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The popular shareware image utility ($35) GraphicConverter 4.4.1 has been updated, bringing support for larger TGAs (on MacOS X), file size-based resize options, copying of EXIF info to the comment window, 8-bit export of PGPF, improved DXT1/DXT3 import, and other enhancements. [Classic, OS X]
Centrinity says it is currently completing testing of the new FirstClass Server 7 for OS X and that release of FirstClass Server 7 for OS X is targeted for Q4 2002. This will include all core components of FirstClass, including the FirstClass Server and Internet Services. A First Class Client for OS X is available now. [site currently unavailable]
Symantec notes that \"you cannot boot your new G4/800 or G4/667 Titanium PowerBook from the NUM 7.0, NAVM 8.0, NSW for Mac 2.0, or NIS for Mac 2.0 CD,\" although it does outline instructions on creating a bootable Mac OS 9 CD to use Norton Utility functions such as Speed Disk optimizer, diagnose/repair OS X drives with Disk Doctor, and diagnose/repair a damaged drive in emergency situations.
Apple has apparently strong-armed IDG World Expo -- the producers of the Macworld Expo show -- into denying many news outlets media passes to the upcoming New York Expo, according to eWeek: \"[Apple] has taken a uniquely aggressive stance toward information that it can\'t completely control or that doesn\'t come from a publication too big or influential for it to mess with [...] it clearly has more to do with the Mac maker\'s desire to control every aspect of its coverage than it does with sorting the pros from the amateurs.\" The article remarks that larger technology media outlets, such as eWeek and c|net, are not being held to same \"rumor and speculation yardstick\" as other publications such as MacFixIt and Graphic Power.
iDVD Backdrops has released a free \'Old Glory\' background, available through July 15. The free background -- for use with Apple\'s iDVD software -- is offered as a July 4th Independence celebration.
Emagic has announced a \"crossgrade\" migration plan for users of Logic 5 for Microsoft Windows. The plan would allow Windows users to switch to the Mac version of Logic 5.2 -- for free. The offers will be available starting August 1, 2002 -- for every registered Logic 5 Windows user -- and will run until the end of the year. Emagic became an wholly-owned Apple subsidiary following a recent acquisition, but the plans for the integration of the Logic product line have yet to be announced.
Microsoft has posted Internet Explorer 5.2.1 for Mac†OS†X, a small update to the company\'s Web browsing software. Version 5.2.1 is seemingly a maintenance update to Internet Explorer that delivers \"the latest security and performance enhancements.\" Further details are currently outstanding. Microsoft has also posted Internet Explorer 5.1.5 for Classic, which \"provides enhanced support for the HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP) and resolves all security vulnerabilities in previous versions of Internet Explorer†5. This includes vulnerabilities that might have caused Internet Explorer to stop responding or caused a memory problem that compromised the security of the computer.\" [Classic, OSX]
CodeTek has released the final version of VirtualDesktop, its multiple-desktop manager for Mac OS X. VirtualDesktop 1.0 lets users switch between several desktops, each with a respective set of windows and icons. The developer likens the added screen space to having multiple monitors. The $20 shareware application provides a control window that contains all active desktops, arranged in a grid.
4D has released WebSTAR 5.1.3, an update to its Webserver that \"eliminates a potential security vulnerability [and] fixes an incompatibility that prevented some WebDAV clients from accessing password-protected realms.\"
Syslog Gen X 3.0.1, now with a revamped interface, offers a GUI for creating a syslog.conf file as well as \"real-world\" translations of various system event logs. It offers the option to log events to the console, save events to a log file on the hard drive, or send the info to a remote machine on the network running a syslog program.
WorkStrip X 1.0 is described as \"an intelligent, system wide productivity-enhancement tool [that] provides an advanced customizable alternative to the Dock..\" It uses a \"workspaces\" metaphor to organize the desktop working environment as well as offers instant file previews, advanced tracking of applications, documents, and websites, and flexible auto-hide options. A 30-day trial of the $40 application is available online.
Zettabyte today announced that it will begin selling a SuperDrive-equipped eMac, replacing the machine\'s built-in CD-RW drive with a CD-RW/DVD-RW mechanism that allows users to view and burn DVDs. The company is offering the systems for $1,500.
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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