Penn State students test driving iPads
Students at Penn State are test-driving iPads in a technical writing course. Last summer the school’s Education Technology Services (ETS) bought 40 Apple tablet computers for faculty and student projects. Michael Faris, an instructor in the Department of English, planned a technical writing course for fall 2010 featuring the iPad in its curriculum.
“Students in my class were juniors and seniors who had already developed their reading, writing and research habits,” Faris says. “The iPad forced them to adapt to different strategies and change the way they think about their work.”
Each student in the class received the touch-screen-only iPad and an accessory keyboard for the semester. Apple donated iTunes gift cards to cover the cost of applications students may have needed to download for the class -- like a word processing program -- as well as a gift card from publishing company Bedford/St. Martin’s, to cover the expense of the digital textbook they needed to download.
Faris said that...
Ovum: Android OS will edge pass the iOS by 2015
The iPhone and iPad accounted for 90% of the 14 million devices running "lite" operating systems sold last year. By 2015, however, when 150 million sales are expected, the proportion of smartphones and tablets based on Apple software will have dipped to 35%, the analysts at Ovum told clients -- as reported by "The Telegraph" (http://macte.ch/NsKAo). And I'd take this prediction with a big grain of salt.
"This huge growth in shipments will be dominated by tablet-style technologies such as the iPad and will mainly be driven by consumers buying devices to complement their smartphones," says Tony Cripps, principal analyst, Ovum.
He adds that the main beneficiary will be Google, and that by 2015 its share of smartphone and tablet sales will have risen to 36 %, edging ahead of Apple. The remaining 29% of the "lite" operating system market will be divided between Microsoft, RIM and HP's WebOS, the analysts said.
-- Dennis Sellers
iPad accounted for nearly 90% of media tablets shipped in 3Q10
The worldwide media tablet market grew 45.1% in the third quarter of 2010 (3Q10), driven almost exclusively by global demand for Apple's iPad. According to the International Data Corporation (http://www.idc.com) researchgroup, vendors shipped 4.8 million units globally in 3Q10, compared to 3.3 million units in the second quarter of 2010 and iPad represented nearly 90% of the media tablets shipped worldwide in 3Q10.
The growing popularity of tablet devices among consumers worldwide is evidenced not only by adoption of media tablets, but also of eReaders, saysIDC. The third quarter of 2010 saw global eReader shipments increase to 2.7 million units representing 40% growth over 2Q10, with the U.S. representing nearly three-quarters of the worldwide eReader market.
According to IDC, media tablets are tablet form factor devices with color displays larger than five inches and smaller than 14 inches, running lightweight operating systems (such as Apple's iOS and Google's Android OS) and can...
Two charged with stealing iPad users' data
Two U.S. prosecutors filed criminal charges against two people accused of stealing the email addresses and other personal data of about 120,000 users of the iPad, reports "Reuters" (http://macte.ch/CXmXp).
Daniel Spitler and Andrew Auernheimer were each charged with one count of fraud and one count of conspiracy to access a computer without authorization, prosecutors said. The charges arise from an alleged hacking last year of AT&T's servers, which affected iPad users who accessed the Internet through AT&T's 3G network.
The charges come seven months after a group calling itself Goatse Security said it hacked into AT&T's iPad subscriber data. The group obtained a list of email addresses that also included celebrities, chief executives, politicians and several senior government officials, adds "Reuters."
CDMA iPhone orders expected to hit 12-15 million in 2011
Taiwan-based notebook maker Pegatron Technology has recently started shipping its Apple CDMA iPhones orders with total volume is estimated to be around 12-15 million units in 2011, reports "DigiTimes" (http://macte.ch/r2n2b), quoting "sources from upstream component makers."
Pegatron originally only forecasted internally to ship about 10 million CDMA iPhones in 2011. However, as demand continues to stay strong, the company has recently increased its internal shipment forecast to 12-15 million units, "DigiTimes" adds.
Analyst predicts sales of four million Macs for first fiscal...
Any drop in Apple's share price tomorrow "presents a buying opportunity ahead of earnings," according to Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty in a note to clients, as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com). He discussed the impact of Apple CEO Steve Jobs' medical leave of absence, as well as an improved outlook for iOS and more favorable component costs than previously expected.
"We expect the company to report strong December quarter results Tuesday night and continue to believe our bull case of CY11 $25 EPS (vs. consensus of $20.68) is increasingly likely on the back of stronger than expected iPhone/iPad shipments and gross margins." the analyst says. ""In addition to upward revisions from the recent Verizon launch, our meetings highlighted long iPhone lead times in China given strong demand. iPad touch panels, the major bottleneck over the past several quarters and 10-15% of the iPad's bill of materials, are now produced at 90% manufacturing yields with potential...
Ludwig receivers to be compatible with iPod docking stations
Ludwig Enterprise (http://www.ludwigent.com) says its new receiver, dubbed The One, will be compatible with the Apple’s iPod docking devices.
The One’s docking connector is designed to mate or electronically couple with “off the shelf” docking cavities in external speakers, clock radios, charging stations and more. Interoperability improves product performance and increases accessory choices. The One radio is designed to be a mobile or fixed based multi-channel, multi-purposed digital 2-way communication device.
The device will resemble existing PDAs with touch screen for channel selection, GPS, USB port, and self-contained antenna. The primary service is audio but may be enhanced with video, signage, text, educational and social networking features.
Availability and pricing for The One hasn't been announced.
WD expands line of SAS hard drives
Western Digital (http://www.westerndigital.com) has announced the availability of its second-generation WD S25 SAS drives and its latest WD RE SAS 3.5-inch drives for the traditional enterprise market.
Shipping now, the 2.5-inch, 10,000 RPM, WD S25 with SAS 6 Gb/second interface hard drives offer IT professionals storage with new 450GB and 600 GB capacities. The WD S25 line, including the previously released 147GB and 300GB capacities, is designed for mission-critical server and storage systems.
Also shipping now to original equipment manufacturers, the new 3.5-inch, 7,200 RPM, WD RE SAS with 6 Gb/second interface hard drives offer 1TB and 2TB capacity points. The WD RE SAS drives mark a commitment to the expansion of WD's SAS portfolio for high-capacity data center storage, storage area networks (SAN), network attached storage (NAS), direct attach storage (DAS), networked surveillance systems and cloud storage.
Brother expands all-in-one inkjets
Brother International Corp. (http://www.Brother-USA.com) has announced its second generation of Professional Series inkjet all-in-one machines (MFC-J6510DW, MFC-J6710DW and MFC-J6910DW) priced from US$249 to $349.
This new Professional Series from Brother offers small business owners an opportunity to print, copy, scan and fax up to 11 x 17 inches. The new models sport such features as duplex (two-sided) printing to reduce paper consumption and Super High-Yield ink cartridges to save on replacement costs. The machines also offer fast print speeds, an auto-document feeder and dual paper trays to increase total capacity up to 500 pages.
All of the models will be compatible with the free downloadable Brother iPrint&Scan app by April, which allows wireless printing from or scanning to an Apple mobile device or Android smartphone. The Brother Professional Series MFC-J6510DW and MFC-J6710DW will be available at national office superstores, retailers, dealers and online resellers...
Virtual TimeClock update offers new payroll integration
Redcort Software has announced Virtual TimeClock '11 (http://www.redcort.com/timeclock/), the latest version of the time and attendance software for Mac and Windows computers. Employers can now prevent or restrict clock in and out times based on employee shifts, instantly track late arrivals, and view shift reports and summaries to reduce overtime costs and more easily manage employee time and attendance.
Virtual TimeClock '11's new overtime control features allow employees to record an early clock in as their shift start time or prevent early clock-ins altogether. Allowing users to clock in early but not starting until their actual shift start time is called a "Courtesy Clock In."
Early clock-ins can be overridden by a manager with a new security access setting. Clock-out restrictions work in a similar fashion to control late clock outs, including a new automatic clock out feature. Assigning shifts to employee schedules, calculating shift differentials, shift and late arrival reports...
Invoices for Mac OS X gets interface improvements
Tension Software has updated Invoices (http://www.pomola.com/products_invoices/invoices.html), a native Cocoa application to create and manage invoices in Mac OS X, to version 2.8.1. The upgrade offers some interface improvements and adds a display, above the form, of the paper format used.
Invoices (US$40) allows you to create a new invoices with all data without using the keyboard, only with the mouse and all from a single panel view. You can make two different type of invoices, Plain and Table, where description of sold goods and services can be managed in a different way.
Invoices automatically calculates totals and taxes, in accordance with the set-up the user specified using his own country's rules. Invoices requires Mac OS X 10.4. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.
Power Manager 4.0.3 includes new developer tools
DssW has released Power Manager 4.0.3 for Mac OS X. This release includes new developer tools and bug fixes.
Power Manager is an automation and energy saving solution for Mac OS X. It boasts a range of energy saving events, including the ability to run applications and scripts to a schedule.
New to Power Manager 4.0.3 is the Power application programming interface. Developers can now programmatically access the battery and power information. This information includes the battery health, charge, and time remaining. A range of power sources are supported, including Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS). The Power API is available through C, Objective-C, shell, and AppleScript interfaces.
Power Manager 4.0.3 also fixes a bug in the inactivity trigger. This bug affected how multiple inactivity triggers interacted, and could cause triggers not to fire.
For more information, and to download a 30-day demo version of Power Manager, go to http://www.dssw.co.uk/powermanager/ . Registration is...
US Mac sales up 18% year-over-year for holiday quarter
New domestic sales data from the NPD Group )http://www.npd.com) says Apple's U.S. Mac sales were up 18% year-over-year during the holidays, suggesting that the company remains on track to report its best quarterly Mac sales ever.
In a note to clients -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster unveiled the latest stats from the NDP research group. The figures showed that international Mac sales are growing even faster than domestic, which means Apple is in line to meet Wall Street expectations of 24% year-over-year sales growth.
NPD data from the September 2010 quarter hints that Mac sales were up 22% year-over-year, while Apple reported actual Mac unit growth of 27%. Munster thinks Apple will sell 1.2 million iMacs in the December quarter, without a major redesign, compared to about 500,000 of the newMacBook Air.
As it did in December, the latest NPD data shows that Apple remains on pace to sell as many as 4.3 million Macs in the...
Apple stock dips on Jobs' medical leave of absence
U.S. markets were closed on Monday in recognition of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday, but the announcement that CEO Steve Jobs was taking another medical leave of absence (with Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook again overseeing day-to-day operations at Apple), the company's stock was down nearly 10 % in Frankfurt, Germany, for European trading. It closed the day down 6.2 percent, to finish at €244.05.
U.S. markets, including the NASDAQ, where AAPL is traded, will open at their regular time of 9:30 a.m. eastern on Tuesday. In a note to clients -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com), analyst Mike Abramsky said he expects Apple stock to be volatile in the near future, but also buoyed by the strong expected quarter for the start of fiscal 2011.
He noted that Apple and Jobs' decision not to reveal the CEO's condition could "sustain uncertainty." However, the analyst noted that investors may also focus on the fact that Jobs has twice already successfully...
'Consumer Reports': don't buy the first Verizon...
"Consumer Reports" is advising people to hold off buying the iPhone 4 from Verizon Wireless next month, saying the device they'll be getting is a middle-aged smartphone that Apple will likely replace in the summer with a new generation (the expected iPhone 5). In an online blog (), "CR" says you do take the plunge with the first model, here's what you may be facing for the next two years:
"No 4G. At this year's CES, it became very clear that 4G networks, which promise data connections up to 10 times faster than 3G and dramatically smoother video streams, represent the future of mobile technology. And any smart phone that doesn't have this capability will get old fast.
"True, Verizon's fledgling 4G LTE currently reaches only 38 markets (an estimated 100 million people), but this desirable service is expanding quickly—Verizon promises to reach 200 million people by the end of 2011). More important: You can't upgrade phones to support Verizon's LTE network.
"A slowish processor. The...
Beatles sell over five million tracks on iTunes
Sales of Beatles tracks on iTunes have topped five million since becoming available last November, according to Apple -- as reported by "New Media Age" (http://macte.ch/pLYZg). What's more, sales of Beatles albums have topped one million, with the 1969 album , "Abbey Road," the band’s bestselling album on iTunes.
The Beatles' catalog arrived at the iTunes Store on Nov. 16. This followed years of negotiations between Apple and The Beatles’ record label EMI Group.
Xsan, Final Cut Server, Mac OS X Server on the chopping block?
According to unnamed sources, the discontinuation of the Xserve by Apple would be only the beginning of an overhaul, which would lead to the disappearance of some professional oriented activities, according to a "Hardmac" report (http://macte.ch/Cw1Ts).
Noting that the info is "unverified," the article says that Xsan and Final Cut Server could be among the programs being discontinued. "Hardmac" goes so far as to say that the Lion version of Mac OS X Server could be the last server version of the operating system.
In November, Apple announced it would discontinue its Xserve rack-mount server in January. Why? “Since its introduction in the fall of 2009, Mac mini with Snow Leopard Server has become Apple’s most popular server system," the company says.
Apple will continue to sell its rack-mount server product through Jan. 31, 2011, and will continue to honor warranties and support contracts. Apple has posted a Xserve Transition Guide (http://images.apple.com/xserve/pdf/...
'The Daily' to forego Apple iAds for now
The launch of News Corp's iPad newspaper, "The Daily," has been pushed back, and now it seems the publication won't be running Apple's iAds.
Instead, News Corp. will sell all its own ads, powered by Medialets' multimedia and analytics technology, reports "Advertising Age" (http://macte.ch/SMQto). Among the initial advertisers are Macy's, Verizon Wireless, Land Rover, Pepsi Max and Virgin America, the article adds.
Ads combine the emotion of TV advertising with the interactivity of Internet advertising, according to Apple CEO Steve Jobs (now on a medical leave of absence). He adds that iAd, which is built into iOS 4, allows users to stay within their app while engaging with the ad, even while watching a video, playing a game or using in-ad purchase to download an app or buy iTunes content.
Developers who join the iAd Network can incorporate a variety of advertising formats into their apps. Apple will sell and serve the ads, and developers will receive 60% of the iAd Network revenue,...
Universal, Sony Music to implement 'on air, on sale'...
Universal and Sony Music plan to combat piracy by making new singles available digitally at iTunes and other online stores the day they first hit the airwaves, reports the "Guardian" (http://macte.ch/Kb9TW).
Songs used to receive up to six weeks of radio airplay before they were released for sale. Sony, which will start the "on air, on sale" policy simultaneously with Universal next month, agreed that the old approach was no longer relevant in an age where, according to a spokesman for the music major, "people want instant gratification."
"Wait is not a word in the vocabulary of the current generation," David Joseph, CEO of Universal Music, told "The Guardian." "It's out of date to think that you can build up demand for a song by playing it for several weeks on radio in advance."
'MUG Event Calendar': MobileMe, the Mac App Store,...
The last week before the Macworld Conference & Expo 2011 is a busy one on "The MUG Event Calendar."
Philip Goward of Smile will visit a California group to demonstrate TextExpander, Joe Kissell will make a virtual visit to an Ohio Group to discuss Apple’s MobileMe, and John Yi of Facebook will make a personal appearance at another California group. Other topics in this week’s listings include Snow Leopard, the Mac App Store, passwords, social networking, genealogy, iMovie ‘11 and more.
"The MUG Event Calendar" can be found at The MUG Center (http://www.mugcenter.com), an online resource for Mac User Groups. MUGs are good places for making new friends in the Mac community, improving your computing skills, finding solutions to technical Problems, and perhaps locating a good deal on used hardware. For more info on MUGs, and to find the location of the one nearest you, go to Apple's MUG page (http://www.apple.com/usergroups/).
Steve Jobs takes another medical leave of absence
Apple CEO Steve Jobs today sent the following email to all Apple employees:
"At my request, the board of directors has granted me a medical leave of absence so I can focus on my health. I will continue as CEO and be involved in major strategic decisions for the company.
"I have asked Tim Cook to be responsible for all of Apple’s day to day operations. I have great confidence that Tim and the rest of the executive management team will do a terrific job executing the exciting plans we have in place for 2011.
"I love Apple so much and hope to be back as soon as I can. In the meantime, my family and I would deeply appreciate respect for our privacy."
It was just over a year ago that Jobs took his first medical leave of absence. At that time, Cook also filled in to run Apple's day to day operations.
Before joining Apple, Cook was vice president of Corporate Materials for Compaq and was responsible for procuring and managing all of Compaq’s product inventory. Previous to his work at Compaq...
Apple, Samsung expected to win further market share
Analysts expect global cellphone sales volumes to have grown 10.8% in October-December, a "Reuters" poll (http://macte.ch/AouDB) of 32 banks, brokerages and research firms showed. The iPhone 4 and Samsung's Galaxy S were the hottest items.
"Indications point to further substantial strengthening of demand in the fourth quarter," Geoff Blaber, an analyst at research firm CCS Insight, told "Reuters." ""In 2010 we saw a gulf emerge between winners and losers which will only widen in 2011."
Among the largest phone makers reporting their December quarter earnings in the next two weeks only Apple and Samsung Electronics are expected to win further market share, with all others seeing their share shrinking, says "Reuters." Despite slowing demand in the computer industry, all comments from vendors point to strong cellphone demand at the end of the year.
Aneesoft releases free YouTube downloader for the Mac
Aneesoft Corp. (http://www.aneesoft.com) has announced Free YouTube Downloader for Mac. It's a free (as you might guess from the name) YouTube video downloader that enables Mac users to download multiple YouTube videos all at once on Mac.
Mac users can easily download their favorite YouTube videos (even YouTube HD videos) on Mac with a few clicks. You can also download YouTube videos for the iPhone, iPad, iPod, PSP, PS3 and more.
Free YouTube Downloader for Mac supports multi-threading processing of the downloading and conversions. It's designed for "Mac users who want to download YouTube videos for watching on mobile devices or editing later, says Huff Bill, manager of YouTube project for Aneesoft.
LambdaRogue: The Book of Stars comes to the Mac
The open source RPG LambdaRogue: The Book of Stars (http://macte.ch/SpgIY)is now available. Previously released for Windows and Linux, the Rogue-like game has been brought to the Mac OS X platform, reports "Inside Mac Games" (http://www.insidemacgames.com).
The game features randomly generated dungeons and challenges players to find the Book of Stars and save mankind. LamdaRogue: The Book of Stars is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.
O'Reilly Media releases 'Best iPad Apps'
O'Reilly Media (http://oreilly.com/catalog/0636920010944) has published "Best iPad Apps," an US$21.99 by Peter Meyers that "guides you to the hidden treasures in the App Store's crowded aisles."
The chapters are designed to help you: get work done; manipulate photos; make movies; create comics; browse the Web better; take notes; outline ideas; track your health; and explore the world. The book has 240 pages; an ebook version is available for $17.99.
Meyers writes about and designs digital books. Formerly an editor at O'Reilly Media, he co-founded one of the first multimedia textbook publishers (Digital Learning Interactive). He's covered the intersection of writing and technology for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Wired and blogs at http://www.anewkindofbook.com .
SyncMate 3 adds Android support
Eltima Software has released SyncMate 3 (http://www.sync-mac.com), an update of the software for syncing data between a Mac to Windows Mobile handheld devices. Just remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.
The new version allows syncing contacts and calendar entries on Mac and Android, viewing text messages on a Mac for free, and offers extra options in Expert Edition. For example, SyncMate Expert will sync iTunes, iPhoto, folders with files and bookmarks between Mac and Android phone.
What's more, with Expert Edition all users can manage Android texts on a Mac, and send them, delete them, or export into different formats. The upgrade brings improvements to "Mount device" option as well.
Now it is possible to mount Windows Mobile and Android devices as additional Mac disks via Wi-Fi, USB or Bluetooth and viewing devices' content directly on Mac computer. With SyncMate 3, users can choose which account on Mac or Windows PC to sync with (in case they have...
iDatabase updated for Mac, iOS devices
Apimac has updated iDatabase (http://www.apimac.com/idatabase/) for the Mac and iPhone to versions 2.0 and 4.0, respectively. New to the updated versions are:
° The ability to duplicate a database containing all the records;
° The ability to create a clone without records of an existing database;
° The ability to export a database by email;
° The ability to send one or more records via email as PDF, as a card or as a CSV file;
° The ability to navigate through the records with new Previous and Next buttons;
° A new import preview view which allows you to define the fields and their labels, and to see a record preview before the import;
° The ability to set, in both import and export, the first record as record value or as field label;
° Support for importing files in Semicolon Separated and Tab Delimited formats;
° Support for importing and exporting files in Unicode UTF-16, UTF-8, Mac OS Roman, ASCII and ISO Latin 1;
° Exporting and importing templates;
° Optimized synchronization...
Hydra Express available at the Mac App Store
Creaceed is offering a special version of Hydra, its HDR photography application, in the Mac App Store: Hydra Express. It costs US$49.95.
The original version of Hydra is now dubbed Hydra Pro and costs $79.95. All registered users of the original Hydra 2.x are now registered users of Hydra Pro 2.x.
Hydra Express lets you input up to three images. Hydra Pro lets you input up to 10 images, offers Input and Output filters, and Aperture and Lightroom plug-ins. The pro version is only available at the Creaceed web site (http://www.creaceed.com).
iFunia announces MOD Converter for the Mac App Store
iFunia (http://www.ifunia.com) says their flagship product, iFunia MOD Converter for Mac, is available on the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6. or later and costs US$29.
iFunia MOD Converter is a multifunctional tool designed to help camcorder enthusiasts convert MOD,TOD files recorded by most popular digital camcorder to popular video and audio formats. Other features include customizable format settings, and trimming and cropping tools. Users can also run batch conversions, and add subtitles or company logos to clips.
iFunia MOD Video Converter for Mac converts MOD and TOD files generated by JVC,Sony, Canon or Panasonic digital camcorders to QuickTime, as well as other video formats, including AVI, MP4, 3GP, VOB, MPEG, etc. The results can be played on most Apple hardware, and edited in iMovie, Premiere Pro or Final Cut Pro.
MacWise available in the Mac App Store
Carnation Software (http://www.carnationsoftware.com) says its MacWise terminal emulation for Mac is now available in the Mac App Store.
MacWise allows a Macintosh to be used as a terminal, connected to a host computer directly, by modem, local area network or over the Internet with telnet or ssh secure shell. You can connect to the host via serial, modem, telnet, ssh, via the Internet or local connection. The App Store version requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later and costs US$94.99.
MacWise emulates ADDS Viewpoint, Wyse 50, Wyse 60, Wyse 370, Televideo TV 925, DEC VT100, VT220 and Prism terminals. Supports ANSI and SCO ANSI color. Esprit III color is also supported in Wyse 370 mode. AppleScript is also supported.
EasyDraw 3.4.6 adds expanded SVG import support, more
Dekorra has updated EasyDraw (http://www.eazydraw.com/whatsNew.htm), its vector drawing app for Mac OS X, to version 3.4.6. The new version includes expanded SVG import with support for SVG symbols, improved PDF editing with support for several additional color spaces and font encodings, auto-save backups, and several bug fixes and enhancements.
Version 3.4.6 requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.
EasyDraw 3.4.6 is a free upgrade for licensed owners of EazyDraw version 3.x license and a US$35 upgrade for owners of EazyDraw version 2.x. For new users the cost is $95 for the downloadable version.
PDFZillla.com offers time-limited giveaway
Now users can get free PDFZilla giveaway licenses to convert PDF documents to editable formats, at least for a limited time.
PDFZilla.com has started their free, time-limited, giveaway promotion for the PDFZilla PDF converter product at http://www.pdfzilla.com/giveaway.html . The free giveaway will end on Feb. 5. During this time PDFZilla is for free for all users and visitors.
PDF (Portable Document Format) is a file type designed by Adobe System for document exchange and mostly used to represent bi-dimensional docs independent of software, hardware or operating system PDF files can encompass text, fonts, images and even 2D vector graphics.
With PDFZilla, users can convert a PDF document into Word. The program preserves the original quality of the PDF files and converts both text and images. Users can convert the entire PDF or selected pages only and even convert multiple files in the batch mode.
Google to push WebM over H.264
Earlier this week we reported that Google is ending end support for H.264 on its Chrome browser. The company has reiterated its plans to push its own open WebM video codec via Flash-like plug-ins for Safari and Internet Explorer users so it can ship free platforms without incurring external licensing fees.
The H.264/AVC codec was jointly developed by the Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). H.264 is used in such applications as players for Blu-ray Discs, videos from YouTube and the iTunes Store, web software such as the Adobe Flash Player and Microsoft Silverlight, broadcast services for DVB and SBTVD, direct-broadcast satellite television services, cable television services, and real-time videoconferencing.
In an online blog (http://macte.ch/AxBRZ), Google says: "This week’s announcement was solely related to the HTML tag, which is part of the emerging set of standards commonly referred to as “HTML5.” We believe there is great...
'Engadget' offers tidbits on next iPad, iPhone 5,...
The "engadget" web site (http://macte.ch/PiTD1), quoting "multiple sources," offers some tidbits on the next iPad, the iPhone 5 and the Apple TV.
"Engadget" says the iPad 2 won't arrive until April and will sport a dual GSM/CDMA chipset produced by Qualcomm and will signal Apple's move to that company and away from Infineon as the chipset maker for its iOS devices. The second gen iPad will purportedly be thinner, sleeker, sport a new screen technology akin to (though not the same as) the iPhone 4's Retina Display and will be "super high resolution." "Engadget" says the iPad 2 will stay at its current size, will feature both front and rear cameras and sport a dedicated SD slot built in -- but no traditional USB slot.
The Sellers Research Firm (that's me) is still a bit dubious that the iPad 2 will have two cameras. One for FaceTiming makes sense. The tablet still seems a bit big for doing videos and still pics to me, but we'll see.
"Engadget" says the iPhone 5 will be arrive in summer...
ComScore: Verizon iPhone likely to be 'turning point'...
According to the comScore research group (http://www.comscore.com), Verizon currently leads the U.S. mobile market as the carrier for 31% of mobile subscribers, with AT&T accounting for 27% share. But when looking exclusively at the smartphone market, AT&T holds a commanding lead with 38% marketshare, compared to Verizon’s 27%.
However, as an increasing number of smartphone options have become available across carriers, AT&T has seen its smartphone share decline seven percentage points in the past year, says comScore. Meanwhile, Verizon has climbed four percentage points as Android devices using Verizon have penetrated the market at a rapid clip.
As Apple ends its exclusive deal with AT&T, it is facing an increasingly competitive smartphone environment as new devices flood the marketplace, highlighted by the rising number of Android devices hitting store shelves. In the past year, Android has risen from minimal penetration to now holding a solid 26% of the smartphone...
Bowers & Wilkins integrates Apple AirPlay technology into...
Bowers & Wilkins has integrated AirPlay into its Zeppelin Air audio system so it can stream music wirelessly from iTunes, an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. The latest model also boats updated drive units and advanced Digital Signal Processing .
The improved sonic performance is complemented by a collection of new features, foremost among which is the inclusion of new AirPlay technology, according to the folks at Bowers & Wilkins. AirPlay also lets users create a multi-room system with iTunes on Mac or PC, delivering music to multiple Zeppelin Airs around the house.
The folks at Bowers & Wilkins says this is the best sounding Zeppelin, featuring dramatic changes over previous models. It’s a fully active 2.1 design, which means that all five units are individually driven by dedicated audiophile amplifiers, which are specially designed by Bowers & Wilkins. The improved 4x25W + 1x50W output powers updated drive units.
Zeppelin Air also features Bowers & Wilkins...
Epson announces double-sided Printing solutions
Epson America has introduced the Epson WorkForce 840 all-in-one and the Epson WorkForce 60 printer, the which it says is the world’s fastest automatic double-sided printing solutions for high print volume small offices and micro businesses.
The WorkForce 840 boasts single- and double-sided print speeds -- 15 ISO ppm [pages per minute] black and 9.3 ISO ppm color single-sided; 7.4 ISO ppm black and 5.4 ISO ppm color two-sided. It includes a 500-sheet input capacity to load a full ream of paper, and ships with Extra-High Capacity ink cartridges capable of printing up to 1,000 sheets.
The WorkForce 840 offers a 7.8-inch touch control panel with a 3.5-inch high resolution color LCD to access all printer functions, a built-in two-sided 30-page Automatic Document Feeder to copy, scan and fax two-sided documents, and built-in memory card slots and USB drive port.
The WorkForce 60 also delivers fast single- and double-sided print speeds: 15 ISO ppm black and 7.1 ISO ppm color single-sided;...
Apple App Store nears 10 billionth download
The Apple App Store is nearing its 10 billionth download, and Apple has a promotion that will give the person who downloads the 10 billionth application an US$10,000 gift card.
A counter at http://www.apple.com/itunes/10-billion-app-countdown/ counts down the sales to the 10 billionth app. The site says: "As of today, nearly 10 billion apps have been downloaded from the App Store worldwide. Which is almost as amazing as the apps themselves. So we want to say thanks. Download the 10 billionth app, and you could win an US$10,000 iTunes Gift Card. Just visit the App Store, and download what could be your best app yet."
Students at four Singapore schools getting iPads
Four schools in Singapore have begun giving iPads to students, reports "Reuters" (http://macte.ch/gm5md).
Nanyang Girls High School has spent approximately $100,000) to buy 150 iPads for 140 students and 10 teachers in a pilot project, the article says. Users connect to the Internet using the tablet, and download books and course material.
Seah Hui Yong, dean of admissions at Nanyang Girls school, told "Reuters" that the iPad was chosen because it complemented a new method of teaching under which students are given more freedom to learn themselves, instead of relying solely on the teacher in traditional classrooms.
Nanyang Girls is a secondary school, which means the youngest students are 12. Other schools in Singapore using the tablet include Tampines Secondary School, Nanhua Primary School and Dunman Secondary School.
WSJ: launch of 'The Daily' iPad mag delayed
News Corp and Apple Inc are delaying the launch of the media conglomerate's digital newspaper for the iPad, the "Wall Street Journal" (http://macte.ch/j3cIq) reports, citing "people familiar with the matter."
The tablet newspaper, dubbed "The Daily," was supposed to be unveiled next Wednesday. However, the two parties decided they need more time to test a subscription service, the "Journal" says.
News Corp confirmed the delay but declined to comment. And Apple had no comment.
Apple releases Epson Printer Drivers 2.5.1
Apple has released Epson Printer Drivers 2.5.1 for Mac OS X 10.6 and higher. You can obtain the 837.73MB download by using the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.
This update installs the latest software for your Epson printer or scanner. You can view a list of supported Epson models at http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3669#epson .
Intel reports record year, fourth quarter
Intel (http://www.intel.com) has reported full-year revenue of US$43.6 billion, operating income of $15.9 billion, net income of $11.7 billion, and EPS [earnings per share] of $2.05 -- all records.
The company generated approximately $16.7 billion in cash from operations, paid cash dividends of $3.5 billion, and used $1.5 billion to repurchase 70 million shares of common stock. For the fourth-quarter, Intel posted revenue of $11.5 billion.
The company reported fourth-quarter operating income of $4.3 billion, net income of $3.4 billion, and EPS of 59 cents. Fourth-quarter revenue, operating income, net income, and EPS were also all records.
Two billion FireWire ports shipped worldwide
FireWire, the computer, consumer electronics and industrial systems interface, reached the two billion ports milestone in 2010 and will continue its steady growth worldwide throughout 2011, the 1394 Trade Association (http://www.1394ta.org), of which Apple is a member.
The two billion FireWire ports shipped provide more than 1.2 billion consumer and computer products with reliable, versatile high-speed connections available from developers of FireWire silicon including Texas Instruments, LSI, and PLX Technology, among others, according to Max Bassler, chairman of the 1394 Trade Association. FireWire continues to be applied in a wide range of PCs, storage systems, new generations of set top boxes, industrial and factory automation equipment, and professional audio system, he adds.
The 1394 Trade Association estimates the total of 1394-equipped devices will increase again in 2011. The group foresees continued expansion into higher speed computing, storage and consumer electronics...
DigiPower unveils new iPad accessories
Mizco International’s (http://www.mizco.com) DigiPower division has unveiled a new line of accessories for the iPad that feature cases and stands in a variety of design solutions.
The US$29.99 Coffee Clutch does away with the clutter, providing iPad stand and case functionality in a single package. It's designed to hold the iPad at the optimal angle for watching movies, viewing photos or surfing the web. When on the go, you can grab the built in handle or attach the included strap to carry it like a shoulder bag.
The $29.99 DigiPower E-Z Rest for iPad works in portrait or landscape mode for use on a desk, or just lounging on the couch. The fold-flat stand lets you transport the Apple tablet, and with its slide-in contoured design the iPad is cradled and protected whether at home or on the go.
The $29.99 Universal Charging Dock will charge your iPad, iPhone or iPod. Its attached 4-foot cable connects to a wall charger to power up or to a computer to charge and sync. The...
NAMM: Solid State Logic intros X-Rack Stereo Dynamics Module
Solid State Logic (http://www.solidstatelogic.com) has introduced the X-Rack Stereo Dynamics Module at this week's Winter NAMM show.
The new X-Rack Module delivers the same sonic signature as the channel strip processing of SSL’s large format Duality console and the mono X-Rack SuperAnalogue Dynamics Module in a stereo configuration. The module is intended for stereo tracking or stem mixing and further extends the availability of SSL’s sonic heritage to studios of all sizes, says Niall Feldman, director of new products for Solid State Logic.
The X-Rack Stereo Dynamics Module is a stereo version of the SuperAnalogue Dynamics Module. Featuring Compressor/Limiter and Expander/Gate circuits, the Stereo Dynamics Module provides the familiar SSL level control tools for both recording and mixing applications.
The Compressor section can switch between a gentle Soft Knee (Over Easy) RMS compression to a more aggressive Peak Sensing or Hard Knee mode, providing a wide range of leveling...
NAMM: Powersoft M Series power amplifiers shipping
Powersoft (http://www.powersoft-audio.com) -- a manufacturer of green design power amplifiers -- announced at this week's Winter NAMM 2011 that the M Series line of power amplifiers is now shipping to distributors.
The M Series consists of five new models that include two 4-channel and three 2-channel versions. M Series amplifiers come in a one-rack-unit chassis, 14.1-inch in depth and weighing just over 16 pounds.
The M50Q and M28Q are 4-channel models, delivering up to 1,250W/ch into 4 ohms. The M30D, M20D and M14D offer 2-channels each with a maximum output of 1,500W/ch at 4 ohms. The entire range reaches down to 360W/ch into 8 ohms, resulting in greater flexibility for a wide range of applications, according to Claudio Lastrucci, Powersoft’s managing director.
The M Series features Powersoft’s plug-in DSP module. When installed and preset to meet the needs of a particular installation, including settings for crossover frequency and curves, basic system EQ and protection...
NAMM: Aviom introduces prepackaged digital snakes
Aviom (http://www.aviom.com), a developer of the A-Net audio transport protocol is introducing prepackaged Pro16 digital snakes in a variety of configurations that are tailored for a range of applications and ensemble sizes.
While Aviom -- displaying at this week's Winter NAMM show -- is best known for its industry standard personal mixing system, the company has also been a leader in distributing audio over Cat-5. Both its Pro16 Series of digital snake components. They're solutions for creating digital audio systems for houses of worship, schools, theaters, sound companies, studios, and broadcast companies. Contact the company for pricing options.
NAMM: True1 Connector debuts
Neutrik USA (http://www.neutrik.com) -- a manufacturer of professional audio, video, data and industrial connectors -- has announced the U.S. debut of its powerCon True1 AC power connector at Winter NAMM.
The lockable, extremely robust system of single-phase connectors is among the first of its kind to feature IEC 60320 breaking capacity, designed for 16 A, 250 V. This makes it suitable for concerts and similarly staged productions where the electrical equipment is often confined to a small area, making safety a top priority.
A complete system, including inlet and outlet couplers for easy daisy chaining of equipment, the powerCon True1 also provides for high-density requirements with a duplex chassis connector combining an inlet and outlet coupler. Thanks to its high-breaking capacity, performance crew workers and other production professionals can connect large amounts of electrical equipment without worrying that interruptions to the current will cause a catastrophic electric arc...
NAMM: Auralex introduces new diffusor series
At this week's Winter NAMM show, Auralex Acoustics (http://www.auralex.com) has released its first line of acoustical products made from 100% eco-friendly bamboo, the Sustain Bamboo Sound Diffusor Series.
The new line -- which consists of the WavePrism, WaveLens, QuadraTec, Peak Pyramid Diffusor and KeyPacs, retains the longevity and acoustical qualities Auralex is known for with green and acoustical properties of natural bamboo -- says Eric Smith, founder and president of Auralex Acoustics. The Auralex WavePrism eliminates flutter echoes and other acoustical anomalies without removing acoustical energy from the space, he says.
Auralex WaveLens’ open-boxed design scatters and redirects acoustical energy. The WaveLens can be beneficial in numerous applications as it can create a “large sound” in a small room, as it can optimize existing absorption panels by redirecting the sound energy, according to Smith.
The QuadraTec’s tiered design provides scattering properties, resulting in a...
iHub update boasts Android/Mac syncing
Nova media (http://www.novamedia.de) has updated iHub Basic for Mac OS X to version 2.13, a free upgrade for registered users. The US$29.95 software syncs contacts and calendars automatically and wirelessly between Macs, iPhones, iPads and iPod touches in any local network.
The new version supports synchronizing contacts and calendars between Macs and Android devices. The necessary sync client for Android can be downloaded from the Android marketplace for free.
The software installs on a Mac and shares selected calendars, contacts and address book groups. Other Macs and iOS devices on the same network can access and edit any shared data. iHub Basic doesn't require any additional client software as it uses the open standards CalDAV and CardDAV which are supported by default by Mac OS X and iOS.
"Thanks to iHub Basic, there is no need to store sensitive on any far-away cloud service," says Jan Fuellemann, spokesperson of nova media. "In addition, the user does not have to use a cable...