TrufSoft has released HotApp v1.1 for Mac OS X. This update adds embedded paste information and key remapping for laptop owners. HotApp is a utility that lets you control various elements of Mac OS X directly from the keyboard.
cosmicsoft has released starFacts v1.0 for Mac OS 9 and X. starFacts is a free software title for educators that allows them to quickly and easily give computerized speed drills. [Classic, Carbon]
osOpinion has published an article on the unexpected success of the Apple iPod digital audio player. According to the author, Apple has \"proved naysayers wrong.\"
A MacNN reader warns that some users may experience problems with the AirPort Base Station firmware upgrade included in the AirPort Driver 2.01 update. \"Just got off the phone with Apple. [I] ran the software update which set up a firmware update on my graphite base station. It killed my base station, so our friends in Cupertino are sending me a replacement base station. Be careful with the upgrade.\"
Apple\'s OS X Software Update Control Panel offers several updates for International users, providing additional support for languages under OS X 10.1.2. Updates are available for Brazilian Portugese, Danish, Finnish, Korean, Norwegian, Swedish, and Traditional Chinese. (Users can disable updates by making them \"inactive\" under the \'Update\' menu and can later view a list of \'inactive\' updates via the same menu.)
Apple has released AirPort Driver Update 2.01 via the software update control panel. It includes an updated driver for the AirPort Card and new firmware for the original AirPort Base Station (Graphite). The update brings two significant changes: \"(1) The updated AirPort driver improves robustness and prompts for a password when joining a password-protected \"Computer to Computer\" network....(2) The firmware update for the original base station (Graphite) provides better connections to some Internet service providers that use Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet (PPPoE).\" [Classic] [Updated]
c|net has posted an article that takes a look at what may be a new trend in computer purchasing. The report says consumers are buying PCs with large memory and storage allotments, flat-panel displays and DVD-recorders. The average price of a Compaq computer has risen by 6%, according to executive vice president of Compaq Computer\'s global business units. The release of the latest iMac echoes this trend, with the high-end model expected by Apple to be the top seller.
John Ray, writer and technical consultant, is the lead author for two recent Mac OS X books. \"Mac OS X Unleashed\" and \"Teach Yourself Mac OS X in 24 Hours,\" have been released in the past month, and are now hitting store shelves. The \'Unleashed\' book is getting \"rave reviews,\" according to the author, and is currently the highest ranked Mac OS X title on Amazon. \'Teach Yourself Mac OS X in 24 Hours\' is the \"little brother\" of Mac OS X Unleashed -- a streamlined version of the content directed at home users.
Microsoft met income expectations, posting a net income of $2.84 billion on better-than-expected revenues of $7.74 billion for the December quarter ($0.41 per diluted share). Microsoft, which took a charge of $600 related consumer lawsuits, said it has sold over 17 million copies of Windows XP (computers installations and via retail) since the launch on October 25, sold 1.5 million Xbox video game consoles in North America, and that its MSN Internet servicereached has more than 7.7 million subscribers.
Bloomberg has posted an interview with Frank Steinhoff, general manager of Apple Computer Inc. in Germany. Steinhoff talks to Bloomberg\'s Peter Sahla about Apple\'s fiscal first-quarter profit, the design of its iMac personal computers and the outlook for new product designs. [report in German] Bloomberg also notes that Apple was reiterated \"buy\" by analyst Charles Wolf at Needham & Co.
Pocket Software today announced that PocketNotes v1.11 has been released for download. PocketNotes v1.11 is an incremental update to PocketNotes, a notepad application for outlining and planning. Enhancements include Japanese language support, improved skin support and bug fixes. This update is free for all registered users, or can be used as a 30-day trial.
Glenn Anderson has released Eudora Internet Mail Server 3.1 is the latest version of the popular Internet mail server (he licensed the server from Qualcomm last December). EIMS 3.1 offers new Apple Events, performance improvements, Delivery Status Notification information in message bounces, statistics for queue delays/total messages, and support for NTLM (for Outlook/Outlook Express), CRAM-MD5 (POP3), and LDAP authentication. EIMS Admin 3.1 also adds navigation services support, an option to not expor passwords, and better Appearance manager support. Upgrades to the $400 application are $60 for registered v3.x owners and $150 for registerd v2.x users.
Omikron Basic 7.1 adds two levels of undo, a new Symbol listing function, the Library commend, and other enhancements. Prices start at $47 for the academic download version, while the professional version is $143 (on CD).
Photo/Graphic Edges 5.0 is a unique photo-enhancement tool that adds torn, ripped, deckled, feathered, painted, film frames and darkroom styled edges to any grayscale or color image. Version 5.0 features 4 visual effect modules in the same package: Edges, Montage, Vignette and Frames. Upgrades to the $200 application are $130.
ComGrafix has released the full commercial version of its RagTime 5 business publishing software free of charge for private, non-commercial use: "The main difference from the commercial version is a startup window that asks the user to acknowledge that RagTime Solo may not be employed for commercial use." The publishing suite combines word processing, spreadsheet, pictures, drawing, charting, and slideshow as well as offers standard layout functions such as embedded objects, rotation/scaling/cropping, stylesheets (paragraph and document-based), and several import/export routines. A CD is expected to be available soon.
The personal finance manager software, Hold-Up 1.6, improves printing under OS X, has better import routines, and fixes several bugs. The shareware supports management of several accounts, custom categories, routine/scheduled transactions, and has other features. Basic ($20) and Pro ($30) are available in Italian, French, German, and English.
Intelli Innovations has released Barcode Producer 1.0, a high-resolution, customizable barcode generation and export tool for the Mac. The $65 software can create barcodes in one of 9 formats (EAN-8, EAN-13, ISBN, UPC-A, UPC-E, ITF Variable, ITF-14, Code 39, and Code 128 symbologies) with various settings and can optionally export it as a picture or an EPS file for further manipulation or printing.
Apple yesterday posted a profit of $38 million on revenues on slightly-less-than-anticipated revenues of $1.38 billion, meeting analysts expectations. It also upped its guidance for the March quarter and gave a run-down on its financials and its outlook in yesterday\'s conference call.
Following yesterday\'s earnings announcement by Apple, Salomon Smith Barney has upgraded AAPL to a \'BUY\' from Neutral following earnings and has raised its price target to $27 from $22.
Imaja has released ProtoFont 1.1.2, its $50 font library browsing and spec sheet printing program that can also be used as a \"tool for exploring logotype and headline design possibilities.\"
DealNN has notes on a free copy of Kiplinger Tax 2001 Federal Filing Edition and Norton Antivirus 7. Other deals include Peak LE discounted 30%, deals on Nikon digital cameras, and memory as low as $25 for 256MB.
The $10 shareware text editor, TextWorks 3.1, adds support for the toolbar toggle button in the title bar of the document window, support for live window resizing and support for mouse scroll wheel.
MAKI Enterprise has released Magellan Pro 1.1, an update to its email client that now supports custom port numbers for both POP/SMTP services, custom font sizes, an improved GUI, and other enhancements. Trial versions for Classic and OS X of the $80 application are available online. [Classic, Carbon]
Fuitz of Dojo has update Quake 1.05 and Quake II v1.03, updates to the Cocoa-based versions of the first person shooters. The Quake I update adds support for numeric keypad, five mouse buttons, and other enhancements, while the Quake II update includes both the Xatrix mission and Rogue mission game pack plugins.
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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