Marcel Bresink has released TinkerTool System 1.0 (TTS), a Ä7 shareware "similar to System Preferences. It allows you to change advanced operating system settings and gives access to internal maintenance features built into Mac OS X." It allows users to run periodic system maintenance scripts, reset permissions on system files, delete system caches, enable Quartz Extreme for some unsupported graphics cards, customized energy saver values for drives and much more. TinkerTool 3.0 (TT3) is completely rewritten version of the freeware application that offers access to many hidden system functions, including bookmark transfers between browsers, custom system fonts, custom keyboard commands for menu items, and many other options. [TTS, TT3]
At the AES Convention in New York, Native Instruments made several announcements, including unveiling Intakt, its new loop sampler with beat slicing, time stretching and an enormous loop library; NI Komplete, its comprehensive package including nine NI products; Kontakt 1.5, a major update bringing Beat Slicing, a new Time Machine and Mac OS X Support to NI's full-feature sampler; and Traktor DJ Studio 2.5, its the professional DJ software offering real-time pitch shifting and time stretching. In addition NI announced new partnerships with Sibelius and Berklee College of Music.
New York-based independent label Matador Records has announced that "major chunks" of its music catalog -- as well as new releases -- are available beginning now at Apple's iTunes Music Store. "Until now, no independent labels have been represented. At an a la carte price of $0.99 per song or for $9.99 for an entire album, cultured music fans in the U.S. can download AAC files of tracks by Interpol, Cat Power, Yo La Tengo, Stephen Malkmus, Mogwai, Guided By Voices, Pretty Girls Make Graves and countless others." Matador says it will be adding more new releases and catalog titles every week and hopes to make exclusive materials available as well.
A MacNN reader writes: "Mac users won a small victory this week after the BBC had discontinued its RealMedia stream of its popular Click Online technology show. The decision threatened to excluded the Mac faithful who are unable to view the latest Windows Media 9 stream. Thankfully the BBC has relented following an outcry and is again offering the RealMedia stream. This week's show is of great interest to Mac users as it covers 64-bit computing and the Virginia Tech's G5 super-computer." [Real Video link]
Infoworld's migration project to Mac OS X had some initial problems with Windows file/print services using Samba and mail service issues with Sendmail/Postfix, but there was an "ultimate productivity payoff" with Mac OS X's Aqua interface/environment: "What surprised me is that as I opened each of the windows I planned to use, I didnít feel the need to close others to keep things 'clean.' It isnít a question of real estate or performance or capacity. Itís subjective, and I havenít found a way to explain it to myself much less express it here."
Forums Roundup:: Readers are discussing the speed of Toast 6 compared with older versions; the best speaker system for the G5; Panther's new FileVault feature that encrypts data on-the-fly (and in the background); whether some new PowerBook owners qualify for Apple's Mac OS X Up-to-Date program; whether the 'pf' networking utility is available for Darwin/Mac OS X; the status of Fink on Panther; using Microsoft's Remote Desktop Connection for Mac OS X vs Virtual PC and other options; and white spots on the new 15-inch Aluminum PowerBooks.
Following our reports of an upcoming store in the Portland-area and a second retail store in Georgia, MacNN readers note that Apple upcoming store in Marlton, New Jersey, noted here in July 2003, is now listed on The Promenade website ("A Unique Collection of Shops...a collection of unique upscale stores, situated in an open-air shopping experience. The Promenade is a "lifestyle" center.") It is listed as "coming soon" under A-16 in the Business Directory.
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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