Toshiba is using this week\'s Comdex to unveil its 40 page-per-minute e-STUDIO40P monochrome laser printer. The printer includes 32MB standard RAM, upgradeable to 384 MB, as well as a 10/100Mbit network interface. Pricing was not disclosed. Toshiba also plans to introduce a series of desktop and high-speed network printers in the 16-40 ppm range over the next few months.
TDK Systems is unveiling several Bluetooth, wireless enabled products at this year\'s Comdex, including the blueM and blue5 for Palm handhelds, and a Go Blue PCMCIA Card for laptops. While displaying several Bluetooth products at this year\'s show, the company said in a statement that is still \"actively researching\" 802.11b (AirPort) devices and technology.
QPS, currently exhibiting at Comdex, has announced two 32X CD-RW drives that offer either USB 2.0 and FireWire connectivity. Included with the new drives are UDF Reader and Toast, as well as CD-R and CD-RW media, cables, and a carrying bag. The Que! USB 2.0 CD-RW, priced at $300, and Que! Fire CD-RW drives, priced at $250, will be shipping in volume quantities by the end of December 2001.
Distant Suns 5.2, a desktop astronomy package for both casual sky watchers to seasoned amateur astronomers, offers plugins for telescope control (programmer\'s SDK available) and the ability to add custom outlines to the sky to highlight favorite regions as well as merge images of deep-sky objects with the star display.
c|net\'s music beat talks about how the iPod will change computing, despite the persistent complaints about Mac-only connectivity, (high) pricing, and lack of accessories or features: \"something designed for digital music will spread across other areas of technology. Descendants of the iPod MP3 player will replace the PC as the hub of your digital life.\" The opinion piece counters many of the persistent criticisms of the iPod.
Runtime\'s Revolution 1.1 is a native OS X application for developing cross-platform software that offers database access and multimedia support for QuickTime. Version 1.1 of the rapid application development environment offers connectivity to ODBC, Oracle and MySQL databases, extended support for Internet protocols such as FTP, QuickTime integration (support for streaming media, sound recording and transition effects), and support for PNG alpha channels and blends. A Free Starter Kit Edition is available online. Users of HyperCard or SuperCard can upgrade for $200.
Avi2Mov 1.1.7 is a new bug-fix release of utility that converts a divx .avi file to a QuickTime-based .mov file. It is a component of the DivX QuickTime component that will play the DivX video files in either .mov or .avi format.
Web Proofs 1.0 allows you to create web forms specifically to order products: \"[it] will create your web form that will show the cost for each item, allow the user to select a quantity, show the total for the product (cost x quantity), and calculate the total order for the order. Web Proofs will then create the server side code (.asp or .php) required to order this product.\" [Classic, Carbon]
Address List Sorter 1.0 is a $100 utility for sorting and cleaning email lists, allowing you to sort your email address lists in alphabetical or domain order, remove duplicates and remove improperly formed addresses.
PocketNotes 1.02 includes fixes bugs and minor performance enhancements to the $20 notepad application for outlining and planning. It offers multiple skin options, an organizer for storing information, unlimited undo, search functions, password protection on note-pads, and a customizable toolbar.
IK Multimedia has released SampleTank 1.1 Free, a fully working freeware version of the popular sound module for VST and MAS offering 16 channelsmultitimbrality, up to 128 notes polyphony, 4 effects per voice selectable from among 20 DSP effects, G4 optimization and multiprocessor compatibility. The company plans on releasing instruments each month for use with the sound module. [VST, MAS]
Concatenate, an Adobe Illustrator plugin that joins the endpoints of selected paths if those points are within a user-specified distance of each other, has been updated for Illustrator 10 and OS X.
SQL4X Manager 2.0 includes all functions necessary to administer a MySQL database server and supports web developers working with MySQL.
Atlantis Kobetek and Apple Canada are hosting the Atlantic Canadian Mac Gaming Extravaganza in Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada) on Saturday, December 1, 2001 from 10:00am until 3:00pm, offering Mac users the ability to try out the latest Mac games and technology as well as compete in head-to-head in network tournaments or try beating The Machine yourself. There will light refreshments served as well as various competitions (with prizes). More information is available via email.
Jim Heid of The Los Angeles Times says that iTunes 2 and its integration with the iPod is what sets it apart from the pack: \"Behind every great band is a great arranger. The same might be said of Apple\'s new iPod portable music player. Yes, its sleek design is marvelous, but what really sets the iPod apart from the pack is how well it works with iTunes 2.\" The article also notes that pre-release versions of iTunes 2 software allowed users to manually synchronize music from the iPod with two or more Macs, although Apple said it would disable that feature in the release version of iTunes 2. Meanwhile, The Boston Globe says the the iPod may be another \"bit of stylishly doomed technology, like last year\'s Apple Cube,\" noting sparse sales at various retailers.
Address Book Importer \"allows you to easily import contact information from LDIF files into your 10.1 Address Book. [it] is a utility you can use to import email addresses into your Mac OS X Address Book from LDIF files, such as those created when you export addresses from Netscape Communicator.\"
axum\'s Rumpus 2.01 is an maintenance release to the high-performance ftp server for both OS X and Mac OS 8/9.
Sonnet today announced lowered prices by as much as $100 on many of its products, including G3 and G4 processor upgrades and other enhancement cards and USB drives.
Marathon Computer is now shipping rackmounts designed for the Apple 15\" Studio Display, which allow users to mount an Apple Studio Display in any industry-standard 19\" equipment rack using only front rails. It is available in two sizes: 8U and 10U; however, the 8U version requires some modification of the display\'s plastic legs. The Marathon rackmount is $125.
CommonGround Softworks has released a free update to its web-based data server and access environment, Qilan 2.2. The upgrade provides compatibility with OS X 10.1 for improved reliability and dramatic speed boosts as well as adds connectivity to FileMaker (in addition to the SQL connectivity to FrontBase and OpenBase). Version 2.2 includes new error checking tags, transaction controls, record-locking, and SQL-92 isolation controls.
The popular cross-platform developer tool, REALbasic 3.5.2 addresses an issue when building Japanese-localized versions of applications and solves reports of system crashes under OS X 10.1. [Classic, Carbon]
Responding to the $40 million racial discrimination lawsuit noted here a few days ago, an Apple spokeswoman said: \"We take this kind of accusation very seriously, but our investigation has shown this claim to be baseless and we intend to vigorously defend this lawsuit.\"
CE Software this morning posted a beta version of QuickMail 3.0b, which sports carbonized client and server for OS X, new address book distribution and a Windows XP client. A public beta version of QuickMail Pro client is available now, while a beta version of the server will be available soon. The QuickMail Pro 3.0 client offers the ability to display HTML messages in plain text, while the server offers a streamlined address book distribution. Both offer OS X compatibility. Pre-orders for QuickMail Pro 3.0 client are $7, and $8 for QuickMail Office 3.0 upgrades.
Apple\'s iPod Updater 1.0 returns an iPod to \'factory fresh\' condition and erases and reformats the iPod before downloading new software.
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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