Power Rip X v7.0 ($360) is a Mac OS X PostScript Level 3-compatible printer driver for Epson inkjet printers and iProof-X Direct Driver ($50) are non-PostScript Epson inkjet printer drivers. Both use the CUPS printing architecture and Mac OS X's printer sharing to support over 55 Epson color inkjet printers, offering automatic color profile selection at print time. iProof-X contains ICC color profiles for each paper type and resolution and also ships with custom PPD's for all the Epson Ink Jet printers supported. Demos of each are available online.
Neon Software's Bandwidth Hog Update for NetMinder Ethernet 5.0 ($800) contains an updated Packet Interference plugin, which automatically discovers network problems and security risks ((port scans, DoS attempts, duplicate IP addresses, and worms and viruses) and notifies users via email, pager or SNMP trap. This update analyzes network data to detect transfers of audio/video files to help administrators enforce bandwidth policies. [54KB] David Watanabe has updated his client for the gnutella peer-to-peer file sharing network. Acquisition 0.72, built using Cocoa for Mac OS X 10.2, features, among other things, pervasive contextual menu support, improved filtering, and a powerful new ability to tag search keywords (by prefixing) as necessary ('+') or unwanted ('-'). The shareware is $15. [1.4MB] iStumbler 0.6b is a utility for finding local wireless networks and services. It combines a compact Aqua UI with advanced wireless scanning and reporting. This release adds an info view for editing the latitude, longitude and info for each access-point as well as the ability to save and open log files. iStumbler is available under a BSD-style open-source license. [188KB] stupidFish has updated its Cocoa clipboard enhancer. shadowClipboard beta 2 brings an unlimited number of clipboards for Mac OS X. The new release features automatic hiding when in background, window resizability and alpha settings, an aqua-look option, automatic start, pasteboard-type filtering restrictions, cliboard storage slots for saving certain clipboards, and an advanced interface. [135KB] ThetaKent has released an updated MuseP3 0.3b, a frontend for the LAME MP3 encoder. It adds batch encoding, multiple selection/deletion, an option to encode using LAME's presets added, and other enhancements. The freeware requires Mac OS X 10.2. [472KB]
Apple's new School Night at the Apple Store program is designed for K-12 schools to "celebrate achievement" for one night a local Apple Store. The special event nights, which will begin in February (Tuesday and Wednesdays), are designed to showcase work both students and teachers are creating using Apple technology. To help raise money, Apple will offer $50 off any Mac purchased as well as a $50 credit for the school to use against future product purchases and will also provide invitations, posters, and other materials to help market the event.
Tech news: Microsoft's new digital rights software is designed to prevent unauthorized copying of CDs by creating special copy-controlled CDs with multiple layers of songs; A New York court has ruled that Network Associates may not require people who buy the software to get permission from the company before publishing reviews of its products and that the company could be penalized millions of dollars for violating consumers free speech, according to The New York Times; and HP regained its position as the world's largest PC maker in the fourth quarter, while the industry overall saw shipments increases by 4 percent in the quarter and No. 5 Apple saw its U.S. market share rise from 2.9 percent to 3 percent in the fourth quarter.
Bery Rinaldo's MacMP3Gain 1.0 is an AppleScript Studio application which adds a GUI to the command line version of mp3gain, a utility that performs some statistical analysis to determine how loud the file actually sounds to the human ear and performs lossless volume normalization (i.e., adjust them so that they have the same volume) without re-encoding the file. It is free and runs on Mac OS X 10.2. [MacGUI, MacApp] Laurens van Klaveren writes: "After months of using my Oki 8im USB led-printer from Classic because the beta driver for Mac OS X proved itself to be totally unusable, I found an updated 1.0 driver today. dated 20/12/02, this new (non-beta) OKIPAGE 8im 1.0 driver works flawlessly with both my Power Mac G4 and PowerBook, running Mac OS X 10.2.3." An updated Classic version is also available: OKIPAGE 8im v2.1.1. [Classic, OSX] Xupport 1.2.3 provides a clean GUI to configure many Mac OS X "hidden" system options and includes several Unix command to optimize and secure your Mac and can also activate features that are disabled by default. Version 1.2.3 can now change the swap file location and corrects some keyboard shortcuts. A 20-run demo of the $20 utility is available. [693KB] The $30 shareware PopChar X 2.0.1 is a maintenance update to the Mac OS X sibling of PopChar Pro. It fixes a bug that could cause PopChar X to crash on some configurations. Version 2.0, released yesterday, features automatic font detection in some applications and new language localizations.
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Apple brings iTunes Movie Trailers app to Canada
After five years, Apple has expanded its iTunes Movie Trailers app for iOS to Canada. As of Saturday, the free app allows movie buffs to see HD movie trailers for new studio and independent features, and explore some other movie-related extras such as photos, behind-the-scenes footage, or clips from upcoming films. Users can save trailers for quick access, read reviews from RottenTomatoes.com within the app, use AirPlay to send them to an Apple TV, share trailers, and peruse the top movie charts. http://apple.co/1UUKtwr
Apple expands CloudKit API, provides web interface
On Friday, Apple notified developers that it was expanding a feature of CloudKit to allow for server-to-server web service requests. "In addition to providing a web interface for users to access the same data as your app, you can now easily read and write to the CloudKit public database from a server-side process or script with a server-to-server key," Apple said in its announcement. Previously, interaction with the CloudKit public database was limited to apps and web only. http://apple.co/20h1RwP
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