osx.macnn.com today reports on a new public beta release of Opera 5 for Mac OS X, bringing stability and new features to the trimmed-down Web browser; and OmniGraffle 1.1.2, the Cocoa-built diagramming tool. Several other key software updates are also noted.
OmniGraffle 1.1.2, the Omni Group\'s Cocoa-built diagramming application, offers bug fixes and performance enhancements over the previous release. The Omni Group has also permanently reduced the price of OmniGraffle from $109.95 to $59.95.
PocketNotes 1.0 is a new notepad application from Pocket Software that includes the ability to manipulate skins, attach notes to each item or outline, ability to set items by priority, and some advanced search functionality. The Carbonized app is $20 shareware. [download form]
eleather.it has unveiled its latest line of cases for Apple\'s PowerBook Titanitum G4. The cases are Genuine Italian Vegetable Tanned Leather Board and water-resistant. Pricing ranges up to $241.
CrushFTP 3.0b10 is the latest release of Ben Spink\'s FTP server tool that supports users/groups, ratios, quotas, bandwidth limiters, remote admin, virtual serving, redundancy, load balancing, virtual directories. The new version allows full GUI remote administration, redesigns the interface, and fixes Mac OS X bugs. [Classic, Carbon]
FireWire Direct has debuted the FX Series RAID/Storage Cluster External System, an IEEE 1394 system that uses the Oxford 911 IDE to FireWire Bridge Technology, which th ecompany claims makes these new RAID Solutions up to three times faster than standard FireWire storage devices. The clusters are available in 2, 4 and 8-bay configurations (up to 640GB) and \"combo\" hard drive/CDRW configurations. Pricing ranges from $699 to $2895.
Amid rumors and speculation that it will close down its semiconductor operations, which produce the PowerPC 7400 series and other processors for Apple, Motorola has announced a breakthrough in chip design that will allow engineers to cram 50 percent more density into circuits. The new process uses \"photomasks\" to produce chip silicon wafers that will eventually be as thin as .05 microns. Current leading edge processor designs, including the Pentium 4 and PowerPC 7400, use silicon wafers that range between .11 and .15 microns. However, Motorola says it could be 2005 before the new method is used to develop desktop processors.
Afternoon tech news: The Department of Justice is urging the Supreme Court to reject a review appeal from Microsoft regarding its on-going anti-trust legal proceedings; Intel has launched three new processors under its Celeron brand-name, with speeds ranging up to 1.1 Ghz; Defunct console maker Sega is entering a new pact to bring more advanced games to hand-held computing devices.
Sun is showing off a new version of its StarOffice productivity suite, viewed by industry pundits as the only real competition to Microsoft Office, at this week\'s LinuxWorld conference and Expo. The new version, 6.0, breaks the suite into individual applications that can be run separately, and does away with the proprietary \"start-bar\" functionality and e-mail checking component. Sun had originally developed a Mac OS X flavor of StarOffice, but turned its Mac-based development over to OpenOffice.org, who continues to revise the software and offer downloadable releases.
Opera Software has released the first public beta of its Opera 5 Web browser that is compatible with Mac OS X. The company previously offered a bug-ridden alpha version of the software. The new release adds keychain support and auto-completion of URLs, which were previously only offered in the Mac OS 9 release of Opera 5. The new version also adds a new button bar and significant stability enhancements.
See Jane Code has released JaneBUILDER for PHP 1.1, which allows vistual editing of PHP files, used in Web page development. The new release offers two new Auto-Janes and an add-on tool, Jane SQL. User requested functionality and bug fixes have also been incorporated in the new release.
nQuick 2.1 is a small utility that allows users to store items such as notes, passwords, to-do lists, and more. The new version gets an improved interface, new options and preferences, as well as the ability to manage styled texts.
Adobe has released SVG Viewer 3.0b1, a Web plug-in that allows vieiwing of interactive graphic contact. The new version is available in a Mac OS X 10.1 flavor, includes more \"elements,\" better support for cascading style sheets, significant performance improvements, and other enhancements. [Classic, Carbon]
Macgamefiles.com is now offering a demo version of Tony Hawk 2 for Mac. The limited version allows users play an unlimited number of 2-minute skate sessions, but does not include the park editor, multiplayer functionality, or access to customized skaters.
In the wake of Apple\'s decision to discontinue its KidSafe Web-access restriction iTools service, Intego is offering users a free copy of its Internet filtering tool, Content Barrier. The offer is good through October 1, 2001.
Iconographer 2.1 a fully-featured 32-bit icon editor that is now Carbonized. The new release also adds full support for the Mac OS X icon format, improved icon format conversion, a revamped colors palette, and live window dragging. [Classic, Carbon]
MacNN reader Andrik Aschoff notes a ZDNet Germany article that details a Microsoft ad which shows Windows XP running on a desktop Power Macintosh system.
LCedit+ 2.0 adds OS X support to CDS advanced technology\'s LanBox-LC lighting editor. The new version also includes a Fixture library with a selection of predefined fixtures, intensity, and position indicators on the stage, Command macros, and more.
The South Pacific Mac Developer\'s Conference takes place on October 3rd in Auckland, New Zealand. Admission is priced at $40. \"We hope that you will be able to touch-base on traditional Macintosh directions with tools like Filemaker, Applescript and REALBasic as well as look into newer development methodologies presented by MacOS-X with UNIX, WebObjects and Cocoa,\" said show organizers.
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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