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iTools Services having problems
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]
New Apple Flat Panel LCD/Power Mac offer
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).
Update on FileMaker Developer Conference
"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.
Carbon 1.04 available as direct download
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.
Wiz advertises Mac products in Circular
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."
Free MP3 player, QuickList v1.1, use QT
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 for Mac now available
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 to distribute Mac ODBC products
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 updates Tetris-like shareware
BlockForge 1.04 is a maintenance release of the $10 shareware version of the classic "Tetris" game.
GameSprockets 1.7.4 changes outlined
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."
Final Cut, Sony DV media converter issues
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."
Password Security on FireWire PowerBooks
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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