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The winners of the MacNN Film Competition have been chosen. The competition, which has been going on for over 5 months, now has 10 winners in 5 different categories: Animation, Computer Related, Miscellaneous, Movie Trailer and Music Video.
The virus definitions for both Symantec and Virex have been updated, offering protection against the latest reported viruses.
Digital FireworX is an application that creates fully rendered simulated fireworks. The software allows users to fire off fountains, gerbs, cones, firecrackers, mortars, and rockets that are accompanied by 3D particle animations and sounds. The shareware costs $10
A MacNN reader notes that MSN\'s internet access is now available for Mac users via Qwest. The service is compatible with Mac OS 9 (not X).
Sorenson Media has responded to a lawsuit that has been filed against the company by Apple. Apple has claimed that the release of Sorenson Spark has breached their contract as the company previously signed an agreement with Apple preventing them from \"developing, marketing, or licensing\" any form of their compression technology used in QuickTime. Sorenson believes that Apple\'s claims are \"without merit, and if necessary, intends to mount a vigorous defense against the allegations.\" Also, Jim Sorenson, the CEO of Sorenson Media states \"We are reasonable, and as is usual practice, we are always willing to discuss and work to resolve issues. In the meantime, we remain focused on executing our overall corporate and product strategy and doing what we feel is best for our customers.\" [updated]
A NFN article shows the issues developers face in choosing between Cocoa and Carbon for their Mac OS X applications. \"Apple has been slow to promote the advantages of Cocoa, instead touting Carbon as a swift development route with little re-coding required.\"
Dantz has released an updater for Retrospect Express 5.0 for owners of Symantec\'s Norton SystemWorks 2.0. \"This updater is only for Retrospect Express 5.0 that came with Norton SystemWorks 2.0 and may be accessed from the Symantec page on the Dantz website.\" The update improves OS X functionality and added support for additional backup devices.
Apple has released the developer notes for both the new eMac and the update to the PowerBook G4 (DVI), which were noted yesterday (eMac, PowerBook G4). The notes contain developer-oriented, in-depth technical information the new hardware.
Aspyr has offered updates on several of its games, including Medal of Honor: Allied Assault, Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds, The Sims Hot Date, and Harry Potter v1.01 update as well as a special promo on SpiderMan.
Digital Voodoo today introduced the Iridium AD, an uncompressed 10-bit SDI 64-bit PCI card designed specifically for broadcast designers and visual effects artists. It features dual SD-SDI SMPTE 259M outputs, one analog component output for analog tape decks, a composite output for viewing SD-SDI video, and 6 channels of AES/EBU digital audio. It is compatible with After Effects, PhotoShop, Discreet Combustion, Toolfarm\'s ColorTheory DV and Boris FX. It is due in the second quarter for $2,500.
Feelorium has updated several of its QuickTime applications: Tattto 1.1, its $23 tool for adding media skin and interactive buttons to QuickTime Movies, has 13 new buttons, support unlimited undo, export options for a self-contained movie (or with dependencies), and limited control of the aspect ratio. Textation 1.06 adds a \'Save Replace\' function to the $23 QuickTime text track editor for OS X. Both Full Screen Player 1.1.3 ($12) and Picture-in-Picture X 1.0.6 ($12), which provides a floating QuickTime Movie player and Web Cam viewer, have also been updated. A bundle of the four applications is $35, a 50% savings over purchases of each application individually.
IPNetMonitor X 1.01 is an update to Sustainable Softworks\' $40 Internet suite with Lookup, Ping, Trace Route, Name Server Query, Who Is, Finger, Subnet Calculator, DHCP Lease, TCP Dump, Address Scan, Port Scan, Link Rate, Connection List and TCP Info functions. Version 1.01 encodes tool paths using UTF8 to accomodate extended characters in path names when first run.
A MacNN reader notes that an update to iPhoto, Apple\'s digital photo application, is due out \"soon\" via the Software Update Control Panel. iPhoto 1.1 is expected to bring \"enhanced editing, improved organizing and new ways to share your photos including the ability to include photos in Email, set your desktop picture and your Screen Saver slideshow.\"
Doug\'s AppleScripts has released iTunes Library Manager v1.2, an applet that allows you to make a back-up copy of your \"iTunes Music Library (2)\" file, allowing users to save multiple copies of various Library/playlist configurations which the applet is able to retrieve at any time. Version 1.2 allows you to over-write a previously backed-up Library with an updated version. Four iPod Scripts 1.1, also available, includes \'Random Albums to iPod\', \'Random Artist to iPod\', \'Random iPod\', and \'Clean iPod\'.
Chimera 0.2.6 adds default OS homepage support, view source support, proxy settings and bookmark import functions (from Mozilla, Netscape, Internet Explorer, or Omniweb) to the Cocoa-based browser project.
MicroNet today announced OS X compatible configurations of its SANcube, its FireWire SAN (Storage Area Network). The single-user SANcube provides up to 720 GB of online storage and delivers up to 33 MB/sec data throughput, while the new dual channel SANcube X-stream arrays offer up to 720GB capacities, and achieve up to 65 MB/sec sustained throughput by striping data across two FireWire busses. The company says that OS X compatibility is currently limited to single attached systems. The 720GB version of the SANcube and the dual-channel SANcube X-stream arrays will be available for shipment in May 2002. Upgrades consists of software and firmware; current owners of the SANcubes can send in their SANcube to MicroNet for single-user OS X upgrade for $270.
QPS has released the new set of drivers for the Que! USB CD-RW drive, according to MacNN reader Gabriel Botnick: \" The installer says the drivers work with OS X up to 10.1.3, but it in fact works with 10.1.4 as well.\"
The shareware ($15) e-mail notification application eMail Alert! 3.0 includes a refined user interface with spaced controls, easier message readability, and a redesigned global alert system with 22 built-in alert sound effects, including a floating alert for OS X users. [Classic, OSX]
Modeless Software today released a save-disabled demo version of Liquid Ledger as well as an update to its $40 personal finance application that offers the ability to record bank account and credit card activity; track income and expenses; track investments and measure resulting capital gains and losses; manage foreign currency accounts; obtain summary information; and other functions. Liquid Ledger 1.01 offers improved support for the sorting of accounts and transactions as well as minor bug fixes. [demo, update]
MPEG2Splitter 1.4 splits MPEG-2 files in smaller user-defined segments, manually or automatically, from any size source (support files over 2GB). Version 1.4 brings OS X 10.1.4 compatibility and fixes other bugs. A 15-day demo of the $15 utility is available online.
Macromedia representatives note that the company is working on a port of Director to OS X: \"As you know, Director is a very powerful application with many years of coding poured into it. We\'re working as fast as we can to port this code to OS X. We can\'t discuss dates at this time, but again, stay tuned for more information.\"
Quandir Software has released an OS X version of Daydreamer, which will display pictures (at one or more URLs on the Web) at customized intervals. The $10 shareware can create time-lapse movies of the URL picture, adding a new frame to a movie each time the picture is refreshed. It is AppleScriptable and is bundled with sample scripts that allows you to view slide shows of picture folders on your computer, or even make those slide shows into QuickTime movies.
Iomega is shipping its 40x12x48 FireWire CD-RW drive, which offers a DAE (digital audio extraction) speed of 32x and includes HotBurn software for Classic. The $300 drive is available in the US.
ramBunctious 2.0, an OS X-compatible version of the $25 shareware utility, provides basic RAM disk functionality for OS X, including being able to read from and write to RAM disks created using ramBunctious 1.x on OS 9 or below.
BatChmod 1.3 is an update to the Cocoa utility written by Renaud Boisjoly for manipulating file and folder privileges in OS X.
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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