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Apple will expand distribution of the iPod in Australia , according to Digital Connect News: "From 1 April, iPods will be gradually rolled out and sold nationwide through Myer, Target, Megamart and Domayne stores. This greatly increases the retail presence of Apple’s star product, which was previously only available through Apple Centres and resellers, David Jones and the on-line Apple Store."
4D announced today that version 2003.3 of its Server software has been released. 4D 2003.3 is a significant release for current 4D 2003 users with many bug fixes and powerful networking protocol enhancements. "4D Server is increasingly being used in larger, more business-critical environments [...] this release enhances 4D Server's networking capabilities to allow our developers to provide even more robust and higher performing business solutions."
HP recently announced the HP Officejet 9100 series all-in-ones, three new cost-effective ink-based devices that are designed to increase workplace efficiency with their digital sending capabilities. Digital sending allows users to scan/copy directly to PDF and send paper documents without a dedicated computer. Documents can be printed, stored, forwarded or print to file. Pricing ranges from $600 to $1000 (available April 15).
The underlying architecture of Intel's notebook and desktop chip families will be reunited by 2007; The video game industry is facing a 'crisis of creativity' as aging gamers' tastes increasingly shift toward sequels and games based on movies, industry participants said this week; Internet viruses are overwhelming Europe's small business sector with 22 percent of these companies closing down operations to recover from recent attacks.
Destineer's MacSoft today announced that it is shipping Unreal Tournament 2004 for the Macintosh--less than two weeks after release of the PC version. MacSoft says that Unreal Tournament 2004 for Macintosh should be available in retail stores in the US by the end of this week and in Europe within two weeks: "With 95 levels, many with very large, highly detailed maps, Unreal Tournament ships on DVD only and carries a suggested retail price of $40. As an added bonus, owners of Unreal Tournament 2003 are eligible for a $10 mail-in rebate." It runs on a 933MHz G4 or G5 Mac running Mac OS X 10.2.8 or higher.
Bare Bones Software today released BBEdit 7.1.3, the latest version of its HTML and text editor for the Macintosh. BBEdit 7.1.3 is a maintenance release to fix reported issues and add interface enhancements and refinements. It is available free of charge to all registered BBEdit 7.0 and 7.1 customers. The full version is available for $180. All registered owners of BBEdit 2.5 and later are eligible to upgrade to BBEdit 7.1 for $50 (registered users of BBEdit 6.5) or $60 (registered users of BBEdit 6.1 and older).
Raining Data has released Omnis Studio 4.0. an update to the company's Rapid Application Development (RAD) application. It offers increased integration, productivity, and flexibility, including native access to MySQL, access to J2SE Java based objects, Studio applets that allow Omnis code to be published to other environments such as Windows CE, and JDBC connectivity. Version 4 also offers improvements to the development environment, which it says "greatly reduce the time required to write and debug code." It is available for $250.
Global IP Sound today released a Mac OS version of its GIPS VoiceEngine, which provides developers with a complete toolkit for integrating voice-related components of soft client Voice over IP (VoIP) solutions into their own solution. GIPS VoiceEngine is a software plug-in designed to handle all voice-related tasks for VoIP soft clients in PC or PDA environments and is compatible with all IP telephony standards (G.711, SIP, H.323, etc.).
Extensis today announced Portfolio 7 Server, its enterprise-strength digital asset management solution that enables workgroups to organize, retrieve, repurpose, and distribute digital files quickly. Among version 7's new features is AutoSync, which allows users to assign tasks to Portfolio Server, enabling automatic synchronization; and a NetPublish Module, a dynamic, template-based tool that streamlines the process of publishing Portfolio content to the web. Portfolio 7 Server will ship in April for Windows and in May for Mac OS X for $3,500. NetPublish Server licenses will be available for $2,000. In February, Extensis announced Portfolio 7, which will also ship in May for $200.
Aspyr Media today announced that Call of Duty has hit beta and will be released in May. Pre-orders for the World War II-themed first-person shooter are being taken now for $50. On Friday, Aspyr announced that Space Colony also hit beta. The $30 game simulation game sees players building and managing their own space colony.
Tom Yager's most recent Ahead of the Curve column for InfoWorld tackles Apple's segmented customer base, which the company is able to capitalize off of. "Members of a core group feel recognized and protected, as though their preferred vendor exists to serve them alone. To those who only need PowerBooks, Apple is a notebook maker. If you make music or author DVDs, Apple is exclusively devoted to the needs of creative professionals. If you’re in business, Apple puts high-density Unix servers and storage in the PC price range; they’re a budding enterprise vendor. Pretty smart."
Chemical Computing Group today announced plans to release a version of its Molecular Operating Environment (MOE) for Mac OS X next month. MOE is a comprehensive system that integrates visualization, molecular modeling, protein modeling, cheminformatics and bioinformatics in one package. CCG decided to develope a Mac OS X version "in response to growing demand for life science software [for the platform]."
WinSwitch 1.0 (free) modifies Apple's Faster User Switching menu item by removing the name of the user from the menu bar, freeing up space. Additionally, it also prevents users from being listed who shouldn't be and properly aligns the icons of those who are. dinc! Super Six Pack (free) is a new collection of fonts from dincFONTS. The new fonts include Joe College, One Inch Rock, Ya Ya Baby, Blondie, Sha La La, and Lower East Side. RatMaster 1.0 ($20) is a new puzzle game that requires players to guide a rat through a maze to a piece of cheese by moving pieces of the maze to construct a clear path. The game has a range of difficulty levels to accommodate all kinds of players. HandBrake 0.6.1 (free) is the latest version of the transcoding software that can rip a DVD into a MPEG-4, AVI, or OGM file. The maintenace update corrects a bug with the previous version.
Topics of discussion on the MacNN forums today include: Apple's reported correction of noise issues in the latest production Power Mac G5s; a new custom Power Mac G4 Cube case from PowerLogix; a user's PowerBook battery that reportedly exploded while in use; photos of members new 20" iMac setups; continued discussion of (premature) iPod battery wear; members' overall final impressions of Mac OS X 10.3, after several months of usage.
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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