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Macworld has announced the winners of its 2004 Editors' Choice Awards. Photoshop Elements 3, GarageBand, the iMac G5, iPod mini, Xserve G5, BBEdit 8.0, FileMaker Pro 7, Halo: Combat Evolved, QuarkXPress 6.5, and OmniWeb 5.0.1 were among the products honored for excellence in their respective categories. Thirty-two products were selected, among thousands of Mac software and hardware offerings
Research firm Piper Jaffray on Friday said an update on iTunes downloads provided yesterday by Apple points to a moderate upside for the computer company. "Piper Jaffray said that based on Apple's iTunes update Thursday, the weekly iTunes run rate is about 5.5 million songs per week, up from 3.5 million to 4.0 million in the fiscal fourth quarter ended September. The research firm raised its fiscal first-quarter iTunes download estimate to 68.5 million from 52.1 million and that downloads could reach 474 million in calendar 2005, compared with Piper Jaffray's current estimate for 256 million." Piper Jaffray maintained an "outperform" rating on Apple with a $100 price target.
DVD Database X 1.5 ($20) is a full-featured database program designed to help you keep track of any size DVD collection. The program features include, ease of use, an intuitive interface, online movie lookup, customizable DVD label and jacket printing, and more. Version 1.5 adds support for UPC Barcode Scanners, Amazon.com Integration, and iPod Export. [Download - 2.4MB] Battery 2.1 is the ultimate drum sampler for creating and fine-tuning all of the percussive elements in any production. The latest version delivers Direct-From-Disk streaming, MIDI CC automation, In-Kit-Preview, and enhanced output configuration facilities. Additionally, Battery 2.1 offers a new import browser, extended Rex import, improved host automation, and various other improvements. [Download - 23.7] Audiocorder 4.2.0 ($20)c is a program which allows your Mac to act as a sophisticated audio recorder. In one mode, it operates as a volume operated (VOX) audio recorder, but the software may also be programmed with a recording schedule, specifying when it should start and stop recording, much like a VCR. The latest version adds several improvements, including a buffered record feature and a "sound grab" feature to record sounds that have already occurred, as well as several bug fixes. [Mac OS X - 604KB] [Classic - 621KB] EchoMac 1.14 allows any licensed amateur radio user using MacOS X to connect and talk to another amateur radio operator on a remote system whether it is a repeater, link, conference room or another computer user. The new version adds optional Growl notifications, the beginnings of a HELP doc, Airport fixes and more. [Download - 118KB] Stock Investment Guide 1.5.6 ($40) is an application that allows stock investment club members to perform NAIC-style securities analysis. The latest version adds the current 52-week High & Low price bar to the Graph and printed Report, and modifies the the user interface to provide one-button retrieval of online stock data. Version 1.5.6 also alters the ssg data file import routine and packs several bug fixes. [Mac OS X - 1.3 MB] [Classic - 1.2 MB]
Canadian consumers may soon be paying less for MP3 players like Apple's iPod after the Federal Court of Appeal ruled that special copyright levies applied to digital music players in the country are not legal, reports The Globe and Mail. The biggest charges have been paid by iPod buyers, which have among the largest capacity to store music. In Canada, the $400 price tag for an iPod has included a $25 copyright levy. "A 71-page decision by Mr. Justice Marc Noël found that although the Copyright Board of Canada was seeking to protect music writers and performers from the “harm” caused by digital copying of music when it imposed the MP3 levies last December, the board did not have the legislative authority to do so." As a result of Thursday's decision, the levy can no longer be collected. Apple was unavailable to comment on whether a price decrease is in the works.
This morning, subscribers to Apple's .Mac internet service will be greeted by a number of new 'holiday' membership perks, including a free game and downloadable chapters from a new Mac book. In the game, Holiday Express from HipSoft, gamers will travel across the country loading the train with beautiful pictures—including their own custom images. The holiday game normally retails for $20. To compliment this freebee, members are also being offered a 25% discount on any existing Mac game from HipSoft, including Digby's Donuts, Flip Words!, and Trivia Machine. Also, .Mac members are offered two free downloadable chapters from Robin Williams "Cool Mac Apps" book. The chapters cover .Mac's HomePage and Backup applications. Members may also purchase the book in its entirety at a 30% discount.
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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