'Gizmodo' not charged in lost iPhone 4 prototype case
The San Mateo County (California) district attorney's office has filed misdemeanor charges against two people involved in finding and selling an Apple iPhone 4 prototype to "Gizmodo," but has decided not to bring charges against any employees of Gizmodo or its parent company, Gawker Media, according to "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).
In March 2010, an Apple employee lost contact with a prototype of an upcoming iPhone. He either lost it or it was stolen while he was visiting a bar in Redwood City, California. The device was obtained by Brian Hogan who then sold the phone to "Gizmodo."
Police served a subpoena at editor Jason Chen's home in Fremont, California. Attorneys representing Chen and Gawker Media, the parent company of "Gizmodo," claimed the search warrant used to seize Chen's property was "invalid," citing a California law curbing newsroom searches.
"Gizmodo" says the district attorney "has decided, upon review of all of the evidence, that no crime was committed...
Vudu comes to the iPad
Vudu is making itself available on the iPad, a move that will help the streaming-video service expand distribution and keep pace with market leader Netflix, reports "CNET" (http://macte.ch/cjPaN).
Vudu said in a joint statement with parent company Wal-Mart Stores that iPad owners can access Vudu through their browsers. Through the new feature, iPad owners can rent or purchase one of Vudu's 20,000 movies and TV shows. Renting or purchasing Vudu's videos via the iPad works the same as it does on a computer and the prices are the same.
One problem with Vudu, as with Netflix and all streaming-video services, is that you can't watch if you can't connect to the Web, notes "CNET." Another issue is that Vudu hasn't secured licenses to offer Disney films on the iPad.
OS X passes Linux as development environment in North America
Mac OS X has surpassed Linux in popularity as a development environment in North America according to the recently released Evans Data North American Development survey (http://www.evansdata.com).
Although Windows remains overwhelmingly the most popular operating system for development with over 80% of developers using it, Linux has slipped to third place with only 5.6% using it as their primary development platform, while 7.9% now use Mac OS X.
"Apple has made tremendous strides in the last few years with innovative products and technologies, so it’s quite reasonable to see developers adopting the Mac and its OS as a development environment," says Janel Garvin, CEO of Evans Data Corp. "Windows firmly remains king, but developers are obviously attracted to Apple’s devices, while at the same time Linux has lost some of its luster after years of only single digit adoption."
However, Mac OS hasn't displaced Linux as a development target. Still more than twice as many developers primarily...
Analyst: Apple shares still a 'compelling' buy
In a note to clients -- as reported by "CNN Money" (http://macte.ch/RI3iM) -- Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu says Apple shares are still a "compelling buy" for several reasons:
° The company still has only 4%-5% share in mobile phones and 4%-5% in computers (12%-13% including the iPad) so has the opportunity to double or potentially even triple its market share in these end markets over the next few years, particularly with Greater China and international as "underpenetrated opportunities."
° Apple is one of the best ways -- if not the best way -- to play what he sees as three "mega trends": 1) the mobile Internet, 2) cloud computing, and 3) consumerization of technology.
° Apple has a strong product release schedule going into the holiday season, including iOS 5, iCloud and a new iPhone on top of the recent release of OS X 10.7 ("Lion") and three new Macs (the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac Mini).
Apple is (briefly) US's most valuable company
For a brief moment yesterday, Apple bumped Exxon Mobil into the runner-up spot on the New York Stock Exchange to become the most valuable company in the US. However, the oil giant was restored to the top of the pile at close of trading on Tuesday.
Apple's brief perch at the top was considered significant by market analysts, who suggested that it was the iPad and iPhone maker's destiny to eventually take a more permanent seat in at the top of the heap, reports "The Register" (http://macte.ch/grlJa). Apple's value climbed to US$341.5b billion yesterday afternoon, just ahead of Exxon Mobil's $341.4 billion trading figure.
Apple suing Motorola in Europe over Xoom design
Another day, another lawsuit. Apple is also suing Motorola in Europe over the Xoom tablet's design, reports "FOSS Patents" (http://macte.ch/4yTnD).
Prior to or simultaneously with the motion for a preliminary injunction against Samsung over its Galaxy Tab design, Apple also filed a complaint with the same court over the design of the Xoom, the article notes. That passage says that Apple filed with the same court (district court of Düsseldorf) a complaint over the design of the Motorola Xoom, but it doesn't state whether that complaint included a request for a preliminary injunction.
"While it's not stated explicitly, I suppose that the complaint against Motorola also asks the court for an EU-wide injunction -- but perhaps just for a permanent injunction without a previous preliminary one," says Florian Mueller, writing for "FOSS Patents."
Apple taking extra Apple ID security steps
Apple has begun sending emails when Apple ID's are used to make purchases on iOS devices not previously associated with the account. It's "likely these emails are being used as one way to combat increasingly frequent app purchase fraud," says "MacRumors" (http://www.macrumors.com).
Apple already requires credit card users to reenter the three or four digit CID number from the back of their credit card (front in the case of American Express) to authenticate the new device. However users with balances from iTunes Store Gift Cards aren't required to perform any special authentication other than entering their AppleID password.
LGD loses iPad 2 panel orders after quality glitches?
LG Display (LGD) has reportedly has lost some iPad 2 panel orders to Samsug and Chimei Innolux (CMI) after its recent shipments to Apple experienced quality issues, reports "DigiTimes" (http://macte.ch/wcS1E), quoting unnamed industry sources.
LGD's July panel shipments for the Apple tablets were one million units short of its original monthly goal and the company's overall revenues for third-quarter 2011 are likely to be affected, the sources said. LGD is the largest panel supplier for the iPad 2. The company originally planned to enhance its 6G LCD plant panels' monthly supply to nearly four million units in third-quarter from around three million units in the second quarter.
However, "quality issues with the LGD panels for the iPad 2 have disrupted the maker's production pace and have caused Apple to suspend new orders for the maker," says "DigiTimes."
AT-LP60-USB is new LP-to-digital turntable system
Audio-Technica has released the US$149.95 AT-LP60-USB LP-to-Digital Turntable System (http://macte.ch/5aWge) for music lovers who want to hear their old records again, and for younger people who have discovered the fun and warm sound of vinyl listening.
It's an USB turntable and software package that's compatible with Macs and PCs. It includes a turntable and phono cartridge, an USB cable that connects the turntable directly to a computer, a built-in phono preamp that enables it to be used with virtually any music system, and other accessories.
The AT-LP60-USB features completely automatic operation, and a 33-1/3 and 45 RPM speed selector. The USB cable enables plug-and-play connectivity. The included Mac and PC-compatible Audacity software converts the audio on a record to MP3, WAV or other format digital audio files, which can then be played back on portable audio players, computers, home media centers and car audio systems.
Scosche releases myTrek pulse monitor, iOS app
Scosche (http://www.Scosche.com) has released the myTrek pulse monitor with an accompanying app for the iPhone and iPod touch.
myTrek utilizes two LEDs combined with a photo sensor to detect minute changes in the user’s blood pressure to measure pulse. A built-in accelerometer allows the myTREK to adjust for movement during exercise from the user’s heartbeat allowing for an accurate measurement of pulse and calories burned.
Users can personalize their workouts by selecting their type of activity, target training zone and type of workout. A male or female voice prompt updates the user’s progress in real time letting them know how close they are to accomplishing their goals or if they have moved outside their desired target heart rate zone. Work out data is then stored on the device and can be viewed in the app’s calendar to see what days the user worked out and what was accomplished during each individual workout.
The myTrek’s arm-strap design fits over the muscular portion of...
LogMeIn Hamachi update available for the Mac
LogMeIn has launched vpn.net (http://vpn.net/) for the Mac, as well as Windows systems.
Using the company's VPN service, LogMeIn Hamachi, anyone from consumers and gamers to IT professionals and business owners can use vpn.net to create new VPNs and extend LAN-like network connectivity to mobile users, distributed teams, friends and family.
LogMeIn Hamachi can network Mac OS X and Windows computers in any configuration. A client for Linux-based systems is now in beta.
To create a new VPN, users can go to vpn.net, download Hamachi onto Mac and Windows based desktops, name their network, and set a password. To add other Macs and PCs to the network point colleagues, clients and other users to vpn.net, and provide them with the network name and password. An optional web-based console for managing Hamachi networks is available at LogMeIn.com.
Use of vpn.net to set up and manage Hamachi VPNs is free for non-commercial use. For commercial use, Hamachi is US$199/year for networks up to 256...
Hype for Mac OS X hyped to version 1.0.4
Tumult has released Hype 1.0.4 (http://tumultco.com/hype), an update and trial version of its HTML5 animation builder for Mac OS X (10.6.6 and higher). It's available from the Mac App Store for an introductory price of US$29.99.
Animations and interactive content made with Hype work on desktops, smartphones and iPads with no coding required. Hype sports a keyframe-based animation system. It leverages a recording system to create effective motions and transition, according to the folks at Tumult.
Exporting to HTML5 involves copying a few lines of HTML code into an existing document and moving a resources folder. Hype also supports publishing exported documents to Dropbox.
Vitamin-R 1.67 refines distraction elimination features
Publicspace.net has released Vitamin-R 1.67 (http://www.publicspace.net/Vitamin-R/index.html), an update of its Mac OS X compatible productivity tool for creative professionals. The new version adds the ability to exclude specific applications from the eliminate distractions step.
Vitamin-R is a collection of tools and techniques for managing attention and maintaining motivation. According to the folks at publicspace.net, it complements the task capturing and organizing features of modern to-do list managers by forcing you to concentrate fully on one task a time and keeping distractions at bay. It breaks down large, vaguely defined tasks into a series of short "time slices" of between 10 and 30 minutes, each with specific and actionable objectives.
Vitamin-R provides you with the "Now & Later Board," complete with FastType magic, to give you a place to quickly dump all those things that go through your head and allows to get back to the task at hand. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or...
Mellel 2.9 ready for Lion
RedleX (http://www.mellel.com) says Mellel 2.9, an upgrade to its word processor for Mac OS X, will be released on Aug. 15 and will offer Lion compatibility.
It also enhances page design options, offering a "page design" dialogue, easy editing of headers and footers from within the document, different first page, start with next even/odd page, and more. A future version of Mellel, to be released this autumn, will adopt and adapt such Lion features as full screen, automatic save, and so on.
RedleX will offer Mellel at a reduced price of US$29 ($19 for an educational license) for a limited time. All licenses come with a guaranteed lifetime of free updates.
Hagens Berman files class action lawsuit against Apple,...
Another day, another lawsuit. Hagens Berman, a consumer rights class-action law firm, has filed a nationwide class-action lawsuit claiming that Apple Inc., and five of the nation’s top publishers -- including HarperCollins Publishers ( a subsidiary of News Corp.) Hachette Book Group, Macmillan Publishers, Penguin Group (a subsidiary of Pearson PLC), and Simon & Schuster (a subsidiary of CBS) -- illegally fix prices of electronic books, also known as e-books.
Filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, the lawsuit alleges that the publishers and Apple colluded to increase prices for popular e-book titles to boost profits and force e-book rival Amazon to abandon its pro-consumer discount pricing. According to the suit, publishers believed that Amazon’s wildly popular Kindle e-reader device and the company’s discounted pricing for e-books would increase the adoption of e-books, and feared Amazon’s discounted pricing structure would permanently set...
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Just Banned in Europe
Posted by Greg Mills
Apple has Just obtained an injunction banning sales and marketing of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in Europe. Apple has sued Samsung and other Android handset makers for patent infringement around the world. Australia banned the Galaxy Tab last week and now Europe, except the Netherlands has also banned the sale and marketing of the Samsung device just a couple of weeks from its launch.
This bodes badly for the Android platform and adds an international confirmation to the initial finding of the US International Trade Commission. Should the Galaxy Tab be banned in all the major markets, Samsung will be stuck with very cool tablets with no place to sell them. Apple's legal actions are beginning to have a powerful effect just before the rumored iPhone 5 and iPad 3 launch possibly coming early this fall.
That a major electronics firm like Samsung could get stung with an international import ban bodes badly for the entire Android platform. See: http://www....
Platinum Equity acquires Quark
Platinum Equity has acquired Quark, a provider of publishing software for professional designers and enterprise organizations. Financial terms of the transaction haven't been disclosed.
“Quark is a legendary brand that helped create the desktop publishing market and is now helping organizations transform how they publish content both to print and digital media,” said Brian Wall, partner at Platinum who led the team pursuing the acquisition, in a press announcement. “Quark is committed to its loyal and dedicated user base and we are enthusiastic about the company’s new products which are gaining traction and generating positive reviews. We believe that with their expertise and innovative software, Quark has the potential to revolutionize publishing again.”
“This transition comes at an exciting time for our company and our customers. In the past few years we have made great strides in helping our customers realize dynamic publishing, have re-invigorated QuarkXPress, and have readied...
Gartner: Mac to have 5.2% of global computer market by 2015
Windows 7 will become the leading operating system worldwide in the personal computer installed base, running on 42% of computers in use by the end of 2011, according to the Gartner research group (http://www.gartner.com). However, the Mac also continues to make big strides.
Shipments of Macs have seen increases in the last 12 months. Mac OS X was shipped on 4% of new computers worldwide in 2010 versus 3.3% in 2008. Mac OS X is forecast to be on 4.5% of computers in 2011, and grow to 5.2% of new computers in 2015. Shipments will grow stronger in mature markets where consumers are buying into the Apple product ecosystem.
"The adoption of Mac PCs and Mac OS is a result of Apple's ability to grow well above the market average in the last 12 to 24 months, thanks to its ease of use from the user interface (UI) point of view and ease of integration with other Apple devices, such as the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and the existing Apple ecosystem of applications and programs," says Annette...
Apple closing in on Exxon as world's most valuable company
Apple is closing in on Exxon as the world's most valuable company.
Exxon's lead over Apple is now at US$5.79 billion. "The stocks are going to be swinging all over the place today, so there's a chance the gap gets bigger, and there's a chance the gap narrows and Apple takes the top slot," notes "Business Insider" (http://macte.ch/KBamo).
ITC to review Apple's infringement suit against HTC
Apple's patent infringement suit against HTC Corp. will be reviewed by a U.S. trade agency that has the power to block imports of the Taiwanese company’s phones and new tablet computers, reports "Bloomberg" (http://macte.ch/RpcTL).
The International Trade Commission (ITC) said it will investigate Apple’s accusations that HTC infringed five patents related to software architecture and user interfaces in portable electronic devices, hardware for touch screens and movement sensors. Notice of the decision was posted on the agency’s website today.
Last month HTC sued Apple in the UK. The complaint, filed in London, came two weeks after HTC lost a ruling against Apple at the ITC. The agency ruled on July 15 that HTC’s Android-based mobile phones infringe two Apple patents, a judgment that HTC has said it will appeal.
However, HTC has said it's willing to negotiate with Apple after both sides scored earlier victories at the ITC. On July 6 HTC announced an US$300 million deal to buy S3...
Apple planning to help iOS developers take on Lodsys
Apple is still planning on helping its iOS developers take on Lodsys in an ongoing legal battle, reports "FOSS Patents" (http://macte.ch/OIHnC).
"Apple still requests a court hearing on its motion," writes Florian Mueller for the site. "Things may still take some more time, but there will be no more written pleadings unless the court asks the parties to address particular questions in more detail. At this stage it's possible that the court decides very quickly, and I continue to be reasonably optimistic that Apple's motion will be granted."
In May Apple's legal department came to the defense of iOS app developers with a letter to Lodsys regarding its patent dispute with app developers. In the letter to Lodsys, Bruce Sewell, Apple senior vice president and general counsel said, Apple is undisputedly licensed to these patents and the App Makers are protected by that license.
"Thus the technology that is targeted in your notice letters is technology that Apple is expressly licensed under...
DriveSavers Data Recovery services available for MacBook Air
DriveSavers says the company’s data recovery services are available for the newest version of the MacBook Air. DriveSavers Data Recovery Advisors are available 24/7 to help users recover files from a MacBook Air, should data loss occur.
“The MacBook Air is yet another popular Flash-based device from Apple that has changed how consumers create and store their precious data,” says Mike Cobb, director of engineering at DriveSavers Data Recovery. “As the MacBook Air continues to gain popularity and become more entrenched in consumers’ everyday lives, the vulnerability of these laptops also increases -- accidents happen. With over 25 years of experience successfully recovering data from Flash memory-based products, including the MacBook Air, DriveSavers is an expert in data recovery for Apple products.”
DriveSavers posts proof of annual, company-wide SAS 70 Type II Audit Reports, the Corporate Industry’s standard for an overall control structure. To learn more about DriveSavers and our...
Dr Brendan Mac Repair opens new store in Brooklyn
Dr Brendan Mac Repair (http://www.drbrendan.com/) opens its doors to Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood on Sept. 2. The local chain currently has locations in Manhattan’s East Village and Greenwich, Connecticut.
The new The Park Slope store will be opening in the space last occupied by Madison Rose maternity shop. The location’s floor to ceiling storefront window features a bar across the front of the store where Mac enthusiasts can learn more about their devices, while enjoying complimentary espresso and sweets, says founder and owner, Brendan McElroy.
The store is stationed on 171 5th Avenue, in the heart of Brooklyn’s Park Slope. At the store, fully trained technicians will be available during all store hours to educate and assist customers on everything from the latest apps to trade tricks only the savviest of Mac buffs can access, McElroy says. In addition to their standard Apple repair services, Dr. Brendan will promote several informative services only available at this...
New Epson Artisan all-in-ones come in midnight blue design
Epson has introduced the Epson Artisan 837 and Artisan 730 wireless all-in-one printers for photo and technology enthusiasts. They sport new midnight blue accents and a three-times-brighter emerald green smart touch panel display for computer-free navigation.
The Epson Artisan 837 and 730 also offer Epson Connect for printing on the go. With Epson Connect, mobile device users can print web pages, photos, documents, and e-mail attachments directly from tablets, smart phones and other mobile devices.
The Epson Artisan purportedly product Ultra Hi-Definition 4 x 6-inch prints in as fast as 10 seconds. The Epson Artisan 837 and 730 allow users to print, scan and access memory card slots from any room in the house with built-in wireless and Ethernet networking. The Artisan 837 also offers high-speed color copying and faxing with a 30-page Automatic Document Feeder.
The Epson Artisan 837 (US$299.99) and Artisan 730 ($199.99) all-in-ones will be available in September through major...
Skype ready for Lion
The video chatting software, Skype, has been updated to version 5.3, adding support for Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion").
With Skype 5.3 for Mac OS X, you'll also be able to send and receive HD quality video when talking to your friends and family. You'll need to use the Mac's built-in HD webcam or choose from a variety of webcams from the Skype Shop, such as the Logitech C910, to make video calls in HD quality.
To receive HD video calls on your Mac, the folks at Skype recommend an upload/download speed of 1.5Mbps. Skype is available in a free version, plus a premium version with more features for $4.49 per month.
TappyTaps releases Bubbling Math 1.0 for Mac OS X
TappyTaps has introduced Bubbling Math 1.0 (http://bubblingmath.com/) an education game for children in first through fourth grades. It works with Mac OS X 10.6.x and 10.7. The game is available for US$1.99 through the end of September and can be found in the Education category of the Mac App Store.
Bubbling Math helps kids practice elementary math operations. It sports a module that allows parents to choose which types of tasks they want their children to practice and to review wrong answers afterward.
Bubbling Math contains nine different graphics levels. In each level the child can receive an award -- bronze, silver or gold cup -- motivating children to play the game over again to try and improve their score.
Seagate Hard Drives to feature SafetyNet data recovery services
Seagate (http://www.seagate.com) has unveiled the GoFlex Turbo performance drive with SafetyNet data recovery services (DRS).
The company says that SafetyNet data recovery is the first recovery service offering by a hard drive manufacturer to be included as part of the purchase price of an external drive. With the latest super speed USB 3.0 interface and RPMs clocked at 7200, the GoFlex Turbo drive is equipped to handle transfer speeds up to 40% faster than that of its USB 2.0, 5400-RPM siblings. Alas, the Mac doesn't support USB 3.0, so drives with this interface will run at USB 2.0 speeds.
The new GoFlex Turbo performance drive features two-years of SafetyNet data recovery services. It's available from Best Buy for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of US$119.99 for 500GB models and $139.99 for 750GB versions.
Khronos releases Open GL 4.2 spec
The Khronos Group has released the OpenGL 4.2 specification, bringing the latest graphics functionality to the cross-platform 2D and 3D graphics API (application programming interface).
OpenGL 4.2 integrates developer feedback and continues the rapid evolution of this royalty-free specification while maintaining full backwards compatibility - enabling applications to incrementally use new features, while portably accessing state-of-the-art graphics processing unit (GPU) functionality across diverse operating systems and platforms, says Barthold Lichtenbelt, working group chair of the OpenGL ARB and director of Tegra graphics at Nvidia.
The OpenGL 4.2 specification has been defined by the OpenGL ARB (Architecture Review Board) working group at Khronos, and includes the GLSL 4.20 update to the OpenGL Shading Language. The OpenGL 4.2 specification contains new features that extend functionality available to developers and enables increased application performance. The full specification...
Stuf 2 for Mac OS X gets Dropbox compatibility
The Escapers have launched Stuf 2 (http://www.theescapers.com/stuf/), a rewrite of their clipboard manager for Mac OS X and Windows. The upgrade introduces Dropbox compatibility.
And not just the Mac. You can copy data such as text or an image on a Mac, and paste it on a PC.
Stuf is a clipboard manager that not only allows users to categorize all their clippings, but also share them over their local network. It frees the clippings from the local network. Workgroups can also host their clippings on existing network drives for more performance.
Stuf 2 is available for US$16.99. Stuf 1 users can upgrade for free to version 2.
TimingApp shows where the time goes while you're on your...
Eurocomp has announced TimingApp 1.0.1 (http://timingapp.com/), an update of their automatic time logging solution for Mac OS X. It's being offered for US$9.99 for a limited time in the Mac App Store and requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher.
TimingApp 1.0.1 measures the time spent on various projects. It works completely automatically and doesn't need to be started manually. Individual work may be assigned to specific projects.
Hacker Evolution Duality beta for Mac OS available
Exosyphen Studios has introduced Hacker Evolution Duality, a free, playable beta available for Mac OS X.
Hacker Evolution Duality is the upcoming hacking simulation game, developed by exosyphen studios. Based on the Hacker Evolution game series, it has been completely redesigned. The game features a single player mode where you follow the game's story and an open world mode, where you play a death match against other hackers.
Here's how the game is described: "Hacker Evolution Duality starts in the early days of Brian Spencer when he was nothing more than a brilliant programmer. It than fast forwards to the future, where he has to stop an Artificial Intelligence he has created, unknowingly and take back control of a giant company he once used to own. You have to hack into computers using various tools, from a basic firewall cracker, to sophisticated voice print authentication systems.
"Steal money to finance your objectives, buy hardware upgrades or bribe off other hackers that are...
QNAP NAS management software roars onto Lion
QNAP Systems (http://www.qnap.com) has announced new 3.5 NAS management software for its Turbo NAS series, embedded as firmware. It's compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion"), provides LDAP, antivirus, syslog server support, and more. Firmware 3.5 also includes a service binding feature and enhanced MyCloudNAS services.
Firmware 3.5 provides several new security enhancements. New antivirus feature allows the administrator to scan the NAS manually or on a recurring schedule; then delete or quarantine files infected by viruses, malware, trojans, and other malicious threats. A new Radius server provides Raidius client-enabled devices with centralized account management and authentication for network access. External drive encryption blocks unauthorized access and protects data on external drives from theft by encrypting a disk volume or a specific partition.
The 3.5 firmware will be available for a variety of QNAP Turbo NAS models by mid-August.
Apple hires laid-off Cisco engineers
In a note to clients -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) -- Global Equities Research analyst Trip Chowdhry says Apple has hired 20 to 25 of the engineers Cisco recently laid off.
The analyst says Aruba, HP and Huawei are putting intense competitive pressure on Cisco and Juniper by offering much cheaper pricing on their own networking gear and adding in free support, services and lifetime warranties. Additionally, the overall market for network switches supporting Cisco and Juniper sales is also being targeted by the release of VMware VSphere 5.0, which delivers a new usability in network virtualization that is "starting to disrupt" sales of physical switches, Chowdhry adds.
Apple "has been working hard to hire qualified candidates in a highly competitive business climate where companies like Dropbox, Facebook, Google, OpenX and Twitter are all growing dramatically and also in need of engineers," says "AppleInsider."
Apple updates Logic products
Apple has updated its Logic Express and Logic Pro audio recording/editing tools. Both require Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher.
Logic Express 9.1.5 -- a 138.84MB download -- improves overall stability and addresses some minor issues including the following:
° All instrument and effect plug-ins that use LFO's synced to the beat now behave correctly.
° The Toggle Zoom key command now returns to previous zoom level as expected.
° Improved compatibility with Apogee's Duet 2.
Logic Pro 9.1.5 does the same. It's a 192.55MB download. You can obtain the updates via the Software Update component of the Mac OS X System Preferences app.
ClickFox: iPhone users need less support than Android,...
A note to those in iT: iPhones require less support than Androids and BlackBerrys, according to ClickFox (http://www.clickfox.com), a company that analyzes customer experience data to identify problems.
ClickFox analyzed the support calls related to smartphones received by the North American carriers, and after factoring out the questions related to billing and carriers' various plans, it found that iPhones cost less to support than Android devices and BlackBerrys, according to "Infoworld" (http://macte.ch/ELLEq).
ClickFox analytics director Lauren Smith told "InfoWorld" that BlackBerry users cost North American carriers in aggregate US$46 million more a year to support than iPhone users, and Android users costing $97 million more a year.
Why? It more often takes multiple agents to solve a BlackBerry or Android user's problem, which means calls must be transferred, or the issue ends up taking multiple discussions to resolve. By contrast, iPhone users' problems are typically handled...
Analyst: Mac, iPad to make significant gains in second half of...
In a note to clients -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) -- Deutsche Bank analyst Chris Whitmore says that the Mac and iPad lineup are set to make significant gains in the second half of 2011, as the Windows-based PC market remains "relatively stagnant."
He thinks the traditional PC market lacks "meaningful new offerings" coming this year, while Apple is aggressive with both new hardware and software. Whitmore cites the recent launch of OS X 10.7 Lion, as well as Thunderbolt-equipped MacBook Airs, as key products in driving Apple's market share gains.
While the Mac alone is predicted to earn market share gains at the expense of Windows-based PCs, factoring in the iPad makes Apple's growth even greater, notes "AppleInsider." Whitmore said the Apple tablet will continue to dominate for the foreseeable future.
Apple introduces $999 education iMac
Apple has introduced an US$999 21.5-inch iMac for authorized education purchasers. It's not available at the online education store -- at least not yet.
The education only model is less expensive than the $1,200, 21.5-inch iMac offered to all consumers. For example, it only comes with 2GB of memory (compared to a 4GB minimum for all other shipping Macs). However, the memory can be upgraded to 8GM.
The education iMac has a 250GB (7200 RPM) hard drive and an AMD Radeon HD 6750M graphics processor with 256MB of GDDR5 memory. This compares to a 500GB hard drive and a AMD Radeon HD 6750M graphics processor with 512MB of GDDR5 memory on the $1,200 model.
As for processing power, the education iMac sports a a 3.1GHz Intel Core i3 dual-core processor compared to a 2.6GHz quad-core Intel processor o the $1,200 model. It also lacks a Thunderbolt port.
'iTunes Replay' still a ways off?
Rumors of Apple enabling iTunes users to stream movies from Apple's servers and then re-download them to other devices, probably as part of the upcoming iCloud service, "are at best premature," according to "CNET" (http://macte.ch/OxJ3o).
Apple has yet to sign cloud agreements for feature films with at least four of the top six film studios, according to multiple film industry sources who spoke to "CNET." Apple has indeed pursued such agreements, which CNET reported in May, but Apple's negotiations could drag on for months before the company acquires cloud rights from all six film studios, the sources said. A launch isn't imminent, says "CNET.
The long-rumored iTunes Replay would purportedly allow iTunes shoppers to build out their digital video collection without worrying about the space needed to store the often hefty media files. By storing their video content for them and allowing users to stream it for viewing as often as they want, Apple would essentially be offering a media...
Apple sued over Mac OS X start-up process
Another day, another lawsuit. Apple is being sued for patent infringement involving the Mac OS X start-up process, reports "Patently Apple" (http://macte.ch/MHUXr). Florida-based Operating Systems Solutions is suing in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.
The company claims the Mac operating system violates a patent it owns for quickly booting an OS. The patent was originally issued to LG Electronics in 2002.
The patent in question involves: “A method for fast booting a computer system, comprising the steps of: A. performing a power on self test (POST) of basic input output system (BIOS) when the system is powered on or reset is requested; B. checking whether a boot configuration information including a system booting state which was created while executing a previous normal booting process exists or not; C. storing the boot configuration information from execution of the POST operation before loading a graphic interface (GUI) program, based on the checking...
More MobileMe features on the chopping block?
While many of the features of MobileMe -- Apple's US$99-a-year subscription service of Internet tools ---- are simply being upgraded in the move to iCloud, Apple says Gallery, iDisk, iWeb and data sync features will be canceled in the transition, notes "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).
iSync, Apple's Mac-centric tool for keeping data in sync among a variety of devices, is on the chopping block, as are Gallery media hosting, iDisk cloud storage and its integrated iWeb web hosting, the article adds. However, iCloud counterparts or replacements for at least some of the missing services are coming.
Since MobileMe is going the way of the dodo bird next year, what is this iCloud that's going to replace it? It's an upcoming, free cloud service that works with applications on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC to automatically and wirelessly store your content in "the cloud" and automatically and wirelessly push it to all your devices.
When anything changes on one of your...
NetGear introduces Smart Switch with 10-Gigabit connectivity
NetGear (http://www.netgear.com) has introduced what it says is the industry's first 10-gigabit smart switch for mid-market networks. The NetGear ProSafe 52-Port Gigabit Stackable Smart Switch (GS752TXS) is designed as a companion to the emerging class of 10-gigabit servers, delivering maximum throughput from server to switch for demanding tasks such as data replication and backup, virtualization, video on demand and high-volume transaction processing.
The ProSafe 52-Port Gigabit Smart Switch provides 48 gigabit ports for connecting devices to the network, along with four 10G SFP+ ports for stacking or uplink to servers. As many as six switches can be stacked for a total of 288 network ports, with full redundancy for maximum reliability. It's now available worldwide and is priced at US$2,100.
LEGO Batman available at Macgamestore
Feral Interactive's LEGO Batman is now available for digital download at the Macgamestore (http://www.macgamestore.com). It requires Mac OS X 10.4.10 or higher and costs US$24.99.
Here's how the game is described: "LEGO Batman: The Videogame features a completely original storyline, encompassing the lighthearted charm of LEGO minifigures and the multifaceted lore of Gotham City. The story unfolds with Batman’s greatest foes escaping from Arkham Asylum and creating mayhem throughout Gotham City. Tracking criminals, including The Joker and The Penguin, players will utilize Batman’s gadgets as well as build and operate fantastic vehicles."
Aquafadas releases Comic Composer For Mac OS X
Aquafadas (http://www.aquafadas.com) has presented Comic Composer, a free software application built for the creation of interactive digital comic books, at Book Expo America. It's designed to complement Aquafadas’ suite of digital publishing tools. It requires Mac OS X 10.5.7 or higher.
Comic Composer makes it easy to get your comic books to the next level and publish them to iPhone, iPad, Android, Facebook or your blog, according to the folks at Aquafadas. The company already offers plug-ins for Adobe InDesign and QXP to create rich-design interactive apps based on print books, magazines and brochures. Comic Composer allows you to transform your comics into animated comics by adding transition effects, zoom and camera movements. It adds guided reading to comic book.
Creating a digital version of your comic is the first step towards its publication on tablets and smartphones. The second step is to create the iPad or iPhone application with AVE AppFactory, Aquafadas’ application...
Gameloft Launches Eternal Legacy on the Mac App Store
Gameloft has launched Eternal Legacy on the Mac App Store for US$6.99. This game is not supported by iMac and MacBook Pro devices equipped with the following video cards: Radeon X1600, Intel GMA 950.
Here's how the game is described: "An absorbing scenario implying heavy responsibilities: Astrian, you must save Algoad from destruction and restore the living bond between humans and nature. A mix of fantasy and sci-fi: fight with swords and guns, face robots and magic, and fly your own ship! Freely explore majestic regions: real-time rendered in full 3D, with free 360° camera."
Brosix File Transfer released for Mac OS X
Brosix has released Brosix File Transfer (http://www.brosix.com/), a Mac OS X compatible app designed to make it simple for users to share files. It's free for personal use.
Users are able to transfer a file or group of files to those on their contact list. Brosix File Transfer automatically compresses files on the fly, and data encryption is applied to all file transfers.
There's no limit on how many files can be sent and received. With drag and drop capability, files can be selected and transferred with a single click of the mouse.
Enolsoft video converter ready for Lion
Enolsoft Corp. (http://www.enolsoft.com) has released Enolsoft Video Converter 3, a Lion-ready update of the software that enables you to convert between any video formats for various purposes. It costs US$29; a demo is available for download.
Mac users are able to turn their videos to whatever format as they like, including HD, with this Enolsoft Video Converter for Mac. This includes playback of various videos on portable devices, uploading any videos to YouTube for sharing or editing favorite videos in video editing tools and more.
This Enolsoft Video Converter for Mac is an all-in-one video converting tool, and can be also used as Mac video to iPad 2 converter, Mac video to iPhone 4 converter, Mac video to PSP converter, Mac video to Xoom converter and Mac video to iPod converter, etc. In addition, Mac users can also use it to convert camcorder AVCHD videos or downloaded YouTube HD videos to any video formats like MP4, WMV, AVI, MOV, MKV, VOB and 3GP, etc., as well as extract...
iFunia updates Media Converter for the Mac
iFunia has updated iFunia Media Converter, conversion software for Mac, to version 3.2.9. It offers OS X 10.7 ("Lion") compatibility and a handful of new features, as well as performance improvements and optimizations.
iFunia Media Converter helps Mac users convert any video, DVD and audio to the formats they need. It combines a video converter, DVD ripper, and audio converter, allowing video fans to convert video/audio files, and rip DVDs without switching from one program to another.
Presets allow users to convert videos and DVD movies to play with Apple devices, Apple software, mobile phones, game players and more, including the iPad 2, iPhone 4, and latest iPod touch. With the built-in video and audio editor, users can trim videos. What's more, iFunia Media Converter also has a deinterlacing function that help users to remove interlacing artifact of the DVD movies and videos.
iFunia Media Converter costs US$49; a demo is available for download at the product web site (http://macte...
Badia Exportools Pro available on the Mac App Store
Badia Software has released Exportools Professional 3.2 (http://macte.ch/aNxxE), a new version of its flagship software for high-end exporting and printing of multiple Adobe InDesign and QuarkXPress documents. The upgrade is compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 and higher, including OS 10.7 ("Lion").
Exportools Professional allows you to export or print multiple InDesign or QuarkXPress documents as single-page or multi-page files. Just drop any number of documents into its file list, or let Exportools Professional periodically scan a watched folder, then choose your export or print settings, and hit the Start button.
Exportools Professional works with Adobe InDesign versions CS3, CS4, CS5 and CS5.5, as well as QuarkXPress 8 and 9. The same application handles both InDesign and QuarkXPress documents, so there's no need to purchase separate components.
Exportools Professional 3.2 is being offered for a limited time for US$99.99 per license -- that's 33% off the retail price. This is...
TopXNotes ready for Lion
Tropical Software (http://www.tropic4.com) has updated TopXNotes, the note organizer for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher, to version 1.7. It's ready for Lion and has improved synchronization (NoteSync) with Apple touch devices including the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.
This new capability builds on TopXNotes 1.5 which modernized the user interface with a customizable toolbar with larger icons, a rewritten NoteOrganizer, two-finger scrolling, new icons, and many cosmetic improvements. What's more, version 1.7 streamlines the sync setup process and improves how it interacts with the latest iOS on Apple touch devices.
TopXNotes 1.7 is available for US$39.95 from the Tropical Software web site and many Mac resellers. You can also get TopXNotes Touch for iOS devices at the Apple App Store.
Midwest, Northeast consumers lean toward iOS
New data from Jumptap (http://www.jumptap.com/STAT), which specializes in targeted mobile advertising, shows that consumers in the South and Southwest tend to be Android-biased compared to the rest of the country, while those in the Midwest and Northeast lean towards iOS.
California, Texas and Florida over-index for Android use and states in New England and the Midwest over-index for iOS use. Blackberry use, which over-indexed in New York, was also included in the geographic data. This new data establishes an evolving narrative of a North vs. South divide in the ongoing battle of the two top mobile operating systems.
The results are revealed as part of Jumptap’s monthly data report, Mobile STAT (Simple Targeting & Audience Trends), which is based on data for the first half of 2011 from the over 83 million unique users on the Jumptap mobile ad network. The report also showed that Android continues to hold the top spot in terms of overall share (with iOS coming in a close second),...