Apple Store app now supports in-store pickup
Apple has updated its free Apple Store app for iOS devices to version 2.0. The upgrade lets you order products for in-store pickup. It also adds an EasyPay feature so customers can pay for certain items in-store by scanning the product’s barcode.
Products bought via the app now include an in-store pickup option and a list of local stores where you can pick up the items you ordered. The EasyPay feature requires an iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S.
The in-store option is currently available only in the US. You can obtain the Apple Store app in the Apple App Store (http://www.itunes.com/appstore/).
'Consumer Reports' recommends the iPhone 4S
"Consumer Reports" (http://www.consumerreports.com) -- an independent organization that tests consumer products -- says the Apple iPhone 4S is among the recommended models in their newly updated ratings of smart phones.
"Apple’s newest smart phone performed very well in our tests, and while it closely resembles the iPhone 4 in appearance, it doesn’t suffer the reception problem we found in its predecessor in special tests in our labs," the publication says. "In special reception tests of the iPhone 4S that duplicated those we did on the iPhone 4, the newer phone did not display the same reception flaw, which involves a loss of signal strength when you touch a spot on the phone’s lower left side while you’re in an area with a weak signal."
The iPhone 4S also did well in the standard tests of battery life by "Consumer Reports." Like the iPhone 4, it scores Very Good overall on that attribute. And the iPhone 4S and new samples of the iPhone 4 have displayed no notable battery problems...
Alter Aeon RPG comes to the Mac App Store
The official client for the Alter Aeon Online RPG is now available in the Mac Apple Store. Allowing free access to the world of Alter Aeon for Mac users, the game world is a realm of magic and monsters, with five character classes and over 250 spells and skills available to players.
There are more than 300 quests which detail the world and provide paths for advancement, as well as single player areas for casual gamers and arenas for PvP combat.
Alter Aeon began as a single online server in early 1995, and has been under active development for more than 16 years. Originally designed with a purely text-based interface, it now features a graphical user interface when using the official client, but still retains a fully functional text-only interface for the blind and visually impaired.
Alter Aeon is compatible with Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later. It's free and available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Games category.
CopyToy lets you transfer data from iOS device to a computer
Candysoft has released CopyToy, a Mac OS X and Windows compatible app that allows users to copy music and other kinds of data from an iPod, iPad and iPhone to a computer. It costs US$19.95 and is available for download at the Candysoft web site (http://www.candysoft.com/copytoy/). All customers receive free lifetime updates.
You can copy entire music libraries, along with their respective metadata. Users retain all their artist, album, and genre information, along with all others, when copying files, according to the folks at Candysoft.
What's more, CopyToy can also handle movies, photos, games, playlists, podcasts, TV Shows, and iTunesU files. This means, for instance, that users won´t need to re-download large iTunesU files.
Autodesk 123D family expands
Autodesk has expanded its Autodesk 123D family to include Autodesk 123D Catch and Autodesk 123D Make Technology Preview.
The Autodesk 123D Catch application -- previously codenamed Project Photofly on Autodesk Labs -- is a new, public beta release that uses the power of cloud computing to transform digital photos into photorealistic 3D models.
Anyone capable of using a point-and-shoot, mobile phone or advanced digital SLR cameras to snap a series of photos of objects, people or scenes can use 123D Catch to generate 3D models, says Samir Hanna, vice president of Consumer Products at Autodesk. The app also has built-in sharing capabilities with short movies or animations for viewing on mobile devices, YouTube and other social media channels.
Autodesk 123D Make application is a free technology preview for the Mac, capable of converting digital 3D models into 2D cut patterns that can be assembled in low-cost materials, such as cardboard, wood, fabric, metal or plastic. The cut pieces...
VirtuaScore Basketball 1.0 bounces onto the Mac
Blackwood Applications has introduced VirtuaScore Basketball 1.0, a virtual scoreboard for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher). It's available worldwide for a limited-time price of US$4.99 exclusively on the Mac App Store.
Designed for schools and independent sports organizations, VirtuaScore Basketball features the functionality of a full basketball scoreboard, detailed displays, three methods of control, and more.
Users may opt between a control panel window, menu commands, and keyboard shortcuts. VirtuaScore Basketball supports both windowed and full-screen modes.
PhotoStyler 6.0 for Mac OS X adds new interface, more
Neatberry has announced PhotoStyler 6.0 for Mac OS X, an update of the app that lets you style digital photos with your Mac. Version 6.0 sports an improved user interface, new filters, dozens new pre-built templates. better iPhoto integration and sharing options like Flickr and Facebook.
PhotoStyler supports all image formats that are supported by Mac OS X, including RAW images. It uses your GPU to process the photos wherever possible.
PhotoStyler 6.0 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It's available for US$29.99 at the Neatberry web site (http://neatberry.com/products/photostyler/).
IvySkin announces iPhone 4/4S SmartCase
IvySkin has announced the new SmartCase case for the iPhone 4/4S. It features a new Wrangler design with optional battery pack.
The SmartCase Touch-Thru boasts flowing curves and non-slip grips. It packs a 2000mAh rechargeable lithium polymer battery. The SmartCase purportedly offers: up to an additional eight hours on 3G, up to 16 hours on 2G, of talk time; up to an additional 48 hours of audio playback; and up to an additional 12 hours video playback.
An integrated LED status indicator tells you exactly how much power is left and also displays how much time remains during the charging process. The kit ships with the Wrangler case, as well as the battery pack, that enables you to use the battery pack only when needed.
The SmartCase costs US$99. It's available for pre-order at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/61050373/smartcase-iphone-4-4s-wrang... .
Hub Innovations releases REV360 for the iPad
Hub Innovations (http://www.hubinnovations.com) has released the REV360, an US$49.95 rotational and protective iPad case that spins 360 degrees.
It's designed and manufactured in the U.S. from recycled plastics and resin. The REV360's molded polyurethane cover has been redesigned to conform to the iPad’s shape. A spherical design conforms to your finger’s natural tendency to rest in a curved position adding to the comfort of the rotating hand disk, according to the folks at Hub Innovations.
The REV360 is compatible with Apple's Smart Cover for the iPad. It's available in white, black, pink, orange, green, blue, copper, grey, purple and red, as well as patterns such as animal print, carbon fiber and digital camouflage.
iClipboard 4 for Mac OS X boasts over 20 new features
Chronos has released iClipboard 4, an update to its clipboard manager for Mac OS X (10.6 and later). The upgrade contains over 20 new features and major changes, according to Jerry Halls, vice president of sales at Chronos.
Among the new features are: search clippings; a free-floating Shelf; the ability to sort sort clippings by date, application, etc.; the ability to order clippings manually via drag & drop; a project selector in Paste Blaster; options to paste rich text as plain text; 64-bit only application; and more.
iClipboard automatically keeps a history of everything a user copies to the system clipboard in any application. It then provides five different ways to paste clippings from the history. iClipboard also features an interface that shows previews of each clipping.
A fully functional 30 day trial version can be downloaded from Chronos' web site at http://www.chronosnet.com. It costs US$29.99 for a single-user license and $49.99 for a family pack. Registered...
Provo Craft's Cricut Craft Rom is Mac compatible
Provo Craft has released the Cricut Craft Room design tool, a free online design application that allows users to see and design personalized craft projects with the full library of Cricut digital images. It's compatible with Mac OS X.
To use Cricut Craft Room, consumers can either visit the Cricut Craft Room website to view and design with the entire Cricut library of artwork. Or, if they're Cricut machine owners, they can download Cricut Craft Room to their home computers and then connect to their Cricut machine to view, design, and cut with the digital images. Consumers can cut from cartridges they already own or browse the wider library of Cricut digital images to create a new project.
Switcheasy announces Lanyard for the iPhone 4/4S
Switcheasy (http://www.switcheasy.com) has announced he Laynard for the iPhone 4/4S. It's an US$19.99 thin protection solution with a lanyard attachment.
It includes one lanyard case, two anti-static screen guards, one microfiber wipe, one squeegee screen guard applicator, two power jack connector protectors and two 3.5mm headphone jack protectors. The Lanyard is available in black, white, grey, red, yellow, blue, lime and pink.
FridgePad introduces iPad MotoMount, WallMount
Woodford Design, creators of the FridgePad (iPad refrigerator mount), says the FridgePad has been liberated from the kitchen and is now part of a full iPad mounting system.
With the release of the MotoMount and WallMount you can now use your Apple tablet in the car, house, office, workshop and other locations. MotoMount installs to your car headrest and utilizes the FridgePad’s magnetic mounting system to provide iPad mounting.
The WallMount is manufactured from brushed stainless steel. It's compatible with both VESA 100mm and 75mm standards The MotoMount and WallMount cost approximately US$20 each and are available at http://www.woodforddesign.com .
Cyborg R.A.T. Contagion gaming mouse scampers onto the Mac
Mad Catz (http://www.madcatz.com) has launched the US$99.95 Cyborg R.A.T.7 Contagion Gaming Mouse, compatible with both Mac and PC and available for purchase at the Apple online stores across North America and Europe.
The Cyborg R.A.T.7 Contagion gaming mouse customizable performance and a 6400 dpi (dots per inch) sensor. It has a lightweight aluminum chassis and the ability to adjust the weight to your personal preference.
You can set your own Precision Aim speed with the Cyborg R.A.T.7 Contagion. The gaming mouse has six programmable buttons, plus custom dpi settings.
Panasonic announces new photo/video camera
Panasonic has announced the LUMIX DMC-3D1, a digital camera that employs two newly-developed lens units with folded optics design in a compact body that can capture r 3D and 2D photos and videos.
The LUMIX 3D1, with a twin-lens design, features 25mm ultra-wide angle lenses with 4x optical zoom that offer the capability to record high resolution 8-megapixel 3D photo and 1920x1080 60i high quality 3D HD video using side-by-side method. The LUMIX 3D1's optics give users a wider range of composition possibilities with approximately 169% larger viewing space compared to that of 35mm cameras, according to Darin Pepple, senior product manager, Imaging, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company
Featuring a unique shooting option, the new twin-lens system allows the LUMIX 3D1 to capture 2D images and video simultaneously. The LUMIX 3D1 can shoot 12-megapixel 2D photos and record 1920x1080i full HD 2D videos. In conventional standard digital compact cameras, users must shoot in either photo or...
ATTO announces PCIe 3.0 SAS/SATA host bus adapters
ATTO Technology (http://www.attotech.com/) has released its ExpressSAS 6Gb/s SAS/SATA H6F0 GT host bus adapters (HBA).
The company says this marks the first-to-market SAS/SATA adapter developed using the PCIe 3.0 specification, and is capable of speeds up to 8GB/s in a single PCIe slot, doubling the performance over existing HBAs. Currently offered to original equipment customers only, the ExpressSAS H6F0 will be available to the channel in the fourth quarter.
ATTO H6F0 GT HBAs are available with 16 external mini-SAS HD ports and are designed to support a dense and efficient connection to external storage from rack mount servers and workstations in data center, data warehousing, VOD and other high-availability, high-performance applications. They are bolstered by Advanced Data Streaming (ADS), a proprietary technology that controls the acceleration of data transfers to move large amounts of data more efficiently.
The H6F0 GT supports up to 512 SAS/SATA drives and is compatible...
Sennheiser introduces new headphones
Sennheiser (http://www.sennheiserusa.com/home) had introduced HD 200 and HD 400 series headphones. The line includes six new models -- the HD 219, HD 229, HD 239, HD 429, HD 439 and the HD 449 -- and range in price from US$59.95 to $119.95.
“Our new HD 200 and HD 400 series headphones offer a significant acoustic upgrade from stock headphones with fashion-forward design,” says Sennheiser product specialist Eric Palonen. “Each headphone stands out with bold colors and an intricate ear cup design, while offering a variety of sonic signatures fit for any music fan.”
All six models are also optimized for listening on MP3 players, tablets, smartphones, laptops, netbooks and Apple devices including iPods, the iPad series and all iPhone devices. Some models feature a rotating earcups or cable systems fit for portable or at home use.
Photoshop Elements 10, Premiere Elements 10 now at Mac App Store
Adobe says Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 Editor and Adobe Premiere Elements 10 Editor is now available in the Mac App Store.
Photoshop Elements 10 is photo-editing software. Premiere Elements 10 Editor is a video editing app.
Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 Editor and Adobe Premiere Elements 10 Editor can be downloaded from the Mac App Store immediately worldwide for US$79.99 each. The apps are available in English, French, German and Japanese.
Launch2Net update supports Huawei, Novate modems
Nova media has updated launch2net Premium (http://www.novamedia.de) its 3G connection manager with the ability to share your Mac's 3G connection with iPads and other devices. Version 2.5 offers support for additional USB modems from Huawei and Novate.
Launch2net Premium can replace different connection managers from network operators and modem manufacturers, making a mobile online experience much more enjoyable, says Jan Fuellemann, PR spokesperson at nova media. Using the integrated Mobile Hub, the 3G connection can instantly be shared with iPads, iPod touches and other WLAN capable devices, he adds. Besides the ability to establish a 3G connection with most modems and most network operators, launch2net Premium offers a full fledged SMS text message manager as well as a statistics.
Launch2net Premium 2.5 is available today for download at nova media's web site. It's a free update for current users. For new users a single license of launch2net Premium is priced at approximately US$49....
Paradigma Software releases free database and reports server
Paradigma Software (http://www.valentina-db.com/), the makers of Valentina DB, has announced the availability of their Valentina Office Server /5 product for free.
Previously sold for US$299.99, it is the fastest combined business intelligence server that runs natively on 32-bit and 64-bit Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion"), Windows, and Linux systems, says Lynn Fredricks, president of Paradigma Software. It
brings together two technologies: the object-relational columnar database Valentina DB, and the enterprise class reporting engine Valentina Reports.
Valentina DB can store any kind of data, with optional and granular encryption and compression. Valentina Reports services let you host reporting projects. All features of Valentina DB and Valentina Reports can be fully automated.
AutoMailer for Mac OS X revved to version 1.2
Tension Software has released AutoMailer 1.2.for Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It's a maintenance upgrade.
AutoMailer allows you to send serialized emails to multiple users with a button click, starting from data imported from a text file and merging the data with a template email you can create. It merges data from the internal database with an email template creating for any recipient a personalized and custom email. AutoMailer doesn’t requires scripting or coding.
All the settings, data and email templates can be saved inside documents and retrieved and reused at any time. AutoMailer offers a preview of any email to prepare. The user has the option to send just a selection, checked records or all the record in the imported data
Serialized sending is performed in a separate thread, and is performed at a regular time interval you can set to avoid "sending locks" in case your provider doesn't allow to send more then a specified number of emails per minute or hours.
AutoMailer provides a...
Analyst: iPad accounts for 75% of all tablets sold
Apple sold 11.1 million iPads in the September quarter, accounting for about three-quarters of all tablets sold to consumers, Canaccord Genuity analyst T. Michael Walkley tells clients in a note -- as reported by "AllThingsD" (http://macte.ch/Nf8rR).
"We anticipate very strong sales of the iPad 2 for the holiday quarter, and we are modeling iPad units ramping from 11.1 million units in the September quarter to 14.0 million units in the December quarter," he says.
Walkley adds that new entrants such as Amazon could disrupt the completive dynamics into holiday sales, he thinks low-priced 7-inch models are a threat to other Android devices rather than to the iPad. "As such, given our updated iPad estimates, we anticipate Apple will command roughly 65% of the tablet units sold into the channel during C2011," the analyst says. "However, we believe Apple’s sell-through share of the tablet market will exceed 75 percent during C2011.”
iPhone 4S still selling like hotcakes
After becoming available for preorder in Hong Kong last Friday, the iPhone 4S sold out almost immediately, once again demonstrating Apple's continued success in China, according to Ticonderoga Securities analyst Brian White.
"In our view, this is a very positive sign for iPhone 4S demand in Greater China has Hong Kong represents the first entry of the new smartphone in the rapidly growing region, and we expect the 4S to reach Mainland China in December," he said in a note to investors, as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).
Meanwhile, Chris Whitmore with Deutsche Bank told investors that a poll of about 30 retail stores revealed Apple is experiencing daily stock-outs of the iPhone 4S at most of them. He said that between 85 and 90% of stores polled continue to run out of inventory.
"Apple employees are directing customers to make an online appointment (first come first serve) for next day pickup at nearby Apple retail stores as stocks appear to be refreshed...
iOS device sales could be banned in Germany
Sales of iPhones and iPads could be banned in Germany as a result of a court battle over Apple's alleged infringement of Motorola patents, reports "Reg Hardware" (http://macte.ch/mWTfs).
The German hearing on Friday was brought about by Motorola Mobility, which is seeking an injunction to ban sales and prevent Apple gaining customers while the patent hearings continue. Apple didn't attend, which results in the German court rendering a default judgement which will see Apple products removed from sale in Germany, unless the company gets it suspended, notes "Reg Hardware."
In November 2010 Apple sued Motorola, alleging that the company's smartphone lineup and the operating software it uses infringe on the iPhone-maker's intellectual property. The two lawsuits came after Motorola sued Apple in October 2010 for patent infringement. Motorola claims that Apple's iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and certain Mac computers infringe Motorola patents.
Overall, Motorola Mobility's three complaints...
Palo Alto extends firewall visibility to Apple devices
Palo Alto Networks (http://www.paloaltonetworks.com/index.php), a network security company, has announced a new release of GlobalProtect that supports Mac OS X and iOS devices.
GlobalProtect expands the boundaries of the physical network, establishing a logical perimeter that encompasses remote laptop and mobile device users irrespective of their location. When a remote user logs into the device, GlobalProtect automatically determines the closest gateway available to the roaming device and establishes a secure connection using strong authentication. Laptop and mobile devices will stay connected to the corporate network at all times, and protected as if they never left the corporate campus, according to the folks at Palo Alto Networks.
"As a highly-regulated healthcare organization, the fact that our physicians are adopting Apple iPads at a very fast rate poses both security and compliance challenges," says Mike Wade, network system engineer at Summa Healthcare. "We're looking to Palo...
DesktopWidget is new Dashboard extension
DesktopWidget is a new, lightweight Dashboard extension for Mac OS X specifically designed for both "active widget users" and developers alike.
It lets you organize your widget collection and simulate almost every widget. You can leave the main widget collection on the built-in OS X Dashboard, and use a subset of them as desktop widgets. With Desktop Widget, you can show and hide all desktop widgets with a single hotkey.
DesktopWidget is priced at US$9.99 and available directly from Deep IT (http://deepitpro.com/en/mac/index.shtml). A demo version is available for download.
The Thule Group enters the Apple market
The Thule Group -- previously best known for its roof racks, cargo boxes and bike carriers -- is now offering Apple-specific cases and backpacks that withstand the abuse of everyday adventures, thus supporting an active lifestyle.
"The new Thule carry solutions for Mac laptops and iPads epitomize the strength that the Thule brand has built over the years," says CEO Magnus Welander. "Thule has evolved from manufacturing car- related products only into becoming more of a lifestyle brand that is not only present during the transport but also on the way to and from the car, bike, plane, or boat. We see it as a natural development to respond to contemporary consumer needs, and we are now ready to let our expertise in safe, functional and stylish design move even closer to the everyday adventures that so many of today’s consumers indulge in."
The company makes backpacks and sleeves for all sizes of the MacBook Pro (11-inch, 13-inch and 15-inch), plus a backpack that accommodates both the 17...
Some Ohio social workers get iPads
“Operation iPad” was approved by the Hamilton County (Ohio) Commissioners lsat week. This will allow Jobs and Family Services to purchase 187 iPads for its social workers reports "WCPO" (http://macte.ch/OgYP1).
They hope the US$330,000 purchase will make their workers more efficient and assist them in better helping kids, the article adds. This will be a major upgrade from their current desktops that kept Hamilton County Job and Family Service workers
“In an agency hit with severe budget cuts and an upgrade in technology will help them save time along with providing real-time information updates with the goal of helping to protecting at-risk children,” Hamilton County Commission President Greg Hartmann told "WCPO."
Final Cut to be one focus of Government Video Expo
NewBay Media, a leading publisher of digital content creation media, announced today details of its conference program for Government Video Expo, coming to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., from Nov. 29 through Dec. 1.
The event’s Digital Media D.C. Conference, produced by Future Media Concepts, will present classes in eight main tracks over three full days of sessions. In 50 unique presentations, the conference will focus on the latest techniques and practices for editors, motion graphics designers, new media professionals and video producers. Tracks and session topics include:
° Final Cut Pro Workshop -- A two-day program that includes Rethinking Your Editing Style, From Expert to Master: Advanced Techniques, Creating Dynamic Titles, Working with Color Tools, and Mastering the Workflow.
° Adobe Creative Suite -- Two days of classes addressing Getting Started with After Effects, Editing with Premiere Pro, Color Correction, An Introduction to Typography...
Avid introduces Media Composer 6
Avid has announced new versions of its flagship video editing systems -- Media Composer version 6, NewsCutter version 10 and Symphony version 6.
Media Composer version 6, Symphony version 6 and NewsCutter version 10 are rebuilt from the core on an entirely new open, 64-bit architecture. With this version, Avid is also introducing a sleeker user interface.
In addition, these systems include support for third-party hardware, AVCHD and RED Epic support with Avid Media Access (AMA), an Avid DNxHD 444 codec, and support for Avid Artist Color. Users can also incorporate Avid’s high-performance hardware video accelerator, Avid Nitris DX into high-profile film or TV workflows through its availability as a standalone hardware purchase at a new, reduced price. Nitris DX is available with one or two Avid DNxHD or AVC-Intra chips and supports full resolution and full frame stereoscopic workflows.
New versions of Media Composer, Symphony and NewsCutter software will be available on Nov. 15....
Jewels of Nile explodes onto the Mac App Store
Selectsoft has released Jewels of Nile, a match-3 game, on the the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and costs US$4.99.
Here's how the game is described: "Capture the mythical jewels of Anuket, goddess of the Nile River, before they disappear forever. Use your incredible scarab shooter to move left, right, and even up and down for fantastic never-before-seen shooting angles.
"Developed by Selectsoft in partnership with Teyon, Jewels of the Nile features a special shooter, amazing power-ups, accelerated graphics and over 1000 action-packed levels. The gameplay combines match-3 strategy with arcade-style shooting as players try to capture jeweled spheres descending along a twisting river. The classic gameplay is enhanced by easy-to-use controls and a unique u-shaped pattern shooter. Move left, right, and up and down to adjust your aim and choose the best location to launch your attack. Test your skills as the pathway fills and the targets get trickier to hit."
Prison Mayhem available at the Macgamestore
99 Games' Prison Mayhem is now available at the Macgamestore (http://www.macgamestore.com). It costs US$6.99.
Here's how the game is described; "Devastated on discovering the shameful truth about his family’s Mafia background, Bluto’s choice to follow the righteous path against all odds takes him to the Prison. Help him be the ultimate Prison guard in this exciting Time Management game!
"Take over the most deadly Prisons in the country and make them crime free! Maintain order in the Prison and make sure your rules are followed. Supervise the behavior of Thugs, Drug dealers, Burglars and various other inmates. Use your force to search your prison for contraband and get rid of them.
"The manhunt is on! Do all you can to make sure no prisoners escape on your watch. When prisoners lose their patience, they’ll flee before you even know it. Manage the prisoners coming in with the alarming increase in crime rate and keep your state safe. Help Bluto as he reforms criminals and makes them...
InfoByte releases digital fingerprint calculator for Mac OS X
InfoByte Software has released a multi-platform digital fingerprint calculator. It's compatible with Mac OS X 10.4 and higher.
DigiPrint brings simplicity of creating and verifying the fingerprints (hashes) of any file on your computer system. The application supports MD5, SHA1, SHA256, SHA384, SHA512, RIPEMD128, RIPEMD160, CRC16, CRC32 and ADLER32 hash algorithms.
It also provides the capability of HMAC (Hash-based Message Authentication Code). This is a specific construction for calculating a message authentication code (MAC) involving a cryptographic hash function in combination with a secret key. As with any MAC, it may be used to simultaneously verify both the data integrity and the authenticity of a message. DigiPrint also supports HMAC-MD5, HMAC-SHA1, HMAC-SHA256, HMAC-SHA384 and HMAC-SHA512.
From a file security and integrity perspective, the fingerprint of a file is a coded string of binary digits (generated by a mathematical algorithm) that uniquely identifies a data file...
'Xcode Tools Sensei' updated for Xcode 4.2
Me and Mark Publishing says the electronic version of Mark Szymczyk’s book "Xcode Tools Sensei" has been updated for Xcode 4.2. Xcode is Apple's set of developer tools.
The new material in this update includes storyboarding for iOS applications, OpenGL ES frame capture, and automatic reference counting. More information about the book, including a sample chapter, is available at
http://www.meandmark.com/xcodebook.html . In addition to covering Xcode and Interface Builder, the book covers Instruments, OpenGL tools, and command-line tools.
World Clock Deluxe for Mac OS X ticks To Version 4.7.8
MaBaSoft (http://www.mabasoft.net) has updated its World Clock Deluxe time tool to version 4.7.8. The upgrade -- free to registered users of version 4.x -- adds 24 new cities, updates daylight-saving time information for Cuba, Fiji, Ukraine, and the Brazilian State of Bahia, and addresses minor compatibility issues with Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion").
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.
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.
MacX DVD Ripper Pro updated to version 3.5.0
MacXDVD Software (http://www.macxdvd.com/) has released MacX DVD Ripper Pro 3.5, an update to their Mac DVD ripper software solution. The upgrade supports the iPhone 4S, iPad 2, Android, HTC, Samsung, XOOM, Galaxy Tab, and more.
You can use MacX DVD Ripper Pro to "rip" a DVD to any format or device of your choice. The software costs US$34.95 for a single-user license. A demo is available for download.
TimeCache for Mac OS X gets new customization options
The PandaWare Company (http://www.pandaware.com) has updated TimeCache -- its time and expense billing app for Mac OS X 10.3.9 and higher -- to version 8.0.15. The upgrade adds more customization options, fixes a problem with computer activity tracking in Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion"), and fixes some other obscure bugs.
TimeCache offers support for timed or manual entries, retainer billing, customizable invoices and reports, printing options, and flexible data entry options. It also offers tracking of all a user's computer activity, the ability to save fine-grained details with time and expense entries, can use Apple Address Book entries for client contact information, can produce charts of billable time and expenses, and can import from and export to iCal calendars.
Licenses for TimeCache are US$70 per user. Version 8.0.15 is a free update for registered users of version 8.x. Registered TimeCache 7 users can purchase an upgrade to version 8 for $40. A demo is available for download.
Blackmagic Design announces Avid Media Composer 6 support
Blackmagic Design (http://www.blackmagic-design.com) has announced Desktop Video 9.0, a software update with capture and playback for the Avid Media Composer 6 family of software including Avid Symphony and Avid NewsCutter, for both Mac OS X and Windows 7.
Desktop Video 9.0 is available for download now and free of charge for all Blackmagic Design customers. This update includes support for all current DeckLink, Multibridge, Intensity and UltraStudio models.
Desktop Video 9.0 is certified by Avid for Avid Media Composer 6, Avid Symphony, Avid NewsCutter. It offers uncompressed and DNxHD capture and playback in Avid Media Composer 6 and real time effects in Avid Media Composer 6. Desktop Video 9.0 also supports dual stream 3D workflow capturing left and right eye to separate files in Avid Media Composer 6.
Apple opens its checkbook to keep its exec talent around
Apple has given its deep bench of executive talent 60 million reasons to stick around for another five years.
Securities and Exchange Commission filings reveal the company has granted an estimated US$60 million in stock options each to a group of senior executives in the wake of co-founder Steve Jobs' death, reports "The San Jose Business Journal" (http://macte.ch/rZQvL). The grants vest between 2013 and 2016
Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer, software chief Scott Forstall, hardware chief Bob Mansfield, marketing chief Phil Schiller, General Counsel Bruce Sewell and operations manager Jeff Williams all got 150,000 in restricted stock units.
Eddy Cue, senior vice president for Internet software, got 100,000 stock units. He got another 100,000 in September when he was promoted to his current post. CEO Tim Cook was given one million stock options worth an estimated $400 million after he took over for Jobs in August.
"The Business Journal" says it isn't known whether design chief...
Apple #4 among mobile subscribers, #2 among smartphone companies
For the three-month average period ending in September, 234 million Americans age 13 and older used mobile devices. Device manufacturer Samsung ranked as the top original equipment manufacturer with 25.3% of U.S. mobile subscribers, followed by LG with 20.6% share and Motorola with 13.8 percent share, according to comScore (http://www.comscore.com), a company that "measures the digital world."
Apple strengthened its position at #4 with 10.2 % share of mobile subscribers (up 1.3 percentage points), while RIM rounded out the top five with 7.1% share. Apple's 10.2% is up from 8.9% for the three-month period ending in June.
Approximately 87.4 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones during the three months ending in September, up 12% from the preceding three month period, notes comScore. Google Android ranked as the top smartphone platform with 44.8% market share, up 4.6 percentage points from the prior three-month period.
Apple secured the #2 position, growing 0.8 percentage points...
Apple voted biggest influence on video games industry
Forget PlayStation, the Internet or Mario, it seems Apple has had the biggest impact on the world of video games according to a survey of 1,000 people working within the industry itself.
Apple founder and all round IT visionary Steve Jobs was voted most influential person with 26% f the overall vote (and 46% of the top five winners’ vote). And Apple’s hero gaming device -- the iPhone -- received one in six (17%) of the votes to take the most influential product moniker. The survey was carried out by the London Games Conference.
"In just over three years the iPhone and the App Store have transformed what consumers expect of games, and how the industry makes and sells them -- today, download games have come to the fore," says Michael French, editor in chief, "MCV," a trade magazine of the video games industry. "Steve Jobs, the iPhone’s driving force, was the ultimate independent developer -- uncompromising in his vision, with unquestionable influence, and hugely artistic and commercial...
Analyst: Apple has 52% of handset industry's profits
In a note to clients -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) -- Canaccord Genuity analyst Michael Walkley note that Apple is estimated to have taken in 52% of the handset industry's operating profits last quarter, despite only having a 4.2% global handset market share.
That's a 5% increase from the third quarter of 2010, when Apple's share of industry operating profits was 47 percent. In fact, Apple's growth in profit share came even as Apple lost market share, notes Walkley. The iPhone dipped from a 5.4% market share to its current 4.2%t as Samsung is estimated to have led the industry in smartphone shipments for the quarter, though its profits shrank.
EU investigating Samsung's patent complaints against Apple
The European Union's top antitrust authority has launched an investigation into Samsung's use of patents to block sales of Apple products, reports "Computerworld" (http://macte.ch/zClvO).
Samsung has sued Apple in five E.U. countries alleging infringement of its patents on 3G mobile technology. The European Commission will now consider whether the South Korean company is abusing the principle of fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) licensing in these cases.
If the Commission finds that Samsung is guilty of antitrust infringements, it could force Samsung to drop its legal cases against Apple in Europe, with possible repercussions on other cases worldwide, notes "Computerworld." The Commission also has the power to impose fines, the article adds.
CBS said no to ad-based Apple TV deal
In a call with analysts and the press regarding the company's latest financial results, CBS CEO Les Moonves said the network turned down an ad-based Apple TV deal, reports "GigaOm" (http://macte.ch/QpLAw).
Apple has long been rumored to be working on a subscription streaming service that would aggregate content from multiple TV networks and compete against more traditional cable and satellite services. That project has yet to see the light of day as Apple apparently hasn't convinced enough content providers to join. But no one had publicly confirmed that such an offering was actually in the works until now.
The decision not to join the effort follows CBS’s philosophy of getting paid upfront licensing fees for syndication of its content online, as opposed to partnering on revenue-sharing agreements, note "GigaOm." Unlike ABC, Fox and NBC, CBS has never participated in the Hulu venture.
Apple VP of security says adios
John Theriault, Apple's vice president of global security, has left the company following the controversial lost iPhone 4S investigation earlier this year, reports "9to5Mac" (http://www.9to5Mac.com).
The brouhaha began when an Apple employee reportedly lost a prototype of the upcoming iPhone 4S. Apple reps purportedly visited the home of the device’s purported finder and offered him cash for the return of the phone. Then Apple security officials reportedly posed as police officers in their search of this prototype iPhone, and the San Francisco Police Department are apparently investigating the situation.
Theriault, former vice president of Global Security for Pfizer, joined Apple in 2007. Prior to joining Pfizer, he spent 26 years in the FBI.
VirnetX sues Apple for patent infringement
Another day, another lawsuit. VirnetX is suing Apple for -- what else? -- patent infringement.
The lawsuit -- filed in the US District Court in the Eastern District of Texas -- alleges that Apple violated its US patent (number 7188180) for "method for establishing secure communication link between computers for virtual private network," reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).
The invention describes a technique "for establishing a secure communication link between a first computer and a second computer over a computer network." This is accomplished by establishing a "secure communication mode of communication" at a first computer without the need for the user to enter any cryptographic information."
VirnetX's claims the iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPad 2, iPod touch, and Macs that run Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion") infringe up the patent, which was published in 2007.
-- Dennis Sellers
MoboMath brings handwritten math input to Mac OS X
Enventra (http://www.enventra.com/) has announced MoboMath 2.0, a handwritten equation editor for Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later.
Designed and developed expressly for the Mac environment, users create math expressions for their favorite applications in their own handwriting using a graphics tablet, trackpad, or mouse. MoboMath then translates their handwritten input into formatted equations that can be copied to a user's target application for calculation, graphing, and more.
The software directly supports Microsoft Word, Mathematica, Maple, MathMagic, MathType, and products like iWork that use MathType as an equation editor. With MoboMath's MathML, TeX, and image support, users can also create expressions for a broad range of other standards-based applications.
Special introductory pricing is in effect through Nov. 19 For a limited time, MoboMath 2.0 is US$14.99 and available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.
iPad scores highest in app store ranking
Strategy Analytics (http://www.strategyanalytics.com) has introduced the "App Store Competitive Index" (ASCI) from its App Ecosystem Opportunities (AEO) service, which gauges how truly competitive app storefronts are for new apps and developers. Although iPad scored the highest, it bested by only 10% the least competitive store (the Android store), says the research group.
I assume Strategy Analytics means the iPad section of the Apple App Store. There isn't an iPad app store per se.
"The App Store Competitive Index is a way for storefronts to gauge how successful they are exposing users to new and innovative apps," says Josh Martin, Director of Apps Research at Strategy Analytics. "As of today most storefronts are failing spectacularly. Improving discoverability and increasing competitiveness could be a useful tool to woo developers away from less competitive storefronts and improve the app ecosystem for all."
-- Dennis Sellers
Tom Bihn introduces Cadet briefcase for Apple laptops, iPad
Tom Bihn (http://www.tombihn.com/) has introduced the Cadet, a laptop briefcase designed for Apple laptops -- including the 15-inch MacBook Pro, 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air and the iPad 2.
The Cadet is designed to carry your laptop or iPad, a few files or magazines, power supplies, pens, notebooks, and other small accessories. It's a checkpoint friendly laptop bag: using two clips, the botton edge of the Cadet Cache attaches to two vertical pieces of webbing sewn into the Cadet.
The Cadet is available in two sizes: 15/13 and 11/iPad. Both sizes feature a removable protective laptop sleeve (called the Cadet Cache) in sizes designed specifically to fit Apple laptops and the iPad: the 15/13 size fits both the 15-inch and 13-inch MacBook Pro, the 13-inch MacBook, and the 13-inch MacBook Air, while the 11/iPad size fits the 11-inch MacBook Air and the iPad/iPad 2. In addition to a laptop, the Cadet can also fit an iPad or iPad 2 with or without a protective case or sleeve.
Brother expands compact scanner line
Brother International Corp. (http://www.brother.com) has expanded its compact scanner line-up with the addition of the DSmobile DS-700D with duplex color scanning capabilities.
The new scanner joins the DS-600, and provides monochrome and color scanning options. The enhanced DSmobile product line addresses the needs of small to mid-size businesses by helping to cost-effectively increase productivity by enabling busy office workers the ability to convert a large variety of hard-copy documents to electronic files for easy storage and organization, says Steve Feldstein, director of marketing for Brother Laser and Scanner products.
The DS-700D -- which has an estimated street price of US$199.99 - boasts high-speed duplex scanning, which enables users toscan two-sided documents in a single pass. It can also scan all types of media -- from paper documents and business cards, to thicker laminated materials such as insurance cards, driver licenses or ID cards.
The DS-600 and new DS-700D...