Joby unveils new iPad products
Joby (http://www.JOBY.com) has launched two new iPad products For the road warrior, the GorillaMobile Ori is designed to amplifiy the productivity of the iPad with ergonomic design and sleek protection on-the-go. The GorillaMobile Yogi is designed for the user who sees the iPad as an extension of themselves and wants to cuddle up with the iPad on the couch or in bed.
The $79.95 GorillaMobile Ori transforms from a sleek protective case to a versatile, ergonomic positioning stand. Drawing its inspiration from the folding art of origami, it's engineered from a superlight German-made aluminum/polypropylene composite used in high-performance cars, says Joby CEO Forrest Baringer-Jones. The four main viewing modes are optimized for the task at hand, so you can position the stand to watch a movie on the plane, flip through a business presentation or type an email at a café -- with the ability to adjust the display height and viewing angle to be comfortable for you. The Ori delivers rigid...
CarTrip, CleanDrive App connect with car's on-board...
Griffin Technology (http://www.griffintechnology.com) has announced CarTrip, an integration of hardware and software that provides realtime driver feedback on everything from fuel efficiency to maintenance codes and environmental impact.
CarTrip's Bluetooth monitor plugs into the car's OBD-II port to record and analyze data from the car's on-board computer. On-board memory stores data, and CarTrip's expansion SD card slot allows for additional data storage. A built-in sleep feature minimizes power consumption when not in use. CarTrip displays the data on a compatible iOS or Android device, using a friendly (and free) app called CleanDrive. It's available at the Apple App Store.
CleanDrive monitors the car's performance, collecting realtime data like fuel consumption, acceleration, top speed and engine diagnostic codes. It crunches the numbers and displays a "Carbon Score" on the iOS or Android device's screen. Instantaneous, trip, and long-term averages are recorded to give a clear...
ATTO introduces FastStream SAS/SATA RAID storage controllers
ATTO Technology has introduced their latest shared RAID Storage Controllers. ATTO's FastStream RAID Storage Controllers are independent external RAID storage controllers that provide 8Gb Fibre Channel or 6Gb SAS host connectivity to multiple tiers of SAS/SATA disk storage enclosures.
All models, including the 5550, 8250 and the 8550 are available with updated features and benefits. FastStream storage controllers connect workstations or a SAN to low-cost JBOD disk storage, providing managed latency for high-performance workflows. The FastStream is designed for applications in digital audio/video and IT infrastructures, including digital film production, high-definition video post production, imaging, digital prepress, disk-to-disk backup, audio production and transaction-based environments.
The FastStream SC 8550 touts with transfer speeds of up to 1500MB/second while providing parity RAID protection to multiple tiers of disk enclosures. It's engineered to run six streams of 10-bit...
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 for the Mac coming Jan. 6
Feral Interactive (http://www.feralinteractive.com) says the Mac version of LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 will be released on Thursday, Jan. 6 for US$39.95. It's available for pre-order.
Here's how the game is described: "Combining the quirky and fun gameplay of LEGO with the magic of Harry Potter, LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 lets users experience all the thrills and excitement of the first four Harry Potter books and films in a brand new way. The adventure builds from Privet Drive to the Triwizard Tournament in an interactive journey that takes players through some of the most detailed and expansive environments ever created for a LEGO game.
"Playing as Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, as well as more than 170 other favorite characters, fans will have the opportunity to attend lessons, cast spells, mix potions, fly on broomsticks and complete tasks to earn rewards. In LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4, players will have the freedom to play alone or in two-player co-op as...
Candy Convertible Air released for new MacBook Airs
New protection for the MacBook Air has arrived. Hard Candy Cases (http://www.HardCandyCases.com) says their newest case doesn't add bulk or weight to the 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air.
The Candy Convertible Air is available in an "animal-friendly faux-nubuck sleeve." The form-fitting folio design allows full use of the MacBook Air without removal, and is available in black and red for US$44.95. Shipping this month, product is available for pre-order at the Hard Candy Cases site.
Logitech HD Pro Cam now Mac compatible
So you can make HD video calls and Full HD video recordings on a Mac, Logitech (http://www.logitech.com) has announced that its flagship Logitech HD Pro Webcam C910 (US$99.99) is now Mac-compatible.
The newest Logitech HD webcam is not only plug-and-play ready with iChat, Photo Booth® and FaceTime, but with the latest Logitech software for Macs, Mac fans can now experience Full HD 1080p video recording and one-click uploading to Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, as well as integration with the editing and management functions of iPhoto and iMovie, according to Eric Kintz, vice president and general manager of Logitech’s video business. And for video calls in HD 720p, Mac enthusiasts can now enjoy the "fast, free and easy-to-use" Logitech Vid HD for Mac, he adds.
The newest Logitech webcam is compatible with much more than just Macs. In addition to Apple applications such as FaceTime, iChat and Photo Booth, the Logitech HD Pro Webcam C910 will work with virtually every major video-...
Kodak announces new cameras, printers
Kodak (http://www.kodak.com) has announced new video cameras, expanded its EasyShare line and debuted a new all-in-one.
The company has introduced two new additions to its Mac compatible pocket video camera portfolio – the Kodak Playfull Video Camera and the next generation of the Kodak PlaySport Video Camera that's shockproof, dustproof and waterproof up to 10 feet. Both video cameras feature Kodak's Share Button that let you share your videos and pictures with friends and family in three steps. The company has also added Twitter as a sharing destination as well as two more international sites.
The PlayFull can tackle 1080p HD video and 5-megapixel HD stills. It has built-in software and USB arm for automatic sharing, in-camera charging and transfer to a computer, built-in digital image stabilization, smart face tracking technology and and expandable SD/SDHC card slot (up to 32 GB). The video camera will be available in silver, blue-silver, purple-silver and blue-black for US$149.95...
Iomega rolls out new products at CES
Iomega (http://www.iomega.com) is making several announcements at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, including a home media cloud edition, an iPhone backup and charger, (shown) and Iomega TV with Boxee.
Iomega has announced its Personal Cloud technology, which offers data protection and remote access solution for small businesses and consumers. It's a web-based computing architecture that connects your Iomega network storage device to other individuals and/or devices via the Internet.
Iomega's Personal Cloud technology is completely self-owned; the content and accessibility is always under your control. And there are no usage fees or subscription charges.
The Iomega Personal Cloud will be available worldwide beginning this month with the launch of the new single-drive Iomega Home Media Network Hard Drive Cloud Edition. It's also a built-in feature in the new Iomega TV with Boxee, launching in February.
Users of Iomega's new NAS devices can create their own Personal...
MiLi HD docking station compatible with iOS devices
MiLi Power (http://www.MiLiPower.com) has released the MiLi HD docking station. Equipped with HDMI output and Hi-Fi speaker, MiLi HD allows you to transfer media to your flat screen or home theater system directly from your iOS device. It's compatible with the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
It allows Apple users to watch their downloaded films, TV shows, and mobile services like NetFlix, in 1080i HD directly on their home television, according to MiLi Power’s Executive Vice President Robert Grossman. You can listen to your entire music or iTunes library playing through your high-quality home audio setup or through MiLi HD’s built-in HiFi speaker, he adds.
The MiLi HD docking station sports a mini-USB connection and a fully functional docking station with charging capabilities. It's priced at US$99.99.
Din's Curse: Demon War available for pre-order
Soldak Entertainment is now taking pre-orders of the Din's Curse: Demon War expansion (http://macte.ch/CdqR9) for both Mac and Windows platforms. It's available for US$8.99 for a limited time.
Din's Curse: Demon War is the first expansion for the unique action RPG Din's Curse. Din's Curse is a single player and co-op multiplayer action RPG for Windows and Mac PCs with 141 class combinations (196 with the expansion), an "infinite" number of dynamically generated towns, real consequences, and a dynamic, evolving world.
Din's Curse: Demon War is scheduled to be released in the fourth quarter of 2010, however it will be released when it's done, according to the folks at Soldak Entertainment.
QuickerTek announces Apple Juicz Solar Charger 2
QuickerTek (http://www.quickertek.com/) has expanded its solar chargers to include the 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Airs.
The Apple Juicz now powers all MacBook and MacBook Pro models as well as all MacBook Air. The charger comes with all needed cables; it folds into a transportable size, yet unfolds to gather maximum sunlight to power the MacBook.
A 27-watt Apple Juicz Solar Charger (US$700) is sufficient for many users to charge the MacBook and MacBook Air. However, for those customers that need faster charging with more power, the 55 watt version is also available for $1,200. The 55 watt version uses more solar panels (larger when unfolded) to gather more solar rays providing faster charging.
Lexar introduces 128GB memory card
Lexar (http://www.lexar.com) has announced new Lexar Professional Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC) memory cards. The new 33x SDXC cards enable the capture, storage, and transfer of extended lengths of 1080p high-definition (HD) video and continuous, rapid-fire image capture in a single, high-performance solution, according to Pachi Chen-Wong, senior product marketing manager, Lexar Media.
The Lexar Professional 133x SDXC card is the first available in a 128GB capacity, and is also offered in a 64GB capacity. Both cards are speed rated at 133x, providing a minimum guaranteed transfer speed of 20MB per second, and feature a Class 10 speed designation. The memory cards are compatible with all SDXC-enabled devices.
The Lexar Professional SDXC cards include a limited lifetime warranty and free, dedicated professional technical support. The new 64GB and 128GB Lexar Professional SDXC memory cards will be available in the first quarter of 2011 at leading retailers and on the Lexar...
Sony adding new features to some films sold in the iTunes Store
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is quietly testing new features in iTunes-available versions of its films "with an eye on a future in which digital distribution offers a more compelling product than physical discs," reports "paidContent.org" (http://macte.ch/0xpAC).
Buy the Will Ferrell comedy "The Other Guys" and you’ll notice three extras that can’t be found on DVD or any other digital platform, the article says. A search button allows you to input a word, and any mention of it in the script will be retrieved along with a link to the exact moment in the movie in which the line was uttered. A “clip & share” function lets the viewer take select scenes and post them to social networks.
There’s also a playlist with songs from the film, which are linked to to places on iTunes where those songs can be purchased. The same features are also found on Sony’s "Salt" and "Resident Evil: Afterlife."
That "these features are available only to those who buy Guys, not rent, should come as no...
Handbrake update is for Intel-only Macs
Handbrake (http://handbrake.fr/downloads.php), a DVD "ripping" app for Mac OS X, has been updated to version 0.9.5. It's free, requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher and, as of this version, is compatible only with Intel-based Macs.
Handbrake 0.9.5 also has a new Audio Panel supporting >4 audio tracks, VLC detection in /Applications and ~/Applications and multiple instance support.
Handbrake can encode directly from DVDs (even encrypted ones) or from VIDEO_TS folders. It supports: AC3, LPCM and MPEG audio tracks; two-pass encoding; encoding of two audio tracks; and picture deinterlacing, cropping and scaling. It outputs MP4, AVI, OGM, AAC, MP3 and Vorbis audio files. It also includes a bitrate calculator.
However, Handbrake doesn't handle DTS audio tracks or single VOB files. If you have a DVD-ROM with random video files saved on it (AVI, MPG, WMV, MOV, etc), Handbrake won't be able to convert these files.
CyWee introduces wireless streaming accessory for Apple products
CyWee Group (http://www.cywee.com) -- a provider of wireless solutions for mobile devices, personal computers, and home entertainment -- has launched the company’s Air Shuttle mobile accessory.
The Air Shuttle is the first and only MFi-certified accessory that enables real-time audio and video transmission from an iPod, iPhone, or iPad without using a cable, and provides users with a convenient and portable solution for how their mobile content may be shared on-the-go and at home to a TV, according to CyWee CEO Joe Ye.
The Air Shuttle product consists of a transmitter and a receiver unit that attaches to a TV’s composite audio and video ports. The streaming resolution projects at standard DVD-quality (480p) and transmits audio and video data at 5.8GHz. A plug-and-play solution, the next generation device doesn't require any additional software.
Native apps such as YouTube, iPod, Photos, or any app that has incorporated the Apple TV-out API may be transmitted to a bigger screen using...
NetMarketShare: Safari, iOS gain market share, Mac OS X is flat
Safari and iOS market share for Internet usage rose from November to December, while the Mac OS X percentage dipped slightly, according to the latest market share survey from NetMarketShare (http://www.netmarketshare.com).
According to the report, among operating systems, Mac OS X had 5.02% of the global market share in December compared to 5.03% in November (that's global market share; in the US it's almost 10%). Windows remains dominant with 90.29% as of December. That's down from 91.81% in November. Apple's highest percentage previously was 5.27% in October 2009.
When it comes to browsers, Safari had 5.98% in December compared to 5.55% in November, while Internet Explorer had 57.08% Firefox had 22.81% and Chrome had 9.98%. That compares to, respectively, November percentages of 58.44%, 22.76% and 9.26%, for the browsers.
The iOS's market share also rose, according to NetMarketShare. It had 1.69% of the global market share in December compared to 1.36% in November. That's an all...
Analyst: Verizon iPhone will earn Apple 'respect' on...
Oppenheimer analyst Yair Reiner said in a note to investors -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) -- that the anticipated arrival of the iPhone on Verizon in the U.S. will not only increase sales of Apple's smartphone, but will also earn the company more respect on Wall Street.
He thinks the market dislikes Apple because Google's Android mobile operating system is gaining momentum and investors are probably worried about the sustainability of the price premium of Apple's iPhone as handsets running Android become more prevalent. "If so, the more lasting consequence of an Apple-Verizon deal won't be the number of incremental iPhones sold, but the scale of competition between iPhone and Android could tip sharply in Apple's favor," Reiner told clients. "If so, Apple's earnings won't just rise from the additional Verizon units -- they'll finally get some respect."
Next Final Cut Studio to come in two versions?
Apple should probably roll out the next version of Final Cut Studio in March or early April. And it will come in two versions, according to "HardMac" (http://www.hardmac.com).
The upgrade may not feature all the new features some users are clamoring for. However, two versions are already running at beta level, one for Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard") and one for Mac OS X Lion, says "HardMac." Some new features will only be available on Lion’s version, due to the changes made on QuickTime layer, the article adds.
Apple looking to hire CPU engineer, microarchitect
Two new job postings at Apple show the company is beefing up its CPU creation/enhancement abilities. The jobs are probably for taking the A4 chip in the iPhone 4 and iPad to the next level, but you have to think that Apple may at least be considering developing its own Mac processors down the line.
One job posting (http://macte.ch/zf8LR) is for a CPU implementation engineer. Here's what Apple says about the position: "Looking for an experienced and well rounded CPU design professional to work on the definition, design, and implementation of a CPU core. The candidate will be responsible for taking a design from specification or RTL through physical design using both custom and semi-custom implementation techniques. Will be expected to work closely with architects in product definition and feasibility analysis. May also be involved in definition and/or implementation of design methodology. The he ideal candidate will have experience across a broad range of disciplines, including micro-...
Intel officially unveils Sandy Bridge processors
Intel has officially unveiled its "Sandy Bridge" processors. chips will in actuality carry the same Core i3/i5/i7 naming as the 2010 generation of Intel processors.
According to Intel, highlights of the Sandy Bridge processors, built around a new 32nm microarchitecture, include more energy efficient performance and improved 3D and graphics performance. The latest version of Intel's Turbo Boost technology, called Turbo Boost 2.0, lets each core boost performance past its base clock speed as needed for dynamic workloads, while balancing the thermal headroom to avoid overheating. Intel claims that with this new generation of CPUs, "content creation is up to 42% faster and gaming up to 50% faster," than previous generations.
You'll definitely see Sandy Bridge processors in Macs this year. Intel sahs its next-generation laptop chips based on the Sandy Bridge architecture will be able to play Blu-ray 3D movies while preserving battery life. Could this mean Blu-ray playback might finally...
Analyst raises Apple target share to $400
In a note to clients -- as reported by "Barron's" (http://macte.ch/io80W) -- international Strategy and Investment Group analyst Abhey Lamba raised his price target on shares of Apple to US$400 from $370, while reiterating a Buy rating.
He says results of a recent survey the firm conducted lead him to believe Apple will hold onto 60% of the tablet market in 2011, despite incursions by Google’s Android, Microsoft’s Windows, and the Palm WebOS platform. Lamba is modeling 27 million iPads to be sold by Apple in the fiscal year ending in September, which is higher by 1.5 million units than Lamba’s previous estimate. His figure for the quarter just ended is 6.7 million units. Lamba is projecting 50 million units for the entire tablet industry this calendar year.
The analyst also raised his estimate for the current quarter’s Mac shipments to 4.5 million. That's higher by half a million units, as Apple has been aggressive in its pricing with the line, and Lamba detects strong demand.
Apple's market cap tops $300 billion
In a "broad 2011 rally that pushed the Dow up nearly a point in mid-morning trading Monday, Apple popped more than $7 (2.25%) to hit new record intraday highs -- and to cross a major psychological barrier," reports "Fortune" (http://macte.ch/Jelq1).
The company's market capitalization -- its stock price times the number of shares outstanding -- is now more than $300 billion. Apple has been the most valuable tech stock and the world's second most valuable company -- after ExxonMobil -- since it passed Microsoft last May.
Analyst Gene Munster offers his 2011 predictions for Apple
In a note to clients -- as reported by "Yahoo! Finance" (http://macte.ch/ctWwT), following are the major announcements for Apple in 2011 with their probabilities and time tables:
° Verizon launch of the iPhone: Probability 95% (Munster expects this in the March quarter)
° Mac App Store: Probability 100% (well, we know he's got this one right as Apple has announced a Jan. 6 launch)
° iTunes cloud services: Probability 90%
° iPad geographic expansion: Probability 100%
° iPad subsidies from carriers: Probability 80%
° Mac OS X Lion: Probability 100% (summer 2011)
Munster also expects a fifth generation iPhone to ship this summer with NFC capability. NFC is a short-range wireless connection technology that would turn the iPhone into an electronic wallet or security passkey, the article says. NFC is already in use in Asia and is expected to explode here in the next three to five years, especially if Apple adopts the technology.
The analyst thinks Apple will release the generation iPad in...
Nielsen: iPhone leads smartphone race
The race for the lead in U.S. smartphone operating system (OS) consumer market share is tighter than it has ever been. According to November data from The Nielsen Company (http://www.nielsen.com), the popularity of the Android OS among those who purchased a smartphone in the last six months (40%) makes it the leading OS among recent acquirers.
But despite its surge among recent acquirers, when it comes to overall consumer market share, Android OS (25.8%) is still behind Apple iOS (28.6%). RIM Blackberry’s position is less clear: Its share (26.1%) puts it within the margin of error of both Apple iOS and Android. In other words, RIM remains statistically tied with both Apple for first and Android for third, says The Nielsen Company. Apple’s clear lead over Android notwithstanding, this race might still be too close to call.
Nielsen Company says this much is clear, however: all three smartphone OS leaders -- Apple iOS, RIM Blackberry and Android -- are benefitting from strong demand for...
iHome introduces new iPad audio solutions
iHome (http://www.ihomeaudio.com/) has introduced a new line of iPad audio solutions. They're due later this year; pricing hasn't been announced. The solutions include the:
° iDM12 Rechargeable Portable Bluetooth Speaker System for iPad/iPhone/iPod: a micro sound bar for the media watcher on the go, the iDM12’s protective magnetic casing detaches to serve as a stand for either portrait or landscape orientation. Need to leave the room but don’t want the music to stop? Bring it with you and stream the tunes via the Bluetooth connection.
° iDM15 Rechargeable Portable Stereo Bluetooth Speakers with Speakerphone (pictured): a package that sports two small speakers wrapped up in a protective travel case that transforms into an iPad, iPhone, or netbook stand when speakers are in use. These mini-speakers are equipped with the latest in Bluetooth technology.
° iDM70 Protective "Sound Sleeve" Case and Stand for iPad with Built-in Rechargeable Stereo Speakers: a premium iPad case, protective...
Swann Security unleashes SportsCam Waterproof Mini Video Camera
Swann Security (http://www.swannsecurity.com) has debuted the SportsCam Waterproof Mini Video Camera. The US$99 mini camera/DVR combo is housed in a waterproof case and comes with a myriad of mounting options.
At the core of SportsCam is a color camera that can record 640 x 480 high resolution video or still images. The device stores recordings on a removable MicroSD card (up to 16GB), so users can swap out cards while on the go.
A 16GB MicroSD card will capture approximately five hours of video. SportsCam is powered by a Lithium-ion battery that recharges via USB and gives the user 2.5 hours of life per charge.
Not only is the SportsCam’s case shockproof, but it’s also waterproof up to 65 feet, according to the folks at Swann Security. With no dials, gauges knobs or any preferences to configure, users simply turn it on, strap it on and hit record, they add. Swann’s SportsCam will go on sale next month.
News Anchor coming to the Mac App Store
Basil Salad Software has announced the upcoming availability of News Anchor 2.0 (http://newsanchormac.com/wp/) for Mac OS X. It's a hands-free RSS/ATOM feed reader, allowing you to enjoy news feeds along with your breakfast.
News Anchor packages news feeds into a television-like news broadcast using text-to-speech technology. With its one-click hands-free operation, you can listen to your news feeds while having meals or doing other tasks.
News Anchor will be available to download from the Mac App Store when it launches on Jan. 6. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher. Pricing hasn't been announced.
FmPro Migrator update enhances Visual FoxPro to FileMaker...
.com Solutions has released FmPro Migrator Developer Edition 5.97 ( http://www.fmpromigrator.com/products/fmpro_migrator/index.html). The new version enhances automated Visual FoxPro Form & Report Conversions to FileMaker Pro.
The Visual FoxPro Conversion Service built into in FmPro Migrator Developer Edition enables FileMaker Pro developers to automate the conversion of Windows-only FoxPro solutions into cross-platform compatible FileMaker Pro database files. Converted solutions can be run on MacOS X, Windows and iPhone/iPad mobile devices using FileMaker Go.
This feature converts DBF file tables, data, relationships, forms, reports/labels, scripts, and static ComboBox/ListBox value lists into FileMaker Pro database files.
FmPro Migrator Developer Edition is priced at US$200 per developer and includes a copy of FmPro Migrator Developer Edition for both Mac OS X (Universal Binary) and Windows platforms.
Oregon school district gives iPod touches to all third graders
The Canby School District in Oregon has issued an iPod touch to every third-grader, reports "The Oregonian" (http://macte.ch/1EEpa). Since first implementing a pilot project at Philander Lee Elementary three years ago, the district has used about $250,000 in state and federal grant and rebate money to purchase the Apple gadgets.
In addition, the parent-teacher association at Lee Elementary raised about USS$12,000 to buy 60 iPod touches for the school's fourth- and fifth-graders, and another parent organization pitched in about $15,000 for 30 iPads at Eccles Elementary School, says "The Oregonian."
The choice of equipping third-graders first was intentional, according to Joseph Morelock, the district's technology coordinator. The third grade is the first to take state tests, and administrators are eager to help students pass math achievement standards that have recently been raised, he told "The Oregonian."
In presentations, Morelock has shown that several classrooms using the iPod...
Currency Assistant for Mac OS X rings up version
MaBaSoft has released version 3.1.4 of Currency Assistant for Mac OS X. In the new version of the conversion calculator (http://www.mabasoft.net/products/currencyAssistant.htm), the irrevocably fixed Estonian kroon (EEK) euro conversion rate (1 EUR = 15.6466 EEK) has been introduced after the euro replaced the kroon and became legal tender in Estonia on Jan. 1, 2011.
Also, additional exchange rates can now be updated from the International Monetary Fund (Algerian dinar, Peruvian nuevo sol, Philippine peso, Tunisian dinar, Uruguayan peso) and European Central Bank (Israeli new shekel) web sites.
Currency Assistant lets you convert between 174 world currencies (all major circulating currencies plus the 16 Eurozone legacy currencies) and automatically updates exchange rates over the Internet using the rates published by the European Central Bank, the Bank of Canada, the International Monetary Fund, and the Bank of Italy.
With Currency Assistant you can create multiple converters and...
Verizon/iPhone domains being scooped up
PocketNow (http://macte.ch/nxxe2) reports that that Verizon Trademark Services LLC, the company that owns verizon.com and verizonwireless.com, now also owns iphoneonverizon.com and iphoneforverizon.com.
The site's Evan Blass says the sites were once owned by Jim Benton of HolyShnikes.com. Other domains that Verizon and/or Apple would probably want, including "verizoniphone.com," seem to have already been snatched up by squatters with thousands of other registrations. Presumably they'll either be sold or populated with paid content once the handset is announced, Blass says.
iPhone alarm clock fails to go off at midnight 2011
Midnight 2011 set off another iPhone "alarm fail" for those using the smartphone as an alarm clock. The problem -- when the iPhone's alarm clock app was set to a one time wake-up -- was reported by dozens of unhappy Twitterers.
Reports of the issue continued into the afternoon on New Years Day. "We're aware of an issue related to non repeating alarms set for January 1 or 2. Customers can set recurring alarms for those dates and all alarms will work properly beginning January 3," Apple told "engadget" (http://www.engadget.com/2010/12/31/psa-iphone-alarms-not-working-come-ne...).
Happy New Year
Happy New Year and wishes for a great 2011 from the gang at "MacTech," "MacNews" and "AppleCentral." Thanks to our readers and advertisers for making 2010 a great year -- and 2011 will be even better for all those who love Apple and Apple-related products.
Some Apple execs, directors make generous charitable donations
Some Apple executives and officers recently combined to donate more than US$3 million worth of company shares to charitable causes, reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).
According regulatory filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission , two members of Apple's executive team, as well as two of its directors, teamed up to donate nearly 10,000 shares of Apple stock between Dec. 10 and 17 the article adds. At their current valuation, those shares are valued at roughly $3.2 million.
The most generous was Apple board member and J. Crew chief executive Millard Drexler, who gave away 6,800 worth $2.17 million, notes "AppleInsider." Apple's Senior Vice President of Mac Hardware Engineering Bob Mansfield had four days earlier gifted 1,562 of his shares, worth just over half a million.
Also making donations were Apple chief financial officer Peter Oppenheimer and Apple board member Arthur D. Levinson, who gave 1,320 and 277 of their shares, worth approximately $423,000...
MultiMode update fixes Weather Fax mode related bugs
Black Cat Systems has updated MultiMode (http://www.blackcatsystems.com/software/multimodeOSX.html), a Mac OS X application that lets you Mac decode several different modes of non-voice communication often heard on shortwave, to version 6.2.2. This version corrects some bugs related to Weather Fax mode.
MultiMode is an US$89 application that lets your Mac decode and transmit several different modes of non-voice communication often heard on shortwave and ham radio. It allows you to decode and display morse code, RTTY, FAX, SSTV, ACARS, PSK31 and many other modes on your Mac, without any extra hardware. MultiMode now also allows you to transmit in most of the modes of operation. A lite version is also available that decodes CW, RTTY, and weather fax modes, which is ideal for the sailor and boating enthusiast.
MultiMode Lite is also available, which offers reception of CW, RTTY, and FAX modes only. MultiMode Lite is ideal for sailors who need to be able to view weather charts and reports...
Apple, others sued over 'double-clicking' patent
Another day, another lawsuit -- and this one sounds a little goofy, even by patent lawsuit standards. A company called Hopewell Culture & Design is suing Apple, Nokia, Samsung, Opera and Quickoffice for violating its patent (number 7171625) for clicking twice on an already-selected component to action a request for additional information or greater interactivity, reports "The Register" (http://macte.ch/PjSFA).
Yep, for double-clicking.
The patent was filed in 2002 and "enables a new type of interaction with content represented by an active visual display element in response to double-clicking a point-and-click user interface apparatus when the active visual display element is selected."
Here's the summary of the invention: "The invention enables a new type of interaction with content represented by an active visual display element in response to double-clicking a point-and-click user interface apparatus when the active visual display element is selected. The invention can be...
Shades of Windows: an Android Trojan
By Greg Mills
It was only a matter of time; now an Android Trojan has been identified in the wild. The new Trojan has been named "Geinimi."
The trojan was first found in China and is very likely to spread. The trojan is specific to Android so iPhones and iPads are unaffected. The security firm Lookout posted a Security Alert that can be found at http://blog.mylookout.com/2010/12/geinimi_trojan/ .
The malware was detected in games found in third party Android app stores in China. The worm is sophisticated and gets into Android phones hidden in games downloaded over the Internet. Such games as Monkey Jump2, a baseball game and a sex position app are known to have been infected. The malware takes over the phone and hooks up to any of 10 remove servers. The remote servers can pump the phone for private information and compromise security. Lookout has posted a solution for those affected.
What this does is confirm the fact that the open source notion of Android has weaknesses that are...
NetShred X 4.5.2 adds support for Firefox 3.6
Mireth Technology Corp. has released version 4.5.2 of NetShred X, its Iinternet eraser that erases Internet cache, history and mail. The new version is compatible with Firefox 3.6.
NetShred X erases files web browsers and email programs leave behind. It's designed to run automatically, without user intervention. Since erasing temporary Internet files can take some time, NetShred X was designed to run in the background, so using the software doesn't interfere with the user's web browsing.
NetShred X is available for immediate download, or on CD-ROM, starting at US$24.95. Registered users of NetShred version 4 can take advantage of this free update. Educational pricing and volume discounts are available. NetShred X runs on Mac OS X. For more information about NetShred, visit http://www.mireth.com/pub/nxme.html .
Apple onboard as move for 'harmonized' mobile phone...
Following a mandate from the European Commission, the European Standardisation Bodies CEN-CENELEC and ETSI have now made available the harmonized standards needed for the manufacture of data-enabled mobile phones compatible with a new common charger.
This is the most recent development in the process towards a global common mobile phone charger initiated by the European Commission. It follows the June 2009 agreement of fourteen leading mobile phone producers to harmonize chargers for data-enabled mobile phones (i.e. that can be connected to a computer) sold in the European Union.
"I am very happy that the European Standardisation Bodies have met our request to develop within a short space of time the technical standards necessary for a common mobile phone charger based on the work done by industry," says European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani, Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship. "Now it is time for industry to show its commitment to sell mobile phones for the...
AT&T expanding Wi-Fi hot zones
AT&T, the second largest mobile service provider in the U.S., plans to expand Wi-Fi hot zones for its wireless network, including iPhones, to major markets. The company will expand its Wi-Fi access around Times Square in New York and introduce its first hotspot in San Francisco, reports Zach's Investment Research (http://at.zacks.com/).
Earlier this year, AT&T deployed Wi-Fi hot zones in New York City's Times Square, downtown Charlotte, North Carolina, and Chicago's Wrigleyville to support mobile broadband in urban areas. These zones provide fast data service to AT&T customers, says Zach's.
Wi-Fi is gaining popularity as more customers are adopting Wi-Fi enabled devices. It is a cost-effective to wireless broadband over AT&T's 3G network. In the third quarter of 2010, AT&T handled 106.9 million Wi-Fi connections on its network, more than the 85.5 million connections that were made during full year 2009.
"AT&T is pursuing mobile broadband services, which are...
MacBook Pro makes' Amazon.com's 'Best of 2010...
Amazon.com has released its "Best of 2010" lists, which include the bestselling, most-wished-for and favorite gift products as determined by Amazon.com customers in 2010. The list includes data from Jan. 1 to Dec. 15.
The 13-inch MacBook Pro was the best-selling computer on the lists. It was also the "most-wished-for" computer on the Amazon.com list. Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 for the Mac and Windows was the most popular gift item in the software category.
The iPhone will come to Verizon 'maybe by Valentine's...
Apple will release a Verizon iPhone "very soon, maybe by Valentine's Day," reports "Bloomberg Businessweek" (http://macte.ch/yKrsO). It will come sometime after the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in early January, the article adds, quoting " a person familiar with Apple's plans who is not authorized to discuss them publicly."
Estimates from industry analysts of the resulting number of defections to Verizon from AT&T range from 1-6 million. John Hodulik, an analyst at UBS Securities comes in somewhere in the middle, telling "Bloomberg" that he predicts that AT&T will sell 8.8 million iPhones in 2011, down from 15.6 million in 2010.
Of the 13.3 million Hodulik expects Verizon to sell in 2011, about 2.3 million will be to AT&T refugees, he predicts. An additional 10 million will be current Verizon subscribers who upgrade from other devices, and the rest will come from other carriers.
Raidon launches new storage devices
Skype brings video calling to the iPhone
Skype has announced the new version of its iPhone application that brings video calling over both 3G and WiFi networks. Available to download from the Apple App Store, it allows iPhone , iPad and iPod touch owners to make and/or receive free Skype video calls for the first time.
Now, users can make and receive free Skype-to-Skype calls, call mobiles and landlines around the world at very low rates, and now share more moments together with video on Skype for iPhone, says Neil Stevens, general manager of Skype’s consumer business. With video calling representing approximately 40% of all Skype-to-Skype minutes for the first six months of 2010, Skype users have been eager to get Skype video calling on their mobile phone, he adds.
The new Skype for iPhone app is compatible with the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and iPod touch 4th generation with i0S 4.0 or above. Video receiving capabilities are available on the iPod touch 3rd generation and iPad. Calls can be made between devices using the new...
Raidon launches new storage devices
After delivering a 2.5-inch portable series of USB3.0 external storage, Raidon (http://www.raidon.com.tw) is now releasing the new 3.5-inch USB 3.0 external storage family to the market.
The drives support functions including JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 1 and RAID 5. The Raidon USB 3.0 family embeds with eSATA or Firewire interface from the series lineups, to offer the most suitable solution according to various demands and environments.
What's more, RAIDON has also released two types of USB3.0 PCI Express Cards to both desktop and notebook users for external storage expansions. Go to the Raidon web site for details on the various new products.
Bodega for Mac OS X gets The Loop Picks feature
IDFusion Software has announced Bodega 1.3 (http://appbodega.com), an update of its "corner store" for Mac apps. The update addresses various bugs and other reported issues, as well as provides across-the-board feature and performance enhancements.
Bodega is designed as an one-stop shop for software needs. Users can browse the top- rated and most-downloaded applications. The storefront gives users links to press clippings and blog postings, so they can see what tech writers have to say about an app. Bodega lets customers buy directly from developers.
When Bodega finds outdated apps, downloading an update takes a single click. It requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.
GraphicConverter update adds full screen previews
Lemke Software has updated Graphic Converter (http://www.lemkesoft.com/index.html), an image editing tool for Mac OS X, to version 7.0.3. The new version adds full screen previews for browser files and new preferences for handling selection handles and clipboard kind selection.
GraphicConverter converts pictures to different formats and has tools for picture manipulation. With it you can import about 200 graphic file formats and export approximately 80 graphic file formats. It's a Universal Binary product, so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.
GraphicConverter costs US$39. Site licenses are also available. It requires Mac OS 10.5 or later. Version 7.0.1 is a free update for registered users of version 7.x.
Man punches teen who won't turn off his iPhone
A 68-year-old Idaho man named Russell Miller was arrested Tuesday night for punching a teenager who refused to turn off his iPhone on an airplane, reports the "Daily Mail" (http://macte.ch/yO5IS).
Witnesses said a 15-year-old boy completely ignored the routine instructions for passengers to switch off cell phones and electronic items. Miller, was enraged by the teen’s rudeness and lashed out, says the "Daily Mail."
‘He punched him so hard there was a mark on the teen's arm. That gave us probable cause to believe the reports from the other passengers,’ said Lieutenant Kent Lipple, of Boise Police.
After the fight, the pilot radioed the air traffic control tower in Boise and requested police officers to meet the plane when it landed late Tuesday night. Miller was charged with one count of misdemeanor battery and was booked into Ada County jail.
GamersFirst: Gaming will become a thing of the mobile device
With iPads and smartphones (getting smarter), gaming will become a thing of the mobile device, according to the trend predictions of GamersFirst, a Free2Play destination.
Now with mobile Internet users' approaching 80% of all Internet users there has been significant growth in the U.S., Europe and Russia. Despite the fizzle of the mobile games hype, gaming has already showed tremendous promise through its drastic growth of social network usage over the past year, says GamersFirst. Mobile applications will reflect a distinct rise in gaming, using it as an additional tool of communication and collaboration between social networks, through a mobile device.
GamersFirst also says that, with new publisher startups and small independent development studios popping up all over the globe, gamers will have more choices (or more confusion) than ever. Niche games will become popular. Blockbuster online games will become a dime a dozen, making it critical for game publishers to choose strong...
Ex-Apple Store worker claims discrimination for a nervous...
According to a suit filed in a U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Illinois, Nicole Sullivan, 22, began work at the SoHo Apple Store in 2008. In April of 2009, she took a leave of absence due to a nervous disorder, and sought the services of a psychiatrist.
Sullivan was given disability leave through an independent company, and was reportedly assured by the third party that the details of her medical condition would not be released to Apple. However, when Sullivan returned to work in August of 2009 after she was cleared by a psychiatrist, she said it was "obvious" to her that the store's employees, and "especially" its human resources director, were aware of her medical condition, notes "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).
In her four month leave, Sullivan's job was replaced, and she was reportedly told that she would remain in a "holding pattern" until proper work was found for her. The lawsuit says she applied for several jobs at the store, but was denied for...
France eyeing tablet tax for iPads, Slates
French legislators are considering imposing a tablet-tax that would affect all models with at least 40GB of internal storage, though Windows-based slates would be exempt.
The proposal, reported by "Numerama" -- and translated by "SlashGear" (http://macte.ch/gJYKG) -- is part of French “private copy” taxation which imposes extra fees on digital media like blank CDs, DVDs and thumb-drives; it’s estimated it would add up to €12 ($16) to the cost of Apple’s top-spec iPad or Android tablets. However, because Windows is classed as a “full” OS rather than a mobile one like iOS or Android, it escapes the taxation.