Apple IMC Poland, in cooperation with Apple Europe, invites "creative minds" to Workshops of Digital Creation 2003. The event takes place in Warsaw, Poland, June 3 and 4th. Planned events are on two "floors" - seminars, presentations, conferences and workshops on the "conference floor," and special rebate sales and solutions presentations on the "expo floor." Special guests from Apple -- Oren Ziv and Kevin Miller from creative team of Apple Europe -- will show why Apple is still the "leading brand in [the] creative market."
Excel Software today announced the availability of QuickHelp 1.0 for Macintosh. QuickHelp is a development tool for creating and deploying application help to Mac OS 9, Mac OS X, Windows 95 through XP and virtually all Linux distributions. "QuickHelp is unique in its ability to manage, author and test help topics in a single tabbed window running on your platform of choice, then deploy the help system to virtually any computer." QuickHelp Mac OS X ($200) includes the native Builder and Viewer executables for both Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X, a license to freely distribute the QuickHelp Viewer, a printed manual, online help and PDF manual on CD.
Apple has released iTunes 4.0.1 via the Software Update utility in Mac OS X. "iTunes 4.0.1 includes a number of performance and network access enhancements, and only allows music sharing between computers using iTunes 4.0.1 or later on a local network (in the same subnet). If you have an Apple SuperDrive, you can archive your song files to a DVD disc as well as burn playlists to standard audio CDs to play in your car or home stereo."
SÝren Theilgaard has written a guide for Mac OS X Server 10.2, called "Mac OS X Server - The additional guide for some of the UNIX stuff!." It has been updated for Mac OS X 10.2 "Jaguar" with several new topics. It include topics such as DNS server (BIND), Open Directory and NetInfo (and Password Server), Apple Mail Server, File Services (incl. WebDAV), Web Services (Apache, SSL encryption), as well as a new troubleshooting section. The guide also contains a detailed index. It is available for free for registered users, while new users can purchase it for $20. The first three chapters are available on the Web for free.
Aspyr today announced that SpyHunter is now shipping for the Mac: "The evil NOSTRA corporation prepares to unleash havoc on the world, and only the SpyHunter is equipped to stop them. Strapped behind the wheel of the powerful G-6155 Interceptor, you are the world1s last chance! Utilizing an incredible arsenal of both offensive and defensive weapons, you must elude NOSTRA spies, henchmen and assassins at any cost if civilization is to be saved." The $30 title requires Mac OS X 10.2 or later with a Radeon 7500 or GeForceMX2 video card.
FileMaker Magazine has a review of Servoy, a new database application tool: " Do I think Servoy will replace FileMaker Pro, in short, no. One advantage is that both applications have similar environments that facilitate the creative side of application development. If I was going to develop a solution that would likely only require a few hundred thousand records then I'll likely do it in FileMaker Pro. If I need a solution I can distribute to a hundred customers so they can each maintain their own data set then I'll use FileMaker Pro. If I'm going to integrate data from different sources or manage a solution that uses a SQL backend then I'll likely choose Servoy."
Wacom today announced that two sizes of its Intuos2 professional pen tablet will be available in its new Platinum look. It will be available starting mid-June for the 6x8 ($350) and 9x12 ($470) models of Intuos2 USB tablets. "Our Intuos2 customers are photographers, designers, and artists who especially appreciate quality and style. The tablets features Wacom's patented cordless and battery-free pen technology as well as an ergonomically designed Grip Pen provides for greater control, comfort and productivity. Bundled software includes: Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0 (Intuos2 4x5 and 6x8 models only), Painter Classic by Corel, penPalette by nik multimedia, and Wacom Brushes 1.0.
Ambrosia Software today released Uplink, a new cyber-hacking game for the Mac: "The world no longer need be conquered by armed warriors brandishing guns....Uplink is akin to a more cerebral incarnation of Ambrosia's popular Escape Velocity series of games, with missions that interweave a threaded plot which is unveiled with each conquest. Only this time, you have only your intellect, hacking skills, and the computer systems you've compromised to aid you." It is $25 shareware.
Adobe has announced it is shipping its Acrobat 6.0 product line, a major upgrade PDF workflow solution that enables workgroups to efficiently create, share, review, and archive files in the Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). Adobe also announced the immediate availability of Adobe Reader 6.0 software, an upgraded and re-named version of its free Acrobat Reader.
SubRosaSoft has released SubRosaSoft SMARTPanel 1.0, a utility that alert users of any potential hard drive failure in time to react before any data is lost. "SMARTPanel utilizes a feature called Self Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology that is built into most modern hard drives to monitor and alert a user of drive problems. SMARTPanel is based on our recently released SubRosaSoft DiskGuardian, but with an easy-to-use interface designed for entry level users." The software is $25 and runs on Mac OS X. Captain FTP 2.6 brings SFTP support, better integration with third-party text editors, better connectivity and stability, an improved GUI, and other features. The $25 FTP celint features synchronization functions, resumed downloads, Rendezvous support, browser integration, bookmark import from other clients, and other advanced functions. [2.6MB] ARTIS Software today releaed Team Task Server 1.0 for Mac OS X, a server application to accept, store, and forward task items of Team Task, a networked task organizer: "ARTIS Team Task is a peer-to-peer (P2P) application using Rendezvous to share tasks, ideas, and to-do's. It takes task organization to the next level by enabling users to send notes, tasks, or reminders to everyone in their team." Team Task Server uses Rendezvous to store tasks when users are offline and forward tasks to users when sign on. It costs $13 per user. Adam Tow and Alex King have released Read it to Me 1.0, a "donationware" utility that creates a playlist of MP3 files in iTunes from your unread RSS news headlines in Ranchero Software's NetNewsWire. It creates the list using Apple's Text-to-Speech, allowing users to sync the list to an iPod. [62KB] Emailchemy 1.5 reads email files from the proprietary formats of the most popular email applications and converts them to standard formats that any application can use. Version 1.5 adds support for Claris Emailer 2.0, QuickMail Pro for Windows, Mac OS X Mail, and several bug fixes. Other supported clients include Entourage, Eudora, Mac OS X Mail, Mozilla, Mulberry, Neoplanet, Netscape, PowerTalk/AOCE, Outlook Express, and Opera. The $25 utility runs on Mac OS X. [371KB] Stephan Huber's Geo3D 2.1.2 is a freeware 3D Metafile (3DMF) viewer that is available in English, French, and German: "Geo3D lets you navigate through space rather than being limited to manipulating models." It adds support for more file creator types, better I/O error messges, internal improvements, and other updates. [240KB] IGG Software has updated iWork 1.3.4 ($25), an intuitive time-billing and invoicing application that is integrated with iCal and Address Book. New features include the ability to set an iCal calendar per project, improved sorting of clients, a project wide discount rate and several bug fixes. IGG also updated iBank 1.1, a $20 financial management application. New features include sorting of transactions, improved searching, improved QIF importing, improved QIF exporting, printing of reports, a few bug fixes and more. Both are available in a bundle for $35. [IW, IB] MacCAD: Engineered Software has released PowerCADD siX, a "major" update to the Mac-only CAD package with support for Mac OS X and other new features such as deep zoom, live drawing, live selection, zoom on demand, larger drawing area (200 inches by 200 inches), live panning and zooming, and enhanced dynamic snap indication. The add-on package WildTools 7 is also available for PowerCADD siX.
Plextor today announced the new PX-504UF DVD+R/RW drive, an external DVD/CD burner that delivers fast 4X DVD+R Writing, 2.4X DVD+RW Rewriting, and 12X max DVD-Reading; the versatile 6-in-1 drive also supports 16X CD Writing, 10X CD-Rewriting, and 40X CD-Reading. The PX-504UF DVD+R/RW drive features Plextor's first dual interface with both USB 2.0 and FireWire ports. The unit features a 2MB data buffer and burst data transfer rates of 5.5 MB/sec., allowing users to burn a 4.7GB CD disc in less than fifteen minutes. The $330 drive is expected to ship in June 2003 and includes Roxio Toast 5 Lite, a limited version of Toast 5 Titanium, an all-in-one DVD and CD burner for both Mac OS X and Mac OS 9.1.
Melonsoft today released PianistEnvy 1.6, the new release improves on recording stability and introduces the ability to both save and load songs for later playback. The release also fixes a minor bug from 1.5 which would sometimes hinder playback of recording. "PianistEnvy [$5] allows anyone with a Mac and QuickTime to instantly unleash 120+ crystal-clear instruments built-into Apple's QuickTime software." [Download - Classic, Carbon] DEVONtechnologies has updated its DEVONthink information manager/freeform database to version 1.6. The update "makes it much faster and less memory-hungry." Additionally, the price for DEVONthink Personal Edition has been permanently lowered from $45 to $35, and the price of ThunderPack, a bundle of DEVONthink Personal Edition and MetaObject TextLightning, is now $50. [Download - 2.1MB] DEVONtechnologies also released EasyFind 2.7 -- and update to its find-file utility -- and ThumbsUp 2.1 -- a freeware thumbnail generation utility. EasyFind is an alternative to or supplement of Sherlock and finds files, folders or contents in any file without the need for indexing. ThumbsUp is a simple and fast drag-and-drop based utility to create thumbnails for a bunch of pictures and supports all image formats of Mac OS X and Quicktime (including PDF documents). [Download - EasyFind , ThumbsUp ] Ugly Dockling 1.4 adds drag-and-drop installation, and minor bug fixes to the the Mac OS X Dock add-on that "reduces the clutter [...] by creating a dock menu reminiscent of the old Favorites menu." Ugly Dockling costs $10 for a single user license. [Download - 2.6MB] Graham Parks has released Shrook 1.0, a new $20 RSS news gatherer that consolidates items from any RSS-enabled Web site into a simple interface. In addition to the usual RSS features, it has a feature that lists channels by the date they were updated, it can keep items for a user defined time, it allows separate settings for each channel, and it has an auto-updating channel Guide. [Download - 1.2MB] EV Nova 1.0.5 corrects countless bugs from previous versions of the action game for Mac OS X. [Download - Full, Update] Norbyte has released version 2.0 of Downfall, its $15 "falling blocks-type" game. "The game has been totally redone, and now features real-time 3D graphics and lots of new boards." Downfall builds on the falling blocks genre with its real-time 3D graphics and 24 uniquely designed implementations of the classic concept, each offering the player special bonus blocks and rules that fit the board, and requiring different tactics to master. [Download - 692KB]
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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