Author and Macintosh professional John Holland has published a new PDF-based book entitled \"Mac OS X for Creative Professionals.\" This unique handbook is aimed at media professionals looking to transition to Mac OS X. Written for graphic designers, artists, producers and creative managers of print and digital media, the title is a \"comprehensive guide to the myriad of issues associated with the upgrade to Mac OS X.\" The book will be available online for $50 or $40 if pre-ordered.
Northern Softworks has announced the release of Trash X v1.2.2, its shareware Trashcan utility for Mac OS X. Trash X has the ability to instantly delete files and folders without sending them to the trash, securely \"shred\" files and folders so they are unreadable, and securely overwrite available free space on disks. Version 1.2.2 provides improved visual feedback of file shredding, reliability, and fixes minor bugs.
Team ASA has announced Mac OS X support for its Stallion GE-II Fiber Gigabit Ethernet Adapters. The drivers have been optimized to achieve files transfer rates in excess of 20 megabytes per second. All networks cards come with a universal installer. \"Our goal is to make the transition to Gigabit easy, and with our universal installer the user simply picks their operating system and adapter characteristics and they are off and running.\"
As reported late last month, Australian ISP Telstra did not support Mac OS Versions past 9.0.4. According to a ZDNet article this has changed -- Telstra\'s broadband network staff will support OS X for Apple users by April this year. \"According to Telstra, the first stage of “comprehensive testing” was carried out last year to ensure Apple’s next-generation operating system was compatible with the BigPond broadband network, and is soon to be followed by the training of support staff, which will be handled by Apple.\"
Apple has announced the availability of the NVIDIA GeForce4 Titanium graphics card as a build-to-order option on its Power Mac G4 line. BTO configurations with the chipset will ship next month. The AGP 4X card contains 128MB of double data rate (DDR) SDRAM and delivers \"87 million triangles per second and 4.9 billion textured pixels per second.\" The graphics card is a $250 option on the 933MHz and dual-1GHz Power Mac G4 towers, and a $350 option on the 800Mhz tower; also available is a $400 stand-alone kit for current Power Mac G4 owners.
MacTechnologies Consulting has announced MacTFTP Client v1.1, an update to the fully-featured TFTP client for the Macintosh. MacTFTP Client enables users to send and receive files and provides for multiple, simultaneous transfers. It also provides an optional password field required by some devices such as the Linksys and MacSense series of routers. The single-user price is $12; site licenses are also available. [Classic, Carbon]
Nikon has announced that it will release CoolScan device drivers for Mac OS X this spring: \"NikonScan 3 for Mac OS X will be available in April 2002. The NikonScan 3 application will be fully supported under Mac OS X at that time, however there will not be support for the NikonScan Photoshop \"plug-in.\" The availability date for the plug-in has not yet been fixed, but will be announced at a later date.\"
MacNN reader Austin Lingerfelt has recieved the following email from Adobe indicating a delay in the shipping of GoLive 6 and LiveMotion: \"Thank you for your recent order. Adobe GoLive 6.0 software and the Adobe GoLive/LiveMotion Packsoftware are currently on backorder and scheduled to ship at the end of February 2002. We apologize for the delay.\"
MacNN Reader Jonathan Lyons reports that the latest edition of Esquire looks at the \'Mac versus PC\' issue: \"I just received my new copy of Esquire. This month\'s \'What I\'ve Learned; column features an interview with Jim Willett, retired warden, in which he states \"Macs are better than PCs.\"
Several MacNN readers report that The Review Board has removed its highly-critical review of the Apple PowerBooks G4 in light of much reader feedback on misleading errors. The article, published last week, criticized the PowerBook for its \"Linux-based\" Mac OS X operating system.
The second public beta of the USB Overdrive mouse and joystick driver for Mac OS X is now available. This beta works with Mac OS X v10.1 and later and only supports mouse and trackball devices. The second beta adds separate speed and acceleration settings as well as support for up to 5-button mice. Developer Alessandro Montalcini indicates the final version of USB Overdrive for Mac OS X will be available as shareware \'soon\' through online service Kaig.
eMail Bounce Handler, a bounce email filtering and handling tool from Maxprog, has been announced. Bounce email -- often referred to as bounce mail -- is electronic mail that is returned to the sender because it cannot be delivered for a specified reason. eMail Bounce Handler recognizes bounce mail using a customizable set of rules and extracts the recipient\'s addresses prompting the user to remove the address from the list. [Classic, Carbon]
Mediafour has announced XPlay Preview 4, a Windows application that allows PC users to take advantage of the Apple iPod. Preview version 4 enables users to restore an iPod, delete songs and create, rename and delete playlists. The latest preview is intended as an \"illustration of the general structure and abilities of XPlay,\" but is not yet a complete solution for use of the iPod with Windows, according to the developer.
Rampell Software has announced the availability of AlwaysONline v2.5. Designed for AOL users, AlwaysONline prevents America Online from disconnecting subscribers due to inactivity by automatically dismissing AOL inactivity notices. Additionally, version 2.5 transmits \"harmless\" data to AOL\'s servers in order to keep the AOL connection active. AlwaysONline is available for $15 ($10 for registered users).
MacNN Reader Eric Smith reports that he received his Flat-panel iMac shipment from FedEx Saturday: \"Didn\'t expect it as last time I checked Fedex was reporting it was held up in Alaska. Anyway, all I have to say, is it is much cooler in person than it appeared at Macworld.\"
Palm OS, system software subsidiary of Palm Inc., has announced Palm OS v5.0. The new operating system for Palm-compatible handheld computers -- which will be available in the summer of 2002 -- features 128-bit system-wide encryption, support for high-density screens (up to 320 x 320 pixels), 802.11b wireless support and enhanced multimedia capabilities.
The Mac-Stacks Emporium enhances Patent Grabber, the application that makes it easy to download patents from free public archives automates the process of downloading patent documents from free public patent archives. The initial release of Patent Grabber only supported the downloading of issued U.S. patents. Version 2.0 adds the ability to download patent applications that are published by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT).
iPod Free File SynX v2.2 is now available for download. IPFFX is \"the only utility that allows synchronizing music from different iPods or any other source to your computer.\" The utility application identifies exactly which of the MP3/AIFF/WAV files listed are on the source device and not on the computer. The new version no longer requires the iPod helper application. Note: Classic version is 2.1. [Classic, Carbon]
Rampell Software has released TypeRecorder v1.5 -- an update to its popular TypeRecorder software for Macintosh. TypeRecorder automatically records and saves all keystrokes, effectively preventing data loss while also monitoring unauthorized activity. In the event of a power outage or a system crash, all lost work can be retrieved from TypeRecorder\'s records. Version 1.5 adds password protection and options for changing the default log viewer and default recording directory.
MacNN Reader Harry Zink describes an ongoing problem experienced by Mac OS X v10.1.2 users: \"Similar to the problems described by Frank Bry and his Titanium Powerbook, my system goes to sleep, and never wakes up - extremely regularly. This has been happening regularly since updating to 10.1.2. It can be initiated by either letting the PowerBook go to sleep, or setting it to sleep manually.\"
Power Email Extractor v1.3.3 is now available for download. This maintenance update introduces support for for multiple list windows and \'drag and drop\' functionality between lists. Power Email Extractor is a shareware application that automates the extraction of \"massive amounts of email addresses, from huge text files and directories.\"
ScienceMan! has posted an article that looks at apparently poor power button design of recent iMac units. The article notes that several educational institutions have \'stuck\' power buttons on iMac computers as a result. The author provides a detailed tutorial on how to repair the power button if the machine is no longer under warranty. \"To make a long story short, the button gets jammed in its socket. This may be due to several problems - an oversized button, a misaligned light inside the button, or a spring that is just too weak.\"
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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,Â Desktop HDD 3TB, Backup Plus 3TB External Hard DiskÂ Drive,Â 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