TextExpander for Mac OS X gets maintenance update
SmileOnMyMac (http://www.smileonmymac.com) has updated TextExpander, a Mac OS X utility that lets users define abbreviations for frequently-used text strings and images, to version 3.3.4 The new version is a maintenance update.
For users with more than one Mac, TextExpander offers two ways to sync snippets: MobileMe and Dropbox. With a single-user license, an individual user may install and use TextExpander on multiple computers, provided they are used primarily by that individual.
The regular cost is US$34.95 for a single user license or $44.95 for a five-pack family license. A 30-day fully-functioning demo of TextExpander can be downloaded at the SmileOnMyMac web site. Upgrades to TextExpander 3.0 from earlier versions costs $15, though version 3.3.4 is a free update for registered users of version 3.x.
Lyn image viewer for Mac OS X revved to version 1.1.1
Mirko Viviani has released Lyn 1.1.1 for Mac OS X, an update to his lightweight image viewer and browser designed for photographers, graphic artists, and web designers. It's a maintenance update
Lyn natively supports such popular image formats, as JPEG, TIFF, JPEG2000, PNG, TGA, RAW, HDR, OpenEXR, PPM, PFM, animated GIF, etc. The app accommodates images of virtually any size and supports multi-core processing and multiple monitors.
With its combined swap, tiling, and on-the-fly scaling technology, Lyn can load and display high-resolution, progressive images. In addition, the app supports single or multiple monitors, and Camera RAW and DNG files from most DSLRs.
Lyn requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later. It costs US$20 and is available directly from the Lyn website (http://www.lynapp.com/). A demo is available for download.
Vitamin-R update supports MindWave brainwave sensor
Publicspace.net has released Vitamin-R 1.68 (http://www.publicspace.net/Vitamin-R/index.html), an update of its Mac OS X compatible productivity tool for creative professionals. The new version introduces experimental support for the NeuroSky's MindWave brainwave sensor.
Vitamin-R is a collection of tools and techniques for managing attention and maintaining motivation. According to the folks at publicspace.net, it complements the task capturing and organizing features of modern to-do list managers by forcing you to concentrate fully on one task a time and keeping distractions at bay. It breaks down large, vaguely defined tasks into a series of short "time slices" of between 10 and 30 minutes, each with specific and actionable objectives.
Vitamin-R provides you with the "Now & Later Board," complete with FastType magic, to give you a place to quickly dump all those things that go through your head and allows to get back to the task at hand. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher....
VidConvert for Mac OS X update improves built-in logic
Reggie Ashworth has updated VidConvert, his video converter for Mac OS X, to version 1.1.3. The upgrade improves the built-in logic to create higher quality conversions. Also, "Bits per Pixel" has been added to the Info panel.
VidConvert It will convert just about any type of video into one of the a variety of formats, allowing you to create videos for your iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple TV. To use you add a file, select a format and a quality, and click convert. Optionally you can change your save folder from the main window.
For advanced users you can select the Advanced quality if you choose to allow such options as custom Frame Rate, Bit Rate, etc. But for most users simply choosing Normal or High quality should be sufficient. After your conversion is finished simply add more files or quit VidConvert and the job is done.
Supported formats include iPhone, iPod, iPad, QuickTime, .mp4, MPEG-1 and 2, DivX, Xvid, and audio only formats such as .mp4 and .m4a. VidConvert can add iTunes...
PreMinder calendar app for Mac can now sync with iCal calendars
Alec Hole Design has announced PreMinder 1.5, an update to their calendar application for Mac OS X. The upgrade offers the ability to sync with iCal calendars, including with those on iCloud or Google Calendar.
PreMinder offers fast editing, customizable views and the ability to style each event by choosing a font, font size and color. There are two main windows in PreMinder's workspace. In the Day View window events and notes for a day can be edited. At the same time, users can see an overview of a longer time period in the Calendar window. This can display scrollable monthly, two monthly, weekly and multi-week views, or a whole year list overview.
Information entry is as simple as clicking on a date and typing. Times in an event's text are automatically recognized. Events can have their own font, size and color, while notes for a day can have multiple styles. Users can customize the Calendar window by choosing background colors, setting default text size and color and choosing...
Raskin for Mac OS X upgraded to version 1.5
Raskin Software (http://raskinformac.com/) has updated its self-titled Raskin application -- a zoomable single surface Finder alternative for the Mac -- to version 1.5. The upgrade lets Raskin connect to external drives and file servers and automatically recalls preferences and settings the next time the device becomes available.
Raskin requires Mac OS X 10.6.3 or higher. It's available for US$24.99 at the Mac App Store or the Raskin Software web site (http://www.raskininformac.com). A 30-day demo is available for download at the latter. Raskin 1.6 is a free update for registered users.
Fantastical upgrade beefs up editing, deleting features
Flexibits has updated Fantastical -- a flexible calendar application for the Mac that lets you create, view, and search their events -- to version 1.1. The upgrade allows users to edit and delete events directly from Fantastical.
Additionally, notes support is now included, letting users add notes to their events. Notes can be included when creating new events or added to existing events.
Using a natural language engine, Fantastical is "expressive," allowing users enter event text in their own style. For example, enter a sentence such as "Lunch with John at 123 Main Street on Tuesday" and Fantastical will translate the sentence into an event and add it to their calendar.
Users can use the event list and calendar to locate and plan all of their events. Color-coding helps make quick sense of a user's schedule. Even the number of events displayed can be changed so the user can focus on a specific range of events, says Michael Simmons, co-founder of Flexibits.
Full CalDAV support is...
SoftLayer launches QuantaStore storage servers
SoftLayer Technologies -- which specializes in cloud, dedicated, and managed hosting solutions -- has announced a partnership with OS Nexus and the launch of QuantaStor Storage Servers. They're compatible with Mac OS X, Windows andLinux.
QuantaStor Storage Servers offer the OS NEXUS QuantaStor Storage Appliance OS, a virtual storage solution designed for global manageability, on SoftLayer Mass Storage dedicated servers. The SAN (iSCSI) + NAS (NFS) storage system delivers advanced storage features including, thin-provisioning, and remote-replication, according to Nathan Day, chief scientist for SoftLayer.
QuantaStor Mass Storage Servers pricing starts at US$1,039/month for up to 12 drives and $1,139/month for up to 24 drives. Visit softlayer.com/dedicated/specialty-mass-storage/ to order.
Intrepidus Group delivers iOS application security courses
Intrepidus Group, a provider of information security consulting services, has partnered with the SANS Institute -- a source for computer security training, certification and research -- to deliver courses on secure mobile applications development.
The courses, which will be available starting Dec. 15, will educate developers, managers and testers on the security threats and mitigations unique to iOS mobile applications. The courses cover techniques to prevent information leakage, protect against unsafe serialization formats and custom URL implementations, and user impersonation vulnerabilities. In addition, attendees will address the impact of "jailbreaking" on applications and how apps may best react to it.
To learn more about the upcoming course offering or to sign up, go to http://www.sans.org/cyber-defense-initiative-2011/description.php?tid=4886 .
WD suspends operations in Thailand after flooding
Western Digital (http://www.westerndigital.com) has extended the suspension of its operations in Thailand. Over the weekend, rising water penetrated the Bang Pa-in Industrial Park flood defenses, inundating the company's manufacturing facilities there and submerging some equipment.
At the other company manufacturing location in Thailand, Navanakorn Industrial Park, the park flood defenses were breached on Monday morning local time and water has begun to flow into the park threatening the company's facilities there. All WD employees in Thailand remain safe, the company says.
The company's other facilities in Malaysia, Singapore and the U.S. are fully operational. WD now expects that the flooding of its Thailand facilities, combined with flood damage to the company's supply chain in Thailand, will have significant impact on the company's overall operations and its ability to meet customer demand for its products in the December quarter.
AMD names former Apple exec as chief technology officer
AMD (http://www.amd.com) says Mark Papermaster, 50, has joined as the company’s senior vice president and chief technology officer. He will report to president and CEO Rory Read and will oversee all of AMD’s engineering, research and development (R&D), and product development functions as the head of the newly-formed Technology and Engineering Group.
In August 2010, Papermaster, the Apple executive in charge of hardware for the iPhone, left the company following the "antennagate" brouhaha over the iPhone 4 although that wasn't officially the reason for his departure. Apple confirmed Papermaster’s departure, but would not say whether he was ousted or left of his own accord.
Papermaster, who was most recently vice president of Silicon Engineering at Cisco, will be responsible for establishing and executing the company’s technology and product roadmaps, integrated hardware and software development, and overseeing the creation of all of AMD’s products. The advanced research and...
Apple launches 'Remembering Steve' page
Apple has launched "Remembering Steve" (http://www.apple.com/stevejobs/), a web page featuring testimonials and tributes to the company's co-founder and long-time CEO.
So far, over a million people have shared their thoughts with Apple. You can view some of these messages at the "Remembering Steve" page and share your own at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Apple posted Apple TV 4.4.1 update
Apple has released Apple TV 4.4.1 for its set-top box. It fixes a glitch where some users' Apple TVs wouldn't work properly after installing version 4.4.
Apple TV 4.4 added support for iCloud's Photo Stream and new content. The update also sported AirPlay Mirroring, which lets you wirelessly mirror the contents of your iPad 2 or iPhone 4S’s screen on your TV via the Apple TV.
New content includes info from the National Hockey League, news and business commentary from "The Wall Street Journal," and a new Trailer area for movie trailers. Apple TV 4.4 also introduced new slideshow themes and support for Netflix subtitles.
C Spire Wireless to offer iPhone 4S
C Spire Wireless says it will launch iPhone 4S in the U.S. in the coming weeks. Pre-registration go to http://www.cspire.com/iphone .
C Spire Wireless is a wireless communications company that offers personalized wireless services designed just for them. The company claims to be the first provider in the U.S. wireless industry to personalize customers’ experience by "offering apps that fit who they are, services that anticipate their needs, and rewards for using their phone in new ways."
Apparent unveils Doxi Go mobile scanner
Apparent has unveiled the US$199 Doxie Go, a mobile paper scanner that’s tiny and cordless, so you can scan anywhere with no computer required. It's compatible with Macs, PCs, iPhones and iPads.
Doxie's app syncs scans just like a digital camera, then organizes multi-page documents, and creates searchable PDFs with ABBYY OCR. It sends them to the cloud (Evernote, Dropbox, and more).
With the Doxie Go, you can scan up to 600 pages with its built-in memory. Or you can use an USB flash drive or SD card for more storage.
BestEmulation Lite available in the Mac App Store
Carnation Software's BestEmulation Lite terminal emulator for Mac is now available in the Mac App Store in the Business category. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher and costs US$19.95.
BestEmulation Lite allows a Mac to be used as a terminal, connected to a host computer with a serial connection or by modem with emulations for VT100 and VT220 terminals. The app remembers the last 40 pages that appear on your screen, regardless of whether the data has scrolled across the screen or the screen has cleared.
Video attributes such as inverse and underline are also saved, including colors. This means that you can use the scroll bar to scroll back to previous screens to look at the data or print a scrolled-back page or copy a selection into the clipboard.
BestEmulation LIte supports AppleScript commands. Many functions can be controlled by a script (such as transferring data to and from the host, sending commands to the host and messages to the Mac user). Scripts compiled as applications...
Canon launches three new all-in-one photo printers
Canon USA (http://www.usa.canon.com) has announced three new Pixma printers -- the MG4120 Wireless Photo All-In-One, MG3120 Wireless Photo All-In-One and the MG2120 Photo All-In-One (AIO) printers.
These new models offer users the opportunity to print high-quality images to share with friends and family, according to Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies and Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. The new MG4120 is also compatible with the Pixma Cloud Link for printing of photos and templates directly through the printer without the use of a computer on the 2.4-inch color LCD screen.
With the new FastFront system, the ink storage and paper tray are located in the front of the machine, allowing access for users to load ink or paper. All three printers feature the ChromaLife 100 ink system, which utilizes a two cartridge system, one black and one color.
Auto Duplex printing is also available for the first time in this class on both the MG4120...
Macs see record desktop sales during latest fiscal quarter
During a conference call with analyst discussing Apple's latest financial results, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the Mac was going stronger than ever.
Approximately 4.89 million Macs were sold during the quarter. That beats the previous record by about 750,000. Apple also saw record desktop sales, thanks mostly to the iMac. The MacBook Air also fueled growth, along with the MacBook Pro.
Cook said that response to Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion") has been tremendous with over six million downloads in the quarter. The Mac is, as usual, outgrowing the computer industry as a whole. By more than six times, per the latest data from the IDC research group, Cook says.
-- Dennis Sellers
Average revenue per Apple retail store down slightly
Apple retail stores collected US$3.6 billion in revenue during during the company's fiscal 2011 fourth quarter that ended Sept. 24. The average revenue of $10.7 million per store was down slightly.
The retail stores saw strong year-over-year growth in Mac and iPad sales. However, that was partially offset by slightly declining iPhone sales and and iPod sales that were down 27% year-over-year.
The stores sold 1.1 million Macs in the quarter -- and, you guessed it, Apple Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer says that half were to first time Mac users. The September quarter saw the opening of seven new stores open in six countries, including the first Hong Kong store.
-- Dennis Sellers
iPad revenue rises to $6.9 billion
Apple sold 11.1 million iPads sold in its September quarter compared to 4.2 million in the year-ago quarter. That's a 166% increase and revenue of US$6.9 billion.
The company launched launched the iPad 2 in an additional 28 countries. The Apple tablet is now on sale in 90 countries.
What's more, though it's been just 18 months since the iPad's introduction, business adoption is heavy, says Apple CEO Tim Cook. He says that 92% of Fortune 500 companies are testing or deploying the device. Cook adds that, in time, the tablet market will be larger than the computer market.
-- Dennis Sellers
iPhone sales see 21% year-over-year growth
Apple sold 17.1 million iPhones during its fiscal 2011 fourth quarter that ended Sept. 24. That compares to 14.1 million in the previous September quarter for 21% year-over-year growth. What's more, Apple smartphone sales more than doubled in the Asia-Pacific region.
"We expressed iPhone sales to decrease after iPhone rumors began," CEO Tim Cook said in a conference call with analysts. "And sales did decline as we predicted, especially in the second half of the quarter. We ended the quarter with about 5.75 million iPhones in inventory, which was within our target range of 4-6 weeks of inventory."
Revenue from iPhone accessories was $11 billion in the fourth fiscal quarter, compared to $8.8 billion in the year-ago quarter. Cook says that the iPhone continues to be adopted as a standard across the enterprise. Approximately 93% of Fortune 500 companies are deploying or testing the device.
"The iPhone 4S is off to a great start, and we sold over four million in three days," Cook added. "...
iPod retains 70% share of MP3 player market
iPod market share is down year-over-year, but it's still the top-selling MP3 player in countries that Apple tracks with over 70% of the market. The iPod touch accounts for over half the iPod sales, Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a conference with analysts regarding the company's latest financial results.
He added that over a quarter of a billion iOS devices were downloaded during the latest fiscal quarter. Apple says there are 500,000 apps in the Apple App Store, which has seen 18 billion downloads to date. The App Store had expanded to 123 countries by the end of the September quarter. In related news:
° Customers have downloaded over 16 billion songs.
° Over 180 million ebooks have been purchased at the iBookstore.
-- Dennis Sellers
Apple's progress in China is 'amazing'
In a conference call with analysts regarding the latest financial results, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the company's progress in China progress is amazing. And things are looking great in many other countries as well, he added.
Cook said that China accounted for just 2% of Apple revenue in fiscal year 2009. That figure is 12% in fiscal year 2011 and 16% for the fiscal quarter.
"It's our fastest growing major region, by far," he said.
The CEO says Apple is also placing additional focus on other areas with promise. For example, revenues in Brazil are up 118% year-over-year.
"Russia is also beginning to look more promising, and the Middle East has lots of opportunities, too," he adds.
-- Dennis Sellers
Apple reports all-time record Mac, iPad sales
Apple has announced financial results for its fiscal 2011 fourth quarter that ended Sept. 24, 2011. The company posted quarterly revenue of US$28.27 billion and quarterly net profit of $6.62 billion, or $7.05 per diluted share.
These results compare to revenue of $20.34 billion and net quarterly profit of $4.31 billion, or $4.64 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 40.3% compared to 36.9% in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 63% of the quarter’s revenue.
Apple sold 17.07 million iPhones in the quarter, representing 21%% unit growth over the year-ago quarter. Apple sold 11.12 million iPads during the quarter, a 166% unit increase over the year-ago quarter. The company sold 4.89 million Macs during the quarter, a 26% unit increase over the year-ago quarter. Apple sold 6.62 million iPods, a 27% unit decline from the year-ago quarter.
"We are thrilled with the very strong finish of an outstanding fiscal 2011, growing annual revenue to $108...
Apple institutes reservation-only policy for the iPhone 4S
Apple has instituted a reservation-only policy for iPhone 4S retail sales. An online note (http://www.apple.com/iphone/how-to-buy/) by the company says:
"iPhone 4S is available in store by reservation only. Reserve yours after 9:00 p.m. tonight for pickup tomorrow. When you come in, you’ll choose a carrier and plan, and we’ll get your iPhone up and running before you leave the store."
ITC: Apple didn't violate HTC patents
The International Trade Commission says Apple didn't violate HTC Corp.'s patents for technology used in its mobile devices, a setback in the Taiwanese company's patent fight with the iPhone maker, reports "The Wall Street Journal" (http://macte.ch/Ci8HO).
However, analysts said coming rulings were likely more important in determining whether HTC could face an injunction against certain imports into the U.S. market, the article adds. The ITC issued its "initial determination" on Monday, saying that Apple's devices didn't violate four of HTC's patents relating to power-management methods and phone-number directories used in HTC mobile devices.
In 2011, Apple filed a complaint against HTC, alleging the company had infringed on its patents. In July, the ITC gave an initial determination that ruled in favor of Apple. If the judgement is made final, HTC could be banned from importing phones to the U.S.
iOS 5 powering 33% of all eligible iOS devices
Apple's iOS 5 is already powering 33% of all eligible iOS devices, though it's only been available for a week, according to new data from the Localytics research group (http://www.localytics.com).
If you remove the newly launched iPhone 4S (which ships with iOS 5), that number drops a tiny bit, but still remains at 31%. Looking at devices, the iPad 2 and iPhone 4are leading the charge, with 36% and 35% iOS 5, respectively. Original iPads clock in with 33% iOS 5 proliferation, followed by the iPhone 3GS (27%), the third generation iPod touch (23%), and the fourth generation iPod touch (17%).
In order to determine this, Localytics analyzed all iOS device usage from iOS 5’s Oct. 12 release date through Oct. 17. Localytics is a Boston-based software company offering an app analytics platform.
Apple to announce latest financial results today
Apple will announce the results of its fiscal 2011 fourth quarter today. At 2 pm (Pacific), the company will hold a conference call to discuss the results. Naturally, we'll be covering the conference call so come back at 2 pm Pacific for our reports.
Macrobatix opens retail Apple store in Atlanta
Macrobatix (http://macrobatix.com/), an Apple Specialist and Apple Authorized Service Provider, celebrated the grand opening of its retail store on Saturday, Oct. 15. Macrobatix is located at 9700 Medlock Bridge Road, Suite 114 Johns Creek, Ga.
Macrobatix has been providing services for Apple products and Mac users for the past six years. Due to their success, Apple encouraged Macrobatix to become an Apple specialist, giving the company the ability to sell and service Apple product, according to own Bob Wallis. To date, Macrobatix has served more than 500 clients in the Atlanta area, he adds.
Macrobatix differentiates itself from other local Apple stores with its expertise in utilizing Apple products in business environments, says Wallis. The retailer will not only sell products but also make office or home visits for installation and service.
Macrobatix will also offer training for businesses that want to benefit from using Apple products in a business environment. Weekly classes...
Graphic Node unveils new themes for Keynote
Graphic Node (http://www.graphicnode.com) has unveiled a new pack of themes for Keynote, Apple's presentation software.
The 20-piece Pine Themes package include up to 25 master slides -- a mix of bullet text and photo-oriented layouts. Users can type or paste in their own text, add and remove text boxes, change fonts, and drag their photos or pictures onto presentation slides to supplant the placeholders. The themes are available in the five standard slide sizes supported by Keynote.
Pine Themes costs US$18.99. The package requires iWork '08 or later.
Launch2net Premium adds support for additional modems
Nova media has updated launch2net Premium -- a Mac OS X app that allows for a quick mobile Internet connection -- to version 24. The upgrade supports additional modems from Huawei and ZTE.
Launch2net Premium supports most mobile network providers and 3G surfsticks around the globe. It comes with all relevant connection settings and device drivers.
The update to version 2.4 is a free update for current users of launch2net Premium. For new users the cost is US$49.90.
A demo version is available at the Nova Media web site (http://www.novamedia.de/index_e.html). Launch2net Premium requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.5.x or higher.
ePic updated for Mac OS X 10.7
Epicreal Team has announced ePic 1.3 for Mac OS X, an update to their app that lets users view their photos in various modes. The new version has been revved for Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion").
In Flat Surface mode, the user's images appear printed on photo stock. In a 3D animation, the snapshots waft down from above on to a flat surface. To make way for more photos, they can be blown away, or they can slide off to the left as more pictures fall. In Slideshow mode, the app uses the power of the 3D graphics card for creative transitions.
ePic requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later. It's available for a limited time at US$4.99 -- 50% off the regular price.It may be purchased through the Mac App Store in the Entertainment category or directly from the ePic website (http://www.epicreal.com/mac/epicapp.htm).
EazyDraw ready for Lion
Dekorra has updated EazyDraw (http://www.eazydraw.com), its vector drawing app for Mac OS X, to version 4.1.1. The upgrade is compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion").
EazyDraw 4.1.1 also sports an update to the EazyDraw Additions Pack. This option now includes over 20 new video tutorials covering a range of basic and advanced topics. However, note that this version doesn't include direct support for iCloud, though Dekorra indicates that iCloud support will be available via public beta soon.
EazyDraw 4.1.1 supports English, French, German, Japanese and Spanish. It costs US$139 for a CD version with a manual, $119 for a CD-only version and $95 for a downloadable version.
Folx 2.0 for Mac OS X gets iTunes integration, more
Eltima Software has updated Folx (http://mac.eltima.com/download-manager.html), its download manager for Mac OS X, to version 2.0. The upgrade includes innovations in torrent client as well as in Internet download manager functionality, iTunes integration, smart groups, auto-resuming, file prioritization and more.
Folx can download not only common files, but also torrent content. One of the main features of the software is its files management system. Thanks to the new iTunes integration, downloaded music and videos can automatically go to iTunes playlists with the names after the tags assigned to those downloads.
Also Folx 2.0 allows downloading files attached to your RSS feeds. Just add the RSS feed to the app, and you'll be able to either manually choose the files for download or Folx can download certain attachments automatically according to the parameters you specify. You can, of course, schedule your RSS downloads.
Files management system of Folx was renovated too. Now it also...
Comm-Unity updates FTPit pro plug-in to version 2.0.8
Comm-Unity Networking Systems has announced an update to the FTPit Pro plug-in. This release fixes some bugs and brings in some important core updates from other CNS Plug-ins.
FTPit Pro is a FileMaker Pro 7+ plug-in that uses FTP to transfer files to and from your computer. It's compatible with Mac OS X 10.4 and higher and Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7. You can use it to upload static web pages to a website, download database upgrades from a centralized server, or write a complete FTP client within FileMaker Pro itself.
FTPit Pro is available immediately at http://ftpitpro.cnsplug-ins.com/ ; a demo is available to test drive before purchasing. A single-user license for the client version of FTPit Pro is US$65. To use the Server Edition of FTPit Pro, you will need to purchase at least a 10-User License for $319.
If you own an existing license of Classic FTPit, you can upgrade to version 2.0.8 for free or for 50% to 25% off depending on the original purchase date of your Classic...
iPhone 4S could be best-selling gadget ever
The iPhone 4S sold over four million units over the weekend. The strong early sales gives the iPhone 4S a strong shot of taking over the Guinness World Record for fastest-selling consumer gadget ever, notes the "Atlantic Wire" (http://macte.ch/bcPgd).
That title currently belongs to the Kinect, Microsoft's motion sensor for the Xbox. It sold 10 million units in about four months after it was launched last November, beating out Apple's iPad for the sales record crown.
iPhone 4S sales top four million over the weekend
Apple says it has sold over four million of its new iPhone 4S, just three days after its launch on Oct. 14. In addition, more than 25 million customers are already using iOS 5 in the first five days of its release, and more than 20 million customers have signed up for iCloud, a set of free cloud services that automatically and wirelessly store your content in iCloud and push it to all your devices.
The iPhone 4S is available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the UK. It will be available in 22 more countries on October 28 and more than 70 countries by the end of the year.
"The iPhone 4S is off to a great start with more than four million sold in its first weekend -- the most ever for a phone and more than double the iPhone 4 launch during its first three days," says Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. "iPhone 4S is a hit with customers around the world, and together with iOS 5 and iCloud, is the best iPhone ever."...
Silicon Valley elite gathered for Jobs' memorial
Hundreds of Silicon Valley's elite, most dressed in black, gathered at Stanford's Memorial Church Sunday evening for a private memorial for Steve Jobs, reports "The Telegraph" (http://macte.ch/3kWrP).
Security was tight around the memorial, with reporters being kept away from the church. The event was shrouded in secrecy, with passersby being told the area would be closed for six to eight hours for the event, notes "The Telegraph."
"The New York Times" (http://macte.ch/3ARM3) says that the mourners included Bill Clinton; Larry Ellison, Oracle’s chief executive; Bill Gates, Microsoft’s co-founder; Michael Dell, Dell’s chief executive; Bono, the U2 lead singer, folk singer Joan Baez; and John Lasseter, who worked with Mr. Jobs at Pixar, the animation studio that Jobs developed and later sold to Walt Disney.
Apple places third in Computer Reliability Report
The results for RESCUECOM's Computer Reliability Report for the second quarter of 2011 again place Lenovo in the top spot for two quarters in a row. Hard as it is to believe, Apple came in third place, even though it tops most other reports regarding computer reliability.
The Computer Reliability Report gives a summary of the most reliable personal computer manufacturers. The top five brands with the best overall reliability in Q2 2011 are: IBM/Lenovo (234); Toshiba (202); Apple (124); HP/Compaq (120); and Asus/Sony tie (73).
RESCUECOM's stats say Apple has 10.7% of the US computer market and 3.5% of the company's service calls. RESCUECOM provides homes and businesses with 24/7 computer repair and support. RESCUECOM meets every tech support need, including data recovery, virus removal, wired and wireless networking, and support for all brands of hardware and software.
Several significant changes occurred during the second quarter, according to David Milman, CEO of RESCUECOM. Asus...
Samsung sues to stop sales of the iPhone 4S
And the battle rages on: Samsung has sued Apple in Japan and Australia to stop sales of the iPhone 4S, reports "Bloomberg Businessweek" (http://macte.ch/Xu2AX).
Samsung also sought injunctions against the sale of the iPad 2 and the previous generation iPhone 4 in Japan, the company said in a statement. Samsung claimed Apple’s products infringe its patents covering wireless communications and user-interface technologies.
Last week Samsung said it would file motions with courts in Paris and Milan seeking an iPhone 4S ban. Each motion cites two patent infringements on wireless telecommunications technology.
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...
University's iPad app puts interactive viewbook in students...
Mailboxes overflowing with glossy collegiate viewbooks may become a thing of the past, replaced by interactive technology. Aimed at the new generation of digital natives, a new iPad application for the University of Dayton introduces prospective students to campus life through the interactive viewbook.
The viewbook offers fast-moving video, graphics and opportunities to videoconference with admission counselors. The free viewbook app has been downloaded in more than 20 countries, according to Sundar Kumarasamy, vice president for enrollment management. And he says the iPad viewbook is spot-on in sending a powerful message about the University of Dayton.
"We want people to look at us as a cutting-edge, innovative school. Everything we want people to associate with a University of Dayton education is evident through this application," Kumarasamy says.
He believes it's the first time any university has adapted its viewbook for iPad technology. Adobe Digital Publishing is featuring it as...
Analyst ups Mac, iPhone sales estimates
In a note to clients -- Citigroup analyst Richard Gardner -- has raised his estimates for Apple's fiscal quarter four results.
He's upped his fiscal Q4 Mac estimate to 4.4 million units from 4.2 million due to strong demand for the refreshed MacBook Air. Gardner is predicting 28 million iPhones to be sold, compared to 22 million in the year-ago quarter.
Catcher shutdown could affect MacBook Air shipments
The partial closure of Catcher Technology Company's plant in eastern China may affect shipment of the MacBook Air and some smartphones, reports "The Wall Street Journal" (http://macte.ch/i9UC4).
The report cites Catcher President Allen Horng. He said he didn’t know when the plant, which closed because of reports of a strange odor, would reopen. Catcher Technology makes high-end metal casings for laptops and smartphones
Scoregasm blasts onto Mac OS X
Charlie's Games has introduced Scoregasm 1.0, its latest game for Mac OS X. It requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher, costs approximately US$10 and is available in the Mac App Store under the Games category.
Here's how the game is described: "Scoregasm is an incredible, variety rich shooter with a non-linear, branching paths style galaxy to explore. Blast your way through the galaxy's many varied levels. Use your skills to change your route, find new levels, new enemies, unlock bonus challenge stages and fight the bosses to discover multiple endings. It features 43 varied levels to find with 43 challenge levels to unlock, one for each main stage."
XEmoji offers access to all 467 Lion Emoji icons
XCool App has introduces XEmoji for Mac 1.0 for Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion"). Once installed, it runs in your system's menu bar, providing access to all 467 emoji icons.
You can click on any emoji icon to have it copied to the clipboard. If you're working in an app, XEmoji pastes the copied emoji icon automatically. You can even choose to drag and drop any icons onto your favorite app.
XEmoji for Mac 1.0 is available at US $0.99. It's available worldwide exclusively through Apple's Mac App Store in the Utilities category.
TS Calc ready for Lion
Tension Software (http://www.pomola.com) has updated TS Calc, a Mac OS X application offering a platform to solve mathematical models applied to technical problems of various type, to version 1.2. The upgrade is ready for Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion") and fixes some bugs.
TS Calc is a document based application and its documents can be realized and used as calculation models for a specific mathematical technical problems. These documents can also be distributed as pre-made solutions for various type of technical problems with all the requested equations inside and all the variables pre-inserted with acceptable range already set.
A TS Calc document contains a series of equations and a list of variables and constants used by the equations. The user can insert different input and see the output generated by the TS Calc document using the equations solving the problem.
TS Calc includes a calculation engine entirely developed and coded internally by Tension Software in C and Objective-C. It's...
Dolly Drive follows iCloud release with its own upgrades
Dolly Drive (http://www.dollydrive.com), which offers online backup for Apple's Time Machine, has followed the launch of iCloud with the release of its version 1.4 with optimization for Mac OS X 10.7.2.
The upgrade includes the ability to backup File Vault enabled hard drives on Lion and an integrated scheduler for Dolly Clone, the local bootable disaster recovery solution. The all-in-one online backup and disaster recovery solution also provides full cloud backup to iCloud enabled Mac laptops and desktops.
Dolly Drive is a subscription software and online storage service designed for Apple's Time Machine. In addition to providing Mac users offsite cloud storage directly through the Time Machine application, the application allows users to create a bootable clone of their Mac on an external hard drive for local disaster recovery. It works with Apple's Lion and Snow Leopard platforms.
PUB2ID Plug-in updated to version 5.5
Markzware (http://www.markzware.com) has released PUB2ID 5.5, an update to its CS5 plugin for both Mac OS X and Windows. The upgrade offers the added ability to import Microsoft Publisher files from version 2002 up through 2010.
PUB2ID allows graphic designers to convert Microsoft Publisher files within Adobe InDesign CS5.5. It provides a method for you to migrate Microsoft Publisher content to Adobe InDesign as new InDesign documents.
The PUB2ID 5.5 plugin software upgrade for InDesign CS5.5 to enable Publisher to InDesign conversion is available immediately at Markzware. Find out if you qualify for a free PUB2ID upgrade to convert Publisher to InDesign. More info can be found at http://markzware.com/products/pub2id/ .
US judge says Samung tablets infringe Apple patents
A US judge has ruled that Samsung's tablets infringe patents owned by Apple, according to the "BBC" (http://macte.ch/WeGRO). California District Judge Lucy Koh ruled that while patents have been infringed, Apple must now show that its claim on those inventions is valid.
However, she warned that Apple needs to prove the validity of those patents if it is to win an injunction preventing the sale of Samsung's Galaxy Tab, the article adds. This is the latest development in the legal brouhaha that spans 20 cases in 10 countries.
Apple claims that the Galaxy range "slavishly" copies its massively-selling iPad and iPhone. Samsung says Apple's claims are invalid due to previously registered patents relating to design elements and functionality.
Apple may sell four million iPhone 4S units this weekend
Apple may sell as many as four million units of its new iPhone 4S this weekend, reports "Bloomberg Businessweek" (http://macte.ch/xbvkR). The latest version of the company's smartphone goes on sale today.
The device -- available in the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the U.K. -- is projected to outperform last year's introduction of the iPhone 4, which topped 1.7 million units in its introductory weekend, the article adds. For the iPhone 4S, most estimates range from 2-3 million, with Yankee Group analyst Carl Howe predicting sales of as much as four million.