Aspyr Media has released a free demo version of Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds; Freeverse Software today announced the release of Arcane Arena for Mac OS X (a demo of Arcane Arena 1.04 can be found at the Freeverse Web site).
Derk-Jan Hartman has released a new beta of his Samba Sharing Package for Mac OS X 10.2. Version 2.5b1 allows users to use Mac OS X 10.2 to share printers with Windows users. Additionally, the latest release fixes a small bug related to the Start/Stop action, corrects a problem with with Windows XP and \"Hide Mac Files,\" and adds several new options. Documentation for OS 10.2 is not fully complete, neither are all language packs.
PowerLogix today announced that it would lower the pricing and increase the L3 cache on its PowerForce G4 Series 100 processor upgrade cards. The PowerForce G4 Series 100 at 700MHz, 800MHz and 1000MHz will sell for $370, $450 and $700, respectively, with the latter two models including 2MB of L3 cache.
Danicsoft has released a major update to its \"Copernicus\" screen-capture software. Copernicus 1.1 introduces several changes, including: minor bug fixes, a new interface, better support for menu bar and Dock capture, theme support, QuickTime exporting for still images and multiple-key triggers. Copernicus allows users to capture and manage standard or slideshow screenshots in Mac OS X. [Classic, OS X]
Dejal today introduced Simon, a new site-checking utility for Mac OS X that is currently available as a public beta. Simon 1.0b1 is a Web/FTP site monitor that checks for changes to favorite sites at a desired interval. Simon is free.
unmarked software has released textSOAP 3.2 -- an updated version of its $20 ($10 upgrade) \'text cleaning\' software that adds Quartz rendering support, an updated WASTE library and Entourage X Scripts for each of the standard cleaners. Version 3.2 also includes bug fixes for AppleScript, the installer, OS X preferences and Net Text cleaner.
Yahoo! Messenger X 2.5b2 is the second beta release of Yahoo!\'s newest instant messaging client for the Mac. Beta 2 offers improvements over the first beta -- released two weeks ago -- but Yahoo! has yet to published specific details. [Classic, OS X]
Today marks the conclusion of MacNN\'s special Mac OS X 10.2 coverage. Throughout the day, we will post final compatibility reports, interesting tidbits and software updates.
Dracosoft\'s Wordsmith is an \"entertaining word-forming game. Form words up to seven letters long before the time expires, or enjoy more relaxing play in practice mode.\" The arcade/puzzle game is $10 shareware and available for both Classic and OS X. [Classic, OSX]
Colourfull Creations has released Simple Weather 1.0, another $5 shareware application for both Classic and OS X, which \"puts the weather on your desktop for fast and easy reference. Simple Weather has an easy to set up and easy to understand interface that \'just gives you the facts\' that you will need to keep you informed throughout the day and week.\" [Classic, OSX]
uni software plus has released VOODOO Server 2.0, an update to its $80 version control system for software developers using Metrowerks CodeWarrior. The included CodeWarrior plug-in provides version control from within the development environment. Version 2.0 adds compatibility with Mac OS X 10.2 (Jaguar) and Metrowerks CodeWarrior Pro8. VOODOO Server offers object-oriented version management. Upgrades are $40 for the Server and $60 per extra remote client.
Logitech has released Logitech Control Center 1.02, which brings support for Jaguar to its OS X application that users to program the keyboard and/or mouse buttons to perform different functions.
Ben Mackin today released Cocoa eFax 0.9.7, his $5 shareware application that sends and receives faxes using almost any fax modem (internal and external). It offers address book support, optional coversheet support, the ability to create quick notes, a fax browser interface, and support for a wide variety of modems. Limited trial versions are available for Jaguar and pre-Jaguar systems.
DeskShade Plus 1.0 is a $7 shareware utility for Mac OS X that can discreetly hide desktop icons, animate the desktop background and protect the computer from intrusion. The latter feature works using three built-in components -- DeskLock, DeskShade and HackerLog. DeskLock password-protects the computer, DeskShade allows the user to post on-screen \"away\" messages for a home or office setting and the aptly-named HackerLog tracks failed attempts to bypass DeskLock.
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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