MacNN reader John Byrne reports that his early 17" Aluminum PowerBook order from the Apple Store shows a ship date of March 21, 2003, despite placing an eraly order: "I ordered my 17" PowerBook the minute you could order (I actually held on the phone for a few minutes while they waited to get the green light)." New orders from the online Apple Store are estimated to ship in 7-10 weeks. In his keynote, Steve Jobs noted that the first 17" PowerBooks would ship in February. Meanwhile, MacNN readers report receiving shipment confirmation of 12" Aluminum PowerBook orders: "We got email confirmation today that our order for the PowerBook G4 12" models have shipped from Taiwan." (The first models were expected to ship within 2 weeks of the January 7th keynote.)
Kevin Gerich has created a Mac OS X port of the experimental version of Phoenix for Mac OS X, a Gecko engine-based browser by Mozilla.org: "Phoenix is a redesign of the Mozilla browser component, similar to Galeon, K-Meleon and Chimera, but written using the XUL user interface language and designed to be cross-platform." [9.8MB]
HELIOS today released HELIOS TCP/IP-based printer driver for Mac OS X for its EtherShare 3.1 file and print server software. The driver is integrated within the Mac OS X Print Center, supporting SLP browsing for selecting printers via the TCP/SLP Chooser list or by IP name/address. It also automates PPD installation from the HELIOS print spooler, offers performance improvements over AppleTalk PAP, and supports remote secure printing. (It is already available for Mac OS 9 as part of EtherShare 3.1.) Omicron Software has updated ToDo X v1.2, a simple, dedicated to-do list application written in native Cocoa for Mac OS X. Version 1.2 delivers a number of user interface refinements and user-requested features, including additional printing options and the ability to choose screen and printer fonts. [159KB] Safari Icon Manager 0.61 can browse your Safari icon cache, and it can edit/empty it. The freeware runs on Mac OS X and can edit icons of web pages with an already existing icon: "I am looking into adding support for setting custom icons for sites that don't have an existing icon, but it is currently impossible for me to implement unless Apple tells me what the numbered folders and filenames inside the main icon cache folder mean." [58KB PhotoPage 1.6a1 is a free application for Mac OS X that enables you to put your collection of images quickly onto the web. It allows you to enter descriptions for each picture, creates the HTML, and also creates thumbnails. Version 1.6 adds the ability to add watermarks (e.g. copyright text) and can optionally choose whether clicking on the scaled image will download the original unmodified image. [1.9MB]
Apple KB roundup: Apple describes how to burn a multi-session CD under Mac OS X 10.2 and how to perform a Mac OS 9 Clean Install with 10.2 restore CDs. Apple also describes resetting the PMU (Power Management Unit) on an iBook and PowerBook; MP3Pro sounds files playback at the encoded resolution on an iPod; and Keynote may stop responding or unexpectedly quit during a slide show presentation or unexpectedly quit on launch if your computer doesn't have enough free disk space. Update: Apple has also provided an iSync workaround for non-admin users to sync data using iSync 1.0, while another details AirPort Extreme compatibility with earlier AirPort and third-Party 802.11b wireless products.
Aspyr today announced a Medal of Honor Allied Assault Spearhead for the Mac: " Players will assume the role of Sgt. Jack Barnes as he endures the final months of World War II, from Operation Overlord to the Battle of the Bulge and culminating with the fall of Berlin." The expansion pack combines nine expansive single-player levels with over 12 new multiplayer maps and includes new locations, new weapons, and new soldiers. It is expected to ship in May 2003 for $30 (and is available for pre-order now).
The Seattle Times reviews Final Cut Pro Express, Apple's trimmed down version of its video editing software. "This is not a consumer product," said Susan Marshall, the Final Cut product-line manager. "It's very robust and includes everything that a small-business owner would need to put video on the Web. And it will help businesses to communicate more effectively and increase their sales through the use of video." The Express package includes a tutorial DVD to walk new users through the basic features, including some 70 keyboard shortcuts.
Apple today announced that more than 1 million copies of its new Safari web browser have been downloaded since the free public beta was posted on Apple's web site on January 7: "Safari is a home run, with over a million downloads in less than two weeks," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "Mac users have discovered that Safari beta release is already the fastest browser on the Mac and possibly the best browser in the world."
Norbert Doerner's CDFinder 4.01 is a $25 application to catalog your hard disks, CD-ROMs, DVDs, floppies, ZIPs and other external/internal media. Version 4 features a new interface, custom fonts, improved column display, support for anti-alias text, and other features. It runs on Mac OS X 8/9/X, is available in several different languages (as well as a Windows version), and is a free update. [1.1MB] Automated Solutions Group has released MenuPack 3.2, a plug-in for 4th Dimension that provides the ability to create and manage custom menus and popups, including complete hierarchical menu support. Developers can create enhanced menus and popups and provide complete integration with AreaList Pro. Pricing is $40 for a runtime license and $100 for a Developer license. Version 1.0 of Alex King's tasks is a web-based hierarchical task manager/to-do list software. The donation-ware application runs on PHP and MySQL and was developed on Mac OS X for "anyone who is comfortable installing and configuring PHP & MySQL and wants to manage their tasks/projects from a central spot. Also, for someone who wants to view their tasks in an iCalendar enabled calendar." [252KB] The freeware GNUMail.app 1.1pre1 is a complete and fast mail application for GNUstep and Mac OS X. It features a reworked preferences panel, integrates with Mac OS X 10.2's new address book, has auto-completion support when composing new mails under OS X and GNUstep, adds DnD support for attachments, features better OS X integration (using sheets, spell checking, etc), and has better PGP support. [1.1MB] El Gato Software's EyeTV 1.11 updater for its EyeTV digital video recorder restores full-screen playback under QuickTime 6.1, has greater flexibility when resizing a player window while the Editor is open, and fixes crashes when scrubbing the timeline in the Editor. [7.9MB] Kairos 1.01 is a weather graphing and monitoring application for Mac OS X. It records the weather conditions for any location you specify and graphs the data and can monitor the temperature and send out warning emails if it detects the conditions are becoming icy. It offers 28-day histories, records temperature/dew point/pressure/wind speed, English or metric unit display, and email notification. Version 1.01 adds speech and fixes a problem with the preferences performing a location lookup when not needed. [323KB]
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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