Mac compatible BarracudaDrive adds File Mailer component
Real Time Logic has announced BarracudaDrive 4.6 (http://macte.ch/FnOnf), an update to their web server for small businesses and consumers.
BarracudaDrive can be installed on a variety of computers including Mac, Windows and Linux systems, and specialized devices. Version 4.6 features a new File Mailer component that's designed to make it easy and secure to distribute confidential data of any size to any number of contacts via regular email.
The File Mailer's web interface resembles a standard email client's graphical user interface and provides features such as auto completion on email addresses found in the contact database. Start typing and a list of possible email address matches are shown. Contacts are automatically added if they're not already in the database. Large contact lists can be imported by dragging and dropping the contact list onto the File Mailer Web interface.
BarracudaDrive 4.6 is free for home use. Business licenses start at US$200.
MacTech Boot Camp Chicago Next Week
Next week is MacTech Boot Camp Chicago -- the final MacTech Boot Camp of the year.
Held in cities around the country, MacTech Boot Camp is a one day event for those that support the home user, and small business market. MacTech Boot Camp is a single-track, hotel based seminar that is specifically geared to serve the needs of consultants and techs wanting to serve their base better.
The event is nearly sold out, but there are a few spots left. Save $100 on pre-registration if you register by Monday morning, Aug 29.
More information at:
Register for just $395 (including a MacTech subscription)
Apple filing shows it wants Tim Cook to say around for a long...
Apple has filed a form 8-K (http://macte.ch/QBOyA) with the SEC because of the changes in corporate leadership at the company, notes "MacRumors" (http://www.macrumors.com). And it shows the confidence the company has in its new CEO.
The form tells investors of the resignation of Steve Jobs as CEO (though I'd be amazed if they didn't already know since the rest of the world does); Jobs' appointment as Chairman of the Apple Board of Directors; Tim Cook's promotion to CEO; and the appointment of Cook to the board.
What's more, the board awarded Mr. Cook 1,000,000 restricted stock units. Fifty percent of the restricted stock units are scheduled to vest on each of Aug. 24, 2016 ,and August 24, 2021, subject to Mr. Cook's continued employment with Apple through each such date. This stock award is worth just over $383 million at current prices, notes MacRumors."
Apple drops 99-cent TV show rentals
Apparently Apple has removed the ability to rent TV shows from both iTunes and its Apple TV, "taking away what was just last year one of the major advertised selling points of the $99 set-top box," notes "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).
The option to rent episodes of TV shows is no longer available on either the Apple TV, or when browsing content via Apple's iTunes application. Previously, participating networks offered users the ability to rent a TV episode for US$0.99 cents, with 30 days to begin watching and 48 hours to complete it.
Apple launched $0.99 TV show rentals alongside the new version of the Apple TV that rolled out last September, but there wasn't a great deal of enthusiasm from networks who apparently felt the price was too low. ABC and Fox were on board, but Warner Brothers, NBC, Viacom, and other opted out and "it appears that Apple has finally decided to cancel the program as it has been unable to bring a critical mass of studios on board," says "...
Apple, Lion Java crashes Yahoo Chess
Posted by Greg Mills
Since moving to Lion the first day it was out, I have lost at least 5 chess games on Yahoo/games/chess due to some sort of Java problem. I am winning or losing, (it seems to know when I am winning) and unceremoniously, the Java window goes white and or enlarges some part of the screen and freezes. While this hardly seems important to most people, I hate losing but even more I hate losing because my Java crashes.
If anybody at Apple reads this, please fix this. Anyone else having Java problems under Lion? GregMills@Mac.com
MacBook Air a hot seller in Hong Kong
In a note to clients -- as reported by"CNN Money" (http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2011/08/26/the-macbook-air-lands-in-china-an...?), Ticonderoga's Brian White reported that the new MacBook Air was greeted with long lines and stock outs when it arrived in Hong Kong this week.
Not only did stores run out of certain MacBook Air models, but also some iPads and iPhone 4s, presumably through a Chinese version of the halo effect. This looks good for the launch of the Apple laptop in mainland China, perhaps as early as next week, says White.
Apple's new CEO to tackle delivering video to televisions?
Apple's new CEO, Tim Cook, faces the challenge of advancing the company's plans for digital video, even as Apple is developing "new technology" for delivering video to televisions, reports "The Wall Street Journal" (http://www.wsj.com) and "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).
Quoting unnamed "people familiar with the matter, the "WSJ" says "Apple is working on new technology to deliver video to televisions," adding that the company has also been in talks over a subscription TV service.
New markets, such as digital video and control of the living room, will pose the first "real test" for Cook, who officially took over for Steve Jobs this week, notes "AppleInsider." Of course, this could all tie in to rumors that Apple will release its own HTDV before summer 2012.
Global Equities Research analyst Trip Chowdhry thinks Apple will launch a new high-definition television in March 2012 with three screen sizes and price points. He thinks the Apple HDTV would be akin to Bose's pricey...
Jobs' resignation not having great impact on Apple...
DigiTimes" (http://macte.ch/Mpr9X), quoting "sources at major suppliers to Apple, including Foxconn Electronics and Quanta Computer," says the companies don't feel that Steve Jobs' resignation as CEO is having much impact on their business so far.
His replacement, Tim Cook was already responsible for manufacturing related business before assuming his new title, the article adds. Still, Jobs' resignation may affect the company's brand recognition, creativity and innovation, the sources add.
It's matter of how deep the impact will be, depending on whether Apple manages to find another driver of innovation like Jobs for its continued success, says "DigiTimes." Of course, Jobs has been named chairman of Apple's board of directors, so it's not like his impact is totally gone.
Apple, Samsung set to return to Federal Court in Australia
Samsung and Apple Australia are set to return to the Federal Court in Sydney on Monday to determine the next step in Apple's patent war against the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, reports "ZDNet" (http://macte.ch/k3KDM).
Justice Annabelle Bennett said in the initial hearing that unless the two parties could resolve their differences before Aug. 29, they would return to the court for a further directions hearing, the article adds. She added that the case could bring with it hefty fines for Samsung if it went Apple's way.
Earlier this month it was announced that Apple had won an agreement from Samsung that the South Korean company won’t sell the newest version of its tablet computer in Australia until a patent lawsuit in the country is resolved.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 infringes 10 Apple patents, including the “look and feel,” and touchscreen technology of the iPad, Steven Burley, a lawyer for Apple, told Federal Court Justice Annabelle Bennett in Sydney. Apple sought an Australian...
Sonnet Adapter expands capabilities of Thunderbolt- enabled...
Sonnet Technologies has announced the Echo ExpressCard/34 Thunderbolt Adapter, which enables the use of many Sonnet ExpressCard/34 adapters with computers equipped with a Thunderbolt port, including the latest iMac, Mac mini, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro models. ExpressCard/34 adapters, originally intended for notebook computers, offer users additional connectivity and functionality beyond what's available through their computers' stock configuration.
The new Echo ExpressCard/34 Thunderbolt Adapter supports most PCI Express-based Sonnet professional ExpressCard/34 adapters and specialty adapters from other manufacturers. Sonnet expects other manufacturers' ExpressCard/34 products to become compatible as their drivers are updated to be Thunderbolt technology-aware.
"The Echo ExpressCard/34 Thunderbolt Adapter gives users tremendous flexibility to connect a wide range of peripheral devices through the Thunderbolt port on their computers," says Robert Farnsworth, CEO of Sonnet...
AirBeam offers video streaming from iOS to your Mac
Appologics has released AirBeam for Mac (http://appologics.com/airbeam), the desktop counterpart to their iOS based video surveillance solution.
AirBeam for iOS is an universal app for iPhone, iPod and iPad and streams live camera video in high resolution and with up to 30 frames per second between iOS devices. AirBeam for Mac turns also the desktop into a ideo monitoring center .
It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later. It's free and available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Photography category.
OWC ships 60GB solid state drive
Other World Computing (OWC) has announced an 60GB capacity model to its OWC Mercury Electra 6G Solid State Drive line.
The 6Gb/s SSD delivers 556MB/s read and 523MB/s write sustained data rates for over 7X faster performance than a standard factory hard drive found in Mac and PC computers, according to the folks at OWC.
The OWC Mercury 6G SSDs come in two models (Mercury Electra 6G and Mercury EXTREME Pro 6G) offering seven capacities from 60GB to 480GB. Pricing starts at US$129.99. for more info go to http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/SSD/OWC/ .
Enhance Technology unveils Enterprise JBOD expansion array
Enhance Technology has introduced the UltraStor ES3160JS HA dual controller JBOD storage system.
It's designed for both direct connection to a host with RAID HBA and to provide capacity expansion for the UltraStor ES3160 Series HA dual controller storage systems, via its high speed end to end 6G SAS ports. As your need for storage increases, the ES3160JS offers a way to extend storage capacity for Enhance Technologies ES3160 TG-D (10GbE), P4-D (iSCSI), FS-D (Fibre Channel), or SS-D (6G SAS) primary arrays.
The UltraStor ES3160JS expansion array leverages 3TB 3.5-inch drives. The modular design enables simple expansion of your existing ES3160 storage systems by daisy chaining up to three additional ES3160JS arrays for up to a total of 48 additional drives. These expansion arrays support both SAS and SATA drives within a single chassis.
A fully configured UltraStor ES3160 storage system with 3 ES3160JS expansion arrays expands to 192TB of total capacity.The ES3160JS offers dual-active...
HELIOS UB2 server software shipping
HELIOS Software -- a developer of multipurpose file, print, image, proofing, remote collaboration, and PDF server software -- is now shipping its HELIOS UB2 server software.
HELIOS PCShare UB2, EtherShare UB2, and WebShare UB2 are designed to make it easy for Mac, Windows, and web users to share files and collaborate, within their LAN, or via the Web. The HELIOS ImageServer UB2, PDF HandShake UB2, and PrintPreview UB2 prepress solutions enable designers, publishers, printers, and others to automate their image and document production processes.
The UB2 sports features such as remote proofing with threaded annotations, and Apple Spotlight compatible searches. A complete overview of all the new features in the HELIOS UB2 software suite can be found on the HELIOS Software website at http://www.helios.de/web/EN/products/new-features.html .
It's also compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion") clients. Customers with upgrade service agreements will automatically receive the new version. Others...
Boris FX, Nexidia unveil 'Soundbite' dialogue search...
Boris FX (http://www.borisfx.com) will partner with Nexidia, a provider of audio analysis and dialogue search technology for the media and entertainment industries, to launch Boris Soundbite, a tool to locate footage by finding any word or phrase spoken in multimedia files.
According to Boris Yamnitsky, president and founder of Boris FX, Soundbite will let you:
° Combine multiple phrases and standard Final Cut Pro metadata terms to search hundreds of hours of media in seconds.
° Preview results in the Soundbite player. Soundbite will search and play virtually any media file supported in QuickTime.
° Place selected clips into a Final Cut Pro project with one click, including markers for each dialogue match and in/out points set in the Soundbite player.
Boris Soundbite -- which will be compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion") -- will be available in September through the Boris FX worldwide reseller channel and direct from the Boris FX website for an introductory price of US$295. The...
Native Instruments announces Traktor Kontrol S2 DJ System
Native Instruments has announced Traktor Kontrol S2 (http://macte.ch/ip8Ed), an integrated DJ performance system. It will be available in October at a suggested retail price of US$669.
Based on a compact version of the Kontrol S4 hardware, the 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 centers around a compact controller hardware. It provides the same 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, and provides the same sound quality.
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 one-shot samples or beat-...
Ten One Design introduces Pogo Sketch Pro
Ten One Design (http://www.tenonedesign.com/home.php) has announced its newest artistic tool -- the US$24.95 Pogo Sketch Pro.
This paintbrush-like capacitive touchscreen stylus combines a natural, ergonomic grip, new patent pending Pro Tip technology and a balanced unibody aluminum handle to offer professionals and novice digital painters a new way to express themselves, according to Ten One Design CEO Peter Skinner.
The advanced Pro Tip technology consists of patterned structures within the tip itself, which provides greater sensitivity while providing an even smaller tip diameter for superior precision, he adds.
"Machined from a single piece of purified aluminum, the solid construction provides a natural weight users will appreciate," says Skinner. "Plus, the added rubber grip offers greater control and comfort during marathon drawing and painting sessions."
DragThing doc app ready for Lion
TLA Systems (http://www.tla-systems.co.uk/) has updated DragThing, their dock app, to version 5.9.7. It adds support for Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion").
Version 5.9.7 is a free upgrade for people who bought any earlier version of DragThing 5,x. For new users, DragThing costs US$29 for individual copies, with volume discounts and upgrade pricing available. The new version requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later.
DragThing is an app designed to tidy up your desktop. It puts all your documents, folders, and applications a single click away and allows multiple docks, each customized to suit your exact needs.
Insider offers crossgrade discounts on FontAgent Pro Lion release
Insider Software has announced a cross-grade promotion for users of other Mac font management software, including Suitcase Fusion from Extensis.
Users of competing products can purchase the new release from Insider of FontAgent Pro 4.2 for Mac at discounts of up to 40% off regular prices. The new version of FontAgent Pro includes auto-activation plug-ins for Adobe CS5.5, and 5.5.1., and provides compatibility with Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion").
FontAgent Pro 4.2 for Mac is normally US$99.95 for new purchasers; licensed users of other font managers are eligible for discounts of up to 40% or more for quantity purchases. To take advantage of this special cross-grade offer, users should visit Insider Software online (http://www.insidersoftware.com/).
FontAgent Pro 4 requires Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later running on a Power PC or Intel Mac with 42MB of available disk space. Additional disk space is required for installing fonts.
MS Word 2011 tutorial available
A new video course for Microsoft Word 2011 offers to help Mac users master the latest edition of the word processing solution, with a special focus on business use.
The introductory level training, which includes 75 tutorials, shows how to use the program to create basic documents, perform mail merges, create email campaigns, compose complex manuals and documentation and more. Other topics include generating templates, utilizing advanced formatting, produce electronically fillable forms.
The Microsoft Word 2011 Training Video package (http://macte.ch/LhbXd) can be ordered on DVD-ROM or as a direct download from the Infinite Skills website. Both versions retail for US$49.95 and include usable sample files. A complete Microsoft Office 2011 Training Package with tutorials for Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Outlook may also be purchased for $149.95.
Simon server monitoring tool ready for Lion
Dejal Systems (http://www.dejal.com/simon/) has updated Simon, a server monitoring tool for Mac OS X, to version 3.2. The upgrade has been revved for Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion").
Dejal Simon checks websites and other kinds of services for changes or failures, with notification and reporting options. You can receive notification of changes, failures, and/or recoveries via various Actions and more.
Services include Web (HTTP) to check web pages (including secure ones, and supporting POST and cookies), FTP files and directory listings, DNS, Ping servers, see Twitter updates, watch a local application, capture periodic screenshots, watch for System Log Errors, and more. Plus, you can add your own services via custom port connections, AppleScripts, shell scripts, or Perl, PHP, Python, etc.
You can use filters to avoid dynamic content and detect changes in the output of the service and other filters. With Simon, you can can look at multiple portions, or the 10th occurrence, find via simple text...
BatchOutput now supports Lion
Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has updated BatchOutput, its professional solution to automate printing and exporting from Adobe InDesign. The new version is compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion").
BatchOutput is designed to automate and simplify InDesign production workflows of service providers, printers, ad agencies and publishers. With BatchOutput, users only need to select the files to output and adjust the settings, and the rest will be done automatically.
BatchOutput Office is part of the Zevrix BatchOutput family, which also includes similar output automation solutions for Adobe InDesign. BatchOutput Office Suite can be purchased for US$89.88. The suite's applications -- BatchOutput DOC, BatchOutput XLS and BatchOutput PPT -- can be also purchased separately for $39.95 each. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput Office runs on Mac OS X 10.4.2 or higher and works with Microsoft Office 2008 and 2011.
Cook: 'our best years lie ahead of us'
New Apple CEO Tim Cook has sent Apple employees an internal e-mail, reports "Ars technica" (http://macte.ch/cwHpm). The article says the email reads:
"I am looking forward to the amazing opportunity of serving as CEO of the most innovative company in the world. Joining Apple was the best decision I've ever made and it's been the privilege of a lifetime to work for Apple and Steve for over 13 years. I share Steve's optimism for Apple's bright future.
"Steve has been an incredible leader and mentor to me, as well as to the entire executive team and our amazing employees. We are really looking forward to Steve's ongoing guidance and inspiration as our Chairman.
"I want you to be confident that Apple is not going to change. I cherish and celebrate Apple's unique principles and values. Steve built a company and culture that is unlike any other in the world and we are going to stay true to that -- it is in our DNA. We are going to continue to make the best products in the world that delight...
Reactions positive to Apple's new CEO
The reaction to Tim Cook, Apple's former chief operating office, taking over as CEO of the company after Steve Jobs stepped down on Wednesday has been almost overwhelmingly positive.
There weren’t any realistic candidates for CEO other than Tim Cook, Fred Anderson, who served as chief financial officer until 2004, told "Bloomberg BusinessWeek" (http://macte.ch/8Bo3n).
“He knows the soul of Apple, and he makes the trains run on time,” Anderson said. “It would be very risky for the board to go outside unless they had a real superstar, and I don’t know of anybody.”
Cook led the company when Jobs was out during his three medical leaves since 2004. Though he’s a counterpoint to Jobs’s more emotional personality, the men are two sides of the same coin, Mike Janes, who used to run Apple’s online store, told "BusinessWeek." Both are demanding leaders with an attention to detail.
“Despite their style differences, their intensity is basically equal,” said Janes, now the chief executive officer...
Jobs resignation as CEO doesn't mean the sky is falling
By Dennis Sellers
As you might expect: some say the sky is falling. Shares in Apple Inc. have dipped more than 5% in after-hours trading following the news that Steve Jobs had resigned as CEO from the company and former Chief Operating Office Tim Cook has taken his place. 8:15 pm (Central), Wednesday, AAPL was trading at US$356.47, a loss of $19.71 (-5.24%).
There's no denying the importance of Jobs to Apple. He's a true visionary. However, Apple is now in the capable hands of Jobs' hand-picked team, whom almost certainly shares his vision.
"One of the most important things that Steve Jobs did in Apple 2.0 is rebuilding the culture," Mike McGuire, analyst at Gartner, told "CNN" (http://money.cnn.com/). "But it's not quite the 'cult of Steve' like many believe. He built incredible teams that didn't quite have free reign, but had plenty of room to innovate. It's going to be hard work, but Apple will be fine without him."
What will almost certainly happen now is that it will be less of...
OWC announces upgrade service for mid-2011 iMacs
Other World Computing (http://www.macsales.com/) has announced the OWC Turnkey Upgrade Installation Program for the Mid-2011 iMac.
The program enables any 2011 21.5-inch or 27-inch iMac model owner to have OWC install up to three OWC Mercury 6G Solid State Drives up to 480GB each, a larger capacity hard drive up to 3.0TB, and OWC Memory Upgrades up to 32GB. 27-inch iMac owners also have the option of OWC installing the industry’s only eSATA interface and experience data transfer rates up to 600MB/second. OWC’s installation service program offers multiple configuration options starting at U$169 with a 48-business hours or less installation turnaround.
OWC Mercury 6G SSDs offer capacities up to 480GB, up to nearly double the capacity than the single factory 256GB SSD option, and offer read/write speeds in excess of 550MB/second. That's over twice the performance than the factory 3G speed limited SSDs. Support for a RAID-0 configuration allows data rates of up to 1GB/s (1000MB/s), nearly...
HighPoint releases USB3.0 20Gb/s PCI-Express 2.0x4 card for Mac...
HighPoint Technologies (http://www.hptmac.com/) has launched the US$125 RocketU Quad USB 3.0 for Mac. It's the industry's first 4-port PCI-E 2.0 x4 USB 3.0 RAID HBA and is designed specifically for the Mac Pro.
The RocketU Quad USB 3.0 for Mac supports single disk and RAID configurations, including 0, 1, 5, 10 and JBOD. The RocketU USB 3.0 for Mac provides four dedicated 5Gb/s ports and delivers 20Gb/second of throughput.
The HBA design ensures that each device port delivers true USB 3.0 SuperSpeed transfer rates, according to the folks at HighPoint. Four dedicated device ports and PCI-E 2.0 x4 bus speeds eliminate the performance bottlenecks associated with conventional USB cards, and provide the throughput needed for today’s fastest external drives and enclosures, they add.
Each of the RocketU Quad USB 3.0 for Mac’s foour dedicated USB 3.0 ports supports 5Gb/s transfer speed. The RocketU Quad USB 3.0 for Mac also supports single drives and non-RAID configurations, and will...
Logitech releases joystick, fold-up keyboard for the iPad 2
Logitech (http://www.logitech.com) has unveiled two new accessories for the iPad 2: the Fold-Up Keyboard and Joystick for iPad.
The Logitech Fold-Up Keyboard offers a full-size, Bluetooth keyboard and stand; you simply open and type, and close and forget, says Azmat Ali, Logitech vice president of mobile and tablet products. Closed, the keyboard rests securely underneath your Apple tablet. Open, it holds the tablet at an angle for typing and taking notes.
The Logitech Fold-Up Keyboard for iPad 2 charges over USB. The device wakes up and is ready to use as soon as it’s unfolded, and turns itself off automatically when folded to save battery power.
The Logitech Joystick for iPad gives you a thumb-stick style game controller that you can use with just about any game with an on-screen joystick or d-pad. The device attaches to your iPad with removable suction cups. The coiled spring provides force feedback that automatically returns the joystick to the center position.
The Logitech Fold-...
InnoPocket launches HexaPose UStand for the iPad
InnoPocket (http://www.innopocket.com) has launched HexaPose UStand for the iPad, iPad 2 and 10-inch tablets. The US$49.99 stand is made of solid aluminum.
It's a holder with supporting arms that grab the tablets securely. It comes with a rotatable pivot that allows you to freely rotate your iPad horizontally or vertically. The pivot can also be adjusted three ways for different viewing angles.
The HexaPose UStand has extendable supporting arms with eight rubber pads to hold an iPad tight and secure. It provides full access to the iPad’s dock connector for charging and syncing.
Nikon introduces new COOLPIX cameras
Nikon (http://www.nikonusa.com/index.page) has introduced several new digital cameras to the COOLPIX S-Series lineup.
Expanding on the ultra compact superzoom category, the new COOLPIX S8200 and COOLPIX S6200 deliver high performance zoom with NIKKOR optics, while the new COOLPIX S1200pj offers a way to share content with a 20-lumen built-in projector and compatibility with the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. The COOLPIX 100 sports an organic LED (OLED) touch screen
The COOLPIX S8200 will be available in mid-September for an estimated selling price of US$329.95 in a choice of colors including black, silver and red, while the COOLPIX S6200 will be available in-mid September 2011 for $229.95 in red, pink, silver, blue and black.
The COOLPIX S1200pj will be available in mid-September for $429.95 in black and pink. The COOLPIX S100 will be available at the same time for $299.95 in a choice of colors including red, black, purple and gold.
The COOLPIX AW100 is designed for taking photos in...
Sony announces NEX-5N digital camera
Sony has announced the NEX-5N digital camera with a line of NEX interchangeable lens cameras. Housed in a rugged, light magnesium alloy body, with an touch-screen interface, the camera is just 23.3mm at its slimmest point.
Response is accelerated even further by a release time lag of 20 milliseconds, the fastest of any interchangeable lens digital camera, according to David Oyagi, marketing manager in Digital Imaging at Sony Canada (http://www.sony.ca). Combined with an improved autofocus (AF) algorithm and more efficient image processing, this results in an AF that is two times faster than the current NEX-5 model, he says.
The camera's Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor with 16.1 effective megapixel resolution is complemented by a specially-optimized version of the BIONZ image processing engine. Maximum sensitivity is also boosted to ISO 25600.
The NEX-5N camera shoots AVCHD Progressive (version 2.0) Full HD movies with stereo sound at 60p -- the same resolution and frame rate as Blu-ray Disc...
Scott Kelby launches digital magazine for the iPad
"Light It: The How-To Magazine for Studio Lighting and Off-Camera Flash" published by Scott Kelby, president and CEO of KelbyTraining.com and the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP), is now available in the Apple App Store.
To be published eight times a year as a digital magazine to be read on the iPad, Light It is written for both amateur and professional photographers.
“The entire magazine is dedicated to just one topic: lighting. We’re talking about off-camera flash, studio lighting, and how to use all the gear and accessories in studio and on location to help you create your best images,” says Kelby, Light It editor-in-chief. Joining Scott Kelby as co-editor is Matt Kloskowski, a NAPP Photoshop Guy, Photoshop and Lightroom instructor, bestselling author, and weekly co-host with Kelby of The Grid, a podcast all about photography.
KelbyTraining.com selected Aquafadas Digital Publishing System to produce Light It. Aquafadas’ tools let designers create fully...
Bracketron unveils Style-IT two-in-one stylus, ballpoint pen
Bracketron (http://www.bracketron.com/) has announced he Style-iT, a stylus and ballpoint pen in one that provides added control on your touchscreen device while keeping it smudge-free.
The built-in ballpoint pen is designed for quick note taking, and an integrated clip lets you store the Style-iT in your pocket, briefcase or notepad. The Style-iT comes in black, white and the same stylish colors as the Apple Smart Cover, including orange, green, pink and blue, and will be available for US$24.95 at Bracketron.com and national retailers in mid-September.
Macnification for Mac OS X revved to version 2
Orbicule has released Macnification 2, an upgrade to its microscopy workflow solution for Mac OS X 10.6 or later. The adds the ability to interface with hundreds of cameras, so the user can acquire images directly from within Macnification.
The software supports most still photo cameras, many Firewire video cameras and some USB video cameras. Scientists can now walk into the lab, connect a microscope camera to their MacBook and capture images right away, without leaving the comfort of their own Mac. Also new in Macnification 2 is the ability to have multiple libraries, and to store them anywhere: on a local or external harddisk, on the network, or on optical storage media.
Macnification lets you create folders, smart folders, light tables and stacks with a single click. Smart folders can be based on image metadata. For example, you could create a smart folder that shows all images taken at 500x and above. Folders can be grouped into projects.
Macnification includes a full-screen mode...
Lion tutorial video series available
A new OS X Lion training video series from Infinite Skills features 110 introductory lessons on OS X 10.7 ("Lion"). With 6.75 hours of training, the course covers everything from initial upgrade installation to newly available workflows and automation.
The example-based lessons are narrated by Andy Anderson, an author and trainer who has conducted training sessions for Disney and the White House. The lessons included in the Lion training course first focus on installation, offering specific guidance to users upgrading from OS X Snow Leopard or trying to migrate their previous data and settings onto a new machine.
Next, Anderson helps viewers use the Finder, the centerpiece of file navigation and management in the Apple environment. The course continues through launching applications using the dock and Lion launch pad, using the OS X Dashboard and widgets, searching system files and content with Spotlight, customizing overall system settings and more. These fundamentals-focused...
Zygoat presents Doggiebox 2.0 percussion sequencer for the Mac
Zygoat Creative Technical Services has released Doggiebox 2.0 (http://www.doggiebox.com), an update to the percussion sequencing (drum machine) software for the Mac. It sports such new features, enhancements and bug fixes as:
° Improvements to song editing and playback, including new contextual menus, drag-and-drop, and playhead control;
° A live recording mode for drum input using the keyboard or a MIDI device;
° Support for sound files of arbitrary audio sample rate and bit depth;
° A re-designed drum kit editor;
° Better and more automated drum kit reconciliation when switching kits in a song;
° Automatic software updating.
Doggiebox 2.0 requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later. Mac OS X 10.6 or 10.7 is recommended.
Doggiebox costs US$39. Upgrading from version 1.x is free for users who purchased Doggiebox after 2009. A free trial version can be downloaded.
Convert Quark to Adobe InDesign with Q2ID 5.5
Markzware has announced an upgrade to its Adobe Plugin, Q2ID (Quark to InDesign). This latest version of the Adobe plug-in runs under InDesign CS5.5 to convert Quark up through QuarkXPress 9 files.
Q2ID is also available with Quark 9 support for InDesign CS4 and InDesign CS5.5 and is available on both the Mac and Windows platforms. The Markzware Q2ID InDesign plug-in converts Quark documents and re-creates them to an InDesign CS4, CS5 and now CS5.5.
The software upgrade of the Q2ID 5.5 for Quark conversion is available at the Q2ID Store. Pricing details can be found at the product web site (http://markzware.com/products/q2id/).
iWeb SEO Tool now supports favicons
Rage Software has released iWeb SEO Tool 2.0
(http://www.ragesw.com/products/iweb-seo-tool.html), an update of the utility for iWeb users to optimize their web sites for search engines. It's
free for all iWeb users. (iWeb is Apple's entry-level web creation tool.)
iWeb SEO Tool 2.0 now allows users to add favicons to their websites. Favicons are the little icons that display in the address bar of web browsers and when a visitor bookmarks a website.
With iWeb SEO Tool users can add page title tags, meta tags and
alternative image text without having to mess with the underlying
HTML code. Combined with Rage Software's suite of search engine
optimization (SEO) software, iWeb users can now compete fairly with
all other web sites for top search engine rankings, the company says. iWeb SEO Tool runs on Mac OS X 10.4 or later.
DJ Mixer Professional is ready for Lion
DJMixersoft (http://www.DJMixersoft.com) -- which specializes in DJ mixing and digital music technologies -- has updated DJ Mixer Professional for Mac, adding support for Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion").
DJ Mixer Professional (US$99.95) enables you to mix digital music in various formats such as MP3, M4A, WMA, AAC, OGG, WAV or AIFF in real time. You can also mix video clips together with audios. The program has BPM detection that will help you synchronize your tracks.
DJ Mixer Professional integrates with your iTunes library. It's compatible with Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. A 30-day demo is available for download.
Midnight Coders launches social mobile app builder
Midnight Coders has launched a social mobile app builder that enables Java data push to native iOS apps.
The server updates the data every 1.5 seconds and delivers it to the clients. The iOS client uses a persistent RTMP connection.
The source code for each mobile implementation and the server-side project (with deployment instructions) is available below in the video on a blog here:
Steve Jobs Resigns as CEO from Apple
Apple has just announced that Steve Jobs is resigning as CEO. Apple has published a letter from Steve Jobs to the Board of Directors and the Apple Community as follows:
To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:
I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple's CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.
I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.
As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.
I believe Apple's brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.
I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.
Tim Cook, previously Apple's Chief...
Apple tops US retail store sales per square foot
A new study by "RetailSails" (http://retailsails.com/) -- a resource for fact-based insight and analysis covering the U.S. retail industry -- says Apple is top US retailer based on retail sales per square foot.
The study says Apple has sales of $14,109 billion in 327 stores with an average size of 7,886 gross square feet. That's 5,626 sales per square foot. The figures are based on global results for the most recently reported trailing four quarters (through fiscal quarter three that ended June 25. Apple is almost two times ahead of their closest competitor (Tiffany & Company).
"It’s not surprising Apple leads the pack, but it is quite shocking by how far ahead of the competition they are, especially considering the company only has 10 years of retail experience," says "RetailSails."
Other chains in the "RetailSales" list are: Tiffany & Company, Coach, Iululemon Athletics, GameStop, Costco Wholesale, Whole Foods Market, Best Buy, Zale Jewelers, Walgreens, Sam's Club,...
T-Mobile to also carry the iPhone starting in October?
Yesterday "The Wall Street Journal" (http://macte.ch/dXmxF), quoting unnamed "people familiar with the situation," said Sprint Nextel Corp. will begin selling the iPhone 5 in mid-October. Now "MacTrast" (http://macte.ch/invBz) reports T-Mobile will jump aboard the Apple smartphone wagon at the same time.
Quoting an anonymous source at T-Mobile, the article says the iPhone 5 will operate at 3G speeds on T-Mobile US network. Current unlocked iPhone 4 units can only operate at at 2G “edge” speeds on T-Mobile’s network, and lack certain network-dependent features, such as Visual Voicemail.
Top U.S. carrier Verizon Wireless and No. 2 AT&T will begin selling the iPhone 5 in mid-October as well, according to the "Journal." Sprint had more than 52 million subscribers at the end of the second quarter, compared with 106 million for Verizon and nearly 99 million for AT&T. T-Mobile has almost 34 million subscribers.
Apple's dominance in tablet market grows
Capitalizing on its shrewd strategy, as well as its competitors’ stumbles, Apple Inc. is set to increase its iPad shipments at a faster rate than previously expected in 2011 and beyond, causing the global media tablet market to exceed growth expectations during the next few years, according to data from analysis provider IHS (http://www.isuppli.com).
Global media tablet shipments now are expected to rise to 60 million units in 2011, up 245.9% from 17.4 million in 2010. The previous forecast issued in May predicted shipments of 58.9 million for 2011. The new figures will help propel media tablet shipments to 275.3 million units in 2015, compared to the previous forecast of 262.1 million.
“All the momentum in the media tablet market is with Apple right now,” says Rhoda Alexander, senior manager, tablet and monitor research for IHS. “The competition can’t seem to field a product with the right combination of hardware, marketing, applications and content to match up with the iPad....
Galaxy, Ace smartphone sales banned in Europe
The Rechtbank 's-Gravenhage (a Dutch court in the city of The Hague) has issued a formally Europe-wide preliminary injunction against Samsung's Galaxy S, Galaxy S II and Ace smartphones -- but not the Galaxy tablets -- at Apple's request, reports "FOSS Patents" (http://macte.ch/4slR8). The decision follows a hearing held on Aug. 10 and 11.
Apple had filed an injunction at a court in The Hague on three patents, copyright as well as design infringements, to stop the sale of some Samsung products in the Netherlands and block their distribution in the EU via the Netherlands. The Dutch port of Rotterdam is the largest in Europe, and a key point of entry for imported goods for the European Union.
"The status of that patent varies between different countries ... " says Florian Mueller, writing for "FOSS Patents." "While the patent was originally designated to more than 30 member countries of the European Patent Organization (which is not an EU organization and also includes non-EU members...
Apple releases Epson 2.8 Driver Update
Apple has released Epson 2.8 Driver Update. It provides the latest Epson printing and scanning software for OS X Lion and Mac OS X v10.6," the company says.
Epson 2.8 Printer Drivers requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. You can obtain the update via the Software Update component of the Mac OS X Systems Preferences app.
iPad-powered mass transit kiosks catch a ride on Charleston...
Slicker Interactive (http://www.slicker.com) and Charleston (South Carolina) Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) have launched the first iPad-powered mobile kiosk that gives CARTA riders a whole new perspective of Charleston.
The kiosks -- installed on all 12 trolleys servicing the Carta Dash routes - allow bus riders to interact with and search Slicker's City Slicker app. The app provides users with information about cultural sites and businesses. In addition to the interactive kiosk, the iPad powers a flat-screen monitor that displays videos and images of establishments the bus is approaching.
One of the champions and primary backers of the new kiosks has been Charleston Mayor Joe Riley. "I am pleased to announce that Charleston is the first city in the world to benefit from City Slicker's brand new technology," he says. "There is so much content and useful information, it will be a tremendous help and first class guide for anyone traveling in our city. The additional...
Analyst firm evaluates the iPad’s Impact on accelerating the CPQ...
A report from the Gartner analyst firm (http://www.gartner.com) has found that prospecting, account management and configure, price, quote (CPQ) processes will benefit from enterprise investment in the iPad.
This June 2011 report by Michael Dunne, and analyst at Gartner, entitled "iPads: Their Impact on the Top Six Sales Processes," evaluates the growing usage of the Apple iPad, and its effect on sales processes, with CPQ ranking third most likely to provide high impact benefits.
“Mobility innovations will resonate with field sales forces that have to capture requirements, position products, assemble deals, generate proposals and quotes, and modify deals over the course of negotiations,” says Dunne. “More promising use cases involve sales teams working on proposals while on the road and in home offices to assemble deals for simple services, as well as for ship-to-order and simpler assemble-to-order (i.e. limited variation of components) solutions.”
Cameleon Software, which...
Canon announces two new wireless photo all-in-one-printers
Canon (http://www.usa.canon.com) has added the PIXMA MG8220 and MG6220 All-in-Ones to the company’s line of wireless photo all-in-one models with the ability to print, copy and scan images and documents.
Canon has designed the PIXMA MG8220 and MG6220 Wireless Photo AIO printers to print from nearly any screen whether on a cell phone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer, according to Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies and Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. The Canon Easy-PhotoPrint mobile app, for use with compatible Apple smartphones and tablets, has also been upgraded, allowing users to print PDFs directly from compatible wireless devices. What's more, users can scan documents on the printer to be sent directly to a compatible wireless device.
Exclusive to these two PIXMA printer models, is the ability to print select Google Docs and Gmail attachments from any accessible device. For registered users of Canon Image Gateway or Picasa Web...
Akvis Magnifier 5.0 adds support for GPU acceleration, more
Akvis (http://www.akvis.com) has released Akvis Magnifier.5.0 for Mac OS X (10.4 and higher) and Windows. The new version offers support for GPU (graphics processing unit) acceleration, batch processing, support for RAW files, and other important improvements.
Akvis Magnifier is designed to help you produce professional-looking enlargements out of digital images; it lets you resize images without loss in quality. The product is available as a standalone program as well as a plug-in for Photoshop.
The software allows you to enlarge an image to a super-high resolution of up to 30000 x 30000 pixels, making a 100 x 100 inch (2.5 x 2.5 meter) poster printable at a typographic quality of 300 dots per inch. The image processing parameters are grouped in two sections: Downsize and Upsize. The parameters become active accordingly the desired image size.
Akvis Magnifier costs US$129 for new users. Version 5. is a free upgrade for registered users. A fully functional, 10-day demo is available...