'Woz' to speak at Design Automation Conference
Apple co-founder Steve "Woz" Wozniak will be on of the keynote speakers at the 48th Design Automation Conference, which will be held in the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California, from June 5-10.
Woz will be interviewed live on stage by "San Jose Mercury News" columnist Mike Cassidy on a wide range of topics, including the "joy" of engineering and following your passion to convert innovative ideas into reality. Woz will provide an insight into the vision that started the largest and most successful technology company in the world.
The Design Automation Conference (DAC) is an event for the design of electronic circuits and systems, and for electronic design automation (EDA) and silicon solutions. A worldwide community representing more than 1,000 organizations attends each year, represented by system designers and architects, logic and circuit designers, validation engineers, CAD managers, senior managers and executives to researchers and academicians from leading...
Law firm investigating iOS location data legalities
You could see it coming, couldn't you? The law firm of Wohl & Fruchter LLP has commenced an investigation into Apple’s collection of users’ location data on iPhone and iPad devices in a hidden file stored on the devices and on synced computers.
As first reported on April 20 by independent computer programmers, Apple’s iOS 4 operating system continuously collects user location data, up to 100times per day or more, and stores this data for months or years, together with time stamps of the locations recorded.
iPhone collects, stores data even with location services off
The latest on the iPhone/iPad location tracking data brouhaha: "The Wall Street Journal" (http://macte.ch/YdBQm) reports that iPhone is collecting and storing location information even when location services are turned off, according to a test the publication conducted.
The location data appear to be collected using cellphone towers and Wi-Fi access points near a user's phone and don't appear to be transmitted back to Apple. However, the "WSJ" says it appears that turning off location services doesn't disable the storage of location data on iPhones. The Journal tested the collection of data on an iPhone 4 that had been restored to factory settings and was running the latest version of Apple's iOS operating system.
"The Journal disabled location services (which are on by default) and immediately recorded the data that had initially been gathered by the phone," the newspaper reports. "The Journal then carried the phone to new locations and observed the data. Over the span of several...
New iMacs due next week?
Refreshed iMacs are en route to the United States for a late April or early May launch, reports "9to5 Mac" (http://macte.ch/mnAZR), quoting a source they call "Mr. X."
Mr. X says to expect new iMacs the week of May 2nd as Apple will officially stop shipping iMacs to resellers this week. Since Apple tends to release new products on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, the likelihood of new iMacs with Thunderbolt I/O and Intel’s latest Sandy Bridge processors is high for May 3 or 4, says "9to5Mac."
Apple has major purchase commitments for March quarter
Apple's 10-Q form filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has revealed the largest sequential increase in purchase commitments for a March quarter to US$11 billion, as iPad 2 production ramps up, reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).
The "10-Q Tidbits" were highlighted this week by analyst Katy Huberty with Morgan Stanley, the article adds. The financial document shows that Apple's purchase commitments increased 39 percent quarter over quarter by the end of the March quarter.
Apple plans to spend $11 billion on components and other purchases in the March quarter, up from $7.9 billion at the end of 2010. That sequential increase is a record for a March quarter.
White iPhone coming this week?
It seems the white iPhone 4, as rare as an albino rhino, will ship this week, 10 months after it was originally announced. It's expected to retail the same price as its black flavored sibling.
According to a plethora of online reports the device will go on sale this Wednesday. The white iPhone will reportedly be available in both Verizon/CDMA and AT&T/GSM versions.
Hunch.com looks at differences in Mac, PC users
Mac users are more likely to be young, tech-savvy urban-dwellers that enjoy throwing parties, whereas PC fans tend to skew older, are more conservative and say talking about computers is like "struggling with a foreign language," according to a new study by Hunch.com, as reported by "TechNewsDaily" (http://macte.ch/a3Xg2).
Hunch.com -- a site that makes recommendations based on preferences -- suggests your computer choice can reveal a lot about your personality and personal preferences, from taste in movies and food to clothing styles. Hunch used 75 million answers to questions that it asked its 700,000 members to predict particular demographics, personality and other characteristics based on their computer type.
The aggregated data found that Mac users (typically ages 18 to 34) consider themselves more likely to be early tech adapters than PC fans, which is more likely to dominate the age 35 to 49 demographic. Mac people are also more likely to be vegetarians, enjoy indie movies,...
eBooks, eReaders catching on with the college crowd
This past holiday season, e-readers were found under many a tree and downloads of digital books followed with glee, according to the findings of a new student survey conducted by OnCampus Research, the research division of the National Association of College Stores (NACS).
The March 2011 OnCampus Electronic Book and E-Reader Device Report (http://www.nacs.org/) backs predictions that we could be approaching the tipping point for digital reading materials among this demographic. The latest report, the product of a survey of 655 students, explores their e-book usage as well as their interest in e-reading devices.
The results showed a 6% increase in e-book purchases of any kind when compared to a similar study done in October 2010, while fewer students are relying on laptops or netbooks to read the material. Nearly 15% fewer students said they used those devices to read e-books, while 39% said they used a dedicated e-reader, up from 19% just five months ago.
“Although the vast...
Untrackerd lets iPhone, iPad users wipe location history
A Canadian software developer has created a program that allows iPhone and iPad users to wipe clean the location history of their devices after security researchers unleashed a privacy uproar by revealing that Apple records the location details in a hidden file on the user's phone and copies the unencrypted data to the user's home computer, reports the "Ottawa Citizen" (http://macte.ch/1aEjF).
According to the article, Ryan Petrich of Edmonton says he's being bombarded with emails and online messages about his new tool called "Untrackerd" (http://macte.ch/VQXWV). When installed, the program deletes the location tracking information, held in a hidden file called consolidated.db, every 30 minutes.
The iPhone developer launched the free program after news broke that the new iPhones have been keeping track of where a user goes in a secret file, using information gleaned from nearby cellphone towers and Wi-Fi networks. Locations and time stamps are then copied to the owner's computer if...
JixiPix announces new, pro photo colorizing app for the Mac
JixiPix has introduces Hand Tint 1.0 (http://www.jixipix.com/handtint/handtint.html), a professional level photo colorizing app. It's now available on the Mac App Store in the Photography session. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and costs US$19.99.
Hand Tint was specifically developed for hand tinting and coloring photography. With it you can add multiple layers that support opacity, visibility, and multiple custom compositing modes developed specifically to match the hand tinting process.
Hand tinting adds soft, otherworldly colors to a photo, and can also lend an antique feel. With Hand Tine you can brush on color to add a life-like blush to the cheeks of a child, or draw attention to a single element, like a flower or a sunset sky.
Hand Tint will start the process by converting the photo to black and white, vintage, or luminosity. After this step, painting can be used to tint areas back onto the photograph and bring color back into the aged photo.
Layers provide a way to...
Scoshe releases switchBack surge g4 for the iPhone
Scosche Industries (http://www.scosche.com/) has announced the availability the switchBACK surge g4, an US$79.99 backup battery and kickstand case for iPhone 4.
It sports an integrated kickstand and an internal 1800mAh lithium-ion battery, purportedly capable of charging a dead iPhone 4 up to 80% full. Scosche’s accompanying, free reVIVE app (pictured) provides detailed battery information so users know exactly how much juice they have left.
Four blue LED lights indicate the surge’s battery life and the included micro-USB cable allows for recharging and synching the iPhone 4 with the case on. The case will provides an additional 275 hours of standby, up to 12 hours of talk time, up to 36 hours of audio, up to nine hours of Wi-Fi, or up to nine hours of video. The Scosche switchBACK surge g4 come with two interchangeable polycarbonate backs (gloss black and metallic silver) and is compatible with both the AT&T Verizon iPhone 4 models.
O'Reilly publishes 'iPad 2: The Missing Manual'
O'Reilly Media has published "iPad 2: The Missing Manual" (http://macte.ch/inWjg). The 336-page book costs US$19.99 for the ebook edition and $24.99 for the print edition.
"New York Times" tech columnist and iPad expert J.D. Biersdorfer shows you how to get the most out of the Apple tablet to surf the Web, send and receive email, watch movies and TV shows, read ebooks, listen to music, play games, and even do a little iWork. Topics covered include: tips and tricks; building and playing your media library; getting on-line; e-reading; consolidating your mail accounts; shopping in the iTunes and App stores; and more.
Biersdorfer is a best-selling, veteran Missing Manual author. J.D. He wrote "Best iPad Apps and iPad: The Missing Manual (First Edition)," and co-wrote "iPod: The Missing Manual and iPhoto: The Missing Manual," and is the author of "Netbooks: The Missing Manual," "Google: The Missing Manual," and "The iPod Shuffle Fan Book." She has authored a weekly technology column for...
World Clock Deluxe ticks to version 4.7.6
MaBaSoft (http://www.mabasoft.net) has updated its World Clock Deluxe time tool to version 4.7.6.
The standard UTC offset of Irkutsk, Russia has been reverted to UTC+8. It was planned that the Irkutsk region would move to Krasnoyarsk Time (UTC+7) on March 27, 2011, but the transition has been postponed indefinitely.
Also, Daylight-saving time information for Egypt and the Falkland Islands has been updated. Egypt abolished Daylight-saving time, while the Falkland Islands didn't switch back to Standard Time on April 17 and will trial Daylight-saving time all year round in 2011.
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. The software is Universal Binary and runs in English, German, Dutch, French and Italian....
RMVB Converter comes to the Mac
iOrgsoft has released RMVB Converter for the Mac. It's an US$29.95 utility to convert RealMedia (.rmvb and .rm) file to other popular video formats with high quality on Mac OS X.
RMVB Converter support salmost all the RM/RMVB formats without installing RealPlayer and outputs MP4, AVI, DivX, Xvid, H.264/AVC,WMV, MOV (QuickTime), 3GP, MP3, Flash FLV and SWF. It also supports ripping the audio data from RMVB video and convertingto MP3, FLAC, AAC, M4A and WMA audio files.
RMVB Converter for Mac lets you clip, merge, crop, split RMVB videos, as well set frame size, video encoder, audio encoder and audio sample rate from the supported list for a better effect. You can trim the video to have certain length of clip converted, crop out the unwanted parts in the frame, apply video effect like brightness, contrast, saturation. You can also capture your favorite views from the previewing window and save them as the background of your computer.
RMVB Converter for Mac is available for purchase...
Sandy Bridge MacBook Airs coming in June?
In May Apple next month will reportedly begin manufacturing the first updates to its rejuvenated MacBook Air line "as the company looks to maintain the impressive sales momentum generated by the ultra-thin notebooks and limit the market opportunity for would-be competitors hoping to wedge their foot in the door," says "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).
Concord Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has sources within Apple's Far Eastern supply chain tells "AppleInsider" that his latest round of checks with suppliers and system builders in the region reveals that MacBook Air shipments are set to rebound during the current calendar quarter, fueled by an upgrade to Intel's latest Sandy Bridge microprocessors, integrated Intel graphics, and the expected adoption of the new Thunderbolt high-speed I/O technology that made its debut on MacBook Pros in February.
He said the new models will "go to mass production in late May," which corroborates an earlier report that cited reliable...
Samsung counter-sues Apple
Another day, another lawsuit. Samsung Electronics Co has filed patent lawsuits against Apple over the U.S. firm's iPhone and iPad after Apple claimed Samsung's smartphones and tablets "slavishly" copied its products, reports "Reuters" (http://macte.ch/Lh0Le).
Apple's lawsuit filed on April 15 in the U.S. claims Samsung's mobile phones and Galaxy Tab. Apple says Samsung "slavishly" copied the iPhone and iPad.
"Rather than innovate and develop its own technology and a unique Samsung style for its smart phone products and computer tablets, Samsung chose to copy Apple's technology, user interface and innovative style in these infringing products," the lawsuit reads.
The lawsuit, filed April 15 in US District Court in Northern California, alleges Samsung copied the look, product design and product user interface of Apple's products. Samsung violated Apple's patents and trademarks, the suit alleges.
“It’s no coincidence that Samsung’s latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad,...
Anger over Apple's 'location tracking' grows
The controversy surrounding the security of Apple’s iPhone and iPad escalated Thursday as some European governments said they would investigate whether the company had violated privacy laws by collecting and storing users’ geographic location data, reports "The New York Times" (http://macte.ch/a2ggl).
At the same time, some researchers said that contrary to reports published Wednesday, the iPhone’s recording of location information in a hidden file on the device, later stored on iTunes on a PC, has been known for some time, and that the information has, on some occasions, been used by law enforcement agencies in investigations, the article adds.
“This data that was supposedly discovered yesterday has existed in earlier iPhones,” Alex Levinson of Katana Forensics, a company that specializes in extracting data from electronic devices for legal cases, told "The Times." He said that he and colleagues had explained Apple’s practices at conferences and in research papers, and that his firm...
Verizon iPhone 4 launch boosts iPhone enterprise adoption
Good Technology -- a provider of secure and managed enterprise mobility for iPhone, iPad, Android and other leading smartphone platforms -- has released its quarterly data report detailing the changing landscape of IT and mobile enterprise technology.
The trend of personal smartphones infiltrating the workplace is being led by both Apple's iOS and Google's Android smartphone platforms. In quarter one of 2011, both platforms were widely deployed by Good's enterprise customers, but with the launch of the Verizon iPhone 4 and the iPad 2, Apple's iOS devices had an especially strong quarter, according to Good Technology.
"The one-two punch of Verizon's long-awaited iPhone 4 launch and Apple's iPad 2 release made it an especially strong quarter for Apple," says John Herrema, senior vice president of corporate strategy at Good Technology. "AT&T's price drop on the iPhone 3GS to $49 also had a strong impact on overall iPhone activations. We still predict that Android activations will...
Conde Nast slowing down iPad mag plans
Conde Nast is slowing down -- but not abandoning -- its plans to deliver iPad editions of all its magazines, reports "Ad Age" (http://macte.ch/Y8g46), quoting company employees, who say that conditions aren't quite right yet to deliver the ideal app editions at the kind of scale that advertisers want.
However, "Ad Age" says Conde is far from done with the iPad. It remains committed to creating iPad editions for its titles -- which include "Wired," "GQ," "Vanity Fair," "The New Yorker," "Glamour" "Golf Digest," "Self" and "Allure" -- with an undisclosed one planned to arrive in May. That said, publishers and executives feel a lot less reason to add more titles without a particularly compelling business case, says "Ad Age."
"It's a shift," one Conde publisher said. "The official stance was we're going to get all our magazines on the iPad because this is going to be such an important stream. The new change is maybe we can slow it down. In my opinion it makes Conde look smart because we...
22% of Verizon iPhone customers switched from another carrier
Approximately 22% of customers who bought the iPhone on Verizon last quarter switched from another carrier, while about 23% of AT&T iPhone buyers were new to that company, according to "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).
The launch of the iPhone on Verizon brought fewer than 500,000 new customers to the carrier in less than two months of availability in the first quarter of calendar 2011, the article says. However, on AT&T, more than 800,000 new customers joined because of the iPhone.
Still, Verizon topped AT&T in terms of total net subscriber gain, adding 906,000 new customers, says "AppleInsider." AT&T added 62,000 net subscribers during the same three-month period.
Two music labels already onboard iTunes 'music locker...
Peter Kafka of "All Things Digital" reports (http://macte.ch/SUOYY) says Apple has already procured deals from at least two of the big four labels (Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, Sony and EMI) within the last two months for its online music locker service.
“They’ve been very aggressive and thoughtful about it,” an "industry executive" tells Kafka. “It feels like they want to go pretty soon.”
Kafka says industry executives he's spoken to haven’t seen Apple’s service themselves, but say they’re aware of the broad strokes. The idea is that Apple will let users store songs they’ve purchased from its iTunes store, as well as others songs stored on their hard drives, and listen to them on multiple devices, he says.
The cloud-based music locker is almost certain to use the gigantic data center Apple is building in North Carolina. In fact, Apple has completed work on an online music storage service and is set to launch it ahead of Google, "whose own music efforts have stalled,"...
Dearth of iPad 2s due to LED panel concerns, speaker shortages?
Manufacturing issues at Apple led to a shortfall in iPad tablet shipments in the first quarter of the calendar year, prompting research firm IHS iSuppli to cut its forecast for the year, reports "Fox Business" (http://macte.ch/Yx5Fs).
IHS iSuppli now expects Apple to ship 39.7 million units for all models of the iPad this year, down from the February forecast of 43.7 million, a 9.1% reduction. Apple's first-quarter supply of the iPad 2 fell short of demand; the company shipped 4.69 million iPads during the quarter.
IHS iSuppli says production faced manufacturing difficulties, which combined with strong demand, led to short supplies of the device, notes the research group. The issues, according to sources, include quality concerns with liquid crystal display panels and production shortages of the new speaker.
Apple shares up 2.5%
Shares of Apple are up US$8.59, or 2.5%, at $351 Friday morning following excellent second quarter 2011 fiscal results announced on Wednesday.
The highest price target comes from Brian White of Ticonderoga, who previously had the highest as well. His new target is $612, up from $550, reports "Barron's" (http://macte.ch/nyFAg). White raised his third quarter estimate for revenue to $25.1 billion from $24.4 billion, and raised his EPS [earnings per share] estimate to $5.63 from $5.43. For fiscal 2011, his revenue estimate goes to $106 billion from $102 billion, and his EPS estimate goes to $25.22 from $23.36.
“With the stock now trading at 10x our CY11 EPS estimate (ex-cash), we believe there is plenty of upside left in the stock price as we look forward to continued momentum from the iPad 2, a new iPhone 5 in September, growing adoption of Mac products and a bigger push in the TV market as the year progresses," White wrote in a note to clients.
Apple releases iBooks 1.2.2
Apple has released iBooks 1.2.2, an update of its ebook reader app for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. According to Apple the update sports a number of important stability and performance improvements. More specifically, it:
° Addresses issues playing video included with enhanced books from the iBookstore;
° Resolves a problem where some books open with a different font than expected;
° Makes iBooks more responsive when navigating books with many items in their table of contents.
Flock web browser comes to an end
Stellar Technologies (http://www.stellar-technologies.com) says that support for its Flock social web browser will be discontinued as of April 26.
"Since no further security updates will be provided to keep you safe on the web, we encourage all Flock users to upgrade to either Chrome or Firefox. Both are based on the same reliable technologies as Flock, and both are being actively maintained and improved," says The Flock Team. "Also, each of these browsers has a broad selection of add-ons and extensions to customize and extend their capabilities."
Since Chrome and Firefox both have very different rendering engines, I wonder what technologies the Flock group is speaking about? They also talk about the extensibility of those browsers, but they make no mention of Safari (WebKit like Chrome) and the fact that it is extensible with plug-ins.
-- Dennis Sellers
FirmTek debuts SeriTek/6G ExpressCard/34 Adapter
FirmTek has announced their US$119.95, bootable, 2-port, SeriTek/6G eSATA 6Gb/s ExpressCard/34 adapter (http://www.firmtek.com/seritek/seritek-6g). It offers recorded read transfer rates of over 380MB/s when matched with the new 2011 Apple 17-inch MacBook Pro.
This 6 gigabit-per-second eSATA ExpressCard/34 adapter is designed to expand the external storage options available for the 2011 Apple 17-inch MacBook Pro and Windows PC notebooks with an available ExpressCard/34 expansion slot. Mac OS X 10.6.x (64-bit and 32-bit modes) are supported along with Windows 7, Vista and Windows XP.
"With a single OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G Solid State Drive (SSD), the FirmTek SeriTek/6G can provide over 340MB/s average read performance, or for maximum storage capacity customers can connect up to 10 hard disks using SeriTek/5PM enclosures," says Chi Kim Stanford, vice president of Business Development, FirmTek. "Perfect for use with external storage enclosures, the SeriTek/6G supports advanced...
Combat Mission: Battle for Normandy coming to the Mac
Combat Mission is returning to the Mac. Combat Mission: Battle for Normandy, the first release, is now fully compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 and higher. It's available for pre-order immediately (http://www.battlefront.com/).
You can pre-order CM:BN in a special SteelBook Limited Collector Edition for US$55 (plus shipping and handling). It sports a retail-style package, fitting up to four discs inside (the game disc as well as up to three future modules that can be purchased separately at a later time) as well as the full, printed 200-page manual.
Combat Mission: Battle for Normandy is scheduled for release within the next 14-21 days. The game recreates the experience of tactical land warfare in Western France during World War Two.
SyncMate 3 adds full support of Outlook 2011
Eltima Software (http://mac.eltima.com/) says SyncMate 3 now fully supports data synchronization with Outlook 2011. The app requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. It costs US$39.95 for a personal license (for use with two Macs), though version 3 is a free update for registered users.
SyncMate enables anyone to synchronize Macs with Windows Mobile and Android devices, Nokia S40 phones, Windows PCs, other Mac computers, Google accounts, Sony PlayStation Portable, USB flash drives and allows backing up Mac data online. Synchronization of Outlook 2011 supports calendar, contacts, notes and tasks with their analogues in supported devices.
While it was possible to sync Outlook 2011 contacts in previous versions, calendar, notes and tasks were not supported before. (You'll need to install Service Pack 1 for Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac and enable sync service options in Outlook preferences).
SyncMate is a sync tool for Mac OS X that syncs data in Mac with multiple devices within one app. Among...
'Men's Fitness' publishes free Digi-Mac for the...
"Men's Fitness," a men's lifestyle magazine, has released its first, free, single-topic, custom publication digital magazine app for the iPad.
The "Complete Sports Training Guide" is the first Digi-Mag from "Men's Fitness" that will be released on the iPad, presenting users with interactive content on fitness and nutrition. The Digi-Mag, sponsored by PowerAde Zero will include features that will coach users on methods to increase their level of athleticism. Jay Cardiello, celebrity fitness trainer and Powerade partner, is showcased in the Digi-Mag -- presenting users with videos, statistics, and text-based content to improve their physique.
The Digi-Mag consists of fresh editorial content specially developed for a specific consumer interest by creating a user experience in a one-of-a-kind format that is different from full length digital magazines, says Men's Fitness Publisher Larry Menkes. Not only is the app cost-free, but it downloads quickly and is easy to navigate, he says.
Soundboard for Mac OS X gets updated Soundpipe
Ambrosia Software has updated Soundboard (http://www.ambrosiasw.com/dl/soundboard) for Mac OS X to version 2.0.1. The updated Soundpipe now passes pass audio in discrete channels correctly for Soundboard plus the default mic.
Also, Soundpipe devices no longer report sample rate of 48kHz. Additionally, in version 2.0.1, there are keyboard shortcuts for "Pause all," "Duck," master pan controls, and master volume controls.
Like cart machines in broadcast radio studios, Soundboard lets users map sound effects, audio clips, or musical accompaniment to keys on the Mac keyboard, triggered with a single tap. Soundboard’s 32 triggers can be used to build custom mashups from your onboard audio. You can create intros and fades, crop at will, and apply filters to your audio without fear of losing your original file.
You can control Soundboard via any MIDI device, and MIDI effects such as panning and gain are automatically applied to Soundboard's output. You can have your sound play in its...
TidBITS publishes two GarageBand ebooks
GarageBand is the digital music-making and recording application of choice for many Mac users, but up-to-date, real-world documentation is hard to find. To fill this gap, TidBITS Publishing (http://www.tidbits.com) has released a pair of ebooks--Take Control of Making Music with GarageBand '11 and Take Control of Recording with GarageBand '11.
Written by Seattle-based composer and musician Jeff Tolbert, the ebooks are designed to help readers understand how to work creatively and effectively within GarageBand. The books -- priced at US$15 each -- include links to audio examples and the actual GarageBand projects that created them, and hundreds of tips for making the most out of GarageBand's tools.
Apple completes online music storage service?
Apple has completed work on an online music storage service and is set to launch it ahead of Google, "whose own music efforts have stalled," reports "Reuters" (http://macte.ch/TDvRe), quoting "several people familiar with both companies' plans."
Apple's plans will allow iTunes customers to store their songs on a remote server, and then access them from wherever they have an Internet connection, the article says. However, "Reuters" adds that Apple hasn't yet signed any new licenses for the service.
Major music labels are purportedly hoping to secure deals before the service is launched. "Reuters" says Apple hasn't told its music partners of when it intends to introduce its music locker.
Verizon activates 2.2 million iPhones
Verizon activated 2.2 million iPhones during its first fiscal 2011 quarter. It was the first quarter in which the company carried the Apple smartphone.
Verizon reported 51 cents in EPS in first-quarter 2011, compared with first-quarter 2010 earnings of 16 cents per share. There are no adjustments to first-quarter 2011 earnings results. Adjusted first-quarter 2010 earnings, excluding the impact of divestitures and non-operational charges (non-GAAP), were 48 cents per share.
And in a slip of the lip that won't make Apple happy, the next Verizon iPhone model will work on overseas networks, Verizon Communications Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo told analysts during a conference call on the company's latest financial results. According to "Reuters" (http://macte.ch/5QrmX), he said the new phone would be a "global" version, implying that it will be able to roam on the "GSM" wireless networks that are common in other countries.
AT&T's version of the iPhone already works on GSM...
Greenpeace blasts Apple for its Internet infrastructure
"How dirty is your data?" (http://macte.ch/jYBqf) is a new report from the Greenpeace environmental agency on the energy choices made by IT companies including Apple, Akamai, Amazon.com (Amazon Web Services), Facebook, Google, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Twitter, and Yahoo. Apple doesn't fare well in the report.
"How dirty is your data?" highlights the need for greater transparency from global IT brands on the energy and carbon footprint of their Internet infrastructure. With more of our daily rituals taking place online than ever before, the information we generate -- videos, pictures, emails, status updates, news, tweets -- ends up in giant data storage facilities called data centers, such as the one Apple is building in North Carolina.
Packed full of computer servers, these facilities consume huge amounts of electricity, amounting to 1.5 to 2% of global energy demand (3% in the U.S.) -- and it's growing at a rate of 12% a year, according to Greenpeace. If the Internet was a country, it...
Apple becomes largest handset vendor by revenue
According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics (http://www.strategyanalytics.com), Apple overtook Nokia to become the world’s largest handset vendor in revenue terms during the first quarter of 2011. In revenue terms, Apple is now the world’s largest handset vendor, smartphone vendor and tablet vendor.
“We estimate Apple’s wholesale revenues for its iPhone handset division stood at US$11.9 billion in the first quarter of 2011," says Alex Spektor, Senior Analyst at Strategy Analytics. "Apple overtook Nokia for the first time, which recorded a lower US$9.4 billion of wholesale handset revenues. With strong volumes and high wholesale prices, the PC vendor has successfully captured revenue leadership of the total handset market in less than four years.”
Neil Mawston, director at Strategy Analytics, adds: “In revenue terms, Apple is now the world’s largest handset vendor, smartphone vendor and tablet vendor. Apple’s proprietary ecosystem of hardware, software and services has...
AViiQ releases new laptop stand
AViiQ (http://www.AViiQ.com) has released the US$39.99 AViiQ Portable Quick Stand for laptops. Weighing less than 3.4 ounces and measuring no more than 3/8 of an inch thick when folded, it fits in just about any bag and is designed to support laptops up to 17-inches in size.
Inspired by the principles and flexibility of origami, an ancient Japanese art of paper folding, the AViiQ Portable Quick Stand transforms from a slim flat sheet to the optimal ergonomic angle by expanding and collapsing instantaneously when needed, says Alan Yeung, co-founder of AViiQ.
While the ergonomic angle reduces strain on the wrist, the characteristic design increases air flow to dissipate heat and improve battery life, he adds.
In addition, the German-made Hylite material, comprised of aluminum sheets bonded to a polypropylene core, provides extreme durability without sacrificing flexibility, portability and stylishness, says Yeung. The AViiQ Portable Quick Stand is supported by matte silicon...
Guest List Planner arrives at the Mac App Store
Chimp Studios (http://glp.chimpstudios.com/) has introduced Guest List Planner 1.0 for Mac OS X (10.5 and higher). It's available for US$14.99 at the Mac App Store.
Guest List Planner is an event planner app featuring one-click import of complete lists of names and addresses stored in the user's Address Book, Gmail and Facebook accounts. With all contacts imported, you can drag selected names onto the Guest List. Once a tentative Guest List has been created the app allows the creation of categories, such as Groom's Side and Bride's Side, etc. The app also imports and exports .csv files to and from spreadsheet applications.
The app allows the event planner to import large contact lists without searching all the different places on their computer their contacts may be stored. From a single small toolbar, the user just clicks on the icon for Address Book, Google Mail, or Facebook, and hundreds of names appear in the People Column, located on the far left of the screen.
Color Cross comes to the Mac
Little Worlds has released Color Cross for Mac OS X. It's available for US$5.99 on the Mac App Store.
Here's how the game is described: "Puzzle game fans can solve more than 200 puzzles in this version especially developed and adapted for the Mac, offering high definition graphics and a smooth and intuitive interface. The aim of the game is to reveal the mysterious image hidden behind a grid by filling each square with the right color and by simply deducting it from the numbers written on either side of the grid.
"Get ready to discover more than 200 different colored grids offering more than 100 hours of gameplay! This high-res journey will let you to discover the animals of the world, the world of fashion, sweets, knights, pirates and much more!
"The game includes a tutorial explaining the rules of the game in two minutes. A visual help system guides the player while he solves the puzzles. The game also includes a save system allowing you to play anywhere by keeping your game grid...
CookieStumbler for Mac OS X updated to version 1.1.3
WriteIt! Studios has updated CookieStumbler (http://www.writeitstudios.com), an application to keep your Mac's privacy safe, to version 1.1.3. It's a maintenance update.
Cookie Stumbler -- which requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher -- includes tools to detect ad/tracking cookies. It features schedules, on-click filter and automator actions to make the process customizable.
With Cookie Stumbler you can scan and track cookies, then remove them with a single click. It supports Google Chrome, Firefox, OmniWeb, Chromium, Safari and Flash cookies.
Cookie Stumbler comes with a one-year subscription to WriteIt's update service, which includes software and definition updates. Subscription extensions will be available for $10 for one year and $17 for two years for both, single and family licenses. In celebration of the release and in order to support our advertising activities WriteIt! Studios is offering the product at prices starting from $18.95 for a single user license (it's normally $24.95)...
TextExpander 3.3 for Mac OS X adds AppleScript support
SmileOnMyMac (http://www.smileonmymac.com) has updated TextExpander, a Mac OS X utility that lets users define abbreviations for frequently-used text strings and images, to version 3.3 The new version introduces AppleScript support.
It also adds Backup Now, Restore, and Logging as customizable toolbar items. TextExpander 3.3 allows keypress macros (tab, return, escape, enter) to be nested in fill-in snippets. Also, automatic capitalization at sentence start now works with contractions of "I" (I'm, I'll, I'd, etc.),
For users with more than one Mac, TextExpander offers two ways to sync snippets: MobileMe and Dropbox. With a single-user license, an individual user may install and use TextExpander on multiple computers, provided they are used primarily by that individual.
The regular cost is US$34.95 for a single user license or $44.95 for a five-pack family license. A 30-day fully-functioning demo of TextExpander can be downloaded at the SmileOnMyMac web site. Upgrades to TextExpander...
LazyMouse for Mac OS X scampers to version 2.5
Old Jewel Software has released LazyMouse 2.5 (http://www.old-jewel.com), a revision to its Mac OS X (10.5 and higher) utility for saving time dealing with dialog boxes and alerts.
LazyMouse is a Preference Pane that moves the cursor to the default button whenever a dialog box appears on the screen. Version 2.5 adds the ability to show an animation when the cursor is moved. The animation shows a ghosted cursor moving from the original mouse position to the new mouse position.
LazyMouse is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It costs US$9.95, though version 2.5 is a free update for registered users of version 2.x. A demo is available for download.
iWebTemplate releases five new templates
In collaboration with iPresentee and iWebThemesPro, iWebTemplate (http://www.iwebtemplate.com) has added nine new iWeb templates to be used with iWeb, the website creation component of Apple's iLife suite.
The new themes are: Mac Store, Underground, Tea Time, Retro, Mammoth, Drawing, Church Dark, Wedding and Church. They can be customized and include an installer to make sure the templates end up in the right place.
The templates require Mac OS X 10.4.3 or higher and iWeb 2.0 (iLife '08) or iWeb 3.0 (iLife '09 or iLife '11). Each iWeb template is available for US$4.99.
URL Extractor for Mac OS X revved to version 3.2.3
Tension Software has released URL Extractor 3.2.3 (http://pomola.com/products_urlextractor/urlextractor.html). URLs can be now launched from the URL extracted list double clicking them.
URL Extractor is a Mac OS X app for extracting emails address and generic URLs from files on the HD or directly from the web using a list of "starting" web addresses and working unattended after the startup. You can retrieve and start search from web pages using keywords from various international Google sites.
URL Extractor can extract thousands of URLs from the web starting from a single web page and using "cross navigation" and extraction. It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher and costs US$50. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. Version 3.2.3 is a free update for registered users of version 3.x.
Authors can now publish their books in the Amazon.de Kindle...
Amazon.de has announced that authors and publishers worldwide are now able to make their books available in the Amazon.de Kindle Store (http://www.amazon.de/kindlebuecher) using the Kindle Direct Publishing (http://kdp.amazon.de) service.
Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) is a fast and easy way for publishers and authors to start selling to Kindle customers worldwide via Kindle, Kindle 3G, Kindle DX, iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, Mac, PC and Android-based devices. German-language authors and publishers can utilize the new German KDP website to make their books available in Germany, Austria, the U.K., U.S. and over 100 countries worldwide.
The popular KDP 70% royalty option, which allows authors and publishers worldwide to make more money on books sold to Kindle customers in the U.S., U.K. and Canada, is now also available for books sold in Germany and Austria. Additionally, publishers can now receive their payment in either Euros, British pounds or U.S. dollars. For more information and...
Cristallight Software Releases Ibarcoder 3.3.4
Cristallight and Don Kurt have released iBarcoder 3.3.4 (http://www.cristallight.com/iBarcoder/), the latest Mac barcode software for Mac OS X 10.4 or later. In the new version, a SMN barcode has been added, Code 128 sequential printing has been fixed and interface changes have been made. Now you have ability to make more then 25 barcode symbologies.
iBarcoder (US$39.95) supports multiple symbologies including the Japanpost customer Mac barcode, three types of FIM codes, Postnet, Several UPC, EAN and IBSN codes, QR code, and more. With the app you can individualize the coding to identify location sold, style, and other tracking information.
A Counter Mode automatically creates the next barcode in a sequence from the defined parameters you have specified. You can use starting numbers and postix parts using the increment value established.
InPreflight Pro wings to version 2.9.1
Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has updated InPreflight Pro -- its quality control, packaging automation and preflight reporting solution for Adobe InDesign -- to version 2.9.1. The new version addresses stability and performance issues related to document packaging.
InPreflight provides a preflight solution for service providers, printers, ad agencies, designers and publishing houses. It gathers information about document fonts, colors and links and lets users locate potential problems according to preflight presets. The software is also a packaging automation solution that allows users to preflight and package multiple documents.
Among other abilities, it can collect all files into one folder, eliminating the need to collect the same links multiple times for each design. In addition, InPreflight lets users print graphic preflight reports and save them as fully searchable interactive PDF files, providing a way to
analyze, archive and send reports to service providers....
Laptops fuel 28% year-over-year growth in Mac sales
Apple sold 3.76 million Macs in its fiscal 2011 second quarter, which is 28% growth from the year-ago quarter. That's particularly impressive considering that the overall computer market contracted 3% in that time period, according to the IDC research group.
The growth was fueled mainly by the continued popularity of the MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro revamp introduced in February, says Apple Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer. Desktop units shipped numbered 1.009 million units; laptop units shipped numbered 2.751 million.
Of course, there have been no substantial desktop updates recently, so if a revamped iMac -- with Sandy Bridge processors and Thunderbolt technology -- debuts soon, as is expected, that will jump start desktop sales.
This is the 20th consecutive quarter that the Mac has outgrown the PC market overall. The most notable growth was in Asia Pacific, increasing 76% year-over-year.
Apple Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook notes Japan, and the US had a surprisingly...
Apple retail stores to welcome one billionth visitor soon
Apple retail stores -- which will celebrate their 10th anniversary in May -- will welcome their one billionth visitor soon, says Apple Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer.
For the fiscal 2011 second quarter, Apple saw retail revenue of US$3.19 billion compared to the year-ago -- a growth of 90%. The stores saw a record 71 million visitors compared to 47 million in the year-ago quarter.
Oppenheimer says Apple will open 42 new stores in fiscal 2011. Three-fourths of those will be outside the US, including a fifth store in China.
The retail stores sold 797,000 Macs, in the fiscal 2011 second quarter, an increase of 32% from 606,000 a year-ago. And he says -- and you knew this was coming -- half of those Macs were sold to those who have never owned a Mac before.
iPod sales down (as expected), iBook sales way up
For its fiscal 2011 second quarter Apple sold nine million iPods, which is down 10.9 million from the year-ago quarter. That's down but still ahead of Apple's expectations, according to Apple Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer.
Of course, with the continuing phenomenal success of the iPhone and the iPad, it would be astounding if iPod sales continued to grow. However, that doesn't mean the products are on the way out. They'll be around for a looooong time.
The iPod touch accounted over half of the iPod models sold. The iPod is still the top-selling MP3 player in most countries tracked and still accounts for over 70% in the US, says Oppenheimer.
The CFO noted that the iTunes Store had its best quarter ever with $1.1 billion in revenue. He made sure to point out that the store now offered a full catalog of Random House e-books. Oppenheimer says that that the iTunes Store now boasts more than 2,500 iBook publishers and that customers have now downloaded more than 100 million books...
iPhone unit sales up 113% year-over-year
Apple shipped a record 18.6 million iPhones in its fiscal 2011 second quarter; that's 113% year-over-year growth and beat just about everyone's predictions.
Recognized iPhone-related revenue was a staggering US$12.3 billion, compared to $5.45 billion in the year-ago quarter. That's an increase of 126%.
Sales in both the Americas and Asia Pacific doubled year-over-year. Apple Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook says the company is seeing strong iPhone deployment in companies worldwide. There are now 196 carriers in 90 countries.
This quarter Verizon, SKT and Saudi Telecom came on board. Cook says Apple is constantly looking at places and/or situations where it would make sense to bring on incremental partners.
-- Dennis Sellers