Intego today released a Mac OS X 10.2-compatible version of its Personal Backup X synchronization, backup and volume cloning solution. The program manually or automatically backs-up files, synchronizes data between two computers or volumes, and clones bootable Mac OS X volumes. Users can choose from single-click operations to custom scripts. Personal Backup X ($60) recognizes any HFS/HFS+/UFS volume, including hard disks, magneto-optical disks, SyQuestcartridges, Zip cartridges, iDisks, and AppleShare, samba and NFS servers. Using rebate code 452725, customers pay $55 for Personal Backup X if purchased before October 17.
Several application have been updated today, including Live Channel, 24U Hex OSAX, Keyspan drivers, Quake III Arena, and a VNC viewer with keybindings: Channel Storm's Live Channel 1.4.2 now supports MPEG-4 audio (AAC) encoding under OS X, compression options in Qualcomm PureVoice encoder, and improved video/audio sync in unicast and multicast streaming. Live Channel is a software-only solution designed to replace a television studio, enabling anyone to produce and broadcast live media over the Internet or a LAN. A commercial license is $1000 and an education license is $500. [1.1MB] 24U's "donationware" Scripting Addition 24U Hex OSAX 1.0 converts text and integer numbers to hexadecimal notation (and visa versa). [25KB] Keyspan has updated its drivers for its serial port expansion card, Keyspan SX Pro 1.1, and for its USB-to-serial adapters, Keyspan USB 1.4. [SX, USB] Quake III Arena v1.3.2 addresses a number of issues, and adds fully integrated PunkBuster anti-cheat protection. [19.7MB] Chicken of the VNC 1.3 is a port of an OpenStep-based VNC viewer with a variety of keybindings. Version 1.3 adds a full-screen, auto-scrolling mode and supports automatic keybindings as well as new preferences, a new text sending engine, improved GUI for OS X, and other changes. It is free. [182KB]
Neon Software has updated LANsurveyor 7.0.1, its administration tool that allows network administrators to map, manage, and report on their entire cross-platform network. Version 7.01 brings Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar compatibility, support for queries from new versions of Dantz's Retrospect client, an OS X-compatible method of verifying maps. It requires that a "fresh" copy be installed before applying the patch.
Emagic today released Logic Platinum 5.4 for OS X, the first host program to support Audio Units for musicians and audio producers. Logic Platinum 5.4 also bings system-level standard for software instruments and plug-ins. Logic Platinum 5.4 includes support of all Emagic software instruments and plug-ins. The new Audio Units architecture offers improved handling of multiple audio streams, improved compatibility with Mac OS X applications, robust graphics and editor support as well as support for the Rex file format. It is a free download to registered owners.
Stupendous Software has released four iMovie effect plug-ins, containing a total of 99 effects. Color Effects includes effects for various black and white styles, as well as color adjustment features; Crops & Zooms includes effects for various zoom options -- "from blocky to ultra-smooth;" Glows & Blurs includes several kinds of blur effects, ranging from simple defocus to "extreme defocus;" Time Effects contains effects for creating slow motion, fast motion, and "stylized motion," such as skipping frames. Free demos of the Mac OS 9/X effects suites are available. [Download - CE, C&Z, GB, TE]
Inside Mac Games recently announced the 'Mac-in-One Virtual Open,' which is hosted by Inside Mac Games and governed by Links Golf Community regulations. All proceeds are directed to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and participants are eligible to win prizes that have been graciously donated by developers in the Mac community. Prizes include the Adobe Web Collection, various flavors of ATI Radeon video cards, Palm handheld computers, game titles from Aspyr Media, Destineer Studios, Freeverse Software and MacPlay, Kensington mice, and more.
Peachpit Press has released its Visual QuickStart Guide to the Macintosh edition of Quicken 2003. The $18 book by Tom Negrino outlines easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions for using Quicken 2003 for the Macintosh. It also covers how to: use Quicken's report and graph features, work with credit cards/loans and track investments.
IDG World Expo and Apple have announced two special pricing packages for 'Premier' and 'Select' Apple Apple Developer Connection members for January's Macworld Conference & Expo in San Francisco. The $5,500 and $7000 packages both include a 10' x 10' exhibit space and the necessary components to assemble a basic booth (table, display surfaces, lighting, etc.). The more expensive of the two ($7,500) also includes a 1/4 page, four-color ad space in the 'Macworld Program & Buyer's Guide' as well as placement of a company logo on the expo Web site.
Danicsoft has released MacDJ 1.0, a $20 real-time audio mixing application that is ideal for professional DJ work. It features automatic cross-fading, volume memory of songs, total control over fades, recursive folder searching, an equalizer and uses less CPU than iTunes. [Classic, OSX]
iStorm is a $20 application that provides group brainstorming and online collaboration with a simple, one-button user interface. It offers zero configuration hassle with Rendezvous for LAN, automatic recognition and activation of http links and free upgrades to the next version (which will feature new-enabled chalkboard and TeX support).
K4 Publishing System 4.1 is an update to the workflow system based on Adobe InDesign and InCopy. It links the two applications with an SQL database to "provide a collaborative workflow system suitable for individual workgroups and publishing enterprises." Capabilities include check-in and check-out of content, copy editing at the page stage, and more.
The Java-based chat/online comunity server Digi-Net 4.03 addresses numerous performance and other issues, including improved private messaging, lower CPU utilization, and resolved bugs with Command broadcast, upgrades from v3.5, and Java 1.4.x. It also brings better performance under Mac OS X 10.2.1.
Thinkertons.com has released Jotz 1.0.6, their "zero-learning-curve" notepad for Mac OS X. The update adds features for power users, including Jotz Mailroom with Address Book Integration, keyboard note navigation and improvements to other features. Jotz 1.0.6 is $18.
Extensis is now shipping a free Suitcase plug-in for Adobe InDesign that automatically activates fonts used in InDesign documents and ensures that any time an InDesign 2.0 document is opened, the exact fonts used in the file are automatically activated. It is free-of-charge to registered Suitcase 10 users utilizing Mac OS X, and uses Apple's FontSync, industry-standard font matching technology. Suitcase 10.1.3 is available for $100 ($70 upgrade for registered owners of previous versions).
America Online has posted an update to its AOL Client 10.2.1, which brings better compatibility with Mac OS X 10.2.1. It is available on the Web or via the keyworkd 'Upgrade'.
BootCD 0.5 is a Cocoa application that "creates a disk image that can be used to burn a Mac OS X boot CD with a working Finder and Dock on it. This utility is unfinished and still has some flaws, but works. The current version works much better than previous versions, and includes the ability to run Drive10 and other utilities, although Norton does not yet work from the CD."
headshack has today made available a major update to chartConstructor 1.1, its $30 project management application. This update adds many highly requested new features - chief amongst them is the combination of Gantt and PERT Charts into a single unified file format. Other significant improvements include integration with OS X 10.2's address book and the ability to group tasks as subtasks of a common parent task.
publicspace.net has released version 3.3 of MacBreakZ! - a personal ergonomic assistant which monitors keyboard and mouse activity and helps computer users structure their computer use in a healthy manner, preventing computer-related injuries from developing. This version provides additional ergonomic tips for healthy mouse use and full Mac OS X 10.2 compatibility. It also fixes some display glitches and minor configuration bugs.
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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