Convert InDesign CS5.5 To Quark 9 with Markzware ID2Q 6
Markzware has announced ID2Q 6, an update to its Quark XTension for Mac OS X and Windows.
ID2Q 6 enables design professionals to convert InDesign CS5.5 to Quark 9 content, while preserving the elements and formatting of the original QuarkXPress document, including page positioning, color models, fonts and styles, images and more. Once installed, to convert InDesign, select "convert InDesign document" from the QuarkXPress Utilities menu.
The software upgrade ID2Q 6 Quark Xtension is available at the ID2Q Store (http://markzware.com/products/id2q/) with pricing for new users starting at US$199 per single-user seat. It requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher.
Marble Arena 2 rolling onto the Mac
Brightside Entertainment has announced the upcoming release of Marble Arena 2 (http://www.marble-arena.com/), their free, physics-based, 3D marble game for Mac, Windows and Linux systems. It will be released on Dec. 13.
Here's how the game is described: "Featuring vibrant HD graphics, fun and addictive gameplay, and an easy-to-use built-in editor for creating custom levels, Marble Arena 2 promises 50 mayhem filled levels. The game will test the player's rolling skills on several types of surfaces and make use of a multitude of physics contraptions in fun and sometimes headache inducing ways.
"Players will be pitted against sneaky A.I. controlled marbles in single player games, bent on getting in your way every chance they get, and against each other in multiplayer games of up to 32 participants. The game will offer players the possibility to upgrade their marble stats, and choose from a multitude of skins to completely personalize the experience. The built-in editor will allow easy...
Jobs laid to rest in private funeral
The funeral for Steve Jobs is taking place Friday, reports "The Wall Street Journal" (http://macte.ch/1eBR7), quoting an unnamed person familiar with the matter.
The funeral is characterized as a small private gathering, this person said. The person wouldn't say where or when the event was taking place, citing respect for Mr. Jobs and his family's privacy, says the "WSJ."
Color Splash Studio splashes onto the Mac
Color Splash Studio (http://www.macphun.com/colorsplash) is a new Mac app designed to offer let you create photos with selective colors. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later, costs US$0.99 (for a limited time) and is available at the Mac App Store in the Photography category.
Color Splash Studio offers a variety of adjustable parameters for color layer, including saturation, hues, exposure, brightness, contrast and blur. You can choose between grayscale and sepia for a monochrome layer.
Color Splash Studio has adjustable parameters for the amount of monochrome layer. There's a selective blur for both color and monochrome layers and a customizable brush that lets you adjust diameter, opacity and softness
Color Splash Studio integrates with Aperture and iPhoto albums. It supports most image formats -- including RAW files and resolutions of up to 32 megapixels -- and boasts built-in sharing via Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, Tumblr or email.
Google, Samsung cancel event in respect for Jobs
Google and Samsung have canceled an event planned for next week where the companies were supposed to announce the first smartphone based on Android "Ice Cream Sandwich," reports "AllThingsD" (http://macte.ch/VYvxE). The move was made in response to the death of Steve Jobs.
Sources told "AllThingsD" that the companies felt it was the wrong time to hold a launch event, as the world continues mourning Jobs.
"Samsung and Google have decided to postpone the Samsung Mobile Unpacked event during the CTIA in San Diego, previously scheduled for Oct. 11," Samsung said in a statement. "Under the current circumstances, both parties have agreed that this is not the appropriate time for the announcement of a new product."
Apple University to teach execs to think like Jobs
"The LA Times" (http://macte.ch/506vt) says one closely guarded project at Apple is an executive training program called Apple University that Steve Jobs considered vital to the company's future: teaching Apple executives to think like him.
"Steve was looking to his legacy," a former Apple executive who spoke anonymously told the newspaper. "The idea was to take what is unique about Apple and create a forum that can impart that DNA to future generations of Apple employees. No other company has a university charged with probing so deeply into the roots of what makes the company so successful."
The "Times" quotes "people familiar with the project" who say Jobs personally recruited the dean of Yale's Business School in 2008 to run it. Joel Podolny's assignment: help Apple internalize the thoughts of its visionary founder to prepare for the day when he's not around.
Apple's revenues will exceed $100 billion in five years
Apple's revenues will exceed US$100 billion in five years, according to "The Future of Apple" report from the Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com) research group.
Since the turn of the century Apple evolved from a secondary computer company into the most potent force transforming media. It's the premiere digital media innovator as evidenced by the iPod, iPhone and, most recently, the iPad.
Basically each introduction defined a new product category or enabled an incipient one to cross the chasm into mass market acceptance, notes Research and Markets. More of the same is expected in the future, not only from products but also from transactional services, says the research group. Their report says that:
° Merely from existing product lines, Apple's revenues will exceed $100 billion in five years.
° Apple will introduce as yet unannounced products to address huge latent market opportunities in (1) the Digital Living Room and (2) media and transactional online services...
Teens want iPhones, iPads
The Piper Jaffray research group (http://www.piperjaffray.com) has completed its 22nd semi-annual “Taking Stock With Teens” survey, which indicates improving spending at the upper-income level and continued weakness for average-income teens. And it also bodes well for Apple.
Portable device spending continues to accelerate with 83% of teens reporting that they are likely to purchase a smartphone for their next device, up from 75% last fall and 81% in the spring. iOS gained market share on Android and it is the most desired operating system, with 36% of teens reporting that they are likely to buy an iOS device.
Thirty-eight percent of teens plan on buying an iPhone in the next six months, up from 33% one year ago. In the last year, iPhone market share among teens has risen from 14% to 23%. Twenty-nine percent of respondents own a tablet or have one in their household, and 22% expect to buy an iPad in next six months, which should benefit Apple given iPad’s dominant market position....
Tablets have 75% share of US ultra-mobile device shipments in...
Led by media tablets and more specifically Apple’s iPad 2, an estimated 37 million ultra-mobile devices (UMDs) will ship into the United States during 2011, according to ABI Research (http://www.abiresearch.com).
UMDs represent mobile computing devices on a continuum bordered by laptops and smartphones. The UMD category consists of four segments: ultra-mobile personal computers (UMPCs), mobile Internet devices (MIDs), netbooks, and media tablets.
The revenue value from vendor shipments of UMDs into US sales and distribution channels during 2015 is forecast to top US$24 billion, says ABI Research. About 75% of total UMD shipments in the US during 2011 are expected to be media tablets.
"While the near-term opportunity is all about media tablets, no UMD segment type has ever sustained a lead for longer than 36 months in any part of the world," says ABI Research group director Jeff Orr. "Is the next device trend beyond media tablets just around the corner?"
Netbooks continue to be an...
Sprint bringing unlimited data experience to the iPhone
Sprint has announced unlimited data pricing plans for the iPhone on the Sprint network beginning on Friday, Oct. 14.
New and existing customers can pre-order the iPhone 4S beginning on Friday, Oct. 7 at 12:01 am (Pacific). Beginning today, iPhone 4 with iOS 5 is available for US$99.99 through sprint.com/iphone.
'Our unlimited data plans are the perfect fit for iPhone customers," says Sprint CEO Dan Hesse. "Sprint’s unlimited data plans provide more value than metered plans from other carriers. Our customers can take advantage of the innovative features of iPhone without worrying about overage charges or surprises on their bill."
The iPhone 4S will be available from Sprint starting at US$199.99 for the 16GB model, $299.99 for the 32GB model and $399.99 for the 64GB model. The iPhone 4 will cost $99.99 for the 8GB model and is available now. These prices require a new-line activation or eligible upgrade and two-year agreement.
All iPhone models will be available to new and existing...
WD launches new wireless media player
Western Digital (http://www.wd.com) has introduced the next generation of its WD TV Live streaming media player, a Wi-Fi-enabled media player that delivers the Spotify music service.
WD TV Live features WD's newest user interface that delivers movies, TV shows, music and online services from companies like Netflix, Hulu Plus and Blockbuster directly to your TV. The new streaming media player connects to the Internet wirelessly or through an Ethernet connection, with the 802.11n wireless connectivity supporting Full-HD 1080p video resolution.
In addition to premium Internet content, WD TV Live allows users to enjoy personal media such as photos, video and music on their home entertainment systems by supporting a range of file formats for streaming content from any connected USB drive, digital camcorder or camera, network drive such as the My Book Live personal cloud storage, and any networked Mac or PC in the home.
Adding to the WD TV family's current content offerings from Netflix,...
Nuper is new blog subscription app for Mac OS X
Line Thirteen has released Nuper 1.0 (http://www.linethirteen.com/nuper/) for Mac OS X. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher, costs US$4.99, and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the News category.
Nuper lets you subscribe to your favorite blogs and keep tabs on all the latest headlines. A single click on any entry opens a new browser window and loads the chosen site for you. Nuper lists your favorite sites based on the time they were most recently updated.
You can read articles on the original website as was intended by the author, not in the confines of a news reader. To subscribe to a blog, type in the address of the RSS feed and Nuper will automatically subscribe to it. Don't know the address of the RSS feed? Just type in the address of the blog itself and Nuper will figure out the RSS feed for you.
Hercules debuts XPS 2.9 computer speakers
Hercules (http://www.hercules.com), which specializes in digital DJ controllers and a digital audio specialist, has debuted XPS 2.0 30 DJ Club, a pair of compact computer speakers inspired by the professional PA systems used by DJs. It will be available next month for US$59.99.
The wide metal grate protecting the central driver and the speakers' contrasting lacquered and matte finish also highlight their DJ personality. The Hercules XPS 2.0 30 DJ Club offers a "DJ touch" for fans who want to listen to music in the comfort of their bedroom or studio.
To ensure bass restitution, the XPS 2.0 30 DJ Club speakers are fitted with a port on their front face. All connectivity features and controls are located on the right satellite's front face, offering access to volume and tone adjustment buttons. They also feature a headphone output and an auxiliary input to connect an MP3 player. In addition, this amplified speaker system delivers 10 Watt RMS output.
Crazy Machine comes to Macgamestore
Viva Media's Crazy Machine is now available at the Macgamestore (http://www.macgamestore.com) It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and costs US$9.95.
Here's how the game is described: "Turn the crank, rotate the gears, push the levers, Use the catapult, explode it, or fly it. From grilling sausages with a pulley, gears, rubberbands and a candle to firing a cannon with a basketball, these wacky brain-teasers will light up your imagination with creative and addictive fun."
Crazy Machine has over 70 elements and 200-plus challenges. It also boasts 3D graphics and real time shadows.
Alien technology brings Android to Apple
Myriad Group AG (http://www.myriadgroup.com), which specializes in mobile technology, has unveiled Myriad Alien Dalvik 2.0, which will purportedly not only enable Android apps to run across non-Android smartphone platforms, but will now enable the Android ecosystem to be extended across multiple devices and screens such as tablets, e-books, TVs, automotives and even avionics.
Myriad will be showcasing Alien Dalvik 2.0 and its multi-screen strategy, demonstrating Android apps on an iPad for the first time at CTIA Enterprise & Applications 2011 next week.
"We have seen incredible momentum in Android adoption, but we are just scratching the surface," says Myriad Group CEO Simon Wilkinson. "Digital screens such as Internet-enabled TVs and in-vehicle displays, along with other consumer devices like tablets and e-books are proliferating at an astounding rate. Consumers are driving multimedia evolution and are demanding more converged multi-screen services. With Alien Dalvik 2.0, we are...
Wacom adds a splash of color to the Bamboo Stylus
Following the launch of its original Bamboo Stylus in April, Wacom (http://www.wacom.com) has announced its new range of colored pens matching Apple’s iPad Smart Covers.
Available in white, blue, green, orange and pink, the colored Bamboo Styluses are designed for note-taking, annotation, drawing, sketching and visual thinking. With the proven precision nib, Wacom now also offers exchangeable nibs to suit the usage needs of iPad owners.
Beside the soft standard nib, alternatives, such as more solid, robust nibs will soon be available on the market. The pen coating has a shiny, soft-touch finish.
Complementing the Stylus is Wacom’s Bamboo Paper app. The app, which is free of charge, is designed for realistic and intuitive note-taking and sketching. With the launch of Bamboo Paper’s free version, which is designed for desktop use with a Wacom tablet, all Paper notes can now be shared between an iPad, Mac and PC.
Available at Amazon and Wacom’s online store starting the final week of...
Sonnet announces new media reader
Sonnet Technologies has announced the DiO Pro CompactFlash and SDXC USB 3.0 Media Reader, which enables digital videographers and photographers to transfer files quickly from CompactFlash (CF), SDXC and SDHC memory cards on location, in the studio, or at the office.
With one slot each for CF and SD media, DiO has the ability to transfer data from the fastest professional memory cards at high speeds. This Sonnet reader exploits the 5.0 Gb/second SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface and is also backward-compatible with USB 2.0 (which is good for Mac users as Apple currently doesn't support USB 3.0). iO is compatible with Mac Pro and MacBook Pro computers using a Sonnet Mac OS X-compatible USB 3.0 adapter.
DiO is UDMA6-enabled and UHS-I-compliant for CF and SD media, respectively. As a result, Sonnet's high-performance memory card reader transfers data from currently available CF cards at up to 70 MB/second, and it supports at full speed the fastest available SDXC and SDHC memory cards, as well...
New book helps you take control of Mac OS X back-ups
Expanding on and modernizing the advice in its best-selling titles about backups, Take Control Books has published "Take Control of Backing Up Your Mac,"
a 228-page, US$15 ebook written by award-winning tech writer Joe Kissell.
Updated to cover Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion") and all the latest hardware, software, and online service changes in the backup world, "Take Control of Backing Up Your Mac" describes how to design a reliable backup system, understand backup lingo, shop for hardware, choose backup software, operate Time Machine (and determine whether Time Machine is a good option and what to do if it's not), make backups, deal with any special backup needs, and recover lost data after a crash or other calamity.
For more info about the book, including table of contents and an author bio, go to http://oreilly.com/catalog/9781615420971 .
TNT to re-air 'Pirates of Silicon Valley'
According to "Reuters" (http://macte.ch/YHUyg) TNT has scheduled back-to-back re-airings Thursday night (8 and 10 p.m.) of "Pirates of Silicon Valley, the 1999 TV movie about the race between technology rivals Apple and Microsoft to build their computer empires.
"ER" and "Falling Skies" star Noah Wyle plays Steve Jobs, with Joey Slotnick ("Nip/Tuck") as his Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. "Dead Zone" and John Hughes movies alum Anthony Michael Hall is Microsoft founder Bill Gates.
"Pirates" follows both companies' histories. The movie, which earned five Emmy nominations, is based on the bestseller "Fire in the Valley" by Paul Frieberger and Michael Swaine.
Pondering Steve Jobs' legacy and Apple's future
Steve Jobs will certainly be missed. He was the master showman, the man who made (with apologies to John Travolta) the world's greatest comeback (and who led the company he co-founded to the greatest comeback in business history) and the one who thought different.
Jobs can't be replaced, but he's created a team that will carry on Apple's success. But more on that later. Jobs' passing has received the type of media coverage usually accorded only to world leaders.
The National Retail Federation President and CEO Matthew Shay released the following statement on news of the passing of Apple founder Steve Jobs.
"The National Retail Federation and the entire retail industry mourn news of the passing of Apple founder Steve Jobs, one of the most innovative leaders of our time who created an iconic retail brand through innovation and design. In a challenging economy, Jobs and the entire Apple team invented discretionary products that many Americans now consider necessities, from the iPod to...
TIME releasing special Steve Jobs commemorative issue
TIME is releasing a special commemorative issue on Steve Jobs to hit newsstands and tablet devices tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 7.
To produce this special issue, TIME stopped the presses on its previously planned issue in order to devote its cover and 21 pages of the full issue to Jobs’ life and career. The issue includes a six-page essay by Jobs’ biographer Walter Isaacson, a historical report on Jobs career by TIME technology reporters Harry McCracken and Lev Grossman and a photo essay by Diana Walker, who has been shooting Jobs for TIME since 1982.
The cover image is a photograph of Jobs taken by Norman Seeff in 1984. This is the seventh time Jobs has appeared on the cover of TIME. The magazine is increasing its print run for this special issue, which will be available worldwide.
Jobs' family issues statement
Steve Jobs’ family today made the following statement regarding his death:
"Steve died peacefully today surrounded by his family.
"In his public life, Steve was known as a visionary; in his private life, he cherished his family. We are thankful to the many people who have shared their wishes and prayers during the last year of Steve’s illness; a website will be provided for those who wish to offer tributes and memories.
"We are grateful for the support and kindness of those who share our feelings for Steve. We know many of you will mourn with us, and we ask that you respect our privacy during our time of grief."
Tim Cook, Apple offer ways to honor Jobs
Following the death of Steve Jobs, in an email to employees, new CEO Tim Cook wrote:
"I have some very sad news to share with all of you. Steve passed away earlier today.
"Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.
"We are planning a celebration of Steve’s extraordinary life for Apple employees that will take place soon. If you would like to share your thoughts, memories and condolences in the interim, you can simply email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Apple has also set up a page honoring Steve Jobs. You can find it at http://www.apple.com/stevejobs/ and share your thoughts, memories and condolences.
Steve Jobs Passes Away
Statement by Apple's Board of Directors:
We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today.
Steve's brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.
His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts.
From all of us at MacTech/MacNews: Our hearts and sympathy go out to the family, and to the community at large.
Jumptap: iOS has 31% of network data
Jumptap (http://www.jumptap.com), which specializes in targeted mobile advertising, has released its MobileSTAT Report covering network data for the month of August. Among the findings:
° Android, iOS and Blackberry mobile platforms continue to dominate the top three spots, and claim more than 90% of the market, based on August 2011 data from Jumptap’s network of more than 142M global users and 11 billion monthly ad impressions.
° At 47% operating system market share, Android maintained its leadership on the Jumptap network.
° Despite ranking second in market share to Google’s Android OS with 31%, Apple’s iOS continues to deliver the best direct response advertising performance with an industry-leading CTR of 0.71%.
° Three groups continued to exhibit the highest mobile click-through rates: users ages 45-74; those with income levels of more than $50,000; and males. A clear new challenge for advertisers is getting beyond CTR to connect with younger, less-affluent audiences whose...
iPad is Telltale Game's fastest growing market
Digital publisher Telltale Games (http://www.telltalegames.com) says it's "greatly expanding" its iOS offerings through the end of the year due to rapid revenue growth from publishing its games on Apple’s iOS devices.
“The iPad has been the fastest-growing revenue driver for us so far in 2011," says Dan Connors, Telltale co-founder and CEO. "With more than 30 million devices sold to date and analyst projections expecting another 54 million in 2012, we expect that trend to continue in the foreseeable future. Our expertise as a leading digital publisher for over seven years has us ideally positioned to exploit this momentum."
Telltale Games revealed today that it plans to release 30 new iOS episodic games before the end of the year. New products hitting the Apple App Store in the coming months, include Sam & Max Beyond Time & Space, the first cases of the new Law & Order game and a soon to be announced game series.
Cygnett rolls out iPhone 4S cases
Cygnett (http://www.cygnett) has launched their iPhone 4S case line-up. Among the new products are the Ripple, FlexiGel and SecondSkin II.
Making its debut on the iPhone 4S, the US$16.99 Ripple (pictured) provides scratch-resistant and impact-resistant protection and sports a wave-like surface. Made of TPU, the Ripple features raised edges that protect the touchscreen and corners.
The $14.99 FlexiGel offers all-over protection for your iPhone 4S. The TPU case hugs the contours of your phone, while the raised edges shield the touchscreen.
The $14.99 SecondSkin II is a soft silicon case. Moulded to fit your iPhone like a glove, the SecondSkin II is soft to the touch and has raised side edges protect the touchscreen.
Waterfield Design announces iPhone 4S cases
WaterField Designs (http://www.sfbags.com) has announced the US$39 iPhone Wallet -- a leather wallet with a window to see and hear the just-announced iPhone 4S, plus pockets for credit cards and cash.
Waterfield Desigsn has also announced the $25 iPhone Hint!, a slim leather sleeve also with an iPhone window and a pocket for credit cards. Both iPhone Cases are customized to fit the iPhone 4S and are available in brown or black, naturally tanned leather.
Both are available now for pre-order from WaterField Designs. They'll ship by Oct. 31.
WPXO is companion app for Office for Mac 2011
Dale Gillard has introduced WPXO 1.0, a companion app for Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 users. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher, costs US$0.99 and is available in the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.
WPXO is an app for your Mac's menu bar that's all about speed and convenience when using Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook applications, says Gillard. It remembers the last 30 Microsoft Office documents opened, so you can quickly launch your Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook applications.
BBEdit update adds 'Open File by Name' feature
Bare Bones Software has released BBEdit 10.1, an update of its HTML and text editor for the Mac.
The BBEdit 10.1 update presents a new, modeless "Open File by Name" feature with search-as-you-type results. The Replace All function now performs faster, and the Multi-File Search window includes a "Frontmost Project" target option.
"Preview in BBEdit" has been improved, with the ability to present previews for non-HTML documents, support for default CSS, and other enhancements. Additional advances in the built-in HTML markup tools incorporate customer feedback. BBEdit 10.1 includes other refinements and fixes.
The BBEdit 10.1 update is free of charge to all BBEdit 10 customers. Customers who purchased in the Mac App Store will automatically receive the update when it becomes available, while customers who purchased directly may download the update immediately from the Bare Bones Software web site (http://www.barebones.com/support/updates.html).
BBEdit requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later (...
Seasonality Core 2 ready for Lion
Gaucho Software (http://www.gauchosoft.com) has introduced Seasonality Core 2, the latest version of the popular weather app for Mac OS X. The upgrade sports more than 35 new features including more detailed maps, additional graphs, and a new current conditions view. Plus, Seasonality Core makes it easier than ever to interact with weather on your Mac by taking advantage of gestures and full screen support in Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion").
The new maps in Seasonality Core 2 show amazing detail, while still being immediately responsive to user navigation, says Mike Piatek-Jimenez, CEO of Gaucho Software. The terrain changes every month of the year, allowing users to watch the foliage and snow coverage transform around the world.
The terrain resolution has also been increased with over two gigapixels composing the deepest zoom layer. What's more, the radar and satellite images can now be animated, allowing the user to choose between a short loop to track a thunderstorm or a long loop to...
iOS has 9.8% of total US mobile subscribers
ComScore (http://www.comscore.com), which "measures the digital world," has released data from the comScore MobiLens service, reporting key trends in the U.S. mobile phone industry during the three month average period ending in August. Among the findings: the iOS now has 9.8% of total US mobile subscribers compared to 8.7% in May.
The study surveyed more than 30,000 U.S. mobile subscribers and found Samsung to be the top handset manufacturer overall with 25.3% market share. Google Android continued to gain ground in the smartphone market reaching 43.7% market share.
For the three-month average period ending in August, 234 million Americans age 13 and older used mobile devices. Device manufacturer Samsung ranked as the top original equipment manufacturer with 25.3% of U.S. mobile subscribers (up 0.5 percentage points from the prior three-month period), followed by LG with 21% share and Motorola with 14% share. Apple strengthened its position at number four with 9.8% share of mobile...
Parallels Desktop 7 includes experimental support for Windows 8
Parallels has released an update to Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac (http://www.parallels.com), the US$79.99 software for running Windows and Mac applications side-by-side on a Mac without rebooting.
The upgrade includes experimental support for Windows 8 Developer Preview and more. Once Windows 8 is commercially available Parallels will offer full product support.
The new Parallels Desktop 7 build (7.0.14924)is available now by selecting the Parallels Desktop menu, then Check for Updates. Parallels Desktop 7 enables software, mobile and Web developers to safely and simultaneously test a variety of operating systems as guests, as well as develop and test applications on them without risking their development machines.
The latest update also improves the general performance of Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac, including optimized CPU usage when Parallels Desktop 7 is idle, improved compatibility with Quicken 2011 personal finance software, and improved support for Autodesk 3DS Max 2012 3D...
Samsung seeks iPhone 4S ban in France, Italy
Apple debuted the iPhone 4S. Now Samsung is seeking to bank it in France and Italy for ... you guessed it ... patent infringement.
Samsung will file motions with courts in Paris and Milan seeking the ban, each citing two patent infringements on wireless telecommunications technology, the company said in an e-mailed statement today -- as reported by "Bloomberg Businessweek" (http://macte.ch/LI14f). Last month Samsung filed four lawsuits against Apple in the Netherlands.
Samsung is claiming the iPhone and iPad that use 3G technology infringe Samsung patents. Meanwhile, Apple in September said in a Hague court hearing that Samsung is holding them "hostage" by asking for 2.4% on each 3G chip used in the iPad and iPhone. Samsung is deliberately misusing both the royalty rate and the responsibility for its payment to try and oppose its lawsuit, says Apple.
-- Dennis Sellers
Apple breaks into top 10 on Best Global Brands list
Apple has broken into the top 10 on the Interbrand (http://www.interbrand.com) "Best Global Brands" report. Last year it ranked 17th.
The Interbrand methodology analyzes three key aspects that contribute to a brand’s value: the financial performance of the branded products or services; the role of brand in the purchase decision process; and the strength of the brand to continue to secure earnings for a company. This year’s Top 100 Best Global Brands have demonstrated that, despite an erratic economic landscape, they are constantly flexing, evolving and innovating -- all in an effort to meet the new needs of today’s consumer, says says Interbrand CEO Jez Frampton.
"By refining digital strategies and strengthening social networks, today’s most valuable brands are creating more relevant customer engagements," he adds. "These brands have seized opportunities to host richer, more tailored experiences, which, in turn, help drive longer-term loyalty and value among consumers and partners...
JAC is Just A Clock for Mac OS X
Dalamser has introduced JAC [Just a Clock] 1.0 (http://www.dalamser.com/JAC/) for the Mac. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later, costs US$0.99 and is available at the Mac App Store in the Business category.
JAC provides one or more resizable traditional analog clocks showing the time in different locations around the world. The clock display is designed for those times when knowing the time and date is of primary importance. A number of JAC clocks can be arranged to echo the traditional "office wall" row of time zone clocks. These are all localized using the system language and calendar.
In addition to acting like normal application windows, clocks may be set tofloat above other applications. Clocks can also be brought forward using a Spaces/Mission Control aware hot corner.
LifeSize to bring enterprise-class videoconferencing to the...
LifeSize (http://www.lifesize.com), a division of Logitech, has announced that LifeSize ClearSea (formerly Mirial ClearSea), an enterprise-class desktop and mobile video conferencing platform, now supports iOS 5 and will soon feature support for the new iPhone 4S.
Users will be able to instantly connect from any iPhone, including iPhone 4S, to any standards-based video conferencing system, says LifeSize CEO Craig Malloy. Since Logitech’s acquisition of Mirial in July, LifeSize has been working to extend open, interoperable video collaboration solutions to anyone, anywhere, on any device, he adds.
LifeSize offers video calling apps for iOS and Android-based mobile devices from Apple, Dell, Google, HTC, Motorola and Samsung. As a result, LifeSize is now the only vendor in the enterprise video conferencing market to offer natively interoperable video calling from the conference room to the Mac and PC as well as to iOS 5 and a broad range of smartphones and tablets, says Malloy.
QR Encode is QR code generator for Mac OS X
Empoc has introduced QR Encode 1.0 (http://empoc.com/mac-os-x/qr-encode/), a Mac OS X utility for generating QR codes. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher, costs US$2.99 and is available at the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.
QR Encode allows anyone to generate various types of QR codes. You can export generated QR code in PNG or EPS format. QR Encode offers the ability to change the background and foreground colors of generated QR codes and more.
You can also export your generated QR code in PNG or EPS format. For Google Maps, there's an embedded map by which you can search for a location to generate your Google Map QR code. Additional settings allow you to change the size and quality of your QR code.
New book looks at 'taking control' of Spotlight
TidBits Publishing Inc. is pleased to announce publication of a unique resource for users of Mac OS X has released "Take Control of Spotlight for Finding Anything on Your Mac."
In this US$15, 158-page ebook, Mac expert Sharon Zardetto explores the hidden depths of Spotlight searching, one of Mac OS X's most powerful yet least explained features. In the process, she reveals beginner and power-user techniques, including the secret grammar behind Spotlight searches so that readers can search directly using Spotlight's internal query language.
Zardetto first explains how Spotlight indexes data, describes the concepts underlying Spotlight searches, and then illustrates the many ways users can start Spotlight searches: the magnifying glass in the menu bar, the search field in Finder windows or the Open and Save dialogs, a keyboard shortcut, a contextual menu, or customized and saved searches they've made for themselves. She then turns to how readers can find exactly what they're looking...
Little Bookmark Box for Mac OS X adds Quick Look support
PointWorks (http://www.pointworks.de/) has announced Little Bookmark Box 2.0, an update of the bookmarking tool for Mac OS X. You can now view and browse your bookmarked web pages using Quick Look. Version 2.0 also boasts some bug fixes and performance improvements.
Little Bookmark Box is designed to work unobtrusively alongside your browser. Bookmarks can be automatically grouped in smart boxes by creating rules, organized in manually created boxes or just left in the Inbox. Little Bookmark Box allows personalization of bookmarks and bookmarks can be sent automatically to bookmarking services.
Little Bookmark Box requires an Intel Mac running Mac OS X 10.6 or later. It costs US$14.95 and is available on the Mac App Store as well as on the PointWorks online store. There is a demo version with limited functionality available on the PointWorks web site.
iWebTemplate announces five new themes
In conjunction with iPresentee, iWebTemplate (http://www.iwebtemplate.com) y announces the addition of five new iWeb themes to be used with iWeb, Apple's website creation tool.
The new themes are Ideas For Business, Baby Theme, Design, Extreme Sport and Illustrator. All can be customized and include an installer to make sure the templates end up in the right place.
iWebTemplate themes require Mac OS X 10.4.3 or later and iWeb 2.0 (iLife '08) or iWeb 3.0 (iLife '09 or iLife '11). Each template is available for US$9.99.
Tidy Up! for Mac OS X tied up to version 2.3.6
Hyberbolic Software (http://www.hyperbolicsoftware.com) has released Tidy Up! 2.3.6, the latest version of their disk, file and folder processing utility for Mac OS X. It's a maintenance update with some bug fixes.
Tidy Up! can find duplicate files and packages using any criteria. It allows for the creation of the smart baskets using the selected folder and file as a filter. There are also bug fixes.
Tidy Up 2.3.6 requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. Version 2.3.6 of Tidy Up! continues the discount of the 23%. Buy it now and pay US$30 instead of $39; users of Tidy Up! version 1.x can upgrade for $20.
Domainer for Mac OS X gets revamped interface
Rage Software has updated Domainer, a domain tracking and search engine optimization tool for Mac OS X (10.4 or later) and Windows, to version 2.1.
Domainer allows website owners to centralize domain details, as well as those of their competitors. This free update adds an updated user interface and fixes problems with getting a domain's incoming links.
Domainer's search engine statistics include page rank, Alexa rank, incoming links and delicious.com social tags. Domainer syncs with iCal and the Mac OS X keychain to notify owners of domain expiration dates and to securely store FTP log-in details.
A free trial version is available for download from
http://www.ragesw.com/products/domainer.html . The full version that allows tracking an unlimited number of domains can be purchased for US$29.95 .
DropDMX for Mac OS X gets faster, adds new features
DropDMG 3.1 (http://c-command.com/dropdmg/) is the latest version of the utility that allows users to create .dmg and .img disk image files on Mac OS X. The utility is now faster at creating large disk images under most circumstances and compresses disk images a bit more tightly.
DropDMG 3.1 adds a "Use less temporary disk space" preference, so that you can make DropDMG operate in the older, slower mode if your destination volume is running out of space. Disk image layouts can now contain text boxes, with your choice of fonts, styles, colors, and shadows, so it's no longer necessary to fire up a graphics program to update the text in your background picture.
Layout text boxes inDropDMG 3.1 can contain placeholder variables, which DropDMG will replace when creating the disk image. The "Mount Image..." command now has a "Shadow file" option that lets you mount a read-only disk image as read-write. Any changes made to the mounted image will be written to the adjacent shadow file.
Traktor Kontrol S2 available in stores
Native Instruments says Traktor Kontrol S2 (http://www.native-instruments.com/s2 ) is now available in stores worldwide. It's available at a suggested retail price of US$669.
The integrated DJ performance system is based on a compact version of the Kontrol S4 hardware. Kontrol S2 Provides a "2+1" setup with sample decks, as well as mixing and effect features, all based on the included Traktor Pro 2 software.
To offer DJs a more portable alternative to the Professional 4-deck Traktor Kontrol S4 system, the Kontrol S2 is centered around a new compact controller hardware. It purportedly provides the same high-resolution jog wheels, combined with ergonomic controls for cueing, looping and effects.
The integrated 24bit/96 kHz sound card with its dual stereo outputs is based on the technology of the Traktor audio interface range. The two playback decks of the Traktor Kontrol S2 are complemented by the Sample Decks of the latest Traktor Pro 2 software, which can add up to eight simultaneous...
Onxy Graphics updates SmartApps plug-in for illustrator
Onyx Graphics has released SmartApps Sign&Banner plug-in 1.1 for Adobe Illustrator software.
SmartApps is designed to simplify and accelerate the set-up of wide format signs and banners, according to Danielle Mattiussi, Onyx's director of Product Marketing. Version 1.1 includes enhancements to the bleed setup tool that reduces the time to prepare double-sided banners, she adds.
Designers can use the new Double-sided Bleed feature to specify an amount of print bleed and the plug-in automatically matches the correct bleeds for the reverse side of double-sided banners. The tool can also account for banner poles or framing and uses presets for automating the process for different banner types. SmartApps Sign&Banner plug-in 1.1 also includes compatibility for Adobe Illustrator software (versions CS3, CS4, CS5 and CS5.5) running on Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion").
The SmartApps Sign&Banner plug-in is the first in the new SmartApps toolset for creative applications. Designed to help...
Mformation supports advanced MDM capabilities for iOS 5
Mformation Technologies (http://www.mformation.com), a provider of advanced mobile device management (MDM) solutions, has announced expanded support for its advanced mobile device management and security functions on iOS 5 devices. iOS 5 will be released on Wednesday, Oct. 12.
Mformation’s cloud-delivered MDM capabilities enable enterprise IT to manage and secure the growing number of personal and corporate iOS devices entering the enterprise, says Rowan Scranage, Mformation senior vice president of Corporate Strategy, Business Development and Marketing. The company's advanced MDM capabilities for iOS ensure that enterprises can identify, provision, configure, manage and secure iOS devices and the data on them, while enabling a superior end-user experience, he adds.
LinkOptimizer for InDesign updated to version 4.6
Zevrix Solutions (http://zevrix.com) has released LinkOptimizer 4.5.6, an update of its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign. The new version lets users ignore or process images on specific layers of InDesign document.
LinkOptimizer lets you reduce InDesign job size and speed up processing by eliminating excess image data and performing essential image adjustments.
LinkOptimizer Light 4.6 can be purchased from the Zevrix Solutions web site for US$259.95, as well as from authorized resellers. LinkOptimizer works with Mac OS X 10.4.2-10.5 and InDesign CS-CS4. Version 4.6 is free for LinkOptimizer 4.x users and a $8.98 to upgrade from previous versions.
Singular Software plans Final Cut Pro X support
Singular Software, a developer of workflow automation applications for video production, says it's updating its line of audio and video synchronization tools to add support for Final Cut Pro X version 10.0.1.
Existing Singular Software Presto and PluralEyes for Final Cut Pro customers will receive a free update when support for Final Cut Pro X becomes available. Customers will be notified of the Final Cut Pro X support update availability via the Singular Software Newsletter. Go to http://www.singularsoftware.com/newsletters.html to subscribe to the mailing list.
An iPhone 5? No, an iPhone 4S
At today's "Let's Talk iPhone" event, Apple announced not the iPhone 5, but the iPhone 4S, which sports:Apple’s dual-core A5 chip; an all new camera with advanced optics; full 1080p HD resolution video recording; and Siri, an "intelligent assistant that helps you get things done just by asking."
With the launch of iPhone 4S also comes the launch of iOS 5 with over 200 new features, and iCloud, a set of free cloud services that work with your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC to automatically and wirelessly store your content in iCloud and push it to all your devices.
"The iPhone 4S plus iOS 5 plus iCloud is a breakthrough combination that makes the iPhone 4S the best iPhone ever," said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. "While our competitors try to imitate iPhone with a checklist of features, only iPhone can deliver these breakthrough innovations that work seamlessly together."
iPhone 4S comes with iOS 5, which has such new feature as...