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Retoucher ($87) not only removes dust, scratches, stains and other defects that appear on damaged photos but is also able to reconstruct the lacking parts of the photo using the information of the surrounding areas. It is compatible with Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Jasc Paint Shop Pro, and Ulead PhotoImpact. [Download - 497KB] Indigo 1.6 ($90) is an intelligent home control server that integrates an assortment of popular X10 hardware devices to provide unprecedented control of your home. Version 1.6 now supports uploading to PowerLinc Controller for offline automation. [Download - 1.8MB] PlistEdit Pro 1.2 ($25) is an advanced property list editor written for Mac OS X. Property list files are used throughout Mac OS X, and with PlistEdit Pro, users can easily change these files and exert finer control over their systems. Version 1.2 adds a "Goto Line" command for textual editing view, adds a column to view the format of property list files, and more. [Download - 1.1MB] iStumbler Release 94 ($10) is a wireless discovery tool for Mac OS X, providing free and open source tools for finding AirPort networks, Bluetooth devices, Bonjour services, and GPS locations with your Mac. Release 94 includes an important bug fix for users of Mac OS 10.4 (Tiger), earlier versions of iStumbler trigger a very large memory leak, all users are encouraged to upgrade in order to avoid excessive memory consumption. [Download - 522KB] Jack OS X 0.7 is a low-latency audio server, written originally for the GNU/Linux operating system, and now with Mac OS X support. The version 0.7 update supports Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger), including Aggregate Audio Device functionality. [Download - 5.2MB]
In Brief: The Coldplay Shop is offering an X & Y" branded Solio solar-powered iPod charger.... Digital Lifestyle Outfitters has lowered the price of its DLO iBoom boombox for iPod and iPod mini.... Following the arrival of four massive iPod ad billboards in the Wangfujing area, Apple posted a number of iPod ads in northwestern central Beijing.... Aspyr today announced the final system requirements for Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 2005, which due to ship next month for $40: Mac OS X 10.3.8 or later and a 1.2GHz G4/G5 processor.... Advenio has released the free Replace Date Placeholders Automator action enabling users to create workflows involving URLs with changing date values.... The Iconfactory's "Contour" ($350) is a new collection of ready-to-use icons at Stockicons.com: "With a cosmopolitan flair, the clean, elegant lines of Contour will add boldness and clarity to any project."
4D today announced the release of MarketBlast, an affordable program that simplifies the process of listing and managing items on eBay. 4D is selling MarketBlast for a one-time cost of $100, without any monthly service fees. MarketBlast simplifies the way users bulk-list items, post photographs, manage inventory, invoice winners, calculate postage, ship items and report sales. All of these tasks can be done locally on a Windows or Macintosh computer, and the information can be uploaded onto eBay's Web site with a single click of a mouse. A single payment of $100 "means no monthly fees, listing fees, transaction fees, email manager fees, consignment fees or whatever the first generation vendors decide to call their fees this month," said Brendan Coveney, president and CEO of 4D.
Apple has added more PowerBook models to its list of refurbished items available at the Apple Store. Two new models of the 12-inch PowerBook are available for $1,300, including a current-generation model (1.5GHz/512MB/Combo) and a previous-generation model (1.33GHz/256MB/SuperDrive). Two 15-inch PowerBook models are also available for $1,500 (previous-generation 1.33GHz/256MB/60GB/Combo) and $1,800 (1.5GHz/512MB/80GB/SuperDrive). Apple is also offering refurb 17-inch PowerBook for $2,000 (previous-generation) or $2,300 (current-generation). iBooks are still available starting at $800 (12-inch) or $900 (14-inch) as well as two models of the legacy iMac G4 for $1,100 (17"/1.25GHz/SuperDrive) and $800 (15"/1GHz/Combo). Several models of G5 desktops and iPods continue to be available. Apple is also offering free shipping on select iPod accesories under $50.
The Coldplay Shop, an online store for band-related merchandise, is offering an "X & Y" branded Solio solar powered iPod charger. "X & Y" is the name of the band's new album. Only 200 special edition Solio chargers are being made. "There will be no more once they have gone so make sure you place your pre-order fast." The device is priced at £80.
Monkey Business Labs today released its new To Do Tracker Widget for Dashboard. The widget, previewed yesterday by MacNN, helps users stay organized by putting a notepad in Dashboard. "The minimalistic interface works very much like a normal word processor, so you can start writing right away," Monkey Business explains. In our preview of To Do Tracker Widget, Ilene Hoffman wrote, "So, after a few minutes of playing with To Do Tracker, I give it my vote as a useful product. I'll just use it to remind myself of the myriad of phone calls to writers and vendors I make each week." To Do Tracker Widget is a free download.
Apple has released WebObjects 5.3, a free update to the tool for developing and deploying enterprise-level Web services and Java server applications. Version 5.3 integrated with Xcode, allows users to create web services or three-tier Java server apps, and generates code-free prototypes in minutes. WebObjects gives users the ability to build or use standards-based Web services without writing low-level SOAP, XML or WSDL. Tools enable code-free generation, configuration and testing of web services from existing data assets. These standards-based Web services can interoperate with clients written in many languages, including Java, AppleScript, Perl and .Net — opening up enterprise development to a new class of programmers.
Export Artwork is a shareware AppleScript Studio application for use with iTunes on Mac OS X. Its main function is to extract the artwork from the selected track's ID3 tag and copy it to an image file in a chosen location. The application is fully automated and can process an entire playlist containing all your tracks. Export Artwork also works as an artwork manager and can fetch album covers over the Internet and embed artwork to the ID3 tag, making it a great utility to help you update your cover collection as your music library grows. "If you have already filled your library's worth of mp3 / m4a (AAC) files with artwork, but want to remove it from the ID3 tag to keep the file size down, and still keep all those album covers, Export Artwork is the perfect tool."
[updated] PiperJaffray expects Apple to meet the consensus estimate for iPod sales of 5.5 million units in the fiscal third quarter ending in June. Banc of America said, "The Street is generally aware that Apple will likely not show significant upside" from the previous quarter, in which it sold 5.3 million units. However, the firm said it expects the iPod business will reaccelerate into the seasonally strong September and December quarters. When it comes to Macintosh sales, "we expect iPod to continue to be a foundation for growth in other parts of Apple's business, and we expect that by the end of calendar 2005 more than 35 million iPods will have shipped, providing Apple with a greater scope of awareness for various products." NPD data shows that Apple gained 2% in U.S. retail market share in the month of May, PiperJaffray noted. [update: Forbes first attributed the report to Banc of America, but later changed its article to credit research firm PiperJaffray.]
Digidesign today released Pro Tools LE 6.9.2 software, which delivers support for Mac OS X 10.4.1 ("Tiger") to Digi 002, Digi 002 Rack, and Mbox systems. Pro Tools LE 6.9.2 software is available as a free download for qualified users. Updater CDs are also available through the online DigiStore for $5 plus shipping and handling. The company says that Pro Tools LE 6.9.2 software is for Pro Tools LE systems only: the previously released Pro Tools TDM 6.9.2 software supports Pro Tools|HD systems on Mac OS X 10.4.1. A future software release will support Pro Tools M-Powered systems on Mac OS X 10.4.1. (There was no 6.9.1 software release for Pro Tools LE systems.)
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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