The Internet worm that nearly cut off Web access in South Korea and shut down some U.S. bank teller machines doubled the number of computers it infected every 8.5 seconds in the first minute of its appearance; Microsoft is "warning" that the success of the open-source movement could hurt its sales, potentially forcing the software giant to cut prices and sacrifice both revenue and profits; Dell Computer says the time is right to stop including floppy disk drives as standard hardware on its consumer desktop computers.
Our special 12" PowerBook G4 and iMovie 3 coverage continues today. More owner comments about heat is included in the PowerBook report; further bug reports have been added to the iMovie 3 issue catalog.
Boris FX today announced Continuum Complete 2.0, a package of 110 filters for Adobe After Effects 5.5, Apple Final Cut Pro 3, Discreet combustion 2.1, and Boris RED. The package includes 16-bit processing, optical flow for high-quality footage retiming, 32 new filters including new texture generators, hundreds of user-customizable presets, filter-specific electronic help, and substantial revision of all existing filters to add new features and optimize render quality and speed. It is available now for $600 with upgrades starting at $200. It is a free upgrade for users who purchased after December 1, 2002.
USC's Daily Trojan reports on a potentially dangerous defective Apple power cords and a law student's efforts to have the power cords recalled because of saftey concers due to aberrent electrical discharges (sparks). The same problems were evidently echoed by other readers in Apple's Support Forums, but Apple refused to acknowledge the problem (or resolve the situation) and subsequently deleted the posts (as well as links to the online petition requesting a recall of defective power cords).
The Omni Group has released OmniGraffle 2.1.1, its Mac OS X diagramming and charting application. The update provides minor bug fixes. [13.2MB] Intelli Innovations has released an update to its $80 e-mail merge software for sending business and personal e-mail. IntelliMerge 3.1 adds Mac OS X 10.2 Address Book integration, improved batch unsubscribe, and improved Bounce Checker, and and SQL Dump and XML export improvements. [Classic, OSX] Scott Kevill's GameRanger 3.1.2 adds several new features to his online gaming service for Mac users, including automatic game detection, email address validation, automatic mute when chat view is collapsed, and fixes for several games. [182KB] MicroMat's Drive 10 v1.1.4 update is an update to its advanced disk utility for Mac OS X, offering both disk repair and data recovery functions as well as automatic, regular backups of important volume structure data. It addresses issues with Energy Saver, updates for French and Italian localization, and improved Volume Structure Rebuild/Repair routines. [3.5MB]
Digital Peripheral Solutions (DPS) today announced that it has purchased the assets and brand name of QPS Inc., the manufacture of computer hard drives, CD burners and DVD burners, as part of QPS's reorganization under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The new company will continue manufacturing its Que!-branded products and distribute them through the retail channel, provide customer and technical support, and introduce new products in the coming months. DPS specializes in external storage devices that include DVD, CD and hard drives for PCs, Macs, notebooks and other devices with a self-described mission to "deliver advanced, award-winning products complete with all appropriate software and cables."
Avondale Media today announced that Apple will be offering a 20% discount on the iLife suite to all attendees of the next iDay seminar, which takes place on Saturday, February 8 in Palo Alto, California. The Saturday's iDay 2003 will also feature a guest speaker: Joe Lambert, who will speak on the power of digital storytelling and on the capabilities that the Mac and iLife software bring to storytellers. iDay 2003 is an eight-hour seminar devoted to iLife as well as Adobe Photoshop, Apple's Final Cut Pro and Express, and DVD Studio Pro. The seminar's focus is on helping Mac users of all levels master today's digital media tools. Registration is $100; a half-off discount to user group members is also available.
BetterHTMLExport 2.01 is a shareware ($20) export plugin for iPhoto that exports html pages. Version 2.0 offers compatibility with iPhoto 2, expanded documentation, export of IPTC information from images, a software update checker, and new variables available for templates--as part of the new and improved template mechanism, which allows you to create your own additional templates and install them. [179KB] ScriptOrganizer for FileMaker Pro is a simple tool which enables developers to efficiently organize scripts in ScriptMaker. It offers multiple script selection, sort functions, Script menu customization, and script renaming functions. The $60 tool is fully compatible with all .FP5 and .FP3 files and runs on Mac OS 8/9/X. February updates for Symantec's Norton Anti-Virus and Network Associates' Virex 7 are now available. [NAV7-OSX, NAV8, V6, V7]
A reader has written instructions for extracting video from a TiVo Series 1 with Mac OS X: " I was frustrated with the lack of information available on TiVo Community and Deal Database forums for Mac owners. The only solutions I found on these boards were overly elaborate and involved either Virtual PC or an additional Wintel box."
Macworld Expo promoter Charlie Greco is leaving local trade show giant IDG World Expo to work for tech consulting firm Gartner Group, of Stamford, Conn. The Boston Herald notes the departure may "complicate efforts to ensure that corporate star Steve Jobs, Apple's chief executive, makes an appearance at the trade show next year," however, Greco said he expects to see the computer maker set up a booth alongside hundreds of companies that sell products for its machines.
Readers note that Apple is searching for employees for upcoming retail store locations in Chestnut Hill, MA as well as Boca Raton, FL. MacNN reader Benjamin Lowengard describes the possible Chestnut Hill locations: "I'm not sure if it's headed for the Atrium mall or the Chestnut Hill Mall--both of which have many locations for a store. The Atrium is a nicer mall with Williams Sonoma, Borders and a great Vietnamese local restaurant chain. The Chestnut Hill mall has Brooks Brothers, HMV and Bloomingdales." Meanwhile, another reader passed along an unconfirmed report about an upcoming store in Toronto, Canada: "I've heard from a reliable source that a large Toronto store which has been for sale for almost two years has been purchased by Apple. It's on Queen Street East, just east of Broadview, in an area known as the Queen-Broadview Village." [updated]
CandyBar 1.5 is the latest version of the Mac OS X system icon customization application. Version 1.5 brings support for iContainers, a new way to package and distribute icons, developed jointly by Panic and The Iconfactory. iContainers are a large group of icons packaged into one handy container - a single file, allowing users to import and export entire CandyBar icon sets from a single file. A demo of the $13 software is available now.
WiebeTech today announced Forensic NoteBook DriveDock, a write-blocked FireWire bridge that can be used for forensic analysis of notebook data storage devices and will be "especially useful for law enforcement and criminal investigation marketplaces." It allows data to be read from drives without risk of writing data back to the drives. (The original Forensic DriveDock is already available and supports 3.5-inch drives.) The $300 compact device uses the Oxford 911 FireWire bridge, is bus-powered, and requires no drivers.
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Trade-up program expands in Europe
Smartphone users in France, Italy, and Spain will have until at least August of this year to trade in old iPhone, Windows Phone, or Android models at Apple Stores, and put the reward towards a new iPhone -- thanks to an expansion of Apple's trade-in program into those countries. The money given for the trade-in must be applied towards a new iPhone on a two-year payment plane, and traders must qualify under a credit check as part of the program. Interested customers can apply for the trade-in at their nearest Apple Store. http://bit.ly/1qPsldD
NBCUniversal adds Bravo, Syfy, E! to Apple TV
NBCUniversal has launched three new apps channels for Apple TV users. Bravo Now, Syfy Now and E! Now brings users access full seasons of current and past episodes of most of NBCUniversal's catalog. The Bravo Now app includes shows like "The Real Housewives of New York Cit," "Below Deck Mediterranean," comedy "Odd Mom Out" and "Top Chef." The Syfy Now app offers up shows like "The Magicians," thriller "12 Monkeys" and the reality show "Face Off." The E! Now app serves up shows like "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," "Botched," "#RichKids of Beverly Hills," Caitlyn Jenner's "I Am Cait," and "WAGS." While some content is free, most content requires users to authenticate via their cable satellite or telco TV provider. http://bit.ly/20K4Pea
Apple rolls out Arabic version of Apple.com
Apple has rolled out a new version of its Apple.com website for Arabic language users in the United Arab Emirates. The site utilizes a right-to-left reading format where it has been updated, although the upgrade is still in progress with a number of page links still in the original English language left-to-right format. Of particular note is that the site debuts an all-new custom Arabic font created by the Tarek Atrissi Design agency, giving it a highly contemporary look and feel. The new support for Arabic on its host website follows the introduction of full support for right-to-left languages in iOS 9, and the addition of Arabic support to Siri late last year. http://apple.co/20JHGIM
Adobe previews Photoshop content-aware crop
Adobe has previewed a new 'content-aware crop' feature from the next version of its Photoshop CC. The new feature is similar to its 'content-aware fill' from the current version of Photoshop CC, and potentially saves users time when cropping photos in a way that might otherwise leave blank white space in the frame. Adobe's 'content-aware' tech automatically assesses the blank space and seamlessly fills the blank space with the nearest related content in the space when a photo is expanded or rotated without the need to manually clone that part of the image. The feature allows users to move a horizon by adding more sky or ground, change the aspect ratio by adding content around the edges of the image and fill in the corners of an image when rotated during a crop. Adobe says the feature is coming soon and will be automatically available to Creative Cloud subscribers. http://adobe.ly/20JDFEu
Markzware updates Q2ID for QuarkXPress 12 files
Graphic design file conversion tool maker Markzware has launched a new version of its Q2ID tool. The InDesign plugin enables users to open QuarkXPress files within a new InDesign (INDD) document, without rebuilding the QXP document from scratch -- the new version includes support for QuarkXPress 12 files. Q2ID Subscription members can download the new version as part of their annual plan. A single-user can purchase the plugin for $200, with other licensing options available. http://bit.ly/1Z4dS9t
PopChar X 7.5 arrives
Ergonis Software has released PopChar X 7.5, an improved version of the company's tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts. PopChar X 7.5 adds support for combined emojis in the Apple Color Emoji font, enhances the "Font Info" view, and adds many further enhancements that improve overall speed and stability. PopChar X 7.5 retails for €30 ($34), and is free for anyone who owns a license for PopChar X 7 or purchased a license for PopChar X 6 on or after March 1, 2014 [4.5MB]
Safari Technology Preview release 5 arrives