Graphing Calculator 3.2 is a new release of the popular calculator from Pacific Tech. It is a tool for quickly visualizing math on the computer. The new version allows users to display vectors and also to do coordinate transformations. The application costs $100 for Mac OS 9, and there is no plan for a Mac OS X release.
CodeTek VirtualDesktop v1.4 is a $20 virtual desktop application for Mac OS X. The release is primarily a bug-fix release, although some new features have been added such as improved load time, sliders in the Preference Pane, window titles and more.
A 674-page study put out by TrendWatch Graphics Arts (TWGA) states that in the next five years, the number of digital color presses installed in commercial printing establishments will increase 564% to almost 10,000 units. Also released in the study, 35% of design and production firms, who own a digital camera, say their use of color scanners has decreased as a result of purchasing a digital camera. The results were gathered through a TWGA poll of the industry\'s most prominent market segments including: Newspapers, Book and Magazine Publishing, and several Graphic Design and Advertising Agencies.
Singlestep Technologies has announced the released of the first in a series of Device Management Applications developed specifically to give network managers more efficient management of network devices. The applications improve the manageability of select Cisco routers, switches and security devices. Also, VNOS 1.1 (Visual Network Operating System) for Mac OS X has been released. The update increases speed, stability and functionality as well as adds nine new visual programming objects.
Sapphire Innovations has released an update to their $37 set of After Effects plug-ins, Sapphire Effects vol. 1.1. The set consists of 12 plug-ins: color gradient effects, ring effects, starburst color gradient effects, osterisation, solar color effects, greyscale, and inverse plugins. The plug-ins now feature 16bit color aware options and other features.
Final Cut Pro 3 for Dummies is now available from Wiley Publishing. The $25, 410-page book is geared toward both casual and more experienced users to help expand their knowledge of Apple\'s video editing software.
Andromeda v1.9.3 manages and delivers audio, video and other files over the Web, local networks and PCs with Mac OS X, Apache and PHP. The update adds a new track numbering feature, as well as support for four more languages (for a total of 33), and numerous tweaks and minor bug fixes. The price is $35.
Apple has received a perfect 100% score from the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index, which rates large American businesses on how they treat their gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees, investors and consumers.
PowerGlot 2.0 is a $200 localization tool for Mac OS 9 & X. It enables developers to make products available worldwide in the native language of choice, including 2-byte languages like Japanese, Chinese and Korean. The update brings Mac OS X compatibility, improved AppleScript support and bug fixes. [Classic, Carbon]
ExtremeZ-IP is a specialized file and print services system that uses the TCP/IP protocol to increase throughput between Macintosh clients and a Microsoft Windows 2000 or Windows NT servers. Pricing starts at $440.
Microsoft is planning on re-releasing its Handheld Synchronization for Entourage X software by the end of August. It was originally released at the Macworld Expo in New York, but pulled because techincal problems.
Deals Roundup:Macs4all is offering two deals this week, the Wiebe Tech 20GB FireWire Wafter-thin Pocket Drive for $218 and the Sonnet HARMONi G3 600MHz with FireWire for $383.
Apple has updated their Macintosh Products Guide, which features more than 20,000 products made for the Mac. OmniGraffle, a program that creates flow charts and other drawings, is now the Featured Mac OS X Product.
Dave Taylor has released his book Teach Yourself Unix System Administration in 24 Hours, which covers Mac OS X, Red Hat Linux and Solaris. Twenty-four 1-hour lessons will teach readers how to add new disks and partitions, manage users, configure and run a free Web server, create backup schemes and much more. The retail price is $30.
IBM Corp. revealed that it is slashing about 15,600 workers, or about 5% of its total work force, according to a Nando Times article. The announcement was not made public, but rather disclosed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday. Employees that were laid off were notified during the second quarter, which ended June 30. IBM blamed the layoffs on \"the recent decline in corporate spending on technology services\".
Epson has introduced two new direct photo printers, the Stylus Photo 925 and Stylus Photo 825. The Stylus Photo 925 features automated roll paper cutter, one-touch printing buttons, the ability to crop images without a computer and digital image archiving to a Zip disk. The Stylus Photo 825 is the replacement to the popular Stylus Photo 785EPX and provides a simple and easy-to-use photo printing solution for new digital camera owners. Both printers features a resolution of 5760x720 dpi and Epson\'s six-color Photo Ink system, BorderFree photo printing technology, USB connectivity, and built-in card slots for many different digital camera memory cards. Both the Stylus Photo 925 and Stylus Photo 825 will be available in September for $300 and $200, respectively. [site not updated]
FUNDimensions Fundraising Software 4.0.3 is a database application for small non-profit organizations and schools. It manages the entire fundraising process, helping these often under-staffed organizations to raise more money, identify the best fundraising opportunities, and maintain a personal relationship with donors. The updated version improves the Aqua interface and report printing.
Gefen today released its $450 ADC Switcher for Apple Cinema Display Users: the ex-tend-it ADC Switcher allows users to work on two cross-platform computers using a single display, keyboard and mouse. It supports most DVI computers with an integrated DVI-to-ADC converter.
MacNN reader Steve Stecklow notes that Hewlett-Packard\'s All-In-One printers drivers no longer function under Mac OS X 10.2: \"The current all-in-one software drivers for Mac OS X v 10.1 will no longer function on Macintosh systems upgraded to Mac OS v 10.2. Hewlett-Packard is aware of this issue and working on a solution. Please check back to this Web page for information regarding new driver updates.\"
Media 100 today began shipping its Media 100 i digital video system for Mac OS X, its solution for professional content creators, broadcast designers and digital media artists. It includes a new OS X-compatible interface along with new visual effects creation and sound design capabilities. V8 now ships with all Media 100 i configurations including the new Media 100 i/DV, which starts at $2,000. The application is now threaded for better performance on multi-processor systems, offers improved workflow with up to 8 graphics tracks, a new QuickTime Video Output, better integration with Boris FX, and new host-based audio processing for up to 24 real-time audio tracks as well as new audio reverb and dynamics processing for all-in-one audio sweetening.
EarthDesk 1.2 replaces the desktop picture with real-time maps showing proper sun and moon illumination over the Earth, political maps, and numerous different map projections. New features include a reorganized interface, the ability to restore previous desktop pictures, updated city databases and other minor bug fixes. The update is free while the full version is $20.
AutoTag v1.1 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. The update now works behind a proxy, widens FreeDB searching, fixes bugs and improves performance.
PrintMagic v1.2 is a Mac OS X printing utility. It works with most programs and allows users to select text, accelerates printing, eliminates web browser printing problems and reduces ink/toner use. The update adds a windowshade feature and improves the code. A free demo is available; the price is $25.
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Apple brings iTunes Movie Trailers app to Canada
After five years, Apple has expanded its iTunes Movie Trailers app for iOS to Canada. As of Saturday, the free app allows movie buffs to see HD movie trailers for new studio and independent features, and explore some other movie-related extras such as photos, behind-the-scenes footage, or clips from upcoming films. Users can save trailers for quick access, read reviews from RottenTomatoes.com within the app, use AirPlay to send them to an Apple TV, share trailers, and peruse the top movie charts. http://apple.co/1UUKtwr
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