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Dec 06
Apple dominates PC World Reliability, Service survey
Apple pretty much cleaned up in the latest customer Reliability and Service survey from "PCWorld" (http://www.pcworld.com). Apple ruled the desktop computer category, with top marks in reliability, service, and features (from product design to ports and connectivity). On the survey's reliability measures, three desktop manufacturers -- Apple, Asus, and Dell for business -- earned above-average marks on two or more measures. Apple was the runaway winner with four above-average scores and an average score on the fifth ("Dead PC"). The happiest desktop users in the survey worked with machines from Apple or Asus. On the "PCWorld" features questions, Apple desktops scored above average on six measures and below average on one (expandability). However, on the service and support measures for desktops, "Apple hogged all of the better-than-average ratings, sweeping the field and leaving the other four vendors to scrabble for what was left," notes "PCWorld." Survey participants' overall...
Dec 06
Intel, Micron announcement may mean beefier iOS drives
Intel and Micron say they've started mass production of the world’s first 20 nm, 128GB, multi-level cell flash memory storage device. I'd expect the iPad 3, which should arrive sometime next spring, to have a 128GB hard drive. Perhaps the iPhone 5, as well. Developed through Intel and Micron's joint-development venture, IM Flash Technologies (IMFT), the new 20nm monolithic 128GB device is the first in the industry to enable a terabit (TB) of data storage in a fingertip-size package by using just eight die. It also provides twice the storage capacity and performance of the companies' existing 20nm 64GB NAND device. The 128GB device meets the high-speed ONFI 3.0 specification to achieve speeds of 333 megatransfers per second (MT/s), providing customers with a more cost-effective solid-state storage solution for today's slim, sleek product designs, including tablets, smartphones and high-capacity solid-state drives (SSDs.) "As portable devices get smaller and sleeker, and server demands...
Dec 06
Chinese court rejects Apple's lawsuit over iPad moniker
A court in southern China has rejected a lawsuit by Apple that accuses a Chinese technology company of infringing its iPad trademark, reports "Reuters" (http://macte.ch/tclid). In the lawsuit over the use of the iPad name, the Intermediate People's Court in the southern boomtown of Shenzhen rejected Apple's complaint against Proview Technology (Shenzhen). The court said Proview lawfully registered the iPad trademark as long ago as 2000 for products in a number of countries, including China. "The right to use the iPad name in China is crucial for Apple, where the company is in the process of opening more stores," "Reuters" adds. "Executives have said they have just scratched the surface in China in terms of sales."
Dec 06
'Steve Job's is Amazon's best-selling book of...
Walter Isaacson's authorized biography of Steve Jobs has become the retailer's best-selling book of 2011 (http://www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers/2011/books/). "Steve Jobs" went on sale in late October, rising to #13 on the list following its debut. By mid-November the title had risen to #2, then jumped to number one shortly thereafter.
Dec 06
Verizon tops, AT&T bottoms out in 'Consumer Reports...
"Consumer Reports" -- as reported from "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) -- has revealed the results of its annual survey of US carriers, which found Verizon ranking highest and AT&T coming in last among America's four largest wireless providers. AT&T done poorly across the board, earning the worst possible score in all categories related to value, service and customer support, except for the "texting" service category. Verizon maintained its place atop the big four U.S. carriers this year, though the nation's largest wireless provider was followed closely in the rankings by Sprint.
Dec 06
Analyst raises iPhone sales to 30.5 million for the quarter
In a note to clients -- as reported by "Barron's" (http://macte.ch/1bJfy) -- Canaccord Genuity analyst Mike Walkley has reiterated a Buy rating on Apple shares after rising his estimates for the company’s sales of the iPhone this quarter from 29 million units to 30.5 million units. "Our November checks indicated strong global iPhone sales with Apple share gains versus Android smartphones in the US and Western Europe," he says. The analyst also cut his quarterly estimate for the iPad to 14 million units from 13 million. Why? Walkey thinks inventory is being drained ahead of the introduction of the next iPad, in March. He also notes that the iPad is facing hot competition from the Kindle Fire.
Dec 06
Apple, publishers being investigated for ebook practices
Apple and five publishers -- Hachette Livre, Penguin, Harper Collins, Simon & Schuster and Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holzbrinck -- will be investigated by the European Union's anti-trust watchdog. over anti-competitive practices in the e-book market, reports the "BBC" (http://macte.ch/PbSg0). Apple's iBookstore features books from major and independent publishers. Once you’ve bought a book -- or download a free one -- it’s displayed on your Bookshelf. Just tap it to start reading. The Commission will focus on alleged illegal agreements restricting competition in the EU. The UK's Office of Fair Trading has already carried out a similar inquiry. The character and terms of agreements that the companies made with agencies are to be examined for breaches of EU rules on cartels, notes the "BBC." In a statement, the Commission says it will "in particular investigate whether these publishing groups and Apple have engaged in illegal agreements or practices that would have the object or the...
Dec 06
NetSpot is new, free WLAN site survey software for Mac OS X
NetSpot 1.0 (http://www.netspotapp.com/) is a new, free app that lets you conduct a wireless site survey of almost any complexity for free. It's compatible with Mac OS X 10.6.x and 10.7.x NetSpot allows collecting, visualizing and analyzing Wi-Fi data using any Apple laptop. It lets you conduct a wireless site (WLAN) survey of almost any complexity without the need of purchasing specific hardware. All you have to do is to take your MacBook, load your area map, point your location on the map and NetSpot starts collecting Wi-Fi data around you. The software uses the standard Wi-Fi network adapter and its AirPort interface to map radio signal strength and other wireless network parameters and build reports on top of that. It lets you see how your wireless network operates in your office, house, campus, cafe, airport, or just about any building or area.
Dec 06
Modest Mouse to headline Macworld / iWorld kickoff celebration
 IDG World Expo says indie rock powerhouse Modest Mouse will headline the Macworld | iWorld 2012 launch party on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at The Warfield in San Francisco. IDG World Expo, which owns and produces Macworld | iWorld, also announced its partnership with Superfly Productions, the entertainment and marketing agency responsible for music festivals such as Bonnaroo, Outside Lands and Life is Good. Superfly and IDG World Expo will produce the opening night kick-off concert with Modest Mouse and host two special Tech Talks sessions that will focus on the impact of Apple technology on the film and music industries, respectively. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20111205/NE17208 ) "We see this kick-off celebration with Modest Mouse as a perfect way to launch the new Macworld | iWorld," says Paul Kent, vice president and general manager of Macworld | iWorld. "Veteran and new attendees alike will enjoy this event. Modest Mouse has become an indie rock standard and one of the...
Dec 06
Mobile shopping goes mainstream
ComScore (http://www.comscore.com), a company that "measures the digital world," has released a study on U.S. mobile retail usage based on data from the new comScore Mobile Retail Advisor report. The results showed that 38% of smartphone owners have used their phone to make a purchase at least once in the course of their device ownership. The most popular products purchased on smartphones during the month of September included digital goods, clothing/accessories, tickets and daily deals. "Fueled by smartphone adoption, mobile is becoming a central part in the shopping funnel for many consumers," says Mark Donovan, comScore senior vice president for mobile. "In September we saw two-thirds of all smartphone owners perform shopping activities on their phones, including comparing products and prices, searching for coupons, taking product pictures or locating a retail store." Digital content purchases, such as music, eBooks, TV episodes and movies, were the most popular mobile purchases...
Dec 06
Companies have long term plans to invest in data centers
A new survey conducted by CoreNet Global and Newmark Knight Frank shows that despite increases in cloud computing, 50% of companies are investing and planning over the long term to build or expand data centers that they manage as a corporate entity.  (Apple opened a 500,000-square-foot data center in Maiden, N.C., earlier this year.) The survey pointed out that companies are most concerned with risk management and business continuity when deciding where to locate their data centers. One result is a preference for most companies to maintain management of data center operations internally, and not to outsource the function. "Data centers are the digital-age equivalent of the engine room driving today's globally networked corporate enterprise," observes Bryan Loewen, senior managing director, Data Centers, for Newmark Knight Frank Global Corporate Services. "The reliable, secure, continuous and efficient operation of data centers has thus become a function vital to the profitability of...
Dec 06
PhotoBrain is new image identification software for Mac OS X
PhotoBrain is a new image search engine from Matlab-K for Mac OS X (10.6.6 and higher). It costs $8.99 USD and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Photography category. PhotoBrain on a local drive uses image/picture/photo identification technology, rather than keywords or metadata. The folks at Matlab-K say that Mac users will find it handy when the same images and photographs are multiplied in the hard drive, because they are duplicated, copied or simply renamed.
Dec 06
Pelican unveils five HardBack cases
Pelican Products (http://www.pelican.com) has introduced a range of HardBack Protector Cases as travel armor for portable electronics from 7-inch and 10-inch tablets to 14-inch and 15-inch laptops. Produced from a design partnership with BMW DesignWorks, the HardBack series cases are built with all the legendary features of a Pelican case: crush resistant, watertight and an automatic pressure equalization valve that prevents vacuum lock to make it easier to open at any altitude, says Dinis Jablonski, director of Product Management. In addition, all cases in the series offer anti-scratch foam inserts to add another layer of protection for delicate electronics. To ensure that they stay shut in tough conditions, they also sport stainless steel hardware and easy-snap latches. The Pelican 1055 HardBack case is designed to protect tablet-type computers and eReaders up to 8-inches including the Kindle Fire, NOOK Color, BlackBerry Playbook and Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.1. The Pelican 1065...
Dec 06
Print version of 'Xcode Tools Sensei' available
Me and Mark Publishing has released the print version of Mark Szymczyk’s book "Xcode Tools Sensei." The book is a guide to Apple’s developer tools for building Mac and iOS applications. In addition to covering Xcode 4 and Interface Builder, the book covers Instruments, OpenGL tools, and command-line tools. The print version of the book costs US$40. You can buy it at Amazon or directly from the publisher. An electronic version of "Xcode Tools Sensei" is available for $20 (US). More information about the book, including a sample chapter, is available at http://www.meandmark.com/xcodebook.html .
Dec 06
Kaspersky Lab Virus Scanner available in Mac App Store
Kaspersky Lab, a developer of secure content and threat management solutions, is says Kaspersky Virus Scanner, a new and lightweight application to secure Mac computers, is now available at the Mac App Store for US9.99. Kaspersky Virus Scanner detects and removes both Mac and Windows-based malware that may be hiding on machines. This ensures Mac users will not inadvertently store or spread Windows and Linux malware to other computers on their home network, or using shared storage, according to the folks at Kaspersky Lab.    When running an on-demand scan, the software will automatically update itself with the newest malware databases to identify and eliminate any emerging threats. When not in use, Kaspersky Virus Scanner purportedly won't impinge on the Mac’s system performance. It has a multilingual interface that supports English, German or French. Kaspersky Virus Scanner is sold with a life long license in all European countries, so no annual renewal is required. 
Dec 06
LifeProof offers new iPhone accessories
LifeProof (http://www.lifeproof.com) has introduced belt clips and bike mounts for the iPhone. LifeProof is an everyday case that protects the iPhone from any usual hazard encountered in daily life. Using LifeProof in Motion accessories, LifeProof users can swim laps in the pool, bike through rugged terrain, drive cross country on a motorcycle using GPS, stay connected on the work site and more, while having full access to all iPhone functions. All accessories are fully compatible with Bluetooth headsets and provide a one-handed release latch for fast insertion and removal of the LifeProof case. They include: ° LifeProof belt clip 1.5 (US$29.99): Made of lightweight, honeycomb construction, the LifeProof belt clip fits securely onto a belt and features high-impact materials for optimal strength-to-weight ratio. Both the LifeProof 1.5-inch and 2-inch belt clips include an integrated lock switch to prevent unwanted removal of the iPhone. ° LifeProof belt clip 2.0 ($29.99): The larger...
Dec 06
InfoWallet for Mac OS X revved to version 1.3.17
InfoWallet (http://www.infowallet.com) -- a software program that keeps a person's information private, yet available, and works on any USB flash drive or computer -- has been updated to version 1.3.7. It's a maintenance release. InfoWallet consolidates, organizes, and provides access to all of the user's most sensitive, private information in one place. It has interactive templates for the recording of personal information. InfoWallet 1.3.17 available as a free trial download. Individual licenses are US$19.99, "couple licenses" are $29.99, family licenses are 39.99, and group licenses are $19.99 to $11.99 each, depending on quantity
Dec 06
ActionStep targeting Mac-based businesses
SaaS provider ActionStep is now actively targeting Mac users. The company ActionStep gives small and medium-sized businesses the ability to manage all areas of their organization online, in a single system. Features include sales/CRM, marketing, accounting, time recording, workflow, document management, intranet, email, calendar and more. The software is highly configurable, so ActionStep can be quickly adapted to meet the needs of most companies, across a wide range of industries, according to CEO Ted Jordan. The company's website (http://www.actionstep.com) presents a range of case studies and a free 30 day trial (http://setup.actionstep.com/).
Dec 06
TAB Rest is new wrist rest for the iPad
NewMacgadgets has introduced TAB Rests (http://macte.ch/2fRMC) for the iPad. They're a foam cushioned base with wrist rest support designed to provide a better way to hold your tablet. The soft foam base sits on your lap to provide a better viewing angle. TAB Rests cost US$14.95 each.
Dec 06
Norman announces cross-platform online backup service
Norman has announced the global availability of Online Backup for consumer personal computers, delivering storage with flexible access from Macs and PCs, as well as mobile platforms including iOS and Android devices. A free introductory version of Norman Online Backup is immediately available with a purchase of Norman Security Suite and Norman Security Suite Pro. Norman Online Backup is also sold separately in 20GB, 100GB and unlimited storage versions. Existing Norman security customers are offered a 60-day free trial on the unlimited plan. To purchase Norman Online Backup, go to http://www.norman.com .
Dec 06
Sketcher for Mac OS X updated to version 1.2
Neatberry has updated Sketcher for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher) to version 1.2. It's a maintenance release. Sketcher is a cross-platform application that allows users to convert digital images into pencil, watercolor, pastel or oil painting works of art. Features include: various target artworks support; built-in textures library; a Texturize filter; and more Sketcher costs US$14.99. It's available from the Neatberry website (http://neatberry.com). Version 1.2 is a free update for registered users. A demo is also available for download.
Dec 06
Antec announces cleaning solutions for electronics
Antec (http://www.antec.com) has announced its Advance Cleaning Solutions line. The line includes three different types of cleaners: 100% Natural, 3x Strength and a Deep Cleaning Gel. All products come alcohol and ammonia free, while keeping your device or accessory fingerprint resistant, bacteria free and static free, according to the folks at Antec. The cleaning solution cleans and protects devices with an ecologically-friendly formula. The wipes and 60mL spray are TSA-compliant and portable. Go to the Antec web site for various pricing options and packages.
Dec 06
Mei releases Vjoon K4 Version 6.4 R2
Managing Editor Inc. (MEI) has announced the latest update to the vjoon K4 Cross-Media Publishing Platform, a workflow-management system for creating and managing content for print, Web, tablets, mobile devices and more. Highlights include enhanced multichannel publishing capabilities and standard third-party system integration. The latest version of vjoon K4 also offers a standardized approach to networking publishing environments and integrating third-party systems. Contact MEI (http://www.maned.com) for pricing options.
Dec 05
ITC postpones Apple's first complaint against HTC
The ITC ruling on Apple's first complaint against HTC was scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 6. However, it's been extended by eight days to Wednesday, Dec. 14, writes Florian Mueller of "Foss Patents" (http://macte.ch/4v2sv). Why? "The ITC is struggling to cope with a huge caseload. It has recently postponed a number of decisions and hearings," Mueller writes. "This delay cannot be reasonably interpreted to provide any indication as to what the outcome will be. However, the fact that the delay is relatively short (eight days) indicates that the ITC is very close to a decision and unlikely to postpone it again (though it could)." Apple first filed its complaint against HTC in March 2010. An initial ruling in July 2011 found that HTC did violate two Apple patents. -- Dennis Sellers
Dec 05
Apple's HDTV to come in three sizes?
Apple hasn't announced any plans for an HDTV, though speculation runs rampant that the company is planning its own television for 2012 or 2013. Now "Smarthouse" (http://macte.ch/TgF6P), a "lifetstyle technology guide," claims to have knowledge that the "iTV" will come in three sizes ranging from 32 inches to 55 inches. Quoting "sources at a major Japanese company who are involved in manufacturing the TV," the article says that the iTVs will incorporate a new processor that will first appear in the iPad 3. A totally new software interface has been written that allows users to call up programs using voice commands via the new Siri personal assistant app built into the iPad, iPhone and directly into the TV, says "Smarthouse." The article adds that the 55-inch model will compete with new Smart TVs from Samsung and LG that will have new processors built in "while offering a combination of OLED display, as well as new Super HD TV technology from LG." Last week Piper Jaffray analyst Gene...
Dec 05
Apple, others sued for violating Federal Wiretap Act
The law firms of Sianni & Straite of Wilmington, DE, Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow & McElroy of Edison, NJ, and Keefe Bartels of Red Bank, NJ, have filed a class action complaint in Federal Court in Wilmington, Delaware related to the "unprecedented breach of the digital privacy rights of 150 million cell phone users." The complaint asserts that three cell phone providers (T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T) and four manufacturers of cell phones (HTC, Motorola, Apple and Samsung) violated the Federal Wiretap Act, the Stored Electronic Communications Act, and the Federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. David Straite, one of the attorneys leading the action, said in a press release that "this latest revelation of corporate America’s brazen disregard for the digital privacy rights of its customers is yet another example of the escalating erosion of liberty in this country. We are hopeful that the courts will allow ordinary customers the opportunity to remedy this outrageous breach."
Dec 05
Judge nixes Apple's request to stop Galaxy sales in the U.S...
Apple couldn't convince a U.S. judge to block Samsung from selling Galaxy smartphones and tablets in the U.S. market, reports "Reuters" (http://macte.ch/jToxZ). In a Friday ruling, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California denied Apple's request for a preliminary injunction against Samsung. The two companies are engaged in a legal brouhaha that includes more than 20 cases in 10 countries as both sides claim patent infringements. Also on Friday, an Australian court extended a halt on sales of Samsung's latest Galaxy tablet in the country by at least a week, as Apple appeals a ruling that had ended the ban.
Dec 05
Apple facing shortage of 2TB drives
The 2TB hard drives offered as build-to-order options for the iMac are in short supply due to flooding in Thailand, reports "Neowin" (http://macte.ch/Gph7p). Over 50% of global hard drives are made in the country, the article adds. According to the Apple website it could add anywhere from five to seven weeks to the delivery time due to the sheer difficulty of sourcing 2TB hard drives for the machines. The Mac Pro line can be outfitted with as many as four 2TB hard drives, though when doing this, the delivery time for the machine doesn't increase. This may suggest that Apple are holding any 2TB hard drives they have available for usage in the Mac Pro line over the iMacs at present, notes "Neowin." iMac with 1TB hard drives face no delays in shipping.
Dec 05
McAfee: iOS safer than Android OS
Apple's iOS is safer than the Android operating system as a safer environment, "but the damage to mobile devices is likely to be high because smartphones are always connected, they always carry some personal data, and they are even equipped with small cameras, microphones, and positioning devices -- just like the spies carried in old movies," says McAfee (http://www.mcafee.com), the security software company. "The core of contemporary OS’s, such as iOS and Android, is based on Unix/Linux, which makes the system reasonably secure," the company says in a report. "However, due to the competitive pressure of the market, the manufacturers frequently prioritize time-to-market concerns over security and may add core drivers and applications that are insufficiently tested. There could also be flaws in implementing updates for the firmware and OS that would make the robustness of the OS core irrelevant -- as an attack may be able to entirely replace it." Apple’s iOS is currently the biggest...
Dec 05
Fitch: smartphone penetration to exceed 50% of end of 2011
According to Fitch Ratings' latest telecom special report (http://www.fitchratings.com), postpaid smartphone penetration increased to 46.8% in third-quarter 2011, a change of 310 basis points (bps) sequentially. This was a decrease from the average rate increase of 370 bps over the past three quarters as consumers waited for the iPhone 4S launch. Penetration rates could exceed a 400-bps change in fourth-quarter 2011, driven by take-up rates for the iPhone 4S, aggressive LTE data promotions by Verizon Wireless and penetration gains at AT&T Mobility. Fitch Ratings believes smartphone penetration should approach the mid - 60% range by end of 2012. AT&T's proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA will be the key issue in 2012. Fitch believes T-Mobile faces an uncertain future if the deal, which has encountered significant governmental opposition, collapses and could take more aggressive steps using a portion of the proceeds from the break-up fee to stabilize postpaid market share....
Dec 05
Iger shows his Apple love in large purchase of company shares
Last month Disney CEO Bob Iger joined the Apple Board of Directors. He's also showing his confidence in the company's future. According to an SEC filing, last week he acquired 2,670 shares of Apple at an average price of US$375, putting the total cost at just above $1 million. The move is seen as a gesture of confidence in the company, at which Iger will also serve on the audit committee.
Dec 05
MacUpdate kicks off December 2011 software bundle
MacUpdate has kicked off its December 2011 software bundle (http://mupromo.com/?ref=6603), featuring a collection of 11 popular Mac apps, including TechTool Pro 6, for US49.99. The limited-time bundle represents a savings of 94%, or almost $700, and includes: ° TechTool Pro 6 ($99.99) -- A leading Mac utility, with tools for diagnosing virtually all hardware problems and for repairing and optimizing hard drives. A bootable DVD disk image is included in the bundle, and version 6 features improved eDrive functionality, enabling all of the app's tools to be ran from the boot drive, perfect for Macs without optical drives. More info can be found at http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/4307/techtool-pro . ° TotalFinder ($18) -- Adds Web browser-like Tabs to the Finder and other must-have enhancements for a more productive Finder experience. More info can be found at http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/33373/totalfinde . ° Postbox 3 ($29.95) -- An email client for Mac OS X, offering more features...
Dec 05
MOV is MP4 video repair tool for Mac
Remo Software has announced Remo Repair MOV, an US$129 file repair utility for repairing corrupt or damaged MOV and MP4 video files. The software is currently available for Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher and is designed to help repair an unlimited number of corrupt/damaged files having any playable length. Remo Repair MOV provides support for most camcorders and has special repair algorithm. Some of the popular brands supported by the software are Nikon, Canon, Contour, GoPro, Samsung, Sanyo and many others. MOV lets you repair MOV video files that get truncated or abruptly finalized by the camcorder due to its faulty firmware. It even supports MOV, MP4 video files having large sizes. MOV has an automated repair process that separates video and audio data streams and later adjoins them to create a relevant playable video file. A demo is available at the Remo Software (http://www.remosoftware.com). You must login as system administrator on your Mac to install and use the software. Also,...
Dec 05
Apple to build new data center in Prineville, Oregon?
Apple may build a large data center in Prineville, Oregon, a quarter mile south of the Facebook server farm that opened this year, reports "The Oregonian" (http://macte.ch/6KABp), citing "two people with direct knowledge of Apple's plans." Oregon's mild climate and relatively low power costs are part of the draw, "but tax breaks are the big attraction," the article adds. Rural "enterprise zones" spare computers and other equipment from the property taxes that other businesses pay. The exemption could be worth several million dollars or more to Apple, depending on the size of its investment, notes "The Oregonian." Apple opened a 500,000-square-foot data center in Maiden, N.C., earlier this year. The company also plans to build a new solar farm opposite the data center.
Dec 05
Report: iPhone losing dominance, iPad continues to surge
According to a new Strategy Analytics (http://www.strategyanalytics.com/) report, "App Developer Attitudes and Behaviors," Apple continues to draw primary attention from app developers, while the Android is holding steady, Windows Phone is gaining momentum, and BlackBerry is struggling. The growth of the iPad, Android, and Windows Phone is clearly coming at the expense of iPhone, BlackBerry, Java and other platforms, according to Josh Martin, director of Apps Research at Strategy Analytics. "The app market is already maturing," he says. "Developers are tired of a few making the lion’s share of revenue. Thus, we see strong interest in fresh, emerging platforms and new business models, such as virtual goods and in-app advertising over the next year. The platform that best delivers revenue from multiple streams stands the best chance of success in the next eighteen months. For this reason, Strategy Analytics predicts that Apple will introduce carrier billing in emerging markets next year...
Dec 05
The Mac Store launches '21 Macs in 21 Days' promo
The Northwest's largest and locally owned Apple reseller, The Mac Store (http://www.themacstore.com), has announced "21 Macs in 21 Days", a promotion during which they'll be giving away 21 MacBook Air computers to 21 different folks. To enter, individuals are encouraged to visit any Mac Store location through. Dec. 21. Drawings are held daily. Once at the store, customers can click on the "21 Macs" icon on any one of the display machines and then enter their contact information. "We wanted to launch a fun promotion with a substantial reward that would keep customers engaged throughout the holiday season," says Erick Laabs, vice president of The Mac Stores. "The new MacBook Air computers are extremely popular, and we love the idea of giving a bunch of them away." The Mac Store opened its first location in 1978 and has grown to 10 locations in the Northwest. The stores range from Eugene, Corvallis, Salem and Portland all the way up to the Seattle area. Their latest store recently...
Dec 05
Bato Treasures of Tibet is new billiards-like game for Mac OS X
MD Studio, in conjunction with Vasilek Games, has introduced Bato Treasures of Tibet, new gaming title for Mac OS X (10.6 or higher). It's available at the Mac App Store for US$3.99. Here's how the game is described: "This is a modern embodiment of the ancient oriental game, in something like the billiards. Do you like to travel and solve the puzzles? Join a young master of an ancient Tibetan game as he leaves for treasure-hunting across the wild lands. "Bato offers over 70 levels of relaxing arcade challenges. The goal: eliminate all of the stones from the game board. The means by which this is accomplished: clicking and sliding identically colored stones into each other. Aim and slide one stone into another, eliminate multiple stones for bonus points and pull off extraordinary bank shots for an even higher score! Ten bonus items add an extra layer of fun and complexity to the gameplay. Can you earn the highest ranking on each level as you follow a young man on his journey to...
Dec 05
TerraRay for Mac OS X gets speed improvements, more
AvisNocturna Software has updated TerraRay (http://avisnocturna.com/site/TerraRay.html), its terrain rendering software for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher), to version 6.0. In the update, rendering speed has been improved by optimizing the renderer and switching to 64-bit. TerraRay is still compatible to 32 bit Macs. These improvements increased rendering speed by 25% to 50% for most scenes not affecting rendering quality in any way, according to the folks at AvisNocturna Software. A completely new cloud system has been written from scratch that supports placing individual cloud clusters in scenes for volumetric effects. What's more, a new algorithm for rocks has been implemented for version 6.0. The user interface has been improved in many areas, as well. Not enough? The grass algorithm has been improved ,and a new post processing filter to adjust color vibrance has been added. TerraRay 6.0 is available exclusively available at the Mac App Store. It's being offered at a 50% discount (US$...
Dec 05
Scosche releases fitRAIL for the iPad
Scosche (http://www.scosche.com) has announced the availability of the fitRAIL exercise mount for iPad and iPad 2. The Scosche fitRAIL is available at Apple retail stores, Apple.com and Scosche.com for US$49.99. The fitRAIL provides athletes with a convenient way to watch movies and TV shows, listen to music, read and more during workouts. The aluminum fitRAIL mounts to treadmills, exercise bikes, elliptical machines and others found at the gym or in the home. The user’s iPad or iPad2 rests in the fitRAIL’s mounting tray and is held in place against the frame by Scosche’s patented stickGRIP material. A neoprene clip-on strap attaches to the top of the iPad to lock it into place. The fitRAIL also features soft rubber feet to prevent scratching workout machines and a foldable design and travel pouch for the gym bag.        fitRAIL is also a great way to use the Scosche myTREK pulse monitor and app during workouts, according to Kas Alves, executive vice president of Scosche Industries...
Dec 05
3G Surfstick for Mac OS X now supports HSPA+ speeds
Nova media has unveiled iCON 711, a new 3G surfstick for Mac OS X made by the Belgium company Option. The modem supports fast download speeds with up to 21.1 Mbit/s. The iCON 711 is neither SIM locked nor netlocked and can be used within most networks around the globe, according to Jan Fuellemann of Nova media. It features a MicroSD card slot compatible to SDHC cards with up to 32GB memory and an external antenna connector. The iCON 711 comes with launch2net Premium, a 3G connection manager for Mac OS X. The software features a SMS text message manager, statistics, and the ability to share a 3G connection with other Macs and devices. launch2net Premium includes connection settings for most mobile network providers. For cross-platform usage, the iCON 711 includes a connection manager for Windows operating systems alredy stored on the device. On the technical side the iCON 711 is working in the 900/2100 MHz frequency ranges for 3G connections and supports HSPA+ with download speeds up...
Dec 05
Learn Pixelmator 2 video training app available
The Mac U has introduced Learn -- Pixelmator 2 Edition, a video training series for Pixelmator, a graphics application for Mac OS X. Featuring 36 individual video lessons, this course includes over two hours of video tutorials on how to use the tools, adjustment commands and filters available in Pixelmator 2. Each lesson is presented in HD video at 1280x720 resolution: The videos guide the viewer with zooms, pans and highlights of what is being discussed. The keyboard shortcuts associated with each lesson are listed in the sidebar. You can use the notes pane to jot down things to remember from each lesson, then output all your notes in a single PDF document Learn -- Pixelmator 2 Edition requires Mac OS X 10.7.x ("Lion"). It costs US$3.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category.
Dec 05
DX Toolbox revved to version 3.8
Black Cat Systems has released DX Toolbox version 3.8, an update of the Mac OS X radio propagation/conditions analysis and forecasting tool for amateur radio operators, shortwave listeners, and other radio enthusiasts. This version add 21 D Layer Absorption maps. Broadcasts can be searched by station name, frequency, time of transmission, and country. Those broadcasts currently on the air can be shown. This makes it easy to find and tune into international shortwave broadcasts, according to the folks at Black Cat. DX Toolbox us designed to help amateur radio operators and shortwave listeners estimate radio propagation conditions. Several propagation forecasting charts are available to estimate signal levels and path conditions between any two points on the Earth. DX Toolbox sells for US$24.99. A feature complete demo is available at the product web site (http://www.blackcatsystems.com/software/dxtoolbox.html).
Dec 05
Graphic Node expands assortment of iWork templates
Graphic Node (http://graphicnode.com/) has expanded its assortment of iWork templates with the update of the iOS version of Designs for Pages. The expanded pack for Apple's Pages for iOS now consists of 535 customizable templates. The collection assists iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch users in creating documents without using a computer.The Designs for Pages set is available at the Apple App Store for US$0.99.
Dec 05
FileWave updates software deployment/management suite
FileWave has launched version 5.5 of its software deployment and management suite. The upgrade includes a self service kiosk for Mac and PC computers as well as iOS devices, a software update server for Mac and Windows computers and iOS 5 Mobile Device Management (MDM) support.   The Self Service Kiosk has the ability to not only deliver applications but also to continuously maintain the latest version of an organization’s documentation such as price lists, sales literature or HR documents without further end user intervention. Download a document once, and FileWave can ensure it is updated and maintained for the life of the document, according to the folks at FileWave Inc. For more info go to http://www.filewave.com .  
Dec 02
1-in-10 mobile subscribers using the iPhone
ComScore (http://www.comscore.com), a company that "measures the digital world," has released data from the comScore MobiLens service, reporting key trends in the U.S. mobile phone industry during the three month average period ending October 2011. Among other results the survey shows that 1-in-10 mobile subscribers are now using the iPhone. The comScore study surveyed more than 30,000 U.S. mobile subscribers and found Samsung to be the top handset manufacturer overall with 25.5% market share. Google Android -- on LG and Motorola -- continued to gain ground in the smartphone market reaching 46.3% market share. Apple, in fourth place, had 10.8% market share, which is up from 9.5% from comScore's last survey in July. For the three-month average period ending in October, 234 million Americans age 13 and older used mobile device, according to comScore. RIM rounded out the top five with 6.6% share. Ninety million people in the U.S. owned smartphones during the three months ending in...
Dec 02
Kindle blazes its way to second place in media tablet market
Just two weeks after its introduction, Amazon’s Kindle Fire already is shaking up the market, with the device expected to surpass all other iPad rivals to take second place in the global media tablet business in the fourth quarter, according to a new report from iHS (http://www.isuppli.com). Coming up from zero in the third quarter, Amazon will ship 3.9 million Kindle Fire tablets during the last three months of 2011, according to a preliminary projection from the IHS iSuppli Display Materials & Systems Service from information and analysis provider IHS. This will give the company a 13.8% share of global media tablet shipments in the fourth quarter, exceeding the 4.8% held by No. 3 Samsung, and second only to Apple’s commanding 65.6% portion of the market, as presented in the table below. "Nearly two years after Apple Inc. rolled out the iPad, a competitor has finally developed an alternative which looks like it might have enough of Apple’s secret sauce to succeed," says Rhoda...
Dec 02
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for Dec. 2
Here are the latest iPhone/iPod touch/iPod/iPad apps. You can find 'em at the Apple App Store (http://www.itunes.com/appstore/). Listen Technologies has announced a free iOS app for the Americans with Disabilities Act Assistive Listening Standards. The ADA Compliance Assistive Listening Calculator is a complete tool set for understanding and calculating your facility requirements to meet the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design. Little Dog has released Cost Watch 1.0 for iOS, an US$0.99 app for running monitor meeting costs. Using a digital stop watch interface, it shows the running totals for the time and personnel cost of an event, alerting the watchers with color and sound when time and cost limits are reached. ZealTopia Interactive has introduced Invisible Me 1.0 for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. In the $0.99 game, you will have to help Puru and his friends, who are trapped inside nasty dungeons, to be able to escape. Cobalt Techno has debuted iDB 1.0 -- Database...
Dec 02
Class action suit filed against Carrier IQ for wiretap violation
A group of consumers has filed a nationwide class-action lawsuit claiming that smartphone manufacturers HTC Corp., HTC America and Samsung Electronics for using software developed by Carrier IQ (CIQ) that illegally intercepts incoming text messages and captures users' key strokes -- including those used to compose email and text messages or to dial numbers -- without consumers' knowledge or permission. In mid-November, software developer Trevor Eckhart published a video blog illustrating the operation of the CIQ software recording keystrokes, including information sent to secure websites using HTTPS security protocols used in e-commerce and other security-sensitive sites. After Eckhart published his discovery and documents he found on CIQ's website, CIQ accused him of copyright violations and threatened legal actions unless he capitulated to the company's demands. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a public-interest digital rights watchdog stepped in to defend Eckhart. CIQ later...
Dec 02
Apple's Ron Police purportedly no longer reporting for duty
Ron Police, Apple’s vice president in charge of sales to the U.S. government, who helped get its devices into more federal agencies, has left the company, reports "Bloomberg Businessweek" (http://macte.ch/UrxHl) , quoting an unnamed "person with knowledge of the move." Police (and isn't that a great name for a person with his job) had run the government sales force since 2004. However, he left in October, according to "Bloomberg Businessweek." Police helped Apple’s iPhone and iPad gain a foothold at government agencies, a market traditionally dominated by technology products from companies such as Microsoft., Dell and Research In Motion. To further that effort, Apple is seeking security certification from the National Institute of Standards, the agency that provides technology recommendations to the federal government, says "Bloomberg Businessweek."
Dec 02
Apple ban on Galaxy tablet in Australia extended
Apple has won another temporary injunction to stop rival Samsung from selling its Galaxy tablet computer in Australia, reports "ABC News Australia" (http://macte.ch/aab90). On Wednesday the Federal Court lifted a previous injunction, meaning Samsung could start selling its Galaxy Tab 10.1 today. However, Apple appealed to the High Court and won. The injunction means Samsung can't sell the tablet computer until the case goes before the court on Dec. 9. Apple says the Galaxy range of tablets and smartphones violates patents for its own iPad and iPhone line.
 

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