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Kodak today announced that it has licensed Apple\'s QuickTime technology for use in future digital devices that are currently in development. The agreement will enable Kodak to use the QuickTime format for video clips, which upcoming cameras will be able to take. [updated - story]
After introducing its first products based on the new technology yesterday, an IBM spokesperson said its silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technology, which enables the production of faster chipss, "will appear in a portable device this year."
Following the breakdown of its merger plans with Inprise/Borland Corp., MacNN has learned that development of Corel\'s Mac applications, including those acquired earlier this year from MetaCreations, will not be affected.
iMac2Day notes an iMac-styled pager from Motorola, a recent LA Times article that recounts one author\'s experience using the iMac DV, and a new driver for Griffin\'s iMate.
MacDeals! bargains today include special pricing on Power Mac G3 and G4 systems from Small Dog and Apple, refurbished external CD-R and CD-RW drives from MacResQ, a 21" KDS monitor for $600, and more.
Installer VISE 7.0, the latest version of the software-delivery software, is now shipping. The update adds support for eSellerate, the e-commerce system from MindVision; Mac OS X; and multiple installer options.
Ricoh has introduced the Aficio 551 and 700 digital imaging systems for the networked environment. Features of both include the ability to scan up to eight jobs into memory, total capacity of 7,750 sheets of paper, 2,400x600 dpi and secure printing by using passwords. The Aficio 551, priced at $20,500, prints at speeds up to 51 ppm, while the 700, priced at $26,500, prints at up to 70 ppm. [site not updated]
MacSourcery, makers of screen-saver software, has released Cinemac for Director 1.5.6, which adds support for Macromedia\'s Director 8 Shockwave Studio. The software, which supports both Windows and Macintosh, converts Director files into screen savers in less than a minute. New users can purchase it for $300.
Sig Software\'s Classic Menu for OS X 1.0 adds the classic Apple menu to Mac OS X. "Put aliases of your favorite items in the Classic Menu Items folder, and they will appear in a menu in the menu bar."
Bruno Blondeau has posted iOrganize 2.1, an update to the $15 NotePad enhancement. The update adds a more powerful Find command, corrects the background color on the NotePad to be Appearance compliant and adds the ability to navigate using the keyboard in NotePad.
The $25 shareware PhotoCat 3.0 allows you to build catalogs of pictures using flexible filter options, index records, distribute slide shows and catalogs using PhotoCat Player, and automatically build web sites or FileMaker databases from catalogs. It is compatible with all QuickTime-compatible file formats.
Kyle Dixon pointed us to a note from an Apple representative on Apple Tech Exchange, which says that the recent Ethernet 1.0 update only applies to slot-loading iMacs: "The Ethernet Update 1.0 only applies to iMac (Slot Loading). We apologize for any inconvenience. A Tech Info Library article is in the works. The Software Downloads Web site will be update as well." [Apple\'s recently modified or created TIL aricles page has yet to be restored after Apple pulled the page more than a month ago and later promised the functionality would be restored.]
PC Data reports that Apple.com is back in second place for hardware sites most visited for the week ended May 20. It had 1.4 percent market share. Compaq.com was again No. 1 with 1.7 percent market share and Dell.com was No. 3 with 1.1 percent of the market share.
Yesterday we noted the release of Apple\'s Ethernet Update 1.0, RealPlayer 8 Beta, OrangeMicro\'s FireWire/Ultra2SCSI PCI card, and a beta release of Earthcast for Mac
A TIL explains that the power key on USB keyboards will not function properly if it is plugged into a self-powered USB hub, because "most USB hubs do not become active until they receive a signal from the computer."
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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