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Michael Dinsmore notes that Apple has updated its retail page with two more stores \"Coming Soon\": Clarendon (Arlington VA) and South Coast Plaza (Costa Mesa, CA): \"Although not listed on the Apple Retail page for the store, the Clarendon location is two blocks from the DC Metro Clarendon stop, Orange line.\"
StimpSoft has released AAPL Stock Dock 1.0, a simple, stock quote grabber for Apple Computer: \"It has a shiny happy apple icon that displays the current stock price, change, volume and update time for AAPL. Icon changes from green to blue to red (+, no change, -).\"
MindAvenue is offering Mac users a sneak peek at its latest authoring software, AXEL 1.5. The OS X-compatible interactive authoring tool that enables Web designers and other creative professionals to model, animate, add interactivity, preview and publish animated content to the Web. It supports movie textures (application of textures to 3D content); cartoon and custom wireframe rendering styles; and import routines for EPS files and all QuickTime-supported formats.
The freeware utility WEP Key Maker v1.0.2 \"generates a hexadecimal WEP key from a pass phrase....Generating such a key from a pass phrase makes it easy to create and reproduce a key without writing it down. The key can be copied from WEP Key Maker’s dialog and pasted directly into Airport dialogs and third-party software.\"
Adium 1.4 is a new version of AIM client clone that offers keyboard-based navigation of IM windows and improved window management. Version 1.4 of the Cocoa-native application logging of messages, accent support, secure password storage via the Keychain, and other improvements.
IGG Software has released AtWork 2.2, a time billing/invoice creation application. Version 2.2 now offers support for multiple currencies, the ability to create invoices as RTF files, new toolbar icons and an improved UI.
Michel Pollet\'s GLterm 1.0b2 is a $10 shareware replacement for the Terminal application which ships with OS X: \"It\'s made to be faster, and to support more common terminal features. It supports full ANSI colors, all vt102 protocol, and a selection of useful xterm sequences. GLterm addresses Apple\'s Terminal shortcomings beautifully. [It] uses OpenGL and your 3D accelerator hardware to render text, making it incredibly fast.\"
dialpadX is a preview release of the company\'s Mac-to-phone client, which includes an address book, which you can access from anywhere in the world. The company is not offering support for the application until its final release.
osx.macnn.com has notes about Wolfram\'s Mathematica for OS X, an updated (free) OS X Guide book, Vicomsoft\'s updated Internet Gateway, iMap 2, and a freeware utilty for graphing network performance.
Vicomsoft has posted another beta of its Internet Gateway for OS X PB3, which offers an improved Auto Setup process, CyberUpdater functionality which allows the demo CyberNOT Internet filter to be downloaded and installed, and other minor improvements to RapidCache, the installer, and Gateway startup.
c|net reports that Apple\'s iPod, among other digital music devices, will be unable to play subscription-based audio files being delivered by Pressplay and MusicNet. The report adds that Apple\'s \"not-our-problem stance\" to music piracy typifies the consumer electronics industry, and will make it difficult for music subscription services to get off the ground.
Gideon 1.0a3, a queueing FTP/SFTP client with scheduling , remote editing and other features, is now available as a pre-release. (Send comments/bug reports/feature requests to firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Wolfram Reasearch is now shipping Mathematica for OS X, offering \"significant speed gains and vastly improved stability.\" Version 4.1, the current release, includes improved symbolic differential equation solvers and dramatic speed increases for statistical functions.
Pixel Mountain Desktop Pictures has five new pictures, including two mountain vistas, one pond scene, a garden wall, and another view of a lighthouse on the California coast.
IOGEAR has introduced its MiniView III USB 2.0 KVM Peripheral (KVMP) sharing switch, which offers users control of up to four computers and access to two USB peripherals from a single KVMP switch. It supports video resolutions of up to 2048x1536. The two- and four-port (GCS1722U/1724U) products are priced at $180 and $250, respectively and will be available in the first quarter of next year.
TC PowerCore 1.5, an open DSP hardware platform for any VST or MAS recording application, will begin shipping this week. Version 1.5 introduces a new \"PowerCore Instruments\" format, allowing for virtual instruments to run on the card and also adds a hots of new plugins and tools. Updates to registered users of TC PowerCore will be available beginning tomorrow and it will be in stores on December 7th, 2001.
Marathon Computer is now shipping new Foldaway rackmounts designed to fit the Apple 15\" Studio Display in a 2U space: the rackmounts allow you to \"mount your existing Apple Studio Display in any industry-standard 19\" equipment rack -- with a new twist: when the display is not in use, the rackmount retracts into a mere 2U. When in use, the display rests in front of your rack.\" The lightweight steel mounts have a glossy metallic silver finish and are $225.
P.O.S. Direct has released a new Mac print driver for the POSjet 1000, a high-speed, 2 color, inkjet receipt printer with USB or serial interfaces. The drivers can be used with any application and can be accessed via the chooser. The POSjet 1000 prints color logos, illustrations, coupons, special offers--any promotional message, right on your receipts. It sports four ink options black, red, green and blue as well as the ability to print in any two simultaneously.
Artic Software\'s iStream 2.1 adds live streaming, import of Audion playlists, and other bug fixes to the MP3 streaming server. [Classic, Carbon]
Spork 1.0 is a $5 shareware application that can be useed to open and edit the raw data fork of a files or programs: \"This can be used for several different reasons, such as editing how a program works, make updates to the program, and things like that. While it doesn\'t generate patching programs yet, that is a goal for the future. Also, we plan to add resource editing in a style similar to Resedit, only more user friendly.\"
Maxtor\'s updated maxCD34 v3.4 FireWire drivers for use with the Maxtor 1394 external drives, lets users utilize the Power Down feature with drives, according to Macworld UK.
GrabbyWindow, now in beta, is a new utility that offers a floating palette for \"substantially\" simplifying file management: \"Texts and pictures can be effortlessly added into layout programs, text modules used or simply files managed. GrabbyWindow also offers big previews of text and picture files, a source of information with the most important file data and an integrated search function.\" [Classic-BETA, Carbon-ALPHA]
Over 21,000 people attended last week\'s MacExpo 2001, which took place in London over the past few days. Macworld UK notes the release of an OS X-compatible drawing application, DrawWell; new products for UK users from AM Micro, including the iRez KritterDigital FireWire camera, Digicom\'s modem for GSM networks, and Keyspan\'s USB 2.0 Cardbus solution; and SmartDisk\'s FireFly drive, a credit-card sized drive that uses the same 5GB drive found in Apple\'s iPod.
Eric Garneaux notes that Dantz has updated its Website on the status of Retrospect for OS X: \"While Mac OS X v10.1.1 does include most of the device access and arbitration functionality that Retrospect requires, and it fixes issues surrounding hard linked files, it does not solve several remaining issues that prevent Retrospect from successfully backing up or restoring a complete Mac OS X system to a functioning state. \"Apple is well aware of the file manager and device issues that are still giving Retrospect problems; their OS engineers have been working closely with Dantz and are resolving these issues right now (fixing hard links is a great example).\"
Anzovin Studio has released a public beta of The Setup Machine, a 3D character animation application that installs a high-quality animation rig into any humanoid model created in Animation:Master. It includes full limb and spine rigs, auto knee and elbow pointing, one-bone finger manipulation, and FK-IK switching.
Serge De Oliveira writes about the release of an unsupported OS X version of Sputnix 0.1, a satellite client for the Audiogalaxy music sharing website: \"AudioGalaxy is back on Mac, at least on OS X ! I\'ve just downloaded an AudioGalaxy called Sputnix, and it works just fine ! I hope AudioGalxy don\'t change their protocol again, so we can enjoy Sputnix for a long time.\"
Rob Griffiths has rewritten his OS X Guidebook: \"the resulting project is now 60+ pages of OS X information, covering the Finder, the Dock, general advice, key applications, and a fairly detailed UNIX tips section.\"
The Register claims that that Apple VP Phil Schiller has \"gone on the record to suggest March as the date when new Macs ship with OS X as default,\" although the article does not state the source of the information.
WildPackets will host four free OS X protocol analysis training sessions during the Macworld Expo in San Francisco. Two sessions a day will be offered on January 9 and 10 at the Argent Hotel.
iMap 2 is a $15 shareware designed for mapping large amounts of latitude and longitude data. Version 2 offers support for AppleScript, support for larger map files, the ability to open multiple map files simultaneously, PDF export routines, and logging for all status changes.
Sig Software\'s Drop Drawers 1.5.8 is described as a \"revolutionary user-interface enhancement which provides floating drawers on the sides of monitors to store text, URLs, aliases, scripts, pictures, sounds, movies and anything else.\" Versions 1.5.8 is a maintenance release which fixes all known outstanding issues with OS X 10.1 and Mac OS 9. [Classic, Carbon]
Trinfinity Software\'s freeware Skeleton Key 1.0 locks or unlocks multiple files simultaneously via a drag & drop interface. [Classic, Carbon]
Audiocorder 3.1.2 is an update to Black Cat Systems\' $20 shareware audio recorder application. It can be used as a volume operated (VOX) audio recorder, can be programed with a recording schedule, can manually playback AIFF and other sound files, and can record telephone conversations using the internal modem. This version adds support for USB microphones that cannot record at 44.1 kHz, or stereo. [Classic, Carbon]
Chaotic Software has released Clipboard Manager 1.0, which offers multiple clipboard support under Mac OS 9 (control strip) and OS X (dockling). The $20 shareware can create multiple clipboards, switch between clipboards on-the-fly, and provide persistent clipboards across reboots.
Vving for OS X measures and graphs network performance in real-time. The application offers the the ability to ignore spikes (and other anomalies) and provides three different alarms for three different usage threshholds. it is free, but requires that you send the company an email with some basic user information.
Quandir Software has released an OS X version of its popular utility DP Autochanger X, a shareware utility that changes your desktop picture automatically. It will display pictures in random order or in alphabetic sequence and also supports URL files that point to pictures on the Web.
Buena Software has posted an update to its free plug-in, Diffusion Effect QuickTime 2.0, which transforms images into impressionistic or pointillist paintings. This release adds support for OS X. It works with QuickTime Player Pro, or any other QuickTime application which supports QuickTime effects.
Alco Blom has posted Web Confidential 3.0fc1 for OS X, a final candidate of his $20 shareware password manager. Upgrades are $11.
Fourth World today released WebMerge 1.9, an upate to its application that generates static Web pages from database files. It offers the option of selectively generating either detail or index pages, faster performance, and improved error reporting. The $70 application works with any database that exports in Merge or tab-delimited formats.
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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
Google prevails in UK street mapping case
Possibly setting the stage for other court battles in the UK, a High Court fight between Google and StreetMap.EU has concluded in Google's favor. StreetMap.EU claimed that Google's dominance in the field destroyed the 20-year-old firm's business, when Google started promoting its own service in search results over the older company's -- the judge disagreed. Commercial director Kate Sutton said after the judgment that "StreetMap has been frozen in time; because of what Google did, StreetMap has not been able to properly invest in the website since 2007." An appeal is planned. http://bloom.bg/1KKhECt