Che Butterfield writes about the new iPod promotional video available on Apple\'s Website: \"Watch carefully when Rubenstein talks about the battery life. He actually says eight hours but has been overdubbed with VO of ten hours. Hmmmmmm. I hope they improved the battery life and changed the promo instead of just changing the promo and using marketing hype to describe the 10 hour battery life.\"
Totally Hip Software tomorrow will release LiveSlideShow 2.0, which offers tools and functions for transforming digital photos into a professional looking presentations. It offers transitions and effects, as well as the ability to add voiceovers, sound effects, interactive elements, and scrolling captions as well as custom media skins. The $50 product is available as a $20 upgrade to registered users. It runs on both Mac OS 8/9 and OS X.
TinkerTool 2.0 is a freeware utilty that allows users to change various OS X system parameters. The utility allows users to enable/disable the Mac OS X desktop, disable animation effects when opening files, show/hide hidden system files in the Finder, control font smoothing in OS X applications, and select the default font in Cocoa applications.
Front Base has released FrontBase 3.3, an update to its enterprise-level relational database server. The download package, which contains the FrontBase plugin for WebObjects 5, also gives better indication of where in the input SQL string a given syntax error has occured and fixes a few other bugs. Version 3.2 also brought a 100% improvement in overall performance, a new full text search engine, improvements to the Replication and Clustering functions, and a new transaction logging mechanism as well as a multi-threaded Aqua application for database administration.
Creative Connections, Inc. is manufacturing a replacement part for the Apple VRM (Voltage regulator module) part number 922-3292 that will work with accelerator cards for the \"Beige G3\" models, allowing consumers to \"G4\" performance by using aftermarket accelerator processors. It says that Sonnet Technologies has tested the part and is recommending it to its customers.
PC Mall, the parent company of MacMall, reported consolidated net income for the quarter ended September 30, 2001 of $0.5 million or $0.05 per share, a $1.2 million or $0.12 per share improvement from the net loss of $0.7 million for the comparable quarter a year earlier. Frank Khulusi, Chairman, President and CEO of PC Mall, said, \"This quarter is our fourth consecutive profitable quarter, and we have continued to achieve improved results by focusing on our Core business.
Residents of Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. as well as New York can purchase an older iMac (Indigo 400/10 GB/64 MB/CD-ROM) for the special price of $500: \"Due to the tragic events of September 11th, Apple Computer has decided to offer a selected model of its famous iMac line for a special price...\"
Belkin has announced five new wireless devices that use the 802.11b (AirPort) networking standard, including wireless access points, DSL routers, and USB adapters. All of the new devices sport 11 Mbps transfer speed and 64/128-bit WEP data encryption.
Apple\'s special event began slightly after its 10:00 am anticipated start time with Steve Jobs recapping Apple\'s digital hub vision. Jobs then introduced the iPod, a digital audio player with a 5GB drive (1000 songs), 20-minute skip protection, a FireWire port, and an advanced Lithium-polymer battery with up to 10 hours (and fully charges in just over an hour---by an included A/C adapter or the FireWire port). The portable device is the about the \"size of a deck of cards,\" with a backlit LCD display, and offers support for playlists, ID3 tags, and iTunes. The $400 device will be available on November 10. The Apple Store is accepting pre-orders for the device. Jobs also announced iTunes 2, a new version of Apple\'s popular music application. Version 2 offers the ability to burn MP3 files onto CDs, adjust play/record parameters through a new equalizer, and apply cross-fades to music. The download will be freely available in November.
Electric Rain is now shipping an OS X version of its Swift 3D LW vector rendering plug-in, which brings the ability to render 3D scenes directly to popular vector-based file formats from within LightWave. The plugin supports Macromedia Flash (SWF), AI, EPS, and SVG file formats and is compatible with LightWave versions 6.5 through 7.0b.
CPLAT 3.6, a low-cost C++ cross platfform framework for MacOS/Windows/Linux development, has been updated to work with CodeWarrior Pro 7, the latest version of Apple Project Builder (released with OS X 10.1) and to include trial versions for Microsoft Visual C++ and Apple Project Builder.
Adaptec yesterday announced its desktop XHub, a USB 2.0 hub with a \"superior cable management system\" and LED indicators for each port. All ports are powered for compatibility with bus-powered peripherals and are backward compatible with USB 1.x peripherals. It will be available in three models: XHub 4, XHub4 Plus and XHub7 Plus (Plus models include cable management); they will be available in mid-November through select retailers.
Apple will introduce its \"groundbreaking\" digital device today at 10 am PT at its invite-only event at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, CA.
Martin Ler, editor of the Czech Mac Magazine, writes about another OS X-related security hole (which has yet to be confirmed) that gives access to home folders via AppleShare: \"If you are Admin user on some machine (so you are NOT a root, which have access everywhere), you are not able to surf through home folders of another users. But when you will connect to the same computer through AppleShare (even on the same computer), with your name and passwd, you will got access to the disk and public folders of users and when you will mount disk, where users folders are, you can freele surf through and copy anythink and make any changes. Of course, you can do this through network too. For normal users (not admins) are accessible just public folders, so they can\'t access anything more, than they realy can. This security problem is just afecting users home folders, not System folder, so it\'s not possible to render system unusable.\"
osx.macnn.com yesterday noted the release of new Epson print drivers as well as a new version of AOL\'s client software for OS X.
Adobe today launched the final version of Adobe DesignTeam service as part of its Adobe Studio Web site. The subscription-based collaboration service offer the ability to securely share and manage visually rich files with version control, as well as organize and track team communication around key project milestones and assignments. It also allows designers to review files and Web sites while automatically collecting, tracking and collating reviewers\' comments without the need for original applications. Adobe is offering a one month free trial to users from time of subscription to the DesignTeam service.
Apple was reiterated \"buy\" by analyst Charles R Wolf at Needham & Co with a price target of $30.
PicTriX 1.0.7 fixes several bugs in the English-localized version of the Quark Xtension that helps manipulate image frames, image files and placed images in QuarkXPress 4.x. It can reconnect or reimport image files based on various criteria, rename picture files while retaining their links, archive document or load fonts required by EPS pictures and perform editing functions such as conversion of embedded paths into XPress bezier boxes.
Waves in Motion today announced Visualizer 1.0, an entity relationship (ER) diagramming tool for FileMaker Pro that offers prototyping and documenting of projects. It can automatically generate an ER diagram based on an existing FileMaker Pro database structure and allows for display control of fields and animates relationships associated with the selected entity. A demo of the $100 utility is available online.
Selznick Scientific has released PasswordWallet 2.6.1, an update the $15 utilty for securely storing passwords, PINs, and other data. It brings better support for auto-typing under OS X 10.1 and other enhancements.
db Reports 2.5.3 fixes a bug with calculations in page and report footers and adds Valentina 1.8.9r7 support to the cross-platform report writing application that can extract, format and print data from one of various data sources.
Adam Little also notes the release of new Epson drivers (see yesterday\'s news), providing some comments: \"...Epson posted the MacOS X printer drivers for the Stylus C40, C60, C80, and Photo 785EPX. I bought a C80 a few weeks ago and have been waiting for the OS X drivers. The drivers are nearly fully-featured (one feature I wish they\'d put in is the ink monitor). Epson also has a page with the schedule for driver releases for their other models. \"The drivers (at least the C80 driver) have support for printing over an AppleTalk network. I have an EpsonNET 10/100 print server attached to my printer, and it works like a charm, with no flaws at all.\"
Fastware.net has begun accepting pre-orders for its upcoming DV-to-SDI converter with AES/EBU digital audio. SDIsland, scheduled to be available in mid-December 2001, converts a FireWire DV data stream to SDI format, while also delivering 48 KHz AES digital audio. The small, portable, external device is bus-powered, offering a 4-pin and 6-pin FireWire connector inputs and a 3-pin AES audio output along with two 75-ohm BNC SDI outputs. It auto-detects PAL & NTSC and supports both Windows and Mac OS.
Apple says it is expecting to find more store shelves to fill with Macs following the thinning of the PC retailing business and as HP\'s finalizes its takeover of Compaq, according to Apple Phils., Inc. country manager Charlie Tang.
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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