Flexiglass a new Mac OS X windows management tool
Nulana has launched Flexiglass (http://nulana.com/flexiglass), an application for management of Mac OS X windows. It requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.5 or higher and costs US$7.99.
With Flexiglass, windows can be moved, resized, maximized and closed with a mouse, trackpad multi-touch gestures, and keyboard shortcuts. Application settings can be modified to move and resize, real zoom and quick layouts to suit user needs and preferences.
Flexiglass supports English, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish. A demo is available for download.
Apple won't let Unpleasant Horse run on the Apple App Store
Unpleasant Horse from new studio 4th & Battery was denied release on the Apple App Store because of "mature content," reports "Casual Gaming Biz" (http://macte.ch/ei8sk).
Unpleasant Horse lets players take on the role of a "strikingly unpleasant" horse intent on destroying small birds and landing on more pleasant horses from above. It "looks set to compare to Adult Swim's infamously puerile, witty content," says the "Develop" site (http://macte.ch/k8rxI).
iCab was launched two years ago, and brings many more features to iPhones and iPads than the Safari shipped with the device, the article says. The developer Alexander Clauss says he'll comply with Apple's wishes by disabling third-party code. "But he's puzzled by the Jobsian logic," notes "The Register."
Analyst comments on Apple's anticipated 'Cloud Tunes...
In a note to clients -- as reported by "Barron's" (http://macte.ch/75x21) -- Barclays Capital analyst Ben Reitzes comments on the report that has Apple purchased 12 petabytes worth of storage equipment from Isilon Systems, a division of EMC. This lines up with what expects will be Apples version of iTunes “in the cloud,” a hosted data service, the article adds.
"We believe that Isilon’s capabilities dovetail nicely with our vision for Apple’s upcoming 'Cloud Tunes' -- an extension of iTunes into the cloud that allows easy access to digital content from any Apple device," Reitzes writes. "We believe that Apple will release a new cloud strategy by the fall, likely integrating its MobileMe services and taking advantage of its significant investments in its North Carolina data center. We believe the launch of Apple’s service is much more complex than Amazon’s given its millions of users with years worth of files. Theoretically, a cloud-based content service could allow Apple to offer...
Best Buy holding non-reserved iPad 2s for an upcoming promo
Rumors of an iPad 2 sales freeze that may have gotten Best Buy in hot water with Apple emerged Thursday night and have flitted all over the 'Net. However, "BRG" (http://macte.ch/XEbfy) claims to have the answer in an email from Best Buy:
“Best Buy continues to receive iPad 2 inventory from Apple on a regular basis. As we’ve said previously, we are fulfilling customer reservations first. Our stores have been asked to temporarily hold non-reserved iPad 2 inventory for an upcoming promotion. This is a customary practice for us when there are supply constraints. Best Buy enjoys a great partnership with Apple, and we’re delighted by customer response to iPad 2.”
New EditShare 'Energy' Series to make its official...
EditShare (http://www.editshare.com) will unveil the new Energy shared storage product line at the NAB 2011 exhibition (Booth SL4728) next week.
Designed for small and mid-size production workgroups, the new 'Energy' Series provides outstanding speed and agility with over 700MB per second, read and write performance per server or expansion chassis, says Andy Liebman, founder and CEO of EditShare. The new EditShare Energy Series offers the full range of EditShare innovation including Final Cut Pro and Avid project sharing.
Project sharing lets editors draw on the same central pool of media and work in the same project simultaneously -- sharing raw material, bins and sequences. There's no per-seat license; media-optimized Gigabit and 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections support workgroups and high stream counts with simplicity and cost-effectiveness, says Liebman.
EditShare shared storage systems support a wide range of resolutions from DV25 up to full 2K DPX. Energy facilitates real-time...
Stereo3D CAT for the Mac to prowl in the third quarter
Dashwood Cinema Solutions (http://www.Dashwood3D.com), a developer of stereoscopic software, has revved its line of Mac-based stereoscopic 3D products: Stereo3D CAT. Stereo3D CAT is an on-location calibration and analysis system that's designed to remove all of the complexities associated with stereoscopic 3D camera calibration in production.
Features include an Alignment Tracker, a Stereo3D Visualizer, and a Parallax Inspector to calculate the correct camera alignment points, illustrate the depth of the 3D scene and avoid divergence. Other features include:
° A Sync Checker to confirm appropriate shutter sync between cameras;
° Stereoscopic Preview Modes including anaglyph, difference, side-by-side, line-by-line, and top/bottom;
° Depth analysis tools that include Depth Mapping and Depth Preview modes;
° Discreet or muxed stereoscopic input;
° External output in side-by-side, top/bottom, or anaglyph;
° The ability to transmit slate and disparity data to an iPad for display in...
OWC introduces Mount Pro Drive Sled for Mac Pros
Other World Computing (http://www.macsales.com) has announced the OWC Mount Pro drive sled for adding any 2.5-inch Serial ATA (SATA) hard disk drive or Solid State Drive (SSD) to 2009 and later Apple Mac Pro "Nehalem" and "Westmere" models.
Manufactured with the processes and materials including powder coated aircraft grade aluminum, the US$24.99 bracket comes backed by a lifetime warranty. It comes with four drive mounting screws and replaces an existing 3.5-inch drive tray. The OWC Mount Pro perfectly aligns the SATA connector on the mounted 2.5-inch drive into the back plane SATA ports on the Mac Pro.
MyService offers 750GB, 7200RPM laptop hard drive upgrade
MyService (http://www.myservice.com) has released a new 750GB, 7200rpm hard drive upgrade for the MacBook and MacBook Pro. These new 2.5-inch drives by Seagate are the largest 7200rpm drives available for the Apple laptops.
MyService has these drives in stock. The upgrade service costs US$299 and includes the new drive, round trip shipping, professional installation and data transfer. MyService makes the service process fast and easy. MyService sends a custom laptop shipping container to you. All shipping is insured and can be tracked online.
Your old hard drive is returned to you and can be used for backups. Since MyService is an Apple Authorized Service Provider, the 750GB upgrade will not void your Apple warranty.
FoldersSynchronizer updated to version 4.0.4
SoftoBe (http://www.softobe.com has updated FoldersSynchronizer, its Mac OS X tool for backing up and synchronizing files, folders and disks, to version 4.0.4. The new version adds a new option to the Settings panel: “Create sub-folder within the destination folder” and make this new sub-folder the real destination folder.
Also, the Settings button on the Options Drawer has been moved to an upper position, since it is the most used panel after the Console panel.
FoldersSynchronizer is an US$40 app for Mac OS X and Mac OS 9 that synchronizes and backs-up files, folders and disks. The user can choose one or more pairs of files, folders or disks and then they will be synchronized or backed-up.
FoldersSynchronizer lets you organize your sync and backup in several sessions to save to a file for a later reuse. On each session you can apply special options like Timers, Multiple Folders, Filters, Exclude Items, Auto-Mount local and remote volumes, launch your own AppleScripts, set how to...
GarageSale updated, now available in the Mac App Store
Iwascoding has released GarageSale 6.1, a free update for its listing solution for the Mac. For new users its available for US$39.99 in the Mac App Store.
Version 6.1 adds a toolbar containing text formatting options in preview mode, adds a Batch Find & Replace function and uses a new iMediaBrowser 2 component for accessing iPhoto or Aperture image libraries. Also, handling time can now be set in the auction preview directly.
GarageSale is a client application for the eBay online auction system that lets you compose auctions with a Mac-like interface. GarageSale integrates perfectly with iPhoto, offers WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) text editing and comes with over 70 free design templates.
Garage Sale is a Universal Binary app, so runs natively on PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.
Nodhead Software releases PDF Hero 1.0.1
Nodhead Software has announced PDF Hero 1.0.1, an update to their utility product for Mac OS X. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher, costs US$4.99 and can be found in the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.
With a drag and drop interface, PDF Hero is tailored to provide a way to combine PDF files and/or mix them with images. Version 1.0.1 adds the capability to connect with Tethering Hero for the iPhone and iPod touch. Tethered shooting allows the user to utilize the camera of an iOS device to shoot and transfer pictures and photos of documents directly into PDF Hero.
During operation a realistic page view allows the user to preview his or her document and flick through pages in a natural way, according to the folks at Nodhead Software. This can be done using the onscreen controls, keyboard or multitouch swipe gestures. A 14-day, fully functional demo version of PDF Hero is available at the Nodhead Software web site (http://www.nodheadsoftware.com/pdf-hero).
AT&T, Verizon AT&T must let smaller competitors use...
AT&T and Verizon, the two iPhone carriers in the US, must let smaller competitors use their networks for mobile Internet service under rules approved today by a divided Federal Communications Commission, reports "Bloomberg" (http://macte.ch/RTBOD).
The agency voted 3-2 with Democrats approving and Republicans dissenting to require large wireless carriers to strike commercial agreements with smaller carriers, the article adds. Such agreements are voluntary now.
The rule extends to data traffic the network-sharing arrangements that already are mandatory for voice calls. The measure was opposed by Verizon and AT&T.
Time Warner seeks declaratory judgment for using iPad within the...
Time Warner Cable has filed a request for declaratory judgment relating to Viacom cable networks.
The request asks the court to rule that Time Warner Cable’s rights under its carriage agreement allows it to deliver the programming of this company over its cable systems for viewing on devices of its video customers’ choosing, including iPads, in their homes. The case was filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
“We have steadfastly maintained that we have the rights to allow our customers to view this programming in their homes, over our cable systems, without artificial limits on the screens they can use to do so, and we are asking the court to confirm our view," says Marc Lawrence-Apfelbaum, executive vice president and general counsel of Time Warner Cable. "With over 360,000 downloads of our TWCableTV app, it is clear that our customers welcome the convenience and flexibility our new app provides.”
The app, which launched to customers on...
Sales of the iPad 2 hit new high in March
Isp.org.cn's (http://www.isp.org.cn/products/) latest report shows that the sales of Apple's iPad 2 surpassed iPad 1 in March, as the shipment volume reached 2.4 million units.
Isp.org.cn says, pertaining to monthly shipments in Q2, the iPad 2 will grow from four million units to 4.5 million units. The total volume of shipments in Q2 will reach 12 million units. Isp.org.cn reports that the sales speed of the iPad 2 far exceeds that of the iPad 1.
Isp.org.cn is an e-commerce company and a vertical search engine company in China.
Clorox replaces Blackberries with iPhones, Android devices
Ralph Loura took over as CIO of Clorox a year ago, has cleaned out Blackberries and replaced them with iPhones and Android devices, reports "Computerworld" (http://macte.ch/wPzmp).
Loura so far has replaced 6,000 desktop and tower computers with lightweight HP laptops, and got rid of company-issued Blackberries while letting workers choose between an iPhone or Android or Window Phone 7-powered smartphone the article adds. The company has issued 2,000 smartphones, 92% of which are iPhones. About 6% of the smartphones chosen were Android-based while 2% were Windows Phone 7 devices.
"We live in public cloud for mail and messaging. I don't have to worry about security because I don't sync data to the iPhones. It remains in the cloud," Loura told "Computerworld."
He added that a select group of employees is piloting a small number of iPads. While he's yet to find anyone who has said "take my laptop and replace with an iPad," Loura does believe the tablet can eventually run business...
Analyst tweaks estimates based on rumored iPhone 5 delay
In a note to clients -- as reported by "Barron's (http://macte.ch/YXDfr) -- Morgan Keegan analyst Tavis McCourt reiterated his year forecast for iPhone sales, while noting that he's adjusted June and September estimates to accommodate for the rumored shift of the iPhone 5 introduction from June to September.
McCourt now estimates 14 million iPhone units in the June fiscal Q3, down by three million, but 22 million for the September quarter, higher by three million. McCourt’s estimate for the March quarter just ended is 17.5 million, unchanged. He estimates 69.7 million for the full year, unchanged from before.
Gartner: Android to have half of smartphone OS market by 2012
Worldwide smartphone sales will reach 468 million units in 2011, a 57.7% increase from 2010, according to Gartner. By the end of 2011, Android will move to become the most popular operating system (OS) worldwide and will build on its strength to account for 49% of the smartphone market by 2012, according to the research group.
Sales of open OS devices will account for 26% of all mobile handset device sales in 2011, and are expected to surpass the one billion mark by 2015, when they will account for 47% of the total mobile device market.
“By 2015, 67% of all open OS devices will have an average selling price of $300 or below, proving that smartphones have been finally truly democratized,” says Roberta Cozza, principal analyst at Gartner. “As vendors delivering Android-based devices continue to fight for market share, price will decrease to further benefit consumers. Android's position at the high end of the market will remain strong, but its greatest volume opportunity in the longer...
Active Storage announces ActiveSAN configurations, pricing
Active Storage (http://www.activestorage.com), which specializes in high-performance storage solutions for media and creative professionals, has announced configurations and pricing for ActiveSAN, the high-performance metadata controller appliance for Xsan and StorNext networks.
Active Storage also announced plans to conduct live ActiveSAN demonstrations for the first time at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show next week in booth #SL5225. In addition, the company has collaborated closely with Quantum, the makers of StorNext, to address the needs of current Xsan users moving from Apple Xserve metadata controllers.
Migration strategies from Xserve-based Xsan networks to ActiveSAN were carefully crafted, including implementation of Access Control Lists (ACLs) for permission control, and the use of extended attributes, says Alex Grossman, CEO of Active Storage. ActiveSAN is a truly unique product that not only enhances current Xsan deployments, but also makes new...
Illuminate is a new windows-finding tool for Mac OS X
Fortunate Bear has announced Illuminate 1.0 (http://fortunatebear.com/products/illuminate/) for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher). The US$19.95 app is designed to allow users to find the right window when they need it.
It does this by providing three ways to find windows: a graphic window switcher so users can search by sight; a quick switch feature to bring up a window by typing part of its title; and full text search to find windows containing the given words or phrases. Illuminate also provides customizable shortcuts, so everything can be done via the keyboard.
Illuminate's Cycle Windows feature provides a visual window switcher so users can find the window they want just by looking. Unlike Expose for Mac, Illuminate shows no more than five windows on the screen at a time, so the window thumbnails remain large and legible, according to the Fortunate Bears. Illuminate provides a customizable switch window shortcut to navigate to the desired window and activate it.
Illuminate also allows...
Class on Demand expands Legends Series
Class on Demand, a provider of professional educational products for creative markets, has expanded its "Class on Demand 'Legends' Series" training initiative (http://www.classondemand.com/legends/).
Powered by the Class on Demand Learning Platform's streaming video server, "Class on Demand 'Legends' Series" offers beginners and seasoned professionals a chance to attend short-format training seminars from their home or office computer. The seminars, webinars, and workshops share exciting techniques from digital media and post-production gurus, including Final Cut tutorial Legend, Larry Jordan.
The latest Legend to come on board is video lighting veteran, Carl Gundestrup. With over 30-years of experience under his belt, Gundestrup's resume is packed with big name projects that include the likes of NBC, ABC, Industrial Light & Magic, Pepsi, Bath and Body Works, America's Most Wanted, Xango, and the Utah Jazz.
Gundestrup's "Class on Demand 'Legends' Series" courses explore the...
AV3 Software unveils first Production Power Pack
AV3 Software has introduced its new Production Power Packs. To kick-start the Production Power Pack initiative, AV3 Software partnered with Boris FX -- a developer of integrated graphics and effects technology for the broadcast, post-production, film, and multimedia markets.
This first, specially priced package bundles AV3 Software's Get dialog search application powered by Nexidia with Boris AAF Transfer for a search-and-transfer combination for any editing environment within Apple Final Cut Pro and Avid Media Composer.
Boris AAF Transfer is a bi-directional sequence transfer tool, allowing editors to exchange projects that include transitions, effects, image and time warps, third party effects, and keyframes between Final Cut Pro and Avid editing and finishing systems. The AV3 and Boris FX Production Power Pack provides editors with the ability to transition projects between NLEs, preserving not only the dialog "hits" from Get, but all metadata -- from transitions to third party...
D-Link releases ShareCenter solutions
D-Link has released its ShareCenter 2-Bay Network Storage devices, the DNS-320 and DNS-325. These network-attached storage (NAS) solutions feature an upgraded hardware platform and enable consumers to share documents, files and digital media on a home network.
The DNS-320 and DNS-325 provide users with centralized storage to help protect, manage, share, stream and remotely access data, says Daniel Kelley, associate vice president of consumer marketing, D-Link North America. Both products feature two SATA HD bays for 3.5-inch drives of either 1TB or 2TB capacities.
Installation of ShareCenter devices is simple, and if more storage is needed, easy expansion allows consumers to add additional hard drives without using tools or attaching any cables, according to Kelley. In addition to content back-up and RAID support for data protection, the DNS-320 and DNS-325 also feature remote access to files through a built-in web file server app and FTP server.
With the included remote backup...
Elmedia Player now offers HTML support
Eltima Software (http://www.eltima.com) has updated Elmedia Player -- a media player for the Mac (OS X 10.4 or later), which can play all most popular Flash and video formats and allows downloading online videos and their external resources directly to the hard drive -- to version 1.0.6. The new version provides improved downloading capabilities with HTML5 support.
Elmedia Player Pro lets the user download the underlying multi-media resources such as images, graphics and external video, along with the original video file.To download videos from the web with Elmedia Player Proall you have to do is enter the link to the webpage where your video is located and choose the files you want to download from the list.
Elmedia Player also provides its users with organization and management: media library inspired by iTunes, usual and smart playlists creation, volume adjustment in the application (not interfering with system volume, which is unique for Flash files) and more.
Elmedia Player Pro...
App Tamer updated to version 1.0.6
St. Clair Software has released App Tamer 1.0.6 (http://www.stclairsoft.com/AppTamer/), an update of the app for Mac OS X 10.4 and higher that gives you control over your applications so you can save battery and CPU power. The new version of App Tamer corrects several problems and reduces App Tamer's own CPU demands.
Some Mac applications, especially web browsers, continue running tasks or animations even when they're supposed to be idle in the background. This can consume valuable processing power and reduce battery life. App Tamer's AutoStop capability automatically pauses these applications when you switch away from them, and then restarts them when you click back to them. This frees your CPU and reduces power consumption, according to the folks at St. Clair.
App Tamer shows the average percentage of your processor(s) being used by each app, and graphically displays a history of CPU usage. You can enable AutoStop for any application, as well as change its processing priority in OS...
Bodega 'corner store' gets speed boost
Freshcode, a Macintosh publisher and developer, has released Bodega 1.5, an update to its Mac software discovery and download application.
Bodega provides "corner store" access to the latest apps for the Macintosh directly from the Mac desktop. Version 1.5 provides increased speed and performance enhancements, and is now purportedly up to 500% faster than previous versions.
The Bodega app updater actually looks for and provides updates for all apps installed on the user's hard drive. It doesn't matter whether applications were downloaded from, or purchased through, Bodega; so long as the applications on the user's hard drive are Sparkle-enhanced, Bodega will keep on eye out for updates issued by the developer. When found, Bodega lets the user know an update exists, and will even download and install it for them.
Bodega requires Mac OS X 10.5 or greater. The Bodega 1.5 update is free to all Bodega users and available via Bodega's "Check for Updates" feature. For complete information on...
Barcode Producer for Mac OS X adds QR Code support
Apparent Corp. has updated Barcode Producer (http://www.itsapparent.com/barcodeproducer/), its barcode creation software suite for Mac OS X, to version 6.5. The app can now create smart QR Codes for text, URLs, and the App Store for iPhone and iPod touch.
Originally from Japan, QR Codes are rapidly emerging in the United States and Europe, and allow you to encode text and URLs directly into square barcodes that are read by iPhone, iPad 2, iPod touch, Android, and many other smartphones.
Barcode Producer is a tool for creating barcodes visually with one-click export for Adobe Creative Suite products, including Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, and Acrobat Distiller. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.
Barcode Producer for Mac OS X and Windows is immediately available online with digital and physical CD-ROM delivery. It costs US$199. Plug-ins and accessories include the GS1 DataBar generation tool ($299), Automator batch barcode generation system ($...
Voila image capturing tool comes to the Mac App Store
Global Delight has updated Voila (http://www.globaldelight.com) -- an image capturing, annotating and sharing tool that sports the ability to capture a region from the screen in rectangular, circular, polygonal or free hand form -- to version 3.0.4. It's now available at the Mac App Store for US$19.99 and requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher.
In version 3.0.4, support has been provided to choose the camera of your choice while making the capture. Another new feature is the option to save the web page archive. With this feature, users can opt to save the web page archive along with the web snap. This enables them to refer and open the web page within the application's browser.
Voila offers full screen capture, timed capture or a menu capture. In addition, the software is integrated with a blend of annotating tools like texts, arrows, callouts, sprays, stamps and more. Additionally, you can share your work via email or iPhoto. A 15-day demo of Voila is available at the Global Delight web...
iWebThemesPro adds new iWeb themes
iWebThemesPro (http://www.iwebthemespro.com/) has added five new iWeb themes for Apple's web site creation component of its iLife suite. These new iWeb themes retain 25 themes from the previous release and add five new ones: Retro, Mammoth, Tea Time, Drawing and Underground.
The iWeb themes include eight templates to choose from. Each theme incorporates a series of layered images that are customizable, replaceable, or removable. Each theme is flexible and can be used for a personal or business website.
The themes require Mac OS X 10.4.3 or higher and iWeb 2.0 (iLife '08) or iWeb 3.0 (iLife '09 or iLife '11). Each theme is available for US$9.99 each. The set of 30 iWeb themes may be purchased for $29.99.
Apple's patent case against accessory makers proceeds
Apple's patent infringement suit against makers of unlicensed accessories for the company’s iPod, iPhone and iPad devices can proceed, a federal judge ruled yesterday, reports "Bloomberg" (http://macte.ch/5Pej8).
In July 2010 Apple sued eForCity Corp. and six other companies (Accstation, Itrimming, Everydaysource, United Integral, Crayzondigital and Boxware) in the California Northern District Court in San Jose, California, for infringing nine patents. Most defendant companies are related and are located in El Monte, California, according to court papers.
Apple said in its complaint that the companies weren’t participants in its “Made for iPod” program, and were producing products of “inferior quality and reliability, raising significant concerns over compatibility with and damage to Apple’s products.” The infringement case stands, despite eForCity’s argument that it was procedurally improper. U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel said Apple properly stated its claims in its complaint....
Xoom, Atrix 4G smartphone not hot sellers
Analysts say the Xoom Android tablet (pictured) and Atrix smartphone are poor performers, despite heavy marketing campaigns launched by Verizon Wireless and AT&T, respectively, reports "InformationWeek" (http://macte.ch/H6OYb).
According to Pacific Crest analyst James Faucette's channel checks, sales of the Xoom and Atrix have been "disappointing," the article says. His research led him to cut Motorola's revenue and earnings projections for the rest of the year and into 2012.
"Based on our checks, we believe overall sell-through trends for of the Xoom and Atrix have been disappointing," Faucette said in a note to clients. "In particular, we believe Atrix's lower-than-forecast volumes are a result of the $49 iPhone 3GS and the HTC Inspire, which kept Atrix sales well below forecast in spite of the marketing focus put on the Atrix by AT&T."
While Faucette doesn't provide any actual sales guesstimates for the Xoom, Deutsche Bank pegs the number of Xooms sold at just 100,000,...
Survey: teens flocking to the iPhone
Apple has achieved a record 17% iPhone market share among teens with an additional 37% of respondents indicating interest in buying an iPhone in the next six months, according to a new survey by the Piper Jaffray research group, as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).
The percentage of teens who own the iPhone jumped from 14% in October of last year to 17% this spring. The number of teens who plan on buying an iPhone in the next six months rose from 33% last fall to 37% this spring. According to Piper Jaffray, intent to buy has historically translated into subsequent market share gains.
What's more, the 21st bi-annual Piper Jaffray teen survey of 4,500 high school students found that Apple continues to dominate the teen market and has driven "surprisingly quick adoption" of tablets by teens, the article adds. The survey -- which includes tablets for the first time -- says 22% of teens now own a tablet and 20% plan to buy one in the next six months.
iPad 2 tops Consumer Report's tablet ratings
After almost a year in which the Apple iPad has been virtually the only game in town in tablet computers, some serious competitors are finally hitting the market. Yet in Consumer Reports latest tests of the 10 most-promising tablet computers, the iPad 2 with Wi-Fi and 3G topped the Ratings. The full report including Ratings of tablets is available at www.ConsumerReports.org .
In Consumer Reports lab tests, the Motorola Xoom revealed itself as the iPad 2’s chief rival. Like the iPad 2, the Xoom boasts a 10-inch screen but adds conveniences that the iPad lacks, including a built-in memory card reader and support for the Flash videos and animations found on many websites.
“So far Apple is leading the tablet market in both quality and price, which is unusual for a company whose products are usually premium priced,” says Paul Reynolds, Electronics Editor at Consumer Reports. “However, it’s likely we’ll see more competitive pricing in tablets as other models begin to hit the...
Apple orders 12PB of storage
Apple ordered as much as 12PB -- yep, 12 petabyes or 12,000 terabytes -- of capacity from Isilon Systems (http://www.isilon.com/), notably to manage the video download of its customers using iTunes, according to "Storage Newsletter" (http://macte.ch/qD0tZ), quoting an inside source of the new division of EMC. It's probably the largest of its 1,500 customers recorded at the end of December, including 20% in Europe, the article adds.
Apple's deal with Isilon was said to "probably" make the iPhone maker the largest customer of the storage provider, according to "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com). Other clients of Isilon include Ancestry.com, Clear Channel, MySpace, NBC Universal, Sony, World Wrestling Entertainment, XM Satellite Radio.
Isilon's Scale-out Storage Platform, powered by the OneFS operating system, combines a suite of management applications and enterprise-class hardware. The company's three product lines provide a range of options to address enterprise storage...
Second-graders at Columbia Elementary School to get iPads
All second-graders at Columbia Elementary School in northern Indiana will be issued iPads next year to help them with reading lessons, reports the "Ventura County Star" (http://macte.ch/o6Vf2).
An US$200,000 Classroom Innovation Grant from the Indiana Department of Education will pay for the iPads as well as MacBook Pros for second- and third-grade teachers, and related costs, the article adds.
Rochester Schools Technology Director Theresa Shafer told the "Ventura County Star" that the students will be able to take the iPads home. The school will have evening workshops to teach parents how the iPads work, how they can help their children use them, and online safety.
Whither the white iPhone?
Apple has promised a white iPhone will arrive sometime this spring, but according to a new store update it’s looking like the handset has taken one step back, not closer to launch, says "SlashGear" (http://macte.ch/lmV6N).
After the Apple Store went down overnight, the white iPhone SKU was gone from the system. As "SlashGear" notes, this could mean that Apple is preparing a different version with a new SKU, or it might mean that the company has given up on the white iPhone idea altogether.
Last month an iPhone fan wrote Phil Schiller, Apple's vice president of worldwide marketing, on how to get a white iPhone. Schiller reportedly answered with a terse, Jobs-ian answer: "The white iPhone will be available this spring (and it is a beauty!)."
The white iPhone has been troubled since the start. When Apple announced the iPhone 4, it said it would be available in black and white models. However, on June 23, 2010, Apple issued a statement that the white models "have proven more challenging...
Analyst predicts iPad 3, iPhone 5 this fall
Matthew Bryson of Avian Securities, who follows component makers such as Micron Technology (MU), this morning tells clients in a note -- as reported by "Barron's" (http://macte.ch/DaO0s) that "recent conversations with the electronics supply chain indicate that Apple (AAPL) is sending out design specifications and component needs for the next generation iPad."
I'm dubious but Bryson thinks we'll see an iPad 3 within six months. The analyst thinks it may arrive this fall along with the iPhone 5, which he doesn't believe will launch in June as some have predicted (or at least hoped).
“We feel the 2H launch fits well with indications an iPhone 5 launch could also come later in the year," Bryson writes. "With the two platforms sharing similar hardware in many respects, in our view it would make some sense to see the platforms roll-out simultaneously with this timing likely enabling Apple to offer 4G enabled products.”
"Barron's"notes that he analyst thinks a fall introduction of a new...
Apple looking for 'Thunderbolt Software Quality Engineer...
Apple has posted a listing (http://macte.ch/anDEC) for a new full-time vacancy in the role of "Thunderbolt Software Quality Engineer" with specific experience writing tools for and testing firmware and software, "who will be part of the team to drive the software quality and integration for an exceptional customer experience."
The SW QA role in this position includes creating tools to assist in validating software and firmware tests, building automated suites, hands-on functional testing, bug reporting/regression, maintaining test guidelines, and project QA status reporting.
"The candidate is responsible for qualifying cutting edge Thunderbolt firmware and software, requiring expertise in testing high speed buses and PCIe devices," says Apple. "The team is the key part in driving Thunderbolt software quality, involving new HW and SW, working with creative, smart people, world-class products and cutting edge technologies."
Thunderbolt is a new high-speed computer connection technology...
DISH Network agrees to acquire Blockbuster assets
DISH Network says it was selected as the winning bidder in the bankruptcy court auction for substantially all of the assets of Blockbuster, Inc.
DISH Network's winning bid was valued at approximately US$320 million. After certain adjustments are made at closing of the transaction, including adjustments for available cash and inventory, DISH Network expects to pay approximately $228 million in cash to acquire Blockbuster at the closing which is expected to occur in the second quarter of 2011.
"With its more than 1,700 store locations, a highly recognizable brand and multiple methods of delivery, Blockbuster will complement our existing video offerings while presenting cross-marketing and service extension opportunities for DISH Network," says Tom Cullen, executive vice president of Sales, Marketing and Programming for DISH Network. "While Blockbuster's business faces significant challenges, we look forward to working with its employees to re-establish Blockbuster's brand as a leader...
iPad 2 sales way ahead of sales of original Apple tablet
Sales of iPad 2 are running at a rate faster than its predecessor, and Apple took delivery of 2.4-2.6 million units in March, according to "DigiTimes" (http://macte.ch/UFgTs), quoting unnamed sources at "upstream touch panel suppliers."
Based on a conservative estimate, Apple is likely to take delivery of 4-4.3 million units a month, or a total of over 12 million units, of iPad 2 tablets in the second quarter, said sources told "DigiTimes." TPK Touch Solutions and G-Tech Optoelectronics are eagerly expanding their capacities for cover lenses currently, with TPK expected to ramp up its cover lenses for 3.5-inch touch panels to five million units and for 10-inch panels to 2.5 million units in June, the article adds.
Dot Hill to launch AssuredSAN video Apple solutions
Dot Hill Systems (http://www.dothill.com), a provider of Unified Virtual Storage and SAN storage solutions, will be showcasing a newly tested and certified video post-production solution for Apple users at the NAB Show, April 9-14, at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Booth # SL10906.
The solution combines Dot Hill's AssuredSAN shared storage solution with ATTO Celerity Fibre Channel host bus adapters (HBAs), Final Cut Pro editing software and Autodesk Smoke software. Dot Hill's reliable, high performance AssuredSAN storage combined with ATTO 8Gb Fibre Channel HBAs delivers high performance network solution for Apple post-production editors looking to improve workflow and ease-of-use at an affordable price point., says Jim Jonez, senior director of marketing, Dot Hill.
The solution has been fully tested and certified to easily integrate with Apple workstations running Mac OS X and the Apple Xsan file system. Pricing hasn't been announced.
QuickerTek brings back the Carry Handle for older MacBook Pros
QuickerTek is bringing back their Carry Handles (http://macte.ch/4RXzX) for the first and second generation 15-inch MacBook Pros. This US$79.95 lightweight carry handle is made from non-flex aircraft quality aluminum.
The Carry Handle attaches with a bracket mount that uses the existing screw holes on the back of the computer. It's doesn't alter your Apple laptop, and is completely reversible.
The Carry Handle ensures that the Mac laptop doesn't slip and hit the floor, according to the folks at QuickerTek. The design lays the handle out and the bracket elevates the 15-inch MacBook Pro, allowing better airflow underneath the laptop.
QuarkXPress 9 Test Drive available to download
Quark has announced the availability of the 30-day Test Drive of QuarkXPress 9, the next major version of the page-layout and graphic design software.
With the evaluation software users can experience the new features of QuarkXPress 9, including tools for advanced design automation as well as the ability to create content that can be delivered directly to digital devices.
To download the QuarkXPress 9 30-day Test Drive, visit http://www.quark.com/products/quarkxpress/test_drive.aspx .
With QuarkXPress 9, designers and creative professionals have a variety of options for publishing to digital devices, including all devices pre-installed with the Blio eReader, including Windows computers from Toshiba, HP, and Dell, and soon, devices that run the iOS, Android, and Silverlight platforms. Designers can also convert QuarkXPress print files into reflowable e-books using the ePUB format to publish to Apple’s iBooks, the Barnes & Noble NOOK, Sony Reader, Amazon Kindle and more.
Seagate ships 'world's slimmest' portable hard...
Seagate (http://www.seagate.com) has announced the availability of its new GoFlex Slim portable hard drive -- a 9mm, 2.5-inch external drive designed for the latest trend of portable, thin, laptops and netbooks.
Initially showcased at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics show in January of this year, the new GoFlex Slim performance drive is now available on http://www.seagate.com, in-store and at select online retailers. A 320GB version of the GoFlex Slim drive can be purchased for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of US$99.99.
At 9mm, it's 38% leaner than the current GoFlex ultra-portable drives. In fact, the new GoFlex Slim drive is roughly the width of a pencil and can slide into a pocket, purse or messenger bag. It's equipped with a 7200RPM drive and a USB3.0 interface. Alas, it will only run at USB 2.0 speeds on Macs as they don't support USB 3.0.
However, the GoFlex Slim portable drive will also be available in a version for use specifically with Mac OS X computers...
Icon-ic art prints offered by Susan Kare
Susan Kare, the noted interface designer, once referred to by the New York Times as “ the Betsy Ross of the personal computer” is now offering prints of some of her most engaging icons -- the visual metaphors for computer commands -- at Kare Prints (http://www.kareprints.com/).
Some of the prints offered feature her original icons for Apple’s Macintosh. The limited editions come in a range of colors and sizes and are numbered and signed.
Kare is a computer iconographer based in San Francisco. She has designed thousands of icons for the world’s leading companies that have become familiar to anyone who uses a computer.
All of the giclée prints (fine art prints created on an ink-jet printer) are made using archival pigment inks and 100% cotton rag paper. The prints range in size from 8.5 x 11 inches to 30 x 40 inches, and custom sizes (and custom editions) are available upon request.
There is a limited run of each print size, and each is inspected, signed and numbered personally...
PHYX Keyer 2.0 offers collection of keying plug-ins
Noise Industries, developer of visual effects tools for the post-production and broadcast markets, and development partner PHYX are bringing the VFX community PHYX Keyer 2.0 for the FxFactory platform.
PHYX Keyer 2.0 is an amplified collection of keying plug-ins designed to work inside Adobe After Effects, Apple Final Cut Pro, Apple Motion and Apple Final Cut Express applications. PHYX Keyer 2.0 is GPU-accelerated for speed increases of up to 300% and introduces three new professional-quality plug-ins to the existing pack; Composite Matcher, FastKeyer, and MatteFuse.
Version 2.0 contains tools to create composites, repair uneven green/blue screens, create and manipulate mattes, neutralize green/blue spill, and match background color and edge lighting. It introduces three new keying plug-ins that help create and refine keys using efficient algorithms for a variety of shooting conditions. PHYX Keyer 2.0 includes a variety of highlights:
PHYX Keyer 2.0 is available now as a free...
Rays is new plug-in for creating light ray effects
Digital Film Tools, developer of visual effects software, has announced the availability of a new plug-in for visual effects artists -- Rays. The Rays plug-in allows users to create realistic light ray effects.
Known as volumetric lighting in computer graphics, or crepuscular rays in atmospheric optics, this effect adds polish and style, according to Marco Paolini, founder and president, Digital Film Tools. You can create shafts of light streaming through clouds, rays filtering through a forest canopy, beams of light on a foggy night, or rays shooting out from text.
With Rays you can: set the ray length and brightness; control ray direction with an on-screen control; customize the color of the rays using a color picker; deal with threshold control to specify where the rays will be visible; randomize the rays; and modify settings with slider.
Rays is available now for US$50. Available as a plug-in for Apple Aperture, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, users can...
Andrei Doubrovski releases Script Arsenal 1.0
Andrei Doubrovski has announced Script Arsenal 1.0 (http://script-arsenal.com/), a catalog allowing you to manage and apply your Photoshop scripts.
Script Arsenal ships with over 100 ready-made scripts for creating various effects and streamlining your everyday workflow. Users are able to extend the catalog by including additional scripts, either downloaded from the Internet or with their own customized scripts. The catalog interface is available in eight languages.
The catalog interface is available in eight languages. What's more, the scripts coming with it are multilingual as well. At any time you can alter the way they are displayed in the catalog. If that's not enough, the icons help you to visually identify an item's purpose.
All the scripts are compatible with Photoshop CS3 and newer versions for Windows and Mac OS X. Using most of them doesn't require a substantial Photoshop experience.
Script Arsenal requires Mac OS X 10.4.11 or higher and Adobe Photoshop CS3 or later. It...
Dejal introduces Simon Express, Simon Free
Dejal Systems (http://www.dejal.com/simon/) has introduced Simon Express and Simon Free, new editions of the server monitoring tool for Mac OS X (10.5 and higher), especially for the Mac App Store.
These editions check web pages, FTP and DNS servers for changes or failures, and notify you via sound, speech, and other means. They're streamlined editions of the full Simon application, which supports many more services, filters, notifiers and reports.
There are now three editions of Simon: Simon: the standard edition, sold directly from the Dejal website; Simon Express: a paid edition, sold on the Mac App Store; and Simon Free: a free edition, available on the Mac App Store.
The standard edition of Simon is unchanged; it includes all the same features as before, and is sold in four license levels: Bronze: this enables up to 15 active test configurations; Silver: this enables up to 40 active test configurations; Gold: this enables up to 100 active test configurations; and Platinum: this...
CS Odessa releases tools for ConceptDraw Office users
CS Odessa (http://www.conceptdraw.com/) has released seven tools for users of ConceptDraw Office 2 that assist managers in the making of decisions and innovation planning.
Professional Analytical Tools are now available in the Business Productivity Area of ConceptDraw Solution Park. The seven management and planning tools allow for the visualization of any process. Solution Park is an online collection of visual solutions designed to provide productivity increasing solutions for all ConceptDraw products. The tools that have been added to the ConceptDraw Solution Park are:
° Affinity Diagram, which allows one to organize data into groupings based on natural relationships;
° Relations Diagram, which displays all interrelated cause-and-effect relationships and factors; describes desired outcomes;
° Prioritization Matrix, which prioritizes items based on weighted criteria;
° Root Cause Tree Diagram, which breaks down broad categories into finer levels of detail;
° Involvement Matrix,...