Apple today released its Sherlock 3 SDK for Mac OS X 10.2: "Sherlock uses a new model for channels that provides developers with more flexibility in how their data is displayed and organized by providing a front-end interface for a Web-based search engine and full control over how search results are displayed using Aqua. Everything required to develop a channel is provided in the Sherlock Channel SDK." The SDK includes technical documentation, a sample channel, a Project Builder template, and an Interface Builder Sherlock palette. [572KB] Apple also recently released Java 1.4.1 Developer Preview 5 and Java 1.4.1 DP5 Tools Update, which are available in the "Download Software" area of the ADC Member Site. The Virtual Machine (VM) is an implementation of Java HotSpot 1.4.1, and the UI implementation uses the Mac OS X Cocoa APIs.
WiebeTech is now shipping new high capacity versions of its DesktopGB external USB/FireWire hard drives. DesktopGB is now available in capacities ranging from 80GB ($260) to 250GB ($560). Owners of older DesktopGB models are eligible for a $70 product upgrade to the the high capacity (HGB) enclosure.
Gefen has released DVI Detective ($70), a new device that simplifies the installation process for those 'extending' a digital or plasma display or projector by detecting and then storing the computerís digital video information (EDID). The DVI Detective weighs two pounds and plugs directly into the computerís ADC or DVI port, located inconspicuously between the display cable and the computer.
Earlier this month, Eovia began shipping Carrara 3D Basics, a new 3D package which "meets the needs of hobbyists, amateurs and kids of all ages. Carrara 3D Basics provides much of the sophistication of Carrara Studio 2, but is ideally designed for those who want to jump into the 3D scene and become proficient in creating 3D illustrations and animations." The $100 package includes the ability to build and modify 3D Objects (spline, metaball, terrain, and text/logo modeling) and to apply texturing and shading as well as includes a multichannel shader editor, special effects, time-line based animation, rendering (with a hybrid raytracer), Web export functions, and support for Carrara, Ray Dream, Infini-D, 3DS, and DXF file formats. It is available for both Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X.
CodeBlender Software today announced the upcoming release of DeepTrouble, described as "a fast paced 3D action game taking place under water where the player fights alien colonies. The game consists of 10 levels of varying difficulty, many different alien vehicles with different skills and other challenges." It is due later this month for $30 and will be compatible with both Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X.
GraphicConverter 4.5.1 is an update to the popular $35 image editing program for Mac OS 9/X. The latest version includes "JPEG in RAF" importing, an option to register the application for all user on the machine, a "save of unmodified" option, and several crash-related bug fixes. [Download - Classic, OS X]
Tenon Intersystems' popular 'iTools' Apache configuration software for Mac OS X was updated today to version 6.5.7. The new package updates Apache to version 1.3.27, mod_ssl to 2.8.12, and OpenSSL to 0.9.6g. It also includes software improvements in "a number of areas." Tenon has also released a beta version of iTools 7 -- a new version of the software that will ship next year. [Download - 6.5.7, 7.0] Cajun Games has announced special inventory clearance pricing for its popular 'Food Chain' game. While supplies last, Food Chain is available on Macintosh CD for $4. easyPalette 1.0 is a $25 set of REALbasic classes that allows developers to easily implement "tear-off" floating palettes in their applications. The palette windows can contain grid-style selection palettes, similar to those used in commercial applications to select colors, patterns, line widths, arrow styles, "tools" and objects. [Download - 130 KB] FWB Software has announced the availability of Privacy Toolkit Volume I v1.5 (formerly called 'SubRosa'). The update to the $35 application adds Unicode compliance, "greater-than-2GB support," a redesigned 'shredder,' and Blowfish encryption engine support.
Apple has published an interesting article under its new 'Pro' section that explores the work done by long-time Mac user and video guru Dave Gare for Verizon. Gare and his consulting company -- Intuitive I.N.K -- compiled all of Verizonís branding guidelines, which were previously scattered across various locations and formats, onto a single DVD disc. The work was completed on Macs, and showcases interactive motion menus and full-screen video. In October, Apple quietly launched the new 'Pro' section of its Web site, which examines the works of multimedia professionals who use Macs.
MacWise 10.1 is an updated version of the Mac OS X utility that allows any Mac to connect to a network as a terminal. The $75 upgrade lets users to open as many as ten windows (each connected to a different host), and automatically log-in using connection scripts.
FirewireDirect has begun accepting preorders for its new FireWire DVD-R/RW drive, which features a Pioneer A05 mechanism. The drive maker is reporting high demand for the $400 device, but is also offering a "bare" $325 version of the Pioneer unit, for those who wish to use it internally (iDVD requires an internal drive). The A05 offers a 4X DVD write speed.
Apple Computer's Jeff Hussey will demonstrate the company's iPhoto software at the November general meeting of the Capitol Macintosh Users' Group (CapMac). The free presentation will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, November 14th, at the the University of Texas Pharmacy Building. Another Macintosh user group -- the NJ Final Cut Pro Users Group -- will meet Wednesday, November 20th in New Jersey for a special meeting focused on high speed storage solutions for video editing.
Western Digital today announced a new 200GB FireWire external hard drive. The $400 drive offers a 7,200 RPM mechanism and a 2MB buffer. The drive is expected to ship later this month with a 6-foot 6-pin-to-6-pin FireWire cable and an AC adapter with power cord.
Microsoft has posted an update to its Shared Source Common Language Infrastructure (CLI), the ECMA standard that describes the core of the .NET Framework world. Updated for Mac OS X 10.2, the Shared Source CLI is a compressed archive of the source code to a working implementation of the ECMA CLI and the ECMA C# language specification and provides a working implementation for academics and researchers wishing to teach and explore modern programming language concepts, and to .NET developers interested in how the technology works.
GrabbyWindow 2.0 is a $36 application that offers a floating global palette for working with files: "[it] makes dragging of files and file contents not only practical but at last also comfortable. Texts and pictures can be effortlessly added into layout programs, text modules used or simply files managed. [It] also offers big previews of text and picture files, a source of information with the most important file data and an integrated search function." [Classic, OSX] The $25 shareware iGetter 1.9 is a download utility and accelerator with functions. It adds new localized version in Japanese, French, Spanish and Italian languages, contextual menu support for IE/iCab/Opera browsers, automatic saving of the download URL in the Finder's file comments field, and better integration with Opera. [Classic, OSX] F-Script 1.2.3 is an open-source interactive and scripting environment designed to "leverage the unique capabilities of Mac OS X. [It] comes full of new goodies, including a graphical array inspector, a customizable Cocoa object browser, support for pointers, a graphical view picker, support for the new Jaguar archiving model, and more..." [2.6MB] SpeeDex 1.1 is a freeform database application with advanced search functions for tracking "contacts with notes, serial numbers for your computers or software, home inventory with descriptions and pictures, recipes, to do lists, or just about anything." It includes sorting functions, a favorites listing, and search highlighting functions. [261KB]
Apple today released WebObjects 5.2, an update to its enterprise application for developing and deploying business applications on the Web. The Java-based IDE can deploy standards-based Web services without writing low-level XML, SOAP or WSDL using tools for code-free generation. It also adds improved J2EE integration and the ability to generate JNLP files for easing integration with Java Web Start as well as the ability to stream HTTP request and response content. The $700 application requires Mac OS X. A 30-day free trial is available.
Everyday Software has posted Maquarium 1.1, its aquarium management software for Mac OS X which allows users to track chemicals, schedule tasks, keep notes, and manage inventory. The $12 shareware update adds complete customization of chemical warning alerts and a new tank profile pane. [362KB] Vizspring has updated its flagship font manager application, Typeset 1.5.1. The $15 shareware adds dozens of bug fixes and other enhancements. [1.0MB] MAKI Enterprise has updated its parental control program: Kids GoGoGo 6.3.0 for Mac OS X improves multiuser handling, adds setup support for each user, and adds a better dictionary for Asian sites. It is available for $30 for Classic or OS X or $40 for both. [Classic, OSX] Finance 4.5b1 is a checking, savings, and credit card account management program. It enables you to quickly enter, view, or modify transactions, search through your records, and reconcile your account balance with your bank statements by just clicking a button. [952KB]
Apple is offering a special holiday iPod promotion through the holiday season. Customers can receive custom laser engraving on the back of either one of the three 3 iPod models for $20 ($30 off) through January 7, 2003..
Miramar Systems today announced PC MACLAN 9.0 for both Windows 95/98/Me and Windows NT/2K/XP. It brings support for larger file sizes, expanded printer support, and full support for OS X 10.2 and network drives, and simplified installation and set-up to the Windows application that offers connectivity to Macs, printer sharing, and cross-platform file sharing. Version 9.0 also offers support for the latest version of AppleTalk Filing Protocol (AFP 3.0) as well as files over 2GB in size, longer file names, and larger drive partitions. It is expected to ship on November 25th for $200.
Dantz has posted Retrospect 5.0238, an update to its backup software that provides the ability to perform Live Restores without changing the Time Zone to GMT; perform startup authentication, erase removable disks, and to automatically to execute its scheduled scripts as well as improved capability to create bootable disks using the Duplicate operation. MacPython 2.2.2 by Jack Jansen is a port of Guido van Rossum's Python high-level object-oriented language with support for Mac OS 9, Classic, and Mac OS X. The download also includes an integrated development environment (IDE) by Just van Rossum, which includes an editor, debugger and class browser. [1.2MB] 24U SimpleDialog Plug-In 1.1.2 adds the ability to display custom validation messages in FileMaker Pro. The $25 plugin offers other functions such as up to 5 button in each custom dialog, an unlimited number of input fields of several types (text, password, checkbox, radio button, pop-up menu), and validation of credit cards numbers, social security numbers, social insurances numbers. [298KB] Rage Software's updated file browser, Macintosh Explorer 3.2.5, adds the ability to change type/creator codes for multiple files. The $15 utility provides an alternative method of browsing your hard drives. [1.2MB]
Microsoft's MacBU today announced the 10 national semifinalists in the Microsoft Office v. X Search for Ms. M.o.X.i.e. contest, offering the ability for all individuals to cast their vote for the woman whom they think should become Ms. M.o.X.i.e. The MacBU began its search for Ms. M.o.X.i.e. in October to recognize entrepreneurial women for their business savvy and perseverance. The three businesswomen who receive the most online votes between now and Nov. 29 will be named Ms. M.o.X.i.e. finalists. From the three finalists, a panel of judges will then select the overall winner, who will be rewarded $10,000 and a new iMac loaded with Office v. X.
Softpress has posted new starter templates for its flagship Web design product Freeway. The initial series of templates are designed for educational institutions and small businesses; and the company promises to release additional templates on a regular basis. They are available without charge to all Freeway users, including those who download the free 30-day trial version.
Virtual Programming has posted a demo of Payback, its GTA-inspired game for the Mac, which the company currently lists as "GM." It is due to be released later this year. VP also announced that it is developing new games such as FUEL, which is to be released simultaneously with the PC and XBox versions; the company has signed an agreement with FireToads Software to convert the popular racer game; it has also signed an agreement with Haememont to develop a Mac version of the acclaimed RTS game Celtic Kings; finally, VP will also be bringing Legion to the Mac. It is expected to be released in the first quarter of next year.
Insider Software has released FontAgent Pro, an all-in-one utility that handles font management. It repairs or eliminates corrupt fonts, partial and unmatched fonts, duplicate fonts, unnecessary point sizes, and builds optimized, organized font libraries. FontAgent Pro enables users to build font libraries and font sets, activate and deactivate fonts, preview fonts in various typefaces, and activate project-specific fonts. The $100 application is free to FontAgent X users and available for $50 to FontAgent 8 customers.
Karelia today released Watson 1.6, a free upgrade to its desktop interface to popular Web content and services. Version 1.6 has a number of improvements including integration with iCal, the Mac OS X Address Book, and EyeTV from El Gato Software. A single-user license is $30, while a "household" license is $40. [1.6MB] BombSquad 1.0 is a $5 shareware game for Mac OS X, which "takes the good looks of Mac OS X and its Aqua interface, and mixes it liberally with the popular Windows Minesweeper puzzle/game." [233KB] PrintMagic 2.0 is an update to Stephen Becker's printing utility for OS X with functions such as printing partial pages, keyboard-based universal shortcuts, integration with chat applications, and other enhancements. The $25 utilty is available with a 30-day money-back guarantee. [1.0MB] Apple has posted both Mac OS X (Client) 10.2.2 and Mac OS X Server 10.2.2, after releasing it via the software update yesterday. [OSX, OSX-Server] Apple's Macintosh Manager 2.2.2 adds support for users that are set to use the Password Server for authentication. Macintosh Manager is Apple's workstation management technology, providing network administrators with a centralized method of securing Mac OS workstations, controlling software access, and providing a consistent, personalized experience for users. [12MB]
Dr. Bott has begun distributing Micro Solution and Felicidad products from Japan, including iSuit (stylish replacement lids for the iBook, $130); iWax (polycarbonate polishing paste, $40), Junin Toiro II (customize the iBook colors, $35), Twist Protector for the Titanium PowerBook G4 ($200) and the Groove Jacket ($30) for the iPod.
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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