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KAUi today announced new half-day, hands-on classes on using Macromedia Flash MX and Dreamweaver MX, as well as Adobe's Photoshop 7, Acrobat 5, and InDesign 2. The new "Getting Started with..." series classes are aimed at providing in-depth, introductory, cross-platform workshops -- providing workbooks, CDs, and real-world examples of solutions using each product. Currently scheduled classes are based in the Atlanta, Georgia area, but can be provided at other locations with a minimum of ten attendees. The price for any course in the series is $150 per attendee.
Joseph Moran writing for Small Buisness Computing praises Apple's new PowerBook G4 as "cool," and notes that it makes "few sacrifices" for such a small machine. "I never thought I would say it (and please don't tell anyone), but I have finally found a Macintosh that I actually covet," he concludes.
Griffin today debuted its 10 Foot ADC Extension Cable ($60), which enables users to place their Apple display as many as 16 feet away from from their PowerMac. This is often necessary in recording studios, A-V editing rooms, or anywhere a user wants his or her PowerMac further away from their desk, according to Griffin. Also released today was the Griffin ADC-to-VGA Adapter ($30). This adapter lets users connect any analog VGA monitor to any Apple ADC connector.
Aspyr has posted information regarding its Macintosh port of SimCity 4 on its Web site. The game developer revealed plans for the port last month. SimCity 4 also became available for pre-order today.
ATTO is now shipping its ExpressPCI FC 3321 dual-channel 2-Gigabit Fibre Channel host adapter, which offers 400 MB/sec full-duplex throughput per adapter channel. The low profile form factor provides the flexibility needed for use in full height workstations as well as 2U servers. The ExpressPCI FC 3321 HBA features two independent Fibre Channels on a single host adapter, allowing enhanced connectivity while consuming only one PCI slot. It is $2,600 and supports Mac OS X only.
Ubi Soft Entertainment announced that Shadowbane, the massively-multiplayer online (MMO) game for both PC and Macintosh, has gone gold and will be available on retail shelves on March 25: "Set in a dark fantasy world burning with strife and unrest, Shadowbane takes the MMO genre to new heights of possibility by offering gamers an unparalleled challenge. It combines immersive role-playing with deep strategic elements such as city management, army creation, siege warfare and economic development. Shadowbane is also the first MMO to offer a Dynamic World Model, in which players' actions and decisions permanently change the history, politics and landscape of the game." Limited edition pre-order boxes are available at select retailers (and online) for $40, which will provide customers with exclusive early access to three select races: Minotaur, Aracoix and Centaur. It requires Mac OS X 10.2.
MacPlay is now shipping the Pressit CD Labeling Kit, which allows Mac owners to create professional labels for their CDs, DVDs, and other media. Pressit includes exPressit SE 2.1 software (for Mac OS X) and ships with over 800 images to allow users to "quickly create stunning labels with drag-and-drop simplicity. exPressit even offers sample designs to help create labels for a variety of media." Each Pressit kit also includes a unique applicator that accurately centers the labels on the discs for perfect results every time. It is $30 with a $5 discount offered through the end of St. Patrick's Day (March 17th).
Stone Design has announced immediate availability of new versions of all seven applications included in Stone Studio, its flagship suite of applications. It also is shipping StampInStone 2.3, its PDF watermarking utility, and TrueBlue, its free TrueType to PS Type 1 font convertor. Stone Design has also extended its $300 introductory pricing through April 1, 2003.
KB roundup: Apple describes how to set the MTU value during startup as well as the Ethernet Speed and Duplex; QuickBooks New User Edition 5.0 for Mac (a limited version of the application), which is included with PowerBook G4 (12-inch) and (17-inch) computers sold in North America, must be registered with Intuit; Apple cautions that a Power Mac G4 (MDD) or Power Mac G4 (FW 800) computer may restart after the computer has been shut down when it is connected to certain third-party VGA and DVI displays using the DVI connector on the computer; and Apple's Mail.app uses US date and time notation, regardless of the Region settings in the International preference pane.
Macromedia earlier this week issued a security bulletin detailing possible exploits in its Flash Player: "A new version of Macromedia Flash Player 6.0.79 fixes these issues to protect our users from any content that attempts to execute this type of malicious code. Macromedia categorizes this issue as a critical update and recommends users immediately update to the newest player.... As part of the Macromedia Flash Player, we’ve also included a Cumulative Security Patch which addresses previously fixed buffer overrun issues and also potential security issues with domain name spoofing."
RadTech today announced immediate availability its line of functionally protective gear for the new 12- and 17-inch PowerBook G4 notebooks as well as several new products which the company debuted at Macworld Expo SF earlier this year, including its Laptop ScreensavRz, iMac ScreensavRz, PowerSleevz, Ice Creme kit, and its eyelighter.
proFusion Software has released QuickClick 1.0, a shareware menu extra that allows you to launch applications, documents, aliases, and more from a system-wide menu. It includes a preference pane to allow users to customize menu by including submenus, dividers, headers, and resolving folders as well as multiple simultaneous launching and plugin support (including a Safari plugin for listing bookmarks and a System Preferences plugin to directly open any preference pane). A 15-day demo of the $15 utiity is available. [860KB] Dartware's InterMapper 4.0.2 network monitoring application, and its companion viewer and configuration tool, InterMapper Remote 4.0.2 (IMR), are now available. The updates offer support for an unlimited number of OIDs in custom SNMP probes, custom SNMP probes can now handle OIDs of type "TimeTicks", numeric paging support, remote network searching, improved printing, and other fixes. [IM, IMR] iOrganize 4.3, a shareware application for storing and organizing notes, ideas, and text as well as for extracting web links. This new version includes an enhanced dock menu to paste the clipboard content from any application into any iOrganize category, adds a close button to the main window as a shortcut to quit the application, as well as some other minor fixes. [1.2MB] Mount.app is a freeware/"tradeware" application that "mounts disk images way faster than that pokey Disk Copy!" It can be set to stay open and automatically hide after mounting an image and can be set to automatically accept license agreements. [219KB]
Registrations are now being accepted to participate in Sony Online Entertainment's EverQuest for the Macintosh beta test with the first phase of testing scheduled to begin soon: "EverQuest for the Macintosh is an epic role playing game that you play with thousands of other people over the internet. There is an entire fantasy world that exists only online and you can get there through your Macintosh system. You'll team up with other players to conquer monsters straight out of legend. An awesome character customization system, hundreds of unique monsters and quests, thousands of items, spells and special attacks."
Mozilla.org has released Camino 0.7, a new version of its open-source browser formerly known as Chimera: "Other than the name and UA change to Camino, all the release note items would also apply to the final nightly builds of Chimera. This release also marks the last milestone build based on the Mozilla 1.0 source branch. Future releases will be based on the Mozilla source trunk (currently at version 1.3b)."
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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