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Default Folder 3.0.8 is a maintence update to St. Clair Software\'s $25 shareware utility for enhancing Open and Save dialog boxes. The new version allows the software to function correctly in the Classic environment under Mac OS X, among various other enhancements and fixes.
RiverSong InterActive will soon release TitleTrack Jukebox 2.0, a hardware and software solution for controlling an entire home entertainment system from a Macintosh computer. This free upgrade will add the ability to control any device that has a remote control, will play MP3 and other sound files and will generate reports. New users can purchase the software for $290.
Richard Bannister has posted BNSF/MacOS 2.1, an application for playing audio files from NES ROMs. The software runs natively under Mac OS X.
As noted earlier today, Apple is offering Apple Store customers $150 off their next order, in celebration of the Apple Store\'s third birthday. The offer expires December 19 and is being mailed directly to customers. It\'s unclear if all customers will get the coupon or not.
Mozilla 0.6 is the latest milestone build of the open-source Netscape Communicator-based browser.
Newer Technology today reduced the price of its 300 MHz G3 upgrade for Power Mac 6100 systems to $180, making it the most affordable upgrade of its kind. The upgrade is also compatible with all Perfoma 61xx systems.
Following our note yesterday regarding $1300 refurbished G4 Cubes at the Apple Store, several readers point out that Apple is now offering new G4 Cubes for $1350 to educational customers. Educational customers can also purchase the G4 Cube and 17\" Display for $1820, or the G4 Cube with 15\" Display for $2290. Premiere Apple Developers can also purchase new G4 Cubes for $1300, with a 17\" display for $1650, or with a 15\" display for $2000. Also, one reader who makes several purchases at the Apple Store reports receiving a $150 \"thank you\" gift certificate good for a short period of time.
Kanex Group has introduced MP3 Strip, a $15 fully-functional MP3 control strip module. Using it does not require any other program to be running. Additional features include automatic album list collection; hierarchical menu in the album list; and sorting by album, artist or folder name.
Men & Mice has released QuickDNS Pro 3.0, a DNS server and DNS management system for Mac OS. The update offers numerous automated features, including remote administration, streamlined user interface and improved assistants. The full version is $350; the update is $130 through December. The upgrade includes a free upgrade to the Mac OS X version to be released early next year. The upgrade is normally $150.
games.macnn.com has published the MacNN Holiday Game Buyer\'s Guide 2000, the complete guide to the season\'s hottest Mac games and hardware. In addition, the site has news on the release of a Mac demo for Rune, the third-person 3D action game that uses the Unreal Tournament engine.
J2S has posted PDF StartUp 2.0, a $550 commercial application for automatically opening PDF documents on CD-ROMs. This version can be used to display a start-up screen, makes sure the \"Search\" plug-in is installed and supports nine languages.
Uni Software Plus has posted PopChar Pro 1.3.1, a maintenance update to the control panel that allows for easy typing of obscure characters.
VST has introduced FireRAID, the first utility that allows FireWire drives to be configured in a RAID configuartion. The software works only with VST\'s drives, tool for storing and accessing data quickly and securely. It configures multiple VST FireWire hard drives, and sells for $110. Discounts are available if your purchase the software with VST drives.
Xicons.com has posted a new set of icons titled \"OS Drives.\" Twenty-four days remain in Xicon\'s December icon contest.
Buffalo Technology has introduced LPV-WL11, a wireless print server, the latest component of its 802.11 AirStation wireless networking family of products. It supports the Windows, Macintosh and UNIX operating systems and the TCP/IP, NetBEUI, NetWare and AppleTalk protocols.
Sig Software has posted Email Merge 1.9.5, a $30 program for creating mailings of individualized e-mail messages. This version adds support for Microsoft Entourage and for sending attachments with PowerMail.
Apple has posted the English-North American version of URL Access 2.1 for Mac OS 9.0.4, which provides improved access to secure sites that are either new or current sites using new certificates. The softwar has been available via Apple\'s Software Update control panel for some time.
Apple has posted QuickTime 5.0 Public Preview 2, \"incorporating a number of enhancements suggested by thousands of [Public Preview 1] users.\" A Windows version is now available as well.
Pittsburg State University\'s football team relies on PowerBooks to improve its game. The team uses cut-ups, video clips that document specific plays on the field, and a mobile editing system based on PowerBook G3 laptops to create desktop highlights on the road.
Tina Turner\'s backstage crew depends on Macintosh systems to drive \"one of the most exciting stage shows in the biz today.\"
Morning tech news: Motorola has issued an earnings warning, sending shares down as much as 20 percent in pre-open trading; Ken Barber, a key executive at AltaVista, will retire at the end of the year; and IDC says that shipment of computers worldwide will still grow about 20 percent this quarter over the same period last year.
Yesterday we noted several analyst downgrades on Apple, Xtrem\'s plan to ship its 1200 MHz G4 by the end of January, Mac OS X\'s possible February 24 release date, and Jim Matthews\' (author of the Mac FTP-client Fetch) $500,000 win on Who Wants to be a Millionaire.
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