NASA's Ames Research Center has developed what the space agency calls a proof of concept of new technology that would bring compact, low-cost, low-power, high-speed nanosensor-based chemical sensing capabilities to cell phones.
Distant Suns, available from the App Store, can identify the planets, constellations, more than a hundred galaxies and star clusters, and thousands of stars.
The Mac version of the scientific calculator adds many of the features developer TLA Systems has recently added to PCalc for the iPhone. Also on Thursday, Opera put out the latest beta of its Web browser, Delicious Monster updated Delicious Library, and U&I Software launched MetaSynth 5.
SPSS has announced the release of PASW Statistics 18, a new version of its statistical analysis software.
Not everyone will need this app, which uses the built-in accelerometer to turn your iPhone or iPod touch into a vibration spectrum analyzer. But if you're an engineer, mechanic, or software developer, Vibration gives you an accurate, easy-to-use tool.
PCalc 1.6, arriving on the App Store Monday, has been built for this week's iPhone 3.0 update, adding support for copy and paste to the calculator app.
Maker Faire is a two-day do-it-yourself tech and craft fest held in the Bay Area. We paid a visit to the fourth annual event and took note of all the Mac- and Apple-based exhibits on display.
CrystalMaker, used to visualize crystals and molecules, now works in 3D, using good old-fashioned red-blue glasses.
Mathematica Home Edition is a version of Wolfram's analytic software licensed for personal use.
Onset Computer's HOBOware Pro software is now available in downloadable trial version.