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Protocols for Life Scientists Available on the iPhone App Store

Life Scientists can now access protocols at the bench on their iPhone™ or iPod® Touch using the Promega Protocols and Applications Guide (P&A Guide).

Stanford iPhone Programming course online

Evan Doll and Alan Cannistraro are running a course on iPhone application development at Stanford University, such has been the demand for the course that they have made it available via iTunes U.
iPhone Application Programming

MATLAB & Simulink R2009a beta for 64-bit Intel-based Macs is available

The native MathWorks MATLAB R2009a beta for 64-bit Intel-based Macs is now available.

Customers who have a subscription to MathWorks Software Maintenance Service may download the professional version. The current target release for 64-bit Mac is R2009b.

First Tech Book Published Exclusively on iPhone?

A while ago I suggested that perhaps the iPhone platform could offer an avenue for publishing technical books. In summary, I argued that the App Store offers a broad distribution network, takes care of sales processing, and even offers DRM protection of content. The only thing really missing was a basic book reader.

I happen to have a few book length manuscripts lying around, so I decided to take one of them — Scientific Scripting with Python — and undertake an experiment: I developed a basic book reader, reformatted the manuscript for the iPhone, and submitted it to the App Store. Yesterday it was accepted, and you can now purchase the book in iTunes for $4.99. As far as I am aware, it's the first tech book to be published exclusively through the App Store.

AcademiX 2009 Conferences

MacLearning.org and Apple, Inc. are pleased to announce the offering of four regional conferences on teaching and learning using Apple technologies. Based on the feedback from an earlier survey on travel expenses and budgets, we have jointly decided to offer four regional AcademiX 2009 conferences designed to offer opportunities for learning and sharing at minimal cost to you or your institution.

PC GAMESS/Firefly package for Mac OS X/Intel platform

As of February 23, 2009, the PC GAMESSFirefly team is proud to announce the availability of the first official release of the PC GAMESS/Firefly package for Mac OS X/Intel platform.

List of some key features:

Free and fast! Proven reliability and performance of Windows/Linux PC GAMESS/Firefly.
Feature rich - supports all the functionality of Windows/Linux-based PC GAMESS/Firefly.

Safari 4 Beta

I see Apple have released the beta test version of Safari I just thought it would be useful to keep track of any problems for scientific applications.

To start off Safari breaks Xcode. If you are using the 3.0 version of Xcode, you will find that it crashes on launch once you have downloaded the Safari 4 beta. Just head over to the Apple Developer Connection to download version 3.1.2 of Xcode that works fine.

Salvation has arrived for iPhone and iPod touch: Papers is now available

Those using Papers on the desktop and looking for a mobile solution, your wait is over. Papers 1.0 for iPhone and iPod touch has just been released in the App Store(open in iTunes). This version of Papers was released with an accompanying update to the desktop client to version 1.9 (you don't need to have the desktop version to use the iPhone/iPod version). The new version of the desktop application allows you to sync your library between your desktop and mobile device. Papers for iPhone and iPod touch is available for an introductory price of $9.99 (US).

The details from the Mekentosj press release are below.

Equalizer Birds-Of-a-Feather meeting.

There will be an Equalizer Birds-Of-a-Feather meeting during Eurographics'09 - mark your calenders:

Place: Eurographics 2009, TU Munich
Date: March 31, 14:30-16:00

Co-located with Eurographics'09 is the Eurographics Symposium on Parallel Graphics and Visualization

For more info on Equalizer and Chrome read this interview with Stefan Eilemann.

Mathematica 7 Reviewed on MacWorld.com

We somehow missed this one: MacWorld.com ran a review of the recently released Mathematica 7. Conclusion?

Mathematica 7.0 continues the tradition of the past 20 years—each version sets a new standard for scientific and technical computing innovation. The integration of image processing and parallel computing tools justify the full-version-number increment, and the improved numeric, symbolic, and visualization capabilities, along with the increased data and documentation resources, enhance an already best-of-class product.

It seems the emphasis is very much on parallel computing, and rightly so, with the trend in multi-core. Good to see this being deeply integrated into Mathematica.