Symantec this week became the second vendor to provide an anti-virus solution for owners of Intel-based Macs. The company today told MacNN that it has released an update to its Norton AntiVirus 10.0 for Macintosh to now offer compatibility with the new iMac Core Duo and the forthcoming MacBook Pro. Previously, Intego's VirusBarrier product was the only anti-virus software compatible with the new Intel architecture. "Users of the new Intel Core Duo machines need only to install Norton AntiVirus 10.0 for Macintosh and then run the LiveUpdate feature within the product. That update will automatically install the patch required for compatibility with Appleís newest line of high-speed processors," according to the company representatives. Symantec also said that will be releasing patch compatibility updates for its enterprise antivirus product, Symantec AntiVirus for Macintosh, during the week of January 30.
Digital Heaven today announced AutoMotion, a powerful companion to Apple's Motion. AutoMotion is a complete solution to the previously manual and time consuming process of creating multiple graphics. "Not only does AutoMotion, create graphics in seconds by merging template styles with text data but it also manages the revision of those graphics in ways never possible before. Crucially as changes are made to each version, AutoMotion shows a live preview of the result complete with title safe areas." AutoMotion for Mac OS X is currently in beta testing and will be shipping in February. The software will be available for download purchase only from the Digital Heaven online store for $400. A 30 -day fully functioning demo version will be available at the same time, according to the company.
G-Technology announced the addition of two new 160GB models to its line of G-DRIVE mini mobile hard drives. Available with either FireWire 800 or FireWire 400 along with USB 2.0 pport, both models include 5,400 RPM disk drives with 8MB of cache ad are Mac OS X compatible. The drives are available in titanium or black; they measure 4.9 x 3.2 x .88 inches and weighing less than nine ounces. Prices start at $570.
Developers continue to release new native Intel versions of their software: Pixadex, photoprinto, and disclabel are now available as Universal Binaries, supporting Apple's new Intel-based Macs. Pixadex 2.0.2 ($20) from Panic Software and The Iconfactory is an icon organization utility, offering Mac users the ability to customize folder icons in a Collection List. Photoprinto 2.0.2 ($30) updates SmileOnMyMac's software to create and print designer photo albums or scrapbooks, and adds compatibility with iLife '06. Disclabel 3.0.2 ($30)-- also from SmileOnMyMac- updates the CD labeling software, adding compatibility with iLife '06. Pixadex 2.0.2 requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later, photoprinto 2.0.2 requires Mac OS X 10.2.5 or later, and disclabel 3.0.2 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later.
In brief: Dosch Design has unveiled four new products, including 3D: Airplanes ($120), 3D: Modern Furniture ($120), 3D: Security ($120), and Textures: Fabrics ($80)... Microsoft has put together a team that's considering an initiative to unseat Apple's iPod, by releasing a Microsoft-branded portable digital media device, according to one report... Forbes reports that Creative Tecnology's sales in the second quarter slipped 31 percent, from $11.84 million to $8.21 million... Dr. Bott announced the availability of Marware's Remote Docking Station for iPod, including an A/V cable, USB cable, and power adapter... Macsoft released a Zoo Tycoon 2 update for Mac OS X to fix issues with PowerBook and iBook trackpads.
Microsoft may be planning to release an iPod competitor, most likely under the Xbox brand, according to a new report. Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates has been quoted as saying that consumers would like a more varied choice of devices rather than the "limited" selection from Apple. In December, Microsoft placed its digital media software unit and MSN Music service in the Entertainment and Devices division under Robert J. Bach. Business Week has apparently learned that Microsoft has yet to decide whether or not to go ahead with the project, but that it has "put together a team that's considering the business end of such an initiative."
HTTP Scoop ($35) is an "HTTP Sniffer" for Mac OS X that captures all types of HTTP traffic, allowing the user to see exactly what goes on between the client and the server. HTTP Scoop acts passively, with no proxy needed, and can capture conversations between other machines on the same hub or over unsecured Wi-Fi networks. HTTP Scoop requires Mac OS X Tiger running on a PowerPC--a Universal binary is "coming soon." [Download - [login]] MediaCentral 1.1 (free) is described as a free alternative to Apple's Front Row; it plays DVDs and uses Splotlight integration to deliver video content in one place including any Video-TS files the user may have. MediaCentral can display live video for those using eyeTV devices, online TV streams from various countries, presents the user with current movie trailers; it is compatible with a variety of remote controls. [Download - 640KB] SurfRabbit ($15) is a browser add-on for Safari and Shiira that allows the user to customize how pages from almost any site are displayed. Users select what they don't want to keep, or specify custom style codes to further customize the page. SurfRabbit also allows the user to browse and install available rabbits-- collections of customizations submitted by other SurfRabbit users. SurfRabbit requires at least Mac OS X 10.3.9. [Download - 1.15MB] AKVIS Enhancer v3.0 ($70-80) is an image enhancement plug-in for revealing details in a picture. Enhancer users to detect details from underexposed, overexposed, and mid tone areas of a photo which lack detail. Enhancer integrates with Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Corel Photo-Paint, and more. Enhancer requires Mac OS X Tiger and a PowerPC G3 and above. [Download - 4.9MB] MenuMeters (free) is a set of CPU, memory, disk, and networking monitoring tools for Macs. MenuMeters monitors are SystemUIServer plug-ins which can be reordered using command-drag and remember their positions in the menubar across logins and restarts. The CPU Meter can display system load both as a total percentage or broken out as user ans system time, or as a "thermometer." MenuMeters requires Mac OS X Jaguar and later with a PowerPC or Intel-based Mac. [Download - 628KB] DYMO Label Software v7.5 (free) updates the driver software for DYMO's printer hardware, adding support for the ExecuLabel LM450 as well as the ExecuLabel LP350 tape printers. Version 7.5 also automatically adds a text object when users create a new label template. Version 7.5 requires Mac OS X 10.2.8 or later. [Download - 3.17MB]
MOTU last week unveiled Digital Performer 5, a major upgrade to its digital audio workstation software that includes six new virtual instrument plug-ins, new track folders, a flexible Meter Bridge feature, new audio editing tools, a multitude of new film scoring features, new input monitoring modes, clip-based volume automation and many other feature additions and enhancements. "This major upgrade has incredible new features for beginner and veteran users alike, including several firsts never before seen in audio workstation software," said Jim Cooper, Director of Marketing for MOTU. Digital Performer 5 will ship in the first quarter of 2006 for a list price of $800. The company said it would offer existing registered DP users an upgrade path, but provided no details.
Western Digital today announced it is shipping its new high-capacity 500GB Serial ATA (SATA) WD Caviar SE16 desktop-class hard drives. Providing a half terabyte of capacity for data-intensive applications, the WD Caviar SE16 500GB drives also deliver high 7,200 RPM performance with 300MB/s transfer rate, 16MB cache and Native Command Queuing (NCQ). The company said its WD hard drives are designed to have the lowest power consumption of any high-capacity desktop-class hard drive and that it has reduced WD Caviar drive noise levels to be "virtually imperceptible to the human ear" in home and business environments with its WhisperDrive and SoftSeek technologies (the latter streamlines read/write seeking algorithms). WD Caviar SE16 500 GB (model WD5000KS) hard drives may be ordered for $350.
Walt Disney's recent acquisition of Pixar is already bringing about much speculation as to the future of the "Mouse House." Some views show Jobs instilling new life into Disney, much as he did since returning to Apple nine years ago, while others envision a future filled with strife amongst Disney board members as Jobs' famous need for control clashes with the visions of other top Disney executives. According to Business Week, the reason to trust Jobs' ability to breathe life into Disney is that Jobs is a savvy businessman who knows what consumers want.
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MacSpeech has released a new ScriptPak for TurboTax 2005. The new ScriptPak installs over 75 commands into iListen that allows the user to do virtually anything by voice in TurboTax 2005 that they would normally do using keyboard shortcuts or menus. ScriptPaks enhance iListen's Command & Control capabilities by teaching it about the individual keyboard and menu commands in a specific program. The ScriptPak for TurboTax is available immediately and sells for $15, requiring iListen 1.6.8 or later.
MTV Networks and Apple today announced that television programming from MTV, MTV2, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon and The N is now available for purchase and download on the iTunes Music Store. The new content features top-rated favorites such as "Punk'd," "South Park," "Dora the Explorer," "SpongeBob SquarePants" and "Laguna Beach." The companies said that Nickelodeon's "Dora" is the first preschool program available on iTunes, while Comedy Central's "Stand-Up" is iTunes' first stand-up comedy program, and MTV's "Laguna Beach" and "Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Gauntlet 2" are the first reality-based titles available on iTunes. With the addition of these 14 shows from MTV Networks, iTunes now offers over 40 television shows for $1.99 per episode.
Dr. Bott today announced the availability of Marware's Remote Docking Station for iPod. The Remote Docking Station allows the user to flip through music, photos, and videos with the included remote control. Also included are the docking station, an A/V cable for use with a television of stereo system, a USB cable for charging and syncing, and a power adapter. The Remote Docking Stations is S-video compatible, and works with iPod mini, nano, photo, 4G, and 5G. It is available for $75.
macware today announced logo design software for Mac users. Logo Design Studio is a new suite of creative design tools includes over 300 customizable logo templates, 1200 unique logo objects, a slogan/tagline library, and other object and text tools. "A good logo creates and maintains your identity," states Bruce Lowry, Summitsoft's President and CEO. "Logo Design Studio takes this critical design process away from the hands of outsiders, giving users the creative tools needed to produce unmatched professional results." Users can modify or import images, graphics and text in a variety of formats as well as add or create using shape drawing tools, organize layouts with multiple layers, and use grids and rulers for easy alignment. It export of logos at 600 dpi resolution and supports BMP, PNG, TIF, JPG, PSD and more. Logo Design Studio is now available for $40.
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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