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Forbes.com speculates on the upcoming release of updated iPods in its business roudup for upcoming week: "...the Apple rumor mill is bubbling up with buzz about an upgrade to Apple's popular iPod digital music player. Japan's Toshiba is said to have developed a 40-gigabyte version of the 1.8-inch hard drive that would be the heart of the new iPod. Neither Apple nor Toshiba has said anything about either the iPod or the existence of the drive... new iPods do see the light of day, chances are it will happen on a Tuesday. If the last few months are any indicator, Apple tends to favor Tuesdays for new product announcements."
PodPod, an elegant easel for your iPod, is now available from Chally Micro solutions for an introductory price of $13: "For as little as one third the price of alternatives, the PodPod protects the iPod's surface with small rubber bumpers to apply wherever you like, and holds it at a comfortable and convenient angle. It works great with most covers, such as the Groove Jacket."
The Iconfactory has released IconBuilder Pro 4.0, its professional icon construction filter for Adobe Photoshop. Version 4.0 adds support for Open/Drop folder states in Mac OS 10.2 Jaguar, featurs to improve speed and ease-of-use with QuickBuild, an expanded User's Guide with new tips and tricks, and improved user interface. Upgrades to the $70 product are $20. It requires Photoshop 7 and Mac OS X. [2.7MB] DiVA 1.0b3 features new GUI layout, datarate calculation improvements, improved framerates with NTSC, and new aspect ratio calculation based on ITU standard. DiVA is High Speed, High Quality MPEG-2 to QuickTime transcoder which features an all YUV graphics pipeline and pro-level image scaling, for maximum image fidelity. The built in crop/scale panel and support for NTSC 3:2 pull-down makes video manipulation simple: "Combined with 3ivx D4 4.0.3 DiVA achieves framerates in excess of 40fps on a Dual-1GHz G4." [581KB] Black Cat Systems has released Diet Sleuth 4.0.1, which includes improvements to the report package, as well as several bug fixes to the company's $35 nutritional database and personal health logbook. It allows you to keep track of what foods you eat each day, and their nutritional value. [Classic, OSX] The freeware PictureMe 0.98 provides an easy way to add pictures to the people in your Address Book: "Simply open a picture file or drag a photo from iPhoto. Crop the picture and drag and drop on the Address Book panel. Perfect for adding multiple people images into your Address Book from one group photo." It works on Mac OS X 10.2 only. [196KB] August Software has updated its Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) networking system, ODBC Router, adding full support for the new ODBC features built-in to Mac OS X 10.2 and FileMakerPro, as well as providing substantial performance improvements, a free evaluation mode, enhanced network database browsers and special support for applications that pass images as SQL query-parameters. ODBC Router connects Macs, Linux boxes and PCs to standard Windows database drivers installed on a central Windows computer. Pricing starts at $100.
REAL Software today released REALbasic 5 for Macintosh, its development tool for creating software for Macintosh and Windows. The new version includes enhanced support for Mac OS X version 10.2 "Jaguar" including drawers, brushed-metal windows and toolbars.
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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