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Maplesoft's Maple 9 is a comprehensive environment for visualizing and exploring mathematical concepts and for developing mathematical applications. Maple 9 is a flexible analytical tool that features a comprehensive suite of mathematical solvers, mathematical visualization capabilities, a powerful programming language and a rich technical document-processing environment. New features include an enhanced user interface, a new Help browser, new code generators for MATLAB and Visual Basic, new student learning packages, an extensive addition of NAG numerical solvers and numerous mathematical enhancements. Pricing starts at $1,800.
FireWire Depot today introduced new FireWire800 1394b enclosures. The Concord800, which will be available for shipping at the end of August, is an update to its existing Concord dual drive enclosure, using the new Oxford 922 chip for FireWire 800 speeds. It supports two drives (Master and Slave) in the smallest dual drive enclosure available. The TT745-800 ($130) is available for immediate shipping and also uses the new Oxford 922 chip for FireWire 800 1394b speed, and includes a USB2 port for maximum portability and performance. Both will accept any IDE/ATA hard drive and are compatible with the new ATA-6 large (up to 320GB).
Apple's new Apple Professional Development Online is designed to "meet the needs of the 21st Century educator, Apple Professional Development Online offers a dynamic learning environment for K-12 teachers, administrators and university faculty." It offers online courses, educator resources, netTrekker (search engine for schools), and the Apple Professional Development Library, which provides a practical perspective on current educational issues through articles, interviews, research analysis, expert commentary, and exploration of classroom practices. Pricing is available through education channels. Apple also offers courses designed specifically for IT professionals, including how to effectively implement and manage Mac OS X Server to support a mixed environment.
MacNN reader Daryl Courtney writes: "I read a article about a retailer who is trying to get GPS companies to support the Mac.The retailer even offered to help, but the companies are saying not enough interest, etc. The retailer has posted a GPS petition to try to help show there is an interest."
Terrabrowser 1.1 for Mac OS X is an internet browser for satellite photos and topographical maps with built in support for Garmin GPS receivers: "Download waypoints from your GPS to display on the maps, edit them, upload new waypoints to your receiver. Maps are obtained from the Microsoft Terra Server which serves data provided by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Includes extensive bookmarking support, image cache, and many other features!" Version 1.1 offers significant feature enhancements, including GPS support, caching, zipcode search, and waypoint management. It is $10.
Feral Interactive today released a demo version of Warrior Kings for Mac OS 9/X. The demo contains the animated tutorials and a complete level called Revolution: "It is an early level in the Imperial Campaign path - in which Artos has been ship-wrecked on the rocky coast of Cravant, once his father's kingdom - only Artos and a few of his men have made it to shore, they must now begin securing a base from which to reclaim the rest of the map and his father's former lands. It is expected to ship later this month for $50. [240MB]
MacResQ today announced "self-serve" user-installable PowerBook G4 "SuperDrive" upgrade. The $300 upgrade is bootable and compatible with Mac OS 9/X and all applications. The drive reads at 24x, writes CD-R at 16x, writes CD-RW at 8x, and writes DVD-R/RW at 1x. The upgrade includes comprehensive installation instructions and a pre-paid return shipping label for the customer to return their old optical drive to MacResQ. The company also offers nationwide, 24-hour turnaround installation for $400, which includes pick-up, overnight delivery to the PowerBookResQ service center, installation within 24 hours, and return overnight shipping.
dvMatte Pro is an After Effects 5.5/6.0 plug-in that can soften the scaled color channels while utilizing the unscaled luminance channel to regain the detail in the edges. The $150 plugin will also be available in the Fall for Final Cut Pro 4. A $50 discount is available through August 15th. John Vink's BaseMaster 3.0 adds 64-bit number support to the Mac OS X application that shows several bases of a number simultaneously. It shows 7 edit fields representing decimal, binary, hexadecimal, octal, vinkadecimal, IP address, and 4 character long. [80KB] appMac's xTime 1.1 ($130) can organize and manage projects. It integrates with iCal/AddressBook, creates Gantt charts, tracks task dependencies, and offers example schedules, summary views, critical path highlighting, etc. Version 1.1 offers more date options, improved performance, and other enhancements. MultiDock 1.1 extends the dock by adding a dockling menu that allows the user to create multiple Docks and switch between them. Users can limit each Dock instance to just the applications, files, and folders that are relevant to the task at hand. It is $15 for a limited time. [138KB] The freeware Xkeys 1.1 can launch applications and open files and folders using any function key. Function keys, which can have submenus, adds the ability to open multiple items with one hotkey, execute AppleScripts, hotkey modifiers, export key lists, and the ability to reorder hotkeys. [1.1MB] Typewriter Keyboard 1.3 allows you to make your keyboard play typewriter sounds. It offers the ability to customize the sound, adjust/set the volume, and has other features. It is $10 and runs on Mac OS X only. [751KB] Caphyon's Advanced Web Ranking 1.5 features multiple projects, and more search engines and local search engines for Google, MSN and Yahoo. The $50 tool will help you check your web site position on all major search engines and generates tabular and graphical reports. A 15-day demo is available. [1.2MB]
The Boston Herald reports that IDG is reconsidering the move of the East Coast Macworld Expo show to Boston: "IDG World Expo said yesterday that it could make more sense to keep the show in New York. David Korse, the new head of the trade show company, told the Herald he has launched an in-depth study on the merits of New York vs. Boston and will make a final decision by Labor Day."
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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