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Following a public outcry from Mac users in response to former Apple evangelist Guy Kawasaki\'s appearance at IBM\'s PartnerWorld 2001, Business Week\'s Charles Haddad responds with \"Why Mac Zealots Need to Chill\". \"If Apple is willing to welcome change, then, perhaps its more fanatical users should, too.\"
Alexandre Carlhian\'s MP3 Streamer 1.1, now Carbonized for OS X compatibility, brings performance enhancements and bug fixes to his $20 shareware server that allows MP3 to be streamed on a local network or on the Internet.
QPS is now shipping its Que! Fire 16x10x40 CD-RW, a $400 external FireWire-based drive. It ships with UDF Reader and Toast, CD-RW media, a power supply, a cable and a protective carrying bag. QPS also says that the drive is \"also compatible with future versions of iTunes software.\" A $30 mail-in rebate is available from QPS through June 30th as well.
Thursby Software has released DAVE 2.5.2, a free update to its $150 flagship cross-platform networking product that adds Keychain support, an improved setup assistant, better DHCP handling, \"virtually automatic\" setup on corporate networks and a new installer feature designed to better support non-English systems. DAVE offers bi-directional file and print sharing for Windows PCs and Macintosh computers, TCP/IP-based networking, and Security-Domain Logon for accessing Microsoft networks.
Apple\'s Macintosh Manager 1.4 can be used to manage Mac OS client computers that have Mac OS 7.6.1, Mac OS 8.x, and Mac OS 9 installed: \"If your client computers already have Macintosh Manager 1.1 or later installed (also known as Multiple Users and included as part of Mac OS 9), you should update your client computers to Macintosh Manager 1.4 to take advantage of bug fixes and other changes.\" An English-International version is also available.
Apple today announced plans to acquire privately-held PowerSchool, a provider of web-based student information systems for schools, for $62 million in stock. PowerSchool offers school administrators and teachers the ability to \"easily and cost-effectively\" manage student records and gives parents real-time access to track their children\'s progress, according to Apple\'s PR. The company has 160 employees. The closing is subject to regulatory approvals, approval of PowerSchool shareholders, and other customary conditions to closing.
Matrox Video Products Group today announced the release of Matrox RTMac, its much-anticipated realtime editing card which works with Final Cut Pro 2 to provide realtime editing. The \"Matrox Flex 3D\" architecture uses Matrox accelerator technology to provide broadcast-quality effects and 32-bit, uncompressed, animated graphics in a dual-stream, native-DV editing environment. The $1000 PCI-based card will be available within the next few days at authorized dealers and distributors worldwide. [price updated]
ExpressionTools has released ETShade Professional R4/E, an English language version of its high-end 3D graphics application for 3D modeling, rendering and animation.
Apple has disbanded its G4 Cube development team and has bought back more than $3 million worth of the units from CompUSA, according to a MacUser UK article that cites unnamed sources. Members of the Cube development team have been flat-out laid off, and the settlement with CompUSA was apparently reached after executives of the retail chain convinced Apple that, despite a number of promotions, the Cube simply was not selling.
MacNN readers report that Mac OS X orders are shipping to Canadian resellers and are expected to be in stock later this week: \"However, we are of course under agreement with Apple not to sell, display or demo OS X until 12 a.m. March 24.\" One reader also reports that some orders at the Apple Store--those with requested FedEx delivery--have been upgraded to \'Fed Ex Saturday Delivery\'.
A preview of LucasArts Entertainment\'s 3D adventure game, Escape from Monkey Island, has been posted at Applelinks.com. The game is scheduled to be released later this month for the Mac by Aspyr Media.
Gameport has posted two new screenshots from the 3D adventure game for the Mac and PC in development at Dragonstone Software, Dragon\'s Lair 3D.
pc.ign.com has published a preview of Cornered Rat Software\'s upcoming massive multiplayer online war combat game for the Mac and PC, World War II Online. \"...WWII Online will do away with the artificial crosshair in favor of a gun barrel sighting model. Just like a real soldier, you\'ll have to look down the barrel of the rifle to line up your target. The game raises the bar for realism by including blood loss, oxygen levels and fatigue. You won\'t be able to run non-stop across the whole of France without taking a breather or two.\"
With first quarter results due Thursday, Upside discusses Adobe\'s recent earnings warning and the effect of the slowing economy on Adobe\'s earnings: \"most analysts are not betting on Adobe to meet the consensus estimates of $345 million in revenue and 28 cents per share in earnings posted by First Call/Thomson Financial.\"
Marathon Rubicon, the upcoming scenario for Marathon Infinity, will be released this Saturday, March 17 (St. Patrick\'s Day) at 12:01 AM EST. The scenario will be available as both a standard version, which requires Marathon Infinity, or a standalone version which works with Aleph One, the open-source Marathon project which provides 3D acceleration, high-resolutions and more. In addition, users will be able to mix and match the two options by downloading files individually.
The Wargamer has published an interview with PopTop Software\'s Phil Steinmeyer on the upcoming strategy/simulation game, Tropico. \"We want to make the game easy enough for a newbie to enjoy, challenging enough for a veteran, very deep, and balance several quite different economic elements (agriculture, mining, logging, industry, tourism, etc.),\" says Steinmeyer.†\"We\'re pretty close, but still have a bit of work to do.\"
Afternoon X-Box news from Gamestock: VR-1 Entertainment and Microsoft have announced an action/adventure game to be released this year for the X-Box, Nightcaster; tentatively titled Project Gotham, Bizzare Creations\' new racer for the X-Box is will have many elements reminiscent of the company\'s Dreamcast racer, Metropolis Street Racer; Azurik: Rise of Parathia, a new adventure game for the X-Box, features a unique weapons system governed by the elements, load-free gameplay environments, ever-changing enemy characters, and open-ended game design; and in addition to including 150 songs from independent bands in its freestyle snowboarding game for the X-Box, Amped, users will be able to make their own custom soundtrack and save it to the built-in hard drive.
Dantz Development will make a public beta of its Retrospect back-up software available for Mac OS X on April 13, according to Macworld UK.
Apple today announced Final Cut Pro 2, after it quietly began taking orders for the product at the Apple Store earlier this morning (with a 5-day ship time). \"Final Cut Pro 2 is Apple\'s next generation, award-winning video editing, compositing and special effects software that features real-time editing, breakthrough Power Mac G4 performance, and a scalable architecture that allows users to output content into any video format.\" The software, expected to be available on March 19th, carries the same $1,000 price tag as the original Final Cut Pro, with a $250 upgrade price. [updated]
Clarkwood has released Peek-a-Boo 1.6, an update to its $20 utility for monitoring and manipulating running processes as well as adjusting CPU allocation to each process. Version 1.6 adds a new Apple Event interface (SDK available) to enable third-party programs to use Peek-a-Boo\'s Special Technology feature to set process priorities. CSM Pack 1.2, a $10 set of useful control strip modules, now includes a module that works closely with Peek-a-Boo to make it easy to set processes\' priorities from the control strip. [PB 1.6, CSMs]
Viewpoint Corp has released a a Mac beta version of its Viewpoint Media Player, which it says brings \"genuine, robust, interactive 3D media to the Web.
Stimpsoft has released Trout Mask 2.0 (client), which brings support for clickable hyperlinks in the chat window, sound sets, skins, and hot keys to the freeware chat application with features such as icons, news, user level permissions, and private messaging. Version 1.5 of the Trout Mask Server also brings HTML support and a few security enhancements. [Server, Client]
Odessa Software is testing a second beta of ConceptDraw v1.6b2 for Mac OS X, which adds enhanced Drag & Drop, improves toolbar support, and adds a help menu to its multilingual, cross-platform application for creating business and technical drawings. A trial of the $125 application for Classic environments (v1.5.8)is avaialble online. Odessa has also released ConceptDraw Server 1.0, a $1120 application for Windows which can broadcast ConceptDraw documents across the corporate Intranet or Internet by automatically generating HTML pages from ConceptDraw documents.
Glass Bead Software\'s SnapTalk 1.0 is a shareware Mac chat program that allows users to instantly communicate with anyone, providing a list of connected users, verbalization of incoming messages, and the abiity to use \"away messages\" to respond to incoming chat requests. Pricing is $7.50, $25, and $100 for single, five-user, and site licenses, respectively.
Glass Bead also recently added voice messaging, spell-checking, draft-mode, and multiple-user support to its complete messaging, chat, and LAN mail application, SnapMail 3.01. The peer-to-peer messaging system designed for businesses does not require a \"mail server, internet connection, or any administration.\"
The international Colour Committee has chosen Indigo as the color of the year, according to Macworld UK: \"research has shown that you can sell a mediocre product in the right colour, but you canít sell a good product in the wrong colour.\"
Adobe SVG Viewer 2.0rc1 is the latest release of its plug-in that allows Web browsers to render SVG, Adobe\'s new XML-based language for Web graphics.
Prowler 2.0 is a $15 shareware image browsing and management tool that offers a full screen browser and advanced slideshow with transitions and other effects as well as otherimage organization/editing tools, such as image rotation, copying, renaming. Version 2.0 brings HTML contact-sheet generation, improved contextual menu options, and printing options.
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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