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MacNN reader Don Laur notes that Apple\'s Developer Connection Web site says August\'s developer CD will include \"a bootable System Software disc containing Mac OS 9.2.\" OS 9.2 is currently only available on the new systems Apple released at the Macworld Expo in New York. The CD will also pack the latest version of MPW, and QuickTime Java 5.0.1 SDKs.
An article in the Chronicle of Higher Education says that despite the popularity of Apple\'s iBook in the education market, the company is still having a hard time overcoming the Wintel presence. \"Dell has put a serious hurt onto everyone else,\" said the director of a college in Florida, whose 2-year schools have partnered with Dell.
Finlay Dobbie has developed HXD for OS X 1.0, a native port of the free Hotline server. It includes a graphical interface and an installer application, and a panel for System Preferences.
osx.macnn.com reports on a new Carbonized release of Ambrosia Software\'s Snapz Pro screen capture utility, a ported Hotline server for Mac OS X, and Edirol\'s development of OS X drivers for its line of audio production tools.
Edirol, a manufacturer of numerous audio production tools, is currently in the process of developing Mac OS X drivers. \"Drivers for all of our Edirol/Roland products are in the final stages of development and on the cusp of release,\" said Catherine Carey, a representative for Edirol.
Ambrosia Software has released Snapz Pro for Mac OS X, the first Carbonized release of the company\'s screen capture utility. Snapz supports saving screen images as .bmp, .pict, .gif, .jpg, .png, .tiff, .pdf, or Photoshop files, and can record the action as a QuickTime movie. The new release takes advantage of OS X with an Aqua interface, long file names, automatic preview icons on image files, and Unicode/international support. It also sports AltiVec optimization.
Microsoft is today shipping the final candidate release of Windows XP, which will compete with Apple\'s revised OS X 10.1 release when it is launched this Fall. However, Microsoft still may have some legal hurdles to overcome before shipping its next-generation operating system.
TechTV has posted a video report discussing Apple\'s speed showdown at last week\'s Macworld Expo in New York. The report pits a G4 733 against a 1.8 GHz P4, and the Mac is still the victor in certain tests.
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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