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The Export-Import Entourage package includes 50 scripts with the ability to export and import virtually all Entourage information (Contacts, Groups, Calendar Events, Tasks, Notes, Messages, Folders, Accounts, Signatures, Mailing Lists and Categories) from one identity of Entourage X or 2001 to any other, and transfer Contacts, Calendar, Tasks and Notes to and from other PIM programs on the Mac and Windows. It has special converters for Microsoft Outlook, Excel and other programs and supports import/export between all versions of Entourage, Outlook, Palm Desktop and other PIMs. Versions are available for both Entourage X and Entourage 2001. A demo of the $13 shareware is limited to import/export of 25 contacts. [2001, X]
Sujal Shah has released a new open-source plug-in for the popular Watson application for Mac OS X: Baseball Scores provides a simplified interface for browsing Major League Baseball scores, box scores, recaps, and previews. The Watson plug-in tool is free.
Apple has reportedly acquired technologies from Prismo Graphics, a small developer of video editing and effects software for the Macintosh. Although neither company has confirmed such a deal, sources indicate that Prismo\'s INDIA Titler Pro Ė used in the creation of animated titles and lettering Ė was chief among technologies acquired. The move is another acquisition in a series of purchases by Apple. Last week, Apple acquired technologies from Silicon Grail, a maker of consumer video software. Soon after reports first surfaced, the Prismo Web site became unavailable; a public announcement has yet to be made; attempts to contact Prismo did not yield details of the acquisition.
MacPlay has enlisted Mac OS X developer The Omni Group to port five games to the Mac OS X platform, as noted by Inside Mac Games. Omni was responsible for an initial OS X port of Quake III Arena, and later ports of Oni and Heavy Metal F.A.K.K.2. Solider of Fortune II: Double Helix, Freedom Force, Fallout, and Incoming are among the titles being ported to the flagship OS. The fifth title remains unnamed by both MacPlay and Omni.
WebLight v2.5 is a modest update to Illumit\'s Web site maintenance and validation utility. This revision corrects a bug that that prevented redirects from being tracked and followed; solves problems relating to non-absolute links; and adds the option to purchase a permanent use license. The shareware ($25) application requires registration for large-scale projects.
Evening tech news: Micron, Samsung and Infineon faced subpoenas this week in a federal criminal antitrust investigation alleging price-fixing among the largest memory makers; Buy.com today began offering free shipping on qualifying items, with no minimum purchase requirement; Toshiba released a new digital music player, billed as an \"iPod twin.\"
Apple\'s QuickTime media player still lags behind in popularlity to RealNetworks\' RealMedia and Microsoft\'s Windows Media offerings, according to Nielsen/NetRatings\' new online multimedia report measuring use of content for the three largest proprietary formats (regardless of the media player or environment). [updated]
Power on X is a shareware ($20) OS X-native statistical power calculator developed by MMISoftware. Version 1.5 offers the ability to perform either \'a priori\' or \'post-hoc\' analyses. MMISoftware has also released Web Photos, a $15 application for creating photo albums for Web or CD distribution. Albums generated for the Web feature thumbnail previews with full-picture hyperlinks. [Power on X, Web Photos]
MacNN reader George Fowler notes that Apple has quietly posted CarbonLib 1.6 (and removed CarbonLib 1.5 from its servers). CarbonLib is a system extension that allows users to run Carbon-based applications on Mac OS 8.6 and all Mac OS 9 releases, including Classic. Update: Apple also quietly released Authoring Support v1.1.9 for the Classic Mac OS.
Apple and CompUSA are offering free business and video seminars. The video seminars, titled \'Take Your Digital Video to the Next Level\', are being offered at three different times on June 27 in San Francisco, while the Starting Your Own Business seminars are being offered at three different times on June 28th in San Francisco. Registration is encouarged due to limited seating/capacity.
Barcode Producer v1.3 is a vector barcode generation suite from Intelli Innovations for Mac OS 9/X. Barcode Producer\'s barcode previews are now anti-aliased, for more accurate representation of the \"human-readable\" portion. ISBN barcodes in version 1.3 now support the \'X\' check digit; Barcode Producer\'s EPS exporter now generates a more-optimized output, substantially reducing file size.
e-on software has announced that it will add Poser animation import and Mac OS X still import functionality to its flagship rendering/animation application for natural 3D scenery, Vue d\'Esprit 4. Users will be able to import full animation information, including the appropriate movements of textures from Poser 4, Curious Labs\' application for developing complex 3D human and character animation. It will also add \"still import\" functionality, which allows the first frame of a Poser file to be imported directly into Vue 4. Still import for Mac OS X will be featured in an updater \"available soon.\" e-on software will showcase the new technology at Siggraph 2002, held in San Antonio, Texas, July 21-26.
Life Balance 3 is coaching software that provides a \"dynamically ordered \'To Do List\' driven by the importance of your goals, your desired allocation of time and effort, and feedback from what you get done each day. With the new Desktop Edition (DE) of Life Balance (LB), you get all the power and flexibility of LB on Palm Powered handhelds, plus many new features that are uniquely available on the Macintosh platform. Of course, the DE has a conduit to HotSync with the LB Mobile Edition for Palm OS.\" Pricing is $65 for desktop version and $40 for the Palm version ($30 for a limited time). A bundle of both is $85. A free 30-day trial is available.
Fidelity Media today released MegaSeg 2.1 for OS X and OS 9, an update to its music mixing and cataloging software for professional DJs and radio stations. It features QuickTime video playback as well as over 100 improvements, including OS X compatibility, new display options, VU meters, drag-n-drop, improved Mixer controls, Automatic Gain Control, increased library size, and easy iPod and iTunes import options. A demo of the $150 application is available now. Upgrades from v2.0 are $50.
KernelTrap\'s interview with Jordan Hubbard, one of the creators of FreeBSD and currently a manager of Apple\'s Darwin project, has a few remarks about Darwin, FreeBSD and their similarities as well as the advantages of Darwin: \"Darwin actually has more freedom to innovate in certain respects since it\'s still fairly \'young\' as operating systems go, even though it\'s based on a lot of solid and well-proven technology, and it\'s going after a segment of the user community which FreeBSD has never really tried to address.\"
Opera Software today announced that future versions of its Web browser, including Opera for Mac, will support Hebrew and other languages such as Russian, Arabic, and Korean. The announcement comes after its competitor Microsoft was accused of not supporting these languages in Internet Explorer for OS X. [updated]
Weighing in on Apple\'s \"Switch\" campaign, Walter S. Mossberg writes that not everyone should switch to the Mac, noting that the Mac doesn\'t quite offer superior integration with corporate networks, the lack of industry-specific software, a shortage of top-selling games, lack of inexpensive Macs, processng power inequality with PCs, and the snub given to Mac users by many companies: \"Macintosh computers are the best-designed computers on the market, and handle every common computing task as well as, or better than, a Windows PC.\"
Dr. Bott is shipping e-Pac\'s LeatherPod, a \"deluxe iPod case in European design that features play-through usability while still offering protection for the iPod itself. The removable shoulder strap and belt clip provide versatile yet elegant ways to keep your iPod with you on the go.\" The $30 case is available immediately.
An AppleCare Knowledge Base document explains that \"movies and 2D graphics perform better at lower color depths when using Power Macintosh computers with earlier ATI graphics chipsets,\" while a Mac OS X Update 10.1.5 info article, explaining the specific enhancements in the recent update, notes the recent update provides support for 2D and QuickTime hardware acceleration for Rage Pro, Rage Pro Turbo and Rage Mobility (as well as an advanced option in the Energy Saver, on compatible portable computers, to increase battery life by reducing processor performance while the computer is not used.)
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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