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Jan 03
Apple plans 'Red Friday' shopping event in China
Apple is planning a "Red Friday" shopping event on Friday, Jan. 6, in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines to celebrate the Year of the Dragon. Apple promises 'amazing iPad, iPod and Mac gifts for everyone." The Dragon is one of the 12-year cycle of animals that appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. It's the only legendary animal in the group. The Year of the Dragon will start on Jan. 23 and end on Feb. 9, 2013. The dates for the Chinese Horoscope coincides with the lunar calendar. The Chinese New Year will always fall somewhere between late January and mid-February. -- Dennis Sellers
Jan 03
Last week of December sees record number of iOS app downloads
The last week of the year, Dec. 25-Dec. 31, saw more iOS and Android device activations compared to any other week of the year, according to a new report from Flurry (http://www.flurry.com), a mobile application analytics and data-powered advertising platform. Flurry estimates that a record-breaking 6.8 million iOS and Android devices were activated on Christmas Day, along with an equally record-breaking 242 million application downloads. Over the holiday "power week," the group estimates that over 20 million iOS and Android devices were activated, and 1.2 billion applications were downloaded.   Looking forward to 2012, Flurry expects breaking the one-billion-download-barrier per week will become more common-place.  While iOS and Android growth continues to amaze, "the market is still by all measures relatively nascent," says the research group.
Jan 03
Analyst recommends Apple stock as top pick for 2012
In a note to investors -- as reported by "Fortune" -- Ticonderoga analyst Brian White recommends Apple stock as his top pick for 2012? Here's why: ° Apple will unveil what he's calling iTV (an Apple branded HDTV); ° Apple will debut an iPad 3 and an iPad "mini" (possibly an iPad 2 with a lower price point); ° Apple will provide a "major upgrade" with the iPhone 5. Read more at http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2012/01/03/ticonderogas-top-pick-for-2012-is... .
Jan 03
iPad 2s to be available for $299 when iPad 3 arrives?
When Apple rolls out the iPad 3 this year, the entry level iPad 2 could drop in price to US$299, reports DigiTimes Research (http://www.digitimes.com), quoting unnamed "sources from Apple's supply chain." The report says there wll be two versions of the iPad 3, one targeting the high-end segment and the other the mid-range. Digitimes Research believe the two new iPad models will both be equipped the A6 processor with high-end model coming with a high resolution panel (2048x1536) and the mid-tier model featuring the same grade of panel as iPad 2 (1024x768). DigiTimes Research says that, with the iPad 2 (which will remain available alongside the iPad 3), the Apple tablet may cover all price segments -- from entry-level to high-end. For Wi-Fi only models, $299, $349 and $399 pricing "may all be possible," the report adds.
Jan 03
Apple planning media-related event later this month?
Apple is planning a media-related event to be held in New York later this month, reports "All Things D" (http://macte.ch/RD2wJ). But don't expect an iPad 3, iPhone 5 or iTV to be announced Quoting unnamed "sources close to the situation," "All Things D" says the event will most likely involve "an advertising or even publishing announcement" as Eddie Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, is reportedly involved. Cue is in charge of the iTunes Store, App Store, iBookstore, as well as iAd and its iCloud services.
Jan 03
Zoom It offers a 'magnifying glass' for Mac OS X
Appatit has announced Zoom It 1.0 for Mac OS X. It's an utility that allows users to view their Mac's screen through a virtual magnifying glass. Designed especially for artists, designers, engineers, photographers, presenters, project collaborators, laptop users, and those who wear corrective lenses, Zoom It is a Menu item. The app's virtual loupe can magnify from 5-45% of the screen up to 5x. The on-screen magnifier in Zoom It is always available to provide a closer look at whatever the user is doing on his/her Mac. The magnifier, with a circular or rectangular shape, can be accessed through keyboard shortcuts. Alternatively, the app's magnifying glass icon in the Menu Bar can open to display a drop-down menu of commands and preferences. Users maintain the ability to click, type, or select inside the magnified area. Zoom It requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later and costs US$0.99. It's available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.
Jan 03
NetMarketShare: Mac OS X, Safari, iOS shares down slightly
According to the latest market share survey from NetMarketShare (http://www.netmarketshare.com), the market share for Mac OS X, Safari and iOS all rose last month. According to the report, among desktop operating systems, Mac OS X had 6.36% of the global market share in December compared to 6.46% in November (that's global market share; in the US it's almost 10%). Windows remains dominant with 92.23% as of December. That's the same as in November. According to NetMarketShare, Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard") accounted for 3.05% of Apple's share and Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion") 2.02%. When it comes to browsers, Safari had 4.97% in December. Internet Explorer had 51.87%, Firefox had 21.83% and Chrome had 19.11%. That compares to, respectively, November percentages of 5%, 52.64%, 22.14% and 18.18%, respectively, for the browsers. The iOS's still dominated in December, according to NetMarketShare. It had 54.04%, compared to 21.27% for Java ME,16.29% for Android, 5.76% for Symbian and 3.51% for...
Jan 03
Apple's Jonathan Ive receives knighthood
Jonathan Ive, Apple's senior vice president of industrial design, has received a knighthood. He received a KBE from the Queen of England "for services to design and enterprise," reports "The Telegraph" (http://macte.ch/HKPy7). "I am keenly aware that I benefit from a wonderful tradition in the UK of designing and making," Ive said in regards to the honor. "To be recognized with this honour is absolutely thrilling and I am both humbled and sincerely grateful." He began his career with Apple in 1992. Ive has been the chief architect of technology innovation, notes "The Telegraph."
Jan 03
Steve Jobs action figure coming next month
Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs has been immortalized as a 12-inch action figure, reports the "Courier-Mail" (http://macte.ch/Z1d51). Toy companies, in icons and Dragon in Dream, unveiled the figure based on the late tech icon. It features a realistic likeness and Jobs's trademark black turtleneck, jeans and sand shoes. The figure is due for release in late February for $US99.99 plus shipping.
Jan 03
FilmOn.com brings network TV to computers, smartphones, tablets
FilmOn Lab says that, starting in February, it will be shipping the FilmOn AIR for free to all its yearly, US-based subscribers so they can watch local network television on their computers and mobile devices. "FilmOn has licensed over 120 HD online television channels and has even launched its own college sports and live soccer channels but the challenge has been in legally bringing major network programming to our lineup whilst respecting the network’s traditional business models," says Alki David, CEO and founder of FilmOn. "In 2010 FilmOn ended up in an ongoing legal battle with all four of the Major Networks CBS, NBC, ABC and FOX, over FilmOn’s right to carry their signals over the Internet. The case is ongoing and FilmOn expects to settle the dispute this year. FilmOn AIR is a device that plugs into Macs, Windows systems and most smart phones and tablets. The device tunes into Over The Air ATSC Digital signals already being transmitted by the networks and other local...
Jan 03
Hobby Farm comes to the Macgamestore
PlayMink's Hobby Farm is now available at the Macgamestore (http://www.macgamestore.com). It requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher and costs US$6.99. Here's how the game is described: "Jill's longtime dream is finally coming true as she has stumbled upon an island farm while on vacation. It took a little convincing, but her husband Jack has agreed to purchase it and now they are both ready to run a farm on their very own island. With rumors of buried treasures and pirates swirling around however, her newly-found hobby might just prove to be a bit more challenging than she imagined. Join Jack and Jill in this charming endeavor to make their island farm thrive. Harvest exotic fruits, care for free-roaming animals, and operate handmade machines to produce even more bountiful products in 50 enjoyable levels. Purchase new equipment to keep the delicious crops coming and work the farm under the gorgeous sun, but beware of nightfall because looters may strike. With two game modes, rewarding...
Jan 03
Doremisoft releases PDF to Flash Converter for the Mac
Doremisoft Software has released PDF to Flash Converter for the Mac (http://macte.ch/4PaR7). It offers batch converting, customizing, security, and more. PDF to Flash Converter Mac lets users work with multiple PDF pages documents. It can also be used to create 3D page flipping docs. Doremisoft PDF to Flash Converter costs US$79.99. It requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.
Jan 03
FMPro Migrator for Mac OS X revved to version 6.4.6
.com Solutions has released FmPro Migrator Developer Edition 6.4.6( http://www.fmpromigrator.com/products/fmpro_migrator/index.html). The new version includes support for the automated PHP conversion of an additional 10 commonly used script steps assigned to layout objects. 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 Edition customers may...
Dec 30
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for Dec. 30
Here are the latest iPhone/iPod touch/iPod/iPad apps. You can find 'em at the Apple App Store (http://www.itunes.com/appstore/). QUByte Interactive has announced Plush Ninja 1.0 for iOS. It's a sequel to their Plush Wars action game. Players must defend the castle against zombie stuffed toy bears, covered with plush faux fur. Plush Ninja HD 1.0 is available in a free, ad-supported version; in-app purchases start at US$0.99. Agile Tortoise has released Phraseology for the iPad. The $1.99 app, developed exclusively for writers, is a text editor with a simple environment that gets out of your way and lets you concentrate on writing, Virtuoso Works Limited has unveiled MEJJI 1.0 for iOS devices. The $0.99 app offers a left-brain right-brain challenge, requiring the solver to complete a grid, ensuring there are two of each item per row, column and diagonal. Candango Games has introduced Pet It Out HD. It's a $1.99 kid's gaming title for the iPad. Pet It Out challenges players to guide a...
Dec 30
France reseller sues Apple for unfair competition
Another day, another lawsuit. According to the French publication, "Le Figaro" (http://macte.ch/tksLi) -- as reported by "ifoAppleStore.com" (http://macte.ch/VcPt0) -- eBizcuss, an Apple authorized reseller in France -- as filed a lawsuit against Apple alleging unfair competition. That's similar to complaints here in the US of A. Resellers say Apple favors its own retail stores over resellers when it ships new products. eBizcuss CEO François Prudent says his 16 locations in France suffered a 30% decline in business during the third quarter of 2011 after the supply of iPad 2 and MacBook Air laptops from Apple dried up. In the fourth quarter, eBizcuss couldn't obtain a supply of the iPhone 4s, he added. Prudent says the product shortages started in November 2009 when the Apple opened its first retail store in France.
Dec 30
Apple to appeal Italian fine
Apple will appeal against the fine imposed by the Italian regulator for failing to respect the legal warranty requirements, reports "The Register" (http://macte.ch/R1O7A). Earlier this week Italy's Antitrust Authority fined Apple 900,000 euros (approximately US$1.2million) for its handling of customer guarantees. The watchdog group said Apple had failed to inform shoppers of their legal right to two years' technical support, recognizing instead only a one-year standard warranty. The Antitrust Authority said the firm's action had led people to pay extra for Apple's own support service, which overlapped in part with the free guarantee.
Dec 29
iPhone mobile subscriber numbers rise from August to November
The iPhone had 11.2% of mobile subscribers for the three-month period ending in November, according to new data from comScore (http://www.comscore.com), a site that "measures the digital world." That percentage compares to 9.8% for the three-month period ending in August. For the latest quarter Samsung had the most mobile subscribers with 25% of the market, followed by LG with 21% and Motorola with 14%. That compares with previous quarter percentages of 25.5%, 25.6% and 20.5%, respectively. RIM's share dropped from 7.1% to 6.5% over the same period. When it comes to total U.S. smartphone subscribers, Apple had 28.7% for the three-period ending in November. That percentage compares to 27.3% for the three-month period ending in August. Only Google was ahead of Apple with 46.9%, up from 43.8% from the three-month period ending in August.
Dec 29
Analyst ups Apple price target to $460
BMO Capital analyst Keith Bachman has raised his price target on Apple shares by US$5 to $460 after raising his estimates for iPhone sales based on what appears to be strong uptake at Sprint-Nextel and Japan’s KDDI, reports "Barron's" (http://macte.ch/39dKh). Bachman has upped his forecast for iPhone unit sales from 28 million to 29.5 million -- with potential for as many as 32 million. "Based on our conversations with Sprint sales reps, we believe that Apple is benefiting from material upgrades of Sprint subscribers," he says.
Dec 29
Orangutans at Milwaukee zoo monkeying around with iPads
iPads: they're not just for humans anymore. Orangutans at the Milwaukee County Zoo have been using Apple tablets since May -- and could soon be using them to watch orangutans in other zoos, reports the "BBC." Conservationist Richard Zimmerman of the US-based charity Orangutan Outreach hopes the experiment will raise awareness and funds to support the wild animals facing extinction. He said he had wanted to give an iPad to the animals ever since it was launched back in January 2010, notes the "BBC." The orangutans were first introduced to the tablet via the Doodle Buddy drawing game. Read the complete story at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-16354093 .
Dec 29
Audioengine introduces new computer audio products
Audioengine (http://www.audioengineusa.com) has announced two new computer audio interface products: the D1 Premium 24-bit DAC and D2 Premium 24-bit Wireless DAC. The D1 (pictured) bypasses your computer's headphone output or soundcard and sends audio through the USB port, which will improve the audio quality of all your music -- even if you don't listen to HD audio yet, says says Dave Evans, Audioengine director. It's a computer DAC capable of converting audio files with bit depths of up to 24 bits and sample rates as high as 192KHz. In addition to being an USB computer DAC, the D1 also includes an optical input for DVD/Blu-ray players, TVs, and game consoles. No special software drivers are needed. The D2 is a product for computer audiophiles that offers the ability to stream "bit-perfect" 24/96 audio wirelessly from your computer right to your music system, says Evans. It will accept USB or an optical input, and the D2 Receiver will output optical or analog audio through y RCA...
Dec 29
Businesses eyeing lots of iPad purchases for 2012
A new survey of small- and medium-sized businesses in the U.S. by the NPD Group -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) found that 73% plan to buy tens of thousands of dollars worth of tablets over the next 12 months -- and most of them will be iPads. The NPD Group polled American businesses with fewer than 1,000 employees about their intent to buy tablets over the next year, and found nearly three quarters intend to bring touchscreen tablets into the workplace. Businesses are "determined" to embrace tablets, and the iPad remains the top choice in the enterprise, according to Stephen Baker, vice president of industry analysis at NPD. "The iPad, just as it is in the consumer market, is synonymous for 'tablet' in the business market, leaving Apple poised to take advantage of the increased spending intentions of these small and medium businesses," he adds. "NPD's research shows that iPad purchase preference is higher among larger firms than smaller ones, which is...
Dec 29
Apple to unveil two new iPads in January?
According to "Digitimes" (http://www.digitimes.com), quoting unnamed "sources at its supply chain partners," Apple is set to unveil its next-generation iPad in two versions at next month's Macworld/iWorld. (Ed. Note: We find this highly doubtful given Apple's past stance on third party events, and what Apple said when they pulled out of IDG's event a couple of years ago. You can read my 2012 predictions for the iPad at http://www.macnews.com/2011/12/28/my-predictions-2012-ipad .) The new models will join the existing iPad 2 to demonstrate Apple's complete iPad series targeting the entry-level, mid-range and high-end market segments, the article adds. However, instead of the rumored 7.85-inch "iPad mini," the upcoming iPad models will purportedly still feature 9.7-inch screens but come with QXGA resolution (1,536 x 2,048 pixels). Dual-LED light bars are designed for the new iPads to strengthen the brightness of the panels, according to "DigiTimes." Macworld/iWorld will take place...
Dec 29
iPhone 4S, iPad 2 top Best New Tech Gadget list
With 2011 coming to a close, SodaHead.com, an opinion-based community, has released the results of a poll asking consumers which product was the Best New Tech Gadget released this year.  Apple took the top two spots, as the iPhone 4S was the winner with 39% of the vote, followed by the iPad 2 with 25%.  Rounding out the top five were the Kindle Fire (17%), Nintendo 3DS (12%) and the Nook Table (7%). You can find an infographic, with the results of all of SodaHead's "end of year" polls, at http://macte.ch/irA6L .
Dec 29
New floor stand designed to keep iPads at eye level
Stand for Stuff has released the US$239 SwingHolder, a hinged floor unit that that secures the iPad or iPad 2 at eye level -- whether lying in bed, standing at a kitchen counter or podium, or playing musical instruments.  The steel-grey-and-black floor unit stands 58 inches tall at its full height, but can swing as low as five inches off the ground.  With the iPad securely tucked in the SwingHolder’s rubberized-grip case, its 21-inch arm (from the joint) rotates 360 degrees, allowing for custom positioning regardless of use.  A heavy counterweight on the swing arm ensures the device will stay where it is positioned until adjusted for a new purpose, according to Stand for Stuff CEO Marty Springer. Constructed from powder-coated steel tubing, 50% recycled ABS plastic and soft rubber, the SwingHolder snaps together in moments, he adds.
Dec 29
Apple dominates corporate stories at WSJ.com for 2011
Eight of the 10 most-viewed corporate stories on WSJ.com -- the web site for "The Wall Street" -- for 2011 were about Apple, which became the world's most valuable tech company during the year. The company dominated the headlines -- and captivated "The Wall Street Journal readers' interest -- this past year, from product launches that stoked frenzy to the somber news of co-founder Steve Jobs's death," the publication says. You can read more at http://macte.ch/2lLVF .
Dec 29
Wicked Audio unveils new Solus headphones
Wicked Audio (http://www.wickedaudio.com) will be releasing its Solus headphones at next month's CES show in Las Vegas. They'll be available for US$100 in a black/red dual-colored design and feature a thick braided cord. The headphones also come equipped with a built-in volume control as well as a DJ switch, allowing users to switch from DJ to stereo sound. "These are the best sounding Wicked headphones to date, which breaks us into another mass appeal market while still delivering the unique design qualities our customers know and love," says Paul Marshall, vice president of Sales.
Dec 29
Newer Technology announces iSesamo tool for iOS, other devices
Newer Technology (http://www.newertech.com) has announced the US$9.99 iSesamo (http://www.newertech.com/products/isesamo.php) a thin pry tool for opening common electronic devices such as iPods, iPhones, iPads, and Blackberrys. It's designed for repair technicians and "do-it-yourselfers." The iSesamo features a thin, flexible steel blade that slides into microscopic seams of the most common electronic devices. Whether replacing a battery, a display LCD, touch screen, or internal components, it's designed to make accessing electronic devices quick and simple.
Dec 28
Samsung, Sharp to make iTV chips?
Following sources' claims that Samsung Electronics and Sharp will manufacture chips and displays, respectively, for the rumored Apple HDTV (the so-called "iTV") others have suggested that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Advanced Semiconductor Engineering and Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL) have the potential to win orders for the product, according to "DigiTimes" (http://www.digitimes.com). Quoting unnamed "industry sources," the article says Foxconn Electronics (which builds, among other things, iPhones) is likely to nab assembly orders for the iTV. Apple's new smart TVs will be rolled out by the end of 2012, says "DigiTimes" (though the site's report on Tuesday talked of a second or third quarter timeframe).
Dec 28
iTunes Connect opens a day early
Although Apple said iTunes Connect would be shut down from Dec. 22 until Dec. 29, Apple put the website back up today, reports "9to5Mac" (http://www.9to5mac.com). Designed for Apple developers, iTunes Connect is a suite of web-based tools that allow you to submit and manage your apps for distribution on the App Store and Mac App Store. In iTunes Connect you can check the status of your contracts, set up your tax and banking information, obtain sales and finance reports, request promotional codes, and manage users, apps, metadata, and your In-App Purchase catalog.
Dec 28
Analyst: 'iTV' may offer customized programming
The rumored iTV -- an Apple branded HDTV -- may offer offer Internet-based content subscriptions with customized channel lineups, Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu says in a note to clients -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com). He says the company is working hard on customized programming, in which customers would choose whichever channels or shows they want for a monthly subscription fee. It is negotiations to make this happen that's holding up the release of the Apple television, not hardware or technical issues, he adds. "This is obviously much more complicated (than current offerings) from a licensing standpoint," Wu tells investors. "And in our view, would change the game for television and give Apple a big leg-up against the competition ... Today, iTunes has a rich library of movies and TV shows but it is mostly for downloads and only movies are available for rentals (TV shows once were but were terminated in August 2011)," he wrote. "What's missing is live...
Dec 28
Apple ranks high in Holiday E-Retail Satisfaction Index
Customer experience analytics firm, ForeSee (http://www.foresee.com), has released the results of their annual Holiday E-Retail Satisfaction Index, showing that after seven years spent jockeying for first place, Amazon and Netflix are headed in divergent directions. Of more interest to us, however, is the fact that Apple climbed one point in the Index to a score of 83. That put it at a five-way tie with Avon, QVC, VistaPrint, and JC Penney. Meanwhile, Amazon climbed two points to score 88 on the study’s 100-point scale, registering the highest score from any retailer in 14 consecutive studies. On the flip side, Netflix’s well-publicized blunders caused its customer satisfaction to plummet by seven points and 8% to 79. After years of being separated by a point or two, Amazon and Netflix, which are increasingly in direct competition as Amazon expands into streaming video and rentals, are now separated by nine points in terms of satisfaction. Netflix saw scores drop in every single...
Dec 28
Compressor 4 Tutorial offers Guide to A/V publishing on the Mac
Infinite Skills has announced a new Apple Compressor 4 Training Course (http://macte.ch/As7Ep) Costing US$49.95, the course can be purchased as a DVD-ROM or instant download Presenting a full walkthrough of Compressor's exporting and effects functionality, this 44-lesson training series looks at the audiovisual workflow tool and its filters and effects. Narrated by Apple Certified Professional Matt Schalk, the extended Compressor training course spans 2.5 hours and includes usable sample files. He looks at customization options such as video filters and geometry adjustments, workflows for lossless and compressed audio, video publishing to H.264 and MPEG standards and more. Each individual lesson features three to 10 minutes of realtime onscreen guidance, with narrated tips and usable sample files provided for viewers to follow the training.
Dec 28
eXtra Voice Recorder 2.0 for OS X released
Wave Soft has released eXtra Voice Recorder 2.0 for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher), an update to their Productivity app that lets users record and organize audio files. It costs US$9.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. Accessible via the menu bar, eXtra Voice Recorder offers audio recording, hot key control, categorization and search tools for recordings, audio editing, adding comments, recording without pauses, audio markers, continuing previous recordings, email of audio, meta tag notes, export to MP3 or AAC, and Dropbox compatibility. Users can adjust the app to stop recording when they stop talking, eliminating long pauses. What's more, users can add several layers of text and subtext to help identify recordings, as well as content within recordings. Each recording can be given a title and there's a large text field, Description, with enough room for a detailed summary. Titles appear on a scrolling list that can be...
Dec 28
Google releases Mac tools
Google's internal Mac Operations Team is releasing the tools, scripts and utilities it uses to help manage their "large fleet of Macs." To start they've released Google-Macops (http://macte.ch/CRQhg) for managing Macs in a corporate environment, a collection of Python utilities for Mac OS X system administration (http://code.google.com/p/pymacadmin/), as well as a simple facter recipe (http://macte.ch/Nqczn) to create facts from the database. The Google Mac Operations Team says that they'll be releasing other items over time.
Dec 28
Phising scam aimed at Apple customers
A "plausible" phishing scam is making the rounds and is aimed at Apple customers, reports "TG Daily" (http://macte.ch/a3TMX). The email claims to come from the company's customer support, and asks for billing information to be updated. "Failure to update your records will result in account termination," it says. Customers are asked to click on a link that takes them to a sign-in page and then a page asking for credit card information. While the link looks genuine (it's store.apple.com) the related URL isn't an Apple address, notes "TG Daily."
Dec 28
Ivy Bridge processors coming April 8
Intel plans to release a total of 25 models of its 22nm Ivy Bridge processors, including 17 CPUs for desktops and eight for notebooks and ultrabooks on or around April 8, 2012, reports "DigitTmes" (http://www.digitimes.com). The processors will doubtless find their way into new Macs next year. Desktop CPUs to be unveiled include quad-core Core i7-3770K, 3770, 3770S, 3770T, and Core i5-3570, 3550 and 3450, with prices ranging from US$184-$332. Additionally, the Core i5-3470T will be available in May priced at $184. "DigiTimes" says notebook CPUs Core i7-3920Qm, 3820QM and 3720QM will be released in April priced at $1,096, $568 and $378, respectively. Other models including Core i5-3520M, 3360M, 3320M and ultrabook CPUs Core i7-3667U and Core i5-3427U will be unveiled later. Intel will also release notebook chips HM77, UM77, HM76 and HM75 priced at $48, $48, $43 and $40, respectively in April before launching QS77 ($53) and QM77 ($48) in May, says "DigiTimes."
Dec 28
iPod, iPhone, iPad trades prove successful for GameStop
In the months since GameStop began accepting trades on the iPod, iPhone and iPad, the company has seen strong consumer enthusiasm for the program. Customers are taking advantage of this new option to put money in their pockets or use store credit to pay for video games, consoles and pre-owned gaming tablets and mobile devices by scoring trade credit, says President Tony Bartel. Customers can receive up to US$180 for an iPod touch, up to $300 for an iPhone and up to $400 for an iPad. For complete details on trades, visit http://www.GameStop.com/iTrades .
Dec 28
Deskorder for Mac OS X updated to version 1.1.3
Dosware has released Deskorder 1.1.3 for Mac OS X, an update to their video app that lets users record video of their screen, camera, mic, and speakers. It's a maintenance update. Deskorder is designed for recording and sharing video tutorials. The app features full or partial screen recording, user selectable frame rate and compression, saving video as an MOV file, and full support for uploading to video hosting sites such as YouTube, ScreenCast, and Facebook. Depending upon their needs, users can set Deskorder to record the entire Mac screen or just a part of it. An expanding/contracting record window lets users drag any corner to create a custom size and shape. Similarly, video producers can adjust the location of the record window by simply dragging it with the mouse. Clicking the Record button at the center of the window initiates the recording process. Deskorder requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later. It costs US$29.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store...
Dec 28
iFunia releases AVCHD Converter 3.5.0 for Mac OS X
iFunia has released AVCHD Converter version 3.5.0, an update of the AVCHD video converter and AVCHD editing software that enables Mac users to convert interlaced and progressive 1920 x 1080, 1440 x 1080, 1280 x 720 AVCHD or AVCHD Lite videos into a variety of video and audio formats on Mac OS X. Version 3.5.0 has reclassified the conversion profiles by device type, as well as added support for the iPhone 4S and Amazon Kindle Fire. Additionally, it's now available in English, French, German, Spanish and Italian interface languages. Priced at US$32, iFunia AVCHD Converter 3.5.0 is compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion"). To get more info or to obtain a free trial version, go to http://www.ifunia.com/avchd-converter-mac.html .
Dec 28
Noteboom Productions updates Lion video tutorial
Noteboom Productions has announced Tutor for Lion version 1.6, their latest video tutorial. It's available for the Mac on the Mac App store and on the iPad in the iTunes App Store for US$4.99. In Tutor for Lion, the user watches 51 categorized videos to learn how to use the Macintosh and Lion, Apple's latest operating system. The update includes new videos on iCloud, iTunes Match,  adding Guest Accounts, using screen sharing in iChat, Desktop Pictures, and Screen Savers. Version 1.6 is a free update for anyone who has purchased any previous version of Tutor for Lion.
Dec 28
Application Wizard conjures up version 3.2
MaBaSoft (http://www.mabasoft.net/) has updated Application Wizard -- their application launcher, quitter, and switcher for Mac OS X -- to version 3.2. The update adds the possibility to run AppleScripts, allows users to sort running applications chronologically and exclude applications from the Switch menu, and fixes some minor bugs. Application Wizard lets you open, quit, show and hide applications, open them automatically at startup and force them to open using Rosetta, turn single application mode on and quit background-only applications and the Finder. With the software you can also navigate volumes and frequently used folders to quickly open enclosed items, access favorite files, recent folders, Address Book contacts and your iPhoto or Aperture library, preview images, music, movies and PDF files, copy pictures and display slideshows, view the metadata associated with files and check system memory usage. Application Wizard 3.2 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later. A single-user...
Dec 28
SWF Converter for Mac revved to version 1.1.1
iOrgsoft Corp. has updated SWF Converter for Mac OS X (http://macte.ch/Rq7pI) to version 1.1.1, which adds support for outputting to most portable devices. SWF Converter offers a way to convert SWF videos to formats across HTML5 browsers, including Safari, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, and Opera, as well as mobile devices including the iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, Nokia and Samsung. Version 1.1.1 also offers performance and interface tweaks. Mac SWF Converter 1.1.1 costs US$99.95. It includes free lifetime upgrades and technical support.
Dec 27
iOS, Android OS shatter records on Christmas Day
Historically, more iOS and Android apps are downloaded on Christmas than on any other day of the year.  This is due to a massive influx of smartphones and tablets given as gifts.  With record-breaking mobile growth for both Apple and Google this year, Flurry Analytics (http://www.flurry.com/) -- a cross-platform mobile application analytics provider -- has been anticipating an equally record-breaking Christmas.  In 2011, Apple’s App Store is on pace to exceed 10 billion downloads, which will double the cumulative number of downloads earned across 2008, 2009 and 2010. The Android Market also set records, more than tripling its life-to-date downloads of three billion, reached in May 2011, to now over 10 billion cumulative downloads reached this December, according to Flurry. Putting into perspective the sheer size of new devices activated on Christmas Day, Flurry established a baseline using the average from the first 20 days of December.  Over this period, daily activations had...
Dec 27
Foxconn to double factory size to build more iPhones
Foxconn plans to double its Zhengzhou, China, factory size to build more iPhones, reports "M.I.C. Gadget" (http://macte.ch/Bxvub). In fact, Central China’s Henan province plans to build the world’s largest manufacturing base for smart phones starting next year, the article adds. The base will purportedly be centered on the Foxconn Science Park in Zhengzhou, provincial capital of Henan. The expansion plan, which will cost 7 billion yuan (US$1.1 billion), will increase its current production lines and expects to bring US$20 billion in sales revenue in 2012, says "M.I.C. Gadget" Foxconn’s factory plant in Zhengzhou was opened last year and has already reached a daily production of 200,000 Apple iPhones with 130,000 workers.
Dec 27
Report: iTV to come in 32-inch, 37-inch models
Apple's supply chain will start preparing materials for the Apple-branded HDTV (the so-called "iTV") in the first quarter of 2012 with the sets rolling out in the second or third quarter of next year, reports "DigiTimes" (http://www.digitimes.com), quoting unnamed "industry sources." Sharp will reportedly product the displays for the TVs, which will be available in 32-inch and 37-inch versions, the article adds. "DigiTimes" also says that the set-top box Apple TV will live in in a "next generation" model, though the article doesn't elaborate. Apple has reportedly turned to Jeff Robbin, who helped create the iPod and the iTunes Store, to guide development of the company's HDTV effort, reports "Bloomberg" (http://macte.ch/LOVFk), quoting unnamed "people with knowledge of the project." According to the sources, Apple is working to integrate seamless content search features into the device. "For example, instead of having to separately check to see if a movie or show is available through...
Dec 27
Apple fined for misleading product guarantees
An Italian watchdog group has fined Apple 900,000 euros (approximately US$1.2million) for its handling of customer guarantees, reports the "BBC" (http://macte.ch/iNpdw). The country's Antitrust Authority said Apple had failed to inform shoppers of their legal right to two years' technical support, recognizing instead only a one-year standard warranty. The Antitrust Authority said the firm's action had led people to pay extra for Apple's own support service, which overlapped in part with the free guarantee. According to the "BBC," the authority said the penalties applied to the iPhone maker's three local divisions -- Apple Italia, Apple Sales International and Apple Retail Italia. The Italian watchdog group added that Apple would have to publish an extract from its ruling on its website, and must add details of the two-year guarantee to its Applecare plan within 90 days.
Dec 27
Holiday gifts drive Apple iOS 12x higher
Apple iOS and Android devices were apparently popular gifts worldwide over the holiday weekend, with the number of new devices seen by Localytics over 12 times higher than previous weekends. Global growth in the two competing platforms was virtually tied, but with strong regional differences across the Americas, Europe and Asia. Localytics provides mobile analytic services to top app publishers across over 200 million devices. A key metric tracked by publishers is how many new devices, or customers, use their applications. By calculating the number of new devices across its entire publisher base, Localytics can estimate the growth of iPhones, iPads, Android phones and other devices. Among the top 20 countries for mobile devices, Localytics saw a huge increase in both Apple iOS and Android devices over the Dec. 23-26 weekend compared to previous weekends since Nov. 25. The US and Germany registered the highest growth rates for iOS while South Korea and Sweden had the highest growth...
Dec 27
Apple web page explains iTunes Match and how it works
Apple has published a new web page for iTunes Match (http://www.apple.com/itunes/itunes-match/) designed to answer questions about the service. Among other things the page has a video showing how it works. With iTunes Match, even songs you’ve imported from CDs can be stored in Apple's iCloud. You can play them on any iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or PC. According to Apple, here’s how it works: "iTunes determines which songs in your collection are available in the iTunes Store. Any music with a match is automatically added to iCloud for you to listen to anytime, on any device. Since there are more than 20 million songs in the iTunes Store, chances are, your music is already in iCloud. And for the few songs that aren’t, iTunes has to upload only what it can’t match. Which is much faster than starting from scratch. Once your music is in iCloud, you can stream and store it to any of your devices. Even better, all the music iTunes matches plays back from iCloud at 256-Kbps AAC DRM-free...
Dec 27
Apple has more web traffic than Wal-Mart in November
Apple attracted more online visitors in the United States during November than Wal-Mart. According to a comScore press release first noted by "Ad Age" (http://macte.ch/yw3k9), Apple’s Web properties saw more than 79 million U.S. unique visitors last month. Meanwhile, Wal-Mart saw nearly 59 million. iTunes, Apple's digital-content store made up about 30% of Apple's more than 79 million in U.S. unique visitors in November. Apple gets almost as many web visitors as the largest newspaper site, that of "The New York Times," notes "Ad Age." Per comScore, Apple was the No. 13 web property ranked by U.S. unique visitors in November. Amazon is the biggest retailer by this measure, at No. 5. Ebay ranks No. 15, and Walmart No. 18.
Dec 27
iOS devices account for most online, non-desktop sales
According to a new study from "RichRelevance" (http://www.richrelevance.com), Apple mobile devices account for the bulk of all online non-desktop sales: just over 92% of the sales originated from an iPad or an iOS-enabled device in December 2011, up from 88% in April. Apple mobile devices also have a larger average order value compared to other mobile platforms (US$123 for Apple vs. $101 for Android in December 2011). They also far outstrip desktop orders ($87) RichRelevance, which specializes in dynamic personalization for retail, recently released its inaugural Holiday Shopping Study to give companies new insight into how these consumers shop and buy. The study analyzes 3.4 billion shopping sessions between April and December to uncover the trends that have shaped holiday 2011 and will define 2012. -- Dennis Sellers
 

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