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Sean Laurence noticed that Apple has added a Mac OS X Requirements page, which lists Mac OS X-ready Macs and states that 128 MB of RAM and 1 GB of disk space is needed for the installation. Not surprisingly, processor upgrades in Power Mac G3 systems are not supported. (more OS X news at osx.macnn.com)
Apple is currently quoting 7-10 weeks deliery on its high-end 733MHz Power Mac G4 systems from the Apple Store, while others indicate their orders from early January have been delayed as well. Lower-end 466- and 533-MHz digital audio Power Mac G4s appear to be in good supply at resellers and at the Apple Store, which quotes a 1-day delivery time for standard configurations and 10-days for BTO dual processor 533MHz configurations (which have already shipped to some). Readers, however, note that PowerBook G4s, which began shipping in limited quanities earlier last week, were not shipped to some who were promised tracking numbers by Feb 3 in a note from the Apple Store. (Apple\'s first-come-first-serve policy may not have been strictly enforced, according to a few readers in our forums.)
Gefen, Inc.\'s ex·tend·it DVI-to-ADC converter box extends any ADC (Apple Display Connector) device up to 18 feet away using a DVI cable for extension, allowing older DVI-based G4 machines to connect to newer ADC-based Apple monitors. The converter is expected to ship in 6 weeks, according to the Website (pricing not available). It requires a $50 ADC-to-DVI Adaptor (M-F) when used to extend ADC-equipped Macs. (Belkin recently confirmed that it was working on a VGA-ADC adapter and was gauging interest in a DVI-ADC adapter as well).
Bitzhead last week posted an update to its software analog synthesizer for the Mac, Retro AS-1 2.1.1 and its software sampler, Unity DS-1 2.1.1--both of which add direct USB support for Roland PC 300 USB MIDI keyboard. (Version 2.1 of each application added multiprocessor support for dual processor G4 machines.)
Sound Sculptor II 2.4.3 brings Mac OS 9.1 compatibility to the $30 commercial-quality sound editor with overdubbing capabilities: It plays 8 tracks of stereo sound with precise control of volume and pan; records sounds in mono or stereo with input gain control; and includes a multi track mixer, which has level meters and controls.
Tascam\'s US-428 digital audio workstation controller now offers compatibility with MOTU\'s Digital Performer and now ships with Bias\' Deck LE multitracking software for the Mac. The company promises to ship a Mac version of Steinberg Cubasis AV software in Spring 2001 with its $600 USB controller. (Tascam also recently made a new version of its Tascam US-428 v2.00 driver available, which provides support for MOTU Digital Performer in addition to Digidesign\'s ProTools, Cubase VST, and other applications.
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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