Apple has made its iPod Software 1.1 Updater, released on the Web in late March, available via the Software Update control. It adds audio playback and user interface improvements, equalization presets, shuffle by album, track scrubbing, Contacts, and additional languages: Korean, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese.
Macromedia today announced that a San Francisco jury ruled in favor of the software developer in a counterclaims patent suit against archrival Adobe Systems. Macromedia is expected to ask the court for an immediate injunction against Adobe to prevent further infringement of its patents, relating to blended elements and automatic re-blending features, allegedly infringed upon by the Adobe Illustrator suite. Adobe is expected to appeal the rulling, which awarded $4.8 million in damages. This comes on the heels of a ruling, in another case, that favored Adobe on other claims of patent infringement against Macromedia. Macromedia is expected to appeal the $2.8M verdict awarded to Adobe and moving forward with another case against Adobe, scheduled for 2003.
Red Rock Software, and the United States Department of Energy (Pacific-Northwest) have announced plans to release a Java version of MECcheck -- an application used by the construction industry to test modle energy code (MEC) compliance -- at the AIA (American Institute of Architects) conference this week. Red Rock Software was chosen for the project due mainly to its past experience with both Java and Macintosh programming. MECcheck will run on Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X systems.
\"Chris\" describes a potential solution for the so-called death of many iPod digital music players. Several iPod owners have experienced a complete and permanent loss of FireWire connectivity from the device to a Macintosh. When presented with these unexplained occurrences, Apple\'s technical support department has been largely unable to remedy the problems and offered replacement units for $256 apeice.
Apple is reportedly setting up a retail store in Houston, Texas, according to job postings on Apple\'s career Web site. Positions are open at the Houston Galleria location in sales and management.
LabanWriter 4.3 is a free graphical notation editor for Laban Movement Notation, which can be used for recording dances, or any type of movement in written form. The new version allows users to export their scores in various image formats, and has been completely carbonized for OS X.
Phil Lefebvre notes the recently formed Quicken user support list: \"Quicken 2003 beta testing is under way, and several list members are also beta testers, so feedback on the list has a good chance of getting back to Intuit before the code is frozen.\"
Hewlett-Packard has posted updated Mac OS 9/OS X drivers for its OfficeJet G v4.26, OfficeJet D v4.26, and its HP PSC 900 v4.26 all-in-one machines.
Aurelon has released Coco 3.5, a $300 Photoshop 7 and OSX compatible plugin, which offers selective color corrections in the RGB, Lab, CMYK and MultiChannel modes: \"[it] is the smartest tool for dealing with non-standard jobs such as spot colors, bump plates, HiFi or jobs which will not be printed on a white substrate. CoCo works in a fundamentally different way than Photoshop. Colors are corrected in accordance to the relative distance to the source color.\" Upgrades are free for v3.0 owners.
Optigold ISP 2.9.9, a cross-platform ISP business software package, adds LDAP provisioning functionality (add, modify and delete entries record), new QuickDNS functionality, new reports, new email manager functions, new product package flexibility and other miscellaneous improvements. A free demo is available online.
MemoryPro 1.0 is a utility that can control the memory allocation settings of applications. It can adjust memory settings for several applications within a single window and can change memory partition settings even if the application is running.
Pedagoguery Software has released Poly 1.09, a $28 application for making paper models with your Mac. It includes new Polish and Italian interfaces, support for more file formats (STL, JIF, and PCX) and the addition of Geodesic spheres and domes.
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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