Sagan Technology recently debuted version 6.0 of its Metro audio/video software. Most significantly, version 6.0 adds support for Mac OS X, and support for the underlying technologies in the OS, such as CoreAudio and CoreMIDI. Also included is VST 2.0 support, with the ability to convert 'VST Instruments' to audio easily. Included is the ability to read MOV, MPG, AVI and all other QuickTime-compatible video formats, and edit such content. A free demo is available by filling out a download form.
Unsanity has released a minor update to its Labels X ($7) folder labeling "Haxie" for Mac OS X. Version 1.1.1 fixes a bug with affecting the 'Recent Items' functionality in Mac OS X 10.2. [Download - 1.2 MB] Richard Bannister has released Oswan 0.7.0, a free Bandai Wonderswan emulator for the Mac. The Wonderswan is a handheld video game system with such titles as Final Fantasy 4 available. [Download - 500 KB] LogMaster 1.1 is a maintenance update to the $3 system log browser for Mac OS X. This update contains an unspecified number of modifications. [Download - 189 KB] Sillysoft has released version 1.2 of its Lux digital board game. Version 1.2 adds more modifier keys, auto selection of the best card set, and new graphics. Lux is based on the classic 'Risk' board game, but adds the dimension of multiple worlds and various enemies. Registration is $10. [Download - 1.1 MB] wKiosk 1.0.1 adds a number of minor bug fixes and a French localization to the Internet kiosk management suite for Mac OS X. wKiosk utilizes the Netscape 7 engine to provide a complete, secure kiosk solution for the Mac. Additionally, a final version of the companion server software is now available. [Download - English, French, Server] PHP 4.3.0 is an update to the Web scriping development environment that adds a finalized command line interface, a "streams" API and countless other improvements. A Mac OS X-specific version is not yet available, but is expected shortly.
Yesterday, we noted that some Mac users were experiencing problems with connecting to Microsoft's MSN Messenger service. Several readers wrote in to say that MSN was functioning correctly on their computers, while other users indicate that deleting the MSN preferences under Mac OS 9 may be a solution.
Virtual Pet Rock is a program for Mac OS X that challenges users to "keep alive" a pet rock by feeding it and playing with it. Virtual Pet Rock is a free download. [Download form] The*Better*FileMaker*Developer today released a brain-teasing "Christmas puzzle" for FileMaker Pro. The plug-in entertains FileMaker users while allowing them to keep the productivity suite in the foreground. [Subscription required to download] Thinkertons has updated its Jotz multimedia notepad to version 1.1.055. The update addresses a bug that could, under certain specific circumstances, cause Jotz to unexpectedly quit while importing Classic notepads. Jotz is distributed as shareware; registration is $18. [Download - 612KB] iDVDthemePAK today released two of its iDVD menu theme collections in PAL format. Previously, the themes for Appleís iDVD 2.0 were only available in the NTSC format for North American and Japanese markets. PAL support allows European and Australian users to take advantage of the two 'PAKs.' Each iDVDThemePAK is priced at $30; bundled together they cost $54.
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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