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Circuit City will begin offering its own $100 rebate off the price of any new iBook, iMac or G4 Cube as a "Manager\'s Special" starting tomorrow (12/17) and running through Saturday (12/23). This rebate can be combined with the existing HP/Apple $100 rebate (when you buy an iMac or iBook and an HP 648C printer) and the existing $300 G4 Cube rebate from Apple.
Sources tell MacNN that Japanese upgrade and peripheral manufacturer Interware has closed its doors. Interware filed for bankruptcy on December 14th, according to reliable sources and has a note at its place of business \"posted by lawyers [that] basically says, \'Stealing stuff from this office while bankruptcy proceedings are in place is a crime.\'\" Interware was the parent company of Vimage, a US company that stopped selling directly to consumers in favor of an OEM model. Interware\'s Website is available online and has drivers for the company\'s products. [updated]
MultiMode 3.8, an update to Black Cat Systems\' utility for transmission and reception of morse code, slow scan TV, and other modes, adds the ability to send decoded data to other applications for additional processing via TCP/IP as well as the ability to demodulate OSCAR 40 satellite telemetry transmissions in MPSK mode. Lite and standard versions are $40 and $90 respectively.
Happy Machines has released an early build of its 3ivx delta decoder 1.0d1, as we anticipated late last month. The codec, compatible with any QuickTime application, is based on the MPEG-4 specification. One reader in our forums claims that the new codec offers better compression ratios compared to QT5\'s Sorenson Codec.
Cookie Dog 1.04 is an update to the tool to automatically delete cookies set by Internet Explorer.
Pablo Gómez notes that ICQ 2.3a for Mac has been released recently, offering a changed interface and new DND and N/A Modes as well as fixes a few bugs.
Sound Studio 1.5 adds the ability to mix two sounds together, a more complete set of single-channel tools, faster performance, and many user interface tweaks as well as several "major bug fixes" to the $35 shareware digital audio recording and editing application.
A MacNN reader notes that www.apple.com now displays a "Powered by Mac OS X Server" badge, after the site was previously hosted on Sun Solaris running Netscape-Enterprise application server, according to a November Netcraft survey, which also lists the OS and server platform for many Apple.com subdomains. [The Webserver is Apache 1.3.9, according to httpver 1.1 , although the Netcraft survey engine is not currently running as of 11:00 am ET; oddly, Apple.com is not displaying the same badge.]
ExchangePoint 1.0 is a new client and server suite from Channel 8 Software that allows two or more users to chat, share files, post news, send and receive private electronic messages, and even draw together on a networked digital whiteboard. It is free to use to join and interact in existing communities; however, customers who wish to build their own online community can buy a personal license for $35 or a company license for $280.
LuraTech\'s LuraWave Director Xtra 2.2 is a new plug-in that adds support for .LWF files to Macromedia Director, allowing users to view files compressed with SmartCompress and the LuraWave Photoshop Plug-In, which offer lossless to lossy, scalable, multi-resolution proprietary image compression. The Director Xtra is bundled with SmartCompress for $150 or with the Photoshop plug-in for $200. Limited demo versions of the Xtra plug-in and compression applications are available online.
FMR Software\'s CacheMaster 2.0 can quickly locate and delete Micrsoft Internet Explorer\'s cache and history files. The $5 shareware is compatibile with both IE 4.5 and IE 5.
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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