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MacNN Correspondent David Underwood reports on the gaming scene at this year\'s Macworld Conference & Expo New York.
Audio and music production are major markets for Apple, and markets where they enjoy either extremely high or dominant marketshare. Macworld hosts representatives from almost every hardware and software audio vendor, most of whom are showing off OS X-compatible betas or new products.
Eridanus Software has released Archer, an easy-to-use slide-show player for Mac OS X. The tool is unique in that it does away with command-key combinations, instead requiring users to only press one key, such as \"N\" for a new document, to perform functions.
In a show of support for the Mac as an enterprise/business platform, Oracle was exhibiting its Small Business Suite package at this week\'s expo, which is just now wrapping up. Users can run the Oracle Small Business Suite on all major operating systems including Macintosh, Windows, and Linux and all major browsers such as Internet Explorer (4+) and Netscape Navigator (4+).
Chris Petersen writes, \"Attempting to view the Steve Jobs keynote, QT Player displays a message that states \'QuickTime Pro is required to view the high-bandwidth version of this Broadcast\'. Links are available to purchase QT 5 Pro or view a 112k stream. Perhaps this is another reason to upgrade to the Pro version.\"
Anthony Robertson writes about \"cool 3D package for the Mac at the Expo yesterday. It is called Groboto. It a free-form drawing tool that \'paints\'in 3D. It looks similar to organic modeling. It supports animation and exports to various file formats: Pict, Quicktime, POV-Ray, Ray Dream, and 3DMF....He said that an OS X version is in the works. It runs on \'040 & PPC macs. It is very inexpensive at $22 for the downloadable version. The CDROM is $29. I bought it at Macworld for $20.\"
David Norton Media released AIMgadget 2.0, a free tool for easily accessing the chat logs in AOL Instant Messenger. The new version sports an improved interface, favorites and history options, and the ability to delete buddies and sessions.
osx.macnn.com reports that Emagic\'s Logic Audio production suite will ship in September; a new version of SteveMovieFloat for MacOS X; and the debut of Key Xing, a keyboard shortcut utility for Apple\'s modern OS.
Emagic has announced Logic Audio 5.0, the company\'s integrated suite of professional software and hardware products, for Mac OS X. Now in beta form, final Mac OS X versions of Logic Audio 5.0, and drivers for the Unitor8 MkII, AMT8 and MT4 MIDI interfaces and the EMI 2I6 audio interface will be available in September 2001.
We\'ve posted a brief round-up of mainstream press reaction to announcements and products shown at this week\'s expo, including commentary, interviews, and product features.
JR Hill & Co. is kicking off its Back To School Sale with the introduction of its new PowerBook G4 Sleeve. Available in full grain leather ($90) or ballistic nylon ($65), the PowerBook G4 sleeve is a very slim, padded, form fitted bag that features leather handles and piping and a three-sided zipper. All of its computer accessories are on sale at 10% off.
During MacNN\'s meeting with Microsoft yesterday, officials from the MacBU unit said that it is working hard to make the .NET initiative a strong option for Mac users. \"We\'re trying to make Bill keep to his promise that the service will be available to ANY device. We feel the Mac is a rich platform with a large user base,\" representatives told us.
Caleb Media has introduced a 650 MB removable disk optical drive that is backwards compatible with 3.5\" floppy disks. The drive is available in 1\" desktop, and .5\" notebook versions, and uses a USB 2.0 interface. Pricing for the drive has not been disclosed for individual purchases, but manufacturers can buy the drive for under $25 in mass quantity.
Steven Massey has updated his shareware app, SteveMovieFloat for MacOS X, to version 2.1.3. The package is a movie viewer that can float on top of all of the open windows in any application. The new release is rebuilt to work on MacOS X 10.0.4 and can now view Quicktime streaming video in the floating window.
Morning tech news: IDC and Dataquest say PC sales fell in the second quarter and slowed significantly in some areas; amid warnings from the rest of the industry, Microsoft has boosted its 2002 revenue projections; and two e-mail viruses are making their rounds, though neither seems to have particularly damaging capabilities.
MacNN reader Alvin Mok reports that Apple has posted Developer Notes for the new iMacs and Power Mac G4 systems that were introduced on Wednesday during Steve Jobs\' keynote. The articles don\'t, however, indicate whether the G4/733 model without L3 cache uses a 7440 or 7450 processor.
Golden Retriever 1.0b1 is a simple new sofware updater for networks. The program is client-based and was designed for Macs that connect to a particular network volume usually when the user isn\'t present such as the login screen on Macintosh Manager.
Key Xing is a new $10 OS X utility that allows users to launch programs and files from your keyboard. The tool tracks files even after they\'re renamed or moved, and supports Unicode file names (up to 255 characters).
Optigold 2.7.8 is the latest release of Digital Point\'s software for managing all aspects of running an ISP business. The new version sports a speed increase in reporting, credit card gateway support for DirectOne, additional multi-company support, QuickDNS 3.5 support, and the ability to export via web interface.
Yesterday Microsoft revealed new information on its plans for Office 10, Entourage and Outlook Express. Other reports included the most interesting hardware at Macworld, the show\'s graphics presence, coverage and photos of the Microsoft keynote, coverage of Apple\'s semi-annual financial analyst meeting, more details on Virtual PC Test Drive for Mac OS X, the probabability of Mac OS X 10.1 being a free download, Belkin\'s 4-port USB Switch, Giants: Citizen Kabuto for Mac OS X only, details on Mac OS 9.2, Steve Jobs\' stock options and the operating systems that will ship on new Macs. Software releases included Netscape Communicator 4.78, MP3 Rage 3.6 and MACh Speed Control 2.5.
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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