Apple has posted AppleShare IP 9.0.4 Update 1.0, which improves compatability with AppleShare IP 6.3.1 and Macintosh Manager 1.3 running on Mac OS 9.0.4.
In yet another promotion, Apple is offering a $100 rebate on purchases of $949 or more to education customers who have made recent purchases, according to c|net. Other rebates and promotions in effect include the new Circuit City $100 Manager\'s Special Rebate, a $300 rebate on a Cube/Apple Display purchase, up to $500 back on a Power Mac G4 purchase, $100 rebate on the purchase of a new Mac and Office 2001, and a RAM rebate on purchases at the Apple Store.
Apple will have one of the largest stands at BETT 2001, a UK technology-in-education show scheduled from January 10-13 in Olympia, according to Macworld UK: "The stand will be divided into a presentation theatre - featuring a full programme of demos and seminars - and a product showcase. "
Real Software has posted REALbasic 3.0a15, which runs on and compiles for both Classic and Mac OS Public Beta. This version offers new user interface, adds the ability to change the tool bar orientation and adds to ability to print fine lines at high resolutions.
FireWire Depot today announced that it will begin shipping its 2.5" and 3.5" FireWire and USB combo enclosures. It offers a single version of its 3.5" enclosure (#SK3.5FWUS, $190) and two styles of 2.5" enclosure (DF2.5FWUS, $176 and the SK2.5FWUS, $195). Both of the smaller enclosures are cross platform compatible and will accept any 9mm or 12.5mm drive, while the latter also ships with a power supply.
Apple has posted the coordinates for the satellite broadcast of Steve Jobs\' keynote, Jan. 9 at 9 a.m. at Macworld Conference and Expo in San Francisco. The keynote will also be Webcast live via QuickTime TV.
Sonic Desktop Software and Adobe have entered a bundling agreement, where Sonic will include its SmartSound Quicktracks software, a plug-in offering for custom-length, royalty-free soundtracks, will be included in Adobe\'s Premiere 6.0 software. [site not updated]
Dantz and HP announced that Dantz\' Retrospect Backup now supports HP Ultrium Linear Tape-Open drives, which have a storage capacity of 200 GB per cartridge, and the ability to stream data at 30 MB per second. Mac users with the Retrospect Advanced Driver Kit should e-mail for a free driver update that includes Ultrium support.
Voyager Communications has released PhotoFolio 3.0, a $50 software for converting still images into QuickTime movies. This version adds the ability to roll QuickTime slide shows from a digital camera images, Photoshop images and PowerPoint presentations. The software is normally $100, and the sale lasts through Dec. 31.
Epson has posted an updated driver for its Stylus Color 980 and 980N printers, version 6.4aA.
Adobe has posted a trial version of GoLive 5 for North American customers and says that other additional trial versions for the rest of the world are "currently in development." Adobe has released a series of FAQs for System Errors and Freezes outlining problems that have been successfully resolved by its tech support team.
The Mercury News talks about Apple\'s recent stumble, while the SF Gate says that the "Much-maligned Apple [is] Still A Breed Apart From PC Maker Crowd," insisting that its desire blaze trails in the PC marketplace is the very "daring approach that the PC industry needs right now."
Late last week, Open Door Networks officially announced that it has licensed its DoorStop firewall technology to Symantec for use in its Norton Internet Security and Norton Personal Firewall for Macintosh. Current owners of DoorStop Personal Firewall will continue to be supported by Open Door and will be able to upgrade for an unspecified "special price." Open Door says it will contine to sell its server security and file sharing solutions and promises to bring to market "new products under development," including its Who\'s There product noted earlier today.
We have published a review of SiN Gold, the new first-person shooter action game for the Mac which includes both the original SiN and expansion pack Wages of SiN at an affordable price.
games.macnn.com covers today\'s releases of public betas of the Quake III: Team Arena Demo and Quake III: Arena 1.27g for the Mac. Earlier today, it offered details on today\'s release of a single-player and multiplayer demo for Star Trek: Voyager - Elite Force, the first-person shooter action game which uses a modified version of the Quake III: Arena engine and represents the first game based on the Star Trek: Voyager universe. [updated]
Curious Labs in mid-January will release Poser Pro Pack, a $150 collection of plug-ins that provide functions such as 2D motion blur, multiple camera view panes, animated material parameters, compressed content and library files and Python scripting support as well as third-party application integration for Poser 4, its 3D character animation and figure design tool. Web designers can use the Pro Pack to add animated character content created in Poser to Web sites and other interactive projects. [site not updated]
Adobe\'s InDesign 1.5.2 update addresses printing issues identified by the company, including support for non-PostScript printers and compatibility with recent versions of several post-processing applications. It also incorporates final versions of the non-PostScript printing plug-in for the Mac OS, the revised Links palette, and the hyphenation fix, which were previously available as separate downloads. (Use following direct download link.)
New articles at Salon.com talk about Apple as a poster child of a fading industry, Athlon-based Macs as the solution to the Apple\'s problems, and Apple\'s Blind Arrogance through repeated insults to its own consumers.
Microspot USA will soon release MacDraft 5.0, a $250 CAD software. The release will support Mac OS X, will improve the DWG toolkit libraries and will offer smooth interchangeability with PC Draft 4.3.5 and later, according to Architosh.
From now until the end of December, Netopia is offering Timbuktu Pro, a cross-platform remote control software, at discounts of up to 45 percent. All new customers are entered into a drawing to win a Razor Scooter, Olympus Digital Camera, Handspring Visor Deluxe and other prizes. Current users can upgrade to the newest version and be entered into the drawing.
LaserSoft Imaging has introduced SilverFast SE and SilverFast DC-SE, $50 simplified versions of SilverFast Ai for the low-end market. SE is designed to work with all major scanners, while DC-SE works with digital cameras. Features include real-time correction, auto-adjust with artificial Intelligence and professional unsharp masking. [site not updated until tomorrow]
Today\'s bargains at DealNN include a refurbished iMac 333 for $600, an NEC 17-inch monitor for $200, an HP PhotoSmart P1100 for $230, a Maxtor 40-GB hard drive for $150 and a Palm IIIxe for $150.
Who\'s There? 1.0b13 is the second public beta release of Open Door\'s firewall advisor product that works with a range of firewall products, including its own DoorStop and Symantec\'s Norton Personal Firewall. The software logs all access attempts, offers a database of info about common attacks, and automated "Whois" look-up.
Yesterday we noted a serious bug in MRJ 2.2.3, Apple\'s CPU Plugin for Gigabit Power Mac G4s 2.7, Newsweek\'s positive review of iMovie, and the release of Audion 2, CDFinder 3.0, and several other minor updates. [links updated]
Cody E. Pearson received this response from WildBlue Communications regarding satellite Internet for the Macintosh. \"At this time we anticipate being able to support all platforms including Mac. More information will be available as we get closer to our early 2002 launch date.\"
Earthlink and Symantec have jointly announced that Earthlink will provide its Mac DSL users with a free copy of Symantec\'s Norton Personal Firewall. Current users will receive an electronically redeemable coupon for the software, while new users will receive the same after their DSL is set up and running.
MAKI Enterprise has released Muwse 1.0.7, a $70 full HTML editor and Web page builder application for Macintosh. Features include multilingual and full Unicode support, automatic language selection and a Text clip option for fast and easy handling of HTML tags.
Jam will introduce two iBook backpacks and PowerBook cases at Macworld next month. The new backpacks (large and small) feature fully padded compartments, lots of pockets and all the iBook flavors. The MacCase for PowerBook will match the theme of PowerBooks in finish and concept.
Active Concepts has announced that it plans to introduce and demonstrate a MacOS X beta version of Funnel Web, its site traffic analysis and business intelligence software during MacWorld Expo next month.
Chaotic Software has released Web Devil 5.1, a Carbonized version of its $35 tool for downloading Web sites for offline browsing and extracting Web-site images. The other changes to this version include an updated interface to better accommodate Aqua and an auto-scroll URL list when already scrolled to the bottom.
Today\'s update at Xicons.com features transparent Bubble folders for Mac OS X.
California Polytechnic State University\'s Department of Landscape Architecture uses Macintosh software and hardwareincluding AirPort wireless technologyto teach students enrolled in the program.
ScenicSoft has introduced Pandora 1.0, a prepress production tool for designing packaging and label layouts for print. Features of the native-PDF-based solution include a \"snap and repeat\" option, the ability to overlap artwork for nesting label and packaging images and the use of forms caching. A demo is available.
Following yesterday\'s note, Larry Duffy provided some more information on BBC\'s QuickTime stream: "BBC World increased resolution from 160 x 120 to 320 x 240 and upped their bit rate from 80kbs to 240kbs more or less BUT they changed from Sorenson codec to H.263 and that, in my opinion, was a mistake. Now we see ghosting which is common using H.263 on a lossy (internet) network. Bad chioce but overall I do like the change."
Maki Enterprises has released MailGoGoGo 2.01, a new version of its $45 spam filtering software that uses a contextual analysis process to filter mail. It now supports up to 16 different accounts and offers better integration with the company\'s email client, Magellan 1.5.4, which has also been updated for better handling of Japanese- and Korean-localized messages and brings other improvements.
FirewireDirect.com yesterday announced a new $270 FireWire-based 8x8x32 CDRW with a 2MB buffer and a $470 FireWire 16x10x40 CDRW with a 8MB buffer. A quick chart comparing the specs of each is available online.
Early morning tech news: Microsoft chairman Bill Gates telephoned the chairman of the FCC last week to urge a close examination of America Online\'s dominance in instant messaging; Microsoft is offering MSN subscribers the use of Web Companion, its Internet appliance, for no additional cost; and many U.S. companies forecast their smallest quarterly earnings growth in two years.
Now AAPL Stock: 94.02 ( -2.58 )
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