Duality 3.1 is a utility that allow users to apply \"Desktop Schemes,\" which change the look and feel of the computers windows, menus, and other UI enhancements. It offers enhanced compatibility with icon sets and Jaguar, enhanced DLTA format functionality and has a simplified interface.
Apple is holding the grand opening for its Apple Store Wellington Green in Wellington, Florida on August 17th at 10 am. Apple will be holding a special week-long series of hands-on workshops and demonstrations.
WeatherPop 1.4, a freeware utility for easily tracking weather in the system menubar, has been updated for better Jaguar (Mac OS 10.2) compatibility and to fix a bug with metric data units. [WP, WPA]
AnchorDesk Executive Editor David Coursey echoes the sentiments of a recent Bear Sterns analyst report saying that \"in less than 18 months, you\'ll be able to buy an Apple Macintosh computer with an Intel (or equivalent) processor inside. The machine will be able to boot either Mac OS or Windows, although it might not come with Windows preinstalled.\"
eZedia today released eZeClip 1.0, the third in a series of iMovie 2 plugins, which offers the ability to create picture-in-picture and split screen effects. Users can position, resize, loop, add borders and apply drop shadows to an additional QuickTime movie over an iMovie 2 clip. It is $30. (Other plugins include eZeMatte, a $30 plugin that allows any QuickTime supported image to overlay an iMovie clip, including borders, frames, themes, logos or any customized graphic; and eZeScreen, which offers professional blue screen and green screen video effects, including the ability to adjust transparency and fade levels of any selected color to add animated logos, talking heads, or any QuickTime supported movie.)
Apple has announced availability of the FireWire Reference Platform 1.0 for embedded use in FireWire devices. The software can be used to help manufacturers rapidly add high-speed FireWire to peripheral and consumer electronics products such as digitial cameras, set-top boxes, televisions, and music systems. It is based on the \"TNF\" software that was acquired by Apple from Zayante in April of 2002 and is designed to run on multiple embedded and real-time operating systems, offering services such as bus management, configuration, transactions, and real-time transfer, generic to any FireWire device. Apple is also providing technical assistance to qualified hardware vendors who would like to support Rendezvous, its proposed industry standard for automatic discovery of computers, in their network-enabled products. Mac OS 10.2 will be the first OS to support the new technology and includes sample code on the Developer Tools CD (one of the 3 CDs, which will be included with its release later this month).
Elemental Audio Systems today announced three new VST-compatible plugins as part of the rollout of its first line of audio products. Equim is a multi-purpose EQ with unlimited bands; Fiirium is an EQ/drawing program hybrid, and the freeware Inspector offers an integrated spectrum analyzer as well as custom alarm settings. All three are compatible with Mac OS 9 and OS X.
1010Holdings has announced its new QuickTime Streaming Server site, Applecast. The service uses Mac OS X servers to stream digital video and audio files, data, graphics, and offer Video On Demand services. The site also offers \"LiveInvite\" webcasting for meetings, new product rollouts and online education.
Kent Salas, who owns the \"BlueIce G4\", has made another round of modifications. Along with front-mounted USB ports, it now features a 5\" LCD display inside the tower as well as other mods.
Formac announced Formac Studio DV, and advanced media converter that converts analog video to DV and vice versa. Analog video is converted in real-time to native DV, with full screen resolution at 30 frames per second. Audio is recorded at a maximum sample rate of 48 kHz (16 bit). The bus-powered FireWire converter is hot-swappable and priced at $290.
Macromedia has released Flash Player X 6.0.47, an update to their interactive web media player for Mac OS X.
Speed Download 1.8.8 is an update to the download manager for Mac OS 9 & X. It now includes updated appilcation launching code, other code and interface improvements and tightened browser integration. A trial copy is available; the price is $20.
The IntelliScanner 3000i is a Mac OS 9 & X plug-and-play USB barcode reader. The handheld reader is customizable for scanning barcode symbols into Mac applications. It features complete compatibility with any Mac application capable of accepting regular text input, including FileMaker Pro, AppleWorks and Word. Pre-orders are now available on the $280 unit, which is shipping on August 19.
Knowledge Base Roundup: Apple\'s AppleCare Knowledge Base notes a solution to the iPod remote buttons not working although music is playing; some Mac OS X Admin users are unable to access the Home directory or files of a former, deleted user in the Finder; a startup Error Type 41 may present itself in classic Mac OS, and can be solved by re-installing the Finder.
Googie has unveiled its Organic Enclosure, a small external hard drive enclosure for 3.5\" drives. The fanless case features the Oxford 911 chipset and will be available September 30 for Euro 99 in both FireWire and USB 2.0 versions.
Amazon.co.uk is now offering Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar (which is shipping Aug. 13) for GBP 90.99, notes a reader. While the Apple Store is selling it at EURO 187, Amazon\'s offer at EURO 156 is a better deal. Although Amazon US pulled its $50 rebate, we recently noted a $30 rebate from MacWarehouse.
A BusinessWeek article on Microsoft\'s Mac unit answers the question, \"Would the Mac platform really collapse without Microsoft\'s support?\" Haddad points out that Office offers more features than any other single program, but other smaller developers have better, smaller software. Together, the smaller developers offer a better range of features for a far cheaper price than Office. \"I\'m not saying the Mac community should turn on Microsoft. Redmond has been, and can continue to be, a valuable ally. But we shouldn\'t take any lip from the company, either. It\'s software is good -- but no better than plenty of other smaller developers out there. \"
Sapphire Innovations has released Sapphire brushes Vol 14 - scatter brushes, a new royalty-free brush set for Photoshop 6 & 7 and Photoshop Elements. The set contains over 100 brushes and is priced at $10.
A Better Finder Creators & Types v3.0b1 is a file utility that allows users to quickly and easily change file-to-application associations by setting the creator and type attributes of a single or multiple files. The $15 shareware application is now a complete rewrite of the Mac OS 9 file association manager.
MacTelligence has released Xnippets 1.0, a $15 shareware utility for organizing and retrieving text snippets using Mac OS X\'s services. Users can select text in any services aware application, and with a keystroke, either save the selected text to Xnippets, or retrieve an item to replace the selected text.
Clone\'X 1.0.1 is a protection utility that allows users to easily clone their Mac OS X, Mac OS X Server and Mac OS 9 system in order to quickly repair any damage or fix problems during an installation. The update displays new information dialogs to help users make clone deletion easier, improves the interface and more. The upgrade for previous users is free, while the full price is $50.
ATI today announced its Radeon 9700 PRO graphics board, featuring its 9700 PRO visual processing unit (VPU). The $400 card, based on the Radeon 9700 series VPUs introduced in July, will ship in mid-August shipping date with eight parallel rendering pipelines, 128MB of DDR memory, dual-dispaly (VGA, DVI-I, s-video), AGP 8X support and a fully programmable floating point architecture. The company says tha other retail products based on the Radeon 9700 and Radeon 9000 architectures will be introduced later this year. The Website currently only lists PC compatibility for the graphics card.
Emagic, recently acquired by Apple, has released Logic Platinum 5.2, a free update to its music composition and audio production system. The update adds support for multiple outputs for VST2.0 and Emagic software instruments; a new I/O insert plugin to route the signals of external effect processors into individual channels; more sidechain inputs; audio monitoring and pre-processing with plugins, realtime sample rate conversion; an improved EXS24 with five stereo pairs and six individual mono outputs, and support for its new software instrument EVD6, which will be available within the next few weeks.
Zeno Crivelli has released an OS X port of the free professional Palm development environment, PRC-Tools, and has posted instructions (\"three simple steps\") on how to set up the necessary tools to start developing Palm applications on Mac OS X with PRC-Tools.
Initio has posted updated versions of its OS X SCSI firmware for its Bluenote, Miles, and MilesU2W SCSI cards to provide compatibility with Mac OS 10.2 (\"Jaguar\").
GameRanger 3.0 preview 8 continues the public preview release cycle of the popular multiplayer gaming service for Mac users. It adds drag & drop support and clickable URLs to server information as well as fixes problems with Herteic II, permissions under OS X, crashes in Mac OS 9, and Unreal Tournament issues.
SecureFM 6 adds password security, FileMaker Pro 6 compatibility, and support for MenuMagic to the FileMaker Pro plug-in which can disable any FileMaker Pro menu item and its keyboard equivalent, either at startup or on-the-fly (via a script). MenuMagic, expected to be demonstrated at FileMaker DevCon, will allow complete control over menu item names, and allow developers to call their own scripts from menu items. Pricing starts at $100 for a 5-user license.
TypeJet 1.0 is ArcaneWare\'s $11 shareware font viewing utility, offering features such as font grouping, font slideshow, and quick font searches. [Classic, OSX]
MAKI Enterprise has updated its parental control application: Kids GoGoGo 5.8, available for both Classic and OS X, adds support for QuickTime 6, improves search results restrictions, optimizes the database, has better security, and brings more stability under Mac OS 8.6. The Classic and OS X version are each $30 or available for $40 as a bundle. [Classic, OSX]
PostArmor 1.2 (formerly known as MailArmor) is a Java-based server-side spam filtering application that works with POP and IMAP accounts to delete unwanted messages. Version 1.1.2 improves message download speed and message checking, tracks Blacklists locally for better performance, includes better logging, and other enhancements, including automatic use of OSIRUSOFT\'s blacklists (in addition to ORDB\'s). It is free for a single, personal email account and $15 for a single machine license. [Classic, OSX]
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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, 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