Analyst keen on FaceTime's effect on sales of iOS devices,...
In a note to clients -- as reported by "Barron's" (http://macte.ch/G4vLo), Barclays Capital analyst Ben Reitzes today raised his price target on Apple from US$390 to $420, saying the company's FaceTime video conferencing capability will have network effects that should enhance sales of iOS devices and Macs.
Apple will have 200 million FaceTime-enabled devices by the end of its 2012 fiscal year, ending September of that year, he writes. That’s an increase from the 150 million FaceTime devices Reitzes anticipated back when he first introduced this thesis, in October.
The analyst sees Apple selling 50 million FaceTime compatible iPhone units in this fiscal year; 15 million iPods with the capability; million FaceTime Macs; and 10 million FaceTime iPads. Apple’s advantage over other vendors’ wares is that the FaceTime video conferencing experience should be consistent across devices, he told clients.
FaceTime is an pplication that allows Mac users to video call iPhone 4 and iPod touch...
iPad among '10 Most Important Enterprise IT Products'
The iPad is among the "10 Most Important Enterprise IT Products of 2010" as determined by CTOEdge.com, the IT business edge-network site for IT managers who choose and implement specific technologies.
The solutions and products chosen by CTOEdge.com come from a mix of established technology companies and growing startup firms. The varied offerings that made the cut include network switches, servers, storage devices, tablets, and software.
“These products lead the pack in addressing the overarching enterprise needs that businesses will face in 2011 and in the years to come,” says CTOEdge.com Editor Michael Vizard, who oversaw creation of the list.
Microsoft says Apple can't trademark the App Store name
Microsoft is asking the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to deny Apple a trademark on the name "App Store," saying the term is generic and competitors should be able to use it., reports "Infoworld" http://macte.ch/LvyOx).
Apple applied for the trademark in 2008 for goods and services including "retail store services featuring computer software provided via the internet and other computer and electronic communication networks" and other related offerings, the article adds. Apple launched its App Store for the iPhone that year; earlier this month Apple launched the Mac App Store.
On Tuesday, Microsoft filed a motion for summary judgment with the agency's Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, asking it to deny the trademark to Apple, reports "Infoworld." In its motion, Microsoft said "app" is a generic term for what is sold at the App Store and that "store" is generic for retail store services.
Apple, others still pursuing those Novell patents
Open source advocates celebrating Web reports that a Microsoft-led consortium has withdrawn plans to buy hundreds of Novell patents will have to put the corks back in the champagne bottles.
However, Microsoft "InformationWeek" (http://macte.ch/N8Ijn) and other news media a statement saying its withdrawals of the plan from German regulators was just a procedural matter. In other words, nothing has changed, says "InformationWeek."
According to the "FOSS Patents" site (http://fosspatents.blogspot.com/2010/12/cptn-holdings-llc-acquirer-of-88...), Apple has teamed up with Microsoft, Oracle and EMC in a joint venture to purchase 882 patents from a company called Novell.
"I don't know much about EMC other than that it's a very significant company," Florian Mueller writes for "FOSS Patents." "I do know that Apple and Oracle are clearly companies who have different approaches to some important issues than Microsoft. Within the consortium, the four players will have to agree on a common...
DocScanner available at the Mac App Store
Norfello says DocScanner Mac, a Mac OS X version of the DocScanner iPhone scanning app, is now available on the new Mac App Store.
DocScanner iPhone turns the iPhone into an OCR scanner. The app allows users to take an image from a paper document using iPhone's camera and it automatically transforms the picture into a clear PDF document that looks like it has been scanned with a flatbed scanner.
DocScanner Mac is an US$14.95 Mac OS X version of the iPhone app. It brings the same functionality to Mac OS X and it now works with any digital camera. Porting the iOS app to Mac OS X allows DocScanner to take advantage of the OpenGL 3D accelerated graphics and fast processor on your Mac. The results are much faster image processing and OCR extraction, says Tuomas Rasila, Founder of Norfello.
HTML 5 arrives for iOS devices
Zeewe (http://www.zeewe.com), the new HTML 5-based free and independent application platform, has reached the market. With this technology, professionals purportedly have a cheaper, easier and faster option to develop and launch an app on iOS devices, the Android, TVs, Symbiams and computers, among other possibilities.
Another Zeewe differential is the capacity to offer collection within the application. These collections are done through integration with Mozca (http://www.mozcapag.com), a Latin platform for micro-payments of virtual goods through the cell phones and other means of payment.
HTML5 is a revision to Hypertext Markup Language used to describe Web pages; CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) are used to format web pages. H.264 is a video compression technology used in streaming video among other areas.
Mobile Edge releases ScanFast 2.0 Collection of laptop bags
Mobile Edge (http://www.mobileedge.com) has released its eco-friendly ScanFast 2.0 Collection of laptop bags. The company teamed up with DuPont, incorporating DuPont’s polymeric material Sorona as the main material for their new cases.
This material is produced partially with Agricultural Feedstock (corn stalks) that reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 63 %when compared to typical petroleum based Nylon or Polyester production, according to G. David Cartwright, president and CEO of Mobile Edge. The Sorona fibers are soft and extremely stain resistant with high strength and stiffness qualities, he adds.
In 2008, the TSA announced guidelines that allow travelers with properly designed carrying cases to pass through security checkpoints without removing their laptops. Mobile Edge responded by creating the ScanFast Collection, constructing each case to provide an unobstructed security scan of the laptop. The new ScanFast 2.0 Collection consists of a briefcase, traditional messenger bag...
Jigsaw joins Enterprise Desktop Alliance
The Enterprise Desktop Alliance (http://enterprisedesktopalliance.com/) has begun enlisting system integrators to help simplify the deployment, integration and management of Macs in a Windows environment.
The first system integrator with cross-platform Mac-Windows expertise to join the EDA is Jigsaw Systems (http://www.jigsaw24.com/), serving the UK and Eire. The Enterprise Desktop Alliance represents member companies committed to making it easy to deploy, integrate and manage Macs in a Windows environment, says T. Reid Lewis, president of the Enterprise Desktop Alliance and president of Group Logic.
The Enterprise Desktop Alliance was founded in 2008 to provide information to IT managers and administrators about the ways they can leverage their Windows infrastructure, management tools and expertise to integate Macs into their organizations. This integration includes the security, management and access to services that IT departments are accustomed to providing to Windows users.
Demolition Master game explodes onto the Mac App Store
AppMania has rolled out Demolition Master for Mac 1.0 (http://appmania.org/), now available in the Mac App Store. The game requires an Intel-based Mac, Mac OS X 10.6.6 and costs US$0.99.
Here's how the game is described: "Demolition Master aims to be the most explosive game adapted for Mac OS X platform. Your goal in each mission is to demolish a construction with an explosive. Experience an exciting adventure in nine locations throughout the Earth as well as in three locations on the new planet, the Moon.
"Overall there already are 12 colorful locations and 180 unique levels, and their number will grow with every new update. Impressive explosions, curious locations worldwide together with charming music, adrenaline, and hunger for victory are among the feelings that the 'Demolition Master for Mac' will create for you."
Demolition Master for Mac 1.0 is available all over the world exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Games category at the price of $0.99 USD (or the equivalent...
Intego updates VirusBarrier with 11-plus new features
Intego (http://www.intego.com) has released VirusBarrier X6 10.6.11, an update to the anti-malware and network protection tool for the Mac.
In addition to improving performance and reliability, VirusBarrier X6 adds 11-plus new key features, offering memory management, improved scanning, and detection of additional types of attacks. In addition, VirusBarrier X6 10.6.11 offers a new Mini Scanner, which provides a small, floating orb where users can drag and drop files for instant scans.
This version is a free upgrade for all users of VirusBarrier X6, and is available for download via NetUpdate, Intego’s automatic update tool. For new users the cost is US$49.95 for a standard pack that protects up to two Macs or a $99.99 family pack that protects up to five Macs. For more information, or to download a demo version of VirusBarrier X6, go to http://www.intego.com/virusbarrier/ .
EarthDesk 5 updated; now available at the Mac App Store
Xeric Design has updated EarthDesk (http://www.xericdesign.com/earthdesk.php), its real-time dynamic desktop map, and has also made the application available in the new Mac AppS tore.
EarthDesk replaces your static desktop with an image of the Earth showing current sun, moon and city illumination, as well as real-time global cloud coverage, allowing you to track hurricanes and other weather systems on your Macintosh desktop. The software operates silently in the background, keeping your desktop updated while you work. U
EarthDesk requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. Single user copies may be purchased from the Xeric Design web site for US$24.95 Upgrades are available for $12.95 for licensed users of version 4.x and $17.95 for licensed users of versions 1, 2 and 3. For more information and to download an evaluation version, go to the product web site. EarthDesk is also available in the Mac AppStore for $24.99, where it can be purchased, downloaded and installed, in one step.
Synium's Screenium in the Mac App Store at 50% off (for now...
Synium Software has announced Screenium 1.3.3 (http://www.syniumsoftware.com/screenium/), an update of their screencast recording application for the Mac. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6, is now available in the Mac App Store for US$14.99 until Jan. 16. After that, it will go back to the regular price ($29.99)
Screenium allows users to capture anything on a Mac's screen in order to produce tutorial videos or capture presentations. You can structure your lessons with chapter marks and text overlays, highlight your mouse movement and mouse clicks with Screenium's Mouse Visualization feature.
What's more, you can uUse any QuickTime-compatible webcam to include a video feed of yourself or point it at your hands, a whiteboard, flip chart or anything else related to your tutorial. Once finished, export your tutorial in any QuickTime video format for uploading it to video sharing web sites like YouTube, for sharing the video over file servers or simply for editing in Final Cut or iMovie.
Tembo 1.1. for Mac OS X gets refined user interface, more
Houdah Software has released Tembo 1.1, an update of the friendly" find utility for Mac OS X, available at the Mac App Store.
Tembo is for designed to make the searching (and finding) of files, mail messages, bookmarks and more as easy as possible. Version 1.1 sports a refined user interface that uses less screen real estate. It also adds menu items to limit search to file names or text content, keyboard shortcuts and basic AppleScript support
Tembo is sold exclusively through the Mac App Store for US$14.99 and requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher.. A demo version is available from the product web site (http://www.houdah.com/tembo/).
Initially, you'll find Tembo to have been inspired by the original Spotlight interface as we knew it under Mac OS X Tiger. Search results are grouped by categories. Preferences allow for categories to be enabled, disabled and reordered.
Tembo may list up to 2.500 search results within each group. There are filters appropriate for the context designed to...
Mynatime Workout Assistant comes to the Mac App Store
Vaura has released MynaTime (http://www.MynaTime.com), a personal workout software for Mac OS X, in the new Mac App Store for US$9.99. It offers your own assistant that talks you step-by-step through workouts.
MynaTime converts the text to voice and speaks instructions in real time during a workout, all set to your music of choice, with Apple’s lifelike text-to-speech voice, Alex. From weightlifting and yoga to running and physical therapy, MynaTime is ideal for any activity that can be represented as a series of timed actions, says Vaura President Joe Klinger. With less than a page of text, most workouts can be expressed in detail, including the sequence of exercises, rest periods, weight, target heart rate and more.
eMedia to release Bass Method 2.0 in March
eMedia Music Corp. (http://www.emediamusic.com) says Bass Method 2.0 software for bassists and aspiring bassists, will be released in March at an estimated price of US$59.95. It will come on a hybrid CD that's both Mac and Windows compatible.
A new Instant Feedback in Bass Method 2.0 "listens" to your playing through the computer's microphone and highlights correctly played notes. There will also be full-screen lessons and remastered video. The 140-plus lessons start with the basics, such as tuning the bass, and move on to playing simple bass lines and catchy rhythms with fills, syncopation and shuffle rhythms. They continue on with reading tablature and standard music notation. A new theory chapter covers intervals, scales and triads.
Featuring more than 30 vdeos and over 200 songs and exercises, eMedia Bass Method 2.0 will include folk, rock, country, and songs i made famous by Bob Dylan, Steve Miller Band, Los Lobos, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Grateful Dead, and many more....
Typinator 4.3 lets you define new snippets
Ergonis Software (http://www.ergonis.com) has released Typinator 4.3, the latest version of its tool for auto-typing text and auto-correcting typos system-wide across all Mac OS X applications. The new version allows you to define new snippets via configurable hotkeys or via Typinator's menu.
Also, Typinator 4.3 also makes it easier to delete empty snippets and improves compatibility with Firefox, Google Chrome, FreeHand, and other third-party applications.
Typinator 4.3 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or newer, and Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard") is recommended.
Typinator can be purchased on the Ergonis Software web site for $19.99 for a single user license. A family pack for installation on up to five computers is $29.99. The upgrade to Typinator 4.3 is free for anyone who purchased Typinator in the last two years.
World Clock Deluxe ticks to version 4.7.3
MaBaSoft (http://www.mabasoft.net) has updated its World Clock Deluxe time tool to version 4.7.3 In the new version, daylight-saving time information for Fiji, Israel, Morocco, and Western Sahara has been updated.
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 10.3.9 or later and runs natively on both PowerPC-based and Intel-based Macs. It costs US$19.
The Good and Bad of Verizon iPhones
We welcome Verizon to the iPhone market: it's been a long time coming, and it will challenge AT&T to provide better service and options, while at the same time growing the iPhone market for iOS developers. One thing to point out is that a Verizon experience is not going to be like an AT&T experience on the iPhone ... both for the good and for the bad.
The good: Presumably, Verizon's network will stand up better to use than AT&T's has. Yes, AT&T was better recently at CES, but again, texts were delayed, phone calls dropped and more. If you judge from the customer experience point of view, Verizon takes their network more seriously than AT&T. Hopefully competition here will help AT&T see the light.
The bad: Because Apple had to change the antenna a bit for CDMA radio signal characteristics, the ringer switch is moved just a tad. This means that any accessory that relies on precise placement of cut outs, or access will likely at least partially cover this...
Class action firm investigates claims iPhone 4’s glass prone to...
Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro, a class-action firm, is investigating claims that Apple’s iPhone 4 was manufactured with a defective glass casing, making the screen prone to scratches and shattering during normal use.
The investigation was sparked by consumer reports that the phone’s new aluminosilicate glass components scratch easily and shatter when dropped from even small distances. Within the first week of the iPhone 4’s release, some consumers began to express concern that the new glass casing made the device prone to scratches during normal use. Apple, in some instances, charged consumers to repair the broken or scratched glass, media reports contend, according to Hagens Berman.
The firm says it's investigating these consumer and media complaints to determine if Apple failed to live up to its requirements under a variety of consumer protection laws including its obligation under express warranty. It is also investigating iPhone 4 advertising and marketing materials to determine if...
So how many Verizon iPhones will be sold?
Now that's it official, financial analysts are offering their estimates on how many Verizon iPhones will sell in 2011. The range: nine to 15 million units, according to "eWeek" (http://macte.ch/kWf71). However, this will all come at a price to Verizon Wireless.
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says Verizon could match AT&T in shipping as many as 15 million iPhones in 2011. Gleacher and Co.'s Brian Marshall told "eWEEK" that Verizon should sell 12 million iPhone units in 2011, assuming a similar ramp to what AT&T experienced in 2007 and 2008. And that number might actually prove conservative, Marshall said, adding that AT&T shipped 14.1 million iPhones in the fourth quarter alone.
“Some think 10 million is possible in the calendar year,” Wedge Partners analyst Brian Blair told "AllThings Digital" (http://macte.ch/Gyp1a). “And I think it’s a reasonable assumption–not just because of what we’ve seen on AT&T but because you have three years of pent-up demand from users...
It's heeeere: the iPhone on Verizon
After months (years?) of speculation, it's finally happened. Verizon Wireless and Apple has announced that the iPhone 4 will be available on the Verizon Wireless network beginning on Thursday, Feb. 10.
Qualified Verizon Wireless customers will be given the exclusive opportunity to pre-order iPhone 4 online on Feb. 3, ahead of general availability. The iPhone 4 on Verizon will have all the features of the AT&T version plus it will include new Personal Hotspot capabilities, allowing customers to use iPhone 4 to connect up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices.
“We are pleased to introduce millions of wireless users to the industry leading iPhone 4 on the nation’s most reliable network,” Lowell McAdam, president and chief operating officer of Verizon, at a special press event. “This is an important step for the industry as two great companies join forces to give wireless customers one of the most important technological additions to the mobile landscape this century.”
Google ending H.264 support, setting up potential battle with...
On its Chrome blog (http://macte.ch/qFtik), Google says it's ending support for H.264 on its Chrome browser, opting instead for the WebM (VP8) and Theora video codecs.
"We expect even more rapid innovation in the web media platform in the coming year and are focusing our investments in those technologies that are developed and licensed based on open web principles," Google writes. "To that end, we are changing Chrome’s HTML5 support to make it consistent with the codecs already supported by the open Chromium project. Specifically, we are supporting the WebM (VP8) and Theora video codecs, and will consider adding support for other high-quality open codecs in the future. Though H.264 plays an important role in video, as our goal is to enable open innovation, support for the codec will be removed and our resources directed towards completely open codec technologies."
This seems to be setting up a new battle. Apple supports the non-Flash version of H.264. The H.264 codec is owned by the...
Verizon to sell CDMA iPad
In addition to carrying the iPhone, Verizon Wireless will sell a version of the iPad that can connect directly to its CDMA network.
Verizon will get an embedded chip in the iPad for use on its network, Francis Shammo, chief financial officer of Verizon Communications, the parent of the wireless unit, said in an interview, reports "Bloomberg Businessweek" (http://macte.ch/6Hchs).. IPad users currently need an extra device to connect to Verizon’s network. Shammo didn't say when the change may happen.
Verizon Wireless, the biggest U.S. mobile-phone carrier, began selling the iPad in its stores in a package with its credit card-sized Wi-Fi device in October for US$629.99 to $829.99. Apple, which introduced the iPad in April, offers versions of the tablet that connect directly to AT&T’s network.
Most of the phones in the US use GSM or CDMA technologies. AT&T, which has previously been the exclusive wireless carrier for Apple in the US, uses GSM, as does T-Mobile. Verizon, Sprint,...
Serisag for Mac OS X lets you manage serials, licenses, more
Sagois SLU has released Serisag for Mac OS X and Windows (http://www.sagois.com/en/serisag/index.html). It's software for managing your serial numbers, licenses, installers, invoices and more -- and keeping them organized.
You can search by name, bundle, category, month of purchase, and more. Serisag also allows you to store the installer and keep it organized. You can even launch the installer from within the application and manage your bundles.
You can assign software to computers, so you can see what software is being used on each computer. You can keep your private pages safe. Access to the private area protected by a password.
Serisag allows you to store the necessary information about your software. It's organized into three sections: Software, Docs and Private areas.
Serisag is being offered for approximately US$13 through Jan. 31. It's regularly $26. One license is valid for both Mac and Windows versions.
Creativity Different launches mBrace for the MacBook Pro
Creativity Different (http://www.creativitydifferent.com) has introduced the mBrace, an accessory for your Macbook Pro. It's designed to improve the comfort and convenience of carrying a notebook around the office, on campus or anywhere you take your Mac.
Made from Acetal plastic and Uretek fabric, the mBrace easily and securely attaches to a Macbook without affecting any of its typical uses, according to Terrance Kirkwood, founder of Creativity Different.
You can leave it on your Macbook Pro all the time because even with the mBrace attached, the Macbook Pro still fits nicely in most bags and sleeves with no problem, he adds. It even fits with most covers and cases attached. But just in case, the mBrace detaches as effortlessly as it attaches to your notebook, says Kirkwood. And as a bonus, when attached the handle can rest underneath the Macbook Pro to provide an angled keyboard and ventilation prop. For pricing options go to http://macte.ch/Cr8H9 .
New astronomy app available on the Mac App Store
Vito Technology (http://www.vitotechnology.com) has introduced Solar Walk for Mac, a 3D Solar System model application available on the Mac App Store for US$2.99.
This app is designed to explore not only the Solar System, but also the whole Galaxy. Among other features are real-time trajectories of the most interesting artificial Earth’s satellites, your current position marker, the biggest cities on the globe, and the points of interests on Mars, Venus, and the Moon. The app starts the educational movie collection with the first video "Solar System Planets' Size Comparison".
Users can zoom in and zoom out to turn the Solar System and the Galaxy in any direction. Other features allow you to discover our own planet in greater details our own planet.
'The Daily' coming to the iPad on Jan. 19?
Apple CEO Steve Jobs will join News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch on stage at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art to reveal iPad newspaper, "The Daily," according to a "Mashable" report (http://macte.ch/84d7p).
When? Probably on Jan. 19, but that may change, the article adds. Of course, neither Apple nor News Corp. have confirmed when (or if) the event is happening.
"The Daily" will have no web or print edition. The only way to get it will be on the iPad, where each edition will cost US$0.99.
WaterField Designs introduces the Muzetto Bag in black leather
For the "refined male," WaterField Designs has released the black leather Muzetto for tablets, notebooks and gadgets. Available for pre-order, this "fashionable man bag" boasts naturally-tanned, black leather with a choice of six accent colors.
Five sizes fit laptops, netbooks, iPads and more and have a dedicated cell phone pocket. The vertical bag includes one main compartment, an under-flap pocket, a zippered interior pocket for extra security, and a back pocket. An adjustable strap allows users to wear the Muzetto across the chest or hanging from one shoulder. To reduce shoulder and back fatigue, a removable, shoulder pad with a grippy underside keeps the strap in place.
A gold liner lights up the interior making contents easy to differentiate, according to Waterfield founder Gary Waterfield. The flap length and angled sides highlight the Muzetto's svelte look.
The personal and portable sizes can carry daily necessities like a wallet, cell-phone, sunglasses or an Apple iPad. The...
Freecom launches thin mobile hard drive exclusively for Macs
Freecom (http://www.freecom.com) has unveiled the Mobile Drive Mg, a mobile hard drive designed specifically for the Mac. Encased in an ultra-lightweight and strong magnesium enclosure, the Mobile Drive Mg is an ideal match for the MacBook, according to Jelle Stalpers, Apple business development manager for Freecom
At 10mm, it's also the thinnest mobile hard drive available in the world, he adds. Interestingly, the drive sports an USB 3.0 interface -- and Macs don't support USB 3.0. However, it's backwards-compatible and will work with all USB 2.0 enabled computers and notebooks.
The Mobile Drive Mg will only be available through Apple Premium Resellers in a range of three different models. The models are 320GB for approximately US$103, 750GB for $155, and 750GB for $168.
Clandestiny game launches on Mac App Store
Clandestiny, a family orientated puzzle adventure game, was launched today by GRL Games (http://www.grlgames.net), the company long time industry veteran Graeme Devine founded after leaving Apple late last year. It's available at an introductory price of US$9.99 at the newly launched Apple App Store.
Here's how the game is described: "Clandestiny combines classic adventure, animated story and fun puzzles. There are over 40 minutes of animated story to go with the over 30 puzzles in the game. Join Andrew and Paula on this spooky adventure as you experience the castle's eerie rooms and hidden passageways, and encounter the angst-ridden ghosts of the family MacPhiles. Solve "wee" rascally riddles and persnickety puzzles to learn the fate of this dimwitted clan."
Clandestiny has three levels. The game was originally released by Devine when he was at Trilobyte in 1996 as the company’s third title, following The 7th Guest and 11th Hour. The game has been rewritten from scratch for the Mac...
FileMaker Pro 11 half off with purchase of FileMaker Go
FileMaker Inc. (http://www.filemaker.com), a wholly owned subsidiary of Apple, says that, starting today, those purchasing FileMaker Go for iPad or iPhone may purchase FileMaker Pro for US$149 more than half off the retail value of $299.
Since its debut in July 2010, FileMaker Go has become the top-selling business database app for iPhone and iPad. Customers who purchase FileMaker Go for iPhone ($19.99) or FileMaker Go for iPad ($39.99) from the iTunes App Store between Jan. 11 and June 17 will be able to download FileMaker Pro 11 from the online FileMaker Store for $150, a 50% discount.
The FileMaker Go apps let customers work remotely with FileMaker Pro databases on the iPhone or iPad to manage a range of tasks, including customer relationship management, on-site event registration, management of inventory or tracking project status while traveling. Businesses can use more than 30 built-in Starter Solutions or create their own solutions using FileMaker Pro and then run them on...
friedEgg Touch 1.6 released on the Mac App Store
FriedEgg Limited (http://www.friedegg.com) has released version 1.6 of friedEgg Touch, an interactive data analysis tool for Mac OS X. From this version onwards, friedEgg Touch will only be available through Apple's Mac App Store.
As part of this transition, the price has been reduced from US$39 to $14.99. In addition, there are several key improvements in this latest release, which focus on the sharing of data and analysis files:
° Save as a package, with data. Analysis files can be saved as package, containing a copy of the original file with the data table. As the analysis is closely tied to the source data table, it makes it easier if they can be stored together, according to to the folks at FriedEgg Limited. The package is shown as a single file in the Finder, and can be moved and emailed to other users, as if it were a single file.
° Export all data columns. Selected data can be exported for all data columns, rather than just the four columns assigned to chart dimensions. This...
Artbeats releases Stereoscopic 3D (S3D) stock footage library.
Artbeats, which specializes in the production of high quality stock footage, has released their Stereoscopic 3D (S3D) stock footage library. The initial offerings include a variety of nature shots, plus the first S3D aerial stock footage available to the royalty-free market.
New 3D content will be added monthly, including pyrotechnic, city scene, establishment, winter scene and additional aerial collections, says Phil Bates, Artbeats president and lead cinematographer. Artbeats is the first production company to utilize Pictorvision's gyrostabilized eclipse 3D aerial rig, capturing aerials of downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood, Santa Monica, Long Beach and the shores of Catalina, he adds.
Artbeats' S3D stock footage is offered as QuickTime movie files with formats that include HD stereo pairs (both sides squeezed horizontally into a single HD frame), separate HD Right and Left views and 4K versions (when shot on RED). Available via the company's web site (http://www.artbeats.com/S3D),...
Safari Prairiefire gets speed boost
Balooba Software has updated Safari Prairiefire, a Mac OS X tool that allows the user to automatically scan and clean up Safari's bookmarks, to version 1.5.
With the tool, the user gets presented with a unique, clearly outlined list of all Safari web bookmarks. Version 1.5 brings performance upgrades. Scanning, checking duplicates and deleting unwanted bookmarks are now up to 100 times faster, according to Balooba Software CEO Peter Berglund.
Safari Prairiefire also allows the user to automatically scan and clean up Safari's bookmarks. The user gets presented with an outlined and intuitive list of all Safari web bookmarks. Users can then perform a scan where each bookmark link is tested and verified for accuracy and online status. The user can then select Individual or groups of bookmarks and edit or remove outdated, unwanted or bad links. Duplicate bookmarks can be identified and removed.
Safari Prairiefire costs US$6 throughout January; a demo version is available for download from...
iWebTemplate announces five new iWeb templates
In collaboration with iPresentee, iWebTemplate has added five new themes to be used with iWeb, the web site building component of Apple's iLife suite. The new themes are Happiness, Personal Page, Black Style, Old Fence and Village.
The new iWeb templates can be customized. Over 150 iWeb templates are now available at iWebTemplate. The new themes includes an installer to make sure the themes end up in the right place.
The templates require Mac OS X 10.4.3 or higher and iWeb 2.0 (iLife '08) or iWeb 3.0 (iLife '09 and iLife '11). Each new iWeb theme is available for US$10. Samples and more info are available at the iWebTemplate web site (http://www.iwebtemplate.com).
QNAP unveils new rack-mounted NAS Server
QNAP Systems (http://www.qnap.com) has expanded their Turbo NAS lineup with the addition of the TS-419U+ rack-mounted NAS server targeted specifically at the SMB and workgroup market segments.
The TS-419U+ features four hot-swappable SATA hard drives with up to 8TB of total capacity (using 2TB drives) packaged in a compact 1U rack-mounted chassis. The TS-419U+ supports 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch hard drives in hot-swappable drive carriers. The TS-419U+ features a Marvell 1.6GHz CPU and 512MB of DDRIII memory,.
The TS-419U+ can be configured for RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 5+ hot spare, or JBOD with online RAID capacity expansion and online RAID level migration for high data redundancy. The TS-419U+ supports iSCSI target service with Thin Provisioning, dual Gigabit LAN ports with failover and load-balancing, and Wake on LAN. The TS-419U+ also features four USB ports and 2 e-SATA ports for expanding the storage capacity or backing up the NAS.
The TS-419U+ is packed with business features, including...
TNS: iPhone gaining in the enterprise market
Smartphone use continues to rise among both consumer and business segments, according to TNS (http://www.tns-us.com) research group, which has released results compiled from TNS BusinessWave. The study shows the iPhone gaining traction in the enterprise arena.
TNS BusinessWave confirms that smartphones are an increasingly important tool for the business market. The advance of new operating systems, capabilities and mobile applications that improve employee productivity, have resulted in steady growth in the market, particularly within the past year. Smartphones now represent more than half of all handheld wireless devices used by corporate liable wireless users, up 22% from a year ago, while penetration of other wireless phones has declined.
This trend is noted across businesses of all sizes and industries; growth is most rapid among the smallest businesses, but smartphone penetration remains highest among the largest companies. In addition, smartphone penetration is strongest...
Intel announces patent cross license agreement with NVidia
Intel (http://www.intel.com) has entered into a new long-term patent cross license agreement with Nvidia (http://www.nvidia.com). The companies have also resolved pending litigation in Chancery Court in Wilmington, Delaware, ending all outstanding legal disputes between the companies.
“This agreement ends the legal dispute between the companies, preserves patent peace and provides protections that allow for continued freedom in product design,” says Doug Melamed, Intel senior vice president and general counsel. “It also enables the companies to focus their efforts on innovation and the development of new, innovative products.”
Under the transaction, Intel receives a license to Nvidia’s patents subject to the terms of the agreement. Nvidia receives a license to Intel’s patents subject to the terms of the agreement, including that x86 and certain other products are not licensed to Nvidia under the agreement.
Intel and Nvidia have also exchanged broad releases for all legal claims,...
Analyst: Verizon iPhone could cost slightly more than AT&T...
In a note to clients -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com), J.P. Morgan analyst Mark Moskowitz says the Verizon iPhone could carry a slightly higher price tag than the AT&T version when it's announced on Tuesday (keep in mind that Apple hasn't confirmed this).
In order to be compatible with Verizon's network, the redesigned device must include an internal CDMA radio, which the analyst says is a more expensive component than the UMTS technology found in the current AT&T-compatible iPhone.
"The key differentiator is the cost of CDMA-related components," Moskowitz says. "While the acquisition price of the iPhone could be slightly more expensive for subscribers on Verizon, we think that there will be offsets, specifically network performance ... If Verizon can avoid network performance issues during and after a potential iPhone roll-out, then we expect a multi-year growth spurt in U.S. iPhone sales, as meaningful levels of AT&T iPhone subscribers could...
iWork.com beta now supports Keynote presentations, new storage...
Apple released iWork 9.0.5 last week that offers, among other changes, enhancements to the iWork.com beta service, including the ability to play Keynote presentations online and new options for public sharing and private online storage.
In an email to iWork.com beta users, Apple had this to say:
"Using Keynote for Mac, share your presentations and let viewers experience them with over 15 animations, video, hyperlinks, and audio. Play back a presentation on iWork.com using the latest version of Safari on a Mac or PC, iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. Just swipe to advance slides on your iPad using Safari.
"New publishing options for public sharing and private online storage. Upload your documents for private online storage and easily access them from anywhere, or share your documents on social networks using a Public link. Also, you can now embed your presentation seamlessly on a website or blog using the embed code provided by iWork.com ."
Apple launched the iWork.com service in early...
Apple granted 563 patents in 2010
IBM earned more U.S. patents in 2010 than any other company, topping the list of patent winners for the 18th year in a row. Apple broke into the top 50 for the first time, reports "NetworkWorld" (http://macte.ch/ADm2Z).
With 563 patents granted, Apple earned the No. 46 position in IFI’s count. Other tech vendors earning spots on the top 50 list include Cisco, which placed 17th with 1,115 patents, and SAP, in 42nd place with 649 patents.
IBM secured 5,896 patents last year, according to data from IFI Claims Patent Services. Samsung Electronics was the second most prolific patent winner, with 4,551 patents received in 2010. Microsoft placed third with 3,094 patents, followed by Canon (2,552), Panasonic (2,482), Toshiba (2,246), Sony (2,150), Intel (1,653), LG Electronics (1,490) and HP (1,480).
The top 10 list is nearly unchanged from 2009, says "NetworkWorld." Only the ninth-place recipient is different: LG Electronics displaced last year’s No. 9 patent winner, Seiko Epson Corp., the...
Apple against 'succession-planning policy' for CEO
Apple is advising its shareholders to vote against a proposal to reveal a “succession-planning policy” for the company’s CEO at the company's annual shareholders meeting on Feb. 23. However, that's what the Central Laborers’ Pension Fund, which owns more than 11,000 shares in the firm’s stock.
Apple says in a regulartory filing (http://macte.ch/fDoHJ) that it doesn’t want to publicly disclose any succession plan because the company is worried that such a move could affect its retention of its top people, who might be lured away by rivals.
Here's Apple's statement on the proposal (Proposal Number 5): "The Company recognizes that a highly talented and experienced management team, not just the CEO, is critical to Apple’s success. Accordingly, the Board already implements many of the proposed actions and
41maintains a comprehensive succession plan throughout the organization. While the Board strongly supports the concept of succession planning, it recommends a vote against Proposal No. 5...
We may see Light Peak on Macs this year, after all
I wasn't sure if we'd see Light Peak on Macs this year. But now I think we will, at least late in the year. In an interview with IDG News Service David Perlmutter, executive vice president and general manager of Intel's Architecture Group, said the interconnect technology is ready for implementation, reports "Computerworld" (http://macte.ch/86vfk).
"The copper came out very good, surprisingly better than what we thought," Perlmutter said. "Optical is always a new technology which is more expensive."
Perlmutter declined to comment on when devices using Light Peak would reach store shelves, saying shipment depended on device makers. Intel has in the past said that devices with Light Peak technology would start shipping in late 2010 or early this year. For the majority of user needs today, copper is good, Perlmutter said. But data transmission is much faster over fiber optics, which will increasingly be used by vendors in Light Peak implementations, notes "Computerworld."
iPhone 3G price cuts -- and more on the Verizon/iPhone...
Last week, AT&T said it would drop the price of the iPhone 3GS from US$99 to $49, and Apple is following.The 8GB iPhone 3GS is now available from Apple’s stores for half of its previous price.
The price may have been halved, but you'll still sign up for a two-year contract with AT&T. This happens just as Verizon is holding a special press event at 11 am (Eastern) tomorrow and is expected to announce that it is now carrying the iPhone in the US.
Although there has been no confirmation from Verizon or Apple that this will happen, all the pundits expect it to. Verizon may sell 13 million iPhones this year, largely because of pent-up demand from existing customers, UBS AG analyst John Hodulik told clients in a note, as reported by "Bloomberg Businessweek" (http://macte.ch/6pc4s).
“It’s going to be the dominant device at Verizon as soon as it’s launched, and, I think, cannibalize the other devices they sell,” the analyst said.
Moving to the country’s largest mobile-phone operator...
Apple to scrap restocking fee?
Apple will scrap a 10% restocking fees for customers returning products to its retail stores, according to Internet reports, reports "NetworkWorld" (http://macte.ch/HbElU). The policy, expected to take effect Tuesday, coincides with an event from Verizon, where it's expected it will be announced that the company will begin carrying the iPhone.
Currently Apple's store policy is to automatically charge 10% of a product's retail price, known as a restocking fee, when you choses to return a previously opened product. The amount is charged as a fee for Apple to refund the customer and restock the merchandise.
"9 To 5 Mac" (http://macte.ch/oGfxQ) reports that from Tuesday, Apple will cease the restocking fee practice from its retail chain. The 14-day return period will still apply, but if you want to upgrade one of the products you bought within a few days of purchases, you won't have to pay an additional 10 percent of its price. Apple hasn't commented officially on this matter; however, "...
Zevrix releases Deliver Express
Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has announced Deliver Express, an automated solution to send and share files across the Internet and local networks.
The app processes files automatically from watched hot folders and offers variable e-mail notifications, delivery to multiple destinations, encryption and more. It supports FTP, Amazon S3, MobileMe and other major services. Deliver Express can run unattended and is suitable as a company-wide server solution as well as for single users.
As a company-wide server solution, Deliver Express can be installed on a dedicated station and run unattended. Users only need to copy files to network based hot folders, and the files will be sent automatically with customizable email confirmation issued upon delivery. Recipients can download the file using a link inserted automatically into notification e-mail.
The license prices are based on the maximum number of destinations and range from US$39.95 to $499.95. A demo is available for download...
Unblunder 1.0 offers protection against accidental data loss
Yazsoft has released Unblunder 1.0 (http://yazsoft.com/products/unblunder/), their new recovery solution for Mac OS X. It was developed specifically to help protect against accidental data loss by offering Mac OS X a "Recently Deleted" feature, giving you time to recover files before they're gone forever.
Unblunder uses Mac OS X's UNIX underpinnings to hang on to files after the Trash has been emptied. When started, it runs quietly in the background and stays out of your way, according to the folks at Yazsoft. For optimal file recovery and peace of mind, Unblunder needs to be running before an accident happens.
By default, trashed files over 250 MB in size linger for five minutes and smaller files are kept for a day. Of course, you can tweak all these settings to match your work style.
Unblunder requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later. It costs US$10 for a single-user license, thought it's included for free with every purchase of ShareTool and/or Playback. A demo is available for download.
PocketLabworks announces iRiffPort, PocketGK for iOS devices
PocketLabworks (http://www.pocketlabsworks.com) has announced two new products. iRiffPort is the a 24-bit USB digital audio guitar interface adapter cable connector for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. PocketGK is an iOS bass guitar amp app designed in partnership with Gallien-Krueger specifically for electric bass guitar amp simulation.
The iRiffPort 24-bit USB digital audio guitar interface adapter cable connector in combination with PocketGK and PocketAmp turns your iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad into a practice guitar amplifier and effects processor, according to Kevin Robertson, PocketLabworks' president and lead developer.
The iRiffPort 24 bit USB digital audio guitar interface adapter cable connector and PocketGK iOS bass guitar amp app will be demonstrated Jan. 13-16, n Anaheim, California at the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) 2011 trade show in PocketLabworks’ iOS Pavilion Booth AG-1B at the entrance to Hall E, as well as MacWorld 2011 booth 818. Information...
Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ customer service using FaceTime
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide says Starwood Preferred Guest members can now connect with the company's customer service agents using FaceTime, Apple's video calling feature on iPhone 4, the new iPod touch and Macs.
To launch a video call, SPG members call 1-866-500-0369 from their iPhone 4, new iPod touch or Mac. A SPG customer service representative will answer ready to handle any customer service inquiry, such as making or changing reservations, booking award stays, checking account balances, or providing more information about Starwood’s 1000 hotels and resorts across the globe.
“Starwood Hotels is proud to offer face-to-face video calling for SPG members with FaceTime,” says David Godsman, vice president Global Web Services. "Apple's innovative technology allows us to provide a meaningful, personalized experience that will resonate with our most loyal customers.”
FaceTime works over Wi-Fi on the iPhone 4, the new iPod touch and Macs running Mac OS X 10.6.4 and later.
Electroacoustics Toolbox 3.0 available at the Mac App Store
Faber Acoustical (http://www.faberacoustical.com) has introduced version 3 of its flagship product, Electroacoustics Toolbox. The new version features an enhanced user interface, better control over audio device configurations, and more comprehensive user preferences.
Electroacoustics Toolbox brings tools to the Mac (OS 10.6 and higher) for multi-channel, audio-band data acquisition and real-time analysis of electrical and acoustical signals and systems. It's available at the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.
Electroacoustics Toolbox 2 costs US$599. A 30-day demo is available for download at the Faber Acoustical web site.