ZDNet\'s David Coursey quickly extended his single-month Mac test drive period -- in which he attempts to realize the full potential of the Mac and its viability as a workplace platform -- to three months and seven columns. Over that time, Coursey admits that he has become accustomed to the Mac platform and praises it for its advantages over Microsoft Windows. \"I like this little iMac and don\'t want to give it up.\"
Yahoo! has introduced Messenger version 2.0 for Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. This is the first release of Yahoo! Messenger for Apple\'s next generation operating system, Mac OS X. The update brings new features to the Mac platform that bring the software closer or par with its Windows counterpart. [Classic, Carbon]
In preparation for WWDC 2002 in May, the upcoming Apple Design Awards and a second beta release, TDC-current has merged with GNU-Darwin online. This includes all of the packages from Issue 1 of The Darwin Collection, plus updates; notable examples include openldap, cyrus-sasl, and a full ruby implementation.
Forums roundup: MacNN Readers discuss a new Dell laptop that is marketed as a desktop replacement, the machine features \"eight fans,\" no battery and weighs seven pounds; today\'s release of Mac OS X v10.1.4; and the possibility of DirectX on the Mac.
The Macintosh News Network (MacNN) and DealNN announce the second iPod giveaway in the past six months. Starting Thursday, April 18, and running until June 1st, MacNN will give away a 5GB Apple iPod to one lucky DealNN reader -- a $400 value! Each deal that is submitted -- and published by the MacNN staff -- will count as one entry into the contest. Readers may submit multiple deals to increase their odds of winning. Open to U.S. or Canadian residents, 18 years of age and older. Offer void where prohibited, taxed or otherwise restricted under federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations.
Apple Chief Financial Officer Fred Anderson kicked-off the company\'s second-quarter earnings conference call Wednesday with a recap of the company\'s second quarter earnings. The computer maker reported profits of $45 million, 11 cents per share, on $1.5 billion revenue. Despite an 8 percent increase in overall Mac sales, gross margins were down to 26.9 percent in the year-ago quarter -- attributed to rising component costs. International sales were 45 percent of the quarter\'s revenues and Anderson said the new iMac was a success in Europe with a \"nice rebound\" in the Asian-pacific. Significant financial savings include a 21 percent reduction in operating costs for the second quarter.
†Apple today reported a second-quarter profit of $40 million, or 11 cents per share, on revenues of $1.5 billion. Revenues were up 4 percent and Apple shipped 813,000 Macs during the quarter, including 220,000 flat-panel iMacs. The company also announced that it plans to open another 20 retail stores this year. It expects revenues to increase slightly in the third-quarter to $1.6 billion.
The Omni Group has updated their popular Mac OS X native Web browser, OmniWeb 4.1b4. Numerous updates and fixes are included in the release. The price is $30 or $20 for students.
In conjuction with the release of Mac OS X Server 10.1.4 yesterday, Apple has released the client version of its operation system, Mac OS X 10.1.4. Enhancements include improved networking, security, and additional recording device support. Fast 10 SCSI drives and Pioneer 201 drives are now supported as well as SmartDisk, EZQuest and LaCie disc recording devices. Network improvements include more reliable and responsive PPP dial-up connections and Apple Filing Protocol services can be browsed on networks with 3Com routers. The update is available via Software update in the Preference Pane.
Econ Technologies has updated their automated synchronization tool for Mac OS X, ChronoSync v1.0.3. Enhancements include safe methods for removing files, automtic detection of volume mounts, and improved notification when removable media needs to be inserted. The update is free; full versions of the application cost $20.
Mac.com Webmail has been released from Apple. The beta version of the web-based Mac.com email allows checking of mail from anywhere, instead of just from a setup email client.
iDraw v1.1 adds image import, drag & drop support, grid/alignment tools, rulers, zoom, PDF/EPS output options, and other enhancments to the Cocoa-based illustration and animation program for Mac OS X.
A MacNN reader notes that the Apple Store now offers the SuperDrive as a $200 build-to-order option on its low-end Power Mac G4 machines.
4D has posted 4D v6.8, a Carbon version of its web-enabled cross-platform database development solution, after announcing its release earlier this week. It offers improved contextual menu support, better plug-in administration, more security options, an integrated TCP/IP component, and interface enhancements such as floating, dockable toolbars under OS X. It is a free update for v4.7 users.
Logitech Control Center 1.0b2 introduces software support for Logitech control devices in OS X: \"This software will succeed the current MouseWare M software for Mac OS 8.6-9.x and eventually support all USB mice and keyboards. A final, full release is expect around June, 2002. The Logitech Control Center will provide the same level of support that MouseWare M3.x-4.x was providing on Mac OS 9, but also adds basic support for USB keyboards. At the time of this beta release, USB keyboards cannot be configured in the Logitech Control Center.\"
MacDX is a new technology from Coderus that offers developers an application with DirectX-interfaces and functionality, which could reduce the time to port DirectX-based games from the PC to the Mac from months to days, according to a Macworld UK report. The report indicates that over 90 percent of games use Microsoft\'s DirectX API, with over \"70 per cent of the developmental time it takes to bring a game to the Mac OS relates to DirectX.\" Virtual Programming\'s WipeOut 2097 uses the technology to bring the popular game to Classic and OS X.
AquaGrep 1.0b1 is a $10 shareware OS X (Aqua) front-end to the Unix grep text search utility. A trial version is limited to 10 sessions.
Sustainable Softworks has released IPNetMonitorX 1.0, a set of network diagnostic tools for OS X. It includes a Monitor tool, which graphically displays transmitted and received data as well as provides an improved Trace Route function (with an IMCP Trace); an improved Port Scan with UDP scan and responsive time outs for identifying stealth ports; a domain lookup utility, DHCP lease for displaying lease parameters and manually releasing/rebinding among any configured interface; TCP Dump/TCP info functions; and a connection list for TCP status information. It is $40 and includes a registration key for IPNetMonitor Classic. Registered users of IPNetMonitor Classic can upgrade to the OS X version for $20. A 21-day trial is available.
Fuji today announced retail availability of its FinePix F601 Zoom and FinePix 30i digital cameras. The $600 FinePix F601 is a 3.1 Megapixel camera with 3x optical/4.4x digital zoom, voice annotation functions, the ability to capture full motion video at 15 fps (as well as audio-only recording), a continous shooting mode, adjustable shutter speed/IO sensitivity, and optional PC-cradle ($60) for transferring images and recharging the battery. The pocket-size, compact FinePix 30i offers 2.1 Megapixel resolution, 2.5x digital zoom, MP3 playback, voice annotation functions, audio recording. It is $400.
Apple has internally released Mac OS 10.1.4 to its staff, according to a MacNN reader. The update, expected to made public shortly, brings improved networking, security, and additional disc recording device support. OS X 10.1.4 offers (1) updated and new support for Fast 10 SCSI drives, including the Pioneer 201 drive and expanded support for SmartDisk, EZQuest, and LaCie disc recording devices; (2) networking improvements such as more reliable and responsive dial-up connections over PPP, improved file searching on local/remote volumes, and support for 3Com routers when browsing with AFP services; and (3) improved security, including a change that checks/blocks broadcast and multicast IP destination addresses for BSD-based TCP/IP connections.
The Iconfactory has announced the winners for its Pixelpalooza Icon Design contest, which garnered 144 entries; it also has posted the winners\' icons sets for download.
Apple will announce its Q2 financial results today after the market close and is conference call webcast discussing Q2 \'02 financial results will begin at 5:30 pm ET. Consensus estimates are $0.10 per share, according to CCBN\'s earnings calendar.
SteveDiary 2.0, a freeware diary program for Classic and now for OS X, adds OS 10.1.X compatibility, enables its music features under OS X, and adds Speech Recognition support.
MacNN reader Constantin von Wentzel has added pictures of the internals of the AirPort Base Station 2.0 and how other users have retrofitted external antennas: \"the good news is that unlike the graphite AirPort BS, no permanent modifications have to be made to add an external antenna to a ABS 2.0.\" (His Website covers the \"well-known internal power supply problem\" with the first generation graphite Base Station.)
Microsoft has released its Office 2001 URL Security Update, which addresses a security vulnerability that could be exploited to run malicious code as well as its Outlook Express 5.04 updater, which resolves vulnerabilities that \"might have caused Outlook Express to stop responding or caused a memory problem that compromised the security of the computer.\" (Yesterday MS also released its Office v.X combined updater and announced its keyboard driver for OS X). [Office URL Security, OE 5.04]
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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