Eigenmath is symbolic calculator that can be used to investigate concepts in math and physics. Possible scripts include: Quantum Harmonic Oscillator, Coulomb Potential, Square-well Potential, Vector Calculus, Static Spherical Metric, and Hydrogenic Wavefunctions. [Download - 513KB] DiscBlaze 2 ($20) is an easy to use application for burning CDs and DVDs and erasing re-writable media, (such as CD-RW discs). Preview release 2 includes bug fixes, an eject button, and interface improvements. [Download - 1.0MB] FixDates is a simple program designed to locate files with invalid creation or modification dates (such as January 1, 1904). If it finds such files, it sets the creation and/or modification date to the current date. It is freeware. [Download - Classic, Mac OS X] Keith's Image Stacker is a $10 image processing program that is oriented primarily toward astro-photography. It provides a workspace in which to align many similar images and then to produce a stack of the images, for increasing the signal-to-noise ratio, thus providing a clearer final image. [Download - 731KB] Xupport 1.3.6 ($20) provides a clean graphical interface to configure many Mac OS X options that are hard to configure manually via text commands. It includes several unix commands to optimize and secure a Mac, and activates features that are disabled by default. The latest version is a maintenance update. [Download - 220KB]
Silicon Color has announced its real-time 2K resolution color effects system, which features Silicon Color's FinalTouch color correction software with its patented RACE technology: "High-end post-production companies will be able to process infinite color effects in real-time at a resolution of 2K (2048 x 1556) on a Macintosh G5 system. The FinalTouch solution provides more than 30 color nodes to be applied simultaneously to original film scans to create real-time color corrections, effects and grades."
AJA Video Systems has reduced prices on its Kona desktop video products. Kona HD, AJA's High Definition capture card for Final Cut Pro, is now $4,000, while the Kona SD for Standard Definition is now $2,500. AJA will be in IBC Stand 7.721. For a limited time, AJA is also offering a special bundle price for Kona HD and Io, its audio/video FireWire capture device. When purchased together, the price for Kona HD and Io is only $5,000. The Kona/Io bundle provides a complete SD/HD editing solution for both 8- and 10-bit uncompressed video.
Metrowerks is now shipping CodeWarrior Development Studio Mac OS v9, which was announced in early August. Metrowersk touts the new version has having the "fastest compiler and build system" available for the Mac. Version 9 now also includes PowerPlant X framework for Mach-O development; an improved debugger; and expanded support for Objective-C: code completion, syntax coloring, and search comments. Pricing starts at $400 for Mac OS X target development and $100 extra for each Classic and Windows development. A 15-day demo is available.
Open Text's FirstClass division earler this month released its FirstClass Server 7.1SP3, which includes support for the FirstClass X 7.01 client. The server, available on Mac OS X, combines "voice and fax messages to create a truly unified messaging system that allows users to communicate across a wide range of messaging formats and devices." However, the company's September 10th release says: "General availability of FirstClass 7.1 SP3 Server and Internet Services for Mac OS X will be announced in the next revision of this document." Other features inlcude advanced message handling rules, spam management features, a new webmail interface, better browser access, and a Lotus Notes/Domino connector.
PixeLINK last week launched its newest FireWire digital camera: the PL-A741 camera is a monochrome 1.3 megapixel digital camera with global shutter and external trigger designed for stop-motion frame-on-demand applications. It uses a 2/3" CMOS sensor that has a resolution of 1280x1024 pixels and can deliver image data at 27 fps. It combines a frame grabber with real-time, on-board field-programmable illumination corrections and a user-programmable look-up-table,. The $1,800 camera will be available in early November.
Apple's IBC 2003 Amsterdam report has news and photos from conference: "With more than 500,000 square feet of exhibition space, over 1,000 exhibitors filling 11 halls, and some 45,000 visitors expected during the four-day event, IBC is Europe's key annual trade show for media, video and broadcasting professionals. This year, Apple once again has a major presence at the show (Hall 7, Stand 621), which takes place at the RAI in Amsterdam from September 12th to 16th."
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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