With Limewire shuttered, peer-to-peer music sharing declines
In late October 2010, LimeWire shuttered its file sharing services, months after a federal judge sided with the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and found the peer-to-peer (P2P) service liable for copyright infringement.
According to The NPD Group (http://www.npd.com), a market research company, the percentage of the U.S. Internet population using a P2P file-sharing service to download music has fallen from a high of 16% in the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2007 to just 9% in Q4 2010 when Limewire ceased its file-sharing operations.
The average number of music files downloaded from P2P networks also declined from 35 tracks per person in Q4 2007 to just 18 tracks in Q4 2010, although some downloaded just one or two tracks, while others took hundreds. NPD estimates there were 16 million P2P users downloading music in Q4 2010, which is 12 million fewer than in Q4 2007.
According to NPD's "Music Acquisition Monitor," Limewire was used by 56%of those using P2P services to...
Apple tells adult app store to ditch the 'app store'...
MiKandi -- which bills itself as “the world’s first app store for adults -- has been hit with a cease-and-desist letter from Apple over its use of the term "App Store," according to "GeekWire" (http://macte.ch/VPnyT).
It’s not MiKandi’s first brush with Apple. The company was pushed in the spotlight last year when Apple’s Steve Jobs referred derisively to the fact that there was a “porn store” on Android -- referring to MiKandi without using its name, says "GeekWire."
For the record, the words “app store” still appear on the MiKandi site. Co-founder Jesse Adams tells "GeekWire" they’ll wait it out, for now, and see how Microsoft’s challenge to Apple’s trademark registration turns out.
MiKandi is the second digital download service targeted by Apple in defense of its trademark application this month, the first being the Amazon App Store for Android. In a complaint filed March 18 in federal court in northern California, Apple accused Amazon.com of trademark infringement and unfair...
Adobe Pass offers 'TV Everywhere'
Adobe has announced the Adobe Pass service, a new authentication solution that enables pay TV subscribers to access premium content from virtually any Internet-connected device.
Leveraging the Flash Platform and HTML5, Adobe Pass allows pay TV providers and content owners alike to deliver a wider range of content on more platforms -- including Mac, Windows, iOS, Blackberry and Google TV systems. Promoted by the broadcast and cable industry as TV Everywhere, Adobe Pass makes it possible for pay TV providers to authenticate their paying subscribers online and provide them with the anytime, anywhere content experiences that audiences crave, taking TV Everywhere from concept to reality, says Pritham Shetty, vice president for Rich Media Solutions, Adobe.
Adobe Pass creates a way for pay TV subscribers to view content across multiple websites with just one sign in and doesn't require any additional downloads. Shetty says this eliminates one of the biggest barriers to TV Everywhere...
Senators want Apple to ban DUI, checkpoint alert apps
Four U.S. Senators are calling for Apple and other purveyors of smartphone software to ban apps -- such as Phantom Alert, Fuzz Alert Pro and Checkpointer -- that would help motorists identify and avoid drunk driving checkpoints, reports "The Huffington Post" (http://macte.ch/lKzSy).
Democrats Chuck Schumer, Frank Lautenberg, Tom Udall and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Tuesday issued a letter to Scott Forstall, Apple's senior vice president of iPhone They also sent identical letters to Google and RIM executives.
"We appreciate the technology that has allowed millions of Americans to have information at their fingertips, but giving drunk drivers a free tool to evade checkpoints, putting innocent families and children at risk, is a matter of public concern," the letter said.
'WSJ' to offer single-issue digital sales
"The Wall Street Journal" will start selling single-issue digital versions of its morning paper for US$1.99 in the within the existing free app, according to "paidContent" (http://macte.ch/XQ9PU).
Until now, those who downloaded the free "WSJ" app for the iPad could receive some free content, but to get the full range of the WSJ’s updated news and features, they had to subscribe. There will still be limitations on what the readers who choose the single-issue download can receive, says "paidContent." In essence, they’ll just get what’s in that day’s print edition. But they’ll be able invited to get the full “Now Edition” for $18 a month, which includes regular news updates.
Right now, any current WSJ subscriber with a log-in can get full access -- to the site and all the apps -- and that won’t change. In addition, the WSJ recently began offering a digital bundle offer. Basically, for $3.99 per week, you can get full access to WSJ.com and its suite of digital products (iPad, Android...
Skipscreen, Download Songs let you skip ads
Skipscreen (http://www.skipscreen.com) is a new Firefox extension that skips ads on sites like Rapidshare, Megaupload, Mediafire. There's also a new companion app for Mac users, Download Songs (http://godownloadsongs.com) that's based on a similar premise.
"We got sick of waiting for downloads, watching folders, clicking on files, songs starting and stopping, throwing stuff in the trash," says Ying Cheng, one of the developers. "Download Songs watches your download folders, moves any new music into iTunes, and cleans up the files. It lets you search for songs on the internet from the app or using a hotkey. The search feature is really fun and makes the whole experience feel like magic (our custom google search called Skipsearch will be included in the next release). It does all the annoying steps that some people might not notice, but takes a bunch of time."
Download Songs costs US$4.99. SkipScreen is free.
Apple releases Apple TV Software Update 4.2.1
Apple has released Apple TV TV Software Update 4.2.1 (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4448), an update for the company’s streaming only version of the Apple TV.
The update addresses issues that may cause the screen to flicker or display incorrect color on some older TVs. It also addresses an issue where Apple TV may not wake up from sleep and an issue where audio may not be heard on some TV models after switching from another input. Apple TV Software Update 4.2.1 includes stability and performance fixes for Apple TV.
To update your Apple TV to the current software version:
Select Settings > General using your Apple Remote.
Click Update Software. At this time your Apple TV checks to see if an update is available and a download message should appear if an update is available.
Click Download and Install to start the download process (or Download Now on an Apple TV 1st generation with Apple TV software 1.x).
Important: Do not disconnect your Apple TV during the update process. An...
Apple posts Aperture 3.1.2
Apple has updated Aperture, its software for professional photographers, to version 3.1.2 (http://support.apple.com/kb/TS2518). The update requires Aperture 3.x.
Version 3.1.2 improves overall stability and performance, and also includes the following specific fixes.
Resolves an issue that could cause Aperture to quit unexpectedly when importing large iPhoto libraries.
Aperture now correctly handles albums contained in folders when importing iPhoto 9.1.1 libraries.
Improves reliability when importing iPhoto 9 libraries that include slideshows containing text slides.
RAW images imported from iPhoto 9 libraries no longer show the Reprocess brick in Adjustments.
Addresses an issue that could cause Aperture to stop responding when attempting to process damaged images.
Olympus E-5 images with a 3:4 aspect ratio now import with the correct rotation.
Addresses an issue that could prevent referenced images from being reconnected.
Resolves an issue that...
PSB to stream 'The Civil War' on iOS devices
PSB (http://www.pbs.org) says the first episode of "The Civil War," the award-winning film by Ken Burns that first aired in 1990, will premiere on the free PBS for iPad and PBS app for the iPhone and iPod touch beginning on March 24 for 10 days prior to the d re-broadcast of the entire film. PBS will make the first episode available for free download at the iTunes store at the same time.
Marking their 1.2 millionth download since launch, the PBS video apps feature 250 hours of free video, including full-length programs, as well as TV schedules, previews, and a tune-in reminder calendar that can be synced with iCal. The PBS for iPad and PBS App for the iPhone and iPod Touch are available for free from the Apple lApp Store.
“PBS.org has grown so rapidly that comScore VideoMetrix listed it as the 18th most popular site for video last month," says Jason Seiken, SVP, PBS Interactive and Product Development. "And just four months after launching our apps, nearly 20% of our video streams...
Wicked Audio releases Helix earphones
Wicked Audio (http://wickedheadphones.com/) is shipping the Wicked Helix earphones. They have a 10 mm driver and feature maximum noise isolation, which inhibits ambient noise. The tip is gold-plated to prevent damage and corrosion, and the cord measures 1.2 meters long for maximum flexibility, says Paul Marshall, vice president of Sales, Empire Brands.
The new Wicked Helix earphones are offered in three color combinations: blue/orange, magenta/yellow, and black/white. They are currently available for US$14.99 at FYE, Fry’s Electronics, InMotion, Verizon Wireless and other select international retailers.
NeatWorks for the Mac beefed up in time for tax season
The Neat Company says the latest version of their NeatWorks software -- NeatWorks for Mac version 3.5 -- is available for purchase and upgrade. The free upgrade is applicable to all
NeatWorks for Mac 3.5 features:
° A new tax report function that enables users to roll-up tax deductible expenses by category;
° Strengthened exporting capabilities that allow users to send data directly to Turbo Tax, Excel and Numbers;
° Increased optical character recognition (OCR) and parsing accuracy that reduces data entry and enhances reliability;
° Expanded support for third party scanners allows for compatibility with the latest Fujitsu ScanSnap scanners and HP and Canon's leading scanners
° Performance optimizations that reduce folder loading and image processing times
NeatWorks requires an Intel based Mac running Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later. It costs US$79.95. The Neat Company's solutions can be purchased online at Neatco.com, as well as Apple.com and Amazon.com. They're also available at brick and...
iRig Mic is new handheld microphone for the iPhone, iPad
IK Multimedia says its iRig Mic -- a handheld condenser microphone for the iPhone iPod touch and iPad -- is now shipping. It costs US$59.99.
iRig Mic is designed for the vocalist and songwriter on the move, and is also targeted to recording speeches, instruments, performances or any other sound sources in the studio, on stage or in the field. The iRig Mic features a highly unidirectional condenser-electret microphone capsule, real-time monitoring with its dual mini-jack connector and a metal body.
It can be mounted on any mic stand leaving your hands free for operating the app on your iOS device. A three-level gain switch makes it adjustable for any sound pressure condition from soft speaking to loud playing.
The iRig Mic also comes with a suite of IK’s apps: VocaLive Free (for vocalists and songwriters), iRig Recorder (an audio recording app) and AmpliTube Free (for guitarists and songwriters). It also works with a wide variety of other vocal and audio recording and processing apps...
Apple offering touch panel makers some wriggle room for hike...
Apple has talked with Taiwan-based makers of touch panels, possibly giving them some wriggle room to hike quotes, order to secure sufficient supply of touch panels used in the iPad and iPhone, reports "DigiTimes" (http://www.digitimes.com).
In order to achieve its internal shipment goal of 40 million units of iPad in 2011, Apple has booked over 60% of the total touch panel capacity. Despite some supply concerns caused by the Japan earthquake, with room for price hikes, supply for touch panel and panel will be more smooth for Apple, says "DigiTimes."
Gridstore offers scale-out NAS for small, mid-sized organizations
Alcatel-Lucent and Xnet have partnered to provide a business class, unified communications application for Mac OS X. MyIC (http://www.call4mac.com/MyIC/) is specifically designed to provide multiparty business communications for the Apple desktop.
Via drag and drop, a Mac user can create a teleconference in the 3D virtual meeting room and with the power of Mac OS X's Core Animation manage the participants. The app. also appears with full social networking integration. Contacts may be local, remote or gathered from enterprise LDAP or even Facebook.
MylC costs US$149 and requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. A demo is available for download. There's also an iPad version for $349.
seyDoggy posts Kleer theme
RapidWeaver theme developer seyDoggy (http://www.seydesign.com) has introduced Kleer, a new theme "that utilizes the full power and potential of smart technology but with a strong focus on form and polish."
As a seyDoggy Ultimate theme, Kleer comes loaded with features such as a built-in slideshow. seyDoggy has also employed the new HTML5 and CSS3 working drafts. Kleer officially supports the most recent versions of IE, Safari, Firefox, Opera, and Chrome.
Kleer woks with RapidWeaver 3.6.7 or higher and Mac OS X 10.4.11 or higher. It costs CAD $25.
LiveCode development platform gets over 20 new features
RunTime Revolution (http://www.runrev.com) has released LiveCode 4.6, an update of its development platform. The update has 20 new features, including:
° Support for SQLite databases, ZIP files and XML on iOS devices;
° Support for iOS native text entry fields;
° Improvements to native web browser control and native control functions;
° Full screen video playback and support for native playback within a region;
° Multi-channel sound improvements, including pause/resume and prepare ability;
° Support for iOS 4.3 simulator;
° Multiple camera support.
LiveCode 4.6 also has over a dozen developer requested refinements to the desktop product. These include:
° Support for working with very large images on Mac OS X;
° The ability to render objects with and without graphic effects and blending;
° Public key encryption support and cryptographic-quality random data generation;
° Improvements to print to pdf, with document outline and link inclusion;
° Bug fixes and minor enhancements.
semYOU develops cloud app computing system for desktops
Startup firm semYOU has announced "app computing for desktop computers" that requires no local installation a hard drive is required, as all programs are accessed via the Internet. At http://www.semyou.com, the cloud app store for Mac and Windows offers free applications for all application areas, including office, communication and entertainment tools.
To use you'll need to download the Microsoft Silverlight plug-in. Then sing up and log in at semYOU. Then you'll start the riAPP store.
Mixamo fast tracks character animation for Unity developers
Mixamo (http://www.mixamo.com) has announced the integration of Mixamo's online animation service within the Unity Asset Store digital content marketplace.
Mixamo's ever-expanding repository of animation is now accessible to developers immediately in the Unity development platform via a free plug-in, providing an in-editor means to browse, customize and purchase character animation. A walkthrough of the process can be viewed at http://www.mixamo.com/c/mixamo-unity-asset-store .
Game developers can now animate characters in an intuitive and flexible way right inside Unity, while at the same time tapping into thousands of professional animations and motion capture data, says Mixamo co-founder and CEO Stefano Corazza. A user can simply select a character from their game project and browse the animation collection to find the perfect motion, previewed directly on their character, he adds. Customization is done via a slider control system, to suit the animation dynamic users are looking...
PSG adds exFAT for Mac OS X to its UFSD technology line
Paragon Software Group (PSG) has released a beta version of Paragon exFAT for Mac OS X -- a standalone software application for Mac OS X users looking for full two-way read/write access to the exFAT file system under Mac OS X 10.6.5 and earlier.
With Paragon’s specialized driver solution, users of legacy Mac systems are able to mount any exFAT files like native ones. Widely used for removable devices such as flash drives and SD cards, exFAT (Extended File Allocation Table) is a proprietary file system developed by Microsoft to handle the increasing capacities of media storage, but currently lacks extensive support outside of PC environments.
With minimal system requirements, including low CPU utilization during data transfer and small memory footprint, Paragon exFAT for Mac OS X offers a way for original equipment manufacturer and end-users to manage data on exFAT volumes out of the box, and is available to be shipped with external hard disk drives and installed automatically,...
Angry Birds Rio alights for the Mac, iOS devices
Rovio has released their latest game, Angry Birds Rio, on the Mac, iOS and Android platforms. The game was developed in conjunction with Twentieth Century Fox, and features the animated stars of the studio’s upcoming film, "Rio," which debuts in theaters on April 15.
Users will also have the ability to buy tickets to the film directly from the within the game, by linking directly to a special ticketing page on http://www.RIO-themovie.com. The game was officially launched in Rio de Janeiro at the world premiere of RIO.
Angry Birds Rio features two episodes and 60 levels, and new episodic updates based on the "Rio" will be provided throughout the year. New playable characters, new achievements and unlockable secrets are also included.
The Mac version costs US$4.99, the iPad version is $2.99 and the iPhone/iPod touch version is $0.99.
Verizon CEO says 'no, thanks' as far as buying Sprint
AT&T is acquiring T-Mobile, so Verizon may be eyeing Sprint, right? Wrong, according to Verizon CEO Daniel Mead.
"We're not interested in Sprint. We don't need them," said Mead, speaking to "Reuters" (http://macte.ch/xfkFc) ahead of the CTIA Wireless Conference. He added that the company doesn't want to be distracted from its goal of being the most profitable U.S. wireless operator.
Mead also told "Reuters" he wouldn't oppose the AT&T/T-Mobile plans. He thinks U.S. regulators will likely approve the AT&T/T-Mobile deal if the companies agreed to certain conditions.
MacLocks releases the MacBook Air Lock
No security lock on the MacBook Air. No problem, says MacLocks (http://www.maclocks.com) which is releasing the MacBook Air Lock and Security Bundle.
It incorporates a neat cover that also protects your MacBook Air via an integrated built-in security slot that can accommodate any of the standard cable locks sold on the market. That way you can lock the security cable to the case, and loop the cable's other end around a fixed object (like a table).
Once the case and cable are locked together, thieves can't detach the case without damaging the MacBook Air. The MacBook Air Lock and Security Bundle costs US$74.95. You can place a pre-order now; they'll start shipping April 7.
Robocast suing Apple over automated browsing technology
Another day, another lawsuit. A company called Robocast (http://www.robocast.com) is suing Apple, claiming the company has willfully incorporated its patented automated browsing technology in a number of products, including iTunes, the Apple TV and Front Row, without licensing their "invention," reports "TechCrunch" (http://macte.ch/vlGUQ).
Robocast, which was founded by Damon Torres, who claims to have pioneered the use of automated web browsing in the nineties, has earlier sued Microsoft on similar grounds. In 2010 the company filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware against Microsoft for infringement of Robocast’s United States Patent No. 7,155,451. Robocast is being represented in the case by Foley & Lardner LLP, and Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP.
Patent number 7,155,451 is for an automated browsing system for publishers and users on networks serving Internet and remote devices. Here's the summary: "A method of sequencing...
Firefox 4 is faster, sports sleeker interface
Mozilla has released Mozilla Firefox 4, the newest version of the free, open source Web browser. According to the folks at Mozilla, it's the fastest version of the browser yet.
The latest version of Firefox introduces a sleeker look and features like App Tabs and Panorama. Firefox 4 also delivers privacy and security features like Do Not Track and Content Security Policy to give users control over their personal data and protect them online.
Firefox Sync gives users access to their Awesome Bar history, bookmarks, open tabs and passwords across computers and mobile devices. Firefox also offers thousands of add-ons, extensions and Personas and a new Firefox Add-ons Manager to make it easy for users to manage and discover add-ons to customize their Web experience.
Jobs to testify in iTunes antitrust suit
A federal magistrate judge has ordered Apple CEO Steve Jobs to answer questions in an antitrust dispute alleging the company operated a music-downloading monopoly, reports "Bloomberg" (http://macte.ch/A6jgl).
Lawyers for consumers who filed the 2005 complaint won permission to conduct limited questioning of Jobs, under an order issued yesterday by U.S. Magistrate Judge Howard R. Lloyd in San Jose, California. The deposition can’t exceed two hours and the only topic allowed is changes Apple made to its software in October 2004 that rendered digital music files engineered by RealNetworks inoperable with Apple’s iPod music player, says "Bloomberg."
“The court finds that Jobs has unique, non-repetitive, firsthand knowledge about the issues at the center of the dispute over RealNetworks software,” Lloyd wrote.
In 2005 Californian Thomas Slattery sued Apple for unspecified damages for being "forced" to buy an iPod. He said Apple encoded its digital music files with proprietary software...
iPad 2 arrives in 25 more countries on Friday
Apple says the iPad 2 will go on sale in 25 additional countries this Friday, March 25. The Apple tablet will be available at Apple retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers at 5 p.m. local time, and online through the Apple Store (http://www.apple.com) beginning at 1 a.m.
Apple today also announced that all models of iPad 2 will be available in Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and additional countries in April.
"While competitors are still struggling to catch up with our first iPad, we’ve changed the game again with iPad 2," Apple Steve Jobs says. "We’re experiencing amazing demand for iPad 2 in the US, and customers around the world have told us they can't wait to get their hands on it. We appreciate everyone’s patience and we are working hard to build enough iPads for everyone."
The iPad 2 with Wi-Fi will be available in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico,...
Apple sues Amazon.com over use of 'App Store'
Apple has sued Amazon.com, saying the online retailer is using Apple’s “App Store” trademark for a mobile-software developer program, reports "Bloomberg" (http://macte.ch/c5tsj).
In a complaint filed March 18 in federal court in northern California, Apple accused Amazon.com of trademark infringement and unfair competition and asked for a judge’s order to prevent the company from using the “App Store” name, as well as for unspecified damages.
Apple registered for a trademark on the term App Store on July 17, 2008. It has been using the name since then to refer to its applications store for iOS devices. Earlier this year it also launched the Mac App Store.
“Amazon has begun improperly using Apple’s App Store mark in connection with Amazon’s mobile-software developer program,” Apple said in the complaint. Amazon also plans to use the name with a mobile-software download service, the complaint states.
Amazon began using the App Store designation around the beginning of this year,...
Two groups oppose Jobs' reelection to Disney board of...
The AFL-CIO, which holds about 3.8 million Disney shares, is opposing Steve Jobs’ reelection to Disney’s board of directors, reports "Cult of Mac" (http://macte.ch/Cv6JA).
The group says Jobs’ poor health, plus his job as CEO of Apple, make him a bad choice for Disney’s board. Jobs -- the largest individual shareholder with 7% of Disney’s stock, awarded after the company's purchase of Pixar in 2006 -- is likely to be reelected at Disney’s annual meeting on Wednesday.
The union isn’t the only group opposing Jobs, notes "Cult of Mac." Institutional Shareholder Services, an institutional investment group, is also questioning Jobs’s reelection to the Disney board because of his health. ISS says that Jobs has attended less than 75% of board meetings in the last three years, and wonders if Jobs should be reelected. ISS stopped short of rejecting Jobs but said shareholders deserve greater disclosure about his ability to function as a director, says "Cult of Mac."
FileMaker delivers three free FileMaker Go starter solutions
FileMaker, Inc. (http://www.filemaker.com), a wholly owned subsidiary of Apple, has released three Starter Solutions for FileMaker Go for iPhone and iPad, available with a free 30-day trial version of FileMaker Pro 11.
The business database app for the iPhone and iPad, FileMaker Go allows you to search, view and edit FileMaker Pro databases remotely or locally on an iOS device. The three new Starter Solutions are:
° Contacts, which lets you manage all of your business and personal contacts on your iPhone or iPad. With Contacts, you can add and find multiple contacts within the same company, city and more.
° Documents, which lets you take along your business documents and automatically synchronize any changes to a master database.
° Assets, which offers a way to track all types of assets. You can also create asset categories and track serial numbers, value lists and purchase dates and even calculate depreciation.
The three starter solutions will run on the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch,...
EastWest announces Modern Pop sound library
EastWest has announced their distribution of Best Service Modern Pop Multi-format Sound Library in the US market. It's "a passionate and inspiring sound journey that combines the distinctive style of modern electronic music with different types of pop music, lounge, chillout and new age."
According to the folks at EastWest, the defining characteristic of Modern Pop are its rhythmic elements, such as percussion loops, drum loops and special grooves, as well as its harmonic elements, such as melodies and chords. In addition to the loops, percussion, brass, electric bass, guitar and piano sounds from live recordings, this collection contains a variety of synthetically compiled loops, such as synth basses, moog sounds, synths, leads, pads, bells, filtered sounds and modulated sounds.
Modern Pop comes on a 2.2 GB DVD and features 24-Bit/44.100 kHz content made up of 35 Construction Kits, 800 Wav/Acid Loops, 400 Rex2 Loops, and 1000 Wav One-Shots. It's available for order at http://www....
Pomfort Silverstack SET adds on-set media management
Pomfort has introduced on-set data management for RED and H.264 cameras with their update of Silverstack SET. Silverstack SET Edition is a software solution for media management, quality check and backup on the film set and is tailored to the needs of digital film production workflows.
In combination with the present support for the ARRI Alexa, Silverstack SET now supports the most common camera formats used in professional film productions. According to the folks at Pomfort, it covers all important on-set activities starting the very first moment media data is loaded off the camera. Features include checksum verified backup to multiple destinations, tools for quality check, extensive media management features and professional playback controls.
Silverstack SET includes format-specific features customized for each supported format.
Silverstack SET Edition for RED offers :
° Support for RED Rocket acceleration card for 4k realtime playback;
° The ability to export clips to Redcine-X...
Portfolio manager iStockEx now available on the Mac App Store
danholt4mac (http://macte.ch/ggDRI) says (iStockEx (formerly called iStock) is now available at the Mac App Store.
iStockEx is a portfolio manager for private or professional use. You can set up as much portfolios as you want and track the performance of your shares in real time. iStockEx continuously retrieves the latest quotes from the Internet and updates automatically the value of your assets. You can y enter your sells and buys and watch your portfolios including calculation of gain or loss in a convenient format, all done in your local currency.
For the launch of iStockEx on the Mac App Store its price has been reduced: You can now buy iStockEx for only US$4.99; previously, it was $19.99.
iWeb Valet update adds social bookmarking link creator
ZiggySoft (http://www.ziggy-soft.com/) has released a new version (2.4.0) of iWeb Valet, a tool to enhance and upload iWeb pages. The upgrade adds a social bookmarking link creator.
This widget helps you to generate bookmark links for your website (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) and makes it simple for visitors to save and share your content. Items from the drop-down menu widget now can be reordered in real time by dragging and dropping
iWeb Valet 2.4.0 also improves the hit counter widget and email addresses obfuscation
Plus, the update adds tooltips to display the file path in file lists.
iWeb Valet works with iWeb, the web creation component of Apple's iLife suite. After you have created your pages with iWeb, instead of publishing your site to MobileMe, you can publish your site to a folder on a local destination (your hard disk, for example), then you can use iWeb Valet to enhance in many ways your iWeb pages, and finally have your website uploaded on a FTP server.
iWeb Valet costs US$...
Apple, others sued in patent infringement lawsuit related to...
Another day, another lawsuit. Apple, Motorola, Research in Motion, Nokia, Kyocera, LG and Sony are being sued in a new patent infringement lawsuit related to integrated cameras, reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).
Cayman Islands-based Imperium Holdings has filed a complaint against the seven companies and accusing them of violating five patents related to picture taking and processing on smartphones.
The lawsuit was filed last week in the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division. Patent infringement suits are frequently filed in that jurisdiction, in hopes of a more favorable outcome, notes "AppleInsider."
Apple releases Mac OS X 10.6.7
Apple has released Mac OS X 10.6.7. The update includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac, including fixes that:
° Improve the reliability of Back to My Mac;
° Resolve an issue when transferring files to certain SMB servers;
° Address various minor Mac App Store bugs.
Apple says the 10.6.7 Update is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Snow Leopard. You can obtain it via the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.
Microsoft takes legal action against Barnes & Noble,...
Microsoft has filed legal actions in the International Trade Commission and the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Washington against Barnes & Noble, and its device manufacturers, Foxconn International Holdings and Inventec Corporation, for patent infringement by their Android-based e-reader and tablet devices that are marketed under the Barnes & Noble brand.
"The Android platform infringes a number of Microsoft's patents, and companies manufacturing and shipping Android devices must respect our intellectual property rights. To facilitate that we have established an industry-wide patent licensing program for Android device manufacturers," says Horacio Gutierrez, Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property & Licensing. "Other vendors, including HTC, a market leader in Android smartphones, have taken a license under this program, and we have tried for over a year to reach licensing agreements with Barnes & Noble, Foxconn...
Woz to keynote at 48th Design Automation Conference
Steve "Woz" Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer, and chief scientist, Fusion-IO, will keynote at the 48th Design Automation Conference (DAC), an event devoted to design and design automation of electronic systems (EDA).
He will be interviewed live on stage by "San Jose Mercury News" columnist Mike Cassidy on a range of topics, including the joy of engineering and following your passion to convert innovative ideas into reality. Wozniak will provide an insight into the vision that started the largest and most successful technology company in the world (that would be Apple, of course).
The 48th DAC (http://www.dac.com/) will be held at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California, from June 5-10. Wozniak’s keynote interview will take place on Monday, June 6, at 2 pm and is sponsored by Magma Design Automation.
The AT&T/T-Mobile merger: Five issues for consumers
"Consumer Reports" says the AT&T/T-Mobile merger has five issues that should concern consumers. AT&T, one of the biggest national wireless carriers, is proposing to buy T-Mobile, one of the smallest. It's a $US39 billion deal that, if approved by regulators, will see AT&T's 95 million and T-Mobile's 33 million subscribers served by a united company, probably beginning sometime next year.
What's at stake for consumers? In an online blog (http://macte.ch/8EpHI) "Consumer Reports" had this to say:
"t's early days, obviously, but our advocacy colleagues at Consumers Union (the non-profit publisher of Consumer Reports) have already voiced concern, saying: "From a consumer's perspective, it's difficult to come up with any justification or benefits from letting AT&T swallow up one of its few major competitors."
"Here are five questions that could shape how good or bad a merger might be for wireless customers.
"Overall, will service be more like T-Mobile's or AT&T's?...
Apple number eight on most valuable brands list
Google became the world's most valuable brand this year based on Brand Finance's (http://www.brandfinance.com) rankings of the most valuable 500 brands across the globe. Apple ranks eighth on the list.
Per Brand Finance, the top 10 most valuable brands and their value are: Google (US$44.29 billion), Microsoft ($42.80 billion), Wal-Mart ($36.22 billion), IBM ($36.15 billion), Vodafone ($30.67 billion), Bank of America ($30.61 billion), General Electric ($30.50 billion), Apple ($29.54 billion), Wells Fargo ($28.94 billion), and AT&T ($28.88 billion).
Apple’s success continues as it moves up 12 places, "supported by innovative design, a very loyal consumer base and well-executed marketing activities," says Brand Finance. However, Coca Cola has dropped out of the top 10for the first time. This is underpinned by the consumer trend in developed markets to move towards healthier, non-carbonated drinks.
"The rise of the technology brands has been expected for some time, although Nokia’s...
Apple number two on most desired employees list
One in four young professionals wants to work at Google Inc., according to a survey by Universum, a consulting firm that helps companies improve their attractiveness to prospective employees. Nearly 25% of survey respondents picked Google, almost twice as many as chose Apple, which ranked second, reports the "Wall Street Journal" (http://macte.ch/AN08L).
Walt Disney Co., the U.S. State Department and Amazon.com rounded out the top five.
To conduct the survey, Universum asked 10,306 young professionals -- defined as college graduates with one to eight years of work experience -- to pick as many as five ideal employers out of a list of 150.
Respondents also could write in companies not on the list. The top write-in was Facebook, followed by the Department of Homeland Security and the United Nations.
No kiddin'? A clown drove Jonny Ive from the UK?
"The Daily Mail" (http://macte.ch/aoWSD) says there's no truth to recent rumors that Apple design guru Jonathan Ive planned to leave Apple and return to his native Britain. And he moved to the States to work for Apple because of a clown, the article claims.
Per the "Daily Mail": " ‘We lost a great talent,’ saysClive Grinyer, who first hired Ive after he came to work with him on a placement from Newcastle Polytechnic ‘We virtually created our own consultancy, Tangerine, just so that we could employ Jony (as Ive prefers to be called). And if I had to put my finger on why and where we lost him it would have to have been one day at Ideal Standard in Hull.
" 'Tangerine had a consultancy contract with the bathroom-fittings company to design a toilet. I was there when Jony made an excellent presentation to this guy who was wearing a red nose because it was Comic Relief day. This clown then decided to throw his weight around and pulled apart Jony’s design. It was ridiculous. Britain lost Jony...
No iPhone on T-Mobile for at least a year
With AT&T acquiring T-Mobile USA for US$39 billion, customers of T-Mobile are wondering whether T-Mobile is finally getting the iPhone. Not for at least a year, it seems.
In a FAQ section (http://macte.ch/oZG54), T-Mobile had this to say: "T-Mobile USA remains an independent company. The acquisition is expected to be completed in approximately 12 months. We do not offer the iPhone. We offer cutting edge devices like the Samsung Galaxy S 4G and coming soon our new Sidekick 4G."
Yay! is new music streaming, sharing app for Mac OS X
Snarbsoft has introduced Yay!, a new music streaming and sharing app for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. With it, you can sream and share music, as well as extend your local music library with tracks from blogs, forums and websites all over the Internet.
From a single interface, you can catalogue secondary material like blogs, news and reviews, artist biographies, images, lyrics and music videos, all updated in real time. Yay! lets you do advanced searches by tags. Tags aren't limited to genres, but may describe a mood or gender, etc.
You can create and share playlists with your friends on Twitter and Facebook. Shared playlists are uploaded to Yay! Playlists, a public repository where other members of the Yay! community can check out, vote and comment on your compilations
Yay! is available from its dedicated website (http://getyay.com). A free trial version can be downloaded and run without any restrictions for up to seven days. The full app can be purchased for a US$10.. No monthly...
Energizer expands suite of Qi-enabled products
Energizer (http://www.energizer.com) is expanding its suite of Qi-enabled products (pronounced "chee"). The company says this new universal charging standard, developed by the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), will give consumers the freedom to charge any Qi device five watts or less on any Qi charging pad regardless of manufacturer.
Following the launch of the first suite of Qi-enabled products in fall 2010, which included the two-zone Energizer Inductive Charger, the company will be showing a new single-zone inductive charger, the recently introduced iPhone 4 sleeve, and the new Energizer Micro/Mini USB Adapter. This slim, compact Qi adapter adheres to the back of any phone.
Additionally, Energizer will soon demo the following products:
° Energizer Travel Adapter -- an all-in-one AC adapter that includes an iPhone/iPod dock, nightlight, three AC outlets and two USB outlets with numerous converters for international travel;
° Energizer AC Universal USB Wall Charger -- a single or...
Will Smith donates Macs to West Philly high school
Will Smith is donating Mac replacements for 30 stolen computers to a high school in West Philadelphia, where he was born and raised, reports the "Associated Press" (http://macte.ch/3oIWk).
The Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation and the Charlie Mack Cares philanthropic organizations are giving 29 Apple laptops and one desktop to West Philadelphia High School.
Local community activist Charlie Mack is a longtime assistant and friend of Smith, the music, TV and film superstar, says the "AP."
Mack says he plans to deliver the new computers to the school Friday. Smith is working elsewhere and can't make it. The "AP" says two students have been charged with stealing 60 computers from the school last month. Police recovered half of them, but the rest remain unaccounted for.
Roulette, Craps 3D roll onto the Mac App Store
Viaden Mobile (http://mobile.viaden.com/) has debuted its first apps for the Mac: Roulette and Craps 3D.
Roulette 3D offers three roulette tables: European, American and French, with "professional dealers" who comment on every step of the game. Craps 3D is characterized by simple controls, flowing 3D animation, background music and "a friendly dealer who really knows from craps."
Roulette and Craps 3D are played for fun money only, no actual money involved. Both games are currently available on the Mac App Store for US$1.99 each.
App releases 'bugs' all over your Mac's screen
JBMJBM has released Bugs 1.0 for the Mac (http://www.jbmjbm.com/bugs.html). Launch this app and small, realistic looking ants, spiders or lady bugs start "crawling" around your screen -- and you can squish 'em. Bugs costs US$2.99, works with Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and is available at the Mac App Store.
There's also a counter to count how many bugs have been smashed. You can also increase or decrease the number of ants, spiders, or lady bugs on the screen. There's an option to change the type of bug.
Tutor for iDVD 1.0 available in the Mac App Store
Noteboom Productions has introduced Tutor for iDVD 1.0 (http://www.noteboomproductions.com/app/tutor-idvd), their latest video tutorial, now available on the Mac App Store. It costs US$4.99.
You can watch videos to learn how to use iDVD, part of iLife '11. The video tutorial consists of 21 video chapters on various subjects. This includes topics ranging from using Magic iDVD to using drop zones to adding photos and files to adding chapters.
Cocktail 4.8.2 fixes issues with Safari extensions
Maintain has released Cocktail 4.8.2 (Snow Leopard Edition), the latest maintenance update of Cocktail (http://www.maintain.se/c) for users running Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard"). The new version fixes compatibility issues with Safari extensions, adds the "Delete Localization Files" Automator action as well as compatibility with Mac OS X 10.6.7.
Cocktail 4.8.2 (Snow Leopard Edition) requires Mac OS X/Mac OS X Server 10.6 or later and is tested for compatibility with Mac OS X/Mac OS X Server 10.6.7. Cocktail (Leopard Edition) for Mac OS X 10.5 and Cocktail (Tiger Edition) for Mac OS X 10.4 are available for download from the Maintain website.
Cocktail is a general purpose utility for Mac OS X that offers a variety of practical features designed to simplify the use of advanced UNIX function. A single user license costs US$14.95.
New version of LogMeIn Ignition adds iPad 2 support
Apple iOS device owners can use their iPad 2, iPad, iPhone and iPod touch to view, transfer and save files from their Macs and PCs with the newest update to LogMeIn Ignition.
The newest version from LogMeIn, Inc. (http://macte.ch/abkVl) adds file functions to Ignition's remote control capabilities. It's the first iOS app to combine remote control with file management, according to Andrew Burton, LogMeIn's vice president, Access & Management. The app is available now Apple App Store for US$29.99 and is a free update to current users.
With the introduction of file viewing and management, iOS device owners can choose to remotely control a computer desktop or directly access a computer's file systems -- or multiple computers' file systems -- using a single app. The new LogMeIn Ignition for iPhone/iPad also introduces the ability to wake a sleeping computer from an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch using
LogMeIn Ignition, including the new file viewing and management capabilities...