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Black Diamond has released a public beta of its popular download manager Monica 3.0b1, a $20 shareware \"queue-based file download program for the Mac for downloading files from the Internet using ftp, Hotline and http protocols.\" This version brings better support for non-standard FTP and HTTP servers, better handling of queue-enabled Hotline servers, better stability, HTML-based documentation, and GUI changes.
MuchoThumbs 1.0b1 for OS X is a developmental Carbon version of its application for creating a large number of web pages extremely rapidly: \"[it] is specifically written to produce thumbnails web pages and all linked pages, starting from an images folder.\"
iSlideShow 1.0pb1, now in public beta, is an application for creating slide shows for multimedia projects and webpages. The $10 shareware QuickTime-savvy application is Carbonized and includes over 65 diffrent transitional effects, QT export routines, and offers full drag & drop support.
Joshua Botts reports that the Apple Store has upgrade all orders of Mac OS X to FedEx Saturday delivery, including those that were to ship via standard UPS: \"Just wanted to let you know that I got the Fed Ex Saturday Delivery Upgrade on my order even though I had UPS as my carrier. Apple must have decided to give everyone a treat, not just those that wanted expedited shipping. Of course I\'d be a little mad if I paid the extra $10 now....\" Previously, we noted that Apple had upgraded all orders with FedEx delivery to Saturday delivery.
Paul Sian notes that Popular Power, a company that provided Mac support for distributed computing, has shutdown, but promises to continue its \"non-profit projects\" for as long as they are able.
Josiah Pugh has released iTunes Associator 1.6 which batch converts mp3s for use with iTunes. This version adds new filters, and a Pro version is included.
The Sega Genesis/Megadrive emulator for the Mac, Generator/MacOS v0.17, fixes a long-standing bug that caused slow music in some games, adds SN79476 sound emulation, and is now carbonized for MacOS X.
Following a settlement earlier this week between Connectix and Sony and agreement to \"advance emulation programs,\" Sony is reportedly evaluating the possibility of adopting Connectix\'s PlayStation emulation software \'Virtual Game Station\' to Microsoft\'s XBox.
RealMac Software\'s Button Builder 1.7, for both OS X and Mac OS Classic, adds Website templates and updated button designs, and better documentation to the $10 shareware for creating button-type graphics for the Web and multimedia projects.
The Pittsburgh Business Times confirms a report from last week, noting Apple\'s plans to enter the retail market with Apple-branded stores, adding that \"along with plans to establish flagship sites in larger markets such as New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, Apple is working to bring retail stores [2-3] to the Pittsburgh market. [It] hopes to have stores open in Western Pennsylvania by the end of the year.\"
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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