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MacNN Readers Mo Mehlsak and Barbara Riegelhaupt note a very serious problem affecting Mac users running Microsoft Internet Explorer in Mac OS 9: Apparently, the newly reborn Excite.com deposits a cookie for registered users that corrupts Internet preferences. The result is that IE/E\'rage [Entourage] -- and for all I know, any other Internet app that uses the prefs file -- crashes on launch with a Type 2 error. A MS tech support staffer I spoke to said they had \"dozens\" of calls about it today. The fix is to move Internet prefs and files in the MS Cache folder [also found in the Prefs folder] to the desktop or trash, launch the Internet control panel to create a new prefs file, and either enter a new home page under the Web tab or choose \"none.\"
JomoSoft today announced the release of a new FTP (File Transfer Protocol) client designed for Mac OS X. osXigen v1.0 is Mac OS X native, Cocoa-based and completely multithreaded to offer optimum performance and to avoid lock-ups. osXigen can be purchased for $15; a free trial version is also available.
Architosh is reporting that, as expected, Nemetschek North America has announced the release of VectorWorks MECHANICAL, a new 2D/3D CAD product targeted at mechanical designers, drafters, engineers and fabricators.
c|net is reporting that online storage space provider PhotoPoint continues to be unavailable to thousands of its customers. PhotoPoint is an online service that provides users with webspace for storing graphics and photography. For several days the service has been unavailable, leaving thousands of users locked out of their material. \"I am a seller on eBay and I lost all my pictures for the last three days of my auctions,\" a PhotoPoint user told News.com.
Aaron Hillegass, founder of the Big Nerd Ranch, today announced the publication of his new Cocoa training manual, \"Cocoa Programming for Mac OS X.\" The book, published by Addison-Wesley, is designed for both new and experienced Cocoa developers; is available from Amazon.com for $32.
A MacNN reader has confirmed an earlier report that Apple has begun shipping copies of Final Cut Pro 3. Rick Lakin received a shipment notice today at 12:30PM EST.
Databeast, Inc. has announced dataComet-Secure, now available in a final release version. The Mac OS X application offers terminal emulation over SSH, Telnet, and dialup connections, supporting both SSH1 and SSH2 sessions with strong encryption. A single copy license for dataComet-Secure is $60; educational license $20.
Empower Pro today announced Internet Phone v1.1, an application for Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X that connects Macintosh users around the world with real-time voice communication over the Internet. Version 1.1 includes speech recognition, an address book and Aqua user interface. Empower Pro is offering Internet Phone for $30; a free trial version is available.
The San Francisco Chronicle takes a look at the pre-MacWorld excitement in the latest article of its online Business & Technology section. The article reflects on Mr. Jobs\' decision to rescheduled his annual MacWorld keynote speech for a day earlier and add an hour to the talk; CRM Daily asks if the expo will be \' Expensive Fun or Big Disappointment\' and likens the event to the release of \'ginger.\' [updated]
MacNN reader Carl Nordin notes that Apple has begun shipping Final Cut Pro 3, an update to its professional nonlinear editing system that brings OS X compatibility, G4 realtime effects (without additional hardware), support for the OfflineRT file format, new smart color tools, and other enhancements.
Thomas Tempelmann\'s Joliet Volume Access v2, a $15 shareware package for Mac OS 8/9, allows your computer to read Windows, MP3 and Linux CDs better. Version 2.0 has RockRidge support, includes a new Control Panel to set options on viewing/handling CDs, support additionally installed script systems, such as the Cyrillic Language Kit, and offers full access to Multi-session and Hybrid CDs, mounting any ISO volume on them.
Zoomify Inc. has released its authoring plug-in for Adobe Photoshop called the Zoomifyer 1.0, which \"converts images of any size or quality to stream for fast initial display and on-demand viewing of fine details. Zoomify\'s unique image streaming technology makes high-resolution images useful on the Web. Publish gigabyte photos that can be viewed without any large download.\" A trial of the $200 plugin is available online.
The freeware calendar application, PandoCalendar 5.7.5, allows users to develop, save, print, and distribute customizable calendars.
Marc Moini has released Smart Scroll 3.7.3, his $12 shareware utility that allows users to adjust the scrolling speed in any application and brings Proportional Thumbs and Live Scrolling to applications such as Netscape, Emailer, AppleWorks, Word, and most system add-ons such as control panels. Version 3.7.3 is a maintenance release adding support for Mac OS 9.2.2.
Yenco has released Archive 4.7, an update to its $20 shareare catalog utility that features integrated button bar controls at top of search window, improved printing, a better help system and updated help content.
Unsanity has released WindowShade X 1.5, which brings application-specific control, new \'do nothing\' behavior, code optimizations, and other enhancements ot the $7 shareware that offers the familiar window-collapsing effect from Mac OS 9 under OS X.
Brian Dunning\'s freeware Credit Card Validator (for FileMaker) is an open-source checksum calculation to validate credit card numbers and also tells you what kind of card it is based on the first digit.
Plextor is now shipping its USB 2.0-enabled PlexWriter 24x/10x/40U CD-RW optical disk drive. The new external drive offers USB 1.1 support under Mac OS 8/9 and USB 2.0 support under OS X. The $230 drive has a 4BM data buffer, features BURN-Proof technology, and supports a wide variety of writing modes, including Track-at-Once, Disc-at-Once, Session-at-Once, Multisession, and variable/fixed packet writing. It is expected to ship at the end of December.
Evergreen today announced its fireLINE 1394 and USB 2.0 Pocket HotDrive, a portable combo drive available in capacities up to 40GB. Prices are $260, $330, $400, and $530 for 10-, 20-, 30-, and 40GB models, with discounts of between $60 and $130 for direct online purchases.
Zonic has released SwapTop 1.3, an update to its $15 shareware Mac client for the WebShots desktop picture service. It allows Mac users to set up a schedule to automatically selecta random desktop picture, to download a new picture every day, and to search the WebShots image archive. It restores compatibility with the WebShots web site, adds support for Mac OS X 10.1, improves support of widescreen displays, and includes numerous minor bug fixes.
Navdeep Bains has released an update to his mail checker/online email client, Mail Beacon 1.4, which can check an unlimited number of POP3 & IMAP accounts for new mail, and can also view/delete/filter mail on server without downloading any messages. The $10 shareware now supports Mac.com\'s SMTP servers, implements a signature-like \"Message Formats\" feature, has a dramatically improved sorting algorithm, and many other bug fixes.
StimpSoft\'s Skwonk 1.0 is a freeware application that will listen to your Ethernet interface for traffic, playing specific sounds for specific types packets.
IGS Twisted 1.0 is a screen saver which :goes in the screen saver folder. IGS Twisted is just a bunch of squares in 3D space (using OpenGL). The interesting part is the movement algorithm (independently developed). There are more than 12 different controls adapted to the \'psychic vibes\' surrounding your computer.\"
Apple today made its new slot-loading DVD/CD-RW Combo drive a standard part of all of its new Titanium PowerBook G4 models; the new Combo drive features CD burning at 8x speeds, while the iBook retains the older 4x burn model. Apple has increased the cost of the standard 550-MHz configuration (256MB/20GB) to $2,299, while keeping the price on its high-end retail 667-MHz PowerBook G4 (512MB/30GB/AirPort Card) at $2,999. Both product list an estimated ship time of 1 week from the Apple Store. [updated]
X3 0.1.1 is \"an application that visualizes the system performance in the form of a realtime rotating 3D-object in the Dock. It is designed to use very little memory and processor cycles so you can keep it running all the time.\" It offers eight more objects, a new extensible X3C object format, improved memory management, objects menu synchronization, new Dock menu and Process menus, and other enhancements.
Dr. Bott today introduced the iPod Connection Kit II with Cassette Adapter, which includes options for connecting to iPod\'s 3.5-mm stereo headphone jack to automobile stereo systems, home stereo systems, mic input of computers and other devices(e.g., boom boxes, and tape players). It also includes an Auto Charger, Cassette Adapter, various audio cables and a carry pouch. The $50 kit will begin shipping in January.
Baker 1.3, an OS X program used to simplify the task of downloading files from Usenet newsgroups, brings a significant speed improvement when downloading articles.
Sapphire Symbols Vol 7 & 8 are each $15 collections with 400 Macromedia Fireworks-format symbols that are \"based on a star/starburst theme\" for web and page design.
CTM has released PowerMail 3.1, a free update to its $50 flagship e-mail client that brings \"95 enhancements, support for the IMAP protocol and major reliability and performance improvements.\" Version 3.1 includes a completely rewritten IMAP engine, improved filtering performance, mouse wheel support under OS X, and many bug fixes. A 30-day demo is available.
BProlog 6.1, an update to Afany Software\'s constraint logic programming (CLP) system, delivers a 30 to 40% peformance boost.
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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