FireWire Depot today introduced its SuperGuard 3.5" FireWire enclosure ($140). It offers "ultimate protection for your data," by incorporating DES 64-bit/ 40bit key strength. "Even if the entire drive was stolen, no one could read your data," explains the developer. SuperGuard is intended for use by banks, insurance providers, government agencies, and those individuals with sensitive digital intellectual property. It supports the IEEE 1394a connectivity standard, in addition to USB 1.1 and 2.0. It offers data transfer rates over FireWire 400 of 100, 200, or 400 Mbps. The SuperGuard is expected to be available February 7.
Apple has posted iMovie 3.01 and iPhoto 2.0 via its Software Update mechanism in Mac OS X as well as on the Web. [use links above] iMovie 3.01 offers a new Liquid Timeline editing interface, new audio effects from Skywalker Sound; Ken Burns documentary-style effects; complete control of clips, music and sound effect volumes; pro-quality special effects and new titles; chapter markers for use with your DVD projects; and the ability to send movies to iDVD with one click iPhoto 2 offers the ability to archive your iPhoto Library to CD or DVD, single-click enhancement of photos, expanded email support for more mail clients, new .Mac screen effects share your slideshows, and new printing templates.
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Readers are reporting shipping delays (by FedEx) in shipments of their 12-inch PowerBooks and AirPort Extreme Cards, which Apple began shipping earlier this week (and some readers have located at local retail Apple Stores, including Townson, MD. ). One reader provided some details on the delay which apparently is not related to the Chinese New Year (today): "I got an email from apple stating that my shipment went out today for BTO Powerbook 12" CD DVDR Airport Extreme! Anyway when I checked the tracking number it was sent to Indianapolis Indiana, not UT where I live, I called Fed-Ex [and] I asked speak w/ the person in charge of the shipment, she gave me some interesting details, the chinese new year will not change anything about the status of the shipment, this shipment affects 636 people, (that is how many items are in it) once it gets to Indianapolis Indiana then it will take about 2 days to get to the customers whose names are on the individual parcels." "
Apple Knowledge Base articles: The Server Monitor monitor under Mac OS X 10.2 Server may incorrectly indicate that the Journaled RAID Volume Is "Degraded"; FTP server volumes available in the Finder have read-only access, even when the FTP server is set to allow you write access; DVD-R discs burned in the Finder are Mac OS Extended (HFS Plus) format and may not be viewed by Windows users; Power Mac G4 Cubes must have a Nvidia Geforce 2MX graphics card to be compatible with the Apple Cinema Display HD or Apple Cinema Display (20-inch); and The Mouse preference pane option to "Ignore trackpad when mouse is present" for PowerBooks and iBooks may not work when non-Apple mice or newer models of Apple mice are connected to the computer.
Architosh reports that GESTEL's solidThinking 5.1 modeling application is now shipping for Mac OS 9 with improved speed and dimensioning and that auto.des.sys will ship FormZ 4.0, its 3D form synthesizer in February.
Seapine today released TestTrack Pro 5.1, its defect-tracking and change request management solution and now includes a bulk field change feature that enables users to change field values for multiple defects from a single window as well as other security options. It also began shipping Surround SCM 1.2, Seapine's source control tool, is equipped with additional security restrictions at the repository leve, allowing administrators to apply these options globally across all branches or individually at each specific branch. Version 1.2 also features encrypted and compressed data transfer as well as performance improvements.
Computer security experts said the recent "SQL Slammer" worm, the worst in more than a year, is evidence that Microsoft's year-old security push is not working, according to Reuters. The article quotes one CTO (as well as a security consultant) as saying the security issues have prompted them to consider the Mac as an alternate platform: "A Consumer Reports survey last year found that virus infection rates on Macs are half what they are on Windows, noted Smith. 'Is that because Macs are safer? I think the answer is yeah.'"
MacNN reader Kodawarisan no Oheya has posted photos of his disassembled 12" PowerBook and reader Michael Van Gorkom has posted photos of his new 20-inch Apple Cinema Display.
Griffin today released Final Vinyl 1.0, a free utility that allows the recording of vinyl records using just the Griffin iMic or PowerWave and a turntable. It can be used to record instruments, microphones, tapes and any other analogue source. It offers a 10-band equalizer, Cue Marking for real-time entry of song track marks, and the ability to dynamically set and adjust audio levels. (The iMic adds high-quality stereo input and output to any USB-based Mac, while Griffin's PowerWave includes audio input and output plus adds an integrated 30 watt amplifier.) [3.0MB] Griffin Technology also announced the release of the gPort Serial MIDI Driver for Mac OS X 10.2.3. This driver allows most serial MIDI devices to operate with Apple's Core MIDI software and OS X when connected to the Griffin gPort or g4Port, allowing owners of legacy serial MIDI interfaces (such as classic Opcode Studio 5, MOTU's Midi Time Piece) to use Mac OS X. [510KB]
MacNN reader Phil Lefebvr notes that the Apple Store offers a price protection for purchases for official price changes from its retail stores and the online stores (some other vendors also have similiar policies: "Should Apple reduce its price on any shipped product within 10 calendar days of shipment, you may contact Apple Sales Support at 1-800-676-2775 to request a refund or credit of the difference between the price you were charged and the current selling price.† To receive the refund or credit you must contact Apple within 14 business days of shipment. "
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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