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Apple this weekend opened an AppleCenter in the Great Eastern Mall along Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, in Malaysia. "It is a huge store taking up two shop lots in the mall, but it's quite sparse inside. The interior décor is very much like the retail Apple Stores in the US, with wooden floors and black shelves. The layout is pretty simple, once you enter the store, you're greeted by the cashier counter, and behind that is the theaterette which has an unusually curved screen, and black benches for the audience," explains MacNN reader Jonathan Poh. Mr. Poh has also provided pictures from the store opening.
FE77 Software today announced the FE77 University program in which qualifying teachers and students can order the FE77 Server Suite for $20. The software is offered only to teachers and students for their own personal, education, and/or research use. "With Mac OS X 10.2 running FE77 Server Suite and Server Manager you can plan, develop, test and even deploy high-performance application written in Java, PHP, Perl or even good old HTML," the developer says.
Acme Made recently introduced two cases for the PowerBook G4: a sleek new carrying case called “The Slim,” ($80) and the "PowerBook iCover" ($20). The “Slim” is a hybrid sleeve/carrying case designed specifically for Apple’s new PowerBooks but also fits Apple’s 12” iBook and the small models of the Sony Vaio. The PowerBook iCover is a thin sleeve designed to easily slip over the PowerBook’s display and protect it from indentations the keyboard leaves when the unit is closed.
Several MacNN readers observe that Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs has received an 84% "approval rating" for the month of February from the Forbes.com readership. Forbes' CEO approval rating system allows readers to vote on the job performance of some of the country's most prominent business leaders.
Destineer's MacSoft unit announced today that the long-awaited Master of Orion III for Mac OS 9/X will be available for sale on March 19 -- three weeks after the Windows version hit store shelves. "The Windows version of Master of Orion III just launched and is selling spectacularly well," according to MacSoft general manager Al Schilling. "We're also thrilled to see this same level of excitement for the Mac version, as one of the best games ever available for the Macintosh gets Its long-awaited sequel."
Aspyr Media has made available a trailer for its upcoming SimCity 4 game. Also released to day is a trailer for Medal of Honor: Spearhead. The trailers arecurrently being hosted by ExtremeSims. [View - SimCity, Spearhead]
Apple has released Security Update 2003-03-03 for Mac OS X 10.2 via Software Update. The update "addresses a security issue in sendmail where a remote individual could gain access and control of the system." Also included is a newer version of OpenSSL that provides improved data confidentiality.
United Online, Inc. a leading provider of value-priced Internet access through its NetZero, Juno and BlueLight Internet consumer brands, today announced the availability of a Mac version of its value-priced Juno Platinum Internet access service. Juno Platinum for Mac offers Mac OS X users easy-to-use, reliable Internet service with thousands of access numbers nationwide, fast connections, compatibility with all of the most popular instant messaging programs, and Web-based e-mail that is accessible from any Internet connection, for only $9.95 a month. Platinum for Mac software is downloadable as of today.
Arlo Rose and Perry Clarke have released an update to their popular $25 utility, Konfabulator 1.0.2. Version 1.0.1 addressed many user concerns the most important being memory leaks, and incorrect date values in GMT time zones, but introduced a bug in the URL fetching code. Version 1.0.2 is being released to address the URL issue. Measles 2.1 is released by Stick Software. Measles ($10) is a desktop companion that can act as a CPU monitor if so desired. It provides the user with Aqua-style spheres on their desktop that bounce off of windows and each other, adding life and energy to the user's environment. They are highly configurable in their appearance and behavior, and if desired, can change colors to indicate the load on the user's processor, free memory or disk space. Cliché Software released MyPod, a $15 utility for Mac OS X that merges the power of web services with the portability of the Apple iPod digital music player. Previously known as PodNews 3, MyPod allows not only headlines but also movie times, contacts and calendars, stock quotes and weather forecasts to be automatically downloaded to your iPod by attaching it to your computer. Other content, such as driving directions, lyrics and text notes can also be easily saved. Jean Bovet announced a new powerful audio analyzer software for MacOS X. AudioXplorer has been developped to provide real-time and static audio analysis (FFT and sonogram). It is currently in a free beta version. ParanzaSoft releases FinKit 1.2.2 a $15 multi-function financial calculator that lets users solve problems involving the time value of money. The latest version provides seventeen different calculations: including Effective Rates, Equivalent Rates, Periodic to Annual Rates,Inflation and Taxes, plus many more. JAMF Software has announced a public beta of Nocturne, their lab maintenance tool. Nocture works natively in both Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X, controlling what software should go to what machines, information about the computers, and when they should service themselves is all done via a web interface.
Caffeine Software, Inc. has suspended operations. A notice on their website states: "We regret any inconvenience to our customers as a result of this." No further information was available. Caffeine was the developer of Curator, a shareware image display and organization application for Mac OS X.
Pedagoguery Software has released Tess 1.51, a $36 Classic Mac application for exploring and creating tessellations and other symmetric artwork. The new version produces smaller SVG files and can also work around limitations of common SVG browsers (e.g., Adobe SVG browser plug-ins) and importers (e.g., Illustrator 10). Tess 1.51 also introduces interactive HSV color controls and works with a wider range of OpenGL drivers when displaying manifolds "in three dimensions". dSoft, Inc. has released a new product called Medical Log, a $15 utility offering the abilitity to track your whole familie's medical and dental information including doctor office visits, medicine taken, medical issues, body measurements and dental office visits. The spyware detection and removal tool MacScan b3 is available for download (Mac OS Classic / Mac OS X). This new version adds support for more spyware detection and also adds administration full scan for Mac OS X to audit the system. Rogue Amoeba announced the release of Audio Hijack Pro 1.0, a $30 enhanced version of Rogue Amoeba's product Audio Hijack. The pro with all the features of the original plus MP3 recording, enhanced Timers, and the ability to hijack running applications. AH Pro also includes the ability to pause recordings, the power to create sets of DSP effects called Patches, support for up to 100 VST and/or AudioUnits plugins at a time, among other features. Peter Ammon has released Charla 2.0, a complete rewrite of the open source Yahoo! Messenger client for Mac OS X. Version 2.0 includes support for chat, a buddy list, viewing webcams, scripting, multiple simultaneous logins, and more. Source and binaries are also available. Thinkertons has released Jotz v1.2.5, which provides a new print mode, "Print With Preview", in which a "live" preview of the print job is displayed in a sheet, with buttons and sliders providing full control over print scaling, margins and alignment. Also provided is the ability to alias the Jotz folder, so that the Jotz folder can be relocated onto other volumes, or onto a removable volume. Spork Software announced the release of Nimbus 2.0, their $25 shareware application. Based on the Cumulus Shell project originally developed by Alan Ramos of Ramos Tech, Nimbusis a GUI controller to Canto's Cumulus Server 5.5 software. It provides an administrator or non-administrator with the ability to perform some of the typical Cumulus admin tasks with the click of a button. Nimbus is useful to those who don't want to use Cumulus' default command-line form.
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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
Google prevails in UK street mapping case
Possibly setting the stage for other court battles in the UK, a High Court fight between Google and StreetMap.EU has concluded in Google's favor. StreetMap.EU claimed that Google's dominance in the field destroyed the 20-year-old firm's business, when Google started promoting its own service in search results over the older company's -- the judge disagreed. Commercial director Kate Sutton said after the judgment that "StreetMap has been frozen in time; because of what Google did, StreetMap has not been able to properly invest in the website since 2007." An appeal is planned. http://bloom.bg/1KKhECt
TestFlight updated for iOS, watchOS
Apple on Thursday updated its developer-oriented TestFlight software to version 1.3.2 for compatibility with apps being developed for iOS 9.3 watchOS 2.2, along with the usual "stability and performance improvements." Some developers, however, are still reporting some issues loading beta apps onto the watchOS 2.2 beta. The latest beta for developers was released on Monday, and is available through the App Store or Apple's developer portal. [3.60MB] http://apple.co/1PQ64pF
CBS: No recent streaming conversations with Apple
CBS CEO Les Moonves has made remarks, casting doubt on a launch of Apple's live streaming television service. In interviews this week, the executive said regarding negotiations with Apple that "we had conversations awhile back, and we haven't had recent conversations with them," adding that "the phone is always ringing" regarding similar services, but not with Apple on the line. http://cnnmon.ie/1PptJM6
Complex date setting bug crashes 64-bit iOS device
A serious bug has been spotted with iOS devices running iOS 8 or newer, with a 64-bit processor. If a user disables auto-check time, and manually sets the date of a device back to as far as it will go, then again to January 1, 1970, and finally rebooting, the iPhone is crashed, perhaps terminally. The bug affects the iPhone 5s and newer devices, running a processor from the A7 and up. Theories abound as to the cause of the crash, but the most credible seems to be a clock set to less than an arbitrary "zero" date, causing all manners of routines relying on the time setting to fail during startup. http://bit.ly/1TV6psS