Goliath v0.9.1 is a maintenance revision of the Web site manager and creator for Mac OS 9/X from Thomas Bednarz. The update corrects several bugs from previous releases, improves overall Mac OS X performance and usability, and includes a more complete Classic installer. Goliath helps users create and manage Web sites; the application represents the first WebDAV implementation on the Macintosh. [Classic, Carbon]
The highly-anticipated, and initially delayed, NVIDIA GeForce4 Titanium for Macintosh is now available for purchase as a standalone Graphics Card Kit for $400. The card was previously available exclusively as a BTO (Built To Order) option for Power Mac G4 owners. The GeForce4 Titanium works with any Power Mac G4 that has an onboard 4x AGP slot. The card sports 128MB of DDR RAM and can process over 1.23 trillion operations per second.
Newer today introduced the NuPowr G4 Pismo upgrade, a G4-based upgrade for the PowerBook G3 \"FireWire\" (aka \"Pismo\"). The G4 Pismo upgrade, which is available immediately for $300, allows owners of PowerBook G3 400MHz and 500MHz systems to upgrade to a G4/500MHz processor. Customers will be required to mail-in their laptops to NewerTech\'s facility in Wichita, Kansas and the compan is \"committed to completing the install and testing, and return the systems within two weeks of their receipt and will also cover freight by FedEx 2nd Day for the customers to send in their components and for the return of their systems.\" (PowerLogix also announced a BlueChip Pismo G4 500 processor upgrade earlier today.)
AFP548.com has released Vapor 1.0, a freeware application that allows any OS X user to \"create SSH-encrypted connections across the Internet to any SSH server and then tunnel most any IP-based service across it...users can create their own AppleShare VPN to a Mac OS X Server or create a tunnel through a server to the LAN interface of a userís firewall so it can be administered remotely with complete confidence in the security of the connection.\"
Intelli Innovations has released P.O. Toolbox 2.0, a major upgrade to its $90 US Postal Service-specific package management suite for OS X. P.O. Toolbox allows users to track packages, generate delivery confirmation labels in PDF format, calculate domestic and international rates, validate and complete addresses, and determine time-in-transit for various USPS service standards. It also includes a built-in database system for maintaining shipping manifests, including storage capabilities for item name, tracking number, internal order identifier, and a 10 kilobyte notes field for custom information. Each list can store thousands of items.
MacNN reader Stephen Samuelian notes that Apple\'s job Web site has been updated with a new retail Apple Store location in Pasadena, CA, in the Paso Colorado mall.
Scott Kevill has announced GameRanger 3.0 with a preview release of his online gaming service. Version 3.0 has been \"totally redesigned and rewritten from the ground up,\" offering support for OS X (as well as Classic compatibility). The service, with over 80,000 registered members, supports online multiplayer gameplay for over 90 game titles, including Age of Empires II, Aliens vs Predator, Giants: Citizen Kabuto, Quake III Team Arena, Risk II, Return to Castle Wolfenstein, Scrabble, Stronghold, and Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds.
Morning tech news: The \"Perrun\" virus is \"the first to be able to cross from infecting a program to infecting data files, long considered safe from such threats [including images];\" Microsoft unveiled plans to build a worldwide network called Xbox Live that will let gamers play over the Internet; and earlier this week a federal judge on Wednesday refused a motion from Microsoft to throw out the antitrust suit by nine states.
Synk 4 is another native Cocoa file synchronization app. The $15 shareware offers preview functions, \"intelligent synchronization,\" and archival features that keeps and organizes every modified document (and optionally file permission changes).
Nick Zitzman\'s HenWen 1.0 is a network security package for OS X that makes it easy to configure and run Snort, a free Network Intrusion Detection System (NIDS): \"HenWen\'s goal is to simplify setting up and maintaining software that will scan network traffic for undesirable traffic a firewall may not block. Everything you need to have is bundled in; there is no compiling or command line use necessary.\" It is free for personal, non-profit, education, and government use. (The download also includes LetterStick, a small app that provides user notification of alerts in real-time.)
Dracosoft has released Burst 1.0, which it describes as \"a highly addictive arcade/puzzle game. Line up balloons and watch them Burst. Use special items and point bonuses for enhanced entertainment.\" The $10 shareware runs on both Classic and OS X. [Classic, Carbon]
Softobe\'s FoldersSynchronizer 3.0B2 is a $40 Cocoa utility for syncing or backing up files/folders/disks. It features preview functions, drag & drop support, background operation, the ability to resolve aliases/sym links, multiple session support, filter files by name, email notification, and support for Unix permissions.
Feelorium\'s Textation 1.1b4 is a beta of the QuickTime text track editor. It adds an Automatic Preview function, allows import of a text file into a new text track, adds half- and double-size menu items, and other enhancements. A release version of the $23 shareware is available online as well. [release, beta]
PowerLogix today announced the BlueChip Pismo G4 500 processor upgrade for PowerBook G3 \"Pismo\" (aka \"FireWire or G3 2000 PowerBook) laptops. The upgrade features a Motorola PowerPC G4-7410 processor running at 500 MHz and \"requires that the the original processor card have its G3 processor removed, and replaced with the G4-7410....Customers who wish to have their laptop upgraded with the BlueChip Pismo send the laptop to PowerLogix. The original processor card is verified and tested prior to the chip swap, and retested prior to shipment back to the customer. Turnaround time is guaranteed to be five business days or less for domestic customers.\" The $330 BlueChip Pismo will be available for order June 17, is warranted for two years, and includes Fedex overnight shipping both ways. A special introductory discount of $30 will be available through July, 2002.
Now AAPL Stock: 94.02 ( -2.58 )
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