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Jan 27
ExtremeZ-IP for Lion revved to version 7.3
Group Logic ( has released ExtremeZ-IP 7.3, an update of the Mac OS X software that helps enterprise customers integrate Macs into existing Window infrastructures. ExtremeZ-IP 7.3 upgrades focus on performance optimizations and reliability and compatibility improvements, with continued full support for Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion") .A new license for ExtremeZ-IP 7.2 is US$395 for a three-client server and $1,495 for a 10-client server. Upgrade pricing and an enterprise licensing program is also available. Version 7.3 is a free upgrade for existing customers.
Jan 26
iPhone 4S accounts for nine out of 10 iPhones sold
Though Apple didn't break down iPhone sales by model when it reported first-quarter earnings earlier this week, new consumer survey from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) does and finds the iPhone 4S to be the most popular model of the device. According to CIRP’s survey -- as reported by "AllThingsD" (, the 4S accounts for 89% of iPhone sales since its debut, while the iPhone 4 and 3GS accounted for 7% and 4%, respectively. What's more, the higher-end 4S models were hot sellers. Of the 89% figure, 21% were 64GB models, 34% were 32GB systems, and 45% were 16GB.
Jan 26
Survey: 21% of info workers use one or more Apple products
According to new data ( from the Forrester Research Group, 21% of information workers are using one or more Apple products for work. Almost half of enterprises (1000 employees or more) are issuing Macs to at least some employees -- and they plan a 52% increase in the number of Macs they issue in 2012. Plus, 27% support the iPad. Forrester interviewed 10,000 information workers about what products they used to get work done -- at the office and at home. According to their survey: ° Managers and execs are more than twice as likely to use Apple products. ° Younger info workers are twice as likely to use Apple products as older ones. ° Higher income workers are more likely to use Apple products. °  Info workers in countries outside North America and Europe are more likely to use Apple products for work.
Jan 26
Study: Jobs considered one of the 'greatest innovators of...
The annual Lemelson-MIT Invention Index (, which gauges Americans’ perceptions about invention and innovation, shows that one out of every four teenagers and youth adults consider the late Steve Jobs the greatest innovator of all time. Though part of the “Apple Generation,” many young Americans surprisingly chose Thomas Edison (54%) over Jobs (24%) as the greatest innovator of all time. Trailing Jobs was Alexander Bell (10%), Marie Curie (5%), Mark Zuckerberg (3%), Ameila Earhart (3%) and Temple Grandin (2%). When asked about how new technology like smartphones and tablets influences and impacts their personal lives, 40% of respondents said they couldn’t imagine their life without it. Americans also have a clear understanding of the role invention and innovation play in the health of the nation with nearly half (47%) saying that a lack of invention will hurt the U.S. economy, notes Lemelson-MIT.
Jan 26
AT&T sees record iPhone activations
AT&T ( has announced its fourth quarter fiscal results highlighted by record sales, strong wireless network performance and improved wireline revenue trend, according to Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and CEO. What's more, iPhone activations set a record. 
For the quarter ending Dec. 31, 2011, AT&T's consolidated revenues totaled US$32.5 billion, up $1.1 billion, or 3.6%, versus the year-earlier quarter. Compared with the fourth quarter of 2010, operating expenses were $41.5 billion versus $29.3 billion; operating loss was $9.0 billion, compared to operating income of $2.1 billion; and AT&T's operating income margin was 27.7%, compared to 6.7 percent. The fourth quarter was AT&T's best ever for iPhone activations. The company saw 7.6 million iPhones activated out of the 9.4 million smartphones it sold.
Jan 26
Apple has 58% of global tablet market
According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics (, global tablet shipments reached 27 million units in the fourth quarter of 2011. Android jumped to a record 39% global share, while Apple maintained its leadership at 58%. "Global tablet shipments reached an all-time high of 26.8 million units in Q4 2011, surging 150 percent from 10.7 million in Q4 2010," says Peter King, director at Strategy Analytics. "Demand for tablets among consumer, business and education users remains strong. Apple shipped a robust 15.4 million iPads worldwide and maintained its strong market leadership with 58%t share during the fourth quarter of 2011. Apple shrugged off the much-hyped threat from entry-level Android models this quarter." Neil Mawston, executive director at Strategy Analytics, adds: "Android captured a record 39% share of global tablet shipments in Q4 2011, rising from 29% a year earlier. Global Android tablet shipments tripled annually to 10.5 million...
Jan 26
Apple, GE ads dominate NFL playoff games
The NFL Playoffs are often an interesting test run for advertising during the Super Bowl. According to data released today from Ace Metrix, which specializes in television advertising effectiveness, Apple, General Motors (Cadillac), Applebee’s, Nissan, and Google were the most effective advertisers during the past three weekends of playoff football. Apple held the top two spots with their iPhone 4G commercial touting new camera features (Ace Score: 659) and Siri ad (Ace Score: 658). Cadillac zoomed alongside Siri with its ad demonstrating its braking systems, achieving an Ace Score of 658. Nissan’s Vision ad was the 4th most effective playoff ad (Ace Score 652), followed by Google’s Muppet ad (Ace Score 644). "We expect to see many of these same advertisers in the Super Bowl, and it will be interesting to see how they adapt their playoff strategies to television’s biggest stage," says Peter Daboll, CEO of Ace Metrix. Ace Metrix will reveal the Top Ads of the Super Bowl on Feb. 8.
Jan 26
Mindwrap announces FiledRight document management system
Mindwrap will introduce its new FiledRight Document Management system ( for Mac OS X at the upcoming MacWorld/iWorld show at Moscone Center in San Francisco on Jan. 26-28. Designed specifically for Macintosh-based small business users, FiledRight incorporates Mindwrap's experience in the imaging and document management marketplace. It offers integrated scanning, batch processing capabilities and more. FiledRight works in concert with the popular open source FireBird relational database to provide indexing, searching, and management of all types of scanned and desktop office documents. Product bundles will be available for 5, 10, and 25 users and include the FiledRight server, client workstation, indexing and query screens for common business needs, administration tools, and scanner driver, starting at a special MacWorld-iWorld introductory price of US$1999. Technical support contracts are available on a yearly basis.
Jan 26
Eye Scream Factory releases 74 DVE transitions
Eye Scream Factory ( has released 74 DVE transition presets created by Kevin P. McAuliffe, senior editor at MIJO in Toronto, Canada, and an Avid Media Composer editor for 15 years. The presets include a variety of organic and fluid DVE transitions. Editors can preview and apply presets to host application video inside the Avid FX or Boris RED Library Browser. The package also includes Avid and Final Cut Pro 7 bins containing all of the presets, giving Avid Media Composer 6 editors, Avid Symphony 6 editors, and Final Cut Pro 7 editors who use Boris RED 5 instant access to the DVE transitions without ever having to leave their timeline. All the included preset effects can be customized and combined with other effects. Editors can then save new customized presets to the Avid FX or Boris RED Library Browser -- or an Avid or Final Cut Pro 7 bin - for future use. In addition, the presets can be used with Boris RED 5 or Avid FX 6 as a standalone application or...
Jan 26
Nattress releases filters for Final Cut Pro, Motion, AE
Nattress Productions has released Levels and Curves, a filter pack that allows users to color grade in film-log space. It costs US$29; you can download a demo version at . The new curve-based color adjustment plug-in is compatible with Final Cut Pro 6, 7 and X; Motion 3, 4 and 5; and Adobe After Effects CS3, CS4, CS5 and CS5.5. Offered at 29 USD, users can download a free trial version of Nattress Levels and Curves from. Nattress Levels and Curves feature highlights include: ° Film-log space -- editors have all the benefits of fine control over the tones in an image and film-like contrast handling; ° The on-screen curve display helps editors fine-tune curve and/or level adjustments. The curve display can easily be turned off when footage adjustment is completed. ° A library of presets lets you apply popular level corrections, or create and save custom presets to use again and again. ° The black and white level inputs and outputs can be set,...
Jan 26
Sonnet shipping Qio E3 SxS Reader 
Sonnet Technologies says its Qio E3 professional SxS media reader is now shipping and available for purchase. As the latest member of the Sonnet Qio series of professional universal media reader/writers, the Qio E3 offers a high-speed alternative to stand-alone card readers. The E3 is the first three-slot SxS memory card reader available, according to Sonnet Technologies. It includes an integrated two-port 6 Gb/s eSATA interface for connecting external storage systems, and doubles as a bus expansion system for ExpressCard/34 adapter cards. Sonnet's Qio E3 provides users with the ability to transfer data concurrently from three SxS memory cards for Sony XDCAM EX professional HD camcorders. Users can copy files between any cards, attached storage, and the computer with aggregate bandwidth of up to 400 MB/second, with an aggregate ingest speed for three SxS cards of 300 MB/sec. Designed both for in-studio and on-location use, the E3 features a compact case with the same 5.9-inch by 6.2-...
Jan 26
PluralEyes for Final Cut Pro X available
Singular Software has announced the availability of PluralEyes for Apple's Final Cut Pro X (FCP X). It works alongside FCP X to quickly and accurately sync video and audio clips for dual-system audio and multi-camera productions. "The auto sync function that is built into Final Cut Pro X is a start, but most professional editors will want more," says Bruce Sharpe, CEO, Singular Software. "They want to be able to sync many clips at once, see the results right away, and be confident that the sync will work across a broad range of real-world video projects. PluralEyes for FCP X is built on the same technology that is used countless times every day to sync weddings, corporate videos, documentaries and a host of other video production types." PluralEyes for FCP X is available today for US$149. Existing PluralEyes for FCP customers can upgrade to PluralEyes for FCP X free of charge. A 30-day demo is available for download (
Jan 26
Ballistic introduces Tough Jacket Case for the iPad 2
Ballistic has announced its Ballistic Tough Jacket Case ( for the iPad 2. The US$69.99 case sports three layers:an inner silicone layer to absorb shock; an impact resistant hard plastic to protect the iPad 2; and shock absorbent polymer to offer added protection. The removable cover of the Tough Jacket has two functions. It allows you to either protect your screen while on-the-go -- or you can utilize it as a kickstand at two different angles. The Ballistic Tough Jacket -- which is available in either black or red -- also sports patent pending Ballistic corners which keep all sides of your iPad 2 safe, guaranteeing it’s protected against almost any type of drop, according to Adam Stubin, vice president of Business Development, Ballistic. The "lay-on-table" feature is an added design benefit of the patented Ballistic corners, which means the Apple tablet screen will never come in contact with surfaces when laid flat, keeping your screen from harm, he...
Jan 26
Stellar announces Mac Data Recovery 5
Stellar Data Recovery ( has launched Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery 5, an update of the software for recovering file names of recently deleted files. The new version of Stellar Phoenix is updated with an advanced scan engine that's 30% faster, says Sunil Chandna, CEO, Stellar Data Recovery. During this week's Macworld/iWorld expo in San Franciso, Stellar will giveaway five free software titles every day. During the show, Stellar is offering a special discount of US$20 on Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery 5 and Stellar Drive ToolBox 2 and a special user discount of $5 on Phoenix Recovery Tools and Disk Utilities. Stellar Mac Data Recovery 5 and Stellar Drive ToolBox 2 costs $99 each. Additionally Stellar is offering a limited period discount on all the Phoenix Recovery and Disk Utilities during Macworld/iWorld 2012.
Jan 26
MovieIcon for Mac OS X gets iTunes art support
One Geek Army has released MovieIcon 2.6.1, an update of the Mac OS X 10.7.x ("Lion") app that automatically searches out video cover art for users' movie and TV show titles. The update includes improved IMDb searches for lesser known titles and iTunes artwork embedding. With MovieIcon, users can drag their title covers into the app, and thes oftware automatically searches out all of the available artwork for each title, based on the file's name. This can be done with a single file, or in batches. It works for movies, TV shows, and non-commercial or personally created videos. MovieIcon costs US$9.99. It's available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.
Jan 26
Better Finder Attributes for OS X revved to version 5.11 has updated its "A Better Finder Attributes" utility ( -- which can change Finder attributes, such as creation and modification dates -- to version 5.11. The upgrade be used in the full screen mode of Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion"). "A Better Finder Attributes" requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It costs US$14.95, though version 5.11 is a free update for registered users of version 5.x. Business and enterprises licensing is available. The app is also available at the Mac App Store under the name File MultiTool 5.
Jan 26
MBS FileMaker Plug-in adds CURL support, more
MonkeyBread Software today announces MBS FileMaker Plugin 2.5 for Mac OS X or Windows. Among other features, it adds CURL upload/download and CUPS printer functions. MBS is a FileMaker Pro plug-in that supports a plugin architecture that enables additions to its built-in feature set. It includes 765 different functions. MBS FileMaker Plugin 2.5 for Mac OS X or Windows is available directly from the MonkeyBread website ( with licenses starting at US$149. Not all functions are available in both versions, so check the specs. A free trial download is also available.
Jan 26
WeatherMin for Mac OS X is minimal weather monitor
Downtown Software House has announced WeatherMin 1.2, an update to its weather notification app for Mac OS X. The upgrade adds a menu bar weather icon, adjustable theme sizes, and more. WeatherMin is a weather monitor that lives on the Desktop. It includes several built-in themes, and has many different notification options including a menu bar icon and Growl support. WeatherMin will automatically update its location while traveling and show local forecasts for your region. The focus is on displaying only useful information and presenting it in a theme. WeatherMin. Also included in version 1.2 are visual improvements to the built-in themes, more reliable data handling, and many bug fixes. WeatherMin requires Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion"). It costs US$4.99 and is available at the Mac App Store under the Weather category.
Jan 26
Yojimbo for OS X, iOS updated
Bare Bones Software ( has released Yojimbo 3.0.3, an upgrade to the information organizer for Mac OS X, and Yojimbo 1.0.4 for the iPad. Both are maintenance updates, which include fixes for specific reported issues. They're free updates for registered users. Yojimbo 3 is available at a suggested retail price of US$39 for an individual license; $69 for a family-pack license for up to five people in a single household; or $29 for an academic license. All licenses provide for synchronization of multiple computers. Any registered customer with Yojimbo 1.0 through 1.5.2 may purchase an upgrade to Yojimbo 3 for $20, including individual, family and academic licenses. All registered Yojimbo 2 customers are eligible to receive a free upgrade to Yojimbo 3. Yojimbo 3 may be ordered from the Bare Bones Software online store ( Multi-user (site) license pricing is also available.
Jan 26
Fantastical for Mac OS X gets new localizations, more
Flexibits has updated Fantastica -- a calendar application for Mac that lets you create, view, and search your events -- to version 1.2. The upgrade sports full localizations for French, German, Italian, and Spanish along with improved repeating event parsing for all languages. Using a natural language engine, Fantastical is "expressive," allowing users enter event text in their own style. For example, enter a sentence such as "Lunch with John at 123 Main Street on Tuesday" and Fantastical will translate the sentence into an event and add it to their calendar. Users can use the event list and calendar to locate and plan all of their events. Color-coding helps make quick sense of a user's schedule. Even the number of events displayed can be changed so the user can focus on a specific range of events, says Michael Simmons, co-founder of Flexibits. Full CalDAV support is included, allowing users of services such as MobileMe, Google Calendar, and Yahoo! Calendar to use their calendars...
Jan 26
Speed Download for Mac OS X speeds to version 5.3
Yazsoft ( has released Speed Download 5.3, the latest version of its Mac OS X download manager that combines four products: a download manager with auto-resuming downloads, a secure FTP client, a file sharing utility with full encryption, and .Mac/iDisk/WEBDAV connectivity. Version 5.3 introduces a Safari extension for even better Safari integration. Speed Download requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or higher. It costs US$25 for a single-user license. You can also obtain it in the $35 Mega Bundle, which includes all of Yazsoft's apps. Speed Download is available in US English, French and Polish localizations.
Jan 26
Vitamin-R for Mac OS X gets refined visual notifications has released Vitamin-R 1.77 (, an update of its Mac OS X compatible productivity tool for creative professionals. The new version refines the visual notifications to provide improved feedback during task execution. Vitamin-R is a collection of tools and techniques for managing attention and maintaining motivation. According to the folks at, 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 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or...
Jan 25
Motorola says iCloud, the iPhone 4S violates its patents
A new Motorola lawsuit, filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, claims Apple is infringing on six of the company's patents with the iPhone 4S and iCloud. Motorola is seeking damages and an injunction of the two products. "Apple's infringing activities have caused and will continue to cause Motorola Mobility irreparable harm, for which it has no adequate remedy at law, unless Apple's infringing activities are enjoined by this Court," the company said in its filing. This is part of an ongoing battle. Earlier this month the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled that Motorola's Droid smartphones don't violate three Apple patents. The ruling is preliminary and needs to be approved by the ITC's full six-member commission. Apple alleges that Motorola infringes 24 of its patents (21 of them with Android-based phones, the remaining three with set-top boxes and DVRs), while Motorola previously asserted 18 patents against a variety of Apple...
Jan 25
Firmware updated for MacBook Pros, MacBooks, Mac minis
Apple has posted firmware updates for certain MacBook Pro, MacBook and Mac mini models. You can obtain them via the Software Updates component of the Mac OS X Systems Preferences app. Among them are firmware updates for: mid-2010-, 13-inch MacBook Pros; mid-2010 MacBooks; and mid-2010 Mac minis. The updates enable Lion Recovery from an Internet connection. Lion Recovery lets you restore system software to your Mac without having to use install discs or drives. Just hold down Command-R during startup and Lion Recovery springs into action. It lets you choose from common utilities: You can run Disk Utility to check or repair your hard drive, erase your hard drive and reinstall a fresh copy of Lion, or restore your Mac from a Time Machine backup. You can even use Safari to get help from Apple Support online. And if Lion Recovery encounters problems, it will automatically connect to Apple over the Internet.
Jan 25
Apple now most valuable U.S. company
Apple has passed Exxon Mobil to become the most valuable U.S. company and the most publicly traded company in the world. Apple stock shot up 8% at the open Wednesday to US$454.44 a share, one day after Apple reported the best quarterly results in history for a tech company. This pushed the company's market value to $418 billion. Exxon has a market vaue of $416 billion.
Jan 25
Apple to discuss 'exciting new things' at employee...
According to the "9to5Mac" site ( Apple CEO Tim Cook told employees via email. to report to the company's Town Hall today either in person or through their AppleWeb online portal at 10 a.m. (Pacific) to discuss “some exciting new things going on at Apple.” "9to5Mac" says the email read this way: "Thanks to everyone’s hard work, we’re off to a great start in 2012. Last week in New York we launched a groundbreaking initiative for education with iBooks textbooks, and today we reported the strongest quarter in Apple’s history.Please join me tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. in Town Hall. We’ll review our record-setting results and discuss some exciting new things going on at Apple.The meeting will be broadcast live to many sites in Cupertino and other Apple locations. Please check AppleWeb for details."
Jan 25
iOS growing at a faster pace than Android
Apple’s iPhone 4S launch has helped the company regain global momentum with the US driving growth, according to new data from Kantar Worldpanel ( In the latest 12 weeks of sales, Apple’s share was at 44.9% while Android took 44.8% of the US market, says the research group. Apple also increased its share of the British smartphone market from 22.0% a year ago to 34.0%. "Apple has continued its strong sales run in the US, UK and Australia over the Christmas period," says Dominic Sunnebo, global consumer insight director, Kantar. " Overall, Apple sales are now growing at a faster rate than Android across the nine countries we cover."
Jan 25 accepting Mac nominations in annual Readers'... -- a web site expert, quality content that helps users find solutions to a wide range of daily needs -- is now hosting its 5th annual Readers' Choice Awards. The awards give About's 60 million monthly viewers the opportunity to nominate and vote for their favorite must-have products and services.   Several of the award categories relate to the Mac (best Mac browser, best Mac system utility, best Mac Image editor, etc.). The site is currently accepting nominations for Mac categories at .    Here's a description of the categories from ° "The Best Mac System Utility is a wide-open Reader's Choice Awards category. We're looking for any application that provides features that are missing from OS X, makes it easier to use OS X, provides access to hidden or secret OS capabilities, or just provides a better user experience." ° "The Best Mac Backup Application...
Jan 25
An interview with HackintoshUK -- which offers PCs that run Lion
HackintoshUK ( is a new UK company that sells "Hackintoshs" -- PCs that run Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion"). Recently, "MacNews/MacTech" interviewed Tristan Kirkpatrick of HackintoshUK to get some details about the company -- including how they planned to avoid the fate of Psystar. MacTech: How long has HackintoshUK been in business? Kirkpatrick: HackintoshUK is a very young company, started at the beginning of 2012 with the initial idea of building desktops that are open to all operating systems, including OS X and Linux. MacTech What was the impetus for starting the company? Kirkpatrick: We didn't like the limitations that were offered by other companies in terms of operating system. With the belief that people should be free to decide whether to use Windows, OS X or Linux we make the decision a little easier by modern computers designed to be used however they wish by the end-user. MacTech: what are your products and pricing like? Kirkpatrick: Currently we...
Jan 25
U.S., Singapore Apple stores offer overall best deals, a price comparison website, has recently undertaken a worldwide price analysis of Apple's online shop pricing and compared prices from all 37 online Apple country stores. These were some of the key findings of the research: Highlights for the US: ° The Apple stores in the U.S. and Singapore offer the best deals on Apple prices when considering a country's economy with that country's Apple online store prices. ° The best deals on Apple prices are from Apple country stores in English speaking countries. USA, Hong Kong, Canada and Australia all rank in the top eight. Highlights for the rest of the world: ° The online Apple stores of Brazil, the Czech Republic and Thailand have the most expensive prices in the entire world, even though their economies rank as three of the poorest. ° Malaysia's online Apple store offers the cheapest prices in the world. ° Including VAT, in Western Europe only the tax heavy Scandinavian Apple stores are more expensive than the UK's. ° The UK...
Jan 24
MacBook Pros, MacBook Airs, iMacs fuel Mac growth
In a conference call regarding fiscal 2012's first quarter that ended Dec. 31, 2011, Apple Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer said the Mac set new records for both desktop and laptops. Apple sold 5.2 million Macs during the quarter, a 26% unit increase over the year-ago quarter. That's 26% annual growth compared to flat growth for the computer industry overall. Mac sales outgrew the industry average in all of Apple's markets, Oppenheimer said. In the Asia/Pacifia region, sales were up 53% year-over-year. The chief financial officer said that MacBook Pros, MacBook Airs and iMacs were Apple's biggest sellers. He also said that customers have downloaded over 100 million apps from the Mac App Store in less than a year.
Jan 24
Over 85 million folks have signed up for iCloud
Apple Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer says over 85 million folks have signed up for iCloud since it launched in October 2011. iCloud is a set of free cloud services, including iTunes in the Cloud, Photo Stream and Documents in the Cloud, that work with your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC to automatically and wirelessly store your content and push it to all your devices. iCloud stores your music, photos, apps, contacts, calendars, documents and more, keeping them up to date across all your devices. "We're thrilled with iCloud and the response from customers has been incredible," says Apple CEO Time Cook. "It solved a lot of problems that customers were having and made their lives much easier. I see it as a fundamental shift recognizing that people had numerous devices, and they wanted the bulk of their content in the cloud and easily accessible from all devices. iCloud is an important part of our strategy for the next decade."
Jan 24
Apple retail stores generate record sales
During fiscal 2012's first quarter that ended Dec. 31, 2011, Apple retail store also generated record results with revenue of US$6.1 billion. Average revenue per store was $17.1 million, compared to 12 million in the year-ago quarter. Apple says 110 million people visited the retail stores last quarter; that's a year-on-year increase of 45%. On average there were 22,000 visitors per store per week. The stores sold 1.1 million Macs during the quarter. According to Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer says that half the Mac sales were to those new to the Mac platform. You could have predicted that if you've previously listened toApple's comments on its fiscal results. "The retail stores experienced strong year-over-year growth with new recordsin all major product lines," Oppenheimer says.
Jan 24
Apple TV still a 'hobby'
Apple CEO Tim Cook still classifies the Apple TV set-top box as a "hobby." Still, he says it's a product he can't live without. "The Apple TV product is doing very well, and during the last fiscal year that ended last September, we sold a bit above 2.8 million units," Cook says. "In the past quarter, we sold over 1.4 million Apple TVs, which is a record. We continue to add things to it."
Jan 24
iPod sales ahead of expectations
Apple Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer, discussing the company's fiscal 2012 first quarter that ended Dec. 31, 2011, said that sales of 15.5 million iPods was down 21% from the year-ago quarter but still ahead of expectations. iPads and iPhones are cannibalizing sales of the MP3 player. Oppenheimer said the iPod touch accounts for over half of the product line. According to the NPD research group, the iPod still has over 70% of the US MP3 player market share. Apple launched the iTunes Music Store in Brazil and 27 other countries in 2011. iTunes now has more than 20 million songs from major labels and thousands of independent artists, Oppenheimer says. There were over 140 million downloads from iTunes on Dec. 25.
Jan 24
iPhone sees growth in all Apple's market areas
Apple sold 37.04 million iPhones in the first fiscal quarter of the year, representing 128% unit growth over the year-ago quarter. The company saw sales growth in all areas thanks to the popularity of the iPhone 4S, according to Apple Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer. The company began shipping iPhone 4S in China and other countries this quarter. It's now on sale in 90 countries. "We were thrilled with the number of iPhones we sold," says CEO Tim Cook. "That's up 128%, against a market growth rate of 40%."
Jan 24
iPad 'extremely popular' with holiday buyers
The iPad was extremely popular with holiday buyers. Apple sold 15.43 million iPads during the first fiscal quarter, a 111% increase over the year-ago quarter. Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer says Apple remains very optimistic about the potential of this market. During the quarter, revenue from iPads and accessories increased by 99%, to $9.1 billion. Oppenheimer says 1.5 million iPads are now in use in education institutions. The Apple tablet is extremely popular with students, teachers, and administrators, he adds.
Jan 24
Apple sees all-time record Mac, iPhone, iPad sales
Apple has announced financial results for its fiscal 2012 first quarter, which spanned 14 weeks and ended Dec. 31, 2011. The Company posted record quarterly revenue of US$46.33 billion and record quarterly net profit of $13.06 billion, or $13.87 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $26.74 billion and net quarterly profit of $6 billion, or $6.43 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 44.7% compared to 38.5% in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 58 percent of the quarter’s revenue. Apple sold 5.2 million Macs during the quarter, a 26% unit increase over the year-ago quarter. The company sold 37.04 million iPhones in the quarter, representing 128% unit growth over the year-ago quarter. Apple sold 15.43 million iPads during the quarter, a 111% increase over the year-ago quarter. Apple sold 15.4 million iPods, a 21% unit decline from the year-ago quarter. "We’re thrilled with our outstanding results and record-breaking sales of...
Jan 24
Apple biggest buyer of semiconductors
Apple became the biggest buyer of semiconductors last year, ahead of Samsung Electronics and Hewlett-Packard, according to new data from the Gartner research group (, as reported by "InfoWorld" ( Apple's increased semiconductor spending is the result of a number of factors, the article says. The company sold more smartphones, and its tablet business was also highly successful in 2011, according to Gartner. The success of the MacBook Air also increased Apple's semiconductor demand, it said. Apple spent a total of US$17.3 billion on semiconductors during 2011, compared to $12.8 billion during 2010, according to Gartner's estimates.
Jan 24
Dutch court denies Apple a ban on Samsung tablets
And so it continues ... Apple again lost a bid on Tuesday to have Samsung tablet computers banned in the Netherlands in a Dutch appeals case over infringing copyrights of its iPad tablet computer, reports "Reuters" ( Apple had appealed a Dutch ruling, which said last year Galaxy Tab 10.1 models were not a copy of Apple's iPad. A Dutch appeals court dismissed Apple's appeal, confirming the Dutch lower court's ruling.
Jan 24
Number of US adults who own tablet computers up to 19%
The share of adults in the United States who own tablet computers nearly doubled from 10% to 19% between mid-December and early January and the same surge in growth also applied to e-book readers, which also jumped from 10% to 19% over the same time period, according to the Pew Internet research group ( The number of Americans owning at least one of these digital reading devices jumped from 18% in December to 29% in January. These findings are striking because they come after a period from mid-2011 into the autumn in which there was not much change in the ownership of tablets and e-book readers, says Pew Internet. However, as the holiday gift-giving season approached, the marketplace for both devices dramatically shifted. In the tablet world, Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Barnes and Noble’s Nook Tablet were introduced at considerably cheaper prices than other tablets. In the e-book reader world, some versions of the Kindle and Nook and other readers fell well...
Jan 24
Ovum: Android will replace iOS as most important platform to...
Android looks set to replace Apple’s iOS in terms of importance to developers within the next 12 months, according to Ovum ( However, despite a clear vie for ultimate supremacy between these two platforms, almost all developers support both, according to the research group. In its second annual developer survey, the independent technology analyst reveals that while iOS and Android form the core of developer support, there also exists growing interest from developers in BlackBerry OS and Microsoft Windows Phone. "The growing momentum behind Windows Phone indicates that Microsoft has managed to convince developers that its platform is worthy of investment; its challenge now is to persuade consumers," comments Adam Leach, devices & platforms practice leader at Ovum and author of the research. The trends in this year's survey mirror closely changes in the wider smartphone market. Developers have been quick to respond to the exit of once-important smartphone...
Jan 24
Guy Kawasaki to deliver keynote speech at Parallels Summit 2012
Parallels (, which specializes in hosting and cloud services enablement, has announced its roster of keynote speakers for Parallels Summit 2012, the annual global gathering of the cloud industry. Among them is Guy Kawasaki, the first Apple evangelist. 
The Summit is scheduled from Feb. 14-16, 2012, at the Gaylord Palms Hotel and Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Parallels leadership will also deliver keynote speeches -- including Birger Steen, CEO, Serguei Beloussov, executive chairman of the Board and chief architect; and Jack Zubarev, president, Marketing and Alliances. Kawasaki was the original chief evangelist at Apple. In his second act, Kawasaki’s excelled at being a serial entrepreneur and networker, social media guru, best-selling author and featured columnist for American Express OPEN Forum for small business on his blog, "Powering Small Business Success." In his keynote, Kawasaki will share insights from his life experiences on how to tap into...
Jan 24
Onset announces Mac compatible occupancy, light data logger
Onset ( has announced the HOBO UX90 Occupancy & Light Logger, a Mac-compatible LCD-display data logger that tracks building occupancy and light usage to pinpoint areas in a building that could benefit from occupancy sensors and other energy savings initiatives. Building owners, facility managers, energy auditors, and lighting contractors can use the data loggers to quickly and easily collect time-stamped data documenting each time room occupancy or lighting status changes, says Jessica Frackleton, manager of product marketing for Onset.. The compact data loggers are easy to mount to lighting fixtures, ceilings and walls, and can be set up and installed in less than a minute, he adds. Once data has been recorded with the HOBO UX90 Occupancy & Light Logger, it can be viewed in graph form using accompanying Mac-based HOBOware software, and printed out for use in reports. The data can also be exported to Microsoft Excel for more detailed analysis. HOBO...
Jan 24
SQLiteSync is sqlite database management software
SQLabs has announced SQLiteSync for Mac OS X and Windows. It's a application to compare, merge and keep in sync two sqlite databases. It's able to visualize the differences between millions of rows in few milliseconds, according to the folks at SQLabs. SQLiteSync's smart visualization technology is also able to detect BLOB columns and large text columns and display all of them in a preview panel and more. SQLiteSync requires MacOS X 10.5 or higher. A single license costs US$49. Company and multiplatform licenses are also available. For more info go to the SQLabs website (
Jan 24
Ten One Design introduces Pogo Sketch Plus
Ten One Design ( has introduced the US$14.95 Pogo Sketch Plus for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. It's a touchscreen stylus features new patent pending Pro Tip technology that consists of patterned structures within the tip itself. According to the folks at Ten One Design, this provides greater sensitivity while providing an even smaller tip diameter for superior precision. For added portability, Pogo Sketch Plus has a pocket clip to secure in place for on-the-go travel. For a limited time only, original Pogo Sketch owners can email a personal photo of their current Ten One Design stylus to to receive a promo code fort 50% off the new Pogo Sketch Plus when purchasing through Ten One Design’s web site. The email must be received by Jan. 31 at 11:59 (Eastern) to qualify.
Jan 24
SuperMeet Workshops return for the 11th San Francisco SuperMeet
"SuperMeet Workshops" return to San Francisco, as part of the Eleventh Annual San Francisco SuperMeet ( to be held on Friday, Jan. 27 at the UCSF Mission Bay Conference Center beginning at 10 a.m. Each 90-minute workshop will feature fresh content from Adobe, Blackmagic Design, Canon and Light Iron. Workshop attendees have 12 sessions to choose from and can choose a maximum of three workshops. Tickets for the "SuperMeet Workshops" can be purchased online. Tickets can be purchased online for US$5-$10 (plus ticket fee) per class. Workshops will cost $15 per class at the door.
Jan 24
Tinybooks 7.0.8 for OS X adds Quarterly Bottom Line Reports,...
Ken Winograd and Space-Time Associates ( has updated TinyBooks Pro, its Mac accounting and bookkeeping program, to version 7.0.8. The upgrade adds Quarterly Bottom Line Reports, TypeAhead Comments, support for keyboard navigation, mouse scroll wheels, easier backups, resizable windows, and more. It also made the Generate button the default button on the Reports window, fixed the New and New With Import dialogs so the default fiscal year is shown on dialog opening, added a cloverleaf (Apple/Command key) icon to the Calculate Tax button on the Enter/Modify Item dialog to properly show the keyboard equivalent, modified the Enter/Modify Item dialogs to more prominently highlight the current month, and improved the international handling of Import and Export functions. TinyBooks Pro is a single-entry bookkeeping and accounting system designed for sole proprietors, home and other small businesses, and family finances. To use you enter your expenses and income, and...
Jan 24
Poster for Mac OS X gets improved user interface
Reinvented Software has updated Poster 1.0 for Mac OS X (, to version 1.2. The upgrade includes an updated user interface design, improvements when posting to Facebook and SmugMug and the ability to export faces from iPhoto and Aperture. Poster works with popular photo editing and management applications and can also perform some tricks of its own, such as rotating and resizing photos before uploading. With it you can post photos and videos to Flickr and photos to Facebook. For Flickr, Poster can post both photos and videos, auto-complete tags, allows you to create and choose sets, submit photos to groups, tag people and moderate your photos all within the app. Its All Items view lets you work with an entire set of photos as easily as just one. For Facebook, Poster will not only post to your profile, but also any pages that you administer, making Poster suitable for anyone whose business, band or cause takes advantage of Facebook's user community...
Jan 24
ATC offers Mac forensics training for law enforcement
With grants from the National Institute of Justice, ATC-NY is bringing P2P [peer-to-peer] Forensics and Macintosh Forensics Training to U.S. law enforcement at no cost to participants. Upcoming sites include Brooklyn, New York, Feb. 29, March 1; Phoenix, Arizona, March 21 and 22; Newnan, Georgia, April 18; Frankfort, Kentucky, May 8, 9; and St. Charles, Illinois, June 12,13. In addition to general training in P2P Forensics and Mac forensics, the following forensic tools are provided to participants at no charge:  ° P2P Marshal: a tool that automatically detects, extracts and analyzes P2P evidence on a hard drive; ° Mac Marshal: a tool that analyzes Mac OS X file system images. For further info about details and locations on the training go to and .

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