TARMAC iOS managing tool updated to version 1.2
Equinux has updated TARMAC (http://www.equinux.com/us/products/tarmac/demo.html), a provisioning tool tailored specifically for the Apple platform, to version 1.2. With TARMAC medium to large enterprises can securely set up and manage their iPhones and iPads over-the-air, says equinux CEO till Schadde.
Businesses can use TARMAC to remotely set up their iPhones and iPads without needing to manually connect them to a machine. TARMAC Server operates within a company's network and using an existing directory service to automatically create personalized user profiles.
TARMAC is installed as middleware on a company's network, and supports directory services in Active Directory, Open Directory, Open LDAP and MySQL databases. The configuration settings available in TARMAC guarantee safety in provisioning iPhones and iPads, according to Schadde. To install a profile on their iPhone or iPad themselves, users log in to the TARMAC web interface via the company's intranet or over a secure...
PCI Geomatics updates Geoimaging Tools for ArcGIS
PCI Geomatics has released GeoImaging Tools for ArcGIS 2.0 (http://www.pcigeomatics.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id...), offering automated tools for correcting raw satellite imagery, GeoImaging Tools is revolutionizing the integration of remotely sensed imagery into GIS workflows.
The release of GeoImaging Tools version 2.0 coincides and integrates directly within ESRI’s recently released ArcGIS 10 software. With the GeoImaging Tools Image Correction Module, ArcGIS users will benefit from rigorous, automated multi-sensor support and be able to correct raw imagery using sensor model information, optionally with automatic GCPs and tie points from reference data such as chip databases, reference mosaics, or vectors, according to Terry Moloney, interim president and CEO, PCI Geomatics.
Higher levels of registration accuracy are achievable via block bundle adjustments. Users also have the option of saving the correction parameters and create mosaic datasets for...
RE:Vision Effects releases RSMB 4 OFX plug-in
RE:Vision Effects (http://www.revisionfx.com) has announced a new version (version 4) of their ReelSmart Motion Blur OFX plug-in for Nuke, Maya/3ds Max Composite, and Scratch is now available.
ReelSmart Motion Blur (RSMB) automatically adds more natural-looking motion blur to a sequence. Proprietary tracking technology is at the heart of RSMB, so there's no handwork involved, according to the folks at RE:Vision Effects.. Of course you can add as little or as much blurring as you need and even remove motion blur.
The latest version adds support for 64-bit on Mac OS X and offers speed boosts.
Multi-host application floating licenses are available. With multi-host licensing users can float a single license across many applications, including: Nuke, Flame, Fusion, After Effects (Twixtor PRO only), Shake, Softimage, Smoke, Flint, Flare, Inferno, Combustion, Premiere Pro (Twixtor PRO only), and Maya and Max Composite. A ReelSmart Motion Blur v4 OFX node-locked license is US$189.95, and a...
iWebTemplate releases five new iWeb themes
iWebTemplate (http://www.iwebtemplate.com) has added five new iWeb templates to be used with iWeb, the web site building component of Apple's iLife suite.
iWeb Themes for Business 8.0, developed by iPresentee, includes five new themes available in standard and flash edition: Comics, Eco, Greenery, Light Colors and Red Sunset. The new release extends iWebTemplate's iWeb themes collection up to 139.
Each iWeb theme incorporates a number of different graphic elements that can be removed, moved and changed in size, opacity or color. iWeb Themes for Business 9.0 requires Mac OS X 10.4.3 or later and iWeb 2.0 (iLife 08) or iWeb 3.0 (iLife 09).
Each iWeb theme is available for US$10. Samples and more information about iWeb Themes 7.0 are available immediately at the iWebTemplate web site.
Lightroom plug-in updated to support custom watermarking in LR 3...
BragIt today releases update 1.3 of BragIt HTML Slideshow (http://photo.bragit.com/Lightroom/WebGalleryPlugin.shtml), a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. It lets you publish a collection of photos to your web site, like a slideshow, telling a story.
Visitors to the website can scroll through thumbnails of all photos, and then start the slideshow to see large photos sequentially with annotations below each photo. The slideshow is based on HTML and has a scrolling index page of all photo thumbnails, an identity plate, and an introductory description. The full frame version of each photo can have multiline captions in a compact design to make room for photos in both landscape and portrait orientation with separate bounds for width and height. When a full frame photo is clicked, it advances to the next full frame photo. The plug-in has extensive choices for text labeling, fonts, layout and color controls.
Version 1.3 of BragIt HTML Slideshow supports the new customizable...
Canon rolls out new multifunction printers
Canon USA (http://www.usa.canon.com) has added four new imageCLASS multifunction devices to its line-up of small office and home office solutions: the Color imageCLASS MF9280Cdn and MF9220Cdn color laser multifunction printers and the MF4570dn and D420 monochrome laser multifunction printers.
Developed to address the needs of today’s fast-paced end-user, the new Color imageCLASS MF9280Cdn and MF9220Cdn color laser multifunction printers allow small businesses and work groups to maximize productivity with print, copy, fax and scan functionality in a fully networkable device, according to Jim Rosetta, vice president and general manager, Imaging Systems Group, Canon U.S.A.
Designed for multi-user environments, the devices feature a variety of technologies including “User ID Management” control, which allows network administrators to monitor and limit print output and an Auto-Duplex function to help reduce paper costs and increase productivity. Additionally, for the first time from...
Logitech rolls out new laptop speakers
Logitech (http://www.logitech.com) has announced the Logitech Wireless Speaker Z515 and the Logitech Laptop Speaker Z305 (pictured) for Mac and Windows laptops. They also work with iPads and iPhones.
To free you from the hassle of cords and let you place your speakers up to 50 feet away, the Logitech Wireless Speaker Z515 uses 2.4 GHz wireless technology to deliver wireless audio. To set it up you plug the included wireless adapter into a USB port on your laptop. If you want to connect to an iPad or iPhone, you won’t even need the USB dongle; just put your device into Discovery mode and the Logitech Z515 speaker will find it and connect wirelessly.
The speaker’s dual two-inch drivers give full stereo sound and plenty of bass, says Mark Schneider, vice president and general manager of Logitech’s audio business unit. Plus, so you can take your music with you wherever you go, the Z515 includes a rechargeable battery that can power your speaker for up to 10 hours.
The Logitech Laptop...
Intel CEO: Jobs happy with our purchase of Infineon wireless...
Intel CEO Paul Otellini says he checked the opinion of Apple CEO Steve Jobs before buying German chipmaker Infineon Technologies' wireless unit for US$7.7 billion, reports "ChannelNews" (http://www.channelnews.com.au/Networking_And_Wireless/Industry/D8Q2K5R6).
"Steve was very happy," Otellini told Fox Business TV. "The industry was abuzz that this business unit was on the market, and there were a number of competing companies for it. I think they are very happy that Intel won the bid."
The purchase gives Intel a major foot in the door of the booming smartphone business. Infineon's baseband chips are used in the iPhone and other smartphones.
Apple to hold special event today
Apple has sent out invitations to the press for a special event to be held on Wednesday, Sept. 1. It's been widely rumored that the event would focus on a revamped Apple TV. However, the invitation shows a guitar with an Apple logo/cut-out indicating that the event will focus on music instead. Or perhaps in addition to Apple TV Take Three.
The event will be held at 1 pm (Pacific) at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco. Doubtless, new iPods will be introduced. Beyond that, it's anyone's guess. "MacNews" will, of course, be covering the event.
Apple spent $330,000 lobbying in second quarter of 2010
Apple spent US$330,000 lobbying the federal government in the second quarter on spending for technology in education and other issues, according to a disclosure report as noted by the Associated Press (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100831/ap_on_bi_ge/us_apple_lobbying_1).
That's slightly less than the $390,000 Apple spent in the same period in 2009 and below the $560,000 it spent on the first quarter of 2010, the article adds. Apple reported that it lobbied the House, Senate and the Department of Education on parts of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 related to school modernization and education technology.
The company also lobbied Congress on general budget funding issues related to education in a report filed July 20. Apple sells its Macs primarily to consumers and educational institutions, and said on July 20 that its education business reached record revenue in the most recent quarter.
Triton Tech sues Apple for patent violation
Another day, another lawsuit. A company called Triton Tech is suing Apple for violating a patent (5,181,181) for a "computer apparatus input device for three-dimensional information." The company says Apple is infringing on its patent with the accelerometer and gyroscope features of its idevices, notes "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).
Here's part of Tritron Tech's patent: "A mouse which senses six degrees of motion arising from movement of the mouse within three dimensions. A hand-held device includes three accelerometers for sensing linear translation along three axes of a Cartesian coordinate system and three angular rate sensors for sensing angular rotation about the three axes. Signals produced by the sensors are processed to permit the acceleration, velocity and relative position and attitude of the device to be conveyed to a computer. Thus, a person may interact with a computer with six degrees of motion in three-dimensional space. Computer interface ports and...
Gartner: worldwide computer shipments to increase 19% in 2010
Worldwide personal computer shipments are projected to total 367.8 million units in 2010, a 19.2 % increase from 308.3 million units shipped in 2009, according to the latest preliminary forecast by the Gartner research group (http://www.gartner.com).
"The personal computer market revived in the first half of 2010, but the real test of its resilience is yet to come," says Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner. "We have reduced our forecast for second-half 2010 personal computer growth to 15.3%, approximately 2 % below our previous forecast, in light of the uncertain economic outlook for the United States and Western Europe. There is no doubt that consumer, if not business, personal computer demand has slowed relative to expectations in mature markets. Recent dramatic shifts in the personal computer supply chain were in no small part a reaction to fears of a sharp slowdown in mature-market demand. However, suppliers' risk-aversion is as much a factor in these shifts as any actual...
NPD Group: music still sets the beat with iTunes shoppers
It wasn’t long ago that every dollar spent at the iTunes store was spent on music and video, but now mobile software apps are vying for consumers’ time and budget, according to recent findings in NPD’s “iTunes User Report.” The NPD Group (http://www.npd.com), a market research company, recently surveyed Apple iTunes, iPod, iPhone, and iPod touch users to determine how they use iTunes to acquire music, video, games and other entertainment content.
According to NPD’s “iTunes User Report,” apps are garnering a lot of attention among iTunes users, but music is still central to the iTunes experience. According to NPD’s entertainment industry research, virtually all iPhone or iPod youch users have downloaded an app for free, but 82% report actually purchasing music. More than half (56%) of iTunes buyers purchase music exclusively, and a majority of iTunes user search time tends to be focused on looking for music, as well.
“Sales growth in digital music has been slowing, and some of that...
Adobe posts Lightroom, Camera Raw updates
Adobe announced that Lightroom 3.2 and Camera Raw 6.2 updates are available for immediate download.
The updates, originally posted as release candidates on Adobe Labs, extend raw file support to 16 new popular camera models including the Canon EOS 60D and Sony Alpha NEX-5, and improve on several of the lens correction profiles provided in the Lightroom 3.0 release. These latest updates also add over 120 new lens profiles to help photographers automatically correct for undesirable distortion and aberration effects.
With Lightroom 3.2, photographers can now also publish their photos directly to the popular social networking site Facebook and the online photo sharing service SmugMug from directly within the application. This update also addresses a number of issues reported by customers, bringing improvements to the Library, Develop, Slideshow, Print and Web modules.
Lightroom is a digital photography workflow solution for both serious amateur and professional photographers. With it...
Epson announces new workforce all-in-ones
Epson America has introduced three new all-in-ones: the Epson WorkForce 635, WorkForce 633 and WorkForce 630. They're designed for small business owners, such as real estate agents, architects and engineers, and business consultants.
Rodrigo Catalan, product manager, Business Ink Jets, Epson America, says the WorkForce 635, WorkForce 633 and the WorkForce 630 bring several key advantages to small businesses starting with print speeds of 15 ISO ppm black and 7.2 ISO ppm color. In addition, each model has a 250-sheet input tray allowing users to load up to half a ream of paper at a time. All three models ship with Extra-High capacity black and color cartridges with Epson's exclusive fade, smudge- and water-resistant DURABrite Ultra inks. In addition to printing functions, the new WorkForce All-in-Ones offer 2400 dpi scanning and faxing with the capability to store up to 60 names and numbers.
The Epson WorkForce 635, 633 and 630 include the latest in wireless technology, Wi-Fi n. In...
Monsoon Multimedia launches Vulkano for the Mac
Monsoon Multimedia, a provider of video convergence products, has announced the availability of the free Mac client for all Vulkano devices direct from Monsoon (http://www.myvulkano.com).
The new software allows Mac owners to enjoy all the Vulkano features including integrated DVR, web video, place shifting, Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) streaming and mobile video recording. Vulkano's Mac client lets users watch and control any home TV channel through a wired or Wi-Fi connection from anywhere in the world by installing a Vulkano and downloading the free Mac software application.
They can also schedule a recording through an included EPG (electronic program guide), transfer and watch the recordings at any time on their Mac. Mac owners can also utilize the Vulkano's integrated hardware and software UPnP-enabled platform with a video processor to view content residing on the Mac from their living room TV.
Vulkano devices are designed to replace multiple boxes such as TiVo, Slingbox...
iPhone, iPod touch traffic up to 41% in Finland
In first half of 2010, iPhone and iPod touch traffic increased from 33.9% to 41% in Finland, reports asymco (http://www.asymco.com).
Apple’s devices account for a very small percent of the total phones in use in Nokia’s home country, the article adds.The analysis was performed by QAim on a sample of 64 million “mobile downloads."
Oddmakers bet on Apple's special event announcement
Tomorrow Apple will gather the media and take the stage in San Francisco for its latest product announcements. As speculations among Apple aficionados abound, CEO Mickey Richardson and his team at Bookmaker.com have calculated the odds for what to expect from tomorrow’s announcement.
So what will Apple announce tomorrow? Here's what Bookmaker expects:
The release of a revised version of the iPhone 4 +100 50%
A new iPod Nano with a 3cm by 3cm touch screen +150 40%
Apple TV priced at $99 +200 33%
A new iPod touch +250 28%
(The +/- indicates the return on the wager. The percentage is the likelihood that response will occur. For example: betting on the candidate least likely to win would earn the most amount of money, should that happen.)
OddGroves releases reggae drum loops pack
Inspired by the reggae drummers of the mid-seventies, Swedish music production company OddGrooves (http://www.oddgrooves.com/) has released Reggae Drumming, an US$27 MIDI drum loop pack arranged for several popular drum samplers.
According to OddGrooves' chief drummer Magnus Brandell the goal with the Reggae Pack was to "get into the soul" of the reggae drummers of the 70's. Burning Spear, Peter Tosh and The Wailers served as major sources of inspiration when recording the loops. Reggae Drumming features 247 reggae drum loops, predominantly roots reggae, but also reggae pop such as The Police and loops inspired by Frank Zappa's classic reggae variations. It's recorded in a total of 10 tempos.
All drum loops are played live by a professional session drummer. The grooves aren't quantized All grooves are in song format to make life easier for composers and producers on a time schedule, Brandell says. It's arranged for Toontrack EZdrummer/Superior Drummer, XLN Audio Addictive Drums, Sonic...
FirmTek ships eSATA controller with Mac support
FirmTek (http://www.firmtek.com) has announced the SeriTek/e6G 2-Port eSATA 6G host adapter is shipping. Mac OS X 10.6.x (Snow Leopard) 64-bit and 32-bit modes are supported along with Mac OS X 10.5.x, 10.4.11, Windows 7, Vista and Windows XP.
This new PCI-Express 2.0, one-lane (1x), 6G, eSATA controller is designed to expand the external storage options available for the Mac Pro, late 2005 PowerMac G5 and Windows PC's with an available PCI-Express expansion slot. The ultra small, high quality, 2-port, 6G, eSATA FirmTek SeriTek/e6G can provide 255MB/s average read performance with a single OWC Mercury Extreme Pro RE Solid State Drive or for maximum storage capacity customers can connect up to ten hard disks, says Chi Kim Stanford vice president of Business Development.
The SeriTek/e6G can be used without installing a driver with Mac OS X 10.5.x or 10.6.x systems. However, if the FirmTek driver is installed customers can take advantage of advanced features like port multiplication...
Apress publishes book on iPhone, Mac programming
Apress's latest book "Objective-C for Absolute Beginners: iPhone and Mac Programming Made Easy," (http://www.apress.com/book/view/1430228326) is written for those who have never programmed before. Author Gary Bennett shares his formula for success in four tips for brand-new programmers:
° Learning to program is an interactive process. Code, code, and keeping coding. The more you code, the better you'll get. Like learning to play an instrument, you have to practice.
° Be patient with yourself. You are going to have to spend time coding. Your program doesn't care if you are having a bad day or how many times you ask it to perform a task. Your program will do whatever you tell it to do. Often, what you think you've told your program to do and what it actually does are two different things.
° You will really learn when you debug your programs. Spending time walking through your code to find out why it is not working the way you want is a learning process that is unparalleled.
° It is...
Zulu is new iCal server for FileMaker
SeedCode has released an iCal server for FileMaker, Zulu (http://www.seedcode.com/zulu), a collaboration with the developers at 360Works. Zulu is a server-side plugin for FileMaker Server that lets iCal see your FileMaker data as iCal calendars.
You can edit your records in iCal and from the calendars on your iPhone and iPad. When you do, you're editing the FileMaker records directly. iCal will even respect FileMaker's record locking if someone else is editing the record when you try to do the same.
You can show your FileMaker data as another calendar in iCal. Zulu filters allow you to publish just part of a FileMaker table or publish a single table as more than one calendar. Zulu respects FileMaker access privileges and record locking. You can optionally run post-edit and pre-delete scripts in FileMaker when changing records in iCal.
Changes made in iCal, iPhone, or iPad are instantly visible in FileMaker Pro. Also, changes made in FileMaker are visible in iCal as soon as iCal...
REAL Software announces REAL Studio Web Edition
REAL Software -- creator of REAL Studio, a cross-platform software development tool for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux -- has announced a new platform for their development tool, the web, which will be available in REAL Studio Web Edition.
Perlman says benefits of using REAL Studio Web Edition to develop web applications include:
° A low learning curve compared to learning multiple complicated languages;
° Speed of development is 30 to 50 times faster than...
Jumsoft adds 10 Keynote themes to Its free Goodies Bundle
Jumsoft (http://www.jumsoft.com) has updated its selection of free products for Apple's iWork with 10 new Keynote themes. The popular Goodies collection of exciting design templates, themes, images, and 3D objects is available for download for free.
The themes contain up to 20 master slides, which include a mix of bulleted text and photo-oriented layouts. The 10 Keynote themes included in the Goodies feature IT-related images, nature motifs, various patterns, and other design elements.
Users can view and download the free Keynote Themes as well as other Goodies on Jumsoft's web site. The themes require Mac OS X with Keynote 4.0 or later installed.
Canon announces two new camcorders
Canon U.S.A. (http://www.usa.canon.com) has announced the new Canon XF105 and XF100 professional camcorders for mobile HD video capture in a compact form factor.
Canon’s smallest professional camcorders, the new XF105 and XF100 utilize the same Canon XF Codec featured in the Canon XF305 and XF300, introduced earlier this year. The Canon XF Codec is an MPEG-2 4:2:2 50Mbps codec used for high-definition image quality and full non-linear editing (NLE) systems.
These camcorders include in-camera features enabling the set-up and capture of high-definition 3-D video when two XF105 or XF100 camcorders are paired, as well as Canon’s built-in infrared low-light feature enabling the capture of HD video in complete darkness. Both models record to Compact Flash (CF) cards and feature hot-swappable card slots.
Differentiating the two models are HD-SDI output and genlock in/SMPTE time code (in/out) terminals available on the Canon XF105. The XF105 and XF100 camcorders are designed for Electronic...
Extensis releases Suitcase Fusion 3 font auto-activation plug-...
Extensis (http://www.extensis.com) has announced new font auto-activation plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop CS5 and CS4 for Suitcase Fusion 3. The plug-ins automatically activate the exact fonts required for each file using the patented Font Sense technology to create a unique fingerprint for each font.
The new plug-ins are available for the Suitcase Fusion 3 font manager on both Mac and Windows systems. The full list of auto-activation plug-ins now includes: Adobe InDesign CS5, CS4 and CS3; Illustrator CS5, CS4 and CS3; Photoshop CS5 and CS4 (32 and 64-bit versions); and QuarkXPress 8 and 7.
Existing Suitcase Fusion 3 users may obtain the new plug-ins through the Check for Updates features of Suitcase Fusion 3. All new purchases will automatically include the new plug-ins.
Pricing and Availability
Suitcase Fusion 3 is available immediately at a suggested retail price of US$99.95. Upgrades from previous versions are $49.95.
NetGear announces new home networking solutions
NetGear has announced the Powerline AV 500 family. The company also announced the NetGear Powerline AV 200 Wireless-N Extender Kit, which it says is the industry's first powerline + wireless-N access point solution with automatic wireless set-up.
NetGear Powerline AV solutions let consumers set up a home network. With such a set-up, consumers can simultaneously enjoy HD video streams on multiple TVs and computers and makeVoice over IP (VOIP) phone calls using the electrical wiring and outlets already in their homes as the conduit to the Internet. NetGear powerline technology also gives consumers a way to create a Ethernet LAN connection using any ordinary electrical outlet.
NetGear Powerline AV 500 products are all HomePlug AV certified. Designed for compatibility with the draft IEEE P1901 global standard for high-speed powerline communications, users can enjoy data rates of up to 500Mbps. In addition, all AV 500 products come with a Gigabit Ethernet connection, which is suitable for...
MacHighway launches MacName
MacHighway (http://www.machighway.com), a leader in Mac-centric web hosting, has launched a new service, MacName (http://www.macname.com).
It provides domain name registration along with a way to connect and use your domain name with services such as MobileMe, Google Apps, Wix, Blogger, SmugMug and Squarespace. MacName also allows you unlimited "firstname.lastname@example.org" email forwarding addresses for an
Dragon Age: Origins expansion pack coming to the Mac
TransGaming has released Dragon Age: Origins -- Awakening for the Mac. It's an expansion pack for the dark fantasy series game from BioWare, a division of Electronic Arts,and is available now for all Mac gamers through TransGaming’s digital download Mac games portal, GameTreeOnline.com.
Set after the events of Dragon Age: Origins in the land of Amaranthine, Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening places the player in the role of a Grey Warden trying to rebuild the order while also dealing with political matters as the Arl of Amaranthine. As the Warden Commander, the player travels to Vigil's Keep to assume command of the Grey Wardens there. Throughout the game, the player journeys to several locations and recruits party members of whom may undergo the Joining ritual to become Grey Wardens.
Dragon Age: Origins --Awakening is available now at http://www.gametreeonline.com/bioware/dragon-age-awakening/ for US$39.95, plus Mac gamers can also enjoy DLC add-on content packages such as Return to...
Attachments Menu organizes Apple Mail attachments in the menubar
Yazsoft has announced Attachments Menu 1.0 (http://www.yazsoft.com/products/attachments-menu/) for Mac OS X. It's an US$10 utility that lives in the Mac OS X menu bar to provide access to all attachments located in Apple Mail.
All attachments are categorized; you can even refer to the actual email that contains a specific attachment at a click of a button. Attachments menu is also customizable to suit your work preferences.
Also, Attachments Menu is included for free with every purchase of ShareTool and/or Playback, two other Yazsoft products. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.4 or later.
AutoDesk announces AutoCAD for Mac and iPhone/iPad app
Autodesk has announced an upcoming version of AutoCAD, software for professional design and engineering, that runs natively on Mac OS X (10.5.8 or later). The company also announced the AutoCAD WS mobile application, a new app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch that will allow users to edit and share their AutoCAD designs in the field.
“The release of AutoCAD for Mac marks the return of professional design and engineering software to the Mac platform and an important convergence of power and design. Over 5000 customers have helped develop this product through our beta program and they are delighted to have the choice of a native Mac version of AutoCAD,” says Amar Hanspal, senior vice president, Autodesk Platform Solutions and Emerging Business. “The combination of this new version of AutoCAD and the extension of AutoCAD to iPad, iPhone and iPod touch is a big step in Autodesk’s efforts to accelerate design and make design more accessible for an ever-greater number of people so they can...
Firetask brings project-oriented GTD task management to the Mac
Independent developer Gerald Aquila and designer Wolfgang Bartelme have released Firetask for Mac, their new GTD-based task management application for Mac OS X. The new desktop version complements its mobile counterpart Firetask for the iPhone and iPod touch and is geared towards professionals, creatives and managers who need to enter, manage and delegate up to a hundred or more tasks every day.
As such, it's heavily optimized for keyboard control while providing a clear and visually attractive overview of all relevant tasks across different project task lists. Like its mobile counterpart, Firetask for the Mac combines concepts from David Allen's Getting Things Done (GTD) approach with practical elements of classical task management such as due dates and priorities.
Firetask sports a "Today" screen showing both upcoming due tasks and relevant next tasks in a single view as well as its "Waiting For" list for keeping track of delegated tasks. Firetask explicitly organizes tasks into...
Apple devices lead Android in BBC streaming
A Freedom of Information request to the BBC has revealed that streaming to Apple's mobile devices is currently significantly more popular than iPlayer on Google Android devices, reports "Macworld UK" (http://www.macworld.co.uk/ipod-itunes/news/?newsid=3237438).
Ben Griffiths of the WhatDoTheyKnow web site made the request earlier this year, with the BBC providing figures for July in response, the article adds. The data covered both streaming to Apple iOS devices -- iPhone, iPod touch and iPad -- and Android 2.2 smartphones using flash 10.1 technology.
The BBC responded that in July 2010 there were 5,272,464 programs requested via the BBC iPlayer from the iPhone, iPod Ttouch and iPad devices. During the same time period, 1,026 hours of programming were streamed from the BBC iPlayer to Android devices.
VueScan for Mac OS X updated to version 8.6.55
Hamrick Software has released Vuescan 8.6.55, a new version of the VueScan software for Mac OS X that's designed to let users produce better digital images from color snapshots, negatives, slides and documents. The new version adds support for the Canon LIDE 110 and LIDE 2010 scanners.
The Standard Edition of VueScan costs US$39.95 and the Professional Edition is $79.95 for a single user license. Multi-user licenses are available. A fully functional, trial copy of VueScan is available for download from the Hamrick web site (http://www.hamrick.com).
TaskCard for Mac OS X gets new background app
The Alchemist Guild has released the latest version (1.3) of TaskCard (http://www.taskcardosx.com), a task management application for Mac OS X. There's a new "TaskCardHelper" background application that notifies of overdue tasks even if TaskCard isn't open (see the manual for more information).
Also, cards can now have a background or title image. To add an image to the title drag and drop a file on the title text or choose the Card menus "Add Title Image..." item. If you wish to add a background image use the Card menus "Add Card menus "Add Background Image..." item. To clear the image choose the "Clear Image" item.
TaskCard offers a way to organize your thoughts and tasks into to-do lists. Like sticky notes on the desk, TaskCards can be posted and organized in different sizes and colors around your desktop to help you remember important things or keep lists for projects. TaskCard is also a to-do application which lets you set due dates for tasks so you can keep on track and on time...
Basilisk Games ends PowerPC support
Basilisk Games, developer of the Eschalon old school RPG series, has announced the end of support for PowerPC Macs., according to "Inside Mac Games" (http://www.insidemacgames.com).
Version 1.05 of Book I, and version 1.04 of Book II will be the last Universal Binary releases of the games. The change will mean that PPC users will not have access to the upcoming free Eschalon: Book II expansion.
Cheap mobile phones aren't the whole story in emerging...
In depth interviews with low-income first-time mobile phone owners in Manila show that basic no-frills phones will meet the needs of some emerging market consumers, but others want more features -- and will pay for them, according to the Strategy Analytics (http://www.strategyanalytics.com) research firm
“Voices of the Next Billion: Mobile Adoption at the Bottom of the Pyramid,” a new report from the Strategy Analytics Emerging Markets Communications Strategies service (EMCS), introduces a set of consumers for whom the ultra low cost handset (ULCH) is not necessarily the only viable offering, despite limited spending power. With household incomes of $ 200 a month or less, these consumers fall well below the median for metropolitan Manila.
“They obviously do not have a lot of money to spare,” notes Tom Elliott, dDirector of EMCS and author of the study. “But if they want an international brand or a phone with a camera to take pictures of their children, they will find a way to get...
MacLogger DX updated to version 5.29
Dog Park Software (http://www.dogparksoftware.com/MacLoggerDX.html) has updated MacLogger DX, ham radio logging software, to version 5.29. It's a maintenance update with some bug fixes.
MacLoggerDX logs into your favorite Telnet DXCluster and as DX Spots are received, tunes your radio to the spot, looks up the call and displays the station on the real time grey line 2D and 3D Maps with distance and bearing from your station and real-time propagation by band. If you decide to work the station, MacLoggerDX is ready to instantly add the QSO and your Radio's VFO information to your log and can swing your beam around to work the station Direct or Long Path. MacLoggerDX supports ADIF Import/Export and is fully compatible with eQSL.cc and the ARRL LOTW.
MacLoggerDX 5.29 works with Mac OS X 10.4 and higher. A single user license is US$95, though version 5.29 is a free upgrade for registered users.
Apple sued for patent infringement regarding iAds
Another day, another lawsuit. StreetSpace, a company headquartered in Malaysia, is suing several companies, including Apple, for infringing a patent related to location-based ads such as Apple's iAds, reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).
StreetSpace makes a remote Internet terminal known as the Web Station. The lawsuit -- filed last week in a U.S. District Court in the Southern District of California -- alleges that iAds is in violation of StreetSpace patent 6,847,969 because it delivers personalized advertisements based on a user's location, profile and usage history. The delivery of ads on the iPhone, iPod touch and (eventually) the iPad is infringing on the '969 patent owned by StreetSpace, the company claims.
The StreetSpace patent -- published in 2005 -- is for: "A method and system for providing, personalized and integrated online services for communications and commercial transactions both in private and public venues. The invention provides personalized...
Apple cuts Nvidia rating, foreseeing more Apple distancing
Standard & Poor’s analyst Clyde Montevirgen has cut his rating on Nvidia to Strong Sell from Hold, while keeping his $9 price target on the stock, reports "Barron's" (http://blogs.barrons.com/techtraderdaily/2010/08/30/nvidia-sp-downgrades...).
“Considering our concern about weakening consumer PC demand and anticipated market share loss as Apple shifts vendors, we are more confident in our forecast for sub-industry growth over the next few quarters, and believe the shares will under perform,” he writes in a research note to clients. "“Although its Tegra line provides growth opportunities, we are cautious of sales following customers’ initial product ramps. Meanwhile, the share price implies a forward P/E multiple that is currently above the industry-average, which we do not think is justified.”
'Bizarre' QT flaw discovered
A security researcher has unearthed a “bizarre” flaw in Apple's QuickTime Player that can be exploited to remotely execute malicious code on Windows-based PCs, even those running the most recent versions of operating system, says "The Register" (http://macosg.me/2/t4).
Technically, the inclusion of an unused parameter known as “_Marshaled_pUnk” is a backdoor because it is the work of an Apple developer who added it to to the QuickTime code base and then, most likely, forgot to remove it when it was no longer needed, the article adds. So it apparently remained undetected for at least nine years until Ruben Santamarta of Spain-based security firm Wintercore discovered it and realized it could be exploited to take full control of machines running Windows 7, Microsoft's most secure operating system to date.
“The bug is is pretty bizarre,” H D Moore, CSO of Rapid7 and chief architect of the Metasploit project, told "The Register." “It's not a standard vulnerability in the sense that a...
Predicto members think Apple will announce a new Apple TV...
The members of Predicto (http://www.predicto.com), a web site that offers regular polls, think Apple will announce a new version of the Apple TV at its special event tomorrow.
Of those who have voted so far, 76% are expecting a new Apple TV, and 24% are not expecting such an announcement.
Apple's special event will be held at 1 pm (Pacific) at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco. The invitation shows a guitar with an Apple logo/cut-out indicating that the event will focus on music instead. Or perhaps in addition to Apple TV Take Three.
The event will be held at 1 pm (Pacific) at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco. Doubtless, new iPods will be introduced. Beyond that, it's anyone's guess.
AMD dropping the ATI brand nam
AMD will do away with the ATI name as it plans to introduce a range of new products incorporating both AMD microprocessor technology and a Radeon graphics tech on the same chip, according to "The Tech Report" (http://techreport.com/discussions.x/19547)
The plan is to replace "ATI Radeon" and "ATI FirePro" with "Radeon" and "FirePro", along with a "sprinkling" of AMD corporate identity, the article adds. Existing products, including the Radeon HD 5000 series, won't be renamed. Instead, AMD says the first products to carry the "AMD Radeon" label will be introduced later this year.
iPads now shipping within 24 hours
The Apple Store is now shipping all iPad models within 24 hours, indicating Apple now has plenty of its tablet to to satisfy pent-up demand.
On the flip side, the iPhone 4 seems to actually be in shorter supply than before, notes "I4U News" (http://macosg.me/2/sy). The Apple Store states now that the 16GB and 32GB black iPhone 4 ship in 3 weeks. The white iPhone 4 is of course still not available at all.
Apple seeks iBookstore marketing manager
A new Apple job posting (http://macosg.me/2/sx) shows that Apple is looking for a marketing manager for iBookstore. It will be the manager's responsibility to drive awareness and sales of iBooks through co-marketing programs with publishers and authors, strategic partnerships, and via online and direct marketing tactics.
iBooks is Apple's ebook/PDF reader for the iPhone and iPad. iBooks works with the The iBookstore features books from major and independent publishers. Once you’ve bought a book -- or downloaded a free one -- it’s displayed on your Bookshelf. Just tap it to start reading. iBooks is a free download at the Apple App Store.
According to Apple, the iBookstore marketing manager will:
° Integrate iBookstore into all facets of marketing campaigns for key book releases (web, social networking, print, on-air, events, promotions, pr, grass roots, etc.);
° Identify new iBookstore marketing opportunities and develop new programs to drive awareness and sales;
° Track progress of...
Clearwire introduces Rover 4G mobile broadband service
Clearwire Corp. (http://www.clearwire.com) has unveiled Rover. a pay-as-you-go 4G mobile broadband service Rover’s flagship device is the Rover Puck, an ergonomically designed portable Wi-Fi hotspot that lets you share broadband access, or “Puck”, with up to eight devices at home, out on the town or nearly anywhere you wish.
The Rover Puck can slip into a purse or backpack and serve as an on-the-go broadband access point for devices such as laptops, netbooks, the iPad, the iPod touch, smartphones, PSP systems, game consoles, and Wi-Fi enabled digital cameras, among others. Users have the option to connect up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously.
The Rover Puck purportedly features mobile download speeds of three to six mbps, with bursts over 10 mbps (up to 4x faster than conventional 3G), using Clearwire’s 4G network. The Rover Puck is available today for US$149.99.
The Rover Stick is a personal 4G USB modem that connects any notebook, laptop or desktop to the Rover 4G...
New Sena Keyboard Folio case turns the iPad into a netbook
Sena Case has debuted the leather Folio Keyboard (http://www.senacases.com/apple/apple-ipad-cases/keyboard-folio/) case for the iPad. It sports an integrated Bluetooth keyboard and is made from European leather.
The Folio Keyboard offers a book style, side folding design with cutouts for play-through functionality. This allows the device to be fully functional within the case and features an integrated recessed collapsible back stand that folds flush to act as a stand while holding the iPad at an angle to watch videos, surf the web, view slideshows, photos, and presentation.
This leather portfolio book design is comprised of premium leather providing a soft layer to gently protect your iPad, says Sena Cases CEO, Ramsey Oten. The integrated Bluetooth keyboard allows you to work and type faster ergonomically.
The Folio Keyboard case also features a soft velvet protective lining on the inside, as well as multiple pockets for cards, IDs and even checkbooks. It's secured with a strap and...
Marketcircle releases Billings Pro for Mac OS X
Marketcircle has released Billings Pro (http://www.marketcircle.com/billingspro), an update to its time billing and invoicing solution for Mac OS X and the iPhone. It's a multi-user time tracking and invoicing application for for multi-user businesses, with a web interface for workers to track time.
Billings Pro uses Marketcircle's Apple Design Award Winning desktop interface from Billings 3, as well as an iPhone application based heavily off of their Billings Touch app. The synchronization technology is derived from Marketcircle's Daylite software.
New in Billings Pro is the addition of a web interface called Timecard. Timecard allows staff members to track time, mileage, and expenses from any modern browser. This includes Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and mobile browsers for the iPhone, iPad Android, and Blackberry. Billings Pro includes over 30 professionally designed invoice templates, along with three specific templates for law and professional services.
DockView is new Dock extender app
Kapeli has released DockView (http://kapeli.com/dockview/), a new Mac OS X app that extends the Dock and makes it aware of the windows that applications have open. With the app, whenever a user points the mouse at an application's icon, thumbnail images of the windows are displayed.
DockView helps Mac OS X users visualize the windows they currently have open and find the window they're looking for. It's also able to display the previews in the default Mac CMD Tab application switcher. Users can identify the application they are looking for and reduce the time it takes to switch between applications.
DockView is a 3.8 MB download that requires Mac OS X 10.6. ("Snow Leopard"). It may be purchased for US$7.99. The free version displays an alert every now and then and is otherwise fully unrestricted.
Contactizer gets Snow Leopard compatibility
Objective Decision (http://www.objective-decision.com) has updated Contactizer Pro, a collaborative personal information manager for Mac OS X, to version 3.8.8. The upgrade sports full Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard") compatibility and more.
Contactizer 3.8 is fully compatible with Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. It's an Universal Binary product so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel based Macs.
This upgrade is free for all registered 3.5 and Contactizer users. Version 3.1.x and previous license owners can upgrade for US$69. Contactizer Pro retails for $119 and Contactizer Express for $54.90. A demo is available for download.