Evening tech news: Microsoft has asked the Supreme Court to hear its antitrust appeal, which is seen as an attempt to prevent the Justice Department and 18 states from seeking an injunction against Windows XP; Cisco Systems has announced fourth quarter earnings of $163 million, or 2 cents per share, although revenue dropped 25 percent and profits fell 86 percent; and many Web e-tailers are finding themselves \"Gatored,\" where some users visiting their site are greeted with a pop-up ad inviting them to visit a competitor.
Flexify 1.3 is a new version of the Photoshop plug-in from Flaming Pear that bends full-sphere panoramic images into new shapes. Version 1.3 can print \'gores\' for making new globes and supports equirectangular, polar, mirror ball, cylindrical, and orthographic input.
Belkin will be introducing its new SurgeMaster Contractor Grade Series line of surge protectors and power strips at this year\'s National Hardware Show in Chicago, IL, August 12-14. The complete line will begin shipping in North America on November 1.
Software Architects has released DVD-RAM TuneUp 3.2, a new version of its $100 DVD-RAM recording utility that now supports the Hitachi DVD-RAM disk based video camcorder and the Panasonic DVD-RAM disk based video recorder. DVD-RAM TuneUp supports direct copying of files to DVD-RAM disks using its UDF file system based drag and drop interface. Other features include support for all versions of UDF, support for all brands and models of DVD-RAM drives, real-time read and write of DVD video files, erases disks, tests media for defective sectors, and write protects disk for archival.
Quitling 1.0.1 is a maintenance release of Catchy Software\'s Mac OS X Dockling that lets users quit or force quit any application from the Dock.
Cortic Software has released Unprovoked, a fast-paced space shooter for the Mac. Mission activities range from destroying space stations to escorting transport ships, all while dodging lasers, missiles, and other weaponry. The game also features multiplayer combat over a LAN or the Internet.
Auction Tender 3.0 for Mac OS X is a new version of the $50 application that aids in the development of online auctions. Version 3.0 adds more productivity for eBay users with a new Quick Lister Plug-in.
Apple has quietly settled its lawsuit filed a year ago against \"worker bee,\" an unidentified insider who revealed details about the company\'s unannounced products, including iBooks, the Power Mac G4, and the Apple Pro Mouse. \"Worker bee\" was later identified as Juan Gutierrez, a former temporary worker with the company. As part of the agreement, Apple and Gutierrez have jointly agreed that he would turn over any confidential information that he still had in his possession and refrain from sharing any more information.
PowerGuardian UPS Manager for Mac OS X Beta is a new application for managing a UPS in Mac OS X. PowerGuardian works best with APC Serial \"Smart UPS\" and Keyspan USB to Serial converters. The initial beta has limited support for USB-based UPS devices.
LaCie has introduced its first line of FireWire backup solutions, including a high-end AIT backup system with a tape capacity of up to 70 GB, and a DDS-3 drive that provides a compressed capacity of 24 GB per cartridge.
Apple will be opening its fourth Apple retail store at the Mall of America in Minneapolis, Minnesota this Saturday, August 11. The store will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and will give away a free Apple t-shirt to the first 1,000 customers.
Vicomsoft has released maintenance updates to both Internet Gateway and SurfDoubler, bring both products to version 7.0.2. The main purpose of the revisions is to fix a potential problem that may have affected some trial software users when running Auto Setup.
Bare Bones is offering a \"BBEdit Back-to-School Special\" whereby users can purchase the text editor for $89 direct from Bare Bones and receive \"Learning Web Design: A Beginner\'s Guide to HTML, Graphics, and Beyond\" by Jennifer Niederst and published by O\'Reilly and Associates, Inc for free. The offer ends September 30.
Brian Dunning has released ChartMaker Pro 5.0, a FileMaker Pro solution that lets users create line charts, bar charts, column charts, scatter charts, and pie charts all using FileMaker\'s built-in features. Because the solution does not use a plug-in format, charts created using the software can be distributed to other users without having to include a plug-in for viewing. ChartMaker Pro 5.0 is compatible with FileMaker Pro 3.x, 4.x, and 5.x.
Trinfinity Software has released Time Track 1.0, a new time-saving program for Classic and Mac OS X that was originally designed for consultants to minimize time spent logging hours, but can also be used to log the duration of any event. [Classic: 790 KB; Carbon: 925 KB]
Lexar Media is now shipping its 512MB 12x USB-enabled Type I CompactFlash digital film for professionals. The Mac- and PC-compatible card is the company\'s fastest and highest capacity memory card and features a sustained write speed of 1.8MB.sec. Pricing is not yet available.
Motorola\'s Multiservice Networks Division (MND) has introduced RemoteVU Guardian, a new IP video transmitter designed for use in institutional security and public safety. RemoteVU Guardian features IP multicasting, real-time remote access, and the elimination of the distance restrictions imposed by traditional Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) systems. The transmitter also allows users to securely access, monitor and store digital videowhether in real-time or archived from a single or multiple locationsusing a Web browser and network connection. RemoteVU Guardian will be available as a standalone product as well as a core component of MND\'s SafeWatch, its public safety offering.
\"The 4D Web Companion,\" a new book that provides insights into the solutions made possible by 4D Web technologies, is now available. Written by 4D Web development expert David Adams, the $100 book covers topics such as 4D Web features, Web development techniques, HTTP and HTML, Web database architecture, and Web design.
Apple has posted a feature article showcasing the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney, Australia, which uses nearly 300 Power Macs and the REALbasic development environment to aid in its research studies addressing significant diseases such as cancer, arthritis, osteoporosis, diabetes, and mental illness.
IntelliMerge 1.2.7 is a feature revision to Intelli Innovations\' e-mail merge software for Classic and Mac OS X. Version 1.2.7 adds custom headers, record ID merge field, a progress window for invalid e-mail and duplicate checks, a message priority setting, and several bug fixes.
Rosetta 1.3.0 is a $15 shareware program for Classic and Mac OS X that provides complete support for decoding BinHex, MacBinary, MIME Base64, uuencode files; rejoining binary files; and making movie file repairs. An error in the original 1.3.0 release caused the author to recommend that any user that downloaded the software before 11 p.m. EDT on Sunday to download a new copy.
MacAddict Magazine is celebrating its 5th anniversary by giving away a 5 Year Anniversary DVD, which includes every MacAddict staff video from issues 1 through 60 and 23 hours of the magazine\'s Internet radio show, The MacAddict Hour. Users interested in the free DVD will have to pay $4 shipping.
In an interview given to the Australian computer site I.T.\'s Garry Barker, Apple\'s chief software architect Avie Tevanian describes OS X 10.1 as \"so much faster\" than the original release, and also firmly rebuffs notions of Apple\'s media software products (such as Final Cut Pro) being ported to Wintel computers. Tevanian also hints that Apple feels they are \"now much better positioned\" to look to the corporate world as a potential new market.
MacNN reader Todd H says he received an e-mail about a PCI developer kitchen, hosted by Apple. \"The event will be held at 1 Infinite Loop on August 28-30, and is free on a first-come, first-serve basis. The focus will be on the PCI I/O Kit and device drivers under Mac OS X.\"
OnGuard 3.3.5, PowerOn\'s cross-platform security and computer access management software, has been released. The new version improves On Guard\'s compatibility with Mac OS version 7 through 9.1 by addressing a situation where, in certain cases, the boot process could be interrupted. It also adds support for Outlook Express 5.x.
Interactive Media has begun shipping the KanguruPortable Hard Drive, which offers USB, Firewire, Parallel and Cardbus/ PCMCIA connectivity with a swappable cable. Capacities currently range from 30 to 100GB with prices starting at $199.95.
nanoCom will launch iSpQ \"Eye Speak\" VideoChat 5.0, available only from Download.com servers. The 21-day trial is OS X compatible, and features V-Mail, Video Instant Messaging, ICQ compatibility, Multi-person videoconferencing, Visual Text Chat Rooms, Pal Lists, Directories, Broadcast, and Visual User Profiles.
Yesterday new details were released on Seybold San Francisco 2001. Other reports included Apple\'s sponsorship of TechEd, a Snapz Pro X competitive upgrade offer, a price cut on the Epson Stylus Pro 780, Panasonic\'s new digital camcorder/still camera combo, shipment of the Maxtor 40 GB USB 2.0 drive, Apple\'s DVD Jam, plans for OmniGraffle 2.0, and CenDyne\'s FireWire CD-RW. Software releases included VueScan 7.1.8, Adobe Acrobat eBook Reader 2.2, Update Agent 10.4, and iWarning 1.0.
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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