macZOT announces RapidWeaver 0 to 60 Bundle
macZOT has announced that from Feb. 13-20 visitors and members will find a website creation software bundle that would retail at over US$700 for $78.99.
The package features RapidWeaver 5, software for creating professional websites without coding. Also included are a variety of tools to complement RapidWeaver's feature set: five themes, two image handling apps, hundreds of icons, 702 fonts, three sets of hand drawn web graphics, 30 days of training, and six months of web hosting. For more info go to http://www.maczot.com .
Vitapoly releases iOS Social Framework ANE
Vitapoly has announced Social by vitapoly, a Social Framework AIR Native Extension for iOS.
The full native iOS Social, Accounts, MessageUI, and Twitter frameworks are now available as an AIR Native Extension, including new iOS 6.0 features such as activity sheets. You can now post messages to Facebook, Twitter, and Weibo from your app. Sending emails and SMS is also a breeze.
If you need to request something specific in the Twitter or Facebook API [application programming interface], you can use the low-level API, which comes with 50-plus classes and 300-plus methods. This ANE supports iOS, and implements the full iOS Social, Accounts, MessageUI, and Twitter frameworks.
It Requires iOS 6.0 SDK to build, but it can be used with iOS 4.3 and up on devices and iOS Simulator. Some functionalities are only available on iOS 6.0 and later. For more info go to http://www.vitapoly.com .
Apple challenging loss of 'iphone' exclusivity in...
Apple, which lost the rights to its iPhone trademark in Brazil on Wednesday, is challenging the ruling by Brazil's copyright regulator to prevent local firm Gradiente Eletronica SA from using the "iphone" brand name, reports "Reuters" (http://tinyurl.com/bbswecf).
Brazilian regulators have ruled that Apple doesn't have exclusive rights to use the "iPhone" trademark in the country. The decision is the result of a local company, Gradiente Eletronica, registering the name in 2000, seven years before the US firm.
Gradiente, a Brazilian electronics company, had first requested to trademark "iPhone" as their brand back in 2000 before Apple’s smartphone was unveiled.
Last week the Brazilian Institute for Industrial Property (INPI) gave Gradiente that exclusivity in 2008 for their G-Gradiente iPhone, which runs the Android operating system.
iOS 6.1 security hole has iPhone lockscreen problem
A new security flaw discovered in Apple's mobile operating system lets anyone bypass the passcode lock on iPhones running iOS 6.1, providing access to the phone's contacts, voicemails, and photos, reports "AppleInsider" (www.appleinsider.com).
A method for bypassing the lock screen was documented in a video by "The Verge" (http://tinyurl.com/c5xxd8l). It involves making -- and then immediately canceling -- an emergency call and holding down the power button a couple of times during the process.
New Zealand officers getting iOS devices
Over 6,000 officers of the New Zealand police department will be rolling out 10,000 iOS devices over the next few months, reports "The National Business Review" (http://tinyurl.com/a6wqtjy).
Prime Minister John Key, Police Minister Anne Tolley and Police Commissioner Peter Marshall said in an announcement that, of hose 6,000, 3,900 will also get a tablet. The 10-year outsourced deal was won by Vodafone.
The initial cost of the rollout is $4.3 million over three months, police say. Over the next 10 years, they will spend $159 million in operating expenditure to fund the initiative, notes "The National Business Review."
Apple rumors for Feb. 14
Here are the latest Apple-related rumors from the blog-o-sphere:
"Apple Inc. has a team of about 100 product designers working on a wristwatch-like device that may perform some of the tasks now handled by the iPhone and iPad, two people familiar with the company’s plans said." -- "Bloomberg" (http://tinyurl.com/ck5zyu5)
"Apple may be preparing a March event to introduce Apple TV-related developer tools as a prelude to a later launch of the much-rumored Apple "iTV" television hardware, according to a new note from Jeffries analyst Peter Misek." -- "The MacObserver" (www.macobserver.com)
"Amid circulating rumors of a larger display for the iPhone, Jefferies analyst Peter Misek today reported that he does not see the device launching until mid-2014. Misek argues that problems with display yield and substantial other changes for the iPhone 6 will make a 2013 launch unlikely. Some rumors had suggested that Apple might be able to launch an iPhone 5S and a lower-cost iPhone in mid-2013 and...
Apple hit by another shareholder lawsuit
Apple has been hit by another shareholder lawsuit, a case that is similar to the court challenge that star hedge fund manager David Einhorn brought as part of his push to unlock the company's cash hoard.
The new lawsuit, filed by an investor from Pennsylvania in U.S. District Court in New York, seeks to block Apple from moving forward with a February 27 shareholder vote on two proxy proposals. One of the proposals is the same measure Einhorn targeted that would eliminate from the company charter Apple's ability to issue preferred stock. Read all the details at http://tinyurl.com/bbngeyf .
iEntertainment introduces M4 Tank Brigade
iEntertainment Network has introduced M4 Tank Brigade for Mac OS X. It's a free online WW II tank game.
M4 Tank Brigade players can control up to four tanks, maneuver each for different combat missions, control airstrikes and artillery, jump between vehicles, and fight for battlefield dominance. And,they can kill PC users as often as they like.
Players can use the in-game tactical map to position each vehicle for tactical advantage, jump between vehicles to insure the player is always right in the action, call in Airstrikes and Artillery strikes on the enemy, and more.
This new Mac M4 product also enables Mac players to participate in MMO Combined Arms events where they can use airpower (P-51s, B-17s, etc.) to soften up an enemy field and then jump to their tanks, to take the ground battle right to the enemy. For more info go to http://www.M4TankBrigade.com .
Apple doesn't get exclusive 'iPhone' trademark in...
Brazilian regulators have ruled that Apple doesn't have exclusive rights to use the "iPhone" trademark in the country. The decision is the result of a local company, Gradiente Eletronica, registering the name in 2000, seven years before the US firm.
A spokesman for Apple declined to comment. However, the Institute of Industrial Property told the "BBC" (http://tinyurl.com/aowv3tq) that it understood Apple was pursuing an appeal.
Gradiente, a Brazilian electronics company, had first requested to trademark "iPhone" as their brand back in 2000 before Apple’s smartphone was unveiled. Last week the Brazilian Institute for Industrial Property (INPI) gave Gradiente that exclusivity in 2008 for their G-Gradiente iPhone, which runs the Android operating system.
Apple gets a shout-out during the State of the Union address
Apple got a shout out from President Obama during last night's State of the Union for bringing manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. Last year CEO Tim Cook said Apple plans to invest US$100 million in domestic manufacturing to produce some Macs here.
Not that there'll be a ton of new jobs created. In December, Dan Luria, a labor economist who studies factory operations at Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center, told "Bloomberg" (http://tinyurl.com/7hvzzda) that Apple's Mac production would probably add 200 jobs. (Michael Marks, ex-CEO of Flextronics, also estimated 200 jobs would be needed to make the Macs to Bloomberg.)
But as "Business Insider" (http://tinyurl.com/9wzjc6r) notes: "That's not exactly going to get the American economy firing on all cylinders, but we suppose it's more about the symbolism, especially for a State of The Union address. If Apple is bringing some manufacturing back to the U.S., maybe other companies will, too."
Sonnet's SATA PCI Express cards support booting in the Mac...
Sonnet Technologies has announced an upgrade to its Tempo SSD and Tempo SSD Pro 6Gb/sec SATA PCI Express (PCIe®) 2.5-inch SSD cards to support booting in Mac Pro computers (early 2008 and newer).
With the update, users can boot from a Mac Pro even in a RAID 0 configuration with two solid-state drives (SSDs). Booting is also supported for Windows 7 and 8 computers as well as Server 2008 and 2012 (although not from a RAID drive).
Compatible with Mac OS X 10.6.8 and higher, the Tempo SSD is available now at a suggested retail price of US$149.95, and the Tempo SSD Pro is available now at a suggested retail price of $299.95. For more info go to www.sonnettech.com .
Intego introduces 2013 Mac antivirus and security products
Intego has announced its 2013 line of Mac antivirus and Mac security products. The company says it's completely redesigned its products with an intuitive, streamlined user experience that requires almost no configuration out of the box, provides helpful notifications and alerts, and is a perfect complement to the Mac OS X platform.
Intego’s antivirus and Mac security products are sold on its website in bundles. The Mac Internet Security Premium 2013 bundle brings together three of Intego’s products to protect you and your data against malware, network attacks, and the loss or theft of your Mac. It includes:
° Virus Barrier 2013, which fights Mac and Windows malware that threaten your security;
° Net Barrier 2013, which keeps strangers and suspicious applications out of your Mac;
° Identity Scrubber: new to Intego’s Mac security product offerings, Identity Scrubber searches for sensitive identity information stored on your computer and protects or deletes it at your command (available...
Ergonis introduces new Typinator snippets for use with FileMaker...
Ergonis Software (www.ergonis.com) has introduced a new set of abbreviations for functions in FileMaker 12, which can be used with Typinator, its text expander.
Typinator lets you automate the process of inserting frequently used text and auto-correcting typing errors. The new set contains over 370 snippets that cover all FileMaker 12 functions.
The FileMaker functions aren't functional as a stand-alone tool, but require a licensed version of Typinator 4.0 or newer. Typinator requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or newer.
Typinator can be purchased on the Ergonis Software website. See the company's web site for information about purchases, including enterprise licenses, volume discounts, and upgrade pricing offers.
Apple updates processors, prices of MacBook Pro with Retina...
Apple is making the MacBook Pro with Retina display faster and more affordable with updated processors and lower starting prices.
The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display now starts at US$1,499 for 128GB of flash, and $1,699 for a new 2.6 GHz processor and 256GB of flash. The 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display now features a faster 2.4GHz quad-core processor, and the top-of-the-line 15-inch notebook comes with a new 2.7GHz quad-core processor and 16GB of memory. Apple today also announced that the 13-inch MacBook Air with 256GB of flash has a new lower price of $1,399.
The updated MacBook Pro with Retina display and MacBook Air models are available today through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers. Pricing details, technical specifications, configure-to-order options and accessories are available online at www.apple.com/macbook-pro and www.apple.com/macbookair .
Remote FileMaker Training Series Course coming in April
FileMaker authors, John Mark Osborne and Steven Blackwell, will be teaching FileMaker Training Series for FileMaker Pro remotely in April.
The FileMaker Training Series (FTS) is the official training curriculum from FileMaker, Inc. (www.filemaker.com). It offers a series of 13 training modules that cover a comprehensive set of topics designed to help you master the essentials of FileMaker solution development.
This new series incorporates the many new features of the FileMaker 12 product line throughout the modules but stresses good programming skills for FileMaker 7, 8, 8.5, 9, 10 and 11. The first three days of class emphasize development skills like relational design, scripting, calculations and reporting while the last two days cover deployment in the areas of security and FileMaker Server.
Class is held twice a week on Tuesday and Wednesday from 1-3 pm (Eastern Standard Time) for 10 straight weeks starting April 23. The remote course is taught via GoToMeeting.
The entire course...
Follow the upcoming asteroid's close call with Earth on iOS...
This Friday, Feb. 15, a 180,000-ton asteroid dubbed "2012 DA14" will fly past the Earth. And you can follow it with Apple devices.
Whizzing by just 17,200 miles away, this 50-meter space rock will come closer than our orbiting geosynchronous communication satellites. Although there is no chance of a collision, this passage of 2012 DA14 by the Earth is a record close approach for an object of this size.
To let you track 2012 DA14, Southern Stars is releasing an update to its SkySafari Plus and Pro apps for iOS, Mac OS X, and Android. These app updates are a new first in mobile computing, and a solution to an unusual technical challenge, according to Southern Stars founder Tim DeBenedictis. Because the Earth's gravity affects the asteroid's orbit so severely, most desktop planetarium programs -- and all other mobile apps -- will completely fail to predict the asteroid's position correctly, he adds.
To solve this problem, Southern Stars consulted with solar system dynamics experts at...
Apple benefits most from increase in mobile video growth
A new study from video monetization company FreeWheel (http://tinyurl.com/bcd73pk) reveals that the mobile video market grew from 2% in 2011, to 12% of overall online videos watched in 2012. The main benefactor is Apple, whose iOS mobile OS grew its share of total mobile video views to 60%, compared to Android’s 32% take of all mobile views, notes "TechCrunch" (http://tinyurl.com/atcqgq4).
Both platforms experienced growth in terms of overall video viewing volume, with 30%growth in viewing of online videos on non-PC/Mac devices occurring between Q3 2012 and Q4 2012 alone. Apple’s strong lead is dues to its dominance in the tablet market, where FreeWheel says Android has yet to field a competitor that can truly make a dent in its overall share.
The iPad accounted for 24% of the overall iOS total, with the iPhone taking 30% and the iPod touch 6%. Apple stretched its lead over Android considerably between Q3 2012 and Q4 2012, which would suggest that the iPhone 5 in particular had a...
Bare Bones Software releases BBEdit 10.5.2
Bare Bones Software has announced the release and immediate availability of BBEdit 10.5.2, an update to its HTML and text editor.
The BBEdit 10.5.2 update includes various refinements and fixes for specific reported issues. It now requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later, and is fully compatible with Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. Detailed information on all of the changes in BBEdit 10.5.2 can be found at http://tinyurl.com/6pst6y .
The BBEdit 10.5.2 update is free of charge to all BBEdit 10 customers. Customers who purchased in the Mac App Store will automatically receive the update when it becomes available, while customers who purchased directly may download the update immediately from the Bare Bones Software web site (http://tinyurl.com/9wnh2sc).
LEGO Lord of the Rings coming to the Mac on Feb. 21
Feral Interactive has announced that the action-adventure game LEGO The Lord of the Rings will be released for the Mac on Thursday, Feb. 21. Developed by TT Games and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment for consoles, handhelds and PC, LEGO The Lord of the Rings brings the brick-based humor of the LEGO games to the world of Middle-earth.
Here's the description of the game: "LEGO The Lord of the Rings tells the story of Frodo Baggins, a Hobbit, who is tasked with carrying the One Ring to the dark land of Mordor and destroying it in the fires of Mount Doom. With a fabulous cast of minifigures, dialogue from the films and LEGO versions of Rivendell, the Shire and Mordor, LEGO The Lord of the Rings is an imaginative and energetic retelling of the renowned movie trilogy.
"Players can embark upon the quest in heroic single player mode or forge a Fellowship with friends and family during drop in/drop out co-operative play. On the way, they will master the special skills of...
techBASIC 2.6 adds Wi-Fi support for iPhone, iPad
ByteWorks has announced techBASIC 2.6 for iOS, an update to their software development environment for programming, data collection, displaying interactive graphics, and analyzing data.
The new version supports the TCP/IP, HTTP and FTP protocols. iOS App Developers now have the ability to write a program to connect networks using WiFi from their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
techBASIC apps can be compiled and submitted to the Apple App Store using techBASIC App Builder from Xcode on a Mac. Version 2.6 is US$14.99.
GoodReader SDK Available to iOS app developers
Good.iWare has announced their Software Development Kit, enabling third party software developers to take advantage of GoodReader's file viewing and annotation capabilities, as well as its versatile server access options.
The SendToGoodReader SDK enables developers to offer their own customers the ability to send files and folders directly to GoodReader for reading and PDF annotation without having to go through any menus, then receive an annotated PDF file back to their app. It provides a way to pass files and folders from third party apps directly to GoodReader and, optionally, save those files back to the originating app.
The process of sending files to GoodReader and receiving them back doesn't require an Internet connection. Versions of GoodReader for iPhone and iPad are available in the Apple App Store for US$4.99. For more info go to http://www.goodreader.com/dev .
SweetP Productions releases eMail Address Extractor 1.3 for OS X
SweetP Productions has announced eMail Address Extractor 1.3, an update to their eMail recovery utility for Mac OS X. It's a maintenance upgrade.
With no configuration required, eMail Address Extractor allows you to extract valid eMail addresses from virtually any kind of text file. To use you drag and drop files to recover all unique eMail addresses. You can retrieve addresses from your entire Apple Mail database, iWork projects, docx, xlsx, and from within zip archives.
eMail Address Extractor requires Mac OS X 10.7.5 or later. It costs US29.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Business category (http://tinyurl.com/b9rlz7u). eMail Address Extractor v1.3 is also available from the SweetP Productions Store (http://sweetpproductions.com). A trial version can be downloaded from SweetP Productions online.
Apple rumors for Feb. 12
Here are the latest Apple-related rumors from the blog-o-sphere:
"A new series of over a dozen photos that showed up on a Chinese technology website this week appear to show both the internals an externals of an unknown iPhone model rolling off the assembly lines at Apple's Taiwanese manufacturing partner Foxconn." -- "AppleInsider" (www.appleinsider.com)
"After discovering several unreleased iPhone prototypes through its research back in December, analysts at the investment research firm Topeka Capital are raising their convictions this week that Apple is gearing up to introduce one of these models at a much lower price point around mid year." -- "AppleInsider" (www.appleinsider.com)
"Dick Tracy had one. As did Inspector Gadget and James Bond. A watch that doubled as a computer, two-way radio, mapping device or television Though such a device has been lost to science fiction comics and spy movies of the era before smartphones, the smart watch might soon become a reality, in the form...
Apple CEO to be present at State of the Union address
Apple CEO Tim Cook will join join First Lady Michelle Obama to watch her husband deliver his State of the Union address Tuesday, reports "Contra Costa Times" (http://tinyurl.com/b88qepv).
He'll sit in the First Lady's box and will be joined by military families, those championing immigration reform and those whose lives have been touched by gun violence, the article adds. Last year, Michelle Obama's guests included Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.
Apple-Greenlight case moved up
A U.S. District Court judge has bumped up the schedule of Apple's pending case with Greenlight Capital, agreeing that the issue would be resolved as soon as possible given the affect an outcome could have on the company's upcoming February shareholder meeting, reports "AppleInsider" (www.appleinsider.com).
New York District Court Judge Richard Sullivan accelerated the suit's schedule by a couple days at the requestt of Apple, which is being sued by Greenlight Capital in a bid to have the company mete out a portion its vast $137 billion cash hoard with investors. According to Apple, the request had the support of Greenlight's legal counsel. Read all about the case at http://tinyurl.com/abe32mt .
Adobe proposes new standard for improved web typography
Adobe (www.adobe.com) has proposed a new standard -- dubbed "Automatic Text Balancing" -- for better web typography.
If browsers adopt text balancing it could mean the end of typographic unsightliness like widows, orphans and ragged lines, and would go a long way to creating more readable text on the web, according to "WebMonkey" (http://tinyurl.com/akm7yvx). Adobe’s proposal is based on InDesign’s “Balance Ragged Lines” feature, and works a bit like justifying text except that instead of expanding text with ugly spaces between words, the algorithm would adjust line lengths to “balance” text for easier reading.
Apple releases iOS 6.1.1 Software Update
Apple has released iOS 6.1.1 Software Update. It's available at http://tinyurl.com/b9tjhfn or as an over-the-air download.
It fixes an issue that could impact cellular performance and reliability of the iPhone 4S. For information on the security content of this update, go to http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222 .
Tim Cook to speak at Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet...
Apple CEO Tim Cook will speak at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference for the second year in a row, reports "The Next Web" (http://tinyurl.com/bqozfl8).
Apple will present the event live, via an audio-only stream. You can listen to it at http://tinyurl.com/ce8j5; it's slated to begin at 7:15 am (Pacific) on Tuesday, Feb. 12.
PaintCode 1.3 for Mac OS X adds image support, more
PixelCut has announced PaintCode 1.3, an update of the vector drawing app for Mac OS X. It instantly generates Objective-C drawing code.
The new version adds support for images, the ability to import Adobe Photoshop documents, a new color picker and other features and improvements. One of the most requested features, the ability to import and use images in PaintCode drawings, is finally available. Users can import both Retina and non-Retina alternatives of their images, keeping the generated code resolution independent.
PaintCode 1.3 makes it possible to import layer graphics, paths, texts, groups and essential effects from Adobe Photoshop (PSD) documents. The PSD Import module is available as an in-app purchase for US$19.99 USD.
The update also adds an entirely new color picker, replacing the system color picker, which was previously used by PaintCode. The new color picker is tightly integrated with PaintCode, making the design process much more convenient than before.
Apple buys Pennsylvania tax credits
The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development's (DCED) annual report on the Keystone Innovation Zone (KIZ) tax credit program lists Apple as having acquired 32 approved tax credits worth US$2.33 million in 2012, reports "Philly.com" (http://tinyurl.com/akj8bk3).
The KIZ program is designed to support companies with ties to Pennsylvania colleges. Firms in operation for less than eight years and situated in one of the 29 zones statewide can apply for a tax credit of up to $100,000. Last year, the DCED approved a total of $13.73 million in tax credits to 179 companies across the state. Of those totals, 43 Philadelphia-area companies were awarded a total of $3.33 million in credits, says "Philly.com."
Apple among companies appearing before Australian parliament
Apple, Microsoft, Adobe and other IT companies will become the first companies to be forced to appear before a federal parliamentary inquiry after they allegedly frustrated efforts to get to the bottom of high prices paid by Australians for tech products, reports the "Sydney Morning Herald" (http://tinyurl.com/ardxwmj).
The House Committee on Infrastructure and Communications has summonsed the three companies for a public hearing on March 22, which means they will be compelled to appear. Nick Champion, chair of the IT pricing inquiry, has previously told parliament that the companies had "stonewalled" the inquiry, either hiding behind their industry association, which failed to answer key questions, or in the case of Apple only agreeing to give evidence confidentially, notes the "Herald."
BuQu introduces new Magnetyze smartphone charging accessories
Smartphone users who appreciate the "grab and go" convenience of the Magnetyze by BuQu Tech Magnetic Charging System now have two new ways to connect and charge.
With the pre-sale availability of the Magnetyze AC Wall Charger and Magnetyze Car Charging Stand beginning today at www.BuquTech/Magnetyze.com, iPhone 4/4S and Samsung Galaxy S III users alike can share a charge from the road or any AC outlet. All that’s needed is a phone equipped with a Magnetyze protective case or back plate.
Magnetyze by BuQu Tech applies patent-pending magnetics technology to keep iPhone and Android smartphones charged, synchronized and ready to "grab and go." The high- performance Magnetyze platform eliminates multiple cords, clumsy cradles and the need for new charging accessories with every smartphone upgrade.
When it is time to upgrade to a new smartphone, only the Magnetyze protective sleeve needs to be replaced. All Magnetyze-branded products and accessories will continue to work with any available...
Apple rumors for Feb. 10
Here are the latest Apple-related rumors from the blog-o-sphere:
"A source told Chinese mobile phone information site Laoyaoba.com that he has seen the iPhone 5S and iPhone 6 at Apple's suppliers. Both models may be released in 2013, according to the website's microblog on Thursday evening." -- "BrightWire" (www.brightwire.com)
"News that Samsung’s Galaxy S4 smarthphone (expected to launch this month) may support 802.11ac, also known as ’5G Wi-Fi’, has lead to speculation that Apple’s next iPhone could support standard as well." -- "Macworld Australia" (www.macworld.com.au)
Pubblog mails out MailSteward 10.0
Pubblog has announced MailSteward, MailSteward Lite, and MailSteward Pro, version 10.0. MailSteward is an email archiving solution for the Mac.
It archives email in a relational database for access and safe backup of all your email. MailSteward can now search for multiple strings in the same field. Version 10.0 also includes a number of other enhancements and new features.
MailStewart Lite costs US$24.95, MailStewart is $49.95 and MailStewart Pro is $99.95. For more info go to http://mailsteward.com .
Origin now available for the Mac
Electronic Arts has launched Origin for the Mac, a new, built-for-platform version of EA’s direct download application for Mac users worldwide. Just as it has for tens of millions of PC users, Origin for Mac will offer fast and safe game downloads for many of the industry’s most popular titles from EA and publishing partners.
Origin for Mac delivers such features as cloud storage to save and continue games, social connectivity via friends lists, and more. However, Micheal Blank, vice president of Original at EA, says it will offer additional value to gamers who play on both PC and Mac devices: dual-platform play for select EA titles.
With dual-platform play, gamers will buy a game once and be able to download it for both PC and Mac (if the game is available for both platforms). After purchasing the game via Origin on one platform, as soon as a player logs into their other device, the game will appear ready for download in the Origin "My Games" tab.
Origin for Mac launches with a...
iPhone 5 doesn't boost Apple's smartphone share in...
The iPhone 5 debuted in China in December, but it hasn't boosted Apple's smartphone share in the country, according to the Canalys research group -- as noted by "Macworld UK" (http://tinyurl.com/a9fnutn).
Apple remained the sixth largest smartphone vendor for the most recent fiscal quarter -- a position it held in the third quarter. Its market share increased to 8.5% in China in the fourth quarter; that up 0.5% from the previous quarter.
Canalys says Samsung took the top spot with 16% market share. It was followed by Chinese vendors, Lenovo, Yulong Computer Telecommunication Scientific, Huawei and ZTE.
Digitimes: iPad shipments to see almost 5% sequential growth
Worldwide tablet shipments are estimated to reach 33.8 million units in the first quarter of 2013, down 21.8% sequentially, but up 75.8% on year, according to Digitimes Research Senior Analyst James Wang.
Apple's iPad shipments will see almost 5% sequential growth to reach 22 million units in the first quarter, accounting for 65.1% of the total volume as changes in iPad series' life-cycle (launch schedule) in 2012 will help the iPad devices to suffer less impact from seasonal factors, reports DigiTimes (www.digitimes.com).
However, seasonality will significantly impact demand for non-iPad tablets, causing their combined shipments to drop 46.9% sequentially to 11.8 million units with a market share of only 34.9%, the research group says.
Adobe issues patch to update Flash
Adobe has issued a patch to update Flash on Mac OS X and Windows platform to deal with two new vulnerabilities already being exploited by hackers "in the wild" to spread malware.
The patch is a 16.09MB download. You can obtain it at http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/ .
World Clock Deluxe for Mac OS X ticks to version 4.9.1
MaBaSoft (http://www.mabasoft.net) has updated its World Clock Deluxe time tool to version 4.9.1 The upgrade adds 106 cities belonging to 12 different countries.
Also, Daylight-Saving information for Morocco and Western Sahara has been updated. Both countries will observe daylight-saving time from the last Sunday in April to the last Sunday in September with the exception of Ramadan (estimated start and end dates for Ramadan in 2013 are July 9 and August 7).
With World Clock Deluxe you can display multiple clocks in a horizontal or vertical palette, in the menu bar and in the Dock, show Coordinated Universal Time and Internet Time, assign labels and colors to clocks, calculate date and time conversions across different time zones and show the current weather all over the world.
World Clock Deluxe requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later and runs natively on both PowerPC-based and Intel-based Macs. It costs US$19.
Apple revs AirPort Utility to version 6.2
Apple has updated AirPort Utility, the Mac OS X tool for configuring AirPort Wi-Fi networks, to version 6.2. According to Apple, the upgrade -- which requires Mac OS X 10.7.5 or higher -- contains improvements and bug fixes, including:
° The ability to extend the Guest Wi-Fi network on a network that is configured with multiple AirPort Base Stations;
° The ability to add a WPS-capable Wi-Fi printer;
° Improved international support.
For the latest information on AirPort software, check Software Update in System Preferences or the following Apple Support Downloads website (http://support.apple.com/downloads/).
Apple responds to Greenlight Capital shareholder proposal
Greenlight Capital ("Greenlight") -- a value oriented, research-driven investment management firm -- is urging (http://tinyurl.com/ba2aytc) fellow shareholders of Apple to oppose the company’s attempt to amend its corporate charter. Apple has responded with the following statement:
"By early last year, Apple’s cash balance had built to a point beyond what we needed to run our business and maintain flexibility to take advantage of strategic opportunities, so we announced a plan to return $45 billion to shareholders over three years. As of next week we will have executed $10 billion of that plan.
"We find ourselves in the fortunate position of continuing to generate large amounts of cash, including $23 billion in cash flow from operations in the last quarter alone.
"Apple’s management team and Board of Directors have been in active discussions about returning additional cash to shareholders. As part of our review, we will thoroughly evaluate Greenlight Capital’s current proposal to...
Closed beta of Rabbit video chat/content sharing available for...
Rabbit's video chat and content sharing application is now available for download for Mac OS X (10.7 and higher) as part of its closed beta. The app allows you to watch videos, listen to music and share any type of content together with your friends.
Rabbit has rebuilt video chat from the ground up to complement natural human behavior, with thoughtful design decisions that make Rabbit a more fun, immersive and inherently social experience, according to Stephanie Morgan, co-founder of Rabbit. She says that Rabbit is the only video chat application that lets you:
° Share any kind of content with friends: Use Rabbit to share and enjoy any kind of content together with your friends in real-time -- from videos, movies and TV shows to music, documents and photos. You can take advantage of Rabbit’s one-click sharing through SharePad, a central hub of best-in-class content providers that integrate for in-app sharing.
° Create rooms: You can create or join rooms (public or private) where you...
Greenlight Capital urges Apple shareholders to oppose company’s...
Greenlight Capital ("Greenlight") -- a value oriented, research-driven investment management firm -- is urging fellow shareholders of Apple to oppose the company’s attempt to amend its corporate charter.
Greenlight is voting against Proposal 2 in Apple’s proxy, which would eliminate preferred stock from Apple’s charter and restrict the Board’s ability to unlock the value on Apple’s balance sheet. Greenlight is asking all shareholders to also vote against Proposal 2 at the upcoming Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be held on Feb. 27.
"We believe Apple must examine all of its options to unlock the growing value of its balance sheet for all shareholders," says David Einhorn, president of Greenlight. "Over the past several months, we have had an ongoing dialogue with Apple regarding one option to do so, namely the creation of a new security, a perpetual preferred stock that would be distributed at no cost to Apple’s existing shareholders, and would provide an attractive, sustainable...
Stalin Kay releases Sounds 1.0 for Mac OS X, iOS
Stalin Kay has released Sounds 1.0, its music app for Mac OS X (10.7 and higher) and iOS. Designed for professionals and hobbyists alike, it's a collection of music samples and effects for music production, including a library of loops, sounds beds, drum loops and more.
All samples are audio samples rendered to 24bit/96 kHZ. Sounds allows you to preview sounds and to download sounds straight to your system for use in your favorite Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), where you can continue to tinker with the sounds even further to match your needs.
Sounds 1.0 for Mac OS X costs US$0.99 and is available exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Music category (http://tinyurl.com/b3lbbsm). An iOS version called Sounds SD and Sounds HD+ is also available from the Apple App Store. Lite versions for both Mac OS X and iOS have already been posted to the App Store and should be available soon.
iTwin releases iTwin Connect
iTwin has released the iTwin Connect, which offers protected and unrestricted access to the Internet, as well as to home/corporate networks (virtual private network or VPN).
"With iTwin Connect users no longer have to worry about their online privacy when traveling, or worry about which online services are allowed in the places they travel to," says Lux Anantharaman, CEO of iTwin. "Now frequent travelers, businesspeople and exchange students can browse privately and without restrictions from anywhere in the world."
With iTwin Connect, you can browse privately and securely from untrusted networks and access blocked or geo-restricted sites and services from anywhere in the world. It offers personal, zero-configuration VPN for full bi-directional network access, as well as hardware-grade security and two-factor authentication. There are no monthly subscription fees.
The iTwin Connect device consists of two identical halves. To install, plug the device into a USB port on the home/...
Gefen releases DisplayPort Extender
Professionals working with high resolution video graphics up to 2560x1600 have a way to extend their display from the computer using two CAT-7 cables. Gefen’s new DisplayPort Extender over CAT-7 sends audio/video up to 100 feet (30m) in distance from computer to display.
Those working with resolutions up to 1920x1200 can use the same extender with only one CAT-7 cable. Wall mountable sender and receiver units deliver audio and video from the DisplayPort source over the CAT-7 cabling to the display. Power is required at the sender unit only; the receiver unit receives its power using the CAT-7 cable.
Additional features include 16 different EQ adjustments using a rotating switch on the receiver unit. The receiver’s HPD Auto Calibration switch allows a full calibration of the connected display with no training needed in video technology. A locking power supply on the sender unit improves system stability.
The Gefen DisplayPort Extender over CAT-7 is currently shipping and includes...
DEVONtechnologies adds two new bundles
DEVONtechnologies (www.devontechnologies.com) has added two new bundles targeted at home office users to its online shop.
The US$57.95 Home Office Bundle consists of DEVONthink Personal, DEVONagent Express, and DEVONsphere Express. The $11.95 Express Bundle includes DEVONagent Express and DEVONsphere Express.
DEVONthink Personal stores your data, DEVONagent Express finds you new information on the web with just one click, and DEVONsphere Express keeps your data available whenever and wherever you need it. The apps require OS X 10.6.8 or later.
'Think Beyond Ink' tour sheds light on tablet...
To help designers get started creating layouts for iPad, iPhone, Kindle Fire, and Android devices, App Studio presents the "Think Beyond Ink" tour. The tour, which features free live events in San Francisco, New York, Hamburg, Paris, and London, will shed light on digital publishing by addressing:
° Why digital is the future of publishing;
° The difference between apps and eBooks;
° The costs involved in creating and publishing apps;
° Why designers need to go beyond static, boring PDFs;
° How to create HTML5-based apps from QuarkXPress and InDesign.
The Think Beyond Ink Tour, hosted by App Studio, is a series of free, half-day events that will feature an overview of digital publishing, an introduction to App Studio, and information on how to get started quickly. Designers of all levels who are just getting started or who are looking for alternative solutions to digital publishing can register now for the event in their area.
March 13, 2013: San Francisco, CA
Stretch Break ergonomic software stretches to version 6.6
A new release of Stretch Break, the ergonomic software from Para Technologies, has a new component that teaches the principles of healthy computing. Users of the program will find a knowledge base of detailed instructions on how to avoid computer based injuries.
By reminding computer users to stretch and then showing them how, Stretch Break helps prevent Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSIs). With animations, it illustrates stretches designed to relieve the stress that comes from working at the computer for long periods of time.
Stretch Break allows users to select gentle or more insistent reminders when it's time to stretch. Version 6.6 includes 42 animated stretches and background musical selections.
Stretch Break is network compatible. Mac and Windows versions are available. Single copies are US$44.95. For more info go to www.stretchbreak.com .
Australian Labor MP questions Apple's high expenses claims
Australian Labor MP Ed Husic has questioned how Apple can have such high expenses cutting profits in Australia when none of its manufacturing occurs locally, reports "ZDNet" (http://tinyurl.com/ay9tmoc). The US-based company reported a drop in profits in Australia and New Zealand for the last financial year, yet increased its revenues to AU$6 billion.
Last month it was revealed that Apple raked in AU$5.9 billion in revenues in Australia and New Zealand, but after increases in expenses, the company reported a drop in net profit to AU$58.4 million, meaning the company only paid AU$40 million in taxes in Australia in 2012, compared to AU$94.7 million in 2011, notes "ZDNet."
In parliament today, Husic, who has long targeted tech giants such as Apple over IT pricing in Australia, questioned how Apple could have AU$5.5 billion in costs, the article adds.
"How? They don't manufacture here, there are no factories here. I don't know what their R&D effort is here," he said. "They've got a...