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.
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for March 2
Here are the latest iPhone/iPod touch/iPod/iPad apps. You can find 'em at the Apple App Store (http://www.itunes.com/appstore/).
Oceanside Interactive has announced The Godfather: Empire for the iPhone and iPod touch. Based on Paramount Pictures’ iconic movie franchise, The Godfather: Empire -- free for a limited time -- lets players take on the role of a Corleone family member challenged with recruiting new associates, bringing down rival organizations, and building the most powerful organization in 1940’s New York.
Appnoose has released ITGO Matrix 1.0 the next evolution of its Interval Training app for the iPhone and iPod touch. The US$3.99 app is an interval trainer, adding programmable "pods" that store user definable fast and slow intervals in addition to the original ITGO features of programmable dual music playlists, voice and or beep prompts and vibration alerts. ITGO Matrix also introduces separate programmable warm up and cool down interval pods, Matrix repeat functionality...
Steve Jobs on hand to launch the iPad 2
Apple CEO Steve Jobs, currently on a medical leave, popped up today to introduce the iPad 2, with a new design that's 33% thinner and up to 15% lighter than the original iPad, while maintaining the same 9.7-inch LED-backlit LCD screen.
The iPad 2 sports Apple’s new dual-core A5 processor and now includes two cameras, a front-facing VGA camera for FaceTime and Photo Booth, and a rear-facing camera that captures 720p HD video, bringing the innovative FaceTime feature to iPad users for the first time. Though it is thinner, lighter, faster and packed with new features, iPad 2 still delivers up to 10 hours of battery life.
The iPad 2 is available in black or white, features models that run on AT&T’s and Verizon’s 3G networks, and introduces the iPad 2 Smart Cover in a range of polyurethane and rich leather colors.
“With more than 15 million iPads sold, iPad has defined an entirely new category of mobile devices,” Jobs said at a special media event launching the product. “While...
iOS 4.3 includes faster Safari performance, iTunes Home Sharing...
“With more than 160 million iOS devices worldwide, including over 100 million iPhones, the growth of the iOS platform has been unprecedented,” said Apple CEO Steve Jobs at a special media event today. “iOS 4.3 adds even more features to the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, across three blockbuster devices -- iPad, iPhone and iPod touch -- providing an ecosystem that offers customers an incredibly rich experience and developers unlimited opportunities.”
Random House makes 17,000 ebooks available on Apple’s iBookstore
Random House, , the largest trade book publisher in the US, has made its full catalog of 17,000 ebooks available on Apple’s iBookstore, including bestsellers by Stieg Larsson, John Grisham, Dan Brown, Danielle Steel, Laura Hillenbrand, Cormac McCarthy, Lee Child and many more.
Starting today, customers can pre-order upcoming releases from Random House including Lisa Gardner’s “Love You More,” Suze Orman’s “The Money Class” and Jean Auel’s “The Land of Painted Caves.” With the addition of Random House, the iBookstore now offers ebooks from all six major trade publishers and thousands of independent publishers, says Eddy Cue, Apple’s vice president of Internet Services.
“iBookstore customers have already downloaded more than 100 million books in less than one year, and we think they’ll love being able to choose from Random House’s incredible selection of titles to enjoy on their iPad, iPhone and iPod touch," he adds.
iBookstore customers can choose from a wide selection of illustrated...
6 to 6.5 million iPads expected to ship in Q1 2011
Shipments of the iPad are expected to be between 6 million and 6.5 million in the first quarter of 2011, on their way to 40 million for the calendar year, reports "DigiTimes" (http://macte.ch/vpbGG), quoting "sources from the supply chain."
The article adds that 300,000-400,000 units of iPad 2 -- expected to be unveiled today -- will be turned out in the initial batch. "DigiTimes" says that about 1-1.5 million units worth of iPad inventory were in the channel in January. Since Apple only ordered about 1.8-2 million iPads in January, it indicates that Apple is already set to phase out the first-generation iPad and let the iPad 2 take its place, the article adds.
Neatberry releases new image tool for Mac OS X
Neatbeery has introduced Smoke 1.0 (http://neatberry.com/smoke) for Mac OS X 10.6 and higher. The US$9.99 app offers an unique type of brush that renders graphics with simple mouse movements
You can vary number of parameters to change the brush behavior, color flow, blending mode, background, brush colors and more. This results in the ability to build abstract backgrounds, lighting texts, art-house drawings and more.
Smoke is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. A demo is available for download.
Fournova introduces new Git client for Mac OS X
Fournova has introduced Tower 1.0, a new Git client for Mac OS X designed to make using Git easy and more efficient. Git is a free, open source, distributed version control system.
Tower works with the most popular tools and services for developers, according to the folks at Fournova. Repositories can directly be created and cloned on the leading Git hosting services, GitHub and Beanstalk.
To improve the working experience even more, users can choose between a wide range of diff and merge tools such as Kaleidoscope, TextMate, BBEdit, and many more. Tower is compatible with all Intel-based Macs running Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.
A free 30-day trial version with all features can be downloaded from the Tower website (http://www.git-tower.com/). A single-user license is available for US$59 and includes all future 1.x upgrades. Volume discounts are available, as well as discounts for students and educational institutions.
Study: iOS strong in mobile open source development
Black Duck Software (http://www.blackduckstore.com) -- a global provider of products and services for automating the management, governance and secure use of open source software -- have announced trends in mobile open source development platform choices that show Android leading the pack but Apple iOS still in the game.
Analyzing data from the almost 9,000 mobile free and open source software (FOSS) projects contained in the Black Duck KnowledgeBase, Black Duck found that of 3,800 new mobile projects started in 2010, the open-source Android leads as the platform of choice with 55% of the total. Apple's iOS is a close second with 39%, and other platforms had a 2% or lower share of new projects. While Android is open, iOS is not, indicating that FOSS developers support the most popular platforms, regardless of their openness. Beyond the two leading platforms, Windows, Palm and Symbian have two percent or less of new projects and MeeGo has only a handful.
The number of FOSS mobile...
Aquafadas president talks about the future of digital publishing
Claudia Zimmer is Aquafadas’ president and founded the company with Matthieu Kopp in 2004. Aquafadas started with video editing software and later became Europe’s leading solution provider for the creation and distribution of digital comic books, which can be consumed on video game consoles, computers, smartphones, and now tablets.
Long before tablets hit the market Aquafadas established its foundations for their latest development: An end-to-end publishing solution dedicated to digital publishing on tablets and smartphones. Aquafadas’ solution will be launched on March 17, at the Paris Book Fair and at a worldwide Web event.
In this interview Claudia Zimmer speaks about the importance of digital publishing across media and industries, the business challenges of digital publishing, and the technical obstacles presented by new tablets and mobile operating systems, and she provides insights on how Aquafadas' approach to digital publishing is different.
Digital publishing is on the...
Oddsmakers bet on Apple iPad 2 event
Will Steve Jobs make an appearance today at the Apple announcement? This is just one of the many rumors surrounding the big iPad 2 event, taking place today at 10 a.m. (Pacific).
With that in mind, Tony Harvey and his team of oddmakers at Bookmaker.com, an online sportsbook, have laid out the odds on what’s to come for the upcoming tablet. Here are the odds they've determined.
There will be three versions of the iPad 2
Yes -1500 (96%)
No +500 (17%)
A front and back-facing camera
Yes -1500 (96%)
No +500 (17%)
Slimmer, lighter and retina display
Yes -5000 (160%)
No +1000 (9.10%)
The iPad 2 will have a flat back
Yes +100 (49%)
No -160 (61.7%)
A wide-range speaker
Yes -130 (56%)
No -130 (56%)
The iPad 2 will have a USB port
Yes +200 (33.3%)
No -500 (83.3%)
The iPad 2 will have a dual-core CPU
Yes -500 (83.3%)
No +200 (33.3%)
Non-smudge screen & gyroscope
Yes -1500 (96%)
IMCapture lets you record video, audio calls from FaceTime
IMCapture has introduced IMCapture for FaceTime (http://www.imcapture.com/IMCapture-for-FaceTime/), a new product designed to record and save FaceTime conversations. It costs US49.95 for a single user license.
This Mac call recorder creates a universal platform for your recorded files, enabling you to convert all FaceTime conversations into different video formats. What's more, IMCapture for FaceTime engages an automatic recording feature as an option that enables to launch recording process by default as soon as the conversation has been started.
It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. IMCapture is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.
DateLine now available on the Mac App Store
MachineCodex Software (http://machinecodex.com/software.php) has released DateLine 1.0 on the Mac App Store. It's a linear desktop calendar that costs US$7.99 and is found in the Productivity category.
With Dateline, you can see your events and tasks in a floating window. You can add a customizable hot key to quickly access the app. Dateline syncs with iCal, BusyCal and other Mac calendaring apps.
It's been localized for English, French, Italian, Japanese, German and Portuguese. Dateline has support for all calendar formats and locales. You can double click on a day to jump to your calendar app.
FolderGlance 3.0 adds a menu extra, context-sensitive script...
Yellow Lemon Software has updated FolderGlance for Mac OS X (http://www.scsc.no/products/folderglance/) to version 3.0. The new version adds a menu extra for access to files and folders from your menubar, and context-sensitive script support.
FolderGlance is an utility that enables users to browse files and dig into folders directly from the Finder's context menu. With Hover Previews, files can be previewed instantly from the Finder's context menu simply by hovering the cursor over the file of interest.
Files can be opened, moved, copied or opened with a custom application using a custom Open With menu. The custom Open With menu lets users tailor the applications that appear when attempting to open a file with a different application than the default.
Package and bundle contents can be viewed from the context menu. Using Custom Folders, users have access to their frequently used files and folders whenever they open the Finder's context menu.
A full license for FolderGlance is US$20...
Seagate ships 3TB Barracuda XT drive
Seagate (http://www.seagate.com) has begun shipments of its 3TB Barracuda XT hard drive. It delivers the highest available capacity for home servers and workstations, high-definition video editing and production systems, high-performance computer gaming systems and desktop computers, says Dave Mosley, Seagate executive vice president of sales, marketing and customer service.
Legacy computer BIOS designs and device drivers and older operating systems such as Windows XP are incapable of using hard drive capacities beyond 2.1TB. The upshot is that existing desktop drives with more than 2.1TB of storage capacity must be deployed with additional software or hardware and may also require extra device drivers to overcome this limitation.
The Barracuda XT hard drive combines a 64MB cache that optimizes burst performance in cache-intensive applications such as gaming and nonlinear video editing with Serial ATA 6Gb/second. The 3.5-inch, 7200RPM drive’s 3TB of storage capacity gives desktop PC...
Nuclear Nova Software releases ASCII Art through Mac App Store
Nuclear Nova Software (http://www.nuclearnova.com) says its ASCII Art for Mac OS X (10.5 and higher) is now available through the Mac app store. It's on sale for US$9.99 (normally it's $19.99). The software is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.
ASCII Art is a generator that converts digital pictures into text art. You can output art to both black/white text and full color, with the ability to export plain text, HTML, TIFF and RTF files. A user editable character set adjusts the available characters to be used. ASCII Art offers real time previews.
Compatible source images include JPEG, PNG, GIG, BMP, TIFF, TGA, JPEG, TIF and more. Output quality greatly depends on the input file. Often images such as clip art work better than sources such as digital pictures.
Redpark console cable connects to iOS devices
Redpark Product Development (http://www.redpark.com/shop) is now shipping an US$69 Console Cable that connects the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad to console ports on Cisco routers, switches and firewalls. The Console Cable is a six foot long serial cable with RJ-45 connector, wired per Cisco specifications, and made for the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G, iPod touch (second, third and fourth generation) and iPad.
To use the Console Cable, users must also download the Get Console app from the App Store. It costs $9.99.
The Console Cable, along with the Get Console app, allows field engineers to perform router maintenance, troubleshooting and disaster recovery operations directly on the Cisco console port using their iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. The Get Console App features logging, configuration repository, command and keyboard shortcuts and optional console sharing with remote web users.
skEdit available at the Mac App Store
Before Dawn Solutions (http://www.beforedawnsolutions.com) has announced skEdit 4.1.4, an update of their text/HTML editor. It's now available at the Mac App Store for US$34.99.
Version 4.1.4 includes some minor bug fixes, and updates the application to use the new support site, registration, and error handling. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher.
Turbo NAS series now compatible with Hitachi, Seagate 3TB SATA...
QNAP Systems (http://www.qnap.com) says Hitachi (Deskstar7K3000 HDS723030ALA640) and Seagate (Barracuda XT ST33000651AS) 3TB hard drives are now fully supported by the entire lineup of Intel-based and ARM-based Turbo NAS series.
QNAP users can now update the system firmware of Turbo NAS to version 3.4.0 or later version and use these high capacity hard drives to enjoy 24TB storage (8-bay desktop or rack-mounted models) for backup and storage of documents, multimedia files, and more. For more information about the hard disk compatibility list of QNAP Turbo NAS, go to http://www.qnap.com/pro_compatibility.asp .
Forsythe joins Enterprise Desktop Alliance
Forsythe (http://www.forsythe.com) is the first Apple Authorized System Integrator to join the Enterprise Desktop Alliance (http://enterprisedesktopalliance.com/).
Forstyhe is a provider of IT solutions and support services to Fortune 1000 organizations. The Enterprise Desktop Alliance represents member companies committed to making it easy to deploy, integrate and manage Macs in a Windows environment.
"Forsythe experts have an impact on the strategy, design and implementation of IT from the desktop to line of business applications," says T. Reid Lewis, president of the Enterprise Desktop Alliance and president of Group Logic. "We look forward to collaborating with Forsythe to solve Mac integration challenges for customers."
EarthDesk turns 9, on sale at 60% discount
Xeric Design is celebrating the ninth birthday of its flagship product, EarthDesk, with a special offer for a single-user license at a 60% discount (normally $39.95).
EarthDesk replaces your static desktop with an image of the Earth showing current sun, moon and city illumination, as well as real-time global cloud coverage, allowing you to track hurricanes and other weather systems. This offer is available on the Xeric Design website (http://www.xericdesign.com/earthdesk.php), as well as from the Mac App Store. This discoount is valid through March.
Class on Demand offers Avid Studio training
Class on Demand has announced "Complete Training for Avid Studio." Available in both DVD-ROM and streaming video delivery format through the Class on Demand Online Learning Platform, "Complete Training for Avid Studio" offers instruction on the consumer video editing software.
The new instructional course is hosted by Class on Demand founder and Avid Studio expert, Paul Holtz. For a sampling of Class on Demand's "Complete Training for Avid Studio," go to http://www.classondemand.net/media/avid-training/avidstudio.aspx . The new Class on Demand training for Avid Studio is priced at US$49.99 USD and is available to purchase as a DVD or digital download from Class on Demand (http://www.classondemand.com).
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for March 1
Here are the latest iPhone/iPod touch/iPod/iPad apps. You can find 'em at the Apple App Store (http://www.itunes.com/appstore/).
Orb Factory and EverAge Apps have announced Sticky Mosaics Butterflies 1.0 for the iPad. The US$2.99 app contains a set of four templates that your child can decorate with a collection of sparkling jewels. The more jewels you add, the more your butterfly will sparkle. When you complete each butterfly, the butterfly will "come to life and fly."
Internet Design Zone has released Cute Alphabets 1.0, an educational app for iPhone and iPod touch devices. The $0.99 app is designed to help parents begin the early education process of their child with the very basics of ABC alphabets.
Sigma Game has launched Dungeons & Coin 1.2.5 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This free arcade game charges players with gathering up as many coins as they can by stopping a casino themed slot machine at the right moments to activate the virtual coin pusher's arms, receive...
Apple defends 'App Store' moniker; blasts Windows...
Apple is defending its use of the phrase "App Store" in a new filing, saying that that Microsoft has failed to prove that the term should be left open for use by competing mobile application marketplaces, reports "TechFlash" (http://macte.ch/wfEJT).
In January Microsoft asked the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to deny Apple a trademark on the name "App Store," saying the term is generic and competitors should be able to use it. Apple applied for the trademark in 2008 for goods and services including "retail store services featuring computer software provided via the internet and other computer and electronic communication networks" and other related offerings, the article adds. Apple launched its App Store for the iPhone that year.
In January, Microsoft filed a motion for summary judgment with the agency's Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, asking it to deny the trademark to Apple, reports "Infoworld." In its motion, Microsoft said "app" is a generic term for what is sold at the App...
Verizon exec hints at new iPhone, usage-based pricing
Verizon Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo hinted at a new Verizon iPhone and usage-based pricing during a webcast of an investor conference -- as reported by "Reuters" (http://macte.ch/eCTJV).
He didn't talk about a release date for a new iPhone. However, Apple has normally updated its smartphone in the summer. That's when the iPhone 5 is expected -- and that would match Verizon Wireless' timeline on its new data plans.
Verizon Wireless allows unlimited Web surfing for US$30 a month for users of its version of the iPhone. But this is expected to change in the coming months, according to "Reuters."
OWC announces hard drive upgrades for new MacBook Pros
Other World Computing (http://www.macsales.com) has announced higher capacity, higher speed hard drives and Solid State Drives (SSDs) “Do it Yourself” kits for the new MacBook Pro 13-inch, 15-inch and 17-inch models announced by Apple last week.
The upgrade kits provide all the needed tools, including a bus-powered external enclosure, for the installation, data transfer, and ongoing use of the original drive for additional external storage and/or data backup. The OWC 1TB Hard Drive Kit features 33% more storage capacity than the largest 750GB drive factory option and is priced at US$122.99.
The OWC 750GB 7200RPM Hard Drive Kit offers 50% more storage capacity than the largest 500GB 7200RPM drive factory option. It's priced at $124.99 (compared to up to $150 for the factory 750GB 5400RPM upgrade option).
The OWC Mercury Extreme Pro Solid State Drive (SSD) Kits cost from $114.99 (up to 54% less than the factory SSD options) with capacities of up to 480GB. In addition to storage...
Tablet sales could double this year; iPad still most desired
A recent survey of 1,500 consumers indicates sales of tablets such as the iPad could more than double in 2011. Of those who completed the survey, 10% currently own a tablet and 17% plan to buy a tablet this year.
The survey, conducted by Zoomerang, using its online survey tool, provides insight into the factors impacting consumer purchasing decisions for tablets. The top three factors valued most by consumers include price, connectivity capabilities (i.e. 3G, 4G, WiFi) and the tablet's operating system with 56%, 46% and 44%, respectively. Demonstrating its popularity among consumers and market presence, 80% of those who purchased a tablet in 2010 chose the iPad by Apple.
"If consumers buy additional tablet computers as predicted by this Zoomerang study, tablet market penetration will surpass 25% in the next year," says Alex Terry, general manager of Zoomerang. "But while Apple was the clear tablet winner of 2010, this next, larger wave of purchasers is still considering brands and...
Former Apple CEO joins InterDigital’s board of directors
InterDigital (http://www.interdigital.com) -- which develops fundamental wireless technologies -- has announced the election of Dr. Gilbert F. Amelio to its board of directors, effective immediately. Amelio was CEO of Apple from February 2006 to September 2007.
Amelio joined InterDigital’s Technical Advisory Council in early 2010, a position he will relinquish to assume his role on the company’s board of directors. His career spans decades of executive leadership roles in technology companies including National Semiconductor and Rockwell International.
A senior partner at Sienna Ventures, a privately-held venture capital firm, Amelio has been involved in the leadership or funding of a broad range of technology ventures, including Acquicor Management and Jazz Technologies. He also serves on the boards of directors of AT&T and Pro-Pharmaceuticals.
-- Dennis Sellers
NetMarketShare: Safari gains market share; Mac OS X, iOS dip
Mac, Safari and iOS market share for Internet usage rose from December to January,, according to the latest market share survey from NetMarketShare (http://www.netmarketshare.com).
According to the report, among operating systems, Mac OS X had 5.19% of the global market share in February compared to 5.25% in January (that's global market share; in the US it's almost 10%). Windows remains dominant with 89.69% as of February. That's down from 89.70% in January. Apple's highest percentage previously was 5.27% in October 2009.
When it comes to browsers, Safari had 6.36% in February compared to 6.60% in January, while Internet Explorer had 56.77% Firefox had 21.74% and Chrome had 10.93%. That compares to, respectively, January percentages of 56T, 22.75% and 10.70% for the browsers.
The iOS's market share also rose, according to NetMarketShare. It had 1.81% of the global market share in February compared to 2.05% in January. The iOS' highest percentage of market share was in January with 2...
Former Apple procurement manager pleads guilty to wire fraud
Paul Devine, a former Apple procurement manager, has pleaded guilty to to wire fraud and other charges in a multimillion-dollar kickback scheme.
"The Financial Times" (http://macte.ch/A5hFN) reports that Devine entered a plea agreement on Monday in federal court in San Jose, California, accepting responsibility for one count each of wire fraud, conspiracy and money laundering, prosecutors said. The ultimate loss to Apple was more than $2.4 million, according to the agreement, and Mr Devine agreed to forfeit $2.25 million in proceeds from his actions. He has been free on bail and is scheduled to be sentenced in June, says "The Times."
Devine was accused of trading confidential Apple information in return for more than $1 million in payments, bribes and kickbacks. He purportedly had over $150,000 stored in shoe boxes in his house. Devine had a further $20,000 worth of foreign currency in his possession.