Apple reports all-time record Mac, iPad sales
Apple has announced financial results for its fiscal 2011 fourth quarter that ended Sept. 24, 2011. The company posted quarterly revenue of US$28.27 billion and quarterly net profit of $6.62 billion, or $7.05 per diluted share.
These results compare to revenue of $20.34 billion and net quarterly profit of $4.31 billion, or $4.64 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 40.3% compared to 36.9% in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 63% of the quarter’s revenue.
Apple sold 17.07 million iPhones in the quarter, representing 21%% unit growth over the year-ago quarter. Apple sold 11.12 million iPads during the quarter, a 166% unit increase over the year-ago quarter. The company sold 4.89 million Macs during the quarter, a 26% unit increase over the year-ago quarter. Apple sold 6.62 million iPods, a 27% unit decline from the year-ago quarter.
"We are thrilled with the very strong finish of an outstanding fiscal 2011, growing annual revenue to $108...
Apple institutes reservation-only policy for the iPhone 4S
Apple has instituted a reservation-only policy for iPhone 4S retail sales. An online note (http://www.apple.com/iphone/how-to-buy/) by the company says:
"iPhone 4S is available in store by reservation only. Reserve yours after 9:00 p.m. tonight for pickup tomorrow. When you come in, you’ll choose a carrier and plan, and we’ll get your iPhone up and running before you leave the store."
ITC: Apple didn't violate HTC patents
The International Trade Commission says Apple didn't violate HTC Corp.'s patents for technology used in its mobile devices, a setback in the Taiwanese company's patent fight with the iPhone maker, reports "The Wall Street Journal" (http://macte.ch/Ci8HO).
However, analysts said coming rulings were likely more important in determining whether HTC could face an injunction against certain imports into the U.S. market, the article adds. The ITC issued its "initial determination" on Monday, saying that Apple's devices didn't violate four of HTC's patents relating to power-management methods and phone-number directories used in HTC mobile devices.
In 2011, Apple filed a complaint against HTC, alleging the company had infringed on its patents. In July, the ITC gave an initial determination that ruled in favor of Apple. If the judgement is made final, HTC could be banned from importing phones to the U.S.
iOS 5 powering 33% of all eligible iOS devices
Apple's iOS 5 is already powering 33% of all eligible iOS devices, though it's only been available for a week, according to new data from the Localytics research group (http://www.localytics.com).
If you remove the newly launched iPhone 4S (which ships with iOS 5), that number drops a tiny bit, but still remains at 31%. Looking at devices, the iPad 2 and iPhone 4are leading the charge, with 36% and 35% iOS 5, respectively. Original iPads clock in with 33% iOS 5 proliferation, followed by the iPhone 3GS (27%), the third generation iPod touch (23%), and the fourth generation iPod touch (17%).
In order to determine this, Localytics analyzed all iOS device usage from iOS 5’s Oct. 12 release date through Oct. 17. Localytics is a Boston-based software company offering an app analytics platform.
Apple to announce latest financial results today
Apple will announce the results of its fiscal 2011 fourth quarter today. At 2 pm (Pacific), the company will hold a conference call to discuss the results. Naturally, we'll be covering the conference call so come back at 2 pm Pacific for our reports.
Macrobatix opens retail Apple store in Atlanta
Macrobatix (http://macrobatix.com/), an Apple Specialist and Apple Authorized Service Provider, celebrated the grand opening of its retail store on Saturday, Oct. 15. Macrobatix is located at 9700 Medlock Bridge Road, Suite 114 Johns Creek, Ga.
Macrobatix has been providing services for Apple products and Mac users for the past six years. Due to their success, Apple encouraged Macrobatix to become an Apple specialist, giving the company the ability to sell and service Apple product, according to own Bob Wallis. To date, Macrobatix has served more than 500 clients in the Atlanta area, he adds.
Macrobatix differentiates itself from other local Apple stores with its expertise in utilizing Apple products in business environments, says Wallis. The retailer will not only sell products but also make office or home visits for installation and service.
Macrobatix will also offer training for businesses that want to benefit from using Apple products in a business environment. Weekly classes...
Graphic Node unveils new themes for Keynote
Graphic Node (http://www.graphicnode.com) has unveiled a new pack of themes for Keynote, Apple's presentation software.
The 20-piece Pine Themes package include up to 25 master slides -- a mix of bullet text and photo-oriented layouts. Users can type or paste in their own text, add and remove text boxes, change fonts, and drag their photos or pictures onto presentation slides to supplant the placeholders. The themes are available in the five standard slide sizes supported by Keynote.
Pine Themes costs US$18.99. The package requires iWork '08 or later.
Launch2net Premium adds support for additional modems
Nova media has updated launch2net Premium -- a Mac OS X app that allows for a quick mobile Internet connection -- to version 24. The upgrade supports additional modems from Huawei and ZTE.
Launch2net Premium supports most mobile network providers and 3G surfsticks around the globe. It comes with all relevant connection settings and device drivers.
The update to version 2.4 is a free update for current users of launch2net Premium. For new users the cost is US$49.90.
A demo version is available at the Nova Media web site (http://www.novamedia.de/index_e.html). Launch2net Premium requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.5.x or higher.
ePic updated for Mac OS X 10.7
Epicreal Team has announced ePic 1.3 for Mac OS X, an update to their app that lets users view their photos in various modes. The new version has been revved for Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion").
In Flat Surface mode, the user's images appear printed on photo stock. In a 3D animation, the snapshots waft down from above on to a flat surface. To make way for more photos, they can be blown away, or they can slide off to the left as more pictures fall. In Slideshow mode, the app uses the power of the 3D graphics card for creative transitions.
ePic requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later. It's available for a limited time at US$4.99 -- 50% off the regular price.It may be purchased through the Mac App Store in the Entertainment category or directly from the ePic website (http://www.epicreal.com/mac/epicapp.htm).
EazyDraw ready for Lion
Dekorra has updated EazyDraw (http://www.eazydraw.com), its vector drawing app for Mac OS X, to version 4.1.1. The upgrade is compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion").
EazyDraw 4.1.1 also sports an update to the EazyDraw Additions Pack. This option now includes over 20 new video tutorials covering a range of basic and advanced topics. However, note that this version doesn't include direct support for iCloud, though Dekorra indicates that iCloud support will be available via public beta soon.
EazyDraw 4.1.1 supports English, French, German, Japanese and Spanish. It costs US$139 for a CD version with a manual, $119 for a CD-only version and $95 for a downloadable version.
Folx 2.0 for Mac OS X gets iTunes integration, more
Eltima Software has updated Folx (http://mac.eltima.com/download-manager.html), its download manager for Mac OS X, to version 2.0. The upgrade includes innovations in torrent client as well as in Internet download manager functionality, iTunes integration, smart groups, auto-resuming, file prioritization and more.
Folx can download not only common files, but also torrent content. One of the main features of the software is its files management system. Thanks to the new iTunes integration, downloaded music and videos can automatically go to iTunes playlists with the names after the tags assigned to those downloads.
Also Folx 2.0 allows downloading files attached to your RSS feeds. Just add the RSS feed to the app, and you'll be able to either manually choose the files for download or Folx can download certain attachments automatically according to the parameters you specify. You can, of course, schedule your RSS downloads.
Files management system of Folx was renovated too. Now it also...
Comm-Unity updates FTPit pro plug-in to version 2.0.8
Comm-Unity Networking Systems has announced an update to the FTPit Pro plug-in. This release fixes some bugs and brings in some important core updates from other CNS Plug-ins.
FTPit Pro is a FileMaker Pro 7+ plug-in that uses FTP to transfer files to and from your computer. It's compatible with Mac OS X 10.4 and higher and Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7. You can use it to upload static web pages to a website, download database upgrades from a centralized server, or write a complete FTP client within FileMaker Pro itself.
FTPit Pro is available immediately at http://ftpitpro.cnsplug-ins.com/ ; a demo is available to test drive before purchasing. A single-user license for the client version of FTPit Pro is US$65. To use the Server Edition of FTPit Pro, you will need to purchase at least a 10-User License for $319.
If you own an existing license of Classic FTPit, you can upgrade to version 2.0.8 for free or for 50% to 25% off depending on the original purchase date of your Classic...
iPhone 4S could be best-selling gadget ever
The iPhone 4S sold over four million units over the weekend. The strong early sales gives the iPhone 4S a strong shot of taking over the Guinness World Record for fastest-selling consumer gadget ever, notes the "Atlantic Wire" (http://macte.ch/bcPgd).
That title currently belongs to the Kinect, Microsoft's motion sensor for the Xbox. It sold 10 million units in about four months after it was launched last November, beating out Apple's iPad for the sales record crown.
iPhone 4S sales top four million over the weekend
Apple says it has sold over four million of its new iPhone 4S, just three days after its launch on Oct. 14. In addition, more than 25 million customers are already using iOS 5 in the first five days of its release, and more than 20 million customers have signed up for iCloud, a set of free cloud services that automatically and wirelessly store your content in iCloud and push it to all your devices.
The iPhone 4S is available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the UK. It will be available in 22 more countries on October 28 and more than 70 countries by the end of the year.
"The iPhone 4S is off to a great start with more than four million sold in its first weekend -- the most ever for a phone and more than double the iPhone 4 launch during its first three days," says Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. "iPhone 4S is a hit with customers around the world, and together with iOS 5 and iCloud, is the best iPhone ever."...
Silicon Valley elite gathered for Jobs' memorial
Hundreds of Silicon Valley's elite, most dressed in black, gathered at Stanford's Memorial Church Sunday evening for a private memorial for Steve Jobs, reports "The Telegraph" (http://macte.ch/3kWrP).
Security was tight around the memorial, with reporters being kept away from the church. The event was shrouded in secrecy, with passersby being told the area would be closed for six to eight hours for the event, notes "The Telegraph."
"The New York Times" (http://macte.ch/3ARM3) says that the mourners included Bill Clinton; Larry Ellison, Oracle’s chief executive; Bill Gates, Microsoft’s co-founder; Michael Dell, Dell’s chief executive; Bono, the U2 lead singer, folk singer Joan Baez; and John Lasseter, who worked with Mr. Jobs at Pixar, the animation studio that Jobs developed and later sold to Walt Disney.
Apple places third in Computer Reliability Report
The results for RESCUECOM's Computer Reliability Report for the second quarter of 2011 again place Lenovo in the top spot for two quarters in a row. Hard as it is to believe, Apple came in third place, even though it tops most other reports regarding computer reliability.
The Computer Reliability Report gives a summary of the most reliable personal computer manufacturers. The top five brands with the best overall reliability in Q2 2011 are: IBM/Lenovo (234); Toshiba (202); Apple (124); HP/Compaq (120); and Asus/Sony tie (73).
RESCUECOM's stats say Apple has 10.7% of the US computer market and 3.5% of the company's service calls. RESCUECOM provides homes and businesses with 24/7 computer repair and support. RESCUECOM meets every tech support need, including data recovery, virus removal, wired and wireless networking, and support for all brands of hardware and software.
Several significant changes occurred during the second quarter, according to David Milman, CEO of RESCUECOM. Asus...
Samsung sues to stop sales of the iPhone 4S
And the battle rages on: Samsung has sued Apple in Japan and Australia to stop sales of the iPhone 4S, reports "Bloomberg Businessweek" (http://macte.ch/Xu2AX).
Samsung also sought injunctions against the sale of the iPad 2 and the previous generation iPhone 4 in Japan, the company said in a statement. Samsung claimed Apple’s products infringe its patents covering wireless communications and user-interface technologies.
Last week Samsung said it would file motions with courts in Paris and Milan seeking an iPhone 4S ban. Each motion cites two patent infringements on wireless telecommunications technology.
Samsung is claiming the iPhone and iPad that use 3G technology infringe Samsung patents. Meanwhile, Apple in September said in a Hague court hearing that Samsung is holding them "hostage" by asking for 2.4% on each 3G chip used in the iPad and iPhone. Samsung is deliberately misusing both the royalty rate and the responsibility for its payment to try and oppose its lawsuit, says Apple...
University's iPad app puts interactive viewbook in students...
Mailboxes overflowing with glossy collegiate viewbooks may become a thing of the past, replaced by interactive technology. Aimed at the new generation of digital natives, a new iPad application for the University of Dayton introduces prospective students to campus life through the interactive viewbook.
The viewbook offers fast-moving video, graphics and opportunities to videoconference with admission counselors. The free viewbook app has been downloaded in more than 20 countries, according to Sundar Kumarasamy, vice president for enrollment management. And he says the iPad viewbook is spot-on in sending a powerful message about the University of Dayton.
"We want people to look at us as a cutting-edge, innovative school. Everything we want people to associate with a University of Dayton education is evident through this application," Kumarasamy says.
He believes it's the first time any university has adapted its viewbook for iPad technology. Adobe Digital Publishing is featuring it as...
Analyst ups Mac, iPhone sales estimates
In a note to clients -- Citigroup analyst Richard Gardner -- has raised his estimates for Apple's fiscal quarter four results.
He's upped his fiscal Q4 Mac estimate to 4.4 million units from 4.2 million due to strong demand for the refreshed MacBook Air. Gardner is predicting 28 million iPhones to be sold, compared to 22 million in the year-ago quarter.
Catcher shutdown could affect MacBook Air shipments
The partial closure of Catcher Technology Company's plant in eastern China may affect shipment of the MacBook Air and some smartphones, reports "The Wall Street Journal" (http://macte.ch/i9UC4).
The report cites Catcher President Allen Horng. He said he didn’t know when the plant, which closed because of reports of a strange odor, would reopen. Catcher Technology makes high-end metal casings for laptops and smartphones
Scoregasm blasts onto Mac OS X
Charlie's Games has introduced Scoregasm 1.0, its latest game for Mac OS X. It requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher, costs approximately US$10 and is available in the Mac App Store under the Games category.
Here's how the game is described: "Scoregasm is an incredible, variety rich shooter with a non-linear, branching paths style galaxy to explore. Blast your way through the galaxy's many varied levels. Use your skills to change your route, find new levels, new enemies, unlock bonus challenge stages and fight the bosses to discover multiple endings. It features 43 varied levels to find with 43 challenge levels to unlock, one for each main stage."
XEmoji offers access to all 467 Lion Emoji icons
XCool App has introduces XEmoji for Mac 1.0 for Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion"). Once installed, it runs in your system's menu bar, providing access to all 467 emoji icons.
You can click on any emoji icon to have it copied to the clipboard. If you're working in an app, XEmoji pastes the copied emoji icon automatically. You can even choose to drag and drop any icons onto your favorite app.
XEmoji for Mac 1.0 is available at US $0.99. It's available worldwide exclusively through Apple's Mac App Store in the Utilities category.
TS Calc ready for Lion
Tension Software (http://www.pomola.com) has updated TS Calc, a Mac OS X application offering a platform to solve mathematical models applied to technical problems of various type, to version 1.2. The upgrade is ready for Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion") and fixes some bugs.
TS Calc is a document based application and its documents can be realized and used as calculation models for a specific mathematical technical problems. These documents can also be distributed as pre-made solutions for various type of technical problems with all the requested equations inside and all the variables pre-inserted with acceptable range already set.
A TS Calc document contains a series of equations and a list of variables and constants used by the equations. The user can insert different input and see the output generated by the TS Calc document using the equations solving the problem.
TS Calc includes a calculation engine entirely developed and coded internally by Tension Software in C and Objective-C. It's...
Dolly Drive follows iCloud release with its own upgrades
Dolly Drive (http://www.dollydrive.com), which offers online backup for Apple's Time Machine, has followed the launch of iCloud with the release of its version 1.4 with optimization for Mac OS X 10.7.2.
The upgrade includes the ability to backup File Vault enabled hard drives on Lion and an integrated scheduler for Dolly Clone, the local bootable disaster recovery solution. The all-in-one online backup and disaster recovery solution also provides full cloud backup to iCloud enabled Mac laptops and desktops.
Dolly Drive is a subscription software and online storage service designed for Apple's Time Machine. In addition to providing Mac users offsite cloud storage directly through the Time Machine application, the application allows users to create a bootable clone of their Mac on an external hard drive for local disaster recovery. It works with Apple's Lion and Snow Leopard platforms.
PUB2ID Plug-in updated to version 5.5
Markzware (http://www.markzware.com) has released PUB2ID 5.5, an update to its CS5 plugin for both Mac OS X and Windows. The upgrade offers the added ability to import Microsoft Publisher files from version 2002 up through 2010.
PUB2ID allows graphic designers to convert Microsoft Publisher files within Adobe InDesign CS5.5. It provides a method for you to migrate Microsoft Publisher content to Adobe InDesign as new InDesign documents.
The PUB2ID 5.5 plugin software upgrade for InDesign CS5.5 to enable Publisher to InDesign conversion is available immediately at Markzware. Find out if you qualify for a free PUB2ID upgrade to convert Publisher to InDesign. More info can be found at http://markzware.com/products/pub2id/ .
US judge says Samung tablets infringe Apple patents
A US judge has ruled that Samsung's tablets infringe patents owned by Apple, according to the "BBC" (http://macte.ch/WeGRO). California District Judge Lucy Koh ruled that while patents have been infringed, Apple must now show that its claim on those inventions is valid.
However, she warned that Apple needs to prove the validity of those patents if it is to win an injunction preventing the sale of Samsung's Galaxy Tab, the article adds. This is the latest development in the legal brouhaha that spans 20 cases in 10 countries.
Apple claims that the Galaxy range "slavishly" copies its massively-selling iPad and iPhone. Samsung says Apple's claims are invalid due to previously registered patents relating to design elements and functionality.
Apple may sell four million iPhone 4S units this weekend
Apple may sell as many as four million units of its new iPhone 4S this weekend, reports "Bloomberg Businessweek" (http://macte.ch/xbvkR). The latest version of the company's smartphone goes on sale today.
The device -- available in the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the U.K. -- is projected to outperform last year's introduction of the iPhone 4, which topped 1.7 million units in its introductory weekend, the article adds. For the iPhone 4S, most estimates range from 2-3 million, with Yankee Group analyst Carl Howe predicting sales of as much as four million.
'iFixIt' opens up the iPhone 4S
The iFixit team has dismantled the iPhone 4S. You can find the complete teardown at http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/iPhone-4S-Teardown/6610/1 , but following are some of iFixit's highlights:
"Opening the 4S was no more (nor less) challenging than the iPhone 4. We're always pleased to find a limited amount of adhesive in our patients, and easily removable rear panels are always a plus. However, the same pesky proprietary screws are present, and it's never a joy to encounter fused (read: expensive to replace) displays. All things considered, the new iPhone isn't any easier or harder to repair than last year's model, so it gets the same 6 out of 10 repair score as the previous-gen iPhone 4.
"Pentalobe screws, again? We were hoping there would be something new to keep us out this year, but it seems that our familiar five-sided friends have not moved far from their home at the bottom of the iPhone 4S. A couple quick turns with our 5-Point Pentalobe screwdriver and out they come!
40% of tablet, smartphone owners use them while watching TV
American consumers are increasingly connected and our recent survey shows they are increasingly multitasking when it comes to multimedia. Roughly 40% of tablet and smartphone owners in the U.S. used their devices daily while watching TV, while only 14 % of eReader owners said they watched TV while using their device every day, according to a new study by the Nielsen research group (http://www.nielsen.com)
And what are smartphone and tablet owners doing while watching TV? Checking email. Email was the top activity for both men and women during television programming and commercial breaks. In addition, women reported engaging in social networking more than men, while men checked sports scores more often.
Advertisers should take note that while viewers may be splitting attention between two (or three) screens, 19% of smartphone and tablet owners searched for product information and 13% searched for coupons or deals while the television was on.
Amerzon available at Macgamestore
Anuman Interactive's Amerzon is now available at the Macgamestore (http://www.macgamestore.com). It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and costs US$9.95.
Here's how the game is described: "Before dying, the explorer Emile Valembois tells you about the most amazing expedition of his career. This expedition was dedicated to the crazy "white bird" mystery. He confides to the young journalist that you are, the odd mission of returning to Amerzone in order to bring back an egg that was robbed 50 years earlier…
Legend has it that strange white birds are born and die in mid-flight, without ever landing. To bring this species back to life, you'll travel through enchanting landscapes, from Brittany to tropical forest. You'll have to solve the mystery of these famous white birds. You are suddenly transformed from journalist to explorer setting out for the Amerzone, chasing down any clues that Alexandre Valembois left you in his lighthouse."
Akvis MakeUp gets new effects
Akvis has released Akvis MakeUp 2.0 for Mac OS X and Windows. The upgrade introduces the Glamour Glow and Vignette effects.
Akvis MakeUp automatically smoothes small defects on the skin. The software is designed for processing marriage photographs, graduation party photos, or even to add the special touch to your avatar for social networks.
The program is available in plug-in and standalone versions. It sells for US$39 for the Home version (either plug-in or standalone), $49 for the Home Deluxe (plug-in or standalone), $72 for Business (plug-in or standalone, for commercial use). On the Mac, MakeUp requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher.
Magnet case released for the iPhone 4S
AGF (http://www.agfindings.com) has introduced the US$35 Magnate case for the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. It's a leather-inlayed rubber case.
According to Adam Stubin, vice president of Business Development, AGF, the Magnate is created with durable, yet flexible rubber like (TPU-Thermoplastic Polyutherane) materials to ensure maximum pocket-ability, while also protecting against every day drops. The back of the case is inlayed with genuine leather highlighted with contrasting stitching.
The sides of the case are crafted with a rib design to provide added grip, making the Magnate a supreme carrying solution. The interior features a textured pattern, and the exterior is crafted with inlaid leather.
Dragons Rage App roars onto the Mac
Dragons Rage is now available for Mac OS 10.6.6 and higher. It's available for US$0.99 in the Mac App Store in the Games category.
Here's how the game is described: "Dragons Rage is an addictive, medieval, action arcade game where users take the place of an angry dragon. They must fight to defend themselves against an onslaught of enemies like knights with swords, archers and pike men. With iPhone, iPad and iPod touch versions already seeing success in the app store, the new Mac version is in good company. Simple controls and bright, fun graphics make this game a blast on the big screen!
"Using the power of fire, the dragon must move quickly to defeat enemies as they attack from all sides. Users will fight their way through villages, towns and mountains to reach the castle and their final challenge. Dragons Rage offers bright, graphic visuals that enhance the imagination and in turn, allow the user to get lost in fast-paced game play. The simple controls and catchy music make this...
CS Odessa releases new presentation solution for ConceptDraw
CS Odessa (http://www.conceptdraw.com) has released a new solution in the ConceptDraw Solution Park for individuals whose work revolves around presentations.
The ConceptDraw Presentation Exchange Solution can purportedly import a PowerPoint presentation in an instant. You can view the entire presentation's content from a single view point. You can drill down to any level and reorganize content so that it best suits you.
Extracted presentation content is displayed graphically. Notes that were in the PowerPoint presentation are included in the note area of each topic. With the data extracted at this level, you can add to the information to make it more meaningful for you and your organization. You can hyperlink a particular topic to a web site or a selected document to add additional detail, or insert additional topics that clarify and expand upon the information contained in the presentation. You can even embed documents into your ConceptDraw MindMap to add more content.
Also with the...
Seido launches Charging Vault
Seidio (http://www.seidioonline.com/) has launched the US$49.95 Charging Vault, the newest addition to their line of power solutions. It functions both as a wall charger and portable external power source.
Seidio’s device features an internal battery of 2200mAh and has two USB ports, allowing users to charge multiple devices and the Charging Vault simultaneously when connected to a wall outlet. LED lights indicate the Charging Vault’s power level, and an automatic shut-off feature prevents overcharging.
The Charging Vault is accompanied by a dual-head retractable sync and charge cable. The cable is compatible with both Micro-USB and Apple devices, including the new iPhone 4S. “
BusyCal and BusyToDo updates available for iCloud
Apple has launched iCloud, its new cloud-syncing service that replaces MobileMe. iCloud is free for all iOS 5 and OS X Lion users. Updates are now available for BusyCal and BusyToDo that support iCloud.
BusyCal 1.6 is a free update that supports iCloud and adds the ability sync repeating To Dos and Location alarms with the iOS 5 Reminders app. BusyToDo 1.6 is a free update that supports iCloud and the new Location alarms in iOS 5. It is available now for all iOS 5 users on the Apple App Store. You must upgrade to iOS 5 before you can install BusyToDo 1.6.
Before upgrading to iCloud, please read the following: "Upgrading BusyCal to iCloud" (http://www.busymac.com/faq/caldav-upgrade.html) and "Upgrading BusySync to iCloud" (http://www.busymac.com/faq/caldav-busysync.html).
EarthDesk for Mac OS X rotates to version 5.8
Xeric Design has released version 5.8 of EarthDesk (http://www.xericdesign.com/earthdesk.php), the real-time dynamic desktop map for Mac OS X. The new version adds support for high-resolution cloud data.
EarthDesk replaces your static desktop with a photo-realistic image of the Earth showing current sun, moon and city illumination as well as real-time global cloud coverage (hurricanes, storms, and worldwide weather systems) on your desktop. It operates silently in the background, keeping your desktop updated while you work. Unlike a screen saver, which only appears when your system is idle, EarthDesk's dynamic desktop is continuously displayed as your desktop background (and optionally as a screen saver).
EarthDesk requires Mac OS X 10.5 or newer. Single user copies may be purchased for US$24.95. Upgrades are available for $12.95 for licensed users of version 4 and $17.95 for licensed users of versions 1, 2 and 3. Cloud access is available starting at $9.95 for a single user. A bundle...
Cookie Stumbler for Mac OS X baked to version 1.3.1
WriteIt! Studios has updated Cookie Stumbler (http://www.writeitstudios.com), an application to keep your Mac's privacy safe, to version 1.3.1. The upgrade Cookie Vault keeps all data that you want to retain, such as log-in data, safe.
Cookie Stumbler includes tools to detect ad/tracking cookies. It features schedules, on-click filter and automator actions to make the process customizable. The app requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.
With Cookie Stumbler you can scan and track cookies, then remove them with a single click. It supports Google Chrome, Firefox, OmniWeb, Chromium, Safari and Flash cookies,
Cookie Stumbler comes with a one-year subscription to WriteIt's update service, which includes software and definition updates. Subscription extensions are available for $10 for one year and $17 for two years for both, single and family licenses. WriteIt! Studios is offering the product at prices starting from $18.95 for a single user license (it's normally $24.95) for a limited time.
iWeb Themes Park introduces new iWeb themes
iWeb Themes Park (http://www.iwebthemespark.com) has introduced five new themes for iWeb, Apple's web design application. They're made from separate elements so can be modified.
The new themes are Deal, Memories, Purchase, Stamp and Steel. They require iLife '08 or later.
The iWeb Themes Box of 145 themes is priced at US$29.99. Each template is available for $11.99 or $12.99. Four iWeb Themes are free for everyone.
Silverstack LT H.264 offers XML interchange with Final Cut Pro X
Pomfort has released an update to Silverstack LT H.264 that includes support for the new XML interchange of Final Cut Pro X.
With Silverstack LT H.264 Pomfort offers a workflow solution integrating Apple's recently introduced XML support for Final Cut Pro X. Additionally, a Final Cut Pro plugin DSLR Log2video is published for Canon DSLR fimmakers using Technicolor's CineStyle format. In Final Cut Pro X the plug-in now can be applied automatically to all clips without transcoding.
For checking the quality of film clips, Silverstack LT H.264 comes with pixel accurate zoom, as well as channel, focus and clipping inspectors. Comments, annotations and ratings can be added directly to film clips. All information is saved within the library and travels with clips when they are transferred to editorial programs like Final Cut Pro 7, Final Cut Pro X and Avid Media Composer.
Silverstack LT H.264 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It costs US$129 and is available at the Pomfort website (http://...
Flexiglass for Mac OS X updated to version 1.5
Nulana has updated Flexiglass (http://nulana.com/flexiglass), an application for management of Mac OS X windows, to version 1.5. The upgrade improves the multi-touch features and fixes some bugs.
With Flexiglass, windows can be moved, resized, maximized and closed with a mouse, trackpad multi-touch gestures, and keyboard shortcuts. Application settings can be modified to move and resize, real zoom and quick layouts to suit user needs and preferences.
Flexiglass supports English, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish. A demo is available for download. Flexiglass requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.5 or higher and costs US$7.99.
A look at who plans to buy the iPhone 4S
A new study by the Retrevo research group (http://www.retrevo.com) shows that 12% of Android owners and 24% BlackBerry owners are planning to buy an iPhone 4S when it goes on sale tomorrow.
Forty-four percent of iPhone 3 or 3GS owners and 42% of iPhone owners plan to upgrade. Initial orders appear to be greatly outpacing iPhone 4 pre-orders, and 53% of potential buyers in this study don’t think it will be difficult to get however, with 18% saying they plan to camp out or wait in a long line to get one you could see some anxious buyers waiting outside the stores for their turn to buy one, says Retrevo.
"Although some expressed disappointment in the lack of 'iPhone 5' features it appears that interest is high and demand will be strong for iPhone 4S especially among current iPhone owners," says the research group. "It also doesn’t appear likely that you’ll see many customers camping out in front of Apple stores around the country like we have for products in the past."
Many Apple employees getting Thanksgiving week off
According to "MacGeneration" (http://www.macgeneration.com/), Apple CEO Tim Cook is giving most Apple employees the whole week of Thanksgiving off. The publication says the following email was sent to Apple employees:
"I consider it an honor to come to work every day alongside the most innovative and most dedicated people on earth. This is an extraordinary time to be at Apple, and it's all made possible by your incredible efforts.
"We've had a record-setting year so far and we're heading into the holidays with the strongest product lineup in our history. Customers are absolutely in love with the iPad 2, and the amazing new iPhone 4S is off to the best start of any iPhone we've ever made. The Mac is soaring to new heights with OS X Lion, and on the eve of its 10th birthday, the iPod is still the world's most popular music player.
"In recognition of the hard work you've put in this year, we're going to take some extra time off for Thanksgiving. We will shut down with pay on...
Apple, Hollywood talking about movies on iOS devices
Apple is negotiating with Hollywood studios for deals that would let people who buy movies from the iTunes Store watch streaming versions of those movies on Apple devices such as iPads or iPhones without manually transferring them, reports "The Wall Street Journal" (http://macte.ch/k3fYa), quoting unnamed "people familiar with the matter."
The service is expected to launch in late 2011 or early 2012. The report doesn't mention Apple's iCloud specifically, the publication said that Apple plans to "put movies in the cloud" to make it easier to share content across the many devices. Since iCloud launched yesterday, it seems likely that this could be the foundation for such a movie service.
Also, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster told clients earlier this year that: "Apple's iCloud service for media storage makes it simpler to own multiple Apple devices and share content among them. At first the only media iCloud will store is music and pictures, but we believe Apple may add movies and...
Valve software chief: Apple will own the living room
At this week's WTIA TechNW conference in Washington, DC, Valve Software chief Gabe Newell reckons Apple will soon become a major player in the console biz by launching a product that will own the living room, reports "Reg Hardware" (http://macte.ch/nROXQ).
The head of the company games such as Half Life and Counter-Strike, as well as the digital distribution network Steam, was discussing whether the console business has run its course, the article adds. "I suspect Apple will launch a living room product that redefines people's expectations really strongly, and the notion of a separate console platform will disappear," Newell said.
Apple Australia wins bit to block Samsung tablet
An Apple patent co-created by the late Steve Jobs helped Apple score a major legal win in Australia that lends momentum to its patent enforcement efforts against Samsung at a critical juncture, reports "FOSS Patents" (http://macte.ch/ELESe).
The Federal Court of Australia ordered an interim injunction against Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 over strong suspicions of the infringement of two technical invention patents. According to "The Sydney Morning Herald" (http://macte.ch/0TkO9), Justice Annabelle Bennett says Apple had a prima facie case that Samsung had infringed two of its patents relating to touch screens and the gestures that control them.
Earlier this month, Samsung told the court it would scrap the release of the Galaxy 10.1 if the injunction were granted because missing the Christmas season would make the new tablet "dead" by the time it reached market. However, Bennett said she had to weigh this consideration against the loss and injury that could be caused to Apple should...
Apple updates iPhone Config Utility, Server Admin Tools
Apple has updated the iPhone Configuration Utility and Server Admin Tools.
iPhone Configuration Utility lets you create configuration profiles that define how iOS devices work with your enterprise systems. Version 3.4 for Mac and Windows has been tweaked for iOS 5.
Server Admin Tools 10.7.2 is designed to work with Mac OS X Lion 10.7.2. The update for the Lion Server administration management application suite includes updates for Server Admin, Server Monitor, and more.
Apple now ranks third among US computer vendors
Stand back -- who knows how big this thing is going to get? The Mac's market share keeps on rising, according to reports from two different research group.
Apple experienced the strongest growth among the top five vendors in the U.S. PC market, according to the Gartner research group (http://www.gartner.com). Mac shipments increased 21.5% in the third quarter of 2011. The robust growth of the MacBook Air continued to lead Apple's overall growth in the U.S. market, says Gartner.
Per the research group, Apple is now the third largest computer vendor in the US with 12.9% market share based on sales of 2.3 million Macs in the third fiscal quarter of 2011. That compares to approximately 10.8% market share on approximately 1.9 million sales in the year-ago quarter.
Ahead of Apple in the US rankings are HP (5.2 million sales, 28.9% market share) and Dell (3.8 million sales, 21.9% market share). Trailing Apple in the top five are Toshiba (1.5 million sales, 8.4% market share) and Acer (1.4...
Bose releases new on-ear headphones
Bose (http://www.Bose.com) has introduced its next-generation of on-ear headphones: the OE2 and OE2i audio headphones. They cost US$149.95 and $179.95, respectively.
The OE2i headphones come with an inline remote and microphone that lets owners interact with select Apple products, including the latest iPhone, iPod, iPad, MacBook, and MacBook Pro models. Users can control volume, tracks, and voice applications -- and switch between music and calls on an iPhone.
The OE2 headphones come with a standard audio cable. In every other way, the OE2i and OE2 headphones are identical. They feature an enhanced proprietary TriPort acoustic headphone structure. With redesigned and newly tuned earcup ports, audio reproduction is more balanced and natural, according to the folks at Bose.
The OE2 and OE2i headphones also feature a new design that’s smaller and lighter, with a slimmer profile. The headphone’s ear cushions, made from memory foam, are designed to conform to the user and combine with a...
Sight Sound Technologies, whose parent company is General...
Another day, another lawsuit. Sight Sound Technologies (http://www.sightsound.com) whose parent company is General Electric, is suing Apple for patent infringement, reports "Patently Apple."
The company claims Apple is infringing on their patents for system and methods for transmitting desired digital video or digital audio signals. Read more at http://macte.ch/YMbHI .