Alvin Mok notes that Apple has posted the developer notes for the lastest iBooks and PowerBook G4s as well as the Developer Note on OS X 10.1: \"For the iBook, nothing is significant except for the speed pump. For the PowerBook G4, it\'s entirely new. The 550/667 MHz G4--which model is not stated--should be the PowerPC 7440 since it has a 1:1 built-in 256 KB cache. The Uni-N IC should be the \"rev 1.5\" used in the PowerMac G4 which supports 133 MHz FSB and AGP 4x graphics. The CardBus chip is new (benefits not stated). The sound chip is also replaced by the Tumbler employed on the PowerMac G4 and iBook which capable of handling 16-bit 48 kHz sound samples. The Gigabit Ethernet, like the one on a PowerMac G4, doesn\'t require a cross-over cable to hook up two machines.\"
Econ Technologies\' Portraits & Prints allows users to quickly import and arrange snapshots for output on high-quality color printers. It includes special tools for brightness, sharpness, saturation, and intelligent red eye reduction as well as layout options. The native Cocoa-based photo printing application is expected to ship at the end of the month for $20.
Cyrusoft\'s Mulberry 2.1.1, an update to the IMAP- and POP3-savvy emai client, has support for local accounts, full disconnected IMAP support, PGP, and SSL. Version 2.1.1 adds client-side filtering, hierarchical display of messages, a new \"view\" option (vs. \"Save & open\") for attachments, and a new OS X native version. A single-user license is $36 with additional $4 charge for PGP functions.
Several readers continue to write about the inability to play Star Wars Episode I, The Phantom Menace DVD on a Mac: [Matt Willis] \"I\'ve bene following this for a few days now and wanted to try it out myself for sure--the Star Wars Episode I, The Phantom Menace DVD is not Mac compatible. Furthermore, the DVD states there is exclusive content for DVD-ROM owners online. But this content is limited to PC DVD-ROM users *only*. Nothing on the packaging states anything about this \"limitation.\" The message board at www.starwars.com are already alight with complaint from avid Mac-user about this. The site has said the trailer for Episode II will only be available online through the DVD-ROM exclusive weblink, and the trailer will be in Quicktime format!!! So the trialer will be presented with Apple technology, but no Apple computer will be able to view it!\" [Douglas BergŤre] \"I just got my copy of Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace. I would like to see the DVD ROM extras. It seems that the DVD is unplayable on myPowerBook Pismo. I tried several times and actually got the disk to mount once out of a couple dozen tries. Iím running Mac OS X 10.1. I tried on Mac OS 9.2.1 as well with similar results. I have had trouble with my DVD drive in the past so I tried a different PowerBook, also a Pismo, running Mac OS 9.1 ó same results. I then tried on a iMac SE. The only way to eject the DVD was to reboot and hold down the mouse button. \"Finally I tried on my Yosemite G3 B&W running Mac OS 9.1. The disc mounted fine the first time. Now that I have the disc mounted my trouble is just beginning. There is a Win folder but nothing that looks like a Mac file. I double clicked on the index.htm file and Internet Explorer opened up a blank window. Down deep in one Naboo folder, I did get a picture to pop up. Clicking on the picture took me to http://dvd.starwars.com which apparently is over whelmed by visitors. I just happen to have a two copies of Phantom Menace and none of the 4 discs work.\"
The Apple Ethernet Update 2.0, which includes Apple Ethernet extension v2.4.3, improves AppleShare connections in high-traffic network environments: \"When you use certain Mac OS 9 applications while connected to AppleShare volumes, disconnections can occur. You may see \'TickleTimeout\' disconnect messages in the Mac OS X Server 10 Apple File Service access log. The Apple Ethernet Extension 2.4.3 prevents these disconnections from occurring.\"
audio x 4.2, now in development, is described as \"a music sharing program, sort of like Napster. It works in much the same way. ...You can search for songs and then download them. The music available is dependent on how many people are using audio x.\"
IDG has added a new Macworld/Power Tools Conferences to Macworld Expo San Francisco 2002, which is scheduled for January 7-11 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.†The Macworld/Power Tools Conferences offers training on key Mac products and applications, including Photoshop, FileMaker Pro, and Final Cut Pro sessions. It will take place January 7 - 8, and will be followed by the Macworld/Pro and Macworld/Users Conference programs.
BlogScript v1.0, now in its final release, is an AppleScript that uses the built in XML-RPC power of OS X 10.1 to allow users of Blogger.com\'s weblog and news site management system to post directly from a users desktop. A user can copy any text from any application and make a single menu selection to have the weblog entry posted automatically.
The Lanier 2138 Digital Color Printer is a new output device that purportedly delivers the capabilities of a network printer, a black-and-white laser printer, and a digital color printer. Lanier officials say the printer delivers 28 full-color or 38 black-and-white pages per minute at 1200 dpi resolution. The Lanier 2138 is available immediately.
Digital Survival is a new Australia-based Mac traning company currently offering 3 courses - OS X Basics, Mac Basics and Internet Basics. Digital Survival is also offering 2 hours of onsite training for AUD $99.
Evening tech news: Microsoft and NEC have partnered to jointly develop high-end computer products for corporate clients in Japan; Intel beat analyst expectations with earnings of $0.02 per share on third quarter revenue of $6.5 billion, down 25 percent from the prior year quarter; and Sony plans to unveil a new version of its Clie handheld that, at $290, will be the cheapest color screen Palm device available.
Marwar is offering a limited time special on its popular SportFolio II carrying cases for the iBook. The cases, now $35 ($10 off), offer inside and outside pockets, a well-padded, plush-lined interior, and a heavy-duty plastic inner shell as well as a rubber bottom. They are available in in Black, Red, or Blue.
Alex Bronshteyn writes that the iBook is on the Cover of Money Magazine as the \"Best new laptop.\"
The Java-based technology for developing user interfaces for server-side applications, Bitmovers Maui 1.2.1, now supports Blackberry RIMs, as well as web browsers, WAP phones and Wireless Palms. The environment is able to support any current or future device with the addition of simple plug-ins.
IOGEAR has launched its new portable USB 2.0 2.5-inch portable hard drive enclosure. The $120 enclosure is due to ship on November 10th from major catalog resellers, online resellers and selected retail outlets. It ships with a USB 2.0 compliant cable, power cable and one year warranty.
Apple has provided more details on the PowerBook G4\'s new square-shaped power adapter designed to fit in the palm of your hand \"...[it is] designed to fit in the palm of your hand. The new adapter has built-in hooks that let you wrap the DC cord for neater storage. The AC cord lets you connect your PowerBook to an outlet up to 12 feet away, and you can also remove the cord and use the included AC plug to connect the adapter directly into the wall. Colored status LED lights show charging status. An amber ring indicates that your battery is recharging, while a green ring tells you that you have a full charge.\"
NEC today introduced its MultiSync LCD1550V, a $400 15-inch, thin-frame LCD flat-panel display. The display offers resolutions a native resolution of 1024 x 768, weighs only 8.4 lbs, has wall/arm mounting capabilities, and a 200 cd/m2 backlight. It is available in black and white cabinet options and ships with a three-year limited warranty including backlight.
Alfred Karl Kornel has completed porting a beta version of RESOLVE/C++ for Mac OS X 10.1 and Developer Tools, leveraging OSU\'s Opensource Club for its Linux code base. Bug reports are encouraged.
Scott Anguish has posted instructions for building Apache 1.3.22 and PHP 4.0 for Mac OS X 10.1 (but not OS X Server 10.1, as it contains custom Apache modules).
Milberg Weiss has formally announced that a class action lawsuit has been commenced in District Court for the Northern District of California on behalf of purchasers of Apple Computer Inc. common stock during the period between July 19, 2000 and Sept. 28, 2000. The complaint charges Apple and its CEO with violations of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and essentially alleges that Apple falsified information about upcoming products to increase share value.
Apple will be exhibiting at EDUCASE 2001 (booth #713) in Indianopolis, IN from October 28-31. Apple will be offering Hands-On Sessions on Mac OS X, development tools, Digital Media Labs, Kerberos authentication, parallel computing, and iMovie. Cheryl Vedoe, Vice President of Education Marketing and Solutions, will be delivering a \"corporate presentation\" titled \"Empowering Higher Education with Tools for the Digital Age.\"
Everyday Software\'s Bookit 2.1.1 is a maintenance release to the $12 shareware bookmark management and synchronization utility that supports Netscape (Mozilla), Internet Explorer, OmniWeb, iCab, and Opera web browsers.
Maxum\'s PageSentry 4.02, a utility for monitoring Web servers, improves compatibility with OS X 10.1. A trial version expires at the end of the month.
Style 1.9 is a scriptable text editor that \"picks up where SimpleText leaves off, adding some powerful formatting capabilities that make it an ideal mini-word processor.\" A beta version is available for OS X. [Classic, Carbon]
Apple last week added new features to its HomePage Web tools, including new site management tools, password protection, site menu themes, a custom hit counter and a photo showcase.
Afternoon tech news: AOL introduced new AOL 7.0 software (PC-only), which includes the launch of Radio@AOL carrying music and news programming and AOL Box Office for ticketing entertainment events in 60 cities; Adobe has reorganized it sales force, bringing its sales team (Adobe Direct eCommerce organization), field marketing and customer support functions into a single group; and ATI\'s Mobility Radoen GPU (graphics processing unit) is also being used in IBM\'s ThinkPad A30 and A30p personal notebooks (in addition to the newly revised PowerBook G4).
Contour Design has released Application Settings for its ShuttlePRO, which adds support for the 1000 and 9000XL models of Avid Media Composer v10 and v10.5, Avid Xpress DV v2.0, Symphony, and Pinnacle Commotion, and Adobe AfterEffects 5.0 systems to the USB-based editing tool with thirteen buttons, a jog wheel, and a shuttle knob. It currently supports Mac OS 8.6 through 9.1, while future releases are planned for OS X.
CarbonMaker 1.0a4 is a new alpha version of the tool that allows you to build applications for both Mac OS 9 and X using a WYSIWYG window/menu editor. This new version allows users to build applications, create procedures, create and edit window controls.
Pejvan Beigui has (again) updated his Guide on DivX on OS X v1.2 [pdf], which adds a new FAQ section, updated information on DivOSXTool, a new \"to do\" section, and other minor fixes.
Apple has quietly made dual 800-MHz versions of its server-level Power Mac G4 configurations available via the Apple Store. Two new server configurations both ship with a dual 800-MHz G4 CPU, while the high-end includes 1GB RAM (vs. 256MB) and extra 7,200 rpm 80GB Ultra ATA drive. Prices are $3,800 and $4,750.
The SANS Institute has written a paper covering the basics of OS X security, written by Roland Miller who is soliciting feedbac and comments: \"The paper specifically covers version 10.0, however, most of the issues presented also apply to the current version 10.1. I will try to keep the paper up to date if there is a call for it.\" [updated]
The FileMaker Pro Summit 2002 is scheduled for February 4-5, 2002 at Radisson Hotel & Suites in Austin, Texas. Billed as the \"premier education event for FileMaker Pro developers and support professionals in the southwest US,\" the conference will feature a keynote by FileMaker officials. The $700 registration fee includes meals each day. A discount of $100 is offered to early registrants through December 1st.
Script Debugger 3.0.1 is a free update that addresses minor issues in the $200 AppleScript authoring environment that runs natively under OS X as well as Mac OS 8/9.
Italian music software developer IK Multimedia announced the availability of the new EZ-Mixer 1.0, a $40 MP3 remixing software package that emulates a typical DJ two track mixing desk and includes \"all the features required to produce live remixes\" such as Song position controls with loop and markers points, manual and automatic cross-fades, pitch/tempo control on each track, master, pan, bass and treble controls, etc. It also supports the import/export of several audio formats as well as direct song ripping from audio CDs.
MP3 Menu 1.0 is a $10 shareware contextual menu plugin that displays an MP3 files ID3 tag and enconding information directly in the Finder.
Chronos LC has announced Personal Organizer 4.0, which integrates a calendar, address book, word processor, memo taker, personal journal, phone dialer, and alarm clock into a single application. It also offers synchronization features for all Palm and Handspring handhelds. Version 4 also adds new features including a built-in customizable spell checker, resizable Button Bar with drag & drop customization, and dramatic speed improvements, as well as 30 other new features. A 30-day trial of the $60 software is available online. Upgrades are $40 for registered users. It is compatible with Mac OS 8/9 and OS X.
Michael Kamprath\'s Keyboard Maestro PB4 is another beta release of his OS X hot key utility that \"allows you to define any number of hot keys that can be activated anywhere simply by pressing a user definable keystroke\" and also brings to OS X the popular Classic application switching utility, Program Switcher. It adds the ability type text with a customizable hotkey as well as the ability to customize the appearance of Program Switcher.
As first anticipated here last week, Apple has introduced new speed-bumped PowerBooks and iBooks. The new iBooks offer G3 PowerPC speeds of up to 600-MHz (except for the low-end model), more memory, and larger drives (15GB/20GB) as well as a $100 price reduction on the high-end Combo DVD/CD-RW drive model. The new PowerBooks, available in 550-MHz and 667-MHz models, feature a new ATI Mobility Radeon AGP 4X graphics chip with 16MB of DDR video RAM, larger drives (20GB and 30GB, respectively), more memory (via a \"Double for Nothing\" RAM promo), Gigabit Ethernet, and a new smaller, lightweight power adapter. The high-end 667-MHz PowerBook also includes a 133-MHz system bus as well as a bundled AirPort card. The PowerBooks also have BTO configuration options for a CD-RW at the Apple Store; however, a Combo DVD/CD-RW drive is not available.[updated]
Kensington has introduced the Slim Metro Bag, a dual-layer carrying case that the company is marketing toward owners of \"thinner\" laptops, including Apple\'s Titanium PowerBook G4. The bag features a hard-shell protective laptop sleeve and shoulder strap. The case will be available later this month for $119.95.
Spatializer Audio Laboratories, which supplies some audio controllers for Apple, has announced its new PCE (Phase Corrected Equalization) technology which will be integrated on OEM-ready boards later this year. Spatializer officials say that with the new processing, \"high frequencies are clearer, crisper and more brilliant while low frequencies are more dramatic, tighter and have more impact.\"
Insider Software\'s UpdateAgent X 10.1 brings support for OS X 10.1, upgraded support for FTP and HTTP downloads, and several bug fixes. The update is free to registered users. The application is $50 for a full year of Internet-based updates.
Apple is expected to open new Apple Stores stores this week in Chandler, AZ and Northridge, CA.
MacASP 0.86 is the first public beta version of the webserver-side scripting software that \"allows you to rapidly build dynamic web sites, using a most accessible language. [It] includes such features as: database, mail sending, automatic session handling, integrated debugger--and more!\" It is free to use with Personal Web Server and compatible with all major Mac web servers.
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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