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Quark will be offering a $100 discount on QuarkXpress v5.0 for users who tested it during the beta development stage. This means testers can upgrade from version 4.1 to 5.0 for $200. Quark says in a recent email to its customers that this is their way of saying \'thanks\', for time spent beta-testing. The offer expires on February 28, 2002.
BugPlay has issued an appeal to developers interested in in writing Mac OS X drivers for the \'orphaned\' ixTV TV Tuner/Video input PCI card. [See site for info]
According to Chad Brantly, Macs and iMovie were discussed on the Rosie O\'Donnell Show with much praise. \"Her guest mentioned using it to make home movies and Rosie just got all excited and talked about how great it is. Her guest said that the hard part is keeping all of your tapes organized and labeled and Rosie told her that it is no problem for her-- she just burns them onto a DVD and lables the DVD. She said that she uses it all of the time to make videos of her kids.\"
Mattison & Co. research analyst David Bailey said in a recent interview with The Wall Street Transcript that Apple \"continues to lead the PC industry in innovation\" while their \'WinTel\' competitors have \"almost ground to a halt\" with the release of innovative products.
A MacNN Reader notes that AOL CEO Barry Schuler owns three Apple PowerMac G4s and a Gateway for home use, according to a c|net CEO profile. The article is part of c|net\'s 11-part \"Vision Series.\"
Symantec has released a public beta of Norton Utilities 7.0b, which includes an OS X native version of Norton Disk Doctor to find and repair hard disk problems; FileSaver to track critical hard disk information; UnErase for recovering deleted files; and Scheduler to schedule FileSaver activity. Symantec is offering 25 free copies to users who submit undocumented bugs and 25 more to others who participate in the beta test.
Mouseki 2.0, the first onscreen keyboard for Mac OS 9 & X, has been released. Mouseki allows text input in situations where it isn\'t possible to use a keyboard - be them kiosks or physical impairments such as RSI or disabilities. A demo version is available; the full version costs $15. [Classic, Carbon]
Architosh has posted an update on SketchUp, an application coming to Mac OS X that \"promises to be a successful 3D tool for the architecture.\" Architosh is also reporting that Microspot has released X-RIP Preview v2.0 drivers for large-format printing under Mac OS X.
Macromedia recently posted an OS X version of its Shockwave Player, as noted by several users. It officially support Explorer, although one reader says its also works with Netscape 6.
Speed Download 1.8fc1 adds better OS X support, more contextual menu options, better integration with browsers, and other improvements to the download utility that uses up to 32 simultaneous connections to improve download performance. The $20 utility supports download queues and scripting.
Colin Sandy notes that Business 2.0 Columnist Eric Hellweg has written a follow-up article on Steve Jobs and the Future of Apple, as a rebuttal to the many responses from the Mac community.
Peter Howson notes that ZephIR has posted \"early\" alpha OS X drivers for its USB- and ADB-based universal custom remote control.
ATTO has released an update to its SAN management software, AccelWare for Mac v3.2 and VMS 1.8, which allow you to share and create standard and RAID volumes in cross-platform environments. The updates add an option to disable messaging, a new 30-day evaluation mode, and other bug fixes.
Morning tech news: Adobe was named one of the 100 Best Companies to Work for in America, ranking twenty-seventh; Gateway is expected to announce more layoffs today and may it may close more stores as it struggles with reduced sales; and HP has patented a process it said will help it produce atom-sized computer chips.
Addonics yesterday introduced a sleek new combination DVD/CDRW drive. The Addonics Pocket DVD/CDRW drive is available in FireWire ($430), CardBus ($415) and USB 2.0 ($400) interfaces. It features an 8x DVD player, 8x CDRW burner, and a 24x CD-ROM drive that weighs 14 ounces. (Software bundle is for Window-only.)
Econ Technologies has introduced ChronoSync, its $20 back-up and synchronization utility for OS X. It offers multiple folder synchronization, automated schedules, transaction logs, one- or two-way synchronization, and rules for filtering files. It is expected to ship in early February.
TC|Works has launched Spark FXMachine, \"the first\" virtual multi-FX processor and Synth Generator Mac-based VST Systems. It comes complete with 21 TC-quality FX & Synthesis Plug-Ins and includes an environment to create unique new effects or modular synthesizers by \"simply combining them freely in a matrix window.\" The $200 application is due to ship in February 2002.
NoteHeads Musical Expert Systems today released an update to its $300 scorewriting software, Igor Engraver 1.6. It offers performance improvements, drawing layers, and the ability to read NIFF files, allowing users to import printed sheet music into Igor Engraver for playback, editing and printing, and also import NIFF files generated by other music notation software. It is a free upgrade for owners of v1.4 and v1.5.
Aspyr is now shipping Spiderman, its third-person action/adventure, based on the Marvel comic series. The $40 title is compatible with both Mac OS 9 and OS X.
Griffin Technology has posted an updated driver for the PowerMate USB programmable audio and media controller, PowerMate 1.0b10. The OS X version of the driver now includes AppleScript support as well as sample scripts for brightness control, pulsing, and pulse rate are included.It also includes a fix for a rare problem where the PowerMate Control would not show up in the System Preferences. [Classic, Carbon]
Dr. Bott is now shipping its iPod Connection Kit II with Cassette Adapter, which provides 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, boom boxes, and tape players. The kit includes an Auto Charger, Cassette Adapter, various audio cables and a carry pouch (and replaceds the FM transmitter with a cassette tape adapter).
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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