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Aug 03
Apple seeking iWork software engineer
Apple's iWork team "is seeking an energetic and highly motivated software engineer to build the front and/or back end of scalable web applications," according to a "Jobs at Apple" posting ( The person will be part of the core engineering team responsible for the design and development of the software system. Among the requirements are: strong programming skills, understanding of software engineering best practices, object oriented design, and design patterns such as MVC and commitment to "delivering a great user experience."
Aug 03
Comparative tablet teardowns reveal iPad design advantages 
In the 15 months since the introduction of the iPad, competitive tablet manufacturers still can’t match the design efficiency of Apple Inc.’s groundbreaking product, according to an IHS iSuppli ( teardown analysis of eight tablet models from information and analysis provider IHS. “Since Apple controls both the operating system and hardware design of the iPad, it is able to attain design efficiencies that other tablet manufacturers cannot,” saysWayne Lam, senior analyst, competitive analysis, at IHS. “These efficiencies become obvious in areas like the memory and the battery, where Apple maintains advantages in cost, space savings and performance compared with every competitor in the business.” Other tablet makers employ operating systems from third-party firms -- such as Google., which provides the Android software used in most competitive products on the market today. Many of these tablet makers also outsource the blueprints of their products to third parties,...
Aug 03
Apple may consider foreign hire for Ron Johnson's...
Apple has hired search firm Egon Zehnder International to find a replacement for retail chief Ron Johnson, reports "The Wall Street Journal" (, quoting "people familiar with the matter said." CEO Steve Jobs, who's now on medical leave, was extensively involved in the decision to use a search firm and chose Egon Zehnder mainly because he wants to consider executives who are based abroad, one person familiar with the situation said, the article adds. Apple's hiring of the global recruitment firm suggests the company will be open to a hire outside the US. In June, it was announced that Ron Johnson, Apple's senior vice president of Apple retail and the mastermind behind Apple's wildly successful retail strategy, had been named the company's next chief executive officer. Johnson will assume the CEO position on Nov. 1. Johnson, 52, has served for the past 11 years as senior vice president of retail at Apple., where he led its retail strategy, which from its start in...
Aug 03
Mac Companion Hard Drive has iOS port
Iomega ( has announced its Mac Companion Hard Drive, styled to match the latest Mac computers with a port to charge your iPad, iPhone and iPod. Initially available only at Apple stores, Iomega’s Mac Companion Hard Drive has the following features: ° A 2TB or 3TB model (US$195 and $295, respectively) with two Firewire 800 interfaces and a USB 2.0 hub; ° A space saving design that frees up your desktop; ° A capacity gauge that lights up as the drive becomes full. Bundled Iomega Protection Suite software is included for no additional cost (via download) with Mac-friendly options for backup and anti-virus protection for your computer. The Iomega Mac Companion Hard Drive utilizes a 7200 RPM 3.5-inch hard drive formatted HFS+ for compatibility with Macs right out of the box. It's the only major branded external HFS+ Mac desktop hard drive on the market today that incorporates a high-powered Apple device charging port and a two-port USB 2.0 hub, says Iomega President...
Aug 03
Orb Audio launches Mini-T amplifier to complement Orb speakers
Orb Audio has launched the Mini-T, a Class T amplifier for use with computers, televisions, iPods and most mobile devices. The Mini-T allows consumers to use high quality home speakers instead of "poorly built, questionable sounding computer speakers," says Ethan Siegel, co-founder and CEO of Orb Audio. By pairing the Mini T with Orb's award-winning speakers, consumers now have a simple, elegant audio solution that looks as good as it sounds, he adds. The Mini-T is based on legendary T-Class amplifier technology, known for its audiophile sound quality and low harmonic distortion (just .04%). It's also small, measuring six inches wide, one and a quarter inches high, and five inches deep. Finished in charcoal gray, with a black gloss front, the Mini T complements any of the six available Orb speaker colors. Available as a standalone product for US$88, the Mini-T can also be purchased as a package with two Orb speakers for $299, a savings of $29. More info can be found at http://www....
Aug 03
Pegatron lands iPhone 5 orders for possible September launch
Pegatron Technology, based in Shanghai, China, has landed orders for 10 million units of iPhone 5 to become the second original design manufacturer of the smartphone and shipments will start in September, reports "DigitTmes" (, quoting unnamed "industry sources." As iPhone gross margins are relatively small, Pegatron aims to compete for orders for iPad, MacBook Air and other Apple products and has increased production equipment and employment, the article adds. Other reports/rumors beg the iPhone 5's debut at October, not September.
Aug 03
South Korea fines Apple $2,830 for iPhone data collection
South Korea's communications regulator has fined Apple's local operation 3 million won ($2,830) for what it says is the illegal collection of iPhone user location information, reports the "Associated Press" ( The Korea Communications Commission announced in a statement that it's ordered Apple Korea to pay the fine for violating the country's location information laws. As the AP notes, this amount is insignificant for Apple as the company earned US$7.31 billion in its fiscal third quarter.
Aug 03
Stereo3D LE 3.0 compatible with Final Cut Pro X
Dashwood Cinema Solutions has released version 3.0 of Stereo3D Toolbox LE, the "lite" edition counterpart to Dashwood's professional Stereo3D Toolbox plug-in for stereoscopic 3D mastering. Developed by stereographer and company founder, Tim Dashwood, Stereo3D Toolbox LE provides a gateway into 3D content creation with basic stereoscopic 3D post-production tools for optimizing stereoscopically acquired footage. Stereo3D Toolbox LE is powered by Noise Industries' FxFactory platform and designed to work with Adobe After Effects, Apple Final Cut Pro, Apple Motion and Final Cut Express applications. The 3.0 update qualifies additional platforms, including the new Final Cut Pro X release, and includes a medley of new output options and features. Stereo3D Toolbox LE 3.0 incorporates a variety of basic stereoscopic 3D capabilities for 3D enthusiasts, including convergence adjustment and vertical, zoom and rotational disparity correction tools, "autoscale," a preview screen within the user...
Aug 03
Pinball Massacre released through the Mac App Store
Nuclear Nova has introduced Pinball Massacre 1.0 (, its seventh game for Mac OS X. It's available for Mac OS X 10.6 and higher in the Mac App Store and is on sale for US$4.99 ($9.99 is the regular price) for a limited time. Here's how the game is described: "Do you have what it takes to become the undisputed Pinball Master? Pinball Massacre is an arcade style pinball game. This first table in the Pinball Massacre series features two unique twists on classic pinball conventions. Based on the Stabb Gunner Universe, Pinball Massacre brings unique energy, art, humor, and 8bit culture to the pinball scene. "With Massacre Mode you need to get your flippers ready because you're about to get hit with an angry pinball blitz. Score as many points as you can in a very short time. With the Level Ball, we add an RPG twist that makes each pinball count.
Aug 03
Doxie U is personal paper scanner targeted to teachers, students
Apparent Corporation has expanded its Doxie brand scanner line-up ( with a new model just for teachers and students: Doxie U. is a small, US$119 USB-powered personal paper scanner. It creates PDFs, works with Evernote, fits in any backpack, and is now shipping. It's compatible with Mac OS X and Windows PCs. Academic credentials are required to purchase Doxie U. For non-academic users, consider Doxie, Wired's Editor's Choice for best portable paper scanner, which costs $149.
Aug 03
Passenger for Mac OS X Server gets new interface
MacinMind Software ( has updated its server account utility, Passenger, for Mac OS X Server to version 4. This version introduces a new interface, as well as two new features for distributing into and archiving home folders as well as improvements to the batch permissions setting tool. Passenger is a server account creation and password generation tool that
will import tab and comma-delimited text, ASIP 6.3 and Mac OS X XML and
create account information and passwords for AppleShare IP 5-6.3, Mac OS X
Server, Macintosh Manager, Eudora Internet Mail Server, WebSTAR FTP,
WebSTAR Web, Edmark TNV accounts, Master Spell and Master Key. Passenger
also customizes and distributes Eudora Settings and creates folders and
sets privileges in batch for AppleShare IP and Mac OS X Server. Passenger 4 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher and is compatible with Loin. Server tools are required to import users into Mac OS X Server Passenger 4 costs US$60 for the Standard Edition with a...
Aug 03
Cronette Cocoa task launcher ready for Lion
Tension Software has updated Cronette (, a Cocoa task launcher for Macs and Mac servers, to version 1.5. The new version is ready for OS X 10.7 ("Lion"). In addition, from this release, any task is launched in a separate thread. It can be used on unattended Mac  for tasks to execute at any time or for recurring tasks to be performed on a regular basis. And it provides different type of launch tasks and any task can be specified to launch different type of execution. Cronette lets you specify tasks to be launched automatically by the Mac. It can be used on unattended Mac Servers or also on regular Mac workstations for tasks to execute during the night or for recurring tasks to be performed on a regular basis. It provides different type of launch tasks: daily, weekly, monthly, yearly. Any task can be specified to launch different type of execution: open applications or documents from disk; open different type of URL; execute different type of actions: restart,...
Aug 03
PDF Checkpoint update ready for Lion
Zevrix ( has updated PDF Checkpoint, an automated PDF preflighting and conversion solution, to version 1.4. The new version is compatible with OS X 10.7 ("Lion"). PDF Checkpoint lets users review and analyze preflight results. The program is equally suitable to process hundreds of files as well as single PDF documents. PDF Checkpoint checks fonts, colors, images and metadata of multiple PDF files and lets users instantly identify potential problems according to user-defined preflight profiles. Preflight profiles let users check PDF for specific attributes, such as image resolution, color model, PDF/X compliance and others. PDF Checkpoint can also route PDF into success/error folders according to preflight results and generate preflight report for each file. With PDF Checkpoint, you can export PDF pages into TIFF, JPEG and other formats as RGB, CMYK or Grayscale images. You can specify image resolution and scale. You can also split multipage files into single page...
Aug 03
Stereo3D LE 3.0 compatible with Final Cut Pro X
Dashwood Cinema Solutions has released version 3.0 of Stereo3D Toolbox LE, the "lite" edition counterpart to Dashwood's professional Stereo3D Toolbox plug-in for stereoscopic 3D mastering. Developed by stereographer and company founder, Tim Dashwood, Stereo3D Toolbox LE provides a gateway into 3D content creation with basic stereoscopic 3D post-production tools for optimizing stereoscopically acquired footage. Stereo3D Toolbox LE is powered by Noise Industries' FxFactory platform and designed to work with Adobe After Effects, Apple Final Cut Pro, Apple Motion and Final Cut Express applications. The 3.0 update qualifies additional platforms, including the new Final Cut Pro X release, and includes a medley of new output options and features. Stereo3D Toolbox LE 3.0 incorporates a variety of basic stereoscopic 3D capabilities for 3D enthusiasts, including convergence adjustment and vertical, zoom and rotational disparity correction tools, "autoscale," a preview screen within the user...
Aug 03
Monotype Imaging announces Rotis II Sans typeface family
Monotype Imaging Holdings, a provider of text imaging solutions, has released new fonts that expand the Rotis suite of typefaces. The 14-font Rotis II Sans family, the latest addition to the Monotype collection and available from, introduces improvements that extend the versatility of the original Rotis design, according to Allan Haley, director of words and letters at Monotype Imaging. Created by Robin Nicholas, head of typography at Monotype Imaging's U.K. office, and typeface designer, Alice Savoie, Rotis II Sans imbues the aesthetic quality of the initial Rotis fonts, designed by the late Otl Aicher of Germany and released in 1988, he adds. Rotis II Sans comprises seven weights ranging from light to black, each with a companion italic. The fonts are available as OpenType Pro fonts, which include typographic features such as the ability to automatically insert ligatures and alternate characters. Pro fonts offer an extended character set to support most Central European...
Aug 02
ITC to look into Apple's patent complaint against Samsung
The International Trade Commission says ( it will look into Apple's patent complaint against Samsung. The investigation is based on a complaint filed by Apple Inc. of Cupertino, CA, on July 5, 2011. The complaint alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States and sale of certain electronic digital media devices and components thereof that infringe patents asserted by Apple. The complainant requests that the USITC issue an exclusion order and cease and desist orders. In June Samsung filed an ITC complaint against Apple, asking for an import ban against the iPhone, iPad and iPod. On June 17 Apple amended and expanded its complaint against Samsung, asserting more patents and other intellectual property rights than before against an extended list of allegedly infringing products. In April Samsung filed patent lawsuits against Apple over the U.S. firm's iPhone and iPad after Apple claimed Samsung's smartphones...
Aug 02
Apple overtakes Nokia as top smartphone vendor
Canalys ( has published its worldwide country-level second-quarter smart phone market estimates, showing that Apple has overtaken Nokia as the top smartphone vendor. Android, the number one platform by shipments since the fourth quarter of 2010, was the strongest growth driver in the quarter, with Android-based smartphone shipments up 379% over a year ago to 51.9 million units, notes the research group. In addition, with shipments of 20.3 million iPhones and a market share of 19%, iOS overtook Nokia's Symbian platform during the quarter to take second place worldwide. In doing so, Apple also became the world's leading individual smart phone vendor, stripping Nokia of its long-held leadership position, says Canalys. "The iPhone has been a phenomenal success story for Apple and a watershed product for the market," says Canalys Vice President and Principal Analyst Chris Jones. "It's an impressive success story, given that Apple has only been in the smartphone...
Aug 02
iPhone 5 could be 'bigger than expected'
In a note to clients -- as reported by "AppleInsider" ( -- Sterne Agree analyst said his sources indicate that the upcoming iPhone 5 could be a more significant upgrade than previous rumors have suggested, sporting a larger display and thinner design. He thinks the fifth generation iPhone will feature a slightly larger display than the current 3.5-inch screen found on the iPhone 4. It's also expected to feature the same dual-core A5 processor already found in the iPad 2. In addition, Agree says the new iPhone will feature a similar form factor and size to the iPhone 4, but will sport a thinner bezel. However, it's not expected to have 4G-LTE high-speed wireless data connectivity. The new technology still has issues with battery life and network coverage, problems that Wu believes Apple will fix at some point in the future.
Aug 02
Kodak to sell patents involved in Apple lawsuit?
Eastman Kodak is exploring a sale of one the company's crown jewels: the patent for previewing photographs currently being litigated against Apple and Research In Motion, reports "The Wall Street Journal" ( The imaging company recently said it is considering the sale of 1,100 patents, or 10% of the company's portfolio. Kodak said the patents at stake covered capturing, storing, organizing and sharing digital images, but didn't specify whether the sale would include the one at issue in the Apple and RIM lawsuits. In January Kodak filed lawsuits against Apple and Research In Motion (RIM), alleging the infringement of Kodak digital imaging technology. The Kodak complaint, filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), specifically claimed that Apple’s iPhones and RIM’s camera-enabled BlackBerry devices infringe a Kodak patent that covers technology related to a method for previewing images. Separately, Kodak filed two suits -- also in January -- against...
Aug 02
Apple offers public developer beta of iCloud
Apple has commenced its first public developer beta test for its new iCloud services. Of course, you have to be a registered Apple developer to test drive it. The rest of us will have to wait until the official release this fall. iCloud is a set of free new cloud services that works with applications on your Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or PC to automatically and wirelessly store your content in iCloud and automatically and wirelessly push it to all your devices. When anything changes on one of your devices, all of your devices are wirelessly updated almost instantly. “Today it is a real hassle and very frustrating to keep all your information and content up-to-date across all your devices,” Apple CEO Steve Jobs said during his keynote address at the 2011 Worldwide Developer Conference. “iCloud keeps your important information and content up to date across all your devices. All of this happens automatically and wirelessly, and because it’s integrated into our apps you don’t even...
Aug 02
Vocalabs: automated part of Apple's customer service...
Apple continues to lead Dell and HP in customer service quality for phone-based technical support, but customers are reporting more problems with the automated part of the call, according to the latest study conducted by Vocal Laboratories (Vocalabs). In telephone interviews immediately following a support call, 58% of Apple customers were “Very Satisfied” with the experience during the first six months of 2011, compared to 47% of Dell customers and 53% of HP customers. Apple's satisfaction score is down 15 points from a year ago, while HP has improved nine points over the past two years, says Vocalabs (, a company that "helps leading brands improve customer service by collecting timely and actionable feedback about customer service quality." Customers remain highly satisfied with Apple’s support agents, with 77% of customers in the first six months of this year being “Very Satisfied” with the technician; as compared to 56% of Dell customers and 61% of HP...
Aug 02
Cost is most important factor when choosing mobile video apps
When it comes to mobile video apps like YouTube, Hulu or Netflix, consumers say the best things in life are free. According to a new study released by the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM) and Nielsen (, 63% of survey respondents said that “free or low subscription rates” is the most important attribute for a video app. In fact, as long as consumers can get the video app for free, or at a low cost, more than half (56%) of respondents said they don’t mind mobile advertisements on video apps --especially if it allows them to access content for free. In addition, 65 percent of video app users surveyed said that word-of-mouth plays an important role in deciding which video apps to use. The study also showed that video app usage increases consumer engagement with TV programs, networks and related websites. Roughly 85% of video app users surveyed said they watch the same amount or more of regularly scheduled TV since they began using...
Aug 02
SmartMusic 2012 introduces new vocal, sight-reading tech
MakeMusic has announced the release of SmartMusic 2012. The latest version of the interactive music software for band, orchestra and voice delivers a first in interactive music software with the functionality to guide and assess instrumental sight reading and vocal sight singing, including warm-ups, exercises and method books, says MakeMusic CEO Karen van Lith. Now, vocalists and vocal teachers have access to the same assessment and practice tools that instrumental programs have always enjoyed with SmartMusic, she says. SmartMusic 2012’s technology enables vocal teachers to provide individualized instruction by sending, tracking and grading assignments for each student. SmartMusic provides vocal students with an immediate assessment, displaying the notes performed correctly in green and the notes performed incorrectly in red. In addition, students can record and listen to each of their performances. New vocal repertoire ranges from warm-ups and exercises (Building Beautiful Voices...
Aug 02
Akitio 4eleases Taurus Mini Super-S to storage product line
Akitio ( has added the US$199 Taurus Mini Super-S to the company’s line of storage products. Targeted to audio/video enthusiasts, it's a 2.5-inch, dual bay SATA enclosure, compact in size, and is complete with a built-in LCD display and two FW800 ports for daisy chaining.  The Taurus Mini Super-S sports eSATA, FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 connectivity. To maximize performance and data throughput, “RAID 0-Striping” is a solution for daily backups and other data transfers. In addition, the “RAID 1-Mirroring” function will automatically create a copy of all data in the event a drive may fail.  Akitio’s storage solution comes equipped with a built-in LCD display for device configuration, event messages and access to detailed information about the external hard drives. Parameters, such as HDD temperature, can be monitored with the help of the LCD display. Also, the storage device utilizes Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology to obtain data directly from the...
Aug 02
Native Instruments announces new Komplete, Kontakt products,...
Native Instruments has updated versions of several of its products. Kontakt 5 is the next generation of the company's software sampler. The new version offers enhanced sound shaping through a host of new high-quality filters and studio-grade effect algorithms, superior time-stretching, vintage sampling modes, and more. It also introduces two major new features for advanced instrument design. Kontakt 5 will be available in September for US$399 and will also be included in the new Komplete 8 and Komplete 8 Ultimate bundles. An update for owners of previous Kontakt versions will be available for $119. Native Instruments also announced two new products that expand its recently established range of Guitar Rig-based studio effects. The new Solid Mix Series emulates the EQ and dynamics sections of one of the most revered mixing consoles of all time, while Transient Master recreates a popular hardware processor that provides transient processing. All products can used be used with the free...
Aug 02
RogueSheep announces Instaview for Mac OS X
RogueSheep has introduced Instaview 1.0 (, a third party Instagram app that allows Mac users to view photos and participate within the Instagram community. The stream shown in each window is configurable as well as the size and frame of the window itself. Streams can display their photos either in an automatic slideshow mode or by direct user navigation. Controls on the window overlay allow users to browse information about the photo and more. Instaview allows users to create one or more stream windows showing Instagram photos. The stream shown in each window is configurable as well as the size and frame of the window itself. Streams can display their photos either in an automatic slideshow mode or by direct user navigation. Controls on the window overlay allow users to browse information about the photo including the location, contributor, caption, timeframe of the photo, number of likes and comments. Popovers can be shown to show the list of...
Aug 02
CNS Barcode is new FileMaker Pro plug-in
Comm-Unity Networking Systems has released CNS Barcode 1.0 for FileMaker Pro. It brings barcode scanning and generating to FileMaker Pro on the desktop.   Comm-Unity is releasing this plug-in during their DevCon Discount sale, so you can get 25% off until the end of August. CNS Barcode is available immediately at for both Mac OS X and Windows. This plug-in can both scan and generate barcodes. CNS Barcode can scan JPEG or PNG images containing barcodes or it can use an attached webcam to scan any barcodes held up to the camera. Any of the barcode formats you can scan, you can also create with the plug-in, including Code 3 of 9 (Code 39), Code 3 of 9 Ext. (Code 39+), Code 93, Code 128, DataBar-14, DataBar-14 Stacked, EAN 2, EAN 5, EAN 13, EAN 14, EAN 128, Interleaved 2 of 5, ISBN, QR Code, UPC A, and UPC E. A single user license for the client version of CNS Barcode is normally US$85; however, the DevCon Discount brings the price to $63.75 until the...
Aug 02
Atomos announces shipping date for Samurai field recorder
Atomos, the creator of the NAB award-winning Ninja, says its HD-SDI Samurai 10-bit Apple ProRes Field Recorder, Monitor and Playback/Playout device will begin shipping in September, during the IBC show in Amsterdam.   Samurai boasts: a high resolution, five-inch (800 x 480) touchscreen/monitor; a Continuous Power battery management system; the ability to record to HDDs and SSDs; silent, fanless operation; and aircraft-grade aluminum construction. It will ship with playout of full-resolution HD-SDI (1920 x 1080) decoded from the devices’s recorded media.   Samurai can be used as an HD-SDI, single-channel playout device for instant review or broadcast, or in any situation that requires an extremely high quality full-HD source -- with up to 20 hours of HD playout from a single disk. Producers, directors and camera operators can check quality and composition on-set or on the way home, using the Samurai’s built-in, high resolution 800 x 480 SMPTE color-spec screen, for portability, or at...
Aug 02
QuarkXPress 9.0.1 update available

Quark has released QuarkXPress 9.0.1, a free update of QuarkXPress 9 that's available to all current version 9 users. As the first maintenance release of QuarkXPress 9, version 9.0.1 resolves issues identified in QuarkXPress 9.0. The update can be downloaded from . QuarkXPress 9.0.1 supports Mac OS 10.5.8 or higher. The next update, due in late August, will be certified to support Mac OS 10.7 ("Lion").

 Quark is offering a free, fully functional, 30-day Test Drive of QuarkXPress 9 to users interested in experiencing the new features for digital publishing and design-driven automation. To download the QuarkXPress 9 30-day Test Drive go to .
Aug 02
Artboard for Mac OS X adds numeric input for object geometry
Mapdiva has updated Artboard (, their vector drawing software for Mac OS X, to version 1.1. It's available exclusively on the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 and costs US$19.99. Version 1.1 includes numeric input for object geometry, Core Image Filter style components, new Layers menu and more. With Artboard, you can design logos, posters, floor plans, technical drawings, fashions, web graphics, and more. Use pre-designed templates to create fliers, invitations, signs, and business cards. Artboard includes over 1,600 styles and fully editable clip art, including speech bubbles, buttons, maps and flags, people factory, and home planning, plus a library to store your own creations. The software features a style generator and stacked styles, providing a range of effects. It takes advantage of a Core Image-supported graphics card.
Aug 02
Jedit X text editor ready for Lion
Artman21 ( has updated Jedit X, the Cocoa-based text editor for Mac OS X, to version 2.29. The upgrade is compatible with OS X Lion. Jedit X is an Universal Binary app so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. The cost is US$28 for a single-user license, though version 2.21 is a free update for registered users.
Aug 02
MacScan updated with Lion support
SecureMac has announced MacScan 2.9, the latest version of its anti-spyware privacy and security software for Mac OS X.  This new version is ready for OS X 10.7 Lion. It also contains an improved user interface plus the latest spyware definitions and tracking cookie blacklist.  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 ( 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 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 Family Pack price. 
Aug 02
iWisdom for Mac OS X updated to version 2.3
PowerSurge Publishing has just released iWisdom 2.3 for Mac OS X and Windows. The new version now provides the user with a choice of preferences for help with backups: ° Automatic backups each time the program quits, and prior to significant events such as imports; ° Occasional suggestions to perform backups, weekly and prior to significant events; ° Purely manual backups, initiated only at the user's request. The latest version of iWisdom also allows the user some choices in terms of how wisdom items are stored: ° Organized within author/title folders, or all at the top level of the collection's folder, without any subfolders; ° With file names based on each item's title, or simply numbered sequentially; ° In the original XML format, or in a more easily read and edited format called structured text. iWisdom is a program that manages a collection of quotations or other brief insights. The program tracks a set of data fields concerning each bit of wisdom, including author, source,...
Aug 01
HTC sues Apple in the UK
HTC, the Taiwan-based smartphone manufacturer doing battle with Apple over patents disputes, has sued Apple in the UK. The complaint, filed July 29 in London, comes two weeks after HTC lost a ruling against Apple at the U.S. International Trade Commission. Notice of the U.K. case didn’t specify the nature of the new lawsuit, notes "Bloomberg" ( The Washington-based ITC ruled on July 15 that HTC’s Android-based mobile phones infringe two Apple patents, a judgment that HTC has said it will appeal. However, last month HTC said it was willing to negotiate with Apple after both sides scored victories at the U.S. International Trade Commission. On July 6 HTC announced an US$300 million deal to buy S3 Graphics, less than a week after that company won an ITC ruling against Apple over two patents. In a July 15 initial determination, the same commission ruled in Apple’s favor on two other patents. Regarding the latter, the US trade commission said that HTC was guilty of...
Aug 01
Apple TV gets software update
Apple has released a software update for the Apple TV that adds the ability to purchase TV shows from iTunes and stream shows that have already been bought. Users can download and install the update directly from the latest gen Apple TV. The Apple TV update also adds support for the Vimeo site. You can browse and play videos from Vimeo, access your video inbox, and mark videos you want to watch later. Apple has also expanded the "Purchased" section of the iTunes Store as accessed via a Mac, PC or iOS device to include re-downloads of purchased TV content.
Aug 01
NetMarketShare: Mac OS X, Safari, iOS set record highs
According to the latest market share survey from NetMarketShare (, the market share for Mac OS X, Safari and iOS all rose last month. According to the report, among operating systems, Mac OS X had 5.59% of the global market share in July compared to 5.37% in June (that's global market share; in the US it's almost 10%). This is the highest percentage ever for Mac OS X. Windows remains dominant with 87.66% as of July. That's down from 88.29% in May. When it comes to browsers, Safari had 8.05% in July compared to 7.48% in June; that's its highest percentage every. Internet Explorer had 52.81% Firefox had 21.48% and Chrome had 13.11%. That compares to, respectively, June percentages of 53.68%, 21.57% and 13.45%, respectively, for the browsers. The iOS's market share also rose, according to NetMarketShare. It had 2.98% of the global market share in July compared to 2.63% in June. NetMarketShares' monthly surveys don't measure market share in terms of computer...
Aug 01
Apple-Samsung battle continues in Australia
Apple has 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, reports "Bloomberg" ( The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 infringes 10 Apple patents, including the “look and feel,” and touchscreen technology of the iPad, Steven Burley, a lawyer for Apple, told Federal Court Justice Annabelle Bennett in Sydney yesterday. Apple sought an Australian injunction and also wants to stop Samsung from selling the tablet in other countries, Burley said without specifying where, notes "Bloomberg." This is the latest skirmish in the ongoing legal battle between Apple and Samsung. In June Samsung filed an International Trade Commission complaint against Apple, asking for an import ban against the iPhone, iPad and iPod. On June 17 Apple amended and expanded its complaint against Samsung, asserting more patents and other intellectual property rights than before...
Aug 01
Apple, others buy Nortel patents
Nortel Networks Corp. ( says its subsidiary, Nortel Networks Limited (NNL), and certain of its other subsidiaries, including Nortel Networks Inc. and Nortel Networks UK Limited (in administration), have completed the sale of all of Nortel's remaining patents and patent applications to a consortium consisting of Apple, EMC, Ericsson, Microsoft, Research In Motion and Sony, for a cash purchase price of US$4.5 billion. The sale includes more than 6,000 patents and patent applications spanning wireless, wireless 4G, data networking, optical, voice, Internet, service provider, semiconductors and other patents. The extensive patent portfolio touches nearly every aspect of telecommunications and additional markets as well, including Internet search and social networking, according to the folks at Nortel. Last year Nortel sold its optical networking and carrier ethernet business to Ciena for US$769 million and its wireless business to Ericsson for $1.3 billion. was...
Aug 01
iPad leads in brand satisfaction among US consumers
Apple commands the highest satisfaction rating of all tablet sellers among U.S. consumers -- along with the vast majority of sales and a high degree of loyalty among owners -- according to the new report from IHS iSuppli ( To measure consumer satisfaction, U.S. tablet owners surveyed were asked how likely they would be to recommend their tablet to friends or family members. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 0 indicating the owner would not recommend it, 10 indicating the owner is very likely to recommend it, and 5 being neutral, iPad owners gave an average rating of 8.8 to their Apple iPads, the highest rating of all the 11 top-ranked brands mentioned by consumers surveyed. More than 80% of Apple owners rated their tablet at eight or higher on the recommendation scale. Fewer than 1% gave a rating of less than five.  In a surprise, China’s Shenzhen Zenithink Technologies, came in a close second at 8.75, although the overall sample for that model was comparatively small...
Aug 01
Analyst forecasts Surround Sound Apple HDTV for March 2012
Global Equities Research analyst Trip Chowdhry told clients in a note -- as reported by "AppleInsider" ( that he thinks Apple will launch a new high-definition television in March 2012 with three screen sizes and price points. He thinks the Apple HDTV would be akin to Bose's pricey VideoWave (pictured), an US$5,200, 46-inch LCD HDTV with an integrated surround-sound speaker system. Chowdry says his "converged view" of data from various developers is "probably" 75% accurate The analyst thinks any television set from Apple would have just one cable. He adds that the HDTV will probably be about two inches thick and sport a 16-speaker, Surround Sound system.
Aug 01
Majority of Verizon iPhone customers want the iPhone 5
The bulk of of Verizon customers are waiting for the iPhone 5 instead of buying the currently available iPhone 4, according to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster. In a note to clients -- as reported by "AppleInsider" ( -- he says polled a small sample of 216 mobile phone users about their phones and carriers. His sampling found that many Verizon customers are waiting for the iPhone 5 as the iPhone 4 only went on sale to Verizon customers in February, a full eight months after the handset was first sold to AT&T customers. Of Verizon subscribers who don't have an iPhone but plan to buy an iPhone next, 74% are waiting for the iPhone 5. Just 53% of AT&T customers who plan to buy an iPhone said they are waiting for the fifth-generation model. "This pent up demand for the next iPhone at Verizon may drive numbers higher than the 3.8 (million) units we are modeling Apple to sell through Verizon in the September quarter," Munster told clients. "And our...
Aug 01
Adobe offers preview of HTML5 web motion, interaction design...
Adobe has announced the first public preview release of Adobe Edge, a new HTML5 web motion and interaction design tool that allows web designers to bring animation, similar to that created in Flash Professional, to websites using standards likes HTML, JavaScript and CSS. Because of rapid changes around HTML5, the company is adopting an open development methodology for Adobe Edge and is releasing the software on the Adobe Labs site much earlier than normal in the development process -- before it even reaches beta -- in order to allow user feedback to help shape the final product, according to Paul Gubbay, vice president of Design and Web Engineering, Adobe. While in public preview, Adobe Edge will be a no-charge download that web designers are encouraged to explore and provide feedback on, to help shape future preview releases. To download the software, visit . Adobe Edge, first shown at Adobe MAX 2010, is targeted to designers who want a way to leverage Web...
Aug 01
Personal Audio can't double dip in patent infringement...
A U.S. District Judge said Friday that the $8 million in damages Apple has to pay to patent licensing company Personal Audio for violations of a playlist patent from the iPod covers "past and future use of the technology" and should extend to the iPhone and iPad, reports "AppleInsider" ( Las month Apple was ordered by the U.S. District Court in Eastern Texas, to pay damages to Personal Audio for patent infringement. Personal Audio, a patent licensing company with an office in Beaumont, Texas, sued Apple in 2009 for US$84 million in damages, claiming infringement of two patents for downloadable playlists. The Texas jury agreed that the patents were infringed. However, District Judge Ron Clark ruled that Apple's $8 million in damages would provide a license for products not specifically named in the original complaint. -- Dennis Sellers
Aug 01
Apple's 'App Store' legal efforts causing...
Apple’s efforts to get Amazon to stop using the word “App Store” to describe its, well, app store haven't been successful yet, but Jobs & Company have caused Amazon some trouble in Germany. Amazon has recently stopped accepting new apps from developers there because of Apple’s legal action, reports "SplatF" ( However, Apple will “probably” lose its court bid to stop Inc. from using the term “App store” for a service selling programs for Android devices, reports "Bloomberg Businessweek" ( In June, U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton said after a hearing in Oakland, California, Wednesday that she is “probably” going to deny the motion because Apple hasn’t demonstrated confusion among consumers. Hamilton said she will review court filings before issuing a final decision. Apple’s difficulty demonstrating “real evidence of actual confusion” among consumers is a “stumbling block for Apple,” Hamilton said in court. “I’m troubled...
Aug 01
FileMaker Design Studio scheduled for Oct in New York City
The Craft of FileMaker will be hosting their next Design Studio for FileMaker Pro Developers Oct. 24-26 in New York City. This three day training will be lead by veteran FileMaker Developer's Conference Speaker, Don Levan, president of Vanguard Custom Software and Founder of the Craft of FileMaker. Attendees of The Design Studio will learn a formal process for designing FileMaker solutions. Attendees can save US$300 by registering by the end of the FileMaker Developer's conference. The Studio is being held at the 825 3rd Avenue (50th Street) in the heart of the Big Apple. The Studio will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Participants are encouraged to bring their laptop computers. Paper, sharpies, sticky notes, and six-up templates will be provided. Participants will receive a recommended reading list in advance of the Studio. Participants are responsible for their own meals. For more info go to .
Aug 01
Foxconn to significantly increase number of robots in its...
Foxconn, the world’s largest contract electronics manufacturer by revenue, plans to increase the use of robots in its factories 100-fold to one million within three years, reports the "Financial Times" ( The Taiwan-based electronics manufacturing service provider makes iPads, iPhones and other products for Apple. The move underlines the drastic changes China-based manufacturers are forced to make as the country’s unlimited supply of cheap labour is running out, the article adds. Currently, Foxconn employs 1.2 million people, with over one million workers from mainland China and 400,000 of the workers from Shenzhen.
Aug 01
Goya Releases Refresh, a FileMaker update manager
Goya Pty has introduced RefreshFM ( FileMaker Update Manager tool developed to complement BaseElements, their solution analysis tool. RefreshFM is a set of FileMaker files and includes the free and open source BaseElements plug-in. RefreshFM builds, runs and manages an import process for FileMaker solutions and lets developers update from old, live versions to a new development version with minimal intervention and complete control. RefreshFM lets you build a complete update process for a FileMaker solution, and run that import at any time, says Goya developer, Darrin Southern. This allows you to have a fast, well managed, completely error checked upgrade process for your solutions in the shortest possible time frame, he adds. RefreshFM runs in FileMaker 11, but can update a solution from any version of FileMaker from 7 onwards. It's available for US$299 for a developer license, which allows you to create and update an unlimited number of solutions. A...
Aug 01
321Soft Data Recovery roars onto Lion
321Soft Studio has updated 321Soft Data Recovery for Mac ( to version, adding Lion compatibility. 321Soft Data Recovery can recover lost data -- including photos, documents, video, music, PDF, and text files -- from all types of media such as hard drives, USB flash drives, iPod, SD Card, memory sticks, mobile devices, or any other type portable storage device. It's compatible with HFS+, FAT16/32, NTFS ISO9660, UDF, and EXT2/3 file system volumes. 321Soft Studio -- compatible with Mac OS X 10.4 and higher -- is non-destructive data recovery software and won't write or make changes to the drive it's recovering from. All recovered files must be saved to another storage device or another drive letter in the system. The software is available at a starting price of US$99.95 for a single user license. Technician and administrator licenses are available for $159.95.
Aug 01
AutoCrypt revved for Lion
Pomola Software ( has updated AutoCrypt, an US$7 multipurpose encryption tool, with Lion compatibility. AutoCrypt -- which is compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 or later -- lets you save in a document all the settings used to create encrypted archives. Using these documents, AutoCrypt can be used for crypto batch processing of files. Using the blowfish algorithm, all the encrypted files will be unreadable by anyone except who knows the correct password. Documents are at the basis of the way AutoCrypt operates. These documents don't contain encrypted data, but they're used to encrypt the files the user likes to protect . In case the files to encrypt or to decrypt are updated with frequencies, an AutoCrypt document listing this files provides a one-click method to encrypt them, storing the updated files in a user specified place. The user can launch AutoCrypt as example in the night using the Autorunoption turned on in the document to execute.
Aug 01
Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2011 is Lion compatible
Kaspersky Lab has updated Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2011 for Mac that's fully compatible with OS X Lion.   The software utilizes malware signature detection methods, as well as cloud-based detection technologies to protect users’ Macs from new and unknown threats. The product not only finds and removes malicious software designed for Mac OS X, but also for Microsoft Windows and Linux.   More information about the product is available online ( An updated version of the software can be downloaded here (

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