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Gideon Softworks has released xBack v2.0, a $12 \'honorware\' utility that allows users to replace thir Mac OS X desktop with a screen saver. The update is now fully Jaguar compatible and sports other improvements.
MacNN today announced the discontinuation of its Mac OS X-specific section, osx.macnn.com. Mac OS X has grown immeasurably since its early days, and as such is now considered to be an integral and seamless part of the Mac platform. MacNN intends to offer innovative new ways of getting Mac news this Fall, for users who still enjoy specialized content. MacNN also introduced today a simplified version of the MacNN home page -- MacNN Slim Edition. The \'Slim\' edition will allow users with slower connections/computers to keep pace on the latest Mac news. A more comprehensive and universal Mobile Edition of MacNN is still in development. The initial stages of MacNN\'s server upgrades are complete, and MacNN\'s mail services have returned to normal. We will also restore the \'Related Stories\' feature, as it will no longer have a damaging impact on server performance. Finally, MacNN is very pleased to inform users of Microsoft Internet Explorer that initial testing shows that the \"MacNN/IE\" conflict has been resolved. No further browser crashes as a result of MacNN.com or the MacNN Forums should occur. Note to users dissatisfied with MacNN\'s news comment system: a more robust solution is still in development, and we expect to replace our current system shortly.
Adobe has released two small utilities for Photoshop 7: the Mac OS X Keyboard Shortcut Fix and the Ignore EXIF Color Space plug-in. The Keyboard Shortcut Fix allows Photoshop to override the Command + Tilde shortcut that was included with Jaguar. The Ignore EXIF Color Space plug-in disregards the problem data that some digital cameras include with attached images (which caused incorrect color space information). [Keyboard, Ignore]
irEdit 1.0 is a $20 source code and general text editor for Mac OS X. It features dual syntax coloring, user-defined languages, a quick find tool and is cocoa-native.
Blue World Communications announced Mac OS X 10.2 support for Lasso Professional 5, its Web application for data-driven Web sites. Only minor configuration changes are required in order to run Lasso on Mac OS X 10.2.
A MacNN reader notes that new non-beta drivers for several higher-end Umax scanners have been released on the European site. \"[It] installed well, seems to work pretty quickly, OSX native, includes a plug-in for Photoshop that works too.\"
Despite the technical and aesthetic milestones achieved with its new \"Jaguar\" OS, Apple faces an \"uphill battle\" in recuperating lost market share, explains a NewsFactor columnist. Citing comments by both the Giga Information Group and IDC firms, the article concludes that Apple has made many \"strategic errors,\" which have only been compounded by the \"overwhelming dominance\" of Microsoft Windows. One glaring strategic fault, according to the report, is that Apple operating systems lock buyers in to Apple hardware, whereas Microsoft Windows works on countless brands.
MacNN\'s special Jaguar coverage will continue throughout the day and week, as more information and tips become available. Check the page often for software news, compatibility reports, and further developments. Updated: Aug. 28.
Perlidex v1.0.1 is a $25 shareware Perl development environment for Mac OS X. The update improves documentation as well as fixes bugs.
Yamaha has begun shipping its external CRW-F1 line of CD-RW drives. The drives offer 44x write and 24x re-write speeds, 8MB of buffer memory, and the new DiscT@2 Laser Labeling System, which burns graphics and text directly onto CD-R discs. Three different versions of the drive are available: the $230 USB 2.0 (currently shipping), the $280 FireWire and USB 2.0 (shipping first week of September), and the $330 SCSI (shipping second week of September).
Apple is opening a second AppleCentre in downtown Beijing, China, according to the Beijing Mac User Group. The building is opening \"soon\", and photos of the decorated store-front are available on the website.
Charles Haddad of Business Week states that \"Jaguar, the latest version of Apple\'s new operating system released on Saturday, Aug. 24, is spectacular. [...] It\'s arguably the best OS ever released for personal computers. Fast, stable, elegant, and intuitively easy to use, OS X makes owning a Mac once again a mark of distinction.\"
tranquility v5.2 is a visual effects game now for Mac OS X 10.2. The update also brings 10% faster frame rates and an on-screen guide for new players. A demo of the $18 is available.
Dog Park Software\'s MacLoggerDX 1.6 adds Jaguar optimizations, increased memory, a new city database, and other enhancements to its $70 application used by Amateur Radio Operators and Short Wave Listeners to \"get the most out of their computer controlled radio transceivers.\"
Wildform has announced the release of its updated Flix product line: Flix Pro ($150) is a video encoding solution that encodes virtually any type of video, audio and image file, outputs all types of Flash video and offers advanced Flash features. It includes both 1-pass and high resolution 2-pass VBR (variable bitrate) encoding, editing, cropping, batch encoding, projectors, preloaders and other features. Flix is also available in two consumer versions: Flix Lite ($30) offers the basic features required to encode and deploy Flash video, while Flix Standard ($90) adds 2-pass VBR compression and other \"time saving\" features. The Flix SDK (software developer\'s kit) includes everything required to create robust client and server applications with complete Flix Pro functionality. (Pricing depends on usage.)
Formac has released TiVeRon, new digital video recording software for its studio dv/tv media converter. Formac\'s TiVeRon software is a native Cocoa application that allows users to schedule and record TV shows ahead of time--from either the local machine or from remote locations via the Web. It is compatible with Jaguar is shipping immediately with all studio dv/tv and is available as free upgrade to existing owners. The software adds AppleScript support, preview of recordings in thumbnail size, access movie sequences instantly by scrolling the timeline bar, infinite opacity adjustment of the TV display frame, and a new 720 x 480 viewing option. The studo dv/tv media converter sells for $400.
Other World Computing has released XPostFacto 2.2, its software utility developed by Ryan Rempel that allows owners of computers unsupported by Apple to install and boot Mac OS X 10.2 (Jaguar) (as well as other versions of Mac OS X). It adds support for the Beige G3s, support for UltraTek IDE cards (along with OWC\'s firmware update), support for some additional PowerComputing models, support for leaving onboard video disconnected when using a video card; and, improved documentation. A $10 registration fee offers additional access to OWC\'s OS X tech forum and helps \"contribute to XPostFacto\'s continuing development.\"
A Better Finder Rename 4.9 introduces a new DOS 8.3 truncation feature and improved date and time handling to the $15 shareware tool for renaming multiple items quickly and conveniently. It also features further enhancements to the learnability of the tool and two minor bug fixes. [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