iPod Free File Sync (iPFFS) is a utility that allows synchronizing music from different iPods (or any other source) to your computer. It shows the user exactly which music files in the source are not on your computer. After synchronizing, you can browse through the new files directly in iTunes 2. Among new features in version 2.0 is an auto-copy function that copies optionally selected files from the synchronized \"New Music\" playlist to the \"New Music\" folder on your disk.
BeAccountable v2.1, a software solution for the graphic arts professional, has been released. Tracking and archiving the details of your projects and incorporating daily time cards with relational databases for scheduling, contact management, cost accounting, traffic and requesting vendor quotes is possible with BeAccountable. A free demo version is available; the full version sells for $500 (reduced from $700).
Frederik Seiffert has announced FileType version 1.0b, an application that allows you to easily and intuitively change type and creator codes. The application is distributed as freeware in English and is available for Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X.
FireLogic today announced HealthEngage Asthma v2.0, an update to the initial release of the health management software for asthmatics. The developer believes that HealthEngage Asthma extends Steve Jobs\' digital hub concept to healthcare. FireLogic says the current paper diary approach is not working to help people manage an illness that afflicts 1 in 10 children. [Form, 3.4MB]
The Independent has posted an exclusive interview with Apple\'s lead designer, Jonathan Ive. The article talks about the success of the original iMac and the outlook for the new \"sunflower-inspired\" machine. \"I think they like it,\" Ive told the interviewer after he paced the show floor at the MacWorld Expo in San Francisco.
Intuit has released a maintenance update to its tax preperation software, Turbo Tax Deluxe 2001. The update, available through the application\'s updating feature or from Intuit\'s website, improves stability and updates tax forms for the upcoming year. [Deluxe version, Home & Business version]
Following our note this morning about delays in Apple\'s PowerBook G4 Combo Drive upgrade program, Apple has updated its upgrade FAQ Webpage, indicating that the program will begin on January 28th and run until March 30th.
James Bouklas notes that Palm may introduce new handheld(s) in the very near future. An email he received today from Palm Inc., reads \"All we can say is that the newest Palmô handheld is coming. Very soon. Stay tuned for more details.\"
Other World Computing has updated its free application that allows unsupported, pre-G3 & G4 machines, to run Mac OS X. Previously known as Unsupported UtilityX, XPostFacto 2.1 now allows installation on Mac OS X v10.1 and supports a wider range of SCSI CD-ROM devices, including CD-R and CD-RW drives. Support for burning custom Mac OS X Install CDs has also been added.
IK Multimedia has announced four new products to coincide with the forthcoming winter NAMM show.
The Plugin Site has released Photo Galaxy 3, a collection of over 1000 Royalty-free digital photographs. Volume 3 of Photo Galaxy, \"Dark Season,\" includes material for graphics artwork, multimedia projects, web sites, brochures, flyers and desktop backgrounds. The Photo Galaxy CD-ROM contains 1050 high-resolution photos divided into 82 different topics. Photo Galaxy 3 is available for $30.
MacNN reader Greg Raven shares new information on the upcoming Sonnet Encore/ZIF G4 software v1.1: I just got off the phone with Sonnet Tech, who informed me that their current version 1.0.3 software for their Encore/ZIF G4 upgrades has a problem. On my beige G3 mini-tower, the problem shows up during installation of OS X: as long as the Sonnet 1.0.3 software is installed, Software Updater will not work properly. Their customer support informed me that version 1.1 of their software will be out in two weeks, and will address this issue.
iArch Global today announced that it will conduct a major rewrite of its flagship magazine management software PubPro. Additionally, in an effort to further consolidate its market niche, iArch will concentrate all of its resources on PubPro. In the same announcement, the company announced that its next generation software, PubPro X2, will be available in the second quarter of 2002 and have over 100 new features. Pricing will start with a 3 user license for $500.
Trinfinity Software\'s Seagull Video Player 1.3 adds convenient access to various pieces of video information to its video player with support for full-screen display and video playlists. [Classic, Carbon]
Soth Development has released Brickoids X, a Carbon version of its arcade classic.
Following notes on the USB ports on the new G4 iMac, one reader sorted through the confusion: \"In response to the confusion over the iMac G4 USB controllers. It\'s two controllers and 4 USB ports. The modem is an internal USB modem that shares a controller with the port directly next to it. The other controller is for the next two ports. Tech. documents recomend that any high-speed devices (USB Harddrives, removeable media, CD-RWs, etc.) be plugged into either of the USB ports that to not share a controller with the USB modem.\" [updated]
A New York Times article talks about the controversy surrounding the Time Magazine iMac exclusive, also hinting that the Jobs keynote had been moved to coincide with the release of Time to newstands across the country. [free registration required]
Northern Softworks has released Classic Toggler 1.1, a $7 shareware application that provides a convenient means to launch and quit classic. It provides a Dock icon and menu to provide the status of classic and a means to turn it on and off. It also provides easy access to key applications and folders within the active classic system folder. Classic Toggler is being bundled with Trash X for $10, a savings of over 25%.
KuConta 1.0 is an accounting program for home or small bussiness that \"offers an easy way of managing multiple cashes or bank accounts and every type of expenses or incomes that you will need.\" It is localized in English and Spanish and distributed as a $16 shareware utility. [Classic, Carbon]
Craig Madey writes about delays in the PowerBook G4 Combo Upgrade program, which starts today--although Apple\'s website has yet to be updated: \"I called my (Buffalo) Apple store today to confirm that they would be taking orders for the Powerbook G4 Combo Drive upgrade offer. I was informed that the program had been indefinitly delayed.\"
Fargo Electronics has released a Macintosh Driver Kit for its Fargo DTC500 Series, allowing either the Fargo DTC510/515 (single-sided) or the DTC520/525 (dual-sided) Card Printer/Encoders to work on any Macintosh running Mac OS 8.6. The new driver also offers USB support, using a USB-to-parallel cable, as well as supporting older systems with Nubus or PCI Parallel cards. The DTC500 Series features a 4-line LCD panel, removable card cleaning cartridge, dual locking 200-card capacity input hoppers, and Fargo\'s exclusive RibbonTraq.
Michael Kamprath has released Keyboard Maestro 1.0, which includes three system-enhancement components: Hot Keys, Program Switcher, and Clipboard Switcher. The $20 utility allows userst to define any number of user configurable actions simply by pressing a keystroke, incorporates the Classic MacOS application switching utility, and can define any number of clipboards.
James Walkter\'s PrintToPDF 2.3.1 is an update to his $20 shareware printer driver that creates PDF files, adding support for the euro symbol (in each font) and the ability to suppress the application version in the PDF document info window.
JellyfiSSH v2.01 is an update to the freeware SSH/Telnet login & bookmark manager, which now includes preferences for Terminal Colors and Transparency per bookmark, a Dock Menu, a new icon, and support for Telnet and SSH1&2.
Ben Bargagliotti has released lameXdecode 0.1, a freeware application, based on the LAME engine, that decodes mp3\'s into CD format.
David Krauss writes: \"I just updated OFPong 1.1, the Pong game for Open Firmware, to work with newer Macs. Previously, running OFPong required two Macs and a special serial connection. Now, it\'s just drag-and-drop (and typing into the OF prompt). OFPong won a MacHack conference Best Hack award in 1998. The original version is by Quinn \"The Eskimo\" of Apple Developer Tech Support.\"
Team MacNN has added personal statistics pages for SETI@home, RC5, and Ubero team members. In each case, click the unique rank number of the person you wish to see an analysis on. These new pages complement the team stats pages for SETI and RC5. Numerous member stats pages are also available. As always, Team MacNN encourages readers to \'crunch\' for MacNN!
cosmicsofthas released starQuiz 1.1 described as \"a powerful, easy to use solution to in-classroom testing on the computer.\" Version 1.1 brings several new features, including the ability to give questions in random order, add a time limit to a quiz, add teacher graded questions, and other enhancements.
Kent Sorensen\'s IRC client, Snak 4.82, fixes problems copying text and resuming DCC transfers and fixes an occasional redraw issue. it is available in English, german, Swedish, and Danish versions.
Sascha Leib writes: \"the British Parliament is now under constant observation - but it only offers Real and Windows Media Player streams. They also have a survey - how about if a number of Mac users would go there and ask for their favourite streaming format, which would of course be QuickTime streaming?!\"
MacPAR OS X 1.0b1 is a freeware utility that can create PAR archives or to recover missing files in a chain of multipart files (like .001, .002 etc.) by using .PAR files (like .P01, .P02): \"Nowadays people should add PAR files to their posts of multipart split files on Internet newsgroups. With the PAR utility it is namely possible to recover any missing part (e.g. that didn\'t manage to get thru to the news server). Using PAR files will therefore diminish spoiled Internet bandwidth and will prevent you from the deception of having downloaded many files yet not being able to use them because one or more parts are missing.\"
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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