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Sun Microsystems has hired a new vice president of marketing for its Solaris operating system, luring Tom Goguen from Apple Computer, CNet News.com reports. Goguen had worked for Sun on the Solaris OS in the 1990s and most recently returned to company on Nov. 1. Sun plans to debut its newest version, Solaris 10, on Nov. 15 and intends to make the OS open-source software in an effort to lure new programmer interest. "Sun and Apple rarely compete directly in the computer marketplace, but Goguen's move could increase one corporate rivalry: hockey. The two companies have squared off annually in Sun Chief Executive Scott McNealy's favorite sport, and Goguen had played on Apple's team." At Apple, Goguen was director of server software in the company's Worldwide Product Marketing group.
Shares of Apple rose as high as $54.08 in Nasdaq Stock Market composite trading, the highest since Sept. 26, 2000, three days before Apple stock lost half its value amid lower-than-expected sales of Macintosh computers...PlamSource today announced Jean-Louis Gassée has been appointed Chairman of the PalmSource Board of Directors. Gassée spent nearly a decade at Apple before departing in 1990 to form Be, Inc...In addition to its two USB Trees, Addlogix is now shipping a $15 glowing USB powered Snowman with a built-in color changing LED that cycles through 4 different colors...Magnet, otherwise known as Norwegian folk/electro musician Even Johansen, is releasing a five-song companion EP to On Your Side--his latest album--exclusively on iTunes.
Mireth Technology has announced the launch of the Mac SVCD Software Bundle, digital video software that gives you everything you need to convert, burn and play Super VCD (SVCD) on Mac OS X. The bundle includes Mireth’s iVCD, all-in-one MPEG encoder/converter and VCD & SVCD burner, Mireth’s MacVCD X Video Player, and Apple’s Quicktime MPEG-2 Playback component. The Mac SVCD Software Bundle for Mac OS X is available as a software download or on CD-ROM, starting at $55.
KW Media Group has released their new DVD, "Photoshop Elements 3 for Beginners." The DVD features Scott Kelby, best-selling author of "The Photoshop Elements Book for Digital Photographers," who covers all the essential tools and key features in Adobe's consumer image editor, allowing users at all levels to get up to speed quickly and start using Elements 3 effectively. The DVD is priced at $40 and is available now.
Miglia Technology has announced Harmony Express, a miniature sound card that connects to your USB 2.0 port. At approximately the size of a USB memory stick, Harmony Express installs easily and lets you fully enjoy the sound quality of your speaker system through its virtual 5.1 output jack. The sound card supports both the Mac and PC operating systems, without the need to install any additional drivers. Its small form factor also makes it ideal for notebook users who wish to connect to a 5.1 sound system. Harmony Express will begin shipping from Miglia on November 15 for $60.
WiebeTech has released a Serial ATA version of its Mac Recovery line of products, which allows Mac OS X users to recover data from corrupt or crashed 3.5" Serial ATA drives. WiebeTech bundles its new TrayDock--SATA version hardware with a personal user version of Prosoft Engineering's Data Rescue software allowing Mac OS X users to easily extract data from corrupted drives. The TrayDock is a low-profile enclosure which has two daisy-chainable FireWire 800 ports and a USB2 port. Additional drive types supported are 2.5" notebook drives ($150) and 3.5" desktop IDE drives, which provide either FW400 ($150) or FW800/FW400/USB2 ($200) connectivity. The SATA version is $200.
Belkin has introduced a new TuneBase FM for the iPod mini that lets users power, charge, and play music simultaneously. The TuneBase FM works from any cigarette lighter outlet in the car and offers 4 programmable memory channels for quick tuning. The adapter includes a custom-designed swivel cradle and can also deliver line-out sound quality with a cassette adapter or audio cable through 3.5mm audio output. The product will begin shipping in North America on November 22, 2004 for $80.
Slated 1.0 ($9) is an iCal utility that automatically imports all your Evites into iCal. You enter the email address where you receive Evites and your Evite.com password. Slated will then take care of the grunt work and import the Evite data into your iCal calendar. The software is free to evaluate it in a state of limited functionality for 30 days. [Download -312KB] PopChar X 2.2.1 ($20) is a handy tool for typing unusual characters without having to remember their keyboard combinations. The new version is a maintenance release that fixes a problem where PopChar X 2.2 could unexpectedly quit in rare situations. The upgrade is free for customers having purchased their license within the last two years. [Download -1.0MB] Ch CGI Toolkit 3.51 for Mac OS X is C/C++ interpreter for cross-platform scripting, 2D/3D plotting, numerical computing, shell programming and embedded scripting. Ch CGI toolkit is also a C++ toolkit for CGI programming in C/C++. It can run in Ch across different platforms without compilation. The software is free for commercial and personal use. [Download -350KB] Octirama is a full-featured, multi-band dynamics processor for 5.1 Surround Mastering for the Digidesign TDM environment. Octirama incorporates sophisticated four- and five-band processing for each of five channels, plus sophisticated bass management for precise control of peaks and loudness. This product is not yet available and pricing has yet to be announced. Vuescan 8.1.5 is the latest version of the software that enables users to easily produce better looking digital images from color snapshots, negatives, slides and documents. This revision adds support for the entire range of Canon scanners. [Download -2.0MB] Icon Machine 3.1 ($25) has been released, adding a preferences dialog with several customizable options. Icon Machine is a shareware icon editor for all icon sizes and color depths, with drawing tools, integrated mask editing, and the ability to import images from Photoshop. [Download -754KB]
Griffin Technology Inc said today that it has begun shipping its EarJams product. Introduced this summer at Mac Expo in Paris, EarJams snap onto your iPod’s existing earbud-style headphones and significantly increase the bass output, volume level and comfort. A sonic enhancing cone transmits the sound directly into the ear. The $15 earphones also includes a small canvas carrying case and 3 sizes of EarJam pads.
The mi2g Intelligence Unit said that the most comprehensive study it has ever undertaken reveals that the world's safest and most secure 24/7 online computing environment is proving to be the Open Source platform of BSD and Mac OS X based on Darwin, writes the thestar online. The study was conducted over the last 12 months, the deadliest yearly period in terms of malware -- viruses, worms and trojans -- proliferation targeting Windows-based machines, in which over 200 countries and tens of millions of computers worldwide have been infected.
Tekkeon this week announced myPower for iPod, a new iPod case that combines a built in rechargeable lithium polymer battery with a portable dock case. The lightweight, all-in-one device costs $90 and provides 4th generation (4G) iPod and iPod Photo users with an extra 32 hours of extended play time, 3G iPod users with up to 20 additional hours, and iPod mini users with up to 28 additional hours.
Sonnet Technologies today announced that its $100 PodFreq FM transmitter for iPod now includes a car charger at no additional cost. The charger works in any standard +12V cigarette lighter/auxiliary power socket, and plugs into PodFreq's FireWire port to charge the iPod. Features include a replaceable fuse to prevent damage in case of a power surge or short circuit, an extendable, coiled cord, and an LED power indicator. PodFreq is a high-fidelity FM transmitter that connects to the iPod dock and is capable of broadcasting tunes from an iPod to any nearby FM radio. The device is compatible with all 3G and 4G iPods, but not the iPod mini.
Amazon.com subsidiary A9.com this week released a version of its Internet toolbar for the Firefox Web browser, according to CNET News.com. The toolbar will offer the same features to users of the Mozilla open-source software as it does for other browsers, including a "bookmarks" function, which lets users save favorite Web sites and access them from any PC, and "diary," which lets users save notes to themselves. The toolbar is compatible with the Mac OS, Windows, and Linux operating systems.
Different District has announced the immediate availability of a DVD that includes all of the original Macintosh ads, from before 1984, to the present time."For only $9 users can purchase the DVD, and own not only a piece of Mac history, but a video tour through all 20 years of Macintosh." The disc includes over 270 of the greatest Apple ads, 5 keynote presentations, and takes users on a advertising tour from before the Macintosh started, in the early days of the Apple, all the way to the most recent iPod ads.
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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