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Educators in Canada are now being included in Apple's “X for Teachers” program, which gives a free copy of Mac OS X version 10.2 to "every" K-12 teacher. Apple initially announced the program for U.S teachers two weeks ago, as noted by MacNN.
NewTek today announced that its Next Dimension Training Tour will stop in six additional cities -- Raleigh, NC, Jacksonville, FL, Houston, TX, Denver CO, San Antonio TX, and Tampa FL -- between November 2, 2002 to February 9, 2003. The series of two-day training seminars on 3D animation, visual effects and graphic design -- which cost a total of $200 per person -- will cover both basic and advanced techniques for modeling, character animation, motion graphics, and much more.
Linux software provider Codeweavers has released a program ($55) that enables the Microsoft Office suite of applications to run under Linux on x86 without paying for a Windows license; although it previously boasted that its specialized version of the VisorPhone would be upgradable to its new always-on data network, Sprint now says that plans have changed; researchers in Britain and the United States "shook hands" yesterday via the Internet, aided by devices called phantoms, which recreate the sense of touch by transmitting electrical impulses.
mail.it 2 is an email plug-in for FileMaker Pro that allows users of the database suite to send, receive and manage email using a FileMaker Pro database. The latest version introduces Mac OS X support. A mail.it single-user license costs $60; upgrade pricing from version 1.x is "significantly" lower than the new user price; users who purchased 1.x after September 1st will receive a free upgrade.
Red Rock Software and SPSS have partnered to bring a data charting program to Mac OS X that has both "brains and looks." Red Rock will be responsible for porting DeltaGraph 5.0 -- which features hundreds of chart styles, 2-D and 3-D graphics, an "advisor" and a document manger -- to Mac OS X. A tentative release schedule of Q1 2003 has been specified.
DC Website Creator 1.5.1 fixes bugs in the Web page-generation program that utilizes Graphic Converter to create image galleries. Website Creator works with both Mac OS 9 and OS X. [2.4MB] Softobe has updated FoldersSynchronizer for Mac OS X to address several bugs, and add new features. Version 3.0.1 has been recompiled to run more smoothly under Mac OS X 10.2, can now copy files larger than 1GB, and is more reliable when setting file attributes. [550KB] Multiple Slideshows 0.5b by Stanton Software allows .Mac users to publish more than one slideshow to an iDisk. "The ability to do this is there because of the way Apple built the configuration files, all I have done is provided a way to edit other parts of the files," explains developer Craig Stanton. [300KB]
Several peripheral manufactures today introduced new Macintosh-compatible products: Delkin Devices has introduced a handful of new eFilm PRO cards, which are billed as some of the fastest CompactFlash memory cards currently on the market (configurations range from $100 for 128MB to $600 for 640MB); Hitachi has unveiled a new 20.1-inch LCD display that offers a native resolution of 1600 x 1200 pixels, and will be available in early November for $1500; Googie has introduced the stylish new 'SmartLap' laptop elevation unit that allows laptop users to benefit from a more ergonomic working position when using a laptop computer on a desk.
Aspyr is now shipping the Macintosh version of Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon. The much-awaited game ($50) features both single- and multi-player modes.
Dell Computer will be carrying the Windows version of Apple's iPod, according to c|net. "Yep, Dell is reselling iPods," Apple said in a statement, "We are delighted to offer our 5GB, 10GB and 20GB iPods for Windows through Dell's direct retail channel. iPod has been a big success to date, and we would like to make it even bigger."
Epson has announced two new all-in-one devices that contain printer, scanner and color copier functionality. The CX3200 ($149) offers resolution of up to 5760x720 dots per inch (dpi), print speeds of up to 14 pages per minute (ppm) in black and up to 10 ppm in color, features a 600x1200 dpi optical resolution for scanning, and produces color copies or black text copies as fast as 10 ppm. The CX5200 ($199) offers resolution of up to 5760x1440 dpi, print speeds of up to 22 ppm in black and up to 11 ppm in color, features a 1200x2400 dpi optical resolution for scanning, and produces high-resolution color copies or up to 15 black text cpm.
As we previously noted, Apple has officially announced that Target will carry its iPod digital music player. All 1,148 Target stores will offer the 10GB iPod for both Mac and Windows. “We’re thrilled that Target will significantly expand the availability of Apple’s award-winning iPod to even more customers,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s executive vice president of Worldwide Sales and Operations, “Apple has placed an operable iPod on display in each of Target’s 1,148 stores, so every Target customer can use and listen to an iPod before they buy.”
Liquid Ledger 1.1b1 is a $40 Cocoa-based personal finance application for Mac OS X. The update adds new features for tracking and summarising financial activity, improves workflow with a more customisable user interface, improves stability under Mac OS X 10.2, and improves performance when working with large documents. [519KB] EndNote 6.01 assists users in creating bibliographies and manuscripts by organizing images with text and providing built-in templates for Microsoft Word. The latest version of the $240 application brings Mac OS X 10.2 compatibility. Aladdin has updated its 'StuffIt' file compression utility. StuffIt Standard Edition 7.0.1 fixes compatibility issues with Mac OS X 10.2, and causes StuffIt Expander, DropStuff, DropZip, and DropTar to no longer be available as single product downloads. [12.2MB] PDF Browser Plugin 0.3 is a free tool that allows users to display and print PDF documents through a Web browser. [69KB] Unsanity has updated its 'haxie' for Mac OS X that removes bouncing application alerts from the Dock, Dock Detox 1.1. The update has been converted to Unsanity's Application Enhancer format, and includes improved Mac OS X 10.2 compatibility. [555KB]
Gracion Software has posted a public beta version of DigiTunnel 1.1b for Jaguar (Mac OS X 10.2), which has a new status/control menu to connect without opening a separate program, multiple configurations, and a unique split-routing feature that lets you connect directly to all Internet sites even while on the VPN. It is compatible with Windows 2000 and WatchGuard Firebox VPN servers. [2.0MB] Dantz has posted its Retrospect Driver Update 3.1, a plug-in extension for Retrospect 5.0 or Retrospect Express 5.0 that updates it to support new drives, fix bugs, and work around problems. [490KB] HenWen 1.3 is a network security package for Mac OS X that makes it easy to configure and run Snort, a free Network Intrusion Detection System (NIDS): "[Its] goal is to simplify setting up and maintaining software that will scan network traffic for undesirable traffic a firewall may not block. Everything you need to have is bundled in; there is no compiling or command line use necessary." [1.2MB] Tex-Edit Plus 4.3.1 ($15) is scriptable, styled text editor that fills the gap between Apple's bare-bones SimpleText and a full-featured word processor. It fixes the help function under Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar, offers Mac ASCII sorting, has better sorting, includes a larger AppleScript dictionary, and other enhancements. [2.3MB]
Byte.com's Moshe Bar compares the performance of SuSE PowerPC Linux and Mac OS X running on Apple's Xserve: "From these results one can assume the VM and network stack of Linux to be superior to OS X. It could also be that the page reclaiming algorithm is simply smarter in Linux than in OS X....The Xserve's floating point performance is superior to many other solutions out there, and that alone makes it an excellent choice for clustering environments. But if all you are looking for is a server for your standard Internet or Intranet applications, then I see a problem in justifying the high price tag of the Xserve ($4000 for the configuration used in this test) for something that you can do faster, easier and cheaper on one of the many different products in the IA32 space."
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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