MindVision has releasd Installer VISE 7.4, an update to its developer application that includes OS X 10.1 compatibility, the ability to set permissions for installer items, support for longer file names (up to 63 characters), and the ability to edit text files, launch a web browser, and leave applications running during uninstalls.
24U Email OSAX 1.0 is a scripting additon that adds email automation commands to the AppleScript dictionary, allowing users to send electronic mails without need of any additional aplication.
Randy Hines writes: \"I as watching TechTV yesterday and noticed during a segment touting Richard Linklater\'s new movie Waking Life that one of his tech collaborators had created some proprietary rotoscoping/animation/video software using Code Warrior for the Mac. He demoed the software.\" Power Mac G4s were used as the primary hardware for the animation/rotoscoping process, according the Website.
MacNN reader \"Mark H\" writes that he has \"verified with a friend who works at the Kenwood Towne Centre (a mall located in a northern suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio) that an Apple Retail store is under construction. There have also been ads for jobs at Monster.com for \'Apple Pro\'s\' for an undisclosed location in Cincinnati.\"
LightWork Design has released LightWorks for OS X, its rendering system that \"integrates all key rendering techniques and is designed for direct integration into 3D software applications, giving application developers fast, innovative and leading edge rendering technology for producing photorealistic 3D images and animations.\" [Pricing or other details are unavailable.]
Apple shipped 850,000 units for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2001, a decline of 24% from the prior year quarter. Most unit sales decreased from the same quarter last year, including iMac (294,000, -49%), Power Mac G4 (248,000, -34%), and PowerBook (57,000, -34%). iBook sales, however, did increase by 182% over the prior year quarter and totalled 251,000. Unit sales in each of the regions dropped (totalling nearly 25%) compared with the prior year quarter; however, Apple saw sequential gains in the Americas (6%) and Europe/Middle East/Africa (14%), and signficant sequential declines of 23% in Japan, which the company said was its weakest region, as with other PC makers. [see Q4 FY 2001 Data Summary]
In Apple Fourth Fiscal Quarter \'01 conference call, Apple CFO Fred Aderson said he was \"very pleased\" with the quarter, as Apple shipped over 850,000 Mac units, including 300,000 portables.
Apple today posted a net profit of $66 million, or $0.19 per diluted share on revenues of $1.45 billion, which were down 22 percent from the year-ago quarter. Gross margins were 30.1 percent, compared to 25.0 percent in the year ago quarter. International sales accounted for 41 percent of the quarter\'s revenues. The quarter\'s results included a $1 million favorable after-tax impact resulting from realized investment gains. Excluding these gains, the Company\'s net profit for the quarter would have been $65 million, or $0.18 per diluted share versus the $0.16 per share estimates by analysts. AAPL traded down after hours due in part to its revised outlook for the December quarter, although it did beat analyst expectations for its forth fiscal quarter. Trading on Instinet after-hours trading was halted until 5:05 pm ET. Apple said it shipped 850,000 Mac units during the quater. Apple also said its on track to open 25 stores by the end of the year and that it is targeting December quarter revenues of at least $1.4 billion and EPS of at least $0.10.\" For the 2001 fiscal year, Apple totalled a net loss of $25 million on revenues of $5.36 billion, compared to net earnings of $786 million on $7.98 billion in revenues in 2000. --------------
Apple announced that shipments of its iBook notebook to education tripled in the fiscal 2001 fourth quarter over the prior-year quarter. Sales grew by 205 percent. (Apple was the leading supplier of portable computers to the U.S. education market for calendar year 2000, according to market research firm IDC, with 18.2% marketshare.)
Chaos Master 1.2.2, a free update, fixes a few bugs in the file-management utility that controls clutter and improves drive performance.
FOCUS Enhancements has added MGI\'s VideoWave 4 video editing software to its FOCUS CommandPost, a video editing control device that reduces multiple key stroke editing commands.
MacWay today announced \"full OS X 10.1-compliance\" for its entire Oxford 911-based product line, including its 3.5\"/2.5\" enclosures and CD burners.
Power Structure is a story development software program that \"gives writers of creative fiction the tools to use their own skills as storytellers to the best possible advantage.\" It is available in for introductory price of $200 ($70 off) through the end of the year. [demo]
PineHill has released CreativePage 2.9, a free upgrade to its $26 web site design suite. Version 2.9 includes a new formatting tool, adds the ability to choose a browser for preview, saves all window locations including the editor window, and includes numerous bug fixes.
Afternoon tech news: AOL Time Warner beat lowered analyst estimates in its third quarter fiscal report, generating revenue of $9.3 billion; Microsoft and Samsung have partnered to develop and market consumer PCs and other devices; The Business Software Alliance has shut down an Austrian site that purportedly provided means of pirating software.
SmartDisk has cut pricing on its PowerBook G4 and iBook accessories by up to 30 percent for a limited time. Among the products included in the promotion are auto adapters, airline adapters, battery chargers, and various cables. The offers are in effect on the company\'s Web site through December 31, 2001.
osx.macnn.com, updated daily, has news today of a Carbonized LightWorks 3D rendering engine, a security exploit in OS X 10.1 that allows users to gain root access via the desktop, availability of a free preview version of JBuilder for OS X, a tutorial on building Apache/PHP, and the release of BlogScript 1.0.
LightWorks, a 3D rendering engine that has been commonplace on the Windows platform for some time, has been released in a Mac OS X-compatible flavor. \"Mac OS X offers LightWorks users improved overall performance, with greater speed and stability for their applications,\" said Dr. Gordon Oliver, LightWork Design CEO. LightWorks will be integrated into 3D apps such as auto.des.sys\' form-Z. Screenshots of the OS X engine in action are available at Light Work Design\'s Web site.
Following our recent notes about RSI support for OS X, a note from Research Systems indicates that the company is re-evaluating its position on OS X development: \"We are currently evaluating the possibility of providing support in IDL for both a Mac Classic format (OS 9 running on OS X) and/or a native Unix/X-Windows implementation on Mac OS X. Once we have determined the feasibility of each of these options we will let you know what we can do going forward.\" (full letter available)
Borland has posted a preview version of JBuilder for OS X, its visual development environment for creating Java 2, platform-independent database and Web applications. It offers a rapid application development environment for building and deploying JavaBeans, applets, JSP and servlets; Java XML development including presentation, transformation and validation; and advanced debugging, and Web and database tools. The full JBuilder Professional for Mac OS X download will expire on December 15, 2001 and is expected to available for purchase in the fourth quarter of 2001.
Apple has confirmed that itwill introduce a \"breakthrough digital device\" at next week\'s special event. The company has sent invites sent to select journalists regarding a new product introduction on October 23rd. The event, to be held a few days before Microsoft\'s Windows XP introdction, will mark the launch of a digital music device, according to c|net\'s sources: \"Apple apparently is not planning to introduce a portable MP3 player, but something more sophisticated such as a component for a home digital stereo system.\" [updated 4:20 ET]
Intelli Innovations has released Package Tracker 3.5, a free update to its $35 package management software for the Mac. It brings support for OS X 10.1, new postage calcuations for more package types, APO/FPO zip codes checks, a time commitment calculator for Express Mail packages, and other enhancements. A free trial is available online.
Scott Anguish has posted details of a \"serious security exploit\" in OS X 10.1 that allows any user at the Desktop to gain root access to the machine.
BBEdit 6.5, the newest release of Bare Bones\' advanced text editor, includes a sundry of new features, including markup and syntax coloring support for Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), integration with Mac OS X\'s Unix command-line scripting systems, an all-new grep engine with Perl-compatible regular expression syntax, syntax coloring for grep patterns in the Find dialog, snap-to-grid palette dragging and resizing. The tool is priced at $120 for the full version and $80 for a cross-upgrade. Those who purchased BBEdit 6.1 on or after August 1, 2001 are eligible for a free upgrade and will automatically be sent free upgrades starting within the next 2-3 weeks, while other registered users can upgrade for $40. [updated]
British broadband company Alcatel today announced new drivers for its Speed Touch USB-based ADSL modem. Version 1.4 of the driver set includes support for OS X and eliminates the need for an additional PPPoE client. The drivers are due in mid-October from the company\'s Website.
Essential Reality will begin shipping Software Development Kits (SDKs) for its new P5 glove-like peripheral in November. The USB-based device provides gamers with an ergonomically designed glove-like device, which controls the fast action in 3D game software through diverse hand gestures. Limited SDKs are available for a variety of operating systems, including OS X, according to the release.
Metrowerks has begun shipping CodeWarrior for Palm OS platform Version 8.0. The set of Palm development tools includesa n editor, project manager, C/C++ compiler, linker, emulator and target device interface that enables source and assembly level debugging. The new release sports an enhanced compiler, new project wizards, USB debugging, and enhanced documentation. CodeWarrior for Palm OS is priced at $199 for an upgrade, and $499 for the full release.
IBM has reported earnings of $1.6 billion or 90 cents per share, down 20 percent from $2.0 billion in the year-ago quarter. In its fiscal report, IBM said that its microelectronics business, which sells semiconductors to Apple and other companies, saw a revenue decline of 30 percent.
Frank Vercruesse has released ASM 2.0, which adds a classic-style Mac OS application switcher menu. The menu is customizable and offers \"Classic Window Mode\" (orders all windows of an application to front when it becomes active) or \"Single Application Mode\" (automatically hides applications other than the front-most one). Version 2.0 has options to hide all application automatically, the ability to hide the dock on a per-application basis, and localizations in German, Dutch, French, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish.
Marvell has announced that Apple has selected its Alaska Ultra (88E1011) Gigabit Ethernet over copper transceiver for use in the new Titanium PowerBook G4. The Alaska Ultra device is used directly on the motherboard, offering \"the industry\'s lowest power consumption and smallest form factor package. [It] is also the industry\'s first device to support advanced power management modes, which can substantially prolong battery life.\"
Apple is due to report quarterly earnings today after the market close. The company is expected to earn 16 cents per share, and thus far, has not made any warnings regarding its fiscal results. (Both Macromedia and Handsprng are also due to report earnings after market close as well.)
Version 1.1 of NotePod, the drag-and-drop note manager and reminder utility, has reached final candidate. It support for rearranging items by dragging them, multiple data files in user-specified locations, and other improvements. [Classic, Carbon]
TechnoWarehouse, founded by two former Newer Technology managers, is selling Newer Technology-branded upgrade products including the MAXpowr G4 & G3 processor upgrades; NUpowr G3 processor upgrades for PowerBooks; USB peripherals (hubs, floppy drives); and FireWire 2 Go (PC Card FireWire for PowerBooks) as well as docking stations for PowerBooks. Its products are factory-certified and tested and all come with a \"No DOA\" guarantee as well as a 30-day warranty. Support is available via the website as well as through email at email@example.com or by phone at 316-655-2903. Secure online ordering is offered on the website and all orders are shipped within 24 hours during the week.
NotifyMail 4.1.1 is an application that works in cooperation with your server to notify you immediately when new mail comes in: \"It is not an active checker like your email client (Eudora, Emailer, Mailsmith, Outlook Express, etc.), but a passive listener, listening for a cue from the server when new mail has arrived.\" Version 4.1.1 offers better compatibility with the Classic environment, adds support for PowerMail, and has other OS X-related fixes. [Classic, Carbon]
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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