Software fix in the work for flickering issues on the Apple TV
According to "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com), a software fix is said to be in the works for users who have experienced screen flickering issues after updating to the latest firmware for the Apple TV set top box.
The article says an Apple support representative has confirmed that Apple is aware of the issues caused by the latest update to the Apple TV (version 4.2). Apple is reportedly working on a fix that will address the screen flickering problems for a small number of users. No timeframe was given for when the fix might be released.
Last week, "AppleInsider" first reported on the screen flickering problems caused by the 4.2 update for Apple TV. Users have experienced flickers and screen flashes with direct HDMI video connections, as well as with an HDMI to DVI video adapter. The problems did not exist before Apple released the Apple TV 4.2 update last Wednesday.
Ten's Complement bringing ZFS to Mac OS X
A company called Ten's Complement plans to bring ZFS to Mac OS X. The file system is now in beta testing.
In 2007, it was rumored that Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard") would support ZFS (Zettabyte File System). ZFS was originally developed by Sun. It protects all files with 64-bit checksums to detect and fix data corruption and, as a 128-bit file system, can handle many orders of magnitude more space than current versions of Mac OS X, Windows and Linux. According to Sun, ZFS meets the needs of a file system for everything from desktops to data centers.
And according to a 2007 patent (number 20070112891) filed by Apple engineers, you can convert millions of computers to a new file system via a handy file system converter that changes the file system without touching the files. The patent could have theoretically made HFS to ZFS conversions fast and painless.
A note at the Ten's Complement site (http://info.tenscomplement.com/) says: "We're not quite there yet — but we have some exciting...
iTunes has 4% of digital movie market
The NPD Research Group (http://www.npd.com) says Neflitx has 61% of the market share for digital movies between January 2011 and February 2011, with Comcast running a distant second at 8% There’s a three-way tie for third between DirectTV, Time Warner Cable and Apple with 4% each.
Based on information from NPD’s new VideoWatch Digital tracking service, digital video now makes up one quarter of all home video volume.
“Sales of DVDs and Blu-ray Discs still drive most home-video revenue, but VOD and other digital options are now beginning to make inroads with consumers,” says Russ Crupnick, entertainment industry analyst for NPD. “Overwhelmingly digital movie buyers do not believe physical discs are out of fashion, but their digital transactions were motivated by the immediate access and ease of acquisition provided by streaming and downloading digital video files.”
NPD also compared consumer-reported satisfaction with four modes of digital-video acquisition: electronic sell-through (...
Nuclear Nova Software releases Barnyard Blaster for Mac OS X
Nuclear Nova Software has introduced Barnyard Blaster (http://nuclearnova.com/barnyardblaster/), its sixth game for Mac OS X (10.5 and higher).
Here's how the game is described: "Barnyard Blaster is a unique shooter with one goal, prevent all animals from escaping. Use six unique weapons, from flame throwers to rocket launchers, to stop ten species of animals from crossing the environment. The game features rich 3D graphics in eight different environments, a great soundtrack, as well as online achievements and high scores. The replay value will keep you occupied for countless hours."
The Barnyard Blaster demo is feature limited and free to try. The full version of Barnyard Blaster costs US$14.95 (USD) and may be purchased through Nuclear Nova Software's website. The paid version includes all levels, no shareware delay, and free updates.
iPhone and iPad app source code available for purchase at...
Independent developer Chris Mayer has announced the latest line-up of projects on CodeStore. CodeStore (http://www.codestore.co.uk/index.html) offers Xcode template projects to authors, artists, photographers, or anyone looking to create an app for the iPhone or iPad.
The projects have a range of uses, and can be freely modified. No knowledge of the Objective-C programming language is required to create an app using the templates, as the code is already complete. All that is required is the replacement of the example content (JPEG images, MP3 audio, HTML text. etc).
These templates require Mac OS X 10.6 or higher, Xcode 3.2.5 and iOS SDK 4.2 or above. The CodeStore projects range from US$29 to $39. All projects can be purchased as a bundle for $59.
Apple honors Ohio middle school teacher
An Ohio middle school teacher has won an international award from the Apple Corp. Kelly Croy, who teaches seventh-grade English at Oak Harbor Middle School, was named an Apple Distinguished Educator and will travel to Arizona in July for training, reports "The News-Messenger" (http://macte.ch/42pZC).
Croy is one of 1,700 educational professionals worldwide, and 300 in the country, who have received the honor since the program was started in 1994. He is one of 76 educators chosen this year.
Croy has been in education for 20 years, and has used technology in the classroom in a variety of ways, says "The News-Messenger." "We have a program called Project Based Learning where the students collaborate together and solve real-world problems," Croy said.
AVS Gear unveils Zippy BT-500 Compact Bluetooth Wireless...
AVS Gear (http://www.avsgear.com) has debuted the newest addition to the company’s line of Bluetooth keyboards, the Zippy T-500. Featuring Apple iPad 2 and iPhone support, this compact wireless keyboard is available now at Amazon.com and Newegg.com with an manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$49.99.
The Zippy BT-500 connects to six different Bluetooth devices simultaneously and boasts one-touch fast switch technology between all six Bluetooth devices quickly. In addition, this compact wireless keyboard has a transmission range up to 10 meters and is compatible with smartphone devices, PDAs and tablet computers that are equipped with Bluetooth technology.
Equipped with an ultra-flat scissor structure keys, the Zippy BT-500 is encased in a thin compact design. It's designed for use in a variety of environments, such as living rooms, classrooms and conference rooms, and can also be carried while on the go.
Sorenson 360 online video platform gets new features
Sorenson Media (http://www.sorensonmedia.com) has announced a series of new features within the Sorenson 360 online video platform (OVP), which provide customers with increased flexibility and customizability to improve delivery of dynamic video content across the Web, says Eric Quanstrom, chief operating officer of Sorenson Media. He says the key new features include:
° Full video player compatibility: Users can now choose from all major video players, such as Flash, Quicktime, HTML5 and Silverlight, to publish video in the most popular formats, including Flash (Spark and VP6), MPEG-4 (H.264), WebM and Windows Media (VC1).
° WebM support: Like all Sorenson Media products and services, Sorenson 360 supports WebM encoding and playback for users interested in creating Web environments using HTML5.
° Facebook Integration: With an integrated button on the video player, users are able to post their video along with comments directly to their Facebook accounts.
° Automated video sitemaps...
iPad 2 orders at Apple online store now backed up 4-5 weeks
Order an iPad 2 from the Apple Online Store and it may take 4-5 weeks to arrive.
Apple’s own retail stores are also facing shortages "with many customers walking out with a model they didn’t particularly want or nothing at all," says "9to5 Mac" (http://macte.ch/0obv0). Apple’s online store originally quoted a 3-5 day ship time but that jumped to 5-7 days to 2-3 weeks all within a few hours.
Adobe to integrate Medialets Ad Platform with Digital Publishing...
At Digital Innovators’ Summit, Adobe announced it expects to integrate the Medialets mobile advertising platform software developer kit (SDK) with Adobe Content Viewer software in the Enterprise Edition of Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, enabling publishers to "manage and deliver high value, targeted brand advertising inventory in digital publications on tablet devices."
By implementing Medialets’ full service ad serving platform, Adobe will deliver a complete advertising workflow to help publishers monetize digital publications. Iinitial ad asset creation is authored using Adobe’s industry standard Creative Suite 5 software, advertising inventory management and delivery via Medialets, with final publication delivery and optimization using Digital Publishing Suite.
Publishers will be able to insert a Medialets ad overlay as a placeholder for advertising creative directly within an Adobe InDesign layout using Digital Publishing Suite authoring tools. Publishers and ad agencies who...
Real Software announces Real Studio 2011 Release 1
Real Software (http://www.realsoftware.com) has announced the first 2011 release of its flagship product, Real Studio.
The new 2011 Release 1 -- affecting both the Web and Desktop Editions --contains 114 improvements and 35 new features, including simplified web application deployment capabilities, as well as new Microsoft SQL Server support.
With the 2011 Release 1, Real Software is helping developers to deploy web applications much faster and easier with a new CGI option that automatically outputs a Perl script and acts as a gateway between the web server and the application, says Geoff Perlman, founder and CEO of Real Software. The new product also includes a new, native Microsoft SQL Server plugin, providing easier deployment and better performance, he adds.
In Real Studio 2011 Release 1, the new CGI option outputs a Perl script that acts as a gateway between the web server and the web application. The Perl script goes in the cgi-bin folder allowing for easier hosting and...
Raidon rolls out new rackmount storage subsystem
Raidon (http://www.RAIDON.com.tw) has introduced the GearTANK GT7280-8S-U5 rackmount storage solution for SMB [small to medium sized businesses] and department of enterprises.
According to the folks at Raidon, the GT7280-8S-U5 features simple installation, high data transfer rate and large amount of data storage capacity. It can be used in various workgroups of enterprise with expansion capability and it is designed for engineering application, artistic design, audio and video editing and website servers that needed multiplex operation.
The Raidon GT7280 is a standard 1U rackmount JBOD storage enclosure; it expands the data storage capacity limit and with two individual embedded SAS interface to provide up to 300MB/s data transfer rate. The GT7280 is scalable up to 4TB from eight of 2.5-inch 500G HDD. Contact Raidon for pricing options.
Macbundler Charity Bundle benefits Japan earthquake relief
Macbundler's (http://www.macbundler.com) new charity bundle promotion has launched with six apps packed into an US$17 bundle that will benefit the Japan earthquake relief efforts.
The list of applications include: Snaprocket, Macomfort, Whatsize, Memoir, MediaRage and Transpod. The bundle promotion runs for two weeks and 20% will be donated to a charity of your choice. All licenses are delivered immediately after purchase. An affiliate program will also be in place for website owners to earn from advertising the bundle promotion.
WhatSize measures the size of your hard drive and allows you to sort, filter, and refine the results. Memoir is a complete notebook application for the Mac. MaComfort is a background process, usually starting automatically with Windows, that enhances the overall usability of Windows.
SnapRocket is a keyboard-based desktop navigator that doesn't rely on arbitrary window grids or lists. A collection of powerful tools for media enthusiasts with a Macintosh...
Seagate unveils new SSD and HDD solutions
Seagate Technology (http://www.seagate.com) has announced its latest enterprise solutions designed to deliver storage for the widest range of application environments.
These solutions include: two new members of the Pulsar Solid State Drive (SSD) family; two next-generation Savvio 15K and 10K hard disk drives (HDD) optimized for a balance of high performance and capacity; and the latest Constellation ES.2 3TB HDD (pictured) for pure capacity-optimized mass storage needs, says Kurt Richarz, Seagate EVP of Product Line Management.
He says the Pulsar.2 SSD is the first MLC-enabled, (up to 800GB) SSD from an enterprise HDD vendor. Unlike other MLC SSDs that have been designed for consumer applications and lack the robust data integrity and endurance feature set required for enterprise applications, the Pulsar.2 SSD has been designed from the ground up for the enterprise, Richarz says. It reportedlly has the intelligence to automatically detect and correct a multitude of data errors than...
Spiderweb Software updates Avadon: The Black Fortress
Spiderweb Software has released Avadon: The Black Fortress (http://www.spiderwebsoftware.com/avadon/index.html) 1.0.1, an update of the indie fantasy role-playing game for Mac OS X. The game costs US$25, but version 1.0.1 is a free update for registered users.
Here's how the game is described: "Avadon is in epic adventure in a strange and dangerous world. You are a spy and warrior who must fight the enemies of your homeland. As a servant of the Black Fortress, your word is law. Gain power and influence, experience an exciting adventure, and battle a conspiracy to destroy your people.
"You are an agent of Avadon. The Black Fortress. Outside your lands, there are limitless threats. Barbarians. Fading, jealous empires. Titans and unspeakable horrors. The warriors and spies of Avadon are sent to keep them weak and divided. Your resources are unlimited, and all must obey you.
"But a dark time is coming. Assassins are killing Avadon's warriors, and hidden enemies plot to unite all of your...
KiDSBrowse for Mac OS X updated to version 1.1
KiDSafe Technologies has released KiDSBrowse 1.1 for Mac OS X (10.4 and higher), an update to their web browser application specially designed to provide a safe experience for kids and teens on the Internet.
KiDSBrowse features parental controls, malware resistance from viruses and spyware, and a colorful interface. It opens with 13 kid-safe websites already included, and the ability for parents, teachers, and caretakers to add any number of additional sites, with advanced filtering options for each.
Because it is an integrated application, rather than an add-on to an all-purpose web browser, it is easy and uncomplicated for the adult to control access to content, and equally easy for the young person to visit and explore kid-safe websites, according to the folks at KiDSafe Technologies. The browser has two modes of operation: Adult Mode and Kid Mode.
In Adult Mode, the browser's operation is the same as any other. Search engines are available and there is unrestricted access to...
Vuescan announces support for Mac OS X Lion
Hamrick Software has released Vuescan 9.0.21, a new version of the VueScan software for Mac OS X that's designed to let users produce better digital images from color snapshots, negatives, slides and documents. The new version adds support for the upcoming Mac OS X Lion.
The Standard Edition of VueScan costs US$39.95 and the Professional Edition is $79.95 for a single user license. Multi-user licenses are available. A fully functional, trial copy of VueScan is available for download from the Hamrick web site (http://www.hamrick.com).
Jon Bon Jovi: Steve Jobs killed the music business
In an interview (http://macte.ch/kVxkw) with "The Sunday Times Magazine" blames Apple, CEO Steve Jobs and iTunes for killing the music business.
"Kids today have missed the whole experience of putting the headphones on, turning it up to 10, holding the jacket, closing their eyes and getting lost in an album; and the beauty of taking your allowance money and making a decision based on the jacket, not knowing what the record sounded like, and looking at a couple of still pictures and imagining it," he says. He also adds that "in a generation from now people are going to say: 'What happened?.' Steve Jobs is personally responsible for killing the music business."
U.S. Mac sales up 16% year-over-year in early March quarter
U.S. Mac sales were up 16% year-over-year in the first two months of the March quarter, ahead of Apple's release of the new MacBook Pro lineup, according to the latest domestic retail tracking data from the NPD Group (http://www.npd.com) -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).
The research group says U.S. Mac sales were up 16% year-over-year in January and February of 2011. As noted by analyst Gene Munster with Piper Jaffray, the consensus view on Wall Street is that Apple will report Mac sales up 22% year-over-year for its March fiscal quarter.
While the number is low, it also represents two months before Apple released its new line of MacBook Pros, which arrived in late February, says "AppleInsider." This suggests that sales may have dipped before the anticipated refresh. Supporting this theory, U.S. Mac sales were up slightly more -- 20%-- in January, the article adds.
Since international Mac sales tend to have stronger year-over-year growth than Apple's U...
Microsoft's Zune bites the dust?
Microsoft is pulling the plug on its "iPod killer," the Zune, "because of tepid demand, letting the company shift its focus to other devices, says "Bloomberg Businessweek" (http://macte.ch/em7PX), citing "a person familiar with the decision."
Microsoft will concentrate on putting Zune software onto mobile phones, such as those running its Windows operating system, the article says. Zune software lets customers buy songs and movies, as well as pay a monthly fee to stream unlimited music.
The Zune, introduced in 2006, never managed to offer any serious competition to the iPod. Apple's media device led the market with 77% of unit sales last year, while the Zune failed to crack the top five, according to the NPD Group (http://www.npd.com). By adding the Zune features to the Windows Phone software, Microsoft aims to gain ground in another challenging area -- mobile phones -- where it’s lost market share to Google and Apple, says "Bloomberg Businessweek."
'Consumer Reports' looks at the iPad 2
Many stores reportedly sold out of the Apple iPad 2 during its first weekend of availability, but given the demand, more of Apple's new tablets are sure to be available soon. Based on Consumer Reports' preliminary tests (http://macte.ch/E9jRr) with the iPad 2 samples in their labs, the consumer testing organization/publication found the new version to be an improvement over the original iPad -- without any increase in price.
One major difference in tech specs is that the iPad 2 has a new processor that's supposed to make it far speedier than the original. While performing routine tasks such as Web browsing and e-mail in their tests, Consumer Reports didn't notice any significant speed improvement, as CR Senior Program Leader Dean Gallea notes in a video. The biggest speed boost, a 9x improvement in graphics processing, should be apparent when you run demanding 3D games, but it's not clear whether any games that take advantage of that higher speed are yet available, he says. Surely...
Analysts: Apple may have sold one million iPads so far
Some analysts think Apple sold close to a million units of the iPad 2 during its debut weekend, reports "Reuters" (http://macte.ch/3XQb5). By comparison, the original version of the iPad, which launched in April of 2010, crossed the one-million mark 28 days after its launch.
Ticonderoga Securities analyst Brian White told "Reuters" it was difficult to find an iPad 2 over the weekend. "Our field checks over the weekend indicate that the iPad 2 sold out at every Apple and non-Apple store we contacted," White wrote in a research note. "In fact, all the stores had worked through iPad 2 inventory by Saturday afternoon, and there were no new iPad 2 deliveries on Sunday."
Wedbush Securities analyst Scott Sutherland thinks Apple sold close to one million iPad 2's in the opening weekend. Best Buy on Friday said some of its outlets ran out of the tablet and its accessories within 10 minutes.
Apple shares rose 0.6% to US$354.20 in morning trade on the Nasdaq, even as shares of many other...
Protemac Netmine gets new interface, new rules, more
ProteMac has updated NetMine (http://www.protemac.com/NetMine/), software designed to control and monitor all the Internet and network activity on your computer, to version 2.0. The upgrade has a new interface, new rules, a new network engine and a new notification center.
NetMine offers identification of an application's address and port and indication of timeframes for NetMine's activity. The software controls network traffic by specifying software's default behavior and setting concrete access rules for the selected applications, as well. This firewall enables you to grant or deny permission to access the Internet for the selected application. The special Notification window warns you about unknown connection offering to allow or deny it once, till the end of Internet/network connection or forever.
Designed as a two-way firewall, NetMine establishes control over incoming and outgoing information flows managing network traffic. Visualizing network activity in real time, it...
Sweeter Rhythm releases Harmony 2.0 for worship presentation
Sweeter Rhythm has released Harmony 2.0. It's an update of the worship presentation application for Mac OS X 10.6.5 and higher; version 2.0 has over 20 new features and improvements.
Harmony 2.0's Themes feature addresses the number one feature requested by customers: more control over text. In addition to Harmony 1.0's LyricDance motion-lyric and Quartz Composition features, Harmony 2.0 supports Concord.
Concord is an app that runs on a Mac or iOS device. It's a text display driven by Harmony. When Harmony projects lyrics, Concord gets those lyrics over a WiFi network and displays them. It can be used, for example, as a confidence monitor for a band member or to provide large and close-up lyrics to a partially-sighted person.
Harmony 2.0 also offers new language support for French and German readers. Upgrades for existing customers are free. Harmony is normally priced at US$149. Until Easter, it's on sale for $99, available directly from Sweeter Rhythm (http://sweeterrhythm.com) or...
Analyst: iPad 2 totally sold out
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says in a note to clients -- as reported by "Fortune" (http://macte.ch/dgHHO) -- that the iPad 2 is apparently totally sold out -- and that 70% of the units were sold to new buyers.
The analysts estimates that 400,000 to 500,000 iPad 2s have been sold, compared with 300,000 of the original iPads in its first weekend on sale last year. The difference is that nearly all those iPad 2s were sold in one day; stocks were essentially depleted by Saturday and not replenished.
Munster says 70% of iPad 2 buyers were new to the iPad, compared with 23% of iPhone 4 buyers who were new to the iPhone at launch. His studies show that buyers were split almost evenly between Mac and PC users (51%/49%). By contrast, the split for the original iPad was 74%/26%.
iTunes offers way to help victims of Japan's tsunami,...
Apple has added a page to the iTunes Store, allowing you to donate money to the Red Cross to aid the victims of Japan’s tsunami and earthquake. Youo can donate amounts ranging from US$5 to $200.
A note on the page says: "Your gift to the American Red Cross will support our disaster relief efforts to help those affected by the earthquake in Japan and tsunami throughout the Pacific. Your support will enable the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to victims of all disasters. On those rare occasions when donations exceed American Red Cross expenses for a certain disaster, contributions are used to prepare for and serve victims of other disasters."
-- Dennis Sellers
Print Window available at the Mac App Store
Searchware Solutions has released Print Window 4.1.3 (http://www.searchwaresolutions.com) on the Mac App Store. It's an update of the utility for generating printed file listings from the Finder. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher.
With Print Window, you can generate and print file/directory listings of the currently selected window or folder with complete control over the way file listings. You can generate and print file/directory listings of the currently selected window or folder with complete control over the way file listings work, what folders are listed and the final printed format.
To celebrate the launch on the Mac App Store, the company is offering special pricing of US$10, 50% off the normal price on the Mac App Store and for single-user licenses from their website. This pricing is available on the Mac App Store and is also available on full, single-user licenses available from the Searchware Solutions website.
ScreenFloat is new screenshot utility for Mac OS X
Eternal Storms Software has introduced ScreenFloat 1.0 for Mac OS X (10.6.6 and higher). It's available at the Mac App Store for US$7.99.
The app is designed to simplify the users' workflow by letting them create screenshots that float above all other windows, eliminating the need to resize or move windows around just to keep it visible on the display. ScreenFloat includes customizable keyboard shortcuts, as well as a Shots Browser to categorize and organize screenshots taken with the application.
In the Shots Browser, closed shots are collected, tagged, titled, and organized in collections or smart collections. Collections are basically folders that users manually add created shots to. Smart Collections contain shots based on criteria the user specifies.
To make creation of floating shots for text easier, ScreenFloat implements a system service that works with all Cocoa applications' selected text. For the user's convenience, there is a screencast available on the website, says...
Sources say Apple won't include NFC in the iPhone 5
Apple won't include "wave and pay" chips in the new iPhone to be released later this year, "dashing industry hopes that a universal standard for the technology would be adopted in 2011," according to "The Independent" (http://macte.ch/rNUSA
Quoting "sources at several of the largest mobile operators in the UK," the article says Apple has disclosed in meetings that it wouldn't be including Near Field Communication (NFC) technology in the upcoming iPhone 5.
NFC is a short-range wireless connection technology that would turn the iPhone into an electronic wallet or security passkey. NFC is already in use in Asia and is expected to explode here in the next three to five years, especially if Apple adopts the technology.
"The Independent" says that one source close to the discussions said: "The new iPhone will not have NFC, Apple told the operators it was concerned by the lack of a clear standard across the industry." Yet Apple is understood to be working on its own NFC proposition, which...
'iFixIt' tears down the iPad 2
"iFixIt' has torn down the iPad 2. You can read all about it at http://macte.ch/hPbb3 and http://guide-images.ifixit.net/igi/mH4QIwCSrxTHGNFk.huge or see a video at http://macte.ch/SXaIb ; however, here is the summary from "iFixIt":
"Prior to starting the teardown, we guessed that the glass front panel was no longer held in place by tabs. We were correct. The new tapered edge on the iPad 2 prevents any kind of tabs from being used; instead, Apple engineers used generous helpings of adhesive to keep the front glass in place. Consequently, the front panel is very difficult to remove -- it's nearly impossible to open the iPad 2 without shattering the glass. We'll be working hard in the forthcoming weeks to provide a solution to this problem, but for now: please don't open your iPad 2.
"The iPad 2 received a 4 out of 10 repairability score, mainly for the extreme difficulty of accessing anything inside. But if you do manage to get in, you'll find that all screws are of the Phillips...
QuickerTek's Little Black Box works on the iPad 2
QuickerTek says their "Little Black Box" (http://www.quickertek.com/products/ipad_charge_monitor_usb.php) works for Apple's newly released iPad 2 as well as the first generation. It's an universal USB battery pack that allows you to use any AA battery to charge or power your idevice family or virtually any USB powered device.
The unit is compact os you can take it on a airplane, camping or on road trips. With the Little Black Box, you can use 1.2v or 1.5v Alkaline, Carbon or Ni Metal Hydride throwaways or 1.6v NiZinc rechargeable AA batteries, as long as all four AA batteries are the same kind and brand. The internal circuitry compensates for different battery voltages to supply the correct voltage for USB compatibility. Using 1.6v NiZinc rechargeable batteries work the best because they have the highest capacity (mAhr).
If you order by March 18, you'll receive free "green" ground shipping for St. Patty's Day. The Little Black Box must be ordered from the QuickerTek website to...
Store News for Mac OS X speeds up best deals update times
Independent software developer Christian Kienle has released Store News 1.1 (http://store-news-app.com/), an update of his free application for Mac OS X that's available in the Mac App Store. The best deals are updated every 30 minutes instead of every 24 hours.
Store News 1.1 fetches the latest deals every 15 minutes in the background automatically. Also, you can now sort by price, discount, application name and category.
Store News offers a way of finding out the best deals in the Mac App Store. It shows categories of apps that are totally free and apps that still cost a little bit of money.
Users may share what they've found via Twitter. Store News requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later and can be found in the Productivity category.
VidConvert for Mac OS X gets contextual menu
Independent software developer Reggie Ashworth has updated VidConvert, his video converter for Mac OS X, to version 1.0.5. The upgrade adds a contextual menu and addresses compatibility issues.
VidConvert It will convert just about any type of video into one of the a varityof formats, allowing you to create videos for your iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple TV. To use you add a file, select a format and a quality, and click convert. Optionally you can change your save folder from the main window.
For advanced users you can select the Advanced quality if you choose to allow such options as custom Frame Rate, Bit Rate, etc. But for most users simply choosing Normal or High quality should be sufficient. After your conversion is finished simply add more files or quit VidConvert and the job is done.
Supported formats include iPhone, iPod, iPad, QuickTime, .mp4, MPEG-1 and 2, DivX, Xvid, and audio only formats such as .mp4 and .m4a. VidConvert can add iTunes compatible videos directly to your...
App Tamer for Mac OS X updated to version 1.0.5
St. Clair Software has released App Tamer 1.0.5 (http://www.stclairsoft.com/AppTamer/), 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 power. In the new version right-clicking on a stopped application reveals a contextual menu that allows you to turn AutoStop off and quit, force quit, or relaunch the application.
This version works around an issue that caused Parallels Desktop to freeze your keyboard and mouse for a few seconds when it was autostopped. Also, App Tamer 1.0.5 works with the developer seed of Mac OS X Lion.
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...
Counchbase announces general availability of Counchbase Server
Couchbase (http://www.counchbase.com) a NoSQL database company created by the merger of CouchOne and Membase, has released Couchbase Server, which is powered by the world's most widely deployed NoSQL database technology, Apache CouchDB.
Couchbase Server leverages the standard http protocol, allowing it to be integrated with a wvariety of languages and applications. Couchbase Server also incorporates geospatial indexing via GeoCouch, an open source component developed by a Couchbase engineer, enabling developers to create location-aware applications.
Couchbase Server binary packages are available for Mac OS X, Red Hat...
Inspector Pro 3.0.v2 supports FileMaker Server
Beezwax Datatools and FM::Nexus have released Inspector Pro 3.0v2 (http://www.beezwax.net/solutions/inspectorPro), an update to the tool for analyzing & debugging FileMaker database systems. It now now supports FileMaker Server, allowing a team of developers to easily collaborate on database optimization.
Files can now be opened on an iPad using FileMaker Go. In addition, Inspector Pro 3.0v2 itself can check other FileMaker Pro databases for compatibility when deployed on iPad or iPhone with FileMaker Go. Also, version 3.0v2 gathers a summary of unreferenced objects in a FileMaker database solution, and the update includes various fixes to address known issues.
Inspector Pro 3.0v2's new support for FileMaker Server allows multiple developers to collaborate more easily on database optimization. This is useful for multiple developers working together on a project, says Vincenzo Menanno, founder of FM:Nexus and Director of FileMaker Development for Beezwax Datatools. They can take...
Monotype Imaging adds Bradley Type fonts
Monotype Imaging Holdings has released the six-font Bradley Type family of handwriting fonts into the company's ITC typeface collection. The newest additions can be licensed and downloaded from Monotype Imaging's Fonts.com, ITCFonts.com and Linotype.com stores. Bradley Type is also available for website design from Fonts.com Web Fonts.
Designed by calligrapher, lettering artist and type designer Richard Bradley, the latest design is intended to be a versatile counterpart to his ITC Bradley Hand fonts, released in 1995. Bradley Type is available in weights of regular, bold and heavy. A complementary italic design is also available in all three weights. In addition, Bradley Type includes a suite of ligatures for each font, which extends the value and versatility of the family.
Analyst: most iPad 2 buyers are new to the platform
Analyst Mike Abramsky with RBC Capital Markets told clients -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) that of the 15 million iPads sold by Apple in 2010, between 15 and 20% of those early adopters will upgrade to the iPad 2.
He sees up to a fifth of original iPad buyers switching to the iPad 2 over the next 12 months. However, Abramsky says that most who buy an iPad 2 this year will be new to the platform.
He expects Apple will sell 28 million tablets this calendar year. Abramsky forecasts that Apple will sell over 500,000 iPad 2s this weekend.
Dell increases PC market lead over Acer -- thanks to the iPad
Dell’s competitive position is improving in the global computer market, thanks to strong corporate sales as well as an unlikely helper: the iPad, according to the iHS iSuppli research group (http://www.isuppli.com).
U.S.-based Dell in the fourth quarter solidified its hold on second place in the global computer business as No. 3 player Acer saw challenging conditions continue in the consumer markets, new IHS iSuppli research indicates. Acer’s decline was spurred by rising competition for its consumer-focused netbook and notebook computers from the iPad and other media tablets.
U.S.-based Dell in the fourth quarter saw its market share lead in unit shipments expand over Taiwan’s Acer to 1.9 percentage points, up from a 0.4 point gap in the third quarter. With Dell’s fourth-quarter shipments remaining flat compared with the third quarter, its market share lead was entirely due to a precipitous 12.9% drop for Acer.
Global computer shipments in the fourth quarter of 2010 amounted to 93.1...
NewerTech announces NuShelf mounts for the Mac Mini
Newer Technology (http://www.newertech.com) has announced the NewerTech NuShelf Mount (http://www.newertech.com/products/macmini_acc.php) for installing one or more 2010 Mac mini computers and/or Apple Time Capsule wireless hard drives under a desk, shelf, or cabinet.
Designed and made in the USA and priced starting from US$39.95, the precision manufactured acrylic NuShelf Mount is designed to save desktop space by relocating a 2010 Mac mini and/or Time Capsule to a more protected, unused mounting location. Two models are available.
The $39.95 NuShelf Mount holds one 2010 Mac mini or one Time Capsule. The $44.95 NuShelf Dual Mount holds two 2010 Apple Mac minis, two Apple Time Capsules, or one mini and one Time Capsule $44.95.
iPad 2 may usher in mainstream video calls
The iPad 2 may jumpstart the video call era, says "Investor's Business Daily" (http://macte.ch/08vBs). The second-gen Apple tablet sports front- and rear-facing cameras along with FaceTime software.
Apple introduced FaceTime video chat in June with the launch of its iPhone 4 smart phone. Since then, it has made the feature available in the iPod touch media players and for Macs. It's available for Mac OS X at the Mac App Store for US$0.99.
FaceTime for Mac makes it possible to communicate with anyone on an iPhone 4, iPod touch, or Mac from your Mac. If you use one of the new MacBook Pros you get 720p clarity.
All you need is an Apple ID and an email address and you’re ready to roll. To start a video call with someone, find her entry in the contacts list. FaceTime works with Address Book so you don’t have to enter your contacts from scratch.
"Apple's marketing machine will do a lot to educate consumers" about video calls, Ben Bajarin, an analyst with Creative Strategies, told "Investor'...
Apple may sell 600,000 iPads in weekend debut
Apple may sell 600,000 of the the iPad 2 when it debuts this weekend, extending the device’s lead in a crowding market, according to "Bloomberg Businessweek" (http://macte.ch/p2luf). The iPad 1 sold 300,000 in 24 hours.
The iPad 2 went on sale on Apple’s website at 4 a.m., then appears in U.S. stores at 5 p.m. Brian Marshall, an analyst at Gleacher & Co. who predicted more than a half- million in unit sales, is one of several who expect the iPad 2 to outpace its predecessor, notes "Bloomberg Businessweek."
Tim Bajarin, an analyst at Creative Strategies, projects sales of 500,000 iPad 2s in two days. He -- along with analysts from Rodman & Renshaw LLC and Piper Jaffray & Co. -- also predicts the device will outsell the first iPad.
82% of future tablet buyers want an iPad
Since its initial release, the Apple iPad has been the de facto standard by which competing tablets are measured. But with the release of the iPad 2 just around the corner, can new tablets from Motorola, Research in Motion and a host of others successfully launch and compete?
During February, the ChangeWave (http://www.changewave.com)research group surveyed 3,091 consumers on tablet demand and future buying trends -- including customer satisfaction, tablet cannibalization of other electronic devices, and consumer preference for wireless tablet services. The survey was completed just before Apple’s iPad 2 announcement.
Future tablet demand remains extraordinarily high among consumers – with better than one-in-four respondents (27%) saying they plan on buying a tablet device in the future. That’s two points higher than in a previous ChangeWave survey in November.
Focusing on just the next 90 days, 5% of respondents say they’ll be purchasing a tablet within this time frame. Once again...
Stock Calculator Release 2 available for Mac OS X
System Support Products has announced Stock Calculator 2.0, an update to their profit/loss and share price calculator app for Mac OS X 10.4 or later. With the upgrade, the application re-written as a Universal Binary for native execution on both Intel and PowerPC processors.
Multiple calculation windows can now be open simultaneously in Stock Calculator. There are also user interface updates and improvements.
Stock Calculator is designed for performing "what if'" analyses, such as determining what share price a stock needs to attain in order to return a specified profit. It can determine the total cash outlay, per share buying price, or number of shares, as well as the net profit amount and total return percentage, or the per share selling price.
Stock Calculator for Mac OS X is currently available for a one-time charge of US$14.95 from the System Support Products website (http://www.sspi-software.com). Registered users of Stock Calculator who have purchased within six months prior to...
Verbatim releases new wireless computer accessories
Verbatim (http://www.verbatim.com) has announced the retail availability of its latest computer accessories -- the Mini Wireless Slim Keyboard & Mouse, the Wireless Optical Touch Mouse and the Wireless Mini Travel Mouse (pictured). These accessories offer 2.4GHz performance and "leave-in" USB Nano receivers for portability.
Designed with a piano black finish, Verbatim's US$44.99 Mini Wireless Slim Keyboard & Mouse sports a laptop-style keyboard, while its accompanying wireless mouse helps to eliminate cord clutter. The receiver can also be stored inside the mouse when not in use.
The $39.99 Verbatim Wireless Optical Touch Mouse lets users navigate the mouse pointer with the swipe of a finger and is designed for both right- and left-handed users. Verbatim’s $19.99 Wireless Mini Travel Mice are designed for notebook users and features a Nano receiver small enough to plug in and leave connected to a USB port, or stored inside the mouse when not in use.
CompanionLink announces PC Sync support for the iPad 2
CompanionLink Software has announced two-way synchronization of contacts, calendar, tasks and notes between popular PC software and the iPad 2.
CompanionLink offers multiple ways to sync the iPad 2, including local Wi-Fi sync, a secure hosted wireless sync service, and automatic wireless sync via Google. The sync works in tandem with a business-focused iPad app called DejaOffice.
CompanionLink will sync the iPad 2 with CRM suites like IBM Lotus Notes, Sage ACT!, Palm Desktop, Novell GroupWise, Salesforce CRM, and Highrise. CompanionLink also synchronizes with Microsoft Outlook add-ins like Franklin Covey PlanPlus for Microsoft Outlook, Getting Things Done (GTD), Take Back Your Life, Respond, Avidian Prophet, and Outlook Business Contact Manager.
CompanionLink's sync solutions for iPad are available for a one-time cost starting at US$39.95. CompanionLink Secure Hosted Wireless is available for $9.95 per month. Free telephone support is included. More details and a 14-day evaluation...
Spirit is Calling is daily spiritual journal for Mac OS X
BKeeney Software has introduced Spirit is Calling, a daily spiritual journal for Mac OS X (10.4 and higher) co-authored by Rev. Chris Michaels and Dr. Edward Viljoen. The US$21 app encourages daily journal entries that allow the user to track their spiritual growth over the course of a year.
The journal tracks thoughts and reflections on a daily basis and allows the user to return to previous entries at any time. The program can be scheduled to automatically open every day at a scheduled time.
Michaels is a national speaker, author and ordained minister. Viljoen is a national speaker, author and is the senior minister at the Center for Spiritual Living in Santa Rosa, California. A 14-day demo of Spirit is Calling can be downloaded at the BKeeney Software's website (http://www.bkeeney.com).
iBank for Mac OS X rings up version 4.2
IGC Software (http://www.iggsoftware.com) has released released iBank 4.2, a new version of its financial management application for Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher. The version delivers multiple enhancements including in-line editor calculations, improved transaction entry and split editing, and enhanced rules for complex imports.
iBank costs USS$59.99; licensed users of previous versions of iBank can upgrade for $29.99 (though version 4.2 is a free update for registered users of version 4.x). iBank for iPhone requires a MobileMe account. The Mac version requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher. A demo is available for download.
Transitioning to Xcode 4 screencasts available
The Pragmatic Studio (http://pragmaticstudio.com/) has released six free screencasts to help developers transition from Xcode 3 to Xcode 4 and learn new time-saving keyboard shortcuts.
This initial round of screencasts is geared toward developers familiar with Xcode 3 who want to make the jump over to Xcode 4. Many of the concepts will be familiar to iOS developers, but the screencasts will help guide you around the new user interface. There is also a handy Xcode 4 Shortcuts Cheat Sheet available for download.
In their upcoming hands-on iPhone/iPad Programming courses the Pragmatic Studio will be teaching Xcode 4. It will be held April 18-21 in Denver, Colorado, and July 18-21 in Reston, Virginia.
Desktop search engine supports Adobe, Quark, Microsoft
Markzware (http://www.markzware.com) has announced PageZephyr 2.11, a free update of the desktop search and content extraction engine for InDesign and other formats on the Mac.
PageZephyr desktop search converts InDesign, QuarkXPress and Publisher documents to the Internet. Version 2.11 supports InDesign CS5 plus extracts and exports text to your WordPress Blog, Scribd, Google Docs, and Box.net accounts.
PageZephyr searches documents within InDesign, Publisher and QuarkXPress and extracts and finds content within specific areas across file types. It's a semi-automatic content creator, providing ability to merge, edit and combine content.
This search engine finds content in multiple documents in different formats and highlights search criteria. You can customize discovered text by editing font styles, size, colors, etc., to optimize for output options.
PageZephyr costs US$99. It runs on Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher.