ePocrates recently partnered with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to communicate bio-terrorism alerts to users via its DocAlert messages. With the upcoming launch of ePocrates Rx Pro for Mac users in the coming weeks, users will be able to receive these alerts via AutoUpdate (when they HotSync while connected to the Internet).
Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak will be speaking for the first time at at North Carolina State University on Saturday, April 26. The event will be hosted by PackMUG, the North Carolina State University Macintosh Users Group, and will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon at the Jane S. McKimmon Center. The keynote is open to the public and various representatives from area colleges and universities will be present. Admission to the address is free for all attendees, with tickets Sponsored by Apple. Preceding the event will be a tour by Mr. Wozniak of the NCSU campus, and interactions with students researching emerging sectors of technology. PackMUG will also provide a live video stream of the event.
MacsDesign Studio today released Web Help Desk 6.2.7, an update to its Web-based technical support solution. For education and enterprise customers, version 6.2.7 introduces customized priority and status types, due-hours calculation and scheduled tasks. The WebObjects-built application is utlizes a Java foundation to provide platform and database independence as well as scalability using built-in clustering support. Commercial licenses start at $600 and education licensing starts at $450. Macaroni 1.3.4 is an update to the Mac OS X tool that handles regular maintenance for Mac OS X, including the Mac OS X "repair privileges" process as well as Unix-style maintenance. Version 1.3.4 now repairs itself when necessary, to recover from file corruption and keep maintaining your Mac. [Download - 573KB] DBGateway is a 4D plug-in that connects to any ADO-compliant RDBMS that is running on Windows NT/2000/XP, including MS SQL Server, Oracle 8i/9i, Sybase ASE, MS Access, etc. DBGateway proposes a set of 4D commands allowing your 4D appllications to execute queries on most of the RDBMS that run in the Windows world. [Download - Download form] REAL Software announced today that VB Converter, a new utility that converts Visual Basic (VB) projects into REALbasic, will be included with the companyís upcoming release of REALbasic 5 for Windows, and in the next Macintosh release of the suite. REALbasic 5 for Windows will enable developers to create applications once and compile them for both Windows or Macintosh.
A new AppleCare document explains how to use a mobile telephone as a wireless modem. Owners of GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) mobile telephones can connect their Macintosh computers to the Internet using the phone as a modem.
LogicalVue Software today released SQLVue 1.0, an interactive SQL editor that makes it easy to view and develop REALbasic databases. Available in two Editions, a Starter Edition (free) and a Professional Edition ($30), it displays data in any table in a sortable grid, exports table data as HTML, displays all tables and columns in the database, processes any compatible SQL command, and can connect to multiple databases simultaneously. [Classic, OSX] Dog Park has released version 1.0 of N9YTY's EchoMac client, which gives licensed amateur radio operators the ability to access the Echolink system. EchoMac allows any licensed amateur radio user using Mac OS X to connect and talk to another amateur radio operator on a remote system whether it is a repeater, link, conference room or another computer user. Using a server connection, users can talk to as many stations as that conference server supports. [124KB] Spacey is a software utility that will work with iTunes and smart playlists to compile a top 5, 10 or 25 list and either email them, add them to iCal or send them to your iDisk. It can also send your compiled playlist(s) to an FTP site of your choice. [1.9MB] izi-Course 1.4 is a FileMaker-based solution for companies arranging trainings and courses that helps with registering and grading students, managing actions, sending mail, billing and creating other reports. Version 1.4 adds the ability to sell products with course participation (books, course materials, etc.), print lists and reports based on study- and course data, support for different VAT tariffs, more billing options, and other improvements. Pricing starts at $175. [4.0MB] Final Draft AV 2.0 is a full-featured script processor specifically designed for audio/visual scriptwriting. It combines powerful word processing with a variety of industry-standard formats, all in one self-contained, easy-to-use system that can line up multiple audio/video columns automatically and keep them aligned when text is added, edited or deleted. The $180 software runs on both Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X.
Ubi Soft today announced that Shadowbane, its massively-multiplayer online (MMO) game for both PC and Macintosh, has shipped to retailers in North America: "Set in a dark fantasy world burning with strife and unrest, Shadowbane takes the MMO genre to new heights of possibility by offering gamers an unparalleled challenge. It combines immersive role-playing with deep strategic elements such as city management, army creation, siege warfare and economic development. Shadowbane is also the first MMO to offer a Dynamic World Model, in which players' actions and decisions permanently change the history, politics and landscape of the game." A limited edition of Shadowbane CDs ($40) are available with a code to unlock three restricted races in the final version of Shadowbane.
A MacNN reader notes that Abode's "PC Preferred" page touts the original Digital Video Editing benchmarks (which were subsequently updated in November): "While the computers used in this study are no longer the fastest in their respective classes, the information is still valid. The PC outperformed the similar Macintosh machine, at an impressive rate."
IOGEAR today introduced its Hi-Speed USB 2.0/FireWire Combo ION hard drive. It is available in six drive sizes ranging from 20GB to 120GB in both 2.5" and 3.5" external hard drive models. IOGEAR's Combo IONs are priced at $200 for 2.5" version equipped with a 20GB drive and $180 for the 3.5" model equipped with a 40GB drive (7,200 rpm mechanism). Both are available immediately from all major catalog resellers, online resellers and selected retail outlets. It works with Mac OS 8/9/X and is also USB 1.1 backwards compatible. The Combo ION ships with a three-year limited warranty.
Insider Software today released FontAgent Pro 1.2, adding automatic activation of fonts in documents created in Adobe Illustrator to its abilities to auto-activate fonts in QuarkXpress and Adobe InDesign. The update also offers enhanced database management, auto-activation of fonts in OS X documents, printing support for Classic applications, as well as the ability to differentiate between Mac and Windows True Type fonts with a .ttf extension. The update also includes new documentation. The $90 font management application runs on Mac OS X 10.2 only.
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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