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DiskTracker v2.2 is a fully Appearance Manager-compliant utility for cataloging and labeling disks and CD-ROMs. Changes in the $10 update ($30 shareware) include a revised search window, updates to the batch scanner and bug fixes. This update is free to v2.x users. [Classic, Carbon]
According to reports, some Mac resellers are now receiving 700MHz Combo-Drive iMac shipments from Apple. The shipment notices reflect fulfilled orders placed on January 8, 2002.
Linda Thiel provides the following description of Apple\'s first television advertisement for the new iMac aired on NBC late this evening: \"A young man is walking down a city street (similar to 5th Avenue in New York City) with large glass window stores. There is one store that is all white with a single iMac -– no table, desk -- just the iMac. The guy sees it, it \"sees\" him; he moves, it moves; he makes a face at it, it sticks its “tongue” out at him.\" Earlier today, we noted that Apple will pay $1.2M for a 30-second advertising slot during the 74th anual Academy Awards.
Apple invites Mac users near the CambridgeSide, Tysons Corner, Glendale Galleria and Valley Fair retail stores to attend a Wired weekend beginning this evening at 6:00PM EST. Attendees of the Wired magazine-sponsored event can bring a digital camera and connection cable to experiment with iPhoto. To kick-off the event, Apple will give away an iBook computer Thursday and several digital cameras over the weekend.
iPod Free File Sync v2.3 is a utility used to synchronize music from any source to a Mac. iPod Free File Sync (iPFFS) is the only utility that allows synchronizing music from different iPods or any other source to a Macintosh. IPFFS stresses iTunes integration. This update includes improved compatibility with localized versions of iTunes.
Evening tech update: c|net reports that some Japanese Xbox customers have fallen victim to a hardware bug in Microsoft\'s gaming console that leaves some discs scratched, and sometimes unusable; Intel today unveiled a new laptop microprocessor that runs at higher speeds than predecessor products; Intel expects Q1 revenue to be between $6.6 billion and $6.9 billion.
4D WebSTAR v5.1 is now up to three times faster than Apache, according to developer 4D Inc. The latest version includes an integrated 4D WebSTAR plug-in for URL management and a new Admin client updated for performance. This suite is fully PHP 4.1.1 compliant. [test files & white paper - PDF]
Architosh reports that SketchUp, a new 3D modeling application, is coming to Mac OS X this year. The software is anticipated to be met with much enthusiasm from the Architecture and 3D community.
LDapper 2.0.1 is a simple LDAP client for finding e-mail addresses and browsing LDAP servers.
Reunion Planner 5.0 from Minutiae Software offers OS X compatibility, improvements in the LETTERS module, and a new HTML export feature. The $60 FileMaker Pro solution offers functions for planning and coordinating reunions, including a complete address book, integrated mail merge, automatic phone formatting, budget planner, mailing labels, name badges and other featurs.
epicware\'s Fire 0.30b is an update to its multi-service instant messaging cilent. This version requires users reenter account/service information and features a new accounts controller, stores passwords in the keychain, has buddy import functions, performs automatic update checks, and has other enhancments.
Apple today announced that its digital photo application iPhoto has been downloaded more than 1 million times since it was released in January. (This does not include copies distributed pre-installed on new Macs): \"With more than one million downloads in just two months, iPhoto has almost instantly become one of the most popular digital photo applications of all time,\" according to Apple VP Philip Schiller.
Apple is one of the Oscar sponsors, paying a rate of $1.2 million for 30 seconds of air-time during the 74th annual Academy Awards, scheduled to to air on ABC on March 24 at 5 PM PST.
Apple will be among the 150 or so stores slated to open in the Mall at Millenia in Central Florida (Orlando). The \"high fashion\" mall will open in October and calls for \"20 percent of the businesses to be ultra-high-end retailers in the Tiffany-Gucci-Cartier genre.\" (Apple\'s retail store page has not been updated yet.)
Blue World has posted a white paper comparing Lasso Professional 5 to PHP 4.1.x. The 56 page report includes detailed coverage of key topics, concluding \"Lasso outpaced PHP by over 200% in select benchmark tests comparing performance, specifically when executing class libraries. Lasso also beat PHP on all performance tests on Windows and virtually all tests on Macintosh. In all tests involving database access, Lasso proved the faster of the two.\"
osx.macnn.com has news on new drivers for the Que! USB CD-RW and NEC\'s PostScript printers as well as a new Lineage beta, a new software synthesizer for OS X, SNAX 1.2.5, and iDraw, a new animation/illustration software package.
Mounds Park Academy students and faculity in St Paul, Minnesota were part of a two-year planning effort that brought iBooks and wireless connectivity to 60 faculty members and 240 upper school students. The private high school uses the iBooks and AirPort BaseStations to help integrate the Web into curriculum, improve parent-teacher communication, improve students\' access to computers, and provide a \"roaming\" learning environment.
A MacNN reader notes that QPS has finally released an OS X driver for its Que! USB Drive.
Bruno Blondeau\'s iOrganize X 4.0 is a \"complete rewrite\" of his shareware ($20) NotePad replacement application that can store notes, ideas, text extracts, web links and retrieve information using a built-in search engine.
Celcorp has released an updated version of its terminal emulation application, Celview 3.0. The 5250/3270 terminal emulator is the first Carbon emulator of its kind and handles tn5250e, and tn3270e (telnet protocols for communicating with AS/400, and mainframe computers either directly or thru popular SNA gateways of IBM and Microsoft). It also performs file transfer via FTP, IND$FILE and PC Support protocols and can conveniently print from the AS/400 or Mainframe.
IPNetMonitorX 0.6b2 fixes a bug in the NSLookup default server, uses kernel timestamps for improved accuracy in ping/traceroute functions, and has other enhancements in the Cocoa- and BSD-networking-based set of Internet tools. It offers new functions such as a DHCP Lease tool that shows lease parameters including Name Servers and allows manual Release and Rebind across multiple DHCP configured interfaces as well as \'Look Around Scan\', which provides a quick list of active nodes on each attached LAN.
Trinfinity Software has released EasyView X 1.0, an OS X version of its freeware Visual Plugin for iTunes. It allows you to easily view the track information for the current song, offering a customizable display of the font, size, and color of track, artist and other CDDB info. [Classic, Carbon]
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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