CleanMyMac update implements interface, algorithm changes
MacPaw has updated CleanMyMac (http://macpaw.com/cleanmymac/fullfeatures), its Mac disk maintenance utility, to version 1.10.0, which sports interface and algorithm changes.
The user interface of CleanMyMac 1.10.0 has been rewritten and now includes a simplified welcome screen. All cleaning modules had been revised to work faster. CleanMyMac 1.10.0 also introduces a new Advanced Search Filter.
The upgrade provides an updated application uninstaller feature that provides faster operation. In addition, CleanMyMac 1.9.5 boasts an enhanced knowledge base that the app relies upon to identify and manage a myriad of applications and filetypes.
CleanMyMac is a tool that maintains caches, log files, language files, and more. It doesn't just clean unnecessary, unwanted, damaged, and corrupt files from a user's Mac, but restores large amounts of hard drive space in the process.
CleanMyMac requires an Intel or PowerPC-based Mac running, Mac OS X 10.4.11. It costs US$29.95.
Apple donates 9,000 first gen iPads to teachers
Apple has partnered with the Teach for America program (http://www.teachforamerica.org/) and donated 9,000 first gen iPads to teachers that work in impoverished and dangerous schools. The donated iPads come from customers that gave to Apple’s public service program during the iPad 2 launch.
Teach for America is a non-profit organization "working to ensure that kids growing up in poverty get an excellent education." Although 15 million American children face the extra challenges of poverty, an increasing body of evidence shows they can achieve at the highest levels, the organization says.
Approximately 9,000 first gen iPads have been distributed to teachers in 38 states, reports "CNN Money." each for America has a connection with Apple through Steve Jobs' family. His wife, Laurene Powell, sits on its board of directors, the article adds. For more info go to http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2011/09/20/apple-finds-a-use-for-some-of-tho... .
Streetspace sues Apple, others for patent infringement
Another day, another lawsuit. A Delaware-based company called Streetspace (http://www.streetspace.com) has launched a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple and 10 other defendants, including Google, for violating a patent for a "Method and System for Providing Personalized Online Services and Advertisement in Public Spaces," reports "Patently Apple" (http://macte.ch/FlzVE).
Streetspace believes that Apple's iAd service is in clear violation of their patent, as is Apple's Quattro Wireless, which is also named in the lawsuit, the article adds. The company designs Internet terminals to deliver online services that are personalized to users based on their queries and locations in high traffic areas.
iAds "combine the emotion of TV advertising with the interactivity of Internet advertising," according to Apple. Built into iOS 4, iAds allow users to stay within their app while engaging with the ad, even while watching a video, playing a game or using in-ad purchase to download an app or...
French publications want to break Apple's stronghold
Some of France's most powerful newspapers are teaming up to break Apple's tight control over media content on its iPad, according to "Reuters." They want to stop Apple from dictating the terms of their distribution, the article adds.
The bid by eight publications, including newspaper "Le Figaro" and sports daily "L'Equipe," is the latest sign of growing disillusionment among some global publishers over what they consider Apple's rigid terms and high commission of 30%, says "Reuters." The French publications, which also include business daily "Les Echos" and news weekly "le Nouvel Observateur," have launched a digital kiosk to sell individual issues on the iPad and will soon add subscriptions and bundled offers.
They are also negotiating with Apple as a collective, and won't sell their products on Apple's upcoming kiosk, dubbed the Newsstand, without key concessions, according to "Reuters." For more info go to http://macte.ch/fkd3g .
Survey: 1-in-10 UK primary school children have iPhones
One in 10 parents in the UK feels it's appropriate for children as young as four years old to own a mobile phone, while one in 10 kids under the age of 10 already owns an iPhone, according to a survey by Westcoastcloud (http://www.westcoastcloud.com/), a supplier of cloud-based, Internet security services.
Westcoastcloud commissioned the survey to coincide with the release of its iPad Internet security product for schools, Netintelligence. The report found that one in 20 primary school children now own an iPad.
The extent to which today's youngsters rely on technology was revealed following a study of 2,000 parents of children aged 10 and under. The Westcoastcloud poll found that 17% of parents bought their kids a phone after they succumbed to their child's pestering. Typically, parents felt comfortable buying their child a mobile or the latest smartphone like an iPhone or Blackberry at the age of 10, with 68% doing so because they wanted to keep tabs on their kids.
Goldman Sachs raises Apple price target to $520 a share
In a note to clients -- as reported by "The Fly on the Wall" site (http://beta.theflyonthewall.com/) -- analysts at Goldman Sachs have raised their price target on Apple from US$480 a share to $520 a share.
“Goldman believes Apple has seen little impact from recent macroeconomic uncertainty and expects iPads, Macs, and iPhones to exceed expectations," the firm says. "The analyst raised estimates and reiterates its Conviction Buy rating and sees significant upside to shares.”
Adobe enables 3D games with Flash Player 11, AIR 3
Adobe (http://www.adobe.com) has announced Flash Player 11 and Adobe AIR 3 software "to enable the next generation of immersive application experiences across devices and platforms" including Mac OS X, iOS (via AIR), Android, BlackBerry Tablet OS, Windows, connected TVs and other platforms.
Flash Player 11 and AIR 3 allow game publishers to instantly deliver console-quality 2D and 3D games over the Internet to nearly all computers and many other devices, according to Danny Winokur, vice president and general manager of Platform, Adobe. Media companies can take advantage of new features to seamlessly deliver protected feature-length, cinema-quality HD video through the Web, in mobile apps, and even with surround sound for connected TVs, he adds.
AIR native extensions add support for device features and native code libraries, empowering developers to freely choose the right mix of Flash, HTML5 and native code to provide user experiences across computers and mobile devices. Flash...
JixiPix releases Mac version of Dramatic Black and White
JixiPix Software (http://www.jixipix.com/) has released a Mac (OS X 10.6 or later) version of its Dramatic Black & White photo app. It's introductory-priced at US$5.99, is available at the Mac App Store, and sports JixiPix's ellipse spotlight tool that enables users to bring focus and form to multiple sections of a photo.
Dramatic Black & White comes loaded with 36 presets that deliver a variety of classic, infrared and dramatic black and white looks. Each preset allows customization to a range of parameters, including light, contrast, texture and form.
Users can name and save their own custom presets, allowing an unlimited number of combinations. Edits immediately display onscreen while final high-resolution images are rendered when you save them. Created photos can be saved to numerous formats, including JPEG, PNG, and TIFF.
musiXmatch launches Mac Lyrics Widget for iTunes
MusiXmatch (http://musixmatch.com/), a provider of digital lyrics solutions, has launched the musiXmatch Lyrics App for the Mac OSX platform. Available for US$4.99 from the Mac App Store, it enables music lovers to instantly find and match lyrics to their favorite songs.
MusiXmatch boasts over 5.5 million officially licensed lyrics localized in 18 language. The Lyrics App is an iTunes plug-in, enabling users to automatically view fullscreen lyrics for their currently playing music. Featuring partnerships with BMG, Kobalt, Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony ATV Music, Harry Fox Agency, and more, musiXmatch is the first fully licensed provider of global lyrics solutions, says musiXmatch CEO Max Ciociola.
Scrambler is new encryption app for the Mac
Coding Turtle has announced Scrambler 1.0 (http://scramblerapp.com), a simple encryption app for the Mac that resides in the menu bar. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and is available for a limited time price of US$1.99 in the Mac App Store.
To encrypt a file, users drag the file on Scrambler's menu bar icon and type in a password via a small password window. To decrypt, users drag the encrypted file back on Scrambler and type in the same password. Users can also drag folders, or a collection of files and folders, on Scrambler; they'll be encrypted into a single encrypted file.
Scrambler is meant for encrypting small to medium-sized files, and has a limit of encrypting up to 250MB at a time. It uses AES-256 encryption and preserves Mac OS X metadata of files, including extended attributes.
Logitech Harmony to enable one-touch iPad control
Logitech (http://www.logitech.com) has unveiled the Logitech Harmony Link, a small device designed to fit in next to your TV and media electronics and communicate over Wi-Fi with the free Logitech Harmony Link App for iPad.
After setup, the Logitech Harmony Link and the Logitech Harmony Link App work together to let iPad users browse a personalized schedule of their favorite shows, channels and genres to find something to watch and -- with one touch -- turn on all the right devices and tune to the right channel, says Ashish Arora, vice president and general manager of Logitech’s Digital Home Group.
By leveraging Logitech Harmony technology, the Harmony Link offers the activity- and device-based control provided by the line of Logitech Harmony Advanced Universal Remotes. Just select what you want to do, such as "Watch a Movie" or "Listen to Music," and Harmony Link automatically switches your devices to the right settings .
The Logitech Harmony Link connects to your existing home...
Hammacher Schlemmer introduces The World's Smallest Camera
Hammacher Schlemmer has introduced The World's Smallest Camera (http://macte.ch/hfIki), a fully functional, US$99.95 digital camera no larger than a fingertip.
Measuring just over one inch in all dimensions and weighing only half an ounce, the camera appears to require Lilliputian dexterity, yet a human finger can snap a picture with a touch of the shutter button, according to Hammacher Schlemmer General Manager Fred Berns. It provides automatic focus and has a 2MP image sensor that captures JPEG photographs at 1600 x 1200 resolution and AVI video at 30 frames-per-second with 640 x 480 resolution.
The pictures and videos are saved onto the included 2GB micro SD card. The World's Smallest Camera can be connected to a computer for displaying images and video.
The World's Smallest Camera comes with a wrist lanyard. The camera's rechargeable battery provides up to 30 minutes of operation from a one-hour charge via the included USB cable.
Badia releases free BigPicture Lite for InDesign CS5/5.5
Badia Software (http://www.badiasoftware.com/) has released BigPicture Lite on the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.x or 10.7.x.
BigPicture Lite is the free version of the BigPicture plug-in for Adobe InDesign CS5 and CS5.5. It includes a detailed picture list, full-size previews, and tools for opening pictures and changing print status of images. Other features include: picture full path with pull-down menu, the ability to change the print status of selected images, and more.
BigPicture Lite sports a sidebar panel with picture preview and additional attributes. It offers a Quick Look preview of any image and a contextual menu that allows you to open any image with a default application or any application you choose. BigPicture Lite requires Adobe InDesign CS5 or CS5.5.
NuGuard Keyboard covers available for MacBook Airs
Newer Technology (http://www.newertech.com) has announced the NuGuard Keyboard Cover for 11-inch and 13-inch 2010-2011 MacBook Airs. They're available now for $11.99. The discount represents a savings of 33% off NewerTech's $17.99 retail price.
NuGuard Keyboard Covers feature a smooth silicone surface. The form-fitting sheet is molded to cover each key and the space between each key for protection against key wear, food/drink spills, and dust/hair clogging. MacBook Air users can customize the look of their notebook with four color choices: black, white, pink or red.
D-Link ships new iSCSI SAN array
D-Link (http://www.dlink.com) has announced the DSN-4000 Series xStack Storage iSCSI SAN Array, offering scalability for secondary server applications such as disaster recovery, backup, surveillance, and archiving. It's designed for small to mid-size enterprises.
D-Link's open architecture supports mixing non-proprietary SAS and SATA disk drives of various manufacturers, capacities, and speeds, making the DSN-4000 series ideal for storage tiering while supporting multiple applications simultaneously, according to the folks at D-Link. In addition, the DSN-4000 series offers advanced volume virtualization capabilities.
Any available disk capacity can be used by any requesting volume; volume expansion, reconfiguration and migration can be implemented on the fly without interruption to data access. Drives are not bay specific and disk roaming between different xStack Storage SAN array models is supported.
The DSN-4000 series includes the DSN-4100 and DSN-4200 xStack Storage iSCSI SAN...
Select Pixma printers now support AirPrint
Canon says the Pixma MG8220, MG6220 and MG5320 Wireless Photo All-In-One inkjet photo printers now support AirPrint wireless printing for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.
AirPrint allows users to wirelessly print photos, emails, web pages and other documents without the need to install device drivers, saving time and making for a seamless user experience. It will be supported by the majority of Pixma inkjet printers launched from this point forward, according to the folks at Canon.
AirPrint works with the iPad, iPad 2, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPod touch (3rd generation and later) using iOS 4.2 or later. For more info go to http://www.usa.canon.com/airprint .
AppDelete ready for Lion
Reggie Ashworth has updated AppDelete (http://reggie.ashworth.googlepages.com/appdelete), an application deleting app for Mac OS X, to version 3.2.1. It's been optimized for Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion") and supports five new languages: Danish, Dutch, Japanese, Portuguese (Brazillian) and Russian.
Via drag 'n drop, AppDelete will delete any chosen app with all of its associated items that belong to that application. You'll no longer have to hunt through their system to find and delete these items manually.
You can drag any item that can be uninstalled onto AppDelete: applications, widgets, preference panes, plug-ins, screensavers, etc. You can also activate AppDelete in many ways: dragging items onto main window, onto dock icon, selecting in menu, right-clicking using AppDelete workflow, and throwing items in the trash. When the preview screen appears you can uncheck any items you would like to exclude. You also have several choices: delete the items, log only the items, or archive (copy)...
OptiTex, DAZ 3D release Mac version of Dynamic Clothing Engine
OptiTex (http://www.optitex.com/) and DAZ 3D (http://www.daz3d.com/) have teamed up on Dynamic Cloth Engine plug-in for Mac OS X.
Enhancing the existing capabilities of DAZ Studio 4, OptiTex’s virtual clothing solution allows anyone to load in a DAZ 3D figure of their choice and apply dynamic clothing sets to them. With this tool, creativity can be brought to life through real-world cloth simulations and a user’s ability to quickly alter any clothing’s fabric type, garment size, or stylistic variation, says Dan Farr, founder of DAZ 3D.
Available as a free download, DAZ Studio provides a solution for budding 3D artists as well as professional 3D designers, photographers, filmmakers, animators and illustrators. With the addition of this new dynamic clothing plug-in, users can work with virtual actors to create images and animations of any genre "with a level of realism that was previously unavailable to the general public," says Farr.
Centrify ships Centrify Suite 2012
Centrify Corp. has announced the general availability of Centrify Suite 2012, the latest release of its security and compliance solution in use at 3,500 organizations.
The new features in Centrify Suite 2012 empower enterprises to centralize identities to cross-platform systems and establish secure, privileged user access across Mac, UNIX and Linux environments, according to the folks at Centrify. An integrated solution, Centrify Suite 2012 -- consisting of DirectControl 5.0, DirectAuthorize 2.0, DirectManage 5.0, DirectAudit 2.0 and DirectSecure 1.2 -- enables secure authentication, single sign-on, privileged access management and user session auditing.
Other unique capabilities in Centrify Suite 2012 such as Hierarchical Zones and Computer Roles are designed to make it a scalable solution for consolidating complex UNIX and Linux identity environments into Active Directory, and logically managing relationships between users, groups and computer roles in a cross-platform system...
QNAP rolls out rack-mountable Turbo NAS models
QNAP Systems has announced its first 12-drive 2U rack-mountable Turbo NAS models with up to 36TB storage capacity: the TS-EC1279U-RP and TS-1279U-RP, powered by Quad-core Intel Xeon CPU and Dual-core Intel Core i3 CPU respectively.
Both models feature optional 10GbE networking and can achieve breakthrough data throughput of over 1,000MB/sec and 100,000 IOPS using 10GbE. They're designed for high-end SMB and data center environments demanding efficient and large capacity storage solutions, and continuous up-time for mission critical applications.
The TS-EC1279U-RP and TS-1279U-RP are now shipping. You can learn more about the new models and other QNAP Turbo NAS lineup at http://www.qnap.com .
PKard for Mac adds secure Apple email support
Thursby Software Systems (http://www.thursby.com/) has announced secure Apple email support for US government workers in the latest version of its PKard for Mac software.
In Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion"), there's no native smart card support. Smart cards are required to handle basic tasks like access to secure web portals and email, mandated by Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12, or HSPD-12 Previous OS X versions had partial support, covering older smart cards only.
PKard 1.1 adds secure mail signing, encryption and decryption in Apple Mail to the existing Apple Safari and Google Chrome secure web and web VPN access that cover all CAC and PIV smart cards. The update to PKard for Mac is free for existing users and pricing remains at US$29.95 for new users.
Excel Everest for Mac is available
There's now a Mac version of our Excel Everest's training tutorial for Excel. It costs US$34.95.
Excel Everest is an interactive, fun, and engaging Excel training course that's used by Google, Pepperdine University, and others to teach Microsoft Excel in an interactive way. Discounts and site licenses are available for businesses and academic institutions.
Apple posts Thunderbolt Display Firmware Update
Apple has released Thunderbolt Display Firmware Update (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1453) for Mac OS X 10.6.8 or higher. It improves the stability of the Apple Thunderbolt Display.
The updater application will be installed in the Utilities folder inside the Application folder and will be launched automatically when you close the installer. Apple says to then follow the instructions in the updater application to complete the update process.
Apple posts ProApps QuickTime Codecs
Apple has posted ProApps QuickTime Codecs for Mac OS X 10.5.6 or later and QuickTime 7.6 or higher.
This update adds the following video codecs for use by QuickTime-based applications: Apple Intermediate Codec; Apple ProRes; AVC-Intra; DVCPRO HD; HDV; XDCAM HD / EX / HD422; MPEG IMX; and Uncompressed 4:2:2. Apple says the update is recommended for all users of Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, or Compressor 4.
Emerging middle classes' could benefit Apple
Apple could generate another US$18 in earnings per share and $68 billion from sales, up 55% from this year’s base, in emerging markets by 2015, according to a study by a team of analysts at Credit Suisse, as reported by "Forbes."
A team of six Credit Suisse analysts argue Apple will find them in what they call the "emerging middle classes." Middle class Americans already spend US$321 per year on Apple products, a figure that will rise to $481 per year by 2015, according to the international financial services group.
By 2015 there will be 244 million consumers with comparable income profiles in emerging markets such as China, India, Brazil, Mexico, and Russia, according to Credit Suisse. To address these customers, Apple will have to grab more carriers, and build more iPads. Read more at http://macte.ch/ylOQo .
Apple updates Compressor, Motion
Apple has updated its pro-level video apps, Compressor and Motion, to versions 4.0.1 and 5.0.1, respectively.
Compressor 4.0.1 improves overall stability and performance. The US$49.99 software adds power and flexibility to Final Cut Pro X export, according to Apple. You can use it to customize output settings, work faster with distributed encoding and tap into a set of delivery features.
Motion 5.0.1 also improves overall stability and performance. Designed for video editors, the $49.99 software lets you customize Final Cut Pro titles, transitions and effects or create your own animations in 2D or 3D space.
Thunderbolt drive now available from LaCie
LaCie says its Little Big Disk Thunderbolt Series is now available for purchase. It's the first portable solution to feature the 10Gb/s speeds of Thunderbolt technology.
This Little Big Disk is the first product in LaCie's series of high-end Thunderbolt solution. Featuring a pair of 2.5-inch drives in a Mac OS RAID configuration, it delivers read speeds more than 480MB/s in SSD and up to 190MB/s in HDD, according to Erwan Girard, Professional Business Unit Manager, LaCie.
The Little Big Disk supports multiple RAID levels (0,1 and JBOD) and daisy chaining for storage expansion or connecting other peripherals. Additionally, it features a heat sink casing and quiet fan for dual cooling.
The LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt Series HDD models are available through Apple retail stores worldwide and Apple.com. Pricing is US$399.95 for the 1TB model and $499.95 for the 2TB model.
A SSD model will be shipping this October. All models will be available shortly through LaCie’s reseller...
Final Day for MacUpdate Bundle
There's just one day left for the latest MUPromo bundle. You can download it at here now.
Included apps are:Toast 11 Titanium* ($99.95) - The newest version of the venerable multimedia suite is the best way to burn CDs and DVDs, prepare your media files for playback on iOS devices or the Web, digitize your old records and tapes to audio CDs or MP3s, capture audio from any application, stream TV programming from your TiVo, create disc labels, and more. With the optional Toast 11 High-Def/Blu-ray Disc Plug-in (normally $19.99, but available to bundle buyers for $9.99), Mac users can finally burn data and movies to Blu-ray discs, as well as HD video to standard DVDs.
Data Rescue 3 ($99.00) - The #1 utility for recovering data from a crashed drive or accidentally deleted files, with more top ratings and reviews than any other. Included in our bundle are both the stand-alone app and a bootable DVD image, so you'll be able to use Data Rescue's full capabilities, even on your startup volume...
Apple updates Final Cut Pro X, offers free trial version
Apple has released Final Cut Pro X 10.0.1 (http://macte.ch/Gc6jI), an update to its professional video editing software.
The upgrade adds XML import and export of both project and event information. The latter means that users can take XML formatted projects and work on them in Final Cut Pro X.
"Now you can import and export Final Cut Pro X project and Event information via a rich XML format," Apple's Final Cut Pro X page says. "XML interchange enables a wide range of third-party workflows, including high-end visual effects, color grading, and media asset management. Blackmagic Design's DaVinci Resolve, Square Box System's CatDV, and many other third-party applications will offer XML-based work flows with Final Cut Pro X."
Apple is also offering a free trial of the software -- which costs US$299 in the Mac App Store -- and "Final Cut Pro X for Final Cut Pro 7 Editors" guide (http://macte.ch/VKF8l). The free trial gives users a full version of the software that will work for 30 days...
Macs top consumer satisfaction list for eighth consecutive year
Macs topped the American Consumer Satisfaction List for the eighth year in a row. The report covers customer satisfaction with personal computers, major appliances, and electronics (televisions and BD/DVD players).
One year after climbing 4% to a record-high score of 78 on ACSI’s 0 to 100-point scale, customer satisfaction with personal computers flattens out. The industry itself is in a state of rapid change, with technology advances accelerating amid shifts in consumer preference, according to the research group. As the demand for traditional desktop computers weakens, the tablet computer market is skyrocketing -- led by the iPad.
Apple’s record of customer satisfaction preeminence in the personal computer industry continues unabated in 2011, as the company adds another point to its already exceptional score, according to the ACSI (http://www.theacsi.org).. At 87 (+1%), Apple outdistances its nearest competitor by nine points.
"In the eight years that Apple has led the personal co...
Apple worth almost as much as Microsoft, Google combined
Apple's stock continued to rise Monday closing at an all-time high of US$411.63. The company is now worth almost as much as Microsoft and Google combined.
"Questions about [Steve] Job's continued role at Apple clearly were creating a drag on the stock the last six to nine months," one long-time Apple investor told "Business Insider" (http://macte.ch/DLHN2). "While in the past, Apple did not handle questions regarding Steve's health very well, this time they did and a question that had been keeping many from investing in the stock has been cleared away."
The stock increase also reflects the financial community's faith and comfort in the executive leadership that Jobs has put in place over the past few years, the article adds.
Also, Apple's $380 billion market cap makes it the most valuable company in the world, "head and shoulders above Exxon," "Business Insider" Jay Yarow says (http://macte.ch/UNoG3). But it also does something even more impressive: it puts Apple in position to...
Poser 9, Poser Pro 2012 unveiled
Smith Micro Software has released Poser 9 and Poser Pro 2012, updates of the character animation solutions. They sport new tools including Vertex Weight Map Rigging support and Subsurface Scattering.
Smith Micro is offering special pricing for the products through Sept. 30. Poser 9 is valued at $249.99. New Poser 9 users can save 20% and existing Poser users can upgrade for $99.99.
Poser Pro 2012 is valued at $499.99. New Poser Pro 2012 users can save 20%, existing Poser users with a serial number can side grade for $199.99, and current Poser Pro users can upgrade to Poser Pro 2012 for $159.99. Go to http://www.smithmicro.com/poser for more details.
Adobe announces Photoshop Elements 10, Premiere Elements 10...
Adobe has announced Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 & Adobe Premiere Elements 10 bundle for Mac and Windows, the newest version of Adobe’s consumer photo- and video-editing software.
The products are available separately for US$99.99 or as a bundle for US$149.99. Users can purchase Elements Plus (details are below) from within the product for $49.99 a year.
Photoshop Elements 10 features enhanced content-intelligent tools powered by the same engine that fuels Adobe Photoshop software. New Guided Edits, like Depth of Field and Picture Stack, provide step-by-step guidance to create photos. Also, Facebook enthusiasts have the ability to tag photos based on their Friends List.
Photoshop Elements 10 also adds more ways to work with photos creatively, like the ability to add text that automatically follows the outline of a subject or a custom path and crop guides for the best compositions. Also, users can now apply 30 new Smart Brush effects by simply brushing over an area of the...
Some Netflix users facing problems using an Apple TV
Some Netflix users are having problems with the Apple TV -- including Yours Truly. I was able to sign in to my account with no problem, see my viewing history, see my Instant Queue, browse titles and more.
However, when I tried to play anything (say an episode of "Friday Night Lights"), I was treated to the "spinning wheel of death" for a few seconds, then got an error message. The message would say "An error occurred loading this content. Try again later" or "Netflix is currently unavailable; try again later." This only happened with the Apple TV/HDTV combo; there was no problem using Netflix on my Mac or iPad.
I had fewer than the maximum six playback devices currently authorized to play streaming content. Also, there were no problems streaming content from other providers like YouTube and Vimeo.
If you're experiencing the same thing, first try doing an Apple TV reset to factory defaults. This also forces the device to download the latest firmware. That solved my problems. However...
Mobius is rechargeable battery case with a solar panel
Etón Corp. has released the US$100 Mobius (http://macte.ch/ONVP6), a rechargeable battery case with a solar panel for the iPhone 4.
It features a quick charge time and the ability to store charge until you need it. The monocrystal solar panel re-charges the 1800 mAh rechargeable lithium ion battery pack on the back of the case. Only one hour of solar charging provides an additional 25 minutes of talk time, according to the folks at Etón.
The Mobius can also be charged via the included micro-USB cable and will sync with iTunes. It features a standby switch to turn off direct power transfer to the iPhone 4, allowing the case to charge and store energy in its own battery.
Burn It All available from the Macgamestore
BulyPix's Burn It All is now available at the Macgamestore (http://www.macgamestore.com). The puzzle game requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and costs US$4.95.
Here's how the game is described: "Burn It All gives you control of three different little Flames as they venture through over 125 stages of brain-rattling puzzles, from the molten depths beneath the Earth’s crust to the Top of the World. They’ll use their unique fiery abilities to burn through all sorts of objects, avoiding water and gas, dealing with underground monsters, blowing things up, and even putting time in a loop to make their way back home, where their father, The Sun, awaits!
"You’ll use clever strategies to burn through everything on your way, swiveling around until only smoke and ashes remain. With each of the Flames’ Pyro-Powers, there’s nothing you can’t burn through!"
YouTube Converter for Mac now supports HTML5
iFunia has updated YouTube Converter for Mac OS X to version 3.3. It now supports downloading YouTube HTML5 videos.
Videos can be converted into formats compatible with devices such as iPad, iPods, iPhones, Apple TV, PSPs, and BlackBerrys. iFunia YouTube Converter lets Mac users download movies, music videos, and HD videos from YouTube with a few clicks and then converts the downloaded YouTube or local FLV videos to video formats like AVI, MOV, MP4, WMV, M4V, etc.
It can also extract soundtracks from downloaded YouTube videos and convert them to audio formats such as MP3, WAV, M4A, AIFF etc. enabling them to be played on an iPad, iPhone, iPod, Apple TV or Quick Time Player. Besides HTML 5 support, the 3.3.0 new version also fixes some minor bugs and improves overall performance.
iFunia YouTube Converter for Mac 3.3.0 costs US$29. For more info or to download a demo go to http://www.ifunia.com/youtube-converter-mac.html .
DeepClock for Lion ticks to version 1.0.1
DeepClock (http://aperio-lux.com.ua/Application/iClock.aspx) -- a Mac OS X compatible analog clock you can place anywhere on your desktop -- has been updated to version 1.0.1. It's a maintenance update.
You can place deepClock on your main monitor or you can move it to a secondary monitor. The program offers nine clock styles for you to choose from.
The program offers nine clock styles for you to choose from. It requires Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion") or later and an Intel-based mac. deepClock costs US$0.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.
Alien Skin announces Blow Up 3 plug-in for Photoshop
Alien Skin Software has announced Blow Up 3, the new version of its photo enlargement plug-in for Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, and Photoshop Lightroom.
It enlarges photos while keeping them crystal clear, even at huge sizes, according to designer Terence Tay. Version 3 sports a revamped user interface and support for Lightroom.
Blow Up 3 will be available in November at http://www.alienskin.com for U$199. That is a price drop of $50 from version 2. Owners of Blow Up 1.x or 2.x may upgrade for $99. Free upgrades will be automatically sent to everyone who purchased Blow Up 2 directly from Alien Skin Software in July or later.
Blow Up 3 is a plug-in and requires one of the following host applications: Photoshop CS4 or later; Photoshop Elements 8 or later; and Photoshop Lightroom 2 or later. Mac users need Mac OS X 10.6 or later.
Mozart revved for Lion
Mozart (http://mac.rogame.com/pages/Mozart.html), an educational game for music students and enthusiasts, has been upgraded to version 2.0, adding support for Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion").
During the game notes stream from the left to the right and have to be identified with one of the six provided instruments. The problem is that there are not only notes to deal with, but also all sorts of other entities that may explode, shift places or change the key signatures around for no reason at all.
There are two basic instruments where either letters like C, D, E or tone syllables like Do, Re, Mi are assigned. Four advanced input instruments-- bass, guitar, mandolin and piano -- are also available.
Mozart 2.0 makes a distinction between basic and advanced instruments. Advanced instruments are those based on real instruments like guitar or piano. These instruments now evaluate octaves (i.e. middle c will require a different input than c an octave higher). Additionally instrument positions come...
Compact Flash Data Recovery ready for Lion
CFCardRecovery Studio has updated Compact Flash Data Recovery for Mac to version 3.5. The upgrade adds support for Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion").
Compact Flash Recovery for Mac is designed to retrieve photos, videos and music that have been corrupted or accidentally deleted. The software provides an interface to recover lost or deleted files from any type or brand of Compact Flash card, using any card reader.
It supports all brands, including SanDisk, Kingston, kodak CF card, Canon, Fujifilm flash memory card and more. Besides, it can recover data of all types, including RAW image, Word, Excel, PDF, PowerPoint, audio, video, zip files, HTML, Outlook email files, etc.
Compact Flash Card Recovery 3.5 runs under Mac 10.4 and higher. It costs US$49.95 for a single-user license. More info and a demo is available at http://cfcardrecovery.com/ .
Netflix on price hike confusion: sorry 'about that
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has apologized for the recent lack of "respect and humility" in the way it separated its DVD and streaming services and the accompanying price hike.
He says the company should have personally given a full justification to its members of why they're separating DVD and streaming, and charging for both. Hastings says that streaming and DVD by mail are becoming two quite different businesses, with very different cost structures, different benefits that need to be marketed differently, "and we need to let each grow and operate independently."
So in a few weeks, Netflix will redub its DVD by mail service to "Qwikster." It will be the same website and DVD service that everyone is used to, he adds. It is just a new name, and DVD members will go to qwikster.com to access their DVD queues and choose movies. There will also be a new video games upgrade option, similar to our upgrade option for Blu-ray, for those who want to rent Wii, PS3 and Xbox 360 games.
Apple shares hit all-time high
Apple shares this afternoon have escaped a dour market, rising US8.55 or 2%, to $409.07 following a drop earlier in the session, and briefly hitting a new all-time high of $411.50.
In contrast, the Nasdaq is down 1%. "The index has itself recovered from its lowest levels of the session, and Apple had fared better relatively even when it was in the red," notes "Barron's (http://macte.ch/EFwxm). "But its dramatic recovery is striking."
ACU study: iPad use can boost learning
Abilene Christian University ini Abilene, Texas, has announced recent research findings from its ACU Connected mobile learning program that show how mobility is transforming teaching and learning.
After three years of investigations and empirical research studies based on Apple's iPhone, iPod touch and last year, the iPad, ACU named time efficiency, increased independence, engagement and enhanced communication as mobility's emerging themes. Seven newly appointed ACU 2011-12 Mobile-Learning Fellows have launched six new studies to explore these themes in depth.
In a scientific study, ACU students who used an iPad to annotate text performed at a rate 25% higher on questions regarding transfer of information than their counterparts who used only paper. A study of student iPad usage patterns is currently underway, conducted by Dr. Ian Shepherd, associate professor of management sciences, and Dr. Brent Reeves, associate professor of management sciences and computer science. This...
Apple opening Hong Kong retail store this Saturday
Apple will open its "epic" Hong Kong store this Saturday in the IFC Mall in ifoAppleStore (http://www.ifoapplestore.com). And that's just one component of the company's retail and online expansions this week.
The mall occupied by upscale businesses, and within a complex that includes a four-star hotel and high-rise office tower, the article adds. Apple apparently intends to open additional stores in the city, and, in fact, a store may open next year at the Hysan Place development on Hong Kong island, about two miles east of the new IFC Mall store, says "ifoAppleStore."
Also, Apple will open its "massive" Nanjin East store in Shanghai this Friday, notes "MacRumors" (http://www.macrumors.com). It will be the company's third retail store in the city and the fifth one in China. Finally, Apple has launched online stores for the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and the United Arab Emirates.
Samsung wants to ban unannounced iPhone 5 in Korea
The iPhone 5 hasn't even been announced yet, and already Samsung is planning to ban its sale in South Korea, according to the "Korea Times" -- as reported by "CNET." Samsung is also countersuing Apple in Australia.
Samsung will file suit against Apple for violating its patents related to wireless communications as soon as possible after the iPhone maker launches its follow-up to the iPhone 4. In that lawsuit, the Korea Times' sources say, Samsung will request the court ban all sales of the device.
Meanwhile, Samsung has filed a counter claim in an Australia court, accusing Apple of infringing its wireless patents related to the company's iPhone and iPad products, notes "Reuters." The move comes after Samsung delayed the launch of its latest Galaxy tablet computer in Australia last month in the ongoing global patent dispute with Apple.
Samsung filed the claim with the Federal Court of Australia, New South Wales Registery, on Sept. 16, a media statement released by Samsung Electronics...
Swipe Lock is a new way to lock, unlock your Mac
Empoc has released Swipe Lock, a Mac app that allows customers to lock and unlock their Mac "with style." It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher and costs .
It utilizes the same locking/unlocking mechanics that are seen with Apple's iOS products and brings those to Apple's desktop and laptop computers. Swipe Lock features include Magic Mouse and Magic TrackPad support, multi display support, auto lock, system sleep timers, lock and unlock sounds and more.
Swipe Lock requires an Intel-based Mac. A demo is available for download at the product web site (http://swipelock.empoc.com).
MacTech InDepth is new seminar series
On the heels of the success of MacTech Conference for IT Pros and Developers, and MacTech Boot Camps held all around the United States, MacTech has announced a new (third) type of event: MacTech InDepth -- a series of one day seminars each focusing on a single topic.
MacTech InDepth is a single-track, hotel-based seminar that is specifically geared to serve the needs of IT pros, consultants and techs looking for a deep dive on a single topic. The first MacTech InDepth will focus on Mobile Device Management, and will be in the City of San Francisco on Wednesday, Dec. 7.
"MacTech Conference 2010 was an enormous success delivering amazing content and a quality conference to IT Pros and developers in the large organization, enterprise, and ISV markets," says aid Neil Ticktin, editor-in-chief/publisher, "MacTech Magazine." "MacTech Boot Camp events have been a terrific success in helping consultants grow their company and support small business. What's been really clear from the...
Bose rolls out SoundLink Wireless Mobile speaker
Bose has introduced the SoundLink Wireless Mobile speaker, a portable speaker that connects wirelessly to any Bluetooth enabled device. Now, the music from a smartphone or tablet can be streamed at the touch of a button and played out loud anywhere
"People want to listen to their music everywhere, and millions of consumers already own Bluetooth enabled devices like the iPhone, iPad and Android phones that can store thousands of songs," says John Roselli, director of Bose Product Marketing. "But there hasn’t been a way to experience that content like the SoundLink Wireless Mobile speaker. With no wires or docking needed, its magic becomes evident the first time you hold it, and the first time you hear it."
He adds that Bose engineers developed inventions to do something that hadn’t been done to date: reproduce full-range audio from a single, hand-held enclosure. The SoundLink combines four low-profile neodymium transducers for clear high- and mid-frequencies, with new dual-opposing...
MokaFive opens a Window for Macs in the Enterprise
MokaFive (http://www.mokafive.com/), a company known for its virtualization- and desktop-management software, says its product suite is the ideal solution for companies that have standardized on a Windows operating system, but also want to meet the demand of a growing -- and increasingly vocal -- Mac constituency.
Third-quarter 2011 reports showed that Mac sales growth exceeded that of PC sales by more than 400%, according to industry-analyst firm Gartner Group (http://www.gartner.com), who reported in July that PC sales growth was a dismal 3.8% over 2010 -- a much smaller number than projected.
The trend indicates that while other manufacturers’ sales seem to be suffering from a sluggish economy, the demand for Macs is unwavering. The brand appears to have become especially popular with mobile executives, whose requests are sure to hold sway with the IT departments assigned to them.
MokaFive Suite virtualizes the Windows operating system, abstracting it from the computer...