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Feb 16
AT&T head wants universal app store for smartphones
AT&T's CEO Randall Stephenson says he's frustrated with the way applications are sold to smartphone users and thinks customers should be able to buy an application once and have it work across many different devices, reports "USA Today" (http://macte.ch/imDCY). As an alternative to today's most popular application stores, such as the Apple App Store, Stephenson touted an emerging system that lets carriers like AT&T sells apps directly to users, the article adds. He likes a new standard for web software, HTML 5, which will allow applications to run on different devices, and the Wholesale Applications Community (or WAC), which launched Monday. "You purchase an app for one operating system, and if you want it on another device or platform, you have to buy it again," Stephenson said in a keynote speech at this week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. "That's not how our customers expect to experience this environment."
Feb 16
MagicWand connects Magic Trackpad to Apple Wireless keyboard
Twelve South (http://www.twelvesouth.com) has introduced MagicWand, an US$29.99 accessory that connects the Apple Magic Trackpad to the Apple Wireless Keyboard. With MagicWand in place, Mac users can fully utilize Apple’s multi-touch gesture technology with an iMac, MacBook or Mac home theater setup, says Andrew Green, creative director of Twelve South. The MagicWand has a special “H” beam to create a stable, portable input device you can use at a desk or on your lap, he adds. To set up, you snap your keyboard into one end of MagicWand, and your Trackpad into the other. The Trackpad can be positioned on either side of the keyboard, for right or left-hand use. No more balancing a keyboard on one knee and Trackpad on the other while working from the couch, something those who have a Mac home theater setup will really appreciate, says Green. For added control in the office, MagicWand can be used in conjunction with a mouse. Place the Trackpad on one side of your keyboard and a mouse on...
Feb 16
VintageScene comes to the Mac App Store
JixiPix says VintageScene 1.0 (http://www.jixipix.com/vintage-scene/vintage-scene.html), a retro photography application, is now available on the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later, costs US$7.99 and is available in the Graphics & Design category. VintageScene is software for converting new photographs into retro, aged, and vintage style effects. With it you can take total control over the age, fade, distress, weathering, and tint of photos, assign paper age and color, choose an overlay or border to accentuate the age of the photo, add details, and more. With VintageScene, you can emulate looks from the early 1800s all the way through current times. You can also: control the age and color of a photo; assign paper age and color; choose an overlay or border to accentuate the age of the photo and add details; save presets for any custom designed look; add a randomize effect to get a unique look; and create a number of combinations with over 60 built-in presets.
Feb 16
Bubble Breaker is new puzzle game for your Mac
Mayan Software has leased Bubble Breaker (http://www.mayansoftware.com/bubblebreaker/) on the Mac App Store. The game requires an Intel Mac and Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later. It costs US$1.99 and is found in the Games category. In the game the goal is to burst as many connected bubbles as you can, plan your moves wisely and push yourself to the top of the global leader board. Bubble Breaker comes with three game modes, and includes customizable features. In casual mode, you play along and pass each level by scoring as much as you can. In classic mode, you test your skills on how much can you score with only one board of bubbles. In Zen mode, you're supposed to be calm, take your time and rule the leader board.
Feb 16
Study: iPhone app users have a higher value than Android app...
According to data collected in January from Mobclix (http://www.mobclix.com), a mobile ad exchange network, iPhone app users have a higher value than Android app users. And utility app users have a higher value than game and entertainment app users. Mobclix found that advertising on iOS devices were more effective than advertising on Android devices, sometimes yielding double the revenue or more. This makes iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users more "valuable" to developers and advertisers. According to Moblclix, average revenue is defined as monthly revenue/unique users per month. Apps with 500k+ downloads and/or 75k+ daily active users were used for calculation purposes. Apps spent an average of two weeks in their categories' "Top 10" listing and are free apps Value is based only on advertising revenues. An active user is defined as a usage of three times a week for a minimum of five minutes.
Feb 16
Sales of Verizon iPhones below expectations?
Initial sales of the Verizon iPhone 4 have failed to meet the expectations of both Apple and Verizon, says the "Boy Genius Report web site (http://macte.ch/eruFX), quoting unnamed sources. The article says data from five Apple stores show that Verizon iPhone 4 sales for its first five days of availability were significantly lower than for the debut of the AT&T iPhone 4 over the same period of time. "Additionally, we have been told that online pre-orders between Verizon and Apple amounted to around 550,000 units," says "BGR." "We also have some statistics on who’s buying Verizon iPhones to share with you: 30% of people buying Verizon iPhones were Android users, just over 25% of people buying iPhone 4 were BlackBerry users, and only 14% of people buying the Verizon iPhone were AT&T iPhone owners. The remaining percent didn’t want to say, didn’t have a smartphone, or didn’t have a phone prior to making their iPhone 4 purchases last week."
Feb 16
Crimsonworld game released for Mac OS X
Crimsonworld is a new Mac OS X game available exclusively in the Mac App Store. It costs US$1.99. Here's how the game is described: "CrimsonWorld is an intense shooter with loads of beasts and loads of weaponry to fight them. Watch the action from an overhead perspective as you fight off teeming alien hordes on various desolate landscapes. Progressively upgrade weapons to do away with your foes more effectively, splattering blood, bones, and innards in your wake." Crimsonworld has 25 unique locations, 12 types of weapons and lots of monsters. A demo is available at http://www.gamepro.com .
Feb 16
Noise Industries releases free barcode generation plug-in
Noise Industries says their development partner, Yanobox, has released Barcode, a free barcode plug-in powered by the FxFactory platform. The new Barcode generator boasts adjustable parameters that allow users to replicate the EAN-13 encoding of the universal barcode, as well as take the symbol to a whole new level with custom color modes, random digitization options, and more. Barcode supports the latest versions of Apple Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express, Motion and After Effects. Barcode is offered as a free plug-in via the Noise Industries and Yanobox web sites. To download the Barcode freebie, go to http://www.yanobox.com/Barcode .   FxFactory Pro is available for US$399. Additional plug-ins are available for free or commercially starting at a price point of $29. FxFactory products can be purchased via the Noise Industries website (http://www.noiseindustries.com) or through select resellers.
Feb 16
CopyPaste Pro 3.0 adds search-through clips feature, more
Plum Amazing has updated CopyPaste Pro (http://plumamazing.com/mac/copypaste/), a multiple clipboard utility for Mac OS X, to version 3.0.  Macs come with only one clipboard; every time you make a new copy all previous clip info is lost. CopyPaste Pro changes that because it works in the background and remembers all copies and cuts creating a "Clip History." The "Clip Archive" is the place in CopyPaste Pro where permanent clips are kept.  CopyPaste Pro 3 adds a search-through clips feature for the History and Archives, so you can find anything in any clip. Also new is a Clip Revolver feature. Actually, this feature existed in a much older version of CopyPaste. Users requested it so Plum Amazing has brought it back. This is how it works: turn Clip Revolver on in the preferences and then command-option-v pastes and empties the last clipboard. This can be set in the preferences. A copy of the last used clip either copied or pasted can be at the top of the History stack, so you can...
Feb 16
AJA, Avid partner to deliver Full Video I/O in Avid Media...
AJA Video Systems (http://www.aja.com) has added support for Io Express in Avid Media Composer 5.5 and Avid NewsCutter 9.5. AJA Io Express delivers a portable video I/O solution offering HD/SD capture, monitoring and output in Avid Media Composer 5.5. AJA Io Express with Avid Media Composer 5.5 will be showcased at the AJA stand at the Broadcast Video Expo (D20) in London from Feb. 15-17. Paul Foeckler, vice president, Creative Professionals, Avid Technology, says key features of Avid Media Composer 5.5 workflow with AJA Io Express: HD/SD-SDI input/output; HDMI 1.3a input/output with Deep Color support at 30 bits per pixel; HD/SD Component video output; 10-bit HD to SD hardware downconvert; RS422 support, 2-channel RCA audio output; ExpressCard-34 and PCIe interfaces available for laptop or desktop use; small, portable design including standard 4-pin XLR power connector. Media Composer 5.5 supports a variety of industry standard SD and HD formats, frame rates and resolutions...
Feb 16
Jabra unveils new Bluetooth products
Jabra (http://www.jabra.com) will reveal its all-new Bluetooth range at this week's Mobile World Congress. For the first time, Jabra will publicly showcase the next generation Jabra Stone2 Bluetooth headset, plus the all-new Jabra Freeway. The Jabra Stone2 features a new voice concept that allows for hands-free communication, boasting a voice system that tells users who is calling and allows them to simply say "answer" to take the call or "ignore" to reject it. The Jabra Freeway is all new speakerphone sports three speakers combined with Virtual Surround Sound. Also on show at Mobile World Congress will be new Jabra VoIP-optimised headsets. Two new plug-and-play devices join the Jabra Extreme For PC, providing a range of multi-use headsets for mobile calls and VoIP calls through laptops, mobile devices, tablets and computers. The Jabra EasyGo for PC uses a pre-paired USB adaptor that will automatically connect designed for music lovers, coming fully equipped with a high-quality...
Feb 16
MacPractice apps certified as Complete EHRs
MacPractice (http://www.macpractice.com) -- an Apple developer of practice management and clinical software on Macs and iPhones for medical, dental, chiropractic and eye care offices, -- says MacPractice MD 4.1, MacPractice 20/20 4.1, MacPractice DC 4.1 and MacPractice DDS 4.1 are all 2011/2012 compliant and were certified as a Complete EHRs on Jan. 5 by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT), an ONC-ATCB, in accordance with the applicable Eligible Provider certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. The 2011/2012 criteria support the Stage 1 meaningful use measures required to qualify eligible providers and hospitals for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).   The ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification program tests and certifies that Complete EHRs meet all of the 2011/2012 criteria and EHR Modules meet one or more -- but not all -- of the criteria approved by the Secretary of Health and Human...
Feb 16
ArraySync updated to version 1.0.1
The National Software Laboratory has announced ArraySync 1.0.1, an update of the tool for synchronizing QuickTime playback on multiple displays attached to one computer, or across a local area network. It's a free maintenance update for registered users. ArraySync allows you to create video walls and multi-screen demonstrations without specialized hardware. It's scalable, and can run entirely on hardware you already own. You can synchronize two displays or a hundred. With ArraySync, you can use a Mac server to control PC clients, or a PC server to control Mac clients, or mix and match Macs and PCs in any combination you can wish. ArraySync's underlying protocol is platform independent. You can mirror one video across your network, or combine displays to build a video wall and span one video across it. The National Software Lab'scompanion utility, ArrayShaker, allow syou to break up your media into multiple segments and distribute them to ArraySync clients powering your displays. Mac...
Feb 15
Apple posts iWeb 3.0.3
Apple has released an update (version 3.0.3) to iWeb, the web site creation component of its iLife suite. This update contains bug fixes and improvements, including the following: ° Addresses an issue when using the iSight Movie widget on certain Macs; ° Addresses an issue publishing iWeb sites using FTP; ° Improves compatibility with Mac OS X. It's a 177.12MB download and requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher. You can obtain it via the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.
Feb 15
Apple eyeing 3G for future MacBook Airs?
Apple has began reaching out to select MacBook Air owners with a survey that could help define future versions of the teeny notebook, posing questions on 3G, data syncing, I/O usage, and the desire for models with more capable computing power, reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com). The survey touches on a number of issues, including the use of USB ports and external disc drives, web-based file storage and syncing, and use of certain function keys on the keyboard, the article adds. It also includes a number of queries related to wireless 3G data connectivity, "suggesting Apple could be exploring integrated cellular radios in future notebooks," says "AppleInsider."
Feb 15
iPhones with bigger screens? iPhones with slide-out keyboards?
Apple reportedly will change the screen size of the iPhone from 3.5 to four inches for its fifth generation iPhone to compete with the Google Android platform in the 4- to 7-inch smartphone market, reports "DigiTimes" (http://macte.ch/pxwkh), quoting unnamed "upstream component suppliers." The component suppliers noted that the production lines for Apple's next generation iPhone have begun testing, and Apple is interesting in expanding the screen size to four inches to support the tablet market as the vendor only has a 9.7-inch iPad in the market, the article adds. Smartphones that adopt the Google Android platform are mainly four inches and larger. Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S and Google's Nexus S adopt 4-inch panels, Sharp adopts 5.5-inch panels for its smartphone, and Acer plans to launch a 4.8-inch smartphone. In other iPhone rumors, "Engadget" (http://macte.ch/Sh6re) says Apple may be planning a future iPhone with a slide-out keyboard. A four-inch screen? Maybe. An iPhone with a...
Feb 15
Apple launches subscriptions on the App Store
Apple has announced a new subscription service available to all publishers of content-based apps on the Apple App Store, including magazines, newspapers, video, music, etc. This is the same innovative digital subscription billing service that Apple recently launched with News Corp.’s “The Daily” app. Subscriptions purchased from within the App Store will be sold using the same App Store billing system that has been used to buy apps and in-app purchases. Publishers set the price and length of subscription (weekly, monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly, bi-yearly or yearly). Then with one-click, customers pick the length of subscription and are automatically charged based on their chosen length of commitment (weekly, monthly, etc.). Customers can review and manage all of their subscriptions from their personal account page, including canceling the automatic renewal of a subscription. Apple processes all payments, keeping the same 30%share that it does today for other In-App Purchases. “Our...
Feb 15
DiskRadar 1.0 for Mac OS X offers hard disk fault prediction,...
Binary Fruit has introduced DiskRadar 1.0 (http://www.diskradar.com) for Mac OS X, an utility featuring hard disk fault prediction, infographic usage data, cleanup function, and HD temperature monitoring to prevent overheating. Designed for use by non-technical users, the application provides access to sufficient hard drive diagnostic data to satisfy any system administrator, according to the folks at Binary Fruit. Additional features include: 64 bit, multi-core optimization; 100% safe in-app file removal; and history-based disk health evaluation. DiskRadar 1.0 is compatible with all: standard internal hard drives (IDE/ATA/SATA and RAID); external hard drives (FireWire drives, USB drives, thumbdrives); CD/DVD drives and images; network share drives and FUSE drives; and Time Machine volumes. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. DiskRadar has three types of licenses. There's the lite version for US$14.95 (with limited time introductory pricing of $12.95). There's the pro version for $...
Feb 15
iWork '09 zooms with Token
Developer Dale Gillard has introduced Token 1.0 (http://dalegillard.com/token.html), a Mac menu bar app designed to make iWork faster. Recent iWork documents and templates open directly from Token in the Mac menu bar. Available exclusively on the Mac App Store, Token automatically saves your iWork documents every 10 minutes so you can relax and focus, says Gillard. iWork will do more using simple AppleScripts you can download and customize to do your own tasks, he adds. Token requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later and any one of the iWork '09 apps. It costs US$4.99 and is available through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.
Feb 15
VidConvert for Mac OS X gets new conversion engine
Independent software developer Reggie Ashworth has updated VidConvert, his video converter for Mac OS X, to version 1.0.1. The upgrade adds a new conversion engine and all-around conversion improvements. It's more robust in handling various import formats and now can accept Real Media files. General adjustments were made to the presets and additional options were enabled in the Advanced panel. The trial sample length was also extended. Various bug fixes were made including the crop settings, Quicklook icons, file association, and updater, as well as numerous other fixes and improvements. VidConvert It will convert just about any type of video into one of the a varityof formats, allowing you to create videos for your iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple TV. To use you add a file, select a format and a quality, and click convert. Optionally you can change your save folder from the main window. For advanced users you can select the Advanced quality if you choose to allow such options as custom...
Feb 15
Ohanaware releases HDRtist Pro 1.0 for Mac OS X
Ohanaware has released HDRtist Pro 1.0 (http://www.ohanaware.com/hdrtistpro/) for Mac OS X 10.5 running on an Intel Mac. It costs US$29.95. HDRtist Pro is the more advanced version of Ohanaware's freeware HDRtist. It's been designed to provide more creativity with HDR images, while maintaing an easy-to-use interface, according to the folks at Ohanaware. Utilizing Apple technology, HDRtist Pro is able to wield and manipulate 128-bit floating-point images (that's 16,843,009 times more precision than a JPEG photo). The app's engine has been designed to work with multiple exposures, single RAW images, and can make single JPEG images look like HDR. One-click styles, editable HDRs, and a "drop-N-click" system are all featured in HDRtist Pro.
Feb 15
Raidon presents 8-bay RAID storage solutions
Raidon (http://www.raidon.com.tw) has released the new SAS 6G storage solution, iR2880-8S-U5, performing a data transfer rate beyond 700MB/second. High level RAID6 data redundancy also can be installed. The iR2880-8S-U5 offers an optimum SAS 6G storage solution especially to multi-operational workstations and data-based servers for the small to medium sized business market. It's equipped with an Intel 80341 CPU and 1GB of DDR2 RAM under the hood, embedded dual SAS 6G host interface. With support for eight of 15mm height 2.5-inch HDD from a physical figure of three standard 5.25-inch CD-Rom spaces, it also provides simple system configuration and monitoring via LCD control panel, LAN or RS232 ports. The iR2880-8S-U5 offers multiple RAID levels up to RAID6 for the highest data redundancy ability, further provides high level snapshot and clone functions. The snapshot function calculates from existing data, keeping the changes of system in records on each given time for any necessary...
Feb 15
NewTek releases TriCaster Virtual Set Editor
NewTek (http://www.newtek.com) has released NewTek TriCaster Virtual Set Editor (VSE), which allows TriCaster TCXD850 and TriCaster TCXD300 users to customize TriCaster high definition (HD) virtual sets to fit their production needs. It will be showcased on the main stage of NewTek booth E20 at the Broadcast Video Expo 2011, Feb. 15-17, in London. With TriCaster Virtual Set Editor, producers get exclusive TriCaster VSE Sets that produce real-time reflections and specular highlights, and have a wide variety of elements that can be edited, according to NewTek Executive Vice President of Engineering Andrew Cross. TriCaster VSE users also have the option to create their own virtual sets by populating Layer Sets with their artwork, or composing layers in Adobe Photoshop, and then importing the layers into TriCaster VSE, which instantly transforms the PSD file into a Layer Set for use in VSE. Once a TriCaster virtual set has been customized with Virtual Set Editor, users can export it for...
Feb 15
MacAngel launches online learning environment
MacAngel (http://www.macangel.com) has launched the MacAngel Academy, a self-guided learning environment for small businesses that use Apple computers and devices. MacAngel Academy members have access to short concise lessons that include a video, step-by-step instructions, and a downloadable PDF. Lessons are not only on Marketcircle's products Daylite, Billings and Billings Pro, but also productivity, small business infrastructure, time management and conscious business building. To participate, you'll need a web browser capable of HTML 5 such as Safari 5. Chief Technology Evangelist Marni Melrose says MacAngel is hosted on Engine Hosting's load balanced cluster to provide speed and scalability, as well as superior Expression Engine compatibility. The online video platform Brightcove delivers the videos. The price is US$49.95 per month or $549.95 per year. MacAngel's entire training curriculum will be transferred to the new environment at the rate of three lessons per month.
Feb 15
Boxee adds Netflix, VUDU support
Expanding content options available to users, D-Link and Boxee say the Boxee Box by D-Link now features support for both Netflix and VUDU. The Boxee Box offers a way to bring TV shows, movies, music, and photos from the Internet to your TV. All that’s needed is a TV with an HDMI input and an Internet connection. The Boxee Box has support for a full web browser, full HD streaming from the Internet, support for all popular media file formats, and integrated social networking that delivers personal recommendations straight to the TV.   Boxee Box by D-Link users who are Netflix members are now able to instantly watch thousands of  TV shows and movies streaming from Netflix for US$7.99 per month through an application that’s free for consumers.   VUDU provides Boxee Box users access a large selection of HD movies on demand, new releases (same day as DVD) and thousands of standard definition movies for rental at $2 for two nights. The VUDU HDX format on the Boxee Box is 1080p high-...
Feb 15
Playback Media Server for Mac OS X gets new engine
Yazsoft has introduced Playback Media Server 1.7.2 (http://www.yazsoft.com/products/playback/information/), an update of their zero configuration media server for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. The update sports a new high-performance engine. Playback can share media stored in folders or even make entire disks available to a Playstation 3 or Xbox 360. No configuration is required. By default, it will share almost any content on the users system. And Playback automatically integrates with iTunes, iPhoto, and Aperture. Users can share all content from these applications transparently or choose specific playlists and albums. Those who like to tinker will appreciate Playback's built-in Access Control List (ACL) and bandwidth throttling. The ACL allows users to control which devices have access to their media. Bandwidth throttling limits the transfer rate from the computer to their UPnP device. This allows others on the network to do other Internet related activities, such as surf the web and...
Feb 15
Zevrix releases BatchOutput PPT 2.0
Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has released BatchOutput PPT 2.0, an update to the output automation solution for Microsoft PowerPoint on Mac OS X. In addition to batch printing, the new version lets users carry out automated PDF production directly from PowerPoint. Users can reduce PDF file size, optimize images, assign variable file names and encrypt PDF files. The new version also introduces compatibility with PowerPoint 2011. BatchOutput PPT 2.0 can be purchased for US$39.95 from the Zevrix web site, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo version is available for download. BatchOutput PPT runs on Mac OS X 10.4.2 and higher, and works with Microsoft PowerPoint 2008 and 2011.
Feb 15
Troi File Plug-in 5.0.2 released for FileMaker Pro 11
Troi Automatisering has releasesd Troi File Plug-in 5.0.2 for FileMaker Pro 11. Troi File Plug-in is a tool for getting access to information outside the FileMaker Pro database. Any files or folders stored on the computer can be accessed through the functions of the plug-in. Version 5.0.2 is a maintenance update that includes these bug fixes and improvements. A fully functional demo version of Troi File Plug-in 5.0.2 is available for downloading at Troi's web site (http://www.troi.com/software/fileplugin.html). It works with FileMaker Pro 9, 10 and 11. The plug-in can also be used with runtimes from FileMaker Pro Advanced 9, 10 or 11. The plug-in is available for Mac OS X 10.5.7 or higher, Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7. QuickTime 7 or later is needed for some image related functions. Licenses cost US$89 per user. Developer licenses and multi-user discounts are also available. Troi File Plug-in 5.0.2 also works with FileMaker Server 9, 10 or 11 as a server-side plug-in and...
Feb 15
New Outlook add-in synchronizes multiple, sub-folders with...
Most iPhone, Symbian, Blackberry and Windows smartphone users find synchronizing their personal Outlook calendar Exchange ActiveSync easy to do, but encounter barriers with public or group calendars and tasks as these are stored in public folders -- and “Exchange” doesn't support public folders synchronization. Motivated by business users or those who have a family who often share tasks, content or calendars, for which Outlook creates these non-sync public folders, Somebytes Software Developer (http://www.somebytes.net/1-1-Home.html) has released OLMixedFolders to resolve this problem. It allows users to synchronize different Outlook folders through a personal profile. Outlook users with more than one address folders (e.g. one for business contacts one for personal contacts) will usually find that their cellular phone will only synchronize one folder. In that case OLMixedFolders will check the changes in each address against the standard folder, which the cellular phone software...
Feb 14
Apple releases 2011 Supplier Responsibility Report
Apple has released its 2011 Supplier Responsibility Report (http://macte.ch/8FRoY), an annual report that looks at how well its suppliers are -- or are not -- adhering to its code of conduct.
 Apple requires suppliers to commit to a Supplier Code of Conduct as a condition of doing business. The code specifies everything from fair hiring practices and work-hour limits to safe working conditions. To monitor compliance, Apple conducts onsite audits, approves corrective action plans, and verifies implementation. As a result, "worker protections and factory conditions have improved at many facilities throughout Apple’s supply base," the company says. "Apple is committed to ensuring the highest standards of social responsibility wherever our products are made," Apple says. "We insist that our suppliers provide safe working conditions, treat workers with dignity and respect, and use environmentally responsible manufacturing processes." Apple says that more than 16,000 workers enrolled in...
Feb 14
Judge tosses iPad overheating lawsuit
U.S. District Court Judge Jeremy Fogel has dismissed a lawsuit that accused Apple of fraud, deceptive advertising and violating California’s consumer protection and unfair business practices laws by making, marketing and selling defective tablets. Last July, the three plaintiffs -- Jacob Balthazar, Claudia Keller and John Browning -- said they were duped into buying a defective device by Apple's claim that "reading on iPad is just like reading a book." "The iPad does not live up to the reasonable consumer's expectations created by Apple insofar as the iPad overheats so quickly under common weather conditions that it does not function for prolonged use outdoors, or in many other warm conditions," the complaint read. According to the class complaint, the iPad unexpectedly shuts down in warm weather or when it's in direct sunlight. Fogel said that the trio’s original charges were inadequate, notes "Computerworld." “The Court concludes that these allegations are insufficient,” Fogel...
Feb 14
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for Feb. 14
Here are the latest iPhone/iPod touch/iPod/iPad apps. You can find 'em at the Apple App Store (http://www.itunes.com/appstore/). AnyBizSoft has announced PDF Reader for iPad. The free app can help users read and manage PDF eBooks on the Apple tablet. Dan Tullis has released Word Mend 1.0 for the iPhone and iPod touch. It's an US$0.99 word puzzle/jumble game designed for gamers of all ages. There are over 11,000 jumbled words that you can rearrange in as little as one second to several minutes, depending on the difficulty of the word and the sharpness of your brain. Random Ideas has introduced Wasabi 1.0 for iOS devices. It's a $4.99 to-do list app for that includes over-the-air sync, location aware task notifications, as well as the ability to add projects, tasks, and locations to your iOS home screen. You can capture new to-dos from virtually any screen in the app, organize them by project, goal, or location and prioritize your to-dos by dragging them and sorting them. Softmatic has...
Feb 14
Judge tosses iPad overheating lawsuit
U.S. District Court Judge Jeremy Fogel has dismissed a lawsuit that accused Apple of fraud, deceptive advertising and violating California’s consumer protection and unfair business practices laws by making, marketing and selling defective tablets. Last July, the three plaintiffs -- Jacob Balthazar, Claudia Keller and John Browning -- said they were duped into buying a defective device by Apple's claim that "reading on iPad is just like reading a book." "The iPad does not live up to the reasonable consumer's expectations created by Apple insofar as the iPad overheats so quickly under common weather conditions that it does not function for prolonged use outdoors, or in many other warm conditions," the complaint read. According to the class complaint, the iPad unexpectedly shuts down in warm weather or when it's in direct sunlight. Fogel said that the trio’s original charges were inadequate, notes "Computerworld." “The Court concludes that these allegations are insufficient,” Fogel...
Feb 14
Aquafadas to launch Digital Publishing Platform on March 17

Aquafadas (http://www.aquafadas.com) says it will launch its Digital Publishing Platform on March 17 and that it will offer these key advantages in digital publishing: ° It enables designers to create digital content quickly through plugins for Adobe InDesign and QuarkXPress with no coding required. ° Publications can be based on PDF or XML , enhanced by picture galleries, slide shows, videos, and sound. ° Aquafadas ’s Solution makes it easy to deploy digital publications to multiple devices, such as tablets and smartphones, and to multiple operating systems, such as iOS and Android simultaneously. ° Publications can be published as interactive PDF, custom Apps, and in a XML-based format that supports text reflow while maintaining the publication’s design.
Feb 14
iPhone mini rumors are back
Rumors of an iPhone mini (or iPhone nano, if you will) were prevalent a couple of years ago. Now they're baaaaack with the "Wall Street Journal" (http://macte.ch/bdNbC) saying Apple is working on the first of a new line of less-expensive iPhones and an overhaul of software services for the devices. Quoting unnamed "people familiar with the matter," the "WSJ" says the iPhone mini is intended for sale alongside the current iPhone line-up and be about half the size of the iPhone 4. The new phone would purportedly be available to carriers at about half the price of the main iPhones. That would allow carriers to subsidize most or all of the retail price, putting the iPhone in the same mass-market price range as rival smartphones, says the "WSJ." There's no timetable on when the iPhone mini might debut, the article says. "ZDNet" (http://macte.ch/sSoju) adds that the iPhone mini could be sold to carriers at half the existing price of the regular iPhone, meaning greater subsidies to the end...
Feb 14
GRAMMY nominees, winners available at iTunes
The 53rd annual GRAMMY Awards were held Sunday and a complete list of the winners and nominees are available at iTunes. The list includes the album of the year, record of the year, song of the year, best new artist and more. Covered artists include Arcade Fire, Eminem, Lady Antebellum, Lady GaGa, Katy Perry, Miranda Lambert, Justin Bieber, Drake and more. There's also a free MusicMapper app that "will allow fans worldwide to connect songs to special memories and places." You can select a song powered by Rd.io, tag it to a specific location using maps, and then attach a note describing how the song and location define a specific moment in the user's life.
Feb 14
Apple tops 'Most Respected Companies' list
Apple has topped "Barron's" list of the "Most Respected Companies" (http://macte.ch/l3Oah) for the second time. The list is based a survey of professional money managers. Per the survey, 68% of managers said they "highly respected" Apple, 22% respected the company, 8% respected Apple "somewhat" and none admitted that they "don't respect" the company. Apple had a mean score of 4.25 out of 5. The other companies on the "Most Respected List" are, in descending order, Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, IBM, McDonald's, Google, 3M, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Proctor & Gamble, ExxonMobile, Walt Disney, United Parcel Service, JP Morgan Chase, Cisco Systems, United Technologies, Intel, Wal-Mart, Nestle, Schlumberberger, Siemens, Microsoft, Honda Motor, Novartis and Johnson & Johnson.
Feb 14
Drops app drops onto Mac OS X
Software developer Christian Kienle has introduced Drops 1.0 (http://christian-kienle.de/Drops/), his new application for Mac OS X. It's a tool for uploading files. Simply drop files or folders on the Drops icon in your menu bar. Your files will be uploaded to your server and the URL copied to the clipboard. You can then paste the URL wherever you want. Drops can also automatically shorten the URL for you. You can tell Drops to automatically compress files and folders before uploading. Drops requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later. For a limited time, it's being offered for US$0.99 and available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.
Feb 14
DssW releases Battery Report for Mac OS X
DssW has released Battery Report for Mac OS X 10.5 or later. The US$8.99 app creates detailed reports about a user's computer and power sources. Battery Report focuses on providing users with a clear report about their computer, the computer's internal battery, and connected external power sources. Supported external power sources include most power adapters connected to the mains, and uninterruptible power supplies (UPS). Users can easily share their reports with Mac support staff using the "Send to E-mail" menu item, or by saving the report as a PDF, says Graham Miln, director, DssW. For more info, or to download a demo version of Battery Report, go to http://www.dssw.co.uk/batteryreport/ .
Feb 14
AuraSound introduces universal media player
AuraSound (http://www.aurasound.com) has unveiled the innovative Sound Station, a media player that sports an "audiophile-class" acoustic design with a 7-inch color screen and several connectivity features. 
Sound Station supports Internet radio and iPod/iPhone docking and serves as a digital picture frame, alarm clock, FM radio, and video player. It doesn't require a computer to set up or operate. The product will be available next month initially via selected retailers in the U.S. and Europe, with global expansion to follow. Pricing hasn't been announced.
Feb 14
Adobe reports strong mobile adoption of Flash Player, AIR
At this week's Mobile World Congress, Adobe (http://www.adobe.com) that developers and content publishers can now deploy Adobe AIR applications to more than 84 million smartphones and tablets running iOS and Android. By the end of 2011, Adobe expects more than 200 million smartphones and tablets to support Adobe AIR applications. For examples of popular AIR applications for Android and iOS, visit m.flash.com . In addition, Adobe announced that more than 20 million smartphones were shipped or upgraded with Adobe Flash Player 10.1 software on over 35 certified devices in the first six months following the launch. But don't count iOS devices among them, as Apple -- or at least CEO Steve Jobs -- isn't a Flash fan. For 2011, the company expects Flash Player to be supported on more than 132 million units worldwide, says David Wadhwani, senior vice president, Creative and Interactive Solutions Business Unit, Adobe. Adobe is also showcasing the latest release of Flash Player -- Flash Player...
Feb 14
NetGear announces , new femtocell
NetGear (http://www.netgear.com) has announced four new products for mobile network operators at the 2011 Mobile World Congress (MWC). The company also announced the the MF100H Femtocell, a next generation 3G femtocell with Ethernet LAN. The new line-up of mobile broadband routers purportedly integrate features from NetGear's line of wired broadband devices together with the speed and high-performance provided by European 3G and LTE (4G) mobile networks. The four new models all offer either 3G or LTE connection, failover to wired 10/100 Fast Ethernet (FE) WAN, FE LAN & 802.11N WiFi for multiple user sharing. The line-up includes: ° MBR1200: Quadband 3G HSPA+ (21Mbps x 5.76Mbps) with HSPA fallback and failover to wired FE WAN; ° MBR1310: Quadband 3G DC-HSPA+ (42Mbps x 5.7Mbps) with HSPA+/HSPA fallback and failover to wired FE WAN; ° MBR1517: Euro LTE (100Mbps x 50Mbps) with HSPA+/HSPA fallback and failover to wired FE WAN; ° MBR2000: Quadband 3G DC-HSPA+ (42Mbps x 5.7Mbps) with...
Feb 14
ooVoo shows cross-platform video chat solution
Today at the Mobile World Congress (MWC), , ooVoo (http://www.oovoo.com), a cloud-based video communication service that delivers video across every platform, will demonstrate its multi-point video chat on Apple iOS mobile devices. “We’re thrilled to deliver our best-in-class video communication service across every platform,” says Philippe Schwartz, CEO of ooVoo. “One reason we’re the fastest growing communication app on the Internet1 is because we’ve broken down the platform barrier connecting video calls across smartphones, tablets, PCs, Macs and now iOS mobile devices.” ooVoo Mobile is already available today from the Android market. ooVoo’s free over-the-top application will be available in the AppleApp store starting in April. In December, ooVoo launched a first 4G mobile video chat service that allows 6-way video chat. The service works over Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G to simultaneously connect smartphone, Mac and PC users. To experience high quality mobile video chat, download the ooVoo...
Feb 14
Second edition of 'Working with Your iPad' released
Joe Kissell's second edition of "Take Control of Working with Your iPad" has been published by TidBITS Publishing. The 133-page ebook costs US$15 and is available at http://www.takecontrolbooks.com/ipad-working . You can get a print edition for US$26.99. The new edition includes information not only on the changes that iOS 4 has brought to the iPad but also on the many new and revised iPad apps that have become available recently. With this new edition in hand, readers can learn how to: ° Type right: they'll learn tips for maximizing typing speed on the onscreen keyboard and discover the best ways to use the iPad Keyboard Dock and Bluetooth keyboard options. ° Select, cut, copy, and paste: these commands may be second nature to regular computer users, but their touchscreen versions are another matter. Kissell explains how to use touchscreen editing commands effectively and fluently. ° Transfer files among apps and devices: the ebook shows how using iTunes to exchange documents with an...
Feb 14
Boingo introduces unlimited Wi-Fi plan for Europe
Boingo Wireless (http://www.boingo.com) has launched a new all-you-can-eat Internet access plan for laptops that's tailored to customers connecting primarily in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Boingo Europe Plus gives laptop users unlimited access at more than 90,000 hotspots in Europe, Middle East and Africa for €27.95 per month. Usage outside the designated region is billed at €0.10 to €0.15 per minute and includes almost 170,000 additional hotspots across Asia Pacific and the Americas. Users can also sign up for the plan in British Pounds Sterling (£22.95 per month and £0.09 to £0.13 per minute for use outside EMEA). “The new Boingo Europe Plus plan is part of our ongoing initiative to provide more flexibility to customers whose Internet access needs are concentrated in specific geographic regions,” says Dawn Callahan, vice president of consumer marketing, Boingo Wireless. “This provides an affordable option with expansive Wi-Fi coverage in EMEA, while also providing a pay-as-...
Feb 14
Global femtocell shipments good, could be better
Global femtocell shipments generally met the expectations of ABI Research (http://www.abiresearch.com) analysts in 2010, but one salient exception demonstrates how a simple regulation can impede a market’s growth. “About 1.3 million femtocells shipped into world markets in 2010,” says ABI Research Practice director Aditya Kaul. “That number is in line with ABI Research’s forecasts. The total could have been significantly higher -- perhaps 20% higher -- were it not for the continued low performance of the Japanese femtocell market.” That low performance can be traced to a simple cause: the Japanese government’s unique requirement that every femtocell be installed by a qualified technician. When those truck-rolls are multiplied by hundreds of thousands of installations, the drag on the market is no longer trivial, says Kaul. Mobile network operators have long called for the removal or relaxation of this rule and the regulator presaged action early last year, but no change has been seen...
Feb 14
Mobilize offers smartphone, mobile device detection for...
NimbleHost (http://nimblehost.com) has announced Mobilize 1.1, a plug-in for RapidWeaver that adds mobile device detection to the Mac OS X web site design application. In version 1.1, Mobilize enables you to detect when cellphone and smartphone users are visiting your web site, and will redirect them to the web site of your choosing. Support for a wide variety of cellphones, smartphones, and other mobile devices are included. Until now RapidWeaver users had no way to easily detect and redirect visitors using cellphones, smartphones, and other mobile devices, according to NimbleHost CEO Jonathan Head. Mobilize gives you full control over this aspect of web design, enabling you to target a number of mobile devices, including the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, as well as android devices, Blackberry devices, palm and webOS devices, Windows Mobile/Phone, and generic cellphones. Mobilize requires Mac OS X 10.5.2 or higher and RapidWeaver 4.1 or later. It's Universal Binary so runs natively...
Feb 14
Animetrics releases facial recognition app for smart phones
Animetrics (http://www.animetrics.com), a developer of 3D imaging technologies for facial biometric systems, has begun offering FaceR CredentialME in the Apple App Store. FaceR CredentialME AppLock enables the iPhone user to use facial recognition as the biometric authentication to unlock the device. CME AppLock provides the options of either letting the device camera automatically take a picture of your face and thereby verify via face recognition the user or use a password to secure the user's choice of applications on the handset. FaceR CredentialME can be used as a second factor authentication via bundling with third party applications. It's based on Animetrics patented 2D-3D FACEngine facial recognition technology. CredentialME is also offered for use to smartphone application developers to embed for primary or two factor authentication in securing their app.
Feb 14
NXP Software enables Android devices to access Apple content...
NXP Software (http://www.software.nxp.com) is demonstrating an upgrade of QuickPlayer at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011 in cooperation with Envivio. This new version allows Android-based devices to play content encoded for Apple’s adaptive HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) protocol. Fully compatible with major video service providers, it lets Android users access the extensive content available within the Apple ecosystem, says Peter Van de Berg, marketing director, NXP Software. The software also ensures high-quality viewing, he adds. It supports up to standard definition resolution content. LifeVibes QuickPlayer allows consumers to watch online videos, and access live and on-demand content. The software is available to service providers as a software development kit (SDK) for a downloadable application. The SDK includes a reference application ready to deploy and can also be integrated with a third-party application user interface layer.
Feb 12
iPad way ahead of other tablets in enterprise market
Barclays Capital analyst Ben Reitzes tells clients in an note -- as reported by "Barron's" (http://macte.ch/rfRpL) -- that he talked with a research analyst at Forrester Research and says the iPad is doing well in the corporate world. His conclusions from the call are that the iPad is “running far ahead of its tablet competition and its their game to lose." There is opportunity for others, including Google’s Android and for Research in Motion, Reitzes says. Apple hasn’t set up an enterprise salesforce, but it is “listening to enterprise customers," he adds. Reitzes notes that Forrester’s work supports the view more and more corporate users are “buying devices and bringing them into work.” So far, Apple is the “winner in the consumerization of IT,” he argues. Also, Forrester sees the tablet computer co-existing with both smartphone and laptop, though “it does delay laptop replacements.” Barclays is estimating 47 million tablets will be sold this year, including 33.7 million iPads.
 
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