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Corel Corp. is offering a beta version of Corel Painter 6.1b Natural-Media creation tool. The update, soon to be final and free to 6.0 users, improves the soften, sharpen and highpass features; and adds a new woodcut effect.
Met@box announced it is offering a Holiday Rebate on its new MetaDrive Express Firewire line of portable harddrives and joeCARD processor upgrades. Its new FireWire drives available in 10GB, 20GB and 30GB formats for $430, $570, and $900 after rebates of between $30 and $80.
Apple has posted the Multicountry version of Apple Modem Updater 2.0. This updater supports the internal modem which came with the PowerBook G3 series, iMac, Power Macintosh G3 and Power Macintosh G4 computers. The bundle contains new modem firmware for the internal 56K modem, updated AT command set and Modem Country Selector (English-International version only).
Apple has posted the English-International version of Mac OS Runtime for Java 2.2.3. The update is Oracle Certified, provides substantial performance improvements and incorporates numerous bug fixes.
FoldersSynchronizer 1.9.6 is a maintenance update to the $20 Mac utility for synchronizing or backing up folders.
Microsoft is offering $100 mail-in rebate on Office 2001 for the Macintosh when an iMac, iBook or PowerMac G4 Cube is purchased. To qualify, users must have purchased a qualifying Apple computer within 60 days of acquiring Office 2001.
We have posted a review of The Sims: Livin\' Large, the expansion pack to the phenomenally-successful strategy game The Sims.
Big Business officially announced Big Business 3.0 this week, after quietly updating customers for last several weeks. Version 3.0 of the business management solution with sales, purchasing, inventory, and accounting modules features a new database engine that offers faster searches and sorts, better stability and scalability, and new Print Preview options, custom forms, reporting tools, alerts, and reports. A demo CD with both single and multi-user versions is available.
Black Magik has released File Hider 1.0, a $20 shareware utility that allows you to quickly and easily "hide" selected files and folders on your Macintosh so that they cannot be seen by casual observers or users of your Mac.
games.macnn.com has posted an article profiling the Computer Golfers Association (CGA), a group of Mac users that have been playing Links online since 1994.
Eric Hyman\'s MacBibble 1.2 is an update to the 16-bit JPEG, .nef, and EXIF file reader, manipulator, browser, and corrector with ICC support. It adds new instant previews in the browser window and the ability to specify JPEG quality and TIFF dpi as well as fixes several bugs. A demo of the $100 shareware has been extended for previous users.
Interesting threads in our forums include: using an iBook or PowerBook for MIDI, Mac-compatible free internet services, hard drive recommendations for a G4 tower, how to create self-mounting disk images, offering each user their own appearance setting under Multiple Users, AirPort health concerns, recording directly to a CD-R, using iMovie with multiple monitors, and converting Real files to QuickTime.
Pacific Tech\'s popular Graphing Calculator 3.0 brings the ability to add text comments to documents, printing, an export to Web feature for creating HTML files and PNG images, and the ability to save in RTF format for export to word processors. Upgrades from v2.7 are $20 and $40 from v2.0, v2.1, and v2.2. A demo of the $60 application is available online.
Sand Hill Engineering has released XTension 3.2.3, an update to its Mac-only home automation software that adds support for the LynX-Port and more verbs for the X-10 Extended Code suite for controlling the new \'smart\' devices. XTension is available in a free Lite version which incorporates all of the features of the full version, with only a limitation on the number of database units.
GrabPac today announced a new line of carrying cases for iMac and iBook, which have been "redesigned from the ground up with a host of new features and colors including a perfect Key Lime." The new $50 GrabPac for iBook is available in black, indigo, and key lime, while the Pro model for the iMac ($80) and iBook ($60) are available in simulated tan or black leather. The GrabPac Classic is still available at new, lower price of $40.
Chaotic Software\'s QuickMovie 1.2, a $20 utility that transforms a series of images into a single QuickTime movie easier than ever using MacOS 8, 9 or X, adds the ability to resize the main window, scale images, and other enhancements.
Belkin has introduced the CD LaunchPad, a $25 CD labeling system targeted at consumers. Users can create both labels for CDs as well as jewel cases. The CD LaunchPad will ship in January 2001.
Thomas Tempelmann has posted two Ricochet modem scripts for use with the company\'s original 28.8Kbps wireless modem, and new 128Kbps model. The scripts contain improved functionality over Apple\'s own.
Today\'s DealNN bargains include: Power Mac G4/500 MP systems for $2000, reconditioned iMac Rev/D (333 MHz) units for $600, 64 MB of PC100 RAM for $22, an NEC 19\" flat screen monitor with USB hub for $360, UMAX\'s Astra 2010U USB scanner for $15, and several DVDs for under $10.
Apple debuted a new television ad yesterday titled Internet Gift. The 30-second spot features Jeff Goldblum, who discusses the merits of \"giving the Internet\" this holiday, and with it an iMac.
Nisus Software is offering Nisus Email for $20a savings of $10 off the regular priceduring the Thanksgiving weekend. Nisus Email allows for e-mail composition in word-processing applications and allows users to send e-mails from within other applications.
During the past week, MacDesktops has posted 14 new pictures, including Audrey Hepburn (portraits), Chicken Run (animation), Disproportionate (starscapes) and Dragonheart (movies). The site is updated daily.
Yesterday we noted Apple\'s possible retail presence in Chicago and posted review of the Voodoo4 4500 PCI. Other updates included Adobe\'s Illustrator 9.01 Update, Aladdin\'s InstallerMaker 7.0, Power On\'s Rewind 1.0, and 3dfx\'s Mac drivers v1.1.2 as well as FirewireDirect\'s SlimLine DX line of external 3.5" FireWire drives and Popular Science\'s Best of What\'s New 2000 area.
Automated Solutions has released FileToolkit 3.0.2, a 4th Dimension plug-in which provides a variety of enhanced and optimized document management and network operation routines, including over 100 new commands to the 4D language. A limited demo of $160 plug-in is available online.
CalcIT v1.1 is a $11, customizable, shareware calculator that offers scientific and memory functions as well as hex or binary modes as well as conversions between metric and English units of length, mass/weight, and volume.
Morning tech news: The Illinois Institute of Technology has concluded that Carnivore, the FBI\'s controversial email monitoring system, \"does not provide protections... commensurate with the level of the risks\"; an IBM supercomputer is being installed in Hawaii to analyze \"space junk\" in the paths of U.S. satellites; and the latest European Microsoft antitrust case will be combined with an earlier case, according to a report issued by the European Commission.
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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