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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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Filemaker provides free custom app guide
FileMaker announced today the release of the first in a three-part series of free how-to guides that will lead teams through the process of building a custom app using the FileMaker Platform. FileMaker's new how-to guides provide a step-by-step process that starts with a planning cycle covering goals, requirements, functionality and usability, and run all the way through identifying user scenarios, defining requirements, addressing integration, providing security, and deployment of the final product. http://bit.ly/1o08wQh
OCZ Trion 150 SSD shifts to 15nm TLC NAND
SSD manufacturer OCZ has updated its entry-level 2.5-inch Trion 100 SSD. The new Trion 150 has similar performance to the now replaced model, and now utilizes 15nm TLC NAND. Sequential read speeds top out at 550MB/S, with 4KB random write speeds running from 25K IOPS in the 120GB model, to 64K IOPS in the 960GB version of the drive. Endurance is limited to 30TB in the 120GB, and peaks at 240TB in the 960GB version. Retail prices vary between $46 for 120GB, to $270 for the 960GB version. http://bit.ly/1nVmlyL
Google off the hook in CAPTCHA labor suit
US District Jacqueline Scott Corley has dismissed a proposed class-action suit against Google, that alleged that Google secretly was given an economic gain without user knowledge. The suit alleged, correctly, that the second word in Google's CAPTCHA service was used as a crowd-sourced word identification for Google's book-scanning project. The judge ruled that the suit as filed had no facts to support a "reasonable consumer would expect to receive compensation" for the seconds it took to complete the form, and in addition, the free Gmail account provided more than offset any labor penalty incurred by the user. http://bit.ly/1o06Cir
Secure your Google accounts today
Google is offering 2GB of Google Drive storage today for free, if users check the security of their accounts. As part of Safer Internet Day 2016, the scheme will give the 2GB storage extension to anyone going through the Google Security Checkup, examining connected devices, permissions, and other security settings associated with their Google account.
Swift benchmarking suite goes open-source
Following the release of new betas for all its platforms, Apple on Monday also made a suite of 75 tools for benchmarking Swift-developed coding projects, including libraries for benchmarking functions, a utility for comparing the resulting metrics, and a driver for running them. The company says it is asking the community for help in developing additional benchmarks, as well as further "helper" libraries and overall code review for better stability and performance. Apple plans to include benchmark pull requests in Swift's new continuous integration system as well. http://bit.ly/1W8u0EU
Instagram now supporting multiple accounts
As reported earlier, Instagram is now rolling out support for multiple accounts (up to five) in version 7.1.5 of its iOS app. The feature has been one of the main attractions of third-party Instagram clients, but it is unclear if users must seek out an "add account" preference in the app; additionally, some users are reporting that the ability to add accounts has not yet been added. The company says notifications "depend on when you last logged in, and the number of devices that are logged into that account," suggesting not all notifications across accounts will appear when logged into a given one. http://bit.ly/1moh95p
Pictures of Galaxy S7, Edge leaked
New images have been leaked of Samsung's new Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. The images of the Galaxy S7 are very similar to a draft leaked earlier this year, with a curved back reminiscent of the iPhone 3G with the normal Samsung camera hump in the upper center of the phone. The picture of the Galaxy S7 Edge as leaked is running a benchmark application showing modest improvements over the S6 line, if accurate. Both models are expected to be formally announced in a February 21 press event hosted by Samsung. http://bit.ly/20Gf07X