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Yesterday we noted that Apple has made WWDC conference sessions available on DVD, the release of VirusBarrier 1.1, WebShocker 2.2, America Online\'s two-way pager, and Sony\'s 9.1 GB MO drive.
Born Again 1.1 is a $25 utility that allows Mac OS 8.1 to be installed on certain 68030 that normally are unable to use the OS. The new version revises the differences between paid an trial modes, allowing users to demo the software for 30-days, instead of the previous three-usage limit. The trial mode can be downloaded by sending an email to the author.
Shares of Apple closed at $16.50 today, their lowest level in two years. The computer sector was hit hard by an earnings warning from Gateway that sent the PC maker\'s shares plummeting 35 percent. Dell and Microsoft both lost nearly 12 percent, while AMD and Intel gave up about 10 percent.
Bottom Line Distribution, the Mac reseller that mysteriously closed up shop in late September, has begun auctioning off inventory on eBay. The company plans on adding 25-50 items each day, most of which start at $1.
Apple has made available the WWDC 2000 Conference Sessions on a five-volume, DVD-ROM set to ADC members. It contains more than 80 hours of selected sessions from Apple\'s Worldwide Developers Conference held May 15 - May 19, 2000 in San Jose, Calif. The cost is $250 to ADC Online members; $150 to ADC Premier, Select and Student members; and $100 to WWDC 2000 Attendees.
printCafe has announced Connect 2001, the company\'s user group conference, is set for Wednesday, June 13 through Saturday, June 16, at the Walt Disney Dolphin Hotel in Orlando, Fla. printCafe provides print-management software and e-commerce application for the printing and publishing industries.
Genealogy.com has added seven new titles to its Internet Family Archives collection, expanding available names and information by more than 10 million. All seven can be viewed by both PC and Macintosh computers. The titles include New York, 1900; Kentucky, 1900; and Virginia Colonial census records. Pricing for each title ranges between $30 and $60.
Italian Words and Phrases 1.0 posted One App Software has posted Italian Words and Phrases 1.0, a language-learning application for the Macintosh, complete with dictionary, grammatical notes, a phrase book and a business dictionary.
RecoSoft has posted WebShocker 2.2, a significant update to its $50 Web animation production tool. The new version utilizes the company\'s Smart Color Technology that accurately remaps colors when saving a 16- or 24-bit animation as a GIF. A variety of other enhancements are also included, including Multiple Users support.
Belkin today announced a two-port PCMCIA FireWire card for PowerBook owners. The Mac version of the $100 Cardbus card will ship in December and will include Strata VideoShop 4.5.1. Also arriving in December from Belkin will be a $110 FireWire/USB PCI card, as well as an $80 two-port USB-to-serial adapter.
Today\'s bargains at DealNN include a refurbished iMac G3/400 for $1,000 with free overnight shipping, iMac DV Indigo and an Epson 777 for $960, and Connectix Virtual PC 3.0 Windows 98 for $155.
Extensis is currently running a half-off promotion for all of its Photoshop and QuarkXPress tools, including Mask Pro 2.0 (now $100), PhotoTools 3.0 (now $75), and Intellihance Pro 4.0 (now $100). The special pricing expires December 18.
America Online today unveiled a two-way pager that allows members to both check and send email as well as exchange instant messages with AOL/AIM users. The $330 device features a form factor similar to typical two-way pagers; the service costs $20 per month and uses Bell South;\'s networks.
Intego\'s VirusBarrier 1.1 adds support for 60 new viruses, the ability to scan compressed files, a turbo mode for faster scans, contextual menu support, and more.
iREZ is auctioning off Kritter Cam ZVs with PCMCIA capture card. The discontinued product originally sold for $250; the starting price on the auction is $65.
Interesting topics in our forums including a discussion on the merits of the G4 Cube over the G4 Tower; playing DVDs with 64 MB of RAM; the value and need for consumer, software firewalls; difficulties connecting to AIM for users of certain ISPs; and problems connecting a Kodak DC290 camera to a Mac.
Afternoon tech news: DoCoMo has purchased a $9.8 billion stake in AT&T Wireless; a consumer-targeted lie detector that interfaces with cell phones, PDAs, and other devices was put to the test in the presidential debate; and Compaq and Disney have agreed to a $100 million deal that will have Compaq advertising on Disney\'s sites, and Disney purchasing Compaq hardware.
Sony today announced its next-generation, 5.25-inch, 9.1 GB magneto-optical drive. The SCSI-2 drive, which supports media capacities nearly twice that of its predecessor, will ship next month in internal and external configurations from Sony for $2,600 and $2,850, respectively. The drive supports both 8.6 GB and 9.1 GB media, as well as older MO media.
During the past week, MacDesktops has posted 14 new photos, including Being Green (iMac), Fight Club (Movies), Natalie Mendoza (Portraits), Think Sock (Miscellaneous), and Under the Sea 3 (Fauna).
French Touch today announced that WaterRace, its 3D boat racing game, has gone gold and should be ready for shipping in early December. The game can be per-ordered for $27, 18 percent off the regular price, from now until it ships. We posted a preview of WaterRace back in September. (more gaming news at games.macnn.com)
Adaptec recently announced the FireConnect 4300, a $94 3-port FireWire PCI card. The Mac-compatible card ships with VideoWave 4 DV for Windows, but no Mac software.
Morning tech news: RealNetworks\' COO Thomas Frank has resigned; Lernout & Hauspie, the parent of Dictophone and Dragon Systems, has filed for bankruptcy protection; hackers have used a loophole in AIM\'s signup process to hijack accounts; NEC is recalling about 300 Transmeta-based notebook computers sold in Japan because of a manufacturing flaw with a batch of chips; and Ricoh has acquired Lanier Worldwide for $260 million.
Yesterday we noted the release of Lightwave 6.5, holiday sounds for iMovie, Live Channel Beta 1.0b1, and Contour Design\'s RollerBar Mousing Station.
Now AAPL Stock: 93.99 ( + 0.29 )
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