Gateway today unleashed an aggressive ad campaign that seeks to derail Apple\'s recent marketing efforts. The new Gateway television ads, which the company expects will be viewed by 83 percent of Americans an average of 14 times in September, challenges the iMac\'s performance and value. Taking on the iMac, is the Profile 4, an x86 PC that is built around a 17\" flat-panel display. Taking its assault one step further, the ad ends when the Profile 4 \"spits out\" its drive drawer at the iMac in mocking fashion.
AfterTen Software has posted WeatherManX.menu 2.1 and WeatherManX.saver 1.0 -- updates to its Mac OS X menu bar and screensaver add-ons for weather news. The $5 shareware package works under any version of Mac OS X, but requires Unsanity\'s Menu Extra Enabler under OS X 10.2. The WeatherManX series includes support for multiple cities, Imperial and Metric units, forecasts by city, ZIP code or state, weather alters, proxy support and sunrise/set times.
Sapphire Innovations has released Sapphire shapes Vol. 14 - spherical 3D shapes -- a new royalty-free set of custom shapes for Photoshop 6.0-7.0 and Elements. The £7 ($10) set contains over 100 complex 3D spherical shapes.
Microsoft has reposted its Palm Conduits for Entourage X and many readers have reported success using updated conduits. It is available in several languages.
We\'ve started our Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar Report, which includes links to recent software, informational articles, compatibility, and other reports. We encourage readers to submit (confirmed) information to email@example.com (even if it is available in our forums or elsewhere on the Web) so we can continue to compile the information into a single database. New links and info include information on CUPS printing (including enabling the Stylus Scan 2500), prebinding under OS X 10.2, OfficeJet G55 issues, and several other notes. We have dated the information and welcome feedback on improving the information layout and update process.
Mac users are already taking advantage of the latest technologies implemented in Mac OS X 10.2 Prior to the initial \"Jaguar\" announcement, an acquisition \"CUPS\" printing technology by Apple caught the attention of publishing professionals. CUPS is an efficient and widely-adopted printer management/queue system for UNIX systems. As power users begin to experiment with the new technology, found in Mac OS X 10.2, questions are beginning to arise about its implementation. This brief tutorial explains its configuration.
Heuris today announced that its new DVD ConnexIT software is now available for purchase from its online store. Heurisí ConnexIT allows Adobe Premiere users to import, read and edit video in various DVD formats. The $250 suite is intended specifically for owners of DVD recorders such as Panasonicís E30 series or their new professional T3030 recorder, because it offers specialized automation for such devices.
Epson today announced its Stylus C62, which replaces the Stylus C60, sells for $80 (after a $20 mail-in rebate) and the Epson Stylus C82, which replaces the Stylus C80 ($150). Both feature faster print speeds, support for EXIF, and technology for variable drop sizes and higher optimized resolution.
Bains Software\'s Son of Weather Grok 4.2.1, the popular desktop weather application fixes the Query feature, which was broken by an NOAA website update, and \"makes it much easier to set up forecasts.\" The freeware displays a variety of information for an unlimited number of cities, can optionally display info in the dock (menu support is forthcoming), and offers 10-day forecasts.
Ben Bird\'s SecuritySpy 1.0b9 is an update to his multi-camera video surveillance software that works with any Mac-compatible video input device, captures and displays live video from multiple cameras simultaneously, and offers highly optimized motion detection as well as configurable compression settings for movies and images, automatic ftp upload to remote sites, and frame-timestamping. The update offers a browser to view captured footage, improved video performance under OS X, an option to create fast-start movies, and the ability to execute an AppleScript upon motion detection. The application is compatible with both Classic and OS X and is $50 for a single camera and $100 for up to 4 cameras. [Classic, OSX]
EchoFX has announced the immediate availability of XLR8\'s InterView Hardware devices. InterView Lite, a USB device that provides the ability to import analog video into Macs via the USB port, is available for OS X only for $40 and is bundled with the InterView 2.1 software, which provides the ability to view, capture and export video at 352 x 240, 29.97 fps It is compatible with all OS X based QuickTime capture applications including Adobe Premiere, BTV, and QuickTime Broadcaster. InterView Lite includes Econ Technologies\' ImageCaster webcam software.
Following our note about two new Apple Store openings this week, Michael Weidlick notes another store is set to open in St. Louis in one month: \"Westfield is building a new mall and it is listed in the directory.\"
Channel†Storm has updated Live†Channel†Pro†1.4.1, which includes Jaguar support, improved performance, multilingual support, MPEG-4 video streaming and several bug fixes. Live†Channel creates a virtual live television studio on any Mac without any additional hardware, performing real-time video production and streaming in a single software application. It includes Live†Presenter, for delivering dynamic on-line presentations by synchronizing the live broadcast with rich media, including slides, photos, graphs, animations, text and Web pages. Live†Channel†Pro also simultaneously records both the live broadcast and the synchronized rich media, making the whole experience available for on- demand viewing.
Peter Roman and Brad Wilkens provided more info on the Jaguar and Radeon PCI cards incompatibility noted this morning.
SquidCam v1.0 is a new videoconferencing application ($25) for Mac OS X. The video chat application intended for use with broadband connections, enabling users to \"have a conversation with one or more people using SquidCam over a network (LAN and/or Internet) connection. SquidCam features audio and video connectivity, as well as text messaging, all without the need of a special service.\"
Scott Forbes has released AquaAboutBox 1.0, a set of REALbasic window templates available in the public domain that follow Apple\'s Aqua Human Interface Guidelines for an about box. His Undo Toolkit 4.5.1, available under the GPL, is a set of classes and class interfaces that support unlimited multiple undo and redo in REALbasic. Colourfull Creations has updated its Calendar Class 2.0 ($25 with source, $5 without source) for inserting calendars into REALbasic projects. [AAB, UTK,CC]
WiebeTech\'s FireWire DriveDock is now shipping with CD/DVD compatibility, allowing users to attach any external hard drive or CD/DVD to a computer\'s FireWire port. The $130 device includes a drive baseplate, a universal AC adapter, and works without drivers under both Classic and Mac OS X.
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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