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The much-anticipated Mac-compatible version of ePocrates Rx Pro is now available. ePocrates Rx Pro is a handheld drug reference guide "with over 750,000 healthcare professionals who rely on the software to reduce medication errors and practice more efficiently." The new ePocrates Rx Pro is compatible with Mac OS 9.2 and above and can be used with Palm OS devices.†[Download site unreachable]
MacNN reader John Glasgow writes: "I havenít seen a mention anywhere about the new Apple Store in (West Los Angeles) Santa Monica, CA on the 3rd. Street Promenade. I noticed the big black plywood construction fence with the white Apple logo last Saturday in the block just south of Wilshire Blvd."
The Darwin team today posted the Darwin 6.5 source code, corresponding to Mac OS X 10.2.5. "Darwin 6.5 is what we call an 'on-cycle' source-code release, where the corresponding Darwin source is made available soon after a new release of Mac OS X to customers." Several projects (e.g., gcc, gdb, CUPS, Rendezvous) will continue to do 'off-cycle' releases, according to the developer, whereby the source code is updated more frequently than the commercial releases.
Apple UK has launched the "Switch a Friend to Mac" promotion: "When you recommend a Mac to a friend who then takes advantage of these great deals created especially for switchers, you'll both receive a superb offer from the Apple Store." It is not clear if the program will be offered in the United States or other countries.
Added: Red Marble Games, in association with Twilight Games, has released Aargon Deluxe, a unique "laser puzzle" game. Aargon Deluxe is a non-violent logic game in which the player uses a wide variety of tools - mirrors, beam splitters, refractors, prisms, color converters, etc - to direct one or more laser beams to its goal. "There is no time limit or other pressure, so you can take your time and think through the solution." The free demo version of Aargon Deluxe comes with thirty levels which teach the basics of the game and offer some challenges. The registered version ($15-25) has 180 puzzles, including a full interactive tutorial that leads beginners from the basic concepts to advanced techniques and expert playing pieces. [Download - 3.3MB] Ken Winograd and Space-Time Associates today released TinyBooks 1.0.4, an update to the accounting/bookkeeping program. TinyBooks is designed for Sole Proprietors, home and other small businesses, and family finances. Version 1.04 adds cosmetic improvements to the Expense, Income and Account lists, and fixes a bug that prevented standard copy and paste keyboard equivalents from being used. [Download - 187KB] cycling74 today released a Mac OS X version of Max/MSP. Max is a graphical programming environment for music and media applications. Max/MSP combines the Max graphical programming environment with MSP audio extensions. [Download - 18.3MB] TFTP Server 1.5 is a simple utility that assists with the configuration of the TFTP server shipped with the standard Mac OSX distribution. TFTP (Trivial File Transfer Protocol) is a simple protocol used to transfer files. Details of changes in version 1.5 were not made available. [Download - 138KB] WAFInspec 1.0 is a small application for Mac OS X, that enables you to browse, preview and extract contents of Web Archive Format type files, such as the cache files of Microsoft Internet Explorer. Since the beta releases, WAFInspec has reverted to a standard Aqua interface (as opposed to Brushed Metal), includes example preferences, and no longer has memory leaks. [Download - 516KB]
The Washington Post discusses Steve Jobs' denial of a rumored bid by Apple to by Universal Music Group record label (with links to dozens of other industry articles): " Apple Computer says it has a policy of not commenting on rumors, but the trendy computer company did just that yesterday in an attempt to quash rumors that it might pony up major cash...The rumor mill is still churning (like this Yahoo message board), stoked by what some describe as a vague statement from Apple chief executive Steve Jobs. Media outlets were quick to point out that the statement did not address the existence of talks between the media giant and personal computer company."
Apple confirmed it will open its first Washington state retail store next month, at Bellevue Square, after we first reported the location in November 2002. The 4,600-square-foot, ground-level store will sell Macintosh-brand computers and other companies' digital cameras and other electronics, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Update: A King Country Journal article indicates that the store will likely open May 10. Meanwhile, another MacNN reader points to more Apple store job openings at a second location: "It looks like Apple has started posting job ads for a second company store in the Seattle area. This one is in University Village, an open air mall near the University of Washington campus within Seattle proper. The other store to open shortly is in Bellevue, a suburb on the other side of Lake Washington (and not very accessible for Seattle-ites)."
CMS Peripherals today added a new 80GB model to its line of portable ABSplus backup solutions. The ABSplus is the only fully integrated hardware and software solution for automatic backup and restore on the Macintosh. The ABSplus is shock-mounted for mobile users, and is bootable in a single keystroke on Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. The portable FireWire drive is available for $550.
TLA Systems has released DragThing 4.6, an update to its popular shareware ($25) dock application. It offers improved contextual menus for dock items, including the ability to quit applications and eject disks from any dock, and a "Windows" menu for running applications. It also features a new "Paint Tools" window that lets you to draw colors and textures directly onto your docks and has improved support for Safari and Mac OS X. All features of DragThing are now fully unlocked for a one week trial period after you first run this new version. It requires Mac OS X 10.1 or later. [1.5MB] Microspot Ltd has released PrintmiX 1.2, an application that allows you to select, arrange and print several different photographs on one page using various templates. PrintmiX 1.2 is designed as a compliment to iPhoto. Version 1.2 includes more ways to arrange and present photographs and other types of images, drag & drop support, use of landscape and portraits on a single templates, and new frame designs to customize photographs. It costs $35 and is avaialable for Mac OS X. [3.8MB] The Omni Group released OmniOutliner 2.2.1, a new version of the popular Mac OS X outlining tool adds enhancements to the Find, Spell Checking, and Sorting functions. OmniOutliner 2.2.1 also provides updates to the Keynote preference panel and improves XML export. [1.6MB] The LaTeX Equation Editor "provides an elegant graphical interface to LaTeX, a powerful typesetting engine for mathematics, enabling you to quickly generate professional-looking mathematics for inclusion in your slides. All equations are produced as single-page PDF files, so they can be smoothly resized and rotated like any other graphic object in Keynote" (and any other application which accepts PDF files as input, including Adobe Acrobat, Mail, QuickTime, etc.). [50MB] SGBD Products today released 4DiTools, an 4D developer tool that can manage macros, colors, and strings as well as offers other tools such as a magnifying glass, virtual screen size, Finder error reporting, and others. It is 15 Ä shareware. Ronald Ladouceur's Address Book Importer is a free utility to import data from tab-delimited files into Apple's Address Book application on Mac OS X: "I wrote it originally for myself to move my contact data from classic Mac OS to Mac OS X. It worked so well I decided to add a little bit of polish to it in case it might be useful to somebody else." [28KB] David Skelly has released Hearts 4.0 and Spades 1.1, updates to his Mac card games. Each title is $15. (Classic versions are available on the Website.) [H-OSX, SP-OSX]
America Online today announced a new version of AOL for Mac OS X that gives members more control over their online experience, greater protection for their privacy and security, and enhanced communication features for e-mail and instant messaging. Customers can simply add the AOL for Broadband service to any high-speed DSL or cable Internet connection using a "bring your own access" (BYOA) plan if they have existing broadband access already through their local phone, cable TV or Internet provider.
Centurion Technologies has launched its new drive and data protection solution for the Mac. DriveShield is currently in beta testing and is expected to ship in late spring/early summer: "[It] gives full and total protection by protecting everything on the hard drive. A temporary storage space on the hard drive is created and any changes or modifications are captured there and when the system is rebooted this space is wiped clean." Orders between now and July 15 are eligible to be entered into a drawing to receive a PDA which will be awarded on August 31, 2003. HumanSoftware has released BoosterElements 1.1 for Adobe Elements, a set of three filters designed to add missing features to Photoshop Elements, including Masking to silhouette difficult images via density (especially fur, hair, trees); Curves to adjust a shadow or perform a precise color correction in a tonal range; and a SWAP element to create easily 4 colors Black & White, sepias, duotone, and tritone images. It is $30. Waves in Motion has upgraded its popular FileMaker plug-in to take advantage of VeriSign's payment gateway. eAuthorize 3.5 can process credit cards or electronic checks from within any FileMaker solution. It will authorize transactions securely and quickly with either Authorize.net, PlanetPayment and now VeriSign. The $250 plugin is available for both Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. For a limited time, Waves in Motion is offering a 20% migration upgrade discount for all MacAuthorize users. [form] El Gato Software has released EyeTV 1.2, an update to its software for its $200 EyeTV DVR (digital video recorder) device. It offers new Italian and Spanish localization, a bug fix that affected users running OS 10.2.4, the ability to edit recordings and save clips as QuickTime movies, and the ability to wake or power up your system to record shows. [5.4MB] Cisco has released its Cisco VPN Client 4.0, an update to its VPN software Version 4.0 adds support for SEP-E modules ( supporting DES, 3DES and AES), group-based DHCP server configuration, LDAP authorization, native Kerberos/Active Directory authentication, RADIUS defined Remote Access user filters, SNMP/log message filtering, Alerts (Disconnect Reason Codes) for Remote Access connections, and Site-to-Site backup and disable functionality. [requires password] dot software has released Aquaruler 4.1, a full-featured screen measuring utility for designers, and programmers. It offers an edge ruler, mouse XY coordinates, a drag ruler, measure/resolution boxes, screen lines, a cross hair pointer, customizable pixels per inch, zoom functions, and a zap ruler. The OS X utility is $11 shareware. [1.2MB]
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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