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Proteron today announced an update to its application switcher, LiteSwitch X 2.1. It addresses several compatibility issues with Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther). Proteron has also released a public memo to Apple Computer regarding Apple's assimilation of third party software into the Mac OS. Although "a similar-looking feature is integrated into Mac OS 10.3, Proteron was not involved or credited in any way for the feature. Proteron remains committed to its LiteSwitch X customers and will continue to develop and improve on LiteSwitch."
Matterform Media's Spamfire 1.4 adds compatibility with Mac OS X 10.3 Panther, optional database backups, reporting to more spam authorities, faster performance, mouse scroll wheel support, and other options. The anti-spam email filter deletes email in any client. It is $25 (Lite) or $40 (Pro). [Classic, OSX] Daystar has released an updated MAChSpeed Control, its Mac OS X cache enabling, protection and testing software. This new version provides 100% compatibility in Mac OS X 10.3. The utility includeds edicated patches for platform specific issues, firmware patches for Beige G3 systems running G4 CPUs, low-level System control, and automated cache profiling, verification and testing at boot-up. RadicalBreeze has updated DiscBlaze 2.05, its $20 Mac OS X utility for burning and managing CD media, and Macabinet 1.3.4, its desktop utility for conveniently storing and managing files. Both add compatibility with Mac OS X 10.3 "Panther". [DB, MC] auto-des-sys has released formZ 4.03 for Mac OS X 10.3 Panther compatibility. The free update also corrects a number of irregularities in the general purpose 3D modeler, which combines surface and solids modeling, and includes drafting and rendering, all in a single integrated package. [123KB] Nemetschek North America has updated VectorWorks 10.5.1b for Panther: "This single download will update all Macintosh English-language VectorWorks 10.5 products (VectorWorks, RenderWorks, ARCHITECT, LANDMARK, SPOTLIGHT and MECHANICAL) to the beta version of VectorWorks 10.5.1...We recommend that you do not upgrade production machines to Mac OS X Panther or VectorWorks 10.5.1b until you are certain that it will work for you." [unknown] Cedric Menard's freeware Sofa 0.6 is a mini-iTunes controller that offers essential features of the player and add advanced features in display and management of albums artwork, by using transition effects and animations. It adds iTunes 4.1 compatibility, redesigned Library panel, and Panther certification. [2.2MB] Vicomsoft's FTP Client 4.0.2 updater adds Panther compatibility to its $35 FTP client, which offers SFTP functions as well as file droplets, file/directory synchronization, and BBEdit integration. [2.3MB] Keyspan has posted Mac OS X 10.3 'Panther' Compatible software for the all Keyspan USB Serial Adapters 1.8 and Keyspan SX Pro 1.2 Serial Cards. It says that its Digital Media Remote and Presentation software will be updated next week. [USB, Serial]
MOTU has posted updated drivers for all MOTU FireWire audio interfaces and PCI audio interfaces to make them fully compatible with Panther. These updates include new features, such as input and output names and control surface support for CueMix DSP,the latency-free monitor mixing feature found in MOTU's latest FireWire and PCI audio interfaces. In addition, MOTU has posted Digital Performer 4.11, which is available free of charge to all registered DP4 users): it is required for full Panther compatibility and also introduces several new features, including a utility for configuring synthesizer expansion card patch names.
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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