Chronosync, Chronoagent for Mac OS X updated
Econ Technologies (http://www.econtechnologies.com) has updated ChronoSync to version 4.2.4 and updated ChronoAgent for Mac to version 1.2.3.
The update includes several enhancements and bug fixes. As always, all existing ChronoSync users update for free.
ChronoSync is anautomated synchronization and backup application for Mac OS X .and ChronoAgent for Mac is a utility that runs on the destination Mac and communicates directly with ChronoSync, giving you full root access to the destination Mac.
ChronoSync and ChronoAgent for Mac will run natively on both Power PC and Intel-based Macs running Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. A demo is available for download. ChronoSync costs US$40 and ChronoAgent is priced at $10.
Pdf-Office Professional revved to version 10
Universe Software has updated pdf-Office Professional, the PDF form creation software, to version 10, which offers improvements in image processing and can now correct most of the errors in imported graphics.
All additions to the template and the PDF template itself can then be saved together as a new PDF file. pdf-Office Professional supports all PDF security settings, including 128-bit encryption for ideal document protection. Once created, templates can be altered or added to at any time.
pdf-Office Professional is compatible with Mac OS...
ID2Office ready for Lion
Recosoft Corp. (http://www.recosoft.com) has released ID2Office 1.1, an update to the InDesign plug-in to convert InDesign files to the Microsoft Office file formats. The upgrade is compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion") and adds further
conversion related enhancements.
ID2Office 1.1 now converts InDesign character & paragraph style sheets to Microsoft Word style style sheets. It also improves the fidelity of the converted output when exporting InDesign documents to the Word/PowerPoint formats.
ID2Office converts the text, associated fonts and styles, paragraph structure, corresponding property information, frames linking information, tables, graphics and other InDesign object and document properties to the matching Microsoft Word/PowerPoint object and File properties. It converts every page into an equivalent page in the resulting Word/PowerPoint file.
ID2Office supports InDesign CS4/CS5/CS5.5. It requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.4.11 or higher. An annual...
Syncro Soft updates Oxygen XML editor
Syncro Soft, the producer of Oxygen XML Editor and Author (http://www.oxygenxml.com), has released version 13.1 of its XML tool.
Version 13 adds support for XHTML 5, improved content completion in XML modules, a new TEI ODD framework, support for publishing DITA maps directly from a CMS or other remote resources and a metrics report for DITA maps. It also fixes some issues.
Oxygen combines content author features like the CSS driven Visual XML editor with a XML development environment. It has ready-to-use support for the main document frameworks DITA, DocBook, TEI and XHTML. It also includes support for all XML Schema languages, XSLT/XQuery Debuggers, WSDL analyzer, XML Databases, XML Diff and Merge, Subversion client and more.
Oxygen XML Editor is available in three editions. The multi-platform academic/personal license costs US$64 and includes a one-year support and maintenance pack. The multi-platform Professional license costs $488, and the multi-platform enterprise license costs...
Intego warns of Tsunami hacker tool
According to Intego (http://macte.ch/1RKL7), a new backdoor and hacker tool, Tsunami, has been discovered. This hacker tool seems to be a port of a Linux malware, which has been around for some time, and provides remote access to hackers by listening in on an IRC (Internet relay chat) channel for instructions.
Tools like this are often used for distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks (more on that below). These attacks flood computers with standard network requests, with a goal of overloading them. If a server receives more requests than it can handle, it can slow down, or even crash.
The Tsunami backdoor accepts a number of commands, and can change servers, download files, such as updates, and send packets to a specified IP address.Source code for this backdoor has been publicly available since at least September 2009, and it is trivial to compile this code, using Apple’s XCode, and create a Mac executable.
This tool requires installation, and may actually be installed manually...
'YML' looks at the Jobs bio, change in Macworld, more
The new "Your Mac Life" episode looks at new Steve Jobs biography by Walter Issacson, the 10th anniversary of the iPod and the rebranding of the Macworld Expo to Macworld/iWorld.
You can listen in this and every Wednesday evening from 5:30 to 8 pm (Pacific). Live video is on Your Mac Life! You can watch the show live at http://yml.macosg.com/ -- or you can listen in to the plain old audio feed at http://www.yourmaclifeshow.com/QT/stream.mov .
You can join one of the two Chat Rooms that run during the live show -- on the live video site or on the dedicated IRC Server at irc.chat-solutions.org in the #yourmaclife Channel.
Milan court hearing on Samsung-Apple battle adjourned to Dec. 16
A Milan, Italy court hearing on Samsung's request to block the iPhone 4S on patent infringement claims was adjourned to Dec. 16 by Judge Marina Tavassi, reports "Bloomberg" (http://macte.ch/inAQF).
Samsung is seeking to ban sales of Apple’s latest handset, the iPhone 4S, in Italy and France, saying the product infringes the company’s patents related to wireless communications technology. Adriano Vanzetti, a lawyer for Samsung, requested time to examine and respond to the "voluminous documentation" presented by Apple, Vanzetti and Apple lawyer Giuseppe Sena said after the hearing, notes "Bloomberg."
Apple will then have time to respond to Samsung’s filing. The iPhone 4S is set to go on sale in Italy on Oct. 28.
Samsung has also sought injunctions against the sale of the iPad 2 and the previous generation iPhone 4 in Japan. Samsung claims Apple’s products infringe its patents covering wireless communications and user-interface technologies.
Meanwhile, Apple in September said in a Hague...
Apple working on North Carolina solar farm
Apple has quietly begun work on a solar farm that apparently could help power its sprawling data center in southern Catawba County, North Carolina, according to "The Charlotte Observer" (http://macte.ch/B7hdu).
Permits issued by Catawba County show that the company has been approved to reshape the slope of some of the 171 acres of vacant land it owns on Startown Road, opposite the data center, in preparation of building a solar farm, the article adds.
The engineering plans show how the company will keep soil that it moves around the site from washing into creeks and other areas, notes "The Observer." The permit has no detail about the solar farm itself, including its size. A Charlotte firm is listed on the erosion control permit as the contractor.
Last year it was announced that Apple was building a 500,000 square foot data center in Catawba County on the outskirts of Maiden. Maiden and Catawba County agreed to US$7.3 million in incentives for Apple in order for them to build the...
We want to consume news on our iPad -- as long as its free
Consuming news (everything from the latest headlines to in-depth articles and commentary) ranks as one of the most popular activities on the tablet, about as popular as sending and receiving email (54% email daily on their tablet), and more popular than social networking (39%), gaming (30%), reading books (17%) or watching movies and videos (13%). The only activity that people said they were more likely to do on their tablet computer daily is browse the web generally (67%).
The survey also finds that three-in-10 tablet news users (defined for the study as the 77% of all tablet users who get news at least weekly) say they now spend more time getting news than they did before they had their tablet. Just 4% say they spend less time while two-thirds (65%) spend about the same amount of time.
A third (33%) of tablet news users say they are turning to new sources for news on their tablet, sources they had not turned to on other platforms such as television or their desktop computer. And,...
Scout File Explorer offers simplified file browsing for Mac OS X
Hindsight Labs has introduced Scout File Explorer 1.0 (http://www.hindsightlabs.com/products/scout/), a simplified file manager for Mac OS X. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.7 or higher and costs US$9.99. It's available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.
Scout File Explorer offers a two-pane, tree-style interface and offers an alternative file management interface to the built-in Finder application. Scout's tree-style file view will also be familiar to anyone who has previously used Windows Explorer, according to the folks at Hindsight Labs.
Scout also offers the ability to cut and paste files and and the ability to open a terminal window at the currently viewed location. It also fully integrates with existing applications so you can drag and drop files between Scout, Finder, and the desktop.
Stellar Phoenix releases CD DVD Data Recovery for Mac
Stellar Data Recovery has introduced Stellar Phoenix CD DVD Data Recovery for Mac (http://macte.ch/OfpnG). It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher and costs US$39.
Featuring an interactive user interface, CD DVD Data Recovery for Mac is a tool that can recover data from all types of optical media such as CD, DVD, Blu-ray Disc, and HD DVD. It's designed specifically to recover and restore lost or inaccessible data from physically damaged or incorrectly burnt optical media.
The software mounts the optical media and then scans the entire disc for safely restoring every piece of lost, deleted, or fragmented data. A demo version is that allows you to preview all the recoverable files before actual recovery.
ThinkGeek plans Siri-compatible product
ThinkGeek (http://www.thinkgeek.com/) says will release an accessory for the iPhone 4S that works with Siri, named Iris 9000. The Iris 9000 is a voice control module for iPhone 4S & Siri that allows for you to control Siri from across the room.
Siri on iPhone 4S lets you use your voice to send messages, schedule meetings, place phone calls, and more. Apple says that you can ask Siri to do things just by talking the way you talk. I haven't tried it, but Apple says Siri understands what you say, knows what you mean, and even talks back. What differentiates Siri from competing technologies is its ability to not only recognize words spoken in a normal tone of voice, but its capacity to pick up on the contextual meaning of a phrase, according to Apple.
To use Siri with the Iris 9000, place your iPhone into the Iris 9000 cradle and use the included micro remote to trigger Siri from up to 50 feet away. Tap the Iris 9000 remote button once, listen for the Siri chime and speak your...
Mac Mini Vault creates data center solution around Mac mini
Mac Mini Vault (http://www.macminivault.com) has announced high density data center solutions built around the quad-core i7 Mac mini server.
Mac Mini Vaults customized 48U APC NetShelter cabinets are configured to host up to 140 Mac minis. The Mac minis are held in slots on specially designed shelves that slide out allowing for complete access of the ports and power buttons. Each slot is wired for power and network connectivity. Each cabinet is equipped with six APC switched PDUs.
Each slot is wired for power and network connectivity. Each cabinet is equipped with six APC switched PDUs (power distribution units) that allow for remote power cycling of individual Mac minis. The power to each PDU is supplied by an APC UPS and backed up by Generac generators. The network connection is tied to a stack of Cisco Gigabit Switches, which in turn have redundant fiber connections to the data centers backbone network.
Mac Mini Vault offers collocation services for Macs starting at US$29.99 per...
IMCapture lets you record video from Microsoft Messenger
IMCapture has released IMCapture for Microsoft Messenger:mac (http://macte.ch/G67J1). The software is designed for capturing and recording your video and audio sessions made by Microsoft Live Messenger.
With IMCapture you can create recordings and save them into various video and audio formats. The program supports MP3, MPEG4, MOV, etc.
You can publish these files on Internet resources, share with colleagues and family members, and watch them repeatedly. IMCapture for Microsoft Messenger requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. It costs US$49.95 for a single user license.
pdfToolbox revved to version 5.3
Callas Software (http://www.callassoftware.com) has updated pdfToolbox, a tool for any print professional offering PDF correction and color management capabilities from within Adobe Acrobat, to version 5.3.
The software now integrates with the most recent version of the Adobe PDF Library and fully supports Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion"). Also, you can now restrict the area rendered when generating images to an existing page box (such as the trim box) or a custom area. This means preview images can now be generated without having to output different PDF files for different workflow uses.
Additionally callas pdfToolbox 5.3 offers more possibilities for the output file naming convention while splitting PDF files into segments and adds extra options to the page scaling fix-ups. The new release also provides a new preflight check to detect the use of Roman ligatures. What's more, callas pdfToolbox 5.3 introduces a full Japanese localization, including a number of specific features for the...
D-Link launches new PowerLine 200Mbps mini adapters
D-Link (http://www.dlinkshop.com/store/) has announced its latest in PowerLine 200Mbps home networking solutions with a new line of mini adapters. Pricing ranges from US$59.99 to $129.99.
The PowerLine AV Mini Adapter (DHP-310AV) and PowerLine AV Mini Adapter Starter Kit (DHP-311AV), as well as the PowerLine AV 4-Port Switch Mini Adapter Starter Kit (DHP-348AV) transform a home’s existing electrical wiring into a high-speed home network. PowerLine technology delivers a high-performance, reliable and secure wireless signal throughout the home that's suitabl for connecting a desktop, laptop or wired entertainment device in those hard-to-reach spots, such as homes or small offices where concrete walls, successive floors in multi-storied buildings, or other architectural impediments could inhibit a wireless signal.
Delivering speeds of up to 200Mbps over existing electrical wiring, D-Link’s latest PowerLine products are ideal for high-bandwidth network-ready devices such as the Boxee...
Quark Web-to-Print System 9.1 available
Quark has released Quark Web-to-Print SystemTM 9.1, an update of the Web-to-print solution that allows advertisers, marketers, and print service providers to create brand-compliant marketing material from design templates that are accessed through a web browser.
With the 9.1 update, Quark Web-to-Print System is now available for French and German language regions. It also now offers users the design automation features introduced with QuarkXPress 9.1.
For a complete overview of Quark Web-to-Print System, go to http://www.quark.com/Products/Quark_Web-to-Print_System/ .
Simple Help Editor revved to version 5.0
The PandaWare Company has updated Simple Help Editor, its cross-platform help authoring application, to version 5.0. The upgrade introduces support for localizing Help content in multiple languages, offers support for Apple's Help Bundle format, offers more flexibility in display of content, adds stability and boosts performance.
Mac and Windows users can use Simple Help Editor to create software help systems that display in Apple Help Viewer, Windows' HTML Help viewer, a Web browser, or in a proprietary help window (for applications created with Real Software's REALbasic).
Simple Help Editor is available as a Mac OS X Universal Binary application (for Mac OS X 10.4 or higher) and a Windows 2000 or higher application. Both can be downloaded from The PandaWare Company's web site (http://www.pandaware.com/download.html#simplehelp).
Simple Help Editor 5.0 is available as a free download, and operates in demo mode until licensed. The demo version operates for 30 days and allows saving up...
PDFPen for Mac OS X gets updated to version 5.6
SmileOnMyMac has updated PDFPen (http://www.smileonmymac.com/PDFpen/download.html), its PDF editing and form-filling tool for Mac OS X, to version 5.6.
The update adds a setting for the name used with PDF notes and comments, as well as support for anonymous notes and comments. A new viewing preferences allows a PDF document to be viewed on screen at its physical size. Other improvements and fixes have also been made.
The changes in PDFpen 5.6 have also been made in PDFpenPro 5.6, the pro version that can also convert websites into PDFs, create fillable PDF forms, and construct document table of contents.
PDFpen costs US$59.95, and PDFpenPro is $99.95. Family pack licenses, which cover up to five computers in one household, are $74.95 for PDFpen and $129.95 for PDFpenPro. Upgrades from earlier versions of either application are $25, and free to users who purchased after Feb. 14, 2010. Upgrades from any version of PDFpen to PDFpenPro 5.0 are $40.
PDFpen 5.6 and PDFpen Pro 5.6 require...
Akvis Chameleon update speeds up image processing
Akvis (http://www.akvis.com) has released version 7.5 of its photo collage program, Akvis Chameleon. The new version offers support for GPU acceleration that speeds up image processing. Some minor bugs have been fixed, as well.
The software is available as a standalone program as well as a plug-in for Photoshop on Mac OS X and Windows systems. The plug-in version is compatible with Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo, PhotoImpact, Corel Photo-Paint and other software.
For a free trial, Akvis offers 10 days of fully functional use. Users of the latest versions (5-7) of Akvis Chameleon can upgrade to version 7.5 for free. For new users the cost is US$75 for the home version (plug-in or standalone), $90 for the home deluxe version (plug-in or standalone) and $230 for the business version (plug-in or standalone, for commercial use.)
Macworld? No, Macworld/iWorld
Macworld is no more. Say hi instead to Macworld/iWorld. IDG World Expo has announced the rebranding, describing it as "the ultimate iFanEvent where those who use, create and love Apple products will gather for three days to celebrate the intersection of technology and art."
Building on Macworld's legacy as the event for the Apple products marketplace, Macworld/iWorld will showcase innovations for all Apple-related platforms, software, and app development, serving as a true reflection of today's evolving iOS, says Paul Kent, vice president and general manager of Macworld | iWorld 2012.
In addition to its products showcase, Macworld/iWorld will feature Music, Film and Art Showcases that include performances, screenings, workshops and galleries. As part of the event, attendees will experience three days of Tech Talks on key mobile content initiatives, including iCloud and Siri, an expanded Mobile Apps Showcase and several new experiential attractions.
Macworld/iWorld will take place Jan...
OWC offers RAM upgrades up to 16GB for speed-bumped MacBook Pros
Other World Computing (http://www.macsales.com) is offering OWC PC3-10600 DDR3 1333MHz 8GB memory modules that provide 12GB and 16GB memory
configurations for the new, speed-bumped MacBook Pros
By installing the RAM upgrades themselves, new MacBook Pro model owners can add up to double the factory maximum installed memory at a savings of up to 75%,
compared to factory upgrade options, according to the folks at OWC. To make memory installation an easy DIY process, OWC offers free installation videos. Upgrade options are:
° OWC 4GB DDR3 1333MHz Memory Module -- US$33.97 (or $26.97 after OWC offered factory memory trade-in rebate.) This replaces an existing 2GB module for 6GB of total memory.
° OWC 8GB DDR3 1333MHz Memory Upgrade Kit (2 x 4GB) -- $63.99 (or $49.99 after OWC offered factory memory trade-in rebate.) This replaces both existing factory 2GB modules for 8GB of total memory. Up to $150 less vs. factory 8GB option.
° OWC 12GB DDR3 1333MHz Memory Upgrade Kit (8GB + 4GB) -- $...
Apple brands dominate youth market
Young Americans are expected to spend US$211 billion in 2012 and Apple is one of their favorite brands, according to the "2012 Harris Poll Youth EquiTrend" study by Harris Interactive (http://www.harrisinteractive.com/).
This annual study benchmarks the brands that America's youth prefer and those that have the ability to dominate their industries' youth market share. The 2012 report measures brand equity as an outcome of familiarity, quality, and purchase consideration among Americans, ages eight to 24.
In this critical sales ramp-up for the holiday gift-giving season, when technology prevails and computers, tablets, and mobile phones are at the top of wish lists, Apple brands are ranked highest among Americans, ages 13-24, in their respective categories. Macs, iPads, and iPhones are the highest ranked computers, tablets, and mobile phones brands, and are followed by Hewlett Packard, Motorola Xoom, and HTC, correspondingly.
"This is very good news for Apple and indicates that their...
iPod co-creator purportedly leading Apple HDTV efforts
Apple has turned to Jeff Robbin, who helped create the iPod and the iTunes Store, to guide development of the company's HDTV effort, reports "Bloomberg" (http://macte.ch/LOVFk), quoting unnamed "people with knowledge of the project."
According to the sources, Apple is working to integrate seamless content search features into the device. "For example, instead of having to separately check to see if a movie or show is available through Netflix or a cable service, all the material could be integrated," the sources told "Bloomberg."
Robbin worked for Apple in the 1990s as a system software engineer. After leaving Apple he developed a number of applications for the Mac including Conflict Catcher and helped developer the SoundJam MP, MP3 playing software, for Casady & Greene.
In 2000, Apple bought the rights to the software, hired Robbin and turned it into iTunes with Jeff as lead developer He was also involved in developing the iPod, as co-lead of the initial iPod team with Tony...
Millennial Media: iPad impressions grew 456% over the past year
Mobile ad network Millennial Media (http://www.millennialmedia.com/) has released its quarterly report that shows how each operating system, device and manufacturer is performing on one of the largest remaining independent ad networks in the world.
The report notes that the iPhone and iPad ranked first in various mobile advertising statistics for the third quarter of 2011, though Apple's iOS had a 28% share of mobile ad impressions -- or half of the 56% seen by Android devices. In the third quarter, Android led the Connected Device and Smartphone OS Mix on Millennial with 56% of the impressions. iOS was the second largest Connected Device and Smartphone OS in Q3 with 23% of impressions.
iOS remained the leader as the top Connected Device OS. iOS impressions grew 60% year-over-year in the third quarter. What's more, iPad impressions grew 456%, and iPod touch impressions grew 30% year-over-year. The iPhone accounted for 54% of the iOS impressions Millennial’s platform, while the iPod...
Apple posts Apple TV 4.4.2
Apple has released Apple TV 4.4.2 for its set-top box. The new version adds support for the following:
° Photo Stream, which lets you view photos taken on your iOS device and pushed to your Photo Stream in iCloud;
° AirPlay Mirroring, which lets you wirelessly stream what's on your iPhone 4S or iPad 2 screen to your HDTV;
° The National Hockey League: you can now watch live games, view highlights, scores, and more;
° "The Wall Street Journal": you can view up-to-date news, business commentary, and financial analysis;
° New slideshow themes: Photo Wall, Flip-up, and Shifting Tiles.
° Support for subtitles on Netflix when available.
Apple TV devices with software version 4.4 and 4.4.1 have an issue with updating software to later versions. Apple says that the recommended way to resolve this is go to Settings -> General -> Reset -> Reset All Settings, prior to updating. Note: If you apply the software update without resetting all settings first, the updater will reset the...
Apple releases MacBook Pro Video Update
Apple has posted MacBook Pro Video Update 1.0. It requires Mac OS X 10.7.2 and is a 70.97MB download.
This update addresses an issue where MacBook Pro (15-inch Mid 2010) computers may intermittently freeze or stop displaying video. You can obtain MacBook Pro Video Update 1.0 via the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.
Apple reportedly working on LTE iPhone for 2012
Apple, Nokia, RIM and Sony Ericsson are expected to join the "LTE club" in 2012 as more telecom service providers around the globe are also going to launch LTE services in the coming year, reports "DigiTimes" (http://www.digitimes.com), quoting unnamed "industry sources in Taiwan."
LTE (Long Term Evolution) is a wireless broadband technology designed to support roaming Internet access via cell phones and handheld devices. Since LTE offers improvements over older cellular communication standards, some refer to it as a 4G (fourth generation) technology along with WiMax.
A total of 35 LTE networks globally have already entered commercial operations, with the number of such networks to exceeding 100 prior to the end of 2012, according to data released by GSA (Global Mobile Suppliers Association). By 2015, the number of LTE service subscribers will reach 290 million and annual sales of LTE-enabled smartphones will surpass 154 million units, estimated market research firm In-Stat
Windows Phone OS to capture 12% of Western Europe market?
Take this one with a grain of salt, but according to the latest research from Strategy Analytics (http://www.strategyanalytics.com), the Microsoft Windows Phone operating system will capture 12% share of smartphone sales in Western Europe during 2012. Nokia, Samsung and HTC will be among Microsoft’s major hardware partners.
"Western Europe smartphone sales will reach 117 million units in 2012, growing 12% from 105 million in 2011," says Tom Kang, Director at Strategy Analytics. "We forecast Microsoft Windows Phone to be the fastest growing major platform next year, doubling its share of the Western European smartphone market from 6 percent in 2011 to 12 percent in 2012. Increased distribution and marketing support from major hardware partners such as Nokia, Samsung and HTC will help to drive growth for Microsoft."
Neil Mawston, Director at Strategy Analytics, adds, "Due to growing support from leading hardware vendors, particularly Nokia, Microsoft is in a good position to become...
Apple involved in NCWIT Pacesetters initiative
Apple is involved in a new program designed to improve the number of women in technology and computing is creating accelerated results for its participants, according to an announcement today from the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT).
NCWIT Pacesetters is a fast-track program in which executives from universities and corporations commit their organizations to fundamental enhancements in their recruitment and retention of women. With the goal of bringing "net new" women to the computing and technology workforce, the Pacesetters program helps members employ innovative methods to attract previously untapped talent pools of women and retain women who are at risk of leaving.
"The work these organizations have done to increase women’s participation is so impressive, and the benefits are clear: an expanded talent pool to fill the growing number of computing-related occupations, and improved technology innovation through a greater diversity of perspectives,"...
Apple compatible products in 2011 Bang &Olufsen Holiday...
Bang &Olufsen has unveiled its 2011 Bang & Olufsen Holiday Collection, which includes lots of Apple compatible products.
Bang &Olufsen’s first speaker dock, the US$999 BeoSound 8, is compatible with iOS products. Features include conical and interchangeable speaker fronts, which apart from the standard white and black, are offered in a range of new, bold colors, such as red, silver, yellow and orange to suit your mood or the decor.
Bang &Olufsen’s new Earset 3i ($199) is an Apple compatible hands-free solution designed to filter out background noise. At the touch of an integrated button you can switch from iTunes playlists to a conversation with friends or family without even taking your phone out of your pocket. The Earset 3i is available in white or black.
The $100 Bang and Olufsen Form 2 has an over-the-ear design. It's available in red, orange, yellow and white.
Bang &Olufsen’s new plug-and-play digital music system, BeoSound 5 Encore ($4,350), lets you index...
Agenda Announced for Second Annual Boston SuperMeet
The agenda has been set for the Second Annual Boston SuperMeet (http://supermeet.com/), to take place on Thursday, Oct 27, at the Stuart Street Playhouse, Radisson Hotel Boston in Boston, Massachusetts.
Featuring Oscar and BAFTA winning film and sound editor, Walter Murch and Andrew Weisblum, A.C.E. for Avid, this SuperMeet promises to be the single largest gathering of editors, gurus and digital filmmakers in the Northeast. Tickets are on sale online only and can be purchased at the SuperMeet web site.
The SuperMeet stage show will begin at 7 p.m. and continue until 11 p.m. Doors open at 3:30pm for the "SuperMeet Digital Showcase" featuring over 15 software and hardware developers. Tickets are on sale online for US$10.00 each and $7.00 for students and teachers with a valid ID.
DZED Systems releases Dragonframe 3.0 for Mac OS X
DZED Systems has announced Dragonframe 3.0 (http://www.dragonframe.com/), an update to their digital image capture software for stop motion animation, motion graphics and visual effects. The upgrade offers such new new features as a frame-based timeline editor, lip-sync system and integrated motion control.
Dragonframe offers a set of animation and cinematography tools, and offers hardware integration for advanced 3D stereoscopic capture, lighting automation, and motion control. It was previously called Dragon Stop Motion.
Dragonframe 3.0 is available for Mac OS X (10.5 and higher) and Windows. It costs US295 for a single-user license or $235 per license in quantities of five or more. A fully operational trial version is downloadable and valid for 30 days.
SCOtutor for Lion tutorial hits the Mac App Store
SCOtutor for Lion 1.0 (http://macte.ch/yOASc) is a new video tutorial app produced by Don McAllister of ScreenCastsOnline, but with a twist. It's the first app to feature onscreen subtitles in English, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese and Simplified Chinese.
SCOtutor for Lion is a multilingual HD video tutorial, designed to explore and explain many of the new features in Apple's latest operating system and is aimed at both new and experienced Mac users. SCOtutor for Lion is being made available for a special introductory price of US$3.99 for a limited time via the Mac App Store.
iFunia updates Media Converter with iPhone 4S support
iFunia has updated iFunia Media Converter for Mac, the company's conversion software, to version 3.2.0. The upgrade adds iPhone 4S support.
iFunia Media Converter helps Mac users convert any video, DVD and audio to the formats they need. It combines a video converter, DVD ripper, and audio converter, allowing video fans to convert video/audio files, and rip DVDs without switching from one program to another. Presets allow users to convert videos and DVD movies to play with Apple devices,
Apple software, mobile phones, game players and more, including the iPad 2, iPhone 4, and latest iPod touch. With the built-in video and audio editor, users can trim videos. What's more, iFunia Media Converter also has a deinterlacing function that help users to remove interlacing artifact of the DVD movies and videos.
iFunia Media Converter costs US$49; a demo is available for download at the product web site (http://macte.ch/tvYUY).
Fujitsu announces cloud services support for ScanSnap scanner...
Fujitsu (http://www.fujitsu.com) has announced new capabilities for sending scanned paperwork to the Apple iPad and iPhone, in addition to new functionality allowing users to upload scanned documents to a range of cloud-based services using its ScanSnap S1500, S1500M, S1300 and S1100.
With the launch of its first official app for both the iPad and iPhone -- ScanSnap Connect -- consumers have a way to send and store their scans to their mobile device, and organizations have a solution to assist with collaboration between colleagues and business partners. Furthermore, ScanSnap now enables users to scan documents directly to Salesforce Chatter and SugarSync, in addition to the scanner's cloud services support for Evernote and Google Docs.
The ScanSnap S1500, S1500M, S1300 and S1100 are all capable of supporting the new enhancements. Current users can update their existing software using the built-in online update feature accessible from the ScanSnap icon help menu that resides in the...
Fetch for Mac update introduces Dropbox support
Fetch Softworks has updated Fetch, the original Mac file transfer app, with new features designed to provide greater control over the user's file transfer tasks.
The latest version introduces support for syncing Fetch shortcuts using Dropbox, enabling individuals and groups to access an up-to-date collection of shortcuts no matter which Mac they use. The software also now preserves the modification dates of uploaded files. And Fetch's new Find field enables users to zero in on just the files they are working with.
Fetch also now helps users better monitor the progress of file transfers. While previous versions reported the transfer progress of each individual file, the software now displays the progress of the overall transfer, making it easier to see when the entire operation will be complete.
Fetch 5.7 is compatible with Intel Macs running Mac OS X 10.5 or later, including Mac OS X 10.6 and Mac OS X 10.7. The software is free to try for 15 days, and a single-user license is US$29....
Roads of Rome 2 comes to the Macgamestore
Realore Studios' Roads of Rome 2 is now available at the Macgamestore (http://www.macgamestore.com). It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher and costs US$6.99.
Here's how the game is described: "Caesar, the governor of Rome, has been poisoned, and there's no potion strong enough in the world of mortals that can cure him of his terrible disease. Caesar's daughter Julia is in despair and Victorius, an honorable general, sets out on a long journey to the kingdom of the Gods. The lands of barbarians are full of dangers, so be careful! Clear up your way and build roads, leave gifts and offerings on the Gods' altars and help Victorius find the magic potion that will save Caesar's life.
"Your quest will be long and difficult, but if you succeed, the Gods are sure to smile down on the citizens of Rome! Shatter the peace and quiet of the Gods' kingdom and help Victorius accomplish lots of challenging tasks on his way."
Steve Jobs bio debuts at number one
"Steve Jobs," the official biography of the late Apple co-founder and CEO, went on sale today. and it has debuted as a number one best-seller, reports the "San Jose Business Journal" (http://macte.ch/bKb5o).
The book, authored by by Walter Issacson, is now shipping from Simon & Schuster. The book is available through several retailers including Apple’s iBookstore, Amazon.com and Audible.com.
An estimate of how many copies were sold won't be known for about a week but "Steve Jobs" topped the best-seller lists for Amazon's Kindle and Barnes & Noble's Nook reader, notes the "Business Journal." It also was number one on the "Top Paid" books on Apple's iTunes.
Study: Android overtakes Apple with 44% share of mobile...
In the second quarter of 2011, Android overtook iOS to become the market share leader in mobile application downloads, according to ABI Research (http://www.abiresearch.com). The market shares of Android and iOS were 44% and 31%, respectively, according to the research group.
"Android’s open source strategy is the main factor for its success," says Lim Shiyang, research associate. "Being a free platform has expanded the Android device install base, which in turn has driven growth in the number of third party multi-platform and mobile operator app stores. These conditions alone explain why Android is the new leader in the mobile application market."
Recent quarterly shipment growth figures also explain Android’s ascent to the top app download position, he adds. iPhone shipment growth in Q2 2011 slowed to 9% from 15% a quarter earlier. In contrast, Android smartphone shipments increased 36% in Q2 2011, compared to 20% in Q1. Android’s install base now exceeds iOS by a factor of 2.4-to-...
Analyst: Apple building prototype TV sets
In a note to clients -- as reported by "Fortune" (http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2011/10/24/piper-jaffray-apple-is-already-bu...?) -- Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster says Apple is already working on prototypes of an HDTV. He thinks such a device will go on sale next year and be a US$6 billion business for Apple by 2014.
Munster builds on remarks attributed to Steve Jobs in the Walter Issacson biography, "Steve Jobs," that went on sale today. In the book the late Apple co-founder and CEO is quoted as saying: "I'd like to create an integrated television set. It would be seamlessly synced with all of your devices and with iCloud ... It will have the simplest user interface you could imagine. I finally cracked it."
Munster notes that one problem to a full-fledged Apple television set (as opposed to the Apple TV set-top box) is combining live television with shows previously captured on iCloud. "Perhaps this code is precisely what Jobs believed he has 'cracked,'" the analyst says, adding that...
MacBook Pros gets faster processors, beefier video chips
There was no press release to announce the changes, but Apple has tweaked its MacBook Pro line with, as you might guess, faster processors and beefier video chips.
The US$1,199 13-inch model now packs a 2.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor and a 500GB, 5400RPM hard drive,. The $1,499 model has a 2.8GHz Core i7 with a 750GB, 5400RPM hard drive.
The entry level 15-inch MacBook Pro ($1,799) sports a 2.2GHz quad-core Core i7 system with a Radeon HD 6750M graphics processor, 512MB of GDDR5 memory, and a 500GB, 5400RPM hard drive. The 2.4GHz quad-core Core i7 model ($2,199) has an AMD Radeon HD 6770M graphics processor with 1GB of GDDR5 memory and a 750GB, 5400RPM hard drive.
The $2,499 17-inch MacBook Pro boasts a 2.4GHz quad-core Core i7 processor, a Radeon HD 6770M discrete graphics processor, 1GB of GDDR5 memory, and a 750GB, 5400RPM hard drive. The 2.4GHz Core i7 chip on the high-end 15-inch or the 17-inch model can be upgraded to a 2.5GHz quad-core Core i7 chip for an extra $250....
'A Celebration of Steve's life' video online
Apple has posted "A Celebration of Steve's life" (http://macte.ch/DmFKh), a vide of the Oct. 19 "celebration of Steve's life" event honoring the Apple co-founder and former CEO.
The event was hosted at the company’s Cupertino, California, and many of Apple’s own retail stores closed so employees could watch the event remotely. It featured tributes from Apple execs and musical performances by Norah Jones and Coldplay.
Also, the official biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs by Walter Issacson is now shipping from Simon & Schuster. The book is available through several retailers including Apple’s iBookstore, Amazon.com and Audible.com.
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Siri co-founder leaves Apple
Dag Kittlaus -- the co-founder and CEO of the company that created the Siri voice control feature, which Apple launched along with the iPhone 4S, has left the company, though the departure was "amicable," according to "AllThingsD" (http://macte.ch/ifreU).
Quoting unnamed sources, the article says there were several reasons for the departure, including Kittlaus’s family being in Chicago, a desire to take time off and an interest in brainstorming new entrepreneurial ideas. Kittlaus has led the speech recognition efforts for Apple since Apple bought Siri in April of 2010.
Siri on iPhone 4S lets you use your voice to send messages, schedule meetings, place phone calls, and more. Apple says that you can ask Siri to do things just by talking the way you talk. I haven't tried it, but Apple says Siri understands what you say, knows what you mean, and even talks back.
What differentiates Siri from competing technologies is its ability to not only recognize words spoken in a normal tone of...
Yahoo data center exec comes to Apple
Scott Noteboom, the man who led Yahoo’s data center operations since 2005, has now joined Apple as company expands into the cloud, reports "Gigaom" (http://macte.ch/N9PFi). According to LinkedIn, Noteboom is now a “distinguished gentleman” at Apple as of this month after leaving his role as vice president of data center engineering and operations at Yahoo.
Apparently, Notebook will replace Kevin Timmons, who helped build the data centers that power Microsoft’s global cloud computing operation. The latter "was named the CTO of data center operator CyrusOne this week, and his background didn’t include any mention of Apple," notes "Gigaom."
Whole lotta shakin' going on with iMM155 Vibro II docking...
iLuv Creative Technology (http://www.i-luv.com) has introduced the iMM155 VibroTM II, the latest addition to their patent pending Vibro Series of digital alarm clock docks. It will be released in November at a street price of US$69.99.
The VibroTM II is an alarm clock dock allowing consumers to wake to their favorite songs on their iPhone or iPod, FM radio, the Shaker or any combination with the Shaker. When placed under a pillow, the Shaker’s vibrations are guaranteed to wake even the heaviest sleeper or the hearing impaired, says Pia Chon, marketing director at iLuv.
Available in four colors, the iMM155 has a large LCD display designed to be easy to read from anywhere in the room; also 10 brightness level adjustments let you find the setting most appropriate for you. Additionally, the iMM155 features Time Sync to reconcile time with your iPhone or iPod and also highlights the alarm setting and time instead of just a bell indicating the alarm is set. Users can charge their iPhone or...
New ebook looks at taking control of iCloud
The rollout of Apple's new iCloud service has not been without problems, and many people have questions about how best to sign up, switch to, and use iCloud.
To answer those questions, TidBITS Publishing has released "Take Control of iCloud, a 143-page ebook that helps readers migrate to iCloud and its many services. Written by tech expert Joe Kissell, the ebook explains how to handle a variety of setup scenarios and concerns (including multiple Apple IDs and upgrading from MobileMe, iCloud's predecessor) and how to best use the many features in iCloud: iTunes in the Cloud, iTunes Match, iCloud Backup, Photo Stream, Documents in the Cloud, Find My iPhone, Mail, Contacts, Calendars, and more. The ebook is available for US$15 at http://www.takecontrolbooks.com/icloud .
Crystal Caverns of Amon Ra blasts onto the Mac App Store
Selectsoft has introduced Crystal Caverns of Amon Ra 1.0, a match-3 game for Mac OS X (10.6.6 or higher). It's available in the Mac App Store for US$4.99.
Here's how the game is described: "The gameplay of Crystal Caverns combines match-3 strategy with arcade-style shooting as players try to capture crystal orbs running along a twisting path. Meet the challenge of the Guardian as you blast through over 1000 incredible levels, filled with twists and turns, winding caverns, sphere teleports, and more."
Crayola, Griffin launch Trace & Draw for the iPad 2
Crayola and Griffin Technology has teamed up for the Crayola Trace & Draw for the iPad 2. The accessory and app combo turn the iPad 2 into an animated drawing and coloring activity center for young artists.
Designed for use with the free Trace & Draw app -- available at the Apple App Store -- the US$39.99 Crayola Trace & Draw is both a protective case and art station in one. When combined with the app, young artists have more than 35 different characters to trace along with fun animations and activities.
Surrounded by a shatter-resistant shell, the iPad 2 paired with Trace and Draw becomes an interactive art center. Recommended for ages three and up, the Trace & Draw includes a black Crayola fineline marker and 50 sheets of pre-sized tracing paper. A static peel screen protector shields the MultiTouch display from smudges and fingerprints and a sliding drawer can be used for storing the Crayola marker when it's not in use.
The Trace & Draw for iPad 2 is available...
newMacgadgets introduces iPad 2 Wall Mount Display
newMacgadgets (http://newmacgadgets.com/) has introduced their new iPad 2 Wall Mount Display. The US$79.95 display allows businesses to secure the Apple tablet while displaying their message or advertisement in an open environment.
Constructed from one-inch clear acrylic, the Wall Mount Display can hang in either the landscape or portrait position. Screws for mounting to the wall are concealed behind the iPad 2 and aren't accessible unless the tablet is removed from the display.
A three-6th clear cover secures the iPad 2 within the base and allows access to the screen. The cover is held in place with stainless steel, Torx tamper-proof screws. An optional clear cover can also be ordered with a button guard preventing access to the on/off button. Slots are also provided for the charging cable and earphones.
The iPad Wall Mount can also work as a free standing display for table tops. Hardware is included for securing the display to a hard surface.