Griffin Technology has delayed the shipping date RadioSHARK, which adds a software controlled AM-FM radio to any Mac computer as well as can record any AM, FM or Internet (streaming) radio broadcast. The $70 USB device also offers advanced scheduling and 'pausing' functions for live radio. RadioSHARK was announced at Macworld New York last year for $50 and originally expected to ship in Fall 2003. According to an email sent to customers, it is expected to ship in April: "Why the delay? To be honest, the software for the radioSHARK was a bit more of a challenge than we anticipated and it has taken far longer than expected."
NASA Langley Research Center is announcing a new version of its TetrUSS computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software for Mac OS X 10.3 Panther. Version 010804 contains numerous updates and improvements for 10.3, and includes a revised version of GridToolCocoa (GTC), a general purpose CAD, geometry preparation, and grid generation tool.
eMedia has announced a new value-priced line of music instruction software for guitar, bass, piano and keyboard, including Guitar Basics, Piano & Keyboard Basics and Bass Basics. The titles feature an animated fretboard or keyboard that allows you to see the notes and follow along. They also offer variable-speed MIDI tracks as well as include an automatic tuner or digital metronome. It will be available for $20 in March of 2004.
No Starch Press has released the second edition of Owen W. Linzmayer's Apple Confidential 2.0, which covers "everything of note in Apple's fascinating history, from its legendary founding in a garage to today's groundbreaking innovations. With over 60 pages of new material, including several completely new or greatly revised chapters, and hundreds of new photos, illustrations, quotes, and timelines, 'Apple Confidential 2.0' is required reading for Macintosh fanatics and anyone interested in the business of Apple." It is available for $20.
MacScheduler.com has released Scheduler 4.0, a $20 scheduling utility only available on the Mac. It adds a new search tool, optional hierarchical sorting, an improved sond manager, better hotkeys support and management, optional deferment of scheduled events, and an improved interface. The application offers a sophisticated reminder function with customizable pre-warnings, repeats, sounds, fonts and text size, etc. as well as the ability to schedule the launch of applications, AppleScripts, documents, URLs, and more. It runs on both Mac OS X 10.1 or later.
Other World Computing (OWC) today introduced the Mercury G4/450-533MHz ZIF upgrade with 1MB of L2 Cache for Apple's Power Mac G3 Beige, G3 Blue & White and G4 "Yikes" models. This new model replaces OWC's G4/450MHz, G4/500MHz and G4/533MHz models. Available now for $150, the new upgrade uses a Motorola G4/450MHz processor that is "tested and guaranteed for safe, reliable operation of up to 533MHz in all Power Mac G3 Beige models and G4/500MHz operation in all PowerMac G3 Blue & White and G4 'Yikes' PCI models." It ships with a two-year warranty from OWC.
Melodyne 2.1 offers a "completely new" approach to the editing audio: it analyzes the pitch and time of monophonic audio files and "offers the opportunity to change whole melodies in a way only previously possible at MIDI-Level. Melodyne is able to change the musical parameters of voices or instruments without any actual influence on the character of the recording." It improves detection quality on non-44.1kHz files, improves performance on Mac OS 9, supports Mac OS X Panther, and G5 Power Macs (as well as many other changes). It is $450.
Rage Software's Smart Folders 1.1 ($10) groups similar files together based on specified criteria and updates itself as new files are added (at custom intervals), creating aliases to similar files for easy organization/reference. Version 1.1 adds the ability to customize the settings of an already created Smart Folder and improves support for Mac OS X 10.3. [997KB] David Ahmed's FinderScape 1.01 offers a 3D environment in which users can browser through files on their hard drive. It also offers functions for previewing images, sounds, QuickTime media, and text with speech. A 7-day evaluation of the $15 shareware is available in both English and Japanese. It requires Mac OS 10.2.4 or later. [1.0MB] Fluid 2.6.1 is a Mac OS X screensaver that features a realtime fluid-dynamics. It adds the ability to use video feeds as the reflection for the churning liquid; now includes particle rendering, contour outlining, countour filling, and streakline rendering styles to make your; and now has liquid that is actually 3-dimensional and shows reflections. [2.2MB] JustLookin' 1.0 offers a drag & drop interface that allows users to easily bookmark songs/albums from the iTunes Music Store. The application will store information on the song, title, and artist as well the URL to the item on the music store. [1.0MB] xScope 1.01 ($15) assists designers in measuring, aligning and inspecting on-screen graphics and layouts. The software consists of six tools in one including Rulers, Screens, Loupe, Guides, Frames and Crosshair. It offers increased readability of the tool's dimensions against light backgrounds and other bug fixes. [928KB] Greppie 1.01 ($15) is "wrapper application" for the UNIX command "grep," allowing users to search any file on your hard disk for any text using regular expressions for flexible, powerful search options. It adds support for searching Mac text files, adds an Italian localization by Gabriele Callari, fixes a few bugs, and updates the PowerSearch interface. [1.0MB] X Overload 2.1.1 ($20 per year) offers several utilities that let you manage and maintain your Mac OS X and classic system folder. Users can manage system folder items (Contextual Menu Items, Fonts, Preference files, Preference Panes, Services, Screen Savers), delete unnecessary localization language files, and delete browser cache files. [2.4MB]
Apple's 1984 TV ad is among the ten finalists for CBS.com's Super Bowl Greatest Commericals, which airs on Saturday, January 31st at 9 pm: "Join host Jim Nantz and the rest of the 'NFL Today' team for this special that takes a look back at the greatest Super Bowl commercials of all time. Since 1967, there have been 37 Super Bowls, containing approximately 60 commercials in each, which works out to more than 2,200 Super Bowl commercials in all! We've narrowed the field down to ten." Meanwhile, Pepsi will be advertising the iTunes song giveaway in one of its three spots--totalling 3 minutes--during in the upcoming Super Bowl XXXVIII.
Ovolab Phlink 1.2 updates the innovative software/hardware solution that turns your Mac into a answering machine and telephone information center. Users can create multiple voice mailboxes, forward messages via email, create custom phone trees, play prerecorded audio messages, and report information by dynamically looking it up on the Internet or in a database. Version 1.2 adds personalized ringtones, better support for multiple voice mailboxes, and enhanced scriptability. It is available for $160 and requires Mac OS X 10.2 or later.
Infoworld reports on lack of XML support in Office 2004 for Macintosh, which MacNN first previewed earlier this month: "Although Office 2004 for Macintosh will read and write Excel files saved in XML format, it won't support other XML file formats, including WordML, and won't have any equivalent to Office 2003 features such as XML data binding, 'smart' documents, schema libraries and XSL style-sheet support. Without better XML support, companies with mixed Macintosh and PC desktops could be faced with the choice of not adopting the XML features or limiting them to Windows desktops only."
Apple is now offering a RSS generator for the iTunes Music Store. Users can get a feed for virtually anything, including the latest 10 Alternative releases, Top 50 Jazz songs, etc. Users can customize the feed length, the feed type, music genre, and the ability to display explicit content to instantly create a custom feed.
MujMAC.cz describes a "complex overhaul of Tatra 613 car and installation of PowerMac G4 into this car. The built-in PowerMac G4 supports GPS navigation, audio and video playback as well as processing of telematics data, internet access etc. The system is using special simplified user interface, that can easily be controlled even when driving. Built-in circuits also allow some functions of the car to be controlled remotely using a mobile telephone. The article also addresses some specific hardware issues commonly encountered by authors of similar modifications."
Edwin Buehler's Wine XT 1.7 is a wine cellar management software for wine enthusiasts. "You can manage your wines and your own wine tasting notes. You can note sight, smell, taste and the quality of a wine. Manage the wine cellar racks, reviews used wine with this wine accessory." Version 1.7 adds template-based reports, improved import functions, improved list printing, and a Japanese localization. The $50 application runs on Mac OS X 10.2 or later.
KB roundup: Apple offers instructions on how to install iDVD on a Macintosh Without a SuperDrive; Apple also offers tips on how to optimize performance in GarageBand, including turning off FileVault, reducing the number of tracks, and copying the song directly to the hard disk; Windows ME does not work with iPod software 2.1 or later or with iPod mini software 1.0 (and requires restoral of an older version of iPod software).
CodeTek VirtualDesktop Pro 3.0 beta 5 is the latest version of the multitasking software for Mac OS X to allow users to switch between multiple virtual desktops. Beta 5 fixes issues with iChat and Safari tooltips, Finder windows, X11, ichat, stability, performance, and more. A 25% discount on VirtualDesktop 2.x ($23) will expire on January 26. New purchases of version 2.x -- and those who have bought it since October 1st -- will be eligible to upgrade to version 3.0 for free, while upgrades for others will be $15. The (limited) Lite version will be $20, while the full version will be $40.
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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