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iPod Free File Access 1.0b1 lets users access the hidden music folder on the iPod: \"Just drag the iPod disk onto iPFFA, the music folder will be visible and opens automatically for quick & easy access. After dragging the iPod disk onto iPFFA it knows the disk name and from now you can make the folder visible just by launching iPFFA (handy in the Apple menu).\"
IOXperts has released FireWire DCam Driver 1.0b7, an update to its $20 drivers that enable several FireWire cameras under OS X 10.1. It includes a work around for the problem with iTunes described in our forums.
Wacom has posted a release candidate for its input tablets. Wacom v4.7.0-6 driver offers French-, German-, Spanish-, and English-language support and fixes a few bugs, maintaining code parity with the Windows driver. It supports Intuos, Graphire, PL, ArtZ II, ArtZ, UD, PenPartner, ArtPad II and ArtPad tablets on computers running Mac OS 7.x, 8.x and 9.x (It does not support SD Tablets.) It has also released a Wacom X 4.71-6 driver for OS X, which supports all Wacom USB tablets, incl. USB versions of Intuos2, Graphire2, Cintiq, Intuos, Graphire, PenPartner, PL-500 and PL-400. [Classic, Carbon]
MacZ Software has released HTML Converter 1.3, a free HTML utility for converting special characters to corresponding HTML character codes. Version 1.3 makes the app AppleScriptable, and adds support for Mac OS X. [Classic, Carbon]
Real Neural Network 2.0 is a graphical user interface for creating an artificial neural network. The $25 shareware is a native, multithreaded, Cocoa application offering realtime feedback on backpropagation or Bidirectional Associative Memory neural networks. Artificial neural networks can be used for financial forecasting, pattern recognition, prediction, data analysis and other predictive tasks.
Think Factory 1.0, for Cocoa developers, is described as a \"value-added generic artificial neural network server [engine]... you can call our servers in you program for creating your own neural network.\" The $50 shareware package contains the two servers (as OS X foundation tool), a complete documentation and a true GUI sample code.
Tech Superpowers, a Boston based Apple Reseller and Solutions Expert, has announced the opening of its new Macintosh Training Center, which offers classes in Mac OS 9, Mac OS X, Digital Video, and ColorSync. The curriculum caters to consumers, educators and other professionals. Classes start at $100 using use promotion code: \'tsp99.\'
Andreas Kyriacou confirms that Apple (and its worldwide subsidiaries) is helping customers recover data lost after using the (corrupt) iTunes 2.0 installer for OS X posted last weekend.
Matthew Roberts notes that some laptop users are experiencing problems booting Classic after installing the recent OS X security update (registration required to view URL): \"Many users of portables (myself included) have indicated that after installing the most recent update, Classic simply refuses to work. Booting into OS 9.2.1 works still does work. Affected users have been using TiBooks and Pismos. I\'m not sure if anyone on an iBook has seen the problem. \"Apple has been notified of the problem. However, no fix has been found except for reinstalling OS X (so that your build is earlier than the one provided by the security update). In short, for the time being avoid this update like the plague. Something seems to have slipped through Apple\'s quality control.\"
Wired News has published a commentary about Microsoft\'s Office v.X, in which author Farhad Manjoo says \"The Mac team at Microsoft has taken Office\'s tired suite of productivity applications -- the ubiquitous word processor, spreadsheet, presentation and e-mail programs -- and converted them into high art.\" The aritcle quotes Microsoft representatives as stating that while some functionality in Office v.X comes from Windows XP development efforts, about half of the code was created from scratch specifically for OS X.
Afternoon tech news: Compaq and HP are standing firm on their $21 billion merger, despite opposition from Hewlett and Packard family members; VoiceStream is beginning to integrate America Online instant messaging into its Nokia cellular phones; Nine states have rejected the proposed Microsoft anti-trust settlement, and say they will continue to fight the company.
Apple\'s Installer 1.0 update, available through the OS X Software Update control panel, offers \"improved support for installing software update and is required for any future OS X updates.\" (The updated build is reflected as \'5L21\'.) The update is also available online.
Portraits & Prints 1.01, an update to the $20 personal photo studio, improves loading and display of catalog thumbnail images, fixes printing issues, allows for manual adjustments to auto-cropped image, and increases the maximum redeye zoom by a factor of two. A free demo is available
SnapperHead 4.5, StimpSoft\'s convenient application for sending \"live\" screen shots of your desktop over the Internet, adds many more customization features.
Intelli Innovations has released ProSQL 1.0 Preview 3, the third preview release of its upcoming database management software for the Mac. It adds HTML reporting, mySQL administration tools, a built-in local database engine, REALbasic database developer tools, field sorting, and several other items. [Classic, Carbon]
Peter Attanasio writes about problems obtaining OS X through the up-to-date program: \"This is some thing that affects all Mac owners at overseas military locations. I\'ve been trying to apply for the Apple up to date program for OS X 10.1. I filled in the application and sent it in. I recently received a notification in the mail from Apple stating that because my mailing address is a military address (i.e. FPO or APO) I\'m considered not within the U.S. and I do not qualify for the update, even though the U.S. Postal service delivers my mail. I\'ve also spoken to a rep on the phone to receive the same response. This is insane, because I can purchase the full retail version of OS X 10.1 from a third party mail order vendor and receive it. So now in order to upgrade, I have to spend over a $100 instead of $20.\"
Canon has introduced the LV-7545 multimedia projector, which features a brightness of 3700 ANSI lumens and four different lens configurations - wide-angle zoom (short throw zoom), ultra wide-angle (short throw fixed), zoom (medium throw zoom) and telephoto zoom (long throw zoom). Other features include an XGA resolution of 1024 x 786), an 800:1 contrast ratio, and various inputs for DVD players, TVs, VCRs, and Macs. The LV-7545 starts at $8500 and scales to $9500 depending on the type of lens.
Phil Schiller, Apple\'s VP of Worldwide Product Marketing, will give a keynote presentation at DV Expo on Tuesday, December 4th from 2:00-3:00PM, where he will \"discuss Apple\'s leadership position in the digital video revolution and showcase the growing number of professional video solutions available on Mac OS X.\"
Wired News notes that the Maya for OS X maybe doomed: \"No one in the industry can understand why Alias launched this widely acclaimed product, directing millions of dollars and its talented engineering staff to write more than 20 million lines of code for the Mac\'s new and unproven OS X. If history is any indicator, Maya\'s odds of survival are ominously grim.\"
St. Clair Software has updated its $25 screen snapshot utility, Screen Catcher 2.3.5, to fix compatibility problems with DigiDesign ProTools. It also adds the ability to constrain selection to a square using the shift key and also corrects isolated problems with reading large TIFF files.
Corona 1.7 provides invoicing, payroll and general form entry to the $50 accounting package that includes a check register, account chart features and full range of accounting reports. Payroll accounting stores tax rates, employee data, and payroll transactions and the application produces reports for employees, monthly posting entries, payroll tax quarterlies, and payroll advices to accompany employee paychecks. A 30-day trial is available.
Sustainable Softworks has created Continued Care, a subscription support plan for registered users of its producdts. The $25/year plan offers \"Priority Support\" and a free copy of gNAT, the company\'s entry-level Internet sharing software for OS X, and one year of free technical support for gNAT.
IBM yesterday introduced its Deskstar and Travelstar drives. The Deskstar 120GXP offers 120GB storage capacity and performance at 7200 RPM and is due later this month for $350. IBM says it is now shipping its new Travelstar notebook drives. The $250 Travelstar 60GH offers 60GB of storage with a 5400 RPM mechanism in a 2.5-inch portable casing, while the Travelstar GN family includes 4200 rpm drives with storage capacities of 40GB, 30GB, 20GB and 10 GB (available for $225, $200, $140, and $110, respectively).
The Titanium PowerBook G4 has won the \"Swiss Design Prize\", according to Macgeneration. It was selected from among 333 products from 13 countries by a panl of famous designers and professionals from around the world.
Apple has reduced the the price of th iPod in the UK by £26 to £323 (inc VAT), after introducing it at £329 and later increasing it to £349, according to Macworld UK. Update: It appears that the Apple Store UK mistakenly lowered the general price of the Apple iPod in the UK; the price change was intended only for education purchases. The price remains at £349, while education users can now purchase it for £329. [updated]
Softmagic is now shipping Project-M Lite, a limited version of its publishing suit that consists of two of Project M\'s six modules, M-layout and SendStory, as well as 36 of Softmagic\'s OpenType fonts bundled together in a single package. M-layout is Softmagic\'s multilingual, XML based Page Layout program and SendStory is Softmagic\'s multilingual XML editor.
SparkME is a free version of SPARK, TC WORKS\' realtime audio editing and processing application. It offers an integrated data base, play list, fast editing with unlimited undo and sample-accurate waveform display and VST Plug-In support. Other features include crossfades, export of play lists in Roxio Toast format, digital media production with frame accurate and stutter-free movie playback, and support for sample rates of up to 192kHz and 32-bit sound files. SparkME users can upgrade to SparkLE for X for $50.
Jason Linhart\'s Mac port of the freeware log analyzer, Analog 5.1, now recognizes the Konqueror and Galeon browsers, distinguishes between Mozilla and Netscape browsers, and recognizes Windows XP.
Willow Design has introduced two new display carry cases for the 17\" Studio Display and the 22\" Cinema Display. Both cases offer superb protection with dual density foams, extra corrugated plastic reinforcement, hardboard bottoms and bi-direction plastic reinforcement for the display side outer wall. They also feature comfortable contoured & multiple reinforced carry handles, contoured shoulder carry straps and luggage feet riveted through the wood on the bottom. Both are covered by Willow\'s 100% satisfaction guarantee and lifetime guarantee against defects in materials and craftsmanship.
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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