Gartner: computer shipments to slow to 3.8% growth in 2011
The Mac will doubtless bear the trend, but worldwide personal computer unit growth is on pace to total US352 million units in 2011, a 3.8% increase from 2010, according to the latest preliminary forecast by Gartner (http://www.gartner.com).
Shipments are forecast to see better growth by the end 2012, when units are expected to reach 404 million units, a 10.9% increase from 2011, according to the research group. Computer unit growth for both 2011 and 2012 has been reduced from previous projections: from 9.3% growth for 2011 and from 12.8% growth for 2012.
The notably lower outlook for 2011 personal computer growth is largely due to sharply downgraded forecasts for Western Europe and the United States in the second half of the year. The lower outlook for 2012 is the result of a weaker 2011, and also a slower start to 2012 -- with an expectation for better growth in the second half of next year as economies stabilize and new mobile computer form factors enter the market.
Even so, the...
App piracy hurting Android developers’ bottom lines
App downloads in the U.S. are booming to the tune of 40 apps per user per year, according to Yankee Group’s (http://www.yankeegroup.com) 2011 US Consumer Survey, but not all platforms are participating equally in the frenzy.
Android developers make much less money from paid apps than do Apple iOS developers. A recent survey of 75 Android developers conducted by Skyhook suggests that rampant piracy of Android apps may be the primary culprit. Findings include:
° Piracy is a problem for Android Among the Android developers surveyed, 27% see piracy as a huge problem and another 26 percent see it as somewhat of a problem.
° Google isn’t helping. Fifty-three percent of developer respondents say Google is too lax in its Android market policies.
° Piracy hurts developers’ top and bottom lines. About a third of developers say piracy has cost them in excess of US$10,000 in revenue. Additionally, 32% say it increases their support costs, while another quarter say they see increased server costs...
Enolsoft conjures up PDF Magic for Mac
Enolsoft Corp., a professional multimedia software developer, has released PDF Magic for Mac. It offers an all-in-one solution for Mac users (OS X 10.5 and higher, including Lion) to split, merge, assort, rotate and insert PDF with drag-n-drop.
Users can split multipage PDF to smaller PDF documents, merge several PDF files into one single PDF document, insert PDF pages into another PDF document, create new PDF files from image and pages, and extract pages from PDF files and rotate PDF pages if necessary. The compatibility of Mac OS X Lion with full screen mode supported and zoom-in (zoom-out) function helps Mac users to better preview and manage their PDF files.
Retailing for US$39, the Enolsoft PDF Magic for Mac is available now through the Enolsoft website (http://www.enolsoft.com). Users may download a free trial version through http://www.enolsoft.com/download/enolsoft-pdf-magic.dmg .
iClock for Desktop 1.0 ticks onto Mac OS X
Aperio Lux (http://aperio-lux.com.ua/) has released iClock for Desktop 1.0 for Mac OS X. It displays an unique analog clock that you can place anywhere on your desktop on your main monitor -- or you can move it to a secondary monitor as well.
The picture is enhanced by sound effects creating a realistic environment. If you need to turn the sound effects off, you can do that from the Settings panel. From that same panel, you can select the position for the clock (above all other windows or standard placement). You can also set the clock to show on all spaces as well as in fullscreen regime.
The program offers six clock styles for you to choose from. If the clock is set to the standard placement from the menu "Bring iClock to Front" and "Show Clock," you can always bring it to the forefront. The Run At Login option in your Settings menu lets iClock be launched every time you turn your Mac on.
iClock requires Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion"). It costs US$0.99 and is available worldwide through...
G-Tech shows 4GB hard drives
Dedicated to serving the Mac and creative professional audio/video (A/V) markets, G-Technology by Hitachi (http://www.g-technology.com/) is demoing its first 4TB hard drives with Thunderbolt technology at IBC 2011 in its two-drive, RAID 0, G-RAID solution.
Not only does the G-RAID Thunderbolt demo showcase the fastest interface you can find with data transfer rates up to 10 Gbps, it shows amazing sustained throughput for handling multi-stream compressed HD workflows including REDCODE, DVCPro HD, XDCAM HD and ProRes 422. At 8TB it is also the highest capacity, two-drive, RAID 0 external storage device in the world for storing hours of clips, composites, digital intermediate (DIs), proofs, effects and more, says Steve Pereira, vice president, Hitachi GST, Europe Middle East and Africa.
What's more, connected to a MacBook Pro, the G-RAID solution enables a portable editing workstation to take on the road, in the studio or even use from the comfort of your own home to complete projects...
Colin McRae: DiRT 2 drives onto the Mac
Feral Interactive has announced the immediate online release of Colin McRae: DiRT 2. The game’s release was delayed from July in order to improve compatibility with Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion").
Here's how the game is described: "Combining sublime handling, gorgeous visuals and dynamic competition, Colin McRae: DiRT 2 sets a new standard for racing games on the Mac. The game features nine incredible locations around the globe, 41 tracks and over 100 separate racing events, all of which combine to deliver a spectacular, nerve-shattering racing experience.
"Colin McRae: DiRT 2 puts players behind the wheel for a world tour that runs from the mud-soaked Malaysian rainforest to the open desert roads of Morocco and on to the rain-slicked streets of Tokyo. Racers compete in a variety of contemporary sports racing styles, including three special ESPN X Games events. Additionally, the game lets players experience intense multi-car races in head-to-head competitive online play.
"Colin McRae: DiRT...
Adobe showcases advances in broadcast workflows at IBC 2011
At the IBC 2011 Conference and Exhibition, Adobe (http://www.adobe.com) is showcasing new video technologies and initiatives designed to help media professionals to create, deliver and monetize premium video content across a myriad of platforms and devices.
For content delivery, Adobe is announcing a new version of Adobe Flash Media Server that can now deliver Flash technology to Apple iPhone and iPad devices a new version of Adobe Flash Access, a content protection solution that is available for the Android platform and showcasing widespread adoption of Adobe Pass, a TV Everywhere user authentication solution used by broadcasters.
For content creation, Adobe is announcing the acquisition of certain assets of IRIDAS, a specialist in high performance tools for digital color grading and enhancement of professional film and video, accelerated industry adoption of Adobe solutions for video creation, along with an expanded partner ecosystem.
Adobe will demonstrate its new solutions and...
Acme Made offers new messenger bag
Acme Made (http://www.AcmeMade.com) has introduced the US$119.99 Clyde St. Messenger, its answer to the ubiquitous messenger bag.
Crafted with Acme Made’s Bombshell exterior for protection, the Clyde St. Messenger features a fully-padded laptop pocket within a roomy main compartment. The bag also boasts fine-tuned compartments for all stash-able items, easily stowing a 17-inch MacBook Pro alongside sneakers, sketchbooks, chewing gum, show tickets, noise-cancelling head phones, train tokens, jukebox quarters or iPhone.
The Clyde St. Messenger offers a stay-flat document pocket to protect important files. It also comes with a soft-rubber handle and padded adjustable shoulder strap.
Remote Buddy Express available at Mac App Store
Remote Buddy Express (http://www.iospirit.com/products/remotebuddyexpress/ajaxremote/), a version of Remote Buddy with stripped-down hardware support, is now available on the Mac App Store for US$19.99. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher and is compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion").
The Express version supports only the Apple Remote (via built-in Apple IR Receivers), iPhone and iPod touch, the regular Remote Buddy version supports a wider range of remote controls and receivers. Remote Buddy Express has more than 100 directly supported applications and system functions, real virtual mouse and keyboard, built-in presentation tools and extensive configuration abilities.
NuForce introduces audio conversion, headphone amp for iOS
NuForce (http://www.nuforce.com/) has announced the Icon iDo digital audio converter (DAC) and headphone amplifier for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch devices. It's available now for US$249 from several online stores and Nuforce dealers.
It delivers audiophile-grade CD quality sound to digital music files stored on Apple mobile digital devices, according to NuForce CEO Jason Lim. iDo is ideal for music enthusiasts and musicians alike who primarily listen to -- and have their digital music libraries stored on -- these devices, he adds.
Users can connect any Apple mobile device to the Icon iDo with the Apple- approved, included 30-pin sync/charging cable, attach the power supply, and then plug the Icon iDo into a home stereo system using RCA cables or a single coaxial. Users can also plug in headphones directly into the Icon iDo for personal high quality sound playback.
Apple uses its own audio codec, Apple Lossless Encoder (ALE), to compress and store music files on its devices in...
Boris FX announces Boris Continuum Complete 8 AE
Boris FX (http://www.borisfx.com) has announced Boris Continuum Complete 8 AE (BCC 8 AE).
It delivers 200-plus VFX filters to Mac and Windows versions of Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro CS5.5, CS5, CS4, and CS3. New flicker reduction and videoscope tools, OpenGL-accelerated 32-bit float support, and enhanced lens flares, particles, glows, lights, and After Effects integration headline this new release.
BCC 8 AE will be available in October 2011 at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$995. Owners of previous versions of BCC AE may upgrade for an MSRP of $295 USD. Customers who purchase BCC 7 AE as of Sept. 8, 2011 will be eligible to receive a free upgrade to BCC 8 AE.
For a limited time, owners of GenArts Sapphire for Adobe After Effects will be eligible to crossgrade to BCC 8 AE for US$295 (limited to two crossgrade licenses per customer). CC 8 AVX for Avid, BCC 8 OFX for Sony Vegas Pro, and BCC 8 FxPlug for Apple Final Cut Pro 7, Final Cut Pro X, and Motion are...
TechTool Protogo 3.0 is Lion compatible
Micromat has announced a Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion") compatible version of TechTool Protogo 3.0. Protogo ships with the Protogo device configuration application, a collection of standard system and utility configurations, plus TechTool Pro 6.
Custom profiles for specific needs can be created with a few clicks. When profiles are installed on a single USB or FireWire device, Protogo can boot, run diagnostics and perform drive repairs on most Macs operating on Mac OS X 10.4.9 or newer.
In this new version, Protogo has been upgraded to run on Lion, yet preserves the flexibility to more add profiles for diagnosing hardware issues and repairing drives on older Macs, too, according to the folks at Micromat. Now a single portable device, such as a small flash drive, old iPod, SD Card or hard drive, can be used to boot, diagnose hardware and repair drives on a variety of Macs at home or at work.
Protogo 3.0 is available direct by download from Micromat (http://www.micromat.com) for US$129.99 with...
Manhattan Edit Workshop slated for fall
Manhattan Edit Workshop has announced an expanded and heightened training curriculum, taking content creation from start to finish, just in time for fall 2011.
Recently named one of New York's only Autodesk Authorized Training Centers, Mewshop's fall line-up includes brand new courses like Autodesk Smoke classes, a Documentary Filmmaker's Intensive course, Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve demos, and more. For the complete fall 2011 calendar schedule go to http://www.mewshop.com .
Squeeze Server 1.5 touts full adaptive bitrate support
In conjunction with the start of IBC2011, Sorenson Media (http://www.sorensonmedia.com/) has released Sorenson Squeeze Server 1.5, an update of the company’s enterprise transcoding solution that now includes optimized performance for all three leading adaptive bitrate streaming platforms: Apple HTTP Adaptive Streaming, Adobe Dynamic Streaming and Microsoft Smooth Streaming.
With hundreds of intelligent video encoding parameters, known as presets, Squeeze Server 1.5 fully automates the process of transcoding video files to optimize playback with virtually any container or format -- from broadcast standards like MXF, to popular outputs such as Flash, h.264 and WebM -- and on any major device -- from smartphones and tablets to computers, set-top boxes and connected TVs, according to Sorenson Media CEO Peter Csathy.
The unique adaptive bitrate support streamlines enterprise workflows by automatically transcoding each individual video file into multiple, chunked segments in a full array...
Apple launches charitable matching program for employees
Apple has launched a new charitable matching program for its employees, with the company offering to match employees' personal charitable contributions up to US$10,000 per year, reports "MacRumors" (http://www.macrumors.com). The article says the new program was announced in a company-wide email sent by new Apple CEO Tim Cook:
"I am very happy to announce that we are kicking off a matching gift program for charitable donations. We are all really inspired by the generosity of our co-workers who give back to the community and this program is going to help that individual giving go even farther.
"Starting September 15, when you give money to a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, Apple will match your gift dollar-for-dollar, up to $10,000 annually. This program will be for full-time employees in the US at first, and we'll expand it to other parts of the world over time.
"Thank you all for working so hard to make a difference, both here at Apple and in the lives of others. I...
Apple highest in smartphone customer satisfaction
Overall satisfaction with smartphones and traditional mobile phones is considerably higher for devices that are a specific size and weight and are equipped with the latest technological advancements, such as high-quality display screens, faster processing speeds, longer battery life and touch screen capabilities, according to a new J.D. Power and Associates (http://www.JDPower.com study.
For a sixth consecutive time, Apple ranks highest among manufacturers of smartphones in customer satisfaction. Apple achieves a score of 838 and performs well in all factors, particularly in ease of operation and features. HTC (801) follows Apple in the smartphone rankings.
Samsung ranks highest in overall customer satisfaction with traditional handsets with a score of 718. Samsung performs well in three factors: performance, ease of operation and features. LG (717), Sanyo (716) and Sony Ericsson (709) follow Samsung in the traditional handset rankings.
Satisfaction with both smartphones and...
India's CCI investigating Apple
India's competition watchdog CCI has ordered investigations into allegations that Apple is limiting the availability of its products to a few service providers using its dominant market position, reports "The Economic Times" (http://economictimes.indiatimes.com).
The Director General of the Competition Commission of India (CCI) was asked to probe the matter after studying a complaint from a customer that Apple is curbing the customer's choice by limiting the availability of iPhones and iPads in India to a limited number of service providers, besides its signature stores, the article says, quoting unnamed sources. The customer's complaint was admitted under the section 4 of the Competition Act, 2002.
Apple wants to ban some Samsung gadget sales in Japan
Apple wants to ban sales of some Samsung Electronics gadgets in Japan, accusing its rival of violating patents relating to the iPhone and iPad, reports "Reuters" (http://www.reuters.com).
Apple has filed a suit with the Tokyo District Court seeking the suspension of sales of Galaxy S and its sequel S II smartphones and the Galaxy Tab 7 in Japan, says "Reuters," quoting "sources close to the matter." The first hearing was held on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, an Australian court has postponed a hearing due Thursday in which Apple is trying to stop Samsung Electronics Co. selling its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the country, according to "MarketWatch" (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/australia-court-postpones-apple-samsung...). Apple has taken Samsung to court in Australia to stop the South Korean company from selling its Galaxy Tab 10.1, claiming the device breaches patents related to the iPad, which Samsung Electronics disputes.
A directions hearing was scheduled for 2315 GMT in Sydney's Federal...
Adobe announces Flash Media Server 4.5, Flash Access 3.0
Adobe announced at the IBC 2011 Conference and Exhibition new releases of its streaming video solutions, including Adobe Flash Media Server 4.5 and Flash Access 3.0 software.
Flash Media Server 4.5 adds the ability to deliver video content to Apple’s iPad and iPhone devices. Adobe Flash Access 3.0, a content protection and monetization solution, will enable content owners to deliver on-demand content with massive scale and strict studio-level security across a broad range of devices, following the upcoming release of Flash Player 11 and Adobe AIR 3, according to Pritham Shetty, vice president, Video Solutions, Adobe.
Flash Media Server 4.5 also enables content owners to create HTTP content on the fly to reduce costs brought on by device proliferation. Delivery to iPad and iPhone enables businesses to use the same media and live streams to deliver full adaptive bit-rate experiences to platforms supporting Flash, as well as Apple devices, including the iPad and iPhone.
MacBook Air dominates ultra thin, light notebook market
"Ultrabooks" are set to take the market by storm, gradually taking a piece of the traditional notebook market and providing new momentum for the entire IT industry. According to market research firm TrendForce (http://www.trendforce.com), chip giant Intel is leading the ultrabook revolution in 2011, with the MacBook Air dominating the ultra thin and light notebook market.
Intel, along with the rest of the computer industry chain, aims to produce an ultrabook as thin and light as the MacBook Air, with longer battery life and better computing efficiency than standard notebooks. Computer makers will be introducing different models of ultrabooks between the fourth quarter of 2011 and the second quarter of 2012, according to TrendForce CEO Kevin Lin.
Clox lets you add a clock to your Mac desktop
Eltima Software has introduced Clox 1.0 (http://mac.eltima.com/desktop-clock.html) for Mac OS X (10.6.6 or higher). It costs US$0.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Lifestyle category.
Clox adds a clock to the desktop with individual settings like opacity, always on top and click-through mode, customizable size, 12/24 hour display and more. Each clock can have its unique name and place on the desktop.
Adobe Digital Publishing Suite to support iOS 5 Newsstand
Adobe says that publishers will be able to use Adobe Digital Publishing Suite to create magazine and newspaper applications that appear in the Apple Newsstand section of the iTunes App Store and the Newsstand folder on the iPad.
With more than 600 titles created to date, the industry-leading Adobe Digital Publishing Suite includes full support for Newsstand subscriptions, which can significantly boost sales and advertising revenue by combining greater content discoverability with flexible payment options required by readers, says Todd Teresi, vice president and general manager, Media Solutions, Adobe. Content owners can use Adobe Digital Publishing Suite to target their new digital editions at iPad, Android tablets and BlackBerry Playbook devices.
Publishers will be able to use Digital Publishing Suite to create files that are detected by Newsstand and automatically downloaded to the Newsstand shelf, eliminating long downloads times which can present a barrier to reading content on...
RackMac mini Xserver designed for a Mac mini With Thunderbolt
Sonnet Technologies (http://www.sonnettech.com/) will will introduce the RackMac mini Xserver rackmount 1U system with a PCIe 2.0 expansion slot for Thunderbolt technology-enabled Mac mini computers at IBC2011.
This system mounts a Mac mini inside a specially designed 1U enclosure, which also contains one PCIe 2.0 x4 slot, a 75W power supply, plus a Thunderbolt daisy-chain port. This system enables users to connect one half-length PCIe 2.0 adapter card to the Mac mini via a Thunderbolt cable, while allowing the connection of additional Thunderbolt peripherals to the daisy-chain Thunderbolt port.
The enclosure also delivers strategic airflow cooling to the computer, provides a front-panel power button and USB port, and can automatically power on/off the PCIe expansion slot in unison with the Mac mini, according to the folks at Sonnet.
The RackMac mini Xserver supports one half-length, x16 (x4 mode), PCIe 2.0 card to enable the use of professional video capture cards, 8Gb Fibre...
Silverstack LT H.264 designed for DSLR movie makers
Pomfort has introduced Silverstack LT H.264, software for professional filmmakers that has been specifically developed to support the entire H.264 clip management of CanonDSLR and GoPro cameras.
Silverstack LT H.264 automatically creates back-ups of film clips and systematically prepares clips for editorial tools such as Final Cut Pro or Avid. Its designed to match the needs for offloading, inspecting, labeling, rating and commenting on produced film clips.
For checking the quality of film clips, Silverstack LT H.264 comes with pixel accurate zoom as well as channel, focus and clipping inspectors. Comments, annotations and ratings can be added directly to film clips. All information is saved within the library and travels with clips when they're transferred to editorial programs like Final Cut Pro or Avid Media Composer.
Silverstack LT H.264 requires an Intel Mac running Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It costs US$129 and is available at the Pomfort website (http://pomfort.com/).
Seagate announces 4TB GoFlex Desk Drive
Seagate (http://www.seagate.com) is shipping a new 4TB GoFlex Desk external hard drive -- the highest capacity hard drive in the industry. What's more, this latest addition to the GoFlex Family of external hard drives showcases Seagate’s new desktop design.
The streamlined industrial design delivers a smaller footprint and better reflects the aesthetic of today’s modern offices while still providing all the benefits of previous generations of the GoFlex drives, according to Patrick Connolly, vice president and general manager of Retail products for Seagate. The new 4TB GoFlex Desk drive is now available from Seagate and will be available from select online retailers within the month for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of US$249.99 USD.
The entire line of GoFlex Desk products will also adopt the new industrial design in the coming weeks. The GoFlex Desk for Mac external drive featuring both FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 will be available in Apple stores by the end of the month....
Elizabethan Era comes to the Macgamestore
Red Marble Games' Build-a-Lot Elizabethan Era is now available at the Macgamestore (http://www.macgamestore.com). It costs US$9.95.
Here's how the game is described: "Travel back in time to Queen Elizabeth's kingdom where challenging fun rules the realm! In this exciting new addition to the Build-a-lot series, you'll take on a host of new adventures without the aid of modern conveniences. From a single thatched house you begin your journey through Elizabethan England. With wells and windmills, crops and carpentry, you'll grow your one cob house to a full, flourishing shire! Bestow happiness upon the people as you build gardens, theaters and pubs for their amusement, and prosperity will reign with the services you so kindly provide. With many tasks to tackle and towns to visit, Build-a-lot: The Elizabethan Era is royal entertainment for all the lords and ladies."
ATTO Technology demos Thunderbolt products
ATTO Technology (http://www.attotech.com) has announced its support for Thunderbolt technology, which is included on the latest Macs.
Prosumer and Professional storage providers offering storage for demanding post-production and broadcast applications that require managed latency and data protection while maintaining stream counts can explore Thunderbolt connectivity solutions at ATTO’s stand at IBC 2011 held Sept. 9-13 at the RAI Conference Center in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Hall 7, stand F41.
For years, typical eSATA, USB 2.0 and FireWire interface performance has maxed out at approximately 200 MB/s. Combining ATTO innovation with Thunderbolt technology gives prosumer and professional editors the ability to achieve performance levels up to 1000 MB/s of bandwidth, says Timothy Klein, president and CEO at ATTO Technology. In addition, performance of this magnitude has been out of reach for laptop and all-in-one users looking to edit multiple streams of uncompressed HD video, he...
eMedia Music announces eMedia Interactive Rock Guitar
eMedia Music Corp. (http://www.emediamusic.com) has released eMedia Interactive Rock Guitar, which has over 100 audio- and video-enhanced guitar lessons and rock gear tips.
The Animated Fretboard shows you all the fingerings. Instant Feedback helps you learn quickly and easily, according to the folks at eMedia Music. eMedia's advanced audio recognition software technology actually listens to your playing melodies and shows you whether the correct notes are played, they add
eMedia Interactive Rock Guitar lessons have full-screen videos and lessons written by Charles McCrone, a graduate of the Guitar Institute of Technology, with over 25 years of playing and teaching experience. It will be available at computer and music retail stores nationwide and online in October at an estimated retail price of US$49.95. The CD-ROM is a hybrid for both Mac OS X (10.5 and higher) and Windows (XP/Vista/Windows 7).
OWC iMac upgrade service adds $249 Solid State Drive option
Other World Computing (http://www.macsales.com) has announced a lower starting cost for installation of a 6Gb/s SSD via the OWC Turnkey Upgrade Installation Program for the mid-2011 iMac.
The program gives mid-2011 iMac owners/buyers the option of having OWC install up to three SandForce Driven OWC Mercury 6G Solid State Drives up to 480GB each. Program options also include a larger capacity hard drive up to 3TB and certified Memory Upgrades up to 32GB. Twenty-seven inch iMac owners also have the option of OWC installing the industry’s only eSATA interface and experience data transfer rates up to 600MB/s.
OWC’s installation service program offers multiple configuration options starting at US$169 with a 48 business hours or less installation turnaround. The Turnkey Upgrade Installation Program for 2011 Apple iMac is available for immediate ordering at http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/turnkey/iMac .
TrendNet offers 450Mbps wireless product family
TrendNet (http://www.trendnet.com) has announced a full line of 450Mbps wireless solutions.
The company says its 450Mbps Concurrent Dual Band Wireless N Router (US$225.99) is the first router to support 450Mbps speeds on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands at the same time. Gigabit Wide Area Network and Local Area Network ports transfer wired data fast, while embedded GreenNet technology reduces power consumption by up to 70%, according to the folks at TrendNet.
The 450Mbps Dual Band Wireless N USB Adapter (pictured) upgrades laptop or desktop connectivity to 450Mbps wireless speeds and costs US$225.99. The 450Mbps Wireless N Gaming Adapter ($82.99) networks gaming consoles, televisions, and NVRs to the Internet with a 450Mbps wireless connection.
MacXDVD updates all products for Lion
MacXDVD Software (http://www.macxdvd.com) has released minor update on all its products to support Mac OS X 7 ("Lion").
This update involves all the DVD rippers, video converters, and multimedia transferring tools in its product line. MacX DVD Ripper Pro (US$49.95) works as an ultimate DVD backup and ripping software on Mac for users to rip homemade and commercial DVDs to nearly any video format such as MP4, H.264, MOV, FLV, AVI, MPEG, M4V and so on for iPad, iPhone, iPod, PSP and more.
MacX Video Converter Pro ($49.95) is an all-in-one video converter that offers conversion, video output and support for input and output formats, including MKV, M2TS, AVCHD, AVI, MPEG, MP4, H.264, MOV, FLV, RM, RMVB, WebM, etc to Mac computer, iMovie, iTunes,iPhone, iPad/iPad 2, iPod, Apple TV, PSP, and more. This video converter also features the capacity to download online videos from YouTube, Myspace, Metacafe, etc., and convert multi-track HD videos for users to choose their preferred audio...
Vitamin-R for Mac OS X extends distraction elimination features
Publicspace.net has released Vitamin-R 1.68 (http://www.publicspace.net/Vitamin-R/index.html), an update of its Mac OS X compatible productivity tool for creative professionals. The new version adds ability to automatically close distracting Finder windows when beginning a new time slice.
Vitamin-R is a collection of tools and techniques for managing attention and maintaining motivation. According to the folks at publicspace.net, it complements the task capturing and organizing features of modern to-do list managers by forcing you to concentrate fully on one task a time and keeping distractions at bay. It breaks down large, vaguely defined tasks into a series of short "time slices" of between 10 and 30 minutes, each with specific and actionable objectives.
Vitamin-R provides you with the "Now & Later Board," complete with FastType magic, to give you a place to quickly dump all those things that go through your head and allows to get back to the task at hand. It requires Mac OS X...
Presence 2.7 for Mac OS X removes fees
Presence, the remote file access application for Mac, iPhone and iPad, has removed monthly subscription fees for its EasyConnect service and introduces configuration-free setup for most people.
The new release, version 2.7, also improves reliability for existing users. Presence provides Internet access to all a Mac's files by web browser and iOS app, as well as offering sharing of files and folders with no uploading. (Presence was known as FarFinder prior to May 2011.)
The new release removes the US$5 monthly subscription fee for EasyConnect. EasyConnect users can transfer up to 200MB a month, free of charge. Extra data can be purchased with prices starting at $5 for 2 GB.
Presence costs $40 for a single-user license or $70 for a family license; business pricing is available on request. EasyConnect, if required, is free for the first 200MB transferred each month. Additional data starts at $5 for 2GB; purchased data doesn't expire. Presence comes with a free 20-day trial period and is...
Cinematize apps ready for Lion
Miraizon has released Cinematize 3.01and Cinematiz Pro 3.01, new versions of the DVD clip extractor and converter products. They're now compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion").
Cinematize 3 is an introductory product that includes everything necessary to start DVD extraction and conversion projects, says Miraizon founder and CEO, David Salamon. It allows users to extract audio and video clips off of DVDs and convert them into many popular formats.
Those include QuickTime, iMovie, Final Cut, iDVD, DVD Studio Pro, Keynote, PowerPoint, iTunes, iPods, iPhones, and iPads as well as formats suitable for web sites such as YouTube. Cinematize is a subset of Cinematize 3 Pro, which sports even more features.
Free updaters for both Cinematize 3.01 and Cinematize 3.01 Pro for Macintosh are
available at http://www.miraizon.com/support/downloads.html . For new users pricing is US$59.95 and $129.95, respectively, for the downloadable versions. Demos are also available.
HTC files infringement claims against Apple
HTC has filed infringement claims against Apple, using patents obtained from Google last week, reports "Bloomberg" (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-09-07/htc-sues-apple-alleging-infring...).
The nine patents originated with Palm., Motorola and Openwave Systems, with Google taking ownership within the past year, according to U.S. Patent and Trademark Office records. Google recorded transfer of the patents to HTC on Sept. 1, notes "Bloomberg."
HTC sued Apple Wednesday in federal court in Delaware, claiming infringement of four of those patents that originally were issued to Motorola. The company also amended a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington, alleging infringement of three patents first issued to Openwave and two others originally owned by Palm.
Apple has, as you doubtless know by now, has filed patent cases against handset makers using Google’s Android operating system, including Samsung, Motorola Mobility Holdings and HTC.
iCloud Communications drops lawsuit, changes name
iCloud Communications, an Arizona company, that sued Apple over the iCloud moniker has dropped the lawsuit and changed its name, reports "CNET" (http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-20102436-37/arizona-company-drops-iclo...).
The company alleged in a lawsuit filed in June that the name of Apple's online storage service copied its name and caused confusion over competing products. Now it's withdrawn its claim, says "CNET."
However, the voice-over-IP provider has filed a notice of voluntary dismissal with the U.S. District Court of Arizona that precludes the claim from being refiled. The company also seems to have changed its name to Clear Digital Communications.
"CNET" says a Facebook page for a company called Clear Digital Communications lists the same address and contact information as an iCloud Communications Facebook page, as well as a wall post from August 12 that says, "iCloud is now Clear Digital Communications."
Apple top stock among top 50 hedge funds
Apple was the most-held stock among the top 50 hedge funds in the second quarter, while Wells Fargo & Co. and Merck & Co. were the companies most-owned by the biggest equity mutual funds, according to Citigroup ,as reported by "Bloomberg" (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-09-07/apple-was-hedge-funds-most-owne...).
Apple has held the top position in the hedge-fund category since the third quarter of 2010, Tobias Levkovich, Citigroup’s chief U.S. equity strategist, wrote in a Sept. 6 note. It’s owned by 16 of the 50 largest U.S. hedge funds. Wells Fargo, based in San Francisco, and Whitehouse Station, New Jersey-based Merck were owned by 17 of the largest 50 mutual funds in the three months ended June 30.
“Apple retains the top spot for both growth and value hedge funds,” Levkovich wrote. “The overlap in top stocks for these two investment styles implies a degree of consensus within the hedge-fund world and possibly a break from some firms’ traditional investment styles.”...
Apple spent $790,000 on lobbying in second quarter
Apple spent US$790,000 during the second quarter to lobby the federal government on issues such as patent reform, technology funding for education and electronic waste, reports the "Associated Press" (http://macte.ch/cNyO4).
That's up 41% from the $560,000 the company spent in the previous quarter and more than double the $330,000 it spent in the second quarter of 2010.Other issues Apple lobbied on included green technology, battery transportation, consumer privacy online and telecommunications- and trade-related topics, notes the "AP."
Adobe debuts Carousel Photography app for Mac OS X, iOS
During the Photoshop World 2011 keynote, Adobe announced Adobe Carousel for the iPad, iPhone, iPod touch and Mac OS.
Adobe Carousel is designed for anyone who loves photographs, takes a lot of them, and needs a simple way to view, browse, adjust and share them without worrying about manual syncing or storage, says Winston Hendrickson, vice president of Digital Imaging Products, Adobe. It utilizes the photo-processing technology used in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.
Adobe Carousel is comprised of a set of client apps for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and Mac OS X desktops. When customers import their photo library into Adobe Carousel, or take new photos using Adobe Carousel on an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, those photos are automatically accessible on any supported device through the cloud-based smart mesh technology incorporated in Adobe Carousel.
Once imported, any edits, deletions or additions to the library made on one device are automatically updated across all devices linked with the...
Analyst: Apple will sell 200 million iOS devices in 2013
In a note to clients -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) -- Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster thinks Apple will sell over 200 million iOS devices in calendar year 2013 for US$164 billion in revenue.
His estimates are 8% ahead of Wall Street's 2013 expectations for revenue, and 10% higher than the Street's earnings per share forecast, notes "AppleInsider." Munster sees Apple's revenue growing 19% in calendar year 2012 and another 17% in 2013.
The analyst predicts that iPhone growth will go from 30% in calendar 2012 to 29% in 2013. He forecasts that the iPad will account for 21%of Apple's revenue in calendar year 2013, with sales of 68 million units. Munster sees iPad unit sales growing 39% in 2012 and 35% in 2013.
Ans for the Mac platform, the analyst thinks it will earn 16% of Apple's revenue in 2013 with sales of 23 million Macs that year. He thinks that growth rate will shrink from 17% to 15% in the next two years.
QuickBooks for Mac 2012 ready for Lion
Intuit (http://www.intuit.com) has announced QuickBooks for Mac 2012, which offers compatibility with Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion"). The new version also offers more than 50 new features and enhancements, according to Dan Wernikoff, senior vice president and general manager of Intuit’s Financial Management Solutions division.
He adds that key features of QuickBooks for Mac 2012 include:
° Improved Search: You can use keywords to find items such as customer or vendor contacts, transactions, amounts and dates. You can apply filters to refine search results or save searches for future reference.
° Customer and Vendor History Panels: You can get an at-a-glance view of customer details, such as open balances and notes, right next to open invoices. Small businesses can now complete transactions and answer customer questions quickly and easily.
° Transaction List: You can browse and sort forms by date, customer name or other criteria while entering invoices, expenses and sales receipts.
Registration Now Open for Real World 2012
Real Software says registration for Real World, the Real Studio user conference, is now open.
The conference is scheduled to take place at the Royal Plaza Hotel in Orlando, Florida, on May 24-25, 2012. It will feature multiple session tracks with breakout sessions that are presented by Real Studio engineers, users and experts.
"Real World is where the Real Studio community comes together," says Bob Keeney, vice president of the Association of Real Studio Professionals. "At Real World you can learn more about Real Studio, network with other Real Studio consultants and developers, and find developers to help you with the project you’ve been working on. You’ll find no higher concentration of Real Studio geniuses on the planet."
Conference pricing has been set at:
° Early registration -- US$500 through Dec. 2, 2011;
° Advanced registration -- $600, Dec. 3, 2011, through March 10, 2012;
° Late registration -- $700, March 11, 2012, through May 24, 2012.
Conference attendees who register...
Apple's 'forgotten' founder pens autobiography
Best known as the third and "forgotten" founder of the Apple Computer, Ronald G. Wayne has written an autobiography now available at booksellers: "Adventures of an Apple Founder."
Apple co-founder Steve ("Woz") Wozniak contributed the foreword to the book. In an Aug. 26, 2011, interview with Bloomberg TV, Wozniak is quoted as saying: "Ron is one of those people ... He doesn't look back with regret. Your mind was working well and making the right decisions for the way you think at that point in time, and that was part of what made him credible to Steve and I. It's a type of integrity, I was sorry to see him leave."
"Adventures of an Apple Founder" purportedly offers a never-before-told backstory to the man whose passion for engineering and design spans nearly three quarters of a century. Wayne holds a dozen patents, has worked in aerospace engineering, at video game maker Atari, and has spent the better part of his life in pursuit of a long time passion -- building Las Vegas style...
Promise SANLink adapter offers Thunderbolt connectivity
Promise Technology (www.promise.com/SANLink) has announced products with Thunderbolt technology. Promise SANLink is the first Fibre Channel to Thunderbolt adapter and provides media professionals with native high-speed access to their shared Fibre Channel SAN digital assets.
SANLink provides a dual 4Gbps Fibre Channel link that can be used to connect to external Fibre Channel storage or to an Xsan or StorNext network using a high-speed Thunderbolt port. Each adapter features full-duplex capable FC ports, that automatically detect connection speed and can each independently operate at 1, 2 or 4Gbps. Two Thunderbolts ports are provided with SANLink that enable daisy-chaining to other Thunderbolt peripherals, such as monitors, to be connected through SANLink up to six total devices.
The Promise SANLink is compatible with Thunderbolt technology that ships on the new MacBook Pro, Mac mini, iMac and MacBook Air. SANLink requires zero software install and simply works out-of-the-box with...
Epson announces the Small-in-One
Epson has announced the Epson Stylus NX430 Small-in-One, featuring an all-in-one with the smallest footprint available for the feature set, says Kristi Lanzit, product manager, Consumer Ink Jets, Epson America.
It sports wireless technology and built-in remote printing. The Epson Stylus NX430 comes with a 2.5-inch color LCD with touch panel, built-in memory card slots for computer-free photo printing, wireless connectivity, mobile printing capabilities, and quiet operation. T
The Epson Stylus NX430 also comes equipped with Epson Connect, a new portfolio of cloud and mobile services enabling mobile users to print documents and photos directly to their Epson printers from a mobile device. Epson Connect offers two solutions -- Email Print and Epson iPrint.
Email Print allows customers to print out e-mail and file attachments by simply sending an e-mail from their smartphone or other mobile device to an enabled Epson printer. The Epson iPrint application, for the latest iOS- and...
Inpaint for Mac brushes up to version 3.0
Inpaint for Mac (http://www.theinpaint.com/), which lets you remove unwanted objects from a photo in one click, has been updated to version 3.0. It's available for Mac OS X 10.6 or higher at the Mac App Store for US$3.99.
Inpaint reconstructs the selected image area from the pixels near the area boundary. The app may be used to remove undesirable objects from still images.
You can also use Inpaint to delete any unwanted object from your photo, such as a logo, watermark, extra power-line, people, text, etc. The program will automatically "inpaint: the selected area to erase it.
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters comes to the Mac, PC
Electronic Arts has released Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters video game for the Mac and PC platforms.
Golf enthusiasts and gamers can now experience the iconic Masters Tournament and Augusta National Golf Club for the first time in Tiger Woods PGA Tour franchise history. An additional 14 championship courses are included, such as Pebble Beach, St. Andrews Links and TPC at Sawgrass.
Boxed copies of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters on the Mac/PC are now available for purchase at EA’s Origin.com for US$39.99, as well as other retailers. Each copy of the game includes a three-month membership to Tiger Woods PGA Tour Online, a golf experience streamed directly through a web browser.
As a member, gamers will have access to additional features such as expanded multiplayer modes, additional courses and group tournaments. For more information about Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters, go to http://www.easports.com/golf .
Raidon launches new storage solution
Raidon (http://www.raidon.com.tw) has launched its latest internal SATA RAID 5/SAS JBOD storage solutions -- the iR2630 & iS2630 in two of 5.25-inch CD-ROM bay.
The iR2630 supports three of 3.5-inch SATA HDD with RAID 0 and 5 functions. It also comes with the Raidon standard feature of hot-swappable design to HDD installation, management and maintenance during operation. In addition, the Raidon iR2630 provides RS232 port for the integration of information to the system installed.
The iS2630 provides three of 3.5-inch SAS/SATA HDD housing with JBOD function, and offers options of using SAS or SATA hard drives. It can be upgraded to a RAID storage solution when collocating a RAID card for desired applications.
The Raidon 2630 series is structured from the size of two standard 5.25-inch CD-ROM and can be installed to industrial control systems or operating servers. It comes with removable tray and a hot-swappable design. Contact Raidon for pricing options.
DxO FilmPack 3 brings classic film looks to digital photos
DxO Labs has announced DxO FilmPack 3 and offering it at a special launch price starting at US$49 until Sept. 30.
DxO FilmPack 3 allows photographers to recreate black and white or color film stocks on their digital images in one click. It's compatible with Mac OS X (10.5 and higher) and Windows.
In addition to 10 new film looks and 10 new color filters, DxO FilmPack 3 also features new tools that provide photographers with full control of their images: creation of customized film looks; hue/saturation/lightness sliders for additional color creative control; a channel mixer for extended Black & White rendering styles; vignetting to give images a particular look; and a noise removal tool for more authentic grain rendering
DxO FilmPack 3’s interface has been completely revamped, according to DxO Labs CEO Jerome Meniere. Photographers can now choose among the numerous built-in film looks thanks to the user-friendly filmstrip, he adds.
Each DxO FilmPack 3 license includes the...
Maxon Cinema 4D 13 offers simplified character generation, more
Maxon has announced Cinema 4D Release 13 (http://www.maxon.net/products.html), the next generation of its 3D motion graphics, visual effects, painting, and rendering software application.
With all new character tools, integrated stereographic capabilities, streamlined multi-artist collaboration and physical rendering, Cinema 4D Release 13 builds on the company’s 25-year legacy of enabling digital content creators around the world to produce content quickly and easily for a variety of industries, according to the folks at Maxon.
Cinema 4D Release 13 works with Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher running on an Intel-based Mac with 1024MB of RAM and DVD ROM drive. Standard DVD installation can take up to 4GB of disk space. For pricing and upgrade info go to http://www.maxon.net/ .