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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NBCUniversal adds Bravo, Syfy, E! to Apple TV
NBCUniversal has launched three new apps channels for Apple TV users. Bravo Now, Syfy Now and E! Now brings users access full seasons of current and past episodes of most of NBCUniversal's catalog. The Bravo Now app includes shows like "The Real Housewives of New York Cit," "Below Deck Mediterranean," comedy "Odd Mom Out" and "Top Chef." The Syfy Now app offers up shows like "The Magicians," thriller "12 Monkeys" and the reality show "Face Off." The E! Now app serves up shows like "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," "Botched," "#RichKids of Beverly Hills," Caitlyn Jenner's "I Am Cait," and "WAGS." While some content is free, most content requires users to authenticate via their cable satellite or telco TV provider. http://bit.ly/20K4Pea
Apple rolls out Arabic version of Apple.com
Apple has rolled out a new version of its Apple.com website for Arabic language users in the United Arab Emirates. The site utilizes a right-to-left reading format where it has been updated, although the upgrade is still in progress with a number of page links still in the original English language left-to-right format. Of particular note is that the site debuts an all-new custom Arabic font created by the Tarek Atrissi Design agency, giving it a highly contemporary look and feel. The new support for Arabic on its host website follows the introduction of full support for right-to-left languages in iOS 9, and the addition of Arabic support to Siri late last year. http://apple.co/20JHGIM
Adobe previews Photoshop content-aware crop
Adobe has previewed a new 'content-aware crop' feature from the next version of its Photoshop CC. The new feature is similar to its 'content-aware fill' from the current version of Photoshop CC, and potentially saves users time when cropping photos in a way that might otherwise leave blank white space in the frame. Adobe's 'content-aware' tech automatically assesses the blank space and seamlessly fills the blank space with the nearest related content in the space when a photo is expanded or rotated without the need to manually clone that part of the image. The feature allows users to move a horizon by adding more sky or ground, change the aspect ratio by adding content around the edges of the image and fill in the corners of an image when rotated during a crop. Adobe says the feature is coming soon and will be automatically available to Creative Cloud subscribers. http://adobe.ly/20JDFEu
Markzware updates Q2ID for QuarkXPress 12 files
Graphic design file conversion tool maker Markzware has launched a new version of its Q2ID tool. The InDesign plugin enables users to open QuarkXPress files within a new InDesign (INDD) document, without rebuilding the QXP document from scratch -- the new version includes support for QuarkXPress 12 files. Q2ID Subscription members can download the new version as part of their annual plan. A single-user can purchase the plugin for $200, with other licensing options available. http://bit.ly/1Z4dS9t
PopChar X 7.5 arrives
Ergonis Software has released PopChar X 7.5, an improved version of the company's tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts. PopChar X 7.5 adds support for combined emojis in the Apple Color Emoji font, enhances the "Font Info" view, and adds many further enhancements that improve overall speed and stability. PopChar X 7.5 retails for €30 ($34), and is free for anyone who owns a license for PopChar X 7 or purchased a license for PopChar X 6 on or after March 1, 2014 [4.5MB]
Safari Technology Preview release 5 arrives
Parallels Access 3.1 updated for iPad Pro
Virtualization software Parallels Access 3.1 has been updated with support for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, including Apple Pencil support. The software allows remote access to your PC or Mac from anywhere to control desktop applications from iOS or Android tablets and phones, with native touch gestures, as well as from any computer with an HTML5 web browser. Featuring three resolution choices for your mobile device ("Best for your Device," "More Space," and "Same as Computer") and 3D Touch support for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, the update also adds a new Tablet Mode in Windows 10, which makes it easier to interact without a mouse or keyboard. http://bit.ly/1OWZqjg