Joy Factory rolls out bike mount for the iPhone
The Joy Factory (http://www.thejoyfactory.com) has added StormCruiser, an US$49.95 bicycling mounting system for the iPhone 4 and 4S. It's designed for mountain bike riders, active adults, moms on-the-go and others who rely on their smartphone throughout the day.
The StormCruiser's weather-resistant case protects the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S from water, dust and grease damage. With the option to mount the StormCruiser horizontally or vertically on the frame of a bicycle or stroller, a user’s iPhone is also transferable from one to the other.
It can also be mounted on a variety of object frames, such as sports umbrellas, ranging from .63 inches to 1.3 inches in diameter. The StormCruiser allows users to leverage applications hands-free such as interactive heart and fitness monitors, GPS maps, MP3 players or a speaker phone.
SeedCode Complete for FileMaker gets QuickBooks integration
The project tracking template, SeedCode Complete, for FileMaker Pro 11 is now pre-wired for QuickBooks integration.
Once this is enabled you can pull your existing customers and products from QuickBooks into FileMaker, and post your FileMaker invoices directly to QuickBooks. Out of the box SeedCode Complete will push new contacts to QuickBooks and/or link an existing FileMaker contact with an existing contact in QuickBooks.
However, it isn't pulling all QuickBooks contacts into FileMaker. Similarly, if you record payments in FileMaker it'll push those to QuickBooks, but won't pull in payments created in QuickBooks. This can all be changed, however, by FileMaker developers.
SeedCode Complete is an unlocked FileMaker template used as the starting point for custom solutions. It includes Contacts, Project Management, Invoicing, Time Tracking, Calendars and Gantt Charts components.
SeedCode Complete is US$529 plus $129 per user. You can checkout short movie of the Complete in action, and...
Jurassic Park: The Game prowls at the Macgamestore
Jurassic Park: The Game is now available at the Macgamestore (http://www.Macgamestore.com). It requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher and costs US$29.99.
Here's how the game is described: "Survive confrontations with T-Rex, Velociraptors and other dinosaurs. Jurassic Park: The Game begins where the Barbasol can left off: The dinosaur embryos that Dennis Nedry attempted to smuggle from the park in the faux Barbasol can remain missing. A mysterious rival corporation brings in Nima, a professional smuggler with intimate knowledge of the park's island setting, to retrieve the embryos."
Inspector Pro for FileMaker updated to version 3.1
Beezwax and FM::Nexus have released Inspector Pro 3.1, an update to the tool for analyzing FileMaker database systems. Now, developers can use interactive data visualization to gain insight into their FileMaker Pro solutions.
Inspector Pro 3.1's new Mac-only Script Universe and Script and Calculation Trees provide interactive views of database elements. New Security Perspective reports make it easier for developers to analyze database security, according to Vincenzo Menanno, founder of FM:Nexus and Director of FileMaker Development for Beezwax.
Inspector Pro 3.1 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or 10.7 and works with FileMaker database versions 11, 10, 9, or 8. FileMaker Pro Advanced is required for a developer to generate a DDR (Database Design Report) to be used for database analysis.
Inspector Pro 3 is priced at US$495 for new customers and is available for purchase and download through Beezwax Datatools (http://www.beezwax.net). A full-feature trial download is available. Current...
Dfx 3 supports Avid 64-bit NLE
The Tiffen Company saysTiffen Dfx 3 digital filter suite is now compatible with Avid 64-bit systems, Media Composer, and Symphony 6.0, as well as NewsCutter 10.0. In addition to 64-bit, the updated Dfx v3 plug-in sports enhanced filter control and adds support for 16 Sony camera models.
The software boasts enhanced multi-processor acceleration for faster interaction and rendering of images. Version 3.0.5 offers 10 new filters for optical effects, updated host support, interface improvements, and more.
The Tiffen Dfx 3 Video/Film plug-in is available today for US$599.95. One Tiffen Dfx Video/Film plug-in license will allow it to run in Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro 6/7, and Avid Editing Systems if installed on the same machine.
The Tiffen Dfx v3 Photo plug-in is available today at an introductory price of $199.95. One Tiffen Dfx Photo plug-in license will allow it to run in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, and Apple...
Maintain serves up a new Cocktail for Lion users
Maintain has released Cocktail 5.0.3, the latest version of Cocktail (http://www.maintain.se/c) for Mac OS X 10.7.2 ("Lion"). The update adds the "Show user Library directory" setting and ability to set Time Machine backup interval. It also contains improvements on the "Delete localization files" procedure.
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. Cocktail 5.0.2 (Lion Edition) requires Mac OS X/Mac OS X Server 10.7 or later and is tested for compatibility with Mac OS X/Mac OS X Server 10.7.1.
Cocktail (Snow Leopard Edition) for Mac OS X 10.6 and Cocktail (Leopard Edition) for Mac OS X 10.5 are available for download from the Maintain website. Cocktail is US$19 for a single user license and available for purchase from the Maintain website. The license is valid for both Lion and Snow Leopard editions of Cocktail. Cocktail (Leopard Edition) is distributed as freeware and doesn't...
New Apple board member awarded 142 restricted shares
According to a form filed with the SEC, Disney CEO Robert Iger received as part of his new position on Apple's board of directors 142 restricted shares that vest next February, reports "CNNMoney."
At Apple's closing price of $388.83 Tuesday, the day the shares were issued, the grant was worth $55,213.86 That's comparable to the grants offered other Apple directors. When Andrea Jung joined the board in January 2008, she received 3,000 restricted shares, but those shares had a strike price ($180.05) and took three years to become totally vested. Read more at http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2011/11/18/disneys-chairman-gets-his-apple-s... .
Earlier this week it was announced that Iger, president and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, will join Apple’s board and will serve on the audit committee. He's also a member of the board of directors for the National September 11 Memorial & Museum and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Iger became a board member of the US-China Business Council...
HP, Dell, Acer, others throwing in the towel on tablets?
HP, Dell, Acer and Asustek are giving up on the tablet market, basically conceding it to Apple, Amazon and Barnes & Noble, according to "DigiTimes" (http://www.digitimes.com), quoting unnamed sources from "upstream supply chains."
"With Amazon offering its Kindle Fire at US$199 and Barnes & Noble to provide its upcoming Nook Simple Touch at a price of US$99, the pure hardware players are unlikely to profit from the market through price competition," says "DigiTimes. "... The sources pointed out that although iPad 2 is also seeing strong demand from consumers, sales were lower than those of iPad, indicating that consumers' strong enthusiasm for tablet PCs has already disappeared."
Apple accuses Amazon of false advertising
Apple, which has sued Amazon over its use of the term "App Store," has expanded the scope of its lawsuit to include claims of false advertising related to the launch this week of the Internet retailer's tablet, reports "CNET."
The amended complaint alleges that since the Android tablet was unveiled in September, Amazon has begun altering its "Amazon Appstore for Android" moniker to de-emphasize the "for Android" suffix in ads for the device.
"Amazon's use is also likely to lessen the goodwill associated with Apple's App Store service and Apple products designed to utilize Apple's App Store service by associating Apple's App Store service with the inferior qualities of Amazon's service," Apple claimed in the filing. Read more at http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57327336-93/apple-adds-false-advertisin... .
Apple posts Xcode 4.2.1
Apple released Xcode 4.2.1, an update of its developer tools. It's a maintenance update that fixes several bugs.
Xcode 4.2.1 requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It's a free download at the Mac App Store.
VMWare Fusion gets faster, offers improvements for Lion
VMWare (http://www.vmware.com) has updated VMware Fusion, software that lets you run Windows on a Mac without rebooting, to version 4.1. Graphics with Internet Explorer 9 are up to 6x faster after the Microsoft fix combined with the latest software.
According to the folks at VMWare, the other features of VMWare 4.1 are:
° Full screen compatibility with Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion"). Like other full screen Lion applications, a VMware Fusion virtual machine will move to a new space when using a single display. If you're using multiple displays, making a virtual machine full screen will take the whole display but not create a new space. This allows working in Mac applications on one display while the virtual machine can make full use of the other.
° The full menu bar is now accessible from full screen mode in both Snow Leopard and Lion. VMWare added a short delay in showing the menu, which allows users to access the top of the virtual machine screen. This is particularly useful when running...
Apple the brand to beat this holiday season
As Black Friday and the holiday season approaches, Apple appears to be the consumer electronics brand to beat. A recent Nielsen survey (http://www.nielsen.com) shows kids’ holiday gaming and electronics appetites are whet by a number of top-selling Apple devices -- with the iPad leading the pack.
Consistent with U.S. kids’ 2010 wish lists, the iPad is the most desired consumer electronic among kids ages 6-12 for holiday 2011. In fact, the iPad increases its stronghold, with nearly half (44%) of kids expressing interest in the product, up from 31% in 2010. Two other popular Apple devices -- the iPod touch (30%) and iPhone (27%) -- round out kids’ top three, with computers and other tablet brands each appealing to a quarter of younger consumers.
Among consumers ages 13 and older, appeal for the iPad (24%) has also broadened relative to last year (18%), and exceeds that of computers (18%), 2010’s top item. Further, it appears the iPad has successfully paved the way for other tablet...
WinOnX runs Windows apps on Macs for $4.99
WinOnX is a new utility from NES Software that lets users run Microsoft Windows applications on Macs. It works with Mac OS X 10.6 or higher, costs US$4.99 and is available in the Mac App Store.
A video demonstration of WinOnX is available at http://www.winonx.com/video . Once WinOnX is installed, Mac users can run Windows applications with a double-click of an application’s icon, says NES CEO Hisham El-Emam
Technically speaking, WinOnX is a Windows emulator and compatibility layer based on the open source Wine project. It manages the communications between Mac OS X and 16- and 32-bit Windows applications written for Windows 2.x and higher.
FireCore Releases aTV Flash for the Apple TV
FireCore has announced the release of aTV Flash (black), a suite of applications to enhance the second generation AppleTV. It costs US$29.95, which includes updates for one year, and can be obtained at http://firecore.com/atvflash-black .
aTV Flash (black) empowers the Apple set-top box to do more by adding the abilities to: play additional media formats; surf the web with an HTML5 compatible browser; listen to Last.fm radio; and access Weather forecasts and RSS news feeds.
The new Media Player included with aTV Flash (black) can access files directly from a Mac, PC or NAS drive without having to use iTunes. It downloads and organizes metadata and covert art automatically and will present media in your choice of a list or grid view. Supported file formats include AVI, FLAC, ISO, M2TS, MKV, MP3, MP4, MPEG, VOB, WAV and many others. Support for AC3/DTS sound, subtitles, DVD menus, playlists and photo slideshows are also included.
Also included is Couch Surfer Pro, a web browser that...
Archivme for Lion is new budgeting, invoicing app
Archivme, a budgeting and invoicing app is now available for Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion") on the Mac App Store. It costs US$18.99 and is available in the Finance category.
Archivme lets you manage bills and personal documents. Features include quick imports and a third-party scanner feature with OCR.
With Archivmen's AIRZone feature, your PDF invoices are detected and sorted by categories. Once a receipt or an invoice is added, charts and analytics are automatically updated.
Harman introduces JBL OnBeat Xtreme
Harman International Industries has introduced the US$599 JBL OnBeat Xtreme, a stylized iPad dock that provides "room-filling" sound in a table-top stereo system.
The JBL OnBeat Xtreme is optimized for the iPad and iPad 2, yet its rotating dock connector also works with the iPhone and iPod touch. Through Bluetooth wireless speakers, the JBL OnBeat Xtreme connects with an iOS device to play when detached from the dock, as well as with Android smartphones or tablets and wireless MP3 players.
The JBL OnBeat Xtreme can be used for hands-free calling through Apple’s FaceTime or Skype or used for video conference calls. Its speakerphone works with Bluetooth-enabled phones via a built-in microphone, while the sound is enhanced through digital sound processing (DSP) and echo cancellation, says Sachin Lawande, EVP and co-president of Harman’s Lifestyle and Infotainment divisions.
The wireless speakers’ sound emanates from dual Atlas bass drivers and Ridge tweeters optimized by DSP...
Gum Max is new back-up iPad battery
Just Mobile (http://www.xtand.net/) has launched the Just Mobile Gum Max, an US$109.95 back-up battery for the iPad and iPad 2.
With 10,400mAh capacity, the aluminium clad Gum Max can fully recharge an iPad and still have juice to spare, according to the folks at Just Mobile. Its USB output allows you to charge multiple smartphones, too.
Eight LED power indicators help you keep track of Gum Max’s remaining power. You can recharge from a standard USB port.
Mafia II: Director’s Cut coming to the Mac next month
Feral Interactive says the atmospheric gangster adventure, Mafia II: Director’s Cut, will be released for the Mac (Mac OS X 10.6.8 or higher) on Dec. 1. It's rated M for gamers over 17.
Developed by 2K Czech and published by 2K Games for game consoles and PC, Mafia II: Director’s Cut is a specially-created package that includes the standalone version of Mafia II and all of the game's previously released add-on packs and downloadable content.
Here's how the game is described: "Set in post-World War II America, Mafia II: Director’s Cut is an intense, tightly woven story that transports players into the dark and unforgiving world of organized crime. Players control Vito Scaletta, a Sicilian immigrant making a name for himself on the mean streets of Empire Bay. Together with his childhood friend Joe Barbaro, Vito quickly becomes a trusted member of a powerful mob family, but quickly discovers that the life of a wise guy is as dangerous as it is glamorous.
"If Vito is to rise from lowly...
SyncMate 3.5 adds compatibility with iOS 5
Eltima Software has released SyncMate 3.5 (http://mac.eltima.com/), a new version of their US$39.95 sync tool for Mac OS X. The main option introduced in the new version is compatibility with iOS 5 and Android 4.x devices.
SyncMate 3.5 will sync iCal, Address book, iTunes, iPhoto, folders, bookmarks, notes, and other data between iOS devices and a Mac. Version 3.5 also features non-sync options. For example, you can mount Android devices as Mac disks, manage SMS messages on Mac, export SMS messages to different formats, etc.
SyncMate also allows syncing data on Mac with online Google and Dropbox accounts, and offers its own online storage for data backup. All sync with all supported devices is combined into one instance of SyncMate, without the necessity of installing many apps for each synced device.
Perceptive Automation revs Mac home automation server
Perceptive Automation has announced Indigo 5, an update to the company's intelligent home control server for Mac OS X. It now supports a plug-in API [application programming interface] that gives third party developers the ability to add native device types, trigger events, and actions.
Built-in plug-ins include access to weather data, AV control, and EasyDAQ relay support. Other new features include a new complex condition editor, user interface improvements, and support for new and updated INSTEON devices.
Indigo 5 Pro is available now for US$179.95 and Indigo 5 Lite for $89.95 at the Perceptive Automation website (http://www.perceptiveautomation.com/indigo/index.html). Owners of previous versions of Indigo can get an upgrade discount to Indigo 5. Also available online is a 30-day trial copy of Indigo 5 Pro. Indigo runs on Mac OS X 10.5 or greater.
djay 4.0 for for the Mac adds Harmonic Match
Algoriddim has released djay 4.0, an update to its DJ app for the Mac. The new version introduces a Harmonic Match feature that enables "music enthusiasts to create the perfect mix."
djay for Mac is a music app with a visual interface that enables music lovers to compose beats, DJ a party, create playlists and more. Version 4.0 is optimized for Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion").
With the introduction of the new visual key match wheel, djay automatically registers a song's key and matches it to songs of the same key within an iTunes music library. This integration of harmonic mixing capabilities enables easy mashups that are pitch-perfect, says Karim Morsy, CEO of algoriddim.
djay 4.0 requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher and costs US$19.99. It's available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Music category.
Raidon introduces new internal storage solution
Raidon (http://www.RAIDON.com.tw) has unveiled new, dual-bay 3.5-inch SATA RAID 5/SAS JBOD storage solutions -- the iR2630 and iS2630.
The former supports three 3.5-inch SATA HDD with RAID 0 & 5 functions. It also comes with the standard Raidon hot-swappable design to facilitate HDD installation, management and maintenance during operation. In addition, the iR2630 provides a RS232 port for the integration of information to the system installed.
The iS2630 provides three 3.5-inch SAS/SATA HDD housing with JBOD function, and offers options of using SAS or SATA hard drive upon various requirements from users. It can be upgraded to a RAID storage solution when collocating a RAID card for desired applications.
The RAIDON 2630 series are structured from the size of two standard 5.25-inch CD-ROMs and can be installed to the industrial control systems or operating servers. For details go to the Raidon website.
RE:Vision Effects releases Twixtor 5 for Avid systems.
RE:Vision Effects (http://www.revisionfx.com) has released its Twixtor 5 plug-in for Avid Media Composer, Symphony and NewsCutter, including 64-bit support for Media Composer 6, Symphony 6 and NewsCutter 10.
Twixtor can create slow motion shots without the cost of renting a high speed camera. The plug-in synthesizes new frames by warping and interpolating frames of the original sequence by employing RE:Vision's proprietary tracking technology that calculates motion for each individual pixel, says Pete Litwinowicz, president of RE:Vision Effects, Inc.
Twixtor 5 costs US$329.95 for new users. You can upgrade to Twixtor 5 from a previous Twixtor for Avid systems version for $82.49. Volume discounts and a demo are available for download.
Impression for Lion no longer just a plug-in
Blue Crowbar Software has released Impression 2.0, an update to its watermark software for Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion").
Impression is no longer just a plug-in for iPhoto and Aperture; it's now a full-featured watermark app that adds lots of new possibilities. You can create the watermark text in the app itself instead of having to use an external app, store different watermarks as presets to re-use them, export the watermarked photos in custom sizes, formats and more.
Impressions 2.0 also lets you scale text watermarks without degrading the quality. The watermark can be rotated diagonally. What's more, Impression automatically scales the watermark proportionally to the size of the photo instead of using a fixed size
Impression 2.0 is available today on the Mac App Store. From now until the end of November, you can buy the app at an upgrade price of US$9.99. After that, the price will go back to $14.99. The plug-ins for iPhoto and Aperture can be downloaded for free from the Blue Crowbar...
Recosoft updates PDF2Office products
Recosoft Corp. (http://www.recosoft.com) has released PDF2Office Standard 5.2 and PDF2Office SE for iWork 1.1. They've been updated to support application sandboxing.
The new versions also offer improved PDF to Office format conversions and PDF to iWork formats conversions. The PDF2Office family of products converts PDF documents to common Office formats, recreating the intended construction and layout of the document.
PDF2Office Standard and PDF2Office SE for iWork are available only through
the Mac App Store for US$62.99 and $59.99, respectively.
Mac now has 5% global market share, a 15-year high
iOS devices get all the publicity, but the Mac in going strong. In a note to clients -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) -- Needham & Company analyst Charles Wolf says Apple saw its worldwide share of the computer market pass the 5% mark for the first time in 15 years due, mainly, to strong gains in Asia.
Mac sales in the third quarter of 2011 outpaced the overall computer market for the 22nd straight quarter. Apple's 24.6% growth was much higher than the 5.3% growth in total computer shipments.
Apple reported record Mac sales of 4.89 million for the period. According to Wolf, that was enough to push Apple past the "magic 5% mark," up from 4.7% globally in June and 4.4% a year ago.
"More impressively, the growth in Mac shipments in the past year represented 20% of the growth in worldwide PC shipments," he said.
The Mac saw 25.6% growth in the home market and 43.8% in the business market. Unfortunately, in the education market there was only 2.9% Mac...
Panels shipping for the iPad 3?
Apple has been reportedly controlling iPad 2 panel inventories, which might affect iPad 2 panel shipments for suppliers including Samsung Electronics, LG Display and Chimei Innolux (CMI) in the fourth quarter of 2011, according to a "DigiTimes" report (http://www.digitimes.com), quoting unnamed "industry sources."
Sales of iPads at the end market totaled 11.12 million units in the third quarter of 2011, according to data released by Apple. However, inventories of parts and components prepared by the makers in the supply chain for the production of iPad 2 in the quarter are sufficient for the production of 15-16 million iPads, leaving a stockpile of 4-5 million units of iPad 2 in the supply chain, notes "DigiTimes."
Even as Apple adjusts panel inventory for the iPad 2, Samsung and Sharp began shipping panels for the iPad 3 in October, the article adds. Taiwan-based touch panel makers TPK Holding and Wintek will begin to ship touch panels for the new iPads to the supply chain this month...
Mobile malware on the rise -- especially on the Android platform
In its annual "Malicious Mobile Threats Report, report," the Juniper research group (http://globalthreatcenter.com/?p=2268) found a 400% increase in Android malware from 2009 to the summer of 2010.
The Juniper Global Threat Center found that the months of October and November are shaping up to see the fastest growth in Android malware discovery in the history of the platform. The number of malware samples identified in September increased by 28% over the number of the known Android malware samples. October showed a 110% increase in malware sample collection over the previous month and a striking 171% increase from what had been collected up to July 2011.
"The main reason for the malware epidemic on Android is because of different approaches that Apple and Google take to police their application stores," says Juniper. "Android’s open applications store model, which the lacks code signing and an application review process that Apple requires, makes it easy for attackers to distribute...
Apple releases Final Cut Pro X 10.0.2
Apple has released Final Cut Pro X 10.0.2, an update of its video editing app The update fixes issues with file playback related to third-party recording devices, a glitch in which fonts in a title reverted back to the default font after restarting the app and more.
Of course, version 10.0.2 includes the improvements of version 10.0.1. Final Cut Pro X 10.0.2 can be obtained via the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.
CrumplePop releases ShrinkRay X for FCP X
CrumplePop has released ShrinkRay X, a tilt-shift effect for Final Cut Pro X. And it's being offered free for one week. After this it will cost US$75.
With ShrinkRay X, you can make big scenes appear tiny, whether it's buildings, people, or landscapes. Built from the ground-up for Final Cut Pro X, the effect includes simple on-screen controls and a suite of focal area adjustment tools.
With ShrinkRay X, you can add tilt-shift effects to any project by dragging and dropping inside FCP X. There's a mask view to more quickly see which areas within your frame are blurred and in focus
Three Focus/Blur Patch tools help clean up the frame and create photorealistic focus areas, ShrinkRay X offers control over blur magntitude, orientation, and falloff. You can instantly play back a preview after you've applied the effect.
ShrinkRay X supports all codecs, resolutions and frame rates supported by Final Cut Pro X. ShrinkRay X works in Final Cut Pro X only on Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. Users who...
Harman serves up JBL Jembe desktop speakers
Harman International Industries has released the JBL Jembe desktop speakers, a compact and lightweight system. The speakers were built with patented JBL Slipstream port technology, which improves performance by delivering full bass with minimum distortion, says Sachin Lawande, executive vice president, chief technology officer and co-president, Lifestyle and Infotainment.
The JBL Jembe speakers were designed for flexibility and portability, as they can be used with a computer or laptop but also as a dynamic two-piece speaker system for digital music players, smartphones and gaming consoles, he adds. Computers and devices such as an iPad, iPod or iPhone connect to the Jembe speakers through a 3.5-millimeter auxiliary output, while a separate headphone jack allows for private listening.
The Jembe speakers feature the JBL Weave design and come in black. They measure 4-3/16 x 4-3/16 x 5-5/16 inches and have a volume control knob on top of one speaker for adjustments. Power controls...
XtremeMac's Tango Bar tangoes onto the Mac
XtremeMac (http://www.xtrememac.com) has released the Tango Bar, a 10-watt amplified speaker, with a single USB connection for both power and audio, that connects to any Mac computer or PC.
Featuring a slim design, the Tango Bar is built to fit beneath an iMac or Cinema Display. It sports six speaker configuration with dual dome tweeters, midrange/bass drivers and passive radiators. Additional connections include headphone output, line-in jack and optional sub-out port.
The Tango Bar is available now in the US for $99.99 at Apple.com, Amazon.com and XtremeMac.com .
ClamCase introduces new iPad 2 keyboard case
ClamCase (http://www.ClamCase.com) has launched the US$149 white ClamCase for the iPad 2. It features a white, high-grade plastic shell, a hinge, and a scissor-action, chiclet style keyboard.
Its matte white shell serves as the front-line against fingerprints and scratches, as well as dents and dings. The ClamCase boasts a full QWERTY keyboard with 14 special keys.
TP-Link rolls out new wireless, portable routers
TP-LINK, a provider of networking products, has announced two new Portable Wireless N Routers designed to provide high-speed Internet access anywhere you go. Both routers can connect tablet computers, smart phones, portable gaming consoles, and other mobile electronic devices while on-the-go.
The new 150Mbps Wireless N Mini Pocket Router can be used to create an instant Wi-Fi hotspot by plugging in an Ethernet cable from your existing network or modem. The US$29.99 device lets you expand your wireless network for the use of Wi-Fi enabled laptops, mobile phones, tablets, game consoles and more.
The Mini Pocket Router operates as an access point to create a Wi-Fi hotspot from a wired source. It also functions as a wireless router, range extender or wireless bridge. The cube design is small enough to fit into your pocket and plugs right into an electrical outlet.
The $39.99 Portable 3G/3.75G Wireless N Router (pictured) connects to the Internet via 3G cellular networks -- the same...
Belkin releases LiveAction camera app, accessories
Belkin has announced LiveAction Camera accessories for the iPhone and iPod touch, as well as a free LiveAction app.
The app features an on-screen interface to upload photos and videos directly onto Facebook or into an email without having to open another program. It also allows you to capture still photos while simultaneously recording video of the same content.
Separate photo and video buttons let you switch modes right on screen. In addition to working in conjunction with Belkin’s LiveAction Camera products, the LiveAction app can also be used alone as the primary camera app for the iPhone and iPod touch.
The US$49.9 LiveAction Camera Grip (pictured) is designed to transform an iPhone or iPod touch into a traditional digital camera. It sports a contoured, soft-touch design and external shutter button. The Camera Grip attaches to the charge connector of the device and fits over most cases.
The integrated tripod mount attaches to any standard tripod for more stabilized control....
V-MODA unveils limited edition metal headphones
V-MODA (http://www.V-MODA.com) has unveiled the latest in its Live Play series -- the over-ear Crossfade LP2 Metal Headphones.
Users can choose from an array of over 12 colors of interchangeable ear shields that can also be professionally etched with their own artwork and logos, letters or numbers. V-MODA's endorse yourself program is also available to existing V-MODA Crossfade series customers.
A refinement to the critically acclaimed sound of the Crossfade LP, the heart of the Crossfade LP2’s Live PlayTM sound signature is its patent-pending and biggest-in-class 50mm Dual-Diaphragm Drivers and V-PORT 3D staging, says says Val Kolton, V-MODA CEO and DJ. This innovative driver displacement is energy efficient yet can recreate the sound of multiple drivers with the quality and consistency of a single driver, he adds.
The driver’s diaphragm is constructed of a harder inner ring for mids and highs and a soft outer ring dedicated to deep bass extension. The Crossfade LP2 is fine-tuned...
SwitchEasy offers Avant-garde series of iPhone cases
SwitchEasy (http://www.switcheasy.com) has launched its Avant-garde series of cases (the Blossom, Chateau, Clockwork and PLANK) for iPhone 4/ iPhone 4 users.
The cases sport a sculptural design for enhanced tactile and grip sensation for added protection and an UltraFrame made from polycarbonate. The boast complete protection with headphone jack and connector protectors included.
The Avant-garde cases come in a variety of colors and styles. The suggested retail price of each case is US$34.99.
Marshall White headphones now available in white
Marshall White is now available in white in all Marshall Headphones retailers, and online at http://www.marshallheadphones.com .
The Marshall Major's exterior is made out of the same vinyl used in Marshall amplifiers and it bears the original Marshall texture. The US$119 Major comes equipped with a microphone and remote for use with cell phones incorporating the 3.5mm standard.
The Marshall Minor ($59) is an in-ear model. EarClick construction secures the earphone in the ear. The Minor comes quipped with a microphone and remote for use with cell phones incorporating the 3.5mm standard.
Blackmagic adds Avid DNxHD recording, playback to HyperDeck...
Blackmagic Design (http://www.blackmagic-design.com) has announced HyperDeck Software Update 2.0, a new software update for HyperDeck Studio that adds broadcast quality compressed 10 bit recording and playback to the Avid DNxHD format.
DNxHD is a broadcast industry standard for media files. Adding native support for this compressed video format into HyperDeck Studio will allow dramatically longer recording times, lower media storage costs, and full file format compatibility with Avid Media Composer systems, according to the folks at Blackmagic. All media is recorded in MXF format, so it’s immediately available in Media Composer.
HyperDeck Software Update 2.0 will be available at the end of November free of charge for all HyperDeck Studio customers. HyperDeck Studio still includes support for uncompressed 10-bit video. HyperDeck Studio is available for US$995.
RapidWeaverThemes relaunches with 10 new themes
RapidWeaverThemes has relaunched its website in collaboration with iPresentee and added 10 new themes for RapidWeaver, Realmac's website building application.
The themes are Real Estate, Solid Grey, Tea, Ink, Sport Extreme, Pregnancy Diary, Village, Illustrator, Whitewater Canoeing and Time for Business. They include different built-in styles, page styles and snippets for more advanced theme editing options.
Each theme can be previewed before the purchase so users can see exactly what they're getting. To get started buy, download, install the theme, choose the perfect one for you, and get to work.
The themes require Mac OS X 10.4 or higher and RapidWeaver 4.0 or later. Each RapidWeaver theme is available from US$12.99. Samples and more information are available from the RapidWeaverThemes web site (http://www.rapidweaverthemes.net).
Jumsoft relesases new clipart collection
Jumsoft (http://www.jumsoft.com) has released Clipart Prime 1.0, their new clipart library for Mac OS X 10.6 and higher. It packs 100 clipart images for creating icons or illustrating Web pages, slide presentations, invitations, newsletters, and various other types of content.
Themes vary from business and science symbols to food, with 10 subject categories included in the debut version. All Clipart Prime images have transparent backgrounds to allow users to place them on existing images with different colors and patterns.
The PNG format lets you change brightness, contrast, and other image properties. In addition, images are available in two resolutions -- 75 dpi for the Web and 300 dpi for printing. Clipart Prime is compatible with Apple's Pages and Keynote applications, as well as with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and various graphic editors.
Clipart Prime 1.0 costs US$18.99. It's available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category.
AT&T: other iPhone carriers not hurting our business
AT&T Inc.'s customers have remained loyal despite losing its exclusivity for selling the iPhone, the U.S. telecommunications company tells "MarketWatch" (http://macte.ch/7zPzg).
"Churn has not moved at all," said Glen Lurie, president of emerging devices for AT&T. Churn refers to the number of customers who cancel services.
Lurie adds that AT&T's relationship with Apple has been positive, and they've had record-breaking sales of the latest iPhone 4S which has led to some supply issues. U.S. consumers are looking at a week to two week wait times to get the latest iPhone 4S from AT&T, he said.
T-Mobile's 4G network expands to cover more locations
T-Mobile USA (http://www.T-Mobile.com) says it's doubled the speed of its 4G network in 11 additional markets, offering faster 4G (HSPA+ 42) to nearly 180 million Americans in 163 markets.
In addition, T-Mobile expanded the reach of its nationwide 4G (HSPA+ 21) network to nine additional markets, now covering 208 markets across the country and reaching more than 200 million people, according to Neville Ray, chief technology officer, T-Mobile USA.
The company also recently introduced the T-Mobile Sonic 4G Mobile HotSpot, T-Mobile’s fastest mobile hotspot, providing access to T-Mobile’s 4G (HSPA+ 42) network for up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices including iPads, tablets, music players, gaming consoles, laptops, cameras and e-readers, among other devices, all from virtually anywhere.
Apptec Expo slated for June 2012
Apptec Expo 2012 (http://www.apptec-expo.com) -- a trade show exclusively dedicated to apps, app-technologies, solutions and integration for the business sector -- will be held June 12 and 13, 2012, in Berlin, Germany.
Over 3000 international trade show visitors and 150 specialist suppliers are expected to attend. HF media & events, a trade publisher and trade show organizer, is the company behind apptec Expo 2012.
Troi Automatisering releases Troi Dialog Plug-in 5.5.5
Troi Automatisering (http://www.troi.com/) has released Troi Dialog Plug-in 5.5.5 for FileMaker Pro 11.
Troi Dialog Plug-in is a tool for displaying all sorts of dialogs in FileMaker Pro 11. The text of the dialog and of the buttons can be created dynamically by using a calculation. Troi Dialog Plug-in 5.5.5 is a minor maintenance release with some bug fixes.
A fully functional demo version of Troi Dialog Plug-in 5.5.5 is available for downloading at http://www.troi.com/software/dialogplugin.html . It works with FileMaker Pro 9, 10 and 11. The plug-in can also be used with runtimes from FileMaker Pro Advanced 9, 10 or FileMaker Pro Advanced 11. The plug-in is available for Mac OS X (10.5.7 and higher) and Windows.
Licenses cost US$59 per user. Upgrading to version 5.5.5 is free for all users of version 5.5.x. Troi Dialog Plug-in 5.5.5 works with the same 5.5 registration string.
Users who bought a license for Troi Dialog Plug-in on or after Feb. 1, 2008, are entitled to a free upgrade...
'YML' looks at Kindle vs. iPad, iTunes Match
The new "Your Mac Life" episode looks at iTunes Match and pits the new Kindle against the iPad.
You can listen in this and every Wednesday evening from 5:30 to 8 pm (Pacific). Live video is on Your Mac Life! You can watch the show live at http://yml.macosg.com/ -- or you can listen in to the plain old audio feed at http://www.yourmaclifeshow.com/QT/stream.mov .
You can join one of the two Chat Rooms that run during the live show -- on the live video site or on the dedicated IRC Server at irc.chat-solutions.org in the #yourmaclife Channel.
ITC delays S3 Graphics vs. Apple case
Yesterday the ITC had a deadline in the investigation of S3 Graphics' complaint against Apple, but instead of a ruling, the U.S. trade agency and quasi-judicial authority announced that it pushed back the target date for its Commission determination by six days until Monday, Nov. 21.
The Commission is the six-member decision-making body at the top of the ITC. Administrative Law Judges make preliminary decisions, but the Commission has the final say. What lends the case particular significance is that S3 Graphics is being acquired by HTC, so any headway it makes could give the Taiwanese handset maker leverage, "though I tend to doubt that the combined power of HTC and S3 Graphics is going to force Apple into a settlement anytime soon," Florien Mueller writes for "FOSS Patents" (http://macte.ch/YJF6O).
Last week Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) failed to persuade a U.S. judge to halt a patent dispute S3 Graphics has against Apple at the U.S. International Trade Commission, according to a...
iCal's US Holidays calendar has wrong date for Presidential...
Apple's iCal Subscription calendar for US Holidays -- which you can find at http://macte.ch/U94vs -- has the wrong date listed for the 2012 presidential election.
It lists it election day as Nov. 13, 2012; that's the second Tue of the month. However, election day falls on the Tuesday after the first Monday of the mont. In other words, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
iPad 2, iPhone 4S top SodaHead holiday gift wish poll
Consumers have revealed their holiday gift wishes according to a poll conducted by SodaHead.com, an opinion based social community. And it's good news for Apple.
As the tablet wars heat up and consumers are presented with dozens of iOS and Android-based options, the clear winner on consumer's holiday wish lists is the Apple iPad 2, as 65% of those wanting a tablet hope to receive the top-selling device on the market. The latest entrants in the tablet market from Amazon and Barnes & Noble have not yet made a significant impact, as only 24% of respondents are hoping to receive a Kindle Fire and 11% desire the recently announced Nook Tablet.
Even though the iPad 2 is leading the tablet pack, Apple's tablet is not the top overall tech choice for the holidays, as 39% of respondents hope to receive an iPhone 4S, compared to 31% hoping for an iPad 2. The Amazon Kindle Fire is the tech item of choice for 17% of respondents and 13% are hoping that Santa brings Xbox Kinect down the...
Apple products do well in 'PCMag' Best of Year list
"PCMag" (http://www.PCMag.com) has announced its 2011 Best of the Year honorees. This year 138 products -- 71 Gold and 68 Silver winners -- made the cut, from companies like Apple, HP, Amazon, Nintendo, Symantec and Sony.
The 21-inch Thunderbolt iMac told the silver medal (second place) in the desktop category. The Thunderbolt Mac mini won a silver medal in the compact/slim desktop division.
The 13-inch Thunderbolt Macbook Air took the Gold prize in the ultraportable laptop category. Not surprisingly, the iPad 2 took the top honors in the tablets competition. The iPhone 4S was declared best mobile phone for Sprint (but won no honors for the AT&T and Verizon models).
-- Dennis Sellers