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McAfee has released the Virex definitions for July. Users can also download the new definitions by using the built-in update feature of the virus scanning utility.
BusinessWeek Online\'s Charles Haddad hopes that Apple\'s new retail stores are a success and become a blueprint for other computer retailers to follow. \"The success of these stores might work as a cudgel to knock some sense into other computer retailers, too.\"
Evening tech news: Microsoft has decided to remove Smart Tags from the final release of its Windows XP operating system, a technology that allows Microsoft to link any word on a Web page to another site of its choosing; today\'s release of a new Napster client brings additional music filtering that will result in even less music being available on the swapping service; and a new report shows that consumers are spending increasingly more money on online auction sites, especially eBay.
Aimster 1.002 Beta is a new version of the popular file sharing environment first released on the Mac earlier this week. Version 1.002 Beta fixes the \"existing username\" bug.
Marc Liyanage has released version 4.0.6 of the PHP module that he provides for the Apache web serevr included with Mac OS X. Marc provides complete instructions for downloading and installing the PHP module using the Terminal application.
Stimpsoft has released Solscape 1.0b3, a new version of its tool designed to \"mine\" specific Web sites for solar and geomagnetic data and activity, including up to the minute photos, alerts, warnings, and forecasts. The new version adds UVI images to the aurora area, a new Earth Images tab with NDAA GEOS Satellite images for most parts of the globe, and additional improvements and bug fixes. [Classic: 1.8 MB; Carbon: 2.0 MB]
On Magazine has posted a review of Microsoft Office XP for Windows, in which the reviewer maintains his view that Microsoft makes a better Office for Mac than for Windows. \"While XP has some interesting features, it’s not as clever as the Mac Office, and is notable only for its irksome copy protection system.\"
MacNN has learned that an Apple retail store in Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, Illinois (a major suburb of Chicago) is scheduled to open on Saturday, August 25, 2001. Apple has job listings posted for both full-time and part-time sales associates at the location.
VH Publications and MightyData plan to offer $700-$1,300 2- and 3-day training classes for beginning to advanced FileMaker Pro and Lasso users in Grand Rapids, Michigan and Dallas, Texas. Classes include Introduction to FileMaker, Philosophy of Scripting 1 and 2, Intermediate Database Design, and the first courses offered using Lasso 5: Apprentice Wizardry, Security Wizardry, and eCommerce Wizardry.
Some distributors have begun notifying European resellers that they can no longer order iMacs after current stock is depleted, indicating that the product is close to \'EOL\' status (End of Life). The move supports industry rumors that new iMacs will be introduced at next month\'s Macworld Conference & Expo New York.
Blizzard Entertainment\'s Diablo II: Lord of Destruction, the $40 expansion set to action/role-playing game Diablo II, began shipping yesterday—two days ahead of schedule. Blizzard has also released a 1.08 patch for the new expansion set, which includes dozens of changes and bug fixes, including many to the new Druid and Assassin character classes. Mac users should update immediately after installing Diablo II: Lord of Destruction by logging in to Battle.net in order to restore access to their original Diablo II characters. [updated]
Creative has released new Macintosh 1.04 firmware for its Nomad IIc MP3 Player, which adds support for more brands of SmartMedia memory cards.
sMailing 1.1 is a new version of AppMac Software\'s mass e-mail application for Classic and Mac OS X that adds the ability to manage different targets with different e-mail and fixes several bugs. [form]
Macromedia has announced that it expects a pro forma loss of 15 to 20 cents per share for its first quarter ending June 30 due to a \"weak market in developing content for the Internet.\" First Call/Thomson Financial published earnings estimates of a profit of 13 cents per share for the first quarter. Macromedia will report results on July 19.
Selznick Scientific Software has announced a $5 summer discount on all of its products purchased through July 10, 2001, including PasswordWallet, MoonMenu, SmartWrap, CopyPaths, and TypePopper. To receive the discount, users should specify coupon code B7151.
Deep Sky Technologies has released HTTP Client Deux 1.0.0b2, a new version of tis 4th Dimension component that provides a comprehensive set of HTTp and HTTPS request methods for use throughout 4D based projects.
A U.S. Appeals Court has reversed in part the proposed break-up of Microsoft for alleged violations of antitrust law, rebuking Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson\'s earlier handling of the case, citing an \"appearance of partiality.\" Additionally, the Court ruled that the break-up order was not warranted by Microsoft\'s actions. A Washington Post article notes that the appeals court ruling upheld Jackson\'s claim that Microsoft broke the law when it threatened to withhold a version of Microsoft Office from Apple unless it cut an exclusive deal to use Internet Explorer. The case will be sent back to the lower court to be heard by a different judge. [updated]
Acrux Software has released iBuild 1.0.3, a new version of its multimedia authoring and presentation tool that fixes a minor bug related to setting properties in QuickTime objects. iBuild is available in Lite, Pro, Site, and Developer editions. A kiosk and Mac OS X version of iBuild are under development.
Architosh reports on a new Wildcat II \"workstation class\" graphics card and the impending release of an update for VectorWorks.
Apple\'s Charlie McCabe, Manager of AppleCare Web Publishing, has provided MacNN with some tips, helpful articles, and search keywords to help users migrate from the retired asu.info.apple.com to AppleCare KnowledgeBase for finding software updates.
ResExcellence has released its second appearance theme for Mac OS X, Glass, which features a polished metal look designed by Michael Rabe.
MacHack, the leading edge conference for developers that took place earlier this month in Dearborn, Michigan, is offering a $20 MacHack 2001 CD loaded with the 82 hacks created for this year\'s MacHax Best Hack Contest. Additionally, the CD contains this year\'s papers and many of the presentations. The hacks on the CD are untested, and thus MacHack assumes no responsibility for its contents or any machine on which the hacks are installed. All profits from sales of the CD go towards funding MacHack 2002.
Erik K. notes that an auction underway at eBay is offering two MacUser Editor\'s Choice Award statuettes from the 1980\'s. On one statuette, the figure is holding an early Macintosh while on the other the figure is holding a Macintosh SE.
ACD Systems has released ACDSee for Mac 1.6, a free update to its $40 digital imaging software designed for professional and amateur photographers, digital video professionals, graphic designers, and other users that manage large collections of images. Version 1.6 is now OS X compatible and offers support for EXIF JPEG formats and TWAIN support. A trial version is available.
Calerga has posted a new pre-release of SysQuake 2 LE for Classic and OS X, its freeware scientific application for designing complex systems using interactive graphics. Version 2 adds libraries of functions, an easier programming model for simple problems, multiple documents and a built-in text editor (on Mac OS), plus many other enhancements. [Classic: 1.1MB, Carbon: 1.6MB]
The extremely popular music sharing client, Napster 1.0b2, has been updated with many bug fixes, new OS X style preferences, and improved OS X support.
Stone Table Software\'s Z-Write 1.3BETAC, an organizational word processor for writers, is now in beta-testing. The $20 \"non-linear\" word processor is designed to help writers organize large writing projects.
\"Glass\" is yet another theme file for OS X that \"features a polished metal look designed.
Yesterday we posted additional photos from NECC 2001. Other reports included a customized iBook, TechWorks\' reduced memory pricing, the temporary unavailability of multiple displays at the Apple Store, the discontinuation of Mac Quake III: Arena, the reduced wait time for 17\" flat-panel Apple Studio Displays, Steve Jobs\' MWNY 2001 keynote, new Reader Rabbit titles, Maxtor\'s new \"Big Drive\" ATA storage, and a new 20x10x40x CD-RW with 8MB buffer. Software releases included Microsoft Outlook 2001, Stata 7x.275.0626DLL, and SecureFM 5.5.
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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