Motorbike game roars onto the Mac
BaKno Games has announced a casual motorcycle skills game dubbed, well, Motorbike. It's available for Mac OS X and Windows.
Here's how the game is described: "Motorbike offers a great number of original tracks, the ability to load a growing number of online tracks, and baKno's own track editor to create custom tracks. Special detail was placed when designing the physics interactions between obstacles, bike and pilot, all complemented with nice sounds and effects. Motorbike was developed to provide a blast gaming experience.
"Motorbike comes with 40 original tracks, a growing number of online tracks, and a track editor to create custom tracks and share them with other players. Additionally, Motorbike offers some interesting options such as different landscapes for each track, and male or female pilots, each with different outfit colors and bikes."
Motorbike is available as as free demo from the baKno Games website (http://www.bakno.com). Single seat licenses can be purchased for US$9....
AppyDays for Mac is new app tracking tool
Indie developer Slappstick has released a Mac version of their iOS-application AppyDays. AppyDays for Mac tracks currently discounted apps in the Mac App Store as well as the iOS App Store.
With AppDays one click directs you to the Apple App Store or Mac App Store immediately. The small application window can be left open while people work on their computers.
AppDays displays discounted apps in the stores. It sports filters available for price (Mac and iOS) and category (iOS only).
AppyDays for Mac requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later. It costs US$0.99 and is available at the Mac App Store in the Reference category.
Trucks and Skulls now available at the Macgamestore
Appy Entertainment's Trucks and Skulls are now available at the Macgamestore (http://www.macgamestore.com). It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later and costs US$4.99.
Here's how the game is described: "Demolish skull fortifications on Hell's Highway, The Haunted Wastelands, Industrial Armageddon and the airless wastes of the Moon! Rev up your engines and launch your trucks from the Screamstrip Ramp, then click to make them pull stunts and EXPLODE as they crash into buildings and scaffolds to destroy lurking, leering skulls."
Foxlink to double number of Far East Apple outlets
Taiwan-based Foxlink -- an Apple component supplier and retail partner -- plans to expand the number of its exclusive stores for Apple products in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Korea to 100 outlets by the end of the year, from 50 currently, reports "DigiTimes" (http://macte.ch/KUYoW).
In addition to Foxlink, Cybermart, the Foxconn Group's retail chain in China, will also open a new store in Changchun, Jilin province, China, in July with the store to also set up an exclusive outlet of 200 square meters to sell Apple product, the article adds. What's more, the Foxconn Group is purportedly set to expand the number of its Cybermart shopping malls in China by 7-9 this year, and is expected to build these stores in the locations such as Xiamen, Zhengzhou, Changchun, Taiyuan, Tianjin, Xinjiang, Kunming.
Macrisk is new Mac security information source
A new website (http://www.macrisk.net/) has been launched that serves to keep Mac users informed on latest security threats. Macrisk provides reviews of antivirus program that are available for Mac users.
You can also make a contribution to the Mac community at the site by commenting on these security solutions and sharing your experience. Macrisk's main purpose is to inform Mac users on malware and misleading security programs.
Token for Mac OS X updated to version 1.0.2
Dale Gillard has updated Token(http://dalegillard.com/token.html), a menu bar app that interacts with iWork '09, to version 1.0.2. This latest update localizes Token for Dutch, French, German, Italian and Portuguese languages and makes improvements to the Recent menu.
Token will be available on the Mac App Store for US$3.99 through May 17. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher.
Recent iWork documents and templates open directly from Token in the Mac menu bar. Token automatically saves your iWork documents every 10 minutes.
Prime World coming to the Mac
Nival is bringing Prime World (http://en.playpw.com/) to North America and Europe, according to "Inside Mac Games." The game is cross-platform, with features available on Facebook, Mac, and Windows PC as well as iOS and Android-enabled platforms.
Here's how "Inside Mac Games" describes Prime World: "Prime World combines elements of social and strategy games, challenging players to engage in both competitive PvP battles and collaborative castle-building sessions."
Nival will unveil Prime World for the first time in North America at the the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2011, June 7-9. Pricing hasn't been announced.
Demo of Combat Mission: Battle for Normandy available
Combat Mission has returned to the Mac. Combat Mission: Battle for Normandy, the first release, is now fully compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 and higher. A demo is available for download, and it's available for pre-order immediately (http://www.battlefront.com/).
You can pre-order CM:BN in a special SteelBook Limited Collector Edition for US$55 (plus shipping and handling). It sports a retail-style package, fitting up to four discs inside (the game disc as well as up to three future modules that can be purchased separately at a later time) as well as the full, printed 200-page manual.
Combat Mission: Battle for Normandy recreates the experience of tactical land warfare in Western France during World War Two. Players have access to an array of US and German Army formations, equipment, and vehicles.
Particle SDK enables translation of object-oriented languages...
Particle Code (http://www.particlecode.com) has announced the availability of the Particle SDK (software development kit) Free Public Beta to the mobile app development community.
The Particle platform allows developers to write complex applications and games once, then deploy both HTML5 and native apps to the entire smartphone and tablet ecosystem -- including iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry and more - from one codebase.
The Particle platform is built on top of the Eclipse IDE and supports software development inprogramming languages including Java, C# and ActionScript3. With its WYSIWYG editor, isometric and physics engines, backend and translation technologies, Particle is designed for software development that requires constant iteration, powerful performance and wide platform coverage, according to Particle CEO Galia Benartzi.
HTML5, a series of web standards being pushed by a consortium of companies including Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Apple and the Mozilla...
Adobe posts Flash Player 10.3
Adobe has posted Flash Player 10.3 (http://macte.ch/UQdgG), which lets you manage Flash Player privacy, security, and storage settings more easily with streamlined controls.
Users can access the Flash Player Settings Manager directly from the Control Panel or System Preferences on Mac, Windows, and Linux computers. Also, on the Mac you can stay current more easily with new features and capabilities thanks to support for automatic notification of software updates.
SMEStorage open cloud platform now supports Google sites
The SMEStorage Open Cloud Platform (http://www.smestorage.com) has now added support for Google Sites so that Google Sites users can access, modify, and upload data to to Google SIies from a variety of desktop and mobile clients.
Google Sites can be used with the SMEStorage Open Cloud Platform for free by registering a free account at SMEStorage. The free windows dashboard and Linux tools can be used to work with Google Sites but certain tools and features.
Google Sites can be used with the SMEStorage Open Cloud Platform for free by registering a free account at SMEStorage. The free windows dashboard and Linux tools can be used to work with Google Sites but certain tools and features, such as the CloudFTP and CloudDav access are for business or lifetime users only.
Complain to FTC says Dropbox data not secure
Dropbox, the online storage system with over 25 million users, deceived users about the security and encryption of its services, putting it at a competitive advantage, according to an FTC complaint filed Thursday by a prominent security researcher, reports "Wired" (http://macte.ch/horD2).
The FTC complaint charges Dropbox with telling users that their files were totally encrypted and even Dropbox employees could not see the contents of the file. Ph.D. student Christopher Soghoian published data last month showing that Dropbox could indeed see the contents of files, putting users at risk of government searches, rogue Dropbox employees, and even companies trying to bring mass copyright-infringement suits.
"Wired" says Dropbox dismissed the Soghoian’s allegations, but has cahnged its data security claims from "All files stored on Dropbox servers are encrypted (AES256) and are inaccessible without your account password" to "All files stored on Dropbox servers are encrypted (AES 256)."
Apple offers free service, repair to tsunami, earthquake victims
Apple is offering free service and repair to Mac users who were affected by the Japan tsunami and earthquake in March.
As stated in a Support & Information Services note -- as reported by "TUAW" (http://macte.ch/iFcbj) -- on Apple's Japanese website, the company is offering free repairs of any Macs, Cinema Displays, iPhones, iPads or iPod touches damaged in the disaster. Apple's offer applies to those directly affected by the earthquake who primarily live in municipalities covered by the Disaster Relief Act of 2011.
iPhone 4, Apple App Store set Guinness World Records
The iPhone 4 and Apple App Store have both received Guinness World Records, with the iPhone 4 becoming the fastest selling portable gaming system and the App Store getting named the most popular application marketplace, reports "CNET" (http://macte.ch/utGPg).
Based on analyst estimates of 1.5 million units for first day sales, Guinness has dubbed the iPhone 4 to be the "fastest-selling portable gaming system," topping first day sales of Sony's PlayStation Portable. "For comparison, the PSP shifted 200,000 units on its launch date in 2005, and the DS took a week to move 500,000 consoles in November 2004," Guinness said in a statement.
"CNET" notes that the Apple App Store picked up three records, nabbing the "most popular application marketplace" at 6.5 billion downloads since launch, the "largest downloadable video game store" record with 37,362 games (as of September 2010), and "the largest launch line-up of any gaming system" at 145 games out of the 500 apps at launch.
Analyst: no LTE, but new carriers, when the next iPhone debuts
Jefferies & Co. analyst Peter Misek told clients in a note -- as reported by "Forbes" (http://macte.ch/nqxFF) -- that the iPhone 5, which he expects to debut in September, won't include LTE functionality -- and may not even be called the iPhone 5.
“According to our industry checks, the device should be called iPhone 4S and include minor cosmetic changes, better cameras, A5 dual-core processor, and HSPA+ support,” Misek says.
The analyst also thinks that Sprint, T-Mobile and China Mobile will be announced as new carriers with the next Apple phone debuts. As for LTE, Misek says the Qualcomm LTE chipset Apple would have used “is currently not achieving yields sufficient for inclusion" in the next iPhone.
Intermedia: business pros choose iPhone over Android
Android market share and popularity among consumers continues to climb, but business professionals generally prefer the iPhone, according to Intermedia, a Microsoft Exchange hosting provider.
Intermedia, which manages 320,000 premium hosted Exchange email accounts, reviewed the number of ActiveSync-based smartphones its customers activated. Sixty-one percent choose the iPhone, while only 17% prefer the Android. This is in stark contrast to recent reports showing Android market share beating iPhone. Intermedia also finds that the iPad is a business favorite with 99.8%t of tablet customers picking the Apple brand over the Samsung Galaxy or Motorola Xoom. The total breakdown of ActiveSync-based smartphone's activated on Intermedia's service:
° 61% on the iPhone;
° 22% on "Other" (primarily Windows, followed by Symbian and Palm);
° 17% on Android.
When it comes to ActiveSync devices activated in April, iPhone is still in the number one spot and increased its share to 64%. But Android...
Two iOS developers sued over in-app purchasing
The lead developer behind the Mac dock replacement DragThing and the iOS scientific calculator app pCalc is about to be sued for patent infringement because his software uses Apple’s own in-app purchasing mechanism, reports "Cult of Mac" (http://macte.ch/RAJ1E). The company who filed the lawsuit claims that the developer's use -- and that of others -- of Apple’s in-app purchase system violates a patent it owns.
Developer James Thomson of TLA Systems first broke the news that the latest version of PCalc would be delayed due to the threat of a lawsuit Friday morning on his Twitter feed. Thomson -- who hasn't named the company suing him -- is currently working with Apple as a first step to knowing how to address the issue, says "Cult of Mac." The company suing him wants a "hefty" licensing fee.
Not only will the lawsuit delay the latest update to the free version of pCalc, pCalc Lite, it may just be the opening shot in an IP war, not just against Apple, but against the developers who...
Apple excels in IDEAL Employers survey
Universium (http://www.universumglobal.com) --a web site focusing on career and employment preferences -- has released the IDEAL Employers for Undergraduates based on responses from 61,726 students. And Apple did very well indeed, as evidenced by the following lists. (In parenthesis is the company’s rank from 2010).
Top 10-- Business:
1. Google (1)
2. Apple (8)
3. Walt Disney Company (5)
4. Ernst & Young (2)
5. PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP (3)
6. Deloitte (4)
7. J.P. Morgan (7)
8. Nike (10)
9. KPMG, LLP (6)
10. Goldman Sachs (9)
Top 10 -- Engineering:
1. NASA (1)
2. Google (3)
3. Boeing (4)
4. Lockheed Martin Corp (2)
5. Apple (10)
6. Microsoft (6)
7. General Electric (5)
8. U.S. Department of Energy (7)
9. Walt Disney Company (12)
10. Intel (14)
Top 10 -- IT:
1. Google (1)
2. Microsoft (2)
3. Apple (3)
4. Facebook (new entry)
5. IBM (4)
6. Electronic Arts (8)
7. Walt Disney Company (11)
8. Amazon (19)
9. Cisco Systems (5...
Kodak wins ruling over Apple in patent case
A U.S. International Trade Commission judge said Eastman Kodak's digital-camera technology doesn’t violate Apple's patent rights, reports "Bloomberg" (http://macte.ch/CL9sF).
Neither of the two patents in Apple’s case before the ITC were being infringed, and one of the patents is invalid, Judge Robert Rogers in Washington said yesterday. The judge’s findings are subject to review by the six-member ITC, which has the power to block imports of products that infringe U.S. patents, notes "Bloomberg."
Apple sued Kodak in April 2010, about three months after Kodak accused Apple and Research In Motion of infringing a patent related to ways of previewing images. Apple's countersuit said Kodak devices copy the technology that it uses in Macs, iPhone, iTunes and Photo Booth involving image processing, energy management and memory design.
The ITC in March said it would review a judge’s findings in that case, which went in favor of Apple and RIM. The reasons behind the judge’s opinion today won’...
Microsoft, others file challenge in Europe over 'App Store...
Microsoft, HTC, Nokia and Sony Ericsson have filed a challenge in Europe today seeking to invalidate Apple’s trademarks on the phrases “App Store” and “Appstore," reports "GeekWire" (http://macte.ch/RDiNz).
The companies argue in the European filings that the trademarks shouldn’t have been granted to Apple because they lack distinctiveness, the article adds. Apple has argued that the public associates “App Store” with its own mobile marketplace, and that many of its competitors have had no problem finding alternative terms — including Microsoft with its own Windows Phone Marketplace.
Microsoft has also filed opposition to Apple's efforts to trademark the phrase "App Store" in the US. In a March reply filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to get Apple's trademark application refused, Microsoft rebutted an Apple's rebuttal from earlier that month.
"The undisputed facts establish that 'app store' means exactly what it says, a store offering apps, and is generic for the retail...
Memory Cleaner available at the Mac App Store
Memory Cleaner (http://memorycleaner.alicedev.com/) is now available at the Mac App Store. It costs US$5.99 and requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher.
Memory Cleaner frees wasted memory in your computer to prevent your applications from slowing down. Every time you open a file on your hard drive, your computer uses up some memory. This is usually a good thing, but it can become full of stuff you don’t even need anymore. Memory Cleaner gets rid of this stuff.
OWC announces SuperSlim optical drive enclosure
Other World Computing has announced the US$49 OWC SuperSlim, a USB 2.0 optical drive enclosure for turning any 9.5mm SATA slot loading internal optical drive, even those with mounting tabs, into an external plug and play CD, DVD, and/or Blu-ray disc burning /playing solution for Macs and PCs.
Available for immediate ordering at http://macte.ch/5BZQO, it's thin, weighs only 4.2 ounces, and is bus powered (no AC adapter is needed). The OWC SuperSlim is designed especially for MacBook and MacBook Pro owners that installed the OWC Data Doubler to replace their infrequently used optical drive. Now, while enjoying up to 750GB additional internal storage capacity in the optical drive bay, users can install the replaced Apple SuperDrive into the OWC SuperSlim to create an external plug and play CD and DVD burning/playing solution.
The custom engineered, blue anodized aluminum OWC Data Doubler gives 2008-2010 MacBook and 2009-2011 MacBook Pro users the flexibility to onfigure their computer’s...
WMF Converter Pro 3.0.0 released for Mac OS X
Cristallight (http://www.cristallight.com/) has announced WMF Converter Pro 3.0, an update to its professional level image tool for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. It costs US$19.95, which includes the lifetime license with free upgrades, and free tech support.
WMF Converter Pro allows you to render and convert single or multiple WMF files, preview them, change colors in vector based WMF files, and save either all of them or selected ones as Mac native images in one of 10 file formats, including both vector and raster formats. The image resolution setting can also be used when saving in raster image formats.
You can open one or more WMF file(s), or just drag files or folders with WMF files to the WMF Converter window and the images will appear in the Image Preview Area. Set the Export format and resolution, if necessary, and click one of the export buttons on the toolbar. Other features include the ability to replace color functionality, customizable image preview size, WMF file information...
Moneydance boogies to version 2011
The Infinite Kind has released Moneydance 2011 (http://www.moneydance.com), an update to their personal financial management application.
Moneydance combines a familiar checkbook-register interface with features such as online banking and bill payment, investment management, budgeting, scheduled transactions, detailed graphs, reports, and more. The 2011 version includes direct data import from Quicken Essentials for Mac, additional reports and graphs and more. Moneydance 2011 also includes a completely redesigned interface for confirming and editing downloaded transactions, including an intelligent automatic transaction categorization engine.
Moneydance 2011 can be purchased for US$49.99, with a free upgrade available to those who purchased Moneydance 2010. Users who purchased earlier versions of the software may upgrade for $24.99. A free, fully-functional trial is also available, allowing users to enter up to 100 manual transactions before requiring a purchase. Imported and...
Graphic Node releases 10 new themes for Keynote
Graphic Node (http://graphicnode.com/) has announced an addition to its range of themes for Keynote, the presentation component of Apple's US$79 iWork suite.
The themes include up to 21 master slides, a mix of bullet text and photo-oriented layouts. Available in the five standard slide sizes, the layouts sport custom bullets, matching tables, and charts.
Users can view samples of the themes and purchase Still Themes on the Graphic Node website. After the product is downloaded and installed on a computer, the new themes will automatically appear in Themes Chooser of Keynote. The themes require iWork '08 or later and cost US$19.
New Take Control book teaches writers to use Scrivener 2
TidBITS Publishing has released "Take Control of Scrivener 2," a new ebook designed to help readers harness the power and enjoy the flexibility of Scrivener, a Mac writing tool by Literature & Latte.
Written by Kirk McElhearn and created in collaboration with Literature & Latte, the 105-page ebook costs US$10 and is available now at http://www.takecontrolbooks.com/scrivener-2 . Using Melville's Moby-Dick as his exemplar, McElhearn pilots writers through the process of using Scrivener for a writing project. Ports of call on this voyage include: set-up, organizing, composing, revising, and submitting & publishing.
Photoshop Touch training classes offered
Ledet Graphics Training -- a provider of Adobe and Apple Authorized graphics training programs -- is incorporating the latest Adobe Photoshop Touch apps for the iPad at all six of its facilities across the country. The addition of the new Adobe Nav, Color Lava, and Eazel iPad apps means students can now learn to transform their tablets into a direct input device for Photoshop projects.
For additional information on how customers are using Photoshop Touch Apps for iPad in the everyday business world or for a direct quote from one of Adobe's first Photoshop trainers, contact Sterling Ledet at Ledet Graphics Training (http://www.ledet.com/). The organization offers instructor-led training in other cities through a network of demand-driven locations. Custom, personalized training is also available at the client's location. Live, online instructor-led training is offered in virtual classrooms.
ALT Systems offers Autodesk Smoke for Mac training
ALT Systems, a full service systems integrator and workflow solutions provider, has expanded their training programs and appointed Brent Gilmartin as Artist Advocate and Senior Trainer.
Gilmartin, a certified Autodesk trainer, will lead ALT Systems' efforts in developing and implementing proprietary courses for Autodesk Creative Finishing Products, beginning with the company's new Smoke for Mac curriculum for professionals new to finishing or unfamiliar with the Smoke interface.
ALT's new Smoke for Mac University program starts by assisting participants with loading a trial license on their own Mac Pro or MacBook Pro. During class meetings, students will have the opportunity to drive one of ALT's professionally configured workstations.
The training program consists of a free orientation on June 1 for anyone interested in hearing more about the classes and registering. The first full-day course will be held June 11, introducing users to the software, its interface and tools. A second...
Demo of Combat Mission: Battle for Normandy available
Battlefront.com has released a demo for the upcoming Combat Mission: Battle for Normandy. The World War II war game demo features three scenarios designed for the demo version as well as multiplayer modes.
Combat Mission: Battle for Normandy requires Mac OS X 10.6 and higher. It's available for pre-order immediately (http://www.battlefront.com/).
You can pre-order CM:BN in a special SteelBook Limited Collector Edition for US$55 (plus shipping and handling). It sports a retail-style package, fitting up to four discs inside (the game disc as well as up to three future modules that can be purchased separately at a later time) as well as the full, printed 200-page manual. The game recreates the experience of tactical land warfare in Western France during World War Two.
Handyscope is new skin cancer exam device for the iPhone
Handyscope (http://www.handyscope.net) from FotoFinder is a new device for mobile skin cancer examinations with the iPhone. This digital handheld dermatoscope allows doctors capturing and saving microscopic pictures of moles using the iOS device and a corresponding app.
Handyscope -- which costs approximately US$840 -- gives a magnified, polarized view on the skin, combining skin surface microscopy with mobility and communication technology. It enables doctors to capture and save pictures of moles for skin cancer examination. As opposed to examinations with conventional handheld dermatoscopes, doctors can keep distance during the skin check and evaluate moles on-screen, according to FotoFinder CEO Andreas Mayer.
The handyscope device is attached to the iPhone and directly put on the patients’ skin. High resolution mole images are directly captured and managed in the password protected app and can be shown to the patient. With up to twentyfold magnification, the polarized photos show...
Miraizon releases Cinematize 3
Miraizon has released Cinematize 3 for Macintosh, a new version of the DVD clip extractor and converter.
Cinematize 3 is an introductory product that includes everything necessary to start DVD extraction and conversion projects, says Miraizon founder and CEO, David Salamon. It allows users to extract audio and video clips off of DVDs and convert them into many popular formats.
Those include QuickTime, iMovie, Final Cut, iDVD, DVD Studio Pro, Keynote, PowerPoint, iTunes, iPods, iPhones, and iPads as well as formats suitable for web sites such as YouTube. Cinematize 3 is a subset of Cinematize 3 Pro, released earlier this year, but offers the same enhanced output and accelerated extraction speed as in Cinematize 3 Pro.
Cinematize 3 users will enjoy a variety of new features that make the clip selection process a whole lot easier, Salamon says. With background reading of DVD data, movies load up faster in Cinematize 3. With the larger resizable application window and new audio preview...
Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery Software 4.0 launched
Stellar Information Systems has launched version 4.0 of Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery (http://www.stellarphotorecoverysoftware.com). The new release comes with several new features to further enhance the photo/video/music/picture recovery of the users.
There's a new Recover button that spins giving a visual appeal of the recovery process. Previews of the recovered files automatically shown as the recovered files are added to the tree-view. The Shopping Cart icon added in the software interface itself so that users don't have to navigate away from the software
Along with this, the following new image, audio, and video file formats are added in the new version of the software.
° Image file types: MOS, PSP, PCT;
° Audio files: M4P, RA;
° Video files: M4B, DIVX, OGM, OGM, MKV, ASX, VOB, MOI, MTS
A demo is available for download. Registration is US$39 for a small home/home office license.
Apple to spend over $5 billion on capital investments this year?
Apple is estimated to be spending up to 5% -- or over US$5 billion -- of its expected annual revenue this year on capital investments, most notably in a North Carolina data center that will dwarf its current one, reports "Reuters" (http://macte.ch/fewVI).
Andrew Fitzpatrick, director of investment at Hinsdale Associates, told "Reuters" that, as an investor he would be encouraged by Apple moving into the streaming video business. Peter Misek, Jefferies & Co analyst, is expecting a fee-based video service from Apple in about a year.
Apple has only provided content, through its iTunes store, as a support service so far for its core hardware business. But a more aggressive move would help the technology icon capitalize on a lucrative market opportunity, says "Reuters."
Bernstein Research's Toni Sacconaghi estimates Apple will spend $2.6 billion in fiscal 2011 on information technology assets. Even if only half of that went to its data center, that would mark an aggressive push, he...
About 50% of iOS users opt in for sharing data with publishers
According to "Forbes" (http://macte.ch/A7GGp), about 50% of iOS users say it's okay for Apple to share some of their personal data with magazine publishers who offer their publications on the Apple App Store.
There's been concern that publishers wouldn't get the consumer data they need for business and advertising as Apple devices users have to opt in for that info to be shared. For example, if you buy a subscription to "The New Yorker" or "Popular Science" in the Apple App Store, you're greeted with a dialogue box asking if it’s all right if Apple shares some of your personal information with the publisher.
And as reported previously, some publishers seem to be coming around to Apple's way of working. Hearst Corp. recently said it agreed to sell subscriptions to the iPad editions of a range of its magazines through iTunes.
Starting with their July issues, iPad apps for "Esquire," "Popular Mechanics" and "O, The Oprah Magazine" will be available through a service from Apple that...
OWC: Apple further restricts new iMac upgrade options
In an online blog (http://macte.ch/8eKVk), Other World Computing says Apple has made further restrictions on ways to upgrade the latest round of iMacs.
Here's what OWC has to say: "For the main 3.5″ SATA hard drive bay in the new 2011 machines, Apple has altered the SATA power connector itself from a standard 4-pin power configuration to a 7-pin configuration. Hard drive temperature control is regulated by a combination of this cable and Apple proprietary firmware on the hard drive itself.
"From our testing, we’ve found that removing this drive from the system, or even from that bay itself, causes the machine’s hard drive fans to spin at maximum speed and replacing the drive with any non-Apple original drive will result in the iMac failing the Apple Hardware Test (AHT).
"In examining the 2011 27″ iMac’s viability for our Turnkey Upgrade Service, every workaround we’ve tried thus far to allow us to upgrade the main bay factory hard drive still resulted in spinning fans and an Apple...
Beatles on iTunes, resurgence of vinyl help beef up music sales
The arrival of the Beatles' catalog on iTunes, along with the resurgence of vinyl (yes, vinyl), are credited with a 1.6% increase in total music sales so far in the U.S. in 2011, according to the Nielsen research group -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com)
In a look at domestic music sales in 2011 through May 8, Nielsen found that digital album purchases were up 16.8%, while individual digital track sales were up 9.6%. Catalog album sales were also up 5.4 percent at the start of 2011, a boost credited to the arrival of the entire catalog of The Beatles on iTunes in late 2010.
Digital music sales through services like iTunes accounted for more than half of all music transactions. In all, digital music sales have increased 12.4% over sales in 2010. Also, vinyl sales were up 37% at the start of 2011 over the same period a year prior. That represents the largest increase of any format.
At the iTunes Store, you can download individual Beatles songs, the legendary...
Apple planning campus 'mini-stores'
On the heels of Apple’s plans to open a retail store in a campus building at Yale University, the University of Delaware Board of Trustees have announced that a new bookstore opening this fall will include an Apple store, reports "ifoAppleStore" (http://macte.ch/m1cEz).
The board provided no details, and it’s not clear if the store will be a full-size, full-service company store or a smaller campus-style, reseller store, the article says. Insiders say Apple had plans to locate several of its mini-stores on college campuses back in 2006, "but for some reason the entire mini-store concept went dormant," says "ifoAppleStore."
Foxconn problems could adversely affect iPhone, iPad shipments
Taiwan-based electronics manufacturing service provider Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) is facing a shortage of both labor and materials at its plants in Chengdu, China, which is likely to affect shipments of iPad 2 and iPhone 4 orders in the second quarter, reports "DigiTimes" (http://www.digitimes.com), quoting "sources from upstream component makers."
Apple sold 18.6 million iPhones in the first quarter of 2011. That's up 14.9% from 16.2 million units in the fourth quarter of 2010. However, as Apple estimates sales of 20-22 million iPhones in the second quarter of 2011 with a sequential growth over 7%, its demand for more shipments has started to give its upstream assembly partners, Foxconn and Pegatron Technology stronger pressure, the article adds.
As for Foxconn's plants in Chengdu, which are used mainly for iPad 2 manufacturing, although the company planned 52 production lines at the plants for manufacturing iPad with annual capacity already surpassing 40...
Apple posts iPhoto 9.1.3
Apple has released iPhoto 9.1.3 late on Wednesday. The update fixes a problem that could cause some events merged in iPhoto to be split back into multiple events on iOS devices after being synced.
It's a 106.29MB download and requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later. You can obtain it via the Software Updates component of the Mac OS X Systems Preferences app.
Trend Micro SafeSync for business is Mac, Windows compatible
Trend Micro (http://www.trendmicro.com), which specializes in Internet content security, has released Trend Micro SafeSync for Business. The Mac and Windows compatible product is designed to help even the smallest companies securely save, manage and access their digital files from anywhere at any time, while increasing productivity by enabling file sharing between co-workers and clients, says Dan Conlon, engineering director and developer at Trend Micro.
Using secure cloud-based technology, SafeSync for Business is designed to let users easily access and share all their data while ensuring that they are protected, saved and up to date across multiple computers and mobile devices via the innovative synchronization technology, he says. SafeSync also keeps an additional, up to date, copy in the cloud that can be accessed from any web enabled device or used in case of hardware failure or loss.
Conlon says SafeSync eliminates the need to manually move files from one computer to another,...
Walden University debuts on iTunes U
Walden University has expanded MobileLearn with its new site on Apple's iTunes U, an exclusive community of colleges and universities from around the world that shares its content for free.
First launched in 2009, MobileLearn gives Walden students the flexibility to decide where and when they learn, and choose how they learn to match their preferred learning style. Visitors to Walden's new iTunes U site can find course content, experiential videos, highlights of the achievements of Walden students, faculty and graduates and other resources all available for download in the same way that individuals access music and movies using iTunes.
"For Walden students, learning doesn't stop when they're away from their computer because they can take their course materials wherever they go," says David L. Clinefelter, Ph.D., Walden's chief academic officer. "This increased access is part of our commitment to make it more convenient for our students, especially busy working professionals, to...
Carousel lets you experience Instagram on your Mac
Mobelux has introduced Carousel 1.0, a third party Instagram app that allows Mac users to view their feed, popular photos, photos they posted, photos taken at a location and save their photos and more.
Carousel features a vintage presentation aesthetic in a minimal desktop footprint, according to Jeff Rock, co-founder of Mobelux. Users can see likes and comments on photos with the ability to moderate comments, see who you follow and who's following you, and more.
Carousel 1.0 lets you save photos to your Mac. It supports full view resolution photos, even in full screen. Carousel is being offering at an introductory price of US$4.99, half off its retail price. A15-day demo is available at the product web site (http://carousel.mobelux.com).
PDF Image Extract available on Mac App Store
iFunia says PDF Image Extract 2.0 -- a Mac OS X PDF utility for the export of images from Adobe PDF documents and saving to JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP image files -- is now available at the Mac App Store for US$6.99 for a limited time. That's 75% off the regular price.
PDF Image Extract is a standalone solution and doesn't require Adobe Acrobat or Acrobat Reader. It can also extract images from batches of PDF files at high speed. Users have a choice of converting the whole PDF documents or select the page rage to decide which page to be converted.
PDF Image Extract for Mac requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later. More info can be found at the iFunia web site (http://www.ifunia.com).
Better Finder Rename for Mac OS X revved to version 8.81
PublicSpace.net (http://www.publicspace.net) has released A Better Finder Rename 8.81, the latest version of its contextual menu plug-in that allows users to rename multiple files. The new version sports a renaming engine capable of handling very large renaming jobs.
The renaming engine leverages all the latest Mac OS X technologies by using a 64-bit multi-threaded garbage collected architecture based around Leopard's Core Data database system. 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$19.95 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...
Maintain serves up Cocktail 4.9.2 (Snow Leopard Edition)
Maintain has released Cocktail 4.9.2 (Snow Leopard Edition), the latest maintenance update of Cocktail (http://www.maintain.se/c) for users running Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard") and higher.
The new version improves the clear potentially harmful files procedure, adds clearing of the latest variants of the MAC Defender (Mac Protector, Mac Security) trojan and adds the "Purge Inactive Memory" Automator action. The update is highly recommended for all users of Cocktail (Snow Leopard Edition).
Cocktail 4.9.2 (Snow Leopard Edition) requires Mac OS X/Mac OS X Server 10.6 or later and is tested for compatibility with Mac OS X/Mac OS X Server 10.7 Cocktail (Leopard Edition) for Mac OS X 10.5 and Cocktail (Tiger Edition) for Mac OS X 10.4 are available for download from the Maintain web site.
Cocktail is a general purpose utility for Mac OS X that offers a variety of practical features designed to simplify the use of advanced UNIX function. A single user license costs US$14.95
Flash Decompiler Trillix 5.0 with XFL files support released
Eltima Software has released an updated version (5.0) of Flash Decompiler Trillix for Mac. The app is a SWF to FLA converter that also allows decompiling SWF files and exporting SWF file elements to various file formats.
Enhancements in version 5.0 include: SWF files conversion to XFL, binary tag support in SWF elements tree, and data binding support for Flex applications. Also, SWF to FLA conversion process is even faster now.
Flash Decompiler Trillix is compatible with Mac OS X 10.4 or higher and costs US$79.95. Registered customers are entitled to free upgrades within one major version and in case of buying within the grace period. Volume discounts and discounts when buying other products by Eltima Software (http://www.eltima.com) are available too.
Blizzard releases StarCraft II patch
Blizzard Entertainment has released version 1.3.3 of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty.
The patch features adjustments to race balance and several bug fixes. You can obtain it at http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/blog/2766005#blog .
Apple updates Apple TV software to version 4.2.2
Apple has released a software update (4.2.2) for the latest generation Apple TV. It involves bug fixes and performance improvements.
For example, it resolves issues where audio and video are occasionally missing when playing back certain content. Also, a new audio output setting allows you to switch to 16-bit audio, for increased compatibility with some TVs and AV receivers.
You can install the update on your Apple TV by going to to Settings -> General -> Update Software and following the directions there.
Apple sued (again) for privacy violations
Another day, another lawsuit. Apple, Pandora Media and The Weather Channel have been named in a lawsuit alleging that the companies didn't disclose the fact that personal data -- specifically location -- was being shared with third-party advertising networks, reports "CNET" (http://macte.ch/aF26o).
The suit was filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court in Puerto Rico by Lymaris Rivera Diaz. "Because the UDID is unique to each iPhone and iPad, it is an attractive feature for third-party advertisers looking for a means of reliably tracking a mobile device users' online activities," the new suit says. "Because the UDID is not alterable or deletable by a iPhone or iPad user, some have referred to the UDID as a 'supercookie.' This description aptly summarizes the desirability of access to the UDID from an advertising perspective."
The tracking is possible because Apple assigns a UDID (Unique Device Identifier) to each iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, and apps can access that number. Advertising...
Microsoft: no patch yet for PowerPoint bug on the Mac
Microsoft tells Mac Office users it doesn't yet have a fix for a PowerPoint bug that it patched for Windows customers, notes "Computerworld" (http://macte.ch/GoANo).
"Security updates for Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac, Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac, and Open XML File Format Converter for Mac are unavailable at this time," the company's MS11-036 security bulletin said. "Microsoft will issue updates for these software when testing is complete, to ensure a high degree of quality for their release."
MS11-036 was part of May's two-update Patch Tuesday, and closed a pair of holes rated "important" in PowerPoint 2002, 2003 and 2007 on Windows. Only one of the two bugs affects Office for Mac 2004 and Office for Mac 2008, says "Computerworld." Office for Mac 2011 doesn't contain the vulnerabilities.