DiscLabel 6.3.1 adds support for Microboards disc printers
SmileOnMyMac (http://www.smileonmymac.com) has updated DiscLabel, its CD/DVD label design software, to version 6.3.1. The update adds support for Microboards' PF Pro, PF 3 and G3 disc printers.
DiscLabel costs US$35.95 for new users. The DiscLabel Family Pack, for up to five computers in one household, is $44.95 and an office pack is $99.95. DiscLabel 6.3.1 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later. A fully-functional demo version is available at the SmileOnMyMac web site.
DevonTechnologies updates products
DevonTechnologies says all editions of its information manager, DevonThink, and the note-taking application, DevonNote, are now available in version 2.0.9. DevonNote, EasyFind 4.7.1, and XMenu 1.9.2 are now also available on the Mac App Store, and DevonThinkTo Go 1.1 has been submitted to the iOS App Store for review.
Version 2.0.9 of all editions of DevonThinkand DevonNote brings, first of all, an updated conduit for DevonThinkTo Go, fixing a number of bugs. The older conduit e.g. transferred, accidentally, only the first 1KB of data of indexed text so that larger documents were not completely searchable, and could crash when sending very large files.
In addition DevonThinkPro Office 2.0.9 allows to properly archive mailboxes from any supported email client skipping messages archived earlier. This makes it possible to regularly "sync" a mailbox with the archive in DevonThink to keep the archive up-to-date.
DevonThinkPro and up can rebuild the global inbox database, too, and allow...
Apple says Blaze's Android/iPhone speed test comparison is...
Blaze Software, released a report Thursday in which it said the Android was 52% faster than the iPhone loading Web pages. The company purportedlly did 45,000 tests with the mobile operating systems to get their results.
“Their testing is flawed because they didn’t actually test the Safari web browser on the iPhone,” Apple spokesperson, Natalie Kerris, told "The Loop" (http://macte.ch/1zZR4). “Instead they only tested their own proprietary app which uses an embedded web viewer that doesn’t take advantage of Safari’s web performance optimizations. Despite this fundamental testing flaw, they still only found an average of a second difference in loading web pages.”
Private Contact 2.4 for Mac OS X adds simplified interface, more
Tension Software (http://pomola.com/products_privatecontact/privatecontact.html) has updated Private Contact, a native Cocoa software to manage an address book in an encrypted form in Mac OS X (10.4 and higher), to version 2.4. The upgrade boasts an improved main window layout, a simplified interface, improved category dialog, embedded PDF user guide and more.
With Private Contact informations inside documents, relative to various persons, can be read only by the Mac owner. In case of unauthorized access or theft of the Mac, the data inside Private Contact documents can’t be read without the proper master password.
Private Contact uses the powerful Blowfish algorithm to encrypt data. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.
Private Contact can be purchased for US$25. Version 2.4 is a free update to registered users of version 2.x.
Switzerland is the country with the most Mac market share
Pingdom (http://www.royal.pingdom.com) -- a site that covers Internet and online technology -- has examined operating system market share from across the globe using StatCounter web metrics data to find out where Macs are the most popular. And the winner is .... Switzerland with 17.61%.
Pingdom says the top 10 countries in terms of Mac market share: Switzerland, Luxembourg (15.79%), the United States (15.36%), Iceland (15.18%), Canada (14.03%), Australia (13.94%), New Zealand (12.84%), Norway (12.14%), Denmark (11.71%) and Singapore (10.69%). Just outside the top 10 you find countries like Sweden, Japan, the United Kingdom, France, Belgium and Finland.
When it comes to market share in different world regions, North America comes in at number one (14.09%), closely followed by Oceania/Australia (13.71%), then Europe (6.23%) as a distant third. The Mac has less than 2% market share in Asia, Africa and South America. Hey, just at those regions as potential areas for some serious Mac...
Real Software to donate 5% of sales to Japan relief efforts
Real Software will be donating 5% of the company’s total sales for the week of March 20-26 to the American Red Cross’ earthquake and tsunami relief fund for Japan. All of Real Software’s products including new licenses on its Desktop and Web Editions, renewals, upgrades and support plans will be applicable.
“Allocating a portion of sales for our neighbors in Japan after this devastating disaster is one small way we can help,” says Geoff Perlman, founder and CEO of Real Software.
Real Studio is a cross-platform software development tool suited to creating a wide range of applications, from utilities to enterprise-class applications. Real Studio Personal Edition for Mac, Windows or Linux is priced at US$99 and is geared for hobbyists and students. Real Studio Professional Edition, required for cross-platform (Mac OS X, Windows and Linux) compilation, is $299. Real Studio Web Edition is now available and priced at $599.
Real Studio Enterprise Edition, made for full-time developers...
Mac App Store now home to over 4,200 apps
In just ten weeks, the Mac App Store has seen its inventory of apps rise from around 1,000 to over 4,200, reports "InformationWeek" (http://macte.ch/GKjZc). It launched on Jan. 7.
The Mac App Store offers apps in Education, Games, Graphics & Design, Lifestyle, Productivity, Utilities and other categories. Users can browse new and noteworthy apps, find out what’s hot, see staff favorites, search categories and look up top charts for paid and free apps, as well as user ratings and reviews. The Mac App Store is available for Snow Leopard users through the Software Update as part of Mac OS X 10.6.6.
Mac developers set the price for their apps, keep 70% of the sales revenue, are not charged for free apps and don't have to pay hosting, marketing or credit card fees. To find out more about developing for the Mac App Store visit developer.apple.com/programs/mac .
iPhone tops J.D. Power rankings in customer satisfaction
Overall satisfaction with smartphones and traditional mobile phones is considerably higher among owners who use their devices for social media activity, compared with satisfaction among owners who do not access social media platforms on their phones, according to new studies by J.D. Power and Associates (http://www.JDPower.com). And the iPhone is tops in customer satisfaction.
For a fifth consecutive time, Apple ranks highest among manufacturers of smartphones in customer satisfaction with a score of 795 and performs particularly well in ease of operation, operating system, features and physical design. Motorola (763) and HTC (762) follow Apple in the smartphone rankings.
Sanyo ranks highest in overall wireless customer satisfaction with traditional handsets with a score of 715. Sanyo performs well in three factors: physical design, battery functionality and operation. LG (711) and Samsung (703) follow Sanyo in the traditional handset rankings.
In order of importance, the key factors...
Credit Suisse sets Apple price target of $500 a share
Credit Suisse on Thursday launched analyst coverage of Apple with an outperform rating and a price target of US$500 a share, reports "MarketWatch" (http://macte.ch/9XqCp).
"We conclude that Apple should be able to deliver outsized revenue/earnings growth of 50%/46% over the next two years, which is significantly ahead of consensus expectations, given a sustained competitive advantage in software, hardware and services/apps ecosystem," analyst Kulbinder Garcha said in a note to clients.
Some 2011 MacBook Pros not playing nice with iTunes Home Sharing
Some owners of Apple's 2011 MacBook Pros say they can't connect devices or maintain connections through iTunes Home Sharing.
A support thread (http://macte.ch/UGCse) in Apple's Discussion forums has received over 200 posts from owners of Apple's latest MacBook Pros reporting issues with iTunes Home Sharing. Several readers have also contacted "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) regarding the issue. According to forum user 'themacbear,' the new MacBook Pro was able to stream to a second-generation Apple TV at first, but then the Apple TV reported being unable to connect or would display the error message "There are no movies in this library."
Home Sharing in iTunes is designed to let you stream and transfer music, videos, and more with up to five other computers on your local network. Home Sharing is linked to a single iTune Store account.
Study: Android faster than the iPhone in loading web pages
The latest Android smartphone loaded Web pages 52% faster than iPhone 4 running iOS 4.3, according to thousands of independent field tests by Blaze Software -- as reported by "Computerworld" (http://macte.ch/OMA7d).
The web page load times were about a second apart for the two devices in a study that amassed 45,000 load tests in all. For Android 2.3 on the Google Nexus S smartphone using a version of Chrome, the median load time was 2.144 seconds, compared to 3.254 seconds for iPhone 4 on iOS 4.3 running a version of Safari, according to the study.
Blaze used Fortune 1,000 web sites for the tests, running the web page loading tests repeatedly over Wi-Fi and 3G wireless connections with nothing else running on the phones at the time, says "Computerworld." The Android phone was faster than the iPhone in loading 84% of the tested Web sites. "Android wasn't just faster overall, but rather provided a faster browsing experience four times out of five," the study said.
Steve Jobs emails Apple staff in Japan
Apple CEO Steve Jobs is reported to have sent a message to Apple staff regarding the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The contents of the email were posted to Chihouban.com (via Macotakara), and "MacRumors" (http://www.macrumors.com) also received a copy of it independently. The email was said to have been sent to all Apple employees and reads:
"To Our Team in Japan,
"We have all been following the unfolding disaster in Japan. Our hearts go out to you and your families, as well as all of your countrymen who have been touched by this tragedy.
"If you need time or resources to visit or care for your families, please see HR and we will help you. If you are aware of any supplies that are needed, please also tell HR and we will do what we can to arrange delivery.
"Again, our hearts go out to you during this unimaginable crisis.
"Please stay safe.
"Steve and the entire Executive Team"
In related news, the March 11 tsunami that has devastated Japan is expected to create...
Western Digital introduces 6TB storage system
Western Digital has introduced its My Book Studio Edition II dual-drive storage system with 6TB of storage. The new capacity provides users 33% more storage than the previous capacity, while maintaining the same footprint.
Combining its extended 6TB storage capacity and compatibility with Apple's Time Machine, the new My Book Studio Edition II drive becomes an instant storage solution for a variety of professions including art and design, photography, legal and medical, and a host of other small businesses, according to the folks at WD. The system offers a quad interface: eSATA, FireWire 800, FireWire 400 and USB 2.0.
The My Studio Edition II sports WD GreenPower Technology that consumes approximately one-third less power than standard dual-drive external storage systems and convection cooling architecture and power-saving mode and designed without a fan to run quietly. It's user serviceability, enabling you to open the enclosure and replace the drive inside.
My Book Studio Edition II...
'New York Times' launches digital subscriptions
"The New York Times" is launching digital subscriptions, which will affect some users of its award-winning website, NYTimes.com, and its applications for smartphones and tablets.
The subscription plan allows for free access to a set amount of content across digital platforms. When the monthly reading limit is reached, users who aren't already home delivery subscribers will be asked to become digital subscribers.
Digital subscriptions will be available in the United States and globally on March 28. "The Times" is launching digital subscriptions in the Canadian market beginning today in order to fine-tune the customer experience prior to the global launch.
For non-home delivery subscribers, the basic package -- NYTimes.com plus Smartphone App -- will start at $15 every four weeks. The NYTimes.com plus Smartphone App package is currently available for purchase by users in Canada. On March 28, the global launch, "The Times" will offer three digital subscription packages, all of which...
Divine Wind expansion pack blows onto the Mac
Virtual Programming (http://www.vpltd.com) has released Divine Wind for Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It's the fourth expansion pack for the strategy game Europa Unversalis III and costs US$14.95.
Here's how Divine Wind is described: "Players travel to medieval Japan and assume the role of one of four major daimyos vying for influence with the Emperor and control over the Shogunate. A new graphical style brings the action to life on a detailed map packed with many new provinces, including internal Chinese factions that must be managed to keep the Mandate of Heaven.
"Divine Wind also features dozens of new culture-specific building types, giving players greater control over province development, along with enhanced diplomacy functions offering more options for alliances and peace negotiations. In addition, trade development is more realistic and allows players to control strategic resources that grant bonuses. As players build their Japanese kingdom, they can unlock over 50 achievements."
AssistiveWare, LVI join forces on Mac OS X
AssistiveWare (http://www.assistiveware.com) has partnered with LVI Low Vision International to deliver enhanced access to Mac OS X for people with vision impairments.
The result of this collaboration is MagniLink iMax, a magnification and screen reader for Mac OS X, which serves as a companion to LVI's MagniLink Student portable video magnifier. The software provides magnification, image enhancement and pointer settings as well as screen reading with high-quality speech output.
With the inclusion of the Infovox iVox Text-To-Speech voices by Acapela Group, MagniLink iMax comes with automatic language identification in the screen reader mode and also includes ConvenienceWare GhostReader, an application for reading selected text and documents, which extends the built-in text-to-speech features of Mac OS X.
GhostReader contains shortcut keys for access to the text, and the user can listen to documents including file types such as Text, Word, HTML, PDF, ODT and RTF. What's more, you...
Power Utility for Mac OS X updated to version 1.0.1
Tension Software has updated Power Utility (http://macte.ch/n7oLK) for Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher to version 1.0.1. It's a maintenance update of the US$5.99 app that's only available at the Mac App Store.
Power Utility is an application that lets your Mac, when unattended, to restart, shut down, sleep or log out. It bases all functions on specific conditions or on time schedules you establish.
For example, you can start a download of a big file via Safari in the evening, and Power Utility will watch the download and will shutdown your Mac in the night when the download via Safari (or other browsers) is finished. Or you could have your Mac shutdown an Friday at 10 p.m.
If it's running in the background, Power Utility jumps in the Mac OS X dock to alert you of the upcoming action. After a fast setup, the window shows you the action to be performed, when and how much time remaining to the event, updated live.
Date Time Calc is date calculating utility for Mac OS X
Date Time Calc (http://www.pomola.com/products_datetimecalc/datetimecalc.html) is a new Mac OS X utility for calculating future and past dates using a given time interval from an assigned date. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6, costs US$2.99 and is only available at the Mac App Store.
This app is intended for users needing to calculate expected dates after a specific number of days as in a typical business use. An example of periods often used in business: 15, 30, 60, 90, 120 or 150 days.
The dates can be selected using standard calendar controls. The time interval is expressed in days or in a more precise way also using hours, minutes and seconds. A PDf user guide is embedded in the app.
Apple stock down after JMP Securities downgrade
Apple's stock is off by US$10, or 3%, thanks in part to this morning's downgrade from JMP. That's more than twice what the NASDAQ is off.
Apple was downgraded by JMP Securities this morning from "market outperform to market perform." The research group says, "a notable deceleration in its primary manufacturing partner Hon Hai." Hon Hai sales growth is decelerating, suggesting Apple's business could follow.
(Hon Hai is the parent of Foxconn, Apple's notorious manufacturer.)
What's more, JMP thinks iPhone sales could just be in line with expectations this year. It also sees iPad sales eating into Mac sales (though I've seen no evidence that this is happening.).
In fact, as noted by "Business Insider" (http://macte.ch/zkC2E), most analysts on Wall Street think Apple is buy. Also, the theory that slow growth at manufacturer Foxconn could be a bad sign for Apple has been called out by Oppenheimer & Company analyst Yair Reiner, which instead asserts that the connection between the two...
Mariner Introduces StoryMill 4 writing software
Mariner Software has released StoryMill 4 for Mac OS X, an update of the software for writing a story or novel. Mariner President Michael Wray says there are several new features in StoryMill 4 that every writer will appreciate, including:
° Snapshots -- the writer can capture a snapshot of any scene or chapter in order to make changes and refer back to that snapshot at any time, comparing new and old versions;
° Novel View -- a story can be viewed and printed in its entirety;
° Redesigned Timeline View -- supporting timelines ranging from minutes to centuries, the new timeline view also offers navigation tools for developing the flow of your story.
StoryMill 4 also now offers a trash feature just like the Mac OS X Finder. The software requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher.
StoryMill costs US$49.95 and is available for trial as a download only from the Mariner Software website (http://www.marinersoftware.com). Current registered StoryMill users can purchase the upgrade version for $24.95.
Zediva introduces Mac compatible online movie rental service
Zediva (http://www.zediva.com/splash/) is providing a new way for people to watch the latest popular movies online. And it's Mac compatible.
For about the price of a cup of coffee, Zediva users have the ability to instantly watch movies as soon as they become available on DVD. Now movie aficionados can watch many movies as much as 90-180 days (or more) before they could with some other movie rental services, and at prices as much as 60-80% lower than many satellite and cable providers, Venky Srinivasan, founder and CEO of Zediva.
As a special promotion, Zediva is offering all new users two free movies just for signing up before March 31(one offer per household, restrictions apply). Using technology two years in the making, Zediva enables customers to remotely rent a DVD and a DVD player located at Zediva's Silicon Valley data center.
The rental DVD can be watched instantly on a wide range of Internet-connected devices, including TVs, laptops and smart phones with high-speed...
FileMaker updates entire Bento product line
FileMaker Inc. (http://www.filemaker.com), a wholly owned subsidiary of Apple, has shipped Bento 4 for Mac, now available on the Mac App Store, and Bento 1.1 for iPhone, and Bento 1.1 for iPad.
New features include the ability to print labels, export libraries with data, automatically add geographical locations to records and lock down forms, says Ryan Rosenberg, vice president of marketing and services for FileMaker, Inc. For the first time with version 4, you can export Bento libraries populated with data and share these with other users.
Sending a complete library to another Bento user is as easy as emailing a file. You can also share your ideas with the world by sending your custom Bento templates directly to the Bento Template Exchange from within Bento 4. The Bento Template Exchange features over 800 free downloadable templates.
Rosenberg says Bento 4 is faster and easier to use. With faster launch times, the new version allows you to lock forms to prevent unwanted changes to...
FrameLoader released on the Mac App Store
Nova media has released FrameLoader for Mac OS X 10.6.6 (or higher) in the Mac App Store. The US$11.99 app synchronizes photos, music and movie files on a Mac with digital picture frames, SD cards and USB memory sticks.
FrameLoader will convert pictures, music and videos automatically into a format that can be displayed by the selected digital picture frame. To display media files on a TV or other devices, the app can synchronize media files with an SD card and USB memory stick.
To select the media contents, FrameLoader displays a list of iPhoto albums and iTunes playlists. They can be checked or unchecked to be synced. Custom media files can be dragged and dropped into FrameLoader and selected accordingly.
A click of the sync button starts the synchronization process and an activity monitor displays the details of the process. A demo version of FrameLoader is available at nova media's website (http://www.novamedia.de).
Analyst raises Apple target to $450
In a note to clients, as reported by "Barron's" (http://macte.ch/Rch6o), BTIG Research analyst Walter Piecyk has raised his price target on Apple shares from US$375 to $450 from $375, saying the iPad will probably generate US$24 billion in revenue this calendar year.
That's $4 billion more than he’d originally expected. Piecyk writes that the introduction of the iPhone 4 at Verizon in February had “tempered” his expectations, as "the CDMA iPhone 4 initially generated a disappointing response which not only surprised us but apparently also surprised Apple."
However, the iPad 2 "appears to be putting our doubts to rest." The analyst predicts that 40 million iPads will be sold this year, up from 33 million in his previous estimate.
Vidyo platform enables HD multi-party video conferencing on an...
Vidyo (http://www.vidyo.com) says its Vidyo platform now supports Apple’s iPad 2, Motorola’s XOOM tablet and the Atrix 4G smart phone utilizing the VidyoTechnology Software Development Kit (SDK) that's available to partners to create applications.
Vidyo’s communication and collaboration platform provides a 720p High- Definition (HD) multipoint video conferencing solution on the Apple tablet. Using Vidyo’s platform, customers can join video conferences from anywhere using the device of their choice: smart phones, tablets, desktops, room systems or telepresence endpoints -- on client applications built by Vidyo or partners with the Vidyo SDK.
“The faster CPU of the Apple iPad 2 and its front and rear-facing cameras, make it an exciting platform that begs for HD multipoint video communication and collaboration,” says Ofer Shapiro, Vidyo’s CEO and co-founder. “Vidyo was able to use its SDK to enable the Apple iPad 2 to participate in high-definition 720p multipoint video conferencing...
Tablet sales booming alongside 3G, 4G network subscriber growth
Parks Associates (http://www.parkassociates.com) says 3G subscribers will double over next five years, with global 3G+ tablet sales to exceed 68 million by 2015.
The research group forecasts more than 68 million of the 126 million tablets sold worldwide in 2015 will have 3G or greater technology. The research firm's latest report shows 29% of the 16.5 million tablets sold in 2010 featured embedded 3G technology, while tablets with 3G/4G technology will account for over one-half of all tablets sold in 2015.
"We are seeing strong consumer engagement in data-intensive services and activities, such as social networking, uploading photos to the Internet, and watching online video, on mobile phones," says Jennifer Kent, a Parks Associates' mobile research analyst. "By offering the same mobile Internet capabilities as a smartphone, but with better visual and computing experiences, tablets will also benefit from these consumer behaviors."
Consumer demand for mobile data will increase further...
Harman releases new gaming headset
Harman has launched the US$79.95 AKG GHS-1 portable gaming headset (http://macte.ch/ZwhnX). It's designed specifically for the gamer and features "innovative audio engineering built into a distinctive, long-lasting and intuitive design for the ideal gaming experience," says David Slump, president, Harman Consumer Division.
Lightweight and designed for long-wearing comfort, the headset features a boom microphone that filters out background noise. Passive noise reduction effectively seals out most ambient sounds, according to Slump. The headset also features a cardioid (directional) boom microphone that filters out background noises.
The in-line microphone is designed so that the volume can be adjusted right on the cable, which reduces the need for players to interact with the game console or other source throughout the game. The AKG GHS-1 portable headset is available in three color combinations: black and orange; white and green; and camouflage and blue.
Deliver Express updated to version 2.1.1
Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has updated Deliver Express, an automated solution to send and share files across the Internet and local networks, to version 2.1.1. The new version improves the reliability of file transfer to certain FTP sites, and addresses some issues related to email communication on international systems.
Deliver Express processes files automatically from watched hot folders and offers variable e-mail notifications, delivery to multiple destinations, encryption and more. It supports FTP, Amazon S3, MobileMe and other major services. Deliver Express can run unattended and is suitable as a company-wide server solution as well as for single users.
As a company-wide server solution, Deliver Express can be installed on a dedicated station and run unattended. Users only need to copy files to network based hot folders, and the files will be sent automatically with customizable email confirmation issued upon delivery. Recipients can download the file using a...
LightWorks Author provides rendering enhancements in TurboCAD...
Lightworks (http://www.lightworkdesign.com) says the latest release of TurboCAD Pro software features "significant enhancements" based on the Lightworks Author product.
Lightworks Author -- the company’s integrated rendering source -- provides customers with a product suite to enable the creation of a range of rendering solutions for all types of market and application. TurboCAD Pro 18 is the latest release of software from IMSI/Design. IMSI/Design (http://www.imdidesign.com) has long integrated Lightworks technology as the rendering engine within its TurboCAD software.
This new release incorporates Lightworks enhancements offering TurboCAD users greater rendering performance within their application. Lightworks Multi-threading support takes advantage of multi-core processors to speed up renderings, and updates to the integrated Lightworks Author rendering engine include progressive, ray-traced rendering which improves the user’s workflow while also enabling a faster generation of...
D-Link shipping new Wi-Fi adapters
D-Link has announced the availability of the latest additions to its DWA USB adapter product line, the Wireless N 150 Pico Adapter (DWA-121) and the Wireless N Nano USB Adapter (DWA-131).
Equipped with Wireless N technology, both the Pico and Nano connect a laptop or desktop computer to a Wi-Fi network at up to six times the speed and three times the coverage of a wireless G connection, enabling users to transfer files, download media and browse the Internet faster and more efficiently, says Daniel Kelley, associate vice president of consumer marketing, D-Link North America. With small, compact form-factors, both adapters easily fit into a computer’s USB port, making them ideal for use when traveling or in a crowded workspace, he adds.
The DWA-121 connects to a desktop or notebook, creating an instant 802.11n wireless network. The included Quick Setup Wizard guides users through the setup, while the Wireless Manager tracks recently accessed networks. Featuring Wi-Fi Protected Setup (...
Verizon now accounts for 12% of iPhone web usage
Verizon is up to more than 12% of all iPhone web usage, based on data from the Chitika ad network (http://www.chitika.com).
"The data is based on a 24-hour rolling period, so it’s a good snapshot of what iPhones are in use right now," says Chitika. "For Verizon to pick up that big of a share of iPhone users in about a month is impressive, and doesn’t bode particularly well for AT&T."
One day after the Verizon iPhone launched to the general public, it accounted for 3% of the U.S. iPhone base. Data is based on iPhones across the Chitika advertising network. Only traffic on cellular connections is recorded. Percentages are a 24-hour rolling average, updated hourly.
Apple delays iPad 2 launch in Japan; company aids in relief...
Apple will delay the launch of the iPad 2 in Japan, in the wake of last week's earthquake and tsunami, reports "Reuters" (http://macte.ch/t6itQ). The company had planned to start selling the device in Japan on March 25.
The company didn't provide a rescheduled launch date. "We are delaying the launch of the iPad 2 in Japan while the country and our teams focus on recovering from the recent disaster," said Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris.
"Computerworld" (http://macte.ch/T5KIL) reports that "it's a a credit to Apple, Google and others that when disaster struck they immediately moved to do what they could." Google launched a people-finding service via its Crisis Response pages, while Apple launched an American Red Cross appeal via iTunes.
Apple also made its own relief effort for its staff in Japan (http://macte.ch/2eScK). It supplied food, water and blankets for its retail and corporate staff, allowed them to stay overnight in its shops (with their families if they were in the area)...
ChatTime offers free calls to Japan
SmartRoam (http://smartroam.net), developers of theiPhone app ChatTime is giving new and existing customers, from 48 countries, free calls to Japan until the end of March.
The company says it wants to make it easy and painless for ChatTime users around the world to reach out to their friends and family in Japan. ChatTime provides a low-cost international calling service.
The free call announcement means that all ChatTime users can call mobile phones and landline numbers in Japan through the end of March with no charges and no fees. ChatTime is also retroactively offering customers who have already made calls to Japan since March 11 a credit and waiving any costs associated with calling the country. Anyone that is not currently using ChatTime can download the app for free from the Apple App Store and also take advantage of free calling to Japan.
The countries eligible to call Japan for free are; the United States, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium Brazil, Bulgaria,...
Study: iPads to dominate tablet market through at least 2012
Sixty million tablets will be sold in 2011, and most of them will be iPads, according to a new study by the DisplaySearch research group (http://www.displaysearch.com).
Apple will likely continue to account for the majority of tablet touch screens in 2011 and 2012, yet other brands could catch up in 2012 and beyond, the study says. DisplaySearch forecasts total touch panels for tablets to reach 260 million units in 2016, up 333% from 2011.
“Tablet PCs are the fastest growing application for touch screens,” says Jennifer Colegrove, vice president of Emerging Display Technologies for DisplaySearch. “Most tablet PC products will leverage multi-touch projected capacitive technology, following Apple’s lead. At the same time, a small amount of tablet PCs are using resistive touch, since it is less expense and enables handwriting recognition. There are also some tablet PCs that use digitizers for handwriting recognition and drawing.”
The touch screen supply chain is evolving differently in...
Strategy Analytics: Apple takes lion's share of smartphone...
While Apple trailed Nokia in 2010 smartphone volume, Apple dominated the market in revenue, and took 29% share of the market value. The top three players -- Apple, Nokia and RIM -- generated 64% of the revenue in the smartphone market, according to a new study by Strategy Analytics (http://www.strategyanalytics.com).
Apple had just 16% of smartphone market volume in 2010, but, in terms of revenue Apple claimed 29% share, says the research group. Nokia followed with 20%, and RIM with 15% value share. Samsung ended up being the champion of Google Android smartphones in 2010, taking 9% of smartphone market revenue and surpassing HTC.
“While smartphones represented just over 22% of the handset market in terms of volume last year, they accounted for more than 50 percent of the market in terms of revenue,” says Tom Kang, drector of the Wireless Smartphone Strategies service. “This illustrates how important the smartphone market has become for capturing mobile handset value. Unlike feature...
Teach for America accepting iPad 1 donations
Apple says you can buy an iPad 2, donate your old iPad at an Apple Retail Store, and Teach For America (http://www.teachforamerica.org/) will give it to a teacher in a low-income community.
Teach for America is a non-profit organization dedicated to "eliminating educational inequity by enlisting our nation's most promising future leaders in the effort." Members commit to teach for two years in low-income communities, then go on as alumni to lead efforts to change the face of public education.
Software fix in the work for flickering issues on the Apple TV
According to "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com), a software fix is said to be in the works for users who have experienced screen flickering issues after updating to the latest firmware for the Apple TV set top box.
The article says an Apple support representative has confirmed that Apple is aware of the issues caused by the latest update to the Apple TV (version 4.2). Apple is reportedly working on a fix that will address the screen flickering problems for a small number of users. No timeframe was given for when the fix might be released.
Last week, "AppleInsider" first reported on the screen flickering problems caused by the 4.2 update for Apple TV. Users have experienced flickers and screen flashes with direct HDMI video connections, as well as with an HDMI to DVI video adapter. The problems did not exist before Apple released the Apple TV 4.2 update last Wednesday.
Ten's Complement bringing ZFS to Mac OS X
A company called Ten's Complement plans to bring ZFS to Mac OS X. The file system is now in beta testing.
In 2007, it was rumored that Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard") would support ZFS (Zettabyte File System). ZFS was originally developed by Sun. It protects all files with 64-bit checksums to detect and fix data corruption and, as a 128-bit file system, can handle many orders of magnitude more space than current versions of Mac OS X, Windows and Linux. According to Sun, ZFS meets the needs of a file system for everything from desktops to data centers.
And according to a 2007 patent (number 20070112891) filed by Apple engineers, you can convert millions of computers to a new file system via a handy file system converter that changes the file system without touching the files. The patent could have theoretically made HFS to ZFS conversions fast and painless.
A note at the Ten's Complement site (http://info.tenscomplement.com/) says: "We're not quite there yet — but we have some exciting...
iTunes has 4% of digital movie market
The NPD Research Group (http://www.npd.com) says Neflitx has 61% of the market share for digital movies between January 2011 and February 2011, with Comcast running a distant second at 8% There’s a three-way tie for third between DirectTV, Time Warner Cable and Apple with 4% each.
Based on information from NPD’s new VideoWatch Digital tracking service, digital video now makes up one quarter of all home video volume.
“Sales of DVDs and Blu-ray Discs still drive most home-video revenue, but VOD and other digital options are now beginning to make inroads with consumers,” says Russ Crupnick, entertainment industry analyst for NPD. “Overwhelmingly digital movie buyers do not believe physical discs are out of fashion, but their digital transactions were motivated by the immediate access and ease of acquisition provided by streaming and downloading digital video files.”
NPD also compared consumer-reported satisfaction with four modes of digital-video acquisition: electronic sell-through (...
Nuclear Nova Software releases Barnyard Blaster for Mac OS X
Nuclear Nova Software has introduced Barnyard Blaster (http://nuclearnova.com/barnyardblaster/), its sixth game for Mac OS X (10.5 and higher).
Here's how the game is described: "Barnyard Blaster is a unique shooter with one goal, prevent all animals from escaping. Use six unique weapons, from flame throwers to rocket launchers, to stop ten species of animals from crossing the environment. The game features rich 3D graphics in eight different environments, a great soundtrack, as well as online achievements and high scores. The replay value will keep you occupied for countless hours."
The Barnyard Blaster demo is feature limited and free to try. The full version of Barnyard Blaster costs US$14.95 (USD) and may be purchased through Nuclear Nova Software's website. The paid version includes all levels, no shareware delay, and free updates.
iPhone and iPad app source code available for purchase at...
Independent developer Chris Mayer has announced the latest line-up of projects on CodeStore. CodeStore (http://www.codestore.co.uk/index.html) offers Xcode template projects to authors, artists, photographers, or anyone looking to create an app for the iPhone or iPad.
The projects have a range of uses, and can be freely modified. No knowledge of the Objective-C programming language is required to create an app using the templates, as the code is already complete. All that is required is the replacement of the example content (JPEG images, MP3 audio, HTML text. etc).
These templates require Mac OS X 10.6 or higher, Xcode 3.2.5 and iOS SDK 4.2 or above. The CodeStore projects range from US$29 to $39. All projects can be purchased as a bundle for $59.
Apple honors Ohio middle school teacher
An Ohio middle school teacher has won an international award from the Apple Corp. Kelly Croy, who teaches seventh-grade English at Oak Harbor Middle School, was named an Apple Distinguished Educator and will travel to Arizona in July for training, reports "The News-Messenger" (http://macte.ch/42pZC).
Croy is one of 1,700 educational professionals worldwide, and 300 in the country, who have received the honor since the program was started in 1994. He is one of 76 educators chosen this year.
Croy has been in education for 20 years, and has used technology in the classroom in a variety of ways, says "The News-Messenger." "We have a program called Project Based Learning where the students collaborate together and solve real-world problems," Croy said.
AVS Gear unveils Zippy BT-500 Compact Bluetooth Wireless...
AVS Gear (http://www.avsgear.com) has debuted the newest addition to the company’s line of Bluetooth keyboards, the Zippy T-500. Featuring Apple iPad 2 and iPhone support, this compact wireless keyboard is available now at Amazon.com and Newegg.com with an manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$49.99.
The Zippy BT-500 connects to six different Bluetooth devices simultaneously and boasts one-touch fast switch technology between all six Bluetooth devices quickly. In addition, this compact wireless keyboard has a transmission range up to 10 meters and is compatible with smartphone devices, PDAs and tablet computers that are equipped with Bluetooth technology.
Equipped with an ultra-flat scissor structure keys, the Zippy BT-500 is encased in a thin compact design. It's designed for use in a variety of environments, such as living rooms, classrooms and conference rooms, and can also be carried while on the go.
Sorenson 360 online video platform gets new features
Sorenson Media (http://www.sorensonmedia.com) has announced a series of new features within the Sorenson 360 online video platform (OVP), which provide customers with increased flexibility and customizability to improve delivery of dynamic video content across the Web, says Eric Quanstrom, chief operating officer of Sorenson Media. He says the key new features include:
° Full video player compatibility: Users can now choose from all major video players, such as Flash, Quicktime, HTML5 and Silverlight, to publish video in the most popular formats, including Flash (Spark and VP6), MPEG-4 (H.264), WebM and Windows Media (VC1).
° WebM support: Like all Sorenson Media products and services, Sorenson 360 supports WebM encoding and playback for users interested in creating Web environments using HTML5.
° Facebook Integration: With an integrated button on the video player, users are able to post their video along with comments directly to their Facebook accounts.
° Automated video sitemaps...
iPad 2 orders at Apple online store now backed up 4-5 weeks
Order an iPad 2 from the Apple Online Store and it may take 4-5 weeks to arrive.
Apple’s own retail stores are also facing shortages "with many customers walking out with a model they didn’t particularly want or nothing at all," says "9to5 Mac" (http://macte.ch/0obv0). Apple’s online store originally quoted a 3-5 day ship time but that jumped to 5-7 days to 2-3 weeks all within a few hours.
Adobe to integrate Medialets Ad Platform with Digital Publishing...
At Digital Innovators’ Summit, Adobe announced it expects to integrate the Medialets mobile advertising platform software developer kit (SDK) with Adobe Content Viewer software in the Enterprise Edition of Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, enabling publishers to "manage and deliver high value, targeted brand advertising inventory in digital publications on tablet devices."
By implementing Medialets’ full service ad serving platform, Adobe will deliver a complete advertising workflow to help publishers monetize digital publications. Iinitial ad asset creation is authored using Adobe’s industry standard Creative Suite 5 software, advertising inventory management and delivery via Medialets, with final publication delivery and optimization using Digital Publishing Suite.
Publishers will be able to insert a Medialets ad overlay as a placeholder for advertising creative directly within an Adobe InDesign layout using Digital Publishing Suite authoring tools. Publishers and ad agencies who...
Real Software announces Real Studio 2011 Release 1
Real Software (http://www.realsoftware.com) has announced the first 2011 release of its flagship product, Real Studio.
The new 2011 Release 1 -- affecting both the Web and Desktop Editions --contains 114 improvements and 35 new features, including simplified web application deployment capabilities, as well as new Microsoft SQL Server support.
With the 2011 Release 1, Real Software is helping developers to deploy web applications much faster and easier with a new CGI option that automatically outputs a Perl script and acts as a gateway between the web server and the application, says Geoff Perlman, founder and CEO of Real Software. The new product also includes a new, native Microsoft SQL Server plugin, providing easier deployment and better performance, he adds.
In Real Studio 2011 Release 1, the new CGI option outputs a Perl script that acts as a gateway between the web server and the web application. The Perl script goes in the cgi-bin folder allowing for easier hosting and...
Raidon rolls out new rackmount storage subsystem
Raidon (http://www.RAIDON.com.tw) has introduced the GearTANK GT7280-8S-U5 rackmount storage solution for SMB [small to medium sized businesses] and department of enterprises.
According to the folks at Raidon, the GT7280-8S-U5 features simple installation, high data transfer rate and large amount of data storage capacity. It can be used in various workgroups of enterprise with expansion capability and it is designed for engineering application, artistic design, audio and video editing and website servers that needed multiplex operation.
The Raidon GT7280 is a standard 1U rackmount JBOD storage enclosure; it expands the data storage capacity limit and with two individual embedded SAS interface to provide up to 300MB/s data transfer rate. The GT7280 is scalable up to 4TB from eight of 2.5-inch 500G HDD. Contact Raidon for pricing options.
Macbundler Charity Bundle benefits Japan earthquake relief
Macbundler's (http://www.macbundler.com) new charity bundle promotion has launched with six apps packed into an US$17 bundle that will benefit the Japan earthquake relief efforts.
The list of applications include: Snaprocket, Macomfort, Whatsize, Memoir, MediaRage and Transpod. The bundle promotion runs for two weeks and 20% will be donated to a charity of your choice. All licenses are delivered immediately after purchase. An affiliate program will also be in place for website owners to earn from advertising the bundle promotion.
WhatSize measures the size of your hard drive and allows you to sort, filter, and refine the results. Memoir is a complete notebook application for the Mac. MaComfort is a background process, usually starting automatically with Windows, that enhances the overall usability of Windows.
SnapRocket is a keyboard-based desktop navigator that doesn't rely on arbitrary window grids or lists. A collection of powerful tools for media enthusiasts with a Macintosh...
Seagate unveils new SSD and HDD solutions
Seagate Technology (http://www.seagate.com) has announced its latest enterprise solutions designed to deliver storage for the widest range of application environments.
These solutions include: two new members of the Pulsar Solid State Drive (SSD) family; two next-generation Savvio 15K and 10K hard disk drives (HDD) optimized for a balance of high performance and capacity; and the latest Constellation ES.2 3TB HDD (pictured) for pure capacity-optimized mass storage needs, says Kurt Richarz, Seagate EVP of Product Line Management.
He says the Pulsar.2 SSD is the first MLC-enabled, (up to 800GB) SSD from an enterprise HDD vendor. Unlike other MLC SSDs that have been designed for consumer applications and lack the robust data integrity and endurance feature set required for enterprise applications, the Pulsar.2 SSD has been designed from the ground up for the enterprise, Richarz says. It reportedlly has the intelligence to automatically detect and correct a multitude of data errors than...