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PC Mall, Inc, the parent company of MacMall, has scheduled its third quarter conference call and results release for Wednesday, October 17, 2001. The conference call is scheduled for 11:00 AM EDT, 8:00 AM PDT and will be carried live on Vcall.
The Mecury News is the latest media outlet to write a glowing review of OS X, saying that \"OS X is probably the best-looking PC operating system ever, with its jewel-like Aqua interface and its photo-realistic icons.\"
eWeek reports that IBM next week will announce a new PowerPC chips ranging from 700MHz to 1GHz. Code-named \'Sa-hara,\' it may also include enhancements to match the \"current performance advantages of the PowerPC G4\'s AltiVec acceleration and is expected to be the successor to the G3 line: \"The Sahara chip will feature an \'AltiVec-like acceleration\' and not require the AltiVec co-processor in order to provide a speed boost to applications. Details were not yet available as to whether this is due to new hardware or code mapping, but sources said Sahara\'s technology is entirely distinct from AltiVec. Sahara will be constructed using a combination of copper and silicon-on-insulator technolo-gies.... Sources also said a revised version of Sahara, called Sahara 2, will be released sometime in 2002. Although details are scarce, Sahara 2 will be moved from Sahara\'s CMOS 8 (0.18 micron) to CMOS 9 (0.13-micron) fabricating technology.\"
Wired\'s Fighting Evil Hackers With Bucks notes one government official recommendation is to use Macs to improve security: \"Rep. Vernon Ehlers (R-Michigan) offered his own suggestion for improving America\'s computer security: Use a Mac. \'I own a Macintosh. I got through Y2K -- I didn\'t even think about it. And I\'ve never had any problems with viruses. Maybe there\'s a lesson to be learned.\'
Graham Bakay has released PowerDelete for OS X, which \"makes a shift-backspace send a forward delete signal, for those of us without the forward delete key (old macs, portables). It\'s based around iJect, a similar utility that prevents you from ejecting things accidentally.\"
Casady & Greene\'s Grammarian 2.1.4 brings improved support for Adobe Illustrator, FrameMaker 5, and BBEdit 6.1.2 as well as a new engine which greatly improves the grammar checking functions. Version 2.1.4 of the $50 application also improves compatibility with Classic under OS X. It is a free update for registered users.
Jeff Melrose reports receiving a follow-up indicating that TBS would process a refund for Toonboom Studio, which we noted had problems working under OS X 10.1, or wait until next week, when the company says it will post an OS X-compatible version of its Toonboom Studio animation package. It will be a free update for registered users, according to an email from the company.
OSNews has posted a first look at OS X 10.1, which offers critiques on an \"overdone\" Aqua interface and continuing speed issues. \"an OS that except of a slick GUI does not bring anything new in the OS and technology scene, but just a life boat for Apple as a company in the whole. Nothing like a filesystem like XFS or BFS, not a good software manager like QNX\'s, or the advanced (and easy to use) networking features that WindowsXP brings. MacOSX lacks not the killer application, but a set of killer features.\"
PineHill Products has posted FinalWord 2.5, an update to its $16 text editor that adds a new OS X-compatible icon, shortcut features, better Aqua support, and compatibility with OS X 10.1.
Yamaha\'s new CRW3200 LightSpeed3 family of optical recorders feature Yamaha\'s Audio Master Quality Recording System: \"When Audio Master recording mode is enabled, the system widens the lands and the pits, significantly reducing jitter created during CD-R recording, improving audio and music recording quality to a level rivaling professionally prepared music CDs.\" The 24x/10x/40x units, housed in \"Platinum White\" casing, have a 8MB buffer, include patented SafeBurn technology, and feature Partial Constant Angular Velocity (P-CAV) for support of the 4X-10X CAV mode. The internal E-IDE CRW3200EZ will begin shipping in late October 2001 for $200, while models with UltraSCSI ($350), FireWire ($330), and USB 2.0 ($300) are expected to ship in November.
Panorama 4.01, released earlier this month, offers dozens of new features and enhancements to the \"ultra-fast\" RAM-based database application. Version 4.01 includes automatic guides for nudging graphic objects, an improved Enhanced Image Pack with Quicktime-savvy routines (support for GIF, LZW compressed TIFF and Photoshop files), a new Wizard manager, support for more complex charts, and new simulation mode. A personal license (up to $30) offers use of the database by single person on multiple computers.
The second (and final) preview release of SQLBoss Developer 1.0pr2 is available now. The $100 application for rapid database development on remote hosts can create and change databases and export their work as fully functional PHP files. Itt includes all features of SQLBoss Monitor and is available for a 25% discount through the testing period. A free demo is available with registration.
Men & Mice\'s QuickDNS Pro 3.5.2, a maintenance release to the $500 DNS management utility, fixes a cache corruption issue, improves query responses, and has other enhancements. A free trial of the client/server package is available online.
Media 100 has finalized the sale of its streaming media software assets to the Discreet division of Autodes. The all-cash deal, announced on August 30th of this year, included the sale all intellectual property rights, as well as branding rights of Media 100\'s CineStream and Cleaner family of streaming media software solutions for $16 million. (Today, it reported a net loss for the third quarter of fiscal 2001 of $5.0 million, or $0.40 per share.) Meanwhile, a report on osx.macnn.com has a note about the future of the Cleaner product line for OS X.
Christopher Blomquist forwarded a note from Media 100 tech support about the future of the Cleaner Live product under OS X, which apparently faces some developmental/technical challenges. (Although the sale to Discreet was recently finalized, the representative says \"it probably does change the future development plans;\" however, noting that an official answer will likely have to come from Discreet. \"At this point it is very unlikely that there will be a version of Cleaner Live running on Macintosh. Support for hardware drivers under OS-X is still very difficult, but aside from that we find most prospective customers are within corporates where Macintoshes are still considered unwelcome by the IT managers! As a company we started on Macintosh and many of us use them every day. For this particular product, Windows 2000 and the opportunity to use rack-mountable PCs simply better suites our requirements...Our development team are looking into the possibility of offering a QuickTime encoding option using QuickTime 5, but there is no set release date for this feature right now.\"
Adobe affirmed its fourth-quarter targets on Thursday despite saying that \"it could not assess the impact of the Sept. 11 attacks. Adobe expects earnings of 27 cents or 28 cents a share on revenues of $310 to $320 million this quarter.
Stimpsoft\'s SnapperHead 4.1 is a \"handy little app that sends screenshots to people who enter your IP address into a web browser.\" Version 4.1 can handle multiple requests, while v4.0 added the ability to capture specific areas of the screen, contextual menu support, and other features. The utilty is free.
MacNN sources note that Apple will officially introduce new speed-bumped PowerBooks and iBooks later this month. The new PowerBook will feature G4 processor speeds of 667MHz and 550MHz, larger harddrives (20GB/30GB), a Radeon Mobility graphics processor, Gigabit ethernet, and a bundled AirPort card. The new Titanium PowerBooks are expected to be the same prices as the current models. Apple is also expected to introduce new speed-bumped iBooks with a faster 600MHz G3 processor, larger hard drives (15GB/15GB/20GB), and more memory (128MB) as well as cut pricing on its high-end machine combo-drive unit by about $100. Current models are expected to be modestly discounted to clear remaining inventory, after the expected October 16. [updated]
As anticipated yesterday, MicroMat has posted TechTool Pro 3.05, an update to the popular disk drive utility, adding the ability to edit file/folder attributes, better recovery options, and support for Mac OS 9.2.1.
An article has instructions on how to hack IE 5.1 to search Google from the address bar.
Christoph Hoevel writes DrayTek has just released new OS X drivers V1.4 for the miniVigor USB-ISDN-Modem. The new version brings OS X 10.1 compatibility and is not compatible with 10.0.4: \"you better backup the old driver before you try the new one.\"
MAKI Enterprise has released Kids GoGoGo 4.5, an update to its parental control application that offers better filtering of image searches, improves performance, and disables the browser\'s back button.
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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