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Aug 05
SuperReport for Mac OS X updated to version 2.9
e-Node (http://www.e-node.net/srp) has updated SuperReport Pro, a reporting tool for 4th Dimension, to version 2.9. This release fixes several bugs, brings new features and simplifies the license system. 
 SuperReport Pro 2.9 requires 4D 2004 or higher (including 4D 11 SQL and 4D 12). It's a free upgrade from all previous versions. For new users the cost is US$90 for a single-user license.
Aug 04
Apple killing off the Magic Mouse?
I'm a bit skeptical but "Cult of Mac" (http://macte.ch/EV0vY) claims that Apple is discontinuing the Magic Mouse in favor of the Magic Trackpad. Their unnamed retail source says Magic Mouse inventory isn't being replenished for Apple stores, and that Apple is finally phasing out the Magic Mouse. "Cult of Mac" notes that, iIn OS X Lion, Apple focused heavily on gestures. However, lots of folks still find a mouse vital. I suspect Apple may be making the Magic Trackpad the default device for Apple desktops with the Magic Mouse an option. If "Cult of Mac" is right, makers of third party mice are going to be very happy (unless Apple drops all mouse support from OS X). -- Dennis Sellers
Aug 04
Lion users may be able to get an USB recovery drive
Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion") users who run into disk trouble may be able to get an USB recovery drive with a Lion installer for free from AppleCare if a tech support person decides that the situation qualifies, reports "ars technica" (http://macte.ch/XqghE). The article says Apple sent out an internal memo to AppleCare and Apple Store employees earlier this week that USB flash drives with Lion are now available to give to qualifying customers, though the customer has to have explored other options first. Apple charges customers US$69 for a USB install drive as the company pushes the OS update as a Mac App Store purchase (it costs $29). However, you can also create your own if you've already purchased Lion. You'll need a saved Lion installer, a blank USB stick, and basic tools that come with Mac OS X. You can find info on how to do this at http://macte.ch/rUq2z .
Aug 04
Apple now number one global smartphone vendor
According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, vendors shipped 106.5 million units in the second quarater of 2011 (2Q11) compared to 64.4 million units in the second quarter of 2010. The 65.4% growth in the smartphone market was on par with IDC's forecast of 67.3% for the quarter and below the 84.0% year-over-year growth in 1Q11. "The smartphone market crowned a new leader in 2Q11, and its name is Apple," saus Ramon Llamas, senior research analyst with IDC's Mobile Phone Technology and Trends team. "Ever since the first iPhone launched in 2007, Apple has made market-setting strides in hardware, software, and channel development to grab mindshare and market share. Demand has been so strong that even models that have been out for one or two years are still being sought out. With an expected refresh later this year, volumes are set to reach higher levels." "The smartphone market leadership change signifies the parity that comes with a...
Aug 04
iPad to account for 61% of global tablet market for 2011
This year, approximately 65.2 million tablets will be shipped from manufacturers to major brand vendors. Apple is expected to continue dominating the market with 40 million shipments and a 61% share for the iPad, according to a special report from DigiTimes Research (http://www.digitimes.com). Tablet shipments were up more than 420% from one year earlier in the first half of 2010 and the market will continue with its positive momentum in the second half of the year, with shipments expected to be up more than 150% from one earlier. Apple's iPad shipments in the second half of 2011 will reach 25.5 million units, up 76% compared to the first half of the year, according to DigiTimes Research. While Apple remains the dominant player with its iPad line, other major vendors have been looking to gain traction in this booming market. The non-iPad group's shipments in the second half are expected to reach 15.65 million units, up 65% compared to the first half of the year and accounting for 39%...
Aug 04
Judge in Apple-Kodak case retires
Kodak's patent infringement case against Apple with the International Trade Commission (ITC) is up in the air at the moment due to the retirement of the judge overseeing the case. Chief Administrative Law Judge Paul Luckern stepped down on Wednesday after serving as an ALJ for 27 years, reports "The Wall Street Journal" (http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20110803-714857.html). Luckern, ruled in January that Apple's and RIM's smartphones don't infringe on Kodak patents covering an image-preview function in cameras. In January Kodak filed lawsuits against Apple and Research In Motion (RIM), alleging the infringement of Kodak digital imaging technology. The Kodak complaint, filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), specifically claimed that Apple’s iPhones and RIM’s camera-enabled BlackBerry devices infringe a Kodak patent that covers technology related to a method for previewing images. Separately, Kodak filed two suits -- also in January -- against Apple in U.S....
Aug 04
Underprivileged youth receive gift from The Mac Support Store
The Apple authorized business, The Mac Support Store (http://www.macsupportstore.com/) in Brooklyn, is giving a donation of laptops to Rise Up & Walk Youth Center, and hoping others will join them. Rise up & Walk is a not-for-profit community based organization that provides programs for underprivileged youth. At 11 am (Eastern) on Friday, Aug. 5, The Mac Support Store will be presenting six Mac laptops they have rebuilt at the Rise Up & Walk Youth Outreach Center Inc. These laptops will help the center on their way to achieving their goal of obtaining computers for more than 300 children by this fall. However the need is great and they will still need to purchase many more computers. After speaking with the Director Clyde Evans, Jeff Graber and Judith Barr, co-owners of The Mac Support Store since 1996, were moved by the need and knew this was an excellent school for their laptop donations. The school only had two old Dell desktops, and, moreover, no portable computers....
Aug 04
ExpoBoard is new Mac OS X tool for collecting, selecting info
Deep IT has introduced ExpoBoard 1.0 (http://macte.ch/Yru2Z) for Mac OS X. It's available for US$9.99 exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. Featuring a cork board metaphor, ExpoBoard offers a way to collect and select photos, images, notes, text fragments and sort them into collections. You can move stickers and images freely, resize and rotate them, add transparency, group your images and notes visually, as well as export images as original files or as collage. ExpoBoard is Lion ready and support its full screen mode. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher.
Aug 04
Aquafadas releases MotionComposer web content creation tool
Aquafadas (http://www.aquafadas.com) has released MotionComposer, an US$149 Mac OS X (10.6.8 or higher) app for creating interactive Web content using Flash and HTML5. Publishing to the Web, tablets, and smartphones often requires interactive content created in Flash and HTML5 at the same time, because Flash isn't supported by some platforms. MotionComposer is powered by WebKit and animations created by it run on the latest browsers, tablets, smartphones, and iOS devices such as iPhone and the iPad. MotionComposer exports Flash / HTML5 hybrid animations. Just by copying the code generated by the app into existing HTML documents interactive animations can be published instantaneously, according to the folks at Aquafadas.
Aug 04
Verbatim ships Ergo Mouse for Mac, Windows systems
Verbatim (http://www.verbatim.com) has released the Ergo Mouse, a wireless desktop optical mouse with a thumb support, rubberized grip and scroll wheel. The Ergo Mouse offers 2.4GHz wireless technology. It connects to your computer with a nano receiver small enough to plug in once and leave connected. The Ergo Mouse is both Mac OS X (10.4 and higher) and PC compatible, and comes in three colors, including blue, red and black. The mouse operates on two AAA batteries (included) and is a
Aug 04
Kanex unveils two-port switcher for Cinema Displays
Kanex (http://www.kanexlive.com/snapx) has announced the SnapX two-port switcher designed specifically for 24 and 27-inch Apple LED Cinema Displays (ACD). It's available now for pre-order for US$69. The USB powered SnapX allows users to toggle between two different Mac computers including iMac, Macbook Air, Mac mini,  Macbook Pro, and new Mac models with Thunderbolt through the ACD. It features two mini DisplayPorts and two USB ports. To use you plug in both Macs to the built-in, five-foot mini DisplayPort and USB cables. Then plug in the ACD native display cables to the SnapX. Once linked, you can utilize the iSight camera and direct the audio of the connected computers through the ACD speakers without altering the audio or video quality. The SnapX features an ergonomic, clip-on design that fits snuggly on the bottom of the ACD stand. Additionally, it organizes all wires behind the display providing a clutter-free environment. This also reduces stress on the connectors preventing...
Aug 04
Apple releases QT update for Leopard, printer driver updates
Apple has released QuickTime 7.7 for Leopard and printer driver updates. The former improves security and is recommended for all Mac OS X Leopard users. It's a 68.86MB download. Apple has also released printer driver updates for Brother and Samsung printers with Lion support. You can obtain the updates via the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.
Aug 04
iOS tutorial video offers guide to making iOS apps
Infinite Skills is offering a 12.5-hour tutorial video course (http://macte.ch/1WMIF) designed to help participants become an iOS developer. Presented by author Tony Bove, "Learning To Build Apps for iPhone and iPad" takes viewers through the standard app development cycle using the iOS SDK (software development kit) and Xcode all the way to submission to the Apple App Store. The course focuses on two central app development projects. Viewers can follow along and build the apps themselves, piece by piece. The iOS app development tutorial video series includes 105 separate lessons with a total running length of 12.5 hours. In addition to covering the basic steps of creating an app for the iPhone and iPad, it also includes point-by-point tips for animating menus, incorporating iAd banners within an app, personalizing user controls through gestures, troubleshooting bugs and creating universal apps that can be played across all iOS devices. "Learning to Build Apps for the iPhone and iPad...
Aug 04
Graphic Node updates animated products for Keynote
Graphic Node (http://graphicnode.com/) has introduced Motion Themes and Motion Backgrounds, a set of new additions to its animated products for Apple's Keynote presentation software. The company offers 10 fresh backgrounds and five motion themes with matching fonts, frames, and bullet styles. The Motion Themes pack now contains 20 slide themes for Keynote. Motion Backgrounds feature animations and can be looped for "endless" playback using QuickTime player. Motion Themes and Backgrounds requires Mac OS X 10.4.3 or later. They're US$19 each.
Aug 04
Memoir 2 for Mac OS X gets new interface, more
Vortimac Software has released Memoir 2.0, an update to their personal journal for Mac OS X. The new version sports a tweaked interface that allows users to focus on writing and offers an organizational system that allows users to organize their journal via folders, an integrated calendar, or both. Memoir 2 also adds an integrated calendar. What's more, when something is misplaced, an integrated live search feature allows users to locate the info. Memoir 2 features 128-bit encryption, live search, import and export, as well as other unique features such as wiki-links and inter-entry linking. A demo is available from the Vortimac Software web site (http://www.vortimac.com/memoir/). Memoir 2.0 requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. It can be purchased for US$7.99 via Vortimac's website or in the Mac App Store.
Aug 04
1Password adds Safari 5.1 support
Agile Web Solutions has updated 1Password (http://1password.com), a password manager for Mac OS X, to version 3.7.1. The upgrade adds autosave and autosubmit support for Safari 5.1. 1Password 3.7.1 is compatible with Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. It's a free upgrade for users of version 3.x. For new users the cost is US$39.95 for a single-user license and $69.95 for a family license (five users).
Aug 04
Tropical Software releases 2Remember 1.1 for Mac OS X
Tropical Software has released 2Remember 1.1 (http://macte.ch/RUJaK), an update to their reminder app for Mac OS X (10.5.8 and higher). It costs US$4.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. 2Remember offers a way to incorporate simple task management with reminders into your daily Mac life. It takes only a tiny space on your screen but has numerous options for reminders, including a flashing icon on dock, a flashing tab red, alert and sound. 2Remember "hides" offscreen when an app opens, but "unhides" when the cursor is moved over a tab. This release of 2Remember for Mac complements Tropical's productivity suite including the personal note manager. TopXNotes for Mac, and Kitchen Timer, according to the folks at Tropical Software.
Aug 04
DMG Master ready for Lion
Tension Software (http://pomola.com) has updated DMG Master software to create standard Disk Image Archive recognized by any Mac, to version 2.4. The upgrade is ready for Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion"). DMG Master costs US$10 and is available at the Tension Software website and the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later.
Aug 04
Raidon rolls out new SAS interface rackmount system
Raidon (http://www.raidon.com.tw) has released the GearTANK GT7280-8S-U5 rackmount storage solution for SMB and department of enterprises. According to the folks at Raidon, it features simple installation, high data transfer rate and large amount of data storage capacity. Raidon GT7280, a standard 1U rackmount JBOD storage enclosure, expands the data storage capacity limit and with two individual embedded SAS interface to provide up to 300MB/s data transfer rate. GT7280 is scalable up to 4TB from eight of 2.5-inch 500G HDD. The power consumption of 2.5-inch HDD is purportedly only about one-fourth to one-third of the 3.5-inch HDD requires. Meanwhile, you can collocate with a SAS RAID card and the GT7280 can be upgraded to a RAID solution for demanded applications.   RAIDON GT7280 front panel LED indications and buzzer alarm allows you to fully aware of cooling fan failures, HDD failures and overheat issues, also with hot swappable hard drive design for instant HDD replacement to avoid...
Aug 03
Analyst: OS X, iOS to begin merging next year
We suspected it was coming, just not this soon, if one analyst is correct. Jefferies & Co. pundit Peter Misek says in a note to clients -- as reported by "Barron's" (http://macte.ch/ptohm) -- that Apple will begin combining OS X and iOS as soon as next year. He says that combining the two would lead to “synergies,” including better gross margins and an ease in licensing of content. In particular, Apple customers would be able to then experience TV shows and movies and such, stored in the company’s “iCloud,” across phone, tablet, or, eventually, Apple television, and get the same licensed content. “Users want to be able to pick up any iPhone, iPad, or Mac (or turn on their iTV) and have content move seamlessly between them and be optimized for the user and the device currently being used,” Pisek tells clients. “We believe this will be difficult to implement if iOS and OS X are kept separate ... We believe Apple is looking to merge iOS (iPhones/iPads) with OS X (Macs) into a single...
Aug 03
Apple seeking iWork software engineer
Apple's iWork team "is seeking an energetic and highly motivated software engineer to build the front and/or back end of scalable web applications," according to a "Jobs at Apple" posting (http://macte.ch/gDXq0). The person will be part of the core engineering team responsible for the design and development of the software system. Among the requirements are: strong programming skills, understanding of software engineering best practices, object oriented design, and design patterns such as MVC and commitment to "delivering a great user experience."
Aug 03
Comparative tablet teardowns reveal iPad design advantages 
In the 15 months since the introduction of the iPad, competitive tablet manufacturers still can’t match the design efficiency of Apple Inc.’s groundbreaking product, according to an IHS iSuppli (http://www.isuppli.com) teardown analysis of eight tablet models from information and analysis provider IHS. “Since Apple controls both the operating system and hardware design of the iPad, it is able to attain design efficiencies that other tablet manufacturers cannot,” saysWayne Lam, senior analyst, competitive analysis, at IHS. “These efficiencies become obvious in areas like the memory and the battery, where Apple maintains advantages in cost, space savings and performance compared with every competitor in the business.” Other tablet makers employ operating systems from third-party firms -- such as Google., which provides the Android software used in most competitive products on the market today. Many of these tablet makers also outsource the blueprints of their products to third parties,...
Aug 03
Apple may consider foreign hire for Ron Johnson's...
Apple has hired search firm Egon Zehnder International to find a replacement for retail chief Ron Johnson, reports "The Wall Street Journal" (http://macte.ch/w7JnV), quoting "people familiar with the matter said." CEO Steve Jobs, who's now on medical leave, was extensively involved in the decision to use a search firm and chose Egon Zehnder mainly because he wants to consider executives who are based abroad, one person familiar with the situation said, the article adds. Apple's hiring of the global recruitment firm suggests the company will be open to a hire outside the US. In June, it was announced that Ron Johnson, Apple's senior vice president of Apple retail and the mastermind behind Apple's wildly successful retail strategy, had been named the company's next chief executive officer. Johnson will assume the CEO position on Nov. 1. Johnson, 52, has served for the past 11 years as senior vice president of retail at Apple., where he led its retail strategy, which from its start in...
Aug 03
Mac Companion Hard Drive has iOS port
Iomega (http://www.iomega.com) has announced its Mac Companion Hard Drive, styled to match the latest Mac computers with a port to charge your iPad, iPhone and iPod. Initially available only at Apple stores, Iomega’s Mac Companion Hard Drive has the following features: ° A 2TB or 3TB model (US$195 and $295, respectively) with two Firewire 800 interfaces and a USB 2.0 hub; ° A space saving design that frees up your desktop; ° A capacity gauge that lights up as the drive becomes full. Bundled Iomega Protection Suite software is included for no additional cost (via download) with Mac-friendly options for backup and anti-virus protection for your computer. The Iomega Mac Companion Hard Drive utilizes a 7200 RPM 3.5-inch hard drive formatted HFS+ for compatibility with Macs right out of the box. It's the only major branded external HFS+ Mac desktop hard drive on the market today that incorporates a high-powered Apple device charging port and a two-port USB 2.0 hub, says Iomega President...
Aug 03
Orb Audio launches Mini-T amplifier to complement Orb speakers
Orb Audio has launched the Mini-T, a Class T amplifier for use with computers, televisions, iPods and most mobile devices. The Mini-T allows consumers to use high quality home speakers instead of "poorly built, questionable sounding computer speakers," says Ethan Siegel, co-founder and CEO of Orb Audio. By pairing the Mini T with Orb's award-winning speakers, consumers now have a simple, elegant audio solution that looks as good as it sounds, he adds. The Mini-T is based on legendary T-Class amplifier technology, known for its audiophile sound quality and low harmonic distortion (just .04%). It's also small, measuring six inches wide, one and a quarter inches high, and five inches deep. Finished in charcoal gray, with a black gloss front, the Mini T complements any of the six available Orb speaker colors. Available as a standalone product for US$88, the Mini-T can also be purchased as a package with two Orb speakers for $299, a savings of $29. More info can be found at http://www....
Aug 03
Pegatron lands iPhone 5 orders for possible September launch
Pegatron Technology, based in Shanghai, China, has landed orders for 10 million units of iPhone 5 to become the second original design manufacturer of the smartphone and shipments will start in September, reports "DigitTmes" (http://macte.ch/tujkR), quoting unnamed "industry sources." As iPhone gross margins are relatively small, Pegatron aims to compete for orders for iPad, MacBook Air and other Apple products and has increased production equipment and employment, the article adds. Other reports/rumors beg the iPhone 5's debut at October, not September.
Aug 03
South Korea fines Apple $2,830 for iPhone data collection
South Korea's communications regulator has fined Apple's local operation 3 million won ($2,830) for what it says is the illegal collection of iPhone user location information, reports the "Associated Press" (http://macte.ch/cLii2). The Korea Communications Commission announced in a statement that it's ordered Apple Korea to pay the fine for violating the country's location information laws. As the AP notes, this amount is insignificant for Apple as the company earned US$7.31 billion in its fiscal third quarter.
Aug 03
Stereo3D LE 3.0 compatible with Final Cut Pro X
Dashwood Cinema Solutions has released version 3.0 of Stereo3D Toolbox LE, the "lite" edition counterpart to Dashwood's professional Stereo3D Toolbox plug-in for stereoscopic 3D mastering. Developed by stereographer and company founder, Tim Dashwood, Stereo3D Toolbox LE provides a gateway into 3D content creation with basic stereoscopic 3D post-production tools for optimizing stereoscopically acquired footage. Stereo3D Toolbox LE is powered by Noise Industries' FxFactory platform and designed to work with Adobe After Effects, Apple Final Cut Pro, Apple Motion and Final Cut Express applications. The 3.0 update qualifies additional platforms, including the new Final Cut Pro X release, and includes a medley of new output options and features. Stereo3D Toolbox LE 3.0 incorporates a variety of basic stereoscopic 3D capabilities for 3D enthusiasts, including convergence adjustment and vertical, zoom and rotational disparity correction tools, "autoscale," a preview screen within the user...
Aug 03
Pinball Massacre released through the Mac App Store
Nuclear Nova has introduced Pinball Massacre 1.0 (http://macte.ch/v8iA1), its seventh game for Mac OS X. It's available for Mac OS X 10.6 and higher in the Mac App Store and is on sale for US$4.99 ($9.99 is the regular price) for a limited time. Here's how the game is described: "Do you have what it takes to become the undisputed Pinball Master? Pinball Massacre is an arcade style pinball game. This first table in the Pinball Massacre series features two unique twists on classic pinball conventions. Based on the Stabb Gunner Universe, Pinball Massacre brings unique energy, art, humor, and 8bit culture to the pinball scene. "With Massacre Mode you need to get your flippers ready because you're about to get hit with an angry pinball blitz. Score as many points as you can in a very short time. With the Level Ball, we add an RPG twist that makes each pinball count.
Aug 03
Doxie U is personal paper scanner targeted to teachers, students
Apparent Corporation has expanded its Doxie brand scanner line-up (http://www.getdoxie.com) with a new model just for teachers and students: Doxie U. is a small, US$119 USB-powered personal paper scanner. It creates PDFs, works with Evernote, fits in any backpack, and is now shipping. It's compatible with Mac OS X and Windows PCs. Academic credentials are required to purchase Doxie U. For non-academic users, consider Doxie, Wired's Editor's Choice for best portable paper scanner, which costs $149.
Aug 03
Passenger for Mac OS X Server gets new interface
MacinMind Software (http://macinmind.com/) has updated its server account utility, Passenger, for Mac OS X Server to version 4. This version introduces a new interface, as well as two new features for distributing into and archiving home folders as well as improvements to the batch permissions setting tool. Passenger is a server account creation and password generation tool that
will import tab and comma-delimited text, ASIP 6.3 and Mac OS X XML and
create account information and passwords for AppleShare IP 5-6.3, Mac OS X
Server, Macintosh Manager, Eudora Internet Mail Server, WebSTAR FTP,
WebSTAR Web, Edmark TNV accounts, Master Spell and Master Key. Passenger
also customizes and distributes Eudora Settings and creates folders and
sets privileges in batch for AppleShare IP and Mac OS X Server. Passenger 4 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher and is compatible with Loin. Server tools are required to import users into Mac OS X Server Passenger 4 costs US$60 for the Standard Edition with a...
Aug 03
Cronette Cocoa task launcher ready for Lion
Tension Software has updated Cronette (http://macte.ch/XUiPc), a Cocoa task launcher for Macs and Mac servers, to version 1.5. The new version is ready for OS X 10.7 ("Lion"). In addition, from this release, any task is launched in a separate thread. It can be used on unattended Mac  for tasks to execute at any time or for recurring tasks to be performed on a regular basis. And it provides different type of launch tasks and any task can be specified to launch different type of execution. Cronette lets you specify tasks to be launched automatically by the Mac. It can be used on unattended Mac Servers or also on regular Mac workstations for tasks to execute during the night or for recurring tasks to be performed on a regular basis. It provides different type of launch tasks: daily, weekly, monthly, yearly. Any task can be specified to launch different type of execution: open applications or documents from disk; open different type of URL; execute different type of actions: restart,...
Aug 03
PDF Checkpoint update ready for Lion
Zevrix (http://www.zevrix.com) has updated PDF Checkpoint, an automated PDF preflighting and conversion solution, to version 1.4. The new version is compatible with OS X 10.7 ("Lion"). PDF Checkpoint lets users review and analyze preflight results. The program is equally suitable to process hundreds of files as well as single PDF documents. PDF Checkpoint checks fonts, colors, images and metadata of multiple PDF files and lets users instantly identify potential problems according to user-defined preflight profiles. Preflight profiles let users check PDF for specific attributes, such as image resolution, color model, PDF/X compliance and others. PDF Checkpoint can also route PDF into success/error folders according to preflight results and generate preflight report for each file. With PDF Checkpoint, you can export PDF pages into TIFF, JPEG and other formats as RGB, CMYK or Grayscale images. You can specify image resolution and scale. You can also split multipage files into single page...
Aug 03
Stereo3D LE 3.0 compatible with Final Cut Pro X
Dashwood Cinema Solutions has released version 3.0 of Stereo3D Toolbox LE, the "lite" edition counterpart to Dashwood's professional Stereo3D Toolbox plug-in for stereoscopic 3D mastering. Developed by stereographer and company founder, Tim Dashwood, Stereo3D Toolbox LE provides a gateway into 3D content creation with basic stereoscopic 3D post-production tools for optimizing stereoscopically acquired footage. Stereo3D Toolbox LE is powered by Noise Industries' FxFactory platform and designed to work with Adobe After Effects, Apple Final Cut Pro, Apple Motion and Final Cut Express applications. The 3.0 update qualifies additional platforms, including the new Final Cut Pro X release, and includes a medley of new output options and features. Stereo3D Toolbox LE 3.0 incorporates a variety of basic stereoscopic 3D capabilities for 3D enthusiasts, including convergence adjustment and vertical, zoom and rotational disparity correction tools, "autoscale," a preview screen within the user...
Aug 03
Monotype Imaging announces Rotis II Sans typeface family
Monotype Imaging Holdings, a provider of text imaging solutions, has released new fonts that expand the Rotis suite of typefaces. The 14-font Rotis II Sans family, the latest addition to the Monotype collection and available from Fonts.com, introduces improvements that extend the versatility of the original Rotis design, according to Allan Haley, director of words and letters at Monotype Imaging. Created by Robin Nicholas, head of typography at Monotype Imaging's U.K. office, and typeface designer, Alice Savoie, Rotis II Sans imbues the aesthetic quality of the initial Rotis fonts, designed by the late Otl Aicher of Germany and released in 1988, he adds. Rotis II Sans comprises seven weights ranging from light to black, each with a companion italic. The fonts are available as OpenType Pro fonts, which include typographic features such as the ability to automatically insert ligatures and alternate characters. Pro fonts offer an extended character set to support most Central European...
Aug 02
ITC to look into Apple's patent complaint against Samsung
The International Trade Commission says (http://macte.ch/Gp8wS) it will look into Apple's patent complaint against Samsung. The investigation is based on a complaint filed by Apple Inc. of Cupertino, CA, on July 5, 2011. The complaint alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States and sale of certain electronic digital media devices and components thereof that infringe patents asserted by Apple. The complainant requests that the USITC issue an exclusion order and cease and desist orders. In June Samsung filed an ITC complaint against Apple, asking for an import ban against the iPhone, iPad and iPod. On June 17 Apple amended and expanded its complaint against Samsung, asserting more patents and other intellectual property rights than before against an extended list of allegedly infringing products. In April Samsung filed patent lawsuits against Apple over the U.S. firm's iPhone and iPad after Apple claimed Samsung's smartphones...
Aug 02
Apple overtakes Nokia as top smartphone vendor
Canalys (http://www.canalys.com) has published its worldwide country-level second-quarter smart phone market estimates, showing that Apple has overtaken Nokia as the top smartphone vendor. Android, the number one platform by shipments since the fourth quarter of 2010, was the strongest growth driver in the quarter, with Android-based smartphone shipments up 379% over a year ago to 51.9 million units, notes the research group. In addition, with shipments of 20.3 million iPhones and a market share of 19%, iOS overtook Nokia's Symbian platform during the quarter to take second place worldwide. In doing so, Apple also became the world's leading individual smart phone vendor, stripping Nokia of its long-held leadership position, says Canalys. "The iPhone has been a phenomenal success story for Apple and a watershed product for the market," says Canalys Vice President and Principal Analyst Chris Jones. "It's an impressive success story, given that Apple has only been in the smartphone...
Aug 02
iPhone 5 could be 'bigger than expected'
In a note to clients -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) -- Sterne Agree analyst said his sources indicate that the upcoming iPhone 5 could be a more significant upgrade than previous rumors have suggested, sporting a larger display and thinner design. He thinks the fifth generation iPhone will feature a slightly larger display than the current 3.5-inch screen found on the iPhone 4. It's also expected to feature the same dual-core A5 processor already found in the iPad 2. In addition, Agree says the new iPhone will feature a similar form factor and size to the iPhone 4, but will sport a thinner bezel. However, it's not expected to have 4G-LTE high-speed wireless data connectivity. The new technology still has issues with battery life and network coverage, problems that Wu believes Apple will fix at some point in the future.
Aug 02
Kodak to sell patents involved in Apple lawsuit?
Eastman Kodak is exploring a sale of one the company's crown jewels: the patent for previewing photographs currently being litigated against Apple and Research In Motion, reports "The Wall Street Journal" (http://macte.ch/6Z9aC). The imaging company recently said it is considering the sale of 1,100 patents, or 10% of the company's portfolio. Kodak said the patents at stake covered capturing, storing, organizing and sharing digital images, but didn't specify whether the sale would include the one at issue in the Apple and RIM lawsuits. In January Kodak filed lawsuits against Apple and Research In Motion (RIM), alleging the infringement of Kodak digital imaging technology. The Kodak complaint, filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), specifically claimed that Apple’s iPhones and RIM’s camera-enabled BlackBerry devices infringe a Kodak patent that covers technology related to a method for previewing images. Separately, Kodak filed two suits -- also in January -- against...
Aug 02
Apple offers public developer beta of iCloud
Apple has commenced its first public developer beta test for its new iCloud services. Of course, you have to be a registered Apple developer to test drive it. The rest of us will have to wait until the official release this fall. iCloud is a set of free new cloud services that works 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. “Today it is a real hassle and very frustrating to keep all your information and content up-to-date across all your devices,” Apple CEO Steve Jobs said during his keynote address at the 2011 Worldwide Developer Conference. “iCloud keeps your important information and content up to date across all your devices. All of this happens automatically and wirelessly, and because it’s integrated into our apps you don’t even...
Aug 02
Vocalabs: automated part of Apple's customer service...
Apple continues to lead Dell and HP in customer service quality for phone-based technical support, but customers are reporting more problems with the automated part of the call, according to the latest study conducted by Vocal Laboratories (Vocalabs). In telephone interviews immediately following a support call, 58% of Apple customers were “Very Satisfied” with the experience during the first six months of 2011, compared to 47% of Dell customers and 53% of HP customers. Apple's satisfaction score is down 15 points from a year ago, while HP has improved nine points over the past two years, says Vocalabs (http://www.vocalabs.com), a company that "helps leading brands improve customer service by collecting timely and actionable feedback about customer service quality." Customers remain highly satisfied with Apple’s support agents, with 77% of customers in the first six months of this year being “Very Satisfied” with the technician; as compared to 56% of Dell customers and 61% of HP...
Aug 02
Cost is most important factor when choosing mobile video apps
When it comes to mobile video apps like YouTube, Hulu or Netflix, consumers say the best things in life are free. According to a new study released by the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM) and Nielsen (http://www.nielsen.com), 63% of survey respondents said that “free or low subscription rates” is the most important attribute for a video app. In fact, as long as consumers can get the video app for free, or at a low cost, more than half (56%) of respondents said they don’t mind mobile advertisements on video apps --especially if it allows them to access content for free. In addition, 65 percent of video app users surveyed said that word-of-mouth plays an important role in deciding which video apps to use. The study also showed that video app usage increases consumer engagement with TV programs, networks and related websites. Roughly 85% of video app users surveyed said they watch the same amount or more of regularly scheduled TV since they began using...
Aug 02
SmartMusic 2012 introduces new vocal, sight-reading tech
MakeMusic has announced the release of SmartMusic 2012. The latest version of the interactive music software for band, orchestra and voice delivers a first in interactive music software with the functionality to guide and assess instrumental sight reading and vocal sight singing, including warm-ups, exercises and method books, says MakeMusic CEO Karen van Lith. Now, vocalists and vocal teachers have access to the same assessment and practice tools that instrumental programs have always enjoyed with SmartMusic, she says. SmartMusic 2012’s technology enables vocal teachers to provide individualized instruction by sending, tracking and grading assignments for each student. SmartMusic provides vocal students with an immediate assessment, displaying the notes performed correctly in green and the notes performed incorrectly in red. In addition, students can record and listen to each of their performances. New vocal repertoire ranges from warm-ups and exercises (Building Beautiful Voices...
Aug 02
Akitio 4eleases Taurus Mini Super-S to storage product line
Akitio (http://www.akitio.com/) has added the US$199 Taurus Mini Super-S to the company’s line of storage products. Targeted to audio/video enthusiasts, it's a 2.5-inch, dual bay SATA enclosure, compact in size, and is complete with a built-in LCD display and two FW800 ports for daisy chaining.  The Taurus Mini Super-S sports eSATA, FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 connectivity. To maximize performance and data throughput, “RAID 0-Striping” is a solution for daily backups and other data transfers. In addition, the “RAID 1-Mirroring” function will automatically create a copy of all data in the event a drive may fail.  Akitio’s storage solution comes equipped with a built-in LCD display for device configuration, event messages and access to detailed information about the external hard drives. Parameters, such as HDD temperature, can be monitored with the help of the LCD display. Also, the storage device utilizes Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology to obtain data directly from the...
Aug 02
Native Instruments announces new Komplete, Kontakt products,...
Native Instruments has updated versions of several of its products. Kontakt 5 is the next generation of the company's software sampler. The new version offers enhanced sound shaping through a host of new high-quality filters and studio-grade effect algorithms, superior time-stretching, vintage sampling modes, and more. It also introduces two major new features for advanced instrument design. Kontakt 5 will be available in September for US$399 and will also be included in the new Komplete 8 and Komplete 8 Ultimate bundles. An update for owners of previous Kontakt versions will be available for $119. Native Instruments also announced two new products that expand its recently established range of Guitar Rig-based studio effects. The new Solid Mix Series emulates the EQ and dynamics sections of one of the most revered mixing consoles of all time, while Transient Master recreates a popular hardware processor that provides transient processing. All products can used be used with the free...
Aug 02
RogueSheep announces Instaview for Mac OS X
RogueSheep has introduced Instaview 1.0 (http://www.roguesheep.com/instaview.html), a third party Instagram app that allows Mac users to view photos and participate within the Instagram community. The stream shown in each window is configurable as well as the size and frame of the window itself. Streams can display their photos either in an automatic slideshow mode or by direct user navigation. Controls on the window overlay allow users to browse information about the photo and more. Instaview allows users to create one or more stream windows showing Instagram photos. The stream shown in each window is configurable as well as the size and frame of the window itself. Streams can display their photos either in an automatic slideshow mode or by direct user navigation. Controls on the window overlay allow users to browse information about the photo including the location, contributor, caption, timeframe of the photo, number of likes and comments. Popovers can be shown to show the list of...
Aug 02
CNS Barcode is new FileMaker Pro plug-in
Comm-Unity Networking Systems has released CNS Barcode 1.0 for FileMaker Pro. It brings barcode scanning and generating to FileMaker Pro on the desktop.   Comm-Unity is releasing this plug-in during their DevCon Discount sale, so you can get 25% off until the end of August. CNS Barcode is available immediately at http://cnsbarcode.cnsplug-ins.com/ for both Mac OS X and Windows. This plug-in can both scan and generate barcodes. CNS Barcode can scan JPEG or PNG images containing barcodes or it can use an attached webcam to scan any barcodes held up to the camera. Any of the barcode formats you can scan, you can also create with the plug-in, including Code 3 of 9 (Code 39), Code 3 of 9 Ext. (Code 39+), Code 93, Code 128, DataBar-14, DataBar-14 Stacked, EAN 2, EAN 5, EAN 13, EAN 14, EAN 128, Interleaved 2 of 5, ISBN, QR Code, UPC A, and UPC E. A single user license for the client version of CNS Barcode is normally US$85; however, the DevCon Discount brings the price to $63.75 until the...
Aug 02
Atomos announces shipping date for Samurai field recorder
Atomos, the creator of the NAB award-winning Ninja, says its HD-SDI Samurai 10-bit Apple ProRes Field Recorder, Monitor and Playback/Playout device will begin shipping in September, during the IBC show in Amsterdam.   Samurai boasts: a high resolution, five-inch (800 x 480) touchscreen/monitor; a Continuous Power battery management system; the ability to record to HDDs and SSDs; silent, fanless operation; and aircraft-grade aluminum construction. It will ship with playout of full-resolution HD-SDI (1920 x 1080) decoded from the devices’s recorded media.   Samurai can be used as an HD-SDI, single-channel playout device for instant review or broadcast, or in any situation that requires an extremely high quality full-HD source -- with up to 20 hours of HD playout from a single disk. Producers, directors and camera operators can check quality and composition on-set or on the way home, using the Samurai’s built-in, high resolution 800 x 480 SMPTE color-spec screen, for portability, or at...
Aug 02
QuarkXPress 9.0.1 update available

Quark has released QuarkXPress 9.0.1, a free update of QuarkXPress 9 that's available to all current version 9 users. As the first maintenance release of QuarkXPress 9, version 9.0.1 resolves issues identified in QuarkXPress 9.0. The update can be downloaded from http://www.Quark.com . QuarkXPress 9.0.1 supports Mac OS 10.5.8 or higher. The next update, due in late August, will be certified to support Mac OS 10.7 ("Lion").

 Quark is offering a free, fully functional, 30-day Test Drive of QuarkXPress 9 to users interested in experiencing the new features for digital publishing and design-driven automation. To download the QuarkXPress 9 30-day Test Drive go to http://www.quark.com/products/quarkxpress/test_drive.aspx .
Aug 02
Artboard for Mac OS X adds numeric input for object geometry
Mapdiva has updated Artboard (http://mapdiva.com/artboard), their vector drawing software for Mac OS X, to version 1.1. It's available exclusively on the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 and costs US$19.99. Version 1.1 includes numeric input for object geometry, Core Image Filter style components, new Layers menu and more. With Artboard, you can design logos, posters, floor plans, technical drawings, fashions, web graphics, and more. Use pre-designed templates to create fliers, invitations, signs, and business cards. Artboard includes over 1,600 styles and fully editable clip art, including speech bubbles, buttons, maps and flags, people factory, and home planning, plus a library to store your own creations. The software features a style generator and stacked styles, providing a range of effects. It takes advantage of a Core Image-supported graphics card.
 

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