Apple is scheduled to hold its second quarter earnings conference call, Wednesday, April 17, 2002. JP Morgan recently cut Q2 forecasts for the company citing iMac profitability worries.
Gefen announced today that its digital DVI switchers are now available for order. The DVI Switcher enables Mac users to setup a slew of monitor configurations including two or four-monitor with single computer setups, and dual-monitor, dual-computer configurations that offer dual monitor functionality, dual computer functionality, and independent support. Pricing ranges form $500 to $800 for the 2X1 DVI Switcher and the 4X1 DVI Switcher, respectively.
Singlestep Technologies today announced the introduction of the VNOS Developer Network, a online gathering for VNOS (Visual Network Operating System) developers. VNOS technology is compatible with Mac OS X; VNOS is priced at $99 per year, per user.
Sibelius Software has released a demonstration version of the Sibelius v2.0 music notation software for Mac OS 9/X. The cut-down edition of the $600 package features a full feature set and demo guide for new users.
Synergy Creations\' ConverTable Units v2.0 adds several features to the company\'s popular $15 unit conversion shareware including main window fraction entry, Mac OS X style options, a total of 270 units and other minor improvements. [Classic, Carbon]
Sapphire Innovations has released Styles Volumes 1 and 2 for the Macintosh. Styles offers over two-thousand \"stunning\" styles for Adobe Photoshop 6/7. Included are gradient, bevel, satin, glow, colorized stroke, inner glow and drop shadow effects. Also offered are \"instant effects\" ideal for Web design and on-screen productions. Pricing is $32 for a single-user licence.
WristSaver v1.0.1 is a Mac OS X application that can remind regular computer users to take a break from keyboard/mouse usage to prevent long-term wrist pain, and can temporarily lock-out stubborn users from their computers. This update is primarily a \"bug fix release\" that focuses on improving user experience with further Dock feedback; other improvements include support for multiple displays.
Buena Software has reduced the price of its Effect Essentials plug-ins for Adobe After Effects by $100 to $250, and is offering an extra $50 off through the end of the month. The set of 10 AltiVec-enhanced effects plug-ins for Adobe After Effects 5.0 work under Classic and OS X in both 8-bitper channel and 16-bit per channel modes.
MacNN reader Ian Crew notes that IBM earlier this week announced version 5.1 of its Tivoli TSM Backup software, which includes a Mac OS X client and released the product today, but notes that product has several flaws--most of which are outlined in IBM\'s documentation: \"but they don\'t mention just how big an impact those bugs will have on your average end user... here at UC Berkeley, we have posted a webpage telling our customers why they should NOT use this product.\"
PocketBackup 1.0, a $20 backup utility for OS X, offers backup to disk image format, auto mounting of AppleTalk and Network Drives, scheduled backups, logs of previously made backups, and other features.
Extension Overload 5.9.7 is an extensions, control panels, control strip modules and contextual menus management application that offers detailed information on 5803 different system items and also lets you activate/deactivate them. It adds more than a 100 more component definitions, updated URLs and emails, and fixes a bug in Mac OS 8.6.
NewTek has announced its new LightWave Free Discovery Edition, a free version of LightWave with limited saving and watermarked rendering and is also offering a full-featured educational version of LightWave 3D available to students for $400: \"These new options for students will help create a new generation of visual effects artists, filmmakers, illustrators, and animators,Ē said Jim Plant, CEO of NewTek.†LightWave  Upgrades from previous versions for educational users are available for $200. It is available for Classic and OS X.
Proteron has released MaxMenus 1.1, an update to the $30 system utility that adds improved drag-and-drop functionality, including support for dropping into menus invoked with a hot-key, and \"grabbing\", the ability to start a drag with an item in a menu. It also improves its Dock enhancing features. MaxMenus offers a variety of customizable menus that simplify the launching and managing of applications, documents, volumes, preferences, recent items, photos, music playlists and much more.
DivX Doctor II 2.1 brings Mac OS 8.6 compatibility, Scratch Disk selection, Error Logging, and Preliminary AC3 support to the utility that updates DivX .avi videos to 3ivx QuickTime (.mov) videos for better playback of video and resolution of audio glitches inherent to the AVI format.
Microsoft has quietly shelved plans for My Services, a centerpiece product in the .Net Internet software strategy, according to New York Times editor John Markoff. Originally codenamed \"Hailstorm\" the development project fell apart as \"they [Microsoft] ran into the reality that many companies don\'t want any company between them and their customers.\"
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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