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FootTrack 1.0.2 is an update to the Mac OS X application from T-Squared Software, which allows you to catalog and easily search your digital video tape footage. Version 1.0.2 adds full Dutch language support, improved date display for countries other than U.S. and Canada, Full PAL video support, a new iLife-like metal interface, and bug fixes. A single user license costs $30. [Download - 660KB] ScreenRecord 1.5 adds new graphical camera positioning and sizing, copying in the positioning/sizing window, and the ability to save screen shots via contextual menus to the $20 screen recording tool that allows the user to capture continuous images on the screen as a QuickTime movie. It can also be used as a monitoring device. [Download - 1.1MB] Beeline Software Express today released a new version of Desktop Carousel. Desktop Carousel 2.0 is a Mac OS X application that can change or update your desktop picture at specified intervals. It works with URLs and local files. Specific details of version 2.0 were not published. [Download - 338KB] iLink 1.0.1 is a manteinance update to the popular 'Browser-Integration-Oriented Bookmark Manager.' It is a $20 bookmark manager designed specifically for people who use more than one browser. Version 1.0.1 fixes a bug that caused iLink's own bookmarks file to get corrupted. [Download - 1.6MB] Gimp-Print 4.2.6-pre1, the latest test release of the collection of printer drivers for Mac OS is now available. Highlights of this new version include: an updated user guide, an uninstaller, and preliminarily support for a number of new printers. [Download - 3.9MB] MacLoggerDX 2.8 adds a number of new features to the Amateur Radio DX station tuner and logger for Mac OS 9/X. Version 2.8 adds: a Bands Panel to track activity and quickly set VFO by HF band; and a Bearing Indicator to the Map Panel; an Icom R8500 driver. [Download - 6.8MB]
MacNN reader Dean White reports that his local Best Buy store has begun selling Apple's new iPods over a day early. "They had a 15GB model in a display showcase. The staff didn't seem to know they weren't supposed to be on sale yet."
CompuCable has announced that its FirePOD, a $20 FireWire/USB Car Charger, is compatible with all styles of iPod, including the latest third-generation ("3G") announced earlier this week. The FirePOD's detachable cable design will work with any iPod, as well as other bus-powered FireWire and USB devices, such as hard drives, camcorders, cell phones, PDA's. The FirePOD is also bundled with the unique FireCABLE, a "Bus-Power Injector" for 4-pinned IEEE1394 host controller found on Windows systems.
Agfa Monotype is now shipping the new Monotype Library of 1,352 fonts. The collection features over 300 new designs including Linex Sans, Haarlemmer, Mundo Sans and Scene: "The new Monotype Library features recent releases including Linex Sans, an addition to the Linex family with its subtle, calligraphic overtones. Haarlemmer is a recreation of Jan Van Krimpen's serif text family... The humanistic Mundo Sans family contains 14 fonts ranging from very light to extremely heavy in weight. The library also features Scene, a sans serif text face designed by Sebastian Lester." The complete library is $4,500, while upgrades are $1000.
Readers note that Intuit is soliciting applications for testers for Quicken 2004 for Macintosh: "Welcome to Dakota, the beta test of Quicken 2004 for Macintosh. We appreciate your interest in becoming a beta tester and look forward to your participation if you are chosen. In order to be considered for beta testing, we need to learn more about who you are and the resources at your disposal."
Totally Hip has released LiveStage Professional 4.1 for Mac OS X. LiveStage Professional 4.1 now includes the feature required to create simple interactive virtual reality (VR) movies as well as new support for MindAvenue’s award winning Axel 3D software: "Supporting 360˚ panoramic, cubic or object movies, it allows users to quickly and easily create interactive QTVR presentations. By using new FastTracks, adding a map, compass and directional sound to your QTVR has never been easier. To allow for all of these great new features LiveStage Pro 4.1 has a new script less VR editor that is easy and fast to learn." Pricing starts ate $350 for educational users and $450 for others.
Marware today released the SportFolio Extreme for the new 17" PowerBook G4, a slim, rugged, high-tech neoprene case. The SportFolio Extreme case is made from 3mm neoprene, with a tough plastic inner shell for impact protection. The slim, rugged case features a specially designed shock-absorbing, non-slip, removable shoulder strap as well as two exterior pockets and a plush-lined interior with padding to protect the PowerBook, and a pocket for files or other documents. It is available now in black for $58.
xhead software has released recorder.xhead v2.0, an mp3 voice memo recorder for OS X that records sound from both internal and external sources. New features include support for .mp3, playlist export capability to iTunes (to sync recorded sounds with your iPod), a new interface and a bulk file conversion utility to convert between different sound formats. It is $15. [6.6MB] Acrux software has updated MailVoiceClip 1.1, a Mac OS X application for sending voice-clips by e-mail. It adds the ability to send voice clips in MP3 format (using iTunes), the ability to save clips as files, customizable subject lines and body content for the generated email messages, and separate buttons for attaching and directly sending clips. It is $10. [456KB] The PandaWare Company has updated TimeCache 5.1.2, its time and expense billing application. It adds the option to time multiple events simultaneously and provides more feedback about timed events while working in other applications. The update also includes a number of bug fixes. A free trial of the $50 application is available. [Classic, OSX] Runtime Revolution has released Ten Thumbs Typing Tutor 2.3.3, which enhances stability and performance of the game feature, as well as making it easier to import student data to a new version. It offers both QWERTY and Dvorak tuition, feedback options, and other features. Multi-user purchases the networkable typing tutor are now 33% off through the end of May 2003. Single-user licenses are $26. [Classic, OSX] My Money Minder 1.2 lets users track expenses, income and bank account balances and to organize these an in an unlimited number of user-defined categories. This new version adds: Undo, autocomplete, anti-aliased text (Mac OS X only), Live Scrolling on the grids, redesigned Preferences, and other enhancements. It is $13 and will run on Mac OS 9/X. [1.4MB] ParanzaSoft's FinKit 1.4 is a $25 financial calculator that calculates annuities, bonds, credit cards, dates, equipment leases, funds, and more. It does on-the-fly currency conversions between 182 currencies, using rates that are updated via the Internet. It adds eight new calculations, including Balloon Payment Loan, Equipment Lease, Bond Book Value/Price/Yield, and Term Date. [1.5MB]
The Billboard Daily Bulletin notes the apparent "overwhelming" success of the iTunes Music Store: "Observers are calling the launch of Apple Computer's digital music service the iTunes Music Store an overwhelming success. The service, which went live Monday, sold an estimated 275,000 tracks at 99 cents apiece in its first 18 hours, according to major-label sources. The feat is especially remarkable when considering that the offering is available only to the limited universe of users of Apple computers." The article also notes that Apple has secured wholesale agreements with two major labels for the Windows version of the service, which is expected by the end of the year.
Aspyr today announced it would publish Activision's Kelly Slater's Pro Surfer for the Mac and PCs: "In Kelly Slater's Pro Surfer, players experience an all-out adrenaline rush as they drop down huge wave faces, pull into barreling tube rides and pull off hundreds of massive trick combinations and signature pro moves. Players choose their own path as they interact with famous surfers, sponsors, magazines and photographers. Exotic real world locations and events including full beach environments with real landmarks and hazards lend authenticity to the game." The company is accepting pre-orders for $40 game title (Mac OS X only), which is expected to ship in June.
Readers report that new 3G (third-generation) iPod shipments from the Apple Store have shipped today with upgraded delivery (for tomorrow) as its Apple retail stores prepare special events and other retail outlets expect stock tomorrow (May 2nd).
Sonnet Technologies today announced Tango 2.0, a FireWire/USB 2.0 Combo card. The latest addition to Sonnet's Tango line of FireWire/USB PCI adapter card installs into any available PCI slot to add two external FireWire ports and 2 external USB 2.0 ports (which revert to USB 1.1 under Mac OS 9). The card is $90. Sonnet also lowered prices on its line of Encore/ST G4, which are now $300, $500, and $600 for the 800MHz, 1.0GHz, and 1.2GHz upgrades, respectively. They are compatible with AGP-, Gigabit-, Digital Audio-, QuickSilver-, and Cube- configurations of the Power Mac G4. Sonnet also reduced the price on its HARMONi G3 iMac upgrade by $50. The 500MHz version is now $250, while the 600MHz version is $400.
Walter Mossberg reviews the new 3G iPods, saying that "portable digital music player has become the gold standard for digital music fans;" however, Apple apparently sacrificed battery life for size considerations: "The new iPod does have one big drawback, however. To reduce the size of the unit, Apple had to cut the size of the battery. So, the battery life of the new iPods, while still respectable, is significantly lower than it was on the original version. The old models claimed 10 hours of battery life, but mine got 12 hours. The new models claim eight hours of battery life, but my test iPod lasted only 7.5 hours -- nearly 40% less than my old one."
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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