Canon has introduced its \"Entry-level\" camera: the 2-megapixel, single-focal length autofocus PowerShot A200. The camera incorporates several advanced features, including Movie mode (320 x 240 pixels), Photo Effect Mode, Direct Pring capabilities and magnified playback up to 10x. The A200 uses two AA-size batteries and is compatible with CompactFlash Type 1 removable media. The camera will be available in July and carries a suggested retail price of $300.
Ircle 3.1b14 is the latest release for the Mac OS 9/X IRC client. The update fixes a problem with long files names, improves preferences and AppleScript problems. [Classic, Carbon]
A NewsFactor article notes that OmniWeb 5.0 is slated for release in early 2003. The Cocoa-only browser is competiting with new releases from Netscape (Mozilla 1.0) and Microsoft (Internet Explorer 5.5, to be released in the summer), both which do not charge for use. While the OmniGroup does charge for licenses, they claim that it is one of their most profitable products, \"It was our highest-profit app until a couple of months ago, and it\'s still selling more seats than any other app we have. We have about 450,000 users out there that prefer us to the free, bundled version of IE. I think that\'s really saying something.\" On a related note, OmniWeb v4.1 -- a more modest update -- will be available tomorrow.
A new Final Cut Pro user group has been formed in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut metro area, and the first meeting is planned for June 18. Leading the meeting will be Arthur Aldrich, video editor and Apple Certified Final Cut Pro instructor. Interested individuals are requested to RSVP via email.
c|net notes Apple\'s expanding retail strategy, which could include having PCs in the retail stores for comparisions. \"If the proposal is adopted, PCs from one or more manufacturers would be compared with Macs, the sources said. Apple also plans to run Connectix VirtualPC--emulation software for running Windows on Macs--on store demo units. This too would be part of the \"conversion\" strategy, showing potential PC customers that they could continue using current Windows software on their new Macs.\" Apple also plans to open an additional 18 stores this year, bringing the total to 49.
MacNN reader Varen Swaab has alerted us to a problem with Mac OS X 10.1.5 and Dreamweaver MX. \"I have discovered (through my own experience and a discussion with MM Tech Support) a problem which prevents Dreamweaver MX users from being able to use their site file, rendering the program virtually useless. The message: If you use Dreamweaver MX DO NOT upgrade to 10.1.5.\"
MoonDock v1.2.2 is a lightweight freeware application that displays up-to-date images of the moon phase in the Mac OS X Dock or Desktop. The update is now compatible with 10.1.5 and adds some new features.
Aspyr Media today that Medal of Honor Allied Assault has shipped for the Mac, after announcing the first-person shooter went \"GM\" earlier this week. The Carbonized single and multiplayer title, based on the Quake(R) III engine, is set during the most trying years of World War II. The $50 title was developed by Electronics Arts and ported to the Mac by Westlake Interactive.
Virtix has introduced Virtix Pan & Scan for iMovie, a $20 plugin pack that contains 10 special effects that allow the user to move back and forth between portions of a video clip. It allows iMovie users to move across an image at a constant speed, or gently speed up at the beginning and slow down at the end of the panning motion and also contains effects to hold the position at the beginning and end of a pan. Effects are included for both still images and motion video. It requires iMovie 2.1.1 and OS X. Other iMovie special effects packages from the company include Bravo Filters ($25), Echo Transitions ($25), and Zoom Filters ($20).
Ask The Web 1.2b1 is a universal dictionary client for web-based dictionary servers. Now in beta, it adds contextual menu support, a history menu, new search methods, better font customization, translation dictionary support via Altavista Babelfish, AppleScript support and new plugins for a total of 150. [Classic, OSX]
MacNN reader Colin Sandy notes that Forbes.com praises the new eMac as a great alternative for \"those who think the new iMac looks too weird\" and touts the eMac\'s larger screen and lower price tag.
Mr. Tides 2.0.5 is a maintenance update to the open-source application that provides tide and current predictions in a wide variety of formats (graphs, text listings, and calendars or a tide clock). It uses the algorithm used by the National Ocean Service in the U.S., which \"is significantly more accurate than the simple tide clocks that can be bought in novelty stores.\" [Classic, OSX]
SmartDisk has released USB 2.0 versions of its FireLite portable hard drives. Available in capacities of 20GB ($200), 30GB ($260) and 40GB ($310), they have a sleek, silver-colored magnesium casing, weigh just over six ounces, and require no driver installation when used with Classic or OS X (with USB 1.1 support). Each drive ships with Connectix CopyAgent data backup, recovery and synchronization software for Macintosh users as well as an AC adapter, a stacking clip and a protective carrying case.
Mailsmith 1.5.3, Bare Bones Software\'s $100 email client, incorporates several significant new features, as well as additional interface refinements and fixes> It introduces the ability to locate messages rapidly, based on content relevance to specified words or phrases; it also brings several other enhancements, including the addition of a new \"(any address)\" term to Mailsmith\'s advanced query capability; the ability to transform displayed messages for easier reading, and improved notification of new mail arrival via the Dock under OS X.
Mireth Technology\'s ToTheTrash! 1.1 \"provides a place to put those files you\'re not ready to delete yet, and an opportunity to specify how long to keep each one. [It] will store the files for you until they expire, allowing you to retrieve them in the mean time if you need them, and automatically deleting them for you if you don\'t.\" A demo of the OS X utility is available online.
Blackmagic Design today released new image control real-time effects for the Kona SD, its $3,300 uncompressed 10-bit PCI video card designed for video editing and design. Included in the Kona SD software v1.3.1, the new Image Control real-time effects include Tint, Sepia, Gamma Correction, Brightness Contrast, Proc Amp, and Desaturate. The Kona SD now offers a dozen real-time effects as well as 10-bit uncompressed capture and playback, desktop view for real-time Photoshop paint, 6 channels of AES/EBU digital audio with built in sample rate conversion, and native OS X support with certification for Final Cut Pro 3 on OS X.
Chaparral Software\'s Brushfire 1.5.3 is an update to its script analysis utility for FileMaker Pro 5: \"[it] analyzes related files, producing in-depth reports that reveal script details, errors, warning, and functional data about your FileMaker Pro solutions.\" A lite version of the $250 application is available for $80 as is a limited demo.
Advenio Software today released SQLGrinder 1.2.1, a native shareware SQL editor and developer tool for OS X, which allows developers to easily create, edit and execute SQL queries as well as browse their database structures. It supports a variety of databases (with JDBC drivers), including Oracle, MySQL, PostgreSQL, FrontBase, Openbase SQL, Microsoft SQL Server and Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise. It is $50 ($30 for education customers).
Diamondsoft is shipping Font Reserve Server 1.5, which adds support for Mac OS X or Mac OS X Server to the client/server font management system for controlling and using fonts throughout organizations and workgroups.
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Fiat Chrysler adding Siri Eyes Free
On Friday, automaker Fiat Chrysler issued a software update for selected 2013-2015 model cars to allow Siri Eyes Free, the precursor to the more fully-featured CarPlay, to be compatible with the vehicles' infotainment systems, including steering wheel control. The 2013 through 2015 model Ram 1500/2500/3500, the 2013-2015 Dodge Viper, the 2014-2015 Dodge Durango, the 2014-2015 Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee, and the 2015 models of Dodge Challenger and Charger, Jeep Renegade, and Chrysler 200 and 300 can be upgraded through the Unconnect touchscreen, visiting the Uconnect site and entering their 17-digit Vehicle ID, then downloading the update to a USB drive. Installation can take up to 45 minutes, and can only be done while the vehicle is in park. http://bit.ly/23f0sby
Tor Myhren starts as VP of Communications
After an initial announcement in December, Apple on Friday added former Grey Group chief creative officer Tor Myhren to its leadership roster as VP of Marketing Communications, placing the well-known ad exec in charge of Apple's advertising and Internet marketing efforts, as well as having a hand in packaging design. He will report directly to CEO Tim Cook, and is replacing the retired Hiroki Asai, who left Apple after 18 years with the company. Myhren is expected to continue Apple recent push into more "lifestyle" marketing rather than product-centric ads, such as the well-remembered "I'm a Mac" campaign from last decade. http://apple.co/1Wwf0Dd
Marseilles Apple Store to open May 14
Apple has officially announced its newest retail store in France, which is to open in the southern port city of Marseilles in the Les Terrasses du Port shopping center on May 14 at 10AM local time. It will be the 19th full retail store Apple has opened in the country, or 20th if one includes the Apple Watch-only boutique at Galeries Lafayette in Paris. Apple is said to be planning a new showcase Paris store to be located on the Champs-Élysées. http://apple.co/1pP77vO
Maps adds Flyover, Suggestions locations
Apple has updated Maps to include Spotlight Suggestions for Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, allowing users to search both internally and across the web on both Mac and iOS devices for data in Spotlight. In addition, the company has added Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and Akron, Ohio to the 3D Flyover feature, offering computer-enhanced aerial views of the two areas -- and has activated real-time traffic information for Thailand, which will augment services like reminders to incorporate estimated travel times for appointments, as an example. The company recently added Nearby searches to five countries, and rolled out transit directions for Montreal in Canada and Portland, Oregon. http://apple.co/1Lh1Zel
Verizon gives last offer, issues workers ultimatum
Verizon has offered striking workers its "last, best and final offer" following 10 months of protracted negotiations with union leaders. The latest offer comes on the back of 36,000 Verizon employees taking strike action two weeks ago. The proposal includes a 7.5 percent wage rise, better benefits and voluntary retirement incentive offers. The striking workers, mainly on from its fixed line operations, have claimed that Verizon has outsourced 5,000 jobs to workers overseas and that it has been deliberately hiring low-wage, non-union contractors. Verizon recently posted revenue of $32.2 billion for the March quarter. http://cnnmon.ie/26AmwSv
CarPlay comes to Porsche 718 Cayman
Porsche has revealed that its new 718 Cayman series will be the latest vehicles in its range equipped with support for Apple CarPlay. The new Porsche models joins the recently announced 718 Boxster, the 2017 Macans and the 2016 model of the 911 in offering support for Apple's iOS in the car interface. Both are fitted standard with an eight speaker sound system and the Porsche Communications Management (PCM) system. The entry-level Cayman starts at $53,9000, while the faster S variant starts from $66,300. Although already on sale, the won't reach US dealers until late November. http://prn.to/1Tj1EW7
Macphun offers free Photos filters
Image editing software maker Macphun are offering a free set of up to 30 photo filter effects to extend the range of filter options available to users of Apple's Photos app for OS X, which replaced the previous iPhoto program. The first 15 filters are available after installing the software, and includes filters such as "Ancient Canvas" and "Twilight," while users who sign up for the Macphun newsletter will unlock the other 15 effects. The extension integrates directly into Photos, and include sliders for finer control of the effects and a masking brush. http://bit.ly/1VEgQD6