OCRKit for the Mac, iPhone gets updates
ExactCODE has updated the Mac version of OCRKit (http://ocrkit.com/), as well as the relating equivalent OCRKit Mobile for iPhone. The Mac version features 11 new OCR languages, advanced layout recognition for RTF output and an improved OCR recognition of special characters.
The mobile version for iPhone includes several user interface improvements, all new interface translations as well as vastly improved OCR recognition, accuracy and stability. OCRKit uses the OCR engine from ExactScan Pro, a Mac OS X scanning solution with built-in drivers for over 200 document scanners.
OCRKit 1.6 for the Mac is available for US$59.90. OCRKit Mobile 2.0 is on sale for $4.99 in the Apple App Store.
Update for Stock Investment Guide released
Churr Software (http://churr.com) has announced Stock Investment Guide 3.1.3, an update of the stock analysis tool for Mac OS X. The update adds the ability to print portfolio listings, a calculation of the sustainable growth rate. Other new features include a new price history graph, automatic updating of dividend yields in portfolio views, and more.
It provides investors with tools to analyze a company's earnings history to help forecast what earnings could be in five years. The Stock Investment Guide can then tell the investor if the current PE ratio is in-line with its historical price range.
Churr Software will be having a Black Friday & Cyber Monday sale. Customers will be able to purchase the Stock Investment Guide during the sale for a 15% discount. The normal price of the Stock Investment Guide is US$80, but will be available during this limited time sale for $68.
Oddmakers bet on Black Friday iPad sales
Black Friday is exactly one week away, and retailers nationwide are ready to host an overwhelming crowd of shoppers seeking deals in the latest gadgets, especially Apple’s iPad.
With the reported improvement in the economy, retailers are throwing holiday knockout punches in a bid for the largest number of shoppers. The competition is fierce: Who will win this year’s shopping competition?
CEO Mickey Richardson and his team at Bookmaker.com, a sportsbooks, have calculated the odds for this year’s Black Friday. Full odds are as follows:
Which store will sell the largest number of iPads?
Best Buy, +175, 36%;
Wal-mart, +120, 45%;
Amazon, +150, 40%;
Apple, +160, 38%
Which retailer will report largest sales?
Wal-mart, +100, 50%
Target, +120, 45.5%
Sears, +175, 36.4%
Amazon, +150, 40%
K-Mart, +200, 33%
Best Buy, +200, 33%
Macy's, +200, 3%
[The +/- indicates the teturn on the wager. The percentage is the likelihood that response will occur. For example: betting on the candidate...
MacBUS holiday party slated for Nov. 30
The next meeting of The Macintosh Business Users Society of Greater Philadelphia (MacBUS) will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 30 at 6:30 pm.
This month's meeting will feature an annual MacBUS tradition: a holiday party and round robin. Members are encouraged to come and enjoy some food, while taking a few minutes to introduce themselves to the group, explain their job, hobbies, and more.
A general Mac troubleshooting Q&A session will also be held. Attendees are encouraged to bring questions and invite friends or coworkers who may find the meeting beneficial.
MacBUS was the first user group in the United States to focus on the business and professional uses of the Macintosh operating system. The group of approximately 75 members meets this month at:
Dorrance Hamilton Hall
University of the Arts
320 South Broad Street
Meetings are usually held on the last Tuesday evening of each calendar month. For more info go to http://www.macbus.org/index.php .
Jobs number three on Fortune Businessperson of the Year list
Apple CEO Steve Jobs ranks number three on the "Businessperson of the Year" list by "Fortune" (http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2010/news/companies/1011/gallery.business...). Ranking ahead of Jobs were Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix, and Alan Mulally, CEO of Ford.
Here's what "Fortune" has to say about Apple's fearless leader: "Steve Jobs and his company move from strength to strength to strength. In the past year Apple and its still-very-much-in-charge CEO have introduced the game-changing iPad, months ahead of the largely absent competition (latest stats: Apple controls 95% of the nascent tablet market); survived Antennagate (the iPhone 4 wasn't all it was cracked up to be, but no matter); escaped any bad publicity over the dozen-plus suicides this year at its main supplier, Foxconn; gone to battle with Google over the future of the smartphone; and begun the transition from disk-drive-based computers to the radical flash-memory MacBook Air. Oh, and Apple's 50% stock appreciation this...
Analyst forecasts iPad sales of 40 million for 2011
Mike Abramsky with RBC Capital Markets said in a note to investors that Apple has made slight upward revisions to its iPad build plan for the fourth quarter of calendar year 2010, reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com). Apple also reportedly plans to build the same number of iPads in calendar year 2011: 40 million.
Abramsky said that Apple's increase for the end of 2010 suggests that the company expects strong holiday sales, despite concerns over new Android-based tablets and potential cannibalization from the thin-and-light MacBook Air. He's forecasting Apple to sell 20 million iPhones next year.
iPhone excels in new ChangeWave survey
To find out which smartphone manufacturers are currently winning and losing the market share battle, ChangeWave Research (http://www.changewave.com) asked 1,212 consumers who had purchased smart phones within the past six months to rate their new models. Not surprisingly, the iPhone came out on top.
The ChangeWave survey was completed November 2, 2010. First, the research group looked at customer satisfaction with the new smartphones that respondents had purchased during the past six months. Seventy-seven percent of iPhone users were "very satisfied," compared to 71% of Motorola users, 63% of HTC users, 45% of Samsung users and 44% of RIM users.
Among individual iPhone models, the iPhone 4 received an exceptionally high "very satisfied" rating (84% for 32GB; 78% for 16GB) -- confirming ChangeWave's earlier survey findings that despite the controversy surrounding its initial launch, the iPhone 4 has been extraordinarily well received by its owners. The iPhone 4 scores are even better...
'iPad 2' coming soon -- and in a 'world mode...
Ibiden, Tripod Technology and TTM Technologies have been named as the initial PCB suppliers for a second-generation iPad, which is expected to be launched in the first quarter of 2011, reports "DigiTimes" (http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20101118PD211.html). Four more suppliers will be added to the list in February 2011, when shipments of the new iPads ramp up, the article -- quoting "industry sources" -- adds.
The sources said Ibiden, Tripod and TTM have received certification from Apple, and will start shipping any-layer HDI boards for the "iPad 2" in small quantities in December. The updated tablet is will reportedly have two cameras similar to the iPhone 4.
Whats more, "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) says that the 3G model of Apple's next-gen iPad will be a "world mode" device with both GSM and CDMA radios, allowing Apple to sell one model for integrated wireless access. Analyst Brian Blair from Wedge Partners said in a note to investors that Apple is developing a new...
Nordic telecom operators eyeing iPad plans
Several Nordic telecom operators say they'll offer customers data subscription packages exclusively for the iPad, even though Apple hasn't given a launch date for the tablet in the Nordic countries, says "Dow Jones Newswire" (http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/2010/11/19/swedish-telecom-operators-...?).
Hutchison Whampoa Ltd's European operator Tre, TeliaSonera AB, Tele2 AB and Telenor ASA all say they'll offer data subscription packages exclusively for the iPad, giving iPad users Internet connectivity through their respective networks. However, the telecom operators didn't say when they plan to launch the subscription packages and didn't disclose any price details, says "Dow Jones."
Europe's mobile providers not happy with rumored Apple-SIM...
"Reliable sources" suggest that some of Europe’s mobile providers are uniting in their opposition to Apple’s plans to embedding SIMs within mobile devices, reports "The Next Web" (http://thenextweb.com/mobile/2010/11/19/european-carriers-close-ranks-ag...?).
The providers -- thought to include Vodaphone UK, France Telecom and Telefónica in Spain --are privately saying that they could refuse to subsidize an iPhone that contained an embedded SIM, the article adds. Recent reports have hinted that Apple is investigating the possibility of embedding SIM cards within their mobile devices.
"The advantages for Apple are twofold, in addition to making the design and manufacturing process simpler by eliminating the need for users to have access to the cards, it would give control over the activation process to Apple, enabling their customers to choose carrier and activate their phones within the Apple store, or even online," says "The Next Web."
Apple releases firmware updates for laptops
Apple has released MacBook and MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 2.0. You can obtain it via the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.
The update -- which requires Mac OS X 10.6.5 -- is recommended for the MacBook (Mid 2010) model. The update resolves an issue where an attached external display may occasionally incorrectly show a purple coloration.
Apple releases Boot Camp update
Apple has released Boot Camp Update 3.2, which adds support for the MacBook Air, ATI Radeon HD 5870, and Apple's USB Ethernet Adapter. You can obtain it via the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.
Boot Camp is designed to simplify Windows installation on a Mactel by providing a simple graphical step-by-step assistant application to dynamically create a second partition on the hard drive for Windows, to burn a CD with all the necessary Windows drivers, and to install Windows from a Windows installation CD. After installation is complete, users can choose to run either Mac OS X or Windows when they restart their computer.
QNAP unveils new mid-range NAS servers
QNAP (http://www.qnap.com) has refreshed its mid-range NAS business lineup with new two and four-drive desktop models, the TS-239 Pro II+ and TS-439 Pro II+.
The Turbo NAS servers adopt Intel's new D425 single-core Atom CPU with 1.8GHz clock speed and 1GB of RAM. They provide maximum storage of 8TB (using four 2TB hard drives and single disk volume/JBOD configuration). The TS-239 Pro II+ and TS-439 Pro II+ NAS servers are compatible with VMware, Citrix and Windows 2008 Hyper-V clusters virtualization platform.
They're designed for file sharing, backup, and advanced server applications in the office environment. They'll be available later this month. Pricing hasn't been announced.
Workflow Manager is new Cumulus add-on
WorkflowManager is a new Cumulus add-on from Canto partner Moksa (http://www.moska.com). It works on Mac OS X and Windows and was originally developed by Moksa as a custom Cumulus integration for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).
Based on a modular architecture, WorkflowManager comprises a number of "tasks" that work together to enable customers to create advanced, multi-step workflows that include job routing, approvals based on voting, user-to-user communications and more, says Moksa President Vince DiPaola. A browser based interface offers access to files and work directives for freelancers and others working outside the organization's Cumulus system.
WorkflowManager is available for Canto Cumulus 8.0 or higher.
MacTech Boot Camp 2011 coming Jan. 26
On the heels of the success of MacTech Conference for IT Pros and Developers, "MacTech Magazine" has announced MacTech Boot Camp 2011: a one day event for those that support the home user, and small business market.
MacTech Boot Camp is a single-track, hotel based seminar that is specifically geared to serve the needs of consultants and techs wanting to serve their base better. It will be held in San Francisco on Wednesday, Jan. 26. MacTech Boot Camp attendees are encouraged to visit Macworld Expo San Francisco in the days following MacTech Boot Camp.
"MacTech Conference 2010 was an enormous success delivering amazing content and a quality conference to IT Pros and developers in the large organization, Enterprise, and ISV markets. We know that many consultants and techs in the market focus on serving the home and small business communities. MacTech Boot Camp is designed just for them," says Neil Ticktin, editor-in-chief/publisher, "MacTech Magazine." "If you're already serving the...
First MacTech Conference attracts attendees from 10 countries
"MacTech Magazine" has announced the results of its MacTech Conference 2010 attendee survey, and wrap-up information. Held in Los Angeles, almost 300 people took part in the first ever MacTech Conference from Nov. 3-5 at the Sheraton Universal. The conference had both general sessions, and two tracks focused on IT and developer topics for the Apple market. The session-packed, immersive conference provided not only an opportunity to learn, but all meals and evening activities as part of the conference registration.
The conference began with the first public demonstration of Mac-based Planetary Exploration Rovers, and a keynote address about Lion (Mac OS X 10.7) by Andy Ihnatko. The IT and developer tracks had over 40 sessions from speakers. Dozens of attendees took advantage of the option to take an Apple Certification Exam at the conclusion of the conference. In the evening hours, attendees took part in an exclusive trip to the world renowned Griffith Observatory including a behind...
Millennial Media: Android ties iOS for largest smartphone OS
Mobile ad network Millennial Media says its latest figures show that this month, for the first time, Android tied with Apple’s iOS as the largest smartphone OS on the Millennial network, with an 8% increase month-over-month and 37% impression share.
Android ad requests grew 65% month-over-month, and since January, Android has now grown 2182%. The iPod touch was included on the list of top mobile devices for the first time, and was number three (ahead of phones like the Motorola Droid) .
RIM ad requests grew 43% month-over-month, and RIM devices represented six of the Top 30 mobile phones (with the BlackBerry Curve being number two overall). iPad requests increased 112% month-over-month .
Motorola became the number three manufacturer and held a 15% impression share. Two new Motorola devices -- the Droid 2 and the Droid X -- both made their entrance into the Top 30 Mobile Device list. The top 4 countries globally (in terms of impressions) were the US, UK, Canada and South Korea.
PandaWare releases new class of classes for REALbasic developers
The PandaWare Company has announced the availability of a set of classes for REALbasic developers who want to convert styled text to HTML.
The new PWStyleHTMLField class provides a drop-in solution for turning styled text in a REALbasic or Real Studio project into HTML. It can also generate an HTML email message in one line of code.
The PWStyleHTMLField offers extensive support for links. It allows adding other HTML tags to support features that a REALbasic TextArea or EditField doesn't display, such as images, lists, tables, and options that can be incorporated in HTML with CSS styles.
More information is available, and a compiled demo application can be downloaded for free at http://pandaware.com/RB/pwhtmlfield.html . Developers may also request a time-limited demo project for testing in their own projects. Licenses for using PWStyleHTMLField are US$25.
iToner update updated for iTunes 10.1, iOS 4.2
Ambrosia Software has updated iToner (http://www.ambrosiasw.com/utilities/itoner/), an utility for Mac OS X that lets iPhone users create and install custom ringtones on the Apple communications device, to version 2.0.7. This update addresses compatibility issues with iTunes 10.1 and iOS 4.2, as well as minor changes to improve the iToner user experience and reliability.
iToner allows you to assign different ringtones for your different contacts. With iToner, you can now "have a Barry White ringtone for when your girlfriend calls, Frank Zappa for when your college buddies ring you up, or the theme from "Jaws" for when your boss is calling," according to the folks at Ambrosia.
iToner is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It works with Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later. iToner costs US$15, though version 2.0.7 is a free update for registered users.
EdgeCast adds full HTTP streaming for iOS 4 devices
EdgeCast Networks, a content delivery network (CDN), hasannounced full support for HTTP live and on-demand streaming to the Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
“Supporting video on demand and live streaming to iOS devices builds on our commitment to ensuring that our customers can deliver content to any user regardless of their format, location, or device,” says Ted Middleton, vice president of product management at EdgeCast Networks. “This further extends the evolution of streaming technology to new HTTP-based formats which bring increased quality, superior user experiences, and new monetization opportunities."
EdgeCast iOS 4 support includes intelligent dynamic stream technology, which is supported by the media player built into Apple devices. Intelligent dynamic stream selection lets an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch automatically switch between different bit rates depending on the device’s current connection speed. By switching bit rates on-the-fly as network conditions change,...
Analyst: China catching 'Apple fever'
Following a trip to China, Ticonderoga Securities analyst Brian White says the country is catching "Apple fever," as reported by "Fortune" (http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/11/18/analyst-china-catching-apple-fever/?).
He cites conversations with China Unicom, Apple's exclusive partner and the second largest carrier (162 million subscribers) in the world's largest mobile phone market, in which he was told that "the opportunity for high-end smartphones in China is over 100 million units." White also quotes a report in the "Chengdu Chinese Commercial News" that mentions a newly signed "cooperation agreement" between Apple and China Mobile (CHL), the "global giant" of mobile phone carriers with roughly 815 million mobile subscribers.
"Fortune" says the nature of this agreement is unclear, but White recalls earlier reports that ten China Mobile stores in the Beijing area were offering a SIM card-cutting service that trims SIMs to fit the iPhone 4's miniature slot.
Apricorn rolls out new Mac Array
Apricon (http://www.apricorn.com) has introduced the Mac Array, a turnkey solution for instantly increasing your Mac Pro’s processing power. Designed specifically for Mac Pro systems, the Apricorn Mac Array internal SSD RAID is designed to bridge the gap between your computer's high capacity hard drive and your system's RAM, acting as virtual memory, for a performance increase of up to 10 times.
Aimed at the creative market, the Mac Array is the ideal tool for high performance applications such as video editing, animation and image processing, says Mike McCandless, vice president of Sales & Marketing at Apricorn. Built around four 128GB solid state drives on Apricorn's specially designed SATA PCIe Host Card, the Mac Array's form factor adds a total of 512GB of virtual memory to your system, yet uses only one internal full length PCIe X4 slot, keeping the other slots and drive bays free for expansion.
Fully configurable, the Mac Array can be used singularly or with a second or...
DISH Network introduces TV Everywhere
DISH Network says it's the first pay-TV provider in America to introduce a true TV Everywhere offering, giving DISH Network subscribers the ability to watch all of their live and recorded television programs on compatible smartphones, tablets and laptops.
DISH Network subscribers can access these features when they download and use the DISH Remote Access application in concert with their broadband-connected, Sling-enabled receiver.
"Unlike mobile viewing from cable and telcos that limit access to select programs, our TV Everywhere services give consumers 24 x 7 access to all of the live and recorded content included with their DISH Network programming subscription," says DISH Network Chief Marketing Officer Ira Bahr.
To enjoy the live viewing capability of DISH Remote Access, consumers need to be DISH Network subscribers and have a Sling-enabled device such as the newly-released Sling Adapter -- a small placeshifting device that pairs with DISH Network's ViP 722 or 722k HD DVRs. With...
Printopia allows Mac, iOS device printer sharing
Ecamm (http://www.ecamm.com) has released Printopia, a Mac app that lets you share your Mac's printers with any "capable" iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. It will also add a virtual printer, allowing you to save print-outs to your Mac as PDF files.
Whether you have an inkjet printer plugged into your Mac, a laser printer plugged into your router or even a network printer, if your Mac can print to it, Printopia will share it. The software translates for your printer, allowing it to speak to your iPhone or iPad even if it's not an AirPrint-compatible printer. Printopia even supports many password-protected printers.
Double-click to install Printopia, and within seconds you'll see most any connected printers on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. You'll also see Printopia's "Send To Mac" and "Send To Dropbox on Mac" virtual printers.
Printopia requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. It costs US$9.95; a demo is available for download.
LaCie announces USB 3.0 FastKey drive
LaCie (http://www.lacie.com) has announces the FastKey, which it says is the smallest USB 3.0 drive around. It's backward compatible with USB 2.0, which is good for Mac users as Apple hasn't added support for USB 3.0.
The FastKey packs 30GB to 120MB of storage into a 2.5-inch solid state drive, with pricing starting at US$149.99. It also includes software AES 256-bit encryption.
Apple updates Safari
Apple has released Safari 5.0.3 and Safari 4.1.3, updates of its web browser for Mac OS X and Windows.
The updates fix security-related glitches. On the Mac, you can obtain the update via the Software Updates component of the Systems Preferences app.
iStopMotion for Mac OS X gets Tilt Shift filter
Boinx Software (http://www.boinx.com) has updated iStopMotion, the stop motion and time lapse tool for Mac OS X, to version 2.5. Headlining the new update is the combination of a brand new Tilt Shift Filter with stop motion animation and time-lapse recording.
A popular effect among photographers aiming to capture a "miniature-scale model" effect, Tilt Shift is designed for stop motion animation's small movements and individually photographed frames. This pairing of Tilt Shift with stop motion and time-lapse recording software allows animators to expand creative expression, manipulating the depth of field of their images so that life-sized locations or subjects appear miniature in size, says Boinx CEO Oliver Breidenbach.
Additional product updates include full support for new Canon DSLR camera models and HDV camera support in iStopMotion Pro when Logic Studio or Final Cut Studio is installed. Version 2.5 boasts a new "Send to iMovie" functionality in the file menu, for export of your...
NewerTech announces USB 3.0 universal drive adapter
NewerTech (http://www.newertech.com) has announced the NewerTech USB 3.0 Universal Drive Adapter for connecting any 2.5-inch, 3.5-inch or 5.25-inch hard drive, SSD, or optical drive to Macs and PCs via USB 3.0.
The adapter is available immediately at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$39.99 from NewerTech’s exclusive distributor, Other World Computing, as well as through the retail channel. It comes with everything needed for immediate use including power cables, interface connecting cables, a heavy duty UL listed 2.0 Amp AC adapter, and a full one year NewerTech warranty. It's compatible with Mac computers running Mac OS X 8.6 or higher.
Socialite update improves error handling
Realmac Software has announced the availability of Socialite 1.2.2 (http://www.realmacsoftware.com/socialite/). Previously known as EventBox, Socialite is a multi-service social network client for Mac OS X that's designed to make it easy stay up-to-date with the latest RSS articles and friends' status updates on Twitter, Facebook and Flickr.
Version 1.2.2 improves error handling to work around Twitter API output issues. It also limits direct messages to 140 characters to match API behavior.
Socialite is an a native Mac OS X application that brings together all your social networks into one convenient place, according to Daniel Counsell, director and founder of Realmac Software. From your Google Reader RSS feeds, Twitter updates, Flickr photos and more, Socialite is the best way to manage your social networks. Socialite supports six services: Twitter (including the recently-launched Retweet and List features); Facebook; Flickr; Digg; Google Reader (including syncing and sharing of...
Kerio Connect update fixes a stability issue
Kerio Technologies (http://www.kerio.com) says that Kerio Connect 188.8.131.52, a messaging and collaboration server, now natively supports the iPad. The update fixes a stability issue in an overloaded WebMail interface.
With Kerio Connect, iPad users can synchronize their email, contacts, and private calendar, search the global address book (GAL), manage invitations, and perform a remote wipe, all using Exchange ActiveSync. Users can also access shared and global calendars with the integrated CalDAV support.
Kerio Connect includes distributed domain clustering for IT management of a single domain supporting multiple branch offices. The latest release also has a newly implemented CardDAV protocol to synchronize contacts with Apple Address Book. Kerio runs on Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, and is available as a virtual appliance on the VMware and Parallels platforms. The solution comes with integrated anti-spam, anti-virus, automated backup, and archiving. Kerio Connect starts at US$450 for five...
Xslimmer update for Mac OS X gets maintenance update
LateNiteSoft has updated Xslimmer (http://www.xslimmer.com), an anti-bloat utility application, to version 1.7.9. It's a maintenance release that fixes a rare bug whereby some apps could not be slimmed even though they were detected as slimmable.
In addition to the built-in backup mechanism, the downloadable blacklist or the personal exclusion list, Xslimmer takes special care to observe Mac OS X technologies in depth, according to the folks at LateNiteSoftware. This means that slimmed apps won't have their signatures invalidated, will keep their keychain authorizations and will be registered in the system databases so other components are made aware of the changes and no reboots are needed after the process.
Xslimmer costs US$14.95; version 1.7.9 is a free update for registered users. It requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or higher.
ABiSee announces Mac compatibility for two products
ABiSee Zoom-Ex and Eye-Pal, two of ABiSee’s (http://www.abisee.com) instant readers, are the first products on the market that instantly scan and OCR printed text on Apple computers, says Lena Reznik, owner, of ABiSee.
ABiSee products are designed for those who are visually impaired or cannot read small print for other reasons. All devices read aloud printed material such as mail, books, magazines and food packaging. Eye-Pal, Zoom-Ex and Zoom-Twix can be used with PCs.
Eye-Pal is an US$1,995, portable USB device that instantly scans and converts text into refreshable Braille, speech or text files, in a single keystroke. Zoom-Ex is a $2,395, portable USB device that combines three tools into one. It's an instant book-to-speech tool, a 20 ppm scanner, and a magnifier, in a foldable package that weighs one pound.
iWebThemes park introduces five new themes
iWeb Themes Park (http://www.iwebthemespark.com) had unveiled new themes -- Clover, Confidence, Life Colors, Movie World and Orange Power -- for iWeb, the web creation component of Apple's iLife suite.
The updated collection now contains 80 iWeb themes. The iWeb Themes Box of 80 themes is priced at US$44.99. Ten iWeb themes in a Combo Package can be purchased for $29.99. Each template is available for $11.99. Using the coupon code "iWebThemesTrio" three iWeb themes of your choice can be obtained for the price of two themes. Two iWeb themes are free for everyone.
Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition coming to the Mac
Gearbox Software and Feral Interactive say the Mac edition of Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition, a role-playing shooter from Gearbox Software, will be hitting stores on Dec. 3. The Borderlands Game of the Year package comes complete with the Borderlands stand-alone game, its entire game add-on library, and a bonus fold out map of Pandora.
Here's how the game is described: "Borderlands sports a unique combination of features that make it a gaming experience unlike anything else on the Mac. Prime among these are a groundbreaking content-generation system that provides a nearly endless variety of weapons, robust four-player co-op support that makes for a compelling multiplayer experience, RPG-style character progression allied to an FPS-style game mechanics and a super sharp visual style that gives the game a highly distinctive comic book look."
Mac customers will also receive all four add-on adventures included with the Borderlands Game of the Year edition including The Zombie...
Dot Hill introduces new interface option for AssuredSAN
Dot Hill Systems Corp. (http://www.dothill.com) has introduced its AssuredSAN 3320 and 3330 four-port 1Gb iSCSI storage arrays, which will be sold into original equipment manufacturer and channel markets.
The new storage arrays feature Dot Hill's newest generation of controllers delivering four ports of iSCSI over Gigabit Ethernet in each controller, for a total of eight ports. With more iSCSI ports, these arrays can improve data access for virtual server environments, as well as support high capacity applications such as near-line backup, database, online transaction processing, and IP-based surveillance, at an affordable price point, says Jim Jonez, senior director of marketing, Dot Hill Systems.
Available in a dual or single RAID controller configuration, the 3320 and 3330 support data rates of 1GB/second iSCSI. Another key feature of the AssuredSAN series is data-in-place migration, allowing customers to install any of the 3000 Series controllers into an existing Dot Hill array...
Akvis ArtSuite update adds new themed frame pack
Akvis has announced the update of Akvis ArtSuite to version 6.6. ArtSuite is a collection of versatile effects for decorating photos. The update offers a new themed frame pack and fixes some bugs.
Akvis ArtSuite can be run as a standalone app or as a plug-in to a photo editor. It runs on Mac OS X 4.0 and and higher and Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/Win 7. A 10-day demo is available at ttp://Akvis.com/en/artsuite/download-artistic-effects.php .
Akvis ArtSuite Plug-in sells for US$49; Akvis ArtSuite Standalone for $69. Home users can use the full line of Akvis plug-ins in the Akvis Alchemy bundle (Retoucher, Chameleon, MultiBrush, Enhancer, Coloriage, Noise Buster, Sketch, Decorator, LightShop, ArtSuite, SmartMask, Magnifier, and ArtWork) for $325.
Akvis ArtSuite is also part of the Akvis Artistic Bundle (Sketch, ArtWork, and ArtSuite), which sells for $149 for the plug-in version or $169 for the standalone version. This is a savings of $44 when compared to the price of these three...
Speed Download for Mac OS X updated to version 5.2.21
Yazsoft (http://www.yazsoft.com) has released Speed Download 5.2.21, the latest version of its Mac OS X download manager that combines four products: a download manager with auto-resuming downloads, a secure FTP client, a file sharing utility with full encryption, and .Mac/iDisk/WEBDAV connectivity.
The new version offers optimized performance, better compatibility and more. Speed Download requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher. It costs US$25 for a single-user license. Speed Download is available in US English, French and Polish localizations.
iAds coming to Europe in December
Apple will expand its iAd mobile advertising network to the UK and France this December, with Germany to follow in January. iAd will launch in Europe with iAds from L’Oréal, Renault, Louis Vuitton, Nespresso, Perrier, Unilever, Citi, Evian, LG Display, AB InBev, Turkish Airlines and Absolute Radio.
Apple says since its US launch in July, iAd has signed on over half of the top 25 leading US national advertisers in just four months, with a projected 21% share of US mobile display advertising revenue for 2010 according to research firm IDC.
“We’re thrilled to add leading global brands to the iAd Network in Europe and create even more great opportunities for developers,” says Andy Miller, Apple’s vice president of iAd. “In just four months, we’ve doubled the number of advertisers on the network and thousands of developers now have a valuable new source of revenue.”
iAds combine the emotion of TV advertising with the interactivity of Internet advertising, according to Apple CEO Steve Jobs...
Retrevo report: holiday season looking good for Apple
By Andrew Eisner
Unemployment is high and consumers are sacrificing this year but it appears that consumers still want their gadgets and they're willing to stand in line to get them providing the price is right.
The latest Retrevo Gadgetology study asked consumers what was on their holiday wish lists and how much they were planning to spend on gadgets and gadget accessories. We discovered that certain groups of consumers are more likely to buy electronics and shop in stores this holiday season and Black Friday.
When we asked consumers if they were going to be spending more, less or about the same as last year, most categories appear to be just as popular this year as last especially clothing, movies, and games. On the other hand, travel and electronics could see some changes this holiday season. Electronics shows the biggest increase and travel the biggest decline with 16% of respondents saying they will spend more on electronics and 28% saying they will spend less on travel.
Apple extends iPad warranty in China
Apple has agreed to offer a two-year warranty for its Pads sold on the mainland of China, making the country the first market worldwide to have such extended after-sales service as a standard option, according to the "South China Morning Post."
The move comes after Chinese Customs in August categorized the iPad as a laptop computer instead of a "portal multi-functional device" as Apple calls the tablet, the article notes. Elsewhere, Apple only offers a one-year standard warranty, though extended warranties are available at extra cost. The company had argued that the tablet should be treated as a portable multi-function device.
The iPad went on sale in September on the mainland and the question has been raised about whether Apple had violated a regulation enacted in 2002 which requires laptop manufacturers to provide at least a two-year warranty for key components of their products, says the "South China Morning Post."
PDFPen updated for Mac OS X
SmileOnMyMac has updated PDFPen (http://www.smileonmymac.com/PDFpen/download.html), its PDF editing and form-filling tool for Mac OS X, to version 5.0.3. The update adds a new welcome window and offers a number of fixes and improvements.
The changes in PDFpen 5.0.2 have also been made in PDFpenPro 5.0.2, the pro version that can also convert websites into PDFs, create fillable PDF forms, and construct document table of contents.
PDFpen costs US$59.95, and PDFpenPro is $99.95. Family pack licenses, which cover up to five computers in one household, are $74.95 for PDFpen and $129.95 for PDFpenPro. Upgrades from earlier versions of either application are $25, and free to users who purchased after Feb. 14, 2010. Upgrades from any version of PDFpen to PDFpenPro 5.0 are $40.
PDFpen 5.0.3 and PDFpen Pro 5.0.3 require Mac OS X 10.6 or later. Demo versions are available for download.
Magic Dice game for Mac OS X rolls to version 1.6
Magic Dice 1.6 (http://www.yenco.com/magicdice/) is now available from Yenco. This update is the final version of this software and is now available for free.
The new version is built on Framework 2.0.7 LE (which adds mouse/trackpad scroll support). Magic Dice 1.6.0 -- which will no longer be available after Dec. 31 -- also removes all shareware registration, software update, and feedback interfaces.
AT&T CEO: we won't be hurt too much if a Verizon iPhone...
AT&T Wireless CEO Ralph de la Vega doesn't think his company will suffer too much if and when a Verizon version of the iPhone is released, reports "Silicon Alley Insider" (http://www.businessinsider.com/att-wireless-ceo-heres-why-we-wont-get-ou...).
Though he didn't say that AT&T's exclusivity with the iPhone in the US is ending anytime soon, this morning at the JPMorgan tech conference, he said AT&T wasn't too worried because:
° 70% of AT&T's customers are on family plans, which is a pain in the butt to move everyone over to a new carrier;
° 40% of customers are on corporate discount plans, which are also a pain to let go of.
So just as AT&T has never been able to get more than roughly 40% of each quarter's U.S. iPhone buyers to switch over from other carriers, it's unlikely that huge numbers AT&T's iPhone customers will rush out the door if a Verizon iPhone hits the market, says "Silicon Alley Insider."
Latest legal shot fired in Apple-Nokia battle
Another day, another lawsuit. Nokia has announced the filing of yet another lawsuit against Apple, in Federal District Court in Wisconsin, regarding five of Nokia’s patents. Nokia says those patents are infringed by the iPhone and iPad 3G and involve technology that improves speech and data transmission with new antenna configurations and positioning of data in applications.
“Nokia has been the leading developer of many key technologies in mobile devices” Nokia’s Patent Licensing General Manager Paul Melin said in a statement. "We have taken this step to protect the results of our pioneering development and to put an end to continued unlawful use of Nokia’s innovation.”
But this is merely the latest shot in the legal battle between Apple and Nokia. Here's the background (take notes; there'll be a test later): in February it was announced that Apple's patent-infringement complaint seeking to block Nokia Oyj’s phone imports into the U.S. will be investigated by a U.S. trade agency....
Apple, HTC, RIM sued for patent infringement
Another day, another lawsuit. Apple, HTC and Research in Motion are being sued by St. Clair Intellectual Property Consultants (http://stclairipc.com/) for allegedly violating six US patents, reports "Bloomberg" (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-11-17/apple-htc-corp-research-in-moti...).
St. Clair says the defendants are using the protected inventions in their smartphones and tablets without permission. The suit was filed yesterday in federal court in Wilmington, Delaware.
The defendants “have acted objectively and subjectively reckless in implementing technology” that they “should have reasonably known would infringe” the patents, St. Clair lawyers alleged. They asked for a jury trial and unspecified damages, notes "Bloomberg."
AT&T announces first MiFi 'intelligent' mobile...
AT&T (http://www.att.com) has announced the upcoming availability of the AT&T Mobile Hotspot, MiFi 2372 from Novatel Wireless. The company says it's the first carrier in the Americas to launch the MiFi 2372 Mobile Hotspot from Novatel Wireless preloaded with MiFi OS, widgets and applications support.
The AT&T Mobile Hotspot offers simultaneous Wi-Fi connectivity for up to five devices, including PCs, cameras, digital media players, tablets and gaming devices, and runs on AT&T's HSPA 7.2 network. Beginning Nov. 21, the AT&T Mobile Hotspot will be available at AT&T company-owned stores nationwide or online for US$49.99 after $100 mail-in rebate (pay $149.99 and after mail-in rebate receive $100 AT&T Promotion Card.).
Jobs tops Gates in tech power poll
Apple CEO Steve Jobs topped Bill Gates of Microsoft in the latest tech power poll by the "SiliconValley/San Jose Business Journal" (http://www.bizjournals.com/sanjose/news/2010/11/17/jobs-tops-gates-in-te...) online survey.
Jobs took 42% of the votes cast in the unscientific Business Pulse survey that was done between Nov. 9 and Nov. 16. Gates was favored in 29% of the responses.
Google Inc.'s co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin garnered 14%. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg nabbed 8%.
Jobs is also in the running for the 2010 Marketwatch CEO of the Year (http://www.marketwatch.com/ceooftheyear). He's up against Amazon's Jeff Bezos, Netflix's Reed Hastings, Ford Motor's Alan Mulally and Citigroup's Vikram Pandit.
Apple replaces Microsoft as Pros' favorite tech stock
After passing Microsoft in market-cap earlier this year, Apple has replaced the software giant as the Pros' favorite tech stock at the end of the third quarter, according to "Indie Research" (http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Apple-Overtakes-Microsoft-as-indie-2908767...). Pro portfolio performance is based on institutions' top-15 holdings as disclosed in quarter-end filings with the SEC.
At the end of Q3, energy giant ExxonMobil and healthcare blue chip Johnson & Johnson were ranked first and second in Pro popularity again, but there was a changing of the guard in the tech space as Apple passed Microsoft for the number-three spot on the list, the article adds. At the end of Q3, 695 13F-filing asset managers counted Apple among their top-15 U.S.-listed equity holdings, compared to 674 Pros at Microsoft.
Hulu Plus officially unveiled, price lowered
Hulu Plus, the premium subscription service from Hulu, has officially launched. And it's priced at US$7.99 per month; originally, the price was tagged at $9.99 for a monthly subscription.
Hulu Plus (http://www.hulu.com/plus) will offer current and past seasons from many ABC, Fox and NBC shows -- and in HD at that. There's still a free "base" service.
Lift Audio announces Icon Series of headphones
Lift Audio (http://www.liftaudio.com) has announced the Icon Series 6mm Premium Headphone, which has a list price of US$79.99. One of the smallest headphones in the world, the 6mm driver is smaller than a dime.
An elongated cone-shape creates a deep yet comfortable tight seal within the ear to block ambient noise, according to the folks at Lift Audio. Three sizes (S,M,L) of soft silicone fittings create a personalized feel.
The Icon Series 6mm headphone sports a magnesium-enriched dynamic driver and noise-isolating technology. Passive noise isolation reduces ambient noise without introducing artificial sounds into your music.