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Syncro Soft today released oXygen XML Editor 5.0, an update to its XML Editor and XSLT Debugger. Version 5.0 adds XSLT 2.0 Editor and Debugger, XPath 2.0 evaluator, XQuery Editor, WSDL Editor and SOAP Analyzer, SVG Viewer and several other new features and improvements. It provides complete XSLT 2.0 support including editing, validating and debugging XSLT 2.0 stylesheets as well as transforming XML documents using XSLT 2.0 stylesheets. It also offers short documentation along with XSLT 2.0 element or attribute in the content completion. It can be run on Mac OS X or an Eclipse plugin. It is available for $100.
M-Audio today announced its new PCI card in its Delta line: the Audiophile 192 digital audio interface card. Building on the M-Audio Audiophile 2496, the Audiophile 192 is a PCI 2.2 digital audio interface featuring high-definition 24-bit/192kHz sampling rate via analog and digital I/O. The unit also incorporates a standard 1x1 MIDI interface. It also features analog connectivity via 1/4" TRS balanced connections. A second set of 1/4" TRS outs is dedicated to direct hardware input monitoring. The S/PDIF coaxial digital I/O features 2-channel PCM with SCMS copy protection control, as well as pass-through of surround-encoded AC-3 and DTS pass-through. It will ship later this month for $200.
Apple Logic Node Performance Patch 1.0 increases Logic Node performance under Mac OS X. The Logic Node application allows distributed audio processing. You can expand the processing capacity of your Logic system by offloading calculations for software instrument and/or effect generation to other, networked Macintosh computers. [Download - 320KB] AirPort 4.0.2 for Windows provides compatibility with Windows XP with Service Pack 2."AirPort Express with AirTunes allows users to play music from their Mac or PC directly to their home stereo or powered speakers. The highly portable AirPort Express can be used alone or added to an existing Wi-Fi network." [Download - 7.5MB] ClipClavin is a small utility that sits in the menubar and allows users to quickly copy and send Safari text, Safari URL's and even the clipboard to any e-mail address. The demo version lasts for 5 launches; registration is $5. [Download - 286KB] Search Monkey Pro ($10) allows users to" quickly and conveniently" search the Internet from any application. "No more flipping between applications to get the spelling or punctuations correct. No need to first load a Web page just to get the site's search box loaded. Just click your Control key twice, and Search Monkey Pro comes to the foreground." [Download - 1.5MB] DVD Database X 1.4 ($20) is a full-featured database program designed to help you keep track of any size DVD collection. New features in version 1.4 include: multiple record selection and printing, multiple IMDB.com lookups, custom printing with WYSIWYG templates, Address Book Integration, and bug fixes. [Download - 1.9MB] MRWFormat 2.1 ($30) is plug-in for Adobe Photoshop (and other compatible software) to open and pre-process raw images taken by Minolta DiMAGE digital still cameras. With version 2.1, the User Guide was updated, it is possible to override "factory defaults," and support for Dynax 7D was added. [Download - 1.4MB]
Topics of discussion on the MacNN forums today include:the manufacturing and assembly origins of Power Mac G5s.... speculation about upcoming PowerBook updates.... a new Mac user's impressions of their new iMac G5.... speculation about a color-screen iPod or similar device rumored to be released by Apple soon.... users experiences with Office 2004 Service Pack 1.
In Brief: The Apple Store has added refurbished models of the 30GB iPod (non-click wheel for $280).... Amazon.com has posted a March 31, 2005 ship date for Mac OS X Tiger, although there has been no official announcement from Apple.... This year's NBC 10 Technology & Lifestyle Expo will feature a presence by MacBUS, Philadelphia's only business-oriented Macintosh User Group.... Rogue Amoeba will be demonstrating its products at the next SJAUG (South New Jersey) meeting on Friday, October 22nd.... A PC World columnist wonders if the recent focus on the security of Mac OS X will attract more hackers to the platform.
KeynotePro has released two new themes: OM for Keynote and Proof (+) and (-) for iDVD. "The OM theme style is light & soothing - creating a defined structre around the interplay of color and accent. The layouts are designed with a an eye toward simplicity - a crisp contrast of Sage & Cucumber on white breaking components of each layout into its principal parts." Proof (+) and (-) for iDVD includes 4 distinct themes in both (+) and (-) palettes -- for a total of 8 complete theme files, in a mix of menu-style and Drop-Zone themes, which offer horizontal and vertical orientations in the 35mm Negative style. Each is available for $20.
Calerga today announced Sysquake 3, a major update to its flagship scientific software. SysQuake is flexible software for the design and simulation of dynamic system that provides interactive graphics to understand and solve complicated problems in mathematics, physics and engineering. Version 3.0 features a revised interface to offer an integrated environment for development and applications. It now supports databases (MySQL, SQLite), TCP/IP, and audio input/output. Sysquake also now includes Sysquake Application Builder, a new tool to create stand-alone royalty-free applications. Pricing is around $1900 with 30% discount to v2 users.
UK game development studio Feral Interactive today said that it is in the final stages of completing development on Chessmaster 9000 for the Mac and may ship the title as early as November. "Chessmaster 9000 introduces players to the rules and strategies of chess while building skills through fun yet comprehensive tutorials. It features the complete gameplay of more than 800 classic chess matchups, an improved chess engine for more than 150 different opponents with varying skill levels, a new 'Psychology of Competition' chess course, online/multiplayer game options, 3D gameplay, and more. The company has posted new screenshots of the Mac interface, saying it has spent considerable effort to bring Mac-like Aqua look to the "original game's 'rugged' Windows-like interface."
jzmo today announced the availability of a limited edition Think Pink Ribbon Keychain ($30) in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. jzmo also sells a limited edition Think Pink laptop case ($250). Proceeds from the sale of both items will be donated to fund research, education, screening, and treatment programs.
Primera Technology today announced that all of its Composer and Publisher-series DVD duplicators can now record DVD-R media at up to 16x speeds and offer 4x dual-layer functions. Utilizing Pioneer's new DVR-108 drive, all of Primera's duplications now record both DVD-R and DVD+R media at 16x and CD-Rs at 32x. Primera offers its Composer line of CD/DVD duplicators, Signature line of CD/DVD printers and its flagship CD/DVD publishing system called the Bravo II Disc Publisher.
The iPod Perspective says that Apple's business model may be too heavily dependent on the iPod: "Apple now makes more from its top line from iPod sales than from any single line of its computers. By revenue, the PowerBook notebook line is Apple's second most important product, accounting for $419 million, or just less than 18%, of sales for the quarter.... Take the iPod business away from Apple, and what's left? A company that sold 3.3 million computers in its fiscal 2004. That's less than 2% of the 176.5 million computers that market research firm IDC forecasts will be sold this calendar year. Apple's unit sales have improved a paltry 7% since 2002."
Belkin today annnounced TunePower, a rechargeable battery pack, and TuneBase, a device that holds and charges your iPod mini in any vehicle. The TunePower ($100) provides 8-10 hours of additional play time--even when the iPod's internal battery is drained. It includes three sleeve sizes to accommodate all iPod and iPod mini players with dock connectors as well as offers a power-level indicator. Its detachable DC/FireWire cable can charge both the iPod and the TunePower simultaneously, when used with the Apple-supplied AC wall charger (bundled with the iPod) or when used with any FireWire port. The TunePower also features a protective case design. The TuneBase ($50) for the iPod mini features a cradle with a flexible-steel neck that powers and charges your mini simultaneously from any cigarette lighter outlet. Both products will begin shipping in North America on October 25, 2004.
breve 2.0 is a free, open-source software package which makes it easy to build 3D simulations of decentralized systems and artificial life. Users define the behaviors of agents in a 3D world and observe how they interact. breve includes physical simulation and collision detection to simulate realistic creatures as well as includes a rich OpenGL display engine to visualize your simulated worlds. Version 2.0 includes a full integration of the "Push" language for evolutionary computation, a new API to interface with breve simulations from other languages, a revamped garbage collection system, improved graphics and rendering capabilities, and major optimizations.
MaxUpgrades today announced the iMove for the iMac G5, a computer display positioning table that enables users to change the position of the iMac G5, for optimum viewing angle and distance relative to user posture. The iMove is available for bptj iMac G5 (20-inch and 17-inch models). "Dynamically positioning your iMac G5 brings a new level of interactivity between man and machine. It breathes life into a stationary computer. iMove gives the iMac G5 complete freedom of movement in virtually every direction across the desk." The iMac G5 stand foot fits in the groove of the iMove which is supported on spherical rollers that allows effortless movement of the iMac G5. With iMove, motion in virtually any direction is possible and every position allows the user to swivel (rotate) the display a full 360 Degrees.
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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