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Feb 15
Zevrix releases BatchOutput PPT 2.0
Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has released BatchOutput PPT 2.0, an update to the output automation solution for Microsoft PowerPoint on Mac OS X. In addition to batch printing, the new version lets users carry out automated PDF production directly from PowerPoint. Users can reduce PDF file size, optimize images, assign variable file names and encrypt PDF files. The new version also introduces compatibility with PowerPoint 2011. BatchOutput PPT 2.0 can be purchased for US$39.95 from the Zevrix web site, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo version is available for download. BatchOutput PPT runs on Mac OS X 10.4.2 and higher, and works with Microsoft PowerPoint 2008 and 2011.
Feb 15
Troi File Plug-in 5.0.2 released for FileMaker Pro 11
Troi Automatisering has releasesd Troi File Plug-in 5.0.2 for FileMaker Pro 11. Troi File Plug-in is a tool for getting access to information outside the FileMaker Pro database. Any files or folders stored on the computer can be accessed through the functions of the plug-in. Version 5.0.2 is a maintenance update that includes these bug fixes and improvements. A fully functional demo version of Troi File Plug-in 5.0.2 is available for downloading at Troi's web site (http://www.troi.com/software/fileplugin.html). It works with FileMaker Pro 9, 10 and 11. The plug-in can also be used with runtimes from FileMaker Pro Advanced 9, 10 or 11. The plug-in is available for Mac OS X 10.5.7 or higher, Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7. QuickTime 7 or later is needed for some image related functions. Licenses cost US$89 per user. Developer licenses and multi-user discounts are also available. Troi File Plug-in 5.0.2 also works with FileMaker Server 9, 10 or 11 as a server-side plug-in and...
Feb 15
New Outlook add-in synchronizes multiple, sub-folders with...
Most iPhone, Symbian, Blackberry and Windows smartphone users find synchronizing their personal Outlook calendar Exchange ActiveSync easy to do, but encounter barriers with public or group calendars and tasks as these are stored in public folders -- and “Exchange” doesn't support public folders synchronization. Motivated by business users or those who have a family who often share tasks, content or calendars, for which Outlook creates these non-sync public folders, Somebytes Software Developer (http://www.somebytes.net/1-1-Home.html) has released OLMixedFolders to resolve this problem. It allows users to synchronize different Outlook folders through a personal profile. Outlook users with more than one address folders (e.g. one for business contacts one for personal contacts) will usually find that their cellular phone will only synchronize one folder. In that case OLMixedFolders will check the changes in each address against the standard folder, which the cellular phone software...
Feb 14
Apple releases 2011 Supplier Responsibility Report
Apple has released its 2011 Supplier Responsibility Report (http://macte.ch/8FRoY), an annual report that looks at how well its suppliers are -- or are not -- adhering to its code of conduct.
 Apple requires suppliers to commit to a Supplier Code of Conduct as a condition of doing business. The code specifies everything from fair hiring practices and work-hour limits to safe working conditions. To monitor compliance, Apple conducts onsite audits, approves corrective action plans, and verifies implementation. As a result, "worker protections and factory conditions have improved at many facilities throughout Apple’s supply base," the company says. "Apple is committed to ensuring the highest standards of social responsibility wherever our products are made," Apple says. "We insist that our suppliers provide safe working conditions, treat workers with dignity and respect, and use environmentally responsible manufacturing processes." Apple says that more than 16,000 workers enrolled in...
Feb 14
Judge tosses iPad overheating lawsuit
U.S. District Court Judge Jeremy Fogel has dismissed a lawsuit that accused Apple of fraud, deceptive advertising and violating California’s consumer protection and unfair business practices laws by making, marketing and selling defective tablets. Last July, the three plaintiffs -- Jacob Balthazar, Claudia Keller and John Browning -- said they were duped into buying a defective device by Apple's claim that "reading on iPad is just like reading a book." "The iPad does not live up to the reasonable consumer's expectations created by Apple insofar as the iPad overheats so quickly under common weather conditions that it does not function for prolonged use outdoors, or in many other warm conditions," the complaint read. According to the class complaint, the iPad unexpectedly shuts down in warm weather or when it's in direct sunlight. Fogel said that the trio’s original charges were inadequate, notes "Computerworld." “The Court concludes that these allegations are insufficient,” Fogel...
Feb 14
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for Feb. 14
Here are the latest iPhone/iPod touch/iPod/iPad apps. You can find 'em at the Apple App Store (http://www.itunes.com/appstore/). AnyBizSoft has announced PDF Reader for iPad. The free app can help users read and manage PDF eBooks on the Apple tablet. Dan Tullis has released Word Mend 1.0 for the iPhone and iPod touch. It's an US$0.99 word puzzle/jumble game designed for gamers of all ages. There are over 11,000 jumbled words that you can rearrange in as little as one second to several minutes, depending on the difficulty of the word and the sharpness of your brain. Random Ideas has introduced Wasabi 1.0 for iOS devices. It's a $4.99 to-do list app for that includes over-the-air sync, location aware task notifications, as well as the ability to add projects, tasks, and locations to your iOS home screen. You can capture new to-dos from virtually any screen in the app, organize them by project, goal, or location and prioritize your to-dos by dragging them and sorting them. Softmatic has...
Feb 14
Judge tosses iPad overheating lawsuit
U.S. District Court Judge Jeremy Fogel has dismissed a lawsuit that accused Apple of fraud, deceptive advertising and violating California’s consumer protection and unfair business practices laws by making, marketing and selling defective tablets. Last July, the three plaintiffs -- Jacob Balthazar, Claudia Keller and John Browning -- said they were duped into buying a defective device by Apple's claim that "reading on iPad is just like reading a book." "The iPad does not live up to the reasonable consumer's expectations created by Apple insofar as the iPad overheats so quickly under common weather conditions that it does not function for prolonged use outdoors, or in many other warm conditions," the complaint read. According to the class complaint, the iPad unexpectedly shuts down in warm weather or when it's in direct sunlight. Fogel said that the trio’s original charges were inadequate, notes "Computerworld." “The Court concludes that these allegations are insufficient,” Fogel...
Feb 14
Aquafadas to launch Digital Publishing Platform on March 17

Aquafadas (http://www.aquafadas.com) says it will launch its Digital Publishing Platform on March 17 and that it will offer these key advantages in digital publishing: ° It enables designers to create digital content quickly through plugins for Adobe InDesign and QuarkXPress with no coding required. ° Publications can be based on PDF or XML , enhanced by picture galleries, slide shows, videos, and sound. ° Aquafadas ’s Solution makes it easy to deploy digital publications to multiple devices, such as tablets and smartphones, and to multiple operating systems, such as iOS and Android simultaneously. ° Publications can be published as interactive PDF, custom Apps, and in a XML-based format that supports text reflow while maintaining the publication’s design.
Feb 14
iPhone mini rumors are back
Rumors of an iPhone mini (or iPhone nano, if you will) were prevalent a couple of years ago. Now they're baaaaack with the "Wall Street Journal" (http://macte.ch/bdNbC) saying Apple is working on the first of a new line of less-expensive iPhones and an overhaul of software services for the devices. Quoting unnamed "people familiar with the matter," the "WSJ" says the iPhone mini is intended for sale alongside the current iPhone line-up and be about half the size of the iPhone 4. The new phone would purportedly be available to carriers at about half the price of the main iPhones. That would allow carriers to subsidize most or all of the retail price, putting the iPhone in the same mass-market price range as rival smartphones, says the "WSJ." There's no timetable on when the iPhone mini might debut, the article says. "ZDNet" (http://macte.ch/sSoju) adds that the iPhone mini could be sold to carriers at half the existing price of the regular iPhone, meaning greater subsidies to the end...
Feb 14
GRAMMY nominees, winners available at iTunes
The 53rd annual GRAMMY Awards were held Sunday and a complete list of the winners and nominees are available at iTunes. The list includes the album of the year, record of the year, song of the year, best new artist and more. Covered artists include Arcade Fire, Eminem, Lady Antebellum, Lady GaGa, Katy Perry, Miranda Lambert, Justin Bieber, Drake and more. There's also a free MusicMapper app that "will allow fans worldwide to connect songs to special memories and places." You can select a song powered by Rd.io, tag it to a specific location using maps, and then attach a note describing how the song and location define a specific moment in the user's life.
Feb 14
Apple tops 'Most Respected Companies' list
Apple has topped "Barron's" list of the "Most Respected Companies" (http://macte.ch/l3Oah) for the second time. The list is based a survey of professional money managers. Per the survey, 68% of managers said they "highly respected" Apple, 22% respected the company, 8% respected Apple "somewhat" and none admitted that they "don't respect" the company. Apple had a mean score of 4.25 out of 5. The other companies on the "Most Respected List" are, in descending order, Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, IBM, McDonald's, Google, 3M, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Proctor & Gamble, ExxonMobile, Walt Disney, United Parcel Service, JP Morgan Chase, Cisco Systems, United Technologies, Intel, Wal-Mart, Nestle, Schlumberberger, Siemens, Microsoft, Honda Motor, Novartis and Johnson & Johnson.
Feb 14
Drops app drops onto Mac OS X
Software developer Christian Kienle has introduced Drops 1.0 (http://christian-kienle.de/Drops/), his new application for Mac OS X. It's a tool for uploading files. Simply drop files or folders on the Drops icon in your menu bar. Your files will be uploaded to your server and the URL copied to the clipboard. You can then paste the URL wherever you want. Drops can also automatically shorten the URL for you. You can tell Drops to automatically compress files and folders before uploading. Drops requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later. For a limited time, it's being offered for US$0.99 and available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.
Feb 14
DssW releases Battery Report for Mac OS X
DssW has released Battery Report for Mac OS X 10.5 or later. The US$8.99 app creates detailed reports about a user's computer and power sources. Battery Report focuses on providing users with a clear report about their computer, the computer's internal battery, and connected external power sources. Supported external power sources include most power adapters connected to the mains, and uninterruptible power supplies (UPS). Users can easily share their reports with Mac support staff using the "Send to E-mail" menu item, or by saving the report as a PDF, says Graham Miln, director, DssW. For more info, or to download a demo version of Battery Report, go to http://www.dssw.co.uk/batteryreport/ .
Feb 14
AuraSound introduces universal media player
AuraSound (http://www.aurasound.com) has unveiled the innovative Sound Station, a media player that sports an "audiophile-class" acoustic design with a 7-inch color screen and several connectivity features. 
Sound Station supports Internet radio and iPod/iPhone docking and serves as a digital picture frame, alarm clock, FM radio, and video player. It doesn't require a computer to set up or operate. The product will be available next month initially via selected retailers in the U.S. and Europe, with global expansion to follow. Pricing hasn't been announced.
Feb 14
Adobe reports strong mobile adoption of Flash Player, AIR
At this week's Mobile World Congress, Adobe (http://www.adobe.com) that developers and content publishers can now deploy Adobe AIR applications to more than 84 million smartphones and tablets running iOS and Android. By the end of 2011, Adobe expects more than 200 million smartphones and tablets to support Adobe AIR applications. For examples of popular AIR applications for Android and iOS, visit m.flash.com . In addition, Adobe announced that more than 20 million smartphones were shipped or upgraded with Adobe Flash Player 10.1 software on over 35 certified devices in the first six months following the launch. But don't count iOS devices among them, as Apple -- or at least CEO Steve Jobs -- isn't a Flash fan. For 2011, the company expects Flash Player to be supported on more than 132 million units worldwide, says David Wadhwani, senior vice president, Creative and Interactive Solutions Business Unit, Adobe. Adobe is also showcasing the latest release of Flash Player -- Flash Player...
Feb 14
NetGear announces , new femtocell
NetGear (http://www.netgear.com) has announced four new products for mobile network operators at the 2011 Mobile World Congress (MWC). The company also announced the the MF100H Femtocell, a next generation 3G femtocell with Ethernet LAN. The new line-up of mobile broadband routers purportedly integrate features from NetGear's line of wired broadband devices together with the speed and high-performance provided by European 3G and LTE (4G) mobile networks. The four new models all offer either 3G or LTE connection, failover to wired 10/100 Fast Ethernet (FE) WAN, FE LAN & 802.11N WiFi for multiple user sharing. The line-up includes: ° MBR1200: Quadband 3G HSPA+ (21Mbps x 5.76Mbps) with HSPA fallback and failover to wired FE WAN; ° MBR1310: Quadband 3G DC-HSPA+ (42Mbps x 5.7Mbps) with HSPA+/HSPA fallback and failover to wired FE WAN; ° MBR1517: Euro LTE (100Mbps x 50Mbps) with HSPA+/HSPA fallback and failover to wired FE WAN; ° MBR2000: Quadband 3G DC-HSPA+ (42Mbps x 5.7Mbps) with...
Feb 14
ooVoo shows cross-platform video chat solution
Today at the Mobile World Congress (MWC), , ooVoo (http://www.oovoo.com), a cloud-based video communication service that delivers video across every platform, will demonstrate its multi-point video chat on Apple iOS mobile devices. “We’re thrilled to deliver our best-in-class video communication service across every platform,” says Philippe Schwartz, CEO of ooVoo. “One reason we’re the fastest growing communication app on the Internet1 is because we’ve broken down the platform barrier connecting video calls across smartphones, tablets, PCs, Macs and now iOS mobile devices.” ooVoo Mobile is already available today from the Android market. ooVoo’s free over-the-top application will be available in the AppleApp store starting in April. In December, ooVoo launched a first 4G mobile video chat service that allows 6-way video chat. The service works over Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G to simultaneously connect smartphone, Mac and PC users. To experience high quality mobile video chat, download the ooVoo...
Feb 14
Second edition of 'Working with Your iPad' released
Joe Kissell's second edition of "Take Control of Working with Your iPad" has been published by TidBITS Publishing. The 133-page ebook costs US$15 and is available at http://www.takecontrolbooks.com/ipad-working . You can get a print edition for US$26.99. The new edition includes information not only on the changes that iOS 4 has brought to the iPad but also on the many new and revised iPad apps that have become available recently. With this new edition in hand, readers can learn how to: ° Type right: they'll learn tips for maximizing typing speed on the onscreen keyboard and discover the best ways to use the iPad Keyboard Dock and Bluetooth keyboard options. ° Select, cut, copy, and paste: these commands may be second nature to regular computer users, but their touchscreen versions are another matter. Kissell explains how to use touchscreen editing commands effectively and fluently. ° Transfer files among apps and devices: the ebook shows how using iTunes to exchange documents with an...
Feb 14
Boingo introduces unlimited Wi-Fi plan for Europe
Boingo Wireless (http://www.boingo.com) has launched a new all-you-can-eat Internet access plan for laptops that's tailored to customers connecting primarily in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Boingo Europe Plus gives laptop users unlimited access at more than 90,000 hotspots in Europe, Middle East and Africa for €27.95 per month. Usage outside the designated region is billed at €0.10 to €0.15 per minute and includes almost 170,000 additional hotspots across Asia Pacific and the Americas. Users can also sign up for the plan in British Pounds Sterling (£22.95 per month and £0.09 to £0.13 per minute for use outside EMEA). “The new Boingo Europe Plus plan is part of our ongoing initiative to provide more flexibility to customers whose Internet access needs are concentrated in specific geographic regions,” says Dawn Callahan, vice president of consumer marketing, Boingo Wireless. “This provides an affordable option with expansive Wi-Fi coverage in EMEA, while also providing a pay-as-...
Feb 14
Global femtocell shipments good, could be better
Global femtocell shipments generally met the expectations of ABI Research (http://www.abiresearch.com) analysts in 2010, but one salient exception demonstrates how a simple regulation can impede a market’s growth. “About 1.3 million femtocells shipped into world markets in 2010,” says ABI Research Practice director Aditya Kaul. “That number is in line with ABI Research’s forecasts. The total could have been significantly higher -- perhaps 20% higher -- were it not for the continued low performance of the Japanese femtocell market.” That low performance can be traced to a simple cause: the Japanese government’s unique requirement that every femtocell be installed by a qualified technician. When those truck-rolls are multiplied by hundreds of thousands of installations, the drag on the market is no longer trivial, says Kaul. Mobile network operators have long called for the removal or relaxation of this rule and the regulator presaged action early last year, but no change has been seen...
Feb 14
Mobilize offers smartphone, mobile device detection for...
NimbleHost (http://nimblehost.com) has announced Mobilize 1.1, a plug-in for RapidWeaver that adds mobile device detection to the Mac OS X web site design application. In version 1.1, Mobilize enables you to detect when cellphone and smartphone users are visiting your web site, and will redirect them to the web site of your choosing. Support for a wide variety of cellphones, smartphones, and other mobile devices are included. Until now RapidWeaver users had no way to easily detect and redirect visitors using cellphones, smartphones, and other mobile devices, according to NimbleHost CEO Jonathan Head. Mobilize gives you full control over this aspect of web design, enabling you to target a number of mobile devices, including the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, as well as android devices, Blackberry devices, palm and webOS devices, Windows Mobile/Phone, and generic cellphones. Mobilize requires Mac OS X 10.5.2 or higher and RapidWeaver 4.1 or later. It's Universal Binary so runs natively...
Feb 14
Animetrics releases facial recognition app for smart phones
Animetrics (http://www.animetrics.com), a developer of 3D imaging technologies for facial biometric systems, has begun offering FaceR CredentialME in the Apple App Store. FaceR CredentialME AppLock enables the iPhone user to use facial recognition as the biometric authentication to unlock the device. CME AppLock provides the options of either letting the device camera automatically take a picture of your face and thereby verify via face recognition the user or use a password to secure the user's choice of applications on the handset. FaceR CredentialME can be used as a second factor authentication via bundling with third party applications. It's based on Animetrics patented 2D-3D FACEngine facial recognition technology. CredentialME is also offered for use to smartphone application developers to embed for primary or two factor authentication in securing their app.
Feb 14
NXP Software enables Android devices to access Apple content...
NXP Software (http://www.software.nxp.com) is demonstrating an upgrade of QuickPlayer at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011 in cooperation with Envivio. This new version allows Android-based devices to play content encoded for Apple’s adaptive HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) protocol. Fully compatible with major video service providers, it lets Android users access the extensive content available within the Apple ecosystem, says Peter Van de Berg, marketing director, NXP Software. The software also ensures high-quality viewing, he adds. It supports up to standard definition resolution content. LifeVibes QuickPlayer allows consumers to watch online videos, and access live and on-demand content. The software is available to service providers as a software development kit (SDK) for a downloadable application. The SDK includes a reference application ready to deploy and can also be integrated with a third-party application user interface layer.
Feb 12
iPad way ahead of other tablets in enterprise market
Barclays Capital analyst Ben Reitzes tells clients in an note -- as reported by "Barron's" (http://macte.ch/rfRpL) -- that he talked with a research analyst at Forrester Research and says the iPad is doing well in the corporate world. His conclusions from the call are that the iPad is “running far ahead of its tablet competition and its their game to lose." There is opportunity for others, including Google’s Android and for Research in Motion, Reitzes says. Apple hasn’t set up an enterprise salesforce, but it is “listening to enterprise customers," he adds. Reitzes notes that Forrester’s work supports the view more and more corporate users are “buying devices and bringing them into work.” So far, Apple is the “winner in the consumerization of IT,” he argues. Also, Forrester sees the tablet computer co-existing with both smartphone and laptop, though “it does delay laptop replacements.” Barclays is estimating 47 million tablets will be sold this year, including 33.7 million iPads.
Feb 12
iPad, tablets leading in surge of NAND flash memory
Apple’s iPad is leading an almost five-fold surge in NAND flash memory use this year as consumers buy tablets such as the iPad in increasing numbers, according to a report released Friday by HIS iSuppli -- as reported by "Computerworld' (http://macte.ch/OZJSC). The consumption of NAND flash memory chips, which are used to build solid-state drives (SSDs) used in mobile devices, is expected to soar to 2.3 billion gigabytes (2.3 exabytes) this year, up a 382.4% from 476.8 million gigabytes (or 476.8 petabytes) in 2010, the article adds. According to iSuppli, shipments of NAND for tablets shows no sign of slowing down, eventually hitting 12.3 exabytes of capacity shipped by 2014. When measured against the total supply of NAND flash, memory in tablets will represent 11.8% of the supply this year, up from a 4.3% in 2010, says iSuppli. By 2014, tablet memory will represent 16% of all NAND flash.
Feb 11
AT&T Giving Free Rollover Minutes
AT&T is apparently on a mission to keep people from migrating to the Verizon iPhone now announced, and is doing a variety of things to try and keep customers. One thing they are doing is giving a free extra 1000 rollover minutes to customers. Some people are getting invitations to this via text that say: "You're a valued AT&T customer. We'd like to add 1000 bonus Rollover minutes to the mobile number ending in xxx. There's NO cost or obligation to you. It's our way of saying thank you. To have your minutes added, reply YES by 3/31/2011. Reply stop to end mktg msgs." While not documented specifically, it appears that all you need to do is text 11113020 the word "yes" At first, we were confirmed this may be a scam, but it does appear to be real, and we've tried it. It works on at least the iPhone (see screen shot).
Feb 11
Apple working on new iOS notification system?
Apple is working on a new notification system for iOS and will be buying a small company to build its technology into the operating system, reports "Cult of Mac" (http://macte.ch/8bmCg), quoting unnamed sources. The name of the company is unknown, but it's reportedly one that already has an app in the Apple App Store. "Apple’s pop-up notification system for new text messages, voicemails and the like has often been criticized as one of the weakest parts of the iOS," says "Cult of Mac." "Notifications are intrusive, modal and often cryptic. It’s a mess ... There were rumors last year that the iPhone’s notification system would be fixed after the chief architect of Palm’s system, Rich Dellinger, returned to work at Apple. However, the system still hasn’t been fixed, and according to our source, Apple is now trying to buy a small app developer to fix it."
Feb 11
Apple doubling some laptop orders
Apple reportedly is revising its laptop orders upward with the volume of some hot-selling models being doubled, according to "DigiTimes" (http://www.digitimes.com). That goes against the general industry trend. Overall, notebook shipments from the top-five notebook makers are likely to contract by 5-10% sequentially in the first quarter, to 38 million units, or the same volume they shipped a year ago, says "DigiTimes." In related laptop news, "CNET" (http://macte.ch/WIjVz) says Apple is targeting a MacBook Air update for this summer that will include a move to Intel's Sandy Bridge processors. Look for it in June, the article says. 
The take of the Sellers Research firm (that's me)? Maybe. Moving to a Sandy Bridge processor makes sense. However, Apple won't move the teeny portable to the new Intel chips until the MacBook Pro, MacBook, iMac and (probably) the Mac Pro have made the move. -- Dennis Sellers dsellers@applecentral.com
Feb 11
Sony may pull its artists from iTunes
Sony may pull its artists from Apple's iTunes Store, as well as withhold its games from the iPhone, in what could spark an "all-out war" between the two companies, reports Yahoo News (http://macte.ch/qv7oI). Sony purportedly plans to launch a rival online music store to iTunes in Australia called Music Unlimited. The company may also be planning to launch a gaming service that would enable mobile phone users to play first generation Playstation games on their handsets -- a service Sony says is unlikely to be available through iTunes. "Yahoo News" says Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Michael Ephraim has told reporters that Sony’s music streaming is a "new technology" that gave consumers greater freedom to play their music on a variety of devices. "If we do (get mass acceptance) then does Sony Music need to provide content to iTunes?" he is quoted as saying. "Currently we have to provide it to iTunes as that's the format right now. Publishers are being held to ransom by Apple and they...
Feb 11
No long lines for Verizon iPhone debut
After an on-line sell-out of the new Verizon version of the iPhone 4, and with several other retailers selling the phone on its first day, there were few waiting lines at Apple stores Thursday morning when they opened early for the first day of Verizon iPhone retail sales, reports "ifoAppleStore" (http://macte.ch/3RkHU). There were reports from around the country of no one being in line at Apple stores when they opened at 7 a.m., though other reports described lines of 50 or 60 people at some high-profile stores. "Besides a wider availability, the waiting lines were also mitigated by the nature of the device, transitional and not new, and a survey that found just eight percent of AT&T customers intended to switch their service to Verizon for improved voice calls," says "ifoAppleStore." The lack of expected lines has left some investors worried. However, in a note to clients -- as reported by "Forbes" (http://blogs.forbes.com/briancaulfield/2011/02/11/verizon-iphone-draws-i...
Feb 11
'WSJ': Jobs is calling the shots from home
The "Wall Street Journal" (http://macte.ch/YMMRR), quoting "people familiar with the matter," reports that, three weeks into a medical leave, Apple CEO Steve Jobs, 55, is staying closely involved in the company's strategic decisions and product development,. Jobs, whose ailment hasn't been disclosed, has been taking business meetings at home and on the phone, the article says. The CEO has also reportedly been spotted on Apple's Cupertino, California, campus and in public in Palo Alto, California. The "WSJ" says that, among products Jobs is continuing to work on are the next version of the iPad, expected out in the next couple of months, and a new iPhone, expected to be released this summer. As on Jobs' previous medical leaves, Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook is overseeing the day-to-day operations at Apple.
Feb 11
Paradise Beach alights on the Mac App Store
Nevosoft has announced Paradise Beach (http://nevosoft.com/description/game-ParadiseBeach/) for Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It's available at the Mac App Store for US$6.99 and can be found in the Games category. Here's how the game is described: "Paradise Beach is a building simulation game, but it does not depend completely on fast-clicking and construction tasks. Players will have to create beautiful and entertaining beach resorts on various islands. The game offers new and welcome complexity, which involves strategic thinking in different directions. Paradise Beach features engaging and challenging gameplay with total freedom of action and much more. "The player will learn what it takes to design sites of relaxation and fun, where people can really experience their dream holiday. Paradise Beach is a building simulation game, but it does not depend completely on fast-clicking and construction tasks. Unlike other games of this genre, Paradise Beach offers new and welcome complexity,...
Feb 11
2011 Photoshop World starts March 30 in Orlando
The 2011 Photoshop World Expo, the world’s largest exhibition of digital photography and Photoshop-related products and services, will be held March 30-April 1 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Photoshop World is produced by the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) in partnership with Adobe. The industry expo features product launches, interactive demonstrations, exclusive offers, and promotions and giveaways from more than 40 exhibitors, including Adobe, Adorama, Epson America, Manfrotto, Mpix, Nik Software, onOne Software, Peachpit, Wacom Technology and Xerox Corporation. Throughout the course of this year’s expo, photographers of all skill levels will have the opportunity to put their shooting and lighting skills to the test at a special interactive booth located right on the show floor. Sponsored by F.J. Westcott, which specializes in professional photography and video lighting equipment, the booth will feature several live model and...
Feb 11
Native Instruments announces the next Traktor generation
Native Instruments (http://www.native-instruments.com) has announced the new Traktor generation that's based on new software features and a revised audio interface line. The new Traktor generation is based on a revised "high-visibility" graphical user interface for intuitive operation under all conditions, and now offers up to four Sample Decks as well as the Loop Recorder. While each Sample Deck can add up to four simultaneous samples or loops to the mix, the Loop Recorder allows DJs to capture audio from various sources on-the-fly and drop it back into the mix at any time. The new Traktor generation also sports "TruWave" technology. By displaying tracks and samples in all four decks with high-resolution multi-colored waveforms, it gives deep into the spectral properties of the music, visualizing both individual rhythmic elements as well as general sonic characteristics. The synchronization features in Traktor have been further expanded with a new "SoftSync" function that provides...
Feb 11
Softmatic Barcode Maker now a Mac App Store exclusive
Softmatic has released Barcode Maker 4.0 (http://www.softmatic.com) and is offering it as a Mac App Store exclusive. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and is found in the Graphics & Design category. The price for an individual license has been reduced from US$99 to $29.99. The barcode software creates all common linear and 2D barcode symbologies for use in DTP, Office and graphics applications. A three-step process lets you create standards compliant barcodes for package design, coupons, labels, book and magazine covers. Also featured is support for all GS1 code symbologies including Code 128 GS1. The generated bar codes can be exported in a variety of vector and raster formats (EPS, PNG, TIFF) for use in all common DTP, design, illustration, and graphics applications. To meet commercial requirements for barcodes, the software also features support for bar width reduction to compensate for ink spread and dot gain, light zone sentinels and bounding box markers. Typical...
Feb 11
iSync updated with support for new cell phones
Nova media has unveiled an update to its iSync plug-ins software, adding compatibility with new cell phones E5-00, E7-00 and E73 from Nokia. iSync plug-ins allow you to synchronize contacts as well as calendar entries between a Mac and a cell phone. The application extends the abilities of the built-in iSync application of Mac OS X, so that iSync is able to synchronize with more than 295 additional cell phones. iSync plug-ins sustain the amenities of iSync to, for example, synchronize selected address book groups or to only synchronize contacts that include telephone numbers. iSync plugins is available today for US$11.84 on nova media's web site (http://www.novamedia.de/isync). It requires Mac OS X 10.4.9 or higher. One license of iSync plugins allows to synchronize with up to three cell phones.
Feb 11
Video tutorial on iMovie '11 available
Noteboom Productions (http://www.noteboomproductions.com/) says Tutor for iMovie '11 1.0, their latest video tutorial, is now available at the Mac App Store. You can find it in the Photography category for US$4.99. In Tutor for iMovie '11, the user watches videos to learn how to use iMovie '11, part of iLife '11 for the Mac. The video tutorial consists of 37 video chapters on various subjects including and overview of the interface to importing your movies to using precision editing to assigning keywords to sharing with Facebook.
Feb 11
iWeb Themes Park offers new Valentine's templates
iWeb Themes Park (http://www.iwebthemespark.com) presents 10 new iWeb themes to be used with iWeb, the web site creation component of Apple's iLife suite. The new themes are Arrowed Heart, Love, Wedding, Action, Living Place, Medical, Painting, Dark Light, Planning and Targeting The iWeb Themes Box of 100 themes is priced at US$47.77. Ten iWeb Themes in a Combo Package can be purchased for $29.99. Each template is available for $11.99 or $12.99. Using the coupon code "iWebThemesTrio" 3 iWeb Themes of Your choice can be obtained with $12.99 discount. Four iWeb Themes are free for everyone.
Feb 11
Irukandji now on the Mac App Store
Charlie's Games has announced Irukandji 1.5, an update of its Irukandji game on the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher, costs US$0.99 and can be found in the games category. Irukandji is a score attack shoot-em-up game set in an abstract underwater trench. You fly your ship against the flow of hundreds of animated sea monsters. unlock a variety of different ships, each with its own unique weaponry and play style, which offers a different way to play the game. There are 10 achievements to attempt, and online high score tables for every ship. A demo of Irukandji can be downloaded from the Charlie's Games web site (http://www.charliesgames.com/wordpress/?page_id=11).
Feb 11
TechSmith enters the Mac App Store with Camtasia 1.2
Camtasia for Mac 1.2 is now available at the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.5.6 or higher, QuickTime 7.5.5 or later, and costs US$99. Camtasia for Mac is TechSmith’s (http://www.techsmith.com) screen recording and video editing software that allows users to make screencasts -- recordings of presentations done on computer screens. With Camtasia, users can record onscreen activity, keynote slides, camera video, microphone or system audio. Users can also record in front of a live audience or at their desk. For education and compliance purposes, Camtasia for Mac has captioning capabilities, among other features.
Feb 11
TrailRunner mini runs onto the Mac App Store
Berbie Software says TrailRunner mini 1.1.9 (http://trailrunnerx.com/trailrunnermini.php) is now available in the Mac App Store. It costs US$19.99, requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 and can be found in the Sports category. TrailRunner mini is a route planning app for runners, bikers and hikers. Based on the openStreetMap project, it lets you create, layout and modify routes using the route planner. Users can automatically download elevation data, view mile markers along a routes course, select and inspect parts of a route to learn about its profile and much more. You can import GPX or KML files from your iPhone, GPS device or a community portal. TrailRunner mini also lets you: view mile markers along a routes course; automatically download elevation data; select and inspect parts of a route to learn about its profile; name, rate, flag, comment and colorize collected routes; and export routes as GPX files to share and follow
Feb 11
Pixel Research Labs releases Ringer 1.2.2
Pixel Research Labs has released Ringer 1.2.2 (http://pixelresearchlabs.com/ringer), an update to their $0.99 iPhone ringtone creation tool for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. It's also now available at the Mac App Store. Ringer allows users to choose any non-protected file from their iTunes library or any media file on their system that can be opened by QuickTime and turn it into a unique ringtone. Version 1.2.2 adds the ability to save ringtones as .aac or .wav files in addition to the existing choices. Facebook integration has been added and several bugs have also been fixed. With Ringer's built-in waveform editor, precisely select the exact start and end points of a ringtone. Preview it exactly as it will sound on the iPhone. Press the create button, and Ringer will make the ringtone and automatically import it into iTunes where it will be ready to sync to the iPhone.
Feb 11
iXiu pasteboard app comes to the Mac App Store
Xinfinite has released iXiu 2.0 (http://www.xinfinite.nl/ixiu.html) in the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later, costs US$4.99 and can be found in the Productivity category. A visualized pasteboard application, iXiu is a tool to paste any thing at any time within any application on a translucent panel sticked below the menubar. In addition, iXiu can send your clipboard to another local iXiu user. With a right-click on the panel or one of its icons, it will show a contextual menu with several options. Or simply double-click on an icon to open your browser or another application associated with the data. When iXiu is started, it will create a new panel below the menubar on the right side of your screen. This panel will appear when the mousepointer is moving above its tab. On this panel you can drop or paste anything you want.
Feb 11
Maintain serves up Cocktail 4.8.1 (Snow Leopard Edition)
Maintain has released Cocktail 4.8.1 (Snow Leopard Edition), the latest maintenance update of Cocktail (http://www.maintain.se/c) for users running Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard"). It fixes compatibility issues with the latest versions of supported web browsers (Camino 2.x, Chrome 9.x, Firefox 4.x, Flock 3.5.x, OmniWeb 5.x, Opera 11.x, Safari 5.x) and improves the "Delete localization files" procedure. This release also fixes other minor bugs discovered in the previous version. Cocktail 4.8.1 (Snow Leopard Edition) requires Mac OS X/Mac OS X Server 10.6 or later and is tested for compatibility with Mac OS X/Mac OS X Server 10.6.5. Cocktail (Leopard Edition) for Mac OS X 10.5 and Cocktail (Tiger Edition) for Mac OS X 10.4 are available for download from the Maintain web site. Cocktail is a general purpose utility for Mac OS X that offers a variety of practical features designed to simplify the use of advanced UNIX function. A single user license costs US$14.95.
Feb 10
Apple working on smaller, cheaper iPhones?
I'd take this one with a grain of salt, but "Bloomberg Businessweek" (http://macte.ch/mo0eX) says Apple Inc. is working on new versions of the iPhone that are aimed at slowing the advance of competing handsets based on Google's Android software, Quoting "people who have been briefed on the plans," the article says one of the iPhones would be cheaper and smaller than the most recent iPhone. Apple also is developing technology that makes it easier to use the iPhone on multiple wireless networks, "Bloomberg Businessweek" says.

 The article adds that Apple has considered selling the new iPhone for about $200, without obligating users to sign a two-year service contract. Android phones for a range of prices at AT&T Inc., Verizon Wireless and other carriers, and typically are sold with agreements that include a fee for broken contracts, notes "Bloomberg Businessweek."
Feb 10
Antec announces soundscience rockus speaker system
Antec (http://www.antec.com/Believe_it/) has released the US$249.99 soundscience rockus 3D/2.1 speaker system, which is "designed to create a personal theater experience, bringing the power and realism of 3D sound together with the clarity and accuracy of high-fidelity audio, making it an ideal solution for experiencing game and movie sound in 3D," says Scott Richards, senior vice president of Antec.

 Soundscience’s 3D audio technology, 3Dsst, is a suite of DSP (digital sound processing) algorithms that creates a virtual surround sound experience from 2.1 stereo speakers. 3Dsst actively analyzes incoming stereo audio signals and intelligently places them into a 3D sound field, resulting in immersive 3D sound for your movies and games from 2.1 speakers, according to Richards. The soundscience rockus also boasts a dedicated music mode optimized for organic stereo sound reproduction, letting users hear music with deep, visceral sub-bass; powerful, spacious mids and crisp highs, he adds...
Feb 10
iAds hitting a 'rough spot'?
Apple’s iAds are hitting a rough spot, Erik Schonfeld writes for "TechCrunch" (http://macte.ch/RRGTB). He says that, across the board, several developers he's spoken to confirm that “fill rates” for iAds dropped drastically after the New Year and have yet to recover. The fill rate -- what percentage of the ad inventory is actually filled with an ad -- for two separate developers plummeted from 18% to 6%, Schonfeld writes. And in a few instances for some newer apps, none of the ad slots were getting filled, compared to nearly complete fill rates from other mobile ad networks, he adds. Others report better fill rates but as one developer says, “They have definitely come down.” One reason for the dip could be just seasonal. The fill rates and advertising budgets across all ad networks in general take a hit after the holiday, Schonfeld notes. But there seems to be something else going on here as well, he thinks. “The general consensus among the advertising community is that it is a...
Feb 10
Germany researchers say they hacked a locked iPhone in six...
Researchers in Germany say they've been able to reveal passwords stored in a locked iPhone in just six minutes and they did it without cracking the phone's passcode, reports "PC World" (http://www.pcworld.com/article/219245/). The attack requires possession of the phone and targets keychain, Apple's password management system. Passwords for networks and corporate information systems can be revealed if an iPhone or iPad is lost or stolen, according to the researchers at the state-sponsored Fraunhofer Institute Secure Information Technology (Fraunhofer SIT). The attack is based on existing exploits that provide access to large parts of the iOS file system even if a device is locked, they add. Among passwords that could be revealed were those for Google Mail as an MS Exchange account, other MS Exchange accounts, LDAP accounts, voicemail, VPN passwords, WiFi passwords and some App passwords, according to "PC World." The situation is worrisome for companies that allow employees to use...
Feb 10
Former Apple exec to help HP with webOS
Richard Kerris, a former Apple exec, is joining HP as vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations to help with webOS. At Apple he helped lead projects like Final Cut Pro, Logic, and iLife. He also served as the senior senior director for Apple’s Worldwide Developer Relations group. Additionally, Kerris spent three years as chief technical officer of Lucasfilm. According to "MobileCrunch" (http://macte.ch/DvBNm), at HP, Kerris will help promote and develop webOS, HP's operating system (acquired from Palm) that's based on Linux. HP says it's going to ship WebOS not only in phones, tablets and printers, but in PC’s as well. In doing so, the world's largest PC supplier hints they'll be shipping PC’s without Windows. (Photo courtesy of 'MobileCrunch')
Feb 10
Apple on its way to becoming biggest firm in the world
Apple is on the way to becoming the most valuable firm in the world by 2012. Sales of its products, including the latest generation of iPads, iPods, iPhones and Mac laptops and computers, are expected to propel it even beyond the value of the current top company, Exxon, which is now worth approximately $358 billion, reports "The Telegraph" (http://macte.ch/DOPKS). Strong sales, particularly in the US, have led experts to predict a 32% rise in Apple's share price over the next year, which would take its value to $367 billion. Providing the shares of Exxon, an oil firm, do not rise beyond that, Apple's foretold success would make it the biggest in the world for the first time. As "The Telegraph" notes, a technology firm at the top of the corporate tree would be a change from the norm. The list of the world's most valuable firms is traditionally dominated by those in the mining, banking or retail sectors. Pete Najarian, of Trademonster.com, a stock market web site, told "The Telegraph"...
 
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