Apple already adopting the iCloud?
Apple has begun adopting the "iCloud" name within several products currently under development, "suggesting the appropriately labeled moniker is indeed the frontrunner for the company's soon-to-debut Internet cloud service, which will span beyond streaming music," reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).
Quoting "people familiar with the matter," the site says Apple is prepping beta versions of both iOS 5.0 and Mac OS X Lion ahead of its June Worldwide Developer Conference that integrate with a service dubbed "iCloud," enabling users to sync and store much of the same information they currently can with the company's existing MobileMe service, such as bookmarks, email, contacts and iCal events.
However, "AppleInsider" thinks the service will go beyond music, and could be the central component of a revamped Apple's existing MobileMe service. Apple is also said to have been toying with the idea of making its enhanced MobileMe a free service that would further tie users...
SmithBucklin employees given iPad 2s
SmithBucklin (http://www.smithbucklin.com), an association management and professional services company, distributed the Apple iPad 2 to its employees today.
On March 30, 2011, SmithBucklin announced it would give an Apple iPad 2 to employees as a way to reward excellent staff performance, improve productivity and enhance the company’s social media capabilities. SmithBucklin employees received a 32GB Apple iPad 2 with Wi-Fi.
For a nominal fee, they had the option to upgrade to a 64GB version or one that offers Wi-Fi and 3G service through Verizon or AT&T. Also, employees were given an US$50 Apple gift certificate which may be used to purchase iPad accessories such as the new magnetic Smart Cover, digital AV adapter, camera connection kit or keyboard.
The association management company employs more than 600 people, with offices in Chicago, Washington, D.C., St. Louis and St. Paul, Minn. All of the company’s offices and conference rooms are Wi-Fi accessible, providing employees...
Apple overtakes ZTE for fourth place in global handset shipments
According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics (http://www.strategyanalytics.com), global handset shipments grew 17% annually to reach 350 million units in the first quarter of 2011. Apple captured fourth place in global handset shipments, rising from sixth position a year earlier and leapfrogging rival ZTE.
According to Strategy Analytics, Apple has 5.3% of the global handset market. It trails Nokia with 31%, Samsung with 19.7% and LG with 7%.
“It was a mixed quarter for the world's major handset vendors," says Neil Mawston, director at Strategy Analytics. "Some brands outperformed, such as Apple and ZTE, while others underperformed, such as LG and Nokia. LG lost ground due to sluggish feature phone volumes, while Nokia continued to struggle in 3G smartphones and the important United States market.”
Other findings from the research include:
° Samsung shipped 68.9 million handsets worldwide during the first quarter of 2011, rising a relatively sluggish 7% from 64.3 million...
Apple number five among global mobile phone makers
The worldwide mobile phone market grew 19.8% year over year in the first quarter of 2011 (1Q11) fueled by high smartphone growth, especially in emerging markets, and gains made by market challengers. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) "Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker" vendors shipped 371.8 million units in 1Q11 compared to 310.5 million units in the first quarter of 2010.
Apple maintained its number four spot on IDC's Top 5 list thanks to a record quarter for unit shipments. The company posted the highest growth rate of the worldwide leaders. Apple's results were buoyed by strong sales on Verizon Wireless and additional carrier deals; the company is now on 186 carriers operating in 90 countries. The iPhone once again sold particularly well in developed economic regions of the world, such as North America and Western Europe.
According to IDC Apple has 5% market share of the global mobile phone market compared to 2.8% in the year-ago quarter. Ahead of Apple on the list...
Samsung sues Apple in the US
Another day, another lawsuit. Samsung has broadened its patent- infringement dispute with Apple by suing the iPhone creator in the U.S. a week after making claims in Asia and Europe, reports "Bloomberg" (http://macte.ch/VjuWD).
Apple is infringing 10 patents related to mobile phones, Samsung said in an April 27 lawsuit in federal court in San Jose, California. The company, which sells the Galaxy smartphone and tablet, claims Apple is using Samsung’s inventions without paying, notes "Bloomberg."
The lawsuit intensifies a legal dispute that began when Apple sued Samsung earlier this month, claiming the Galaxy products “slavishly” copied iPad and iPhone technology and design. Samsung, which is also a supplier of some Apple chips, retaliated last week with lawsuits in Seoul, Tokyo and Mannheim, Germany.
Apple's lawsuit filed on April 15 in the U.S. claims Samsung's mobile phones and Galaxy Tab. Apple says Samsung "slavishly" copied the iPhone and iPad.
"Rather than innovate and develop...
Apple, Google to testify at privacy hearing
"I'm pleased that Apple and Google have confirmed that they'll be sending representatives to testify at my upcoming hearing on mobile technology and privacy," Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) said in a statement.
Franken, who chairs a new Senate privacy panel, added that the hearing was a "first step" in Congressional inquiries whether federal laws have kept up with the surge in mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets, notes "InfoWorld."
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), the chairman of the Senate's Judiciary Committee, also acknowledged the participation of the two firms. "It is essential that policy makers and the American people have complete and accurate information about the privacy implications of these new technologies," Leahy said in a separate statement.
Analyst ups Apple's target price to $415
Argus Research analyst Jim Kelleher told clients in a note -- as reported by -- that he has increased his price target on Apple from US$375 to $415, noting that the company’s strong second quarter isn't reflected in the stock.
IPhone sales have risen to record levels, propelling Apple into the top slot among global mobile phone vendors by revenue, even as iPad sales slipped on a sequential basis, as desktop Macs declined in the quarter, Kelleher noted. He wrote that the iPhone too had a few quarters of less-than-stellar sales before taking off globally, and that the same trajectory could await the iPad.
Tablet computers may face shortages of parts, components
The global supply chain for tablet computers is expected to brace for "acute shortages" of parts and components, including memory chips, gyroscopes, capacitors, chip-resistors, cover glass and even bismaleimide-triazine (BT) resin, which will seriously affect shipments of iPad-like tablets, reports "DigiTimes" (http://www.digitimes.com), quoting sources at Taiwan notebook makers.
The market had originally expected the tight supply of components and key materials caused by the Japan earthquake will ease in May, the article adds. Contrary to the expectations, the crisis of the possible interruption of the supply chain now is likely to emerge in the second half of May, say the unnamed sources.
Apple planning new retail store in Brisbane, Australia
Brisbane could soon be home to Australia's largest Apple store after plans were submitted to the city's council, reports "The Age" (http://macte.ch/9knht). It would be the company's 10th retail store in Australia.
Real estate advisor Savills, which represents Apple in the Asia-Pacific region, has refused to comment on the mounting speculation the global brand will move into MacArthur Chambers on the corner of Queen and Edward streets. An application to Brisbane City Council, lodged on behalf of MacArthur Central Shopping Centre yesterday, outlines plans for a $10.5 million renovation of the historic building.
Although the application does not mention Apple, it includes plans for a glass staircase, which was the hallmark of Apple's first Australian store on George Street in Sydney.
Scosche releases freeKey for the Mac, iPad
Scosche Industries (http://www.scosche.com/) has released the US$59.99 Scosche freeKey, a wireless keyboard for the Mac, iPad 2 and other Bluetooth-enabled tablets. The water resistant freeKey has a range of up to 30 feet and rolls up for storage in a backpack or purse.
The silicone freeKEY supports Bluetooth 2.0 and is compatible with Mac OS X, iOS, Windows and Android operating systems. Once paired with a device the freeKey will automatically re-pair with that device the next time the keyboard is powered on. Scosche also includes a retractable USB to micro-USB charge cable for charging.
Jet Set Go flies onto the Mac
Ph03nix New Media has introduced Jet Set Go 1.0 (http://www.jetsetgogame.com/), a new time management game on the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later and costs $6.99.
In the game, players help April to put together dream vacation packages in the agency, fill up your charter flights, and travel with customers to a variety of exotic locations. Players serve cheesecake in New York, take photographs at the Grand Canyon, dance the Congo on a cruise ship, and get to experience 15 exotic locales.
Enolsoft releases Video Converter for the Mac
Enolsoft Corp. (http://www.enolsoft.com) has released Enolsoft Video Converter for Mac (US$35), which enables all the Mac OS user to convert between any video formats for various purposes.
Mac users are able to turn their videos to whatever format as they like, including HD, with this Enolsoft Video Converter for Mac. This includes playback of various videos on portable devices, uploading any videos to YouTube for sharing or editing favorite videos in video editing tools and more.
This Enolsoft Video Converter for Mac is an all-in-one video converting tool, and can be also used as Mac video to iPad 2 converter, Mac video to iPhone 4 converter, Mac video to PSP converter, Mac video to Xoom converter and Mac video to iPod converter, etc. In addition, Mac users can also use it to convert camcorder AVCHD videos or downloaded YouTube HD videos to any video formats like MP4, WMV, AVI, MOV, MKV, VOB and 3GP, etc., as well as extract audio tracks from videos and convert to audio formats like...
Most Popular Solitaire comes to the Mac
Goodsol Development (http://www.moposol.com) has released Most Popular Solitaire, a collection of 30 solitaire games. Selected from the company's Pretty Good Solitaire collection of 750+ games, the new Mac and Windows collection includes Klondike, FreeCell, Spider, Pyramid, Scorpion, Canfield, Golf, Yukon, and more.
Most Popular Solitaire features playing cards, full undo and redo of all your moves, automatic game saving, complete statistics for multiple players, selectable card backs and background images, and the ability to compare your scores with other solitaire players' scores. In addition, it includes 13 bonus games,
Most Popular Solitaire runs under Mac OS X 10.4 or higher and Windows 98/Me/XP/Vista/7. The software is available on the new Mac App Store at the introductory price of US$7.99. You can also buy Most Popular Solitaire directly from the company's website for $16.95, which includes both the Mac and Windows versions. A trial version of Most Popular Solitaire is...
Echofon upgrades product line for Firefox on tthe Mac
Echofon (http://www.echofon.com/) has announced the availability of completely updated versions of Echofon for the Mac and Firefox, completing a full-line upgrade that began in February with new versions of Echofon for the iPad and iPhone. Echofon, which is free, uses indicators to show which Tweets have photos, videos, location, conversations, etc.
Echofon for Firefox has been redesigned with a new user interface. It can be used in a sidebar, a panel or an individual window. Lists and search functionality have been expanded. A new user view has been implemented with user timeline, following and followers lists.
Direct messages are now displayed in conversation view to facilitate easy communication. The mute functionality has been expanded to include users, applications and hashtags. Additional features in the Mac version include: the ability to attach photos to Tweets with drag and drop and the ability to attach screen captures, the current iTunes song, or the current page being...
Smuggle Truck drives onto the Mac
Owlchemy Labs says Smuggle Truck (http://snuggletruck.com) is available now on the Mac and PC. It's a physics-based driving game where players must save a group of immigrants by smuggling them across a country's border in the least amount of time.
For a limited time, Smuggle Truck -- available for US$5 in the Games section of the Mac App Store -- is bundled with a "Legal Immigration mode," allowing players to experience the efficiency of the modern immigration process. This mode gives players the opportunity to sit in a waiting room and stare at a clock that counts down over the next 20 years.
Snuggle Truck for iOS devices is included in Smuggle Truck at no extra cost. It features the same gameplay of Smuggle Truck, but with a cuddlier presentation. In Snuggle Truck, instead of smuggling immigrants over the border, players bring cute animals from the wilderness to the comfort of a zoo. At the zoo the creatures will be provided plenty of food, a stable shelter and state-of-the-art...
Congressman wants FTC probe of iPhone/iPad tracking
A Democratic congressman isn't satisfied with Apple's explanation of why iPhones keep track of their users' locations and wants a federal probe into the Cupertino software marker's privacy practices, reports "CNET" (http://macte.ch/7lNDs).
Rep. Jay Inslee of Washington said through a spokesman yesterday that a Federal Trade Commission investigation is still needed to "ensure all the questions regarding this issue, including the lack of disclosure, are answered." Inslee said he has not received a response from Apple to questions in a letter he sent last week.
Inslee, who is a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, told "CNET" this is an example of why new federal laws and regulations restricting companies' data collection and use practices are necessary. Previously, in 2004, he introduced unsuccessful legislation called the E-Mail Privacy Act.
Apple cements its position among top five computer vendors
The Canalys research group (http://www.canalys.com) says the personal computer market grew 7% in the first quarter of 2011, as the pad market, led by Apple’s iPad, continued to bolster growth.
Once again, Apple set the standard in the pad market, mainly at the expense of notebook and netbook shipments, as pads competed for a share of consumer IT spend, says Canalys. Unlike some research groups, it counts tablets among personal computer unit sales -- as I've long argued should be done -- which is a big boost for Apple.
During the first quarter of this year, pad shipments reached 6.4 million units worldwide. Apple accounted for 74% of these shipments, while other vendors struggled to bring competitive products to market. Canalys expects that next quarter will see a significant change in the market, with products appearing from Acer, Asus, LG and RIM.
Apple continued with its strategy to dominate the pad market, with the iPad or iPad 2 available in 59 markets by the end of Q1. A...
iPhone 4 best selling single device
The NPD Group (http://www.npd.com) has has released its quarterly results for mobile phones sales among US consumers, noting that Apple ranks number three across all mobile devices, but the iPhone 4 is the best-selling single device. Meanwhile, Android has slipped in the rankings for the first time in nearly two years.
In its quarterly “Mobile Phone Track”, NPD notes -- as reported by "mocoNews" (http://macte.ch/e4S2y) -- that Samsung has remained as the top-selling brand across the whole spectrum of mobile handsets. The company, which makes devices using Android, Windows Phone 7 and its own proprietary OS, accounted for 23% of all sales. LG took second place with 18 %.
NPD notes that the addition of the iPhone to Verizon’s network has boosted Apple’s share up to 14%, giving it third position. In addition to the iPhone 4 being the best-selling single device, the iPhone 3GS was the second best seller on the single device list.
Apple planning to float out an iCloud?
"Gigaom" (http://macte.ch/iGIGY) says when (if?) Apple launches its much-rumored "cloud" music service it may be dubbed iCloud because Jobs & Company is rumored to be a likely buyer of the domain iCloud.com.
Until recently, iCloud.com was a domain name and a storage-as-a-cloud service owned by Linkoping, Sweden-based desktop-as-a-service company, Xcerion. Xcerion’s iCloud service has just been rebranded to CloudMe, and the company acquired the CloudMe.com domain on April 5, 2011, says Om Malik of "Gigaom."
"My source, who is familiar with the company, says that Xcerion has sold the domain to Apple for about $4.5 million," he says.
Apple too slow in responding to location tracking brouhaha?
Apple should have responded much sooner to concerns about location data stored on its iPhones, even if the company didn't have all the answers ready, marketing and crisis-management experts tell the "Associated Press" (http://macte.ch/1jSq9). The company took a week to deny that the phones track the precise location of their owners, as some users and privacy watchdogs had feared.
As soon as it started selling the devices, Apple should have said how it uses, or doesn't use, location data, Joe Marconi, a DePaul University marketing professor and author of "Crisis Marketing: When Bad Things Happen to Good Companies," told the AP.
"The whole problem could have been a non-problem if Apple had done some kind of disclosure of this in some kind of a privacy statement," he said. "Apple customers are fiercely loyal in a way we can say few (others) are today. With that comes a responsibility."
Larry L. Smith, president of the Institute for Crisis Management, a public relations company, told the...
Harman offers iPad 2 bracket for the JBL OnBeat
Last month Harman unveiled the JBL OnBeat, the first docking station for iPods, iPhones, and iPads. Now, to accommodate the iPad 2, JBL plans to ship the dock with an attachment designed to fit the tablet’s slimmer size.
Consumers who have already purchased a JBL OnBeat and currently own an iPad 2 can get the replacement bracket separately for no charge by visiting http://wwwjbl.com/OnBeatipad2 and typing promo code “BRACKET.”
JBL’s newest speaker dock features a sculptural design and supports Netflix movie streaming, gaming, and YouTube clip. Compatible with Apple’s iPod, iPhones, and iPads, the JBL OnBeat loudspeaker dock is available now for US$149.95 at http://www.jbl.com/OnBeat .
Viaden Mobile releases Mac version of yoga app
Viaden Mobile has launched a Mac version of its yoga app for the iPhone and iPod touch. All-in Yoga (ttp://mobile.viaden.com/yoga-for-mac.html) costs US$3.99, requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later, and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Health & Fitness category.
This professional yoga app can be used by both beginners and professionals. Providing a database of yoga asanas and workouts, the app gives users a lot of room for improvisation and creativity. The interaction algorithms utilized in All-in Yoga give users freedom in creation and yoga practice, according to the folks at Viaden Mobile. The application provides three modes of program selection.
All-in Yoga uses a 4-stage system of program selection, from beginner to guru. There's a full-screen training mode. All-in Yoga allows users to monitor their achievements with the help of a workout log in the calendar. A new yoga-related quote appears in the calendar every day.
Global handset semiconductor market revenue up 15% in 2010
2010 saw the global handset semiconductor market achieve an estimated revenue jump of about 15% compared to 2009, on a shipment growth of 13%.
According to ABI Research (http://www.abiresearch.com) practice director Peter Cooney, “Consistent demand for smartphones has become the major driver behind semiconductor market growth. In view of the return on investment (ROI) and the technological barriers to entry, many semiconductor vendors are contemplating merger and acquisition strategies to align their technologies for the future.”
Consistent demand for smartphones has become the major driver behind semiconductor market growth. In view of the return on investment (ROI) and the technological barriers to entry, many semiconductor vendors are contemplating merger and acquisition strategies to align their technologies for the future, he adds.
Between the end of 2008 and the end of 2009, smartphone shipments grew about 19%, while growth over the course of 2010 surged a further 71%. That...
Wallpaper Wizard appears on the Mac App Store
Wallpaper Wizard (http://wallwiz.com/), created by Ivan Ablamskyi from the Coppertino, has been updated to versin 1.1.3 and is now available at the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later and costs US$6.99.
Wallpaper Wizard is a wallpaper changer for Mac with the unlimited access to the private collection of more than 100,000 HD wallpapers. There are dozens of categories with wallpapers to choose from, including Nature, Animals, Celebrities, Cars, Abstracts, Architecture and more.
You can manually select any wallpaper from collection to appear on your screenWallpaper Wizard 1.1.3 offers support for multiple screens. You can upload your own pictures and share them with all the computers connected to your account.
You can set Wallpaper Wizard to automatically change wallpaper when your Mac wakes from sleep -- or regularly within a timeframe you can set. There's a tray menu for single-click access and global shortcut to change wallpaper from your keyboard.
D-Link launches Wireless N 300 Gigabit Router
D-Link has announced its new Wireless N 300 Gigabit Router (DIR-651), offering increased performance and speed over previous generation 802.11g devices.
It's equipped with 802.11n technology, four gigabit ports to provide speeds up to 10 times faster than standard 10/100 ports, multiple intelligent antennas, and Intelligent Quality of Service (QoS). The DIR-651 transmits multiple streams of data, enabling users to receive network connectivity in hard to reach places -- especially in larger homes, says Daniel Kelley, associate vice president of consumer marketing, D-Link North America.
With the addition of Intelligent Quality of Service (QoS), these data streams are separated to help organize and prioritize network traffic to give applications such as video streaming, gaming and VoIP calls priority over an activity such as web browsing, he adds. The DIR-651 also offers an enhanced wired connection with its four gigabit ports, purportedly providing speeds up to 10 times faster than...
Modo 501 getting recoil Plug-in for rigid body dynamics
Luxology (http://www.luxology.com) has announced the availability of recoil, a new, US$199 plug-in for modo 501 that simulates dynamic rigid body interactions.
Based on the open source Bullet physics engine, which is used extensively within the games and film industries, recoil simulates dynamic forces and calculates collisions between objects, allowing users to create complex animations or automatically stack vast numbers of objects.
The plug-in was developed independently by Eric Soulvie using the modo Plug-in Software Development Kit (SDK) and runs on both the Mac and PC versions of modo 501. Utilizing version 2.77 of the Bullet physics engine, recoil simplifies the setup and execution of complex physical simulations by combining robust collision detection with a variety of constraints, forces and controls, says Soulvie. By simply tagging any mesh item to be dynamic, the object is ready to respond to forces like gravity or collisions from other objects in a modo scene, he adds.
Tembo for Mac OS X revved to version 1.5
Houdah Software has released Tembo 1.5, an update of the friendly" find utility for Mac OS X, available at the Mac App Store. The upgrade adds the option to extend an active search to all available file type categories.
Tembo is for designed to make the searching (and finding) of files, mail messages, bookmarks and more as easy as possible. Version 1.1 sports a refined user interface that uses less screen real estate. It also adds menu items to limit search to file names or text content, keyboard shortcuts and basic AppleScript support
Tembo is sold exclusively through the Mac App Store for US$14.99 and requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher.. A demo version is available from the product web site (http://www.houdah.com/tembo/).
Adobe updates Lightroom, Camera Raw
Adobe says the Lightroom 3.4 and Camera Raw 6.4 updates are available for immediate download on Adobe.com.
Originally posted as release candidates on Adobe Labs, the final updates bring raw file support to 13 popular camera models including Canon EOS Rebel T3i, Nikon D5100 and Fuji FinePix X100, and add over 25 new lens profiles to help photographers automatically correct unwanted distortion and chromatic aberration.
In addition, the updates address a number of issues reported by customers on the previous releases. The Lightroom 3.4 update is available as a free download for Lightroom 3 customers, and the Photoshop Camera Raw 6.4 plug-in is available as a free download for Photoshop CS5 customers. For more information and to download updates, visit http://www.adobe.com/downloads/updates/ .
Hi-Voltage releases BookingPoint 4.0
Hi-Voltage has released BookingPoint 4.0, an update of the Mac OS X compatible, resource booking system for universities, colleges and other educational institutions. The includes several enhancements and new features implemented due to customer feedback.
BookingPoint allows you to take full control of room and equipment bookings, offering time saving features, increased convenience and greater efficiency for both staff and borrowers, according to the folks at Hi-Voltage. It can be customized to your institution's needs.
BookingPoint will continue to come in basic and deluxe versions. For pricing options go to http://www.hi-voltage.com.au/contact.php .
Noteboom Productions releases iPad Video Tutorial
Noteboom Productions (http://www.noteboomproductions.com) has introduced Video Tutorial for Keynote 1.0, their latest video tutorial for the iPad. It costs US$4.99 and is available in the Apple App Store.
You can watch videos on your iPad to learn how to use Keynote for the Mac. The video tutorial consists of 27 video chapters on various subjects. Users can choose different video chapters to watch as they go through the video tutorial. All videos are stored on the iPad, so no bandwidth is used while watching the videos.
Cookie Stumbler for Mac OS X gets improved heuristics engine
WriteIt! Studios has updated Cookie Stumbler (http://www.writeitstudios.com), an application to keep your Mac's privacy safe, to version 1.1.4. It sports an improved heuristics engine, which detects even more unidentified ad cookies and purportedly improves the efficiency of the detection engine by almost 60%.
Cookie Stumbler also keeps track of all new visited sites by marking them with an "unread" flag. Additionally the support of Chrome 12 Developer Preview is improved.
Cookie Stumbler includes tools to detect ad/tracking cookies. It features schedules, on-click filter and automator actions to make the process customizable. The app requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.
With Cookie Stumbler you can scan and track cookies, then remove them with a single click. It supports Google Chrome, Firefox, OmniWeb, Chromium, Safari and Flash cookies,
Cookie Stumbler comes with a one-year subscription to WriteIt's update service, which includes software and definition updates. Subscription...
Analyst: white iPhone to sell upwards of one million units
The white iPhone goes on sale Thursday, and Ticonderoga Securities analyst Brian White tells clients in a note -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) -- that he thinks it will boost sales of the Apple smartphone by more than one million.
"This delay has created a certain mystique and scarcity value around the 'white' iPhone 4 that we believe could drive incremental iPhone 4 purchases in the range of 1 million to 1.5 million units per quarter until the iPhone 5 potentially comes to market in September," he said.
The white iPhone will go on sale in 28 countries this week. Apple reported a record 18.65 million iPhone sales in the second quarter of its 2011 fiscal year.
Apple releases Q&A on location data
Apple has released a Q&A regarding the brouhaha over location data tracking on the iPhone and 3G-enabled iPad. Here it is in its entirety.
1. Why is Apple tracking the location of my iPhone? Apple is not tracking the location of your iPhone. Apple has never done so and has no plans to ever do so.
2. Then why is everyone so concerned about this? Providing mobile users with fast and accurate location information while preserving their security and privacy has raised some very complex technical issues which are hard to communicate in a soundbite. Users are confused, partly because the creators of this new technology (including Apple) have not provided enough education about these issues to date.
Why is my iPhone logging my location? The iPhone is not logging your location. Rather, it’s maintaining a database of Wi-Fi hotspots and cell towers around your current location, some of which may be located more than one hundred miles away from your iPhone, to help your iPhone rapidly and...
iPad 2 comes to more countries April 28, April 29, May 6
Apple says the iPad 2 will arrive in Japan on Thursday, April 28, and Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and eight additional countries on Friday, April 29. The second generation Apple tablet will be available at Apple retail stores at 9 a.m. (local time), select Apple Authorized Resellers, and online through the Apple Store (http://www.apple.com)) beginning at 1 a.m. Additionally, the iPad 2 with Wi-Fi will be available in China beginning Friday, May 6.
The second generation Apple tablet with Wi-Fi will be available in Japan on April 28 and Hong Kong, India, Israel, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey and UAE on April 29 for a suggested retail price of US$499 for the 16GB model, $599 for the 32GB model and $699 for the 64GB model.
The iPad 2 with Wi-Fi + 3G will be available for a suggested retail price of $629 for the 16GB model, $729 for the 32GB model and $829 for the 64GB model. It will be available in China on May 6, and further international...
The white iPhone arrives Thursday
Apple says the long awaited, white iPhone 4 will be available beginning Thursday. White iPhone 4 models will be available from Apple’s online store (http//www.apple.com), at Apple’s retail stores, AT&T and Verizon Wireless stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers.
“The white iPhone 4 has finally arrived and it’s beautiful,” says Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “We appreciate everyone who has waited patiently while we’ve worked to get every detail right.”
White models of iPhone 4 will be available in Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Macau, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, UK and the US, beginning Thursday, April 28, and in many more countries around the world soon.
The white iPhone 4 will be available for a suggested retail price of US$199 for the 16GB...
Apple spurs 154.6% increase in DisplayPort interface shipments
Fueled by Apple’s adoption, the DisplayPort digital display interface standard is gaining rapid momentum in 2011, with shipments in computer-related equipment expected to rise by a triple-digit percentage this year, according to new IHS iSuppli (http://www.isuppli.com) research. Global factory shipments of DisplayPort-enabled computer equipment will amount to 78.9 million units in 2011, up 154.6% from 31 million units in 2010.
The year will represent a peak period of DisplayPort growth. Growth in 2011 will exceed the 2010 expansion of 136.5% and also outpace next year’s anticipated 137% increase. While growth rates will taper off during the following years, annual shipments of DisplayPort-equipped devices will rise to 445.2 million units by 2014.
“Although DisplayPort had been around for several years, the technology achieved only sporadic usage until 2009, when Apple began to support the interface as a standard feature of its notebook and desktop designs,” says Randy Lawson,...
ImageXY is new image resizing tool for Mac OS X
SugoiSoft (http://www.sugoisoft.com) has announced ImageXY 1.0.1, their new batch image resizing application on the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher and costs US$10.
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. ImageXY supports all formats handled natively by Mac...
Boris Red 5 sports new interface, new filters, more
Boris FX (http://www.borisfx.com) has released Boris Red version 5. It has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$995.
Boris Red is a plug-in application for transitions, professional text, and advanced composites inside Adobe, Apple, Avid, Grass Valley, Media 100, and Sony video editing software. Boris Red 5 introduces support for 64-bit applications such as Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 and After Effects CS5, adds 60+ new filters, and provides a score of new user interface and workflow enhancement.
Owners of previous versions of Boris Red may upgrade to version 5 for $295. A 14-day demo is available for download.
Foto 3D SE available at the Mac App Store
Strata (http://www.strata.com) has released Strata Foto 3D SE on the Mac App Store for US$49.99. The app uses digital images of real-world objects to create 3D models.
Using any digital camera, a series of photographs are taken from different angles surrounding an object to be modeled. The photos are then imported into Strata Foto 3D SE, where they're masked and transformed into a fully textured digital 3D model.
Powered by patented camera technology developed by Canon, Foto 3D SE provides automated masking tools, camera and lens correction technology, interactive model adjustment and a model creation wizard designed to simplify the creation process. When a model is complete, it can be exported for use in Strata Design 3D SE or CX, Strata Live 3D, Adobe Photoshop Extended, 3D PDF documents, or virtually any 3D software package.
EarMan for Mac OS X provides ear training
RoGame Software has released EarMan 1.5 (http://mac.rogame.com/pages/EarMan.html) for Mac OS X. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher, costs US$9.99 and is available at the Mac App Store in the Music category.
A basic skill for any musician is the ability to correctly identify intervals. EarMan is designed to provide the necessary tools to gain proficiency in this demanding subject matter with a lesson plan, graded test feedback, quick sessions, interval songs, incorporation of complementary intervals and more advanced features like subliminal hints and support for Dropbox synchronization.
EarMan offers a structured training program with 105 sessions. It's localized into Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish.
Blackmagic Design announces plethora of products
Blackmagic Design has announced a plethora of products. They include:
° UltraStudio 3D, an US$995, compact, portable capture and playback device based on the all-new Thunderbolt technology developed by Intel and brought to market with collaboration from Apple. UltraStudio 3D features full resolution dual stream 3D support, 12-bit hardware architecture, dual link 3 Gb/s SDI, support for up to 1080p60 in SDI and component analog and HDMI 1.4a connections, as well as full SD, HD and 2K support.
° ATEM Camera Converter ($595), a new type of converter that allows consumer HDMI cameras or professional SDI cameras to use optical fiber for low cost connection to live production switchers up to 25 miles away. It also includes talkback, external microphone input, program return feed, on-air tally and a built-in battery power source.
° ATEM Television Studio, a $995 live production switcher that combines a professional switcher with a broadcast quality H.264 encoder so customers can perform...
WaterField Designs unveils MacBook Air Travel Express
WaterField Designs has unveiled the MacBook Air Travel Express (http://macte.ch/RYSas), a compact, stylish case to protect and carry not only the MacBook Air, but also the power adapter, the SuperDrive, the mouse and additional accessories.
Three custom sizes are available: for the 11- and 13-inch Airs and for the 13-inch MacBook Pro. The MacBook Air Travel Express can be stashed inside a bag or, with the optional strap, worn over the shoulder.
You can pre-order now for shipping on May 1. The 11-inch Air model costs US$79. The 13-inch Air Model is $89. The 13-inch MacBook Pro model is priced at $89. A simple strap costs $12, a suspension strap is $22 and optional D-rings are $5. The MacBook Air Travel Express comes in a variety of colors.
X-Band 2 Glove released for the iPad
TKO Solutions (http://tko-solutions.com) has introduced X-Band 2 for iPad, an update to their accessory that allows users to hold the iPad in one hand. It consists of four leather corner loops, connected to a neoprene and nylon X strap.
The X-Band 2 allows the user to display the screen, horizontally or vertically. The new version provides additional strength to the X-Band and yields a much more secure fit, according to the folks at TKO Solutions.
To use the X-Band 2 glove, pull the leather dog-ears over the four corners of the iPad, and it's ready to slip onto your hand. The "hands-free" technology lets the user operate the iPad with one hand. The X-Band 2 will be available April 27 for US$21.99.
New Java PDF components, libraries available
Qoppa Software (http://www.qoppa.com) has announced their PDF libraries and components. They include annotation groups and unlimited file size access across all major operating environments, including Mac, Windows, Linux, and web-based operating systems.
With them, developers can add PDF document capabilities such as viewing, printing, signing, form filling, markup and manipulation. jPDFViewer, Qoppa's Java component to display PDF documents, as well as jPDFPrint, Qoppa's Java library to print PDF documents, now offer support for unlimited PDF file sizes as well as a faster document loading time.
jPDFNotes, Qoppa's Java component to display, mark up and sign PDF documents, now offers full support for group annotations. Grouped annotations can be copied, moved, deleted, reviewed or flattened at once. Performance has also been improved in Qoppa's PDF engine, especially when rendering graphical documents with transparency.
PluralEyes for Edius public beta program announced
Singular Software, developer of workflow automation applications for digital media, has opened PluralEyes beta testing for Edius, the NLE editing system from Grass Valley.
PluralEyes is known in the post-production community for acceleration of workflows for multi-camera, multi-take and dual-system audio productions by analyzing audio information to automatically synchronize audio and video clips. Edius is a widely-used editing suite.
The PluralEyes for EDIUS public beta is available now as a free download via the Singular Software website (http://www.singularsoftware.com/downloads.html). Just remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.
PluralEyes currently supports Final Cut Pro, Media Composer, Premiere Pro and Sony Vegas Pro software. You can test drive PluralEyes by downloading a fully functional 30-day free trial version from http://www.singularsoftware.com/downloads.html .
Nomad Factory releases analog echo box
Nomad Factory (http://www.nomadfactory.com) has released Echoes, a new analog echo box plug-in designed to reproduce the warmth and richness of classic vintage delay effects.
Echoes requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. It's compatible with AudioUnit --RTAS (Pro Tools) and VST plug-ins (all plug-in formats are included). Also, 32-bit and 64-bit are supported.
Echoes will be sold at introductory price of US$49 for a limited time; it will normally be priced at $129. Echoes can also be purchased with Nomad Factory's Magnetics software in an exclusive bundle offer called "Magnetic Bundle," which is also promoted at an introductory price of $99 (it's normally $158).
CampSoftware releases GoLaunch
CampSoftware (http://campsoftware.com) has announced GoLaunch, an US$14 solution for creating FileMaker Go database launch buttons on the iPhone and iPad Home Screen.
GoLaunch makes opening FileMaker Go databases faster by creating iPhone & iPad database links that work like app buttons by reducing taps to a single tap, according to Hal Bumbert of CampSoftware. It works by sending the information GoLaunch needs to connect you to your FileMaker Go database immediately.
You can create web pages that can be saved as App icons. GoLaunch requires FileMaker Go and a PHP web server.
WebCrusher update fixes iWeb/Internet Explorer issues
Rage Software (http://www.ragesw.com/) has released Rage WebCrusher 1.9, an update to the web site optimizer for Mac OS X. The upgrade adds a feature that improves the compatibility of iWeb built websites for Internet Explorer users.
iWeb sites have always had problems displaying properly, even in the latest version of Internet Explorer. WebCrusher can automatically fix many of the problems iWeb users have been
The software is an utility for web site owners to reduce their site's load time. WebCrusher scans entire web sites, including web page files and image files, to remove all unneeded code.
Rage WebCrusher runs on Mac OS X 10.5 or later. It costs US$49, though version 1.6 is a free update for registered users.
LinkOptimizer for InDesign updated to version 4.5.7
Zevrix Solutions (http://zevrix.com) has released LinkOptimizer 4.5.7, an update of its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign. The new version lets users optimize and convert GIF images and addresses some stability and reliability issues.
LinkOptimizer lets you reduce InDesign job size and speed up processing by eliminating excess image data and performing essential image adjustments.
LinkOptimizer Light 4.5.7 can be purchased from the Zevrix Solutions web site for US$259.95 , as well as from authorized resellers. LinkOptimizer works with Mac OS X 10.4.2-10.5 and InDesign CS-CS4.
Version 4.4.9 is free for LinkOptimizer 4.x users and a $98.98 to upgrade from previous versions. A demo is available for download. For new users the costs is $259.95.
REALbasic styled text-to-HTML solution updated
The PandaWare Company has updated PWStyleHTMLField, its set of classes for REALbasic developers who want to convert styled text to HTML.
PWStyleHTMLField provides a drop-in solution for turning styled text in a REALbasic or Real Studio project into HTML, and can generate an HTML email message with embedded images in one line of code. The update offers some new convenience features and includes an improved demo project.
More information is available, and a compiled demo application can be downloaded for free at http://pandaware.com/RB/pwhtmlfield.html . Licenses for using PWStyleHTMLField in compiled applications are US$50.