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Batch 1.5 ($16) allows batch processing of images, offers an image browser, can create slide shows, and can generate image indexes. The new release includes a new feature called imagemarking, for treating images differently based on their designation. [Download - 2.7MB] PDF Browser Plugin 2.2 adds PDF viewer functionality to your Web browser using Quartz technology built into Mac OS X. Version 2.2 improves stability, increases accuracy of standard size on most displays, and offers optional display of real page numbers in addition to page labels while scrolling. [Download - 2.7MB] Studio Manager 7.0 ($400) is a FileMaker-based management tool created specifically for designers and other creative professionals. Instead of the previous 28 files, Studio Manager 7.0 is now a single file which makes a dramatic difference in file loading, backup, and user access. [Download - form] Ch 5.0 ($400) is an embeddable C/C++ interpreter for cross-platform scripting, 2D/3D plotting, numerical computing, shell programming and embedded scripting. The new release supports multi-threading in embedded scripting and provides Borland Builder project sample for embedded Ch. [Download - form] Spark 2.0.1 (free) is an easy shortcuts manager that allows users to create Hot Keys to launch applications and documents, execute AppleScript, control iTunes, and more. Users can also export and import Hot Keys libraries, or save a library in HTML format. [Download - 2.3MB] Yasu 1.0.2 (free) is a Mac OS X system optimization utility developed with System Administrators who service large groups of workstations in mind, enabling them to perform a specific group of maintenance tasks quickly within a few clicks. The latest version fixes a bug with the authentication field not and introduces an Italian localization. [Download - 1.2MB]
In Brief: Apple will provide an audio broadcast of Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer's presentation on March 8 (2:45 PM PST) at Morgan Stanley Semiconductor & Systems Conference 2005.... People using wireless net hotspots will be able to make free phone calls as well as surf the net, as wireless provider Broadreach and net telephony firm Skype prepare to rollout the service at 350 hotspots around the UK.... Napster's modest increased revenue guidance for its fiscal fourth quarter (by $1 million to $15 million) pushed its stock upwards, while dragging down Apple stock.... Netscape has released the first beta of the revived Netscape 8 browser (for Windows only) based on Firefox--with a focus on security and user privacy as well as rendering with both Mozilla's Gecko and Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser engines.
The Iconfactory has released two new add-on sets for the Porcelain stock icon series ($350). Porcelain: Database Add-On is an extension of the original stock icon set and includes icons covering such specialized concepts as tables, scripts, records, and many others. The second set, Porcelain: Multimedia, extends the original collection into the audio & visual realm with icons covering concepts such as mixing, effects, video and many others. Porcelain Database & Multimedia each contain 52 unique icons in multiple sizes and formats. Each set is available today for $180. In addition, when customers purchase any Porcelain collection, they also receive a layered Photoshop file that offers pre-designed sets of navbar and button graphics.
New York University is warning its students against wearing the earmark white earbud headphones that ship with Apple's iPod, according to AppleInsider. The university is reportedly warning users against using the white earbuds because of saftey concerns: "The tiny, white earbud headphones have become a telltale sign for thieves looking to hijack iPods in the fast-paced streets of Manhattan. This week members of the campus community began plastering NYU dorms with posters warning students not to wear the standard iPod headphones.....There have been an increasing number reports from students who've been held up by city crooks demanding that they hand over their iPod."
AccountMaster has released Mac OS X-native versions of two of its popular software titles. AccountMaster Dental Laboratory prepares invoices, arranges and prints statements, and handles accounts receivable review and evalution. This product was developed specifically for small dental laboratories. Invoices can be completed when the work arrives in the lab or after the work is done. Invoices can be printed individually or in a group and can include tooth shade, tooth number, alloy brand, and other useful information about the prosthesis. Similarly, AccountMaster Chiropractic records appointments, generates statements, automatically prepares HCFA-1500 insurance forms, and manages accounts receivable. Appointment records are created using patient information automatically supplied from the Patient file.
IGG Software has released the first public beta release of PlayPod 1.0, a new podcast client and RSS news viewer. It enables users to automatically receive podcasts (audio broadcasts) and RSS news feeds (from sites like MacNN) via a single interface. PlayPod 1.0b has an integrated podcast directory, iTunes and .Mac integration, and feed groups. It also offers podcast previewing and scheduled downloads. PlayPod comes pre-loaded with feeds and podcasts from several content providers, including MacNN's news feed. A 10-day trial of PlayPod is available, with subsequent registration costing $17.
This week the South Huntington Public Library on Long Island, New York, became one of the first public libraries in the country to loan out iPod shuffles, reports Wired News. For the past three weeks, the library ran a pilot program using the portable MP3 devices to store audio books downloaded from the Apple iTunes Music Store. They started with six shuffles, and now are up to a total of 10. Each device holds a single audio book. The few library patrons that have checked them out seem to have had positive experiences. "It's changed the books on tape from a car-only experience to a bring-it-with-you experience," Lee Jacknow, 61, a retired professor of engineering said.
Pacific Rim is offering a protective gel case for the iPod shuffle, available in white, pink, charcoal, blue, and lime. The iPod Shuffle Gel Shields are available for $11 individually or $25 for a three-pack. The iPod Shuffle Gel Shield kits include a cover for the main body, and a colored end cap. The protective shields are thin enough to allow viewing and operation of the buttons on the front on the iPod shuffle. Made of silicone, "it will protect your music player from bumps, scratches and sticky fingers." The iPod Shuffle Gel Shield single and three-packs will begin shipping on Tuesday, March 8th.
Jumsoft has released Keynote Themes 4.0, now with 27 professional-grade themes and up to 24 layout masters specifically designed for each theme. Jumsoft more than doubles the number of themes standard in Apple’s Keynote. The new version "instills users with a whole lot of confidence that not everyone else will be using the same theme." Keynote Themes 4.0 was designed to be compatible with both Apple Keynote 1 and 2 (iWork '05). It retains 22 versatile themes from an earlier version and adds 5 new ones: Photography, Color, History, Movies and Nature. Keynote Themes 4.0 is $45 for new users or $20 to upgrade from the previous version.
Newer Technology and OWC today introduced a new high-capacity 750mAh replacement battery for all fourth-generation ("4G") Click Wheel iPod models. The NuPower 4G battery model offers the "maximum capacity possible" with 20 percent more capacity than the factory-installed battery shipped with 4G iPod models. The company also sells 2100mAh and 1800mAh iPod batteries, which offer up to 70 percent more capacity for first- and second-generation models, and the 850mAh iPod battery, which offers 30 percent more capacity for third-generation models. NewerTech 4G 750mAh iPod battery, available for $26, includes non-scratch installation tools and instructions for installation.
Maxprog has introduced Transaction 1.0 ($60), an online sales manager for software developers. Transaction is an easy-to-use, full featured and multi-purpose interactive data analysis and reporting tool intended to help control online sales. Transaction can serve several small to medium management needs for either private users, software developers or small businesses making keeping track of online sales easier. Through its all-in-one interface users can easily create new products and customers or add new transactions or expenses quickly. Transaction does require technical knowledge, can generate custom reports and queries, uses a fast SQL database engine, and offers ten types of charts, including earnings, units, and growth.
accessTunes 1.0 ($15) is a new program that provides always-on music sharing via iTunes and the Web. accessTunes starts sharing your iTunes Music Library as soon as you turn on your computer, making it available as a shared iTunes library on the local network, and accessible from anywhere in the world via the Web. [2.6MB] WireFusion 4.1 ($2000) allows 3D artists, Web developers and programmers to easily create interactive Web3D presentations from their X3D and VRML models. The new version offers several new features to improve Web3D and X3D handling. [form] SoftRAID 3.1.3 ($150) provides a software RAID backup solution for Mac OS X. Version 3.1.3 fixes bugs and also incorporates several changes which bring the product closer to full Mac OS X 10.4 compatability. [4.2MB] AB Transfer 1.0 (€20) reads, converts and imports contact data from files to the Mac OS X Address Book. An upcoming "pro" version will allows users to import data from database sources such as FileMaker, MySQL or generic ODBC sources. [1.5MB] Puzzability's Puzzle Trifecta ($10) is a unique collection of 100 interactive puzzles accessible from a Web browser. The Java-powered games are comprised of three popular types of puzzles culled from the Puzzability vaults: 20 "Blockbuster" sliding block puzzles, 40 "Say What?" quote puzzles, and 40 "Step by Step" word ladders. [1.5MB] Readerware 2.92 ($85) is the latest version of the tool for book lovers, collectors, researchers, or anyone who has to catalog and maintain a library. The new version includes a new image position preference, batch mode barcode reader support, improved ISBN/UPC error handling, and more. [4.0MB]
In brief:: Max Ziebell explains how the deceptive practice known as "phishing" (the act of making one website appear to be another) is still possible with Apple's Safari browser using IDN-Domains.... Buy.com is selling the previous generation iPod Photo (with all accessories) for $430 (60 GB) and $340 (40 GB).... Apple will attend and exhibit at MacExpo Deutschland this June, according to organizers of the event.... The Apple Store retail outlet dominated a monthlong online survey about what stores shoppers would like to see at the Twenty Ninth Street shopping center when it opens next year.
Sonny Software has announced the release of Bookends 8, a Mac-only full-featured bibliography/reference and information management application for professionals and students. Bookends 8 is a major update that offers more than 50 new or enhanced features. It sports a brand new look, simple-to-create yet powerful groups with instantaneous live searching (à la iTunes), close integration with the Internet with direct searching of hundreds of libraries around the world, and a built-in HTTP server that provides direct access to anyone on any platform. Bookends 8 retails for $100 ($70 for students). A free evaluation copy of Bookends 8 can be downloaded.
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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