X2 Studios has updated its XMMS Remote to version 0.2. XMMS Remote is used to control the XMMS media player from Mac OS X. It now includes a volume slider and a Dock Menu, The developer notes that the Dock Menu Status is disabled (due to a framework problem), but the Dock controls work. [Download - 82KB] Metronomica is a new metronome program for Mac OS X. "It sports a simple and friendly interface and is very accurate, using CoreAudio directly." It comes with a variety of sounds, "and can read an audio file for its click as well." Metronomica is freeware, and works with Mac OS X only. [Download - 390KB] KiGB, a Gameboy, Gameboy Color emulator for Mac, has been updated to version 1.30. The new release includes a number of bug fixes as well as support for Super Gameboy emulation. [Download - 508KB]
Secunia has posted an advisory for users of Apple Safari and Konqueror Embedded. The software "fails to validate the Common Name of a SSL certificate." This makes it possible to spoof SSL sites, so that users can't trust the authenticity of a SSL website. Secunia notes that Internet Explorer and Netscape suffered similar vulnerabilities a few years ago.
An Associated Press article examines the broader influence of Apple's new music service. The consensus among industry leaders is that if it weren't for Steve Jobs' "persistence," as put by RIAA chief executive Hilary Rosen, the record companies and artists would never have come on board. The article suggests that Apple's successful launch of the iTunes Music Store may serve as a launching pad for other services.
FirewireDirect.com today announced its 320GB FireWire drives in both FireWire-only and Combo FireWire USB 2.0 models: "Like all of FirewireDirectās Ultra III hard drive products, the drive employs the fastest available mechanism supported in today's external drives, and boasts the latest edition of the speedy Oxford 911 FireWire bridge board. It has two 1394a ports, and the combo edition includes a high speed USB 2.0 connector." Those ordering for Mac will receive the SpeedTools Utility Suite disk management tools, including DeviceTuner, Disk Defrag, Integrity, QuickBack and QuickBench. The desktop enclosure features a 5,400 rpm mechanism with a 2MB buffer. Pricing is $480.
RadTech today announced immediate availability of its Silicone display cushions for Apple's recently released Aluminum-cased PowerBook series notebook computers. Series 2 Wildeepz Display Cushions, redesigned for the new portables, provide active protection against contact, wear and abrasion of the display bezel, top case and LCD viewing surface. The transparent, low-tension Silicone cushions ($12) feature a non-reflective surface which makes them virtually invisible when applied to the display bezel via an adhesive backing. RadTech has also added a #00 Precision Philips driver and a 1.5mm hex wrench. The micro-sized Philips driver is necessary for proper removal of the cap screws securing the RAM access panel on the Aluminum PowerBooks, as well as several other case fasteners which tend to loosen regularly due to heat cycling. The 1.5mm hex wrench fits the socket head cap screws located elsewhere on the exterior of the 12- and 17-inch PowerBooks.
Adobe's InDesign 2.02 update fixes problems on computers with more than 1.5GB of RAM installed, including a "Not enough memory" error, an "Out of memory" error when selecting an EPS or TIFF file, and fixing the text wrap option when applying it to an object using a contour. [76KB]
Absolute Software has launched Mac versions of its ComputracePlus PC tracking and loss control solution and its AbsoluteTrack secure asset tracking and inventory management solution. ComputracePlus helps security departments monitor asset location daily, protect valuable corporate data and attempt to recover computers if they are stolen, while AbsoluteTrack simplifies the management of software licenses, computer leases, machine configuration, computer retirement, upgrades and device ownership, and also helps control computer loss and monitor security policy violations. The applications run on Mac OS X with pricing starting at $50 and $20 for ComputracePlus and AbsoluteTrack, respectively.
Softpress today announced three new products to its Freeway product line. The new Web-authoring products, include Freeway Pro, Freeway Express and its new FAST Pack technology. Designed for the professional user, Freeway Pro 3.5 has an improved user experience, extra functionality and a choice of one free FAST Pack. Freeway Pro 3.5 is $250 with upgrades from Freeway 3.x priced at $63. Both the full version and upgrade include one of the new FAST Packs. Freeway Express, designed for the consumer market, offers a simplified interface and dozens of built-in Web site templates. It will be available (download only) from the Softpress Web site for $80. FAST (Freeway Advanced Site Tools): Two new FAST Packs, available for both Freeway Pro and Freeway Express ($63 each or $95 for both), extend Freeway's core functionality. These packs are specially integrated collections of Freeway extensions that allow users to manipulate photos, generate artwork and buttons, create complex drop-down menus and dynamic navigation controls, and much more - all within Freeway.
PowerLogix today announced the iForce SL, the first CPU upgrade for second-generation iMacs. Utilizing the IBM 750FX processor, the iForce SL operates at 900 MHz and includes 512K of L2 cache also running at 900 MHz: "This provides a speedup of nearly 3x depending on which model is upgraded. The upgrade is compatible with eight different iMac models which originally ran at 350MHz to 500MHz. (It is not compatible with slot-loading 500MHz, 600MHz, and 700MHz models.)" The product includes a Powerlogix-designed, custom interposer board that maps the pinout of the original G3 to the revised pinout of the IBM 750FX. The $350 upgrade includes two-way Fedex shipping to/from PowerLogix for upgrade installation on the motherboard. It includes a one-year warranty. International orders will incur additional costs for shipping. A list of compatible models is available on the website.
O'Reilly & Associates is accepting entries for Round Two of the Mac OS X Innovators Contest. The contest, sponsored by Apple Developer Connection (ADC), seeks innovative Mac OS X applications, plug-ins, user interface widgets, or other creative original software: "Entries are judged on ease of use, adherence to the Mac OS X Human Interface Guidelines, use of Mac OS X technologies, and last, but definitely not least, innovation." First prize, worth nearly $5000, is an ADC Premier membership, a full pass to the O'Reilly Mac OS X Conference in Santa Clara, CA (October 27-30, 2003), and a one-year subscription to O'Reilly's premium online book service, Safari. Entries must be submitted by June 16, 2003. The Round Two winners will be announced at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention in Portland, Oregon, July 7-11, 2003.
Native Instruments today announced that Reaktor Session and Reaktor 4 are now available worldwide in stores. Reaktor Session offers unlimited access to Reaktor instruments, samplers, effects, and live tools. It includes synthesizers and resynthesizers, samplers and beat-loopers, groove and drum machines, surround and innovative effects, and revolutionary creations. It also includes access to the ever-growing online library for a virtually unlimited collection of instruments. It is $250. The fourth generation of Reaktor offers new modules as well as with an enhanced functionality. Reaktor 4 includes the acclaimed anti-aliasing oscillators from the PRO-53 for a rich analog sound as well as several outstanding new filter macros, which provide the backbone for a series of world-class samplers and synthesizers. Reaktor 4 is $500, while Dynamo users can upgrade for 99 Euro. It is a free upgrade to Reaktor 3 owners.
nova media has introduced a GSM and GPRS solution for Philips Fisio phones 820 and 825. Mobile High Speed for MacOS can be used to establish easy and fast mobile high speed connections for Internet, Remote Access and FTP connections worldwide, supporting more than 170 GPRS networks and most mobile phones as well as a Bluetooth connectivity. It is 100 Euro. Karelia Software today released Watson 1.7.1, a maintenance upgrade to its desktop interface to over twenty of the most popular Web services and content. Version 1.7.1 adds a "Clear Searches" menu to remove history of search terms, new preferences, and other bug fixes. A single-user license is $30, while a household license is $40. [1.8MB] Karelia also released a new freeware application called TuneFinder X, based on the innovative 'TuneFinder' application by Elbert G. Smith that indexes over 13,000 musical themes and melodies. The user plays a few notes from a melody with the mouse with an on-screen piano keyboard; the program then searches its database for the best matches and displays the name of the composer and composition. [379KB] Hitek Software's AbleFtp is a $40 shareware ftp application that is designed primary for automation of ftp and related tasks. "The goal is to create advanced ftp tasks that can be scheduled automatically or run instantly. It supports a very flexible wildcard system to transfer multiple files at once and subdirectory transfers. It can automatically save files based on date/time or customized names." [1.5MB] John MacDonnell's DockFun! 4.0b2 is a maitenance update to the shareware utility that will allow users to run an infinite number of OS X's Dock configurations: "You can make your docks like creating an iTunes playlist. It Supports Virtual Docks, Hotkeys, AutoLaunch." [802KB] MacAT 6.6 is a "cron" task scheduling application for Macintosh server administrators. It allows more than 42 of the most common MacOS tasks to be run daily, weekly, fortnightly, monthly or yearly without user intervention. The $50 shareware offers functions such as launching applications, quiting specific applications, renaming/deleting folders, mounting remote volumes, etc. [3.6MB]
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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