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Yesterday we reported that Connectix will be releasing a utility similar to SpeedDoubler with Mac OS 9 compatibility, Macromedia\'s Dreamweaver UltraDev, noted Steve Jobs as appointment as Man of the Week, and the release of Webshots Desktop Lite 1.0.1, Microsoft UAM 5.05, and Z-Write 1.0.
Onflow, a provider of movie-quality Web advertisements, has introduced its online authoring system for rich media over slow modem connections, which is now for both Macintosh and Windows. The service consists of four components: a Web-authoring tool, a media server, a player and an ad-tracking service. Designers can compose their own work through Web-based authoring tools at no charge. The authoring system will be able to import files from leading graphics programs. Onflow can be served through third-party ad servers.
Webshots Desktop Lite 1.0.1, a free application to update desktops with photos, was recently posted. The update improves image quality for high-resolution displays and fixes a bug with corrupt images.
Men\'s Magazine AskMen.com recently selected Steve Jobs as its Man of the Week. Apple\'s CEO receives an overall rating of 89, and the lengthy analysis goes on to explain that \"there are many people who are responsible for Apple\'s resurgence (notably Jonathan Ive, designer of the iMac), but it was Steve who held everyone together and convinced everyone that Apple would never die. For that, Steve is our man.\"
As we originally reported back in January, Connectix today confirmed that the company will be releasing a new, Mac OS 9-compatible product that will incorporate and expand upon Speed Doubler 8\'s file copying features. \"Due to [an] overwhelming and enthusiastic customer response we have started development on a new product incorporating the most requested features from Speed Doubler along with a couple of enhancements.\" [updated - story]
Belkin Components has introduced its Pro Series S-400 FireWire-compatible cables, featuring Quad Shielding Construction and Signal Exact Twist technology. The professional-level cables are available now in 4- and 6-pin versions and range in price from $35 to $60.
A federal judge has ordered that Napster stand trial for copyright infringement, after the judge failed to agree with company\'s claims that it is merely providing a service and cannot be held responsible for users that exploit the service.
Microsoft has posted User Authentication Module (UAM) 5.05 for Mac, which provides secure encrypted authentication to Windows 2000 Servers running Services for Macintosh. The new version adds support for Mac OS 9\'s Keychain feature, runs natively on both 68K and PPC, and offers other bug fixes and improvements.
Keyspan is now shipping its USB Parallel Printer adapter. The $40 device designed is primarily for PC owners who wish to free up their parallel port, but can also be used on Macs with a variety of parallel-port based Epson Color Stylus printers coupled with version 5.5 or later of Epson\'s printer driver.
Cisco/Aironet is looking for a Macinsoft software developer to implement its wireless LAN products on the Macintosh platform. The work is for the areas of drivers and GUI client-management functions and is a full-time position. Interested applicants should contact Rick Rebo, software development manager.
Macromedia has announced Dreamweaver UltraDev, a new version of the company\'s Web design tool that will enable users to visually develop Web applications and connect sites to databases.
Doc Halpern of Mad Science Laboratories and Justin Dauer of The Pseudoroom have announced the inaugural Iconverge, an event for icon artists to develop icon sets based on a common theme. This year\'s theme is based on the artist\'s answers to the following questions: What word do you love? What word do you hate? What word do you fear? Participation is by invitation only; 27 iconists have been chosen. The final set will be available for download on June 30.
iArch Global has released PubPro 3.0, an update to the publishing-management program. The new version improves the interface and adds several new features. The $400 program features customized billing capabilities, detailed revenue and payment tracking and an editorial network database.
Stone Table Software has released Z-Write 1.0 for Macintosh, a $20, nonlinear word processor for creative writers and researchers. Z-Write allows the writer to store unlimited documents in a single file, organizing information any way they want. They can also move, combine and print out just the sections needed, manage multiple versions of chapters, export a completed book as linked HTML files or Rich Text Format and view multiple sections at the same time. A demo is available.
Over the weekend we noted a 15\" flat panel/G4 bundle from Apple for $3500, the release of Compuserve 2000 for Mac, CD/DVD SpeedTools 5.0 Gerry\'s ICQ d43, and a warning from Apple about using Password Security on FireWire PowerBooks.
Several readers have pointed out that one of the illustration\'s CNN is using for its Love bug coverage centers around a Macintosh Classic, when Macs were not affected by the virus.
Absolute Quality, Inc. has announced that it will debut its new eCustomer Support service at Apple\'s World Wide Developer\'s Conference next week, as well as its robust call/interaction center and proprietary bug tracking software, Bug City. The company provides its testing services at any stage during a product\'s development life cycle, compiling feedback, testing, and support.
Yenco.com has posted a strawberry version of Agenda 1.1 for Mac, a $15 round, virtual calendar that allows for the recording and playing back of voice reminders.
Appleholics-Anonymous.com, which years ago was one of the first pro-Mac Graphics sites on the Web, has returned as a Mac GUI enhancement site. The site features desktop pictures, images, and icon sets. It includes desktop pictures and Web graphics to download. The site is conducting its inaugural Desktopalooza design contest for the best Mac Evangelism desktop picture.
PreviewMaker 2.4.1 is an update to the $10 utility for previewing and testing Kaledoscipe schemes. The new version improves performance and adds several small features.
Evergreen Technologies has introduced the fireLINE ComboCard, an IEEE 1394/USB PCI combination card. It is equipped with three external FireWire ports, two external USB port and one internal FireWire connector. The $150 ComboCard can connect up to 63 FireWire devices at a time and is available now.
Met@box Corp., part of the German company, Met@box AG, has recently opened in Austin, Texas to market the JoeCard line of PowerPC G3 and G4 processor upgrades in North America. The JoeCard has been produced and marketed in Europe and Japan for the last two years. The U.S. company will market upgrades in ZIF-, L2-, and daughtercard versions.
Epson has introduced the PhotoPC 3000Z, a three-megapixel digital camera with 3x optical zoom, 25-second video clip feature, and a hot shoe for an external flash and manual controls. The $1,000 camera also features HyPict image-enhancement technology, a 16 MB CompactFlash card, four rechargeable AA NiMH batteries and USB compatibility. Currently, the company is offering a $100 mail-in rebate on the purchase of any digital camera, printer and scanner combination. There is a $50 rebate for those who purchase any Epson digital camera and a Stylus printer or scanner.
Power On has released On Guard 3.3.1 for Macintosh, an update to the cross-platform security and computer-access management software. The new version adds the ability to export preset configurations across the network, improves compatibility with Mac OS 9.0.4 and addresses several issues reported by users. The upgrade is free for version 3.0 or users or later; the full package is $70.
Topics discussed today in our Forums area include questions on what users think of KDS monitors, how to share a Brother L 1250 on a mixed network, what to do about a slow AirPort disconnect, and using both IE 5 and IE 4.5. Other readers are having problems with Outlook Express\' attachments Zip disks and PC formatting, an iMac\'s Internet connection, EIMS and DNS errors, AirPort settings that can\'t be changed, Linux and iMac, and CD SpeedTools and DVD-RAM.
The FileMaker Developer\'s Conference will take place August 27-30 in Palm Desert, California at the Desert Springs Marriott. The conference\'s theme is \"The Future of Data: Workgroup, Web and Beyond,\" and will feature more than 50 sessions with new and updated topics as well as pre-conference seminars and product showcases.
Insider Software\'s UpdateAgent 8.0.1, improves 68k Mac compatibility issues and offers other enhancements to the company\'s its software for tracking application and system updates. A special one-year subscription offer is available through end of May. A demo displays all files required to bring a Macs applications up-to-date, and downloads Mac OS System updates for free.
Dr. B\'s Virtual Message Board Tool 2.5.2 is described as "the world\'s most efficient full-featured Web Message Board System," and offers speed and stability improvements, as well as a number of new features. Custom versions are available for WebSTAR, Webten, MacOS X Server, and other common web servers. Single-user licenses are $80 ($30 upgrade) and site licenses are $350 (free upgrade).
Tenon announced a public beta of its proprietary iTools for Mac OS X (DP3), which offers extensions and enhancements to the Mac OS X Apache web server as well as WEBmail, domain name, multihoming FTP servers. The suite of tools, to be released concurrently with Mac OS X, also offers a robust SSL encryption engine to support eCommerce, caching and proxy support, and a Sherlock-savvy search engine.
Dr. Bott\'s new MoniSwitch Pro LDI, developed by SGI, is "the first" KVM for digital flat panel displays. Due later this month, the $400 device offers support for SGI\'s digital 1600SW SuperWide Flat Panel Display with 1600x1024 resolution and the ability to share USB peripherals among 2, 3 or 4 computers and ships with "all necessary USB and super premium video cables!"
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Apple to open R&D center in India
A new report says that Apple will be opening a new technology center in Hyderabad, India, helping to boost the city's growing reputation as a tech center. The facility would operate within the WaveRock facility, and create 4,500 new jobs at a cost of around $25 million. In 2015, India surpassed the $1 billion in yearly sales milestone, and Apple has recently received permission to open retail stores in the country under its own control, an exception to rules that usually block foreign ownership. http://zd.net/1SMBVu4
Google killing Picasa starting May 1
Google Photos head Anil Sabharwal confirmed in a blog post today that the search engine giant will be shutting down acquisition Picasa. Support and downloads for the desktop application will terminate on March 15 with the application continuing to work for the time being. The transition to Google Photos truly commences on May 1, with deprecation of some Picasa API calls happening shortly thereafter. Users that have Google Photos access will find their photos already migrated. A mass-download tool for users not wishing to use Google Photos will be available sometime after May 1. http://bit.ly/1SmV2KH
Rogue Amoeba Piezo updated, departing App Store
In order to continue working on audio capture tool Piezo, developer Rogue Amoeba has simultaneously updated the app to version 1.5, and announced that it will pull version 1.2.6 from the Mac App Store. Customers who own the Mac App Store version have a one-time migration process to the Rogue Amoeba-served version. The company notes that the sandboxing restriction placed on Mac App Store versions "effectively stopped our ability to upgrade Piezo in any meaningful way." [8.80MB] http://bit.ly/1PIjz7l
FCC spectrum auction will happen without Google
After throwing its hat in earlier, Google (and associated companies) has declared that it is not participating in this year's FCC spectrum auction. A company spokeswoman said of the auction that "like all those interested in improved connectivity and equitable access, we'll be following the upcoming spectrum auction closely. That said, we have not filed to participate." http://on.recode.net/1oy5LWk
iPad Air 3, iPhone 5se sold Friday after launch?
Reverting the way products are actually released by Apple after an announcement to the way it was a decade ago, reports are circulating that new products revealed at a March announcement will go on sale the Friday immediately following the unveil. Slated to appear at a conjectural Tuesday, March 15 event are a new Apple four-inch phone with more up to date internals currently referred to as the iPhone 5se, and a new iPad Air 3 model with Smart Connector and other enhancements. http://bit.ly/1o7mqiY
Lexmark prevails in toner import appeal
Printer manufacturer Lexmark has won an appeal on the third-party US resale of its printer cartridges originally destined for markets outside North America. The appeals court ruled in a 10-2 vote in favor of Lexmark's demand to stop the sale and against Impression Products, both on the toner cartridge resale matter, as well as a related matter regarding overturning the reseller's refilling one-use cartridges and selling those in the US market. The ruling has ramifications in the tech industry, as well as the pharmaceutical and medical technology markets. Impression Products promises an appeal before the supreme court. http://reut.rs/1SLVmmG
AT&T expands BOGO promo to iPhone 6s
Beginning today, new and existing AT&T customers can purchase a new iPhone 6s and get another one free when adding a second line. Over the weekend, customers must purchase two phones through AT&T Next (one can be an existing number), and add both phones to a qualified plan. AT&T notes that "after three bill cycles or less" the account will start to receive up to $650 spread out over 30 monthly bill credits to offset the cost of the installment plan for the phone. Taxes are due at time of sale. http://soc.att.com/1SLUP4k