UGS PLM Solutions recently announced that it has created a Mac OS X version of Parasolid 6.0, its 3D geometric modeling component software to Mac OS X. Announced in early April 2004 at COFES 2004. "Parasolid provides the geometric modeling foundation for many of the worlds leading computer-aided design, manufacturing and engineering analysis (CAD/CAM/CAE) applications. UGS PLM Solutions develops Parasolid, uses it throughout its product development applications and licenses it to independent software vendors (ISVs)." Version 6 with Mac OS X support was slated to ship at the end of April 2004.
Metro 6.2.1 ($320) is a pre-release of Sagan's multi-track recording, sequencing, and MIDI software. It brings support for routing audio and MIDI data from a single track, a new Track contextual menu, a new Software Audio Thru Feedback Protection feature, improved Jukebox functions, and more. Updates from v6.x are $15 until the full version is released. Metro SE/LX is $70/$130. [form] FaceSpan 4.2 ($200) updates the interface design tool for AppleScript applications. Version 4.2 brings better support for different resolutions, dock-badging during testing, better drag & drop support, a check for updates feature, and a terminology definitions popup in the Script Editor. [form] Text to PDF Converter 1.11 is Bee Documents' free application for creating PDF documents via drag-and-drop. Users can drag and drop any kind of text document as well as drag multiple documents simultaneously and/or an entire folder. The new version includes support for RTF files and special characters as well as improved typography. [52KB] MailHere 2.1 ($10) is a mail notification application for Mac OS X that will quickly and easily check your POP3, IMAP, and .Mac accounts. Version 2.1 offers improved POP3 support, improved IMAP and .Mac support. v2.1 also features color labels and some small bug fixes. [4.5MB] DragThing 5.2.1 updates the popular dock application for Mac OS 10.2 or later. The update fixes a potential crash when renaming dock items. An upgrade for registered users of DragThing 2 or 4 costs $12, individual licences cost $30, and five and ten packs are available for $100 and $150 respectively. [3.4MB] LogPile 1.4.1 offers a default page setup and default start up display (by specifying a list of file extensions) as well as many Mac OS X 10.3-related bug fixes. The utility allows users to view and analyze Mac OS X's system and application logs and can perform basic data-mining operations. [1.2MB] SiteOrbiter 3.1 ($18) brings embedded browsing to the visual reporting tool for web developers. It can graphically report on broken or moved links to both local and remote web addresse, help understand the structure complex web sites (and create a PDF document of such), search for particular page characteristics, track site changes over time, view HTTP headers for any page, and more. [891KB] BluePhoneMenu 1.2 (free) adds Caller ID and SMS functionality to Mac OS X for any Bluetooth-enabled phone. Version 1.2 adds new alerts including full-screen caller ID, custom ring sounds, better iTunes response, improved call logs, an SMS browser as well as an SMS composer with auto-completion and AddressBook integration. It also features improved call control. [340KB] iSticky 1.3 ($23) is a "full-featured" memo assistent that can create local stickies, share stickies with other Rendezvous-enabled computers on your network, or with other global users who have a iSticky username. It supports multiple categories, custom skins, etc. It offers a new menubar icon, automatic URL selection, improved drag & drop, and other features. [3.2MB]
In Brief: NotebookReview has an in-depth look at AirPort Express, including a few details on its operation and a photo of the inside of the device; SalemOpen.net, based on the NewburyOpen.net model, is another free, public, wireless network in Salem, MA created by Tech Superpowers. LoadPod, a new service that digitizes your CD collection and loads it onto your iPod, has added local service in several new areas, including the San Francisco, Sacramento, and Berekely; A new PowerMac G4 MDD Cooling Mod demonstrates how to add extra fans to lower the system temp to help with heat generated from overclocking.
Concord Camera has announced the Concord DV2020 2 Megapixel 5-in-1 multi-function Digital Video camera, which features a 2 megapixel digital still camera, digital video camera with MPEG-4 compression, PC cam with instant PC video playing/recording capability, digital voice recorder, and MP3 player in a single handheld device. Encased in a sleek aluminum body, the camera offers a familiar 'video camera' shape and 270-degree adjustable high-quality (117k pixels) LCD. It includes 16MB of internal storage, an SD memory card slot, 5 scene modes, a 2X digital zoom for photographs, and 4X digital zoom for video. The $230 camera ships with a pouch, earphone, strap, USB and AV cables, Lithium-Ion battery, and AC adapter.
Apple today announced that more than 250 million copies of QuickTime 6 have been downloaded in less than two years since its release. "QuickTime 6 is by far the most popular version of QuickTime ever distributed, with over 250 million copies downloaded and counting," said Philip Schiller, Apples senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. "With QuickTime 6, Apple continues to be the industry leader in providing an end-to-end standards-based digital media delivery system."
TDK today introduced two Indi DVD Multiformat burners that record DVD+R media at 12x speed and DVD-R media at 8x speed as well as record DVD+R/+RW (4x), DVD-R/-RW (4x) and CD-R/RW (24x) discs and support 48x CD read/write capabilities. The external Indi DVD Multiformat burner features both FireWire/IEEE 1394 and USB 2.0 connectivity and provides plug-and-play installation and will ship in July for $270, while the internal version ($170) is available now.
Topics of discussion on the MacNN forums today include: Several topics on Apple's new PowerMac G5 models, released today; Apple's new "liquid cooling" system in the latest Power Mac G5, and debate over Apple's terminology use; Tom Boger's statement not to expect a PowerBook G5 before the end of the year; Apple's latest security update for Mac OS X; Apple's new AirPort Express and AirTunes; impressions of the new iTunes 4.6 update for Mac OS X.
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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,Â Desktop HDD 3TB, Backup Plus 3TB External Hard DiskÂ Drive,Â 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