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Wolfram Research\'s Mathematica v4.2 brings new features and connectivity to the powerful calculation utility for Mac OS X. With new XML capabilities users can import, manipulate, and export information -- including Mathematica expressions and notebooks -- in XML. Key changes in version 4.2 include: program optimization, a Java Runtime Engine, a slideshow environment for presentations and statistics enhancements. Mathematica is priced at $1800 for commercial use and $900 for academic purposes.
Nano Software has released Accounts 1.3, an update to its personal finance and small business accounting software that adds invoicing, tracking of transaction details and many other enhancements. The $35 application tracks of income and expenses as well as generates financial reports.
Sony today introduced several new LCD displays to its \'X series\' display lineup. Shipping in September, the 20.1-inch SDM-X202 ($2,000) is the first LCD display in its size category with a 4:3 aspect ratio. The smaller Sony 15-inch X52, 17-inch X72 and 18-inch X82 displays all feature Sony\'s distinct \"X\" cabinet design, and sell for $550, $900 and $1,100, respectively. All X Series displays are adjustable to user posture; include both digital (DVI-D) and analog (VGA) connectivity; and offer an advanced Eco Mode power-saving feature that enables users to modify the brightness and reduce energy consumption with a single button.
Adaptec today began shipping its Ultra320 SCSI controller, a PCI host adapter that offers transfer speeds of up to 546MB/sec over two channels or 1.09GB/sec with two controllers.
Millennium Technologies will hold a grand opening celebration for the launch of Temecula Valley\'s only Apple-authorized reseller and service center, June 29th. Millennium Technologies carries the full line of Apple hardware and software, as well as a wide variety of third-party products. The Millennium technical staff troubleshoots and repairs most generations of Apple computers and peripherals. The store is located at 27635 Jefferson Avenue, Suite N, Temecula, CA, 92590; patrons are encouraged to attend the grand opening, where free food, prizes and demos will be offered.
KDS today introduced five new displays to its Radius, Xtreme Flat and Visual Sensations desktop display line-ups. The company released two home-use LCD displays, at 15 and 17 inches ($380 and $650, respectively); two high-end 19-inch CRT displays ($260); and a low-cost ($150) 17-inch CRT monitor.
EZQuest today began shipping its Boa 48x12x48 FireWire CD-RW drive for Mac/PC. The $220 drive can write an entire 74-minute CD-R in 1.5 minutes -- a 20% advantage over 40X writers. The drive writes discs at 12X, or in about six minutes. The unit ships with a 2MB data buffer, software for Mac OS 9/X; and includes a built-in universal 50-watt auto-switching power supply.
Demand for broadband Internet access grew by 25% this year, with 21% of all Web surfers on high-speed connections; Dell today unveiled the Latitude C840, a 2GHz (2000MHz) laptop computer, powered by the Pentium 4M microprocessor; Japan-based Mitsubishi will manufacture special antennas for for Boeing\'s jetliners that will offer passengers Internet access aboard flights over continental U.S.A, in 2003.
AutoCorrect 1.0 is a Photoshop plugin that offers \"one-click\" enhancements for RGB/CMYK photos or layers: [it] is a very efficient one click color correction, it is not based on curves (even if it was added for a perfect final tune-up) but it is based upon intelligent image analysis in combination with techniques professionals are using in darkrooms.\" It offers sharpening, scan corrections, photo restoration, and other functions. The $60 plugin is compatibel with both Classic and OS X.
ATI has posted a June 2002 ATI Retail Update for Mac OS for both Mac OS 9 and OS X. The update addresses \"some issues and provide performance improvements with some existing games, as well as new games just made available or about to be released.\" It also offers FSAA†(Full Scene Anti Aliasing) at higher resolutions (up to 1280x1024) as well as many other enhancements and bug fixes.
Mediafour today announced the release of its XPlay software, offering Windows users the ability to use the iPod with Windows PCs. XPlay is based on Mediafour\'s MacDrive technology, offering access as both a portable music player and as a standard hard drive. Users can create and organize playlists, change equalization settings, trim song start and stop times, and change other song information(song title, artist and album) as well as optionally automatically synchronize the contents of the iPod with a PC user\'s music collection. The $30 software is available immediately online and will be in stores in July.
Apple\'s AppleScript 1.8.3 provides \"increased stability of scripts and script applications, improved Unicode support for text and runs applications created with the latest version of AppleScript Studio.\" It is currently only available via the Software Update under OS X and has not been posted to Apple\'s Recent Software Downloads.
QPS Inc. today announced it is now shipping a new self-powered, external Que! USB Floppy drive. The \"ultra-slim, ultra-light (0.68 lbs.)\" 1.44 MB/720 KB external drive supports USB 1.1 transfer rates up to 500 Kbits per second and has an enhanced power save mode for notebook battery power.The $50 drive includes a bundled 11.8-inch USB cable.
Gideon Softworks has released Snard 1.5, a launcher utility that can be used as a system menu or from the dock. Snard can also open applications as the administrator, help organize your work cycle through the use of worksets, and give you quick access to all your system preferences. It adds a new Dockling version and a \"workaround for a bug in Mac OS X.\" [menu, dock, Dockling]
CMS today announced a new FireWire version of its ABSplus system, its all-in-one automatic backup solution that offers complete disaster recovery and a bootable, removable hard drive in an enhanced rugged design, which can withstand a non-operating shock up to 1400Gs. The new bootable notebook ABSplus, with an interface choice of PCMCIA, FireWire or USB 2.0, is available in capacities of 20GB, 30GB, 40GB and 60GB solutions with pricing starting at $300 (with a 3-year warranty). Higher capacity Desktop ABSplus solutions with an interface choice of FireWire or USB 2.0 are available in capacities of 40GB, 60GB, 80GB, 120GB and 160GB (FireWire version only). Compatibility is listed as Windows-only, though other versions of the drive are Mac-compatible; the company recently solicited beta testers for OS X compatibility with its products.
iView Media Pro 1.5r2 adds the ability to download and catalog images directly from USB connected cameras, an AppleScript to import Finder comments, support for new file formats (RichTIFF, Canon D60 CRW, and Kodak DCR), and support for custom ISO and Light Source fields for Canon images as well other performance enhancements and bug fixes. A 3-week trial of the $65 application for organizing, sharing and protecting digital files is available online.
Pedagoguery Software has released Poly Pro 1.09, an update to its $58 application for viewing and exporting 3D polyhedral models (using DXF or 3DMF file formats) include new language interfaces: Spanish, French, Danish, Italian, Polish, Korean, Traditional Chinese, and Simplified Chinese as well as support for stereolithography (STL) exporting.
Adobe today announced it is shiping InCopy 2.0, a professional copy editor designed to integrate with its InDesign page layout application. The software is designed for writers, editors and copy fitters at magazines and newspapers to manage the entire editorial process. It includes support for XML, enhanced editing tools such as dynamic spell check, and an improved interface that allows users to work on multiple views of a story simultaneously. InCopy is compatible with both Classic and OS X. Pricing is based on individual installations.
Early-bird registration for Macworld Expo New York (July 17-19) ends June 24th. Exhibits-only passes are $15. Registration for upcoming FileMaker Developer Conference from August 12-15th ends June 28, offering developers a $200 savings off the regular conference fee of $1,200.
Keyboard Maestro 1.1.2 fixes a bug which prevented hot key preferences from being saved if the user\'s home directory was on a different volume than the system folder. The OS X-only utility offers hotkeys for performing system functions (\"actions\"), a program switcher, and a multiple clipboards. A demo has support for a limited number of hotkeys (20), clipboards (4), actions per hotkey (4), and limites switcher functions.
Greg Landweber has updated SmoothType 2.3.1, his shareware ($10) control panel that brings OS X-style font smoothing to Macs running System 7 through Mac OS 9.2. Under Mac OS X, SmoothType gives Classic applications text that looks just as good as (or even better than) in Carbon and Cocoa applications. Version 2.3.1 fixes a problem drawing smoothed text after switching accounts under Multiple Users, while ersion 2.3 introduced subpixel smoothing optimized for LCD (flat panel) screens.
AutoOpen 1.0 is a $10 Cocoa utility which allows you to make volumes open a window automatically when you mount them (e.g. make disk dmages that pop-open automatically when mounted, burn CDs which pop-open when inserted, and myour Contacts folder open whenever you plug in your iPod).
MailArmor 1.0 is a Java-based application designed to delete spam on the server, before it is downloaded by a user\'s email client: \"The logic behind the filtering has a high level of sophistication, using both black- and white-lists of senders and an advanced engine that can use pattern matching and sender verification techniques to automatically pinpoint junk mail with a extremely high level of accuracy.\" It is free for personal use and $15 for an unlimited number of email accounts from the same server. [Classic, OSX]
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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