ClubMac this evening began offering a $40 credit towards UPS Ground shipping on any order form its online store. The offer extends through Sunday, January 19.
MacNN reader Neill Kimrey let us know that he received the copies of Apple's Final Cut Express that he ordered last week. Other readers also report receiving FCE shipments.
Apple today announced financial results for its first quarter of fiscal 2003, ended December 28, 2002.
Connectix has released Virtual PC 6.0.1 for Mac OS X, which fixes a problem that made it impossible to run TurboTax for Windows in emulation mode, as well as a crash that occured when attempting to startup Virtual PC in full screen mode. The new release also makes minor corrections to the Japanese localization of Virtual PC.
802.11g explosion PC Magazine reports that even though Apple is the only computer manufacturer to have implemented the advanced 802.11g wireless networking protocol, the news from CES is that many are poised to follow. Gateway stores close Gateway is closing four more of its retail locations, painting an even more dismal comparison to Apple's still-expanding store presence. The move is purely cost-cutting, and could be a bad sign for Gateway's current quarter earnings. MovieMaker competes with iMovie As Microsoft Movie Maker 2 is still in testing, PC Mag takes a look. The article says "Can it compete with iMovie? Not so much -- but it is better."
The Omni Group, developers of OmniWeb, OmniOutliner, OmniGraffle, and OmniDiskSweeper, is offering reduced prices for software licenses sold from https://store.omnigroup.com for those who couldn't be at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco. OmniWeb, for instance, is $25.00 instead of $29.99.
As previously reported, Apple is due to announce earnings at 5:00 p.m. today. A live stream will be available. Consensus analyst estimates predict profits of $.03 per share, though at least some analysts are predicting a loss. In related news, financial firm Morgan Stanley notes in a research brief that Apple discloses in their 10-K that net interest income will "decline substantially" in F03. "The firm's model has EPS of $0.22 with $0.19 from net interest income, but based on their new analysis, firm believes net interest income could be as low as $0.14."
Rainjul has released the Aizai Open Channel Server, an open source version of it's internet channel server software.† Aizai allows individuals and groups to view, create and distribute digital photos, movies, music, web pages, documents and folders via virtual television channels.
Eric Seidel has released mod_rendezvous v0.4 for Mac OS X 10.2. The Apache 1.3.x module which causes all running Apache 1.3.x servers to register themselves on rendezvous, and thus be visible in Apple's new Safari browser (under the Rendezvous section of the bookmarks) and in any other application which browses for Rendezvous enabled web servers. It has an improved installer, status logging, new configuration directives, per-server config support, multiple virtual host support, and other new options. [27KB] Casimage 1.1 is a complete database software for medical images, supporting the radiological format : DICOM as well as QuickTime and MPEG sequences: "The goal of this project is to help the development of digital 'teaching files' databases, a collection of imagery cases. Each case contains several images of any modalities and a textual description. This project provides a digital solution to manage and create these imagery teaching files: image browser, query system, editing software." [18.0MB] Bruno Blondeau's Pod Manager 1.4 is a $8 shareware for extracting music files stored in iPod. This new version features drag&drop support from the music list and German-language localization. [241KB] Kent Sorensen's $20 shareware Snak 4.9 is an update to his full featured IRC client with some unique and very useful features. Version 4.9 features the Actions list which allows you to set up automatic responses to many events as well as command buttons under the userlist, a new color menu, and an editor for the command buttons and contextual menus. Minutiae Software's PAID! 3.1 updates the FileMaker Pro runtime database program which allows freelancers in the film and television industry to easily track Job Invoices, Clients, Crew Members, Billing Items and Project Estimates. It includes a new mini calculator, improved tax withholding functions, and has improved networking support (requires FM Server or FM Unlimited). The $80 application is available for Mac OS 9/X. [Classic, OSX] A Better Finder Rename 5.2 is a contextual menu plugin which allows users to quickly rename multiple files. It adds ability to convert Macintosh file names to legal Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP file names. The $15 shareware offers interactive/automatic modes, the ability to process subfolders, batch renaming, and other functions. [Classic, OSX] Synergy Creations has releaed ConverTable Units 2.2, which improves its unique unit converting software, adding features for faster conversions (auto copy) and even more units (now over 300). Periodic Table 3.3.3 is the latest edition of its chemistry reference software, adding a new color changing feature to gradient periodic table views. Both are native for Mac OS 9/X and are shareware ($15). [CU-OSX, CU-Classic, PT-OSX, PT-Classic]
An Allied Business Intelligence report indicates that, driven by strong growth in the SOHO/retail market segment and broader global demand for 802.11x based wireless local area network (WLAN) solutions, shipments of chipsets are set to hit 23 to 25 million units this year, up from 7.9 million in 2001. Apple recently stepped up its demand for 802.11g wireless networking ICs.
Interiis has updated two of its shareware applications, Alfred 1.4 and Musroom 1.1.1. Alfred is customizable, universal plug-ins manager inspired by Mac OS 9's Finder and Extensions Manager. Mushroom is a developer tool dedicated to the management of the localized strings.
TimBuk2 Designs has announced it will be developing a 17" Apple PowerBook Laptop Sleeve: "We're adding a new size of our laptop sleeve- that well-padded little unit that allows you to take your work along with you whenever and wherever you go. It's specially fit for Apple's new 17" PowerBook, and will be available for order in mid-February. If it's another Apple laptop you're toting around, our small sleeve to fit Apple's 12" iBook, our medium sleeve fits the 14" screen iBook, and our widescreen size is designed for the Titanium G4."
DiVA 1.0b1 is "a high-speed, high-quality MPEG-2-to-QuickTime transcoder which features an all YUV graphics pipeline and pro-level image scaling, for maximum image fidelity. Combined with 3ivx D4 PR2 DiVA achieves frame-rates in excess of 35fps on a Dual 1GHz Power Mac G4." [241KB] WebPics 2.5.3 can quickly and easily build web page galleries from your digital pictures. Version 2.5.3 of the $16 sharware has complete AppleScript support, custom navigation placement (top, bottom or both), and an option to search for missing photos. [Classic, OSX] Synchronize! Pro X 2.02 is a professional-strength file synchronization and backup utility for Mac OS X. Basic file synchronization and backup features are available for free for folders containing 10MB. It features bootable OS X backups, schedules, and other advanced features. It is $100 for the initial license and $50 for a two-year renewal. [610KB] Jason Greene notes that Standard, Max, and Debug versions of MySQL 4.09 are now available for Mac OS X. The full list of changes is available online. [SD, MAX, Debug] WebCalX 4.0 adds a new batch mode, which will automatically create a HTML-Export that saves your Export-settings, new individual HTML-templates for every user, and other enhancements and bugfixes. WebCalX ($5 shareware) is for Mac OS X and allows you to publish your calendar as HTML site on the internet, offering options for layout customization, recurring events and large calendars. [1.5MB] Safari Task Bar 1.0 displays all open Safari windows in a floating window, allowing users to easily navigate among them. It offers options to limit the number of listed windows, one-click navigation, transparency, refresh times for listing, and other features.
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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
MIT demoes 'Eyeriss' AI chip for mobile
At the International Solid State Circuits Conference in San Francisco this week, MIT researchers presented a new chip designed specifically to implement neural networks. The researchers claim that "Eyeriss" is 10 times as efficient as a mobile GPU, so it could enable mobile devices to run artificial-intelligence algorithms such as Siri or Cortana, rather than uploading all data to a remote server for processing. http://bit.ly/1TISJBe
Pocket for iOS adds readability settings
Offline reader iOS app Pocket has updated, with reader-friendly changes. With the new revision, premium subscribers can adjust character spacing, and choose from eight new fonts including one that makes it easier for sufferers of dyslexia to read saved content. The app itself is free, with a premium subscription available for $5 a month, or $45 a year. http://apple.co/1KuILBl