Apple U.K. has announced a Winter savings promotion for British and Irish residents. The offer -- valid until January -- allows purchasers of new Macs to split payment over six months, with no interest.
Mobility Electronics today announced that Mac OS X 10.2.2 now offers support for MAGMA CardBus-to-PCI Expansion Systems, allowing users to upgrade their PowerBook computers to Mac OS X without losing compatibility with the MAGMA CardBus Expansion line of products. The company offers external (mobile) expansion systems for 1-, 2-, and 4-slot PCI cards (both half- and full-length) starting at $945.
New: CandyBar 1.0.2 is the latest version of the simple Mac OS X toolbar/system icon customization utility from Panic and The Iconfactory, which now includes full support for OS X 10.2.2. [1.6MB] New: Mulberry 3.0 brings a new user interface, new text macros and several bug fixes to the scaleable email client for Mac OS X. The new interface sports a standard OS X toolbar, option three-pane window layout, a tabbed mailbox pane and separate mailbox/address book windows. [Download form] Doug's AppleScripts has released iTunes Library Manager 2.5, an AppleScript applet that makes back-up copies of the iTunes Library database file. It now displays the name of the currently loaded "Library" in the Source pane, automatically backs-up current Library before loading a new one, and other enhancements. It is $5 shareware. iCal Calling iTunes! is another script that schedules iTunes Playlists to play with iCal and Make Mine MPEG-4 assists in ripping CD tracks as MPEG-4 audio using QuickTime Pro. [ILM, ICI, MMM] Sophisticated Circuits has added new features for Mac OS X to the public beta of iDo Script Scheduler. Version 1.5b10 includes the ability to run Unix shell and Perl scripts on a schedule, on idle, and with Hot Keys. [1.7MB] Isadora v0.9.8 adds three new 'actors,' an Image Tiler, a ditherer and video preloading to the graphical programming environment. An Isadora program is created by linking together "graphically represented building blocks," each of which performs a specific function. [6.5MB]
Update: Apple has released Backup 1.2.1 via the Software Update application in Mac OS X. New features since v1.0 include Disc spanning, scanning performance improvements, a combined CD/DVD mode, updated iTunes and iCal 'QuickPicks,' a better log file and support for larger 'recordable' CDs (such as 700MB). Version 1.2.1 also sports a 'metal' UI design. Tony Hawk Pro Skater 3 for Mac has reached the beta development stage, according to Aspyr Media. Developer Erkki Halkka has released the final version of Eki's PlugPak 2.0 ($50) for LightWave. New features in version 2.0 include SeaGen -- the highlight of the release -- which is a script for creating oceans. The update also includes 'Scenes,' which is a new script for previewing WIP models in a pre-made, lit scene. [Web site unavailable] Centromedia has announced the availability of Address Office 3.5 for Mac OS 9/X. Address Office is a free PIM (Personal Information Manager) that stores basic contact information such as phone numbers and addresses, in addition to email addresses, relevant URLs, and IM handles.[Classic, OS X] Events 1.5 Beta 3 is an update to the calendar Web site creation tool. Version 1.5 runs natively under Mac OS X (as well as supporting Classic versions of the Mac OS with the latest CarbonLib from Apple installed). iEvents generates HTML Web pages files that can then be uploaded to any Internet server. [981KB]
Aladdin Systems today announced financial earnings results for third quarter, ended September 30, 2002. The company reported a net income of $336,163 -- or $0.03 per share -- on revenues of $1,943,060, compared with a net loss of $387,102 on slightly lower revenues for the year ago quarter. "Being profitable in this economy is important," said Jonathan Kahn, CEO of the compression software maker, "the combination of the StuffIt and Ten for X product releases helped make the quarter successful."
British software maker Feral has released a demo of F1 Championship 2000 for the Mac OS. A trailer of the fast-paced racing game was also released today. The developer will ship a full version of the game November 22nd; the game will debut at the London Mac Expo, at the Islington Design Centre.
3DO is now shipping the Mac version of Heroes of Might and Magic IV. The game is the fourth installment in the popular strategy/fantasy series, in which "Emilia Nighthaven" must battle the "evil immortal King Gavin Magnus" and his "horde of Dragon Golems." 'Heroes IV' is available for Mac OS 9 & X at a retail price of $50.
SoftIntegration today released SIGL for Mac OS X, its solution for 2D/3D graphical plotting within the framework of C/C++: "SIGL meets the demand for an easy-to-use cross platform C++ graphical application. All functions in SIGL are supported in Ch, a C/C++ interpreter. The same graphical application can be either compiled in C++ or run from Ch directly without compilation... With SIGL, you can design and deploy the graphical application running across different platforms." It contains a plotting class with many member functions for visualization and simplifies the graphical plotting for C++ users. The $300 package requires XDarwin with the OroborOSX window manager in Mac OS X.
Planar today added two new 17-inch LCDs to its PL monitor product line. Planar's high-end PL171M offers both analog and digital inputs, ultra-slim bezels, integrated speakers and better visual performance. It is available with black, white or silver bezels for $560. The PL170, with a "sleek industrial design" and only an analog input, is available with black or white bezels for $520. All Planar desktop monitors include a three-year warranty with free, 2-Day Air advance product replacement for all three years.
Trolltech today announced the release of Qt 3.1, which Mac OS X 10.2 support as well as Motif integration to its multiplatform C++ software development tool. The Qt 3.1 QMotif integration module allows developers to insert Qt-based code into existing Motif applications step by step. The software is integrated with the Mac Appearance Manager, offers anti-aliased text drawing, user settings and greatly improved OpenGL support. Qt 3.1 is free of charge to open-source developers on Unix/Linux.
Script Software's Easy Card Creator 1.1 can create attractive and personal cards using personal digital photos. It can also create envelopes and supports templates for saving commonly used card styles. Version 1.1 supports drop shadows on nearly all objects, translucency, captions, and round rectangles as well as offers an improved interface and more folding options. [2.5MB] Stick Software has released Issa 1.0, a $10 shareware OS X application that offers a "virtual refrigerator poetry set." It allows you to change fonts, styles and colors, use different word lists, and export finished poems as text, HTML or images. [876KB]
A new Knowledge Base article provides more details on File System Journaling introduced in Mac OS X Server 10.2.2, which was released earlier this week (other Journaling-related articles, include Repair a Journaled Volume, fsck Reports Benign Errors, Disk Quotas and Journaling Not Compatible): "Mac OS X Server version 10.2.2 provides a new journaling feature for the Mac OS Extended (HFS Plus) file system which enhances server availability and fault resilience. Journaling protects the integrity of the file system on Xserve and other computers using Mac OS X Server in the event of an unplanned shutdown or power failure. It also helps to maximize the uptime of servers and attached storage devices by dramatically expediting repairs to the affected volumes when the system restarts. "Journaling is a technique that helps protect the integrity of the Mac OS Extended file systems on Mac OS X Server volumes. It both prevents a disk from getting into an inconsistent state and expedites disk repair if the server fails."
Bare Bones Software today released BBEdit 7.0, an update to advanced text editing application. Version 7.0 offers integrated support for CVS, support for multiple Web sites, new Sort Lines and Process Duplicate plug-ins, rectangular selection, ASP/VBScript syntax coloring, "Quartz" text smoothing, and better support for Mac OS X Services. The $180 package is available as a cross-grade ($120) to owners of GoLive, Dreamweaver, or BBEdit Lite. Upgrades are $50 for any registered user of v2.5 or later through the end of the year--after which version 6.1 customers can register for $60 and v6.5 owners can register for $50. [site inaccessible due to heavy traffic]
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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