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Worldweb.net has introduced XT Connector 1.5 for the Macintosh and PC, which translates QuarkXPress documents and directories to XML. The documents are then stored within worldweb.net\'s Expressroom I/O.
Federal Computer Week has posted a story about the demise of Macintosh hardware in the U.S. Navy, citing Electronic Data Services Corp.\'s decision not to support it in its eight-year contract. \"The Naval Air Systems Command once had more than 10,000 Apple users, but their numbers have dwindled in recent years as Navair chief information officers in China Lake, Calif., and Patuxent River, Md., have restricted purchases of non-Microsoft Corp. systems.\"
Zero-Knowledge Systems has introduced the Windows version of Freedom 2.0, a free Internet privacy suite. A Macintosh version is slated for release some time in 2001. The suite includes a personal firewall, form filler, cookie manager, ad manager and keyword alert. The premium service, $50 per year, offers untraceable encrypted e-mail and anonymous browsing and chat.
Evening tech news: Palm has released a beta version of its newest 4.0 operating system; Creditcards.com was the victim of an extortion attempt that exposed more than 55,000 credit card numbers; and Lucent Technologies may be bought out by Nokia.
Bare Bones Software has posted BBEdit 6.0.2, an update to its popular text editor that adds various enhancements, interface refinements, and bug fixes. Release notes are documented here.
games.macnn.com has received an exclusive update on the development of Escape from Monkey Island for the Mac as well as news that JET SKI watercraft has reached golden master and will be available for purchase this Friday, December 15. In addition, the site has information on the forthcoming release of Myst III: Exile and demo releases for both M&M\'s: The Lost Formulas and Maximum Pool. [updated]
IDG World Expo has announced that Kevin Browne, General Manager of Microsoft\'s Mac Business Unit, and Rob Burgess, CEO of Macromedia, will be featured speakers at Macworld Expo San Francisco. Browne will speak on January 10 at 9:00 AM while Burgess will present on January 11 at 9:00 AM. Macworld Expo runs from January 9-12; exhibits run from January 10-12.
Polar Orbit Software has posted MacZaic 2.0, a $25 shareware application for creating photomosaics from digital photographs on Macintosh. It allows for scaling of subimage blocks, offers a preview mode, and creates JPEG images.
Xicons recently added a new set of Mac OS X toolbar icons for use with its Switcheroo! utility. The site has also added another set of icons, titled Agrapha Utilities II.
MacAcademy has announced the inaugural FileMaker Pro User\'s Learning Summit will be held in Orlando, FL, Feb. 26 through March 1. The event will offer four days of training, 64 different workshops and seven of the nation\'s leading FileMaker Pro experts. Registration is $1,000, and group discounts are offered.
Lockheed Martin Global Telecommunications has introduced Securedge Extranet, a secure networking product designed to enable protected business-to-business transactions and communications via the Internet. The suite also includes Securedge BPN, Securedge Advisor and Suceredge Protector. The client-side software is compatible with Windows 95/98/2000/NT, Macintosh, Linux and Solaris.
SETI UNiT Manager 3.1b2 is now available, adding several improvements to the popular SETI@home utility. (Join Team MacNN, our SETI@home effort, and show your support!)
Sony today introduced the PFM42B1 SuperSlim monitor, a 42\" flat panel monitor. The units supports both horizontal and vertical orientation, a 1024x768 resolution, and several digital video signals including HTDV. The display is available now for $8,000.
Apple, Cisco, Kasenna, Philips, Sun Microsystems and other companies, have launched the Internet Streaming Media Alliance. ISMA\'s mission is to accelerate the market adoption of open standards for streaming rich media over Internet Protocol. The first formal meeting is scheduled for February, when ISMA founders will circulate for review an initial specification for MPEG-4 over IP. Neither Microsoft nor Real Networks are members.
Fortune has posted a positive article comparing the iMac to Internet appliances. \"[iMac] does everything the appliances can do (with the exception of the touch screen) but has all the power and flexibility of a \'real\' personal computer. In other words, unlike the other mutts in this litter, this old dog can teach the user new tricks.\"
VSE is offering a special holiday Webmaster bundle that includes the company\'s Be Found 2 Professional, Link Tester Business, Web Site Turbo, and Animation Maker applications for $200, a savings of $60.
Thoth, a $25 shareware newsreader, has been updated to version 1.0.3, which includes a variety of minor enhancements.
Iomega has posted IomegaWare 2.8
Early morning tech news: AOL is in talks with Toyota and Sony to expand its Internet presence to cars and video game consoles; AMD has joined the ranks of Apple and Gateway in issuing an earnings warning, stating that profits this quarter will come in some 10-15 percent lower than expected and revenue would be flat; Compaq has begun testing PCI-X, its technology for doubling the speed of the PCI bus; and Adobe will announce its fourth-quarter results at 5 PM on Thursday.
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