Microsoft co-founder refiles lawsuit against Apple, others
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has re-filed his patent suit against Apple, Google and several other major tech companies, adding specific examples of the alleged infringement, reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).
In August it was announced that Interval Licensing, a tech licensing company controlled by Allen was suing 11 companies, including Apple, for violating patents on “fundamental web technologies” developed by Interval Research, the now-defunct Silicon Valley lab that Allen created with Xerox PARC veteran David Liddle in the 1990s.
In addition to Apple, Facebook, Office Depot, Yahoo, YouTube, Netflix and eBay were targeted. Not surprisingly, Microsoft wasn't on the list.
A total of four Interval Research patents were cited in the complaint, which seeks unspecified monetary damages for alleged patent infringement. Allen’s firm called the patents at issue in the suit “fundamental to the ways that leading e-commerce and search companies operate today."
'Antennagate,' Ping make biggest 'tech fails...
"Antennagate" and Apple's Ping are among CNN's biggest "tech fails of 2010" (http://macte.ch/e82Fv), a list of the low points in the tech world.
"Antennagate" was the popular term used for reported glitches with iPhone 4 call reception. Ping, introduced with iTunes 10, is a new social network for music designed to let users follow their favorite artists and friends to discover what music they’re talking about, listening to and downloading. You can check out photos and videos your favorite artists have posted, see their tour dates and read comments about other artists and albums they’re listening to. In addition, you can post your thoughts and opinions, your favorite albums and songs, the music you’ve downloaded from iTunes and the concerts you plan to attend.
Here's what "CNN" had to say about Antennagate: "Apple drama -- nothing brings out the diehard fans and Cupertino haters quite like this one. The newest iteration of the wildly popular smartphone was released in June. By all...
Apple could ship 65 million iPads next year
Shipments of 9.7-inch iPad panels from LG Display reached 1.5 million units in November 2010, and fellow supplier Samsung Electronics' shipments reached 1.2 million units for the month, according to "DigiTimes" (http://macte.ch/e0SNe).
LG Display is estimated to land orders for 35 million iPad panels in 2011, and Samsung and Chimei Innolux (CMI), who is scheduled to join iPad supply chain in the first quarter of 2011; each will each receive orders for 15 million units, says "DigiTimes."
Based on these estimates, iPad panel shipments (including first and second generation models) will reach 65 million units in 2011, which is significantly higher than market estimates of 45-48 million units for the year, the article adds. "Market players noted that the 65 million unit shipment goal indicates that Apple is very optimistic about the tablet computer market in 2011, and it may also mean that Apple is overbooking panel capacity," says "DigiTimes."
Keynote Themes Plus offers free themes
Keynote Themes Plus (http://www.keynotethemesplus.com) is offering two free Keynote themes for winter festivals: Snowflakes and Cheers theme. Keynote is the presentation component of Apple's US$79 iWork suite.
Two free Keynote Themes designed with winter festival attributes will allow everyone to compose a presentation with the winter spirit in it. Intense and eye-catching colors, remarkable backgrounds with snowflakes or wineglasses enable to create an impressive presentation with the mood of winter and celebration.
In addition to the two free themes, for the year-ending holiday's period Keynote Themes Package, which includes 20 different Keynote themes, can be purchased at 50% discount -- US14.99 instead of $29.99 (USD).
All keynote themes are made in different sizes for widescreen or traditional displays and all of them are HD. To use Keynote Themes from Keynote Themes Plus requires a Mac with iWork '08 (Keynote 4.0) or later.
Empire Brands to unleash new headphones at CES
Empire Brands (http://www.empirebrandsinc.com) will be releasing its new 3D series line of headphones, at CES 20111. They include earbuds (Empires, Little Buds, Jaw Breakers and Metallics) and headphones (Reverb, Tour and Chill).
The soon-to-be-released 3D series is the flagship line of headphones in the Wicked Audio line-up. These headphones sport raised, colorful artwork, offering a visually striking 3D appeal, according to Paul Marshall, vice president of sales, Empire Brands. They also feature maximum noise isolation, which inhibits ambient noise, ensuring pure sound quality., while the adjustable headband and padded earcups offer the utmost in comfort, guaranteeing the most enjoyable listening experience, he adds.
The 3D series will be available next month for US$29.99 at FYE, and a number of select international retailers.
OWC expands Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 line
Other World Computing (OWC) has expanded the OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 desktop hardware RAID storage line storage capacity to 12TB by utilizing four 3TB high performance hard drives in the Qx2’s four hot swappable drive bays.
The Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 features a “quad interface” of FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 2.0, and eSATA ports and four selectable hardware RAID settings -- 0, 1, 5, 10 -- for high speed, plug and play use with Macs and PCs There are four prosumer models starting at US$479.99:
° 2TB OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 (500GB x 4 w/64MB cache) and three-year warranty, $479.99;
° 4TB OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 (1TB x 4 w/128MB cache) and three-year warranty, $579.99 (currently on year-end special for $529);
° 8TB OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 (2TB x 4 w/128MB cache) and three-year warranty, $929.99 (currently on year end special for $879);
° 12TB OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 (3TB x 4 w/256MB cache) and three-year warranty, $1399.99.
In addition to four “prosumer”...
Apple sued (again) over user tracking
The suit, filed in federal court in Northern California, seeks both monetary damages and a court order to stop the profiling. It's similar to another lawsuit (http://macte.ch/yTIvy) filed Dec. 23 in federal court in San Jose, California, on behalf of Jonathan Lalo of Los Angeles County, and seeks class-action status. Both lawsuits claim iPhones and iPads are encoded with identifying devices that allow advertising networks to track what applications users download, how frequently they’re used and for how long. The transmission of such data violates computer-fraud and privacy laws.
The tracking is possible because Apple assigns a UDID (Unique Device Identifier) to each iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, and apps can access that number. Advertising companies figured out this number can be used for tracking, much like a cookie in a browser, says "Wired."
If an app passes that number along to an advertiser, the advertising company can use it to build up a profile of the user, as well as keep...
'Death of Spider-Man' issues to go online same day as...
Marvel Comics has announced that starting in February issues of their Ultimate Comics line key to the "Death of Spider-Man" event storyline will be available as a digital download the same day as they go on sale in comic shops, reports "CBR" (http://macte.ch/NAu1b).
Sold through Marvel's comiXology-powered app for devices like the iPad and iPhones, the issues mark the first time "event comics" will be offered day-and-date online, though Marvel has been experimenting with high profile releases in this format including the recent "Invincible Iron Man" Annual and the "Ultimate Thor" mini series, the article adds. The issues of "Death of Spider-Man" will be sold online at the same price point the in store issues have: US$3.99.
Apple looking for two more iOS software engineers
Apple has posted two new job listings for the title of "iOS Software Engineer." While the two full-time positions discovered by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) have different job descriptions, both describe an emphasis on remote storage for data access.
Here are the two job descriptions: "Apple is hiring outstanding operations engineers to deliver and manage the next generation of hosted infrastructure serving Apple products and devices. Seize this ground floor opportunity to help us build the world's best hosted platforms at massive scale.
"Apple is hiring experienced software engineers to work on distributed computing for data with non-trivial properties, and efficient online services for data access. This is an opportunity to contribute to the backend foundation for Apple products, devices and overall experience delivered to millions of Apple customers."
Some may view the hirings as further evidence of a cloud-based iTunes or other MobileMe-style services from Apple,...
iPhone 4 makes eBay's 'Top Shopped' List
eBay has announced its annual “Top Shopped” report, revealing the top pop culture moments and fashion trends that captivated shoppers’ curiosity -- and cash -- in 2010. Apple's iPhone 4 topped the list.
eBay analyzed sales and search data across categories in the marketplace to identify the year’s major moments and movements, says Karen Bard Sayah, eBay’s trend expert. From tech and toys to sports memorabilia and fashion, eBay tracked trends that turned the ordinary into prized possessions, she adds.
eBay's picks for America's "Top Shopped" and pop culture obsessions for 2010 are: the iPhone 4, Barbie, military jackets, Hot Wheels, the iPad, World Cup, The Beatles, Silly Bandz, Alice in Wonderland, New Orleans Saints, Marc Jacobs and LeBron James.
One company produced two of the year’s most coveted new devices: Apple’s iPhone 4 (1,634,674 related items sold) and iPad (621,399 related items sold). Apple’s flagship products conquered the tech scene as well as pop culture and were...
Analyst: iPad, other Apple goodies in hot demand for the...
Wedge Partners analyst Brian Blair said recent retail checks point to significant end demand for the iPad (and other Apple products) reports "All Things D" (http://macte.ch/APDJ1).
“Even with a handful of tablet competitors hitting the market, the iPad remained the only game in town in our holiday checks largely because many of the tablets hitting the market are junk for lack of a better word,” he told clients. “They are underpowered, poorly constructed and largely not ready for prime time.”
The holiday season is always particularly kind to Apple, but this year it may have been even kinder than usual, notes "All Things D." In addition to the iPad’s continued momentum at market, Blair observed stronger than expected holiday sales of iMacs, MacBook Pros and the new 11-inch MacBook Air.
ZooGue iPad case gets brighter
ZooGue (http://www.zoogue.com/) has announced additional colors for its iPad Case Genius case. The case is adjustable to just about any angle.
Inventor Tim Angel says by providing colors to the multi functional iPad case, it will give the customer a more personal choice of how they want their Apple tablet displayed. The case is now available for purchase in black, grey and pink for US$49.99.
Apple sued for transmitting personal data to ad networks
Another day, another lawsuit. A lawsuit accuses Apple of enabling some of its products to transmit users' personal data to advertising networks without the users' permission, "Bloomberg News" (http://macte.ch/7twJw) reports.
The lawsuit was filed Dec. 23 in federal court in San Jose, California, on behalf of Jonathan Lalo of Los Angeles County, and seeks class-action status. The suit says iPhones and iPads are encoded with identifying devices that allow advertising networks to track what applications users download, how frequently they’re used and for how long. The transmission of such data violates computer-fraud and privacy laws.
iPhones and iPads are set with a Unique Device Identifier, or UDID, which can’t be blocked by users, according to the complaint. "Bloomberg News" notes that Apple says it reviews all applications on its App Store and doesn’t allow them to transmit user data without customer permission, according to the complaint.
"Bloomberg News" says the lawsuit...
Analyst: next iPad will be dual-core
The next iPad will adopt a dual-core chip, which would be a first for the company's consumer line of handheld products, Ashok Kumar, an analyst at Rodman & Renshaw, told clients in a note -- as reported by "CNET" (http://macte.ch/eczVy).
"Apple is on track to refresh the iPad by March and iPhone by late summer," he says. "A key component upgrade across these platforms will be a dual-core processor featuring a pair of 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 cores."
Using a dual-core processor can result in computer-like multitasking, if the operating system is designed to fully take advantage of both cores, notes "CNET." Kumar also expects the iPhone to get a dual-core upgrade.
'DigiTimes': Three versions of the iPad 2 are in the...
Apple will release three versions of the "iPad 2," supporting either or a combination of Wi-Fi, UMTS and CDMA, for 2011 with mass production to start as early as the later half of January, according to a "DigiTimes" report (http://macte.ch/fzX2z).
Apple will ship about 500,000-530,000 units to channels in January with shipment ratio of Wi-Fi, UMTS and CDMA models at 3:4:3, the article says, quoting "industry sources" and "upstream component makers." Apparently, Apple plans to work more closely with telecom carriers by offering more wireless solutions for iPad 2 to satisfy market demand.
In addition to wireless functions, Apple is also working on strengthening the iPad 2's anti-smudge and anti-reflective treatments in order to compete against Kindle and attract more consumers, the sources noted. As for iPad 2, "DigiTimes" estimates that the device's shipments in 2011 will reach 40 million units, accounting for 65-75% of the global tablet market.
Wondershare releases Data Recovery for Mac
Wondershare Software has Wondershare Data Recovery for Mac 1.0.0, which can recover lost data including documents, archives, photos, videos, and audio files quickly, safely and thoroughly on Mac OS X 10.5 and higher.
The US$89.95 (on sale for $69.96 for a limited time) software is designed to recover Mac data from accidental deleting, formatting, virus infection, improper operation, unexpected power failure, and other unknown reasons. It can recover Mac data from lost, deleted, logical corrupted and formatted Mac hard drives, iPod, USB drive, SD card, digital camera, mobile phone, and MP3/MP4 player.
Compatible with HFS+, FAT16/32, and NTFS file system volumes, this non-destructive Mac file recovery software ensures safe Mac file recovery without modifying the original data saved on your Mac machine or any other storage media. Versatile preview function lets you enjoy Mac data recovery in advance, says Robert Lee, the manager of Wondershare Data Security Software Department. For more...
iPad, tablets put the squeeze on netbook prices
Strong tablet computer demand for gadgets such as the iPad continues to impact netbook market and several brand vendors in Taiwan have dropped their netbook price further to attract consumers, according to "DigiTimes" (http://macte.ch/QB21H).
Quoting sources from channel vendors, the article says the current channel demand for netbooks is very low and the only advantages that the devices have now are low-price and capability of bundling with telecom carriers. However, since telecom carriers are turning their focus to smartphones and tablet computers, netbook shipments in 2011 are expected to see an obvious drop. On the other hand, tablet PC shipments are expected to reach more than 20 million units in 2010 and over 40 million units in 2011, notes "DigiTimes."
Woz to keynote at ACU’s 2011 Connected Summit
Registration to attend Abilene Christian University’s (ACU) two-day Connected Summit conference Feb. 28 through March 1, 2011, is available at http://macte.ch/RQGWJ . The cost is $585. Apple co-founder Steve "Woz" Wozniak is slated for a live keynote address.
The 2011 Connected Summit offers a forum for educators, administrators, government policymakers and technologists to explore the opportunities and challenges facing education today, especially in mobile learning and the emerging role of digital books. The theme will be “Turning the Page: The Next Chapter in Education.”
Track sessions include Research; Media & Mobility; The Future of Books; Infrastructure & Logistics; Student & Campus Services; Teaching & Learning; K-12 Education; and Leadership. The conference will include three sessions of Connected Talks -- fashioned after the TED talks -- each with a specific focus: Learning; Books; and Integration of Teaching and Books.
“ACU’s first Connected Summit in 2009...
McAfee Labs: Apple, geolocation, mobile devices to top emerging...
McAfee (http://www.mcafee.com) has unveiled its "2011 Threat Predictions" report, outlining the top threats that researchers at McAfee Labs foresee for the coming year. The list comprises 2010’s most buzzed about platforms and services, including the iPhone, Mac OS X, Google’s Android, foursquare, and Google TV.
Per the report, all are expected to become major targets for cybercriminals. McAfee Labs also predicts that politically motivated attacks will be on the rise, as more groups are expected to repeat the WikiLeaks paradigm.
“We’ve seen significant advancements in device and social network adoption, placing a bulls-eye on the platforms and services users are embracing the most,” says Vincent Weafer, senior vice president of McAfee Labs. “These platforms and services have become very popular in a short amount of time, and we’re already seeing a significant increase in vulnerabilities, attacks and data loss.”
Historically, the Mac OS platform has remained relatively unscathed by...
Sears, Kmart team with Sonic to launch movie download service
Sonic Solutions (http://www.sonic.com) says that RoxioNow platform licensee, Sears, has officially launched its online movie download service, Alphaline Entertainment (http://alphaline.roxionow.com).
The new service enables Sears and Kmart customers to download entertainment online, including new movies on the same day they are released on DVD and Blu-ray disc. Sonic is working with Sears on a multi-phase rollout that includes making the service available from a broad range of connected devices and ensuring compatibility with studio-supported digital programs.
The RoxioNow platform serves a broad range of premium content, including new movies and next-day TV programs, to a growing, multi-manufacturer ecosystem of home and mobile electronics, according to Mark Ely, president of Strategy, Sonic Solutions RoxioNow enables storefronts for brick and mortar retailers, cable operators, computer manufacturers, game system vendors, consumer electronics makers, and Hollywood studios' direct-to...
Creastoric introduces Log Leech for Mac OS X
Creastoric Software (http://creastoric.com) has introduced Log Leech for Mac OS X. The US$10 app allows you to view your system logs in an easy-to-understand format.
Log Leech allows you to search, sort, and filter log entries. Whenever an application on your system encounters something unexpected, it typically creates a log entry in a hidden file called the Console Log. While every Mac comes with a utility to view this file, it unhelpfully displays every log entry from every application in a big jumbled mess, according to the folks at Creastoric Software.
Using an innovative user interface, Log Leech makes it easy to find and view the information that each application is reporting, they add. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard or higher. Log Leech is Universal Binary, so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.
LightFrame for Mac OS X gets new tools
Corner-A today has released LightFrame 2.3 (http://corner-a.com/lightframe), an update of the app for Mac OS X 10.6 and higher. The new version offers new tools (a text tool, sprite layers, crop & resize) and brings new resources and built-in presets.
LightFrame is a solution for framing digital photos with your Mac. It supports all image formats that are supported by Mac OS X, including RAW images.
LightFrame costs US$30. Version 2.3 is a free update for registered users of version 2.x.
NewPCgadgets offers 'kickstands' for iOS devices
NewPCgadgets has introduced Smartphone Coasters (http://newpcgadgets.com/products/smartphone_stand/index.html), which lets you hold your iPhones or iPod touch at a 60 degree viewing angle. They're made of stainless steel and cost US$3.99 each.
"Now instead of laying your phone down on the table, or keeping it in your pocket, you can stand it up at an easy to view 60 degree angle," say the folks at NewPCGadgets. "Parents can use the Smartphone Coaster to entertain their children with games or movies; professionals attending a business lunch or dinner will love the ability to view text messages and incoming calls faster.
Apple leads tech sector among companies providing value to...
Tech, media, and telecom companies in emerging markets and those considered "digital innovators" are among the world's tops in providing value to their investors -- and that includes, of course, Apple, according to a new study by the Boston Consulting Group (http://www.bcg.com/).
The report "Swimming Against the Tide: How Technology, Media, and Telecommunications Companies Can Prosper in the New Economic Reality" found that seven of the top 10 telecom performers, five of the top 10 media performers, and four of the top 10 technology performers are in India, Taiwan, Mexico, China, and other emerging markets. But global companies tuned into the digital revolution, such as Apple and Google, are also tops in rewarding their investors, notes "CNET" (http://macte.ch/k5ZoD).
Covering the period from 2005 through 2009, the report examined the total shareholder return (TSR) of 126 different companies throughout the world. The best performers in the technology sector were Apple, MediaTek, and...
TimePreserver lets you archive Time Machine backups
Dalamser has released TimePreserver (http://www.dalamser.com/TimePreserver/index.html), an US $35 app for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher that lets you make archives of your Time Machine backups stored on a Time Capsule. A demo is available for download.
To user you attach an external disk to your Mac, run TimePreserver, and then store the disk away from your Mac and Time Capsule. Re-attach the disk and run TimePreserver to update the archive. You can use multiple external discs in rotation to provide extra protection. A minimum of two is good, always keeping one in a different location.
According to the folks at Dalamser, the advantages of using TimePreserver are:
° Complete archive of the Time Capsule without it being unusable for hours;
° Integrity of the Time Machine backups is protected;
° TimePreserver understands Time Machine backups unlike generic backup applications.
Apple to announce latest financial results Jan. 18
Apple will a conference call for the press and analysts to discuss the financial results of its first fiscal quarter on Tuesday, Jan. 18, at 2 pm (Pacific).
A link to the conference call webcast will be provided at a later date. Sales of Apple's entire product line (Macs, iPhones, iPod, iPads and Apple TVs, as well as software) are expected to be good to excellent.
New Apple TV sales top one million
It's official: sales of the Apple TV has topped one million units, reports "All Things D" (http://macte.ch/R4n07). Apple had said this would happen before the end of the Christmas weekend.
With the latest rev of the Apple TV (US$99), you can watch HD movies and TV shows, stream content from Netflix, YouTube, Flickr and MobileMe, all on your HD TV. iTunes users are now renting and purchasing over 400,000 TV episodes and over 150,000 movies per day, according to Apple.
Now with AirPlay, recently available in iOS 4.2, users can wirelessly stream their music, video and photos from iPad, iPhone and iPod touch to their new Apple TV. Users can also control Apple TV with their iPad, iPhone or iPod touch using the Remote app, available as a free app on the App Store.
Folx 2.0 beta available for Mac OS X
Eltima Software has released a beta of Folx 2.0 (http://mac.eltima.com/folx_request.html), their download manager for Mac OS X. Just remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.
Folx can download not only common files, but also torrent content. The version 2.9 beta includes innovations in torrent client as well as in Internet download manager functionality. One of the novelties added to Folx is iTunes integration. The beta version is free and available for testing.
Those who buy Folx 1.0 since the release of Folx 2.0 beta and the until the official Folx 2.0 release will receive guaranteed free upgrade to new innovated version. Folx Pro is available for US$19.95 and offers such features as: splitting downloads in up to 10 threads, scheduling the download tasks at the most convenient time, automatic smart speed control, built-in torrent search on multiple trackers with one click in Folx app, and more.
Invoices 2.8 for Mac OS X improves print support
Tension Software has updated Invoices (http://www.pomola.com/products_invoices/invoices.html), a native Cocoa application to create and manage invoices in Mac OS X, to version 2.8. It's a bug fix release that also offers improved support for printing using European A4 and USA Letter paper format with custom invoice layout for each one
Invoices (US$40) allows you to create a new invoices with all data without using the keyboard, only with the mouse and all from a single panel view. You can make two different type of invoices, Plain and Table, where description of sold goods and services can be managed in a different way.
Invoices automatically calculates totals and taxes, in accordance with the set-up the user specified using his own country's rules. Invoices requires Mac OS X 10.4. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.
Monterey College of Law expands iPad program
In August, the Monterey College of Law in Santa Cruz, California became the first in the country to integrate iPads into its bar-review curriculum, which helps students prepare for the California State Bar. When classes resume next month, the 20 faculty members who teach courses the bar exam covers at the four-year law school, will receive iPads, reports the "Santa Cruz Sentinel" (http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/localnews/ci_16940474).
This year, the devices were included in the cost the students pay for the bar-review curriculum, or BARBRI, Mitchel Winick, the college's dean, told the "Sentinel." Almost all the students participated, but starting next year, the entire program -- including the iPads -- will be included in the cost of tuition, about $15,000 per year.
Winick acknowledged that students can access the same information from an iPad as they can on a laptop, but it's easier and more convenient to carry around the former. Preparing for the bar takes up to 600 hours of study...
Apple tops Amazon Christmas lists
As of Dec. 25, Apple's products topped the most-gifted items in all the categories on Amazon in which it competed except television and video products (where Roku reigned supreme). However, there were some discrepancies, however, between what people wished for and what was purchased for them, reports "Fortune" (http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/12/25/apple-tops-amazons-most-gifted-li...).
Apple TV, for example, was the No. 1 "Most Wished For" product in TV and video and Roku No. 2. Although Macs were the top four most-wished for desktop computers, they took only the top two spots in the Most Gifted and Bestseller lists.
Happy holidays from all of us
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Apple spends relatively little on lobbying efforts
Apple, easily the most influential company in consumer technology today, spent relatively little on lobbying efforts in Washington -- only US$340,000 -- this year, reports "All Things D" (http://macte.ch/6UA2K).
A list of lobbying funds from other companies include Verizon ($3.83 million); AT&T ($3.47 million); HP ($1.63 million); Microsoft ($1.63 million); Oracle ($1.6 million); Google ($1.2 million); IBM ($1 million): Yahoo ($540,000); Facebook ($120,000).
"As you can see, the CRP shows that, among computer and Internet companies, Microsoft was the leading lobbying spender for the first nine months of the year," notes "All Things D." "The wireless industry’s trade association, the CTIA, led the pack in the telephone equipment and services category, spending more than $6 million.
Jobs named 'Person of the Year' (and gets praise from...
The "Financial Times" (http://macte.ch/eSQnC) has named Apple CEO Steve Jobs as "Person of the Year." And he also got a shout-out from the President of the United States.
Jobs is described by the "Financial Times" as "a stern taskmaster who understands the art of the possible, rather than a long-range visionary. That means pushing relentlessly forward rather than milking old successes – even ones as significant as the iPod.”
Jobs’ perfectionism during Apple product launch events, his mastery of the “Reality distortion field” -- "is ability to convince onlookers that technologies that would seem unformed in other hands have reached a peak of perfection at Apple" -- and the way he has successfully bounced back from last year’s liver transplant are other qualities praised by the "Financial Times."
And if the "Financial Times" naming him as "Person of the Year wasn't enough for Jobs, President Obama also cited him (http://macte.ch/J7UXI) as an example of the American Dream.
Cherokee, Apple partner to put language on iPhones
The Cherokee Tribe has worked with Apple to develop Cherokee language software for the iPhone, iPod and -- soon -- the iPad, reports the "Associated Press" (http://macte.ch/9VGQr). Computers used by students at the tribe's language immersion school already allow them to type using Cherokee characters.
The goal, Cherokee Chief Chad Smith told the AP, is to spread the use of the language among tech-savvy children in the digital age. Tribal officials first contacted Apple about getting Cherokee on the iPhone three years ago. It seemed like a long shot, as the devices support only 50 of the thousands of languages worldwide, and none were American Indian tongues, "but Apple's reputation for innovation gave the tribe hope," says the AP.
After many discussions and a visit from Smith, Apple surprised the tribe by coming through this fall. "There are countries vying to get on these devices for languages, so we are pretty excited we were included," Joseph Erb, who works in the Cherokee Nation'...
Apple files trademark for Express Lane
Apple has filed a U.S. federal trademark registration was filed for "VoicePass" in the "Construction and Repair Services" category, reports "Patently Apple" (http://macte.ch/BRMKN). The serial number of the patent is 85200810.
Express Lane (http://macte.ch/MpCyO) is a support site from Apple that helps customers nail down issues by selecting a product category, a particular product from that category, and the problematic part comprising that product. Customers can then enter the product’s serial number, even describe the issue, while Apple will do its best to provide recommended support documents.
If this doesn't work, there's a “Contact Options” page is presented to the user. Several customer service options are available, depending on the nature of the problem.
Apple shares hit all-time high
Apple stock finished Wednesday up 0.29% at US$325.16 with an average volume of 17.71 million shares. In the pre-market hours Thursday, Apple shares were trading down 0.05 percent to $325.00 on the NASDAQ stock market.
Apple's market cap hit $298.27 billion on Wednesday, leaving it ahead of rival Microsoft, which has a market cap of $241.16 billion. This makes it the the largest technology company in the world and second largest company in market capitalization, reports the "International Business Times" (http://macte.ch/zUAzc).
In September, Apple overtook PetroChina to become the world's second largest company by market value. However, it still has a long way to go to pass Exxon Mobil Corp. in the market capitalization, where the oil giant retains the top spot with a whooping $367.10 billion, notes the "Times."
Apple files trademark for 'VoicePass'
Apple has filed a U.S. federal trademark registration was filed for "VoicePass" in the "Construction and Repair Services" category, reports "Trademarkia" (http://macte.ch/BRMKN). The serial number of the patent is 85200930.
It's for "Installation, repair, maintenance and servicing of computers and of electronic, electromechanical, optical, magnetic and electrical equipment for use with computers; technical services and support; web based support and diagnostic services by using resources and tools for computer software and computer hardware provided on-line and over telecommunications networks; support services available computer network or the Internet, or over a telecommunications network; multimedia technical services and support; information relating to installation, maintenance, repair, servicing and updating of computers transmitted through mail shots, e-mail updates, e-mail support notices, and over telecommunications networks; installation, maintenance, repair and servicing...
MacTVision HD lets you watch over 2,600 TV channels on your Mac
MacTVision Technologies today announces MacTVision HD for Mac OS X, an update to their app that allows users to watch over 2,600 free, popular TV, news, sports, and specialty channels on their Mac, instantly, on demand.
The app features searchable, updating, interactive TV listings, including over 13,000 programs with thumbnails and descriptions. Displayed in full screen mode, MacTVision's scrollable database of listings appear in a window that occupies the top one third of the Main window.
The Listings window contains nine columns, and listings may be ordered according to any of the nine columns: Name (of TV show), Type (TV, Streams, Videos, Radio, or Media Apps), Category (Movies, Action, Comedy, etc.) Language (English, Spanish, German, etc.), Favorites, Rating, My Rating, Details (short summary), and Featured. Selecting a popular show from the Name column -- such as "Desperate Housewives" -- brings up three new windows that occupy the bottom two thirds of the screen: Summary,...
Flickery update for Mac OS X automatically converts RAW files
Eternal Storms (http://www.eternalstorms.at) has updated their flickr client, flickery, for Mac OS X 10.5 or higher to version 1.9.2. The update automatically converts RAW files and offers converting options for video files so they can be uploaded.
With flickry, you can browse flickr's photos, view and comment on pictures of your friends, or upload and manage your own photos and favorites. flickery offers three ways of viewing photos: the miniature-overview of the photos where you can see multiple pictures at a time; the full-window-view, which lets you view one photo at a time in detail; and the full-screen view.
As a special offering through the holidays, flickery is 25% off (approximately US$13.45) until Jan. 3. Also, users who purchase (or have purchased) flickery in December have the chance of winning one of seven flickr pro accounts.
Flickery is available in a 15-day fully functional demo. After the trial period has expired, users can purchase the application for $13.45 until...
iWeb Themes Park releases two free holiday themes
Just in time for Christmas, iWeb Themes Park is offering a discount for all combo packages. In addition, the company is offering two free iWeb themes for December-ending festivals,
The themes require a Mac with iWeb from iLife '08, iLife '09 or iLife '11. Two iWeb themes dedicated for Christmas and New Year events are free for everyone. In addition, and only for the Christmas holiday, each combo package, which includes 10 different iWeb Themes, can be purchased with a 50% discount for $14.99 instead of $29.99.
Elegant Chaos releases Neu 1.0.2 for Mac OS X
Elegant Chaos has announced Neu 1.0.2 (http://www.elegantchaos.com/neu), a minor update to their file making utility for Mac OS X.
Neu is designed to make it easier to create new documents in the Finder without you having to open an application first. It does this by adding menus and global keyboard shortcuts that can be triggered from the Finder, or any other application. Neu lets you choose what to make from a list of templates. You can also trigger Neu from any application using a special key combination.
Changes in the 1.0.2 release include:
° Double-clicking on a license file will now launch Neu and register the license.
° Symbolic links are now handled in the path to templates.
° A Quit button has been added to the "Presence" preference when in "Stealth" mode.
° Template windows are now resizeable, and have a number of visual improvements.
° The default templates have been updated
Neu requires Mac OS X 10.6.5 or higher. It costs US$10, though version 1.0.2. is a free update for...
MathMagic Pro 7.2 adds support for Math Speech
InfoLogic has announced MathMagic Pro Editions 7.2 (http://www.mathmagic.com/product/pro.html) for Mac OS X. for Mac OS X, an update of the math equation editor for students and publishers. The upgrade adds a new Math Speech format.
Mathematical expressions can be saved in a standard English text as we normally read math equations by mathematical notation. For example, "b + c = d" is converted to "b plus c equals d". This works for long or complex equations as well. The English text can also be imported into equations. Math Speech text can be read out using the Speech Synthesis by Mac OS X or any 3rd party Text-To-Speech service over the internet.
MathMagic can also speak any math expression using a Text-To-Speech service. Plus, it reads various math formats including LaTeX and MathML and saves in high quality formats.
MathMagic 7.2 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later. The upgrade applies to all MathMagic Personal Edition and Pro Editions
MathMagic Pro Edition 7.2 is available now for US...
Cronette adds new data column
Tension Software has updated Cronette (http://pomola.com/products_cronette/cronette.html), a Cocoa task launcher for Macs and Mac servers, to version 1.4.1. The upgrade adds a new data column in the table to identify a task by type.
Cronette lets you specify tasks to be launched automatically by the Mac. It can be used on unattended Mac Servers or also on regular Mac workstations for tasks to execute during the night or for recurring tasks to be performed on a regular basis. It provides different type of launch tasks: daily, weekly, monthly, yearly.
Any task can be specified to launch different type of execution: open applications or documents from disk; open different type of URL; execute different type of actions: restart, shutdown, sleep; sending a message to the log; execute a complex UNIX command.
Cronette costs US$30 for a single user license, though version 1.4.1 is a free update for registered users. A demo is available for download. Cronette requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher...
Page Director ALS now compatible with InDesign CS5, QuarkXPress...
Managing Editor says Page Director Ad Layout System 5.6.1, ALS for Magazines 5.6.1 and AdForce 5.6.1 are now available.
MEI's flagship product and its related technologies have been upgraded for compatibility with the latest pagination software from Adobe and Quark. ALS 5.6.1 works with enhanced versions of MEI's Ad Import plug-in and ALS XT, which allow users to export issues to Adobe InDesign CS5 and QuarkXPress 8.5.
MEI has also updated its FiFi, Fido and Split & Folio XTs and plug-ins for compatibility with QuarkXPress 8.5 and InDesign CS5. FiFi and Fido restore file-path information for ad files after ALS pages have been imported so lost file links can be updated; Split & Folio lets users split up an InDesign or QuarkXPress document to deal out as single pages or page ranges while preserving the original file's information.
New versions of ALS for Magazines, MEI's automated ad-layout solution built specifically with magazines in mind, and AdForce, the company's...
Apple, others sued over ... you guessed it ... patent...
Another day, another lawsuit. A company called Hybrid Audio is suing Apple, Dell, HTC and other companies of infringing a MP3-related patent for "Signal Processing Utilizing a Tree-Structured Array," reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).
The application references "audio signals," but makes no mention of MP3 files or the MPEG-1 Layer III standard. However, the lawsuit targets Apple, HTC and Dell for creating devices that allow playback of MP3 files, notes "AppleInsider."
The iPod nano, iPhone 4, iPad, MacBook Pro, and iTunes software are specifically mentioned in the lawsuit. The suit targets products "that contain or use hardware and/or software for processing audio information in accordance with the MPEG-1 Layer III (MP3) standard," according to "AppleInsider."
As part of their compensation, Hybrid Audio is seeking a judgment and order requiring each Defendant named in the lawsuit to pay Plaintiff damages including treble damages for willful infringement. The...
Calpers wants Apple to change how board members are re-elected
The California Public Employees' Retirement System (Calpers) -- the largest public pension in the U.S. -- is seeking to change the policies of Apple and 57 other large companies that make up a portion of its nearly US$200 billion U.S. portfolio. It wants Apple to change it he way it handles board of director elections, according to "The Wall Street Journal" (http://macte.ch/bYNA5).
Members of the board can currently be re-elected by a single "yes" vote in uncontested elections. Calpsers wants Apple and other U.S. companies it invests in to adopt rules requiring directors to win a majority of the vote, saying that will make board members more accountable to shareholders, says the "Journal."
Calpers said Apple resisted its request, so the pension fund submitted an advisory shareholder resolution to force the issue. The measure is set to come up for a vote at the iPhone maker's annual meeting in February.
GEAR4 offers UnityRemote for iOS devices
GEAR4 (http://www.GEAR4.com) has announced the U.S. availability of UnityRemote. Now available through Amazon for US$99, the UnityRemote device turns any iPhone, iPod touch or iPad into a universal remote control.
It enables users to control everything from TVs to Hi-Fis, Blu-Ray players to digital TV boxes -- anything that has an infrared receiver -- using one single device, according to GEAR4 CEO Tom Dudderidge. UnityRemote works with two parts -- an app, which is downloaded for free from the Apple App Store, and a small device that can be placed anywhere in the room.
The UnityRemote device receives a Bluetooth signal from the Apple device, and then sends an infrared command in 360 degrees via five infrared transmitters to the device to be controlled.
After launching the app, users select the device to be controlled from a long list of manufacturers. If the device to control isn't listed, UnityRemote can "learn’"how to control the device.
Users can also set up "actions" for...
Fake (and dangerous) iTunes e-mail making the rounds
E-mails purportedly coming from iTunes and bearing "iTunes account may be suspended" in the subject line have been hitting inboxes in the last few days, according to "Help Net Security" (http://www.net-security.org/malware_news.php?id=1576).
The message reads: "Dear iTunes Customer, it is possible that your account password has been stolen. 4 different IP addresses have been used to login to your account within the last 24 hours. Please visit the bellow link and read what to do and how to contact support department."
If you click the link in the message, you're taken to fake Apple support page. Although it doesn't ask for any confidential info, "the site silently serves a malicious script that tries to exploit vulnerabilities in older versions of Java and Windows Help to gain access to the system and download and install malware," says "Help Net Security." Users that patch their OS and software regularly are safe from this attack, the article adds.
NewerTech announces NuStands for the iPad, Mac mini
NewerTech has announced NuStand alloy stands for the iPad and Mac mini.
The iPad version is designed to eliminate hard-to-view flat and unstable/unsafe "prop" viewing of an iPad. Featuring an, aircraft grade aluminum body and silicone center, the NewerTech NuStand Alloy for iPad gently yet securely holds an iPad up to a 15 degree angle in either portrait or landscape positions for personal viewing preferences. The open design provides full access to all ports for using, viewing and charging an iPad.
By orienting the 2010 Mac mini into an upright vertical position, the NewerTech NuStand Alloy for Mac mini (pictured) provides a secure way to display a 2010 Mac mini. Besides creating a custom appearance and easier access to all ports and connections, the NuStand Alloy for Mac mini main benefit is greater placement flexibility of a 2010 Mac mini on a crowded desktop or in a space limited home theater cabinet, according to the folks at NewerTech. Non-skid rubber feet provide stable...