Sonoma Wire Works releases HigginsPac
Sonoma Wire Works (http://www.sonomawireworks.com) has launched the USS$79.95 HigginsPack DrummerPack for DrumCore. Terence Higgins, drummer for The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, brings DrumCore users New Orleans marching style drum loops, variations, fills and drumkit sounds with a dash of hip hop, funk, R&B, and soul.
HigginsPack was recorded by the original Submersible Music team, and was pre-configured by them with metadata for use with the DrumCore search engine, which will help you find content based on feel (straight, shuffle, etc.), time signature, tempo and other criteria. Songwriter-friendly "GrooveSets” group related beats, variations and fills to serve as a construction kit for song creation. All audio is 48kHz/24-bit and created in a pro studio using digital (ProTools HD3) and analog (Neumann, Neve, etc.) recording equipment.
DrumCore works with all the major audio applications and supports dragging audio and MIDI directly to tracks in applications such as Logic Pro 8 and...
MultiMode update for Mac OS X offers bug fixes
Black Cat Systems has updated MultiMode (http://www.blackcatsystems.com/software/multimodeOSX.html), a Mac OS X application that lets you Mac decode several different modes of non-voice communication often heard on shortwave, to version 6.1.5. This version includes several bug fixes.
MultiMode is an US$89 application that lets your Mac decode and transmit several different modes of non-voice communication often heard on shortwave and ham radio. It allows you to decode and display morse code, RTTY, FAX, SSTV, ACARS, PSK31 and many other modes on your Mac, without any extra hardware. MultiMode now also allows you to transmit in most of the modes of operation. A lite version is also available which decodes CW, RTTY, and weather fax modes, which is ideal for the sailor and boating enthusiast.
MultiMode Lite is also available, which offers reception of CW, RTTY, and FAX modes only. MultiMode Lite is ideal for sailors who need to be able to view weather charts and reports, but don't need...
MacCuff is mini mounter for Mac mini
Sonnet Technologies has updated its MacCuff mini (www.sonnettech.com/product/maccuffmini.html), the back-of-monitor mounting system for mini computers, has been updated for the latest Mac mini line. MacCuff mini provides users a practical way to mount the Mac mini to the back of an LCD display (or under a desk or table) while retaining full access to its power switch, the SD card and optical disc slots, and all of its ports.
Sonnet helps cut the cable clutter by providing a 13-inch HDMI to DVI-D monitor cable that connects the Mac mini to the monitor, without ever touching the desk. Included cable ties secure the power cord and other cables to the bracket to prevent accidental disconnects. The MacCuff mini can just as easily be installed under a desk or shelf, according to the folks at Sonnet. Regardless of the mounting method, MacCuff mini's design leaves the computer's Wi-Fi and Bluetooth® antennas uncovered to allow normal operation.
MacCuff mini can also help secure the Mac mini...
'Unknown hardware' the next gen Apple TV?
Apple is internally testing the first material update to its iOS 4.0 mobile operating system against a handful of new devices, including next-generation iPod touches, an iPad revision, and an "unknown" product, according to "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).
Quoting "people familiar with the matter," the article says the latest beta of iOS 4.1, due to ship in the coming weeks, includes three new "Configuration Descriptors" within its USB configuration files -- all of which pertain to devices that list "Apple, Inc." as their "manufacturer." One is the fourth gen iPod touch, the second is (apparently) the second gen iPad and the third is "unknown hardware."
So what's that? Who knows, but "AppleInsider" offers a prediction that makes sense: "It's possible that those place holders are related to an Apple TV reincarnation -- rumored to be dubbed iTV -- that will reportedly jettison its existing Mac OS X-based software platform for one built around iOS 4.0 and capable of...
"People" app for the iPad could be a turning point
This week's "People" app is the first to be free to subscribers, and "Time," Sports Illustrated" and "Fortune" are expected to follow, according to a "Fortune" article (http://macosg.me/2/qx). And it "signals the end of a four-and-a-half-month impasse that put the digital dreams of every major magazine publisher on hold," the article adds.
Until now, the iPad versions of these mags have cost the same as the newsstand price -- US$3.99 for each issue of People, $4.99 to $5.99 each for the rest -- even if you were are already paying to get the paper edition in the mail. Now the "People" app is free to People subscribers, and the rest of Time Inc.'s flagship magazines are expected to adopt the same pricing structure within the next 30 days.
"Now that Apple has made it possible, other magazine publishers will presumably follow suit," says "Fortune." "Now that Apple has made it possible, other magazine publishers will presumably follow suit. It's not clear what took so long. Publishers who...
Apple slowly shutting down Quattro Wireless
Apparently, Apple is winding down the Quattro Wireless ad network it bought earlier this year. According to "MacDailyNews" (http://macosg.me/2/qt), Apple has sent out the following email to iAd-using developers and advertisers:
"Since the launch of the iAd Network just over a month ago, advertisers and developers have been telling us how much they love this powerful new way to reach iPhone and iPod touch users right in their favorite apps.
"iAds are captivating viewers with high-quality video and rich media experiences, engaging customers like never before and already delivering dramatic results. Advertisers are seeing a huge spike in the amount of time customers spend watching and interacting with ads, making them more comparable to television advertising than traditional online ads, and developers are thrilled with this new source of revenue.
'We believe iAd is the best mobile ad network in the world, and starting next month we're going to focus all of our resources on the iAd...
Aqua Connect exhibits remote access solutions
Aqua Connect (http://www.aquaconnect.net/), a provider of the only enterprise grade Mac terminal server, is at this week's FileMaker Developer’s Conference in San Diego, exhibiting their remote access solutions.
Aqua Connect expands the capabilities of FileMaker Pro and FileMaker Server especially in lower bandwidth situations. FileMaker’s Volume Licensing Agreement program makes it easy to link FileMaker Server to Aqua Connect for robust remote connectivity, according to Renee Mehrian, executive vice president of Aqua Connect.
This year marks the first time Aqua Connect will be demonstrating their solutions to increase the performance of FileMaker for remote users. Aqua Connect Terminal Server allows you to edit and manipulate databases without sending all of the data over the network.
Aqua Connect will be demonstrating the latest release of the Aqua Connect Terminal Server 3.5. The Aqua Connect Terminal Server delivers MacOS X desktops to PCs, thin clients, legacy Macs and...
DaVinci Resolve 7 showcased at third annual Amsterdam FCPUG...
Blackmagic Design will again be supporting the Third Annual Amsterdam FCPUG SuperMeet (http://www.supermeet.com) as a platinum sponsor. The company will be introducing DaVinci Resolve 7 for Mac in a presentation by Warren Eagles, an international freelance color artist, at the event.
The SuperMeet will be held at the Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky in Amsterdam, Netherlands on Sunday, Sept. 12. The event will highlight Final Cut Studio collaborative editing workflows by high-level editors and color artists, and will for the first time, include color grading workflows on a Mac.
The entire second half of the SuperMeet will be hosted by the lead instructor for Apple’s Pro Apps training program, Abba Shapiro, who will be joined by some of Europe’s best Final Cut Studio gurus to teach the audience in their “best of the best” FCS workflow tips and techniques.
The event will also include a SuperMeet Digital Showcase featuring hardware and software developers providing workflow solutions for...
Conference program details announced for Digital Video Expo
NewBay Media, a publisher of digital content creation media, today announced conference program details for next month’s Digital Video Expo (http://www.dvexpo.com) being held at the Pasadena Convention Center Sept. 28-30. The event will gather thousands of content creation professionals for three days of comprehensive education sessions, training, networking, and exhibitions.
Produced by the editors of "DV" and "Videography" magazines, along with partner publications "Broadcasting & Cable," "Multichannel News" and "TV Technology, "Digital Video Expo offers attendees a multi-tiered educational program that will focus on a number of key topics critical to the success of video professionals. Events include: Apple color training; a full day lighting workshop, a full day HDSLR filmmaking workshop; a full day digital cinematography workshop; a Web & Mobile Video conference track; a 3D Production conference track; "Where 3D Meets Hollywood," a television industry leadership session...
Apple supplier chairman steps down in bribery brouhaha
Singapore's JLJ Holdings, one of several Asian firms named in Apple's bribery suit against one of its own mid-level managers, announced Thursday that its executive chairman had temporarily relinquished his duties, notes "Fortune" (http://macosg.me/2/qr).
Andrew Ang, a former employee of a JLJ subsidiary called Jin Li Mould, was named last week in Apple's suit against Paul Shin Devine, an Apple global supply manager. Devine has been accused of trading confidential Apple information in return for more than $1 million in payments, bribes and kickbacks, some of which he allegedly shared with Ang.
"Andrew Ang is the brother-in-law of the company's executive chairman," JLJ Holdings said in a statement. "In order to facilitate the impartial review of all activities relating to the Apple claim that may involve the Company and its subsidiaries, the company's executive chairman has also voluntarily relinquished all executive duties."
HoudahGeo update for Mac OS X adds EveryTrail publishing
Houdah Software (http://www.houdah.com/) has updated HoudahGeo, a geocoding solution for the Mac, to version 2.6. The new version adds EveryTrail publishing.
HoudahGeo costs US$30 for a single-user license for new users. Version 2.6 is a free update for registered users. HoudahGeo requires Mac OS X 10.4.8 or higher.
Deafness increase linked to overloud music on devices like the...
Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) in Boston have found that hearing loss in adolescents has increased dramatically over the past 15 years, and suggest that music and devices such as the iPod may be the reason, reports "TG Daily" (http://macosg.me/2/qq).
"Some risk factors, such as loud sound exposure from listening to music, may be of particular importance to adolescents," say the authors.
The researchers looked at data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys of 12- to 19-year-olds. They found that a fifth had some evidence of hearing loss, while one in twenty had at least mild hearing loss.
Looking at the data from 1988, the team found there had been a 30% increase in the prevalence of any hearing loss, and a 70% increase in mild or worse hearing loss in the past 15 years.
Report blames WebKit for Safari, Chrome flaws
Cenzic's web application security report for the first half of the year blames WebKit problems and phone software bugs for Safari and Chrome flaws. WebKit is a layout engine designed to allow web browsers to render web pages.
WebKit provides a set of classes to display web content in windows, and implements browser features. It was originally created as a fork of KHTML as the layout engine for Apple's Safari, but is now portable to many other computing platforms and is used in Google's Chrome Browser.
The "Cenzic Q1,Q2 2010 Trends Report" (http://www.cenzic.com/downloads/Cenzic_AppSecTrends_Q1-Q2-2010.pdf) saw a reduction in web application related vulnerabilities as a percentage of total reported vulnerabilities in commercial products. Web vulnerabilities were at about 66% of total reported vulnerabilities of 4,019 that included web, network and other infrastructure vulnerabilities. The good news is that this is a positive trend compared to second half of 2009 when Web related...
Worldwide microprocessor unit shipments, revenues rise
Worldwide computer microprocessor unit shipments and revenues in the second calendar quarter of 2010 (2Q10) increased 3.6% and 6.2%, respectively, compared to the first quarter of 2010, according to the latest PC processor study from International Data Corporation (IDC).
The average sequential change in unit shipments between a calendar year's first quarter and its second quarter is an increase of 1.6%. For revenues, the average sequential change is a decrease of -2.8%. So, these increases represent better performance than usual for a second calendar quarter.
"Such a sequential increase in PC processor shipments alone would have been enough to conclude that the first half was strong for the market," said Shane Rau director of Semiconductors: Personal Computing research at IDC (http://www.idc.com). "However, a modest rise in revenues, too, points directly to a rise in average selling prices. System makers bought more and higher-priced computer processors in 2Q10 than in 1Q10. Digging a...
Canon introduces new digital cameras, photo printer
Canon USA (http://www.usa.canon.com) has announced three new high-performance PowerShot cameras -- the PowerShot S95, the SD4500 IS and the SX130 IS Digital cameras -- and a new photo printer.
These cameras sport Canon’s HS (High Sensitivity) System for improved low-light shooting in the S95 and SD4500 IS cameras, High Definition (HD) video recording, High Dynamic Range (HDR) in the S95 camera and a more intelligent Smart AUTO mode, among a range of others. Scheduled to be available late August, the S95 camera retails for an estimated price of US$399.99. Due in early September, the SD4500 IS camera retails for $349.99. Scheduled to be available late August, the SX130 IS camera retails for $249.99.
The new Selphy CP800 Compact Photo Printer features a new tilt LCD screen in addition to a new Shuffle feature. It prints a 4 x 6-inch, high-quality photo in approximately 47 seconds that's purportedly capable of lasting up to 100 years.
Users can also print photos without connecting to a...
Knapsack 2 adds new maps with street-level detail
TinyPlanet Software (http://tinyplanetsoftware.com/) has updated Knapsack, a personal travel organizer for Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard") and 10.6 ("Snow Leopard"), to version 2.0. The new world map let's users view their trip's destinations at any level of detail.
They can get an overview of their entire trip across countries and continents or zoom in to street level to see all the parking lots near their hotel. The new Map Search feature in Knapsack 2 lets users find places, addresses, and even points of interest anywhere in the world. Users can now locate cities, hotels, museums, airports, and more. Map Search uses an extensive online geographic database that is constantly improving.
Knapsack gives users the tools to plan, organize, and relive their travel adventures with features such as map pins with location postcards, an itinerary planner, trip checklists, and printed itineraries.
Knapsack 2 costs US$39.95 for a single-user license and $59.95 for a five-user family pack. A 30-day...
Intel to acquire McAfee
Intel (http://www.intel.com) has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire McAfee (http://www.mcafee.com) through the purchase of all of the company’s common stock at US$48 per share in cash, for approximately $7.68 billion.
Both boards of directors have unanimously approved the deal, which is expected to close after McAfee shareholder approval, regulatory clearances and other customary conditions specified in the agreement. McAfee will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Intel, reporting into Intel’s Software and Services Group. The group is managed by Renée James, Intel senior vice president, and general manager of the group.
FileXaminer for Mac OS X gets maintenance update
Gideon Softworks has updated FileXaminer (http://www.gideonsoftworks.com/filexaminer.html), the file/folder information utility for Mac OS X, to version 2.7.1. It's a maintenance release with some bug fixes.
FileXaminer allows you to modify file and folder attributes that the Finder can’t, such as type/creator info, UNIX permissions and more. It also eliminates the need to use the Terminal and simplifies changing attributes on files/folders.
FileXaminer requires Mac OS X 10.2 or higher. Version 2.7.1 is a free update for registered users; for new users the cost is US$10.
Tidy Up for Mac OS X tidied up to version 2.2.5
Hyberbolic Software (http://www.hyperbolicsoftware.com) has released Tidy Up! 2.2.4, the latest version of their disk, file and folder processing utility for Mac OS X.
Tidy Up! can find duplicate files and packages using any criteria. Version 2.2.5 improves the search in iPhoto and Aperture; now it responds better to user actions.
Tidy Up 2.2.5 requires Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard") or higher. Upgrades from version 1.x are $20, and upgrades from version 2.x are free.
Verizon announces upcoming iPad app
Verizon has unveiled a series of new video application, including an upcoming iPad app that will allow FiOS subscribers to watch the same linear programming that's available on their TV screens on their tablet devices, reports "GigaOm" (http://macosg.me/2/qi).
The new app is expected to be rolled out early next year and Verizon expects to have all of its content partners on board by the time the app launches, the article adds. At first, subscribers with an iPad will only be able to watch linear programming within their own home, which allows Verizon to authenticate and make certain that the users have access to whatever content they’ve paid for, notes "GigaOm."
Verizon CIO Shaygan Kheradpir said in a press briefing that the iPad app takes advantage of Verizon’s architecture, which he characterized as “cloud TV.” The experience is reportedly similar to what’s available today on FiOS set-top boxes, and takes advantage of the same software that Verizon uses for its set-tops.
Apple looking for iTunes Pan-EU Label Relations head
Apple has posted a job listing at its "Jobs at Apple" site (http://jobs.apple.com/index.ajs?BID=1&method=mExternal.showJob&RID=59755...) for an iTunes Pan-EU Label Relations head to grow iTunes' business in key international markets by managing the relationships with our content partners: the record labels.
Here's the details of the listing: "Possessing an ability to understand and work across a number of key European markets, among them Scandinavia and Spain, the candidate is ideally based in any of these countries. Reporting to Carl Ekdahl, head of Pan EU, the responsibilities will include:
"Manage the growth of the overall business by securing comprehensive and innovative promotions around key releases;
"Foster the relationship with the key account managers at the record labels, making iTunes the most important partner in helping the label to drive the digital market;
"Make sure all key releases are communicated and set up for the iTunes Editorial team;
SmileOnMyMac changes name to Smile
SmileOnMyMac has changed its name to Smile. Originally a developer of software for Mac OS X exclusively, Smile now develops software for iOS devices as well.
"We've developed software for the Mac for seven years," says founder Greg Scown. "Now that we have TextExpander touch for iPhone and iPad, we've outgrown the
The company website is now available at http://www.smilesoftware.com ; the company also has a new tagline: "Software that's just right."
A Better Finder Attributes 4.49 changes EXIF and creation date
publicspace.net has updated its "A Better Finder Attributes" utility (http://www.publicspace.net/ABetterFinderAttributes/) -- which can change Finder attributes, such as creation and modification dates -- to version 4..49. The upgrade adds the ability to simultaneously add or subtract time from both the EXIF photo date and the file's creation date.
"A Better Finder Attributes" requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher, and is a Universal Binary. This means it will run natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It costs US$14.95, though version 4.49 is a free update for registered users of version 4.x.
Wondershare updates Video Converter, DVD Ripper
Wondershare (http://www.applemacvideo.com/) has updated Video Converter and DVD Ripper for the Mac to versions 2.0. You can now convert DVDs, general video, video recorded from HD camcorder to files viewable on portable devices, including the Apple TV, Final Cut Pro, the Xbox 360, and mobile phones.
A new Mac-style interface has been optimized with more efficient workflow. And the program's main codec libraries have been upgraded to support for SWF, 5.1 surround sound in AAC and AC3 output format. Support for atch conversion and multithreading has also been added.
If you/re a registered user of Wondershare Video Converter or DVD Ripper for Mac, you can upgrade for free to version 18.104.22.168 by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org ; for new users the cost is US$39.95 per app.
Typinator 4.1 simplifies creation of text expansions with...
Ergonis Software (http://www.ergonis.com) has released Typinator 4.1, the latest version of its tool for auto-typing text and auto-correcting typos system-wide across all Mac OS X applications. The new version allows to define set-specific presets for abbreviation options and speeds up the newly introduced QuickSearch function as well as the import of text files.
Typinator 4.1 also improves the installation and upgrade experience by allowing to skip one particular version in the automatic update check and by displaying a more prominent warning when a new version is not covered by the current license. What's more, the new release solves a problem with composing Gmail messages in Firefox and improves compatibility with certain third party apps like Mail, aMSN, Kindle for Mac, and others.
Typinator 4.1 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or newer, and Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard") is recommended.
Typinator can be purchased on the Ergonis Software web site for $19.99 for a single user license. A...
Flickery update for Mac OS X beefs up sorting features
Eternal Storms (http://www.eternalstorms.at) has updated their flickr client, flickery, for Mac OS X 10.5 or higher to version 22.214.171.124. Items in photosets and galleries can now be sorted.
"Key" images can now be set for galleries and photosets by dragging the wanted image onto the photoset or gallery. In flickery 126.96.36.199, comments now show users' buddy icons and these user's photostreams can be shown right from comments. The new version auto-detects crash logs for easy submission to Eternal Storms Software, and Location data can be changed any time after upload as well
With flickry, you can browse flickr's photos, view and comment on pictures of your friends, or upload and manage your own photos and favorites. flickery offers three ways of viewing photos: the miniature-overview of the photos where you can see multiple pictures at a time; the full-window-view, which lets you view one photo at a time in detail; and the full-screen view.
You can upload photos to your flickr.com account,...
iPad supply finally catching up to demand
The iPad supply is finally catching up to the pent-up deman with shipping delays shrinking from 5-to-7 business days to 3-to-5 business days, reports "Fortune" (http://macosg.me/2/qf). That's the prognosis of Susquehanna Financial analyst Jeff Fidacaro, who noted the "shrinkage" in a note to clients Wednesday.
"iPad demand remains strong with production ramping above expectations," he writes. Fidacaro has revised his iPad build forecast for Apple's fourth fiscal quarter from six million to seven million units. His fourth quarter iPad shipment estimate now stands at 4.75 million units, a 45% increase from the third quarter.
KT receives 110,000 pre-orders for the iPhone 4 in nine hours
Korea Telecom (KT), the provider of the iPhone in South Korea, says it's received a total of 110,000 pre-orders for the iPhone 4 in nine hours.
"MobileCrunch" (http://macosg.me/2/qe) notes that, by way of comparison, when the 3GS came out in Korea, the company reportedly registered just between 60,000 and 65,000 pre-orders in the first week. The iPhone 4 will launch in South Korea next month.
Apple getting 55% of mobile ad hits
Apple is still getting 55% of mobile ad hits, but the Android is gaining fast (up 690% since January), according to a report by Millennial Media, an independent mobile ad network. According to the report -- as noted by "Fortune" (http://macosg.me/2/q6):
° Android ad requests grew 47% month-over-month. Since January, the platform has grown 690%.
° iOS ad requests increased 24% month-over-month. Since January, the platform has increased 15%.
° RIM ad requests increased 18% month-over-month. Since January, the platform has increased 66%.
° iPad ad requests grew 327% month-over-month.
Apple's Logic, GarageBand in top 10 most popular music...
Digital Music Doctor has announced results of the "Music Software Internet Popularity Index (http://www.digitalmusicdoctor.com/reviews/musicblog/) for the second quarter of 2010. Apple Logic and GarageBand both place in the top 10 most popular music software apps.
During the second quarter ImageLine FL Studio traded places with Steinberg Cubase for the second and third positions. Interest in Ableton Live decreased causing it to drop four positions to tenth place. Both Cakewalk Sonar and Adobe Audition showed upward trends, and Audition increased its standing by two positions to rank in the sixth slot. Both MOTU Digital Performer and Sony Sound Forge increased their showing by two positions to rank eighth and ninth respectively.
The ten most popular music software products on the Internet, based on recent search engine activity, are: Avid Pro Tools, FL Studio, Steinberg Cubase, Cakewalk Sonar, Apple Logic, Adobe Audition, Apple GarageBand, Sony Sound Forge, MOTU Digital Performer and...
Logitech unveils new illuminated keyboard
Logitech (http://www.logitech.com) has introduced the rechargeable Logitech Wireless Illuminated Keyboard K800, which features ambient light and motion sensors. It's due later this month for US$99.99.
The keyboard is designed to ensure that you have the right amount of backlight when you need it, while conserving battery life when you don’t, says Denis Pavillard, vice president of product marketing for Logitech’s keyboards and desktops. It includes the PerfectStroke key system and Logitech Incurve keys
The Wireless Illuminated K800 backlighting automatically adjusts based on the amount of light in the room using ambient light sensors. Motion sensors detect your hands as they approach to turn the backlighting on and to turn it back off when your hands move away. As a result, you’ll enjoy up to 10 days of battery life without recharging, according to Pavillard.
The Wireless Illuminated K800's micro-USB cable lets you recharge while you type. Due to the recharging, you’ll never need to...
SanDisk introduces world's smallest 64GB solid state drive
SanDisk (http://www.sandisk.com) has announced the first product in a new category of embedded solid state drives (SSD) that are smaller than a postage stamp and offer higher capacities and performance than existing storage solutions.
The SanDisk integrated SSD (iSSD), the first product within this new category, is designed for use in fast-growing mobile computing platforms such as tablet computers and ultra-thin notebooks. And perhaps future iPads?
The SanDisk iSSD offers 160MB/second sequential read and 100MB/second sequential write speeds for greater system responsiveness. With no moving parts, the tiny, robust drive is designed to deliver the durability needed by portable devices that are frequently dropped or jostled, says Doron Myersdorf, senior director, SSD marketing, SanDisk.
The SanDisk iSSD is available now for sampling to original equipment manufacturers, and is being evaluated by top-tier manufacturers. Measuring 16mm x 20mm x 1.85mm and weighing less than one gram, the...
Study says there'll be 2.6 billion Wi-Fi devices by 2014
The global market will see an installed base of over 2.6 billion Wi-Fi enabled consumer devices by 2014, according to a report just published by the Strategy Analytics (http://www.strategyanalytics.com) research group. The report, “Embedded WLAN (Wi-Fi) CE Devices: Global Market Forecast,” predicts the retail value of the market will exceed $250 billion in the same year.
“Consumer demand for the 'everywhere web' will drive Wi-Fi adoption in mobile Internet devices,” according to Peter King, Director of the Connected Home Device service at Strategy Analytics. “Even where 3G or 4G technologies are available, Wi-Fi will still be a preferred access route for many, as hot-spots and home networks proliferate.”
The embedded Wi-Fi device market -- until now dominated by computing and gaming -- will become much more evenly spread by 2014, according to the report.
“While today the market is dominated by portable products, Wi-Fi Networked TV and Blu-ray players will become significant products...
NoteList for Mac OS X beefs up adding notes feature
Mac OS X app that allows to store notes in a free form using text and images with full word processing capabilities, to version 2.9. The upgrade has support for adding notes via drag and drop of files (txt, rtf and rtfd with images) from the Finder to the list.
NoteList has a set of tools for formatting and working with text as in a word processor. You can drag and drop images directly inside the document and label categories to help organize all your notes, now with colors.
NoteList costs US$25. It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. Version 2.9 is a free update for registered users of version 2.x.
Sample Logic announces Cinematic Guitars
Sample Logic has announced Cinematic Guitars (http://www.samplelogic.com/cinematicguitars.html), an US$399.99 collection of morphed guitar instruments harnessed in a "core effects sequencer" engine powered by the Native Instruments Kontakt Player.
Derived entirely from true electric and acoustic guitar recordings by guitar guru Steve Ouimette (known for his work on the Guitar Hero franchise) this library isn't a traditional guitar sample library, but is an extensive collection of atmospheres, instrumentals, and percussives.
Taking it one step further, Cinematic Guitars gives users the power to create and manipulate custom instruments using the "core effects sequencer" designed by Sample Logic and built into the Kontat engine. This library sports over 1,000 instruments and multis, starting with bizarre, dark, euphoric, spiritual, electronic sounds and more.
Cinematic Guitars is targeted to film, TV, game, and electronic composers. It works with Mac OS X (10.5 or higher) and Windows...
AntennaSys prez: Apple won't change antenna for a Verizon...
If an iPhone does appear on Verizon, don’t expect Apple to change its antenna design, Spencer Webb, president of AntennaSys, says -- as reported by "Computerworld" (http://macosg.me/2/q5).
"I've called Apple's antenna design 'bold' and 'risky,' but they won't change it [for a CDMA-based phone]," he says. "The antenna design is architecturally fixed in the design, and it would take them a while to make whatever the next design is."
Webb told "Computerworld" he doesn't expect Apple to revert to sticking the antenna inside the iPhone's case, where it was located until the iPhone 4. Calling Apple's move a "design choice" that had known trade-offs, Webb said he has no idea how Apple will address what in hindsight became a major negative: dropped calls.
"You can bet your bippy that they're going to be addressing this issue somehow," he told "Computerworld." "They want to be the smartest guys on the planet, which is what comes from adversity like this."
Speaking of Verizon, there's been no...
Apple releases Snow Leopard Graphics Update 1.0
Apple has released Snow Leopard Graphics Update 1.0 (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4286). It contains stability and performance fixes for graphics applications and games in Mac OS X 10.6.4.
Snow Leopard Graphics Update 1.0 Addresses frame rate issues occurring in Portal and Team Fortress 2 by Valve, on the iMac (Late 2009 and Mid 2010), Mac mini (Early 2009 and Mid 2010), Mac Pro (Early 2009), MacBook (Early 2009 and Mid 2010) and MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2010) or MacBook Pro (17-inch, Mid 2010) models.
It also resolves an issue that could cause Aperture 3, or StarCraft II by Blizzard, to unexpectedly quit or become unresponsive. Finally, it resolves an image corruption issue that may occur when disconnecting and reconnecting external displays while the system is running.
Snow Leopard Graphics 1.0 can be downloaded via the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.
Artbeats releases hi-def Hawaiian Aerials collections
Artbeats (http://www.artbeats.com) has released three new HD collections featuring the overhead beauty of the Hawaiian Islands: Hawaiian City Aerials, Hawaiian Establishment Aerials and Hawaiian Scenic Aerials.
Shot using the RED One Camera, combined with the eclipse gyrostabilized camera system, these new collections give Artbeats the unique status of having the largest, and highest quality, library of royalty-free Hawaiian aerial footage available on the web, says Artbeats president and lead cinematographer, Phil Bates.
Hawaiian City Aerials features fly-overs of Hilo, Honolulu, Kahului, Kailua-Kona, Kapaa, Koko Kai, Lahaina, Lihue, Nanakuli, Pearl City and Waianae. Hawaiian Establishment Aerials was shot from a higher perspective and features sprawling cities, vast lava fields, the remote Mauna Loa Observatory and more. Hawaiian Scenic Aerials captures the beauty of Hawaii's rocky cliffs, lush canyons, gorgeous waterfalls and pristine coastlines.
Each collection contains over 30...
PluralEyes available for Adobe Premiere Pro
Singular Software, developer of workflow automation applications for digital media, says its flagship product PluralEyes is now available for Adobe Premiere Pro Creative Suite (CS) versions 4 and 5. Well, it's available for Windows, though a Mac version is in the works.
PluralEyes provides workflow automation features for editing multi-camera, multi-take, and dual-system audio projects. By analyzing audio information, it synchronizes audio and video clips automatically, without the need for timecode, clappers or any special preparation.
PluralEyes is available for purchase on the Singular Software website (http://www.singularsoftware.com/buy.html). An introductory discount of 20% will be applied to the original price (US$149) if purchased before Sept. 17. Students and instructors can also benefit from Singular Software's academic discount of 50%, which can be applied to individual purchases of PluralEyes.
Final Cut Pro and Vegas Pro users can also sample PluralEyes by downloading a...
Apple has 48% of worldwide mobile market earnings in second...
Apple collected 48% of the worldwide mobile market’s earnings before interest and taxes in the second quarter of 2010 despite having approximately 3% of the overall mobile sales in the quarter,, according to new stats from Asymco (http://macosg.me/2/q2), which provides mobile app development services to business customers.
"It dwarfs all the other vendors, more than double the nearest (Nokia)," says Asymco. "All that in three years and with the added burdens of only three models, a recession and limited distribution."
Looking at the pure smartphone vendors RIM and Apple, "the picture is nothing short of astonishing," they say. The two entrants went from about 7% profit share to 65% in three years.
Boris FX announces new Boris Continuum unit: 3-Way Color Grade
Boris FX (http://www.borisfx.com) has announced that a new Boris Continuum Unit, 3-Way Color Grade, is now available. The Boris Continuum 3-Way Color Grade Unit brings professional-level color grading tools to desktop editing and compositing systems, according to Boris Yamnitsky, president and founder, Boris FX.
Built-in masking and keying tools allow editors to isolate areas for secondary color correction. Separate color grading can be applied to the inside and outside of a mask, eliminating an extra compositing step.
The Boris Continuum 3-Way Color Grade Unit is immediately available through the Boris FX worldwide reseller channel and direct from the Boris FX web site for a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$99 USD. Customers who purchase the Boris Continuum 3-Way Color Grade Unit or any other Boris Continuum Unit may credit the price of the unit towards the full Boris Continuum Complete plug-in suite.
HOB debuts Mac-specific remote access solution
HOB (http://www.hobsoft.com) has launched a new secure remote access solution designed specifically for Mac users. The HOB MacGate provides users with access to computers running Mac, especially graphics workstations, on a corporate network either through a LAN or over the Internet.
In addition, access to Mac computers is possible from any client platform including Windows, Linux or even from another Mac workstation. Available now, the HOB MacGate is powered by the company’s HOB Remote Desktop VPN.
HOB MacGate merges Mac OS X desktops onto PC desktops and provides the user with the experience and usability of working simultaneously on both a PC and Mac, says HOB CEO Klaus Brandstätter. Once logged in, users see the desktop of the remote system on the client computer, and can work with it as if locally installed on their own computer.
Additionally, all components and elements of the Mac user interface such as the menu list, dock, icons, print function and program windows are fully...
Raidon releases new HyBrid RunnerRs
Raidon (http://www.raidon.com.tw) is releasing two new generations of its HyBrid RunneR, the internal storage devices iH1010 and iH2420. The RAIDON HyBrid RunneR, is a two drive, tray-less internal array that delivers performance from solid state drives while automatically backing up an SSD to a 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch hard drive.
The function of the Hybrid RunneR is to utilize part of the capacity of an HDD, identical capacity to SSD and backup from the beginning sector of HDD, to backup data in the event of an SSD failure. Although a sector of the HDD is used as backup area of SSD, the remaining capacity of the HDD is still available as extended data storage.
The advantage of this technology is that the user gets the speed of the latest SSD read/write performance with the backup protection provided by today’s latest spindled 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch HDDs, according to the folks at Raidon. For example, if the read and write performance of SSD is 250MB/second and 200MB/second, the...
Monsoon Multimedia launches Vulkano for Macs, iPhones, iPads
Monsoon Multimedia, a provider of video convergence products, has announced the availability for Vulkano and Vulkano Pro from select retail and distribution partners and Vulkano Deluxe and Vulkano Deluxe Pro direct from Monsoon at http://www.myvukano.com .
Vulkano integrates multiple "disruptive technologies" -- the DVR, web video, place shifting, Universal Plug and Play streaming and Mobile Video Recording -- while eliminating the need for multiple boxes, according to Monsoon Chief Technical Officer Steve Stone. Vulkano, a consumer device with an integrated hardware and software platform that has a video processor and local storage, is set to replace multiple boxes such as TiVo, Slingbox and Roku, he opines. It's available now at prices ranging from $259 to $379, depending on storage capacity.
When connected to a set-top box and a TV, Vulkano enables a video experience across iPhones, iPads, Androids, PCs, the living room TV and, soon, on Macs and BlackBerry smartphones. Vulkano...
Dock-It for Snow Leopard revved to version 2.7.5
Gideon Softwarks (http://www.gideonsoftworks.com/) has updated Dock-It, its multifunctional dock and Finder enhancer. for Mac OS X, to version 2.7.5. The upgrade fixes the Clipping Applet menu, so it's no longer always disabled.
Dock-It lets you create multiple docks that can be used to hold files, folders, applications, scripts, etc. It supports all Finder file operation modifiers.
For new users Dock-It costs US$10. Version 2.7.5 requires Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard").
Flash Optimizer adds support for Flash CS5
Eltima Software (http://www.eltima.com) has updated Flash Optimizer for Mac, a SWF (Shockwave file) compression utility, to version 2.4, adding support for Flash CS5
Flash Optimizer for Mac compresses not just separate parts of SWF, but the whole file including curves, zero objects and more. It's customizable and gives the user full control over the compression process.
Flash Optimizer for Mac costs US$99.95. Version 2.4 is a free update for registered users of version 2.x.
BatchOutput update lets users automate output to InDesign Markup...
Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has released BatchOutput 3.9, an update to its professional solution to automate printing and exporting from Adobe InDesign. The update lets users automate output to InDesign Markup format.
BatchOutput is designed to automate and simplify InDesign production workflows of service providers, printers, ad agencies and publishers. With BatchOutput, users only need to select the files to output and adjust the settings, and the rest will be done automatically.
BatchOutput 3.9 can be purchased for US$129.95. A demo is available for download. Upgrades to BatchOutput 3.9 free for licensed users of version 3.x, and $47.98 for the users of earlier versions. Every order includes a free license of File Courier (a $19.95 value). BatchOutput is available for Mac OS X 10.4.2 and higher, a Universal Binary, and works with Adobe InDesign CS-CS5.
ProteMac Meter for Mac OS X gets faster
ProteMac has updated ProteMac Meter (http://www.protemac.com/Meter/), the network activity monitor and network traffic logger utility for Mac OS X (10.4 and higher), to version 3.7. The upgrade sports speed increases.
ProteMac Meter allows control network activity for each application on your Mac, showing you what was transmitted and to where. It shows information about each connection: application network connections, host availability, remote host name, amounts of incoming and outgoing traffic through connection or application, timestamps of the first and last activity, application that initiated or accepted this connection, full path to the application the process belongs to, and much more. The traffic summary indicator shows an upload and download speed graph and traffic totals specially for selected application.
You can use ProteMac Meter right from your menubar floating diagrams to see the application and network bytes flow. It costs US$29.95 for a single-user license.
Reference Tracker for Mac OS X gets reports, monitoring speed...
Malkinware has updated Reference Tracker (http://www.malkinware.com/referencetracker/), their academic reference manager and research tool for Mac OS X, to version 1.7. The upgrade touts reports and monitoring speed increases.
Reference Tracker documents store all the citations and references in an essay, research project, or book and automatically create Harvard or APA formatted reference lists when needed. Features include lookup of book details using ISBN numbers or keywords, integration with Pages and Word, single-click extraction for references from web pages, built-in sticky notes, and more.
There's no need to type out all the details of a referenced book. Just give Reference Tracker the book's ISBN and it will fetch all the details from the internet automatically. If the user doesn't have the book in hand, typing keywords into its built-in publication search will get a list of matching results. With a single click, search results will be added to their reference list.
DutyWatch Remote for Mac OS X gets maintenance update
ActyMac has released ActyMac DutyWatch Remote 1.8 (http://actymac.com/DutyWatch_Remote/), an update of the distant computer monitoring application for Mac OS X. It's a maintenance release that fixes some bugs.
DutyWatch lets you monitor a specific computer or a group of computers that have ActyMac DutyWatch installed within a local network. The program's interface enables a user to check each employee's activity and control their productivity at any time during the day, week or month even being far away from the office. ActyMac DutyWatch records all typed emails, chats, IMs, web sites or web searches. The program captures screenshots of current activity and stores all running programs.
With the help of DutyWatch Remote the monitoring statistics can be viewed on iPhone and/or iPod touch devices or in an Internet browser. A user can find out what applications are used, what web sites are visited and more.
DutyWatch costs US$99.95. Version 1.8 is a free update for registered users.