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Excel Software today began shipping QuickUML 2.0 for Mac OS X, Linux, and Microsoft Windows. The UML tool provides a tabbed window for integration and synchronization to an entire project through use cases, class models, object models, dictionary, and code. Each use case is designed to capture the essence of a user-visible function that the system must perform, and class models show package and class objects in the system, as well as various kinds of static relationships. Sequence diagrams illustrate how instantiated objects interact and emphasize the order in which things occur, while a design project is saved as a platform independent XML file. QuickUML 2.0 is available for $300 (system requirements were unavailable).
Midnight Mage Software today announced the beta release of AOLMemoImporter, a Mac OS X Tiger Spotlight import application. The software allows AOL client customers can use Spotlight to search the content of all AOL Memos. Upon installation AOLMemoImporter places components in the correct folder, and sorts any existing AOL Memo files. New files are automatically sorted into the Spotlight database for quick searches after installation. AOLMemoImporter requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later, and is available for $20.
eMagin--a company that manufactures video display products for military and industrial purposes--has developed a wearable headset system that plugs into Apple's video iPod and displays video in front of one eye. The EyeBud 800, which is expected to reach the masses in the first half of 2006, will be priced at or around $600, and will provide a viewing experience similar to watching a 105-inch display from a 12-foot distance. The EyeBud system uses a separate control module--roughly the size of the iPod--that includes a rechargeable battery pack, according to a report from the Seattle Post.
IDG's InfoWorld today officially announced the recipients of its 2006 Technology of the Year honors, recognizing 46 products across 45 categories and naming Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger the best client operating system. Mac OS X Server 10.4 won the title of best server operating system, while Apple's Power Mac G5 Quad stole the show for the best workstation category. The awards span a broad range of categories in the IT sector, ranging from "Applications and Middleware" to "Virtualization." Apple won two awards last year, as InfoWorld recognizing Mac OS X 10.3 Panther as the best operating system, even as Apple's Xserve G5 won in the best server hardware category.
iCompositions.com today launched Artist Podcasts, its service that allows artists to syndicate their music through iTunes and other podcast-tracking applications. The service is designed to create a simple environment for musicians to expose their talent to the world, and music hosted on iCompositions will be put into a podcast so that fans can download both new and old songs. iCompositions maintains an RSS feed, adds iTunes' special XML tags, and hosting the media files to ease the burden imposed upon musicians. The service is priced at $4 per-month, and every podcast is submitted to the iTunes Music Store.
Blazing Dawn Software today released Patent Grabber 4.0, an application that automates the process of downloading patent documents from free public patent archives. The update adds ability to download INPADOC (International Patent Documentation Center) legal status summaries for multiple patents, as well as patent applications. The application allows users to specify a list of patents and click the "Get Patents" button to automatically download every page of all desired patents. Patent Grabber 4.0 is available from Blazing Dawn's website (pricing was unavailable), and requires any version of Mac OS X, or Mac OS 8.6 or later.
OnSet Software today released OnSet Office 1.1 with native support for Mac OS X. The software helps film and television professionals in lighting, grip, and camera departments with creating equipment lists, managing time cards, tracking kit-rental invoices, and more. OnSet Office standardizes submitted forms, and offers the ability to send lighting orders or tech-scout related forms directly from email. Onset Office 1.1 requires Mac OS X 10.3.9, and is available for $170.
Sonnet Technologies today launched a European version of its compact USB power adapter for 4th and 5th generation iPod models, iPod mini, iPod shuffle, and iPod nano. The adapter is small and "curvy," offering universal power compatibility that enables worldwide use. The non-polarized blades allow the adapter to be plugged in with the USB outlet face up or down, for use in tight spots. The USB power adapter is available in black or white for €20, includes a matching dock cable, supports iPod fast charge, and ships with a one-year limited warranty.
Kodak today introduced the world’s first dual-lens digital still camera, the Kodak Easyshare V570 zoom digital camera. Using proprietary Kodak Retina Dual Lens technology, the five megapixel V570 camera wraps an ultra-wide angle lens (23 mm) and an optical zoom lens (39 – 117 mm) into a small, sleek package less than an inch thin. The camera features an ultra-wide angle lens coupled with an optical zoom lens that produces a total 5X optical zoom range using the non-extending all-glass, stacked Schneider-Kreuznach C-Variogon prism lenses. The camera features a 30 fps video mode, a 2.5-inch LCD screen, 22 scene modes, 32MB of internal storage, support for SD media, and photo tools such as automatic red-eye reduction, on-camera cropping, picture blur alert and auto picture rotation. It will ship later in January for $400.
In brief: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has ruled in favor of MacPractice regarding the use of its name, which HealthWare also filed to use in July of 2004.... One user at the O'Reilly Mac DevCenter has pointed out a humorous passage in Apple's documentation of the SyncServices folder in Mac OS X 10.4.... Philoneist has disclosed the details of its first concept competition, based on Apple's iPod.... Apple's iPod is among the top ten marketing ploys used by spammers in AOL's third annual Top 10 Spam List.... Surrey Satellite Technology has launched the first Galileo satellite using parts from consumer electronics devices, including the iPod.... Apple's Dot Mac service has suddenly raised the transfer limit of data from 10GB per-month to one terabyte per-month. [updated]
The WAM Communications Group today released Dot-Tunes 2.0.2, a suite of internet-based enhancements for iTunes including an iTunes Web server that allows users to publish selected artists, albums or playlists over the internet. Dot-Tunes can also control iTunes from any internet-enabled device, such as a Sony PSP or a Web-capable mobile phone. The software creates all of the necessary HTML for people browsing music via a Web browser, as well as the XML required for RSS 2.0 podcasts. Version 2.0.2 offers an SQL backend, customizable HTML templates, router/firewall checks, user authentication, and a built-in Web server that features resumeable downloads. Dot-Tunes 2.0.2 is available for AU $30 (system requirements were unavailable).
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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 ÂPower 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