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Maxbulk Mailer 2.0 is the latest release of a mail-merge and bulk mailer tool from Maxprog Software. The new version offers styled text support and the addition of 13 new date tags and 3 encodings for attachments. [Classic, Carbon]
MacNN reader John Linthicum has sent us a photo from a high school in Henrico County, Virginia, where Steve Jobs recently visited to deliver 23,000 iBooks ordered by the state\'s school system. An announcement board in the picture reads \"Charge those iBooks!\"
The Wall Street Journal has posted a compendium of reader input on the issue of wage insurance for workers, including this criticism of Apple\'s system: \"The layoff was very nice with a big cash settlement, but that was because Apple feared lawsuits, not because we had any predefined special rights. At Apple, if you are a contractor, you are a second-class citizen. You don\'t get most of the perks that the \"regular employees\" get, and you cannot do a job with a management role: all managers are regular employees... I don\'t regret being laid off from Apple.\"
Computer Systems Odessa Corp., is telling users that ConceptDraw Mindmap for Classic/Mac OS X will begin shipping at the end of September. The tool organizes and displays ideas in a visual way, utilizing the Mind Mapping technique. The software will be available at the price of $99 (Standard version) and $155 (Professional version).
Morphon CSS-Editor 1.0 Standalone Beta 3 is a Cascading Stylesheet (CSS) editor written in Java. It supports full CSS1 and CSS2 as defined by the W3C. The new release revamped the user interface and added help functionality. [download form]
MacNN reader \"Little Matt\" has sent in the following report regarding Apple\'s upcoming store in Albany, NY: While visiting Albany for a Labor Day party, my girlfriend and I stopped by Crossgates Mall to see what progress had been made, if any, on the Apple Store to be located there. We figured that it should at least be under construction since the job postings for that location have all but disappeared from Apple\'s site. There is a location on the first floor across from Macy\'s which is sporting only \"Fisher Development\" and \"Brookstone is now located upstairs\" signs. A look inside the holes showed a store far from completion. It does look as if all demolition of the previous tenant\'s space is complete. New construction is beginning. Ceiling grid is still being hung from lifts. Metal studs are still visible in the walls. The lighting is still provided by construction lamps. The space is next to an American Eagle Outfitters and a bed store. It\'s located directly before a diagonal \"jog\" in the mall, so Apple may be able to have some extra window space or an extra Apple logo in this location. The drywall barrier does indeed have a diagonal section.
Trolltech is adding Qt/Mac, the Mac OS X port of Qt, the cross-platform GUI application, to the Qt Academic Program. The addition of Qt/Mac to the Academic Program allows educational institutions to acquire and use, for educational purposes, Qt for Mac OS X for free
Grid 2.0, a spreadsheet plug-in control for REALbasic, has adopted the Einhugur Floating Engine from StyleGrid 2.0 in its latest release. The new engine is object oriented, allows for multiple grids and multiple vieiws, and allows row sharing.
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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