Etnus today released Etnus TotalView 7.01, which brings enhanced Mac OS X compatibility to its advanced debuggge for Linux and Unix system. The release includes a Mac OS X version of TotalView's extensive Visualization tools, which offer insight into "hard to see" patterns, anomalies and problems within data sets. In addition, it brings improved C++ and Fortan 90 support, incremental memory filters, new Processes tab, and updated compiler distributions. TotalView 7 runs on Mac OS X 10.3 Panther and Mac OS X 10.4 as well as allows developers to debug mixed 32- and 64-bit processes. The debugger also offers support for leading compilers, including GCC 3.3 and 4.0, Absoft 9.2, IBM VA C/C++, and IBM xlf as well as Argonne MPICH and LAM MPI. (Pricing was not available.)
Presenta Software today released the latest version of its download utility program, iGetter 2.4. The application supports segmented downloading for increased speed and resumable downloads for increased reliability. iGetter supports the HTTP, FTP, and HTTPS protocols as well as FTP over SSL. Integration with FileAvenu.net allows the latest and most popular files of the FileAvenue.net downloads library to appear directly in iGetter. Version 2.4 boasts an "add batch downloads" feature, MD5 checksum calculation of completed downloads, a custom cookie repository, and more. iGetter is compatible with Mac OS X 10.2 or later, and is available for $25.
Users of Apple's iPod should be cautious about hearing problems, according to one study. Results of research by the National Acoustic Laboratories are expected tommorrow from the Australian Federal Government, providing evidence that up to 25 percent of people will have hearing problems caused by listening to their iPods at "excessive and damaging" levels. The research also predicts rising levels of tinnitus – ringing in the ears – and loss of hearing because people can't maintain "responsible" listening habits. The Minister for Ageing, Julie Bishop, advised people to turn down the volume of their MP3 players, according to The Sydney Morning Herald. About 20 percent of Australians over the age of 15 already have some degree of hearing difficulties, and consistent exposure to loud noises is the most common cause of hearing damage.
Toshiba today announced that it has begun shipping its new Perpendicular Magnetic Recording (PMR) 1.8-inch hard drive, the first of its kind and possibly the future of Apple's iPod. The new drive will target portable electronics that use 1.8-inch hard drives, such the iPod. PMR technology can squeeze up to 10 times more data onto the drive than conventional hard disks because PMR stacks the digital data perpendicularly rather than horizontally. Forthcoming iPods could potentially store 10 times the number of songs currently possible and remain the same size, according to a TechNewsWorld. The cost of PMR hard drives is also expected to remain on-par with current cost-per-gigabyte pricing of standard devices, according to the report.
IK Multimedia today announced that the highly anticipated Miroslav Philharmonik orchestra and choir sound workstation is now shipping worldwide. Philharmonik is a powerful integrated Orchestral Workstation combining the Miroslav Orchestral and Choir samples with a dedicated plug-in instrument specifically tailored for everything from classical compositions to pop arrangements and film scoring. It contains the full sample content of the original Miroslav Orchestra and Choir samples enhanced with previously unreleased material, including additional instruments, programming, and performance articulations. "Recorded by legendary musician Miroslav Vitous, these sounds have been praised over the years for having a warmth and playability still unmatched today." For a limited time, customers may take advantage of purchasing Miroslav Philharmonik at a special introductory price of $500, expiring on September 30th.
Apple's latest Mac OS X security update, released yesterday, reportedly breaks 64-bit application support in Tiger. According to report from Apple Insider, the problem was confirmed internally and then with Apple by Wolfram Research, the makers of Mathematica software. Wolfram Research began informing its customers via email on Tuesday, stating that the security update disables its flagship Mathematica software as well as any 64-bit-native application. Apple was apparently unable to offer a workaround for the problem, but said it is currently investigating and plans to offer a revised update to correct the issue in the near future.
DEVONtechnologies today released the final version of DEVONthink 1.0 Professional, its paperless office application designed to easily store and organize large numbers of documents. Built-in artificial intelligence provides assistance as users manipulate and search documents, while scripts further extend the functionality of DEVONthink beyond its support for all major standard file formats. The ability to store emails, manage bookmarks, and receive RSS feeds which can be directly clipped to the database reduces the number of steps required to maintain workflow. DEVONthink can index files without storing them in the database, allowing users to catalog repositories of images, MP3 files and CDs/DVDs. Both DEVONthink products work with Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later, DEVONthink Professional is available for $75 while the personal version is $40.
Photos and video footage have surfaced from the mad rush for Henrico County School’s $50 iBook sale, which left several people with injuries. Yesterday, we reported many customers were left with scrapes and bruises. An estimated 5500 people were on hand when the gates were opened, according to NBC12 News. What followed has been described as a "mob scene" by those present. Starletta Wilson pointed to her child’s broken stroller, “Yeah, they pushed me, look at my child's stroller... they actually pushed me and stampeded over me." Dustin Coppinger, who attended the sale, said he saw an older man run over by anxious buyers, "An old man in a walker was trampled to the ground. Trampled to the ground... walked all over," he said.
The previously announced iDJ, a two-channel mixer enabling iPod owners to seamlessly integrate portable music libraries with other music and sound is now coming in October. The iDJ can transform iPods of every model with a dock connector into a music playback device. Features include large iPod navigation controls, three-band EQ with gain control on both channels, and dedicated microphone input with tone/level control. The iDJ sells for $400.
In brief: We've posted reviews of Kontakt2 by Native Instruments, WheresTheFreeSpace, and DLO Jam Jacket/Jam Cap.... Hewlett-Packard's fiscal third-quarter earnings of $73 million beat Wall Street expectations as revenue from computers, services and printers improved amid a major corporate restructuring.... Apple's Regent Street retail store in London will host several performances as part of a major West End music and fashion festival.... Pressure Drop today announced the DecoDock Lava Edition, a colorful and stylish addition to any desktop.
Unison 1.6.3 ($25) is a free update to the popular Usenet newsreader for Mac OS X. Version 1.6.3 offers many fixes and improvements, including new "regex" matching and additional rule actions, IPv6 support, improved keyboard navigation, better handling of file attachments, and improved stability. [Download - 2MB] USB OverDrive X 10.4 brings support for Apple's new Mighty Mouse to the popular USB driver utility for Mac OS X (Jaguar, Panther and Tiger). The software supports any USB mouse, trackball, joystick and gamepad from any manufacturer, allowing users to configure them either globally or on a per-application basis. The next version will support Bluetooth mice as well on Panther and Tiger. [Download - 436KB] Summary 2.6b6 ($60) provides web server log analysis and traffic monitoring and offers over 200 reports. Version 2.6b6 offers faster DNS lookups, handling of log files greater than two GB, adds support for several known browsers including RSS readers, and more. [Download - 3.6MB] Boswell 4.0.1 ($100) organizes, archives, categorizes, automatically cross references, manipulates, and retrieves text. Boswell can handle up to one million items of text in thousands of categories, keeping each item three clicks away. Version 4.0.1 is compatible with both Mac OS 9/X. [Download - 5.6MB] GooBall 1.0.1 ($25) is a minor bug-fix update of the popular 3D action game. The update configurable keyboard controls, improved 3D performance, better compatibility with lower-end video cards and minor bug fixes/enhancements. [Download - 88MB]
Five of the top companies in the online music industry--including Apple and Sony--are being sued because their music stores and DRM technology violate a seven-year old music DRM technology patent, according to AppleInsider. Earlier this month Ho Keung Tse of Hong Kong filed a lawsuit in US Federal Court alleging that the DRM technology used by Apple, Sony, Real Networks, Napster and MusicMatch infringes on his U.S. Patent No. 6,665,797, which describes a method for "Protection of Software Against Unauthorized Use". Update: The lawsuit follows virtually identical allegations made earlier this year by Hong Kong Pat-rights, which claimed that Apple's iTunes/iPod system violates the same DRM patent. As a royalty, the company was seeking 12-percent of Apple's profits on the revenues generated from iTunes and iPod sales, and had given Apple until the end of March to respond.
Adobe today released important security updates to its line of Acrobat software, including its Acrobat Reader 7.03 and Acrobat Reader 6.04, its freeware software solutions for browsing PDF documents. The company also posted free updates to Acrobat Standard 7.03 and Acrobat Professional 7.03 updates as well as an update to previous versions of its software: Adobe Acrobat 5.0.10 Standard, amd Acrobat 6.0.4 Standard and Professional. The company says the updates address a buffer overflow vulnerability in a core application plug-in that could trigger a buffer overflow as a malicious PDF file is being loaded, causing the application to crash and increase the risk of malicious code execution. (Adobe also recently posted updates for Adobe Stock Photos 1.0.3 and Update 2 for Adobe Version Cue 1.x Workspace as well as Adobe Version Cue CS2 Access Utility.)
Pressure Drop today announced the DecoDock Lava Edition, a colorful and stylish addition to any desktop. "With a glossy black base and glowing red LEDs, [it] provides users with a simple, sultry way to connect an iPod shuffle to their computer. Designed in the classic Art Deco style, the DecoDock's lighted columns tower over a brilliantly colored and graceful arc, enhancing the pleasing simplicity of the iPod shuffle. The iPod's plastic cap can be stored in the back of the DecoDock, a unique feature designed specifically to help prevent it from getting lost." DecoDock Lava Edition also sells for $30 and is now shipping in limited quantities. (DecoDock is also offered with white LEDs and several base colors, including cobalt blue, obsidian black, silver, white, pink, and green.)
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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,Â Desktop HDD 3TB, Backup Plus 3TB External Hard DiskÂ Drive,Â 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