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FireWire Depot today began shipping its new 1394b ('FireWire 800') PCI card. It features three external FireWire 800 9-pin bilingual ports, serial bus data rages of 100/200/400/800 Mbs, backwards compatibility with 1394a/FireWire 400, and compatibility with Mac and PC. It is priced at $90.
An Apple specialist alerted us to delivery problems of iPods to some reseller locations, leaving some resellers without the devices for planned product launch festivities: "So, as I speak with resellers around our region, we are all left holding an empty bag with customers and clientele showing up within the next hour expecting an unveiling party for the new iTunes and iPod."
Aspyr today said it has begun shipping BloodRayne: "Set in the mid-19301s, BloodRayne introduces the sexy, supernatural Agent BloodRayne. An unholy union of human and vampire, Agent BloodRayne was raised and trained by a secret governmental agency to hunt down and eliminate global evil forces. Now she must take on an occult faction of pre-Nazis and their army of vile, unearthly ghouls to prevent them from unleashing creatures of unfathomable terror onto the world." The $30 title runs on Mac OS X.
Tomatochip.com has announced its 80GB FireXpress 250DX storage solution. The FireXpress 250DX includes a 80GB 4,200RPM IBM/Hitachi 2.5" hard drive with a both FireWire 400 and USB 2.0 interface. The dual-interface allows users to share the drive between PCs and Macs. The drive is bus-powered or can be self-powered with bundled FireCABLE system. It is available now for $300.
Both David Pogue (The New York Times) and Walt Mossberg (The Wall Street Journal) offer extremely positive reviews of Apple's new music service.
KB roundup:Apple has outlined the password authentication options available under Mac OS X in networked environments; Sendmail startup issues after installing the Developer Tools is a result of changes to the root directory; iTunes 2 users can create multiple libraries to overcome the 32,000 song limitation (iTunes 4 no longer has this limitation).
Reindeer Graphics has released an update to its flagship image processing, analysis and measurement package, Fovea Pro 3. It provides Mac OS X native functionality under Photoshop 7.x and many new features, including a new Interactive Deconvolution, a plug-in that provides a user-adjustable point spread function generator for deconvolving both defocus and motion blurs. Fovea Pro 3 also features condensed and reorganized menus for access to the 170 different functions. Fovea Pro is a comprehensive set of image analysis functions for manipulating and measuring high-depth (8-, 16-, 24-, and 48-bit) images. The $800 application runs on Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X.
BBC News reports that students at Georgia College & State University were given an iPod to help them with their coursework: "Apple donated about 50 iPods as part of an experimental project to illustrate creative uses for the machine. University professors say the gadgets have helped the students think more critically about their course. Students enrolled on the Gothic Imagination course, which looks at 18th to 20th century art, architecture, literature and music, were given 5GB of music on their iPods."
Granted Software today released Still Life 2.1 featuring a new audio track functions and an improved undo/redo functions. The stand-alone application enables users to pan and zoom over digital images to produce videos (ala "Ken Burns Effects in iMovie 3). The program allows users to take multiple "shots" of an image, pan along a curve and rotate the "camera". It is $25. [1.3MB] WebLight 3.0.1 (formerly Website Illuminator) an easy to use web analysis tool that checks entire sites for HTML problems, accessibility problems, and links is now available. Version 3.0.1 features a completely revamped user interface and improved performance. A 15-day trial of the $25 application is available. [2.5MB] Intelli Innovations has released Barcode Producer 1.9, an update to its barcode generation software for the Mac. This update adds support for "ISMN barcodes" and support for a 0.80 size factor for EAN-13 barcodes. The $100 application supports 12 different symbologies and has customizable output options, built-in printing options, and vectorized EPS export. [1.2MB] Barcode Automator 1.2 updates Intelli Innovation's scriptable, bulk barcode generation solution. The update brings an extended EAN barcode generation system to theproduct, allowing Barcode Automator to generate barcodes for ISSN and ISMN values as well as ISBN barcodes. Version 1.2 also allows users to customize the ISBN/ISSN/ISMN prefix to a number of their choosing. It is $500. [1.2MB] Apple has posted the International English version of the AppleWorks 6.2.7 update, which offers improved stability for spreadsheets, databases, web clipping searches, and printing under Mac OS X. Version 6.25, available in the same download for Classic, offers improved stability for spreadsheets and databases. [15.3MB]
Apple's new Bellevue Square (Bellevue, WA) and Walt Whitman (Huntington Station, NY) retail stores will open May 10, as noted by its retail website: "To celebrate our Grand Opening, we’re featuring a week of exciting events. In our store, we’ll have a variety of unique and educational presentations, demonstrations and workshops — all free of charge. The first 1000 people to visit the Apple store receive a free Apple T-shirt."
Canon today announced th "world's smallest and lightest" digital ELPH camera. The new PowerShot SD100, with its ultra-compact size and new white-platinum finish crafted in stainless steel, offers 3.2 megapixels of resolution, exclusive support for Secure Digital (SD) Memory card, and an optional new waterproof housing that allows photographs to be taken up to 130 feet underwater. The PowerShot SD100 Digital ELPH is approximately 15% smaller and 8% lighter than the current PowerShot S230 model. It features the ability to capture up to 3 minutes of video at resolutions up to 640x480 pixels.
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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