This weekend we noted a possible fix for a bug that causes PPP to hang in Mac OS X. This unofficial kernal extension allows the user to bypass the PPP bug and is slated to be included in a future Mac OS X release.
Cypher v1.01 is a utility for Mac OS X that provides a basic user interface for serveral shell commands, including lists of currently logged-on users, process lists and ftp/webserver logs. The shareware application, which is used through the dock, is available for $5.
Geo3D v2.1b1 is a standalone 3D metafile (3DMF) viewer that allows navigation through space instead of manipluation of models. The free scriptable application now includes better info windows, improved error handling, and other minor improvements.
Tenon today introduced iTools 6.5.1, a new version of its Apache administration tools for OS X and OS X Server. Tenon\'s iTools Manager, which offers an Aqua GUI, allows users to set up and configure Apache directly on a local or remote Mac OS X desktop. iTools 6.5.1 includes Apache 1.3.23, BIND 8.3.0, mod_fastcgi 2.2.12, sendmail 8.12.1 and wu-ftp 2.6.2, and includes a caching proxy server, an integrated logging and log rolling scripts, and mod_dav (for a collaborative, writable web using WebDAV clients). It is a free update to v6.5 owners. Special pricing of $300 is being offered to WebSTAR customers.
Quark is now shipping the International English version of QuarkXPress 5.0 in Europe, Austalia, New Zealand, and Africa. The layout, printing, and publishing software is available for both Mac OS X and 9; the upgrade from 4.x to 5.0 costs $470; the upgrade from 3.x to 5.0 is $810; a new liscense is $1560.
Handspring and Orange Communications SA have launched Treo -- a PDA-style device with a built-in keyboard for text input -- in Switzerland. The small wireless device is avaible for $350 with a service contract or $650 without a service plan.
Discreet has posted Cleaner v5.1.1, which now supports Mac OS X. The update to the streaming media software also includes support for codecs from Sorenson Media, Real Systems, and Microsoft.
Ekim Software has released MailCall v2.0, an e-mail notifcation application that keeps users informed of mailbox status. The software, which periodically checks mailboxes at user-defined times, now includes support for the IMAP4 protocol and improves interface features. [Classic,
Pic2Icon v1.2.1 is a maintenance upgrade to the icon development software package for Mac OS X. It adds the ability to create images for files without extensions and better support for Quicktime files.
IDG today opened pre-registration for Macworld Expo New York 2002, which takes place July 17-19 at the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan. Free exhibits-only passes (to previous attendees) as well as special savings discounts are being offered to those who register before June 17th.
osx.macnn.com notes a new Java 1.3.1 Update 1 from Apple, the availability of Maya PLE, TextSpresso 2.0b1 cleaning utility, and a new beta of the shareware ftp client, osXigen.
A MacNN reader notes that Maya Personal Learning Edition (PLE) is now available for download: \"Maya PLE gives 3D graphics and animation students, current industry professionals, and those interested in breaking into the world of computer graphics (CG) an opportunity to explore all aspects of the award winning Maya Complete software in a non-commercial capacity.\" It restricts users to non-commercial applications through the display of a watermark on images as well as through the use of a special non-commercial file format. The 150MB download will be available in March in CD format for $5 plus shipping (US).
ARTURIA\'s Shadow is a polyphonic chord synthesizer with the characteristic sound of 80\'s analog synthesizers. It is a free download for registered users of Storm Music Studio, its audio application that offers real-time synthesis and effects.
Corel\'s Graphics Suite 10.01 brings improvements, including overall stability, performance, Asian language support, DXF and DWG Import/Export, and fixing issues when opening files with custom spot colors. The all-in-one package provides vector illustration, layout, bitmap creation, image-editing, painting and animation software.
Apple has launched new \"Design Values\" and Cool pix promos, offering $100 savings on Adobe Design Collection with any PowerBook or PowerMac G4 purchase (and a free upgrade to Photoshop 7) and a $100 savings on the purchase of Nikon Coolpix 775 digital camera with an iBook or PowerBook, respectively.
Apple\'s Java 1.3.1 Update 1 delivers improvements for text, mouse, and printing components in the Java 1.3.1 implementation for Mac OS X, and improves its overall stability and compatibility. \"The implementation of text components has been completely updated, resolving a number of issues found in the use of TextAreas and TextFields. Mouse behavior is improved, especially for mouse events that involve dragging in complex applications. Many printing issues have been resolved including multi-page printing and clipping issues. \"
Euro Assistant Pro 2.6 is MaBaSoft\'s $15 shareware currency converter designed for both European and non-European users that updates exchange rates over the Internet, logs, prints, saves and exports your conversions, imports and automatically converts series of amounts, calculates and converts the result of algebraic expressions. The update brings default rounding settings, a new help guide, and many other OS X-related enhancements. [Classic, Carbon]
Extensis is shipping Portfolio 6, an update to its Digital Asset Management (DAM) solution, offering FolderSync, a globally accessible DAM pallette, the ability to create Web pages, Collect & Publish, instant cataloging, and batch rename features. Upgrades to the $200 application start at $70, while competitive upgrades are $130. The Server edition is $2500 and is bundled with 5 free client licenses. French, German and Japanese language versions will be available in the first half of 2002. Extensis is offering a free OS X upgrade, when it ships this summer.
ZDNet Editor David Coursey answers one reader\'s questions, after being challenged \"to present the Mac\'s case and convince him that it\'s worth making the switch.\"
A MacNN reader writes: \"MacMESS 0.56, the multiplatform computer, not just console emulator, based on Mame, has also finally been updated. From 0.37 to 0.56 and been Carbonised as well. First working Lisa emulator on a Mac.\" [Classic, Carbon]
MacNN readers note that Nothing Real, the company recently acquired by Apple, has updated its Website to reflect the acquisition: \"it is worth noting that while under the product heading there is a listing for Shake, but none for Tremor.\" Shake is a compositing software optimized for high resolution visual effects.
Washington Post\'s Personal Technology columnist Rob Pegoraro will be hosting an online interview today at 2 pm to discuss the new iMac and has revent iMac review.
Taylor Design has released a public beta of its TextSpresso 2.0b1 text cleaner, which runs natively on OS X. All purchases ($20) during the beta period are entitled to a free upgrade.
Canon has introduced three six-color Bubble Jet printers focused at the photo imaging segment of the market (S9000 13\"x19\" Wide Format printer, the S900 and S820) and two four-color printers for the SOHO market (S750 and S520). The new priners offer borderless printing, 1200 dpi resolution, improved color-matching, and Canon queit mode.
ArcSoft today announced the availability of PhotoStudio 5.0, an upgrade to its flagship image-editing program for OEMs (original equipment manufacturers). It includes 48-bit image support; multi-photo scanning and auto-cropping; file importation and saving from/to removable media, including batch file conversion and naming; and the a new \"Magic Cut\" tool. ArcSoft is also shipping PhotoImpression 4.0, a \"streamlined\" version of its OEM software, which adds multiple image and page printing capabilities; auto crop and rotation functionality; advanced text editing; an \"Explorer\" view for image browsing and previewing; and wallpaper and screen saver creation functions. Both versions support OS X.
Olympus today announced the Olympus Camedia Master 4.0 photo software. The $40 appliction offers seamless downloads, album creation, cataloguing, and printing. Camedia 4.0, a scaled down version of the package, will be included in all new Olympus cameras as part of the base kit starting in late spring and be available for $20. Upgrades to Camedia Master Pro will be $20. It supports both Classic and OS X.
4D is now shipping its 4D Business Kit, an integrated multi-language, multi-store eCommerce development tool, designed for rapid development of storefront solutions in a single $500 package that includes a license for two stores.
Wacom and nik multimedia have introduced penPallete, which combines Wacom\'s pressure-sensitive pen input technology with nik multimedia\'s penPalette photographic filters to provide a \"more powerful and natural way to enhance digital photos.\"
Adobe today announced the immediate availability of GoLive 6.0, which includes the new Adobe Web Workgroup Server, GoLive Dynamic Content authoring, and Web layout tool and LiveMotion 2.0, its Web animation software. Both titles bring OS X support as well dozens of new features.
The $14 shareware ideaSpiral provides \"a new kind of word processing environment that helps you keep track of your ideas and projects. ideaSpiral enables you to store multiple text entries in one file and to organize them in a hierarchical list stored in a floating window.\" [Classic, Carbon]
The free screen ruler for OS X ,Free Ruler 1.1, now includes options for measurement in inches, picas, and cm as well as pixels; automatic ruler alignment; a built-in unit converter; and single key shortcuts for most functions.
The Classic arcade game emulator, MacMAME 0.58, fixes a few bugs and \"lays the groundwork for a big push towards adopting a lot of OSX-specific features while still keeping classic support alive.\"
JomoSoft has released osXigen 1.2b1, an update to its $10 shareware ftp client for OS X, offering Web-based management, an option to delete obsolete file during synchronization, keyboard navigation, firewally support (with FTP proxy, HTTP proxy, and SOCKS support), performance enhancements of two times, and other enhancements.
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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