Steve Jobs on hand to launch the iPad 2
Apple CEO Steve Jobs, currently on a medical leave, popped up today to introduce the iPad 2, with a new design that's 33% thinner and up to 15% lighter than the original iPad, while maintaining the same 9.7-inch LED-backlit LCD screen.
The iPad 2 sports Apple’s new dual-core A5 processor and now includes two cameras, a front-facing VGA camera for FaceTime and Photo Booth, and a rear-facing camera that captures 720p HD video, bringing the innovative FaceTime feature to iPad users for the first time. Though it is thinner, lighter, faster and packed with new features, iPad 2 still delivers up to 10 hours of battery life.
The iPad 2 is available in black or white, features models that run on AT&T’s and Verizon’s 3G networks, and introduces the iPad 2 Smart Cover in a range of polyurethane and rich leather colors.
“With more than 15 million iPads sold, iPad has defined an entirely new category of mobile devices,” Jobs said at a special media event launching the product. “While...
iOS 4.3 includes faster Safari performance, iTunes Home Sharing...
“With more than 160 million iOS devices worldwide, including over 100 million iPhones, the growth of the iOS platform has been unprecedented,” said Apple CEO Steve Jobs at a special media event today. “iOS 4.3 adds even more features to the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, across three blockbuster devices -- iPad, iPhone and iPod touch -- providing an ecosystem that offers customers an incredibly rich experience and developers unlimited opportunities.”
Random House makes 17,000 ebooks available on Apple’s iBookstore
Random House, , the largest trade book publisher in the US, has made its full catalog of 17,000 ebooks available on Apple’s iBookstore, including bestsellers by Stieg Larsson, John Grisham, Dan Brown, Danielle Steel, Laura Hillenbrand, Cormac McCarthy, Lee Child and many more.
Starting today, customers can pre-order upcoming releases from Random House including Lisa Gardner’s “Love You More,” Suze Orman’s “The Money Class” and Jean Auel’s “The Land of Painted Caves.” With the addition of Random House, the iBookstore now offers ebooks from all six major trade publishers and thousands of independent publishers, says Eddy Cue, Apple’s vice president of Internet Services.
“iBookstore customers have already downloaded more than 100 million books in less than one year, and we think they’ll love being able to choose from Random House’s incredible selection of titles to enjoy on their iPad, iPhone and iPod touch," he adds.
iBookstore customers can choose from a wide selection of illustrated...
6 to 6.5 million iPads expected to ship in Q1 2011
Shipments of the iPad are expected to be between 6 million and 6.5 million in the first quarter of 2011, on their way to 40 million for the calendar year, reports "DigiTimes" (http://macte.ch/vpbGG), quoting "sources from the supply chain."
The article adds that 300,000-400,000 units of iPad 2 -- expected to be unveiled today -- will be turned out in the initial batch. "DigiTimes" says that about 1-1.5 million units worth of iPad inventory were in the channel in January. Since Apple only ordered about 1.8-2 million iPads in January, it indicates that Apple is already set to phase out the first-generation iPad and let the iPad 2 take its place, the article adds.
Neatberry releases new image tool for Mac OS X
Neatbeery has introduced Smoke 1.0 (http://neatberry.com/smoke) for Mac OS X 10.6 and higher. The US$9.99 app offers an unique type of brush that renders graphics with simple mouse movements
You can vary number of parameters to change the brush behavior, color flow, blending mode, background, brush colors and more. This results in the ability to build abstract backgrounds, lighting texts, art-house drawings and more.
Smoke is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. A demo is available for download.
Fournova introduces new Git client for Mac OS X
Fournova has introduced Tower 1.0, a new Git client for Mac OS X designed to make using Git easy and more efficient. Git is a free, open source, distributed version control system.
Tower works with the most popular tools and services for developers, according to the folks at Fournova. Repositories can directly be created and cloned on the leading Git hosting services, GitHub and Beanstalk.
To improve the working experience even more, users can choose between a wide range of diff and merge tools such as Kaleidoscope, TextMate, BBEdit, and many more. Tower is compatible with all Intel-based Macs running Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.
A free 30-day trial version with all features can be downloaded from the Tower website (http://www.git-tower.com/). A single-user license is available for US$59 and includes all future 1.x upgrades. Volume discounts are available, as well as discounts for students and educational institutions.
Study: iOS strong in mobile open source development
Black Duck Software (http://www.blackduckstore.com) -- a global provider of products and services for automating the management, governance and secure use of open source software -- have announced trends in mobile open source development platform choices that show Android leading the pack but Apple iOS still in the game.
Analyzing data from the almost 9,000 mobile free and open source software (FOSS) projects contained in the Black Duck KnowledgeBase, Black Duck found that of 3,800 new mobile projects started in 2010, the open-source Android leads as the platform of choice with 55% of the total. Apple's iOS is a close second with 39%, and other platforms had a 2% or lower share of new projects. While Android is open, iOS is not, indicating that FOSS developers support the most popular platforms, regardless of their openness. Beyond the two leading platforms, Windows, Palm and Symbian have two percent or less of new projects and MeeGo has only a handful.
The number of FOSS mobile...
Aquafadas president talks about the future of digital publishing
Claudia Zimmer is Aquafadas’ president and founded the company with Matthieu Kopp in 2004. Aquafadas started with video editing software and later became Europe’s leading solution provider for the creation and distribution of digital comic books, which can be consumed on video game consoles, computers, smartphones, and now tablets.
Long before tablets hit the market Aquafadas established its foundations for their latest development: An end-to-end publishing solution dedicated to digital publishing on tablets and smartphones. Aquafadas’ solution will be launched on March 17, at the Paris Book Fair and at a worldwide Web event.
In this interview Claudia Zimmer speaks about the importance of digital publishing across media and industries, the business challenges of digital publishing, and the technical obstacles presented by new tablets and mobile operating systems, and she provides insights on how Aquafadas' approach to digital publishing is different.
Digital publishing is on the...
Oddsmakers bet on Apple iPad 2 event
Will Steve Jobs make an appearance today at the Apple announcement? This is just one of the many rumors surrounding the big iPad 2 event, taking place today at 10 a.m. (Pacific).
With that in mind, Tony Harvey and his team of oddmakers at Bookmaker.com, an online sportsbook, have laid out the odds on what’s to come for the upcoming tablet. Here are the odds they've determined.
There will be three versions of the iPad 2
Yes -1500 (96%)
No +500 (17%)
A front and back-facing camera
Yes -1500 (96%)
No +500 (17%)
Slimmer, lighter and retina display
Yes -5000 (160%)
No +1000 (9.10%)
The iPad 2 will have a flat back
Yes +100 (49%)
No -160 (61.7%)
A wide-range speaker
Yes -130 (56%)
No -130 (56%)
The iPad 2 will have a USB port
Yes +200 (33.3%)
No -500 (83.3%)
The iPad 2 will have a dual-core CPU
Yes -500 (83.3%)
No +200 (33.3%)
Non-smudge screen & gyroscope
Yes -1500 (96%)
IMCapture lets you record video, audio calls from FaceTime
IMCapture has introduced IMCapture for FaceTime (http://www.imcapture.com/IMCapture-for-FaceTime/), a new product designed to record and save FaceTime conversations. It costs US49.95 for a single user license.
This Mac call recorder creates a universal platform for your recorded files, enabling you to convert all FaceTime conversations into different video formats. What's more, IMCapture for FaceTime engages an automatic recording feature as an option that enables to launch recording process by default as soon as the conversation has been started.
It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. IMCapture is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.
DateLine now available on the Mac App Store
MachineCodex Software (http://machinecodex.com/software.php) has released DateLine 1.0 on the Mac App Store. It's a linear desktop calendar that costs US$7.99 and is found in the Productivity category.
With Dateline, you can see your events and tasks in a floating window. You can add a customizable hot key to quickly access the app. Dateline syncs with iCal, BusyCal and other Mac calendaring apps.
It's been localized for English, French, Italian, Japanese, German and Portuguese. Dateline has support for all calendar formats and locales. You can double click on a day to jump to your calendar app.
FolderGlance 3.0 adds a menu extra, context-sensitive script...
Yellow Lemon Software has updated FolderGlance for Mac OS X (http://www.scsc.no/products/folderglance/) to version 3.0. The new version adds a menu extra for access to files and folders from your menubar, and context-sensitive script support.
FolderGlance is an utility that enables users to browse files and dig into folders directly from the Finder's context menu. With Hover Previews, files can be previewed instantly from the Finder's context menu simply by hovering the cursor over the file of interest.
Files can be opened, moved, copied or opened with a custom application using a custom Open With menu. The custom Open With menu lets users tailor the applications that appear when attempting to open a file with a different application than the default.
Package and bundle contents can be viewed from the context menu. Using Custom Folders, users have access to their frequently used files and folders whenever they open the Finder's context menu.
A full license for FolderGlance is US$20...
Seagate ships 3TB Barracuda XT drive
Seagate (http://www.seagate.com) has begun shipments of its 3TB Barracuda XT hard drive. It delivers the highest available capacity for home servers and workstations, high-definition video editing and production systems, high-performance computer gaming systems and desktop computers, says Dave Mosley, Seagate executive vice president of sales, marketing and customer service.
Legacy computer BIOS designs and device drivers and older operating systems such as Windows XP are incapable of using hard drive capacities beyond 2.1TB. The upshot is that existing desktop drives with more than 2.1TB of storage capacity must be deployed with additional software or hardware and may also require extra device drivers to overcome this limitation.
The Barracuda XT hard drive combines a 64MB cache that optimizes burst performance in cache-intensive applications such as gaming and nonlinear video editing with Serial ATA 6Gb/second. The 3.5-inch, 7200RPM drive’s 3TB of storage capacity gives desktop PC...
Nuclear Nova Software releases ASCII Art through Mac App Store
Nuclear Nova Software (http://www.nuclearnova.com) says its ASCII Art for Mac OS X (10.5 and higher) is now available through the Mac app store. It's on sale for US$9.99 (normally it's $19.99). The software is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.
ASCII Art is a generator that converts digital pictures into text art. You can output art to both black/white text and full color, with the ability to export plain text, HTML, TIFF and RTF files. A user editable character set adjusts the available characters to be used. ASCII Art offers real time previews.
Compatible source images include JPEG, PNG, GIG, BMP, TIFF, TGA, JPEG, TIF and more. Output quality greatly depends on the input file. Often images such as clip art work better than sources such as digital pictures.
Redpark console cable connects to iOS devices
Redpark Product Development (http://www.redpark.com/shop) is now shipping an US$69 Console Cable that connects the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad to console ports on Cisco routers, switches and firewalls. The Console Cable is a six foot long serial cable with RJ-45 connector, wired per Cisco specifications, and made for the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G, iPod touch (second, third and fourth generation) and iPad.
To use the Console Cable, users must also download the Get Console app from the App Store. It costs $9.99.
The Console Cable, along with the Get Console app, allows field engineers to perform router maintenance, troubleshooting and disaster recovery operations directly on the Cisco console port using their iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. The Get Console App features logging, configuration repository, command and keyboard shortcuts and optional console sharing with remote web users.
skEdit available at the Mac App Store
Before Dawn Solutions (http://www.beforedawnsolutions.com) has announced skEdit 4.1.4, an update of their text/HTML editor. It's now available at the Mac App Store for US$34.99.
Version 4.1.4 includes some minor bug fixes, and updates the application to use the new support site, registration, and error handling. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher.
Turbo NAS series now compatible with Hitachi, Seagate 3TB SATA...
QNAP Systems (http://www.qnap.com) says Hitachi (Deskstar7K3000 HDS723030ALA640) and Seagate (Barracuda XT ST33000651AS) 3TB hard drives are now fully supported by the entire lineup of Intel-based and ARM-based Turbo NAS series.
QNAP users can now update the system firmware of Turbo NAS to version 3.4.0 or later version and use these high capacity hard drives to enjoy 24TB storage (8-bay desktop or rack-mounted models) for backup and storage of documents, multimedia files, and more. For more information about the hard disk compatibility list of QNAP Turbo NAS, go to http://www.qnap.com/pro_compatibility.asp .
Forsythe joins Enterprise Desktop Alliance
Forsythe (http://www.forsythe.com) is the first Apple Authorized System Integrator to join the Enterprise Desktop Alliance (http://enterprisedesktopalliance.com/).
Forstyhe is a provider of IT solutions and support services to Fortune 1000 organizations. The Enterprise Desktop Alliance represents member companies committed to making it easy to deploy, integrate and manage Macs in a Windows environment.
"Forsythe experts have an impact on the strategy, design and implementation of IT from the desktop to line of business applications," says T. Reid Lewis, president of the Enterprise Desktop Alliance and president of Group Logic. "We look forward to collaborating with Forsythe to solve Mac integration challenges for customers."
EarthDesk turns 9, on sale at 60% discount
Xeric Design is celebrating the ninth birthday of its flagship product, EarthDesk, with a special offer for a single-user license at a 60% discount (normally $39.95).
EarthDesk replaces your static desktop with an image of the Earth showing current sun, moon and city illumination, as well as real-time global cloud coverage, allowing you to track hurricanes and other weather systems. This offer is available on the Xeric Design website (http://www.xericdesign.com/earthdesk.php), as well as from the Mac App Store. This discoount is valid through March.
Class on Demand offers Avid Studio training
Class on Demand has announced "Complete Training for Avid Studio." Available in both DVD-ROM and streaming video delivery format through the Class on Demand Online Learning Platform, "Complete Training for Avid Studio" offers instruction on the consumer video editing software.
The new instructional course is hosted by Class on Demand founder and Avid Studio expert, Paul Holtz. For a sampling of Class on Demand's "Complete Training for Avid Studio," go to http://www.classondemand.net/media/avid-training/avidstudio.aspx . The new Class on Demand training for Avid Studio is priced at US$49.99 USD and is available to purchase as a DVD or digital download from Class on Demand (http://www.classondemand.com).
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for March 1
Here are the latest iPhone/iPod touch/iPod/iPad apps. You can find 'em at the Apple App Store (http://www.itunes.com/appstore/).
Orb Factory and EverAge Apps have announced Sticky Mosaics Butterflies 1.0 for the iPad. The US$2.99 app contains a set of four templates that your child can decorate with a collection of sparkling jewels. The more jewels you add, the more your butterfly will sparkle. When you complete each butterfly, the butterfly will "come to life and fly."
Internet Design Zone has released Cute Alphabets 1.0, an educational app for iPhone and iPod touch devices. The $0.99 app is designed to help parents begin the early education process of their child with the very basics of ABC alphabets.
Sigma Game has launched Dungeons & Coin 1.2.5 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This free arcade game charges players with gathering up as many coins as they can by stopping a casino themed slot machine at the right moments to activate the virtual coin pusher's arms, receive...
Apple defends 'App Store' moniker; blasts Windows...
Apple is defending its use of the phrase "App Store" in a new filing, saying that that Microsoft has failed to prove that the term should be left open for use by competing mobile application marketplaces, reports "TechFlash" (http://macte.ch/wfEJT).
In January Microsoft asked the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to deny Apple a trademark on the name "App Store," saying the term is generic and competitors should be able to use it. Apple applied for the trademark in 2008 for goods and services including "retail store services featuring computer software provided via the internet and other computer and electronic communication networks" and other related offerings, the article adds. Apple launched its App Store for the iPhone that year.
In January, Microsoft filed a motion for summary judgment with the agency's Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, asking it to deny the trademark to Apple, reports "Infoworld." In its motion, Microsoft said "app" is a generic term for what is sold at the App...
Verizon exec hints at new iPhone, usage-based pricing
Verizon Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo hinted at a new Verizon iPhone and usage-based pricing during a webcast of an investor conference -- as reported by "Reuters" (http://macte.ch/eCTJV).
He didn't talk about a release date for a new iPhone. However, Apple has normally updated its smartphone in the summer. That's when the iPhone 5 is expected -- and that would match Verizon Wireless' timeline on its new data plans.
Verizon Wireless allows unlimited Web surfing for US$30 a month for users of its version of the iPhone. But this is expected to change in the coming months, according to "Reuters."
OWC announces hard drive upgrades for new MacBook Pros
Other World Computing (http://www.macsales.com) has announced higher capacity, higher speed hard drives and Solid State Drives (SSDs) “Do it Yourself” kits for the new MacBook Pro 13-inch, 15-inch and 17-inch models announced by Apple last week.
The upgrade kits provide all the needed tools, including a bus-powered external enclosure, for the installation, data transfer, and ongoing use of the original drive for additional external storage and/or data backup. The OWC 1TB Hard Drive Kit features 33% more storage capacity than the largest 750GB drive factory option and is priced at US$122.99.
The OWC 750GB 7200RPM Hard Drive Kit offers 50% more storage capacity than the largest 500GB 7200RPM drive factory option. It's priced at $124.99 (compared to up to $150 for the factory 750GB 5400RPM upgrade option).
The OWC Mercury Extreme Pro Solid State Drive (SSD) Kits cost from $114.99 (up to 54% less than the factory SSD options) with capacities of up to 480GB. In addition to storage...
Tablet sales could double this year; iPad still most desired
A recent survey of 1,500 consumers indicates sales of tablets such as the iPad could more than double in 2011. Of those who completed the survey, 10% currently own a tablet and 17% plan to buy a tablet this year.
The survey, conducted by Zoomerang, using its online survey tool, provides insight into the factors impacting consumer purchasing decisions for tablets. The top three factors valued most by consumers include price, connectivity capabilities (i.e. 3G, 4G, WiFi) and the tablet's operating system with 56%, 46% and 44%, respectively. Demonstrating its popularity among consumers and market presence, 80% of those who purchased a tablet in 2010 chose the iPad by Apple.
"If consumers buy additional tablet computers as predicted by this Zoomerang study, tablet market penetration will surpass 25% in the next year," says Alex Terry, general manager of Zoomerang. "But while Apple was the clear tablet winner of 2010, this next, larger wave of purchasers is still considering brands and...
Former Apple CEO joins InterDigital’s board of directors
InterDigital (http://www.interdigital.com) -- which develops fundamental wireless technologies -- has announced the election of Dr. Gilbert F. Amelio to its board of directors, effective immediately. Amelio was CEO of Apple from February 2006 to September 2007.
Amelio joined InterDigital’s Technical Advisory Council in early 2010, a position he will relinquish to assume his role on the company’s board of directors. His career spans decades of executive leadership roles in technology companies including National Semiconductor and Rockwell International.
A senior partner at Sienna Ventures, a privately-held venture capital firm, Amelio has been involved in the leadership or funding of a broad range of technology ventures, including Acquicor Management and Jazz Technologies. He also serves on the boards of directors of AT&T and Pro-Pharmaceuticals.
-- Dennis Sellers
NetMarketShare: Safari gains market share; Mac OS X, iOS dip
Mac, Safari and iOS market share for Internet usage rose from December to January,, according to the latest market share survey from NetMarketShare (http://www.netmarketshare.com).
According to the report, among operating systems, Mac OS X had 5.19% of the global market share in February compared to 5.25% in January (that's global market share; in the US it's almost 10%). Windows remains dominant with 89.69% as of February. That's down from 89.70% in January. Apple's highest percentage previously was 5.27% in October 2009.
When it comes to browsers, Safari had 6.36% in February compared to 6.60% in January, while Internet Explorer had 56.77% Firefox had 21.74% and Chrome had 10.93%. That compares to, respectively, January percentages of 56T, 22.75% and 10.70% for the browsers.
The iOS's market share also rose, according to NetMarketShare. It had 1.81% of the global market share in February compared to 2.05% in January. The iOS' highest percentage of market share was in January with 2...
Former Apple procurement manager pleads guilty to wire fraud
Paul Devine, a former Apple procurement manager, has pleaded guilty to to wire fraud and other charges in a multimillion-dollar kickback scheme.
"The Financial Times" (http://macte.ch/A5hFN) reports that Devine entered a plea agreement on Monday in federal court in San Jose, California, accepting responsibility for one count each of wire fraud, conspiracy and money laundering, prosecutors said. The ultimate loss to Apple was more than $2.4 million, according to the agreement, and Mr Devine agreed to forfeit $2.25 million in proceeds from his actions. He has been free on bail and is scheduled to be sentenced in June, says "The Times."
Devine was accused of trading confidential Apple information in return for more than $1 million in payments, bribes and kickbacks. He purportedly had over $150,000 stored in shoe boxes in his house. Devine had a further $20,000 worth of foreign currency in his possession.
Steve Jobs was reportedly up for knighthood
Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown blocked knighthood for Apple CEO Steve Jobs in 2009 because he turned down an invitation to speak at the Labour Party conference, reports "The Telegraph" (http://macte.ch/RDWKu), quoting a former senior Labour MP [Member of Parliament].
Jobs was put forward for the honor by the Prime Minster for services to technology, the article says. “Apple has been the only major global company to create stunning consumer products because it has always taken design as the key component of everything it has produced," Brown, who left Parliament at the last election," the MP said. "No other CEO has consistently shown such a commitment.”
The former MP was told by Downing Street that the decision was related to a failed attempt to attract Jobs to Labour’s annual conference. Such an appearance would have been viewed as a coup for Brown, according to "The Telegraph." However, a spokeswoman for the former Prime Minister told the publication that, "Mr Brown did not...
'Financial Times' owner may look elsewhere than Apple...
"Financial Times" owner Pearson says it may remove its business from the Apple App Store if the company continues to refuse to give up customer information.
Recently, Apple announced a new subscription service for magazines, newspapers and music bought through its app store, but offered tough terms including keeping 30% of subscription revenues and retaining control of customer information. Pearson CEO Majorie Scardino told "The Guardian" (http://macte.ch/4YDaS) that there was enough competition to the Apple App Store that his company wouldn't have to capitulate to Apple's terms.
"The important thing to remember is there are many, many tablets coming out and multiple devices ... [from] Kindle to mobiles," he says. "If indeed Apple are not happy to give us customer data then maybe we will get it somewhere else."
Freedom is new universal iPad mount
MountMe (http://www.mount-me.com) has unveiled the US$49.99 Freedom, an all-in-one carrying and mounting device for the iPad. It's a protective case that can transform into an adaptable mounting device.
With Freedom an iPad can be mounted and viewed virtually anywhere. including on car seats, head rests, airplane seats, walls, mirrors, windows and more. Whether you are at home, in a hotel, outside or on the go, Freedom provides a secure yet flexible and instantly accessible mounting and protective system that allows users to position their iPad where they need it, when they need it, says MountMe founder Brien Spina, It’s also great for use in a workplace such as a doctor’s office, lawyer’s office, business office and a classroom, he adds.
Freedom's mobile mounting strap allows you to securely mount your tablet to a headrest, car visor, your leg, and any other object you can wrap a strap around. Suction cups attach to the small bracket portion of the Freedom mount, and allow a secure...
Tyfone, Dexim bring NFC contactless payments to the iPhone
Tyfone (http://www.tyfone.com), a mobile financial services solutions provider, has announced the Tyfone iPhone sleeve, powered by Dexim (http://www.dexim.net). The Tyfone iPhone sleeve uses Tyfone’s SideTap MicroSD technology to allow existing iPhone users worldwide to make mobile contactless payments directly from their phones.
The Tyfone iPhone sleeve and the company’s patented SideTap technology transform the iPhone into a true electronic wallet, says Carol Grunberg, vice president of marketing at Tyfone. This Dexim-powered sleeve, which also provides protection for the iPhone, has a slot to house the Tyfone SideTap MicroSD card, a secure memory card integrated with contactless payments technology.
This sleeve also has built-in circuitry interfacing the 30-pin iPhone connector to a memory card slot enabling iPhone apps to communicate to the smartcard chip in SideTap MicroSD for over-the-air provisioning and management of identity securely. A miniature antenna and onboard...
Semento is new web-based server monitoring service
CodingMammoth (http://www.codingmammoth.com) has announced Semonto, their web-based server monitoring service that immediately notifies the user should any of their servers go off-line or display anomalous behavior. Notifications may be received via email, SMS, Twitter, Apple push notifications, etc.
In addition, by registering for a Semonto account users may access free iOS and Mac OS X apps to check their server's current status, review their server's statistics, view test results, and perform advanced diagnostics. Semonto also provides free reports including tables and graphs to display server performance over time.
Configured as Software as a Service (SAAS), the Semonto monitoring system requires neither any software be installed on the user's server, nor any programs be running in the background that could affect server operation. Semonto has multiple test servers at various locations around the globe. Users can choose which test server is assigned to check their host.
Stellar launches Drive Defrag, Drive Clone with dedicated...
Stellar Information Systems (http://www.stellardefragdrive.com) has launched two new products, Stellar Drive Defrag and Stellar Drive Clone. The former helps you defrag the Mac hard drive/volumes and optimize the free spaces to make your system faster. The latter is a tool that creates clone of your Mac hard drive, logical volume and even the boot volume.
Stellar Drive Defrag defrags the metadata files in a Mac volume, clubs together the scattered free spaces in a volume and performs complete defragmentation on an entire volume by dragging the files into a single contiguous memory location. What's more, the software creates a bootable DVD, which can be used to defrag the boot volume and also to start your non-booting Mac system.
Stellar Drive Clone creates an exact replica of the Mac hard drive and logical volumes. The software can also create image of any volume or the entire hard drive and provides option to restore the lost data from the previously created image file. Like Drive...
PhotoPresenter 4.1 available at the Mac App Store
Boinx Software (http://www.boinx.com) has released PhotoPresenter 4.1, an update to the quick presentation tool for digital photographers. It requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher and costs US$9.99.
PhotoPresenter is a theme-based photo viewer for creating animated slideshows with photos, movies and music. Version 4.1 integrates with Facebook for complete access to photo albums, as well as Facebook friends' shared albums. Facebook albums instantly appear in the PhotoPresenter interface for easy access and quick compilation of photo slideshows.
PhotoPresenter 4 is built around 37 themes. Among them are Origami, as seen on the iPad. It letsyou create animated slideshows with effects instantly. Every theme offers a variety of settings to configure it to your needs. PhotoPresenter 4 remembers the theme you selected for each album, so you can keep various different presentations on hand.
PhotoPresenter 4 integrates with all of the iApps on the Mac -- including iTunes, iDVD, iWeb or iPhoto...
Raskin pops up in the Mac App Store
Raskin Software (http://raskinformac.com/) is offering its self-titled Raskin application – a zoomable single surface Finder alternative for the Mac -- in the Mac App Store. It's on sale for 60% off its normal US$49.95 price for a limited time.
Raskin 1.2.2 added a Services contextual menu giving access to all file and folder-related Services provided by Mac OS X, as well as custom Services installed or created by the user. This can be an Automator Action to rotate or scale the currently viewed picture directly on the Raskin Surface or a file renaming action.
Raskin requires Mac OS X 10.6.3 or higher. A 30-day demo is available for download at the Raskin Software web site (http://www.raskininformac.com).
iOS developer training scheduled for May, June
About Objects has announced additional dates for public classes on iPhone and iPad development in May and June.
The courses cover ANSI C, Objective-C, and iOS SDK programming, and will be held at the company's Reston, Virginia, headquarters, as well as near the Apple campus in Cupertino, California. The company helps instructors and students stay in touch through an invitation-only social networking site, providing updated lab exercises and examples after the training has ended.
Pricing begins from US$1,395 for the 2-day Objective-C for Beginners class, to $2,895 for the 5-day Introduction to iPhone and iPad Development. Students who wish to attend both "Objective-C for Beginners" and "Introduction to iPhone and iPad Development," or who wish to attend all three classes can sign up for a bundled offering at a substantial discount. Early registration discounts are also available. For more info, including dates and times, go to the About Objects web site (http://www.aboutobjects.com).
Comm-Unity releases MMQuery 1.2 FileMaker Pro plug-in
Comm-Unity Networking Systems has released a maintenance update of MMQuery, bringing it to version 1.2. This update contains a completely rewritten core.
MMQuery lets you work with your FileMaker Pro data through the calculation engine. It allows you to perform SQL queries on your own database or use the many helper functions in the plug-in to do the same types of queries without actually having to know SQL.
MMQuery is available immediately at http://mmquery.cnsplug-ins.com/ for both Mac OS X and Windows. It costs US$35 for a single-user license, though version 1.2 is a free upgrade for registered users. A demo is available for download.
Wondershare Video Converter available on the Mac App Store
Wondershare Software's Wondershare Video Converter for Mac (http://www.wondershare.com/pro/mac-video-converter.html) is now available at the Mac App Store. Normally priced at US$38.99, it's available for $8.99 through March 6.
Wondershare Video Converter provides Mac users with a solution to convert videos into various video/audio formats for importing to sorts of mobile players, applications and websites, such as the latest iPhone 4, iPad, iPod, iTunes, iMovie, YouTube, etc. Users can convert not only SD videos, but also HD videos with editing and real-time preview functions.
Wondershare Video Converter also extracts and converts audio track from your video files to WAV, MKA, OGG, 3GP, Mp3, M4A, and more. It supports scamera/camcorder high definition and standard definition video format and supports simple video editing (trim, crop, merge video, add watermark.
Tension Software announces Product Manager 1.5.3
Tension Software (http://www.pomola.com) has announced Product Manager 1.5.3, an update of the US$30 Mac OS X application to manage company products from different standpoints. It's a maintenance release with various bug fixes.
Product Manager is document-based and can manage an unlimited number of documents, each with an unlimited number of products, subdivided in families. The application is customizable with the labels the user needs to better describe the specific products category used.
Product Manager requires Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard or later. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.
Apple COO hints at cheaper iPhones
Apple Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook hints that we'll see a cheaper iPhone in the near future in an interview with Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi, as reported by "Business Insider" (http://macte.ch/dQi3C).
Cook says Apple is doing "clever things" to attack the prepaid market, because he wants Apple to be "for everyone," not "just for the rich." The COO tools Sacconaghi that he also recognizes "price is big factor in the prepaid market," but Apple is not "ceding any market."
Cook added that says Apple has been driving into China, which is "a classic prepaid market."
Holly Area School District deploys Apple mobile devices
Aerohive Networks, creators of the cooperative control wireless LAN (WLAN) architecture, says Holly Area School District, located in Holly, Michigan, has deployed Apple mobile devices and an Aerohive Wireless LAN (WLAN) solution throughout its school district.
Among Holly Area School District’s top requirements for Wi-Fi included a WLAN solution that was optimized for voice traffic and one that could seamlessly accommodate a plethora of Apple mobile devices. Holly Area School District located in Holly, Michigan is comprised of four elementary schools, one middle school, one high school and a multi-program campus. Aerohive APs support over 3,700 students, 300 teachers and staff and coverage for 800,000 square feet of facilities.
Holly Area School District realized having mobility and wireless access could help them achieve their goal of creating a 21st century learning environment for its students. This meant providing students with interactive learning tools on-the-go and the...
Watch live stream of Woz from the ACU Connected Summit 2011
Abilene Christian University (ACU) will live stream the Connected Summit opening keynote presentation by the director of the United States Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology, Karen Cator.
ACU will also live stream the evening keynote presentation by Silicon-Valley pioneer Steve "Woz" Wozniak, who is the co-founder of Apple. He will discuss education, emerging technologies, and his vision for the future of technology and society.
The real time broadcast will be available at http://www.acu.edu/live/. Cator will speak from 8:30 to 9:15 am (Central Time), and Woz will speak from 8-9 pm (Central).
Survey: one third of U.S. and U.K. adults are mobile phone...
PopCap Games, which makes casual video games, has announced the results of a new survey that found large increases in overall usage and frequency of mobile game playing among U.S. and U.K. adults.
The survey, conducted by Information Solutions Group, also found that among mobile phone gamers, the mobile phone is now the primary gaming device of choice, leapfrogging video game consoles and personal computers in less than two years. Further, “smartphone” owners (the fastest-growing mobile segment) are by far the most avid consumers of mobile phone games. These and other purchase and consumption trends identified in the survey suggest significant growth in the mobile games sector will continue for the foreseeable future.
Overall, more than half (52%) of the 2,425 survey respondents said they had played a game on a mobile phone at some time in the past; 73% of U.K. respondents said they had played a mobile phone game at least once, compared to 44% of U.S. residents surveyed. A portion...
'AppleInsider': Apple's Joint Venture aimed at...
During a series of store-wide meetings on Sunday, Apple prepped its retail employees for a March 2 launch of Joint Venture, a new technical support plan targeted at small businesses, according to "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).
The plan will cost about US$500 a year and will be made available to businesses when purchasing a new Mac. Up to five systems will be covered by the plan, though additional systems may be added for $99 a year, says "AppleInsider."
The article says customers enrolled in the plan will receive priority service at the Genius Bar and gain access to an exclusive Apple Genius-manned technical support number at the corporate office. During repairs that take longer than 24 hours to complete, customers may be eligible to borrow 15-inch MacBook Pros with iWork and Microsoft Office preinstalled, says "AppleInsider."
Rumors claim Ive wants to move back to England
Take this one with a big grain of salt, but the rumor mill is abuzz that British-born Apple design guru, Jonathan Ive, is bumping heads with Apple, may resign and move back to the UK.
According to various reports in publications such as the "Mail Online" (http://macte.ch/SzoWL) Ive and his wife Heather, who met while they were studying at Newcastle Polytechnic, are said to want to educate their twins in England. He still visits the institution in the northeast to give masterclasses, giving up part of his three weeks' annual leave, the article says.
A friend of the family told "The Sunday Times" that "Unfortunately he is just too valuable to Apple and they told him in no uncertain terms that if he headed back to England he would not be able to sustain his position with them." Apple told "The Times" it was "speculation" to say that Ive wanted to live in England.
Of course, he has the money to do it if he wants. The "Mail Online" says the design expert is due to receive $25million (£15....
Tenth annual Las Vegas FCPUG SuperMeet announced
The Final Cut Pro User Group Network has announced the Tenth Annual Las Vegas SuperMeet, scheduled to take place on Tuesday, April 12, in the Event Center at the Bally's Hotel in Las Vegas.
The Las Vegas FCPUG SuperMeet will celebrate the Tenth Anniversary of SuperMeets and promises to be the single largest gathering of Final Cut Studio, Adobe and Avid editors, gurus and digital filmmakers during the 2011 NAB Show. Doors will open at 4:30 pm with the SuperMeet Digital Showcase, featuring over 35 software and hardware developers. Presentations will begin at 7 pm and continue until 11 pm. Tickets are on sale online for the early bird price of $10 each plus ticket fee (early bird pricing ends March 15) and $10 for students with valid student ID.
To purchase tickets and for complete details on the SuperMeet including driving and shuttle transportation, as well as a current list of raffle prizes, visit the SuperMeet web site (http://supermeet.com).
Intel announces solid state drive line-up
Intel (http://www.intel.com) has announced the next in a line of new solid-state drives (SSD): the Intel Solid-State Drive 510 Series. The new Intel SSD 510 features SATA 6Gbps performance to take full advantage of Intel’s transition to higher speed SATA bus interfaces on the recently introduced second generation Intel Core processor-based platforms (used in the new MacBook Pros announced last week).
Supporting data transfers of up to 500MB/second, the Intel SSD 510 doubles the sequential read speeds, and at up to 315MB/s more than triples the sequential write speeds of Intel’s current 3Gbps SSDs. This makes it ideal for demanding gamers, media creators, performance-intensive workstation users and any technology enthusiast, says Pete Hazen, director of marketing for Intel’s NAND Solutions Group.
The Intel SSD 510 Series uses proven Intel 34-nanometer NAND flash memory to deliver best-in-class sequential performance of up to 500MB/s sequential read speeds and up to 315 MB/s writes...
Gameloft to develop four new games using Unreal Engine 3
Gameloft (http://www.gameloft.com), a developer and publisher of digital and online games, has announced a long-term, multi-platform licensing agreement with Epic Games, that enables Gameloft to incorporate Unreal Engine 3 in four new games, two to be released in 2011 and two in 2012.
“Gameloft is very pleased to partner with Epic, especially with their ability to stay ahead of the curve and continually place the best game engine technology in developers’ hands at any given point in time,” says Julien Fournials, vice president of production, Gameloft. “Using Unreal Engine 3 allows us to push game visuals with remarkable lighting and high-fidelity environments. We are confident that players will enjoy the games powered by Unreal Engine 3.”
Under the agreement, Gameloft plans to release games on multiple mobile and downloadable platforms, including iOS, Android, PlayStation Network and set-top boxes.
Thursby releases PKard for Mac
Thursby Software Systems (http://www.thursby.com) has released PKard for Mac, software to meet the needs of US Department of Defense (DoD) Mac users for remote or home access to secure government websites using Common Access Cards (CAC) smart cards.
Smart cards are a defensive line for the DoD and Civilian Federal agencies against terrorist attacks, espionage and cyber threats mandated by Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12, or HSPD-12. PKard is short for “Public Key Card” and is pronounced “P card."
PKard supports Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.5. All US Government CAC smart cards are supported via Thursby’s own Tokend driver technology for access, including next generation cards such as the “Oberthur ID One 128 v5.5” and “Gemalto TOP DL GX4 144K.”
PKard is a simpler home/remote version of Thursby’s enterprise ADmitMac PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) line of software that secures directly connected Macs in bases and offices of the US Army and many branches of the US Federal...