Customer Tracker, a $35 invoicing and customer database application, has been updated to version 2.6. Customer Tracker v2.6 can be used to store and track jobs done for customers, print or email invoices, work logs, envelopes, labels etc. New features include the printing of higher-than-than-72dpi logos and international Number formatting. [Classic, Carbon]
Last week, Aspyr Media began taking preorders for Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds from LucasArts. Aspyr reports that the game, first shown at MacWorld Expo San Francisco, reached \'first playable\' late last week. Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds centers around the Star Wars saga with real-time strategy involving six key civilizations. The Mac OS X-compatible game sells for $40.
Apple has released an update to PowerBook G4 systems that fixes the Mac OS 9 DVD Player. The update for 550 Mhz or 667 Mhz systems fixes an issue when using the DVD player for extended periods or while using it simultaneously with other applications that use the graphics processor.
XMedia UI has been released, replacing the beta version of the XML capable plug-in that was included with InDesign 2.0 for Mac OS 9 & X. The plug-in allows importing, creation, editing, and exporting of XML files. New features of the update are image conversion, which automatically exports images as web-ready graphics, and full support for importing and exporting Shift-JIS encoded characters.
Password Retriever v3.0 is a $12 application that will categorize and retrieve thousands of passwords for purposes including voicemail PIN numbers to email passwords. This update improves speed and stability under Mac OS X and is approximately 50% quicker. [Classic, Carbon]
We\'ve posted a review of the Lapvantage Ergo by The Plasticsmith, a specialized riser unit that elevates any laptop computer off the desk for optimal viewing. the Lapvantage includes an area for an extended keyboard.
According to a c|net report, shares of Apple fell Wednesday after Merrill Lynch warned that shipments of new flat-panel iMacs would not meet consumer demand, citing reports of production problems in Taiwan. Orders for iMac desktops have reached nearly 200,000 units; Apple has only fulfilled 10,000 to 15,000 orders.
ideaSpiral v 1.0.1 is a word processing enviroment designed to help keep track of ideas and projects. It allows multiple text entries in one file and hierarchical lists to help organize text documents. The latest version of the $14 shareware application fixes naming problems and other minor bugs. [Classic, Carbon]
Apple has released Final Cut Pro 3.0.1, which addresses a problem with installing FCP on dual processor systems that \"has plagued the software since its initial release. Owners of dual 1-GHz machines have been struggling with crashing installers since that machine\'s introduction.\" The update also claims to fix a conflict with the Internet System Preferences file. Updaters for Retail, NFR, Academic and Academic Lab are available.
Kodak earlier this week introduced the EasyShare DX4900 Zoom Digital Camera, which features 4.0 megapixel resolution, an all-glass aspherical lense system and a 3x digital/2x optical zoom. It will be available in stores in March for $400. [link updated]
Email Magician 1.5, the YAV\'s $35 utility for Eudora users, has more than 1000 spam filters as well as Spammer Address Collection for tracking spammers. The utility also features the ability to export mailboxes to FileMaker Pro while stripping html tags. It is a free upgrade.
Panasonic has introduced a new series of Lumix digital cameras which feature Leica lenses that can \"capture the most delicate nuances of light and shade, the elusive ambience of \'air,\' and subtle gradations of color.\" Panasonic\'s DMC-F7 ($500) and DMC-LC20 ($350) feature a 2.1 megapixel CCD and support Vario-Elmarit lenses, while the DMC-LC40 ($700) and the DMC-LC5 ($900) feature 4.0 megapixel CCDs and support Vario Summicron lenses. The Lumix cameras also offer USB connectivity and feature a memory card slot that is compatible with either SD Memory Cards or aMultiMediaCard.† An 8MB, 16MB or 32MB SD Memory Card, depending upon the model; All models except the DMC-F7 feature a 3x optical and a 2x digital zoom and all but the entry-level DMC-LC20 (April) are due in March.
Wildform\'s $130 Flix 2.0 can turn a standard video into a vectorized video and also offers the ability to encode Flash files. Version 2.0 also features batch encoding, advanced Flash features, the ability to add an overlay or watermark, export audio as .wav or .mp3 files, and to set outut audio sampling and bitrates as well as video size.
EZQuest has introduced and is shipping its 60GB Cobra Slim FireWire hard drive. The drive, which weights 0.7lbs, operates at 5400RPM, has a 28MB/s transfer rate, a 2MB buffer, and is bus-powered. The $630 drive ships with Intech Speed Tools Formatting and RAID Level 0 software, a six-foot FireWire cable, EZ Start Up CD and an optional AC power adapter and ships with a one-year warranty.
The 802.11b WLAN market grew 14% in the fourth quarter of last year, according to In-Stat/MDR. A new report by the high-tech market research firm, notes that rapidly decreasing prices, especially for Network Interface Cards (NICs) and low-end Access Points (APs), contributed to negative revenue growth during the same quarter. Apple was among the top six vendors who shipped to the home market, which grew 20% in terms of shipments (11% by revenue) in Q4 of 2001.
osx.macnn.com has notes on new Adaptec drivers for its SCSI cards, FAXstf 10.0.3, Frontbase 3.5 (scaleable database server), iMsafe (a new backup utility), and LaunchBar 3.2b2, a useful system utility for quickly locating apps, URLs, and other items.
Willow Design has released its The Flat Panel iMac Wedge. The flat-panel iMac case is 8 lbs. and offers rigid protective external walls, and dividers throughout to separate and protect the flat panel and other components. There are specific compartments for the iMac, speakers, keyboard, two separate accessory compartments and room for cables. It is available in black, navy, and charcoal for $207.
4D today announced the release of its 4D WebSTAR 5.1, an update to its Internet Server package, offering integrated FastCGI functions, a new 4D WebSTAR Rewrite plug-in for URL management, new Language Negotiation features and a new Admin Client with increased performance and interface improvements. Other enhancements include a new WebObjects adapter, compatibility with PHP 4.1.1, an updated 4D Link Plug-in and improved Search summaries.
BusinessWeek Online debates the merits of Apple selling PC software: \"The notion of tackling Microsoft on its home turf appeals to Mac partisans. A moment\'s reflection, however, reveals a host of pitfalls.\"
DockFun 2.01 is a tool that can run up to ten Dock configurations. Version 2.0 adds customized graphics for each Dock configuration, improves performance, and offers control via the contextual menu as well as other enhancements and bug fixes.
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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