 dpi, 133 Mhz processor and fast output in a small design. The printer is compatible with the Mac OS, and is priced at $400. [direct link not avaialble]
Afternoon Tech News: Nvidia has announced that it will be supporting USB 2.0 in future platform products. Treo is now shipping the Treo 15, a larger-capacity (15 Gigs) portable MP3 player, which will cost $300. Sony has introduced 2 new high-speed USB 2.0 CDRW drives, an external 40x12x48x drive for $179, and a similar slim-case drive for $300.
AOL has released America Online 5G, a new version of its connectivity client to the ISP service. It adds a settings menu has been added to the menu bar; a \'View Page Source\' command has been added to the browser\'s contextual menu; and e-mail attachments can now be sent in .zip format. Users must be AOL members to download the latest version using the \'beta\' keyword.
Multidex 1.4 is a Cocoa-based address book available in French, English and German that offers import/export functions in a variet of formats (tabulated text, .VCF, Entourage, etc.). Version 1.4 improves export performance, offers VCF card export, supports multiple line notes, and displays a progress bar when performing functions. The shareware is $5-$10.
Research analyst Gartner has found that Macs are up to 36 per cent more cost-effective--more than $300 per machine--than competing PCs, according to Macworld UK: \"The study was conducted at Melbourne University\'s Faculty of the Arts, which uses 4,676 Macs and 5,338 Wintel machines. It compared direct costs such as hardware and software for desktops and mobile computers, servers and peripherals, upgrades, service and support and depreciation. It also examined the indirect costs of supporting end-users, training time and non-productive downtime.\"
Firewiredirect.com today announced its Vanguard Elite 12, a 12-drive, RAID system for Ultra 3 SCSI that can be accessed by up to two server computers simultaneously. The 4U rackmount device can deliver throughput up to 100MB/sec on each of its two channels and supports large drives (up to 160GB) with RAID 0 volumes of capacities approaching 2 TeraBytes (2000GB). It also offers hot-swappable redundant power supplies, fans and support for automatic rebuilding of an array using hot spares as well as optional spares kits to provide a power supply, fan assembly and a tested HDD mounted in a spare tray.
Creo has released a free 30-day evaluation version of its $100 Six Degrees application, an email-driven productivity tool connects and displays related email messages, files, and people on the desktop so that the user can quickly navigate through projects. It offers the ability to track files with similar names, show email threads related to any file on your desktop, generate email filters based on projects or people, create \"dynamic\" projects with one click, find files, and create links to the email, files, and contact information for a project, regardless of where these objects are on your system.
Adobe GoLive 6.0 Service Pack 1 patch addresses two known issues in Adobe GoLive 6.0, including ASP Data loss in ASP custom-coded pages and crashes when adding Macromedia Flash MX (SWF) files to a site created with Adobe GoLive.
The US Postal Services has notified users that its new Website will be Mac compatible: \"Because Mac users are not able to use the new Shipping Labels website, the previous Mac compatible version of the site is still available at the following URL. Please disregard the message that states this version will not be available after July 1st. We can assure you that it will be operational until Mac users can use the new Shipping Label site. We apologize for any inconvenience.\"
BESTCapture Plug-in enables REALbasic developers to quickly and easily add audio and video features to their applications, including support for single image capture, audio recording, or full video capture. A demo of the $60 plugin is available online.
Sapphire Innovations has released updates to its Illustrator plugins sets (packs 1-5) for Illustrator 10 and to include more than 40 new plugins/tools. The plugins, now compatible with OS X, feature a large number of new options such as transparencies, blend modes, envelope options. Pack 2 now features a splatter/background creation tool as well as sketchy/split path tool. Pack 4, toolbox plugin set, includes a new paint brush tool to create amazing instant path effects.
UnCoverIt 1.4 is a $10 shareware application that automatically generates labels for different types of storage media: \"[it] scans your disk and places icons and file names at the right place and the right size automatically. UnCoverIt can create covers for either data volumes or Audio CDs.\"
Okito Software today released the first public preview of Okito Thesaurus 0.5b, an electronic thesaurus service for OS X that integrates with any service aware application including Mail, TextEdit, OmniWeb, Okito Composer, and others. With Okito Thesaurus\' Word Browser, you can select a listed synonym and the synonyms for that word will be listed next to it.
TC Works has updated its realtime audio editing and authoring applications, SparkLE 2.5 and the new SparkLE Plus 2.5, adding a new convenient browser view, easy access to the Project Database, performance improvements, and a single-window interface.
August Software today delivered ODBC.NET, a free ODBC plug-in for the popular REALbasic cross-platform development environment. ODBC.NET works with August\'s ODBC Router to make SQL data sources available for use by REALbasic. REALbasic applications can interact with Windows, UNIX and mainframe data without per-desktop ODBC control panels, drivers or database-revision-specific libraries. It supports MS-Access, IBM DB/2, mySQL, Oracle, Pick/Universe, SQLServer, SYBASE and others and works with ODBC Router solutions available starting at $100 (based on concurrent usage) as well as a new REALbasic-only edition of ODBC Router that supports unlimited ODBC.NET sessions for $350.
mp3voodoo 2.0b14 allows users to catalog MP3 files and can also attach cover pictures to albums. The $35 database-driven application utilizes QuickTime to play titles directly out of collections or previously created playlists.
AppBeat 1.3 adds support for Mach-O (OS X native) as well as new features to the utility that allows developes \"to examine exactly what is going on inside their application as it executes.\" The included real-time profiler displays results upon execution to pinpoint where performance bottlenecks are located. In addition, it 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 occur. A Pro version is $40 and is basic license is $20.
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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