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Smith Micro has announced its QuickLink Mobile data connectivity product for Mac OS X. QuickLink Mobile allows users to utilize their built-in USB port to instantly connect to the Internet via their cell phone. The installer automatically detects the mobile phone, carrier and sets up your account and the $60 package includes USB data cable (for select Audiovox, Ericson, LG, and Motoroala phones). It features a "digital dashboard" to connect, check cell phone battery and signal strength.
GameHouse today announced Super Collapse! II, the sequel to its award-winning online puzzle game. Super Collapse! II offers three completely new ways to play, in addition to the traditional mode. "We've stuck to the basic, simple concept of the original Super Collapse!, but now it offers a greater variety of challenges and rewards," says Garr Godfrey, president of GameHouse." Super Collapse! is priced at $25; an online trial is available.
Jasmine 1.5.4 is a professional multi-track audio editing and mixing application now available for Mac OS X. The $30 application features a moving "tape" display and graphical fader indicator, the ability to play/record/overdub multitrack audio, sophisticated dynamics processing (AGC), and import of multiple audio file types as well as the ability to record from various input devices (including CD audio). [Classic, OSX] SmoothPrint 1.0 is an application that allows you to arrange digital photos on any size paper via drag and drop. Users can also add text, boxes, lines, arrows, and custom color borders as well as rotate and print the photos. The $13 shareware is available for Mac OS 8/9/X. Version 1.1 with variable print resolution (for Mac OS 8/9) requires QuickTime 6. [Classic, OSX] Bruno Blondeau's iOrganize 4.4 is an update to his $20 application to store and organize notes, ideas, text extracts and web links. It features a new preference dialog, much improved export and import commands, and a new function to print an entire notepad category. It is for Mac OS X only. [1.7MB] LAJ Design today updated its cross-platform application that creates online web-based stores that use shopping cart technology. eOrdering Complete 1.7 adds a new process fee option, billing and shipping captions, form verification, improved templates, and other bug fixes. A demo of the $65 application is available online. [Classic, OSX]
Apple has extended its 100 Free Kodak prints promotion -- which was originally scheduled to end today -- to the 28th of February, according to an Apple representative (although the online Webpage has not been updated). The offer gives 100 free 4x6 Kodak prints to new subscribers using the iPhoto print service.
Larry Blasko of the Associated Press has awarded Apple with the 'Designed Like A Picasso And Priced Accordingly' honor, for the design of its iMac computer. Meanwhile, Mr. Blasko gives the 'Anything, So Long As It Sells' "award" to PC and video console game developers, for drenching "each adventure in gore, rape and mayhem." Blasko also hands out a number of other awards, including the less-than-flattering "Work In Progress" award for Windows XP.
Jason Suitts has released a preview version of Playalong, a companion to iTunes that displays album cover art and rating information in a floating window. This free tool matches ID3 tags with Amazon's Popular Music catalog. [84KB] GeekTool 1.0 is a Preference module for Mac OS X 10.2: "Once installed, you can then show log files or even unix commands output on your desktop with a nice transparent background." [223KB] GTK+OSX has released a native Mac Aqua port of the Linux-based GTK+ open source graphical user interface library. GTK+ 0.1, an alpha release fo developers, (GIMP Toolkit), is a popular widget library supporting graphical applications for Linux: "It is based on the abandoned mac-gtk project, a Mac OS 9 effort that has laid dormant since 2000. Unlike the GTK-Quartz attempt, GTK+OSX is Carbon-based and does not use Objective C." [927KB] Braided Matrix has released 4th Quarter 7.1, an update to its 4D-based accounting solution for mid-sized businesses, adding support for Canadian Value Added Tax (VAT) systems, to be used in conjunction with 4Q's extensive multiple currency system. It also extends inventory management to multiple warehouses. 4Q provides a comprehensive system in which businesses can modify their operations without having to revise their accounting system. Emagic's Audiowerk 8 and Audiowerk 2 now run in Mac OS X 10.2 using a new Core Audio driver, which allows these two PCI-recording cards to operate at a minimum latency of 1.5 ms. The EMI Driver Version 2.1 requires Mac OS X 10.2.2. [851KB] Checkbook 1.03 is an update to the Mac OS X-only account management application. It features a single-window interface, color-coded transactions, sorting, searches, password-protection, and both auto-save and printing functions. It is $10. [542KB]
iStumbler 0.5b adds a graph view of 'signal to noise' for the selected network and an updated interface to the Mac OS X utility for finding local wireless networks and services. "iStumbler combines a compact Aqua user interface advanced wireless scanning and reporting." [Download - 109KB] Optigold ISP 3.1.5 for Mac OS X is a maintenance update to the free cross-platform business software package for running all aspects of an Internet service provider. Version 3.1.5 adds the abillity for slave account customers to add domains through the customer Web interface. Additionally, the company email manager supports 'admin' and 'sales' email types. [Download form] Sci-Fi Hi-Fi has released version 1.1.1 of PodWorks ($6), the "only" iPod song copying utility that is capable of displaying song meta data by extracting it directly from the iPod's internal database. Version 1.1.1 fixes minor bugs introduced with the 1.1 revision, in addition to introducing a slight reworking of the drag-and-drop song copying functionality to make it more compliant with Apple's Human Interface Guidelines. [Download - 242KB] MultiSpec v021224 is a minor update to the collaboratively-developed processing system for interactively analyzing Earth observational multispectral image data such as that produced by the Landsat series of Earth satellites and hyperspectral image data from current and future airborne and spaceborne systems such as AVIRIS. [Download - Classic, OS X, 68K] GyazMail 0.9.8.1 adds automatic address completion, fixes search issues, has new dock features (icon notification and contextual menus) and other bug fixes to the free e-mail client for Mac OS X with support for multiple accounts, custom keyboard commands, MIME support, integration with the Address Book (Mac OS X 10.2), and other features. [Download - 1.3MB] Buena Software's Dissolve Factory is a powerful $40 tool for creating dissolve transitions for Final Cut Pro and Adobe After Effects. "It can simulate subtle effects like a film dissolve or create never-before-seen dissolves, like a saturation dissolve." A $10 discount is offered through mid-January. [Download - FCP, AE] ExecutiveSync ($20) is a file synchronization utility for Mac OS X. It uses the TAS (Time And State) synchronization technique, which employs true CRC32 bit checksums to guarantee accuracy, offers file archiving for backup purposes, and logging. [Download - 1.6MB] Yamaha has posted 1.0f firmware updaters for its CRW-F1 44x/24x/44x CD-RW drive, offering support for switching the maximum rotation speed in reading Audio CD between 8700 rpm and 4700 rpm, more support for 44x+ CD-R discs, and support for CMC Ultra Speed CD-RW disc (24x). SCSI, FireWire, and USB versions are available for both Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X.
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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