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osXigen v1.2 is fully-featured FTP (file transfer protocol) client for Mac OS X. This version includes enhanced Web site management, the ability to automatically remove \"obsolete\" files upon synchronization, fully keyboard navigation, French localization and four distinct icon sets. osXigen is available for $20 from JomoSoft.
c|net notes that handheld software sales tripled in 2001, following a sharp decline in the inflated prices of the previous year. The average price of a handheld application dropped from over $40 to $30 or less -- a shift in a trend that could have led to software titles costing nearly 1/4 of the original price paid for a handheld device. The Personal Technology article also notes that Palm Computing continues to dominate the handheld market with 97% of all handheld applications sold in 2001 being designed for the Palm OS.
NaN Technologies, maker of the free Blender 3D application for the Macintosh, today announced that it will cease all operations immediately. Software development will be frozen, and the company\'s website is mostly unavailable until further notice. Shareholders cite an unready marketplace as a cause for the collapse: \"The digital media market has shown that it is not quite ready for the Blender technology offering, both for the Internet and for wireless applications.\"
Barcode Producer v1.2 is a barcode creation utility for Mac OS 9/X. The update now allows a field for barcode prefixes, 1200 dpi support, and drag-and-drop support with AppleWorks, Microsoft Word, and other word processing applications.
Knowledge Adventure has anounced a new grade-based educational series of interactive games. JumpStart Preschool, JumpStart Kindergarten, JumpStart 1st Grade and JumpStart 2nd Grade will be available in May for $30.
Apple has announced Apple Remote Desktop for Mac OS X, which enables users to remotely manage other Mac desktops (OS 9 or OS X) anywhere on a local network, Airport, or across the Internet. Users can view desktops, send text chat, provide remote assistance and get comprehensive system profiles. The tool, designed for teachers, students, and administrators, offers secure password protection and is available now for $300 for a single license, or $500 for unlimited licenses.
PocketNotes v1.13 is an update to the easy-to-use, flexible notepad applicaiton for outlining and planning. Added to the new version is Spanish language support; price is $20.
Tim Bajarin, computer consultant and leading computer industry analyst, explains why Apple\'s new line of Macs (and Mac OS X) will help convert PC users. \"The Titanium has given me some real reasons to consider making it a more integral part of my computing lifestyle. The new Mac OS X is by far the best windowing operating system on the market today.\"
Tranquility v5.0 is a unique $24 Mac OS X game that is now 100% Mac OS X-native. Every aspect of the game has been revised with this release; new OSX-specific features include clipboard capturing and printing of screen shots, exploration of game features and preferences through a full-Aqua dialog box. Tranquility 5.0 is not compadible with Mac OS 9; version 4.5 is avaiable for \'Classic\' Mac OS users.
Nick Hexum of rap-rock band 311 briefly discusses his use of the Apple iPod Hartford Advocate interview \"I had this like really intense sort of Beatles study that I\'d set up for myself, where I put every Beatles album on my iPod.\"
Optigold ISP v2.9.5 is a Mac OS 9/X business application for the management of all aspects of an internet service provider. Optigold ISP can handle tasks from billing to server management; version 2.9.5 adds new Web functionality, new Texas tax calculations, email manager fixes, credit card \'swipe reader\' support, new server event functionality and a customer Web interface fix.
New Ceres Solutions today announced the release of NCS MagiSign v1.3, a collection of plug-ins for Adobe Illustrator 10. NCS MagiSign eliminates the need for export to another application by offering direct compabillity to more than 300 models of vinyl sign cutting plotters.
JR Hill today announced a new form-fitting iMac Display Sleeve designed to protected the iMac\'s delicate flat-panel display from scratches and debris. The Vinyl and Leather versions sell for $20 and $40, respectively. Willow Design announced a similar product that covers the entire iMac unit; the DC-01 Seabreeze iMac Dust Cover sells for $18.
Seattle-based dBug is starting a special interest group focused on Mac OS X -- Apple\'s flagship operating system. The first meeting is slated for Wednesday, March 20 at 7:00PM (Seattle time) and will be held in the dBug Resource Center. Topics for discussion include Mac OS X rumors, a Mac OS X overview and an open discussion. dBug is a non-profit Macintosh user group for hobbyist and professional Mac users.
Capitol Mac of Richmond, VA recently announced to employees that it will close its doors after twelve years in the Macintosh business. There will be a liquidation sale on Saturday, March 16 to clear inventory. Free hot dogs and hamburgers will be served and Macintosh memorabilia will be sold; products not sold will be put up for auction on eBay. Store representatives cite the opening of Apple\'s own retail outlet in McLean, VA as a cause for slowing business.
Propellerhead Software announced yesterday full Mac OS X support of Reason 2.0, at the Frankfurt Musikmesse conference in Germany. Reason 2.0 is an advanced audio editing studio that includes effects, a polyphonic \'Graintable\' synthesizer several sequencers. The update will sell for $90 to current Reason owners, non-upgrade pricing has not been announced. Yesterday, we noted the announcement of Cubase SX for Mac OS X at Musikmesse.
mathStatica is a Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X application that can solve algebraic/symbolic problems as they relate to mathematical statistics. The software package, purportedly in development for five years, builds on the \"incredible symbolic computational power\" of Mathematica to create a sophisticated toolset designed to manipulate mathematical statistics.
PowerGuardian v1.0.4 is a UPS management application for Mac OS X that supports a wide range of UPS power devices. PowerGuardian monitors a connected UPS (uninterruptible power supply), and if power event is sustained, safely shuts down your Macintosh and saves open work. This version contains support for PowerKinetics BlackoutBuster, CyberPower AVR/SL series, OptiUps PS/ES series, Liebert UPSStation GX and ConeXt AVR series models.
Fungible Software has released iTunes Watcher v1.11, a maintenance update that eliminates bugs from the iTunes monitor application. iTunes Watcher is a background application that provides a small window to monitor what is being played in iTunes -- without the added window clutter of the iTunes application.
Rumpus v2.1 is an update to Maxum Development\'s popular FTP server package for Mac OS 9/X. Among the new features included in the update are: a new setup assistant, packet forwarding on private networks, a revised interface and bug fixes that improve stability and performance. Rumpus version 2.1 is a free upgrade for all Rumpus 2.0 owners; for other users, a $79 upgrade is available.
Medal of Honor may be coming to the Macintosh platform, according to an Inside Mac Games report. Mac developer Aspyr Media today \"informally\" announced that they will publish the Windows hit -- Medal of Honor: Allied Assault -- for the Mac OS this summer.
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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