MacNN and DealNN would like to thank all participants of the free iPod giveaway. Less than one hour remains in the contest that was started almost two weeks ago. No further submissions will be accepted after 11:59 PM EST; we will continue to post the overwhelming amount of deals we have received to this point over the weekend. A winner will be announced Monday, March 11.
Apple has posted a high-quality version of the new iMac advertisement, entitled \"Window,\" on their Website. The TV spot aired twice -- for the first time -- on NBC last evening and was quickly distributed online by Mac fans as low-quality recordings.
Roger Pelgrade notes that the Miami Apple Store (The Falls) today received a large shipment of 800MHz iMac models: \"There were at least three pallets full that I saw. They seem to have enough that they actually have six stacked on the floor behind the registers.\" Over the past several weeks the new iMac has been a top-selling product, but according to analysts Apple has struggled to meet demand.
Age of Empires II: Gold Edition for Macintosh patch 1.0.4 is now available from Bold\'s website. This patch fixes a number of multiplayer and single-player problems reported by users. The largest feature fixed in this version is the \'Restore Saved Multiplayer Game\' feature -- players can now save a multiplayer game any time and resume it later. This maintenance update also includes multiplayer connection enhancements.
PrefsOverload v4.0 is an update to the popular Preferences Folder management utility. PrefsOverload helps eliminate unnecessary files from the Preferences Folder that waste space and reduce performance. PrefsOverload works with Mac OS X in addition to \'Classic\' versions of the Mac OS. This version includes AppleScript support, support for OSX standards and an improved interface.
Brookwood Media Arts is co-sponsoring a free Macromedia Flash MX seminar in New York City at the United Artist Union Square Movie Theater on March 20, 2002. The seminar will start at 8:00AM and run for 3.5 hours until 11:30AM.
osx.macnn.com has news of a potential SSH exploit under OS X 10.1.3, Apple\'s DVD Player 3.1.1 update, Proteus 1.5 (multi-service messaging client), Fire 0.30b (multi-service messaging client), a new PHP 4.1.2 package for OS X, and notes about Maya PE as well as other notes.
Thoth v1.5.1 is a Mac OS X shareware newsreader from the author of YA-NewsWatcher for Mac OS 9. Thoth obtains, or \"grabs,\" news from various sources -- like newsgroups -- and compiles headlines for viewing. Thoth will work under Mac OS 9 with CarbonLib 1.0.4 or later installed. This release includes a new preferences setting for relative dates (Today, Yesterday etc.) and other \"Miscellaneous\" preference settings.
The OpenSSH group has has posted a patch for the SSH component included in Mac OS X 10.1.3 that fixes a potentially serious security flaw in the software. According to a Pine Internet Security report, users with an existing account can abuse this bug to gain root privileges. Additionally, a malicious SSH server could take advantage of the bug by exploiting a vulnerable connecting client. Pine rates the potential impact of the security hole to be \'high\' if not patched.
Proteus 1.5 is an update to the multi-service IM client that adds relay messages between Contacts, supports multi recipient messages, offers multiple logins per service, has better stability, automatically parses long messages, and other enhancements. It supports Jabber, AIM, MSN, Yahoo and ICQ protocols.
Apple\'s Software Update in OS X now has DVD Player 3.1.1 available for download, although the accompanying description is the same as v3.1.
MacPlay today announced that Icewind Dale has reached Gold Master Status and is scheduled to begin shipping to retail in approximately three weeks. The classic dungeon crawl, which has gameplay elements from Baldur\'s Gate, offers players a chance to \"hone their combat skills while exploring the enormous caverns and dungeons beneath the Forgotten Realms campaign setting.\" The $50 title is available for pre-order online; a $10 discount is being offered as part of the Customer Loyalty program and free shipping is being offered to US customers. It is available for both Mac OS 8.6/9 and OS X.
Afternoon tech news: Sun has filed a private antitrust suit against Microsoft, seeking damages for harm it claims was done to its business for alleged anti-competitive conduct and the lack of Java support in Windows XP; Hewlett-Packard\'s Website ranked No. 1 in the Summit Strategies U.S. benchmark report for e-business Web sites; and a judge has granted Microsoft a one-week delay in the start of hearings, originally due to begin next week, so Microsoft can study the last-minute changes to the sanctions proposed by the nine states that have rejected a settlement of the case.
A MacNN reader has published the new iMac commerical, which we noted aired last night on NBC primetime. (Apple has not yet made the commercial available.) [alternate link]
TrendWatch has published a Visual Effects/Dynamic Media report covering visual effects firms in the feature film, commercial, interactive media, industrial film/video, television/cable, and Web (animation/streaming) markets. Seventeen percent of all shops indicated that Final Cut Pro was among the software they \"used most often\"--other titles included After Effects (44%), Avid Media Composer (31%), and Digi Design\'s Pro Tools (23%). The report also showed that the primary/most essential operating platform for visual effects shops was Mac OS 9 or earlier (46% of all surveyed) with 63% noting that they have plans to upgrade in 2002.
Olympus today announced its DS-330 compact and ergonomic digital voice recorder, which includes an USB docking station for direct connectivity to both PCs and Macs. The built-in 16MB flash memory provides for 330 minutes of recording time. Other features include organizational aides for audio clip storage, three-speed playback, annotation with up to 16 index marks, the ability to adjust microphone sensitivity, and a back-lit LCD display. It can also double as a USB microphone and speaker. The $150 device is expected to ship on May 1.
Arturia has released an update to its virtual studio, Storm Music Studio 2.0, which it will be showcasing at Musikmesse next week in FrankFurt. Version 2.0 offers new online integration (news, chat, peer-to-peer file sharing); a new composition wizard; newly bundled Shadow (a powerful analog-sounding chord synth), Vocoder and Compressor modules; OS X compatibility; redesigned ergonomics and artwork casting, and other enhancements.
John Scalo\'s Key Xing 2.0.1 is an update to his $7 shareware utility for OS X, which allows you to launch files, programs, folders, URLs, and AppleScripts from the keyboard. It now supports .scpt AppleScripts with script data in the data fork, has installer improvements, and fixes a few bugs.
Ole Christensen\'s freeware master-strength chess program, SigmaChess Lite 6.0, now runs on OS X. Version 6.0 also adds a new more difficult 2500 ELO setting (only available on faster Power Macs), a redesigned \"Aqua-ized\" interface, a new position/opening line search, HTML export features, a rating history graph for each player, multiple board sizes, and other enhancements.
Dr. Bott is now shipping its $35 VGA Extractor for ADC which allows users to connect dual analog displays to the built-in video on Apple\'s latest PowerMac G4s, converting the ADC port on the ATI Radeon 7500 (G4/800) or the nVidia GeForce 4MX (G4 933/1GHz) to a standard VGA port. The cable, which requires no drivers or software, is currently incompatible with the Apple TwinView card in the Power Mac G4 800 DP.
OpenOSX has posted a PHP 4.1.2 package for OS X, which will install PHP 4.1.2 and dependent libraries: PDF Lib 4.0.2, Libcurl and Freetype 2.0.4. PHP 4.1.2 addresses recently discovered security vulnerabilities, and is strongly recommend for all users.
Kepmad today released ImageBuddy v2.0.0. a $15 shareware photo utility that lets you rotate, size, crop, mask and layout your digital photos as well as quickly generate contact sheets for printing or the Web. Version 2.0. allows users to save layouts for quick and easy reprints, improves integration with OS X, and includes support for Drag & Drop from iPhoto. [Classic, Carbon]
Tech Superpowers has launched its Newbury Open Network, offering users at the Trident Booksellers Cafe (332 Newbury Street) free public wireless Internet access to anyone anywhere inside the bookstore or cafe. The project is deploying a network of 802.11b access points around Boston for wireless Internet access--with no sign up required and no charges: \"We\'re starting with the cafes and will eventually move into restaurants and shops, including as many of the open air cafes as we can hit.\"
Proteron\'s MaxMenus 1.01 adds new features for control over running programs and mounted volumes and fixes several minor bugs identified in the initial of the $30 utility that provides customizable menus accessible from each corner of the desktop.
A MacNN reader notes that Maya Personal Learning Edition, made available for free for non-commercial use late last month, is now available on Mac.com users\' iDisk, part of Apple\'s iTools services (in the following directory: \"Software:Mac OS X:Applications:Imaging & 3D\"). A CD version is listed as coming \"by the end of the month\" for $5. The page also notes that there have been more than 13,000 downloads of the application since it was released on February 25th.
Longwell Electronics is recalling AC power cords shipped with certain inkjet printers manufactured by Hewlett-Packard. The plug, which connects the power cord to the printer, may crack, exposing live electrical contacts and presenting a hazard for electric shock or electrocution. Hewlett-Packard, reommending that users \"stop using it immediately\" upon positive identification, is offering a free replacment for Longwell \"LS-7C\" gray two-prong power cords that shipped with some DeskJet 800/900 series inkjets as well as the Photosmart 1000/1100/1200/1300 series printers.
Macromedia has announced Flashforward2002, its annual Flash-focused event scheduled for April 2-3 in San Francisco\'s Herbst Theater. It will offer sessions its recently introduced Flash MX product, including sessions delivered by developers and designers who \"have been building real-world applications and sites with Macromedia Flash MX, and will discuss the details of their workflow, strategy, and techniques.\"
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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