Blackmagic adds Avid DNxHD recording, playback to HyperDeck...
Blackmagic Design (http://www.blackmagic-design.com) has announced HyperDeck Software Update 2.0, a new software update for HyperDeck Studio that adds broadcast quality compressed 10 bit recording and playback to the Avid DNxHD format.
DNxHD is a broadcast industry standard for media files. Adding native support for this compressed video format into HyperDeck Studio will allow dramatically longer recording times, lower media storage costs, and full file format compatibility with Avid Media Composer systems, according to the folks at Blackmagic. All media is recorded in MXF format, so it’s immediately available in Media Composer.
HyperDeck Software Update 2.0 will be available at the end of November free of charge for all HyperDeck Studio customers. HyperDeck Studio still includes support for uncompressed 10-bit video. HyperDeck Studio is available for US$995.
RapidWeaverThemes relaunches with 10 new themes
RapidWeaverThemes has relaunched its website in collaboration with iPresentee and added 10 new themes for RapidWeaver, Realmac's website building application.
The themes are Real Estate, Solid Grey, Tea, Ink, Sport Extreme, Pregnancy Diary, Village, Illustrator, Whitewater Canoeing and Time for Business. They include different built-in styles, page styles and snippets for more advanced theme editing options.
Each theme can be previewed before the purchase so users can see exactly what they're getting. To get started buy, download, install the theme, choose the perfect one for you, and get to work.
The themes require Mac OS X 10.4 or higher and RapidWeaver 4.0 or later. Each RapidWeaver theme is available from US$12.99. Samples and more information are available from the RapidWeaverThemes web site (http://www.rapidweaverthemes.net).
Jumsoft relesases new clipart collection
Jumsoft (http://www.jumsoft.com) has released Clipart Prime 1.0, their new clipart library for Mac OS X 10.6 and higher. It packs 100 clipart images for creating icons or illustrating Web pages, slide presentations, invitations, newsletters, and various other types of content.
Themes vary from business and science symbols to food, with 10 subject categories included in the debut version. All Clipart Prime images have transparent backgrounds to allow users to place them on existing images with different colors and patterns.
The PNG format lets you change brightness, contrast, and other image properties. In addition, images are available in two resolutions -- 75 dpi for the Web and 300 dpi for printing. Clipart Prime is compatible with Apple's Pages and Keynote applications, as well as with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and various graphic editors.
Clipart Prime 1.0 costs US$18.99. It's available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category.
AT&T: other iPhone carriers not hurting our business
AT&T Inc.'s customers have remained loyal despite losing its exclusivity for selling the iPhone, the U.S. telecommunications company tells "MarketWatch" (http://macte.ch/7zPzg).
"Churn has not moved at all," said Glen Lurie, president of emerging devices for AT&T. Churn refers to the number of customers who cancel services.
Lurie adds that AT&T's relationship with Apple has been positive, and they've had record-breaking sales of the latest iPhone 4S which has led to some supply issues. U.S. consumers are looking at a week to two week wait times to get the latest iPhone 4S from AT&T, he said.
T-Mobile's 4G network expands to cover more locations
T-Mobile USA (http://www.T-Mobile.com) says it's doubled the speed of its 4G network in 11 additional markets, offering faster 4G (HSPA+ 42) to nearly 180 million Americans in 163 markets.
In addition, T-Mobile expanded the reach of its nationwide 4G (HSPA+ 21) network to nine additional markets, now covering 208 markets across the country and reaching more than 200 million people, according to Neville Ray, chief technology officer, T-Mobile USA.
The company also recently introduced the T-Mobile Sonic 4G Mobile HotSpot, T-Mobile’s fastest mobile hotspot, providing access to T-Mobile’s 4G (HSPA+ 42) network for up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices including iPads, tablets, music players, gaming consoles, laptops, cameras and e-readers, among other devices, all from virtually anywhere.
Apptec Expo slated for June 2012
Apptec Expo 2012 (http://www.apptec-expo.com) -- a trade show exclusively dedicated to apps, app-technologies, solutions and integration for the business sector -- will be held June 12 and 13, 2012, in Berlin, Germany.
Over 3000 international trade show visitors and 150 specialist suppliers are expected to attend. HF media & events, a trade publisher and trade show organizer, is the company behind apptec Expo 2012.
Troi Automatisering releases Troi Dialog Plug-in 5.5.5
Troi Automatisering (http://www.troi.com/) has released Troi Dialog Plug-in 5.5.5 for FileMaker Pro 11.
Troi Dialog Plug-in is a tool for displaying all sorts of dialogs in FileMaker Pro 11. The text of the dialog and of the buttons can be created dynamically by using a calculation. Troi Dialog Plug-in 5.5.5 is a minor maintenance release with some bug fixes.
A fully functional demo version of Troi Dialog Plug-in 5.5.5 is available for downloading at http://www.troi.com/software/dialogplugin.html . It works with FileMaker Pro 9, 10 and 11. The plug-in can also be used with runtimes from FileMaker Pro Advanced 9, 10 or FileMaker Pro Advanced 11. The plug-in is available for Mac OS X (10.5.7 and higher) and Windows.
Licenses cost US$59 per user. Upgrading to version 5.5.5 is free for all users of version 5.5.x. Troi Dialog Plug-in 5.5.5 works with the same 5.5 registration string.
Users who bought a license for Troi Dialog Plug-in on or after Feb. 1, 2008, are entitled to a free upgrade...
'YML' looks at Kindle vs. iPad, iTunes Match
The new "Your Mac Life" episode looks at iTunes Match and pits the new Kindle against the iPad.
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 .
You can join one of the two Chat Rooms that run during the live show -- on the live video site or on the dedicated IRC Server at irc.chat-solutions.org in the #yourmaclife Channel.
ITC delays S3 Graphics vs. Apple case
Yesterday the ITC had a deadline in the investigation of S3 Graphics' complaint against Apple, but instead of a ruling, the U.S. trade agency and quasi-judicial authority announced that it pushed back the target date for its Commission determination by six days until Monday, Nov. 21.
The Commission is the six-member decision-making body at the top of the ITC. Administrative Law Judges make preliminary decisions, but the Commission has the final say. What lends the case particular significance is that S3 Graphics is being acquired by HTC, so any headway it makes could give the Taiwanese handset maker leverage, "though I tend to doubt that the combined power of HTC and S3 Graphics is going to force Apple into a settlement anytime soon," Florien Mueller writes for "FOSS Patents" (http://macte.ch/YJF6O).
Last week Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) failed to persuade a U.S. judge to halt a patent dispute S3 Graphics has against Apple at the U.S. International Trade Commission, according to a...
iCal's US Holidays calendar has wrong date for Presidential...
Apple's iCal Subscription calendar for US Holidays -- which you can find at http://macte.ch/U94vs -- has the wrong date listed for the 2012 presidential election.
It lists it election day as Nov. 13, 2012; that's the second Tue of the month. However, election day falls on the Tuesday after the first Monday of the mont. In other words, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
iPad 2, iPhone 4S top SodaHead holiday gift wish poll
Consumers have revealed their holiday gift wishes according to a poll conducted by SodaHead.com, an opinion based social community. And it's good news for Apple.
As the tablet wars heat up and consumers are presented with dozens of iOS and Android-based options, the clear winner on consumer's holiday wish lists is the Apple iPad 2, as 65% of those wanting a tablet hope to receive the top-selling device on the market. The latest entrants in the tablet market from Amazon and Barnes & Noble have not yet made a significant impact, as only 24% of respondents are hoping to receive a Kindle Fire and 11% desire the recently announced Nook Tablet.
Even though the iPad 2 is leading the tablet pack, Apple's tablet is not the top overall tech choice for the holidays, as 39% of respondents hope to receive an iPhone 4S, compared to 31% hoping for an iPad 2. The Amazon Kindle Fire is the tech item of choice for 17% of respondents and 13% are hoping that Santa brings Xbox Kinect down the...
Apple products do well in 'PCMag' Best of Year list
"PCMag" (http://www.PCMag.com) has announced its 2011 Best of the Year honorees. This year 138 products -- 71 Gold and 68 Silver winners -- made the cut, from companies like Apple, HP, Amazon, Nintendo, Symantec and Sony.
The 21-inch Thunderbolt iMac told the silver medal (second place) in the desktop category. The Thunderbolt Mac mini won a silver medal in the compact/slim desktop division.
The 13-inch Thunderbolt Macbook Air took the Gold prize in the ultraportable laptop category. Not surprisingly, the iPad 2 took the top honors in the tablets competition. The iPhone 4S was declared best mobile phone for Sprint (but won no honors for the AT&T and Verizon models).
-- Dennis Sellers
Apple shipped 17 million iPhones in third quarter
Worldwide sales of mobile devices totaled 440.5 million units in the third quarter of 2011, up 5.6% from the same period last year, according to Gartner (http://www.gartner.com).
Smartphone sales to end users reached 115 million units in the third quarter of 2011, up 42% from the third quarter of 2010, according to the research group. Sequentially, smartphone sales slowed to 7% growth from the second quarter of 2011 to the third quarter of 2011. Smartphone sales accounted for 26% of all mobile phone sales, growing only marginally from 25% in the previous quarter.
Some consumers held off upgrading in the third quarter because they were waiting for promotions on other new high-end models that were launched in the run-up to the fourth quarter holiday season," says Roberta Cozza, principal research analyst at Gartner. "Other consumers were waiting for a rumored new iPhone and associated price cuts on older iPhone models; this affected U.S. sales particularly."
Despite a drop in...
Macworld/iWorld Tech Talk presenters named
IDG World Expo has announced the full lineup of Tech Talks for Macworld | iWorld, a three-day event that will take place Jan. 26-28, 2012, at the Moscone Center -- West Hall in San Francisco.
More than 75 Tech Talks -- including educational sessions, interactive panel discussions, practical "how-to" presentations and "tips and tricks" learning opportunities -- will be led by the industry's leading topic experts, innovative thinkers and creative geniuses, including 30 presenters participating for the first time, according to Paul Kent, vice president and general manager of Macworld | iWorld. The Tech Talks program also will include Macworld | iWorld RapidFire, a brand new two-hour event featuring consecutive five-minute presentations designed to inform and entertain attendees, he adds.
The full schedule of Tech Talks can be found at: http://www.macworldiworld.com/techtalks . Attendee registration is now open at: https://register.rcsreg.com/r2/macsf2012/ga/clear.html . Information about...
Chinese leaders offer 'cautious praise' for Apple
Chinese environmental leaders offered "cautious praise" for Apple's attempts to meet their concerns, commending its efforts to increase scrutiny of suppliers but criticizing the company for a continued lack of "adequate transparency," notes the "Wall Street Journal" (http://macte.ch/cdFdg).
Apple officials met with the leaders of five environmental groups on Tuesday. Apple told them that it has launched audits of 15 suppliers the groups had previously accused of polluting, says the "WSJ."
Spacious 1.0 speeds up switching between Lion Spaces
IOSPIRIT has released Spacious 1.0, which allows switching between Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion") Spaces and fullscreen apps with every mouse. It's available for US$5.99 in the Mac App Store.
You can switch via the Spacious Navigator that's shown when the mouse cursor is moved to the display borders. Or directly with many mice wheels.
The Spacious Navigator appears when you move your mouse to your display's borders and keep moving. Click on the Navigator to switch to the next or previous space. You can right-click on the Spacious Navigator to access recently used applications and Mission Control.
Hover over an app's icon and a close button appears, allowing you to quit that app. If your mouse wheel can scroll left and right (often possible by tilting it), you can turn on an option in Spacious and use it to switch to the next and previous space instead.
3 Days: Zoo Mystery comes to the Mac
Realore Studios has introduced 3 Days: Zoo Mystery 1.0, a gaming title for Mac OS X 10.6.6 and higher. It costs US$0.99 and is available at the Mac App Store.
Here's how the game is described: "In 3 Days: Zoo Mystery gamers play as the young and beautiful detective Anna. Someone has stolen all the animals from her uncle's zoo. Anna searches for clues, solves riddles, and uses her charm and wit to get the citizens of the town to help her find the criminals. 3 Days: Zoo Mystery combines classic hidden object gameplay with numerous mini games seamlessly tied into the main story.
"The game features 27 levels set in different corners of the town such as the docks, old warehouse, circus and many others. Each level has several hidden object missions as well as various mini games to brake the pace and keep the players entertained all the way through Anna's adventure. After the player completes the level all the mini games become available from the main menu which adds to the replay value.
Boris releases Continuum Complete 8 AVX
Boris FX (http://www.borisfx.com) has released Boris Continuum Complete 8 AVX (BCC 8 AVX). The new version delivers 200-plus VFX and compositing filters to Avid Media Composer, NewsCutter, and Symphony.
Flicker Remover and Videoscope tools, integrated Beat Reactor technology for audio-driven effect animation, a new Film Glow filter, and support for 64-bit operating systems headline the version 8 release. BCC AVX gives Avid editors a comprehensive VFX and compositing plug-in suite
Filters include 3D Objects such as Extruded Text, 3D particle effects, image restoration tools, lens flares and lights, chroma keying and compositing, a full suite of color correction tools, time-based effects such as Optical Stabilizer, warp and perspective effects, and blurs, glows, and cinematic effects. All BCC AVX filters take advantage of either multi-processing or OpenGL hardware acceleration for an interactive effects design experience.
Over 1,000 presets are included free with every installation of...
Intel reveals details of next-gen computing platforms
At this week's SC11 conference in Seattle, Intel (http://www.intel.com) evealed details about the company’s next-generation Intel Xeon processor-based and Intel Many Integrated Core (Intel MIC)-based platforms designed for high-performance computing (HPC).
During his briefing at the conference, Rajeeb Hazra, general manager of Technical Computing, Intel Datacenter and Connected Systems Group, said that the Intel Xeon processor E5 family is the world’s first server processor to support full integration of the PCI Express 3.0 specification. PCIe 3.0 is estimated to double the interconnect bandwidth over the PCIe 2.0 specification while enabling lower power and higher density server implementations. New fabric controllers taking advantage of the PCI Express 3.0 specification will allow more efficient scaling of performance and data transfer with the growing number of nodes in HPC supercomputers, says Hazra.
The early performance benchmarks revealed that the Intel Xeon E5 delivers up to...
Verbatim ships second gen mobile keyboard for tablets
Verbatim (http://www.verbatim.com) is shipping its second generation Bluetooth Wireless Mobile Keyboard. The new model (US$79.99) is designed to work with Bluetooth-enabled iPhone, iPad, iPad 2 and Android tablet devices with HID keyboard support such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab and Motorola Xoom.
Like the original model, the new keyboard also features a compact design that folds for portability. It also comes with a carrying case for convenient storage in your briefcase or purse. Plus, enhanced Bluetooth capability allows you to pair the wireless keyboard with up to six devices at a time.
The Bluetooth Wireless Mobile Keyboard features soft-touch keys. A built-in media console lets you play, pause and control your digital music with the touch of a button. The new model of the keyboard also includes new smart keys for Apple iOS devices, including cut, copy, paste and undo, along with brightness, power off and device locking keys.
The Bluetooth Wireless Mobile Keyboard includes a bonus...
WD delivers new line of network storage servers
Western Digital has introduced the WD Sentinel DX4000, a network storage solution designed specifically to meet the demands of small-to-medium sized businesses (SMBs).
The WD Sentinel DX4000 includes the Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials operating system software and the Intel D525 Dual Core Atom CPU. It offers centralized shared storage and automatic server-based backup and restore for up to 25 devices (Macs and PCs) in the network.
The WD Sentinel DX4000 offers data protection with built-in hardware and software redundancy for all of the connected devices in the network. Capacities include 4 B and 8TB.
The WD Sentinel DX4000 is certified to be compatible with a variety of operating systems including Mac OS X Leopard and Snow Leopard for file sharing among Windows, Mac and Unix/Linux operating systems and allows businesses to share files with clients, consultants, and inter-office personnel regardless of the OS used.
The WD Sentinel DX4000 small office storage server is...
NewMacgadgets replicates Apple Store headphone stand
NewMacgadgets has introduced the US$29.95 Headphone Stand (http://macte.ch/bjdp1) that replicates the look of the Apple store display.
It's designed to duplicate the look of the Apple Store display while providing a storage space for the iPad, iMac or MacBook headphones. The Headphone Stand is constructed from 1/2-inch clear acrylic with a stainless steel arm and non-skid feet.
Digital Film Tools releases 64-bit plug-ins for Avid
Digital Film Tools (http://www.digitalfilmtools.com) says all its Avid plug-in product offerings -- including Composite Suite Pro, PhotoCopy, Rays and zMatte -- are now 64-bit and compatible with Media Composer and Symphony version 6.0, as well as NewsCutter version 10.0.
A free update for existing customers, the new 64-bit DFT plug-ins provide both professional and casual editors alike with speed and memory advantages that streamline the entire visual effects process, according to Marco Paolini, founder and president, Digital Film Tools.
Composite Suite Pro features a collection of visual effects plug-ins. DFT PhotoCopy lets you copy the brightness, color, tone, detail, grain and texture from one image and apply them to another. DFT Rays lets you create light ray effects.
DFT zMatte offers blue and green screen keying.
Avid AVX2 64-bit versions of Composite Suite Pro, PhotoCopy, Rays and zMatte are available now at the Digital Film Tools store. Prices range from US$99 to $39. In...
Dolly Drive Scheduler adds more control to Time Machine cloud...
Cirrus Thinking has posted Dolly Drive 1.6 (http://www.dollydrive.com), an update to its cloud storage for Mac OS X.
Dolly Drive is a subscription software and online storage service designed for Apple's Time Machine. Version 1.6 adds new functionalities to the Dolly Drive application via a scheduler that adds the ability to change hourly backup frequency, the ability to skip a set time during Time Machine backups, and the ability to set a start time and end time.
The Dolly Drive Scheduler gives the users the ability to backup according to the other demands on the network. This, combined with the speed control, provide "users with the ultimate control over the backup environment and system resources," according to Mark Ross, director of Client Services, Cirrus Thinking.
Version 1.6 upgrades are available for all Dolly Drive subscribers and will be included in all new Dolly Drive subscriptions. It works with Mac OS X 10.6 and higher.
Noteboom Productions introduces Tutor for Pages '09
Noteboom Productions has introduced Tutor for Pages '09 version2.0, their latest video tutorial. It's available for US$4.99 at the Mac App Store.
With Tutor for Pages, you can watch videos to learn how to use the word processor/document creation tool in iWork. The video tutorial consists of 49 video chapters on various subjects.
Dignitary Software offers Android DVD Video Converter for the...
Digiarty Software has launched an overall upgrade to support iOS 5 and Android devices, covering all its products for DVD backup and HD video conversion for the Mac.
All these programs designed to rip DVDs to MP4, H.264, MOV, FLV, MP3 Music, etc. or convert AVCHD, MOD, M2TS, MKV, etc. for Mac OS are added with specified profiles for iPhone 4S and are fully compatible with HTC, Samsung, XOOM, Galaxy Tab, and more. For details go to http://www.winxdvd.com/ .
Apple names Arthur D. Levinson Chairman of the Board
Apple has named Arthur D. Levinson (top photo) as the company’s non-executive Chairman of the Board.
Levinson has been a co-lead director of Apple’s board since 2005, has served on all three board committees -- audit and finance, nominating and corporate governance, and compensation—and will continue to serve on the audit committee. Apple also announced that Robert A. Iger (bottom photo), president and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, will join Apple’s board and will serve on the audit committee.
"Art has made enormous contributions to Apple since he joined the board in 2000,” says Apple CEO Tim Cook. "He has been our longest serving co-lead director, and his insight and leadership are incredibly valuable to Apple, our employees and our shareholders. Bob and I have gotten to know one another very well over the past few years and on behalf of the entire board, we think he is going to make an extraordinary addition to our already very strong board,. His strategic vision for Disney is...
Apple readying 15-inch MacBook Air for 2012?
"DigiTimes" (http://www.digitimes.com) -- whose predictions have been hit or miss for accuracy -- says upstream suppliers of Apple have recently started shipping a small volume of components for a 15-inch ultra-thin notebook model from Apple in November.
The device could be either a bigger MacBook Air or a thinner MacBook Pro. The new laptop is expected to appear as early as the second quarter of 2012, says "DigiTimes," quoting unnamed sources from the upstream supply chain.
Apple currently has three screen sizes for the MacBook Pro: 13, 15 and 17 inches. The MacBook Air comes in 11-inch and 13-inch models.
-- Dennis Sellers
Analyst thinks Cook will initiate Apple dividend policy
In a note to clients -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) -- analyst Brian Marshall with the International Strategy & Investment Group said his firm's surveys have indicated most investors don't think Apple will initiate a dividend policy in 2012.
However, he believes new CEO Tim Cook will make an effort to optimize his company's capital structure and will, in fact, pay out a dividend. Marshall says Apple could "easily" implement a dividend yield of 250 base points, amounting to about US$2.40 per quarter.
A dividend payout would reduce Apple's free cash flow by between 20% and 25%, he says. However, Marshall estimates that a dividend yield would bring in more than $4 billion in incremental investments.
iPhone 4S can be sold in Australia -- for now
Apple will be able to continue selling its iPhone 4S in Australia for at least four more months without being hindered by a court injunction, according to "AustralianIT" (http://macte.ch/U7Dhg). Samsung has agreed to alter its application for a temporary injunction banning the iPhone 4S from sale there to an expedited application for a final injunction, the article adds.
Last week Australia Federal Court Justice Annabelle Bennett ruled that Apple must provide Samsung with its contracts with Australian mobile-phone carriers as Samsung demanded in a patent dispute with the iPhone maker. Apple needs to produce agreements it has with Vodafone Group Plc, SingTel Optus and Telstra. Should Apple fail to agree on an assertion in Samsung’s patent lawsuit that the carriers are contractually obliged to subsidize iPhone sales, she ordered.
Samsung sued Apple in Australia, claiming the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPad 2 infringe its patents and is seeking a ban on the sale of the devices in the...
Apple posts MacBook Pro Video update
Apple has posted MacBook Pro Video Update 1.0 ("Snow Leopard"). It addresses an issue where MacBook Pro (15-inch Mid 2010) computers may intermittently freeze or stop displaying video.
MacBook Pro Video Update 1.0 ("Snow Leopard") requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or higher and is a 51.45MB download. You can obtain it via the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.
Apple tops market for smartphone profits
According to an investor report by Oppenheimer and "Fortune," Apple's share of smartphone shipments have put it in second place behind Samsung but above Nokia. However, Apple's share of the smartphone market's revenues has increased at a much faster pace, with the company taking in nearly 40% of all mobile dollars.
Perhaps more importantly, in terms of profits, Apple nabs closer to 65% of the industry. The company is expected to retain -- or even grow -- its outstanding revenue percentage next year.
Oppenheimer is an asset management company. Read more at http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2011/11/14/android-sells-the-smartphones-app... .
iOS still top draw for developers
Appcelerator, a maker of cross-platform development tools, and research firm IDC polled more than 2,100 developers earlier this month to find that they still rank iOS as the top market for their work.
Ninety-one percent of the developers surveyed said they were "very interested" in creating apps for the iPhone, while 88% said the same for the iPad. These numbers have changed little for a year or more in Appecelerator's tracking, notes "Computerworld" (http://macte.ch/E2YqO).
The numbers for Android phones and tablets trail the iPhone and iPad by eight and 20 points, respectively. However, the most recent survey found new interest in Amazon's Kindle Fire and a "renewed, if weaker, focus on Microsoft's Windows Phone 7," notes "Computerworld."
J.C. Penney hires another former Apple exec
First J. C. Penney lured Ron Johnson away from Apple. Now the company has announced that Michael W. Kramer, a former Apple exec, has been named chief operating officer, effective Dec. 5,.
In this role, Kramer will be responsible for Finance, Investor Relations, Corporate Strategy, and Information Technology. He'll report to CEO Ron Johnson.
Kramer is a seasoned retail executive with nearly 20 years of executive leadership experience. Since 2008, he has been president and CEO of Kellwood Company, where he oversaw a portfolio of fashion brands, including Scotch & Soda, Vince, Rebecca Taylor, ADAM, BLK DNM, David Meister and XOXO and others.
Prior to that, he was executive vice president and chief financial officer at Abercrombie & Fitch. From 2000 to 2005, he was at Apple, where, as chief financial officer of Apple Retail, he worked directly under Johnson.
In June it was announced that Johnson, Apple's senior vice president of Apple retail and the mastermind behind Apple's...
NPD: iPhone 4 best-selling mobile phone in third quarter
According to The NPD Group (http://www.npdgroup.com), a market research company, the share of mobile phone handset sales that are smartphones continues to climb.
The share of U.S. mobile handset sales that were smartphones reached 59% in the third quarter (Q3) of 2011, an increase of 13 percentage points since Q3 of 2010. Based on the latest data from NPD’s monthly Mobile Phone Track service, average selling prices for smartphones have declined for four consecutive quarters, reaching $135 in Q3.
According to NPD’s new Smartphone Track service, prices are falling even though many consumers originally considered paying more. Among U.S. consumers who considered purchasing phones in the US$200 to $250 price range, 64% ended up purchasing a phone for less than $200. Led by continued steady sales for Apple’s iPhones, the top five best-selling mobile phone handsets in Q3 were as follows: Apple iPhone 4; Apple iPhone 3GS; HTC EVO 4G; Motorola Droid 3; and Samsung Intensity II.
Adobe Touch apps now available for Android
The Adobe Touch apps are now available in the Android Marketplace for tablets running Android 3.1 or higher, at an introductory price of US$9.99 each.
First announced at Adobe MAX in October, the Adobe Touch Apps are a family of six touch screen applications, inspired by Adobe Creative Suite. The apps address multiple areas of the creative process: Adobe Photoshop Touch for image editing; Adobe Collage for moodboards; Adobe Debut for presenting and reviewing creative work; Adobe Ideas for sketching; Adobe Kuler for exploring color themes; and Adobe Proto for website and mobile app prototyping.
The Adobe Touch Apps integrate with the file viewing, sharing and transfer features of the Adobe Creative Cloud, also made available today. More information regarding the additional capabilities of Adobe Creative Cloud, including applications, services and community and full Adobe Creative Cloud paid membership options will be available in the first half of 2012. Adobe also expects iOS...
NoteCard is new visual note-taking app for Mac OS X
NoteCard (http://www.notecardosx.com/) is a new visual note-taking app for Mac OS X . The US$7.99 app was inspired by the OS X Stickies app.
NoteCard lets you: make tabbed cards, stack cards in groups, add pages to cards, store cards in sheets for quick access and a full screen editing environment called Reader. A demo is available for download.
Website ordered to stop selling iPhone, iPod-inspired baby...
Website ipopmybaby.com, which has been selling a range of iPod and iPhone-inspired baby clothes for several years, has been ordered by Apple to stop selling the products, reports "PC Advisor" (http://macte.ch/zF6b1).
Apple hasn’t demanded a complete cessation of business, allowing the website to sell of the remainder of its stock, the article adds. The retailer is now offering 40 percent discounts on all its Apple brand-busting baby clobber "until supplies last or December 11th, whichever comes first."
Veritas Prep launches GMAT Course on the iPhone, iPad
Veritas Prep, a GMAT prep and MBA admissions consulting provider, announced is offering the lessons from its r Veritas Prep On Demand online class as individual mobile modules for use on iPhone and iPad devices. The Veritas Prep GMAT On Demand mobile app is now available in the Apple iTunes App Store.
The primary app is available as a free download in the Apple iTunes App Store. Each video module can then be downloaded via in-app purchase for US$24.99 each. From fundamental skills to more advanced approaches and strategies related to quantitative analysis, critical reasoning and problem solving, the 15 modules mirror each lesson available in the Veritas Prep On Demand online class and cover all the same topics as the 42-hour full course.
Additionally, for students enrolled in any of Veritas Prep's GMAT courses, access to all 15 mobile modules is included at no additional charge. Existing students can download the app by logging into their Veritas Prep student accounts from the app,...
Gameloft launches Dungeon Hunter: Alliance for the Mac
Gameloft (http://www.gameloft.com) has released Dungeon Hunter: Alliance on the Mac App Store. It require Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher and costs US$14.99.
Here's how the game is described: "Dungeon Hunter Alliance gives player the chance to face the world of Gothicus as they push evil back to the depths of hell and squash the destructive ambitions of a tyrannical Queen who was once in fact their beloved. Not to mention, players can also have a full multiplayer experience as they choose to fight the hordes of creatures alone, or in teams of up to four heroes.
"You can play over 30 levels with an immense world of dungeons, villages and forests to explore, including areas that are randomly generated. Experience graphics and special effects rivaling classic console games with smooth animation during multiplayer sessions, and an immersive dark gothic ambiance. Choose your class, optimize your hero's development by assigning experience points to the attributes of your choice, and equip your...
Pico project available for the iPhone
Texas Instruments, DLP Products and Brookstone have teamed up for an US$229.99 iPhone 4/4S miniature projector accessory case that includes TI's DLP Pico projector technology.
The accessory acts as a thin sleeve that will allow iPhone 4 and 4S users to project video content from their phone or any app that allows for video output such as Netflix, YouTube and more on to any surface at a size of up to 50 inches. With this iPhone accessory case, DLP and Brookstone are showcasing the potential future of Pico as add-on or embedded within products, giving mobile phone users the power to show video content on-the-go, anywhere, says Frank J. Moizio, manager of DLP Pico Projection.
"The partnership between Brookstone and Texas Instruments resulted in a remarkable accessory case that turns one's iPhone 4 and 4S player into a mobile home-theater unit," adds Ron Boire, president and CEO of Brookstone.
The projector includes: 15-lumen LED illumination; a 640x360 native display resolution that...
AdnX releases Projector 3.0, Imagerie 2.0, GeoLead 1.0
The adnX team has released Projector 3.0, Imagerie 2.0 and GeoLead 1.0 for Mac OS X.
Projector is a project management application. Imagerie is an image editing app. GeoLead is software for managing your contacts.
All require Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. They cost US$80, $10 and $30, respectively.
All are available at the adnX Store (http://www.adnx.com) or the Mac App Store.
Pogoplug introduces free cloud storage for mobile phones
Pogoplug (www.pogoplug.com), creators of a line of streaming and sharing devices, have unveiled a new service: Pogoplug Cloud.
The service provides users with a secure online space to store personal content and instantly share and stream it from their mobile device. Users sign up directly from any mobile phone, tablet or web browser and immediately receive their free 5GB Pogoplug Cloud.
Pogoplug offers 5GB of free cloud storage. 50GB and 100GB of additional cloud storage are available for US$9.95/month and $19.95/month, respectively.
'Think' sticker based on Jobs' photo available
Think-Sticker (http://www.think-sticker.com/) has released a sticker of the last Steve Jobs based on a picture from 1981. It's available in an 8.27 x 3.86 inch size for US$9, and a 5.83 x 2.05 inch size for $6.50.
In the picture/sticker, Jobs is sitting on his desk in his office. A poster with the word "think" is hanging on the wall in the old Apple colors. It was a reference to Thomas J. Watson's motto "Think" that he implemented into the philosophy of IBM.
DxO FilmPack 3.1 adds enhanced user interface
DxO Labs has announced DxO FilmPack 3.1, the latest version of its silver halide simulation software. DxO FilmPack 3.1 adds a line of 25 new creative renderings and an improved user interface.
According to the folks at DxO Labs, vintage effects, color nuances, sepia variations, partial desaturations: each rendering is based on a very subtle combination of grain intensity, film style, vignetting, and color filters -- "intelligent" renderings for outstanding images. Users can use the same settings as for film renderings to fully customize each creative rendering.
A new import rendering function including in the Elite Edition of DxO FilmPack 3.1 lets DxO FilmPack users share one another’s customized film looks. Users can import custom renderings, rename them, and save the parameters of intensity, grain, contrast, and so on in their own settings library to apply to their own images.
Thanks to its resizable filmstrip-style preview system, DxO FilmPack 3.1 allows users to better visualize...
iWebTemplate introduces new Christmas and Holiday templates
In collaboration with iPresentee, iWebTemplate (http://www.iwebtemplate.com) has introduced iWeb Christmas and Holiday Templates to be used with Apple's website building application.
This package includes five Christmas themes and five New Year themes. Approximately166 iWeb templates are now available.
They require Mac OS X 10.4.3 Tiger and later and iLife '08-iLife '11. The iWeb themes are US$6.99 each.
World Clock Deluxe for Mac OS X ticks to version 4.7.8
MaBaSoft (http://www.mabasoft.net) has updated its World Clock Deluxe time tool to version 4.7.8. The upgrade -- free to registered users of version 4.x -- adds 24 new cities, updates daylight-saving time information for Cuba, Fiji, Ukraine, and the Brazilian State of Bahia, and addresses minor compatibility issues with Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion").
With World Clock Deluxe you can display multiple clocks in a horizontal or vertical palette, in the menu bar and in the Dock, show Coordinated Universal Time and Internet Time, assign labels and colors to clocks, calculate date and time conversions across different time zones and show the current weather all over the world. The software is Universal Binary and runs in English, German, Dutch, French and Italian.
World Clock Deluxe requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later and runs natively on both PowerPC-based and Intel-based Macs. It costs US$19.
Ubermask for Mac OS X now offers 64-bit support
Nova Media's UberMask (http://www.novamedia.de/index_e.html) for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher) has been updated to version 2.1.4. The upgrade offers full 64-bit support, introduces new introductionary screens, an improved user interface and minor bug fixes.
UberMask hides files and folders with a keystroke from curious eyes and inadvertent discovery. Even Spotlight can't find the files hidden by UberMask.
A special hotkey can be defined to hide all previously selected files and folders with one keystroke. Another hotkey can be used to hide or reveal single files and folders.
UberMask runs invisible in the background so that the launch of the app isn't required to use the hotkeys. The app itself keeps track of all hidden files and is password protected to prevent unauthorized access to UberMask.
Ubermask is available at the Mac App Store for US$11.99. Verison 2.1.4 is a free update for registered users.
Analyst: Apple will sell up to 5.3 million Macs during the...
In a note to clients -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) -- Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says Apple should sell as many as 5.3 million Macs over the holidays.
Extrapolating from data from the NPD Group, Munster thinks Mac sales are up 19% year-over-year in October. As sales continue to pick up leading up to Christmas, he sees Apple selling between 5.1 million and 5.3 million Macs during the December quarter.
Those numbers would represent year over year growth of between 23 percent and 28%, notes "AppleInsider." Munster estimates that Mac revenue will represent about 18% of Apple's overall revenue during the company's December quarter.
iTunes 10.5.1 with iTunes Match available
Apple has released iTunes 10.5.1 with, at long last, its iTunes Match feature. With iTunes Match, even songs you’ve imported from CDs can be stored in Apple's iCloud. And you can play them on any iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or PC.
According to Apple, here’s how it works: iTunes determines which songs in your collection are available in the iTunes Store. Any music with a match is automatically added to iCloud for you to listen to anytime, on any device. Since there are more than 20 million songs in the iTunes Store, chances are, your music is already in iCloud. And for the few songs that aren’t, iTunes has to upload only what it can’t match. Which is much faster than starting from scratch. Once your music is in iCloud, you can stream and store it to any of your devices. Even better, all the music iTunes matches plays back from iCloud at 256-Kbps AAC DRM-free quality -- even if your original copy was of lower quality.
You can obtain iTunes 10.5.1 via the Software Updates component...