The free extended BASIC language metacompiler, METAL v1.7.2, now compiles applications that run on both OS X and the Classic with \"no changes to the source code.\" The new version is about 20% faster than METAL v1.7a.
The multilingual, shareware currency converter, Euro Assistant Pro 2.4, is now available as a Carbon application for OS X. Version 2.4 also fixes problems under OS 9.1. [Classic, Carbon]
Apple today issued a voluntary recall on certain AC adapters that were sold for use with PowerBook G3 systems shipped from May 1998 until March 2000 and has initiated an exchange program that will provide a new replacement AC adapter, free of charge: \"No Titanium PowerBook G4 or iBook AC adapters are part of this recall. The affected AC adapters could overheat, posing a fire hazard. Apple received six reports of these adapters overheating. No injuries have been reported. Apple urges you to order a replacement adapter immediately and not to leave your current AC adapter unattended while plugged into any power outlet. \"The recall only includes AC adapters with a two-prong connection that came with prior generation PowerBook G3 systems or that were purchased separately in standalone adapter kits for use in North America, Japan, Latin America, and Asia Pacific regions. The recall does not affect AC adapters with a three-prong connection (Model Number: M5159) that were supplied for use in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. \"
OptiGold ISP, Digital Point Solutions\' cross-platform business software package to run all aspects of an internet service provider from billing to server management, has been updated to add numerous \"web based reports and charts, tech support and broadband info via ISP management web interface, additional multi-company support and a few other miscellaneous items.\" A free working copy can be downloaded after completing a short form.
BASh 1.5.9, Deep Sky Technologies\' 4D component that provides extensive utility commands, has been updated with 12 new methods as well as other significant improvements and bug fixes.
Pocket Software has released a Dutch version of PocketDock 2.1.1, it\'s $20 launcher utility. Downloads are available after completing a short form.
Pervasive Software has sold its Tango 2000 technology to WithEnterprise Pty Ltd. in North Sydney, Australia, as of June 29, 2001. WithEnterprise will be fullfilling all product technical, and other support.
Bob Davis has written a quick instructional article detailing the steps for creating Name-Based Virtual Hosts on a MacOS-X machine to aid in the development of multiple sites.
A new Houston Chronicle column takes a look at the state of Mac programming from a novice\'s perspective, concluding that \"REALbasic is much easier for first-time programmers to learn and understand than either the Apple tools or CodeWarrior.\"
Architosh reports on Quesa Group\'s release of QuickDraw 3D API on OS X and OpenDWG Alliance\'s OS X code libraries.
Azine Software\'s startupscreen uility, ClearSide 2.0.2, fixes several bugs in the $10 startup screen utility.
Studion\'s ColorBlade 1.0 is a Adobe Photoshop plugin that offers color management (with visual inputs, not complex formulas). A demo is available online.
MIchael Nigrin\'s Power Email Extracter 1.2.5 adds the option to verify the domains of the addresses. The $15 shareware automates removing massive amounts of email addresses, from large text files and directories.
Sony and Apple are among techno-pundit Tim Baharin\'s picks for PC vendors whom he believes can \"survive or emerge to eventually own the consumer markets for next generation of PCs and other digital devices that drive the digital lifestyle.\"
Prowler 2.2.1, an update to Andrew Cunningham\'s shareware ($15) image browser, image viewer and management tool, is now available as an early alpha version for OS X and adds new preferences for scaling.
New web-based reporting, tech support/broadband info display, and better multicompany support has been added to Optigold ISP 2.7.7, the cross-platform business software package.
MAKI Enterprise\'s Megellan 1.9 improves database handling for better performance in its $50 multilingual email client software.
PcConverter 2.1 is $20 shareware that can \"convert text files (also RTF files) from Windows or Unix to MacOS, or process your custom database files or automate the conversion of text files to html.\" [Classic, Carbon]
Gideon Softworks continues to update its OS X shareware utilities: Snard 0.5 (dock-based launcher); Get Info 0.4 (change owner, group, permissions, and type/creator), and Dock-It 0.4 (finder enhancement).
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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