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Apple has released Networking Update v1.0 via the Software Update Application in Mac OS X. The 716KB download improves network and Internet access after \"restarting your computer or when waking from sleep.\" Apple also this evening released an update for its AirPort Wireless Software.
ATTO today announced the release of the ExpressPCI FC 3320, a 2-gigabyte PCI-X Fibre Channel HBA (Host Bus Adapter). The card offers PCI backwards-compatibility for computers that do not have a free PCI-X slot. The 133 MHz ExpressPCI FC 3320 HBA is compatible with Mac OS X, and will work in any full-height workstation or 2U server case.
Long-time Macintosh developer Casady & Greene today released TimeSlice version 2.5, an update to its time-tracking and billing application for Mac OS 9/X. TimeSlice tracks the time spent on multiple business projects and client jobs. This $30 upgrade (full version $60) makes tracking time spent on multiple projects more powerful; follows time spend in individual applications; can generate invoices; offers schedule reminders; and includes many interface enhancements. The upgrade is available immediately as an electronic download; the boxed version will be shipping soon.
Although met with modest interest in North America an Europe, the Apple eMac saw a lackluster debut in Hong Kong. A Hoover\'s article explains that shoppers at the Windsor House and Wan Chai Computer Centre lacked interest in the bulky CRT (cathode-ray tube) system, which had a \"muted\" marketing debut. A salesman from a Macintosh shop said many consumers might have confused the eMac with the old iMac, since both are CRT machines. Slim Sony products, like the Vaio PCV-LX120, are more popular in Hong Kong, because they take up very little desk space. Apple\'s compact iMac was more heavily promoted in the Asian market, analysts attribute this to the iMac\'s LCD-based design.
Aatrix today announced it will bring its Payroll Series to Mac OS X in the Fall of 2002. The payroll product line includes TopPay, Payroll, Ultimate Payroll, Multi Ultimate Payroll, and Paycheck.
callas software has released pdfPreviewMaker 2.0, a $250 plug-in for Adobe Acrobat that creates previews and thumbnails from PDF pages. The new release offers an interface for manual processing in addition to the AutoPilot mode, allowing it to be fully integrated into an automated PDF workflow.
FM7 v1.1 is an update to Native Instruments\' FM synthesizer that delivers a variety of new functions and improvements. The developer notes the following changes in version 1.1: \"The Envelopes of the Operators can be synchronized to each other and the Tempo Sync Delay Time can be set to dotted note values; the Randomize function has been improved and the FM7 is equipped with a new Pitchbend mode.\"
Pocket Software today announced the first beta of PocketNotes 2.0, its flexible notepad application for outlining and planning. PocketNotes v2.0b1 offers several major enhancements, including alphabetic sorting and prioritizing; a new reminder system; improved printing; the ability to create aliases of notes within the application; and new skin support. A 30-day demo of the new shareware ($20) beta is available.
Commesso v3.0 provides a scalable, platform-independent, \"technology-based distributed system\" for e-commerce Web sites and businesses. Commesso offers a simple interface to its database, which enables general employees to use the system. Both the client and server applications will run on Mac OS X, Linux, any UNIX and Windows; Commesso\'s open database architecture makes it compatible with any SQL-compliant database. A free demo is available for those interested in implementing the system in their enterprise.
stupidFish has released shadowGoogle 1.0 for OS X, a freeware desktop google search utility written in Cocoa. It includes options for customizable search criteria, search for keywords or images, search in given languages only, set number of results displayed per page and a \'float above all\' feature.
The Danish Technical University (DTU) has developed Scandinavia\'s largest dedicated Mac cluster, consisting of 32 dedicated Power Mac G4 Dual-800 MHz workstations (equivalent to 200 Gigaflops). The cluster, which is called Velocity-X, will be turned on for use on Monday, June 24th with the presence of Apple Denmark. The dedicated Mac cluster will primarily be used to understand proteins\' influence on cancer as well as on larger film and animation projects. Velocity-X can be rented for use through the Internet for approximately 50,000 Danish kroner per week ($1 = 8.5 DKK).
James Sentman has released a final version of his CD Session Burner 1.0 utility, which allows users to \"burn \'sessions\' to a CDR or CDRW until all the space on the disk is used up. While CD Burning is built into OS X, it burns the entire disk even if you are just backing up a [portion].\" The $17 shareware for OS X will burn 25 sessions and then limit the burn speed to 1x until registered.
Blue Line Studios is beta testing LogotypeMaker Pro 4, whose \"main function is the typesetting of a text string using all the user\'s activated fonts. The purpose is to help graphics professionals choosing an appropriate typeface when creating a logotype. Version 4 is a major overhaul. New features include the loading of fonts not activated by the system...The font list filters are also greatly improved.\" Interested parties should contact the company via email.
Several readers note that Canon has released OS X native drivers for its CanoScan N1240U scanner: ScanGear CS 220.127.116.11X (available in English, French, and German). Canon has also released ImageBrowser 2.3, which brings OS X compatibility to Canon\'s bundled application for importing and managing photos and movie clips from its PowerShot digital cameras: \"Unlike the Canon Digital Camera Plug-in Module, RAW Image Converter and USB Mounter, Canon Digital Camera Software applications such as ImageBrowser, PhotoStitch, and RemoteCapture are not available as free downloads. However, Canon Digital Camera Solution Disks are available for purchase at 1-800-828-4040 for $19.95. Specifically, Canon Digital Camera Solution Disk v9.0 will be available for purchase in Mid June.\"
Ricci Adams has released UpdateRadar 2.0, his $9 shareware application that tracks application updates. It adds the ability to add a program from Hard Drive\", new \"Search & Add\" features, automatic notification of updates, and automatic HTML parsing updates. The new version also downloads program icons in addition to the name, current version, and release date.
Apple Australia today issued a press release regarding a Gartner Measurement project conducted for Apple. The information contained in that report, which showed that Macs cost 36 percent less to maintain than PC counterparts, was \"specific to a particular scenario and was intended for Apple internal use only.... The press release was not approved by Gartner and Apple Australia apologizes to Gartner for any confusion this has caused.\"
Minutiae Software has released PAID! 3.01, an update to the $80 Production Accounting and Invoicing Database, which adds fiscal reporting to the FileMaker Pro runtime database for tracking Job Invoices, Clients, Crew Members, Billing Items and Project Estimates. It also adds new report and find menus, a new file recovery tool, and an improved interface. A demo is available online. [Classic, OSX]
Twenty-nine new fonts are now available as part of the newly revised ITC Conduit typeface family. In addition to ITC Conduit\'s six original weights (light, medium and bold with italic counterparts), the family now includes extra light, regular, extra bold and black. Each new font includes italic and small cap counterparts, and seven sets of oldstyle figures have been added to complement the non-italic weights. ITC has also fine-tuned the spacing and other digital aspects of the original design. The new ITC Conduit family can is $300 for all 35 fonts (a savings of $120.00) in an introductory offer.
ZDnet speculates that 800Mbps FireWire technology will be unveiled at Macworld Expo New York in its article discussing USB 2.0, which one analyst says is \"more cost-effective. FireWire will stil be around, but over the longer term it does begin to fade.\"
Save My Whiteboard v2.0 is an important update to Rob Frohne\'s free educational-assistant used for the transformation of digital photographs of black/whiteboards to usable study notes. Version 2.0 adds program multi-threading, Mac OS X support, blackboard support -- as opposed to whiteboard-only support -- and better processing parameters for \"cleaner\" results. [Classic, Carbon]
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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