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Apple has released Security Update 2002-09-20 for Mac OS X 10.2 via its Software Update application. The September 20th update includes new Terminal.app components that provide increased security to prevent \"unauthorized access to applications, servers, and the operating system.\"
Cubase SX for Mac OS X will ship October 10, according to an announcement made today by the developer. Cubase is a professional \"virtual studio\" audio recording solution used by amateurs and industry veterans to produce high-quality content.
MGU Software today released Watcher 1.0.2, a new version of its Mac OS X tool for the automatic limitation of computer use time. Watcher \"allows the owner of a computer to set up how long a given user can use the computer every day.\" Version 1.0.2 fixes major bugs with U.S. systems, and allows Watcher to be used with Mac OS X 10.2.
FirewireDirect today certified the compatibility of Pioneer\'s latest DVD firmware with its DVD-R devices. FirewireDirect\'s external drives utilize Pioneer mechanisms. The company is recommending that all its DVD-R customers seek the updater, which is described as \"non-urgent\" but \"necessary.\"
NewTek today announced a special offer where videographers can purchase LightWave 3D for $1000, a $600 discount. The offer is available to owners of After Effects, Photoshop, AVID, Media 100, Premiere, Final Cut, or Hollywood FX and ends September 30th, 2002.
Baxter Computer has released Blobber 1.2, an update to its cursor switcher for Mac OS 10.2 Jaguar that now features animated previews, an improved interface, and other enhancements.
Casady & Greene today announced the addition of Palm connectivity to its iData Pro database application for Classic. iData Pro 1.0.3c now includes iData Remote, which allows users to sync iData Datafiles directly into their Palm OS-compatible handheld devices. iData Pro stores and organizes any type of info and offers a fast search engine finds with advanced options. It is available for $40.
EZPZapps has released iBirthday 1.3, a $15 shareware personal desktop application which reminds users of birthdays and other special events. The built-in email functions allow users to write messages in advance and automatically send selected the on specific dates. Version 1.3 adds calculation of age, a year field, and the ability to calculate and display the number of days until an event. Users can also now use the application for free with certain \"important says,\" including the recently released \'General Roman Calendar of Saints.\' [Classic, OSX]
Dantz passed along a cautionary note about using Adaptec SCSI controllers under Mac OS X, noting that they do not function in a consistent, reliable manner and recommending the use of the latest Initio Miles firmware for Mac OS X 10.2 for use under OS X.
Adobe today announced that it is rebranding its Web site for the designer and developer community. Now called Adobe Studio Exchange, it allows Adobe designers and developers to upload and download thousands of easy-to-install add-ons for Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and GoLive. It also holds more than 5,000 files contributed by more than 180,000 members, and is part of Adobe Studio, a Web resource for users to learn tips and tricks and share ideas with other members of the design community.
Objective Development\'s LaunchBar 3.2.3 is an update to its popular $40 keyboard launcher utility, It brings improved Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar support; now reads Chimera, Mozilla and iCab bookmark files; supports \"Group vCard\" files exported from the new 10.2 Address Book; adds a preference option to remove duplicate items from the search result; more choices for activation hotkeys; and better performance when scanning for files.
iCab 2.8.2 brings fixes, workarounds and new features for Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar to the $30 alternative browser. [Classic, OSX]
Andrew Toth\'s Salvage 1.1, a tool for recovering digital camera pictures from corrupt media, improves support for Canon cameras. It requires Mac OS 8.6 or later, MRJ 2.2.4 or later, and Disk Copy 6.3.3. Unregistered copies of the $25 utility will recover the first two pictures in a disk image and report the total number recoverable pictures.
Apple today announced that Larry Ellison, chairman and chief executive officer of Oracle Corporation, is resigning from Apple’s Board of Directors: \"I will continue to offer my advice to Steve and the executive management team at Apple, but my schedule does not currently allow me to attend enough of the formal board meetings to warrant a role as a director.\"
Griffin today released PowerMate 1.5 drivers for both Mac OS 9 and OS X. The updated drivers for its $45 PowerMate USB Multimedia Controller software add several features including \"Long-Click\", a new assignable Action and \"Eject Key,\" which allows the PowerMate to function as an Eject Button. [Classic, OSX]
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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
Google prevails in UK street mapping case
Possibly setting the stage for other court battles in the UK, a High Court fight between Google and StreetMap.EU has concluded in Google's favor. StreetMap.EU claimed that Google's dominance in the field destroyed the 20-year-old firm's business, when Google started promoting its own service in search results over the older company's -- the judge disagreed. Commercial director Kate Sutton said after the judgment that "StreetMap has been frozen in time; because of what Google did, StreetMap has not been able to properly invest in the website since 2007." An appeal is planned. http://bloom.bg/1KKhECt