SuperTalent introduces USB 3.0 flash drive at under $15
SuperTalent (http://www.supertalent.com) says their new USB 3.0 Express Duo has broken the US$15 price barrier.
The fastest USB 2.0 flash drives are limited to a maximum READ speed of approximately 32MB/second. Super Talent’s new USB 3.0 Express Duo can top over 67MB/s when plugged into a USB 3.0 port, yet remains fully-backward compatible to USB 2.0 and for about the same price, according to SuperTalent Chief Technical Officer CH Lee. Starting today, Super Talent will begin offering the 8GB USB 3.0 Express Duo for $14 and the 16GB version for $29.
HyperMac to become HyperJuice
HyperMac/Sanho Corp. says its products will be rebranded HyperJuice, as part of negotiations with Apple following a lawsuit from the Mac maker.
"In the coming weeks, the 'HyperMac' brand name will be renamed to 'HyperJuice' as part of our ongoing comprehensive licensing negotiations with Apple regarding a wide array of technologies and issues," Daniel Chin, president of Sanho, said in a press release.
In September, Apple sued suing Sanho Corp. for patent infringement. The lawsuit was filed in the California North District Court in San Jose. Among the products named in the suit were Sanho's magnetic power connectors, as well as a MacBook car charger.
Sanho (http://www.hypershop.com/) is the company behind the HyperMac line of external batteries for the MacBook, iPod, iPad and iPhone and the HyperDrive portable photo storage device. The company was founded in 2002.
According to "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com), Sanho's products use recycled official MagSafe products made by...
Spanish-language Vectorworks 2011 line released
Nemetschek Vectorworks has announced the availability of the Spanish-language version of the Vectorworks 2011 line of design software, including: Vectorworks Architect, Landmark, Fundamentals and Renderworks.
The Spanish-language version will be available in Spain, and South and Central American countries such as Mexico, Chile, the Dominican Republic and Argentina. To check for availability in your country, please visit www.vectorworks.net/international . For Spanish-language brochures, FAQs, videos, and other marketing collateral, please visit www.vectorworks.net/espanol .
Apple takes lead in US smart phone market
In the third quarter of 2010 (Q3 2010), the worldwide smart phone market grew 95% over the same quarter a year ago to 80.9 million shipped units, according to new data from the Canalys research group (http://www.canalys.com). Nokia retained its leadership position, albeit by a diminished margin, with a 33% share of the market.
However, Apple’s healthy performance this quarter saw it achieve a 17% share worldwide, a little ahead of RIM, which held a 15% share this quarter. In the world’s largest smart phone market, the US, Apple ousted RIM from the top spot, seizing a 26% share as iPhone shipments continued unabated.
RIM has also launched its latest generation smart phone, the Torch, though it only saw half a quarter’s shipments in the US. But the plethora of smart phones running the Open Handset Alliance’s (OHA’s) Android platform meant that Canalys’ final published country-level data shows that it took the lead in the US market by operating system (OS), with a 44% share.
NetMarketShare: Safari, iOS gain market share
Safari and iOS market share for Internet usage rose from September to October, while the Mac OS X percentage dipped slightly, according to the latest market share survey from NetMarketShare (http://www.netmarketshare.com).
According to the report, among operating systems, Mac OS X had 4.98% of the global market share in October, compared to 5.03% in September (that's global market share; in the US it's almost 10%). Windows remains dominant with 92.21% as of October. That's up from 92% in September. Apple's highest percentage previously was 5.27% in October 2009.
When it comes to browsers, Safari had 5.33% in October compared to 5.27% in September, while Internet Explorer had 59.26% Firefox had 22.82% and Chrome had 8.47%. That compares to, respectively, September percentages of 59.65%, 22.96% and 7.98%, for the browsers.
The iOS's market share also rose, according to NetMarketShare. It had 1.25% of the global market share in October compared to 1.18% in September. That's an all time...
Adobe unveils Connect 8
Adobe has announced Adobe Connect 8, an update to the company’s web conferencing solution. Based on Adobe Flash Player software, the latest version provides enterprises and governments worldwide with capabilities for deliveringexperiences across multiple devices
Key new features of Adobe Connect 8 include a simplified interface for greater usability, expanded and more flexible collaboration capabilities for sharing ideas more freely, and enhanced audio and video integration for richer multimedia experiences, according Adobe. In addition, it offers a software development kit (SDK) for greater extensibility, a new, optional desktop client based on the Adobe AIR runtime for easier meeting management, and support for a range of mobile devices to extend reach and enhance productivity.
Adobe Connect 8 is expected to be available worldwide on an on-premise basis by the end of November. It's expected to be available on a hosted basis in North America starting this month (phased rollout), and...
Patterno 1.1 for Mac OS X adds 'Antique tile' effect
Applications for Life Company has announced Patterno 1.1 (http://www.appsforlife.com/products/patterno/), an update to the utility that creates background images and tiled patterns for Mac OS X. The new release brings new "Antique tile" effect, enhances the "Rays" effects and adds 10 new shapes to use for patterns design.
Patterno creates stripes, mosaics, tiled patterns and much more. Even the complex bokeh-like effect can be created with just a few mouse clicks, according to the folks at Applications for Life. It's designed for business and post cards design, book covers design and many other graphics areas where the eye-catching image is essential.
Patterno comes with more than 50 templates to start from. It provides "generators" that can be configured to create various effects. All the configuration is done by the small number of sliders.
Patterno features a real-time preview and doesn't require Adobe Photoshop or any other software to run. It costs US$30 and requires Mac OS X 10....
SmartBackup update for Mac OS X gets speed boost
Freeridecoding has updated SmartBackup (http://freeridecoding.com/smartbackup), a Mac OS X app for lightweight backups, to version 3.1. The upgrade boasts faster analyzing due to optimization of the sync engine.
There's also a new option to accelerate analyzing by only comparing the modification date . Additionally, SmartBackup 3.1 offers improved support for WebDAV and improved handling of locked files during archiving and purging.
SmartBackup performs backups to hard drives, network sharepoints, webDAV, USB sticks and iPods. It supports configuration via Spotlight "saved searches," archiving of deleted or changed items, file exclusion, handling of multiple backup sets, one-click restore and automation using iCal, Automator or shellscripts.
A home single license is priced at US$27. A Family Pack option (five installations) is available for $58, and business licenses start at $40. Site licenses and educational discounts are available. A demo is available for download.
TopXNotes for Mac OS X adds note syncing with iOS devices
Tropical Software (http://www.tropic4.com) has updated TopXNotes, the note organizer for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher, to version 1.6.1. It now has note synchronization with iOS devices including iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.
This new capability builds on TopXNotes 1.5 which modernized the User Interface including a new, taller, customizable toolbar with larger icons, a rewritten NoteOrganizer, two-finger scrolling, new icons, and several cosmetic improvements. Version 1.6.1 is a small update with minor feature additions, changes and fixes.
TopXNotes 1.6.1 is available for US$39.95 from the Tropical Software web site and many Mac resellers. TopXNotes 1.6 is a free update to customers who have already purchased version 1.5. Existing customers with a version previous to 1.5 can upgrade to version 1.6 for $19.95.
NEC introduces new desktop monitor series
MultiSync EA192M and 20-inch widescreen MultiSync E201W to the desktop product lineup.
Compared to previous generations of NEC’s desktop LCD monitors, the LED backlight technology in both the MultiSync EA192M and E201W allows less greenhouse gas emissions, and reduces power consumption and heat radiation, according to Lynn Gu, product manager for NEC Display Solutions. These new LED-backlit models also use more recycled plastics, less hazardous materials and are mercury-free, a significant advantage when compared to conventional CCFL-backlit LCD monitors, he adds.
The ambient light sensor, which automatically adjusts the brightness to the optimal setting depending on ambient lighting, screen content or both, has been added to the MultiSync EA192M and E201W to further minimize power consumption. DisplayPort connectivity is also implemented on both models, providing expanded connectivity, along with VGA and DVI-D.
The 20-inch widescreen MultiSync E201W is a new size available as part of...
Logitech introduces solar-powered keyboard
Logitech (http://www.logitech.com) has introduced the US$79.99 Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 , the company’s first light-powered keyboard. The Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard powers itself whenever there’s light, even indoors.
The Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard powers itself through its integrated solar panel, so no power bricks or charging cables are needed. The included solar power app (available for download beginning Nov. 15) features a lux meter to help you get the necessary light, lets you get at-a-glance information about battery levels, and even alerts you when you need more power.
Logitech’s first solar keyboard can be powered by indoor light and stays charged for at least three months in total darkness, according to Denis Pavillard, vice president of product marketing for Logitech’s keyboards and desktops. It's 1/3-inch thick and sports rounded edges and a thin profile.
The keyboard features Logitech Incurve keys. Using a concave design, Incurve keys support the...
Akvis Magnifier 4.0 introduces new image reducing algorithm
Akvis Software has released Akvis Magnifier 4.0 (http://Akvis.com/en/magnifier/index.php), an update of the tool for increasing image resolution for Mac OS X and Windows. Version 4.0 4.0 introduces an advanced algorithm for reducing images.
The new Sharpness parameter improves the clarity of images by increasing the color contrast of neighboring pixels. Now images can be reduced and placed in your online photo album without a loss in detail and with an improvement in quality. Also in Akvis Magnifier 4.0, the parameters for processing images are divided into two groups: those which reduce an image (a new parameter to control image clarity), and those which increase an image (all other parameters).
Featuring photo resizing algorithms, Akvis Magnifier enlarges digital pictures to "super-high resolution" for enlargements and poster-size prints. Version 2.0 also adds support of image editing in Lab mode and a Print dialog to the standalone edition that makes it possible to print large...
Waccy Accy is second app in PFiddle Collection
PFiddlesoft (http://pfiddlesoft.com/pfiddles/) has released Waccy Accy 1.0, the second application in the PFiddle Collection. It's an US$4.99 game based on Apple's Accessibility API (application programming interface). A 30-day demo is available for download.
To win Waccy Accy, you reveal your full user name by flipping the placards displaying placeholders so they show their hidden characters. You fill in the blanks by moving the mouse pointer over text elements on the screen containing the missing letters.
The more you play Waccy Accy, the more familiar you will become with where things are on your desktop. You play against the clock, and your best time is recorded for posterity.
Tuples is native PostgreSQL Client for the Mac
Lost Bytes has released a new version of Tuples (http://www.tuplesapp.com), a PostgreSQL native client for the Mac. The new release includes previously requested changes to the user interface along with bug fixes such as adding space to the Connection List, allowing each connection to take up as much space as necessary.
The Editor received a new component, the information box that sits beneath the database structure and displays information about the currently selected table or column. Tuples is a PostgreSQL client designed exclusively for the Mac. It was developed using Cocoa and Objective-C as opposed to non-native clients.
The Connection List allows the user to manage database connections and lists previously configured connections. It allows for the creation and edition of connections and double clicking on an existing connection will open an Editor window to the server defined by that connection.
The Editor is where the user will spend most of the time working. Its composed of...
GoGadget is new syncing solution for Mac OS X
Mark/Space has released GoGadget 1.0 for Mac OS X (http://www.markspace.com/gogadget/gogadget_media_sync.html), software designed to make it simple to sync almost any gadget to your computer. Using the USB cable that came with the devices, GoGadget 1.0 for Mac connects media players, phones, GPS navigators, digital picture frames, and other gadgets to your computer for easy syncing.
Through a simple user interface, you can select photos, music, documents, video, and ringtones from your Mac to sync with your gadget. Playlists you've created in iTunes and albums in iPhoto are transferred to your device with the click of a button. Whatever your gadget is able to play and display can be synced with your Mac.
A complete list of devices supported by GoGadget 1.0 for Mac can be found on the GoGadget product page on the Mark/Space web site. If your favorite gizmo isn't currently on the list, Mark/Space would like to hear about it for inclusion in the application. You can submit your device...
Stellar Partition Manager released for Mac OS X
Stellar Information Systems has launched Stellar Partition Manager 1.0, (http://www.stellarpartitionmanager.com), a disk utility product for Mac OS X 10.3.9. The software is designed to manage Mac partitions with the help of several features.
This Mac volume manager tool is capable of creating and deleting Mac partitions along with partition resizing without causing any data loss. Using this partition manager for Mac systems you can hide or reveal the selected Mac partitions so that untrusted users cannot access the confidential data, if any, on these Mac volumes.
You can just drag together the available free spaces, as shown in the software interface, to create a new new Mac partition. You can also: create new partitions by collating multiple free spaces; resize partitions without inflicting data loss; move the partitions without any data; and hide or reveal Mac partitions to secure the partitions from unwanted user access.
Apple countersues Motorola for patent infringement
Another day, another lawsuit. Apple has sued Motorola, alleging that the company's smartphone lineup and the operating software it uses infringe on the iPhone-maker's intellectual property, reports the "Wall Street Journal" (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405274870341450457558476171457361...).
The two lawsuits came after Motorola sued Apple in October for patent infringement. Motorola claims that Apple's iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and certain Mac computers infringe Motorola patents.
Overall, Motorola Mobility's three complaints include 18 patents, which the company says relates to early-stage innovations developed by Motorola in technology areas found on many of Apple's core products and associated services, including MobileMe and the Apple App Store. The Motorola patents include wireless communication technologies, such as WCDMA (3G), GPRS, 802.11 and antenna design, and key smartphone technologies including wireless email, proximity sensing, software application management,...
Apple releases iPhoto '11, version 9.0.1
Apple has released iPhoto '11, version 9.01. It addresses issues that, in extremely rare cases, could result in data loss when upgrading a library from an earlier version of iPhoto.
The upgrade is 35.4MB and requires Mac OS X 10.6.3 or later. You can obtain it via the Software Update component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.
Ingram pitching the iPad to businesses
Technology distributor Ingram Micro is seeing increasing interest in the iPad tablet as a business tool, opening up a larger potential market for the device, reports "Reuters" (http://www.reuters.com/article/idCNN2826968820101028?rpc=44).
Greg Spierkel, chief executive of Ingram Micro, said Apple has preferred to sell the iPad to retailers but that the company is increasingly letting his firm sell it to businesses. One significant use of tablets by businesses is by sales representatives in the field, he said.
Apple reported this month that it sold 4.19 million iPads in the quarter just ended, which was lower than expected due to supply and production bottlenecks. Spierkel said that in the business environment, Ingram Micro customers are continuing to refresh personal computers and related systems, leading to double digit growth there, according to "Reuters."
OmniVision to supply sensors for next gen iPad?
OmniVision will supply CMOS image sensors for a second-generation iPad that will launch in the calendar first quarter of 2011, according to a research note to clients from investment firm Detweiler Fenton, as noted by "Barron's" (http://blogs.barrons.com/techtraderdaily/2010/10/29/omnivision-reportedl...).
The research firm says the new iPad will ship with two cameras, a 5 MP camera and a VGA camera, and likely will support Apple’s FaceTime video chat software. Detweiler expects Apple to build 2.5 million units of the next iPad in the first quarter of 2011, providing an incremental five million units of demand from Apple for OVTI.
Silego announces GreenPAK Designer for the Mac
Silego Technology has released its new GreenPAK Designer for Mac software. This version was created to provide Mac users with a graphical schematic design tool for the GreenPAK device (a one-time programmable mixed-signal micro-FPGA).
The GreenPAK Designer for Mac software is extremely intuitive for circuit designers, due to the graphical interface and circuit design requiring no programming language or compiler, according to Aron Cooperman, product marketing manager at Silego. GreenPAK Designer works in conjunction with Silego’s GreenPAK Programmer (a USB-based programming stick) to give circuit designers the ability to create custom highly integrated circuit designs.
GreenPAK Designer for Mac is available for download free of charge at Silego’s web site (http://www.silego.com/). GreenPAK development kits are available from Silego directly for US$19.95. The kit includes the USB programmer, USB cable and 50 SLG46200V GreenPAK units, everything needed to start circuit design and...
OnOne announces new, updated products
OnOne Software (http://www.ononesoftware.com) made several announcements regarding its products. First up, the company announced Perfect Photo Suite 5.5 for Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Lightroom.
Tackling specific problems within a photographer's preferred workflow, the Perfect Photo Suite 5.5 offers solutions for color correction, image resizing, masking, professional photographic effects, and now layers for Photoshop Lightroom and Apple Aperture, in one package. With support for Photoshop CS5, CS4, CS3 and CS2, the Perfect Photo Suite 5.5 includes FocalPoint 2, PhotoTune 3, PhotoFrame 4.6, PhotoTools 2.6, MaskPro 4.1, Perfect Resize 7 and the new Perfect Layers.
With this new version of the Perfect Photo Suite 5.5, photographers now have more options for where they use many of the onOne products. Photographers will now have the ability to create layered files that are fully compatible with Photoshop for later editing from within Lightroom and Aperture with the new Perfect...
Apple joins top five global mobile phone vendors
The worldwide mobile phone market grew 14.6% in the third quarter of 2010 (3Q10), the fourth consecutive quarter of double-digit growth, driven in part by the fast-growing converged mobile device category. And Apple entered the top five vendors in the global market.
According to the International Data Corporation (http://www.idc.com) research group, vendors shipped 340.5 million units in 3Q10 compared to 297.1 million units in the third quarter of 2009. The growing popularity of converged mobile devices, or smartphones, with consumers and businesspersons is evidenced by the appearance of a second smartphone-only vendor in the top five ranking, says the research group.
Apple moved into the number 4 position worldwide in 3Q10, joining Research In Motion (RIM) as one of the world's largest mobile phone suppliers. RIM has spent three quarters on IDC's leaderboard. Apple and RIM also posted the highest-growth rates among the top five vendors last quarter.
"The entrance of Apple to the top...
InvisibleShield, ZAGGskins now available for new MacBook Air
ZAGG (http://www.ZAGG.com) is now selling their invisibleShield and ZAGGskins protection for Apple’s new Macbook Air. The new generation of Macbook Air comes in 11-inch and 13-inch models, and is built with flash storage.
The invisibleShield is ZAGG's patent-pending, military-grade, "virtually invisible" film, available in over 5,000 designs for the most popular electronics. The MacAir version costs US$54.95.
ZAGGskins are customized images and designs fused with the invisibleShield to provide personalized protection. Pricing for the invisibleSHIELD for the MacBook Air starts at $19.99.
Zevrix delivers Deliver 2.0
Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has delivered Deliver 2.0, an automatic solution to send and share files across the Internet and local networks.
Deliver lets users send files to remote and local destinations with automatic e-mail notifications, compression, encryption and other capabilities. It supports FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, Amazon S3, MobileMe, AFP, SMB and local servers, and lets users send files to multiple destinations at once.
Deliver is a new version of Zevrix File Courier, which was rebranded with the new name. The program is designed to help users of any trade, whether it's print, web design, advertising or digital photography.
Deliver 2.0 can be purchased from Zevrix for US$19.95; it's free with the purchase of BatchOutput for InDesign). A demo is available for download. The upgrade from File Courier 1.5 is free for licensed users. Deliver requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.
Info needed on plumbing software for the Mac
Our next Category Review will look at Mac software for plumbers. If you use or know of such goodies, drop me a line (email@example.com) no later than Wednesday, Nov. 2.
Category Reviews appear on Friday and round-up Mac solutions for specific industries and areas as dentistry, engineering, sales, etc. Also, if you have a particular migration topic you'd like us to cover, drop me a line, as well.
Apple updates Logic Pro, Logic Express, Mac Pro firmware
Apple has updated Logic Pro, Logic Express and its Mac Pro firmware.
Logic Express 9.1.3 (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1015) and Logic Pro 9.1.3 (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1014) offers improved compatibility with Hyper-Threading, improved compatibility with 6 and 12-core Mac Pro systems and offers support for iOS control surface apps that utilize the OSC protocol Both require Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher.
The Mac Pro EFI Firmware Update 1.5 (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1321) resolves an issue that prevented the firmware password prompt from being displayed and resolves an issue that prevented the Boot Picker from being presented if Ethernet is connected to a network without DHCP). It requires Mac OS X 10.6.4 or higher.
'Take Control of MobileMe' up to second edition
The new "Take Control of MobileMe, Second Edition"from Take Control Books is designed to help readers get set up with Apple's MobileMe online service, understand its features, and complete useful tasks from both a desktop computer and an iOS device.
Author Joe Kissell, explains how MobileMe subscribers can get the most out of the services and demystifies interactions between MobileMe and handheld devices such as the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, as well as between MobileMe and the Mac. The 140-page ebook costs $10 and is available now at http://www.takecontrolbooks.com/mobileme .
The ebook also has up-to-date details about fast-changing topics including MobileMe's email and calendaring services, and integration with both iLife '09 and the just-released iLife '11. It's 140 pages.
Time Sink is app/window time tracking utility for Mac OS X
Many Trick has released Time Sink for Mac OS X (http://manytricks.com/timesink), an utility for tracking time spent in applications and windows. Time Sink is designed to answer that age old question "Where does the time go?" by showing users exactly where they spend their time.
Once launched, Time Sink automatically records the time each open window (and application) has been in the foreground, along with the total amount of time it's been open. It saves this data on the fly, and creates reports showing just how a user is spending their Mac time.
Users can alsogroup related windows (and/or applications) into pools, which are then tracked in the same way. So a user working on a client project can see just how much time they've spent working for that client, just by looking at the pool. Pools can also use wildcard characters in window names, to automatically collect any similarly-named windows.
Reports can be viewed at any time onscreen, and exported either manually or automatically...
OWC releases Data Doubler line for Mac minis, iMacs
Other World Computing (http://www.macsales.com) has expanded its OWC Data Doubler optical bay drive mounting solution line with a custom fit model for Mac mini 2009 and iMac 2009-2010 models.
The OWC Data Doubler enables Mac users to replace their optical drive with a second hard drive or SSD for up to an additional 750GB of internal drive capacity, internal RAID, or other user customized internal data storage configurations. The US$79.99 OWC Data Doubler for 2009 Mac mini (user installable) and iMac 2009-2010 models (professional installation recommended) comes complete with all required hardware and is immediately available for the following Macs: Mac mini “Early 2009” and “Mid 2009” model; iMac 20-inch “Mid 2009” models; iMac 21.5-inch and 27-inch Late 2009” and “Mid 2010” models.
CDMA iPhone orders to reach 10 million units next year?
Pegatron Technology expects its Apple CDMA iPhone shipments to reach 10 million units in 2011 and the company has recently started to gear up and is installing new equipment as well as hiring about 10,000 new employees at its plant in Shanghai, China, reports "DigiTimes" (http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20101027PD216.html), quoting "sources from component makers."
Commenting on the news, Pegatron CEO Jason Chang declined to discuss its clients, but said the increase in employees is mainly to handle growing smartphone business and that he expects revenues in the first quarter of 2011 to see a strong increase, the article adds. In addition to the iPhone, Pegatron is also said to have been aggressively pursuing MacBook and iPad orders.
LaCie rolls out new storage solutions
LaCie (http://www.lacie.com) has released two new professional storage solutions -- the LaCie d2 USB 3.0 and LaCie 2big USB 3.0. Thanks to the inclusion of 3TB hard drives and the performance of USB 3.0, LaCie’s 2big USB 3.0, now available in 6TB, purportedly achieves a 20% speed boost by reaching 306MB/s.
LaCie says that's the fastest performance of any 2-bay RAID solution to-date. The d2 USB 3.0 also demonstrates a speed increase of 156MB/s with the inclusion of a 3TB hard drive. The LaCie 2big USB 3.0 6TB and LaCie d2 USB 3.0 3TB will be available worldwide, at the beginning of November. Pricing starts at US$349.
Serial port extension will 'kill' laptops in...
An Australian network engineer has designed and built a serial port extension for Apple handhelds, including the iPad, "that is set to spell the death of laptops in datacentres," according to "ZDNet Australia (http://www.builderau.com.au/news/soa/Aussie-makes-Apple-iMod-for-datacen...).
Designer and network engineer Chris Pollock, who will sell the devices for about US$50 through his site, IoNetworks, built the device after becoming frustrated at having to cart a bulky laptop into a datacenter in order to access serial ports on networking equipment, the article adds.
"For the last six years, I've been able to use SSH [Secure Shell] from my phone and so the idea of carrying a laptop into the datacentre has become less and less necessary," Pollock told "ZDNet Australia." "But we are carrying around a few kilos of laptop just to use the USB or serial converter to log into the consoles of routers and switches. I'm using Terminal and SSH on my phone already. The only thing that is stopping...
Apple increases employees, decreases amount of moolah spent on...
According to Apple's latest 10-K, which it filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday, it has increased its number of employees, expects its gross margins to fall, and is spending less (percentage-wise) on ads.
Apple has 46,600 full-time employees as of Sept. 25, up from 34,300 a year-ago and 32,000 in 2008. Most of that increase came in the retail segment, where Apple now has 26,500 employees, 10,000 more than in 2009.
Apple says in the 10-K that its gross margin will likely fall in coming quarters, as it sells a larger mix of products such as the iPad. Apple reported a gross margin of 39.4% in fiscal 2010, down from 40.1% in 2009.
When it comes to advertising, Apple actually spent less: $691 million in 2010. However, total revenues were over $65 billion, so Apple only spent about 1% of its revenue on advertising. Last year, that percentage was 1.37%. In 2001, it was 5%.
For 2010 overall, Apple poured $2.6 billion into capital expenses, including $404...
VUDU comes to Boxee and the Mac
VUDU’s on-demand movie service (http://www.vudu.com) will soon be available to Boxee (http://boxee.tv) users on Mac, Windows, and the Boxee Box by D-Link.
Boxee is VUDU’s very first Mac and Windows delivery platform, allowing users both new and old to access VUDU’s huge library of content from any computer. In turn, VUDU will be Boxee’s first premium pay-per-view movie service with access to new release movies as soon as they come out on DVD along with a huge catalogue of TV shows and films.
VUDU is offering every new user who signs up through Boxee a free movie so you can try out the service when it launches. Boxee’s free software will give viewers access to VUDU’s movie collection in standard definition.
Users who have the Boxee Box by D-Link will experience the VUDU’s full HD and HDX library delivered directly onto their televisions in 1080p with Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound. The Boxee Box is due to arrive Nov. 17. Manufacturer's suggested retail pricing for the US and...
Contort USB Hub manager available from Quirky
Contort -- a community-developed USB hub that manages your drives and cables while protecting them -- is available for US$34.99 from Quirky (http://www.quirky.com/products).
Contort is a four-port USB hub and cord manager with a 360-degree flexible rubber neck to protect all your USB devices from accidental damage. It has a built-in cord management wrap with four anchors to corral your cables.
Contort is the 59th product designed and developed by the Quirky community since Quirky’s launch on June 2, 2009. Quirky gives everyone the chance to get product ideas out of their heads and onto shelves. Each week, Quirky’s community collaborates to select and produce one new product idea.
MEI offers Adobe DPS training
Managing Editor (http://www.maned.com) -- an Adobe premier development partner and a provider of software solutions for the publishing industry -- is offering training and consulting services for publishers, advertisers and creative teams using Adobe’s new Digital Publishing Suite (DPS) to build specialized content for tablets such as the iPad.
MEI has been working with Adobe during the development of the DPS tools, which were made available on Adobe Labs this week. In conjunction with this beta release, MEI’s workflow, technology and design experts are ready to assist users of the suite, from template creation to app deployment.
Depending on a publisher’s specific tablet needs, MEI also offers the vjoon K4 Cross-Media Publishing Platform, which is fully compatible with Adobe’s DPS. K4 allows publishers to integrate Adobe InDesign and InCopy to create and manage content for print, online, mobile and, now, iPad and other emerging media.
Qoppa Software enhances Java PDF Libraries, Components
Qoppa Software (http://www.qoppa.com), a provider of PDF solutions, has released ew versions of its Java PDF Libraries and Components, adding PDF feature coverage along with improvements in memory management and performance.
There's now new Unicode support in jPDFProcess, jPDFAssemble, and jPDFNotes. These libraries now allow editing unicode text in annotations content and within document properties (author, subject, description). This will be of special interest to customers using non-latin characters such as Arabic, Asian (Chinese, Japanese and Korean), Greek, or Cyrillic characters.
There's new callout annotation in jPDFProcess, jPDFViewer, jPDFNotes. The callout tool combines a text box with a line and an arrow and is used to draw attention to text or objects in a PDF document.
Theres a new calibration tool in jPDFNotes. The measuring tool now also allows architects and engineers to set the scale directly on the drawing.
Enhanced digital signatures in jPDFProcess and jPDFSecure...
Strata releases Live 3D CX 2
Strata (http://www.strata.com) has released the Strata Live 3D CX 2 Suite of design tools for 3D on the web. It offers one-click publishing to the cloud and the ability to distribute, share and embed interactive 3D content anywhere on the web. Live 3D Version 2 becomes the first solution to make high-quality interactive 3D content as easy to publish and share as a YouTube video, according to Ken Bringhurst, president of Strata.
Live 3D is a cross platform Java based application for publishing interactive 3D content to the web and Adobe PDF, allowing viewers to experience products in a virtual 3D environment with the ability to rotate, zoom, measure, and interact with a model’s features and options. Its content requires no special plug-ins and is already viewable by the majority of people accessing the Internet, says Bringhurst.
Each license of Live 3D comes with a free subscription to StrataLive3D.com, a solution that allows rapid publishing and free hosting of interactive 3D content...
SoftStep is USB/MIDI foot controller
Keith McMillen Instruments (http://www.keithmcmilleninstruments.com) has released SoftStep (US$289.99), which it says is the first universal multi-touch USB/MIDI foot controller. It can be used with an effects racks or software programs.
SoftStep weighs in at just over a pound and fits into most laptop and guitar cases. Ten sensor keys support five degrees of motion such as up/down, left/right, inc/dec, pressure and rotary motions that can be preprogrammed to control effects, software, or multimedia.
SoftStep also has a four-direction navigation pedal, an alphanumeric LED display, and backlit keys. It connects to a computer through USB and contains Expansion and Expression ports. With the MIDI expansion module, SoftStep can be used with or without a computer (Mac or PC) to connect to external MIDI hardware.
Virtual Programming acquires Syncode
Virtual Programming has announced the purchase of Australian developer Syncode (http://syncode.com.au/), which is known for its Synotes, Syncopy, and iTweetReply utilities for Mac OS X and iOS.
Virtual Programming will immediately assume ongoing support for all three products, as well as development of a new product listed as "Coming soon" on Syncodes web site. Additional software development is currently being discussed.
Virtual Programming will retain use of the Syncode brand for current and future versions of Syncodes products. It will remain distinct from Virtual Programmings brand, which is associated with gaming entertainment for Mac OS X and iOS.
Synotes is an iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch app that's also available as a web application. It lets users create, view, edit, save, and delete notes that are synced between devices, as well as with the web version, via Syncode's server. Users can retrieve previously deleted Synotes, edit offline in the iOS versions, sort and filter...
Apple hosting 'secret' iOS developer meeting next week...
"Silicon Alley Insider" (http://www.businessinsider.com/apple-ios-developer-event-2010-10) says that Apple is hosting an event for iOS developers in California next week. Quoting "an industry source," the publication says it may be a more intimate version of the iPhone Tech Talks that Apple hosted around the world last year.
This year, app publishers may get some extra face time with Apple engineers, and perhaps some hands-on development help. The big idea, it seems, is an effort to improve the quality of iOS apps available in Apple's App Store, says "Silicon Alley Insider."
Apple, Gemalto working on 'special' SIM card?
Sources inside European carriers have reported that Apple has been working with SIM-card manufacturer Gemalto to create a special SIM card that would allow consumers in Europe to buy a phone via the web or at the Apple Store and get the phones working using the Apple App Store, reports "GigaOm" (http://gigaom.com/2010/10/27/is-apple-about-to-cut-out-the-carriers/).
It’s rumored that Apple and Gemalto have created a SIM card, which is typically a chip that carries subscriber identification information for the carriers, that will be integrated into the iPhone itself. Then customers will then be able to choose their carrier at time of purchase at the Apple web site or retail store, or buy the phone and get their handset up and running through a download at the Apple App Store as opposed to visiting a carrier store or calling the carrier, says "GigaOm."
Study: mobile operators can expand tablet market by 70%
The Strategy Analytics research group (http://www.strategyanalytics.com) predicts that greater use of operator retail stores and subsidies could grow volumes of tablet sales by over 70% in the US and Europe.
Companies across the value chain are developing strategies to participate in the hot new tablet market, driven by the success of the Apple iPad, the firm says. Mobile operators, such as AT&T and Verizon Wireless, have announced plans to sell the iPad directly in their retail stores. As device vendors ready new tablets, aiming to take market share from Apple, it is important to understand the role that operators and their subsidies can play in tablet market growth, says Chris Ambrosio, executive director of the Strategy Analytics Global Wireless Practice.
"Subsidies can be an important tool to promote tablet sales, but operators need to price data plans at levels that support profitability," adds Martin Bradley, co-author of the report.
Localized versions of Vectorworks 2011 line now available in...
Nemetschek Vectorwork (http://www.vectorworks.net/international) says a number of its European distributors have released localized versions of the 2011 award-winning Vectorworks line of design software, including: Vectorworks Designer, Architect, Landmark, Spotlight, Fundamentals and Renderworks.
Versions in each country’s native language are now available in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. The English-language version of the Vectorworks 2011 product line was released in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia, New Zealand, and other international markets on Sept. 14.
Pamplin executive MBA students adopt iPads
In Blacksburg, Virginia, Virginia Tech's Pamplin College of Business has a new class of executive MBA students who have adopted iPads in their learning program, reports "Virginia Tech News" (http://www.vtnews.vt.edu/articles/2010/10/102710-pamplin-ipads.html).
“Executive MBAs need to be up-to-date on technology. What better way than by using such innovative products as the iPad?” says the program’s executive director Charles Jacobina says.
He expects that the students will use the iPad primarily as an eReader, as a tool for team collaboration and communication, and as a notepad for taking notes in class when used with a stylus, notes "Virginia Tech News." In addition to the student users, five Pamplin faculty members are using the device in their teaching, as a replacement for or complement to traditional textbooks, business cases, and other reading materials, the article adds. The response from students and faculty so far has been very positive, Jacobina says.
Future Sonics announces Atrio special edition headphones
Future Sonics (http://www.FutureSonics.com) has announced the new Atrio Special Edition (ASE) professional earphones. They're equipped with Future Sonics’ proprietary studio-grade dynamic driver.
The multi-driver and cross-over free ASE’s provide remarkable full range audio for use on stage, in-studio, or with your personal MP3 and multimedia pads and players, says Futer Sonics co-founder Marty Garcia. The ASE’s are available for US$229.
The Power of 1, Future Sonics' proprietary dynamic drivers, produce frequencies below 150Hz more effectively than multiple driver designs, delivering audio the way your own ears would naturally hear, says Garcia. The ASE sports a lightweight design with multiple in-ear sleeves to create a custom fit and seal with natural noise-isolation characteristics, he says.
They're available in a special edition chocolate color. Each ASE comes stored in a case made with reclaimed-rubber taken from old inner tube truck tires.
Intego warns of new new Mac trojan horse
Intego (http://www.intego.com) says it has discovered a Mac version of the Koobface worm, which spreads via social networks such as Facebook, MySpace and Twitter. The company sys its Virus Monitoring Center has been examining this malware for some time, and given the low level of risk, has not publicly issued information about it.
However, since other reports have been made public about this malware, Intego has decided to publish this security memo. Reports have circulated discussing a Trojan horse, but without understanding either the scope or the functioning of this malware, according to Intego.
"This threat is a Mac OS X version of the Koobface worm, which is served as part of a multi-platform attack via a malicious Java applet," the company says. "The malware itself is made up of a number of elements, though in order to simplify, we will use the term 'Trojan horse' to describe it. (Technically, it propagates as a worm, is installed via a Trojan Horse, and installs a rootkit,...
'iPod: The Missing Manual' up to ninth edition
O'Reilly Media has released "iPod: The Missing Manual, Ninth Edition" (http://oreilly.com/catalog/0636920010142) by J. D. Biersdorfer. It's 304 pages and costs US$15.99 for the ebook edition and $19.99 for the print version.
The updated book covers the latest iPod touch, iPod shuffle and iPod nano, as well as the iPod classic. Biersdorfer is the author of "iPad: The Missing Manual," "iPod: The Missing Manual" and "The iPod Shuffle Fan Book," and is co-author of "The Internet: The Missing Manual" and the second edition of "Google: The Missing Manual." She has been writing the weekly computer Q&A column for the Circuits section of "The New York Times" since 1998.
Barclays reiterates 'overweight' rating on Apple
Barclays reiterated its "overweight" rating on Apple, saying that shares can benefit by strong iPad demand, a continued iPhone 4 ramp, significant international expansion & a pipeline of new innovations, reports the "International Business Times" (http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/75879/20101026/apple-iphone-iphone-4-mac...?).
"We believe the biggest news of the event was the launch of new MacBook Airs w/no HDD's & prices from $999- $1599 (prior models cost $1500-$1800) which should help stimulate Mac sales into the holidays," analyst Ben Reitzes told clients. "... We believe the new MacBook Airs will help Mac growth remain solid into calendar year-end."