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Tech news: HP will cut about 1,700 jobs by the end of April, and Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates has pledged $100 million for AIDS research, and encouraged other wealthy professionals to do the same.
Interesting threads in our forums include: using a FireWire HD inside a G4· G4/533 MP vs. G4/733· hooking up a Mac to a stereo· iMac that won\'t shutdown· PowerBook G4 400 vs. 500· difficulties booting with a FireWire CD-RW attached.
Connectix pulled its Virtual PC 4.01 updater last night due to power issues as well as increased tech support calls due to international downloads of the English version of the udpater, according to a note in our comments area. (There are more than a dozen comments from yesterday\'s news report.) [updated]
MacInstall 1.2 is the latest version of Public Access\' simple Mac software installer for shareware authors. It adds adjustable compression that preserves Mac-specific information, easier editing, and Mac OS X support.
Belkin representatives followed-up on our call for interest in VGA-ADC adapter yesterday, confirming that the company would \"be stepping up our efforts to develop this product ASAP.\" Representatives are also looking for interest in DVI-to-ADC adapter: \"We are working on developing such a product. Timeline TBD as we are in the initial research stages. I am curious as to the demand on this product. Any comments?\" [post comments]
Tech news: CNN\'s Websites were offline yesterday due an error, although the cause is still being investigated; Microsoft alerted next generation Windows testers that it is making substantial changes to the look and feel of the desktop versions of \"Whistler,\" which will reportedly include some type of \"extensible shell,\" or graphical user interface, based on Microsoft.Net and a new Windows desktop user theme; and New PC notebooks powered by the first mobile version of AMD\'s Athlon processor are due by late March.
The Achelous project is an \"attempt to clone Mac OS X for the Intel platform using the Apple Darwin 1.2 kernel. There are currently two teams working on the project. The kernel team is working on the basic compiling of Darwin on Intel.\"
Apple has a stand-alone QuickTime 5 Preview 2 installer that does not require an internet connection during initial installation.
EdView is part of Apple\'s iTools for Education, offering an easy method of locating \"student-friendly, teacher-approved sites on the Web,\" including database of educational resources as well as daily picks of the day, historical facts, and a listing of holiday sites.
Dot What 1.0 is a $15 database of over 1,500 file extensions that contains information \"about any file extension by either typing it into the window, or you can choose it from a sorted list.\" Updates to the database as well as a Carbon version of the application are free to registered users.
Waterfield Designs has begun manufacturing a new carrying case for the Titanium PowerBook G4. The lead-colored, sleek, minimalist G4 Sleeve Case is $33 and should be ready by the time the G4 PowerBooks ship.
AirWave is a wireless ISP, currently offering Airport-compatible, 802.11b-based wireless access in the San Francisco Bay Area from local restaurants, coffee shops, etc. The company is currently offering a limited time special of $10/month for unlimited monthly access through the end of the month.
The Mac 512 User Group has posted a page that \"chronicles the conclusion of adding a Power Mac G4 Cube to a Color Classic,\" in what it calls the Power Color Classic G4 project.
Following up on a note earlier this week, Jason Greene notes that Scandinavia\'s SAS airline will be conducting a test of its 802.11b wireless Internet access onboard aircraft: \"The onboard server is linked to a ground station when the aircraft is airborne and the content is transmitted and updated at regular intervals.\"
At NAMM 2001, MOTU unveiled Altiverb, a reverb plug-in for Digital Performer and MAS that offers realistic one-, two- and four-channel sampled acoustics of real halls, churches, forests, bathrooms ó and virtually any acoustic environment. The company claims it is \"the first native reverb plug-in to take full advantage of AltiVec, saying that it exceeds the performance of recently introduced outboard sampled acoustics processors that cost as much as $10,000.\" It is expected to ship Q2 of 2001. [pricing not yet determined]
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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