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Jun 23
MobileBricks announced for iOS developers
AnguriLab has announced MobileBricks ( for iOS developers. The US$19.99 app helps you develop fully customizable iPhone and iPad components. All components are provided with full source code, documentation, and demo projects that show concrete examples of the components' usage. MobileBricks is also interested in expanding its catalog, selling components developed by third parties, and sharing the revenues.
Jun 23
ConceptDraw Project can now import .mpp file format
CS Odessa ( says ConceptDraw Project 6 has gained the ability to work with Microsoft Project files in their native format. Now MindManager users will have access to the Project management capabilities of ConceptDraw Project. MS Project can now gain access to the full capabilities of ConceptDraw Office, says Olesya Gileva, project manager for ConceptDraw Project at CS Odessa. ConceptDraw Project is an integral component of ConceptDraw Office, because of INGYRE2 technology, the integration technology that ConceptDraw Office applications to work together smoothly, Gileva adds. ConceptDraw Project is a standalone product for Mac OS X and Windows and is also an application in the ConceptDraw Office suite. ConceptDraw Project also imports and exports Mindjet MindManager files. ConceptDraw Project retails for US$219; competitive upgrades from other paid Project products are available for $109.
Jun 22
WWDC Interview: Ten One Design
While in San Francisco, TUAW and MacTech Magazine teamed up to speak to developers at Apple's WWDC 2011 about the keynote and how Apple's new technologies will help them and their customers. In the weeks following the event, we'll bring you those videos on TUAW, MacTech and MacNews. If you aren't currently a reader of MacTech Magazine, check out the special WWDC free trial subscription offer for MacTech Magazine here. This video features Victor Agreda, Jr. (Editor-in-Chief, The Unofficial Apple Weblog) and Peter Skinner of Ten One Design at WWDC. Peter was kind enough to tell us about their thoughts on the announcements on WWDC, and how it will affect their plans moving forward.
Jun 22
Judge: Apple probably can't stop Amazon from using '...
Apple will “probably” lose its court bid to stop Inc. from using the term “App store” for a service selling programs for Android devices, reports "Bloomberg Businessweek" ( U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton said after a hearing in Oakland, California, Wednesday that she is “probably” going to deny the motion because Apple hasn’t demonstrated confusion among consumers, the article adds. Hamilton said she will review court filings before issuing a final decision. Apple’s difficulty demonstrating “real evidence of actual confusion” among consumers is a “stumbling block for Apple,” Hamilton said in court. “I’m troubled by the showing that you’ve made so far, but that’s where you’re likely not to prevail at this early juncture.” In March Apple sued Amazon, saying the online retailer is using Apple’s “App Store” trademark for a mobile-software developer program. In a complaint filed March 18 in federal court in northern California, Apple accused Amazon....
Jun 22
WWDC Interview: Southern Stars
While in San Francisco, TUAW and MacTech Magazine teamed up to speak to developers at Apple's WWDC 2011 about the keynote and how Apple's new technologies will help them and their customers. In the weeks following the event, we'll bring you those videos on TUAW, MacTech and MacNews. If you aren't currently a reader of MacTech Magazine, check out the special WWDC free trial subscription offer for MacTech Magazine here. This video features Victor Agreda, Jr. (Editor-in-Chief, The Unofficial Apple Weblog) and Tim DeBenedictis of Southern Stars at WWDC. Tim was kind enough to tell us about their thoughts on the announcements on WWDC, and how it will affect their plans moving forward.
Jun 22
Patent system overhaul desired by Apple, Google in the works
The US House of Representatives on Wednesday took up" the most far-reaching overhaul of the patent system in 60 years, a bill that leaders in both parties said would make it easier for inventors to get their innovations to market and help put people back to work," reports "The Mercury News" ( The legislation, supported by the Obama administration and a broad range of business groups and high tech companies including Apple and Google, aims to ease the lengthy backlog in patent applications, clean up some of the procedures that can lead to costly litigation and put the U.S. under the same filing system as the rest of the industrialized world, the article adds. The Senate passed a similar bill last March. If the bill makes it to the White House for the President's signature, it could be one of the first congressional actions this year to have a concrete effect on business. A final vote is expected later in the week.
Jun 22
Far-reaching iPhone patent could let Apple 'bully'...
As we noted yesterday, Apple has been awarded patent 7,966,578 for the iPhone by the US Patent & Trademark Office. It's for "a portable multifunction device, method and graphical user interface for translating displayed content." Intellectual property experts say the patent is "so broad and far-reaching that the iPhone maker may be able to bully other smart phone manufacturers out of the U.S. market entirely," says "PCMag" ( The publication says patent experts it has consulted think the patent "could prove to be hugely problematic for other makers of capacitive touch-screen smartphones." Apple's patent essentially gives it ownership of the capacitive multitouch interface the company pioneered with its iPhone, said one source. That may well result in a new round of lawsuits over the multitouch interfaces used in smartphones made by the likes of HTC, Samsung, Motorola, Research in Motion, Nokia, and others that run operating systems similar in nature to Apple'...
Jun 22
Study: iPads use 400% more Wi-Fi data than average mobile device
Meraki, which specializes in cloud networking, has announced results of a study of mobile data consumption on WiFi networks, showing that iPads use significantly more Wi-Fi data than the average mobile device. Additionally, the study found that mobile platforms overtook desktops, with a marked rise in Android devices. The study showed that: ° Between 2010 and 2011, mobile platforms overtook desktop platforms in percentage of Wi-Fi devices. ° The average iPad consumes over 400% more Wi-Fi data than the average Android, iPod, and iPhone. ° iOS and Android together now account for 58% of Wi-Fi devices, compared to 33% just one year ago. ° The iPhone is now the single most popular Wi-Fi device with 32% share. Meraki anonymously surveyed over 100,000 randomly selected devices accessing general use, public, and educational Wi-Fi networks across the US. The survey looked at bandwidth usage and operating system popularity over selected periods in 2010 and 2011. Meraki’s data shows iOS devices...
Jun 22
iPhones top choice among Europeans planning to buy a smartphone
The Yankee Group ( has announced the 2011 European Mobile User Study. Among other things the research group's study finds 40% of consumers who intend to buy a smartphone as their next mobile device will choose an iPhone. Android-based devices come in second (19%), followed by BlackBerry (17%) and Nokia (15%). The new study polls 5,000 consumers and 2,250 employees and IT decision-makers across five European countries: France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the U.K. “These findings highlight the continued strength of Apple in the European smartphone market and, in particular, its phenomenal brand appeal,” says Declan Lonergan, research vice president at the Yankee Group. “The data also highlights the enormous challenges faced by Nokia and RIM to retain mind share and market share in this increasingly dynamic and competitive marketplace.”
Jun 22
Apple may be eyed for antitrust violations in India
India's antitrust agency has received a complaint against Apple requesting that the body look into whether the U.S. smartphone maker violated local competition laws when selling the iPhone 4 to select mobile phone operators, reports "Fox Business" ( Quoting an unnamed senior official at the country's Competition Commission, the article says the agency may examine the complaint. However, it's not necessary for the commission to act on the complaint if no violation was found. Under India's Competition Act of 2002, the country bars agreements that are "likely to cause an appreciable adverse effect on competition within India." "We may examine the complaint to see if it (Apple) is violating any law," the official told "Fox Business."
Jun 22
Samsung can't get a peak at upcoming iPhones, iPads
A U.S. judge rejected Samsung's request for a peek at Apple's unreleased iPhone and iPad, reports "Reuters" ( In May Samsung Electronics sought a court order to force Apple to disclose iPhone and iPad models under development, claiming it needs the information to defend against allegations of copying. Samsung must see the final versions of the iPhone and iPad to “evaluate whether a likelihood of confusion exists” between Samsung and Apple products likely go on sale about the same time, according to documents filed May 27 by Suwon, South Korea-based Samsung in San Jose, California, federal court. The move came a month after Apple asked the court to order the South Korean company to disclose unreleased Samsung products, according to the filing. Samsung’s request is part of a legal dispute between the two companies. Last month Samsung filed patent lawsuits against Apple over the U.S. firm's iPhone and iPad after Apple claimed Samsung's smartphones and tablets "...
Jun 22
Bluetooth SIG adds Apple, Nordic Semiconductor to board
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) today announced two new members to its board of directors from Apple and Nordic Semiconductor. They join Intel, Motorola, Lenovo, Nokia, Microsoft, Ericsson AB, and Toshiba on the Bluetooth SIG board. “We see the importance of platform development and ultra-low power sensor silicon for Bluetooth technology and believe guidance and board participation from Apple and Nordic, industry leaders in these perspective fields, is essential,” says Michael Foley, Ph.D., executive director of the Bluetooth SIG. “We have set the ambitious goal of shipping five billion devices in 2015 -- to get there we must continue to build a technology that will offer a simple and secure solution that can be found everywhere, in every type of device. These additions to our board will ensure we succeed in new markets we have targeted for growth.” The way consumers utilize digital devices is undergoing a fundamental shift – mobile phones, laptops and tablets, TVs and...
Jun 22
Apple product leader Joins HealthTeacher as vice president of...
HealthTeacher ( -- a provider of online health promotion, disease prevention, social/emotional wellness and safety resources for kindergarten through 12th grade -- says John Herbold has joined the company as vice president of Product. Prior to joining HealthTeacher, he was a senior product manager on the iOS team at Apple. There Herbold played a key role in the creation, development and launch of iCloud and led the development and marketing of Photo Stream. Prior to launching iCloud, he was a senior product manager on Apple’s MobileMe team. “John has a proven background of engaging audiences across the devices we use to learn, play, socialize and be entertained,” says Scott McQuigg, CEO of HealthTeacher. “Applying his experience developing world-class interactive products, John will lead our efforts to broaden digital engagement with kids, their families and their teachers, all focused on measurably improving youth health.” Previously, Herbold was a...
Jun 22
Tension Software presents AutoMailer 1.0 for Mac OS X
Tension Software has released AutoMailer 1.0.for Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It's available for US$20 and can be downloaded at . AutoMailer allows to send serialized emails to multiple users with a button click, starting from data imported from a text file and merging the data with a template email you can create. It merges data from the internal database with an email template creating for any recipient a personalized and custom email. AutoMailer doesn’t requires scripting or coding. All the settings, data and email templates can be saved inside documents and retrieved and reused at any time. AutoMailer offers a preview of any email to prepare. The user has the option to send just a selection, checked records or all the record in the imported data Serialized sending is performed in a separate thread, and is performed at a regular time interval you can set to avoid "sending locks" in case your provider doesn't allow to send...
Jun 22
Sonnet introduces bootable 6Gb/s SATA host controller cards
Sonnet Technologies has introduced its first SATA Revision 3.0 host controller cards -- the Tempo SATA 6Gb/s PCIe 2.0 for desktop computers, and Tempo SATA 6Gb/s ExpressCard/34 and Tempo edge SATA 6Gb/s ExpressCard/34 for notebook computers. These new additions to Sonnet's selection of PCI Express (PCIe) and ExpressCard/34 adapters deliver fast performance, especially when used with storage products equipped with the SATA 6Gb/s interface, yet offer backward compatibility with 3Gb/s SATA devices, according to the folks at Sonnet. SATA Revision 3.0, the next-generation Serial ATA drive interface, offers a 6Gb/s transfer rate, twice that of the previous version. It's well suited for use with solid state drives (SSD), which can saturate a 3Gb/s host controller interface. Tempo SATA 6Gb/s cards are compatible with SSDs, standard hard disk drives, and optical drives with an eSATA interface. These Sonnet host controller cards can support up to four drives per port to enclosures equipped...
Jun 22
X-Rite announces new display, projector color calibration...
X-Rite ( -- which specializes in color management, measurement and communication technologies -- has released the i1Display Pro and ColorMunki Display, hardware and software solutions for color calibration and profiling of displays, laptops and projectors. The i1Display Pro is the designed for photographers, designers or "any imaging professionals looking for the highest on screen color accuracy." It sports "Advanced" user-defined settings and quality assurance tools for precise color control, as well as predefined "Basic" settings. The ColorMunki Display is a color solution for photographers and designers looking for professional color results in a format that doesn’t require in-depth knowledge of color science. ColorMunki Display features an "Easy" mode with a selection of one-click presets and an "Advanced" mode, with wizard-driven options for more control. The i1Display Pro and ColorMunki Display are now available from X-Rite (North America) and Pantone...
Jun 22
Kensington introduces new iPad 2 accessories
Kensington Computer Products Group has introduced the US$99.99 KeyFolio Pro Performance Bluetooth Keyboard (pictured) for the iPad 2, as well as a new collection of cases and accessories. The new KeyFolio Pro brings together a touch-typist performance keyboard, a protective folio case and flexible stand for multiple iPad viewing angles. A new feature addition of a rotatable frame provides horizontal and vertical viewing. Polyurethane reinforced fabric is included in the design to provide protective casing that keeps your iPad safe from wear and scratches.   Kensington has also introduced the Essentials collection for the iPad 2. They include: ° Kensington Virtuoso Stylus ($14.99):  When combined with apps such as SketchBook, iAnnotate and Penultimate, Virtuoso allows you to create, annotate and capture your ideas with a touch tip. It's available in a band of colors. ° Kensington BlackBelt Protection Band for iPad 2 ($29.99): It protects the edges and cushions your iPad 2 while...
Jun 22
Monsoon announces direct recording of TV content to iOS devices
Monsoon Multimedia, a provider of video convergence products, has announced the addition of direct to mobile recording for its Vulkano line of products. Included with Direct Recording is full DVR, pause, rewind and fast forward features. The Vulkano line of devices now offers these features via Wi-Fi for iPhones, iPads and Android devices. Content is encrypted to avoid any possibility of infringement, says Colin Stiles, EVP sales and marketing at Monsoon. The Vulkano Flow gives consumers the freedom to watch their TV anywhere in the world using smartphones, tablets and computers, he adds. The Vulkano Flow (US$99.99) is now available at Fry's Electronics, Amazon, MicroCenter, other leading retailers and etailers as well as at iOS and Android apps can be purchased for $12.99 each in their respective app stores.
Jun 22
'Meet the Beetles' at the Mac App Store
Macosope has released "Meet the Beetles" on the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and costs US$4.99. Here's how the game is described: "Six families of adorable beetles are lost and must find their way home. Turn them in the right direction, toward launch pads of a similar color. Try to beat the clock, but don't let those silly Beetles run into each other!"
Jun 22
NewPCgadgets announces iPad 2 Display Dock
NewPCgadgets ( has released the iPad 2 Display Dock, which lets you display your Apple tablet and iPhone "just like they do at the Apple Store." It's designed from clear acrylic and matches the look and feel of the Apple iPad 2 store display. This base provides the optimum viewing angle for an Apple tablet while also docking your iPhone (or iPod). The iPad2 Display Dock is available from the newPCgadgets website. It retails for US$74.95 (USD).
Jun 22
Real Studio 2011 Release 2 contains 42 new features
Real Software has announced the latest version of its flagship product, Real Studio. The new Real Studio 2011 Release 2 -- updating both the Web and Desktop editions -- contains 42 new features and 184 improvements. With new HTML5 features like WebSockets, GeoLocation and WebMoviePlayer as well as JSON support, Real Studio 2011 Release 2 gives developers the essential tools to communicate with online services like Google, Flickr and Twitter, says Geoff Perlman, founder and CEO of Real Software. These, combined with WebSockets and JSON support, give Real Studio users the tools they need for faster, more powerful software development, he adds. Real Studio 2011 Release 2 is currently available to all current and new Real Software customers. To download 2011 Release 2, visit . Real Studio is a cross-platform software development tool for creating a range of applications. Real Studio Personal Edition for Mac OS X, Windows or Linux is priced at $99 and...
Jun 22
Free Typinator text snippets with over 100,000 ZIP codes...
Ergonis Software has released four free snippet sets for Typinator, its tool for auto-typing text systemwide across all Mac OS X applications. Three of these sets are devoted to postal codes, the fourth set contains pairs of matching parentheses and quote characters. All in all, the three ZIP codes sets provide over 100,000 ZIP codes together with their city names for the US, Germany, and Austria. While it's possible to use the ZIP codes as a shortcut to quickly type city names, they display their full strengths when used in combination with Typinator's Quick Search function, says Ergonis CEO Christoph Reichenberger. Just enter "zip" and part of the city that you are looking for. For example, type "zip cup" to find Cupertino. To actually insert the desired city name and zip code into your document, just choose it from the list. The fourth set contains pairs of matching parentheses and quote characters. When you type one of the single opening parentheses or quote characters, Typinator...
Jun 22
Sidefolders 1.5 Released On The Mac App Store
Code529 has announced SideFolders 1.5, an update to its file management utility for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher). It's available for US$4.99 at the Mac App Store in the Utilities category. A 14-day trial version is available on the SideFolders website ( SideFolders hides itself on the left or right side of the screen and pops up when the user moves his mouse to the edge of the screen, offering instant access to all files and folders. Besides showing all devices and favorite places, the user can add files and folders so they can be accessed instantly, as well as access to files recently worked with or downloaded. Version 1.5 adds a new user interface, an option to disable automatic expanding of folders while dragging and an option to hide the status bar icon. Also, files in regular folders are now sorted by name.
Jun 22
Barcode Producer for Mac OS X updated to version 6.6
Apparent Corp. has updated Barcode Producer (, its barcode creation software suite for Mac OS X, to version 6.6. Consistent with current standards, newly created ISBN barcodes now always default to 13-digit only human readable content above the barcode. You can still create older style barcodes by changing the ISBN Text option. Apparent has revised the QR Code generator in Barcode Producer 6.6 with some revisions and bug fixes. It's also now possible to re-open QR Code barcodes created with Barcode Producer to edit them. Version 6.6 delivers new and improved custom trim marks with a fully customizable weight and offset. It also adds a Symbol Check Character option to the Code 39 symbology for specialized scanners that require it. Barcode Producer is a tool for creating barcodes visually with one-click export for Adobe Creative Suite products, including Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, and Acrobat Distiller. It's Universal Binary so runs...
Jun 22
Keynote Themes Plus enters Mac App Store with 40 Keynote themes
Keynote Themes Plus ( has released 10 new Keynote themes for Apple's presentation software. Additionally, Themes Box for Keynote, including 40 keynote themes, is available on the Mac App Store. All the presentations made by using New Keynote Themes can be transferred to the iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. There are five sizes available for each theme, including HD: 800 x 600, 1024 x 768, 1280 x 720, 1680 x 1050 and 1920 x 1080 in pixels. To use Keynote Themes from Keynote Themes Plus requires a Mac with iWork '08 (Keynote 4.0) or later. Thirty static Keynote Themes can be purchased for US$18.99. Ten Keynote Themes in Action are available for $18.99. A package that unites all 40 Keynote themes is priced at $29.99. Each single theme with the moving background costs $9.99. Three Keynote Themes are free for everyone.
Jun 22
FxFactory Pro Effects available for Final Cut X
Noise Industries ( has announced FxFactory 2.6 for Final Cut Pro X and Motion 5. The upgrade makes more than 140 filters, generators and transitions from FxFactory Pro available inside Final Cut Pro X. All FxFactory-based plug-ins continue to be available in previous versions of Final Cut Pro and other hosts, including the new Motion 5. The upgrade is free for current FxFactory Pro customers. For new users the cost is US$399.
Jun 22
iStopMotion for Mac OS X can now apply filters to imported...
Boinx Software ( has updated iStopMotion, the stop motion and time lapse tool for Mac OS X, to version 2.8. Headlining the list of new features and improvements is iStopMotion's new ability to apply filters to imported images. Boinx engineers also went under-the-hood in version 2.8 to restore Canon DSLR camera functionality that was lost with the Mac OS X 10.6.5 system update, as well as make major improvements to color management. Rounding out the updates in version 2.8 is the software's localization of the Russian language. iStopMotion comes in three flavors, targeting different users. The US$49 Home edition is for the family. The $99 Express version is for the serious hobbyist animator, and the $499 Pro edition is for the animator who makes money (or plans to) with stop motion animation. A special education edition with a multi-user license key is available for educational institutions. Version 2.8 is a free update for registered users of version 2.x. It...
Jun 22
Zevrix automates EPUB production from Adobe InDesign
Zevrix Solutions ( has announced BatchOutput 3.12, an update to its solution to automate printing, exporting and post-processing from Adobe InDesign. BatchOutput offers output of multiple files, single pages output, link auto-update, PDF preflighting, variable file names, file delivery and other workflow automation solutions. The upgrade automates EPUB export from InDesign CS4 and later. BatchOutput is also available in a server version that processes InDesign files automatically from hot folders. BatchOutput can be purchased from the Zevrix web site for US$129.95, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo version is available for download. 
Version 3.12 is a free update for registered users of version 3.x, and $51.98 from earlier versions. It includes the free Deliver application for file delivery (a $19.95 value). BatchOutput is available for Mac OS X 10.4.2 and higher and works with Adobe InDesign CS2-CS5.5.
Jun 22
Kensington announces new wireless trackball
Kensington Computer Products Group ( has announced a new wireless mobile trackball and an update to its free TrackballWorks software. The US$59.99 Orbit Wireless Mobile Trackball is built to fit the everyday working style of mobile professionals on the go, says Dan Torres, senior director of Global Product Management at Kensington. The centered-ball design, recommended by ergonomists, delivers more precision and comfort than conventional ball-under-the-thumb structured trackballs, he adds. Kensington’s trackball is built to accommodate either right-or left-handed use and incorporates both a storable nano receiver for travel and 2.4GHz technology for optimal wireless performance. The Orbit Wireless Mobile Trackball sports a mid-size ball that snaps in and out of place for cleaning, buttons and a Touch Scrolling solution for navigating documents quickly and smoothly. It provides wireless operation via an USB dongle and is Mac OS X and Windows compatible.  ...
Jun 21
WWDC Interview: WebIS
While in San Francisco, TUAW and MacTech Magazine teamed up to speak to developers at Apple's WWDC 2011 about the keynote and how Apple's new technologies will help them and their customers. In the weeks following the event, we'll bring you those videos on TUAW, MacTech and MacNews. If you aren't currently a reader of MacTech Magazine, check out the special WWDC free trial subscription offer for MacTech Magazine here. This video features Neil Ticktin (Editor-in-Chief, MacTech Magazine and MacNews) and Chris McSorley of WebIS, Inc. at WWDC. Chris was kind enough to tell us about their thoughts on the announcements on WWDC, and how it will affect their plans moving forward.
Jun 21
Apple tells Amahi to drop 'app store' usage
Apple has sent a cease-and-desist order to Amahi, a small open source home server project based on Fedora (and now Ubuntu) that provides users a marketplace of sorts for installing applications to their server, over their use of the "App Store," reports "eHomeUpgrade" ( "What’s funny is that Amahi has nothing to do with Apple and is not even in the mobile space -- but I guess since Apple recently branched out to downloadable software on OS X they feel entitled," the article adds. "In any case, Amahi, with its limited resources, can’t fight 'the internationally famous' tech bully and is holding a contest to rename their marketplace." Reportedly, people in over 30 countries around the world rely on Amahi on a daily basis. The company says it has "most reliable and most extensible open source home server in the world," available in over 20 languages. Because Amahi is open source, you can make changes to the code as you wish.
Jun 21
AirPort Extreme updated -- but without a Thunderbolt port
Not only has Apple updated its Time Capsule line, it's also updated its AirPort Extreme Base Station. However, the new model doesn't have a Thunderbolt port as some expected. Thunderbolt is a new high-speed computer connection technology that brings together high-speed data transfer and high-definition (HD) display on to a single cable. It's already appeared on the latest MacBook Pros and iMacs -- and is expected to appear on upcoming MacBook Airs, Mac Pros and Mac mini. As with previous versions, the new AirPort Extreme (US$179) operates in the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands and lets you share the Internet and your wireless network with up to 50 users. You can also turn an USB hard drive into a shared drive that’s accessible wirelessly on your network and over the Internet. -- Dennis Sellers
Jun 21
WWDC Interview: HearPlanet
While in San Francisco, TUAW and MacTech Magazine teamed up to speak to developers at Apple's WWDC 2011 about the keynote and how Apple's new technologies will help them and their customers. In the weeks following the event, we'll bring you those videos on TUAW, MacTech and MacNews. If you aren't currently a reader of MacTech Magazine, check out the special WWDC free trial subscription offer for MacTech Magazine here. This video features Neil Ticktin (Editor-in-Chief, MacTech Magazine and MacNews) and Steven Echtman of HearPlanet at WWDC. Steven was kind enough to tell us about their thoughts on the announcements on WWDC, and how it will affect their plans moving forward.
Jun 21
Analyst: 76% of iPhone users planning to use iCloud
RBC Capital Markets analyst Mike Abramsky has published a report -- as reported by "MacRumors" ( -- sharing the results of a new survey of iPhone users that says 76% of surveyed users are planning to take advantage of Apple's free iCloud services. What's more, the survey offers the first look at the popularity of iTunes Match, with 30% of respondents indicating that they are somewhat likely or very likely to utilize the $24.99-per-year service. iCloud is an upcoming set of free new cloud services that work with applications on your Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or PC to automatically and wirelessly store your content in iCloud and automatically and wirelessly push it to all your devices. When anything changes on one of your devices, all of your devices are wirelessly updated almost instantly. iTunes Match will be available this fall. It lets you store your entire collection on the icloud, including music you’ve ripped from CDs or purchased somewhere other...
Jun 21
FileMaker debuts New Bento Label Kit
FileMaker, Inc. (, a wholly owned subsidiary of Apple, has announced the Bento Label Kit, a customized set of templates designed to make it easy to print mailing labels, name badges, inventory stickers, price tags, file folder labels and more. The Bento Label Kit, designed to work with Avery labels, includes a free 30-day trial of Bento 4 for Mac (Bento 4 is required if not using the 30-day Bento 4 trial) and ready-to-use databases with a variety of predesigned label templates. The professionally designed, ready-to-use databases and templates include: ° Contacts -- for creating mailing labels, return labels and name badges; ° Inventory -- for print inventory stickers complete with barcodes; ° Products -- for printing price tags for products for sale; ° Projects & Tasks, for printing file folder labels related to projects and tasks. To get started with the Bento Label Kit, download a free 30-day trial of Bento 4. Then download the free Bento Label Kit for...
Jun 21
Apple Time Capsule now available in 3TB model
Apple has updated its Time Capsule line -- which combines storage with a Wi-fi base station -- with higher storage capacities of 2TB or 3TB of built-in storage. Previously, it was available in 1TB and 2TB models. The revamped Time Capsules cost the same as before, despite their beefed up capabilities. The 2TB version is $299; the 3TB model is $499. Time Capsule's wireless hard drive is designed to work with Time Machine in Mac OS X Leopard or later. Just set Time Capsule as the designated backup drive for Time Machine, and that’s it. Depending on how much data you have, your initial backup with Time Capsule could take overnight or longer. After it completes, only changed files are backed up -- automatically, wirelessly, and in the background. If you have multiple Mac computers in your house, Time Capsule can back up and store files for each Mac running Mac OS X Leopard or later on your wireless network. Time Capsule is also an AirPort Extreme Base Station with 802.11n technology....
Jun 21
Apple announces Final Cut Pro X -- for $299.99
Apple has announced Final Cut Pro X (, a new version of the professional video editing software. Built on a 64-bit architecture, it's available at the Mac App Store for US$299.99. The new version adds: ° A Magnetic Timeline that lets you edit on a flexible, trackless canvas; ° Content Auto-Analysis that categorizes your content upon import by shot type, media and people; ° Background rendering that allows you to work without interruption. Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, says at the heart of Final Cut Pro X is the Magnetic Timeline, a trackless approach to editing your footage that lets you add and arrange clips wherever you want them, while other clips instantly slide out of the way. You can use Clip Connections to link primary story clips to other elements like titles and sound effects, so they stay in sync when you move them. You can even combine related story elements into a Compound Clip that can be...
Jun 21
Apple, others lobby for year-long income tax holiday
Apple, Microsoft, Google and other companies are lobbying Congress for a year-long income tax holiday that would allow them to transfer offshore cash to the United States at a lower tax rate, reports "The New York Times" ( Apple purportedly has US$12 billion waiting offshore. Under the proposal, known as a repatriation holiday, the federal income tax owed on such profits returned to the United States would fall to 5.25% for one year, from 35%. In the short term, the measure could generate tens of billions in tax revenues as companies transfer money that would otherwise remain abroad, and it could help ease the huge budget deficit, according to the "Times." Corporations and their lobbyists say the tax break could help the US's struggling economy by inducing multinational corporations to inject $1 trillion or more into the economy, and they promoted the proposal as “the next stimulus” at a conference last Wednesday in Washington. However, critics point out that...
Jun 21
Taiwan PCB suppliers lower Apple orders
Taiwan-based PCB (printed circuit board) suppliers have cut quotes for the quarter by 10% on average for their orders placed by Apple, reports "Digitimes" (, quoting "industry sources." The Taiwan-based PCB companies, which are shipping products for iPads and iPhones, have seen disappointing orders for these devices in the second quarter, the article adds. Orders for June show no signs of a rebound, notes "DigiTimes." However, with the iPhone 4S set to be launched in the third quarter, the responsible Taiwan-based PCB makers may see their shipments rise sequentially through September, according to the "DigiTimes" sources.
Jun 21
'iCloud' searches could lead to poisoned search...
Security experts are warning Apple fans searching for more news about the firm's upcoming iCloud service to beware of poisoned search results that could lead them to fake anti-virus web pages, reports "V3" ( Trend Micro fraud analyst Paul Pajares said in a post on the Trend Labs Malware blog ( that his team had uncovered several attempts by cyber criminals to take advantage of the popularity of the search term. "Cybercriminals typically use search engine optimization (SEO) poisoning techniques to trigger malicious URLs hosting FAKEAV malware. These blackhat SEO techniques use Google as its referrer to run the malicious file download," he writes. "In this case, the file downloaded is one named SecurityScanner.exe, or what Trend Micro detects TROJ_FAKEAV.HKZ." He adds: "Using the keyword 'icloud mymobi'” results in a possibly malicious URL. MyMobi appears to be a compromised news site about gadget information. We’ve previously blocked the...
Jun 21
Native Instruments introduces Discovery Series: West Africa
Native Instruments ( has introduced Discovery Series: West Africa, an US$119 instrument that centers on the polyrhythmic grooves of traditional African music. For use in Kontakt 4 and in the free Kontakt Player, the instrument provides the full sonic spectrum of a West-African percussion ensemble, and represents a versatile resource for film scoring as well as contemporary pop and club music styles, according to the folks at Native Instruments. The instrument recreates a typical six-person percussion ensemble centered around multiple types of Djembe and Dunun drums. This setup is complemented by Calabash and Krin, as well as melodic instruments like the Kora and Bolon harp, various Balafons, the distinctive Ngoni, and the Fula flute. All instruments were recorded in Native Instruments' studios in Berlin. West Africa features a sequencer that provides over 70 pre-programmed ensemble patterns with West-African grooves, complete with solos, fills and...
Jun 21
Blood pressure monitor available for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch
French technology company Withings has announced the US availability of its Blood Pressure Monitor (BPM) for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.  The Withings BPM, including blood pressure cuff and a companion Withings app, offers a way to measure and record blood pressure readings in the personal and professional arenas.  With the Withings BPM, users wrap the blood pressure cuff around their arm and plug it directly into their iPad, iPhone or iPod touch using the incorporated cable.  Once connected, the Withings App launches instantly on the iOS device and is ready to begin the measurement. When the reading is complete, the full results (Systole, Diastole and heart rate) are saved directly on the device, eliminating manual tracking. A user’s stats can be accessed instantly from their iOS device or from their personal Withings webpage. Results are saved denoting dates and time of day for each reading, to help when comparing morning, afternoon and evening readings, and readings over time...
Jun 21
Fanny Wang releases new over-ear headphones
Fanny Wang ( has announced its latest headphone model: the 2001 Over Ear DJ Wang Headphones. Powered by two AA batteries, the Over Ear DJ Wangs deliver 6dB of assisted bass boost. Like the rest of the Fanny Wang headphone line up, the Over Ear DJ Wangs come with an integrated DuoJack cable splitter and a limited warranty. They're available for pre-order for US$249.95 and will ship this summer. The 50mm titanium dual-plated drivers let the DJ Wangs deliver the cleanest sound production in its class, according to Fanny Wang CEO Tim Hickman. The headphone is tuned to deliver natural, thumping bass with crystal clear mids and highs, he adds.
Jun 21
Vocabulary trainer for Mac OS X updated to version 1.4
Mr. Fridge Software has updated Papapapaya, a vocabulary trainer for Mac OS X (10.5 and higher), to version 1.4. The upgrade adds iPhone syncing. Papapapaya lets you organize and rehearse your words. It includes an intelligent quiz, a learning mode, graphic statistics, live search and import/export. It organizes your words in different memory levels instead of files and folders. Papapapaya is available from the Mr. Fridge website ( and in the Mac App Store for US$20. Education discounts are available for students (20% off), as well as in form of volume discounts for schools (20%-35%).
Jun 21
OfficeTime time tracking app updated for the Mac, PC
OfficeTime ( ) has updated its time tracking solution for Mac and PC systems. The upgrade reportedly sports over 100 improvements According to Stephen Dodd, director, some of the improvements include: improved export to Excel and Numbers, including decimal support; decimal time entry (type "1.5" and "1 hour and 30 minutes" appears); iPhone/iPad sync support for the coming companion apps; and automatic "grandfathered" back-ups. The latter automatically makes an hourly, daily, weekly and monthly back-up. The upgrade is free for registered users. The Mac and PC versions can be purchased online for US$47 for new users.
Jun 21
PDF Imposition Studio for digital, offset printers revved to...
Devalipi Software has updated Imposition Studio with a full layout preview and complete creep settings. Imposition Studio creates output-ready print layouts for digital printers, image Setters and CTP systems. It creates the final output files in Adobe PDF format from single or multipage PDF files using the included layout templates or user created custom layouts with any number of pages, signature styles, binding method, printing styles, etc. Imposition Studio offers a live signature preview on a Mac or PC. It has a customizable layout editor, multiple PDF file in-put , hot folder droppable PDF format output, auto page overlap removal and more. A demo is available at the Devalipi Software website ( Registration is US$99 for a single-user license.
Jun 21
ImageXY update brings new localizations
SugoiSoft ( has announced ImageXY 1.1, an update of their batch image resizing application. The new version brings localizations in Japanese and Spanish allowing speakers of those languages to enjoy an even simpler picture resizing experience. ImageXY is for resizing one or multiple photos. It can resize drag and dropped images, folders, or even entire drives. ImageXY resizes photos using defined presets. Users can use one of the standard presets for common sizes, such as Email or Blog or they can create their own custom size presets in either pixels or percentages. ImageXY can resize images from anywhere on the system by dragging and dropping photos into the application or on its dock icon. It can resize drag and dropped images, folders, or even entire drives. Dragging directly from other applications, such as Safari or Faces in iPhoto allows users to get the size image they want, no matter the location, says James Van Dyne, founder of SugoiSoft. ImageXY...
Jun 21
AppyDays for Mac OS X adds star ratings of apps
Slappstick ( has updated AppyDays, a Mac OS X utility for tracking discounted apps, to version 1.0.1. The upgrade shows the star ratings of applications. With AppDays one click directs you to the Apple App Store or Mac App Store immediately. The small application window can be left open while people work on their computers. AppDays displays discounted apps in the stores. It sports filters available for price (Mac and iOS) and category (iOS only). AppyDays for Mac requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later. It costs US$0.99 and is available at the Mac App Store in the Reference category.
Jun 21
Default Folder For Mac OS X updated to version 4.4.1
St. Clair Software has updated Default Folder (, its utility for enhancing Open and Save dialogs in Mac OS X, to version 4.4.1. The upgrade corrects two important issues that have arisen in the most recent Default Folder X release. Default Folder X 4.4.1 is a free update for registered users of version 4.x. The upgrade is US$14.95 for users who bought their copies before June 1, 2007. Default Folder X costs $34.95 for a new license. Installers are available now in English and German and will be released shortly in Japanese, French, and Danish.
Jun 20
House of Reps eyeing ways to use smartphone, tablet technology
The US House of Representatives is considering a number of ways to use technology to modernize how Congress shares and delivers information, including increasing the use of smartphones and tablets such as iPhones and iPads "to handle the mountains of paperwork that lawmakers deal with every day," reports "InformationWeek Government" ( Last week during a hearing, the Committee on House Administration's subcommittee on oversight polled a number of stakeholders about ways it can improve how it shares information, the article adds. With all the technology available to lawmakers, it's high time Congress considers better ways to leverage IT to streamline collaboration and cut costs by reducing the amount of paper it produces, among other things, said Phil Gingrey ( R-Ga.), chairman of the oversight subcommittee. Congress members are already using smartphones and tablets to do more of their work on the chamber floors, something one of the hearing's witnesses, Morgan...

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