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SkinIt.com has launched its removable, adhesive backed vinyl skins for the Apple Mac mini. The company says its Mac mini skins are manufactured with the highest quality materials and are precision cut to insure a perfect device fit. "Consumers can choose one of over a thousand different designs or upload their own photo or artwork to be transformed into an Mac mini skin." SkinIt Skins are made from vinyl that uses a non-permanent adhesive, which allows users to simply peel off the Skin when its time for a change. They are available for $20 each with a $3 extra charge for custom designs. The company offers dozens of standard designs and says that Premium and Sponsored Designs will be available soon.
Microsoft will no longer support the MSN for Mac OS X Internet Software client, effective May 31st. Instead of accessing MSN services using the MSN for Mac OS X Internet Software, which is a local email client and dashboard for browsing MSN services, customers will now access MSN services and features via their preferred browser and by setting up a MyMSN page to serve as a portal to their favorite online destinations. Customers will retain their current MSN email address, address book, account data and mailbox size. They will simply access their e-mail account online from their MyMSN page or by connecting to the MSN Hotmail service. "Microsoft’s Mac BU remains committed to the Mac platform and its customers, as evidenced by forthcoming products and enhancements that include the .PST Import Tool, MSN Messenger for Mac Version 5.0 and Service Pack 2 for Office 2004 for Mac."
Apple and its lawyers were unsuccessful in getting Taiwanese manufacturer Luxpro to remove its Super Shuffle from the company's booth on the CeBIT show floor. Apple's lawyers were successfully able to convince the company to remove the device from the display on Friday, but Luxpro once again showcased the iPod knockoff on Saturday, according to heise online. Both Apple showfloor representatives and lawyers were ultimately unsuccessful in getting Luxpro to pull the Super Shuffle, which is almost visibly indistinguishable from Apple's iPod shuffle (slightly larger and offers more features).
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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