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CTM Development\'s PowerMail 3.09 brings a new native Carbon version as well other features and bug fixes to the company\'s $50 e-mail application with powerful mail search functions as well as support for non-Roman scripts (Japanese, Chinese and Hebrew). A 30-day demo is available. [Classic, Carbon]
OSXvnc 0.5 is a program that allows you to view and interact with your Mac OS X desktop from another computer over a network using VNC (Virtual Network Computing) protocol developed at AT&T Laboratories Cambridge.
A minor update to the small, compact browser, iCab 2.5.1, has been posted. The preview expires in early October. [Classic, Carbon]
Members of the N.C. Crystal Coast Mac Users Group showed up Carteret County Commissioners\' meeting, asking why the school system was making a move to PCs.
Channel D has posted Phase Scope 1.0b3 for iTunes, a free, Visual Plug-In that shows the amount of stereo information in a recording.
MacAT v6.0 adds a \"Download URL\" Task and conditional branching to the $50 \"cron\" task scheduling application for Macintosh server administrators.
SyBrowser 4.0 brings partial OS X support (mySQL and PorstreSQL only) to the $45 a suite of Classic, OS X and Win32 ODBC client applications that provide an overview of the tables in Sybase, Oracle, PostgreSQL and MS SQL databases hosted on UNIX, Linux, and Windows servers. It allows the execution of SQL queries against these RDBMS and the query results can be saved to disk.
VSE BeFound 2.6 is an update to the Web site promotion tool that can submit a Web site to hundreds of search engines. The new version can save the results of the rank check in Excel format. BeFound Lite sells for $20 and is limited to 10 search engines, while BeFound Pro sells for $90.
IBM plans to introduce a 20.8-inch flat-panel display in May that will feature picture-in-picture TV streams and various split-screen configurations. While slightly smaller than Apple\'s Cinema Display, the display will feature a 2048x1536 resolution, or almost twice the resolution and working area of Apple\'s offering. The display will sell for around $6,000.
One MacNN reader notes that Apple\'s Czech Republic Web site has updated its main page with an image of a PowerBook G4 and Handspring Visor Edge, which takes you to a PowerBook/Edge bundle page. Other Apple sites, including the US site, have not been updated to reflect the new promotion. Due to the language barrier, details of the promotion are unclear.
Kensington has posted MouseWorks 1.0b4 for Mac OS X, the software and drivers for its input devices. Several bugs have been corrected with this release.
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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