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The Internet worm that nearly cut off Web access in South Korea and shut down some U.S. bank teller machines doubled the number of computers it infected every 8.5 seconds in the first minute of its appearance; Microsoft is "warning" that the success of the open-source movement could hurt its sales, potentially forcing the software giant to cut prices and sacrifice both revenue and profits; Dell Computer says the time is right to stop including floppy disk drives as standard hardware on its consumer desktop computers.
Our special 12" PowerBook G4 and iMovie 3 coverage continues today. More owner comments about heat is included in the PowerBook report; further bug reports have been added to the iMovie 3 issue catalog.
Boris FX today announced Continuum Complete 2.0, a package of 110 filters for Adobe After Effects 5.5, Apple Final Cut Pro 3, Discreet combustion 2.1, and Boris RED. The package includes 16-bit processing, optical flow for high-quality footage retiming, 32 new filters including new texture generators, hundreds of user-customizable presets, filter-specific electronic help, and substantial revision of all existing filters to add new features and optimize render quality and speed. It is available now for $600 with upgrades starting at $200. It is a free upgrade for users who purchased after December 1, 2002.
USC's Daily Trojan reports on a potentially dangerous defective Apple power cords and a law student's efforts to have the power cords recalled because of saftey concers due to aberrent electrical discharges (sparks). The same problems were evidently echoed by other readers in Apple's Support Forums, but Apple refused to acknowledge the problem (or resolve the situation) and subsequently deleted the posts (as well as links to the online petition requesting a recall of defective power cords).
The Omni Group has released OmniGraffle 2.1.1, its Mac OS X diagramming and charting application. The update provides minor bug fixes. [13.2MB] Intelli Innovations has released an update to its $80 e-mail merge software for sending business and personal e-mail. IntelliMerge 3.1 adds Mac OS X 10.2 Address Book integration, improved batch unsubscribe, and improved Bounce Checker, and and SQL Dump and XML export improvements. [Classic, OSX] Scott Kevill's GameRanger 3.1.2 adds several new features to his online gaming service for Mac users, including automatic game detection, email address validation, automatic mute when chat view is collapsed, and fixes for several games. [182KB] MicroMat's Drive 10 v1.1.4 update is an update to its advanced disk utility for Mac OS X, offering both disk repair and data recovery functions as well as automatic, regular backups of important volume structure data. It addresses issues with Energy Saver, updates for French and Italian localization, and improved Volume Structure Rebuild/Repair routines. [3.5MB]
Digital Peripheral Solutions (DPS) today announced that it has purchased the assets and brand name of QPS Inc., the manufacture of computer hard drives, CD burners and DVD burners, as part of QPS's reorganization under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The new company will continue manufacturing its Que!-branded products and distribute them through the retail channel, provide customer and technical support, and introduce new products in the coming months. DPS specializes in external storage devices that include DVD, CD and hard drives for PCs, Macs, notebooks and other devices with a self-described mission to "deliver advanced, award-winning products complete with all appropriate software and cables."
Avondale Media today announced that Apple will be offering a 20% discount on the iLife suite to all attendees of the next iDay seminar, which takes place on Saturday, February 8 in Palo Alto, California. The Saturday's iDay 2003 will also feature a guest speaker: Joe Lambert, who will speak on the power of digital storytelling and on the capabilities that the Mac and iLife software bring to storytellers. iDay 2003 is an eight-hour seminar devoted to iLife as well as Adobe Photoshop, Apple's Final Cut Pro and Express, and DVD Studio Pro. The seminar's focus is on helping Mac users of all levels master today's digital media tools. Registration is $100; a half-off discount to user group members is also available.
BetterHTMLExport 2.01 is a shareware ($20) export plugin for iPhoto that exports html pages. Version 2.0 offers compatibility with iPhoto 2, expanded documentation, export of IPTC information from images, a software update checker, and new variables available for templates--as part of the new and improved template mechanism, which allows you to create your own additional templates and install them. [179KB] ScriptOrganizer for FileMaker Pro is a simple tool which enables developers to efficiently organize scripts in ScriptMaker. It offers multiple script selection, sort functions, Script menu customization, and script renaming functions. The $60 tool is fully compatible with all .FP5 and .FP3 files and runs on Mac OS 8/9/X. February updates for Symantec's Norton Anti-Virus and Network Associates' Virex 7 are now available. [NAV7-OSX, NAV8, V6, V7]
A reader has written instructions for extracting video from a TiVo Series 1 with Mac OS X: " I was frustrated with the lack of information available on TiVo Community and Deal Database forums for Mac owners. The only solutions I found on these boards were overly elaborate and involved either Virtual PC or an additional Wintel box."
Macworld Expo promoter Charlie Greco is leaving local trade show giant IDG World Expo to work for tech consulting firm Gartner Group, of Stamford, Conn. The Boston Herald notes the departure may "complicate efforts to ensure that corporate star Steve Jobs, Apple's chief executive, makes an appearance at the trade show next year," however, Greco said he expects to see the computer maker set up a booth alongside hundreds of companies that sell products for its machines.
Readers note that Apple is searching for employees for upcoming retail store locations in Chestnut Hill, MA as well as Boca Raton, FL. MacNN reader Benjamin Lowengard describes the possible Chestnut Hill locations: "I'm not sure if it's headed for the Atrium mall or the Chestnut Hill Mall--both of which have many locations for a store. The Atrium is a nicer mall with Williams Sonoma, Borders and a great Vietnamese local restaurant chain. The Chestnut Hill mall has Brooks Brothers, HMV and Bloomingdales." Meanwhile, another reader passed along an unconfirmed report about an upcoming store in Toronto, Canada: "I've heard from a reliable source that a large Toronto store which has been for sale for almost two years has been purchased by Apple. It's on Queen Street East, just east of Broadview, in an area known as the Queen-Broadview Village." [updated]
CandyBar 1.5 is the latest version of the Mac OS X system icon customization application. Version 1.5 brings support for iContainers, a new way to package and distribute icons, developed jointly by Panic and The Iconfactory. iContainers are a large group of icons packaged into one handy container - a single file, allowing users to import and export entire CandyBar icon sets from a single file. A demo of the $13 software is available now.
WiebeTech today announced Forensic NoteBook DriveDock, a write-blocked FireWire bridge that can be used for forensic analysis of notebook data storage devices and will be "especially useful for law enforcement and criminal investigation marketplaces." It allows data to be read from drives without risk of writing data back to the drives. (The original Forensic DriveDock is already available and supports 3.5-inch drives.) The $300 compact device uses the Oxford 911 FireWire bridge, is bus-powered, and requires no drivers.
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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