ShoreTel Dock transforms an iPad and iPhone into a desk phone
ShoreTel has announced the ShoreTel Dock, which it says is the industry's first business-grade docking station that transforms iPhones and iPads into desk phones when paired with ShoreTel Mobilit
Users simply slide their ShoreTel Mobility enabled iPhone or iPad into the ShoreTel Dock and get instant access to the battery life and call quality of a business desk phone. The ShoreTel Dock only requires a single power adaptor and automatically keeps Apple handheld devices charged so employees. When combined with ShoreTel Mobility and conferencing applications, users can take advantage of voice, instant messaging (IM), presence and conferencing on their iOS device.
"ShoreTel is the only unified communications provider delivering an intuitive and easy-to-use solution that truly optimizes how end users communicate for work," says Pejman Roshan, vice president of product management at ShoreTel. "We didn't try to change or replace devices users already love, but instead enabled those same...
Tenba introduces new Roadie Executive Backpack
Tenba has introduced a new bag to its Roadie collection. The Roadie Executive Backpack was designed to be the ultimate briefcase backpack for the traveling professional, according to the folks at Tenba.
It features an exterior design that matches the rest of the Roadie collection, and is built with three cascading storage sections: first for laptop, iPad and documents; second for tech accessories; and third for core business tools like pens and business cards. The cascading sections nest together when zipped shut, so the bag always maintains a slim profile.
The Roadie Executive sports a dual-pocket computer compartment that will hold both an iPad and a laptop up to 15 inches. The left side of the bag has a stretchy mesh pocket for a beverage or other items for quick access. On the right side there is one of Tenba's signature zippered side pockets that can be accessed even while wearing both sides of the harness, and it fits a wallet and passport for easy retrieval.
Antitrust: Commission sends Statement of Objections to Motorola...
The European Commission has informed Motorola Mobility of its preliminary view that the company's seeking and enforcing of an injunction against Apple in Germany on the basis of its mobile phone standard-essential patents ("SEPs") amounts to an abuse of a dominant position prohibited by EU antitrust rules.
While recourse to injunctions is a possible remedy for patent infringements, such conduct may be abusive where SEPs are concerned and the potential licensee is willing to enter into a license on Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory (so-called "FRAND") terms. In such a situation, the Commission considers at this stage that dominant SEP holders should not have recourse to injunctions, which generally involve a prohibition to sell the product infringing the patent, in order to distort licensing negotiations and impose unjustified licensing terms on patent licensees.
Such misuse of SEPs could ultimately harm consumers, according to the Commission. Read more at http://tinyurl.com/...
UnPlugged 3 for OS X adds support for the Notification Center
Briksoftware (http://briksoftware.com) has announced UnPlugged 3 for Mac OS X. It's an update of the power-supply notification system that allows users to know when the power supply of their MacBook changes.
UnPlugged 3 adds compatibility for the Notification Center and adds the ability to have different frequencies of battery charge notifications when the battery charge is low and when it is high. The update also provides localization support for English, German, Italian, Russian and Simplified Chinese.
UnPlugged requires OS X 10.6.6 or later. It costs US$5.99 and is available exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category (http://tinyurl.com/bpv3lpb).
TinyBooks Pro for Mac OS X revved to version 8.0.3
Ken Winograd and Space-Time Associates (http://www.winograd.com) has updated TinyBooks Pro, its Mac accounting and bookkeeping program, to version 8.0.3. The upgrade includes improvements in the Professional Invoice Printer and the Professional Check Printer windows. It also sports more logical tab-ordering, and new pop-up menus allowing instant access to previously saved invoice or check templates.
TinyBooks Pro is a single-entry bookkeeping and accounting system designed for sole proprietors, home and other small businesses, and family finances. To use you enter your expenses and income, and TinyBooks Pro does the rest. Current and year-to-date on-the-fly totals are continually displayed. Fully automatic bar-charting of all expense and income accounts make the determination of monthly trends intuitively obvious, according to the folks at Space-Time Associates.
TinyBooks Pro 8.0 costs US$79.99 for a single user license. It requires an Intel-based Mac.
PCI Geomatics software now supports KOMPSAT-3 sensor
PCI Geomatics, a developer of remote sensing and photogrammetric software and systems, says it now supports KOMPSAT-3 imagery within its software suite.
KOMPSAT-3, a new satellite built and operated by the Korean Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) was launched on May 12, 2012, from the Tanegashima Space Center of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Japan. KOMPSAT-3 is an optical imaging satellite capable of imaging the Earth with a resolution of 0.70 m Panchromatic and 2.8 m Multispectral (Blue, Green, Red, Near-IR). KOMPSAT-3 includes the Advanced Earth Imaging Sensor System (AEISS), which is a high-resolution imager (Pan and MS). This prime instrument of the mission was developed by KARI.
"We have worked closely with KARI to validate our software’s support for KOMPSAT-3 imagery," says Dr. Philip Cheng, senior scientist at PCI Geomatics. "Our software includes support for the new Single Pass Stereo Mode, which will be capable of extracting high-resolution DEMs. Users of...
U.S. Cellular to offer Apple products later this year
U.S. (uscellular.com) says it will begin carrying Apple products -- namely the iPhone -- later this year. The wireless carrier made the announcement as part of its quarterly earnings update.
U.S. Cellular reported service revenues of US$996.3 million for the first quarter of 2013, versus $1,023.8 million for the comparable period one year ago. Net income attributable to U.S. Cellular shareholders and related diluted earnings per share were $4.9 million and $0.06 respectively, for the first quarter of 2013, compared to $62.5 million and $0.73, respectively, in the comparable period one year ago.
"We have a number of strategies in progress to increase loyalty and attract more customers, including our announcement today that we will begin offering Apple products later this year," Mary N. Dillon, U.S. Cellular president and CEO, said in a press release. "By further strengthening our device portfolio, we'll give consumers another great reason to switch to U.S. Cellular, and enable our...
Laird Pic's revenue dip due to slowing Apple demand?
Laird Plc, an electrical component maker, says revenue from its largest customer -- "widely assumed to be Apple -- fell 17% in the first quarter from a year earlier, contributing to a 2% fall in overall revenue, according to "Reuters" (http://tinyurl.com/cycxvng).
The company makes electromagnetic shielding and heat control components for wireless devices. Laird told "Reuters" it expects another quarter of declining revenue before growth resumes in the second half of the year as customers and the company itself launch new products.
Pentagon expected to clear iOS 6 devices for use this month
On Thursday the Pentagon cleared BlackBerry and Samsung mobile devices for use on Defense Department networks, reports "Reuters" (http://tinyurl.com/csxzmrk). Apple mobile devices using iOS 6 are expected to receive clearance sometime this month.
"This is a significant step towards establishing a multi-vendor environment that supports a variety of state-of-the-art devices and operating systems," Lieutenant Colonel Damien Pickart, a Pentagon spokesman, said in a statement.
The move to open up Defense Department networks is expected to set the stage for an intensified struggle for Pentagon customers among BlackBerry devices, Apple's iPhones or iPads and units using Google's Android platform such as Samsung Electronics' phones, according to "Reuters." The Pentagon currently has some 600,000 users of smart phones, computer tablets and other mobile devices. The department has 470,000 BlackBerry users, 41,000 Apple users and 8,700 people with Android devices. Most Apple and Android systems...
Maintain serves up Cocktail 6.4 (Mountain Lion Edition)
Maintain has released Cocktail 6.4 (Mountain Lion Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.
Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Mac. This version adds ability to change standby delay and ability to disable shadow in window captures. It also adds compatibility with the latest versions of supported web browsers and contains improvements on the clear system caches procedure.
Cocktail 6.4 (Mountain Lion Edition) requires OS X Mountain Lion or OS X Mountain Lion Server (10.8). Cocktail (Lion Edition) for OS X 10.7, Cocktail (Snow Leopard Edition) for OS X 10.6 and Cocktail (Leopard Edition) for OS X 10.5 are available for download from the Maintain website.
Cocktail costs US$14 for a single user license and is available for purchase from the Maintain website (http://maintain.se/cocktail). The license is valid for Mountain Lion, Lion and Snow Leopard and editions of Cocktail. Cocktail (...
AssistiveWare, Acapela Group unveil Australian children's...
Acapela Group and AssistiveWare say that Australian children's voices are now available in Proloquo2Go, a text-to-speech app for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad designed to provide a voice for children who can't speak.
The companies also announced, Lisa, a new adult Australian female voice to complete the Australian voice family. Version 3.0 of Proloquo2Go for iOS also adds a number of other features, including ExpressivePower and much more.
The Proloquo2Go text-to-speech application is available for US$199.99 from the Apple App Store. For more info go to http://www.assistiveware.com .
Apple releases iOS 6.1.4 for the iPhone 5
Apple has rolled out iOS 6.1.4 for the iPhone 5. According to Apple it sports an "updated audio profile for speakerphone."
To update your iPhone 5 to iOS 6.1.4, open Settings -> General -> Software Update and tap Download and Install when the update appears. You can also connect your phone to your computer and apply the update from iTunes, or download it manually at http://tinyurl.com/bebc5jb .
iMac gets 256GB, 512GB flash storage options
Build-to-order iMac options from Apple's official online store now include either 256GB or 512GB of flash storage for both the 21.5- and 27-inch iMac models, reports "AppleInsider" (www.appleinsider.com).
Until now the 21.5-inch iMac hasn't been offered with dedicated flash storage options. Your choice was the standard 1TB traditional hard drive and a $250 Fusion Drive option. As for the 27-inch iMac, the only flash drive available previously was a 768GB option that cost an additional $900. All iMacs in default configurations are advertised to ship within 24 hours from Apple's online store.
Reggie Ashworth releases VideConvert 1.4.3
Reggie Ashworth has announced VidConvert 1.4.3, an update to his video converter for Mac OS X. The app now has German and Russian localizations for the first time. Also, .trp files can now be added as input and the maximum video bitrate has been raised.
VidConvert is a video converter designed to make converting your videos simple and easy. The software will convert just about any type of video into one of the many popular formats of today.
VidConvert requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. It costs US$7.99 for a single user license. A demo is available for download at the product web site (http://www.reggieashworth.com/vidconvert).
Valentina 5.2 adds JSON, MariaDB support to free Studio
Paradigma Software has released database and reports tool, Valentina Studio 5.2 and the enterprise reports and database server, Valentina Server 5.2, for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux.
Valentina Studio 5.2 lets you manage, query and administer databases including MySQL, Postgre, SQLite and Valentina DB. Valentina DB 5.2 ADK allows developers to build applications with XCode /Cocoa, LiveCode, C/C++ and all major development environments and more. Version 5.2 offers:
° New JSON format text-based dump of Database, Table and SQL results, as a simple dump or as an export;
° The ability to execute in the SQL Editor several SELECT queries at once and have the results appear in separate tabs;
° The capability to show a list of all supported SQLite Extensions;
° Improved Favorites so now you can more easily modify, order and change saved Favorite SQL Queries;
° MariaDB support, which has been added to existing MySQL support;
° Utilization of MariaDB libraries.
Valentina Studio Pro 5.2 has...
FileWave releases version 6.0 of their Systems Management Suite
FileWave has released version 6.0 of its Systems Management Suite with new features and updates for deploying, managing and maintaining a diverse environment of devices and operating systems, including OS X, iOS, Windows and Linux.
Inventory is now built into FileWave, integrating asset and license management. Version 6.0 also features improved mobile device management with optional cloud-based profile storage for enhanced scalability. Other new features include a new web-based, self-service Kiosk Application (iOS 5 and 6 compatible) for a more engaging user experience, and improved tiered administration, that allows for department and classroom level control. For more info go to www.filewave.com .
Apple, Samsung bring the smartphone wars to the Pentagon
According to "The Wall Street Journal" (http://tinyurl.com/ccg3yns), Apple and Samsung are bringing their smartphone war to the Pentagon. The Department of Defense is expected in coming weeks to grant two separate, security approvals for Samsung's Galaxy smartphones, along with iPhones and iPads running Apple's latest operating system, the article says quoting unnamed "people familiar with the matter."
These moves would boost the number of U.S. government agencies allowed to use those devices. Both companies have been pushing hard to win over U.S. defense agencies, some of the government's most security-conscious customers, notes the "WSJ." That market is small and still largely dominated by Research In Motion's BlackBerrys, "so the new security approvals won't likely translate into any immediate, big sales or new customers," the article adds.
iPad mini accounts for 12.5 million of Apple's total iPad...
Apple's total iPad shipments were 19.5 million units from January to March, and the iPad mini accounted for 12.5 million units, according to "DigiTimes" (http://tinyurl.com/d85pwgs). This shows that "the 7- to 8-inch segment has already become the mainstream of the market," the article adds.
The second-generation iPad mini -- expected to sport a Retina display -- could make an appearance as soon as August, says "DigiTimes," quoting unnamed "sources from the upstream supply chain." "As tablet players are turning their focuses from the 10-inch segment to 7-inch for the second half of 2013, sources from the upstream supply chain believe the competition between Apple iPad mini and 7-inch Android tablets will become fiercer than before," the article adds.
Apple sells a record $17 billion in debt
Investors have scooped up US$17 billion in Apple bonds, the largest offering in corporate history. The proceeds will be used to help fund the company's ambitious plan to return value to shareholders through share repurchases and dividend payouts, notes "CNET" (http://tinyurl.com/c3wlbpn).
The bond sale comes on the heels of Apple's plans to double its capital return program, which involves spending an additional $55 billion in dividend payments to investors. Apple also said it would be spending an extra $50 billion in repurchasing company stock along with increasing its quarterly dividend.
The bond offering was split up into six parts with varying maturity dates. Apple benefited from historically low interest rates, which are set by the U.S. Treasury, notes "CNET."
Disk Drill for Mac OS X gets streamlined interface, more
CleverFiles has released Disk Drill 2.0, an update of the free data recovery software for Mac OS X. The upgrade adds a streamlined interface, new methods of lost partition recovery and the ability to rebuild the catalogs of HFS+ partitions that won't mount correctly.
Disk Drill features Quick Scan that recovers files that have been accidentally deleted and helps in less severe data recovery cases. Deep Scan looks for files based on their structure. Disk Drill's Search for Lost Partitions feature offers a way for any file systems still recoverable on a disk. Bonus features include Disk Image Backup, S.M.A.R.T. data monitoring, Live Preview of found items, Portable Mode and more.
Disk Drill is compatible with any Mac running Mac OS X 10.5 or newer (including Mac OS 10.7 and is 64-bit ready. Disk Drill 1.5 basic is free and is available worldwide from the CleverFiles website (http://www.cleverfiles.com). There are also pro ($89), expert ($169) and enterprise ($299) editions.
Monotype unveils Web Fonts Master subscription plan
Monotype Imaging Holdings -- a provider of typefaces, technology and expertise for creative applications and consumer devices -- has enhanced its Fonts.com Web Fonts service to provide greater flexibility and choice to creative professionals. The new Master subscription plan brings together the company’s Web font solution with unlimited access to more than 7,000 desktop fonts.
Combined with Monotype’s Typecast application for designing with Web fonts in the browser, the master subscription is an industry first that provides a comprehensive solution for working with type throughout the digital and print design processes, bringing unparalleled value to customers, says Chris Roberts, vice president and general manager of Monotype’s e-commerce group. The Fonts.com master subscription liberates designers to put type first, and to experiment with, and benefit from, the widest possible typographic palette, he adds.
The Fonts.com Master subscription plan, which Monotype intends to expand...
SecuritySpy for Mac OS X updated to version 3.0.4
Bensoftware has announced SecuritySpy 3.0.4, an update to the multi-camera video surveillance software for the Mac. The new version includes support for more network cameras as well as t improvements to media streaming from network devices.
SecuritySpy boasts features such as motion detection, real-time compression of multiple video and audio feeds, and network video and audio streaming, SecuritySpy is designed for demanding video surveillance applications. The software supports a variety of network cameras and video servers, including the popular ACTi, Axis, Panasonic, Sony and Vivotek ranges, as well as FireWire, USB, and PCI video input devices.
SecuritySpy features motion detection, which can be used to trigger recording as well as email alerts and audio alarms. The built-in web server allows remote viewing of live video and audio, previously captured footage, as well as configuration of the software, from over the internet using a web browser or a mobile device such as the iPhone...
OWC announces Envoy Pro EX for Mac, Windows systems
Other World Computing (OWC) has announced the OWC Envoy Pro EX solid state drive solution. Designed in anodized aluminum to match modern Macs and PCs, the Envoy Pro EX easily into a coat pocket, backpack, or briefcase for high performance storage and/or backup capacity.
Inside the Envoy Pro EX is a SandForce Driven OWC Aura Pro 6G SSD that offers real world sustained reads up to 436MB/s and writes up to 429MB/s. The USB 3.0 interface can bus-power the drive so an AC power adapter isn’t required.
The OWC Envoy Pro EX is available immediately in two configurations: the 240GB Envoy Pro EX for US$319.99 and the 480GB Envoy Pro EX for $599.99. For more info go to http://www.macsales.com .
Apple may have the biggest U.S. corporate offering on record
Apple, seeking to help finance a $100 billion capital reward for shareholders with borrowed money, is selling its first bonds in almost two decades in what may be the biggest U.S. corporate offering on record, reports "Bloomberg" (http://tinyurl.com/cyfujku).
The article notes that Apple intends to issue debt as soon as today, including floating-rate notes maturing in 2016 and 2018 and fixed-rate securities due in 2016, 2018, 2023 and 2043, according to a regulatory filing. Proceeds may help the company avoid repatriation taxes on its $102.3 billion of funds held overseas as CEO Tim Cook returns an additional $55 billion to shareholders through 2015 to compensate for a stock that’s been hammered by signs of slowing growth.
"You’ll see a meaningful amount of interest,” Ashish Shah, the head of global credit investment at New York-based AllianceBernstein LP, which oversees $256 billion in fixed- income assets, told "Bloomberg." “It’s a high- quality name which brings in a lot of...
Wacom announces Cintiq 22HD touch
Wacom has announced the Cintiq 22HD touch, a new addition to its expanding interactive pen display portfolio, now featuring multi-touch. It's due in May for US$2,499. You can order it at select reseller locations and Wacom's eStore (https://store.wacom.com/us/).
Combining multi-touch with Wacom's pen technology, the new Cintiq 22HD touch offers an immersive on-screen experience and a more intuitive and natural way to work, according to the folks at Wacom. Additional features including a 21.5-inch, full HD display, an ergonomic rotating stand and 16 customizable ExpressKeys.
The Cintiq 22HD touch is Mac compatible and works with touch savvy applications such as Corel's latest Painter 12.2 update and Autodesk's Mudbox and Sketchbook Pro. It offers a wide-format, full HD LCD with 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution and 16.7 million colors.
The adjustable stand allows for real display rotation, offering both landscape and portrait viewing angles as well as the option to set an incline between 10...
Judge sets new trial date in Apple vs. Samsung battle
A federal judge has set new trial dates in November to decide whether US$450.5 million of damages awarded by a jury to Apple in a patent dispute with Samsung should stand, reports "Reuters" (http://tinyurl.com/dyl9kkb).
In March, Judge Lucy Koh slashed a $1.05 billion jury award by more than 40% and set a new trial to determine damages. On Monday the judge ordered that the new trial on damages should take place between Nov. 12 and 18.
This is all part of the ongoing, global legal battle. Apple and Samsung have filed more than 30 lawsuits against each other across four continents. For example, Apple alleges that Samsung copied the slide-to-unlock technology of its iPhone and iPad devices.
Apple takes ownership of imaging patents acquired from Kodak
Filings with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office show the transfer of a number of patents from Kodak to Apple has begun, with the letter taking ownership of several patents covering aspects of digital photography, reports "AppleInsider" (http://tinyurl.com/c7dth6b)
The patents in question -- 8,432,479, 8,432,472, 8,432,456, and 8,432,461 -- cover measurement of range using a zoom camera, displaying and sharing digital images, and wireless sharing of digital images via a network. "Apple will likely put the patents to use further protecting from litigation its bestselling line of iOS devices, as well as its Mac computers," notes "AppleInsider."
In 2011 Kodak offered to sell 1,000 patents related to digital photography. The company had been losing money despite its efforts to convert from film to digital photography.
All My Gods Free released for the Mac
Realore has announced All My Gods Free for Macintosh, a free trial version of its god-sim strategy game. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 and is available at the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/d9wx3t9).
Here's how the game is described: "All my Gods allows players to immerse into the atmosphere of Ancient Rome and play as a young aspiring godling. The mission is to develop into a mighty Roman god and build a great Empire. With the release of All my Gods Free players have a chance to feel what it's like to be a Roman god without paying a dime.
"The game begins when one of the oldest gods, Saturn, decides to retire and wants his son to take his place. Other Roman gods decide that first Saturn's heir has to prove that he is worthy of their trust and divine powers he is about to receive.
"All my Gods is a city-building god-sim strategy that allows players to immerse into the atmosphere of Ancient Rome and play as a young aspiring godling. The mission is to develop into a mighty Roman god...
GoZync updated to version 3.172
SeedCode has announced GoZync 3.172. A collaboration between SeedCode and Geist interactive, it's an update of the unlocked framework that lets developers add synchronization to FileMaker Go solutions, enabling their users to work offline.
The latest build of GoZync speeds up synchronization by pulling data down to mobile apps even faster. Also, since GoZync is unlocked and written solely in FileMaker Pro, it is easy to add this speed boost to existing deployments by replacing a few scripts, according to the folks at SeedCode.
Build 3.172 is a free update for existing users. For new users the cost is depends on the version you by. You can find details at http://www.seedcode.com/cp-app/ste_cat/gozync#licenses .
MaxUpgrades announces SSD SATA module for the iMac
MaxUpgrades has announced the SSD SATA Module with heat sink for the iMac 2012 models. It's available in an US$99.95 single SSD drive kit and a $119.95 dual SSD drive kit.
SSD SATA Module with heat sink for iMac 2012 Models enables the iMacs to use dual standard 2.5 inch Form Factor SSDs, or an SSD + HDD configuration. It also fulfills RAID 0 or RAID 1 requirements of identical SSDs of same capacity, make and model,with the highest capacity and maximum Performance SSDs available in standard 2.5-inch form factor (such as the Crucial 960GB M500 Samsung 840 Pro series.) For more info go to www.MaxUpgrades.com .
Kingston Digital releases Wireless Reader, battery charger
Kingston Digital has released the MobileLite Wireless. the next generation of the innovative Wi-Drive portable wireless storage device for Apple iOS and Android devices.
The new reader is enhanced as it wirelessly streams movies, music, photos and documents from USB Flash drives, microSD (with included adapter) and SD/SDHC/SDXC cards, says Craig Tilmont, wireless products business manager, Kingston. MobileLite Wireless also serves as an emergency mobile charger when the user’s phone battery gets low.
Use is as simple as plugging in any USB Flash drive into the USB port to watch and share movies or view and share files wirelessly on mobile devices. The SD/SDHC/SDXC slot enables sharing of images with friends and family by removing the card from a camera and plugging it directly into the MobileLite Wireless. The included adapter allows the same access and sharing for microSD cards used in many mobile phones and tablets.
MobileLite Wireless also serves as an emergency backup battery...
Apple wins court ruling against Golden Bridge Technology
Apple has won a court ruling that it doesn’t infringe patent claims brought by intellectual property licensing firm Golden Bridge Technology, reports "Bloomberg" (http://tinyurl.com/bltvnws). The company sued Apple in 2010 over patents for boosting connections in mobile networks.
U.S. District Judge Sue Robinson in Wilmington, Delaware, also canceled a jury trial that was scheduled to begin today over two patents for 3-G network communications held by Long Branch, New Jersey-based Golden Bridge. Golden Bridge sued Apple in 2010 over patents for boosting connections in mobile networks.
"The record evidence remains consistent with the finding of non-infringement," Robinson wrote in an order April 25 affirming earlier decisions on the patent descriptions, notes "Bloomberg."
Golden Bridge plans to appeal.
Lifeware releases Deluxe Moon Pro for Mac OS X
Lifeware Solutions has announced Deluxe Moon Pro 1.0, a lunar cycle application for Mac OS X (10.6 or higher). It costs US$0.99 and is available at the Mac App Store in the Education category (http://tinyurl.com/cezw5cz).
Featuring an animated interface, Deluxe Moon Pro provides comprehensive information on the Moon, moon phase times via animated interface and multiple interactive tools to explore the Moon. The app includes specific gardening advice based on the current moon phase, precise times of the moon phases, animated Zodiac circles, moon horoscope, calendar and more.
Winter Wolves releases Bionic Heart 2 for the Mac
Winter Wolves has released Bionic Heart 2 for the Mac. It's a "deep and dark, sci-fi visual" novel/game told from four points of view.
Here's how Bionic Heart 2 is described: "Take control of Luke, Tom, Tanya and Tina. Each character has their own personality, complete with quirky traits that could potentially whip the story straight into a plot twist. Bionic Heart 2 is the only visual novel featuring a scene with TWO talking brains! The game also features beautiful manga artwork, a full original soundtrack, and meaningful choices that will have repercussions on the whole universe."
You can download the demo and buy the game from Winter Wolves website at www.winterwolves.com/bionicheart2.htm . It costs US$19.99 to purchase.
Pdf-Office Professional updated to version 11
Universe Software has updated pdf-Office Professional, the PDF form creation software, to version 11. Created PDF forms can be saved locally without restrictions in Adobe Reader XI completed, or be sent as an email attachment.
Additionally, AdobeLifeCycle created PDF forms that can't stored in the reader XI can now be read in and saved again. In pdf-Office Pro 11, editing has been enhanced to provide word processing functions, such as indents, even hanging, tabs, etc. These functions are also available in text boxes, offering professional text formatting. Further improvements have been adapted in almost all program areas.
Apple to challenge damages award to VirnetX
Apple will challenge a November 2012 jury verdict that awarded $368 million in damages to Nevada patent-holding company VirnetX, a filing with U.S. regulators showed -- as noted by "Macworld" (http://tinyurl.com/bwfn5qv)
In a Form 10-Q filed this week with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Apple said it had not yet recorded the millions owed to VirnetX on its balance sheet. "The Company is challenging the verdict, believes it has valid defenses and has not recorded a loss accrual at this time," Apple said in the SEC filing.
VirnetX filed its lawsuit against Apple in August 2010. The company claimed that Apple’s FaceTime and Message, a video chat application and SMS text-replacement, respectively, infringed on four of its patents.
Apple offering some developers another chance at WWDC tickets
"MacRumors" (http://tinyurl.com/ba8bg) says that Apple is offering some developers a second chance at tickets to the 2013 Apple Worldwide Developer Conference, which is slated for June. The tickets sold out in under an hour after they went on sale Thursday.
However, developers who tried to purchase tickets got error messages stating that their purchase requests were unable to be processed. Red Sweater Software founder Daniel Jalkut told "MacRumors" that Apple contacted some registered members of its developer program to offer them a second chance to purchase a WWDC ticket.
Apple will hold WWDC 2013 June 10 through June 14 at San Francisco’s Moscone West. At the five-day conference, developers from around the world will learn about the future of iOS and OS X. For more info go to developer.apple.com/wwdc .
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PC shipments post steepest decline ever in a single quarter
Worldwide PC shipments totaled 76.3 million units in the first quarter of 2013 (1Q13), down -13.9% compared to the same quarter in 2012 and worse than the forecast decline of -7.7%, according to the "International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker."
The extent of the year-on-year contraction marked the worst quarter since IDC began tracking the PC market quarterly in 1994. The results also marked the fourth consecutive quarter of year-on-year shipment declines.
Despite some mild improvement in the economic environment and some new PC models offering Windows 8, PC shipments were down significantly across all regions compared to a year ago. Fading mini notebook shipments have taken a big chunk out of the low-end market while tablets and smartphones continue to divert consumer spending, says IDC. Apple fared better than the overall U.S. market, but still saw shipments decline as its own PCs also face competition from iPads.
PC industry efforts to offer touch...
PDFpen for Mac OS X upgraded to version 6.0.2
Smile (www.smilesoftware.com) has announced PDFpen 6.0.1, the latest version of its all-purpose PDF editing tool. The upgrade supports toggling autosave, reduces memory usage, and includes numerous fixes.
The changes in PDFpen 6.0.2 have also been made in PDFpenPro 6.0.2, the pro version that can also convert websites into PDFs, create fillable PDF forms, automatically create form fields in non-interactive PDF forms, construct document table of contents, and set document permission settings that restrict saving, printing, and copying.
PDFpen 6.x works with PDFpen for iPad and PDFpen for iPhone, allowing editing across devices when used with iCloud or Dropbox storage. Users who wish to use iCloud must purchase PDFpen 6 from the Mac App Store. (Apple restricts iCloud access to applications purchased via the Mac App Store.)
PDFpen retails for US$59.95, and PDFpenPro for $99.95. Family Pack licenses, which cover up to five computers in one household, are $74.95 for PDFpen and $119.95 for...
Quark XML Author now supports Japanese
Quark says Quark XML Author now supports the Japanese language with a fully-localized and integrated user interface.
Quark XML Author is the add-in to Microsoft Word that enables the creation of structured XML content through the familiar Word interface. With Quark XML Author all content creators, not just technical experts, can create valid XML-based content components.
Now Quark XML Author supports Japanese-speaking content creators as well as users from around the world who create Japanese-language materials. In addition to a fully localized and integrated user interface, Quark XML Author now supports Microsoft IME and Microsoft Office IME (2007/2010) for Japanese, including keyboard and IME Pad support. For more info go to http://tinyurl.com/byjvekf .
Apple WWDC 2013 has sold out of tickets
Apple has sold out of Worldwide Developer Conference 2013 tickets already -- this time, in just over an hour beating last year's pace and record. Apple has promised to early copies of OS X 10.9 and iOS 7.
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Also, if you are looking for the ultimate developer experience MacTech Conference 2013 will have a developer track. If you want to get time with some of the best and brightest in the industry, you'll want to sign up for this very special developer experience. For more info go to
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MacBook Pro + Parallels Desktop = the 'best Windows PC...
A new report (www.soluto.com/reports) from Soluto a Web service company, quantifiably concluded that the "MacBook Pro is the best Windows PC on the market," beating out traditional PCs.
The report based its findings on a number of criteria including application crashes, blue-screens-of-death, long boot times, etc. According to the report, "if you’ve ever looked for an excuse to buy a MacBook -- now you have it."
On a related note, millions of people improve their Windows on Mac experience by using Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac, the No. 1-selling solution for simultaneously running Windows and Mac apps side-by-side without rebooting. Parallels Desktop will even simply move your entire PC to your Mac so you can have everything you need on one computer.
Parallels Desktop (www.parallels.com) is also a great way for people to run more than on version of Windows on a Mac, which comes in handy if you want or need to run Windows XP, Windows 7 and/or Windows 8. A free trial of Parallels...
AKVIS announces new frame pack for ArtSuite
AKVIS has announced a new frame pack for AKVIS ArtSuite: the Spring Pack with 50 hand painted designs. These frames are designed to "make you feel nature's great awakening, warm rays of the sun, exciting scent of the spring, and love in the air, and hear songs of birds."
ArtSuite lets you frame your photos, make personalized greeting cards and posters, decorate your family album. The program contains templates and texture samples.
Now eight themed packs are available: Baby Pack, Wedding Pack, Travel Pack, St.Valentine Pack, Sports Pack, Christmas Pack, Winter Pack, and the new Spring Pack. AKVIS also offers a free set of frames.
The additional frame packs can only be used in the standalone version of AKVIS ArtSuite, not in the plug-in version. On the Mac platform, it requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. A 10-day demo of ArtSuite is available for download at www.akvis.com . Registration is US$69. The Spring Pack sells for $12.
China court fines Apple for copyright breach
A Beijing court has ordered Apple to compensate three Chinese writers for selling their works via its app store without getting their permission, reports "ZDNet" (http://tinyurl.com/avpg77f), translating an article from the "China Daily" newspaper.
The Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People's Court ruled in favor of the authors. Apple will have to pay them in excess of 730,000 yuan (about US$118,000) for the infringement. Apple had not gotten permission before selling their books on the Apple App Store, according to the court. The presiding judge, Feng Gang, said Apple has the duty of checking whether the books uploaded by third-party providers are in line with current laws.
E-Book Systems launches Mac FlipViewer Xpress Creator 1.0
E-Book Systems has announced FlipViewer Xpress Creator 1.0 (http://www.flipviewer.com/en/index_en), a wizard-based software solution for Mac OS X. It's being offered an an introductory price of US$750. You can request a trial version at www.flipviewer.com/contact .
FlipViewer Xpress Creator enables publishers and corporations to create and publish page-flipping digital publications. It conveys the FlipBook in a 3-D page flipping interface, where pages are displayed like those in a real book. The created FlipBook can then be hosted on any web server for online viewing or distributed through any media for offline viewing.
Once the FlipBook is created, it can be easily viewed by the FlipViewer Xpress viewer. This is a viewer which can run on many different operating system platforms including Mac and Windows, as well as mobile gadgets such as iOS devices. The displayed thickness of the FlipBook in FlipViewer Xpress is indicative of the number of pages inside, allowing readers to "thumb"...
Literature & Latte introduces Scapple for Mac OS X
Literature & Latte has introduced Scapple, a project planning and organization tool for Mac OS X (10.6.8 or higher).
Scapple is designed to help you get ideas down quickly and make connections between them. More like a freeform text editor, it allows you to make notes anywhere on the page and to connect them using straight dotted lines or arrows.
Creating notes can be done by double-clicking anywhere on the canvas and then typing. Making connections between ideas involves dragging and dropping one note onto another. Notes can also be dragged from Scapple into Scrivener, Literature & Latte's content-generation program.
Scapple is now available for purchase from www.literatureandlatte.com/scapple.php for US$14.99. A fully-featured, 30-day trial is also available for download.
Mail Designer for Mac OS X revved to version 1.3
Equinux has updated Mail Designer for Mac OS X (10.5.8 and higher) to version 1.3. The upgrade sports an interface to send and distribute mail designs and newsletters with Campaign Monitor.
Mail Designer allows users to create individual mail designs for newsletters, offers, invitations or personal emails that can be sent to customers, colleagues or any larger group of recipients. Each design can be saved as a template and sent through Apple Mail. To keep things simple, a variety of predefined layout blocks including headlines, text objects and multicolumn layouts can be dragged, dropped and rearranged, says equinux CEO Till Schadde. Numerous textures and background patterns are also included.
Artists, agents and businesses can integrate their own cooperate designs into Mail templates and integrate dynamic content. Mail Designer includes graphics, text-objects and dynamic and customizable text and image placeholders. With tools, rulers and guides, users can create customer newsletters...
Native Instruments introduces Pulswerk Expansion for Maschine
Native Instruments has released Pulswerk, a new Maschine Expansion designed for minimalistic house and techno. It was created by sound designer Denis Gökdag, the creator of NI's Maschine Expansion Transistor Punch, and the name behind Surround SFX and Zynaptiq.
Aside from its 30 drum kits, Pulswerk contains 20 Special Kits created exclusively with pitched sound sources. The Expansion also features an array of Multi-Effect Kits containing pre-sequenced, tempo synced effect chains and 60 new Massive presets.
Pulswerk is available at the NI Online Shop for US$49. A compact version of Pulswerk is also available for iMaschine in the in-app store for $0.99. For more info go to www.native-instruments.com/Pulswerk .
JPEG Repair for OS X gets faster scanning, recovery engine
Stellar Data Recovery has revved Stellar Phoenix JPEG Repair, an app for repairing damaged JPEG/JPG image files, to version 2.0. The new version sports a faster scanning and recovery engine.
A free version of the software can be downloaded from www.stellarinfo.com/ .A full version of Phoenix JPEG Repair is available for US$39.
AT&T activates 4.8 million iPhones in first fiscal quarter
AT&T, in announcing the results of its first fiscal quarter, said it had activated 4.8 million iPhones during the period. The Apple smartphone accounted for 80% of AT&T's six million total smartphones.
During the fiscal quarter, AT&T reported strong earnings per share and cash flows in the first-quarter driven by strong mobile data growth, solid postpaid net adds and continued strong gains in U-verse services, says Randall Stephenson, company chairman and CEO.
"Our wireless network performance continues to be terrific," he adds. "And that helped drive our best ever first quarter for smartphone sales, improved wireless churn and strong growth in mobile data revenues. We also posted record sales of our U-verse high-speed IP service. Across all of these areas, we’ve built a solid foundation for future growth in mobile Internet and IP broadband, which will only expand as we progress with Project VIP.”
For the quarter ending March 31, AT&T's consolidated revenues totaled...