Macworld: Boom is new volume booster app for the Mac
Global Delight has released Boom, a volume booster application for the Mac at this week's Macworld Conference & Expo.
Users are often confronted with the issue of low audio output on their Mac (both desktop and laptops). Sometimes the content itself comes with poor audio quality, as is the case with online videos. At other times, being outdoors doesn't help. The experience could be frustrating too like in the case of bad volume during voice chats in spite of maxing the volume of your Mac.
Boom is designed to make life easier by boosting the audio output of the entire system rather than focusing on a few applications. This means you can now enhance the volume of media-playing applications like iTunes and QuickTime. You can also boost the volume of online videos like YouTube and Hulu playing on a web browser. Voice applications like iChat and Skype can also use Boom to enhance their audio experience. Additionally, Boom provides a simplified equalizer with custom presets to further...
Macworld: Green Onions grows iPad hybrid keyboard/protector
Green Onions Supply has expanded its lineup with a new keyboard skin: the iVeil Hybrid Keyboard
Protector for Apple iPad Keyboard Dock. It's on display at this week's Macworld Conference & Expo.
iVeil Hybrid Keyboard Protectors combine custom-molded silicone with an enhanced surfacing material. The upper side's smooth surface coating allows for a more comfortable typing experience that losely matches the feel of an uncovered iPad Keyboard Dock, while underneath, it retains the excellent anchoring and durability of silicone, say the folks at Green Onions.
This model of the iVeil Hybrid Keyboard Protector will soon be available from different e-tailers. You can find more info at http://www.greenonionssupply.com/kbhbipad.html .
2010 CES iLounge sells out in record time
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) says the 2012 International CES iLounge Pavilion, sponsored by iLounge.com, sold out in less than two hours during CES exhibitor space selection.
The 2012 iLounge Pavilion, already featuring 50,000 net square feet of exhibit space (similar to the pavilion’s space at the 2011 CES), will showcase a record-setting display of accessories and software for Apple’s iPad, iPhone, iPod and Mac platforms. Owned and produced by CEA, the 2012 International CES will run Jan.10-13 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The 2011 iLounge Pavilion featured more than 200 exhibitors across 50,000 net square feet and launched thousands of new products, including Griffin’s CarTrip and Crayola Stylus application-aided accessories, Mophie’s iPad charging and mounting accessory PowerStand and the app-controlled Sphero robotic ball from Orbotix. For more info on the International CES, visit CESweb.org.
NameFind now for Intel Macs only
Code by Kevin has released NameFind 5.0, an update to its Mac file-search tool. It's a tool that provides file-searching capabilities on Mac OS X.
You can find files by name. Enter a search term, specify your search directory, and run the search query. NameFind will present a list of all files that match the search name.
NameFind is designed to be an alternative to the Mac's built-in Spotlight search technology. It uses a different file search algorithm to find files, either on your entire hard drive or in a specific directory.
Version 5.0 of NameFind now runs Mac OS X 10.6 or higher to run. It's for Intel Macs only (32-bit or 64-bit); PowerPC processors need not apply. The new version sports a completely different file search algorithm that no longer depends on external Unix tools.
NameFile is now written as a multi-threaded program for speed and responsiveness. You can now access system functions (sound alerts, AppleScripts) via Cocoa API's instead of external Unix tools....
Cronette for Mac OS X gets maintenance update
Tension Software has updated Cronette (http://pomola.com/products_cronette/cronette.html), a Cocoa task launcher for Macs and Mac servers, to version 1.4.3. The "now task already at max runs per day" are showed as runnable in the table to avoid confusion with tasks not runnable for incomplete setting specifications.
Cronette lets you specify tasks to be launched automatically by the Mac. It can be used on unattended Mac Servers or also on regular Mac workstations for tasks to execute during the night or for recurring tasks to be performed on a regular basis. It provides different types of launch tasks: daily, weekly, monthly, yearly.
Any task can be specified to launch different type of execution: open applications or documents from disk; open different type of URL; execute different type of actions: restart, shutdown, sleep; sending a message to the log; execute a complex UNIX command.
Cronette costs US$30 for a single user license, though version 1.4.3 is a free update for...
PixelMags launches 2.0 Digital Publishing Platform
Digital publishing company PixelMags (http://www.PixelMags.com) has launched its 2.0 tools portal, technology that allows publishers to take full control of their digital content from pricing to delivery as well as integration with Apple’s approval system.
PixelMags’ new 2.0 tools portal offers publishers range of customizable tools that allow for real-time interactivity. Tools include drag and drop web, e-mail, phone and address hotlinks, videos directly from YouTube with additional options for customization through HTML5, all in real-time.
PixelMags built the “Ads by PixelMags” advertising network to allow publishers to take full advantage of their extended reach created by the PixelMags 2.0 publishing platform, says PixelMags founder and COO Ryan Marquis. This new advertising network was built specifically for the magazine industry, he adds.
ShareTool 2.2 delivers iTunes 10 Home Sharing
YazSoft (http://www.yazsoft.com) has announced ShareTool 2.2, an update to their utility for Mac OS X. At a click of a button, ShareTool lets you connect to most Bonjour services running on your home/office networks from anywhere in the world.
This includes Screen Sharing, File Sharing, Remote Printing, Secure Browsing, and more. ShareTool 2.2 delivers iTunes 10 Home Sharing across the Internet, the ability to run ShareTool as a background service, and more.
ShareTools 2.2 requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later. Pricing starts at US$25 for a new user license.
Better Rename 8 hits the Mac App Store
Publicspace.net (http://www.publicspace.net/) says Better Rename 8, its music and photo renaming utility, is available on the Mac App Store. It's a tool that caters for the full range of file renaming tasks.
Better Rename is the Mac App Store version of A Better Finder Rename, a file renaming solution available for the Mac. Its interface includes a instant preview feature. The tool features capture time and date extraction (EXIF JPEG and most RAW formats) for digital photographers, ID3 tag extraction for music lovers, regular expression support, plain-text file import for renaming from databases and many other advanced features.
The new renaming engine introduced in version 8 is capable of handling large renaming jobs, such as file name conflicts, swaps and dependency cycles, according to the folks at Publicspace.net. The renaming engine leverages all the latest Mac OS X technologies by using a 64-bit multi-threaded garbage collected architecture based around Mac OS X's Core Data...
App Tamer update tweaks user interface
St. Clair Software has released App Tamer 1.0.3 (http://www.stclairsoft.com/AppTamer/), an update to their Mac utility that automatically pauses applications to improve battery life and reduce CPU usage. The new version improves the app's user interface, adds user-requested features, and refines the operation of its AutoStop capabilities.
Some Mac applications, especially web browsers, continue running tasks or animations even when they're supposed to be idle in the background. This can consume valuable processing power and reduce battery life. App Tamer's AutoStop capability automatically pauses these applications when you switch away from them, and then restarts them when you click back to them. This frees your CPU and reduces power consumption.
App Tamer requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. Version 1.0.3 is a free update for registered users. For new users the cost is US$14.95.
360Works announces update for all plug-ins
FileMaker product developer and innovator, 360Works has announced an update affecting all of their FileMaker plug-ins.
SafetyNet, ScriptMaster, Scribe, SuperContainer, 360Works Email, FTPeek and WebAssistant were all updated, and logging is now consolidated to a single log file for all 360Works plug-ins. For more info go to http://www.360works.com .
Apple TV streaming more Netflix video than the iPad
In reporting its latest financials (http://macte.ch/u0HUw), Netflix (http://www.netfilx.com) says that Apple TV's support for its Watch Instantly video streaming has already passed the iPad in viewing hours.
"The devices with large installed bases -- meaning Windows and Mac laptops, Sony PS3, Microsoft Xbox, and Nintendo Wii -- are the most popular devices for watching instantly from Netflix," says Netflix. "AppleTV has done very well for us, and in just four months has passed the also-growing iPad in Netflix viewing hours. The Roku player remains a strong performer. Our iPhone and Windows phone applications are very popular, and we’ll have support for several Android phones this year. While Google TV has not yet gone mainstream, the concept of Android and Chrome built into televisions and Blu-ray players is powerful; we’re confident that they will be very successful, and we are investing in our Google TV application. Blu-ray players and TVs with Internet connectivity are the big...
Canalys: Apple climbs to third place among global computer...
The Canalys research group (http://www.canalys.com) has announced strong computer industry growth of 19% in the fourth quarter of 2010, with Apple climbing to third place in the market, thanks to iPad and Mac sales, as well as fast growth in Asia Pacific.
The analyst company attributes the majority of Q4 market growth to the rising demand for pads, a new product category. Some research groups don't count tablets among personal computer sales, but I've long argued they should be included. Canalys thinks like I do.
"Pads gave consumers increased product choice over the holiday season," says Canalys Analyst Tim Coulling. "While they do not appeal to first-time buyers or low-income households, they are proving extremely popular as additional computing devices."
Canalys urges vendors to accept new market realities, by recognizing pads as an integral new component of the overall PC landscape. Unlike other analyst companies, Canalys incorporates pad shipments, such as the Samsung Galaxy...
MiniTool announces free Mac data recovery tool
MiniTool Solution has announced a free data recovery application –-- MiniTool Mac Data Recovery 2.0. It's designed to allow home users to restore Mac data up to 1GB.
MiniTool Mac Data Recovery can recover deleted files and folders, restore lost data -- even if the partition is formatted or deleted -- and restore data from a corrupted hard drive, virus infection, and other unexpected system shutdown or software failure. It supports IDE, SATA, SCSI, USB hard disk, memory card, USB flash drive and the iPod.
MiniTool Mac Data Recovery includes four data recovery modules: Undelete Recovery, Damaged Partition Recovery, Lost Partition Recovery and Digital Media Recovery. Each data recovery module focuses on different data loss cases.
It requires Mac OS X 10.5 and above. You can download it at mac.powerdatarecovery.com/download.html .
Pricing for Verizon iPhone voice plans announced
According to the Apple web site, individual voice plans for the Verizon iPhone will be US$39.99 per month for 450 minutes, with 900 minutes available for $59.99 and Nationwide Unlimited checking in at $69.99. Family SharePlans begin at $69.99 for 700 minutes, with 1400 minutes ($89.99), 2000 minutes ($99.99) and unlimited ($119.99) also available.
What's more, the "Associated Press" (http://macte.ch/5r8oi) has learned that some AT&T iPhone users on limited plans won't need to move to Verizon for "all-you-can-eat" data. "In an unadvertised loophole, AT&T has allowed subscribers who have had an unlimited data plan in the past to switch back," the article adds. That includes anyone who had an iPhone before June, when the limited plans took effect.
Ubiquisys announces personal femtocell for the iPhone
Ubiquisys (http://www.ubiquisys.com), a developer of 3G and LTE intelligent cells, has announced what it says the world’s first attocell -- a personal femtocell. Designed primarily for people traveling abroad, it enables mobile calls to be made and received as though in their home country.
Although developed specifically for the iPhone, the attocell works out of the box with any 3G phone, and has also been tested with Blackberry, Nokia and Android Smartphones. Ubiquisys is already in discussions with several mobile operators about the product.
The attocell connects to a user’s laptop via USB, which provides power and an Internet connection. It then analyses the IP address and radio environment to determine which country it is in, and sets its 3G radio power accordingly to below the licensed level. In some countries its range will be just 5mm, in other countries; it could cover a whole room, according to the folks at Ubiquisys.
Like Ubiquisys femtocells, the attocell continuously...
Macworld: iFusion SmartStation released for the iPhone
AltiGen Communications, a provider of software-based Unified Communications solutions, has introduced the iFusion SmartStation, a new docking station for the iPhone, at this week's Macworld Conference & Expo.
Using Bluetooth technology, the iFusion extends a traditional telephone handset and hands-free speakerphone with amazing voice clarity to the iPhone, Niel Levonius, AltiGen’s director of Corporate Strategy. With the iFusion, you have access to a dock connector port for syncing or charging, and an audio line out port for connecting to powered speakers via an optional audio cable, eliminating the need for a separate dock. With support for A2DP Bluetooth streaming, users are able to enjoy their favorite iPhone music over the internal speakerphone, Levonius says.
iFusion will be available in the US in April. Two models, in glossy white and glossy black finishes, will be priced at US$169. Pre-orders will be accepted, beginning Jan. 27, at http://www.thefusionphone.com .
Singular Software releases DualEyes for the Mac
Singular Software, a developer of workflow automation applications for digital media, says DualEyes is now available for Mac OS X. It's designed as a standalone application for the automatic synchronization of video and audio clips for dual-system audio production.
Built to work alongside any video editing application, DualEyes is streamlined for the task of replacing in-camera scratch audio with separately recorded high-quality audio, says Bruce Sharpe, CEO, Singular Software. It synchronizes and cuts the audio to automatically match each video clip in both start time and duration.
Users record audio on a separate recorder and use DualEyes to replace the camera audio with that high-quality separate audio. With DualEyes' technology, all original media files are kept intact, while new media files are created for advanced flexibility.
DualEyes for Mac OS X 10.5 and later is available to purchase via the Singular Software web site (http://www.singularsoftware.com/downloads.html ) for...
Worldwide app store revenue to surpass $15 billion in 2011
Worldwide mobile application store downloads are forecast to reach 17.7 billion downloads in 2011, a 117% increase from an estimated 8.2 billion downloads in 2010, according to the Gartner research group (http://www.gartner.com).
By the end of 2014, Gartner forecast over 185 billion applications will have been downloaded from mobile app stores, since the launch of the first one in July 2008. Worldwide mobile application store revenue is projected to surpass US$15.1 billion in 2011, both from end users buying applications and applications themselves generating advertising revenue for their developers. This is a 190% increase from 2010 revenue of $5.2 billion.
"Many are wondering if the app frenzy we have been witnessing is just a fashion, and, like many others, it shall pass. We do not think so," says Stephanie Baghdassarian, research director at Gartner. "We strongly believe there is a sizable opportunity for application stores in the future. However, applications will have to grow...
Macworld: Jammit music app to be unveiled
Jammit, music software offering budding and veteran rock stars access to top industry artists’ original multi-track master recordings, will be unveiled at this week's Macworld Conference & Expo.
Created by music producer Scott Humphrey (Motley Crue, Rob Zombie, Ozzy Osbourne), Jammit gives music fans of all levels a way to learn their favorite artists’ tracks as they were meant to be played. Features include instrument isolation, synchronized notation and tablature combined with phrase looping and a slow speed function without changing pitch.
A quick product video demo is available on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28h9hvOS-m4 . Available soon (pricing hasn't been announced) at http://www.jammit.com, music lovers can download, install and purchase their favorite songs for the iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Mac OS X, Windows and other devices.
Nuclear Nova Software releases ASCII Art for Mac OS X
Nuclear Nova Software has announced ASCII Art, its first graphics and media app for Mac OS X. It's a generator that converts digital pictures into text art.
You can output art to both black/white text and full color, with the ability to export plain text, html, tif, and rtf files. A user editable character set adjusts the available characters to be used, while the maximum character width option controls the finished product size.
Compatible source images include jpeg, png, gif, bmp, psd, tif, tga, jpg, tiff, and more. Output quality greatly depends on the input file. Often images such as clip art work better than sources such as digital pictures.
ASCII Art requires Mac OS X 10.5. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.
The ASCII Art demo is feature limited and free to try. The full version of ASCII Art is US$19.95 and may be purchased through Nuclear Nova Software's web site (http://nuclearnova.com/asciiart.php). The paid version includes all...
Free iMedia Browser 2 available on the Mac App Store
Karelia Software has released iMedia Browser 2 (http://www.karelia.com/imedia/), an update to its media browser for Mac OS X. It's a free stand-alone utility that adds the familiar "media browser" experience to just about any Mac app. The Karelia iMedia Browser 2 is available exclusively on the Mac App Store.
Rewritten from the ground up, iMedia Browser 2 adds a new, searchable Flickr browser and boasts a completely new architecture geared for speed. It allows browsing of photo libraries (including iPhoto, Aperture, Lightroom, Flickr, and Pictures folders); music (iTunes, GarageBand, and Music folders); movies (iTunes, iPhoto, and Movies folders), and bookmarks (Safari and Firefox).
You can browse items and zoom in with QuickLook, or drag items you find into any productivity application. iMedia Browser 2 can be activated either from the dock or from a small icon in the menu bar. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later
Macworld: Widget Press introduces FormEntry 2
Widget Press has introduced the next major version to its FormEntry family of Mac software. FormEntry for Mac, FormEntry Server and the all new FormEntry Touch have all been updated to version 2.
These applications are designed exclusively for iOS, Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server, and allow for custom iOS form app creation and delivery to any iPad, iPhone and iPod touch device.
Featuring a new Spin Wheel Picker, AirPrint, PDF creation and much more, FormEntry for Mac authors can develop form based applications for their iOS users. Once created on a Mac, the authors can send their forms over Wi-Fi to any iOS device to be completed. FormEntry for Mac was specifically developed for novices, students, and iOS gurus alike.
FormEntry Touch 2.0 has an improved core and works on any iOS 3.1 or higher device. Users can work with form based application in native landscape or portrait orientations on the iPad. FormEntry Touch also adds the ability to update forms remotely, from anywhere on the...
Macworld: Verizon recycling partner to provide AT&T iPhone...
e-Cycle (http://www.e-Cycle.com), an official buyback and recycling partner of Verizon Wireless, will provide onsite AT&T iPhone buyback and data deletion for attendees of the Macworld Expo in San Francisco from Jan. 27-29.
This is the first time in the history of the conference that iPhone buyback and recycling has been offered. e-Cycle’s booth number is #651.
“With the upcoming release of the iPhone 4 from Verizon on Feb. 10, we anticipate an exorbitant number of AT&T iPhone users converting to the iPhone 4 by Verizon,” says Chris Irion, founder and CEO of e-Cycle. “It is estimated that millions of AT&T iPhone users will convert to the iPhone® from Verizon in the next two years, and e-Cycle is prepared to provide fast and secure iPhone® buyback services to help offset the cost of purchasing the iPhone 4 from Verizon.”
During the conference, e-Cycle’s mobile phone buyback representatives will assess the value of each AT&T iPhone based on set criteria (including...
BusinessMan 3 launched for Mac, Windows systems
Business software developer, Computech IT Services, have launched version 3 of their BusinessMan software for Mac OS X and Windows. The software allows companies to manage all aspects of their business from prospect first contact to invoice.
It's a modular, ERP system with CRM capabilities, estimating and invoicing modules, suppliers and inventory modules, a fully integrated email client and also an integrated resource scheduler.
New modules in version 3 include a Project Management Module, with drag-and-drop Gantt charts, task, job and resource allocation, a bill of materials module (BOM) with the ability to build completed and ready-to-build assemblies from inventory.
Enhancements have been applied to virtually every other module in the system, including timeline views in the drag-and-drop resource scheduling module, inventory pricing options and promotional goods, Inventory can now be used as a resource for renting, or to allocate temporarily to a job.
Other features included...
Find the best deals in the Mac App Store with Store News
Independent software developer Christian Kienle has announced Store News 1.0, his new, free application for Mac OS X. It offers a way of finding out the best deals in the Mac App Store.
An app that cost real money yesterday could be totally free today. Store News shows both categories of apps that are totally free and apps that still cost a little bit of money. Users may share what they have found via Twitter.
Store News delivers the best deals twice a day. You can learn more at http://store-news-app.com/ .
AnyBizSoft releases PDF Password Remover for Mac
AnyBizSoft has released a new version of PDF Password Remover for Mac. The new version empowers users to remove PDF password and restrictions on Mac OS X.
With PDF Password Remover for Mac, users can copy or print the PDF files with unknown owner password (PDF files with copying or printing restrictions). As with AnyBizSoft PDF Password Remover for Windows, this new released Mac version is also not a brute force password cracker. Users need to have the authorization to get access the protected PDF files.
AnyBizSoft PDF Password Remover for Mac 1.0.0 is priced at US$29.95 for a single user license. A demo is available for download at
iOS devices account for over 65% of Q4 Good Tech activations
Good Technology -- a provider of secure and managed enterprise mobility for the iPhone, iPad, Android and other leading smartphone platforms -- has released its second quarterly data report detailing the changing landscape of IT and mobile enterprise technology. The trend of personal smartphones infiltrating the workplace is being led by both Apple's iOS and Google's Android smartphone platforms.
In the fourth quarter of 2010, this trend continued to grow, but the iPad revolutionized the enterprise mobility landscape going from zero percent of Good's activations in March 2010 up to 22% by the end of the year.
"If 2010 was all about the consumerization of enterprise, 2011 will be the year of the tablet," says John Herrema, senior vice president of corporate strategy at Good Technology. "The iPad came out of nowhere to define this new category, and already we are seeing very compelling Android tablets entering the space, with more on the horizon."
Key points in the Good Technology...
App Tamer update offers more user info, faster user switching
St. Clair Software has released App Tamer 1.0.3 (http://www.stclairsoft.com/AppTamer/), an update of the app for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher that gives you control over your applications so you can save battery and CPU power. The new version offers more information about applications that are paused by its AutoStop feature.
It also adds the ability to automatically hide paused applications. Version 1.0.3 also offers: better handling of downloads in Safari; and improved compatibility with Dreamweaver, Xcode, BBEdit, NetNewsWire, Cosmopod, and faster user switching.
Some Mac applications, especially web browsers, continue running tasks or animations even when they're supposed to be idle in the background. This can consume valuable processing power and reduce battery life. App Tamer's AutoStop capability automatically pauses these applications when you switch away from them, and then restarts them when you click back to them. This frees your CPU and reduces power consumption, according to...
Macworld: Papershow Teacher's Edition debuts
Canson is introducing the new Papershow Teacher’s Edition (http:///www.Papershow.com), a "key to effective learning," at the 2011 Macworld in booth 1001 and in the First Looks Showcase.
The Papershow Teacher’s Edition takes the interactive presentation tool and digital whiteboard to a new level, adding functions and features for teachers K-12, including an interactive calculator, magnifying glass, two measurement tools, lined paper for students learning to write and 72 different colors. It consists of three elements: a wireless Bluetooth pen, an USB Key and interactive paper that work together to allow one to create a digital flip chart or annotate a Keynote or PowerPoint Presentation live. After a Papershow session, one can save it and then immediately print and/or email it to participants.
Papershow for Teachers costs US$249 and is compatible with Mac OS X 10.4 and higher. The Papershow Teacher’s Edition starter kit, compatible with both Macs and PCs, includes one 128-page...
Macworld: YouBiq offers way to capture, share media with the...
YouBiq (http://www.YouBiq.com) -- a developer of smartphone accessories, apps and services -- is introducing OUBIQ Gymbl at this week's Macworld Conference & Expo.
The YouBiq App and YouBiq Cloud, when combined, form a solution for capturing, managing and sharing media with the iPhone 4. YouBiq Gymbl transforms your iPhone into a "camera with a smartphone." This accessory is an all-in-one grip, tripod and tripod adapter. At the heart of the Gymbl is a gimbal, a pivoting, panoramic head that lets the user rotate the iPhone 4 around its optical center.
The Gymbl is a d, compact and versatile accessory that can be attached in seconds to a hard-shelled, ergonomic iPhone 4 case (included). The Gymbl can serve as a handheld grip to steadily and securely hold the camera in any position, or as a tripod to enable hands-free use of the iPhone 4.
The YouBiq App connects to the YouBiq Cloud, synchronizing and archiving photos in the background as they're shot. The app also activates...
Macworld: Prosoft announces Drive Genius 3.1 with Live Defrag
Prosoft Engineering (http://www.prosoftengineering.com) has announced Drive Genius 3.1 with Live Defrag at this week's Macworld Conference & Expo.
"We are excited to release this new version of Drive Genius 3 that no longer requires users to boot from the DVD or a second drive to use the Defrag function for the boot drive," says Greg Brewer, CEO of Prosoft Engineering. “The Defrag feature is one of the most popular, award-winning features that Drive Genius 3 offers. Booting from the DVD has long been one of the cumbersome steps involved to defrag. Now users can simply install it as an application and efficiently begin improving the performance of their hard drives."
Drive Genius 3.1 also comes on a bootable DVD that incorporates Apple’s latest boot technology which now supports all the newest machines from Apple, he says. Drive Genius 3.1 costs US$99 for a personal license.
Verizon to offer $30 iPhone unlimited plan for limited time
Verizon said it would offer the same US$30 unlimited data plan for the iPhone as it offers for all of its other smartphones on Tuesday morning. But by Tuesday afternoon, the company updated its announcement and backpedaled, saying it would only offer the unlimited iPhone data plan "for a limited time," says "CNN Money" (http://macte.ch/KQlhd).
Those who get in during the window will have unlimited data on their iPhones throughout the life of their Verizon contract, the article says. The company declined to comment on how long the temporary unlimited offer would last. But it said that after the initial period, it will move to a metered system similar to the one used by AT&T, which makes its smartphone customers pay for the amount of data they consume.
App4mac introduces Imagerie 1.0 for Snow Leopard
App4mac has introduced Imagerie 1.0 (http://www.app4mac.com/imagerie.html), their new image editor built for Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard"). It features layers management, vector tools, gradient editor and a history navigator. Imagerie is especially made to be flexible, very speedy and clear while doing common editing. No complex windows or hidden features.
According to the folks at App4Mac, Imagerie makes it y easy and speedy for everyone to edit an image. Its features range from "basic and effective pimp-up to high-class filters for sophisticated stuff."
Imagerie is available for approximately US$38 until the end of March. It's a special introductory price. Updates are always free for lifetime. Imagerie is also coming soon to the Mac App Store.
You lets you wake up using your Mac
iLifeTouch has released You 1.0 (http://ilifetouch.com/youmac/) for Mac OS X. The app was designed to help you wake up with alarms that actually work every time.
The app provides you with local weather and allows you to add your local news feed. Features include: options for setting alarms; options to set reminders,, meetings, etc.; Universal Time; and user controlled news feeds
You requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later and costs US$2.99. It's available through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.
MacBook Air SuperDrive gets protective case
WaterField Designs (http://www.sfbags.com/) has announced the SuperDrive Sleeve, a new protective case custom fitted for Apple's MacBook Air SuperDrive.
Mobile MacBook Air users may now carry a SuperDrive in the light and protective SuperDrive Sleeve that safeguards the device with ballistic nylon and shock-absorbing neoprene padding. The sleeve is cushioned with high-grade neoprene wrapped in black, ballistic nylon shell with a small tab at the bottom of the case to assist in removing the device. Users tuck the USB cord into a flush stretch pocket along the backside of the case.
The SuperDrive Sleeve is available for US$25. Its available now at the WaterField Designs online company store.
Xsilva updates LightSpeed, LightSpeed Mobile
Xsilva Systems (http:/www.xsilva.com) has released LightSpeed 3.4 and LightSpeed Mobile 1.3.
The latest release features a POS user interface that tightly integrates with LightSpeed Mobile, allowing transactions to be created and paid by credit card from a mobile unit, or instantly dispatched to a Mac sales station for processing alternate payment methods. This is a first for mobile POS, says Dax Dasilva, CEO and founder of Xsilva.
On the retail floor, employees using an iPod touch or iPhone running the LightSpeed Mobile application scan or search the product(s); add, edit or set the customer; and then hand off the sale to a Mac desktop running the LightSpeed POS. This functionality allows a workflow for those customers who want to pay by a method other than credit card, namely cash, check, or alternate payment method that requires a Mac-connected cash drawer or external terminal, says Dasilva.
The user of the desktop POS will see a bubble appear on the left sidebar of the screen,...
Macword: Likewise program eases integration of Macs into schools
Likewise, which specializes in helping businesses and educational institutions manage IT environments with mixed operating systems, has announced a program that enables educational institutions of all sizes to take advantage of reduced pricing and cross-platform expertise to better track, authenticate and secure Mac, Linux and Unix systems. It will be demoed at this week's Macworld Conference & Expo.
The competitive pricing of Likewise Enterprise for Education, along with volume discounts, helps universities and school districts achieve significant cost savings, says Arne Gallagher, director of worldwide education sales at Likewise. Also, Likewise Open, an open source and free product, can integrate small groups of computers using Microsoft Active Directory. No additional hardware is required to set up Likewise, so schools don't need to worry about additional budget for servers.
Johns Hopkins University, a private research university based in Baltimore, Maryland, was among the...
Cleopatra: a Queen's Destiny available on the Mac App Store...
Coladia (http://www.coladia.com) says Cleopatra: a Queen's Destiny is available on the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later and costs US$14.99.
Here's how the game is described: "Cleopatra: a Queen's Destiny is a point and click adventure game, taking place in Alexandria, Egypt, 48 BC. The country is divided by civil war pitting Cleopatra's supporters against those of her brother and husband, Ptolemy, who is ravaging the country. In this climate of terror, Thomas, a young apprentice to Akkod, Cleopatra's astrologist and astronomist, falls in love with his master's daughter.
"Thomas sets out on their trail and learns in the course of his investigations that Cleopatra herself had asked Akkod to make a specific divination, and that the partisan of Ptolemy are behind the kidnapping. Cleopatra promises Thomas that in exchange for the tablets required for the divination, her guards will find the master and his daughter.
"Thomas's investigations lead him to the discovery of...
FxFactory serves up Manifesto plug-in pack
Noise Industries has announced its latest FxFactory freebie plug-in pack, Manifesto. The titling plug-ins provide new and current FxFactory users with a way to generate titles in Apple Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express, Motion and After Effects. Manifesto comes in two variants: a static title generator and a title roll/crawl generator.
With Manifesto, no keyframes are required for animation. The text of choice is scrolled in and out of frame automatically based on the length of the generator track. This feature also lets users match a title roll (or crawl) to the duration of a different clip.
Manifesto can reference an existing RTF file on disk, allowing users to rely entirely on an external program for text input and layout. Users can create animations at any frame rate with built-in motion blur and the ability to reduce interlacing artifacts. You can use external media to determine which portions of the title are visible, or vice versa.
Manifesto is offered as a free download via...
Linguisoft releases Grammarian PRO2 X
Linguisoft (http://www.linguisoft.com) has announced Grammarian PRO2 X, an update to their advanced grammar, spelling, AutoCorrect, and AutoType proofreading application for Mac OS X.
Grammarian PRO2 X provides an arsenal of professional writing tools to combat embarrassing writing errors. It is a universal interactive grammar checking, smart multilingual spelling checking, dictionary, thesaurus, AutoCorrect, and AutoType tool that virtually works with every program on the Mac computer.
The update has an improved user interface, offers improved performance and faster start-up, and has improved grammar and spell checking accuracy. It also checks for many new classes of grammar and spelling errors with over 250 primary writing rules.
Grammarian PRO2 X retails for US$49.95 and $25 for eligible upgrades. Upgrade and installation instructions are included with the Grammarian PRO2 X download. Grammarian PRO2 X requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later.
ITC says Kodak lawsuit against Apple is invalid
The U.S. International Trade Commission has ruled that the action brought by Kodak against Apple and Research In Motion Limited is invalid and not infringed, reports "24/7 Wall Street" (http://macte.ch/IMayK).
Kodak argued that all the digital cameras in these consumer electronic devices and smartphones were infringing Kodak’s patent and intellectual property for previewing images on digital camera-enabled devices. The Kodak patent covers the technology related to a method for previewing images.
"24/7 Wall Street" says Kodak will continue its fight and noted that the ITC had previously upheld the patent in its case against LG and Samsung. Kodak also noted that Kodak has licensed this patent in question and others to technology companies like LG, Panasonic, Motorola, Nokia, Olympus, Samsung, Sanyo, Sharp, Sony, and Sony Ericsson.
iPhones, iPads to gain NFC payment features?
Apple plans to introduce "Near-Field Communication" services in its next iteration of the iPad 2 and the iPhone for AT&T, enabling the mobile devices to be used in making purchases, according to "Bloomberg Businessweek" (http://macte.ch/v1ods).
The services are based on "Near-Field Communication," a technology that can beam and receive information at a distance of up to four inches, due to be embedded in the next iteration of the iPhone for AT&T Inc. and the iPad 2, said Richard Doherty, director of consulting firm Envisioneering Group, told " Bloomberg Businessweek." Both products are likely to be introduced this year, he said, citing "engineers who are working on hardware for the Apple project."
Apple's service may be able to tap into user information already on file, including credit-card numbers, iTunes gift-card balance and bank data, said Richard Crone, who leads financial industry adviser Crone Consulting LLC in San Carlos, California. That could make it an alternative...
IDC: Android to challenge iPad for developer mindshare
Appcelerator and IDC (http://www.idc.com) surveyed 2,235 Appcelerator Titanium developers from Jan.10-12, 2011 on perceptions surrounding mobile OS priorities, feature priorities, and mobile development plans in 2011. With 85 new, primarily Android tablets announced at CES, developers are pushing these devices to the top of their priority list.
This quarter’s report shows that Google has nearly caught up to Apple in smart phone popularity and is closing the gap in tablets. Microsoft and RIM made solid gains through their product line update, while Google TV and Apple TV interest dropped off.
As these trends unfold, IDC says it's becoming clear that the days of mobile app experimentation are over. This year, developers and businesses expect to triple their app development efforts and the average developer is now building for four different devices, says the research group.
Meanwhile, a dramatic increase in the integration of geo-location, social, and cloud-connectivity services...
Bitstream releases Pageflex Studio ID 2.0
Pageflex, a division of Bitstream (http://www.bitstream.com) has released Studio ID 2.0, a desktop variable data publishing (VDP) plug-in for Adobe InDesign. This new release adds support for Adobe Creative Suite 5 (CS5) on both the Mac and Windows platforms and the patented flex technology that enables design templates to react to variable content in a more sophisticated manner than any other VDP software solution on the market.
Using variable data lets marketers achieve a sophisticated level of personal communication with their audiences, according to Anna Magliocco-Chagnon, president and CEO, Bitstream. But creating the templates used to develop these types of communication can be a time consuming and complex process. Other technologies require graphic designers to create a range of template versions that will look graphically pleasing when different amounts of variable content are used.
Magliocco-Chagnon says flex technology automates this process, letting designers create just...
Panasonic expands ZS range of digital cameras
Panasonic has introduced the LUMIX DMC-ZS10 as the newest member of its LUMIX ZS-Series of digital cameras. It sports a 24mm ultra-wide-angle and 16x optical zoom Leica DC Vario-Elmar and features full-High Definition 1920x1080 video recording capability, a newly-adopted large 3.0-inch, 460,000-dot Smart Touch Intelligent LCD --which allows for Touch Zoom, Touch Auto Focus (AF), Touch Shutter, and Touch Playback.
The LUMIX ZS10 also features a built-in GPS (Global Positioning System) function allowing geotagged images to be pinpointed via online maps and shared with friends and families. The camera also features the new Panasonic 3D Photo mode, which produces a realistic 3D photo by taking 20 consecutive photos and overlaying the two best images that provide a 3D image that can then be played on a Panasonic VIERA 3D HDTV, according to David Briganti, Senior Product Manager, Imaging, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company.
The format of the 3D image is compatible with MPO, and can...
Macworld: Fujitus to showcase new portable scanner
Fujitsu (http://www.fujitsu.com/us/about/platforms/fcpa/home/) will showcase its new ScanSnap S1100 ultra-portable scanner, one of the world's smallest document scanners, at this week's Macworld 2011 Conference and Expo.
The new Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100, weighing just over 12 ounces and featuring a new sleek style, fits into a briefcase or purse and digitizes your documents. The scanner utilizes its paper path system and fast front-side color scanning functionality to scan anything from contracts and long receipts to business cards and plastic IDs.
The ScanSnap S1100 is powered by a single USB cable, converts scanned data into searchable PDF files and even allows you to transform your paperwork into editable Word and Excel files. Additionally, the ScanSnap S1100 enables you to scan documents directly to Evernote and Google Docs cloud services, making paperwork and photos easy to store, share and access from just about anywhere. Pricing hasn't been announced.
New DiskStation will be iPhone, iPad-ready
Synology America Corp (http://www.synology.com) has released its latest DiskStation for home and small office use: the DS411slim. Using 2.5-inch drives, the compact DiskStation allows for full RAID redundancy while minimizing energy usage and noise.
Utilizing Synology Hybrid RAID (SHR), users can create redundant volumes up to 3TB. The DiskStation consumes fewer than 17 watts in use and 9.6 watts in hibernation. The DS411slim boasts a faster processor than the previous DS409slim and more RAM (now 256MB).
Bundled with Synology's DiskStation Manager (DSM) 3.0, the DS411slim offers numerous tools to home users. In addition to the expected file sharing and backup, DSM 3.0 includes an integrated DLNA-certified media server to stream music and videos to compatible media players.
Surveillance Station 5, Synology's included network video recorder (NVR) software, lets users turn their DiskStation into a surveillance system. Compatible with over 750 models of IP camera, Surveillance Station...
Brother rolls out new mono all-in-ones
Brother International (http://www.brother.com) has announced its newest line-up, the MFC-7000 Series. The new series includes three new mono laser all-in-one models (MFC-7360N, MFC-7460DN and MFC-7860DW) with prices ranging from US$199-$299.
The new models will be available at national office superstores, retailers, dealers and online resellers beginning in March. The new series offers a multitude of exciting value opportunities for small businesses by being the first in the category to offer duplex printing and wireless networking capabilities for under $300, says Jeff Sandler, director of marketing, Laser Products, Brother International. It also offers an optional high-capacity replacement toner cartridge that can help lower operating costs.
The flagship of the product line, the MFC-7860DW, offers a number of step-up features over the other models in the series, such as duplex printing and wireless networking. It also supports Brother iPrint&Scan, a free downloadable app,...
Macworld: MLstate announces iServer for Mac OS X
MLstate -- a start-up which was the Laureate of the French Ministry of Research Innovation Contest three years ago -- says it has rewritten the whole server technology, bringing verifiable security to web applications. The result is described as a breakthrough: all SQL and similar database injections; all buffer overflows are eliminated.
Now, thanks to this One-Pot Application (OPA) technology, creating an Intranet and other web applications is simplified. iServer is the Web 2.0 collaborative portal for Ma from MLstate. iServer features a web site, intra and extranet and a social network, all combined in one. Among its features: workgroups, blogs, forums, wikis, calendars and more.
iServer combines an exclusive technical structure introducing enhanced Administrator Experience (AX). It integrates Web 2.0 tools necessary to collaborate and communicate, and with an ongoing focus on user experience (UX).
A Mac Mini is purportedly sufficient to power a 50-people Intranet, for less than US$...
Sorenson Media releases Sorenson Squeeze 7
Sorenson Media has launched Sorenson Squeeze 7, an upgrade of the company’s video encoding application. Among its key new features are GPU acceleration, adaptive bitrate encoding and myriad new input and output formats.
Peter Csathy, CEO of Sorenson Media, says Sorenson Squeeze 7's new improvements include:
° New GPU acceleration. By utilizing GPUs, the specialized microprocessors that power graphics cards in personal computers, laptops and workstations, Sorenson Squeeze 7 delivers significantly faster encoding times. Sorenson Squeeze 7 automatically recognizes when the user’s primary CPU or GPU may be faster and will use the better resource for the encoding job. The software is optimized for CUDA, the computing architecture created by Nvidia that powers a variety of popular graphics processing units. Internal benchmark tests have shown Sorenson Squeeze 7 is up to three times faster than Sorenson Squeeze 6 when encoding in the H.264 format using GPU acceleration.
° New adaptive...