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Architosh reports that Informatix Software International is producing a Macintosh version of Piranesi due to popular demand. The Macintosh version is expected to be announced in the Summer or Autumn of 2003. Presumably, it will be available for Mac OS X and Mac OS 9, but sources have not specified what platforms will be supported. Piranesi is unique 3D rendering software that can be used in conjunction with many different 3D model file types.
IOXperts, has released version 1.0.6 of its $20 universal FireWire WebCam driver, which supports a wide array of low-cost cameras, including the ADS PYRO WebCam, Unibrain Fire-i, Orange Micro iBOT, iRez StealthFire, and others. This version offers full compatibility with QuickTime 6.0.2 and 6.1 and addresses a conflict with the Apple driver built into Mac OS X 10.2. The company soon expects to release an "industrial strength" Mac OS X camera driver that will support the advanced features of high-end digital cameras used in factories and research labs.
American Power Conversion today issued a voluntary recall of two models in its Back-UPS CS uninterruptible power supply (UPS) line, due to potential safety issues that may result in overheating. APC has received eight reports worldwide of units overheating resulting in the melting of the unit's outer casing, six of which occurred in the United States. The total number of affected devices being recalled worldwide is approximately 2.1 million with approximately 900,000 devices recalled in the United States.
Apple will open a new retail store in Highland Park, Texas next Saturday, according to the company's Web site. The store is located at 3101 Knox Street, and will be open at 10:00 a.m. on January 25.
Emagic today unveiled Logic 6, a new version of its digital audio and MIDI production software. The update will be available in February for Mac OS 9/X, and will include "a new level of processor efficiency and extensive enhancements." New features include: CPU resource management, grouping of Mixer objects, DV movie playback via FireWire, a Setup Assistant, enhanced import/export functionality, and expanded control surface support.
Chicago Tribune writer Tom Moon explains in an editorial posted today his gradual appreciation for Apple's iPod. "Something radical happens when you disengage from physical discs and tapes, when you collapse the distance separating 'rock,' 'jazz' and 'world' in the record stores and view the collection as an ocean of possibility," he says.
Formac today released a software update to enable its devideon superdrive to be compatible with high-speed DVD media. The Formac-developed software allows the use of 4x media for DVD-R and 2x for DVD-RW. Formac devideon superdrive is the world's "only" external DVD drive that is shipped with a DVD authoring software. [Download 2.1MB] BK Task Timer 2.0.5 is a maintenance update to the $100 time management solution form BKeeney Software, which helps users keep track the amount of time of the time spent on projects and the tasks associated with those projects. Version 2.0.5 offers better data integrity under Mac OS 9, displays the elapsed time in the OS X Dock, improves MySQL compatibility MySQL compatibility, and adds ability to reset window locations. [Download Classic, OS X] Intelli Innovations has released Barcode Automator 1.1.1, a functionality update to its bulk barcode generation software. This revision adds: a Code 39 Control Character, expanded factor and truncation settings, and an ISBN Assistant. [Download 1.1MB] Bobby Cronkhite Software has released version 1.1.5 of ZeboPhoto, its popular image viewer/editor. The update adds new Slide Show settings, a minimize toggle button for the Slide Show Controls window, and a reworked Print Layout window. ZeboPhoto is a utility for viewing and editing images conveniently. "Images are displayed without borders or enclosing windows, so as to give them a clean look on the screen," explains the developer. [Download Classic, OS X] EuroTable 2.0b2 address a bug introduced with the first beta release of the version. EuroTable is a Mac OS 9/X application for easily converting between old Euro-Zone currencies and in other most common currencies. It also automatically calculates Value Added Tax (VAT). [Download Classic, OS X]
CompuCable is now shipping FireCABLE, a unique FireWire accessory that provides DC electric power to any device that would usually require a powered FireWire controller. FireCABLE is ideal for users of CardBus/PCMCIA controllers, or i.LINK ports. It is also a suitable companion for the Windows iPod, and older PowerBooks.
Investment firm UBS Warburg has reiterated its "buy" rating on shares of Apple Computer Inc., after yesterday's second consecutive quarterly loss. Warburg's reasoning for the recommendation was the company's steady increase in revenues and growing International share of sales mix.
While USB Warburg reiterates its "buy" rating for AAPL, another firm - Needham - has downgraded the stock to Hold from Buy, saying it's unlikely that AAPL will outperform until growth returns in the Dec qtr, even if the co can gain mkt share; cuts FY03 est to $0.22 from $0.40.
Sibelius Software Ltd. developer of music notation software has announced a new guitar tablature program dubbed G7. "Developed to provide an exciting new way for guitarists and songwriters to produce and convert guitar tablature, G7 delivers unparalleled ease-of-use and product features never available before in tab software, and is designed for use with PC or Mac platforms (including Mac OS X)." G7 retails for $149 US and will be widely available in Q1 2003.
Keyspan has begun shipping its 7-Way Media Reader (MSRP $49) and USB BlueTooth Adapter (MSRP $59). †Keyspan's 7-Way Media Reader allows any USB-equipped PC to read and write various memory cards. The reader supports all major types of digital media including: Compact Flash I and II, MicroDrive, SmartMedia, MemoryStick, SD, and MultiMedia Card (MMC). The USB BlueTooth Adapter enables wireless connectivity with BlueTooth enabled devices within a 50-ft. range. The adapter complies with both BlueTooth 1.1 and USB 1.1 industry standards. ††
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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