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Roxio is questioning the marketshare and download numbers quoted by Apple's press release this week that singled out the Napster service, while one analyst says that Apple's "mistake" lends unnecessary credibility to its competitor: "Roxio's Gorog questioned Apple's figures from Nielsen SoundScan, telling TechNewsWorld that those numbers did not include Napster's results. Gorog said Apple's claim of 80 percent market share is reduced to 62 percent if Napster's 23 percent is considered. Gorog, who also questioned how Apple could have had 1.5 million song downloads when SoundScan reported a total of 827,000 single downloads in the same period, said he does not know where Apple got the 1.5 million figure."
The MacGIMP project today announced that it has received sponsorship from Archei LLC, a new company dedicated to the "best of" open-source software. This week, the MacGIMP 1.2.3 packaged software (regularly $18) is being offered as a free download for all Mac OS X Panther and Jaguar users. The GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software suitable for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. Update: The download link is now available as of 12:55 pm ET. [form]
MacNN readers are discussing a yet-unreleased Mac OS X 10.3.1 update, the release of Windows Media Player 9 for Mac OS X, problems with Bondi iMac video, using the PDA/Phone Samsung i500 & Kyocera 7135 on Mac OS X, limited AirPort range on a iBook and lowered AirPort Extreme range under Panther, heat issues with the iBook 14" and PowerBook 15", using Cocoa or Swing for the UI of Java applications, discussion on muting the startup chime, and Panther mail problems.
Roxio has posted Toast 6.03 updater, after offering details of the changes earlier this week. The update also includes CD Spin Doctor 2.0.2 and Motion Pictures 1.0.3 and supports English, French, German, Italian and Japanese. [21.3MB] PandaWare has updated TimeCache 5.1.6, its $50 time and expense billing application. It fixes problems under Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther) as well as other bugs. In addition, PandaWare has release DiskWrangler 1.0.2, a file launcher and browser for Mac OS X. [Download - TimeCache; DiskWrangler] St. Clair Software has posted a new public beta version of Default Folder X, its utility for enhancing Open and Save dialogs in Mac OS X. Version 1.9.2b1 improves performance of its new hierarchical menus, corrects bugs that could cause it to crash, and resolves many minor problems. [Download - 3.7MB] Postfix Enabler lets users activate Mac OS X 10.3's built-in mail server with "just one click." Although Postfix on Panther is not that difficult to configure using the command line, the developer says using Postfix Enabler is still faster than doing it manually. [Download - 174KB] Chronopath today released MacVault 1.0.2, an update to its $15 data organization application. This version addresses legal issues regarding the prior product name. A limited trial is available. [Download - 1.5MB] Burnz is a drag-and-drop disc-burning application ($13) is "at least twice as fast as the Finder on most Macs". It supports any burner and disc media supported by Apple (CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, etc.); supports pure ISO, RockRidge and Joliet discs; does not require a disc's-worth of free space on the startup volume; and supports rapid burning of multiple discs of the same data." [981KB] Xupport 2.0b3 updates the all-in-one interface for Mac OS X with a new Pipe firewall log to ipfw.log (Mac OS X 10.2 and 10.3) and other bug fixes. The $20 shareware provides a clean GUI to configure many Mac OS X options, that are not or hard to configure manually, and much more. [408KB] Apple's Java 1.4.1 update is being revised to "provide better compatibility with changes made in other recent software updates, according to Apple's Knowledge Base.
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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