Macromedia and Nokia today jointly announced the public beta release of the Nokia WML Studio for Dreamweaver. The extension, which allows developers to design content using Wireless Markup Language for Nokia\'s mobile phones, is available to download from Macromedia\'s Exchange site. Macromedia is also handing out free copies from their booth, #408, at Internet World UK 2000, which is presently taking place in London.
Apple received three awards at the British Design and Art Direction ceremony last night, according to Macworld UK. The Cinema Display took home a gold, while the Power Mac G4 and iBook won silvers in their respective categories. The awards ceremony can watched from Apple\'s site using QuickTime.
Blue Line Studios has released of TextBroom 2.5 for Macintosh in an OS X Aqua look. TextBroom uses smart search and replace functions to process text files. This version removes the one-month limit on the demo and replaces it with a limit of 24 uses.
MacToolkit.com announced eMailMan 1.5, a free upgrade to the $12 e-mail notification product. This release adds a control strip module for easier mail access and fixes a few minor issues.
Richard Bannister has released two game-system emulators: the Handy/MacOS 0.72, a major upgrade that improves compatibility with the Atari Lynx; and the SMS/MacOS 0.9 , a free, brand-new Sega Master System/Sega Game Gear emulator.
Beenox Studios has released of the Coldstone Game Engine Beta 8, a package for creating role-playing games for the Macintosh. The "major update" adds a multilayer graphic system in the map engine allowing for the creation of environments. The user can add realistic nature elements like trees, rocks, lakes and mountains, as well as 3D-rendered houses and furniture. There will be a full demonstration game available this summer.
SSEYO has added a hybrid digital/analogue synthesizer to its products in the Koan line. The synthesizer modules are fully routeable and Web page programmable. It also supports full MIDI file playback allowing generative augmentation of existing MIDI material. Other features include a range of effects units, a range of highly specified generator units and a range of transformer and modulator units.
Tegrity has released WebLearner 4.5, a classroom-based authoring system for creating multimedia, Web-based teaching and learning content. The update adds support for Microsoft Windows Media Player on Macintosh.
MGL has a \"sneak peek\" of Lucas Learning\'s Star Wars: Super Bombad Racing, described as "your favorite Star Wars characters -- with big heads." The kart-racing game will be released simultaneously for the Macintosh, PC, Sony Playstation 2 and Dreamcast.
Aladdin has begun shipping Spring Cleaning 3.5, a $50 Macintosh uninstaller with 13 cleaning and organizing utilities. The update now includes iClean for fast Internet file cleanup, speeds up searches with new search filtering and improves the interface. Customers who purchased version 3.0 between April 24 and May 24 can get the update for free. Other users can get it for $20. A $30 mail-in upgrade rebate is available when purchasing from retailers.
TextureMagic 1.3.1 is an update to ARTIS Software\'s $50 seamless texture graphics application. Version 1.3.1 adds the ability to export in Photoshop, PNG, Silicon Graphics and Targa file formats. A Pro version with additional software and 250 royalty-free textures is available for $100.
In our Forums area today, readers have questions about disabling sleep when Pismo is closed, HP Office Jet G85 compatibility, Archos MiniCD-RW, Toast and FireWire support, FireWire or USB device for backup, OpenTransport programming assistance, updating firmware in LinkSys router and setting up a mailserver; and problems with undeliverable mail in Outlook Express 5, Strata3D "CfgOpenTpt" not found, shutdown and sleep, HotSync hangs and Pismo "disk full" message.
Sams Publishing, part of Macmillan USA, has introduced Gene Steinberg\'s How to Use Your Mac, targeted toward beginning users. The $25 book includes colorful diagrams and photos illustrate and clearly explains each feature of the Mac.
Frank Reiff has released A Better Finder Attributes 1.5, a $10 contextual menu plug-in for the Macintosh Finder which allows for quickly changing attributes. The new version extends the date and time manipulation abilities of the tool.
TLA Systems Ltd. has posted a German-language plug-in for DragThing, the application dock: "With this new plug-in installed into the \'DragThing Languages\' folder of DragThing 2.8, the user interface can be switched entirely into German." The DragThing 2.8 installer already supports English, French, Italian and Japanese
Channel 8 Software has introduced iOrganizer 1.0, a software for time management on the Internet that includes an address book, a bookmark list, a personal event calendar and a file download list. iOrganizer can also import contacts, bookmarks, events and file URLs from a variety of formats; search, sort and print lists; launch e-mail clients to send a message to a contact; open a Web site in the browser; and internally download files from FTP or HTTP servers. A single-user license is $18, and a site license is $160.
Epson has posted version 6.3AE of the drivers for its Stylus Pro 9000 inkjet printer.
Microtek has introduced the ScanMaker 3700, a 1200x600dpi, 42-bit scanner geared towards the consumer market. The $120 device features Microtek\'s one-touch scanning, which allows users to scan images with the push of a button, and includes a transparency adapter, the LightLid 35, and web publishing software for home and office. It is expected to ship next month.
Apple has won two silvers and a gold awards at the British Design and Art Direction Awards ceremony. The Apple Cinema Display took the gold award in the category "Product Design for Work." The PowerMac G4 won a silver in this same category. iBook was the other silver in the category "Product Design for the Home." Winners in all the categories can be viewed at Apple\'s QuickTime site.
MacNN has learned that Adobe officially discontinued PageMill in March, although no word of this was ever sent out to the media or posted on its website. The departure of PageMill, coupled with the discontinuation of Claris HomePage more than a year ago, leaves a void in consumer-level Web publishing applications.
The German advertising agency that earlier this month ran a full-page ad in a German newspaper poking fun Windows users and the ILOVEYOU virus, plans to publish a full-page apology to Apple for misusing Apple\'s trademarks.
MacDeals! bargains today include a PowerMac G4/400 bundle, with USB color scanner, extra 64 MB RAM and USB floppy disk drive for $1,683; MacNN readers receive free Fed Ex shipping on LaCie SCSI CD-R and CD-R/W drives with software, cables and manuals; and 128 MB RAM upgrade for free with any iMac DV or iMac DV SE purchase from Small Dog Electronics.
Yesterday we had new articles on Jackson\'s request for a second Microsoft remedy, on the launch of RealSystem 8, and Jobs\' jury duty summons as well as the release of Eudora 4.3.2 Update, Tiff-Sight 1.03, and Terran\'s updated Media Cleaner Pro 4.
Fantom Drives has added FireWire-based DVD-RAM and DVD-ROM drives to its FireWire product line. The new 8x DVD-ROM drive, which costs $400, can read DVD-ROM and DVD-Video formats, as well as single-sided DVD-RAM discs and is compatible with Apple\'s hardware and software DVD-decoders, according to the company. Its DVD-RAM drive will cost $750 and will use Hitachi\'s GF-1000 DVD-RAM mechanism.
OmniWeb 4.0b3 for Mac OS X DP4 is now available online with an updated user interface (including slide-out bookmarks and history drawers), better performance and stability, and some bug fixes.
EZQuest is now shipping its 45GB and 60GB FireWire hard drives, which feature a 7,200 rpm mechanism, transfer rates of 12/13MB/sec, dual 6pin FireWire ports, and internal power supply. The drivesare $600 for the 45GB and $700 for the 60GB capacities (and are also avaiable in 20GB and 30GB models for $380 and $490 respectively).
The American Radio Relay League, the largest amateur radio organization in the US, is currently conducting a survey on which platform choice, according to Chris Smolinski "Hams using Macs should certainly make sure their voice is heard. There is already the perception that there is no ham radio software for the Mac, and no hams use Macs."
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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