Apple\'s mac.com email service, part of iTools, has been down for some users since this morning. Frustrated users have been unable to get any response from Apple regarding the outage, when a fix for the problem can be expected, or why only some users are having difficulties. [updated]
Apple is now offering a flat panel/G4 bundle, which includes a standard configuration of its Power Mac G4/450 MHz with a Apple 15" Flat Panel Studio Display for $3498. The offer is good until July 1st (or while supplies last).
"The Future of Data: Workgroup, Web and Beyond" will be the theme of the FileMaker Developer Conference 2000, which takes place August 27-30 in Palm Desert, California. A preliminary listing of this year\'s technical sessions is available on the Web and FileMaker is offering a $200 discount registrations before July 7.
David Vicent notes that Apple has finally made CarbonLib 1.04 available via direct download for those having trouble with the Software Update control panel in Mac OS 9.
Ryan, of Cheech and Chong Dot Com, sent us the back page of tomorrow\'s Wiz Sunday newspaper circular, which introduces the "complete line of Apple iMac and iBook products plus [its] special introductory finance offer."
RSX Solutions has released QuickList MP3 1.1, its free QuickTime-based MP3 player that "takes up relatively little screen space, yet still retains important features."
Compuserve 2000 is now available for Mac users, offering new pricing plans, support for up to 7 screen names (@cs.com instead of @compuserve.com), integrated support for AOL Instant Messenger, an interactive calendar for tracking events, 128-bit encryption, and improved email options such as personalized email signatures and multiple file attachments.
Metro Technologies announced that it will begin exclusively offering Merant\'s DataDirect ODBC products for sale beginning May 15, 2000, including Merant\'s DataDirect Connect ODBC drivers for Macintosh and DataDirect SequeLink 4.51 for Macintosh.
BlockForge 1.04 is a maintenance release of the $10 shareware version of the classic "Tetris" game.
A MacNN reader was finally able to track down the changes in GameSprockets 1.7.4, which was released earlier this week: "[it] is a maintenance release to address a context handling issue in 1.7.3. No features were added.The documentation will follow with the SDK update. The priority was to get the update to users."
A new Apple TIL describes a workaround for "an issue with the way that Final Cut Pro 1.2.1 recaptures clips that are in PAL format." Another describes a workaround for a known issue with the new version of the Sony DV media converter (the DVMC-DA2) with either iMovie 1.0.2 or Final Cut Pro 1.2.1, noting that you "may not be able to output video from the converter to camcorders or VCRs."
Apple is warning users against using the Password Security control panel on FireWire PowerBooks: "The Password Security control panel does not come with the PowerBook (FireWire) computer and cannot be custom installed. If you copy the Password Security control panel from another computer and try to use it on the PowerBook (FireWire), you risk losing data on the PowerBook (FireWire) computer\'s hard disk."
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Lunch with Cook auction nets $515K
The Charitybuzz auction that offered lunch with Apple CEO Tim Cook at Apple HQ and a pair of passes to a future Apple event (winner's pick) has ended with a high bid of $515,000, the highest amount the annual auction has fetched since 2013. Proceeds of the auction will benefit Cook's preferred charity, the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organization, where Cook was recently named to the board of directors. The winner, who was unnamed, will be responsible for their own transportation and accommodation, and Cook has up to a year to schedule the meeting -- making it possible that the winner will be among the first to dine with Cook in the new Campus 2 cafeteria, which is set to open along with the rest of the new facility early next year. http://bit.ly/236Wf9N
Free Windows 10 upgrade program ends July 29
Ending speculation, Microsoft has officially announced that it will end free Windows 10 upgrades on July 29, the one-year anniversary of the rollout of the OS. Following the 29th, Microsoft's ubiquitous OS will retail for $119 and up. http://bit.ly/1O0a7kA
US tech giants to candidates: support TPP
Tech giants including Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Uber are among thirteen major US corporations who have written an open letter to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton urging them to support the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal, reports Reuters. Although not yet made public, the letter also asks the candidates to make it easier for the companies to hire tech workers from overseas. Both are not happy with the TPP deal, although Trump is sterner in his opposition to any kind of trade deals between countries. Trump has not rejected outright the idea of importing high-tech talent from overseas, while Clinton has already voiced her support for the idea. http://reut.rs/1Wb0Zwq
Apple mandates June 1 app IPv6 support
Apple has set the deadline for IPv6 support for App Store-supplied software. On June 1, apps thast use a custom networking stack and that are submitted to the app store must support IPv6-only networks. The rule, announced last year as coming soon, will only affect a small portion of submitted applications that do not use the NSURLSession and CFNetwork APIs. http://apple.co/24yBTIY
YouTube Unplugged OTT service coming 2017?
As part of the continuing YouTube evolution, the video streaming service is reportedly considering a paid subscription service that would provide users "over the top" cable TV service. According to sources familiar with the matter, the service has been in the works since 2012, has already made changes to accommodate the live video feeds, and could debut the offering as soon as 2017. http://bloom.bg/1rvx8BW
Kohls Apple Pay integration with loyalty program
Kohl's customers are now able to pay for their purchases with Kohl's Charge and simultaneously earn loyalty program Yes2You Rewards in conjunction with Apple Pay. The service is currently available in approximately 250 Kohl's stores and is expected to be in all Kohl's stores nationwide later this month, making Kohl's the first retailer to deliver a one-tap checkout that integrates both its private credit card as a form of payment and a loyalty program with Apple Pay. http://yhoo.it/21wEUI6
AirMap iOS app for drone operators
Provider of airspace information and services for unmanned aircraft AirMap announced today the release of the AirMap app for iOS and Apple Watch. Operators can now access low-altitude airspace advisories, create flights, file digital flight notices to over 80 airports, and manage unmanned aircraft. Building on the success of AirMap's Digital Notice and Awareness System (D-NAS), the AirMap app brings to iOS devices a fully integrated airspace management solution for recreational and commercial drone operators. The app is free. http://apple.co/21wCadD