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Dec 05
Bato Treasures of Tibet is new billiards-like game for Mac OS X
MD Studio, in conjunction with Vasilek Games, has introduced Bato Treasures of Tibet, new gaming title for Mac OS X (10.6 or higher). It's available at the Mac App Store for US$3.99. Here's how the game is described: "This is a modern embodiment of the ancient oriental game, in something like the billiards. Do you like to travel and solve the puzzles? Join a young master of an ancient Tibetan game as he leaves for treasure-hunting across the wild lands. "Bato offers over 70 levels of relaxing arcade challenges. The goal: eliminate all of the stones from the game board. The means by which this is accomplished: clicking and sliding identically colored stones into each other. Aim and slide one stone into another, eliminate multiple stones for bonus points and pull off extraordinary bank shots for an even higher score! Ten bonus items add an extra layer of fun and complexity to the gameplay. Can you earn the highest ranking on each level as you follow a young man on his journey to...
Dec 05
TerraRay for Mac OS X gets speed improvements, more
AvisNocturna Software has updated TerraRay (http://avisnocturna.com/site/TerraRay.html), its terrain rendering software for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher), to version 6.0. In the update, rendering speed has been improved by optimizing the renderer and switching to 64-bit. TerraRay is still compatible to 32 bit Macs. These improvements increased rendering speed by 25% to 50% for most scenes not affecting rendering quality in any way, according to the folks at AvisNocturna Software. A completely new cloud system has been written from scratch that supports placing individual cloud clusters in scenes for volumetric effects. What's more, a new algorithm for rocks has been implemented for version 6.0. The user interface has been improved in many areas, as well. Not enough? The grass algorithm has been improved ,and a new post processing filter to adjust color vibrance has been added. TerraRay 6.0 is available exclusively available at the Mac App Store. It's being offered at a 50% discount (US$...
Dec 05
Scosche releases fitRAIL for the iPad
Scosche (http://www.scosche.com) has announced the availability of the fitRAIL exercise mount for iPad and iPad 2. The Scosche fitRAIL is available at Apple retail stores, Apple.com and Scosche.com for US$49.99. The fitRAIL provides athletes with a convenient way to watch movies and TV shows, listen to music, read and more during workouts. The aluminum fitRAIL mounts to treadmills, exercise bikes, elliptical machines and others found at the gym or in the home. The user’s iPad or iPad2 rests in the fitRAIL’s mounting tray and is held in place against the frame by Scosche’s patented stickGRIP material. A neoprene clip-on strap attaches to the top of the iPad to lock it into place. The fitRAIL also features soft rubber feet to prevent scratching workout machines and a foldable design and travel pouch for the gym bag.        fitRAIL is also a great way to use the Scosche myTREK pulse monitor and app during workouts, according to Kas Alves, executive vice president of Scosche Industries...
Dec 05
3G Surfstick for Mac OS X now supports HSPA+ speeds
Nova media has unveiled iCON 711, a new 3G surfstick for Mac OS X made by the Belgium company Option. The modem supports fast download speeds with up to 21.1 Mbit/s. The iCON 711 is neither SIM locked nor netlocked and can be used within most networks around the globe, according to Jan Fuellemann of Nova media. It features a MicroSD card slot compatible to SDHC cards with up to 32GB memory and an external antenna connector. The iCON 711 comes with launch2net Premium, a 3G connection manager for Mac OS X. The software features a SMS text message manager, statistics, and the ability to share a 3G connection with other Macs and devices. launch2net Premium includes connection settings for most mobile network providers. For cross-platform usage, the iCON 711 includes a connection manager for Windows operating systems alredy stored on the device. On the technical side the iCON 711 is working in the 900/2100 MHz frequency ranges for 3G connections and supports HSPA+ with download speeds up...
Dec 05
Learn Pixelmator 2 video training app available
The Mac U has introduced Learn -- Pixelmator 2 Edition, a video training series for Pixelmator, a graphics application for Mac OS X. Featuring 36 individual video lessons, this course includes over two hours of video tutorials on how to use the tools, adjustment commands and filters available in Pixelmator 2. Each lesson is presented in HD video at 1280x720 resolution: The videos guide the viewer with zooms, pans and highlights of what is being discussed. The keyboard shortcuts associated with each lesson are listed in the sidebar. You can use the notes pane to jot down things to remember from each lesson, then output all your notes in a single PDF document Learn -- Pixelmator 2 Edition requires Mac OS X 10.7.x ("Lion"). It costs US$3.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category.
Dec 05
DX Toolbox revved to version 3.8
Black Cat Systems has released DX Toolbox version 3.8, an update of the Mac OS X radio propagation/conditions analysis and forecasting tool for amateur radio operators, shortwave listeners, and other radio enthusiasts. This version add 21 D Layer Absorption maps. Broadcasts can be searched by station name, frequency, time of transmission, and country. Those broadcasts currently on the air can be shown. This makes it easy to find and tune into international shortwave broadcasts, according to the folks at Black Cat. DX Toolbox us designed to help amateur radio operators and shortwave listeners estimate radio propagation conditions. Several propagation forecasting charts are available to estimate signal levels and path conditions between any two points on the Earth. DX Toolbox sells for US$24.99. A feature complete demo is available at the product web site (http://www.blackcatsystems.com/software/dxtoolbox.html).
Dec 05
Graphic Node expands assortment of iWork templates
Graphic Node (http://graphicnode.com/) has expanded its assortment of iWork templates with the update of the iOS version of Designs for Pages. The expanded pack for Apple's Pages for iOS now consists of 535 customizable templates. The collection assists iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch users in creating documents without using a computer.The Designs for Pages set is available at the Apple App Store for US$0.99.
Dec 05
FileWave updates software deployment/management suite
FileWave has launched version 5.5 of its software deployment and management suite. The upgrade includes a self service kiosk for Mac and PC computers as well as iOS devices, a software update server for Mac and Windows computers and iOS 5 Mobile Device Management (MDM) support.   The Self Service Kiosk has the ability to not only deliver applications but also to continuously maintain the latest version of an organization’s documentation such as price lists, sales literature or HR documents without further end user intervention. Download a document once, and FileWave can ensure it is updated and maintained for the life of the document, according to the folks at FileWave Inc. For more info go to http://www.filewave.com .  
Dec 02
1-in-10 mobile subscribers using the iPhone
ComScore (http://www.comscore.com), a company that "measures the digital world," has released data from the comScore MobiLens service, reporting key trends in the U.S. mobile phone industry during the three month average period ending October 2011. Among other results the survey shows that 1-in-10 mobile subscribers are now using the iPhone. The comScore study surveyed more than 30,000 U.S. mobile subscribers and found Samsung to be the top handset manufacturer overall with 25.5% market share. Google Android -- on LG and Motorola -- continued to gain ground in the smartphone market reaching 46.3% market share. Apple, in fourth place, had 10.8% market share, which is up from 9.5% from comScore's last survey in July. For the three-month average period ending in October, 234 million Americans age 13 and older used mobile device, according to comScore. RIM rounded out the top five with 6.6% share. Ninety million people in the U.S. owned smartphones during the three months ending in...
Dec 02
Kindle blazes its way to second place in media tablet market
Just two weeks after its introduction, Amazon’s Kindle Fire already is shaking up the market, with the device expected to surpass all other iPad rivals to take second place in the global media tablet business in the fourth quarter, according to a new report from iHS (http://www.isuppli.com). Coming up from zero in the third quarter, Amazon will ship 3.9 million Kindle Fire tablets during the last three months of 2011, according to a preliminary projection from the IHS iSuppli Display Materials & Systems Service from information and analysis provider IHS. This will give the company a 13.8% share of global media tablet shipments in the fourth quarter, exceeding the 4.8% held by No. 3 Samsung, and second only to Apple’s commanding 65.6% portion of the market, as presented in the table below. "Nearly two years after Apple Inc. rolled out the iPad, a competitor has finally developed an alternative which looks like it might have enough of Apple’s secret sauce to succeed," says Rhoda...
Dec 02
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for Dec. 2
Here are the latest iPhone/iPod touch/iPod/iPad apps. You can find 'em at the Apple App Store (http://www.itunes.com/appstore/). Listen Technologies has announced a free iOS app for the Americans with Disabilities Act Assistive Listening Standards. The ADA Compliance Assistive Listening Calculator is a complete tool set for understanding and calculating your facility requirements to meet the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design. Little Dog has released Cost Watch 1.0 for iOS, an US$0.99 app for running monitor meeting costs. Using a digital stop watch interface, it shows the running totals for the time and personnel cost of an event, alerting the watchers with color and sound when time and cost limits are reached. ZealTopia Interactive has introduced Invisible Me 1.0 for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. In the $0.99 game, you will have to help Puru and his friends, who are trapped inside nasty dungeons, to be able to escape. Cobalt Techno has debuted iDB 1.0 -- Database...
Dec 02
Class action suit filed against Carrier IQ for wiretap violation
A group of consumers has filed a nationwide class-action lawsuit claiming that smartphone manufacturers HTC Corp., HTC America and Samsung Electronics for using software developed by Carrier IQ (CIQ) that illegally intercepts incoming text messages and captures users' key strokes -- including those used to compose email and text messages or to dial numbers -- without consumers' knowledge or permission. In mid-November, software developer Trevor Eckhart published a video blog illustrating the operation of the CIQ software recording keystrokes, including information sent to secure websites using HTTPS security protocols used in e-commerce and other security-sensitive sites. After Eckhart published his discovery and documents he found on CIQ's website, CIQ accused him of copyright violations and threatened legal actions unless he capitulated to the company's demands. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a public-interest digital rights watchdog stepped in to defend Eckhart. CIQ later...
Dec 02
Apple's Ron Police purportedly no longer reporting for duty
Ron Police, Apple’s vice president in charge of sales to the U.S. government, who helped get its devices into more federal agencies, has left the company, reports "Bloomberg Businessweek" (http://macte.ch/UrxHl) , quoting an unnamed "person with knowledge of the move." Police (and isn't that a great name for a person with his job) had run the government sales force since 2004. However, he left in October, according to "Bloomberg Businessweek." Police helped Apple’s iPhone and iPad gain a foothold at government agencies, a market traditionally dominated by technology products from companies such as Microsoft., Dell and Research In Motion. To further that effort, Apple is seeking security certification from the National Institute of Standards, the agency that provides technology recommendations to the federal government, says "Bloomberg Businessweek."
Dec 02
Apple ban on Galaxy tablet in Australia extended
Apple has won another temporary injunction to stop rival Samsung from selling its Galaxy tablet computer in Australia, reports "ABC News Australia" (http://macte.ch/aab90). On Wednesday the Federal Court lifted a previous injunction, meaning Samsung could start selling its Galaxy Tab 10.1 today. However, Apple appealed to the High Court and won. The injunction means Samsung can't sell the tablet computer until the case goes before the court on Dec. 9. Apple says the Galaxy range of tablets and smartphones violates patents for its own iPad and iPhone line.
Dec 02
Apple updates Keynote for the Mac
Apple released Keynote 5.1.1, an update of the presentation software for Mac OS X. The update “addresses issues when working with large Keynote presentations on Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion"). It also adds accessibility and stability improvements. Keynote 5.1.1 requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher. You can obtain the update via the Software Update component of the Mac OS X Systems Preferences app. Keynote is part of the US$79 iWork suite. Or you can buy it at the Mac App Store for $19.99.
Dec 02
iPhone tops 2011 Yahoo U.S. search list
The iPhone topped Yahoo‘s U.S. top searches list for 2011. It’s the first time since 2002 a tech device has topped the list, when PlayStation 2 took the number one spot. "The iPhone transcended gadget status," said Vera Chan, Yahoo senior editor and web trend analyst. “The device helped facilitate political movements around the world, and embodied the vision of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs." Chan added that Jobs’s decision to step down as Apple CEO in August and his death in October also fueled search activity for the iPhone.
Dec 02
Apple number two among online retail performers on Cyber Monday
Compuware Corp. (http://www.compuware.com), a technology performance company, has announced the top retail Web and mobile site performers for Cyber Monday based on the Compuware Performance Index. Apple was number two among websites. Compuware's analysis also found that, despite months of preparation by retailers, performance satisfaction for the top 50 retailers was down more than 12% on Cyber Monday from non-holiday baseline levels. "The top Cyber Monday retail Web and mobile performers understand this simple equation: faster sites equal more sales," says John Van Siclen, general manager of Compuware's Application Performance Management (APM) Business Unit. "These retailers invested in the people, technology and best practices to deliver top Web and mobile performance on Cyber Monday, which is far more demanding than any other time of the year. Top performers made the most of this year's increased online and mobile holiday traffic."
Dec 02
IDC: 2012 will be year of mobile, cloud platform wars
One year ago, International Data Corporation (IDC) predicted that the IT industry's next dominant platform, built on mobile computing, cloud services, social networking, and big data analytics technologies, would begin its transition into the mainstream. Today, spending on these technologies is growing at about 18% per year and is expected to account for at least 80% of IT spending growth between now and 2020. With future market revenues at stake, IDC (http://www.idc.com) predicts that 2012 will be marked by some of the first high-stakes battles as companies seek to position themselves for leadership in these critical and fast-growing technology areas. "The industry's shift to the 3rd Platform will accelerate in 2012, forcing the industry's leaders to make bold investments and fateful decisions," says Frank Gens, senior vice president and chief analyst at IDC. "Companies like Microsoft, HP, SAP, RIM, and others -- including Apple -- will face 'crossroads moments' in 2012. By the end...
Dec 02
iPhone/iPad sales up 93% in Apple's fiscal year
Apple recorded revenues of US$65,225 million during the financial year ended September 2010 (FY2010), an increase of 52% over 2009. The increase in revenues was mainly due to 93% growth in sales of iPhone and robust sales of the iPad, according to Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com) The operating profit of the company was $18,385 million in FY2010, an increase of 56.6% over 2009, notes the research group. Apple's net profit was $14,013 million in FY2010, an increase of 70.2% over 2009.
Dec 02
The Logger lets you keep an eye on your computer when you'...
3y3.net (http://www.3y3.net) has introduced The Logger 1.0, an US$19.99 computer monitoring tool for Mac OS X (10.5 or later). The Logger records what your employee, roommate or child does on you computer. The software utility records every key pressed in your Mac and takes a snapshot of the screen with every mouse click detected. You can even receive an email every time a keystroke session is started. The Logger creates full HTML reports for every session where you can see all keys pressed and snapshots taken.
Dec 02
XType is new typing tutor for Mac OS X
Mac Winsoft has released XType, a typing tutor solution for Mac OS X (10.6 or later). It's available for US$14.99 at the Mac App Store in the Education category. Developed specifically for Mac laptop and desktop owners looking to master the skill of typing, this application utilizes a structured approach to turn even the most complete computer novices into keyboarding whizzes quickly and efficiently, according to the folks at Mac Winsoft. XType includes 15 sequentially more difficult lessons. The app offers both English and Arabic language. XType's learning modules are structured to keep users challenged and engaged as the move through the course and begin typing more efficiently. What's more, each of the app's levels are comprised of an array of diverse exercises, with some focused on teaching users correct on-keyboard finger positions, others focused on pushing students to type at higher speeds, and more. Level 15 is structured as a final exam.
Dec 02
V-MODA unveils Faders earplugs
V-MODA has unveiled its Faders tuned earplugs, the first of several protective offerings under Ear Armor branding. Constructed from metals and medical-grade silicone fittings, Faders are designed to protect your hearing by reducing harmful noise by 12 dB evenly across the frequency spectrum, while still allowing you to enjoy crystal clear music and speech in a club, concert, festival, music practice, or other excessively loud events, says Val Kolton, founder of V-MODA. The noise reduction can make the difference between an enjoyable listening experience and lifelong hearing loss, he says. Faders are available in Gunmetal, Rouge and Pink flavors and come with three sizes of medical-grade “BLISS 2.0” silicone fittings for a universal fit. Additionally, the fabric lanyard ensures they don't get lost in the crowd. They're available for a limited time for only US$15 at http://www. V-MODA.com.  For any order over $50, the Faders will be included complimentary while supplies last.. A...
Dec 02
IK Multimedia launches StealthPedal CS, StealthPlug CS
IK Multimedia (http://www.ikmultimedia.com) has released StealthPlug CS and StealthPedal CS “Custom Shop” systems. These packages provide players with an audio interface for their computer (a way to hook up an instrument to their computer) and the Guitar & Bass tone shaping software system: AmpliTube Custom Shop.   Now players can practice, play and record anywhere, any time with their laptops, according to the folks at IK Multimedia. The core of the Custom Shop package is the AmpliTube Custom Shop software, IK’s tone software that allows players to build virtual guitar rigs one piece at a time. It comes complete with 24 pieces of gear, a digital chromatic tuner and two guitar/bass signal chains for mono and/or stereo operation. The AmpliTube Custom Shop is based upon AmpliTube 3, the guitar/bass tone software. The US$99.99 StealthPlug CS features the StealthPlug quarter-inch-to-USB cable interface, and the new AmpliTube Custom Shop software plus 50 gear credits to use in the...
Dec 02
MacPractice products ready for Lion
MacPractice (http://www.macpractice.com) -- an Apple developer of practice management and clinical software for physicians, dentists, chiropractors, and eye care professionals for Macs, iPhones, and iPads -- has officially announced the release of MacPractice MD, DDS, DC and 20/20 v4.1.3 with Mac OS X 10.6.x ("Snow Leopard") and 10.7.x ("Lion") capability.   Networks hosting MacPractice can have a mix of Lion and Snow Leopard computers with MacPractice 4.1.3. This updated version of the software has been introduced to several hundred MacPractice clients over the past several months, and MacPractice is now offering the software to new users. Current users of earlier versions of MacPractice 4.1 will also receive an electronic alert over the coming weeks that MacPractice 4.1.3 is now available for download.   In addition to the added Lion compatibility, MacPractice 4.1.3 features payment plans and an ordering system, which have been added to the core products and will benefit all users,...
Dec 02
ImageXY for Mac OS X offers image format conversions
SugoiSoft (http://www.sugoisoft.com) has updated ImageXY, their new batch image resizing app for Mac OS X (10.6.6 or higher), to version 2.0. The upgrade brings batch image format conversion capabilities, image quality controls for JPEG images, user interface refinements, and more. ImageXY is for resizing one or multiple photos. It can resize drag and dropped images, folders, or even entire drives. ImageXY resizes photos using defined presets. Users can use one of the standard presets for common sizes, such as Email or Blog or they can create their own custom size presets in either pixels or percentages. ImageXY can resize images from anywhere on the system by dragging and dropping photos into the application or on its dock icon. It can resize drag and dropped images, folders, or even entire drives. Dragging directly from other applications, such as Safari or Faces in iPhoto allows users to get the size image they want, no matter the location, says James Van Dyne, founder of SugoiSoft...
Dec 02
IconBox ready for Lion
Florian Soenens has updated IconBox (http://www.iconboxapp.com), his US$24.95 icon organizer for Mac OS X, to version 2.5. The upgrade offers Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion") compatibility and a restyled interface. IconBox lets you organize your collection of icons in an iPhoto-like way. You can download, organize and customize your icons.
Dec 02
SMEStorage Cloud FTP provides access to over 30 file clouds
SMEStorage (http://www.smestorage.com_, an open cloud appliance company, says their CloudFTP feature add-on for their open cloud platform now supports over 30 file and storage services. CloudFTP adds a ubiquitous FTP access layer to storage clouds that don't natively support the FTP protocol This means transferring files can be as easy as launching an FTP client and selecting the files to be moved, no matter what Cloud the files are stored on, says SMEStorage CEO Ian Osborne. Uploading data to different file clouds becomes as simple as switching cloud storage directories within the same FTP session, he adds. The SMEStorage Open Cloud Platform acts as a cloud data broker in which access can be managed and granted to File Stores and Saas Services that are authorized for use with the service. It provides a single view of data in which files can be accessed and managed from all desktops and devices.
Dec 02
Mac Marshal ready for Lion, iCloud
Mac Marshal (http://www.macmarshal.com), a tool for Mac OS X evidence acquisition and analysis, has been upgraded to version 3.0. The upgrade adds full support for Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion"), iCloud configuration analysis and improved Bluetooth device history Mac Marshal now runs on Microsoft Windows as well as Mac OS X, so you can analyze Macs from a Windows forensic workstation. Mac Marshal Forensic Edition is the standard version of Mac Marshal, installable on Mac OS X 10.4 or newer and Microsoft Windows XP or newer. (Spotlight and FileVault analysis require Mac OS X.) The Forensic Edition is sold commercially but is free to US law enforcement. Mac Marshal Field Edition 3.0 runs directly on a Mac target machine from a USB drive for live analysis, extracting volatile system state data including a snapshot of physical RAM. The drive contains both Mac and Windows versions of Mac Marshal for use back at the lab as well. U.S. law enforcement may order the Field Edition USB drive directly...
Dec 02
Remoter VNC updated to version 3.2.1
RafSoftware (http://rafsoftware.com) has released Remoter VNC 3.2.1 for iOS, an update to their productivity app that enables users to remotely control Macs via Screen Sharing, and Windows or Linux PCs using the VNC or RDP standards right from their iOS devices. Version 3.2.1 adds support for sending input events over to RemoterFusion for multi--monitor support and an alternative French keyboard mapping file. There's also support for RDP domain to be passed as part of username (in the form domainusername). Remoter VNC app uses Bonjour for set-up and features a novel "virtual trackpad" to precisely control of the mouse cursor. Sound redirection, RDP, Telnet and SSH that allows for secure VNC/RDP over SSH, are available as in-app purchases. Remoter VNC 3.2.1 is available in the Apple App Store (http://www.itunes.com/appstore/) for US$0.99 with free lifetime upgrades. In-app purchases are available that enhance the functionality of Remoter VNC. The RDP add-on is $3.99. The RemoterFusion...
Dec 02
iPresentee relaunches set of free stuff
iPresentee (http://www.ipresentee.com/) has relaunched its set of free stuff, including four iWeb themes, two RapidWeaver themes, two Keynote themes, two Keynote Motion Themes and more. What's more, the company has added a number of free products available for users of Keynote Countdown Timer, Keynote Alphabet, Mail Stationery and more. All free packages don't require any registration and are available for immediate download. Keynote Countdown Timer includes different countdown timer animations to be used with Apple's Keynote presentation software. Keynote Alphabet includes three different animated alphabet letters and numbers to use with Keynote. Keynote Objects combines 100 images that can be used as decoration for iWeb websites, Keynote or PowerPoint presentations and Pages or Word documents.
Dec 01
Apple's Statement on Carrier IQ
Posted by Greg Mills I contacted Apple Media Relations this morning requesting comment on the Carrier IQ privacy issue on Apple products and got a nice phone call back with an official statement from Apple, at 4:30 Central time. "We stopped supporting CarrierIQ with iOS 5 in most of our products and will remove it completely in a future software update. With any diagnostic data sent to Apple, customers must actively opt-in to share this information, and if they do, the data is sent in an anonymous and encrypted form and does not include any personal information. We never recorded keystrokes, messages or any other personal information for diagnostic data and have no plans to ever do so."
Dec 01
Film Event celebrates impact of Apple tech on film, television
IDG World Expo has announced a full program of film events debuting at Macworld | iWorld. They include: the iPhone Film Festival where winning filmmakers will showcase movies made entirely on iPhones; an exclusive screening of the full-length, unaired "South Park" pilot episode followed by a Q&A with South Park Studios staff; additional screenings of films developed exclusively for the event; and a series of educational and highly interactive Tech Talks with directors, filmmakers and technical experts about the creative and technical processes related to iPhone and iPad film creation, including production, editing and distribution. Collectively, the elements of the Film Event celebrate the broad and varied ways that Apple technologies are redefining film and television. The Film Event complements a slate of traditional Macworld | iWorld programs, including an exhibit floor featuring hundreds of companies showcasing the latest in software, hardware, peripherals, accessories and...
Dec 01
Analyst predicts 28 million iPhones to ship in December quarter
J.P. Morgan analyst Mark Moskowitz has upped the firm's shipments of the iPhone in the December quarter to 28 million (up from 25.3 million), he said in a note to clients -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com). He was revved his company revenue estimates to US$38.69 billion. Moskowitz says U.S. carriers have been "surprised by the strong uptake" of the iPhone 4S, as well as the lower-priced iPhone 4 and 3GS models. The older iPhone models are also expected to aid Apple's penetration in emerging markets such as China. According to the analyst, sustained demand for all three current iPhone models will push Apple's revenues up to $38.69 billion with $9.87 in earnings per share this quarter. The firm's previous estimate stood at $37.26 billion and $9.45 EPS (earnings per share). Wall Street consensus puts Apple's revenue for the quarter at $38.02 billion and $9.78 EPS.
Dec 01
Parallels names new execs, eyes growth
Parallels (http://www.parallels.com/), which specializes in cloud services enablement (about two-thirds of the company's business) and desktop virtualization software (including Parallels Desktop for Mac), has announced the appointment of new Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Michael Toutonghi, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) David Arkley and Vice President and General Manager of Europe and North Africa (EUNA) Jesper Frederiksen, who all fill key roles for driving Parallels’ continued growth. The company generates more than U.S. $100 million in revenue and employs a global workforce of over 800 staff across the U.S., Europe and Asia. Parallels Desktop for Mac lets you run Windows applications on a Mac without rebooting. Parallels Hosting and Cloud Service Delivery solutions enable service providers to deliver and profitably grow hosting and cloud services for over 148 million small businesses worldwide. "Parallels has a history of innovation and attracting top talent. Michael, David and...
Dec 01
ChangeWave: iPhone 4S more popular than its predecessor
A new ChangeWave Research (http://www.changewaveresearch.com) survey of iPhone 4S owners shows customer satisfaction ratings for the latest Apple smart phone are higher than for its predecessor, the iPhone 4. The Nov. 2-9 ChangeWave survey of 215 Apple iPhone 4S owners looked at their thoughts and opinions of the new device -- including overall satisfaction with it, key likes and dislikes, dropped calls, and the impact of the iPhone 4S battery life issue. Overall iPhone 4S customer satisfaction ratings show a high degree of approval -- with 77% of owners saying they're "Very Satisfied" and 19% "Somewhat Satisfied" with their new iPhone. Only 2% of owners say they are "Unsatisfied" with it. These iPhone 4S satisfaction ratings are higher than those found in a July 2010 survey of iPhone 4 new owners. ChangeWave asked iPhone 4S owners about the specific features they like best about their new smart phone, and by a wide margin the Siri digital assistant (49%) ranks number one. General...
Dec 01
State looking into Apple's Grand Central store deal
New York state officials are looking into Apple’s "sweet deal" for a new store in Grand Central Terminal in the Big Apple, according to "The New York Post" (http://macte.ch/YUaPf). State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has reportedly launched an investigation into whether the Metropolitan Transportation Authority gave Apple overly generous terms on its lease for the shop, which is slated to open next week. The probe comes in response to yesterday’s exclusive report by "The Post," which noted that the cash-rich tech giant will be the only retailer among the 100 or so in MTA’s Grand Central Terminal not required to make revenue-sharing payments to the agency landlord. What’s more, Apple’s 10-year lease for a space on the northeast balcony of the historic commuter hub overlooking the Main Concourse is well below the rate being charged to many neighboring tenants, according to "The Post." Apple's lease amounts to approximately US$800,000 for the first year.
Dec 01
NetMarketShare: Mac OS X, Safari, iOS shares drop in November
According to the latest market share survey from NetMarketShare (http://www.netmarketshare.com), the market share for Mac OS X, Safari and iOS all rose last month. According to the report, among desktop operating systems, Mac OS X had 6.46% of the global market share in November compared to 6.94% in October (that's global market share; in the US it's almost 10%). Windows remains dominant with 92.23% as of November. That's up from 91.86% in October. When it comes to browsers, Safari had 5% in November. Internet Explorer had 52.64%, Firefox had 22.14% and Chrome had 18.18%. That compares to, respectively, October percentages of 5.43%, 52.63%, 22.51% and 17.62%, respectively, for the browsers. The iOS's still dominated in November, according to NetMarketShare. It had 54.04%, compared to 19.69% for Java ME,16.72% for Android, 5.27% for Symbian and 3.18% for Blackberry. That compares to 61.50%, 12.81%, 18.86%, 2.48%, respectively, in October. And November saw an all-time high for iOS....
Dec 01
UPDATED Carrier IQ, RIM, Nokia and Android Keystroke Root Kit
Posted by Greg Mills The location data scandal of last summer has just been eclipsed, by everyone but Apple, with a revelation that virtually all Android, RIM and Nokia phones report every keystroke you make to a server farm in Mountain View, California. As privacy issues go, recoding your location and reporting it to Apple is bad enough, but a root kit keystroke recording and reporting system hidden deep in the OS of virtually all Android Phones, RIMBerries and Nokia phones is far worse. Even more outragious, the keystroke logger runs even when the device is in WiFi mode and not even using the network! Check out www.CarrierIQ.com and you will find a web site for a mobile network analytical company that has been looking over the shoulder of millions of cell phone users. Undetected and undisclosed by AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint and other networks, the Carrier IQ software is so well hidden in the root kit of the mobile OS that it took an expert to find it. The culprits...
Dec 01
Kendo UI delivers tools for HTML5 developers
Telerik has launched the Kendo UI framework. Targeted at professional software developers, Kendo UI delivers tools for front-end development with JavaScript and HTML5. "Building applications and sites today with HTML5 and JavaScript is an exercise in self-assembling an array of libraries and toolsets to compose a platform that has all of the necessary components for development," says Todd Anglin, EVP, Kendo UI. "This approach is acceptable for hobby projects, but it is fraught with support and licensing risks, it is difficult to maintain and upgrade, it is difficult to learn, and it wastes valuable development time. Kendo UI solves this problem by providing a unified framework with all of the necessary components for building HTML5 and JavaScript apps and sites." Kendo UI launches with three distinct packages: ° Kendo UI Web -- More than a dozen HTML5 JavaScript UI widgets, including a Grid, plus framework components like a Data Source, touch-enabled drag and drop, and a JavaScript...
Dec 01
Magic Cables integrate USB, iOS charging
Innergie (http://www.myinnergie.com), a provider of consumer power solutions, is introducing two new power cables -- the Magic Cable Duo (US$25) and Trio ($20) -- that are certified for use with all iOS portable devices including the iPad, iPhone, and iPod, as well as more than 10,000 other portable devices with USB connections. In addition, Innergie is introducing three distinct Charging Kits for powering devices at home, in the office, in your car, in the air, or other places. Magic Cable features an integrated multi-tip design to charge and synchronize any number of electronic devices. It integrates a certified Apple tip and Micro USB tip in one cable. The Magic Cable Trio provides an additional Mini USB tip to charge digital cameras, MP3 players, and a variety of portable GPS devices. Innergie's Magic Cable Duo will also be included in a series of new Charging Kits designed to provide charging capabilities for today's mobile consumer. The new Innergie mCombo Duo Charging Kits...
Dec 01
id America introduces a Cushi accessory for the iPad 2
id America (http://www.idamericany.com/) has announced the newest addition to the Cushi series with the Cushi Stripe for the iPad 2. It's designed to provide additional grip and more protection for the Apple tablet, according to Abraham Jackal, marketing manager of id America.  The skin is easily applied and removed without leaving any residue, he adds. The accessory is designed to complement the Apple Smart Cover as there’s a cut out on the Cushi that accommodates the mounting of the Smart Cover. The Cushi Stripe comes with a front clear protective film, a microfiber cleaning cloth, six home button protectors and a squeegee for proper film application. It retails for US$24.95.
Dec 01
XtremeMac releases new iPad 2 cases
XtremeMac (http://www.xtrememac.com) has announced the availability of the new Micro Folio, Thin Folio and Zip Folio for the iPad 2. The cases are US$49.99 each. 
The Micro Folio is a one piece, ultra-thin folio style case that combines a structured contour solid back with a soft, micro-suede folding front. The case provides protection against scratches, dust and dirt while doubling as a multi-angle stand for the iPad 2. Users can either fold back the cover into a writing position or choose a vertical viewing stand position. Additionally, the cover will automatically "wake" or "sleep" the Apple tablet upon opening or closing the cover. The Micro Folio is available in textured faux leather in latte, black or blue. It's also available in cross-hair texture in black, bronze or red. The Thin Folio is a convertible portfolio case designed for the business professional. It sports an integrated viewing stand for full coverage protection of the iPad 2. Additionally, the Thin Folio features...
Dec 01
Lusso Cartella announces luxury sleeves for the MacBook Air
Lusso Cartella has announced the latest addition to its collection of handmade luxury cases for all of your gadgets -- MacBook Air Sleeves. Featuring Artisanal leathers, the cases are designed to protect your notebook with natures' finest leather, "while giving you the look of luxury you have been searching for," says Sharon Cantwell, vice president of Marketing for Lusso Cartella. Lusso Cartella cases are now available at http://www.lussocartella.com, and Amazon.com. Prices start at US$129 for MacBook Air cases.
Dec 01
RTPatch designed to reduce OS X App update size 95+%
Pocket Soft has released RTPatch for Mac OS X. It's an enterprise-level, native Mac software tool designed to reduce software application update size by sending only the changed bytes. It supports Mac OS X 10.5-10.7. RTPatch works with programs and data. Compression is 100% lossless and typically results in 95+% reduction in update file size, says Bill Wise, CEO of Pocket Soft. Fully functional evaluation copies of RTPatch for OS X are now available upon request from Pocket Soft at http://www.pocketsoft.com .
Dec 01
Zombie Area! shambles onto the Mac, iOS devices
Rapid Turtle Games has released Zombie Area! a survival game for Macs and iOS devices and Mac. The Mac version costs US$3.99 and is available at the Mac App Store. The iOS version is $1.99 and can be found at the Apple App Store. Here's how the game is described: "The player controls a furious survivor, who stood up to stop the zombies. The advancing zombies must be shoot down before they reach the survivor, and make a meal out of him. Also, high attention must be paid to the throwing zombies too! They can take down the survivor very quickly if the player isn't concentrated enough. To replenish lives one needs to shoot the flying hearts, and the flying bullets to increase the maximum shots before reloading is needed. "The controls are very easy to learn. In the iOS version, the player needs to tap anywhere on screen to aim and shoot, and tap the survivor to reload. In the Mac version the whole gameplay can be controlled with the mouse."
Dec 01
Listen up -- JoeSoft's Hear updated
You can enhance the sound on your computer with the newly released Mac and Windows version of JoeSoft’s Hear (http://www.joesoft.com/) Hear is an US$19.99 sound enhancing software program that makes everything from music, to movies and games sound richer, according to JoeSoft CEO Greg Brewer. It improves the sound quality from your headphones, internal or external speakers, he adds. Hear can also add 3D sound and other various special effects to the sound on your Mac and PC. What's more, it lets you control the volume of your open applications individually. A demo is available for download.
Dec 01
Dialetic update offers Firefox 8 compatibility
JNSoftware has updated Dialectic (http://www.jonn8.com/dialectic/), a telephony tool for the Mac, to version 1.8.3. The upgrade brings several enhancements and minor bug fixes. Among the enhancements are Firefox 8 compatibility, improved logging, security, and better support for many devices and services. This version of Dialectic also adds improved Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion") compatibility. Dialetic provides system-wide dialing of phone numbers using Bluetooth mobile phones, landlines, many VoIP services and more. It integrates with contact management applications such as Marketcircle Daylite, Microsoft Entourage, Now Contact, Palm Desktop, FileMaker Pro and other databases, as well as Apple's iCal and Address Book. In addition to dialing, the software provides a global Address Book menu for accessing your contact data including email, instant messaging, postal addresses, URLs, notes, and phone numbers. You can create new email messages, look up addresses on a map, copy data to the...
Dec 01
Dolly Drive launches free seeding service for Time Machine...
Dolly Drive (http://www.dollydrive.com), online backup for Apple's Time Machine, will now offer Mac users free seeding on 250GB and higher online storage plans. The "Seed for Speed" program gives Dolly Drive subscribers with large initial backups the fastest means for getting their data securely in the cloud, according to Dolly Drive CEO Anthony Palermo. The company recently announced it will be including online storage and file syncing as part of its complete cloud storage offering. The Free Seeding option is available for most subscription plans over 250GB. Users who select plans where free seeding is not included can add the service for US$50. Dolly Drive is a subscription software and online storage service designed for Apple's Time Machine. In addition to providing Mac users offsite cloud storage directly through the Time Machine application, the application allows users to create a bootable clone of their Mac on an external hard drive for local disaster recovery. It works with...
Dec 01
DocMoto doc/file manager updated to version 2
Version two of DocMoto, the document and file manager created by UK company, CHL Software, has been released. It simplifies the user experience and makes it easier to search for files using an intelligent file tagging system. The latest release has also streamlined DocMoto’s template manager, which gives users the option of automatically creating folders and sub-folders for organized, consistent file storage. DocMoto -- widely adopted by Mac-operating businesses in the professional services market, such as legal, accounting and healthcare firms -- is being used to help companies comply with industry legislation such as the US Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Sarbanes-Oxley and ISO9000, according to CHL Director Neil Cameron. Version two is another step towards us providing the entirely “paperless office” to business Mac users, which will include intelligent paper scanning to create logical storage of scanned materials, correctly tagged for easy search and...
Dec 01
Email Marketing for Mac OS X beefs up search abilities
3y3.net has introduced Email Marketing 3.0 for Mac OS X, an update of the tool for building email lists targeted to a specific market area. The upgrade doesn't limit the search to emails. Now you can search for any regular expression. With Email Marketing, you specify the keywords, and it will bring thousand of emails addresses parsed from the search results. All the lists are stored and can be retrieved for export at any time. You can export the email list to your system. You can export emails in CSV format, which is adequate for import in databases and Outlook Contacts, or select the VCF format. The latter is the standard virtual card format for contact interchange and is good for GMail, Apple Agenda and other email systems. Email Marketing requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher, costs US$49.99 and is available at the 3y3 web site (http://www.3y3.net). There's also a $19.99 iPad version (with limited functionality) at the Apple App Store (http://www.itunes.com/appstore/).
 

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