Paragon Software updates three Mac OS X products
Paragon Software Group (PSG) has released three solutions for Mac users working in a dual OS environment or planning to upgrade to Mac OS X Lion -- NTFS for Mac OS X 9.5, Virtualization Manager for Mac and a beta version of CampTune X.
NTFS for Mac OS X 9.5 (US$19.95) is a standalone application for dual-boot users designed to eliminate barriers between Windows and Mac operating systems, and ease data manipulation and data transfer. It adds NTFS file allocation system support to Mac OS X, including Lion, allowing the operating system to access any NTFS-formatted drive. You can download it at http://www.paragon-software.com/home/ntfs-mac/ .
CampTune X is a next-generation utility that changes volume sizes in dual-boot Mac OS X/Windows systems by adding more space to one volume at the expense of another. It's a native utility that adjusts volume size in a few clicks without the need to boot to a special environment. Paragon CampTune X is open to beta testers and can currently be...
iPhone 4S pre-orders being taken in 22 more countries
Apple has begun accepting preorders for the iPhone 4S in 22 additional countries.
Those countries are: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
The iPhone 4S comes in either black or white and is available in the US for a suggested retail price of US$199 for the 16GB model, $299 for the 32GB model and $399 (US) for the new 64GB model. The Apple smaratphone is available from the Apple Online Store, Apple’s retail stores and through AT&T, Sprint, Verizon Wireless, and select Best Buy, Target and Walmart stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers.
'Consumer Electronics' offers top tech marketing...
Despite the consumer electronics industry's much-publicized successes, its last ten years have been marked by some remarkable failures, according to "Consumer Electronics Daily" (http://www.consumerelectronicsdaily.com/).
A whole range of products and innovations, such as HD-DVD, DVD-Audio and the Super Audio CD, left a lasting impression not for transforming society, but for barely leaving the gate, the publication says in a four-article retrospective to mark its 10th anniversary. The rocky launch of 3D TV has many wondering if it will join the long list of heavily hyped failures, the publication says.
The report details how Warner’s decision in 2008 to exclusively support Sony’s competing Blu-ray format dealt HD DVD a fatal body blow. DVD-Audio and Super Audio CD, two formats launched with the promise of huge mass-market adoption, earned the support only of a small cohort of audiophiles. More recently, the report says, 3D TV’s shaky launch leaves its future uncertain.
Apple, Android capture 94% of global tablet shipments
According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics (http://www.strategyanalytics.com), global tablet shipments reached 17 million units in the third quarter of 2011. Apple's iOS and Android dominate the worldwide market with a combined 94% share.
"Global tablet shipments reached 16.7 million units in Q3 2011, surging 280% from 4.4 million in Q3 2010," says Peter King, director at Strategy Analytics. "Demand for tablets in developed and developing markets remains high. Apple shipped a record 11.1 million iPads and registered a healthy 67% global tablet market share during the third quarter of 2011. Apple iOS remains the world’s dominant tablet platform with the most established services ecosystem."
Neil Mawston, Director at Strategy Analytics, adds: "Android captured 27% share of global tablet shipments in Q3 2011, rising twelve-fold from 2% a year earlier. Dozens of Android models distributed across multiple countries by numerous brands such as Samsung, Acer and others have been...
Importance of context-aware technologies to explode
Context-aware technologies will affect US$96 billion of annual consumer spending worldwide by 2015, according to Gartner (http://www.gartner.com). By that time, more than 15% of all payment card transactions will be validated using context information, says the research group.
"Context-aware computing is the method by which new experiences are constructed that blend information from mobile, social, digital and physical world sources," says William Clark, research vice president at Gartner. "The disruptions caused by context-aware computing will include major user, technology and business shifts, including the use of model-driven security in fraud detection and prevention, convergence in television, game, Web and mobile advertising, and new styles of application programming. The advanced use of personal information in customizing user experiences will result in the interest of governments in regulating contextual information access and control."
Gartner estimates that by 2015, 40% of...
Silicon Publishing brings HTML5 to online editing
At the 9th Annual SVG Open Conference this week, Silicon Publishing (http://siliconpublishing.com) presented a prototype for an HTML5 version of their Silicon Designer online editing platform.
The reference implementation of Silicon Designer, expected mid-2012, will be free to all licensees of the original, Flash-based, version, and will include both Flash and HTML5 versions of the web client. Chad Siegel, director of Product Management at Silicon Publishing, expressed satisfaction that "this will be a milestone that both validates and coincides with HTML5 coming of age."
Instead of accommodating all browsers that support HTML5, Silicon Designer will target Webkit, the engine that powers Apple Safari, Google Chrome, and Adobe AIR. The Webkit and Flash forms of Silicon Designer will vary only in terms of the web client, with shared tooling for document setup and rendition for print, says Siegel. This is made possible by what Silicon Publishing calls the "render-agnostic document model...
Briksoftware releases FNable for Mac OS X
Briksoftware has introduced FNable 1.0, a productivity app for Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It costs US$1.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.
FNable serves as the caps lock for your FN key. It runs in the background and can quickly change your special keys to function keys. The applications that use function keys are remembered; every time you switch to such an application, the function keys will be available. While you can add FNable to your menu bar, you can also place it in your menu's corners.
You can still use the special keys while your function keys are active. Just hold down the FN key when clicking the function keys.
Lightworks Artisan released for the Mac
Lightworks (http://www.lightworkdesign.com/) has released Lightworks Artisan for the Mac. The software offers a new approach and tools for the creation of images of a virtual product or building while it'ss still being designed.
Lightworks Artisan provides customers with a complete and ready-to-deliver solution that can be simply integrated within their CAD application just by creating a "bridge," according to Dave Forrester, managing director at Lightworks. The software provides pre-configured workflows and applications, using drag, drop and render styles.
Lightworks Artisan can be integrated directly within your existing CAD system. Users can save Snapshots of the current scene at any stage of the design process. These Snapshots contain the materials, lighting, schemes, backgrounds and camera view settings and are stored alongside the model file, and may be re-applied at any time within Artisan. This means the user can return to a saved position after trying a number of...
ION releases Piano Apprentice for iOS devices
ION (http://www.ionaudio.com) has announced the Piano Apprentice, which transforms iPad, iPhone or iPod into a personal piano instructor.
The Piano Apprentice app -- a free download from the Apple App Store -- is designed by ION to work with Piano Apprentice, which can also be used as a controller for other apps, including GarageBan.
Piano Apprentice operates via CoreMIDI, making it capable of controlling any CoreMIDI app. In the app of the same name, piano players follow Emmy award-winning piano instructor, Scott "The Piano Guy" Houston, who demonstrates hand positions while the Piano Apprentice keys light up in time with the song. Piano Apprentice’s design places Scott’s hands on-screen directly above your hands.
Other modes will teach aspiring pianists how to read sheet music by highlighting musical notes, or allow them to play the piano at any octave they choose. The keyboard itself is touch-sensitive, allowing for a range of volumes and more expressive music creation, says...
XtremeMac unveils InCharge home USB wall charger
XtremeMac (http://www.xtrememac.com) has announced the S$29.99 InCharge Home USB Wall Charger. With 10 watts of power, the travel charger provides rapid charging for the iPod, iPhone or iPad, as well as other USB powered devices.
The compact InCharge Home USB features a slim design with collapsible prongs for portability when traveling. Additionally, the low profile design allows access to a second wall outlet. The included four-foot detachable USB to 30 pin cable can be used for charging/syncing with a computer.
Just Mobile Xtand Go is new in-car gadget mount
Just Mobile (http://www.just-mobile.com) has launched the US$39.95 Xtand Go, a flexible, in-car gadget mount. It can be used to secure your iPhone 4S or iPhone 4 to your windshield or dashboard while you drive.
The Xtand Go can rotate 360-degree and allows you to position your iPhone at exactly the right angle. Included glue-free Go Buttons can be used on iPhone with a case, iPod touch, sat-navs, smartphone and music players.
Native Instruments introduces True School
Native Instruments (http://www.native-instruments.com/trueschool) has just introduced True School, an US$59 entry in the series of download libraries for the Maschine and Maschine Mikro groove production systems.
Combining hip hop sensibilities with futuristic sound aesthetics, the expansion provides original drum and instruments sounds that can lay the basis for organic yet modern sounding productions in Hip Hop, Dubstep and various left-field electronic genres. A compact version of the expansion will also become available for the recently released iMaschine smartphone app.
True School includes 40 kits based both on acoustic and electronic drum sounds, all enhanced with sonic artifacts and other embellishments, but with their respective natural room sound intact. The kits are complemented by a selection of 70 instrument sounds created in the same sonic vein, ranging from re-sampled and specifically processed strings, brass and piano sounds to leads and basses sampled from selected...
TextSoap for Mac OS X scrubbed to version 7.1
Unmarked Software has announced TextSoap 7.1, an update to their text processing and editing utility for Mac OS X. The upgrade extends its easy access approach by providing new hot key access to cleaners within other apps and supporting direct cleaning of clipboard contents.
TextSoap allows users to directly clean text within most applications with a hot key. Hot keys can be configured to access any cleaner directly or to provide a popup menu of cleaners specified by the user.
TextSoap 7.1 also extends its conditionals feature with results modifiers. Conditional actions allow users to specify text or attributes matches and then apply any number of actions to that match. Conditional results modifiers allow adjustments to those matches. Using the invert matches modifier, users can indicate what not to match and then invert the results. The new version also adds a new cleaner to correctly capitalize common tech names and includes dozens of improvements and fixes.
The TextSoap 7.1...
Apimac Protect Files gets maintenance update
Apimac has updated Protect Files for Mac OS X to version 2.1. It's a maintenance update.
Protect Files is designed to help you protect your files, folders and documents with secure encryption and password technology. It offers step-by-step instructions in creating and managing encrypted spaces.
Apimac Protect Files facilitates data protection with secure encryption combined with file, folder and document passwords. An encrypted space is a password-protected space that can reside on your Mac's hard drive, an external disk or USB stick.
The space is displayed as a normal volume on the desktop. When the space is locked, its contents areprotected. When the space is unlocked, you can move, copy and delete files like on any other memory drive.
Apimac Protect Files requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later and costs $9.99. It's available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category. A demo version is also available at Apimac online (http://www.apimac.com/).
iSMEStorage enables users to edit documents in over 30 '...
iSMEStorage (http://www.smestorage.com) now supports over 30 storage clouds and, using its CloudDav feature, can enable direct editing of documents in iOS app such as iWork.
Users can upload files directly to the iPad and iPhone via a web interface as well as from standard FTP clients over Wi-Fi. Popular clouds such as DropBox, Amazon S3, Google Docs, SkyDrive etc are able to be directly accessed using the WebDav protocol in editing applications.
CloudDev works with the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad and requires iOS 4.1 or later. It's available in the Apple App Store for US$4.99.
LinkOptimizer for Indesign updated to version 4.6.3
Zevrix Solutions (http://zevrix.com) has released LinkOptimizer 4.6.3, an update of its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign. The new version improves handling of non-proportionally scaled images in InDesign documents.
LinkOptimizer lets you reduce InDesign job size and speed up processing by eliminating excess image data and performing essential image adjustments.
LinkOptimizer Light 4.6 can be purchased from the Zevrix Solutions web site for US$259.95, as well as from authorized resellers. LinkOptimizer works with Mac OS X 10.4.2-10.5 and InDesign CS-CS4. Version 4.6.3 is free for LinkOptimizer 4.x users and a $8.98 to upgrade from previous versions.
Apple launches iOS 5 Tech Talk World Tour
Apple has announced the iOS 5 Tech Talk World Tour 2011. Apple says that "we're taking iOS 5 on a world tour and we want you to come along for the ride."
All iOS Developer Program members are eligible to attend. However, space is limited and priority is given to those with an app on the App Store. You can find the locations, dates and agenda at http://developer.apple.com/techtalk/ .
iHS: iPhone 4S packs 'a wealth of innovation'
On the outside, the iPhone 4S may have disappointed some with its perceived lack of new features. But on the inside, the latest member of the iPhone line includes "a wealth of innovation," including a new wireless module with a unique custom module from Avago Technologies and the first use of a Hynix Semiconductor NAND flash memory in an iPhone according to a new "IHS iSuppli Teardown Analysis" (http://www.ihs.com) from information and analysis provider IHS.
The baseline iPhone 4S model with 16GB of NAND flash memory carries a bill of materials (BOM) of $188. When the additional $8 manufacturing cost is added in, the total increases to $196. The other iPhone 4S models are identical to the baseline version, with the exception of the addition of more NAND flash. This gives the mid range, 32GB model a BOM of $207, and the high-end 64GB version a BOM of $245.
iHS says that these teardown assessments are preliminary in nature, and account only for hardware costs and don't include other...
Media tablets eclipse netbook sales
Media tablet shipments surpassed netbook shipments this quarter, reaching 13.6 million units, compared to just 7.3 million netbooks. Netbooks had previously led the way with 8.4 million shipments in the first quarter of 2011 (1Q11), compared to just 6.4 million media tablets, according to new data from ABI Research (http://www.abiresearch.com).
"This is a trend that we do not expect will reverse," says Jeff Orr, group director, mobile devices. "As they are different segments, this is not a direct replacement behavior, but a changing of leadership for the most interesting device type."
Driving media tablet interest is Apple’s iPad 2. Sixty-eight percent of the media tablet shipments in 2Q11 consisted of iPad models. Consumers are choosing tablets over netbooks for a number of reasons.
"Media tablets are perceived to be easy to use, compared to the keyboard and mouse interface of a netbook computer," says Orr. "Those who have avoided PCs because they are difficult to use -- think the...
AT&T activates over one million iPhone 4S units
AT&T (http://www.att.com) says it's activated more than one million iPhone 4S' as of Tuesday, making it the most successful iPhone launch in the company's history.
AT&T was the first carrier in the world to launch iPhone in 2007 and is the only U.S. carrier to support iPhone 4S with 4G speeds, says Ralph de la Vega, president and CEO, AT&T Mobility & Consumer Markets. The iPhone 4S is also available via Verizon and Sprint.
Apple devices continue to lead in enterprise deployments
Good Technology (http://www.good.com) -- which provides secure and managed enterprise mobility for the iPhone, iPad, Android and other mobile platforms -- has released its quarterly data report detailing the changing landscape of IT and mobile enterprise technology.
In the third quarter of 2011, Apple devices held onto their lead in the enterprise deployments, while Android smartphones gained steady ground in terms of activation volume among the thousands of enterprise and public sector Good Technology counts as customers.
"This quarter, we saw Android smartphones gain in percentage of total activations," says John Herrema, senior vice president of Corporate Strategy at Good Technology. "This is likely due to consumers holding back purchases of new iPhones in anticipation of Apple's latest release (the iPhone 4S) -- as our reports indicate, consumers are setting the agenda for enterprise mobility. Looking forward to Q4, 2011, we expect to see the iPhone 4S to be the catalyst for an...
Apple-Samsung court hearing delayed in France
Samsung’s court bid in France to halt sales of the Phone 4S handset was delayed after a judge requested more documents, reports "Bloomberg" (http://macte.ch/cBs5F).
Judge Marie-Christine Courboulay said she needed more information concerning an accord between Samsung and Qualcomm. She scheduled another hearing for Nov. 15.
Last week Samsung filed motions with courts in Paris and Milan seeking the ban, each citing two patent infringements on wireless telecommunications technology. The company has also filed four lawsuits against Apple in the Netherlands.
Samsung is claiming the iPhone and iPad that use 3G technology infringe Samsung patents. Meanwhile, Apple in September 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.
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Journey to the Center of the Moon available for Mac OS X
Anuman Interactive's Journey to the Center of the Moon is now available at the Macgamestore (http://www.macgamestore.com). It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and costs US$9.95.
Here's how the game is described: "Open your mind and let your imagination run wild as you embark on a fascinating journey to a far star. An epic graphic adventure set in the 19th century in the fantastic and extravagant universe of Jules Verne.
"Following the best-selling adventure game Return to Mysterious Island comes a new and enthralling instalment in the Jules Verne collection inspired by the novels From the Earth to the Moon and Around the Moon.
"Play as the eccentric Michel Ardan and partake in a conquest to the far side of moon. Alone in this mysterious place, explore the ruins of an abandoned temple and witness amazing events. Make fantastic discoveries and venture into the centre of the moon itself as you try to find a way back home to Earth."
Scosche releases ClipSync charge/sync cable with built-in...
Scosche (http://www.scoshe.com) has released the US$19.99 clipSync, a full-sized USB charge and sync cable with a built-in, spring-loaded carbineer.
The clipSync is available in both iPod/iPhone and mico and mini USB models, the latter of which features a patent pending hammerhead design. Made from aluminum, the clipSync provides users with a mobile sync and charge solution when on the go
It's built to withstand normal wear and tear that occurs during travel. The clipSync‘s clips to any keychain, bag or backpack and it utilizes USB 2.0.
Psychonauts comes to the Macgamestore
Double Fine's Psychonauts is now available at the Macgamestore (http://www.macgamestore.com). It requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or higher and costs US$9.99.
Here's how the game is described: "This classic action/adventure platformer from acclaimed developers Double Fine Productions follows the story of a young psychic named Razputin. In his quest to join the Psychonauts -- an elite group of international psychic secret agents -- he breaks into their secret training facility: Whispering Rock Psychic Summer Camp. But this is no average psychic summer camp!
"A mysterious villain has kidnapped Raz's fellow campers and stolen their brains. Now he must use his psychic powers of Telekinesis, Levitation, and most of all his ability to project himself into the minds of others—to find the loose noodles and keep them from falling into the wrong hands. Fight mental demons! Uncover hidden memories! Sort emotional baggage! Explore the fantastic realm of the inner mind!"
Graphic Node launches Pine Themes for Keynote for iOS
Graphic Node (http://graphicnode.com/) has released a new set of designs for iWork, including a fresh slide theme app to its Still Themes line designed for Apple's Keynote for iOS. Keynote is a presentation app.
The new Pine Themes app contains 20 themes. The themes include up to 24 master slides with photo-oriented layouts that include custom bullets, matching tables, and clear charts.
Users can type or paste in their own text, add and remove text boxes, change fonts, and drag their photos or pictures onto presentation slides to supplant the placeholders. The themes are available in the five standard slide sizes supported by Keynote.
The Pine Themes set is available for sale on the Apple Store for US$2.99. Samples of all themes can be viewed on the Graphic Node website.
Canon introduces EOS-1D camera
Canon U.S.A. (http://www.usa.canon.com) has introduced a "revolutionized" EOS-1D series camera, the Canon EOS-1D X Digital SLR camera.
As the new leader in Canon’s arsenal of professional DSLRs, the EOS-1D X will be a high-speed multimedia juggernaut replacing both the EOS-1Ds Mark III and EOS-1D Mark IV models in Canon’s lineup, says Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies and Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. Enhancing the revolutionary image quality of the EOS-1Ds and speed capabilities of the EOS-1D series, the EOS-1D X DSLR features an 18-megapixel full-frame Canon CMOS sensor, Dual DIGIC 5+ Imaging Processors, 14-bit A/D data conversion and capable of shooting 12 frames-per-second (fps), he adds.
The Canon EOS-1D X Digital SLR camera is scheduled for March 2012 availability and will be sold in a body-only configuration at an estimated retail price of US$6,800.00. A WFT-E6A Wireless File Transmitter is scheduled to be available at the...
TextExpander for Mac OS X gets maintenance update
SmileOnMyMac (http://www.smileonmymac.com) has updated TextExpander, a Mac OS X utility that lets users define abbreviations for frequently-used text strings and images, to version 3.3.4 The new version is a maintenance update.
For users with more than one Mac, TextExpander offers two ways to sync snippets: MobileMe and Dropbox. With a single-user license, an individual user may install and use TextExpander on multiple computers, provided they are used primarily by that individual.
The regular cost is US$34.95 for a single user license or $44.95 for a five-pack family license. A 30-day fully-functioning demo of TextExpander can be downloaded at the SmileOnMyMac web site. Upgrades to TextExpander 3.0 from earlier versions costs $15, though version 3.3.4 is a free update for registered users of version 3.x.
Lyn image viewer for Mac OS X revved to version 1.1.1
Mirko Viviani has released Lyn 1.1.1 for Mac OS X, an update to his lightweight image viewer and browser designed for photographers, graphic artists, and web designers. It's a maintenance update
Lyn natively supports such popular image formats, as JPEG, TIFF, JPEG2000, PNG, TGA, RAW, HDR, OpenEXR, PPM, PFM, animated GIF, etc. The app accommodates images of virtually any size and supports multi-core processing and multiple monitors.
With its combined swap, tiling, and on-the-fly scaling technology, Lyn can load and display high-resolution, progressive images. In addition, the app supports single or multiple monitors, and Camera RAW and DNG files from most DSLRs.
Lyn requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later. It costs US$20 and is available directly from the Lyn website (http://www.lynapp.com/). A demo is available for download.
Vitamin-R update supports MindWave brainwave sensor
Publicspace.net has released Vitamin-R 1.68 (http://www.publicspace.net/Vitamin-R/index.html), an update of its Mac OS X compatible productivity tool for creative professionals. The new version introduces experimental support for the NeuroSky's MindWave brainwave sensor.
Vitamin-R is a collection of tools and techniques for managing attention and maintaining motivation. According to the folks at publicspace.net, it complements the task capturing and organizing features of modern to-do list managers by forcing you to concentrate fully on one task a time and keeping distractions at bay. It breaks down large, vaguely defined tasks into a series of short "time slices" of between 10 and 30 minutes, each with specific and actionable objectives.
Vitamin-R provides you with the "Now & Later Board," complete with FastType magic, to give you a place to quickly dump all those things that go through your head and allows to get back to the task at hand. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher....
VidConvert for Mac OS X update improves built-in logic
Reggie Ashworth has updated VidConvert, his video converter for Mac OS X, to version 1.1.3. The upgrade improves the built-in logic to create higher quality conversions. Also, "Bits per Pixel" has been added to the Info panel.
VidConvert It will convert just about any type of video into one of the a variety of 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...
PreMinder calendar app for Mac can now sync with iCal calendars
Alec Hole Design has announced PreMinder 1.5, an update to their calendar application for Mac OS X. The upgrade offers the ability to sync with iCal calendars, including with those on iCloud or Google Calendar.
PreMinder offers fast editing, customizable views and the ability to style each event by choosing a font, font size and color. There are two main windows in PreMinder's workspace. In the Day View window events and notes for a day can be edited. At the same time, users can see an overview of a longer time period in the Calendar window. This can display scrollable monthly, two monthly, weekly and multi-week views, or a whole year list overview.
Information entry is as simple as clicking on a date and typing. Times in an event's text are automatically recognized. Events can have their own font, size and color, while notes for a day can have multiple styles. Users can customize the Calendar window by choosing background colors, setting default text size and color and choosing...
Raskin for Mac OS X upgraded to version 1.5
Raskin Software (http://raskinformac.com/) has updated its self-titled Raskin application -- a zoomable single surface Finder alternative for the Mac -- to version 1.5. The upgrade lets Raskin connect to external drives and file servers and automatically recalls preferences and settings the next time the device becomes available.
Raskin requires Mac OS X 10.6.3 or higher. It's available for US$24.99 at the Mac App Store or the Raskin Software web site (http://www.raskininformac.com). A 30-day demo is available for download at the latter. Raskin 1.6 is a free update for registered users.
Fantastical upgrade beefs up editing, deleting features
Flexibits has updated Fantastical -- a flexible calendar application for the Mac that lets you create, view, and search their events -- to version 1.1. The upgrade allows users to edit and delete events directly from Fantastical.
Additionally, notes support is now included, letting users add notes to their events. Notes can be included when creating new events or added to existing events.
Using a natural language engine, Fantastical is "expressive," allowing users enter event text in their own style. For example, enter a sentence such as "Lunch with John at 123 Main Street on Tuesday" and Fantastical will translate the sentence into an event and add it to their calendar.
Users can use the event list and calendar to locate and plan all of their events. Color-coding helps make quick sense of a user's schedule. Even the number of events displayed can be changed so the user can focus on a specific range of events, says Michael Simmons, co-founder of Flexibits.
Full CalDAV support is...
SoftLayer launches QuantaStore storage servers
SoftLayer Technologies -- which specializes in cloud, dedicated, and managed hosting solutions -- has announced a partnership with OS Nexus and the launch of QuantaStor Storage Servers. They're compatible with Mac OS X, Windows andLinux.
QuantaStor Storage Servers offer the OS NEXUS QuantaStor Storage Appliance OS, a virtual storage solution designed for global manageability, on SoftLayer Mass Storage dedicated servers. The SAN (iSCSI) + NAS (NFS) storage system delivers advanced storage features including, thin-provisioning, and remote-replication, according to Nathan Day, chief scientist for SoftLayer.
QuantaStor Mass Storage Servers pricing starts at US$1,039/month for up to 12 drives and $1,139/month for up to 24 drives. Visit softlayer.com/dedicated/specialty-mass-storage/ to order.
Intrepidus Group delivers iOS application security courses
Intrepidus Group, a provider of information security consulting services, has partnered with the SANS Institute -- a source for computer security training, certification and research -- to deliver courses on secure mobile applications development.
The courses, which will be available starting Dec. 15, will educate developers, managers and testers on the security threats and mitigations unique to iOS mobile applications. The courses cover techniques to prevent information leakage, protect against unsafe serialization formats and custom URL implementations, and user impersonation vulnerabilities. In addition, attendees will address the impact of "jailbreaking" on applications and how apps may best react to it.
To learn more about the upcoming course offering or to sign up, go to http://www.sans.org/cyber-defense-initiative-2011/description.php?tid=4886 .
WD suspends operations in Thailand after flooding
Western Digital (http://www.westerndigital.com) has extended the suspension of its operations in Thailand. Over the weekend, rising water penetrated the Bang Pa-in Industrial Park flood defenses, inundating the company's manufacturing facilities there and submerging some equipment.
At the other company manufacturing location in Thailand, Navanakorn Industrial Park, the park flood defenses were breached on Monday morning local time and water has begun to flow into the park threatening the company's facilities there. All WD employees in Thailand remain safe, the company says.
The company's other facilities in Malaysia, Singapore and the U.S. are fully operational. WD now expects that the flooding of its Thailand facilities, combined with flood damage to the company's supply chain in Thailand, will have significant impact on the company's overall operations and its ability to meet customer demand for its products in the December quarter.
AMD names former Apple exec as chief technology officer
AMD (http://www.amd.com) says Mark Papermaster, 50, has joined as the company’s senior vice president and chief technology officer. He will report to president and CEO Rory Read and will oversee all of AMD’s engineering, research and development (R&D), and product development functions as the head of the newly-formed Technology and Engineering Group.
In August 2010, Papermaster, the Apple executive in charge of hardware for the iPhone, left the company following the "antennagate" brouhaha over the iPhone 4 although that wasn't officially the reason for his departure. Apple confirmed Papermaster’s departure, but would not say whether he was ousted or left of his own accord.
Papermaster, who was most recently vice president of Silicon Engineering at Cisco, will be responsible for establishing and executing the company’s technology and product roadmaps, integrated hardware and software development, and overseeing the creation of all of AMD’s products. The advanced research and...
Apple launches 'Remembering Steve' page
Apple has launched "Remembering Steve" (http://www.apple.com/stevejobs/), a web page featuring testimonials and tributes to the company's co-founder and long-time CEO.
So far, over a million people have shared their thoughts with Apple. You can view some of these messages at the "Remembering Steve" page and share your own at email@example.com .
Apple posted Apple TV 4.4.1 update
Apple has released Apple TV 4.4.1 for its set-top box. It fixes a glitch where some users' Apple TVs wouldn't work properly after installing version 4.4.
Apple TV 4.4 added support for iCloud's Photo Stream and new content. The update also sported AirPlay Mirroring, which lets you wirelessly mirror the contents of your iPad 2 or iPhone 4S’s screen on your TV via the Apple TV.
New content includes info from the National Hockey League, news and business commentary from "The Wall Street Journal," and a new Trailer area for movie trailers. Apple TV 4.4 also introduced new slideshow themes and support for Netflix subtitles.
C Spire Wireless to offer iPhone 4S
C Spire Wireless says it will launch iPhone 4S in the U.S. in the coming weeks. Pre-registration go to http://www.cspire.com/iphone .
C Spire Wireless is a wireless communications company that offers personalized wireless services designed just for them. The company claims to be the first provider in the U.S. wireless industry to personalize customers’ experience by "offering apps that fit who they are, services that anticipate their needs, and rewards for using their phone in new ways."
Apparent unveils Doxi Go mobile scanner
Apparent has unveiled the US$199 Doxie Go, a mobile paper scanner that’s tiny and cordless, so you can scan anywhere with no computer required. It's compatible with Macs, PCs, iPhones and iPads.
Doxie's app syncs scans just like a digital camera, then organizes multi-page documents, and creates searchable PDFs with ABBYY OCR. It sends them to the cloud (Evernote, Dropbox, and more).
With the Doxie Go, you can scan up to 600 pages with its built-in memory. Or you can use an USB flash drive or SD card for more storage.
BestEmulation Lite available in the Mac App Store
Carnation Software's BestEmulation Lite terminal emulator for Mac is now available in the Mac App Store in the Business category. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher and costs US$19.95.
BestEmulation Lite allows a Mac to be used as a terminal, connected to a host computer with a serial connection or by modem with emulations for VT100 and VT220 terminals. The app remembers the last 40 pages that appear on your screen, regardless of whether the data has scrolled across the screen or the screen has cleared.
Video attributes such as inverse and underline are also saved, including colors. This means that you can use the scroll bar to scroll back to previous screens to look at the data or print a scrolled-back page or copy a selection into the clipboard.
BestEmulation LIte supports AppleScript commands. Many functions can be controlled by a script (such as transferring data to and from the host, sending commands to the host and messages to the Mac user). Scripts compiled as applications...
Canon launches three new all-in-one photo printers
Canon USA (http://www.usa.canon.com) has announced three new Pixma printers -- the MG4120 Wireless Photo All-In-One, MG3120 Wireless Photo All-In-One and the MG2120 Photo All-In-One (AIO) printers.
These new models offer users the opportunity to print high-quality images to share with friends and family, according to Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies and Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. The new MG4120 is also compatible with the Pixma Cloud Link for printing of photos and templates directly through the printer without the use of a computer on the 2.4-inch color LCD screen.
With the new FastFront system, the ink storage and paper tray are located in the front of the machine, allowing access for users to load ink or paper. All three printers feature the ChromaLife 100 ink system, which utilizes a two cartridge system, one black and one color.
Auto Duplex printing is also available for the first time in this class on both the MG4120...
Macs see record desktop sales during latest fiscal quarter
During a conference call with analyst discussing Apple's latest financial results, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the Mac was going stronger than ever.
Approximately 4.89 million Macs were sold during the quarter. That beats the previous record by about 750,000. Apple also saw record desktop sales, thanks mostly to the iMac. The MacBook Air also fueled growth, along with the MacBook Pro.
Cook said that response to Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion") has been tremendous with over six million downloads in the quarter. The Mac is, as usual, outgrowing the computer industry as a whole. By more than six times, per the latest data from the IDC research group, Cook says.
-- Dennis Sellers
Average revenue per Apple retail store down slightly
Apple retail stores collected US$3.6 billion in revenue during during the company's fiscal 2011 fourth quarter that ended Sept. 24. The average revenue of $10.7 million per store was down slightly.
The retail stores saw strong year-over-year growth in Mac and iPad sales. However, that was partially offset by slightly declining iPhone sales and and iPod sales that were down 27% year-over-year.
The stores sold 1.1 million Macs in the quarter -- and, you guessed it, Apple Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer says that half were to first time Mac users. The September quarter saw the opening of seven new stores open in six countries, including the first Hong Kong store.
-- Dennis Sellers
iPad revenue rises to $6.9 billion
Apple sold 11.1 million iPads sold in its September quarter compared to 4.2 million in the year-ago quarter. That's a 166% increase and revenue of US$6.9 billion.
The company launched launched the iPad 2 in an additional 28 countries. The Apple tablet is now on sale in 90 countries.
What's more, though it's been just 18 months since the iPad's introduction, business adoption is heavy, says Apple CEO Tim Cook. He says that 92% of Fortune 500 companies are testing or deploying the device. Cook adds that, in time, the tablet market will be larger than the computer market.
-- Dennis Sellers
iPhone sales see 21% year-over-year growth
Apple sold 17.1 million iPhones during its fiscal 2011 fourth quarter that ended Sept. 24. That compares to 14.1 million in the previous September quarter for 21% year-over-year growth. What's more, Apple smartphone sales more than doubled in the Asia-Pacific region.
"We expressed iPhone sales to decrease after iPhone rumors began," CEO Tim Cook said in a conference call with analysts. "And sales did decline as we predicted, especially in the second half of the quarter. We ended the quarter with about 5.75 million iPhones in inventory, which was within our target range of 4-6 weeks of inventory."
Revenue from iPhone accessories was $11 billion in the fourth fiscal quarter, compared to $8.8 billion in the year-ago quarter. Cook says that the iPhone continues to be adopted as a standard across the enterprise. Approximately 93% of Fortune 500 companies are deploying or testing the device.
"The iPhone 4S is off to a great start, and we sold over four million in three days," Cook added. "...
iPod retains 70% share of MP3 player market
iPod market share is down year-over-year, but it's still the top-selling MP3 player in countries that Apple tracks with over 70% of the market. The iPod touch accounts for over half the iPod sales, Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a conference with analysts regarding the company's latest financial results.
He added that over a quarter of a billion iOS devices were downloaded during the latest fiscal quarter. Apple says there are 500,000 apps in the Apple App Store, which has seen 18 billion downloads to date. The App Store had expanded to 123 countries by the end of the September quarter. In related news:
° Customers have downloaded over 16 billion songs.
° Over 180 million ebooks have been purchased at the iBookstore.
-- Dennis Sellers
Apple's progress in China is 'amazing'
In a conference call with analysts regarding the latest financial results, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the company's progress in China progress is amazing. And things are looking great in many other countries as well, he added.
Cook said that China accounted for just 2% of Apple revenue in fiscal year 2009. That figure is 12% in fiscal year 2011 and 16% for the fiscal quarter.
"It's our fastest growing major region, by far," he said.
The CEO says Apple is also placing additional focus on other areas with promise. For example, revenues in Brazil are up 118% year-over-year.
"Russia is also beginning to look more promising, and the Middle East has lots of opportunities, too," he adds.
-- Dennis Sellers