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Several MacNN readers write to confirm that Apple has begun shipping nVidia GeForce 4 Titanium (M8831LL/A) AGP video cards to customers. A generic message sent to purchasers advised them check their order status on Apple\'s Web site. \"We are very excited to be shipping the nVidia GeForce 4 Titanium graphics card to you at no charge. We appreciate how patient you have been in waiting for the card to arrive and it should be on your doorstep very soon!\"
MacNN\'s Architosh has posted speculative specifications of Apple\'s forthcoming rack-mount server product. The article suggests that tomorrow\'s expected server announcement may consist of a MPC7455/MPC8540 processor-equipped machine with 1GHz-plus clock speeds, DMA controllers, serial and USB ports and 800Mbps FireWire.
Apple will be hosting a special event tomorrow morning at 9:00AM, PT, where the company is expected to introduce a new Mac OS X server product. Sources at last week’s Apple World Wide Developer Conference indicated that Apple would likely ship a rack-mounting G4 server for Web and business applications -- such an announcement would be Apple\'s first foray into the mainstream server market.
El Gato\'s iPhoto v1.1.1 plugin is a minor update to the Roxio Toast Titanium plug-in that enables users to write CDs directly from Apple\'s iPhoto. Version 1.1.1 offers full compatibility with the 1.1.1 release of Apple\'s photo management software.
CCDP Beta 1 is a simple CD and digital music music player for Mac OS X that uses approximately one third of the resources that Apple\'s iTunes consumes. The beta, which expires June 15, boasts standard controls, Internet track name queries, and very modest system requirements.
Vindigo v2.0 is now available for Palm Desktop 4.0 for Mac OS 9 & X. The personal navigation system for both Palm and Pocket PCs shows directions, resturants, full color maps and other information for larger cities. The new version, along with bringing OS X support, now includes more cities information. An introductory price of $20 is available until May 24, while the regular price is $25 per year.
Apple has been put on the list of 50 public companies that are likely to \"Change the World\" by RedHerring. Other companies include IBM, Microsoft, NVIDIA and Oracle.
File Manipulator v2.0.2 is a file/folder manipulation utility that allows users to create self-contained Droplets to Move, Copy, Delete and Rename files and folders. The update fixes a problem with moving or copying folders. It runs on both Mac OS 9 & X; the price is $20.
An article from Thestar.com talks about industrial design in Silicon Valley, which is moving from high-tech to other things, such as diving instruments and blood sugar monitors. Jay Wilson, one designer, credits Steve Jobs with the boom in the Bay Area\'s industrial design industry. \"It was in Jobs\' genes to make beautiful, elegant things,\" Wilson says. \"Elegant in appearance, elegant in the operation. That\'s just the way he\'s wired.\" Also stated is the way Apple is moving in their designs today, \"Apple has just got the whole world chasing colour and they go to monochrome.\"
AtWork 2.5, an update to the Cocoa timer/billing application, adds support for exporting projects as Excel files and text (tab delimited) files. Additional new features include: an improved project database with a toolbar, new toolbar buttons to manage the project database, support for fixed rate earnings for events, table column width and window size saving and several other improvements.
August Software today delivered updated Macintosh ODBC drivers that offer better support for the Tango 2000 Web Application Development Studio. The free ODBC drivers, SDKs and its low cost ODBC Router provide Macs and PCs with client/server access to many SQL database systems, including MS-Access, DB/2, ORACLE, Pick/Universe, SQLServer, and SYBASE.
Navdeep Bains has created Bad Cookie! 1.0, a cookie manager supporting both Netscape & Mozilla, Internet Explorer, and OmniWeb. It supports an unlimited number of profiles as well the ability to automatically scan for new cookies, inspect the details of a cookie (domain, path, date discovered, expiration date), delete cookies, and edit a cookie\'s content. A 30-run limited version of the $15 shareware is available
PrefsOverload 4.2 is a new version of the preferences management tool; it sports a faster rating engine that offers a ten times performance improvement, and other enhancements.
Subband Software has released MacAmp Lite X v1.0.0, (a.k.a, MaltX), a complete rewrite of the original music playback application: \"[it] uses far less CPU than other audio apps, and saves screen space. From MacAmp Lite\'s compact player window, which floats above other applications, users are able to maintain complete control using the standard controls, as well as a full playlist menu.\" A two-week fully functional demo of the $12 shareware is available. [read more OS X news...]
Celestia is a free real-time space simulation, now available for OS X, lets you experience our universe in three dimensions: \"Unlike most planetarium software, Celestia doesn\'t confine you to the surface of the Earth. You can travel throughout the solar system, to any of over 100,000 stars, or even beyond the galaxy.\"
OpenOSX today started shipping its $40 Office 1.0 CD. It automatically installs AbiWord 1.0.1, Gnumeric 1.0.6, SodiPodi 0.24.1 and TeXShop 1.19 which offers the ability to edit Microsoft Word and Excel files, and Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file formats.
Apple CFO Fred Anderson planned to sell $3.8 million worth of shares, according to the May 8th filing with the SEC in which he said he intended to sell 159,332 shares recently acquired through exercising options. Anderson previously sold sold 274,000 shares for about $6.6 million in four transactions between April 23 and May 3, according to Reuters. Apple board member Sina Tamaddon also said he planned to sell 250,000 Apple shares valued at $6.1 million.
Mozilla 1.0rc2 is another candidate release of the open-source browser effort, offering fixes for a security vulnerability, more bug fixes, support for CSS2 :hover, and the ability to enable in preferences HTTP 1.1 pipelining as well as restored support for Mac OS 8.5 and 8.6. [Classic, OSX]
Michael Zapp\'s OS X AppleScript, EntourageMail 1.0, takes Entourage e-mail messages from a given folder and exports them into vCard files: \"Each message includes the sender name and e-mail address, when it was sent and indicates if it has been read, forwarded, replied to, redirect or flagged (with the information only being displayed if it has). It will also indicate if the message has attachments.\"
AOL/Netscape has quietly posted Netscape 6.2.3 for Classic OS X on its ftp servers without announcing any of the changes, according to a MacNN reader. [Classic, OS X]
DEVONtechnologies has introduced ServicePack 1, which includes 3 freeware tools: AntiWordService, CalcService and WordService. AntiWordService 1.0, enables Cocoa applications able to read plain text and to open Microsoft Word documents; CalcService 2.6 replaces a selected formula by the result of the calculation and WordService 2.3 provides a variety of 30 functions for converting, formatting, sorting or speaking text, inserting the current date, time or folder contents, and showing statistics about selected text.
Black Cat Systems has released updates to its shareware applications: iUnit 2.1 adds 80 new conversion units to its $20 measurement unit conversion program. Audio Toolbox 1.1 brings the ability to store generated sounds as AIFF recording files to the $20 software-based audio function generator that can produce sine, square, triangle, and sawtooth waveforms of any frequency up to 22 kHz. The MultiMode 4.0a8 is an early alpha of the shareware which allows your Macintosh to decode and transmit several different modes of non-voice communication often heard on shortwave and ham radio.
MacAT 6.1, a $50 automated task scheduling application for Macintosh server administrators, is now available as a Carbon application. Version 6.1 also brings \"Perform Shell Command\" task for OS X, adds a \"Boot Volume Free Space\" to email Vocabulary, includes a new \'Send TELNET\' task that sends a telnet command to a Solaris UNIX server, and other enhancements.
Fractal Domains\' Pads 2.1b1 is a Note Pad and Stickies replacement application that adds a new Dock menu feature, the ability to reorder pages by title or date, a new autosave feature, and other enhancements to the $15 shareware.
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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