Electric Butterfly has released Stimulus 1.0b1, an \"integrated software product that works intuitively like a file browser, allowing you to select and view/play all of your favorite images, audio files, and video clips from within a single application.\" The $12 application supports 17 popular file formats, zoom, printing, file properties, and other standard features. [Classic, Carbon]
Mac Beta 4 for Castle Wolfenstein MP is being mirrored by ExtremeSims Website as well as \"the entire [69MB] package for Mac users with no access to a PC.\" The beta application for OS X was created by Graeme Devine: \"The OS X build is looking good. On my G4 dual 800 with a GeForce 3 card I get 90fps in game, while on my P3 dual 800 with a GeForce 3 I get 30fps on the same settings.\"
Agfa recently released an updated ScanWise 2.1b as part of its beta program for texting its scanner drivers for OS X, support most of its SnapScan \"e\" scanners and its 1212u and 1236u scanners.
Following the release of StuffIt Deluxe 6.5 earlier today, Aladdin also released StuffIt Expander 6.5, an update to the free decompression utility bundled with most Macs. [Classic, Carbon]
24U Appearance OSAX 1.2.1 now works also when booted from write-protected disk and fixes a bug where \"better dialogs\" would not correctly appear in front of all windows. Appearance OSAX adds pop-up alerts, display dialogs, open floating text message windows, show progress indicators, and other notifications to AppleScript.
Maxum Development today released Rumpus 2.0, a \"major\" update to the company\'s high-performance FTP server package. Version 2.0 is now a native Carbon application and also adds upload notices, folder sets, user account limits, direct HTTP user account management, and enhanced security (user database encyrption). It is a free update to all purchases within the last year. Upgrades are $80 (Standard) and $120 (Professional).
Afternoon tech news: AMD plans to unveil a chip dubbed the Athlon XP, with the suffix standing for \"extra performance,\" and not a reference to the soon-to-be-released Windows XP operating system; Toshiba is the latest laptop manufacturer to jump on the wireless bandwagon pioneered by Apple with the AirPort standard; The Nimda virus is continuing to spread at a rapid rate, and analysts are predicting that the worm may outpace the infamous Code Red virus.
Design, Inc.\'s historical combat game Ancient Warfare for the Mac will ship with Romans and Barbarian armies and also includes a campaign for the Roman empire in 68 AD when Rome had four emperors. The $25 game ($4 shipping & handling) includes true isometric views of the battlefields, 3D rendered graphics, variable formations (line, box, wedge, etc.), and support for infantry, archers, cavalry, wagon trains, etc. A special offer until the end of October will raffle 3 authentic silver coins from ancient Rome to those who order before that date.
Keyspan is now shipping silver USB hubs, which complement \"QuickSilver\" Power Mac G4s. Both hubs offer four USB ports, support dual power modes, and comply with USB 1.1 specifications. The mini hub version also features a low-power design that extends the battery life of the laptop. The desktop version (UH-4ASL) retails at $40 and the Mini Hub (UHM-4SL) retails at $50.
Aladdin today released StuffIt Deluxe 6.5, an update to its $80 compression utility. Version 6.5 includes new StuffIt Express Personal Edition (available separately), which can create customized drop boxes that can be configured to automate file compression and transfer tasks. It also brings Magic Menu support for OS X, smart expansion of Palm OS files, and DropTar, a new drop box compression utility for Unix.
EarthBrowser 1.5.4, a $20 dynamic earth simulation that shows current weather, webcams, earthquakes, volcanoes and clouds, corrects location information for several cities, updates the webcams, and has other fixes. It is available in several languages.
SQL4X 1.3 offers a free graphical interface for installing and configuring MySQL: \"You will need less than five minutes to install and configure your first MySQL database server. To administer MySQL and to access your databases SQL4X Manager 1.3 is included,\" which provides access local and remote MySQL databases. Two versions of SQL4X Manager are available: Basic Edition ($40), which is restricted to access up to two MySQL database servers and the Pro Edition ($70) with unlimited access to local and remote MySQL database server.
Intelli Innovations has released iPrompter 1.8.6, a bug-fixing update to its prompting software for the Mac.
MacNN reader John Robokos notes a Morningstar.com article discusses the state of the PC industry from the point of view of the HP-Compaq buyout. In terms of Apple, the author says: \"Apple, of course, is a different story, since it builds its own operating system and has proprietary components. Apple sells a differentiated product; the Wintel crowd sells a commodity... But trying to compete in consumer PCs against a low-cost producer (Dell), the maker of a radically differentiated product (Apple), and the world\'s pre-eminent marketer and designer of consumer electronics (Sony)...\"
BTV Pro 5.1 is the latest release of an application that allows you to view, capture and edit video, create stop-motion animations, and also has advanced capture features such as frame averaging, time lapse and motion detection. The new version has the ability to add the image of a clock to frames in timelapse and motion detection, and can make a movie out of a folder of image files.
osx.macnn.com has news of Entourage X, Microsoft\'s popular email client and personal information manager as well as shipment of Maya for OS X.
As MacNN first reported last week, Microsoft today released details regarding Office 10 for Mac OS X, which is now officially dubbed Office v. X for Mac. The software will be priced at $499 for the full release or as little as $149 for upgrades.
Dr. Bott is now shipping of its new T3Hub, an ultra-portable, semi-self powered, 3 port USB hub that weighs less than an ounce and requires no external power supply. It \"supports USB devices that normally require a powered hub such as keyboards, floppy drives, Zip drives, and scanners through intelligently allocating power where it is needed.\" The $34 hub is available in three colors: Titanium for PowerBook G4, Ice for iBook 2001 and Translucent Graphite that fits great with any computer.
As anticipated last week, Microsoft today announced the November availability of Entourage X, its email client and personal information manager for OS X: \"As the cornerstone of Office v. X for Mac, Entourage X for Mac offers many new features and improvements, including a redesigned user interface, calendar and the addition of Office notifications, plus many more improvements that have made communicating and managing information in Office v. X easier than ever.\" Pricing is $500 for the full version of \"Office v. X for Mac\" or $400 for a standalone version. Upgrades are $300, however, for a special limited time, Microsoft will be offering $150 upgrades to those who own any Office 2001 application. It requires OS X 10.1 to run.
Adobe yesterday reported financial results for its third quarter ended August 31, 2001 with revenue of $292.1 million and net profit of $40.3 million or $0.28 per share. Adobe cited a significant decline in Japan revenue as the main reason for missing the targeted revenue.
Maya and SGI have jointly announced the shipment of Maya for Mac OS X. The 3D animation and effects software includes support for QuickTime, tear off menus in the hot box, and a fully Aqua interface. The retail price of Maya Complete for Mac OS X is $7,500 USD, the same price as Maya Complete for other platforms.
Over the past week, MacDesktops has posted 6 new desktop pictures in memory of last week\'s 9-11 tragedies, including In Memoriam, Let Freedom Ring, Never Forget, New glory, Raising the flag, and United We Stand.
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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