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CharisMac hopes to appeal to owners of Mac OS X-incompatible USB CD-RW drives with the introduction of its first hardware product. The CharisMac FireWire bridge will allow owners of external USB CD-RW drives to retrofit their devices with FireWire. Many Sony CD-RW drives use a USB enclosure/bridge to connect an ATAPI-based drive externally, some such devices do not work with Mac OS X.
Recent changes in the KnowledgeBase from Apple point out that the export feature in iPhoto v1.1.1 may not work if third-party iPhoto plug-ins are installed. Also, a document show users how to solve a problem when iTunes will not burn a CD.
A discussion on the Apple Discussion Boards notes that the iTools HomePage bandwidth limit--recently imposed by Apple without notice to users--is based on the number of hits per 6-hour period as well as the storage capacity of the user\'s iDisk.
DealNN notes that the Apple Store is currently offering the 5Gb SmartDisk FireFly FireWire Hard Drives for only $99. Other deals noted are refurbished LaCie Electron Blue III 22\" Monitors for $645, 8-port 10/100Base-T Ethernet Switches for $28, and a 50-pack of Pioneer 4.7Gb DVD-R Media for $300.
CS-Odessa has released ConceptDraw MEDICAL 1.8, a free update to its software that allows users to draw up and visualize various conceptual structures, such as medical diagrams and flowcharts. It adds 10 new medical libraries, new samples in the fields of biochemistry and microbiology, XML import/export, new export options for EPS and PDF file formats, and other performance enhancements. It is $250.
MacsDesign Studio today released Web Help Desk 5.6, a powerful web application for technical support designed for education and small to medium sized business customers.
Carnation Software has announced MacWise 10, a terminal application that emulates ADDS Viewpoint, Wyse 50, Wyse 60, Wyse 370, Televideo TV 925, DEC VT100 and Prism terminals. Esprit III color is also supported in Wyse 370 mode. Macs can be connected to a host computer directly, by modem, or over the Internet. The emulators support video attributes such as dim, reverse, underline, 132-column modes, and graphic characters sent from the host computer, as well as enhanced Viewpoint mode. It also includes phone list and dialer for Hayes-compatible modems, on-screen programmable function keys and more. Availability is listed as \"coming soon.\"
Marks Calendar 1.5 brings new email or start application/AppleScript reminders, a newly redesigned reminder system, snooze preferences, and other enhancements to the $25 Cocoa calendar utility.
Apple has posted Boris Calligraphy 1.1, which brings a localized user interface when working with the French, German, or Japanese versions of Final Cut Pro 3.0.2, multi-byte text input, support for using OTF Fonts, and improved compatibility with Adobe Type Manager under Mac OS 9. (The software ships with Final Cut Pro, which was also recently updated to v3.02.) [Classic, OSX]
Ambrosia Software\'s Deimos Rising 1.0.1 adds native support for game controllers under both Mac OS 8/9 and OS X, enables the cheat codes, and fixes a few minor bugs in the \"fast-action, smooth-scrolling, heart-stopping, arcade-style sequel to Mars Rising.\" A limited demo of the $20 shareware is available online.
ViewSonic has added four displays to its line of CRT/flat-panel monitors, including two CRT displays, the P95f+ and the P75f+, and two LCD monitors, the VE510+ and the VX500+--all of which feature UltraBrite technology to increase screen brightness up to three times higher than normal with the touch of a button.
Software Architects today announced the commercial release of WriteDVD! Pro v4.0, a \"drag & drop\" application for writing to all types of DVD recordable drives and media, including DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, and DVD-RAM. It offers support for all major brand drives (including ATAPI, FireWire, and USB devices) as well as advanced \"Real Time Recording\" functions used in new DVD-RAM disk-based video camcorders and video recorders. The $100 application includes four components: WriteDVD! File System, FormatUDF! (formatter and test utility), WriteDVD! device drivers, and FixDVD! (disc repair and file recovery utility). It is available now in English-, Japanese- and other European-localized versions.
Glucose\'s $10 firewall utility, Impasse 1.2.3, adds new tool tips for all rules for allowing/denying traffic to particular Internet services as well as the ability to enter sleep mode when the host machine is idle. The company also announced Impasse 1.5 which \"will have several new features that will set it apart as the easiest and most configurable firewall available on Mac OS X. We intend to build the most complete library of rules available, so that configuring your firewall for any Internet application or service is as easy and clicking on a checkbox.\" Upgrades will be free to all registered users.
Sloppy Sokoban 1.5, now Carbonized, is an addictive puzzle game modeled in the tradition of the ancient Japanese classic, sporting features such as hand drawn animated graphics, an original music score with MP3 playback, keyboard and point-and-click control, multiple level graphics, and up to 10,001 undos and redos. It includes fifty built-in levels and twelve extra level-sets.
Apple\'s new SuperFly promo offers a free SmartDisk FireFly 5GB FireWire Hard Drive (T4449LL/A) with each custom-configured PowerMac G4 or PowerBook G4 purchased at the Apple Store. Users may upgrade the memory, hard drive, optical drive, graphics card, removable storage, SCSI support or AirPort card. Apple is also offering up to £240 back on the purchase of Power Mac (depending on model) with the trade-in of an old Power Mac in one of several European countries, including UK, Austria, Swizterland, France, and Germany.
Marathon Computer\'s new retractable Rackmounts for Monitors is designed to work with any flat-pane display that measures up to 17 3/8\" in external width and complies with the 75mm and 100mm VESA wall-mount standards. The $225 rackmount requires only 2U or 3U of precious rackspace, depending on the thickness of the monitor and can be used in any 19\" equipment rack. It includes adjustable rear ears for both front and rear support.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs yesterday accepted three Design and Art Direction awards at the group\'s gala 40th birthday ceremony at Earlís Courtís Olympia, including a Gold award for Apple\'s iPod and Silver Awards for the iBook and PowerBook G4 Titanium took Silver awards, according to Macworld UK. Apple was also awarded the Consumer Product Design of the Year by the plastics industry for a combined package of the Power Mac G4, Pro Mouse, and Cinema Display.
Chaotic Software today released MP3 Rage 5.0, an update to its $25 suite of MP3 tools that brings new tools to download, add, view and edit MP3 artwork and lyrics, submit lyrics to the internet, extensive documentation, and customizable toolbars. It also offers the ability to edit ID3 tags, analyze MP3\'s and adjust sound volume automatically to play at similar levels, export MP3 files to AIFF format for burning CDs, play MP3 files with the built-in player, catalog, organize, rename, find, and change thousands of MP3 files and their ID3 tags quickly.
OmniOutliner 2.0.1 adds Japanese localization, several bug fixes, and other enhancemens to the Omni Group\'s OS X tool for outlining and organizing information. A free version allows users to view, print, and save any Outliner document with less than 20 objects. Licenses for unlimited use start at $30.
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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