A few readers wrote in about a new iBook television ad appearing during Monday night primetime (in the US):
Hamrick Software\'s image scanning utility, VueScan 7.0.20, is now Carbonized for both Mac Classic and OS X. However, USB scanners are only supported under Classic.
Apple has posted a preview of Tony Hawk\'s Pro Skater 2, which is expected to be released for the Mac by Aspyr Media in May or June. The article includes a full list of Tony Hawk\'s hardware, including a fully loaded Power Mac G4 and PowerBook G4 Titanium, which he uses to edit his skateboarding videos.
Alex Cannon has released Golf Tracker 1.0, a $20 application for tracking golf scores. Golf Tracker will also calculate your 9 hole average, 18 hole average, and handicap for each course, and lets you print out a report for each course that lists all your scores and stats.
Evening tech news: Cable & Wireless will purchase Digital Island for $340 million; AMD is prepping its 1 GHz mobile Ahtlon; and Dell will be moving its storage operations unit from Silicon Valley to Texas in an effort to further cut costs.
STMicroelectronics has introduced Unicorn, a new controller-less ADSL modem chipset that allows an ADSL modem to reside on the USB or PCI bus. Mac and Linux drivers are expected for release during the second half of 2001.
PixNewsMacFREE 1.0.0, a free newsreader that helps download images from news servers, is Carbonized for use on both Classic Mac and OS X. [Classic: 586 KB; Carbon: 671 KB]
Lazy Mountain Software has released Hostal 1.1, a new version of its $10 hosts file database and editor. The new version is Carbonized for Mac OS X, provides advance warning of potentially harmful host entries at startup, improves searching through large host databases, and supports exporting hosts files for different platforms.
FileMaker, Inc. today introduced FileMaker Pro 5.5, a new version of the company\'s flagship database application.
We have details on FileMaker Pro 5.5, a new version of FileMaker, Inc.\'s flagship database application that was introduced today.
Lorenzo Fornari notes that Apple has updated its QuickTime Movie Trailers page in a more logical format.
Fraser Speirs has released new freeware Docklet for OS X, RSIDock 1.1, a rest-reminder utility to \"remind you to take breaks regularly, and to force you to do it. RSIDock lets you choose a work period and a rest period, and will forcibly lock you out of your machine after your work period is over.\"
Infogrames\' Mac label, MacSoft, will be debuting four new Mac games at this week\'s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, including Master of Orion III, Tropico, and Fly! II. The fourth title that will be shown is Civilization III, which was not previously announced for the Mac. The game is the latest in the phenomenally successful turn-based strategy series, and is under development by a team at Firaxis Games led by Sid Meier.
SierraMapps.com has releasd GRASS 5.0b11 GIS CD, a $25 CD that contains a self-contained installer package for the open-source GRASS, Geographic Resources Analysis Support System. The complete geographic information system (GIS) package installs and configures GRASS GIS with all of the programs and libraries required (XFree86 4.0.3, XAqua 0.5, Tcl/Tk libraries and applications, wish 8.0 and GRASS 5.0 beta 11), including an optional command-line interface and complete documenation. Purchases will receive $10 off the final version of the CD.
Brian Clark has released Ptah 1.2.1, a shareware text, image, and cataloging program, and Rosetta 1.2.1, a shareware utility for decoding BinHex, MacBinary, MIME Base64, uuencode, and more. The new versions are maintenance releases of the Carbonized applications. [Ptah: 373 KB; Rosetta: 213 KB]
Skidperfect Software\'s Extensions Strip 2.0b5 is an update to the shareware control strip replacement utility, offering a new Menubar mode for displaying the menu of each CSM, a new \"iconize\" feature, and better interoperability between CSMs. Process Manager 1.6, a freeware CSM that displays running processes in the control strip, brings compatibility with Menubar mode and other enhancements. [ES--205KB, PM--38KB]
PixMachineMac 1.0.9, an automated, Carbonized newsreader that makes it easy to download large or multipart files, fixes a problem that caused it to crash when attempting to edit a non-existent news server and addresses various interface concerns.
Blue World Communications, VH Publications, and MightyData today announced Lasso Summit 2001, to be held August 10-11, 2001 at Disney\'s Boardwalk Inn near Orlando, Florida. The summit is intended for Lasso developers and Web hosting providers, and will feature presentations by leading Lasso innovators and consultants, hands-on Lasso training classes, and Q&A sessions for proposing questions directly to the Lasso Summit 2001 speakers and trainers. Registration for the event is $600, which includes the Lasso Summit Manual, a Lasso Summit CD-ROM, and breakfast and lunch for each day of the event.
Macromedia has released an accessibility kit for Dreamweaver 4 and UltraDev 4 that checks Web content for compliance with federal accessibility guidelines. Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act requires by law that all U.S. federal Web sites must be made fully usable and accessible to people with disabilities by June 21, 2001.
Birmingham, Alabama will be among the cities to host an Apple retail store, according to the Birmingham Business Journal. Apple officials declined to comment on the location or planned opening of the Birmingham store. The company\'s first retail store will open in McLean, Virginia on Saturday, May 19.
osx.macnn.com reports on the announcement of e-on software\'s 3D scenery and rendering animation software, Vue d\'Esprit 4, for Mac OS X.
Black Cat Systems has released new versions of three of its software titles: MultiMode 3.9.3, a $90 application for decoding or transmitting non-voice communication over shortwave and ham radio, adds improved decoding in ACARS mode, as well as the ability to adjust the sound input gain. [502 KB] Atomic Mac 5.0.2, a $25 Carbonized database of the periodic table of elements, fixes several minor bugs. [Classic: 945 KB; Carbon: 940 KB] Sound Byte 1.8.4, $50 software that turns your Mac into a cart machine for playing sound recordings, improves positioning of the Play List on systems with small display screens. [485 KB]
LimeWire 1.4b is a maintenance release of the Java-based Gnutella file-sharing client for both Mac OS Classic and OS X. [Classic: 7.5 MB; OS X: 3.3 MB]
Over the past week, Xicons has posted five new sets of icons designed for Mac OS X: Sound Jam Aqua (applications), Gundam Wing Pilots (misc.), Star Trek Ships (misc.), Mini Cooper X (misc.), and Industrial System (folders). Xicons posts new icon sets daily.
e-on software has announced that it will be releasing its 3D scenery and rendering animation software, Vue d\'Esprit 4, for Mac OS X in Q4 2001. The new version for Mac OS X will include hundreds of new features over the previous Windows only Vue d\'Esprit 3.1. Vue 4 will be available in English, French, German and Japanese language versions at an estimated street price of $200.
Mactracker 1.0 is a free application that features detailed information and specs on every Mac ever made, as well as Apple inkjet printers and displays. [Classic: 1.0 MB; Carbon: 1.2 MB]
Iomega has announced that its Peerless removable-storage drive, slated to ship in early June, will come bundled with MGI PhotoSuite, Aladdin\'s ShrinkWrap, and Iomega\'s QuickSync software. The Peerless drive will ship in 10 GB and 20 GB capacities for $360 and $400, respectively.
Alexander Griekspoor sent us a detailed tutorial on repairing \"corrupted\" iMovie files, a bug that can crop up and affect large iMovie files.
Ecrix today announced that its VXA-1 FireWire tape drive, announced in January, is shipping in volume and is also now available at the Apple Store. The VXA-1 FireWire drive currently sells for $950 (includes $200 rebate). The company also noted that Mac users account for 25 percent of its sales.
Evergreen Technologies today introduced its RumbleFX 3D Sound Amplifier, an $80 device that plugs in between the sound source and speakers or headphones, creating a 3D holographic surround-sound and enhanced sub-woofer effect. The product is similar to SRS Labs\' WOW Thing.
Uni Software Plus has released Voodoo Server 1.3 for Mac OS X, a Carbonized version of its version control tool for CodeWarrior developers.
Grass 5.0b11 is a complete geographic information system for Mac OS X based on the open-source Geographic Resources Analysis Support System (GRASS). The software costs $25; purchasers will receive $10 off the final version when it is released.
Agatť Technologies, makers of the \"Q\" USB hard drive, has recently posted new Mac drivers, according to an interested user.
Insider Software today announced FontAgent 8.2, a free update to its $70 font management and repair utility that enhances font validation for both bitmapped and PostScript fonts, fixes bugs, and improves its compatibility with Mac OS 9.
Sean McBride sent a troubleshooting tip about the recently released Open Transport 2.7.6: After installing it, my internet connection no longer worked. I am using Sympatico (Canada\'s largest ISP) and their Access Manager 1.1.1 software. Putting OT 2.7.4 back did not help. I had to reinstall the Access Manager software. I don\'t know why it was necessary, but it fixed it. Note that when you reinstall, you will need to reenter your username and password. Friends have also had this problem with past OT updates. It must be something wrong with Access Manager.
MAKI Enterprise has released Kids GoGoGo 2.7, which adds support for the Opera browser, improved filtering, and time-based restrictions for different days of the week to its Web filtering software.
Chaotic Software\'s newly Carbonized, shareware ($20) EasyShare 1.2 allows users to share clipboard contents and data between networked Macs.
BookTracker 1.0 is a book tracking utility that stores relevant book information, categorizes collections, and generates custom reports. The $10 shareware can also track date and time of lending as well as other custom fields.
Over the weekend, we noted the passing of AppleMaster, author, and Mac advocate, Douglas Adams.
Now AAPL Stock: 94.02 ( -2.58 )
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