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Sophisticated Circuits has released version 4.1.1 of its software for the PowerKey Pro 650 "smart" power bar. This free update adds support for Mac OS X 10.2, and features a "self-installing" control panel. [Classic, OS X]
Skunk Studios recently released Gutterball 3D 1.0.1, a maintenance update to its realistic bowling game. The $20 game features three unique alleys, four commentators, "realtime 3D physics," and fully customizable bowling balls. Gutterball supports one to four players.
Apple UK has launched its Pro Memory deal, which doubles the amount of memory installed on newly purchased Power Macs, Xserves and PowerBook G4s for £28.20 (including VAT). A similar offer launched in the US on October 11. The US offer expires December 31; the UK offer ends January 6, 2003.
OSXvnc 1.0 is a VNC server for Mac OS X that allows users to view and control their computer using the VNC protocol. It now handles Pasteboard events and multiple connections correctly, stores settings in preferences and allows Autostart server on launch. [151 KB] Iomega Automatic Backup is a $40 tool that backs up files according to user settings. Features include backround burning, multiple folder selections and the ability to save copies of files on network volumes. [5.2 MB] Jotz 1.0.75 is an update to the $18 notepad alternative for Mac OS X. The minor release fixes bugs and updates features. [490 KB] Marcadesign has released Bella X 1.5.9, a free application for Mac OS X that deciphers Ciboulette 1.0 & 1.5 encrypted files. [1.6 MB] Gorilla 1.2 is a suite of tools that assist in making a film from Preproduction through Post Production. New features include complete cross-platform compatibility, improved Crew Wizard and the ability to add Fringe Categories in the Budget module.
Revolution 2.0, the multi-platform development tool for Mac OS 9 & X, is slated to ship in November. The release will add a Jaguar-friendly user interface, improved built-in documentation, spreadsheet fields, support for XML, Unicode, database access, multimedia, and more. Pricing starts at $300 for Small Business Developer Edition, $100 for a student edition and $25 per user for K-12 lab pack (minimum pack size of 10).
MacNN reader Bob Stobener has noted that Paul McCartney made a reference to Apple in a locally taped radio interview. "[I] just heard that Apple Mac users won't be able to access this [DVD] because the technology is different for the Mac. So, I got onto our guys and said 'Get on the phone. Start making inquires.' What's happened is they just sorted it so that Apple Mac will be able to do it. So we're like advancing Mac technology... there's something that an Apple Mac couldn't do, but now they can because of our DVD." An MP3 of the interview is available.
Apple is planning on selling its iPod digital music player at Target stores nationwide, according to c|net. "...several Target stores confirmed that they had the devices--both the Mac and the Windows varieties--on hand." In September, Apple announced a similar plan with electronics retailer Best Buy.
Aspyr today announced it will publish Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 for the Macintosh (with conversion being done by Beenox): "Skate as the legendary Tony Hawk or one of 12 other pro skaters on 8 massive living levels that are amazingly realistic with intelligent traffic that can be avoided or skated. Now with more tricks than ever, including the revert andflatland tricks like the handstand manual, you can show off using the enhanced Create-A-Skater feature, and Skatepark Editor." The $40 title, available for pre-order, will run under both Mac OS 9 and OS X; the ship date has not been announced.
The $20 shareware iKeeper 1.5b1 allows users to you to conveniently enter, view, or modify internet and product information and quickly search through the records to find important information. It runs on both Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. [909KB] Coffee Break Pro 2.0 is a shareware application ($20) designed to prevent (or improve) repetitive stress injuries: "It does this by making the user take periodic breaks. It also provides some basic user activity data, such as key presses or mouse clicks per second." [Classic, OSX] Seagull Video Player 2.2.2 is an update to the application ($20) for easily creating video playlists and playing them full screen on your computer. A 30-day demo is available. [Classic, OSX] 10end Software's Customer Tracker 2.7.2 is an invoicing and customer database application that can be used to store and track jobs done for customers, print or email invoices, work logs, envelopes, labels and more. It is $35 for new registrations and $20 for upgrades from v1.0. [Classic, OSX] Kanzu Utilities has released IMAGEInfo for RB 1.0, a $25 REALBasic class for retrieving information about images: "Because it does not need to open entire images, it returns the info very quickly." [483KB]
Solutions Etcetera yesterday announced the availability of SuperCard 4.0, the Hypercard-like development environment: "This new version not only breaks the 32 kilobyte limits for text fields AND scripts, it also provides support for virtually every available interface item for both Mac OS X and Classic OS environments, allowing you to create a single project/standalone application that is completely compatible running in both environments with either the Aqua or Platinum themes." The Standard Edition ($180) includes SuperCard and the Runtime Editor environment, Standalone Maker, and the SuperCard Player, while the Developer Edition ($280) also includes SuperEdit, the ability to secure the scripts of commercially distributed applications, the SuperCard Internals Toolbox external development environment, and additional external code resources with full source code. A $30 discount is available to HyperCard users or previously registered SuperCard owners.
Native Instruments is now shipping Reaktor Electronic Instruments Vol 1, a new set of new instruments for its Reaktor 3 sound design studio application. It features "seven versatile instruments designed to inject creativity and freshness into techno, industrial, drum and bass, electro, IDM, and electronic productions. Three powerful synthesizers, three unique effects, and a drum machine are packed with presets and ready to resonate." It is $70.
The 3DO Company today announced Heroes of Might and Magic IV for the Macintosh. The game expected to ship this fall, offers "the best in fantasy gaming with breathtaking graphics and an all-new magical skill system. In this fourth chapter of the Heroes series, Emilia Nighthaven must battle the evil immortal King Gavin Magnus and his horde of Dragon Golems. Featuring six campaigns, Emilia matches wits with Magnus for control of all of Axeoth, encountering over 60 new creatures, five schools of magic, six town types, and more than 180 artifacts." It features a new engine with multiple screen support, six massive campaigns and dozens of stand-alone scenarios, campaign editor that features a map maker and enables terraib deformation, and online play in which players can battle with up to six different players via the Internet. The first 250 pre-orders ($50) include a a free Heroes IV T-shirt.
Rainjul has released Aizai 1.1, an update to its $30 application that allows users to view, create and distribute digital photos, movies, music, web pages, documents and folders via virtual television channels. Version 1.1 of the OS X application includes improved multimedia playback, full-screen viewing options, streaming media support, traffic auditing for broadcasters and a more refined interface. [3.3MB] PiXL 1.0 is a $100 FileMaker Pro 6 solution for building and maintaining image archives. [2.2MB] Deep Sky's Serial ToolKit X v1.0.0 is a serial port management plugin for 4th Dimension that contains commands to completely manage local serial ports, including open connections, closing connections, port configuration, send and receiving data, and retrieving serial port parameter and configuration infomations. A one-year license (with 50 deployments) is $100. [144KB] Ranchero software's TigerLaunch 1.0 is an open-source application launcher that displays a menu with an alphabetical listing all your applications. It also offers options to exclude applications from from the Dock menu. [130KB] Make Mine MPEG-4 v3.5.1 is an AppleScript applet that automates the process of importing CD Tracks and encoding them as MPEG-4 files using QuickTime 6 Pro. The tracks are then added to your iTunes Library. It requires iTunes 3, QuickTime 6 Pro, and Mac OS X 10.2 or better. [114KB]
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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