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Lemke Software\'s CADintosh 4.2 brings improved printing under Carbon, long file name support under OS X, better DXF import/export, and several bug fixes and internal changes to the 2D-CAD program for technical and architectural drawings. [Classic, OSX]
Tenon is bundling iTools, Post.Office, and WEBmai in a limited-time \"serverware\" package offer. The $1000 package created for the introduction Apple\'s new rackmount Xserve, includes \"everything you need to support Apache, DNS, FTP, a mail server, a list server, a fully-configurable web-based mail client, a search engine, a range of web scripting tools (PHP, Java Server Pages, Active Server Pages) and backend databases.\"
Stone Design\'s Stone Studio 5-16, an update to its suite of seven professional applications for OS X, adds TIFF export any DPI, better HTML support and other options to Create and better PhotoToWeb integration with the latest version of iPhoto as well as other minor enhancements. A 30-day demo is available online.
MacHack, an annual conference of Macintosh software developers, is scheduled to take place this year in Dearborn, Michigan, in June. Each year the conference strives to provide a unique experience by offering a specific theme for the two-day event. This year, MacHack calls upon \"Iron Hackers\" -- developers of the highest technical ability -- to compete against each other in a 72-hour competition. Conference registration costs $525 and includes access to all conference events, three meals and the conference banquet.
Some Hotmail users report that the Microsoft Network recently changed the default Personal Profile to allow Microsoft to share the respective email address -- at the company\'s discretion -- with other organizations and advertisers. Microsoft makes no note of the change, although it comes after other upgrades to the popular service. The Eastside Journal notes that the change is not limited to new subscribers, but affects current users as well. Marketing chief of Canadian Internet service provider Rogers Communications calls the move \"outrageous.\"
Apple\'s design methodology was used by ex-Apple employee David Levy when designing the new mobile keypad that gives every letter and number its own key in an area no larger than one-third of a business card.
ergonis software today released PopChar X 1.0, the OS X sibling of the popular PopChar Pro, which can quickly find and insert characters using a handy pull-down menu without remembering the keyboard combinations. Upgrades are $20, while the full version is $30. Licenses are good for both the classic version, PopChar Pro 1.5 (also released today) and the OS X version running on a single Mac. [Classic, OSX]
The Atomic Learning Library has released a free Basic Edition of its Video Storyboard software, which is designed to give teachers, students, and home movie makers a tool to plan ahead when creating video projects. The company also offers access to thousands of narrated QuickTime screenmovie tutorials for a $50 annual subscription fee; several free tutorial series on Apple\'s iPhoto and iMovie as well as a free orientation to Mac OS X are available.
The UN gave 376 children and young adults from 115 countries the opportunity to express their views to the UN General Assembly May 8 using 20 iBooks with the iBook Wireless Mobile Lab, according to an Apple feature highlighting the use of Macs and noting the rationale behind the choice: \"I went to the websites of every major computer manufacturer....Apple was the only one that had a simple explanation. I thought ‘Well, that makes sense.’ Going through other web sites, you just couldn’t get to the bottom line, like ‘Do you have something or not?\"
John Scalo\'s $7 shareware Key Xing 2.1.1, an update to the utility that allows you to launch files, programs, folders, URLs, and AppleScripts from the keyboard, focuses on AppleScript, adding some new features and fixing a few bugs.
Alco Blom\'s shareware URL Manager 3.0fc18 adds a Mac OS X style toolbar, anti-aliased inline text editing, and improved browser import and export (supporting Mozilla, Chimera and OmniWeb among others). Upgrades to the $25 application are $11.
The $15 shareware Allgood Solitaire 2.4 adds eight additional games for a total of 65 different solitaire variations: \"[it] combines sharp and snappy game play, with a rich feature set, including: pile peeking, unlimited undo and redo, ace finding, inline game rules, and much more. Different styles of card decks are offered, as well as the option to play on any background image you want.\"
Stefan Huber\'s Geo3D 2.1.1, a freeware 3D Metafile (3DMF) viewer (available in English, French, and German), adds new a 3DMF texture preview function and fixes a few bugs.
Brian Pink notes that his new 12.1\", 600MHz iBook 600 (with a Combo drive) shipped with a faster 8x8x8x24x DVD-ROM/CD-RW mechanism, originally shipping with the 14.1\" iBook only: \"I fired up Toast to burn some CD\'s and was pleasantly surprised to find that the burner was not a 4x as reported on apple.com, but an 8x!\"
Griffin Technology has introduced its ProSpeaker-Breakout Cable, which allows Mac owners to connect any set of home stereo speakers directly to a PowerMac G4 or LCD iMac. Designed for \"Digital Audio PowerMacs\" (running 500MHz or faster), it contains a pair of spring loaded speaker connectors for direcly connecting to speaker wire and is self-powered with no additional hardware or software required. It is $25. Griffin also released PowerMate Software 1.1 for Mac OS 9, which fixes numerous bugs and extends the usability of the wildly popular PowerMate, audio & video programmable USB controller.
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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