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Dec 20
Steve Jobs number four on CEO Wealth Creation rankings
The top 50 CEOs delivered an average total shareholder return of 73.3% since June 2007, according to a new study published by "Chief Executive" magazine and calculated by Applied Finance Group. That performance handily beats the 14.9% average of the S&P 500 during the same period. Priceline CEO Jeff Boyd took the spot as the #1 value creator based on the success he has had in taking his company's online travel services to international markets, expanding market share and growing the top line -- while keeping tight controls on costs. Apple CEO Steve Jobs ranks number four on the list. Others in the top 10 are: Aflac's Daniel P. Amos (#2), Federated Investors' J. Christopher Donahue (#3), Amazon's Jeffrey P. Bezos (#5), Colgate-Palmolive's Ian M. Cook (#6), Ecolab's Douglas M. Baker Jr. (#7), DeVry's Daniel Hamburger (#8), Fastenal's William D. Oberton (#9) and C.H. Robinson Worldwides's John P. Wiehoff (#10). "The past 12 months have not been an easy time to grow - or for...
Dec 20
iPhone, iPad rank high in Ask.com list of hottest gifts
Ask.com, an online brand for questions and answers, has revealed the hottest gifts this holiday season, selected from the millions of questions asked throughout the last month at Ask.com. Not surprisingly, the iPhone and iPad ranked high on the list. iPhone reigned with more than twice as many questions asked about Apple's big seller as compared to the next phone in line, the Droid, according to Ask.com. The BlackBerry was also a popular gift item, although Ask users were not nearly as inquisitive about the handheld as its iPhone and Droid peers. Though the iPad was one of the year's hottest tech products, it still couldn't beat the Kindle for top reader in the gifts category. The iPad only received two-thirds the amount of questions as the Kindle. The Barnes & Noble Nook couldn't keep up, with less than half as many questions as the Kindle.
Dec 20
iPads, laptops help retail e-commerce sales
ComScore (http://www.comscore.com), a company that measures the digital world, says holiday season retail e-commerce spending for the first 47 days of the November-December 2010 holiday season is looking good, thanks, in part, to the iPad and laptops. For the holiday season-to-date, US$27.46 billion has been spent online, marking a 12% increase versus the corresponding days last year. The most recent week (week ending Dec. 17) reached $5.15 billion in spending, an increase of 14%versus the corresponding week last year, with four individual days surpassing $900 million, led by Green Monday (Monday, Dec. 13) with $954 million and Free Shipping Day (Friday, Dec. 17) with $942 million. Free Shipping Day achieved a 61% increase versus the corresponding shopping day last year, highlighting the appeal and success of the promotion in which more than 1,500 merchants offered free shipping. Computer hardware ranks as the top growing category for the holiday season to date with a 25% increase...
Dec 20
Back to the Future game speeding to the Mac this Wednesday
Telltale’s Back to the Future: The Game will debut this Wednesday, Dec. 22. The five-part season’s first episode “It’s About Time!” will be available for Mac and platforms. Fans can still get the Puzzle Agent game free with their pre-order (US$24.95) from http://www.backtothefuturegame.com, and Telltale also donates $1 to the Michael J. Fox Parkinson’s Foundation with each purchase up through the launch. The series will debut on the PlayStation Network and iPad platforms in early 2011.\ Here's how the game is described: "Back to the Future: The Game brings the iconic ‘Marty McFly’, ‘Doc Brown’ and the DeLorean Time Machine together in a completely new cinematic adventure, which unfolds over five exciting episodes. Six months after the events of the third film, the DeLorean Time Machine mysteriously returns to Hill Valley. ‘Marty’ must go back in time and recruit aid from a resistant teenage ‘Emmett Brown’, or else the space-time continuum will be forever unraveled. Back to the Future...
Dec 20
Southern Stars releases free iPhone app to track holiday...
On the night of Dec. 20-21, a total lunar eclipse will dress the moon in holiday red for more than three hours. For 72 minutes of that eclipse, the Earth's shadow will hide the moon in complete darkness. This unusual celestial event is visible for hundreds of millions of viewers across North America. The last year North America saw a total lunar eclipse on the winter solstice was 1638. The next is 2094 -- making this event a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

 To ensure people can track this eclipse, Southern Stars is releasing the latest version of its SkySafari LiteT iPhone app for free through Dec. 22. SkySafari Lite is an app that correctly predicts and displays this eclipse. It features research-grade accuracy, the largest celestial database of any mobile planetarium app, and descriptive content written by experts. To download SkySafari Lite now, go to http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/skysafari-lite/id321419308?mt=8. More info, including video and a link to the app, can be found at...
Dec 20
2empowerFM Dialogs Unlimited 2.0 adds over 90 features, fixes
Dracoventions (http://www.dracoventions.com) has announced 2empowerFM Developer Assistant 2.5 for FileMaker Pro. Developer Assistant lets FileMaker developers search for text within all scripts, database fields, tables, and in many other database windows. Developers can also evaluate selected text to speed debugging and development. Version 2.5 has completed beta testing for Macintosh FileMaker, includes an improved user interface, and now works when FileMaker is set to any of its 10 standard languages. 2empowerFM Developer Assistant v2.5 is available immediately. This is a free upgrade for those who purchased a Mac or Windows license within the last year. New Developer Assistant licenses start at US$69 for a single user; upgrades after a year are half price. Other plug-ins in the 2empowerFM family start at $19 and some are free. Developer (redistribution) licenses are also available. Fully functional, 30-day demo copies can be downloaded with no sign-up required.
Dec 20
Application Systems North America announces ContaxCRM Suite 2.1....
Application Systems North America has updated ContaxCRM Suite 2.1.5, an update of its contact management solution for Mac OS X (10.4 and higher) and Windows. ContaxCRM allows individuals and companies to better manage their day-to-day contacts and relationships, and build a detailed contact history for customers, suppliers, prospects, members and other contacts. To celebrate this release Application Systems is offering the coupon code XMAS25 which will give a 25% discount on any purchases made from the Arten Science store. iPhone and iPad integration with ContaxCRM Suite will be available next spring. This will be available as a free upgrade to all existing customers. ContaxCRM Suite consists of four modules, which can be used individually or together as a fully functional Contact Relationship Management Solution.
Dec 20
LinkOptimizer for InDesign updated to version 4.5
Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has released LinkOptimizer 4.5, an update of its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign. The new version adds the ability to convert image color space to an ICC profile space, with full control over how the conversion is done. LinkOptimizer lets you reduce InDesign job size and speed up processing by eliminating excess image data and performing essential image adjustments. LinkOptimizer Light 4.4.10 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 4.5 is free for LinkOptimizer 4.x users and a $98.98 to upgrade from previous versions. A demo is available for download. For new users the costs is $259.95.
Dec 17
'Daily' iPad newspaper to launch next month
"The Daily," publishing mogul Rupert Murdocks's newspaper developed specifically for the iPad, will launch the week of Jan. 17, reports "All Things D" (http://mediamemo.allthingsd.com/20101217/rupert-murdochs-daily-ipad-news...). "The Daily" will be published (well, daily), will sell for 99 cents a week, will use lots of video, will have "cool multimedia bells and whistles, including some kind of 3-D effect that lots of people are very excited about," the article adds. What's more, Apple CEO Steve Jobs might participate in a launch event. What's more, "The Daily" is supposed to use a new “push” subscription feature from Apple, where iTunes automatically bills customers on a weekly or monthly basis, and a new edition shows up on customers’ iPads every morning, reports "All Things D."
Dec 17
Apple looking for more iOS engineers
Apple job postings (http://jobs.apple.com/index.ajs?BID=1&method=mExternal.showJob&RID=68671...) show that the company is looking for iOS software engineers. The company is is hiring outstanding engineers to "deliver the next generation of Apple products." Interested in the job. The requirements are: three-plus years' experience in developing "high quality, robust software systems," expert knowledge of C++, excellent problem solving and analytical skills, outstanding understanding of data structures and algorithms, comfortable with base technologies (such as networking, TCP/IP, HTTP, sockets, threads, STL and templates), and good interpersonal and communication skills.
Dec 17
DualEyes public beta program announced
Singular Software has launched a DualEyes for OS X public beta program. DualEyes is a standalone application for the automatic synchronization of video and audio clips in dual-system audio production. Designed to work alongside any video editing application, DualEyes is streamlined to accomplish the task of replacing in-camera scratch audio with separately recorded high-quality audio. The DualEyes for OS X public beta program is available for Mac OS X 10.5 and later. To download the DualEyes for OS X public beta, go to http://www.singularsoftware.com/downloads.html .
Dec 17
Analyst: iPad to dominate tablet market into at least 2012
2011 tablet revenues will rise to US$24.9 billion, and by 2012 they’ll reach $34.1 billion -- and Apple will claim the lion’s share of both, J.P. Morgan analyst Mark Moskowitz says in a note to clients -- as reported by "All Things D" (http://digitaldaily.allthingsd.com/20101217/apple-to-dominate-tablet-mar...). “Our assumption is that Apple’s dominance will remain firmly intact in the near to mid-term, but gradually, technology improvements and component cost declines will enable the laggards to offer ‘good enough’ solutions to loosen some of Apple’s grip,” Moskowitz says. “Of note, we expect a host of competitive tablets in 2H 2011, following the release of Android 3.0 this coming spring. The upgraded Android operating system should gradually improve the competitiveness relative to Apple’s iOS. Our conversations with industry contacts indicate that the current version of Android does not provide a computing rich experience, which is a requisite of tablets.”
Dec 17
iTunes' market share continues to rise
iTunes' share of the paid digital download market rose to 66.2% in the third quarter of 2010 from 63.2%, according to new data from the NPD research group (http://www.npd.com). Amazon's share of the paid digital-download market rose to 13.3% in the third quarter, from 11% the year earlier, Distribution executives at record labels say the disparity between the two may be even steeper, with Amazon commanding just 6% to 10% of the market in any given week, and Apple closer to 90%, notes the "Wall Street Journal" (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405274870407380457602391388953637...). Steep discounts are a cornerstone of Amazon's strategy to gain traction in a market in which iTunes remains the dominant player, though a debate has arisen among music labels about whether such discounts risk undermining the value of their products, the article adds.
Dec 17
Apple releases AirPort Base Station and Time Capsule Firmware...
Apple has released AirPort Base Station and Time Capsule Firmware Update 7.5.2. You can obtain it via the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app. It requires Mac OS X 10.5.7 or later and includes the following fixes: ° General fixes to Wi-Fi base station stability; ° Fixes some issues with AirPlay streaming; ° General fixes with USB interoperability including connection to external storage devices; ° Fixes some issues with NAT port mapping settings; ° Disables TKIP security with 802.11n rates per the Wi-Fi Alliance specifications.
Dec 17
Apple posts AirPort Utility 5.5.2
Apple has posted AirPort Utility 5.5.2. You can obtain it via the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app. The 10.29MB download requires Mac OS X 10.5.7 or later and contains bug fixes and improvements, including the following: ° Resolves an issue that caused the DHCP settings tab to display incorrectly; ° Resolves an issue that caused the application to quit unexpectedly when automatically launched; ° Resolves an issue that prevented the network password from being stored in the Keychain when the network on the 5GHz band was named differently.
Dec 17
Booq expands Cobra line of laptops cases
Booq (http://www.booqbags.com) has s two new additions to their high-end Cobra line. The slim work-in Cobra hardcase and the custom-tailored Cobra courier M messenger are the latest editions to the line. Cobra cases have a hard molded ballistic nylon exterior and a quilted interior. Slide the top of your laptop screen under the case’s contour lip and the screen opens each time the case is unzipped. Non-slip bumpers elevate the laptop to maximize airflow and provide access to all ports, allowing you to keep your laptop in the case while working on-the-go. Nappa leather handles are sewn into an infinity-loop strap that runs all-around the case. The Cobra line also has a seatbelt nylon shoulder strap. The Cobra hardware is an US$125 slim case with gunmetal hardware trim; it fits up to a 15-inch MacBook Pro. The $195 Cobra courier M designed to protect both a 15-inch or 17-inch MacBook Pro, you can use an included removable, quilted laptop sleeve for your 15-inch or you can securely...
Dec 17
Akvis Refocus improves sharpness of out-of-focus images
Akvis (http://www.akvis.com) has released Akvis Refocus 1.0 for Mac OS X and Windows systems. The US$39 app improves the sharpness of out-ofocus images. The program can process the entire photo or bring into focus only the selected part to make the subject stand out against the background. To achieve a more realistic selective focus effect, you can sharp one part of the photo and blur the rest. Akvis Refocus is also helpful with landscape photos. When shooting an object or a landscape at a distance, you may notice that the picture looks hazy. Akvis Refocus will make the photo more distinct. The program is available in plu-gin and standalone versions. The plugin version is compatible with Adobe Photoshop CS5 (64-bit.). The software runs on Mac OS X 10.4 and higher. Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/Win7 and on Macintosh Mac OS X 10.4-10.6. Registered users of Akvis Enhancer can get this program for free. Other users can benefit from the Christmas offer (minus 30% on all programs, coupon code...
Dec 17
Booq expands Cobra line of laptops cases
Booq (http://www.booqbags.com) has s two new additions to their high-end Cobra line. The slim work-in Cobra hardcase and the custom-tailored Cobra courier M messenger are the latest editions to the line. Cobra cases have a hard molded ballistic nylon exterior and a quilted interior. Slide the top of your laptop screen under the case’s contour lip and the screen opens each time the case is unzipped. Non-slip bumpers elevate the laptop to maximize airflow and provide access to all ports, allowing you to keep your laptop in the case while working on-the-go. Nappa leather handles are sewn into an infinity-loop strap that runs all-around the case. The Cobra line also has a seatbelt nylon shoulder strap. The Cobra hardware is an US$125 slim case with gunmetal hardware trim; it fits up to a 15-inch MacBook Pro. The $195 Cobra courier M designed to protect both a 15-inch or 17-inch MacBook Pro, you can use an included removable, quilted laptop sleeve for your 15-inch or you can securely...
Dec 17
Apple releases Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update 3.5
Apple has released Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update 3.5 for Aperture 3 and iPhoto ‘11, adding raw image support for certain Canon, Leica, Nikon, and Panasonic cameras. The 6.3MB download requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher. You can obtain it via the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.
Dec 17
Airfoil for Snow Leopard updated to version 4
Rogue Amoeba has rolled out Airfoil 4 (http://www.rogueamoeba.com/airfoil/mac), an upgrade to the tool for streaming audio around the house. Originally designed to send any audio to Apple's Airport Express router (which supports only iTunes by default), Airfoil has grown to support streaming to the Apple TV, as well as other computers running Airfoil Speakers (on Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux), and even to iOS devices such as the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. The Airfoil 4 update starts with an update to Airfoil Speakers, which enables you to receive audio on other computers in your house. Just run Airfoil Speakers, and Airfoil will send audio from your Mac to any machine on your network. With version 4, Airfoil Speakers can initiate a connection back to Airfoil, so you can tune in to audio without dashing back to the Mac running Airfoil. What's more, Airfoil Speakers offers remote control of selected sources, including iTunes and Pulsar. Pause playback, or skip tracks, from across...
Dec 17
Minco for Snow Leopard gets customizable output adapters
Celmaro has updated Minco (http://www.celmaro.com/minco), its time tracking solution for Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard"), to version 1.2. The upgrade adds two new customizable output adapters. The URL connection adapter allows to publish work times to a web server via GET and POST requests. The task note adapter add the functionality to log the work times in the note of the task itself. Minco integrates with iCal and allows to write time logs in self specified formats to the file system. It can also visualize the daily spend time in iCal and hereby allows sharing with others. The software runs in the system menu to give access via shortcuts. The iuser interface is consequently optimized and focused on tracking, adding, and editing tasks. Minco shows the elapsed time or the acquired revenue in a display that can focus on a task, day, week, month or year. Revenues for tasks can be calculated based on calendars and tags, which allows you to build complex billing schemes. The iCal...
Dec 17
Black Cat Systems releases Health Tracker 3.5.1
Black Cat Systems (http://www.blackcatsystems.com) has released version 3.5.1 of Health Tracker, an update of the US$19.99 program to track and graph health related measurements. This new version of Health Tracker includes several bug fixes. Health Tracker is a program designed to help you  keep track of and graph any health related measurement. For example, if you are diabetic you could track your blood glucose levels. For weight loss, you could track your weight, measurements for various body parts, or your % body fat. Or, if you keep track of your blood pressure, you could use Health Tracker for that. Health Tracker also keeps track of your rate of losses or gains for each  measurement, and evaluates your time to goal (if a goal is entered)  based on that rate, which is valuable if you are using it to track weight losses or gains. The more information entered, the more accurate the program becomes in its estimates.
Dec 17
LightFrame gets batch processing, more
Corner-A today has released LightFrame 2.2 (http://corner-a.com/lightframe), an update of the app for Mac OS X 10.6 and higher. The new version offers batch processing, new built-in resources and user interface improvements. LightFrame is a solution for framing digital photos with your Mac. It supports all image formats that are supported by Mac OS X, including RAW images. LightFrame costs US$30. Version 2.2 is a free update for registered users of version 2.x.
Dec 17
Raskin update adds new features, tweaked interface
Raskin Software (http://raskinformac.com/) has updated its self-titled Raskin application – a zoomable single surface Finder alternative for Mac to version 1.2. The upgrade he update builds in new features, a friendlier look and feel, and a range of usability enhancements that make the user experience feel more honed, says Raskin’s Chief Usability Expert and Co-Founder Michael Rosewich. Raskin is designed to simplify interaction with your computer files. It normally costs US$49.95 for a single-user license and requires Mac OS X 10.6.3 or higher. However, from now until Jan. 15 you can buy two licenses for $55. A 30-day demo is available for download.
Dec 16
'MacTech' previews latest benchmarks for...
MacTech has posted a preview of its latest benchmarks for virtualization, comparing Parallels Desktop to VMware Fusion. You can see the findings at http://www.mactech.com/2010/12/16/preview-virtualization-benchmarks . This project isn't a product review; it's a benchmarking analysis. You should use it as part of your decision in choosing virtualization software combined with other factors such as product features, interface preferences, and support to make your product choice. "MacTech" will soon be releasing comprehensive results on the tests of VMware Fusion 3.1 vs. Parallels Desktop 6 and the January issue of "MacTech Magazine" in print will be talking more about virtualization. If you want to get that issue delivered to your door, you can subscribe at http://macte.ch/subscribe now . Virtualization is also one of the key topics at MacTech Boot Camp (http://www.mactech.com/bootcamp) in San Francisco on Jan. 26, 2011.
Dec 16
Apple, Microsoft, others teaming up to buy Novell patents?

According to the "FOSS Patents" site (http://fosspatents.blogspot.com/2010/12/cptn-holdings-llc-acquirer-of-88...), Apple has teamed up with Microsoft, Oracle and EMC in a joint venture to purchase 882 patents from a company called Novell. "I don't know much about EMC other than that it's a very significant company," Florian Mueller writes for "FOSS Patents." "I do know that Apple and Oracle are clearly companies who have different approaches to some important issues than Microsoft. Within the consortium, the four players will have to agree on a common denominator concerning the patents to be acquired. They've apparently been able to agree that those patents are valuable assets to own. I still don't know the list of those patents, but it's important progress that we now have the names of the companies, thanks to the German competition authority." Exactly which patents are included hasn't been determined. But Novell, which specializes in enterprise operating systems, was bought by...
Dec 16
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Dec. 16
Here are the latest iPhone/iPod touch/iPod/iPad apps announced. You can find 'em at the Apple App Store (http://www.itunes.com/appstore/). Aquafadas has announced Xmas Alphabet for the iPad. The US$1.99 app lets children "discover the amazing world of words and letters in a Christmasy spirt." It comes with backgrounds with Christmas characters, letting kids to learn to spell words from a Christmas themed choice of vocabulary. Amazing Books has released My First Trip to Washington DC 3D 1.0, an interactive 3D travel book that showcases Washington DC. In the $4.99, you join the Lil' Travelers, Hanna, Tommy and Arthur as they take a vacation in Washington DC over the Fourth of July holiday. The first in Amazing Books new Lil' Traveler series, "My First Trip to Washington DC 3D" is designed for children three-plus, is 43 pages in length and packed with fun facts and animation. AX apps has revealed Funky Fish 1.0 for iOS, a $0.99 side-scroller game set underwater. In landscape mode the...
Dec 16
Ex-Apple employee, others accused of selling inside info
Former employees at major tech companies like Apple, Dell, Advanced Micro Devices, Flextronics International and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing, sold inside information about their companies to hedge funds through an expert-networking firm, according to a criminal complaint filed Thursday by federal prosecutors in Manhattan. One of the accused tech company employees allegedly sold secrets about Apple’s iPhone and iPad, reports "Forbes" (http://blogs.forbes.com/nathanvardi/2010/12/16/tech-employees-allegedly-...). Walter Shimoon, 39, who worked for Apple-parts supplier Flextronics, is accused of selling highly confidential sales forecast information and new product features for the iPhone for US$22,000. Shimoon worked as a senior director of business development in San Diego for Flextronics, which supplied camera and charger components to Apple used in the iPhone and iPod. According to the complaint, Shimoon in a telephone call with a cooperating witness disclosed third quarter...
Dec 16
Chitika ad network: Windows Phone 7 is struggling
The mobile operating system designed to save Microsoft’s mobile business is struggling.  A month and a half after its launch, Windows Phone 7 is outnumbered over 100 to 1 by both Android and iPhone, based on traffic through the Chitika ad network (http://chitika.com/). Over the past three weeks, for every one Windows Phone 7 impression Chitika saw, there were 110 Android impressions and 172 iPhone impressions.  That number is remaining relatively stable, with very little significant market share growth in WP7, according to Chitika. "Given that both Android and iPhone see their biggest spikes in usage during weekends, Microsoft may do well to position Windows Phone 7 as a BlackBerry nemesis rather than an iPhone/Android killer – the corporate worker’s smartphone of 2011," says Daniel Ruby, research director, Online Insights, Chitika.
Dec 16
DrScore: Physicians should tap into iPads, smart phones,...
Doctors will definitely appreciate an iPad -- or any other state-of-the-art handheld mobile device -- in their Christmas stockings this year. With sleek styles and a wide range of medical apps, the devices allow physicians to easily interact with patient medical records, explain diseases and medical procedures -- and encourage their patients to rate them at the online doctor rating website DrScore.com, an interactive online survey site where patients can rate their physicians, as well as search for a physician by specialty. “These days, you are just as likely to find doctors carrying iPads in their white coat pockets along with their stethoscopes,” says patient satisfaction expert Steve Feldman, M.D., founder of DrScore.com. “After using the device to explain a patient’s condition or make notes in the medical record, the physician can click on the I Need a Doctor app or log on to http://www.drscore.com and ask the patient to take the quick patient satisfaction survey that looks at key...
Dec 16
OWC rolls out Mercury Elite-AL Pro Dual
Other World Computing (http://www.macsales.com) has expanded its storage solution line with the new Mercury Elite-AL Pro Dual mini bus powered portable hardware RAID storage solution. It features 14 pre-configured models with hardware RAID-1 “mirrored” redundancy for “live activity” data protection -- or RAID-0 “stripe” for maximum data transfer speed. The Mercury Elite-AL Pro Dual mini contains two 2.5-inch hard drives or OWC Mercury SSDs for up to 2TB of capacity, a “quad interface” of FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 2.0 and eSATA connections for plug and play data transfer speeds up to 300MB/second with Mac and PC computers. Measuring the approximate size of a portable CD player -- 5.6 x 6.1 x 1.1 -- the bus powered (no AC adapter is needed) Mercury Elite-AL Pro Dual mini’s flat side by side two drive design enables it to fit into laptop, photography, and other gear carrying bags. It's an under two pound, fanless solution The Mercury Elite-AL Pro Dual mini is available from OWC...
Dec 16
Mac App Store to open Jan. 6
Apple's Mac App Store will open for business on Thursday, January 6. It will be for Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard") and will be built into next summer's Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. By bringing the Apple App Store experience to Mac OS X, the Mac App Store makes discovering, installing and updating Mac apps easier than ever, according to Apple CEO Steve Jobs.. The Mac App Store will be available in 90 countries at launch and will feature paid and free apps in categories like Education, Games, Graphics & Design, Lifestyle, Productivity and Utilities. “The App Store revolutionized mobile apps,” says Jobs. “We hope to do the same for PC apps with the Mac App Store by making finding and buying PC apps easy and fun" The Mac App Store lets you browse new and noteworthy apps (noteworthy, as determined by Apple), find out what’s hot, view staff favorites, search categories and read customer ratings and reviews. Like on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, you can purchase, download and install apps in just...
Dec 16
'DigiTimes': new MacBook Pros, iMacs coming in first...
Apple is set to launch upgraded MacBook Pro and iMac models in the first half of 2011, according to a "DigiTimes" report (http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20101215PD223.html), quoting "sources from upstream component makers." But don't look for a 7-inch iPad. The sources told "DigiTimes" that Apple plans to launch at least four upgraded MacBook Pros, as well as an iMac that features a new panel size and a price point for the mainstream market. No details are given on the latter, but, per "DigiTimes," the upgraded MacBook Pro notebooks will feature a slight change in chassis design and an upgrade to the new Mac OS X Lion operating system, which should help Apple's notebook shipments grow 30-40% on year in 2011. (Note that Lion isn't expected to ship before summer.) Additionally, "Digitimes" reports (http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20101215PD214.html) that pple has reportedly added two additional touch panel makers, Chimei Innolux and Cando, to its touch panel supplier list for the iPad 2...
Dec 16
ChangeWave: iPad will continue to dominate the tablet market
The number of corporations arming workers with tablets will double early next year with the iPad dominating the market, the ChangeWave (http://www.changewave.com) research firm says, citing its recent survey of more than 1,600 IT buyers. In terms of current usage, 7% of corporate respondents now say their company provides employees with tablet devices, up one point since ChangeWave's previous survey in August. The research group says the iPad (82%) remains by far the most popular tablet for business purposes. H-P (e.g., Slate; 11%) and Dell (e.g., Streak; 7%) are also showing some traction among corporate users -- but both remain far behind Apple’s overwhelming share of the market. Similar to what ChangeWave has seen in other Apple product areas, the iPad’s satisfaction ratings are outstanding -- with 69% of corporate users saying their company is very satisfied and another 28% somewhat satisfied with the Apple device, says ChangeWave. And despite the flood of new tablets hitting the...
Dec 16
Nokia files suit against Apple in the UK, Germany, Netherlands
Nokia has filed suit in the U.K., in Germany, and in the Netherlands, alleging Apple’s iPhone, iPad and iPod infringe on 13 patents held by Nokia relating to numerous functions, including touch user interfaces, on-device app stores, signal noise suppression, antenna structures, message functionality and chipsets, caller ID, and the integration of multiple radios. "Nokia inventions protected by these patents include several which enable compelling user experiences," Paul Melin, Nokia's vice president of intellectual property, says. "For example, using a wiping gesture on a touch screen to navigate content, or enabling access to constantly changing services with an on-device app store, both filed more than ten years before the launch of the iPhone." The whole legal brouhaha has a convoluted background. In September, Apple sued Nokia in Britain, reiterating the claims it had already made in a lawsuit in the US. In May Nokia announced the filing of another lawsuit against Apple, in...
Dec 16
Digital Heaven releases DH_Reincarnation 2.0 plug-in for Final...
Digital Heaven has announced DH_Reincarnation 2.0 (http://www.digital-heaven.co.uk/dh_reincarnation), an upgrade to the plug-in for Final Cut that restores dead pixels on footage. This new version gives the choice of horizontal, vertical or horizontal & vertical interpolation modes and makes it possible to fix larger dead pixel areas. The interpolation can be changed depending on the shot and there is even a mix control to blend between horizontal and vertical modes. A trial version of DH_Reincarnation is also available for the first time. DH_Reincarnation 2.0 enables up to two dead pixel areas to be intelligently replaced with a single application of the plug-in. The width and height of each area can be independently set and a preview mode ensures only the dead pixels are affected. In addition the area range has been increased to a maximum of 16 pixels making it possible to deal with large dead pixel areas on HD footage. DH_Reincarnation 2.0 requires Final Cut Express (version 2...
Dec 16
DVDxDV 2.0 imports DVD video into iMovie 11
DVDxDV (http://www.dvdxdv.com/rip-dvd) has released DVDxDV 2.0 for the Mac. DVDxDV is software that rips unencrypted standard definition DVDs for importing into iMovie, iDVD, Final Cut Pro, and Avid Media Composer. This new version features an iMovie 11 export preset for both widescreen and full screen projects. While most DVD converters produce low quality MP4 video, DVDxDV transfers the video to a new QuickTime movie that is identical to the original DVD. Version 2.0 features an improved user interface designed to make it easy to select a certain scene on a DVD. Instead of extracting the entire DVD, you can pick out a specific scene by using the "Edit Points" feature. In the DVDxDV Timeline, position the slider to the place where you want the video to start and press the "in point" button and then move the slider to the where you want the video to end and select the "out point" button. When the video is extracted, it will contain only the part of the video between the "in" and "...
Dec 16
Maintain releases Cocktail 4.8 (Snow Leopard Edition)
Maintain has released Cocktail 4.7.8 (Snow Leopard Edition), the latest maintenance update of Cocktail (http://www.maintain.se/c) for users running Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard"). The upgrade adds the ability to delete unnecessary localization (language resources) files and addresses an issue in which Cocktail may fail to update the locate database. This version also fixes minor compatibility issues with Mac OS X 10.6.5. Cocktail 4.8 (Snow Leopard Edition) requires Mac OS X/Mac OS X Server 10.6 or later and is tested for compatibility with Mac OS X/Mac OS X Server 10.6.5. Cocktail (Leopard Edition) for Mac OS X 10.5 and Cocktail (Tiger Edition) for Mac OS X 10.4 are available for download from the Maintain web site. Cocktail is a general purpose utility for Mac OS X that offers a variety of practical features designed to simplify the use of advanced UNIX function. A single user license costs US$14.95.
Dec 16
iOS dominates European mobile ad market
Research from mobile ad network provider InMobi has found that iOS currently dominates the European mobile ad market with a 31.9% share, while Nokia’s share has slide to 19.7%, putting it in second place., reports "TechCrunch" (http://eu.techcrunch.com/2010/12/16/inmobi-iphone-os-dominates-european-...). Android OS, meanwhile, is making its way after a slow start in these parts: the platform has gained +9.5 share points between July 2010 and October 2010, growing to a 12.9% share, the article adds.
Dec 16
Analyst ups his sales estimates for, well, all Apple products
Kaufman Brothers analyst Shaw Wu said in a note to clients -- as reported by "Barron's (http://blogs.barrons.com/techtraderdaily/2010/12/16/apple-kaufman-ups-ta...) -- that he's raised his price target on shares of Apple to US $395 from $380. He says momentum for the iPhone and iPad appear better recently than he’d predicted. Wu also says Black Friday shopping madness has carried over, leading to shortages of the iPod and the MacBook Air. For the fiscal quarter that ends this month, the analyst now sees: Apple selling 4.2 million Macs, up from 4 million; 6.1 million iPads (up from 5.5 million), 16 million iPhones (up from 15.5 million), and 17 million iPods, up from 16 million.
Dec 16
Beta of DEVONagent 3.0 available
DEVONtechnologies has released version 3.0 of its intelligent Internet research assistant DEVONagent as public beta. It comes with a reworked user interface, better browsing capabilities, new and updated plugins, and is based on a new technology foundation. DEVONagent 3.0 supports wildcards, new advanced search operators such as "OPT," fuzzy searching, and natural phrase matching. Searches can be saved and recalled later. New scanners and plugins have been added, e.g. for Bing, the App Store, Unfolding News, or DEVONthink Pro Office. All other plugins, scanners, and pre-fab search sets have been updated. Unsupported search engines can be added using the new Plugin Assistant. DEVONagent now also supports PDF, PostScript, OpenOffice, Oracle Open Office, RTF, and Microsoft Word documents. In addition the integrated web browser has been improved. A new sidebar integrates the new bookmark management, search results, and objects, e.g. images or links, found and extracted from the page....
Dec 16
Aqua Connect Terminal Server to be optimized for Mac Pro Server
Aqua Connect (http://www.aquaconnect.net), providers of an enterprise grade Mac terminal service, has announce plans to optimize performance of Aqua Connect Terminal Server on the Mac Pro Server. This announcement comes after Apple announced last month that they will no longer offer the Xserve line of servers starting in February 2011. The discontinuation of the Xserve puts the Mac Pro Server at the forefront of Apple’s server technology, according to Renee Mehrian, executive vice president of Aqua Connect. The Mac Pro Server provides features that are more suited for Mac terminal services and enterprise customers, but also brings some new challenges to the field. Aqua Connect has begun development to optimize performance of their products on the Mac Pro Server to provide enterprise customers with a greater user experience than what was possible on the Xserve. “When Apple decided to end production on the Xserve, we looked at this as an opportunity to optimize remote desktop services...
Dec 16
Learning Tree introduces new iPhone/iPad programming course
Learning Tree International has announced the introduction of a new course entitled "iPhone® and iPad Programming: A Comprehensive Introduction." In this four-day course, instructors will teach attendees how to create professional iPhone and iPad applications using Objective-C and the iPhone Software Development Kit. According to the folks at Learning Tree, attendees gain the skills to design and test user interfaces with Interface Builder and the iOS Simulator, display data effectively with interactive table views, and apply navigation tools and techniques to improve user experience. Learning Tree will begin presenting "iPhone and iPad Programming: A Comprehensive Introduction at its Education Centers in January 2011. For more info and the latest course dates and locations, go to http://www.learningtree.com/2761 .
Dec 16
Hitachi ships one-disk, 7mm, 500GB hard drive
Hitachi (http://www.hitachigst.com) has announced its new 500GB, 5,400 RPM Travelstar Z5K500 drive -- a one-disk, 7 millimeter (mm) z-height hard disk drive (HDD). The drives feature 1.8 watts read/write power and 0.55W low power idle, and purportedly deliver a nearly silent operation at 1.9 idle / 2.1 seek bels. All Travelstar Z5K500 drives feature an 8MB cache and a Serial ATA 3Gb per second interface. They are also Hitachi’s second generation Advanced Format drive, which increases the physical sector size on HDDs from 512 bytes to 4,096 (4K) bytes, thereby improving drive capacity and error correction capabilities. All Hitachi Z-series 7mm drives feature common connectors and mounting points for standard integration into existing systems. They feature optional bulk data encryption (BDE) for hard drive level data security. The 500GB G-Technology G-Drive slim will be shipping to retailers in early 2011. Pricing hasn't been announced.
Dec 16
Beta of DiskRadar 1.0 for Mac OS X available
The DiskRadar Team (http://www.diskradar.com) has introduced DiskRadar 1.0 Beta for Mac OS X Snow Leopard. It's an utility featuring infographic display of the disk space usage, simple cleanup function, hard disk fault prediction, and temperature monitoring to prevent overheating. Designed for use by non-technical users, the application provides access to HDD diagnostic data. Additional features include on-the-fly visualization of scanning results and history-based disk health evaluation. DiskRadar performs real-time hard drive health status monitoring. It monitors the disk and also analyzes the changes in all disk parameters that are closely related to HDD failures (pending bad sectors count, reallocated bad sectors, uncorrectable bad sectors, CRC errors, etc.), and alerts the user to the possibility of impending failure. The app's health diagnostics algorithms are based on recent research in this field. DiskRadar detects not only OK/Verified and Failed disk health states, but also...
Dec 16
Deskovery 1.0 is new window management tool for Mac OS X
Neomobili has released Deskovery 1.0 (http://www.neomobili.com/products/deskovery/), an application that adds window management features to Mac OS X. Windows can be minimized to a titlebar or made transparent, aligned and resized in a single click. Deskovery lets you manage Spaces with a visual Space switcher directly available in the Dock. Windows can become sticky in a single click in order to appear in all Spaces. A full windows list is available and can be activated using both mouse and keyboard. In addition to a full multi-monitor support, Deskovery is 64-bit ready. It's also customizable and can be controlled using configurable hot keys. Deskovery 1.0 costs US$24.99. A fully featured, 14-day demo is available for download.
Dec 16
Maxprog ring up version 7 of iCash for Mac OS X
Maxprog (http://www.maxprog.com/) has released announces iCash 7, an update of the US$49 personal finance and money manager for Mac OS X and Windows. It offers unlimited categories, multiple accounts creation, multiple currencies, a SQL backend engine, password protection, export/import routines, search functions, and drag & drop support. iCash is designed to serve several small accounting needs for either private users, clubs, associations, self-employed, or small businesses. It lets you keep track of incomes, expenses and Bank transactions a snap. Version 7 is available now in 16 languages.
Dec 16
Deskovery 1.0 is new window management tool for Mac OS X
Neomobili has released Deskovery 1.0 (http://www.neomobili.com/products/deskovery/), an application that adds window management features to Mac OS X. Windows can be minimized to a titlebar or made transparent, aligned and resized in a single click. Deskovery lets you manage Spaces with a visual Space switcher directly available in the Dock. Windows can become sticky in a single click in order to appear in all Spaces. A full windows list is available and can be activated using both mouse and keyboard. In addition to a full multi-monitor support, Deskovery is 64-bit ready. It's also customizable and can be controlled using configurable hot keys. Deskovery 1.0 costs US$24.99. A fully featured, 14-day demo is available for download.
Dec 16
New expansion packs for Majesty 2 available
Virtual Programming (http://www.vpltd.com) has released two expansion packs for Majesty 2, Kingmaker and Battles of Ardania, for Mac OS X. Offering new missions, gameplay features, and monsters, along with multiplayer matches and a toolset for creating new missions and battles, the expansions continue Ardania's epic story. Here's how the expansion packs are described: "Kingmaker serves up a new eight-mission campaign that introduces Lord Blackviper and his goblin army, challenging players who united Ardania in the main game to now hold together the kingdom. The expansion also features a mission creator toolset as well as a Majesty 2 gameplay update that includes: a randomize feature that shuffles non-quest monster dens; random treasure chest goodies; multiplayer functionality; a map editor; and more. Multiplayer lets up to four gamers compete in competitive or cooperative matches over a LAN or the Internet. "Battles of Ardania continues the story with another new eight-mission...
Dec 16
Opera 11 features tab stacking, extensions, visual mouse...
Opera Software has debuted the newest version of its web browser today. Opera 11 is available for Mac, Windows and Linux computers at http://www.opera.com/ . New features include: ° Tab stacking: simply drag one tab on top of another to create a stack. ° Extensions, which help you personalize your browser and enhance what Opera can do. ° NoAds, an ad-blocking extension. ° LastPas, a password manager and form filler. ° FastestTube, which lets you download any video from YouTube. ° Image preview, which displays a pop-up preview of an image. ° Translate, which translates foreign-language web pages.
 
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