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Power Rip X v7.0 ($360) is a Mac OS X PostScript Level 3-compatible printer driver for Epson inkjet printers and iProof-X Direct Driver ($50) are non-PostScript Epson inkjet printer drivers. Both use the CUPS printing architecture and Mac OS X's printer sharing to support over 55 Epson color inkjet printers, offering automatic color profile selection at print time. iProof-X contains ICC color profiles for each paper type and resolution and also ships with custom PPD's for all the Epson Ink Jet printers supported. Demos of each are available online.
Neon Software's Bandwidth Hog Update for NetMinder Ethernet 5.0 ($800) contains an updated Packet Interference plugin, which automatically discovers network problems and security risks ((port scans, DoS attempts, duplicate IP addresses, and worms and viruses) and notifies users via email, pager or SNMP trap. This update analyzes network data to detect transfers of audio/video files to help administrators enforce bandwidth policies. [54KB] David Watanabe has updated his client for the gnutella peer-to-peer file sharing network. Acquisition 0.72, built using Cocoa for Mac OS X 10.2, features, among other things, pervasive contextual menu support, improved filtering, and a powerful new ability to tag search keywords (by prefixing) as necessary ('+') or unwanted ('-'). The shareware is $15. [1.4MB] iStumbler 0.6b is a utility for finding local wireless networks and services. It combines a compact Aqua UI with advanced wireless scanning and reporting. This release adds an info view for editing the latitude, longitude and info for each access-point as well as the ability to save and open log files. iStumbler is available under a BSD-style open-source license. [188KB] stupidFish has updated its Cocoa clipboard enhancer. shadowClipboard beta 2 brings an unlimited number of clipboards for Mac OS X. The new release features automatic hiding when in background, window resizability and alpha settings, an aqua-look option, automatic start, pasteboard-type filtering restrictions, cliboard storage slots for saving certain clipboards, and an advanced interface. [135KB] ThetaKent has released an updated MuseP3 0.3b, a frontend for the LAME MP3 encoder. It adds batch encoding, multiple selection/deletion, an option to encode using LAME's presets added, and other enhancements. The freeware requires Mac OS X 10.2. [472KB]
Apple's new School Night at the Apple Store program is designed for K-12 schools to "celebrate achievement" for one night a local Apple Store. The special event nights, which will begin in February (Tuesday and Wednesdays), are designed to showcase work both students and teachers are creating using Apple technology. To help raise money, Apple will offer $50 off any Mac purchased as well as a $50 credit for the school to use against future product purchases and will also provide invitations, posters, and other materials to help market the event.
Tech news: Microsoft's new digital rights software is designed to prevent unauthorized copying of CDs by creating special copy-controlled CDs with multiple layers of songs; A New York court has ruled that Network Associates may not require people who buy the software to get permission from the company before publishing reviews of its products and that the company could be penalized millions of dollars for violating consumers free speech, according to The New York Times; and HP regained its position as the world's largest PC maker in the fourth quarter, while the industry overall saw shipments increases by 4 percent in the quarter and No. 5 Apple saw its U.S. market share rise from 2.9 percent to 3 percent in the fourth quarter.
Bery Rinaldo's MacMP3Gain 1.0 is an AppleScript Studio application which adds a GUI to the command line version of mp3gain, a utility that performs some statistical analysis to determine how loud the file actually sounds to the human ear and performs lossless volume normalization (i.e., adjust them so that they have the same volume) without re-encoding the file. It is free and runs on Mac OS X 10.2. [MacGUI, MacApp] Laurens van Klaveren writes: "After months of using my Oki 8im USB led-printer from Classic because the beta driver for Mac OS X proved itself to be totally unusable, I found an updated 1.0 driver today. dated 20/12/02, this new (non-beta) OKIPAGE 8im 1.0 driver works flawlessly with both my Power Mac G4 and PowerBook, running Mac OS X 10.2.3." An updated Classic version is also available: OKIPAGE 8im v2.1.1. [Classic, OSX] Xupport 1.2.3 provides a clean GUI to configure many Mac OS X "hidden" system options and includes several Unix command to optimize and secure your Mac and can also activate features that are disabled by default. Version 1.2.3 can now change the swap file location and corrects some keyboard shortcuts. A 20-run demo of the $20 utility is available. [693KB] The $30 shareware PopChar X 2.0.1 is a maintenance update to the Mac OS X sibling of PopChar Pro. It fixes a bug that could cause PopChar X to crash on some configurations. Version 2.0, released yesterday, features automatic font detection in some applications and new language localizations.
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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