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MacForce, in Portland, Oregon is holding a special event this Friday, May 2nd from 6:00-9:00 p.m. to celebrate the announcement of Apple's new iPods and Music service. There will be new iPods both on display and available for purchase. A new 15GB iPod will also be given away to a lucky attendee.
Time has posted an interview with Apple CEO Steve Jobs that includes discussion of Apple's previous 'Rip.Mix.Burn' slogan, the influence of Apple's new music service on the industry, and the future of digital music. Jobs says the user experience of the iTunes Music Store is better than that of any other pay or swapping service. Jobs also says the ability to download and own music is far more appealing to users than some services' limited rental schemes. Mr. Jobs also said that Listen.com's downloading "sucks," and Apple has a far superior infrastructure than any other service.
SnapFonts today introduced a number of new low-price font-sets. Each 100 set has ten fonts. "Besides our complete font library, we are offering [...] 7 Supersaver Font Packs. They are all limited editions and will be available for a short time unless popular demand forces us to keep them running longer." They all include international character sets and are "among the highest quality fonts you can license." They are: Supersaver, Britsaver, Autosaver, Big Easy, Money Honey, Popsaver, and Lovesaver. Similarly, Fonts.com has released Chank Fonts, a collection of 70 fonts and packages. Most fonts in the collection cost $22 each.
Collaborate 2.0 is a combination chat and whiteboard program through which individuals in disparate locations can interact to work out ideas. It functions as a distributed network allowing an arbitrary number of individuals to be involved. The $10 shareware is free to students, faculty and staff of educational institutions as well as to staff of non-profit and charitable organizations. [563KB] Everyday Software's Bookit 3.2 is a bookmark managing solution for Mac OS X. It now includes complete support for Safari 1.0b2, support for the keywords feature in Mozilla & Camino, German and French localization, and a few bug fixes as well as a new Bookit Dock Menu for easy access to bookmarks. [522KB] LightWork Design has created the new LightWorks AEC Pack to provide application developers with a complete solution for integrating its rendering and visualization technology into their AEC CAD applications. The LightWorks AEC Pack has been designed to meet the needs of developers of all types of AEC application, including those used by architects, builders and re-modellers, civil and structural engineers. Retrospect has released a Driver Update 3.5.104 for Retrospect 5., which includes new drive support, including drives from EZQuest, Philips, Panasonic, Mitsumi, OWC, Quantum, Sony, Toshiba, and others. [502KB] Daryl Hawes has released LogOutAE 0.2.2, a freeware screen saver designed to log the current user out of their Mac OS X session. You can configure two timeout periods for both "gentle" and "forced" logouts. It is based on the Matthew Swann's open-source LogOut.saver. [option-click] Bruno Blondeau has released the first public beta of MacResponder 1.0b1, an "automated email responder for when you're unavailable. MacResponder scans email accounts periodically and automatically sends replies to tell people you're away or in vacation. For advanced users, MacResponder features rule-based settings to trigger actions based on the sender or the subject." [424KB]
Several readers note an Apple job posting at Monster.com: "Apple Computer is looking for a Senior Software Engineer to design and build one of our newest Consumer Applications, iTunes for Windows." Apple said that it would offer a Windows-compatible version of its iTunes Music Software (presumably through an iTunes interface) by the end of the year.
Terra Soft is now shipping Yellow Dog Linux 3.0, a new generation of Linux for the PowerPC architecture. Version 3.0 features a friendly and powerful graphical installer built from Red Hat's 'Anaconda', an integrated KDE 3.1 and Gnome 2.2 desktop environment, the gcc 3.2.2 compiler, improved support for ATI and NVidia graphics cards, 3 Install and 3 Source CDs. The complete box set ($85) with 6 CDs also includes printed Companion to Installation, a completely revised "Getting Started with Yellow Dog Linux, Second Edition" book, 60-day installation support, and a t-shirt; while the Geek Edition ($25) offers all 6 CDs without printed guide, book, or support at a reduced cost.
Griffin Technology today announced its PowerPod iPod Auto Charger is fully compatible with the new generation of iPods in addition to the original iPod models with FireWire ports on top: "Priced at $20, the Griffin PowerPod is nearly half the cost of the only other compatible charger available today. It comes with a stand-alone charger module and a separate high quality FireWire cable for use with the original iPods."
MacNN reader Jason Fried has posted some ideas for improving Apple's iTunes Music Store, including a method for marking already-purchased songs, purchasing multiple songs at once, bookmarking/saving album references, and email an album reference to a friend, drag & drop buying, and alerts for new songs by a specific artist. Meanwhile, several readers have uncovered the hyperlink structure for the iTunes Music Store.
Automated Workflows today released Folder Manager X, a $15 AppleScript-based application that can be used to batch process folders, performing common repetitive tasks. It allows users to automatically build folders using a specified naming convention, including the ability to build nested sub-folders in each folder that it creates. In addition it can also be used to rename folder items by adding or removing prefixes and suffixes. Oxalyn Software has released Virtual Volume Manager 1.04, an update to its utility for REALbasic developers that streamlines the process of creating, maintaining, and optimizing a Virtual Volume, providing a Finder-like interface for browsing and an optimize function to eliminate wasted space. Virtual Volume Manager is $15. [Classic, OSX] Ricci Adams today released version 2.1 of his $5 shareware Check Off, a to-do list that resides in your menu bar. The list can now shrink and expand automatically so that all items are displayed and users can select display info as well as toggle between brushed metal and Aqua. Version 2.1 also adds export options. [370KB] Bluestream has released a major upgrade to its native XML database. XStreamDB 3.0 adds shared resource management with URIs, resource checkout to disk, faster full-text search and indexing, built-in WebDAV server, event triggers, automated backup, and the new XStreamDB 3.0 Server Console application for easier server administration. Pricing for the Java-based application startss at $500 for the developer version. PowerEasy has introduced PowerEasy ERP, a suite of enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications powered by Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE): "The PowerEasy ERP suite leverages the scalability, availability, and reliability of the Sybase ASE data management system, bringing the same high performance that Wall Street depends upon to the Mac community. It also embeds Apple's WebObjects frameworks, and was designed to fully compliment the Xserve platform."
Willow Design has released two new backpacks specifically designed for the 17" PowerBook, rounding out its line of five other cases for the 17" PowerBook. The "short" Edgewater ($162) will comfortably fit customers from 5'3" to 5'7", while the second larger Garibaldi ($165) fits those with longer backs, or those who want to carry more extras. Both feature extra padded internal dividers to isolate the Powerbook on all sides within the computer compartment and now incorporate a new corrugated plastic stiffener within the the pack body to provide even more stability. The new packs feature two main laptop and paperwork compartments with a host of organizer pockets scattered through the packs as well as a removable accessory pouch to maximize space utilization in the paperwork compartment.
Dr. Bott today announced the AMP Interface for the new iPod., which allows owners of the Burton Amp Jacket to use their new third generation iPod (with dock connector) with the integrated SOFTswitch technology. AMP Interface relpaces the interface of the jacket with one that incorporates the remote connector and headphone jack of the new iPod. The $25 interface is expected to ship in May and is compatible with both the new 10GB, 15GB, and 20GB iPods.
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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