Ram Disk Creator 1.0.1 ($15) is a tool for Mac OS X to create RAM disks, a capability that was offered in Mac OS 9, but has not been available in Mac OS X. Version 1.0.1 has the ability to mount a RAM disk at any path, fixes a memory leak, and improves Mac OS X Sever compatibility. [Download - 504KB] Hallon 0.8 (free) can create bookmarks in many applications that otherwise would not offer bookmarking. "You can bookmark your favorite songs, an email that you have to reply to later that day, some documents that you are working on or the contact information of a friend whom you need to call before the end of the week." [Download - 278KB] iWapper 1.0 ($15) allows users to set up a WAP server easily. WAP (wireless application protocol) sites are a can be displayed on many mobile devices, including cell phones with GPRS/3G UMTS. [Download - 1.4MB] PictureSync 1.1 ($8) is a convenient utility that simplifies uploading photos to a Web site. PictureSync now has Webshots support, and the option to upload images directly to albums (Webshots) or photosets (Flickr). [Download - 510KB] Skype (free) is a program that uses the latest P2P technology to bring "affordable and high-quality voice communications" to Internet users. "If your Mac has a built in microphone you can start making calls with a simple set of headphones." [Download - 6.2MB] SubtleStatus 1.1 is an "unobtrusive info display" that lets users set the transparency and other options. "It is intented for iTunes info, though you can write you own AppleScripts for it."[Download - 606KB]
Kanguru Solutions has released its smallest USB 2.0 Flash Drive: the ultra compact Kanguru Mini Drive is nearly 25% smaller than the previously released KanguruMicro Drive. The palm-sized device measures less than 3 inches in length and weighs only 21g. It is capable of storing up to 1GB of data and offers bus-powered and driverless operation. Leveraging its high-strength exterior aluminum housing, it has ability to resist up to 1000Gs of shock. The Kanguru Mini Drive works with Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems. The drive is available in 128MB ($30), 256MB ($40), 512MB ($70), and 1GB ($120).
IDG World Expo today unveiled "Live On Stage," a new educational feature for all attendees at Macworld Expo in San Francisco (January 10-14). Live On Stage offers over 20 hours of free training classes by industry experts; it will take place on the exhibit hall's main stage beginning at 11:00 a.m. each day of the event. Live On Stage will also feature two Macworld Expo update sessions per day as well as the Macworld Best of Show Awards on the final day of the event. The Live On Stage program runs daily from 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Day one (Tuesday January 11) includes four sessions that provide tips, tricks and demonstrations about the iPod digital music player.
MacPractice this week began shipping the beta version of its new Mac OS X versions of its practice management software for doctors' offices, dentists and chiropractors. Announced earlier this month, the beta has been seeded to a group pre-selected, qualified customers. The new version features new MacPractice software installer as well as a data migrator to transfer their MediMac, DentalMac or ChiroMac patient records into MacPractice software. In the future, this migrator will make help users of any other practice management application to import patient data they have collected over years easily into MacPractice MD, DDS or DC. MacPractice says it expects MacPractice MD, DDS and DC to be out of beta and shipping in the 1st quarter of 2005 and that scheduling and e-Claims will be added in the 2nd quarter.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs was the highest-paid executive in the San Francisco Bay area in 2003, according to a new study noted by The Mercury News: . "Jobs received a salary of only $1 in 2003, but he traded in almost all of his stock options for $74.8 million in restricted stock, according to an analysis of 400 publicly traded companies in the Bay Area by San Mateo-based Equilar, which tracks executive compensation. Other Bay Area CEOs in the top five included John Chambers (Cisco, $47.7M), Meg Whitman (eBay, $42.6M), Stephen Bennett (Intuit, $29.9M ) and Craig Conway (PeopleSoft, $26.9M). Some high-profile executives didn't make the list for 2003. Oracle CEO Larry Ellison is one of the world's wealthiest men, but he didn't receive any cash or stock last year." The report says that figures include salaries, bonuses, restricted stock, stock options and other compensation, but the value of stock options could change based on the stock's worth.
Sony has established a new division called Connect Company to develop devices and services that challenge Apple, its iPod players and the iTunes Music Store service, according to The Asahi Shimbun: "For Sony, which virtually created the market for portable audio players with the Walkman, the new division represents an attempt to regain lost ground to latecomer Apple. Connect Company was established on Nov. 1 and brings together Sony experts from Japan and the United States. The division will enter into operations early next year and will eventually employ 300 to 400 workers. Engineers will work on new portable audio players equipped with hard disk drives like the iPod or with computer memory chips. The first product is expected to hit shelves by the end of next year. Connect Company will also operate music download services similar to iTunes that will be personal computer- and cellphone-compatible. In the future, the division is expected to offer video and game distribution services."
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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, 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