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This week\'s National Association of Broadcasters conference saw a multitude of digital video-related announcements from industry leaders, and a \"real fight\' over the MPEG-4 video standard, according to NewsFactor. MPEG-4, based loosely on technologies -- including QuickTime -- was slammed by Apple in response to the standard\'s licensing terms. Despite a minor delay in the release of QuickTime 6.0, Apple announced at NAB that it had entered a positive licensing partnership with Panasonic to offer FireWire technologies in the electronics maker\'s future devices.
Microsoft plans to offer a modest revision to the Office v.X software suite for Mac OS X this May, as it reiterates its continued support for Apple and Mac OS X, as reported by c|net.
BookEndz manufacturer Photo Control Corp. today announced the iPodWrap for use with Appleís iPod digital music player. Made of a reusable, non-adhesive material, the iPodWrap clings to the iPodís case to provide wrap-a-round protection from scratches. The iPodWrap is priced at $10 and does not leave residue on the iPodís stainless steel enclosure.
rootsolutions has announced the release of AudioTools Pro v4.0, which is a set of production calculators and utilities that are commonly needed in music production. \"Its features include setup help with effect processors, complex calculations for loop and tempo matching, a host of utilities, and reference sections.\" A demo is available; a single license costs $60.
Oracle has released Mac OS X-compatible client drivers for connecting to the 9i Thin application. 9i integrates the technology needed to build and deploy e-business portals, transactional applications, and Web services. [free registration required]
id Software has released an update for their first-person shooter, Quake III Arena X v1.3.1b5. The update continues enhancements on the Cocoa port, fixing bugs and performance issues.
Arcane Arena beta is an online multiplayer RPG style game that is now available for download. The game has a strong influence on combat, but also includes puzzles to solve.
Formac announced today the introduction of its devideon superdrive, a new FireWire DVD-R/RW & CD-RW combination drive that includes Formac\'s proprietary DVD authoring software. The software\'s enhanced MPEG encoder, supports NTSC and PAL video formats, converts iMovies and QuickTime files into DVD format and can tune the quality of video and audio output, by defining video bit rates between 1.0 and 9.8 MBit and audio frequencies between 32KHz and 48KHz. It offers the ability to record more than 6 hours of video on a single DVD media. The $550 drive is due later this month and uses a Pioneer-based mechansim with 2x/1x/6x DVD-RW write/rewrite/read speeds and 8x/4x/24x CD-RW speeds.
eZedia has released eZeMatte 1.0, the first in a series of plug-ins for iMovie 2 that allows users to overlay any QuickTime supported image over an iMovie clip to add borders, frames, themes, logos or any customized graphic. The $30 package includes 10 overlays and the ability to create customized overlays, including adding borders or company logos to a movie or clip. It also automatically re-sizes all images that do not already conform to the DV format size (720 x 480) to fit the frame. (The company also sells eZediaMX 3.0, a multimedia application for creating presentations, videos, slide shows, portfolios, animations and interactive CD-ROM projects.)
BitHeadz is now shipping Unity 3 Session, a Mac-only version of its product that combines and expands upon Unity DS-1, Osmosis, and Retro AS-1. Version 3.0\'s plug-in architecture allows the combination of sampling, synthesis, and physical modeling, with extensive real-time audio manipulation features. Multi-synthesized sounds, now called \'Instruments,\' can be edited and later accessed by third party sequencers via MIDI. It also offers playback of samples loaded into RAM while simultaneously streaming larger samples off the hard drive and will now detect MAS, VST, RTAS, or DirectConnect set-ups automatically and configure itself appropriately. It is $650 and is available for Classic and OS X.
AppMac\'s bManager 2.0 brings a new interface, new database format, better business management functions, to-do lists, and a client/server architecture to the $60 (\"Basic\") application for local usage--also available as a $150 server license for up to 10 users.
Syslog Gex X 2.0 offers an Aqua-GUI for configuring the syslog Unix utility that logs computer events, and can send them to the console, save them to a log file, or send them to a remote machine on the network running a syslog program. The $10 shareware offers \"one-click English translation\" of the syslog.conf file.
Justin Wood continues to update his multiservice IM client, Proteus 1.6.1b4, which now offers the ability to switch between classic and modern looks and correctly saves the positions of \"tear-off\" windows.
TLA Systems has released DragThing 4.3, an update to the popular launcher utility for Classic and OS X. It offers a new dynamic \"Disk Dock\" which can display all your hard disks, removable media, and connected servers; can now use almost any key as a hot key on OS X to open application/documents, run AppleScripts, and open URLs; and offers a multi-lingual application with support for English, Japanese, German, French and Italian.
screen dump 1.43 is a freeware utility that can take snapshots of your desktop and upload the picture to a webpage. Version 1.4 offers the ability t select the local destination of the screen dump image, manually set the height/width of the image, and other bug/UI fixes.
Pangea Software today has re-released its popular video game Cro-Mag Rally as a $20 shareware title, after re-releasing is popular Bugdom game as shareware last month as well. The racing game offers single-player mode as well as two-player and network modes for multiplayer support. [Mirror1, Mirror2]
ScenicSoft has announced Pandora for Mac OS X, a Java- and PDF-based prepress production tool that will deliver increased performance in automating packaging and label layouts. Pandora 1.5 accepts PDF artwork and marks, as well as DDES2, CFF2, and DXF die files and its color setup allows re-mapping of spot and process colors and conversion of spot colors to process. It supports PostScript Level 2 and PostScript 3 in-RIP color separations can produce PostScript, PDF, Adobe PJTF job tickets, and Creo PCF files.
Vincent Jalby\'s X Font Manager 1.1 is a simple font manager for OS X that can activate and desactivat fonts by moving them in and out of the Fonts folders. The $12 shareware displays the content of the font file and previews both active and inactive fonts.
MacinMind has released an OS X beta of Master Spell 4.5b1, its spelling drill application that uses the Mac\'s Plaintalk Text-to-Speech and features curriculum for 1st grade through adult-level words. It has also updated Master Key 2.1, its application for learning typing. Version 2.1 now remembers the Window positions, fixes a few bugs, and adds Italian and Swedish keyboard support. [MS, MK Cl, MK OSX]
Aquatik 1.02 is a free messaging/news tickertape-style client that \"uses a scrolling one-line window providing users with a wide variety of information from many sources using a minimum of screen space. Messages can be created by people, using Aquatik as a chat service, or they may be generated by programs from a variety sources including CVS, various news feeds (usenet and RSS-based sources).\"
UBS Warburg has upgraded its rating on Apple Computer to a \"Strong Buy\" from \'Hold\' due to strong new products and \"APPL\'s ability to be a leader in developing pervasive computing opportunities.\" UBS Warburg cautions that the Apple may miss Q2 expectations (noting that its estimates is below consensus), but says that the outlook for the second half of 2002 should be stronger than expected and that Apple should \"be able to outperform Wintel competitors.\" UBS has raised its 2002 fiscal year estimtes to $0.53 (from $0.49) and its 2002 fiscal year estimates to $0.85 (from $0.72) as well as its price target to $30.50 from $23.
Apple has posted a small gallery of photos from its NAB 2002 booth, where \"Apple demoed Final Cut Pro, DVD Studio Pro, Cinema Tools For Final Cut Pro, QuickTime, iDVD and Nothing Real Shake to the digital communication professionals gathered in Las Vegas.\"
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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