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Micromat has released Drive 10 v1.1.2, an updated version of its hard disk analysis and repair utillity that adds Mac OS X 10.2 compatibility. Drive 10 retails for $70.
Geneffects today released an updated version of its media download automation utility for Mac OS X. iMeMiner 1.1 allows users to batch-download multiple photo galleries; release notes for the latest update were not immediately available.
Robert Daeley has posted downloadable calendar files for Apple\'s new iCal software that provide users with the NHL 2002-03 season schedule. Despite offering sporting schedules for baseball and basketball, Apple has yet to offer a hockey schedule for avid Canadian, American and international fans. The free team-specific \'.ics\' files include information for all 30 teams in the league; it does not require subscription.
Schubertit has released version 3.1.6 of its Vektor3 chess program for Mac OS X. The latest release adds support for Mac OS X 10.2, newly designed chess boards and a French localization. The $10 shareware program received a \"runner-up\" award for \'best Mac OS X technology adoption,\' at this year\'s Apple Design Awards.
At the Seybold Expo this week, Extensis announced its new PrintReady product for preparing and sending perfect print jobs. The Web-based system includes a product for designers and small workgroups (under $400) and two enhanced packages aimed at service providers, large printers and publishers.
PocketDock 2.54 is now available. The utility allows users to organize and launch applications, documents, web links and email addresses, and features multiple skins, drag and drop of links and tabs, multiple docks and different localizations.
iReplace 1.3 is an application for desgined advanced search and replace functions within Web documents. It allows you to specify multiple items to find and replace or just to search for those items and allows you to select special characters and will replace those with the HTML equivalent. A demo of the $13 utility is available online. [Classic, OSX]
St. Clair Software has released Default Folder X 1.6.3, an update to its utility for improving Open and Save dialogs in Mac OS X. Version 1.6.3 improves the reliability of the Default Folder X preference pane, eliminates occasional crashes when launching applications, and adds Japanese language support. It is a free update for registered owners of Default Folder X; while upgrades to the $35 utility are $20.
MacNN reader Shawn Wall has written a tutorial on how to configure webDAV support for Apache under OS X to \"enable support for storing your iCal calendars so you won\'t have to pay for .Mac services...for access of your stored calendars from outside locations, you will need permanent broadband access for your mac, and know its ip address.\"
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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