SQLabs releases Mac compatible SQLiteManager
SQLabs has released SQLiteManager for both Mac OS X (10.6 and higher) and Windows -- a database management system for sqlite databases.
SQLiteManager lets you work with a range of sqlite 3 databases, including plain databases, in-memory databases, AES 128/256/RC4 encrypted databases and also with cubeSQL server databases. A SQLiteManager single license is costs US$49. Company and multi-platform licenses are also available. For more information go to http://www.sqlabs.com/ .
'Early Bird' registration underway for 2013 FileMaker...
FileMaker Inc. (www.filemaker.com), a wholly owned subsidiary of Apple, has opened registration for the 2013 FileMaker Developer Conference, the worldwide gathering for corporate and independent FileMaker database developers.
Conference attendees will save US$300 off the full price, paying $1,295 by taking advantage of the "early bird" discount, available now through June 18, 2013. Paid attendees will also receive a free, not-for-resale copy of FileMaker Pro Advanced, a $499 value.
Also available is the “early bird” Gold Registration package for $1,895, which includes pre-conference sessions, FileMaker Training Series courses as well as admission to the FileMaker Developer Conference. The 18th annual FileMaker Developer Conference will be held Aug.12-15, 2013, at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, in San Diego, California.
Frosthaus releases Sequence for Mac OS X
Frosthaus (http://frosthaus.com/sequence/) has released Sequence 1.0 for Mac OS X (10.8 or later). It's available for US$19.99 at the Mac App Store in the Photography category.
With Sequence, timelapse photographers and video makers can import photos in most image formats supported on the Mac, including RAW, and preview the timelapse using a imeline-based interface. The deflickering engine in Sequence can remove brightness flicker from the source photos before rendering to video in industry standard formats, such as H.264 and Apple ProRes and so much more.
The timeline also renders a graph of any brightness flicker commonly caused by shutter or aperture variations in the DSLR source camera. According to Johan Srensen, the app makes full use of multiple CPUs and rendering on the graphics card, along with full 64-bit support. This ensures Sequence will be able to handle both large and small timelapse sequences with ease, he adds.
Matrox Thunderbolt docking stations released
Matrox says its Matrox DS1 series of Thunderbolt docking stations are now available in the U.S.. They're designed especially for the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air.
From a single Thunderbolt connection, users can add multiple peripherals including either a large DVI or an HDMI display, a full-size keyboard, and a mouse. A gigabit Ethernet port provides connectivity to a wired corporate network, enabling data transfers that are reportedly18 times faster than Wi-Fi.
The Thunderbolt docking stations sport one USB USB 3.0 port (located on the front of the unit), two USB 2.0 ports, a microphone input, and a speaker/headphone output. Two versions are offered, one for use with DVI monitors and another for use with HDMI displays.
Priced at US$249, Matrox DS1/DVI and Matrox DS1/HDMI are now available in the Americas. Worldwide availability is scheduled for early January. For more information go to http://www.matrox.com/docking_station/en/ds1/ .
More 5-inch Full HD smartphones coming
Samsung Electronics, Sony Mobile Communications, LG Electronics, Huawei Device and ZTE are expected to follow HTC and Sharp to roll out smartphones with 5-inch Full HD displays in the first half of 2013, according to "DigiTimes," quoting unnamed "industry sources."
While Samsung and LG will produce Full HD panels in-house, Sony Mobile will be able access supplies from JDI, in which it holds a stake, the article adds. Taiwan- and China-based smartphone vendors can purchase Full HD panels from JDI, Sharp or LG, per "DigiTimes."
Samsung Chief Strategy Officer uses Apple devices at home
In an interview with the "MIT Technology Review" Samsung Chief Strategy Officer Young Sohn says he still uses Apple devices at home.
"At work I’m using Samsung devices; Apple at home, mainly because all of my systems and files are done that way. That’s sticky, you know? However, I did figure out how to sync all of my contacts and all of my schedules between the two different systems. You can do it. It’s a bit of work, but it is possible."
Read the complete article at http://macte.ch/rf2fW . And the photo is courtesy of the "MIT Technology Review."
European Union ends antitrust probe into e-book pricing
European Union regulators ended an antitrust probe into e-book prices on Thursday, accepting an offer by Apple and four publishers to ease pricing restrictions on Amazon and other retailers.
The decision "hands online retailer Amazon a victory in its attempt to sell e-books cheaper than rivals in a fast-growing market publishers hope will boost revenue and customer numbers," according to "Reuters" (http://macte.ch/zBZ4v). The European Commission said the concessions from Apple and the publishers soothed concerns that their pricing deals curbed competition.
Apple has been sued in Europe, the U.S. and Canada for collaborating with publishers to "fix" ebook prices. The brouhaha centers on Apple's move to change the way that publishers charged for e-books as it prepared to introduce its first iPad in 2010. Traditionally, publishers sold books to retailers for roughly half of the recommended cover price. Under that "wholesale model," booksellers were then free to offer those books to...
Google Maps now available at the Apple App Store
Google Maps is now available at the Apple App Store for free. It's a 6.7MB download and requires iOS 5.1 or higher.
It's compatible with the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (third generation), iPod touch (fourth generation), iPod touch (fifth generation) and the iPad. Here's how the app is described:
"Navigate your world with Google Maps, now available for iPhone. Get comprehensive, accurate and easy-to-use maps with built-in Google local search, voice guided turn-by-turn navigation, public transit directions, Street View and more. Use Google Maps to discover great places to eat, drink, shop and play, with ratings and reviews from people you trust. Sign in to save your favorite places and quickly access all your past searches and directions from your computer, right on your phone."
Mac OS X software updates for Dec. 13
Here are the latest updates for Mac OS X apps:
Smile (www.smilesoftware.com) has released TextExpander 4.0.4, an update to its typing shortcut tool. The update adds Cut, Copy, and Paste support for items in the snippet list. There is also a new popover window to handle snippet abbreviation conflicts.
Gilder (www.macqim.com/wordpress/) has revved GridUp, a tool that allows you to resize and position your windows with keyboard shortcut, to version 1.1. It's a maintenance upgrade.
Emanuele T. has announced eMaps 126.96.36.199 (sites.google.com/site/emanuelet/emaps), an update of the app that gives you access to Google Maps. Due to a recent update in the Google Maps API [application programming interface] some functions in eMaps no longer work correctly. This update loads the previous stable version of Google Maps API to fix the problem.
Devawriter Pro (http://andregarzia.on-rev.com/richmond/dwriterpro.html), a tool for teaching Devanagari or self-study, has been updated to version 1.0.8. It's...
ArtSmart plugin comes to CINEMA 4D, Adobe Illustrator
Cineversity, an online training and education resource for CINEMA 4D users, has released ArtSmart. It's a new plugin for CINEMA 4D that allows users to add artwork from just about any Adobe Illustrator or PDF file to CINEMA 4D Release 13 or greater.
ArtSmart has options for adding animation and depth to Illustrator artwork. The plugin also includes the ability to update and make changes to designs without losing work done in C4D.
To download ArtSmart, CV-ArtSmart, download and install a tutorial on Cineversity from http://www.cineversity.com/vidplaylist/cv-artsmart . Obtaining the plugin requires a free Cineversity login account.
Google Maps also giving bad directions in Australia
Apple's much-maligned iOS 6 Maps aren't the only mapping technology being blasted by Australian authorities. They say that Google Maps also recommends potentially dangerous routes, reports "Yahoo! News" (http://macte.ch/jIuwV).
Police in Colac, west of Melbourne, say faults with Google Maps are putting people's lives at risk along the Great Ocean Road and in the southern Otways. Sergeant Nick Buenen says trucks, buses and tourists are being directed down Wild Dog Road, which is a one-way track, not built for heavy traffic. He says VicRoads has denied responsibility and Google Maps hasn't responded.
CS Odessa announces addition to ConceptDraw Solution Park
Diagrams 2.0, updates version 1.0 of the previous release.
Version 2.0 of the Concept Solution Park provides a collection of library objects, templates, and example drawings for ConceptDraw PRO. The ConceptDraw PRO AWS Architecture Diagram is available at no charge to users of ConceptDraw PRO 9 and ConceptDraw Office 2, via ConceptDraw Solution Park.
ConceptDraw PRO and ConceptDraw Office support the latest version of both Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. For more info go to www.conceptdraw.com .
PageZephyr for the Mac revved to version 3
Markzware (www.markzware.com) has released PageZephyr 3, an update of the US$99, stand-alone desktop search engine designed to reduce the risk of losing valuable electronic information by helping to manage voluminous amounts of legacy files.
This is accomplished without the need for the original desktop publishing applications. PageZephyr supports documents generated in the latest versions of today's most popular layout applications. PageZephyr 3 is now compatible with Adobe InDesign CS6 and QuarkXPress 9 documents for both Mac (OS X 10.6.8 or higher) and Windows platforms.
Fake installer Trojan purportedly discovered for Mac OS X
Russian anti-virus company Doctor Web is telling users (http://macte.ch/FflOH) about a new Trojan for Mac OS X dubbed Trojan.SMSSend.3666.
The malicious scheme used to spread this Trojan is notorious among many Windows users, but until now it hasn't been employed to deceive owners of Macs, says Doctor Web. Trojan.SMSSend is a fake installer which can be downloaded from various sites under the guise of useful software.
Doctor Web says that Trojan.SMSSend programs are found in large numbers on the Internet. These are fake installers available on various sites disguised as distributions of legitimate software. When a user starts such an installer, they see the interface that imitates the installation wizard of a corresponding application.
In order to continue the "installation" fraudsters ask that the victim enter their cellphone number into an appropriate field and then specify the code found in a reply SMS. By performing these actions the user agrees to terms of a chargeable...
Find My iPhone updated, gets driving directions
Apple has updated Find My iPhone for, well, the iPhone to version 2.0.1.
The upgrade adds driving directions to Find My iPhone. You can now get driving directions courtesy of Apple Maps directly within the app. Find My iPhone 2.0.1 is available at the Apple App Store.
Logitech introduces new keyboard, trackpad for the Mac
Logitech (www.logitech.com) has introduced two new products for the Mac: the Logitech Bluetooth Easy-Switch Keyboard for Mac, iPad and iPhone and the Logitech Rechargeable Trackpad for Mac. They're due in January for $99.99 and $69.99, respectively.
The Logitech Bluetooth Easy-Switch Keyboard features Logitech Easy-Switch technology -- similar to the popular Logitech Bluetooth Illuminated Keyboard K810 -- so you can go from typing an e-mail on your Mac to taking notes on your iPad to replying to a text on your iPhone, by simply pressing a button. In addition, the Logitech Rechargeable Trackpad gives you the full set of Mac OS X multi-touch gestures on a smooth glass surface.
The Logitech Bluetooth Easy-Switch Keyboard can pair with up to three Apple devices simultaneously, and its Mac layout features the keys you’d expect, including Command, Brightness and Mission Control, according to Mike Culver, vice president of brand development for consumer computing platforms at Logitech. Its...
Stellar Data Recovery releases Stellar's Volume Repair
Stellar Data Recovery has introduced Stellar Volume Repair 1.0, a repair tool for corrupt volumes on Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or higher.
It's available in a free demo version can scan Mac volumes and identify if the volume needs repair. The demo also allows user to create a bootable DVD even for unbootable Mac Machines. Stellar recommends routine usage of software to prevent directory corruption on your Mac machines.
The software is safe even for severely damaged & non repairable Mac volumes as it has a "Rollback'" feature that rolls back any changes that it makes during the repair process and returns the volume to its previous state, says Sunil Chandna, CEO, Stellar Data Recovery. The full version of the software allows users to repair and rebuild corrupt volume directory.
The full versionof Stellar Volume Repair 1.0 is available at a discounted price of US$49 instead of $ 99 for a limited time. For more info go to http://www.stellarinfo.com/mac-software/volume-repair...
Batman: Arkham City coming to the Mac tomorrow
Developed by Rocksteady Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment for consoles and PC, Batman: Arkham City GOTY will arrive on the Mac fully loaded with all previously released downloadable content (DLC), including the Harley Quinn’s Revenge pack.
Batman: Arkham City GOTY for the Mac will retail in North America for US$39.99. It will be available online for direct download from a variety of digital partner sites worldwide including http://www.feralinteractive.com/ . A mini-site dedicated to the game is available now at http://www.feralinteractive.com/en/mac-games/bmac/ and trailers can be found at http://www.youtube.com/user/feralinteractive.
Minimum system requirements call for a 2.0GHz Intel Mac with at least 4GB RAM, 256MB or better graphics card, and Mac OS 10.7.4 or later. The game does not support the following graphics cards: ATI X1xxx series, ATI HD2xxx series, NVIDIA 9400, NVIDIA 7xxx series, NVIDIA 320M, Intel HD3000 and Intel GMA series.
Tickets available for 12th annual San Francisco SuperMeet
The CPUG Network has announced the Twelfth Annual San Francisco SuperMeet, which will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, at the UCSF Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco, California.
Doors open at 4:30 p.m. with the "SuperMeet Digital Showcase," featuring over 20 software and hardware developers, including including Adobe, Avid, Blackmagic Design, Atomos, Drobo, HDDISK, Keycode Media, Lite Panels, mLogic, Peachpit, Pixelflow, RE:Vision Effects. Presentations will begin at 7 p.m. and continue until 11 p.m..
Tickets are on sale online for the "early bird" price of US$10 each plus ticket fee (early bird pricing ends Dec. 28, 2012) and $10 for students with valid student ID.
To purchase tickets and for complete details on the SuperMeet including driving and transit directions, a current list of raffle prizes and details on the Educational SuperWorkshops, visit the SuperMeet web site (http://supermeet.com).
Graphic Node launches the iOS version of Set for iWork
Graphic Node (http://graphicnode.com/) has introduced Set for iWork 1.0, its new iWork templates application developed exclusively for iOS devices.
The brand new pack for Apple's Pages, Keynote, and Numbers for iOS contains over 2,500 templates and images. The new collection covers everything from brochures, business cards, vacation planners to photos, 3D objects and so much more.
Set for iWork carries a selection of designs: over 1,100 designs for Pages documents, 100 spreadsheet templates for Numbers, 50 slideshow themes for Keynote, and 1300 images for illustrating users' content. It costs US$9.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Productivity category.
Ripple Training releases Optics Plugin on FxFactory
Noise Industries (www.noiseindustries.com) has released Optics by Ripple Training to FxFactory. Its an US$39 plug-in for Final Cut Pro X that creates a first-person perspective of footage through viewfinder optics, including DSLR viewfinders, scopes and binoculars.
Editors can choose from a set of 14 title effects and animate the focus, position and scale of the optics. You can add thermal or night vision effects, and animate scan lines, flicker and roll for added drama. Users can also add a VShutter Flash in combination with camera viewfinders or on its own, as well as kaleidoscope effects.
Mac OS X software updates for Dec. 12
Here are the latest updates for Mac OS X apps:
Tension Software (www.pomola.com) has revved AutoMailer, which allows you to send personalized emails to hundred or thousands of users with a single click, to version 1.3. The upgrade sports an improved layout, redesigned toolbar, a better undo system and more.
VeprIT (www.veprit.com) has released Resize Sense 1.4.0, an update of the batch image resizer/cropper/converter. Users can now save presets, take advantage of new ways to handle small images and more.
MyLove Company (www.mylovecompany.com) has announcedExif Everywhere Standalone 2012.1an update to its photo application that allows users to strip private information from the metadata of photos they post on the Internet.
Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has given us BatchOutput PDF 1.0.8, a maintenance update to its solution to printing multiple PDF documents on Mac OS X. The new version improves support for certain Xerox Phaser printers.
German court looks at Apple's infringement action against...
Germany's Mannheim Regional Court held a Dec. 7 trial on Apple's rubber-banding (overscroll bounce) infringement action against Samsung, reports "FOSS Patents" (http://macte.ch/apaho). The patent-in-suit is EP2126678 on "list scrolling and document translation, scaling, and rotation on a touch-screen display.
The Mannheim court has already stayed a couple of other Apple lawsuits over doubts concerning the validity of certain asserted intellectual property rights. And a stay could also happen in the rubber-banding case, "though the hurdle is high (German courts only stay patent infringement cases if there's at least an 80% probability of invalidation) and it looks like a close question whether Samsung's invalidity contentions meet that threshold," Florian Mueller writes for "FOSS Patents."
This is all part of the ongoing, global legal battle. Apple and Samsung have filed more than 30 lawsuits against each other across four continents. For example, Apple alleges that Samsung copied the...
mLogic ships mLink Thunderbolt Expansion Chassis for Macs
mLogic is shipping its mLink Thunderbolt expansion chassis. It enables PCIe cards such as RAID controllers, 10GigE, Fibre Channel and audio/video capture cards to connect to Mac desktop and laptop computers via Thunderbolt.
The mLink supports half-length, Thunderbolt-aware PCIe cards and sports two high-performance 10Gbit/second Thunderbolt ports. It also supports daisy-chaining of up to six Thunderbolt peripherals.
According to mLogic CEO Roger Mabon, the mLink is the industry’s smallest (8.1 x 2.75 x 5.9 inches) and lightest (two pounds) Thunderbolt expansion chassis. It's available at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$399 from authorized mLogic resellers and at www.mlogic.com/products/mlink .
FirmTek 4-Port eSATA 6G storage adapter released for Mac,...
FirmTek is shipping its SeriTek/Q6G 4-Port eSATA host adapter. It's Mac OS X bootable, whether installed inside the Mac Pro or a Thunderbolt PCIe expansion chassis, with and without SATA port-multiplication.
The SeriTek/Q6G is built to support several types of eSATA enclosures. With direct connect enclosures like the miniSwap/ES, each drive connects to its own individual eSATA port. The SeriTek/Q6G also supports port multiplication enclosures like the SeriTek/5PM. The 5PM allows up to five SATA drives to be connected to a single port or up to 80TB and 20 hard drives with four 5PM enclosures.
While the miniSwap/ES and the SeriTek/5PM can be used separately with the SeriTek/Q6G, one setup professional users deploy is the combination of SSD storage along with five bays of 3.5-inch SATA data storage provided by the SeriTek/5PM.
The four eSATA ports available on the SeriTek/Q6G allow both the miniSwap/ES and the SeriTek/5PM to be used concurrently. This combination offers the customer...
iPhone 5 is TIME's top tech gadget of 2012
The iPhone 5 tops TIME's "Top 10 Gadgets of 2012" list. Here's what TIME has to say about the latest gen Apple smartphone:
"Apple may be responsible for more than its share of the tech industry’s great leaps forward, but it’s at least as good at fussing over the tiny little details other companies ignore. The iPhone 5, which starts at $199 with a two-year contract, is one of the most artfully polished gadgets anyone’s ever built, with a taller screen than previous iPhones built into a thinner, lighter case. The camera, with a particularly well-done panorama mode, is another highlight. There are lots of nifty smartphones out there, including the iPhone’s impressive archrival, Samsung’s Galaxy S III. But when it comes to melding hardware, software and services so tightly that the seams fade away, Apple still has no peer.
What's more, the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display came in at number six on the list. You can read more at http://macte.ch/WnS4G .
Intel delivers 6-watt, server class processor
Intel (www.intel.com) has introduced the Intel Atom processor S1200 product family, delivering what it says is the world’s first low-power, 64-bit server-class system-on-chip (SoC) for high-density microservers, as well as a new class of energy-efficient storage and networking systems.
The energy-sipping, industrial-strength microprocessor features essential capabilities to achieve server-class reliability, manageability and cost effectiveness, says Diane Bryant, vice president and general manager of the Datacenter and Connected Systems Group at Intel. The Intel Atom processor S1200 product family is the first low-power SoC delivering required data center features that ensure server-class levels of reliability and manageability while also enabling significant savings in overall costs, she adds.
The SoC includes two physical cores and a total of four threads enabled with Intel Hyper-Threading Technology (Intel HT). The SoC also includes 64-bit support, a memory controller supporting...
Real Software serves up Real Studio 2012 Release 2
Real Software has released Real Studio 2012 Release 2, the latest version of its object-oriented, cross-platform software development tool. The new version focuses on improved cross-platform support and specific additions, like Web Control SDK and WebCanvas, to enhance web application development.
Web applications can now be localized to support multiple languages in the same way you localize desktop applications. Real Studio 2012 Release 2 also offers PostgreSQL SSL support for improved security, ays Geoff Perlman, Real Software Founder...
Digitech Technologies sues Apple for patent infringement
Another day, another lawsuit. A company named Digitech Technologies has sued Apple for, of course, patent infringement.
According to "Patently Apple" (www.patentlyapple.com), the Newport Beach, California-based company has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple involving a patent from Polaroid, who beat Kodak in court in 1986 regarding the "instant camera." Digitech Image Technologies has filed individual patent infringement lawsuits against several technology companies in the past 30 days including Apple using the common patent 6,128,415 from Polaroid, adds "Patently Apple."
Apple gets the green light for Maiden fuel cell installation...
Apple has gotten the green light to add to its fuel cell installation at the company’s Maiden, North Carolina, data center campus, reports the "Hickory Record" (http://macte.ch/fnIEj).
According to files with the North Carolina Utilities Commission, the commission issued an order accepting the registration of the addition to Apple’s fuel cell, taking it from 4.8 megawatts to 10 megawatts. The commission approved Apple’s 4.8 megawatt fuel cell in May. The order accepts Apple’s registration of the 10 megawatt fuel cell as a renewable energy facility.
The electricity created by the fuel cell will be sold to Duke Energy, says the "Hickory Record." The fuel cell will use bio-gas from Element Markets Renewable Energy to generate the electricity, the order says. The bio-gas will come from methane created at landfill.
Last year it was announced that Apple would build a data center in Catawba County on the outskirts of Maiden. Maiden and Catawba County agreed to US$7.3 million in incentives...
G-SPEED storage solutions now ship with 4TB hard drives
G-Technology says its G-SPEED RAID external storage solutions now come equipped with the industry's highest capacity enterprise-class hard disk drives (HDDs): the 4TB HGST Ultrastar drives.
The company says they offer 7,200 RPM performance, 64MB cache, the highest 2.0 million hour mean-time-between-failure²(MTBF) HDD specification, and enterprise-class features. The 4TB HGST enterprise-class drives are purportedly the only SATA HDDs rated at 2.0 million hours mean time between failure (MTBF).
They also utilize enterprise-specific firmware to minimize the performance impact of rotational vibration interference (RVI) found in rack-mounted servers and multi-drive storage arrays, and feature special error recovery and detection features. All G-SPEED solutions feature an aluminum enclosure with four hot-swappable drives, and a "smart" cooling fan.
The G-SPEED Q RAID storage solution for creative professionals comes equipped with 3Gbit eSATA, FireWire 800, FireWire 400 (via cable) and USB...
Apple 'insiders' sell almost $55 million in shares
Between Sept. 11 and Dec. 10, Apple insiders have sold US$54.87 million in shares, while others have purchased US$1 million worth, accordingto Pennystocksinsiders.com.
Apple recently announced the iPhone 5 will be available in China on Friday, December 14. By the end of Monday's trading, shares of Apple ended lower by US$3.43 (or -0.64%) to US$529.82. Pennystocksinsiders.com thinks "that it is a clever way to check if insiders in Apple are starting to buy more company shares."
Adobe updates Photoshop, Creative Cloud
Adobe has updated Adobe Creative Cloud. Creative Cloud members will now have access to over a dozen exclusive new features for Adobe Photoshop.
Adobe is also highlighting the customer momentum behind Creative Cloud, with more than XX free and paid memberships, including approximately XX paid individual members who have signed up through November 2012. Additionally, the company is introducing a new version, Creative Cloud for teams.
This is designed to: make it easy for creative professionals to collaborate with colleagues; showcase new capabilities for mobile website design with Adobe Muse; launchCreative Cloud Connection for desktop synching and collaborative sharing; debut Creative Cloud Training, a library of premium instructional video from leading partners; and demonstrate the unlimited access to the Digital Publishing technology used by major publishers to create interactive content for the iPad.
According to says David Wadhwani, senior vice president, Digital Media, Adobe,...
FileMaker Go for iPad and iPhone apps surpass 500,000 downloads
FileMaker, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Apple, says FileMaker Go for iPad and FileMaker Go for iPhone have surpassed 500,000 downloads from the Apple App Store.
The two FileMaker Go apps are a part of FileMaker’s comprehensive lineup of desktop, server and iOS software used to design, build, deploy and manage data-driven business solutions for iPad and iPhone, says Ryan Rosenberg, vice president, marketing and services, FileMaker, Inc. FileMaker solutions also run on Mac, Windows and in web browsers. A free 30-day trial of FileMaker Pro 12 is available at the FileMaker Inc. web site (www.filemaker.com).
Mac OS X software updates for Dec. 11
Here are the latest updates for Mac OS X apps:
Macphun (www.macphun.com) has released Snapheal 2.1, an update of its photo app. The upgrade sports a new look and improved user interface.
Maplesoft (www.maplesoft.com) has revved Maple, its roductivity tool for solving mathematical problems and creating interactive technical applications, to version 16.02. The upgrade has been optimized for Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.
Sproutedapps has introduced Nokumo 1.0.3 (www.nokumo.com), a new version of the business and personal information manager. It's a maintenance upgrade with some bug fixes.
Surless Studios has served up Mac Bartender 10.6 (www.macbartender.com), a new version of the tool for organizing your menu bar apps. It's a maintenance upgrade with several stabilizing features.
FTC finds little progress in issues with mobile apps for children
The Federal Trade Commission (www.ftc.gov) has issued a new staff report, "Mobile Apps for Kids: Disclosures Still Not Making the Grade," examining the privacy disclosures and practices of apps offered for children in the Google Play and Apple App stores. The report details the results of the FTC’s second survey of kids’ mobile apps.
Since FTC staff’s first survey of kids’ mobile apps in 2011, it says its staff found little progress toward giving parents the information they need to determine what data is being collected from their children, how it is being shared, or who will have access to it. The report also finds that many of the apps surveyed included interactive features, such as connecting to social media, and sent information from the mobile device to ad networks, analytics companies, or other third parties, without disclosing these practices to parents.
"While we think most companies have the best intentions when it comes to protecting kids’ privacy, we haven’t seen any...
iPhone 5 sees over 300,000 online reservations in China
Demand for the iPhone 5 in China has reached more than 300,000 online reservations with mobile carrier China Unicom, as Apple prepares to starting selling the device there on Friday, reports the "IDG News Service" (http://macte.ch/PP42s).
China Unicom received the 300,000 requests in the first week after it began accepting online reservations, the article adds. China Unicom is one of two mobile carriers in the country that will be selling the device, and has about 232 million mobile subscribers.
Apple posts Mac mini EFI Firmware Update 1.7
Apple has posted Mac mini EFI Firmware Update 1.7 (http://macte.ch/utbTb). It addresses HDMI video flicker issues on Mac mini (Late 2012) computers and is recommended for all users.
The Mac mini EFI Firmware Update will update the EFI firmware on your computer. Your computer's power cord must be connected and plugged into a working power source. When your Mac mini restarts, a gray screen will appear with a status bar to indicate the progress of the update. It will take several minutes for the update to complete. Don't disturb or shut off the power on your Mac mini during this update.
Maxthon releases Maxthon Cloud Browser (Preview)
Maxthon has released Maxthon Cloud Browser (Preview), a product "designed to provide users with a seamless and unified user experience across multiple devices and platforms. "
Maxthon Cloud Browser works on Mac OS X, iOS Windows, and Android operating system and allows users to access and push web content such as images, videos and text to and from any of their devices. It's available at www.maxthon.com .
Maxthon Cloud backs up users’ web downloads in the cloud, making it possible to access them locally and from any of their devices using any operating system. According to Maxthon CEO Jeff Chen, Maxthon Cloud Browser’s engine, C4, is a fast and powerful pushing, storage and syncing engine that has high-performance cloud backup and syncing capabilities.
The most common actions and processes are standardized across devices and platforms, he adds. Maxthon Cloud Browser allows users easily to learn something once and then do it the same way on other devices, says Chen.
AccountEdge Pro 2013 launches on Mac, Windows
Acclivity has announced AccountEdge Pro 2013 for Mac and Windows. The latest version of their small business accounting software is available immediately and features a long list of enhancements and improvements.
The new document management feature lets the user attach files to records, including documents, images, and scans. Bills, invoices, purchases, or any type of file can be attached to transactions, and AccountEdge files it away for later viewing.
AccountEdge’s retainers feature gets an update, with the ability to link bank accounts, which allows the user to write checks directly from their retainer, escrow, and trust accounts, as well as easily transfer funds into and out of these accounts.
Importing and reconciling bank statements is more streamlined and intuitive with the new Bank Statement Import. The new "worksheet" acts as a middle-man between import and reconciliation to improve the workflow of dealing with bank statements. Plus, rules can be created to look for and match...
Electric Vice is new Maschine Expansion pack
Native Instruments has released Electric Vice, a new Maschine Expansion that highlights the sound of the latest electro house styles, also known as complextro.
Along with a full set of sounds tailored to the genre, this Maschine Expansion features a choke group workflow, designed for performance. Electric Vice also includes custom presets from NI's Massive synthesizer -- now bundled free with Maschine software.
Electric Vice is available at the NI Online Shop for US$59. Additional info is available at www.native-instruments.com/electricvice .
27-inch iMacs now close to shipping for early buyers
If you ordered a 27-inch iMac shortly after they were announced, you may be getting it soon. According to "MacRumors" (www.macrumors.com), the all-in-ones are "Preparing for Shipments" for early buyers.
Alas, if you didn't order early, you'll have to wait a bit. Shipping estimates for new orders placed for the newest generation of new 27-inch iMac models have slipped from “3-4 weeks” to “January,” per the Apple online store.
Apple to open new China retail store this weekend
Apple will open a new retail store in Chengdu, China, this weekend. It will have a grand opening ceremony together with Hong Kong's third Apple retail store on Saturday, reports "M.I.C. Gadget" (http://macte.ch/FiZJU).
It will be the first Apple store in Chengdu. The new store will have up to two levels, similar to the one in Shenzhen, but "not as big as the Pudong Apple Store or the one at Nanjing Road in Shanghai," notes "M.I.C. Gadget."
iOS Maps app misdirects some Australian drivers
Mildura (Australia) police are urging driversto be careful when relying on the Maps app in iOS 6 after a number of motorists "were directed off the beaten track in recent weeks," reports the "Victoria Police News" (http://macte.ch/LqamC).
Local police have been called to assist distressed motorists who have become stranded within the Murray-Sunset National Park after following directions -- or, rather, mis-directioins -- on their iPhone. Tests on the mapping system by police confirm the mapping systems lists Mildura in the middle of the Murray Sunset National Park, approximately 70km away from the actual location of Mildura, says the "Victoria Police News."
Police have contacted Apple about the matter and hope the matter is rectified quickly "to ensure the safety of motorists traveling to Mildura," the article adds. Meanwhile, anyone traveling to Mildura or other locations within Victoria should rely on other forms of mapping, the police say.
US online spending approaches $27 billion
ComScore (www.comscore.com), a company that "measures the digital world," has reported holiday season retail e-commerce spending for the first 37 days of the November–December 2012 holiday season.
For the holiday season-to-date US$26.6 billion has been spent online, marking a 13% increase versus the corresponding days last year. The most recent week saw three individual days eclipse $1 billion in spending -- Monday, Dec. 3 ($1.117 billion), Tuesday, Dec. 4 ($1.362 billion) and Wednesday, Dec. 5 ($1.051 billion) -- bringing the total number of billion dollar spending days for the season to seven.
"Despite posting three consecutive billion-dollar spending days and five in excess of $950 million, this past week saw a noticeable softening in e-commerce momentum as growth rates dipped into single-digits after beginning the season in the mid-teens," says comScore chairman Gian Fulgoni. "However, we expect this lull to be a temporary effect having more to do with the extended shopping...
Kaspersky Lab detects 200,000 new malicious programs every day
Kaspersky Lab (www.kaspersky.com) has released its annual "Kaspersky Security Bulletin,"which provides the overall malware and cyber-threat statistics for 2012.
The data analyzed in the report was obtained using the Kaspersky Security Network (KSN), the cloud-based infrastructure used by Kaspersky Lab products to report telemetry and to deliver instant protection in the forms of blacklists and heuristic rules, which are designed to catch the newest threats.
The 2012 report revealed significant growth of Mac-specific malware and an explosive growth in the number of threats targeting the Android platform. Overall, Kaspersky Lab’s products detected and blocked more than 1.5 billion web-based attacks in 2012 and more than 3 billion infected files.
At the present time Kaspersky Lab detects and blocks more than 200,000 new malicious programs every day, a significant increase from the first half of 2012, when 125,000 malicious programs were detected and blocked each day on average.
Shanghai for Final Cut comes to the Mac App Store
Mosa Motion Graphics has released Shanghai for Final Cut 1.0 on the Mac App Store . It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and costs US$59.99.
Shanghai is a helper application that runs alongside Apple's Final Cut Pro, and dispenses video of Shanghai, China, directly into Final Cut events or bins. It also works with iMovie, FCPX, Final Cut Express, and Keynote.
Shanghai themes include Skylines, People, Industry, Colonial Areas, Transportation, and Old Street Scenes. All clips contains picture and sound, and are royalty free. These HD clips can be dragged and dropped directly into Final Cut "events" or "bins," or can be saved directly to any folder. Shanghai's thumbnail based interface works as a helper application alongside Apple video editing programs.
All shots can be screened on the app's movie player screen. Just below the movie player screen, a data panel displays shot location text information, and the video file's attributes. If a user intends on putting the shot into an open...
Apple, Google team up for Kodak patent bid
Apple and Google have teamed up to offer more than US$500 to buy Kodak's patents out of bankruptcy, reports "Bloomberg," quoting unnamed "people familiar with the situation."
The two companies have partnered after leading two separate groups this summer to buy some of Kodak’s 1,100 imaging patents, the article adds. Showing the weird workings of the global business world, on another front, Apple and Google are doing battle in the smartphone market.
Last month Eastman Kodak was granted court permission to retain exclusive control of its bankruptcy case through Feb. 28 as it tries to execute an US$793 million financing offer from a group of bondholders. The company hopes to sell off its patent portfolio to a list of potential buyers that include Apple and Google.
Mac OS X software updates for Dec. 10
Here are the latest updates for Mac OS X apps:
Koingo Software has introduced AirRadar 2.2.6 (http://www.koingosw.com/products/airradar.php), an update of its free Mac OS X software that allows users to scan for wireless networks in range of their computer, compile favorite and filter lists, and view detailed network information. The upgrade offers better handling of crash reporting.
The Escapers has released Flux 2.10 (http://theescapers.com/flux2/), an update of the Mac OS X app that allows drag 'n drop creation of web pages without the need of knowledge of XHTMLICSS (though you can twiddle with the code if you like). It's a maintenance upgrade with some bug fixes and performance tweaks.
OakTree Software (http://www.accordancebible.com/) has updated its Accordance Bible study software for Mac OS X to version 10.1.1. Copy As Instant Details no longer requires an open Instant Details. Compare Text requires a book match to compare the panes, so it won't attempt to compare LXX with...
Apple rumors: Apple's 'Glass' Project, more
Here are the latest Apple rumors from the blogosphere.
"Before there ever was a Project Glass from Google, there was Apple's Glass Project in the form of a patent application filed in late 2006, published in 2008 and granted in 2009. Apple's Glass Project seemed to have fallen off the grid until July 2012 when a new patent application laid out some new parameters for their future glasses. The new glasses were being designed to work with augmented reality but more importantly, they were being designed with telephonic capabilities in mind." -- "Patently Apple" (www.patentlyapple.com)
"Apple Inc. and worldwide demand for its iPhone and iPad — and maybe soon iTV — may be behind top-secret efforts to land a second major semiconductor manufacturing facility in the Capital Region."-- "TimesUnion" (http://www.timesunion.com/default/article/Region-may-have-Apple-s-eye-40...)
"Foxconn likely would want to expand its U.S. manufacturing capabilities to take advantage of recent moves by companies...