NXP Software enables Android devices to access Apple content...
NXP Software (http://www.software.nxp.com) is demonstrating an upgrade of QuickPlayer at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011 in cooperation with Envivio.
This new version allows Android-based devices to play content encoded for Apple’s adaptive HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) protocol. Fully compatible with major video service providers, it lets Android users access the extensive content available within the Apple ecosystem, says Peter Van de Berg, marketing director, NXP Software.
The software also ensures high-quality viewing, he adds. It supports up to standard definition resolution content.
LifeVibes QuickPlayer allows consumers to watch online videos, and access live and on-demand content. The software is available to service providers as a software development kit (SDK) for a downloadable application. The SDK includes a reference application ready to deploy and can also be integrated with a third-party application user interface layer.
iPad way ahead of other tablets in enterprise market
Barclays Capital analyst Ben Reitzes tells clients in an note -- as reported by "Barron's" (http://macte.ch/rfRpL) -- that he talked with a research analyst at Forrester Research and says the iPad is doing well in the corporate world.
His conclusions from the call are that the iPad is “running far ahead of its tablet competition and its their game to lose." There is opportunity for others, including Google’s Android and for Research in Motion, Reitzes says. Apple hasn’t set up an enterprise salesforce, but it is “listening to enterprise customers," he adds.
Reitzes notes that Forrester’s work supports the view more and more corporate users are “buying devices and bringing them into work.” So far, Apple is the “winner in the consumerization of IT,” he argues. Also, Forrester sees the tablet computer co-existing with both smartphone and laptop, though “it does delay laptop replacements.” Barclays is estimating 47 million tablets will be sold this year, including 33.7 million iPads.
iPad, tablets leading in surge of NAND flash memory
Apple’s iPad is leading an almost five-fold surge in NAND flash memory use this year as consumers buy tablets such as the iPad in increasing numbers, according to a report released Friday by HIS iSuppli -- as reported by "Computerworld' (http://macte.ch/OZJSC).
The consumption of NAND flash memory chips, which are used to build solid-state drives (SSDs) used in mobile devices, is expected to soar to 2.3 billion gigabytes (2.3 exabytes) this year, up a 382.4% from 476.8 million gigabytes (or 476.8 petabytes) in 2010, the article adds. According to iSuppli, shipments of NAND for tablets shows no sign of slowing down, eventually hitting 12.3 exabytes of capacity shipped by 2014.
When measured against the total supply of NAND flash, memory in tablets will represent 11.8% of the supply this year, up from a 4.3% in 2010, says iSuppli. By 2014, tablet memory will represent 16% of all NAND flash.
AT&T Giving Free Rollover Minutes
AT&T is apparently on a mission to keep people from migrating to the Verizon iPhone now announced, and is doing a variety of things to try and keep customers.
One thing they are doing is giving a free extra 1000 rollover minutes to customers. Some people are getting invitations to this via text that say:
"You're a valued AT&T customer. We'd like to add 1000 bonus Rollover minutes to the mobile number ending in xxx. There's NO cost or obligation to you. It's our way of saying thank you. To have your minutes added, reply YES by 3/31/2011. Reply stop to end mktg msgs."
While not documented specifically, it appears that all you need to do is text 11113020 the word "yes"
At first, we were confirmed this may be a scam, but it does appear to be real, and we've tried it. It works on at least the iPhone (see screen shot).
Apple working on new iOS notification system?
Apple is working on a new notification system for iOS and will be buying a small company to build its technology into the operating system, reports "Cult of Mac" (http://macte.ch/8bmCg), quoting unnamed sources. The name of the company is unknown, but it's reportedly one that already has an app in the Apple App Store.
"Apple’s pop-up notification system for new text messages, voicemails and the like has often been criticized as one of the weakest parts of the iOS," says "Cult of Mac." "Notifications are intrusive, modal and often cryptic. It’s a mess ... There were rumors last year that the iPhone’s notification system would be fixed after the chief architect of Palm’s system, Rich Dellinger, returned to work at Apple. However, the system still hasn’t been fixed, and according to our source, Apple is now trying to buy a small app developer to fix it."
Apple doubling some laptop orders
Apple reportedly is revising its laptop orders upward with the volume of some hot-selling models being doubled, according to "DigiTimes" (http://www.digitimes.com). That goes against the general industry trend.
Overall, notebook shipments from the top-five notebook makers are likely to contract by 5-10% sequentially in the first quarter, to 38 million units, or the same volume they shipped a year ago, says "DigiTimes." In related laptop news, "CNET" (http://macte.ch/WIjVz) says Apple is targeting a MacBook Air update for this summer that will include a move to Intel's Sandy Bridge processors. Look for it in June, the article says.
The take of the Sellers Research firm (that's me)? Maybe. Moving to a Sandy Bridge processor makes sense. However, Apple won't move the teeny portable to the new Intel chips until the MacBook Pro, MacBook, iMac and (probably) the Mac Pro have made the move.
-- Dennis Sellers
Sony may pull its artists from iTunes
Sony may pull its artists from Apple's iTunes Store, as well as withhold its games from the iPhone, in what could spark an "all-out war" between the two companies, reports Yahoo News (http://macte.ch/qv7oI).
Sony purportedly plans to launch a rival online music store to iTunes in Australia called Music Unlimited. The company may also be planning to launch a gaming service that would enable mobile phone users to play first generation Playstation games on their handsets -- a service Sony says is unlikely to be available through iTunes.
"Yahoo News" says Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Michael Ephraim has told reporters that Sony’s music streaming is a "new technology" that gave consumers greater freedom to play their music on a variety of devices. "If we do (get mass acceptance) then does Sony Music need to provide content to iTunes?" he is quoted as saying. "Currently we have to provide it to iTunes as that's the format right now. Publishers are being held to ransom by Apple and they...
No long lines for Verizon iPhone debut
After an on-line sell-out of the new Verizon version of the iPhone 4, and with several other retailers selling the phone on its first day, there were few waiting lines at Apple stores Thursday morning when they opened early for the first day of Verizon iPhone retail sales, reports "ifoAppleStore" (http://macte.ch/3RkHU).
There were reports from around the country of no one being in line at Apple stores when they opened at 7 a.m., though other reports described lines of 50 or 60 people at some high-profile stores. "Besides a wider availability, the waiting lines were also mitigated by the nature of the device, transitional and not new, and a survey that found just eight percent of AT&T customers intended to switch their service to Verizon for improved voice calls," says "ifoAppleStore."
The lack of expected lines has left some investors worried. However, in a note to clients -- as reported by "Forbes" (http://blogs.forbes.com/briancaulfield/2011/02/11/verizon-iphone-draws-i...
'WSJ': Jobs is calling the shots from home
The "Wall Street Journal" (http://macte.ch/YMMRR), quoting "people familiar with the matter," reports that, three weeks into a medical leave, Apple CEO Steve Jobs, 55, is staying closely involved in the company's strategic decisions and product development,.
Jobs, whose ailment hasn't been disclosed, has been taking business meetings at home and on the phone, the article says. The CEO has also reportedly been spotted on Apple's Cupertino, California, campus and in public in Palo Alto, California.
The "WSJ" says that, among products Jobs is continuing to work on are the next version of the iPad, expected out in the next couple of months, and a new iPhone, expected to be released this summer. As on Jobs' previous medical leaves, Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook is overseeing the day-to-day operations at Apple.
Paradise Beach alights on the Mac App Store
Nevosoft has announced Paradise Beach (http://nevosoft.com/description/game-ParadiseBeach/) for Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It's available at the Mac App Store for US$6.99 and can be found in the Games category.
Here's how the game is described: "Paradise Beach is a building simulation game, but it does not depend completely on fast-clicking and construction tasks. Players will have to create beautiful and entertaining beach resorts on various islands. The game offers new and welcome complexity, which involves strategic thinking in different directions. Paradise Beach features engaging and challenging gameplay with total freedom of action and much more.
"The player will learn what it takes to design sites of relaxation and fun, where people can really experience their dream holiday. Paradise Beach is a building simulation game, but it does not depend completely on fast-clicking and construction tasks. Unlike other games of this genre, Paradise Beach offers new and welcome complexity,...
2011 Photoshop World starts March 30 in Orlando
The 2011 Photoshop World Expo, the world’s largest exhibition of digital photography and Photoshop-related products and services, will be held March 30-April 1 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.
Photoshop World is produced by the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) in partnership with Adobe. The industry expo features product launches, interactive demonstrations, exclusive offers, and promotions and giveaways from more than 40 exhibitors, including Adobe, Adorama, Epson America, Manfrotto, Mpix, Nik Software, onOne Software, Peachpit, Wacom Technology and Xerox Corporation.
Throughout the course of this year’s expo, photographers of all skill levels will have the opportunity to put their shooting and lighting skills to the test at a special interactive booth located right on the show floor. Sponsored by F.J. Westcott, which specializes in professional photography and video lighting equipment, the booth will feature several live model and...
Native Instruments announces the next Traktor generation
Native Instruments (http://www.native-instruments.com) has announced the new Traktor generation that's based on new software features and a revised audio interface line.
The new Traktor generation is based on a revised "high-visibility" graphical user interface for intuitive operation under all conditions, and now offers up to four Sample Decks as well as the Loop Recorder. While each Sample Deck can add up to four simultaneous samples or loops to the mix, the Loop Recorder allows DJs to capture audio from various sources on-the-fly and drop it back into the mix at any time.
The new Traktor generation also sports "TruWave" technology. By displaying tracks and samples in all four decks with high-resolution multi-colored waveforms, it gives deep into the spectral properties of the music, visualizing both individual rhythmic elements as well as general sonic characteristics.
The synchronization features in Traktor have been further expanded with a new "SoftSync" function that provides...
Softmatic Barcode Maker now a Mac App Store exclusive
Softmatic has released Barcode Maker 4.0 (http://www.softmatic.com) and is offering it as a Mac App Store exclusive. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and is found in the Graphics & Design category. The price for an individual license has been reduced from US$99 to $29.99.
The barcode software creates all common linear and 2D barcode symbologies for use in DTP, Office and graphics applications. A three-step process lets you create standards compliant barcodes for package design, coupons, labels, book and magazine covers. Also featured is support for all GS1 code symbologies including Code 128 GS1.
The generated bar codes can be exported in a variety of vector and raster formats (EPS, PNG, TIFF) for use in all common DTP, design, illustration, and graphics applications. To meet commercial requirements for barcodes, the software also features support for bar width reduction to compensate for ink spread and dot gain, light zone sentinels and bounding box markers. Typical...
iSync updated with support for new cell phones
Nova media has unveiled an update to its iSync plug-ins software, adding compatibility with new cell phones E5-00, E7-00 and E73 from Nokia.
iSync plug-ins allow you to synchronize contacts as well as calendar entries between a Mac and a cell phone. The application extends the abilities of the built-in iSync application of Mac OS X, so that iSync is able to synchronize with more than 295 additional cell phones. iSync plug-ins sustain the amenities of iSync to, for example, synchronize selected address book groups or to only synchronize contacts that include telephone numbers.
iSync plugins is available today for US$11.84 on nova media's web site (http://www.novamedia.de/isync). It requires Mac OS X 10.4.9 or higher. One license of iSync plugins allows to synchronize with up to three cell phones.
Video tutorial on iMovie '11 available
Noteboom Productions (http://www.noteboomproductions.com/) says Tutor for iMovie '11 1.0, their latest video tutorial, is now available at the Mac App Store. You can find it in the Photography category for US$4.99.
In Tutor for iMovie '11, the user watches videos to learn how to use iMovie '11, part of iLife '11 for the Mac. The video tutorial consists of 37 video chapters on various subjects including and overview of the interface to importing your movies to using precision editing to assigning keywords to sharing with Facebook.
iWeb Themes Park offers new Valentine's templates
iWeb Themes Park (http://www.iwebthemespark.com) presents 10 new iWeb themes to be used with iWeb, the web site creation component of Apple's iLife suite. The new themes are Arrowed Heart, Love, Wedding, Action, Living Place, Medical, Painting, Dark Light, Planning and Targeting
The iWeb Themes Box of 100 themes is priced at US$47.77. Ten iWeb Themes in a Combo Package can be purchased for $29.99. Each template is available for $11.99 or $12.99. Using the coupon code "iWebThemesTrio" 3 iWeb Themes of Your choice can be obtained with $12.99 discount. Four iWeb Themes are free for everyone.
Irukandji now on the Mac App Store
Charlie's Games has announced Irukandji 1.5, an update of its Irukandji game on the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher, costs US$0.99 and can be found in the games category.
Irukandji is a score attack shoot-em-up game set in an abstract underwater trench. You fly your ship against the flow of hundreds of animated sea monsters. unlock a variety of different ships, each with its own unique weaponry and play style, which offers a different way to play the game.
There are 10 achievements to attempt, and online high score tables for every ship. A demo of Irukandji can be downloaded from the Charlie's Games web site (http://www.charliesgames.com/wordpress/?page_id=11).
TechSmith enters the Mac App Store with Camtasia 1.2
Camtasia for Mac 1.2 is now available at the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.5.6 or higher, QuickTime 7.5.5 or later, and costs US$99.
Camtasia for Mac is TechSmith’s (http://www.techsmith.com) screen recording and video editing software that allows users to make screencasts -- recordings of presentations done on computer screens.
With Camtasia, users can record onscreen activity, keynote slides, camera video, microphone or system audio. Users can also record in front of a live audience or at their desk. For education and compliance purposes, Camtasia for Mac has captioning capabilities, among other features.
TrailRunner mini runs onto the Mac App Store
Berbie Software says TrailRunner mini 1.1.9 (http://trailrunnerx.com/trailrunnermini.php) is now available in the Mac App Store. It costs US$19.99, requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 and can be found in the Sports category.
TrailRunner mini is a route planning app for runners, bikers and hikers. Based on the openStreetMap project, it lets you create, layout and modify routes using the route planner. Users can automatically download elevation data, view mile markers along a routes course, select and inspect parts of a route to learn about its profile and much more.
You can import GPX or KML files from your iPhone, GPS device or a community portal. TrailRunner mini also lets you: view mile markers along a routes course; automatically download elevation data; select and inspect parts of a route to learn about its profile; name, rate, flag, comment and colorize collected routes; and export routes as GPX files to share and follow
Pixel Research Labs releases Ringer 1.2.2
Pixel Research Labs has released Ringer 1.2.2 (http://pixelresearchlabs.com/ringer), an update to their $0.99 iPhone ringtone creation tool for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. It's also now available at the Mac App Store.
Ringer allows users to choose any non-protected file from their iTunes library or any media file on their system that can be opened by QuickTime and turn it into a unique ringtone. Version 1.2.2 adds the ability to save ringtones as .aac or .wav files in addition to the existing choices. Facebook integration has been added and several bugs have also been fixed.
With Ringer's built-in waveform editor, precisely select the exact start and end points of a ringtone. Preview it exactly as it will sound on the iPhone. Press the create button, and Ringer will make the ringtone and automatically import it into iTunes where it will be ready to sync to the iPhone.
iXiu pasteboard app comes to the Mac App Store
Xinfinite has released iXiu 2.0 (http://www.xinfinite.nl/ixiu.html) in the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later, costs US$4.99 and can be found in the Productivity category.
A visualized pasteboard application, iXiu is a tool to paste any thing at any time within any application on a translucent panel sticked below the menubar. In addition, iXiu can send your clipboard to another local iXiu user. With a right-click on the panel or one of its icons, it will show a contextual menu with several options. Or simply double-click on an icon to open your browser or another application associated with the data.
When iXiu is started, it will create a new panel below the menubar on the right side of your screen. This panel will appear when the mousepointer is moving above its tab. On this panel you can drop or paste anything you want.
Maintain serves up Cocktail 4.8.1 (Snow Leopard Edition)
Maintain has released Cocktail 4.8.1 (Snow Leopard Edition), the latest maintenance update of Cocktail (http://www.maintain.se/c) for users running Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard"). It fixes compatibility issues with the latest versions of supported web browsers (Camino 2.x, Chrome 9.x, Firefox 4.x, Flock 3.5.x, OmniWeb 5.x, Opera 11.x, Safari 5.x) and improves the "Delete localization files" procedure. This release also fixes other minor bugs discovered in the previous version.
Cocktail 4.8.1 (Snow Leopard Edition) requires Mac OS X/Mac OS X Server 10.6 or later and is tested for compatibility with Mac OS X/Mac OS X Server 10.6.5. Cocktail (Leopard Edition) for Mac OS X 10.5 and Cocktail (Tiger Edition) for Mac OS X 10.4 are available for download from the Maintain web site.
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. A single user license costs US$14.95.
Apple working on smaller, cheaper iPhones?
I'd take this one with a grain of salt, but "Bloomberg Businessweek" (http://macte.ch/mo0eX) says Apple Inc. is working on new versions of the iPhone that are aimed at slowing the advance of competing handsets based on Google's Android software,
Quoting "people who have been briefed on the plans," the article says one of the iPhones would be cheaper and smaller than the most recent iPhone. Apple also is developing technology that makes it easier to use the iPhone on multiple wireless networks, "Bloomberg Businessweek" says.
The article adds that Apple has considered selling the new iPhone for about $200, without obligating users to sign a two-year service contract. Android phones for a range of prices at AT&T Inc., Verizon Wireless and other carriers, and typically are sold with agreements that include a fee for broken contracts, notes "Bloomberg Businessweek."
Antec announces soundscience rockus speaker system
Antec (http://www.antec.com/Believe_it/) has released the US$249.99 soundscience rockus 3D/2.1 speaker system, which is "designed to create a personal theater experience, bringing the power and realism of 3D sound together with the clarity and accuracy of high-fidelity audio, making it an ideal solution for experiencing game and movie sound in 3D," says Scott Richards, senior vice president of Antec.
Soundscience’s 3D audio technology, 3Dsst, is a suite of DSP (digital sound processing) algorithms that creates a virtual surround sound experience from 2.1 stereo speakers. 3Dsst actively analyzes incoming stereo audio signals and intelligently places them into a 3D sound field, resulting in immersive 3D sound for your movies and games from 2.1 speakers, according to Richards. The soundscience rockus also boasts a dedicated music mode optimized for organic stereo sound reproduction, letting users hear music with deep, visceral sub-bass; powerful, spacious mids and crisp highs, he adds...
iAds hitting a 'rough spot'?
Apple’s iAds are hitting a rough spot, Erik Schonfeld writes for "TechCrunch" (http://macte.ch/RRGTB). He says that, across the board, several developers he's spoken to confirm that “fill rates” for iAds dropped drastically after the New Year and have yet to recover.
The fill rate -- what percentage of the ad inventory is actually filled with an ad -- for two separate developers plummeted from 18% to 6%, Schonfeld writes. And in a few instances for some newer apps, none of the ad slots were getting filled, compared to nearly complete fill rates from other mobile ad networks, he adds. Others report better fill rates but as one developer says, “They have definitely come down.”
One reason for the dip could be just seasonal. The fill rates and advertising budgets across all ad networks in general take a hit after the holiday, Schonfeld notes. But there seems to be something else going on here as well, he thinks.
“The general consensus among the advertising community is that it is a...
Germany researchers say they hacked a locked iPhone in six...
Researchers in Germany say they've been able to reveal passwords stored in a locked iPhone in just six minutes and they did it without cracking the phone's passcode, reports "PC World" (http://www.pcworld.com/article/219245/).
The attack requires possession of the phone and targets keychain, Apple's password management system. Passwords for networks and corporate information systems can be revealed if an iPhone or iPad is lost or stolen, according to the researchers at the state-sponsored Fraunhofer Institute Secure Information Technology (Fraunhofer SIT).
The attack is based on existing exploits that provide access to large parts of the iOS file system even if a device is locked, they add. Among passwords that could be revealed were those for Google Mail as an MS Exchange account, other MS Exchange accounts, LDAP accounts, voicemail, VPN passwords, WiFi passwords and some App passwords, according to "PC World."
The situation is worrisome for companies that allow employees to use...
Former Apple exec to help HP with webOS
Richard Kerris, a former Apple exec, is joining HP as vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations to help with webOS.
At Apple he helped lead projects like Final Cut Pro, Logic, and iLife. He also served as the senior senior director for Apple’s Worldwide Developer Relations group. Additionally, Kerris spent three years as chief technical officer of Lucasfilm.
According to "MobileCrunch" (http://macte.ch/DvBNm), at HP, Kerris will help promote and develop webOS, HP's operating system (acquired from Palm) that's based on Linux. HP says it's going to ship WebOS not only in phones, tablets and printers, but in PC’s as well. In doing so, the world's largest PC supplier hints they'll be shipping PC’s without Windows.
(Photo courtesy of 'MobileCrunch')
Apple on its way to becoming biggest firm in the world
Apple is on the way to becoming the most valuable firm in the world by 2012. Sales of its products, including the latest generation of iPads, iPods, iPhones and Mac laptops and computers, are expected to propel it even beyond the value of the current top company, Exxon, which is now worth approximately $358 billion, reports "The Telegraph" (http://macte.ch/DOPKS).
Strong sales, particularly in the US, have led experts to predict a 32% rise in Apple's share price over the next year, which would take its value to $367 billion. Providing the shares of Exxon, an oil firm, do not rise beyond that, Apple's foretold success would make it the biggest in the world for the first time.
As "The Telegraph" notes, a technology firm at the top of the corporate tree would be a change from the norm. The list of the world's most valuable firms is traditionally dominated by those in the mining, banking or retail sectors. Pete Najarian, of Trademonster.com, a stock market web site, told "The Telegraph"...
Verizon may sell nine million iPhones this year
Verizon Wireless, which will begin offering the iPhone today, may sell two million or more of the devices this quarter and draw subscribers. The company started sales at 7 a.m. (Eastern) today.
However, while online sales to existing Verizon users Feb. 3 ended within hours as the company exhausted its stock, there were few lines at stores that began selling the device today, reports "Bloomberg" (http://macte.ch/Q9xhx). The carrier gaining the iPhone will intensify competition in the U.S. smartphone market and curb customer growth at AT&T, Craig Moffett, an analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., told the publication. The threat of losing users may encourage AT&T to increase subsidies on its devices, which would force other carriers to match the lower prices, benefiting consumers, he added
Verizon may sell two million iPhones this quarter, according to Rick Franklin, an analyst at Edward Jones & Co., Jennifer Fritzsche at Wells Fargo Securities LLC and Ashok Kumar at...
Miraizon Releases Cinematize 3 Pro
Miraizon has released Cinematize 3 Pro for Macintosh. Built on top of its predecessor, Cinematize 2 Pro, Cinematize 3 Pro is a DVD clip extractor and converter.
It allows users to extract audio and video clips off of DVDs and convert them into formats such as QuickTime, iMovie, Final Cut, iDVD, DVD Studio Pro, Keynote, PowerPoint, iTunes, iPods, iPhones, and iPads, as well as formats suitable for web sites such as YouTube. With the introduction of dramatically enhanced preview and batch extraction features, Cinematize 3 Pro users can extract DVD clips more quickly and easily, says Miraizon founder and CEO, David Salamon.
Cinematize 3 Pro provides fully synchronized preview of any combination of video, audio, and subtitle tracks available on a DVD, helping users to locate clips for extraction. Its improved batch extraction functionality greatly saves users’ time by allowing them to extract at once clips from any part of a DVD using the same or different settings. This means users can...
Apple TV games, iPad 3 coming this year?
A couple of interesting rumors say that games could be coming to the Apple TV this year and that we'll see not only the iPad 2 in 2011, but the iPad 3, as well.
"Engadget" (http://macte.ch/EGHKL) says bits of code found in the latest beta version of iOS 4.3 released to developers hints that gaming, multiplayer functionality, leader boards such as the iOS Game Center and gaming controllers may be coming to Apple's set-top box. The article says that several references have been found pertaining to "ATVGames" and "ATVThunder" that point to a controller of some sort, leaderboards (think Game Center), a way to schedule games (multiplayer?), and a store front.
"Apple TV's minimum storage capacity (about 8GB) suggests the company might look to streaming not entirely unlike how OnLive works; as our tipster speculates, the OpenGL is mature and thoroughly implemented enough that streaming low bandwidth data and computing locally could happen, but that's just theoretical with nothing in the...
AppleSource Software releases TimeNet Law 2.4 + Control Center
AppleSource Software has released TimeNet Law 2.4 (http://www.timenetlaw.com), an update to their case management, time tracking, billing and accounting solution Mac OS X.
TimeNet Law was developed specifically for law firms, private investigators, and others who need total control over clients, matters, slips, payments, trust/escrow/retainer funds with automatic payment application, statements, reports, accounting, and more. This update will be free for all licensed TimeNet Law users.
TimeNet Law is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It's on sale for US$197 for a limited time (it's normally $299).
TimeNet Law Control Center has also been released. Control Center allows you to set user permissions and perform live auditing of your TimeNet Law Database. You can see all changes, when they were made and who they were made by. You can control every user in the system and set privileges for what they can and cannot do.
NuKit, Launcher and Shortcuts launch on Mac App Store
Nulana LTD (http://nulana.com) says NuKit, Launcher, and Shortcuts, their lightweight productivity applications, are all available on the Mac App Store for half price.
NuKit is a bundle of everyday tools to increase productivity and save time. Launcher is an utility that provides instant access to apps, search engines, scripts, Dictionary, and more. Shortcuts is a program that allows users to make their own keyboard shortcuts for everyday apps, frequent actions, files, and web sites.
All require an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. NuKit (US$9.99), Launcher ($4.99) and Shortcuts ($4.99) are available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.
Epson updates PrintJinni mobile printing app
Epson and Thinxtream Technologies has announced a free upgrade to the PrintJinni for Epson mobile printing app, delivering mobile device users expanded e-mail support and web page printing.
The app connects to Epson wireless all-in-ones over a wireless network and:
° Previews and prints without the need for an intermediate computer, additional software or printer drivers;
° Prints PDF, Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents (Microsoft Office 2003 and 2007, Macintosh versions 2004 and 2008), and JPEG e-mail attachments;
° Prints web pages by web address (URL);
° Works directly with Apple’s Mail App (POP3 and IMAP accounts) to preview and print e-mail attachments;
° Provides built-in attachment support for Apple MobileMe, Gmail, Microsoft Exchange and AOL, and other IMAP e-mail accounts.
In the latest version, the user interface optimized for the iPad’s larger screen size and rotation capabilities. It also offers: improved browsing of e-mail attachments and downloaded files; more robust...
Demo of BayCard, a HyperCard clone, now available
Bayhoff Software (http://www.bayhoff.com/) has released a demo of BayCard, a HyperCard clone. It's fully functional, but will expire after 30 days. Also, a stack may contain a maximum of eight cards.
BayCard was designed to allow non-programmers to bring their own visions to life without the need to learn how to write code. It was heavily influenced by Apple’s HyperCard.
Like HyperCard, a BayCard document can be thought of as a stack of index cards. As a result, BayCard documents are usually referred to as stacks. Each stack contains a background that appears below all cards.
Unlike HyperCard, BayCard doesn't feature a scripting language. In place of a scripting language, it features over 25 interface widgets including, but not limited to, tables, lists, web pages, date pickers, and iTunes-style star ratings. The full version of BayCard is available on the Mac App Store for US$19.99.
Flickery available on the Mac App Store
Eternal Storms Software (http://www.eternalstorms.at) has announced flickery 1.9.21, an update of the flickr desktop client for the Mac. It's available on the Mac App Store in the Social Networking category.
Flickery is a full-featured flickr desktop client for the Mac, offering a way to share on, browse and search flickr. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6. or later.
Flickery is on sale at 48% off for US$11.99 through Feb. 16. After this, its price will raise to $23.99. Existing customers of flickery who purchased it before the Mac App Store will continue to receive updates until version 2.0 at which point flickery will become a Mac App Store exclusive (and since it will be released at a discount, existing users won't loose the discount they were promised when purchasing it).
Raskin update adds Services contextual menu
Raskin Software (http://raskinformac.com/) has updated its self-titled Raskin application – a zoomable single surface Finder alternative for the Mac -- to version 1.2.2. The upgrade adds a Services contextual menu giving access to all file and folder-related Services provided by Mac OS X, as well as custom Services installed or created by the user.
This can be an Automator Action to rotate or scale the currently viewed picture directly on the Raskin Surface or a file renaming action.
Raskin is designed to simplify interaction with your computer files. It costs US$49.95 for a single-user license and requires Mac OS X 10.6.3 or higher. A 30-day demo is available for download.
Tidy Up for Mac OS X update improves the search engine
Hyberbolic Software (http://www.hyperbolicsoftware.com) has released Tidy Up! 2.3.2, the latest version of their disk, file and folder processing utility for Mac OS X. The new version improves the search engine for duplicates and improves the search engine for the smart basket system.
Tidy Up! can find duplicate files and packages using any criteria. Version 2.3.2 has the ability to create six new smart baskets. The new option is accessible from the File menu and allows for the creation of the smart baskets using the selected folder and file as a filter. There are also bug fixes.
Tidy Up 2.3.2 requires Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard") or higher. Upgrades from version 1.x are $20, and upgrades from version 2.x are free.
TranslateIt! for Mac OS X updated to version 14
TranslateIt! for Mac (http://www.mac.gettranslateit.com/) -- a multilingual dictionary that allows looking up words on the fly -- has been updated to version 14. The main window's search function now supports wildcards, which is useful for solving crosswords and playing other word-based games. Also, now a user can create his own dictionaries (adding, deleting and editing).
With TranslateIt!, you hover the pointer over an unfamiliar word (in any Cocoa application), and you will see its translation in a pop-up window. It comes with several free dictionaries for a large number of languages. TranslateIt! supports translation from/to any language (corresponding dictionaries must be installed), English sounds (it contains over 17,000 English words pronunciations) and printing of flash cards.
The software also comes with a Words Quiz (a game for learning new words), a built-in DictBuilder utility for creating custom dictionaries and a multilingual user interface. Any user can buy a lifetime...
Apple sees 87.2% growth in worldwide mobile device sales
Worldwide mobile device sales to end users totaled 1.6 billion units in 2010, a 31.8% increase from 2009, according to the Gartner research group (http://www.gartner.com). Apple sold 46.6 million units in 2010, 87.2% growth from 2009.
This growth is largely due to expansion into new countries and the ending of exclusivity deals, which has made the iPhone available through 185 communication service providers (CSPs) around the world. The end of exclusivity deals also encouraged CSP competition on tariffs and data plans, making the total cost of iPhone ownership more in line with other high-end smartphones, says Gartner.
For 2011, Apple's main growth opportunity will come from adding Verizon Wireless to its list of CSPs in the U.S. Gartner analysts said. Apple will maintain a stable average selling price, which favorably impacts margins at the expense of market share opportunity.
Smartphone sales to end users were up 72.1% from 2009 and accounted for 19%of total mobile communications...
iPod classic fifth best selling media player in the US
Apple's 160GB iPod classic was the fifth best selling media player in the U.S. for all of 2010. So the reports of its imminent demise -- something that has been rumored for a long time -- may be pre-mature.
The NPD Group (http://www.npd.com) tells "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) that in overall portable media player sales rankings in the U.S. in 2010, the black iPod classic came in fifth place among all media player sale. (The silver iPod classic was not among the top 10 devices.)
NPD's retail tracking includes sales in retail stores, as well as via online outlets. The top-selling media player in the U.S. in 2010, as tracked by NPD, was the third-generation 8GB iPod touch, notes "AppleInsider." Apple's higher-capacity iPod touch models came in third and fourth place, with the fourth-generation 32GB model taking third, and third-generation 32GB product in fourth.
Looking at Apple's 'Volume Purchase' program
Apple has implemented a program called “The Volume Purchase” program that allows approved educational institutions to receive 50% off when 20 or more copies of the same app are purchased for their staff members.
The developers have the option to opt out of this discount, so not every application will offer the discount even if you purchase 20 copies. Developers have to option for giving the discount. This way, if an educational institution chooses to purchase 20 copies of any of their apps, they'll receive 50% off on the cost of the application.
So how does the Volume Purchase program work? Someone from an educational program must enroll by becoming the program manager for your institution. The program manager will be in charge of making the purchases, and after the codes are downloaded this person is in charge of distributing codes that teachers, therapists and other staff members can use to download the application free of charge on their end. he program manager can sign up for...
Zack's upgrades Apple to 'outperform'
Zack's Equity Research has upgraded Apple to Outperform from Neutral, believing the company has further room for expansion. The investment case for Apple is based on its earnings momentum and accelerated revenue growth.
"Apple has grown leaps and bounds, driven by the success of its iPhones, iPad and increased Mac shipments" says Zack's. "We expect the iPhone-driven momentum to continue. Stronger-than-expected iPhone and iPad sales will help Apple grab a larger share of the smartphone market. In our opinion, this is the key to long-term growth and continued appreciation of the stock given the large addressable market. We expect the company to outperform its peers this year. Over the last four quarters, Apple surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 21.3%."
Apple’s posted stellar first quarter 2011 results beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate. The outperformance was driven by strong iPhone, Mac and iPad sales. The outlook for Mac, iPad and iPhone 4 remains extremely strong, backed by...
Analyst: Verizon may sell out of iPhones in first week
In a note to clients -- as reported by "Barron's" (http://macte.ch/SZOQT) -- RBC Capital Markets analyst Mike Abramsky said he thinks that Verizon may sell out of the iPhone in the first week the device is available, which he counts as starting Thursday, after surpassing one million units.
Abramsky bases his conjecture on what Verizon reported was a stock-out of the device when it went on sale online to existing Verizon customers last Thursday, and based on what he estimates was inventory on hand of one to 1.5 million units dedicated to the phone’s introduction, notes "Barron's." The analyst predicts the iPhone may sell three million to four million units in its first quarter of availability (Feb. 10 through March 32).
Abramsky is forecasting Verizon to sell 9-10 million iPhones this calendar year. But he notes that this estimate could be "conservative.”
iPad 2 now in production?
According to reports in the "Wall Street Journal" (http://macte.ch/XWTJU) and "The Telegraph" (http://macte.ch/DKhTK), the iPad 2 is now in production. However, Apple hasn't officially announced anything, so keep that in mind.
The articles quote "people familiar with the matter" and say here's what we can expect:
° The new iPad will be thinner and lighter than the first model.
° It will have at least one camera on the front of the device for features like video-conferencing.
° The resolution of the display will be similar to the first iPad.
° The iPad 2 will have more memory and a more powerful graphics processor.
° The new iPad will initially be available through Verizon Wireless and AT&T Inc., but not Sprint Nextel or T-Mobile USA in the U.S.
° The new iPad is expected to be released around Easter this year, but no launch date has been confirmed.
Walmart to offer Verizon iPhone starting Feb. 10
Walmart (http://www.walmart.com) says the iPhone 4 on the Verizon Wireless network will be available in select Walmart stores starting Feb. 10. Of course, it will also be available at Apple and Verizon retail stores at that time.
It will be available at nearly 600 of the retailer's in-store wireless areas starting at US$199 for the 16GB model. Walmart will offer a variety of iPhone 4 accessories including cases, car chargers, wraps, and hands-free accessories from variety of accessory manufacturers. Walmart currently carries the AT&T iPhone 4 in select stores nationwide.
Marvell CEO: iPads, tablets a threat to traditional computers
The head honcho at Marvell Technology Group., maker of the processor that runs BlackBerry smartphones, says the success of tablet computers and phones that surf the web is a bigger threat to traditional personal computers than laptops, notes "Bloomberg" (http://macte.ch/SWFOB).
Computer makers will respond to the iPad and other tablets with more powerful laptops to emphasize the difference in capabilities, Marvell CEO Sehat Sutardja said in an interview. That in turn will narrow the gap between laptops and machines that sit under the desk, he said.
“We’re already seeing a steady decrease in the market for monster PCs as the performance of laptops has significantly increased,” Sutardja told "Bloomberg." “This is good for the industry because desktops are typically left under the desk for five to seven years, whereas consumers replace their laptop every two to three years.”
Mophie announces juice pack air for Verizon
Mophie (http://www.mophie.com) is accepting pre-orders for a new juice pack air designed with dual compatibility for the Verizon and AT&T iPhone 4. The lightweight, thin external rechargeable battery case doubles the battery life of the iPhone on one charge.
The dual compatible juice pack air can be pre-ordered at the Mophie web site for US$79.95 with an expected ship date of Monday, Feb. 28. The juice pack air for Verizon and AT&T is being sold in soft-touch black with a brushed silver band, with soft-touch red and glossy white versions expected in late March.
MS Word to PDF Document Conversion released
Qoppa Software (http://www.qoppa.com) has announced jWordConvert, their MS Word document conversion software. It supports converting Microsoft Word files to PDF documents, to image files, and printing Word files.
Qoppa's jWordConvert is available as a Java library for integration by developers into their Java applications or applets. It can be deployed on servers to handle automated processing of Word documents as well as end-user applications or in-browser applets.
The conversion functionality will also be released into PDF Studio, Qoppa's PDF editor, and PDF Automation Server, Qoppa's workflow solution, bringing more value to these other products, says Gerald Holmann, president of Qoppa Software. jWordConvert costs US$600.
RackMac mini secures two Mac mini servers in a 1U rack space
Sonnet Technologies has introduced its US$169.95 RackMac mini rackmount solution (http://www.sonnettech.com/product/rackmacmini.html) for the latest line of Mac mini servers and computers. Designed for the office or for transportable rack use, the unit supports the installation of one or two Mac minis into a 1U rack space.
The RackMac mini manages airflow and provides a front-panel power switch and USB port for each Mac mini. Constructed of steel with a black powder-coat finish, the 11-inch-deep RackMac mini secures the computers behind a smart front panel. For each Mac mini, the front panel includes: DVD, IR sensor, and power indicator slots; a power switch; and a USB port. Pressing each computer's power button, connecting a keyboard or mouse, or attaching a USB drive is simple.
A padded locking bar holds the Mac minis in place for transportable rack use. Cable tie points allow all cables to be secured, as well. The RackMac mini comes preassembled.
Enclosed inside the RackMac mini,...