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Adobe has a released a 30-day trial of GoLive CS2, its professional web-authoring tool for designers. Adobe GoLive CS2 offers new mobile authoring tools based on CSS/XHTML, SVG Tiny, SMIL, and other global standards as well as integration with other Creative Studio components. The GoLive CS2 tryout (276MB) includes full online documentation and requires Mac OS X 10.2.8. The free Adobe Co-Author software enables users to quickly and easily update text and graphics in designated areas of a Web site created with Adobe GoLive without having to learn about Web design and coding. Designers using GoLive CS must designate specific areas using Co-Author Editor and other Co-Author features in Adobe GoLive CS2 to create, test, and upload editable sections. It runs on Mac OS X 10.2.8 or later as well.
Steinberg Media Technologies today unveiled the latest version of its professional media production system the 118th AES Convention in Barcelona, Spain. Nuendo 3.1 features an ID Controller by WK Audio and the Nuendo Time Base synchronizer with the integrated Nuendo DTS and Dolby Digital Encoder plug-ins. Version 3.1 provides new features and capabilities for professionals working in post production for film and television, including new Audio Pull Up/Down functions, support for HDTV frame rates, support for Marker Tracks, and an Online Merge function for combining networked projects with local ones. Nuendo 3.1 can also interface with Euphonix hardware utilizing the EuCon protocol. It will be available in July 2005.
Elgato has released EyeHome 1.6, an update to the software for its EyeHome ($200) digital media player that allows users to access the digital content on a Mac on any TV and home entertainment system. Version 1.6 offers Mac OS X 10.4 compatibility, stability improvemments, improved compatibility with EyeTV digital video recorder, reduced CPU/processor usage, new menus for navigation, and more. EyeHome 1.6 requires a G4 with a speed of at least 500 MHz or a G5 Power Macintosh, and Mac OS X 10.3 Panther or later, including QuickTime 6.4 or later and QuickTime for Java 1.4.2 or later.
Searchblox Software has released its SearchBlox Content Search Server for Mac OS X, which delivers out-of-the-box search functionality for corporate websites, intranets and portals. The Java-based solution offers flexibility and ease of customization, allowing companies to implement search functionality that seamlessly integrates with the core website. Users can use XSL style sheets for customization and index common document formats, including PDF, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, HTML, and RTF documents. It features a browser-based SearchBlox Admin Console for managing the software as well as built-in tools to index content on public websites, secure websites and file systems (in any of 30 languages). A free version can index up to 1000 documents. Pricing starts at $200.
Griffin Technology has begun shipping RocketFM, a unique wireless solution for broadcasting Mac or PC audio applications to any FM radio. RocketFM uses any available FM frequency to transmit music or audio through your home or office stereo system. "Not only is RocketFM practical for playing your computer's audio over your home stereo, its stylish design makes it a great-looking desktop accessory.... Remove the RocketFM from its desktop stand and it's perfect for traveling, use your laptop in your car to broadcast your tunes to the car stereo, in a hotel room or DJ the next party." The USB-based device is available for $40.
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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