Palm\'s HotSync 2.6.1 update restores HotSync operations under Mac OS 9.02 and 9.04, including time out errors when synchronizing with conduits for certain applications, including Meeting Maker and Outlook Express and other conduits with "long" synchronization times such as AvantGo.
Fool.com has a Q&A on Apple, answering questons on Apple\'s "meaningful intermediate-term upside" and its dependence on introducing "great new products."
Midiman\'s $200 MidiSport 4x4 is a new self-powered USB MIDI interface with MIDI-activity indicators for each port. The multi-platform device includes a 6\' USB cable, OMS drivers for Mac OS 8.6 (and higher) and a lifetime warranty.
Agill English-German Dictionary 2.1 is an update to the translation dictionary that supports Apple\'s Text-to-Speech and the ability to create additional plug-in dictionaries.
Ecommercesoft will introduce MetroShop ASP during WWDC in San Jose, Calif., next week. MetroShop ASP enables ASPs to broaden the scope of their business services by providing their customers with the ability to create instant e-commerce Web sites. It is the latest in a series of scalable e-business products, called the MetroShop suite. The suite is made up of business-management software containing embedded business-logic, flow-processes, legacy integration and ERP back-office functionality. The ASP version\'s pricing varies, based on the OS deployment, the number of servers and processors used on the number and types of store deployments desired.
Simon & Schuster Interactive has announced its 2000 game lineup, and there are plenty of Macintosh titles, according to IMG. Titles being exhibited at its booth at Electronic Entertainment Expo include Star Trek Deep Space Nine: The Fallen, shipping in September; Star Trek Starship Creator Warp 2; Panty Raider, available now; Last Call; Deer Avenger 3D, due in October; and Amateur League Golf.
Version 2.0 of three-2-one\'s $70 shareware text2graphic is an update to the company\'s application that batch-converts text to graphic files with shadows, anti-aliasing and other graphic manipulation. It is now support double-byte character sets, has more rendering output formats, includes performance improvements, and available in localized versions in English, German and Japanese. A more basic \"LE\" version is available for $25.
Sig Software has released a public beta version of TableText 1.0, a program that allows tabular information to be represented, manipulated and scanned as plain text. Users can convert spreadsheets and tables to ASCII text. It can be used for e-mail messages, source code comments and cross-platform documentation. The beta is fully functional, but expires June 1.
VisionSynth 1.0 (free) is a unique screensaver for Mac systems. The software allows users to find artistic ranges that show off patterns of movement within the range of a computer's viewscreen aesthetics. Numerous sliders control each aspect of VisionSynth, such as radius or delta 1/2. [Download - 92KB] CrushFTP 4.3 ($30) updates the file server software with the ability to link or join virtual file systems from several users together, and adds support to set up custom login pages based on the domain used in the browser. The latest release also allows users to set a maximum monthly download amount and import users as well as groups from proftpd. [Download - 6.2MB] iPDA 3.3 ($20) enhances the software designed to make Apple's iPod function as a replacement for a PDA. The software enables users to transfer Word, PDF, Apple Pages, RTF, and text documents to the portable media player for quick access. The latest release offers download driving directions from Google Maps, and allows users to back up the contents of selected folders as well as sub-folders to an iPod. [Download - 1.1MB] Smart Scroll X 2.5 ($20) is an application designed to make scrolling more convenient by making the scroll wheel smoother and faster. Grab Scroll includes a hand tool to move any window's contents, and features a "coasting" effect similar to Apple's iPhone interface. The latest release improves the super wheel for finer speed control and a greater speed range. [Download - 1.5MB] CDRevolution 1.10 ($20) is a drag-and-drop CD copying and archiving tool for both audio and data CDs. The update adds CD text support and archiving features like album tagging, Spotlight integration, lossless audio compression, and iTunes integration. [Download - 1.2MB] Syncro SVN Client 2.4 ($60 with 1-year of maintenance) allows users to see the history of a resource as a history graph where every revision of the resource is represented with a node. The update ensures that the contextual menu of a graph node contains operations that are applicable directly to the revision represented by that node. [Download - 12.6MB]
Chaotic Software has released MP3 Rage 2.0.1, an update to the MP3 searching (using Napster\'s service), downloading, editing and organizing tool. The update fixes problems, especially with pre-Mac OS 9.0 systems; and adds support for regenerating random user information for anonymity, for using custom user agent strings, and for the QDesign MP3 player.
Thunderwizard Software has just released Reversi Unlimited 1.0.2, an update to the $10 shareware based on the classic board game. The update contains some important bug fixes and revises the Reversi Classic theme.
Sega.com has selected marchFIRST, the new global Internet professional services company created by the merger of Whittman-Hart and USWeb/CKS, to help build SegaNet, a robust gaming network for Macintosh and PC users, which is launching in September. Additionally, SegaNet offers 3-D multiplayer games, chat, community, cheat codes, tournaments and content. it is also an ISP. MarchFIRST will work with Sega.com to design and build its new Web site and back-end architecture.
A German advertising agency that paid out of its own pocket to run a clever, full-page, pro-Mac advertisement is now in hot water with Apple over trademark infringement.
Today, topics in our Forums area include questions about installing RAM in a G4 to optimize speed and compatibility, burning two CDs at once with SCSI CD burners, installing RAM in a Rev C iMac and which CD-RW works best with an iMac Rev. C; and problems with Media Cleaner 4 crashing on a blue G3.
Kepi Software has recently released Tic-Mac-Toe, a freeware tic-tac-toe game for one or two players.
Apple is at Cannes. QuickTime technology is being used to cover the famous film festival. Canal+ is streaming the best of the fest, including live, up-to-the-minute news on the festival; background on the films and the jury; and festival screenings. There are also live video, online chats with celebrities, mobile net reporters and Web cams broadcasting in real time.
AppleInsider last night posted information on next week\'s WWDC announcements and reported that Steve Jobs\' Keynote will not be broadcast via QuickTime or satellite.
Aupperle Services and Contracting, the developer of MCadContour a Mac-only GIS application, will be shutting down its Website permanently on May 15th and "urges" all MCadContour 5.xx users to download the free upgrade to MCadContour 6.0. The company has also made both the product manual and tutorial available as PDF files on the Website.
WebEvent 3.3 is a "major" upgrade to the Internet and intranet scheduling software, offering the ability to add events into multiple calendars, more customization features, cookie-based authentication, private and public events, and improved email notification.
Carrot Software has released Mega Minesweeper 1.0, a modern version of minesweeper for the Mac OS, as freeware for both PPC and 68K Macintosh computers.
Mattel Interactive also announced its 2000 lineup of games and entertainment titles, only one of which is available for Macintosh users. Myst III: Exile, which will be available on a hybrid CD-ROM for Mac and PC during the first quarter of 2001, features "fantastic environments in the same vein that made its predecessors immersive, mysterious and beautiful"; five new ages; and a new navigation technology, implemented by Presto Studios.
The Fontz 1.0 is a $10 shareware (PowerPC-only) font browser and organizer, which can arrange fonts in "flexible groupings that can be modified on the fly. One of the best things about it is that your system fonts are left completely untouched."
Apple has officially announced the schedule for upcoming Demo Days, at which it will feature iMovie editing software and AirPort technology. Apple experts will be in many retailers throughout the country on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 20 and 21, May 27 and 28, June 3 and 4, June 10 and 11 and June 17 and 18.
Transparent Language will introduce 101 Languages of the World, a conversation-oriented learning program for Macintosh and Windows. It is based on the company\'s Transparent Method, which offers realistic dialogs, interactive games, pronunciation activities and vocabulary-building tools. It also includes advanced speech analysis that improves pronunciation and accent and Unitype Global Writer, a word processing software with 100 languages, spell checking, thesauruses and character sets. Shipping in July, the price will be $30.
Only one of LucasArt\'s eight newly announced games will be released for the Mac, according to news from the E3 gaming conference this week. Star Wars Super Bombad Racing is being developed by Lucas Learning and will be distributed by LucasArts. "Super Bombad Racing is a whimsical title that lets players race on various tracks throughout the Star Wars galaxy as way-out versions of their favorite characters." It is expected in the first quarter of 2001, and will be released simultaneously for Sega Dreamcast, PlayStation 2, PC and Macintosh.
A feature article yesterday discussed Microsoft\'s own proposed compromise. Other updates included FileMaker\'s Web Companion Update 5.0v4, Grammarian v2.1.1, AOL IM 4.0.989, and Apple\'s ColorSync 3.0.1.
Many of Brooklyn College\'s classrooms are equipped with Power Mac G4 computers, AirPort cards and access to the Web. Biology professor John Blamire is trying to transform the learning process from passive to active and is helping to eliminate what he calls the "magic eraser," which wipes out students\' memories of facts learned at the end of the semester.
Dr. Bott, LLC has released the MoniSwitch Pro 8, a KVM switcher that allows users to control up to 8 computers from a single monitor, keyboard, and mouse. The $400 device supports USB and includes all necessary cables. Dr. Bott also offers the MoniSwitch USB and MonISwitch ADB, which can control 2-4 computers.
Graphics designer and GUI master Arlo Rose has updated his Web site, which notes that Kaleidoscope 2.2.3 is nearly finished and that development on version 2.5 has begun. The site also notes another Mac OS project that\'s in the works, dubbed Konfabulator, although no further information is provided yet.
A Better Finder Rename 3.1 is an update to the $15 Contextual Menu Plug-in that allows for quick and easy renaming of multiple files. The new versions ads the ability to create an alphabetical list, renaming groups of images, for example, to \'image_a.jpg\', \'image_b.jpg\', etc..
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Apple brings iTunes Movie Trailers app to Canada
After five years, Apple has expanded its iTunes Movie Trailers app for iOS to Canada. As of Saturday, the free app allows movie buffs to see HD movie trailers for new studio and independent features, and explore some other movie-related extras such as photos, behind-the-scenes footage, or clips from upcoming films. Users can save trailers for quick access, read reviews from RottenTomatoes.com within the app, use AirPlay to send them to an Apple TV, share trailers, and peruse the top movie charts. http://apple.co/1UUKtwr
Apple expands CloudKit API, provides web interface
On Friday, Apple notified developers that it was expanding a feature of CloudKit to allow for server-to-server web service requests. "In addition to providing a web interface for users to access the same data as your app, you can now easily read and write to the CloudKit public database from a server-side process or script with a server-to-server key," Apple said in its announcement. Previously, interaction with the CloudKit public database was limited to apps and web only. http://apple.co/20h1RwP
Remote S for Tesla Apple Watch app drives car out
Developer Allen Wong has created the Remote S for Tesla app, which can be used to remotely activate the Model S electric car via an Apple Watch, and drive it a short distance. Aside from providing data about the car and some basic function controls, the unofficial app uses the manufacturer's Summon command to allow the car to turn on, exit the garage, and park near to the user's location. The app is available to purchase from the App Store for $10. http://apple.co/1PprF4t
Seagate 3TB unreliability suit expands
The Seagate 3TB class-action hard drive lawsuit has been expanded to more devices. The expanded suit, filed today, now includes Seagate's Barracuda 3TB Hard Disk Drive, Desktop HDD 3TB, Backup Plus 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, GoFlex 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, or any other Seagate hard drive with model number ST3000DM001. The law firm, Hagens Berman, is seeking information from consumers such as time in service, purchase price, and the nature of any drive received in return from Seagate as a replacement for a failed unit. http://bit.ly/1Pc34Cq
BlackBerry Canada, Florida hit with layoffs
The BlackBerry campus has reportedly been wracked with layoffs. Sources familiar with the company's Waterloo office staffing claim that close to 35 percent of the local workforce has been laid off, with the deepest cuts being made in the BlackBerry 10 OS and hardware teams. Additionally, the state of Florida has been officially notified that the company's Sunrise facility will see 75 people fired. Enthusiast site Mobilesyrup puts the layoffs at around 1000 total. http://bit.ly/1Pc1Rep
Instagram tests multiple account support for iOS
Instagram is trialling support for multiple accounts in its iPhone app with a small number of users. The Facebook-owned photo sharing service confirmed the reports of the tests to TechCrunch, which will allow a single user to manage more than a single account within the app, transferring between two or three accounts with a few taps. It is unclear when the feature will roll out to the public, but it has previously tested it with the Android version of the app since November. http://tcrn.ch/1SPKEKh
Foxconn CEO declares Sharp deal near done
The Foxconn bid for Sharp is allegedly only waiting on specific details of the deal. Foxconn CEO Terry Gou has declared that his company has privileged negotiation rights for the Apple iPhone screen supplier, saying that "we have a consensus, the rest is a process ... I don't see a problem completing this process." Gou hopes the deal, worth up to $5.6 billion, will be formalized by the end of February. http://reut.rs/1SPEQjN