Seagull Video Player 2.1 is a $20 Mac application for easily creating video playlists and playing them full screen on your computer. It now includes a a Floating Control window that displays the title of the current video and offers convenient access to play, stop, pause, step back, step forward, and navigating through video playlists using a mouse. [Classic, OSX]
Michael Kamprath has released Keyboard Maestro 1.1.3, which bring improved compatibility with OS X 10.2, better drag & drop, and other bug fixes to his $20 keyboard utility for OSX. A lite version has limited functionality. The shareware offers hot key functions for launching apps, multiple clipboard functionality, and an advanced keyboard switcher.
CERT has issued a new CA-2002-19 Advisory: A buffer overflow vulnerability exists in multiple implementations of DNS resolver libraries....A remote attacker who is able to send malicious DNS responses could potentially exploit this vulnerability to execute arbitrary code or cause a denial of service on a vulnerable system.\" The advisory notes that it affects most BSD-based systems that use ISC BIND DNS resolver library (libbind) or BSD DNS resolver library (libc), which are part of many BSD-based systems (Mac OS X is not listed, but Apple has not formally responded to the security bulletin.)
MOTU and Mackie Designs have co-developed a \"customized automated worksurface\" for MOTU\'s flagship audio software, Digital Performer. The new control surface, dubbed Mackie Control, is a fully automated touch-sensitive control surface for MOTU Digital Performer. Transport, zoom, scrub and shuttle mode buttons -- along with a large ergonomic jog/shuttle wheel -- provide complete control over Digital Performerís main transports and zooming/locating features.
Trade Strategist v0.1.1a is a trading simulation program for Mac OS X that allows users to combine technical and historical skill to \"define a mechanical trading strategy.\" The purpose of the simulation is to improve trading strategy in a zero-risk and game-like environment.
A Singapore investor group has launched a new Apple reseller, at the popular Wheelock Place, which aims to emulate the look and feel of Apple\'s U.S. retail outlets. Jimmy Fong, one of four partners in the $500,000 business venture, says the \'AppleCentre\' offers a unique experience to the people of Singapore -- an experience Apple South Asia helped guide.
stupidFish has updated its desktop google search utility, shadowGoogle 1.5, which adds several bug fixes in international character recognition and display bugs, added group, Mac Sites Only search ability and Web Page Translation along with results filtering functions.
A MacNN reader notes that Panic has quietly posted a beta of Audion 3.0b6, its popular MP3 player for OS X, which he indicates is \"much faster.\" The site, nor the download, document official changes in this version. [download pulled: private beta]
The latest beta of AOL\'s Mac OS X client offers a new toolbar that conforms to Aqua guidelines, in addition to other changes aimed at meeting Apple specifications. Changes in Build 11C include the ability to minimize all windows; new keyboard shortcuts for composing mail; a standard Apple menu bar instead of the proprietary AOL toolbar menus. Also removed from the new release is the Sign on/Sign off menu; added, is a new version number of \"10.2.\"
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Apple expands CloudKit API, provides web interface
On Friday, Apple notified developers that it was expanding a feature of CloudKit to allow for server-to-server web service requests. "In addition to providing a web interface for users to access the same data as your app, you can now easily read and write to the CloudKit public database from a server-side process or script with a server-to-server key," Apple said in its announcement. Previously, interaction with the CloudKit public database was limited to apps and web only. http://apple.co/20h1RwP
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