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pop-pop 1.0.2 corrects a number of bugs, adds Rendezvous support, and offers two-player local gaming. pop-pop is a $25 arcade-style video game for Mac OS 9/X. [Download - 14.5MB] stupidFish programming has updated its Cocoa IP monitoring utility, shadowIP, to version 2.0.1. This release fixes some "small interface bugs," adds the ability to copy a selected IP address from the status bar to the clipboard, and adds a French localization. A single-user shadowIP license is $8; a group license is $15. [Download - 682KB] Alexander Wilson Studios today released AudioBookMaker, a Mac OS X utility that converts text files to audio files using the operating sysytem's built-in text-to-speech technology. Registration for the shareware program is $1.35. [Download - 647KB] Christmas Avalanche from Dracosoft is an "extremely addictive" arcade/puzzle game. It is a Christmas-specific adaptation of the developer's popular 'Avalanche' game. Game-play is simple, but highly enertaining, explains the developer: "as the Avalanche rapidly approaches, you must destroy it as quickly as possible." This edition costs $7, but is free to current Avalanche owners. [Download - Classic, OS X]
Terra Consultants, with the support of Apple Canada, will host the second annual Atlantic Canadian Mac Gaming Extravaganza in Halifax, Nova Scotia. It will be held in downtown Halifax, located at the North Arch of the Brewery Market. Admission is free; refreshments will be served.
Amazon is offering a free Palm Zire when you purchase a Mac from Amazon.com: "Just add both the Zire and a new Apple computer to your Shopping Cart (do not use 1-Click), then enter 'APPLEPALMPDA' on the payment page when you check out. The price of the Palm Zire will be automatically deducted from your order." The offer expires December 8th, 2002.
DragThing 4.5.2 is a maintenance release to the popular ($25) dock application which fixes some problems with the drawers and the Desktop Trash, but it also adds Dutch language support to all versions, and items are now deleted from docks with an accompanying puff of smoke. It is a free upgrade to v4 owners and competitive upgrades are also available from other utilities for $20. [1.4MB] Animals 1.2 is an educational game that offers a "hands-on alternative to the usual [reading] methods helps children start much earlier and gain proficiency faster." It has 3 levels with support for English, French, German and Spanish and is Illustrated with hundreds of photographs of animals, plants, toys, tools, etc. It is $30 and available for Mac OS 7/8/9 and Classic (under Mac OS X). A free demo is available. [2.7MB] Trinfinity Software has released a new Professional Edition of Seagull Video Player, its application for creating video playlists and full-screen playback of video. The Pro edition adds multiple playlists and sorting functions as well as the ability to output to QuickTime Video Output Components such as digital video cameras, monitors, etc. It is $90. Version 2.3 of the standard edition ($20) also adds an option to use a fade transition between videos and includes an improved "Scan Folder For Videos" dialog. [Classic, OSX] Warlord Software today released Tresor 2.1, its file and folder encryption software, which uses IDEA, a powerful 128-bit encryption algorithm. The €25 utility offers compression and encryption in a single pass, without any interim files as well as filter functions, which allow you to automate complex encryption tasks. [Classic, OSX]
Aspyr today announced it will publish a Mac version of The Sims Unleashed with conversion being done by Westlake Interactive: "As fans of The Sims know, there has always been something missing from their virtual neighborhoods... pets. Now, you can add furry friends to their Sims' families. With forty all-new expanded neighborhoods featuring parks, pet stores, cafes and markets the Sims and their new pets will have a variety of places to sniff, explore and meet their new neighbors." It will be available for both Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. The title, now in (internal) beta testing, will ship in December for $30.
SquidCam 1.4 adds a new feature called "Frag Video" which allows lower end connections (ie, modems, ISDN, etc.) to send and receive better framerates. The audio/video conferencing application also improves framerates on broadband connections (up to 60fps) and greatly reduces CPU and RAM usage. The $25 application features audio and video connectivity, as well as text messaging and an answering machine. [552KB] MAKI Enterprise has released a new personal edition of its parental control program KidsServer Personal Edition (PE) for Mac OSX. It offers more than 10 different Internet browsing filters, filtered Web searches, restricted movie playing, controlled downloads, system log and user access logs, and an auto-updating database. It is $40 per year and works on a single computer. (Kids Server 1.1, which works on an entire network of connected computers, offers better performance, manual data updates, CPU task control, and other new features.) [KSPE, KS]] Square Box today released CatDV Pro 3.0.2, a free update to its $275 video logging and media asset cataloging application featuring both bug fixes and improved integration with other applications via drag and drop. It is available for both Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. [1.2MB] Insider Software's FontAgent Pro 1.0.2 offers font management and repair functions for Mac OS X. The update automatically creates sets from added font folders, has a new uninstaller, and has other enhancements. Upgrades to the $100 application are $50 for registered FontAgent 8 customers. [929KB]
ADS is shipping its real-time DVD video capture device, USB Instant DVD for Mac, offering the ability to record home movies in full resolution DVD-quality video. The external USB 1.1 device enables users to transfer videos to their Mac from any analog or S-VHS source such as VHS tapes, camcorders, or DVD players. It utilizes hardware-based MPEG-2 compression for full 720 X 480 NTSC (720 X 576 PAL) resolution and stereo sound. The $400 device includes all necessary audio/video Cables, a 6-foot USB cable, power supply, and Pixela PixeDV Video Editing, CaptyDVD authoring software, and Button Builder software.
Ableton today announced LIVE Delta, a special version of its sequencing instrument for Mac OS 9, Mac OS X, and Windows. The special entry-level version is offers with M-Audio's Delta Audio cards as part of the company's Maximum Audio Tools bundle. The Delta line includes the products such as the Delta Audiophile 2496 and the Delta 1010. Users can upgrade LIVE Delta to the full version of LIVE 2 if they wish to take advantage of LIVE's more advanced features such as Rewire support and MIDI sync.
Apple has posted the iMac SuperDrive Firmware Update 1.0 for Mac OS 9, which installs new firmware on the SuperDrive which addresses an incompatibility with 4x DVD-R and 2x DVD-RW media. It also enables users to eject audio CDs that are copy-protected or have mastering errors. It is required only for iMac models with 15" flat panel displays and an internal SuperDrive. (Updates for other Apple SuperDrives are also available online.) [1.5MB] Apple also posted the Power Mac G4 Firmware Update 4.4.8, which it released yesterday evening via the Software Update funciton. The update improves fan control behavior and reduces high speed fan cycling when running in Mac OS 9 and will only run on "Power Mac G4 computers with Mirrored Drive Doors." [1.2MB]
Mozilla.org has posted Mozilla 1.2, a new release of the open-source browser project with several new features. Type Ahead Find (for quickly locating previous URLs), better toolbar customization, better keyboard access, restored Java compatibility under Mac OS X 10.2, and the ability to launch the browser with a group of bookmarks as your start page. [Classic, OSX]
FWB Software is now shipping Partition Toolkit 1.0, a $25 drive utility for creating, deleting, and easily modifying drive partitions on-the-fly without "the need to move your data to a temporary storage." The four formats supported by Partition Toolkit include HFS (Mac OS Standard File System), HFS+ (Mac OS Extended File System), MS-DOS, and LinuxPPC. It is available for $20 for a limited time.
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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