WiebeTech has unveiled Forensic DriveDock -- its write-blocked FireWire bridge for use in situations that involve sensitive information. The $250 device is especially suited for forensic analysis of IDE data storage devices, because it instills the confidence provided by a one-way connection (read-only). "The product allows data to be read from drives without risk of writing data back to the drives." The Forensic DriveDock is extremely compact, and was designed to meet the specific needs of laboratory workers. It is available immediately to distributers in the U.S. and Canada.
Intelligent Assistance has released what it describes as an "infinitely patient geek in the box." The Troubleshooter for Final Cut Pro 3 offers a unique approach to the often complex problem of troubleshooting computer software and systems when they do not perform as expected. "The Troubleshooter is the first software system that works the way a human troubleshooting expert works - by asking the right questions." Designed for Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X, the $75 utility periodically downloads the most up-to-date troubleshooting content for the supported software.
ATI has released an updated version of its October 2002 Retail Update, to correct bugs in the original release that could cause: the display of corrupted graphics, difficulties with some interface elements, and difficulties with TV output on equipped cards. This update works with RADEON 8500 and 7000, Mac Edition, Xclaim VR 128, Rage Orion and Nexus 128 cards.
Evening tech news: America Online today said that the next version of AOL Instant Messenger (version 5.1 for Windows) will include the ability to communicate with ICQ -- a surprise move that will eliminate the long-standing barrier between its flagship (AIM) and alternative (ICQ) IM services; cyber "terrorists" are reportedly gearing up for hacker and virus attacks on U.S. servers, networks and Internet services; Microsoft won a courtroom victory today, when a federal appeals court threw out an antitrust complaint against the software giant by niche software maker Gravity; despite rapid growth in sales of digital cameras, consumers are using traditional film as much as ever, according to a report released by IDC; Dell has released its smallest ever desktop computer, aimed at form- and size-conscious consumers.
Reindeer Graphics has released a free Photoshop plug-in, TabbedText, which reads and writes single channel images to a matrix of text values in both 8- and 16-bit modes. These text files can be created and manipulated in a spreadsheet or with text output from any arbitrary source. [32KB] OmniGraffle 2.1b1 is an application that helps produce diagrams, family trees, flow charts and more. The update adds support for transparency in printing, PDF and EPS export, and fixes bugs. [15.1MB] Wraparound 1.0.1 is a free tool that allows the cursor to "wrap around the screen, from one side to the other." The update adds a new application icon and improves the options. [62KB] Allgood Software has updated their Mac OS X native Dominoes game, Dominoes 3.0. "[It] offers 12 different variations of the popular tile game, including the straight forward Block and Draw, all the way up to the more involved Matador, and Mexican Train." The $20 game also features three different skill levels. [364KB]
BaseStationRescue.com is a site that, in addition to fixing broken Airport Base Stations ($80), performs upgrades to the original 'Graphite' Base Stations and buys broken units for parts. Available upgrades include adding an Orinoco/Lucent Range Extender Antenna ($25), which increases the range by 15%-30%, and adding a pigtail with male N type connector, which allows different external antennas as well as bi-directional amplification to be added.
Mellel 1.3.2 adds "innovative" tabs, enhanced paragraph styles, and 15 other new features and enhancements to the multilingual word-processor. The software, for OS X only, is available for $12 and includes 3 years of free updates. [1.5MB] Palette 1.0 is a basic painting program, which includes few simple tools such as pencil, eraser, rectangle and oval, as well as a selection tool. The freeware application runs both Windows and Mac and can also save pictures as platform-specific files (PICTs on the Mac and BMPs on Windows). [Classic, OSX] Agenda 2.5b2 is described as "a round, virtual device which can greet you, tell you the current date, read off your scheduled events for the day and remind you of pending items on your to-do list." [1.1MB] Chad McQuinn's OS X Utils for REALbasic adds new plugins for working with MacBinary data, compressing memory, and supporting CoreFoundation preferences services. Royal Flush 3.0.2 is an "addictive, fast paced poker game where you race the clock to make the best possible poker hand in 10 directions." The new version fixes an invisible card problem when running under Jaguar and other minor bug fixes. It is $20. [454KB] SearchWare has released Print Window 2.0, its utility for printing file listings from directly within the Mac OS X Finder. It adds Mac OS X Services support to generate file listings using the Finder's "Services" menu, improved performance, and an improved interface. [1.5MB] Deep Sky has released a final version of BASh Professional v1.8.1, its 4th Dimension component which provides extensive utility functionality for 4D programmers. Licensing is available on a per application basis, starting at $400 for the first year (and $200 per year thereafter).
MCE today announced a new line of power adapters for PowerBooks and iBooks. All four adapters ($45 each)-- auto-adapters and AC adapters for both older and newer laptops--are compact and ruggedized for mobile field use. A built-in LED indicates live power, while integrated Intelligent electronics manage AC power input from both domestic and international sources. Additionally, the automotive adapters are fuse protected to keep computers safe while powering or charging the laptop and also charge the battery while in use.
MacNN reader Issac Dickinson notes a new Philips LCD monitor available at Staples, but not available on the Website: The 180B2 is an 18" flat-panel with a "thin bezel design" and is available for $800.
Cisco's VPN Client 3.7 adds a graphical user interface for managing the VPN Client for Mac OS X, in addition to the command-line interface. Other fixes include improved reliability for cTCP NAT, the ability to configure a VPN client for IPSec over TCP under Jaguar, proper split tunneling, and support for connections when IPv6 is enabled.
Casady & Greene has updated iData Pro 1.04 for Mac OS X, which brings Palm connectivity for Palm OS compatible handhelds, the ability to import Mac OS X Mail mailboxes, an improved Help Book, AppleScript support, improved performance when navigating datafiles, and several bug fixes. The $40 applications allows users to track information in its searchable database. Upgrades from registered users of InfoGenie 1.x-2.x, QuickDex or Super QuickDex, may upgrade for $20.
Dartware's InterMapper Remote 1.5b, now in beta, provides a remote view on a network's status when working in conjunction with the InterMapper network monitoring and alerting application. Version 1.5 brings the ability to create and edit maps from a remote location. Other features include notification dependencies, secure connections, sound notifications, logging functions, map zoom functions, and faster performance. InterMapper Remote is $200, or $235 with a 14 month support subscription. [Classic, OSX]
Gefen is expected to release its new $300 ex-tend-it VGA Splitter in November. It is designed to drive multiple video monitors using a single video source. The 1:2 VGA Splitter takes one signal and outputs two, each capable of supporting its own analog monitor: "Perfect for venues where multiple monitors run the same computer-generated information, each monitor is capable of being extended up to 330 feet from the Splitter using Gefenís ex-tend-it CAT5-1000 or CAT5-5000 extension solutions."
Path Finder 2.02, previously known as SNAX, is a $32 file browser for OS X with advanced features such as labels, custom font/text colors, the ability to view invisible files, flexible sorting options, a globally accessible app launcher, customized menu shortcuts, secure deletion, and other enhancements. [3.0MB] Blue Globe Software's $15 shareware fax viewer, Tiff-Sight 1.3, corrects printing problems under QuickTime 6, allows users to disable on screen anti-aliasing, improves the display of rotated images, and provides for more accurate printing. [734KB] Page Sender 2.2 updates Smile Software's fax send/receive and print-to-Email (PDF) utility with a German localization, editable get info, landscape support, and a hot key for manually answering fax calls. A 30-day free demo of the $30 application requires Mac OS X 10.1.3 or later. [2.1MB] Objective Development has posted an update to its application launcher: LaunchBar 3.2.6 provides improved drag and drop support as well as a number of minor bug fixes. [249KB] Sophisticated Circuits has released a public beta of iDo Script Scheduler 1.5b. This new version provides users of Mac OS X (including 10.2 Jaguar) the ability to execute AppleScripts on a schedule, on idle, and with Hot Keys. [Classic, OSX] My Favorites Martian 1.5 is an utility to sync Internet Explorer favorites to and from an FTP server, iPod or iDisk. It includes new icon/graphics, the ability to save backups of IE preferences, view IE favorites online (via Apple's iDisk), and other enhancements. [167KB]
Now Software is offering purchasers of Now Up-to-Date & Contact ($120) a free copy of Stuffit Deluxe 7 in a limited-time promotion. The offer ends October 31st, 2002 and is only available online with the purchase of the full version of Now Up-to-Date & Contact.
Apple's retail Website and notes to area customers indicate that three new Apple Stores are expected to open Saturday, November 2, including Fashion Show (Las Vegas), Keystone (Indianapolis), and Southdale (Edina, MN).
Insider Software today a public beta version of FontAgent Pro, its Cocoa-based application for font management and repair. The applicatin repairs or eliminates corrupt fonts, partial and unmatched fonts, duplicate fonts, unnecessary point sizes, and builds optimized, organized font libraries and allows users to build multiple font libraries/sets, activate and deactivate fonts, preview fonts in various typefaces, and specify default activation order of Postscript, TrueType, and OpenType fonts. The final release of the $100 application is due in November.
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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