Virtual Programming today released Savage - The Battle for Newerth, its new realtime strategy tile for Mac OS X. "With the creation of a new game play genre, RTSS (Real Time Strategy Shooter), Savage expertly redefines the first-person shooter and real-time strategy genres by combining elements of both into one cohesive experience. As the commander in RTS mode, you will tackle resource management, develop a robust tech tree, plan your assault and lead real human players into battle. As a warrior in action mode, you will master many unique weapons, powerful units, and siege vehicles to fight a fast paced battle." It features PC-compatible and multiplayer gaming (up to 64 players), 30 unique weapons, and more. It is available as a digital download for £20.
SwapTop 2.1 ($25) allows users to schedule changes to the desktop picture, and display a personal collection of images or download new images from the SwapTop Archive. Version 2.1 adds "Picture-in-Picture" functionality, allowing you to display images as Overlays that float above your desktop, but below your desktop items. [Download - 3.4MB] Galerie 5.0.1 (free) generates media gallery Web pages from iPhoto, GraphicConverter, iView MediaPro, Extensis Portfolio 7 or from any set of pictures and/or QuickTime media files. The latest version fixes a number of minor bugs, and offers a simplified Chinese localization. [Download - 2.2MB] Moho 5.1 ($20) is a 2D vector-based cartoon animation application that allows users to draw characters and use powerful tools "to manipulate characters like puppets." Version 5.1 adds preset options in the Project Settings dialog for different video dimensions, a command-line rendering mode, and many bug fixes. [Download - 9.5MB] Eyephedrine 1.5 ($8) is an OpenGL 3D visualization plug in for iTunes thatrenders your preferred music with 40+ different visualizations where real 3D entities react to spectrum and waveform values using OpenGL. It uses OpenGL techniques such as Cube Mapping, Motion Blur and Light Bloom. [Download - 770KB] MatrixLib 3 ($400) is a C++ implementation of one and two dimensional matrices. It is ideal for science and engineering applications and provides an easy matrix "class" with an extensive body of functions and operations. JellyfiSSH 4.2 (free) is a simple bookmark manager for connecting to *NIX machines via Telnet or SSH 1/2. Users can set preferences for each bookmark including the terminal colours, fonts, window size, transparency and default login. Version 4.2 is update to a native Xcode 2.0 project, adds a Launch at Startup preference, and offers backup and restore of bookmarks. [Download - 363KB]
In brief: Before IBM "brought everything back to the big, boring box scheme," companies experimented with interesting and compact designs: "in a sense then, Apple's Mac mini ... is something of a return to the past".... The Motley Fool looks at Mac security and a recent warning from Symantec, which some say is merely "aimed at scaring customers".... Sun has published "Security Vulnerability With Java Web Start" which is fixed for Mac OS X by Security Update 2005-002.... Sony has released the PlayStation Portable, a device that plays advanced 3D games, and offers iPod-like music and photo functions.
Apple today released iPod Updater 2005-03-23, which updates the software for iPod photo models. The iPod photo Software 1.1 brings additional support for optional the iPod Camera Connector--for importing and viewing photos directly on iPod--and also offers updated slideshow transitions. It also includes all relevant recent software updates for all other iPod models, including the Shuffle, Mini, Click-Wheel, Dock-Connector, and Touch-Wheel,/Scroll-Wheel models. Apple requires that users provide an email address as well as last/first name to download the update.
Chronos today announced that it has teamed up with Apple to bring .Mac members a 50% discount on StickyBrain 3. Through June 15, .Mac members may purchase StickyBrain 3 for only $20. This third generation note manager helps users increase productivity, save time, and gain control over their information. An additional limited-time exclusive offer will also be available to .Mac members through June 15: .Mac members may purchase a StickyBrain & SOHO Art Pack bundle for $40 (a 43% discount). SOHO Art Pack is a collection of 40,000+ photos, photo objects, and vector clip art graphics.
Tekkeon today announced myPower FM, a mobile FM transmitter for the iPod that adds an FM transmitter feature to the companyís myPower for rechargeable battery/portable dock. myPower FM simply snaps on to myPower to provide a 32 hour battery, portable dock, and FM transmitter in one. The tiny new module snaps on to myPower for iPod to let iPod users play iPod music on any FM radio. myPower FM is powered by myPower, so it doesnít drain the iPod's battery. To use myPower FM, iPod users simply press the one-touch channel tuner to choose from seven FM frequencies (87.7-88.9MHz). When the same channel is selected on an FM radio or stereo within 15 feet of myPower FM, the music on the iPod can be played on the stereo via the wireless interface. LEDs on the front of myPower provide a visual indication of the selected channel. The suggested retail price for myPower FM is $35.
In brief: "In ten years of using the Internet, my Macintoshes have never once been infected by a virus, spyware, adware, ďpop upĒ windows, and the like," Simon Kershaw of Church Times says.... Steve and Laurene Jobs attended a party at the Asian Art Museum on Saturday night for Chris Boskin, where "party favors were iPods".... Microsoft has been told its proposal to limit the powers of a non-partisan trustee to monitor its compliance with EU-imposed sanctions is unacceptable, the European Commission said Wednesday.... As reported last week, analysts at Morgan Stanley upgrade Apple from "equal weight" to "overweight," while raising their estimates for the company (the target price is set to $60).
Attendee registration for the Mac Design Conference & Digital Photography Expo is well underway as designers, digital photographers, and video editors eagerly sign-up for the Southeastís premier digital educational event of 2005 sponsored by Adobe. Developed especially for design and imaging professionals, organizers have expanded this yearís educational tracks to comprise more digital photography training than before. The third annual Mac Design Conference & Digital Photography Expo takes place June 21-23 at the Tampa Convention Center located on the waterfront in the heart of downtown Tampa. Conference attendees will save $100 off the cost of admission when registering before the advance registration deadline of Friday, May 20.
Recosoft has released PDF2Office 2.1 Professional Edition for Mac OS X, the latest version of its PDF to Microsoft Word document format converter. PDF2Office recreates the original construction and layout of the document - forming paragraphs; applying styles; regrouping independent graphic elements; extracting images; creating tables; and processing headers/footers, endnotes/footnotes and columns/sections. The new release offers enhanced integration with Mac OS X through the usage of the Services mechanism and Desktop contextual menu interface. Additionally, version 2.1 contains many conversion improvements, support for rotated images, proper coloration of CMYK-JPEG images, a new system wide service that allows applications that support the Services menu to directly open a PDF document.
Electronic Instruments 2 XT is the extended version of Native Instruments' second Reaktor instrument collection. The new version contains all the unique synthesizers, drum machines and effects from the collection as individual self-contained software instruments. Each of the eight instruments in Electronic Instruments 2 XT can be run both standalone as well as in all major plug-in formats, without relying on a Reaktor or Reaktor Session installation. Included presets are by: Photek, BT, Junkie XL, Speedy J, Richard Devine, Jam & Spoon, Machinehead, Richard Davis, Jam El Mar, Telefon Tel Aviv, Exile and others.
Apple is offering several new refurbished items at the Apple Store, including new iBooks, PowerBooks, Power Macs, Cinema Displays, and iMacs. Apple is offering four different 12-inch iBook models starting at $700, four different 14-inch iBook models starting at $900. Both 15-inch and 17-inch PowerBooks are also available starting at $1,500 and $1,800, respectively. Eight different models of Power Mac G5 are available: 1.6GHz ($1,200), 1.8GHz ($1,300), dual-1.8GHz ($1,700), dual-2GHz ($2,000), and dual-2.5GHz ($2,600). Apple has also added a certified 23-inch Cinema Display for $1,500 in addition to the 30-inch model for $2,600. All refurbished products come with a 1-year Apple warranty.
As indicated by other reports, Business Week says a lack of support from such giant cellular operators as Verizon and Cingular was instrumental in delaying the iTunes phone from Motorola. "Behind the clash are two very different views of the future of music on mobile phones. Motorola and Apple would let customers put any digital tune they already own on their phones for free. That would help Motorola sell more phones, and it would help Apple expand its dominance of digital music ... Verizon, Cingular, and other wireless operators want customers to pay to put music on phones. They think getting a full song should be like getting a ring tone." The carriers have "no interest in conceding the booming digital-music market to the tech companies." "When carriers see this future, Apple is front and center," says Andrew Cole, head of wireless at A.T. Kearney. Apple is "a competitor not to be embraced, but to be rejected." Even if Cingular and Verizon won't sell the Motorola-Apple phone, some believe smaller rivals like T-Mobile may peddle it to gain ground on the industry leaders.
Dracosoft has released Avalanche Extreme for Mac OS X, an addictive arcade/puzzle game. "As the Avalanche rapidly approaches, you must destroy it as quickly as possible. Use bombs and combine bonuses for increased enjoyment. Click on three or more matching blocks to destroy portions of the Avalanche. The more blocks destroyed the more points earned. Beware; the Avalanche is quickly gaining speed. Used color bombs to destroy similar colored portions of the Avalanche and black bombs to destroy giant areas." It is available for Mac OS X for $10.
In Brief: Apple has added more refurbished 12-inch (starting at $700) and 14-inch (starting at $900) iBooks to the Apple Store.... Apple has pulled the Security Update 2005-003 for Mac OS X Server because of problems with its IMAP/APOP mail services.... Readers are noting that the iTunes Music Store is forcing them to upgrade to version 4.7 of iTunes, following a move by Apple earlier this week to close a security hole that allowed access by third-party programs.... Amazon is no longer offering Mac OS X Tiger for pre-order, after touting a $35 rebate on Tiger on Wednesday.
The Kentucky-based Lexington Herald-Leader is looking to upgrade to Quark's upcoming Quark Publishing System 3.5 because the new version supports Mac OS X more effectively than earlier versions have, according to Publish: "The Herald-Leader, with a circulation of over 140,000, is beta-testing QPS 3.5. The paper has been using QPS since 1995 and presently has a site license for over 100 seats, but it has not upgraded since Version 2.11. Bill Pinkston, the newspaper's publishing systems editor, said the Herald-Leader did not want to upgrade until Quark made QPS fully compatible throughout the newspaper's mixed Windows and Mac OS X environment."
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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