Copyright © 2016
The TomTom iPhone application has been made available from both the New Zealand and Australian App Stores, according to iPhoneclub. The app offers four separate maps for purchase: U.S. and Canada, Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Despite the software release in both New Zealand and Austraia, the app has not been made available elsewhere and no firm release date has been announced by TomTom.
Photo comparisons between the glossy and matte- 15-inch MacBook Pro displays have been posted in a MacRumors forum. The photographs detail the difference in glare between the two models. The new matte display notebooks replace the glossy glass screen and bezel with a metal bezel and a separate anti-glare panel. Inknoise, the user who posted the pictures suggests they "kind of miss the nice glossy look on rare occasions," but goes on to say there is a prominent value to the matte display when using it outside.
Textual 1.5 ($25) is used to edit and reformat configuration files, large text files or other text documents. The application is aimed at providing more exclusive text editing tools, with functions such as syntax highlighting, code folding and split views. The latest version offers a revamped interface, while adding support for Cobol, Nimrod, PowerPro, SML, Sorcus, Taci, and Tal Syntax. [Download - 46.2MB]
Mission Critical Studios has released Dr. Nano, a game for the iPhone and iPod touch that has players traveling throughout the human body. During the 3D game, users take control of Dr. Nano as he shrinks himself and tries to save his patients from the inside out. The game consists of 21 different levels with a variety of goals such as destroying viruses, shaking off white blood cells or removing blood clots -- all while flying around the human body in a Foglet Nano submarine.
With audio recording finally moving down into the home after years of being largely confined to studios, Blue Microphones has decided to follow suit by launching one of its first sub-$100 dedicated audio devices, the Mikey. But can piggybacking on an iPod provide a complete, properly high quality means of getting audio for a company used to providing the whole solution? We answer this in our Mikey review.
Boinx Software and Noise Industries have announced the FxTiles software collection of 3D filters and transitions are now available for Apple’s Final Cut 7. The series of plug-ins are designed for both video and post-production users, and are based on FxFactory visual effects architecture. Some of the 3D filters and transitions include a Flip filter which divides the source image into tiles and then flips them into 3D space, and a Flip & Reveal transition which divides source images into tiles and flips them in 3D space, delivering the same portions of the destination image.
Now AAPL Stock: 93.99 ( + 0.29 )
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