Maplesoft's Maple 9 is a comprehensive environment for visualizing and exploring mathematical concepts and for developing mathematical applications. Maple 9 is a flexible analytical tool that features a comprehensive suite of mathematical solvers, mathematical visualization capabilities, a powerful programming language and a rich technical document-processing environment. New features include an enhanced user interface, a new Help browser, new code generators for MATLAB and Visual Basic, new student learning packages, an extensive addition of NAG numerical solvers and numerous mathematical enhancements. Pricing starts at $1,800.
FireWire Depot today introduced new FireWire800 1394b enclosures. The Concord800, which will be available for shipping at the end of August, is an update to its existing Concord dual drive enclosure, using the new Oxford 922 chip for FireWire 800 speeds. It supports two drives (Master and Slave) in the smallest dual drive enclosure available. The TT745-800 ($130) is available for immediate shipping and also uses the new Oxford 922 chip for FireWire 800 1394b speed, and includes a USB2 port for maximum portability and performance. Both will accept any IDE/ATA hard drive and are compatible with the new ATA-6 large (up to 320GB).
Apple's new Apple Professional Development Online is designed to "meet the needs of the 21st Century educator, Apple Professional Development Online offers a dynamic learning environment for K-12 teachers, administrators and university faculty." It offers online courses, educator resources, netTrekker (search engine for schools), and the Apple Professional Development Library, which provides a practical perspective on current educational issues through articles, interviews, research analysis, expert commentary, and exploration of classroom practices. Pricing is available through education channels. Apple also offers courses designed specifically for IT professionals, including how to effectively implement and manage Mac OS X Server to support a mixed environment.
MacNN reader Daryl Courtney writes: "I read a article about a retailer who is trying to get GPS companies to support the Mac.The retailer even offered to help, but the companies are saying not enough interest, etc. The retailer has posted a GPS petition to try to help show there is an interest."
Terrabrowser 1.1 for Mac OS X is an internet browser for satellite photos and topographical maps with built in support for Garmin GPS receivers: "Download waypoints from your GPS to display on the maps, edit them, upload new waypoints to your receiver. Maps are obtained from the Microsoft Terra Server which serves data provided by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Includes extensive bookmarking support, image cache, and many other features!" Version 1.1 offers significant feature enhancements, including GPS support, caching, zipcode search, and waypoint management. It is $10.
Feral Interactive today released a demo version of Warrior Kings for Mac OS 9/X. The demo contains the animated tutorials and a complete level called Revolution: "It is an early level in the Imperial Campaign path - in which Artos has been ship-wrecked on the rocky coast of Cravant, once his father's kingdom - only Artos and a few of his men have made it to shore, they must now begin securing a base from which to reclaim the rest of the map and his father's former lands. It is expected to ship later this month for $50. [240MB]
MacResQ today announced "self-serve" user-installable PowerBook G4 "SuperDrive" upgrade. The $300 upgrade is bootable and compatible with Mac OS 9/X and all applications. The drive reads at 24x, writes CD-R at 16x, writes CD-RW at 8x, and writes DVD-R/RW at 1x. The upgrade includes comprehensive installation instructions and a pre-paid return shipping label for the customer to return their old optical drive to MacResQ. The company also offers nationwide, 24-hour turnaround installation for $400, which includes pick-up, overnight delivery to the PowerBookResQ service center, installation within 24 hours, and return overnight shipping.
dvMatte Pro is an After Effects 5.5/6.0 plug-in that can soften the scaled color channels while utilizing the unscaled luminance channel to regain the detail in the edges. The $150 plugin will also be available in the Fall for Final Cut Pro 4. A $50 discount is available through August 15th. John Vink's BaseMaster 3.0 adds 64-bit number support to the Mac OS X application that shows several bases of a number simultaneously. It shows 7 edit fields representing decimal, binary, hexadecimal, octal, vinkadecimal, IP address, and 4 character long. [80KB] appMac's xTime 1.1 ($130) can organize and manage projects. It integrates with iCal/AddressBook, creates Gantt charts, tracks task dependencies, and offers example schedules, summary views, critical path highlighting, etc. Version 1.1 offers more date options, improved performance, and other enhancements. MultiDock 1.1 extends the dock by adding a dockling menu that allows the user to create multiple Docks and switch between them. Users can limit each Dock instance to just the applications, files, and folders that are relevant to the task at hand. It is $15 for a limited time. [138KB] The freeware Xkeys 1.1 can launch applications and open files and folders using any function key. Function keys, which can have submenus, adds the ability to open multiple items with one hotkey, execute AppleScripts, hotkey modifiers, export key lists, and the ability to reorder hotkeys. [1.1MB] Typewriter Keyboard 1.3 allows you to make your keyboard play typewriter sounds. It offers the ability to customize the sound, adjust/set the volume, and has other features. It is $10 and runs on Mac OS X only. [751KB] Caphyon's Advanced Web Ranking 1.5 features multiple projects, and more search engines and local search engines for Google, MSN and Yahoo. The $50 tool will help you check your web site position on all major search engines and generates tabular and graphical reports. A 15-day demo is available. [1.2MB]
The Boston Herald reports that IDG is reconsidering the move of the East Coast Macworld Expo show to Boston: "IDG World Expo said yesterday that it could make more sense to keep the show in New York. David Korse, the new head of the trade show company, told the Herald he has launched an in-depth study on the merits of New York vs. Boston and will make a final decision by Labor Day."
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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
XCOM 2 ships on Steam for Mac, Windows
Feral Interactive today announced that the highly anticipated turn-based strategy game XCOM 2 is out now for OS X and Windows, and is available to buy through Steam and through the Mac App Store shortly. The sequel to the popular XCOM: Enemy Unknown, XCOM 2 is available as a standalone base game and as the XCOM 2 Digital Deluxe Edition. The XCOM 2 Digital Deluxe Edition comprises the base game, the Reinforcement Pack and the XCOM 2 digital soundtrack. Versions start at $60. http://bit.ly/1KuEFsX