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Apple's iTunes Music Store was not only a wake-up call to the rest of the industry, but also to consumers--as a legal download alternative to the hassles of free file sharing. Apple CEO Steve Jobs, however, says "it's not a way to make a lot of money," according to TIME magazine: "With as much as 70% of each sale going to the record label and the rest eaten up by surprisingly high costs for things like infrastructure and credit-card fees, sales volume must but doesn't yet compensate. "It's not a way to make a lot of money," acknowledges Jobs. No, it's a way to help sell iPods," which Apple says almost quadrupled after the launch of iTMS.
Flash AV Players 2.1 is a skinnable Flash application that broadcasts MP3, SWF (Audio and Video) and JPEG files by loading playlists in XML format. It features navigation and sound controls (across tracks and playlists), preloading according to connection speed, crossfade of movies, adding of backgrounds and comments, etc. [392KB] The $15 gnutella client, Acquisition 100.2, is the latest version of the peer-to-peer file sharing software. The new release adds the ability to receive artist recommendations based on your searches. It also has protocol improvements to find more files faster. [1.8MB] Trinity Software's freeware Collage 1.0 searches the Internet for images relating to the artist, track, and album currently playing and displays a collage of these images on your screen (and deletes them after display). [Classic, OSX] WebBackdrop 1.0 ($5) is a new Mac OS X utility that allows users to display any website as the Mac desktop: "Get updates on stock prices, news, weather, animation, music, and anything else that is on the web without opening a web browser." [124KB] The $10 shareware MorePhotoLibs 1.01 manages multiple iPhoto with three different modes, including a menubar item (with "tear off" functionality), a resizable floating window, and a single-window UI to display an icon-based list of available libraries, create/rename libraries, and launch iPhoto. [515KB] Hash has posted the latest update to its $300 3D animation application, Animation:Master v10.5j. It include complete sculpting features, spline-based modeling, OpenGL-based rendering, lip sync key framing, motion libraries, inverse kinematics, and advanced animation tools. [11.8MB] SimpleView 2.2 is a free slideshow/movie viewer designed for simplicity: "It has no userinterface or menu-items; just launching the application will pop up a folder-requester." Users can customize the background and center/scale fimages to fit on the screen via drag & drop. [732KB] CopyWrite 1.1 is an application designed for managing writer's projects, offering a note-taking mechanism within a simple, flexible interface for word processing. A limited version of the $20 application. [4.5MB]
Forums Roundup: MacNN readers are discussing the 15" Aluminum PowerBook's PowerPC 7447 processor (instead of the PPC 7457), after detailed photos appeared on the Internet (and unpacking photos here) and confirmed shipment of Apple's new Bluetooth mouse and receipt of the Apple Bluetooth Keyboard; other threads discuss the best DV converters for the Mac, various different screen protectors available for notebooks, the interface of Toast 6 and whether it conforms to Mac UI guidelines, a success story on flashing a PC Radeon 7000 32DDR with a Mac ROM, and notes on Dreamweaver MX 2004, including its speed, UI, and its built-in HTML renderer.
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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