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Mediafour has released XPlay Preview 3, iPod connection software. XPlay allows users of Microsoft Windows to connect an Apple iPod to their FireWire-equipped PC. Because XPlay is currently pre-release software, and distributed at no charge, technical support is not available. However, users are encouraged to email Mediafour if they encounter problems in the software.
As reported yesterday, AOL has fixed the security hole found by the w00w00 security group in their AOL Instant Messenger software.
Reader Scott Hancock has noted a problem with tcpdump, a packet sniffer, and Mac OS X: After upgrading to MacOS 10.1.2, I noticed that tcpdump causes a kernel panic on all of my Macs. I found several posts about the problem on the Apple Support Discussions groups. It may have started as early as 10.1.1 and may also happen when running tcpflow. That indicates that its not tcpdump but some underlying piece that\'s causing the problem.
EZQuest has introduced and is shipping its Cobra+ 120GB, 7200 RPM external hard drive (also available in 40GB, 60GB, 80GB, and 100GB sizes). The stackable, FireWire drive is housed in a light-gray fully shielded case; price is $490.
MacNN reader David Jones notes that in addition to Apple\'s Webcast and Satellitecast and TechTV\'s live coverage, readers can attend the keynote at any Apple Store: \"Just to let everyone know, apparently anyone can attend the Steve\'s Keynote Speech in the Apple Retail Stores. The retail stores are handing out invitations, but you don\'t need one to attend the Theater Event. I guess there has been some confusion over this. The Apple Stores are open for business so that means anyone can sit in! Be warned--they are apparently standing room only!\"
Unsanity\'s $7 shareware utility, FruitMenu 1.1 adds the ability to customize and enhance the Apple Menu in OS X. Version 1.1 is now implemented as a preference pane and offers the ability to order items in the menu (as well as insert separators).
Chronos LC today announced Personal Organizer 4.02 ($60) and Group Organizer 4.02 ($100), a free update that adds includes 3 minor feature enhancements and 25 minor bug fixes to the application that integrates a calendar, address book, word processor, memo taker, personal journal, phone dialer, and alarm clock as well as Palm synchronization. [Classic, Carbon]
Apple\'s CarbonLib 1.5 extension is now available on the Web, after the company released it to Mac OS 9.2 users via the Software Update Control Panel yesterday.
Feelorium\'s Picture-in-Picture X v1.05 is a $7 shareware QuickTime movie player and web cam viewer that offers a \"always-on-top window\" as well other features such as dock menu for movie controok and playlist organization. Version 1.05 adds the ability to make files that point a Web page/movie, and allows users to customize reload intervals of Webcam pages.
Apple has extended its Mac OS X Up-to-Date program for upgrades to OS X 10.1 for purchasers of the retail version of OS X and qualifying computers. The deadline has been moved from December 31,2001 to January 31, 2002, as noted by MacNN reader Richard Lorenc.
AliasMultiplier 2.5, now available for OS X, brings a few interface adjustments (for Aqua) to the $7 shareware that creates single aliases that can open more programs, documents, folders or web pages. The custom aliases also allow uers to easily modify aliases or edit the launch-order.
The Nielsen//NetRatings Holiday eCommerce Index has ranked Apple fifth in its list of the fastest growing e-tailers for the 2001 holiday season. The firm says Apple\'s e-commerce site garnered 17,642,000 shoppers in the 2001 Holiday season, up from 10,322,000 the previous year, a gain of 71 percent. The fastest growing e-tailers include Columbia House and fingerhut.com, each at least doubling their traffic from the previous year.
Several MacNN readers note that Steve Jobs\' Expo keynote will be covered on TechTV Cable Channel (as well as Webcast and Satellicast, as noted yesterday): \"TechTV WILL be covering the January 7, 2001 MacWorld Expo keynote and any new products....Special Thanks to those of you who wrote asking about the keynote being carried. It was what was needed to push the issue and get a decision to send Brett [Larson].\" [updated] A MacNN reader brought to our attention that TechTV will cover the keynote, and not necessarily broadcast it live.
The Register, noting several shortcomings in OS X\'s Aqua interface (which it notes are echoed by other prominent UI experts and columnists), writes \"Aqua has been more a case of a death of a thousand cuts: there\'s no big flaw so obnoxious it\'s enough to cause a revolt , but it\'s felt like a constant hindrance, and the annoyances add up.\"
Austrian graphic designer Robert Kalina used a Power Mac to design the first series of euro banknotes for the new European Union.
Apple\'s pre-show hype, as noted by Forbes.com may not live up to expectations, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal: \"Stock could \'hit the skids\' after Monday\'s MacWorld trade show, according to the WSJ\'s \'Heard on the Street\' column. Even much-anticipated new product releases may not provide a boost to the stock, continuing the historical pattern of a run-up before the show and a sell-off following the news.\"
Chaotic Software has released MP3 Rage 4.1, an update to its MP3 tools suite that improves Gnutella support, adds artist/album tag swapping, and fixes a few minor problems. Chaotic\'s offline download Web page download utility Web Devil 5.4, also updated, adds an incremental downloader, improves support for long URLs, and offers better OS X support, while its movie creation utility, QuickMovie 1.5, adds support for easily sorting images. [MP3, WD, QM]
New flat panel iMacs and 1GHz+ Power Mac G4s are among eWeek\'s predictions for Apple product announcements at next week\'s Expo: \"Expectations for the show have been running extraordinarily high, even by the ebullient standards of the Mac community....Meanwhile, Apple seems unusually confident that it can deliver. The company was uncharacteristically blunt about quashing rumors of major hardware innovations at September\'s Apple Expo in Paris and Seybold Seminars/San Francisco; this time around, Apple\'s home page encourages Mac optimists to believe the hype, even if it doesn\'t fill in the blanks. \"
Morning tech news: President Bush has allowed U.S. companies to sell high-speed computers to countries such as Russia, China and India, easing a Cold War-era ban designed to halt the spread of nuclear arms; Scientists have developed a sophisticated imaging technique that can detect a lie at first blush b detecting increased blood flow levels near the mouth; and an AOL glitch classified some emails from a college admissions office as junk mail.
Glenn Anderson has licensed Eudora Internet Mail Server (EIMS) from Qualcomm, and has released EIMS 3.1b3, an update that fixes an LDAP issue (and expires on January 30, 2002). Upgrades from EIMS 3.0.x to 3.1 are $60, and an upgrade from EIMS 2.x to 3.1 is $150, while new EIMS 3.1 licenses are available for $400. Also available is EIMS Admin 3.1a7 for OS X, which \"should be fully operational, it just needs a lot of cosmetic work.\" [EIMS 3.1b3, EIMS 3.1a7 for OS X]
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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