Macworld: online video and music recorder for Mac introduced
Applian Technologies and Jaksta are showcasing Jaksta for Mac at this week's Macworld Expo in San Francisco. As a follow-on to Jaksta for Windows, Mac users now have the same freedom to download and convert online streaming audio and video for personal use.
It’s the first program designed specifically for Mac capable of this feat, according to the folks at Applian. Jaksta supports all popular stream formats and protocols, enabling it to capture video from thousands of web sites including YouTube and Facebook.
Similarly, because of Jaksta’s audio-capturing capabilities, customers can download streaming audio from their favorite music and radio sites. In addition to allowing Mac users to save their favorite videos, songs, and radio programs, Jaksta can automatically convert the downloaded files to a variety of devices, such as the iPhone, iPad, iPod, Apple TV, PS3, PSP, and Android.
Jaksta is available at http://www.jaksta.com/ for US$49.95. Alternatively, Mac users can download a...
Cybermart to distribute Apple products in Greater China
Cybermart International, a major retail chain in China and a member of the Foxconn Group, has obtained the status as a first-grade distributor for Apple's products in the Greater China area, according to "DigiTimes" (http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20110127PD208.html).
Cybermart plans to set up 500 Apple licensed retail shops in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, according to company chairman Steve Chang. The first store will be opened in Tianjin on April 1, says "DigiTimes."
Office on the Mac App Store? Maybe
Microsoft says it continues to be pleased with sales of the Mac version of Office, but has not yet decided whether to offer the product or any of its components in the Mac version of the App Store, according to "All Things D" (http://mobilized.allthingsd.com/20110127/microsoft-considering-whether-t...).
“It’s something we are looking at,” Microsoft’s Amanda Lefebvre told "All Things D." “It’s something we haven’t ruled out. We just have to see how that relates to our business.”
Apple could become 'PayPal on steroids'
Apple could cause "serious disruption" in the mobile payments space if it enters the field as reported, say analysts. Rumors Apple is planning to embed Near-Field Communications (NFC) technology into its next-generation iPhones and iPads. Such NFC-enabled systems would let users pay for purchases by waving their mobile devices near payment terminals, notes "Computerworld" (http://macte.ch/ESy4k).
Similar contactless payment technologies have been around for years and have been received with lukewarm support at best by consumers. What's likely to make Apple's entry into the space vastly different, however, is its huge base of 160 million iTunes users, Gartner analyst Avivah Litan told "Computerworld."
That base gives Apple the ability to operate largely as a "closed payment system" with minimal need to interface with credit card companies and banks, she said. "They can largely shut out credit card companies if they choose to," and operate in much the same way that PayPal has done in...
Finland agency to investigate iPhone's cold weather...
Finland's Consumer Agency is looking into how well the iPhone performs (or doesn't) in cold weather, according to "YLE" (http://macte.ch/ljNF6). The agency ays that customers who bought an iPhone and weren't informed about how it performs in cold weather may be entitled to return the product and ask for a refund.
The iPhone’s normal operating temperatures are between 0 and 35 degrees Celsius, and the average temperature in Helsinki is below zero for four months of the year, notes "YLE." Although the phone can be stored in temperatures as low as -20, Apple advises users not to operate the device in freezing conditions. If they do, Apple says they run the risk of shortening battery life or causing the phone to stop working temporarily.
According to the Finland's Consumer Agency, customers dissatisfied with their phone’s functionality in cold weather can return it to the merchant and ask for a refund -- if they weren't informed about the normal operating temperatures before they...
Apple outgrows global handset rival in Q4 2010
According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics (http://www.strategyanalytics.com), global handset shipments grew 16% annually to reach 400 million units in the fourth quarter of 2010. Apple again outgrew its major rivals, while Nokia and LG slipped back due to tougher competition.
It was a mixed quarter for the world's major handset vendors. Some brands outperformed, such as Apple, while others underperformed, such as LG and Nokia. LG continued to lose ground due to a weak smartphone portfolio, while Nokia suffered ongoing component shortages and sluggish sales in the important US market.
"Global handset shipments grew 16% annually to reach 400 million units in Q4 2010," says Alex Spektor, senior analyst at Strategy Analytics. "Apple was a star performer during the quarter, as it once again outgrew major rivals, held its top-five ranking, and announced a potentially lucrative tie-up with mega-operator Verizon Wireless in the United States.”
Neil Mawston, director at Strategy...
Mobile phone market grows 17.9% in fourth quarter
The worldwide mobile phone market grew 17.9% in the fourth quarter of 2010 (4Q10), a new quarterly high driven by smartphones.
According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) "Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker," vendors shipped 401.4 million units in 4Q10 compared to 340.5 million units in the fourth quarter of 2009. Vendors shipped a total of 1.39 billion units on a cumulative worldwide basis in
The strong quarterly and annual growth comes after a weak 2009, which saw the market decline by 1.6%. A stronger economy and a wider array of increasingly affordable smartphones helped lift the market to its highest annual growth rate since 2006 when it grew 22.6%.
"The mobile phone market has the wind behind its sails," says Kevin Restivo, senior research analyst with IDC's Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker. "Mobile phone users are eager to swap out older devices for ones that handle data as well as voice, which is driving growth and replacement cycles."
It's not just smartphone-focused...
BoinxTV Home comes to the Mac App Store
Boinx Software (http://www.boinx.com/) has released BoinxTV Home, live-video production software that makes you the star of your own YouTube videos, exclusively at the Mac App Store. Designed to "turn your home into your very own professional TV studio" it costs US$49.
BoinxTV Home spices up videos with its use of creative tools such as lower thirds, to adding text and titles, tickers, green screen backgrounds, and more on video captured live by a camera, such as the one built right into your Mac, at a resolution of up to 960x540. It allows users to edit their videos in real-time, while recording.
This eliminates the tedious post-production process usually required to add effects to a video, says Oliver Breidenbach, CEO, Boinx Software. BoinxTV Home allows the simultaneous use of up to 15 layers for the rendering of your video. Once rendering is complete, users can upload their videos directly to their YouTube accounts.
BoinxTV Home shares many of the same features as its big...
Iron Wars comes to the Mac App Store
AppMania Company says Iron Wars (http://www.appmania.org/ironwars), their new 3D game for Mac OS X is now available for downloading in Mac App Store. It costs US$2.99 and requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later.
Here's how the game is described: "Iron Wars is an exciting battle between fabulous iron balls in real time or in top-down view. It can equal the best action games in dynamics, speed, excitement in a breathtaking atmosphere. The battle of the balls takes place in the most unexpected areas such as space platforms, abandoned mines, forests, and cemeteries with vaults.
"The battle of the balls takes place in the most unexpected areas such as space platforms, abandoned mines, forests, and cemeteries with vaults. There are nine colorful maps which diversify the game and add to its exciting gameplay. Besides, there are many weapons and special bonuses on the maps. Besides the traditional first-aid kits and armor there are brand new ones such as a ram. It will help you to defeat enemies...
Macworld: CodeWeavers releases CrossOver -- Impersonator Edition
CodeWeavers (http://www.codeweavers.com) released CrossOver -- Impersonator Edition at this week's Macworld Expo.. This latest edition greatly increases the ease of running Windows software on Macs and Linux PCs without the need for a Windows operating system license, according to the folks at CodeWeavers.
Impersonator Edition also includes CodeWeavers new “CrossTie” installer, which lets users install hundreds of Windows applications with just a click of a button. CrossTie communicates directly with CodeWeavers massive compatibility database (c4.codeweavers.com), which lists thousands of software applications -- including basic office packages, educational software and highly popular games -- that Windows-less individuals can now operate through Impersonator, says CodeWeavers CEO Jeremy White.
CrossOver – Impersonator Edition replaces all previous versions of CrossOver. The software is immediately available at the CodeWeavers web site. Pricing starts at US$39.95.
IntelliScanner SOHO Black unveiled
IntelliScanner Corp. (http://www.intelliscanner.com/products/soho/) has unveiled IntelliScanner SOHO Black, a new IntelliScanner for small business. It sports a rechargeable battery, included inventory software, and integration with the apps Mac and PC users use.
IntelliScanner is designed to make it easy for small businesses to keep track of business
inventory and assets with barcode technology. By scanning the barcode, users can automatically create an inventory of what's in stock, where it is, and what they have invested.
IntelliScanner SOHO Black also integrates with third-party applications like FileMaker Pro, Xsilva LightSpeed, and Microsoft Excel. It has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$299.
Macworld: BulletScan for Mac debuts
This week at the MacWorld Conference, NewSoft (http://www.bulletscan.com) is debuting its new BulletScan for the Mac product family of scanners, bundled with the company's Presto! Page Manager document management software. In addition, NewSoft will be demonstrating its new iOS applications: FotoTap for iPhone and iPad and BizCard for iPhone.
The BulletScan Manager for Mac product line includes mobile, desktop and departmental scanners rated at up to 60 images per minute with one-click scanning to PDF and searchable PDF. Pricing starts at US$250.
Presto! PageManager 9 for Mac is a front-end page processing application. Capabilities include capture, preview, convert along with the delivery of all of your paper and electronic documents to a designated location. Simply drag-and-drop to stack or merge files, or use the embedded OCR (Optical Character Recognition) to convert them into a searchable PDF
FotoTap enables novice and experienced photographers alike to give their photos a new...
Macworld: Recosoft announces ID2Office
Recosoft Corp. (http://www.recosoft.com) -- developer of the PDF2Office family of products, PDF2Office for iWork utility, PDF2ID tool for Adobe InDesign and PDF converters -- announced ID2Office at this week's Macworld Conference & Expo. It's scheduled to ship in the spring and will be available for InDesign CS4/CS5 for both the Macintosh and Windows platforms.
ID2Office is a new InDesign tool to convert InDesign files to the Microsoft Office file formats. It converts InDesign files to the Microsoft Word/PowerPoint file type while maintaining the layout.
ID2Office converts the text, associated fonts and styles, paragraph structure, corresponding property information, frames linking information, tables, graphics and other InDesign object and document properties to the matching Microsoft Word/PowerPoint object and file properties; converting every page to an equivalent page to the final Word/PowerPoint document. ID2Office has been engineered from the ground-up to provide...
Videator 5.0 hits Mac App Store
Stone Design has announced Videator 5.0 (http://www.stone.com/Videator) and is offering it at the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher.
Videator is a "Vee-Jaying," movie-mixing and video processing application that lets you instantly make movies with all sorts of effects from live video or existing movies. Version 5.0 takes full advantage of Apple's newest computers and operating systems.
Videator provides an interface for Mac OS X's Core Image and Core Video technologies, giving both home users and video professionals instant access to over 125 effects, transitions, and filters. With the US$9.99 software, users can layer movies, multiple live cameras, images, paint, music and text over video, as well as apply, modify, and re-order multiple effects to achieve subtle enhancements or astounding artistic results. You can crop, scale, rotate, flip, skew, change exposure and brighten movies in real time, and then save processed movies as QuickTime or iPod, and images as...
Skype for Mac adds group video calling
The latest Skype for Mac version (http://www.skype.com) has gone "Gold," meaning users can now take advantage of the improved interface and other features like group video calling.
Group video calling is available as part of a premium package, that also includes live chat customer support.
You can try it out for free for seven days, and then purchase either a day pass starting at US$4.99 or as a monthly subscription for $8.99 per month. New users receive a 7-day free trial.
Screentime for Flash 4 released for Mac OS X, Windows
Screentime Media (http://www.screentime.com) has announced Screentime for Flash 4 for Mac OS X and Windows. The app is used by creative professionals at Apple, Microsoft, Disney, Tribal DDB, Warner Brothers and thousands of other companies to deliver content to desktops worldwide.
Screentime for Flash 4 adds multiple-language support, improves performance on Mac OS X 10.6 and adds support for Flash Player 10.1 on both Mac and PC.
The initial release of Screentime for Flash 4 supports English, German, French, Dutch, and Japanese. Additional languages can be added upon request.
Screentime's ActionScript 2.0 and ActionScript 3.0 class libraries and documentation have been re-engineered for Screentime 4, making it easier to extend Flash. With the Screentime 4 ActionScript class, developers are able to read/write files, check for an active net connection, download files, and more. Screentime 4 includes a new integrated Help panel for Flash CS4 and Flash CS5 to enable offline development....
Key Holder 2 available for Mac OS X
System Support Products has announced Key Holder 2.0 (http://www.sspi-software.com/keyholder_macx.html), an update to their password account storage application for Mac OS X. Each account, the account name, user, password, Internet URL, and a memo field for miscellaneous notes can be kept in the app.
The Key Holder account window is compact and can be shown in a vertical or horizontal orientation. In version 2.0, the application is re-written as a Universal Binary for native execution on both Intel and PowerPC processors. Multiple account files can now be open simultaneously
The account window now has an optional user-customizable tool bar. Key Holder 2.0 replaces the find command with a tool bar search field that filters the account list. The Memo field size has been increased to three lines and now includes a scroll bar as necessary. Also, the Memo field will expand with window size when the window is in horizontal orientation
Key Holder requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later. It's...
Tembo 1.2 for Mac OS X beefs up hot keys, swipe gestures
Houdah Software has released Tembo 1.2, an update of the friendly" find utility for Mac OS X, available at the Mac App Store. You can now assign Tembo a hot key from the Keyboard pane in System Preferences.
Tembo 1.2 also adds swipe gestures to drill down and back out. "Reveal in Finder" now uses PathFinder where it's the default viewer, and there are wider date columns
Tembo is for designed to make the searching (and finding) of files, mail messages, bookmarks and more as easy as possible. It's 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/).
Vinotekasoft serves up Vinoteka 2.5, Vinoteka Touch 1.5
Vinotekasoft (http://www.vinotekasoft.com) has unveiled a new version (2.5) of Vinoteka, wine cellar management software for Mac. It features complete synchronization with the iPhone/iPod touch application Vinoteka Touch 1.5.
You can now synchronize both applications and transfer data to your iPhone/iPod touch in few clicks. Vinoteka Touch 1.5 is available on the Apple App Store for $5.99; a "lite" version is available for $1.99.
Vinoteka for the Mac requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. It costs US$49.90 for a single user license.. Family and business packs are also available.
Invoices for Mac OS X updated to version 2.8.2
Tension Software has updated Invoices (http://www.pomola.com/products_invoices/invoices.html), a native Cocoa application to create and manage invoices in Mac OS X, to version 2.8.2. It's a maintenance update that fixes some bugs.
Invoices (US$40) allows you to create a new invoices with all data without using the keyboard, only with the mouse and all from a single panel view. You can make two different type of invoices, Plain and Table, where description of sold goods and services can be managed in a different way.
Invoices automatically calculates totals and taxes, in accordance with the set-up the user specified using his own country's rules. Invoices requires Mac OS X 10.4. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.
Microsoft offers 30-day trial of Office for Mac 2011
Microsoft has announced a free, 30-day trial of Microsoft Office For Mac 2011. It includes Mac OS X versions of Word, Powerpoint, Excel, and Outlook
A full 900MB trial of Microsoft Office for Mac can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/mac/trial . After 30 days you'll be prompted to purchase the software, which costs US$119.99 for the student version, $149.99 for the family pack, and $199.99 for the business version.
Man sues Apple over iPhone breakage during 'normal'...
Another day, another lawsuit. California resident Donald LeBuhn has filed a class action lawsuit in L.A. County against Apple, claiming the company knows about a design flaw in the iPhone 4 and refuses to warn consumers that "normal" use leads essentially to a broken phone, reports "LA Weekly" (http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/2011/01/iphone_4_class_action.php).
According to his lawsuit, first reported by the Courthouse News Service (http://www.courthousenews.com/2011/01/26/New_Complaints.htm#33628), LeBuhn bought an iPhone that broke when his daughter accidentally dropped it approximately three feet to the ground while sending a text message. LeBuh previously owned a 3GS version of the iPhone and claims the glass didn't break when accidentally dropped from similar heights.
LeBuhn wants Apple to refund the purchase price of the iPhone 4 to all similarly situated class members. He also wants the company to reimburse customers for any repair fees they've paid, and to further...
Analyst: Apple could ship 23.8 million Verizon iPhones in first...
R.W. Baird & Co. analyst William Power says in a note to clients -- as reported by "All Things D" (http://digitaldaily.allthingsd.com/20110127/verizon-iphone-sales-potenti...) -- that 23.8 million Verizon iPhones may be sold during their first year of availability.
Power says this is a “directional number” and not a forecast, adding that a recent Baird survey of 1,000 smartphone users support his prediction. According to the survey:
° Twenty-nine percent of current Verizon feature phone owners said they will “probably” or “definitely” upgrade to the Verizon iPhone in the next three months. The carrier has roughly 64 million postpaid feature phone users, so that’s 19 million potential iPhone upgrades, assuming eligibility.
° Twenty-five percent of Verizon’s current smartphone users said they will “probably” or “definitely” switch to the iPhone. That’s 4.8 million additional potential iPhone sales, again assuming eligibility.
That's a grand total of 23.8 million potential Verizon...
Apple, News Corp. teaming up for Feb. 2 announcement
Apple and News Corp. have sent out invitations (http://twitpic.com/3tx7qk) to a Feb. 2 event at the Guggenheim Museum in New York on Feb. 2. News Corp. Chairman & CEO Rupert Murdock and Eddy Cue, Apple's vice president of Internet Services, will oversee the event.
The event will see the launch of "The Daily," an iPad-only digital newspaper that will purportedly cost US$1 per week. Apple's Cue will probably be on hand to announce a new iTunes subscription purchasing model that will allow publishers to bill customers on a recurring basis rather than requiring per-issue in-app purchases.
Apple releases iTunes 10.1.2
Apple has released iTunes 10.1.2 with performance and stability improvements. It also adds support for the upcoming Verizon iPhone.
You can obtain the download via the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.
Macworld: Splashtop Desktop Remote adds support for Macs
At this week's Macworld Expo, Splashtop, which specializes in instant-access computing, says it has extended its Splashtop Remote Desktop software product to support Macs. Now users of
The iMac, Mac Pro, MacBook Pro and Air, and Mac Mini can now access and control their home or office Mac remotely using a tablet, such as an iPad, or a smartphone, such as an iPhone, says Mark Lee, CEO and co-founder of Splashtop.
Mac support for Splashtop Remote is the newest update to the Splashtop product family, which also includes support for Windows, iOS clients, and Android devices. It allows users to access and control their computer remotely through a mobile device, such as an iPad, an iPhone, or an Android-based Dell Streak, Samsung Galaxy Tab or Lenovo LePad, bridging the computing experience across devices.
Lee says users can enjoy a rich and interactive remote Mac and PC experience that includes full real-time video and audio. With Splashtop Remote, users can watch movies, listen to music...
Macworld: the future of Apple in digital learning
Mike Lawrence, executive director, Computer-Using Educators (CUE) offered a "Macworld Presentation" session on Wednesday about "Apple's Role in Ubiquitous Learning." Among other tidbits he says he thinks Apple will monetize the iTunes University in the future to bring an a la flavor to education.
In a nutshell, he predicts iTunes University -- a distribution system for everything from lectures to language lessons, films to labs, audiobooks to tours -- will evolve into something like the iTunes Store for education. You'll be able to choose one course at one school and one course at another (perhaps even at the high school level) and combine them all into one education package using digital courses and digital textbooks.
Lawrence says the age of the computer lab and classroom computer has passed, as students are increasingly carrying their computing devices in their hands, pockets and backpacks. The freedom, flexibility and power that these developments usher in are transformative for...
VocalLabs: Apple continues to lead in call satisfaction
Apple leads Dell and HP in customer satisfaction with technical support, but saw a decline in problem resolution rates and IVR satisfaction in the second half of 2010, according to the latest study on phone-based customer service quality conducted by Vocal Laboratories (Vocalabs).
In telephone interviews conducted immediately following a tech support call, 60% of Apple customers said their problem was resolved on the call, down seven percentage points from the first half of the year. Satisfaction with the automated portion of the tech support call also declined among Apple customers, as measured by the “nuisance factor,” the percentage of customers who experienced any of three common service problems.
Thirty-five percent of Apple customers interviewed in the second half of 2010 reported they experienced IVR problems, irrelevant or repetitive steps, or difficulty reaching an agent, up from 21% in the second half of 2009. During the same period, Dell improved IVR performance, with...
Apple continues slim lead over RIM in smartphone market
According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics (http://www.strategyanalytics.com), global smartphone shipments grew an impressive 75% annually to reach a record 94 million units in the fourth quarter of 2010. Apple maintained its small lead over RIM, while Nokia continued to underperform.
“Global smartphone shipments grew a healthy 75% annually to reach a record 94 million units in Q4 2010," says Tom Kang, director at Strategy Analytics. "Apple was once again the fastest growing brand among the big three smartphone players, as it almost doubled volumes on an annual basis, maintained a small quarterly lead over RIM, and captured 17% global marketshare.”
Neil Mawston, Director at Strategy Analytics, adds: “Global smartphone shipments reached 293 million units during full-year 2010, almost doubling from 151 million in 2008 and 175 million in 2009, highlighting the rapid growth of this high-value segment. The big three hardware vendors of Nokia, RIM and Apple were less dominant...
Last Xserve orders won't ship for two months
Apple will officially discontinue its Xserve line of rack-mount servers at the end of the month, but indicates that all orders for the systems taken today and through Monday won't ship for at least another two months, reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).
Apple updated its online store early Thursday by noting that orders for both the "Quad-Core" and "8-Core" will ship in "April." No explanation was provided for the delay, which comes just four days before the company will stop accepting orders for the servers on Jan. 31.
In November 2010 Apple announced it would discontinue its Xserve rack-mount server this month. Why? “Since its introduction in the fall of 2009, Mac mini with Snow Leopard Server has become Apple’s most popular server system," the company says.
Macworld: OWC announces Mac mini media center solution
Other World Computing (http://www.macsales.com) has announced at this week's Macworld Expo the OWC Media Center Solution for the 2010 Mac mini to address the growing need of consumers wanting to search, navigate, consume, store/backup, and sync digital content from multiple content sources and devices with one easy to use solution.
The OWC Media Center Solution includes installing the Plex digital media management platform onto a customer’s 2010 Mac mini, upgrading the mini with 4GB of OWC RAM, and bundling all the necessary hardware -- including an OWC Mercury Pro Qx2 storage solution, OWC Slim portable CD/DVD/Blu-ray disc burner, Elgato EyeTV Hybrid tuner or HD DVR, and Apple Remote -- to deliver a plug and play Mac mini based home theatre/entertainment solution.
The OWC Media Center Solution for 2010 Mac mini will be demonstrated live at the Macworld Expo in OWC’s booth #513. Pricing and ordering information for the custom configured bundle for 2010 Mac mini will be announced by...
Macworld: NewerTech eSATA To USB 3.0 adapter announced
Newer Technology, (http://www.newertech.com) announced at this week's Macworld Expo the NewerTech eSATA to USB 3.0 Adapter for using an eSATA interfaced equipped external hard drive with computers offering the "SuperSpeed" USB 3.0 interface.
The US$29.95 adapter offers benchmark proven performance of up to 247MB/s reads and 206.4MB/s writes for the fastest data transfer rates available with external data storage/backup, according to the folks at NewerTech.
The NewerTech eSATA to USB 3.0 Adapter is compatible with Mac OS X 10.2.8. It comes with a one-year warranty.
Reggie Ashworth releases VidConvert 1.0 for Mac OS X
Independent software developer Reggie Ashworth has announces VidConvert 1.0, a new video converter for Mac OS X. It will convert just about any type of video into one of the a varityof formats, allowing you to create videos for your iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple TV.
To use you add a file, select a format and a quality, and click convert. Optionally you can change your save folder from the main window. For advanced users you can select the Advanced quality if you choose to allow such options as custom Frame Rate, Bit Rate, etc. But for most users simply choosing Normal or High quality should be sufficient. After your conversion is finished simply add more files or quit VidConvert and the job is done.
Supported formats include iPhone, iPod, iPad, QuickTime, .mp4, MPEG-1 and 2, DivX, Xvid, and audio only formats such as .mp4 and .m4a. VidConvert can add iTunes compatible videos directly to your iTunes library for convenience and for syncing with your iPhone, iPod, or other iDevice.
Macworld: Boom is new volume booster app for the Mac
Global Delight has released Boom, a volume booster application for the Mac at this week's Macworld Conference & Expo.
Users are often confronted with the issue of low audio output on their Mac (both desktop and laptops). Sometimes the content itself comes with poor audio quality, as is the case with online videos. At other times, being outdoors doesn't help. The experience could be frustrating too like in the case of bad volume during voice chats in spite of maxing the volume of your Mac.
Boom is designed to make life easier by boosting the audio output of the entire system rather than focusing on a few applications. This means you can now enhance the volume of media-playing applications like iTunes and QuickTime. You can also boost the volume of online videos like YouTube and Hulu playing on a web browser. Voice applications like iChat and Skype can also use Boom to enhance their audio experience. Additionally, Boom provides a simplified equalizer with custom presets to further...
Macworld: Green Onions grows iPad hybrid keyboard/protector
Green Onions Supply has expanded its lineup with a new keyboard skin: the iVeil Hybrid Keyboard
Protector for Apple iPad Keyboard Dock. It's on display at this week's Macworld Conference & Expo.
iVeil Hybrid Keyboard Protectors combine custom-molded silicone with an enhanced surfacing material. The upper side's smooth surface coating allows for a more comfortable typing experience that losely matches the feel of an uncovered iPad Keyboard Dock, while underneath, it retains the excellent anchoring and durability of silicone, say the folks at Green Onions.
This model of the iVeil Hybrid Keyboard Protector will soon be available from different e-tailers. You can find more info at http://www.greenonionssupply.com/kbhbipad.html .
2010 CES iLounge sells out in record time
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) says the 2012 International CES iLounge Pavilion, sponsored by iLounge.com, sold out in less than two hours during CES exhibitor space selection.
The 2012 iLounge Pavilion, already featuring 50,000 net square feet of exhibit space (similar to the pavilion’s space at the 2011 CES), will showcase a record-setting display of accessories and software for Apple’s iPad, iPhone, iPod and Mac platforms. Owned and produced by CEA, the 2012 International CES will run Jan.10-13 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The 2011 iLounge Pavilion featured more than 200 exhibitors across 50,000 net square feet and launched thousands of new products, including Griffin’s CarTrip and Crayola Stylus application-aided accessories, Mophie’s iPad charging and mounting accessory PowerStand and the app-controlled Sphero robotic ball from Orbotix. For more info on the International CES, visit CESweb.org.
NameFind now for Intel Macs only
Code by Kevin has released NameFind 5.0, an update to its Mac file-search tool. It's a tool that provides file-searching capabilities on Mac OS X.
You can find files by name. Enter a search term, specify your search directory, and run the search query. NameFind will present a list of all files that match the search name.
NameFind is designed to be an alternative to the Mac's built-in Spotlight search technology. It uses a different file search algorithm to find files, either on your entire hard drive or in a specific directory.
Version 5.0 of NameFind now runs Mac OS X 10.6 or higher to run. It's for Intel Macs only (32-bit or 64-bit); PowerPC processors need not apply. The new version sports a completely different file search algorithm that no longer depends on external Unix tools.
NameFile is now written as a multi-threaded program for speed and responsiveness. You can now access system functions (sound alerts, AppleScripts) via Cocoa API's instead of external Unix tools....
Cronette for Mac OS X gets maintenance update
Tension Software has updated Cronette (http://pomola.com/products_cronette/cronette.html), a Cocoa task launcher for Macs and Mac servers, to version 1.4.3. The "now task already at max runs per day" are showed as runnable in the table to avoid confusion with tasks not runnable for incomplete setting specifications.
Cronette lets you specify tasks to be launched automatically by the Mac. It can be used on unattended Mac Servers or also on regular Mac workstations for tasks to execute during the night or for recurring tasks to be performed on a regular basis. It provides different types of launch tasks: daily, weekly, monthly, yearly.
Any task can be specified to launch different type of execution: open applications or documents from disk; open different type of URL; execute different type of actions: restart, shutdown, sleep; sending a message to the log; execute a complex UNIX command.
Cronette costs US$30 for a single user license, though version 1.4.3 is a free update for...
PixelMags launches 2.0 Digital Publishing Platform
Digital publishing company PixelMags (http://www.PixelMags.com) has launched its 2.0 tools portal, technology that allows publishers to take full control of their digital content from pricing to delivery as well as integration with Apple’s approval system.
PixelMags’ new 2.0 tools portal offers publishers range of customizable tools that allow for real-time interactivity. Tools include drag and drop web, e-mail, phone and address hotlinks, videos directly from YouTube with additional options for customization through HTML5, all in real-time.
PixelMags built the “Ads by PixelMags” advertising network to allow publishers to take full advantage of their extended reach created by the PixelMags 2.0 publishing platform, says PixelMags founder and COO Ryan Marquis. This new advertising network was built specifically for the magazine industry, he adds.
ShareTool 2.2 delivers iTunes 10 Home Sharing
YazSoft (http://www.yazsoft.com) has announced ShareTool 2.2, an update to their utility for Mac OS X. At a click of a button, ShareTool lets you connect to most Bonjour services running on your home/office networks from anywhere in the world.
This includes Screen Sharing, File Sharing, Remote Printing, Secure Browsing, and more. ShareTool 2.2 delivers iTunes 10 Home Sharing across the Internet, the ability to run ShareTool as a background service, and more.
ShareTools 2.2 requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later. Pricing starts at US$25 for a new user license.
Better Rename 8 hits the Mac App Store
Publicspace.net (http://www.publicspace.net/) says Better Rename 8, its music and photo renaming utility, is available on the Mac App Store. It's a tool that caters for the full range of file renaming tasks.
Better Rename is the Mac App Store version of A Better Finder Rename, a file renaming solution available for the Mac. Its interface includes a instant preview feature. The tool features capture time and date extraction (EXIF JPEG and most RAW formats) for digital photographers, ID3 tag extraction for music lovers, regular expression support, plain-text file import for renaming from databases and many other advanced features.
The new renaming engine introduced in version 8 is capable of handling large renaming jobs, such as file name conflicts, swaps and dependency cycles, according to the folks at Publicspace.net. The renaming engine leverages all the latest Mac OS X technologies by using a 64-bit multi-threaded garbage collected architecture based around Mac OS X's Core Data...
App Tamer update tweaks user interface
St. Clair Software has released App Tamer 1.0.3 (http://www.stclairsoft.com/AppTamer/), an update to their Mac utility that automatically pauses applications to improve battery life and reduce CPU usage. The new version improves the app's user interface, adds user-requested features, and refines the operation of its AutoStop capabilities.
Some Mac applications, especially web browsers, continue running tasks or animations even when they're supposed to be idle in the background. This can consume valuable processing power and reduce battery life. App Tamer's AutoStop capability automatically pauses these applications when you switch away from them, and then restarts them when you click back to them. This frees your CPU and reduces power consumption.
App Tamer requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. Version 1.0.3 is a free update for registered users. For new users the cost is US$14.95.
360Works announces update for all plug-ins
FileMaker product developer and innovator, 360Works has announced an update affecting all of their FileMaker plug-ins.
SafetyNet, ScriptMaster, Scribe, SuperContainer, 360Works Email, FTPeek and WebAssistant were all updated, and logging is now consolidated to a single log file for all 360Works plug-ins. For more info go to http://www.360works.com .
Apple TV streaming more Netflix video than the iPad
In reporting its latest financials (http://macte.ch/u0HUw), Netflix (http://www.netfilx.com) says that Apple TV's support for its Watch Instantly video streaming has already passed the iPad in viewing hours.
"The devices with large installed bases -- meaning Windows and Mac laptops, Sony PS3, Microsoft Xbox, and Nintendo Wii -- are the most popular devices for watching instantly from Netflix," says Netflix. "AppleTV has done very well for us, and in just four months has passed the also-growing iPad in Netflix viewing hours. The Roku player remains a strong performer. Our iPhone and Windows phone applications are very popular, and we’ll have support for several Android phones this year. While Google TV has not yet gone mainstream, the concept of Android and Chrome built into televisions and Blu-ray players is powerful; we’re confident that they will be very successful, and we are investing in our Google TV application. Blu-ray players and TVs with Internet connectivity are the big...
Canalys: Apple climbs to third place among global computer...
The Canalys research group (http://www.canalys.com) has announced strong computer industry growth of 19% in the fourth quarter of 2010, with Apple climbing to third place in the market, thanks to iPad and Mac sales, as well as fast growth in Asia Pacific.
The analyst company attributes the majority of Q4 market growth to the rising demand for pads, a new product category. Some research groups don't count tablets among personal computer sales, but I've long argued they should be included. Canalys thinks like I do.
"Pads gave consumers increased product choice over the holiday season," says Canalys Analyst Tim Coulling. "While they do not appeal to first-time buyers or low-income households, they are proving extremely popular as additional computing devices."
Canalys urges vendors to accept new market realities, by recognizing pads as an integral new component of the overall PC landscape. Unlike other analyst companies, Canalys incorporates pad shipments, such as the Samsung Galaxy...
MiniTool announces free Mac data recovery tool
MiniTool Solution has announced a free data recovery application –-- MiniTool Mac Data Recovery 2.0. It's designed to allow home users to restore Mac data up to 1GB.
MiniTool Mac Data Recovery can recover deleted files and folders, restore lost data -- even if the partition is formatted or deleted -- and restore data from a corrupted hard drive, virus infection, and other unexpected system shutdown or software failure. It supports IDE, SATA, SCSI, USB hard disk, memory card, USB flash drive and the iPod.
MiniTool Mac Data Recovery includes four data recovery modules: Undelete Recovery, Damaged Partition Recovery, Lost Partition Recovery and Digital Media Recovery. Each data recovery module focuses on different data loss cases.
It requires Mac OS X 10.5 and above. You can download it at mac.powerdatarecovery.com/download.html .
Pricing for Verizon iPhone voice plans announced
According to the Apple web site, individual voice plans for the Verizon iPhone will be US$39.99 per month for 450 minutes, with 900 minutes available for $59.99 and Nationwide Unlimited checking in at $69.99. Family SharePlans begin at $69.99 for 700 minutes, with 1400 minutes ($89.99), 2000 minutes ($99.99) and unlimited ($119.99) also available.
What's more, the "Associated Press" (http://macte.ch/5r8oi) has learned that some AT&T iPhone users on limited plans won't need to move to Verizon for "all-you-can-eat" data. "In an unadvertised loophole, AT&T has allowed subscribers who have had an unlimited data plan in the past to switch back," the article adds. That includes anyone who had an iPhone before June, when the limited plans took effect.
Ubiquisys announces personal femtocell for the iPhone
Ubiquisys (http://www.ubiquisys.com), a developer of 3G and LTE intelligent cells, has announced what it says the world’s first attocell -- a personal femtocell. Designed primarily for people traveling abroad, it enables mobile calls to be made and received as though in their home country.
Although developed specifically for the iPhone, the attocell works out of the box with any 3G phone, and has also been tested with Blackberry, Nokia and Android Smartphones. Ubiquisys is already in discussions with several mobile operators about the product.
The attocell connects to a user’s laptop via USB, which provides power and an Internet connection. It then analyses the IP address and radio environment to determine which country it is in, and sets its 3G radio power accordingly to below the licensed level. In some countries its range will be just 5mm, in other countries; it could cover a whole room, according to the folks at Ubiquisys.
Like Ubiquisys femtocells, the attocell continuously...
Macworld: iFusion SmartStation released for the iPhone
AltiGen Communications, a provider of software-based Unified Communications solutions, has introduced the iFusion SmartStation, a new docking station for the iPhone, at this week's Macworld Conference & Expo.
Using Bluetooth technology, the iFusion extends a traditional telephone handset and hands-free speakerphone with amazing voice clarity to the iPhone, Niel Levonius, AltiGen’s director of Corporate Strategy. With the iFusion, you have access to a dock connector port for syncing or charging, and an audio line out port for connecting to powered speakers via an optional audio cable, eliminating the need for a separate dock. With support for A2DP Bluetooth streaming, users are able to enjoy their favorite iPhone music over the internal speakerphone, Levonius says.
iFusion will be available in the US in April. Two models, in glossy white and glossy black finishes, will be priced at US$169. Pre-orders will be accepted, beginning Jan. 27, at http://www.thefusionphone.com .
Singular Software releases DualEyes for the Mac
Singular Software, a developer of workflow automation applications for digital media, says DualEyes is now available for Mac OS X. It's designed as a standalone application for the automatic synchronization of video and audio clips for dual-system audio production.
Built to work alongside any video editing application, DualEyes is streamlined for the task of replacing in-camera scratch audio with separately recorded high-quality audio, says Bruce Sharpe, CEO, Singular Software. It synchronizes and cuts the audio to automatically match each video clip in both start time and duration.
Users record audio on a separate recorder and use DualEyes to replace the camera audio with that high-quality separate audio. With DualEyes' technology, all original media files are kept intact, while new media files are created for advanced flexibility.
DualEyes for Mac OS X 10.5 and later is available to purchase via the Singular Software web site (http://www.singularsoftware.com/downloads.html ) for...