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As first reported a month ago, Apple CEO Steve Jobs is at the center of a dispute over his plan to tear down the 1926 Daniel C. Jackling estate, which he has owned for some time. Preservationists have deemed the house historic. The New York Times has published a story on the dispute: "In what could become America's highest-profile tear-down, Mr. Jobs, the Apple and Pixar chief executive, is seeking this town's permission to hit the delete button on the 1926 Daniel C. Jackling estate, a moldering manse designed by George Washington Smith, the architect who created the look of Montecito and Santa Barbara in the 1920's."
Developer Karl Berg has provided information on his upcoming 3D modeling and animation application for Mac OS X. Karl plans to distribute his application for free when it is complete. "The lack of good game development tools has been discussed at iDevGames several times in the past and I finally figured I'd sit down and do something about it a few months ago. I'm targeting low to mid level polygonal models that can be animated and exported in a variety of formats.", said Karl. The application has been under development for two-years during as part of Karl's university work.
Optipix 3.0 ($150) is a suite of Photoshop plug-ins for Mac OS X and Classic. The Optipix package works on both 8 and 16 bit images and includes tools for automatically improving contrast, removing blur, image averaging, blending bracketed exposures, enlarging images,and color-safe sharpening. Version 3.0 of Optipix adds several new tools to the package. Interactive Interpolation is "the most sophisticated tool now available for enlarging digital images," allowing users to adjust how your interpolation is performed in an interactive preview.
Marware today released its WiFi Spy, a $30 keychain-sized 802.11b/g wireless network detector.†As you press the button, the WiFi Spy scans for a WiFi signal and shows the signal strength in the four bar lighted display. Since the WiFi Spy is directional, you can track down the source of the wireless signal to insure a good connection. It can fit on a keychain or attach to the zipper of a laptop bag. It is helpful for travelers, making looking for network hotspots in airports and other locations a easier.
Get-A-Matic 1.1 is a $10 Internet download manager that allows users to queue up a list of files to download using a simple, straight-forward interface. New in version 1.1 is a connection timeout setting, transfer timeout setting, low speed timeout setting, and redirect link following. [Download - 492KB] EasyFrame 1.1 is a simple utility for quickly creating basic frames around images. "Once you are happy with what you see, you can simply drag the result directly to Mail or other applications." Version 1.1 adds a Send-To menu. [Download - 4.0MB] HighDesign is a easy-to-use 2D CAD and illustration package for Mac OS X, with pricing starting at $150. Version 1.3 adds rulers, customizable keyboard shortcuts, and a new rectangle. [Download - 5.5MB] WinSwitch 1.3 offers fast user switching without wasting valuable space in the Menu Bar. Version 1.3 adds a user defaults setting for users who prefer to have their picture 16x16, a Japanese localization, optimizations for speed, and improved readability. [Download - 300KB] ChronoSync 2.0.7 ($30) is an update to the automated synchronization and backup application for Mac OS X. This update contains new features and bug fixes. [Download - 1.5MB] FormMate 1.1.1 enables users to fill out forms in PDF files directly on the computer. Version 1.1.1 of the $25 utility fixes a minor problem in "Startup at login" in preferences. [Download - 2.5MB]
O'Reilly has released "Mac OS X Panther Hacks," a $30 book with a collection of "tips, tricks, and tools gleaned from the real-world experience of Unix experts and die-hard Macintosh users who know how to customize and modify their hardware and software to meet their exacting needs and desires." The book provides direct, hands-on solutions arranged by category: graphical user interface (GUI); scripting; web, chat, and mail; multimedia; gadgets and hardware; networking and network applications; servers; files and backup; and system administration.
Interarchy 7.2 ($40) adds many new features to the FTP client, including a new bookmark bar on all listing windows, a contextual menu in Safari, and an auto upload feature. Menu Calendar 2.0.0 (basic version free, $15 for enhanced) has been released in final form. The application adds a small pop-down calendar to the menu bar and can now display events from iCal, keep a birthday calendar in iCal, features a new preferences panel, and more. InData 3.1 ($400) and InCatalog 3.2 ($800, $1,200 for Pro version) are two InDesign CS plug-ins from Em Software that perform automated document building and linking tasks, respectively. The new versions fix compatibility issues, add full Unicode support in input, and are free for customers who purchased either plug-in after June 1, 2003.
Shares of Apple opened up nearly $3 from yesterday's close following Apple's third quarter earnings report yesterday. In heavy early morning trading, shares have risen nearly $4 at times, or about 13 percent, recovering their losses from the previous three weeks.
Servoy is offering $500 off Servoy Developer (now $150) and membership to the Servoy Alliance Network (now $240 for the first year); MacReporter.net has improved the functionality of its bilingual Mac syndication site and added a search engine; and dotPhoto has added the ability for consumers to print mini-posters of their photos in sizes from up to 24"x36" for the introductory price of $10 to $18.
At Macworld Boston, IOGEAR is exhibiting its new external hard drives, including its 1.8-inch USB 2.0/FireWire ION Drive and 3.5-inch Combo ION Drive as well as its new extended range of Bluetooth products, including the Wireless Bluetooth Mini Mouse and the Wireless Bluetooth Headset. IOGEAR says the Combo ION Drives are "the smallest hard drives" available on the market and offer up to 40GB of storage. The drive, due later this summer, features Tri-Select backup technology, allowing multiple types of backup settings to be designed for computers. Once the Tri-Select button has been set up, it will automatically backup a single file or an entire directory as programmed.
Apple yesterday posted a profit of $61 million on revenue of $1.966 billion, which was up nearly 30 percent from the year ago quarter. Apple tripled its quarterly (profit) earnings from the year-ago quarter and slightly surpassed analyst expectations. During the third quarter financial conference call, Apple revealed that the new iMac will feature a G5 processor and said its delay (as well as constraints on the new Power Mac G5) were due to IBM's inability to deliver sufficient quantities of the G5. Apple sold nearly an equal number of Macs and iPods, but touted a 19% improvement in Mac-based revenues based on strong growth in Europe, its retail segment, and higher education market sales as well as record PowerBook and iBook shipments. Apple said that there was a 162% increase in its music-based revenues, and that it was experiencing "staggering" demand in the US and "unprecendented" preorders worldwide for the iPod mini. (See our Conference call highlights for full details.)
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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
Bambooti wooden skins for MacBooks
Bambooti has introduced premium wooden skins for Apple laptops that allow users to customize any design or logo directly on the case. Each Bambooti skin is handcrafted from sustainably managed forests, and are hand sanded and spray-finished to create an ultra smooth exterior. Bambooti's wooden skins start at $65 on the fully-funded Kickstarter which includes a custom design or logo of the user's choice that will be engraved on the product. http://kck.st/1PhE6Sb
Apple Music in Taiwan, now up to 113 countries
Apple Music has now added its 113th country, Taiwan, to its expanding list of areas where it offers its paid subscription service. The price in the country will start at NT$150 (about $4.50 US) for an individual subscription, and that now includes (as it does in the rest of the world) the formerly free-but-ad-supported iTunes Radio feature, which as in other countries will be customized somewhat to offer channels of locally-popular music styles. Apple Music is now available in 16 countries and regions -- including China, India, Russia, and Japan -- where Spotify has not yet arrived.
Invisible wall mount for iPad Pro, mini
Computing hardware mounting company Wall-Smart has announced the availability the new "invisible" wall mount, with models for the iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4 -- all with no bezel. The invisible mount includes ¬≠Power Over Ethernet to USB, which allows charging while in-wall, and is available for both drywall and solid surfaces such as solid wood panels or partition walls. Prices vary widely by iPad model, and required mounting hardware. http://bit.ly/1SE5jCO
Kingston buys IronKey secure USB tech
Kingston Digital today announced it has acquired the USB technology and assets of IronKey from Imation. In addition to Kingston's acquisition, encryption services leader DataLocker has purchased the IronKey Enterprise Management Services platform which provides centralized management to encrypted USB drives. Kingston and DataLocker claim that there will be no interruption in service provided, or available products as a result of the consolidations. http://bit.ly/1QQk9SZ