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The Omni Group has released OmniWeb v4.1 beta 1. OmniWeb is a popular web browser for Mac OS X. New features include a compatibility preferences pane that allows the user to make websites think OmniWeb is another browser and several user interface enhancements like pop-up history menus on the forward/back buttons. The new beta also has a redesigned download manager with more options. OmniWeb is available for $30 ($20 educational); OmniWeb can also be used for free.
GameRanger 2.1.6 is an update to the Mac-friendly, web based game enviroment that \"works around a problem with web proxies that some ex-@Home users (and possibly others) were experiencing that prevented auto-updating.\"
IOXperts has announced the release of its FireWire Webcam Driver 1.0 for Mac OS X. The \"extremely\" stable driver provides support for OS X users using some FireWire Webcams. A free trial version of the $20 software is available online.
Micronet has re-introduced its Advantage Series of external single bay hard drives. Available in 60GB, 80GB, 100GB, and 120 GB capacities, the small 5\" x 9\" footprint hard drives are priced from $290 to $455.
Xnet Communications today announced Captain FTP v1.0, a new FTP client specifically designed for Mac OS X. Captain FTP has drag-and-drop functionality, file and folder transfers, basic FTP functions like renaming/moving, interrupted download resuming and bookmarks. Future features may include mirror transfers and a text terminal.
Rijdat Software has released PDFCat 1.0, a new $30 utility that tracks and indexes PDF documents, including title, author, subject, keywords, and other data.
We\'ve published an in-depth preview of the upcoming International CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2002 in Las Vegas, which coincides with the Macworld Expo in San Francisco.
AustinSoft has released DTerm 1.0, a $65 programming utility that provides an \"interface for displaying diagnostic and debugging information in real-time from your programs. Each program has its own window, and can intelligently merge the contents of multiple windows into a single window, showing the interactions between multiple programs.\" It works with both Mac OS 9 CFM programs as well as Mac OS X Mach-O programs.
Dave Hirsch has released a Cocoa version of TestTimer 2.0, a utility designed to do help teachers proctor a station-based exam: \"Each station has a certain amount of time, and an aural announcement must be made when it is time to switch stations.\" The source code is also posted for both the Classic and Cocoa versions at the same web site.
Afternoon tech: The open-source MPlayer offers QuickTime support under Linux with its latest release; A recent study found that up to 5% of the Internet - potentially 100 million hosts - are completely unreachable; and Yahoo announced that sales volume at its shopping sites between Thanksgiving and Christmas increased more than 86 percent from a year ago and that its shoppers spent $10.3 billion online in the fourth quarter.
Jim Heid of The Los Angeles Times writes \"Although the older OS 9 remains a better choice for many types of users, OS X is becoming more viable every day,\" noting the growing numer of applications for OS X.
Apple has granted options for one million shares to each of its senior executives except Chief Executive Steven Jobs, according to the company\'s annual report filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday.
Yahoo! Shopping has named Apple\'s Titanium PowerBook G4 as one of the best sellers for the 2001 holiday buying season. Other top sellers include Microsoft\'s xBox, Nintendo\'s GameCube, and the Nikon Coolpix 995.
Morning tech news: The FBI has warned owners of Windows XP to disable a feature that could open the operating system to intrusion from hackers; Minolta has halted new product development for APS (advanced photo system) cameras, announcing that it will instead focus on digital cameras; E-Commerce sites are reporting strong holiday sales, with Yahoo revealing that its visitors spent more $10.3 billion in the fourth quarter.
Brian Greenstone of Pangea Software notes that the company is not working on an OS X version of its popular Cro-Mag Rally because of Apple\'s lack of Net Sprocket on OS X.
iPod Free File Sync 2.0b1 now displays which MP3/AIFF/WAV files on an iPod are not on your computer and offers the ability to sync the iPod with any computer.
Signwave Auto-Illustrator 1.0 is described as \"an experimental, semi-autonomous, generative software artwork and a fully functional vector graphic design application to sit alongside your existing professional graphic design utilities.\" Registered users of the beta version receive $30 off the $100 registration price.
XPlay Preview Release 2, a new version of Mediafour\'s Windows utilty for the iPod, adds the ability to copy MP3, AIF and WAV files through both Windows Media Player and Explorer. The preview release expires January 31, 2002.
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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