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Mar 22
MacLocks releases the MacBook Air Lock
No security lock on the MacBook Air. No problem, says MacLocks (http://www.maclocks.com) which is releasing the MacBook Air Lock and Security Bundle. It incorporates a neat cover that also protects your MacBook Air via an integrated built-in security slot that can accommodate any of the standard cable locks sold on the market. That way you can lock the security cable to the case, and loop the cable's other end around a fixed object (like a table). Once the case and cable are locked together, thieves can't detach the case without damaging the MacBook Air. The MacBook Air Lock and Security Bundle costs US$74.95. You can place a pre-order now; they'll start shipping April 7.
Mar 22
Robocast suing Apple over automated browsing technology
Another day, another lawsuit. A company called Robocast (http://www.robocast.com) is suing Apple, claiming the company has willfully incorporated its patented automated browsing technology in a number of products, including iTunes, the Apple TV and Front Row, without licensing their "invention," reports "TechCrunch" (http://macte.ch/vlGUQ). Robocast, which was founded by Damon Torres, who claims to have pioneered the use of automated web browsing in the nineties, has earlier sued Microsoft on similar grounds. In 2010 the company filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware against Microsoft for infringement of Robocast’s United States Patent No. 7,155,451. Robocast is being represented in the case by Foley & Lardner LLP, and Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP. Patent number 7,155,451 is for an automated browsing system for publishers and users on networks serving Internet and remote devices. Here's the summary: "A method of sequencing...
Mar 22
Firefox 4 is faster, sports sleeker interface
Mozilla has released Mozilla Firefox 4, the newest version of the free, open source Web browser. According to the folks at Mozilla, it's the fastest version of the browser yet. Firefox is purportedly between two and six times faster than previous releases. Eenhancements to the JavaScript engine make everything from startup time to page load speed to graphics and JavaScript performance faster. The latest version of Firefox introduces a sleeker look and features like App Tabs and Panorama. Firefox 4 also delivers privacy and security features like Do Not Track and Content Security Policy to give users control over their personal data and protect them online. Firefox Sync gives users access to their Awesome Bar history, bookmarks, open tabs and passwords across computers and mobile devices. Firefox also offers thousands of add-ons, extensions and Personas and a new Firefox Add-ons Manager to make it easy for users to manage and discover add-ons to customize their Web experience. Firefox...
Mar 22
Jobs to testify in iTunes antitrust suit
A federal magistrate judge has ordered Apple CEO Steve Jobs to answer questions in an antitrust dispute alleging the company operated a music-downloading monopoly, reports "Bloomberg" (http://macte.ch/A6jgl). Lawyers for consumers who filed the 2005 complaint won permission to conduct limited questioning of Jobs, under an order issued yesterday by U.S. Magistrate Judge Howard R. Lloyd in San Jose, California. The deposition can’t exceed two hours and the only topic allowed is changes Apple made to its software in October 2004 that rendered digital music files engineered by RealNetworks inoperable with Apple’s iPod music player, says "Bloomberg." “The court finds that Jobs has unique, non-repetitive, firsthand knowledge about the issues at the center of the dispute over RealNetworks software,” Lloyd wrote. In 2005 Californian Thomas Slattery sued Apple for unspecified damages for being "forced" to buy an iPod. He said Apple encoded its digital music files with proprietary software...
Mar 22
iPad 2 arrives in 25 more countries on Friday
Apple says the iPad 2 will go on sale in 25 additional countries this Friday, March 25. The Apple tablet will be available at Apple retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers at 5 p.m. local time, and online through the Apple Store (http://www.apple.com) beginning at 1 a.m. Apple today also announced that all models of iPad 2 will be available in Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and additional countries in April. "While competitors are still struggling to catch up with our first iPad, we’ve changed the game again with iPad 2," Apple Steve Jobs says. "We’re experiencing amazing demand for iPad 2 in the US, and customers around the world have told us they can't wait to get their hands on it. We appreciate everyone’s patience and we are working hard to build enough iPads for everyone." The iPad 2 with Wi-Fi will be available in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico,...
Mar 22
Apple sues Amazon.com over use of 'App Store'
Apple has sued Amazon.com, saying the online retailer is using Apple’s “App Store” trademark for a mobile-software developer program, reports "Bloomberg" (http://macte.ch/c5tsj). In a complaint filed March 18 in federal court in northern California, Apple accused Amazon.com of trademark infringement and unfair competition and asked for a judge’s order to prevent the company from using the “App Store” name, as well as for unspecified damages. Apple registered for a trademark on the term App Store on July 17, 2008. It has been using the name since then to refer to its applications store for iOS devices. Earlier this year it also launched the Mac App Store. “Amazon has begun improperly using Apple’s App Store mark in connection with Amazon’s mobile-software developer program,” Apple said in the complaint. Amazon also plans to use the name with a mobile-software download service, the complaint states. Amazon began using the App Store designation around the beginning of this year,...
Mar 22
Two groups oppose Jobs' reelection to Disney board of...
The AFL-CIO, which holds about 3.8 million Disney shares, is opposing Steve Jobs’ reelection to Disney’s board of directors, reports "Cult of Mac" (http://macte.ch/Cv6JA). The group says Jobs’ poor health, plus his job as CEO of Apple, make him a bad choice for Disney’s board. Jobs -- the largest individual shareholder with 7% of Disney’s stock, awarded after the company's purchase of Pixar in 2006 -- is likely to be reelected at Disney’s annual meeting on Wednesday. The union isn’t the only group opposing Jobs, notes "Cult of Mac." Institutional Shareholder Services, an institutional investment group, is also questioning Jobs’s reelection to the Disney board because of his health. ISS says that Jobs has attended less than 75% of board meetings in the last three years, and wonders if Jobs should be reelected. ISS stopped short of rejecting Jobs but said shareholders deserve greater disclosure about his ability to function as a director, says "Cult of Mac."
Mar 22
FileMaker delivers three free FileMaker Go starter solutions
FileMaker, Inc. (http://www.filemaker.com), a wholly owned subsidiary of Apple, has released three Starter Solutions for FileMaker Go for iPhone and iPad, available with a free 30-day trial version of FileMaker Pro 11. The business database app for the iPhone and iPad, FileMaker Go allows you to search, view and edit FileMaker Pro databases remotely or locally on an iOS device. The three new Starter Solutions are: ° Contacts, which lets you manage all of your business and personal contacts on your iPhone or iPad. With Contacts, you can add and find multiple contacts within the same company, city and more. ° Documents, which lets you take along your business documents and automatically synchronize any changes to a master database. ° Assets, which offers a way to track all types of assets. You can also create asset categories and track serial numbers, value lists and purchase dates and even calculate depreciation. The three starter solutions will run on the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch,...
Mar 22
EastWest announces Modern Pop sound library
EastWest has announced their distribution of Best Service Modern Pop Multi-format Sound Library in the US market. It's "a passionate and inspiring sound journey that combines the distinctive style of modern electronic music with different types of pop music, lounge, chillout and new age." According to the folks at EastWest, the defining characteristic of Modern Pop are its rhythmic elements, such as percussion loops, drum loops and special grooves, as well as its harmonic elements, such as melodies and chords. In addition to the loops, percussion, brass, electric bass, guitar and piano sounds from live recordings, this collection contains a variety of synthetically compiled loops, such as synth basses, moog sounds, synths, leads, pads, bells, filtered sounds and modulated sounds. Modern Pop comes on a 2.2 GB DVD and features 24-Bit/44.100 kHz content made up of 35 Construction Kits, 800 Wav/Acid Loops, 400 Rex2 Loops, and 1000 Wav One-Shots. It's available for order at http://www....
Mar 22
Pomfort Silverstack SET adds on-set media management
Pomfort has introduced on-set data management for RED and H.264 cameras with their update of Silverstack SET. Silverstack SET Edition is a software solution for media management, quality check and backup on the film set and is tailored to the needs of digital film production workflows. In combination with the present support for the ARRI Alexa, Silverstack SET now supports the most common camera formats used in professional film productions. According to the folks at Pomfort, it covers all important on-set activities starting the very first moment media data is loaded off the camera. Features include checksum verified backup to multiple destinations, tools for quality check, extensive media management features and professional playback controls. Silverstack SET includes format-specific features customized for each supported format. Silverstack SET Edition for RED offers : ° Support for RED Rocket acceleration card for 4k realtime playback; ° The ability to export clips to Redcine-X...
Mar 22
Portfolio manager iStockEx now available on the Mac App Store
danholt4mac (http://macte.ch/ggDRI) says (iStockEx (formerly called iStock) is now available at the Mac App Store. iStockEx is a portfolio manager for private or professional use. You can set up as much portfolios as you want and track the performance of your shares in real time. iStockEx continuously retrieves the latest quotes from the Internet and updates automatically the value of your assets.  You can y enter your sells and buys and watch your portfolios including calculation of gain or loss in a convenient format, all done in your local currency. For the launch of iStockEx on the Mac App Store its price has been reduced: You can now buy iStockEx for only US$4.99; previously, it was $19.99.
Mar 22
iWeb Valet update adds social bookmarking link creator
ZiggySoft (http://www.ziggy-soft.com/) has released a new version (2.4.0) of iWeb Valet, a tool to enhance and upload iWeb pages. The upgrade adds a social bookmarking link creator. This widget helps you to generate bookmark links for your website (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) and makes it simple for visitors to save and share your content. Items from the drop-down menu widget now can be reordered in real time by dragging and dropping iWeb Valet 2.4.0 also improves the hit counter widget and email addresses obfuscation Plus, the update adds tooltips to display the file path in file lists. iWeb Valet works with iWeb, the web creation component of Apple's iLife suite. After you have created your pages with iWeb, instead of publishing your site to MobileMe, you can publish your site to a folder on a local destination (your hard disk, for example), then you can use iWeb Valet to enhance in many ways your iWeb pages, and finally have your website uploaded on a FTP server. iWeb Valet costs US$...
Mar 21
Apple, others sued in patent infringement lawsuit related to...
Another day, another lawsuit. Apple, Motorola, Research in Motion, Nokia, Kyocera, LG and Sony are being sued in a new patent infringement lawsuit related to integrated cameras, reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com). Cayman Islands-based Imperium Holdings has filed a complaint against the seven companies and accusing them of violating five patents related to picture taking and processing on smartphones. The lawsuit was filed last week in the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division. Patent infringement suits are frequently filed in that jurisdiction, in hopes of a more favorable outcome, notes "AppleInsider."
Mar 21
Apple releases Mac OS X 10.6.7
Apple has released Mac OS X 10.6.7. The update includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac, including fixes that: ° Improve the reliability of Back to My Mac; ° Resolve an issue when transferring files to certain SMB servers; ° Address various minor Mac App Store bugs. Apple says the 10.6.7 Update is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Snow Leopard. You can obtain it via the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.
Mar 21
Microsoft takes legal action against Barnes & Noble,...
Microsoft has filed legal actions in the International Trade Commission and the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Washington against Barnes & Noble, and its device manufacturers, Foxconn International Holdings and Inventec Corporation, for patent infringement by their Android-based e-reader and tablet devices that are marketed under the Barnes & Noble brand. "The Android platform infringes a number of Microsoft's patents, and companies manufacturing and shipping Android devices must respect our intellectual property rights.  To facilitate that we have established an industry-wide patent licensing program for Android device manufacturers," says Horacio Gutierrez, Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property & Licensing. "Other vendors, including HTC, a market leader in Android smartphones, have taken a license under this program, and we have tried for over a year to reach licensing agreements with Barnes & Noble, Foxconn...
Mar 21
Woz to keynote at 48th Design Automation Conference
Steve "Woz" Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer, and chief scientist, Fusion-IO, will keynote at the 48th Design Automation Conference (DAC), an event devoted to design and design automation of electronic systems (EDA). He will be interviewed live on stage by "San Jose Mercury News" columnist Mike Cassidy on a range of topics, including the joy of engineering and following your passion to convert innovative ideas into reality. Wozniak will provide an insight into the vision that started the largest and most successful technology company in the world (that would be Apple, of course). The 48th DAC (http://www.dac.com/) will be held at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California, from June 5-10. Wozniak’s keynote interview will take place on Monday, June 6, at 2 pm and is sponsored by Magma Design Automation.
Mar 21
The AT&T/T-Mobile merger: Five issues for consumers
"Consumer Reports" says the AT&T/T-Mobile merger has five issues that should concern consumers. AT&T, one of the biggest national wireless carriers, is proposing to buy T-Mobile, one of the smallest. It's a $US39 billion deal that, if approved by regulators, will see AT&T's 95 million and T-Mobile's 33 million subscribers served by a united company, probably beginning sometime next year. What's at stake for consumers? In an online blog (http://macte.ch/8EpHI) "Consumer Reports" had this to say: "t's early days, obviously, but our advocacy colleagues at Consumers Union (the non-profit publisher of Consumer Reports) have already voiced concern, saying: "From a consumer's perspective, it's difficult to come up with any justification or benefits from letting AT&T swallow up one of its few major competitors." "Here are five questions that could shape how good or bad a merger might be for wireless customers. "Overall, will service be more like T-Mobile's or AT&T's?...
Mar 21
Apple number eight on most valuable brands list
Google became the world's most valuable brand this year based on Brand Finance's (http://www.brandfinance.com) rankings of the most valuable 500 brands across the globe. Apple ranks eighth on the list. Per Brand Finance, the top 10 most valuable brands and their value are: Google (US$44.29 billion), Microsoft ($42.80 billion), Wal-Mart ($36.22 billion), IBM ($36.15 billion), Vodafone ($30.67 billion), Bank of America ($30.61 billion), General Electric ($30.50 billion), Apple ($29.54 billion), Wells Fargo ($28.94 billion), and AT&T ($28.88 billion). Apple’s success continues as it moves up 12 places, "supported by innovative design, a very loyal consumer base and well-executed marketing activities," says Brand Finance. However, Coca Cola has dropped out of the top 10for the first time. This is underpinned by the consumer trend in developed markets to move towards healthier, non-carbonated drinks. "The rise of the technology brands has been expected for some time, although Nokia’s...
Mar 21
Apple number two on most desired employees list
One in four young professionals wants to work at Google Inc., according to a survey by Universum, a consulting firm that helps companies improve their attractiveness to prospective employees. Nearly 25% of survey respondents picked Google, almost twice as many as chose Apple, which ranked second, reports the "Wall Street Journal" (http://macte.ch/AN08L). Walt Disney Co., the U.S. State Department and Amazon.com rounded out the top five. To conduct the survey, Universum asked 10,306 young professionals -- defined as college graduates with one to eight years of work experience -- to pick as many as five ideal employers out of a list of 150. Respondents also could write in companies not on the list. The top write-in was Facebook, followed by the Department of Homeland Security and the United Nations.
Mar 21
No kiddin'? A clown drove Jonny Ive from the UK?
"The Daily Mail" (http://macte.ch/aoWSD) says there's no truth to recent rumors that Apple design guru Jonathan Ive planned to leave Apple and return to his native Britain. And he moved to the States to work for Apple because of a clown, the article claims. Per the "Daily Mail": " ‘We lost a great talent,’ saysClive Grinyer, who first hired Ive after he came to work with him on a placement from Newcastle Polytechnic ‘We virtually created our own consultancy, Tangerine, just so that we could employ Jony (as Ive prefers to be called). And if I had to put my finger on why and where we lost him it would have to have been one day at Ideal Standard in Hull. " 'Tangerine had a consultancy contract with the bathroom-fittings company to design a toilet. I was there when Jony made an excellent presentation to this guy who was wearing a red nose because it was Comic Relief day. This clown then decided to throw his weight around and pulled apart Jony’s design. It was ridiculous. Britain lost Jony...
Mar 21
No iPhone on T-Mobile for at least a year
With AT&T acquiring T-Mobile USA for US$39 billion, customers of T-Mobile are wondering whether T-Mobile is finally getting the iPhone. Not for at least a year, it seems. In a FAQ section (http://macte.ch/oZG54), T-Mobile had this to say: "T-Mobile USA remains an independent company. The acquisition is expected to be completed in approximately 12 months. We do not offer the iPhone. We offer cutting edge devices like the Samsung Galaxy S 4G and coming soon our new Sidekick 4G."
Mar 21
Yay! is new music streaming, sharing app for Mac OS X
Snarbsoft has introduced Yay!, a new music streaming and sharing app for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. With it, you can sream and share music, as well as extend your local music library with tracks from blogs, forums and websites all over the Internet. From a single interface, you can catalogue secondary material like blogs, news and reviews, artist biographies, images, lyrics and music videos, all updated in real time. Yay! lets you do advanced searches by tags. Tags aren't limited to genres, but may describe a mood or gender, etc. You can create and share playlists with your friends on Twitter and Facebook. Shared playlists are uploaded to Yay! Playlists, a public repository where other members of the Yay! community can check out, vote and comment on your compilations Yay! is available from its dedicated website (http://getyay.com). A free trial version can be downloaded and run without any restrictions for up to seven days. The full app can be purchased for a US$10.. No monthly...
Mar 21
Energizer expands suite of Qi-enabled products
Energizer (http://www.energizer.com) is expanding its suite of Qi-enabled products (pronounced "chee"). The company says this new universal charging standard, developed by the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), will give consumers the freedom to charge any Qi device five watts or less on any Qi charging pad regardless of manufacturer. Following the launch of the first suite of Qi-enabled products in fall 2010, which included the two-zone Energizer Inductive Charger, the company will be showing a new single-zone inductive charger, the recently introduced iPhone 4 sleeve, and the new Energizer Micro/Mini USB Adapter. This slim, compact Qi adapter adheres to the back of any phone. Additionally, Energizer will soon demo the following products: ° Energizer Travel Adapter -- an all-in-one AC adapter that includes an iPhone/iPod dock, nightlight, three AC outlets and two USB outlets with numerous converters for international travel; ° Energizer AC Universal USB Wall Charger -- a single or...
Mar 21
Will Smith donates Macs to West Philly high school
Will Smith is donating Mac replacements for 30 stolen computers to a high school in West Philadelphia, where he was born and raised, reports the "Associated Press" (http://macte.ch/3oIWk). The Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation and the Charlie Mack Cares philanthropic organizations are giving 29 Apple laptops and one desktop to West Philadelphia High School. Local community activist Charlie Mack is a longtime assistant and friend of Smith, the music, TV and film superstar, says the "AP." Mack says he plans to deliver the new computers to the school Friday. Smith is working elsewhere and can't make it. The "AP" says two students have been charged with stealing 60 computers from the school last month. Police recovered half of them, but the rest remain unaccounted for.
Mar 21
Roulette, Craps 3D roll onto the Mac App Store
Viaden Mobile (http://mobile.viaden.com/) has debuted its first apps for the Mac: Roulette and Craps 3D. Roulette 3D offers three roulette tables: European, American and French, with "professional dealers" who comment on every step of the game. Craps 3D is characterized by simple controls, flowing 3D animation, background music and "a friendly dealer who really knows from craps." Roulette and Craps 3D are played for fun money only, no actual money involved. Both games are currently available on the Mac App Store for US$1.99 each.
Mar 21
App releases 'bugs' all over your Mac's screen
JBMJBM has released Bugs 1.0 for the Mac (http://www.jbmjbm.com/bugs.html). Launch this app and small, realistic looking ants, spiders or lady bugs start "crawling" around your screen -- and you can squish 'em. Bugs costs US$2.99, works with Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and is available at the Mac App Store. There's also a counter to count how many bugs have been smashed. You can also increase or decrease the number of ants, spiders, or lady bugs on the screen. There's an option to change the type of bug.
Mar 21
Tutor for iDVD 1.0 available in the Mac App Store
Noteboom Productions has introduced Tutor for iDVD 1.0 (http://www.noteboomproductions.com/app/tutor-idvd), their latest video tutorial, now available on the Mac App Store. It costs US$4.99. You can watch videos to learn how to use iDVD, part of iLife '11. The video tutorial consists of 21 video chapters on various subjects. This includes topics ranging from using Magic iDVD to using drop zones to adding photos and files to adding chapters.
Mar 21
Cocktail 4.8.2 fixes issues with Safari extensions
Maintain has released Cocktail 4.8.2 (Snow Leopard Edition), the latest maintenance update of Cocktail (http://www.maintain.se/c) for users running Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard"). The new version fixes compatibility issues with Safari extensions, adds the "Delete Localization Files" Automator action as well as compatibility with Mac OS X 10.6.7. 
Cocktail 4.8.2 (Snow Leopard Edition) requires Mac OS X/Mac OS X Server 10.6 or later and is tested for compatibility with Mac OS X/Mac OS X Server 10.6.7. Cocktail (Leopard Edition) for Mac OS X 10.5 and Cocktail (Tiger Edition) for Mac OS X 10.4 are available for download from the Maintain website. Cocktail is a general purpose utility for Mac OS X that offers a variety of practical features designed to simplify the use of advanced UNIX function. A single user license costs US$14.95.
Mar 21
New version of LogMeIn Ignition adds iPad 2 support
Apple iOS device owners can use their iPad 2, iPad, iPhone and iPod touch to view, transfer and save files from their Macs and PCs with the newest update to LogMeIn Ignition. The newest version from LogMeIn, Inc. (http://macte.ch/abkVl) adds file functions to Ignition's remote control capabilities. It's the first iOS app to combine remote control with file management, according to Andrew Burton, LogMeIn's vice president, Access & Management. The app is available now Apple App Store for US$29.99 and is a free update to current users. With the introduction of file viewing and management, iOS device owners can choose to remotely control a computer desktop or directly access a computer's file systems -- or multiple computers' file systems -- using a single app. The new LogMeIn Ignition for iPhone/iPad also introduces the ability to wake a sleeping computer from an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch using Wake-On-LAN. LogMeIn Ignition, including the new file viewing and management capabilities...
Mar 21
Digital Heaven adds new features to Final Cut plug-ins
Digital Heaven has released free updates to eight of their plug-ins for Final Cut Pro and Express. From freeware grid and guides generators to animating counters, subtitle creation and dead pixel correction, these 14 plug-ins provide a suite of tools for professional editors. The most popular plug-in, DH_Subtitle now features automatic line wrapping and metadata support. Other updates include automatic format detection in DH_LegalText and more. The Digital Heaven products require Final Cut Express (version 2 and later) or Final Cut Pro (version 4 and later). Freeware plug-ins (DH_Fade, DH_FieldTrans, DH_Grid and DH_Guides) are available by registering on the Digital Heaven website (http://www.digital-heaven.co.uk). Other plug-ins are available for individual purchase from the Digital Heaven online store at US$29 or $59. Existing customers are eligible for a free update within the same major version number.
Mar 21
Tembo 1.4 for Mac OS X gets new options
Houdah Software has released Tembo 1.4, an update of the friendly" find utility for Mac OS X, available at the Mac App Store. The upgrade adds: a result count in group headers; an option to use a larger font size; an option to quit on the close of the last window; an advanced option to exclude files by type; and an AppleScript application programming interface to open search to a given folder. Tembo is for designed to make the searching (and finding) of files, mail messages, bookmarks and more as easy as possible. It's 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/).
Mar 20
AT&T to buy T-Mobile for $39 billion
AT&T (http://www.att.com) and Deutsche Telekom AG have entered into a definitive agreement under which AT&T will acquire T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom in a cash-and-stock transaction currently valued at approximately US$39 billion. The agreement has been approved by the boards of directors of both companies.  With this transaction, AT&T commits to a "significant expansion" of robust 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) deployment to 95% of the U.S. population to reach an additional 46.5 million Americans beyond current plans -- including rural communities and small towns, according to AT& Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson.  This helps achieve the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and President Obama’s goals to connect “every part of America to the digital age.” T-Mobile USA does not have a clear path to delivering LTE, he adds. As part of the transaction, Deutsche Telekom will receive an equity stake in AT&T that, based on the terms of the agreement, would...
Mar 18
Forrester: iPad will dominate the tablet market as the iPod does...
Forrester Research (http://www.forrester.com) has released a study of the tablet plans from various vendors, concluding (not surprisingly) that Apple will dominate this market as it does the MP3 player market with the iPod. The reason, as noted by "PC World" (http://macte.ch/8b0ED): Android tablets, along with the coming HP WebOS and RIM BlackBerry tablets, are overpriced, sold in cell phone stores that customers dislike visiting. And they're not compelling products in their own right. However, the Forrester study says that most would-be tablet buyers really want a Windows tablet. Now THAT I do find hard to believe. -- Dennis Sellers
Mar 18
29% of apps in Mac App Store are games
The Mac App Store has 2,225 applications available in the store approximately two months post-launch, according to the Distimo research group (http://www.distimo.com). Comparatively, the Apple App Store for iPad had 8,099 applications two months post-launch. Although on the Mac gaming has been less popular than on Windows, the Mac App Store promises a bright future for Mac gaming. There are already 646 games in this store (29%), and 39% of the most popular applications are games as well. The proportion of free applications in the Mac App Store is lower than that of, say, the app store for iOS devices. Only 12% of the applications are free.
Mar 18
Macgamestore.com offers 'Mac Games For Japan Relief Bundle...
Macgamestore.com has announced the "Mac Games For Japan Relief Bundle." This time-limited bundle of 15 games is aimed at helping the victims of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Available now thru Monday, March 21, this exclusive collection combines hit games from some of the most popular names in independent Mac gaming today. Proceeds will be donated to the Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami disaster relief fund through the American Red Cross. The Mac Games For Japan Relief Bundle contains US$200 worth of games for just $19.95, a savings of nearly $185. The games are: Destination: Treasure Island; Escape The Museum 2; LUXOR 5th Passage; Diamond Detective; Jewel Quest 4: Heritage; The Stroke of Midnight Collector's Edition; Mishap 2: An Intentional Haunting Collector's Edition; Cake Mania 3; Sally's Salon; Brain App; Mondo Solitaire; Twisted Lands: Shadow Town; The Treasures of Montezuma 2; Fishdom H20: Hidden Odyssey; and 4 Elements.
Mar 18
iSuppli: Japanese earthquake poses potential supply problems for...
The aftermath of the Japanese earthquake may cause logistical disruptions and supply shortages for the iPad 2, which employs several components manufactured in the disaster-stricken country—including a hard-to-replace electronic compass, the battery and possibly the advanced technology glass in the display, IHS iSuppli (http://www.isuppli.com) research indicates. The IHS iSuppli teardown analysis of the iPad 2 so far has been able to identify five parts sourced from Japanese suppliers: NAND flash from Toshiba Corp., dynamic random access memory (DRAM) made by Elpida Memory Inc., an electronic compass from AKM Semiconductor, the touch screen overlay glass likely from Asahi Glass Co. and the system battery from Apple Japan Inc. There potentially are other components from Japan in the iPad 2; however, the teardown analysis process cannot always identify all components’ countries of origin. iSuppli says that, while some of these suppliers reported that their facilities were undamaged,...
Mar 18
PopCap discounts games, donates sales to Japan relief efforts
PopCap Games (http://www.popcap.com) is discounting the prices of the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad adaptations of all of its games including Bejeweled, Bookworm, Chuzzle, Peggle and Plants vs. Zombies for 48 hours to raise funds for earthquake-stricken Japan. Partnering with the Red Cross, PopCap will donate all of its revenues from the sale, which begins Saturday, March 19, at 12:01 a.m. (Pacific) and ends at midnight on Sunday, March 20. The price of each iPhone and iPod touch title is reduced to US$0.99 cents during that time, while the iPad adaptations are reduced to 1.99. Consumers can purchase the games via the Apple App Store or by going to PopCap.com.
Mar 18
HDRFactory creates HDR images from series of photos
Akvis (http://www.Akvis.com) has released Akvis HDRFactory 1.0, which is compatible with Mac OS X 10.4 and higher. The software creates HDR-images from a series of photographs taken at different exposures or from a single photograph. You can create stylized images with colors and unique effects. HDRFactory also includes a deghosting tool for removing ghost artifacts that sometimes appear when combining photos with moving objects. The app can also be used for photo correction. You can adjust color saturation and brightness, and bring out the detail in dark and bright areas. Advanced types of licenses (Deluxe, Business) offer additional features. They include a tool that helps to repair the so-called "ghosts" that sometimes appear when creating an HDR image. These "unwelcome guests" (semi-transparent doubled passersby, cars, tree leaves, etc) are a result of combining a series of source photos that contain moving objects. HDRFactory will help you to remove these artifacts. Akvis...
Mar 18
Regex is new Mac OS X app for testing regular expressions
MotionObj has released Regex (http://motionobj.com/regex/), a new app for testing regular expressions running on Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later. It's available for US$4.99 at the Mac App Store in the Developer Tools category. Regex features an interface for testing and constructing regular expressions. It offers dynamic highlighting of matches while the regular expression or sample text is being modified. It also supports capture groups and matching options such as case-insensitive matches. With Regex, you can paste in a regular expression and a piece of sample text to work against and the tool allows you to tweak the regular expression, as well as the sample text and the matches will be highlighted dynamically. It supports capture groups and more.
Mar 18
Beat Tagger for Mac OS X lets you tag Beatport WAV music files
Silicon Studios has introduced Beat Tagger 1.0 for Mac OS X (http://www.beattaggerapp.com), a drag and drop app that automatically tags WAV files purchased from Beatport. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6, costs US$2.99, and is available in the Mac App Store. Unlike MP3 tracks downloaded from Beatport, uncompressed WAV files don't include ID3 metadata. Beat Tagger automatically adds these tags to WAV files so that when they're played back on players like iTunes, Serato, or Traktor the following info appears: Track Title, Album Name, Artist Name, Remixer Name, Genre, Label, Year of Release, and Album Artwork. Beat Tagger also identifies corrupted WAV files, so that users may re-download within the limited time allowed by Beatport. The app is designed as an integrated solution for music lovers and DJs who purchase Beatport WAV files, and want their music labeled and organized without having to do it manually, says Silicon Studio's founder, Nuno Pereira.
Mar 18
Ohanaware donating funds to the Red Cross
Ohanaware (http://www.ohanaware.com) has announced plans to help the people of Japan. From Mar 18 until Mar 25, the will be selling their software, including the new HDRtist Pro and Funtastic Photos, at half price. All the profit that Ohanaware generates this week will then be donated to the Red Cross (http://www.redcross.org), to be used to provide medical care, shelter, food and water for those that need it after last weeks earth quake and tsunami. The death toll from the recent tsunami and earthquake is expected to exceed 15,000, and over half a million people are without homes, heat, food and water. " HDRtist Pro is a Mac App thats been designed to create and edit HDR or Exposure Blended images. Funtastic Photos is a "non-permanent and easily reversible: photo editor, with over 60 one-click styles, an advanced effects engine, direct sharing via Fun Cards, smartphones (including the iPhone) and photo sharing sites (flickr, Facebook, Picasa and MobileMe).
Mar 18
Color It By Numbers -- Animals prowls onto the Mac
ColorItByNumbers has released Color It By Numbers -- Animals (http://macte.ch/QbWpc), the first product in the company´s line of colorful infotainment products for children. This game features three coloring modes and a soundtrack that accompanies children as they paint animal-themed templates in different colors. This edition of the software is dedicated to animals and features several species, including a dotted Alpine cow, a parrot, an ever-changing chameleon, a funny octopus, a crab, a pelican, a cute puppy, a huge elephant and an African lion. Each animal is represented by a multi-piece coloring template with numbers inscribed into each piece. Children can pick a brush on the left-hand side and paint regions of the template with corresponding numbers. The other two coloring modes offered by the program include "Color to make it visible" and "Color it in your favorite colors." In the first case, the user has to color each piece to make it visible on the screen. In the "Color it...
Mar 18
'Cult of Mac' looks at the iPhone 5/NFC/MobileMe...
With all the rumors about NFC (near field communications) being -- or not appearing, depending on what you read -- in the next iPhone "Cult of Mac" (http://macte.ch/nBmaz) says they have a few more details about Apple’s remote computing plans that revolve around the technology. NFC is a short-range wireless connection technology that would turn the iPhone into an electronic wallet or security passkey, the article says. NFC is already in use in Asia and is expected to explode here in the next three to five years, especially if Apple adopts the technology. "Cult of Mac," quoting "a source close to the company," says Apple is busy testing several prototype iPhones with NFC. Unfortunately, the source has no knowledge of when Apple will actually introduce the technology in the iPhone, the article adds. It could be the next model, due this summer (the iPhone 5), or next year’s version (the iPhone 6). However, "Cult of Apple" says Apple is working on a system that allows users to log into...
Mar 18
PADACS readies iPad 2 keyboard cases for April
PADACS readies iPad 2 keyboard cases for April PADACS (http://www.padacs.com) says its first products for Apple’s new iPad 2 -- the improved Toccata and Rubata Bluetooth keyboard cases -- are planned for an April launch in the US and Canada. The PADACS Toccata Bluetooth Keyboard Case (shown) contains a compact QWERTY keyboard that's purportedly large enough to type on comfortably without adding to the iPad 2 case size. Charged by an included USB cable, the Lithium battery-powered keyboard runs for as long as 45 hours. The PADACS Rubata iPad 2 keyboard case provides a cover with a built-in hard plastic shell Bluetooth keyboard with special iPad keys. The Toccata 2 Bluetooth Keyboard Case has been redesigned to hold the 33% slimmer iPad 2, making the entire Toccata 2 case thinner and sleeker. Other enhancements include: keyboard controls to adjust the iPad screen brightness; addition of new keys including a right shift key and a Photo Frame button for the iPad; removal of the keyboard’...
Mar 18
ExactScan Pro gets new Imprinter module
ExactCode has updated its ExactScan Pro (http://www.exactcode.de/site/products/exactscan/) scanning software for Mac OS X (10.4 and higher) to version 2.14. The upgrade features a new Imprinter module which makes it possible to print flexible text onto the scan result (e.g. scanned date) or watermarks. ExactScan includes built-in drivers for over 230 document scanners, including devices from Avision, Kodak, Oki, Visioneer and Xerox. Together with the Spotlight indexing services built into Mac OS X since 10.5 ("Leopard") this features form a document management solution suitable for small-office and home-office (SOHO) environments. What's more it has image enhancement algorithms that can recognize automatically how the images and documents have to be cropped and de-skewed. ExactScan comes with support for many languages (English, Dutch, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, Simplified-Chinese, Traditional-Chinese) and works with Mac OS X 10.4 and higher. ExactScan 2 is...
Mar 18
Pittsburg Apple store vandalized for third time
The Shadyside Apple store in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, burglarized at least twice in the past four months, was hit again on Thursday, reports the "Pittsburg Post-Gazette" (http://macte.ch/k1hHH). Police told the newspaper that thieves who stole thousands of dollars worth of laptops and iPods. The same store was burglarized in November and January. Each case was similar in that bandits broke the glass and made off with merchandise in the early morning hours, says the "Post-Gazette."
Mar 18
Chrome updated to address Flash player issue
Google (http://macte.ch/vlqmD) has updated its Chrome 10 browser for the third time this month with the release of Chrome 10.0.648.134 for Mac, Windows and Linux and Chrome Frame, reports "eSecurity Planet" (http://macte.ch/sYgkn). Chrome 10.0.648.134 is being issued to fix a single issue. It provides an updated Adobe Flash player that fixes a zero day vulnerability that is already being exploited in the wild. Google's Chrome browser includes an integrated Flash player, which is something that no other browser vendor provides. Additionally Chrome is getting the Adobe Flash fix before even Adobe issues a public fix for all users, says "eSecurity Planet." Adobe issued a security advisory earlier this week, warning of a critical vulnerability in Flash Player 10.2.152.33 and earlier versions.
Mar 18
Class On Demand adds new Avid training
Class on Demand (http://www.classondemand.com) will exhibit at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) convention, held in Las Vegas from April 11-14. Stationed at booth SL11217, Class on Demand plans to display its full range of training titles, spanning recent software releases from Apple, Adobe and more, including the just-announced "Complete Training for Avid Studio" training course. Class on Demand instructors and experts will be on site to discuss the benefits that post-production and broadcast professionals receive from staying up to speed on the latest industry trends and techniques with Class on Demand's affordable, self-paced products, says says Paul Holtz, CEO and founder, Class on Demand. The Class on Demand team will also demonstrate the pioneering Class on Demand Learning Platform, which includes a secure streaming video server employing Microsoft's Silverlight DRM technology for a convenient and accessible on-demand training experience from the Class on Demand...
Mar 18
DiscLabel 6.3.1 adds support for Microboards disc printers
SmileOnMyMac (http://www.smileonmymac.com) has updated DiscLabel, its CD/DVD label design software, to version 6.3.1. The update adds support for Microboards' PF Pro, PF 3 and G3 disc printers. DiscLabel costs US$35.95 for new users. The DiscLabel Family Pack, for up to five computers in one household, is $44.95 and an office pack is $99.95. DiscLabel 6.3.1 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later. A fully-functional demo version is available at the SmileOnMyMac web site.
Mar 18
DevonTechnologies updates products
DevonTechnologies says all editions of its information manager, DevonThink, and the note-taking application, DevonNote, are now available in version 2.0.9. DevonNote, EasyFind 4.7.1, and XMenu 1.9.2 are now also available on the Mac App Store, and DevonThinkTo Go 1.1 has been submitted to the iOS App Store for review. Version 2.0.9 of all editions of DevonThinkand DevonNote brings, first of all, an updated conduit for DevonThinkTo Go, fixing a number of bugs. The older conduit e.g. transferred, accidentally, only the first 1KB of data of indexed text so that larger documents were not completely searchable, and could crash when sending very large files. In addition DevonThinkPro Office 2.0.9 allows to properly archive mailboxes from any  supported email client skipping messages archived earlier. This makes it possible to regularly "sync" a mailbox with the archive in DevonThink to keep the archive up-to-date. DevonThinkPro and up can rebuild the global inbox database, too, and allow...
 
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