Mediafour has released a preview of its XPlay software, which provides read-write access to the iPod through Windows. The preview release software allows for documents and data files to be written to, and read from the iPod; read-only access to songs already loaded on the iPod is permitted. Future preview releases will include write support for songs to the iPod.
A MacNN Reader notes that Google, an online search engine, has archived Usenet posts dating back to 1981: \"Apparently, Google has now archived Usenet posts all the way back to 1981. There is an interesting time-line page that has some Mac specific stuff. It\'s a bit of fun reading about the Apple stuff on there, including discussions of Lisa and the 1984 Commercial.\"
Watson 1.03, an update to the Internet portal utlity that offers direct access to various Web services, offers bugfixes and Canadian Phone Number support.
Daniel Schneiter has started an online petiton aimed at Microsoft; the petition calls for Microsoft to bring its Encarta product suite to the Macintosh.
ICQ today announced new versions of its ICQ instant messaging product, including a new Web-based ICQ Lite lets users access their ICQ account from the browser on any Internet-enabled computer and ICQ 3.0X beta, a Carbonized version of the client that \"contains features that were previously separately available to users of the two platforms, as well as key new features found in ICQ 2001b, such as the server-based contact lists.\" [download link added]
Adobe yesterday also announced it will integrate two technologies with Atmosphere, its system for creating and customizing interactive 3-D communities on the Web. Both Havok\'s Hard Core Physics Engine and Virtools Inc.\'s Virtools Player will \"enrich the realism, flexibility, animation and interactivity in immersive 3-D environments on the Web.\" The system currently includes Atmosphere Builder, the 3-D world authoring tool; Atmosphere Player, the Web browser plug-in; and the Atmosphere Community Server, which enables real time interaction with other users in a shared 3-D Web environment. (Adobe says it is \"currently in the process\" of building the Mac version for Atmosphere 1.0, which will support Classic mode and says it plans to offer native support for Mac OS X in the next major release.)
Adobe has licensed DVD authoring technology from Sonic Solutions, which \"will form the foundation of an Adobe-branded professional DVD authoring application.\" Under the terms of the agreement, Adobe will license the technology underlying Sonic Solutions\' DVD product line including Sonic\'s AuthorScript formatting engine. Adobe and Sonic will work together to initiate development of Adobe-branded DVD software, and a core team of engineers from Sonic Solutions will join Adobe.
Intelli Innovations has annonced ProSQL 1.1, an update that has improved PostgreSQL and OpenBase support, Aqua interface enhancements, SQL Console improvements, and many bug fixes from the previous release. [Classic, Carbon]
osx.macnn.com reports on a new version of America Online\'s OS X client, new instant messaging applications from ICQ, a new OS X guidebook, and purported images of upcoming Adobe OS X applications.
RealNetworks has officially announced that it will support for the MPEG-4 format, which is based on QuickTime, with upcoming versions of its RealSystem iQ and RealOne media player products. Meanwhile, a ZDNN article quotes Frank Cassanova, Apple\'s director of product marketing for QuickTime, as saying that a new version of QuickTime with undisclosed feature additions has been released to some beta testers.
Afternoon tech news: Prices of flat-panel displays (LCD) are beginning to stabilize after a precipitous drop since the beginning of the year; A bankruptcy court judge has approved $355 million in contracts between Excite@Home and cable companies; New software makes it easier to read others\' instant messaging conversations.
At this week\'s Bluetooth Developers Conference in San Francisco Ubicom, Inc is demonstrating a Bluetooth Ethernet access point platform that it claims will cost less than $30 to build. The device uses a single-chip IP2022 Processor and can link Bluetooth-enabled PDAs, mobile phones and laptop computers to Ethernet local area networks (LANs) and the Internet.
Digital Global Network has unveiled the MPIO-DMK, a new Mac-compatible MP3 player that is about the size of a lipstick canister and weighs just over one ounce. The MPIO-DMK comes in 64 and 128 MB configurations priced at $180 and $210 respectively. Both models include USB connectivity.
Intego\'s FileGuard 4.1 and DiskGuard 2.1 are update to its security applications that bring Mac OS 9.2.2 compatibility, CD volume protection, a new Contextual menu to protect or to unprotect things, improved stability with FireWire and USB disks, and compatibility between Mac OS X and specific disk drivers on protected disks, although each will not start up under Classic any longer. [FG 4.1, DG 2.1]
breve 1.3, a simulation environment for decentralized systems and artificial life, features major improvements in the physics engine, support for plugins and a significant speed boost.
VesperWorks has released QiPo v 1.5.3, an update to the small utility that generates previews from QuickTime movies. It adds preference to process/ignore URL files when gathering files from folders, disks, etc.[Classic, Carbon]
Rob Griffiths released version 1.1 of his \"OS X Solutions Guidebook\". The now 70+ page guide to getting the most out of OS X adds a three-page OS X folder structure overview, 10 new tips, revised a number of existing tips, and (most importantly) replaced all the screenshots with high resolution versions, so the Guidebook now prints with very crisp screen images. [high quality, low quality]
Morphon XML Editor 2.0 beta 2 is a validating WYSIWYG XML editor that lets you create and modify XML documents using DTDs (Document Type Definition) and CSS. It is bundled with the Morphon CSS Editor that can be used to customize your CSS and also as stand-alone to directly create CSS for the web. Version 2.0b2 brings support support for XML Schema standard from May 2001, Namespaces, live DOM tree for plugins, and configurable end of line (DOS/MAC/Unix/Platform dependant).
Adobe recently posted After Effects 5.0 Advanced 3D Renderer beta, a beta of its plugin that adds the ability to intersect layers in an arbitrary fashion (with correct anti-aliasing), improves motion blurring with moving intersections, and corrects transfer modes with intersecting layers. It expires March 31, 2002.
Microsoft yesterday unveiled changes to its proposal to settle private antitrust lawsuits by donating reduced-price software, computers and training to schools, after a wide-spread criticism (from companies such as Apple) that the donations will extend the company\'s market dominance.
Xinet has announced the release of FullPress 11.01 and WebNative 4.01 for OS X, whcih offers prepress, publishing and design customers the ability to output PDF and TIFF/IT P1 files, to use these formats with page layout programs, and to manage digital assets via the Web. FullPress is a prepress server that combines file serving, print spooling, OPI, color correction, and other tools to speed prepress operations; WebNative 4.01 is a server-based asset management system that provides 24-hour access to production servers via the Internet.
MacNN reader Tadd Torborg has posted grand opening photos from Apple Store Rockingham Park (Salem, NH), which took place this past weekend. Meanwhile, Apple\'s retail Website reflects a new CambridgeSide (Cambridge, MA) location: \"I was listening to the FNX Morning show today and during it the CambridgeSide Galleria had bought an ad. The ad was for a gift-certifercate contest equal to your purchases. Anyway, the ad went on to say that the gif-certifercate was good at store a, store b, and the new Apple Store opening in December.\"
MacPlus has posted images of Adobe\'s upcoming products for OS X, including Photoshop 7, Golive 6, Image Ready 7 and InDesing 2 beta.
Apple is offering education customers a $100 instant rebate on purchases of the iBook through December 23rd. (Institutional purchases also receive $150 rebates on purchases of iMacs and an additional $100 when you purchase a 5-pack or an additional $600 when you purchase a 15-pack of qualifying 500 MHz iMacs with AppleCare Protection Plan Bundles.\"
Earlier this month, Apple was honored for \"its exceptional level of support for public education in Georgia [and] was named the 2001 Georgia Friend of Education.\" It was cited for working on various initiatives, including technological assistance at each of the associationís conferences, and co-developing the New Millennium Leadership Program (NMLP).
Janne Moilanen reports receiving a response from Formac after inquiring about OS X driver support: \"We are currently conducting a research to find out the demand for an OSX software for ProTV. We will let you know the outcome.\"
Interactive Media has announced its Kanguru5 in 1 USB Card Reader, a compact, lightweight device that has three separate slots (which can be used simultaneously) for reading 5 different media types, including Type I/II CompactFlash, SmartMedia, MultiMedia Card, IBM Micro Drive, and Secured Digital Card. The bus-powered device is $50.
Extension Overload 5.94 is an extensions, control panels, control strip modules and contextual menus management application that offers detail information of 5475 extensions and control panels, control strip modules and contextual menu items. It brings compatibility with Mac OS 9.2.2.
Spectral Class has recently updated three of its software titles, including Quarto 1.0b2, a $15 shareware 3D board game; DaMaGe 1.0b1, a $5 disk image creation/manipulation suite; and Skeleton Key 1.3, a \"GUI sudo wrapper.\"
James Nennemann writes \"I did a search on Cisco\'s website for OS X drivers for its line of Wireless adapters (Cisco 350). This document was just posted last Friday. It indicates that there are OS X drivers that are available although I do not find them posted yet. I would expect that they would soon be out.\"
Kevin Van Vechten has recently \"pieced together an ssh-agent plugin for Mac OS X\'s login window application. The plugin starts an ssh-agent on login and makes it available to all the processes the user runs. This allows the use of the same ssh-agent across Terminal.app, xterm, and ProjectBuilder sessions (among other things.)\"
Ken Drake notes that America Online has posted a final version of its AOL client for OS X. it is available for download at keyword \"Upgrade\".
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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