Shrine of Apple offers photos, video of all Apple products
A new website, Shrine of Apple (http://www.ShrineofApple.com) offers photos and videos of every Apple product ever made. Or at least it will soon.
The site's mission is to showcase the entire spectrum of products that Apple has sold to the public since 1976. Shrine of Apple is launching with a small sample but purportedly has hundreds more queued up to trickle out every
Shrine Of Apple is the creation of Jonathan Zufi, an expert in the field of mobility and wireless devices by day and aivid Apple collector by night. He grew up learning to code on an Apple II and, after coming across an old Apple II software title in 2009, began his mission to catalog everything ever made by Apple and provide a destination where anyone in the world can explore the diverse history of the Apple product line since 1976.
US government moves to block AT&T's acquisition of T-...
The U.S. government has sued to block AT&T'’s proposed US$39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA, saying the deal would “substantially lessen competition” in the wireless market, reports "Bloomberg."
In the complaint filed today in federal court in Washington, the U.S. is seeking a declaration that Dallas-based AT&T’s takeover of T-Mobile, a unit of Deutsche Telekom AG (DTE), would violate U.S. antitrust law. The U.S. also asked for a court order blocking any arrangement implementing the deal. Read the complete story at http://macte.ch/573pA .
CoreBreach game races onto the Mac
CoreCode, together with nCreate, has released CoreBreach (http://corebreach.corecode.at/), a Mac "antigravity" racing game. It's compatible with Mac OS X 10.6.6 and higher and is available at the Mac App Store.
Here's how the game is described: "CoreBreach features a futuristic environment where you have to fight your evil opponents while racing towards world domination. The release of CoreBreach marks the return of the genre of anti-gravity racing games to the Macintosh platform, after an complete absence of over nine years! The game boasts a compelling career mode with six diverse race tracks, six upgradeable anti-gravity race ships and six different combat weapons."
HDHomeRun PRIME app lets you stream live TV to your iPad
Elgato (http://www.elgato.com) says its HDHomeRun PRIME App for iPad 2 is available on the App Store. The App works in conjunction with the Silicondust HDHomeRun PRIME line of CableCard-enabled network tuners, enabling users to stream and record live premium cable TV on the iPad 2.
The HDHomeRun PRIME App enables viewing and recording of live cable TV anywhere in your home’s Wi-Fi network. The HDHomeRun PRIME device sends the TV signal straight to the HDHomeRun PRIME App, so there's no need for the user to turn on a computer. In addition, the app lets the user record programs directly to their iPad with the option of transferring those recordings from the iPad 2 to a Mac or PC.
Elgato’s latest solution streams cable TV “copy freely” channels to the iPad 2. Users with Verizon FiOS or Comcast cable television have a particular advantage, since the majority of channels from these providers are sent with a "copy freely" flag, according to Adam Steinberg, Elgato’s vice president of...
Wacom has an Inkling (digital sketch pen)
Wacom has introduced the Inkling, a digital sketch pen that captures a digital likeness of your work while you sketch with its ballpoint tip on any sketchbook or standard piece of paper.
Designed for rough concepting and creative brainstorming, Inkling bridges the gap between paper sketching and digital drawing by giving users at the front end of the creative process a way to rough-out ideas with real ink on paper and capture their concepts digitally so that they can be later refined on their computer, according to Don Varga, director of Professional Products at Wacom.
Inkling even allows users to create layers in the digital file while sketching on paper in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and Autodesk Sketchbook Pro.
Spontaneous and Liberating. The digital sketch pen is comprised of both hardware and software components.
Hardware includes both the pen and a wireless receiver that captures a likeness of the sketch and stores it digitally. The ballpoint pen uses Wacom’s pressure...
Active Media rolls out mSATA SSDs
Active Media Products has announced a new line of SaberTooth M1 mini SATA (mSATA) SSD drives for notebook upgrades that deliver transfer speeds up to 160MB/second and are fully compliant with the JEDEC MO-300B mSATA specification.
mSATA is a new JEDEC standard for small form factor SSDs based on the SATA-II, 3Gbps interface. mSATA SSDs measure 2.0 x 1.2 inches and use an existing mini PCIe connector, but with a modified SATA pinout.
The Sabertooth M1 mSATA SSD employs the JMF605 SATA controller and NAND Flas. It's available now through Amazon and directly from ActiveMP.com (http://activemp.com/) in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities starting at US$75.
Just Mobile launches iPad wall mount
Just Mobile has launched the US$49.95Just Mobile Horizon, a minimalist wall mount for the iPad and iPad 2.
Crafted from aluminum, the Horizon comes with rubber inserts that hold the iPad and iPad 2 in place without the need for complex brackets. With a hidden dock connector slot and rubber home button, your wall-mounted iPad will work in both landscape and portrait modes.
New USB hub provides large scale syncing for iPads, other...
Datamation Systems has announced high-capacity syncing as an addition to its suite of products designed for iPads and other tablet devices.
The DS-IP-49-SYNC acts as a fully powered USB hub for 49 devices. Using a Mac, it can sync with iTunes or other software capable of addressing USB devices. (It can work with Mac, Windows and Linux operating systems, although there may be some software limitations with a non-Mac host.)
"It lets you avoid the need to use an array of consumer USB hubs," says Joe Mazza, Datamation Systems’ vice president. "It can be used for iPads and other USB 2.0 devices, such as tablets, smart phones, and iPods, some of which it can even charge."
The new DS-IP-49-SYNC and other products are available from major computer companies or directly from Datamation Systems. Additional information can be found at Datamation’s iPad and Tablet security webpage (http://www.ipadcarts.com/).
CRE4MY RapidWeaver theme unveiled by seyDoggy
seyDoggy (http://seydesign.com) has released CRE4MY, an US$30 theme for the RapidWeaver web site creation tool.
CRE4MY, the fourth major release of the Creamy line, includes 35 built-in options and smart features that work together to more than double the possible layout variation, says Adam Merrifield, seyDoggy owner and lead programmer. CRE4MY also incorporates many of the advanced, open source seyDoggy features included in many of their popular RapidWeaver themes, such as SS3, ExtraContent, Smart Layout, Smart Navigation and more, he adds.
Cheetah3D update adds improved Lion compatibility
Cheetah 3D (http://www.cheetah3d.com/) -- software for modeling, animating and rendering 3D objects -- has been updated to version 5.8. The upgrade offers improved compatibility with Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion").
The Collada export has been improved so that, under Lion, Preview.app can load Cheetah3D-generated Collada files properly. For non-Lion users, version 5.8 also offers improvements like better auto-keying, faster F-Curve drawing and better Undo support when dealing with poses.
Cheetah3D costs US$149 for a single user version; however, version 5.8 is a free update for all registered users of version 5.x and is a $69 for an upgrade from versions 1.x, 2.x, 3.x and 4.x. It requires requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher.
PDFpen for Mac OS X adds page numbering options
SmileOnMyMac has updated PDFPen (http://www.smileonmymac.com/PDFpen/download.html), its PDF editing and form-filling tool for Mac OS X, to version 5.5. The update adds several page numbering options.
Users can now specify header or footer positioning and alignment. Numbering options now include Roman numerals and letters. Bates Numbering for legal documents has been improved with with options for prefix, digit count and starting number. PDFpen 5.5 also adds initial support for full screen mode in Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion").
The changes in PDFpen 5.5 have also been made in PDFpenPro 5.5, the pro version that can also convert websites into PDFs, create fillable PDF forms, and construct document table of contents.
PDFpen costs US$59.95, and PDFpenPro is $99.95. Family pack licenses, which cover up to five computers in one household, are $74.95 for PDFpen and $129.95 for PDFpenPro. Upgrades from earlier versions of either application are $25, and free to users who purchased after Feb. 14,...
Time Out 1.6 ready for Lion
Dejal Systems has released Dejal Time Out 1.6, an update to their break reminder tool for Mac OS X. The new version adds exclusion preferences, the ability to pause breaks for a specified time interval, Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion") compatibility, and other improvements.
Dejal Time Out will "gently" remind you to take a break on a regular basis. It has two kinds of breaks -- a "normal" break, typically for 10 minutes after 50 minutes of work, so you can move about and relax, plus a "Micro" break. The later is a brief pause of typically 10 seconds every 10 minutes, so you can remember not to tense up too much for long periods.
Time Out requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later. The standard edition is available from the Dejal website (http://www.dejal.com/) and is released as "freeware," requiring no payment for its use, though donations are encouraged and appreciated. Time Out Free 1.6 will be available on the Mac App Store once Apple has reviewed it.
Playback Media Server revved to version 1.8.1
Yazsoft has introduced Playback Media Server 1.8.1 (http://www.yazsoft.com/products/playback/information/), an update of their zero configuration media server for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. It's a maintenance update with some bug fixes and performance tweaks.
Playback can share media stored in folders or even make entire disks available to a Playstation 3 or Xbox 360. No configuration is required. By default, it will share almost any content on the users system. And Playback automatically integrates with iTunes, iPhoto, and Aperture. Users can share all content from these applications transparently or choose specific playlists and albums.
Those who like to tinker will appreciate Playback's built-in Access Control List (ACL) and bandwidth throttling. The ACL allows users to control which devices have access to their media. Bandwidth throttling limits the transfer rate from the computer to their UPnP device. This allows others on the network to do other Internet related activities, such...
MacScan for Mac OS X updated to version 2.9.1
SecureMac has announced MacScan 2.9.1, the latest version of its anti-spyware privacy and security software for Mac OS X. This new version of MacScan enhances protection against the latest threats for Mac OS X, adding usability enhancements, scan engine updates, scheduler fixes as well as user interface changes and updates.
MacScan retails for US$29.99 and can be purchased using Paypal or credit card, either through the built-in registration system, or via the MacScan webstore (http://macscan.securemac.com). Upgrades from previous versions of MacScan 2 are free, and can be obtained by either selecting "Check for Updates" under the "MacScan" menu, or by downloading the demo version from http://macscan.securemac.com and entering your serial number.
The MacScan Family Pack lets you install the anti-spyware software on up to three computers for $49.99. Existing users of MacScan can upgrade the single license to the MacScan Family Pack for the difference of the original price and the...
Syncro Soft updates Oxygen Xml Editor, Oxygen Xml Author
Syncro Soft, the producer of Oxygen XML Editor and Author (http://www.oxygenxml.com), has released version 13 of its XML Editor and XML Author containing a set of tools supporting all the XML related technologies.
Version 13 is focused on user interface improvements related to visual XML editing, XML attributes editing, presentation of results for validation, transformation, spell checking and search operations, XML Diff and SVN support. The EPUB support was extended with visual rendering of EPUB specific files and enhanced validation. New built-in transformation scenarios allow the conversion of TEI documents to EPUB, ODF and DOCX. DITA improvements include search references (where used) within a DITA map, map validation under multiple condition sets (ditaval files), use of subject scheme defined values and more.
The Data Source Explorer view features drag and drop capabilities that allow copy/move operations even between different databases. The new version adds support for JSON...
Real Software announces call for speakers for Real World 2
Real Software -- creator of object-oriented, cross-platform software development tools for Mac OS X, Windows, Linux and the web -- is looking for speakers for Real World, the Real Studio User Conference. The conference is scheduled to take place at the Royal Plaza Hotel in Orlando, Florida on May 24-25, 2012.
The conference is designed to give Real Studio users the opportunity to hear from other Real Studio developers and experts on how to improve their knowledge and skills as a developer. Real World will feature a keynote presentation from Real Software founder and CEO, Geoff Perlman, breakout sessions, networking opportunities and social events.
Those interested in presenting Real Studio and software development related sessions are welcome to submit their proposal with their preferred session topic(s) and a brief description, along with the name and contact information of the speaker(s) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for applying to speak is Oct. 15, 2011. There are a...
Apple looking to hire iOS QA Location Engineer
According to an Apple job posting (http://macte.ch/Nnrku), the company is looking to hire an iOS QA Location Engineer "who’s engineering and technical skill is only matched by their problem solving and communication abilities."
Apple says the person hired will work on "exciting new features for iOS location services." The successful candidate will complete both documented and adhoc testing to ensure high quality releases.
ComScore: Apple has 27% of the US smartphone market
ComScore (http://www.comscore.com), a company that "measures the digital world," has released data from the comScore MobiLens service, reporting key trends in the U.S. mobile phone industry during the three month average period ending July 2011.
The comScore study surveyed more than 30,000 U.S. mobile subscribers and found Samsung to be the top handset manufacturer overall with 25.5% market share. Google Android continued to gain ground in the smartphone market reaching 41.8% market share.
Approximately 82.2 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones during the three months ending in July 2011, up 10% from the preceding three month period. Google Android ranked as the top smartphone platform with 41.8% market share, up 5.4 percentage points. Apple strengthened its number two position with 27% of the smartphone market, up one percentage point from the prior reporting period. RIM ranked third with 21.7% share, followed by Microsoft (5.7%) and Symbian (1.9%).
For the three month...
CNN acquires Zite, an iPad news app
CNN has acquired technology company Zite, a news app for the iPad that gives users a personalized magazine-like experience, according to Jim Walton, president of CNN Worldwide.
CNN has added Zite to its already robust portfolio of digital products as a separate, stand-alone business that will continue to innovate and provide users with the news and information they want, he adds. Zite is an iPad app designed to offer content to users that they will find most interesting from a variety of sources across the Web by learning users' preferences and getting smarter as it’s used.
Available for free on the iPad, users can download Zite from the Apple App Store or iTunes.
FileMaker unveils Bento Business Organizer
FileMaker, Inc. (http://www.filemaker.com) has announced the new Bento Business Organizer, a free set of customized database templates designed to make it easy to manage businesses run by sole proprietors.
The Bento Business Organizer from FileMaker, available free with a 30-day trial of Bento 4, offers a set of templates tailor-made for business owners that sell handcrafted goods such as furniture, clothing, paintings, baked goods and jewelry at farmer’s markets, festivals or from their own studios, workshops, and web sites, such as Etsy.com.
The square "quick response" codes turn URLs, vCards, or any kind of text into a block of pixels that users can scan onto their smartphone instantaneously.
The eight templates in the Bento Business can also be used with Bento for iPhone and Bento for iPad, (both sold separately).
UK supermarket chain test drives iPad-equipped shopping trolleys
The Sainsbury UK supermarket chain is testing the trolley in its branch in Cromwell Road in Kensington, West London, according to "The Telegraph" (http://macte.ch/TmpsA). It could introduce them across the UK if the trial is successful.
The trolleys come complete with a tilting iPad holder and speakers. Their front bumpers are fitted with a sensor that lets off a warning beep if an engrossed shopper gets too close to another customer. An onboard battery with a self-charging solar panel ensures that the iPads never run out of power.
The trolleys have been developed by broadcaster Sky to highlight its Sky Go service, which allows iPad users to watch live sport or news on their portable devices, says "The Telegraph." The iPads themselves are, of course, not included.
iTunes Match to have maximum limit of 25,000 songs?
If you’ve got a massive music library, better think twice about syncing it with iTunes Match as the maximum size of an iTunes library in the iTunes Match beta is 25,000 songs, according to "Cult of Mac" (http://macte.ch/jGYsQ).
Assuming a library in which song is an average of 4 minutes long and compressed in CD quality 320kbps, that basically means the upper limit on a library is a size of 250GB, the article notes.
iTunes Match will be available this fall for a $24.99 annual fee. Music not purchased from iTunes can gain the same benefits by using iTunes Match, a service that replaces your music with a 256 kbps AAC DRM-free version if Apple can match it to the over 18 million songs in the iTunes Store, it makes the matched music available in minutes (instead of weeks to upload your entire music library), and uploads only the small percentage of unmatched music, according to Apple.
Apple having limited success battling product counterfeiting in...
Apple was "too slow" to act against rife counterfeiting in China and the Asia market, according to the latest release of Wikileaks cables, seen by "CNN" (http://edition.cnn.com/2011/TECH/gaming.gadgets/08/29/apple.wikileaks/in...).
Apple eventually organized a team in March 2008 to deal with the increasing problem of knockoff iPods and iPhones, according to an electronic memo from the Beijing embassy dated September 2008. Yet, three years after Apple moved to crack down on widespread counterfeiting and put pressure on China, progress has been slow.
Gadget piracy isn't a high priority for the Chinese government, the U.S. reports and experts tell "CNN." China's government declined to investigate a facility in March 2009 that was manufacturing imitation Apple laptops because it threatened local jobs, according to a "Wikileaks" cable dated April 2009. A different arm of China's government scrapped plans for a raid on an electronics mall in the Guangdong province because it could have...
Epson unveils WorkForce Pro printing solutions
Epson America has expanded its business printing solutions with a new product line-up -- the Epson WorkForce Pro WP-4540 and WorkForce Pro WP-4530 all-in-ones and WorkForce Pro WP-4020 ink jet printer.
Designed for small offices, departmental workgroups and vertical markets such as real estate, the WorkForce Pro series purportedly delivers ink cost savings of up to 50% compared to color lasers, while providing the world's fastest auto two-sided print speeds and extra-large ink cartridges.
Both printers deliver single- and double-sided print speeds of 16 ISO ppm (pages per minute) black and 11 ISO ppm color single-sided; 9.2 ISO ppm black and 7.1 ISO ppm color two-sided. Epson's new extra large ink capacity cartridges are capable of printing up to 2,400 pages black and 1,200 pages color, as well as a robust monthly duty cycle of up to 20,000 pages.
Additional productivity features for the WorkForce Pro all-in-ones include:built-in 30-page automatic document feeder to copy, fax and...
The Sims Medieval: Pirates and Nobles lands ashore
Gather your doubloons. The EA Play Label of Electronic Arts says that The Sims Medieval: Pirates and Nobles is now available across North America for US$29.99. It requires The Sims Medieval on the Mac or PC to play.
The Sims Medieval: Pirates and Nobles is an adventure pack to The Sims Medieval, a new series that places the simulated characters from The Sims into the Middle Ages and lets players create heroes, venture on quests and control a kingdom. The adventure pack includes a new storyline, additional quests and one new Kingdom Ambition for players to embark on in their medieval kingdoms.
Here's how the Sims Medieval: Pirates and Nobles is described: "Players can unleash their inner swash-buckling pirate or regal noble by creating a new Hero Sim or customizing their existing medieval Sim with new clothing and accessories. They begin the epic adventure by choosing a side -- pirate or noble -- and then the adventure is up to them for how it plays out. They can battle an enemy in a...
Facilis Technology announces Lion support
Facilis Technology (http://www.facilis.com), which specializes in shared storage solutions for post-production and content creation, has qualified its TerraBlock line of shared storage solutions, versions 5.0 and above, for Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion").
"Integrating support for OS X Lion into TerraBlock is an extension of our commitment to supporting the latest and most advanced platforms for creative professionals,” says Shane Rodbourn, senior vice president and general manager, Facilis. "Customers who use or purchase TerraBlock 5.0 and above can now experience the same high performance and capacity of TerraBlock with the highly anticipated OS X Lion release"
TerraBlock, Facilis’ high-capacity, shared storage system, supports Fibre channel and Ethernet, volume and file-level control, and multiple platforms. TerraBlock, versions 5.0 and above, are qualified for Lion, but not all third party creative applications that may be running on TerraBlock necessarily support the release. Facilis...
Rays plug-in supports new video, film hosts
Digital Film Tools (http://www.digitalfilmtools.com) says their visual effects plug-in, Rays, has been updated to support video and film hosts. New supported hosts include Adobe After Effects CS5 and up, Premiere Pro CS5 and up, Apple Final Cut Pro 6, 7, and X, Motion 5, and Avid Symphony, Media Composer, Newscutter, and Xpress Pro.
Shedding new light on film and video footage, Rays allows users to create realistic light ray effects. Known as volumetric lighting in computer graphics, or crepuscular rays in atmospheric optics, this effect adds polish and style. By creating shafts of light streaming through clouds, rays filtering through a forest canopy, beams of light on a foggy night, or rays shooting out from text, Rays adds a striking and dramatic quality to any image, says Marco Paolini, founder and president, Digital Film Tools.
The Rays Photo plug-in is available now for US$50 and is compatible with Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Photoshop Lightroom and Apple's Aperture. If the...
Timing brings automated time tracking to Mac OS X
Eurocomp has released Timing 1.1 (http://timingapp.com), an update to its time tracking application for Mac OS X (10.6.6 or higher). It's available on the Mac App Store for US$9.99 for a limited time.
Timing doesn't require users to manually operate timers. Instead, users' activities -- like editing documents, surfing the web, and playing games -- are tracked automatically and can be reviewed at a later time. The new version allows users to export their data as CSV files and improves the tracking performance.
The application is targeted at Mac users who are curious about how they spend time using their computer. Timing will give a detailed overview on how much time is spent playing games and browsing websites.
Quick Sprites available at the Mac App Store
Tellini has released Quick Sprites 1.1 (http://www.tellini.org/mac/quicksprites/) on the Mac App Store. Found in the Productivity category, it requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher and costs US$8.99.
Quick Sprites is designed to simplify the creation and maintenance of CSS sprite sheets that enable you to optimize your websites. CSS sprites help reduce the number of HTTP requests that the browser needs to do to load and render a web page. Quick Sprites automatically packs your images so that the resulting sprite sheet uses the smallest possible area, according to the folks at Tellini. Quick Sprites can also further optimize the resulting image, saving extra bandwidth, they add.
Veprit Photo Sense 1.5.2 improves highlights handling, more
VeprIT has released Photo Sense 1.5.2, a new version of its photo enhancement software for Mac OS X and iOS. The upgrade offers: improved highlights handling, reduced artifacts appearing in some images; behavior improvements; and bug fixes.
° Automatically apply professional image enhancement techniques to multiple photos;
° Compare photos before and after processing, and choose which ones to save;
° Adjust processing options for selected photos to improve automatic results;
° Improve the composition by cropping and straightening;
° Apply various creative effects;
° Speed up the workflow by copying and pasting processing options, effects and crop and straighten settings between images;
° Convert image formats and resize (downsample) images.
Photo Sense can also be used as a batch image converter/resizer (down-sampler). For images of the same size, it can even be used to perform batch image cropping and straightening.
An evaluation version of Photo Sense 1.5.2 is available for download...
Maintain serves up a Cocktail for Lion
Maintain has released Cocktail 5.0, the latest version of Cocktail (http://www.maintain.se/c). It's compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion").
Cocktail is a general purpose utility for Mac OS X that offers a variety of practical features designed to simplify the use of advanced UNIX function. Cocktail 5.0 (Lion Edition) requires Mac OS X/Mac OS X Server 10.7 or later and is tested for compatibility with Mac OS X/Mac OS X Server 10.7.1.
Cocktail (Snow Leopard Edition) for Mac OS X 10.6 and Cocktail (Leopard Edition) for Mac OS X 10.5 are available for download from the Maintain website. Cocktail is US$19 for a single user license and available for purchase from the Maintain website. The license is valid for both Lion and Snow Leopard editions of Cocktail. Cocktail (Leopard Edition) is distributed as freeware and doesn't require a license.
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for Aug. 29
Here are the latest iPhone/iPod touch/iPod/iPad apps. You can find 'em at the Apple App Store (http://www.itunes.com/appstore/).
Prajnu has announced Visulax Sleep Aid for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. The US$0.99 app offers a way to combat insomnia, de-stress, and get a better night's sleep. Visulax Sleep Aid combines visualization, relaxation, and guided meditation.
Alexander Plahr has released MaritimeTrader 1.0, a turn-based strategy game for iOS devices. The free game is about the maritime transport business, offering players the experience of transporting goods around the globe.
StudyPad has introduced Splash Math Grade 1 ($4.99), which offers math worksheets for the iPad. Each app in the Splash Math series is based on common core standards covering all the math concepts taught in schools, including addition, time, money, measurements and more.
FilpoGames has launched Rhythm Repeat 1.0 for iOS, a $0.99 game that challenges players to follow and reproduce the flashing...
Lodsys may be in a 'panic' to keep Apple from...
In the latest filing by Lodsys, in response to the Apple motion to intervene in the Lodsys v. Combay case, Lodsys gives every indication "it is in a panic to keep Apple from intervening," according to Groklaw (http://macte.ch/nCRi4). Much of the document is redacted, "but despite that fact we can glean the sense that Apple's entry into the lawsuit spoils Lodsys's entire theory of the litigation, at least with respect to the Apple (and likely Google) developers," the article adds.
Lodsys is suing some iOS developers for using in-app purchasing systems that it claims violates patents it owns. The patent holding firm has been targeting small iOS developers with notices of patent infringement for providing in-app purchase and/or Apple App Store purchase links within their apps.
The company said developers had to obtain a license within 21 days or face the prospect of a lawsuit. Lodsys has been criticized by some for targeting app and website publishers instead of Apple itself.
Australia: Samsung not to sell or advertise Galaxy Tab before...
Samsung has agreed not to sell or advertise the Galaxy Tab 10.1 before Sept. 30 in Australia as part of an ongoing legal battle, reports the "Sydney Morning Herald" (http://macte.ch/SsZk4)
Apple will detail the specific patents involved in the case by this Friday and will provide a more comprehensive statement of facts by Sept. 5, the article adds. Samsung will provide points in answer by Sept. 16, with the case going to a formal hearing on Sept. 26 and 29. Top executives and inventors from both Apple and Samsung may appear in person or over video link to explain their patents, reports the "Herald."
Earlier this month it was announced that Apple had won an agreement from Samsung that the South Korean company won’t sell the newest version of its tablet computer in Australia until a patent lawsuit in the country is resolved.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 infringes 10 Apple patents, including the “look and feel,” and touchscreen technology of the iPad, Steven Burley, a lawyer for Apple,...
Rumors: look for an iOS-based Apple TV next year
The latest rumors -- courtesy of VentureBeat (http://macte.ch/uaHOF) -- about Apple making its own television sets say that the company is working on an iOS-based HDTV for 2012.
"Apple has been testing the waters with its AppleTV, a set-top box that provides access to movies and TV from iTunes as well as other online video content," says "VentureBeat." "The company has a number of partnerships with movie studios and television networks, giving it an impressive content library. And its lightweight iOS operating system seems ideally suited for consumer devices (the OS is already under the hood in AppleTV)."
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster has repeatedly predicted that Apple will produce a television in late 2012 or early 2013. In an interview with "VentureBeat," Munster cited multiple sources, including component suppliers as well as an internal Apple source, to back up his theory. Munster predicts this will be an actual TV, not just a set-top box, and most likely running a version...
iPads deployed at University of Northern Kentucky
Another successful iPad deployment has been announced, this one at the University of Northern Kentucky (http://eloc.nku.edu/). They are one of the few Masters programs in the U.S. that are using all iPads for their courses.
Incoming students in the Northern Kentucky University Master of Science in Executive Leadership and Organizational Change (ELOC) program this fall will be the first cohort group (and NKU students) to receive iPads for use in the classroom.
The move is part of NKU's continued efforts to provide emerging mobile technologies that accommodate student expectations related to an anytime, anyplace teaching-learning process.
"Forward-thinking schools are focusing on e-learning," says Dr. Kenneth Rhee, director of the ELOC program within NKU's Department of Management. "We want to be at the front edge. There is a lot of potential for what this can do."
Each iPad, which is included in the ELOC program tuition, will be pre-loaded with program materials including...
iPhone 5 to keep screen size, return to metal chassis?
Despite rumors that the upcoming iPhone 5 would feature a 4.2-inch screen, "DigiTimes" (http://www.digitimes.com) says "upstream panel suppliers" vouch that the upcoming version of the Apple smartphone will still sport a display that's less than four inches.
Also, the iPhone 5's back design will be changed to a metal chassis instead of reinforced-glasses, the article adds. Other rumored specs of the next gen iPhone include an 8-megapixel camera and Full HD video recording.
UltraStudio 3D with Thunderbolt technology shipping
Blackmagic Design (http://www.blackmagic-design.com) has announced what it says is the world’s first video product with Thunderbolt technology. It's shipping and costs US$995.
Running at 10Gbps, Thunderbolt technology -- developed by Intel in cooperation with Apple -- can transfer a full-length HD movie in less than 30 seconds, according to Mooly Eden, general manager, PC Client Group, Intel. The vision for Thunderbolt technology (formerly codenamed “Light Peak”) is to move media faster, simplify connections between devices, and foster new and exciting ways to build and use computers, says Eden.
Combining high-speed data and HD video connections together onto a single cable is instrumental to achieving that vision. Thunderbolt technology delivers this via two communications methods, or protocols -- PCI Express for data transfer and DisplayPort for displays.
The UltraStudio 3D allows portable capture and playback with full resolution dual stream 3D support, 10-bit hardware architecture...
Tablet, eReader demographics changing
In the U.S., as recently as last summer, tablet and eReader owners tended to be male and on the younger side. But according to Nielsen’s (http://www.nielsen.com) latest, quarterly survey of mobile connected device owners, this is no longer the case.
Back in the third quarter of 2010 (Q3 2010), for example, 62% of tablet owners were under the age of 34 and only 10% were over the age of 55. By Q2 2011, only 46% of tablet owners were under the age of 34 and the percentage of those over 55 had increased to 19%.
Looking at the data by gender underlines key changes in the eReader category. Sixty-one percent of all eReader owners are now female, compared to a mere 46% in Q3 2010. (Smartphone owners are now evenly split between male and female and tablets remain primarily male.)
ABI Research: 97% of all smartphones to have touchscreens by...
Chalk it up to the influence of the iPhone. Touchscreens can claim as much credit for the booming success of smartphones as can 3G data speeds.
In the time prior to the launch of the original iPhone, smartphones with touchscreens have gone from 7% of the total smartphone volume in 2006 to 75% in 2010, and were a key driver to the market growing more than 325% over that period, says ABI Research (http://www.abirsearch.com). Over the next five years, touchscreens will be as pervasive in smartphones as Wi-Fi chipsets are today, reaching 97% of all smartphones by 2016, according to the research group.
The screen is the point of fulfillment for all that a mobile device promises to deliver to its user, so there is little surprise in the impact it can have on its success. However, it was the evolution of screen and touch technologies that triggered the market’s rapid growth.
The more economical resistive touch technology has been almost universally replaced in smartphones with the more...
Math + Magical = Mathical available for the Mac
Mathical Vol.1 (http://stusapps.com/mathical/) is now available at the Mac App Store. Developed by primary school teachers to target key skills, it's a 5-in-1 compilation of games for primary and elementary aged children to practice mental calculation skills.
Mathical games all have customizable and increasing levels of difficulty depending on the age or ability of the child. Each game was created with continual play testing by children.
The skills the games encourage are: multiplication facts, division facts, times tables, addition and subtraction, inverse operations, place value, ordering decimals, and fractions of shapes. Mathical Vol. 1 costs US$1.99 and requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.
iTwin lets you access, share files from anywhere
iTwin (http://www.itwin.com/) has introduced an USB device that enables users to access, share and edit all their files and media from anywhere in the world now. It's available for Mac OS X 10.6 and 10.7.
iTwin provides plug-and-play simplicity, while protecting the user's files by utilizing end-to-end, military-grade encryption and two-factor authentication, according to Lux Anantharaman, co-founder and CEO of iTwin. iTwin users don't pay monthly subscription fees for file access.
Since iTwin is only limited by the size of a computer's hard drive, users can access any or all their files, for the rest of their life, for a one-time price of US$99, says Anantharaman.
"We have been working to improve iTwin, for both consumers and small businesses," he adds. "Now with OS X support, iTwin users will be able to use iTwin with their Macs too."
Freedom UniMount is universal mounting solutions for tablets
MountMe (http://www.mount-me.com) has unveiled the Freedom UniMount, a universal mounting solution designed for all tablets and e-readers. Embracing the patented on/off clipping mechanism of the Freedom mounts, the Freedom UniMount provides the ability to mount your device virtually anywhere -- from cars, windows and desks to walls, mirrors and air plane seats.
Light and compact, the Freedom UniMount safely and securely attaches to the back of any tablet, e-reader or protective casing, instantly transforming it into a mobile and multifunctional device, says Brien Spina, founder of MountMe. It's available in six colors, including hot pink, lime green, navy blue, solid black, pure white and gray.
The Freedom UniMount comes with a mobile mounting strap and four suction cups. In addition, its patented design doubles as a kickstand, giving users the option of utilizing their tablet as a desk clock, picture frame and more. The Freedom UniMount can also be permanently wall mounted using...
Take Control ebook helps readers create Wi-Fi networks
TidBITS Publishing has announced the second edition of "Take Control of Your 802.11n AirPort Network," by Glenn Fleishman.
The new edition is modernized for 2011 and Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion"). It's packed with steps, tips, and conceptual descriptions designed to help readers create fast and reliable wireless networks using Apple's 802.11n AirPort gear. The 234-page ebook is available for $20 at http://www.takecontrolbooks.com/airport-n .
Default Folder update fixes issues with Lion, Safari 5.1
St. Clair Software has updated Default Folder (http://www.stclairsoft.com/DefaultFolderX/index.html), its utility for enhancing Open and Save dialogs in Mac OS X, to version 4.4.4. The upgrade corrects a number of compatibility issues with Mac OS 10.7 ("Lion") and Safari 5.1.
Default Folder X 4.4.4 is a free update for registered users of version 4.x. The upgrade is US$14.95 for users who bought their copies before June 1, 2007. Default Folder X costs $34.95 for a new license. Installers are available now in English and German and will be released shortly in Japanese, French, and Danish.
Mac compatible BarracudaDrive adds File Mailer component
Real Time Logic has announced BarracudaDrive 4.6 (http://macte.ch/FnOnf), an update to their web server for small businesses and consumers.
BarracudaDrive can be installed on a variety of computers including Mac, Windows and Linux systems, and specialized devices. Version 4.6 features a new File Mailer component that's designed to make it easy and secure to distribute confidential data of any size to any number of contacts via regular email.
The File Mailer's web interface resembles a standard email client's graphical user interface and provides features such as auto completion on email addresses found in the contact database. Start typing and a list of possible email address matches are shown. Contacts are automatically added if they're not already in the database. Large contact lists can be imported by dragging and dropping the contact list onto the File Mailer Web interface.
BarracudaDrive 4.6 is free for home use. Business licenses start at US$200.
MacTech Boot Camp Chicago Next Week
Next week is MacTech Boot Camp Chicago -- the final MacTech Boot Camp of the year.
Held in cities around the country, MacTech Boot Camp is a one day event for those that support the home user, and small business market. MacTech Boot Camp is a single-track, hotel based seminar that is specifically geared to serve the needs of consultants and techs wanting to serve their base better.
The event is nearly sold out, but there are a few spots left. Save $100 on pre-registration if you register by Monday morning, Aug 29.
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Apple filing shows it wants Tim Cook to say around for a long...
Apple has filed a form 8-K (http://macte.ch/QBOyA) with the SEC because of the changes in corporate leadership at the company, notes "MacRumors" (http://www.macrumors.com). And it shows the confidence the company has in its new CEO.
The form tells investors of the resignation of Steve Jobs as CEO (though I'd be amazed if they didn't already know since the rest of the world does); Jobs' appointment as Chairman of the Apple Board of Directors; Tim Cook's promotion to CEO; and the appointment of Cook to the board.
What's more, the board awarded Mr. Cook 1,000,000 restricted stock units. Fifty percent of the restricted stock units are scheduled to vest on each of Aug. 24, 2016 ,and August 24, 2021, subject to Mr. Cook's continued employment with Apple through each such date. This stock award is worth just over $383 million at current prices, notes MacRumors."
Apple drops 99-cent TV show rentals
Apparently Apple has removed the ability to rent TV shows from both iTunes and its Apple TV, "taking away what was just last year one of the major advertised selling points of the $99 set-top box," notes "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).
The option to rent episodes of TV shows is no longer available on either the Apple TV, or when browsing content via Apple's iTunes application. Previously, participating networks offered users the ability to rent a TV episode for US$0.99 cents, with 30 days to begin watching and 48 hours to complete it.
Apple launched $0.99 TV show rentals alongside the new version of the Apple TV that rolled out last September, but there wasn't a great deal of enthusiasm from networks who apparently felt the price was too low. ABC and Fox were on board, but Warner Brothers, NBC, Viacom, and other opted out and "it appears that Apple has finally decided to cancel the program as it has been unable to bring a critical mass of studios on board," says "...
Apple, Lion Java crashes Yahoo Chess
Posted by Greg Mills
Since moving to Lion the first day it was out, I have lost at least 5 chess games on Yahoo/games/chess due to some sort of Java problem. I am winning or losing, (it seems to know when I am winning) and unceremoniously, the Java window goes white and or enlarges some part of the screen and freezes. While this hardly seems important to most people, I hate losing but even more I hate losing because my Java crashes.
If anybody at Apple reads this, please fix this. Anyone else having Java problems under Lion? GregMills@Mac.com