CBS said no to ad-based Apple TV deal
In a call with analysts and the press regarding the company's latest financial results, CBS CEO Les Moonves said the network turned down an ad-based Apple TV deal, reports "GigaOm" (http://macte.ch/QpLAw).
Apple has long been rumored to be working on a subscription streaming service that would aggregate content from multiple TV networks and compete against more traditional cable and satellite services. That project has yet to see the light of day as Apple apparently hasn't convinced enough content providers to join. But no one had publicly confirmed that such an offering was actually in the works until now.
The decision not to join the effort follows CBS’s philosophy of getting paid upfront licensing fees for syndication of its content online, as opposed to partnering on revenue-sharing agreements, note "GigaOm." Unlike ABC, Fox and NBC, CBS has never participated in the Hulu venture.
Apple VP of security says adios
John Theriault, Apple's vice president of global security, has left the company following the controversial lost iPhone 4S investigation earlier this year, reports "9to5Mac" (http://www.9to5Mac.com).
The brouhaha began when an Apple employee reportedly lost a prototype of the upcoming iPhone 4S. Apple reps purportedly visited the home of the device’s purported finder and offered him cash for the return of the phone. Then Apple security officials reportedly posed as police officers in their search of this prototype iPhone, and the San Francisco Police Department are apparently investigating the situation.
Theriault, former vice president of Global Security for Pfizer, joined Apple in 2007. Prior to joining Pfizer, he spent 26 years in the FBI.
VirnetX sues Apple for patent infringement
Another day, another lawsuit. VirnetX is suing Apple for -- what else? -- patent infringement.
The lawsuit -- filed in the US District Court in the Eastern District of Texas -- alleges that Apple violated its US patent (number 7188180) for "method for establishing secure communication link between computers for virtual private network," reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).
The invention describes a technique "for establishing a secure communication link between a first computer and a second computer over a computer network." This is accomplished by establishing a "secure communication mode of communication" at a first computer without the need for the user to enter any cryptographic information."
VirnetX's claims the iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPad 2, iPod touch, and Macs that run Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion") infringe up the patent, which was published in 2007.
-- Dennis Sellers
MoboMath brings handwritten math input to Mac OS X
Enventra (http://www.enventra.com/) has announced MoboMath 2.0, a handwritten equation editor for Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later.
Designed and developed expressly for the Mac environment, users create math expressions for their favorite applications in their own handwriting using a graphics tablet, trackpad, or mouse. MoboMath then translates their handwritten input into formatted equations that can be copied to a user's target application for calculation, graphing, and more.
The software directly supports Microsoft Word, Mathematica, Maple, MathMagic, MathType, and products like iWork that use MathType as an equation editor. With MoboMath's MathML, TeX, and image support, users can also create expressions for a broad range of other standards-based applications.
Special introductory pricing is in effect through Nov. 19 For a limited time, MoboMath 2.0 is US$14.99 and available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.
iPad scores highest in app store ranking
Strategy Analytics (http://www.strategyanalytics.com) has introduced the "App Store Competitive Index" (ASCI) from its App Ecosystem Opportunities (AEO) service, which gauges how truly competitive app storefronts are for new apps and developers. Although iPad scored the highest, it bested by only 10% the least competitive store (the Android store), says the research group.
I assume Strategy Analytics means the iPad section of the Apple App Store. There isn't an iPad app store per se.
"The App Store Competitive Index is a way for storefronts to gauge how successful they are exposing users to new and innovative apps," says Josh Martin, Director of Apps Research at Strategy Analytics. "As of today most storefronts are failing spectacularly. Improving discoverability and increasing competitiveness could be a useful tool to woo developers away from less competitive storefronts and improve the app ecosystem for all."
-- Dennis Sellers
Tom Bihn introduces Cadet briefcase for Apple laptops, iPad
Tom Bihn (http://www.tombihn.com/) has introduced the Cadet, a laptop briefcase designed for Apple laptops -- including the 15-inch MacBook Pro, 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air and the iPad 2.
The Cadet is designed to carry your laptop or iPad, a few files or magazines, power supplies, pens, notebooks, and other small accessories. It's a checkpoint friendly laptop bag: using two clips, the botton edge of the Cadet Cache attaches to two vertical pieces of webbing sewn into the Cadet.
The Cadet is available in two sizes: 15/13 and 11/iPad. Both sizes feature a removable protective laptop sleeve (called the Cadet Cache) in sizes designed specifically to fit Apple laptops and the iPad: the 15/13 size fits both the 15-inch and 13-inch MacBook Pro, the 13-inch MacBook, and the 13-inch MacBook Air, while the 11/iPad size fits the 11-inch MacBook Air and the iPad/iPad 2. In addition to a laptop, the Cadet can also fit an iPad or iPad 2 with or without a protective case or sleeve.
Brother expands compact scanner line
Brother International Corp. (http://www.brother.com) has expanded its compact scanner line-up with the addition of the DSmobile DS-700D with duplex color scanning capabilities.
The new scanner joins the DS-600, and provides monochrome and color scanning options. The enhanced DSmobile product line addresses the needs of small to mid-size businesses by helping to cost-effectively increase productivity by enabling busy office workers the ability to convert a large variety of hard-copy documents to electronic files for easy storage and organization, says Steve Feldstein, director of marketing for Brother Laser and Scanner products.
The DS-700D -- which has an estimated street price of US$199.99 - boasts high-speed duplex scanning, which enables users toscan two-sided documents in a single pass. It can also scan all types of media -- from paper documents and business cards, to thicker laminated materials such as insurance cards, driver licenses or ID cards.
The DS-600 and new DS-700D...
SQLabs announces cubeSQL for database management
SQLabs (http://www.sqlabs.com/) has announced cubeSQL, a high performance, relational database management system built on top of the sqlite database engine.
It's designed for developers who want to convert a single user database solution to a multiuser project and for companies looking for an an "easy to maintain" database management system. cubeSQL runs on Mac (OS X 10.5 and higher), Windows, Linux and it can be embedded into any iOS and Cocoa application.
cubeSQL is fast and has a small footprint, according to the folks at SQLabs. It can be easily accessed with any JSON client, with PHP, with the native C SDK, with a Windows DLL and with an highly optimized REAL Studio plugin.
cubeSQL Freeware Edition is free and enables developers and small offices to use an application based on cubeSQL without paying any fee. A commercial license with support for more than five concurrent connections starts at $299.
Architect is new iPad stylus
Arctic has announced the US$22.99 Architect Stylus, suitable for use on the iPad, Kindle Fire, and all other capacitive touch screen devices. It's a stylus with a cap that serves a dual purpose.
It protects the silicon rubber tip from the elements; it also offers lets the user wear it anyway he/she wants. The Architect is crafted from aircraft grade aluminum. The anodized cylindrical body paired with the stylized black loop provides a harmonious contrast and projects a subtle, yet refined image, according to the Arctic team.
Matrix update for Mac OS X expands on icon visualization
Appfluence has updated Matrix (http://www.appfluence.com/pmrmac), the Mac version of their productivity software, to version 1.3.2. The upgrade expands on icon visualization.
Priority Matrix is designed to help users spend their effort on tasks with the highest return-on-investment. Featuring drag-n-drop and free cloud sync, the app lets you organize your activities by criticality and immediacy.
The folks at Appfluence say they've focused on making the fastest possible way to add items by creating a set of keyboard shortcuts, so that users can add items after items without reaching back for the mouse. A video showing Priority Matrix in use can be seen at http://www.appfluence.com/video .
Priority Matrix requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later, costs US$19.99, and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.
Apple Motion 5 tutorial video course available
Infinite Skills has announced Apple Motion 5 Tutorial Video Course. Designed to teach practical compositing and effects techniques for post-production workflows, this 10-hour training video DVD includes realtime walkthroughs on compositing, chroma keying, text effects and more.
Available as a DVD-ROM or instant download, the complete course comes with 93 lessons and usable project files that correspond with the lessons onscreen. It's narrated by A/V expert and Apple-certified professional Matt Schalk.
The course retails for US$99.95 on DVD-ROM and instant download formats from the Motion tutorial page. The tutorial page also features free lessons from the course. For more info go to http://www.infiniteskills.com/training/learning-apple-motion-5.html .
Graphic Node's Pages Template Pack grows to 400 pieces
Graphic Node (http://www.graphicnode.com) has announced an addition to its collection of Pages templates. Pages is Apple's US$19.95 word processing/document creation app.
In addition to 250 layouts from the previous version, the updated selection contains 150 new templates. The Pages Templates pack includes 400 templates. All photo layouts feature media placeholders, allowing users to crop a placed image neatly into a custom shape.
The upgraded package covers the range of template types introduced in the earlier versions (including Brochure, Business Card, Greeting, Flyer, and Invitation) as well as new ones: Bookmark, CD/DVD Jewel Case, Certificate, Diploma, Labels, Magazine Cover, Menu, and Playing Cards. Most of the 400 templates included are available for printing on both A4 paper, the standard size prevalent in most countries in the world, and US Letter, the most common paper format in the United States and Canada.
Users can view samples of the themes and purchase Pages...
SweetP serves up Cookie 2.1.3 for Mac OS X
SweetP Productions has announced Cookie 2.1.3 (http://www.sweetpproductions.com), an update to their cookie and browser history management utility for Mac OS X (10.6.6 and higher). It's a maintenance update that fixes a memory leak. Cookie is available at the Mac App Store for US$14.99.
Cookie is designed to help you to manage exactly who can access information about your online activities. It scans your computer for all types of cookies, from all the top browsers, and can be configured to remove all unwanted tracking-advertising cookies.
Data can be stored on your computer without you even knowing in a multitude of different formats: cookies, Flash cookies, databases and local storage. Cookie scans your computer for all types of cookies.
VidConvert optimized for Lion
Reggie Ashworth has updated VidConvert, his video converter for Mac OS X, to version 1.1.4. The upgrade is optimized for Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion") and sports an all-new "logic" to give the best quality and file size at the fastest speed.
VidConvert It will convert just about any type of video into one of the a variety of formats, allowing you to create videos for your iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple TV. To use you add a file, select a format and a quality, and click convert. Optionally you can change your save folder from the main window.
For advanced users you can select the Advanced quality if you choose to allow such options as custom Frame Rate, Bit Rate, etc. But for most users simply choosing Normal or High quality should be sufficient. After your conversion is finished simply add more files or quit VidConvert and the job is done.
Supported formats include iPhone, iPod, iPad, QuickTime, .mp4, MPEG-1 and 2, DivX, Xvid, and audio only formats such as .mp4 and .m4a. VidConvert can add...
DiscLabel for Mac OS X gets new position inspector
SmileOnMyMac (http://www.smileonmymac.com) has updated DiscLabel, its CD/DVD label design software, to version 6.4. The update adds a new position inspector that allows users to specify exact placement of objects in their CD/DVD label designs. In addition, users can now import track data that contains irregular characters.
DiscLabel costs US$35.95 for new users. The DiscLabel Family Pack, for up to five computers in one household, is $44.95 and an office pack is $99.95. DiscLabel 6.4 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later. A fully-functional demo version is available at the SmileOnMyMac web site. Version 6.4 is a free upgrade for registered users of version 6.x.
Strata Design 3D CXi hits the Mac App Store
Strata says Strata Design 3D CXi 7.0.1, their professional 3D modeling and animation software, is now available on the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category. It costs US$499.
Strata Design 3D CXi provides tools for a designer to produce 3D models, renderings and animations. The seventh version is fully compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion").
The toolset and user interface parallel the Adobe Creative Suite. The program is a valuable addition to any creative designer's toolbox and is perfect for interactive and motion design, product and packaging design, graphic design and illustration, and environmental design, says Strata President Ken Bringhurst.
Strata offers an Adobe Connection add-in to Design 3D CXi from their own online store (http://www.strata.com). This add-on provides six plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop Extended, offering improved workflow with the image editor, in addition to import filters for Adobe Illustrator Files, PDF and U3D formats. For more information,...
DEVONtechnologies updates products
DEVONtechnologies (http://www.devontechnologies.com/) has released updates for all editions of its smart research assistant DEVONagent, all editions of its document and information manager DEVONthink, the smart note pad DEVONnote, and the iOS companion to DEVONthink and DEVONnote: DEVONthink To Go.
What's more, DEVONtechnologies has released a new freeware app: Grid,, available from the Mac App Store. It moves, resizes, and aligns windows to an invisible grid with a single keystroke.
All Mac apps require Mac OS X 10.5 or later and, with the exceptions of DEVONagent Express and Lite, can be downloaded as free trial versions from DEVONtechnologies' web site. DEVONthink and DEVONnote can be test-driven for free for 150 hours of non-continuous runtime until they need to be properly licensed, DEVONagent Pro for 30 hours.
Samsung takes top spot as smartphone market grows 42.6%
The worldwide smartphone market grew 42.6% year over year in the third quarter of 2011 (3Q11), despite a slowdown within key mature markets, according to the IDC research group (http://www.idc.com). Apple slipped to second place among smartphone vendors.
Samsung became the new leader in the worldwide smartphone market, with total smartphone shipments topping the 20 million unit mark for the first time in the company's history. Apple,after taking the number one spot last quarter from Nokia, slipped to the number two spot worldwide.
But even after relying on the iPhone 4 for five quarters and the iPhone 3G S for nine, demand for the iPhone remained strong enough for Apple to realize double-digit growth year over year. Now that Apple has launched its iPhone 4S and re-priced its older models in multiple countries, Apple stands poised to challenge Samsung for the leadership position
Vendors shipped 118.1 million units in 3Q11 compared to 82.8 million units in the 3Q10, according to IDC....
Batman: Arkham Asylum comes to the Mac
Feral Interactive has today released the Mac version of the action adventure Batman: Arkham Asylum, making it available both in a retail product as well as online through digital download partners and the Mac App Store.
Developed by Rocksteady Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment with DC Entertainment for game consoles and PC, Batman: Arkham Asylum features an original story by Paul Dini, Batman writer and five-time Emmy Award-winner. In the game, Batman finds himself trapped inside the confines of Gotham’s psychiatric hospital for the criminally insane, Arkham Asylum.
The Joker has set a trap for The Dark Knight and has conspired with the deranged inmates to destroy Gotham. Gamers will move in the shadows, instigate fear amongst their enemies and confront The Joker and Gotham City’s most notorious villains including Harley Quinn, Bane, Killer Croc, Poison Ivy and Scarecrow, who have taken over the asylum. The game puts players right in the action as they...
Sprint looking into iPhone 4S speed issues
Sprint says it's looking into reports of problems with iPhone 4S download speeds on its network, but the carrier has yet to consistently reproduce the issue, notes "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).
Not long after Sprint began carrying Apple's best-selling smartphone last month, customers began reporting connection issues and slow speeds. As of Wednesday evening, a support discussion on Sprint's website has received 1,291 replies and more than 240,000 views, notes "AppleInsider."
Sprint's head of product development Fared Adib tells "CNET" that "we're taking the reports of problems from a small number of customers seriously" but that "there's nothing of significance to report yet." Read more at http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-20129291-94/sprint-were-taking-the-ipho... .
Nielsen: iPhone has 28% of the US smartphone market
According to the third quarter Nielsen survey (http://www.nielsen.com) of the smartphone market, 43% of Americans now own smartphones, up five percentage points in the past six months.
Android has 43% of the smartphone market and the iPhone has 28%, according to the research group. The phones held those exact percentages in Nielsen's last survey three months ago.
Nielsen says that while 43% of all US mobile phone subscribers own a smartphone, described as "a mobile phone with a powerful operating system," the vast majority of those under the age of 44 now have smartphones. In fact, 62% of mobile adults aged 25-34 report owning smartphones. And among those 18-24 and 35-44 years old the smartphone penetration rate is hovering near 54%.
Other groups show slightly lower penetration rates. Around 40% of 12-17 year-old teens and 40% of 45-54 year-olds reported owning a smartphone, as opposed to a more basic feature phone.
After younger adults, the segment with the second fastest-growing...
Apple goes after iPhone porn domain names
Apple has filed a complaint with World Intellectual Property Forum over seven domain names that include the term “iPhone” and forward to a mobile porn service, reports "DomainName" (http://domainnamewire.com/).
The seven domains (NSFW) are iphonecamforce.com, iphonecam4s.com, iphoneporn4s.com, iphonesex4s.com, iphonexxxforce.com, iphone4s.com and porn4iphones.com. All of the domain names are using Moniker’s privacy service to shield their whois records.
myIncome is new income tracking app for Lion
Michael S. Swan has introduced myIncome 1.0 for Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion"). It's an US$39.99 lightweight, income tracking application available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Finance category.
myIcome is designed especially for those who don't work the same number of hours every week and/or work for a variety of employers. The software tracks whether or not users have been paid correctly for the hours they've worked. Featuring an integrated budgeting function, income can be viewed by: type, employer, event/job, totals per employer, and estimated gross and net.
Launching myIncome displays just one window from which all views and functions can be selected. In the left column, the user can choose from five different views: Income, Income Types, Employers, Budget, and Overview. Excepting the last, all views include a large display section in the center that includes column headings, while the appropriate input fields are located in the right column.
RunRev announces LiveCode Game Academy
RunRev has announced at the MacTech Conference its new LiveCode Game Academy, whereby both new and experienced developers will learn to create mobile games in just seven weeks.
The academy will run online weekly from Dec. 3 to Jan. 31 with a two-week break over the holidays. It's a free, no obligation program. Information and registration details are available online at http://www.runrev.com/academy .
LiveCode was designed to give software and mobile app developers the easiest way to create applications for any platform or purpose, according to the folks at RunRev. It's a cross-platform solution that enables shared code across multiple platforms and devices.
In addition to LiveCode for mobile devices, deployment packs include Mac OS X desktops, Windows desktops, Linux desktops, and web browsers such as Safari, Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer. LiveCode pricing begins at US$99 for a one-seat, personal use license, with additional pricing options for various commercial and...
Libratone debuts AirPlay-enabled sound systems
Libratone, a brand known in Europe for its high-end sound systems, makes its U.S. debut with the launch of two AirPlay-enabled options: the Libratone Live and Libratone Lounge.
Apple's AirPlay allows users to stream songs from their iTunes music libraries on a Mac or PC, as well as music stored on their iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, through their Wi-Fi networks. The Libratone Lounge system is designed to make every corner of the room the ideal spot for sound while the Libratone Live allows for versatility due to its smaller size, says Soeren Louis Pedersen, chief sales officer of Libratone.
"Another attractive feature is the gorgeous design of both systems, which is heightened with quality hand-picked materials including Italian cashmere, chrome, wood and selected acoustic materials," he adds. "Libratone Live and Lounge allow you to experience big sound with minimalistic design without clumsy, clunky speakers. One is all you need.
Liberation is a reoccurring theme for Libratone as...
NewerTech announces NuStand mini XL Acrylic Riser for Mac mini
Newer Technology (http://www.newertech.com) has announced the US$49.95 NuStand mini XL riser. The solid, single-piece acrylic riser safely elevates a display over a Mac mini or levels the height of a smaller, secondary monitor connected to a 27" iMac.
The NuStand mini XL’s 3.5-inch clearance raises a LCD (up to 30 inches) or CRT (up to 22 inches) over a Mac mini to an ergonomically proper viewing height. Its open-design offers access to all ports and if applicable, the mini's optical drive slot.
Although the NuStand mini XL is designed for the Mac mini, it offers a display solution for 27-inch iMac owners wanting to use a smaller, secondary monitor. In addition to leveling the height between displays, the NuStand mini XL also provides the ideal location for an Apple Wireless Keyboard, an external hard drive solution, and other low-profile devices, according to the folks at Newer Technology.
Soundfreaq launches wireless speaker with DubSub technology
Soundfreaq (http://www.soundfreaq.com/) has launched the US$399 Sound Stack, the company’s latest and largest hi-fi wireless speaker. Sound Stack is the third Bluetooth home speaker in the Soundfreaq line.
It features DubSub, a 2.2 speaker configuration pairing two full-range drivers with two active subwoofers. It also sports custom-engineered Kevlar-reinforced drivers, a tuned triple-ported housing and Soundfreaq’s proprietary UQ3 spatial sound enhancement.
As with all Soundfreaq products, Sound Stack allows users to stream music wirelessly from any Bluetooth compatible device including the iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Android and Blackberry. It also features docking and charging for iPad, iPhone and iPod devices as well as a universal USB-charging port.
Not just for music, Sound Stack’s exceptional audio enhances the entertainment experience for movies, TV shows, videos, games, and apps from any smart device, says Matthew Paprocki, co-founder and creative director of Soundfreaq. With...
Logitech introduces Mini Boombox
Logitech (http://www.logitech.com) has unveiled the Logitech Mini Boombox, an US$99.99, compact sound system for music, movies, games and calls that pairs with smartphones, tablets and other Bluetooth-enabled devices.
It features a specially designed acoustic chamber that lets you enjoy great sound with enhanced bass, and the handy speakerphone with built-in mic gives you clear calls in the office, in the car or in the back yard, says Azmat Ali, vice president of tablets and mobile for Logitech. The Mini Boombox pairs with smartphones, tablets and other devices that support Bluetooth Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP), and works with phones that support Bluetooth Hands-Free Profile (HFP 1.5).
It features an internal battery that charges over USB and it purportedly stays powered for up to 10 hours, depending on usage and environmental settings. The Mini Boombox also sports a backlit touch control panel.
Speakal introduces new docking station/speaker system
Speakal (http://www.speakal.com) has introduced the iKurv, a starship-like iPod/iPhone docking station/speaker system.
It sports a built-in digital amplifier that delivers 20 watts of sound with "glamorous" accent lighting that provides a cool space-like glow that can be adjusted to four brightness levels using the remote. The iKurv is currently available in black, with multiple colors (pink, blue, white, yellow and green) coming soon. It's priced at US$79.99 for a limited time; the regular price is $89.89.
Lightweight at around one pound, the iKurv also charges your iPod while playing music and lets you add drama to your movies or gaming -- just connect it to a TV, gaming console, or other music source to amplify sound with its r amplification system. iKurv’s universal cradle plays all iPhones and iPods (including iOS4, iPhone 3, iPhone 4, and iPhone 4S) with frequencies from 90Hz-20KHz for a total output of 20 Watts of sound.
XtremeMac Luna Voyager II available
XtremeMac (http://www.xtrememac.com) is shipping the $69.99 Luna Voyager II, a low profile, FM dual alarm clock and personal audio system for the iPod, iPhone or iPad.
The Luna Voyager II delivers four watts of power and dual speakers. Users can choose to set alarms directly from the Apple device with the free Luna Voyager app -- available at the Apple App Store -- or manually on the dock itself.
Dual independent alarm settings allow two users to wake to iPod, FM radio or chime. Additionally, the Luna Voyager II features a battery backup to ensure users will never miss an alarm.
Qmadix introduces twin tablet charging kit
Qmadix has announced the USB Twin Tablet Charging Kit that provides 20W (4.2 amps) of power and allows users to simultaneously charge two separate iPads.
The vehicle charging kit includes a USB Twin Tablet Charging Hub made from heat resistant polycarbonate and offers advanced smart circuitry to prevent overheating, according to Greg Keushgerian, executive vice president of sales and marketing, Qmadix. Each port delivers 2.1 amps of power to properly charge your Apple device. The kit includes a USB Charging-Data Sync Cable featuring the approved 30-pin connector made for the iPod, iPhone and iPad.
The USB Twin Tablet Charging Kit is available at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$39.99. It will be offered at retailers such as hhgregg, Fry’s Electronics, Micro-Center, Macmall.com and Qmadix.com.
Better Finder Rename for Mac OS X upgraded to version 8.92
PublicSpace.net (http://www.publicspace.net) has released A Better Finder Rename 8.89, the latest version of its contextual menu plug-in that allows users to rename multiple files. The upgrade adds the ability to run in full screen mode on Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion").
The renaming engine leverages all the latest Mac OS X technologies by using a 64-bit multi-threaded garbage collected architecture based around Leopard's Core Data database system. A Better Finder Rename sports an instant preview feature.
The tool features capture time and date extraction (EXIF JPEG and most RAW formats) for digital photographers, ID3 tag extraction for music lovers, regular expression support, plain-text file import for renaming from databases and many other features.
A Better Finder Rename is US$19.95 shareware for a single user license. Family, business and enterprise licensing is also available. Customers may chose to include a "forever upgrade" with their purchase. A Better Finder Rename requires Mac OS...
Flexiglass for Mac OS X gets Quick Layouts improvements
Nulana has updated Flexiglass (http://nulana.com/flexiglass), an application for management of Mac OS X windows, to version 1.5.1. The upgrade adds improvements for Quick Layouts and fixes several issues.
With Flexiglass, windows can be moved, resized, maximized and closed with a mouse, trackpad multi-touch gestures, and keyboard shortcuts. Application settings can be modified to move and resize, real zoom and quick layouts to suit user needs and preferences.
Flexiglass requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.5 or higher and costs US$7.99. A demo is available for download.
Mariner Software forms partnership with publishing company
Mariner is expanding its reach into the creative writing market by forming a partnership with the online publishing company _trekden.
StoryMill, the novel writing software from Mariner, now includes an integrated Publish feature, providing free editing and publishing services through _trekden. When using Mariner's StoryMill, writers will be able to bring their story from conception to completion, says _trekden President T.K. Dennis. With _trekden, StoryMill users will have the advantage of their stories being expedited through the _trekden publishing process as premium clients, he adds.
StoryMill is available as a full working demo from the Mariner Software website (http://marinersoftware.com). Registration is US$49.95 for an electronic download.
SERank for Mac OS X adds support for new search engines
RAGE Software has released SERank 2.6 (http://www.ragesw.com/products/search-engine-rank.html), an update to the Mac OS X search engine rank checker. The upgrade adds support for over a dozen new search engines, including the Yandex search engine. It also fixes issues with entering CAPTCHA codes after performing too many searches in a short amount of time.
SERank will monitor search engine rankings for any number of keywords and display changes to a website's search engine rankings over time. It allows Mac users to track where their websites appear in over 100 search engines worldwide.
SERank 2.6 requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later. It costs US$99.95 for the standard edition and $14.95 for the professional version.
Brickshooter Egypt available at the Macgamestore
Playrix's Brickshooter Egypt is now available at the Macgamestore (http://www.macgamestore.com). It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later and costs US$6.99.
Here's how the game is described: "Unravel the mysteries of ancient hieroglyphs that will help you restore the glorious pyramids. A totally new brain-teasing puzzle experience across 60+ exciting levels with stunning graphics and amazing sound is what Brickshooter Egypt has to offer. Truly original, innovative and extremely addictive gameplay will keep you moving these bricks for hours on end. Crack the intriguing puzzles of the past and unlock the secrets of the pharaohs."
Maintain serves up a new Cocktail for Lion users
Maintain has released Cocktail 5.0.2, the latest version of Cocktail (http://www.maintain.se/c). It's compatible with Mac OS X 10.7.2 ("Lion"). Version 5.0.2 also addresses compatibility issues with the latest versions of Safari, Firefox and Google Chrome and contains miscellaneous bug fixes and overall improvements.
Cocktail is a general purpose utility for Mac OS X that offers a variety of practical features designed to simplify the use of advanced UNIX function. Cocktail 5.0.2 (Lion Edition) requires Mac OS X/Mac OS X Server 10.7 or later and is tested for compatibility with Mac OS X/Mac OS X Server 10.7.1.
Cocktail (Snow Leopard Edition) for Mac OS X 10.6 and Cocktail (Leopard Edition) for Mac OS X 10.5 are available for download from the Maintain website. Cocktail is US$19 for a single user license and available for purchase from the Maintain website. The license is valid for both Lion and Snow Leopard editions of Cocktail. Cocktail (Leopard Edition) is distributed as freeware...
Computech updates BusinessMan CRM, ERP software
Business Software Developer Computech IT Services Ltd have launched a new version of their BusinessMan software for Mac OS X and Windows platforms.
BusinessMan Enterprise allows companies to manage all aspects of their business from prospect first contact to invoice. It's a modular, ERP system with CRM capabilities, quotations and invoicing modules, suppliers and stock management, BOM (bill of materials), infinite levels of stock categories and subcategories, multi-currency estimating, sales order processing and purchase, order processing, a fully integrated email client and also a fully featured and integrated drag and drop resource scheduler.
A vital module called “Opportunities” has now been implemented into BusinessMan Enterprise (as standard) which allows you to manage your sales processes to prospective and existing customers. Other new features included in BusinessMan Enterprise Version 4 include:
° New interface elements with more reporting as standard;
° The ability to...
'YML' looks at the rumored Apple HDTV, more
The new "Your Mac Life" episode looks at the rumored Apple HDTV and "Bill Gates's vs. Steve Jobs."
You can listen in this and every Wednesday evening from 5:30 to 8 pm (Pacific). Live video is on Your Mac Life! You can watch the show live at http://yml.macosg.com/ -- or you can listen in to the plain old audio feed at http://www.yourmaclifeshow.com/QT/stream.mov .
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Jobs' bio sells 379,000 copies in first week
Walter Isaacson's biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs -- entitled simply "Steve Jobs" -- sold 379,000 copies in the US in its first week on bookshop shelves, BookScan (http://macte.ch/BYkMV) US data has revealed.
The US$35 book is published by Simon & Schuster in the US. The biography is already the 18th bestselling book of the year. It sits one place ahead of John Grisham's The Confession (Dell) and one place behind Rick Riordan's "The Son of Neptune" (Hyperion) in the year-to-date BookScan US bestseller list.
Walter Isaacson’s 656-page biography scored the biggest week of sales for any book in the US since November last year, when Jeff Kinney's "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth" (Amulet) and George W Bush's "Decision Points" (Crown) both sold more than 430,000 copies at US booksellers in seven days.
Macs/iPads have Apple in second place among computer vendors
Canalys (http://www.canalys.com) says that third quarter (Q3 2011) worldwide computer shipment volumes showed healthy year-on-year growth of 18%. The proliferation of pads drove overall market expansion, though the form factor continued to disrupt traditional desktop, notebook and, in particular, netbook sales, according to the research group.
Total pad shipments were almost three times as many as in the same period a year ago. Notebooks grew 9% and desktops increased 8%, but netbooks declined 28%. Apple’s tablet shipments were up 166%, as sales of the iPad 2 continued to gain momentum, though its share of the worldwide market fell from 96% in Q3 2010 to 67% in Q3 2011 as a result of increasing competition from vendors such as Samsung, Asus and Acer.
Canalys predicts further market share erosion next quarter, despite strong holiday sales. Apple sold 11 million iPads in the last quarter and this strong performance kept it firmly in second place in the total computer market with a 15%...
Telefonica Czech Republic doesn't like Apple's...
Telefonica Czech Republic AS won’t sell Apple’s new iPhone 4S and will end sales of all Apple’s models because of Apple’s business terms, "Hospodarske Noviny" (http://ihned.cz/) reports -- quoting Telefonica’s local spokesman Hany Farghali.
The Czech units of Vodafone Group and T-Mobile International AG will start selling Apple’s iPhone 4s today, the newspaper adds. Also, the Apple smartphone will be available in Hong Kong, South Korea and 13 additional countries on Friday, Nov. 11.
Samsung to depose Apple designers
Apple and Samsung’s US-based litigation is on track for a trial next July. Depositions of some of Apple’s key iPhone inventors will be taking place "relatively soon," notes "Edible Apple" (http://macte.ch/TOecY).
The inventors on Samsung’s radar include Jonathan Ive, Douglas Satzger, Shin Nishibori, and Christopher Stringer. Originally, these depositions were supposed to be completed by November 1. Samsung in mid-October, however, filed a motion seeking an extension since the witnesses would be unavailable before then, notes "Edible Apple."
Small Spanish company beats Apple in tablet design lawsuit
A small Spanish tablet computer maker named Nuevas Tecnologías y Energías Catalá from the Valencia region has successfully defended its Android-based tablet computers (marketed under the label NT-K) in court.
NT-K is now seeking damages from Apple for a temporary seizure of its products by Spanish customs, reports "FOSS Patents" (http://macte.ch/oRMib). What's more, the company is pursuing an antitrust complaint against Apple, alleging abusive anticompetitive behavior.
"What makes this is even more noteworthy is the fact that Apple asserted the same design-related right -- a so-called Community design -- with which it won two injunctions against Samsung in Germany (one related to the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and another one related to the Galaxy Tab 7.7) but lost in the Netherlands (where an injunction was granted only against certain Samsung smartphones and based on a technical patent, not a design-related right)," notes "FOSS Patents."
Southern Stars offers MacTech Conference specials
Southern Stars (http://www.southernstars.com/) is offering sale prices on all its products in conjunction with this week's MacTech Conference.
Everything is 30% to 40% off for the three days of the conference (Nov. 2-3). Special prices will all be listed at point-of-sale -- the Apple App Stores and the SkyWire web site (http://www.southernstars.com/products/skyfi/index.html). Discounted products include: SkySafari 3, SkySafari 3 Plus and SkySafari 3 Pro for iOS; SkySafari, SkySafari Plus and SkySafari Pro for Mac OS X; and the SkyWire serial accessory, SkyFi-USB wireless adapter and the Telescope Serial Cable.
Twelve South introduces PlugBug
Twelve South has introduced PlugBug, an iPad/iPhone wall charger that piggybacks onto a MacBook power adapter, allowing you to charge a MacBook and an iPad/iPhone simultaneously from one power outlet. Made to fit all MacBook Power Adapters, PlugBug is available now at http://www.twelvesouth.com for US$34.99.
The charger connects to all MacBook, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air power adapters. Simply snap PlugBug onto an adapter, in place of the adapter’s AC plug, and you now have one device that charges an Apple laptop MacBook and iPad or iPhone at the same time, using only one wall outlet.
hose outside the U.S. and Canada can use PlugBug as the perfect U.S. adapter and iPad/iPhone charger, says Andrew Green, creative director at Twelve South. Not only does PlugBug convert any non-U.S. MacBook power adapter into a North American-compatible adapter, it also serves as a bonus USB charger for iPad and iPhone.
C Spire Wireless to offer iPhone 4S starting Nov. 11
C Spire Wireless will begin offering the iPhone 4S in the U.S. starting on Friday, Nov. 11. Pre-registration go to http://www.cspire.com/iphone .
C Spire Wireless is a wireless communications company that offers personalized wireless services designed just for them. The company claims to be the first provider in the U.S. wireless industry to personalize customers’ experience by "offering apps that fit who they are, services that anticipate their needs, and rewards for using their phone in new ways."
The iPhone 4S will be available starting at US$199.99 for the 16GB model, $299.99 for the 32GB model and $399.99 for the 64GB model with a new two-year contract and data plan. In addition, the iPhone 4 8GB model is available for $99.99, also with a new two-year contract and data plan. iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 will be available at C Spire Wireless retail stores, online at http://www.cspire.com/iPhone and through the Telesales group at 1-855-CSPIRE4.
C Spire customers can pre-register for...
Wasabi is new to-do app for Lion
Random Ideas has introduced Wasabi 1.0 for Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion"). It's a desktop companion to Wasabi for iPhone. Wasabi costs US$19.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.
Wasabi is a to-do list app that lets you create, manage and organize your to-dos directly on your desktop. You can group them by project, goal or location. Features include over-the-air syncing and task sharing.
You can create Quicklists -- fast lists of things to do that you create like editing a note. With Wasabi you can set projects, goals, or tasks as your "Focus," allowing you to focus on a single project.
MacBook Air, iPad 2 win 'PC World' awards
The revamped MacBook Air and the iPad 2 are among the winners of the 100 Best Products of 2011, as awarded by "PC World" magazine (http://www.pcworld.com).
Topping PCWorld’s list this year is the high-speed backbone for many of today’s hottest phones, tablets, and other connected devices: Verizon’s 4G LTE wireless network, which provides data speeds that rival wired broadband connections. The Top 10 also includes the MacBook Air at number two and the iPad 2 at number six.
Intel’s powerful, energy-efficient Sandy Bridge CPUs, Samsung’s Galaxy S II Android smartphone, and Microsoft’s movement-controlled Kinect gaming system round out the top five. See the entire list at http://www.pcworld.com/100best .
-- Dennis Sellers
Sorenson Media launches Sorenson Squeeze 8
Sorenson Media has released Sorenson Squeeze 8, which adds enhanced functionality and ease-of-use to the company’s video encoding and transcoding application at a lower price point. In addition, the company has also introduced Sorenson Squeeze 8 Lite, which makes select features of Squeeze 8 accessible to prosumers at a further reduced price.
Key additions to Sorenson Squeeze 8 include: Squeeze Server integration; adaptive bitrate encoding for new formats, unprecedented x264 support and optimization; and enhanced GPU acceleration. The new version’s seamless integration with Squeeze Server maximizes encoding and transcoding power for the enterprise and other high-volume users by enabling users to free up their desktop machines by offloading encoding jobs to a separate server.
Sorenson Squeeze 8 includes optimized performance for all three leading adaptive bitrate streaming platforms: Adobe Dynamic Streaming; Apple HTTP Adaptive Streaming; and Microsoft Smooth Streaming. The adaptive...