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Christopher Owens forwarded a response from NEC Tech Support to his inquiry about OS X drivers for the company\'s Superscript 1400 printer, saying that the1400 has \"hardware limitations that prevent it from functioning in a Unix based environment.\" \"I don\'t know if this will affect the 1450N or higher printers that will support PostScript, but sharing similar architecture, I don\'t know how lucky we\'ll be. The drivers that ship with the printer appear to still function with OS 9, however.\"
iOrganize 3.6 is an update to the $15 NotePad-like application. It fixes several problems with MacOS X 10.1, adds export routines, support for command-clicking on URLs, and support for PageUp/PageDown keys. [Classic, Carbon]
StimpSoft\'s frogslapper 2.1 is an update to the small, light and free POP3 email checker that checks multiple accounts and downloads the subject, sender and date of each email. Version 2.1 has encrypts the passwords in the accounts file and fixes several bugs.
Sean A D\'Esposito writes about compatibility issues with the release of Shrek movie on DVD: \"I just got my copy of Shrek on DVD and all of the DVD ROM features, including the Revoice Studio, are \'...not available on Apple Macintosh.\'\"
Robert Lach has posted Ask the Web 1.1, a final version of his universal dictionary client for web-based dictionary servers. It includes 130 plugins for 19 different languages as well as a complete editor for creating and editing plugins (and a plugin debugger). [Classic, Carbon]
Bob Patterson notes that Apple\'s Snap it up promo, which offers a HP 318xi digital camera or $150 cash back, is good only with purchases of the 600MHz an 700MHz iMac.
Tom Schwab notes differences in the US and UK cutoff dates for Microsoft\'s free Office v. X upgrade: \"I just purchased Office 2001 for the Mac and received my software October 17th. Unfortunately according to this web page: the free upgrade to Office v.X will be given to USA purchases after October 24th. Otherwise the upgrade will be $149...However, if you purchase Office 2001 for the Mac after September 1st in the UK (nearly 8 weeks earlier) you will receive a free Office v.X upgrade according to this web page. The discrepancy may cost me $149 as my USA purchase was one week too early...I\'ve e-mailed Microsoft about this discrepancy of which your readers may be interested.\"
Lemke Software\'s GraphicConverter 4.1 now supports JPEG2000, imports/exports Diskus YUV files, improves TIFF import, and adds support for ColorSync profiles during printing. [Classic, Carbon]
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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