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Palm Computing subsidiary PalmSource announced earlier today that it has begun shipping the final version of Palm OS 5 to license holders and developers. The mobile software giant is pushing for a \"Palm Powered\" era with the introduction of the new OS. Version 5.0 includes a greatly-enhanced user interface, multimedia functionality and enhanced security. Palm OS currently powers Palm, Handspring and Sony handheld organizers and communicators.
The Wall Street Journal ran a story today detailing Apple\'s new \'Real People\' marketing campaign, according to readers. The article can be found in the paper\'s \"Marketplace\" section, page B1.
Perfboard 2.0 provides an extensive readout of system performance data for Mac OS X. Areas monitored include CPU load metrics, memory statistics, network bandwidth, and disk I/O operations. Changes in the update are a new vertical window orientation and bug fixes.
FoldersSynchronizer v3.0 is a Mac OS X only application that synchronizes and backs-up files and folders. It features user defined back-up options, such as \"BackUp\" mode, which reverts to a previous saved of saved files. The price is $40.
Apple Mac.com Web mail has reached Beta II, according to many MacNN readers. The second test version of Apple\'s Web-based email service offers several new features, including better navigation, better folder/message management and better ease of use.
Objective Developments popular Launchbar 3.2.1 utility offers quick and convenient access to files, web-bookmarks, email-addresses and applications by entering short abbreviations via the keyboard. It adds support for Eudora, Mailsmith, Opera, SNAX and Watson; better handling of server aliases, an option to hide other applications automatically, improved display performance, and new \"Setup wizard.\" A free, built in evaluation license is available as well as Home ($20) and Business ($40) licenses.
FileXaminer 1.1 is an update to the file/folder info utility that \"allows you to modify file and folder attributes that the Finder cannot (ex. Type/Creator Info, UNIX permissions, and much more... ).\"
Gideon Softworks has released Snard v1.2, a menu- and dock-based launcher utility that can open applications as the administrator, help organize your work cycle through the use of worksets, and offer access to all your system preferences. It fixes conflict between the dock version of Snard and Default Folder X from St. Clair Software. [menu, dock]
Apple last week reorganized its education sales and marketing groups, rehiring former executive John Couch as the VP of education (reporting directly to Executive VP of worldwide sales and operation, Timothy V. Cook). Cheryl Vedoe, former head of the education marketing team, is assuming the title of president of Apple\'s PowerSchool division, which provides Web-based student information systems for education customers.
Extensis today made available free updates to its popular Photoshop Plug-ins that add support for Photoshop 7 running on Mac OS 9. Registered users of Mask Pro (simplified masking tools), Intellihance Pro (image enhancement), PhotoTools (special effects) and PhotoFrame (border effects) can download free updates from the Extensis. The company said that Mac OS X versions of these Plug-ins will be released \"at a later date.\"
MacPlay announced today that it has reached an agreement with Activision to bring Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix to the Mac: \"[it] drops players into the ranks of America’s shadow soldiers in a gritty and intense battle for survival.... In Soldier of Fortune II, players once again assume the role of John Mullins, a military consultant working for the top-secret agency known as The Shop.\" Built on the Quake III engine, it features a new random mission generator technology for both single and multiplayer as well as nine professionally designed maps, more than 100 unique model/skin combinations and four different game modes including and deathmatch, team deathmatch, elimination and infiltration. (Pricing and availability not available.)
Sharp has released PhotoPress 1.02 update, his digital photo printing utility that offers a \"unique and powerful\" cropping tool as well as management functions like renaming cryptic files, creating previews, and making Finder icons. A fully functional 30-day trial of the $30 utility is available online.
Innobits\' BitVice 1.2, now shipping, brings many improvements and fixes to the utility that can compress movies into MPEG2 elementary video streams. Version 1.2 offers Luma ramping for DV Cam recorded streams,improved scene change detection, better overall bitrate allocation, support for 720x486 D1 input, improved performance and support for DVNC (Innobits Digital Video Noise Canceling System). It is $300 with a 50% discount on single-user licenses for education customers. A demo limited to 500 frames is available online.
Centromedia today released Falcon 4 Utility 2.5 for Microprose/MacSoft Falcon 4 game title. It is a free \"application that is used to consolidate programs made by third parties and includes the latest patch 1.06d available that adds other features to Falcon 4. With F4U ACMI (Air Combat Maneuvering Instrumentation) now works again! F4U also adds other files to make Falcon 4.06d more stable.\" It includes extended joystick support and more InputSprocket settings, joystick calibration, better memory handling, a software update engine, a better tutorial and support for multiple partitions and multiple F4U versions. [Classic, OSX]
Apple today launched a new Real People advertising campaign featuring real people who have switched from PCs to the Macintosh. The campaign will debut today on television with eight different ads, each highlighting a different \"switcher\" telling their story. As part of the campaign, Apple has also set up a special web site for users interested in learning more about switching as well view the eight television ads.
David Knowles emailed us with a note about ComputerTown\'s closure, after the company was relaunched last year under new management.
Bains Software\'s Mail Beacon 1.5, now available for OS X, alerts users when new messages arrive and/or when messages are deleted in any number of email accounts. The $10 shareware supports both POP3 and IMAP protocols, offering the ability to read, delete, and filter mail without downloading messages as well as reply/forward/redirect messages. It offers the ability to mark messages for later viewing, adds SMTP authorization support, and other enhancements. [Classic, OSX]
DockFun! 3.0pr3 is a utility that offers \"up to 10 different docks you can choose [from] with just a click. You can have a dock for internet applications, a dock for Utilities, etc. Further more every dock has it\'s own size position and properties.\"
SwapTop 1.7, an update to Zonic\'s $15 shareware desktop photo management utility, allows Mac users to set up a schedule to automatically select a random desktop picture, to download new pictures from the Webshots network each day, and to search online for new images. Version 1.7, adds support for higher quality images for \"Webshots Unlimited\" subscribers, allows image aspect ratios to be preserved, adds a Dock menu to set the desktop picture on OS X, and fixes a bug which could lose user login details.
Redcort has posted a second preview of its Virtual TimeClock Professional 4,0pr2, a software-based replacement for mechanical employee time clocks. It tracks worker start and stop times, total hours and overtime for any payroll period and offers flexible reporting, including dynamically generation and department-, job- or client- based categorization. TimeClock upgrade pricing with savings from $10-50 is in effect through the end of June, when the final version is expected to begin shipping. [Classic, OSX]
Pedagoguery Software has released GrafEq 2.11, an update to its equation graphing program that brings Spanish interface and a streamlined system for user preferences. The $60 ($36 for students) software generates graphs by \"constructing rigorous mathematical proofs and is based on state-of-the-art research in reliable computing.\" It is also available with English, a Dutch, a French, and a Korean interfaces and only runs on Classic.
Apple is planning a series of TV and print ads featuring people who have switched from a PC to a Mac telling their story, in its largest marketing effort since its \"Think Different\" campaign, according to c|net: \"The \"Real People\" ads, which will start appearing this week, are directed by documentary filmmaker Errol Morris, director of \'The Thin Blue Line.\'\"
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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