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Apple has released AirPort v2.0.2 for download via the Software Update control panel in Mac OS 9 and Software Update application in Mac OS X. This maintenance update adds support for Motorola Cybersurfer cable modems and increases AirPort network security in both Mac OS 9 and X. The software patch also improves compatibility with \"graphite\" AirPort base stations connected to PPPoE internet service providers.
Microsoft and the United States Justice Department today disclosed significant changes to the proposed settlement in their landmark antitrust case. Following an initial agreement between the two parties, analysts and technology professionals expressed outrage with the settlement that would possibly increase the software giant\'s market dominance. Included in the updated settlement is the deletion of an entire provision that some rivals charged would allow the company to avoid patent payment on technology.
Tom Walther has published a set of eight images from the new Apple retail location in Durham, NC. The store is located at the Southpoint mall near the Barnes & Noble and Eddie Bauer stores. MacNN noted the store opening Tuesday.
Apple today announced the release of a new PDF document entitled \"Integrating Mac OS X with Active Directory.\" This document describes how Max OS X users can use the information stored in Microsoft\'s Active Directory to authenticate Macintosh users and provide file services and home directories for them on Mac OS X Server. (Readers not familiar with OS X directory services - See: Mac OS X Server Administrator\'s Guide and Understanding & Using NetInfo )
Wired News editor Leander Kahney looks at piracy issues as they relate to the Apple iPod in \"Have iPod, Will Secretly Bootleg.\" The article contains Kevin Webb\'s recollection of an event he witnessed at CompUSA where a customer used the iPod\'s FireWire hard disk to \'bootleg\' Microsoft Office v. X.
Alessandro Levi Montalcini has released USB Overdrive X v10.0b4 for Mac OS X -- the fourth Mac OS X public beta of the USB mouse and joystick driver. This release adds AutoScroll and Accelerated scrolling support and a shortcut to USB Overdrive in the System Preferences. The final version of USB Overdrive X will be available as shareware through Kagi.
Symantec has posted the Norton AntiVirus definitions for March, which adds several new virus definitions for the Mac OS 9 and X versions. [Classic, Carbon]
Pocket Software has released Pocket Dock v2.41, an update to the Mac OS X application, document and web link launcher utility. The update fixes a bug which caused skins to not install properly
Econ Technologies has released ChronoSync v1.01, the automated synchronization tool for OS X, is now available. It ddresses alias and symbolic link resolution issues as well as includes a few tweaks and enhancements. ChronoSync allows you to synchronize files between folders, hard drives, removable media, laptops, file servers, or any computer. A demo of the $20 utility is available online.
The OS X music sharing client, Sputnix 0.6B, includes essential bug fixes and new features, such as inline song playing as well as has performance improvements for those who are not behind firewalls.
Deep Sky has released TCP Deux v1.1, a final version of its 4th Dimension component which provides cross-platform TCP wrappers for different TCP plugins available for 4th Dimension, including 4D Internet Commands v6.7.x, 4D Internet Commands v6.8.x, Internet ToolKit v2.0.x, and Internet ToolKit v2.5.x. This release supports running in demo mode, which allows for the component to be fully used for 30 minutes without a serial number. Pricing for 1 year with 10 deployments is $95.
Adobe today launched Adobe Xchange, a community Web site where Adobe product users and content developers can share thousands of easy-to-install add-ons for Photoshop, Illustrator, GoLive, LiveMotion and Atmosphere. One-time Adobe Studio community registration is required.
Symantec has posted a second beta of Norton Utilities 7.0b2, an OS X-compatible version of its volume diagnosis, disk repair, and data recovery. The final version is expected to ship in March.
MacDopplerPRO 1.7.5, an update to the $75 amateur radio satellite tracking application, adds a Virtual Time Dialog for past or future simulations, includes a Modes Editor to set different communications parameters, has an NASA Visual Earth map, and other enhancements. [Classic, Carbon]
An Auto file execution vulnerability can allows a malicous user to generate a Web pge that utilizes a combination vulnerabilities in browsers, archivers, and QuickTime to auto execute a file.
WindowShade X 1.5.1, which brings the familiar window-collapsing effect from Mac OS 9 into OS X (in three different shade styles), is a maintaince release that adds Japanese localization and fixes issues with third-party system enhancing utilities (Default Folder X, MaxMenus) as well as other enhancements. It is a $7 shareware utility. Other updates from the company include Dock Detox 1.1 (removes application bouncing in dock), FruitMenu 1.5.2 (customizable Apple menu), and Xounds 1.1.2 (Appearance sounds).
The Mac version of Terragen, a near photo realistic landscape generation and rendering application, is currently in private beta testing with a public beta test expected in the near future. It is expected to run both Classic and OS X.
SETI control 1.0 is a freeware application which allows you to control the Darwin (Unix) version of SETI@home, which \"runs faster than the OS X screensaver version.\"
Fraser Speirs has released WristSaver 1.0, an application \"to remind you to take breaks regularly, and to force you to do it. WristSaver lets you choose a work period and a rest period, and will forcibly lock you out of your machine after your work period is over.\"
WildPackets today released an OS X version of its LAN analyzer, EtherPeek 4.1. The troubleshooting and debugging tool for mixed-platform, multi-protocol networks adds new decoders and updated plug-ins. It is a free upgrade to the $1,300 application. A demo is available online.
osx.macnn.com has notes on Apple\'s Final Cut Pro 3.01 update, the release of WildPackets\' EtherPeek 4.1 network analyzer for OS X, SwitchPic 2.0 for managing desktop pictures, and Password Retriever 3.0b.
SwitchPic 2.0 is a System Preferences Pane that handles changing the desktop picture; it can rotate the desktop picture at specified intervals, create custom collections, supports multiple monitors, and options for sequential/randoming ordering. Registration is $5.
On the heels of a iMac shortage warning (due to production issues) by a Merill Lynch analyst yesterday, Apple is warning dealers to not to expect mid-range and low-end models until April, according to MacUser UK. Low-end and mid-range iMacs were expected to ship in March and February, respectively.
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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