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‘Code 66’ and ‘3TAG AB’ have introduced a REALbasic plug-in that allows REALbasic under Mac OSX to “do some new cool stuff.” The plug-in contains two controls and one \"global methods pack.\" The HotKey control can register a GlobalHotKey combination, and when the respective key combination is pressed, the control’s EventHandler will be called; the KeyCode control identifies virtual keycodes for keys pressed-- useful for configuring GlobalHotKeys. The PostKeyEvent methods allow applications made with REALbasic to post ‘keydown’ and ‘keyup’ events to the system, which will be received by the frontmost application. Pricing is $8 and $25 for “Hobby” and “Pro” licences.
MacNN Reader Norm Rechtman reports, effective February 28, At&T Broadband is eliminating the ability to dial-in remotely with a modem to its service. Users have expressed concern because people who work \'on-the-road\' will need to sign-up for a separate dial-up ISP. [At&T has yet to issue an official notice]
A Sharp has released an update to Addressix, its envelope printing utility for Mac OS X. Addressix v1.1 remembers printer settings, auto-completes addresses, and prints barcodes for automated sorting. The new version adds the most popular user requests -- the ability to have graphical return addresses. A fully functional 30-day trial is available; users can purchase a copy for $12.
In response to claims made by the Bank of America regarding the dropping support of Macintosh users, Intuit, maker of Quicken, has clarified its position on the issue noting that Mac Quicken users will still be able to take advantage of the BOA service.
Reader Eric Johnson has dropped us a note on a new offer at the online Apple Store: \"The Apple Store is offering 180 days (6 months) same as cash PLUS free ground shipping. The deal even applies to education orders (for students, faculty members, etc.). But you have to act before 1/31/02 (tomorrow).\"
MacNN Reader \'pcurtner\' reports: \"New York City\'s TekServe, the greatest Mac shop on the planet, told me today that they have received the dual 1GHz G4 model.\"
Gibson Guitar Company has released two music sequencing applications as freeware -- Studio Pro Vision v4.5.1 and Vision DSP v4.5.1. The applications are intended for users of previous versions, but no registration is required for new users. [Studio, DSP]
Presenta Ltd. has announced the release of iGetter Download Manager v1.7 for Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. The download utility allows resuming of broken (interrupted) downloads, segmented downloading, scheduling of downloads and automatic reconnection if the modem connection is lost. Additions in the new version include an improved drag-and-drop interface, support for Internet Explorer v5.1 and a browser plug-in uninstaller. [Classic, Carbon]
Logitech has posted several international versions of its MouseWare 4.03 driver utility.
Vicomsoft\'s Internet Gateway 7.05 and SurfDoubler 7.05, fixing problems where long URLs would caush a crash when using CyberNOT and an issue during Auto Setup would configure the application to use using the Apple Modem Tool instead of the Open Transport Modem. [IG, SD]
Athena Shareware has released Game Memorizer 1.03, an update to its utility that helps you memorize the keys or buttons to your games.
Stomp has released the Mac edition of its Click \'N Design 3D labeling software, which allows computer users to design and print their own custom labels for CDs, DVDs, CD business cards, mini CDs, zip disks, VHS, cassettes, 3.5-inch diskettes and jewel case inserts. The $20 utility includes 3D text, dynamic circular text editing and multiple options for graphic effects as well as graphics import filters and an include 5,000-piece background clip art library.
Several readers followed-up on our ISP notes over the past few days: [\"Luke\"] \"I thought you might also like to know that the world\'s largest ISP, AOL doesn\'t support macs (at all) down under either. On their website they state no date, when AOL for OS X in the US has already been released and on Mac for years... Thought you\'d like to know in light of your telstra comments.\" [Neil Burham] \"Why not use OS X? It is very easy touse DSL with it. I just set up my Lombard to work with Centurytel\'s DSL. Have not signed on yet with OS 9 via MacPoet, but went right one with X. Their tech support said X is the easiest OS to get on with. Just set up TCP/IP for via ethernet and supplied via server, then on to PPoE where I typed in my service provider, name and pasword, closed and then open connection with Internet connect, the same as you do with dialup. I would also try a static IP address, which should allow you to go on without most of the above.\"
unmarked software\'s $20 text cleaning utility textSOAP 3.1.5 fixes services under OS X, adds better URL support to the SCRUB and MIME filters, and includes AppleScripts for Entourage X.
MegaSeg 2.1b3 adds refinements to the search engine, Griffin iMic and Telex P900 support on OS X, improved speed on OS X, and Mixer enhancements to the OS X-compatible version of the Radio and Mobile DJ music mixer and catalog program. Other featuers of the new version include custom display options, VU meters, full screen mode, Drag-n-Drop support, improved mixer controls, Automatic Gain Control, increased library size, and easy import options from iTunes and iPod.
Revolution 1.1.1b1 is a public beta of the developer tool for deploying application on multiple platforms (Windows, Mac, and Linux) using a \"powerful English-like programming language, easy to use GUI builder and development tools.\" [Classic, Carbon]
MusicMatch today introduced MusicMatch Radio MX, a new subscription service for Mac owners available through MusicMatch Jukebox 3.0. The \"near music-on-demand service\" offers CD-quality, ad-free streams of customized music. The $5 per month service is available with both Basic (free) and Plus ($20) versions of the Jukebox 3.0 software.
Stuart Roebuck notes that \"Epson Scanner drivers for OS X are due out by the end of tomorrow.\"
Morning tech news: Sony will start selling Linux kits to allow Linux applications to run on its PlayStation 2 game console; The personal computer business of a merged Hewlett-Packard and Compaq would be profitable next year, according to Compaq\'s CEO Michael Capellas; the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is offering free AirPort-compatible internet access to laptop owners users beginning in March and is charging others $6-$8 for the use of kiosks.
FileMaker announced today it will offer non-profit organizations (NPOs) special pricing--up to 40 percent off the single-unit price, on FileMaker Pro 5.5 database software. Beginning in February, NPOs will be offered FileMaker Pro 5.5 at $150 per seat (in quantities of 10 or more) and upgrades for $100 (for 10 or more).
Gefen is shipping its ex-tend-it CAT5 extenders, which employ a core USB technology that enables a single CAT5 cable to carry signals for both USB and monitor peripherals. The ex-tend-it CAT5-1000 ($700) includes a sender unit, a receiver unit, and a CAT5 cable up to 330 feet in length, allowing users to remotely connect a monitor, keyboard, mouse, and up to two USB peripherals. The ex-tend-it CAT5-5000 ($1000) supports remote connection of two monitor workstations.
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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