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eScope 1.0 is a personal horoscope monitoring program for Mac OS X 10.2. It features a one-touch button for retrieving horoscope data from the internet, and the added ability to add each day's horoscope directly to iCal or have eScope eMail your daily horoscope automatically. [1.0MB] Morphon XML-Editor 3.0b4 is a validating XML editor that lets you easily create and modify XML documents. It offers improved handling of misplaced text, faster loading times for plugins, and many bug fixes. Pricing for version 2.x of the Java-based application is $150. DCIT announced it will unveil the latest version of its BusinessMind for Jewelers software suite at the JA International Jewelry. Version 3.0 offers improvements in installation and networking. BusinessMind for Jewelers, billed a as a scalable software solution for jewelers for deployment in large multi-location network environments or simple single station systems, is expected to ship in the first week of Febraury. It will be a free update to existing users who have an active support and upgrades subscription. RedleX has released Mellel 1.4.2, a minor update to its advanced word-processor for Mac OS X. The update includes support for import of vector graphics and hi-resolution images (including PDF), support for export.import encodings for Greek, Cyrillic and Central European languages, enhanced default view options, support for Greek and Cyrillic scripts, and more. It is $20. [2.0MB]
Willow Design has announced a new line of slipcases for the Titanium, 12" and 14" iBooks. The new slipcases are based on its previous line, but add more space for accessories: "To meet their needs, we've designed the new line to feature a slightly thicker front pocket for accessories and then added a flat rear pocket which can bellow out to add a couple of inches of space when needed." The slipcases also include an externally accessed keychain clip and a change or small accessory pocket in the lid. Pricing is $80 each. Slipcases for the new 12" and 17" Powerbooks are in production and should be available within the next couple of weeks.
c|net reports on the slew of Keynote problems users experiencing with the recently released presentation application, noting problems on older systems, printing glitches with translucent objects, and much larger-than-expected PDF files when exported. (See also Apple's Support Forums on Keynote.)
Lexmark today introduced its Lexmark X5150 AIO Print Center, an all-in-one (AIO) inkjet-based device. The X150 features high-end print, scan, PC-fax functions, and flatbed copy functions. It offers 4800x1200 dpi printing in black and color (on all paper types); 19 ppm black and 16 ppm color print speeds; up to 11 ppm color copying; 600x2400-dpi optical resolution and 48-bit true color/12-bit grayscale for flatbed scanning; and a software bundle with photo editing software, BVRP Fax Software, and Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software. It is available for $150 and supports Mac OS 9.2.2 and Mac OS 10.1.5.
Synergy Software is now shipping KaleidaGraph 3.6 for Macintosh, which brings Mac OS X support. The suite also adds new parametric tests (ANOVA, Student T-test), new nonparametric tests (Wilcoxon Signed Rank Test, Matched Pairs Test, etc.), and Post Hoc Tests (Tukey HSD, Bonferroni, Holm, and Dunnet). Other improvements include scroll-wheel support,support for high resolution PICT and TIFF files, improved text import, and an improved documentation and help system. Upgrades are $50, while the full version is $160 for a single-user license and $730 for a 5-user license.
A MacNN reader reports receipt of his 12" PowerBook G4: "Just unpacked my cool new 12" Tin G4. My LA dealer got directly from Apple. No Tech-Data, No Ingram yet. Basic unit 256/40G with NO extreme airport card. Not yet avail. Very pretty black box!! Comes with 10.2.3 Build 6H28 and Quickbooks 5 New User Ed CD (not Quicken) Netscape and Explorer installed but no Safari." Meanwhile, MacNN reader John Byrne has posted photos of the new PowerBook. Another reader provided some more info on the new PowerBook: [updated]
MacNN sources have confirmed the iLife delay reported yesterday. Apple resellers report that the digital hub suite has been put on "indefinite hold," and have been told to notify pre-order customers. However, it is still unknown whether iMovie 3 and iPhoto 2 will be released for download via the Internet as previously announced. (Apple's iLife Website still indicates a January 25th ship date, although orders from the Apple store are delayed by 5 days or more with some now indicating "on or before February 5, 2003".) Update: Sources indicate the iLife suite (and the iMovie 3 and iPhoto 2 downloads) will not be available until January 31st. (Apple did not return phone calls confirming the delay or new ship date, but recently updated its iLife Website with "available soon.")
JR Hill & Co has announced its new Screen Protectors for the new 12" and 17" Aluminum PowerBook G4s, which are available in both full grain leather or durable vinyl. The Screen Protector for the new 17" PowerBook G4 retails for $18 (leather) and $10 (vinyl), while the counterparts for the 12" PowerBook are $13 (leather) and $7 (vinyl). The Screen Protectors ship with a Lifetime Warranty and are available now.
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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