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Apple is now taking orders for its nVidia GeForce3 AGP graphics accelerator. The upgrade is for Mac users with existing G4 systems that wish to upgrade to the newest nVidia accelerator. The GeForce3 Video Card Kit is only available for Apple\'s latest Power Mac G4 systems with 4X AGP slots. Currently the video upgrade is listed as having 10-day availability.
StimpSoft\'s Son of Weather Grok 3.6 fixes several bugs in the freeware application that displays weather conditions for cities from around the world using NOAA\'s database.
Intego\'s Internet filtering application, ContentBarrier 1.2, fixes a few bugs, adds a control strip login feature, updates the filters, improves performance, and adds the ability to \"trust\" certain applications for access to the Internet.
FinderPatch 3.01, now updated for OS 9.1, adds several enhancements to the Finder, including keybboard command keys, a new Quit Finder menu, Finder memory adjustment, and other minor tweaks to standard Finder operations.
Apple has posted a QuickTime movie of Apple\'s new Stores. The movie features Steve Jobs, Apple\'s CEO, walking us through the stores, showing us the products on display and making us aware of the different stations to be found. The movie lasts about three minutes, and is a big download but if you have the patience or bandwidth, I\'d highly recommend it.
Apple is looking to employ full-time and part-time sales associate, store manager, assistant manager and Mac Genius positions for the company\'s new Apple stores. New stores are scheduled to open in 25 locations around the U.S. Not all locations have been announced, but Apple is currently hiring in ten new locations. Stores expected to open in the near term are located in Albany/NY, Bloomington/MN, Buffalo/NY, Columbus/OH, Germantown/TN, Newport Beach/CA, Palo Alto/CA, Plano/TX, Tampa/FL, and West Hartford/CT. Each location varies in openings. To see the job listings, go to the site and navigate the Worldwide Jobs search button.
Apple announced the release of Mac OS X Server v. 2.0 at the World Wide Developer\'s Conference yesterday. The new version of Mac OS X Server sports the Aqua interface and merges the ease of use of AppleShare IP with the power and features of Mac OS X Server.
The 1394 [FireWire] Trade Association today introduced the new 1394b specification, the updated version of the industry\'s most important multimedia bus. Increased speeds will move the bar up to 1.6 Gigabits per second and then on to 3.2 Gigabits per second. Also in this news piece is the addition of a new arbitration technology.
VSE My Privacy 1.5 is a new version of the $20 security tool and password manager that allows users to store and organize their confidential data in a safe place. Version 1.5 lets users add and remove categories in which the data should be stored, and contains other minor improvements.
Selznick Scientific Software has released PasswordWallet 2.4, a new version of its $15 Carbonized software for securely storing usernames, passwords, PIN numbers, combinations, and notes. The software can also sync with a Palm OS-based handheld device. Version 2.4 restructures windows, menus, and dialogs for an improved interface on Mac OS X, enhances the \"Find\" function, and adds other minor improvements and bug fixes.
Toon Boom Technologies, which develops 2D animation software for film and television studios such as Warner Brothers and DreamWorks, has released a beta version of Toon Boom Studio, a suite of Web animation tools, for Mac OS X. The animation tool allows artists to complete the entire Web animation process, from conception to the final product, and allows users to synchronize a soundtrack to drawings and produce compact files using an optimizes .swf rendering engine. Toon Boom Studio will retail for $500, but is available for $300 through June 20.
Tomorrow at Apple\'s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), VMGEAR will demonstrate its Optimizeit Profiler 4.0 running on Mac OS X for the first time during the \"Java Development Tools\" session. The Java-based language profiling tool enables Java technology developers to understand and solve performance issues such as memory leaks, excessive object allocation, inefficient algorithms and unproductive processor use in their Java programs. Optimizeit Profiler 4.0 will be released for Mac OS X later this year. Pricing starts at $500.
Digimarc and the TWAIN Working Group have released a pre-release version of the TWAIN interface API that allows Mac OS X application developers to acquire images from scanners and digital cameras. The two organizations have collaborated for the past year to develop the Carbonized API for Mac OS X. The pre-release version will soon ve available from the TWAIN Working Group Web site.
Microsoft has issued a security bulletin for many recent versions of Microsoft Word, including Microsoft Word 98 and Microsoft Word 2001 for the Mac. The security vulnerability appears in the instance where a Rich Text Format (RTF) file is linked to a template and the user opens the RTF file. Word will check the RTF file for macros, but it will not check the template. Therefore, a hacker could embed a macro in the template linked to the RTF file that changes data, communicates with web sites, reformats the hard drive, or changes the Word security settings. A patch for the vulnerability will be available shortly.
Panasonic and ESBuy.com are now shipping a $580 Panasonic 4.7GB DVD-RAM Drive that includes both USB 1.1 (standard on today\'s Macs) and USB 2.0 connectivity. Compatible with both Macs and PCs, the drive carries a transfer rate of 22.16 Mb/sec and reads CD-ROM, CD Audio, CD-R, CD-RW and video discs at 24x speed. It also reads DVD-R and DVD-ROM discs at 6x speed.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs and chief software henchman Avi Tevanian went out of their way to acknowledge performance concerns about OS X in a marathon keynote yesterday. Jobs cited that performance was top of the list of features both users and developers wanted to see fixed. The news article points out that OS X is not slow but that elements, like the OS\'s finder application, require optimization before OS X\'s speed advantages can really be seen.
Aspyr Media has announced that it will release Tomb Raider: The Trilogy in the next few weeks. The compilation of the first three games will include Tomb Raider, Tomb Raider Gold, Tomb Raider II, The Gold Mask (never released on CD), Tomb Raider III and The Lost Artifact (never before released on the Mac). The compilation will also include new high-res movies, an integrated installer for all games, and the latest updates for each game. Tomb Raider: The Trilogy will be made available for preorder for $30 beginning early next week.
Just as Apple Co-Founder and CEO Steve Jobs conducted a \"fireside chat\" with attendees of Apple\'s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak will host a \"fireside chat\" with developers at the annual MacHack conference in Dearborn, Michigan. The conference begins on June 21 and runs for 72 hours non-stop.
Waves in Motion has introduced oAzium FileTools, a $50 plug-in for FileMaker Pro that adds powerful file manipulation and interaction to databases. The plug-in allows users to import and export data as any format, generate web-ready product catalogs that update with a single click, and automate complicated relational import/export processes.
Catering to customers in the networking-equipment realm, Motorola announced a new, lower-power version of its top-rated PowerPC chip Monday. The new chip, dubbed PowerPC 7440, was announced along with a flurry of other new networking-oriented chips at the Motorola semiconductor product sector\'s Smart Networks Developers Forum in New Orleans on Monday.
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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