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MySQL for Mac OS X 3.23.36 from MySQL AB is an OS X-compatible release of the Open Source SQL database.
Lemke Software\'s excellent $35 shareware graphics utility, GraphicConverter 4.06, brings better stability to the Carbon version, swf export routines, the ability to create 128x128 thumbnail icons, and several bug fixes. [Carbon, Classic]
A MacNN reader notes that Netscape is preparing to push out Netscape Communicator 4.7.7, a new version of its browser, as indicated by the new folder on its ftp site.
After making the update available on users\' iDisks earlier this week, Apple has posted the AppleWorks 6.12 updater on its Website, which will update v6.03 or v6.04 of the productivity suite and also install a preview of the Carbon version. (Apple also posted the AppleScript 1.6 update on its Website.)
TEAC has begun shipping a 16x10x40 CD-RW drive that is fully Macintosh compatible. The $280 internal drive is purportedly able to burn a full 650 MB CD in less than five minutes. It ships with a 2 MB buffer as well as two pieces of writable media.
Raining Data and Frontbase have formed an agreement where the two companies will team to ship an advanced database tool for Mac OS X dubbed Omnis Studio. The new package will include support for traditional SQL databases such as Frontbase, Oracle, Sybase, DB2 and Informix.
Lind Electronics is beginning shipment of a new $130 laptop DC power adapter that will allow PowerBooks to be used in automobiles. Lind claims its new adapter closely emulates that of a PowerBook\'s AC adapter.
METAL v1.7a is a freeware BASIC language metacompiler that includes graphics, sound, speech, math and file I/O routines. Version 1.7a brings \"vastly improved compiler stability\", a better editor and help system, improved error reporting, new loop and flow control constructs, and 37 new commands.
Tech news: IDC is predicting that the market for MP3 and other compressed audio players will eventually outship portable cassette and CD players, growing at a rate of 51 percent in 2001 and peaking at 26 million units sold in 2005. Several major PC and processor manufacturers, such as Acer, Compaq, Sony, Intel, and Transmeta have lined up to support the \"Tablet PC,\" a new slate-like computer based on the Windows XP operating system. The first Tablet PCs will debut in 2002.
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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