Blackmagic Design's Compact Videohub shipping
Blackmagic Design (http://www.blackmagic-design.com) is shipping the Compact Videohub, which it says is the world’s smallest 40 x 40 SDI router that fits into two rack units of space.
It features three Gb/s SDI, ASI, auto switching SD, HD and 3 Gb/s SDI formats, full SDI re-clocking, USB, redundant power inputs, ethernet and serial router control for US$4,995.
Compact Videohub is less than an inch deep. It includes more control interfaces such as USB, as well as direct ethernet and RS-422 serial interfaces.
Direct ethernet router control allows direct connection to a computer network for control. Ethernet control is fully compatible with Blackmagic Design‘s range of software control panels, the Videohub Smart Control hardware control panel and the new Videohub Control for iPad.
Compact Videohub, like all Blackmagic Design Videohub routers, allows for a range of flexible control options. These include the free Videohub software control panels for icon-based push button control from...
SubRosaSoft.com releases MacForensicsLab Write Controller 1.0
SubRosaSoft.com (http://www.macforensicslab.com/) has released MacForensicsLab Write Controller 1.0, a software write-blocking application. It prevents the Mac from automatically mounting volumes and maintains the integrity of suspect data, providing a layer of protection when working with important information.
By default, Mac OS X automatically mounts the volumes of any device when connected to the Mac. If a suspect drive is connected directly to the Mac with mounting turned on, the Mac OS will immediately update the drive with system related information which could compromise the integrity of the evidence.
Write Controller allows an investigator to control this behavior and prevent automatic mounting which prevents accidental writing to the drive. The software also has the flexibility to allow the user to mount and unmount volumes.
MacForensicLab Write Controller is now available at the manufacturer’s suggested retail price of US$149 ($135 for licensed law enforcement). It...
ITC: Nokia shouldn't be found guilty of infringing Apple...
Nokia shouldn’t be found liable of infringing Apple patents, the staff of the U.S. International Trade Commission, reports "Bloomberg" (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-11-02/nokia-gets-support-of-itc-staff...).
“The evidence will not establish a violation” of Apple patent rights, the staff, which acts on behalf of the public as a third party in the case, said in a pre-hearing memo released yesterday. Apple is asking the ITC to block imports of Nokia phones into the U.S., claiming they are infringing four patents.
In September Apple sued Nokia in Britain, reiterating claims it has already made in a lawsuit in the US. The whole legal brouhaha has a convoluted background. In May Nokia announced the filing of another lawsuit against Apple, in Federal District Court in Wisconsin, regarding five of Nokia’s patents. Nokia says those patents are infringed by the iPhone and iPad 3G and involve technology that improves speech and data transmission with new antenna configurations and...
Warner Music Group exec departs for Apple
Elliott Peters, Warner Music Group’s senior VP and head of digital legal affairs is leaving the company next month for a job at Apple, reports "Billboard" (http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/content_display/industry/e3i8a210b25e0747...).
According to an internal memo obtained by the music industry publication, Peters is taking on the role of corporate attorney director for iTunes Europe and Internet services, based in Luxembourg, where he will manage the European legal team for iTunes and MobileMe services. He’s been with WMG since 2000. Ron Wilcox, WMG’s executive counsel for business affairs and strategic and digital initiatives will oversee the label’s digital legal affairs team upon Peters’ departure.
Analyst expects banner year for Apple in 2011
Wedge Partners analyst Brian Blair has told clients -- as reported by "Barron's (http://blogs.barrons.com/techtraderdaily/2010/11/02/apple-can-sell-100m-...) -- that he expects Apple to see 100 million iPhones, 48 million iPads and lots of MacBook Airs in 2011. To be specific, he predicts:
° Apple will produce 45-48 million iPads next year, which would be up from his forecast of 13.5 million in 2010. He expects the arrival of the iPad 2 to spark sales.
° Apple will sell approximately 100 million iPhones and nab 10% of the global market share.
° MacBook Air unit momentum will cause the street to raise expectations for Mac units in the quarter. "We believe the 11 inch Air will be both provide solid incremental units to Apple’s December quarter Mac units, but also add meaningful incremental revenues to the company over the next year," says Blair.
Lawsuit claims Apple intentionally 'iBricked' iPhone...
Another day, another lawsuit. To boost sales of the iPhone 4, Apple told owners of its third-generation iPhone to download an operating system that the company knew would turn the 3G phones into a "device with little more use than that of a paper weight," unhappy customers say in a Superior Court class action, as reported by the "Courthouse News Service" (http://www.courthousenews.com/2010/11/03/31573.htm).
Lead plaintiff Bianca Wofford says Apple told owners of its 3G and 3GS iPhones that the new iOS4 operating system was an upgrade. But she says the "upgrade" made her phone slow and susceptible to crashes, turning an iPhone into an "iBrick," says "Courthouse News Service."
"In essence, Apple knowingly and intentionally released what it called a system software 'upgrade' that, in fact, made hundreds of thousands of third generation iPhones that were exclusively tethered to AT&T data plans 'useless' for their intended purpose," according to the complaint.
It continues: "Since...
Maintain releases Cocktail 4.7.8 (Snow Leopard Edition)
Maintain has released Cocktail 4.7.8 (Snow Leopard Edition), the latest maintenance update of Cocktail (http://www.maintain.se/c) for users running Mac OS X 10.6.x ("Snow Leopard"). It adds ability to clear the Koobface.A/Boonana.A trojan and Microsoft Office 2011 font caches. This version also fixes few minor bugs discovered in the previous release.
Cocktail 4.7.8 (Snow Leopard Edition) requires Mac OS X/Mac OS X Server 10.6 or later and is tested for compatibility with Mac OS X/Mac OS X Server 10.6.5. Cocktail (Leopard Edition) for Mac OS X 10.5 and Cocktail (Tiger Edition) for Mac OS X 10.4 are available for download from the Maintain web site.
Cocktail is a general purpose utility for Mac OS X that offers a variety of practical features designed to simplify the use of advanced UNIX function. A single user license costs US$14.95.
Native Instruments opens up The Mouth by Tim Exile
Native Instruments (http://www.native-instruments.com) has introduced The Mouth, an US$79 performance instrument and sound processor designed by electronic artist Tim Exile. Based on Reaktor technology, it generates melodies and harmonies from any audio signal on the fly, turning vocals, drum loops and other sources into electronic textures and original sonic mayhem.
The Mouth is the second instrument collaboration between Native Instruments and Exile, following the keyboard-controlled effects processor The Finger, and originating from the same custom Reaktor-based live setup that is at the center of Exile's stage performances.
Equipped with automatic pitch detection and harmonizing controls, The Mouth provides an array of expressive and inspirational synthesizer, vocoder and talk box-style sounds and effects with an electronic character.
The Mouth offers separate "Pitch" and "Beats" modes for tonal processing of all kinds of audio material, enabling anything from auto-tuning effects...
iTunes music clips expanded from 30 to 90 seconds
iTunes (and Apple) will be increasing the length of music clips on their system from 30 seconds to 90 seconds, reports "Symphonic Distribution" (http://symintranet.com/blog/?p=3273).
“We are pleased to let you know that we are preparing to increase the length of music previews from 30 seconds to 90 seconds on the iTunes Store in the United States," Apple said. "We believe that giving potential customers more time to listen to your music will lead to more purchases.”
Canon introduces imageFormula DR-6030C document scanner
Canon USA (http://www.usa.canon.com) has added the US$4,495 imageFORMULA DR-6030C document scanner to its lineup. The new scanner provides comprehensive scanning functionality in a desktop design that effectively delivers document-capture benefits across business applications, says Jim Rosetta, vice president and general manager, Imaging Systems Group, Canon U.S.A. “
The Canon DR-6030C is a solution for scanning large numbers of documents. Delivering color and black-and-white scan speeds up to 80 pages-per-minute (ppm) /160 images-per-minute (ipm)i, the DR-6030C scanner can handle a variety of document types such as thick documents, plastic ID cards, driver licenses, as well as long documents up to 118 inches in length.
The compact Canon DR-6030C scanner can handle batches of mixed documents as well as deskew or rotate inverted images. Features such as Auto Page Size Detection and Skip Blank Page can help reduce document preparation time and increase employee productivity by enabling...
Apple named most innovative company
The 2010 Global Innovation 1000 (http://www.booz.com/global/home/what_we_think/featured_content/innovatio...), the sixth annual study of corporate innovation spending, released today by global management consulting firm Booz & Company, names Apple as the most innovative company.
Apple leads the list, capturing 79% of the vote. It's followed by Google with 49% and 3m with 20%. The three companies "can innovate successfully without breaking the bank," says Booz & Company.
"Apple is an exceptional example of our observation that success in innovation is determined not by how much money you spend, but rather by how you spend it," the report says. "The company has a long history of bringing innovative and stylish products to market, from the first Apple computer in 1976 to the iPod, the iPhone, and the iPad today. Yet it invests just 3.1% of its revenues in R&D, less than half the average percentage of the computing and electronics industry. Apple’s financial performance has...
Raidon presents the GearTANK 6610 series
Raidon Technology (www.RAIDON.com.tw) has launched the GearTANK 6610 Series, GR6610-5S-U5 with miniSAS interface and SL6610-5S-L4D with dual band iSCSI. It's a direct attached storage solution via miniSAS interface at 300 MB/second.
Designed for data intensive workflows and security environments, the GearTANK 6610 series comes with a built-in Intel IOP80331 and 512MB of internal cache memory under the hood. It supports up to 10TB in capacity and RAID level 0, 1, 0+1, 3, 5, 6, 10 and JBOD. The GearTank 6610 series is also equipped with LCD management and a user friendly web GUI to simplify maintenance and configuration process.
The GearTANK SL6610-5S-L4D provides two Gigabit LAN ports at 200 MB/second for multiple users to access to the same storage network without slowing down the network traffic. The GearTANK SL6610-5S-L4D also supports remote access, global hot spare and off-site backup for data management. Contact Raidon for pricing options.
Eltima releases SyncMate Beta 3
Eltima Software has released SyncMate Beta 3 (http://www.sync-mac.com/), a beta version of the software for syncing data between a Mac to Windows Mobile handheld devices. Just remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.
Users can sync their Macs with Windows Mobile devices, Android or Nokia phones, other Macs or Windows PCs, Sony PlayStation Portable, USB flash drives, Google accounts and special online storage provided by Eltima within one application. SyncMate 3.0 Beta also offers new options for its users. It's possible to mount Windows Mobile and Android devices as additional Mac disks via Wi-Fi, USB or Bluetooth and more.
For those users who don't have an Expert version of SyncMate yet but will buy it starting from Nov. 2 and until SyncMate 3's official release (within the grace period). A free upgrade to SyncMate Expert 3 is guaranteed. For those users who already use SyncMate Expert for a while, 50% off the official retail price is guaranteed.
One of the...
TrendNet launches 5Gbps USB 3.0 storage enclosures
TrendNet (http://www.trendnet.com) has announced the availability of the 3.5-inch USB 3.0 External Enclosure and 2.5-inch USB 3.0 External Enclosure. You can use 'em with a Mac, but they'll only run at USB 2.0 speeds as Apple has yet to add USB 3.0 support for the Mac.
The 3.5-inch USB 3.0 External Enclosure (US$79.99) supports one 3.5-inch SATA I or II hard disk drive with storage capacities in excess of one terabyte (the hard drive is sold separately). You can install a SATA I or II hard drive and connect the enclosure to a 5Gbps USB 3.0 port on your computer. The included USB 3.0 Type A connector is backward compatible with USB 2.0 ports.
The 2.5-inch USB 3.0 External Enclosure ($59.99) supports one 2.5-inch SATA I or II hard disk drive with storage capacities in excess of one Terabyte (hard drive sold separately). You can install a SATA I or II hard drive and connect the enclosure to a 5Gbps USB 3.0 port on your computer.
Apple iBookstore opens for Australians
Australians can now use an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch as an e-book reader after Apple opened the doors to its iBookstore in the country.
It's taken the company five months since the iPad's launch to get the store up and running but it has succeeded in signing up a wide range of book publishers including Macmillan, Hachette, HarperCollins, Hardie Grant, Murdoch Publishers and Wiley, reports "The Age" (http://www.theage.com.au/digital-life/tablets/apple-finally-opens-ibooks...). Previously, Australians viewing the iBookstore could only access old out-of-copyright books but now there is a range of new release titles on offer, the article adds. The exact number is unclear but an Apple spokeswoman said they numbered in the "thousands."
Books is Apple's ebook/PDF reader for the iPhone and iPad. iBooks works with the The iBookstore features books from major and independent publishers. Once you’ve bought a book -- or downloaded a free one -- it’s displayed on your Bookshelf. Just tap it to...
MacTech Conference 2010 kicks off this week in Los Angeles
The MacTech Conference for IT Pros and Mac developers kicks off this week at the Sheraton Universal in Los Angeles, "MacTech Magazine" announced today. Some of the Apple industry's best and brightest will not only be speaking at MacTech Conference, but attending to learn how to be better and more effective at what they do, share insights, and network with their peers, says Neil Tickin, editor-in-chief/publisher, "MacTech Magazine."
The hotel-based, immersive conference is being held Nov. 3-5. The conference starts off with the first public display of Mac-based Planetary Exploration Rovers, a keynote by Andy Ihnatko, renown tech journalist (currently a columnist for the "Chicago Sun Times"), and then continues into over 40 sessions by industry experts.
The MacTech Conference has two separate tracks: one focused on IT, and one focused on programming/development. Sessions will focus on both desktop and mobile, with appropriate levels of attention paid to the Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod....
MockupScreens comes to Mac OS X
MockupScreens (http://mockupscreens.com) has released MockupScreens 4.26, an update of the software for creating screen mockups of applications and web page sketches. The new version is Mac OS X compatible.
MockupScreens was originally developed to facilitate communication between developers and customers by presenting visual examples of what an application or a web page will look like. However, the earlier versions didn't support operating systems other than Windows, and Mac users could create mockup screens only via virtual machines.
Now a Mac version of MockupScreens is available, and it's not just a clone of a Windows version, but a full-fledged Mac product, says Igor Jese, the author of MockupScreens. A single-user license starts from US$99.95. Every customer is guaranteed one year of free upgrades and free e-mail support. Licenses are interchangeable among Mac and Windows systems. A demo is available for download.
Label Printer Pro gets curved text, more templates
Pay&Play Software (http://www.payplaysoftware.com) introduced Label Printer Pro 7 (LPP7) version 7.0 for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. The new version sports curved text and a greater library of templates.
LLP7 is a solution for designing and printing labels of all types. It can be downloaded as a fully functional demo to try before buying. The cost of Label Printer Pro remains US$29.95 with an upgrade price for current users of only $9.95.
Prizmo for Mac fully localized in 10 languages
Creaceed has updated Prizmo (http://www.creaceed.com/prizmo/features.html), its application for scanning everything thanks to a digital camera. It's now available in 10 languages: English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Danish, Swedish and Norwegian.
Scanning with Prizmo is not limited to documents. As Prizmo corrects lens distortion and perspective, they can scan almost everything: common documents (invoices, receipts) as well as less usual documents (boards, giant advertisements); documents of all sizes (regular formats like US Letter, US Legal, and custom); portrait and landscape documents; indoor and outdoor photographs.
Prizmo requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later. It costs US$49.95 . A fully functional, time-unlimited trial version is available. The demo version generates watermarked images.
Simon upgrade for Mac OS X adds new filter features, more
Dejal Systems, LLC has released Dejal Simon 3.0 (http://www.dejal.com/simon/), a site monitoring tool for Mac OS X. The new version sports new filter features, redesigned editor windows, a new activity log, and much more.
Dejal Simon checks web pages, FTP and DNS servers, local or remote ports or volumes, and other services for changes or failures, and notifies you via e-mail, sound, speech, Twitter, HTML reports, and other means. You can add tests to Simon to track updated sites, to alert you when an important server goes down or recovers, check on Samba SMB, take periodic screenshots of the system, track posts and new comments on your or friends' blogs, check for web mail, make sure a key application is running, get notifications of updates to favorite news and entertainment web sites, keep an eye on auctions, and other uses.
Services include Web (HTTP) to check web pages (including secure ones, and supporting POST and cookies), FTP files and directory listings, DNS, Ping servers,...
PopChar 5.1 for Mac OS X adds Unicode support
Ergonis Software has released PopChar X 5.1 (http://www.ergonis.com), an update of the tool for finding and typing special characters. The upgrade supports the brand-new version 6.0 of the Unicode standard and can now identify more than 23,000 characters by their names.
It features a new command for cleaning up the table of recent characters and allows skipping the announcement of new versions. What's more, PopChar 5.1 improves overall performance and compatibility with Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard") and applications like Espresso and FileMaker Pro.
PopChar X costs US$46 for a single-user license; however, version 5.1 is a free update for for anyone who purchased PopChar in the last two years. For info about purchases, including enterprise licenses, volume discounts, and upgrade pricing offers, visit the Ergonis web site.
Instead of purchasing PopChar by itself (approximately US$30 for a single user license), customers can get the Macility Productivity Bundle (approximately $77)...
Trailrunner for Mac OS X runs to version 3.2
Trailrunner (http://www.trailrunnerx.com/), a Mac OS X solution for folks doing long distance sports, has been updated to version 3.2. The upgrade can import activity recordings from the new Nike+ GPS app for the iPhone.
With TrailRunner you can plan workout routes on a geographical map, export the route directions as small NanoMaps onto an iPod and import workout data from the Nike + iPod sports kit back into the workout diary. Other features are an exercise plan, .Mac weblog publishing, a GPS, GPX and KML import/export, an integrated map and elevation data download from global mapping services like USGS topo maps.
TrailRunner 3.2 is free but the author thankfully accepts a support fee of approximately US$35 for continued development.
iOS 4.2 goes 'Golden Master'
Apple has released the Golden Master (GM) version of iOS 4.2 to developers. The GM build is usually the last one that will soon be released to end users.
Among the features in iOS 4.2 -- which Apple has said will be released this month -- is AirPlay and AirPrint. The former is a system that streams audio, either wirelessly or over Ethernet, to third-party speaker docks, A/V receivers, speakers and more.
AirPrint is wireless printing for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. It automatically finds printers on local networks and can print text, photos and graphics to them wirelessly over Wi-Fi without the need to install drivers or download software. HP’s existing and upcoming ePrint enabled printers will be the first to support printing direct from iOS devices.
AirPrint is designed to support a range of printers from entry level inkjet printers to office laser printers. Additionally, iOS 4.2 devices will be able to print to printers shared through a Mac or a PC. iOS 4.2 compatible HP...
Apple interested in buying BOKU?
Both Apple￼ and Google￼ are engaged in conversations with mobile payments startup BOKU￼ (http://www.boku.net/) about a potential acquisition "or a wide-reaching partnership at the very least," reports "TechCrunch" (http://techcrunch.com/2010/11/01/apple-google-boku/), quoting "people familiar with the talks, which are ongoing."
BOKU President and CEO Mark Britto￼ and co-founder Ron Hirson￼ have held multiple meetings with executives at the helm of Apple’s iPhone business in the course of the past three weeks, the article adds. Neither one would comment on the rumors.
BOKU is a mobile online payments company. The company is based in San Francisco with offices in Europe, Asia and Latin America.
Mac mini gets price cut in Europe
The price of the Mac mini dropped by 100 Euro in average in most European Apple Store. It went from 799 Euro for the basic model to 699 Euro, "even though it remains much too high to really compete with other similar small box PC," says "HardMac" (http://www.hardmac.com).
Apple's smallest desktop Mac was updated in June. It features up to twice the graphics performance, a new HDMI port and a new SD card slot, all in an aluminum enclosure. Pricing starts at US$699 in the United States.
Massive Apple data center to be used for '21st-century...
Apple’s humongous new data center in Raleigh, North Carolina, "is a 21st-century broadcasting system to rival the TV networks of old, says a leading expert in cloud computing," Nick Carr, author of the “ The Big Switch” a bestseller about the cloud, tells "Cult of Mac" (http://www.cultofmac.com/apples-data-center-is-21st-century-broadcasting...).
The new Apple data center in Maiden, North Carolina is expected to begin operations “any day now,” according to local officials. Even as Apple begins to ramp up production at the 500,000 square foot data center, there are rumors circulating that Apple may be planning to build a second 500,000 square foot facility on the site, the article adds. The facility -- not counting the rumored expansions -- is expected to employ at least 50 full-time employees.
Carr says Apple’s North Carolina facility is a “broadcasting system” not unlike NBC or CBS, but one that distributes software as well as media. The data center can be seen as essentially a...
Some investors want Apple to put its cash, investments 'to...
Apple's US$51 billion in cash and investments is earning a lower return than a typical U.S. savings account, and some investors say CEO Steve Jobs should put that money to better use, reports "Bloomberg Businessweek" (http://news.businessweek.com/article.asp?documentKey=1377-al5MGXgYUUN0-5...).
Apple got a 0.75% return on the investments in the past fiscal year, according to a regulatory filing last week. The gain pales next to the roughly 10% investors would have earned from the Standard & Poor's 500 Index and the Dow Jones Industrial Average over that time, says "Bloomberg Businessweek." Apple's stock itself also was a much better investment, rising 60%.
In a conference call with the press and financial analysts in October, Jobs said that the company has a good track record of using cash, saying it's holding money for one or more “strategic opportunities,” rather than a dividend or stock buyback. For some shareholders, the cash hoard is overkill, especially considering Apple...
Foremay says it will ship the world's fastest 1.8-inch SSD
Foremay (http://www.foremay.net) has announced the shipment of slim SSDs with standard 1.8-inch micro SATA SSD interfaces. The 5mm SSD is small in size but has high speed and high capacity, according to Jason Hoover, vice president of marketing, Foremay.
With read/write speeds of 280 MB/second, random read/write IOPS at 4KB up to 30,000/15,000, and jumbo capacity up to 400GB, the thin SSD is the fastest SSD in a 1.8-inch form factor, and it is capable of being deployed not only in high end laptops, but also in industrial PC, HPC and enterprise servers, he adds.
In additional to the 5mm SSD offered with its SC199 and EC188 product families, Foremay also offers a similar design in an even thinner model with its OC177 product family that has a thickness of 3.3 mm.
Box Shot 3D update includes Cinema Display, iPhone, iPad shapes
Applications for Life (http://www.appsforlife.com/) has announced Box Shot 3D 3.1, an update to their US$60 Mac OS X/Windows compatible utility that renders 3D shapes using provided images. The new release features a set of consumer electronic devices: the Apple Cinema Display, iPhone and iPad.
It also brings a hard cover book shape with flat spine and multi-folds booklets. Starting from version 3.1 Box Shot 3D automatically checks for updates, so you don't need to.
Box Shot 3D allows you to render software boxes, book covers, magazines, CD, DVD and Blu-Ray boxes, cans, bottles, mugs, bags and more. No 3D knowledge is required.
FileMaker launches ‘Buy One FileMaker Pro 11, Give One Free’...
FileMaker has announced a new "Buy One FileMaker, Give One Free" special holiday offer that allows those purchasing a downloadable version of FileMaker Pro 11 from the online FileMaker Web Store to receive a second downloadable copy for free -- an US$299 value.
Participants can use the second free copy within their organizations or give it away to a friend, colleague, client or charity. The limited-time offer is available until Dec. 22. For detailsg o to http://www.filemaker.com/r/bogo2010_pr .
Apple captures nearly 50% of the handset industry profits
According to a report by Canaccord Genuity technology analyst Michael Walkey, Apple captured nearly 50% of the handset industry profits in the third quarter of 2010 (Q3/10).
Handset OEMs [original equipment manufacturers] gaining smartphone market share continue to capture an even greater share of the handset industry’s overall operating profits, he says. Walkey sys Apple generated a remarkable 47% value share of estimated Q3/10 handset industry operating profits with only 3.9% global handset market share.
What's more, smartphone-centric OEMs Apple, RIM, and HTC captured an estimated 71% of industry profits in Q3/10, while traditional handset OEMs Motorola, Sony Ericsson, and LG continue to transition product portfolios toward a greater mix of smartphones. LG posted a large operating loss during Q3/10, as it struggles with the transition from feature phones to smartphones. However, Motorola’s Android smartphone strategy resulted in it returning to profitability in Q3/10, and Sony...
Study: increased tablet demand hurting netbook sales
The debate continues over the impact tablets are having on both the consumer computer market and netbook demand. But what is particularly unclear is which companies are going to emerge as the biggest winners and losers?
To find out the ChangeWave research group (http://www.changewave.com) surveyed 3,108 consumers during October on the latest planned buying trends for computers, netbooks and tablets -- including the impact of the iPad. The percentage of respondents saying they plan on buying a desktop over the next 90 days (6%) has ticked up one point since ChangeWave's previous survey in August, while planned purchases of laptops (8%) remain unchanged.
But one area that’s come down drastically from a year ago is consumer interest in netbooks. Just 14% of those who plan on buying a laptop in the next 90 days say it will be a netbook. That's 10 points below ChangeWave's peak reading for netbooks back in June 2009.
The research group says the decline of netbooks is attributable to a...
iPhone Credit Card Swiper adds retail transaction support
App Ninjas (http://www.appninjas.com), developer of Swipe for iPhone, is now shipping the Apple-approved Credit Card Swiper for iPhone. This hardware accessory adds support for retail transactions to the Swipe mobile credit card processing solution, which is available to merchants directly or through App Ninjas' network of value-added white-label partners.
The Swipe white-label solution enables Independent Sales Organizations (ISOs), banks, and other merchant-focused companies to offer their customers a complete credit card processing solution for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Partners’ customers process cards through a custom-branded app, newly enhanced to support the Credit Card Swiper for full retail support.
Swiping cards offers merchants lower rates, when paired with a retail merchant account, and reduces the time required to process each transaction, says John Waldron, CEO of App Ninjas.
The Swipe white-label solution offers partners same day start-up and access to App...
Sorenson Squeeze Server now ready for 'the cloud'
Sorenson Media (http://www.sorensonmedia.com) has announced the immediate availability of Sorenson Squeeze Server, a customizable and scalable video encoding solution that enables enterprises, post-production facilities, developers and video professionals to encode high-quality video in a secure, cloud-based environment.
Built on Amazon Web Services infrastructure it can be integrated into any third-party infrastructure provider. Squeeze Server relies on dedicated instances to provide efficient processing of video. It also comes with a 99.9% uptime guarantee as part of Sorenson’s Service Level Agreement (SLA) in addition to full customer support, says Sorenson CEO Peter Csathy,
Sorenson Squeeze Server users have access to all of the fundamental functionality of the g video encoding application Sorenson Squeeze, including advanced pre-processing filters and a broad selection of formats, including Flash, H.264 and WebM. Squeeze Server provides complete control to the user by using...
Sophos releases free Mac anti-virus for home users
Sophos (http://www.sophos.com) is offering a free Mac anti-virus product for consumers, available to download at no charge, with no time limit, and requiring no registration. Sophos Anti-Virus Home Edition for Mac is available free to Mac home users worldwide.
Based on Sophos’s flagship security software, Sophos Anti-Virus Home Edition for Mac has been released in response to growing concern about Mac malware, says Chris Kraft, product management vice president at Sophos. A recent Sophos investigation into attitudes about Mac security surveyed 640 people, which revealed that 95% expect Macs to be increasingly targeted by malware in the future, he says.
Although malware is more common on Windows than it is on Mac, Apple’s growing market share makes Mac an increasingly attractive platform for malware authors and hackers to target, according to Kraft. Sophos Anti-Virus Home Edition for Mac provides automatic on-access detection that runs in the background, which means Mac users don’t...
G-Technology introduces sleek portable USB drive
The G-Technology G-Drive slim (http://www.g-technology.com) from Hitachi GST is a new USB 2.0 external hard drive that works with any computer, but is designed with the MacBook Pro, MacBook and MacBook Air in mind.It offers 320GB of storage for US$99.99 in a "super slim" form factor.
The G-Drive slim leverages Hitachi GST’s 7mm Travelstar Z5K320 drive, purportedly making it the thinnest, 2.5-inch external hard drive in the world. It measures128.6 mm x 82 mm x 9.9 mm and weighs five ounces. Users can carry up to 80 hours of high-definition video, 320 hours of standard video, 114 movies, 80,000 songs or 160 games on it.
Formatted for Macs with plug n’ play connectivity, the G-Drive slim is Time Machine ready for added backup protection. It's USB-powered, so there's no need to carry around an extra power cord. It comes with a three-year limited warranty and is currently available online and at Apple Retail Stores.
Apple captures 95% share of global tablet shipments
According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics (http://www.strategyanalytics.com), global tablet shipments reached over four million units in the third quarter of 2010. Apple was the clear market leader, capturing 95% global share and beating Android into second place.
“Global tablet shipments grew 26% sequentially to reach 4.4 million units in Q3 2010," says Peter King, director at Strategy Analytics. " Apple was the clear market leader during the quarter, capturing an impressive 95 percent share with the iPad and beating Android into second place.”
Neil Mawston, Director at Strategy Analytics, adds, “The tablet wars are up and running. Apple has quickly leveraged its famous brand, an extensive retail presence and user-friendly design to develop the tablet segment into a multi-billion-dollar global business. Android, Microsoft, MeeGo, webOS, Blackberry and other platforms are trailing in Apple’s wake and they already have much ground to make up.”
Other findings from the...
Orb Audio debuts 'Hammered Earth' speakers
Orb Audio (http://www.orbaudio.com) has launched its new "Hammered Earth" premium speaker finish. As the newest addition to Orb's customization choices, "Hammered Earth" joins existing finishes like Antique Copper, Antique Bronze and Hand Polished Steel.
Each speaker measures 4 and 3/16 inches in diameter, yet has the output of a much larger speaker, due to a variety of design technologies, according to the folks at Orb Audio. The heart of the Orb speaker system is the spherical Mod1 satellite. Made in the USA from high carbon steel, each Orb speaker features earth magnets, custom voice coils and high performance Santoprene speaker surrounds.
Orb Audio's Mod1 satellite speakers are available in Hammered Earth finish from US$269 per pair, and $873 for a 5.1 surround system with five speakers and Orb's custom Super Eight subwoofer.
Target to offer iPhone staring Nov. 7
Target (http://www.target.com) says it will carry the iPhone in 846 stores that include Target Mobile centers beginning Nov. 7. Just in time for the holidays, Target guests can select from the iPhone3GS or iPhone4 and receive quick in-store activation on the purchase of a new iPhone.
"At Target we continue to offer our guests the best in electronics so we’re happy to add iPhone to our Target Mobile offerings," says Mark Schindele, senior vice president, merchandising, Target. "With expert support from Target Mobile specialists and in-store activation, our guests will be able to leave the store with a new, working iPhone3GS or iPhone4 in-hand."
Some Monster headphones causing problems when used with iOS...
Apple is tracking an issue with defective Monster headphones in conjunction with the iPhone, iPad and iPod, reports "engadget" (http://www.engadget.com/2010/11/01/apple-tracking-an-issue-with-defectiv...).
Purportedly, users may experience erratic behavior of their iOS device when using Monster headphones that use Apple's Remote and Mic technology. Symptoms are said to include pausing, playing and skipping forward or back through songs.
Apple is apparently blaming the "conductive flanges" used in many of Monster's earbuds, says "endgadget." The article says the problem seems to be limited to Monster headphones that include "ControlTalk" tech for controlling playback with a cable-mounted mic/volume/pause remote, modeled after Apple's own iPhone-bundled earbuds.
Next iPhone may include NFC technology
Citing an anonymous source, "Cult of Mac" (http://www.cultofmac.com/iphone-5-will-enable-ambitious-remote-computing...) says that Apple is working on Near Field Communication (NFC) technology for both its smartphone and future Macs. The functionality is rumored to appear in Apple's next iPhone -- which "Cult of Mac" calls, quite sensibly, the iPhone 5 -- expected to launch in June 2011.
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.
NFC has been rumored for the iPhone 5, "and Apple appears to be gearing up for a NFC revolution," says "Cult of Mac." It has made a lot of NFC hires, including a a leading NFC expert and has patented a lot of NFC technology. the article adds.
Has Apple settled iAds lawsuit?
A trademark lawsuit filed against Apple by a Web advertising firm over the term "iAds" was quietly settled in July. No one has disclosed exactly how the case was resolved but Apple now owns the "iAds" trademark, and last week a company peripherally involved in the suit posted a note to the web that said Apple paid a "seven-figure settlement," reports "CNET" (http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-20021361-37.html?part=rss&tag=feed&sub...).
Innovate Media, an online ad agency, filed a trademark suit against Apple in April, saying it has used the term "iAd" since 2006 and was granted two trademarks for the term in October 2008. "CNET" says that on Thursday, Consor, a company that helps evaluate intellectual property, posted a release to the Web titled "Consor Intellectual Asset Management Secures Success for Four Clients."
However, Consor is now backpedaling from that release, says "CNET." Not long after posting the note to the web, Consor tried to take it down. Doug Bania, who...
Kingston launches next gen SSD technology
Kingston Digital (http://www.kingston.com), the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, has launched its next generation SSDNow V+ solid-state drive (SSD), the Kingston SSDNow V+100.
The new V+100 provides corporations with a viable solution to extend the life of currently installed client systems while meeting user performance expectations, according to Ariel Perez, SSD business manager, Kingston. The new drive features enhanced garbage collection that's not operating system dependent.
The V+100’s drive performance has also purportedly been increased by 25%, enabling more efficient data transfer over the previous generation. In addition, a new 96GB capacity has been added to the family. Manufacturer's suggested retail pricing starts at US$220 for a 64GB, 2.5-inch SATA SSD.
SuperTalent introduces USB 3.0 flash drive at under $15
SuperTalent (http://www.supertalent.com) says their new USB 3.0 Express Duo has broken the US$15 price barrier.
The fastest USB 2.0 flash drives are limited to a maximum READ speed of approximately 32MB/second. Super Talent’s new USB 3.0 Express Duo can top over 67MB/s when plugged into a USB 3.0 port, yet remains fully-backward compatible to USB 2.0 and for about the same price, according to SuperTalent Chief Technical Officer CH Lee. Starting today, Super Talent will begin offering the 8GB USB 3.0 Express Duo for $14 and the 16GB version for $29.
HyperMac to become HyperJuice
HyperMac/Sanho Corp. says its products will be rebranded HyperJuice, as part of negotiations with Apple following a lawsuit from the Mac maker.
"In the coming weeks, the 'HyperMac' brand name will be renamed to 'HyperJuice' as part of our ongoing comprehensive licensing negotiations with Apple regarding a wide array of technologies and issues," Daniel Chin, president of Sanho, said in a press release.
In September, Apple sued suing Sanho Corp. for patent infringement. The lawsuit was filed in the California North District Court in San Jose. Among the products named in the suit were Sanho's magnetic power connectors, as well as a MacBook car charger.
Sanho (http://www.hypershop.com/) is the company behind the HyperMac line of external batteries for the MacBook, iPod, iPad and iPhone and the HyperDrive portable photo storage device. The company was founded in 2002.
According to "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com), Sanho's products use recycled official MagSafe products made by...
Spanish-language Vectorworks 2011 line released
Nemetschek Vectorworks has announced the availability of the Spanish-language version of the Vectorworks 2011 line of design software, including: Vectorworks Architect, Landmark, Fundamentals and Renderworks.
The Spanish-language version will be available in Spain, and South and Central American countries such as Mexico, Chile, the Dominican Republic and Argentina. To check for availability in your country, please visit www.vectorworks.net/international . For Spanish-language brochures, FAQs, videos, and other marketing collateral, please visit www.vectorworks.net/espanol .
Apple takes lead in US smart phone market
In the third quarter of 2010 (Q3 2010), the worldwide smart phone market grew 95% over the same quarter a year ago to 80.9 million shipped units, according to new data from the Canalys research group (http://www.canalys.com). Nokia retained its leadership position, albeit by a diminished margin, with a 33% share of the market.
However, Apple’s healthy performance this quarter saw it achieve a 17% share worldwide, a little ahead of RIM, which held a 15% share this quarter. In the world’s largest smart phone market, the US, Apple ousted RIM from the top spot, seizing a 26% share as iPhone shipments continued unabated.
RIM has also launched its latest generation smart phone, the Torch, though it only saw half a quarter’s shipments in the US. But the plethora of smart phones running the Open Handset Alliance’s (OHA’s) Android platform meant that Canalys’ final published country-level data shows that it took the lead in the US market by operating system (OS), with a 44% share.
NetMarketShare: Safari, iOS gain market share
Safari and iOS market share for Internet usage rose from September to October, 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 4.98% of the global market share in October, compared to 5.03% in September (that's global market share; in the US it's almost 10%). Windows remains dominant with 92.21% as of October. That's up from 92% in September. Apple's highest percentage previously was 5.27% in October 2009.
When it comes to browsers, Safari had 5.33% in October compared to 5.27% in September, while Internet Explorer had 59.26% Firefox had 22.82% and Chrome had 8.47%. That compares to, respectively, September percentages of 59.65%, 22.96% and 7.98%, for the browsers.
The iOS's market share also rose, according to NetMarketShare. It had 1.25% of the global market share in October compared to 1.18% in September. That's an all time...
Adobe unveils Connect 8
Adobe has announced Adobe Connect 8, an update to the company’s web conferencing solution. Based on Adobe Flash Player software, the latest version provides enterprises and governments worldwide with capabilities for deliveringexperiences across multiple devices
Key new features of Adobe Connect 8 include a simplified interface for greater usability, expanded and more flexible collaboration capabilities for sharing ideas more freely, and enhanced audio and video integration for richer multimedia experiences, according Adobe. In addition, it offers a software development kit (SDK) for greater extensibility, a new, optional desktop client based on the Adobe AIR runtime for easier meeting management, and support for a range of mobile devices to extend reach and enhance productivity.
Adobe Connect 8 is expected to be available worldwide on an on-premise basis by the end of November. It's expected to be available on a hosted basis in North America starting this month (phased rollout), and...
Patterno 1.1 for Mac OS X adds 'Antique tile' effect
Applications for Life Company has announced Patterno 1.1 (http://www.appsforlife.com/products/patterno/), an update to the utility that creates background images and tiled patterns for Mac OS X. The new release brings new "Antique tile" effect, enhances the "Rays" effects and adds 10 new shapes to use for patterns design.
Patterno creates stripes, mosaics, tiled patterns and much more. Even the complex bokeh-like effect can be created with just a few mouse clicks, according to the folks at Applications for Life. It's designed for business and post cards design, book covers design and many other graphics areas where the eye-catching image is essential.
Patterno comes with more than 50 templates to start from. It provides "generators" that can be configured to create various effects. All the configuration is done by the small number of sliders.
Patterno features a real-time preview and doesn't require Adobe Photoshop or any other software to run. It costs US$30 and requires Mac OS X 10....