NewTek and RealViz have announced a special offer providing purchasers of NewTek's LightWave 3D for Mac platform with RealViz's Interactive Studio bundle, at no additional charge. The Interactive Studio consists of RealViz's Stitcher 3.5 (for building panoramas), ImageModeler 3.5 (create 3D scenes using photographs), and SceneWever (for adding 3D to panoramas)--a $1,500 value. LightWave 3D 7.5 (and the free Interactive Studio bundle) is available for $1,600.
Stairways Software today announced Interarchy 7.0, the new version of its Internet application for Mac OS X. Interarchy can download and upload files via FTP, SFTP, and FTP over SSH (FTP/SSH). In addition, it can download files or whole web sites using HTTP, display detailed Internet/LAN connection information and help you work with remote servers across the Internet. Version 7 offers tabbed browsing, an icon view, full bookmark management, internal file mapping, drag & drop support, toolbars, enhanced scheduling, a new history menu, improved Internet connectivity tools, and bandwidth monitoring/graphing. Pricing starts at $40 (and free to purchases after October 1, 2003). It runs on Mac OS X 10.2 or later.
iTuner 1.4 is a small application that controls iTunes via a small window, instead of the large iTunes window. Version 1.4 fixes Smart EQ, simplifies export options, and adds a status indicator for Quick Scripts. [Download - 195KB] Cocktail is a $12 utility for Mac OS X that offers a mix of maintenance tools and interface tweaks. The update allows users to easily view and manage log files, modify hidden Login Window settings and browse an entire file system. [Download - 1.5MB] FinFlow ($15) is a general purpose financial application for solving time value of money problems and analyzing cash flows using present worth, annual cash flow, or internal rate of return analysis. The latest version offers interface enhancements and new features including a time graph. [Download - 1.1MB] Infinite Nexus Software has released Compare Folders 1.0, a full featured folder comparison utility for Mac OS X. This $9 utility is available now; the demo allows for 15 launches. [Download - 428KB] Apimac has released Secret Folder X 2.6, the latest version of its shareware application that allows users to hide a folder and its contents. The new build required a major code optimization for further Panther compatibility. Additionally, it offers protection against accidently deleting hidden folders. [Download - 1.7MB] AirPort Monitor Utility 1.1 (Beta 1) ($10) allows users to view information about an Apple AirPort Base Station. It adds support for multiple AirPort Base Station, Keychain, Rendezvous, auto refresh, and notification for events. [Download - 515KB] OnDeck 1.6 displays iTunes album artwork in a large separate window. Version 1.6 adds basic FTP information upload support, a sleep timer, the option to hide the window after a few seconds, upload support for Listen-To.com, and bug fixes. OnDeck is free. [Download - 182KB] iSparx is an $8 utility that allows users to share information from the Address Book with others in a network. Version 1.4 offers a new Dutch localization. [Download - 552KB] chatSearch is a free open-source utility that indexes iChat transcripts and imports them into an SQL database. It provides searching by contact, and can also Exports chats to HTML format. [Download - 610KB]
Jasmine Audio today released a Mac OS X version of its Macintosh-based audio editor, Jasmine Audio 1.8. Completely rewritten for Mac OS X, it now includes a new Mac OS X interface, new import/export features, help tags, bug fixes and more. Version 1.8 also now supports multiple file formats including MP4/AAC, WAV, AIFF, AVI, 3GPP, System 7, ĶLaw, and several QuickTime formats--which allows for changes in sampling frequency (up to 48 kHz), bit depth, stereo interlacing, and common compression/streaming protocols. A 14-day trial of the $30 application is available.
ATEN Technology has announced its dual interface KVMs with audio switching. The CS1758 eight-port USB/PS2 KVM Switch supports Windows, Mac and Sun Solaris computer systems and allows users to cascade to three levels, controlling up to 512 computers using up to 73 CS1758 units. The unit is rackmountable, supports resolutions of up to 2048x1536, and offers audio support for sharing multimedia speakers and a microphone. The CS1758 is priced at $500 and is now available.
Panasonic last week announced its 5-megapixel digital camera, the DMC-LC1 Lumix. The camera offers Leica optics, a large 2.5-inch LCD display, a 3.2 optical zoom (in addition to 3x digital zoom), a burst shooting mode, three different light metering modes, USB connectivity, and an SD Memory Card/Multimedia Card slot. It is expected to ship in March for $1600.
MacResQ announced today the launch of a unique new nationwide repair service for Apple iPods. The service, known as iPodResQ, will provide iPod users throughout the United States with a source for 24-hour repairs and battery replacements on their iPods. The cost of the iPodResQ 24-Hour Repair Service is $29 for a basic repair or $79 if your iPod needs a new battery.
Apple is one of 20 tech companies for investors to watch, according to the latest issue of Fortune (paid subscription required). "The only clear winner in this new world is Apple, which has leveraged its computer platform to make it easy and fashionable for consumers to get with the digital-music age. Apple today sells almost as many iPods per quarter as it does Macs. Microsoft wants in on this business badly, but as HP's decision to shift its loyalty to Apple illustrates, Microsoft doesn't have much leverage just now." The February 24 issue also features a piece on Steve Jobs and the possibility of him taking Apple and Pixar to either Disney or Sony. The likelihood of either happening, the article concludes, is unlikely, as Jobs likes to be in control of his companies, something he'd have to sacrifice in part if he merged with a larger multifaceted entity.
4Peaks 1.1 is an updated version of the DNA sequence viewer. The new version includes a number of improvements including: Better file compatibility, faster zooming and editing functions, better support for foreign characters in filenames and paths, support for mixed base calls, and a number of bug fixes. Doug's AppleScripts for iTunes has added several new and updated scripts, including one for downloading NetNewsWire subscriptions to the iPod. MacLoggerDX 3.9.1 ($95) logs into your favorite Telnet or TNC DXCluster and as DX Spots are received, tunes your radio to the spot, looks up the call and displays the DX station on the real time grey line Map with distance and bearing from your station. Cunning Fox 1.0.1 ($15) is a tool to stop and continue running applications under Mac OSX, so that you can "pause" other applications to gain optimal performance for a specific application. switchResX 3.3 ($10) allows users to easily manage the resolutions of their monitors through a simple, customizable menu. MovieEdit3D 0.89 ($10) creates a 3D scene showing multiple DV files moving and rotating through 3D space. The end result can be exported to a DV file for use in iMovie.
Apple's flagship San Francisco store, set to open in twelve days on February 28, has already attracted Apple fans bent on taking photos of the store's construction progress. "I had to roust some people a couple of days ago. They wanted pictures, but that's not allowed," one security guard told Wired. Apple has two security guards posted at the store at all times, who have also prohibited construction workers from taking photos. "'I told [a worker] 'I know it's absurd, but that's Apple's mentality, not mine,'' he said. 'Apple acts like it's the Pentagon.'"
With the iPod Mini's arrival this week, the press is once again jumping on the opportunity to praise and publicize Apple's MP3 players. The Washington Post applauds the smaller iPod: "The old iPod worked fine, but this is better. This kind of painstaking perfectionism [with the ClickWheel] explains why the iPod continues to sell so well -- the rest of the industry runs on a 'get it working, then move onto something else' mentality." Meanwhile, the Sunday New York Times included a feature in the Fashion & Style section on the proliferation of people wearing those white headphones around the city. "Michael Gitlitz, an iPod-wearing art dealer walking down Fifth Avenue on Wednesday, put it another way: '[Listening to an iPod while walking] is the next best thing to being transported from place to place in a pneumatic tube.'" Finally, a MacNN reader snapped this photo of an iPod snow sculpture on display this weekend at the Festival du Voyageur in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
A MacNN Reader reports that his iPod Mini, ordered from the Apple Store on January 7, has shipped, according to the order status page. iPod Minis are to officially start shipping tomorrow, but aren't expected to arrive in large quantity until towards the end of the month.
A MacNN reader writes: "Recorded messages at various Apple retail stores confirm that iPod mini's will be in stock on Friday the 20th of February. One may go down to an Apple store to be added to a product notification list and be contacted once the items begin arriving into the store. While it is unknown if one can sign up for the list via telephone, it is expected that the iPod mini has a heavy demand. To listen to a recording of the message on the Apple store machines, click here."
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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