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We have several more video clips from Apple Expo provided by our Apple Expo Team--each is available with a short preview and with both US and European mirrors for better access by users. The video was edited in Final Cut Pro and is available as a QuickTime MPEG-4 stream.
Evening tech news: AMD officially launched its Athlon 64 processor in several varieties, including an Athlon 64 FX processor for desktops and three Athlon 64 models for desktops and notebooks; Microsoft today released a beta version of its Windows XP operating system for 64-bit PCs; with the "GoGoPower," a wind-up mobile phone charger, cell phone users you can get 20 minutes of power from just five minutes of winding the device's handle; Intel expects that in just a few years laptops will run for a full day on a single battery charge.
DayLite is a management tool from Marketcircle that simplifies the management of customer relationships, sales opportunities, and company projects. Marketcircle has published two "sneak peeks" from the new version 1.5 (Sneak Peek #1, Sneak Peek #2). The new version offers a new menu structure, new Find and Create feature, 12 extra text fields or 4 date fields in each list view, activity sets, and reports. A public beta of the free update is expected soon.
Apple has quietly removed both client and server versions of the Mac OS X 10.2.8 update from its servers (including all links to the downloads and Knowledge Base documents). Earlier today, we noted several problems with the OS update and several MacNN readers report the update is no longer available from the Software Update Preferences Pane in OS X or Apple's website. (Prosoft is offering MacNN readers who have experienced difficulty with the Mac OS X 10.2.8 update a 25% discount on its Data Rescue suite using promotional code 'DRX028'.) [promo code updated]
SoftIntegration today released Ch Control System Toolkit 2.0 for Mac OS X. Ch is a superset of C interpreter for scripting, 2D/3D plotting, numerical computing, shell programming and embedded scripting. Ch Control System Toolkit is designed for modeling, design, and analysis of continuous-time or discrete-time linear time invariant (LTI) control systems. Version 2.0 adds the Web-based control and analysis functions. It is free for academic use and costs $300 for commercial or personal use.
e.p.i.c. interactive has begun shipping its €40 realtime strategy game, Northland, a sequel to 'Cultures 2 - The Gates of Asgard': "The exciting plot tells the story of Viking God Loki who tried to take revenge on Godfather Odin for his banishment from Asgard to Earth. For that he abuses our four human heroes with his intrigues and traps." The standalone adventure strategy game features 8 missions, 8 additional non-campaign player missions, three difficulty levels, and both Mac OS 9/X compatibility.
uni software plus has released VOODOO Server 2.1, a version control system for software developers using Metrowerks CodeWarrior via a bundled plug-in. The new release features an OS X native administration application and adds compatibility with Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther) and Metrowerks CodeWarrior Pro 9. Server pricing is $80. [ftp] MacFamilyTree 3.6.1 is an update to OnlyMac's $30 genealogy software. It adds Panther support, fixes card printing, improves HTML export and Gedcom file import, and includes a new manual for Spanish and Dutch. [1.6MB] Max Programming has released eMail Verifier 1.2 ($25), an update to "the first" tool available on the Macintosh platform for batch e-mail validity checking. It adds new rules to set the validity of email addresess without performing tests, adds custom error reporting, and has new default values for user id and sender-email. [Classic, OSX] EasyBatchPhoto 1.3 adds more positioning options for watermarks, short explanations to folder name prompt and preset prompt, and fixes a few bugs in the $15 shareware utility for converting, compressing, resizing, cropping, and watermarking images. [590KB] ImageEngine 1.0 is an Acrobat 6 plugin designed to collect information on as well as render and export images contained in PDF documents. It has inspect (create a PDF with image info and link, extract (PDF of image-only), export (to Photoshop file), render (export image to QuickTime), or render page (export entire page to QuickTime-compatible format). It is €300. [2.6MB]
The Stillwater Board of Education approved a plan to give every junior high student in the district an iBook to use at home and school, despite requests from angry parents to delay the decision, according to Pioneer Press: "Monday night's 4-2 vote allows the school district to continue negotiations with Apple Computer on the five-year, $2.85 million proposal. The laptops would go to about 2,270 students and 135 staff members at Oak-Land and Stillwater junior high schools by next fall."
Bare Bones Software today released Mailsmith 2.0.2, an update to the email client for Mac OS X with integrated support for Mac OS X AddressBook, filters, actions, and SSL. The update is a maintenance release to fix reported issues and add minor enhancements and refinements, including better Mail import, improved PGP integration, UI adjustments, and more AppleScript support. Mailsmith 2.0 is $100 and includes a a free single-user license of SpamSieve with every new license, cross-upgrade or paid version upgrade of Mailsmith.
MacNN and other readers are reporting several bugs/errors with the latest Mac OS X 10.2.8 Update from Apple, including Ethernet networking problems on older G4 Power Macs, which can be resolved by restoring an older version of the Ethernet system extension as well as PowerBook battery life reductions.
MacNN readers note that Apple has posted Darwin 6.7 and Darwin 6.8, new releases of the open-source source code base that corresponds to Mac OS X 10.2.7 (for Power Mac G5) and Mac OS X 10.2.8, respectively. Darwin 7.0b1, the 2003 WWDC Developer Preview that corresponds to Panther (Mac OS X 10.3), is also available.
United Developers' Mumbo Jumbo today announced it will develop a Mac version of the classic gaming collection Activision Anthology: Remix Edition. It includes 75 Atari 2600 favorites from Pitfall! and Kaboom! to River Raid. Activision Anthology: Remix Edition features an additional 30 titles that where not available on the PlayStation 2 version, and a '80s-themed soundtrack that will let gamers play their way down memory lane. Mumbo Jumbo told MacNN that the $30 game title, expected next month for Windows, is due later this year for the Mac.
Apple has posted standalone versions of Mac OS X 10.2.8 (Client) Combo (and standard), while the standalone updates for the Server version are still unavailable: Mac OS X 10.2.8 Server Update Combo (and standard). The update brings a number of security fixes and other improvements, as noted yesterday. [Client-Combo, Client-ST]
Apple is widely perceived as the market leader in online music, despite catering to about only 3% of personal computer users, according to a BusinessWeek article by Standard & Poor's Scott Kessler, other players such as Sony, Amazon, Roxio, and BuyMusic.com are tough competition: "the perils of competition in Internet music and video represent stumbling blocks for RealNetworks, in our opinion. ...Based upon these considerations, what we consider limited prospects for RealNetworks to generate earnings over the next three years, and the stock's recent price, we think its shares are overvalued."
The National Association of Photoshop Professionals will open the second day of its PhotoshopWorld tech expo to the public, providing hands-on training, lectures, product demonstrations, and prizes to an expected 5,000 graphic designers, Web designers, and digital photographers in the greater Miami area. Doors will be open Wednesday, October 1, 2003 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Admission to the expo is $20 at the door or free if you pre-register.
Shapiro Consulting has announced its new Asiva Shift+Gain Photoshop plugin for Mac OS 9/X, which will ship next month. It can perform color changes without time-consuming masks and features 16-bit per component internal processing--even on 8-bit images. Users can "make near perfect selections based on the HSL components of the image and then very accurately adjust the HSV and RGB/CMYK components of that selection. Asiva's curves also allow for filter roll-offs so all effects appear completely natural and a built in Color Sampler Tool provides a good starting-point for setting the three curves."
Cocoatech's Path Finder 3 is a "major" update to its file browser for Mac OS X. It adds an Action Menu to the toolbar for triggering a contextual menu of available actions; includes a "Shelf" to place commonly used items; can "Pause" drag-and-drop operations; and offers access to the Documents/Favorites from the toolbar. It also offers an integrated PDF Viewer and an integrated Terminal application--in addition to the text editor, image convertor & resizer, disk image creator, secure delete, and built-in file compression and expansion. Upgrades to the $35 application are $10.
Logitech today introduced its Cordless Optical Mouse for Notebooks ($40), which uses an ultra-slim, key-sized USB receiver for connectivity. The compact, ambidextrous design sports an elegant silver finish, employs an optical sensor to track movement, remains connected to its receiver unit when unplugged, and uses 27MHz Fast RF Cordless technology for connectivity up to six feet away. It features three programmable buttons, including a middle button that also serves as a scroll wheel. It has a five-year limited warranty and is compatible with Mac OS 8/9/X.
A MacNN reader notes that the Eastern Township School of Quebec, Canada is taking delivery of its first iBooks for elementary and secondary students, as part of a 3-year program that provides 5,000 iBooks to students. First announced in January 2003, the program will give all Eastern Townships students, from the 3rd grade of elementary school to the 5th level of high school, will receive their own portable computer to use during the school year.
Ben Spink has released CrushFTP 3.0, a final version of his Java-based ftp server. The $25 FTP professional server offers multihoming, virtual servers, users/groups, ratios, quotas, bandwidth limits, remote GUI administration, virtual serving, redundancy, load balancing, virtual directories, IRC integration, resume download/upload support, and WAN IP discovery. The latest version adds import from other FTP servers, HTTP vs FTP traffic settings, and other fixes. [Classic, OSX]
Fire 0.32e is the latest version of the multiprotocol instant messaging (IM) client for Mac OS X, offering support for the changes in Yahoo! messaging service, which are set to take place later this week (September 24). The client, however, will not operate on MSN's network after October 15, 2003 and the developers notes that access to the network after that date depends on the open-source community's efforts to reverse engineer the new protocol and MSN's willingness to allow third-party clients.
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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