As expected, Roxio has released a Toast 4.1.3 update for both the standard and deluxe versions that resolves the issue of automatic track naming.
Apple has released Open Transport 2.7.6, a new version of the networking protocol for Classic Mac OS. The new version resolves a minor issue that prevented some applications from behaving as expected and is recommended for all customers, especially in education. The update is also available using the Software Update Control Panel. [updated]
QuickTime Streaming Server 3 Public Preview 3 is the latest release of Apple\'s open-source streaming software for Mac OS X. The new version includes quality of service enhancements, such as packet retransmission and reliable transmission of broadcast streams, as well as new web-based administration. This build will expire on July 1, 2001.
MacPlay has announced that it plans to release four new games for the Mac this summer, including Baldur\'s Gate II, Giants: Citizen Kabuto, and Sacrifice, followed by two more during the holiday season.
Userland has posted a \"solid\" beta of Frontier 7.0b, a Carbonized version of its scripting environment and content management system. The system is currently only available to registered users.
Canto has announced the release of Japanese versions of its Cumulus 5 Media Asset solution, including the Single User Edition and Workgroup Edition (Enterprise Edition not yet in Japanese). A demo version is also available.
GEDitCOM 3.0b3 is a maintenance release of the Carbonized application for reading and creating GEDCOM files, which are commonly used in genealogy research.
GLUON ProScale 5.28 is a maintenance release of the $95 QuarkXPress XTension for scaling type and graphics with speed, accuracy, and stability. Users can scale non-proportionally without distorting type and graphics using a click-and-drag tool or scale entire multipage documents in one click.
Symantec has released Norton AntiVirus 7.0.2b for Mac OS X, a beta version of its anti-virus utility. The release includes the latest version of Virus Definitions as of May 1st. [form]
CarbonLib 1.3.1, which was released yesterday via the Software Update Control Panel, is now available separately on Apple\'s Web site. The new version \"delivers new functionality and features for Carbon-based applications.\"
XGAMING, Inc. will be debuting the X-Arcade at next week\'s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles. The multi-platform gaming device, which can be used with game systems such as the Mac, PC, Playstation 1 and 2, Dreamcast, Nintendo 64, XBox and GameCube, is a two player, arcade replica controller, with 20 buttons and side pinball buttons. The device is back-ordered in the U.S. until July 1, 2001.
Victor Nemecheck of Roxio tells MacNN that the company will be posting a Toast 4.1.3 update later today to resolve the issue of automatic track naming. Toast 5 users are unaffected. Late last night, Gracenote, creators of the CDDB, filed suit against Roxio due to its method of receiving automatic track names.
Snapz Pro 2, Ambrosia Software\'s image and video capture utility, is available from May 11th through May 18th for half-off: $20.
Poker Dice 1.0, the $20 sequel to Gypsy King Software\'s Killer Dice, is a cross between poker and traditional 5-dice games and includes several gameplay variations, such as Down the Line, Wild Cards, and Lots of Zingers.
Max Payne, Myth III: The Wolf Age, and Strongholdthree titles that will be published on the Mac by Infogrames\' Mac label, MacSoftwill appear in Gathering of Developers\' \"Promised Lot\" at this year\'s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), which takes place May 17-19 in Los Angeles.
LimeWire 1.4, a Java-based Gnutella file-sharing client for the Mac, is available for both Mac OS Classic and OS X. The new version adds improved stability, faster downloads, resumable downloads, and server quality ratings.
Adobe Acrobat eBook Reader 2.1 is a new version of the eBook software that includes several enhancements, such as the ability to rotate text 90 degrees for an extended viewing area on laptops, the ability to hear the spoken text of a book, and Adobe CoolType technology that can make eBook text clearer and easier to read.
ION Systems has partnered with Texterity to offer an automated PDF to OeB conversion process to publishers bringing content to the ePublishing market. The conversion process takes an existing PDF and converts it into the Open eBook format file, in addition to other formats including ION Reader (available for Mac), ION Download Version for offline reading, Palm Pilot, and Microsoft Reader. Additional formats will be supported in the future.
Thoth 1.2.1 is a maintenance release of the $25 Carbonized newsreader from the author of YA-NewsWatcher.
MacNN is pleased to announce that it has joined the NewsFactor Network, one of the Internet\'s most highly respected sources of technology and e-commerce news. Our association with NewsFactor will allow us to provide you with an increasingly rich online news experience, while enjoying the same comprehensive news coverage from the same team that has been delivering MacNN for the past number of years. MacNN is excited about the opportunity to leverage the additional resources that NewsFactor brings, and will continue to strive to make the MacNN community your favorite online destination for Apple- and Mac-related news.
On Monday FileMaker is expected to announce FileMaker 5.5, which is to be available in Mac OS X, Red Hat Linux, and Windows 2000 native versions this summer, according to an article on ZDNet UK. [story now unavailable]
Apple plans on launching a new ad campaign in Ireland, in particular to promote the new iBook. Apple was \"a bit guilty in the past of not focusing enough on Ireland,\" said Mark Rogers, Apple\'s head of UK and Irish sales.
OneApp Software has released English, Spanish and Italian versions of Clean Text 1.2.5, its $15 shareware tool that performs many useful text \"scrubbing\" routines. [Classic, Carbon]
DealNN bargains include: G4/500MP for $1900, Cube/500 w/ 15\" ADC flat-panel monitor for $2000, 256MB PC133 RAM for $60, Que! USB 8x4x24x CD-RW for $170, and more.
AutoCompleter 1.0 is a $15 shareware that improves typing Cocoa-based applications, offering suggestions for completing words based on partially-typed text, insertion of saved text and other dynamic information (date, time, etc.), and execution of AppleScripts.
Morning tech news: systems featuring Intel\'s new Itanium processor will reportedly ship in a few weeks; Sony will launch its Internet-only bank in Japan next month; Electronic Arts, creator of The Sims, posted an $11.8 million loss in its fourth quarter, but says it expects to rebound in fiscal 2002 with the release of several PlayStation 2 titles; Microsoft has invested $125 million in Telecom NZ, which also partnered with Hutchison Whampoa, to further the development of a third-generation (3G) wireless company.
The May 21 issue of Business Week offers two articles relating to Apple, including an editorial on why the retail stores won\'t help the company\'s bottom line or growth (\"few think new stores, no matter how nice, will get Apple back on the hot-growth path\"), and a discussion on the Apple-Gap relationship. Gap CEO Millard Drexler sits on Apple\'s board. [articles not yet online]
Roxio, creators of the Toast and Jam CD authoring applications, has been slapped with a lawsuit from Gracenote, the company responsible for the CDDB that allows CD tracks to be automatically labeled with a myriad of information. To achieve this functionality in its products, Roxio has been using the Freedb.org service, whose technology allegedly infringes on Gracenote\'s.
The shareware informational database and system folder management utility, Extension Overload 5.8.1, is now available in a promotion for $20 ($5 off), and also adds the ability to restart the Control Strip, improves database searches, and correctly ignores aliases and invisible files.
Matt Anderson has made updates to his OS X themes, providing a (completely) \"unlined\" graphite look and a \"hot-swappable\" version of Ruby/Aqua.
Thomas Tempelmann\'s freeware Joilet Volume Access 1.4, a precursor to the shareware v2.0 due out in mid-June, fixes few bugs in his System Extension that \"enhances the way your Macintosh computer can read CD-ROMs from other platforms, mainly Windows.\"
Pixits has released a new version of its Cocoa-based font sampling application, FontExampler 1.0PR3, which can generate samples of text using customized text. Preview release 3 brings the ability to sort fonts alphabetically and provides support for OS X (final).
Galleon Software, reacquiring the rights to its stock browser from Aladdin Systems, has released PowerTicker 2.1. The free upgrade updates the stock tracking utility with new contact information and fixes a few bugs.
Optigold ISP 2.7.3 adds support for barcoded return stubs, additional web interface functions and a few other miscellaneous items to the cross-platform busness software package for ISPs.
Yesterday we noted the availability of Apple\'s CarbonLib 1.3.1 via the SUCP, job cuts at Apple, Macromedia shipping FreeHand 10, Internet Explorer 5.1 slated for a summer release, IBM\'s PowerPC plans, new iBooks quickly spreading, Apple donating iBooks for teacher workshops, ViewSonic\'s sub-$1,000 17\" LCD, Canon\'s new PowerShot S110 Digital ELPH camera, Apple\'s nominations for Design and Art Direction awards, and NewGenFilms\' DVD streaming technology. Software releases included Mint Audio 1.0pr3, Download Deputy Turbo 4.5.6, AutoCat 3.0.1, Escape from Monkey Island 1.1.1, and Lightwave 6.5b.
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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