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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Fiat Chrysler adding Siri Eyes Free
On Friday, automaker Fiat Chrysler issued a software update for selected 2013-2015 model cars to allow Siri Eyes Free, the precursor to the more fully-featured CarPlay, to be compatible with the vehicles' infotainment systems, including steering wheel control. The 2013 through 2015 model Ram 1500/2500/3500, the 2013-2015 Dodge Viper, the 2014-2015 Dodge Durango, the 2014-2015 Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee, and the 2015 models of Dodge Challenger and Charger, Jeep Renegade, and Chrysler 200 and 300 can be upgraded through the Unconnect touchscreen, visiting the Uconnect site and entering their 17-digit Vehicle ID, then downloading the update to a USB drive. Installation can take up to 45 minutes, and can only be done while the vehicle is in park. http://bit.ly/23f0sby
Tor Myhren starts as VP of Communications
After an initial announcement in December, Apple on Friday added former Grey Group chief creative officer Tor Myhren to its leadership roster as VP of Marketing Communications, placing the well-known ad exec in charge of Apple's advertising and Internet marketing efforts, as well as having a hand in packaging design. He will report directly to CEO Tim Cook, and is replacing the retired Hiroki Asai, who left Apple after 18 years with the company. Myhren is expected to continue Apple recent push into more "lifestyle" marketing rather than product-centric ads, such as the well-remembered "I'm a Mac" campaign from last decade. http://apple.co/1Wwf0Dd
Marseilles Apple Store to open May 14
Apple has officially announced its newest retail store in France, which is to open in the southern port city of Marseilles in the Les Terrasses du Port shopping center on May 14 at 10AM local time. It will be the 19th full retail store Apple has opened in the country, or 20th if one includes the Apple Watch-only boutique at Galeries Lafayette in Paris. Apple is said to be planning a new showcase Paris store to be located on the Champs-√Člys√©es. http://apple.co/1pP77vO
Maps adds Flyover, Suggestions locations
Apple has updated Maps to include Spotlight Suggestions for Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, allowing users to search both internally and across the web on both Mac and iOS devices for data in Spotlight. In addition, the company has added Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and Akron, Ohio to the 3D Flyover feature, offering computer-enhanced aerial views of the two areas -- and has activated real-time traffic information for Thailand, which will augment services like reminders to incorporate estimated travel times for appointments, as an example. The company recently added Nearby searches to five countries, and rolled out transit directions for Montreal in Canada and Portland, Oregon. http://apple.co/1Lh1Zel
Verizon gives last offer, issues workers ultimatum
Verizon has offered striking workers its "last, best and final offer" following 10 months of protracted negotiations with union leaders. The latest offer comes on the back of 36,000 Verizon employees taking strike action two weeks ago. The proposal includes a 7.5 percent wage rise, better benefits and voluntary retirement incentive offers. The striking workers, mainly on from its fixed line operations, have claimed that Verizon has outsourced 5,000 jobs to workers overseas and that it has been deliberately hiring low-wage, non-union contractors. Verizon recently posted revenue of $32.2 billion for the March quarter. http://cnnmon.ie/26AmwSv
CarPlay comes to Porsche 718 Cayman
Porsche has revealed that its new 718 Cayman series will be the latest vehicles in its range equipped with support for Apple CarPlay. The new Porsche models joins the recently announced 718 Boxster, the 2017 Macans and the 2016 model of the 911 in offering support for Apple's iOS in the car interface. Both are fitted standard with an eight speaker sound system and the Porsche Communications Management (PCM) system. The entry-level Cayman starts at $53,9000, while the faster S variant starts from $66,300. Although already on sale, the won't reach US dealers until late November. http://prn.to/1Tj1EW7
Macphun offers free Photos filters
Image editing software maker Macphun are offering a free set of up to 30 photo filter effects to extend the range of filter options available to users of Apple's Photos app for OS X, which replaced the previous iPhoto program. The first 15 filters are available after installing the software, and includes filters such as "Ancient Canvas" and "Twilight," while users who sign up for the Macphun newsletter will unlock the other 15 effects. The extension integrates directly into Photos, and include sliders for finer control of the effects and a masking brush. http://bit.ly/1VEgQD6