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Apple has filed a lawsuit accusing hand-held scanner maker Unova of using computer-related technology protected by six patents without permission, according to Bloomberg: "Unova's Intermec unit is using the patented technology in software and scanners that are hand-held or mounted on vehicles and used by delivery people or warehouse workers, Apple claims. The suit seeks to bar Unova and Intermec from selling machines and software that rely on Apple's innovations, including those related to data transmission and the voltage on circuit boards. "Apple's suit is the latest chapter in a fight over technology between the two companies as Unova sued Apple and other computer makers last May, claiming infringement of a patented invention to monitor use and recharging of portable computer batteries. Unova has collected at least $150 million in legal settlements from laptop makers over the 'smart battery' patent."
Apple Knowledge Base notes: To force-quit applications that do not appear in the Dock, special steps must be followed; Apple Remote Desktop (ARD) includes a feature that allows you to "lock" the screens of client computers, this feature can be cutomized by the adminsitrator; it is possible to disable HTML rendering of images or embedded objects in Mail.app; Apple has made available a set of PDF documents that contain instructions for installing replacement parts in the PowerBook G4 (12-inch) computer.
37signals -- an interface and usability analysis group -- has published a report that examines 25 popular e-commerce Web sites. The Apple Store finished in last place, while Lands' End and Petco finished first. The report, which costs $100 to view, evaluates how retailers handle misspellings, synonyms, hyphenation, plurals, and other real-world search query variables.
Jeremy Johnson has posted photos from the grand opening of Apple's Dallas, Texas retail store. A MacNN reader notes that Apple is apparently planning the launch of a Portland, Oregon store, as indicated by Apple's employment Web site.
Script Software's CopyPaste X 1.5.2 is an update to the popular clipboard enhancement utility for Mac OS X. CopyPaste offers contextual menu and dock access to up to 10 saved clipboards, instant application of text filters, import/export of many text file types, and many other productivity features. Version 1.5.2 adds new tools to the contextual menu and the dock menu, including E-mail Comment, E-mail Uncomment, URL Extractor, and Eddress Extractor. [2.3MB] GoogleSynth is an experimental application for texture image synthesis. It attempts to recreate a "target" image using the textures present in an "input" image using random searches of the Google Image Search. [304KB] Webbingtec's HtmlMap Maker 2.1 is a $15 web authoring utility allows you to create image maps without writing code. Version 2.1 adds enhanced cursor display, HTML output case option, and French and German localization. [404KB] Norbert Doerner has released CDFinder 4.02, a maintenance update to his application for catalogging hard disks, CD-ROMs, DVDs, floppies, ZIPs and audio-CDs and the TAG info of MP3 files. The $25 shareware runs on Mac OS 8/9/X. [1.1MB] Econ Technologies has updated its webcam application, ImageCaster 1.04. It now includes "Frame Canvas" control, improved script execution and error reporting, enhanced FTP browse and upload options along with several bug fixes. Imagecaster offers the ability to capture video at multiple resolutions from multiple sources, rotate images, add time stamps overlays, and deliver webcam images to FTP servers as well as local hard disks and servers. A demo of the $20 utility for Mac OS X is available. [744KB] Time Track 1.2 has a new AutoTrack feature, which allows users to automatically track the time spent using almost any application. Other new features include background operation, automatic startup at login, AppleScript support, and new Control Strip Module (CSM). The $25 for tracking time spent on projects is bundled with Trinfinity's freeware calendar, QuicKalendar, which can be launched via a menu item or command key. [Classic, OSX] Thinkertons.com has released Jotz 1.2 dubbed as "the zero-learning-curve notepad for Mac OS-X." Version 1.2 adds database functionality by providing note-sorting by up to 8 different note attributes as well instant search display ("LIve Find"). The $18 shareware runs on Mac OS X only. [702KB]
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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