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Several new software utilities were released today by developers in the RealBASIC community: iccToolBox is an improved version of the suite of tools that assist printing and graphics arts professional with the handling CC/ICM profiles; KuConta 2.1.0 introduces several optmizations and new features to Kualo Software\'s simple \"account application;\" ResourceEdit 1.3 now includes a \"NavCustomization Class\" (version 1.3 is the first public release); NavDialog Plugin 3.0 gains a new class -- \"NavCustomization\" -- that further extends the \"FolderItem handling capabilities.\"
FireLogic\'s has announced the release of HealthEngage 3.0 -- an updated version of the disease-management software tool. Version 3.0 is \"just as user friendly as its previous version\" but includes a handful of powerful new features. Using the software, the developer suggests that patients and their healthcare team can better manage health conditions and spot dangerous trends before they become life-threatening.
Blue World Communications today shipped Lasso Professional 6, a significant upgrade to its Web application environment. Lasso is a server product for building and serving data-driven Web sites. Lasso Professional 6 introduces support for numerous industry standards, while maintaining the ease-of-use and robust security that have drawn many Web developers to the product. Lasso works on many UNIX-based operating systems, including Mac OS X. The milestone release introduces Mac OS X 10.2 support.
IdeaResources this afternoon released irEdit 1.1, the latest version of its $20 text-editing software for OS X. The update includes a handful of new features and bug fixes, most notably regular expression support, and the ability to save search expressions.
Developer Ian Page has updated his Mactracker application to include updated specifications for the 17\" iMac, the new Power Mac G4s, the latest eMacs, the 20GB iPod and Mac OS X 10.1.5. Mactracker provides Apple fans with specifications and history for virtually every Macintosh and related device. Mactracker 1.7.2 is free to all users, and will serve as an interim release until version 2.0 is again made available. [Classic, OS X]
CharisMac today unveiled Hubzilla -- a four-port, $75, FireWire hub that delivers 400 Mbps of data to and from CD, DVD, RAID and peripheral devices. CharisMac hopes its product will help reduce desktop clutter by allowing users to connect all their FireWire devices at once, thereby allowing for more permanent placement of wires and peripherals.
Pixels Digital is offering budget-conscious users the opportunity to purchase a licensed copy of PiXELS 3D v3.7 as a parto of its $100 \"Power Users Bundle.\" Version 3.7 sold for several hundred dollars prior to the release of PiXELS 3D v4.0. The offer, valid until October 1st, includes two \'extras packs,\' a learning CD and a fully-functional copy of PiXELS 3D v3.7.
Apple Computer recently begun shipping its new 1.25GHz G4 Power Macs. MacNN reader Justin Michaels reported receiving notification Tuesday, with an ETA of two business days.
Matthew Rothenberg\'s latest column for eWeek tracks Apple\'s Mac OS X \"ultimatum\" to developers and users: \"Whatever spin you choose to put on it, however, the bottom line is that Apple has put users and developers alike on notice: Switch to Mac OS X now, or join OpenDoc and CyberDog in Apple\'s dead-letter office.\" In August, Apple told consumers and developers that, beginning Janaury of next year, it would no longer include Mac OS 9 on any of its computers.
CS Odessa today announced that it has opened the first school for \"creative thinkers\" in Odessa, Ukraine. The IT school offers a series of specialized workshops and advanced training for the ConceptDraw Product family and office graphics solutions, as well as general design theory. Initially, the workshops will be available to corporate customers and users. Later, CS Odessa plans to deliver these workshops to organizations and individual customers.
IOGEAR has launched its second-generation 3-port FireWire CardBus, offering laptop users fast 400mbps connection speeds to peripheral devices. The $70 card comes bundled with digital editing software by Arcsoft, which enables users to save movies to CD for playback on a DVD player. The new device is available immediately for Mac OS 9 and OS X users.
An AZcentral article attempts to determine which desktop PC -- the Apple iMac or the Gateway Profile 4 -- bests the other in performance, ease of use and reliability. According to the independently conducted testing, neither machine is able to declare outright victory. Both machines are built around 15-inch flat-panel displays. While the $1000 Gateway has larger RAM and storage allotments than the $1300 iMac, it narrowly edges the iMac in performance, despite including a CPU with a megahertz rating nearly three times that of the iMac. The machines\' Quake III benchmarks differed by only four frames per second; Photoshop results revealed the 2.8GHz Gateway was only marginally faster.
MarketCircle\'s contact and customer relationship application, DayLite v1.0.5, is now fully Jaguar compatible and has new Follow-up and Next Task Mechanisms as well as new Contextual Menu options to create pre-linked tasks and appointments and improvements to viewing contact cards.
Vizspring\'s Typeset 1.2.3 is an update to its OS X font viewing utility, adding improved management of font favorites, a new contextual menu item on the font list for managing favorites sets, and other bug fixes and minor modifications. It is a free update to the $15 shareware.
Ben Bird\'s SecuritySpy 1.0b11 software for both Classic and OS X adds email notification on motion detection to his multi-camera video surveillance software. The software has configurable compression settings for movies and images, can upload images to remote locations via ftp, and captures and displays live video from multiple cameras simultaneously. Pricing starts at $50 for use with a single camera. [Classic, OSX]
Degana has released Ponere 1.0, a new shareware ($18) puzzle game for the Mac platform, in which \"players arrange tiles to create closed rings, such as a circle or oval. Tiles are arranged using controls that move an entire column or row on the game board--so moving pieces usually involves moving more than one at once. Ponere includes 60 levels.\"
Intuem 1.5 adds improved notation capabilities, proportional printing, note refitting, the ability to record multiple devices to the same track, and background operation as well as many other features to the fourth release of the $80 music authoring solution.
Page Sender 2.1 updates Smile Software\'s fax send & receive and print-to-email (PDF) utility with dithering (grayscale) support, live addressing, fax attachments, and options to email and/or execute an AppleScript on received faxes. A 30-day demo of the $30 software for OS X is available online.
Apple has posted an MPEG-4 stream of Steve Jobs\' keynote from Apple Expo 2002, which took place last week in Paris. The stream requires QuickTime 6.
Apple today announced that more than 100,000 users have subscribed to the company\'s .Mac suite of Internet services and software since it was launched in July: \"We\'re thrilled to have more than 100,000 .Mac subscribers so quickly,\" said Sina Tamaddon, Apple\'s senior vice president of Applications. \"We\'re getting over 1,000 new .Mac subscribers every day, which is proof that many of our users want to seamlessly extend their digital lives onto the Internet.\" .Mac is available as a subscription-based service for $100 (US) per year, while iTools members as of midnight, July 16, 2002, are receiving a special introductory price of $50 for the first year if they subscribe before September 30, 2002.
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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