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Writing his first column after switching to Mac OS X, Infoworld's CTO says that "there are some specific technology issues that Mac OS X addresses really well. Perhaps the most compelling reason to consider Mac OS X is astoundingly simple: Itís a Unix-based system that runs software such as Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop. First and foremost, overall security is much easier to tackle than with Windows...The 'it just works' quality of Mac OS X also saves a lot of time and frustration -- what your pro-Mac friends and colleagues have been telling you is definitely true."
Several MacNN readers note problems with Apple's iTunes radio services, as confirmed by dozens of posts in Apple's support forums--though some have found that manually visiting the sites and/or adding specific DNS entries have solved the problem: "All internet radio listings on iTunes are routed through an Apple owned servers at kts-af.net. This is currently offline and not responding to any queries. Manually going to the web sites that hosted my favorite streams and manually selecting their MP3 broadcasts brought most of them back. But the links to Apple's services are gone."
Softhing's Entourage Email Archive X 1.7 ($20) is an update to the company's utility for archiving emails and attachments you have received or sent using Microsoft Entourage X in Mac OS X. It offers functions to archive to the Finder, to text file, or to tab-text format. [735KB] MPEG2Works 2.0 is will allow users to author/convert movies to MPEG2/MPEG1 DVD/SVCD/VCD-ready audio/video files. Version 2.0 adds open/save dialogs, a progress bar, an improved GUI, more NTSC/VCD scripts, and ne Tools and Audio tabs. The freeware for Mac OS X supports over 20 input movie formats. [953KB] The freeware Ollie's Tab 1.2 adds a convenient 'Tab' button at the top of Safari Version 1.2 adds a remover tool to restore Safari to its original configuration. [317KB] Colourfull Creations has updated Max Bidder 1.5, which adds a check box for time sync issues, a search for similar items, and other enhancements to the company's eBay auction tool. It is $10 and runs on Mac OS 9/X. [Classic, OSX] ImageIP's Distort and Morph plugin pack for iMovie offers a variety of high-quality same-name effects and transitions, including "Morph Clip" (transition from one frame to another), magnification, "Tilt Plate," "Morph Over", and "Wash Away" and "Wash up". It is $25 and supports iMovie 2/3 under Mac OS X 10.2.4. [404KB] CopyWrite is a project-based writer tool: "Whether you're writing for business or pleasure, a magazine article or the next Great American Novel, CopyWrite isn't intended to be your everything-processor." A limited version of the $20 application is available for free. [4.4MB] AimSniff 1.2 simply gives you the IP of an AOL Instant Messenger user when you make a direct connection with them: "All the user needs to do is to make a direct connection with the other user, and once itís made simply click on the sniff button and you will have their IP." [809KB]
Florida's Pinellas County school disctrict is phasing out Macs in a favor of supporting a single-platform environment: "The directive came from Pinellas County superintendent Howard Hinesley, who wants to the district to use one type of computer instead of two. That decision has angered some administrators and teachers who can't fathom parting with their Apple computers, even if it won't happen for several years. Two of every three computers owned by the school district are Apples."
As anticipated earlier this month, Popwire is now shipping its Compression Engine 1.4, a a high performance digital media coding solution for Broadcasting companies, media houses, ISP and mobile operators. Compression Engine simplifies the process of distributing content in multiple formats and transcoding between incompatible systems. Version 1.4 includes 2-Pass encoding, MPEG-4 advanced profile, extended MPEG-2, and DV as well as support for GXF files as ewll as new and improved filters and optimized performance. It runs on Mac OS X and Solaris platforms.
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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