Analyst expects 'smart TV' from Apple by 2012
In a note to clients -- as reported by "Forbes" (http://blogs.forbes.com/ericsavitz/2010/12/14/apple-off-morgan-stanley-b...) -- Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty said she removed Apple from her firm’s best idea list, noting that the stock is up 28% over the past six month, twice the gain for the S&P 500 over the same span. However, she keeps an US$375 price target on the shares.
She also sees lots of new goodies from Apple over the next two years. For 2011, she expects a Verizon iPhone, the iPhone 5 in July and lower priced iPads by April. For 2012, she expects Apple to unveiled a "smart "TV, a redesigned iPad and and LTE iPhone.
First iAd for iPad is for 'Tron Legacy'
The first iAd for iPad will launch Tuesday for the upcoming Disney movie, "Tron Legacy." This is a preview of what Apple's mobile ad format will look like on the iPad, and the only iAd planned for Apple's tablet for this year, an Apple spokesman told "Advertising Age" (http://adage.com/digital/article?article_id=147660).
Here's how "Advertising Age" describes the ad: "Like its iPhone and iPod Touch predecessors, the first iPad iAd is chock-full of the rich graphics, touch navigation and video native to apps. The full-screen 'Tron' ad, which will run in iPad apps such as TV Guide, includes close to 10 minutes of video, images from the movie, a theater locator with showtimes, and a preview of the movie soundtrack with the option to purchase on iTunes without leaving the ad. For the first time in any iAd, users will also be able to send email straight from within the ad."
Ads combine the emotion of TV advertising with the interactivity of Internet advertising, according to Apple CEO...
BitDefender releases Antivirus 2011 for Mac OS X
BitDefender (http://www.bitdefender.com), a provider of Internet solutions, has announced the latest version of its antivirus solution, BitDefender Antivirus 2011 for Mac. It's designed for Mac OS X users, networks running both Mac and PCs and users operating a dual-boot Windows and Mac system.
In addition to proactively securing Mac computer systems from viruses and removing malware threats, the latest version incorporates BitDefender’s antiphishing technology to protect households using multiple operating systems.
“We’re seeing more and more Mac-specific threats as the market grows. Moreover phishing attacks can expose sensitive information or an identity regardless of the operating system, making security software a must for any computer,” says Catalin Cosoi, BitDefender’s head of online threats lab. “The latest release of BitDefender Antivirus for Mac offers protection that’s essential to combating the next generation of - threats that will impact both businesses and consumers...
OWC announces do-it-yourself SSD kits for laptops
Other World Computing (http://www.macsales.com) has announced the OWC Do-It-Yourself (DIY) SSD Storage Upgrade Kit starting at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$109.99.
Available in 14 configurations with capacities up to 480GB, the OWC DIY SSD Kits let you upgrade your Mac or Windows laptop to the solid state drives (SSDs). They also work with Mac minis.
With the OWC DIY SSD Storage Upgrade Kit, MacBook, MacBook Pro, Mac mini, and PC laptop users can upgrade their computer’s internal hard drive with SSDs from OWC. They can then continue to use their old drive by installing it into the provided OWC enclosure for a pocket-sized portable external drive.
Select kits include a $200 retail value disk utility software bundle. For bundle details, visit http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/solutions/software_bundle/
US soldiers may get choice of free iPhone or Android phone
The Army wants to issue every soldier an iPhone or Android cell phone and pay every soldier's monthly phone bill, reports the "Army TImes" (http://www.armytimes.com/news/2010/12/army-smart-phones-for-soldiers-121...).
Lt. Gen. Michael Vane, director of the Army Capabilities Integration Center, said the Army would issue these smart phones just like any other piece of equipment a soldier receives, the article adds. In February, the Army plans to begin fielding phones, network equipment and applications to the first Army brigade to be modernized under the brigade combat team modernization program, says the "Army Times." The test won't be limited to smart phones but will include any electronic devices that may be useful to troops.
“We’re looking at everything from iPads to Kindles to Nook readers to mini-projectors,” said Mike McCarthy, director of the mission command complex of Future Force Integration Directorate at Fort Bliss, told the "Army Times." The Army plans to roll out wireless...
Theme Studio released FileMaker Pro
ISO Productions has released Theme Studio for FileMaker Pro (http://filemakerthemes.com/), a design solution for FileMaker Pro users and developers that contains a suite of tools and resources for helping the FileMaker user or developer in the visual design process of a FileMaker database.
Theme Studio includes access to collections of icons, whole layout templates, layout elements, colors and gradients. it an be used with any version of FileMaker Pro from version 9 thru 11 on both the Macintosh and Windows operating systems. The software runs within the FileMaker development environment itself and does not require the user to exit to another application.
The software allows users to create custom icons quickly (by merging two or more icons), re-color whole FileMaker layouts, start or update projects from pre-designed Layout Themes and add many commonly used layout elements which have been pre-formatted for easy use, says Matt Petrowsky, the developer of the Theme Studio. Users can...
Intego releases Remote Management Console 2 for Macs
Intego (http://www.intego.com) has released Remote Management Console 2, an update of the tool for remotely managing Intego software on multiple Macs.
Remote Management Console 2 lets administrators manage Intego software on any number of Macs, in different locations, all from a central administration console. The new version is a full rewrite of the program, introducing a new client-server architecture, greater flexibility in usage, a new interface and improved reporting tools.
Remote Management Console 2 allows administrators to manage and configure Intego security software on any number of Macs over a local network or via the Internet. The administrator can contact client computers via a Remote Management Console server and set policies for certain programs.
Remote Management Console 2's Console, Server and NetUpdate Proxy components require Mac OS X 10.5 or later, or Mac OS X Server 10.5 or later, running on either a PowerPC or Intel-based Mac. Client components require Mac OS...
Seagate releases Barracuda Green hard drive
Seagate (http://www.seagate.com) has released the Barracuda Green hard drive, which it describes as "the industry’s highest performance eco-friendly 3.5-inch desktop drive for low-power personal computers, multi-drive home networking systems and external storage."
The Barracuda Green hard drive spins at 5900 RPM and sports Seagate’s SmartAlign technology, which purportedlyl enables all the benefits of the new 4K sector standard while simplifying drive installation by eliminating the need for utilities often required to ensure optimum drive performance. The Barracuda Green hard drive delivers whisper-quiet acoustics and helps reduce system costs associated with the fans and power supply devices often required for power-hungry systems, says Dave Mosley, Seagate executive vice president of Sales, Marketing and Product Line Management.
Barracuda Green hard drives also support Seagate Think Green programs. The drives are offered in capacities of 2TB, 1.5TB and 1TB; however, pricing hasn't...
REAL Software releases REAL Studio Web Edition
REAL Software (http://realsoftware.com) -- creator of object-oriented, cross-platform software development tools for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux -- has announced the general availability of REAL Studio Web Edition, a web application development tool designed for both ordinary people and traditional software programmers.
REAL Studio Web Edition allows users to create web 3.0 applications up to 50 times faster than traditional web development tools by using a single programming language rather than several web technologies, says Geoff Perlman, REAL Software founder and CEO. Because of its unique interface, almost any app built for the desktop can now be created for the web with ease without the need to learn five different web technologies, he adds.
REAL Studio Web Edition uses a single, high-level, object-oriented language that is tightly integrated with the REAL Studio web framework. This allows developers to focus on what makes their application unique, says Perlman.
Mac-based digital signage software gets update
Media Sign Pro (http://mediasignpro.com) has released version 3.2 of their Mac-based digital signage software. Media Sign Pro is designed to simplify the creation of digital signage.
Version 3.2 includes a variety of updates, including a fully-integrated system scheduler, higher zone limits, RSS feed optimizations, and more. Chris Lee, president and co-founder of Media Sign Pro, says the highlight of the update is the automated system scheduler that allows users to schedule shut downs and startups of their Mac at scheduled times along with the auto-launch of their digital signage project. Users can have their Macs start up at the beginning of the day, launch their digital signage project, and then shutdown at the end of the day without the need of any user interaction.
The new release will be available to all clients free of charge, even those who are still using versions 1.x or 2.x. For new users the cost is $499.
Workamajig now syncs with Google's online calendar
Workamajig (http://www.Workamajig.com), integrated software for ad agencies and others in the creative and design industries, has been updated. It now allows syncing with Google's online calendars and enhancements for Apple's Safari 5.0.3.
Workamajig's new feature to sync with the Google Calendar was designed after months of client feedback and discussion, says Ron Ause, Workamajig's director of marketing. This addition to the Workamajig Project Management Software gives users yet one more option to sync their calendars, since Workamajig already syncs with Microsoft's Outlook calendar, and Apple's iCal calendar.
With the latest version of Workamajig, no installation or conversion are necessary, and all updates are at no cost to the over 20,000 users of Workamajig. All client logins and vendor logins are always free.
Jumsoft offers 20 email greetings for free
Jumsoft (http://www.jumsoft.com) has once again expanded its Goodies bundle, a collection of templates and images that are available from the company's webs ite at no charge.
Jumsoft is offering 20 Mail Stationery holiday templates for Apple's Mail app. Most stationery templates contain multiple color schemes or design variations. The stationery templates require a Mac that runs Mac OS X 10.5 or later.
Support Group holds free FileMaker web seminars
The Support Group (http://www.supportgroup.com/), an authorized FileMaker Pro training provider, has announced a free one-hour web seminar, "Advanced Scripting and Calculations," which will present advanced techniques for the experienced FileMaker user.
The free seminar requires pre-registration, and will be offered twice on Wednesday, Dec. 15, from 11 am to noon (Eastern), and also from 2 -3 pm. It's appropriate for intermediate and advanced FileMaker Pro users
Scheduled speakers are Chad Novotny, vice president of otechnology for The Support Group, and Rick Colcock, system engineer for FileMaker, Inc. You can register for the 11 am and 2 pm sessions at http://cts.vresp.com/c/?FileMakerInc./3ff2219479/a8d4969fe0/a4233b6c34/t... and http://cts.vresp.com/c/?FileMakerInc./3ff2219479/a8d4969fe0/9c9199cef7/t... , respectively.
iKey 2.5 works with KeyCue to displays all shortcuts
Plum Amazing (http://plumamazing.com) has updated iKey, software for automating repetitive actions on the Mac, to version 2.5. It now works in conjunction with KeyCue to display shortcuts and hotkeys. iKey the best way to automate repetitive actions on the Mac.
In essence, an iKey shortcut is a little program in its own right, but you don't need to know programming to create an iKey shortcut. All you have to do is put together three necessary parts of a shortcut. One or more commands that give the shortcut its functionality, a context in which it runs, and a launcher that defines how the shortcut is activated.
Together iKey and KeyCue offer greater power, control and automation for any Mac OS X program including Apple's Final Cut Pro, iTunes, Garage Band and Aperture, and Adobe's PhotoShop, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash, ColdFusion and LightRoom, says Plum Amazing CEO Julian Miller. With KeyCue, it has always been possible to display and explore available shortcuts on your Mac.
DxO Optics updated to version 6.5.2
DxO Labs (http://www.dxo.com) has released the latest version of its image enhancement software for photographers: DxO Optics Pro 6.5.2. The upgrade adds RAW support in both its Standard and Elite editions for the Pentax K-5 and Sony NEX-5 and NEX-3. Also, 50 new DxO Optics modules are now available.
DxO Optics Pro and upgrades for both Mac OS X (10.5 and higher) and Windows will be offered at a 30% holiday season discount through Dec. 25. They're available from both DxO Labs’ e-store and selected resellers at the holiday season discount of:
° DxO Optics Pro Standard edition: US$99, reduced from $169;
° DxO Optics Pro Elite edition: $199, reduced from $299.
All customers who purchased DxO Optics Pro since June 1, 2009 are entitled to a free upgrade to version 6.5. All other users benefit from the 30% discounts:
° DxO Optics Pro Standard (any version) to DxO Optics Pro 6 Standard: $49, reduced from $79;
° DxO Optics Pro Elite (any version) to DxO Optics Pro 6 Elite: $79, reduced...
Two days left for early bird pricing for MacTech Boot Camp
There's just two days left on the early bird pricing for the 2011 MacTech Boot Camp. It's a single-track, hotel based seminar that is specifically geared to serve the needs of consultants and techs wanting to serve their base better. It will be held in San Francisco on Wednesday, Jan. 26.
MacTech Boot Camp attendees are encouraged to visit Macworld Expo San Francisco in the days following MacTech Boot Camp.
Working with MacTech's partner v.2 Consulting, MacTech Boot Camp attendees can take part in a moderated study session and discussion group on Mac OS X support essentials, and then take a proctored Apple Certification Exam. The instructor led study group and exam are normally priced at US$299. MacTech Boot Camp attendees can get a $100 discount, and sign up for study group/exam for $199.
MacTech Boot Camp is priced at $495. If you act by Dec. 15th, you can take advantage of the early registration and save $200 on MacTech Boot Camp (making the registration just $295).
More info can...
Japanese digital publishers blast pirated works at the Apple App...
A consortium of digital publishers in Japan has issued a stern rebuke to Apple over the appearance of illegal copies of its authors’ works that have appeared for sale in the Apple App Store, reports "TNW Asia" (http://thenextweb.com/asia/2010/12/14/japanese-publishers-rebuke-apple-o...).
In a joint press release, the consortium, including, the Japan Book Publishers Association, the Japan Magazine Publishers Association, The Electronic Book Publishers Association of Japan, and Digital Comic Association claimed that works by famous authors Haruki Murakami and Keigo Higashino have been illegally sold in the App Store. They're also dubious of Apples’s claim that it is unable to check for copyrighted material during the application screening process.
While the works have now been removed from the App Store, the publishers’ group is complaining that Apple should do more in the application approval process to ensure that the content of submitted applications does not breach copyrights,...
Computer prices on the rise -- which is good news for Apple
For the first time in years, computer prices are on the rise, according to new info from the NPD research group, as reported by the "Wall Street Times" (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405274870468180457601788378719196...).
In November, the average retail price of a personal computer sold in the U.S. was US$615, up 6% from last year's $580, which marked a record low, according the NPD Group. Average computer prices have now increased in six of the past eight months compared with 2009 levels, according to NPD data.
The rising prices for computers -- including desktops, laptops and low-cost netbooks but not tablets -- is a big turnabout for the $250 billion global computer industry, which for years has coped with sharp price declines even as machines became more powerful, says the "Journal."
One factor in the market has been Apple, the article adds. The company increased its U.S. market share to 10.4% in the third quarter from 9.3% a year ago, according to research firm Gartner....
ConceptDraw 2.0 released in tandem with Solution Park
CS Odessa has released ConceptDraw Office 2.0, which now gives business professionals single-click access to integrated solutions for Project management, brainstorming, report writing, and much more.
The latest ConceptDraw Office suite release is being launched in tandem with the new ConceptDraw Solution Park online resource center. ConceptDraw Solution Park features integrated business productivity solutions that bundle ConceptDraw software, templates, and “how-to” guides.
Through the browser, users can view available solutions on ConceptDraw Solution Park and click on the solution they want. ConceptDraw Solution Browser then automatically loads any software, templates and guides supporting the chosen solution.
Version 2.0 also enhances integration of the suite’s ConceptDraw MindMap for mind mapping and brainstorming, ConceptDraw Project project management software, and ConceptDraw PrpO for business diagramming and scoreboard development and display. For example, a user can...
'Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures' launches on the Mac
Sony Online Entertainment and LucasArts, in collaboration with TransGaming, has released Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures for the Mac at http://www.CloneWarsAdventures.com .
Here's how the game is described: "Clone Wars Adventures is an action-packed browser-based virtual world where fans can live out the thrills and excitement of Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated TV series on Cartoon Network.
"Clone Wars Adventures is the ultimate virtual destination for fans of the TV series where players go online to experience fun mini-games, daily activities, events, rewards, lively social environments and competitions. Players can battle alongside their favorite Star Wars characters like Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi. It is updated every week with new content pulled from that week's new episode.
"In addition to weekly updates in Clone Wars Adventures, Mac players who log in today will experience the Star Wars holiday season: the Orto Plutonia for Life Day, which brings a host of...
TimeCache for Mac OS X gets interface improvements
The PandaWare Company (http://www.pandaware.com) has updated TimeCache -- its time and expense billing app for Mac OS X 10.3.9 and higher -- to version 8.0.11. The update offers interface improvements and bug fixes.
TimeCache offers support for timed or manual entries, retainer billing, customizable invoices and reports, printing options, and flexible data entry options. It also offers tracking of all a user's computer activity, the ability to save fine-grained details with time and expense entries, can use Apple Address Book entries for client contact information, can produce charts of billable time and expenses, and can import from and export to iCal calendars.
Licenses for TimeCache are US$70 per user. Version 8.0.11 is a free update for registered users.
Analyst expects growth of all Apple products over next two...
BMO Capital’s Keith Bachman told clients in a note -- as reported by "Barron's (http://blogs.barrons.com/techtraderdaily/2010/12/13/apple-bmo-ups-target...) -- that he's reiterating a Buy rating on Apple shares and hasraised his price target to $355 from a prior $330.
Bachman also raised his rating for this quarter’s iPhone sales to 16.5 million units, from a prior 15 million. The analyst thinks Apple will sell 60 million iPhones this fiscal year and 76 millioin i fiscall 20`2.
And what of Apple's other products for this fiscal year? Bachman is forecasting 16.8 million Macs, 42.9 million iPods, and 21.3 million iPads. For 2012, he expects 20 million Macs, 36.5 million iPods, and 32 million iPads.
Apple launches 12 Days of Christmas on iTunes
Apple UK has announced the "12 Days of Christmas" (http://www.itunes12daysofchristmas.co.uk/), which will run Dec. 26 through Jan. 6. Each day will offer a song, music video, TV episode, film, app or book for free download.
Each free download will only be available for 24 hours. You can sign up for daily email alerts for download the special 12 Days of Christmas app to make sure you don't miss out.
Initial version of Light Peak may use copper
The initial version of Light Peak will use copper instead of light-based technologies, reports "CNET" (http://news.cnet.com/8301-13924_3-20025179-64.html?tag=mantle_skin;content), quoting "an industry source familiar with Intel's plans."
Developed by Intel and championed by Apple, this proposed technology paves the way for a new generation of extreme computer input and output (I/O) performance, delivering 10Gb/s of bandwidth, with the potential ability to scale to 100Gbs over the next decade, according to David Perlmutter, executive vice president and general manager, Intel Architecture Group. At 10Gb/second, a user could purportedly transfer a full-length Blu-Ray movie in less than 30 seconds.
The optical technology allows for smaller connectors and longer, thinner, and more flexible cables than currently possible. Light Peak also has the ability to run multiple protocols simultaneously over a single cable, enabling the technology to connect devices such as peripherals, displays,...
If the iPad is a computer, Apple has 12% share of worldwide...
I've argued repeatedly that the iPad should be considered a personal computer -- and Goldman Sachs hardware analyst Bill Shope agrees with me. In a note to clients on Monday -- as reported by "Tech Trader Daily" (http://blogs.barrons.com/techtraderdaily/2010/12/13/apple-ipad-mac-12-pc...) -- the analyst only sees computer sales growing 8% next year, but is more bullish on tablet computers, especially the iPad.
In fact, Shope sees iPad sales surpassing Mac revenue by September 2011. The analyst argues that tablets should be considered part of the personal computer market, in which case Apple’s worldwide computer market share would rise to 12% this fiscal year, from 4.4% at present.
Last week DisplaySearch put the Apple tablet in the computer category in its "Quarterly Mobile PC Shipment and Forecast Report." Do so, and that research group says Apple is the number one personal computer maker in the U.S. and number three globally.
What's more, Shope expects a 10% price cut on all models...
Cydia plans competitor to Mac App Store
As Apple prepares to launch the Mac App Store next month, a rival effort is underway by Cydia (http://cydia.saurik.com) -- a popular app store alternative destination for the estimated 10% of owners of jailbroken iPhones -- is planning a competitor, reports "PC World" (http://www.pcworld.com/article/213399/apple_nemesis_to_offer_mac_app_sto...?).
At a developers conference this weekend, Jay Freeman, the man behind Cydia, The Mac App Store is designed to make it easy for users to find, download and pay for apps, without having to move around various web sites to download their software.
"Apple will put every app submitted in the Mac App Store through its infamous approval process. Also, there won't be any trials, in-app purchases or product keys," says "PC World." "However, due to these limitations in the upcoming Mac App Store, Freeman believes that his Cydia alternative for Macs will be a much more attractive platform for developers."
Apple recently confirmed that demos, trial...
Future unveils 14 'one-off' mags for the iPad
The magazine publishing company, Future, has unveiled 14 new titles for the iPad, each a tablet-specific niche brand that hadn’t existed in print. However, "each is a timeless one-off, designed to attract a large number of single-copy sales this coming New Year," says "mocoNews" (http://moconews.net/article/419-future-sees-ipad-as-a-bookazine-vehicle-...).
Any decision on a regular long-term tablet publishing schedule for Future’s monthly titles will come after these one-offs, perhaps hinting at how publishers are having to find a cost-effective iPad production timetable before going forward, the article adds. It means Future’s tablet strategy looks a lot like its roster of specialist “bookazine” one-offs, which increasingly grace newsagent shelves, says "mocoNews."
Future does publish 50 of its printed monthly magazines on iPad as digital replicas distributed through the Zinio digital subscription/mag publishing service. As for tablet-specific editions, Future has published two iPad-...
Paul Allen's lawsuit against Apple, others dismissed
Billionaire investor Paul Allen's patent lawsuit against Apple and other high technology companies has hit a snag as a federal judge in Seattle dismissed the complaint for not describing its allegations specifically enough, reports the "Wall Street Journal" (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405274870405870457601582020637580...).
U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman on Friday set a Dec. 28 deadline for the plaintiff, a company controlled by Allen called Interval Licensing LLC, to file an amended complaint. A spokesman for Allen said it plans to do so soon, calling the judge's order a "procedural issue" that won't halt the case.
In August it was announced that a tech licensing company controlled by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen was suing 11 companies, including Apple, for violating patents on “fundamental web technologies” developed by Interval Research, the now-defunct Silicon Valley lab that Allen created with Xerox PARC veteran David Liddle in the 1990s.
In addition to Apple,...
Ping gets playlist support
Apple’s Ping has added the ability to build and share playlists. Now users can import playlists from iTunes, build playlists in the iTunes social networking service, and let Ping friends add to their playlists.
Ping lets you follow your favorite artists, see what they’re up to, check out photos and videos they’ve posted, see their tour dates and read comments about other artists and albums they’re listening to. In addition, you can post your thoughts and opinions, your favorite albums and songs, the music you’ve downloaded from iTunes and the concerts you plan to attend.
Ricoh introduces new Aficio series
Ricoh (http://www.ricoh-usa.com) has introduced the Ricoh Aficio MP C3001/C3501 and MP C4501/C5501 Series.
Building on the achievements of the Series' predecessors -- the Aficio MP C2800, MP C3300, MP C4000 and MP C5000 -- these new, versatile color multifunction products (MFPs) offer enhanced productivity, advanced security and eco-friendly operation for businesses of any size, all with a low total cost of ownership (TCO), according to Shun Sato, senior vice president, marketing, Ricoh Americas Corp.
The Aficio MP C3001/C3501 & MP C4501/C5501 series boasts output speeds of up to 30 pages per minute (ppm), 35 ppm, 45 ppm and 55 ppm for both full color and black and white, respectively. A mix of hardware and software solutions expands system capabilities. The hardware enhancements include printing from and scanning to a USB clip drive or SD card without network connectivity.
Additionally, an optional USB keyboard is available for easier data entry when using document management...
Apple interested in Nortel's patents?
Last year Nortel sold its optical networking and carrier ethernet business to Ciena for US$769 million and its wireless business to Ericsson for $1.3 billion. Soon it will sell off its patents as well, "among them some thought to be essential 4G wireless technologies like Long Term Evolution (LTE) and Service Architecture Evolution (SAE)," reports "All Things Digital" (http://digitaldaily.allthingsd.com/20101213/everybody-wants-nortels-4g-p...).
That IP is drawing a lot of interest from companies such as Apple, Research in Motion and Nokia, "none of which want to see it in the hands of a rival, particularly as 4G’s commercial availability broadens," the article adds. "All Things D," quoted unnamed sources, say all four companies are participating in the auction.
Nortel (http://www.nortel.com) was founded in 1895 as Northern Electric and Manufacturing, supplying telecommunications equipment for Canada's fledgling telephone system. It grew to become, at one point, a global leader in...
Android market now second largest app store
Smaato (http://www.smaato.com), a mobile ad optimizer and mobile advertising company, has announced a compilation of mobile advertising trends for 2011. Smaato gathered market data for the three strongest regions in mobile marketing: the USA, Europe and Asia.
The trends show that, in 2010, the iTunes Store tippled its offering of mobile applications and the Android market was established as the second largest app store. Android bypassed Apple with a market share of 25% (Apple has 17%) and is now the second largest OS behind Symbian (37%) according to Morgan Stanley.
The growth of mobile as an established media channel will continue the next couple of years, according to Harald Neidhardt, CMO and co-founder, Smaato. Asia is still the leader in mobile advertising and will proceed being the strongest market in terms of ad spending. In 2010 Japanese companies already invested more than $1 billion in this business followed by South Korea and China ($270M and $180M). In Asia more than 15...
Apple tech soars on '2010 Trends on Twitter'
Twitter's "2010 Trends on Twitter" list (http://yearinreview.twitter.com/trends/) lists the iPad among the top 10 overall trends (the Gulf Oil spill was number one).
In the technology section, Apple ruled. The iPad was number one, Apple's iOS was number three, the iPone was number four and the MacBook air number nine.
Apple using iTun.es domain as link shortener
Apple -- which has owned the iTun.es domain since December 2006 and is now rolling out Twitter integration for its Ping social networking service on iTunes -- is now using the domain as a link shortener, reports "MacRumors (http://www.macrumors.com).
Users sharing links to tghe iTunes Store content to Twitter will now see iTun.es being used to generate the links for their Tweets. Third-party Twitter applications may, however, continue to display Twitter's default "t.co" shortened version, notes "MacRumors."
PhotoStyler for Mac OS X gets new rendering engine
Corner-A has released PhotoStyler 5.0 for Mac OS X (http://corner-a.com/photostyler). This new version features a new rendering engine with better stability and performance, improved user interface, batch processing features, as well as new filters, textures and presets.
PhotoStyler offers a way to style digital photos with your Mac. It supports all image formats that are supported by Mac OS X, including RAW images, and uses your GPU to process the photos wherever possible.
PhotoStyler 5 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on PowerPC and Intel Macs. It costs US$30.
Seagate delivers 1TB, 2.5-Inch enterprise HDD
Seagate (http://www.seagate.com) has introduced the Constellation.2, which it says is the industry’s first 2.5-inch enterprise-class hard drive to reach a record 1TB capacity. The Constellation.2 drive is designed for server storage applications and offers 6Gb/s performance.
The Constellation.2 drive is designed for system builders and original equipment manufacturers. Seagate says the drive is fit for use in a range of applications in Directed Attached Storage (DAS), Network Attached Storage (NAS) and Storage Area Network (SAN) environments, from small-to-midsized businesses to the largest enterprise data centers storing and hosting data to the cloud.
The Constellation.2 drive is offered in capacity choices of 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB, and with 6Gb/s SATA or 6Gb/s SAS interface options. Its second-generation design provides improved data integrity with the new T10 Protection Information standard and an increase in reliability, says Carla Kennedy, vice president of Product Line...
Beta of Tembo find utility for Mac OS X available
Houdah Software (http://www.houdah.com) has released a beta version of Tembo, a "friendly" find utility designed to make searching (and finding) of files, mail messages, bookmarks easier.
The final version is headed for the Mac App Store, which is due to launch next month. The folks at Houdah say Tembo is an efficient search tool based upon the Spotlight engine. Specifically, it's been inspired by the original Spotlight interface as we knew it under Mac OS X Tiger. Search results are grouped by categories. Preferences allow for categories to be enabled, disabled and reordered.
Tembo may list up to 2,500 search results within each group. Here you will find filter appropriate for the context to help you sort through the list of results. Messages, for example, may be filtered by subject, sender and recipient.
Tembo can also wors as an extension to Mail or iChat to locate messages. And as an extension to Safari, it can be used to search browsing history and bookmarks.
Tembo requires Mac...
BatchOutput Server updated to version 4.6.3
Zevrix Solutions has updated BatchOutput Server (http://zevrix.com/BatchOutputServer.php), an output workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign, to version 4.6.3. The new version allows users to reset location of output folder with a click of a button helping save time and avoid redundant steps.
Under BatchOutput Server workflow, production artists and prepress operators simply submit files to hotfolders that reside on the network. BatchOutput Server automatically outputs the files from its dedicated station using hotfolder settings, and will auto-activate document fonts as well.
BatchOutput 4.6.3 can be purchased from the Zevrix Solutions web site for US$699.95, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput 4.5 is available for Mac OS X 10.4.2 and higher, a Universal Binary, and works with Adobe InDesign CS-CS4.
DiskLibrary update for Mac OS X adds DVD, CD types
Obvious Matter (http://www.obviousmatter.com) has updated DiskLibrary, a media cataloging application for Mac OS X, to version 1.9.7. The upgrade lets you export as a tab-separated values file.
Version 1.9.7 also adds movie DVD and audio CD types; you can now search for media types. There's a new application icon and various bug fixes.
DiskLibrary is designed for those who have a lot of media to keep track of. It catalogs not just your complete file structure, but also creates thumbnails, and stores metadata, for most popular media formats. DiskLibrary is capable of importing export formats from CDFinder, FileFinder, WhereIsIt, DiskCatalogMaker X and DiskTracker.
DiskLibrary is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.4.10or higher. It costs US$39, but version 1.9.7 is a free update for registered users. A demo is available for download.
HoudahGeo 2.7 adds high quality maps, satellite imagery
Houdah Software (http://www.houdah.com/) has updated HoudahGeo, a geocoding solution for the Mac, to version 2.7. The new version adds high quality maps and satellite imagery. Maps are used within HoudahGeo to check the results from automatic geocoding as well as for manually placing photographs.
HoudahGeo costs US$30 for a single-user license for new users. Version 2.7 is a free update for registered users. HoudahGeo requires Mac OS X 10.4.8 or higher.
Apple looking to hire engineer for Verizon iPhone?
A new Apple job posting (http://jobs.apple.com/index.ajs?BID=1&method=mExternal.showJob&RID=68181...) for a cellular systems perf engineer shows Apple may be looking for an engineer for the upcoming iPhones, reports "Cult of Mac" (http://www.cultofmac.com/apple-wants-to-hire-an-engineer-to-make-the-ver...).
The job posting says the position will require skills in the cellular technology areas of GSM, GPRS, EDGE, WCDMA, HSDPA, HSUPA, CDMA, etc. Apple says the person will be part of a team "responsible for triaging protocol issues reported from certification test, IOT, and field tests, driving for continuous performance improvements. The team will work closely with internal development team radio stack vendor, certifiation and field test teams."
'Granted, that’s a catch all: what Apple wants here is an all-around cellular expert," says "Cult of Mac." "The posting, in and of itself, does not bring the likelihood of a Verizon iPhone any more pronounced, but with Verizon rolling...
Apple retail 'store 001' attains cult status
Apple's first retail store in Glendale, California, has attained cult status as "store 001" in Apple's ongoing retail initiative, reports "Reuters" (http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN0923781020101210).
Doors actually opened on May 19, 2001, the same day as another Apple store in Virginia's Tysons Corner, a shopping mecca outside Washington D.C.. But the one in a brown-brick mall in the Los Angeles suburb of Glendale is listed as store 001.
"Reuters" says the store is "unassuming and, yes, a bit uncool, but it's not forgotten, not by Christmas shoppers who flock these days to the Glendale Galleria mall and especially not by Appleheads at the core of the cult brand." What's more, Apple retail employees like to work there, and many transfer in from other stores, the article adds.
Foxconn workers now top one million
Foxconn Technology Group, the world’s largest contract maker of electronics, said its Chinese workforce now exceeds one million employees as the company continues to hire during the holiday season, reports "Bloomberg" (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-12-10/foxconn-says-its-china-workforc...?).
Louis Woo, special assistant to the chief executive officer, says customer demand is spurring hiring. Foxconn makes, among other things, iPads and HP. computers.
Foxconn, the largest private employer in China, plans to expand its workforce to as many as 1.3 million by the end of next year, Woo said in an August interview, reports "Bloomberg." The Taipei-based company employed about 920,000 workers at that time.
Ace Metrix Ad-of-the-Week: 'iPad is Amazing' from...
Ace Metrix, which studies television advertising effectiveness, has announced the Ad-of-the-Week for the week ending Dec. 7, 2010. The “iPad is Amazing” ad from Apple registered the top overall weekly Ace Score with a score of 630, out of a possible 950.
The new spot dons the same successful theme as prior high scoring iPad spots and showcases even more ways to leverage the device, like hooking up your iPad to the television. The spot is a hit with the 16-20 year old crowd, scoring over 70 points above norm for that demographic.
The Ad-of-the-Week designates the highest scoring new ad of the week by Ace Score, a patent-pending measure of advertising creative effectiveness. Apple continues to deliver creative that both creates and leverages desire for their products; "desire" scores were above norm for all demo groups,” says Peter Daboll, chief executive of Ace Metrix.
Over a quarter of verbatim responses “want” the iPad and more than half of those folks “REALLY” want it. Not...
More rumors on the 'iPad 2'
It's about time for more iPad 2 rumors. Component suppliers for Apple Inc's iPad are gearing up for a new round of production in the first quarter, reports "Reuters" (http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6B90PW20101210), quoting unnamed sources, one of which said the product will be a revamp of the popular tablet computer including front- and back-mounted cameras.
Touchscreen chip designer Wintek Corp, battery maker Simplo Technology Co Ltd and AVY Precision, an unlisted maker of covers for electronic products, are among suppliers for the next batch of iPads, the article says. Two could only confirm they were ramping up for a new round of production in the first quarter for components previously supplied for the original iPad, while two said the ramp-up was for a new iPad, notes "Reuters."
One of those said the revamped model would feature cameras on the front and rear, while the other said the new model would be slimmer, lighter and have a better resolution display, the article adds...
Jumsoft adds some smartness to its Mail Stationery
Jumsoft (http://www.jumsoft.com) has advanced its array of design templates with the release of Mail Stationery Smart. The latest stationery pack for Apple's Mail contains 100 templates, as well as a bonus pack of 10 holiday greetings.
Two-thirds of the Mail Stationery Smart set match the design of other Jumsoft's products for Pages and Keynote, allowing users to assemble a full line of coordinated templates and themes, says Algirdas Unguvaitis, general manager of Jumsoft.
The Mail Stationery series is designed specifically for Apple's e-mail program, Mail. While Jumsoft's add-ons for Mail have traditionally tended toward providing users with the ability to enhance personal messages, Mail Stationery Smart contains a wide array of business-oriented templates that are suitable for proposals and newsletters, says Unguvaitis.
When combined with corresponding products for Pages and Keynote, these designs can result in a consistent and impressive corporate style, he adds. What's more, as...
Apple has four products in TIME's 'Best of 2010'...
Apple has placed three products -- the iPad, the iPhone 4, the 11-inch MacBook Air and the Apple TV -- in TIME's "Best of 2010" list, which includes 50 top ten lists in news and politics, arts and entertainment, science and society, business tech, pop culture and more.
The iPad ranks first in the Top 10 Gadgets list (http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2035319_20338...). On the same list the 11-inch MacBook Air is third, the iPhone 4 is sixth and the Apple TV is seventh. Also on the list are the Samsung Google S (number two), Google TV via Logitech Revue (four), Nexus One (five), Toshiba Libretto Dual-Screen Laptop (eight), Microsoft Kinect (nine) and the Nook Color (10).
TIME also listed its top 10 iPhone apps. They are Netflix, Groupon, iMovie, Springpad, Twitter, Dragon Dictation, Petfinder, Hulu Plus, iBooks and Nike + GPS.
Survey: Europeans want an iPad, but balk at the cost
In its annual Christmas shopping survey, Twenga (http://www.twenga.com), a next-generation shopping search engine, asked European Internet users what was their most wanted gift this year. Riding high on all wish lists this year is the iPad, Apple’s best-selling tablet.
Its popularity is apparent all across Europe, especially in Spain and France, where 64% and 60% respectively said that they would like an iPad. And Italian users were even more hopeful, with 69% of them crossing their fingers for one this Christmas. However, in Germany and the Netherlands, only 41% and 40% respectively had Apple’s tablet on their Christmas wish lists.
With regards to the price, Europeans seem to think that the iPad, despite its appeal, is simply too expensive. Spanish and Italian users feel most strongly about it, with 48% and 47% respectively considering the price too high for their budgets.
Twenga asked over 3,000 European Internet users about their Christmas spending budgets for this year and how...
iPad to have more than 2% of North American Web traffic in a...
By the end of 2011, the iPad will generate more than two percent of all North American Web traffic, according to Chitika (http://chitika.com/), an on-line advertising network that's been tracking iPad adoption rates on its ad network (three billion ads served monthly across more than 100,000 sites).
As of this month, the iPad accounts for 0.83% of all traffic on Chitika’s network, research director Daniel Ruby tells "All Things D" (http://digitaldaily.allthingsd.com/20101209/ipad-will-generate-2-percent...). At current growth rates, which have been steady since the device’s launch, it should hit 2.3% by the end of next year, the article adds.
Sandy Bridge processors heading to MacBooks?
Intel's newest processor will appear in new MacBooks that will supersede current models, the sources say. Current MacBooks use Nvidia graphics chips along with Intel Core i series and Core 2 Duo processors.
However, "CNET" says that, due to the enhanced graphics capabilities of Sandy Bridge, Apple -- at least for now -- has determined that it will not continue using Nvidia's graphics processing units (GPUs) in some models. MacBook models with screen sizes of 13 inches and below are expected to switch to Sandy Bridge-only graphics, while higher-end MacBook Pros are expected to use graphics from AMD, the article adds. Whether Nvidia will still be present in higher-end models is unclear, says "CNET."
"If proven true, the rumor is an extremely positive sign for Intel given how notoriously picky Apple is about the components it uses," notes "Gizmodo" (http://gizmodo.com/5710154/is-apple-ditching-discrete-graphics-in-the-ne...). "Apple would also be in a position to no longer release...