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On2 has made its VP3.2 video compression technology available to the open-source community. On2 claims its algorithm is capable of producing compressed video that is smoothly playable at 640x480 resolution. The codec has been licensed by Apple for inclusion in QuickTime.
Brother has introduced two new color ink jet multi-function centers, the 5-in-1 sheet-fed MFC-3100c and the flatbed 5-in-1 MFC-5100c. The MFC-3100c will be available on the market in early October 2001 with an estimated street price of $199. The MFC-5100c, the flatbed version, has an estimated street price of $299 and will be available at the same time. Both devices offer a resolution of 2400x1200 and print speeds up to 10ppm.
MacNN reader David Burney notes an artcle in IGN profiling Tony Hawk, which contains the following quote \"I have my Titanium PowerBook and that\'s what I\'m doing everything on. Watching DVDs, listening to music, playing games. Pro Skater 2 is available for Mac now, so I\'ve got that on there. I do emails, editing videos, you name it I can do pretty much everything on my G4.\"
Apple has pulled all multi-processing versions of its G4 servers off both its US and international Apple Stores, leaving only the single-processor 533 MHz as its sole server offering. This has led to widespread speculation that new server configurations and announcements are in the offing, either at the upcoming Apple Expo in Paris (despite CEO Steve Jobs\' promise of \"no new hardware\"), Seybold San Francisco or International Broadcasters Convetion (IBC) 2001 in Amsterdam (being held Sept. 14-18th), where Apple had already promised to \"reaffirm\" it leadership in desktop video.
Macworld UK has posted a gallery of images from the MacFest 2001 conference in Leeds and Birmingham, which took place earlier this week. The expo featured exhibitors such as Adobe, FileMaker, Macromedia, Symantec, and UMAX.
Palm has cut the price of its m500 hand-held device, to $329, a $70 drop. The m500 is a black-and-white version of the color m505, and analysts say sales of the non-color model have lagged considerably. Palm now commands about 50 percent of the retail PDA market.
FirewireDirect.com is now offering Adobe Premiere 6 as $290 software bundle-option to any of its line of FireWire storage and connectivity products.
4D today three maintenance releases that offer \"continued product maintenance and stability while providing technical improvements:\" 4D 6.7.2 and 4D Open for Java 6.7.2 are free updates to current 4D 6.7 owners while 4D 6.5.9 is a free update to current 6.5 users.
Kepmad Systems today released ImageBuddy v1.5.0, an update to its $15 shareware digital image printing software for both Mac OS 8/9 and OS X. Version 1.5 adds the ability to insert image captions, support for reading PICT files and Photo CDs, and new command keys for image rotation.
SWIG 1.3.7 is a software development tool that connects programs written in C, C++, and Objective-C with a variety of high-level programming languages. II can be use with common scripting languages such as Perl, Python, Tcl/Tk, Ruby, Guile and MzScheme to create high-level interpreted programming environments and as a tool for building user interfaces.
The Washington Post profiles a video editor who used a 400-megahertz Power Macintosh G4 and Apple\'s Final Cut Pro video-editing software to create \"Star Wars Episode 1.1: The Phantom Edit.\" The \"phantom editor\" used the VHS release of the movie to create an edited DVD on his Mac.
Sapphire has released Shapes vol 7, which includes 400 new zigzag shapes for Photoshop 6/elements; and pack vol 5, which includes a new toolbox plugin called zigzag. The software also includes 60 preset zigzag shapes, stacks of different options to create great path effects.
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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