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Casady & Greene has released Conflict Catcher 8.0.9, a new version of its conflict prevention utility for the Mac. Version 8.0.9 primarily addresses improvements related to Mac OS 9.2, which is currently only available on \"QuickSilver\" Power Mac G4s, and Mac OS X.
Apple has released iDVD 1.0.1, a new version of its consumer DVD authoring application for the Mac. Changes in the new version are not immediately available. (VT)
PopTop Software has released two new scenariosMt. Sucio and Green Islandfor its new building-oriented strategy game, Tropico, which was recently released for Classic and Mac OS X by MacSoft. (The two scenarios are available for download in self-extracting .exe files, which can be decompressed by Stuffit Expander.)
Maxtor has unveiled the Ultra ATA/133 hard drive interface specification, which is capable of transferring data at 133 megabytes per second. Adaptec, Agere Systems, and Pacific Digital are among the first drive and adapter manufacturers to promise products based on the new standard. Maxtor expects widespread adoption of the Ultra ATA/133 standard in desktop systems during the beginning of 2002. Apple currently uses an Ultra ATA interface in its Power Mac G4 line.
Muska & Lipman Publishing has released CD Recordable Solutions, a new $30 how-to guide that teaches users how to burn music, data, and video CDs on Mac, Windows, or Linux. The book explains the difference between CD-recordable and CD_rewritable formats, how a CD writer works, and how to build DVD-compatible CDs. A how-to guide to Roxio\'s Toast 5 Titanium, among other CD authoring software, is also included.
Microsoft has released Scholastic\'s The Magic School Bus Volcano Adventure Activity Center, a $20 hybrid (Mac/PC) CD-ROM featuring games, experiments, trivia, and creative activities that help children ages 6 to 10 learn about both dormant and active volcanoes, including the volatile Mayon Volcano near Legazpi, Phillipines.
PandoCalendar 5.7.1 is a new version of the program that places a fully functional calendar on the desktop. Version 5.7.1 fixes a bug that would cause the Paste menu item to act like Copy.
Boeing has released a Mac screensaver featuring its Joint Strike Fighter, a multi-role strike fighter being developed for various U.S. armed forces that can takeoff and land both conventially and using direct-lift.
Apple Talk, a new Mac radio talk show, will debut this Thursday, August 2 at 8:00 PM EST. Thw two hour show will cover topics such as a digital video workshop and a discussion on OS X on Intel.
Burning Monkey Solitaire II 2.5, the popular solitaire game from Freeverse Software, is now available for both Classic and Mac OS X. Burning Monkey Solitaire II features a full suite of classic solitaire games such as Klondike, FreeCell, Pyramid, Canfield, and 52-pick up.
AAPLTalk, after comparing both the new iBooks and iMacs to industry competition, has compared Apple\'s new \"QuickSilver\" Power Mac G4s to similarly priced systems from Dell, Gateway, HP, Compaq, and Sony. The new Power Mac comes out barely above a strong competitor in the Compaq Presario 7000.
Brian Dunning has released DopeWars for Filemaker Pro 5, a controversial, free game that lets players act as a drug dealer; \"buy and sell drugs, work the loan shark, fire at the cops, and loot dead bodies.\"
osx.macnn.com reports on Kayadara\'s first Mac release of its 3D content creation tool FiLMBOX 3.0, OmniWeb 4.0.3, Pocket Notes 1.0b2, and Carbonized drivers for Griffin\'s iMate USB to ADB adapter.
Pocket Notes 1.0b2 is the latest release of an extended notepad application for outlining and planning. The new version adds undo support, a links shelf to store web links, email addresses, files, etc, and enhancements to both the toolbar and search panel. A 30-day demo is available for download.
Afternoon tech news: Sun will begin cutting hundreds of jobs for employees who can\'t find work elsewhere in the company; AT&T Labs has demonstrated a new technology that is purported to almost exactly replicate the human voice; Intel is attempting to replace the PCI expansion standard with its own solution dubbed Arapahoe, which will offer data transfer rates greater than 1.1 Gbytes per second.
Macromedia World 2001 will be held September 17 to 20 at the San Francisco Hilton. Kevin Lynch, president of Macromedia products, and Jeremy Allaire, chief technology officer for Macromedia, will give the opening keynote at the four day event aimed at educating users about Dreamweaver, Shockwave, Flash, and other Macromedia solutions. Early bird registration is available through August 15 for $1,595.
Pinehill Productions has released CreativePage 2.7.5, an update to the company\'s Web page layout application available in both Classic and Carbonized versions. The new release adds Color Syntax option for web pages not created in CreativePage, tweaks to the FTP interface and a new Mac OS X icon.
Kayadara has begun shipping FiLMBOX 3.0, a Carbonized app which is the first release of the tool for the Macintosh platform. The real-time 3D content production and delivery solution is priced at $5,000 and requires Mac OS X. Also packed in the 3.0 release are enhancements to FiLMBOX\'s character tools.
Seek Systems two new accelerated storage configurations that the company says are meant \"to respond to the CPU speeds of new Mac G4 technologies.\" MacRAID-S and MacRAID-L offer 365 GB and 1.2 TB of storage and are priced at $25,000 and $50,000, respectively. Both solutions include Adaptive Cache technology which Seek says utilizes AltiVec routines in the G4.
OmniWeb 4.0.3, the latest incarnation of the Omni Group\'s OS X-native Web browser, offers numerous bug fixes, better multiple language handling, and interface refinements.
QiPo 1.2, short for \"QuickTime in, Preview Out\" adds several enhancements to the QuickTime movie preview generator. The new release removes AppleScript dependencies for better performance, decreases memory requirements, and adds QuickTime 5 support.
ATI has begun shipping the Xclaim TV USB edition, an external TV tuner now compatible with the Mac and priced at $99. The device allows users to watch TV through plugging an external source into the USB port, and features channel preview, parental controls, and the ability to operate in the background.
Baseview Products has released the PhotoBridge plug-in, allowing iQue users to use Photoshop to edit photos from within the iQue database. PhotoBridge allows for format transitions and IPTC captions. In addition, an image\'s version history is preserved with images edited with PhotoBridge. The plug-in requires Photoshop 5.5 or higher.
Griffin Technology has posted a beta version of the OS X driver for its iMate USB to ADB adapter. The new driver supports all currently available ADB drivers including the Kensington Mouseworks driver for OS X. With the Carbonized version, ADB devices are completely hot pluggable as the iMate OS X driver loads custom ADB driver even when connected after startup.
Hynix Semiconductor, which provides DRAM chips to Apple and is the world\'s third largest supplier of memory chips, is facing financial trouble and looking to the South Korean government for support. Revenue from DRAM sales is expected to slide to $14 billion this year from nearly $32 billion last year.
Palm has introduced a new web clipping service that allows users to tap into the Knowledge Finder system through a wireless-enabled Palm VIIx or other Palm with a wireless modem. Knowledge finder is a database compiled by Palm engineers as a guide for users, and is available on the web at http://www.palm.com/support.
MacNN reader Gaither Peden sends us a description of the Apple Retail Store opening soon in Miami, FL. Apple is currently looking to hire a store manager for the Miami store, located at The Falls Center right across the street from CompUSA. \"There is a large Apple sign in the store window that the mall has placed to let shoppers know Apple is coming soon. I was told that the store is expected to open in October of this year. This mall is a fashion outdoor water mall with Macy\'s and Bloomingdale\'s retail stores along with other upscale shopping,\" said Peden.
Mactracker 1.1, which will ship in August, is the latest release of Ian Page\'s Macintosh information database that includes specs on virtually all Macs ever made. The new release will sport the ability to add custom notes to models, and information on CPU upgrades. Both Classic and OS X versions of Mactracker 1.1 will be offered.
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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