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Symantec has released Norton Anti-Virus 8.0.3 via the application\'s built-in LiveUpdate feature. One user reports that the \"NortonAutoProtect\" component has been updated on his system; no official release notes have been made public. Update: Norton Anti-Virus 8.0.3 adds Mac OS X 10.2 support to the virus protection software.
Extensis today announced an update to Suitcase -- its font manager for Mac OS 9/X -- that delivers full Mac OS X 10.2 compatibility. Version 10.1.2 is a free update for registered owners; it does not bring any enhancements -- beyond \"Jaguar\" compatibility -- to the $50 suite.
Verbatim today announced the availability of new 16-24x \"ultra-speed\" re-writable CDs. Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, Verbatim\'s parent company, developed a new recording technology called \"Advanced-SERL\" (Advanced Super Eutectic Recording Layer), which makes the high-speed recording possible. With the 24x re-writable discs, Macintosh and PC users will be able to record entire 650MB CDs in about three minutes.
Trinfinity software has released Seagull Video Player v2.2 for Mac OS 9 & X, its application for creating video playlists. The update allows users to start playing from anywhere in a playlist and to reorder a playlist by dragging videos to new positions; the price is $20. [Classic, OS X]
The Serial Keeper 3.0 is a $10 serial number storage application. Numerous improvements have been added, including a Developer Database and enhanced usability. [Classic, OS X]
The final version of WebEx for Mac OS X will be available tomorrow, along with the following deal: a onetime set-up fee of only $1000 with 4 seats/ports for $200 per seat per month, one free month of service and 4 additional seats/ports for the first 3 months. The offer expires tomorrow at 5PM PST.
MacResQ has announced a new PowerBook G3 screen repair program. The new service offers PowerBook G3 owners an affordable way to replace scarred screen polarizers, as opposed to buying a new screen entirely. \"The marks result from the LCD screen coming into contact with the PowerBook\'s keyboard when the lid is closed. Oil from the user\'s fingertips transfers from the keyboard to the screen, leaving the unsightly marks.\" The service is $300 and includes overnight pickup and delivery and the new PowerPad screen protector to prevent further problems.
Netscape 7.0 is a significant update to Netscape Communications\' free mainstream Web browser, email manager and IM client. Version 7.0 introduces several features found in the Mozilla project -- the open-source sister project to Netscape -- such as tabbed browsing. [Classic, Mac OS X]
Constrictor 2.2 is a screen shot utility for Mac OS X. The $10 application is now a smaller size, features bug fixes and more. 11 different localizations are available, including English and Japanese.
We\'ve added links and downloads for a new wireless driver, a Windows keyboard utility, and updated HP Deskjet printer drives to our Jaguar Special Report. Yesterday we added links to FAXstf, Thursby\'s DAVE 4.0, and other compatibility reports.
MacPlus reports that Steve Jobs will announce the first European Apple Store in Paris near the Champs Elysées at Apple Expo Paris, which takes place September 10-14th.
Mail Forward 2.3 is a $15 shareware e-mail forwarding application for Microsoft Hotmail, Yahoo web mail, and standard POP mail accounts. It now includes support for forwarding for Yahoo web mail accounts and adds improved online help, which is now viewable via the Apple Help Viewer. A beta version for OS X is also available. [Classic, OSX]
Dr. Bott today announced that its VGA Extractor for ADC is compatible with the Radeon 9000 Pro, NVIDIA GeForce4 MX, and NVIDIA GeForce4 Titanium video cards that ship in the new dual processor Power Mac G4 (Mirrored Drive Doors) and also announced that that the device is compatible with Mac OS 10.2 \"Jaguar\". The $35 driver-less device allows the ADC port on these cards to drive a standard analog display.
Gefen today announced its upgraded ex-tend-it USB Switcher, a cross-platform switch that offers access to two computers from a single analogy monitor, USB Keyboard, and mouse. The $300 unit now uses new SMT technology that allows for a slimmer, more streamlined look and feel. As a result, the unit requires just one rack level and is able to better fit in most professional user workstations.
Panic and The Iconfactory have unveiled CandyBar, an \"easy, safe, and surprisingly fun way to customize the icons of many MacOS X icons, including toolbar, folders and the trash can. CandyBar transforms the MacOS X user experience through a simple drag and drop interface, which is logically grouped into icon categories.\" It is $13 shareware.
Lexamrk has announced the Lexmark Z55se Color Jetprinter, which will replace the Z55 Color Jetprinter. It offers print resolution of 4800 x 1200 dots per inch (dpi) on photo paper, inkjet paper and transparencies as well as 4800 x 600 dpi on plain paper. Other features include print speeds of up to 17 ppm in black and up to 13 ppm in color, three picoliter microfine color drop size, USB and parallel connectivity, and Windows/Mac/Linux compatibility. It is $130 and available immediately.
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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