NewerTech debuts StoraDrive Media Storage Tray
Newer Technology (http://www.newertech.com) has expanded its hard drive accessory line with the introduction of the new $7.99 Media Storage Tray for use with the NewerTech StoraDrive.
The Media Storage Tray transforms one of the stackable anti-static StoraDrive cases into a compartmentalized, padded, all-in-one storage solution for protecting and organizing multiple digital media formats. It can hold up to 13 pieces of digital media in multiple formats.
Made of ESD foam rubber and weighing 0.8 oz., the Media Storage Tray provides fingertip access to five different media formats in a single, space saving desktop location. The Media Storage Tray insert is designed as an enhancement for the $9.95 NewerTech StoraDrive stackable anti-static cases.
Accounted 3.0 sports over 25 new features, improvements
Oranged Software has released Accounted 3.0 (http://www.oranged.net/accounted/), an update to the accounting package. The upgrade has over 25 new features, improvements and bug fixes.
Accounted 3.0 sports a modern look. The interface has been completely reimagined, making it cleaner and sleeker. The program as a whole has been updated to be more readable, making it easier to browse through your accounts and transactions, according to the folks at Oranged Software. They've even updated the icons.
The new version also sports account-specific currencies, improved exchange rate updating, and several other currency-related features. The People window has been enhanced with new capabilities, including mass deletion and merging. Elsewhere in the program, you can also duplicate transactions and set new filtering and display options for the accounts list, and more.
Accounted 3.0 is a pay-for-upgrade for registered users. Purchasing Accounted 3.0 will get you free updates until Accounted 4.0...
New Traktor generation drives into stores
Native Instruments says the Traktor 2 generation is now available in stores worldwide.
The company says the new Traktor generation establishes the next level of versatility and ease-of-use with its Traktor Pro 2 software and Traktor Scratch Pro 2 digital vinyl system, as well as its two-deck Duo versions. New features include TruWave waveform displays, SoftSync track synchronization, powerful sample decks and more.
With the new Traktor Audio 6 and Traktor Audio 10, the second generation of Native Instruments' DJ interface range offers expanded connectivity and additional features for club use. For the Traktor Kontrol S4 system, the new Traktor Pro 2 software replaces the originally included Traktor Pro S4 version. All Kontrol S4 owners will receive a download upgrade free of charge.
Suggested retail pricing is: Traktor Pro 2, US$229; Traktor Scratch Pro 2, $669; Traktor Duo 2, $119; Traktor Scratch Duo 2, $399; Traktor Audio 6, $279; and Traktor Audio 10, $449. Update and upgrade...
Beta of DevonAgent 3 available
DevonTechnologies says its DevonAgent research tool is now available in version 3.0 public beta 3.
Public beta 3 of DevonAgent integrates web search even tighter into the system with a brand new menu extra that makes DevonAgent's unique search technology available from anywhere on the Mac, according to DevonTechnologies President Eric Böhnisch-Volkmann. Placed on the right-hand side of the menu bar the menu lets the user type in queries and open interesting results with a single click in DevonAgent or any other web browser of choice, he adds.
In addition, public beta 3 brings two new search sets querying Google and Bing unfiltered, a new plugin for the Highbeam article archive, and detail improvements. Reports support OPML and HTML now, search sets can be exported by dragging them to the Finder, and phrases can contain the asterisk operator. DevonTechnologies has also slightly overhauled the styling of search results and fixed a number of bugs and glitches.
DevonAgent requires Mac OS...
Poster 1.1 adds SmugMug support, more
Reinvented Software has updated Poster 1.0 for Mac OS X (http://reinventedsoftware.com/poster/), to version 1.1.
Poster is an app for uploading photos and videos to multiple sites and accounts. Version 1.1 adds support for posting to SmugMug, posting videos to Facebook, improves the app's plug-ins for iPhoto and Aperture, people tagging and more.
Poster works with popular photo editing and management applications and can also perform some tricks of its own, such as rotating and resizing photos before uploading. With it you can post photos and videos to Flickr and photos to Facebook.
For Flickr, Poster can post both photos and videos, auto-complete tags, allows you to create and choose sets, submit photos to groups, tag people and moderate your photos all within the app. Its
All Items view lets you work with an entire set of photos as easily as just one. For Facebook, Poster will not only post to your profile, but also any pages that you administer, making Poster suitable for anyone...
FlashVideo Converter gets new video engine, interface
Macvide has announced FlashVideo Converter 3.5 (http://www.macvide.com/Macvide_FlashVideo_Converter/), an update of the Flash to video conversion utility for Mac OS X . The upgrade includes a new video engine, a new interface and Adobe Flash 10.2 support.
FlashVideo Converter allows conversion of Adobe Flash files to video. All of the most popular formats are supported, including MP4 (iPod Video), MOV, 3GP and MPEG.
FlashVideo Converter 3.5 is available for US$99.95 for a single user license. It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. Version 3.5 is a free update for registered users of version 3.0.
World Clock Deluxe ticks to version 4.7.5
MaBaSoft (http://www.mabasoft.net) has updated its World Clock Deluxe time tool to version 4.7.5.
The offset from UTC of Irkutsk, Russia has been updated after the Irkutsk region moved from Irkutsk Time (UTC+8) to Krasnoyarsk Time (UTC+7) on March 27. Also, Daylight-saving Time information for Belarus, Chile, the Gaza Strip, Morocco, Russia, Samoa, Turkey, the West Bank, and Western Sahara has been updated.
With World Clock Deluxe you can display multiple clocks in a horizontal or vertical palette, in the menu bar and in the Dock, show Coordinated Universal Time and Internet Time, assign labels and colors to clocks, calculate date and time conversions across different time zones and show the current weather all over the world. The software is Universal Binary and runs in English, German, Dutch, French and Italian.
World Clock Deluxe requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later and runs natively on both PowerPC-based and Intel-based Macs. It costs US$19.
Mac OS X 10.6.7 Supplemental Update for 13" MacBook Air...
Apple has released Mac OS X v10.6.7 Supplemental Update for 13" MacBook Air (Late 2010), which addresses an issue that makes the system unresponsive when using iTunes.
Apple says it's recommended for all 13-inch MacBook Air (Late 2010) users running Mac OS X v10.6.7. You can obtain the 461KB update via the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.
Microsoft continues fight against Apple's trademarking of...
Microsoft has once again filed opposition to Apple's efforts to trademark the phrase "App Store," reports "CNET" (http://macte.ch/n3VJ3). In a new reply filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to get Apple's trademark application refused, Microsoft "rebutted Apple's rebuttal from earlier this month," the article adds.
"The undisputed facts establish that 'app store' means exactly what it says, a store offering apps, and is generic for the retail store services for which Apple seeks registration," the company wrote in the filing. "Apple does not contest that its other services are ancillary and incidental to its retail store services. Summary judgment should be entered denying Apple's application in its entirety."
In the nine-page document, Microsoft takes aim at Apple's defense of the trademark, which made use of testimony from Robert A. Leonard to show that "App Store" was in fact a proper noun and had proven itself to be tied to Apple ahead of competitors, says "CNET."
SmithBucklin equips employees with iPad 2s
SmithBucklin (http://www.smithbucklin.com/), an association management and professional services company, is giving its employees an Apple iPad 2 as a way to reward excellent staff performance, improve productivity and enhance the company’s social media capabilities, according to President/CEO Henry Givray.
SmithBucklin employees will receive a 32GB Apple iPad 2 with Wi-Fi capabilities. For a nominal fee, they can 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 that may be used to purchase iPad accessories such as the new 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 with the ability to use the iPad 2 wherever they are working.
Apple to announce latest financial results on April 20
Apple will announce the results for their second fiscal quarter on Wednesday, April 20, at 2 pm (Pacific). There will be an audio webcast with analysts broadcast live at that time; you'll need QuickTime to listen.
The average analyst estimate for iPad sales in the quarter is 6.23 million. Also, Mac sales are expected to increase by about 20%.
In its last fiscal quarter Apple announced record-breaking results (again), including $6 billion in profit on revenue of $26.74 billion. The company also sold record numbers of Macs, iPhones, and iPads. For the second fiscal quarter, Apple has issued guidance of $22 billion in revenue with profits of $4.90 per share.
Analysts weigh in on Apple's size, rumored iPhone 5 delay
Two analysts have weighed in on Apple's stock, looking at the potential of Apple to grow and the effect of a rumored delay in the release of the iPhone 5.
Shaw Wu with Sterne Agee has initiated coverage of Apple with a Buy rating as part of a broad transfer of coverage from analyst Vijay Rakesh, reports "Barron's" (http://macte.ch/JKVG8). He says that investors still under-appreciate the growth in Apple’s end-markets, as well as its ability transform existing markets and create new ones.
“One of the key concerns that we and many investors have is that AAPL has gotten to a size where it is becoming difficult to grow the way it has over the past 10 years,” writes Wu. “We believe this is a legitimate concern but at the same time, if any company could do it, it would be AAPL," Wu tells clients. "We think the beauty with the AAPL story is that the company doesn’t need to win everyone over to continue its success. The company just needs to continue winning a fair share of its vast end...
Survey: iPhone poised for big success in China
A new survey by Morgan Stanley and AlphaWise -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) -- says that Apple is poised to capitalize on an explosion in sales of 3G smartphones in China, with the iPhone the most popular option, though lower prices could give it the lion's share of sales.
The survey results show 3G handsets and smartphones are taking off in China in 2011. Nearly 90% of respondents said they have "high interest" in buying a 3G handset or smartphone as their next phone.
Of those who plan to buy a smartphone, the most popular option is the iPhone. A total of 30% of respondents with 3G handset purchase intensions said they will most likely purchase an iPhone, followed by 25% for a Nokia device, 7% for HTC, 5% for Samsung, and 4% for Motorola.
The iPhone would be an even more popular option, the survey found, if Apple were to lower the price of its smartphone, notes "AppleInsider." With a cheaper option, Apple would command a 53% share of 3G phone buyers,...
SQL injection campaign infects some iTunes URLs
iTunes, reports "The Inquirer" (http://macte.ch/VOibq). Lizamoon is a SQL injection attack, where hackers target the database backend of a website and execute unauthorized commands by taking advantage of insecure code.
Insecurity firm Websense says that, according to a Google search, over 28,000 URLs have been compromised. It saw infected iTunes URLs that the media player will download from the publisher to update podcast and episode availability, says "The Inquirer."
"We believe that these RSS/XML feeds have been compromised with the injected code," says Websense security expert Patrik Runald. "The good thing is that iTunes encodes the script tags, which means that the script doesn't execute on the user's computer."
Klix digital picture recovery software comes to the Mac App...
JoeSoft (http://www.joesoft.com) says Klix, its digital recovery software, is now available at the Mac App Store. It costs US$19.99 and reqwuirse Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later.
Klix can recover lost digital pictures after deletion, reformatting or corruption of camera media cards. It works with all USB and FireWire cameras and recovers all common image formats including RAW images.
Activity Audio released for Mac OS X
DssW has released Activity Audit for Mac OS X. The US$8.99 app creates a journal of the applications used on a Mac. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.7 or lataer.
Activity Audit creates calendar events as applications are launched and quit. These events create a complete audit trail showing users the applications they were using and when. The resulting calendar provides visual insight into how a user's Mac has been used.
Activity Audit works with Mac OS X's built-in calendaring support. The audit calendar is visible to iCal and other calendaring software. Activity Audit can create a new calendar to store events, or the user can specify an existing calendar.
Once started, the auditing process runs in the background and doesn't require Activity Audit to be left running. The audit is restricted to the user who started the process, and that user can opt to exclude specific applications or entire folders of applications. By default, Activity Audit excludes applications located in the System and...
Noise Industries ships Photo Montage for Final Cut Pro, more
Noise Industries has released Photo Montage, a still animation plug-in powered by FxFactory. It presents users with more than 100 animated presets, 20 transition styles, easy re-ordering and re-timing options, and built-in motion blurring features for animating any type of still image within Apple Final Cut Pro, Motion, Final Cut Express and Adobe After Effects.
Noise Industries' new plug-in helps users string together images, titles, transitions, and more for a presentation that creates an animated medley of still photos; no keyframing is required. Photo Montage's array of effect parameters "allows both novice and expert users to create eye-catching animations that exceed even the most demanding clients' creative needs," says Niclas Bahn, director of business development, Noise Industries.
In Photo Montage, no keyframes are required for animation. You can set durations for pause and transition, and leave the hard work to the plug-in. There's support for a variety of image formats...
VidConvert 1.0.3 for Mac OS X improves various presets
Independent software developer Reggie Ashworth has updated VidConvert, his video converter for Mac OS X, to version 1.0.3. The upgrade offers improvements to the various presets, a new iPhone/iPod Retina display preset, a new Windows Media preset, a new Flash Video preset, new .aiff and .wma audio presets, and a new preference that allows VidConvert to remember the last conversion settings used.
Also, a potential display bug in the time remaining field was fixed, some minor adjustments were made to the Advanced panel, and other miscellaneous improvements were made.
VidConvert It will convert just about any type of video into one of the a variety of formats, allowing you to create videos for your iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple TV. To use you add a file, select a format and a quality, and click convert. Optionally you can change your save folder from the main window.
For advanced users you can select the Advanced quality if you choose to allow such options as custom Frame Rate, Bit Rate,...
KeynotePro announces KeyStation Echo Theme
KeynotePro (http://www.keynotepro.com) has introduced KeyStation Echo for Keynote '09, the presentation component of Apple's US$79 iWork. D
The KeyStation Echo theme includes up to 42 master slides (pro versions), a wide range of text and photo-oriented layouts in both standard and kiosk-optimized styles. The Kiosk-optimized slides cover a range of interactive essentials including home and reception screens, menu and multi-tier directory designs, with options for multi-zone reception layouts and content-driven Narrative and Gallery sectional designs.
KeyStation Echo HD, available exclusively in the KeyStation Echo Pro and Pro Mobile Editions, expands the style into HD format with aspect-optimized 16:9 and 16:10 versions of the Echo design. The KeyStation Echo EP Edition themes -- included in the KeyStation Echo Pro Mobile Edition -- take the Echo style to the iPhone/iPod touch or classic-format video-capable iPod in a format optimized for small-screen viewing.
Echo EP Edition for...
Vinotekasoft uncorks Vinoteka 2.5 For Mac OS X
Vinotekasoft has uncorked Vinoteka (http://www.vinotekasoft.com) 2.5 an update of their wine cellar management software for Mac OS X (10.5 or better). It costs US$49.99 for a single user license.
Vinoteka offers a realistic interface to manage your bottles (wine, liquors or spirits) and recreate your cellar and organize wine tasting sessions. You can choose among a large variety of bottle shapes, get the labels you want online and pick among different rack types to make your virtual cellar as personalized as possible. You can also create a group for a better organization.
QNAP beefs up Turbo NAS line-up
QNAP Systems (http://www.qnap.com) -- a manufacturer of world-class NAS servers, NVR Video Surveillance Systems, and Network-based Media Players -- has expanded its Business Series lineup of Turbo NAS servers, to include the new TS-x59 Pro II series: the 4-drive TS-459 Pro II, the 5-drive TS-559 Pro II, and the 6-drive TS-659 Pro II.
The TS-x59 Pro II lineup sports the dual-core Intel Atom D525 1.8GHz processor along with 1GB of DDRIII RAM (expandable to 3GB). In addition to new processors, the new models are purportedly the first in the industry to support SATA 6Gb/s hard drives. Also new is USB 3.0 .
The new models ship with new version 3.4 of QNAP’s NAS management software, supporting all-in-one server applications such as file sharing, FTP server, printer sharing (LAN and Internet), web server, and video surveillance. The TS-x59 Pro II family will be available beginning in April.
Vitamin-R update for Mac OS X adds tag associating ability
Publicspace.net has announced Vitamin-R 1.57 (http://www.publicspace.net/Vitamin-R/index.html), an update of its Mac OS X compatible productivity tool for creative professionals. The new version adds support for associating "tags" with time slices to facilitate project, activity and client based time tracking.
Vitamin-R is a collection of tools and techniques for managing attention and maintaining motivation. According to the folks at publicspace.net, it complements the task capturing and organizing features of modern to-do list managers by forcing you to concentrate fully on one task a time and keeping distractions at bay. It breaks down large, vaguely defined tasks into a series of short "time slices" of between 10 and 30 minutes, each with specific and actionable objectives.
Vitamin-R provides you with the "Now & Later Board," complete with FastType magic, to give you a place to quickly dump all those things that go through your head and allows to get back to the task at hand....
Jumsoft's Inspiration set for Pages available on the Mac...
Jumsoft (http://www.jumsoft.com) has announced a makeover for its product line for Pages, the word processing/document creation component of Apple's US$79 iWork suite.
The Pages Templates 6.0 collection is now called Inspiration Set. The 150-piece Inspiration Set presents a range of documents, from brochures and photo albums to posters and invitations. In addition to 100 designs from the earlier version, the refreshed set includes 50 new templates, doubling the number of available layouts.
Inspiration Set is available on the Mac App Store for an introductory price of US$9.99. It requires iWork '08 or later.
Earthquake in Japan may hurt Apple production
Apple's production of iPhones and iPads may be “meaningfully impaired” in the coming months in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, according to Pacific Crest Securities, as reported by "Bloomberg" (http://macte.ch/KM9ut).
“If Apple is unable to find replacement supply of certain components, then iPhone and iPad production volume could be meaningfully impaired in the second half” of its fiscal third quarter, which ends in June, Andy Hargreaves, an analyst at Pacific Crest in Portland, Oregon, told clients.
The earthquake and tsunami earlier this month left Apple with as little as two months of inventory for key components for the iPhone and iPad tablet, Hargreaves said. Japan is a hub for consumer-electronics parts such as flash memory, which stores songs and photos in portable devices; batteries and touch-screen overlay glass that’s used in Apple products, IHS ISuppli said this month, as noted by "Bloomberg."
WWDC tickets going for hefty prices on eBay, Craigslist
If you want to attend Apple's sold-out Worldwide Developers Conference in June, you'll have to pay an exorbitant price. WWDC sold out in record time (under 12 hours).
Now sellers on eBay and Craigslist are offering tickets at prices ranging from $2,500 to over $3,000. Tickets were originally $1,600.
"Last year, WWDC sold out in eight days, indicating that Apple has somehow become an even a hotter ticket as developers rush for gold to be had in building and selling products for iPhone, iPad, Mac and other Apple platforms," says "Network World" (http://macte.ch/gPKnK).
Apple will hold its annual Worldwide Developers Conference June 6 through June 10 at San Francisco’s Moscone West. At this year’s five-day conference Apple will unveil the future of iOS and Mac OS, including demonstrations of the new kinds of apps that developers can build using Apple’s advanced frameworks and more than 100 technical sessions presented by Apple engineers.
Mobile developers will be able to explore the...
Apple heading toward $100 billion-plus annual revenue mark
Apple appears on target to top the US$100 billion annual revenue mark for the first time when it reports results for the fiscal year ending September 2011.
That puts the company "well ahead" of Microsoft and close to parity with IBM, while still trailing tech revenue leader Hewlett-Packard, which should top $130 billion in revenue for its October 2011 fiscal year, reports "Forbes" (http://macte.ch/ACTMs). The article adds that CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets analyst Steven Fox has upped his fiscal year 2011 earnings per share [EPS] forecast to $23, from $22.75, while boosting his FY 2012 view to $26.14, from $25.95.
“We think competition is scrambling and our iPad share assumptions are likely too conservative,” he writes, adding that he thinks Samsung has pushed out tablet launches in the US “to better respond to iPad2’s form factor, which we think further extends Apple’s first-mover advantage.” He adds that a proprietary survey finds “robust iPad uptake and purchase intentions.
New Jerusalem, German Apple stores coming
Jerusalem may become home to a giant Apple store and education center within three years. Apple is negotiating with real-estate giant Bet Yair for a 5,000-square-meter facility at the entrance to Jerusalem, people familiar with the matter told "The Jerusalem Post" (http://macte.ch/A0y0V).
The facility is planned to hold the world’s first Apple Digital Library, which would be open to the public, the article adds. The directors of Apple in Israel recently toured the site and reportedly said they wanted to bring the country’s largest Apple store to Jerusalem for symbolic reasons, reports "The Post."
Also, Apple plans to open a German retail store in Dresden's suburban mall on Thursday, March 31, at 8 am , according to "9to5Mac" (http://macte.ch/Et9s3). The company’s fifth retail spot in Germany is located on the ground floor of Dresden’s suburban, high-trafficked shopping mall in Altmarkt Galerie (Old Market Gallery), the article adds.
Meanwhile, "ifoAppleStore" (http://www.ifoapplestore...
Analysts up their iPad, iPhone forecasts
Needham analyst Charlie Wolf told investors in a note -- as reported by "Fortune" (http://macte.ch/nG5xM) -- has raised his iPad shipment numbers for this year and next by 10 million units, from 20 million to 30 million units in 2011 and from 30 million to 40 million units in 2012.
"Our expectation going into the March 11th launch of the iPad 2 in the U.S. was that it would be successful, but probably more subdued than the launch of the original iPad a year ago," he wrote. "The launch blew out our expectations.
Meanwhile, Asymco (http://www.asymco.com)analyst Horace Dediu predicted that Apple’s current-generation iPhone 4 smartphone handset will likely sell around 60-65 million units in total. Sales of its future successor, the iPhone 5, could nearly double that amount, he said.
Dediu based his predictions on Apple’s historical iPhone sales figures, iPhone production ramps and market growth patterns. Through the first four generations of the iPhone, he said, each new version of the...
Nokia files second ITC complaint against Apple
Another day, another lawsuit. Nokia has filed a further complaint with the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) alleging that Apple infringes additional Nokia patents in virtually all of its mobile phones, portable music players, tablets and computers.
The seven Nokia patents in the new complaint relate to Nokia's technologies that Nokia claims are now being used by Apple "to create key features in its products in the areas of multi-tasking operating systems, data synchronization, positioning, call quality and the use of Bluetooth accessories."
This second ITC complaint follows the initial determination in Nokia's earlier ITC filing, announced by the ITC on Friday, March 25. Not surprisingly, Nokia doesn't agree with the ITC's initial determination that there was no violation of Section 337 in that complaint and is waiting to see the full details of the ruling before deciding on the next steps in that case.
In addition to the two ITC complaints, Nokia has filed cases on...
IDC: Android number one operating system for smart phones
The worldwide smartphone market is expected to grow 49.2% in 2011 as more consumers and enterprise users turn in their feature phones for smartphones with more advanced features, according to the IDC research group (http://www.idc.com). The group also says that Windows Mobile will rise to second place among smartphone operating systems by 2015 with Android in first place and the iOS in third place.
According to the "(IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker,"smartphone vendors will ship more than 450 million smartphones in 2011 compared to the 303.4 million units shipped in 2010. What's more, the smartphone market will grow more than four times faster than the overall mobile phone market.
"Android is poised to take over as the leading smartphone operating system in 2011 after racing into the number 2 position in 2010," sys Ramon Llamas, senior research analyst with IDC's Mobile Devices Technology and Trends team. "For the vendors who made Android the cornerstone of their...
Harman releases JBL OnBeat Speaker Dock
Harman International Industries has released its new JBL OnBeat loudspeaker docking station, a JBL dock for the iPad, iPhone and iPod.
Bringing Netflix movie streaming, gaming, YouTube clip watching and more, the JBL OnBeat dock features dual Phoenix full-range transducers with computer-optimized DSP equalization. A universal connector that docks an iPad, iPod or iPhone lets you rotate iDevice screens to portrait or landscape orientation for the best video display, and an infrared remote (IR) puts you in full control of system functions and music navigation from across the room.
You can stream movies, photos and videos, and share the content on the Web in your living room with family and friends through the addition of an optional composite cable that can send video content from the device directly to your TV. The new JBL OnBeat also features a USB connection to sync and charge devices when connected to the iTunes music library (cable not included), and a 3.5mm stereo mini-jack...
Epson expands Designer Edition Stylus Pro
The Epson Stylus Pro line of printing solutions is expanding with a wider selection of Designer Edition bundles that combine Epson Stylus Pro printers with EFI eXpress for Epson Software RIP.
These bundles are engineered to solutions for professional graphic designers and photographers, enabling them to print their creative visions as they see them. The Epson Stylus Pro 4900 Designer Edition is now joined by the Epson Stylus Pro 3880, 7890 and 9890 Designer Editions. The combination of these printers and the EFI eXpress for Epson RIP gives users the ability to create color accurate CMYK comps, proofs, and mockups, alongside RGB photographs.
The software includes spot color support with embedded libraries for DIC, HKS, PANTONE, and Toyo, ensuring accurate color production out of the box. True Adobe interpreters allow for complete compatibility with the latest design suites on a Mac or PC.
In addition, users can work the way that suits them best by printing directly from the...
CourseNotes iPad app comes to the Mac
Dear Panda has introduced CourseNotes 1.0 on the Mac App Store. Formerly available for the iPad, it's a tool designed to help students to take notes and stay organized.
Integrated ToDo items allow students to track homework assignments and other reminders right in their notes. The app is available in the Education category of the Mac App Store and is currently being featured in the "New and Noteworthy" section.
CourseNotes for is designed to help Mac students stay organized by arranging notes by subject and note session, letting users find notes from a particular class meeting. There's the ability to search notes and a "saved search" feature.
As with CourseNotes for the iPad, Dear Panda is offering CourseNotes on the Mac free to qualified educators for evaluation purposes while supplies last. To request a promo code, educators can contact Dear Panda (http://www.coursenotesapp.com) with their title, affiliation and information about how they're using the iPad as an educational tool...
Lock Desktop 1.0 released on the Mac App Store
iZooLu has announced Lock Desktop 1.0 (http://www.izoolu.com/) for Mac OS X (10.6.6 or higher) on the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. The US$0.99 app will secure your Mac and return you to a log-in screen.
It allows you to switch between users from the log-in screen as applications and data continue to run on the other desktops. Once locked, you also have access to the log-in, restart and shutdown buttons.
Additionally, Lock Desktop allows you to switch between users from the log-in screen. Applications and data continue to run in the background.
Intego Washing Machine comes to the Mac App Store
Intego (http://www.intego.com) says Washing Machine, the company’s program that cleans up files left behind by web browsers and other Internet programs, is now available at the Mac App Store. It costs US$9.99 and requires Mac OS X 10.6.6. or higher.
Washing Machine helps Mac users delete files, which take up space or present privacy risks, created by a number of programs that access the Internet. Users can clean files, manually or automatically, and use secure cleaning to ensure that the files can never be recovered.
Washing Machine can clean five types of items: bookmarks, caches, cookies, download histories, and browsing histories. It works with most web browsers, and many utilities or other programs that store information without users being aware. It even cleans up after some programs that users would never think are storing data, according to the folks at Intego.
Washing Machine uses “cleanlists” to store the items users want to clean, and “smart cleanlists” to find items to...
QuickScale 3.8 offers five different options
CodingMammoth has just released a new version of QuickScale, an application designed to batch-scale images without losing quality. The upgrade offers five different options, ranging from scaling methods to custom names.
QuickScale also features Droplets, little applications that work with the settings when you created the droplet. This release has some great features like support for watermarks and a CoreImage export-engine for better quality.
Another feature lets you specify the custom name of saved images with the use of predefined tokens like date, index numbers and sizes. It's also possible to add a watermark to your images, both text and images are supported. QuickScale embraces the latest technology; QuickLook is used to show quick previews of the imported images and CoreImage can be used as export-engine for better scaling results. In the latest update, we increased the performances of QuickScale.
QuickScale is shareware and costs approximately $14. QuickScale is available in...
iFunia AudioConverter available on the Mac App Store
iFunia says AudioConverter is now available on the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher and costs US$9.99. A demo can be downloaded at the iFunia web site (http://www.ifunia.com).
iFunia AudioConverter is a tool for converting popular videos to common audio formats, including MP3, WAV, WMA, OGG, AAC, and others. The application also offers additional editing functions to join several music clips into a single one. Just set output settings for sample rate, channel, encoder and bit rate.
iFunia AudioConverter supports batch conversion, so users can process multi-conversion at the same time. These output audio formats can be supported by almost all the players like the iPod shuffle, iPod touch, iPod classic, iPod nano, Zune and more.
Wake up to your Mac with the all new Awaken 5
Embraceware Software has announced Awaken 5.0 for Mac. The app turns your Mac into a music alarm clock and sleep timer. Version 5.0 was rewritten from scratch and sports an all new user interface and more.
The application supports multiple timers with sorting and labeling and can even launch applications or files. Users can select from over a dozen built-in sounds. Fall asleep to your music, as well as gradually fade out the music volume and screen brightness.
Awaken 5 is available now in the Mac App Store for US$9.99. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6. If you'd like Awaken to wake and power on your Mac at alarm time, download the free AwakenHelper app from Embraceware online (http://www.embraceware.com/awaken/).
Adobe's DNG Converter to go Intel Macs only with version 6....
The upcoming version 6.4 of Adobe's DNG Converter will be the last to run on PowerPC Macs, Lightroom product manager Tom Hogarty writes in a blog post (http://macte.ch/GrO5G).
DNG Converter is a free, standalone application that's able to convert over 300 proprietary raw formats to the openly documented DNG file format. When a new proprietary raw file format is released, essentially every new camera model with raw capability, Adobe needs to update the DNG Converter so that it’s able to convert that proprietary format to the DNG format.
"The PowerPC(PPC) Mac systems, commonly referred to as G4 or G5 systems, represent a significantly different platform than the Intel-based solutions Apple started offering in January of 2006," writes Hogarty. "Due to the differences in software development environments, Photoshop CS5 and Lightroom 3 both dropped support for PowerPC systems in 2010. However, we’ve extended PowerPC support for the DNG Converter into 2011 in order to ensure that...
Native Instruments releases Maschine1.6
Native Instruments (http://www.native-Instruments.com) has released Maschine1.6, a free update of its computer-based music production system. With the addition of plug-in hosting for Instruments and effects, the new version expands the scope and functionality of the system.
Maschine1.6 also includes a free download of the new Komplete Elements bundle, and adds a other new features for studio production and live performance. With added support for VST and AU plug-ins, Maschine1.6 widens its creative possibilities, turning the system into a full-featured instrument host, according to the folks at Native Instruments.
Both the whole range of Komplete Instruments as well as all third-party Instruments and effects can now be used directly in Maschine, complementing its integrated sampler and FX features. Due to an "Auto-Mapping" function, plug-in parameters are pre-assigned to the high-resolution knobs on the Maschine controller, allowing for sound tweaking directly from the hardware....
WWDC Sold Out
If you didn't already purchase your ticket for Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference, it's sold out (on the same day as it was announced).
Sprint opposes AT&T's proposed acquisition of T-Mobile
Sprint Nextel (http://www.spring.com), the US’s third largest wireless provider, has announced its opposition to AT&T’s proposed $39 billion takeover of T-Mobile USA.
The transaction, which requires the approval of the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission, and will likely spark a host of hearings in the U.S. Congress, would reverse nearly three decades of actions by the U.S. government and the courts that modernized and opened U.S. communications markets to competition, says Sprint. The wireless industry has sparked unprecedented levels of competition, innovation, job creation and investment for the American economy, all of which could be undone by this transaction, the company adds.
In a statement, Sprint said: "AT&T and Verizon are already by far the largest wireless providers. If approved, the proposed acquisition would create a combined company that would be almost three times the size of Sprint in terms of wireless revenue and would entrench AT...
Apple Worldwide Developers Conference to Kick Off June 6
Apple will hold its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) June 6 through June 10 at San Francisco’s Moscone West. At this year’s five-day conference Apple will unveil the future of iOS and Mac OS, including demonstrations of the new kinds of apps that developers can build using Apple’s advanced frameworks and more than 100 technical sessions presented by Apple engineers.
In a press release, Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. said, "If you are an iOS or Mac OS X software developer, this is the event that you do not want to miss.”
Mobile developers will be able to explore the latest innovations and capabilities of iOS and learn how to greatly enhance the functionality, performance and design of their apps. Mac developers will see and learn how to develop Mac OS X Lion applications using its latest technologies and capabilities. Developers can even bring their code to the labs and work with Apple engineers, applying development...
ECS ICT to distribute the iPad in Malaysia
ECS ICT Bhd, a Malaysian distributor of computer-related products, has been awarded distribution rights for the iPad in the Southeast Asian nation, reports the "Business Times" (http://macte.ch/GXomA).
The appointment will start in April, the company said in a statement. ECS currently distributes other Apple products such as the MacBook notebooks and iPod.
iPad 2 in short supply in Britain
The iPad 2 is in short supply in Britain, days after hundreds of folks lined up outside Apple stores across the country to get their hands on the new tablet computer, reports "The Telegraph" (http://macte.ch/6gUkF).
Apple could not confirm that the iPad 2 is out of stock nationwide because there might be limited supplies at certain stores. However, none of the Apple stores that "The Telegraph" called Monday morning had any in stock.
In a statement, Apple said: “Demand for the next generation iPad 2 has been amazing. We are working hard to get iPad 2 into the hands of every customer who wants one as quickly as possible.”
Afflicted Chinese workers say they're still awaiting Apple...
A group of Chinese workers who were poisoned while manufacturing iPhones say Apple and its supplier have yet to provide for the additional medical treatment they need, reports "PC World" (http://macte.ch/JBOnx).
In 2009, 137 workers at an Apple supplier factory in Suzhou, China were exposed to n-hexane, a chemical cleaning agent. Apple has said the workers have been all successfully treated since the incident occurred. But a group of remaining workers at the factory say their health is worsening and that Apple has yet to do anything to help them, according to "PC World."
The workers have even sent an e-mail message to Apple CEO Steve Jobs asking him to intervene, the article adds. It the third e-mail the workers have sent.
Radio Shack to carry the iPad 2
Starting Tuesday, some RadioShack stores in the U.S. will begin selling the iPad 2, reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com), which says the second gen Apple tablet will be available at 500 RadioShack stores Tuesday.
A corporate memo scarce on details only reveals that the chosen stores have already been informed they will receive the device for sale, the article adds. People "familiar with the matter" told "AppleInsider" that the deal to sell the iPad 2 at RadioShack was only finalized within the last few days.
NCP releases its centrally managed VPN Client Suite for Mac OS X
NCP engineering has released its centrally managed IPsec VPN Client for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. Mobile employees using Mac OS X are now able to access the company network remotely.
The NCP Secure Enterprise Management System monitors and controls the fully automatic remote access VPN. NCP's VPN client offers an integrated personal firewall and NCP's VPN Path Finder Technology. On top of that, it supports strong authentication as well as "FIPS inside."
The NCP Secure Enterprise Management software is the virtual private network's "single point of administration" -- this means -- combined with NCP’s VPN client suite -- it offers all features and automatisms for rollout, as well as for certificate, change and security management. In addition, various network access control features monitor network access of the end devices.
NCP’s Secure Enterprise Mac client can be managed centrally. The central remote access management also controls the integrated, dynamic personal firewall. "...
Security Camera comes to the Mac App Store
The Alice Dev Team has released Security Camera on the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and costs US$2.99.
The application’s purpose is quite simple. It snaps a picture of everyone who wakes the computer up, and archives these photos with a date and time stamp.
Intel announces third-gen SSD series
Intel (http://www.intel.com) has announced its third-generation solid-state drive (SSD): the Intel Solid-State Drive 320 Series (Intel SSD 320 Series). Based on its 25-nanometer (nm) NAND flash memory, the Intel SSD 320 replaces and builds on its Intel X25-M SATA SSD.
The new Intel SSD 320 offers new higher capacity models, while taking advantage of cost benefits from its 25nm process with an up to 30% price reduction over its current generation, says Pete Hazen, director of marketing for the Intel Non-Volatile Memory (NVM) Solutions Group.
The Intel SSD 320 is the next generation of Intel’s client product line for use on desktop and notebook computers. It's targeted for mainstream consumers, corporate IT or computer enthusiasts who would like a substantial performance boost over conventional mechanical hard disk drives (HDDs), says Hazen.
The Intel SSD 320 Series comes in 40GB, 80GB, 120GB, 160GB and new higher capacity 300GB and 600GB versions. It uses the 3 gigabit-per-second (...