'AppleInsider': over a million MacBook Airs shipped...
Apple's teeny laptop is a hit. Concord Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo told "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) that his most recent checks in Asia indicate Apple shipped a total of 1.1 million of its 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Airs during the three-month period ending December, "making the new breed of ultra-thin portables one of the company's most successful Mac product launches ever."
Those figures are about 63% higher, or 400,000 units more, than the 700,000 units that Kuo had initially estimated. The figures also support an earlier claim by "AppleInsider" that the new MacBook Airs comprised more than a third Mac maker's notebook business in the fourth quarter.
Apple doesn't break down its Mac or device sales by product family. However, the company shipped just over 2.9 million notebook systems during the fourth quarter of 2010. At 1.1 million units, the new MacBook Airs captured a 40% slice of the company's notebook business and accounted for just over a quarter of its...
iPhone data downloads faster on AT&T than Verizon
The iPhone 4 on AT&T's network downloaded data twice as fast, on average, as the iPhone on Verizon Wireless, according to thousands of recent field tests in five U.S. cities conducted by Metrico Wireless, an independent mobile device performance evaluation company.
Metrico's tests looked at several other variables, however, and found the average Web page load time was nearly the same on iPhone 4 on both networks, a Metrico official told "InfoWorld" (http://macte.ch/QA9BR). What's more, when the iPhone 4 was in a moving vehicle, the AT&T model successfully finished about 10% more download session than Verizon's.
However, when the iPhones were stationary, the Verizon iPhone had a 10 percent better success rate in uploading data than the AT&T iPhone, notes "InfoWorld." Metrico didn't reveal actual time measurements for any of its results, including the data downloads and uploads or Web page loading times, prior to publication of its full study.
Hungary drafted new constitution on an iPad
Hungary is drafting its new constitution on an iPad, reports "NetworkWorld" (http://macte.ch/tpZWI). Jozsef Szajer, a Hungarian politician and member of the European Parliament, wrote a blog post last week detailing how he's using Apple's tablet to flesh out Hungary's new constitution, the country's first since 1949.
Hungary is the only Eastern Bloc country that didn't re-write their constitution after the fall of the Soviet Union. In 2010, "the country initiated a drafting process and apparently Apple's iPad found its way into the mix," says "NetworkWorld."
Best Buy may give iPad 2 to all salespersons
Best Buy is considering distributing iPad 2s to every salesperson in its 1,000-plus chain, reports "The Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal" (http://macte.ch/l1vH8).
The retailer has given out iPads and other mobile devices to sales employees on a limited basis before, but only in a couple of dozen stores, the article adds. The idea is part of its "Connected Store" format. That format "is modeled on Apple's high-touch retail stores, where salespeople often use such devices to process orders and customers get a lot of hands-on time with the iPads, iPhones and other products," according to The Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal."
ZAGG to offer sportLeather through AT&T for the iPhone 4
ZAGG (http://www.ZAGG.com) says ZAGG sportLeather is now available through AT&T company owned retail stores nationwide. Made from genuine leather with sports equipment styling, the ZAGG sportLeather for Apple’s iPhone 4 can be found at AT&T stores and online at the ZAGG web site.
A part of ZAGG’s LeatherSkins line, ZAGG sportLeathers are thin, pliable covers that apply directly to personal electronics like a film, but arecreated from genuine leather. ZAGG sportLeather uses a patent-pending adhesive process that holds the skin firmly in place on the device and is also removable.
ZAGG sportLeather provides gadget protection in a thin form, and is available at AT&T stores in authentic reproductions of baseball and football textures.
Enterprise Edition of Adobe Digital Publishing Suite available
Adobe has announced the immediate availability of the Enterprise Edition of Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, a turnkey set of hosted software services and viewer technology to create, distribute, monetize and analyze digital magazines, newspapers and publications.
With output aimed at Android tablets, including Motorola Xoom and Samsung Galaxy Tab, as well as RIM PlayBook and iOS tablet devices, the Enterprise Edition allows large publishers to implement a custom tablet publishing solution without disrupting existing publishing processes and infrastructure, says David Wadhwani, senior vice president, Creative and Interactive Solutions, Adobe. Today’s news follows the announcement that Adobe Digital Publishing Suite will support both Apple App Store Subscriptions and Google One Pass for magazine and newspaper publishers.
The Enterprise Edition of Digital Publishing Suite allows publishers worldwide to implement a tailored digital publishing solution built on the foundation of Adobe...
Paradise Beach 2 hits the Mac App Store
Nevosoft has released Paradise Beach 2: Around the World (http://nevosoft.com/description/game-ParadiseBeach2/) on the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later and can be found in the Games category. The game normally costs costs US$6.99, but is on sale at an introductory price for $2.99 for a limited time.
Here's how the Paradise Beach 2 game is described: "Once again the goal is to create the perfect beach resort for others, making everybody satisfied and happy. A lot of improvements over its predecessor make the sequel an exciting entertaining experience. The title is available in nine languages, including English, German, Spanish, French, Japanese and Russian.
"Players will help manage family businesses on eight different islands. After finishing the story mode, which can easy take up to seven hours, one can also enjoy the sandbox mode, or try to replay levels for a better rating, and to obtain all of the awards. Each of the eight islands varies in landscape, each with...
Mail Perspectives extends Mail's user interface
Indev has announced Mail Perspectives (http://www.indev.ca/MailPerspectives.html), new software to transform your email experience in Apple's Mail application. It costs US$24.95, but is being offered at a special introductory price of $19.95 through March 18. A demo is available for download.
Mail Perspectives adds four new windows to Mail -- the Perspective, Quick Look, Recent Mail and Mail Actions Windows -- to the Mac OS X Mail app. It's designed to make it easier to monitor mailboxes and visually organize the Mail environment.
The new Perspective Window is a compact window that displays the essential details of the messages belonging to selected mailboxes in either single message or list mode. The Quick Look Window previews full messages without the need to create an extra window for each message. The Recent Mail Window is an up-to-date list of messages that have recently arrived. The Mail Actions Window is a window to provide access to common mail actions such as check messages...
Vortimac Software releases Dossier 2.6 for Mac OS X
Vortimac Software has released Dossier 2.6, an update to their information management tool for Mac OS X. The upgrade features interface enhancements, better support for import from various sources, an upgraded help system, and dozens of other enhancements and bug fixes.
Dossier is designed for keeping and organizing notes, to-do lists, passwords, and virtually anything else. Features include multiple documents and multiple simultaneous viewers per document, smart folders, live search, an integrated calendar, encryption, flexible printing of entries, folders, or entire documents, rich text editing, support for export, unlimited undo/redo capability, and more.
Dossier requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. It costs US$24.99 and is also available via the Mac App Store. A full featured, 30-day demo version is available at the Vortimac Software web site (http://www.vortimac.com).
SMEStorage now supports the icloud browser desktop service
SMEStorage (http://www.smestorage.com) has added support for the icloud browser based desktop service, enabling icloud users to use SMEStorage tools and clients to manage and work with their cloud data.
icloud offers 3GB of free storage and cloud stored files. An additional Super Drive with 100GB is available for US$99.99 per year.
It can be accessed and managed from all clients and tools that SMEStorage supports. These include desktop cloud tooling and virtual drives for Mac, Windows, and Linux, and also mobile support for the iPhone, iPad, Android and BlackBerry.
There are also plug-ins for the Firefox and Chrome internet browsers. SMEStorage also makes access to icloud available from an Amazon S3 API [application programming interface]. For business users, they can now use cloud storage as the data storage for the SMEStorage "File Server in the Clouds" offering which compliments or replaces the traditional office file server.
'MUG Event Calendar': tax preparation, going paperless...
A busy week on "The MUG Event Calendar" features both new and familiar presenters.
Original Mac team member and iApp developer Bill Atkinson will address one California group while Adam Christianson will be the featured guest at another. Rob Pegorano of the Washington Post will speak to a Washington D.C. group, Intego will appear at a Texas Group, The Apple Store will make presentations to North Carolina and California groups, and Best Buy will send their Apple reps to a Virginia group.
Other topics on this week’s calendar include online tax preparation, the Command Line, iWork, going paperless, Mac maintenance, RapidWeaver and, more.
"The MUG Event Calendar" can be found at The MUG Center (http://www.mugcenter.com), an online resource for Mac User Groups. MUGs are good places for making new friends in the Mac community, improving your computing skills, finding solutions to technical problems, and perhaps locating a good deal on used hardware. For more info on MUGs, and to find the...
Apple looking for iOS speech engineers
Apple plans to hire new employees related to voice control and syncing for the iPhone, "suggesting further enhancements in both categories for future handsets," reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).
The web site's staff found job openings for "iOS Speech Operations Engineers" and an "IOS Server Speech Engineer" that will work as part of the iOS Application Frameworks team at Apple's Cupertino, CA, headquarters. Another three job listings pertain to iPhone and iOS sync technology. Two are for an "iPhone Sync Development Engineer" and one is for an "iPhone Sync QA Engineer."
Apple negotiating for more flexibility for digital purchases
Apple is talking with record companies including Vivendi SA (VIV)’s Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group Corp. (WMG) and EMI Group to give users more flexibility in how they access purchased music, reports "Bloomberg" (http://macte.ch/k8U6Y).
Under discussion is a deal that would provide iTunes customers with a permanent backup of music purchases if the originals are damaged or lost, the article says, quoting "three people with knowledge of the plans." The service also would allow downloads to iPad, iPod and iPhone devices linked to the same iTunes account, they said. The move would be a step closer to universal access to content centrally stored on the Internet.
Apple and the record labels are eager to maintain demand for digital downloading amid increasing popularity for Internet services such as Pandora Media, which don’t sell tracks and instead let users stream songs from the Web, whatever the device, says "Bloomberg."
iPad 2 shipments expected to top two million in March
Apple's still on target to take 40 million iPads from Taiwan suppliers in 2011 with shipment volume expected to top 6-6.5 million units, including over three million iPad 2 models, in the first quarter and to further expand to 10-12 million units in the second, according to a "DigiTimes" report (http://macte.ch/fsonZ).
After producing 1.7-2 million units of the first-generation iPad in January, Apple began to phase out production of the old model in February, while beginning to roll out the iPad 2, the article adds, quoting component suppliers in Taiwan." Shipments of iPad 2 are expected to top 2-3 million units in March.
TransGaming releases Dragon Age: Ultimate
TransGaming has released Dragon Age: Ultimate (http://gametreemac.com/bioware/dragon-age-origins-ultimate-edition-mac) for Intel-based Macs for US$39.99. It includes the original Dragon Age: Origins, the sequel: Awakening, and all nine DLC packs.
Here's how Dragon Age Ultimate is described: "Dragon Age: Origins: Discover the groundbreaking RPG, winner of more than 50 awards including more than 30 'Game of the Year' awards! You are a Grey Warden, one of the last of a legendary order of guardians. With the return of mankind's ancient foe and the kingdom engulfed in civil war, you have been chosen by fate to unite the shattered lands and slay the archdemon once and for all. Explore a stunning world, make complex moral choices, and engage in bone-crushing visceral combat against massive and terrifying creatures.
"Dragon Age: Origins -- Awakening Edition: The story of the Grey Wardens continues as you are named Commander of the order. As your first duties you have been entrusted with...
Apple eyeing iPhone based on China Mobile telecoms standard?
Apple CEO Steve Jobs has expressed interest in developing an iPhone based on China Mobile's fourth-generation telecoms standard, the chairman of the Chinese telecoms operator says -- as reported by "Reuters" (http://macte.ch/dr223).
"Jobs has said he's very interested in developing an iPhone that will run on TD," China Mobile Chairman Wang Jianzhou said on the sidelines of the Chinese Communist Party's consultative meeting. Apple officials weren't available for comment.
China Mobile, the world's largest mobile carrier by subscribers, is currently testing a fourth-generation network that runs on its homegrown TD standard, and is looking to smartphone operators to design phones that support the system.
Apple patching Safari before hacking contest?
Apple will patch its Safari wb browser before the Pwn2Own hacking contest kicks off next week, according to security researchers -- as noted by "Computerworld" (http://macte.ch/zONus). If so, the company will join both Google and Mozilla, which have issued security updates for Chrome and Firefox as preparation for Pwn2Own.
On Wednesday, Apple patched 57 vulnerabilities in its iTunes music software. Fifty of those bugs were attributed to WebKit, the open-source browser engine that Safari’s built on, says "Computerworld." iTunes relies on WebKit to render its online store component.
BusyCal, BusySync, and the new MobileMe Calendar
Apple recently announced that all MobileMe members must upgrade to the new MobileMe Calendar by May 5. If you're a BusyCal or BusySync user (http://www.busymac.com), upgrading to the new MobileMe Calendar may require significant changes to your calendar sharing workflow and affect other members of your workgroup.
The new MobileMe Calendar functions as a CalDAV server and requires all calendars you wish to sync between your Mac and iOS device to be hosted on MobileMe. This allows you to sync calendars between multiple Macs and iOS devices through the cloud from any location. It's ideal for single users, families, and small workgroups provided everyone uses MobileMe as their cloud server.
However, if you're sharing calendars with others in a large workgroup it may not be practical for all users to use MobileMe as their cloud server. In that case, your organization may wish to consider other cloud syncing solutions that support Macs and iOS devices such as Google Calendar, iCal Server,...
Case-Mate debuts accessories for the iPad 2
Case-Mate (http://www.case-mate.com) has unveiled a collection of cases for the iPad 2.. The collection includes seven new accessories that will be available starting in late March:
The Pop! case (US$49.99) is co-molded materials of plastic and soft rubber unite to create a hard case with a soft touch. A built in stand extends for an l viewing screen or remains hidden to create a flat back cover. A
The $34.99 Simple Slab is a two-toned protective case that "strips the iPad 2 down to its truest geometric form, a rectangle. The angular case looks unforgiving but is actually squishy and grippy.
The high-profile Leo case ($99.99) unfolds into a portable workstation. Made of leather and nylon, Leo comes equipped with a grip handle for a carry solution. Secured with a zipper closure, the textured embossed case features an adjustable viewing stand and provides storage for a notebook and pens.
The $49.99 Venture protects the iPad while on the go and doubles as a secure stand. The cover...
Marware C.E.O. Hybrid Case for iPad 2 available for pre-order
Marware says its C.E.O. Hybrid for iPad 2 is now available for pre-order (http://www.marware.com/ipad-kindle-cases-and-covers/iPad-2-Cases/C-E-O-H...). The sequel to the original iPad case is a fusion of the traditional hard shell case and soft fabric folio case.
The protective lid doubles as a stand and adjusts into multiple angles for displaying, viewing, typing or using FaceTime. The C.E.O. Hybrid sports an integrated hand strap, reinforced grip corners for maximum hold, a secure closure and added corner protection.
The Marware case allows access to all iPad 2 buttons and ports and has a camera hole cutout on the back. It's available in black.
Strata launches Design 3D SE in Mac App Store
Strata (http://www.strata.com) has released Strata Design 3D SE in the Mac App Store for US$49.99. It provides the essentials for getting started in 3D design, with 3D modeling and texturing tools, advanced lighting features, environments, and Strata's Raydiosity rendering engine.
Users can create from scratch or choose to utilize prebuilt scene templates, models, textures and effects, or import models from other 3D modeling programs and download sites like Google 3D Warehouse. Strata Design 3D SE was developed using a large subset of the tools and the same user interface found in Strata's professional 3D modeling and animation software, Strata Design 3D CX.
Strata 3D University extends the Strata Design 3D SE offering with professional online video training in 3D modeling, texturing, lighting and rendering, allowing subscribers to learn Strata Design 3D SE at their own pace. A subscription the Strata 3D University starts at $0.99 cents for the first two weeks of training and...
OWC Data Doubler replaces optical bay with more internal storage
Other World Computing (http://www.macsales.com) says its OWC Data Doubler optical bay drive mounting solution adds 133% more internal storage capacity than the factory offers to the new 2011 MacBook Pro models announced by Apple last week.
The OWC Data Doubler enables new MacBook Pro owners to replace their infrequently used optical drive with a second hard drive or SSD for upgrading the main drive bay up to 1TB storage capacity and/or adding up to 750GB additional capacity in the optical drive bay for a total of 1.75GB of total internal data storage and backup capacity, create an internal RAID, or create other customized internal data storage configurations.
The US$75 OWC Data Doubler is available for immediate ordering at http://eshop.macsales.com/owcpages/datadoubler/ and comes complete with all required hardware, a step-by-step Mac notebook model specific installation guide and free online "how to" installation videos.
New 'Class on Demand' webinar available
Larry Jordan details mixing techniques in Soundtrack Pro, as well as innovative ways to create high-definition Blu-Ray discs in Final Cut Pro, Roxio Toast, and Adobe Encore in this week's "Class on Demand Legends Series" webinars.
An expansion of the current Class on Demand training lineup, "Class on Demand Legends Series" provides an exclusive "inside look" at the inner workings of influential industry experts and figureheads. This week, Jordan explores the process of audio mixing and creating Blu-ray disks with "Advanced Audio Mixing Techniques in Soundtrack Pro" and "Create a Blu-ray Disk for HD Video."
Each "Class on Demand Legends Series" webinar is priced at US$34.99. For more information about the "Legends Series," including a full list of available webinars, go to http://www.classondemand.com/legends/ .
Disk Drill is new data recovery software for Mac OS X
CleverFiles Software has announces Disk Drill, a data recovery solution for Mac OS X. It helps recover lost data, deleted files, and also strives to prevent unexpected data loss. It lets you recover from HFS/HFS+, FAT, NTFS and other file systems -- even from initialized and formatted disks.
Disk Drill 1.1 offers support for Apple-related data like PAGES, MOV, etc), scanning session management, live preview while scanning, iPod recovery (non-iOS devices only), portable mode and more. It also features S.M.A.R.T. monitoring and now helps you prevent hard disk's failures by constantly checking a number of parameters provided by hard drive manufacturers.
If your disk gets unmounted by itself during scanning due to bad blocks, or produces ticking noise and is likely to go offline for good before you get all your data back from it, Disk Drill lets you back-up any disk into DMG, which can be mounted in your Mac for delayed recovery. The main difference here is the fact that this disk...
PDF Studio 6.6 released with new tool chest, more
Qoppa Software, which specializes in PDF tools, has updated PDF Studio (http://www.qoppa.com/psindex.html), a PDF editor, to version 6.6. The upgrade adds a tool chest, custom stamps, annotation groups, Microsoft Word import, native file dialogs, and more.
PDF Studio maintains full compatibility with the PDF Standard and supports the latest PDF format. You can: manage digital IDs and trusted certificates for digital signatures; batch preflight to preflight to verify PDF/X compliancy for multiple documents at once; and batch crop to crop multiple documents at once and change the margins for crop box, bleed box, trim box or art box.
PDF Studio is available for Mac, Windows and Linux platforms. PDF Studio comes in two flavors: PDF Studio Standard at $60 and PDF Studio Pro at $95.
Avenza releases MAPublisher 8.4 for Adobe Illustrator
Avenza Systems has released MAPublisher 8.4 for Adobe Illustrator. The latest version of this mapmaking software used to produce high quality maps from GIS data for both print and electronic distribution now includes a thematic mapping feature called MAP Themes.
Like the name implies, it produces dot density maps and uses stylesheets to symbolize choropleth maps based on various types of data classification. In addition, it can create custom charts using data attribute values.
Other new features and enhancements of MAPublisher 8.4 for Adobe Illustrator include:
° New thematic mapping features including support for pie and bar charts and dot density maps;
° New import services: Web Feature Service (WFS) and Web Map Service (WMS);
° Support for import formats including GPX and Microsoft Excel;
° Import support for Esri ArcMap documents (.mxd).
Esri Basic Personal Geodatabase format support is now available for the Mac. A new MAPubilsher Image feature type makes importing georeferenced...
CTM releases FoxTrot Professional Search 3.1, Server for Mac OS...
CTM Development (http://www.ctmdev.com) has released FoxTrot Professional Search 3.1.2, an update to their networked document indexing and retrieval solution for Mac OS X. The new version offers enhanced preview displays with additional document types with FoxTrot's usual occurrences highlighting and document-level search, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Pages, Numbers and Keynote documents, as well as iCal events, Address Book contacts, and Mail messages.
There are several user interface improvements. FoxTrot Professional Search 3.1.2 also offers: optimized concurrent updating of indices (using the Indexing menu); partial index updating; and enhanced AppleScript support
Developed with law firms, media and mobile professionals in mind, FoxTrot Professional Search locates documents and their content using multiple categorization of search results, ranked by relevance. Utilizing the latest Cocoa technologies, the application works directly with PDF, HTML, word processing, e-mail and...
Drink More Water trickles to the Mac App Store
iLifeTouch has introduced Drink More Water 1.1 (http://ilifetouch.com/DrinkMoreWater) in the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later, costs US$1.99 and is found in the Health & Fitness section.
Drink More Water allows you to keep track of exactly how much water you have consumed in a day. It also allows you to keep track of your water consumption for the entire week and provides you with your weekly average.
Drink More Water was designed to be so simple that no language component is needed to understand how to use the app. Look at the screenshots, and you're ready to use this water tracking device immediately, according to the folks at iLifeTouch.
Digital Heaven announces public beta of Final Print 2.0
Digital Heaven (http://www.digital-heaven.co.uk) has announced a free, time-limited public beta release of Final Print 2.0, a tool for browsing and printing Final Cut Pro projects.
It allows the user to view a list of clips, markers or the content of a bin with up to 10 columns of information. Version 2.0 adds the option of printing clips inside sequences, support for colored markers and the ability to load items directly from projects currently open in Final Cut Pro.
This new version also adds numerous features and enhancements including: a completely redesigned interface; the ability to load projects directly from Final Cut Pro 7; support for viewing clips within sequences; the ability to have multiple XML files or projects open at once; and the ability to filter current display by colored markers and video/tracks.
Final Print 2.0 beta requires an Intel-based Mac with Final Cut Pro 5.1.2 (and later) for the creation of XML files. Final Cut Pro 7 is required for direct opening of...
Gartner: iPad cutting into mobile computer sales
The Gartner research group (http://www.gartner.com) is lowering its personal computer forecast for 2011 and 2011 based on expectations of weaker demand for mobile computers thanks to devices such as the iPad.
Gartner expects 2011 computer unit growth has been lowered to 10.5% and the 2012 growth reduced to 13.6%. However, the research group expects things to pick up over the long haul.
Gartner forecasts that global computer shipments will reach 387.8 million in 2011. For 2012, the research group is eyeing shipments totaling 440.6 million units.
Apple launches Joint Venture retail service
Apple has launched Joint Venture (http://www.apple.com/retail/jointventure/), a retail-based service. It's an extension of Apple’s current Genius Bar services aimed at small businesses and prosumers.
According to Apple, Joint Venture is a program designed to help you use your Mac, iPhone, and iPad to improve the way your business runs. The JV team will set up your new Apple products, train your employees to get the most out of them, and make sure everything stays working with dedicated support.
Apple says it will work with you from the beginning to make sure your new systems are up and ready to use, usually within 24 hours. "We’ll transfer your existing data -- including your mail, calendar, and address book -- from your PC or Mac, and install any additional software you’ve purchased from the Apple Retail Store or the Apple Online Store," the company says.
Apple will also activate your Joint Venture website so you can access every Joint Venture service -- schedule training, book...
Apple tops 'Most Admired Companies' list for fourth...
"Fortune" has revealed its annual list of the World’s 50 Most Admired Companies. Apple tops the list again, for the fourth year in a row.
Working with the Hay Group, "Fortune" surveys more than 4,100 executives, directors, and analysts across industries, who select the companies they admire most. Apple tops the list, followed by Google (No. 2) and Berkshire Hathaway (No. 3)
Of the nine traits the Hay Group surveys, only Apple preserved its pre-recession (2007) status as the top company for “innovativeness.” Goldman Sachs triumphed over General Electric in the “ability to attract, develop, and keep talented people," Amazon.com is now number one over Anheuser-Busch for “quality of products and services,” and Google replaced Berkshire Hathaway as the company most “valued as a long-term investment.”
In another sign of the “great shakeout,” Hewlett-Packard, Nokia, L’Oreal and AT&T have dropped off this year’s list. The most heavily represented categories on this year’s list are: ...
AT&T introduces new monthly billing option for tablets
AT&T has introduced new postpaid billing options for tablets. Beginning today, customers can choose between AT&T's existing prepaid billing options or the new postpaid plans.
The new plans can be added to customers' existing monthly wireless statements, offering the simplicity of a single monthly bill. For a limited time, customers who activate a new postpaid US$25/2GB plan will receive the first month free.
The new postpaid billing option will be available across AT&T retail locations, as well as att.com, Best Buy, Fry's, select Nexcom locations, and Walmart stores nationwide. Customers may choose from the following options.
° Postpaid: $14.99 for 250MB or $25 for 2GB. Customers on the 2GB plan who exceed their monthly data allotment will be charged $10 per 1GB of overage. Charges will appear on customers' monthly wireless statements.
° Prepaid: $14.99 for 250MB or $25 for 2GB. Customers on the 2 GB plan who exceed their monthly data allotment may choose to purchase an...
Apple posts video of yesterday's media event
Apple has posted the streaming video of yesterday's media event in which the iPad 2, iOS 4.3 and more was introduced. Apple CEO Steve Jobs returned temporarily from medical leave to host the event.
You can find the video at http://events.apple.com.edgesuite.net/1103pijanbdvaaj/event/index.html . Also introduced were iMovie and GarageBand for the iPad.
Apple drops price on original iPad; offers a refund, as well
Apple has dropped the price on the original iPad by US$100. However, if you recently bought an iPad 1 at the original price, Apple feels your pain.
The company will refund the $100 difference. However, this only applies if you've purchased an iPad within 14 days of yesterday’s announcement. You'll also need your receipt to get the refund.
Khronos releases Final WebGL 1.0 specification
The Khronos Group has released the final WebGL 1.0 specification to enable hardware-accelerated 3D graphics in HTML5 Web browsers without the need for plug-ins.
Spiderweb Software releases Avadon: The Black Fortress for the...
Spiderweb Software has released Avadon: The Black Fortress (http://www.spiderwebsoftware.com/avadon/index.html), an indie fantasy role-playing game for Mac OS X.
Here's how the game is described: "Avadon is in epic adventure in a strange and dangerous world. You are a spy and warrior who must fight the enemies of your homeland. As a servant of the Black Fortress, your word is law. Gain power and influence, experience an exciting adventure, and battle a conspiracy to destroy your people.
"You are an agent of Avadon. The Black Fortress. Outside your lands, there are limitless threats. Barbarians. Fading, jealous empires. Titans and unspeakable horrors. The warriors and spies of Avadon are sent to keep them weak and divided. Your resources are unlimited, and all must obey you.
"But a dark time is coming. Assassins are killing Avadon's warriors, and hidden enemies plot to unite all of your homeland's foes. If you cannot discover and destroy this conspiracy, and soon, your people face...
Booq unveils the Booqpad Folio for the iPad 2
Booq has announced the Booqpad for iPad 2. It's available for pre-order at http://www.booqbags.com with eco-friendly and weatherproof versions for US$49.95 and a higher-end luxury option for $99.95. It will ship in late March.
The Booqpad is especially built for designers, writers, engineers, and creative professionals. The interior layout includes designated areas for a pen, stylus, cash, paper notepad, and, of course, the iPad 2. A pair of business card slots provide access to your cards, as well as a holder for the contacts you make during your day.
Designed symmetrically for right and left hand users, each Booqpad ships with a 50-sheet A5 notepad made from at least 30% post-consumer materials and printed with soy ink. Paper refills come in multiple options, all tailored for creative professionals on the go. Each notepad has a specific layout created with certain tasks in mind, including website development, app design, sketching, 3D art, and creative writing.
Notepad sheets are...
Kensington updating products for the iPad 2
Kensington says that several of its products for extending protection, productivity and power with iPad have been updated to meet the needs of the iPad 2.
The products are the Kensington Case (US$39.99) Kensington Virtuoso Touch Screen Stylus and Pen ($24.99), Kensington PowerBolt Micro Car Charger ($24.99) and Kensington PowerBolt Duo Car Charger ($29.99)
Kensington protection products for iPad 2 will be available at the Kensington web site (http://www.kensington.com). The Kensington productivity and power accessories for iPad are available now.
D-Link Hybrid Wireless-N PowerLine Router available
D-Link (http://www.dlinkshop.com) says its US$129.99 Wireless-N PowerLine Router (DHP-1320), a combination networking solution for extending wired and wireless home networks throughout the house by tapping into a home’s electrical wiring, is now available.
This combination IPv6-ready network solution merges PowerLine 200 Mbps technology with a Wireless-N router and Ethernet ports, offering consumers two connectivity options to extend home network coverage and enjoy high-bandwidth applications, including HD video content, multimedia, VoIP calls, and more.
Daniel Kelley, associate vice president of consumer marketing, D-Link North America, says the DHP-1320 extends wired and wireless networks to all devices in the home with optimal speed and bandwidth for a range of HD video-on-demand, gaming and other applications. Essentially turning a home’s existing electrical system into an Ethernet network, PowerLine’s extended coverage can be obtained without any drilling, difficult installation...
iMaginator 5 his the Mac App Store
Stone Design says iMaginator 5.0 (http://stone.com/iMaginator), the latest version of their image processing app for Mac OS X (10.6.5 or later) is now at the Mac App Store in the Photography section. It's being offered at an introductory price of US$9.99; it's normally $49.
iMaginator 5 offers access to over 125 effects, transitions, and filters. Users can layer images, paint and text, and apply, modify, and re-order multiple effects. You can crop, scale, rotate, flip, skew, change exposure and brighten images in real time, and then save processed images as TIFF or JPEG files, and even create QuickTime movies showing the effects changing over time.
You can mask images and erase or replace any set of colors. With iMaginator 5, you can replicate and reuse the base image any number of times.
Each overlayed image or text can have its own chain of sub-effects to create independent effects in different parts of the canvas. The "Add Sub Effects" feature allows any number of filter chains...
SteelSeries introduces new headsets for the iPad, iPhone, iPad
SteelSeries (http://www.SteelSeries.com) says the SteelSeries 7H and Siberia v2 Headsets will now be available to music lovers and mobile gamers to use with their iPod, iPhone and iPad.
SteelSeries CEO Bruce Hawyer says the alternative designs have been collaborated to meet Apple’s performance standards; both featuring a single 3.5mm jack for combined audio and voice and an inline remote that controls audio and call controls. Each headset includes SteelSeries’ signature features including original designs for long lasting comfort, optimized soundscapes, and a retractable microphone to be used while answering calls or stored in the left earcup while just listening to music.
The SteelSeries 7H Headset has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$129.99. For iPod, iPhone and iPad users, the Siberia v2 will be available in white with an MSRP of $99.99.
Arten Science announces SMSRelay text messaging suite
Arten Science has released the SMSRelay Suite (http://www.smsrelaysuite.com/) for Mac OS X and Windows. It's a company wide text messaging solution with bulk sending capability.
SMSRelay Suite consists of three programs that cater to your SMS messaging requirements. SMSBatch allows you to send the same SMS message to groups of people. SMSRelay can send SMS messages created from many types of software. In addition ContaxCRM integrates with SMSRelay Suite, letting you send SMS messages directly from your Contact record, knowing that the history of the message will be saved against the contact.
SMSRelay is available to buy now. SMSRelay is priced at approximately US$170 for a site license; a demo is available for download. For a limited time, by way of an introduction to SMSRelay, you can use the coupon code, SMS40, to get a 40% discount on the purchase price of SMSRelay.
Zevrix automates printing, PDF production from Microsoft Office
Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has announced BatchOutput Office Suite, a collection of output automation applications for Microsoft Office on Mac OS X.
The suite consists of three programs, which automate printing and PDF production from Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. In addition to batch printing, BatchOutput lets users carry out automated professional PDF production directly from Office applications, eliminating the need for post-processing.
BatchOutput Office Suite can be purchased for US$89.88 from the Zevrix website as well as from authorized resellers. The suite's applications can be also purchased separately for $39.95 each. Demos are available for download. BatchOutput Office runs on Mac OS X 10.4.2 and higher and works with Microsoft Office 2008 and 2011.
DMG Master For Mac OS X updated To version 2.3.2
Tension Software (http://pomola.com) has updated DMG Master software to create standard Disk Image Archive recognized by any Mac, to version 2.3.2. The upgrade offers a new layout for the Image menu and new commands.
DMG Master costs US$20, though version 2.3.2 is a free update for registered users of version 2.0. It's Universal Binary, so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. DMG Master requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later.
Keynote Themes Plus releases 10 new themes
Keynote Themes Plus (http://www.keynotethemesplus.com) has disclosed 10 new Keynote themes for use with Keynote, the presentation creation component of Apple's US$79 iWork suite.
The themes are Alphabet, Blue Lines, Butterfly, Cubics, Icy Water, Orange Blue, Ornaments, Rainbow, Rectangles and Vortex Mosaic. All the presentations made using the new Keynote themes can be transferred to an iPad.
There are five sizes available for each theme, including HD. They are: 800x600, 1024x768, 1280x720, 1680x1050 and 1920x1080. To use them, you need iWork '08 (Keynote 4.0) or later.
Twenty Keynote Themes can be purchased for US$19.99. Ten Keynote Themes are available for $23.99. A package that unites all 30 Keynote Themes is $29.99. Each single theme with a moving background costs $11.99, while the static ones are $7.99 each. Three Keynote themes are offered for free.
SPL, BrainWorx to product plug-ins
Universal Audio (UA), a manufacturer of audio recording hardware and software, has announced an agreement wherein two German-based companies, SPL (Sound Performance Lab) and Brainworx, will become third party audio plug-in developers for the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform.
SPL and Brainworx are also working with Universal Audio to finalize a software development kit (SDK) that will allow other select developers of professional audio plug-ins to create software for the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform, and to sell these plug-ins via UA’s online store -- located at http://www.uaudio.com/store.html .
TrailRunner mini, RaceBunny let you carry planned routes on an...
Berbie Software (http://trailrunnerx.com/mini/?utm_source=prmac&utm_campaign=prmac_trm120 ) says TrailRunner mini 1.2 and RaceBunny 4.3 are now available at the Mac App Store and Apple App Store, respectively.
TrailRunner mini is a route planning app for runners, bikers and hikers. You can name, rate, flag, comment and colorize collected routes. RaceBunny is a GPS tracking application for the iPhone. With RaceBunny users can display routes created in TrailRunner mini and follow their course. TrailRunner mini is based on the openStreetMap project.
TrailRunner mini is available on the Mac App Store for US$19.99. RaceBunny is available on the App Store and is free.
Tembo 1.3 For Mac OS X adds AppleScript access to search results...
Houdah Software has released Tembo 1.3, an update of the friendly" find utility for Mac OS X. The new version sports:
° An option to specify the folder to search;
° Support of quotes to specify a phrase to search for;
° The ability to compute total sizes for folders;
° Shows begin dates for events registered with iCal;
° Wildcard support to filters in Messages & Bookmarks;
° AppleScript access to search results;
° Mac OS X Service to search a selected folder.
Tembo is designed to make the searching (and finding) of files, mail messages, bookmarks and more as easy as possible. It may list up to 2.500 search results within each group. There are filters appropriate for the context designed to help you sort through the list of results. Messages, for example, may be filtered by subject, sender and recipient.
Tembo is sold exclusively through the Mac App Store for US$14.99 and requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher.. A demo version is available from the product web site (http://www.houdah....
Apple releases iTunes 10.2
Apple has released iTunes 10.2, which brings compatibility with the upcoming iOS 4.3 and improved home sharing support for browsing iTunes libraries from iOS 4.3 device. You can obtain the update via the Software Update component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.
With iTunes 10.2, you can sync with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. And you can browse and play from your iTunes libraries with Home Sharing on any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.