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Kenneth Roberts recently contacted SoftRAID about Mac OS X drivers for their RAID products. Despite a statement on their website indicating a MacWorld San Francisco announcement, no such release was announced. Shortly after emailing SoftRAID, Mr. Roberts was informed that drivers would be available \"at the end of the quarter\" and in \"worst case\" by mid April.
Aladdin Systems and Prosoft Engineering have partnered to offer outsourcing options for software installers based on StuffIt InstallerMaker. Engineering services for the design and creation of software installers based on StuffIt InstallerMaker are now available. The new service offers developers custom-built and tested installers created by engineers \"intimately\" familiar with both InstallerMaker and the Mac OS. Pricing starts at $500 for a basic installer/uninstaller and testing on three platforms.
A MacNN Reader notes that c|net has put the Apple PowerMac G4 tower at the top of its \'leading-edge PCs\' list.
Mile23 has released a new REALbasic plug-in that extends the Application class with three properties and a method. MacAppProcess is free and runs on 68k and PPC as well as Mac OS X. App.MacCreator, App.MacFolderItem, App.MacName and App.MacSendToFront make up MacAppProcess.
Architosh reports that the new Blender 3D application is featured in an \"awesome\" QuickTime Trailer; Oracle has introduced \'Oracle CADViewer 3D,\' a collaboration tool; AEC Vision has turned its attention to Macintosh-based BOA by BOA Research.
Report Magic v2.13 has been released. Brazilian Portuguese is now \'pt-BR,\' and character set conversion only converts text if the character set is iso-8859-1; the update also includes several big fixes.
Seapine Software today announced that it is shipping TestTrack Pro 4.5 for Mac OS X. The cross-platform application offers enterprise-level, web-based defect management solution; version 4.5 adds a Visual C++ add-in access to TestTrack Pro, full TestTrack Pro administration support from a Web browser, additional SCC integration with support for Perforce and CS-RCS, and server support for OS X.
Pressplay, a Web music service owned by Sony and Vivendi Universal, said it hopes to make its online service available to Mac users sometime this year, according Reuters.
eLister 1.2, an update to the $40 auction listing utility, includes a completely new, faster category update system, updated listing fees to reflect eBay\'s price increases which go into effect on January 31, and a number of other minor changes. [Classic, Carbon]
Stone Table has Beta G of Z-Write 1.3b, which adds new features, such as Internet dictionary and thesaurus lookup to its $30 \"non-linear\" word processor.
Keith Bourgoin notes that Steve Jobs is missing from c|net\'s review of top tech CEOS: \"c|net is actually running a review of influencial tech CEOs (see right side bar). Surprisingly, Steve Jobs was carefully omitted from this exclusive crowd. It seems correct to assume that in line with their evaluation points, he would probably get an A for leadership, an A+ for vision, a B+ for execution (remember the cube fiasco) and an A+ for star power (surely). This would bring him to the top of the crowd at this point with an average of A.\"
OmniGraffle 2.0 Beta, a public beta of Omni Group\'s diagramming and charting application, include AppleScript support, URL links to graphics, layer support, cool new tools, shape enhancements, line ending enhancements, export to HTML, grid enhancements, auto layout improvements, a magnet editor, OmniOutliner import preferences, and other fixes and miscellaneous enhancements.
A reader forwarded a note from Other World Computing, which discusses the use of lower-rated in chips in some of Sonnet\'s upgrade products: \"Responding to an anonymous insider tip, we did a closer inspection on the Sonnet Upgrade models we had in stock and found that the Sonnet G3/500 PCI and G3/500 L2 Sonnet upgrades actually had 466MHz marked IBM G3 processors and even more of a stretch, the Sonnet G3/450MHZ PCI had a 333MHz marked IBM G3 processor. [...]\" \"I approached an available Sonnet manager on this issue [who said] it was normal and that they had high-temp rated chips and that was why they could use them for a faster speed than their markings.\"
Apple is expected to introduce new speed-bumped Power Macs next week (Tuesday, January 22), according to a report on MacUser UK: \"Dealers in the US have been alerted to expect new stock of three new models early next week.\" The high-end machine will be a dual 1-GHz G4 machine, according to the report. Other speeds and pricing are not available.
At NAMM 2002, Native Instruments today released a new sampling application Kontakt, offering support for standard sample playback and manipulation abilities as well as realtime time-stretching and resynthesis, graphical breakpoint envelopes, an integrated loop editor, analog-modelled filters, visually displayed modulation, and better efficiency for up to 256 stereo voices per instance on a standard computer. The $400 application is due in March with 3GB of high-quality samples.
Mac OS X Unleashed ($50 list price) is a \"complete guide and reference\" for Mac OS users both new and advanced users, covering system administration topics ranging from advanced configuration of FTP servers, SSH tunneling, to installing secure E-mail and Web servers. Teach Yourself Mac OS X in 24 Hours ($25 list price), the \"little brother\" of Unleashed, is described as \"a streamlined version of the content of the Unleashed book, directed at home users.\"
pearCalc 0.3 adds a new shortcut-feature for defining constants or shortcuts for application names to the freeware calculator and application-launcher for OS X.
The Wall Street Journal\'s Walt Mossberg has written a glowing review of the new iMac: \"despite a few drawbacks, it works very well. The screen is the most vivid 15-inch flat panel I\'ve seen, and insidethe base Apple has packed a surprisingly powerful computer with a fast G4 processor, ample memory and hard-disk space...\"
Chronos LC has released a beta Palm conduit for synchronizing Personal & Group Organizer with Palm OS-based handhelds. The new conduit is designed to work with the Palm Desktop 4.0 public beta. It is immediately available for Mac OS 9 and OS X, free of charge, to all existing Personal & Group Organizer 4 users. A 30-day trial of Personal ($60) and Group Organizer ($100) are available online. [Conduit: Classic, Carbon]
Constantin von Wentzel writes about the AirPort basestation failures noted here over the past few months, including one report by a reader that coincided with the AirPort Driver Update 2.01 release yesterday evening: \"...the most prevalent reason why ABS\' have been failing is because of the well-documented internal power supply problem. Apple has a informal recall on selected units....There are two failure modes: During operation and after resets/firmware upgrades/power downs. The later failure mode can make people believe that the unit has failed due to the firmware upgrade. In fact, boot-up is the most stressful time for the internal power supply, so if it\'s marginal, it\'ll fail during boot-up (the dreaded infinite reboot LED sequence). \"Two things to keep in mind: ABS\' are fairly simple to repair. Even better, as long as you live in the right country, Apple will replace a large number of them for free. However, the refurbished units you get in return may not be as pretty to look at.\"
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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