DJ Mixer Professional is ready for Lion
DJMixersoft (http://www.DJMixersoft.com) -- which specializes in DJ mixing and digital music technologies -- has updated DJ Mixer Professional for Mac, adding support for Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion").
DJ Mixer Professional (US$99.95) enables you to mix digital music in various formats such as MP3, M4A, WMA, AAC, OGG, WAV or AIFF in real time. You can also mix video clips together with audios. The program has BPM detection that will help you synchronize your tracks.
DJ Mixer Professional integrates with your iTunes library. It's compatible with Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. A 30-day demo is available for download.
Midnight Coders launches social mobile app builder
Midnight Coders has launched a social mobile app builder that enables Java data push to native iOS apps.
The server updates the data every 1.5 seconds and delivers it to the clients. The iOS client uses a persistent RTMP connection.
The source code for each mobile implementation and the server-side project (with deployment instructions) is available below in the video on a blog here:
Steve Jobs Resigns as CEO from Apple
Apple has just announced that Steve Jobs is resigning as CEO. Apple has published a letter from Steve Jobs to the Board of Directors and the Apple Community as follows:
To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:
I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple's CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.
I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.
As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.
I believe Apple's brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.
I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.
Tim Cook, previously Apple's Chief...
Apple tops US retail store sales per square foot
A new study by "RetailSails" (http://retailsails.com/) -- a resource for fact-based insight and analysis covering the U.S. retail industry -- says Apple is top US retailer based on retail sales per square foot.
The study says Apple has sales of $14,109 billion in 327 stores with an average size of 7,886 gross square feet. That's 5,626 sales per square foot. The figures are based on global results for the most recently reported trailing four quarters (through fiscal quarter three that ended June 25. Apple is almost two times ahead of their closest competitor (Tiffany & Company).
"It’s not surprising Apple leads the pack, but it is quite shocking by how far ahead of the competition they are, especially considering the company only has 10 years of retail experience," says "RetailSails."
Other chains in the "RetailSales" list are: Tiffany & Company, Coach, Iululemon Athletics, GameStop, Costco Wholesale, Whole Foods Market, Best Buy, Zale Jewelers, Walgreens, Sam's Club,...
T-Mobile to also carry the iPhone starting in October?
Yesterday "The Wall Street Journal" (http://macte.ch/dXmxF), quoting unnamed "people familiar with the situation," said Sprint Nextel Corp. will begin selling the iPhone 5 in mid-October. Now "MacTrast" (http://macte.ch/invBz) reports T-Mobile will jump aboard the Apple smartphone wagon at the same time.
Quoting an anonymous source at T-Mobile, the article says the iPhone 5 will operate at 3G speeds on T-Mobile US network. Current unlocked iPhone 4 units can only operate at at 2G “edge” speeds on T-Mobile’s network, and lack certain network-dependent features, such as Visual Voicemail.
Top U.S. carrier Verizon Wireless and No. 2 AT&T will begin selling the iPhone 5 in mid-October as well, according to the "Journal." Sprint had more than 52 million subscribers at the end of the second quarter, compared with 106 million for Verizon and nearly 99 million for AT&T. T-Mobile has almost 34 million subscribers.
Apple's dominance in tablet market grows
Capitalizing on its shrewd strategy, as well as its competitors’ stumbles, Apple Inc. is set to increase its iPad shipments at a faster rate than previously expected in 2011 and beyond, causing the global media tablet market to exceed growth expectations during the next few years, according to data from analysis provider IHS (http://www.isuppli.com).
Global media tablet shipments now are expected to rise to 60 million units in 2011, up 245.9% from 17.4 million in 2010. The previous forecast issued in May predicted shipments of 58.9 million for 2011. The new figures will help propel media tablet shipments to 275.3 million units in 2015, compared to the previous forecast of 262.1 million.
“All the momentum in the media tablet market is with Apple right now,” says Rhoda Alexander, senior manager, tablet and monitor research for IHS. “The competition can’t seem to field a product with the right combination of hardware, marketing, applications and content to match up with the iPad....
Galaxy, Ace smartphone sales banned in Europe
The Rechtbank 's-Gravenhage (a Dutch court in the city of The Hague) has issued a formally Europe-wide preliminary injunction against Samsung's Galaxy S, Galaxy S II and Ace smartphones -- but not the Galaxy tablets -- at Apple's request, reports "FOSS Patents" (http://macte.ch/4slR8). The decision follows a hearing held on Aug. 10 and 11.
Apple had filed an injunction at a court in The Hague on three patents, copyright as well as design infringements, to stop the sale of some Samsung products in the Netherlands and block their distribution in the EU via the Netherlands. The Dutch port of Rotterdam is the largest in Europe, and a key point of entry for imported goods for the European Union.
"The status of that patent varies between different countries ... " says Florian Mueller, writing for "FOSS Patents." "While the patent was originally designated to more than 30 member countries of the European Patent Organization (which is not an EU organization and also includes non-EU members...
Apple releases Epson 2.8 Driver Update
Apple has released Epson 2.8 Driver Update. It provides the latest Epson printing and scanning software for OS X Lion and Mac OS X v10.6," the company says.
Epson 2.8 Printer Drivers requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. You can obtain the update via the Software Update component of the Mac OS X Systems Preferences app.
iPad-powered mass transit kiosks catch a ride on Charleston...
Slicker Interactive (http://www.slicker.com) and Charleston (South Carolina) Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) have launched the first iPad-powered mobile kiosk that gives CARTA riders a whole new perspective of Charleston.
The kiosks -- installed on all 12 trolleys servicing the Carta Dash routes - allow bus riders to interact with and search Slicker's City Slicker app. The app provides users with information about cultural sites and businesses. In addition to the interactive kiosk, the iPad powers a flat-screen monitor that displays videos and images of establishments the bus is approaching.
One of the champions and primary backers of the new kiosks has been Charleston Mayor Joe Riley. "I am pleased to announce that Charleston is the first city in the world to benefit from City Slicker's brand new technology," he says. "There is so much content and useful information, it will be a tremendous help and first class guide for anyone traveling in our city. The additional...
Analyst firm evaluates the iPad’s Impact on accelerating the CPQ...
A report from the Gartner analyst firm (http://www.gartner.com) has found that prospecting, account management and configure, price, quote (CPQ) processes will benefit from enterprise investment in the iPad.
This June 2011 report by Michael Dunne, and analyst at Gartner, entitled "iPads: Their Impact on the Top Six Sales Processes," evaluates the growing usage of the Apple iPad, and its effect on sales processes, with CPQ ranking third most likely to provide high impact benefits.
“Mobility innovations will resonate with field sales forces that have to capture requirements, position products, assemble deals, generate proposals and quotes, and modify deals over the course of negotiations,” says Dunne. “More promising use cases involve sales teams working on proposals while on the road and in home offices to assemble deals for simple services, as well as for ship-to-order and simpler assemble-to-order (i.e. limited variation of components) solutions.”
Cameleon Software, which...
Canon announces two new wireless photo all-in-one-printers
Canon (http://www.usa.canon.com) has added the PIXMA MG8220 and MG6220 All-in-Ones to the company’s line of wireless photo all-in-one models with the ability to print, copy and scan images and documents.
Canon has designed the PIXMA MG8220 and MG6220 Wireless Photo AIO printers to print from nearly any screen whether on a cell phone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer, according to Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies and Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. The Canon Easy-PhotoPrint mobile app, for use with compatible Apple smartphones and tablets, has also been upgraded, allowing users to print PDFs directly from compatible wireless devices. What's more, users can scan documents on the printer to be sent directly to a compatible wireless device.
Exclusive to these two PIXMA printer models, is the ability to print select Google Docs and Gmail attachments from any accessible device. For registered users of Canon Image Gateway or Picasa Web...
Akvis Magnifier 5.0 adds support for GPU acceleration, more
Akvis (http://www.akvis.com) has released Akvis Magnifier.5.0 for Mac OS X (10.4 and higher) and Windows. The new version offers support for GPU (graphics processing unit) acceleration, batch processing, support for RAW files, and other important improvements.
Akvis Magnifier is designed to help you produce professional-looking enlargements out of digital images; it lets you resize images without loss in quality. The product is available as a standalone program as well as a plug-in for Photoshop.
The software allows you to enlarge an image to a super-high resolution of up to 30000 x 30000 pixels, making a 100 x 100 inch (2.5 x 2.5 meter) poster printable at a typographic quality of 300 dots per inch. The image processing parameters are grouped in two sections: Downsize and Upsize. The parameters become active accordingly the desired image size.
Akvis Magnifier costs US$129 for new users. Version 5. is a free upgrade for registered users. A fully functional, 10-day demo is available...
Annotations 1.0 plug-in for Adobe InDesign shipping
DTP Tools is shipping its Annotations 1.0 plug-in (http://www.dtptools.com/annotations) for Adobe InDesign that allows users to import notes and comments from a PDF into its source InDesign file.
Instead of opening PDF and InDesign documents alongside each other, scrolling and searching for edits to be manually copy pasted from Acrobat to InDesign, Annotations imports all changes with just one click. After the import, the text edits are listed in a panel where they can be approved or rejected one by one or as a bulk for the entire document. T
The Annotations plug-in costs US$79 per license. A14-day demo is available for download. The software is compatible with InDesign CS3-CS5.5 on Mac OS X and Windows.
ParticleCreator 3 for OS X- iOS developer tool creates particle...
BuBuCompany has announced ParticleCreator 3.0 for Mac OS X (http://blog.naver.com/h0965/70105136676), an update to their developer tool designed to simplify the creation of particle effects for use in Cocos2d games.
Built to replace the slow work of adjusting code variables to create a desired particle effect, the graphical tool allows developers to generate, preview, modify, test, and save a customized effect. Once the effect is saved, ParticleCreator automatically generates the Cocos2d code, which can be added to the project's Resource Folder.
ParticleCreator sports a Settings Window with sliders/number fields that control every aspect of the particle's appearance and behavior. The software has a single settings window from which users can choose one of four buttons: Graphic Configure, Particle Configure, Code Make, and Testing. A Preview window displays the animated particle(s) in real-time, or it may be displayed fullscreen.
ParticleCreator requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It...
App Tamer ready for Lion
St. Clair Software has released App Tamer 1.1 (http://www.stclairsoft.com/AppTamer/), an update of the app for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher that gives you control over your applications so you can save battery and CPU (central processing unit) power. The new version uses less of the CPU itself and fine tunes its compatibility with OS 10.7 Lion.
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...
Typinator for OS X gets 50 enhancements
Ergonis Software (http://www.ergonis.com) has released Typinator 4.5, the latest version of its tool for auto-typing text and auto-correcting typos systemwide across all Mac OS X applications. It comes with a list of 50 enhancements, including the ability to import Microsoft Office ACL files and support for right-to-left languages like Arabic and Hebrew.
Typinator 4.5 also improves compatibility with many third-party applications, such as Safari 5.1, Canvas X, Google Earth, BBEdit, and more. Typinator requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later. Mac OS X 10.6 or higher is recommended, and the software is fully compatible with OS X Lion.
Typinator can be purchased on the Ergonis Software web site for $19.99 for a single user license. A family pack for installation on up to five computers is $29.99. The upgrade to Typinator 4.5 is free for anyone who purchased Typinator in the last two years.
Real Software adds Lion support
Real Software (http://www.realsoftware.com/) -- creator of object-oriented, cross-platform software development tools for Mac OS X, Windows, Linux and the web -- has announced the latest version of its flagship product, Real Studio.
The new Real Studio 2011 Release 3 -- updating both the web and desktop Editions -- contains 70 improvements and 11 new features, including OS X Lion support and increased HTML5 GeoLocation capabilities. Additionally, the installation process for web applications has been streamlined with an improved CGI deployment option, says Geoff Perlman, Real Software founder and CEO.
This release also offers a new customer database application demo for Real Studio Web Edition. Anyone can access this application, the data can be edited and the full source code is available. For more information or to view this example application, please go to http://macte.ch/HGISv .
Real Studio 2011 Release 3 is currently available to all current and new Real Software customers....
QNAP expands business series turbo NAS line-up
QNAP Systems (http://www.qnap.com) has expanded its business series desktop Turbo NAS servers.
The new TS-879 Pro (8 drive) and TS-1079 Pro (10 Drive), with up to 30TB of online storage, aims to fulfill the massive storage needs of the high-end SMB (small to medium sized business) environments, says QNAP President Richard Lee. The new models feature Intel Core i3 CPUs to deliver data throughput over 1,000MB/second via 10 GbE networking.
They're Mac, Windows and Linux compatible. Contact QNAP for pricing.
Adobe releases Lightroom, Camera Raw updates
Adobe has announced the availability of Lightroom 3.5 and Camera Raw 6.5 Release Candidates on Adobe Labs.
The Release Candidates bring camera support to 12 new raw file formats including the Sony Alpha NEX-C3 and add over 25 new lens profiles including support for the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G ED and Canon EF 14mm f/2.8 L USM lenses to help photographers automatically correct unwanted distortion and chromatic aberration.
In addition, the Lightroom 3.5 and Camera Raw 6.5 updates address a number of issues reported by customers on the previous releases. Lightroom is a digital photography workflow solution that helps photographers import, manage, enhance and showcase all their images within one application. The Photoshop Camera Raw plug-in provides access to raw image formats produced by many leading digital camera.
The Lightroom 3.5 update is available as a free download for Lightroom 3 customers, and the Photoshop Camera Raw 6.5 plug-in is available as a free download for...
OfficeTime updated for the Mac
OfficeTime.net, creators of the OfficeTime time tracking solution, has launched a time-saving update. The latest version offers increased speed and faster file opening. It also allows users to import contacts from Outlook on the Windows version, eliminating manual data entry for addresses when invoicing.
OfficeTime supports professionals who track or invoice work on an hourly fee schedule or against a fixed cost project -- or who simply need to know where they're spending their time to be more productive. It also allows team reporting.
The latest version of OfficeTime automatically creates grandfathered backups -- generating an hourly, daily, weekly and monthly backup. These changes are a precursor to the imminent release of the first iOS version, which will be launched on Thursday, Aug. 25. For more info, go to http://www.officetime.net/ios/.
The Mac and PC versions can be purchased at OfficeTime.net for US$47. No monthly subscription fee is required.
Sprint to carry the iPhone 5 starting in October?
Sprint Nextel Corp. will begin selling the iPhone 5 in mid-October, according to "The Wall Street Journal" (http://macte.ch/dXmxF), quoting unnamed "people familiar with the situation."
Top U.S. carrier Verizon Wireless and No. 2 AT&T Inc. will begin selling the phone in mid-October as well, the article says. Sprint had more than 52 million subscribers at the end of the second quarter, compared with 106 million for Verizon and nearly 99 million for AT&T.
Richard Doherty, director of the research firm Envisioneering Group, told the "Journal" that the addition of the iPhone would help Sprint to retain many of its customers who want to upgrade to the popular device. The iPhone will also increase foot traffic in Sprint stores, which should help the company to sell high-margin iPhone accessories, he added.
McAfee: Android now 'most attacked' mobile operating...
McAfee (http://www.mcafee.com) has released the "McAfee Threats Report: Second Quarter 2011," showing that the amount of malware targeted at Android devices jumped 76% since last quarter, to become the most attacked mobile operating system.
2011 has also resulted in the busiest ever first half-year in malware history, including a first-ever appearance of Mac fake AV and a significant uptick in rootkits, suggesting that McAfee’s comprehensive malware “zoo” collection will reach a record 75 million samples by the year’s end.
“This year we’ve seen record-breaking numbers of malware, especially on mobile devices, where the uptick is in direct correlation to popularity,” says Vincent Weafer, senior vice president of McAfee Labs. “Overall attacks are becoming more stealth and more sophisticated, suggesting that we could see attacks that remain unnoticed for longer periods of time. High-profile hacktivist groups have also changed the landscape by drawing a line between attacks for personal...
Apple could make up to 35 million iPhones in December quarter
In an update on Apple's supply chain ongoings sent to clients -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) -- FBR Capital Markets analyst Craig Berger said Apple has revised upwards its current third quarter production to 27.9 million units from 23.6 million units, representing a sequential rise of 33%, mostly from GSM versions of the handset.
"[Third quarter] iPhone builds were revised higher due to an additional 3.1M iPhone 4 builds (to 15.2M units) and due to an additional 1.4M iPhone 5 builds (to 6.8M units)," he told clients. "We still see 3M builds planned on the legacy iPhone 3GS to satisfy demands from various US and European carriers calling for a low cost device to compete with Android handsets."
The remaining three million units Apple intends to produce during the third quarter will be of the CDMA flavor, which "were ratcheted up slightly," Berger added. For the fourth quarter, he predicts that Apple's build plan remains at 30 million units. The analyst...
'2001: A Space Odyssey' now part of Apple-Samsung...
Samsung has filed its opposition brief to Apple's motion for a preliminary injunction in the United States. And they're citing Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" film as prior art against the iPad design patent, reports "FOSS Patents" (http://macte.ch/faHyU).
In a clip from the movie, two astronauts are eating and at the same time using personal tablet computers. "Ever since Apple started to assert the design of the iPad against other manufacturers, many people have been wondering whether there's actually prior art for the general design of the iPad in some futuristic devices shown in sci-fi movies and TV series," says Florian Mueller, writing for "FOSS Patents." "And indeed, Samsung's lawyers make this claim now in their defense against Apple's motion for a preliminary injunction."
This is all part of an ongoing legal battle between Apple and Samsung. Last week the former filed a patent lawsuit against the latter in South Korea, claiming that Samsung’s Galaxy line of...
Three more Apple retail stores to open this week
Apple will open three new retail stores in France, North Carolina and Arkansas this week, reports "ifoAppleStore" (http://www.ifoapplestore.com/db/).
The first store to open on Saturday will be at the Carré Sénart shopping mall south of Paris. The store will be the fourth store in the region and the ninth in the country.
The next opening will be at the Northlake Mall in Charlotte, North Carolina. It will be the city's second Apple retail store.
Arkansas will get its first Apple store when the Promenade at Chenal store opens on Saturday. Apple will open about 14 more stores by Sept. 30 in order to meet a goal of opening 30 stores by the end of the fiscal year, notes "ifoAppleStore."
iPhone 5 to be dual-mode 'world phone'?
The upcoming iPhone 5 will support access to both CDMA and GSM networks, allowing it to operate in most countries around the world, according to "TechCrunch" (http://macte.ch/Igrw2), quoting an unnamed source.
In cellular service there are two main competing network technologies: Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) and Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA). Both boast "3G" standards, or third generation technologies. Verizon and Sprint use CDMA; AT&T and T-Mobile use GSM.
The first iPhone was a GSM phone released on June 29, 2007, exclusively on the AT&T network in the United States. On Feb. 10, 2011, a CDMA version of the iPhone 4 for Verizon made its debut. Now that Apple is catering to both carriers (and their respective networks), "it makes all the sense in the world for the company to combine support for both CDMA and GSM in a single device, turning it into a ‘world phone’ or a ‘global phone'," says "TechCrunch."
-- Dennis Sellers
United Pilots getting iPads
Approximately 11,000 pilots at United Continental will begin receiving iPads today as the carrier converts to paperless cockpits, according to "MarketWatch" (http://macte.ch/yjEMW).
The iPads will replace paper flight manuals and navigational charts with applications such as Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck. Using the iPad should improve safety and efficency as pilots will no longer have to thumb through thousands of sheets of paper to find what they need during a flight, the airline said. What's more, the move saves 16 million sheets of paper and 326,000 gallons in fuel because of the lighter weight, says "MarketWatch."
Apple may allow China Mobile to sell the iPhone on 2G
Apple may soon allow China Mobile to distribute the iPhone, a deal that could give Apple a bigger share of China's mobile phone market, but one that means Apple would have to develop an iPhone specifically for China Mobile, which operates a 3G network incompatible with current models of the iPhone, or make iPhone buyers use the carrier's slower 2G network, according to "Computerworld" (http://macte.ch/ay3R4).
China Mobile is the country's biggest network operator, with more than 600 million customers. Apple's current Chinese partner network, China Unicom, has around 183 million customers.
"Computerworld" says China Mobile has been talking with Apple about reselling the iPhone for some time. However, C.K. Lu, an analyst with research firm Gartner, thinks the chances of Apple designing an iPhone for use on China Mobile's TD-SCDMA network is slim
"I don't think Apple will want to use this immature technology," he told "Computerworld." "Unless China Mobile can make a deal with Apple that...
Apple to release cheaper iPhone 4?
Asian suppliers to Applehave begun manufacturing a lower-priced version of its iPhone 4 with a smaller 8GB flash drive, reports "Reuters" (http://macte.ch/NDuWt), quoting two anonymous sources "with knowledge of the matter."
The flash drive for the 8GB iPhone 4 is purportedly being manufactured by a Korean company. Currently, Apple currently sources its flash drives from Japan's Toshiba and South Korea's Samsung Electronics.
"Reuters" says the cheaper iPhone should arrive within weeks. And some analysts think a less expensive iPhone 4 could help Apple boost sales in emerging markets.
"Apple may want to push into the emerging market segment where customers want to switch to low- to mid-end smartphones from high-end feature phones, which usually cost $150-200," Yuanta Securities analyst Bonnie Chang told "Reuters." "But I think for an 8GB iPhone 4 the price is hard to go below $200, so Apple will still need a completely new phone with low specifications for the emerging markets."
Apple releases Apple Remote Desktop (ARD) v3.5.1 Admin Update
Apple has released Apple Remote Desktop (ARD) v3.5.1 Admin Update (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4868) for OS X Lion, Lion Server, Mac OS X 10.5.x or Mac OS X Server 10.6.x.
It requires Apple Remote Desktop Admin 3.0 or later and a network connection via Ethernet (recommended), AirPort (Wi-Fi), or IP over FireWire. The update fixes an issue that could prevent reporting tasks from completing.
Targus releases Lap Lounge for iPad 2
Targus has released the Lap Lounge for iPad 2 (http://bit.ly/qL6Ytz), an US$49.99, soft, bean bag-filled cushion that conforms to your lap with a functional stand that provides multiple viewing angles.
The stand frames the iPad and provides built-in sound amplification, by redirecting the sound toward the user. A zippered pocket stores a tuck-away carry handle and can double as an accessory pocket. The Lap Lounge also includes a stylus loop on the side.
CES iLounge triples in size
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) says the iLounge Pavilion at the 2012 International CES will be the largest in show history, spanning 75,000 square feet.
Experiencing 50% growth over its 2011 CES footprint, iLounge has tripled in size since its CES debut in 2010. Sponsored by iLounge.com, the 2012 iLounge Pavilion is the largest dedicated exhibition of iPod, iPhone and iPad related products and services in the world. The 2012 International CES will run January 10-13, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“The success of the iLounge Pavilion is unparalleled, featuring the largest number of i-related product launches at any event, any time of year,” says Karen Chupka, senior vice president, events and conferences, CEA. “With strong industry demand for a showcase of these popular products, the iLounge Pavilion at the 2012 International CES is the place where key business is done for this space.”
Products and technologies for the next generation of iPad, iPhone and iPod offerings from...
Rally Blue Gasket case races onto the iPhone 4 scene
id America (http://id-case.com/) has a new addition to its brushed aluminum Gasket iPhone 4 case series: the Rally Blue, inspired by rally racing. The new color joins existing colors Aluminum Silver, Titanium Gray, Vintage Gold, Modern Bronze and Jet Black.
In addition, a Carbon Back Skin inspired from automotive performance material carbon fiber, will be released. Coupled with the new case the protective skin offers optimal thickness, all while allowing the Gasket Case to fit perfectly over it, according to Abraham Jackal, marketing manager of id America.
The conceptual muse behind the Gasket case was inspired by the shape of a head gasket on a performance engine. The case provides a secure fit with a brushed aluminum outer skeleton and a suede inner lining.
The Carbon Back-Skin is designed to simulate the texture of actual carbon fiber. The weaved design provides additional grip and more protection for the iPhone 4 device. The skin is easily applied and removed without leaving...
New versions of FontExplorer X available
Monotype Imaging Holdings and its subsidiary, Linotype, have released new versions of their FontExplorer X font management solution: FontExplorer X Pro 3.1 for Mac and 2.3 for Windows systems, in addition to FontExplorer X Server 1.6. They're available at http://www.fontexplorerx.com .
FontExplorer X Server now features LDAP (lightweight directory access protocol) functions, which support multiple domains, nested groups and the ability to monitor active or open directory groups for user changes. Version 1.6 also enables network administrators to disconnect users from the server and prevent server updates. Both server and client machines require updates to the latest versions of FontExplorer X in order to take advantage of the new server functions.
Among several new features, FontXplorer X Pro 3.1 for client machines introduces support for Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion") and debuts with support for a full-screen mode. The latest Mac version also introduces a plug-in for Adobe InCopy CS5.5, and...
ShredIt X ready for Lion
Mireth Technology (www.mireth.com/shredit.html) has released version 6 of ShredIt X, its file shredder and hard drive cleaner software for Mac OS X. It adds support for Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion").
ShredIt is privacy software for Mac OS X that erases data so it can't be recovered. It can be used to erase files, folders, disk free space, previously deleted files, hard drives, external drives, network drives and CD-RWs. It comes with a range of features, including built-in safety features along with advanced shredding features such as, government standards compliance and a configurable overwrite pattern.
ShredIt X is available for immediate download, or on CD-ROM, starting at US$24.95. Registered users of previous versions of ShredIt X can take advantage of an upgrade discount. Educational pricing and volume discounts are available.
Wx for Mac OS X gets maintenance update
Hunter Research and Technology has released version 6.1 of its weather app Wx (http://www.hrtapps.com/wxmac/). It's available in the Mac App Store for US$9.99 and is compatible with OS X 10.6. and 10.7. Version 6.1 is a maintenance update.
Wx displays current conditions, forecasts, warnings, and radar for U.S. locations using XML data from the National Weather Service. The app is designed for two types of customers: serious weather watchers who want detailed information and facts with no fuss, and casual users who want a fast, clean, and functional weather app.
Wx helps users set up locations on an embedded map, guiding them to choose nearby NWS observation sites, nearby NEXRAD radar, and nearby city- and county-based alert zones. The app sets up a seven-day summary "point" forecast customized for the specific latitude and longitude of the location, and a seven-day "pro" forecast that graphs temperature (actual and apparent), dew point, relative humidity, cloud cover, wind speed, wind...
GeekSuite introduces Client Folder Maker 4.0 for Mac OS X
GeekSuit has announced Client Folder Maker 4.0 for Mac OS X (10.5 or later), an update to their folder creation and management utility.
Designed to automate the process of starting a new job folder for a client, Client Folder Maker will generate any hierarchy of documents and support folders that are preset by the user. It supports unlimited hierarchy templates or presets, and is targeted to desktop publishers, attorneys, prepress operators, consultants, web designers, and others who regularly create new job folders for their clients.
Client Folder Maker invoked via a menu item, or keyboard shortcut, the utility also accommodates auto-incrementing and limited AppleScript, PHP, Bash, and Shell scripts within presets. Users fill in the client name and job number text fields, and hit the create folder button. Client Folder Maker will create a preset folder hierarchy based on the client's name and job number, with all the support folders inside.
Client Folder Maker 4.0 costs US$9.99...
Myithemes releases five new iWeb themes
In collaboration with iPresentee, Myithemes (http://www.myithemes.com/) had added five new iWeb templates to be used with Apple's website building app.
The new themes are Newspaper, Photo Tree, Real estate, White simplicity and Religion. They can be customized and include an installer to make sure the templates end up in the right place.
Myithemes' 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 iWeb template is available from US$9.99.
Antitrust complaint filed against Apple, ebook publishers
Another day, another lawsuit. Finkelstein Thompson LLP (www.finkelsteinthompson.com) has filed a class action complaint against Apple, Inc. and six major book publishers, alleging a horizontal conspiracy to fix and increase the price of eBooks in the United States.
These allegations, if proved, may entitle purchasers of eBooks to monetary damages. The publishers include Hachette Book Group, Inc., HarperCollins Publishers Inc., Macmillan Publishers, Inc., Penguin Group (USA), Inc., Random House, Inc., and Simon & Schuster, Inc. The action is currently pending before Judge George B. Daniels of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Finkelstein Thompson has also moved the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to consolidate all similar class actions filed in other courts before Judge Daniels.
The complaint alleges that six of the defendants implemented price-fixing agreements contemporaneously with Apple’s introduction of the iPad in April, 2010...
Apple releases iTunes 10.4.1
Apple has posted iTunes 10.4.1. It can be obtained via the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.
iTunes 10.4.1 -- a 90.26MB download -- requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later and QuickTime 7.5 or higher. According to Apple, it provides a number of improvements, including:
° Fixes a problem where the media keys on some third-party keyboards work inconsistently with iTunes;
° Addresses issues with adding artwork to songs and videos;
° Resolves an issue that may cause iTunes to become unresponsive when purchasing an HD movie;
° Fixes a problem where iTunes may take longer than expected to open after waking your Mac from sleep ;
° Addresses issues with VoiceOver support.
Mac sales grow 26% year-over-year in July
In a note to clients -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) -- Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster say he's analyzed the latest data from The NPD Group (http://www.npd.com) and has found that the release of new MacBook Airs and Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion") last month resulted in Mac US sales growth of 26% year-over-year.
This puts Mac sales on a pace to meet consensus estimates of 4.5 million total sales for the three-month period ending September. Munster estimates that Apple will sell 4.4 million to 4.6 million Macs during the September quarter -- both of which would represent a quarterly best.
"We believe Mac sales benefited from the July 20 launch of OS X Lion along with refreshed MacBook Airs and Mac minis," he says. "But these tailwinds will fade throughout the September quarter and year-over-year compares get slightly tougher in the last two months of the quarter."
Versavu Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard Case available for the iPad...
Targus has announced the Versavu Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard Case (http://bit.ly/qr5NfW) for the iPad 2. The $99.99 case features a patent-pending mechanism that allows the Apple tablet to rotate a full 360 degrees from landscape to portrait positions and includes a low-profile wireless Bluetooth Keyboard.
The Versavu converts into a stand to hold the device upright for hands free viewing of video, online books and more. Its hard-shell design offers a molded exterior to protect the displays.
The keyboard is Bluetooth and can be charged inside of the case. The Versavu case includes a scratch-resistant frame around the keyboard to prevent the iPad from touching the keys when the case is closed and ready for transport.
The Versavu Keyboard and Case also includes a built-in holster for a pen or stylus. Featuring a soft interior lining to protect the iPad, it provides full access to all iPad functions so the device is fully operational inside of the case.
LG CEO: Apple HDTVs will use LCDs not OLEDs
Speculation that Apple will partner with LG to unveil its own line of HDTVs for 2012 have been debunked by LG Display CEO Kwon Young-Soo, reports "OLED-Display" (http://macte.ch/Twa7U). The CEO says Apple is "still pessimistic about using OLED displays."
The report doesn't say that Apple isn't interested in the TV market, however. "OLED-Display" says the company may use picture quality-enhanced and tech-sharpened LCD displays for its televisions, "as there are minor differences between OLEDs and LCDs at least to general consumers who don’t have much knowledge of displays."
Global Equities Research analyst Trip Chowdhry has said he thinks Apple will launch a new high-definition television in March 2012 with three screen sizes and price points. And Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster has repeated said he thinks that Apple will launch a HDTV with integrated DVR and support for film, music and game downloads. The Apple-branded set, he told clients, would wirelessly sync with iPods,...
No UDIS support in iOS 5?
Apple has told software developers to stop using Unique Device Identifier (UDID) in the upcoming iOS 5, according to "The Wall Street Journal" (http://macte.ch/uCZCN). It's a feature of its mobile software that can be used to track user behavior and gather their personal data.
Because the UDID is unique to each iPhone and iPad, it can provide a means for third-party advertisers looking for a way to track a mobile device users' online activities. Because the UDID is not alterable or deletable by a iPhone or iPad user, some have referred to the UDID as a "supercookie."
Such tracking has caused concerns among privacy advocates because it could give personal information about users without their knowledge. On the other hand, the change removes a way for makers of apps, advertising networks, social game networks and analytics firms to easily offer their services, notes "The Journal."
Apple hasn't set a deadline for the change though iOS 5 is due sometime this fall. However, the company...
NPD Group: iOS has 29% share of US smartphone market
According to The NPD Group (http://www.npd.com), Google's Android operating system (OS) continued to dominate U.S. smartphone market share, accounting for 52% of units sold in the second quarter (Q2) of 2011.
Like Android, Apple's iOS experienced slight quarterly gain rising to 29% in Q2; however, the BlackBerry OS share fell to 11%, as Windows Phone 7, Windows Mobile, and webOS held steady at less than 5% of the market each.
"Google's acquisition of Motorola shifts the balance of power in the handset-patent conflict between Google and its operating system competitors," says Ross Rubin, executive director of industry analysis for NPD. "Android's momentum has made for a large pie that is attractive to Motorola's Android rivals, even if they must compete with their operating system developer."
Motorola's overall mobile phone market share declined three percentage points, from 12% in Q2 2010 to 9% in Q2 2011. The company's share of the smartphone market also declined from 15% to 12%....
Adobe Digital Enterprise platform available
Adobe has announced the immediate availability and free trial of its new Adobe Digital Enterprise Platform (http://macte.ch/5TuTZ) and first set of solutions for Customer Experience Management (CEM).
The platform and solutions enable enterprises to bring together marketing and IT to build and deliver immersive, multi-channel digital interactions for today’s social and mobile customers while increasing brand loyalty and bolstering competitive differentiation.
The Adobe Digital Enterprise Platform, first unveiled in June, is an open, modular, standards-based offering for delivering digital solutions across social, Web, mobile, and print channels. It provides enterprises a unified foundation to make, manage and deliver multi-channel digital experiences leveraging HTML5, Adobe AIR, Flash Player, and Adobe Reader.
The platform includes integration with the Adobe Online Marketing Suite to optimize digital marketing campaigns and personalize digital experiences across all marketing, sales...
Monotype debuts Edge360 3D text rendering techonlogy
Monotype Imaging Holdings (http://www.monotypeimaging.com), a provider of , an embedded solution for delivering text in 2D and 3D environments.
Supported by Monotype Imaging’s iType font engine version 5.0, also newly released, Edge360 works on devices such as smartphones and tablets that support OpenGL ES 2.0 hardware acceleration technology. A video demonstration of Edge360 is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MAoMFJyZ50 .
“We’re opening unprecedented opportunities for enhancing user interfaces, applications and games,” says John Seguin, executive vice president of Monotype Imaging. “With Edge360, text can be zoomed in and out very quickly or rotated in three dimensions -- all while retaining clarity throughout the process. Edge360 allows device manufacturers to integrate high-quality, movable text to achieve visually striking user experiences.”
Edge360 is an optionally licensed technology of iType 5.0, the newest release of Monotype Imaging's scalable font engine that...
Mac Screen Rotate lets you rotate your screen with keyboard...
Mac Screen Rotate (http://www.macscreenrotate.com) is a new app for Mac OS X that allows you to rotate your display for portrait viewing with global keyboard shortcuts. It costs US$4.99; a demo is available for download.
Mac Screen Rotate also rotates the tracking of the built-in touchpad to align with the portrait screen orientation and switches the arrow keys. It allows you to, for example, hold the MacBook Air like a book and use it like an ebook reader.
Salt sprinkled on the Mac
Iceland's ipSoft has released Salt for the Mac (http://saltapp.net). It's an US$99, document-based, portable database app with import/export capabilities.
Salt is designed to be used for creating large scale websites. It contains tree-like, keyword oriented data structures that can be organized.
Salt requires Mac OS 10.5.8. It's available on the Mac App Store.
Microsoft Excel 2011 Tutorial available
Infinite Skills has announced a new video series to help Mac users work productively with the latest edition of Excel for OS X.
The 59-lesson video series addresses common functionalities and workflows. Learning Microsoft Excel 2011 Training has a runtime of 4.5 hours and features tips and walkthroughs on subjects such as cell customization, calculations, chart creation and Excel pivot tables using real world examples.
The Excel 2011 Tutorial begins with a quick explanation of Excel project structure and an explanation of how math functions are executed within the application. From this starting point, the training moves into its first sample project, a functional spreadsheet for recording sales data. Viewers learn basic entry and formulas, which form the basis of tutorials to follow.
The next project is a profits and loss sheet, demonstrating named ranges, 3D referencing and PDF export. As the tutorials move through sports scoring, expense claim forms, stock reports and more, tutor...