iHog escapes from Speakal
Speakal (http://www.speakal.com) has unleashed the iHog, a hog-shaped, iPhone/iPod docking station and speaker system. It's available for US$119.99 through Sept. 30 and $139.99 afterward.
It purportedly provides up to 10 hours of lithium rechargeable battery life that also charges your iPod. Its universal cradle lets you play all your iPhones and iPods (including iOS4, iPhone 3 and iPhone 4) outdoors or indoors with four speakers delivering 360 degrees of sound with two tweeters, two sound diffusers and a downring 20 watt subwoofer, a super amplification stereo system and optimized airflow, with frequencies from 50Hz-20KHz for a total output of 28+ watts.
You can adjust the iOS device's navigation with a touch of the hand. Just push the hog’s ears to turn the volume up or down, or its head to skip tracks, pause -- or use the included remote to adjust the controls from a distance. You can also connect the iHog to a TV, gaming console, or other music source with the included 3.5mm...
OWC announces Mercury Extreme Pro 3G solid state drive
Other World Computing (http://www.macsales.com) has added its lowest-cost- of-entry solid state drive (SSD) to its line-up. It comes in a 30GB model.
The US$67.99 OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 3G SSD combines SandForce technologies and Tier 1/Grade A NAND to deliver data rates over 275MB/second in a noiseless, more reliable form factor over conventional magnetic hard disk drive, according to the folks at OWC.
While the OWC Mercury Extreme 3G 30GB SSD comes with the latest SandForce firmware revision, it also includes the industry's first and only Apple/Mac-compatible firmware updater should the firmware need to be updated in the future, according to the folks at OWC. The firmware updater eliminates the need for a PC, ownership of Windows or other operating system, or the creation of a specially designated drive partition that other brand SSD updaters have required, they add.
Aktio unveils Super-S3 hard drive enclosure
Akitio (http://www.akitio.com) has expanded its line of storage solutions with the SK-3501 Super-S3 hard drive enclosure. It has an all-aluminum, fanless design and is designed to fit the needs of a variety of users, from simple backup to professional use.
The Super-S3 features a combination interface including eSATA, FireWire 800 and SuperSpeed USB 3.0. It's designed for the latest 3.5-inch SATA hard drives and is equipped with a perforated front panel and heat sink for optimized heat dissipation.
The SK-3501 Super-S3 desktop hard drive enclosure is available for purchase at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$149.99. It can be found at Akitio.com, as well as various Akitio retailers and distributors.
Nuclear Dawn available at Macgamestore
Iceberg Interactive's Nuclear Dawn is now available at the Macgamestore (http://www.macgamestore.com). It requires Mac OS X 10.6.7 or higher and costs US$24.99.
Here's how the game is described: "Nuclear Dawn is the first game to offer a full FPS and RTS experience, within a single gameplay model, without crippling or diluting either side of the game.
"As a soldier, explore war-torn post-apocalyptic landscapes, modelled on modern cities, and take the fight to your enemies as armoured, assault or stealth infantry, using various weapons across ten distinct load-outs to accomplish your objectives. The first person shooter action in Nuclear Dawn is hard, fast and unforgiving, with weapons that rely on skill and tactics more than on twitch reflexes and map memorization.
"Then, take Nuclear Dawn above the action, and play as the commander. Organize your fellow players in squads, and assign them to tactical objectives. Plan the resource routes for your army, and production of your structures...
Buffalo rolls out two new storage solutions
Buffalo Technology (http://www.buffalotech.com) has announced the new MiniStation Extreme (pictured) and DriveStation Axis Velocity storage solutions. They're the latest additions to Buffalo’s portfolio of USB 3.0 storage solutions (which will only run at USB 2.0 speeds on the Mac because Apple isn't yet supporting USB 3.0).
The new MiniStation Extreme comes in a rugged, lightweight package and is equipped with a wrap-around USB cable, a rubberized base, shock protection elements and hardware encryption. The DriveStation Axis Velocity is an external hard drive designed for simple, secure storage and backup. It's equipped with a 7200 RPM hard drive; optional 256-bit AES hardware encryption offers government-grade protection
Both models will be available next month. The MiniStation Extreme will have an estimated street price of US$94.99 for the 500GB model and $129.99 for the 1TB version. The DriveStation Axis Velocity will go for an estimated street price of $94.99 for the 1TB model...
Noteboom Productions releases video tutorial on Final Cut Pro X
Noteboom Productions has announced Tutor for Final Cut Pro X, their latest video tutorial is now available on the Mac store.
In Tutor for Final Cut Pro X, the user watches videos to learn how to do basic editing and more with Final Cut Pro X, the latest version of Apple's professional video editing software. The video tutorial consists of 33 video chapters.
Subjects including an overview of the interface to creating collections, creating connected clips, using Ken Burns on photos and videos, stabilizing clips, adjusting color balance, matching color, and more. Tutor for Final Cut Pro X 1.0 costs $4.99 and is available in the Video category.
Funtastic Photos for Mac OS X gets advanced effects engine
Ohanaware has updated Funtastic Photos, a photo editor for Mac OS X (10.5 or higher) to version 1,0.7. The update offers advanced effects engine and sharing capabilities.
Funtastic Photos sports 60 one-click styles, A direct sharing via Fun Cards, cell phone (such as, of course, the iPhone) and popular photo sharing sites (flickr, Facebook, Picasa). The app features a print layouts system with projects including photo mosaics, greeting cards, photo cubes, mini photos books and more.
Funtastic Photos is available for US$34.99 for a single user license. A family pack for up to five users costs$49.98. A free, unlimited trial can be downloaded from Ohanaware's web site (http://www.ohanaware.com/). Version 1.0.7 is a free update for registered users.
Better Finder Attributes 5.06 lets you adjust EXIF timestamps
publicspace.net has updated its "A Better Finder Attributes" utility (http://www.publicspace.net/ABetterFinderAttributes/) -- which can change Finder attributes, such as creation and modification dates -- to version 5.06. The upgrade adds the ability to adjust EXIF timestamps in all commonly used Canon RAW file formats.
"A Better Finder Attributes" requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It costs US$14.95, though version 5.06 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.
Money 4.1 ready for Lion
Jumsoft (http://www.jumsoft.com) has upgraded Money, its finance and budgeting application for Mac OS X, to version 4.1.
Money requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and is available for US$38.99 at the Mac App Store. A demo is available for download at the Jumsoft web site.
Money provides small businesses and home users with a tool to track their finances. It allows direct downloads from banks, institutes smart importing of rules, and a document-based system that allows multiple users to work with a single copy of the application.
IMCapture for Skype for Mac OS X gets update
IMCapture has updated IMCapture for IMCapture for Skype for Mac OS X. The work of the application has become "more stable and impactful," according to the folks at IMCapture. Also, the interface has been tweaked
IMCapture is designed to record and save Skype calls. It allows you to create video and audio recordings of your Skype sessions and convert them into popular format. Breaking the time frames IMCapture for Skype allows you to play recorded Skype calls back when it's convenient to you.
IMCapture for Skype is available for US$49.95 for a single user license, and may be downloaded directly from the IMCapture for Skype website (http://www.imcapture.com/IMCapture_for_Skype/). The new version is a free upgrade for registered users.
AquaFold releases Enterprise Desktop Tool for IT professionals
AquaFold (http://www.aquafold.com/) has released Aqua Data Studio 10, an update to its universal database query and administration software. It's designed to make it simple for database professionals to visualize and manipulate multiple relational databases from within a single interface.
In version 10, Aqua Data Studio's functionality has integrated even more enterprise tools requested by database professionals, according to AquaFold Chief Software Architect Niels Gron. The new Secure Shell, Compression Tool, PDF Viewer, and Version Control clients for Perforce and Git help streamline day-to-day IT tasks and enhance the overall functionality of the software, he adds.
This release has also been redesigned and optimized with a multithreaded architecture that allows time-intensive tasks, such as complex database queries or connections over slow networks, to continue in the background without affecting overall GUI [graphical user interface] performance. Contact AquaFold for pricing.
Use Lion's Apple Color Emoji font with PopChar and...
Ergonis Software has released PopChar X 5.3 with support for the new Apple Color Emoji font, which was added in Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion").
In addition to that, a new snippet set for Typinator, the company's popular text expander, now provides access to the symbols of the Apple Color Emoji font. Version 5.3 also contains further enhancements like visibility in all spaces, an improved technique for saving and restoring the clipboard contents, reduced CPU load, and more.
For even quicker access to Apple Color Emoji characters, Typinator users can use Ergonis' new Emoji snippet set. To insert a color symbol, pop up Typinator's Quick Search box and type a short phrase that describes the symbol.
The new Emoji set for Typinator can be downloaded free of charge and installed into Typinator with a double-click. However, the set isn't functional as a stand-alone tool, but requires a licensed version of Typinator 4.0 or newer. Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) or newer is required to use the full potential of...
'All About Steve' available in the Kindle Store
"Fortune" is releasing "All About Steve: The Story of Steve Jobs and Apple," a new eBook available exclusively in the Amazon.com Kindle Store (http://www.amazon.com/kindlestore).
The eBook features three decades of "Fortune"’s reporting on Steve Jobs and the rise of Apple, including interviews with Jobs and Adam Lashinsky’s recent investigative piece, "Inside Apple," which gives a behind-the scenes look at how the company really works. "All About Steve" costs US$10.99 and can be downloaded for the Kindle at http://www."Fortune".com/allaboutsteve .
All About Steve includes stories from veteran journalists Brent Schlender, Peter Elkind and Lashinsky, who have spoken to Apple employees and insiders at length. The eBook also contains an exclusive interview with Jobs from 2008, as well as Bill Gates and Jobs’ sit-down with "Fortune" from 1991 on the future of computing. Business leaders such as Andy Grove, Andrea Jung, Larry Ellison, Marc Andreessen, and Bill Campbell weigh in on how...
Apple to report latest financial results Oct. 18
Apple plans to conduct a conference call to discuss financial results of its fourth fiscal quarter on Tuesday, Oct 8, at 2 pm (Pacific).
You'll be able to listen to an audio of the call. QuickTime is required to do so.
Apple to hold 'Let's talk iPhone' event Oct. 4
Apple has sent members of the press an invite to a Tuesday, Oct. 4, event dubbed "Let's Talk iPhone." It will be held at 10 am (Pacific) at Apple's Cupertino campus.
Only Apple knows what will be covered. But topics include iOS 5, iCloud, an iPhone 5, an iPhone 4S, iPod updates and Apple TV updates.
Lion helps Mac hits 10% market share
The release of Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion") helped the Mac operating system increase by over 1% in September, hitting 10.6% market share, according to Chitika Insight (http:///www.chitika.com), the research arm of online advertising network Chitika. Insights uses Chitika’s data to monitor and report on Internet trends -- search engines, clickthrough rates, the mobile war, and more.
The iOS has 5.2% market share; combine that with Mac OS X and it gives apple 15.8% market share. The Android has 3.3%, and Linux has 2.3%, according to Chitika.
Windows' market share continues to drop, falling 1.35% since July. Of course, it still has 77.7% market share.
"Look for iOS and Android's market share to increase over the next few months, as the iPhone 5 and Android devices permeate the market," says Chitika. "Although Windows 8 will boost Microsoft's market share in the future, in the short-term, loko for Windows total market share to continue its decline."
Apple denied 'Multi-Touch' trademark
In a decision handed down by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Apple has been denied an application for a trademark on the term Multi-Touch, reports "MacRumors" (http://www.macrumors.co).
Apple originally applied for the trademark on January 9, 2007, the day the iPhone was introduced. A lawyer for the USPTO denied Apple's initial trademark application and the company appealed to the Appeal Board, says "MacRumors."
The trademark attorney pointed out that the term "multitouch" has taken on generic meaning, being used by a wide variety of publications to describe the touchscreen technology on Android phones, tablets, and notebooks, the article adds.
JP Morgan disagrees with JP Morgan on iPad outlook
JP Morgan analyst Mark Moskowitz said research from his colleagues in Asia about a cut in iPad orders doesn’t represent the views of the securities firm’s U.S. team., reports "Bloomberg Businessweek" (http://macte.ch/fRjLX).
An earlier report by Hong Kong-based JPMorgan analyst Gokul Hariharan said that Apple is cutting orders to vendors in the supply chain for the iPad. Though other analysts disagreed with this, Hariharan's report dinged Apple’s stock as much as 3.2% in Nasdaq Stock Market trading on Monday. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said changes in orders may be the result of Apple moving some iPad manufacturing out of Asia to Brazil, notes "Bloomberg Businessweek."
Wacom rolls out new line of Bamboo pen tablets
Wacom (http://www.wacom.com) has introduced a new lineup of Mac OS X compatible Bamboo pen tablets: Bamboo Connect, Bamboo Capture and Bamboo Create.
The US$79.99 Bamboo Connect s a pen-only tablet and ideally designed for visual communicators who embrace pen usage for digital inking, doodling and white-boarding. The low-profile black tablet comes with Autodesk Sketchbook Express, a software application with multiple inking tools and colors for sketching and painting. In addition, Bamboo ownership turns on the digital inking functionality in the latest versions of Microsoft's Office Suite.
The Bamboo Capture ($99.95) offers pen and multi-touch input in a single device. The silver and black accented tablet is geared to the photo enthusiast or novice designer seeking a fun way to turn ordinary photos into extraordinary ones using the pen's 1024 levels of pressure with included software, Adobe Photoshop Elements and Autodesk's Sketchbook Express, according to the folks at Wacom. For...
Mac Computer Expo 2011 to be held Oct. 1
The North Coast Macintosh Users Group will present Macintosh Computer
Expo 2011 (http://ncmug.org/maccomputerexpo/) on Saturday, Oct. 1 from 9 am to 5 pm at the Petaluma Community Center in Petaluma California.
The Macintosh Computer Expo (MCE) is the North Coast Mac Users Group’s (NCMUG) annual free-to-attend fundraising and educational event. Thousands of Macintosh enthusiasts come from all over the Bay Area to visit with Mac product vendors and attend informational workshops and sessions. Celebrating its 18th year this October, the show has grown in attendance from a few hundred visitors to a couple of thousand attendees and is now the largest expo of its type in the San Francisco Bay Area, second only to Macworld in San Francisco.
The line-up of speakers this year include digital photo guru Derrick Story, digital artist Bert Monroy, Christopher Breen and Jason Snell of "Macworld," iStockphoto chief evangelist and author Lesa Snider, Mac author Ted Landau, "Mac Observer" editors...
Infinite Skills offers Final Cut Pro X tutorial video series
Infinite Skills, a producer of e-learning and professional software training videos, has released a tutorial video course for Apple's Final Cut Pro X. Featuring onscreen walkthroughs by longtime trainer and multimedia specialist Andy Anderson, the course demonstrates traditional editing techniques within Final Cut's magnetic timeline interface.
New Final Cut Pro users can take in the whole course, learning the basics of video editing as they work within the Final Cut Pro interface, says Chris Johns, content coordinator for Infinite Skills. At the same time, the Final Cut Pro X tutorial is specifically designed to help professional video editors adopt the new program into their workflow by allowing them to access individual, targeted training videos at any point, he adds..
The tutorial course covers the fundamental areas of video production such as importing footage, making cuts and transitions, working with audio tracks, and integrating Final Cut Pro projects with external...
Sea Animals swims onto Mac OS X
Breek has introduced Sea Animals 1.0, an educational app developed for Mac OS X. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later, costs US$3.99 and is available at the Mac App Store in the Games category.
Developed by parents for their children, with the help of a schoolteacher, Sea Animals HD offers an interactive approach to stimulate your child's mind. All the sounds in this app are genuine. Toddlers can use it as a classic picture book, children will learn a second or third language while playing and having fun. It features 20 original drawings with visual effects.
The Tiny Bang Story available in Mac App Store at 50% off
Colibri Games says that, for a limited time, the new Tiny Bang Story 1.0 for Mac OS X is 50% off (US$4.99). It requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later and is available in the Mac App Store under the Games category.
The Tiny Bang Story is a hand-drawn point-and-click puzzler set on the fictitious world, Tiny Planet. When an asteroid hits, its fragile world breaks into pieces. You'll have to recover its lost beauty and help the population of Tiny Planet. Through five chapters, you'll solve puzzles and fix machines in a point-and-click environment.
Vitamin-R update for Mac OS X improves noise machine controls
Publicspace.net has released Vitamin-R 1.69 (http://www.publicspace.net/Vitamin-R/index.html), an update of its Mac OS X compatible productivity tool for creative professionals. The new version further improves the controls for the tool's built-in noise machine.
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 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher.
QNAP announces new Turbo NAS models
QNAP Systems (http://www.qnap.com) has announced three new Turbo NAS models: the TS-419P II (4-drive), TS-219P II (2-drive), and TS-119P II (single-drive), positioned to provide corporate workgroups, SOHO, and home users with network attached storage (NAS) solutions for data backup and file sharing.
The new models can be upgraded to the latest, free-to-download QNAP NAS firmware (version 3.5), with new features and enhancements, and are backed by a two-year warranty. The new models of the TS-x19P II series are equipped with a 2.0GHz Marvell processor, 512MB DDR3 memory and one or two Gigabit LAN ports.
The products can be integrated into an existing network of workgroups, provide centralized storage with antivirus protection, cross-platform data sharing for Mac, Windows, Linux, and UNIX users, as well as secure connections for users to access data on the server via FTP, a web-based file manager, or WebDAV.
With the MyCloudNAS service, the new models can also be converted into...
FlightCheck for Mac OS X soars to version 6.80
Markzware has announced FlightCheck 6.80, an update to their preflighting and packaging solution for Mac OS X. Among its features, the update will preflight and package Adobe InDesign CS5.5 files for printing, including Illustrator, Photoshop, PDF and QuarkXPress 9.
Version 6.80 is also compatible with the earlier versions of these desktop publishing file types. FlightCheck is the prepress solution for printing quality control.
The software upgrade for FlightCheck 6.80 is available immediately at the online FlightCheck Store (http://markzware.com/products/flightcheck/). Contact the company for pricing.
Andrei Doubrovski releases Elements+ 4.0 for Adobe Photoshop...
Andrei Doubrovski has released Elements+ 4.0 (http://elementsplus.net/), his new enhancement patch for Adobe Photoshop Elements 10. It's an add-on that unlocks the undocumented functions in Photoshop Elements+featured in the latest versions of Photoshop.
Elements+ 4.0 requires Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later and Photoshop Elements 10. It costs US$12.
SMTPit Pro update fixes bugs
Comm-Unity Networking Systems has released a new version of its SMTPit Pro plug-in to fix a few bug fixes and bring in updates from other CNS Plug-ins. SMTPit Pro is available immediately at http://www.smtpitpro.com/ for both Mac OS X and Windows.
SMTPit Pro is an email plug-in for FileMake Pro 7 and greater; it provides an array of email options. You can send simple text based messages, or you can send complex HTML messages. You can send a single message or an entire mail out. I
The Server Edition of SMTPit Pro allows you to install and use the plug-in with FileMaker Server and Server Advanced. With the Server Edition, you can do things like set up schedules to check an email database for new emails that need to be sent out or send email directly from an Instant Web Published database.
This version is a free upgrade for anyone with a 4.x.x license. If you still have an older 4.0.x license, you'll need a new license key for the 4.1.x versions.
A single user license for the client...
Lawsuit alleging that Apple violates privacy is dismissed
A class action suit alleging that Apple, app developers, and mobile advertising companies violated the privacy rights of iPhone users has been dismissed for lack of standing, reports the "Eric Goldman Technology & Marketing Law Blog" (http://macte.ch/UxTa6).
Apple argued that various end user agreements barred claims for the alleged injuries. Per "Eric Goldman," in the dismissal notice filed on Sept. 20, the U.S. District Court for the Northern...
Nielsen: Apple iOS has 28% of US smartphone market
According to an August survey by the Nielsen research group (http://www.nielsen.com), 43% of all smartphone owners have an Android device and 28% have an Apple iOS device.
However, if you ask only those who got a new smartphone in the past three months what kind of phone they chose, more than half (56%) will tell you they picked an Android device, according to Nielsen.. The preferences of these so-called “recent acquirers” are important as they are often a leading indicator of where the market is going, says the research group.
Apple iOS remains popular in second place with 28 percent of all smartphone users, and the same percentage among those who recently got a new device. But those figures could change quickly in the months to come, says Nielsen. Every time Apple launches a new iPhone or makes it available on a new wireless carrier, there is an increase in their sales.
Changes in share aside, the smartphone pie is getting bigger. While 43% of all mobile subscribers in the US had a...
QuickBooks 2012 available in various versions
The 2012 versions of QuickBooks financial software from Intuit (http://www.intuit.com) are now available. New features in the QuickBooks 2012 Pro, Premier and Mac editions include:
° Calendar View, Excel Integration Refresh and Contributed Reports: you can provide new insights through a calendar view of important business tasks, such as invoicing and bill paying deadlines, improved Excel integration that retains formatting changes to reports exported from QuickBooks to Excel with each data refresh and a library of more than 1,000 (and growing) user-contributed reports.
° Lead Center, Document Center and Inventory Center: you can organize important information and make it accessible in three new central repositories.
° Batch Timesheets, Batch Invoicing for Time and Expenses and One-click Transactions: you can reduce repetitive tasks with a few clicks.
° Batch Online Banking Transaction Entry and Progress Invoicing: this simplifies the process of importing and renaming transactions from...
Intego warns of Mac Flashback Trojan Horse
Intego (http://www.integro.com) says it has discovered a new Trojan horse, Flashback, which masquerades as a Flash Player installer.
This Trojan horse has been found in the wild, and has some disturbing actions, according to Intego. Users visiting certain malicious websites may see a link or an icon to download and install Flash Player. Since Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion") doesn't include Flash Player, some users may be fooled, says Intego.
"If the user proceeds with the installation procedure, the installer for this Trojan horse will deactivate some network security software, and, after installation, will delete the installation package itself," the security company adds. "The malware installs a dyld (dynamic loader) library and auto-launch code, allowing it to inject code into applications the user launches. This code, installed in a file at ~/Library/Preferences/Preferences.dylib, connects to a remote server, and sends information about the infected Mac to this server: this includes the...
iPad orders cut -- or maybe not
JP Morgan’s Gokul Hariharan, who covers contract manufacturer Hon Hai Precision, told clients in a note -- as reported by "Barron's" (http://macte.ch/zy7cb) -- that Apple appears to be cutting production of the iPad for the fourth quarter, citing multiple sources from the electronics supply chain. However, Susquehanna’s semiconductor analyst Chris Caso disagrees.
"Multiple supply chain vendors indicate a 25% cut for 4Q11 iPad sell-in orders (first cut ever that we have seen) in the past two weeks, which would mean that Hon Hai ‘s iPad shipments may be down 25% qoq [quarter-over-quarter] in 4Q11 (from sell-in of 17 million in 3Q11 to 13 million in 4Q11)," writes Hariharan.
However, Case counters: "We believe chatter regarding iPadproduction cuts are misleading-we have seen pull-ins, not cuts. We have noted recent comments by competitors discussing iPad production cuts for 4Q. Our recently published AAPL supply-chain checks noted a sequential decline in 4Q iPad builds...
Samsung says, Apple says -- and so it goes
The legal brouhaha between Apple and Samsung continues (not that you're surprised, are you?). Apple has infringed upon Samsung Electronics patents since entering the mobile phone market with the iPhone 3G, a lawyer for Samsung told a Dutch court as the company seeks a ban on some Apple products in the Netherlands, reports "Bloomberg" (http://macte.ch/7bk31).
“Apple just entered the market in 2008 without taking care of the licenses,” Bas Berghuis van Woortman, a lawyer for Simmons & Simmons LLP who represents Samsung, said in The Hague court. “Apple is consciously, structurally infringing the 3G patents.”
Samsung filed four lawsuits against Apple in the Netherlands and the first scheduled hearing is today. Samsung is claiming the iPhone and iPad that use 3G technology infringe Samsung patents and is seeking a ban on their sale in the Netherlands.
Meanwhile, Apple said in a Hague court hearing that Samsung is holding them "hostage" by asking for 2.4% on each 3G chip used in the...
Apple meets with Chinese environmental groups
Apple held talks with Chinese environmental groups earlier this month after the U.S. tech giant was criticized for using manufacturers accused of polluting the environment in China, according to the IDC News Service.
The Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs (IPE), a group based in Beijing, said it held the talks with Apple following a request made by the company, the article adds. IPE called the initiation of talks a positive sign as this was the first time Apple had responded to the environmental groups' concerns about the company's suppliers.
In the past, IPE and other groups have released reports accusing Apple of failing to monitor the work conditions and manufacturing processes used by its various suppliers in China. IPE said it held talks twice with Apple, the second time with the company's supply chain management. While Apple did not specifically address all of the concerns the environmental groups made, the company said it would continue to communicate and...
Clockwork Man 1 and 2 available on Steam
Indie game developer Total Eclipse says its Clockwork Man series, is now available on Steam.
The games feature hand-drawn backgrounds and art, scrolling and zoomable multi-layered scenes, puzzles, a progressive hint system and a blend of hidden object and adventure game play. They're Mac OS X compatible and cost US$9.99 for The Clockwork Man 1 (http://store.steampowered.com/app/111000/) and $13.49 for The Clockwork Man 2 (http://store.steampowered.com/app/111010/).
Here's how the series is described: "In The Clockwork Man you explore a fantastic vision of the past through the eyes of Miranda Calomy, a feisty engineer with a knack for creative problem-solving. Accompanied by her loyal robot friend, Sprocket, she embarks on a global adventure trying to help her grandfather. Will she manage to compile the parts to the world's greatest invention before it's too late?
"The Clockwork Man: The Hidden World brings twice as much fun, puzzles, adventure game play and a story that will...
Deliver2Mac now comes with desktop app
Virtual Programming has released their Deliver2Mac digital delivery app, free Mac OS X software that allows consumers to browse the titles available through the company's Deliver2Mac digital download service and make purchases without needing to load the web site.
Like Valve Software's Steam client, the Deliver2Mac app lets users manage their game library in one place: they can download and install games, launch them, install patches, uninstall games, and read user manuals. They don't even have to keep track of serial numbers anymore, says Virtual Programming CEO Mark Hinton.
The Deliver2Mac app's virtual storefront also offers a place for gamers to download free demos, view game trailers, and peruse titles by category. The new Deliver2Mac launches with three new games: the Hearts of Iron 3: For the Motherland expansion pack, the incredibly realistic World Challenge Golf 2011, and the Europa Universalis III: Chronicles collection.
The Deliver2Mac app is available now at the...
Dexter comes to the Macgamestore
Dexter: The Game for Mac OS X (10.5 and higher) is now available at the Macgamestore (http://www.macgamestore.com). It costs US$9.99.
Here's how the game, based on the Showtime series, "Dexter," is described: "Dexter Morgan is a serial killer. Driven by his need to kill, maintaining his average-guy facade has never been easy. He spends his days as a blood spatter analyst for the Miami police department, but it’s after hours when Dexter is able to fulfill the needs of his dark passenger, exacting his own brand of justice on those criminals who truly deserve to die.
"In the game, help Dexter choose his next victims while always protecting his identity. Analyze crime scenes, uncover evidence and use stealth tactics to stalk your prey. Is the case better served by the courts or the Dark Passenger? The outcome of every choice and action resolves around the Code of Harry: only kill the guilty, maintain the mask, and above all, don’t get caught!"
World Clock Deluxe for Mac OS X ticks to version 4.7.7
MaBaSoft (http://www.mabasoft.net) has updated its World Clock Deluxe time tool to version 4.7.7. The upgrade fixes some incompatibilities with Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion").
Also, the configuration of the show/hide palette keyboard shortcut has been revised so that Unicode keyboards and the F17, F18, F19 keys are now supported. In addition to that, shortcuts containing function keys, arrow keys, or keypad keys do not require modifiers anymore and keypad keys appear in square brackets [ ] in the Palette pane of World Clock Deluxe Preferences.
In version 4.7.7, the offset from UTC of Ust-Nera and Kuril Islands, Russia has been updated after somedistricts of the Sakha Republic moved from Magadan Summer Time (UTC+12) to Vladivostok Summer Time (UTC+11) on Aug. 31. Also, Daylight-saving time information for the Palestinian Territories, Samoa, Ukraine, and the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador has been updated.
With World Clock Deluxe you can display multiple clocks in a horizontal...
Email Marketing Lite revved to version 2.0
3y3.net has introduced Email Marketing Lite 2.0 for Mac OS X, an update of the tool for building email lists targeted to a specific market area. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher, costs US$1999 and is available at the Mac App Store in the Business category.
With Email Marketing Lite, you specify the keywords, and it will bring thousand of emails addresses parsed from the search results. All the lists are stored and can be retrieved for export at any time. You can export the email list to your system.
You can export emails in CSV format, which is adequate for import in databases and Outlook Contacts, or select the VCF format. The latter is the standard virtual card format for contact interchange and is good for GMail, Apple Agenda and other email systems.
Graphic Node introduces new version of Aperture Themes
Graphic Node (http://graphicnode.com/) has released updated version of Aperture Themes. Fourteen new styles were added to the 16 older designs.
The themes feature up to 10 distinct layouts, resulting in a total of 100 fabulous designs. Most of the newly added themes crop images to squares and present them in elegant and trim grids, according to Jolita Unguvaitiene, general manager of Graphic Node. However, the pack also includes eight themes that allow displaying photos in their original sizes.
Aperture Themes requires Aperture 1.5 or later and costs $19. Aperture is Apple's software for pro photographers.
Quark Publishing System steps up iPad publishing with new...
Quark has released Quark Publishing System 9.1, the new version of their dynamic publishing platform for automated publishing to print, Web, e-reader, mobile, and tablet devices.
The new version is compatible with QuarkXPress 9.1 and App Studio, allowing media and corporate publishers to publish to the iPad and other digital formats without hiring a separate team of developers. According to Quark, the update also: incorporates digital assets and workflows into their existing publishing system; automates publishing to the iPad and ePUB format; and lets all system users share, access, and collaborate on digital publishing projects.
With Quark Publishing System 9.1 users can also add digital publishing assets and workflows to existing content, which reduces or even eliminates the need for a separate team to work on digital output, according to Quark. For example, users can add video editors to existing workflows, set up separate workflows for digital publications and even digital...
Graphic Inspector ready for Lion
Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has updated Graphic Inspector, which checks entire folders of graphic files for potential problems, to version 1.7.14. The new version improves checkup accuracy of GIF files and images with unknown resolution.
Graphic Inspector lets graphic professionals et crucial info on multiple graphic files instead of checking them manually. Users automatically get information on multiple raster and vector files. Graphic Inspector will display the file kind, color mode, resolution, compression, color profile, spot colors, fonts, metadata and other attributes.
With its checkup presets, Graphic Inspector lets users create custom control settings and locate files with unwanted attributes. For example, users can make Graphic Inspector warn them about all files whose color mode is RGB, format -- JPEG, resolution is below 200 dpi, ICC profile doesn't contain "USWebCoated" etc.
Graphic Inspector costs US$39.95. A demo is available for download. The 1.7.14 update...
Manhattan Edit Workshop offers Final Cut Pro X training
Manhattan Edit Workshop (Mewshop), an authorized digital training destination, has released its online training series "Classroom in a Cup: Final Cut Pro X" (http://bit.ly/pBI9bh) featuring Mewshop founder and filmmaker, Josh Apter; and Apple Certified Trainer, Ari Feldman.
In the course, they teach the ins-and-outs of Final Cut Pro X with candid commentary about the radical changes and immense potential offered by the latest version of the Apple software for video pros. For online delivery of the tutorial, which consists of five plus hours of training divided into 22 chapters, Manhattan Edit Workshop has partnered with industry online training provider, Class on Demand.
Students can stream the new "Classroom in a Cup: Final Cut Pro X" tutorial from the Class on Demand learning platform for US$39.95 (http://bit.ly/pBI9bh). "Classroom in a Cup" Virtual Office Hours for answering any questions that may pop up are included with each subscription purchase.
Black Cat Systems releases DX Toolbox 3.6.4
Black Cat Systems has released DX Toolbox version 3.6.4, an update of the Mac OS X X radio propagation/conditions analysis and forecasting tool for amateur radio operators, shortwave listeners, and other radio enthusiasts.This version incorporates several big fixes .
DX Toolbox us designed to help amateur radio operators and shortwave listeners estimate radio propagation conditions. Several propagation forecasting charts are available to estimate signal levels and path conditions between any two points on the Earth.
DX Toolbox sells for US$24.99. A feature complete demo is available at the product web site (http://www.blackcatsystems.com/software/dxtoolbox.html).
FMPro Migrator for Mac OS X revved To Version 6.2.4
.com Solutions has released FmPro Migrator Developer Edition 6.2.4 ( http://www.fmpromigrator.com/products/fmpro_migrator/index.html). The addition of support for merge fields, static tooltips and layout symbols has been added to the PHP Conversion feature of FmPro Migrator Platinum Edition.
The Visual FoxPro Conversion Service built into in FmPro Migrator Developer Edition enables FileMaker Pro developers to automate the conversion of Windows-only FoxPro solutions into cross-platform compatible FileMaker Pro database files. Converted solutions can be run on MacOS X, Windows and iPhone/iPad mobile devices using FileMaker Go.
This feature converts DBF file tables, data, relationships, forms, reports/labels, scripts, and static ComboBox/ListBox value lists into FileMaker Pro database files.
FmPro Migrator Platinum Edition is priced at US$600 per developer and includes a copy of FmPro Migrator Platinum Edition for both Mac OS X and Windows platforms. Existing FmPro Migrator Developer...
Verizon sides with Samsung in Apple case
"FOSS Patents" (http://macte.ch/BWN4L) says Verizon, the largest U.S. wireless carrier, has implored the United States District Court for the Northern District of California to deny Apple's request for a US-wide preliminary injunction against four Samsung products (the Infuse 4G, Galaxy S 4G and Droid Charge smartphones, and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet computer), arguing that such a decision would run counter to the public interest as it "would hinder Verizon Wireless in developing and deploying its next generation high-speed LTE [fourth-generation] network, the job growth dependant on that network, and will undercut key public policy goals, including expansion of American's [sic] access to broadband networks and faster communication with emergency personnel."
Verizon recently proposed that President Barack Obama should exercise his presidential veto right against possible ITC import bans against Apple's as well as Android-based devices. Now the company has filed a motion for leave (a...
S3 Graphics sues Apple -- again
S3 Graphics, a company HTC is in the process of buying has sued Apple (again), this time accusing the company of violating two different patents, reports "FOSS Patents" (http://macte.ch/QYw5u).
S3 has asked infringing products -- the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Macs -- be barred from sale. A complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission was accompanied by a federal lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in the district of Delaware.
The beef between Apple and HTC/S3 started in March 2010 with Apple's first ITC complaint against HTC. In May 2010, HTC retaliated with an ITC complaint against Apple, and S3 Graphics filed its first ITC complaint against Apple.
In July 2011 the U.S. International Trade Commission ruled that Mac OS X violates patents held by S3 Graphics, while the platform for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad tablet doesn't. The operating system on the Mac infringes two S3 patents related to graphics chips, Judge James Gildea said.
S3 Graphics makes image compression...
Mac PDF Trojan Horse gallops onto the scene
Security specialist Intego (http://www.intego.com) says a new malware sample affecting Mac OS X has been discovered.
It's an application masquerading as a PDF file, which connects to a remote server to download a backdoor. This application displays text, like a PDF, to fool users who open it, and don’t notice what really happens, says Intego.
When a user opens the file, the executable goes into action, extracting a different executable, which then downloads a backdoor from a remote server. This first executable only works on Intel-based Macs, and the backdoor doesn't work on Macs using a case-sensitive file system (which is not the default). The backdoor takes screenshots and sends them to a command and control server, and can perform other actions.
"This PDF Trojan horse was not found in the wild, and is most likely simply a proof of concept," says Intego. "Its design is clunky, yet it can work, and does connect to an active server. VirusBarrier X6 users will find that the program’...
LVL Patent Group sues Apple, 26 other companies
Another day, another lawsuit. LVL Patent Group is suing Apple and 26 other companies for patent infringement involving wireless recordings of transactions.
The lawsuit accuses the 27 companies -- which include AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, RIM, Nokia, Samsung Motorola, HTC and HP -- of violating a total of four patents, notes "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com). While three of them were granted in 2000 and earlier, one invention entitled "Telephone/Transaction Entry Device and System for Entering Transaction Data Into Databases" was issued earlier this month, on Sept. 13, by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the article adds.
LVL Patent Group says Apple and other wireless handset manufacturers are violating the three patents "by making, using, selling, offering to sell, or importing mobile communication devices that include a data transaction assembly server." LVL has said that this alleged infringement has resulted in "monetary damages in an amount not yet...