Invoices to create and manage invoices on Mac OS X
Tension Software has announced Invoices 2.9 (http://www.pomola.com/products_invoices/invoices.html), an update native Cocoa application to create and manage invoices on Mac. The new version sports layout changes to increase ease of use, internal improvements and a document migrator inside the application itself (it's not a separate app anymore).
Invoices requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both Power PC and Intel systems.
Invoices costs US$40; version 2.9 is a free update for registered users of version 2.x. A demo is available for download.
Blackmagic Design offers free DaVinci Resolve for Mac workshops
Blackmagic Design will host a series of free DaVinci Resolve for Mac training workshops in association with the Boston Final Cut Pro User Group (BOSFCPUG) on Tuesday, March 15.
Two two-hour sessions, hosted by FilmSystems' David Catt, will provide an introduction to the DaVinci Resolve for Mac non-linear color correction system, showcase proper set up and integration tips, provide how-to’s and detail Resolve features and capabilities. Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve is a color correction solution for Mac OS X and Linux computers.
For more event information and to register for one of the workshops, go to http://bosfcpug031511.eventbrite.com/.
Vodafone Italy provides iPhone users with free navigation,...
Vodafone Italy now provides all its prepaid and post-paid iPhone users with a free mobile location companion, Vodafone Find & Go, powered by Telmap, specially designed to enrich users’ on-the-go experiences, beyond in-car and pedestrian navigation.
Vodafone Find & Go will be free to all iPhone users who purchase a data package, and represents the first time such a service is offered in Italy for free. It will enable users to search for and access up-to-date location-based information and will include:
° An all-in-one solution including real-time turn-by-turn navigation with 3D moving maps, voice and text instructions announcing street names, dedicated pedestrian navigation, local search and content;
° Points of interests information such as gas stations and parking lots along the way;
° Full maps of Italy.
VF Italy iPhone users can download Vodafone Find & Go by going to http://itunes.apple.com/it/app/vodafone-find-go/id413989142?mt=8 .
Readdle has released PDF Expert 2.2
Readdle (http://www.readdle.com) has updated its application for editing PDF forms and annotating PDF documents. PDF Expert 2.2 is now able to flatten signature, filled forms data, and annotations, making it possible to protect PDF files from editing and view all annotations within any PDF reader application.
The latest version of PDF Expert for iPad makes the flattening process "flawless," taking just a single tap to flatten a PDF file before emailing it, says Readdle CEO Igor Zhadanov. One of the long-standing benefits of the PDF format is that it allows users to add notes, comments and highlights to PDF file, he adds.
PDF Expert extended this capability making PDF annotations editable on the iPad. While lawyers tend to protect document from being changed, professors, students and medicals might well need the ability to edit existing annotations, says Zhadanov. Another feature that can come in handy is emailing PDF files along with the annotations summary to overview quickly all...
Thunderbolt technology strikes from Intel
Intel (http://www.intel.com) has announced the availability of Thunderbolt technology, a new high-speed computer connection technology that brings together high-speed data transfer and high-definition (HD) display on to a single cable. And it's already appearing on Macs -- in the revamped MacBook Pro line announced today.
Running at 10Gbps, Thunderbolt technology can transfer a full-length HD movie in less than 30 seconds, according to Mooly Eden, general manager, PC Client Group, Intel. This Intel-developed technology is coming to market through a technical collaboration with Apple.
The vision for Thunderbolt technology (formerly codenamed “Light Peak”) is to move media faster, simplify connections between devices, and foster new and exciting ways to build and use computers, says Eden. Combining high-speed data and HD video connections together onto a single cable is instrumental to achieving that vision. Thunderbolt technology delivers this via two communications methods, or...
MacBook Pro gets new processors, Thunderbolt I/O technology
Apple has updated its MacBook Pro family with next generation processors and graphics, high-speed Thunderbolt I/O technology and a new FaceTime HD camera. Featuring the very latest dual-core and quad-core Intel Core processors, the entire MacBook Pro line is up to twice as fast as the previous generation, according to Apple.
“The new MacBook Pro brings next generation dual and quad Core processors, high performance graphics, Thunderbolt technology and FaceTime HD to the great design loved by our pro customers,” says Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “Thunderbolt is a revolutionary new I/O technology that delivers an amazing 10 gigabits per second and can support every important I/O standard which is ideal for the new MacBook Pro.”
Starting at US$1,199 the new 13-inch MacBook Pro features Intel Core i5 and Core i7 dual-core processors up to 2.7GHz and Intel HD Graphics 3000. The 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro models feature quad-core Core...
Apple releases developer preview of Mac OS X Lion
Apple has released a developer preview of Mac OS X Lion, which the company takes some of the best ideas from the iPad and brings them back to the Mac for the eighth major release of the Mac OS X.
Lion features Mission Control, a new view of everything running on your Mac; Launchpad, a new home for all your Mac apps; full screen apps that use the entire Mac display; and new Multi-Touch gestures. Lion also includes the Mac App Store. The Lion preview is available to Mac Developer Program members through the Mac App Store today, and the final version of Lion will ship to customers this summer.
“The iPad has inspired a new generation of innovative features in Lion,” says Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “Developers are going to love Mission Control and Launchpad, and can now start adding great new Lion features like full screen, gestures, Versions and Auto Save to their own apps.”
Mission Control unifies Exposé, Dashboard, Spaces, and full...
LaCie announces Thunderbolt drive
LaCie (http://www.lacie.com) has announced plans for the LaCie Little Big Disk featuring the all-new Thunderbolt technology, developed by Intel and brought to market with collaboration from Apple.
Designed to store large audio and video files, the LaCie Little Big Disk will bring a new level of performance to creative workflows with ultra-fast data transfer, complete system backup in minutes, and faster content editing than ever before, says Philippe Spruch, chairman and general manager, LaCie. Thunderbolt technology delivers bandwidth at 10Gbps and runs two protocols (PCI Express and DisplayPort) simultaneously over a single cable for connectivity to high performance peripherals like the LaCie Little Disk and high-resolution displays.
The LaCie Little Big Disk can deliver multiple streams of HD video and offload hours of content in minutes without compromising bandwidth and performance, says Spruch. With the LaCie Little Big Disk, speeds that previously were only available from rack...
Webb School students to get iPads
Beginning in the fall of 2011, students in fourth grade and higher at The Webb School of Knoxville, a private K-12 school, will be required either buy or lease an iPad for the coming school year, reports "The Journal" (http://macte.ch/nwNZe).
The move has been a long time coming, Jim Manikas, technology director for the 1,050-student school, told "The Journal." But when Apple introduced the iPad, the idea of "one computer per student" took off, he added.
Before announcing the initiative, Manikas said his team gave the school's existing technology infrastructure a good, hard look. What they saw were about 700 computers, a high percentage of which had either passed into obsolescence or come pretty close to reaching it. Replacing those units would cost the school about $550,000 -- an investment that would simply put the IT infrastructure "at a reasonable level without expanding it in any way," Manikas told "The Journal."
The fact that a half-million dollar investment would only provide "...
FaceTime now available on the Mac App Store
Apple's FaceTime video chat app for Mac OS X has left beta testing and is now available at the Mac App Store for US$0.99.
FaceTime was first introduced with the iPhone 4. FaceTime for Mac makes it possible to communicate with anyone on an iPhone 4, iPod touch, or Mac from your Mac. If you use one of the new MacBook Pros you get 720p clarity.
All you need is an Apple ID and an email address and you’re ready to roll. To start a video call with someone, find her entry in the contacts list. FaceTime works with Address Book so you don’t have to enter your contacts from scratch.
Say goodbye to boxed copies of MobileMe
Apple is telling resellers that it's stopped shipping boxed copies of MobileMe, its US$99-per-year suite of Internet services. Apparently, MobileMe will only be able to be purchased online, through Apple -- though rumors abound that Apple is planning a major overhaul of the service.
Resellers can continue to sell remaining their stock, but once they're gone, they're gone. Of course, the box sets were mostly for retail promotion, containing only an activation code.
Apple shareholders back CalPERS on board member election...
CalPERS wins 'high profileThe California Public Employees' Retirement System has won a "high-profile" victory in its effort to pressure Apple to reform the way the tech giant's board members are elected, reports the "Sacramento Bee" (http://macte.ch/AHbQC). At Apple's annual shareholders meeting in Cupertino, California, on Wednesday, shareholders approved a CalPERS proposal to adopt a majority vote requirement for board elections.
The CalPERS proposal is non-binding, but puts pressure on Apple to approve the plan, says the "Bee." Currently, nominees to the Apple board who are unopposed don't need a majority of shareholders' votes to be elected.
A nominee could win election with only one "yes" vote. Shareholders who don't like a particular nominee can "withhold" their vote, but it has no practical effect. For the past year, CalPERS has been pressuring Apple and 57 other companies to adopt a majority-vote rule for board elections.
Apple store opens in Mongolia
An official Apple store has, at long last, opened its doors in Mongolia in what is known as the world’s coldest capital: Ulaanbaatar, reports "M.A.D. Corporate Services" (http://macte.ch/8xkfy).
The opening of an Apple shop in Mongolia is "something of a leap of faith within a country of less than three million people that still ranks as one of the poorest in the world," the article adds. However, despite its apparent poverty, "M.A.D." says Mongolia is one of the fastest growing economies in the world, "propelled largely by its enormous mineral reserves and its close proximity to the insatiable Chinese economy."
Until now Apple products have only been available in Mongolia in the form of imports brought by individuals from the US or China. Prices were excessive, often double if not triple the official Apple retail prices.
Federal workers in Australia could get iPads
Thousands of federal public servants in Australia could soon have their work laptops replaced with iPads, reports "The Sydney Morning Herald" (http://macte.ch/2c0T8).
Senior officers in the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs are trialling more than 40 iPads. The trial is expected to conclude in early March. "The Herald" says the department will then decide whether to roll out "thousands of the tablet computers."
AutoCrypt for Mac OS X offers batch process encryption of...
AutoCrypt is a new multipurpose encryption tool for Mac OS X (10.5 or later) from Pomola Software (http://www.pomola.com) that, using a document-based application, lets you save in a document all the settings used to create encrypted archives. Using these documents, AutoCrypt can be used for crypto batch processing of files.
Using the blowfish algorithm, all the encrypted files will be unreadable by anyone except who knows the correct password. Documents are at the basis of the way AutoCrypt operates. These documents don't contain encrypted data, but they're used to encrypt the files the user likes to protect .
In case the files to encrypt or to decrypt are updated with frequencies, an AutoCrypt document listing this files provides a one-click method to encrypt them, storing the updated files in a user specified place. The user can launch AutoCrypt as example in the night using the Autorunoption turned on in the document to execute.
AutoCrypt is Universal Binary so runs natively on...
Clip-on task lamp comes to Quirky store
This week marks the official release of Mantis -- a socially-developed task lamp and monitor light -- at the Quirky online store (http://macte.ch/ktYsB) for US$29.99. It's a clip-on light that brightens your workspace, with minimal interference to your surroundings.
Mantis is portable and battery operated so you can take it with you and use it to illuminate your keyboard, bookshelf, worktable, or any other low-lit spot. It's designed to function either as a clip-on or free standing.
Mantis comes fully equipped with 11 bright LED's and two light settings. Its replaceable batteries provide 30 hours of light and automatically shut off after two hours of use. The unit itself is nine inches wide, with a removable clip designed to clamp onto any monitor, laptop, or shelf.
iBiz 4 available at the Mac App Store
IGG Software says iBiz 4.1.3, the latest version of its time-tracking and billing app, is now available at the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later, costs US$39.99 and can be found in the Business category.
iBiz is a solution for the management of billable hours and invoicing. With it you can bill according to hourly rates, one-time fees, quantities, mileage, or any combination. Version 4.1.3 sports an all-new library of invoice templates .
iBiz Professional, IGG's networkable client/server edition of the software with many additional, admin-level features, remains exclusively available from IGG (http://www.iggsoftware.com). iBiz Pro and iBiz 4 are both available as free trial downloads from IGG's website as well.
ToughTech Duo offers storage for snapshots
CRU-DataPort has introduced the ToughTech Duo, an US$499 portable, RAID storage systems that works with two 2.5-inch notebook drives or solid state drives that to back-up or store data.
Designed for professional photographers and digital media users while on location or in the studio, ToughTech Duo maximizes storage in a mini footprint (3.5 x 6.26 x 1.34) to ensure data integrity and protect digital assets. It guards against data loss by writing the same information in real-time to both drives. It also saves from costly system downtime as the system can continue to run while the ToughTech Duo restores data on the hard drive, according to the folks at CRU-DataPort.
Connecting to any host computer via FireWire 800/400, USB 2.0 and eSATA provides flexibility, while the eSATA interface option offers the fastest transfer rates, they add. ToughTech Duo also supports bus power with an included FireWire cable. The ToughTech Duo sports a multi-country compatible AC power supply. A Kensington...
NewerTech announces seven-piece toolkit for iPhone 4 DIY...
Newer Technology (http://www.newertech.com) has announced the NewerTech Seven Piece Toolkit for iPhone 4 to provide Do It Yourself servicing of the iPhone 4.
The US$9.99 toolkit contains varying sized, non-marring case opening pry tools, a suction cup display puller, and a magnetized driver set to either access Apple’s proprietary TS1 "Pentalobe" screws or the included replacement Phillips screw. For more information, visit: http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Newer%20Technology/TOOLKITIPH4/ .
Mariner Software releases Paperless 2.0
Mariner Software (http://www.marinersoftware.com) has released Paperless 2.0, providing a digital document solution for the home and business. The new version lets you create, manage and store any type of paper and digital document.
Paperless 2.0 has multiple new features, including the ability to create expense reports, pie-charts and contact reports. In addition, the user can create custom field types such as text, currency and checkboxes. Data entry is eased with automatic matching of thousands of popular U.S. merchants, says Michael Wray, president of Mariner Software.
This version of Paperless includes an expanded use of Fujitsu's ScanSnap scanners with support for the Fujitsu S1500M, S1300 and now the S1100, Fujitsu's mobile scanner. In addition, more scanners are supported through Apple's Image Capture, providing users of Paperless 2.0 multiple scanner option.
The new version of Paperless is available for sale and for trial as a download only from the Mariner Software website...
Vitamin-R 1.51 adds Dropbox compatibility
Publicspace.net has announced Vitamin-R 1.51 (http://www.publicspace.net/Vitamin-R/index.html), an update of its Mac OS X compatible productivity tool for creative professionals. The new version adds adds the ability to synch the Vitamin-R log book across multiple Macs using the Dropbox cloud service.
Vitamin-R is a collection of tools and techniques for managing attention and maintaining motivation. According to the folks at publicspace.net, it complements the task capturing and organizing features of modern to-do list managers by forcing you to concentrate fully on one task a time and keeping distractions at bay. It breaks down large, vaguely defined tasks into a series of short "time slices" of between 10 and 30 minutes, each with specific and actionable objectives.
Vitamin-R provides you with the "Now & Later Board," complete with FastType magic, to give you a place to quickly dump all those things that go through your head and allows to get back to the task at hand. It...
Cocktails for Mac is now served
Containing nearly 500 cocktails and wines of the world, Cocktails for Mac 1.0 (http://www.jonesapr.com/newsite/?page_id=785) contains a cornucopia of cocktail content. The app features a variety of popular drinks with pictures, step-by-step preparation and interesting cocktail trivia.
Featured cocktails are organized by topic, organized in two-page spreads tailored to take advantage of wide screen displays. Not just an encyclopedia of cocktails, it contains a complete integrated mixologist guide.
Cocktials requires Mac OS X 10.6. It costs US$4.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Lifestyle category.
Password Repository update improves the data export utility
Tension Software has updated Password Repository (http://www.pomola.com/products_passwordrepository/passwordrepository.html), a Mac OS X password storage utility, to version 188.8.131.52. The upgrade improves the data export utility.
Now tab, newline and return are converted in conventional chars to fit in tabular text data export. Version 184.108.40.206 also see small interface changes to increase the ease of use.
Password Repository lets you save all your passwords in documents protecting them on disk using a single password. Data is encrypted using strong and bullet proof algorithms, and the password protecting a document isn't saved in any place.
Password Repository costs US$30, though version 2.1.2..5 is a free update for registered users of version 2.x. The software is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.
Shareholders nix public CEO succession plan, get data center...
Apple shareholders have rejected a plan requiring the company to disclose a succession plan for its chief executive officer, reports the "Associated Press" (http://macte.ch/pByVa).
That's according to preliminary voting results announced today at Apple's annual shareholders meeting. Apple didn't provide the voting breakdown.
Also, at the meeting, as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com), the company said its North Carolina data center is expected to open this spring, and will support the iTunes and MobileMe services. The facility will also support Apple's corporate systems. "But it's the uses for iTunes and MobileMe that will undoubtedly fuel speculation about Apple's long-rumored plans for a cloud-based iTunes streaming service," says "AppleInsider."
MobileMe to transition to new Calendar service on May 5
On May 5, MobileMe -- Apple's US$99-per-year suite of Internet services -- will transition completely to the new Calendar service that Apple launched in October. The new MobileMe Calendar includes calendar sharing, invitations, and a new Calendar web application.
To maintain calendar syncing between your devices and to continue accessing your calendar at me.com, MobileMe users must upgrade to the new Calendar by May 5. To do so:
1) Make sure you are using the most recent software on your devices and computers:
iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch: iOS 4.2.1 or later
Mac: Mac OS X 10.6.6 Snow Leopard or Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard (requires manual setup)
PC: MobileMe Control Panel version 1.6.5
2) Sign in to www.me.com/calendar and follow the dialog that appears or click "Upgrade now" in the sidebar.
Survey: Jobs' departure wouldn't have major impact on...
If CEO Steve Jobs -- now on a medical leave -- were to step down from Apple, it wouldn't have a material impact on customers' buying intentions, according to a new survey from RBC Capital Markets and ChangeWave, as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).
The companies recently conducted a survey of 3,091 respondents between Jan. 31 and Feb. 9, asking them about a hypothetical scenario in which Jobs might depart Apple. Of those surveyed, 93% said they would likely continue buying Apple's products or wouldn't actively change their purchasing decisions if the company's co-founder weren't running the show.
The latest results are a change from June 2008, when a previous survey found that 18% of respondents said they would be less likely to buy Apple products if Jobs weren't with the company. Analyst Mike Abramsky said the results show that Apple may be bigger than its CEO, notes "AppleInsider." Consumers may now have a higher comfort about the company without Jobs at...
Apple announces special event on March 2
Apple has sent out media invitations to a special event scheduled for next Wednesday, March 2. The tagline on the invitation: "Come see what 2011 will be the year of."
With the corner of an iPad peeking out from behind the date on the invite, it's pretty safe to assume the iPad 2 will be revealed. The event will be held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco at 10 am (Pacific).
Study: by 2014 Apple's iPad business will be worth over $17...
By 2014 Apple's iPad business will be worth over US$17 billion, according to a new study by Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com).
By way of comparison, the worldwide smartphone market will be worth $ 65 billion by 2014 while the portable market will be worth $195 billion, according to the research group. Worldwide shipments of dedicated eReaders -- products like Sony's eReader and the Amazon Kindle -- will reach 7.2 million units in 2014, down from a high of 10.4 million units in 2012.
Meanwhile, worldwide shipments of media tablets will soar from 7.1 million units in 2010 to over 64 million units in 2014, according to Research and Markets.
Quark announces QuarkXPress 9
Quark has announced QuarkXPress 9, the newest version of QuarkXPress, which will allow designers to publish directly to digital devices and increase their productivity with new features for design automation.
The new version gives designers the power to design for and publish to digital devices in a variety of formats, while also offering them even more control over the execution of their creative visions, according to the folks at Quark. QuarkXPress 9 sets a precedent for digital publishing by offering designers a flexible and cost-effective array of options for creating content that can be published to digital devices -- e-readers, smartphones, and tablets -- with one tool, and without programming code, they add.
With App Studio for QuarkXPress, designers will have a dedicated design environment within QuarkXPress 9 for creating content for the iPad. Designers will be able to create customized apps for the iPad, distribute their apps through the Apple App Store, and then publish...
Apple tops product placement chart for 2010
Apple sat atop the product placement charts for 2010 after getting Macs, iPads, iPods and other items featured in 30% of the top movies at the U.S. box office in 2010, reports Brandchannel (http://www.brandchannel.com).
Nike, Chevrolet and Ford tied for second place, each appearing in 24% of the top films. Sony, Dell, Land Rover, and Glock appeared in at least 15% of the #1 films.
Apple-branded products appeared in more than one-third of all number one films at the US box office between 2001 to 2010 (making 112 of the 334 #1 films in America since 2001). That is second only to Ford (144 of 334) and well ahead of third place Coca-Cola (96 of 334).
In fact, Apple products appeared in more top films in the last decade than McDonald's and Nike combined (92). Pretty impressive, considering that fewer than 15% of American computer-owning households have an Apple. (That figure, by the way, is up from 9% in 2008 — an indication that Apple product placement may be paying off.)
Apple slices minimum buy-in for iAd in half
When Apple debuted its iAd service it required a minimum investment of US$1 million from advertisers. Now with the first run of iAd campaigns ended, Apple is lowering its minimum spend to appeal to smaller-scale advertisers that originally couldn’t afford the platform, according to "All Things D" (http://macte.ch/ILBgW).
The new entry point is $500,000. “This new minimum buy is a great step forward and a necessary one, I think,” Mark Read, CEO of WPP Digital, the digital arm of global ad giant WPP, told John Paczkowski of "All Things D." “Lowering the minimum buy to $500,000 from $1 million will certainly make the platform more appealing.”
iAds combine the emotion of TV advertising with the interactivity of Internet advertising, according to Apple CEO Steve Jobs. He says that iAds, which are built into iOS 4, allow users to stay within their app while engaging with the ad, even while watching a video, playing a game or using in-ad purchase to download an app or buy iTunes content.
Elan will continue its lawsuit against Apple
Another day, another lawsuit. Or at least a continuation of one. Elan Microelectronics plans to continue its patent lawsuit against Apple over multitouch technology and says a reported US$100 million settlement proposal from Apple was untrue, reports the IDG News Service (http://macte.ch/8Gpfa).
In March 2010 the Taiwanese maker of chips and touch-screens asked the U.S. trade agency to ban the import and sale of some Apple products, including the iPad, because of alleged patent infringement. The company claims Apple “knowingly and deliberately” used Elan’s technology, while continuing to introduce infringing products The petition also seeks to ban imports of the iPhone and iPod touch products, Elan said in the complaint.
Elan sued Apple in April 2009 , alleging infringement of two of its touch screen patents, The lawsuit alleges that Apple products -- including its MacBook, iPhone and iPod touch -- use technology that infringes on two of Elan’s patents.
-- Dennis Sellers
Analyst: Apple earnings will grow 25-30% per year
Apple's earnings will grow 25-30% per year through 2015 thanks mainly to the iPhone's addressable subscriber base, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster told clients in a note today -- as reported by "Fortune" (http://macte.ch/KnfI8).
He thinks most folks are underestimating the company's opportunity to grow its mobile business over the next five years. Munster expects the iPhone, which represents 39% of Apple's revenues today, to at least keep pace with the smartphone's current growth rate of 35% per year and sell 200 million units in 2015. That implies that more than 40% of Apple's revenue stream will grow at the rate of 35% per year from 2013 to 2015.
The analyst expects the iPad to grow faster than the iPhone, and the Mac and iPod to grow more slowly. "The net is we believe a sustainable 25-30% growth rate in earnings could be achievable through 2015," he told clients.
Major overhaul of Final Cut Pro coming this spring?
A group of video editors were on the Apple campus in Cupertino, California, recently in order to preview the new version of Final Cut Pro, reports "TechCrunch" (http://macte.ch/L99tT), quoting unnamed sources.
Purportedly, the next version of the professional video editing software will be “the biggest overhaul to Final Cut Pro since the original version was created over 10 years ago." One of the "TechCrunch" sources described the new release as encompassing everything from low level architectural changes to a complete redesign of the user interface.
Early reports from people who have demo’d the new Final Cut Pro say that the changes are “dramatic and ambitious” and should alleviate concerns that Apple has shifted its video editing focus from the professional to the consumer space, shutting down work on FCP, adds "TechCrunch."
Apple plans on releasing the new product this spring, perhaps in a launch coinciding with the National Association of Broadcasters conference, the article...
Apple planning Joint Venture retail service?
The "Boy Genius Report" site is reporting (http://macte.ch/VObNm) that Apple is planning a new, retail-based service being called Joint Venture. First rumored back in March of last year, Joint Venture is an extension of Apple’s current Genius Bar services aimed at small businesses and prosumers, says "BGR."
Subscribers of the new service will be able to speak with a store-based Apple technician over the phone for one-on-one consultation and troubleshooting, or they can request an on-site visit, the article addsd. Currently, Apple’s Geniuses are not allowed to provide support remotely via the phone or in-person outside of Apple’s retail locations.
"BGR" says an unnamed source has confirmed that Apple will reveal these plans to retail employees this Sunday, explaining how to properly position, explain, and sell the new offering.
FileMaker Developer Conference 2011 features over 60 sessions
FileMaker, Inc. a wholly owned subsidiary of Apple, has announced schedule highlights for the FileMaker Developer Conference 2011, the largest annual gathering of worldwide FileMaker independent and corporate database developers, trainers and users. It will be held Aug. 2-5, at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel, San Diego.
Attendees will save up to US$300 off the full conference registration price, paying $1,295 (or US$1,949 for the Gold Conference registration package, which includes pre-conference and FileMaker Training Series sessions, as well as the FileMaker Developer Conference), by taking advantage of the limited-time “early bird” discount, available until June 17. Attendees will receive complimentary copies of FileMaker Pro 11 Advanced and FileMaker Go for iPhone and iPad.
Conference goers will learn how to build more professional databases, extend solutions to the web and deploy custom solutions for the iPhone and iPad. In addition to increasing their technical expertise,...
New desktop audio player delivers hi-res playback
Audiofile Engineering has launched Fidelia (http://audiofile-engineering.com/fidelia/), an US$19.99 "premium desktop music player" created exclusively for Mac OS X and designed to offer "rich high-fidelity playback for music lovers of any taste or technical background."
It has support for numerous high-resolution file formats and an interface that honors the classic stereo amplifiers of decades past. Also, Fidelia integrates with users' existing iTunes libraries, says Matthew Foust, founding partner of Audiofile Engineering.
"Just as high-definition video technology has changed the way people experience movies and television, high-resolution audio formats like FLAC and Apple Lossless give consumers access to superior levels of sound quality," he adds. "Fidelia is designed as an elegant, approachable way for casual and studious listeners alike to embrace these higher sonic standards. The MP3 format may have revolutionized the music industry, but there are higher-quality formats that...
Southwest Airlines teaming up with iTunes (sorta)
Southwest Airlines has launched InAirtainment as a website that sells music, TV shows and movies through Apple's iTunes Store, reports "Variety" (http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118032639).
Southwest said it receives a small percentage of the sales generated by each download. Apple's iTunes Affiliates program typically pays a 5% commission for revenue generated by links to the iTunes store from websites and emails. Southwest's site launched by offering a playlist of 20 free songs from artists "about to fly" in their music careers, says "Variety."
"We want our customers to be able to find all their travel needs at Southwest.com and a big part of traveling is loading up on songs, movies, and all the television you've missed during the week," Southwest spokesperson Whitney Eichinger told "Variety." "Our new InAirtainment page allows customers an easy in to iTunes and we offer special deals to customers booking through our site like the 20 free songs we are offering with the...
Freshcode releases Bodega 1.4 with enhanced app updating
Freshcode, a Macintosh publisher and developer, has released Bodega 1.4, an update to its Mac software discovery and download application.
Bodega provides "corner store" access to the latest apps for the Macintosh directly from the Mac desktop. Version 1.4 includes an enhanced app updater feature, along with across-the-board feature and performance enhancements.
The Bodega app updater actually looks for and provides updates for all apps installed on the user's hard drive. It doesn't matter whether applications were downloaded from, or purchased through, Bodega; so long as the applications on the user's hard drive are Sparkle-enhanced, Bodega will keep on eye out for updates issued by the developer. When found, Bodega lets the user know an update exists, and will even download and install it for them.
Bodega requires Mac OS X 10.5 or greater. The Bodega 1.4 update is free to all Bodega users and available via Bodega's "Check for Updates" feature. For complete information on Bodega and...
ForeUI for Mac OS X updated to version 2.67
Easynth has released version 2.67 of its ForeUI prototyping tool (http://www.foreui.com/). The upgrade allows you to add a comment on any entity in the action editor.
ForeUI is a tool to create static or interactive prototypes for websites/software in your mind. Your prototype will be skinnable, and you can change its style from "hand drawing" to "wire frame,"
and to native OS styles. The behavior of prototypes can be defined with flow charts to handle specific events.
The prototype can be exported to wireframe images, PDF documents or DHTML simulation. The created prototypes will be useful for idea sharing, design review, feedback collection or usability testing etc.
ForeUI requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. The cost is US$99 per user for a lifetime usage license.
File Multi-Tool 5 hits the Mac App Store
Publicspace.net has announced that File Multi Tool 5, a Mac App Store exclusive version of its A Better Finder Attributes product, is now available.
File Multi Tool 5 is a file tweaking tool for Mac OS X. It combines the features of "Photo Date Changer" and "File Date Changer 5" and adds a few tricks of its own.
Just like Photo Date Changer, File Multi Tool 5 allows you to manipulate JPEG EXIF timestamps at will by setting them to specific times or batch adjusting them by adding and removing time. It also allows you to synchronize the file creation and modification dates with the shooting dates of JPEG EXIF, as well as a wide variety of RAW formats, so that files sort properly in the Finder and other systems.
Just like File Date Changer 5, File Multi Tool 5 gives you total control over file creation and modification dates, setting them to specific times and dates, adding or removing time or simply removing them altogether. File Multi Tool 5 is available exclusively on the Mac App...
TextExpander update adds new HTML/CSS snippet group
SmileOnMyMac (http://www.smileonmymac.com) has updated TextExpander, a Mac OS X utility that lets users define abbreviations for frequently-used text strings and images, to version 3.2.4. The update adds a new HTML/CSS predefined snippet group that takes advantage of the fill-in snippet format, which handles input of multiple variables.
When one of the new HTML/CSS fill-in snippets is triggered, the user can manually enter the attributes of HTML tags and CSS definitions, such as width, height, and URL. Fill-in snippets were first introduced in TextExpander 3.
The regular cost of TextExpander is US$34.95 for a single user license or $44.95 for a five-pack family license. A 30-day fully-functioning demo of TextExpander can be downloaded at the SmileOnMyMac web site. Upgrades to TextExpander 3.x from earlier versions costs $15.
Version 3.2.4 is a free update for registered users of version 3.x. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later.
Sick Chinese workers ask Apple for help
Chinese workers injured while making touchscreens for mobile devices, including iPhones, have written to Apple asking it to do more to help them, reports the BBC (http://macte.ch/Ka0io).
Some 137 workers suffered adverse health effects following exposure to a chemical, known as n-hexane. They claim that the Taiwanese factory owner has not given them enough compensation. Apple has commented on the matter.
Intel to debut Light Peak on Thursday?
Intel plans to roll out Light Peak, a high-speed connection technology that Apple is also likely to adopt, says "CNET" (http://macte.ch/iP2Uy), quoting an unnamed "industry source familiar with the details of the event."
Intel released a statement to the media today saying that on Thursday in San Francisco it will "host a...press briefing to discuss a new technology that is about to appear on the market." "Maybe not coincidentally, Apple is expected to roll out new MacBook Pros -- and possibly other products -- on Thursday, notes "CNET."
Intel has said in the past that the first products using Light Peak should appear in the first half of 2011. When Intel initially demonstrated Light Peak at its developer conference in 2009 it used a machine running Apple's Mac OS X.
Light Peak paves the way for a new generation of extreme computer input and output (I/O) performance, delivering 10Gb/s of bandwidth, with the potential ability to scale to 100Gbs over the next decade, according to David...
MacTech Labs releases study of top games under virtualization
MacTech Labs, part of "MacTech Magazine" (http://www.mactech.com), has released its latest testing results of its study of gaming under virtualization.
MacTech's goal was to see how well Windows games played under Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac, and give customers advance information on what the experience they can expect. MacTech has released the results including video captures of each game, playability scores, and frames per second.
Testing specifically focused on how well the game performed and playability, rather than an evaluation of each game itself. Games were selected based on whether they were Windows-only, their popularity, and rankings from top gaming sites, and are a good representation of the questions MacTech receives about Windows gaming on the Mac. The tests were performed on MacBook Pros running Windows 7.
"MacTech Labs has been doing product evaluations and testing for more than 20 years," says said Neil Ticktin, publisher/editor-in-chief, "MacTech Magazine." "Our...
Apple makes list of world's most innovative companies
"Technology Review" has announced the 2011 TR50, the second annual list of the world’s most innovative technology companies. Not surprisingly, Apple is on the list.
In selecting the TR50, the editors of "Technology Review" look for companies that are setting the agenda in an increasingly important market, on the verge of disrupting an established market, or creating an entirely new market. Spanning energy, computing, the Web, biomedicine, and materials, the companies on the list are using their inventions to reshape their industries and to transform how we live.
“The TR50 companies are leaders,” says Jason Pontin, editor-in-chief and publisher of "Technology Review." “They are setting the agenda in their markets and prompting other companies to follow them.”
"Technology Review" says the rest of the consumer electronics industry is scrambling to catch up to the iPad and that the iPhone still sets the standard for smart phones, even if its market share slips. The mag ads that the...
'All Things D': iPad 2 to debut March 2
According to a plethora of online reports, the iPad 2 is due in March, or else it's delayed until June. Now, in an exclusive "All Things D" (http://macte.ch/Sqe60), quoting "several sources close to the situation," Apple will announce the second gen tablet on March 2.
Analysts expect the iPad 2 to be thinner than its predecessor and feature an improved display, as well as front-facing camera and Facetime video chat support, the article adds. And some reports suggest it will be powered by one of Qualcomm’s multimode chips and will run on both GSM and CDMA-based networks around the world.
Apple planning special media event this week?
Apple has asked its retail employees to sign non-disclosure agreements ahead of an all-hands meeting likely to be held later this week, and potentially foreshadowing a forthcoming media event, "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) reports, quoting "people familiar with the company's retail plans."
Employees on Monday were asked to sign non-disclosure forms. Those who did not sign are said to be excluded from the next employee meeting, expected to be held in the next week, says "AppleInsider."
So what would the media event entail? Most likely new MacBook Pros.
Another possibility is the iPad 2, though I don't think that's going to be announced until March with an April or May ship date. Also, "Bloomberg Businessweek" says sources tell them the iPad 2 may not ship until June.
Pundit Robert X. Cringely thinks it could see the unveiling of Macs with Light Peak technology. I'm dubious, but if it does, the event would see both MacBook Pros and iMacs with Light Peak released.
Analyst: Macs to see 22% sales increase for March quarter
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, eyeing info from research firm NPD, thinks January sales of Apple’s Macs will be roughly in line with his 22% increase for the entire March quarter. He tells clients in a note -- as reported by "Barron's (http://macte.ch/3Y19X) -- that he thinks NPD will report a 5% to 10% decline in January iPod sales, in line with his 6% decline for the quarter.
Munster says that Apple retail store staff are directing customers more and more to the MacBook Air, and that the device holds the "pride of place" (the “front left table") on the retail store floor. The analyst thinks the the Air has been a strong seller and likely the driver of January results, though he’s not sure if the sales level is sufficient for Air to actually show up in the data as a percentage of total Mac sales.
Additionally, Munster cautions that reports of Apple introducing refreshed MacBook laptops, perhaps in March, could make the quarter “backend-loaded." That would mean a slight bump up...
iTunes may get higher quality song files
Apple and other digital music retailers are in discussions with record labels to improve the quality of the song files they sell, reports "CNN" (http://macte.ch/yHNoQ), quoting "executives involved in the talks." This means that online music stores could offer songs that sound truer to their original recordings, though perhaps at a premium price.
Professional music producers generally capture studio recordings in a 24-bit, high-fidelity audio format. Before the originals, or "masters," are pressed onto CDs or distributed to digital sellers like iTunes, they're downgraded to 16-bit files. From there, the audio can be compressed further in order to minimize the time the music will take to download or to allow it to be streamed on-the-fly over the Internet.
Most Macs can play 24-bit sound, and the iTunes program is capable of handling such files. But most portable electronics, and many computers, don't support 24-bit audio. "CNN" notes that Apple would have to revamp future versions of...