Several MacNN readers note that the latest issue of PC Magazine contains an advertisement for Gateway, which features an Apple PowerBook G4 being used to listen to music in an advertisement titled "Shoot, Edit, or Jam." We've posted an enhanced scan of the ad, which was originally provided to us by MacNN reader Dan Sloan. Separately, the January 2003 issue of the PC Magazine credits Apple's FileMaker Pro 6 as being superior to Microsoft Access 2002 and five other database products, making it the Editorís Choice for Personal Databases.
Reliabit is currently seeking community feedback regarding the impending release of its Multicast Data Distribution System. The system is designed to transmit files from one computer to a large number of target computers simultaneously. The program addresses the scale issues of copying files from the one to the many.† In addition, the system offers security features for the encryption of data in transit, packet correction of multicast data, and distribution management. Reliabit would like to hear from potential enterprise, content delivery networks (CDN) and OEM customers, with suggestions for a license model and any other improvements/requests.
According to Sony's Mac EverQuest FAQ page, players of the soon-to-be-released game will not be able to play against Windows users, but instead will be restricted to a Mac-only server. A group of unhappy Mac gamers has started a petition, asking Sony to allow cross-platform gaming.
Apple today released Mac OS X 10.2.3 Update and Mac OS X Server 10.2.3 via the Software Update control panel as well as posted the downloads online: "The 10.2.3 Update delivers enhanced functionality and improved reliability for the following applications, utilities, and technologies: AppleScript, Classic compatibility, Disk Copy, Disk Utility, Image Capture, Mail, OpenGL, Print Center, and Rendezvous. It provides audio, disc recording, graphics, printing improvements, as well as AFP and WebDAV networking improvements. The update also provides updated security services and includes the latest Security Updates." [update: links included to full documentation]
Blue World today released Lasso Studio 6 for Adobe GoLive 6 on Mac OS X: "Lasso Studio transforms leading Web site editors into robust environments for building Lasso-based data-driven Web sites. Designed for entry-level Web designers to intermediate Web developers, [it] provides a complete authoring environment which dramatically eases the process of building data-driven Web sites." Upgrades to the $350 application are $200. (Blue World yesterday also released a Lasso 6.01 updater.) Casady & Greene has released iData Pro 1.05 for Mac OS 8.6/9, its powerful database that tracks virtually any type of information in one central place. It adds AppleScript support, as well as improved performance to the $40 update that organize data into free form fields. It offers functions for searching, printing envelopes/labels, and archive emails from popular email clients. (A Mac OS X version was released a few weeks ago.) The spaceflight simulation A-OK! The Wings of Mercury 3.0.2 includes improvements in cloud rendering and reduce mission start up time by 95%. The Mac OS X version also now supports 3D HID-compatible joysticks. It is priced at $60 and $30 for an upgrade from 2.x. The PandaWare Company has released a free update that adds new features and improvements, and fixes bugs to its $50 time and expense billing application: TimeCache 5.0.10 adds a "Remote" control window that gives users access to TimeCache from all other applications and a pulsing Dock icon when timing (Mac OS X version only). [Classic, OSX] Tri-BACKUP 3.15 offers several backup options for Mac OS X users, including immediate and scheduled backups, synchronizations, and restorations. It now adds checks for space constraints, has new dock-only option when run in the background, can skip specific files/folders during a backup, and has other cosmetic changes. Upgrades to the $50 application are $30. It runs on Mac OS X 8/9/X. [1.8MB]
TechnoWarehouse today announced price reductions of $25 on each of its iMAXpowr upgrades. The 500MHz G3 upgrade is now only $175 (after a $25 rebate for returning your old Apple processor core), while the G4 upgrade is now only $275 after rebate. The company says "Users upgrading with iMAXpowr should experience a performance boost of 2.5 times or greater." TechnoWarehouse has also created bundles with MCE Technologies' iCD-RW for users wanting to upgrade both their processor and their CD. The G3/iCD-RW bundle is priced at $370, while the G4/iCD-RW bundle is $470.
BitHeadz today announced it woould bring Audio Units support to its software packages under Mac OS X: "The next step in Mac OS X support will be the ability to work with Apple's OS X solution to processing audio. Currently, BitHeadz Unity 3.0 products, Phrazer 2.0 and Phrazer LE programs have OS X support in stand-alone mode. The new feature will allow users to integrate with current Mac OS X-compatible sequencers that support audio units, such as Logic." Audio units support will one of the features in Unity 3.1, which is expected to be released as a free update in the first quarter of 2003.
Panic has released Transmit 2.2, an update to its secure FTP client for Mac OS X. The $25 ftp client adds a an optional "Edit in BBEdit" button to toolbars, includes a new preference to manually set ASCII file extensions, lets a user automatically connect to a server on launch, fixes a potential problem with high idle CPU usage, adds a Spanish localization, and fixes a pretty impressive number of interesting bugs as well as adds Rendezvous support. Other features include SFTP/SSH support, batch downloads, synchronization, a built-in text editor, and file previews. It is a free upgrade for registered users. [656KB=]
A Cherry Hill, New Jersey school district is considering launching a laptop pilot program as early as this spring to provide wireless laptop computers for each of the 9,000 students and every teachers beginning in fourth grade, according to the Courier-Post. "Apple was the first company to make a presentation to the district at Tuesday's regular board of education meeting. Presentations from such companies as Dell, Microsoft, Intel and Compaq will follow in the next few weeks."
The GNU-Darwin project says it is stepping up its stridency and activism against Apple, noting issues with its DMCA and APSL policies: "First, Apple continues the wall-of-silence with respect to their repugnant DMCA-based legal action, and there is no reason whatsoever for us to think that they will not undertake similar action in the future...Second, APSL is languishing, and it is unacceptable to the free software community. It is now time for an APSL revision, which brings the license in line with the free software definition in accordance with the expectations of GNU Project." The project says that it "will not support or distribute any software which links to proprietary libraries, and that includes Cocoa, Carbon, CoreAudio, etc. There will be no native package manager from GNU-Darwin (pkg_add suffices)" and that it will be putting its PowerPC collection into maintenance mode.
Thursby's DAVE 4.02 update adds better support for Mac OS 9 applications that are HFS+ aware, enhanced browsing for networks (more than 3700 servers), improved copying for large (>10GB) data files, better support for Mac OS X 10.2.2, better support for Windows shortcuts, and improved directory listing speed. It is a free update to the $150 cross-platform file and print sharing application. [Classic, OSX] Sean Kelly's skHTML 3.1 adds Regular Expression support, improved syntax highlighting, a new interface for the CSS Builder, more contextual menu commands, and other enhancements to the $20 website development application with code-hinting, Tidy integration, FTP access, aand an RGB-Hex color converter. A limited demo of the Mac OS X application is available. [1.4MB] Alfred 1.3 from Inferiis is an "easy-to-use, customizable, universal plug-ins manager. Inspired from Mac OS 9's Finder and Extensions Manager, taking care of Mac OS X specificities, it improves user experience to install, remove and manage any kind of plug-ins like screen savers, preference panes, fonts... or anything else." The $7 shareware requires Mac OS X 10.1 or later. [1.0MB] MediaCapture 1.4 allows you to record with any digial video device directly into your computer and export the recorded media to a DV Stream or a QuickTime, AVI, FLC, or MPEG-4 (QuickTime 6) file. The $15 application for both Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X can now insert movies into another and add a starting transition. [998KB] ALAP's Imposer Pro is a major upgrade to its XTension for QuarkXPress, adding support for 8-up printer flats, multi-page signatures as well as a new tiling feature allowing any size flat to be output to any size output device and support for split web, sheetwise and multiple unit printing. It runs on Mac OS 8/9, requires Quark Xpress 3/4/5, and costs $400 (upgrades are $200).http://www.alap.com/products/imp2pro.html
Infinite Loop's iStock 1.2 for Mac OS X tracks users' favorite stocks and personal portfolios. The $12 shareware now calculates gain/loss for sold shares, adds support for import/export with custom templates, and adds a scrolling ticker. [348KB] Charliebot is an open-source artificial intelligence project built in Java designed to be integrated into Websites: "Charliebot contains three default personalities, integrated Webserver, and more!...it is developed on Mac OS X using Project Builder though it can run on any Java 1.3 VM. [It] is an extension of work done by the alicebot.org foundation and the Anna project." [3.9MB] AfterTen Software today announced the addition of WeatherManX Menubar to the WeatherManX Extras program suite ($5 shareware). WeatherManX Menubar can display multiple weather icons in the menu bar for user selected U.S. cities. Also, both WeatherManX.menu 3.0, its Mac OS X menu bar weather application for U.S. cities and WeatherManX.saver 1.5, the OS X weather screen saver were both updated. A new trial period, now 30 days (up from 10 days), is available to everyone. [1.7MB] Adaptec has also updated is PowerDomain 1.2 driver software for Mac OS X designed for its 39160 dual-channel host adapter (in addition to the updated 29160 driver for OS X noted yesterday). [85KB]
Willow Design has announced its portable iBook Mac Lab carrying case for the iBook curriculum lab: "Designed for the Surrey, British Columbia school board, the Mac Lab case is configured to carry up to six 12" iBooks in individually protected compartments, an AirPort BaseStation as well as the power supplies, cords and accessories needed to set up a mobile iBook lab." The Mac Lab cases are expected to ship in the first week of January and are available for a special pre-order price of $170 ($15 off) and includes Willow's lifetime guarantee against defects in materials or craftsmanship.
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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