Apple has posted AirPort 1.3.1 (as well as the English International version), after first making it available via the Software Update Control Panel yesterday. The updated software brings the ability to add a network name and WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) to Computer-to-Computer mode as well as scripting functionality (along with sample AppleScripts to switch network setups for location and user-specific settings). It also adds access point density adjustments to tune performance in environments with several base stations close to each other.
Opera PR3 replaces the Preview 2 of the alternative browser for the Mac, which expires tonight. [updated]
Aladdin Systems has released a German version of Stuffit Deluxe 6.0, the company\'s popular file compression/decompression utility for Mac and Mac OS X. The software features the company\'s ArchiveSearch and ReturnReceipt technology, which notifies an e-mail sender when the recipient has unstuffed the attached archive.
Mint Audio 1.0 Preview Release 1 is the initial public release of Unsanity\'s lightweight MP3 and audio player for Mac and Mac OS X. Mint Audio features a \"non-obstructive interface,\" skin support, playback for over 30 audio formats, automatic cross-fading, and a hierarchal playlist.
RealMac Software has released Button Builder 2.0, a new version of its $10 Carbonized application for creating \"cool buttons\" for web site and multimedia projects. Button Builder 2.0 features 26 new buttons, full control of text and shadows, an improved button plug-in system, and more.
Eastman Kodak has purchased online digital photography company Ofoto.com for an undisclosed amount. Apple, among other high profile companies, has invested millions in Ofoto.com, and some believed that Apple would incorporate technology from the company into a new multimedia application. Eastman Kodak will retain Ofoto\'s current management team and operate the company as a wholly-owned subsidiary.
VueScan 7.0.16a scanning utility that performs batch scanning, color balancing, and cropping adjustmentsadds improved color correction on some scanners, support for frame offset and APS adapter on LS-40/LS-4000, support for the HP 5200C and support for older 3-pass Microtek scanners.
Blizzard Entertainment has recently been showcasing some of the new elements that will be included in Diablo II: Lord of Destruction, the expansion set to its award-winning action/role-playing game Diablo II. Some of the new features include weapon swapping, charms, runes, rune sets, enhanced hirelings, jewels, and crafted items. The game is expected to be released this summer for the Mac.
We have posted a feature on the all-new iBook that takes a closer look at its features and form factor.
Apple has released the Mac OS X 10.0.2 update (Build 4P12) [15.3MB] as well as iTunes 1.1.1 for Mac OS X. Mac OS X 10.0.2 adds support for CD burning, a new version of ftpd and overall improved application stability. The new international version of iTunes requires Mac OS X 10.0.2 for CD burning and full screen visuals. Both updates are also available from the Software Update panel in Mac OS X.
Graham Fair notes that IBM has unveiled its updated PowerPC roadmap that includes some surprising plans for the chip\'s future: \"Included in the roadmap are targets for 2 GHz PowerPC chips, scaling to 0.1 Micron and beyond, but most interestingly... an announced SIMD unit. That indicates IBM may be licensing AltiVec from Motorola after all, or designing their own unit. Such an announcement bodes well for Apple; either Apple will have two AltiVec suppliers, and IBM with significantly more advanced fab technology than Motorola, or Apple will have an alternative SIMD unit to AltiVec, possibly with different capabilities or better performance.\"
At this morning\'s media event, Apple made several announcements: New iBooks with a new form factor; all feature 500 MHz PowerPC G3s and are priced at $1,299 (CD), $1,499 (DVD), $1,599 (CD-RW), and $1,799 (DVD/CD-RW) Apple is the leader in education laptop sales and education wireless Apple has shipped more than 500,000 AirPort cards and base stations in total Apple has secured a deal to sell 23,000 new iBooks to Henrico County Public Schools in Richmond, VAthe largest educational laptop order in history A Mac OS X update is due later today that will add support for CD burning and other improvements
Thoth 1.2.0 is a new version of the Carbonized $25 shareware newsreader from the creator of YA-NewsWatcher. The new version includes support for multiple servers, support for extended format news URLs, LaunchServices support under OS X, thread navigation shortcut keys, support for long filenames under OS X, and additional improvements and bug fixes.
Aspyr Media today began accepting pre-orders for American McGee\'s Alice, the third-person 3D action-adventure game that takes advantage of the Quake III engine. Pre-orders for the game, which will be Carbonized for use on Mac OS X and is expected to be released later this month, are $50 and come with Prima\'s Official Strategy Guide for free.
Analog 5.0, the free web server log analysis tool from Stephen Turner, is now Carbonized for native use on Mac OS X. Other additions to the new version include pie charts, support for compressed Zip files, twelve new reports, and other minor changes and improvements.
Sony today introduced its second-generation Clie handheld, the PEG-N710C. The device represents the first Palm OS-based handheld to feature a 320x320 color screen and an integrated MP3 player, complete with headphones and an in-line remote controller. The new Clie features 8MB of internal memory as well as an 8MB Memory Stick for use with the built-in Memory Stick slot. The device will ship in June for \"less than $500.\" Sony\'s Clie lacks Mac support out of the box, however, and requires the purchase of a $30 \"Mac Pack\" for compatibility.
Hotline Communications is getting ready to launch Hotline 1.8.5, according to a Web page on the company\'s site. With version 1.8.5, Hotline will offer a banner-less version of the software for $13 that also comes with an enhanced toolbar. Improvements over version 1.8.4, which will be found in both the free and paid versions of the software, include confirmation quit/disconnect notices, recoverable private messages, and bug fixes.
IBM has unveiled a new processor manufacturing process using carbon nanotubes that could significantly enhance the speed of processors, including the PowerPC.
May Virus definitions have been posted for Virex [2.0] and VirusBarrier [477KB], but have not surfaced for Symantec\'s NAV (see ftp site).
EZQuest is shipping its Cobra+ Firewire Hard Drives, offering a 7,200rpm drive mechanism with burst transfer rates of up to 38MB/sec and sustained rates of 34MB/sec. It is available for $250 (20GB), $300 (40GB), $360 (60GB) and $500 (75GB). All drives are shipping with a \"Pro-Mar\" exterior, internal auto switching power supply, 6\" Firewire cable, the EZQuest EZ Start Up Kit, Intech\'s Speed Tools Format/Raid software and a 3 year warranty.
PowerLogix today annnounced a $50 rebate on the purchase of its iForce G3/400MHz upgrade ($280) for Rev A-D iMacs. The promotion runs through the end of May.
Apple\'s annual QuickTime Live! conference will take place October 8-11 this year at the Beverly Hills Hilton Hotel in California. The event is billed as the premier conference for QuickTime professionals and is usually accompanied by several Apple/QuickTime announcements, such as the introduction of QuickTime 5 at least year\'s conference.
Scott Anguish has posted an installer (as well as command-line upgrade instructions) for addressing a buffer-overflow error with Apple\'s command line \'sudo\' command, which is \"used for authenticating as root without needing to actually enable the root account...Note that it doesn\'t use Apple\'s Installer.app. I\'ve written my own (to be released shortly).\"
Today\'s invitation-only Apple press event begins at 10 AM PT at Apple\'s Town Hall in Cupertino, where Apple is expected to make new announcements. Macworld UK speculates that Education will be a major focus, noting that Apple may outline its strategy of where the recent acquisition of PowerSchool fits into the picture, and developments regarding the Apple Learning Series (ALS) suite of software. Other speculation has centered around the possibility of an Apple Retail Store announcement or a revised \"Ti-style\" iBook.
Roxio has announced that Toast 5 will support Panasonic\'s new DVD-RAM/DVD-R combo drive when it ships later this quarter. The drive is expected to sell for under $1,000.
osx.macnn.com has a workaround for a buffer-security problem with root access on OS X as well as notes on the release of OmniWeb 4.0rc1 (and other announcements as well).
DssW has released Sleep Monitor 1.0, a scriptable application designed to monitor and log changes in the power state of your Mac, including \"start-ups, shut downs, wake ups, sleep, doze, low power warnings, low power emergency sleep, low power emergency shut down, revoked sleep, processor cycling, start up timer, wake up timer and idle time settings.\"
Dr. Bott today announced the DVIator for ADC, which connects Apple\'s ADC-based flat-panel displays to any computer with a compatible DVI video signal as well as allows the use of multiple ADC displays on ADC G4s. The $150 device is due in May.
Yesterday we noted Apple\'s new VP of Developer Relations, 1.5 million downloads of QuickTime 5, availability of AirPort 1.3.1 via the Software Update Control Panel, HP\'s wireless print server, new Lexmark printers, Fortune\'s look at Steve Jobs, and Adobe\'s certification of video capture cards for Premiere 6.0. Other recent important updates include VST FireWire 2.3.1, Apple\'s Carbon 1.3.1 SDK, DiskLock 4.6.5, Palm Desktop 2.6.3, Interarchy 4.1, and OmniWeb 4.0rc1 (on osx.macnn.com).
Morning tech news: AT&T will raise the cost of its cable Internet service by $6 per month effective June 1; Analysts say Microsoft may miss its Summer launch date for Windows XP, possibly postponing the operating system until later this year or even next year; Earthlink has added satellite broadband to its services, but without Mac support; and Dell, which layed off 1,700 people in February, may lay off 3,000-5,000 more according to analysts.
Rainbow Technologies announced OS X support for the company\'s Sentinel Eve3 software security solution, which provides software application security for OS X applications via an USB security key.
MultEcart 1.1 is a multilingual ecommerce solution/ Web Server that does not require the use of Unicode: \"This key feature overcomes the inherent shortcoming of Unicode based solutions, by allowing merchants to seamlessly import and export information between MultEcart and their existing localized POS system.\" It supports Simplified and Traditional Chinese, English, Japanese, Korean and Thai. Support for Italian, Portuguese and Spanish is due by June 1, 2001.
Kebawe\'s AutoCat 3.0 is a $15 drag & drop application that can catalog any mounted or networked volume and track/organize files by type.
Insider Software today announced the release of UpdateAgent X, a new version of its software updating service for OS X. The service currently only provides updates to both Classic and Carbon applications, however, a free update with support for Cocoa applications will made to registered in the future, according to the press releaes. A free version updates system software for Mac OS 8/9 and OS X, while the $50 commercial version searches for and download updates for third-party applications.
Xicons has resumed regular posting with two new sets of icons for Mac OS X: Coral Reef and MM App Folders.
LinuxPPC\'s Jason Haas today announced that he is stepping down from his position at the company, ending his leadership role in the development of the Linux platform for PowerPC-based computers: \"Three or four years of trying to do as much as humanly possible will [burn you out]...The wreck I was in last year also has forced me to reevaluate a lot of things in my life. It\'s time for me to move on.\"
Noting that this is \"going to be a serious issue for academics,\" Byron Sharp forwarded a note from ISI ResearchSoft, which says that it currently has no plans \"for a native version of EndNote and OS X, however, EndNote 4 can run in the \"Classic\" mode of OS X. We will add your request to our suggestions database for consideration in a future release.\"
Business Week Online\'s \"The End of Innocence\" talks about how the transition to OS X leaves Mac users more prone to hackers and attacks: \"OS X\'s heavy reliance on Unix makes Macs tempting potential targets for hackers and viruses. It\'s a threat Apple must do more to head off.\"
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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