IPNetMonitorX 1.1c2 is the Mac OS X version of IPNetMonitor, which provides 12 commonly used Internet tools to allow users to monitor and debug Internet connections. The latest version is compatible with Jaguar 10.2, adds \"Unauthorize Tools\" to allow copying application bundle, and sets NKE owner and privileges to root:whell 755 so it will load under 10.2. The price is $40, or $20 for an upgrade.
Frogblast v1.2 is a Hotline client clone for Mac OS X. It supports the entire v1.2.3 and some of the v1.8 feature set of Hotline, including threaded news, administrator fuctions and account creation. The latest version uses much less CPU time and adds the ability to set names and icons.
Ambrosia\'s Snapz Pro X 1.06, an update to its screen capture utility for OS X, adds Mac OS X 10.2 (aka Jaguar) support, QuickTime 6 compatibility, ClearScale image scaling technology, performance enhancements, new Window borders for one-click window isolation, and fixes a few minor bugs. It is $30 without QuickTime movie support ($50 with QT support). [see osx.macnn.com for more OS X news]
MacAdministrator 3.0 is an administration and control program for Macs in a networked environment. The update is planned to be released in two stages: an initial public beta, containing features which have been tested will be released on August 19, and a fully featured public beta one month later which will include the ability to configure the Jaguar protection standard and print control for Mac OS X 10.2. MacAdministrator 3.0 will include all of the features within MacAdministrator 2.5 and also contain new features for both Mac OS 8/9 and Mac OS X systems.
AutoTag v1.0 is a Mac OS X MP3 organizer. It sorts tags, file names, and folder names to keep them all consistant and correct. The $13 app features a unified user interface, smart links to allmusic.com and flexible track and album naming.
MenuControl 1.5 is a FileMaker Pro plug-in that enables users to create real menus using any scripts as menu items and switch off the standard FileMaker menu. It is available for Windows, Mac OS 9 & X. Licenses start at $200. [pricing updated]
Mathworks has released MATLAB 6.5 with support for Mac OS X, notes a reader. \"However, if you look at the FAQ, there are some caveats: The OS X version looks to be a (quick and dirty?) port from their Unix versions, and uses X Windows instead of Aqua for displaying figures. In fact, XDarwin and OroborOSX are explicitly part of the install. The screenshots also show some windows using OS 9-like interface widgets.\"
Hogwasher 3.1 is an Internet news reader for Mac OS X. It offers online and offline operation, powerful filtering, scheduled connections, thread tree display, security settings and more. The upgrade is free to all 3.0 users; it is $25 for pre-3.0 users.
Apple has begun shipping its 17\" flat-panel iMac, according to one reader who received shipment confirmation from Apple. The new $2000, top-of-the-line iMac (which was announced at MacWorld New York) includes an 800MHz G4, an updated Nvidia GeForce4 MX graphics card, SuperDrive, and an 80GB hard drive. Apple has also recently begun to ship the 10GB and 20GB Mac iPods to retail locations as well as customers.
Apple\'s recently posted Security Update 2002-08-02 (available last Friday via OS X\'s Software update) addresses the Integer Overflow In XDR Library vulnerability noted in the CERT Advisory CA-2002-25, as noted by Apple\'s Security Updates for Mac OS X page. The updates also addresses Multiple Vulnerabilities In OpenSSL and an off-by-one buffer overflow in mod_ssl Apache module. Some of these services are turned off by default in Mac OS X Client, but are on by default in Mac OS X Server. Apple recommends that all client and server users apply the security update.
Everquest for Mac OS X (which was announced last month) has now launched a homepage, which includes an Everquest FAQ. The game, which is expected to ship in the spring of 2003, will include the original Everquest game along with 3 expansion packs: The Ruins of Kunark, The Scars of Velious and The Shadows of Luclin. Pricing is said to \"reflect that of a typical premium Macintosh game.\"
Ambrosia Software has updated its Mac OS 9 & X native action game, Deimos Rising v1.0.2. The updater does not work with the Apple-bundled version of the game, but requires Deimos Rising 1.0.1 to be installed. Bug fixes with the game controller implementation along with other enhancements are provided in the update. Also updated from Ambrosia is its role playing game, Pillars of Garendall (along with its game engine, Coldstone). [Deimos, Pillars]
Afternoon tech news: US execs could face jail time if they attempt to protect their copyrighted material under proposed legislation that would allow intellectual property owners to use technical measures to prevent copyright infringement; IBM, Sony and Toshiba have revealed the inner workings of a mysterious new multimedia processor called the \"Cell,\" which could end up inside the PlayStation 3 game console, and could be part of future server chips from IBM; and although Canon has declined to do so, Lexmark may manufacture printers for Dell, who is looking to enter the printer business.
Collage 1.0, a freeware visual plugin for iTunes, searches the Internet for images relating to the artist, track, and album that are playing and displays a never ending collage of these images on your screen: \"The images are different for every song. You may see album covers, photos of performances, photos of band members, or just about anything.\" It currently only runs on Mac OS 9.
EyeTV v1.0.2 is an update to the OS X software that helps digitally record TV onto a Mac. The hardware includes a 124-channel cable-ready TV tuner and MPEG encoder to send TV signals to a Mac via USB. The software displays the TV show in a resizable window on the computer. The bundle is priced at $199.
San Saeteurn\'s MediaCapture 1.0 allows you to \"record with any digial video device directly into your computer in any size you want.\" The registered version offers the ability to export the recorded media into several formats, including DV Stream, QuickTime, AVI, FLC, and MPEG-4† (QuickTime 6). The Pro version is $90, while the Standard version is $60; however, the differences between the two are not available. It works on both Mac OS 9 and OS X.
HotApp 1.5 is an update to the $15 shareware keyboard navigation utility for OS X. It offers application launching, system-action control (sleep, restart, logout, shutdown), automation of text insertion, and other features. Version 1.5 adds new Show/Hide Dock and Force Quit actions, fixes a bug in keyboard remapping, and has new interfaces for French, German, Spanish, and Japanese.
Nova media today began shipping its GPRS wizard for worldwide GPRS access. Version 2.21 of Mobile High Speed for MacOS now includes GSM and GPRS settings for more than 120 networks in 44 countries. The software supports Mac users in North America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, West and East-Europe as well as the Middle East. The 100 Euro utility sets up a High Speed Internet connection with a mobile phone or GSM modem in seconds, automatically configuring modem scripts, APN numbers, DNS and GPRS settings. It can be used via Bluetooth, USB, Infrared or PC Card Modem connections and runs with Mac OS 9.2 and Mac OS X (10.1.5 and 10.2).
A report from the New Yankee Group says that the outlook for alternatives to Windows is healthy and growing. \"Microsoft\'s Windows desktop operating systems are and will remain the dominant client desktop standard for the foreseeable future, but don\'t count Linux and Apple\'s Mac OS/X out.\" They also state that \"Apple\'s Macintosh has found a comfortable and committed niche among enterprise customers with sophisticated graphics and production departments.\"
The alpha preview of Compositor 2.0, an image editing and image to art program, is now available. Compositor Alpha 44 adds support for all 13 painting blend modes to the Airbrush and Linear and Radial Gradient Tools, and fixes some Copy and Paste bugs with mutiple documents. Registration is $19 and includes a free upgrade to v2.0, which will cost $35 when released.
O\'Reilly & Associates is hosting its first Mac OS X Conference from September 30 through October 3 in Santa Clara, CA: \"Mac OS X is one of the most exciting things happening in the industry today. It\'s the confluence of three great traditions -- Unix/open source, Java, and the Mac -- and the best of all worlds.\" Session topics include \"Migrating from Mac OS 9, Windows, *nix,\" Servers and Networking (NetInfo, Samba, RAID, WebDAV, NFS), Development Tools (Project Builder, Interface Builder, and Java-based IDEs), iApps, databases, development languages/frameworks, and iPod hardware hacks. Speakers include James Gosling, Jordan Hubbard, David Pogue, and Tim O\'Reilly. Early registration, starting at $1,200, ends August 9th. Exhibit passes are free.
Apple\'s AirPort Base Station firmware 4.0.6 is designed for the Snow (dual-Ethernet) base stations, and does not support the Graphite base station. The Airport Admin Utility has improved scanning for base stations across local subnets, improving the ability for AirPort computers to find base stations while plugged into the LAN port. It also improves ompatibility with Internet service providers or other home router products that use private 10.0.0.x or 10.0.1.x addresses in bridge mode, and also brings support for Rendezvous-enabled applications in Mac OS X v10.2.
Game developer Westlake Interactive has announced that Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast has reached beta status, according to IMG. \"The Dev team was able to get higher-quality versions of the in-game cutscenes from LucasArts, so the Mac version should have much nicer looking versions of those. On the whole, JK2 is starting to come together really nicely.\" It will be available for both OS Xm and Classic.
The Laptrap is a \"cleverly designed, padded sleeve for your notebook computer that unfolds in seconds to create a completely functional mobile workspace. Although compact in size, the Laptrap will fit even large screen laptops like the Apple G4 with pockets to store all of your necessary accessories like power supply, cables, removable drives, extra batteries etc, and thereís even a handy CD/DVD organizer panel.\" The $60 carry case is constructed of 1000 denier cordura nylon with military grade webbing and zippers. An optional backpack harness (which attaches via parachute hardware) will also be available in a few weeks for $15.
Adobe today began shipping Photoshop Elements 2.0, an update to its digital imaging software for consumers, according to a MacNN reader who received confirmation of shipment from Adobe. The new OS X-compatible application adds color correction, compositing and creative tools, and an updated design as well as previews of real-time color adjustments. (See here for more details.)
Oranged.net Software has released MessageMan 1.0, an home messaging application that offers the ability to \"easily leave messages and notes for multiple mailboxes in a single household.\" Featurs of the $10 shareware include automatic speaking of messages, auto-logout, and deletion of read messages after a period of time. It runs under both Classic and OS X.
DP Autochanger 2.0 is an update to the $5 utility for OS X that automatically rotates the deskto: \"it is possible to change DP Autochangerís settings without using a separate program. It retains the ability to change pictures automatically and, as before, those pictures can come from either the file system or from the web.\"
ClassicBooster is a $10 utility, which allows users to customize the extensions that load when running the Classic environment under OS X and also claims to \"make Classic load in under 15 seconds under typical usage.\" A time-limited demo is available.
Infinisys has released a second free data set service for its Change My Image application, a $15 hair simulation program for the Mac that allows users to simulate different hairstyles and colors on photographs loaded into the program. The data consists of 4 new hairstyles plus a new graphic interface. The company says it plans to offer new hairstyles and graphic interfaces on a regular basis. It works on both Classic and OS X and is available as a time-limited demo.
Raining Data has released Omnis Studio 3.2, a new version of its rapid application development environment brings Oracle9i and Informix 9.1, improved Mac OS X support, a new Multithreaded Data Access Module (DAM) for Omnis SQL, Web Client Method Debugging, Netscape 6.2 Support, Blowfish encryption, and XML support. The free Lite version requires registration, while the Standard Edition is $150.
Apple has begun shipping the new 10GB iPods to customers, according to several readers, following the retail availability of the 20GB model late last week. The $400 10GB iPod is thinner and lighter than its 5GB and 20GB counter-parts and ships with a wired remote, new headphones, a carrying case, and updated iPod software, which Apple is expected to post for current iPod owners later this month. Windows versions of its iPods are also expected to begin shipping later this month.
Scott Kelby has released Kelbyís Notes, a Photoshop companion application that addresses the top 100 questions users ask about Photoshop and photo-editing techniques. The application is available from the Photoshop menu bar and offers brief tutorials on many Photoshop techniques. It is available for $20 (online delivery) or for $25 on CD-ROM.
Sony\'s new MicroDV Handycam DCR-IP220 offers a 2.1-megapixel imager for higher quality video and still images (1600 x 1200) in a compact, barrel-shaped design. The company also announced its new DCR-IP55, which features an innovative fold-down handgrip. Both models also feature 10X optical/120X precision digital zoom, Carl Zeiss optics, super SteadyShot picture stabilization and super NightShot infrared system for recording in total darkness as well as enhanced digital still image features, including intelligent pop-up flash and Hologram AF (an auto-focus feature designed to achieve accurate subject focus with minimal contrast in dark conditions).
August Software announced price reductions by more than 50 percent on its Enterprise and Workgroup class
Motorola\'s Metrowerks today announced rollout of its CodeWarrior software development tools at nearly 3,000 of the Indian Computer Institute Association (ICIA) member institutions. The schools are using CodeWarrior development tools to teach students Java programming, as well as programming for the Windows, Macintosh and Linux operating systems. Metrowerks has also developed a series of instructor-led video courses for the ICIA covering Java programming and object technology.
TC Works is shipping Waldorf D-Coder, a synthesizer vocoding plug-In for PowerCore, its DSP application for native VST and MAS recording systems. D-Coder offers an integrated synthesizer as tone generator and features a hi-resolution analysis and Vocoder section, a 3 band equalizer with sweepable mid frequencies, a Chorus, and a classic 2 oscillator model with the standard waveforms and Ring Modulation. It is $250.
Insider Software has updated its Cocoa-based font management utility. FontAgent 10.1.5 adds support for all major font-file formats, (including OpenTpe and Windows TrueType) and improves overall application performance by 20 percent. The $90 application repairs or eliminates corrupt fonts, partial and unmatched fonts, duplicate fonts, unnecessary point sizes, and builds optimized, organized font libraries. It is available as a $50 upgrade to registered users of previous versions. A demo is also available.
The Iconfactory has posted Dave Brasgalla\'s latest icon collection, Xtra Drives, a collection of desktop hard drive icons for Mac OS X based on, among other things, patterns and textures from nature, including \"the Jaguar Drive to compliment the upcoming release of Apple\'s new operating system.\"
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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