Dutch judge to rule in Apple-Samsung legal brouhaha
A Dutch judge said on Thursday that he would rule by Sept. 15 on Apple's bid to ban some of Samsung Electronics' products in the Netherlands and European Union by Sept. 15, reports "Reuters" (http://macte.ch/QLNV8).
Apple has filed an injunction at a court in The Hague on three patents, copyright as well as design infringements, to stop the sale of some Samsung products in the Netherlands and block their distribution in the EU via the Netherlands. The Dutch port of Rotterdam is the largest in Europe, and a key point of entry for imported goods for the European Union.
Earlier this month it was announced that Apple had won an agreement from Samsung that the South Korean company won’t sell the newest version of its tablet computer in Australia until a patent lawsuit in the country is resolved,
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 infringes 10 Apple patents, including the “look and feel,” and touchscreen technology of the iPad, Steven Burley, a lawyer for Apple, told Federal Court Justice...
ABI Research: Android nabs 20% tablet market share from the iPad
Worldwide annual media tablet shipments are expected to top 120 million units in 2015. Android media tablets have collectively taken 20% market share away from the iPad in the last 12 months, according to the ABI Research group (http://www.abiresearch.com).
However, no single vendor using Android (or any other OS) has been able to mount a significant challenge against it.
“Many vendors have introduced media tablets, but none are separating themselves from the pack to pose a serious threat to Apple," says ABI Research mobile devices group director Jeff Orr. " In fact, most have introduced products at prices higher than similarly-configured iPads. Apple, never a company to be waiting for others, has introduced its second-generation iPad media tablet while keeping product pricing unchanged.”
Fragmentation within operating system software is hindering growth of this device category, he adds. Application developers must choose an initial software platform and may delay starting...
More knock-off Apple stores found in China
Authorities in China's southwestern city of Kunming have identified another 22 unauthorized Apple retailers weeks after a fake of the company's store in the city was found, reports "Reuters" (http://macte.ch/bD46y).
China's Administration for Industry and Commerce in the Yunnan provincial capital said the stores have been ordered to stop using Apple's logo after Apple China accused them of unfair competition and violating its registered trademark, state media said on Thursday.
The market watchdog agency said it would set up a complaint hotline and boost monitoring, the official Xinhua news agency reported. However, it didn't say if the shops were selling knock-off Apple products or "genuine but smuggled models," says "Reuters."
Video tour of new Data Rescue Center headquarters available
The Data Rescue Center, a a data recovery company founded in 2009 and a division of Prosoft Engineering, recently opened a new state-of-the-art headquarters in Livermore, California. You can get a video tour of it at http://www.thedatarescuecenter.com/company_background.html .
In June of 2010, the Data Rescue Center and Prosoft Engineering finalized the purchase of a building in Livermore near the Lawrence Livermore National Lab. Work immediately began on the design and construction of the new recovery lab facility.
In late January of 2011, both The Data Rescue Center and Prosoft Engineering moved all operations to this new facility. It boasts a Class 2 UL-Listed Vault and extensive security features.
The ISO 5 / Class 100 Cleanroom exceeds all manufacturers specifications for cleanroom recovery environments, according to the folks at the Data Rescue Center. This new facility provides our recovery engineers with the top technology and innovation to recover computer data while...
MacBreakZ 5.03 adds support for Growl notifications
publicspace.net has announced MacBreakZ 5.03 (http://www.publicspace.net/MacBreakZ/), an update of the solution designed to address the spectrum of computer related health problems, ranging from eyestrain, headaches, neck, wrist, elbow and back pain to more severe Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI), including carpal tunnel syndrome, writer's cramp, tendonitis, etc.
This latest release adds support for Growl notifications. The break reminder component of MacBreakZ features keyboard and mouse monitoring (without invading the user's privacy) that allows it to react to individual computer usage patterns. What's more, MacBreakZ promotes behavior modification by providing users with real-time feedback on the healthfulness of their observed work patterns.
Based on actual keyboard and mouse use and the time spent in front of the screen, MacBreakZ suggests rest and micro breaks at appropriate intervals. It includes a set of 42 fully illustrated stretching exercises designed to reduce muscular...
Apple's share of global mobile phone almost doubles year-...
Apple's share of the global mobile phone market (smartphones and others) almost doubled year-over-year in the second quarter of 2011, from 2.4% to 4.6%, according the Gartner research group (http://www.gartner.com). This puts Apple in fourth place among mobile phone vendors, behind Nokia, Samsung and LG.
Worldwide sales of mobile devices to end users totaled 428.7 million units in the second quarter of 2011, a 16.5% increase from the second quarter of 2010, according to Gartner. The channel built up stock at the end of the first quarter of 2011 in preparation of possible component shortages following the Japanese earthquake. As a result, sell-in demand slowed in the second quarter of 2011 to 421.1 million units, a 4.4% decrease from the previous quarter.
Sales of smartphones were up 74% year-on-year and accounted for 25% of overall sales in the second quarter of 2011, up from 17% in the second quarter of 2010.
“Smartphone sales continued to rise at the expense of feature phones,” says...
PowerUp 1.0 is new task manager for Mac OS X
ConjureBunny Software has released PowerUp 1.0 (http://macte.ch/879QD), a task manager designed to help you stay focused. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher on an Intel-based Mac. It's available for US$20 for a single-user license.
PowerUp is a step-by-step task manager with a built-in progress tracker. You flesh out big or complex tasks with unlimited smaller tasks. It helps you focus on individual steps necessary to accomplish larger tasks, and provides positive reinforcement along the way via a huge progress bar at the top of the window.
PowerUp is developed from the ground up using the modern 64-bit Cocoa code. It's also optimized for Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard") and Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion").
NICNT available for Accordance Bible Software
The New International Commentary on the New Testament (NICNT) is now available for use with Accordance Bible Software.
NICNT is a popular commentary covering all the books of the New Testament except for 2 Peter and Jude. The series seeks "to provide earnest students of the New Testament with an exposition that is thorough and abreast of modern scholarship and at the same time loyal to the Scriptures as the infallible Word of God."
NICNT provides exposition that takes technical questions into account, but which avoids getting bogged down in technical details, according to the folks at Accordance. More technical aspects -- such as grammatical, textual, and historical problems -- are dealt with in footnotes, special notes, and appendixes.
NICNT is continually being updated, with older volumes periodically revised or replaced with newer volumes more conversant with contemporary scholarship. In the past two years, the volumes on the books of John (by Leon Morris) and James (by James B....
LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean comes to the Mac
TT Games' LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game (http://macte.ch/ONxVc) is now available for the Mac. It costs US$29.99 and requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher.
Here's how the game is described; "It's an action adventure game bringing to life the Pirates of the Caribbean world and all its colorful characters in LEGO brick form. Players will experience memorable scenes from the first three films, as well as those in the latest film, 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,' in the humorous and quirky LEGO video games style."
NetSpot is new, wireless site survey software for the Mac
The new NetSpot 1.0 Beta (http://www.netspotapp.com/) lets you conduct a wireless site survey of almost any complexity for free. It's compatible with Mac OS X 10.6.x and 10.7.x
NetSpot boasts uses the standard Wi-Fi network adapter and its Airport interface to map radio signal strength and other wireless network parameters and build reports on top of that. It lets you see how your wireless network operates in your office, house, campus, cafe, airport, or just about any building or area.
The team behind the project claims it's the first software of this class to ever become available to regular users and to be delivered exclusively for the Mac. NetSpot is a complete 802.11a/b/g/n site surveying software, and its main advantage over a number of existing monstrous solutions (in addition to its simplicity) is the fact that you don't need any specific professional hardware to collect survey data, according to its developers.
Here's how it works: you load a map of your premise, specify...
TaskInsight task management tool revved for Lion
Imaja has updated TaskInsight (http://www.imaja.com/taskinsight/), its productivity and business task management tool, to version 3.0 with additional graphic timeline settings, background images, new commands for working with the task list and timeline view, the ability to import and export to TSV and XML data files, export of the timeline view to HTML5 web page files, AppleScript scriptability, and support for new features in Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion").
TaskInsight includes priorities, labels, color coding, manual and automatic sorting, drag and drop, copy and paste, undo and redo, import and export, customizable views, text-to-speech for selected tasks, and several optional fields. A number of new commands let users set the priority or status for the selected tasks. The Shift Time menu can be used to shift selected tasks in time in various increments. A number of simple and combination sorts can be selected from the new Sort menu or with keyboard shortcuts.
LaCie releases beta OS for pro NAS solutions
LaCie has released a Beta OS for its present range of professional NAS solutions, providing full compatibility with Mac OS 10.7 ("Lion").
Just remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care. To find more information on how to update a LaCie NAS solution, go to http://www.lacie.com/us/more/?id=10121#NASOS .
Bare Bones Software releases BBEdit 10.0.1
Bare Bones Software (http://www.barebones.com) has released BBEdit 10.0.1, an update to its HTML and text editor for the Mac.
The BBEdit 10.0.1 update represents the first maintenance update to BBEdit 10, which introduced new project and document editing windows, new HTML Markup palette, support for working directly within zip archives, switchable syntax color
schemes, support for sharing application support via Dropbox, and more.
The BBEdit 10.0.1 update is free of charge to all BBEdit 10 customers. Customers who purchased in the Mac App Store will automatically receive the update, while customers who bought directly may download the update from the Bare Bones Software web site. For new users the price is US$39.99 for a limited time.
TextExpander 3.3.2 fixes issues specific to Safari 5.1
SmileOnMyMac (http://www.smileonmymac.com) has updated TextExpander, a Mac OS X utility that lets users define abbreviations for frequently-used text strings and images, to version 3.3.2 The new version fixes some glitches specific to Safari 5.1.
For users with more than one Mac, TextExpander offers two ways to sync snippets: MobileMe and Dropbox. With a single-user license, an individual user may install and use TextExpander on multiple computers, provided they are used primarily by that individual.
The regular cost is US$34.95 for a single user license or $44.95 for a five-pack family license. A 30-day fully-functioning demo of TextExpander can be downloaded at the SmileOnMyMac web site. Upgrades to TextExpander 3.0 from earlier versions costs $15, though version 3.3.2 is a free update for registered users of version 3.x.
KittyPad announces new SDK for app developers
KittyPad, a collaborative of developers and designers that has previously focused on building educational applications for use on the iPhone and iPad, has released their new SDK (software development kit) that's geared toward both developers of educational applications for kids and general game developers.
The SDK includes the tools for implementing health protection, subscriptions and exchange downloading. It's designed to help spread game awareness and increase downloads, according to the folks at KittyPad. The primary component is KittyPad's group purchase/subscription service, which users can purchase via an in-app purchase.
The subscription service also includes a SDK for a health protection feature that is added to apps to prevent RSI (Repetitive Stress Injury). The SDK is free and can be accessed by signing up on the KittyPad website (http://m.kittypad.com).
CS Odessa released Solution for Twitter Messaging from Mind Map
CS Odessa (http://www.conceptdraw.com) has announced ConceptDraw MindTweet Solution for ConceptDraw MinsMP v7, available immediately via download from the ConceptDraw Solution Park.
The ConceptDraw MindTweet Solution focuses on producing consistently interesting and valuable content, according to the folks at CS Odessa. MindTweet delivers a variety of mind mapping tools for Twitter users that are useful for creating a consistent Tweet story, they add.
This new solution provides a tool for strategically developing Tweets. Users can w brainstorm, organize, and schedule their Tweets using the creative approach of mind mapping, and then publish directly from their mind map with a single click.
ConceptDraw MindMap v7 retails for US$219. Competitive upgrades from other paid mind mapping products are available for $109.
DEVONtechnologies issues compatibility updates for Lion
DEVONtechnologies has updated all editions of its document and information manager DEVONthink, the smart note pad DEVONnote, and the freeware apps EasyFind and PhotoStickies for improved compatibility with Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion").
Version 2.2.1 of DEVONthink and DEVONnote fixes a number of glitches on Apple’s new operating system, such as with resizing windows, Lion’s new fullscreen mode, or using the Clip to DEVONthink extension after selecting text on a webpage. In addition all editions of DEVONthink now support Instapaper when capturing data using the Clip to DEVONthink extension, more reliably capture webpages that require a login, and fix a few other minor details and inconsistencies.
EasyFind 4.8.1 and PhotoStickies 5.6.4 fix glitches on Lion, too. PhotoStickies for the Mac App Store removes the option to run as a menu extra as this could be not compliant to Apple’s rules in some circumstances.
All Mac apps require Mac OS X 10.5 or later and can be downloaded as free trial...
Apple releases Migration Assistant for Leopard
Apple has released Migration Assistant Update for Mac OS X Leopard. it's a 4.98MB download and requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher.
This update addresses an issue with the Migration Assistant application in Leopard that prevents transfer of your personal data, settings, and compatible applications from a Mac running Leopard to a new Mac running Mac OS X 10.7 "Lion"). You can obtain it via the Software Updates component of the Mac OS X Systems Preferences app.
'Gizmodo' not charged in lost iPhone 4 prototype case
The San Mateo County (California) district attorney's office has filed misdemeanor charges against two people involved in finding and selling an Apple iPhone 4 prototype to "Gizmodo," but has decided not to bring charges against any employees of Gizmodo or its parent company, Gawker Media, according to "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).
In March 2010, an Apple employee lost contact with a prototype of an upcoming iPhone. He either lost it or it was stolen while he was visiting a bar in Redwood City, California. The device was obtained by Brian Hogan who then sold the phone to "Gizmodo."
Police served a subpoena at editor Jason Chen's home in Fremont, California. Attorneys representing Chen and Gawker Media, the parent company of "Gizmodo," claimed the search warrant used to seize Chen's property was "invalid," citing a California law curbing newsroom searches.
"Gizmodo" says the district attorney "has decided, upon review of all of the evidence, that no crime was committed...
Vudu comes to the iPad
Vudu is making itself available on the iPad, a move that will help the streaming-video service expand distribution and keep pace with market leader Netflix, reports "CNET" (http://macte.ch/cjPaN).
Vudu said in a joint statement with parent company Wal-Mart Stores that iPad owners can access Vudu through their browsers. Through the new feature, iPad owners can rent or purchase one of Vudu's 20,000 movies and TV shows. Renting or purchasing Vudu's videos via the iPad works the same as it does on a computer and the prices are the same.
One problem with Vudu, as with Netflix and all streaming-video services, is that you can't watch if you can't connect to the Web, notes "CNET." Another issue is that Vudu hasn't secured licenses to offer Disney films on the iPad.
OS X passes Linux as development environment in North America
Mac OS X has surpassed Linux in popularity as a development environment in North America according to the recently released Evans Data North American Development survey (http://www.evansdata.com).
Although Windows remains overwhelmingly the most popular operating system for development with over 80% of developers using it, Linux has slipped to third place with only 5.6% using it as their primary development platform, while 7.9% now use Mac OS X.
"Apple has made tremendous strides in the last few years with innovative products and technologies, so it’s quite reasonable to see developers adopting the Mac and its OS as a development environment," says Janel Garvin, CEO of Evans Data Corp. "Windows firmly remains king, but developers are obviously attracted to Apple’s devices, while at the same time Linux has lost some of its luster after years of only single digit adoption."
However, Mac OS hasn't displaced Linux as a development target. Still more than twice as many developers primarily...
Analyst: Apple shares still a 'compelling' buy
In a note to clients -- as reported by "CNN Money" (http://macte.ch/RI3iM) -- Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu says Apple shares are still a "compelling buy" for several reasons:
° The company still has only 4%-5% share in mobile phones and 4%-5% in computers (12%-13% including the iPad) so has the opportunity to double or potentially even triple its market share in these end markets over the next few years, particularly with Greater China and international as "underpenetrated opportunities."
° Apple is one of the best ways -- if not the best way -- to play what he sees as three "mega trends": 1) the mobile Internet, 2) cloud computing, and 3) consumerization of technology.
° Apple has a strong product release schedule going into the holiday season, including iOS 5, iCloud and a new iPhone on top of the recent release of OS X 10.7 ("Lion") and three new Macs (the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac Mini).
Apple is (briefly) US's most valuable company
For a brief moment yesterday, Apple bumped Exxon Mobil into the runner-up spot on the New York Stock Exchange to become the most valuable company in the US. However, the oil giant was restored to the top of the pile at close of trading on Tuesday.
Apple's brief perch at the top was considered significant by market analysts, who suggested that it was the iPad and iPhone maker's destiny to eventually take a more permanent seat in at the top of the heap, reports "The Register" (http://macte.ch/grlJa). Apple's value climbed to US$341.5b billion yesterday afternoon, just ahead of Exxon Mobil's $341.4 billion trading figure.
Apple suing Motorola in Europe over Xoom design
Another day, another lawsuit. Apple is also suing Motorola in Europe over the Xoom tablet's design, reports "FOSS Patents" (http://macte.ch/4yTnD).
Prior to or simultaneously with the motion for a preliminary injunction against Samsung over its Galaxy Tab design, Apple also filed a complaint with the same court over the design of the Xoom, the article notes. That passage says that Apple filed with the same court (district court of Düsseldorf) a complaint over the design of the Motorola Xoom, but it doesn't state whether that complaint included a request for a preliminary injunction.
"While it's not stated explicitly, I suppose that the complaint against Motorola also asks the court for an EU-wide injunction -- but perhaps just for a permanent injunction without a previous preliminary one," says Florian Mueller, writing for "FOSS Patents."
Apple taking extra Apple ID security steps
Apple has begun sending emails when Apple ID's are used to make purchases on iOS devices not previously associated with the account. It's "likely these emails are being used as one way to combat increasingly frequent app purchase fraud," says "MacRumors" (http://www.macrumors.com).
Apple already requires credit card users to reenter the three or four digit CID number from the back of their credit card (front in the case of American Express) to authenticate the new device. However users with balances from iTunes Store Gift Cards aren't required to perform any special authentication other than entering their AppleID password.
LGD loses iPad 2 panel orders after quality glitches?
LG Display (LGD) has reportedly has lost some iPad 2 panel orders to Samsug and Chimei Innolux (CMI) after its recent shipments to Apple experienced quality issues, reports "DigiTimes" (http://macte.ch/wcS1E), quoting unnamed industry sources.
LGD's July panel shipments for the Apple tablets were one million units short of its original monthly goal and the company's overall revenues for third-quarter 2011 are likely to be affected, the sources said. LGD is the largest panel supplier for the iPad 2. The company originally planned to enhance its 6G LCD plant panels' monthly supply to nearly four million units in third-quarter from around three million units in the second quarter.
However, "quality issues with the LGD panels for the iPad 2 have disrupted the maker's production pace and have caused Apple to suspend new orders for the maker," says "DigiTimes."
AT-LP60-USB is new LP-to-digital turntable system
Audio-Technica has released the US$149.95 AT-LP60-USB LP-to-Digital Turntable System (http://macte.ch/5aWge) for music lovers who want to hear their old records again, and for younger people who have discovered the fun and warm sound of vinyl listening.
It's an USB turntable and software package that's compatible with Macs and PCs. It includes a turntable and phono cartridge, an USB cable that connects the turntable directly to a computer, a built-in phono preamp that enables it to be used with virtually any music system, and other accessories.
The AT-LP60-USB features completely automatic operation, and a 33-1/3 and 45 RPM speed selector. The USB cable enables plug-and-play connectivity. The included Mac and PC-compatible Audacity software converts the audio on a record to MP3, WAV or other format digital audio files, which can then be played back on portable audio players, computers, home media centers and car audio systems.
Scosche releases myTrek pulse monitor, iOS app
Scosche (http://www.Scosche.com) has released the myTrek pulse monitor with an accompanying app for the iPhone and iPod touch.
myTrek utilizes two LEDs combined with a photo sensor to detect minute changes in the user’s blood pressure to measure pulse. A built-in accelerometer allows the myTREK to adjust for movement during exercise from the user’s heartbeat allowing for an accurate measurement of pulse and calories burned.
Users can personalize their workouts by selecting their type of activity, target training zone and type of workout. A male or female voice prompt updates the user’s progress in real time letting them know how close they are to accomplishing their goals or if they have moved outside their desired target heart rate zone. Work out data is then stored on the device and can be viewed in the app’s calendar to see what days the user worked out and what was accomplished during each individual workout.
The myTrek’s arm-strap design fits over the muscular portion of...
LogMeIn Hamachi update available for the Mac
LogMeIn has launched vpn.net (http://vpn.net/) for the Mac, as well as Windows systems.
Using the company's VPN service, LogMeIn Hamachi, anyone from consumers and gamers to IT professionals and business owners can use vpn.net to create new VPNs and extend LAN-like network connectivity to mobile users, distributed teams, friends and family.
LogMeIn Hamachi can network Mac OS X and Windows computers in any configuration. A client for Linux-based systems is now in beta.
To create a new VPN, users can go to vpn.net, download Hamachi onto Mac and Windows based desktops, name their network, and set a password. To add other Macs and PCs to the network point colleagues, clients and other users to vpn.net, and provide them with the network name and password. An optional web-based console for managing Hamachi networks is available at LogMeIn.com.
Use of vpn.net to set up and manage Hamachi VPNs is free for non-commercial use. For commercial use, Hamachi is US$199/year for networks up to 256...
Hype for Mac OS X hyped to version 1.0.4
Tumult has released Hype 1.0.4 (http://tumultco.com/hype), an update and trial version of its HTML5 animation builder for Mac OS X (10.6.6 and higher). It's available from the Mac App Store for an introductory price of US$29.99.
Animations and interactive content made with Hype work on desktops, smartphones and iPads with no coding required. Hype sports a keyframe-based animation system. It leverages a recording system to create effective motions and transition, according to the folks at Tumult.
Exporting to HTML5 involves copying a few lines of HTML code into an existing document and moving a resources folder. Hype also supports publishing exported documents to Dropbox.
Vitamin-R 1.67 refines distraction elimination features
Publicspace.net has released Vitamin-R 1.67 (http://www.publicspace.net/Vitamin-R/index.html), an update of its Mac OS X compatible productivity tool for creative professionals. The new version adds the ability to exclude specific applications from the eliminate distractions step.
Vitamin-R is a collection of tools and techniques for managing attention and maintaining motivation. According to the folks at publicspace.net, it complements the task capturing and organizing features of modern to-do list managers by forcing you to concentrate fully on one task a time and keeping distractions at bay. It breaks down large, vaguely defined tasks into a series of short "time slices" of between 10 and 30 minutes, each with specific and actionable objectives.
Vitamin-R provides you with the "Now & Later Board," complete with FastType magic, to give you a place to quickly dump all those things that go through your head and allows to get back to the task at hand. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or...
Mellel 2.9 ready for Lion
RedleX (http://www.mellel.com) says Mellel 2.9, an upgrade to its word processor for Mac OS X, will be released on Aug. 15 and will offer Lion compatibility.
It also enhances page design options, offering a "page design" dialogue, easy editing of headers and footers from within the document, different first page, start with next even/odd page, and more. A future version of Mellel, to be released this autumn, will adopt and adapt such Lion features as full screen, automatic save, and so on.
RedleX will offer Mellel at a reduced price of US$29 ($19 for an educational license) for a limited time. All licenses come with a guaranteed lifetime of free updates.
Hagens Berman files class action lawsuit against Apple,...
Another day, another lawsuit. Hagens Berman, a consumer rights class-action law firm, has filed a nationwide class-action lawsuit claiming that Apple Inc., and five of the nation’s top publishers -- including HarperCollins Publishers ( a subsidiary of News Corp.) Hachette Book Group, Macmillan Publishers, Penguin Group (a subsidiary of Pearson PLC), and Simon & Schuster (a subsidiary of CBS) -- illegally fix prices of electronic books, also known as e-books.
Filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, the lawsuit alleges that the publishers and Apple colluded to increase prices for popular e-book titles to boost profits and force e-book rival Amazon to abandon its pro-consumer discount pricing. According to the suit, publishers believed that Amazon’s wildly popular Kindle e-reader device and the company’s discounted pricing for e-books would increase the adoption of e-books, and feared Amazon’s discounted pricing structure would permanently set...
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Just Banned in Europe
Posted by Greg Mills
Apple has Just obtained an injunction banning sales and marketing of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in Europe. Apple has sued Samsung and other Android handset makers for patent infringement around the world. Australia banned the Galaxy Tab last week and now Europe, except the Netherlands has also banned the sale and marketing of the Samsung device just a couple of weeks from its launch.
This bodes badly for the Android platform and adds an international confirmation to the initial finding of the US International Trade Commission. Should the Galaxy Tab be banned in all the major markets, Samsung will be stuck with very cool tablets with no place to sell them. Apple's legal actions are beginning to have a powerful effect just before the rumored iPhone 5 and iPad 3 launch possibly coming early this fall.
That a major electronics firm like Samsung could get stung with an international import ban bodes badly for the entire Android platform. See: http://www....
Platinum Equity acquires Quark
Platinum Equity has acquired Quark, a provider of publishing software for professional designers and enterprise organizations. Financial terms of the transaction haven't been disclosed.
“Quark is a legendary brand that helped create the desktop publishing market and is now helping organizations transform how they publish content both to print and digital media,” said Brian Wall, partner at Platinum who led the team pursuing the acquisition, in a press announcement. “Quark is committed to its loyal and dedicated user base and we are enthusiastic about the company’s new products which are gaining traction and generating positive reviews. We believe that with their expertise and innovative software, Quark has the potential to revolutionize publishing again.”
“This transition comes at an exciting time for our company and our customers. In the past few years we have made great strides in helping our customers realize dynamic publishing, have re-invigorated QuarkXPress, and have readied...
Gartner: Mac to have 5.2% of global computer market by 2015
Windows 7 will become the leading operating system worldwide in the personal computer installed base, running on 42% of computers in use by the end of 2011, according to the Gartner research group (http://www.gartner.com). However, the Mac also continues to make big strides.
Shipments of Macs have seen increases in the last 12 months. Mac OS X was shipped on 4% of new computers worldwide in 2010 versus 3.3% in 2008. Mac OS X is forecast to be on 4.5% of computers in 2011, and grow to 5.2% of new computers in 2015. Shipments will grow stronger in mature markets where consumers are buying into the Apple product ecosystem.
"The adoption of Mac PCs and Mac OS is a result of Apple's ability to grow well above the market average in the last 12 to 24 months, thanks to its ease of use from the user interface (UI) point of view and ease of integration with other Apple devices, such as the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and the existing Apple ecosystem of applications and programs," says Annette...
Apple closing in on Exxon as world's most valuable company
Apple is closing in on Exxon as the world's most valuable company.
Exxon's lead over Apple is now at US$5.79 billion. "The stocks are going to be swinging all over the place today, so there's a chance the gap gets bigger, and there's a chance the gap narrows and Apple takes the top slot," notes "Business Insider" (http://macte.ch/KBamo).
ITC to review Apple's infringement suit against HTC
Apple's patent infringement suit against HTC Corp. will be reviewed by a U.S. trade agency that has the power to block imports of the Taiwanese company’s phones and new tablet computers, reports "Bloomberg" (http://macte.ch/RpcTL).
The International Trade Commission (ITC) said it will investigate Apple’s accusations that HTC infringed five patents related to software architecture and user interfaces in portable electronic devices, hardware for touch screens and movement sensors. Notice of the decision was posted on the agency’s website today.
Last month HTC sued Apple in the UK. The complaint, filed in London, came two weeks after HTC lost a ruling against Apple at the ITC. The agency ruled on July 15 that HTC’s Android-based mobile phones infringe two Apple patents, a judgment that HTC has said it will appeal.
However, HTC has said it's willing to negotiate with Apple after both sides scored earlier victories at the ITC. On July 6 HTC announced an US$300 million deal to buy S3...
Apple planning to help iOS developers take on Lodsys
Apple is still planning on helping its iOS developers take on Lodsys in an ongoing legal battle, reports "FOSS Patents" (http://macte.ch/OIHnC).
"Apple still requests a court hearing on its motion," writes Florian Mueller for the site. "Things may still take some more time, but there will be no more written pleadings unless the court asks the parties to address particular questions in more detail. At this stage it's possible that the court decides very quickly, and I continue to be reasonably optimistic that Apple's motion will be granted."
In May Apple's legal department came to the defense of iOS app developers with a letter to Lodsys regarding its patent dispute with app developers. In the letter to Lodsys, Bruce Sewell, Apple senior vice president and general counsel said, Apple is undisputedly licensed to these patents and the App Makers are protected by that license.
"Thus the technology that is targeted in your notice letters is technology that Apple is expressly licensed under...
DriveSavers Data Recovery services available for MacBook Air
DriveSavers says the company’s data recovery services are available for the newest version of the MacBook Air. DriveSavers Data Recovery Advisors are available 24/7 to help users recover files from a MacBook Air, should data loss occur.
“The MacBook Air is yet another popular Flash-based device from Apple that has changed how consumers create and store their precious data,” says Mike Cobb, director of engineering at DriveSavers Data Recovery. “As the MacBook Air continues to gain popularity and become more entrenched in consumers’ everyday lives, the vulnerability of these laptops also increases -- accidents happen. With over 25 years of experience successfully recovering data from Flash memory-based products, including the MacBook Air, DriveSavers is an expert in data recovery for Apple products.”
DriveSavers posts proof of annual, company-wide SAS 70 Type II Audit Reports, the Corporate Industry’s standard for an overall control structure. To learn more about DriveSavers and our...
Dr Brendan Mac Repair opens new store in Brooklyn
Dr Brendan Mac Repair (http://www.drbrendan.com/) opens its doors to Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood on Sept. 2. The local chain currently has locations in Manhattan’s East Village and Greenwich, Connecticut.
The new The Park Slope store will be opening in the space last occupied by Madison Rose maternity shop. The location’s floor to ceiling storefront window features a bar across the front of the store where Mac enthusiasts can learn more about their devices, while enjoying complimentary espresso and sweets, says founder and owner, Brendan McElroy.
The store is stationed on 171 5th Avenue, in the heart of Brooklyn’s Park Slope. At the store, fully trained technicians will be available during all store hours to educate and assist customers on everything from the latest apps to trade tricks only the savviest of Mac buffs can access, McElroy says. In addition to their standard Apple repair services, Dr. Brendan will promote several informative services only available at this...
New Epson Artisan all-in-ones come in midnight blue design
Epson has introduced the Epson Artisan 837 and Artisan 730 wireless all-in-one printers for photo and technology enthusiasts. They sport new midnight blue accents and a three-times-brighter emerald green smart touch panel display for computer-free navigation.
The Epson Artisan 837 and 730 also offer Epson Connect for printing on the go. With Epson Connect, mobile device users can print web pages, photos, documents, and e-mail attachments directly from tablets, smart phones and other mobile devices.
The Epson Artisan purportedly product Ultra Hi-Definition 4 x 6-inch prints in as fast as 10 seconds. The Epson Artisan 837 and 730 allow users to print, scan and access memory card slots from any room in the house with built-in wireless and Ethernet networking. The Artisan 837 also offers high-speed color copying and faxing with a 30-page Automatic Document Feeder.
The Epson Artisan 837 (US$299.99) and Artisan 730 ($199.99) all-in-ones will be available in September through major...
Skype ready for Lion
The video chatting software, Skype, has been updated to version 5.3, adding support for Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion").
With Skype 5.3 for Mac OS X, you'll also be able to send and receive HD quality video when talking to your friends and family. You'll need to use the Mac's built-in HD webcam or choose from a variety of webcams from the Skype Shop, such as the Logitech C910, to make video calls in HD quality.
To receive HD video calls on your Mac, the folks at Skype recommend an upload/download speed of 1.5Mbps. Skype is available in a free version, plus a premium version with more features for $4.49 per month.
TappyTaps releases Bubbling Math 1.0 for Mac OS X
TappyTaps has introduced Bubbling Math 1.0 (http://bubblingmath.com/) an education game for children in first through fourth grades. It works with Mac OS X 10.6.x and 10.7. The game is available for US$1.99 through the end of September and can be found in the Education category of the Mac App Store.
Bubbling Math helps kids practice elementary math operations. It sports a module that allows parents to choose which types of tasks they want their children to practice and to review wrong answers afterward.
Bubbling Math contains nine different graphics levels. In each level the child can receive an award -- bronze, silver or gold cup -- motivating children to play the game over again to try and improve their score.
Seagate Hard Drives to feature SafetyNet data recovery services
Seagate (http://www.seagate.com) has unveiled the GoFlex Turbo performance drive with SafetyNet data recovery services (DRS).
The company says that SafetyNet data recovery is the first recovery service offering by a hard drive manufacturer to be included as part of the purchase price of an external drive. With the latest super speed USB 3.0 interface and RPMs clocked at 7200, the GoFlex Turbo drive is equipped to handle transfer speeds up to 40% faster than that of its USB 2.0, 5400-RPM siblings. Alas, the Mac doesn't support USB 3.0, so drives with this interface will run at USB 2.0 speeds.
The new GoFlex Turbo performance drive features two-years of SafetyNet data recovery services. It's available from Best Buy for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of US$119.99 for 500GB models and $139.99 for 750GB versions.
Khronos releases Open GL 4.2 spec
The Khronos Group has released the OpenGL 4.2 specification, bringing the latest graphics functionality to the cross-platform 2D and 3D graphics API (application programming interface).
OpenGL 4.2 integrates developer feedback and continues the rapid evolution of this royalty-free specification while maintaining full backwards compatibility - enabling applications to incrementally use new features, while portably accessing state-of-the-art graphics processing unit (GPU) functionality across diverse operating systems and platforms, says Barthold Lichtenbelt, working group chair of the OpenGL ARB and director of Tegra graphics at Nvidia.
The OpenGL 4.2 specification has been defined by the OpenGL ARB (Architecture Review Board) working group at Khronos, and includes the GLSL 4.20 update to the OpenGL Shading Language. The OpenGL 4.2 specification contains new features that extend functionality available to developers and enables increased application performance. The full specification...
Stuf 2 for Mac OS X gets Dropbox compatibility
The Escapers have launched Stuf 2 (http://www.theescapers.com/stuf/), a rewrite of their clipboard manager for Mac OS X and Windows. The upgrade introduces Dropbox compatibility.
And not just the Mac. You can copy data such as text or an image on a Mac, and paste it on a PC.
Stuf is a clipboard manager that not only allows users to categorize all their clippings, but also share them over their local network. It frees the clippings from the local network. Workgroups can also host their clippings on existing network drives for more performance.
Stuf 2 is available for US$16.99. Stuf 1 users can upgrade for free to version 2.
TimingApp shows where the time goes while you're on your...
Eurocomp has announced TimingApp 1.0.1 (http://timingapp.com/), an update of their automatic time logging solution for Mac OS X. It's being offered for US$9.99 for a limited time in the Mac App Store and requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher.
TimingApp 1.0.1 measures the time spent on various projects. It works completely automatically and doesn't need to be started manually. Individual work may be assigned to specific projects.
Hacker Evolution Duality beta for Mac OS available
Exosyphen Studios has introduced Hacker Evolution Duality, a free, playable beta available for Mac OS X.
Hacker Evolution Duality is the upcoming hacking simulation game, developed by exosyphen studios. Based on the Hacker Evolution game series, it has been completely redesigned. The game features a single player mode where you follow the game's story and an open world mode, where you play a death match against other hackers.
Here's how the game is described: "Hacker Evolution Duality starts in the early days of Brian Spencer when he was nothing more than a brilliant programmer. It than fast forwards to the future, where he has to stop an Artificial Intelligence he has created, unknowingly and take back control of a giant company he once used to own. You have to hack into computers using various tools, from a basic firewall cracker, to sophisticated voice print authentication systems.
"Steal money to finance your objectives, buy hardware upgrades or bribe off other hackers that are...
QNAP NAS management software roars onto Lion
QNAP Systems (http://www.qnap.com) has announced new 3.5 NAS management software for its Turbo NAS series, embedded as firmware. It's compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion"), provides LDAP, antivirus, syslog server support, and more. Firmware 3.5 also includes a service binding feature and enhanced MyCloudNAS services.
Firmware 3.5 provides several new security enhancements. New antivirus feature allows the administrator to scan the NAS manually or on a recurring schedule; then delete or quarantine files infected by viruses, malware, trojans, and other malicious threats. A new Radius server provides Raidius client-enabled devices with centralized account management and authentication for network access. External drive encryption blocks unauthorized access and protects data on external drives from theft by encrypting a disk volume or a specific partition.
The 3.5 firmware will be available for a variety of QNAP Turbo NAS models by mid-August.