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Giga Information Group vice president Rob Enderle told NewsFactor/osOpinion that a shortage of glass used in the construction of 15\" flat-panel display found in the new Apple iMac is a \"major factor\" in the delay of the product. \"The shortages are a result of increased demand for such monitors.\"
Heuris today announced the initial release of Xtractor, an application that can be used to extract, or \"rip,\" audio and video files from unencrypted DVDs. Users can \"de-multiplex\" and extract elementary streams from MPEG-1 system streams, MPEG-2 program streams and MPEG-2 transport streams -- including those HDTV streams recorded with a DTV decoder card. Xtractor is currently available directly from Heuris for $149.
Mactracker v1.6.4 is a minor, but important, maintenance release of the Macintosh specifications database that updates the domain names used to automatically connect to the update server. Mactracker provides detailed information on every Apple Macintosh ever made, including notes on processor speed, built-in memory and expansion options [Classic, Carbon]
Passenger v2.1 is an account creation and password generation tool that can import tab and comma-delimited text, ASIP, XML files as well as create account information and passwords for AppleShare IP, Mac OS X Server, Eudora Internet Mail Server and others. This version represents a moderate update to the software package and brings a handful bug fixes and improvements that include a new Export Preview, improved Folder Migration reporting and the ability to generate passwords based on short names. [Classic, Carbon]
MacNN reader \'Chris\' notes \"I\'ve been reading the Mac news sites lately about Apple having a shortage of iMacs. Nothing can be further from the truth at The Apple Store in Tampa. According to the sales staff, they have plenty of iMac 700MHz in stock with an ample supply of iMac 800MHz due by this weekend. I think that is a reflection of what is going on at all the Apple Stores.\"
REALbasic v4.0.2 is a free update to the object-oriented visual programming enviroment. The update fixes various bugs, improves Listbox drawing, fixes crashes with BinaryStream and Menu Balloon Help (Mac OS X) and sockets when DNS lookup fails. REALbasic is available for $150 for the Standard version, or $350 for the Professional version.
Extensis today announced QX-Tools Pro, a major upgrade to its productivity \'XTensions\' for Quark XPress. New features include the ability to import to MS Excel and PowerPoint, and faster access to keyboard shortcuts; price is $60 for an upgrade and $300 for a full version.
Scopo Gigio v1.02 is a full-featured waveform monitor and vectorscope plugin for Adobe Photoshop and After Effects. The $50 software improves error checking, fixes bugs, and is now ready for After Effects 5.5 and Photoshop 7.0 in Mac OS X. Demos: [AE, PS]
Extensis has begun shipping QX-Tools Pro, a revision to the company\'s set of XTensions for QuarkXPress. New functionality includes the ability to import MS Excel and PowerPoint graphics and tables, and a palette that allows faster access to keyboard shortcuts. The software is priced at $200 and is Classic compatible.
WiebeTech\'s latest revision to its FireWire DriveDock includes an Oxford 911 bridge, gets a reduction in size, and sports support for IDE drives up to 160 GB. The company claims the new version benchmarks in excess of 30MB/second. The DriveDock is priced at $100, with an option $30 power supply.
Optima Systems has released PageSpinner 4.0, a new version of the HTML Editor that is now Carbonized. The new release adds support for Appearance and Aqua, multiple undo/redo, 8 user-selectable browsers, and better META tag support.
Virtix has unveiled Bravo and Echo, two new special effect packages that utilize the iMovie Plug-in Software Development Kit from Apple. The OS X versions of the effects packages can now position laser beams and lightning bolts, zoom up on a portion of an image, fix the broken pixels of a camera, and warp and distort images all by selecting positions in the iMovie preview window. A total of 38 effects is included in the two sets, priced at $25 individually and $40 together.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that an Apple retail store will be opening at the West County Center Mall in Missouri. The new Apple outlet will be part of a $232 million re-opening of the shopping center.
Essential Reality will take the wraps off its P5 virtual reality glove on March 21st during the Game Developers Conference (GDC) at the San Jose Convention Center. With the glove, users can control games and other applications through movements of the fingers and hand. Essential says it is planning OS X compatibility for the second incarnation of the USB-based P5.
Sony and Palm have entered into a marketing agreement to develop \"strategic\" Bluetooth programs for carriers and their customers. The companies plan to deliver a series of Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones and communications products by the end of 2002, including a solution that would allow users to tap a phone number on a PDA that would be automatically dialed on a cell phone.
Adobe has released Acrobat Reader for Palm OS 2.0 which adds the ability to synchronize Adobe PDF files to Palm Powered handhelds from Macs, and allows access to secured Adobe PDF documents. The software will be available in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish flavors. An OS 9/OS X compatible beta is currently available for download.
Etchelon Tracer 4.2, Andy Pritchard \'s $27 shareware tool for animation development, uses vector graphic and bitmap graphic morphing to create animated movies. It will morph from any key frame to any other key frame to provide animation, morphing or special effects. Version 4.2 now includes a new text alignment tool.
MSN Messenger 2.1, a new version of the instant messaging utility for MSN customers, offers updated Emoticons, improvements to enhance stability and performance, and other bug fixes. Japanese, German, Swedish, French, and Spanish versions of MSN Messenger are also now available.
Macinmind\'s server account utility, Passenger 2.1, now has checks for duplicates against NetInfo, export previews, better reporting and verification as well as other features and fixes. [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