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c|net has posted an article discussing the relatively new area of movie piracy, noting that the RIAA\'s legal forces have largely been concentrated on Napster, but the article notes that the film Snatch has \"earned the dubious distinciton of being the most-pirated movie on the Internet, according to a survey released this week.\"
MacNN Reader Rusty Powell has notified us that a Ziff Davis poll asks \"How important is Apple/Macintosh to you?\" The poll is located on the lower right portion of the page.
CDFinder 3.1.2, Norbert M. Doerner\'s disk cataloging tool, has been updated to improve speed and fix several bugs.[Classic: 716 KB, Carbon: 632 KB]
A MacNN reader has informed us that he has received a replacement adapter for the PowerBook G3 series adapter he sent to Apple about a week after he ordered it. The adapter is one of the new \"silver discus\" models, not the thin black model that was shipped with the older PowerBook G3 portables.
Jasmine v1.0.5, a multitrack editor/mixer, now includes Variable Bit Rate (VBR) MP3 import/convert capabilities as well as tape display and other bug fixes.
IK Multimedia has released SampleTank Free Piano, a limited, freeware version of SampleTank, a software sound module which combines a sophisticated sampler/synth engine with hundreds of high quality multisampled sounds, into a VST instrument. It plays a single instrument, the smallest grand-piano included in the full version.
XMorph 2.0 and XMorph 2.0 DE are \"completely\" rebuilt versions of the OS X theme tools with a new interface. The Developer Edition (DE) contains a class that REALBasic developers can use to write their own theme switching programs that use the TPKG format. [XM, XMDE]
ClipCleaner 1.0b3 is a freeware utility for \"cleaning up clipboard text, with functions such as converting straight quotes to smart quotes, converting ligatures , converting em and en dashes, removing multiple spaces & returns, guessing paragraphs from email text, removing quote characters (\"\"), converting ellipsis, removing spaces before punctuation, removing spaces at the start of paragraphs and more...\"
One Trick Pony 1.0 is a freeware application that will monitor a \'hot folder\' and send an email if someone added or removed an item.\"
The shareware advanced notepad utility, iOrganize 3.5, adds new print commands, preferences to customize font display, as well as several MacOS X-specific changes such as mouse wheel support. [Classic, Carbon]
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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
Google prevails in UK street mapping case
Possibly setting the stage for other court battles in the UK, a High Court fight between Google and StreetMap.EU has concluded in Google's favor. StreetMap.EU claimed that Google's dominance in the field destroyed the 20-year-old firm's business, when Google started promoting its own service in search results over the older company's -- the judge disagreed. Commercial director Kate Sutton said after the judgment that "StreetMap has been frozen in time; because of what Google did, StreetMap has not been able to properly invest in the website since 2007." An appeal is planned. http://bloom.bg/1KKhECt
TestFlight updated for iOS, watchOS
Apple on Thursday updated its developer-oriented TestFlight software to version 1.3.2 for compatibility with apps being developed for iOS 9.3 watchOS 2.2, along with the usual "stability and performance improvements." Some developers, however, are still reporting some issues loading beta apps onto the watchOS 2.2 beta. The latest beta for developers was released on Monday, and is available through the App Store or Apple's developer portal. [3.60MB] http://apple.co/1PQ64pF