Jon Winter notes that Jim Matthews, author of the popular, but now-dated, Mac FTP client Fetch, won $500,000 on tonight\'s episode of \"Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?\" \"He whipped through most of the questions and didn\'t use his lifelines until the very end. The last question, he asked the audience and they picked wrong. He wasn\'t sure so he took the half million and walked away.\"
A ZDnet article speculates that Mac OS X 1.0 will be released at a special Apple event on February 24. ZDnet sources also disclosed that the formal shipping announcement would come at Macworld San Francisco. February 24 is six weeks after Macworld San Francisco, and two weeks after Macworld Tokyo.
Pixlock has introduced Exbem, an application for scientific image processing and analysis. Exbem reads and processes single images, QuickTime movies and live video.
Pixologic will release ZBrush 1.1 at Macworld Expo Jan. 9. This update to the 2D and 3D painting application will incorporate enhanced tool and render capability, add new default textures and add new render modes. The introductory price is $293; the normal price is $585.
Aladdin Systems has posted Aladdin Tuner 3.1, an update to the $25 Internet live radio and MP3 tuner. The free update includes support for streaming MP3 stations, allows for SoundJam to be used when playing MP3s and CDs, improves the search engine and enhances station database presentation.
Apple is currently offering several refurbished products for sale, including Power Mac G4 Cubes for $1299 ($500 off retail, no rebate necessary), 17\" Studio Displays (ADC) for $349, and 15\" Studio Displays (ADC) for $699. Click on \"Special Deals\" in the bottom of the sidebar at the Apple Store. Refurbished products come with a 90-day warranty; curiously, no AppleCare extended protection plan is available with the refurbished Cube.
A Business Week article discusses the merits of the much-rumored Apple retail stores. Thus far, various publications have dug up evidence of Apple\'s planning for such stores in Chicago, Palo Alto, and various other California locations.
Afternoon tech news: Motorola has signed a $1 billion outsourcing deal with Celesica to provide wireless phones and other devices; Opera has begun offering its Windows-only (at this point), advertising-supported Internet browser, Opera 5.0, for free; and the State Department will discipline six employees in connection with a laptop computer that was reported missing in January.
Paradigma Software has announced Valentina for Java (VJSDK) beta 1, a pure client side Java development environment, for its database programming suite. Final pricing is not set, but should be in line with other Valentina SDK\'s.
Hungry Minds has released Adobe GoLive 5 Bible, a $40 guide to Adobe\'s GoLive Web-creation software.
Strata has posted Strata 3D 3.0.2, a minor update to the free 3D creation software.
Today\'s bargains at DealNN include an Apple PowerBook G3/500 for $2,400, Toshiba 15-inch monitor for $120, Palm IIIxe for $150 after rebate, and NEC 19-inch flat screen monitor with USB hub for $350 after rebate.
Merrill Lynch analyst Steven Fortuna has reiterated his near-term \"neutral\" rating on Apple. Credit Suisse First Boston analyst Kevin McCarthy, meanwhile, has downgraded the stock from \"buy\" to \"hold.\" J.P. Morgan analyst Daniel Kunstler has also cut his rating on Apple, from \"buy\" to long-term \"buy.\" Lehman Brothers analyst Dan Niles issued a report at noon Eastern, cutting his forecast on Apple\'s fiscal 2001 results to a net loss of 15 cents per share, from a profit of $1.15 per share, signaling the analyst\'s belief that Apple will not be able to return to healthy profitability as early as the company predicts it will. [updated]
Shares of Apple are expected to open down 15-20 percent this morning; after-hours trading saw the shares fall about 15 percent to $14.81. In Tokyo, shares of Apple fell 17.7 percent in trading, while in Frankfurt, shares fell 18 percent on German exchange.
Iomega has chosen MusicMatch as the preferred jukebox software for its line of portable audio players and mass storage devices shipped worldwide. MusicMatch has also entered into a deal with Excite@Home that will allow users to access the personal music system on music.excite.com. The Excite Jukebox will combine the core MusicMatch Jukebox functions with the content of Excite Music.
Adrenaline is currently offering a free copy of Adrenaline Charts Pro 1.5, Publishing & New Media Edition when customers buy two packages at the regular price of $400. Customers who already own a single copy can buy the second copy and get the third for free. The special continues until Jan. 5. The upgrade and academic prices are $150.
The On Demand 2001, a digital printing and publishing conference, has been set for Feb. 28 to March 2 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City. Executives from Adobe, Hewlett-Packard, IKON Office Solutions and Kinkos.com are scheduled to present keynote addresses. There are also 50 tutorial seminars, workshops and roundtables scheduled. Online registration and discounted prices end Feb. 2.
games.macnn.com has published part two of its Guide to Shareware Gaming, which recommends four more Mac shareware titles for Mac gamers.
Xtrem, the company that earlier this year made headlines with its announcement of a 1.2 GHz Power Mac G4, plans to the ship the system for £2,000 (US$2,870) in late January, according to The Register. Skepticism has surrounded the machine since its announcement, and will, no doubt, continue until it actually ships. In October, Xtrem began shipping MacThrust, its $60 collection of jumpers for easily overclocking B&W G3 and Yikes! G4 systems.
Over the past week, MacDesktops has added 40 pictures including 28 gaming related pictures from Brad Custer, Cameron Diaz (portraits), Batman (animation) and others.
James Walker has released PrintToPDF version 2.1.5, a maintenance update to the $20 utility for creating PDF files from virtually any application.
Early Morning Tech News: Infoworld has a warning about HTML email; popular DSL provider Flashcom is still open, despite poor customer support and difficulties contacting anyone at the company; and AT&T is looking to sell cable accounts in Iowa and Montana.
Yesterday evening AppleInsider published an article on Apple\'s CD-RW strategy. Several significant news items from yesterday include: Apple\'s earnings shortfall, Prosoft\'s sale of Radialogic\'s CD Master and Storage Master products to a mystery company, Connectix\' Virtual PC 4.0, a recommendation from former Apple CEO John Sculley that Apple merge with 3Com, and Intuit\'s TurboTax Deluxe for Mac for 2000.
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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