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Apple Theater Mode Update 2.0.3 resolves compatibility issues with the Theater Mode Extension for OS 9, Quicktime Player 4.1.3 and 5.0, and the Classic environment on OS X. Theater Mode is used on some iMacs and on desktop Macintosh systems that have an Apple Studio Display CRT attached (with the Apple Display Connector). It brightens movie playback in some applications like iMovie and QuickTime Player. The update is also available using the Software Update control panel in Classic.
The Daily Californian, the student newspaper of the University of California Berkeley, contained an opinion article today discussing Apple\'s iMac advertising campaign and its intentions and underlying motives. \"For all their fuchsia luminescence, the iMac campaign highlights a dark undercurrent in our existing relationship to technologysuspicion and fear.\"
SuperSocket 2.0.2 is a new version of Essence Software\'s $100 ($50 academic) networking toolkit for REALbasic that adds support for UDP, ICMP, DNS name resolution, AppleTalk, and more. Version 2.0.2 fixes a bug that occurred when closing endpoints and improves UDP datagram reception code.
Bruno Blondeau has posted iOrganize 3.4, an update to the $15 NotePad enhancement. The new version adds in-place note editing, a command for pasting the current date, and drag-and-drop support for sounds as well as improvements and cosmetic fixes for the OS X version. [Classic: 677 KB; Carbon: 674 KB]
Michael H. notes that All4DVD.com has raised its price on the FireWire version of the Pioneer DVR-AO3 DVD-R/CD-R from $1,000 to $1,100, citing market pressures. \"Unfortunately, due to the high demand and low supply of this product, the market reacted with higher prices. And we therefore had to raise our prices for the DVD recorder as well.\"
Glyph!X 2 Beta is the latest preview release of the business and technical drawing tool for organizational charts, object diagrams, flowcharts, and more. Among the additions in the new version are significantly enhanced Org chart creation, improvements to complex shapes, and a significant reduction in file sizes. However, the preview released still contains many known issues and bugs.
A Harvard University faculty member has forwarded MacNN a letter from the university\'s Technology Product Center that outlines reasons for the university no longer being authorized to sell Dell Computer products to Harvard staff and students. The elimination of Dell at one of the most respected universities in the U.S. is done partly to strengthen the university\'s relationship with other current partners, including Apple, Gateway, HP, IBM, Sony, and Toshiba. Dell currently holds the number one position in education computer sales, after capturing the lead for the first time over Apple earlier this year.
Strange Flavour has provided MacNN with new details and screenshots on the follow-up to its popular side-scrolling action game, Bushfire. Airburst, which will be released for Classic and Mac OS X in approximately three weeks, features a combat arena where players use a paddle to try to protect their bubble from being popped by spiked balls that bounce around the arena.
Graphic Simulations Corporation is now shipping Baldur\'s Gate: Tales of the Sword Coast for the Mac, an expansion set to the revolutionary role-playing game Baldur\'s Gate. The $30 expansion features more powerful spells, talkative NPCs, additional enchanted items, improvements in the interface and game system, and more. The company also plans to release the long-awaited multiplayer patch for Baldur\'s Gate later this week, which will include support for online multiplayer gaming service GameRanger.
Apple\'s iBook Audio Update 1.3.6, released late last week via the Software Update control panel, is now available on the Web. The update improves the quality of sound output on the new Dual-USB iBook introduced in May 2001.
Terra Soft Solutions is now shipping Yellow Dog Linux 2.0, its Linux solution for PowerPC processors. Version 2.0 includes a new graphical installer, a simplified booting procedure, the KDE 2.1 desktop, kernels 2.2.19 and 2.4.4, XFree86 4.0.2, Mozilla, Open Office, Java, and a simplified setup procedure for Mac-On-Linux, which allows the entire Mac OS to be run inside of Linux. The company will release the distribution for download on June 25th, but it is hoping that customers will support the company by purchasing a copy ($60 w/ support, $30 w/o support).
David S. notes that fast food chain Burger King is in the process of installing kids play places in its stores, similar to McDonald\'s. In the Burger King in Melbourne, Florida, kiosks running Mac OS 9.1 will take a picture of the child at the console and place them into a fun scene digitally.
Troi Automatisering has released Troi Dialog Plug-in 2.1 for FileMaker Pro 5.5 for Classic and Mac OS X. The $35 plug-in provides a powerful tool for displaying real dialogs in FileMaker Pro; the text and buttons of the dialog can be created dynamically by using a calculation. In addition to FileMaker 5.5 compatibility, the new version offers other improvements and enhancements.
Several readers note that today\'s online edition of Doonesbury, a nationally syndicated comic, contains a Mac twist. In recent months, the comic has been decorated with Apple products, including the iMac, iBook, Cube, and Apple Studio Display.
Entourage Email Archive 1.5b2 is a maintenance release of the $15 utility for archiving emails and attachments in Microsoft Entourage.
Absoft has announced Pro Fortran v7.0 for OSX, a new version of its development toolset that includes an IDE, native F77 and F95 compilers and multi-language debugger with Aqua interface. It is source-compatible with Pro Fortran for OSX, Windows, PPC/Linux and Intel/Linux, was built using Apple C, and is link and debug compatible with Apple C (included with OS X Developer Tools). A beta is available now for those who place pre-orders for the product, while a final version is expected to ship in July.
Intelli Innovations today announced iPrompter ProPack, a new site license option for its prompting software for the Mac. The $279 package includes 2 CD copies of the application, Keyspan\'s Digital Media Remote (DMR-USB), and a site license for unlimited deployment within a 100-mile radius. iPrompter 1.8.5, released today, includes built-in support for Keyspan\'s DMR, full screen toggle, custom font size options, and other enhancements.
An Apple feature on The Orphanage, a group of three visual effects maestros who \'orphaned\' themselves from George Lucas’ Industrial Light+Magic to pursue their own vision of filmmaking’s future, talks about how the group used DVD Studio Pro to create a DVD portfolio in a mere 5 days.
Apple\'s iMovie and iDVD are PC World columnist Stephen Manes\' choices for \'Best Designed Software\': \"nothing I\'ve tried thus far for Windows matches Apple\'s Mac-only iMovie.\"
RedHawk Vision announced a late June beta test of its Paparazzi Pics, which can extract and produce high quality images from any video source. Unlike the company\'s Adobe Premiere plugin Video Pics, Paparazzi Pics does not require the user to separately own Premiere and is designed to process digital video using QuickTime 5 (.AVI, .MOV and MPEG file formats are supported). Interested beta testers can contact the company.
The freeware patch Macintosh Explorer Aqua 1.1 brings an OS X-style look to the file management tool, Macintosh Explorer 2.0.
Morning tech news: Microsoft\'s MSN Internet unit has launched a $50 million advertising campaign designed to \"woo customers from rival AOL.\" Iomega and Adobe have entered a joint marketing agreement to promote Iomega\'s new peerless drive system on Adobe.com and in Adobe products and bundle Adobe\'s Photoshop Elements software with Iomega Zip drives.
Connectix\'s Virtual PC 0006 Additions finally includes (full) support for video resolutions used by the Titanium PowerBooks (896x600 and 1152x768). It requires the Virtual PC 4.02 updater posted last month.
Apple has begun shipping the DVD/CD-R combo drive version of its new dual-USB iBook, according to readers who have received shipment notification from the online Apple Store (and a tracking number).
Proteron has posted a Web page detailing how to Use Your Mac as an MP3 Wiretap, describing the procedure for recording telephone conversations directly into MP3 files using the real-time encoding functions in its N2MP3 Pro software.
Tom Serrano sent us a brief update on foot traffic in Apple Store Tysons Corner: \"I stopped by the Tysons store today to see how things were going now that the opening weekend has passed. Surprise--there were about 50-60 people (or more) in the store. In the 10 minutes that I was there, I saw 2 iBooks, a G4 tower, and three 15-in studio displays go out the door, plus a bunch of software. Looked like they were doing brisk business.\"
Hans Timm has posted WhizGraph 1.1, a $45 data analysis and graphing tool that offers \"clear and accurate data management combined with versatile layout options to customize your plots. [It] was developed with a special focus on people doing scientific or educational work on a restricted budget.\"
Mike Margolis has posted details on how he \"hacked his dual-USB iBook to put Clarus the dogcow in the glowing Apple on back. After everyone at WWDC fell in love with it, I decided to put it on the web for others to enjoy.\"
ATI today introduced its new TRUFORM rendering technology that uses N-Patches (PN Triangles), a new type of higher order surface composed of curved rather than flat triangles, to generate surfaces entirely within the graphics processor, without requiring significant changes to existing 3D artwork based on flat triangles: \"TRUFORM can take 3D models with low polygon counts and generate smooth, highly detailed images...[it] effectively increases the memory bandwidth available to the GPU (graphics processing unit) by converting 3D images with low polygon counts to smoother, high polygon count versions in the graphics chip, a process known as tessellation.\"
Marty Pfeiffer\'s $12 system font replacement for Classic, Nu Sans 9.6, available in PostScript and TrueType flavors, offers compatibility with FontReserve and eliminates the bitmap files from the TrueType download.
LittleFish\'s URL Jig 1.6 is a freeware SuperCard project for storing, sorting and launching URLs. It is also available as a $5 shareware standalone player.
VisualWare\'s VisualRoute beta for OS X is a \"visual, fast, and integrated ping, whois, and traceroute program that automatically analyzes connectivity problems, displaying the results on a World map.\" (Pricing for OS X version not available.)
Over the U.S. holiday weekend, we noted The New York Times\' mistaken attribution of \"Think Different\" to Microsoft. Other reports included speculation on the possibility of Apple purchasing Handspring, Verizon\'s $2.4 million contract for Power Mac G4s, the grand opening of the Glendale Apple Store captured in QuickTime, shipment of Strata 3Dpro 3.5, and details on bypassing OpenFirmware password protection and why the workaround was implemented by design. Software releases included eMail Alert! 2.7, MailSiphon 2.5.1, and WeatherCenter 1.0.
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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