Gary Martin has released his OS X freeware application EarthGlobe v0.9, a real-time, OpenGL rendered globe: \"Designed as a sister application to MoonDock - it provides a lightweight view of the Earth day-light/seasonal cycles and takes up few system resources so it can be left running on your desktop.\"
Virtix Spectra for iMovie is a package ($25) of 20 filters, useful for subtly correcting colors, highlighting objects or adding truly unique color effects to your videos. It includes a suite of color correction filters and advanced Black & White filters can be used to separate and manipulate different colors. Color Bleed, which can make colors \"run\" off the screen and the Moonlight and Sunset can be used to \"take footage shot in broad daylight and make it look like it was shot in the evening.\"
Apple and Sun are cooperating on a Mac OS X version of Sun\'s StarOffice productivity suite, according to c|net. Sun has been seeking alliances with hardware makers in its effort to overthrow Microsoft\'s Office suite with its StarOffice. This announcements comes after relations between Microsoft and Apple have sunk to more tense levels.
Deals notes: Amazon.com is apparently offering a $50 mail-in rebate on Mac OS X 10.2; today is the last day of the Omni Group\'s special productivity bundle offer ($100).
Freeverse has posted a maintenance update to Arcane Arena, its \"persistent online game of dank dungeons and magical mayhem.\" The update boasts a host of bug fixes and improved stability.
MacCVSClient 1.7 adds scroll wheel support, a \"Move to Trash\" command, long file name support and a handful of bug fixes to the free CVS source code revision control client. MacCVSClient displays \"checked out files in an intuitive hierarchical list view\" to monitor the \"status\" of files over time. Several editions of the application are available for different operating systems; a new Mac OS X-only version is available. [MacCVSClient - Classic, Carbon]
AEC Software has begun shipping copies of FastTrack Schedule 8 for Mac. Version 8 is redesigned to run on Mac OS X and take advantage of its and its \"elegant Aqua interface.\" The full version of FastTrack Schedule sells for $300, upgrades to version 8 are $150.
InterMapper 3.6.2 is the latest version of Dartware\'s network monitoring and alerting software. Version 3.6.2 delivers wireless probe enhancements for AirPort networks, an improved Web display and device labeling that includes SNMP \'Interface Names.\' Pricing ranges from $2000 for an unlimited number of devices down to $295 for ten devices. Dartware has also announced the release of InterMapper Remote 1.0.2x for Mac OS X. The update to the $195 application provides performance optimizations.
Excel Software today announced that it had started to ship major upgrades to its popular MacA&D and WinA&D software design tools. MacA&D 7.4 and WinA&D 3.4 both provided enhancements to identify, specify, track and control system requirements of projects. Additionally, both suites now offer user-defined \"definition templates\" that help developers \"capture a structured collection of fields in each requirement entry,\" such as Status, Priority, Author, Date, Assigned, Category, Effort, Summary and Description. Both packages come in four editions: Standard ($500), Desktop ($1300), Educational ($850) and Developer ($2000).
Apple is offering \"all\" Xserve customers the ability to upgrade to \"Jaguar\" Server for $20 via its Xserve Up-To-Date program (regardless of purchase date). We also recently noted Apple\'s Up-to-Date programs for retail OS X purchases and Mac purchases made after July 17, 2002.
NewTek has released its free LightWave 7.5 3D Discovery Edition CD, a fully-functional trial of the 3D-animation and video product, which ships with five interactive Flash tutorials, PDF-based documentation, and \"all the models, images, textures and scenes from the retail version of the product. The product lets animators save their creations with up to 400 animation points, and \"subtly\" watermarks the renders,\" according to Macworld UK.
PC manufacturer Northgate has produced an iMac-inspired PC clone that \"crosses the boundaries between the PC industry to home entertainment and a wide range of digital multimedia uses.\" The Integra is designed to compete directly against the eMac and iMac with \"a minimum of 35 per cent increase in performance at 35-40 per cent less cost.\" (We also recently noted an iPod knockoff by e.Digital.)
ideaSpiral 1.5 updates the alternative word processor for trackng ideas and projects. The $20 application can store multiple text entries in a single file and can organize them in a hierarchical list stored in a floating window to provide convenient one-click access. Version 1.5 includes a new \'Sections\' feature for better organization and new Auto-Save and backup features. [Classic, OSX]
Casady & Greene has updated iData Pro, a simple database for tracking stored in free-form or in templates. It provides the ability to dial phone numbers, search for data instantaneously, and archive emails from Outlook Express, Entourage, Netscape, and Eudora. The $40 application will be bundled with iData Remote which allows users to sync contact information, or any other data, directly with any Palm OS product. Registered users will receive a free update.
John Scalo\'s Key Xing 2.1.2 is a $7 shareware utility, which allows you to launch files, programs, folders, URLs, and AppleScripts from the keyboard. It adds Jaguar compatibility, \"anytime\" Google searches, and an Empty Trash action.
ExecutiveSync 1.0 for Mac OS X provides a \"dependable file synchronization\" solution for Mac OS X users. It offers support for long file names, Unicode and synchronization with Microsoft Windows File Servers, among other features. ExecutiveSync -- in its initial release stage -- \"works the way you expect a file synchronization utility to work.\"
Customer Tracker 2.7.1 is a $35 ($20 upgrade) invoicing and customer database application, used to store and track jobs done for customers, amd print or email invoices, work logs, envelopes or labels. Version 2.7.1 fixes countless bugs, adds VAT number/Company Registration number storage and includes more straightforward alert messages. [Classic, Carbon]
Adaptec may be winding-down Macintosh development, according to a reader report. An Adaptec representative reports that it currently employs a single part-time Mac programmer. Reportedly a result of an executive decision by a high-ranking VP, the Macintosh market is less of a priority to the hardware/software developer than in previous times.
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Fiat Chrysler adding Siri Eyes Free
On Friday, automaker Fiat Chrysler issued a software update for selected 2013-2015 model cars to allow Siri Eyes Free, the precursor to the more fully-featured CarPlay, to be compatible with the vehicles' infotainment systems, including steering wheel control. The 2013 through 2015 model Ram 1500/2500/3500, the 2013-2015 Dodge Viper, the 2014-2015 Dodge Durango, the 2014-2015 Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee, and the 2015 models of Dodge Challenger and Charger, Jeep Renegade, and Chrysler 200 and 300 can be upgraded through the Unconnect touchscreen, visiting the Uconnect site and entering their 17-digit Vehicle ID, then downloading the update to a USB drive. Installation can take up to 45 minutes, and can only be done while the vehicle is in park. http://bit.ly/23f0sby
Tor Myhren starts as VP of Communications
After an initial announcement in December, Apple on Friday added former Grey Group chief creative officer Tor Myhren to its leadership roster as VP of Marketing Communications, placing the well-known ad exec in charge of Apple's advertising and Internet marketing efforts, as well as having a hand in packaging design. He will report directly to CEO Tim Cook, and is replacing the retired Hiroki Asai, who left Apple after 18 years with the company. Myhren is expected to continue Apple recent push into more "lifestyle" marketing rather than product-centric ads, such as the well-remembered "I'm a Mac" campaign from last decade. http://apple.co/1Wwf0Dd
Marseilles Apple Store to open May 14
Apple has officially announced its newest retail store in France, which is to open in the southern port city of Marseilles in the Les Terrasses du Port shopping center on May 14 at 10AM local time. It will be the 19th full retail store Apple has opened in the country, or 20th if one includes the Apple Watch-only boutique at Galeries Lafayette in Paris. Apple is said to be planning a new showcase Paris store to be located on the Champs-Élysées. http://apple.co/1pP77vO
Maps adds Flyover, Suggestions locations
Apple has updated Maps to include Spotlight Suggestions for Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, allowing users to search both internally and across the web on both Mac and iOS devices for data in Spotlight. In addition, the company has added Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and Akron, Ohio to the 3D Flyover feature, offering computer-enhanced aerial views of the two areas -- and has activated real-time traffic information for Thailand, which will augment services like reminders to incorporate estimated travel times for appointments, as an example. The company recently added Nearby searches to five countries, and rolled out transit directions for Montreal in Canada and Portland, Oregon. http://apple.co/1Lh1Zel
Verizon gives last offer, issues workers ultimatum
Verizon has offered striking workers its "last, best and final offer" following 10 months of protracted negotiations with union leaders. The latest offer comes on the back of 36,000 Verizon employees taking strike action two weeks ago. The proposal includes a 7.5 percent wage rise, better benefits and voluntary retirement incentive offers. The striking workers, mainly on from its fixed line operations, have claimed that Verizon has outsourced 5,000 jobs to workers overseas and that it has been deliberately hiring low-wage, non-union contractors. Verizon recently posted revenue of $32.2 billion for the March quarter. http://cnnmon.ie/26AmwSv
CarPlay comes to Porsche 718 Cayman
Porsche has revealed that its new 718 Cayman series will be the latest vehicles in its range equipped with support for Apple CarPlay. The new Porsche models joins the recently announced 718 Boxster, the 2017 Macans and the 2016 model of the 911 in offering support for Apple's iOS in the car interface. Both are fitted standard with an eight speaker sound system and the Porsche Communications Management (PCM) system. The entry-level Cayman starts at $53,9000, while the faster S variant starts from $66,300. Although already on sale, the won't reach US dealers until late November. http://prn.to/1Tj1EW7
Macphun offers free Photos filters
Image editing software maker Macphun are offering a free set of up to 30 photo filter effects to extend the range of filter options available to users of Apple's Photos app for OS X, which replaced the previous iPhoto program. The first 15 filters are available after installing the software, and includes filters such as "Ancient Canvas" and "Twilight," while users who sign up for the Macphun newsletter will unlock the other 15 effects. The extension integrates directly into Photos, and include sliders for finer control of the effects and a masking brush. http://bit.ly/1VEgQD6