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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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Apple want ads hint at future Watch faces
An Apple job listing for a dedicated clock face team may suggest future fashion-brand partnerships, possibly in time for the updated watchOS updates that are likely to be revealed at this spring's Worldwide Developer Conference. Since the introduction of watchOS 2, there has only been four new watch faces, but three of them were left over from the first release, with only one truly new one -- the co-branded Hermés face exclusive to that edition. There is a rumored March 15 event, but if that takes place it will likely focus on new band options as regards the Apple Watch. http://apple.co/1O1TbTI
Microsoft may end Office Support Professional prog
Microsoft appears to be either ending or seriously revamping its "Accredited Support Professional Program" for training on Microsoft Office for Mac and iOS it has offered at MacTech conferences since 2013. The program is not on offer at the upcoming MacTech tour, which begins on March 16 in San Francisco and includes a number of other cities. Microsoft has released a statement that it is "evaluating options for 2016, but don't have anything to share at this time." http://bit.ly/1KDz3MQ
Office for Mac v15.18 released
Microsoft has issued an update for the Mac version of its productivity suite, Office 2016. The v15.18 update offers improvements for all of the included apps, such as bringing full screen support to Outlook and allowing Word to save PDF files to flash drives. In addition, a new selection pane has been added to PowerPoint and Excel for keeping track of objects, and shapes can now be added to OneNote notebook pages. The update is free for all users, but requires a Mac running OS X 10.10 or later and a valid Microsoft Office 365 subscription. http://bit.ly/1Q7pAzW
Apple to open new south Florida mall store
According to real estate trade papers in south Florida, Apple has signed a lease for a new retail space in Miami, at the forthcoming Brickell City Centre (yes, the UK spelling is used) open-air mall, which is set to open later this year. The center will feature a five-story shopping area, condominiums, a hotel and office buildings, along with a "climate ribbon" in the shopping area to keep visitors cool, eschewing traditional air conditioning. The exact location of the Apple Store within the plan is not yet clear, but the destination already boasts 75 confirmed stores. http://bit.ly/1Q7n7Wd
Filemaker provides free custom app guide
FileMaker announced today the release of the first in a three-part series of free how-to guides that will lead teams through the process of building a custom app using the FileMaker Platform. FileMaker's new how-to guides provide a step-by-step process that starts with a planning cycle covering goals, requirements, functionality and usability, and run all the way through identifying user scenarios, defining requirements, addressing integration, providing security, and deployment of the final product. http://bit.ly/1o08wQh
OCZ Trion 150 SSD shifts to 15nm TLC NAND
SSD manufacturer OCZ has updated its entry-level 2.5-inch Trion 100 SSD. The new Trion 150 has similar performance to the now replaced model, and now utilizes 15nm TLC NAND. Sequential read speeds top out at 550MB/S, with 4KB random write speeds running from 25K IOPS in the 120GB model, to 64K IOPS in the 960GB version of the drive. Endurance is limited to 30TB in the 120GB, and peaks at 240TB in the 960GB version. Retail prices vary between $46 for 120GB, to $270 for the 960GB version. http://bit.ly/1nVmlyL
Google off the hook in CAPTCHA labor suit
US District Jacqueline Scott Corley has dismissed a proposed class-action suit against Google, that alleged that Google secretly was given an economic gain without user knowledge. The suit alleged, correctly, that the second word in Google's CAPTCHA service was used as a crowd-sourced word identification for Google's book-scanning project. The judge ruled that the suit as filed had no facts to support a "reasonable consumer would expect to receive compensation" for the seconds it took to complete the form, and in addition, the free Gmail account provided more than offset any labor penalty incurred by the user. http://bit.ly/1o06Cir