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Corel Corp. is offering a beta version of Corel Painter 6.1b Natural-Media creation tool. The update, soon to be final and free to 6.0 users, improves the soften, sharpen and highpass features; and adds a new woodcut effect.
Met@box announced it is offering a Holiday Rebate on its new MetaDrive Express Firewire line of portable harddrives and joeCARD processor upgrades. Its new FireWire drives available in 10GB, 20GB and 30GB formats for $430, $570, and $900 after rebates of between $30 and $80.
Apple has posted the Multicountry version of Apple Modem Updater 2.0. This updater supports the internal modem which came with the PowerBook G3 series, iMac, Power Macintosh G3 and Power Macintosh G4 computers. The bundle contains new modem firmware for the internal 56K modem, updated AT command set and Modem Country Selector (English-International version only).
Apple has posted the English-International version of Mac OS Runtime for Java 2.2.3. The update is Oracle Certified, provides substantial performance improvements and incorporates numerous bug fixes.
FoldersSynchronizer 1.9.6 is a maintenance update to the $20 Mac utility for synchronizing or backing up folders.
Microsoft is offering $100 mail-in rebate on Office 2001 for the Macintosh when an iMac, iBook or PowerMac G4 Cube is purchased. To qualify, users must have purchased a qualifying Apple computer within 60 days of acquiring Office 2001.
We have posted a review of The Sims: Livin\' Large, the expansion pack to the phenomenally-successful strategy game The Sims.
Big Business officially announced Big Business 3.0 this week, after quietly updating customers for last several weeks. Version 3.0 of the business management solution with sales, purchasing, inventory, and accounting modules features a new database engine that offers faster searches and sorts, better stability and scalability, and new Print Preview options, custom forms, reporting tools, alerts, and reports. A demo CD with both single and multi-user versions is available.
Black Magik has released File Hider 1.0, a $20 shareware utility that allows you to quickly and easily "hide" selected files and folders on your Macintosh so that they cannot be seen by casual observers or users of your Mac.
games.macnn.com has posted an article profiling the Computer Golfers Association (CGA), a group of Mac users that have been playing Links online since 1994.
Eric Hyman\'s MacBibble 1.2 is an update to the 16-bit JPEG, .nef, and EXIF file reader, manipulator, browser, and corrector with ICC support. It adds new instant previews in the browser window and the ability to specify JPEG quality and TIFF dpi as well as fixes several bugs. A demo of the $100 shareware has been extended for previous users.
Interesting threads in our forums include: using an iBook or PowerBook for MIDI, Mac-compatible free internet services, hard drive recommendations for a G4 tower, how to create self-mounting disk images, offering each user their own appearance setting under Multiple Users, AirPort health concerns, recording directly to a CD-R, using iMovie with multiple monitors, and converting Real files to QuickTime.
Pacific Tech\'s popular Graphing Calculator 3.0 brings the ability to add text comments to documents, printing, an export to Web feature for creating HTML files and PNG images, and the ability to save in RTF format for export to word processors. Upgrades from v2.7 are $20 and $40 from v2.0, v2.1, and v2.2. A demo of the $60 application is available online.
Sand Hill Engineering has released XTension 3.2.3, an update to its Mac-only home automation software that adds support for the LynX-Port and more verbs for the X-10 Extended Code suite for controlling the new \'smart\' devices. XTension is available in a free Lite version which incorporates all of the features of the full version, with only a limitation on the number of database units.
GrabPac today announced a new line of carrying cases for iMac and iBook, which have been "redesigned from the ground up with a host of new features and colors including a perfect Key Lime." The new $50 GrabPac for iBook is available in black, indigo, and key lime, while the Pro model for the iMac ($80) and iBook ($60) are available in simulated tan or black leather. The GrabPac Classic is still available at new, lower price of $40.
Chaotic Software\'s QuickMovie 1.2, a $20 utility that transforms a series of images into a single QuickTime movie easier than ever using MacOS 8, 9 or X, adds the ability to resize the main window, scale images, and other enhancements.
Belkin has introduced the CD LaunchPad, a $25 CD labeling system targeted at consumers. Users can create both labels for CDs as well as jewel cases. The CD LaunchPad will ship in January 2001.
Thomas Tempelmann has posted two Ricochet modem scripts for use with the company\'s original 28.8Kbps wireless modem, and new 128Kbps model. The scripts contain improved functionality over Apple\'s own.
Today\'s DealNN bargains include: Power Mac G4/500 MP systems for $2000, reconditioned iMac Rev/D (333 MHz) units for $600, 64 MB of PC100 RAM for $22, an NEC 19\" flat screen monitor with USB hub for $360, UMAX\'s Astra 2010U USB scanner for $15, and several DVDs for under $10.
Apple debuted a new television ad yesterday titled Internet Gift. The 30-second spot features Jeff Goldblum, who discusses the merits of \"giving the Internet\" this holiday, and with it an iMac.
Nisus Software is offering Nisus Email for $20a savings of $10 off the regular priceduring the Thanksgiving weekend. Nisus Email allows for e-mail composition in word-processing applications and allows users to send e-mails from within other applications.
During the past week, MacDesktops has posted 14 new pictures, including Audrey Hepburn (portraits), Chicken Run (animation), Disproportionate (starscapes) and Dragonheart (movies). The site is updated daily.
Yesterday we noted Apple\'s possible retail presence in Chicago and posted review of the Voodoo4 4500 PCI. Other updates included Adobe\'s Illustrator 9.01 Update, Aladdin\'s InstallerMaker 7.0, Power On\'s Rewind 1.0, and 3dfx\'s Mac drivers v1.1.2 as well as FirewireDirect\'s SlimLine DX line of external 3.5" FireWire drives and Popular Science\'s Best of What\'s New 2000 area.
Automated Solutions has released FileToolkit 3.0.2, a 4th Dimension plug-in which provides a variety of enhanced and optimized document management and network operation routines, including over 100 new commands to the 4D language. A limited demo of $160 plug-in is available online.
CalcIT v1.1 is a $11, customizable, shareware calculator that offers scientific and memory functions as well as hex or binary modes as well as conversions between metric and English units of length, mass/weight, and volume.
Morning tech news: The Illinois Institute of Technology has concluded that Carnivore, the FBI\'s controversial email monitoring system, \"does not provide protections... commensurate with the level of the risks\"; an IBM supercomputer is being installed in Hawaii to analyze \"space junk\" in the paths of U.S. satellites; and the latest European Microsoft antitrust case will be combined with an earlier case, according to a report issued by the European Commission.
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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