Macromedia has released Authorware Player 6.0 for both Mac OS 8/9 and OS X, which allows you to view application created with its Authorware application that generates Web-based tutorials and audio/video simulations. [Classic, Carbon]
Tim Rand writes about the proposted settlement for Microsoft\'s antitrust litigation: \"I find it interesting that the Proposed Microsoft settlement for the Microsoft Antitrust Litigation includes the donation of Macintosh systems to schools. See page 24 of [pdf document] as well as other locations throughout the proposed settlement. What it doesn\'t say is anything about the proportions of non-Microsoft equipment. As well, where it refers to Macintosh systems, it is usually listed as ... or Pentium ... or some such alternative. There are a lot of references to Windows 98SE as the standard OS, but not a version of Mac OS. My guess is that all they would donate would be Mac Office and not anything else. Since this is a class action suit and as computer owners and users includes you and me, we should all review the settlement and give the Court our views of this proposed settlement.\"
Doug Jones notes that iDVD2 for OS X fails to burn 90 minute projects or any project over 60 minutes.
Julian Huff writes: \"Just thought I\'d drop a note that the Limited Edition Planet of The Apes CD-ROM that comes with the DVD states that it requires a 200 mhzPC with Windows 98, 2000, or NT with 64MB RAM. However, when I popped it in my Quicksilver 867, it came up and ran just fine! Mac compatibility is not mentioned on the cover of the CD, but it\'s nice to know that it was thought about and implemented! Now, if only Lucas Arts and other companies would get a clue and start doing this with their DVD content!\"
Ben Spink\'s Java-based ftp server, CrushFTP 3.0b21, offers now supports Netscape 6 (as well as IE) for Web administration as wellas adds search support for ftp sites, improves directory parsing, IRC bot authentication, and other changes.
HotApp 1.0rc2 adds the ability to execute a system command (e.g. sleep, restart, Shutdown) as well as open a directory in the Finder to the keyboard utility. HotApp SDK, now available, is a free developer kit which can be used for the development of new plugins for HotApp.
Yves Pelletier has released YP Rectilinear Motion 1.0, a shareware ($20) educational software package designed for physics teachers and physics students that allows the user to plot a graph of velocity as a function of time as well as provide a simulation of the motion described by the graph.
Computer Systems Odessa has released ConceptDraw Medical, a special edition of ConceptDraw Professional, based on its powerful vector drawing engine. The $250 cross-platform application can be used for for illustrating, visualizing and demonstrating medical documents. It is bundled with over 120 libraries and 3000 objects as well as images on different medical topics (bones, cardiovascular, digestive, endocrine, genital, muscles, nervous, and sensory systems). Upgrades are $125.
Richard Kim writes that \"Office V.X comes with a OS X version of Windows Media Player in the Value Pack installer that comes on the CD.\" (It is not yet available on the Web.)
Maxprog has released Loan Calc v1.3 adds printing support to its $10 shareware, currency-independent loan calculator that offers \"everything from monthly payments up to total loan costs and allows you to generate and save to a text or excel sheet the full payments list, from a customizable start date.\" [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