FrontBase today opened a new Seattle office dedicated to \"application development, with a focus on Cocoa OS X applications...The first product to come out of the Seattle office, FrontBase Manager, was shown at WWDC. FrontBase Manager is a fully multi-threaded application for managing FrontBase databases remotely.\" The office has openings for experienced application developers familiar with Cocoa, Objective C and at least one relational database server.\" Frontbase has also posted a beta of its FrontBase plugin for WebObjects 5.0.
Waves in Motion today released Poll-It 3.0b, a beta version of its cross-platform FileMaker Pro-based web polling tool, which allows users to create, publish and tabulate internet-based polls without any web programming. Version 3.0 is a \"complete rewrite\" with multi-user support, per-user polls, basic authentication, and support for multiple concurrent polls.
A MacNN reader notes that IAA is developing PocketMac software that will allow PocketPC to sync with Mac OS 9 or OS X. The software will offer file copying/browsing features, sync\'ing contacts/appointments/tasks with Entourage, and software installation/uninstallation services. The company is offering pre-register users advance purchase opportunity (and a $5 discount) as well as regular updates on development, opportunities to beta test, and a preview of the company development tools.
In a possible precursor of good news for Apple\'s current financial quarter, EMJ, who distributes third-party Apple products to Canadian resellers, has announced a 26% increase in sales over the past nine months. Company officials say the financial success has helped EMJ \"solidify its position in the Apple third party market.\" EMJ distributes products from Adobe, Netopia, QPS, Sonnet, Sony, Sorenson, and Apple Canada.
The Omni Group has released OmniWeb 4.0.1, an update to its native Cocoa web browser for OS X. Version 4.01 includes increased stability, better Java/CSS compatibility as well as support for German and French. In addition, this release solve the unrecognized QT plugin issue encountered after updating to IE 5.1.1.
CYBERWORLD has announced plans to bring its CYBERWORLD online multimedia web world builder and viewer to Mac OS X. While in development, the company is encouraging users on Classic to use its technologies using Connectix Virtual PC, a popular PC emulator for the Mac.
Fifth Wave\'s unit conversion tool, Convert v1.2.8, fixes a few minor localization and reduces the application footprint by 40%. The $15 shareware offers the ability to convert temperature, velocity, time, mass, currency, bartending, and other useful items.
Fizzilla, or Mozilla for OS X, has been updated with yet another progressive build gathering the efforts of the open-source community. The new release offers improved stability and speed, as well as some polishing of web standard functionality. Despite the new OS X build, Mike Pinkerton, lead developer of the Mozilla team says that Netscape\'s primary mission right now is to ship Netscape6 for OS9 and \"we cannot do anything to jeopardize that plan.\"
Jim C. notes that Sonnet has announced the postponed release of Mac OS X installation software for users of its Crescendo PPC/PCI cards. Due to important design enhancement opportunities discovered during our development process, Sonnet has postponed the release of our Sonnet Crescendo PPC/PCI OS X installation software. We expect the resulting improvements to better deliver a \"Simply Fast\" solution, and are confident you will find them well worth the wait. Our new expected post date for this solution is June 15, 2001. The target posting month for our OS X solutions serving both Newer Technology MAXpowr PCI and ZIF products is now July 2001.
Alexandre Carlhian\'s Mail Siphon 2.5.1, a $20 shareware email utility that can preview email and compose/send messages, has been localized in Italian. In addition to Italian, the software is available in English, French, Danish, and Norwegian.
GarageGames\' V12, a slightly modified version of the graphics engine used in Tribes 2, is now running on the Mac, according to Inside Mac Games. GarageGames, founded by former employees of Dynamix Software, is offering the engine to independent game developers for a low fee of $100 in a bid to capture online publishing deals. Work done on V12 could potentially aid in the release of Tribes 2 for the Mac, which was scrapped during the course of the game\'s development at Dynamix.
Bare Bones Software has released BBEdit Lite 6.1, a freeware, slimmed-down version of its popular HTML and text editor for Classic and Mac OS X. Among the features of the Lite version are expression based \"grep\" search and replace, multi-file search, and sophisticated text transformations.
Chris Neuman has published a photo gallery displaying his freshly painted iBook, as well as instructions for how he did it. \"I didnít realize how glossy the top and bottom of the iBook was until I received mine a couple weeks ago. I didnít like it. So I set out to paint it to match its big brother, the TiBook.\"
Norbyte\'s Rainbow Painter 2.0.1, an application for painting and photo retouching with support for layers, masking, and more than 60 effects and tools, adds optimizations and the company\'s Mac OS X policy to the $25 shareware application.
After a successful test program that placed Apple employees inside select CompUSA stores to train employees and ensure that Apple\'s store-within-a-stores are well maintained, sources tell MacNN that the program is now being launched nationwide by the end of the year as part of an effort to maintain a solid relationship with resellers following the opening of Apple retail stores around the country. In addition, Apple is offering many free seminars in CompUSAs around the U.S.; users can check for one near them by visiting Apple Seminars & Events.
osx.macnn.com reports on Sonnet\'s postponement of Mac OS X solutions for its graphics cards, Mustek\'s policy for providing OS X support with its scanners, and Fujifilm\'s support for Apple\'s latest operating system.
ZDnet\'s review of the dual-USB iBook, which gives it an 8 out of 10 rating, concludes: \"Ultimately, it\'s tough to find anything at all to complain about in the new iBook. It has a compact, sturdy design, delivers more than enough oomph for ordinary tasks, offers all the ports and drive options you\'ll ever need, and evendare we say itlooks sexy.\" Other reviews include: In a mostly postive review, David Pogue of NY Times writes: \"The thrill of the iBook\'s design is marred only by a clamshell that doesn\'t close as tightly as it should (thanks to four protective rubber screen bumpers) and Apple\'s outrageous help-line policy: after 90 days, help is $50 per call.\" Walter Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal writes: \"At 4.9 pounds with a full complement of ports and a CD or DVD drive, the new iBook is the lightest, smallest full-featured consumer portable I\'ve seen.\" The Boston Globe (positive) review notes issues with the keyboard: \"With all the thought to durability that Apple seems to have given the iceBook, it could have paid a little more attention to the unit\'s keyboard.\" [updated 12:25 ET]
The Stanford Academy for New Media offers week-long sessions in 3D animation, desktop moviemaking, and web design, which provide hands-on experience with Power Mac G4s and Final Cut Pro: \"I\'m a firm believer that Apple represents the future of digital video in the classroom and at home, so it just made sense to go in that direction.\"
Apple\'s Crank up the Audio feature offers details on Creative Labs\' Sound Blaster for Mac card, which began shipping in mid-March.
Morning tech news: ATI formally announced that its Rage Mobility 128 graphics chip is being used by Apple in its new iBook, noting that it offers 32-bit color and an integrated DVD decoder that lets users experience full-frame rate DVD movies; hacker insurance agencies are charging a 5 to 15 percent premium when clients use Windws NT instead of a Unix variant; and Bill Gates\'s keynote address this morning will mark the global launch of Office XP, the next version of Microsoft\'s desktop productivity suite.
Noel Rivera forward a note from Mustek technical support: \"Unfortunately at this time Mustek USA is not supporting any of our scanners with Mac OS X. We do eventually plan support for this operating but we do not know as of this time when that will occur.\"
Alco Blom\'s shareware bookmark manager URL Manager 3.0b12 for OS X is the \"first beta where Shared Bookmark Menus on OS X are fully implemented. Shared Bookmark Menus are available in IE and iCab. OmniWeb does not support the Shared Menus Protocol.\"
Aspyr Media is now shipping Activision\'s Tony Hawk\'s Pro Skater 2 for the Macintosh.
Koingo Software\'s $10 shareware contact management utility, Contact Keeper 3.5, brings a third column view, more control over import, font customization, a new salution field, and other enhancements.
Fujifilm Electronic Imaging has announced plans to provide OS X support for its high-end Lanovia and FineScan scanners this summer.
Vincent Jalby has released a new beta version of iNotePad 1.5b3, his $14 shareware replacement for Apple\'s NotePad utility. It is now available in a Carbon version (for OS X), can store up to 700 notes and provides supports for invidual note \"locking,\" database encryption, and automatic database backup. [Classic--1.0MB, Carbon--1.4MB]
Apple took three top awards in the Products for Work category at the D&AD (British Design and Art Direction) awards, picking up a Gold award for Product Design for its Pro Mouse and two Silver awards for its G4 Cube and Pro Speakers.
Yesterday Power On Software began shipping Now Up-to-Date & Contact 4.0. Other reports included WebObjects 5 voting in the JDJ Reader\'s Choice Awards, Aladdin\'s new cross-platform licensing, shipment of the Que! USB 2.0 CD-RW, ATI\'s business strategy shift, Panasonic\'s new DMR-E20 DVD Video Recorder, new PowerBook G4 carrying cases, Addonic\'s Pocket SuperDisk 240, the UK government\'s online lockout of Mac users, Apple\'s bundling agreement with Demon, and the Portuguese language version of Mac OS X. Software releases included Apple Network Assistant 4.0.3, ICQ 2.6a29, Strike Force UT 1.60, and TechTool Deluxe 2.5.6.
Iomega\'s latest HipZip 1.00454 firmware update for its Digital Audio Player, bringing support for audible content, increased sound quality at lower bit rates as well as support for low bit-rate WMA files (16 Kpbs), an improved playlist manager, and bookmarks for MP3 and WMA files.
Bruno Blondeau\'s iOrganize 3.4, an update to the $15 NotePad enhancement, adds in-place note editing, keyboard-based date insertion, and drag-and-drop support for sounds as well as improvements and cosmetic fixes for OS X. [Classic, Carbon]
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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
MIT demoes 'Eyeriss' AI chip for mobile
At the International Solid State Circuits Conference in San Francisco this week, MIT researchers presented a new chip designed specifically to implement neural networks. The researchers claim that "Eyeriss" is 10 times as efficient as a mobile GPU, so it could enable mobile devices to run artificial-intelligence algorithms such as Siri or Cortana, rather than uploading all data to a remote server for processing. http://bit.ly/1TISJBe
Pocket for iOS adds readability settings
Offline reader iOS app Pocket has updated, with reader-friendly changes. With the new revision, premium subscribers can adjust character spacing, and choose from eight new fonts including one that makes it easier for sufferers of dyslexia to read saved content. The app itself is free, with a premium subscription available for $5 a month, or $45 a year. http://apple.co/1KuILBl
XCOM 2 ships on Steam for Mac, Windows
Feral Interactive today announced that the highly anticipated turn-based strategy game XCOM 2 is out now for OS X and Windows, and is available to buy through Steam and through the Mac App Store shortly. The sequel to the popular XCOM: Enemy Unknown, XCOM 2 is available as a standalone base game and as the XCOM 2 Digital Deluxe Edition. The XCOM 2 Digital Deluxe Edition comprises the base game, the Reinforcement Pack and the XCOM 2 digital soundtrack. Versions start at $60. http://bit.ly/1KuEFsX