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A Mac OS X developer notes that Apple has release a small update to the December 2001 Developer Tools. December 2001 Developer Tools Update includes enhancements to ProjectBuilder and FileMerge. This maintenance release is intended for use with systems with December 2001 Developer Tools installed. Contained in the updater are the DebuggerPatch and FileMergeUpdate packages. [Registration required - 1.2MB]
Regular submissions for Apple\'s Seventh Annual Design Awards are due by April 5th, while student submissions are due by March 1st. This year\'s design awards, focused on Mac OS X, offer an \"Ultimate\" Power Mac & Apple Cinema Display for regular submissions and an \"Ultimate\" PowerBook to student winners in the category of \"Best Mac OS X Student Product\'. The Official Contest Rules have now been expanded to include a \'Best Mac OS X Open Source Port\' category. The expansion also allows developers, including student developers, to enter collaborative projects. Winners will be announced at Apple\'s annual WWDC 2002 Conference, which takes place from May 6-10, in San Jose. (Conference details are due in late February.)
DealNN has posted several Macintosh hardware and software deals including prices on refurbished displays and new low-cost DVD-R drives.
PC Magazine has posted a glowing review of the new iMac in which editor Troy Dreier calls the iMac\'s casing \" elegant\" with its \'retro and futuristic\' design ethos: \"It also has one of the best ergonomic designs we\'ve seen,\" Mr. Dreier goes on to say, but criticizes the machine\'s keyboard and mouse which he claims would fall apart after \"a bout of heavy typing.\" Despite the minor drawbacks noted, the flat-panel iMac received a rating of 4/5.
According to a reader report, the Valley Fair Apple retail store located in Santa Clara, CA now has seventy 800MHz iMac units in stock. The 800MHz model is Apple\'s top-of-the-line iMac configuration and includes a DVD-R drive. Earlier today we noted that the new iMac, which made a February 13 debut on Amazon was the site\'s fastest-selling computer ever.
Deep Sky Technologies announced the release of BASh v1.7.0 for Macintosh. BASh is a 4th Dimension component that provides extensive functionality for 4D programmers, including a dynamic stack space module (for reusing variable space) and encoding & cryptography routines. BASh v1.7.0 contains 17 new methods and an updated manual for improved readability.
A MacNN Reader reports that serious disputes continue take place over \".biz\" domain names from Verisign and other domain registration companies. Christopher Koveleski notes that Verisign intends to offer customers a \"second chance\" at registration, following a \'first chance\' that sent 39,00 disputes to the Superior Court of Los Angeles.
MonkeyByte.com has released Galactic Patrol beta for Mac OS X, a 3D arcade-style game, and is looking for beta testers that use non-standard mac peripherals (mice, joysticks, and video cards).
Reckless Drivin\' v1.31 is an update to the 2-dimensional car racing game for Mac OS X. The update fixes a bug in Mac OS X 10.1.3 that caused the screen to stay black after gameplay.
Steven Frank\'s Desktastic allows you to use your mouse to draw directly onto the Mac OS X desktop.
Researchers on the Human Genome Project would rather use Macs, however, \"Apple\'s computers are the wrong shape to make into high-power computer clusters. Apple\'s flagship G4 PowerMacs are powerful number-crunchers, but their upright design makes them unsuitable for stacking into computing clusters –- supercomputers made from cheap, off-the-shelf PCs,\" according to a Wired News article.
Canon today introduced three new PowerShot digital cameras: the PowerShot A40, A30 and the entry-level A100 as well as a new Card Photo Printer.
Amazon today said that the flat-panel iMac desktop, which made its debut in the Amazon.com Computer store on February 13, 2002, was the fastest-selling computer in the Amazon.com Computer store history, with the entire stock selling out in less than four hours. It also said that Apple laptop and desktop systems currently claim 10 of the top 25 bestseller spots in the Computer store.
Canon has introduced the EOS D60 digital SLR, a 6.3 megapixel digital camera resolution that includes a 3-point AF system with more responsive performance; 3 illuminated viewfinder focusing points; and the ability to capture images simultaneously in RAW and JPEG modes. The camera suports CompactFlash cards and is expected to be supported by Apple\'s Mac OS X Image Capture application in the near future. It is due in April for $3,000.
The end of the formal Microsoft-Apple five-year contract is nearing this summer and despite the pledge to work together with the MacBU, Apple still has has its differences with (other parts of) Microsoft, raising \"the question of whether the two companies--which have long had a love-hate relationship--will reaffirm their commitments or begin to drift apart,\" according c|net.
MAKI Enterprise has released an update to its parental control program: Kids GoGoGo 5.1 adds Mozilla browser support, extended logging, and better security to the Classic version and multiple user support, better customization, per-user logging, and other enhancemens to the OS X version. It is a free update for registered users. Licenses are $30 for either the Classic or OS X version or $40 or for the bundle. [Classic, Carbon]
MacNN reader Cormac Shaw writes about an iMac review in the Technology in Business section of today\'s (Friday) edition of The Irish Times, which notes the opening a new Apple-only store on Kildare Street, Dublin tomorrow:
Pic2Icon 1.2 is a free Cocoa utility that creates 128x128 Mac OS X thumbnail icons for your pictures. Version 1.2 adds icon drop shadows, dog-ears, pdf and mov support, speed improvements, bug fixes, and Dutch localization.
Picture Play 1.5.2 adds a rewritten preferences system, easy access to recently opened items, increased magnification options, and other bug fixes to the application for creating compositions from many smaller images (an electronic collage).
The Iconfactory has released another freeware icon collection, The Las Vegas Collection, which is available as either standard Mac icons (optimized for OS X) or as an icon pack that can be used with IconBrowser under OS X.
Griffin Technology has released PowerMate 1.0 software for both OS 9 and OS X, which fix numerous bugs, add AppleScript support, and extend the functionality of the PowerMate, audio & video programmable USB controller. The OS X also adds an uninstaller. [Classic, Carbon]
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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
Google prevails in UK street mapping case
Possibly setting the stage for other court battles in the UK, a High Court fight between Google and StreetMap.EU has concluded in Google's favor. StreetMap.EU claimed that Google's dominance in the field destroyed the 20-year-old firm's business, when Google started promoting its own service in search results over the older company's -- the judge disagreed. Commercial director Kate Sutton said after the judgment that "StreetMap has been frozen in time; because of what Google did, StreetMap has not been able to properly invest in the website since 2007." An appeal is planned. http://bloom.bg/1KKhECt
TestFlight updated for iOS, watchOS
Apple on Thursday updated its developer-oriented TestFlight software to version 1.3.2 for compatibility with apps being developed for iOS 9.3 watchOS 2.2, along with the usual "stability and performance improvements." Some developers, however, are still reporting some issues loading beta apps onto the watchOS 2.2 beta. The latest beta for developers was released on Monday, and is available through the App Store or Apple's developer portal. [3.60MB] http://apple.co/1PQ64pF
CBS: No recent streaming conversations with Apple
CBS CEO Les Moonves has made remarks, casting doubt on a launch of Apple's live streaming television service. In interviews this week, the executive said regarding negotiations with Apple that "we had conversations awhile back, and we haven't had recent conversations with them," adding that "the phone is always ringing" regarding similar services, but not with Apple on the line. http://cnnmon.ie/1PptJM6
Complex date setting bug crashes 64-bit iOS device
A serious bug has been spotted with iOS devices running iOS 8 or newer, with a 64-bit processor. If a user disables auto-check time, and manually sets the date of a device back to as far as it will go, then again to January 1, 1970, and finally rebooting, the iPhone is crashed, perhaps terminally. The bug affects the iPhone 5s and newer devices, running a processor from the A7 and up. Theories abound as to the cause of the crash, but the most credible seems to be a clock set to less than an arbitrary "zero" date, causing all manners of routines relying on the time setting to fail during startup. http://bit.ly/1TV6psS