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Radical Breeze today announced that DiscBlaze 4, a new version of the CD and DVD burning software, will be released on June 25th.† This new version adds support for burning VideoCDs and MP3 CDs and more. Additionally, it offers the ability to set a custom disc icon, support for burning more disc image formats, faster creation of ISO and DMG files, and an enhanced AppleScript dictionary. DiscBlaze 4 will sell for $25.† Users who purchase DiscBlaze 3.2 between now and June 25th for $19 will receive a free update to version 4.† In addition, the Radical Breeze 6 Pack (DiscBlaze, Macabinet, DoThisNow, RadicalPhoto, RadicalSqueeze and Zephyr) can be purchased for only $25 through the end of June.
Adaptive Equalization has been updated to include a larger preview and an improved blending function. Adaptive Equalization is a plug-in for Photoshop that implements a method for enhancing local contrast in images. [Download - 573KB] MaxNews 1.0b1 is a flexible and effective Mac OS X/Classic Usenet newsreader. It allows users to read and compose both news articles and e-mail messages. The Web site has not been updated yet with full details. [Download - OS X, Classic] Auction Tender 6.0 is a customer support tool for the small business and online auction businesses. Colourfull Creations has updated it to offer improved stability, improved International support, and more. Registration is $20. [Download - 2.7MB] TimeNet 2x is a utility for lawyers, consultants, graphic designers, programmers, and other entrepreneurs to keep track of time spent on projects, present clients with a clear invoice, and keep invoices organized. It costs $88, and can keep track of unlimited clients, jobs, and categories. [Download - form] iBarcoder ($25) helps users create many types of barcodes, text and shape objects and print them on any of the Avery label templates provided or make custom label format. Other objects, like text and graphics can be added to your documents. [Download - 410KB] Preferential Treatment 1.0.1 is a free tool that will check your preference files (both in the userís preference folder and the systemís preference folder) for corruption by using the ďplutilĒ command line tool. If it finds suspect files, it will list the files and allow you to reveal them in the Finder or move them to the trash. [Download - 159KB]
Evening tech news: The U.S. Senate could soon vote on whether to allow stiff civil lawsuits against suspected copyright violators; police are heading back to the classroom as a new breed of criminals turns to the Internet to prey on unsuspecting victims; Internet "spam" purveyors who hide behind false e-mail addresses could face up to 10 years in jail and fines of $25,000 per day under a new state law signed Wednesday by Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich.
Apple today released Mac OS X 10.3.4, an update that includes: "improved file sharing and directory services for Mac (AFP), UNIX (NFS), PPTP, and wireless networks; improved OpenGL technology and updated ATI and NVIDIA graphics drivers; improved disc burning and recording functionality; iPods connected via USB 2.0 are now recognized by iTunes and iSync; additional FireWire audio and USB device compatibility; updated Address Book, Mail, Safari, Stickies, and QuickTime applications; improved compatibility for third party applications; and previous standalone security updates. Apple has also posted Mac OS X Server 10.3.4.
FileMaker today announced that users who purchase FileMaker Server 7 are eligible to receive $200 off the new FileMaker Professional Training Foundation Series II Curriculum in a limited time offer (ends September 17, 2004). "The curriculum, one of the most-comprehensive training resources available for FileMaker 7 products, provides the information and materials needed to master FileMaker 7 essentials for developing and deploying professional FileMaker 7 solutions. It includes instructor-led classroom training taught within centers exclusively authorized by FileMaker with up to 13 comprehensive course modules and materials." The Series II training classes are scheduled to begin in late June.
Aspyr today announced that it is now shipping Medal of Honor Allied Assault Breakthrough: "you take the role of Sergeant John Baker, a tough-as-nails infantryman in the 34th 'Red Bull' Division. Bakerís ready attitude and extraordinary composure under fire got him 'volunteered' for many extraordinary missions. As Baker, youíll join the American push across the deserts of Northern Africa and through the central mountains of Italy toward Rome." It offers 11 new single-player levels, nine new multiplayer levels, 12 new weapons, and 25 new soldiers. The $30 expansion pack runs on Mac OS 9/X and will be in stores around the US on June 1st.
IGG Software has updated iWork 2.1.1 ($30), its intuitive time-billing and invoicing application and iBank 1.4 ($20), an easy to use financial manager. New features in iWork 2.1.1 include the ability to change invoice margins, improved iCal integration and several more enhancements and bug fixes. iBank 1.4 offers anentirely new stock quote retrieval engine, a pop-up category chooser, category batch changing, improved undo and other enhancements. iWork and iBank offer synchronization so that finished projects in iWork can be seamlessly added to accounts in iBank. A "business package" bundles both applications for $40.
LAJ Design today announced Listen Later 1.0, its cross-platform application that0 allows users to listen to their work by letting the computer read your documents to files. "Students can take chapter PDF files and change them to AIFF files that can be burned to a CD or moved to your iPod to listen as you travel. Users can import text, PDF, html, or inputted text and have options to select the computer voice, rate, and volume. A demo of the software for Mac OS X runs as a save-enabled 20-day demo until registered ($24).
Aspyr today announced that it will ship its Adrenaline Sports Pack in July: "Players can take home Wakeboarding Unleashed featuring Shaun Murray, Kelly Slaterís Pro Surfer and Tony Hawkís Pro Skater 4 in one convenient gaming pack. Get ready to rip across the lake, compete with huge waves and tear through the streets." Each of the titles runs on Mac OS X 10.2.6 or later. The bundle is expected to ship July 12 for $20.
Popular Telephony today announced Peerio444, its Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) application powered by serverless peer-to-peer technology. Peerio444 turns a PC into a fully functioning telephone that allows users to make unlimited, free calls via the Internet to other PCs, as well as low-cost PC-to-phone calls. A forthcoming enterprise application will also enable companies to create and deploy a wide-scale serverless IP telephony network. The software provides users with voicemail, call waiting, call hold, call transfer, contact management and filters. Windows and LInux versions are currently in beta testing, while Mac compatibility is planned for later this year.
Apple Japan took the No. 2 spot in the PC category in Nikkei BP Consulting's annual after-sales services survey, according to NE Asia Online: "Apple Japan Inc went up to second place from last year's sixth place in the personal computers category, reducing the customer satisfaction points between Dell to 12.5 points from more than 30 points last year. Meanwhile, Apple took an entirely different approach from Dell [with its 24-hour, 365-day phone support]. Its big move was to offer face-to-face service at "Apple Store, Ginza," Apple's first retail store in Japan that opened in November 2003."
SubRosaSoft today released VolumeWorks 1.0, a Mac OS X utility that enables a user to resize and manage partitions (volumes) on hard drives without destroying the data on the drive. It allows users to resize partitions on-the-fly without erasing them, supports virtually any volume (ATA, SCSI, FireWire, and USB), includes a streamlined UI, can hide partitions for privacy, and offers custom Icons for newly created partitions. VolumeWorks is $50 and runs on Mac OS X 10.2 or later. A CD version is $60 (plus shipping).
The X Lab has published "Troubleshooting Mac OS X, Second Edition," a major update to the e-book dedicated to preventing or resolving common problems with Mac OS X. The Second Edition covers both Mac OS X 10.3 Panther and Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar. The e-book format enables the reader to quickly find the solution to any of the numerous Mac OS X problems addressed in the nearly 500 pages. The book is extensively hyperlinked and cross-referenced. Pricing begins at $15 for a single-user license.
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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
Google prevails in UK street mapping case
Possibly setting the stage for other court battles in the UK, a High Court fight between Google and StreetMap.EU has concluded in Google's favor. StreetMap.EU claimed that Google's dominance in the field destroyed the 20-year-old firm's business, when Google started promoting its own service in search results over the older company's -- the judge disagreed. Commercial director Kate Sutton said after the judgment that "StreetMap has been frozen in time; because of what Google did, StreetMap has not been able to properly invest in the website since 2007." An appeal is planned. http://bloom.bg/1KKhECt