Apimac Secret Folder v2.2 is a Classic shareware utility that lets Mac users hide a folder and its contents from unauthorized parties. The $10 application provides an easy and fast way to protect documents and avoid them from being viewed, modified, or erased by other users. The new version improves general performance with several source code optimizations. Version 2.2 also includes a more detailed Get Folder Information option and drag-and-drop functionality.
Marcel Bresink has released TinkerTool 2.2, an OS X system utility that offers control over system parameters such as dock animation, display of hidden files in the Finder, custom column views in the Finder, various scrollbar arrow styles, default font in Cocoa apps, and other parameters. A special Jaguar version is available for developers using the developer preview of the next version of OS X. The GNU OS X Public Archive also released 2 utilities (useradd, groupadd), which \"use nis to emulate the same commands on other UNIX like operating systems.\" [Std, Jaguar]
Orange Micro today released OS X drivers which for its FireWire iBOT Web Cam: iBOT v1.01. The page notes that the camera must be connected during installation as well as note about OS X compatibility with the bundled applications: ArcSoft and iVisit are both currently developing Mac OS X versions of their respective applications.
We have highlights from today\'s conference call with Apple CFO Fred Anderson, who discussed Apple\'s anticipated profit and revenue shortfall for its third fiscal quarter.
Apple today warned that it expects revenues for the third fiscal quarter of 2002 to fall below original projections of $1.6 billion. Apple warned Tuesday that revenue would reach no more than $1.45 billion. \"Like others in our industry, we are experiencing a slowdown in sales this quarter. As a result, we’re going to miss our revenue projections by around 10%, resulting in slightly lower profits,” Apple CEO Steve Jobs said. A financial conference call with CFO Fred Anderson is currently in progress.
Netopia today announced the technology preview of Timbuktu Ed at NECC. As noted here earlier, the new version is specially designed for the classroom, offering remote control functionality to allow teachers and students to share screens, display work, transfer project files, and communicate instantly. Teachers can allow an entire class, or a selected few, to observe the teacher\'s or another student\'s computer and also track the work of multiple students simultaneously, by observing any number of student desktops. Timbuktu Ed also offers instant messaging and direct file transfer options. The final version is due later this summer.
Afternoon tech news: AlltheWeb says it indexes more Web content than Google, after the expansion of its database from 800 million Web pages, to 2.1 billion, besting Google by about 30 million pages; Walt Disney Company is adopting the GNU Linux operating system as the platform of choice for digital animation work, as the company plans on migrating its animation division plans to Linux-driven Hewlett-Packard workstations and servers in future operations; Proxim has acquired ORiNOCO -- maker of the 802.11b AirPort card upon which Apple\'s OEM card is based -- and its technologies.
ScriptSoftware\'s CopyPaste 4.5 for Classic brings integration with CopyPaste X and picture previews as well as other enhancements to the multiple clipboard utility. The shareware is $20 for either the Classic or OS X version and $30 for a bundle of both versions. [Classic, OSX]
Propellerhead Software is now shipping Reason 2.0, an update to the advanced software synthesizer. It can be used as a self-contained synth studio system with a fast and flexible sequencer with dedicated event editors for each type of device or as a sub-system synchronized to your audio sequencer or a virtual synth rack with your MIDI sequencer. Version 2.0 includes Malström Graintable Synthesizer, The Orkester Sound Library, OS X support, a detachable sequencer, and NN-XT Advanced Sampler. Upgrades to the $400 application are $90.
MacPlay today announced plans to bring several value-priced games to the market in mid-July, as part of its previously announced MacPlay Value Series. The initial launch will include 12 titles in a \"freestanding display\": The Bejeweled & Alchemy Bundle, Hexen II, Heretic II, Fallout, Incoming, Giants: Citizen Kabuto, Sacrifice, Birdie Shoot, Jinni Zeala Pinball, Majesty, Sin Gold and Zork Grand Inquisitor. In addition three other titles are expected to available at launch, including Earth 2140, Feeble Files and Knights and Merchants. Each will be $20.
WeatherLoader is a simple, cross-platform program designed to download real-world weather conditions for use with the general aviation simulation X-Plane. The $1 donationware runs under Classic and OS X. [Classic, OSX]
Logitech Control Center 1.0b23 is \"designed to support Mac OS X and allows you to take full advantage of your Logitech keyboard, mouse or trackball. It offers the ability to browse the Internet using dedicated keys, launch your email application by pressing a button, play music and control the system speaker using built-in buttons, open frequently used items (e.g., documents, folders and applications) with a single keystroke, switch between open applications, show contextual menus with a single mouse click, and imulate keystrokes to provide shortcuts to commands you use regularly.
MCE Technologies today announced an internal 16x10x24x CD-RW drive upgrade for tray-loading iMacs (233MHz-333MHz models). The iCDRW16, designed to replace the iMac\'s original internal CD-ROM drive, offers compatibility with iTunes and Disc Burner CD-recording software as well as Buffer Underrun protection. MCE says the drive is user-installable, but recommends installation at one of MCE\'s Authorized Upgrade Centers. The $200 drive, expected to ship on June 24th (according to the press release), includes a one-year warranty; a special version of the drive, which includes Roxio’s Toast Lite CD recording software, is $220.
Morning tech news: Microsoft has made a commitment to enhanced Wi-Fi security called 802.1x, a standard set of instructions that adds new levels of security to standard WEP protocols. Amazon has begun waiving shipping charges for the next few months on certain orders of $49 or more and has also begun selling electronics equipment from Sony; and the popular file-swapping service Audiogalaxy has agreed to filter copyrighted works as part of a legal settlement with the recording industry, which also requires it pay the music publishers and recording industry an undetermined amount of money based on Audiogalaxy\'s assets.
Alco Blom today announced the release of URL Manager Pro 3.0, an OS X-compatible release of his popular bookmark manager. The $25 shareware offers integration with all popular browsers, contextual menu options, universal browsing history among different browsers, and advanced import/export options. Upgrades are $11, while a \"special summer deal\" bundles it with Web Confidential, his application for securely storing passwords, for $37 through September 1st.
dvGarage today releaed Ben Syverson\'s dvMatte plugin at an introductory price of only $50 ($80 after July 1st). The bluescreen removal plugin for After Effects, previously only available with dvGarage\'s \"Composite Toolkit\", simplifies the \"complex and mysterious process\" of bluescreen removal. A version for Final Cut Pro is in development.
Apple is ranked No. 52 in Business Week\'s IT 100/200 Scoreboard, which ranks the world\'s top IT companies based on financial performance. Samsung (LCDs), Quanta (PowerBook, iBook, iMac), and Hon Hai Precision (eMac)--all Apple OEM manufacturers--were in the top 3, while Dell ranked No. 5 and Microsoft is No. 27,
Soft Solutions has announced that 4-Sight Fax v5 now provides client-based fax reporting capabilities for system administrators. The new reporting feature can generate reports for the entire fax queue, or limit fax data by selecting a date range and filter by the outgoing faxes status. Fax queues can also be sorted on one or more columns and subsquently exported to a tab-delimited text file for import into any commercial spreadsheet or database program. The OS X-compatible application offers fax forwarding to email addreses (via PDF), Internet-based access, and other features. A 5-user license for a single line starts at $500.
Exabyte today announced the introduction of its second- generation VXA tape drive. The VXA-2 increases the capacity and performance as well as full read and write compatibility with VXA-1. The VXA-2 drive can record up to 160GB to a single cartridge ($27) at speeds of 12 MB/sec (with an average 2:1 data compression ratio). Three interface options will be available including Ultra2 Wide SCSI, IDE/ATAPI ($1000), and FireWire. Shipments to select channel and OEM customers began this month, while general availability to all customers is expected by September 2002.
iArch Global has released a beta version of its FileMaker-based magazine management software, PPX2, which adds over a 100 new features, including a full web interface as well as synchronization to Palm-OS PDAs for mobile data input. Other new features include tracking of multiple publications, asset tracking, system wide alerts and customizable security levels as well as semi-automatic flat-plan layouts and text export to desktop publishing applications. A two-user license starts at $400.
Yamaha yesterday announced its CRW-F1, \"the first\" CD recorder to offer 24x ReWritable capabilities. The mechanism offers full Mt. Rainer support, which \"adds true drag-and-drop CD rewriting and on-the-fly formatting to CD-RW creation in PC, Mac, and Linux operating systems [including OS X]...There is no need to install separate CD-mastering software or a hardware driver.\" It also includes a CD-RW Audio Track Edit system, which allows the user to easily add and delete audio tracks from CD-RW media, without erasing the entire disc.
Apple UK (and other European divisions) has begun its \"Give Your Mouse a Break\" promo, offering a professional editing keyboard to users to purchase Final Cut Pro 3 or DVD Studio Pro 1.5. The promo is available at the Apple Store or at participating Apple resellers between June 15th and July 31st, 2002. (\"English, German or French keyboards are available for this promotion. These keyboards are standard keyboards with coloured video editing keycaps.\")
Sustainable Softworks has released IPNetTunerX 1.0, a $30 application that allows you to optimize TCP/IP network performance under Mac 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.
Page Sender 1.1 updates Smile Software\'s print-to-Email (PDF) and print-to-fax utility with: basic fax modem send support, multiple fax recipients, two-byte (Chinese, Japanese, Korean) faxing, MailSmith & Now Contact support, jConnect & EasyLink support. A demo of the $20 application is available.
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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,Â Desktop HDD 3TB, Backup Plus 3TB External Hard DiskÂ Drive,Â 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