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Benjamin Reed has compiled Konqueror for Mac OS X, after recently porting the KUniqueApplication class. "Considering Konqueror is a fairly complex application, it looks like we're hitting a point where apps will start getting easier to build." Currently, Konqueror binaries are not available for download, and "probably won't be for a bit until things get cleaned up more." According to Reed's blog, "next up is KOffice."
Methodshop observes that the popular Blink II digital camera is not compatible with Mac OS X, unlike the majority of cameras that allow OS X users to "plug-n-play." SiPix, maker of the Blink II, has been contacted by Mac users, but has said it doesn't believe there is a market. Methodshop is encouraging Mac users to "prove them wrong" and express an interest in software for the camera. "All they need to do is write a few lines of code so iPhoto will recognize their products."
Koingo Software has released Slideshow Magic 2.0, a $10 shareware utility for creating picture slideshows (with the option of an audio track): "Compile your home photo album into a slideshow and send it out! Slideshow Magic is easy enough for anyone to use, but has more than enough advanced features to keep Pro users happy (like the ability to define your export codec)." Version 2.0 adds keyboard navigation, drag & drop of folders, a new toolbar, scale/cropping options, and other changes.
dincTYPE is celebrating the arrival of 2004 with a free ten-font set of some of its "greatest commercial typefaces," all with international character sets. These fonts range from retro to modern, and will be available for one week only to celebrate 2004. This is also the last week dincTYPE is offering its set of five Retro Clip Art fonts.
The Final Cut Pro User Group Network, which consists of over 30 FCP UGs throughout the world, will hold a gathering at Macworld on January 7, beginning at 7:00PM at the Mezzanine Club in downtown San Francisco. FCP Creator and Chief Architect, Randy Ubillos will discuss Final Cut Pro 4, while Sean Cullen will talk about using FCP in the motion picture 'Cold Mountain.' There will be food and drink available and doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is first come first serve and is limited. A $5.00 donation will be requested at the door for this event and it is open to the public.
ArsTechnica has published its Mac.Ars annual year-end report. In it, Mac.Ars takes a look back at "the good, the bad, and the ugly" in 2003, and looks ahead to 2004. "2003 was a big year for Apple, and arguably its most successful in over a decade on a number of metrics." Categories of discussion include pro and consumer desktops, laptops, and "software and gadgets."
For a limited time, Prosoft is offering Data Recycler for Mac OS X at 50% off (promotion code DRY004). "Once you load this software, you never have to worry about accidentally deleting files in OS X," explains the developer. Typically, deleted files cannot be recovered without professional help, but Data Recycler simplifies the task.
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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