SQLabs announces SQLiteConverter
SQLabs has announced SQLiteConverter (http://www.sqlabs.com/sqliteconverter.php), an US$49 tool that offers a way to convert your mySQL, PostgreSQL and Oracle database to sqlite.
The app guides you step by step to five operations in order to completely convert your remote databases. The entire process obviously depends on how much data you need to convert, but most of the time you'll be able to complete it in few seconds, according to the folks at SQLabs.
SQLiteConverter is the ideal tool not only to complete a conversion between different DBMS to sqlite but it is also the ideal solution to backup your remote data to another disk based relational sql database, they add. You always have full control over the conversion process, you can decide to convert the entire database or just select the individual tables you want to backup.
SQLiteConverter requires MacOS X 10.4 or higher. Company and multiplatform licenses are also available. New databases data source will be added in the future...
Adobe ships Acrobat X Pro
Adobe has released Adobe Acrobat X Pro, its document collaboration tool for creative professionals. It allows users to deliver communications using PDF Portfolios, and work together with shared document reviews.
Users can also simplify workflows with integrated online services for storing and sending documents, and ensure designs will print accurately with advanced print production tools, according to Adobe. Additionally, the company has added two new cloud services -- Adobe SendNow and Adobe CreatePDF -- designed to improve document exchange and enable easy PDF creation. In Acrobat X:
° The Action Wizard helps users automate and standardize multi-step tasks for maximum productivity.
° New customization options for PDF Portfolios enable designers to create and share custom layouts and themes and develop PDF Portfolios with consistent branding and presentation.
° Tight integration with online services at Acrobat.com allows users to share large files online and streamline collaboration...
PDF Checkpoint update automates file routing, more
Zevrix (http://www.zevrix.com) has updated PDF Checkpoint, an automated PDF preflighting and conversion solution, to version 1.3. The new version automates file routing and report creation after preflighting.
PDF Checkpoint lets users review and analyze preflight results. The program is equally suitable to process hundreds of files as well as single PDF documents.
PDF Checkpoint checks fonts, colors, images and metadata of multiple PDF files and lets users instantly identify potential problems according to user-defined preflight profiles. Preflight profiles let users check PDF for specific attributes, such as image resolution, color model, PDF/X compliance and others. PDF Checkpoint can also route PDF into success/error folders according to preflight results and generate preflight report for each file.
With PDF Checkpoint, you can export PDF pages into TIFF, JPEG and other formats as RGB, CMYK or Grayscale images. You can specify image resolution and scale. You can also split...
European iAd partners may be named this week
This week, Apple is reportedly set to announce its first European partners for iAd, reports "paid.Content.org" (http://paidcontent.org/article/419-apples-iad-first-european-brands-to-b...). The news follows on the heels of last week’s deal to take iAds to Japan, in partnership with Japanese agency Dentsu.
iAds combine the emotion of TV advertising with the interactivity of Internet advertising, according to Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Apple has iAd commitments for 2010 totaling over US$60 million, which represents almost 50%of the total forecasted US mobile ad spending for the second half of 2010, says Jobs.
He says that iAds, which are built into iOS 4, allow users to stay within their app while engaging with the ad, even while watching a video, playing a game or using in-ad purchase to download an app or buy iTunes content.
Apple's Scott Forstall a 'name you need to know'...
"Forbes" magazine says Scott Forstall, Apple's senior vice president of iPhone Software, is "a name you need to know" in 2011.
Here's what' "Forbes" say about Forstall: "Last month, Jobs said we’ll start finding more ideas from the mobile version of Apple’s OS X operating system recycled in its desktop machines. It’s also a safe bet that the software will play a role at the center of any new devices Apple introduces over the next few years.
"So, Keep an eye on Scott Forstall, the engineer who came to Apple from NeXT with Jobs, and who runs Apple’s iOS group, which now power more than 100 million iPhones, iPads, and iPods. Forstall was one of the original architects of OS X, the operating system that saved the company earlier this decade."
Forstall graduated from Stanford University in 1991 with a degree in symbolic systems, and received his Master's Degree in 1992 for computer science, also from Stanford.
Financial services, technology and healthcare industries...
Good Technology, which specializes in multiplatform enterprise mobility, has released numbers that show that the financial services, technology and healthcare industries are seeing the greatest adoption of the iPad for business use.
The data comes from an analysis of Good Technology's user base, which includes over 4,000 enterprise customers, whose iPad deployments range from one to over 1,000 iPads. The company also released an update to its Good for Enterprise application in the Apple App Store, which delivers an user experience tailored for the larger iPad screen and enhances IT's ability to
"We took a close look at our customers who have deployed iPad devices so far," says John Herrema, senior vice president of corporate strategy at Good Technology. "We found that the financial services sector dominated, accounting for 36% of Good's iPad activations to date. The technology sector came in second at 11%, followed closely by healthcare at 10%. We believe these industries are...
Cleveland Heights students getting Apple laptops
About 1,900 Cleveland Heights High School in Ohio students are receiving Apple laptop computers this week and next week, reports "The Sun News" (http://blog.cleveland.com/sunpress/2010/11/cleveland_heights_high_school...). It’s part of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights school district’s Teaching and Learning with Technology initiative, launched two years ago at Monticello Middle School.
Students at each small school at the high school are receiving their laptops on a different day, through Tuesday. Informational meetings for parents or guardians are being held the night before students get the computers, says "The Sun." When the rollout is complete, all students and teachers in the district in grades 6-12 should have laptop computers.
Apple TV number 12 on Amazon's best-selling gadgets list
Amazon has quietly updated its best selling electronics list to include several gadgets that were not showing up before, including the Apple TV and the Boxee Box, reports "Silicon Alley Insider" (http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Mystery-Over-Apple-TV-Is-siliconalley-2000...).
Apple TV is currently the no. 12 best-selling gadget on Amazon. The Boxee Box is no. 15.
Cisco hires former Apple vice president
Cisco has hired Mark Papermaster, who oversaw Apple Inc.’s mobile-device engineering until he left in August after criticism of the iPhone’s antenna design, reports "Bloomberg Businessweek" (http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-11-12/former-apple-ibm-executive-p...). He'll be serving as a vice president working on chips at Cisco.
Papermaster is responsible for chips that go into the Nexus 7000 and Catalyst switches, products that help route network data, Neil Wu Becker, a spokesman for Cisco, the world’s largest maker of networking equipment, told "Bloomberg Businessweek."
Papermaster has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas, and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Vermont in 1988. He's active with the University of Texas where he is a member of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Advisory Council.
New Take Control book explains networking
Basic network connections from an iPhone or iPod touch are simple to make, but for those who need to go beyond the basics, whether to understand more fully how to make unusual connections, or to establish connections that are private and secure, there's the new Take Control ebook, "Take Control of iPhone and iPod touch Networking & Security, iOS 4 Edition."
The 165-page ebook costs US$15, and it is available now at http://www.takecontrolbooks.com/iphone-networking . In this ebook, readers will learn how networking expert Glenn Fleishman thinks about iOS networking and profit from his explanations and advice on key networking topics, such as the ins and outs of creating secure Wi-Fi connections, exploiting alternative 3G data plans, tethering, conserving 3G data, connecting Bluetooth devices, accessing files stored on local computers and in the cloud, protecting personal data on mobile devices, and using Find My iPhone and other remote tracking software.
The ebook explains how to...
Apple releases iTunes 10.1
Apple has released iTunes 10.1 on Friday, adding support for iOS 4.2 and iOS 4.2's AirPlay feature. iOS 4.2 hasn't been released yet, but is expected any day now.
AirPlay is audio streaming technology. At a special event on Sept. 1, Apple CEO Steve Jobs debuted the technology, a system that streams audio, either wirelessly or over Ethernet, to third-party speaker docks, A/V receivers, speakers and more.
iTunes 10.1 also offers stability and performance improvements, according to Apple. You can obtain it via the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.
BBEdit for Mac OS X gets maintenance update
Bare Bones Software (http://www.barebones.com) has released BBEdit 9.6.1, an update to its strength HTML and text editor. It's a maintenance release that fixes reported issues and adds several refinements.
The update is available free of charge to all registered BBEdit 9 customers. For new users it has a suggested retail price of US$125. Any registered owner of BBEdit prior to version 9.x can upgrade for $30.
iPad among TIME's '50 Best Inventions of 2010'
TIME lists the iPad among the "50 Best Inventions of 2010." Here's what the publication has to say about the Apple tablet:
"How does Apple keep out-inventing the rest of the tech industry? Often, it's by reinventing a product category that its competitors have given up on. In theory, the iPad is merely a follow-up to such resoundingly unpopular slate-style computers as Microsoft's Tablet PC. But Apple is the first company that designed finger-friendly hardware and software from scratch rather than stuffing a PC into a keyboardless case. When it calls the results 'magical' and 'revolutionary,' it's distorting reality only slightly. One analyst says the iPad is the fastest-selling nonphone gizmo in consumer-electronics history."
Is the MacBook Air cannibalizing iPad sales?
Rodman & Renshaw's Ashok Kumar tells clients that the MacBook Air is cannibalizing iPad sales, reports "Fortune" (http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/11/12/macbook-air-cannibalizing-ipad/?s...). The analyst says:
° Supply chain checks that suggest that Apple's monthly iPad production rate is unlikely to exceed two million per month by year's end -- considerably less than the 3 million/mos. some had predicted. That would put those six-plus million sales estimates for the December quarter at risk.
° Unspecified "anecdotal evidence" that the MacBook Air is cannibalizing the iPad. "A fully functional notebook in a very attractive form factor, may be resonating more with consumers than a content consumption only device." says Kumar.
Murdoch: iPads cannibalize newspaper sales
James Murdoch, head of News Corp's operations in Europe and Asia, says sales of newspaper apps for devices like the iPad are cannibalizing sales of physical newspapers, reports "Reuters" (http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6AB2OA20101112?utm_source=feedburn...).
Rupert Murdoch, News Corp's CEO and James's father, has called the iPad a game-changer for news media. Many in the industry agree, thanks to the iPad's large screen, high resolution and capacity for interactive features, notes "Reuters."
The article says James Murdoch welcomed the opportunity to sell through Apple's iTunes online store, despite the fact that Apple takes 30%of the publisher's revenue.
"We go to the iTunes store because it's frictionless," says James Murdock. "They charge a percentage but the guy on the newsstand and the newsagent charge a percentage, and they don't even merchandise it properly."
However, he added that apps for mobile devices, with which readers typically engage far more than they do with...
Jouve Group offers direct online eBook conversion for Apple’s...
Jouve (http://www.jouve.fr) has developed an online client platform for Apple’s iBookstore, making its industrial conversion solutions available to publishers of all sizes.
Production costs start from US19.99 per book. Whatever the format (image or print PDF, epub, XML) or the complexity of the job, Jouve says it "ensures the highest quality production from its site in France. The production cost for each title is quoted upfront, and publishers can pay online to start the conversion process immediately.
iBooks is Apple's ebook/PDF reader for the iPhone and iPad. iBooks works with the The iBookstore features books from major and independent publishers. Once you’ve bought a book -- or downloaded a free one -- it’s displayed on your Bookshelf. Just tap it to start reading. iBooks is a free download at the Apple App Store.
AJA ships KONA 3G
AJA Video Systems (http://www.aja.com) is shipping its new KONA 3G capture card. The multi-format SD/HD/Dual Link/3G/2K video I/O hardware for Mac and PC-based systems is available now, with an optional K3G-Box for additional connectivity.
AJA President Nick Rashby says KONA 3G provides professional editors with the utmost in workflow flexibility, supporting a broad range of video formats including: 10-bit uncompressed video 3G/HD/SD SDI I/O, new HDMI 1.4a output for stereographic monitoring to consumer 3D displays, 8-channel AES digital audio I/O (16-channel AES with optional K3G-Box) and 16-channel SDI embedded audio I/O, real-time hardware-based up/down/cross conversion to support a range of SD and HD formats, dual-link HD, even 2K formats, a hardware-based downstream keyer and more.
The manufacturer's suggested retail price for the KONA 3G is US$1,995. The K3G-Box is $395.
Grand Theft Auto trilogy drives onto the Mac
Rockstar Games, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software and TransGaming have brought the Grand Theft Auto Trilogy to the Mac. The trilogy revisits the entries of the series and includes Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.
The Grand Theft Auto Trilogy is available via TransGaming’s GameTreeMac.com Mac gaming portal (http://gametreeonline.com/) for 30 days, with additional retailers to follow across North America and Europe. Each game costs US$14.99.
Here's how the trilogy is described: "Grand Theft Auto III introduced a 3-dimensional Liberty City and a completely open and interactive world, filled with hidden challenges and innovative 3D gameplay. The immense map offered players a scope and depth never before seen in games.
"Grand Theft Auto: Vice City took a trip back in time and revisited the 1980s, complete with the era’s unique fashion and classic pop music. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City follows Tommy Vercetti, as he...
PluralEyes for Promiere Pro CS 4/5 launched
Singular Software (http://www.singularsoftware.com) has launched PluralEyes for Adobe Premiere Pro Creative Suite (CS) versions 4 and 5 for Mac OS X public beta program. Designed with video professionals in mind, PluralEyes provides workflow automation features for editing multi-camera, multi-take, and dual-system audio projects.
Designed for time-conscious video professionals, PluralEyes offers workflow automation tools for analyzing media content and synchronizing audio and video clips, including DSLR (digital single lens reflex) camera images, says Bruce Sharpe, CEO, Singular Software. The PluralEyes application accelerates the workflow for multi-camera, multi-take and dual-system audio productions, he adds.
PluralEyes for Premiere Pro for OS X 10.5 and later is available to purchase via the Singular Software website for an introductory price of US$119 until Dec. 11. The regular price is $149.
SOHO Labels 5 adds new templates, artwork
Chronos (http://www.chronosnet.com) has released SOHO Labels 4, an upgrade to its label, envelope, and letterhead software for Mac OS X 10.5.8 and later. It adds new "smart" templates and a collection of artawork.
Also new is: Cover Flow for previewing kits in a dedicated window; a Font Preview mode for previewing fonts in a list or animated fashion; a Trim To Label feature to hide objects outside the canvas for a quick preview; named placeholders, automatic images, and more; regular text placeholders and text + image placeholders. Also, SOHO Labels 5 sports 23 new iScrapKits containing 1,308 graphics from artists all over the world.
A fully functional 30 day trial version can be downloaded from Chronos' web site. SOHO Labels costs US$39.99 a single user license and $69.99 for a family pack. Registered SOHO Labels 1.x, 2.x, 3.x, and 4.x customers can upgrade to version 5 for $25.
Akvis revs NatureArt for Mac OS X, Windows
Akvis has released NatureArt 1.5 (http://akvis.com/en/natureart-tutorial/effects/index.php) for Mac OS X and Windows. It's an update of the tool for imitating the magnificence of natural phenomena on your digital photos.
You can choose from these nature effects: Rain, Sun, Water, Lightning, Clouds, and Fire. You can also create a vast array of effect versions.Change the weather on a photo, illuminate a night sky with glistening stars, light up a dark landscape by adding sources of light, create a flaming text effect and more.
Akvis NatureArt is available in two versions: as an independent program (standalone) and as a plug-in to a photo editor. Each is US$72. The plug-in version is compatible with Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Paint Shop Pro, etc.
A demo is available for download. Also, Akvis NatureArt can be purchased as a part of the Alchemy bundle.
Simple Help Editor beefs up ability to reuse content
The PandaWare Company has updated Simple Help Editor, its cross-platform help authoring application, to version 4.1.2. Mac and Windows users can use Simple Help Editor to create software help systems that display in Apple Help Viewer, Windows' HTML Help viewer, a Web browser, or in a proprietary help window (for applications created with Real Software's REALbasic).
Version 4.1.2 enhances Simple Help Editor's capabilities for reusing content. A key feature, Placeholders, has been expanded to allow replacement of text virtually anywhere text can be entered, making it easier to reuse help content for different products or different versions. This update also improves some aspects of text editing in Simple Help Editor, and fixes a handful of bugs.
Simple Help Editor is available as a Mac OS X Universal Binary application (for Mac OS X 10.3.9 or higher) and a Windows 2000 or higher application. Both can be downloaded from The PandaWare Company's web site (http://www.pandaware.com/...
RunRev updates LiveCode software development platform
RunTime Revolution (http://www.runrev.com) has released LiveCode 4.5.1, a general maintenance release for all users, bringing added stability across all the platforms. This latest release is free for all LiveCode 4.5 users.
New features and enhancements include: enhanced keyboard layout handling; improvements to MySQL database access and database security; enhanced support for XML namespaces; improvements to embedded web browser object; security protocol enhancements; and over 60 other bug fixes and minor enhancements
LiveCode 4.5.1 also adds support for the accompanying LiveCode iOS Mobile plugin pre-release for building iOS apps for the Apple App store. For new users pricing starts at US$99.
Jumsoft releases Pages Clipart 7.0
Jumsoft (http://www.jumsoft.com) has released Pages Clipart 7.0, a selection of 1,200 images designed to illustrate presentations, invitations, web pages, posters, newsletters, and a variety of other documents.
Pages Clipart 7.0 content covers a range of subjects, from technology to nature to home appliances, with a selection of national and leisure themes now included in the latest version. The package offers a choice of images, wide-scale compatibility, and details such as the ability to add transparent image backgrounds and PDF formatting.
The former allows users to place images on top of different background colors or patterns, while the PDF format enables users to resize images without compromising quality. Pages Clipart 7.0 is compatible with Apple Keynote, MS Word, PowerPoint, and various graphics programs.
It requires Mac OS X 10.4.3 or higher and Apple iWork '06 or later. Pages Clipart 7.0 costs US$39.
FileMaker Presents the Bento 3 Event Planner
FileMaker, Inc (http://www.filemaker.com), a wholly owned subsidiary of Apple, has announced the Bento 3 Event Planner, a customized set of six new templates that lets Mac users organize event details all in one place.
The Bento 3 Event Planner includes a free 30-day trial of the Bento 3 for Mac personal database, plus six professionally designed, ready-to-use templates including Events, Tasks, Expenses & Invoices, Locations & Venues, Contacts, and Vendors. The Bento 3 Event Planner is available today by free download from the Bento Template Exchange.
All six templates in the Bento 3 Event Planner are linked together, allowing information to flow from one template to the next, without the need for repetitive data entry. To organize events on the go, the new Bento 3 Event Planner lets customers synchronize information between their Mac and iPad or iPhone devices running either Bento for iPhone or Bento for iPad, both sold separately.
Oracle, Apple announce OpenJDK Project for Mac OS X
Oracle and Apple have announced the OpenJDK project for Mac OX X. Apple will contribute most of the key components, tools and technology required for a Java SE 7 implementation on Mac OS X, including a 32-bit and 64-bit HotSpot-based Java virtual machine, class libraries, a networking stack and the foundation for a new graphical client.
“We are excited to welcome Apple as a significant contributor in the growing OpenJDK community,” says Hasan Rizvi, Oracle’s senior vice president of Development. “The availability of Java on Mac OS X plays a key role in the cross-platform promise of the Java platform. The Java developer community can rest assured that the leading edge Java environment will continue to be available on Mac OS X in the future. Combined with last month’s announcement of IBM joining the OpenJDK, the project now has the backing of three of the biggest names in software.”
OpenJDK will make Apple’s Java technology available to open source developers so they can access and...
Info needed on GED software for the Mac
Our next Category Review will look at Mac software for birding and bird watching. If you use or know of such goodies, drop me a line (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than Wednesday, Nov. 17.
Category Reviews appear on Friday and round-up Mac solutions for specific industries and areas as dentistry, engineering, sales, etc. Also, if you have a particular pic you'd like us to cover, drop me a line, as well.
AMD Fusion chips coming to the Mac?
During AMD's Financial Analyst day, the "GigaOM" (http://gigaom.com/) and "Fudzilla" (http://www.fudzilla.com/) sites picked up on a PowerPoint slide that AMD's senior vice president and chief of sales officer, Emilio Ghilardi, displayed but didn't discuss. The slide featured two iMacs and a Mac Prowith the AMD Fusion logo below them.
If this slide is any indication, Apple could be on the verge of using AMD processors in its desktops, says "PC Mag" (http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2372484,00.asp). This week AMD this week demonstrated the company's first APU, which stands for Accelerated Processing Unit, based on its Fusion technology.
AMD says Fusion is a new approach to processor design and software development, delivering CPU and GPU capabilities for HD, 3D and data-intensive workloads in a single-die processor called an APU. APUs are designed to combine high-performance serial and parallel processing cores with other special-purpose hardware accelerators, "enabling...
Apple looking for Mac app reviewers
A new job posting (http://jobs.apple.com/index.ajs?BID=1&method=mExternal.showJob&RID=66205...) shows that Apple is looking for Mac Application Reviewers for the upcoming Mac App Store. Here's the job description:
"Apple Worldwide Developer Relations is seeking a software application specialist; someone who is meticulous, analytical, able to exercise objective analysis, and able to thrive in a fast-paced environment and has strong customer service skills.
"Candidate needs to be able to organize and prioritize a heavy workload. The candidate must be hardworking, detail-oriented, and able to work quickly & efficiently. We˙re looking for a self-starter, a quick learner with excellent communication skills, who is able to work independently and as part of a team.
"Experience with Mac OS X required. Proficiency in written French, German or Japanese a plus."
At the Oct. 20 "Back to the Mac" event, Craig Federighi, Apple's vice president of engineering for OS X, demoed The Mac...
Ping, Twitter buddy up
Starting today Ping, iTunes' new social network for music, and Twitter are making it even easier for people to share music discoveries with their friends by putting Ping activity, song previews and links to purchase and download music from the iTunes Store right in their Tweets on Twitter.com.
On Ping you can link to your Twitter account to instantly find Ping users among the people you already follow on Twitter. Once you’ve linked the accounts, whenever you Post, Like, Review, or tell your friends why you purchased a song or album on Ping, this activity will also be tweeted to your Twitter followers -- complete with playable song previews and links to purchase and download music from iTunes.
Ping, introduced in iTunes 10, lets you post your thoughts and opinions, your favorite albums and songs, the music you’ve downloaded from iTunes, plus view concert listings and tell your friends which concerts you plan to attend. It lets you follow your favorite artists to see what they’re up to...
'Class on Demand Legends Series' debuts
Class on Demand, a provider of professional educational products for creative markets, today unveiled the brand new "Class on Demand Legends Series" training initiative.
An expansion of the current Class on Demand training lineup, "Class on Demand Legends Series" provides an exclusive "inside look" at the inner workings of influential industry experts and figureheads. The seminars, webinars, and workshops encompass everything from analyses of industry trends, to exciting tips, tricks, and workflow solutions delivered directly from the experts themselves, says Paul Holtz, CEO and founder, Class on Demand.
Class on Demand has called on internationally renowned consultant and Apple-Certified digital media trainer, Larry Jordan, to kick-off the series. Jordan boasts an impressive 30-plus years of experience as a television producer, director, and editor with both national broadcast and corporate credits.
Each "Class on Demand Legends Series" webinar featuring Jordan will be priced at...
Study: Verizon iPhone will substantially grow iOS market share
In a new report from ABI Research (http://www.abiresearch.com), global smartphone shipments to mobile business customers are forecast to grow at a CAGR [compound average growth rate] of 15%. The research group says Apple should do well, especially if a Verizon iPhone does appear.
The mobile business customer smartphone installed base will exceed 30% worldwide; in North America, it will exceed 65%. But behind these numbers will be a hyper-competitive marketplace defined by the operating system.
According to enterprise practice director Dan Shey, “With the iPhone and now Android, business customers simply have more choices. While each region will have a different set of competitive dynamics, within a few years regional installed base market shares of 50%+ will be a thing of the past.”
Relevant worldwide and regional installed base statistics from the analysis include:
° North America: BlackBerry will maintain its leadership position but Apple and Android will gain a solid presence....
Apple releases RAW, security updates
Apple has released The Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.4 and Security Update 2010-007.
The Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.4 (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1072) extends RAW image format compatibility to Aperture 3 and iPhoto ’09 for the new cameras. It's a 6MB download and requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher.
Security Update 2010-007 brings the same security patches included in the recent Mac OS X 10.6.5 release to Macs running 10.5 (client or server versions). You can obtain it via the Software Update component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.
Study: tablet shipments to hit 58 million in 2014
Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/6511af/the_worldwide_ere) says standalone e-readers will continue to address the needs of avid readers, to whom the reading experience is central, while tablets such as the iPad "are better suited for consumers who prefer a stronger multimedia experience, and only light reading.”
In 2009, standalone e-readers were one of the most popular devices in the consumer electronics world. Today, there is still buzz surrounding the e-reader market. However, the talk is of drastic price erosion, competition from the iPad, and the overall sustainability of standalone e-reader shipment growth. In response to the iPad introduction, e-reader manufacturers dropped price points in an effort to differentiate e-readers from the iPad and other multimedia tablet computers.
There's even talk of a sub-$100 e-reader soon. At $100, the e-reader enters "gift" status, a status that can drive a market into the mainstream, says Research and Markets...
KavaServices 4.2 translates 58 languages in the Services menu
KavaSoft (http://www.kavasoft.com) has released KavaServices 4.2, an update of the collection of commands that transforms the Services menu in Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard"). The upgrade adds support for translating text between 58 different languages.
KavaServices can translate, search the web, encode for HTML, calculate, convert units, sort, change case, execute commands, and more. Snow Leopard's redesigned Services menu is context-sensitive and fully customizable. You can choose exactly which commands you'd like to include in System Preferences, keeping the menu tidy and clutter-free. Your favorite KavaServices features are now right in the Services menu, rather than buried in submenus. KavaServices 4.x is a 64-bit universal application, and is designed specifically for Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard").
Services replace the selected text in place, without the need to switch to a different program or copy and paste. They're also available from the contextual menu, whenever you need...
iCalamus 1.21 supports iPhoto 11/Aperture 3 calendars, photo...
Invers Software has released iCalamus 1.21 (http://www.icalamus.net/icalamus/index.php?lan=en), an update of their multi-lingual, frame-oriented desktop publishing solution for Mac OS X 10.4.5 and higher.
iCalamus offers a way of creating simple posters, to complex magazines, scientific works and book publishing. Version 1.21 now supports iPhoto 08/09/11 and Aperture 3 calendar and photo book documents for printing as photographer book documents externally at a great price.
Developed exclusively in Objective C with intensive usage of Apple's Cocoa library, iCalamus takes advantage of the Mac OS X operating system, offering Unicode support and a Smart PDF import for creating mockups. And since iCalamus is modular, invers Software will be creating its new Open Development Area (ODA) allowing third-party developers to leverage the plug-in interface.
iCalamus can import all image and text formats that are supported by Mac OS X. Easily grab text content from large PDF documents for further...
iPresentee releases Keynote Themes 7.0
iPresentee (http://www.ipresentee.com), developer of add-ons for Apple's iWork and iLife applications, has released Keynote Themes 7.0, to be used with Keynote, the presentation component of Apple's US$79 iWork suite.
Keynote Themes 7.0 includes 10 new hemes: Black Diamond, Cooking, Medicine, Solid Grey, Windmill, Wave, Triangle, Relax, Notebook and Blue Style. iPresentee now offers over 100 Keynote themes collection to choose from.
Each Keynote Theme is available in standard or HD formats. Keynote Themes 7.0 includes an installer to make sure the themes end up in the right place and will be displayed in Keynote's themes menu automatically.
Keynote Themes 7.0 requires Mac OS X 10.4.3 or higher and iWork '08 or '09. Keynote Themes 7.0 may be purchased for US$30. Free Keynote add-ons are offered free of charge and can be downloaded from iPresentee's web site.
Four more nations preparing for iTunes movies
Apple has announced movies for iTunes in Japan, but four more nations are ready for movies on their respective iTunes Store, according to Fabio M. Zambelli of "setteB.IT" (http://www.setteb.it/), an Italian language web site for Mac users.
"We're still waiting for an official announcement, but in Austria, Italy, Spain and Switzerland everything is nearly ready and we bought/rented movies on iTunes Store Italy," he says. "We have the screenshots for all the nations at 'setteB.IT'."
DEVONtechnologies updates freeware apps
DEVONtechnologies (http://www.devon-technologies.com) has released updates for all its freeware applications and services: EasyFind, PhotoStickies, ThumbsUp, XMenu, BlueService, CalcService, and WordService.
All have been updated to the latest frameworks and optimized for Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6. In addition new features have been added and bugs fixed.
Eric Böhnisch-Volkmann, president of DEVONtechnologies, says EasyFind 4.6 features a new path control giving direct access to the path of a found item, columns can be customized, the Escape key can be used to close the Quick Look preview, and the asterisk operator again matches all items. Searching whole volumes is much faster, the visual appearance has been improved, and EasyFind comes with a brand new application icon.
PhotoStickies 5.6.2 comes with a new Italian localization and many detail improvements; XMenu 1.9.1 has been localized to Italian and Spanish, opens the alternative menu also on a right-click, and comes with a reworked...
AccountEdge gains local focus in Asia
Acclivity (http://www.acclivitysoftware.com) has announced a partnership with Asian Business Software Solutions (ABSS) for Asian distribution and support rights to its AccountEdge small business Mac software. ABSS is the exclusive republisher of MYOB business management software in Asia and will distribute AccountEdge under the MYOB brand.
ABSS will distribute an internationalized version of AccountEdge with features that allow it to be used by small businesses throughout Asia. The user can create whatever tax is required for their country, with sales tax reports available to report on tax information for tax forms.
The user doesn't need to lock in a currency and, instead, can select their home currency, and then set up as many additional currencies as needed. While the interface is in English, users can customize their invoices and other forms in most languages.
Mac Restart for Mac OS X gets internal improvements
Tension Software has updated Mac Restart X (http://pomola.com/products_macrestart/macrestart.html), a Mac OS X app that can restart a Mac on a regular basis or one time only at a specific date and time or at launch using it via Apple iCal or other applications -- to version 1.6.1. The upgrade sports internal improvements.
Mac Restart uses the native Mac OS X Date Time Calendar control. It warns the user before a restart, showing a progress bar or jumping from the dock. And the software has a variable warning time interval adjustable in the preferences.
Mac Restart requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. It costs US$20, though version 1.6.1 is a free update for registered users.
Jobs up for TIME's Person of the Year, also named a '...
Apple CEO Steve Jobs is a nominee for TIME's 2010 Person of the Year. You can see the list of this year's candidates (listed in alphabetical order) below. As usual, TIME's editors who choose the actual Person of the Year reserve the right to disagree with readers.
You can see the 2010 Person of the Year poll here and who is winning so far at http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2028734_20290... . As we post this story, Jobs is in fourth place, trailing Julian Assange, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert (listed as one "person") and Lady Gaga.
Here's what TIME has to say about Jobs: "Every year, the mercurial head of tech giant Apple seems to outdo himself with another eye-popping, paradigm-shifting product that refuels the brand's seemingly unstoppable line of highbrow gadgetry. In 2010, of course, it has been the iPad, which sold one million units within a month of its release and further cinched Apple's grip on the tech market -- if not (yet) the media world....
IDC: Microprocessor unit shipments up in third quarter
Worldwide computer microprocessor unit shipments and revenues in the third calendar quarter of 2010 (3Q10) increased 2.1% and 2.5%, respectively, compared to 2Q10, according to the latest processor study from International Data Corporation (http://www.idc.com/).
Compared to 3Q09, worldwide computer microprocessor unit shipments and revenues in the third calendar quarter of 2010 (3Q10) increased 8.6% and 24.1%, respectively, says the research group. The average sequential change in unit shipments between a calendar year's second quarter and its third quarter is an increase of 10.6%.
For revenues, the average sequential change is an increase of 9.0%. So, these increases represent lower performance than usual for a third calendar quarter.
"Market demand for processors was weak in July and in August," says Shane Rau director of Semiconductors: Personal Computing research at IDC. “Original equipment manufacturer's have become very reactive to any hint of slackening end demand. And, when...
UK consumers say 'no way' to paying GBP400 for an iPad
The latest research from Broadband Genie (http://www.broadbandgenie.co.uk) has shown that most UK consumers won't dream of paying GBP400 for a iPad, despite the desirability of the UK's number one new gadget. This will also be bad news for Samsung, whose Galaxy tablet is being released with similar price points in the run up to Christmas.
In a poll of more than 1,300 visitors to the broadband, mobile broadband and smartphone comparison site, more than 60% said the iPad was "definitely not" worth GBP400 or more. More than 200 more said it "wasn't really" worth the price tag, putting the total thinking it was a poor value up to 80%.
"There's a clear message here from British consumers -- while they like the idea of a tablet, they aren't willing to pay through the nose for one," Broadband Genie editor Chris Marling says. "With ereaders, smartphones, netbooks and even laptops now available for a fraction of that price, it's a tough ask for people to see the value in a tablet costing up to...
Apple premieres movies on the iTunes Store in Japan
Apple says movies are now available on the iTunes Store in Japan giving customers a way to enjoy movies on their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC, or with the new Apple TV on their HD TV.
Starting today, Apple says there are over 1,000 movies to rent or buy in high definition and standard definition from major international film studios including 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, The Walt Disney Studios, Warner Bros. Pictures, Universal Pictures and top Japanese studios including Asmik Ace Entertainment Inc., Fuji TV, Kadakowa Pictures, Nikkatsu, Shochiku Company Limited and Toei Company Limited.
With iTunes Movie Rentals, once a movie is rented, it starts downloading from the iTunes Store directly to iTunes or Apple TV, and users with a fast Internet connection can start viewing the movie in seconds. Customers have up to 30 days to start watching their movie, and once a movie has been started customers have 48 hours to finish it -- or watch it multiple times. In addition to...
O'Reilly releases 'QuickBooks 2011: The Missing Manual...
O'Reilly Media has released "QuickBooks 2011: The Missing Manual" (http://oreilly.com/catalog/0636920010937?utm_content=em-orm-pr-Quickbooks+2011%3A+TMM&utm_campaign=O'Reilly&utm_source=iPost&utm_medium=email&imm_mid=065edd&cmp=em-orm-pr-Quickbooks+2011%3A+TMM), a US$29.95 manual for Intuit's financial software. The 720-page book -- also available as a $27.99 ebook -- offers tips on specific features, as well as get basic accounting advice.
"QuickBooks 2011 has a few new features that are really helpful," notes author Bonnie Biafore. "For example, if you send an invoice with the same content to many of your customers, batch invoices let you create one invoice and send it to as many customers as you want. And now, you can also use Web mail like Gmail or Yahoo! to send email messages to contacts."
Topics covered include how to: set up QuickBooks; manage your business, follow the money; find key info quickly, streamline your workflow; build and monitor budgets; and...
Snow Leopard tutorial DVD explores Mac security, technical...
Software training and eLearning content provider Infinite Skills has just released a new video course (http://www.infiniteskills.com/training/os_x_snow_leopard_technical_and_s...) exploring many of the advanced features in Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard").
Taught by Apple systems expert Chris Tarnowiecky, the course has been created to help users expand their awareness of the UNIX-based operating system and accomplish technical and security tasks such as command line use, disk partitioning, software automation and more.
"There's a really big gap in the way Mac security is usually marketed and discussed," says Mike Spaulding, president of Infinite Skills. "We're excited to bring viewers a real, fact-based look at how these subjects actually impact power users and systems administrators around the world, without the fluff."
While it covers complex topics and techniques, the OS X training video uses direct demonstration to guide viewers through difficult areas. Tasks are shown onscreen in...
Apple releases Mac OS X 10.6.5
Apple has released Mac OS X 10.6.5. You can obtain it via the Software Updates component of the Mac OS X System Preferences app. According to Apple, the update:
° Improves reliability with Microsoft Exchange servers.
° Addresses performance of some image-processing operations in iPhoto and Aperture.
° Addresses stability and performance of graphics applications and games.
° Resolves a delay between print jobs.
° Addresses a printing issue for some HP printers connected to an AirPort Extreme.
° Resolves an issue when dragging contacts from Address Book to iCal.
° Addresses an issue in which dragging an item from a stack causes the Dock to not automatically hide.
° Resolves an issue in which Wikipedia information may not display correctly in Dictionary.
° Improves performance of MainStage on certain Macs.
° Resolves spacing issues with OpenType fonts.
° Improves reliability with some Bluetooth braille displays.
° Resolves a VoiceOver issue when browsing some websites with Safari 5.
Contrary to reports ....
Contrary to reports published elsewhere on the Web, "Macworld" (http://www.macworld.com/article/155623/2010/11/apple_wigear.html) has confirmed that Apple did not acquire Wi-Gear, the maker of iMuffs Bluetooth headphones.
“Two words: ‘I wish!’” Wi-Gear CEO Mark Pundsack said via e-mail, when asked about the rumors that Apple had bought the company.
Also contrary to reports AirPrint hasn't been pulled in the upcoming iOS 4.2. Apple CEO Steve Jobs purportedly said in an email exchange (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=11397413#post11397413) that: "AirPrint hasn't been pulled. Don't believe everything you read."
Now that doesn't mean that it hasn't been altered. We should see as iOS 4.2 is expected any day now.
Dana-Farber turns to iPads to help cancer patients through...
Andrea Casella comes to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston every week for chemotherapy to treat her lung cancer. It’s a full day.
“I start with blood work and then I have a doctor’s appointment and then I come in for the chemo which is a couple of hours. It’s exhausting,” says Casella. “And I get bored quickly. You can only read so many magazines and books. It really puts you to sleep.”
Recognizing that patients can spend hours in the clinic for treatment and tests, Dana-Farber has started lending iPads to patients like Casella to help them pass the time. The portable Apple tablets are available to sign out for a three-hour period at no charge; all that is needed is a patient identification card and driver’s license.
They are pre-loaded with games like chess and Sudoku, movies, and a full library of music, as well as videos and information about cancer care at the Institute. The iPads also includes many popular news and entertainment apps.
“Many patients here at the Institute...