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Topics on the MacNN Forums today include: A new thread in which members can share photos of their Power Mac setups.... Reports of AppleCare removing third party RAM from machines and claiming it is incompatible.... Members' Mac mini setup pictures.... People who have switched to the Mac platform, but decided to switch back to Windows.... Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger discussion, now that it has reportedly reached "gold master."
Apple has added a 17" 1.6GHz iMac G5 to its collection of refurbished items at the Apple Store. It features a Combo drive and 80GB hard disk and is available for $1100. Apple is also offering its 17-inch Studio Display for $600. The now-discontinued display features a 1280 x 1024 optimal resolution with an ADC display connector and two USB ports. Also available are more sub-$800 notebooks. The iBook G4 1.2GHz, available for $800, 12-inch display, a CD drive, and a 30GB drive. A slightly slower 1.GHz version with a combo drive is the same price ($800). Apple is also offering 1GHz version with a Combo Drive and AirPort Extreme for $850.
MaxUpgrades has released the MaxProtect, an impact resistant carrying bag for PowerBooks (17 inch, 15 inch and 12 inch Models and iBooks (14 inch and 12 inch Models). It’s made of Visco-Elastic Memory Foam, which is designed to resist impact and shock. The MaxProtect encloses the whole notebook, providing padded protection on all sides from external impact or shock during daily usage, It features high impact resistance polyurethane foam for shock absorption from all sides; thick foam padding throughout the entire surface of the notebook; a two-zipper, pull apart design; protected zipper closure (zippers don’t come in contact with the laptop); and handles for portability.
FastMac has cut prices on all items for its 3-Day April Fools “No Fooling” Sale, including G4 processor upgrades for G3 and G4 PowerMacs and 16X Dual-Layer SuperDrives, both starting at $100. Prices have been slashed up to 40%. The “No Fooling” sale lasts from Friday April 1st to Sunday April 3rd. “We’re excited to be the first to offer a G4 upgrade for under $100” said Michael Lowdermilk, Business Development Manager for FastMac Performance Upgrades. For $100, the FastMac ZIF processor upgrade replaces the original CPU in a Beige or Blue & White Power Mac G3 with a G4 CPU operating at up to 500 MHz. It also doubles the backside cache from 512k to 1 full MB, resulting in a 3 to 4 times boost in speed and performance. Optical drives start at $100 for a 16X Dual-Layer SuperDrive upgrade for Power Macs.
Sonnet has reduced pricing by $20 to $50 on several G3 and G4 processor upgrade cards and PCI adapter cards for various PowerBook and Power Mac computers. Prices are now as low as $200 for the Encore/ST G4 1.0GHz, the first time a 1.0GHz upgrade has been in this price range.
iCompositions has partnered with Bandmateloops to give away another package of free loops for GarageBand, Logic, and Soundtrack. The collection, available exclusively for registered users of iCompositions, consists of 121 loops and joins existing free packages available from iCompositions, bringing iCompositions members 417 free Apple Loops. The collection includes loops from instruments such as the Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Drums and Percussion, various Synths, and Electronic Drums from Bandmateloops' Apple Loops Collections. The Bandmates free loops package joins the recent AMG+iC package from loops producer AMG and one from Drums on Demand as the third batch of loops offered through iCompositions.
OpenOSX today unveiled its new "OpenOSX GrassPro" product and is offering its "OpenOSX Grass" application, included with its GrassPro product, as a free download. The "OpenOSX Grass" standalone application is based on the open-source "GRASS 6.0.0 GIS" software with raster, topological vector, image processing, and graphics production functionality. The package also includes a host of ready-to-use GIS software and utilities, such as MapServer for publishing dynamic, navigable maps with layers over the Internet; Generic Mapping Tools (GMT), a collection of more than 60 tools for manipulation of geo-spatial data; a suite of BLM command-line utilities and more. It is available for $25 on CD-ROM and also includes documentation, tutorials, sample-data, limited installation and getting-started support.
In brief: Added: For the month of April, customers who buy True Crime: Streets of LA will receive Space Colony, 007 Nightfire, Chamber of Secrets, or Jedi Outcast free using promotional code ASPYR6FFAPRL.... Apple CEO Steve Jobs remains atop Forbes' CEO approval rating list, with 94% this month, as voted by the online community.... Gmail is expanding its free email storage to 2GB per user, in celebration of its one-year anniversary today.... We've posted a review of Data Rescue from ProSoft, which is "much less expensive than professional recovery services and may well save your bacon."
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Apple public betas for iOS 9.3, OS X 10.11.4
Following Monday's release of betas for the iOS and OS X, Apple has unveiled public betas for both operating systems. The iOS 9.3 beta includes all of the previously reported enhancements for education customers, along with Wi-Fi calling for Verizon iPhone owners, and a carrier update for T-Mobile users. The OS X 10.11.4 third beta includes enhancements to Twitter URL opening, Live Photo viewing and sharing, and Evernote note importation into Notes.
Google given NHTSA SDS waivers
In contrast to the California Department of Motor Vehicle's approach, the US National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) has confirmed that it is declaring the software in autonomous cars is the legal driver of a so-equipped vehicle. In a letter to Google, the NHTSA says that it "will interpret 'driver' in the context of Google's described motor vehicle design as referring to the SDS [self-driving system], and not to any of the vehicle occupants." Other matters, such as legally-required rear-view mirrors for occupied vehicles has yet to be determined. However, regulations specifying the "driver" need no longer be interpreted as meaning a person behind the wheel, as the agency writes that self-driving cars "will not have a 'driver' in the traditional sense that vehicles have had drivers during the last more than one hundred years" http://1.usa.gov/1QrAGtR
Dropshare 4 for Mac now available
Dropshare 4 for Mac has shipped, introducing support for uploading files and screenshots to Amazon S3 API-compliant services, like DreamObjects and OpenStack. The update also introduces a new popup design, an in-app editor for custom landing pages, an improved upload history window, and security improvements when using SSH connections. The paid upgrade costs $25, though it is free for customers who bought the previous version this year and half-price for those who acquired version 3 of the app last year. http://bit.ly/1XixV3q
Google starting phase-out of Flash ads
Search engine and advertising giant Google will shortly no longer accept Adobe Flash-created ads for its AdWords network. Starting June 30, ads in the once-ubiquitous format will no longer be accepted. Additionally, after January 2, 2017, the network will no longer serve Flash-based advertisements, and the network will be completely HTML 5 based. http://bit.ly/1PNx1uc
Sonos now works with Apple Music
Wireless music system manufacturer Sonos has announced that its systems worldwide will gain compatibility for streaming the paid Apple Music subscription service starting today, February 10. "Music fans worldwide will have access to Apple Music features like For You, New, Radio, and My Music, and will also be able to stream the entire Apple Music catalog through Sonos smart speakers tuned for great sound in every room of their homes," the company said in an email to journalists. Apple Music's streaming service costs $10 per month, with a free three-month trial. http://bit.ly/1Wdi2Ko
Apple want ads hint at future Watch faces
An Apple job listing for a dedicated clock face team may suggest future fashion-brand partnerships, possibly in time for the updated watchOS updates that are likely to be revealed at this spring's Worldwide Developer Conference. Since the introduction of watchOS 2, there has only been four new watch faces, but three of them were left over from the first release, with only one truly new one -- the co-branded HermÃ©s face exclusive to that edition. There is a rumored March 15 event, but if that takes place it will likely focus on new band options as regards the Apple Watch. http://apple.co/1O1TbTI
Microsoft may end Office Support Professional prog
Microsoft appears to be either ending or seriously revamping its "Accredited Support Professional Program" for training on Microsoft Office for Mac and iOS it has offered at MacTech conferences since 2013. The program is not on offer at the upcoming MacTech tour, which begins on March 16 in San Francisco and includes a number of other cities. Microsoft has released a statement that it is "evaluating options for 2016, but don't have anything to share at this time." http://bit.ly/1KDz3MQ