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Although a key selling-point of Apple\'s latest Power Mac G4 is its ability to house two optical drives, some owners are already reporting shortfalls. The new Power Mac case layout is reportedly able to house optical drives no larger than its OEM offerings. This shortcoming presents itself when users attempt to install third-party CD or DVD drives -- which can have trays up to 20% larger than Apple\'s standard drives. MacNN reader Jim Richter explains that he attempted to install a Pioneer DVR-A03 (DVD-RW) drive from his \"Sawtooth\" Power Mac in his new dual-867MHz unit. Mr. Richter was unable to fit the drive into the case, even with the drive doors removed. Apple Tech support has been unable to offer assistance to users with this problem.
Late Night Software has posted ScriptDebugger 3.0.4 -- updated to include Jaguar (OS 10.2) support. The $190 utility for developer is an AppleScript authoring environment for the design of simple or complex AppleScript solutions.
Photo Control today announced its new BookEndz Docking Station for the PowerBook G4 DVI model is now shipping. The $245 docking station allows users to convert from a portable system to a complete desktop system (or back) in seconds, allowing for all of the peripheral devices normally connected -- printer, external monitor, Ethernet, FireWire, USB, etc. -- to be plugged into the back of the dock, and remain plugged in, independent of the portable.
Apple has released a security update for Mac OS X 10.2 users. Available via the Software Update application, Security Update 2002-08-23 includes revised components, such as OpenSSL, and offers enhanced security to prevent \"unauthorized access to applications, servers, and the operating system.\"
Apple will open the first of two Detroit-area retail stores in Novi, MI on August 31, according to a Detroit Free Press. The article also speculates that the 10 am grand opening will draw a large crowd, like most previous Apple Store launches. \"A Mac is a nice machine, but that\'s all it is -- a machine,\" says Phil Charns of the Southeast Michigan Computer Organization, offering commentary on the opening, \"I just don\'t understand why Apple people are so devoted and defensive.\" Another retail outlet is to open in the Somerset Collection in Troy before Thanksgiving.
Helios Software today announced that it would deliver Mac OS X 10.2-compliant versions of its Helios Suite in September. EtherShare 3.1 -- Helios\' server for Mac clients, PCShare 3.1 -- its server for Windows clients, EtherShare OPI 2.5 -- a server-based OPI, and PDF Handshake 2.1 -- a PDF printing utility will all receive \"Jaguar\" updates in under a month. In addition to basic 10.2 compatibility, the updates will also include additional fail-safes for mission-critical reliability, advanced print job management and cross-platform Mac/Windows file locking.
Some new Apple Power Macs are shipping with Mac OS X 10.2 build 6C125, instead of the 6C115 retail version. It is not clear if build 6C125 is a post-10.2 maintenance revision, or simply a version specialized to the Power Mac hardware.
MacPlay is now shipping Fallout 2, its sequel to the \"critically acclaimed RPG of the year Fallout, [which] took RPG’ing out of the dungeons and into a dynamic, apocalyptic retro-future. Fallout 2 is badder than ever with bigger, smarter and nastier enemies. With improved combat AI, users will have to learn to kill smarter, not harder.\" The $30 game title is available now on the Web or at Mac retailers nationwide.
The Big Nerd Ranch has announced a new programming class called Core Mac OS X Programming, which \"will allow programmers to harness the power of Mac OS X\'s Unix foundation. For the week of November 11-15, 2002, Aaron Hillegass, Cocoa instructor and author of \'Cocoa Programming for Mac OS X,\' is teaming up with Mark Dalrymple to teach the new class. Topics will include multi-threading, daemons, distributed objects, network programming, Rendezvous, performance tuning, advanced debugging, security frameworks, and exception handling. The five-day class complete with a a student guide, a luxury room (with 3 meals a day), a T-shirt, and transportation to- and from- the airport is $3500.
Angelo Scicolone\'s PrefsOverload 5.0 is a $15 shareware utility for managing application preference files. Version 5.0 adds integration with the Finder via Drag and Drop, faster files listing, better exclusion of Apple preference files, support for applications such as Project Builder and Resorcerer, editing of file names, and other features.
Sonnet has posted a new version of its PCI X v1.2.5 software that fully supports \"Jaguar\", allowing users to run Mac OS X 10.2. on upgraded Power Mac models (7500-9600 and some clone models). It is a free update to users who have purchased the $30 software package.
Several more locations have announced Mac OS X 10.2 Kick-Off events, including MacMall, Restart Computers (Vancouver), and Elite Computers (Bay Area) in addition to Apple\'s own retail store events and others noted yesterday. Update: Continue to check here for information on more special events.
Apple\'s Website notes a WebObjects 5.1.4 Update, however, the link is not yet active. The update reportedly resolves incompatibilities between WebObjects 5.1.x Developer and Mac OS X 10.2, but is not required for Mac OS X Server v10.2.
Microsoft yesterday said that \"critical\" security lapses in its Office software and Internet Explorer Web browser put tens of millions of users at risk of having their files read and altered by online attackers, according to a CNN report. An attacker, using e-mail or a Web page, could use Internet related parts of Office to run programs, alter data and wipe out the hard drive as well as view file and clipboard contents on a user\'s system.
Eric Rojo\'s MetricMaster 3.0 is a measurement unit conversions calculator containing over 2,000 metric/S.I., imperial, U.S., and other units in its database (with up to 14 significant digit precision). It supports ft/in/fractions, scientific notation and control of significant digits and can also convert currencies, clock times, and many physical constants. Version 3.0, with a new Aqua-style interface, now contains 600 definitions for units and unit groups and also contains extensive information on the history and development of modern measurement systems. The $15 shareware support Classic only.
Digital Diary 3.0 is an upgrade to Eric Rojo\'s $15 project management application, offering quick, convenient access to the activity history and current status of any project as well as the ability to view all activities on all projects on any particular day. A demo of the Classic version is available online.
Proteron has released MaxMenus 1.2, an update to its $30 shareware system utility, which offers four powerful, flexible menus (available from each desktop corner). The update brings Jaguar compatibility as well as new keyboard shortcuts for display file/folder info and moving items to the trash. A 30-day trial is available online.
Gwenhiver.net has released Hide From Dock 1.0, a new utility that will enable a Hide menu item in your applications\'s Dock menus: \"Apple\'s Dock natively supports this feature, but its configuration file just tells it not to display it. While this looks fine if you don\'t use Dock menus a lot, it\'s a shame for multi-button mice users.\" The freeware is compatible with all versions of Mac OS X, including Jaguar.
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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