Apple has cut a small number of jobs as part of a restructuring of its iServices consulting unit, while a company representative added that \"the restructuring is not an indication that any broader cuts are looming.\"
Several readers report that CarbonLib 1.3.1 is now available from the Software Update control panel, although it has yet to be posted to the Web.
Architosh reports on an upcoming Apple-hosted seminar in Boston that will showcase BOA, a relatively new architectural 3D CAD program.
Jim McKay\'s XPerlEdit 1.1, a $30 Perl editor for Mac OS X, now includes a customizeable auto-complete feature, tabs, and syntax checking for a file on a non-root partition.
TIME Magazine calls Apple\'s new iBook \"a titanium PowerBook that went through a compactor and got drenched in milky white plastic,\" referring to the laptop\'s design cues taken from the PowerBook G4. \"[Steve] Jobs is pushing this as the best portable choice for education, but it looks suspiciously like the laptop for the rest of us too.\"
Final Draft - French, the French version of the cross-platform, $250 word processor specifically designed for screenwriters, television writers, and playwrights, will be launched during the Cannes Film Festival & Market. This spring, Final Draft, Inc. opened an office in Paris, France providing sales and support of its products to the European market.
GLUON\'s WebXPress 5.01 is a maintenance release of the $200 software for re-purposing QuarkXpress documents into Web pages.
Wired\'s Michelle Delio discusses the issue of security in Mac OS X, openly debating whether the new operating system, which is built around the open-source, Unix-based Darwin core, is less or more prone to attack. \"...the security benefits of open-source software will apply to Mac users only if Apple works closely with the open-source development groups, something that few corporations have been able to do successfully.\"
IBM plans to introduce new PowerPC chips capable of 1 GHz late this year followed by chips capable of 2 GHz in late 2002, according to c|net. Meanwhile, Motorola plans to introduce Apolla, a chip that is also expected to reach speeds of 1 GHz, later this year. IBM\'s PowerPC roadmap revealed the high speed plans early last week.
Mint Audio 1.0pr3 is a new version of Unsanity\'s lightweight MP3 and audio player for Classic and Mac OS X. Preview Release 3 adds an Alarm Clock, Audio CD AutoPlay, Intelligent Collapse, bug fixes, and more.
Terry Simmons notes a minor security risk that can be found in the current (and previous) versions of Mac OS X.
ilesa Software\'s Download Deputy Turbo 4.5.6, the $24 download manager and accelerator, provides an improved download engine that is approximately 15 percent faster.
New CD-ROM iBooks are quickly appearing in the channel, according to several dealers, with distributor Ingram Micro also moving a limited number of DVD models. CD-RW and DVD/CD-RW iBooks are not expected for another couple weeks, with the wait being possibly longer for the combo drive.
ResExcellence\'s Erick Tejkowski provides step-by-step instructions for building an application in REALbasic that handles text clippings.
Teachers attending the National Math Trail Training Institute in New Orleans were able to use iBooks donated by Apple to create Web pages with photos and math problems. Prior to the event, less than 5 percent of the attendees had ever created a Web site.
Multiple Zones, Inc. has changed its name to Zones, Inc. and Nasdaq ticker synbol to ZONS. \"The change reflects the Company\'s single point of contact strategy and services led approach.\" Zones.com, PC Zone, and Zones Business Solutions, among others, have been consolidated into Zones, Inc. while Mac Zone will remain a separate sub-brand to serve its Mac customers.
Jean-Pierre Stierlin\'s MacSSH 2.1b6, a modified version of BetterTelnet with SSH2 support, adds enhancements such as multi-byte support, ISO-2022-JP, EUC and Shift-JIS translations, as well as keychain password access from macros.
MacSolitaire 1.3 is a free, open-source solitaire game for Classic and Mac OS X. The new version adds several new features, including three cards shown instead of one, a basic scoring system, multiple undo, and a preferences panel, as well as a few bug fixes. [516 KB -- Classic; 518 KB -- Carbon]
Macromedia has announced that Macromedia FreeHand 10, the company\'s $400 ($130 upgrade) professional illustration solution that began shipping for Windows last week, is now available for Mac OS 8.6 through Mac OS X. FreeHand 10 features master pages, tight integration with Macromedia Flash 5, and the ability to publish to both print and the Web. Downloadable versions are available immediately, while boxed copies are expected to ship later this month. (Note: Mac OS X users will have to purchase the boxed copy of FreeHand 10 for Mac OS X until Macromedia upgrades their systems to handle Mac OS X software downloads.)
Kebawe\'s AutoCat 3.0.1, a $15 disk cataloger for OS X and Mac OS 9, fixes the #48 error (due to invisible \"Icon\" files), allocates more memory (Mac OS 9), and has an items counter now in international number format.
A MacNN reader notes the availability of a Carbonized, \"bannerless\" version of the extremely popular community-based software, Hotline 1.8.5 for OS X, which is available for purchase for $13.
Fizzila 0.9, a Carbonized version of the open-source Mozilla browser project, is now available.
Jon Klein has posted breve 1.0, which is described as a \"3D simulation environment designed for simulation of decentralized systems and artificial life. [it] includes an interpreted object oriented language, an OpenGL display engine and collision detection, while work is in progress to incorporate features such as articulated body physical simulation and collision resolution with static and dynamic friction.\"
Canon today introduced the PowerShot S110 Digital ELPH camera. Similar to the S100, the S110 is an ultraportable 2.1 megapixel camera with a 2x optical zoom. It also features direct print capabilities with the Canon Card Photo Printer CP-10 and can capture 20-second video clips at resolutions up to 640x480. The camera will ship in June with an 8MB CompactFlash card for $599.
ViewSonic has lowered the price of its 17\" LCD ViewPanel VE170 to $995, marking the first 17\" LCD from a major manufacturer to fall below the $1,000 price point. The VE170 features a 1280x1024 native resolution, 200:1 contrast ratio, and a 160-degree viewing angle.
Following our news item two days ago regarding the mislabeling of two specs on the new iBook at the Apple Store, Apple has updated the site to reflect the correct information. The iBook ships with a 4,200 RPM hard drive (not 5,400 RPM) and the DVD/CD-RW combo drive writes CDs at 4x (not 8x).
Three Apple products have been nominated for a British Design and Art Direction Silver award: the G4 Cube, Pro Speakers, and Pro Mouse. Last year, Apple won a D&AD award for its Cinema Display, as well as silver awards for its Power Mac G4 and iBook. [MWUK]
Escape From Monkey Island 1.1.1 fixes two bugs with the game\'s Jambalaya Beach level. (Our review of Escape from Monkey Island is also available.)
Smell-O-Mints 1.1 fixes a handful of typos and other factual information with the application for viewing the periodic table of elements. A new \"Find by name\" feature has also been added. [Classic (827 KB), Carbon (905 KB)]
Following our report yesterday summarizing the state of OS X\'s most prominent web browsers, officials from the Omni Group say that the company is working hard on support for Flash compatibility for a 4.1 release of OmniWeb, and currently have a proprietary Flash plug-in under testing. The company also says it is working to enhance Java compatibility.
QuantumSoft has released pro Fit 5.5.3, a maintenance release to its scientific analysis and presentation tool. (Users of pro Fit 5.5 will are entitled to a free upgrade to the upcoming version 5.6, which will run natively under Carbon in Mac OS X. A beta version of pro Fit 5.6 was posted sometime ago.)
At the Cannes Film Festival, NewGenFilms is showing off its new streaming technology that purportedly allows full-screen, DVD movies to be streamed over 300 Kbps Internet connections. The company says a Mac version of its media player is currently under development, and will be available \"any day now.\"
Palm will show off its latest range of handhelds, the Palm m500 series, which features a Secure Digital (SD) and MultiMediaCard expansion slot to add extra memory at the Cannes Film Festival. Meanwhile, pictures of the company\'s upcoming m700 are currently circulating on the Web. Palm also announced that Symbol (another manufacturer of handheld devices), has renewed its license to develop Palm-based devices.
Microsoft\'s Mac division PR Manager, Erik Ryan, has told MacNN that the company is still actively targeting a Summer release date for the final version of Internet Explorer 5.1. A preview version of the browser is currently pre-loaded on copies of Mac OS X. \"We are indeed working hard on getting the final version done,\" said Ryan. A debut is expected at Macworld New York in July.
Newtek\'s free Lightwave 6.5b update to its 3D animation software offers speed and stability improvements, alert levels for error displays (beginner, intermediate, or Advanced Mode), support for OpenGL textures at 1024 x 1024 resolution, a new \'Shading Noise Reductioní tool, \"Volumetric Antialiasing\" and other related enhancements as well as new Decimate (polygon reduction) and Vertex Paint plug-ins. [Classic 7.2MB, Carbon 6.3MB]
Yesterday Apple released Mac OS X 10.0.3 (Build 4P13), a minor maintenance update to the new operating system. Other reports included a comparison of the three primary OS X browsers, Max Payne and Stronghold coming to the Mac, the new iBook compared to its competitors, Samsung\'s new 32MB Mini Yepp digital audio player, a private beta seeding of Suitcase 10, and LaCie\'s new 180GB Ultra SCSI drive. Software releases included Mail Siphon 2.5, PhotoCat 3.4.1, CreativePage 2.6.1, Excite Messenger 2.0, and English-International versions of AppleWorks 6.1.2, iMovie 2.1 for OS X, and iMovie Plugin Pack for Mac OS X.
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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