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Jan 06
QuarkXPress 9.2 enhances ePUB, iPad publishing
Quark has announced the availability of QuarkXPress 9.2, an update to QuarkXPress 9 that's free to all QuarkXPress 9 customers. The upgrade adds new ePUB features, ePUB 3 audio and video support, and more options for App Studio. 
QuarkXPress 9 introduced the ability for designers to export print layouts to ePUB to create traditional e-books. With version 9.2 designers can now, in addition to converting a print layout to ePUB, create a new project specifically for ePUB export. With the new update, it’s now also possible to: add audio, videos, and hyperlinks to an ePUB e-book; create new articles, visually crop pictures, and split text components in a reflow article; re-order components by dragging-and-dropping within the Reflow Tagging Palette; create hierarchical tables of content; control the format and resolution of pictures on a global or picture-by-picture basis; and specify the default story direction for East Asian ePUB e-books. Along with the new ePUB functionality,...
Jan 06
HD Pro Webcam designed for 1080p video calling
Logitech ( has unveiled the US$99.99 Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920, which lets you capture full-HD 1080p video using Skype. Thanks to H.264 advanced compression technology, you can upload full-HD 1080p video clips or 15MP photos quickly and with one click to Facebook, Twitter or YouTube (an account is required), according to Todd Walker, brand manager at Logitech. To enjoy 1080p HD video calling you’ll need to download the latest version of Skype The web cam boasts Logitech Fluid Crystal technology, Carl Zeiss optics and a 20-step autofocus. Two mics positioned on either side of the webcam are designed to capture natural stereo audio.
Jan 05
Apple CEO Tim Cook has vested shares worth about $96 million
Of all the Silicon Valley executives who have a vesting event scheduled for the first quarter of 2012, the one who stands to reap the most is Apple CEO Tim Cook, according to a new study by the Equilar research group ( -- as reported by "The Wall Street Journal" ( Cook has portions of two restricted-stock-unit grants -- including one he received for filling in for the late Steve Jobs when the co-founder was on medical leave -- vesting in the first quarter. Also, there's a grant of 200,000 restricted stock units awarded to Cook in September 2008 as part of a package of bonuses paid out to Apple executives to keep them from jumping ship. As of Apple's closing stock price on Dec 30, those vesting shares of Mr. Cook's were worth US$96.2 million, according to Equilar. The vesting stock is separate from an award of one million share units given to Cook as he officially took on the role of CEO. As noted by "MacRumors" (
Jan 05
Italian judge nixes Samsung's request for iPhone 4S ban
Italy: Judge Marina Tavassi of the Tribunale di Milano -- the Milan-based Italian first-instance court for patent cases -- has rejected a Samsung request for a preliminary injunction against the sale of the iPhone 4S in Italy, reports "FOSS Patents" ( Samsung has sought to ban the iPhone 4S in France and Italy for patent infringement. The company filed motions with courts in Paris and Milan seeking the ban, each citing two patent infringements on wireless telecommunications technology. Samsung claims the iPhone and iPad that use 3G technology infringe Samsung patents. Meanwhile, in September Apple said in a Hague court hearing that Samsung is holding them "hostage" by asking for 2.4% on each 3G chip used in the iPad and iPhone. Samsung is deliberately misusing both the royalty rate and the responsibility for its payment to try and oppose its lawsuit, says Apple.
Jan 05
Apple one of the 'four horsemen of tech'
Apple, Google, Amazon and IBM are the new "four horsemen of tech," "high-profile public technology companies that are sure to return strong growth to investors year after year," according to "CNN Money." To determine the four horsemen, the publication surveyed 30 technology experts, ranging from stock analysts to tech consultants to fund managers, asking them to pick four public companies, which eliminated FaceBook. "CNN Money" also polled "thousands" of readers. Here's what the survey had to say about Apple: "The voting wasn't really that close. Apple was the clear leader, appearing on 84% of experts' ballots. It's no surprise: Apple is the most valuable technology company on the stock market, yet it is also one of the fastest-growing. Apple is a frontrunner in the smartphone revolution, and its iPad created a new category of mobile computing ... Apple is also embracing the other key technology trend with its high-profile iCloud." You can read more at
Jan 05
Apple to pay $5 million to settle touch screen lawsuit
Elan Microelectronics, a Taiwanese touch design company, says Apple will pay US$5 million as part of a settlement in a patent infringement case, reports "Reuters" ( The statement said the two companies would also exchange authorizations to use each other's patents. Elan sued Apple in April 2009 , alleging infringement of two of its touch screen patents, The lawsuit alleges that Apple products -- including its MacBook, iPhone and iPod touch -- use technology that infringes on two of Elan’s patents. In April 2010 Elan asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to ban the import and sale of some Apple products, including the iPad, because of alleged patent infringement. The company claims Apple “knowingly and deliberately” used Elan’s technology, while continuing to introduce infringing products The petition also seeks to ban imports of the iPhone and iPod touch products, Elan said in the complaint.
Jan 05
Gartner: pharmaceutical reps to go for the iPad
The Gartner research group ( has revealed its top predictions for IT organizations and users for 2012 and beyond. Among the predictions: ° By 2013, iPad penetration among pharmaceutical sales reps will reach 85%, then shift to applications that improve delivery and interaction tracking. ° By 2016, the iPad will gain less than 50% of the K-12 market as CIOs favor devices that are deployed more readily. ° By 2016, most consumers in mature markets will consider in-vehicle Web access a key criterion in their automobile purchase. ° By 2015, new, external social Web and cloud-based services will generate 25% of consumer-driven banking products and services. ° By 2016, more than 5% of searches will be integrated using mobile devices' video/audio sensors instead of typed or spoken phrases.
Jan 05
Apple want to put the kibosh on Jobs action figure
The makers of an action figure with an uncanny resemblance to the late Apple founder Steve Jobs are reportedly being threatened with legal action by Apple, reports "The Telegraph" ( Toy companies, in icons and Dragon in Dream, unveiled the figure based on the late tech icon. It features a realistic likeness and Jobs's trademark black turtleneck, jeans and sand shoes. The figure is due for release in late February for $US99.99 plus shipping. Apple says it owns rights to the likeness of Jobs. The company reportedly stipulates in a letter to the Chinese manufacturer that any toy that resembles the technology company's logo, person's name, appearance or likeness of its products is a criminal offense, says "The Telegraph."
Jan 05
New Pioneer audio players support Apple's AirPlay
Pioneer Electronics (USA) has expanded its family of networking devices with the release of two new Elite branded networked audio players. Both the N-30 (US$499) and N-50 ($699) are equipped with AirPlay and DLNA 1.5 wireless technologies. AirPlay is Apple technology for wireless music streaming. It gives music lovers complete access, control, and playback of their entire iTunes music library. It requires iTunes 10.1 or later. In addition to AirPlay and DLNA 1.5, the networked audio players feature vTuner Internet radio, iPhone and Android control apps and a 2.5-inch full-color LCD display. The N-30 and N-50 are both "Made for iPad, iPhone and iPod" for music playback and charging. Their DLNA 1.5 Certification enables consumers to stream music from a computer or other DLNA 1.5 server via a home network. More info can be found at .
Jan 05
Cirago unveils new iPad accessories at CES
Cirago International ( will unveil three new iPad accessories at this month's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The all-in-one, US$89.99 Aluminum Bluetooth Keyboard Case features a brushed aluminum finish that matches the iPad 2 and has an integrated keyboard that pairs with the Apple tablet over Bluetooth. Aircraft-grade aluminum and high-density padding at every corner protect and cushion the screen and sides of the iPad 2 while in carrying-case mode. To use the built-in keyboard, remove the tablet from the case and place it in a vertical or horizontal position. Perform a quick Bluetooth sync with the keyboard and it's ready for use. Cirago's NuView Dock Charger ($27.99) doubles as a solid, portable desktop stand for the iPad and iPad 2. You can view your tablet in landscape mode by placing the iPad horizontally in the NuView and at the same time sync/charge using your own cable. Or, charge your iPad with the built-in 30-pin dock connector and 5V power...
Jan 05
New Hitachi drives especially designed for the Mac
Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST) has added two new hard drives to its portfolio: the 1TB Travelstar 5K1000 (pictured) and the 4TB Deskstar 7K4000. Both hard drives will ship in its line of G-Technology branded solutions, which are exclusively designed for the Mac and content creation community. Designed for on-the-go Mac users, the G-Technology G-Drive mobile and G-Drive mobile USB are designed for the MacBook, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air. They boast storage capacities up to 1TB using Hitachi 5,400 RPM drives. The Travelstar 5K1000 is the first 1TB 2.5-inch drive with a 6Gb/s SATA interface and delivers the highest 5,400 RPM performance in both PCMar® Vantage and PCMark7 testing, according to the folks at Hitachi. The G-Drive mobile offers both USB 2.0 and FireWire 800 connectivity, while the G-Drive mobile USB offers USB 2.0. Both drives are Time Machine ready and are bus powered so when you’re out and about you don’t need to add an external AC power supply to your...
Jan 05
Quark extends QuarkXPress upgrade program
Quark says QuarkXPress customers using any version of QuarkXPress can upgrade to QuarkXPress 9 for US$299. The special upgrade offer is now available through Jan. 31. All current and prior users on QuarkXPress versions 3 through 7 can upgrade to the newest version of QuarkXPress 9 for the standard upgrade price, which is typically applied to upgrades from version 8. To take advantage of the special offer, users must have a valid, registered, and activated serial number for any version of QuarkXPress. Upgrades can be purchased through Quark Authorized Resellers, the Quark Store, and Quark Customer Service. Go to to upgrade or for more info. Customers that are unable to locate their previous QuarkXPress serial number still have the opportunity to upgrade their licenses. In these cases, customers can provide proof of purchase or complete an online "missing serial number" form at .
Jan 05
foxLo is palm-sized subwoofer
Soundmatters ( has announced foxLO, which it says is world’s first palm-sized hi-fi subwoofer.  The foxLO features patented Linear Magnetic Drive woofer technology with a proprietary passive radiator system and 25 watt amplification. It connects directly to the foxLv2 speaker’s subwoofer output, or if you want deeper bass for your small non-foxL speaker, you can connect the music signal directly from your laptop, etc. to the foxLO subwoofer, using its full pass-through output to connect to the speaker.   The foxLO subwoofer will be displayed for the first time at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) at the Soundmatters Booth #3728, Jan. 10-13 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Priced at US$149, it will be available this spring.
Jan 05
Just Mobile rolls out Highway car charger
Just Mobile ( has launched Just Mobile Highway, an US$34.95 in-car charger for the iPhone, iPad and other USB-powered devices. It plugs into your car's cigarette lighter socket, revealing its diamond-tread aluminum head with a power light. Highway’s USB port delivers a 2.1A output to charge your gadgets. It has a built-in fuse to protect them from power surges. The Just Mobile is supplied with an Apple-certified coiled charging cable.
Jan 05
Soundfreaq announces new portable, wireless speaker
Soundfreaq will kick off the Sound Kick, a mobile wireless speaker, at this month's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.   Designed for mobility, Sound Kick’s XKICK speaker chamber closes compactly for travel and then expands open for sound whenever users are ready to play audio. With a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery, Sound Kick purportedly allows for up to seven hours of on-the-go listening. Sound Kick can also charge any USB-chargeable device via its USB power port.   At CES, Soundfreaq will also be introducing its Sound Step Recharge (pictured in black) in white and red editions. The new all-white Ghost edition and all-red Love edition feature the same Bluetooth capabilities, functionality and sound as the original in a white or bold red design to accent a home or office environment.   The products will be available in the first quarter 2012 online at and in select retail stores.
Jan 05
Better Finder Attributes for OS X revved to version 5.10 has updated its "A Better Finder Attributes" utility ( -- which can change Finder attributes, such as creation and modification dates -- to version 5.10. The upgrade adds the ability to adjust EXIF timestamps in Sony's ARF RAW image format. "A Better Finder Attributes" requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It costs US$14.95, though version 5.09 is a free update for registered users of version 5.x. Business and enterprises licensing is available. The app is also available at the Mac App Store under the name File MultiTool 5.
Jan 05
The Escapers launch New York Minute, cloud sync
The Escapers have launched New York Minute. Along with the cloud service, it provides a GTD/Task list across a range of devices. All of these devices can sync in the cloud to provide your tasks anywhere in the world, on almost any smart device, according to The Escapers. It's compatible with: Mac OS X; Windows (XP, Vista, 7); the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad: the Android tablet and phone; Chrome and Chromebook; BlackBerry Playbook (and forthcoming BlackBerry 10 phones); BlackBerry smartphones (OS 6 and 7); and Windows Phone 7 (including the new Nokia Lumia). New York Minute offers unlimited cloud syncing starting at US$19.99 per year. For more info go to .
Jan 05
Maintain serves up Cocktail 4.9.7 (Snow Leopard Edition)
Maintain has released Cocktail 4.9.7 (Snow Leopard Edition), the latest maintenance update of Cocktail ( for users running Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard") and higher. The upgrade addresses compatibility issues with Google Chrome extensions and fixes a number of bugs discovered in the previous release. Cocktail 4.9.7 (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 10.7 Cocktail (Lion Edition) for OS X 10.7 and Cocktail (Leopard Edition) for OS X 10.5 are available for download from the Maintain website. 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$19. The license is valid for both Snow Leopard and Lion editions of Cocktail. Cocktail (Leopard Edition) is distributed as freeware and doesn't require a license.
Jan 05
SyncMate update for Mac OS X brings Kindle Fire support
Eltima Software has released SyncMate 3.6, a new version of their sync tool for the Mac. It can now sync Kindle Fire and offers new options for mounted storage devices. SyncMate 3.6 extends the list of options offered for mounted storage devices. Previous versions were able to sync images, videos, music, and folders between a Mac and any mounted storage device. SyncMate 3.6 adds contacts, calendars, Safari bookmarks, Entourage and Mail notes, and To Dos synchronization. SyncMate also syncs data on Mac with Android 1.x, 2.x, 3.x, 4.x devices, Windows Mobile phones, iOS 3, iOS 4, and iOS 5 devices, Nokia S40 phones, other Macs, Windows computers, and a Sony PSP. It allows syncing data on a Mac with online Google and Dropbox accounts, and offers its own online storage for data backup. SyncMate is compatible with Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. It costs US$39.95 for a single license and $59.95 for a family pack for six Macs and is available from the Eltima Software website (http://mac.eltima....
Jan 05
Memorex to debut new portable audio products
At the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show, Memorex ( will debut three speaker systems. The brand will also showcase a new line of headphone. To be introduced are: ° MA7221 App-Enhanced Portable Stereo Speaker (US$69.99), an app-enhanced, portable stereo speaker: App-enhancements turn the system into an alarm clock and enhance the built-in FM radio. ° MA2213 Ultra-Portable Stereo Speaker ($59.99), a portable stereo speaker: a hidden storage compartment tucks away your earphones while you’re sharing your tunes with friends and family. The FM radio allows you to listen to your favorite stations, and an carrying handle is integrated into the back of the speaker. ° MA3122 Ultra-Portable Travel Speaker ($59.99), a portable speaker: Based on the PurePlay Portable Speaker, this clutch-style system is made for iPod and iPhone devices and supports others via a universal line-in jack. A built-in app-enhancement turns this little speaker into an alarm clock. ° ...
Jan 04
Apple hires Adobe exec to run iAds program
Apple has hired Adobe executive Todd Teresi to run its iAd ad program, reports "Bloomberg" ( The article says Teresi, who was vice president of Adobe’s media solutions group, has already started at Apple as vice president of iAd. The job would have Teresi reporting to Eddy Cue, a senior vice president who also oversees Apple’s iTunes and the App Store, says "Bloomberg," quoting two unnamed people "who declined to be identified because the move hasn’t been announced." iAds -- which debuted alongside iOS 4 in 2010 -- "combine the emotion of TV advertising with the interactivity of Internet advertising," according to Apple. The iAd platform -- which is built into iOS 4and higher -- allows users to stay within their app while engaging with the ad, even while watching a video, playing a game or using in-ad purchase to download an app or buy iTunes content. Developers who join the iAd Network can incorporate a variety of advertising formats into their apps. Apple...
Jan 04
Bunim/Murray Productions dumps Final Cut for Avid
Avid ( says that television production company, Bunim/Murray Productions, has selected Avid Media Composer 6 and Avid Symphony 6 editing software for all of its programs, dropping Final Cut Pro. Additionally, as part of this implementation, Bunim/Murray also plans to deploy an Avid ISIS 5000 shared storage system to effectively store and share media across its organization. The production company is responsible for such programs as "Keeping up with the Kardashians," "Kourtney & Kim Take New York," "Project Runway." Apple released Final Cut Pro X last year. The new version of the video editing app for professionals was ... controversial to say the least. In fact, there's an online petition dubbed "Final Cut Pro X is not a professional application" ( The petition reads: "To:  Apple, Inc. "We, both the editors and affected filmmakers who rely on Final Cut Pro as a crucial business tool, do so in the same way Photoshop, Maya...
Jan 04
Verizon sells 4.2 million iPhones in quarter four
Verizon Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo said the company sold 4.2 million iPhones in the fourth quarter of 2011, reports "StreetInsider" ( 

 The company also sees a 500 to 600 basis point drop on the iPhone moving forward, though a specific time frame wasn't given, the article adds. Verizon began carrying the iPhone in February 2011.
Jan 04
'USA Today': iTV will be 42 inches and bigger
"DigiTimes" has claimed that the rumored iTV (an Apple-branded HDTV) will be available in 32-inch or 37-inch models. However, "USA Today" says ( Apple is looking at a 42-inch or larger LCD TV with built-in Wi-Fi. In fact, "inside the locked-down studio of Jonathan Ive, senior vice president of industrial design at Apple, there's a slick 50-inch TV," the article says, quoting an unnamed "source who worked at Apple." "USA Today" also reaffirms things that have previously made the rumor rounds, such as: ° The iTV also is expected to sport different forms of control from a typical TV remote, such as Siri voice technology. ° The iTV is likely to pack a computer chip that could iOS and give the device app. ° Apple's AirPlay, already in the Apple TV set-top box, would allow wireless connectivity with iPads, iPhones and iPods, and the devices could be linked by AirPlay to the iTV for game play and TV interaction. ° Apple's iCloud storage could house all the content...
Jan 04
iPad hits three billion downloads in just one year
According to ABI Research ( iPad users are estimated to have cumulatively downloaded three billion applications since the launch of the iPad in 2010. This was 19% of all cumulative downloads by Apple users. The iPhone took as long as two years before being able to achieve this level of downloads, while the iPad made it within nearly a year and a half. In comparison, Android tablets only have around 440 million downloads so far, according to the research grouop. "Discounting all those apps that were originally developed for Android smartphones, Android still trails greatly behind the iPad in terms of its tablet app offerings," says ABI Research associate Lim Shiyang. "Many Android tablets in the market are still using older versions of Android, which disadvantages users from enjoying the better effects of apps produced from more advanced software development kits." Besides offering a larger quantity of iPad-specific apps, Apple’s iPad apps are generally...
Jan 04
Apple to announce latest financial results Jan. 24
Apple will announce its latest financial results on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 2 p.m. (Pacific). The company will divulge the first quarter results from fiscal year 2012. Doubtless CEO Tim Cook and Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer will conduct the traditional interview with analysts and the press that follows the financial announcement. The first fiscal quarter includes the holiday shopping period, which is traditionally Apple's best. The company is currently trading in the pre-market at $410, down 1.23 (-0.30%).
Jan 04
Tablets accounted for more than 25% of mobile computers in 2011
The tablet category expanded its role in the mobile computer market, with shipments of 72.7 million units, accounting for 25.5% of mobile computer shipments in 2011, according to the latest date from NPD DisplaySearch ( The year-over-year shipment growth rate for tablets such as the iPad in 2011 is expected to reach 256%, as strong tablet shipments in the third quarter of 2011 appeared to be a prelude to equally vigorous demand in the fourth quarter, notes the research group. Introductions of significantly competitive new devices in the fourth quarter, strong demand for incumbents, and additional distribution channels have been catalysts for accelerated tablet shipment growth, according to NPD DisplaySearch. Tablet shipment growth is happening as the research group has slightly lowered its notebook shipment forecast. Notebook PC shipments in 2011 are now expected to reach 187.5 million units, up 12% year-over-year, but slightly less than the previous...
Jan 04
iPhone 4S arrives in China, more countries on Jan. 13
Apple says the iPhone 4S will be available in China and 21 additional countries on Friday, Jan. 13. "Customer response to our products in China has been off the charts," says Apple CEO Tim Cook,. "With the launch in China next week, iPhone 4S will be available in over 90 countries making this our fastest iPhone rollout ever." Beginning Friday, Jan. 13, the iPhone 4S will be available in Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bolivia, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Cameroon, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, China, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Grenada, Guam, Guinea Conakry, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Niger, Senegal, St. Vincent and The Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos and Uganda.
Jan 04
Over one million units of Bento for iPad, iPhone, Mac shipped
FileMaker Inc. ( -- a wholly owned subsidiary of Apple -- says it's shipped more than one million units of Bento, the personal database for the Mac, iPhone and iPad. Bento for Mac databases, available in seven languages, can be synchronized with Bento for iPhone and Bento for iPad so you will always have details at hand when you’re away from your Mac. Bento for iPhone and Bento for iPad are sold separately on the iTunes App Store. Bento comes with more than 30 free templates designed to help you do everything from organizing contacts and clients to tracking products and projects, managing orders and inventory, coordinating events and tasks, printing QR code labels and more. The software lets users record voice memos on iPhone and iPad and sync to Bento for Mac to recall conversations and to-do items. FileMaker offers several Bento template kits to make organizing events and processes easier, including Bento Project Manager, Bento Student Survival Kit, Bento...
Jan 04
NetSpot is free Wi-Fi mapping software for Mac OS X
The NetSpot Team has released NetSpot, free Wi-Fi mapping software for Mac OS X. It lets you run a Wi-Fi site survey and map wireless coverage of a living area, office space, new building, etc. NetSpot Wi-Fi mapper lets you diagnose areas of poor reception in your Wi-Fi network, as well as locate troublesome areas of noise-generating machinery that could be causing wireless traffic issues. It's compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It's available for download worldwide from the NetSPot App website (
Jan 04
Scrawl is iCloud note-taking app for Mac OS X
PAD Software has released Scrawl, an iCloud note taking app for the Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion"). It's available on the Mac App Store for US$1.99 for a limited time, and then will revert to a price of $2.99. Scrawl is a menu bar app for quick access, and it uses Lion's autosave. It has also been designed for iCloud so that it will save and sync notes across all of Macs with the same iCloud ID. Scrawl can purportedly handle an unlimited amount of notes, the search bar can search the note titles and the contents, and it's customizable. Users can also opt to open Scrawl at login. To create a new note, the user just has to click on the + button. Scrawl will then open the text editor. As users type, Scrawl auto-saves the note. To view a full note, users will just have to double-click the title of the note in Scrawl. They'll be able to see the date it was last edited on by looking at the date in the bottom-left corner. If they make any changes, the date will automatically change.
Jan 04
Velocomp rolls out iOS-compatible iBike PowerHouse
Velocomp (, a sports technology company, has introduced the iBike PowerHouse, an "intelligent" cycling computer that automatically adjusts to your exercise goals. It will roll out at this month's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Based on periodic assessments of your fitness improvements it works with your iPhone and iPod touch to measure, guide and motivate you to achieve important health, appearance, and fitness goals. The PowerHouse method is designed to maximize the benefit of each ride and shortens the time needed to achieve results.   To work out with iBike PowerHouse, you select a goal-based plan, from iSlim, Express Fitness, Brazilian Butt, Kid Fit, Weekend Warrior, Zero to 50 miles in 3 weeks, Healthy Heart, or other plans available through in-app purchases.  Then, over a period of 4-6 weeks, iBike PowerHouse guides you through a series of 45-90 minute bike rides.  During each ride, you are directed to pedal at specific levels of effort (...
Jan 04
Bracketron unveils 'eco-friendly' line of mobile...
Bracketron ( has announced its new lineup of eco-friendly mobile device chargers and batteries that feature GreenZero Technology. The company claims that this exclusive technology is the most eco-friendly and efficient way to charge mobile devices and totally eliminates wasteful stand-by consumption, also known as vampire power. Bracketron’s GreenZero chargers detect when your device is fully charged or unplugged, and then automatically shut off. The chargers then consume zero idle power to save energy, while also lengthening the life of your device battery by limiting top-off charging time. Bracketron’s GreenZero product lineup includes the Mushroom GreenZero and Stone GreenZero wall chargers for mobile devices, and the Stone Battery, a mini portable power supply that is available for both iPhone and microUSB-connected mobile devices. The GreenZero chargers and battery will be unveiled at the International CES 2012, North Hall Booth 6228, Jan. 10-13, in...
Jan 04
CaseInity releases Cord-on-Board for the iPhone
CaseInity ( has announced the Cord-On-Board, an US$29.99 iPhone case that compactly carries a USB cord alongside your phone. It offers the ability to charge the iPhone on-demand through a USB port. The USB cord also allows for interfacing between devices. The case is slim, contoured to your grip, shockproof and self-standing, says Nate Trunfio of CaseInity.
Jan 04
New in-ear headphones inspired by automotive spark plug
id America ( has announced the Spark in-ear headphones, which have a design inspired by the shape and function of an automotive spark plug. The US$59.95 in-ear headphones are designed for enjoying music and also for answering calls with an advanced in-line microphone module. The Spark sports a high definition acoustic filter a high performance 8mm dynamic driver encased in a chrome finished aluminum inner casing and matte finished aluminum back casing. The in-ear headphones come in a variety of hand-picked color combinations including gray type-R, camel gray, aluminum silver, cherry green, rally blue, jet black, champagne gold, royal purple and rose pink. Compatible with iPhone, iPod, iPad and most devices with a 3.5mm jack, the Spark is accompanied by three additional pairs of earbuds and in a leather case. The in-line microphone module lets you control music and phone calls. Users are able to play, pause, advance and return to previous songs with the press...
Jan 04
Go2 for Mac OS X gets 'Quick Search Box,' more
Farmdog Software has released Go2 1.5, an update to their universal bookmark manager for Mac OS X. The upgrade adds a new "Quick Search Box" to make launching bookmarks even faster. You can now drag and drop URLs to the Go2 status bar icon to add them to the app. Version 1.5 adds a new bookmarklet feature to quickly add bookmarks from a web browser. Smart Folders can now be rearranged by drag and drop. Built for developers, creative and technical professionals, systems administrators, and anyone who needs to keep track of connections and places, Go2 offers a place to store connection information. It imports and exports plain text, and scales to thousands of bookmarks. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later. Go2 1.5 costs US$4.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Developer Tools category.
Jan 04
NuForce introduces new earbuds
NuForce has added two new earphones to its line: the NE-600X and NE-770X.  They're priced at US$24.95 and $49, respectively.  Both headsets will be available on Jan. 9 from and NuForce resellers. "We set out to develop the best sounding earphones at a price the average consumer could afford without sacrificing sound quality," says Jason Lim, CEO of NuForce. 
Jan 04
World Clock Deluxe for Mac OS X ticks to version 4.7.9
MaBaSoft ( has updated its World Clock Deluxe time tool to version 4.7.0. The upgrade adds 90 United States cities and updates the offset from UTC and daylight-saving time information for various countries. With World Clock Deluxe you can display multiple clocks in a horizontal or vertical palette, in the menu bar and in the Dock, show Coordinated Universal Time and Internet Time, assign labels and colors to clocks, calculate date and time conversions across different time zones and show the current weather all over the world. The software is Universal Binary and runs in English, German, Dutch, French and Italian. World Clock Deluxe requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later and runs natively on both PowerPC-based and Intel-based Macs. It costs US$19. Version 4.7.9 is a free update for registered users of version 4.x.
Jan 04
Vivick to unveil Apple accessories at CES
Vivick ( will unveil Apple-compatible accessories at this month's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The company will offer Folka Dot Series, Jell-O Freak and Camouflage lines of iPhone cases. They're constructed of genuine leather with a built-in "kick stand" to ensure upright positioning. The product offers multiple colors and design options ranging from solid simple tones to reptile-skin patterns.    Vivick has also created the Vivick Aqua Guard for the iPad 2. It's purportedly waterproof up to 10 feet. The case also includes waterproof earphones and a transparent shield for easy screen views. 
Jan 04
Avenza announces support for FME Desktop
Avenza System, producers of the PDF Maps app for iOS and geospatial plug-ins for the Adobe Creative Suite (including Geographic Imager for Adobe Photoshop), says that with the release of MAPublisher 8.6 for Adobe Illustrator, support for FME Desktop by Safe Software is now available.   With the new MAPublisher FME Auto add-on, users of MAPublisher and FME Desktop can automatically transfer the results of an FME workflow directly to the MAPublisher and Adobe Illustrator environment complete with styling and layout. In addition MAPublisher users can now import the FME FFS file format. MAPublisher FME Auto is a new add-on that connects the GIS data processing environment of FME Desktop to the cartographic design and publishing environment MAPublisher and Adobe Illustrator. MAPublisher FME Auto provides FME Desktop with an Adobe Illustrator -- MAPublisher writer. In FME Desktop, the writer may be used to translate GIS data formats for use with MAPublisher. It's now possible to create...
Jan 04
App Tamer update reduces CPU requirements
St. Clair Software has released App Tamer 1.1.2 (, an update of the app for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher that gives you control over your applications so you can save battery and CPU (central processing unit) power. The new version reduces its own CPU requirements. Some Mac applications, especially web browsers, continue running tasks or animations even when they're supposed to be idle in the background. This can consume valuable processing power and reduce battery life. App Tamer's AutoStop capability automatically pauses these applications when you switch away from them, and then restarts them when you click back to them. This frees your CPU and reduces power consumption, according to the folks at St. Clair. App Tamer shows the average percentage of your processor(s) being used by each app, and graphically displays a history of CPU usage. You can enable AutoStop for any application, as well as change its processing priority in OS X. App Tamer comes...
Jan 04
Vitamin-R for Mac OS X gets built-in notifications has released Vitamin-R 1.76 (, an update of its Mac OS X compatible productivity tool for creative professionals. The new version adds built-in visual notifications for improved feedback. Vitamin-R is a collection of tools and techniques for managing attention and maintaining motivation. According to the folks at, 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 10.6 or higher. The single user...
Jan 04
Pop3It Pro for Mac OS X gets 'All' parameter
Comm-Unity Networking Systems has released POP3it Pro 4.1.12 (, an update of the email downloading and importing plug-in for FileMaker Pro. The upgrade adds a "All" parameter to the GetUniqueID function for returning all the unique IDs at once. POP3it Pro allows you to connect to a POP3 Email Server and download email directly into your FileMaker Pro database. The plug-in also allows you to import email directly from the mailbox storage files of email clients like Thunderbird, Eudora, and Apple Mail. This version is a free upgrade for anyone with a 4.x license. All you need to do is download the latest version and install it. Your existing registration and settings will be imported into the new version. For new users a single user license for the client version of POP3it Pro is US$65. To use the server edition of POP3it Pro, you'll need to purchase at least a 10-user license for $319.
Jan 03
Brokerage lowers Apple price target a tad
Analysts at Morgan Keegan have trimmed their price target for Apple from US$530 to $513 because the brokerage thinks iPad and Mac sales came in a bit lower than expected in December, notes "MarketWatch" ( However, iPhone sales were up a bit more than expected. "As we do every quarter, we are adjusting our EPS [earnings per share] estimates for Apple based on various data points that have arisen since the company gave guidance in mid-April," Morgan Keegan told clients. "Our December quarter GAAP [generally accepted accounting principles] EPS for Apple is decreased to $10.10 from $10.24. Our fiscal year 2012 GAAP EPS estimate is decreased to $33.32 from $33.76." Analyst Travis McCourt says that the Amazon Kindle Fire may have stolen part of the iPad's thunder. He thinks it could have nabbed 1-2 million customers that otherwise might have bought an Apple tablet.
Jan 03
Apple plans 'Red Friday' shopping event in China
Apple is planning a "Red Friday" shopping event on Friday, Jan. 6, in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines to celebrate the Year of the Dragon. Apple promises 'amazing iPad, iPod and Mac gifts for everyone." The Dragon is one of the 12-year cycle of animals that appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. It's the only legendary animal in the group. The Year of the Dragon will start on Jan. 23 and end on Feb. 9, 2013. The dates for the Chinese Horoscope coincides with the lunar calendar. The Chinese New Year will always fall somewhere between late January and mid-February. -- Dennis Sellers
Jan 03
Last week of December sees record number of iOS app downloads
The last week of the year, Dec. 25-Dec. 31, saw more iOS and Android device activations compared to any other week of the year, according to a new report from Flurry (, a mobile application analytics and data-powered advertising platform. Flurry estimates that a record-breaking 6.8 million iOS and Android devices were activated on Christmas Day, along with an equally record-breaking 242 million application downloads. Over the holiday "power week," the group estimates that over 20 million iOS and Android devices were activated, and 1.2 billion applications were downloaded.   Looking forward to 2012, Flurry expects breaking the one-billion-download-barrier per week will become more common-place.  While iOS and Android growth continues to amaze, "the market is still by all measures relatively nascent," says the research group.
Jan 03
Analyst recommends Apple stock as top pick for 2012
In a note to investors -- as reported by "Fortune" -- Ticonderoga analyst Brian White recommends Apple stock as his top pick for 2012? Here's why: ° Apple will unveil what he's calling iTV (an Apple branded HDTV); ° Apple will debut an iPad 3 and an iPad "mini" (possibly an iPad 2 with a lower price point); ° Apple will provide a "major upgrade" with the iPhone 5. Read more at .
Jan 03
iPad 2s to be available for $299 when iPad 3 arrives?
When Apple rolls out the iPad 3 this year, the entry level iPad 2 could drop in price to US$299, reports DigiTimes Research (, quoting unnamed "sources from Apple's supply chain." The report says there wll be two versions of the iPad 3, one targeting the high-end segment and the other the mid-range. Digitimes Research believe the two new iPad models will both be equipped the A6 processor with high-end model coming with a high resolution panel (2048x1536) and the mid-tier model featuring the same grade of panel as iPad 2 (1024x768). DigiTimes Research says that, with the iPad 2 (which will remain available alongside the iPad 3), the Apple tablet may cover all price segments -- from entry-level to high-end. For Wi-Fi only models, $299, $349 and $399 pricing "may all be possible," the report adds.
Jan 03
Apple planning media-related event later this month?
Apple is planning a media-related event to be held in New York later this month, reports "All Things D" ( But don't expect an iPad 3, iPhone 5 or iTV to be announced Quoting unnamed "sources close to the situation," "All Things D" says the event will most likely involve "an advertising or even publishing announcement" as Eddie Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, is reportedly involved. Cue is in charge of the iTunes Store, App Store, iBookstore, as well as iAd and its iCloud services.
Jan 03
Zoom It offers a 'magnifying glass' for Mac OS X
Appatit has announced Zoom It 1.0 for Mac OS X. It's an utility that allows users to view their Mac's screen through a virtual magnifying glass. Designed especially for artists, designers, engineers, photographers, presenters, project collaborators, laptop users, and those who wear corrective lenses, Zoom It is a Menu item. The app's virtual loupe can magnify from 5-45% of the screen up to 5x. The on-screen magnifier in Zoom It is always available to provide a closer look at whatever the user is doing on his/her Mac. The magnifier, with a circular or rectangular shape, can be accessed through keyboard shortcuts. Alternatively, the app's magnifying glass icon in the Menu Bar can open to display a drop-down menu of commands and preferences. Users maintain the ability to click, type, or select inside the magnified area. Zoom It requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later and costs US$0.99. It's available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.

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