Mike Matas today announced a new Mac OS X application that automatically finds any images, NIB files, and HTML files inside any folder or application. CatScan will search for these files and then display them as thumbnails in an easy-to-read grid layout. "Using CatScan you can explore applications and discover how they were created, looking at icons and nibs used to create the interface." CatScan allow users to explore the scanned items using its innovative "Lens" that magnifies the thumbnail under your cursor as well as displays its size, format, creation date, and location. A demo is limited to the viewing 24 items. The $10 shareware runs on Mac OS X.
In Brief: Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak offered "Shop Talk, a Warning, and Advice," to self-declared "hackers" in his keynote address for HOPE; Lamp Express has posted a new FAQ covering its new eyeSignal Personal Notifaction Device that offers visual notification of computer events; Several companies (Intel, Google, eBay, Sun, Yahoo, Verizon, but not Apple) have joined the fight to prevent Congress from passing the "Inducing Infringement of Copyright Act," which could hold companies criminally liable for producing devices/software that could be used for copyright infringement. Microsoft's Internet Explorer has seen 1 percent decline in web browser market share, the first noticeable decline since 1999. A new musical satire called "Nerds", based on the lives Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, will be performed this week at Vassar College.
Stairways Software today announced that has acquired Keyboard Maestro from Michael Kamprath. Keyboard Maestro is a macro program for Mac OS X that allows users to design their own macros and activate them at any time, with support for selecting menus, opening files or applications, controlling iTunes, pasting text, etc. Originally developed as a part-time hobby, Kamprath said that he didn't currently have the resources to continue its development; beta testing for the next version, Keyboard Maestro 2.0, had been stretched out for over a year. Stairways said it will release a final version within the next three months and that it would target its informal one-paid upgrade per year policy. It is offering free upgrades to all new purchases ($20) after June 30th and a "nominal fee" upgrade path to other registered users.
Edirol today announced new two new cross-platform computer audio devices, the UA-25 and PCR-M1, which are expected to be available later this year. The UA-25 ($300) is a compact audio interface for mobile computer-based audio recording; it is packaged in a durable metal casing, is bus-powered and transports both audio and MIDI signals--through a single USB connection. The new PCR-M1 ($320) is a MIDI-only version of the PCR-1 compact USB Keyboard controller--a 25-Key MIDI controller in a small and light form factor.
Ableton is now offering registered users a private beta of Live 4, its realtime music production suite and says that a public beta for all users is "coming soon." The company announced the new version of Live 4 in early June, saying that it the release was expected at the end of July. Live offers MIDI sequencing, pattern recording, drag-and-drop sampling, virtual instruments and MIDI hardware support. Version 4 brings a swing/groove for audio and MIDI clips, a new channel-routing scheme, simplified recording, sample reverse, and more. Ableton is offering a $50 upgrade for all new purchases of Live 3 ($400), a savings of $50 off of the $500 price expected tage expected for new version.
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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