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Turly O\'Connor, author of the popular FinderPop utility, writes: \"FinderPop, like most of today\'s INITs and control panels, will never run in its current form on OS X. I am planning something with similar basic functionality, but it will be rather difficult to achieve the level of integration of the OS 9 version.\"
Health Tracker 1.6 adds the ability to display multiple measurements on the same graph to the $10 shareware graphing program to track health related measurements.
Fetch Softworks has posted Fetch 4.0b7, which includes a number of bug fixes to the popular $25 shareware ftp client.
Connectix has posted DoubleTalk 1.01, a free update to its application that provides access to Windows-based networking services.
GameSpy.com has published an article by Gathering of Developers PR Manager Jeff Smith on six of the possible dictators that can be played in PopTop Software\'s upcoming building-oriented strategy/simulation game, Tropico. Meanwhile, GameSpot has a published its latest Tropico Designer\'s Diary which features PopTop Software\'s Franz Feszl describing the company\'s acquisition by Take Two Interactive.
World of Aquaan icon set featuring folders, files, hardware and more that can be used in both Mac OS X and pre-OS X systemskicks off The Iconfactory\'s OS X Fest in celebration of this past weekend\'s release of Apple\'s new operating system. The site will release a new OS X icon set each day throughout this week that \"span a wide range of interests and styles on the part of the artists.\"
Version 1.1 of Granet, a free application for realtime graphing of network throughput, now offers the ability for the user to select the graph color via a preference window, provides a larger graph area through improved window utilization, and has internal performance improvements.
Xicons has published an article detailing how to customize the default icons that are a part of Mac OS X retail: \"examples of icons that may be customized using the method described include the Trash Can, generic Folders, the Hard Disk and other media icons, et cetera.\"
Evening tech news: Following the release of Mac OS X this past weekend, Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates has countered with the release of Windows XP Beta 2; a study released by Excite@Home indicates that broadband customers take greater advantage of bandwidth-intensive applications they used when they were on a dial-up connection; Aiwa, a Japanese-based electronics firm majority owned by Sony Corporation, has announced plans to cut its work force in half and shut down all but one of its nine factories; and chipmaker LSI Logic Corporation has announced plans to buy digital video and audio chipmaker C-Cube for $878 million in stock to strengthen its multimedia and entertainment business.
Both Brother and Epson have posted lists of OS X-compatible printers as well as further info about the companies\' respective plans for OS X driver development. [Epson] \"Some printing features are not supported in Mac OS X, including custom paper sizes, banner printing, booklet printing, and watermarks. ColorSync color matching may produce unexpected results when printing to any raster printer. \" [Brother] \"We plan to support Printing for the models listed below. Certain Models will be supported immediately, others are in development. Scanning is currently not supported on all models. Scanner drivers are being developed and will be available at a future date. In the future, please check this WEB site for updated information. Printer or MFC models not listed will NOT support Mac OS X.\"
Infiltration 2.85.3 is a new version of the realism mod for Unreal Tournament. \"...we\'ve quickly fixed the couple of issues that were causing problems, tested this fairly thoroughly, and feel a lot more confident with this 2.85.3 release. It\'s a complete patch, so all you need is the 2.85 full release.\"
Dylan Neild notes that Mirabilis has posted ICQ 2.6b for OS X, a new version of the popular, peer-to-peer messaging client.
The Marathon Open Source page has been updated with word that work is underway on carbonizing Aleph One, a popular recreation of Marathon with modernized OpenGL graphics and other amenities. \"I\'ve got Aleph One building under CodeWarrior Pro 6, targeting Carbon. It doesn\'t do networking and doesn\'t do save/open dialogs. It does build and produce a full binary...but I\'m working through some initialization bugs.\"
Evening console news: Mad Catz will unveil 11 new peripherals for Nintendo\'s Game Boy Advance at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in May including a travel bag, stereo earphones and an MP3 player; Macronix and Nintendo have expanded their business relationship whereby Nintendo will purchase $75 million worth of semiconductor manufacturing equipment and lease it to Macronix, and Macronix will in turn designate capacity to manufacture products to be used in Nintendo\'s GameCube and Game Boy Advance; Interplay has announced that MDK2: Armageddon is now shipping for the Playstation 2; and Tripath technologies has announced that Sony has adopted its theater-style sound quality amplifiers to be available for use with its Sony Playstation 2 system.
Strange Flavour has released a new game for the Mac and Mac OS X, Bushfire. The carbonized side-scrolling helicopter action game challenges players to \"protect the experimental Goose Spruce forest with your firefighting helicopter and smoke jumpers.\" The game is released as $3 \'Strangeware\' with all of the features enabled.
Architosh has more on ArchiCAD 7 for OS X, which was introduced at CeBIT Germany (and noted here on Friday). It also posted new reports on OS X Core Technologies and Installation and Initial Workings.
Return For Filemaker! is a new $14 FileMaker plugin which \"enables you to press the return key rather than the enter key when doing loops.\"
David Wright and team have released Rocket Arena 3 1.5, a new version of the popular mod for Quake III: Arena. In Rocket Arena, two players go head-to-head with all weapons and full ammo until one goes down. The next person in line is then thrown in the arena to challenge the winner. This is the first version of the mod that can be run on the Mac. Among the other additions in this new version are five new multi-arena maps, an integrated IRC client, and fixes for the built-in MP3 player.
Troi OSErrrs 2.0 is a $30 FileMaker Pro database which lists Operating System error codes for both Mac OS and Windows. It lists over 4000 error codes and their explanation. Version 2.0 adds hundreds of Mac OS errors, a new \"cleaned up\" interface, and the option to add the OSErrrs database to your solutions or to host OSErrrs on your network. A runtime version that runs without requiring (a license for) FileMaker Pro is available as well. Licenses are free to registered users of other Troi FileMaker products.
Semicolon Software\'s Solitaire Till Dawn 4.01 is a \"bug-fix release solves a crash-at-startup problem that a few users have reported, and also includes the Sample Games folder that was mistakenly omitted from the 4.0 release.\"
AOL has begun preventing users from using the Fire, a popular AOL instant messaging clone client that also runs natively under OS X. Users are reporting a disconnection message as of this morning: \"You have been disconnected from the AOL Instant Message Service (SM) for accessing the AOL network using unauthorized software. You can download a FREE, fully featured, and authorized client, here.\"
Adobe has finally committed to delivering its applications on OS X with a new OS X-compatibility statement posted today at its Website that provides details on each of its applications. Adobe supports the direction Apple is taking with OS X. Apple\'s new operating system promises to ultimately deliver a powerful desktop platform with enhanced stability and reliability for the Macintosh customer. Currently, most of Adobe\'s software products do not offer native OS X support. Adobe plans to support OS X native mode in future releases of our flagship products, beginning with Adobe® Acrobat® Reader™ 5.0.
Ken Winograd and Space-Time Associates have released Hang3000 1.02, a new version of the word guessing game that updates Oscar-related categories with last night\'s winners at the 73rd Annual Academy Awards.
AppleInsider has a report on \"Tron,\" a new 3D authoring application from Macromedia set to ship as part of Director 8.5
Scott H passed along some notes about Hotsyncing his Visor under Mac OS X: \"I was able to hot sync my Visor via Classic in OS X. You have to have Classic running and have a Classic app in the fore ground. Also the hot sync has to be in the fore ground while syncing. If you click off it will crash Classic. If you don\'t have a Classic app in the fore ground when you hit sync it will crash Classic. Palm Desktop worked just fine.\"
ADS Technologies is now shipping PYRO PlatinumDV, its PYRO FireWire/IEEE 1394 PCI host card bundled with the full version of Adobe Premiere 6.0 and all software manuals. The software bundle also includes FireNet Networking software sampler, Boris Factory, and Photoshop LE.
Objective Development announced Sharity 2.4b9for Mac OS X, its client for the CIFS (Common Internet FileSystem) protocol that mounts CIFS-based shared volumes under Mac OS X and Unix computers. CIFS, formerly known as SMB (Server Message Block), is the file-sharing protocol used by Windows NT, 95, 98, 2000, ME, Windows for Workgroups, OS/2, Samba and many others. Non-commercial single installations with a single connection are fee, while other licensing starts at $60.
Ambrosia Software\'s upcoming role-playing game for the Mac, Pillars of Garendall, has reached its second beta and is currently in private testing. The game is being developed by Beenox Studios using their RPG creation utility, Coldstone, which is also in continuing development.
Morning tech news: After Micron Electronics\' exit from the PC business last week, more PC manufacturers are expected to either consolidate or shut down completely in lieu of the industry\'s continuing sales slump; Cisco Systems CEO John Chambers warns that the economic downturn in the U.S. will last at least three quarters and is spreading around the globe; Compaq has announced that it will use Microsoft\'s Windows XP to develop a new tablet-sized PC, which allows a user to write notes directly onto a screen that is about the size of a sheet of paper; and the latest report from research firm Webnoize suggests that Napster users who are sharing the least files are leaving the peer-to-peer networking system while those sharing the most music are renaming their files to work around Napster\'s court-ordered filtering of copyrighted music.
Aladdin Systems, creators of StuffIt Deluxe and several other Mac applications, today reported a fourth quarter profit of $217,425 on revenues of about $3.4 million. For the year, the company reported a net loss of $362,743 on revenues of about $10 million. Shares of the company are currently trading around 50 cents, close to their all-time low.
Apple is \"On Trial\" at Upside.com on charges that it is \"peddling a half-baked operating system,\" referring to Mac OS X. The article presents both points of view and lets readers vote on the decision.
games.macnn.com has information on new headphones that rumble when playing games with magnified bass sounds such as explosions, rockets and gunshots.
John Whitney (Rohan MoR)the creator of Leggo My Myth and Leggo II: Arenahas released a new total conversion for Bungie\'s Myth II: Soulblighter, MythWarrior. The total conversion includes both solo and multiplayer game modes and replaces Myth II\'s medieval units with \"big robots that are armed to the teeth\" with weapons such as lasers, heat-seeking missiles and torpedos.
The Mercury News has published a rather lengthy, generally positive run down of Mac OS X.
About.com has published an interview with Presto Studios PR Manager Susan Weyer on the company\'s upcoming adventure game for the Mac and PC, Myst III: Exile. Scheduled to ship on May 7, the game will be carbonized for play on both OS 8.x/9.x and Mac OS X. \"...with the help of the engineers at Apple, it was really quite easy,\" said Weyer. \"It took just over a day to get everything working natively on OS X.\"
Virgin Atlantic has become the first European airline to implement email/Internet service for all passengers on its flights. The service uses the Tenzing system, which is compatible with Macs, PCs, and PDAs.
I/OMagic today announced the Neo Jukebox 2200, a portable MP3 player with a 20 GB capacity. The USB device can also be used as an external hard drive for transferring files. The 2200 comes bundled with Mac software and is expected to ship next month for $500.
Realviz today announced that it will be bringing its image processing factory software to Mac OS X. The first Realviz title to be ported will be Stitcher, which \"combines horizontally and vertically overlapping photos into stunning wide-angle, high-resolution images in seconds.\" That release will be followed by ImageModeler, which creates 3D models from 2D images. Stitcher carries an $800 price tag, while ImageModeler sells for $4,500.
Charlie Hayes has published step-by-step instructions for using a PC GeForce2 MX on the Mac. Confirmed to work with both the Hercules GeForce2 MX AGP and Elsa Gladiac MX AGP, the instructions require that you have a Windows-based PC with a PCI video card and an AGP slot in order to flash the video card\'s ROM for use on the Mac.
Jesse Spears has updated the Harpoon3 web site with word on how the cancellation of Harpoon4 affects his personal Harpoon3 project. \"...since Harpoon4 is no longer in the picture, there\'s no legal reasons why the port to Windows can\'t be finished...which leaves only technical problems.\" Spears will be looking into carbonizing Harpoon3 for the Mac for use on Mac OS X.
Evergreen Technologies has released its $60 RumbleFX Force Feedback headphones, which rumble \"with magnified bass sounds such as explosions, rockets, gunshots, and more.\" The headphones, which plug into any stereo mini-jack, provide a built-in power amplification controller that allows users to fine tune the vibration and volume based on personal preferences.
Morning console news: Microsoft has promised that users of its upcoming XBox game console will not see a blue screen of death on their TV screens, while promising more information this week at the Tokyo Game Show and in May at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3); Squaresoft\'s Final Fantasy IX nabbed three awards at last week\'s Interactive Acheivement Awards including Console Role-Playing Game of the Year; and Saudi Arabia\'s religious authority has issued an edict banning Pokemon games and cards, saying they have \"possessed the minds\" of children, promote Zionism and involve gambling.
A Japanese Website demonstrates how to overclock a PowerBook G4. The pages shows that the authors were able to increase the speed of a G4/500MHz model to 550MHz and G4/400MHz to 540MHz. [procedure will void your warranty]
CE Software today announced that it has acquired QuickConference, an instant messaging application for Mac and Windows networks. Among the product\'s highlights, it can work on local networks that do not have an Internet connection and features secure messaging, URL and e-mail support, server linking, custom address books, multi-user logins and more. Pricing varies depending on license size, ranging from $24 per user to $8.
Adobe today announced Atmosphere, its new 3D Web-authoring tool that allows users to easily create virtual reality-like Web sites. The cutting-edge technology is only employed by select sites, something that Adobe is hopping Atmosphere will change. A Windows beta has also been posted, with a Mac version of the beta due in the early summer. The final release is expected by the end of summer. Pricing has not yet been set. [updated]
Evological has released VideoScope 1.2, a Carbon update to its $30 shareware waveform and vectorscope that performs realtime luminance and chrominance analysis of any video source, QuickTime movie or still image.
Trans Tex software has released Tex-Edit 4.1.2b2 for OS X, a pre-release version of its popular text editing utility.
Silicon.com talks about the possible \"embarrassment\" about OS X, quoting an analyst accusing Apple of \"taking the Microsoft route\" by \"releasing unfinished products that are followed up by service packs.\"
Apple has partnered with publishers O\'Reilly & Associates and Fatbrain.com to publish a series of books on Mac OS X. The O\'Reilly books will be reviewed by Apple engineers and recommended by the Apple Developer Connection, \"Learning Carbon\" and \"Learning Cocoa\" will be the first books out, and should be available in May. Fatbrain is taking orders for \"Inside Mac OS X: System Overview\" and \"Inside Mac OS X: Kernal Environment.\" ADC members receive a 10 percent discount, plus free expedited shipping, on all Fatbrain Apple titles.
Apple has posted new pages covering a variety of topics for developers working on Mac OS X. Each section deals with a different facet of the OS, including the architecture, Darwin, Cocoa, Quartz, the User Experience, International Technologies, and Text. In addition, Apple has updated their existing pages on Carbon, Java and its Getting Started page. Also available is a white paper Overview for Developers.
LogotypeMaker 2.2.1 is a maintenance update to Blue Line Studios\' utility for choosing an appropriate typeface in the early stages of creating a logotype.
Apple Tech Info Library notes that third-party wireless cards are not yet compatible with OS X. (Most cards are supported by Apple\'s AirPort software under Mac OS 8.6 and Mac OS 9.).
Mark Torrance passed along a note about speech manageer integration in the final version of OS X: \"I didn\'t notice this feature in the Public Beta, but in OS X Final when you run Chess it loads a small, circular speech recognition dialog in \"push Esc to speak\" mode. The bottom offers a choice to view the speakable commands for this application, which include moving your pieces in Chess by naming them. This works with a Plaintalk microphone in a G4 minitower, and works almost as well on a new TiBook. I was really impressed with this level of application-specific integration of speech recognition; this UI improvement to the speech recognition system has made me into a real fan.\"
Trevor Newton, a Wall Street analyst, recommended Apple stock in an ON24 interview. He said that Apple is currently \"relatively healthy,\" and that among the company\'s strengths are that customers are very loyal, and animators/designers love the platform. He says that Mac OS X is the \"most dramatic\" change to the Macintosh since its inception.
News.com has posted a video interview with Jeff Raskin - author of the \"Humane Interface\" - who says that the new interface isn\'t an improvement at all. He says that the interface is \"pretty much the same,\" and that the new OS will not last the 15-17 years promised by Jobs because its underpinnings are \"20 years old.\" It should be noted that he has only used the Public Beta of Mac OS X.
We have compiled a list of Mac OS X-related TILs.
At the CeBIT conference currently underway in Germany, Western Digital announced what it calls the \"largest high-performance\" EIDE drive - a 7,200 RPM, three-disk model offering as much as 80 GB of digital storage. The company claims its drive is 33 percent faster than competing models, and produces only 33 dBA of noise. We have also compiled a number of other interesting news items from CeBIT.
osx.macnn.com has compiled a list of Apple\'s OS X-related Tech Info Lirbary articles, more media coverage of OS X, several software updates, and other news.
Congressman Bob Goodlatte has introduced the \"Anti-Spamming Act of 2001,\" which would allow the Government to press charges against individuals, and fine them $15,000 and up for the distribution or publication of software that could potentially used for mass, unsolicited e-mail.
Over the weekend we noted reader reports of problems with Apple\'s firmware updates from Friday, an iMac price-war in the UK, and the release of ScreenCatcher 2.3.3. osx.macnn.com covered the release of Mac OS X and related news.
Late last week, The Omni Group named the four titles that it will be bringing to Mac OS X; Blizzard Entertainment was awarded Game of the Year for Diablo II by the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences; Westlake Interactive indicated that Mac users will be able to play third-party levels created by users in Tomb Raider: Chronicles; Westlake also committed to supporting Creative\'s SoundBlaster! Live for the Mac in a number of upcoming Mac games including Tomb Raider: Chronicles and Escape from Monkey Island; and Blizzard Entertainment released the first screenshot showing the 800 x 600 resolution being used in Diablo II: Lord of Destruction, marking the first time that the Diablo series offers a screen size beyond 640 x 480.
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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