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Hughes Network Systems today introduced the DW6000, the latest member of its family of DIRECWAY broadband terminals. The DW6000 is self-hosting, thereby eliminating the requirement to install any special software and extending DIRECWAY service to Macs. The DW6000 incorporates an advanced, single-board architecture, offering an Ethernet output for easy connection to LAN networks and satellite-based service activation, which eliminates the need for a terrestrial line.
Spiderweb Software today announced Blades of Avernum, its upcoming fantasy role-playing adventure: "In A Small Rebellion, you are sent to infiltrate and destroy a band ofrebels against the Empire. The question: will you fight them, or join them? In The Valley of Dying Things, you delve deep into an enormous, abandoned school of magic, looking for the secret to a deadly plague...Anyone can use Blades of Avernum's editor to make fascinating adventures with cunning characters." It is due early next year for $25 (or $32 with a hint book).
VoiceCommander 1.3 is a Mac OS X application that allows users to control applications using voice commands. The $15 application uses Mac OS X's built-in speech recognition technology. [Download - 223KB] Dejal BlogAssist 1.0 is a Mac OS X system menu item to format text on the clipboard to help blog entry. To use it, simply copy text to the clipboard and choose one of the listed options, then paste the result in the desired location. [Download - 384KB] XBar is a dynamically resizable application and file launcher that allows users to better organize their most used applications. By arranging applications by category, XBar greatly increases efficiency when looking for frequently used files and applications. [Download - 157KB] Aurora Designs' Igniter video capture card drivers, IgniterX 6.07, corrects an RGB Range issue on non-RT cards that could cause the wrong range setting to be used and also fixes an Ignition issue that showed the G5 processor as not being supported. Aurora also posted Pipe 1.0 driver for its Pipe video cars, which offers full compatibility with Final Cut Pro RT Extreme. [Download - Igniter, Pipe] Font Sampler is a small utility to help view fonts. Font Sampler allows users to view all their fonts in one list. It supports different colors of backgrounds and text, size, a custom phrase to view the fonts in, and the ability to underline the fonts. [Download - 157KB] Jacket is an iTunes visual plugin which displays image files you made for specified songs: you can specify an image file not only for a song but also for album or artist. "Jacket" can send song information to web browser to find CD cover. Version 0.3.9 adds updated URLs for Amazon Web Service v.3. [Download - 51KB]
The Boston Final Cut Pro User Group is holding a meeting this evening at the College of Communications (Boston University). The meeting, which begins at 6:45 (doors open at 6:15), will feature DVD Studio Pro 2.0 and the new Power Mac G5 .
Nova Development today began shipping Art Explosion Greeting Card Factory for Mac OS 9/X: "Built on Nova's Print Explosion engine, Greeting Card Factory for Macintosh allows you to create beautiful store-quality greeting cards for every conceivable occasion. You can choose from more than 3,000 exclusive greeting cards and customizable projects." It also allows you to also create announcements, invitations, photo cards, thank you notes, electronic greetings, envelopes, note cards, postcards, labels, and much moreThe $50 package includes 45,000+ premium-quality graphics, 300+ fonts, and more than 500 24-bit color photographs.
Added: SafariCookieCutter 1.3 is a simple cookie editor for Apple's Safari Web browser. Version 1.3 now directly accesses Mac OS X's cookie storage, eliminating the need for save/revert commands. Also included now is the plug-in's source code. [127KB] Vicomsoft has released its SPAMBOLT network SPAM filter for Mac OS X as an add on module to the Internet security application InterGate. It provides transparent SPAM filtering and mail management that can be used in almost any network environment. The company also released InterGate 8.5.2, an update to its flagship gateway application. It improves support for Rendezvous, pass connections, RapidCache, and AppleTalk. [9.5MB] Audacity 1.2pre2 is a public test release of the free audio editor with both mixing and effet functions. It can now record and edit 24-bit and 32-bit (floating-point) samples, support for different sample rates and formats within the same project, new file import/export, and an improved UI. [OSX] FliXton's Steam 1.3 (donationware) reads and stores the schedules for the user's choice of BBC Radio stations, displays a list of what's currently playing, and offers reminders as well as quick launch through RealNetworks' RealOne Player. [900KB] St. Clair Software's Default Folder X 1.9b1 for enhancing Open and Save dialogs in Mac OS X delivers support for Panther, introduces hierarchical menus in Open and Save dialogs, and corrects compatibility problems and improves performance. The $35 shareware is available for Mac OS X. [3.7MB]
Ableton today announced it would release Live 3 at this year's AES Convention in New York City, which atakes place at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center from October 10-13, 2003. Live 3 is now "the first" integrated audio sequencing tool that also gives users control "inside" of the sample, allowing users to apply easily and flexibly animate their samples apply changes to volume, pitch, pan, and effects controls to any section of a sample as clip envelopes. It also offers MIDI key mapping and velocity sensitivity, new effects, new quantization values, VST plugin improvements, and others. It will be available for Mac OS 9/X.
An interview with ex-Apple CEO John Sculley talks about "Riding the next technology wave," and some missed opportunities with Apple's HyperCard technology and Newton handheld: "As I look back on things that I wished we would have done differently when I was at Apple, I think one of the biggest missed opportunities, and it was on my watch, so I feel responsible and disappointed that we didn't do more with it, was Hypercard.... We weren't insightful enough to recognize that what we had inside of Hypercard, essentially, was everything that later was developed so successfully by Tim Berners-Lee with HTTP and HTML.... In hindsight, I wish Apple had recognized that we had a huge opportunity to go take our user interface culture, and our know-how, and applied it to the Internet."
New Millenium has released SecureFM 6.2, an update to its FileMaker Pro plug-in which offers system administrators the ability to selectively disable FileMaker Pro menu items and functions, while keeping other menu items available to the user. Disabled functions can continue to be executed by script. Version 6.2 adds a Menu-HotKey function that gives you the ability to trigger a custom script through any keyboard command. It is $100 for a 5-user license and is available for Mac OS 8/9/X.
PocketMac 3.0 is an application for syncing Macs to Pocket PC-based handhelds. Version 3 offers Bluetooth support, email synchronization for Mail and Entourage, theme installation (as well as bundled Mac-like PocketMac Theme), full support for Pocket PC 2003 Edition, both Avanto/Mazingo support, iSync integration, Internet connectivity sharing with any Mac, desktop mounting, and sync support for iTunes, iPhoto, Web favorites, iCal, Now Contact, and others. It is available for Mac OS X 10.2.6 and costs $42.
Axis today launched "the world's smallest" high-performance network camera with a built-in IP-based Web server: the AXIS 205 Network Camera. The networked camera is about the size of a deck of cards (approximately 3.4" x 2" x 1.3") and is optimized for indoor use, providing high-quality, Motion-JPEG video at 30fps at 640x460 resolution. Users also have the option to record and store images to hard disk using the AXIS Camera Recorder software. The camera offers dual-level password protection and supports up to 20 simultaneous users.
OWC today added several new models to its Mercury line of external storage solutions, while also dropping prices by up to $70 on several selected Mercury models. OWC added new 250GB external drive models featuring a 5200RPM mechanism/2MB buffer as well as either FireWire 800/USB2 ($350) or FireWire 400/USB 2.0 ($300). It also added a Mercury Pro 52X32X52 External CD-RW with both FireWire 400/USB2.0 connectivity for $120 and a Mercury Pro DVD-RW/CD-RW Combo drive with both FireWire/USB2 interfaces (featuring the Pioneer DVR-A06 4X DVD burner) for $290. Separately, OWC also announced that it has begun bundling Dantz Retrospect backup and restore software with all external OWC Mercury FireWire storage drives.
Panasonic today introduced a 4-megapixel consumer digital camera with 12x optical zoom. The DMC-FZ10 Lumix camera features F2.8 brightness throughout the entire zoom range and camera's 12x zoom precision Leica lens is equivalent to a 35 - 420mm zoom lens on a conventional 35mm film camera. It also features Panasonic's optical image stabilizer technology using motion sensors, a new histogram feature that functions as a light meter, 4fps image capture, 30fps QuickTime video recording, manual controls, USB connectivity, a digital automatic pop-up flash, and simultaneous data output to the screen and memory card. It will ship in November for $600 with a rechargeable battery pack and charger; 16MB SD Memory Card; AC cable; DC cable; A/V cable; USB connection cable; lens cap; and carrying strap.
Griffin Technology has notified customers that next week it will begin its iTrip FM transmitter for iPod: " Customers with preorders will receive their iTrips first, based on when their order was placed. However, we have a large amount of preorders to fulfill and this will take several weeks." The $35 device requires no batteries (with auto-shut-off): "You are looking at the coolest iPod accessory in the world. The iTrip FM transmitter for the iPod can play your music through any FM radio in your car, at a party, wherever the mood strikes you - and you have a radio."
XDarwin has announced a site license for its X11 server for Mac OS X, which allows allows a company, government institution or academic institution to install the window server on an unlimited number of computers and also includes three physical copies of the software as well as expedited access to updates and incremental releases--the first of which is expected to coincide with the next major release of Mac OS X from Apple, according to the company. It is $250 for an unlimited company-wide license and includes the direct source-only installation method, the open-source Fink package manager, and the point-and-click installer.
Apple's Emagic division has released Logic Platinum 6.3.1, an update to its professional audio solution that offers computer-based music production. The update offers support of the Digidesign ProTools|HD Accel, a demo version of Space Designer (announced last month), and other performance optimizations and bug fixes. [25MB] Edwin Buehler's Wine XT 1.5 is a $50 wine cellar management application for Mac OS X 10.2 in which users can note sight, smell, taste and the quality of a wine as well as manage the wine cellar racks and reviews used. It adds an alternate wine editor, more info columns, and a purchasing report. [8.9MB] DataCrux b1 is a high-level, open source Cocoa/Objective-C framework that provides Mac OS X developers with an easy way to store application data in an embedded SQL database: "No SQL server process runs on the machine -- everything is entirely contained within the framework." It is available under a BSD-style open source license. [652KB] dSoft has released AdAgentPlus 4.0, an update to its integrated system for advertising agencies or any business that needs to create, track and manage jobs. AdAgentPlus performs job costing, estimating, tracking and billing. Pricing now starts at $350 with both single and cross-platform multi-user network versions are available as well as an optional module for double-entry accounting. SofaKing 1.0 is a new program which "helps users find good shows on television. By automatically sharing listings with friends and family via a central server users can save time wasted 'surfing' and avoid missing shows they want to watch." [1.6MB] Studio Boss is a billing and project tracking application for Mac OS X. Studio Boss Lite (free) stores info about design projects, offers integrated backup/auto-save, and tracks client folders and documents, expenses, tasks and project archives. The $45 Deluxe version adds custom HTML invoices, custom PDF reports, Palm-based billing integration, and Excel export, while the $100 version offers FileMaker-based network connectivity. [13MB]
Wacom Technology has started two new contests to celebrate the release of Adobe CS: "Go Platinum" is a contest for designers where users are asked to design the CD cover-art for NAPP. The winning artwork will be used for the cover of the CD to be distributed at PhotoshopWorld West 2004 in San Francisco. "Go Pro" is a simple photo contest in which a panel of professional photographers will select the photo that they feel is the most compelling. Contestants can submit a photo of anything that's suitable for the enjoyment of all ages and to which they hold all rights. Both contests are free to enter and end January 31, 2004. Winners of both will receive a 40GB iPod and $1000.
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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