Macworld? No, Macworld/iWorld
Macworld is no more. Say hi instead to Macworld/iWorld. IDG World Expo has announced the rebranding, describing it as "the ultimate iFanEvent where those who use, create and love Apple products will gather for three days to celebrate the intersection of technology and art."
Building on Macworld's legacy as the event for the Apple products marketplace, Macworld/iWorld will showcase innovations for all Apple-related platforms, software, and app development, serving as a true reflection of today's evolving iOS, says Paul Kent, vice president and general manager of Macworld | iWorld 2012.
In addition to its products showcase, Macworld/iWorld will feature Music, Film and Art Showcases that include performances, screenings, workshops and galleries. As part of the event, attendees will experience three days of Tech Talks on key mobile content initiatives, including iCloud and Siri, an expanded Mobile Apps Showcase and several new experiential attractions.
Macworld/iWorld will take place Jan...
OWC offers RAM upgrades up to 16GB for speed-bumped MacBook Pros
Other World Computing (http://www.macsales.com) is offering OWC PC3-10600 DDR3 1333MHz 8GB memory modules that provide 12GB and 16GB memory
configurations for the new, speed-bumped MacBook Pros
By installing the RAM upgrades themselves, new MacBook Pro model owners can add up to double the factory maximum installed memory at a savings of up to 75%,
compared to factory upgrade options, according to the folks at OWC. To make memory installation an easy DIY process, OWC offers free installation videos. Upgrade options are:
° OWC 4GB DDR3 1333MHz Memory Module -- US$33.97 (or $26.97 after OWC offered factory memory trade-in rebate.) This replaces an existing 2GB module for 6GB of total memory.
° OWC 8GB DDR3 1333MHz Memory Upgrade Kit (2 x 4GB) -- $63.99 (or $49.99 after OWC offered factory memory trade-in rebate.) This replaces both existing factory 2GB modules for 8GB of total memory. Up to $150 less vs. factory 8GB option.
° OWC 12GB DDR3 1333MHz Memory Upgrade Kit (8GB + 4GB) -- $...
Apple brands dominate youth market
Young Americans are expected to spend US$211 billion in 2012 and Apple is one of their favorite brands, according to the "2012 Harris Poll Youth EquiTrend" study by Harris Interactive (http://www.harrisinteractive.com/).
This annual study benchmarks the brands that America's youth prefer and those that have the ability to dominate their industries' youth market share. The 2012 report measures brand equity as an outcome of familiarity, quality, and purchase consideration among Americans, ages eight to 24.
In this critical sales ramp-up for the holiday gift-giving season, when technology prevails and computers, tablets, and mobile phones are at the top of wish lists, Apple brands are ranked highest among Americans, ages 13-24, in their respective categories. Macs, iPads, and iPhones are the highest ranked computers, tablets, and mobile phones brands, and are followed by Hewlett Packard, Motorola Xoom, and HTC, correspondingly.
"This is very good news for Apple and indicates that their...
iPod co-creator purportedly leading Apple HDTV efforts
Apple has turned to Jeff Robbin, who helped create the iPod and the iTunes Store, to guide development of the company's HDTV effort, reports "Bloomberg" (http://macte.ch/LOVFk), quoting unnamed "people with knowledge of the project."
According to the sources, Apple is working to integrate seamless content search features into the device. "For example, instead of having to separately check to see if a movie or show is available through Netflix or a cable service, all the material could be integrated," the sources told "Bloomberg."
Robbin worked for Apple in the 1990s as a system software engineer. After leaving Apple he developed a number of applications for the Mac including Conflict Catcher and helped developer the SoundJam MP, MP3 playing software, for Casady & Greene.
In 2000, Apple bought the rights to the software, hired Robbin and turned it into iTunes with Jeff as lead developer He was also involved in developing the iPod, as co-lead of the initial iPod team with Tony...
Millennial Media: iPad impressions grew 456% over the past year
Mobile ad network Millennial Media (http://www.millennialmedia.com/) has released its quarterly report that shows how each operating system, device and manufacturer is performing on one of the largest remaining independent ad networks in the world.
The report notes that the iPhone and iPad ranked first in various mobile advertising statistics for the third quarter of 2011, though Apple's iOS had a 28% share of mobile ad impressions -- or half of the 56% seen by Android devices. In the third quarter, Android led the Connected Device and Smartphone OS Mix on Millennial with 56% of the impressions. iOS was the second largest Connected Device and Smartphone OS in Q3 with 23% of impressions.
iOS remained the leader as the top Connected Device OS. iOS impressions grew 60% year-over-year in the third quarter. What's more, iPad impressions grew 456%, and iPod touch impressions grew 30% year-over-year. The iPhone accounted for 54% of the iOS impressions Millennial’s platform, while the iPod...
Apple posts Apple TV 4.4.2
Apple has released Apple TV 4.4.2 for its set-top box. The new version adds support for the following:
° Photo Stream, which lets you view photos taken on your iOS device and pushed to your Photo Stream in iCloud;
° AirPlay Mirroring, which lets you wirelessly stream what's on your iPhone 4S or iPad 2 screen to your HDTV;
° The National Hockey League: you can now watch live games, view highlights, scores, and more;
° "The Wall Street Journal": you can view up-to-date news, business commentary, and financial analysis;
° New slideshow themes: Photo Wall, Flip-up, and Shifting Tiles.
° Support for subtitles on Netflix when available.
Apple TV devices with software version 4.4 and 4.4.1 have an issue with updating software to later versions. Apple says that the recommended way to resolve this is go to Settings -> General -> Reset -> Reset All Settings, prior to updating. Note: If you apply the software update without resetting all settings first, the updater will reset the...
Apple releases MacBook Pro Video Update
Apple has posted MacBook Pro Video Update 1.0. It requires Mac OS X 10.7.2 and is a 70.97MB download.
This update addresses an issue where MacBook Pro (15-inch Mid 2010) computers may intermittently freeze or stop displaying video. You can obtain MacBook Pro Video Update 1.0 via the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.
Apple reportedly working on LTE iPhone for 2012
Apple, Nokia, RIM and Sony Ericsson are expected to join the "LTE club" in 2012 as more telecom service providers around the globe are also going to launch LTE services in the coming year, reports "DigiTimes" (http://www.digitimes.com), quoting unnamed "industry sources in Taiwan."
LTE (Long Term Evolution) is a wireless broadband technology designed to support roaming Internet access via cell phones and handheld devices. Since LTE offers improvements over older cellular communication standards, some refer to it as a 4G (fourth generation) technology along with WiMax.
A total of 35 LTE networks globally have already entered commercial operations, with the number of such networks to exceeding 100 prior to the end of 2012, according to data released by GSA (Global Mobile Suppliers Association). By 2015, the number of LTE service subscribers will reach 290 million and annual sales of LTE-enabled smartphones will surpass 154 million units, estimated market research firm In-Stat
Windows Phone OS to capture 12% of Western Europe market?
Take this one with a grain of salt, but according to the latest research from Strategy Analytics (http://www.strategyanalytics.com), the Microsoft Windows Phone operating system will capture 12% share of smartphone sales in Western Europe during 2012. Nokia, Samsung and HTC will be among Microsoft’s major hardware partners.
"Western Europe smartphone sales will reach 117 million units in 2012, growing 12% from 105 million in 2011," says Tom Kang, Director at Strategy Analytics. "We forecast Microsoft Windows Phone to be the fastest growing major platform next year, doubling its share of the Western European smartphone market from 6 percent in 2011 to 12 percent in 2012. Increased distribution and marketing support from major hardware partners such as Nokia, Samsung and HTC will help to drive growth for Microsoft."
Neil Mawston, Director at Strategy Analytics, adds, "Due to growing support from leading hardware vendors, particularly Nokia, Microsoft is in a good position to become...
Apple involved in NCWIT Pacesetters initiative
Apple is involved in a new program designed to improve the number of women in technology and computing is creating accelerated results for its participants, according to an announcement today from the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT).
NCWIT Pacesetters is a fast-track program in which executives from universities and corporations commit their organizations to fundamental enhancements in their recruitment and retention of women. With the goal of bringing "net new" women to the computing and technology workforce, the Pacesetters program helps members employ innovative methods to attract previously untapped talent pools of women and retain women who are at risk of leaving.
"The work these organizations have done to increase women’s participation is so impressive, and the benefits are clear: an expanded talent pool to fill the growing number of computing-related occupations, and improved technology innovation through a greater diversity of perspectives,"...
Apple compatible products in 2011 Bang &Olufsen Holiday...
Bang &Olufsen has unveiled its 2011 Bang & Olufsen Holiday Collection, which includes lots of Apple compatible products.
Bang &Olufsen’s first speaker dock, the US$999 BeoSound 8, is compatible with iOS products. Features include conical and interchangeable speaker fronts, which apart from the standard white and black, are offered in a range of new, bold colors, such as red, silver, yellow and orange to suit your mood or the decor.
Bang &Olufsen’s new Earset 3i ($199) is an Apple compatible hands-free solution designed to filter out background noise. At the touch of an integrated button you can switch from iTunes playlists to a conversation with friends or family without even taking your phone out of your pocket. The Earset 3i is available in white or black.
The $100 Bang and Olufsen Form 2 has an over-the-ear design. It's available in red, orange, yellow and white.
Bang &Olufsen’s new plug-and-play digital music system, BeoSound 5 Encore ($4,350), lets you index...
Agenda Announced for Second Annual Boston SuperMeet
The agenda has been set for the Second Annual Boston SuperMeet (http://supermeet.com/), to take place on Thursday, Oct 27, at the Stuart Street Playhouse, Radisson Hotel Boston in Boston, Massachusetts.
Featuring Oscar and BAFTA winning film and sound editor, Walter Murch and Andrew Weisblum, A.C.E. for Avid, this SuperMeet promises to be the single largest gathering of editors, gurus and digital filmmakers in the Northeast. Tickets are on sale online only and can be purchased at the SuperMeet web site.
The SuperMeet stage show will begin at 7 p.m. and continue until 11 p.m. Doors open at 3:30pm for the "SuperMeet Digital Showcase" featuring over 15 software and hardware developers. Tickets are on sale online for US$10.00 each and $7.00 for students and teachers with a valid ID.
DZED Systems releases Dragonframe 3.0 for Mac OS X
DZED Systems has announced Dragonframe 3.0 (http://www.dragonframe.com/), an update to their digital image capture software for stop motion animation, motion graphics and visual effects. The upgrade offers such new new features as a frame-based timeline editor, lip-sync system and integrated motion control.
Dragonframe offers a set of animation and cinematography tools, and offers hardware integration for advanced 3D stereoscopic capture, lighting automation, and motion control. It was previously called Dragon Stop Motion.
Dragonframe 3.0 is available for Mac OS X (10.5 and higher) and Windows. It costs US295 for a single-user license or $235 per license in quantities of five or more. A fully operational trial version is downloadable and valid for 30 days.
SCOtutor for Lion tutorial hits the Mac App Store
SCOtutor for Lion 1.0 (http://macte.ch/yOASc) is a new video tutorial app produced by Don McAllister of ScreenCastsOnline, but with a twist. It's the first app to feature onscreen subtitles in English, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese and Simplified Chinese.
SCOtutor for Lion is a multilingual HD video tutorial, designed to explore and explain many of the new features in Apple's latest operating system and is aimed at both new and experienced Mac users. SCOtutor for Lion is being made available for a special introductory price of US$3.99 for a limited time via the Mac App Store.
iFunia updates Media Converter with iPhone 4S support
iFunia has updated iFunia Media Converter for Mac, the company's conversion software, to version 3.2.0. The upgrade adds iPhone 4S support.
iFunia Media Converter helps Mac users convert any video, DVD and audio to the formats they need. It combines a video converter, DVD ripper, and audio converter, allowing video fans to convert video/audio files, and rip DVDs without switching from one program to another. Presets allow users to convert videos and DVD movies to play with Apple devices,
Apple software, mobile phones, game players and more, including the iPad 2, iPhone 4, and latest iPod touch. With the built-in video and audio editor, users can trim videos. What's more, iFunia Media Converter also has a deinterlacing function that help users to remove interlacing artifact of the DVD movies and videos.
iFunia Media Converter costs US$49; a demo is available for download at the product web site (http://macte.ch/tvYUY).
Fujitsu announces cloud services support for ScanSnap scanner...
Fujitsu (http://www.fujitsu.com) has announced new capabilities for sending scanned paperwork to the Apple iPad and iPhone, in addition to new functionality allowing users to upload scanned documents to a range of cloud-based services using its ScanSnap S1500, S1500M, S1300 and S1100.
With the launch of its first official app for both the iPad and iPhone -- ScanSnap Connect -- consumers have a way to send and store their scans to their mobile device, and organizations have a solution to assist with collaboration between colleagues and business partners. Furthermore, ScanSnap now enables users to scan documents directly to Salesforce Chatter and SugarSync, in addition to the scanner's cloud services support for Evernote and Google Docs.
The ScanSnap S1500, S1500M, S1300 and S1100 are all capable of supporting the new enhancements. Current users can update their existing software using the built-in online update feature accessible from the ScanSnap icon help menu that resides in the...
Fetch for Mac update introduces Dropbox support
Fetch Softworks has updated Fetch, the original Mac file transfer app, with new features designed to provide greater control over the user's file transfer tasks.
The latest version introduces support for syncing Fetch shortcuts using Dropbox, enabling individuals and groups to access an up-to-date collection of shortcuts no matter which Mac they use. The software also now preserves the modification dates of uploaded files. And Fetch's new Find field enables users to zero in on just the files they are working with.
Fetch also now helps users better monitor the progress of file transfers. While previous versions reported the transfer progress of each individual file, the software now displays the progress of the overall transfer, making it easier to see when the entire operation will be complete.
Fetch 5.7 is compatible with Intel Macs running Mac OS X 10.5 or later, including Mac OS X 10.6 and Mac OS X 10.7. The software is free to try for 15 days, and a single-user license is US$29....
Roads of Rome 2 comes to the Macgamestore
Realore Studios' Roads of Rome 2 is now available at the Macgamestore (http://www.macgamestore.com). It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher and costs US$6.99.
Here's how the game is described: "Caesar, the governor of Rome, has been poisoned, and there's no potion strong enough in the world of mortals that can cure him of his terrible disease. Caesar's daughter Julia is in despair and Victorius, an honorable general, sets out on a long journey to the kingdom of the Gods. The lands of barbarians are full of dangers, so be careful! Clear up your way and build roads, leave gifts and offerings on the Gods' altars and help Victorius find the magic potion that will save Caesar's life.
"Your quest will be long and difficult, but if you succeed, the Gods are sure to smile down on the citizens of Rome! Shatter the peace and quiet of the Gods' kingdom and help Victorius accomplish lots of challenging tasks on his way."
Steve Jobs bio debuts at number one
"Steve Jobs," the official biography of the late Apple co-founder and CEO, went on sale today. and it has debuted as a number one best-seller, reports the "San Jose Business Journal" (http://macte.ch/bKb5o).
The book, authored by by Walter Issacson, is now shipping from Simon & Schuster. The book is available through several retailers including Apple’s iBookstore, Amazon.com and Audible.com.
An estimate of how many copies were sold won't be known for about a week but "Steve Jobs" topped the best-seller lists for Amazon's Kindle and Barnes & Noble's Nook reader, notes the "Business Journal." It also was number one on the "Top Paid" books on Apple's iTunes.
Study: Android overtakes Apple with 44% share of mobile...
In the second quarter of 2011, Android overtook iOS to become the market share leader in mobile application downloads, according to ABI Research (http://www.abiresearch.com). The market shares of Android and iOS were 44% and 31%, respectively, according to the research group.
"Android’s open source strategy is the main factor for its success," says Lim Shiyang, research associate. "Being a free platform has expanded the Android device install base, which in turn has driven growth in the number of third party multi-platform and mobile operator app stores. These conditions alone explain why Android is the new leader in the mobile application market."
Recent quarterly shipment growth figures also explain Android’s ascent to the top app download position, he adds. iPhone shipment growth in Q2 2011 slowed to 9% from 15% a quarter earlier. In contrast, Android smartphone shipments increased 36% in Q2 2011, compared to 20% in Q1. Android’s install base now exceeds iOS by a factor of 2.4-to-...
Analyst: Apple building prototype TV sets
In a note to clients -- as reported by "Fortune" (http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2011/10/24/piper-jaffray-apple-is-already-bu...?) -- Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster says Apple is already working on prototypes of an HDTV. He thinks such a device will go on sale next year and be a US$6 billion business for Apple by 2014.
Munster builds on remarks attributed to Steve Jobs in the Walter Issacson biography, "Steve Jobs," that went on sale today. In the book the late Apple co-founder and CEO is quoted as saying: "I'd like to create an integrated television set. It would be seamlessly synced with all of your devices and with iCloud ... It will have the simplest user interface you could imagine. I finally cracked it."
Munster notes that one problem to a full-fledged Apple television set (as opposed to the Apple TV set-top box) is combining live television with shows previously captured on iCloud. "Perhaps this code is precisely what Jobs believed he has 'cracked,'" the analyst says, adding that...
MacBook Pros gets faster processors, beefier video chips
There was no press release to announce the changes, but Apple has tweaked its MacBook Pro line with, as you might guess, faster processors and beefier video chips.
The US$1,199 13-inch model now packs a 2.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor and a 500GB, 5400RPM hard drive,. The $1,499 model has a 2.8GHz Core i7 with a 750GB, 5400RPM hard drive.
The entry level 15-inch MacBook Pro ($1,799) sports a 2.2GHz quad-core Core i7 system with a Radeon HD 6750M graphics processor, 512MB of GDDR5 memory, and a 500GB, 5400RPM hard drive. The 2.4GHz quad-core Core i7 model ($2,199) has an AMD Radeon HD 6770M graphics processor with 1GB of GDDR5 memory and a 750GB, 5400RPM hard drive.
The $2,499 17-inch MacBook Pro boasts a 2.4GHz quad-core Core i7 processor, a Radeon HD 6770M discrete graphics processor, 1GB of GDDR5 memory, and a 750GB, 5400RPM hard drive. The 2.4GHz Core i7 chip on the high-end 15-inch or the 17-inch model can be upgraded to a 2.5GHz quad-core Core i7 chip for an extra $250....
'A Celebration of Steve's life' video online
Apple has posted "A Celebration of Steve's life" (http://macte.ch/DmFKh), a vide of the Oct. 19 "celebration of Steve's life" event honoring the Apple co-founder and former CEO.
The event was hosted at the company’s Cupertino, California, and many of Apple’s own retail stores closed so employees could watch the event remotely. It featured tributes from Apple execs and musical performances by Norah Jones and Coldplay.
Also, the official biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs by Walter Issacson is now shipping from Simon & Schuster. The book is available through several retailers including Apple’s iBookstore, Amazon.com and Audible.com.
-- Dennis Sellers
Siri co-founder leaves Apple
Dag Kittlaus -- the co-founder and CEO of the company that created the Siri voice control feature, which Apple launched along with the iPhone 4S, has left the company, though the departure was "amicable," according to "AllThingsD" (http://macte.ch/ifreU).
Quoting unnamed sources, the article says there were several reasons for the departure, including Kittlaus’s family being in Chicago, a desire to take time off and an interest in brainstorming new entrepreneurial ideas. Kittlaus has led the speech recognition efforts for Apple since Apple bought Siri in April of 2010.
Siri on iPhone 4S lets you use your voice to send messages, schedule meetings, place phone calls, and more. Apple says that you can ask Siri to do things just by talking the way you talk. I haven't tried it, but Apple says Siri understands what you say, knows what you mean, and even talks back.
What differentiates Siri from competing technologies is its ability to not only recognize words spoken in a normal tone of...
Yahoo data center exec comes to Apple
Scott Noteboom, the man who led Yahoo’s data center operations since 2005, has now joined Apple as company expands into the cloud, reports "Gigaom" (http://macte.ch/N9PFi). According to LinkedIn, Noteboom is now a “distinguished gentleman” at Apple as of this month after leaving his role as vice president of data center engineering and operations at Yahoo.
Apparently, Notebook will replace Kevin Timmons, who helped build the data centers that power Microsoft’s global cloud computing operation. The latter "was named the CTO of data center operator CyrusOne this week, and his background didn’t include any mention of Apple," notes "Gigaom."
Whole lotta shakin' going on with iMM155 Vibro II docking...
iLuv Creative Technology (http://www.i-luv.com) has introduced the iMM155 VibroTM II, the latest addition to their patent pending Vibro Series of digital alarm clock docks. It will be released in November at a street price of US$69.99.
The VibroTM II is an alarm clock dock allowing consumers to wake to their favorite songs on their iPhone or iPod, FM radio, the Shaker or any combination with the Shaker. When placed under a pillow, the Shaker’s vibrations are guaranteed to wake even the heaviest sleeper or the hearing impaired, says Pia Chon, marketing director at iLuv.
Available in four colors, the iMM155 has a large LCD display designed to be easy to read from anywhere in the room; also 10 brightness level adjustments let you find the setting most appropriate for you. Additionally, the iMM155 features Time Sync to reconcile time with your iPhone or iPod and also highlights the alarm setting and time instead of just a bell indicating the alarm is set. Users can charge their iPhone or...
New ebook looks at taking control of iCloud
The rollout of Apple's new iCloud service has not been without problems, and many people have questions about how best to sign up, switch to, and use iCloud.
To answer those questions, TidBITS Publishing has released "Take Control of iCloud, a 143-page ebook that helps readers migrate to iCloud and its many services. Written by tech expert Joe Kissell, the ebook explains how to handle a variety of setup scenarios and concerns (including multiple Apple IDs and upgrading from MobileMe, iCloud's predecessor) and how to best use the many features in iCloud: iTunes in the Cloud, iTunes Match, iCloud Backup, Photo Stream, Documents in the Cloud, Find My iPhone, Mail, Contacts, Calendars, and more. The ebook is available for US$15 at http://www.takecontrolbooks.com/icloud .
Crystal Caverns of Amon Ra blasts onto the Mac App Store
Selectsoft has introduced Crystal Caverns of Amon Ra 1.0, a match-3 game for Mac OS X (10.6.6 or higher). It's available in the Mac App Store for US$4.99.
Here's how the game is described: "The gameplay of Crystal Caverns combines match-3 strategy with arcade-style shooting as players try to capture crystal orbs running along a twisting path. Meet the challenge of the Guardian as you blast through over 1000 incredible levels, filled with twists and turns, winding caverns, sphere teleports, and more."
Crayola, Griffin launch Trace & Draw for the iPad 2
Crayola and Griffin Technology has teamed up for the Crayola Trace & Draw for the iPad 2. The accessory and app combo turn the iPad 2 into an animated drawing and coloring activity center for young artists.
Designed for use with the free Trace & Draw app -- available at the Apple App Store -- the US$39.99 Crayola Trace & Draw is both a protective case and art station in one. When combined with the app, young artists have more than 35 different characters to trace along with fun animations and activities.
Surrounded by a shatter-resistant shell, the iPad 2 paired with Trace and Draw becomes an interactive art center. Recommended for ages three and up, the Trace & Draw includes a black Crayola fineline marker and 50 sheets of pre-sized tracing paper. A static peel screen protector shields the MultiTouch display from smudges and fingerprints and a sliding drawer can be used for storing the Crayola marker when it's not in use.
The Trace & Draw for iPad 2 is available...
newMacgadgets introduces iPad 2 Wall Mount Display
newMacgadgets (http://newmacgadgets.com/) has introduced their new iPad 2 Wall Mount Display. The US$79.95 display allows businesses to secure the Apple tablet while displaying their message or advertisement in an open environment.
Constructed from one-inch clear acrylic, the Wall Mount Display can hang in either the landscape or portrait position. Screws for mounting to the wall are concealed behind the iPad 2 and aren't accessible unless the tablet is removed from the display.
A three-6th clear cover secures the iPad 2 within the base and allows access to the screen. The cover is held in place with stainless steel, Torx tamper-proof screws. An optional clear cover can also be ordered with a button guard preventing access to the on/off button. Slots are also provided for the charging cable and earphones.
The iPad Wall Mount can also work as a free standing display for table tops. Hardware is included for securing the display to a hard surface.
Canada Type releases the Roma Suite by Thomas Lincoln
After two years of design and development, Canada Type (http://www.canadatype.com/) -- an independent type development studio based in Toronto --has released the Roma suite of fonts by Oregon-based, award-winning type designer and graphic artist Thomas Lincoln.
Following his studies at Portland's Museum Art School and Reed College, as well as New York's School of Visual Arts, Thomas Lincoln has had a long and illustrious career that spanned both coasts of the US. He worked with and studied under ad pioneers and corporate design experts such as Herb Lubalin and Milton Glaser. His typeface Lincoln Gothic was a winner in VGC's 1965 National Typeface Competition. He also won a Gold Medal, Best of Show, from the Boston Art Director's Club in 1972, and in 1973 was given an Award of Merit from Typomundos Internationale in Paris, France.
You can buy 10 Roma fonts for US$149.95. The font family comes with extended language support that spans the majority of Latin-based languages.
Two Worlds II available at Macgamestore
Two World II Game of the Year Edition is now available at the Macgamestore (http://www.macgamestore.com). It require Mac OS X 10.6.3 or higher and costs US$49.95.
Here's how the game is described: "Two Worlds II Game of the Year Edition includes the award-winning 'Two Worlds' II and the add-in 'Pirates of the Flying Fortress' plus all upgrades, that have been released so far.
"Special items like a Pirate-Pin for the players Armor are part of this special offer. This Item not only looks great but also gives the player a big boost for his character! But that isn't all there is so much more, like Artwork, Wallpapers, Videos and the brand-new Soundtrack plus two additional multiplayer maps."
Ubermask now available at the Mac App Store
Nova Media's UberMask (http://www.novamedia.de/index_e.html) for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher) is now available at the Mac App Store for US$11.99.
UberMask hides files and folders with a keystroke from curious eyes and inadvertent discovery. Even Spotlight can't find the files hidden by UberMask.
A special hotkey can be defined to hide all previously selected files and folders with one keystroke. Another hotkey can be used to hide or reveal single files and folders.
UberMask runs invisible in the background so that the launch of the app isn't required to use the hotkeys. The app itself keeps track of all hidden files and is password protected to prevent unauthorized access to UberMask.
Artboard optimized for Lion
Mapdiva has introduced Artboard 1.2 (http://mapdiva.com/artboard), an update of the vector drawing software for Mac OS X. The new version is optimized for Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion").
With Artboard, you can design logos, posters, floor plans, technical drawings, fashions, web graphics, and more. Use pre-designed templates to create fliers, invitations, signs, and business cards. Artboard includes over 1,600 styles and fully editable clip art, including speech bubbles, buttons, maps and flags, people factory, and home planning, plus a library to store your own creations.
Artboard features a style generator and stacked styles, providing a range of effects. It takes advantage of a Core Image-supported graphics card.
Artboard is available exclusively on the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher and costs US$19.99.
Dates to iCal for Mac OS X gets new localizations
John Maisey has released Dates to iCal 2.3 (http://www.nhoj.co.uk/datestoical), an update to the iCal birthday and anniversary calendar creator. The latest version is localized into French, German, Italian and Spanish. It also allows for ordinal dates, dates without set years, filtration by Address Book custom date title, and a greater customization of event title formats.
Dates to iCal has a range of features to allow the user to choose what (and what not) to sync to iCal from Address Book. It allows up to five alarms for each date in iCal. It provides the option of only syncing from one Address Book group, filtering by custom date titles and customized iCal event titles. Dates to iCal is localized into French, German, Italian and Spanish.
Dates to iCal costs US$6.50 per machine; a demo is available for download. Dates to iCal requires OSX 10.6 or later with iCal and Address Book.
DWG Viewer for Mac OS X revved to version 1.7
Microspot (http://www.microspot.col.uk) has updated the DWG Viewer for Mac OS X (10.4 or higher) to version 1.7.
DWG Viewer is a program based on Microspot's MacDraft Professional which opens AutoCAD DWG files created on Windows PCs. It opens the layouts as well as the model and allows you to show, hide or grey the individual layers and zoom in and pan around the document.
Mark-up tools are available to draw red ellipses around points of interest and add textual annotation. The resulting document can be printed and/or exported as a PDF file, so it can be sent to co-workers that do not have the DWG Viewer application.
Version 1.7 has a customizable tool bar for quicker access of menu commands and a new and an improved Layers palette, which gives more control of the visibility of the layers in multilayer documents. There are now customizable scales that can be used to fill in gaps in the standard scales and the rulers displaying decimal units now have 10 subdivisions rather than eight...
Blackmagic Design releases DaVinci Resolve 8.1
Blackmagic Design (http://www.blackmagic-design.com/) has announced DaVinci Resolve 8.1, an update available to all DaVinci Resolve customers.
The new Resolve 8.1 software update includes support for Apple Final Cut Pro X XML round trip, new layer node composite effects, ACES colorspace support, compatibility with Avid AAF for round trip with Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Pro 7 clip size and position support, new copy commands for grades, upgraded EDL features, support for UltraStudio 3D for Thunderbolt and compatibility with the 2011 MacBook Pro.
With this new update, DaVinci Resolve can now import and export Final Cut Pro X timelines using the new Final Cut Pro rich XML file format. When working in Final Cut Pro X, customers will get full timeline round trip where projects can be moved between Final Cut Pro X and DaVinci Resolve, retaining the multi track timeline with frame accurate cuts, dissolves and even speed changes. DaVinci Resolve will also use rich XML from Final Cut Pro X...
Snapz Pro X Updated To Version 2.3.2
Ambrosia Software has updated their screen capture utility, Snapz Pro X (http://www.AmbrosiaSW.com/utilities/snapzprox/), to version 2.3.2. This updated version, which is free to all registered users of Snapz Pro X 2.x, offers improved video capture performance and enhanced microphone recording quality.
Snapz Pro X 2.3.0 is a Universal Binary, and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later -- and is compatible with Lion. For new users the cost is US$69.
iZotope announces Ozone 5, Ozone 5 Advanced
iZotope has released Ozone 5 Advanced as well as Ozone 5, an update to its software mastering suite.
iZotope has expanded Ozone 5's modules with a focus on pristine sound, enhanced DSP, optimized workflow, and an updated interface, according to iZotope Senior Product Manager Nick Dika. Ozone 5 Advanced builds on the product line with extended features and controls, including new innovations in visual feedback.
Ozone 4 customers who purchased the product after Oct. 1 will receive a free upgrade to Ozone 5 upon release. Special upgrade pricing will be available for all previous Ozone customers. For more info go to http://www.izotope.com/ozone5 .
Paragon Software updates three Mac OS X products
Paragon Software Group (PSG) has released three solutions for Mac users working in a dual OS environment or planning to upgrade to Mac OS X Lion -- NTFS for Mac OS X 9.5, Virtualization Manager for Mac and a beta version of CampTune X.
NTFS for Mac OS X 9.5 (US$19.95) is a standalone application for dual-boot users designed to eliminate barriers between Windows and Mac operating systems, and ease data manipulation and data transfer. It adds NTFS file allocation system support to Mac OS X, including Lion, allowing the operating system to access any NTFS-formatted drive. You can download it at http://www.paragon-software.com/home/ntfs-mac/ .
CampTune X is a next-generation utility that changes volume sizes in dual-boot Mac OS X/Windows systems by adding more space to one volume at the expense of another. It's a native utility that adjusts volume size in a few clicks without the need to boot to a special environment. Paragon CampTune X is open to beta testers and can currently be...
iPhone 4S pre-orders being taken in 22 more countries
Apple has begun accepting preorders for the iPhone 4S in 22 additional countries.
Those countries are: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
The iPhone 4S comes in either black or white and is available in the US for a suggested retail price of US$199 for the 16GB model, $299 for the 32GB model and $399 (US) for the new 64GB model. The Apple smaratphone is available from the Apple Online Store, Apple’s retail stores and through AT&T, Sprint, Verizon Wireless, and select Best Buy, Target and Walmart stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers.
'Consumer Electronics' offers top tech marketing...
Despite the consumer electronics industry's much-publicized successes, its last ten years have been marked by some remarkable failures, according to "Consumer Electronics Daily" (http://www.consumerelectronicsdaily.com/).
A whole range of products and innovations, such as HD-DVD, DVD-Audio and the Super Audio CD, left a lasting impression not for transforming society, but for barely leaving the gate, the publication says in a four-article retrospective to mark its 10th anniversary. The rocky launch of 3D TV has many wondering if it will join the long list of heavily hyped failures, the publication says.
The report details how Warner’s decision in 2008 to exclusively support Sony’s competing Blu-ray format dealt HD DVD a fatal body blow. DVD-Audio and Super Audio CD, two formats launched with the promise of huge mass-market adoption, earned the support only of a small cohort of audiophiles. More recently, the report says, 3D TV’s shaky launch leaves its future uncertain.
Apple, Android capture 94% of global tablet shipments
According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics (http://www.strategyanalytics.com), global tablet shipments reached 17 million units in the third quarter of 2011. Apple's iOS and Android dominate the worldwide market with a combined 94% share.
"Global tablet shipments reached 16.7 million units in Q3 2011, surging 280% from 4.4 million in Q3 2010," says Peter King, director at Strategy Analytics. "Demand for tablets in developed and developing markets remains high. Apple shipped a record 11.1 million iPads and registered a healthy 67% global tablet market share during the third quarter of 2011. Apple iOS remains the world’s dominant tablet platform with the most established services ecosystem."
Neil Mawston, Director at Strategy Analytics, adds: "Android captured 27% share of global tablet shipments in Q3 2011, rising twelve-fold from 2% a year earlier. Dozens of Android models distributed across multiple countries by numerous brands such as Samsung, Acer and others have been...
Importance of context-aware technologies to explode
Context-aware technologies will affect US$96 billion of annual consumer spending worldwide by 2015, according to Gartner (http://www.gartner.com). By that time, more than 15% of all payment card transactions will be validated using context information, says the research group.
"Context-aware computing is the method by which new experiences are constructed that blend information from mobile, social, digital and physical world sources," says William Clark, research vice president at Gartner. "The disruptions caused by context-aware computing will include major user, technology and business shifts, including the use of model-driven security in fraud detection and prevention, convergence in television, game, Web and mobile advertising, and new styles of application programming. The advanced use of personal information in customizing user experiences will result in the interest of governments in regulating contextual information access and control."
Gartner estimates that by 2015, 40% of...
Silicon Publishing brings HTML5 to online editing
At the 9th Annual SVG Open Conference this week, Silicon Publishing (http://siliconpublishing.com) presented a prototype for an HTML5 version of their Silicon Designer online editing platform.
The reference implementation of Silicon Designer, expected mid-2012, will be free to all licensees of the original, Flash-based, version, and will include both Flash and HTML5 versions of the web client. Chad Siegel, director of Product Management at Silicon Publishing, expressed satisfaction that "this will be a milestone that both validates and coincides with HTML5 coming of age."
Instead of accommodating all browsers that support HTML5, Silicon Designer will target Webkit, the engine that powers Apple Safari, Google Chrome, and Adobe AIR. The Webkit and Flash forms of Silicon Designer will vary only in terms of the web client, with shared tooling for document setup and rendition for print, says Siegel. This is made possible by what Silicon Publishing calls the "render-agnostic document model...
Briksoftware releases FNable for Mac OS X
Briksoftware has introduced FNable 1.0, a productivity app for Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It costs US$1.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.
FNable serves as the caps lock for your FN key. It runs in the background and can quickly change your special keys to function keys. The applications that use function keys are remembered; every time you switch to such an application, the function keys will be available. While you can add FNable to your menu bar, you can also place it in your menu's corners.
You can still use the special keys while your function keys are active. Just hold down the FN key when clicking the function keys.
Lightworks Artisan released for the Mac
Lightworks (http://www.lightworkdesign.com/) has released Lightworks Artisan for the Mac. The software offers a new approach and tools for the creation of images of a virtual product or building while it'ss still being designed.
Lightworks Artisan provides customers with a complete and ready-to-deliver solution that can be simply integrated within their CAD application just by creating a "bridge," according to Dave Forrester, managing director at Lightworks. The software provides pre-configured workflows and applications, using drag, drop and render styles.
Lightworks Artisan can be integrated directly within your existing CAD system. Users can save Snapshots of the current scene at any stage of the design process. These Snapshots contain the materials, lighting, schemes, backgrounds and camera view settings and are stored alongside the model file, and may be re-applied at any time within Artisan. This means the user can return to a saved position after trying a number of...
ION releases Piano Apprentice for iOS devices
ION (http://www.ionaudio.com) has announced the Piano Apprentice, which transforms iPad, iPhone or iPod into a personal piano instructor.
The Piano Apprentice app -- a free download from the Apple App Store -- is designed by ION to work with Piano Apprentice, which can also be used as a controller for other apps, including GarageBan.
Piano Apprentice operates via CoreMIDI, making it capable of controlling any CoreMIDI app. In the app of the same name, piano players follow Emmy award-winning piano instructor, Scott "The Piano Guy" Houston, who demonstrates hand positions while the Piano Apprentice keys light up in time with the song. Piano Apprentice’s design places Scott’s hands on-screen directly above your hands.
Other modes will teach aspiring pianists how to read sheet music by highlighting musical notes, or allow them to play the piano at any octave they choose. The keyboard itself is touch-sensitive, allowing for a range of volumes and more expressive music creation, says...
XtremeMac unveils InCharge home USB wall charger
XtremeMac (http://www.xtrememac.com) has announced the S$29.99 InCharge Home USB Wall Charger. With 10 watts of power, the travel charger provides rapid charging for the iPod, iPhone or iPad, as well as other USB powered devices.
The compact InCharge Home USB features a slim design with collapsible prongs for portability when traveling. Additionally, the low profile design allows access to a second wall outlet. The included four-foot detachable USB to 30 pin cable can be used for charging/syncing with a computer.
Just Mobile Xtand Go is new in-car gadget mount
Just Mobile (http://www.just-mobile.com) has launched the US$39.95 Xtand Go, a flexible, in-car gadget mount. It can be used to secure your iPhone 4S or iPhone 4 to your windshield or dashboard while you drive.
The Xtand Go can rotate 360-degree and allows you to position your iPhone at exactly the right angle. Included glue-free Go Buttons can be used on iPhone with a case, iPod touch, sat-navs, smartphone and music players.