Cheetah3D 1.2 is a fast and elegant 3D modeler for Mac OS X with "an easy learning curve. It offers many tools from simple polygon editing over advanced subdivision modeling to boolean operations and Beziere splines." Version 1.2 adds jigsaw and scalpel tools, improves ring cut and point slide tools, and adds a status view to the main windows (as well as other enhancements). It also includes the first public preview of Cheetah3D's OpenGL hardware renderer. The $60 application runs on Mac OS X 10.3 or later (only on G4-based Macs).
Several readers note that Apple's iPod played an important role in the making The Two Towers and The Return of the King: "Compact, sweet by design and capable of delivering precious goods to far-flung destinations, Frodo is to Middle Earth what Apple's iPod is to modern-day digital media. Just as Frodo exists basically to transport that precious ring to where it needs to go, 'Rings' master Peter Jackson found a way to make Apple's iPod all about helping him get his digital dailies where they need to go, namely halfway around the world."
Apple's 1984 TV ad was voted the No. 4 Super Bowl commerical of all time behind Coke's "Mean Joe Greene", Annheuser-Busch's "Zebra", and McDonald's "Michael Jordon vs. Larry Bird." The Super Bowl Greatest Commercials aired on CBS on Saturday, January 31 at 9 pm: "since 1967, there have been 37 Super Bowls with approximately 60 spots each, totaling more than 2,200 Super Bowl commercials." Meanwhile, NPR this morning took at the look the history of the 1984 commercial--the audio of which should be available later today.
Apple Knowledge Base roundup: Apple offers a short primer on Firewall settings and logging; a list of Mac OS Versions/Builds included with Macs since 1998; a note about choosing best quality vs. best performance in iDVD 4, including the inability to burn a disc on dual processor Power Mac G5 computers if 'Best Performance' is selected; and getting the best audio quality when using Apple In-Ear Headphones.
Apple has posted the official Pepsi iTunes Music Giveaway page that offers official rules, a FAQ, a redemption form, and other details on the promotion. The iTunes Music Store has a new Pepsi logo that offers a convenient method to check the redemption coupon on Pepsi product bottle tops (new users must register). All Pepsi-iTunes promotion song credits must be redeemed by April 30, 2004.
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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