iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for Feb. 8
Here are the latest iPhone/iPod touch/iPod/iPad apps. You can find 'em at the Apple App Store (http://www.itunes.com/appstore/).
RedStamp has announced an US$0.99 iOS application that allows users to email, text, post or paper mail stylish, personalized notes directly from an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. The app is filled with RedStamp's signature stationery designs featuring editablesentiments pre-written by RedStamp's founder and etiquette expert, Erin Newkirk.
Volyy has launched eLastyc Pix 1.0 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The $2.99 app lets you tweak faces, slim down, grow muscles, and apply absolutely crazy effects to faces or pictures of anything else.
PSJ Apps has released Testicular Cancer Checker 1.0 for the iPhone and iPod touch. This free app features reminder alerts for men to examine themselves for testicular cancer, as well as provides instruction for properly performing an examination.
ForeMinds has introduced ArticleSearch, their free research app for iOS...
Analyst: FTC may frown upon Apple's ebook vendor policy
Research analyst James McQuivey tells the "Los Angeles Times" (http://macte.ch/lLDzM) that Apple’s rules “could be interpreted as restraint of trade” and invite the attention of the Federal Trade Commission.
“One way to look at this is that Apple is leveraging its monopoly power over the iPad and iPhone platforms,” McQuivey said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if phones were ringing at the FTC today about this.”
Apple has said if ebook vendors like Amazon and Google want to use the iPhone and iPad to sell books, they'll now have to offer them through Apple's iTunes store. Previously, when users of Amazon's iPhone app wished to buy a book, the e-commerce company routed the customer to its own site, circumventing Apple's internal sales process for which it takes a 30% cut of the purchase price.
McQuivey told the "Times" he sees two potential drawbacks to Apple's approach. One: by dictating where digital books can be sold, Apple may be squelching innovation. Two: the restrictions could be...
ENPA concerned about Apple's subscription plans
Apple is being warned against trying to "squeeze cash" out of the newspaper industry by controlling subscriptions for iPads and iPhones, reports the "BBC" (http://macte.ch/PN8iK). The European Newspaper Publishers' Association (ENPA) says it's concerned by the company's plans to direct online sales through iTunes.
If that happens, a large cut of their profits would go to Apple the ENPA says. Several European newspapers claim that Apple has banned them from offering free electronic editions to their print customers. Publishers' main concern is that users will not be allowed to subscribe via newspapers' own web sites, notes the "BBC."
In a statement, the ENPA said: "consumers may only have access to the newspaper of their choice via the iTunes store, where the transaction would be subject to commission." Apple currently receives a 30% share of revenue from apps and ebooks sold.
Apple declined to comment on the ENPA's criticism, says the "BBC." The company has previously denied that it...
ComScore: Apple has 25% of smartphone market
ComScore (http://www.comscore.com), a company that "measures the digital world," has released data from the comScore MobiLens service, reporting key trends in the U.S. mobile phone industry during the three-month average period ending December 2010. The report shows Apple's share of the smartphone market rising from 21.4% to 25%.
The comScore report ranked the leading mobile original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and smartphone operating system (OS) platforms in the U.S. according to their share of current mobile subscribers ages 13 and older, and reviewed the most popular activities and content accessed via the subscriber’s primary mobile phone.
The December report found RIM to be the top smartphone market for the three-month period with 37.3% market share. That's down from 31.6% for the three-month period ending in September 2010.
Google's market share rose from 21.4% to 28.7% for the three-month period ending in December. That allowed it to slip ahead of Apple. Rounding out the...
Verizon may have sold 500,000 pre-ordered iPhones
Verizon may have sold 500,000 iPhones before it shut down pre-orders on its web site, "The Street" (http://macte.ch/5QCPU) reports. JP Morgan analyst Phil Cusick came up with that figure based on previous Verizon smartphone sales announced.
After breaking its previous phone sales record in the first two hours of pre-orders, Verizon continued to take orders for 15 more hours until 8:10 p.m. (Eastern), the article notes, quoting Cusick. In a note to clients, based on the pace of sales, the analyst estimated that more than 500,000 Verizon iPhones were sold on day one.
Verizon said sales of the Verizon iPhone crushed its previous one-day sales record. Cusick noted that that record was 100,000 Motorola Droids, a Google Android-powered phone that first sold on Nov. 6, 2009. The analyst estimated that the first sample of Verizon iPhone demand puts the phone on track to exceed the Droid's debut performance.
Panini offers RDC solution for Mac users
Panini (http://www.panini.com), a global payments processing technology provider, is providing a Mac interface for their check scanners designed for remote deposit capture (RDC).
The solution is the first to offer native support in the Mac environment along with true MICR capture allowing Mac-based small businesses the ability to capitalize on the many advantages and efficiencies available with RDC, says Michael Pratt, chief marketing officer, Panini.
Panini’s new Mac interface includes native support in Mac OS X, is based on Vision API version 3.6 and supports their check scanning products, Vision X and I:Deal. For more info about the check scanners, go to the Panini web site.
LogonKey forms 'immune bubble' around your computer
ProteMac has announced LogonKey, software that presents security for computer data packed into USB dongle. This software reduces log-on procedure to inserting USB flash drive.
According to the folks at ProteMac, LogonKey relieves users from entering anything from the keyboard; it is the serial number of your USB flash device that will be necessary for user identification. The software lets users choose between computer access via USB dongle or usual password that meets their specific security demands.
Device removal blocks access to computer system from the outside, enabling users to specify the activity after logging out: screensaver, logout, sleep or shutdown. LogonKey delivers the ability to get personal access code wrapped up into portable device.
LogOnKey requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. It costs US$49.95 for a single user license and may be downloaded at the ProteMac web site (http://www.protemac.com/).
WaterField Designs unveils 11.6-inch MacBook Air Wallet
WaterField Designs (http://www.sfbags.com/) has introduced the 11.6-inch MacBook Air Wallet, a lightweight MacBook Air travel case for the slim laptop, a mouse, the charger, the SuperDrive, cables and other accessories.
Fully packed, the US$89 case maintains its light and compact feel and can fit into an airline seatback pocket, according to Gary Waterfield, owner of WaterField Designs. It's available for pre-order now at the WaterField Designs online store and will ship at the end of the month.
More than a case, yet smaller than a bag, the MacBook Air Wallet celebrates the ultra-portability of the MacBook Air, says Waterfield. Users can tuck it the case under the arm, in another bag or -- with the optional shoulder strap -- carry it as a stand-alone bag. Scratch-free pockets, foam padding, and impact-resistant plastic inserts protect the MacBook Air, and soft, scratch-free internal pockets plus a stretchy outside back pocket hold other individual items.
Available in a choice of...
Better Finder Rename now Snow Leopard only
PublicSpace.net (http://www.publicspace.net) has released A Better Finder Rename 5.0, the latest version of its contextual menu plug-in that allows users to rename multiple files. The new version features a completely re-designed single window user interface and is modernized with a new 64-bit Mac OS X Snow Leopard-only architecture.
A Better Finder Rename sports an instant preview feature. The tool features capture time and date extraction (EXIF JPEG and most RAW formats) for digital photographers, ID3 tag extraction for music lovers, regular expression support, plain-text file import for renaming from databases and many other features.
A Better Finder Rename is US$14.95 shareware for a single user license. Family, business and enterprise licensing is also available. Customers may chose to include a "forever upgrade" with their purchase. A Better Finder Rename requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher.
Game gets Medieval on your Mac OS X
Brisk Mobile summons you to test your wits with Medieval (http://briskmobilegames.com/Games/MedievalHD). It costs US$2.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Games category
In the game, your goal is to survive the waves of enemies, protect your flag and keep your castle from being blasted into oblivion. You have to outshoot and outsmart your enemies to claim victory.
Medieval boast four game modes (Fast Fire, Easy, Medium, Hard) and three different shooting modes (Auto Fire, Show Arc, Drag Fire). There are six different troop types, eight unique weapons, 11 locations and numerous enemy types, including flying enemies and a BOSS enemy.
There's new Optimism for the Mac App Store
Mental health software company Optimism Apps has announced Optimism 3.6 (http://www.findingoptimism.com/), an update of its mood chart and health planning application for Mac OS X 10.6.6. It's now available in the Mac App Store for US$24.99 in the Health & Fitness category.
Optimism helps a person to monitor the triggers and warning signs of a decline in their mental health, and develop strategies that help them to remain well, says developer James Bishop. It gives individuals a framework for self-help, in managing depression, bipolar disorder, or other physical and mental health conditions, he adds.
Optimism gets people started in being proactive about their health, learning the choices they can make everyday to assist in their wellbeing. As the software can be completely customized to suit an individual's specific circumstances, it is relevant to any health condition that affects, or is affected, by mood, says Bishop.
Vicinno Brings offers 15C Scientific Calculator for iPad, Mac
Vicinno Soft (http://www.vicinno.com/) has announced 15C Scientific Calculator 1.0 for the iPad and Mac OS X. It's an emulator for the HP 15C Scientific Calculator.
The app provides an emulation of the layout, functions, algorithms, capabilities, and key sequences of the original. One of five calculators in the 10C series, The 15C was the most advanced scientific calculator in the 10C series that were made from 1981 till 1989. The 15C was the most advanced scientific calculator in the line.
In addition to full implementations of original HP 15C, Vicinno the 15C Scientific Calculator sports like user manual accessible from within the app for reference on the go, optional click sound with each tap providing additional feedback, and more.
Vicinno 15C Scientific Calculator requires iOS 3.2 or higher on the iPad and Mac OS X 10.6.6 on the Mac. It's priced at US$29.99 and available worldwide exclusively through the Apple App Store and Mac App Store in the Utilities categories.
Artboard Drawing Software comes to Mac App Store
Mapdiva has introduced Artboard 1.0 (http://mapdiva.com/artboard), their new vector drawing software for Mac OS X, 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.
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.
Artboard features a style generator and stacked styles, providing a range of effects. It takes advantage of a Core Image-supported graphics card.
ProSign 1.0 offers signature capture to Filemaker Pro
Geist interactive has introduced proSign 1.0 (http://www.geistinteractive.com/proSign), which lets you add signature capture to any FileMaker Pro solution. Signatures can be captured using any touch pad or pen and tablet input device.
ProSign runs on both Mac and PC, and no special hardware is required. Signatures are captured and stored as Base64 encoded data urls which makes them easy to display in web viewers or to embed into HTML email, according to geist interactive founder, Todd Geist.
You can also convert these into PNG files later for storage and display using the free GoSignCompanion plug-in. ProSign requires FileMaker Pro version 9 or greater
ProSign is available by itself for US$239 or bundled with GoSign for FileMaker go for $289. Existing GoSign customers are eligible to get proSign at a special price of $219. Site licenses and demo files are available.
2X VirtualDesktopServer 9 offers iPhone, iPad connectivity
2X Software, an international developer of virtualization and server-based computing software, has released the 2X VirtualDesktopServer 9, offering application and virtual desktop delivery to computers, workstations and mobile devices, including iPhone, iPad and Android connectivity.
The release also continues to improve upon the implementation and management of virtualized IT infrastructures, such as Microsoft Terminal Server, Hyper-V or VMware ESX, while also improving environment performance and scalability, making the product ideal for IT infrastructures of all sizes, says Nikolaos Makris, CEO of 2X Software. To download an evaluation version of 2X VirtualDesktopServer 9, go to http://www.2x.com/virtualdesktop/register.html
Raidon launches new RAID storage solutions
Raidon (http://www.RAIDON.com.tw) is releasing a new generation of SAS 6G storage solutions: the 2880 Series. This series can to be deployed while offering stability at highest performance beyond 700 MB/second to the SMB, the company says.
The 2880 Series supports 8 to 15mm height 2.5-inch HDD’s and is embedded with a dual SAS 6G host interface. It provides multiple RAID levels up to RAID 6, for the highest level of redundancy, and also offers a snapshot function for system configuration backup. If a failure occurs the system can be recovered providing additional data security.
The 2880 Series comes in two models, the iR2880 for internal and the GR2880 for external use; both models are equipped with the RAIDON SAS 6G module from Intel 80341 CPU and 1GB of DDR2 RAM with LCD system status display. Both products also provide a web graphical user interface for system configuration and monitoring via LAN or RS232. The 2880 Series are available now; contact Raidon for pricing info.
Password Repository update improves Print Settings
Tension Software has updated Password Repository (http://www.pomola.com/products_passwordrepository/passwordrepository.html), a Mac OS X password storage utility, to version 2.12.4. The upgrade improves the Print Settings feature.
Password Repository lets you save all your passwords in documents protecting them on disk using a single password. Data is encrypted using strong and bullet proof algorithms, and the password protecting a document is not saved in any place. Password Repository costs US$30, though version 2.12.4 is a free update for registered users of version 2.x.
The software is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.
Intel provides update on support chip design issue
On Jan. 31, Intel (http://www.intel.com) disclosed a design issue with a support chip, the Intel 6 Series Chipset that has the potential to impact certain computer system configurations, including the Sandy Bridge chip expected in upcoming Macs.
As a result of discussions and specific requests from computer makers, Intel is resuming shipments of the Intel 6 Series Chipset for use only in computer system configurations that are not impacted by the design issue. Only computer makers who have committed to shipping the Intel 6 Series Chipset in computer system configurations that are not impacted by the design issue will be receiving these shipments. We're not sure if that includes Apple.
This resumption of shipments of the Intel 6 Series Chipset is not changing the company’s updated first quarter 2011 and full-year financial outlook published on Jan. 31. In parallel, Intel has started manufacturing on a new version of this support chip. Intel now expects to begin shipping the new parts...
DisplaySearch forecasts 200% year-over-year tablet
Momentum behind tablet (slate) shipments is growing, with a year-over-year increase of nearly 200% to 55.7 million units expected in 2011, according to the "DisplaySearch Quarterly Mobile PC Shipment and Forecast Report."
Though growth rates will slow over the forecast period, the slate personal computer share of the overall mobile personal computer market, which also includes notebooks and mini-notes, will rise to nearly 35%, or 172.4 million units, by 2014. Total shipments of the mobile personal computer market are expected to reach 503.8 million units by 2014.
“The upcoming product announcements, introductions and demonstrations in the coming weeks will build on the tremendous momentum that the market has already seen and will lead to segmentation in the tablet (slate) PC market,” says Richard Shim, mobile computing analyst for DisplaySearch. “This segmentation translates to significant shipment growth and proliferation in the short and long term.”
Segmentation is also demonstrated...
iTunes still top online movie seller
Despite intensified competition from fierce rivals including Microsoft and Wal-Mart Stores., Apple’s iTunes store in 2010 managed to hold onto its dominance in the U.S. market for movie electronic sell through (EST) and Internet video on demand (iVOD), new IHS Screen Digest research from iSuppli (http://www.isuppli.com) shows.
The iTunes accounted for more than two-thirds of U.S. EST/iVOD movie consumer spending in 2010, at 64.5%, down from 74.4% in 2009. The company also maintained its control of three quarters of the U.S. EST business in 2010. Apple’s hold on its market share supremacy was all the more impressive given that the business underwent a significant expansion in 2010, with EST/iVOD movie revenue rising by more than 60% for the year.
“The iTunes online store showed remarkable competitive resilience last year in the U.S. EST/iVOD movie business, staving off a growing field of tough challengers while keeping pace with an dramatic expansion for the overall market,” says Arash...
'iFixIt' tears down the Verizon iPhone
"iFixIt" has torn down the Verizon iPhone and found it's substantially redesigned inside. At first glance, the differences are more significant than we saw between the iPhone 3G and the 3GS.
For example, the location and design of the RF components -- EMI (electromagnetic interference) shields, connector locations, even board layout -- is changed.
"They redesigned the vibrator -- a seemingly minor item, but it takes up a large amount of space inside the phone," says Kyle Wiens of "iFixIt." "My tester said that the 'Verizon vibration was quieter, a little softer to feel, and made a better sound on the table.' (No, I'm not making a 'That's what she said' joke.) It used to be in the top right portion of the phone, across from the camera. Now it's on the bottom left."
But here's the biggest news: Apple is using the same Qualcomm chip as the Droid Pro World Phone. The Qualcomm MDM6600 chip supports HSPA+ data rates of up to 14.4 Mbps and CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev. A/Rev. B. The datasheet can be...
Whoosh enables batch/bulk emailing from the Mac desktop
Whoosh (http://www.theescapers.com/whoosh/) is a new product from The Escapers. It uses the Amazon SES to enable batch/bulk emailing from the Mac desktop.
The Amazon SES service provides a REST service, which until now required a knowledge of HTTP services, and XML. According to The Escapers, Whoosh changes all that and allows full access to the SES service via a familiar Mac user interface.
The app supports campaigns, so you can manage as many email campaigns as you like. Whoosh can import your tab-delimited files from spreadsheets or databases, and mail-merge details into every mail your customers receive.
Whoosh supports plain text and HTML emails. It also keeps an eye on your quota, and lets you view stats direct from the Amazon service.
Whoosh is available at an introductory price of US$29.99 for a limited time. A demo is available for download. Whoosh requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.
Verizon iPhone arrives Thursday
Just in case you haven't heard, the iPhone 4 arrives on the Verizon Wireless network for the general population this week. Beginning at 7 a.m. (Eastern) on Thursday, Feb. 10, the Apple smarataphone will be available at more than 2,000 Verizon Wireless Communications Stores nationwide and Apple's retail stores.
The iPhone 4 is available for a suggested retail price of $199.99 for the 16 GB model and $299.99 for the 32GB model with a new two-year customer agreement. Customers can subscribe to a Nationwide Talk plan (beginning at $39.99 for 450 minutes) or a Nationwide Talk and Text plan (beginning at $59.99 for 450 minutes and includes unlimited text, picture and video messaging), as well as an unlimited email and web data plan for $29.99 per month.
Customers will also enjoy the new Personal Hotspot capability paired with a 3G Mobile Hotspot plan to use iPhone 4 to connect up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices. The 3G Mobile Hotspot plan is $20 per month for 2GB.
Wireless users who want to...
Apple has a CEO succession plan; most companies don't
Apple may not want to disclose its CEO succession plan, but at least it has one, notes "All Things D" (http://macte.ch/EWZST). Which is more than you can say for most other companies.
According to a global survey of 1,300 companies by Korn/Ferry (http://www.kornferry.com/), although 98% of companies believe a CEO succession plan to be important, only 35% currently have one in place. And 49% haven’t had one in place for the last three years. Despite the recent increase of unexpected departures of several high profile CEOs, the trend hasn't fully opened the eyes of corporate executives, according to the Korn/Ferry Executive Survey.
“Given the number of abrupt, high profile executive departures this year, it’s surprising that more companies are not acting with greater urgency to put a CEO succession plan in place,” says Joe Griesedieck, vice chairman and managing director of Korn/Ferry Board & CEO Services Practice. “In today’s environment, succession planning should be a part of...
iPhone sees 86.2% growth year-over-year
Apple's iPhone gained more ground in the worldwide smartphone market year-over-year, with shipment volume growth coming from Asia/Pacific and Japan, according to the IDC research (http://www.idc.com).
As of the fourth quarter of 2010, Apple had 16.1% of market share shipping 16.2 million iPhones. That compares to 16.1% and 8.7 million units shipped in the fourth quarter of 2009. That's 86.2% growth. Nokia leads the market with 28% market share and 28.3 million units shipped in the fourth quarter of 2010.
In addition, Apple made further inroads into the enterprise market, with more companies adding Apple to their approved smartphone list and increased development of corporate-centered applications. Rumors of an iPhone 5 have begun to heat up the blogosphere, with many expecting a new design and perhaps a mobile wallet, says IDC.
According to the "IDC Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker," vendors shipped a total of 100.9 million smartphones during the fourth quarter of 2010 (4Q10...
Moska releases Archiware PresSTORE integration for Canto Cumulus...
Retrieving files from PresSTORE Archive just got a easier thanks to Archieware PresSTORE Integration for Cumulus, a new Cumulus add-on released by Moksa.
Originally developed by Moksa as a custom Cumulus integration for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), Moksa president Vincent DiPaola saw an opportunity to bring archive and retrieval from within the Cumulus Client to the larger Canto Cumulus market. The Moksa integration provides an interface to PresSTORE archives from within the Cumulus Client.
By selecting records in the Cumulus collection window, users can manage and retrieve files from tape jukeboxes, and more. Cumulus Integration for PresSTORE is priced at US$1,995 for an unlimited seat license. It’s available for Cumulus 8.0 or later (Mac OS X and Windows), and can be purchased directly from Moksa (http://www.moksa.com), or through authorized Archiware and Canto resellers.
British House of Lords gives thumbs up to iPads
As reported by "The Telegraph" (http://macte.ch/hBPsd), peers in the British House of Lords will soon be able to use iPads and other mobile internet devices during debates. The Lords Administration and Works Committee said in a new report that current restrictions are "incomplete, outdated and contradictory".
For a trial period of one year, it is proposed that peers should allowed to refer to handheld electronic devices including all tablets, smartphones and ebook readers, during debates, provided they are set to silent, notes "The Telegraph." However, laptops will remain outlawed. Internet-enabled Lords will be restricted in what they are allowed to browse, however.
"Members taking part in proceedings should be able to use electronic devices to access Parliamentary papers and other documents which are clearly and closely relevant to the business before the House," the report proposes. "Members should not be permitted to use the internet to search for material that might be used in...
Analyst ups his sales forecasts for iPhones, iPads
In a note to clients -- as reported by "Fortune" (http://macte.ch/sDma0), Susquehanna's Jeff Fidacaro has raised his Apple price target from US$445 to $465 and upped his sales estimates for the iPhone and iPad.
For the March quarter, Fidacaro raised his iPhone shipment estimate to 19.8 million (from 17.7 million). For fiscal 2011, he's looking for iPhone shipments of 76.7 million (up from 70.5 million), an increase of 92% year over year.
Fidacaro's supply-chain sources suggest a build of 6.7-7.1 million iPads in the current quarter (2 million iPad 1s and the rest iPad 2s) and sales of 5.25-5.5 million units. The big bump comes next quarter, after what he believes will be the April launch of the iPad 2. Fidacaro is looking for sales of 8.5 million iPads (up from 6.5 million) in the June quarter and has raised his fiscal 2011 estimate to 32.1 million iPads (from 27.3 million), an increase of 330% year over year.
Georgia may go with iPads for students
Senate President pro tem Tommie Williams says that Georgia legislators and state educators are considering an offer from Apple regarding iPads, reports the "Atlanta Journal Constitution" (http://macte.ch/9nD6S),
"Last week we met with Apple Computers, and they have a really promising program where they come in and their recommending to middle schools -- for $500 per child per year, they will furnish every child with an iPad, wi-fi the system, provide all the books on the system, all the upgrades, all the teacher training-- and the results they’re getting from these kids is phenomenal."
Williams said legislators are currently searching for money in the state’s education budget to fund pilot programs across the state.
Analyst raises target price on Apple stock
In a note to clients -- as reported by "Barron's" (http://macte.ch/TSVUG) -- Needham & Co. analyst Charlie Wolf has raised his target price on shares of Apple from US$375 to $450, saying the “trajectory” of sales of the iPhone and iPad now appears to be higher than he originally expected.
Wolf now estimates 300 million smartphones were sold in total last year, up from a prior expectation of 250 million units. He also notes his estimation for iPhone sales last calendar year was only 40 million, which turned out to be below the actual 47.5 million Apple sold.
For 2011, he’s now modeling 75 million units. Wolf sees Apple with a 16% share of smartphones now, moving to perhaps 22% in the next five years, with the assumption Verizon Communications sells 16 million units this year and 16 million next year.
As a consequence of the iPhone and iPad estimates, Wolf raised his estimate for the material contribution to Apple revenue of the iPhone and iPad. He says the former may contribute $...
WWDC 2011 to be held June 5-9?
A new listing for a generic "Corporate Meeting" scheduled for June 5 through 9 at San Francisco's Moscone West could prove to be a placeholder for Apple's annual Worldwide Developer's Conference, reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).
The convention center calendar shows Sunday, June 5, through Thursday, June 9, set aside for an unnamed meeting labeled as a "convention/tradeshow." While the generic listing is no guarantee of the WWDC 2011 dates, the second half of June is booked with five different events, suggesting that Apple's annual event will occur earlier in the month, notes "AppleInsider." The June 5 bloc set aside at the Moscone Center has been reserved at Moscone West, where Apple has historically held WWDC.
iPad 2 coming in April, according to ... Elton John
When you want to know about iPad news, who ya gonna call? Elton John, it seems. Sir Elton John predicts an April launch date for Apple's new tablet in a series of interviews to promote his new movie project "Gnomeo and Juliet."
"I'm a Luddite. I don't have a phone, I don't have a computer, I don't have an iPad and I don't have an iPod," the singer/songwriter said in an interview with "The Telegraph." "But this is going to be a problem for me because they're coming out with a Skype iPad in April and I've got to get one because I want to see my son when I'm not there -- I'll have to enter the world of technology."
"Our main question is whether Elton has merely been reading the same blogosphere speculation as us (or, more accurately given his comments, whether someone who's on his payroll to read blogosphere speculation has been telling him about the iPad 2 rumours)," says "CNET UK" (http://macte.ch/CzbQs). "Or does Elton have inside info about the device's launch date?
Canon releases new digital SLR cameras
Canon USA (http://www.usa.canon.com) has announced the EOS Rebel T3i and EOS Rebel T3 digital SLR cameras. Complementing the EOS Rebel T2i DSLR, the EOS Rebel T3i, Canon’s new flagship Rebel, offers features for beginning photographers, and the EOS Rebel T3 provides a more attractively priced option for those looking to experience the pleasure of shooting with a DSLR camera, according to the folks at Canon.
For the young enthusiast learning photography or the adult looking to learn more, Canon’s new Feature Guide instruction will walk Rebel T3i users through functions and provide recommendations for various settings.
Point-and-shoot users looking to step-up to a DSLR can take advantage of the T3i camera’s Scene Intelligent Auto mode, which provides complete scene analysis and optimized settings. Canon’s three-inch Vari-Angle Clear View LCD screen, ideal for properly composing those difficult overhead shots, is is now part of the new EOS Rebel T3i.
The Canon EOS T3i Digital SLR...
Verizon iPhone sets sales record
At 8:10 p.m. (Eastern) on Thursday, Verizon Wireless ceased online orders of iPhone 4 to existing customers and ended the most successful first day sales in the history of the company.
"This was an exciting day,” said Dan Mead, president and chief executive officer for Verizon Wireless. “In just our first two hours, we had already sold more phones than any first day launch in our history. And, when you consider these initial orders were placed between the hours of 3 a.m. and 5 a.m., it is an incredible success story. It is gratifying to know that our customers responded so enthusiastically to this exclusive offer -- designed to reward them for their loyalty."
Mead also said customers will have another opportunity at being among the nation’s first to own an iPhone 4 on the Verizon Wireless network. "Yesterday's launch set the pace for next week when we open up sales to everyone across America," he added.
The general market launch of the iPhone 4 on the Verizon Wireless network will...
Survey: expect a line for the Verizon iPhone
Neither snow, nor rain, nor gloom of 3G-only networks will deter iPhone fans. As the end draws near for AT&T’s exclusive hold on the Apple smartphone, uSamp (http://www.uSamp.com), a technology and online sample companies, has released a nationwide survey of AT&T and Verizon customers to gauge their plans for the Feb. 10 launch of Verizon’s iPhone.
The conclusion: a stalwart group of iPhone enthusiasts intends to line up on day one, regardless of severe weather, product quirks and service uncertainties. Drawing from its online panel from Jan. 28 to Jan. 31 to query AT&T customers -- as well as current Verizon users of Android and BlackBerry phones -- uSamp surveyed more than 700 smartphone users, finding that 29% of AT&T customers who intend to switch to Verizon for the iPhone are willing to wait in line on Feb. 10 to get it. Among existing Verizon customers who plan to get the iPhone, 24% report a willingness to stand in line, too.
For young consumers, devotion...
ISS wants to know the plans for Jobs' (eventual) successor
The Laborer’ International Union of North America wants Apple to unveil their plans on a successor to CEO Steve Jobs. And Institutional Shareholder Services has backed the labor union’s proposal, adding its voice to those who are asking Apple what it plans to do if and when Jobs steps down, notes "Forbes" (http://macte.ch/LTwV8).
Apple’s board is asking shareholders to vote against the proposal. In its proxy statement, Apple argues that it does indeed have a succession plan, but that publicly identifying the company’s future leaders “invites competitors to recruit high-value executives” and that “executives who are not identified as potential successors may choose to voluntarily leave.”
"ISS believes that shareholders would benefit by having a report on the company's succession plans disclosed annually," the ISS says. ""Such a report would enable shareholders to judge the board on its readiness and willingness to meet the demands of succession planning based on the circumstances at...
Together 2.4 released on the Mac App Store
Reinvented Software (http://reinventedsoftware.com/) has announced Together 2.4 for Mac OS X. It's available at the company's web site and the Mac App Store for .
Together an application for storing, previewing, editing and searching all kinds of files. Version 2.4 adds support for OpenMeta tags, bookmark file import and bookmark content searching. Together will import tags from OpenMeta and update OpenMeta tags with the tags you use on items in its library. Together is now also available on the Mac App Store.
Also in version 2.4, Together can import bookmarks from the HTML files that are exported from most web browsers and online services such as Delicious, preserving any folder structure used. When importing from Delicious, Together will also import the tags and notes for the bookmarks.
Additionally, Together includes content searching for bookmarks files. Normally, Together uses Spotlight for content searching, but Spotlight doesn't index these files. Together overcomes this...
ArraySync lets you synchronize QuickTime across multiple...
The National Software Laboratory has announced ArraySync, a new tool for synchronizing QuickTime playback on multiple displays attached to one computer, or across a local area network.
ArraySync allows you to create video walls and multi-screen demonstrations without specialized hardware. It's scalable, and can run entirely on hardware you already own. You can synchronize two displays or a hundred.
With ArraySync, you can use a Mac server to control PC clients, or a PC server to control Mac clients, or mix and match Macs and PCs in any combination you can wish. ArraySync's underlying protocol is platform independent.
You can mirror one video across your network, or combine displays to build a video wall and span one video across it. The National Software Lab'scompanion utility, ArrayShaker, allow syou to break up your media into multiple segments and distribute them to ArraySync clients powering your displays. Mac users also have the option to span videos directly without...
App Tamer for Mac OS X updated to version 1.0.4
St. Clair Software has released App Tamer 1.0.4 (http://www.stclairsoft.com/AppTamer/), an update of the app for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher that gives you control over your applications so you can save battery and CPU power. The new version fixes some bugs.
Some Mac applications, especially web browsers, continue running tasks or animations even when they're supposed to be idle in the background. This can consume valuable processing power and reduce battery life. App Tamer's AutoStop capability automatically pauses these applications when you switch away from them, and then restarts them when you click back to them. This frees your CPU and reduces power consumption, according to the folks at St. Clair.
App Tamer shows the average percentage of your processor(s) being used by each app, and graphically displays a history of CPU usage. You can enable AutoStop for any application, as well as change its processing priority in OS X.
App Tamer comes pre-configured to automatically pause...
Wrapsol offers film coverings for the Verizon iPhone
Due to the slight shift in buttons on the Verizon version of the iPhone 4, many current iPhone cases aren’t fitting properly with expectations for a short supply in phone protection, according to the folks at Wrapsol. The company says it's jumped in to provide that protection with pre-orders so there’s no delay in keeping the sleek new phones from wear and tear.
Wrapsol will be offering two different types of film for pre-ordering for the Verizon iPhone 4 including Wrapsol’s Ultra film (US$29.95) that offers clear protection for front to back scratch and drop protection. There's also the Wrapsol Clean version ($14.95), which is a matte screen protector that also eliminates fingerprints, smudges and glare.
For those whose pre-order the films, Wrapsol is offering a 25% discount with the code verizoniphone. Pre-orders ship Feb. 10.
DEVONtechnologies updates products
DEVONtechnologies (www.devon-technologies.com) has released a second public beta of DEVONagent and updates all editions of its information manager DEVONthink and its intelligent note-taking application DEVONnote to version 2.0.7.
The second beta of DEVONagent 3.0 brings new plug-ins, e.g. for Gutenberg.org and ACM Digital Library, and a new navigation bar for search results that gives direct access to all objects collected on a selected page. Selections can be remembered and are re-applied to similar content when loading the same or another page from the same site to simplify taking notes, using services, or adding to DEVONthink.
Domains and single URLs can be excluded from searching with wildcards, several scanner and search plug-ins have been improved, the plug-in assistant is more flexible, and older archives are no longer renamed and so still be accessed from DEVONagent 2.3.1. Finally, the Application and Help menus have been rearranged, the visual appearance has been improved,...
Akvis ArtSuite adds St. Valentine Pack
Akvis has updated Akvis ArtSuite to version v.6.7. ArtSuite is a collection of effects for decorating photos.
Version 6.7 includes an improvement in the transformation of photos in hand-painted frames, a Recent Files list that's accessible by right-clicking on the Open Image button, and a new themed frame pack: the St. Valentine Pack. The St. Valentine Pack is available for US$12.
Available as a stand-alone product and a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop and other editors on Windows and Macintosh, Akvis ArtSuite lets you decorate digital photos, create original postcards, personalized desktop wallpapers, etc.
Akvis also offers a free set of frames (30 designs for any occasion), as well as Wedding, Travel, and Christmas frame packs. Each contains 50 hand-painted frames. These themed packs are offered at a price and are intended for professionals, as well as those who are interested in quality design photo frames. Note that these frames are only available in the Standalone version for...
Apimac Clean Text 6.5 available on the Mac App Store
Apimac has released Clean Text 6.5 (http://www.apimac.com/cleantext/), which is now available on the Mac App Store. It costs US$19.95 and can be found in the Productivity category.
Clean Text is a Mac OS X tool for eliminating all text formatting issues. It performs such functions as removing empty lines, removing unwanted spaces, removing tab characters, converting smart quotes, tabs, returns, and more. A new Quick Clean action in version 6.5 lets you solve the most common cleaning problems of text found in email messages, documents and web page with a single click.
Clean Text 6.5 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.
TextExpander update for Mac OS X adds Spanish localization, more...
SmileOnMyMac (http://www.smileonmymac.com) has updated TextExpander, a Mac OS X utility that lets users define abbreviations for frequently-used text strings and images, to version 3.2.3. The update adds a Spanish language localization.
It also further refines the optional feature to eliminate double capitals. TextExpander can now correct double capitals when they appear at the beginning of words as well as at the beginning of sentences.
The regular cost of TextExpander is US$34.95 for a single user license or $44.95 for a five-pack family license. A 30-day fully-functioning demo of TextExpander can be downloaded at the SmileOnMyMac web site. Upgrades to TextExpander 3.x from earlier versions costs $15. Version 3.2.3 is a free update for registered users of version 3.x. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later.
Analyst still predicting an Apple television
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster tells clients in a note -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) -- that he still thinks Apple is planning on releasing its own television. Eventually.
Munster said recent meetings in Asia -- not with component suppliers -- suggested that Apple has put its "secret" US $3.9 billion investment toward securing displays for its range of products. He says Apple is believed to be investing in manufacturing facilities and securing supply for LCD displays.
Munster adds the investment could further signal Apple's intention to enter the television market. The analyst has repeatedly forecast that Apple will introduce its own HDTV by the end of 2012 at the earliest.
Apple releases new Lexmark printer drivers
Apple has released Lexmark Printer Drivers 2.4 for Mac OS X Snow Leopard (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL901). It's a 139MB download.
The Lexmark Printer Driver Update includes the latest drivers for printers you have used on your system, says Apple. Mac OS X 10.6 or higher is required.
Barcode Express now shipping
The Mac Barcode Company has introduced Barcode Express 1.0 (http://www.mac-barcode.com/express/), a software package for creating barcodes for Mac OS X. It costs US$99; a demo is available for download.
With Barcode Express, type in your barcode number, set a few options, click save, and -- voila -- instant barcode. The software supports all industry standards, and makes vector EPS files that import into Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop. PNG, TIFF, and JPEG are supported, too.
Barcode Express makes UPC, EAN, ISBN, and other barcode types for use on product packages, books, labels, and more. With Instant Preview, it lets you see your barcode as you type it and change the settings, so you always know what you're going to get.
Some publishers wary of Apple's digital subscription service
Apple's plans to funnel more electronic sales of magazines, newspapers and other content through its iTunes store is making some publishers "uneasy," according to the "Wall Street Journal" (http://macte.ch/kKLCZ).
Apple wants to popularize subscription sales of digital content for the iPad via an upcoming coming new delivery and billing system (well, actually, it's already here, though only the Daily, which debuted yesterday, is using it). At the same time, Apple is tightening enforcement of a rule governing how some apps for the iPad must handle sales, a shift that affects online books as well as other electronic publications, says the "Journal."
"Apple's moves are a hot topic, in part because they could require publishers to share revenue from some content with the Silicon Valley company for the first time," the article says. "The hardware maker also could require that publishers forgo collecting valuable subscriber data they rely on to market their products, an issue that has...
27 individuals busted for fraudulently buying Apple products
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced indictments of 27 individuals in connection with “S3,” a credit card forgery and identity theft ring based in Brooklyn that compromised hundreds of bank accounts, and fraudulently purchased Apple products from stores around the country to resell for profit.
Charges in the indictments include Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree, Forgery in the Second Degree, and Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree. The crimes charged in the two indictments total 57 counts on two separate conspiracies: 48 counts on the first conspiracy, which occurred between June 2008 and December 2010, and nine counts on the second conspiracy, which occurred between September 2010 and December 2010. The defendants were the target of a joint investigation by the New York County District Attorney’s Office’s Cybercrime and...
iKit rolls out NuCharge case for the iPhone 4
iKit has announced the NuCharge case available for both AT&T and Verizon iPhone 4. The NuCharge doubles the battery life of your device, providing a charge solution, ensuring your device is always functional.
This black lightweight case (6mm thick and weighs two ounces) packs a charge, unleashing 1400 mAh of power. It features a slim elegant design and is crafted to protect your iPhone against drops and scratches.
The NuCharge also comes with an on/off switch to cater to conserve power when not in use. The battery life is indicated on the front of the case by a blue LED light to remind you just how much back-up time you have.
A kickstand is also integrated into this case for landscape and video viewing, and full access to all buttons is maintained, providing maximum functionality of your iPhone 4.
The NuCharge for AT&T and Verizon iPhone 4 is now available at http://www.iKit.com in a sleek black finish for $64.95.