QNAP announces new Turbo NAS models
QNAP Systems (http://www.qnap.com) has announced three new Turbo NAS models: the TS-419P II (4-drive), TS-219P II (2-drive), and TS-119P II (single-drive), positioned to provide corporate workgroups, SOHO, and home users with network attached storage (NAS) solutions for data backup and file sharing.
The new models can be upgraded to the latest, free-to-download QNAP NAS firmware (version 3.5), with new features and enhancements, and are backed by a two-year warranty. The new models of the TS-x19P II series are equipped with a 2.0GHz Marvell processor, 512MB DDR3 memory and one or two Gigabit LAN ports.
The products can be integrated into an existing network of workgroups, provide centralized storage with antivirus protection, cross-platform data sharing for Mac, Windows, Linux, and UNIX users, as well as secure connections for users to access data on the server via FTP, a web-based file manager, or WebDAV.
With the MyCloudNAS service, the new models can also be converted into...
FlightCheck for Mac OS X soars to version 6.80
Markzware has announced FlightCheck 6.80, an update to their preflighting and packaging solution for Mac OS X. Among its features, the update will preflight and package Adobe InDesign CS5.5 files for printing, including Illustrator, Photoshop, PDF and QuarkXPress 9.
Version 6.80 is also compatible with the earlier versions of these desktop publishing file types. FlightCheck is the prepress solution for printing quality control.
The software upgrade for FlightCheck 6.80 is available immediately at the online FlightCheck Store (http://markzware.com/products/flightcheck/). Contact the company for pricing.
Andrei Doubrovski releases Elements+ 4.0 for Adobe Photoshop...
Andrei Doubrovski has released Elements+ 4.0 (http://elementsplus.net/), his new enhancement patch for Adobe Photoshop Elements 10. It's an add-on that unlocks the undocumented functions in Photoshop Elements+featured in the latest versions of Photoshop.
Elements+ 4.0 requires Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later and Photoshop Elements 10. It costs US$12.
SMTPit Pro update fixes bugs
Comm-Unity Networking Systems has released a new version of its SMTPit Pro plug-in to fix a few bug fixes and bring in updates from other CNS Plug-ins. SMTPit Pro is available immediately at http://www.smtpitpro.com/ for both Mac OS X and Windows.
SMTPit Pro is an email plug-in for FileMake Pro 7 and greater; it provides an array of email options. You can send simple text based messages, or you can send complex HTML messages. You can send a single message or an entire mail out. I
The Server Edition of SMTPit Pro allows you to install and use the plug-in with FileMaker Server and Server Advanced. With the Server Edition, you can do things like set up schedules to check an email database for new emails that need to be sent out or send email directly from an Instant Web Published database.
This version is a free upgrade for anyone with a 4.x.x license. If you still have an older 4.0.x license, you'll need a new license key for the 4.1.x versions.
A single user license for the client...
Lawsuit alleging that Apple violates privacy is dismissed
A class action suit alleging that Apple, app developers, and mobile advertising companies violated the privacy rights of iPhone users has been dismissed for lack of standing, reports the "Eric Goldman Technology & Marketing Law Blog" (http://macte.ch/UxTa6).
Apple argued that various end user agreements barred claims for the alleged injuries. Per "Eric Goldman," in the dismissal notice filed on Sept. 20, the U.S. District Court for the Northern...
Nielsen: Apple iOS has 28% of US smartphone market
According to an August survey by the Nielsen research group (http://www.nielsen.com), 43% of all smartphone owners have an Android device and 28% have an Apple iOS device.
However, if you ask only those who got a new smartphone in the past three months what kind of phone they chose, more than half (56%) will tell you they picked an Android device, according to Nielsen.. The preferences of these so-called “recent acquirers” are important as they are often a leading indicator of where the market is going, says the research group.
Apple iOS remains popular in second place with 28 percent of all smartphone users, and the same percentage among those who recently got a new device. But those figures could change quickly in the months to come, says Nielsen. Every time Apple launches a new iPhone or makes it available on a new wireless carrier, there is an increase in their sales.
Changes in share aside, the smartphone pie is getting bigger. While 43% of all mobile subscribers in the US had a...
QuickBooks 2012 available in various versions
The 2012 versions of QuickBooks financial software from Intuit (http://www.intuit.com) are now available. New features in the QuickBooks 2012 Pro, Premier and Mac editions include:
° Calendar View, Excel Integration Refresh and Contributed Reports: you can provide new insights through a calendar view of important business tasks, such as invoicing and bill paying deadlines, improved Excel integration that retains formatting changes to reports exported from QuickBooks to Excel with each data refresh and a library of more than 1,000 (and growing) user-contributed reports.
° Lead Center, Document Center and Inventory Center: you can organize important information and make it accessible in three new central repositories.
° Batch Timesheets, Batch Invoicing for Time and Expenses and One-click Transactions: you can reduce repetitive tasks with a few clicks.
° Batch Online Banking Transaction Entry and Progress Invoicing: this simplifies the process of importing and renaming transactions from...
Intego warns of Mac Flashback Trojan Horse
Intego (http://www.integro.com) says it has discovered a new Trojan horse, Flashback, which masquerades as a Flash Player installer.
This Trojan horse has been found in the wild, and has some disturbing actions, according to Intego. Users visiting certain malicious websites may see a link or an icon to download and install Flash Player. Since Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion") doesn't include Flash Player, some users may be fooled, says Intego.
"If the user proceeds with the installation procedure, the installer for this Trojan horse will deactivate some network security software, and, after installation, will delete the installation package itself," the security company adds. "The malware installs a dyld (dynamic loader) library and auto-launch code, allowing it to inject code into applications the user launches. This code, installed in a file at ~/Library/Preferences/Preferences.dylib, connects to a remote server, and sends information about the infected Mac to this server: this includes the...
iPad orders cut -- or maybe not
JP Morgan’s Gokul Hariharan, who covers contract manufacturer Hon Hai Precision, told clients in a note -- as reported by "Barron's" (http://macte.ch/zy7cb) -- that Apple appears to be cutting production of the iPad for the fourth quarter, citing multiple sources from the electronics supply chain. However, Susquehanna’s semiconductor analyst Chris Caso disagrees.
"Multiple supply chain vendors indicate a 25% cut for 4Q11 iPad sell-in orders (first cut ever that we have seen) in the past two weeks, which would mean that Hon Hai ‘s iPad shipments may be down 25% qoq [quarter-over-quarter] in 4Q11 (from sell-in of 17 million in 3Q11 to 13 million in 4Q11)," writes Hariharan.
However, Case counters: "We believe chatter regarding iPadproduction cuts are misleading-we have seen pull-ins, not cuts. We have noted recent comments by competitors discussing iPad production cuts for 4Q. Our recently published AAPL supply-chain checks noted a sequential decline in 4Q iPad builds...
Samsung says, Apple says -- and so it goes
The legal brouhaha between Apple and Samsung continues (not that you're surprised, are you?). Apple has infringed upon Samsung Electronics patents since entering the mobile phone market with the iPhone 3G, a lawyer for Samsung told a Dutch court as the company seeks a ban on some Apple products in the Netherlands, reports "Bloomberg" (http://macte.ch/7bk31).
“Apple just entered the market in 2008 without taking care of the licenses,” Bas Berghuis van Woortman, a lawyer for Simmons & Simmons LLP who represents Samsung, said in The Hague court. “Apple is consciously, structurally infringing the 3G patents.”
Samsung filed four lawsuits against Apple in the Netherlands and the first scheduled hearing is today. Samsung is claiming the iPhone and iPad that use 3G technology infringe Samsung patents and is seeking a ban on their sale in the Netherlands.
Meanwhile, Apple said in a Hague court hearing that Samsung is holding them "hostage" by asking for 2.4% on each 3G chip used in the...
Apple meets with Chinese environmental groups
Apple held talks with Chinese environmental groups earlier this month after the U.S. tech giant was criticized for using manufacturers accused of polluting the environment in China, according to the IDC News Service.
The Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs (IPE), a group based in Beijing, said it held the talks with Apple following a request made by the company, the article adds. IPE called the initiation of talks a positive sign as this was the first time Apple had responded to the environmental groups' concerns about the company's suppliers.
In the past, IPE and other groups have released reports accusing Apple of failing to monitor the work conditions and manufacturing processes used by its various suppliers in China. IPE said it held talks twice with Apple, the second time with the company's supply chain management. While Apple did not specifically address all of the concerns the environmental groups made, the company said it would continue to communicate and...
Clockwork Man 1 and 2 available on Steam
Indie game developer Total Eclipse says its Clockwork Man series, is now available on Steam.
The games feature hand-drawn backgrounds and art, scrolling and zoomable multi-layered scenes, puzzles, a progressive hint system and a blend of hidden object and adventure game play. They're Mac OS X compatible and cost US$9.99 for The Clockwork Man 1 (http://store.steampowered.com/app/111000/) and $13.49 for The Clockwork Man 2 (http://store.steampowered.com/app/111010/).
Here's how the series is described: "In The Clockwork Man you explore a fantastic vision of the past through the eyes of Miranda Calomy, a feisty engineer with a knack for creative problem-solving. Accompanied by her loyal robot friend, Sprocket, she embarks on a global adventure trying to help her grandfather. Will she manage to compile the parts to the world's greatest invention before it's too late?
"The Clockwork Man: The Hidden World brings twice as much fun, puzzles, adventure game play and a story that will...
Deliver2Mac now comes with desktop app
Virtual Programming has released their Deliver2Mac digital delivery app, free Mac OS X software that allows consumers to browse the titles available through the company's Deliver2Mac digital download service and make purchases without needing to load the web site.
Like Valve Software's Steam client, the Deliver2Mac app lets users manage their game library in one place: they can download and install games, launch them, install patches, uninstall games, and read user manuals. They don't even have to keep track of serial numbers anymore, says Virtual Programming CEO Mark Hinton.
The Deliver2Mac app's virtual storefront also offers a place for gamers to download free demos, view game trailers, and peruse titles by category. The new Deliver2Mac launches with three new games: the Hearts of Iron 3: For the Motherland expansion pack, the incredibly realistic World Challenge Golf 2011, and the Europa Universalis III: Chronicles collection.
The Deliver2Mac app is available now at the...
Dexter comes to the Macgamestore
Dexter: The Game for Mac OS X (10.5 and higher) is now available at the Macgamestore (http://www.macgamestore.com). It costs US$9.99.
Here's how the game, based on the Showtime series, "Dexter," is described: "Dexter Morgan is a serial killer. Driven by his need to kill, maintaining his average-guy facade has never been easy. He spends his days as a blood spatter analyst for the Miami police department, but it’s after hours when Dexter is able to fulfill the needs of his dark passenger, exacting his own brand of justice on those criminals who truly deserve to die.
"In the game, help Dexter choose his next victims while always protecting his identity. Analyze crime scenes, uncover evidence and use stealth tactics to stalk your prey. Is the case better served by the courts or the Dark Passenger? The outcome of every choice and action resolves around the Code of Harry: only kill the guilty, maintain the mask, and above all, don’t get caught!"
World Clock Deluxe for Mac OS X ticks to version 4.7.7
MaBaSoft (http://www.mabasoft.net) has updated its World Clock Deluxe time tool to version 4.7.7. The upgrade fixes some incompatibilities with Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion").
Also, the configuration of the show/hide palette keyboard shortcut has been revised so that Unicode keyboards and the F17, F18, F19 keys are now supported. In addition to that, shortcuts containing function keys, arrow keys, or keypad keys do not require modifiers anymore and keypad keys appear in square brackets [ ] in the Palette pane of World Clock Deluxe Preferences.
In version 4.7.7, the offset from UTC of Ust-Nera and Kuril Islands, Russia has been updated after somedistricts of the Sakha Republic moved from Magadan Summer Time (UTC+12) to Vladivostok Summer Time (UTC+11) on Aug. 31. Also, Daylight-saving time information for the Palestinian Territories, Samoa, Ukraine, and the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador has been updated.
With World Clock Deluxe you can display multiple clocks in a horizontal...
Email Marketing Lite revved to version 2.0
3y3.net has introduced Email Marketing Lite 2.0 for Mac OS X, an update of the tool for building email lists targeted to a specific market area. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher, costs US$1999 and is available at the Mac App Store in the Business category.
With Email Marketing Lite, you specify the keywords, and it will bring thousand of emails addresses parsed from the search results. All the lists are stored and can be retrieved for export at any time. You can export the email list to your system.
You can export emails in CSV format, which is adequate for import in databases and Outlook Contacts, or select the VCF format. The latter is the standard virtual card format for contact interchange and is good for GMail, Apple Agenda and other email systems.
Graphic Node introduces new version of Aperture Themes
Graphic Node (http://graphicnode.com/) has released updated version of Aperture Themes. Fourteen new styles were added to the 16 older designs.
The themes feature up to 10 distinct layouts, resulting in a total of 100 fabulous designs. Most of the newly added themes crop images to squares and present them in elegant and trim grids, according to Jolita Unguvaitiene, general manager of Graphic Node. However, the pack also includes eight themes that allow displaying photos in their original sizes.
Aperture Themes requires Aperture 1.5 or later and costs $19. Aperture is Apple's software for pro photographers.
Quark Publishing System steps up iPad publishing with new...
Quark has released Quark Publishing System 9.1, the new version of their dynamic publishing platform for automated publishing to print, Web, e-reader, mobile, and tablet devices.
The new version is compatible with QuarkXPress 9.1 and App Studio, allowing media and corporate publishers to publish to the iPad and other digital formats without hiring a separate team of developers. According to Quark, the update also: incorporates digital assets and workflows into their existing publishing system; automates publishing to the iPad and ePUB format; and lets all system users share, access, and collaborate on digital publishing projects.
With Quark Publishing System 9.1 users can also add digital publishing assets and workflows to existing content, which reduces or even eliminates the need for a separate team to work on digital output, according to Quark. For example, users can add video editors to existing workflows, set up separate workflows for digital publications and even digital...
Graphic Inspector ready for Lion
Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has updated Graphic Inspector, which checks entire folders of graphic files for potential problems, to version 1.7.14. The new version improves checkup accuracy of GIF files and images with unknown resolution.
Graphic Inspector lets graphic professionals et crucial info on multiple graphic files instead of checking them manually. Users automatically get information on multiple raster and vector files. Graphic Inspector will display the file kind, color mode, resolution, compression, color profile, spot colors, fonts, metadata and other attributes.
With its checkup presets, Graphic Inspector lets users create custom control settings and locate files with unwanted attributes. For example, users can make Graphic Inspector warn them about all files whose color mode is RGB, format -- JPEG, resolution is below 200 dpi, ICC profile doesn't contain "USWebCoated" etc.
Graphic Inspector costs US$39.95. A demo is available for download. The 1.7.14 update...
Manhattan Edit Workshop offers Final Cut Pro X training
Manhattan Edit Workshop (Mewshop), an authorized digital training destination, has released its online training series "Classroom in a Cup: Final Cut Pro X" (http://bit.ly/pBI9bh) featuring Mewshop founder and filmmaker, Josh Apter; and Apple Certified Trainer, Ari Feldman.
In the course, they teach the ins-and-outs of Final Cut Pro X with candid commentary about the radical changes and immense potential offered by the latest version of the Apple software for video pros. For online delivery of the tutorial, which consists of five plus hours of training divided into 22 chapters, Manhattan Edit Workshop has partnered with industry online training provider, Class on Demand.
Students can stream the new "Classroom in a Cup: Final Cut Pro X" tutorial from the Class on Demand learning platform for US$39.95 (http://bit.ly/pBI9bh). "Classroom in a Cup" Virtual Office Hours for answering any questions that may pop up are included with each subscription purchase.
Black Cat Systems releases DX Toolbox 3.6.4
Black Cat Systems has released DX Toolbox version 3.6.4, an update of the Mac OS X X radio propagation/conditions analysis and forecasting tool for amateur radio operators, shortwave listeners, and other radio enthusiasts.This version incorporates several big fixes .
DX Toolbox us designed to help amateur radio operators and shortwave listeners estimate radio propagation conditions. Several propagation forecasting charts are available to estimate signal levels and path conditions between any two points on the Earth.
DX Toolbox sells for US$24.99. A feature complete demo is available at the product web site (http://www.blackcatsystems.com/software/dxtoolbox.html).
FMPro Migrator for Mac OS X revved To Version 6.2.4
.com Solutions has released FmPro Migrator Developer Edition 6.2.4 ( http://www.fmpromigrator.com/products/fmpro_migrator/index.html). The addition of support for merge fields, static tooltips and layout symbols has been added to the PHP Conversion feature of FmPro Migrator Platinum Edition.
The Visual FoxPro Conversion Service built into in FmPro Migrator Developer Edition enables FileMaker Pro developers to automate the conversion of Windows-only FoxPro solutions into cross-platform compatible FileMaker Pro database files. Converted solutions can be run on MacOS X, Windows and iPhone/iPad mobile devices using FileMaker Go.
This feature converts DBF file tables, data, relationships, forms, reports/labels, scripts, and static ComboBox/ListBox value lists into FileMaker Pro database files.
FmPro Migrator Platinum Edition is priced at US$600 per developer and includes a copy of FmPro Migrator Platinum Edition for both Mac OS X and Windows platforms. Existing FmPro Migrator Developer...
Verizon sides with Samsung in Apple case
"FOSS Patents" (http://macte.ch/BWN4L) says Verizon, the largest U.S. wireless carrier, has implored the United States District Court for the Northern District of California to deny Apple's request for a US-wide preliminary injunction against four Samsung products (the Infuse 4G, Galaxy S 4G and Droid Charge smartphones, and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet computer), arguing that such a decision would run counter to the public interest as it "would hinder Verizon Wireless in developing and deploying its next generation high-speed LTE [fourth-generation] network, the job growth dependant on that network, and will undercut key public policy goals, including expansion of American's [sic] access to broadband networks and faster communication with emergency personnel."
Verizon recently proposed that President Barack Obama should exercise his presidential veto right against possible ITC import bans against Apple's as well as Android-based devices. Now the company has filed a motion for leave (a...
S3 Graphics sues Apple -- again
S3 Graphics, a company HTC is in the process of buying has sued Apple (again), this time accusing the company of violating two different patents, reports "FOSS Patents" (http://macte.ch/QYw5u).
S3 has asked infringing products -- the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Macs -- be barred from sale. A complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission was accompanied by a federal lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in the district of Delaware.
The beef between Apple and HTC/S3 started in March 2010 with Apple's first ITC complaint against HTC. In May 2010, HTC retaliated with an ITC complaint against Apple, and S3 Graphics filed its first ITC complaint against Apple.
In July 2011 the U.S. International Trade Commission ruled that Mac OS X violates patents held by S3 Graphics, while the platform for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad tablet doesn't. The operating system on the Mac infringes two S3 patents related to graphics chips, Judge James Gildea said.
S3 Graphics makes image compression...
Mac PDF Trojan Horse gallops onto the scene
Security specialist Intego (http://www.intego.com) says a new malware sample affecting Mac OS X has been discovered.
It's an application masquerading as a PDF file, which connects to a remote server to download a backdoor. This application displays text, like a PDF, to fool users who open it, and don’t notice what really happens, says Intego.
When a user opens the file, the executable goes into action, extracting a different executable, which then downloads a backdoor from a remote server. This first executable only works on Intel-based Macs, and the backdoor doesn't work on Macs using a case-sensitive file system (which is not the default). The backdoor takes screenshots and sends them to a command and control server, and can perform other actions.
"This PDF Trojan horse was not found in the wild, and is most likely simply a proof of concept," says Intego. "Its design is clunky, yet it can work, and does connect to an active server. VirusBarrier X6 users will find that the program’...
LVL Patent Group sues Apple, 26 other companies
Another day, another lawsuit. LVL Patent Group is suing Apple and 26 other companies for patent infringement involving wireless recordings of transactions.
The lawsuit accuses the 27 companies -- which include AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, RIM, Nokia, Samsung Motorola, HTC and HP -- of violating a total of four patents, notes "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com). While three of them were granted in 2000 and earlier, one invention entitled "Telephone/Transaction Entry Device and System for Entering Transaction Data Into Databases" was issued earlier this month, on Sept. 13, by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the article adds.
LVL Patent Group says Apple and other wireless handset manufacturers are violating the three patents "by making, using, selling, offering to sell, or importing mobile communication devices that include a data transaction assembly server." LVL has said that this alleged infringement has resulted in "monetary damages in an amount not yet...
Analyst: Apple is primary beneficiary of the '...
In a note to clients -- as reported by "Forbes" (http://macte.ch/HGAdn) -- Barclays Capital lifted his price target on Apple from US$515 to $555.
"On the back of our recent trip to Asia and checks within retail, our research continues to point to upside for iPhones, iPads, and Macs -- even as the economy softens," he says. "Yes, the economy is a major concern for all companies but macro events don’t seem to be impacting Apple’s ascension as the primary disruptive force in hardware. We continue to believe that Apple is the primary beneficiary of the 'consumerization of IT' trend, while also enjoying defensive characteristics in terms of cash flow, net cash and valuation."
Retizes says the supply chain is readying to ship up to 40 million iPads in the current calendar year, with production ramping for screens for an iPad 3 by March 2012. As for the iPhone, he says the supply chain could ship as many as 30 million units in the December quarter.
China store openings behind the pace Apple predicted in 2010
Apple is opening stores in the China region at one-fourth the pace it predicted 19 months ago, "giving rival makers of smartphones and tablet computers time to gain users in the world’s biggest mobile-phone market," says "Bloomberg Businessweek" (http://macte.ch/CaLEO).
Apple opened its third store in Shanghai Friday and will open its first one in Hong Kong Saturday bringing the total to six in the region. That compares with the 25 stores slated to open by February 2012 that Ron Johnson, then Apple’s head of retail, said last year.
Delays in store openings may give makers of smartphones and tablets equipped with Google’s Android software room to gain market share, Shaun Rein, managing director of China Market Research Group, told "Bloomberg Businessweek."
Millennial Media: iOS ad impressions remain flat in August
In its monthly report, mobile ad network Millennial Media (http://www.millennialmedia.com/) says iOS ad impressions remained relatively flat for August. The report looks at how each OS, device and manufacturer is performing the independent ad network.
In August, Millennial combined connected devices and smartphones when breaking out the OS impression share. That’s significant because iOS and Android share can include tablets into factoring presence on the network, notes "TechCrunch" (http://macte.ch/RPTqy).
In August, Android was in the top spot with a 54% share, while iOS was in second with a 28% share. Rim followed with 13% share.
In terms of growth, Android impressions (including both phones and tablets) grew 48% month-over-month globally. iOS impressions were relatively flat month-over-month. Windows Phone 7 impressions increased 48% month-over-month.
Searches for BlackBerry Playbook less than half of those of iPad
Site statistics from CouponCoes (http://www.couponcodes4u.com/), a discount website, have revealed the difference in popularity between Apple’s iPad and the BlackBerry Playbook, as searches for the Playbook totaled less than half those for the iPad during the month after its release.
The site statistics were collated as part of research into the competitive world of technology. On-site searches during the month after the release of each tablet computer were compared in order to find out the difference in popularity between Apple’s device and the latest offering from RIM.
Searches for the iPad totaled more in the first day than the Playbook did in the first two weeks. Searches for other tablet computers, such as the Samsung Galaxy, were also higher than those for the Playbook within the same timeframe.
CouponCodes4u also commissioned a survey in order to try and find out why the Playbook wasn’t as popular as the iPad. The survey polled 1,987 site users from across the USA.
Harman introduces JBL On Tour iBT
Harman International has released the JBL On Tour iBT (http://www.JBL.com), a battery-powered, one-piece speaker unit that provides sound for music, movies, gaming devices and audio/video conference calls.
The US$199 JBL On Tour iBT uses Bluetooth wireless technology to deliver audio from an iPad, iPhone, and iPod, Android smartphones and numerous music players from major brands. Weighing just over one pound, it slips into a backpack or purse. The speaker ships with a tabletop stand to display an iPad in portrait or landscape mode.
The JBL On Tour iBT sports four Odyssey full-range neodymium transducers with computer-optimized DSP (digital signal processing) equalization for richly detailed, 360-degree sound, says Sachin Lawande, EVP and co-president of Harman's Lifestyle and Infotainment divisions. The device works with the common A2DP and AVRCP Bluetooth profiles, allowing Apple’s portable products, Android phones, music players and even desktop or laptop computers to pair with...
Musician's Little Helper comes to the Mac
Mark On The Iron has introduced Musician's Little Helper 1.0 for Mac OS X. It's a tool designed to "help inspire your next classic" and to "help spark those first few notes that can create a killer riff or beautiful melody."
To use Musician's Little Helper, you first pick the scale you want from a list of 68 available. Pressing the Random button will jumble up six individual notes relevant to the chosen scale. The notes are placed in spaces on the main screen, so you can see them and play them.
You can experiment with changing the order of the different notes, and even add more by dragging them from the keyboard into the free empty spaces, creating a longer series of notes to play back. You can even make a loop with them by adding the loop icon into a free space.
Additionally, Musician's Little Helper aids in actually learning scales, by highlighting on a keyboard which notes belong to each scale. You can adjust the playback tempo using the interface's slider
Musician's Little Helper...
MAXPower RAID mini-SAS 6Gb/s controller cards announced
Newer Technology (http://www.newertech.com) has announced its MAXPower RAID mini-SAS controller card line.
Available in a choice of two external ports or one internal/one external port configurations, the MAXPower RAID mini-SAS cards provide full data transfer of four drives through a single cable connection for up to twice the data transfer speed offered by the SATA 2.0 (3Gb/s) data bus. Available now, both versions of the MAXPower RAID mini-SAS controller card have a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$299.99.
The MAXPower RAID mini-SAS 6G-2e card features two external mini-SAS ports that enable connecting and RAIDing multi-drive mini-SAS external enclosures or up to eight eSATA external enclosures via mini-SAS to eSATA breakout cables. For Mac and PC users who want to connect and RAID both external enclosures as well as internal drives, the MAXPower RAID mini-SAS 6G-1e1i card features one external mini-SAS port and one internal mini-SAS port.
The MAXPower RAID mini-SAS...
SONiVOX unveils Wobble, the Dubstep Grime Generator
SONiVOX (http://www.sonivoxmi.com/) has offered a pre-release preview complete with MP3 and Video examples of the newest instrument from their NemesythAudio Research Group, Wobble -- the Dubstep Grime Generator.
Wobble offers up a whole new control paradigm designed to deliver time/pattern-sequencer control over modulation parameters, according to the folks at SONiVOX. Features include:
° A new Spectral Synthesis Engine that creates traditional or g new dubstep sounds;;
° A Tempo-synced modulation generator/sequencer;
° Over 200 dubstep presets that can be tweaked;
° Automation via hardware or software control
° SONiVOX’s Intelligent Rhythm Control (I.R.C);
° Onboard chorus, tempo sync delay, and reverb fx
Wobble is Mac and PC compatible and will work with most major DAW software as a VST, AU, and RTAS plug-in. It's slated for a release date of October 1 with an estimated street price of $99.99.
Falcon 4.0: Allied Force flies onto the Mac
Graphsim Entertainment (http://www.graphsim.com/) has introduced Falcon 4.0: Allied Force for Mac OS X, a new entry in the flight simulation franchise. New advancements implemented include a new Balkans Theatre of Operations with 18 upgraded or new campaigns.
Here's how the game is described: "Based on the best multi-role fighter ever built, the U.S. Air Force's F-16 Falcon, Falcon 4.0: Allied Force offers new features and upgrades that enable players to simulate an entire war via the most advanced and truly dynamic campaign engine ever made for personal computers.
"New advancements implemented in Falcon 4.0: Allied Force include a new Balkans Theatre of Operations with 18 upgraded or new campaigns; a new multiplayer engine with easy-to-setup user interface; new high-resolution terrain mesh and terrain textures, and vastly improved artificial intelligence for better ground strikes and air-to-air combat.:
Now available on the Mac App Store, Falcon 4.0: Allied Force has a price of US$...
OWC offers 6Gb/s solid state drives for MacBook Airs
Other World Computing (http://www.macsales.com) has announced what it says is the industry's first 6G SSD upgrade for the 2011 Apple MacBook Air models.
The new OWC Mercury Aura Pro Express 6G SSDs combine SandForce technologies and Tier 1/Grade A Toggle Synchronous NAND to deliver data rates that are more than 3x faster and capacities that are up to 4x greater than factory available SSD options, according to the folks at OWC. They're currently available in two sizes -- 120GB and 240GB -- at manufacturer's suggested retail prices of US$349.99 and $599.99, respectively.
newMacgadgets introduces iPad 2 Security Base
newMacgadgets (http://newmacgadgets.com/) has introduced iPad 2 Security Base, designed for retail and business environments where security is a concern.
The base is targeted to businesses and companies who use the iPad 2 as a tool to enhance customer service and productivity. Store fronts, offices, conference rooms, information kiosks, hotel business centers, and schools will all benefit from having the extra peace of mind and protection that the iPad 2 Security Base offers, says newMacgadgets founder Michael Schriner,
It's similar in design to the Apple store display while providing additional security features, including security brackets with Torx tamper-proof screws, mounting holes located within the base and 3M clear pressure sensitive adhesive for hard surfaces where screw holes aren't an option.
Unlike the Apple store, the newMacgadgets version allows removal of the iPad 2 with the included Torx t-10 bit. Prices range from $64.95 to $89.95 depending on the model.
WD revs My Passport hard drive line for the Mac
Western Digital (http://www.wdc.com/en/) has introduced its newest generation of My Passport portable hard drives specifically designed for use with Macs and Apple's Time Machine.
My Passport Studio boasts an all-metal design and comes in up to 1TB capacity. It provides multiple connectivity options with two FireWire 800 ports and a USB 2.0 interface. My Passport Studio also features encryption and password protection software. Pricing ranges from US$129.99 for a 500GB model to $179.99 for the 1TB version.
My Passport for Mac is designed for Mac users who need high capacity storage in an ultra-compact and lightweight design. Available in capacities up to 1TB, it's powered through its USB 2.0 interface. Pricing ranges from US$99.99 for a 500GB model to $129.99 for the 1TB version.
WD's My Passport Studio and My Passport for Mac are available on the WD store at http://www.wdstore.com and at select retailers and distributors.
Graphic Node expands iOS version of Designs for Pages
Graphic Node (http://graphicnode.com/) has advanced its assortment of iWork templates with the update of the iOS version of Designs for Pages.
The expanded pack for Apple's Pages for iOS now consists of 250 customizable templates. The collection helps iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch users create exciting and adaptable documents without being confined to a computer, says Jolita Unguvaitiene, general manager of Graphic Node.
Almost all the objects in Designs for Pages can be recolored, moved, or removed. Users can type or paste their own text, add and remove text boxes, change the font, or replace stock images with photos or pictures of their choice. Most of the 250 templates are available in both paper size A4, the standard size in most countries in the world, and U.S. Letter, the most common paper format in the United States and Canada.
The Designs for Pages set is available at the Apple App Store for US$2.99. It requires iOS 4.0 or later.
Default Folder update fixes issues with Lion, TextEdit, Preview
St. Clair Software has updated Default Folder (http://www.stclairsoft.com/DefaultFolderX/index.html), its utility for enhancing Open and Save dialogs in Mac OS X, to version 4.4.5. The upgrade addresses ompatibility issues with Mac OS 10.7 ("Lion") and restores support for TextEdit and Preview.
Default Folder X 4.4.5 is a free update for registered users of version 4.x. The upgrade is US$14.95 for users who bought their copies before June 1, 2007. Default Folder X costs $34.95 for a new license. Installers are available now in English and German and will be released shortly in Japanese, French, and Danish.
SweetP Productions bakes up Cookie 2.1.1 for Mac OS X
SweetP Productions has announced Cookie 1.6 (http://www.sweetpproductions.com), an update to their cookie and browser history management utility for Mac OS X (10.6.6 and higher). It's available at the Mac App Store for US$14.99.
Cookie is designed to help you to manage exactly who can access information about your online activities. It scans your computer for all types of cookies, from all the top browsers, and can be configured to remove all unwanted tracking-advertising cookies.
Data can be stored on your computer without you even knowing in a multitude of different formats: cookies, Flash cookies, databases and local storage. Cookie scans your computer for all types of cookies.
Version 2.1.1 makes the browser selection more intuitive and adds contextual menus to enable/disable and darkens the the menu icon. It also boasts some code optimization.
ExactScan update for Mac OS X adds support for Fujitsu scanners
ExactCode has updated its ExactScan (http://www.exactcode.de/site/products/exactscan/) scanning software for Mac OS X (10.4 and higher) to version 2.. The upgrade offers support for the Fujitsu fi- series of document scanners, such including the Fujitsu fi-5120C, fi-6130, fi-6140, fi-6240 and ScanSnap S1500.
ExactScan includes built-in drivers for over 300 document scanners, including devices from Avision, Kodak, Oki, Visioneer and Xerox. Together with the Spotlight indexing services built into Mac OS X since 10.5 ("Leopard") this features form a document management solution suitable for small-office and home-office (SOHO) environments, according to the folks at ExactCode. ExactScan comes with support for many languages (English, Dutch, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, Simplified-Chinese, Traditional-Chinese) and works with Mac OS X 10.5 and higher.
ExactScan 2 is available for approximately US$121 and ExactScan 2 Pro for $148 online, at the Mac App Store and several...
HP names new CEO
As expected, HP's board of directors has appointed Meg Whitman as president and chief executive officer. She replaces Léo Apotheker, who is stepping down from that position, as well as stepping down as president and director.
"We are fortunate to have someone of Meg Whitman’s caliber and experience step up to lead HP,” Ray Lane, executive chairman of the board of directors, said in a statement. “We are at a critical moment and we need renewed leadership to successfully implement our strategy and take advantage of the market opportunities ahead. Meg is a technology visionary with a proven track record of execution. She is a strong communicator who is customer focused with deep leadership capabilities. Furthermore, as a member of HP’s board of directors for the past eight months, Meg has a solid understanding of our products and markets."
HP's stock value has plummeted by 47% since Apotheker took the reins of the company last year. Plus, his decision to can the TouchPad and consider...
Alliance integrates Macs, iPhones and iPads in Enterprise IT
The Enterprise Desktop Alliance has changed its name to the Enterprise Device Alliance (EDA) and extending its scope to include Apple iOS devices in response to the widespread acceptance of smartphones and tablets by large organizations.
The EDA and its member companies conduct research, provide education, and deliver solutions to organizations that need to integrate, secure, and manage Macs, iPads, and iPhones within their established, Windows-based IT infrastructure. More information about the organization and the member solutions is available at http://www.enterprisedevicealliance.org .
"IT departments in large organizations are being pushed to accommodate user demands to integrate Macs, iPads and iPhones into their IT infrastructure," says T. Reid Lewis, president of the Enterprise Device Alliance. "The members of the Enterprise Device Alliance provide solutions that easily extend current IT infrastructure and management practices to secure, to deliver services to, and to manage...
Via says Apple infringes its microprocessor patents
Another day, another lawsuit. Taiwan's Via Technologies is using Apple for infringing three US patents for microprocessors used in mobile phones and tablets, reports "Bloomberg" (http://macte.ch/88jme).
Via wants a jury trial and an order stopping Apple from selling products containing the inventions in the U.S., according to a complaint filed Wednesday in a federal court in Wilmington, Delaware.
"The products at issue generally concern microprocessors included in a variety of electronic products such as certain smartphones, tablet computers, portable media players and other computing devices," Via said in the complaint.
Interestingly, Via Technologies has close ties to another large Tawain-based company, HTC, which recently purchased S3 Graphics for $300 million from the semiconductor manufacturer, notes "The Next Web" (http://macte.ch/UXqBJ). The purchase was believed to have been a strategic move by the smartphone maker, snapping up the company for its patent portfolio -- which it...
Analysts rosy on Apple's future
Two analysts told clients today that Apple's future is so rosy Tim Cook needs to wear shades. Well, not exactly, in those words, but close.
In a note to clients -- as reported by "All Things D" (http://macte.ch/osyxe) -- Wedbush analyst Scott Sutherland says Apple will have a huge fiscal first quarter -- and an even bigger second one.
"A key part of the Apple story remains new product launches," he says."While the iPhone 4 appears to be selling well due to existing market demand and new markets, we expect a bump up from the iPhone 5 this October, and a lower end iPhone geared towards emerging markets. With the introductions ahead of the holidays, we expect a monster FQ1 (Dec) from Apple. Furthermore, in 1H12, we expect the introduction of a 4G LTE iPhone with a materially improved user interface and the iPad 3."
Along with those devices, Sutherland sees updates to the Mac and iPod lines, some improvements to Apple TV and that long-rumored first foray into the connected TV space. Add...
iPhone has 89% retention rate
Eighty-nine percent of iPhone owners say they'll stick with Apple for their next smartphone, according to a new survey by USB Investment Research (http://www.ubs.com/1/e/about/research.html).
HTC had a 39% retention rate,Research in Motion a 33% retention rate, Samsung a 28% retention rate and Motorola a 25% retention rate.
USB says the Android platform did better when users were asked simply about software. Fifty-five percent said they would stick with Google's mobile platform. However, an additional 31% of Android users said they might switch to an iPhone next time around.
KDDI to sell the iPhone in Japan
KDDI Corp. will begin selling the iPhone 5 in the first quarter of 2012 in Japan, according to "The Nikkei" (http://macte.ch/POIzZ).
The deal will allow the Japanese telecom firm to offer the latest version of the popular smartphone, ending Softbank's exclusive deal with Apple in the country. "The Nikkei" says the iPhone 5 will be released worldwide in mid-October, and Softbank plans to sell the product as well. Of course, keep in mind that Apple hasn't officially announced an iPhone 5 yet.
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Apple lessening its dependence on Samsung
Apple is diversifying its suppliers and moving away from its dependance on Samsung, reports "DigiTimes" (http://macte.ch/F54J2).
Apple has increased its purchases of DRAM and NAND flash from Japan and Toshiba and Elpida Memory are being pinpointed as beneficiaries of the increased procurement, the article adds, quoting unnamed "industry sources." As you could guess, the ongoing patent lawsuits between Apple and Samsung have been key to encouraging Apple to diversify its supplier base, the article adds. So far Samsung has been the largest component supplier for Apple's products.
PBS to debut first episode of 'Prohibtion' on free iOS...
PBS says the first episode of "Prohibition," the film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, will premiere on the free PBS for iPad and PBS apps for the iPhone and iPod touch beginning Friday, Sept. 23. The apps are free at the Apple App Store.
Set in the era of bathtub gin, bootleggers and speakeasies, "Prohibition" tells the true story of the rise, rule and fall of the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It was called the "Noble Experiment," but it was, in fact, one of America’s most notorious civic failures.
The entire series will air nationally on PBS Sunday-Tuesday, Oct. 2-4. Each episode will also be streamed live on video.pbs.org, timed to the national broadcast. Episodes 2 and 3 of "Prohibition" will be available on PBS for iPad and PBS Apps for Phone and iPod touch the day after each television airdate and remain available through Friday, Oct. 7. All episodes will be available for purchase on DVD at shoppbs.org and on iTunes.