MacOSXAmp 0.10 is the initial release of the MP3 player for Mac OS X. Previously available for Mac OS X Server, the new version includes support for .wsz skin files, fixes bugs with some MP3s causing crashes, and fixes some minor skin issues.
FireWire Depot has released the $140 CG911 3.5\" FireWire hard drive enclosure, which uses the new Oxford 911 chip. The prices of FireWire Depot\'s existing enclosures have been reduced, and more solutions using the 911 chip will become available in the next 30 days.
GEDitCOM 3.0b1 is a new Carbonized version of the application for reading and creating GEDCOM files for genealogy research. The beta release, which comes with several known issues and bugs, is intended as a test application for genealogy enthusiasts to try and provide feedback and bug reports to the author.
VIDVOX has released VDMX, a \"robust software-based QuickTime video mixer optimized for real-time control and mixing of any audio visual material [that] can seamlessly mix live video with disk-based QuickTime.\" It includes features such as cut, crossfade and keying of two real-time, temporal playback and mixing effects, up to 2 live video inputs, unique fontsynth technology, and tactile physical control over scrubbing, playback speed and mixing. The $500 application is available as a time-limited demo.
Apple has released the iMovie Plugin Pack 2.1 for the Mac OS X version of its easy-to-use movie editing software, iMovie. The pack contains a set of effects, transitions, and titles that can be added to iMovie, including flashes, ghost trails, mirrors, warps in/out, subtitles, and zoom.
Palm\'s new Palm Desktop 2.6.3 is a new version of the company\'s utility for synchronizing your Mac with your Palm handheld. The new version includes the HotSync 2.6.3 software, supports Palm OS 4.0, supports installing files to an expansion card, and fixes a problem in the Instant Palm Desktop.
Cyber3 today introduced the TiBook Tote and Tilt, its $40 handle/tilting mechanism for Apple\'s PowerBook G4. The aluminum handle, which is installed by using replacement screws and attaching to the back of the computer, leaves easy access to the rear data ports and can be used to tilt the PowerBook to allow for increased air circulation and longer battery life.
Westlake Interactive President Mark Adams notes that the company has been working with Creative to add full OpenAL support to Unreal Tournament, the popular first-person shooter from Epic Games and Digital Extremes. The company plans to release the added OpenAL support, which will significantly enhance the sound effects heard when using Creative\'s SoundBlaster Live! for the Mac, in a free patch in the coming weeks.
AppleInsider has posted a report speculating on the next Titanium-style revision due to the iBook.
osx.macnn.com reports on a new effects pack for the Mac OS X version of iMovie, Tenon\'s iTools 6.0 suite of web development tools, and instructions for installing the Citrix Java client on Apple\'s new operating system.
Yesterday we noted Apple\'s release of Multiple Users 1.4.1 via the Web and its iTunes Visual Plug-ins SDK, Nikon\'s new CoolPix cameras, Adobe eBook licensing issues, and Sony\'s DCR-PC9 Mini DV Handycam. Other important software updates include Macromedia\'s Shockwave 8.5 plugin, WildPackets\'s iNetTools 2.6, Options Czar 1.0, and OmniGraffle b5 for OS X (on osx.macnn.com).
eWeek\'s Matthew Rothenberg speculates on the announcements that he expects to be made at Apple\'s May 1 Press Event, including Apple\'s retail store strategy, new iBooks with a built-in DVD-ROM and a screen resolution of 1024 x 768 starting at $999, and the introduction of faster dual-processor Macs.
PowerSchool, which has entered into an agreement to be acquired by Apple, will be present at the California Parent Teacher Association Annual Conference (CAPTA) at the San Jose Convention Center. PowerSchool\'s national spokesperson, NFL MVP and Super Bowl Champion quarterback Steve Young, will be appearing at the event.
Arius3D Inc. has announced the deployment of the company\'s first color scanning systems that measure both color and geometry. Thus, the new devices produce photo-realistic, 3D digital copies of real-world objects using a proprietary laser scanning system. At first, the new scanners will only be available for use through Arius\' service bureaus.
REALBasic 3.2b1, the latest release of Real Software\'s easy-to-use programming environment that is now carbonized, has been released. The new version adds support for Mac OS X\'s anti-aliased text capability, fixes several bugs, and contains more OS X optimized functions.
Third Stream Media, Inc. has announced development partnerships with Chicago-based Brown Innovations and Pearlson Development of Miami, Fla., to create in-store kiosk designs that incorporate a touch-screen capable iMac. The \"Touch Stand\" kiosks will debut in 50 retail outlets by June 2001 with an estimated 3,500 in retail outlets by late 2002.
Cobalt, the server manufacturer who last year said it would take legal action against Apple for its delivery of the Power Macintosh G4 Cube, has apparently dropped its plans to file suit. The company, now owned by Sun Microsystems, had produced a system called the \"Qube\" which carried the same dimensions as Apple\'s slow-selling Power Mac. Users are analysts alike have noted that Steve Jobs\' prior company, NeXT, produced a cubed computer before either Cobalt or Apple.
Architosh reports on the announcement of Curious World Maps for the Mac and the release of MacDraft 4.4 for Mac OS X.
Bing Software\'s PhonePro 3.7, a telephony development application for handling customized inbound and outbound phone calls, is available today at the special price of $100 (a $250 savings). The application features an icon-based interface for easy setup, a built-in database with import/export, a built-in voice mail manager, and several pre-made example applications.
Web Album Wizard 1.3 is a new version of the $20 utility for creating web-based \"thumbnail galleries\". Version 1.3 is now Carbonized for native use under OS X and includes some maintenance work internally for better optimization. [1.0 MB -- Carbon; 650 KB -- PPC]
Tenon Intersystems has released iTools 6.0 for Mac OS X. The web server package, which includes a number of pre-configured web development tools including PHP, MySQL, OpenBase, Front Base, and Qilan, is available now for $400 ($99 for upgrades). [form]
Mac OS X Hints has published instructions for getting the Citrix Java Client, which accesses a remote server used in many office environments, running on Mac OS X.
FileStamp 1.1 is a new version of the file type changing utility from Alex Cannon. The new version contains a number of changes to the interface and adds functionality, including the ability to enter a new type/creator code manually and a command for clearing the list of files to be converted.
ArKaos has posted a beta version of its visual plug-in for Apple\'s iTunes. The free plug-in is also available for SoundJam.
Auction Monitor 1.3 is a $20 application for eBay sellers to keep track of auction sales. \"Auction Monitor displays a list of all open auctions along with each item\'s current bid, most recent change, and total change for the current date, as well as grand totals for each field and some other interesting statistics.\"
Purple Shark Software has posted Setting Sun 1.6, an update to its $20 shareware screen saver that adds five new faders, implements the floating icon and fading slide show modules found on Mac OS X, and improves stability.
AG Edwards has upgraded its rating on Apple from \"maintain position\" to \"buy.\" The firm has set a $35 12-month target price.
Morning tech news: Sony has posted a profit of $127 million for the quarter helped in large part by reduced losses on its PlayStation 2; the Project to Promote Competition and Innovation in the Digital Age has said that Microsoft\'s decision to force Windows Media Player 8 users to upgrade to WindowsXP is a violation of anti-trust laws; and as networking giant Cisco Systems stumbles financially, many question the company\'s ability to maintain its market share in the long-term.
Interarchy 4.1, a free update to the popular download client Anarchie, brings Mac OS X support as well as other enhancements.
Optigold ISP 2.7.2 is an update to the cross-platform business software package for ISPs, adding support for local dialup numbers spanning multiple area codes, a much improved ISP management web interface, and other enhancements. A fully functional trial is available online.
CrushFTP 2.1.7 adds log rolling and other minor tweaks to the full-fledged Java-based ftp server. CrushFTP 3.0b1 also has been posted, offering support for Virtual Serving (serving files that exist on other remote FTP servers even translating VMS and Netware type directory listings), true 100% virtual file system (with detailed permissions per file), redundancy, load balancing, and template accounts.
IconBuilder Pro 2.1 addresses compatibility with Mac OS 9.1 where users experienced color shifts when creating icons with the Photoshop filter. A $30 version supports Classic and Modern, while a $70 version supports OS X and Windows icons as well.
Black Cat Systems has released Health Tracker 2.01, which adds the ability to print graphs and entry tables to the $10 shareware graphing program for tracking health related measurements. [Classic--588KB, Carbon--373KB]
Early morning tech news: InterTrust, a company that provides technology to protect songs and videos from being illegally copied, sued Microsoft Thursday, saying the giant\'s music and video software illegally infringes its patent rights; IBM\'s breakthrough carbon nanotube transistor technology could pave the way for a \"new class of much smaller and faster computer chips;\" and Chinese hackers, frustrated at recent events involving the U.S. and their government, are planning to step up cracking and defacement efforts against U.S. Web sites and networks, say government officials.
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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