LCedit+ 3.0 is a major update to the the advanced LanBox lighting editor for Mac OS 9/X. This release adds support for the new LanBox-LCX (Euro 550) and LanBox-LCM (Euro 295) devices; includes a simple user interface; offers several new features and; can print the \"cast list\" in sorted order.
Snood, a popular arcade-style video game, is now available for Mac OS X. Version 3.0b for Mac OS X is currently available as beta (test-only) software; a general-use version of Snood will be released following testing.
Products from Mac OS X developer The Omni Group will soon be available for purchase from resellers, following a partnership between the software maker and U.S. distributor Channel Sources. Omni has also partnered with act2, an overseas distributor for European and Asian markets. Omni fans in both regions can expect to see Omni products, such as OmniWeb and OmniGraffle, on store shelves in the near future.
CMS Peripherals today announced price reductions on its entire line of \'ABSplus\' data backup solutions. Citing lower component prices, CMS was able to cut prices by as much as $210. New pricing for Mac-compatible devices is as follows: 40GB and 60GB laptop solutions are $400 and $500, respectively; 80GB and 120GB desktop solutions cost $350 and $400, respectively.
Open-source Web browser Chimera has reached version 0.5 in nightly builds. Although official release notes are not available, MacNN readers report increased stability under Mac OS X 10.2, as well as improved Flash performance.
Black Lab v2.1 for YDL is a cluster build and management suite for HPC clusters running Yellow Dog Linux. It offers single-click installation and configuration, automated updates through apt-get, a graphical user interface designed for both new and savvy cluster managers, control of multiple clusters, and for those who prefer --command line control. Pricing starts at $590.
Charla 1.6.3 is an open source Yahoo! chat client for Mac OS X. It features full support for Personal Messages, spam and \"lamer\" filters and more. The update fixes bugs and adds an option to use the Metal appearance under Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar.
Knowledge Adventure has announced that Curious George Reading and Phonics, and all-new early learning CD-ROM for children ages 3-6, is now shipping. The CD includes 5 different learning games, that range from learning letters to pronunciation and reading. The price is $20.
Mail Beacon 1.5.1 is an email checker and online email client that can check an unlimited number of POP3 and IMAP4 accounts. It features a built-in address book, two unique views and an easy-to-use interface. Interface enhancements and bug fixes are included in the update. [Classic, OS X]
Post.Office 4.5.3 v711 is a mail server and list server for Mac OS X. The release enhances SPAM filtering and IMAP support. The new package includes sample SPAM filters, which are created using Post.Office\'s web-based GUI. Also included are scripts to import user account information from a range of mail servers (EIMS, SIMS, WebSTAR mail). The starter package is available for $295, and supports 100 mailboxes and 10 mailing lists; a free version is available, and is limited to 10 mailboxes and 2 mailing lists.
Apimac Note Pad 1.4.1 is a maintenance update to the text editing application for both Mac OS 9 & X. It allows users to save and organize any piece of text by copy/paste, dragging or several other ways. The upgrade is free to registered users and a new license is $15. [Classic, OS X]
PubPro X2e is a low cost package aimed at schools that produce newsletters or yearbooks. The FileMaker based, cross-platform, multiuser application will be available in late October with prices starting at $150.
Blue World has announced the Lasso 6 product line, and update to it collection of Web application development and serving tools. The product line includes Lasso Professional 6, which serves Lasso-based data-driven sites, Lasso Studio 6, which transforms Dreamweaver and GoLive into environments for creating Lasso-based data driven sites, and Lasso Developer 6, which provides tools for runtime debugging. Lasso Professional 6 will be released later this month for $1200, while Studio 6 and Developer 6 will be available in late 2002.
MacPlay today announced that it is shipping Soldier of Fortune II, its sequel to the first-person shooter: \"Reprise the role of John Mullins: Weapons Specialist, Anti-Terrorist Mercenary, and \"Military Consultant.\" A new and insidious threat has arisen in the form of a bio-terrorist organization and their two-pronged Gemini Virus. Now, you\'re off on a transcontinental mission to stop the terrorists and destroy the virus before it\'s unleashed on humanity.\" The $50 game title is available for OS X only.
Nemesys Software has updated its free OS X-only utility CountChar 1.01, which can count the number of characters in a given string in any application via Mac OS X services. The update fixes a compatibility issue with Mac OS X 10.2 (Jaguar).
Boston convention officials will meet tomorrow with the head of IDG World Expo in an effort to bring Macworld Expo back to Boston in 2004, according a report in The Boston Globe. The Expo took place in Boston until 1998, when IDG moved the show to the Jacob Javits Center in New York City, in search of a larger convention hall. IDG is looking for 2-3 years of rent-free use, as well as discounts on electricity, catering, and other services as well as a guarantee on Boston-area hotels at no more than $150 a night, according to the report.
Panic is soliciting beta testers for Transmit 2, which it says is a \"total rewrite\" of its popular Macintosh FTP client, noting that only a limited number of users will be accepted to the beta testing group.
Formac today announced the Formac gallery 2010, a 20.1\" flat panel display with Fujitsuís Multi-Domain Vertical Alignment (MVA) Premium technology. It features a high-definition UXGA resolution of 1,600x1,200 pixels (equivalent to a 23-inch CRT) and is equipped with ADC or DVI interface as well as offers 250 cd/m2 brightness, a 500:1 contrast ratio, and a pixel response time of 25ms. The display has a clear enclosure and a silver-painted bezel, an ultra-slim desktop footprint and a flexible hinge design to adjust the viewing angle. It is expected to ship at the end of the month for $1,700 and the company is taking pre-orders now.
Nikon last week introduced its pocket-sized Nikon Coolpix 4300, based on its Nikon Coolpix 885 camera. It features a 4.0 effective Megapixel CCD and 3x optical zoom-Nikkor lens in \"a compact, sleek intelligent design.\" It weighs under 8 ounces (without battery and CompactFlash card) and offers advanced settings for metering, focus, noise suppression, white balance, and flash and shutter speeds (ranging from 1/1000 to 8 seconds). It also features a Best Shot Selector, which automatically chooses the sharpest among multiple images within the camera\'s buffer. The camera is compatible with the optional Nikon Telephoto, Wide-angle and Fisheye Converter Lenses and Slide Copy Adaptor. It will be available at the end of the month for $500.
CTM\'s PowerMail 4.01 update to its $50 email client brings a Mail export option, a new button to conveniently retrieve partially-fetched POP3 messages, automatic smart-encoding of HTML attachments, and improved text message import.
Epson today announced a new wide format printer: the Stylus Pro 10600, which offers high-speed performance and media handling along with a wider choice of professional inks, including Epson\'s UltraChrome ink.
AfterTen today updated its WeatherManX Extras suite: WeatherManX.menu 2.2 (requires Menu Enabler 1.0), its OS X menu bar weather application and its weather screen saver, WeatherMan.saver 1.1--both of which download real-time weather data over the Internet. A registration fee of $5, required after the 10-day demo, covers both programs.
Adobe yesterday announced it has asked a U.S. District Court for declaratory relief to resolve a contractual dispute over embedding ITC fonts in electronic documents and says it also filing an arbitration proceeding in London seeking affirmation of the same contractual rights with respect to Monotype fonts. In its press release, Adobe says it attempted to resolve this matter informally with Monotype and ITC, but was unsuccessful. Adobe has also asked the court to declare that Adobe\'s Acrobat product does not violate certain provisions of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) as claimed by ITC and Agfa Monotype, which it believes are \"being made to gain ITC and Agfa leverage in the contractual disputes.\"
ergonis today released PopChar X 1.3, a Mac OS X version of the popular PopChar Pro font utility that displays a pop-up menu of all available font characters. Version 1.3 improves Unicode support and Jaguar compatibility.
Apple UK is offering a free bundle of Commotion and Deck along with the a £200 mail-in rebate on purchases of Final Cut Pro and DVD Studio Pro, according Macworld UK.
MindVision\'s Installer VISE 8.0.1 is a maintenance release to its developer installation tool with \"changes designed specifically to support installs on Apple\'s Mac OS X v10.2 (Jaguar).\"
PinPoint 2.0 is a cursor enhancement tool for Mac OS X. Version 2.0 brings the new Preference Pane format, Drag and Drop pointer support, multi-color pointer support, and other features.
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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