MacNN reader John Jurik notes that Intuit has released Quicken 2003R3, an update to its $60 financial management software. Release 3 improves the Capital Gains Estimator and Tax planner, fixes the QuickFill feature, improved printing, and better application stability. The update is also required for users to be able to download transactions and pay bills online, according his note. [3.4MB] Jason Greene notes that Iomega has posted IomegaWare 4.02, an update to its driver software for Mac OS 8/9 and OS X systems. The driver package offers support for Zip, Jaz, USB PocketZip (Clik!), HipZip, FotoShow, Peerless. Version 4.02 adds a OS X Native Tools Application, a feature to check for updates, and Iomega Zip 750MB Drive support. [Classic, OSX] Koingo's Alarm Clock Pro 6.0 adds audio fade-in options, the ability to play a random iTunes song, day-specific alarms, an auto-turn off option, and other enhancements to the $12 shareware alarm clock. [1.1MB] Compositor 2.1.1 is a bug fix update to Artly There Software's image editor and image-to-art creator. The $35 shareware application has over 160 filters, a full painting/editing set, photo tools, and other features. [3.0MB] The Troi URL Plug-in 1.0 for FileMaker Pro retrieves data from any HTTP URL (using either 'POST' or 'GET' commands) and stores the result in a FileMaker field. It offers secure server support, URL encoding, customization options, and other enhancements. It is $60 per user. [572KB] Bugdom 2 v1.02 updates Pangea Software's recently released 3D action-adventure game, fixing several bugs and other reported issues. [300KB] FoldersSynchronizerX 3.01 adds Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar compatibility to the $40 shareware utility that synchronizes and backs-up files, folders and disks. It can filter documents, provide full backup of drives, and log all actions.
The US server market continued to show signs of recovery with a 12.2 percent increase in the third quarter of 2002, while the worldwide market share grew by 3.1 percent, according to preliminary statistics by Dataquest. Apple showed a 273% market growth over the third quarter of 2001 with a total of 5,700 units shippped in the US. (The Xserve began shipping early in the quarter.) Apple was No. 4 in the US server market with 1.2 percent marketshare behind Dell (26.3%), HP (25.9%), IBM (11.7%), and Sun (6.9%).
Dave Brasgalla has updated his free 'spooky' icon set , Ravenswood Revisited. "The entire cast of characters has been re-assembled for your haunted journey through the halls of Ravenswood." The free set includes 14 icons as well as a desktop picture.
Up coming software: Nikon has announced three updates for Nikon digital SLR owners: Capture 3.5, D1X Buffer RAM upgrade, and the Digital SLR Firmware updates. Nikon Capture 3.5 brings Mac OS X 10.2 compatibility, improved speed when opening, viewing, and saving photos, and added control from Capture Control. The D1X Buffer RAM upgrade doubles the capacity of buffer RAM in the D1X, the number of consecutive frames in a burst jumps from a maximum of 9 JPEGs/TIFFs to 21, and from 6 NEFs to 14. The Nikon Digital SLR Firmware Updates 2.0 adds PTP (Picture Transfer Protocol) to the camera, improved metadata of a photo, and support for Lexar Media's Write Acceleration (which improves write speed by 10%). A reader notes that he received an official email about Graphic Converter 4.5, which will be available on November 1. "Users who purchased Serial Numbers before 1 April 2002 will not be eligible for a free upgrade."
LaunchBar 3.2.5 is an update to the popular desktop launcher utility that features the ability to open items by typing the first few characters the application, URL, folder, or other name. It improves compatibility with Terminal and Mail. A Business License is $40, while a home-user license is $20. [249KB] WooF 1.01 is a JDBC plugin for WebObjects that allows it to dynamically access information stored in FileMaker Pro. In addition to basic insert/edit/delete operations, WooF supports FM calculations, all FM data types, specific layout within FM, FM value lists, and other features. The BoardRoom 2.1 provides an instant messaging environment within FileMaker, allowing up to 250 users to interact simultaneously. Users can send, receive, broadcast, edit, and retrieve old messages. It provides audio and visual notification of incoming messages, quoted text in replies, automated time stamping of all deliveries and receipts, and broadcast messaging. [261KB] BetterCalc 4.2 has improved compatibility with Mac OS X 10.2, adds support for services, includes scientific functions as well as logarithms and trig functions, and other enhancements. The $8 application is designed to solve complex mathematical expressions, allows expressions to contain comments, and features a panel which allows for the defining and redefining of numerical or expression variables. [1.3MB] Alexandre Aybes has released SearchBar 1.0, a free utility that will allow you to quickly perform searches in any of 26 popular search engines, such as Google, Apple Developer Documentation, CNN, and the Internet Movie DataBase. The floating palette is controlled by a Hotkey and will display the results in your browser. [483KB] Simon Kornblith's EntourageGPG 1.3b3 includes support for PGP/MIME, allowing users to encrypt or sign attachments (with a few limitations). The free package provides a front end for GPG, an OpenPGP-compatible free public key encryption tool, within Microsoft Entourage. (Requires GNU Privacy Guard). [E-GPG, GNU-PG]
Norpath Elements Studio (NES) is a multipurpose authoring application for creating a wide range of interactive solutions including e-learning applications, rich media presentations, prototype designs, and interactive content for the web and kiosks. The graphical object-based authoring environment includes tools for graphics, animation, multimedia, knowledge, pre-built application logic, and interface components and it ships with a full set of element libraries, templates, and publishing wizards to help designers quickly create and deploy their interactive applications. It is $500.
Ars Technica has posted in-depth look at IBM's PowerPC 970 chip (due to ship next year), comparing it to Intel's P4 2.8 GHz Northwood and Motorola's MPC7455 (a.k.a. the G4e or G4+) and including technical details on fetching, decoding, dispatching, issuing, execution and completion as well as the chip's 900MHz DDR bus.
Charles Schwab's new stock-rating system, aimed at "helping investors recognize underperformers," gives Apple's stock an 'F' rating--the lowest available: "Per our analysis, Apple is pretty unattractive across the board. It's still selling at an above-average multiple of earnings and cash flow. Management is issuing shares (as opposed to buying them back), which we mentioned before that we don't like to see. And short-sellers are selling more and more of Apple short."
4D has released WebSTAR V 5.2.2, a free update to its server suite which fixes issues with FTP passive connections, SMTP relay authentication reliability, and SMTP virus support compatibility with some message encoding methods. [74MB] Clichť Software's PodNews 3 Preview Release 1 offers the ability to transfer news headlines to the iPod. It enables users to synchronize news from any website with an RSS or RDF stream- either from a built-in list of hundreds or by specifying a URL. It requires Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar and will expire on December 1st. [513KB] BeerMeister 2.0 is a shareware beer recipe organizer designed to help homebrewers organize and create beer recipes. The $13 shareware offers Recipe creation guide, the ability to save recipes, and the ability to open more than one recipe database simultaneously. [Classic, OSX] James Hassinger notes that Canon recently posted updated CanoScan drivers, including ScanGear CS 7.01 and the CanoScan Toolbox 4.1.1 for the Canon LiDE 20 and LiDE 30 scanners: "These are OS X native, and they work pretty well. It gives functionality to the front buttons. The only thing that doesn't yet work is OmniPage, though that might work in Classic." Classic versions of the driver are also available. DC Website Creator 1.5 is a $25 "donationware" program that uses Graphic Converter to automatically create photo thumbnails and a web page from a user defined web template. It offers automatic Image level adjustment for color correction and the ability to include date stamps and/or security file naming. [2.0MB] EarthBrowser 1.6.6 brings increased screensaver resolution, new webcams and volcanoes, and other fixes to innovative Earth simulation that combines an easy to navigate 3 dimensional globe with real-time weather conditions and 5 day forecasts. A demo of the $20 shareware is available online. [1.7MB] Gideon Softworks has released SSH Helper 1.0, a free OpenSSH configuration utility for Mac OS X that allows you to control access to your account, generate new OpenSSH keys, View/Export your Public Keys, and Setup and Control the OpenSSH Server. The company also updated FileXaminer 1.5 ($10), a Jaguar-only version of its utility for modifying file and folder attributes. [SSH, FX]
Palm today introduced the Palm Tungsten W handheld with integrated GSM/GPRS functions, a built-in keyboard; one-handed navigation; and a high-resolution color screen. The company also introduced the Palm Tungsten T handheld with one-handed, 5-way navigation and an integrated Bluetooth solution for wireless connectivity.
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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