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File Stitcher 1.2 ($12) a Mac OS X utility that gives users an easy way to merge files together. The new version is compatible with Mac OS X "Tiger." With the MP3 Edition of File Stitcher, ID3 tags can now be set for the stitched file. [Download - 1.2MB] Throttled Pro 1.0 ($20) makes setting up QoS on a Mac easy. "Whether you are a hard core Internet user, or just casual Web surfer, this application will optimize your network to speeds you have never imagined." Throttled Pro provides ACK packet prioritization and PRIQ priority services. [Download - 354KB] Garden Golf 1.6 ($20) is a cartoon-like 3D miniature golf game for Mac OS X. The new version includes a new 18-holes course, for a total of 54 holes! Also added is an easy character editor that lets you change the looks of your golfer. [Download - 8.5MB] Birthday Buzzer 1.0b2 ($9) is a shareware program that reminds you of upcoming and missed birthdays. It integrates with Apple's Address Book, can remind on a schedule or at login, and comes in English and French. [Download - 509KB] MimMac 1.5 ($10) is a major update to the backup, cloning, and data synchronization utility. Version 1.5 allows the user to automatically check and enable file ownership on the destination volume(s). It also provides the ability to automatically repair permissions on the source volume(s). [Download - 560KB] Serial Mail 3.0 allows users to create group mailings based on a template that may reference almost any Adress Book field of an person from an Adress Book group. Version 3.0 brings Tiger compatibility but still lacks the ability to use attachments. [Download - 314KB]
A number of sites running Mac OS X "Tiger" are experiencing problems with SMB file sharing and authentication with Microsoft's Active Directory, eWEEK reports. Although Apple's Tiger increases support for Server Message Block file sharing and Active Directory, several sources say that the Finder fails to log on to Windows and Linux Samba file servers. With Active Directory, Tiger users with mobile accounts can log on once, but cannot log on again after disconnecting. "To be honest, without the machine being bound to AD and OD, [Tiger] is kind of useless for me in my environment," said Brad Anderson of The Marketing Store. An Apple representative said Apple was unaware of the problems: "We have not received any customer reports of issues with SMB in Tiger."
Otter Products todoy announced new cases in its waterproof carry case line to include two redesigned versions for 20GB and 30B/40GB/60GB iPods. The OtterBox offers waterproof protection as well as allows access to controls through a clear membrane. A hard screen cover protects the iPod display and provides screen visibility as well as rugged drop protection. "The new case, inspired by the popular OtterBox for iPod Mini released earlier this year, allows users to take music virtually anywhere in a more compact and rugged design than before." The easy-open and secure-closing latch protects the iPod from water, dust, sand and other elements, while an included belt clip allows hands-free carrying as well as integrated headphone cable management. An optional armband ($15) is available as well. Both cases are $50 each.
Griffin Technology today announced TuneCaps, a new carrying solution for the iPod shuffle. It offers three convenient carrying options: "Slip on a TuneCap to keep your shuffle handy in any of three different ways: (1) TuneCaps' Wrist Strap cap gives you a comfortable carrying strap for fingertip convenience. (2) Use TuneCaps' handy pocket clip to secure your shuffle to a pocket or belt or lapel -- wherever you want to wear it. (3) TuneCaps' keyring attachment provides a safe and convenient way to keep your tunes with you while you drive." All three solutions are included in each TuneCaps package. The $15 package is expected to ship in two weeks, with pre-orders available now.
DAZ Productions today announced it is shipping Bryce 5.5, a major upgrade to the 3D design application for landscaping and animation. Version 5.5 software delivers several new features and a simplified workflow. A new DAZ/Studio Character plugin can load, edit, and importt thousands of 3D figures, vehicles, wildlife and more. A newly optimized engine can be up to five times faster than in previous versions, depending on the attributes of the scene being rendered. The company says that on average, render times have been improved by over 30% when compared with version 5.0. Bryce runs on Mac OS X 10.2/10.3; it is available for $100 with a $20 rebate for users of version 5.0.
Adobe has updated its Photoshop Camera Raw 3.1 plug-in to include support for the latest digital cameras. The camera raw functionality in Photoshop provides fast and easy access to the "raw" image formats produced by many leading professional and midrange digital cameras. The Photoshop Camera Raw plug-in now alo supports raw files in the DNG (Digital Negative) format. The new cameras supported include Canon's EOS Rebel XT, the Nikon D2X, and Olympus' EVOLT E-300 and C-7070 Wide Zoom. Camera Raw 3.1 is not compatible with Photoshop CS.
In brief: Destineer today announced that it has acquired Atomic Games, longtime developer of action-oriented military strategy games, including V for Victory, and the Close Combat series, ... Google has applied for U.S. and international patents on technology to rank stories on its news site based on the quality of the news source, ... Bakbone Software's NetVault enables the Las Vegas Review Journal to centralize its data backup while migrating to Mac OS X servers, ... NBC 5 Chicago News has begun publishing news podcasts with news reporters (and Mac users) Art Norman and Charlie Wojciechowski.
Apple is offering more several refurbished iBook, Power Mac and display models. The iBooks, available starting at $650, include previous generation models: the 12-inch models with 256MB/30GB drives are available for $650 (800MHz/Combo), $700 (1GHz/CD), $800 (1.2GHz/CD or 1GHz/Combo), or $850 (1.2GHz/Combo/AP). The 14-inch models are available for $800 (933MHz/40GB/Combo) or $1,100 (1.33GHz/60GB/Combo/AP). Both Aluminum ($1,300) and previous-generation ($1,250) 23-inch Cinema displays are available along with refurbished previous-generation 4GB iPod minis ($170) and 40GB iPods ($330)--both ship with FireWire and USB cables. As noted previously, iMac G5s are available starting at $900 (1.6GHz/80GB/Combo) or $1000 (1.8GHz/SuperDrive), while the larger 20-inch model is $1,400 (1.8GHz/SuperDrive). New versions of the 17-inch models are available for $100 more, while the new 20-inch iMac G5 is $200 more at $1,600. Dual-1.8GHz and Dual-2GHz Power Mac G5s (PCI or PCI-X) are also available, starting at $1,500.
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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