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Topics on the MacNN Forums today include: Members' opinions on the buying current Power Mac G5 models as updates approach.... Delays with new PowerBook G4 shipments affecting some customers.... Discussion of Mac mini and iPod "pyramid schemes" that claim to offer free iPods and Mac minis.... Speculation about the next iBook revision.... Apple's iPod software update, which was released yesterday.
Gefen today released its DVI Booster, a small unit that corrects video signal degradation that occurs over stretches of DVI copper cables (when used to extend a display away from its high definition source). The company sas that HD video transmitted through DVI cables can break down beyond 15 feet in distance, with all DVI copper cables experiencing this problem when used at resolutions of 1080i or higher. "With advance cabling and enhancement techniques using higher gauge copper cables, an additional distance of 30 to 50 feet may be achieved, but not always with 100 percent success. The DVI Booster guarantees a 100 percent accurate reproduction of the image at any resolution." The DVI Booster ($250) works with HDCP compliant content and DVI displays and cables.
Paradigma Software today announced Valentina 2, an update to its robust database technology. Version 2 includes new Abstraction Links, speed improvements, Unicode support, Valentina XML, SQL'92 compliance as well as native API calls in all products, simultaneous data exchange, and a transparent cross-platform file format. Others new features include new reference integrity, record level locks and 448-bit encryption. Valentina 2 Office Server is a robust, business ready database server that includes interface plugins for REALbasic, Runtime Revolution, Visual Studio, Delphi and more. Versions support from five to unlimited numbers of users, with pricing starting at $300. It is extendable and has no IP address limitations or "user CALs" pricing.
MC Hot Software has released WoW Status 1.3, a new version of the tool that displays Warcraft servers in your menubar. Users can select one server to be the preferred server and always know it's status, and set other servers as favorites for quick information under the menu. Users simply choose a server from a realm to add it to the favorite section in the menu. Selecting a server in the favorites will set it as the preferred server. Version 1.3 adds many new features including European support, server alerts, a built in crash reporter, launching of World of Warcraft via the menubar, and queued server support. WoW Status has changed from freeware to $6 shareware.
SpeakTunes 1.0 uses the voice capabilities of Mac OS X with a familiar "iPod-like interface" to allow users to navigate and play songs from the iTunes music library without looking at the display. With full support for the Keyspan Digital Media Remote, SpeakTunes was designed for home and auto installations where looking at a display is impractical. SpeakTunes supports MP3, AIFF, and protected AAC files from the iTunes Music Store. SpeakTunes registration is $15.
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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
Google prevails in UK street mapping case
Possibly setting the stage for other court battles in the UK, a High Court fight between Google and StreetMap.EU has concluded in Google's favor. StreetMap.EU claimed that Google's dominance in the field destroyed the 20-year-old firm's business, when Google started promoting its own service in search results over the older company's -- the judge disagreed. Commercial director Kate Sutton said after the judgment that "StreetMap has been frozen in time; because of what Google did, StreetMap has not been able to properly invest in the website since 2007." An appeal is planned. http://bloom.bg/1KKhECt