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MacNN reader Roger Baerwolf writes: "I was just informed that my 17” PowerBook ordered from Apple’s Web store during Jobs’ keynote at MacWorld, has been pushed from a Feb. 20 ship date to April 10th! A three-month wait from announcement!" Mr. Baerwolf says he will consider canceling his order. Update: A number of MacNN readers report that while Apple specifies distant delivery dates, shipments usually arrive far earlier. Carlos Pero writes "please note 4/10 is 7 weeks from today, which is the longest you would wait if you were ordering it today on the Apple Store." Update: Roger Baerwolf writes back: "According to the phone staffer I spoke with at Apple, the machines ordered the day of the announcement will now not be available any earlier than March 20th and as late as April 10th, a total wait of 10-13 weeks from the date of the announcement."
ePocrates will discontinue the free version of ePocrates Rx Pro for Mac this spring, following a final release of the commercial version. MacNN Reader Felix Parache -- along with several other ePocrates customers -- received a notice from the software developer this evening.
AquaFold today released Aqua Data Studio, its Java-based universal database tool for building, managing and maintaining enterprise relational databases. Aqua Data Studio includes support for all major database platforms such as Oracle 8i/9i, IBM DB2, Sybase Adaptive Server, Microsoft SQL Server and the open source databases MySQL and PostgreSQL. It is free for personal, education and commercial use. [6.6MB] Scruffy Software's iPhoto Librarian 1.2 (IPL) is an AppleScript you can use to redirect Apple's iPhoto software to any folder you wish to store photos. This allows you to keep multiple photo libraries on one machine. (FOEditor 1.3 is a Mac OS X application for editing XSL Transformation documents and can also can transform an XML document into PDF, RTF and HTML.) [IPL, FE] Portraits & Prints 1.3 a $20 digital photo management alternative to iPhoto with several advanced features, including pecial tools for modifying each photo's brightness, contrast, sharpness, and saturation as well as intelligent red eye reduction, control over image quality, and integration with iTunes. Version 1.3 offers simplified photo printing, "web photos," faster image enhancements, EXIF display, a new cropping tool, file rename functions, contextual menu support, and better template management. [1.1MB] Northern Softworks has updated Jaguar Cache Cleaner 1.6, its OS X maintenance and utility application. The $8 shareware can perform various system functions (cache cleaning, repair disk permissins, delete VM files, etc.). Version 1.6 adds the ability to create and mount RAM disks, optimize Internet settings, request a DHCP lease renewal, and other fixes. [1.7MB] Aaron Faby has released PHP 4.3.1 for Mac OS X, a feature-rich PHP software distribution for Mac OS X 10.2 "Jaguar". The PHP 4 installer package for Mac OS X 10.2 "Jaguar" provides a double-clickable install of the complete PHP 4 software distribution when coupled with Complete Apache 2. The installer will automatically configure your Complete Apache 2 web server to load and use the PHP 4 module. [17MB] iWork 1.2.1 is a minor update the $20 time-billing and invoicing application. New features in version 1.2.1 include: a preference for always having time round up, emailing of invoices via Mail with a preview, project manager data is no longer stored in the preferences file, bug fixes. [1.4MB]
Jason Wilson reports that Apple is apparently shipping copies of its iLife suite for free to recent purchasers of its 12" PowerBook G4. This afternoon, Mr. Wilson received an order notice from Apple, stating that an iLife CD had been shipped to him for $0.
Gefen has confirmed compatibility between its ex-tend-it VGA to ADC Conversion Box and Apple's new 12-inch PowerBook G4. The $300 device converts an analog (VGA) signal to a digital (ADC) one, thus allowing any PowerBook G4 user to connect their computer to one of Apple's new flat-panel displays.
BT Cam V.8 is a freeware Webcam utility based on macam V.8 with the added functionality of ftp upload support and the ability to automatically save images after an elapsed time. BT CAM only works with camera's supported by macam. [573KB] ilesa Software today released Download Deputy 5.1, an update to its download accelerator and manager. The update increases download acceleration under Mac OS X by an additional 20%, and includes numerous efficiency improvements and bug fixes. The $20 shareware is available for both Mac OS Classic and MacOS X. [Classic, OSX] myPhoto 1.0 is a companion application for iPhoto. The freeware application will automatically share all of your photos on your personal web site with captions, thumbnails, albums, a search engine, and more. It requires Mac OS X and iPhoto 2. [503KB] izi-Course 1.3 is tool for companies arranging trainings and courses. It helps organizations with registering and grading students, managing actions, sending mail, billing and all other necessary reports. Version 1.3 adds the possibility to set-up assignments per course, weight them and to grade your students based on their scores. Pricing starts at $175 for the FileMaker-based solution. [2.8MB] MirrorX 0.4 is pharmaLine's mirroring tools for Mac OS X. MirrorX synchronizes a source to a target directory, including local folders (or a mounted network volume via AppleTalk) or remote from an FTP-server. Mirror options include local-to-local, local-to-FTP and FTP-to-local, with FTP-to-FTP functions expected in future versions. It offers preliminary AppleScript support as well as scheduling features and background operation. [1.0MB]
Proxim has announced Tsunami MP.11, a new family of economical wireless outdoor point-to-multipoint solutions enabling "campus connectivity, security and surveillance, and residential last-mile access." The family enables the instant creation of wireless WANs for a number of applications such as security and surveillance and portable classrooms.
Aspyr announced today that Activision's Star Trek Elite Force II will be published for the Mac: "In this sequel to the first-person shooter title, players resume the role of Alexander Munro, chief of the Hazard Team, Starfleet's elite security unit. Now assigned to the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC 1701-E, players will explore strange new worlds, battle against both new and familiar civilizations and go on the most dangerous assignments in the galaxy." Players will be able to explore different options or tactics when dealing with a threat and the game boasts a larger number of environments and a significantly longer gaming experience than the first Elite Force. Multiplayer modes include Holomatch, Capture The Flag, and Team Holomatch. The title will be $50 (release date not specified). Aspyr also separately announced that Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2003 is currently in beta testing and is expected to be released next month (March 2003).
Invensys Powerware has introduced new versions of ConnectUPS-X and ConnectUPS-BD Web/SNMP cards, which provide SNMP, HTTP, SMTP, WAP and Telnet compatibility and advanced RS232 communications for monitoring, management and safe shut down or re-boot of UPS-protected servers, routers, hubs and other key inter-networking devices. The company also introduced a rackmount server starting at $330.
4D today released 4D WebSTAR V v5.2.4 with built-in support for Web Services, new administration options and an updated 4D WebMail Pro (including per-user quotas and better attachment handling). The new 4D WebSTAR V v5.2.4 update is a free update for all registered users of 4D WebSTAR Server Suite V for Mac OS X. The new Web Services can integrate with 4th Dimension 2003 and other applications' Web Services with a full SOAP implementation. [73MB] Dockless 1.1 allows Mac OS X users to select whether or not to display running applications in the Dock. It also enables users to display running programs exclusively. "Dock real estate can become precious, and some apps don't make a whole lot of sense sitting there," says the developer. [Download - 72KB] Dog Park Software has released version 1.8.5 of MacDopplerPRO, its $75 HAM radio software. This release improves the predictions dialog's speed, updates 'Moon psuedo-keps' for 2003, and speeds up 3D rendering. [Download - Classic, OS X] The Mac-Stacks Emporium today released Patent Grabber 2.4, which now offers the ability to download published U.S. patent applications from free public archives. Other less significant new features were added, according to the developer. Patent Grabber 2.4, for Mac OS 9 only, is a free upgrade for registered users. [Download - 1.2MB] MacTiVo Blesser is a collection of software written by Eric Wagner for free distribution. MacTiVo Blesser is a formatting utility that sets Linux partitions on IDE drives for use in TiVos as "B" drives: "In many cases, TiVos with one hard drive can simply "Bless" their new drive and add it - then the TiVo automatically uses it for extra recording capacity. MacTiVo Blesser performs the same function as the Linux BlessTiVo does." [Classic, OSX] Font Showcase 4.0 is a $20 shareware font viewing utility used to view and print TrueType fonts--both those that are in the system folder and those that have not yet been installed. Version 4.0, a complete rewirte, is only supported in Mac OS X 10.2 and above. The interface contains professionally designed graphics, and a few new features, including Font Panes for comparing several fonts side-by-side. [988KB]
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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