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Apple has released WebObjects 5.2.1, an update to its Web development software that resolves incompatibilities between it and the new Java 1.4.1 implementation for Mac OS X. The update also includes "general bug fixes."
Apple's Education group headed by John Couch has launched a new Student Web site, aimed at promoting Macs and Apple technology for the 2003 back-to-school season. Interestingly, it is one of the few Apple Web sites to use Flash technology.
O'Reilly has released "Mac OS X Hacks" ($25), by Rael Dornfest and Kevin Hemenway. The book examines a number of modifications and optimizatiosn to improve Mac OS X's functionality. "In some ways, the Macintosh computer is like a half-grown tiger cub," the publisher says, "Its cute appearance and playful manner belie its underlying power. Mac OS X, for example, combines the user-friendly, highly customizable interface for which Macs are known with the solid
SONICblue announced today that it and three of its subsidiaries will file for bankruptcy; a new e-mail worm has surfaced that purports to show screensavers of U.S. spy satellite pictures of Iraq or animations that are either patriotic or that mock President Bush, a computer security company warned yesterday; Dell will announce its computer printer plans next week, a company spokeswoman said today.
Alco Blom's URL Manager Pro 3.0.5 adds a global bookmarks menu in the upper right corner of the menu bar in any application and the Finder on Mac OS X, while URL Manager Pro is running and a bookmark file is open. The $25 universal bookmark manager for Mac OS 9/X also offers support for Linux bookmark files, reading bookmark files in the XML Bookmark Exchange Language (XBEL). [2.7MB] Issa 1.1 is new version of the $10 virtual fridge poetry set by Stick Software: "[it] gives you a bunch of word tiles and lets you assemble poetry using them. With the ability to configure everything from Issa's vocabulary to the font, size and color of your poems, plus facilities for sharing your poems with other users and posting them to the web." Version 1.1 of Issa fixes several bugs in the previous version and adds Spanish localization. [904KB] Stick Software has also updated its full-featured screen snapshot utility, Constrictor 2.3: "It lets you position a frame and then snap the area inside, applying border effects and saving in a variety of formats. It's even scriptable." Version 2.3 of the $10 shareware fixes several bugs and adds a new icon. [396KB] MySQL 4.012 earlier this week was been declared stable for production use; with the v4.0 release, the company has released official Mac OS X binaries of the new database server software. Version 4.0 brings speed enhancements via query caching, native support for InnoDB storage engine, full-text indexing, new Truncate/Identity/Union statement support, and on-the-fly switching of parameters. [STND, MAX, Debug]
Apple today rescheduled its 2003 Worldwide Developers Conference in order to provide developers "with a more complete preview release of the next version of Mac OS X, code-named 'Panther.'" Originally scheduled for May 19-23 in San Jose, the WWDC 2003 developer conference will now be held June 23-27 at San Francisco's Moscone Center. "Our annual Worldwide Developers Conference provides our developers an in-depth look at the future of the Mac platform, and giving everyone a preview release of Panther is the best way to do that," said Ron Okamoto, Apple's VP of Worldwide Developer Relations. "Moving to June ensures that every developer will leave the event with a copy of Panther in their hands." The Early Bird registration discount scheduled to end on April 18th has been extended to May 23, 2003. Update: Apple today posted detailes for more than 140 of the approximately 170 sessions planned, categorized into seven tracks-Enterprise IT, QuickTime, Apple Developer Tools, Application Frameworks, Core OS, Graphics and Imaging, and Hardware.
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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