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Dec 02
IDC: 2012 will be year of mobile, cloud platform wars
One year ago, International Data Corporation (IDC) predicted that the IT industry's next dominant platform, built on mobile computing, cloud services, social networking, and big data analytics technologies, would begin its transition into the mainstream. Today, spending on these technologies is growing at about 18% per year and is expected to account for at least 80% of IT spending growth between now and 2020. With future market revenues at stake, IDC ( predicts that 2012 will be marked by some of the first high-stakes battles as companies seek to position themselves for leadership in these critical and fast-growing technology areas. "The industry's shift to the 3rd Platform will accelerate in 2012, forcing the industry's leaders to make bold investments and fateful decisions," says Frank Gens, senior vice president and chief analyst at IDC. "Companies like Microsoft, HP, SAP, RIM, and others -- including Apple -- will face 'crossroads moments' in 2012. By the end...
Dec 02
iPhone/iPad sales up 93% in Apple's fiscal year
Apple recorded revenues of US$65,225 million during the financial year ended September 2010 (FY2010), an increase of 52% over 2009. The increase in revenues was mainly due to 93% growth in sales of iPhone and robust sales of the iPad, according to Research and Markets ( The operating profit of the company was $18,385 million in FY2010, an increase of 56.6% over 2009, notes the research group. Apple's net profit was $14,013 million in FY2010, an increase of 70.2% over 2009.
Dec 02
The Logger lets you keep an eye on your computer when you'... ( has introduced The Logger 1.0, an US$19.99 computer monitoring tool for Mac OS X (10.5 or later). The Logger records what your employee, roommate or child does on you computer. The software utility records every key pressed in your Mac and takes a snapshot of the screen with every mouse click detected. You can even receive an email every time a keystroke session is started. The Logger creates full HTML reports for every session where you can see all keys pressed and snapshots taken.
Dec 02
XType is new typing tutor for Mac OS X
Mac Winsoft has released XType, a typing tutor solution for Mac OS X (10.6 or later). It's available for US$14.99 at the Mac App Store in the Education category. Developed specifically for Mac laptop and desktop owners looking to master the skill of typing, this application utilizes a structured approach to turn even the most complete computer novices into keyboarding whizzes quickly and efficiently, according to the folks at Mac Winsoft. XType includes 15 sequentially more difficult lessons. The app offers both English and Arabic language. XType's learning modules are structured to keep users challenged and engaged as the move through the course and begin typing more efficiently. What's more, each of the app's levels are comprised of an array of diverse exercises, with some focused on teaching users correct on-keyboard finger positions, others focused on pushing students to type at higher speeds, and more. Level 15 is structured as a final exam.
Dec 02
V-MODA unveils Faders earplugs
V-MODA has unveiled its Faders tuned earplugs, the first of several protective offerings under Ear Armor branding. Constructed from metals and medical-grade silicone fittings, Faders are designed to protect your hearing by reducing harmful noise by 12 dB evenly across the frequency spectrum, while still allowing you to enjoy crystal clear music and speech in a club, concert, festival, music practice, or other excessively loud events, says Val Kolton, founder of V-MODA. The noise reduction can make the difference between an enjoyable listening experience and lifelong hearing loss, he says. Faders are available in Gunmetal, Rouge and Pink flavors and come with three sizes of medical-grade “BLISS 2.0” silicone fittings for a universal fit. Additionally, the fabric lanyard ensures they don't get lost in the crowd. They're available for a limited time for only US$15 at http://www.  For any order over $50, the Faders will be included complimentary while supplies last.. A...
Dec 02
IK Multimedia launches StealthPedal CS, StealthPlug CS
IK Multimedia ( has released StealthPlug CS and StealthPedal CS “Custom Shop” systems. These packages provide players with an audio interface for their computer (a way to hook up an instrument to their computer) and the Guitar & Bass tone shaping software system: AmpliTube Custom Shop.   Now players can practice, play and record anywhere, any time with their laptops, according to the folks at IK Multimedia. The core of the Custom Shop package is the AmpliTube Custom Shop software, IK’s tone software that allows players to build virtual guitar rigs one piece at a time. It comes complete with 24 pieces of gear, a digital chromatic tuner and two guitar/bass signal chains for mono and/or stereo operation. The AmpliTube Custom Shop is based upon AmpliTube 3, the guitar/bass tone software. The US$99.99 StealthPlug CS features the StealthPlug quarter-inch-to-USB cable interface, and the new AmpliTube Custom Shop software plus 50 gear credits to use in the...
Dec 02
MacPractice products ready for Lion
MacPractice ( -- an Apple developer of practice management and clinical software for physicians, dentists, chiropractors, and eye care professionals for Macs, iPhones, and iPads -- has officially announced the release of MacPractice MD, DDS, DC and 20/20 v4.1.3 with Mac OS X 10.6.x ("Snow Leopard") and 10.7.x ("Lion") capability.   Networks hosting MacPractice can have a mix of Lion and Snow Leopard computers with MacPractice 4.1.3. This updated version of the software has been introduced to several hundred MacPractice clients over the past several months, and MacPractice is now offering the software to new users. Current users of earlier versions of MacPractice 4.1 will also receive an electronic alert over the coming weeks that MacPractice 4.1.3 is now available for download.   In addition to the added Lion compatibility, MacPractice 4.1.3 features payment plans and an ordering system, which have been added to the core products and will benefit all users,...
Dec 02
ImageXY for Mac OS X offers image format conversions
SugoiSoft ( has updated ImageXY, their new batch image resizing app for Mac OS X (10.6.6 or higher), to version 2.0. The upgrade brings batch image format conversion capabilities, image quality controls for JPEG images, user interface refinements, and more. ImageXY is for resizing one or multiple photos. It can resize drag and dropped images, folders, or even entire drives. ImageXY resizes photos using defined presets. Users can use one of the standard presets for common sizes, such as Email or Blog or they can create their own custom size presets in either pixels or percentages. ImageXY can resize images from anywhere on the system by dragging and dropping photos into the application or on its dock icon. It can resize drag and dropped images, folders, or even entire drives. Dragging directly from other applications, such as Safari or Faces in iPhoto allows users to get the size image they want, no matter the location, says James Van Dyne, founder of SugoiSoft...
Dec 02
IconBox ready for Lion
Florian Soenens has updated IconBox (, his US$24.95 icon organizer for Mac OS X, to version 2.5. The upgrade offers Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion") compatibility and a restyled interface. IconBox lets you organize your collection of icons in an iPhoto-like way. You can download, organize and customize your icons.
Dec 02
SMEStorage Cloud FTP provides access to over 30 file clouds
SMEStorage (http://www.smestorage.com_, an open cloud appliance company, says their CloudFTP feature add-on for their open cloud platform now supports over 30 file and storage services. CloudFTP adds a ubiquitous FTP access layer to storage clouds that don't natively support the FTP protocol This means transferring files can be as easy as launching an FTP client and selecting the files to be moved, no matter what Cloud the files are stored on, says SMEStorage CEO Ian Osborne. Uploading data to different file clouds becomes as simple as switching cloud storage directories within the same FTP session, he adds. The SMEStorage Open Cloud Platform acts as a cloud data broker in which access can be managed and granted to File Stores and Saas Services that are authorized for use with the service. It provides a single view of data in which files can be accessed and managed from all desktops and devices.
Dec 02
Mac Marshal ready for Lion, iCloud
Mac Marshal (, a tool for Mac OS X evidence acquisition and analysis, has been upgraded to version 3.0. The upgrade adds full support for Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion"), iCloud configuration analysis and improved Bluetooth device history Mac Marshal now runs on Microsoft Windows as well as Mac OS X, so you can analyze Macs from a Windows forensic workstation. Mac Marshal Forensic Edition is the standard version of Mac Marshal, installable on Mac OS X 10.4 or newer and Microsoft Windows XP or newer. (Spotlight and FileVault analysis require Mac OS X.) The Forensic Edition is sold commercially but is free to US law enforcement. Mac Marshal Field Edition 3.0 runs directly on a Mac target machine from a USB drive for live analysis, extracting volatile system state data including a snapshot of physical RAM. The drive contains both Mac and Windows versions of Mac Marshal for use back at the lab as well. U.S. law enforcement may order the Field Edition USB drive directly...
Dec 02
Remoter VNC updated to version 3.2.1
RafSoftware ( has released Remoter VNC 3.2.1 for iOS, an update to their productivity app that enables users to remotely control Macs via Screen Sharing, and Windows or Linux PCs using the VNC or RDP standards right from their iOS devices. Version 3.2.1 adds support for sending input events over to RemoterFusion for multi--monitor support and an alternative French keyboard mapping file. There's also support for RDP domain to be passed as part of username (in the form domainusername). Remoter VNC app uses Bonjour for set-up and features a novel "virtual trackpad" to precisely control of the mouse cursor. Sound redirection, RDP, Telnet and SSH that allows for secure VNC/RDP over SSH, are available as in-app purchases. Remoter VNC 3.2.1 is available in the Apple App Store ( for US$0.99 with free lifetime upgrades. In-app purchases are available that enhance the functionality of Remoter VNC. The RDP add-on is $3.99. The RemoterFusion...
Dec 02
iPresentee relaunches set of free stuff
iPresentee ( has relaunched its set of free stuff, including four iWeb themes, two RapidWeaver themes, two Keynote themes, two Keynote Motion Themes and more. What's more, the company has added a number of free products available for users of Keynote Countdown Timer, Keynote Alphabet, Mail Stationery and more. All free packages don't require any registration and are available for immediate download. Keynote Countdown Timer includes different countdown timer animations to be used with Apple's Keynote presentation software. Keynote Alphabet includes three different animated alphabet letters and numbers to use with Keynote. Keynote Objects combines 100 images that can be used as decoration for iWeb websites, Keynote or PowerPoint presentations and Pages or Word documents.
Dec 01
Apple's Statement on Carrier IQ
Posted by Greg Mills I contacted Apple Media Relations this morning requesting comment on the Carrier IQ privacy issue on Apple products and got a nice phone call back with an official statement from Apple, at 4:30 Central time. "We stopped supporting CarrierIQ with iOS 5 in most of our products and will remove it completely in a future software update. With any diagnostic data sent to Apple, customers must actively opt-in to share this information, and if they do, the data is sent in an anonymous and encrypted form and does not include any personal information. We never recorded keystrokes, messages or any other personal information for diagnostic data and have no plans to ever do so."
Dec 01
Film Event celebrates impact of Apple tech on film, television
IDG World Expo has announced a full program of film events debuting at Macworld | iWorld. They include: the iPhone Film Festival where winning filmmakers will showcase movies made entirely on iPhones; an exclusive screening of the full-length, unaired "South Park" pilot episode followed by a Q&A with South Park Studios staff; additional screenings of films developed exclusively for the event; and a series of educational and highly interactive Tech Talks with directors, filmmakers and technical experts about the creative and technical processes related to iPhone and iPad film creation, including production, editing and distribution. Collectively, the elements of the Film Event celebrate the broad and varied ways that Apple technologies are redefining film and television. The Film Event complements a slate of traditional Macworld | iWorld programs, including an exhibit floor featuring hundreds of companies showcasing the latest in software, hardware, peripherals, accessories and...
Dec 01
Analyst predicts 28 million iPhones to ship in December quarter
J.P. Morgan analyst Mark Moskowitz has upped the firm's shipments of the iPhone in the December quarter to 28 million (up from 25.3 million), he said in a note to clients -- as reported by "AppleInsider" ( He was revved his company revenue estimates to US$38.69 billion. Moskowitz says U.S. carriers have been "surprised by the strong uptake" of the iPhone 4S, as well as the lower-priced iPhone 4 and 3GS models. The older iPhone models are also expected to aid Apple's penetration in emerging markets such as China. According to the analyst, sustained demand for all three current iPhone models will push Apple's revenues up to $38.69 billion with $9.87 in earnings per share this quarter. The firm's previous estimate stood at $37.26 billion and $9.45 EPS (earnings per share). Wall Street consensus puts Apple's revenue for the quarter at $38.02 billion and $9.78 EPS.
Dec 01
Parallels names new execs, eyes growth
Parallels (, which specializes in cloud services enablement (about two-thirds of the company's business) and desktop virtualization software (including Parallels Desktop for Mac), has announced the appointment of new Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Michael Toutonghi, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) David Arkley and Vice President and General Manager of Europe and North Africa (EUNA) Jesper Frederiksen, who all fill key roles for driving Parallels’ continued growth. The company generates more than U.S. $100 million in revenue and employs a global workforce of over 800 staff across the U.S., Europe and Asia. Parallels Desktop for Mac lets you run Windows applications on a Mac without rebooting. Parallels Hosting and Cloud Service Delivery solutions enable service providers to deliver and profitably grow hosting and cloud services for over 148 million small businesses worldwide. "Parallels has a history of innovation and attracting top talent. Michael, David and...
Dec 01
ChangeWave: iPhone 4S more popular than its predecessor
A new ChangeWave Research ( survey of iPhone 4S owners shows customer satisfaction ratings for the latest Apple smart phone are higher than for its predecessor, the iPhone 4. The Nov. 2-9 ChangeWave survey of 215 Apple iPhone 4S owners looked at their thoughts and opinions of the new device -- including overall satisfaction with it, key likes and dislikes, dropped calls, and the impact of the iPhone 4S battery life issue. Overall iPhone 4S customer satisfaction ratings show a high degree of approval -- with 77% of owners saying they're "Very Satisfied" and 19% "Somewhat Satisfied" with their new iPhone. Only 2% of owners say they are "Unsatisfied" with it. These iPhone 4S satisfaction ratings are higher than those found in a July 2010 survey of iPhone 4 new owners. ChangeWave asked iPhone 4S owners about the specific features they like best about their new smart phone, and by a wide margin the Siri digital assistant (49%) ranks number one. General...
Dec 01
State looking into Apple's Grand Central store deal
New York state officials are looking into Apple’s "sweet deal" for a new store in Grand Central Terminal in the Big Apple, according to "The New York Post" ( State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has reportedly launched an investigation into whether the Metropolitan Transportation Authority gave Apple overly generous terms on its lease for the shop, which is slated to open next week. The probe comes in response to yesterday’s exclusive report by "The Post," which noted that the cash-rich tech giant will be the only retailer among the 100 or so in MTA’s Grand Central Terminal not required to make revenue-sharing payments to the agency landlord. What’s more, Apple’s 10-year lease for a space on the northeast balcony of the historic commuter hub overlooking the Main Concourse is well below the rate being charged to many neighboring tenants, according to "The Post." Apple's lease amounts to approximately US$800,000 for the first year.
Dec 01
NetMarketShare: Mac OS X, Safari, iOS shares drop in November
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 desktop operating systems, Mac OS X had 6.46% of the global market share in November compared to 6.94% in October (that's global market share; in the US it's almost 10%). Windows remains dominant with 92.23% as of November. That's up from 91.86% in October. When it comes to browsers, Safari had 5% in November. Internet Explorer had 52.64%, Firefox had 22.14% and Chrome had 18.18%. That compares to, respectively, October percentages of 5.43%, 52.63%, 22.51% and 17.62%, respectively, for the browsers. The iOS's still dominated in November, according to NetMarketShare. It had 54.04%, compared to 19.69% for Java ME,16.72% for Android, 5.27% for Symbian and 3.18% for Blackberry. That compares to 61.50%, 12.81%, 18.86%, 2.48%, respectively, in October. And November saw an all-time high for iOS....
Dec 01
UPDATED Carrier IQ, RIM, Nokia and Android Keystroke Root Kit
Posted by Greg Mills The location data scandal of last summer has just been eclipsed, by everyone but Apple, with a revelation that virtually all Android, RIM and Nokia phones report every keystroke you make to a server farm in Mountain View, California. As privacy issues go, recoding your location and reporting it to Apple is bad enough, but a root kit keystroke recording and reporting system hidden deep in the OS of virtually all Android Phones, RIMBerries and Nokia phones is far worse. Even more outragious, the keystroke logger runs even when the device is in WiFi mode and not even using the network! Check out and you will find a web site for a mobile network analytical company that has been looking over the shoulder of millions of cell phone users. Undetected and undisclosed by AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint and other networks, the Carrier IQ software is so well hidden in the root kit of the mobile OS that it took an expert to find it. The culprits...
Dec 01
Kendo UI delivers tools for HTML5 developers
Telerik has launched the Kendo UI framework. Targeted at professional software developers, Kendo UI delivers tools for front-end development with JavaScript and HTML5. "Building applications and sites today with HTML5 and JavaScript is an exercise in self-assembling an array of libraries and toolsets to compose a platform that has all of the necessary components for development," says Todd Anglin, EVP, Kendo UI. "This approach is acceptable for hobby projects, but it is fraught with support and licensing risks, it is difficult to maintain and upgrade, it is difficult to learn, and it wastes valuable development time. Kendo UI solves this problem by providing a unified framework with all of the necessary components for building HTML5 and JavaScript apps and sites." Kendo UI launches with three distinct packages: ° Kendo UI Web -- More than a dozen HTML5 JavaScript UI widgets, including a Grid, plus framework components like a Data Source, touch-enabled drag and drop, and a JavaScript...
Dec 01
Magic Cables integrate USB, iOS charging
Innergie (, a provider of consumer power solutions, is introducing two new power cables -- the Magic Cable Duo (US$25) and Trio ($20) -- that are certified for use with all iOS portable devices including the iPad, iPhone, and iPod, as well as more than 10,000 other portable devices with USB connections. In addition, Innergie is introducing three distinct Charging Kits for powering devices at home, in the office, in your car, in the air, or other places. Magic Cable features an integrated multi-tip design to charge and synchronize any number of electronic devices. It integrates a certified Apple tip and Micro USB tip in one cable. The Magic Cable Trio provides an additional Mini USB tip to charge digital cameras, MP3 players, and a variety of portable GPS devices. Innergie's Magic Cable Duo will also be included in a series of new Charging Kits designed to provide charging capabilities for today's mobile consumer. The new Innergie mCombo Duo Charging Kits...
Dec 01
id America introduces a Cushi accessory for the iPad 2
id America ( has announced the newest addition to the Cushi series with the Cushi Stripe for the iPad 2. It's designed to provide additional grip and more protection for the Apple tablet, according to Abraham Jackal, marketing manager of id America.  The skin is easily applied and removed without leaving any residue, he adds. The accessory is designed to complement the Apple Smart Cover as there’s a cut out on the Cushi that accommodates the mounting of the Smart Cover. The Cushi Stripe comes with a front clear protective film, a microfiber cleaning cloth, six home button protectors and a squeegee for proper film application. It retails for US$24.95.
Dec 01
XtremeMac releases new iPad 2 cases
XtremeMac ( has announced the availability of the new Micro Folio, Thin Folio and Zip Folio for the iPad 2. The cases are US$49.99 each. 
The Micro Folio is a one piece, ultra-thin folio style case that combines a structured contour solid back with a soft, micro-suede folding front. The case provides protection against scratches, dust and dirt while doubling as a multi-angle stand for the iPad 2. Users can either fold back the cover into a writing position or choose a vertical viewing stand position. Additionally, the cover will automatically "wake" or "sleep" the Apple tablet upon opening or closing the cover. The Micro Folio is available in textured faux leather in latte, black or blue. It's also available in cross-hair texture in black, bronze or red. The Thin Folio is a convertible portfolio case designed for the business professional. It sports an integrated viewing stand for full coverage protection of the iPad 2. Additionally, the Thin Folio features...
Dec 01
Lusso Cartella announces luxury sleeves for the MacBook Air
Lusso Cartella has announced the latest addition to its collection of handmade luxury cases for all of your gadgets -- MacBook Air Sleeves. Featuring Artisanal leathers, the cases are designed to protect your notebook with natures' finest leather, "while giving you the look of luxury you have been searching for," says Sharon Cantwell, vice president of Marketing for Lusso Cartella. Lusso Cartella cases are now available at, and Prices start at US$129 for MacBook Air cases.
Dec 01
RTPatch designed to reduce OS X App update size 95+%
Pocket Soft has released RTPatch for Mac OS X. It's an enterprise-level, native Mac software tool designed to reduce software application update size by sending only the changed bytes. It supports Mac OS X 10.5-10.7. RTPatch works with programs and data. Compression is 100% lossless and typically results in 95+% reduction in update file size, says Bill Wise, CEO of Pocket Soft. Fully functional evaluation copies of RTPatch for OS X are now available upon request from Pocket Soft at .
Dec 01
Zombie Area! shambles onto the Mac, iOS devices
Rapid Turtle Games has released Zombie Area! a survival game for Macs and iOS devices and Mac. The Mac version costs US$3.99 and is available at the Mac App Store. The iOS version is $1.99 and can be found at the Apple App Store. Here's how the game is described: "The player controls a furious survivor, who stood up to stop the zombies. The advancing zombies must be shoot down before they reach the survivor, and make a meal out of him. Also, high attention must be paid to the throwing zombies too! They can take down the survivor very quickly if the player isn't concentrated enough. To replenish lives one needs to shoot the flying hearts, and the flying bullets to increase the maximum shots before reloading is needed. "The controls are very easy to learn. In the iOS version, the player needs to tap anywhere on screen to aim and shoot, and tap the survivor to reload. In the Mac version the whole gameplay can be controlled with the mouse."
Dec 01
Listen up -- JoeSoft's Hear updated
You can enhance the sound on your computer with the newly released Mac and Windows version of JoeSoft’s Hear ( Hear is an US$19.99 sound enhancing software program that makes everything from music, to movies and games sound richer, according to JoeSoft CEO Greg Brewer. It improves the sound quality from your headphones, internal or external speakers, he adds. Hear can also add 3D sound and other various special effects to the sound on your Mac and PC. What's more, it lets you control the volume of your open applications individually. A demo is available for download.
Dec 01
Dialetic update offers Firefox 8 compatibility
JNSoftware has updated Dialectic (, a telephony tool for the Mac, to version 1.8.3. The upgrade brings several enhancements and minor bug fixes. Among the enhancements are Firefox 8 compatibility, improved logging, security, and better support for many devices and services. This version of Dialectic also adds improved Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion") compatibility. Dialetic provides system-wide dialing of phone numbers using Bluetooth mobile phones, landlines, many VoIP services and more. It integrates with contact management applications such as Marketcircle Daylite, Microsoft Entourage, Now Contact, Palm Desktop, FileMaker Pro and other databases, as well as Apple's iCal and Address Book. In addition to dialing, the software provides a global Address Book menu for accessing your contact data including email, instant messaging, postal addresses, URLs, notes, and phone numbers. You can create new email messages, look up addresses on a map, copy data to the...
Dec 01
Dolly Drive launches free seeding service for Time Machine...
Dolly Drive (, online backup for Apple's Time Machine, will now offer Mac users free seeding on 250GB and higher online storage plans. The "Seed for Speed" program gives Dolly Drive subscribers with large initial backups the fastest means for getting their data securely in the cloud, according to Dolly Drive CEO Anthony Palermo. The company recently announced it will be including online storage and file syncing as part of its complete cloud storage offering. The Free Seeding option is available for most subscription plans over 250GB. Users who select plans where free seeding is not included can add the service for US$50. Dolly Drive is a subscription software and online storage service designed for Apple's Time Machine. In addition to providing Mac users offsite cloud storage directly through the Time Machine application, the application allows users to create a bootable clone of their Mac on an external hard drive for local disaster recovery. It works with...
Dec 01
DocMoto doc/file manager updated to version 2
Version two of DocMoto, the document and file manager created by UK company, CHL Software, has been released. It simplifies the user experience and makes it easier to search for files using an intelligent file tagging system. The latest release has also streamlined DocMoto’s template manager, which gives users the option of automatically creating folders and sub-folders for organized, consistent file storage. DocMoto -- widely adopted by Mac-operating businesses in the professional services market, such as legal, accounting and healthcare firms -- is being used to help companies comply with industry legislation such as the US Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Sarbanes-Oxley and ISO9000, according to CHL Director Neil Cameron. Version two is another step towards us providing the entirely “paperless office” to business Mac users, which will include intelligent paper scanning to create logical storage of scanned materials, correctly tagged for easy search and...
Dec 01
Email Marketing for Mac OS X beefs up search abilities has introduced Email Marketing 3.0 for Mac OS X, an update of the tool for building email lists targeted to a specific market area. The upgrade doesn't limit the search to emails. Now you can search for any regular expression. With Email Marketing, you specify the keywords, and it will bring thousand of emails addresses parsed from the search results. All the lists are stored and can be retrieved for export at any time. You can export the email list to your system. You can export emails in CSV format, which is adequate for import in databases and Outlook Contacts, or select the VCF format. The latter is the standard virtual card format for contact interchange and is good for GMail, Apple Agenda and other email systems. Email Marketing requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher, costs US$49.99 and is available at the 3y3 web site ( There's also a $19.99 iPad version (with limited functionality) at the Apple App Store (
Dec 01
iRise launches beta Mac version of prototyping software
iRise has launched the Mac version of their latest self-titled visualization suite to give app developers a contemporary way of previewing their projects before building them. The solution, which is in beta, is designed to provide everyone from marketing to development teams a snapshot of the fully functional app experience before coding begins. To register for the beta go to
Nov 30
Analyst offers concrete predictions for Apple HDTV
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster offered some concrete predictions at the Business Insider IGNITION: Future of Media Conference as to what the rumored Apple HDTV will be like. Here are the highlights: ° The Apple HDTV, which will arrive in time for the 2013 holiday season, will be a full-fledged television, not a set-top box like the current Apple TV. ° The Apple HDTV will come in a range of prices, but they'll cost about twice what similarly sized TVs from other manufacturers cost. ° The Apple HDTV will offer seamless integration with your other Apple devices and service. The TV will come with a standard remote, but you'll also be able to control it with your iPhone or iPad or via Siri.  You'll also be able to download console and other games, content, etc., from iTunes, the App Store, and iCloud. ° You'll still have to have a cable subscription and cable box because Apple doesn't have enough content otherwise.  Read more at
Nov 30
HP CEO: Apple will become market leader in personal computers
Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman expects Apple to overtake HP as the market leader in personal computers next year, when you figure in the iPad, she told "Le Figaro" (, a French publication. "It’s possible if you integrate the tablets," she said. "We will try to be champion again in 2013. It will take time for the products that I have influence on to make it to the market." Last week Canalys ( says it expects Apple to overtake HP to become the leading global PC vendor before the second half of 2012. Tablet computers, and particularly the iPad, have radically changed the dynamics of the PC industry over the last year, already propelling Apple into second place in the worldwide PC market in Q3 2011, according to the research group. Canalys estimates full-year 2011 global PC shipments to reach 415 million, up 15% year-on-year, thanks predominantly to increasing pad sales. Total tablet shipments are expected to reach 59 million units by the...
Nov 30
iPad 'the bane' of computer memory makers
The iPad is "the bane of computer-memory makers, worsening the industry’s losses as consumers choose the hand-held device that uses about 75% fewer of the chips than a typical laptop," according to a "Bloomberg" report ( Elpida Memory, Hynix Semiconductor and other makers of dynamic random-access memory, the most common chip in computers, lost a combined $14 billion in the past three years, according to "Bloomberg" calculations. The article says that "as the faltering global economy and Thailand floods curb PC production, some DRAM manufacturers may not have enough money to mimic Samsung Electronic’s profitable diversification into specialty chips for smartphones, tablet devices and servers." Personal computer shipments were hit last quarter by the popularity of tablets like the iPad, according to the Gartner and IDC research group. The former says computer shipments climbed 3.2% to 92 million units, compared with an earlier projection for 5.1% growth.
Nov 30
Daily dose of Siri quips and tips offered, a new website to provide a daily dose of Siri Quips and Tips, launches today. The site will present daily screenshots of choice Siri responses both on the Web and by free email subscription.  Siri is the virtual "personal assistant" on the iPhone 4S that uses sophisticated voice-recognition to perceive the meaning of natural human speech, without the need to use any Siri-specific grammar.  "Ever since the iPhone 4S burst on the scene in mid-October, Siri has attracted most attention for her often hilarious responses, but she also has serious capabilities," says Jodi Dery, developer of the website. " is the first website to introduce a daily service to keep up with Siri, presenting each morning new screenshots of both a laugh-provoking Siri Quip and an especially useful Siri Tip." Since is a daily service, what you will see each day on the website or receive by email, at your option, will be different than what you saw the previous day...
Nov 30
Mobile app downloads hit a record high with iPhone 4S launch
Fiksu (, a mobile app user acquisition platform spanning the entire mobile ecosystem, says the iPhone 4S launch caused a large spike in mobile app downloads. The Index experienced as much as a 70% increase in download volume during the iPhone 4S launch weekend and 40% increase in download volume during post-launch, when compared to the pre-launch time frame of the new iPhone's availability during October. Fiksu also observed a notable increase in organic downloads: up 75% during the launch and settling in at 54% post-launch. "As predicted, October was a frenzied month; the availability of the iPhone 4S weekend launch caused an unprecedented surge in app downloads, providing great opportunity in volume for mobile advertisers," says Micah Adler, CEO, Fiksu. "For mobile marketers seeking a window of extreme growth regardless of cost, the iPhone 4S launch presented a bonanza to secure large volumes of new users. But for those seeking to maximize value and ROI [return...
Nov 30
Samsung scores patent win against Apple
Samsung is set to resume selling its Galaxy tablet computer in Australia as early as Friday, after the company won a "rare legal victory in a long-running global patent war with Apple," reports "Reuters" ( An Australian federal court unanimously decided to lift a preliminary injunction, imposed by a lower court, on sales of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1, the article adds. However, the court granted Apple a stay on lifting the sales ban until Friday afternoon. Apple attorneys declined to comment after the ruling. However, the delay in lifting the temporary sales ban could give time for an appeal to be launched, notes "Reuters." Yesterday it was announced that Apple has filed a motion in a German court seeking to bar the German unit of Samsung Electronics from selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1N tablet in the European Union. The Duesseldorf regional court has scheduled a Dec. 22 hearing on the matter.
Nov 30
Apple posts Safari 5.1.2
Apple has posted Safari 5.1.2, an update to its web browser. It solves a problem of excessive memory use among other things. Safari 5.1.2 also fixes an issue that could cause webpages to flash white, and adds the ability to display PDFs within Web content. Additionally, the upgrade improves stability and allows PDFs to be displayed within web content. Safari 5.1.2 is a 40.12MB download and requires Mac OS X 10.7.x ("Lion"). It can be obtained via the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.
Nov 30
Cyber Monday is heaviest online spending day in history
ComScore (, a company that "measures the digital world," has reported holiday season U.S. retail e-commerce spending for the first 28 days of the November- December 2011 holiday season. For the holiday season-to-date, US$15 billion was spent online, marking a 15% increase versus the corresponding days last year. Cyber Monday reached $1.25 billion in online spending. That's up 22% compared to last year, representing the heaviest online spending day in history and the second day on record to surpass the billion-dollar threshold. "Cyber Monday was yet another historic day for e-commerce, with online spending reaching a record $1.25 billion," says comScore chairman Gian Fulgoni. "It was just the second billion dollar spending day on record, following on the heels of Cyber Monday 2010. While last year saw Cyber Monday rank as the heaviest online spending day of the year for the first time ever, it will be interesting to watch the next couple of weeks to see if any...
Nov 30
3Dconnexion announces SpaceMouse Pro
3Dconnexion ( has announced the SpaceMouse Pro, its newest 3D mouse for professional 3D software users working in a range of industries from mechanical engineering to media and entertainment, product design, architecture, and healthcare. It combines 3Dconnexion’s patented six-degrees-of-freedom (6DoF) sensor for intuitive and precise 3D navigation with an advanced ergonomic design and innovative on-screen display, to deliver superior comfort and a simpler, more productive workflow, according to Antonio Pascucci, vice president of products, 3Dconnexion. Five QuickView keys offer one-touch access to 12 view combinations -- top, right, front, and 90-degree rotation.   The SpaceMouse Pro boasts a full-size, soft-coated hand rest and fifteen large, tactile and easy-to-locate buttons. Four customizable Intelligent Function Keys provide fingertip access to frequently used application commands. The SpaceMouse Pro is backed by a three-year warranty, and is...
Nov 30
'Steve Jobs-Ayn Rand' project debuts at SCOPE Miami
Global Art Group, a philanthropic initiative behind Global Advertising Strategies that supports art projects from all over the world, has partnered with Miami’s KIWI Arts Group and Mironova International Art Group to unveil David Datuna’s "Steve Jobs-Ayn Rand" portrait at SCOPE Miami. The project, latest in Datuna’s Viewpoint of Millions series, will be on view from November 29th through December 4th in KIWI Arts Group's booth C24. "Steve Jobs-Ayn Rand" is the newest addition to David Datuna’s portrait series of influential individuals around the world. Fashioned from a background pattern of thousands of miniature images of author/philosopher Ayn Rand (created by artist Alex Guofeng Coa under Datuna’s direction,) the large format iconic portrait comes to life under a cascading wall of optical lenses made from nearly 80,000 parts. Moved by Steve Jobs’ recent passing, Datuna chose Ayn Rand as the driving component of the portrait as Rand’s work is believed to have inspired the late...
Nov 30
Vid-2x lets you connect two monitors to single output
Sapphire Technology ( has released the Vid-2X, a device that allows two monitors to be connected to a single output on almost any computer system. Sapphire's Vid-2X is a compact stand-alone unit that allows two Full HD DVI monitors to be connected to a single Thunderbolt, DisplayPort or DualLink-DVI output of a laptop or desktop. The device is designed for computing devices that can't easily be expanded such as laptops and netbooks as well as for users that are restricted from opening their computers by warranty or corporate rules. Two models are offered -- one with DisplayPort (Thunderbolt compatible) input and one with DualLink DVI input. The Vid-2X is a completely external solution, requiring no software or drivers to be loaded. It has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$179 and works with Mac OS X, Windows and Linux systems.
Nov 30
Presto for Mac OS X adds Premiere Pro support
Singular Software, a developer of workflow automation applications for digital media, has announced the availability of Singular Software Presto for Mac OS X (v2.0) with support for Adobe Premiere Pro. Singular Software Presto automates the task of editing video presentations. Simple to use, Presto's underlying visual tracking and image-tracking technology works alongside the non-linear editing application to automatically synchronize the footage of the presenter and the presentation slides, using a video taken of the screen. The official launch of Singular Software Presto for OS X includes several promotions. Existing Singular Software PluralEyes customers (Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro for OS X and Sony Vegas Pro) can add Singular Software Presto for US$149. All others can purchase Singular Software Presto for OS X for $199, a 20% discount off the standard MSRP of $249. Promotions can't be combined and end on Dec. 31. For more info go to .
Nov 30
Boris Continuum Complete 8 AE available
Boris FX ( has released Boris Continuum Complete 8 AE (BCC 8 AE). It has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$995. BCC 8 AE delivers 200-plus VFX filters to Mac OS X and Windows versions of Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro CS5.5, CS5, and CS4. New flicker reduction and videoscope tools, OpenGL hardware acceleration, 32-bit float support, deeper After Effects integration, and enhanced lens flares, particles, glows, and lights headline this new release. Owners of previous versions of BCC AE may upgrade for an MSRP of $295. A demo version is available at the Boris FX web site.
Nov 30
Disk Drill for Mac OS X gets new Deep Scan file formats
CleverFiles has released Disk Drill 1.5, an update of the free data recovery software for Mac OS X. The upgrade adds new file formats to its Deep Scan recovery algorithm. Disk Drill features Quick Scan that recovers files that have been accidentally deleted and helps in less severe data recovery cases. Deep Scan looks for files based on their structure. Disk Drill's Search for Lost Partitions feature offers a way for any file systems still recoverable on a disk. Bonus features include Disk Image Backup, S.M.A.R.T. data monitoring, Live Preview of found items, Portable Mode and more. Disk Drill 1.5 also comes with new icons. Plus, CleverFiles has added a number of localizations; now Disk Drill "speaks" English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Japanese, Russian, Swedish and Portuguese. Disk Drill is compatible with any Mac running Mac OS X 10.5 or newer (including Mac OS 10.7 and is 64-bit ready. Disk Drill 1.5 basic is free and is available worldwide from the CleverFiles...
Nov 30
Exactscan Pro gets automatic detection features
ExactCode has updated its ExactScan Pro ( scanning software for Mac OS X (10.4 and higher) to version 2.18. The upgrade sports new "all automatic" features for automatic detection of the page's color content, and the source mode. ExactScan includes built-in drivers for over 230 document scanners, including devices from Avision, Kodak, Oki, Visioneer and Xerox. Together with the Spotlight indexing services built into Mac OS X since 10.5 ("Leopard") this features form a document management solution suitable for small-office and home-office (SOHO) environments. What's more it has image enhancement algorithms that can recognize automatically how the images and documents have to be cropped and de-skewed. ExactScan comes with support for many languages (English, Dutch, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, Simplified-Chinese, Traditional-Chinese) and works with Mac OS X 10.4 and higher. ExactScan is available for approximately US$...
Nov 30
CS Odessa offers Mind Map exchange solution
CS Odessa is offering a new Mind Map exchange solution. ConceptDraw Solution Park lets users exchange data freely between ConceptDraw MindMap and other project management and mind mapping applications. Integration of the Mind Map Exchange solution with the ConceptDraw MindTweet provides users the ability to publish maps to social sites. The solution offers the ability to exchange data between Microsoft Project, ConceptDraw MindMap, ConceptDraw Project, Mindjet MindManager, XMind, FreeMind, Microsoft Office, and more. It supports all major office documents including project charts and reports, mind maps, outlines and presentation materials. ConceptDraw Solution Park is an online collection of plug-in solutions for ConceptDraw products that provide productivity-increasing options for knowledge workers. For more info go to .

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