ITC to review ruling on HTC's infringement of Apple patents
The U.S. International Trade Commission will review a ruling that declared that HTC had infringed two Apple patents, a decision that could possibly lead to the banning of HTC’s Android smartphones in the US, according to "Bloomberg."
Posting to the ITC website, the commission filed a “Notice of commission determination to review in part a final initial determination find a violation of Section 337″, a ruling that has the potential to ban both the import and sales of products deemed to be infringing intellectual property of another entity (in this case Apple).
Apple had previously won a lawsuit against HTC, which was found to have infringed two of the company’s patents covering data transmission and the identification of phone numbers, technologies that are utilised by Google’s Android operating system on HTC’s smartphones. The ITC will now review four patents, two that HTC had previously been found to infringe, and two additional patents that cover the programming of HTC’s operating...
NewerTech introduces Pad Protector 2 Leather Folio for the iPad...
Newer Technology (http://www.newertech.com) has announced The Pad Protector 2, a lightweight leather folio/carrying case for the iPad 2.
Available in choice of rich red, black or cognac top grain leather, it's designed to keep the Apple tablet protected and looking like new while providing typing/viewing comfort and complete access to all ports and controls. Available now, The Pad Protector 2 has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$39.95.
It features a leather cover that discreetly fastens with slimline magnets that wake the user's iPad 2 up when the cover is opened and put it to sleep when it is closed. The design includes front and rear camera cutouts for unobstructed images. In addition to supporting vertical and horizontal viewing, the cover also functions like a "kickstand," providing both comfort and stability when typing.
Inside, the soft suede lining provides a scratch-free environment for an iPad 2. A side loading, full-framed holder keeps the iPad 2 in place...
iCloud petition wants to save the favorite features from...
To convince Apple to save the most popular features from MobileMe, Command Guru has launched the iCloud Petition (http://icloudpetition.commandguru.com/).
Anyone can check the services they would like to see integrated within iCloud and contribute to construct enough feedback to Apple. According to recently published Apple guidelines, the shift from MobileMe to iCloud will kill a few synchronizing goodies like keychain, System Preferences and Mail. Other services, like the Photo Gallery, iDisk space and iWeb publishing functions, will be terminated as well, and the users will have to find alternative solutions within June 30, 2012.
When asked to save some MobileMe features, CEO Tim Cook said that "Apple is open to it if there is enough feedback on the subject." With the iCloud Petition, anyone can check the services they would like to see integrated within iCloud.
To adhere to the iCloud Petition connect to the initiative web page and check your favorite MobileMe features. The...
OWC announces 6Gb/s Solid-State for the MacBook Air
Other World Computing (OWC) has announced what it says is the industry's first 6G SSD upgrade for the 2011 MacBook Air models. For more info go to http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/SSD/OWC/Aura_Pro_Express .
The new OWC Mercury Aura Pro Express 6G SSDs combine SandForce technologies and Tier 1/Grade A Toggle Synchronous NAND to deliver data rates that are purportedly more than 3x faster and capacities that are up to 4x greater than factory available SSD options. They're available in two sizes: 120GB and 240GB at manufacturer's suggested retail prices of US$349.99 and $599.99, respectively. 3G speed models from OWC are also available in capacities of up to 480GB.
DAZ 3D ships DAZ Studio 4 Advanced and Pro versions
DAZ 3D has released both DAZ Studio 4 Advanced and Pro -- the latest versions of its character creation, art and animation tool.
DAZ Studio 4 boasts a new 3D figure platform that enables the Genesis series of figures from DAZ 3D. This new 3D figure platform allows artists to create a variety of custom characters with high detail from one common base model. The foundation for the Genesis series of figures is comprised of DAZ 3D's patent pending TriAx weight map system and a new open file format.
Other DAZ Studio 4 Advanced features include:
° Auto-Fit, which provides a way to automatically fit clothing originally made specifically for your favorite fourth generation DAZ 3D figures to the new fifth generation Genesis figures.
° Progressive Rendering, which allows you to see a draft image followed by a series of better images on subsequent passes.
° A Multi-Layered Image Editor that allows you to create image layers that you can then add to underlying surface textures to create things...
Batman: Arkham Asylum coming to the Mac next month
Feral Interactive says the action adventure Batman: Arkham Asylum will be released for the Mac on Thursday, Oct. 13.
Developed by Rocksteady Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment with DC Entertainment for game consoles and the PC, Batman: Arkham Asylum features an original story by Paul Dini, Batman writer and five-time Emmy Award-winner. In the game, Batman finds himself trapped inside the confines of Gotham’s psychiatric hospital for the criminally insane, Arkham Asylum.
The Joker has set a trap for The Dark Knight and has conspired with the deranged inmates to destroy Gotham. Gamers will move in the shadows, instigate fear amongst their enemies and confront The Joker and Gotham City’s most notorious villains including Harley Quinn, Bane, Killer Croc, Poison Ivy and Scarecrow, who have taken over the asylum.
Batman: Arkham Asylum for the Mac will retail in North America for US$39.99. It will also be available online for direct download from a variety of...
New Take Control book explains Spotlight
In the new ebook from TidBITS Publishing, "Take Control of Spotlight for Finding Anything on Your Mac," Mac expert Sharon Zardetto has created a resource that explains how to use the Mac's built-in Spotlight search engine to find files, folders, contacts, appointments, songs, and more.
Zardetto explores the hidden depths of Spotlight searching. In the process, she reveals beginner and power user techniques, including the secret grammar behind Spotlight searches so that readers can search directly using Spotlight's internal query language. The 158-page ebook is now available for US$15 at http://www.takecontrolbooks.com/spotlight .
Kensington releases new products for smartphones, tablets
Kensington Computer Products Group (http://www.kensington.com) has announced a variety of new products, including the AbsolutePower, BungeeAir and SecureBack.
The US$119.99 AbsolutePower is a laptop, phone and tablet charger. It offers 100W of power and is compatible with smartphones like the iPhone, BlackBerry Torch, Sony Experia, and more, as well as the iPad and iPad 2, BlackBerry Playbook and Samsung Galaxy tablets. AbsolutePower charges up to three devices at the same time. Sitting on a desk, AbsolutePower only takes up 12% more space than an iPhone that it charges.
The BungeeAir -- with pricing starting at US$79.99 -- is a wireless security tether and case for the iPhone. It combines software and hardware to physically and digitally secure an Apple smaratphone. BungeeAir is a wireless tether comprised of a downloadable software application and a small remote fob, which can be attached to a key chain or carried in a pocket. The two components maintain an active wireless...
Shaderlight gets animated in version 2
ArtVPS has launched Shaderlight 2 (http://www.shaderlight.com), a new version of the software that brings interactive rendering to Google SketchUp. Now Shaderlight Pro users can render animations directly from SketchUp, developing their 3d concepts into animated photorealistic presentations.
There's also a new feature called Replace Me, which purportedly enables users to render detailed models without the associated slow down when using large amounts of geometry. ArtVPS has linked with DynaScape, a provider of software for landscape design professionals, to offer a selection of detailed models for this new feature.
The animation tool will appear as a new button on the Shaderlight toolbar and access an interface that enables users to render SketchUp scene transitions as a sequence of photorealistic images for animation. Shaderlight 2 supports the camera positions, object and layer visibility in SketchUp scenes.
It will also render animations created using the SUanimate and Keyframe...
Ooma announces new wireless offerings
Ooma (http://www.ooma.com), a provider of free home phone service, has announced new wireless offerings.
The new Ooma Telo Air wireless adapter, the Ooma Telo can now be placed anywhere in the home within range of a Wi-Fi network. The company also announced that it is extending the availability of its Ooma Bluetooth service to all Ooma Telo subscribers to broaden the integration of mobile phones and Ooma home phone systems. Ooma Bluetooth service was previously only available to Ooma Premier service subscribers.
Ooma’s first-to-market support for home Wi-Fi VoIP connectivity is made possible by Ooma’s PureVoice HD technology with voice compression and adaptive redundancy to overcome any signal degradation within the wireless network. More information on Ooma PureVoice HD technology is available at http://www.ooma.com/products/ooma-purevoice .
By using the new wireless adapter to untether the Ooma Telo from the modem or router, customers have more convenient access to their cordless...
Cookie Stumbler for Mac OS X baked to version 1.2.4
WriteIt! Studios has updated Cookie Stumbler (http://www.writeitstudios.com), an application to keep your Mac's privacy safe, to version 1.3. The upgrade adds the possibility to synchronize all configuration data and the definitions with Write!It! Studios' ew app Cookie Stumbler Mobile for the iPad so that users can customize their configuration once and enjoy ad-free web browsing on their Mac and iPad.
Cookie Stumbler includes tools to detect ad/tracking cookies. It features schedules, on-click filter and automator actions to make the process customizable. The app requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.
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 are available for $10 for one year and $17 for two years for both,...
Sumitomo starts sample shipments of Thunderbold cables
Sumitomo Electric Industries (http://www.sei.co.jp) has commenced sample shipments of Thunderbolt electrical cables. These cables are scheduled to be marketed in October of this year.
Thunderbolt is a new high-speed computer connection technology developed by Intel -- in cooperation with Apple -- that provides for data rates of 10Gbps and supports both PCI Express and DisplayPort with its dual-protocol solution. This technology is utilized in Thunderbolt cables that contain high-speed signal processing circuits in their connectors.
Sumitomo has commenced sample shipments of the Thunderbolt electrical cables. These cables are scheduled to be used for a demonstration at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) to be held through Sept. 16.
Skype for Mac Beta 4.5 offers Facebook integration
Skype is launching Skype for Mac 5.4 Beta. The launch introduces the same Facebook integration found in Skype 5.5 for Windows. We are excited to finally deliver Facebook integration to our Mac users.
You'll now be able to IM and connect with your Facebook friends without leaving Skype. You'll also be able to read and update your News Feed, as well as comment and "Like" your Facebook friends’ posts -- all within Skype for Mac. To connect to Facebook, simply sign into Skype, click on the Connect to Facebook tab and enter your Facebook sign in details.
To download the beta, go to http://www.skype.com/intl/en-us/get-skype/on-your-computer/macosx/beta/ .
Back-to-school Mac sales outgrew Windows PCs sales
Back-to-school Mac sales outgrew Windows PCs this year, even though Apple didn't offer a free iPod touch and discontinued its education-focused white MacBook, says "AppleInsider."
In talking about the back-to-school buying season, Stephen Baker, vice president of industry analysis with NPD Group, told "AppleInsider"that Apple's year-over-year growth seen this summer was aided by weak comparisons from sales in 2010. "Apple grew much faster than the Windows notebook market did," he said.
Baker said there's no evidence that this year's lesser back-to-school promotion, in which students and faculty receive an US$100 App Store gift card with the purchase of a new Mac, hampered sales. In years past, education buyers were given a free 8GB iPod touch. Read more at http://macte.ch/GGWJV .
China Mobile, Apple working on TD-LTE iPhone
“China Mobile and Apple hope to find a solution for close collaboration” on the TD-LTE network and compatible products, China Mobile Chairman Wang Jianzhou said in an interview. “We discussed this issue with Apple. We hope Apple will produce a new iPhone with TD-LTE. We have already got a positive answer from Apple.”
China Mobile’s homegrown third-generation TD-SCDMA network technology isn’t compatible with current iPhones. Still, China Mobile attracted 8.5 million iPhone users to its second-gen network, Wang said. Those users either accept slower Internet connections on the 2G network, or access the Web over the company’s Wi-Fi network, notes "Bloomberg."
The carrier got regulatory approval in December for limited trials of the TD-LTE network, which the company has said it...
Apple number two globally when it comes to brand value
The Apple logo is now worth US$39.3 billion, according to a new report by Brand Finance, a London-based consulting company.
Microsoft is down 9% to $39 billion. Google is up 9% to nearly $48.3 billion. But Apple waaaaay up -- 33% -- to overtake, for the first time, Microsoft, IBM, Wal-Mart and General Electric. Google tops the brand value list.
"Apple’s success can be attributed to its innovative design, loyal consumer base and well-executed marketing activities," says Brand Finance. "Naturally there is speculation about how the brand will be impacted by Steve Jobs recent resignation. However with a culture of innovation across the whole business, the brand is likely to continue to hold a strong position in the market."
Read more at http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2011/09/15/apples-brand-value-rises-to-no-2-... .
'Taming Lion' ebook unleashed
"Taming Lion: a handbook for OS X 10.7" is a new guidebook to the latest and greatest operating system for the Mac.
Available in ebook form only from Scrolldown Books, it offers over 300 pages of information, tips and tricks on using Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion"). "Taming Lion" is filled with dozens of eye-popping graphics, as well.
Chapters cover an introduction to Lion, the Finder, gestures & animations, LaunchPad, AutoSave, Versions, Resume, AirDrop, Address Book, iCal, Mail, Safari, Mission Control, Expose, Spaces, Automator & AppleScript, iChat, Spotlight, Time Machine, FileVault, Preview, Windows Migration Assistant, the Mac App Store, Lion Server, file sharing, screen sharing, MobileMe, accessibility, how to restore Lion, some of the geekier features of Lion, and a list of recommended third-party applications.
You can download the US$6.99 ebook at Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005MQNPCC) or Barnes & Noble (http://macte.ch/2nKOs).
The author, Dennis Sellers, has over...
Epson MegaPlex projects compatible with OS X, iOS devices
Epson America (http://www.epson.com) has announced a new line of portable, combo projectors: the MegaPlex MG-850HD and MegaPlex MG-50. They're equipped with a high-brightness projector, stereo speakers and a built-in dock for the iPod, iPhone and iPad.
The US$799 MegaPlex MG-850HD and $699 MegaPlex MG-50 make it easy for consumers to watch movies, view presentations, share photos, or enjoy content saved on portable devices on a big screen, says Jason Palmer, product manager, Epson America. Users acn project, play and charge an iPod, iPhone, or iPad, or share imagery from a variety of other media devices, including smartphones, computers, tablets, gaming consoles, and more.
Both solutions are powered by 3LCD technology. The flagship MegaPlex MG-850HD offers 720p high-definition resolution and high brightness of 2,800 lumens of color and white light output, while the MegaPlex MG-50 features 540p resolution and up to 2,200 lumens of color and white light output.
The MegaPlex MG-...
Apple releases Mac mini, MacBook Pro firmware updates
Apple has released Mac mini EFI firmware Update 1.3 and MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 2.2.
The former is for the Thunderbolt-enabled Mac mini and offers improved Lion Internet Recovery support. The latter is for Thunderbolt enabled MacBook Pros and also offers improved Lion Internet Recovery support. Both can be obtained via the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.
Tablet sales, lead by the iPad 2, beat second quarter targets
Worldwide media tablet shipments rose by 88.9% on a sequential basis and 303.8% year over year in the second calendar quarter of 2011 (2Q11) to 13.6 million units, according to the International Data Corporation research group (http://www.idc.com).
Based on this strong performance in the second quarter, and an improved outlook for the second half of the year, IDC raised its shipment forecast for 2011 to 62.5 million units, up from a previous projection of 53.5 million units. Worldwide media tablet shipments in the second quarter were driven by continued robust demand for Apple's iPad 2, which saw shipments reach 9.3 million units, representing a 68.3% share of the worldwide market (up from 65.7% the previous quarter).
Research in Motion entered the media tablet market in 2Q11 with its PlayBook product, grabbing a 4.9% share of the market. Apple's strength and RIM's entrance meant bad news for Android-based media tablets, which saw its collective share slip to 26.8%, down from 34.0%...
Ohanaware releases Fun Card Studio 1.0 for Mac OS X
Ohanaware (http://www.ohanaware.com/) has released Fun Card Studio for Mac OS X, a more advanced version of Ohanaware's free e-card software, Fun Card Maker.
Fun Card Studio is designed to be quick and easy to use, while allowing a greater degree of customization and personalization, according to the folks at Ohanaware. Features include one-click styles, built-in photo effects, stamp and postmark styles, a send button to send Fun Cards via Apple Mail or Microsoft Outlook, and iPhoto exporting.
Fun Card Studio is compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion") and works with Mac OS X 10.6.6 or newer. It's available at the Mac App Store. Ohanaware is running a special offer. You can buy Fun Card Studio for US$0.99 for a limited time; the regular price is $9.99.
Enolsoft releases PDF Magic for Mac
Enolsoft Corp. has released PDF Magic for Mac OS X. It provides an all-in-one solution for Mac users (including Lion users) to split, merge, assort, rotate and insert PDFs via drag and drop.
Users can split multipage PDF to smaller PDF documents, merge several PDF files into one single PDF document, insert PDF pages into another PDF document, create new PDF files from image and pages, extract pages from PDF files and rotate PDF pages if necessary. You can also batch process multiple PDF documents simultaneously.
PDF Magic for Mac is available now through the Enolsoft website (http://www.enolsoft.com/) for US$39.. A demo is available for download.
Dashwood Cinema Solutions releases Stereo3D CAT
Dashwood Cinema Solutions, developer of Mac-based stereoscopic 3D (S3D) products, has released Stereo3D (http://www.dashwood3d.com/stereo3dcat.php), an on-set calibration and analysis system.
Introduced at NAB 2011, it provides the ability to simplify stereoscopic 3D camera calibration and monitoring. Stereo3D CAT implements patent-pending technology to power systems for accurately aligning the geometry and colorimetry of stereoscopic setups, calculating proper interaxial separation for any given parallax depth budget, monitoring parallax and vergence in the scene, compensating for disparities in the image and logging all settings for future reference in production or post-production, according to Dashwood Cinema Solutions Founder Tim Dashwood.
Stereo3D costs US$12,499. A demo is available for download.
Logitech expands line-up of accessories for smartphones, tablets
Logitech (http://www.logitech.com) has unveiled two new accessories designed to enhance your tablet or smartphone entertainment experience: the Logitech Wireless Headset and the Logitech Wireless Boombox (pictured).
The Logitech Wireless Headset for the iPad, iPhone, iPod touch and other Bluetooth devices lets you roam freely without the hassle of cords so you can immerse yourself in music, videos, games and calls, according to Azmat Ali, Logitech vice president of mobile and tablet products. The headset’s laser-tuned drivers produce rich stereo sound while minimizing distortion, he adds.
A noise-canceling microphone reduces background noise. A rechargeable battery lasts for six hours (depending on conditions and usage).
Built for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, the Logitech Wireless Boombox lets you place your speaker wherever you want -- up to 33 feet (10 meters) away from your device, depending on use, settings and environmental conditions. You can listen for up to six hours...
Quark to host App Boot Camp events in London and Denver
Quark has announced two upcoming App Boot Camp events that will be held in Denver, Colorado, and London. In each one-day event attendees will learn how to create, design, and publish apps to the App Store, as well as how to publish enriched, immersive content to those apps.
Quark’s own experts as well as special industry guests will guide attendees through the process and offer insight into iPad and tablet publishing, says Gavin Drake, vice president of marketing for Quark. On Oct. 20, the company will host an App Studio Boot Camp in Denver with an agenda built to help designers and corporate publishers learn the end-to-end process of creating and publishing to an iPad app.
The one-day event will offer expert instruction as well as a chance to network with attendees from around the U.S. One guest speaker is Jay Nelson, editor of "Planet Quark" and "Design Tools Monthly," as well as media partners The Seybold Report and CreativePro.com, and networking event sponsor Oskar Blues...
Cobra pack laptop backpack strikes from Booq
Booq (http://www.booqbags.com/) has unveiled the latest addition to the Cobra line: the US$265 Cobra pack, a high-end laptop backpack.
Its main internal compartment provides access to document pockets, two flap covered pockets, six slip accessory pockets, a large mesh window compartment and a fold-down collapsible camera and accessory compartment. The exterior includes a front zipper pocket that conceals a mobile device slip, pen holder, and detachable key ring.
Two stretchable neoprene pockets allow for quick access to a water bottle or umbrella storage on each side of the backpack. Between the ergonomically designed back-padding and the main internal compartment, booq positioned two separate storage areas including padded laptop compartment and a hidden dedicated iPad slot, sealed with booq’s YKK zippers.
Cobra pack’s shoulder system features scratch-resistant mobile device pockets built into the straps. All the Cobra pack’s features come armored in a water repellant 1680...
SanDisk announces preservation solutions
SanDisk Corp. (http://www.sandisk.com) has unveiled a line-up of new retail products and introduced a new preservation solutions category.
SanDisk developed the SanDisk Memory Vault using Chronolock technology, which incorporates the key elements of advanced solid-state storage to create a proprietary memory management solution for storing digital photos. This allows the device to provide consumers with peace of mind that their precious photos and videos will be preserved for up to 100 years, according to Bob O’Keefe, vice president, retail marketing, SanDisk. The SanDisk Memory Vault comes in 8GB and 16GB capacities with manufacturer's suggested retail prices of US$49.99 and $89.99.
With the 64GB SanDisk Extreme Pro SDXC UHS-I Card: SanDisk doubled the performance and capacity of its professional-grade imaging lineup to create a new SD card based on the latest SD 3.0 specification’s Ultra High Speed (UHS) bus architecture. The card offers the fastest write performance of any SD card...
FileMaker Design Studio Scheduled for October in New York City
The Craft of FileMaker will be hosting their next Design Studio for FileMaker Pro Developers Oct. 24-26 in New York City.
This three day training will be lead by veteran FileMaker Developer's Conference speaker, Don Levan, president of Vanguard Custom Software and founder of the Craft of FileMaker. Attendees of The Design Studio will learn a formal process for designing FileMaker solutions.
Registration for the class is US$1,499. You can register by the Oct. 1and save $200. To receive the discount, enter the discount code "Early" on the registration form at the Craft of FileMaker web site (http://fmcraft.com/).
Megaseg Dj ready to roar on Lion
Fidelity Media has updated MegaSeg, the DJ mixing app and broadcast automation system made especially for Mac, to version 5.7.2, featuring full compatibility with OS X Lion. It's available at the Mac App Store.
The new version also delivers over 60 improvements including new Lion-style scrolling and optimizations for Multi-Touch trackpads. Additional refinements throughout the app cover features such as ambient video, category browsing, decks, events, mic play-thru, MIDI, playlists, and the scheduler.
MegaSeg Pro provides advanced features for pro DJs and VJs, radio and TV stations, and hospitality businesses such as restaurants and hotels. The Pro edition incorporates video playback for ambient visuals, hot keys for instant sound effects, automated music scheduling, ad messaging events, track separation rules, request lists, and more. The DJ edition offers features including visual beat syncing, headphone outputs for preview, MIDI support, automatic volume control, fast category...
Design 3D CX 7 ready for Lion
Strata has introduced Strata Design 3D CX 7 for Mac OS X, accompanied by discounted introductory pricing on full and upgrade versions. The new version offers faster rendering, effects advances, a Sun and Sky feature, new texture features, compatibility with Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion"), and more.
Strata Design 3D CX modeling and animation software is for creative designers. It delivers end-to-end power for the entire 3D workflow, with a simplified learning curve and familiar toolset developed to help 2D designers easily transition into 3D design, according to Strata President Ken Bringhurst. The program also provides tie-ins with the Adobe Creative Suite.
Strata Design 3D 7.0 for Mac is available immediately from the Strata website (http://www.strata.com) or through Strata’s reseller partners for US$545. For a complete list of discounted launch pricing for full and upgrade versions, visit the Strata online store (http://store.strata.com).
AppyDays for Mac OS X
Slappstick (http://www.slappstick.de) has updated AppyDays, a Mac OS X utility for tracking discounted apps, to version 1.4. Users can now filter Mac App Store categories. Also, there are now separate filters for every platform.
With AppDays one click directs you to the Apple App Store or Mac App Store immediately. The small application window can be left open while people work on their computers.
AppDays displays discounted apps in the stores. It sports filters available for price (Mac and iOS) and category (iOS only).
AppyDays for Mac requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later. It's available for free at the Mac App Store in the Reference category.
Apple launches Twitter account for iBookstore
Apple has launched a new Twitter account for its iBookstore to keep followers updated on new releases, special offers, and other details from the store, says "MacRumors" (http://www.macrumors.com). The account was created back in June, but Apple has just started using the account to send out Tweets today, the article adds.
The iBookstore -- for iOS devices -- features books from major and independent publishers. Once you’ve bought a book -- or downloaded a free one -- it’s displayed on your Bookshelf. Just tap it to start reading.
Apple to revise Korean iPhone return policy
Apple has greed with South Korea’s fair trade regulator to revise its customer-service policy for iPhone users in the country to address complaints about the handling of faulty devices, reports "Bloomberg" (http://macte.ch/bS66H).
Consumers who find defects in their Apple smartphones within a month of purchase will receive new devices instead of refurbished ones, the Fair Trade Commission says. South Korea became the first country to convince Apple to change its global customer policy, notes "Bloomberg"
Korean iPhone buyers have complained Apple only gives devices refurbished with used parts when there are problems with the product, even though its service warranty states customers can get refunds, new phones or free repairs, the commission said. Under the revision, consumers have the right to choose between the options.
Intel's 'Ultrabook' plans could affect Apple...
Intel (http://www.intel.com) says its engineers are working on a new class of platform power management for "Ultrabooks" that will aid in the delivery of always-on-always-connected computing. Though targeted to Windows and Android devices, the technology could wind up in Apple laptops.
Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini, made the announcements during the opening keynote of the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco. He predicted that Ultrabook systems will provide the most satisfying and complete computing experience. The company is working with industry partners to deliver mainstream-priced products beginning this holiday season for this new category of lighter, sleeker compute companions, Otellini said.
Intel's CEO added the company's engineers will further accelerate Ultrabook innovation with Intel's "Ivy Bridge" 22nm technology early next year with the help of the company's 3-D Tri-gate transistors. He also described the new class of platform power management in development...
VMware Fusion 4 Ships
The long awaited VMware Fusion 4 ships today. VMware promises the new version to not only be faster but have a variety of new features that support Mac OS X Lion.
It's available now at http://www.vmware.com/vmwarestore/fusion-for-mac for a promotional price of US$49.99 through the end of 2011 (normally $79.99).
"Enhancements to VMware Fusion 4 make it a breeze to run Windows and Mac Applications side by side on a Mac," says Pat Lee, director, client product management, VMware. "Offering full integration into Apple OS X Lion, VMware Fusion 4 builds on our proven, award winning platform to provide an easy, fast and reliable way to run Windows applications on a Mac."
VM Fusion 4 boasts more than 90 new features and is optimized for multi-core Macs. Using the latest version on Lion, you can choose which Windows programs to add to Launchpad, experience them in Mission Control, view them in full screen or switch between them using Mac gestures. And, you can limit spotlight to the Windows...
Jobs' resignation having little impact on consumer...
The resignation of Steve Jobs as CEO of Apple is having little impact on the demand for Apple products, according to a new survey from ChangeWave Research (http://www.changewaveresearch.com). The Sept. 6-12 survey of 2,297 consumers shows only 4% say Jobs’ resignation makes them "less likely" to buy Apple products in the future, while 89% say it’s having "no effect" on their purchasing of Apple products.
When asked a similar question during Steve Jobs first leave of absence back in 2008, nearly one-in-five respondents (18%) said they would be "less likely" to buy Apple products if Jobs stepped down. Since then ChangeWave has asked this question on several occasions, and over this time period the impact of Steve Jobs stepping down has clearly lessened in the minds of consumers.
The results suggest that Jobs’ previous absences have had an "inoculating" effect that over time has allayed consumer concerns on whether the company could operate at the same level without Jobs at the helm. Two...
Kapeli releases Dash, DashExpander for Mac OS X
Kapeli (http://kapeli.com/dashexpander/) has released Dash and DashExpander, two free Mac applications. Both require Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion") and are available at the Mac App Store.
DashExpander saves you from typing long strings of text by defining abbreviations that are later expanded whenever you type them. You can collect text snippets that you often reuse.
Dash is a code snippet manager and documentation browser. It builds on top of DashExpander and provides extra functionality for developers. Dash also features Wiki pages for each Cocoa class and method.
Plug Spy is new instant alert system for Mac OS X
Celmaro has introduced Plug Spy 1.0 (http://www.celmaro.com/plugspy/), an instant alert system for the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air running Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion"). It's available for US$0.99 at the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.
Plug Spy integrates with the OS X security system and needs no additional password or shortcut to remember. It runs inconspicuously in the system menu. Plug Spy auto activates when the screen is locked and starts a high volume alert sound, as well. It also sends a Growl notification if your laptop gets stolen.
When activated, Plug Spy "notices" if the MacBook gets unplugged from the MagSafe power adapter or if someone tries to close the lit. It can also capture a snapshot of the person in front of the laptop.
Plug Spy 1.0 may be purchased for an introductory price of $0.99 USD on
FileAngel is new data recovery tool for Mac OS X
FelixDev has released FileAngel 1.0 for Mac OS X 10.6 and greater. It offers a Finder-like interface for displaying deleted files and the functionality to undelete files in a variety of circumstances.
From basic mistakes such as accidentally emptying the trash to the recovery of erased files from freshly formatted disks, it also provides data recovery from most filesystem types. FileAngel works on digital cameras, phones, and disks formatted for most operating systems. Additionally, it has the option to search only in free space on Macintosh formatted disks.
FileAngel offers an automatic icon preview of the deleted files built in, allowing the user to see the deleted files contents before performing the data recovery. It opens your device in Read Only mode and searches for remnants of file contents.
A free trial of the product is available from the FelixDev web site (http://www.felixdev.com/) that allows previews of the deleted files it finds. FileAngel costs US$99 for the...
Mobile In digital input adapter released for iOS devices
Line 6 (http://line6.com/) has announced the Mobile In digital input adaptor and Mobile POD guitar tone app for iOS devices. The former costs US$79.99 and will ship this fall.
The new hardware and app allow guitarists to connect an electric guitar to their iPhone or iPad, purportedly giving them the same high-quality sounds they’d get if they were playing from a wide variety of famous guitar amplifiers, speakers and effects including distortion, chorus and reverb.
"Mobile In and Mobile POD turn your iPhone or iPad into a fully functioning Line 6 POD multi-effect device complete with tweakable tones, simultaneous effects and legendary Line 6 guitar amp and effect modeling," says Marcus Ryle, Line 6 co-founder and senior vice president of New Business Development.
The free Mobile POD app includes collections of 64 models of modern, vintage and boutique guitar gear including amps, cabinets, stompboxes and rack effects. Users can mix and match the fully adjustable models to build a...
PowerSlice includes iOS compatible charging 'Slice'
fuse (http://www.fuseplusyou.com) has debuted the US$49.99 PowerSlice Charging Station bundle, which includes two iPod/iPhone-compatible charging Slices within the package.
The new bundle allows consumers to charge up to four electronic devices at once (including three iPods and/or iPhones) via the universal charging base and included pie-shaped “Slices,” each of which contains a charging tip. The Slices are interchangeable.
Other Slices can be purchased separately to charge smartphones, digital cameras and handheld gaming systems. The built-in USB 2.0 port on the base station also allows for charging of a fourth device, such as an e-reader or Bluetooth headset.
The PowerSlice includes an on/off switch so users can control when devices are charging, eliminating unneeded energy use. It features a UL-rated plug for added safety and protection, says Ken Eisenbraun, president of fuse parent company, foneGEAR.
Epson announces two projectors for K-12 classrooms
Epson (http://macte.ch/bI9rY) has introduced the PowerLite S11 and X12, two bright projectors targeted to the K-12 market.
The PowerLite S11 and X12 replace the PowerLite S9 and X9 and deliver enhanced connectivity, increased brightness, flexible setup features, and extended lamp life for today's budget conscious schools, says Sara Kim, associate product manager, Epson America. The PowerLite S11 (US$449) offers 2,600 lumens of color and white light output with SVGA resolution, and the PowerLite X12 ($549) delivers 2,800 lumens color and white light output with XGA resolution.
The projectors include RS-232 support for connecting to an AV control device and USB Plug 'n Play for instantly projecting video and audio from a Mac or PC via a USB connection. The projectors also offer setup with horizontal and vertical keystone correction, giving teachers the flexibility to place the projector off-center from the screen if needed, without any image distortion.
The PowerLite X12 offers...
The Marbians come to the Mac App Store
The Marbians have crashed onto the Mac App Store in the Games category. They/it require Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and cost US$4.99.
Here's how the game -- which has over 70 puzzles -- is described: "Won’t you help the Marbians return to their UFOs in this retro-themed off-the-wall marble puzzle game from Nordisk Film Games Publishing? Experience retro-meets-modern themed levels in over 70 challenging puzzles in this physics-based puzzle game."
"Get your angles right and send the Marbians in their marble-encased spacesuits spiraling and smashing off walls to overcome challenging obstacles and find a path back to their UFOs. Bounce the aliens off walls and collect moon rocks to earn more points."
Pinball Tristan available on the Mac App Store
LittleWing has released Pinball Tristan 1.0 (http://www.littlewingpinball.com/doc/en/) on the Mac App Store (in the Games category). It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and costs US$2.99.
Here's how the game is described: "The retro appearance of the toy pinball cabinet includes an old style mechanical score drum, evocative of old-time pinball. The bright three-D playfield, with glittering lights and sounds, draws fond memories and brings the authentic joy and excitement of pinball to the desktop of your Mac. Peaceful and cute, it is suitable for all ages. Thanks to OS X new function, you can enjoy playing Tristan in full screen mode.
"In addition to being the best casual game around, this app can be all about technique -- if you want it to be. Go ahead and experiment with the nudging function, the pass flip, reverse pass flip, return lane transfer, holding lift, dead flipper bounce, alley pass, slide and hit, live catch...do we need to go on? You get the idea. There are tons of...
MergeMill tweaked for Lion
Cross Culture has released Mergemill Pro 4.1, an update of their app for cleansing and de-duplicating data.
Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion") users can now choose any high-quality voice in a language provided by the OS and use Mergemill Pro to turn web pages and emails to near-natural speech. Also, users can set up an automated voice announcement system that reads some generated text at scheduled times.
Mergemill Pro takes diverse sources of data -- such as databases, web pages, e-mails and more -- and merges them with templates to produce the desired output, from web pages to customized e-mails. The program features data-processing capabilities such as data filters, multi-level data sorting, BASIC scripting, and multiple search-and-replace actions.
Mergemill Pro supports Unicode and other text encodings, and has project scheduling and auto-run functionality. Users can control output in templates through scripting with tags for content insertion, arithmetic expressions, looping, branching,...
FontAgent Pro Server rewritten to add J2EE support
Insider Software (http://www.insidersoftware.com/) has announced FontAgent Pro Server 5, an update to its solution for organizing, optimizing, distributing and tracking an organization's fonts.
The V5 release is a J2EE server application. Additionally, the upgrade includes new license-management, directory services and browser-based real-time usage reports. FontAgent Pro 5's J2EE-based, multi-threaded, multi-processor aware architecture is designed for speed to provide even faster synchronization with networked client users.
FontAgent Pro Server runs on a networked Mac Pro, Mac mini or Xserve with 1GB of memory and 130MB of disk space running Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later. It doesn't require dedicated server hardware and permits administrators to fine-tune performance to compensate for varying speeds on enterprise networks. The new release also includes a one-click installer for server and J2EE software; supports PostScript Type 1, OpenType, dfont, and Mac and Windows TrueType font...
Stellar Mac series of optimization tool now Lion compatible
Stellar Phoenix (http://www.macintosh-software.net/) says its Mac series of system optimization tools are now compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion").
Stellar Mac Tools are utilities that help user to maintain, repair, optimize, protect and recover their data from Mac. Stellar Mac tool includes system utilities like Speed up Mac, Drive Clone, Drive Defrag, Partition Manager, Mac Data Recovery, Entourage Repair and Photo Recovery.
iWatermark Pro 1.0, PixelStick 2.2 and KnowledgeMiner (yX) 2.9...
Plum Amazing (http://www.plumamazing.com/) has released three Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion") applications: iWatermark Pro 1.0, PixelStick 2.2 and KnowledgeMiner (yX) 2.9.
IWatermark Pro 1.0 is a major rewrite of the original iWatermark for the Mac. It's an US$30 watermarking app for photographers that's compatible with iPhoto, Aperture, Lightroom and more.
PixelStick 2.2 ($7) is an universal ruler and eyedropper that measures color, angle and distance in any application on your Mac. KnowledgeMiner is a tool for data mining/modeling. It can be used for classification, modeling, time series forecasting, sequential patterns and more; pricing starts at US$300.
'Going paperless' the focus of next MacBUS meeting
The next meeting of The Macintosh Business Users Society of Greater Philadelphia (http://www.macbus.org/) will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 6:30 pm.
For this month's meeting, MacBUS member Ben Romney will present "Going Paperless: Drastically Reducing the Amount of Paper." This session will focus on strategies and techniques for moving towards a paperless work environment, or reducing the amount of paper coming in and going out through hardware, software and organizational practices.
A general Mac troubleshooting Q&A session will also be held. Attendees are encouraged to bring questions and invite friends or coworkers who may find the meeting beneficial.
MacBUS was the first user group in the United States to focus on the business and professional uses of the Macintosh operating system. The group of approximately 75 members meets this month at:
University of the Arts
Connelly Auditorium in Tera Hall 8th Floor
211 South Broad Street, Philadelphia
Meetings are usually held on...
Troi Grabber Plug-in 2.2.1 released for FileMaker Pro 11
Troi Automatisering has announced the availability of Troi Grabber Plug-in 2.2.1 for FileMaker Pro 11.
Troi Grabber Plug-in tool for grabbing images from a video camera and putting them directly into a FileMaker container field. Version 2.2.1 is a maintenance release. It's compatible with FileMaker Pro 11 and Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion").
A fully functional demo version of Troi Grabber Plug-in 2.2.1 is available for downloading at Troi's Web site (http://www.troi.com/software/grabberplugin.html). It works with FileMaker Pro 9, 10 and 11. The plug-in can also be used with runtimes from FileMaker Pro Advanced 9, 10 or 11. The plug-in is available for Mac OS X 10.4.5 or higher, Windows XP (Service Pack 2), Windows Vista and Windows 7.
Licenses cost US$ 999 for a developer license. Troi doesn't offer single licenses at the moment.
Upgrading to version 2.2.1 is free for all users of version 2.x. The 2.2.1 version works with the same 2.0 registration string.
Product upgrades from an earlier...