Address Book Publisher 1.0 for Mac OS X is a simple utility that extracts contact information from Apple's Address Book application, and then generates an HTML file containing the data. It will import all address book data -- including photos.
Alepin 2.0 ($5) is a significant update to the "notepad & scrapbook" implementation for Mac OS X. This second major release yields a new toolbar, a 'category' drawer, hyperlink support, more keyboard shortcuts, a System Services menu item and a better registration/personalization system. [210KB] Apago has released updates for its PDFshrink and PDFshrink Lite applications for Mac OS X. Version 2.0 compresses PDF files to smaller sizes than before, features an improved image scaling filter, and offers compression of all PDF elements (including non-images). [Full, Lite] Black Magik Software has released eLister 2.1 -- an update to its eBay auction listing assistant. The latest release adds support for eBay Gift Services, category selection beyond five levels, 4X6 card printing, and better previewing under Mac OS X. Version 2.1 of the $30 utility also addresses a number of small bugs, including one affecting the handling of image URLs. [Classic, OS X]
Griffin today announced the release of a PowerMate Black Limited Edition to celebrate the product's one-year anniversary. Available exclusively online, the PowerMate combines "beautiful design and ease of use into a unique award winning multimedia controller that can be used as a volume knob, or programmed for any number of other uses such as a jog/shuttle wheel for movie editing or a scroll wheel for long documents." It is $45. (The standard version is available with a brushed-aluminum finish.) Update: Griffin reports that the company expects to sell out of these limited edition PowerMates by the end of this weekend.
Netlock has announced Nortel Multi-OS Contivity VPN Client 2.0. The utility for secure wired and wireless networks supports Mac OS 9 (Mac OS X support in December), Windows, Linux and HP-UX. The update incorporates support for LZS compression, support for Solaris 64-bit operating systems and Dynamic NAT traversal. iOrganize 4.3 is a Notepad alternative for Mac OS X. It now features web links by command-clicking for both URLs and email addresses, new preference options and an improved database engine. [1.7MB] QuickASCII 1.0.3 is a console-based movie player and picture viewer for Mac OS X that is powered by Quicktime. It now features the ability to increase window size by up to 2.25, improved framerate with GLTerm and inverting the luminence of the movie. [20KB] Data Coder 1.0 is a free software development tool for Mac OS X. It can convert between a variety of data formats, including UTF-8 text, UTF-16 text, hex-encoded text or base-64. [44KB] Panic has updated its popular Mac OS X FTP client, Transmit 2.1. The update adds an "Edit in BBEdit" feature, fixes a problem with passwords being visible as plain text, adds French localizations and improves AppleScript support. The price is $25, or $17 to upgrade from Transmit 1. [568KB]
Aspyr will be releasing the Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Game of the Year Edition demo this afternoon at 6:00PM EST. The squad-based tactical combat game features a mission-driven storyline with 15 different single player maps and 6 multiplayer maps. The demo includes Ghost Recon and the expansion pack, Desert Siege.
DayChaser is a new calendar and scheduling application built exclusively for Mac OS X by Econ Technologies; "DayChaser is different from most calendar applications because it works with separate Calendar Documents. A Calendar Document is just a file - just like any word processor or spreadsheet document." The $20 application allows you to work with multiple calendars simultaneously and exchange entries between them; it is fully customizable, integrated with the Mac OS X 10.2 ("Jaguar") Address Book and will auto complete email contacts. [1.0MB]
Brother today introduced the HL-7050 and the network-ready HL-7050N commercial-class office laser printers. The printers feature print speeds of up to 30 ppm, 1200x1200 dpi resolution, 32MB of memory, 600 sheets of input paper capacity and 500 sheets of output paper capacity. Both also include CompactFlash storage capability and N-Up, poster, watermark print modes, and both parallel and USB connectivity. The HL-7050 and HL-7050N have estimated street prices of $1000 and $1,100, respectively.
Pangea Software is now shipping the boxed CD version of its new 3D action-adventure game, Bugdom 2. The CD version is identical to the downloadable version, but also includes other game demos and unregistered full versions of Pangeaís earlier games. The CD version of Bugdom 2 is only available directly from Pangea for $35.
DigiTunnel 1.1 includes a new status/control menu, split-routing feature to connect to Internet sites while connected to a VPN, and compatibility with Watchguard Firebox VPN Servers. The company also reduced the price to $58 (from $88). A 30-day demo is available. [1.9MB] PocketNotes 2.01 brings bug fixes as well as French and German language support to the $20 notepad application for outlining and planning. It features multiple skins, a "links shelf" to store URLs/emails/files, multiple notepads, search functions, and other features. [2.6MB] Sean Kelly's skHTML 3.0 is described as a "full-featured website development application" with features such as code-hinting, syntax highlighting, powerful search and replace, Tidy integration, FTP Access, an RGB-Hex color converter, and other functions. A limited demo of the $20 application is available online. [1.1MB]
PGP 8.0 Beta 2 for Mac OS X offers numerous evolutionary improvements as well as the following new features: full support for Mac OS X 10.2 (if you have Mac OS X 10.0 or 10.1, you need to upgrade to 10.2.1 or later), full PGP Disk interoperability with PGP Disks created by all prior PGP Disk products (Mac and Windows), AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) support in PGP Disk, significantly expanded Unicode support, and built-in support for Apple Mail and Microsoft Entourage X.
Formac today announced Formac gallery 1740 OX, the first product in its new oxygen line, which offers leading-edge technologies for an affordable price. It features a modern snow-white design, the latest Multi-Domain Vertical Alignment (MVA) technology and Formac's proprietary digital graphics technology as well as brightness of 220 nits, a contrast ratio of 400:1, and pixel response of between 10 and 25 ms. It is due at the end of November for $700 and ships with a 1-year warranty.
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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