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MacOSXAmp 0.10 is the initial release of the MP3 player for Mac OS X. Previously available for Mac OS X Server, the new version includes support for .wsz skin files, fixes bugs with some MP3s causing crashes, and fixes some minor skin issues.
FireWire Depot has released the $140 CG911 3.5\" FireWire hard drive enclosure, which uses the new Oxford 911 chip. The prices of FireWire Depot\'s existing enclosures have been reduced, and more solutions using the 911 chip will become available in the next 30 days.
GEDitCOM 3.0b1 is a new Carbonized version of the application for reading and creating GEDCOM files for genealogy research. The beta release, which comes with several known issues and bugs, is intended as a test application for genealogy enthusiasts to try and provide feedback and bug reports to the author.
VIDVOX has released VDMX, a \"robust software-based QuickTime video mixer optimized for real-time control and mixing of any audio visual material [that] can seamlessly mix live video with disk-based QuickTime.\" It includes features such as cut, crossfade and keying of two real-time, temporal playback and mixing effects, up to 2 live video inputs, unique fontsynth technology, and tactile physical control over scrubbing, playback speed and mixing. The $500 application is available as a time-limited demo.
Apple has released the iMovie Plugin Pack 2.1 for the Mac OS X version of its easy-to-use movie editing software, iMovie. The pack contains a set of effects, transitions, and titles that can be added to iMovie, including flashes, ghost trails, mirrors, warps in/out, subtitles, and zoom.
Palm\'s new Palm Desktop 2.6.3 is a new version of the company\'s utility for synchronizing your Mac with your Palm handheld. The new version includes the HotSync 2.6.3 software, supports Palm OS 4.0, supports installing files to an expansion card, and fixes a problem in the Instant Palm Desktop.
Cyber3 today introduced the TiBook Tote and Tilt, its $40 handle/tilting mechanism for Apple\'s PowerBook G4. The aluminum handle, which is installed by using replacement screws and attaching to the back of the computer, leaves easy access to the rear data ports and can be used to tilt the PowerBook to allow for increased air circulation and longer battery life.
Westlake Interactive President Mark Adams notes that the company has been working with Creative to add full OpenAL support to Unreal Tournament, the popular first-person shooter from Epic Games and Digital Extremes. The company plans to release the added OpenAL support, which will significantly enhance the sound effects heard when using Creative\'s SoundBlaster Live! for the Mac, in a free patch in the coming weeks.
AppleInsider has posted a report speculating on the next Titanium-style revision due to the iBook.
osx.macnn.com reports on a new effects pack for the Mac OS X version of iMovie, Tenon\'s iTools 6.0 suite of web development tools, and instructions for installing the Citrix Java client on Apple\'s new operating system.
Yesterday we noted Apple\'s release of Multiple Users 1.4.1 via the Web and its iTunes Visual Plug-ins SDK, Nikon\'s new CoolPix cameras, Adobe eBook licensing issues, and Sony\'s DCR-PC9 Mini DV Handycam. Other important software updates include Macromedia\'s Shockwave 8.5 plugin, WildPackets\'s iNetTools 2.6, Options Czar 1.0, and OmniGraffle b5 for OS X (on osx.macnn.com).
eWeek\'s Matthew Rothenberg speculates on the announcements that he expects to be made at Apple\'s May 1 Press Event, including Apple\'s retail store strategy, new iBooks with a built-in DVD-ROM and a screen resolution of 1024 x 768 starting at $999, and the introduction of faster dual-processor Macs.
PowerSchool, which has entered into an agreement to be acquired by Apple, will be present at the California Parent Teacher Association Annual Conference (CAPTA) at the San Jose Convention Center. PowerSchool\'s national spokesperson, NFL MVP and Super Bowl Champion quarterback Steve Young, will be appearing at the event.
Arius3D Inc. has announced the deployment of the company\'s first color scanning systems that measure both color and geometry. Thus, the new devices produce photo-realistic, 3D digital copies of real-world objects using a proprietary laser scanning system. At first, the new scanners will only be available for use through Arius\' service bureaus.
REALBasic 3.2b1, the latest release of Real Software\'s easy-to-use programming environment that is now carbonized, has been released. The new version adds support for Mac OS X\'s anti-aliased text capability, fixes several bugs, and contains more OS X optimized functions.
Third Stream Media, Inc. has announced development partnerships with Chicago-based Brown Innovations and Pearlson Development of Miami, Fla., to create in-store kiosk designs that incorporate a touch-screen capable iMac. The \"Touch Stand\" kiosks will debut in 50 retail outlets by June 2001 with an estimated 3,500 in retail outlets by late 2002.
Cobalt, the server manufacturer who last year said it would take legal action against Apple for its delivery of the Power Macintosh G4 Cube, has apparently dropped its plans to file suit. The company, now owned by Sun Microsystems, had produced a system called the \"Qube\" which carried the same dimensions as Apple\'s slow-selling Power Mac. Users are analysts alike have noted that Steve Jobs\' prior company, NeXT, produced a cubed computer before either Cobalt or Apple.
Architosh reports on the announcement of Curious World Maps for the Mac and the release of MacDraft 4.4 for Mac OS X.
Bing Software\'s PhonePro 3.7, a telephony development application for handling customized inbound and outbound phone calls, is available today at the special price of $100 (a $250 savings). The application features an icon-based interface for easy setup, a built-in database with import/export, a built-in voice mail manager, and several pre-made example applications.
Web Album Wizard 1.3 is a new version of the $20 utility for creating web-based \"thumbnail galleries\". Version 1.3 is now Carbonized for native use under OS X and includes some maintenance work internally for better optimization. [1.0 MB -- Carbon; 650 KB -- PPC]
Tenon Intersystems has released iTools 6.0 for Mac OS X. The web server package, which includes a number of pre-configured web development tools including PHP, MySQL, OpenBase, Front Base, and Qilan, is available now for $400 ($99 for upgrades). [form]
Mac OS X Hints has published instructions for getting the Citrix Java Client, which accesses a remote server used in many office environments, running on Mac OS X.
FileStamp 1.1 is a new version of the file type changing utility from Alex Cannon. The new version contains a number of changes to the interface and adds functionality, including the ability to enter a new type/creator code manually and a command for clearing the list of files to be converted.
ArKaos has posted a beta version of its visual plug-in for Apple\'s iTunes. The free plug-in is also available for SoundJam.
Auction Monitor 1.3 is a $20 application for eBay sellers to keep track of auction sales. \"Auction Monitor displays a list of all open auctions along with each item\'s current bid, most recent change, and total change for the current date, as well as grand totals for each field and some other interesting statistics.\"
Purple Shark Software has posted Setting Sun 1.6, an update to its $20 shareware screen saver that adds five new faders, implements the floating icon and fading slide show modules found on Mac OS X, and improves stability.
AG Edwards has upgraded its rating on Apple from \"maintain position\" to \"buy.\" The firm has set a $35 12-month target price.
Morning tech news: Sony has posted a profit of $127 million for the quarter helped in large part by reduced losses on its PlayStation 2; the Project to Promote Competition and Innovation in the Digital Age has said that Microsoft\'s decision to force Windows Media Player 8 users to upgrade to WindowsXP is a violation of anti-trust laws; and as networking giant Cisco Systems stumbles financially, many question the company\'s ability to maintain its market share in the long-term.
Interarchy 4.1, a free update to the popular download client Anarchie, brings Mac OS X support as well as other enhancements.
Optigold ISP 2.7.2 is an update to the cross-platform business software package for ISPs, adding support for local dialup numbers spanning multiple area codes, a much improved ISP management web interface, and other enhancements. A fully functional trial is available online.
CrushFTP 2.1.7 adds log rolling and other minor tweaks to the full-fledged Java-based ftp server. CrushFTP 3.0b1 also has been posted, offering support for Virtual Serving (serving files that exist on other remote FTP servers even translating VMS and Netware type directory listings), true 100% virtual file system (with detailed permissions per file), redundancy, load balancing, and template accounts.
IconBuilder Pro 2.1 addresses compatibility with Mac OS 9.1 where users experienced color shifts when creating icons with the Photoshop filter. A $30 version supports Classic and Modern, while a $70 version supports OS X and Windows icons as well.
Black Cat Systems has released Health Tracker 2.01, which adds the ability to print graphs and entry tables to the $10 shareware graphing program for tracking health related measurements. [Classic--588KB, Carbon--373KB]
Early morning tech news: InterTrust, a company that provides technology to protect songs and videos from being illegally copied, sued Microsoft Thursday, saying the giant\'s music and video software illegally infringes its patent rights; IBM\'s breakthrough carbon nanotube transistor technology could pave the way for a \"new class of much smaller and faster computer chips;\" and Chinese hackers, frustrated at recent events involving the U.S. and their government, are planning to step up cracking and defacement efforts against U.S. Web sites and networks, say government officials.
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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