skEdit text/HTML editor updated to version 4.1.5
Before Dawn Solutions (http://www.beforedawnsolutions.com) has announced skEdit 4.1.5, an update of their text/HTML editor. It's available at the Mac App Store for US$29.99.
Version 4.1.5 includes bug fixes to the language scanner and preference management. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher.
ITC says Apple doesn't violate Elan patents
Elan Microelectronics, a Taiwanese designer of touchpad chips and modules, says it will appeal a ruling in the U.S., after an International Trade Commision judge said the company's patent-related claim against Apple revealed no breach of trade laws, reports the IDG News Service (http://macte.ch/LyT5Z).
Elan received a notice from the U.S. commission last week of a preliminary ruling that Apple did not violate international trade laws, nor did Elan prove patent infringement, the article adds. The company "regrets" the preliminary ruling and says it will ask the International Trade Commission to review the content of the chief judge's ruling and come out with a result favorable to it.
In March 2010 Elan asked the U.S. trade agency to ban the import and sale of some Apple products, including the iPad, because of alleged patent infringement. The company claims Apple “knowingly and deliberately” used Elan’s technology, while continuing to introduce infringing products The petition also...
Apple fifth on list of companies with best corporate reputations
The American public's positive perception of the reputation of corporate America is on the rise, according to the Harris Interactive research group (http://www.harrisinteractive.com). Apple now ranks fifth among companies with the best corporate reputation.
Harris Interactive says overall corporate reputation is experiencing rehabilitation as the American public gives high marks overall to corporate America, specific industries, and the largest number of individual companies in a dozen years. This, according to the findings of the 2011 Harris Interactive RQ Study, which measures the reputations of the "60 Most Visible Companies in the U.S." This is the 1 th year for the study, established in 1999.
Of the 20 notable changes in reputation among the 54 companies measured in both 2010 and 2011, 18 had significant positive increases, compared to only two declines. Sixteen companies received an RQ score over 80, which is considered to be an "Excellent" reputation, a sharp increase from the...
NetMarketShare: Mac OS X, iOS, Safari set market share records
In April, Apple has increased their usage share in all four major devices they produce, according to the latest market share survey from NetMarketShare (http://www.netmarketshare.com). The Mac OS, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch all gained share in the last month. On three devices, Apple has reached an all-time high usage share.
According to the report, among operating systems, Mac OS X had 5.40% of the global market share in April compared to 5.25% in March (that's global market share; in the US it's almost 10%) -- the highest percentage ever. Windows remains dominant with 89.91% as of April. That's down from 89.58% in March.
When it comes to browsers, Safari had 7.15% in April compared to 6.61% in March, while Internet Explorer had 55.11% Firefox had 21.63% and Chrome had 11.94%. That compares to, respectively, March percentages of 55.92%, 21.80% and 11.57%, respectively, for the browsers.
The iOS's market share also rose, according to NetMarketShare. It had 2.24% of the global market...
Mac OS X fastest growing client operating system
As the global economy recovered, worldwide operating system (OS) revenue totaled $30.4 billion in 2010, a 7.8 percent increase from 2009, according to Gartner (http://www.gartner.com). Mac OS X and Linux (server) and Mac OS were the fastest-growing subsegments in the client and server OS segments, respectively, while Microsoft maintained its leading position in the overall OS market, with 78.6% market share, says the research group.
"Generally, client OSs outperformed server OSs and grew 9.3% 2010, while the server OS segment grew 5.7%" says Matthew Cheung, principal research analyst at Gartner. "The long-pending demand for computer refreshment was unleashed as the economy stepped out from the economic turndown, which drove growth of client OSs."
Among client OSs, Mac OS was the fastest-growing subsegment in 2010 as the unit shipments of Mac desktop/laptop devices saw strong sales, although from a much-smaller basis. Windows client was still the largest client OS segment, with high-...
Apple now second largest buyer of MEMS
In 2010 Apple became the world's second largest buyer of microelectromechanical system (MEMS) sensors for consumer electronics products and mobile handsets, as it snapped up parts for products including the iPhone 4 and iPod Touch, according to IHS iSuppli (http://www.isuppli.com).
The company’s purchases of consumer/cell phone MEMS sensors rose by 116.7% in 2010, the highest rate of any major buyer. Apple’s purchases rose to US$195 million in 2010, up from $90 million in 2009.
This strong increase propelled Apple past Nintendo. Apple in 2010 also came within a hair’s breadth of taking the number one spot, trailing leading purchaser Samsung Electronics by just $5 million.
“Consumers in 2010 happily bought up Apple products including the iPhone 4, the iPad and iPod Touch,” says Jérémie Bouchaud, principal analyst for MEMS at iSuppli. “Much of the appeal of these products lies in their sophisticated user interfaces, which rely heavily on MEMS sensors, specifically accelerometers,...
Quark launches QuarkXPress 9 Teacher-Try-It Program
Quark has announced the QuarkXPress 9 Teacher-Try-It Program, an exclusive chance for teachers in North America to receive a complimentary copy of the newest version of QuarkXPress.
The program, which is running from May 1 to Nov. 1, aims to help teachers in K-12 and higher education institutions gain experience with QuarkXPress 9. The Teacher-Try-It program is open to K-12 and higher education educators at accredited institutions in the U.S. and Canada who teach classes in graphic design, digital media, print media, journalism, imaging arts, interactive media, interactive arts and development, new media, as well as other study areas that can be submitted to Quark for consideration.
To learn more about the program and sign up to participate, visit the online form (http://www.quark.com/Products/QuarkXPress/Programs/Education/Teacher_Try...) or contact Quark Education at email@example.com.
QuickerTek offers 5dBi Tri-Band antenna upgrade
QuickerTek has announced their second generation higher gain 5dBi Tri-Band Antenna upgrade kit for the Apple 802.11n Extreme Base Station and the Time Capsule 500GB, 1TB and 2TB models.
The company says they found a way to fix the modest receptive sensitivity and transmission capability by bringing the antennas outside the box. In-house testing showed up to three times better signal strength then that of the built-in antennas, according to QuickerTek.
The 5dBi Tri-Band Antenna Do it yourself kit can be ordered from the company website (http://www.quickertek.com/). Like most QuickerTek products, the 5dBi Tri-Band Antenna kit has a one year parts and labor warranty. Pricing ranges from US$129.95 to $480, depending on what you're upgrading and how much work you'll be doing yourself.
Analyst: Intel should become iOS microprocessor foundry
Piper Jaffray semiconductor analyst Gus Richard in a note to clients -- as reported by "Barron's (http://macte.ch/Mr0bx)-- says that since “Intel has no market share in the next wave of computing,” the company should consider becoming the foundry to manufacture the custom microprocessors that Apple designs into its iPhones, iPods and iPads.
Intel needs volume to fill its fabs to keep on track with the rising cost of “Moore’s Law,” the exponential increase in chip complexity, writes Richard. It can’t overcome Apple’s, and Google’s, commanding lead in smartphones, so it must strike a bargain, the analyst adds.
“We believe Apple is shifting away from Samsung,” writes Richard, citing efforts by the company to get memory chips from Elpida, Toshiba, and Micron Technology (MU), and what may be a foundry arrangement with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSM) staring in the fourth quarter of 2011.
Time Inc. mags coming to the iPad
Time Inc., the country's largest magazine publisher, has reached a deal with Apple to make all its iPad editions free for print subscribers, "marking a break in the impasse between publishers and Apple and lending support to Time's contention that it's business-as-usual after the ouster of its chief executive," says "The Wall Street Journal" (http://macte.ch/cBkLZ).
Starting today (Monday), subscribers to "Sports Illustrated," "Time" and "Fortune" magazines will be able to access the iPad editions via the apps, which will be able to authenticate them as subscribers. Time Inc.'s "People" magazine already had such an arrangement, but readers of most publications have had to pay separately for the iPad version regardless of their subscriber status.
Intego reports 'rogue' MACDefender anti-malware...
Intego (http://www.intego.com) says it has discovered a rogue anti-malware program called MACDefender, which attacks Macs via SEO poisoning attacks.
The file is decompressed, and the installer it contains launches presenting a user with a set-up installer screen. If the user continues through the installation process, and enters an administrator’s password, the software will be installed.
"It is important that users not continue with any unexpected installation of this type. Intego VirusBarrier X6′s malware definitions will be updated today, and Intego will be publishing a security memo when we have more...
Decloner update for Mac OS X gets multiple folder support
PixelEspresso has released Decloner 1.4 (http://www.pixelespressoapps.com/decloner/), an update of the Mac OS X 10.6 utility to find and delete duplicate files. The upgrade adds multiple folder support
Also, files that couldn't be removed are displayed in a list and can be deleted permanently. Deleted files can be replaced with aliases of the remaining file
Decloner 14. adds detailed information and QuickLook support for selected duplicate file groups. Hidden folders aren't scanned anymore. Version 1.4 sports a redesigned Preferences panel and a crash reporter.
Decloner uses a algorithm to determine if files are identical. The names of duplicate files are presented in a list to allow the user to select which files to delete, either individually or in bulk. Decloner can process large number of files on internal or external drives, and supports QuickLook and exclusion patterns.
The user can inspect files and view their contents using Leopard's QuickLook feature. Decloner never deletes...
HoudahSpot for Mac OS X adds query pane hiding option
Houdah Software (http://www.houdah.com/) has updated HoudahSpot, their Spotlight front end for Mac OS X, to version 3.3. The upgrade adds the option to hide the query pane, making more room to show the search results.
HoudahSpot's tagging feature is based upon the OpenMeta technology, so is compatible with a growing number of third party tagging applications. The HoudahSpot Tray lists favorite tags as well as tags recently used by HoudahSpot or another OpenMeta tagging solution. Drag a file to a tag to assign it that tag. Drag a file to the file well to be presented with a window to enter any number of tags. Select tags and double-click to start a search. Hold down the option key while double-clicking to match any of the selected tags.
HoudahSpot is a Spotlight front-end for Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard") and 10.6 ("Snow Leopard"). With it, users may create detailed queries to pinpoint the exact file they want to get to. HoudahSpot costs US$30 for a single-user license.
Qoppa releases PDF Automation Server 3
Qoppa Software has announces PDF Automation Server 3 (http://www.qoppa.com/pas/index.html) with enhancements for Word-to-PDF conversion, Word-to-images conversion, Word file printing, improved performance and memory management, user interface enhancements, and improved PDF preflight.
This multi-platform workflow server product automates the receiving, processing, and routing of multiple types of files on all Java enabled server platforms. PAS accepts incoming files of multiple types from local and network folders, email, or FTP servers. It then performs a wide range of manipulations, based on preset criteria. Once changed, both the original files and the output files can be routed to a range of destinations.
PDF Automation Server is entirely based on Qoppa Software proprietary PDF technology. It's a reliable and affordable system to automate PDF workflows that works on Mac, Windows, Linux, Unix (Solaris, HP-UX, IBM AIX) and any other Java-enabled platform. Contact Qoppa Software for...
BatchOutput updates to version 3.11.2
Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has released BatchOutput 3.11.2, an update to its professional solution to automate printing and exporting from Adobe InDesign. The update improves output of non-consecutive spreads and improves event logging.
BatchOutput is designed to automate and simplify InDesign production workflows of service providers, printers, ad agencies and publishers. With BatchOutput, users only need to select the files to output and adjust the settings, and the rest will be done automatically.
BatchOutput 3.11.2 can be purchased for US$129.95. A demo is available for download. Upgrades to BatchOutput 3.11.2 are free for licensed users of version 3.x, and $47.98 for the users of earlier versions. Every order includes a free license of File Courier (a $19.95 value). BatchOutput is available for Mac OS X 10.4.2 and higher, a Universal Binary, and works with Adobe InDesign CS-CS5.
Thursby Software updates ADmitMac, DAVE
Thursby Software Systems has released the latest updates of its g enterprise Mac-Windows integration, management and security software, ADmitMac v5.2 and DAVE v8.2.
With the rapid acceptance of Macintosh computers into enterprise environments, the network complexities and requirements for commercial grade solutions continue to grow, says Bill Thursby, president and CEO of Thursby Software.
The latest updates refine networked workflows around popular Mac applications such as Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe Creative Suite, Avid and Microsoft Office, where enterprise clients feel the most challenges relative to native Mac OS X functionality, he adds. These x.2 updates are expected to be the last updates before Thursby’s Lion release this summer. ADmitMac and DAVE beta releases for Lion will be available to select registered customers by the end of this month.
The v5.2 and v8.2 updates are available for free to all customers under a current support contract. For more info go to http://...
'Draconian workplace' conditions exposed at Chinese...
An investigation into the conditions of Chinese workers by two non-government organizations -- the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations and Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour (Sacom) -- has revealed disturbing allegations of excessive working hours and "draconian workplace rules" at two major plants in southern China, reports "The Guardian.". It has also uncovered an "anti-suicide" pledge that workers at the two plants have been urged to sign, after a series of employee deaths last year, the article adds.
The investigation looks at life for the 500,000 workers at the Shenzhen and Chengdu factories owned by Foxconn, which produces millions of Apple products each year. The report accuses Foxconn of treating workers "inhumanely, like machines."
Among the allegations made by workers interviewed by the NGOs – – are claims that: excessive overtime is routine, badly performing workers are sometimes humiliated in front of colleagues, and up to 24 workers may...
Apple already adopting the iCloud?
Apple has begun adopting the "iCloud" name within several products currently under development, "suggesting the appropriately labeled moniker is indeed the frontrunner for the company's soon-to-debut Internet cloud service, which will span beyond streaming music," reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).
Quoting "people familiar with the matter," the site says Apple is prepping beta versions of both iOS 5.0 and Mac OS X Lion ahead of its June Worldwide Developer Conference that integrate with a service dubbed "iCloud," enabling users to sync and store much of the same information they currently can with the company's existing MobileMe service, such as bookmarks, email, contacts and iCal events.
However, "AppleInsider" thinks the service will go beyond music, and could be the central component of a revamped Apple's existing MobileMe service. Apple is also said to have been toying with the idea of making its enhanced MobileMe a free service that would further tie users...
SmithBucklin employees given iPad 2s
SmithBucklin (http://www.smithbucklin.com), an association management and professional services company, distributed the Apple iPad 2 to its employees today.
On March 30, 2011, SmithBucklin announced it would give an Apple iPad 2 to employees as a way to reward excellent staff performance, improve productivity and enhance the company’s social media capabilities. SmithBucklin employees received a 32GB Apple iPad 2 with Wi-Fi.
For a nominal fee, they had the option to upgrade to a 64GB version or one that offers Wi-Fi and 3G service through Verizon or AT&T. Also, employees were given an US$50 Apple gift certificate which may be used to purchase iPad accessories such as the new magnetic Smart Cover, digital AV adapter, camera connection kit or keyboard.
The association management company employs more than 600 people, with offices in Chicago, Washington, D.C., St. Louis and St. Paul, Minn. All of the company’s offices and conference rooms are Wi-Fi accessible, providing employees...
Apple overtakes ZTE for fourth place in global handset shipments
According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics (http://www.strategyanalytics.com), global handset shipments grew 17% annually to reach 350 million units in the first quarter of 2011. Apple captured fourth place in global handset shipments, rising from sixth position a year earlier and leapfrogging rival ZTE.
According to Strategy Analytics, Apple has 5.3% of the global handset market. It trails Nokia with 31%, Samsung with 19.7% and LG with 7%.
“It was a mixed quarter for the world's major handset vendors," says Neil Mawston, director at Strategy Analytics. "Some brands outperformed, such as Apple and ZTE, while others underperformed, such as LG and Nokia. LG lost ground due to sluggish feature phone volumes, while Nokia continued to struggle in 3G smartphones and the important United States market.”
Other findings from the research include:
° Samsung shipped 68.9 million handsets worldwide during the first quarter of 2011, rising a relatively sluggish 7% from 64.3 million...
Apple number five among global mobile phone makers
The worldwide mobile phone market grew 19.8% year over year in the first quarter of 2011 (1Q11) fueled by high smartphone growth, especially in emerging markets, and gains made by market challengers. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) "Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker" vendors shipped 371.8 million units in 1Q11 compared to 310.5 million units in the first quarter of 2010.
Apple maintained its number four spot on IDC's Top 5 list thanks to a record quarter for unit shipments. The company posted the highest growth rate of the worldwide leaders. Apple's results were buoyed by strong sales on Verizon Wireless and additional carrier deals; the company is now on 186 carriers operating in 90 countries. The iPhone once again sold particularly well in developed economic regions of the world, such as North America and Western Europe.
According to IDC Apple has 5% market share of the global mobile phone market compared to 2.8% in the year-ago quarter. Ahead of Apple on the list...
Samsung sues Apple in the US
Another day, another lawsuit. Samsung has broadened its patent- infringement dispute with Apple by suing the iPhone creator in the U.S. a week after making claims in Asia and Europe, reports "Bloomberg" (http://macte.ch/VjuWD).
Apple is infringing 10 patents related to mobile phones, Samsung said in an April 27 lawsuit in federal court in San Jose, California. The company, which sells the Galaxy smartphone and tablet, claims Apple is using Samsung’s inventions without paying, notes "Bloomberg."
The lawsuit intensifies a legal dispute that began when Apple sued Samsung earlier this month, claiming the Galaxy products “slavishly” copied iPad and iPhone technology and design. Samsung, which is also a supplier of some Apple chips, retaliated last week with lawsuits in Seoul, Tokyo and Mannheim, Germany.
Apple's lawsuit filed on April 15 in the U.S. claims Samsung's mobile phones and Galaxy Tab. Apple says Samsung "slavishly" copied the iPhone and iPad.
"Rather than innovate and develop...
Apple, Google to testify at privacy hearing
"I'm pleased that Apple and Google have confirmed that they'll be sending representatives to testify at my upcoming hearing on mobile technology and privacy," Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) said in a statement.
Franken, who chairs a new Senate privacy panel, added that the hearing was a "first step" in Congressional inquiries whether federal laws have kept up with the surge in mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets, notes "InfoWorld."
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), the chairman of the Senate's Judiciary Committee, also acknowledged the participation of the two firms. "It is essential that policy makers and the American people have complete and accurate information about the privacy implications of these new technologies," Leahy said in a separate statement.
Analyst ups Apple's target price to $415
Argus Research analyst Jim Kelleher told clients in a note -- as reported by -- that he has increased his price target on Apple from US$375 to $415, noting that the company’s strong second quarter isn't reflected in the stock.
IPhone sales have risen to record levels, propelling Apple into the top slot among global mobile phone vendors by revenue, even as iPad sales slipped on a sequential basis, as desktop Macs declined in the quarter, Kelleher noted. He wrote that the iPhone too had a few quarters of less-than-stellar sales before taking off globally, and that the same trajectory could await the iPad.
Tablet computers may face shortages of parts, components
The global supply chain for tablet computers is expected to brace for "acute shortages" of parts and components, including memory chips, gyroscopes, capacitors, chip-resistors, cover glass and even bismaleimide-triazine (BT) resin, which will seriously affect shipments of iPad-like tablets, reports "DigiTimes" (http://www.digitimes.com), quoting sources at Taiwan notebook makers.
The market had originally expected the tight supply of components and key materials caused by the Japan earthquake will ease in May, the article adds. Contrary to the expectations, the crisis of the possible interruption of the supply chain now is likely to emerge in the second half of May, say the unnamed sources.
Apple planning new retail store in Brisbane, Australia
Brisbane could soon be home to Australia's largest Apple store after plans were submitted to the city's council, reports "The Age" (http://macte.ch/9knht). It would be the company's 10th retail store in Australia.
Real estate advisor Savills, which represents Apple in the Asia-Pacific region, has refused to comment on the mounting speculation the global brand will move into MacArthur Chambers on the corner of Queen and Edward streets. An application to Brisbane City Council, lodged on behalf of MacArthur Central Shopping Centre yesterday, outlines plans for a $10.5 million renovation of the historic building.
Although the application does not mention Apple, it includes plans for a glass staircase, which was the hallmark of Apple's first Australian store on George Street in Sydney.
Scosche releases freeKey for the Mac, iPad
Scosche Industries (http://www.scosche.com/) has released the US$59.99 Scosche freeKey, a wireless keyboard for the Mac, iPad 2 and other Bluetooth-enabled tablets. The water resistant freeKey has a range of up to 30 feet and rolls up for storage in a backpack or purse.
The silicone freeKEY supports Bluetooth 2.0 and is compatible with Mac OS X, iOS, Windows and Android operating systems. Once paired with a device the freeKey will automatically re-pair with that device the next time the keyboard is powered on. Scosche also includes a retractable USB to micro-USB charge cable for charging.
Jet Set Go flies onto the Mac
Ph03nix New Media has introduced Jet Set Go 1.0 (http://www.jetsetgogame.com/), a new time management game on the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later and costs $6.99.
In the game, players help April to put together dream vacation packages in the agency, fill up your charter flights, and travel with customers to a variety of exotic locations. Players serve cheesecake in New York, take photographs at the Grand Canyon, dance the Congo on a cruise ship, and get to experience 15 exotic locales.
Enolsoft releases Video Converter for the Mac
Enolsoft Corp. (http://www.enolsoft.com) has released Enolsoft Video Converter for Mac (US$35), which enables all the Mac OS user to convert between any video formats for various purposes.
Mac users are able to turn their videos to whatever format as they like, including HD, with this Enolsoft Video Converter for Mac. This includes playback of various videos on portable devices, uploading any videos to YouTube for sharing or editing favorite videos in video editing tools and more.
This Enolsoft Video Converter for Mac is an all-in-one video converting tool, and can be also used as Mac video to iPad 2 converter, Mac video to iPhone 4 converter, Mac video to PSP converter, Mac video to Xoom converter and Mac video to iPod converter, etc. In addition, Mac users can also use it to convert camcorder AVCHD videos or downloaded YouTube HD videos to any video formats like MP4, WMV, AVI, MOV, MKV, VOB and 3GP, etc., as well as extract audio tracks from videos and convert to audio formats like...
Most Popular Solitaire comes to the Mac
Goodsol Development (http://www.moposol.com) has released Most Popular Solitaire, a collection of 30 solitaire games. Selected from the company's Pretty Good Solitaire collection of 750+ games, the new Mac and Windows collection includes Klondike, FreeCell, Spider, Pyramid, Scorpion, Canfield, Golf, Yukon, and more.
Most Popular Solitaire features playing cards, full undo and redo of all your moves, automatic game saving, complete statistics for multiple players, selectable card backs and background images, and the ability to compare your scores with other solitaire players' scores. In addition, it includes 13 bonus games,
Most Popular Solitaire runs under Mac OS X 10.4 or higher and Windows 98/Me/XP/Vista/7. The software is available on the new Mac App Store at the introductory price of US$7.99. You can also buy Most Popular Solitaire directly from the company's website for $16.95, which includes both the Mac and Windows versions. A trial version of Most Popular Solitaire is...
Echofon upgrades product line for Firefox on tthe Mac
Echofon (http://www.echofon.com/) has announced the availability of completely updated versions of Echofon for the Mac and Firefox, completing a full-line upgrade that began in February with new versions of Echofon for the iPad and iPhone. Echofon, which is free, uses indicators to show which Tweets have photos, videos, location, conversations, etc.
Echofon for Firefox has been redesigned with a new user interface. It can be used in a sidebar, a panel or an individual window. Lists and search functionality have been expanded. A new user view has been implemented with user timeline, following and followers lists.
Direct messages are now displayed in conversation view to facilitate easy communication. The mute functionality has been expanded to include users, applications and hashtags. Additional features in the Mac version include: the ability to attach photos to Tweets with drag and drop and the ability to attach screen captures, the current iTunes song, or the current page being...
Smuggle Truck drives onto the Mac
Owlchemy Labs says Smuggle Truck (http://snuggletruck.com) is available now on the Mac and PC. It's a physics-based driving game where players must save a group of immigrants by smuggling them across a country's border in the least amount of time.
For a limited time, Smuggle Truck -- available for US$5 in the Games section of the Mac App Store -- is bundled with a "Legal Immigration mode," allowing players to experience the efficiency of the modern immigration process. This mode gives players the opportunity to sit in a waiting room and stare at a clock that counts down over the next 20 years.
Snuggle Truck for iOS devices is included in Smuggle Truck at no extra cost. It features the same gameplay of Smuggle Truck, but with a cuddlier presentation. In Snuggle Truck, instead of smuggling immigrants over the border, players bring cute animals from the wilderness to the comfort of a zoo. At the zoo the creatures will be provided plenty of food, a stable shelter and state-of-the-art...
Congressman wants FTC probe of iPhone/iPad tracking
A Democratic congressman isn't satisfied with Apple's explanation of why iPhones keep track of their users' locations and wants a federal probe into the Cupertino software marker's privacy practices, reports "CNET" (http://macte.ch/7lNDs).
Rep. Jay Inslee of Washington said through a spokesman yesterday that a Federal Trade Commission investigation is still needed to "ensure all the questions regarding this issue, including the lack of disclosure, are answered." Inslee said he has not received a response from Apple to questions in a letter he sent last week.
Inslee, who is a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, told "CNET" this is an example of why new federal laws and regulations restricting companies' data collection and use practices are necessary. Previously, in 2004, he introduced unsuccessful legislation called the E-Mail Privacy Act.
Apple cements its position among top five computer vendors
The Canalys research group (http://www.canalys.com) says the personal computer market grew 7% in the first quarter of 2011, as the pad market, led by Apple’s iPad, continued to bolster growth.
Once again, Apple set the standard in the pad market, mainly at the expense of notebook and netbook shipments, as pads competed for a share of consumer IT spend, says Canalys. Unlike some research groups, it counts tablets among personal computer unit sales -- as I've long argued should be done -- which is a big boost for Apple.
During the first quarter of this year, pad shipments reached 6.4 million units worldwide. Apple accounted for 74% of these shipments, while other vendors struggled to bring competitive products to market. Canalys expects that next quarter will see a significant change in the market, with products appearing from Acer, Asus, LG and RIM.
Apple continued with its strategy to dominate the pad market, with the iPad or iPad 2 available in 59 markets by the end of Q1. A...
iPhone 4 best selling single device
The NPD Group (http://www.npd.com) has has released its quarterly results for mobile phones sales among US consumers, noting that Apple ranks number three across all mobile devices, but the iPhone 4 is the best-selling single device. Meanwhile, Android has slipped in the rankings for the first time in nearly two years.
In its quarterly “Mobile Phone Track”, NPD notes -- as reported by "mocoNews" (http://macte.ch/e4S2y) -- that Samsung has remained as the top-selling brand across the whole spectrum of mobile handsets. The company, which makes devices using Android, Windows Phone 7 and its own proprietary OS, accounted for 23% of all sales. LG took second place with 18 %.
NPD notes that the addition of the iPhone to Verizon’s network has boosted Apple’s share up to 14%, giving it third position. In addition to the iPhone 4 being the best-selling single device, the iPhone 3GS was the second best seller on the single device list.
Apple planning to float out an iCloud?
"Gigaom" (http://macte.ch/iGIGY) says when (if?) Apple launches its much-rumored "cloud" music service it may be dubbed iCloud because Jobs & Company is rumored to be a likely buyer of the domain iCloud.com.
Until recently, iCloud.com was a domain name and a storage-as-a-cloud service owned by Linkoping, Sweden-based desktop-as-a-service company, Xcerion. Xcerion’s iCloud service has just been rebranded to CloudMe, and the company acquired the CloudMe.com domain on April 5, 2011, says Om Malik of "Gigaom."
"My source, who is familiar with the company, says that Xcerion has sold the domain to Apple for about $4.5 million," he says.
Apple too slow in responding to location tracking brouhaha?
Apple should have responded much sooner to concerns about location data stored on its iPhones, even if the company didn't have all the answers ready, marketing and crisis-management experts tell the "Associated Press" (http://macte.ch/1jSq9). The company took a week to deny that the phones track the precise location of their owners, as some users and privacy watchdogs had feared.
As soon as it started selling the devices, Apple should have said how it uses, or doesn't use, location data, Joe Marconi, a DePaul University marketing professor and author of "Crisis Marketing: When Bad Things Happen to Good Companies," told the AP.
"The whole problem could have been a non-problem if Apple had done some kind of disclosure of this in some kind of a privacy statement," he said. "Apple customers are fiercely loyal in a way we can say few (others) are today. With that comes a responsibility."
Larry L. Smith, president of the Institute for Crisis Management, a public relations company, told the...
Harman offers iPad 2 bracket for the JBL OnBeat
Last month Harman unveiled the JBL OnBeat, the first docking station for iPods, iPhones, and iPads. Now, to accommodate the iPad 2, JBL plans to ship the dock with an attachment designed to fit the tablet’s slimmer size.
Consumers who have already purchased a JBL OnBeat and currently own an iPad 2 can get the replacement bracket separately for no charge by visiting http://wwwjbl.com/OnBeatipad2 and typing promo code “BRACKET.”
JBL’s newest speaker dock features a sculptural design and supports Netflix movie streaming, gaming, and YouTube clip. Compatible with Apple’s iPod, iPhones, and iPads, the JBL OnBeat loudspeaker dock is available now for US$149.95 at http://www.jbl.com/OnBeat .
Viaden Mobile releases Mac version of yoga app
Viaden Mobile has launched a Mac version of its yoga app for the iPhone and iPod touch. All-in Yoga (ttp://mobile.viaden.com/yoga-for-mac.html) costs US$3.99, requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later, and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Health & Fitness category.
This professional yoga app can be used by both beginners and professionals. Providing a database of yoga asanas and workouts, the app gives users a lot of room for improvisation and creativity. The interaction algorithms utilized in All-in Yoga give users freedom in creation and yoga practice, according to the folks at Viaden Mobile. The application provides three modes of program selection.
All-in Yoga uses a 4-stage system of program selection, from beginner to guru. There's a full-screen training mode. All-in Yoga allows users to monitor their achievements with the help of a workout log in the calendar. A new yoga-related quote appears in the calendar every day.
Global handset semiconductor market revenue up 15% in 2010
2010 saw the global handset semiconductor market achieve an estimated revenue jump of about 15% compared to 2009, on a shipment growth of 13%.
According to ABI Research (http://www.abiresearch.com) practice director Peter Cooney, “Consistent demand for smartphones has become the major driver behind semiconductor market growth. In view of the return on investment (ROI) and the technological barriers to entry, many semiconductor vendors are contemplating merger and acquisition strategies to align their technologies for the future.”
Consistent demand for smartphones has become the major driver behind semiconductor market growth. In view of the return on investment (ROI) and the technological barriers to entry, many semiconductor vendors are contemplating merger and acquisition strategies to align their technologies for the future, he adds.
Between the end of 2008 and the end of 2009, smartphone shipments grew about 19%, while growth over the course of 2010 surged a further 71%. That...
Wallpaper Wizard appears on the Mac App Store
Wallpaper Wizard (http://wallwiz.com/), created by Ivan Ablamskyi from the Coppertino, has been updated to versin 1.1.3 and is now available at the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later and costs US$6.99.
Wallpaper Wizard is a wallpaper changer for Mac with the unlimited access to the private collection of more than 100,000 HD wallpapers. There are dozens of categories with wallpapers to choose from, including Nature, Animals, Celebrities, Cars, Abstracts, Architecture and more.
You can manually select any wallpaper from collection to appear on your screenWallpaper Wizard 1.1.3 offers support for multiple screens. You can upload your own pictures and share them with all the computers connected to your account.
You can set Wallpaper Wizard to automatically change wallpaper when your Mac wakes from sleep -- or regularly within a timeframe you can set. There's a tray menu for single-click access and global shortcut to change wallpaper from your keyboard.
D-Link launches Wireless N 300 Gigabit Router
D-Link has announced its new Wireless N 300 Gigabit Router (DIR-651), offering increased performance and speed over previous generation 802.11g devices.
It's equipped with 802.11n technology, four gigabit ports to provide speeds up to 10 times faster than standard 10/100 ports, multiple intelligent antennas, and Intelligent Quality of Service (QoS). The DIR-651 transmits multiple streams of data, enabling users to receive network connectivity in hard to reach places -- especially in larger homes, says Daniel Kelley, associate vice president of consumer marketing, D-Link North America.
With the addition of Intelligent Quality of Service (QoS), these data streams are separated to help organize and prioritize network traffic to give applications such as video streaming, gaming and VoIP calls priority over an activity such as web browsing, he adds. The DIR-651 also offers an enhanced wired connection with its four gigabit ports, purportedly providing speeds up to 10 times faster than...
Modo 501 getting recoil Plug-in for rigid body dynamics
Luxology (http://www.luxology.com) has announced the availability of recoil, a new, US$199 plug-in for modo 501 that simulates dynamic rigid body interactions.
Based on the open source Bullet physics engine, which is used extensively within the games and film industries, recoil simulates dynamic forces and calculates collisions between objects, allowing users to create complex animations or automatically stack vast numbers of objects.
The plug-in was developed independently by Eric Soulvie using the modo Plug-in Software Development Kit (SDK) and runs on both the Mac and PC versions of modo 501. Utilizing version 2.77 of the Bullet physics engine, recoil simplifies the setup and execution of complex physical simulations by combining robust collision detection with a variety of constraints, forces and controls, says Soulvie. By simply tagging any mesh item to be dynamic, the object is ready to respond to forces like gravity or collisions from other objects in a modo scene, he adds.
Tembo for Mac OS X revved to version 1.5
Houdah Software has released Tembo 1.5, an update of the friendly" find utility for Mac OS X, available at the Mac App Store. The upgrade adds the option to extend an active search to all available file type categories.
Tembo is for designed to make the searching (and finding) of files, mail messages, bookmarks and more as easy as possible. Version 1.1 sports a refined user interface that uses less screen real estate. It also adds menu items to limit search to file names or text content, keyboard shortcuts and basic AppleScript support
Tembo is sold exclusively through the Mac App Store for US$14.99 and requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher.. A demo version is available from the product web site (http://www.houdah.com/tembo/).
Adobe updates Lightroom, Camera Raw
Adobe says the Lightroom 3.4 and Camera Raw 6.4 updates are available for immediate download on Adobe.com.
Originally posted as release candidates on Adobe Labs, the final updates bring raw file support to 13 popular camera models including Canon EOS Rebel T3i, Nikon D5100 and Fuji FinePix X100, and add over 25 new lens profiles to help photographers automatically correct unwanted distortion and chromatic aberration.
In addition, the updates address a number of issues reported by customers on the previous releases. The Lightroom 3.4 update is available as a free download for Lightroom 3 customers, and the Photoshop Camera Raw 6.4 plug-in is available as a free download for Photoshop CS5 customers. For more information and to download updates, visit http://www.adobe.com/downloads/updates/ .
Hi-Voltage releases BookingPoint 4.0
Hi-Voltage has released BookingPoint 4.0, an update of the Mac OS X compatible, resource booking system for universities, colleges and other educational institutions. The includes several enhancements and new features implemented due to customer feedback.
BookingPoint allows you to take full control of room and equipment bookings, offering time saving features, increased convenience and greater efficiency for both staff and borrowers, according to the folks at Hi-Voltage. It can be customized to your institution's needs.
BookingPoint will continue to come in basic and deluxe versions. For pricing options go to http://www.hi-voltage.com.au/contact.php .
Noteboom Productions releases iPad Video Tutorial
Noteboom Productions (http://www.noteboomproductions.com) has introduced Video Tutorial for Keynote 1.0, their latest video tutorial for the iPad. It costs US$4.99 and is available in the Apple App Store.
You can watch videos on your iPad to learn how to use Keynote for the Mac. The video tutorial consists of 27 video chapters on various subjects. Users can choose different video chapters to watch as they go through the video tutorial. All videos are stored on the iPad, so no bandwidth is used while watching the videos.
Cookie Stumbler for Mac OS X gets improved heuristics engine
WriteIt! Studios has updated Cookie Stumbler (http://www.writeitstudios.com), an application to keep your Mac's privacy safe, to version 1.1.4. It sports an improved heuristics engine, which detects even more unidentified ad cookies and purportedly improves the efficiency of the detection engine by almost 60%.
Cookie Stumbler also keeps track of all new visited sites by marking them with an "unread" flag. Additionally the support of Chrome 12 Developer Preview is improved.
Cookie Stumbler includes tools to detect ad/tracking cookies. It features schedules, on-click filter and automator actions to make the process customizable. The app requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.
With Cookie Stumbler you can scan and track cookies, then remove them with a single click. It supports Google Chrome, Firefox, OmniWeb, Chromium, Safari and Flash cookies,
Cookie Stumbler comes with a one-year subscription to WriteIt's update service, which includes software and definition updates. Subscription...
Analyst: white iPhone to sell upwards of one million units
The white iPhone goes on sale Thursday, and Ticonderoga Securities analyst Brian White tells clients in a note -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) -- that he thinks it will boost sales of the Apple smartphone by more than one million.
"This delay has created a certain mystique and scarcity value around the 'white' iPhone 4 that we believe could drive incremental iPhone 4 purchases in the range of 1 million to 1.5 million units per quarter until the iPhone 5 potentially comes to market in September," he said.
The white iPhone will go on sale in 28 countries this week. Apple reported a record 18.65 million iPhone sales in the second quarter of its 2011 fiscal year.
Apple releases Q&A on location data
Apple has released a Q&A regarding the brouhaha over location data tracking on the iPhone and 3G-enabled iPad. Here it is in its entirety.
1. Why is Apple tracking the location of my iPhone? Apple is not tracking the location of your iPhone. Apple has never done so and has no plans to ever do so.
2. Then why is everyone so concerned about this? Providing mobile users with fast and accurate location information while preserving their security and privacy has raised some very complex technical issues which are hard to communicate in a soundbite. Users are confused, partly because the creators of this new technology (including Apple) have not provided enough education about these issues to date.
Why is my iPhone logging my location? The iPhone is not logging your location. Rather, it’s maintaining a database of Wi-Fi hotspots and cell towers around your current location, some of which may be located more than one hundred miles away from your iPhone, to help your iPhone rapidly and...