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Apple says that it remains on target to "ship all orders for G5 machines" this month, according to Forbes.com: "Rumor has it that advance orders have been strong for the company's eagerly awaited PowerMac G5 computer....While other rumors about a possible inventory shortage may be unfounded, it wouldn't be the first time Apple has faced such issues during a surge in demand for a popular product."
Myth II 1.4.2 fixes outstanding problems with the game engine and also adds functionality, which will allow for continued community growth, including reduced Chat lag, automatic Classic installation, and improved FPS performance. [14.4MB] CTM Development has released PowerMail 4.2 public beta, which now includes entirely new CTM FoxTrot high-speed search technology; improved indexing and searching (by up to 500%), an extensible search user interface with combinable fields, content-based fitlering, and IMAP-based searches. [5.0MB] Michel Pollet's Loudometer 1.0b3 is an "Analog" temperature probe for some PowerMac G4s (MDD & FW800). It now records the statistics of temperatures for up to 3 years, offers an OpenGL-enhanced temperature history window with an interpolated temperature curve, and has other improvements. [208KB] PageSpinner 4.5.1 is an update to the $30 web development package, adding support for creating JPEG 2000 and MPEG Movies links, improved previews of local SSI files, support for FTPeel (as well as iView Media & Netscape 7.1), improved AppleScript, better Safari previews, and enhanced Open file dialogs. [3.9MB] Haxial Calculator 1.0 is a $15 mathematical assistant that evaluates normal (infix) expressions: "Results can be viewed in normal, fraction or scientific forms...Worksheets enable you to solve larger problems...[it also] incorporates unit and radix conversion utilities." [327KB] MusicalMac notes that MOTU has delayed the release of Digital Performer 4.1, which was expected to released on August 8th: "The DP 4.1 release has been slightly delayed. Further specific information will be posted here within the next several days. Thank you for your patience and understanding while we take the time to ensure a successful release."
Following notes by several MacNN readers on the receipt of iPods with version 2.02 firmware (along with much speculation on the changes in the updated firmware), Apple's Knowledege Base notes that "Certain iPod (with Dock Connector) models include iPod software 2.0.2. The 2.0.2 version of the iPod software is an update used in manufacturing and contains no functional changes. It is not required, and is not available as a download."
David Ahmed's ExhibitionX 2.0 is a shareware ($15) tool to view your picture folders and iPhoto 2 albums that offers six easy-to-navigate 3D environments: the walk-around gallery, octagonal carousel, book view, multi-cube, flat and disc view. Version 2.0 updates the Aqua interface to include a customizable toolbar and non-textured window, an image list to organize and arrange the exhibition, more drag & drop support. It offers 4:3, 16:9 and 3:2 screen aspect ratio options, choice of background textures & colors and localizations for English, French and Japanese.
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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