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The Apple Store (and other Apple resellers) are offering a $200 rebate on the iMac DV+ and the iMac DVSE, following internal price cuts by Apple on these models (to resellers).
Stephane Madrau has released SwitchRes 2.5, an update to the extension for managing screen resolutions that adds the ability to personalize the resolutions name and a bug that prevented SwitchRes to show some DDC resolutions on the ATI Radeon cards.
Essentrix has released Trade Assist 2.2, an update to the $25 portfolio management application that tracks the performance of your holdings. Version 2.2 offers a new Ticker frame for easy dragging, resizing and closing, revamped password protection, and other enhancments.
Mark Cohen passed noted some caveats in Apple\'s new DVD Studio Pro, which is repackaged, renamed, and re-arranged version of Astarte\'s DVD Director suite and noted the availability of a discount coupon for previous owners of the Astarte product: \"Apple DVD Studio Pro is fully functional only on Power Macintosh G4 computers. It also requires Apple DVD Player 2.0 or higher. DVD Studio Pro is not supported on other Macintosh configurations. DVD Studio Pro does not support previewing with the WiredStream card (also called the Wired4DVD card) that came with Astarte DVDirector. You can still use the WiredStream card for playing finished projects from the hard disk, but the preview function is now handled by the Apple DVD player software.\" This is dissapointing as the Wire4DVD card allowed for vastly superior (hardware based) playback in comparison to Apple\'s DVD player (software), and also provided the ability to play MPEG1 and MPEG2 files directly off the drive ! This is an immensely useful feature as the need to preview encoded files during the authoring process is essential !
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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