Logitech introduces new iPad accessories
Logitech (http://www.logitech.com) has introduced accessories for the iPad and Android-based tablets. They include -- in addition to the already released Logitech Keyboard Case -- the following:
° The Logitech Wireless Speaker ($99.99). It eliminates cables and lets you place your speaker wherever you want -- up to 50 feet away from your iPad or Android tablet depending on use, settings and environmental conditions. A rechargeable battery powers the speaker for up to 10 hours, depending on your use and settings. Just pair with your tablet using Bluetooth wireless, and you're ready to listen.
° The Logitech Tablet Keyboard ($69.99). This keyboard-and-stand combo comes in two versions, one for Android-based tablets and a second for iPads, and is designed to travel easily and set up quickly. It pairs with your tablet over Bluetooth wireless, so you can use it on your desk, lap or anywhere within 30 feet of your tablet, depending on use, settings and environmental conditions.
Mophie juice pack now compatible with all iPhone 4s
Mophie (http://www.mophie.com) says the juice pack plus is now compatible with all iPhones. It costs US$99.95.
The enhanced capacity iPhone 4 rechargeable external battery case more than doubles the time to rock, talk, surf and send, according to the folks at mophie. In tandem with the launch, the company has designed a special edition purple juice pack plus case.
The plus boasts a 2,000 mAh battery capacity. Designed for iPhone 4 power and protection, the case has a thin and light-weight design, a dual injected rubber grip, and is only one millimeter thicker than mophie's flagship case, the juice pack air. The special edition purple juice pack plus, of which only 3,000 were produced, features a purple band around the edge of the case. Additional colors include black-on-black, and black with cyan, magenta or yellow banding.
Creativity Different introduces CDBrace for your Macbook
Creativity Different has introduced the CDBrace (http://www.cdbrace.com/), a new accessory for the MacBook and other portables. It attaches to your laptop without affecting its normal use.
You can leave CDBrace on all of the time as it fits in most bags and cases. However, it's easily detachable, according to Terrance Kirkwood, founder of Creativity Different.
The CDBrace is the first product from the company. It retails for US$29.95. However, Creativity Different is offering the CDBrace for a special pre-order price of $20 -- and a "very special" $5 price to the first 50 pre-orders -- through May 31. It's due for release in late summer and works with a Unibody Macbook or any laptop with a 9.5-inch, unobstructed gap between the laptop's screen and base.
iPhone app developer launches book for aspiring developers
iPhone app developer Rod Cambridge has released his first book, entitled "How NOT To Write an App" (http://macte.ch/Hm7jc), which is aimed at anyone looking to develop an app for the smartphone and tablet platforms.
In this eBook Cambridge uses his developer experience to take the reader step by step through the things that should, and shouldn't, be done when creating an app for Apple's iPhone or its rivals, including Google's Android and Microsoft's Windows Mobile devices.
"How NOT To Write an App" is currently being featured by Apple in the "New & Notable" section of their iBookstore (for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch), and is also available at Amazon's (Kindle) bookstore, Barnes and Noble (Nook), Diesel eBook Store, Stanza, Smashwords, and more, for US$4.99.
HandStand rotating case for the iPad 2 available
Hub International is now shipping its HandStand2 case for use with the iPad 2. It allows users to spin the Apple tablet 360 degrees for a quick transition from landscape to portrait viewing and back again.
With the HandStand2, users can use the iPad 2 while turning it for optimal viewing and manipulation of the touch screen without accidentally launching apps or randomly scrolling. An integrated iPad stand with a slight incline allows for typing when placed on a stable surface.
The HandStand2 case comes in pink, black and white for US$49.99. You can order it at http://www.thehandstand.com .
XtremeMac rolls out new InCharge BT products
XtremeMac (http://www.xtrememac.com) has announced its new InCharge Bluetooth (BT) series featuring the InCharge Home BT and Auto BT. Both “made for iPod, iPhone, iPad” devices -- which cost US$79.99 each -- let you turn your home music system or car stereo into a wireless audio solution.
The InCharge Home BT (Figure A) is a wireless audio receiver and 10 watt USB wall charger. Users can connect the provided 4ft. AUX cable from the InCharge Home BT to a home stereo, turning it into a Bluetooth-enabled audio receiver. Users can t their stereo system to their Bluetooth enabled iPhone, iPod or iPad allowing for wireless audio playback. Features include a Bluetooth LED status indicator and low profile design allowing access to a second wall outlet. InCharge Home BT includes a four-foot 30-pin to USB cable for charging while streaming music wirelessly.
The InCharge Auto BT (Figure B) plugs into the car’s line-in jack and provides three functions in one compact device -- hands-free...
Public beta of Webbla released
Celmaro has released a public beta of Webbla 1.5 (http://www.celmaro.com/webbla), a new version of the visual bookmark manager for Mac OS X. Version 1.5 adds support for the social bookmarking web services, Delicious and Pinboard.
Webbla is a standalone bookmarking tool for Mac OS X that automatically creates webpage thumbnails for each added bookmark and displays them in a list or grid view. Bookmarks can be personalized with tags, rating and a description, and organized in collections and smart collections.
The new integrated Delicious and Pinboard adapter synchronize bookmarks in the background and help to organize, share or exchange bookmarks on social bookmarking web services. Webbla 1.5 also introduces a redesigned sidebar that contains a Library, Recent, Collections and Sharing section.
The Recent section offers a new integrated trash functionality designed to make it easier to recover deleted bookmarks. In addition, Webbla 1.5 comes with a optimized grid view to make it...
MuchoThumbs Pro now ready for Snow Leopard
Mucho Software (http://muchosoft.com/) has updated MuchoThumbs Pro, which lets you create thumbnails of web sites, to version 4.5.
This version brings full compatibility with Mac OS X Snow Leopard. It also boasts faster startup and faster folder reading, saves plug-ins in Application Support, fixes various little bugs and provides a Spanish translation.
Version 4.5 is a free upgrade for all 4.x users. For new users the cost is US$40.
Apple hires former LG exec
Apple recently appointed a former executive of LG Electronics as the new head of its Korean unit, reports "Yonhad News Agency" (http://macte.ch/S95iC), quoting an unnamed industry source.
Dominique Oh is the new general manager at Apple Korea, which oversees the U.S. company's business in South Korea, the article adds. He succeeded Andrew Sedgwick, who led the Korean unit since 2001.
Update of IPsec VNP client suite is Mac OS X 10.5/10.6...
NCP engineering (http://www.ncp-e.com/) has announced the availability of a new entry version of its IPsec VPN client suite compatible with Mac OS X 10.5 and Snow Leopard 10.6 operating systems. It enables remote workers to securely connect to their corporate networks.
IPsec VPN supports authentication and features NCP's Path Finder technology, which is used in conjunction with the NCP Secure Enterprise Server. It also includes a personal firewall and FIPS inside
The NCP Secure Mac Client supports the Extensible Authentication Protocols (EAP) MD5 and Transport Layer Security (TLS). Companies that use 802.1x-enabled switches or Wi-Fi access points can further prevent unauthorized users from entering local area networks (LANs).
NCP has also integrated a split tunneling mode into its IPsec VPN client. Split tunneling allows for concurrent connections to target systems within the Internet and to the company network through the VPN tunnel. This new configuration regulates which DNS...
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for May 18
Here are the latest iPhone/iPod touch/iPod/iPad apps. You can find 'em at the Apple App Store (http://www.itunes.com/appstore/).
Western Digital, maker of the WD TV media player family, has announced the newest version of its WD Photos photo viewer app, which now works with the WD TV Live Hub media center from an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. It's free, but users must own a WD TV Live Hub media center and register with WD's free, secure remote access service to use it.
PageNet Company has released The Night Flier, an US$0.99 game for the iPhone, iPad and iPod. The player controls an adventurous bat setting off for a long journey, and its aim is to fly as far as possible to score the maximum number of points. There are a lot of dangers and obstacles both on the rooftops and in the sky.
Research-Digital has introduced Responsive for iPhone, a $0.99 app for responding efficiently to unanswered calls. Responding is done by sending a predefined text message, by setting an automatic reminder...
Apple building second data center in Santa Clara
Apple is expanding its Internet infrastructure with a new data center in Silicon Valley, as it prepares to bring additional server and storage capacity online later this year, reports "Data Center Knowledge" (http://macte.ch/GHlrU).
The new server space, housed in a third-party facility, will be smaller than the huge data center that Apple has built in North Carolina. The new data center will provide additional IT capacity at a time when Apple is rumored to be developing new cloud computing services delivering streaming media, which could include music, video and file storage, notes "Data Center Knowledge."
In April, Apple signed a seven-year lease for 2.28 megawatts of critical power load in a new data center being built in Santa Clara, California, by DuPont Fabros Technology (DFT), a eveloper of wholesale data center space, the article adds. The lease is scheduled to commence in the third quarter (July to September), when the building opens.
Apple has built a data center in...
Free FreeHand files antitrust lawsuit against Adobe
Another day, another lawsuit. Free FreeHand (http://www.freefreehand.org), an organization dedicated to the late, lamented (by many) vector drawing application, is suing Adobe for "killing" FreeHand.
FreeHand was made by Macromedia, which Adobe purchased in 2003. In time Adobe phased out FreeHand as well as Macromedia's GoLive web site creation tool in favor of its own (and competing) Illustrator and Dreamweaver products.
Here's the goal of the Free FreeHand Organization: "We want FreeHand to have a future. Not only because we love to work with it, but also because we have thousands of files from the past we may need access to on any given occasion (well, they open in AI, but are converted into chaos). Our wish is a simple one: For those who still use FreeHand today (and don't want to use Illustrator, possible reasons for which are myriad) the application must be brought up to date and maintained, i.e. known bugs fixed and made to work natively on current operating systems. We don't...
Intel CEO: Apple helps share our roadmap
Apple products are a key factor in Intel's plans for new processors, Tom Kilroy, a senior vice president at the company, told the Reuters Global Technology Summit (http://macte.ch/QVGzx) in New York.
"We work very closely with them and we're constantly looking down the road at what we can be doing relative to future product," he said. "I'd go as far as to say Apple helps shape our roadmap. Apple -- they push us hard."
Intel chips power Macs, but Apple designed its own processors for the iPhone and iPad using technology licensed from Britain's ARM Holdings. Kilroy played down suggestions that ARM processors could eventually unseat the world's top chipmaker in personal computers.
Apple planning to use iPad 2s, Retail Me software in stores?
Apple plans to overhaul its retail operations with iPad 2s running new Retail Me software, according to "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).
Apple stores have reportedly been receiving stockpiles of iPad 2 units with magnetic Smart Covers. Quoting "people familiar with Apple's retail operations," "AppleInsider" says that all stores across the U.S. have been stocked with dozens of iPads that are being prepared for use by employees. Training and utilization of the hardware could begin as soon as this weekend, the article adds.
"It's also possible that the iPads could be used in addition to the current iPod touch EasyPay terminals, perhaps utilizing the larger screen of an iPad for showcasing product features to customers," "AppleInsider" says.
Apple sued for violating Wi-Fi antenna lawsuit
Another day, another lawsuit. Apple and other companies, including HP, are being sued by a company called Linex Technologies for patent infringement. The company accuses Apple of violating two of its patents related to the design and implementation of antennas.
Both patents refer to a plurality of signals sent and received wirelessly with a number of antennas, reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com). The accused Apple products cited in the complaint are the MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, AirPort Extreme, and Time Capsule, the article adds.
"Defendants' Accused Products infringe the asserted claims by receiving and processing multiple spatial streams using multiple receive antennas," the complaint reads. The lawsuit was filed with the International Trade Commission.
Linex, a Florida company that licenses wireless technologies, also filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in the District of Delaware against the same companies (which include Aruba Networks, Meru...
LTE-enabled iPhones may not arrive until 2012
Apple probably wont't release LTE-enabled iPhones this year as originally planned due to problems concerning yield rates of LTE chips offered by Qualcomm, reports "DigiTimes" (http://www.digitimes.com), Taiwanese industry publication quoting industry sources.
Long Term Evolution (LTE) is a standard in the mobile network technology world that produced the GSM/EDGE and UMTS/HSPA network technologies. It's a project of the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), operating under a name trademarked by one of the associations within the partnership, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute.
Meanwhile, the top-three telecom carriers in China – China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom -- have all expressed their interest to sell such a phone in the Chinese market if and when it become available, the article adds. By the end of 2011, the number of 3G mobile subscribers in China is expected to top over 61.9 million, of which 26.99 million subscribers will use China Mobile's...
Parallels Transporter launches on the Mac App Store
Parallels (http://www.parallels.com) has launched Parallels Transporter, an application designed to make the move from a Windows PC to a Mac easy by automatically transferring music, pictures, Internet bookmarks, documents and more. Parallels Transporter is available on the Mac App Store for US$0.99 for a limited time (it's normally $39.99)
Parallels has shipped more than three million copies of its award-winning Parallels Desktop for Mac software. The Parallels Transporter app is designed for Mac users who may not need to run Windows on their Mac at all. It's a simple way to bring everything you need from your PC together on your Mac without wasting your valuable time or incurring the expense of hiring a technology service to do the work, says Kim Johnston, vice president of Marketing for Parallels.
Parallels Transporter Agent collects data on your PC and uses your wireless network or an external storage device to transfer it to Parallels Transporter on your Mac. Parallels...
Thunderbolt MacBook Airs coming in June or July?
"DigiTimes" (http://www.digitimes.com) says Apple will update its MacBook Air line with Sandy Bridge processors and Thunderbolt connectivity in June or July.
Quoting unnamed industry sources, the Taiwanese industry publication says the main supply chain makers for the new models remain about the same as for the existing MacBook Air, with Quanta Computer solely responsible for assembly, Catcher Technology supplying casings, Auras Technology a main supplier of thermal modules, Shin Zu Shing supplying hinges, and Simplo Technology and Dynapack supplying batteries, the sources pointed out.
However, none of the makers have confirmed their participation in making new MacBook Airs. And, of course, Apple has made no comment.
Byte-dock is new Thunderbolt compatible dock for the MacBook Pro
The Byte-dock (http://www.byte-dock.com) is an upcoming dock that will will offer owners of Apple’s flagship range of laptops the functionality of a desktop computer at home or in the office. And it supports Thunderbolt.
The MacBook Pro is inserted into the docking station and connects with all peripheral equipment plugged into the dock, such as an external keyboard, monitor, mouse, printer or phone charger. Although the Byte-dock is specifically designed for the MacBook Pro range, plans are in place for it to become compatible with other Apple MacBooks. The Byte-dock also includes full Thunderbolt functionality, which has been developed by Intel and Apple.
Users can also have FireWire 800 devices, Ethernet and audio cables plugged into the dock and the MacBook will connect to them. The Byte-dock comes with two usb ports, one mic/line in, one audio out/headphone socket, one FireWire 800 socket, one Thunderbolt port (used in conjunction with the HDMI video cable shipped with the dock)...
Sims 3: Generations coming May 31
TransGaming says The Sims 3: Generations expansion pack for Mac OS X (10.5.8 or higher) is now available for pre-order from the GameTree store for US$39.99. It's scheduled for release on May 31.
Here's how The Sims 3: Generations is described: "Start off in the imagination-fuelled world of childhood and embrace the drama of the teen years. Experience the complicated realities of adult life, then reap the benefits of growing up in each life stage. A wealth of new options and activities makes your Sims' lives more meaningful than ever before, whatever their ages. With new celebrations, dramatic life events, and all-new ways for your Sims to express their creativity, The Sims 3 Generations lets your Sims live life to the fullest!"
The expansion pack requires The Sims 3 for the Mac to play. You won't be able to activate/play The Sims 3 until it's officially released.
Fresh Feed Pro for Mac OS X gets Google Reader support
Bloop (Bloop: http://bloop.it/) has released Fresh Feed and Fresh Feed Pro 1.5.2, updates to its lightweight news notifiers for Mac OS X. The new versions add Google Reader support, a quick preview, Speech and more.
With the apps, you can select some of your RSS or Atom feeds, and each time new information arrives, Fresh Feed will inform you with an alert sound. You can read the title and the source of the news. If you want to read more, it's possible to delve into the subject matter by viewing a preview from a pop-up menu.
Once you have read the news in detail you can share it on Twitter, Facebook or directly open the web page associated with the article. Fresh Feed can even read the title of the feed through the special option "Speech" so that way you can carry on with your work without interruption.
The pro version boasts features like the possibility to add feeds from Google Reader and from a browser by right clicking on the URL. You can also visualize article previews.
Numerology now available for the Mac
InfiniteNIL (http://www.infinitenil.com) has introduced Numerology 1.0, a Mac OS X version of its iOS app. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher and is available for US$9.99 through the Mac App Store in the Lifestyle category.
Numerology is designed to help you use the ancient science of numerology to gain insight into yourself and others. By studying the numbers derived from a person's name and birth date it is possible to determine their inner personality, talents, hidden tendencies, turning points, and probable challenges in life, among other characteristics, according to the folks at InfiniteNIL.
You can also use it to see how compatible two people are for friendship, a business relationship, or romance. Forecasts for the year, month, and day are also provided. You can change the forecast date to see your forecast for any date you want.
Nuggit/Nuggit Express is new text editor for Mac OS X
Before Dawn Solutions has released Nuggit/Nuggit Express, a text editor for Mac OS X 10.6.6 and higher. It costs US$9.99 and is available at the Mac App Store and the Before Dawn website (http://www.beforedawnsolutions.com).
Nuggit/Nuggit Express is based on the skEdit code base, so it is able to share bundles, scripts and snippets with skEdit. It brings a clean and efficient interface to text editing tasks without compromising on the tools, according to the folks at Before Dawn.
Features include: configurable editor and file management; tabbed windows to edit multiple files without clutter; a code navigator to quickly jump between sections of code; line numbering; bracket matching; block indenting; and more. It's also AppleScriptable.
LORTU unveils compact back-up server
LORTU (http://www.lortu.com) has announced the LDA-Mini, a backup appliance slightly larger than a standard hard drive, which can store approximately 20TB of data.
Also, using the remote back-up service offered by LORTU, it can back up as much as 80GB data daily over a conventional Internet connection such as a DSL line. This storage and transfer ability is possible due to the deduplication technology built into the appliance. LORTU has been developing this technology for over eight years.
The LDA-Mini can be installed in any office thanks to its ultra-thin chassis design, low noise and low power consumption, according to the folks at LORTU. It has an estimated virtual capacity of 20TB and costs approximately US$962.
JFK for Kids is multimedia biography of President Kennedy
MultiEducator (http://www.multieducator.net/) has introduced JFK for Kids 1.0 for iOS or Mac OS X. It's a multimedia biography of President John F. Kennedy 51 years after his taking office.
JFK for Kids is designed especially for kids in grades 3-5. Featuring 14 chapters, there are 100 high-resolution photographs, a three-minute video summary, 12 archival video clips, audio clips, and a historical timeline. The reference app is fully searchable.
JFK for Kids is MultiEducator's first kids' biography, and draws on their encyclopedic multimedia biography, "JFK Historymaker," which was written by the company's president, Marc Schulman. The app also features: an Info button for additional information about each photo, audio, video, and text entry; a search function; a Favorites library; Recently Viewed content; an illustrated JFK Timeline from May 29, 1917 to November 22, 1963; Introductory and Concluding Videos; and a brief set of instructions on using the app.
JFK for Kids 1.0 for iOS...
Log Leech for Mac OS X gets faster
Creastoric Software (http://creastoric.com) has updated Log Leech for Mac OS X to version 1.3. The new version sports an updated log parser that provides faster startup and refresh times.
There's also a new new chronological view that allows you to see all log entries in the order in which they occurred. Log Leech allows you to view your system logs in an easy-to-understand format and lets you search, sort, and filter log entries.
Whenever an application on your system encounters something unexpected, it typically creates a log entry in a hidden file called the Console Log. While every Mac comes with a utility to view this file, it displays every log entry from every application in a big jumbled mess, according to the folks at Creastoric Software.
Log Leech requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It's Universal Binary, so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. Log Leech costs US$10, though version 1.3 is a free update for registered users.
SweetP Productions serves up Cookie 1.6 for Mac OS X
SweetP Productions has announced Cookie 1.6 (http://www.sweetpproductions.com), an update to their cookie and browser history management utility for Mac OS X (10.6.6 and higher). It's available at the Mac App Store for US$14.99.
Cookie is designed to help you to manage exactly who can access information about your online activities. It scans your computer for all types of cookies, from all the top browsers, and can be configured to remove all unwanted tracking-advertising cookies.
Data can be stored on your computer without you even knowing in a multitude of different formats: cookies, Flash cookies, databases and local storage. Cookie scans your computer for all types of cookies.
PDFPen for Mac Os X gets new security features
SmileOnMyMac has updated PDFPen (http://www.smileonmymac.com/PDFpen/download.html), its PDF editing and form-filling tool for Mac OS X, to version 5.3. The update adds adds new security features, including 128-bit and 256-bit AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) encryption.
The changes in PDFpen 5.3 have also been made in PDFpenPro 5.3, the pro version that can also convert websites into PDFs, create fillable PDF forms, and construct document table of contents.
PDFpen costs US$59.95, and PDFpenPro is $99.95. Family pack licenses, which cover up to five computers in one household, are $74.95 for PDFpen and $129.95 for PDFpenPro. Upgrades from earlier versions of either application are $25, and free to users who purchased after Feb. 14, 2010. Upgrades from any version of PDFpen to PDFpenPro 5.0 are $40.
PDFpen 5.3 and PDFpen Pro 5.3 require Mac OS X 10.6 or later. Demo versions are available for download.
iWebTemplate releases 10 new iWeb templates
In collaboration with iPresentee and iWebThemesPro, iWebTemplate (http://www.iwebtemplate.com/) has announced the addition of 10 new iWeb templates to be used with Apple's website building application.
The new templates are Sky Town, Sky, LightCardboard, Japanese, Interior, Fresco, DJ, Code, Brown and Blue themes. All can be customized. The new iWeb templates include an installer to make sure the templates end up in the right place.
The iWebTemplate templates require Mac OS X 10.4.3 or later and iWeb 2.0 (iLife '08) or iWeb 3.0 (iLife '09 or iLife '11). Each is available from US$9.99.
CDFinder for Mac OS X gets better cataloging features
Norbert M. Doerner has released CDFinder 5.7.2 (http://www.cdfinder.de), an update to the disk library cataloger. The new version can now catalog thumbnails of Adobe InDesign CS5 files and more RAW photo formats.
There are also improvements for cataloging and overall stability. CDFinder keeps track of your digital files, photos, songs, movies, on hard disks, CD-ROMs, Blu-ray disks, DVD-ROMs, server disks, and any other digital media.
CDFinder requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. Version 5.7.2 is a free update to licensed users of CDFinder 5.x. Cross-grades for users of competing applications (DiskLibrary, Canto Cumulus, iView Media Pro, and more) are available. A free demo version can be downloaded from the CDFinder website, and the price for new users starts at approximately US$41. Multiple user packs are available for network users.
Apple releases Digital Camera RAW, ProKit updates
Apple has released Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.7 and .
The former (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1386) adds RAW image compatibility for new cameras to Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11. It's a 6.62MB download and requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher.
ProKit 7.0 (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1385) resolves a number of minor issues, according to Apple. It's a 15.7MB download and requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher.
You can obtain the updates via the System Preferences component of the Mac OS X Systems Preferences app.
Apple looking for a media streaming engineer manager
An Apple job posting (http://macte.ch/WXkDY) shows that the company is looking for a media streaming engineer manager. This is likely in conjunction with the rumored "iCloud" streaming service Apple is expected to announce as part of its plans for the ginormous data center its building in North Carolina.
The media streaming engineer manager will be part of the Interactive Media Group (IMG), which provides the media and graphics foundation across all of Apple's innovative products, including the iPhone, AppleTV, iPad and iPod, as well as professional and consumer applications from Final Cut and Aperture to iLife and iWork. Apple says the "IMG takes the media experience to the next level on both Mac OS X and Windows platforms with technologies such as QuickTime X and Core Animation."
"Our team is responsible for implementing software services around linear audiovisual media," says Apple. " This includes local media playback, video-on-demand and live streaming of multimedia content. Our...
Apple exhibiting at BookExpo America
Apple will exhibit this year at BookExpo America, the largest trade book fair in the United States to promote its iBookStore, reports "paidContent" (http://macte.ch/Y4JnB).
The iBookstore features books from major and independent publishers. Once you’ve bought a book -- or download a free one -- it’s displayed on your Bookshelf in an iOS device. Just tap it to start reading.
The company has a large booth in a prime location, next door to Scholastic and in the same area as major publishers including Random House, Disney Book Group and Macmillan, the article adds. BEA’s website (http://www.bookexpoamerica.com) notes that Apple will be represented by Scott Simpson from Apple’s iBookstore.
The BookExpo America will be held May 23-28 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City. It is an exclusive convention for book industry members only.
In February Bloomberg cited a Goldman Sachs report that said Amazon.com had 58% of ebook sales, followed by Barnes & Noble at 27%, Apple at...
Apple profit averages to $419,528 per employee
Apple earned a massive profit of US$419,528 per employee in the past 12 months (not, of course, that most make anywhere close to that), handily beating Google, Microsoft, Intel, HP, Dell and other tech firms, reports "pingdom" (http://macte.ch/rgGKV), a site that covers "the uptime monitoring needs of 90% of the companies in the world."
"One reason (of several) that profit per employee is such an interesting metric is because it gives you a number that doesn’t depend so much on the size of the company. In other words, it becomes easy to compare companies of different sizes," says "pingdom." "Apple is not only in the lead, it is in the lead by quite some margin. Its profit per employee is 1.25x that of Google’s and 1.71x that of Microsoft’s. This is of course a direct result of Apple’s rapidly growing profits. Apple has never been as profitable as it is now, not even close."
Apple’s profit per employee has grown 2.8x since 2008. Also, "pingdom" notes that company has added more than...
Apple looking into Lodys patent infringement claims
Apple's legal department is "actively investigating" claims by Lodsys, a patent holding company that's suing some iPhone and iPad developers using in-app purchase systems, reports "The Guardian" (http://macte.ch/6bcDZ).
So far Lodsys has served papers on about a dozen iOS developers. Last week patent holding firm Lodsys began targeting small iOS developers with notices of patent infringement for providing in-app purchase and/or Apple App Store purchase links within their apps. The company said developers had to obtain a license within 21 days or face the prospect of a lawsuit.
Lodsys has been criticized by some for targeting app and website publishers instead of Apple itself. Apple isn't expected to respond to the claims until later this week, says "The Guardian."
-- Dennis Sellers
Flexibits releases Fantastical, a flexible calendar for the Mac
Flexibits has introduced Fantastical, a flexible calendar application for Mac that lets you create, view, and search their 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 included, allowing users of services such as MobileMe, Google Calendar, and Yahoo! Calendar to use their calendars with Fantastical once they have been added to iCal.
Fantastical for Mac is available for a special introductory price (until June 1) of US$14.99 (US)...
Apple planning smaller SIM?
Apple has proposed a standardized SIM card smaller than those it currently uses in the iPhone and iPad in order to be able to produce thinner devices, Anne Bouverot, Orange's head of mobile services, tells "Reuters" (http://macte.ch/SIIst).
"They have done that through the standardization route, through ETSI, with the sponsorship of some major mobile operators, Orange being one of them," she told the Paris leg of the Reuters Global Technology Summit.
She said the process would take time and that the first devices using such SIM cards could come out next year. Believe it or not, Apple has no comment.
D-Link's new Cloud Managed solutions sport expanded...
D-Link -- a standards-based unified networking solutions provider -- has announced new Cloud Managed products for small and medium-sized businesses looking for a better way to manage their networks.
The D-Link DAP-3525 AirPremier N Dual Band Exterior PoE Access Point powered by CloudCommand, D-Link Insight, and D-Link DIR-605 Fuzion Broadband Aggregation Router leverage Cloud-based automation for remote configuration and monitoring, resiliency, load balancing, and security management that can be outsourced or handled internally, allowing businesses with limited IT resources and budgets to improve the uptime and cost-effectiveness of their networks, says Joe Melfi, director of technical marketing and product manager for Cloud Solutions, D-Link Systems.
D-Link’s Cloud Managed solutions allow small and medium businesses -- or the value-added reseller (VAR) or managed service provider (MSP) of their choice -- to manage one or many networks remotely via a Cloud portal, he adds. Using the...
Goal of 45 million iPads this year out of reach?
FBR analyst Craig Berger told clients in a note -- as reported by "Business Insider" (http://macte.ch/bBelq) -- that Apple's internal goal of selling 45 million iPads this year is "out of reach" due to production problems.
He says his sources tell him that for the second calendar quarter of 2011, production targets are 6.2 million units, and Apple could sell 6.4 million iPads for the quarter, below current expectations. Berger says touchscreen availability and Hon Hai production problems are limiting Apple.
For the third quarter, the analyst sees production dropping off to 5.2 million units thanks to component shortages and production problems. He also says the effects of the Japanese earthquake could be felt in the third quarter though this could change if touchscreen supplies improve.
Apple rep to appear at second Senate hearing over location...
A second U.S. Senate hearing over location privacy has been scheduled with Apple and Google reps participating. The goal is to "highlight how well companies notify their customers about when and how their whereabouts are stored and transmitted," reports "CNET" (http://macte.ch/KT8Pi).
Following the U.S. Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing about mobile privacy last week, representatives from the two companies are expected to again appear in Washington, D.C., on Thursday to answer questions from U.S. lawmakers. "CNET" says that the topic of a hearing, put on by the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance, is "consumer privacy and protection in the mobile marketplace."
It's being led by chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-West Virginia). On the docket to testify as part of a witness panel is Catherine Novelli, Apple's vice president of worldwide government affairs. Last time Guy "Bud" Tribble, Apple's vice president of software technology, around...
Brosix releases Web-based instant messaging client
Brosix has announced an online version of their Brosix Instant Messaging program. This program allows Brosix users to log into their account and contact their IM friends and colleagues without downloading Brosix Instant Messenger.
This web client is free to use and users will only need an account, which is also free through Brosix Personal. This web version of Brosix offers the same level of encryption, according to Stefan Chekanov, owner of Brosix.
In order to use the Brosix Web Client to carry on instant messaging conversations, go to "Direct Download Link" (http://www.brosix.com) and click on Start. The web client only allows users to carry on conversations, not use any of the features that are available on the downloadable program version.
The web client also allows users to set their status to Online, Not Available, or Do Not Disturb. This can be found by clicking the green check mark once a user has signed into the web client.
HP announces 'micro thin' 23-inch display
Hewlett Packard (http://www.hp.com) has announced the 23-inch x2301 Micro Thin display. The "micro thin" (approximately 0.4 inches) will go on sale June 10 for US$279.99.
It's an HD (1,920 x 1,080), LED_backlit display that boasts 72% of the color gamut, a 8,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, a 3ms GtG response time, and BrightView technology. The x2301 is also mercury- and arsenic-free with Energy Star 5.0 and EPEAT Silver certifications.
The x2301 packs the power and connectivity to the bottom of the display in the base. Connectivity options include HDMI, VGA and DVI-D.
Dolly Drive offers bigger online Time Machine back-up
Dolly Drive, an online backup for server for Apple's Time Machine from Cirrus Thinking, has announced storage plans up to 2TB and a seeding program with its upgraded version 1.2.
The latest release of the SaaS and HaaS cloud and clone backup application adds incremental cloning and a new multi-site Dolly Grid infrastructure for faster upload speeds and increased stability.
Dolly Drive is an online storage service designed for the Apple community. In addition to Time Machine integration, the application allows users to duplicate their entire computer on an external hard drive for fast recovery in the event of a hard drive failure or disaster.
Dolly Drive subscriptions can be purchased at http://www.dollydrive.com in packages from 50GB to 2TBs for US$5 to $55 per month. This includes online storage, backup through Apple’s Time Machine, and software to create bootable clones on a local external hard drive.
Seagate debuts first mobile wireless storage for iOS
Seagate (http://www.seagate.com) has announced GoFlex Satellite mobile wireless storage, the first battery-powered external hard drive to wirelessly extend the storage capacity of any Wi-Fi enabled mobile device.
It sports 500GB capacity and Wi-Fi access over 802.11 b/g/n and a rechargeable battery. Devices are wirelessly connected directly to the GoFlex Satellite drive by use of the free GoFlex Media app, available at the Apple App Store.
GoFlex Satellite is available immediately for pre-order from Seagate.com, Amazon and BestBuy.com for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of US$199.99. It's scheduled to arrive in Best Buy stores in July. Global availability is planned for later this summer.
WD launches 3TB SATA hard drives
Western Digital (http://www.wdc.com) has announced the addition of 2.5TB and 3TB versions to its family of WD AV-GP SATA hard drives, serving the audio-video (AV) market.
The WD AV-GP family of drives delivers 24X7 reliability along with power-saving WD GreenPower Technology. The WD AV-GP drives are field tested to have a 1.0 million hour MTBF rating, says Jim Welsh, executive vice president and general manager, of WD's branded products and CE business units. Drives with capacities in excess of 2.19TB currently present barriers for certain computer hardware, firmware and software.
For example, drives larger than 2.19 TB are not supported by systems running Windows XP; and systems with 32-bit versions of Windows Vista or Windows 7 relegate drives larger than 2.19TB to be used as secondary drives. So it's important to review existing computer specs prior to installation of either the 2.5TB or 3TB WD AV-GP drives, Welsh says.
The WD AV-GP 2.5TB and 3TB hard drives are available now in...
Redfish Instruments introduces iPhone-enabled, wireless...
Redfish Instruments (http://www.redfishinstruments.com), has introduced the iDVM Digital Multimeter. It wirelessly connects to an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch via an ad hoc wireless network allowing users to acquire, visualize, and share electrical measurement data on their Apple devices. The iDVM app can be downloaded free from the Apple App Store.
Traditionally, multimeters have not provided an easy method of exporting or saving data. The iDVM permits a user to log data over an extended period of time using the iPhone or the iPad as the storage device. For example, service engineers can use the iDVM to collect data and store it in a report for submission to their clients, or keep the data on the voltmeter for their own records.
Using the GeoTag feature of the iPhone or iPad, service engineers can even identify their location as part of the data. The iDVM is built in the USA using all USA-made parts, and uses rechargeable batteries, says Patrick O’Hara, Redfish Instruments’ president...
yType is new typing accelerator for Mac OS X
Plum Amazing Software has released yType (http://plumamazing.com/mac/ytype), a new productivity tool for Mac OS X 10.5 or higher that runs in the background to amplify your typing ability.
You type a few characters (a shortcut) to paste a much larger block of text (called an expansion) like your name, an URL, picture or even several pages of formatted text instantly anywhere on your Mac in any application. Another way that yType can save time is in typing symbols and other difficult to find Unicode characters.
The app and manual is in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, Swedish, and Russian. yType costs US$10 for a single user license ; a demo is available for download.
Zengobi Introduces Curio Core at the Mac App Store
Zengobi has announced the availability of Curio Core -- a personal, app-sized edition of their high-end Curio 7 Professional digital notebook application -- at the Mac App Store. It costs US39.99 and requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher.
The Core edition delivers "one of the most amazingly intuitive integrated environments for freeform information gathering, brainstorming, and creative exploration to an even broader audience," says George Browning, founder of Zengobi. Features include:
° The ability to place "anything anywhere" in idea spaces with texture, notepaper, and grid styles;
° Rich text figures with flowcharting border shapes, multipoint gradient fills, and shadow effects;
° Support for aliased or embedded files of any type, including documents, images, movies, and other mixed media;
° Integrated mind mapping with radial map, left map, right map, and org chart layouts;
° Lists, hierarchical outlines, and to-do lists;
° Index cards and note cards;
° Styleable tables for...
Avenza releases Geographic Imager 3.0 for Photoshop
Avenza Systems -- producers of MAPublisher and MAPublisher LabelPro cartographic software for Adobe Illustrator as well as MAPdataUSA, MAPdataCanada and MAPdataWorld royalty-free GIS data sets -- has released Geographic Imager 3.0, which adds geospatial functionality to Adobe Photoshop.
This release of Geographic Imager also adds support for 64-bit operating systems, improved DEM import support, and an enhanced user interface and tools, according to Doug Smith, Avenza’s director of sales. The software enhances the Adobe Photoshop imaging environment by adding tools and technology necessary to support geospatial images such as aerial and satellite imagery, he adds.
In addition to allowing the use of Adobe Photoshop and its native imaging functions such as cropping, transparencies and layer adjustments, Geographic Imager adds the ability to import and recognize common industry raster image formats, automatically mosaic and tile images, reproject and transform images, georeference...