Thursby releases PKard for Mac
Thursby Software Systems (http://www.thursby.com) has released PKard for Mac, software to meet the needs of US Department of Defense (DoD) Mac users for remote or home access to secure government websites using Common Access Cards (CAC) smart cards.
Smart cards are a defensive line for the DoD and Civilian Federal agencies against terrorist attacks, espionage and cyber threats mandated by Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12, or HSPD-12. PKard is short for “Public Key Card” and is pronounced “P card."
PKard supports Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.5. All US Government CAC smart cards are supported via Thursby’s own Tokend driver technology for access, including next generation cards such as the “Oberthur ID One 128 v5.5” and “Gemalto TOP DL GX4 144K.”
PKard is a simpler home/remote version of Thursby’s enterprise ADmitMac PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) line of software that secures directly connected Macs in bases and offices of the US Army and many branches of the US Federal...
GeBE-FLASH for iOS released
GeBE Elektronik und Feinwerktechnik GmbH have released the GeBE-Flash for iOS (http://www.oem-printer.com/gpt-4378-flash_ios). It's a mobile thermal printer designed for use with iPhones, iPods, or iPads.
The GeBE printer ships with an on-board Bluetooth interface that lets users print using an Apple device. Important data can purportedly be put on paper within seconds, even in situations where a standard WLAN infrastructure is missing, or where a line of sight for infrared transmission is blocked.
"The new printer can be used in a number of situations, a high-end boutique that wants to enhance their customer service by equipping sales associates with the ability to print receipts and eliminate lines, to the municipal parking clerk that wants to increase their accuracy rate by taking a high resolution picture with their Apple device and printing the violation with detail on the spot," says comments, Martin Ochsenfeld of GeBE Elektronik.
The printer features a black housing and an app...
Mac Photo Recovery adds support HD Video recovery
AppleXsoft, aprovider of data recovery software and services, has released version 3.5.2 of Mac Photo Recovery (http://www.applexsoft.com/mac-photo-recovery-for-digital-media.html), a Mac photo recovery solution for digital media devices.
The software recovers lost, formatted, or deleted images, photo documents, video, audio, music or other files form Memory Sticks, SD Cards, SmartMedia, iPod, CompactFlash, MMC, xD Cards, digital cameras or removable media, etc. The new version supports a number of HD Video file formats for recovery.
Mac Photo Recovery lets you recover lost or deleted HD video files in formats like AVCHD (.mts, .m2ts), HD AVI, H.264/AVC, HD MPEG4 TS, HD MPEG2 TS, HD WMV, HD Quick Time, HD WMV videos. You simply need to connect the external storage media to your Mac, and make sure that the memory card is accessed like a removable hard drive.
A demo version of the software is available as a download at the AppleXsoft website (http://www.applexsoft.com/mac-photo-...
New WebConnector plug-in integrates the web into Daylite
OSXpert Limited has announced WebConnector 1.0 (http://www.daylite.biz/plugins/webconnector/) for Daylite. It embeds a context-sensitive web browser into the Daylite contact manager, CRM and business productivity tool.
It's now possible to perform context-sensitive web researches within Daylite, monitor individual websites, blogs and social media profiles of contacts, like on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and check current communication details of contacts on the web to keep the Daylite database current.
There are two editions of WebConnector. WebConnector Basic is free to use and offers web-based search functions for finding information about Daylite contacts and organizations, e.g. in social networks. It includes Google Maps address localization and routing too. More Web services will be added in the future.
WebConnector Extended requires an US$24.90 (per computer and year) license and activates additional functions: adding URLs from the web view to Daylite's electronic addresses of...
Jumsoft adds templates to the Mac App Store
Jumsoft (http://www.jumsoft.com) says two more of its template applications are now available at the Mac App Store. With one or two clicks, users can open their preferred templates in Pages or Keynote, or save all templates in any location on their hard drive.
Jumsoft Templates for Pages is a collection of 100 templates for structuring and styling any text documents created with Apple's Pages. Themes for Keynote features 15 designs to create presentations. Both applications feature preview screens.
Jumsoft's Templates for Pages and Themes for Keynote are available for US$18.99 each from at the Mac App Store. Both applications work with iWork '08 or later.
Chronos announces SOHO Notes 9, SOHO Organizer 9
Chronos has released SOHO Notes 9 and SOHO Organizer 9, upgrades to these two productivity software products.
According to Robert McCullough, vice president of Development at Chronos, "SOHO Organizer 9 takes advantage of the cloud by letting users easily share contacts and calendars using open standards like CardDAV and CalDAV. SOHO Notes' new Widescreen View and Tag Explorer make managing lots of notes easier than ever."
SOHO Notes 9 offers the following new features: a widescreen view, bookmarklets, a tag explorer, geo-tagged note support, the ability to edit externally attached tasks, improved NoteLife syncing and more. SOHO Organizer 9 offers the following new features: CardDAV support for contact sharing, one-step MobileMe calendar setup, nested smart groups for contacts, calendar groups, week view scrolling options (by day/week), a duplicate checker, offline support for CardDAV & CalDAV, automatic postal code lookups, the ability to archive events & tasks and more.
Free Mahjong In Poculis 4.0 released for Mac OS X
In Poculis (http://www.in-poculis.com/) has released Mahjong In Poculis 4.0, an update to their free solitaire game for Mac OS X and Windows. The upgrade adds 180 new layouts and a new presentation.
Mahjong In Poculis is a memory game where players have to select identical tiles to make them disappear. The game features 300 layouts and six scenarios, including Christmas, Halloween, Asian and Easter.
Mahjong In Poculis 4.0 boasts Child, Standard and Expert modes. It purportedly takes 150 hours to finish the game in Expert mode
Mahjong In Poculis 4.0 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.
Verizon CEO says iPhone sales not disappointing
Verizon Wireless CEO Daniel S. Mead told "The Wall Street Journal" (http://macte.ch/9UJ7z) that the company sold more iPhone 4s during its initial launch than any other product in the carrier's history, countering reports of disappointing sales.
Compared to the usually large crowds that have greeted previous launches of the iPhone, the Verizon iPhone launch saw modest crowds at some high-profile locations in major cities. However, Mead says that's because most of the sales were online (about 60%).
At peak sales times the CEO said the iPhone brought 100 times more orders than usual to the Verizon Wireless website but didn't give specific numbers. Mead said it wouldn't release iPhone sales figures until the company's next earnings release.
Mac OS X Lion to lead to 'Retina displays' for Macs?
A high-DPI mode for resolution independence has purportedly been in development at Apple for a long time and may be coming at long last with Mac OS X Lion.
"CrunchGear" (http://macte.ch/Gy1gW) says this would "be a step towards resolution independence, a UI holy grail in which UI elements are the same size for users across all resolutions -- so whether you’re looking at an icon on an iPhone, MacBook Air, or Cinema Display, they’re all exactly the same size."
Resolution independence refers to an operating system's ability to scale objects on the screen, so that if you're running a super-high resolution display, your icons and text don't continuously shrink. A 512 x 512 pixel image might be two inches across on a 20-inch display running at 1680 x 1050. Resolution independence relies more on vector-based text and graphics than fixed-resolution bitmaps.
The developer build of Lion released this week came with fresh HiDPI mode references,
suggesting that Apple may expect 200ppi+ laptop...
'Consumer Reports' doesn't recommend Verizon...
The Verizon iPhone 4 has a problem that could cause the phone to drop calls, or be unable to place calls, in weak signal conditions, "Consumer Reports" says (http://macte.ch/HSWwl).
"Consumer Reports" engineers say they've found in lab tests that the problem is similar to the one we confirmed in July with the AT&T version of Apple's newest smart phone. It can occur when you hold either version of the phone in a specific but quite natural way in which a gap in the phone's external casing is covered.
However, the phone performs superbly in most other respects, and using the iPhone 4 with a case can alleviate the problem, says "Consumer Reports." Still, "CR" says: "We are not including the Verizon iPhone 4 in our list of recommended smart phones, despite its high ranking in our Ratings. Although Apple no longer offers a free case to buyers of the iPhone 4, as it did for a time after the problem was first discovered on the AT&T version, the company has said in the past that it...
Apple among top brands in charitable e-commerce
BiddingForGood, a charitable e-commerce platform connecting consumers and marketers to thousands of nonprofit auctions, has announced the top performing brands and categories on its platform. Apple is on the list.
Some of the other top brands on BiddingForGood include Starbucks, Marriott Family, and PF Changs. These brands have helped the company reach over $105 million in merchandise sales supporting non-profits and schools across the U.S.
“Charity malls are becoming increasingly popular in the specialty e-commerce space, but they typically give less than 15% back to causes, whereas BiddingForGood gives 91% of merchandise sales back to causes and offers a unique way for businesses to become involved in a socially responsible program," says CEO Jon Carson.
BiddingForGood is a charitable e-commerce company that connects fundraisers, shoppers and businesses. Online auctions powered by BiddingForGood have generated over $100 million for non-profit organizations and schools. Many of the...
Security experts reviewing Mac OS X Lion
"CNET" (http://macte.ch/d8CxN) is reporting that Apple is letting security experts review Mac OS X Lion. A developer preview of the next major version of the operating system was released yesterday.
"I wanted to let you know that I've requested that you be invited to the prerelease seed of Mac OS X Lion, and you should receive an invitation soon," said a letter sent by Apple to an unknown number of security researchers, according to "CNET." "As you have reported Mac OS X security issues in the past, I thought that you might be interested in taking a look at this. It contains several improvements in the area of security countermeasures."
Dino Dai Zovi and several other researchers tweeted about being invited to try out the prerelease version of the new Mac OS. "This looks to be a step in the direction of opening up a bit and inviting more dialogue with external researchers," Dai Zovi told "CNET." "I won't be able to comment on it until its release, but hooray for free access!"
Ronald Sugar 'most popular' Apple board member
According to the SEC Form 8-K filed on Thursday -- as reported by "Fortune" (http://macte.ch/DKoGo), Apple CEO Steve Jobs was re-elected to the company's board of directors with nearly 3.5 million fewer votes than Ronald D. Sugar.
Sugar is the the former CEO of Northrop Grumman (NOC) who was selected in November to fill one of the seats on Apple's board left vacant by the death of Jerry York last March and the forced departure of Google's (GOOG) Eric Schmidt in 2009.
Sugar served as Chairman and CEO at Northrop Grumman Corp. from 2003 until his retirement in 2010. Previous to Northrop, he held executive positions at Litton Industries and TRW, where he served as chief financial officer.
He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of both the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Royal Aeronautical Society. He is a director of Chevron Corporation, Amgen Inc. and Air Lease Corporation, and serves as a senior advisor to the private investment...
South Korea's SK Telecom to carry the iPhone 4
SK Telecom, South Korea's top mobile carrier, will release the iPhone 4 in the local market in March, ending the exclusive distribution by its rival wireless operator, KT Corp., reports "Asia One Digital" (http://macte.ch/5gtm2), quoting an unnamed "industry source."
"Negotiations between SK Telecom and Apple are in the final stage," says the source. "As the negotiations are going smoothly, it is virtually decided that SK Telecom will launch the iPhone."
SK Telecom declined to comment. KT Corp., the country's No. 2 mobile carrier, introduced the iPhone in the domestic market in November 2009.
iFixIt tears down the new MacBook Pro
iFixIt has torn down the new MacBook Pro, looking at the Thunderbolt port and more. This is what they found:
"Thunderbolt -- or the Thunderport, as we started calling it around iFixit -- is the latest evolutionary change from the folks at 1 Infinite Loop. We were super-excited to try out the port itself, but had to first peek at it from the inside.
The Thunderbolt port (we keep wanting to type "Thunderport" -- it just feels so natural) has its own controller IC. The IC is quite prominent on the logic board, being the fourth-largest chip after the CPU, GPU, and logic board controller. We'll have to wait until a company like Chipworks places an SEM on the puppy to see what's *really* inside, but we believe the chip's footprint is a testament to the potential of this port.
"The MacBook Pro earned a very respectable 7 out of 10 repairability score. This revision allows you to disconnect the battery without removing it from the laptop. It's a nice design choice since you *should* remove...
OWC announces memory upgrades for new MacBook Pros
Other World Computing (http://www.macsales.com) is offeringOWC 4GB and 8GB DDR3 1333MHz Memory Upgrades for the new MacBook Pro 13", 15", and 17" models announced by Apple on Thursday.
The OWC 8GB Memory Upgrade Kit offers owners of the newest MacBook Pro models savings of up 55% versus the factory installed 8GB option, as well as an option for 6GB of total memory not available from the factory. Upgrade options are:
° OWC 4GB DDR3 1333MHz Memory Module -- US$59.99 or as low as $46.99 after OWC offered factory memory trade-in rebate. This replaces an existing 2GB module for 6GB of total memory and isn't available as factory memory upgrade option.
° OWC 8GB DDR3 1333MHz Memory Kit (2 x 4GB matched memory modules) -- $114.99 or as low as $89.99 after OWC offered factory memory trade-in rebate. This replaces both existing 2GB modules for 8GB of total memory.
OWC Memory upgrades are available for immediate ordering at http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/memory/Apple_MacBook_MacBook_Pro/...
Adobe Digital Publishing Suite supports major subscription...
Adobe says the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite will support both Apple App Store subscriptions and Google One Pass for magazine and newspaper publishers. It's currently available as pre-release technology.
With 130 Adobe produced titles available for purchase and download today, the addition of subscription capabilities increases the business opportunity for publishers -- including more than 3,000 publishers and content authors currently participating in the pre-release program for Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, says David Wadhwani, senior vice president, Creative and Interactive Solutions, Adobe.
Adobe Digital Publishing Suite supports a variety of payment methods: free content; single issue purchases; and the ability for publishers to tie into their existing e-commerce and fulfillment mechanisms for print and digital bundling and other offers. In the latest pre-release of Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, there's new support for Apple App Store subscriptions when used with a...
Wondershare Video Converter comes to the Mac App Store
Wondershare Software says Wondershare Video Converter for Mac (http://www.wondershare.com/pro/mac-video-converter.html) is now available at the Mac App Store. It's licensed for personal use in non-business environments for US$38.99.
Wondershare Video Converter for Mac provides Mac users with a solution to convert videos into various video/audio formats for importing to sorts of mobile players, applications and websites, such as the latest iPhone 4, iPad, iPod, iTunes, iMovie, YouTube, etc. Users can convert not only SD videos, but also HD videos with editing and real-time preview functions.
Wondershare Video Converter also extracts and converts audio track from your video files to WAV, MKA, OGG, 3GP, Mp3, M4A, and more. You can import video to applications like QuickTime, iMovie, iDVD, iTunes, Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro.
Native Instruments introduces Scarbee Funk Guitarist
Native Instruments has introduced Scarbee Funk Guitarist (http://macte.ch/bja96), a new Kontakt-based software instrument that puts a "virtual funk guitar" at the hands of producers. For use in the Kontakt 4 sampler and in the free Kontakt Player, it provides a range of rhythm guitar lines for funk, soul, hip hop, house, pop and other contemporary styles.
At the heart of Scarbee Funk Guitarist is a phrase concept that allows users to combine different guitar grooves and chord types via the MIDI keyboard. The integrated groove sequencer maintains a constant rhythmic flow, while articulations like up and down strokes, mutes, hammer-ons and slides are triggered automatically by the script-based engine of the instrument.
Scarbee Funk Guitarist is based on over 3,000 chords that were recorded in various voicings, multiple velocities and with all relevant articulations, resulting in over 130,000 individual chord samples. For the sampling process, a specially modified guitar with hand-...
Zevrix releases Instant Backup 1.7
Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has announced Instant Backup 1.7, an update to its solution to securely back up selected data online and locally. The new version improves the reliability and stability of the FTP connection as well as other improvements.
Instant Backup is designed to back up sensitive active projects -- the ones users don't want to take any chances with. For example, when users want to back up a project after specific changes, without waiting for their scheduled automatic backup. Or when users prefer to have a password protected copy of the project on an FTP site, in addition to all their regular local backups.
Instant Backup is not a replacement for the complete computer backup systems, such as Time Machine. It's designed to backup selected projects whenever needed. And FTP backup protects users data against theft, fire or other disasters that could affect their hardware.
Instant Backup 1.7 can be purchased from the Zevrix web site for US$4.95, as well as...
Mewshop adds Avid Pro Tools training
Manhattan Edit Workshop (http://www.mewshop.com) is now an official Avid Authorized Training Partner. The Manhattan-based training center now offers authorized classes in Pro Tools 9 that are compliments to the array of post-production and content creation classes already offered.
To initiate Mewshop's new Avid Pro Tools Authorized Training, the facility is offering three new authorized instructor-led classes that are designed to get students up-to-speed with the robust new Pro Tools 9, says Josh Apter, owner and founder, Manhattan Edit Workshop. These include: Pro Tools 101: An Introduction to Pro Tools, Pro Tools 110: Essentials of Pro Tools, and Pro Tools 130: Pro Tools for Game Audio.
Mewshop offers student loans for courses that total more than US$2,500. Students may take a combination of courses together, or a single course that equals that amount.
Invoices to create and manage invoices on Mac OS X
Tension Software has announced Invoices 2.9 (http://www.pomola.com/products_invoices/invoices.html), an update native Cocoa application to create and manage invoices on Mac. The new version sports layout changes to increase ease of use, internal improvements and a document migrator inside the application itself (it's not a separate app anymore).
Invoices requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both Power PC and Intel systems.
Invoices costs US$40; version 2.9 is a free update for registered users of version 2.x. A demo is available for download.
Blackmagic Design offers free DaVinci Resolve for Mac workshops
Blackmagic Design will host a series of free DaVinci Resolve for Mac training workshops in association with the Boston Final Cut Pro User Group (BOSFCPUG) on Tuesday, March 15.
Two two-hour sessions, hosted by FilmSystems' David Catt, will provide an introduction to the DaVinci Resolve for Mac non-linear color correction system, showcase proper set up and integration tips, provide how-to’s and detail Resolve features and capabilities. Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve is a color correction solution for Mac OS X and Linux computers.
For more event information and to register for one of the workshops, go to http://bosfcpug031511.eventbrite.com/.
Vodafone Italy provides iPhone users with free navigation,...
Vodafone Italy now provides all its prepaid and post-paid iPhone users with a free mobile location companion, Vodafone Find & Go, powered by Telmap, specially designed to enrich users’ on-the-go experiences, beyond in-car and pedestrian navigation.
Vodafone Find & Go will be free to all iPhone users who purchase a data package, and represents the first time such a service is offered in Italy for free. It will enable users to search for and access up-to-date location-based information and will include:
° An all-in-one solution including real-time turn-by-turn navigation with 3D moving maps, voice and text instructions announcing street names, dedicated pedestrian navigation, local search and content;
° Points of interests information such as gas stations and parking lots along the way;
° Full maps of Italy.
VF Italy iPhone users can download Vodafone Find & Go by going to http://itunes.apple.com/it/app/vodafone-find-go/id413989142?mt=8 .
Readdle has released PDF Expert 2.2
Readdle (http://www.readdle.com) has updated its application for editing PDF forms and annotating PDF documents. PDF Expert 2.2 is now able to flatten signature, filled forms data, and annotations, making it possible to protect PDF files from editing and view all annotations within any PDF reader application.
The latest version of PDF Expert for iPad makes the flattening process "flawless," taking just a single tap to flatten a PDF file before emailing it, says Readdle CEO Igor Zhadanov. One of the long-standing benefits of the PDF format is that it allows users to add notes, comments and highlights to PDF file, he adds.
PDF Expert extended this capability making PDF annotations editable on the iPad. While lawyers tend to protect document from being changed, professors, students and medicals might well need the ability to edit existing annotations, says Zhadanov. Another feature that can come in handy is emailing PDF files along with the annotations summary to overview quickly all...
Thunderbolt technology strikes from Intel
Intel (http://www.intel.com) has announced the availability of Thunderbolt technology, a new high-speed computer connection technology that brings together high-speed data transfer and high-definition (HD) display on to a single cable. And it's already appearing on Macs -- in the revamped MacBook Pro line announced today.
Running at 10Gbps, Thunderbolt technology can transfer a full-length HD movie in less than 30 seconds, according to Mooly Eden, general manager, PC Client Group, Intel. This Intel-developed technology is coming to market through a technical collaboration with Apple.
The vision for Thunderbolt technology (formerly codenamed “Light Peak”) is to move media faster, simplify connections between devices, and foster new and exciting ways to build and use computers, says Eden. Combining high-speed data and HD video connections together onto a single cable is instrumental to achieving that vision. Thunderbolt technology delivers this via two communications methods, or...
MacBook Pro gets new processors, Thunderbolt I/O technology
Apple has updated its MacBook Pro family with next generation processors and graphics, high-speed Thunderbolt I/O technology and a new FaceTime HD camera. Featuring the very latest dual-core and quad-core Intel Core processors, the entire MacBook Pro line is up to twice as fast as the previous generation, according to Apple.
“The new MacBook Pro brings next generation dual and quad Core processors, high performance graphics, Thunderbolt technology and FaceTime HD to the great design loved by our pro customers,” says Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “Thunderbolt is a revolutionary new I/O technology that delivers an amazing 10 gigabits per second and can support every important I/O standard which is ideal for the new MacBook Pro.”
Starting at US$1,199 the new 13-inch MacBook Pro features Intel Core i5 and Core i7 dual-core processors up to 2.7GHz and Intel HD Graphics 3000. The 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro models feature quad-core Core...
Apple releases developer preview of Mac OS X Lion
Apple has released a developer preview of Mac OS X Lion, which the company takes some of the best ideas from the iPad and brings them back to the Mac for the eighth major release of the Mac OS X.
Lion features Mission Control, a new view of everything running on your Mac; Launchpad, a new home for all your Mac apps; full screen apps that use the entire Mac display; and new Multi-Touch gestures. Lion also includes the Mac App Store. The Lion preview is available to Mac Developer Program members through the Mac App Store today, and the final version of Lion will ship to customers this summer.
“The iPad has inspired a new generation of innovative features in Lion,” says Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “Developers are going to love Mission Control and Launchpad, and can now start adding great new Lion features like full screen, gestures, Versions and Auto Save to their own apps.”
Mission Control unifies Exposé, Dashboard, Spaces, and full...
LaCie announces Thunderbolt drive
LaCie (http://www.lacie.com) has announced plans for the LaCie Little Big Disk featuring the all-new Thunderbolt technology, developed by Intel and brought to market with collaboration from Apple.
Designed to store large audio and video files, the LaCie Little Big Disk will bring a new level of performance to creative workflows with ultra-fast data transfer, complete system backup in minutes, and faster content editing than ever before, says Philippe Spruch, chairman and general manager, LaCie. Thunderbolt technology delivers bandwidth at 10Gbps and runs two protocols (PCI Express and DisplayPort) simultaneously over a single cable for connectivity to high performance peripherals like the LaCie Little Disk and high-resolution displays.
The LaCie Little Big Disk can deliver multiple streams of HD video and offload hours of content in minutes without compromising bandwidth and performance, says Spruch. With the LaCie Little Big Disk, speeds that previously were only available from rack...
Webb School students to get iPads
Beginning in the fall of 2011, students in fourth grade and higher at The Webb School of Knoxville, a private K-12 school, will be required either buy or lease an iPad for the coming school year, reports "The Journal" (http://macte.ch/nwNZe).
The move has been a long time coming, Jim Manikas, technology director for the 1,050-student school, told "The Journal." But when Apple introduced the iPad, the idea of "one computer per student" took off, he added.
Before announcing the initiative, Manikas said his team gave the school's existing technology infrastructure a good, hard look. What they saw were about 700 computers, a high percentage of which had either passed into obsolescence or come pretty close to reaching it. Replacing those units would cost the school about $550,000 -- an investment that would simply put the IT infrastructure "at a reasonable level without expanding it in any way," Manikas told "The Journal."
The fact that a half-million dollar investment would only provide "...
FaceTime now available on the Mac App Store
Apple's FaceTime video chat app for Mac OS X has left beta testing and is now available at the Mac App Store for US$0.99.
FaceTime was first introduced with the iPhone 4. FaceTime for Mac makes it possible to communicate with anyone on an iPhone 4, iPod touch, or Mac from your Mac. If you use one of the new MacBook Pros you get 720p clarity.
All you need is an Apple ID and an email address and you’re ready to roll. To start a video call with someone, find her entry in the contacts list. FaceTime works with Address Book so you don’t have to enter your contacts from scratch.
Say goodbye to boxed copies of MobileMe
Apple is telling resellers that it's stopped shipping boxed copies of MobileMe, its US$99-per-year suite of Internet services. Apparently, MobileMe will only be able to be purchased online, through Apple -- though rumors abound that Apple is planning a major overhaul of the service.
Resellers can continue to sell remaining their stock, but once they're gone, they're gone. Of course, the box sets were mostly for retail promotion, containing only an activation code.
Apple shareholders back CalPERS on board member election...
CalPERS wins 'high profileThe California Public Employees' Retirement System has won a "high-profile" victory in its effort to pressure Apple to reform the way the tech giant's board members are elected, reports the "Sacramento Bee" (http://macte.ch/AHbQC). At Apple's annual shareholders meeting in Cupertino, California, on Wednesday, shareholders approved a CalPERS proposal to adopt a majority vote requirement for board elections.
The CalPERS proposal is non-binding, but puts pressure on Apple to approve the plan, says the "Bee." Currently, nominees to the Apple board who are unopposed don't need a majority of shareholders' votes to be elected.
A nominee could win election with only one "yes" vote. Shareholders who don't like a particular nominee can "withhold" their vote, but it has no practical effect. For the past year, CalPERS has been pressuring Apple and 57 other companies to adopt a majority-vote rule for board elections.
Apple store opens in Mongolia
An official Apple store has, at long last, opened its doors in Mongolia in what is known as the world’s coldest capital: Ulaanbaatar, reports "M.A.D. Corporate Services" (http://macte.ch/8xkfy).
The opening of an Apple shop in Mongolia is "something of a leap of faith within a country of less than three million people that still ranks as one of the poorest in the world," the article adds. However, despite its apparent poverty, "M.A.D." says Mongolia is one of the fastest growing economies in the world, "propelled largely by its enormous mineral reserves and its close proximity to the insatiable Chinese economy."
Until now Apple products have only been available in Mongolia in the form of imports brought by individuals from the US or China. Prices were excessive, often double if not triple the official Apple retail prices.
Federal workers in Australia could get iPads
Thousands of federal public servants in Australia could soon have their work laptops replaced with iPads, reports "The Sydney Morning Herald" (http://macte.ch/2c0T8).
Senior officers in the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs are trialling more than 40 iPads. The trial is expected to conclude in early March. "The Herald" says the department will then decide whether to roll out "thousands of the tablet computers."
AutoCrypt for Mac OS X offers batch process encryption of...
AutoCrypt is a new multipurpose encryption tool for Mac OS X (10.5 or later) from Pomola Software (http://www.pomola.com) that, using a document-based application, lets you save in a document all the settings used to create encrypted archives. Using these documents, AutoCrypt can be used for crypto batch processing of files.
Using the blowfish algorithm, all the encrypted files will be unreadable by anyone except who knows the correct password. Documents are at the basis of the way AutoCrypt operates. These documents don't contain encrypted data, but they're used to encrypt the files the user likes to protect .
In case the files to encrypt or to decrypt are updated with frequencies, an AutoCrypt document listing this files provides a one-click method to encrypt them, storing the updated files in a user specified place. The user can launch AutoCrypt as example in the night using the Autorunoption turned on in the document to execute.
AutoCrypt is Universal Binary so runs natively on...
Clip-on task lamp comes to Quirky store
This week marks the official release of Mantis -- a socially-developed task lamp and monitor light -- at the Quirky online store (http://macte.ch/ktYsB) for US$29.99. It's a clip-on light that brightens your workspace, with minimal interference to your surroundings.
Mantis is portable and battery operated so you can take it with you and use it to illuminate your keyboard, bookshelf, worktable, or any other low-lit spot. It's designed to function either as a clip-on or free standing.
Mantis comes fully equipped with 11 bright LED's and two light settings. Its replaceable batteries provide 30 hours of light and automatically shut off after two hours of use. The unit itself is nine inches wide, with a removable clip designed to clamp onto any monitor, laptop, or shelf.
iBiz 4 available at the Mac App Store
IGG Software says iBiz 4.1.3, the latest version of its time-tracking and billing app, is now available at the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later, costs US$39.99 and can be found in the Business category.
iBiz is a solution for the management of billable hours and invoicing. With it you can bill according to hourly rates, one-time fees, quantities, mileage, or any combination. Version 4.1.3 sports an all-new library of invoice templates .
iBiz Professional, IGG's networkable client/server edition of the software with many additional, admin-level features, remains exclusively available from IGG (http://www.iggsoftware.com). iBiz Pro and iBiz 4 are both available as free trial downloads from IGG's website as well.
ToughTech Duo offers storage for snapshots
CRU-DataPort has introduced the ToughTech Duo, an US$499 portable, RAID storage systems that works with two 2.5-inch notebook drives or solid state drives that to back-up or store data.
Designed for professional photographers and digital media users while on location or in the studio, ToughTech Duo maximizes storage in a mini footprint (3.5 x 6.26 x 1.34) to ensure data integrity and protect digital assets. It guards against data loss by writing the same information in real-time to both drives. It also saves from costly system downtime as the system can continue to run while the ToughTech Duo restores data on the hard drive, according to the folks at CRU-DataPort.
Connecting to any host computer via FireWire 800/400, USB 2.0 and eSATA provides flexibility, while the eSATA interface option offers the fastest transfer rates, they add. ToughTech Duo also supports bus power with an included FireWire cable. The ToughTech Duo sports a multi-country compatible AC power supply. A Kensington...
NewerTech announces seven-piece toolkit for iPhone 4 DIY...
Newer Technology (http://www.newertech.com) has announced the NewerTech Seven Piece Toolkit for iPhone 4 to provide Do It Yourself servicing of the iPhone 4.
The US$9.99 toolkit contains varying sized, non-marring case opening pry tools, a suction cup display puller, and a magnetized driver set to either access Apple’s proprietary TS1 "Pentalobe" screws or the included replacement Phillips screw. For more information, visit: http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Newer%20Technology/TOOLKITIPH4/ .
Mariner Software releases Paperless 2.0
Mariner Software (http://www.marinersoftware.com) has released Paperless 2.0, providing a digital document solution for the home and business. The new version lets you create, manage and store any type of paper and digital document.
Paperless 2.0 has multiple new features, including the ability to create expense reports, pie-charts and contact reports. In addition, the user can create custom field types such as text, currency and checkboxes. Data entry is eased with automatic matching of thousands of popular U.S. merchants, says Michael Wray, president of Mariner Software.
This version of Paperless includes an expanded use of Fujitsu's ScanSnap scanners with support for the Fujitsu S1500M, S1300 and now the S1100, Fujitsu's mobile scanner. In addition, more scanners are supported through Apple's Image Capture, providing users of Paperless 2.0 multiple scanner option.
The new version of Paperless is available for sale and for trial as a download only from the Mariner Software website...
Vitamin-R 1.51 adds Dropbox compatibility
Publicspace.net has announced Vitamin-R 1.51 (http://www.publicspace.net/Vitamin-R/index.html), an update of its Mac OS X compatible productivity tool for creative professionals. The new version adds adds the ability to synch the Vitamin-R log book across multiple Macs using the Dropbox cloud service.
Vitamin-R is a collection of tools and techniques for managing attention and maintaining motivation. According to the folks at publicspace.net, it complements the task capturing and organizing features of modern to-do list managers by forcing you to concentrate fully on one task a time and keeping distractions at bay. It breaks down large, vaguely defined tasks into a series of short "time slices" of between 10 and 30 minutes, each with specific and actionable objectives.
Vitamin-R provides you with the "Now & Later Board," complete with FastType magic, to give you a place to quickly dump all those things that go through your head and allows to get back to the task at hand. It...
Cocktails for Mac is now served
Containing nearly 500 cocktails and wines of the world, Cocktails for Mac 1.0 (http://www.jonesapr.com/newsite/?page_id=785) contains a cornucopia of cocktail content. The app features a variety of popular drinks with pictures, step-by-step preparation and interesting cocktail trivia.
Featured cocktails are organized by topic, organized in two-page spreads tailored to take advantage of wide screen displays. Not just an encyclopedia of cocktails, it contains a complete integrated mixologist guide.
Cocktials requires Mac OS X 10.6. It costs US$4.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Lifestyle category.
Password Repository update improves the data export utility
Tension Software has updated Password Repository (http://www.pomola.com/products_passwordrepository/passwordrepository.html), a Mac OS X password storage utility, to version 126.96.36.199. The upgrade improves the data export utility.
Now tab, newline and return are converted in conventional chars to fit in tabular text data export. Version 188.8.131.52 also see small interface changes to increase the ease of use.
Password Repository lets you save all your passwords in documents protecting them on disk using a single password. Data is encrypted using strong and bullet proof algorithms, and the password protecting a document isn't saved in any place.
Password Repository costs US$30, though version 2.1.2..5 is a free update for registered users of version 2.x. The software is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.
Shareholders nix public CEO succession plan, get data center...
Apple shareholders have rejected a plan requiring the company to disclose a succession plan for its chief executive officer, reports the "Associated Press" (http://macte.ch/pByVa).
That's according to preliminary voting results announced today at Apple's annual shareholders meeting. Apple didn't provide the voting breakdown.
Also, at the meeting, as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com), the company said its North Carolina data center is expected to open this spring, and will support the iTunes and MobileMe services. The facility will also support Apple's corporate systems. "But it's the uses for iTunes and MobileMe that will undoubtedly fuel speculation about Apple's long-rumored plans for a cloud-based iTunes streaming service," says "AppleInsider."
MobileMe to transition to new Calendar service on May 5
On May 5, MobileMe -- Apple's US$99-per-year suite of Internet services -- will transition completely to the new Calendar service that Apple launched in October. The new MobileMe Calendar includes calendar sharing, invitations, and a new Calendar web application.
To maintain calendar syncing between your devices and to continue accessing your calendar at me.com, MobileMe users must upgrade to the new Calendar by May 5. To do so:
1) Make sure you are using the most recent software on your devices and computers:
iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch: iOS 4.2.1 or later
Mac: Mac OS X 10.6.6 Snow Leopard or Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard (requires manual setup)
PC: MobileMe Control Panel version 1.6.5
2) Sign in to www.me.com/calendar and follow the dialog that appears or click "Upgrade now" in the sidebar.
Survey: Jobs' departure wouldn't have major impact on...
If CEO Steve Jobs -- now on a medical leave -- were to step down from Apple, it wouldn't have a material impact on customers' buying intentions, according to a new survey from RBC Capital Markets and ChangeWave, as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).
The companies recently conducted a survey of 3,091 respondents between Jan. 31 and Feb. 9, asking them about a hypothetical scenario in which Jobs might depart Apple. Of those surveyed, 93% said they would likely continue buying Apple's products or wouldn't actively change their purchasing decisions if the company's co-founder weren't running the show.
The latest results are a change from June 2008, when a previous survey found that 18% of respondents said they would be less likely to buy Apple products if Jobs weren't with the company. Analyst Mike Abramsky said the results show that Apple may be bigger than its CEO, notes "AppleInsider." Consumers may now have a higher comfort about the company without Jobs at...
Apple announces special event on March 2
Apple has sent out media invitations to a special event scheduled for next Wednesday, March 2. The tagline on the invitation: "Come see what 2011 will be the year of."
With the corner of an iPad peeking out from behind the date on the invite, it's pretty safe to assume the iPad 2 will be revealed. The event will be held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco at 10 am (Pacific).
Study: by 2014 Apple's iPad business will be worth over $17...
By 2014 Apple's iPad business will be worth over US$17 billion, according to a new study by Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com).
By way of comparison, the worldwide smartphone market will be worth $ 65 billion by 2014 while the portable market will be worth $195 billion, according to the research group. Worldwide shipments of dedicated eReaders -- products like Sony's eReader and the Amazon Kindle -- will reach 7.2 million units in 2014, down from a high of 10.4 million units in 2012.
Meanwhile, worldwide shipments of media tablets will soar from 7.1 million units in 2010 to over 64 million units in 2014, according to Research and Markets.
Quark announces QuarkXPress 9
Quark has announced QuarkXPress 9, the newest version of QuarkXPress, which will allow designers to publish directly to digital devices and increase their productivity with new features for design automation.
The new version gives designers the power to design for and publish to digital devices in a variety of formats, while also offering them even more control over the execution of their creative visions, according to the folks at Quark. QuarkXPress 9 sets a precedent for digital publishing by offering designers a flexible and cost-effective array of options for creating content that can be published to digital devices -- e-readers, smartphones, and tablets -- with one tool, and without programming code, they add.
With App Studio for QuarkXPress, designers will have a dedicated design environment within QuarkXPress 9 for creating content for the iPad. Designers will be able to create customized apps for the iPad, distribute their apps through the Apple App Store, and then publish...