CES: BlueFlame unveils cable-free charging solution
BlueFlame launched its latest charging solution, The Station, at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It's designed for the iPhone 5, 5s, and 5c and iPod touch (5th generation).
The Station completely covers an electrical outlet, while offering an USB port for additional device charging and a pass-through outlet to power other small appliances. It keeps your iPhone 5 upright while charging.
The Station is currently available for order at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$59.99 at Apple retail stores and on BlueFlameGear.com.
Mushkin launches enterprise class SSD at CES
Mushkin announced the worldwide launch of its enterprise-class ProSpec series solid-state drives at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Designed for the enterprise environment, Mushkin's ProSpec SSDs deliver random read/write performance of 80K/42K IOPS and a sustained transfer rate of 560MB/s, and are available in useable capacities ranging from 100GB to 480GB. Equipped with Mushkin's Power Safe Technology, ProSpec SSDs also provide enhanced power-loss data protection through hardware and firmware-based features that prepare the SSD for an unexpected system power loss, according to Brian Flood, Director, product management at Mushkin.
For more information on the ProSpec Enterprise class SSDs, go to http://www.mushkin.com .
FAVI introduces WiFi Pico projector
FAVI Entertainment has announced its new WiFi-enabled Pico+ Projector with Miracast and Airplay Wireless display, allowing users to wirelessly share their mobile screens and laptop content on up to a 100” projector screen.
At just over the size of a cell phone, this portable projector fits into the side of a laptop bag, in a purse or in a backpack side pocket. The 5000mAh battery purportedly lasts for three hours of continuous playback in eco-mode and its power bank feature allows you to charge your mobile device, both while projecting or when the projector is turned off.
The Pico+ Project includes a built-in WiFi hotspot allowing you to wirelessly project your mobile content without the need for an external WiFi connection. Furthermore, everyday users can easily pull up their saved content, movies and photos from any external USB device or SD Card, according to Jeremy Yakel, president of FAVI Entertainment.
The Pico+ supports standard HDMI from cable/satellite TV, Blu-ray...
CES: Yellow Jacket shows smartphone stun gun case
Yellow Jacket announced the Yellow Jacket case for iPhone 5/5Sat this week's Consumer Electronics Show. It's a stun gun case that sports:
° Equipped left and right-handed triggers that allow consumers to deploy their personal protection device from either hand;
° A swiveling electrode cap and safety switch designed to protect users from accidentally discharging;
° A removable stun gun pack provides users with the flexibility to attach or detach the stun gun pack, depending on their environment;
° Five LED power lights that indicate the current battery level and notify users when it is charging and when it's fully charged;
° TPE soft plastic that protects the phone from damage caused by drops and daily wear and tear.
Yellow Jacket case for the iPhone 5/5S will be available in February, starting at $149, while a 4/4S case can now be purchased for US$99 at www.yellowjacketcase.com.
Philips 28-inch 4K Ultra HD Monitor debuts at CES
The PhilipsUltraClear Display debuted at this week's Consumer Electronics Show. It combines 4K UHD high resolution with a color depth of 1.07 billion colors to deliver "brilliant performance, screen clarity and detail with four times the resolution of Full HD."
The Philips display will provide 3840x2160 pixel. It provides several connectivity options and comes equipped with HDMI, DisplayPort, Dual-link DVI, VGA SmartConnect, and USB 3.0 ports. Additionally, an integrated MHL port allows users to connect compatible phones and tablets directly to the monitor to mirror content to the widescreen display while charging the mobile device at the same time.
The Philips UltraClear Display also features MultiView functionality. This technology enables active dual connect and view so that users can work with multiple devices like computer and laptop side-by-side simultaneously.
The SmartErgoBase allows the monitor to be lowered down almost to desk level. Additionally, the adjustable base allows...
CES: Feenix unveils the Autore keyboard for gamers
Feenix debuted the Autore gaming keyboard at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It's compatible with Mac, Windows, and Linux systems.
Modeled after the monolith from Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey; it's a minimalist tool that meets the needs of aggressive gamers and typists, says Feenix Creative Director Ashkon Shayani. Lightweight keycaps with cherry MX Brown switches provide an effortless click and tactile response, he adds.
Feenix's font and aluminum coating is designed to keep the keyboard’s surface elegant and durable, while a subtle upward angel is designed to offer optimal wrist comfort. A gold metal plate runs through the length of the chassis.
The Autore oncludes a HAL-approved gold plated modular mini USB to USB connection with an optional PS/2 adapter. A double Polyurethane layer is built alongside the keyboard’s aluminum coating for added surface quality and protection against spills and beverage damage. The Autore is currently available for...
D-Link rolls out new wireless networking, IP surveillance...
At this week's Consumer Electronics Show, D-Link made several announcements for today’s connected lifestyles, including a new Wi-Fi Baby Camera, two new wireless extenders, a network video recorder, and a portable AC router.
The Wireless AC1200 Dual Band Gigabit Range Extender ($89.99) and Wireless AC750 Dual Band Range Extender ($59.99) 11AC dual band range extenders are designed for pushing wireless signals to those hard-to-reach areas for seamless video streaming, online gaming and other everyday internet activities. For increased flexibility, the extenders are backwards compatible, enabling users to extend their existing 11N and 11AC network devices. Both extenders feature an enhanced user interface for advanced configuration settings and one-touch configuration.
The Wi-Fi AC750 Portable Router and Charger ($99.99) offers travelers and mobile users fast speeds and dual band performance, turning any connection into a fast 11AC hotspot, according to the folks at D-Link. With a...
CES: LaCie introduces Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2, Fuel drives
LaCie announced the Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 and Fuel wireless hard drive for the iPad at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
The Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 (pictured) is one of the first storage solutions enabled by Thunderbolt 2. It delivers speeds up to 1375MB/s. What's more, LaCie worked with designer Neil Poulton to bring a cutting-edge look to the product. For the first time, the Little Big Disk features a sleek, black finish to its fully aluminum enclosure.
The LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 will be available for purchase in the first quarter of 2014 through LaCie’s resellers and LaCie.com. A Thunderbolt cable included.
LaCie also introduced the Fuel wireless hard drive for the iPad, iPhone, and Mac. Without requiring Internet access, the LaCie Fuel adds 1TB of external storage capacity to compatible mobile devices. Users can store up to 500 movies, 160,000 songs or 190,000 photos, and share them with up to five devices at a time.
Seagate debuts Backup Plus FAST portable drive, more
Seagate Technology made two product announcements at this week's Consumer Electronics Show.
For one, it introduced the Backup Plus FAST portable drive (pictured). The company say it's the world’s first portable 4TB storage device, providing twice the capacity and speed of existing external portable drives. This new Seagate Backup Plus FAST drive features an USB 3.0 interface. It's currently available at Seagate.com for a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$299.99.
Seagate also rolled out the second generation of its external storage lineup, Seagate Backup Plus Slim. It's has a compact design and USB 3.0 interface. It's available in 2TB, 3TB, and 4TB capacities for US$129.99, $159.99, and $229.99, respectively.
Square and Griffin team up for Merchant Case + Square Reader
Griffin Technology and Square have introduced the Merchant case for iPhone 5s and iPhone 5 at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. They say it's first protective case optimized for a Square Reader.
Griffin’s new Merchant case builds on Square’s selling experience for mobile businesses. The introduction of the Merchant case launches Works with Square, a program that allows developers to build accessories for Square businesses.
The case is custom-molded to secure the Square Reader when connected. A groove in the bottom of the case aligns with the Square Reader to guide a credit card to an easy, consistent swipe time after time, according to J. Curtis, director of B2B Product Development at Griffin.
Made from durable silicone, the case protects the phone from bumps and drops. The case’s non-slip sides and corners make it easier to hold the phone and to hand over for customers' signatures. Additionally, the Square Reader can be detached and stored in the back of the case...
SteelSeries releases Stratus Wireless Gaming Controller for...
SteelSeries has released the Stratus Wireless Gaming Controller. It's designed for console-style gameplay on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch running iOS 7, as well as on your HD TV via AppleTV using AirPlay Mirroring from your iOS device with supported games.
iOS 7 features embedded controller support; and as a result a new platform of gaming is emerging. For the first time on iOS, developers can create games that use traditional console control schemes to provide for an immersive and challenging gaming experience on iOS devices.
The Stratus Controller from SteelSeries is the first Bluetooth controller for iOS devices. Its lightweight design has a comfortable grip with 10-plus hours of battery-life and features that are ideal for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch gaming, says Bruce Hawver, SteelSeries CEO. It features a familiar console-style layout with the a pressure-sensitive directional pad (D-pad), four pressure-sensitive action buttons and 4 pressure-sensitive shoulder buttons, in...
CES: Griffin Technology introduces StudioConnect HD, Guitar...
Griffin Technology is offering two new products for the mobile musician at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Ethan Opelt, Audio Line Manager at Griffin Technology. “StudioConnect HD is an intuitive, streamlined product that encourages creativity.”
The US$199.99 StudioConnect HD (pictured) is an all-in-one, high definition audio interface for multi-track recording. It records multiple tracks simultaneously to iOS or Mac OS X. Constructed of weighted metal, StudioConnect HD also serves as a stable charging platform.
The StudioConnect HD is compatible with both Lightning and 30-pin iPad models and includes a Type A USB cable for connecting to a computer running Mac OS X. StudioConnect HD accommodates Core Audio recording apps for iPad, along with Mac OS X based Digital Audio Workstations, and works with Auria (iOS); GarageBand (iOS and OS X); Logic Pro X (OS X); and JamUp/BIAS (iOS).
Griffin is also introducing the $19.99 Guitar Sidekick Guitar Sidekick, a clamp that...
Currency Assistant for Mac OS X upgraded to version 3.1.12
MaBaSoft (http://www.mabasoft.com) has updated Currency Assistant, a currency conversion calculator for Mac OS X, to version 3.1.12. The irrevocably fixed Latvian lats (LVL) euro conversion rate (1 EUR = 0.702804 LVL) has been introduced after the euro replaced the lats and became legal tender in Latvia on Jan. 1, 2014.
Also, the Zimbabwe dollar (ZWD), which was suspended indefinitely in April 2009 due to hyperinflation, has been deleted. The Zimbabwean government legalized the use of foreign currencies in January 2009 and all transactions are now in foreign currencies — mainly the US dollar and the South African rand.
Currency Assistant is now 50% off and available for US$8.95 for new users or
$4.95 for Euro Assistant Pro registered users. Version 3.1.12 is a free update for
registered version users of version 3.x.
Griffin debuts reinvented PowerMate
Griffin Technology will will unveil a new wireless version of its PowerMate at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Described as a clickable knob, the PowerMate Bluetooth can be programmed to execute a wide array of key commands in virtually any application.
Users can streamline routine tasks such as editing home movie, scrolling through long documents, or creating audio works. It functions beautifully as a convenient volume knob and mute button for Bluetooth 4.0 enabled Mac computers, but that's just the beginning of its possibilities, according to Mark Rowan, president at Griffin Technology.
PowerMate is preset to work with iMovie and GarageBand right out of the box. However, users can follow the instructions to add custom commands within their preferred applications. You can spin PowerMate like a wheel to quickly move through large multimedia files, spreadsheets, and word processor documents, or click it like a mouse to select text or perform commands.
CES: TrendNet launches AC1900 wireless router
TrendNet has announced the AC1900 Dual Band Wireless Router, model TEW-818DRU, at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It's powered by a 1GHz processor, high power radio amplifiers for extended wireless coverage, and Gigabit Wireless AC networking speeds.
The TEW-818DRU is designed to provide the optimum wireless experience in a busy connected home, says Zak Wood, director of global marketing for TrendNet. It creates two extreme performance wireless networks: an "ultimate performance" 1.3 Gigabits per second (Gbps) Wireless AC network, to connect all Wireless AC devices over the fastest wireless speeds available today; and an extreme performance 600 Megabits per second (Mbps) Wireless N band, to connect everyday wireless devices such as tablets, smart phones, and computers.
Beamforming technology directs the highest wireless signal strength to each user's specific location. On the wired side, the router features all Gigabit Ethernet ports. It also offers one USB 2.0...
beyerdynamic to introduce the A 200 p at next week's CES
At next week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, beyerdynamic will unveil the A 200 p. Developed with the digital specialists from Astell&Kern and Heilbronn audio and headphones, it's a compact DAC with an integrated headphone amplifier.
The core of the A 200 p is a Wolfson DAC with up to 24 bit resolution at a sampling frequency of 96 kHz (HD audio). Its circuit design circumvents the internal signal processing of the connected player and receives the pure digital music data from a number of mobile playback devices such as the iPhone, iPod, iPad via Lightning connector, Android smartphones or tablets with Android 4.1 or higher via Micro-USB, as well as Mac and Windows laptops.
The A 200 p is currently the smallest mobile DAC and amplifier that can work with all of these devices on the digital level, according to the folks at beyerdynamic. After converting the digital data to analogue music signals, a amplifier with analogue output stage controls the output to the connected...
Lepow to announce Poki portable charger at CES 2014
Lepow International will introduce its newest portable charger, Poki, at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The name (pronounced pock-e) comes from the unit's small pocket shape, which is constructed in one piece.
The Poki's lithium polymer battery, available in 5,000mAh or 10,000mAh, offers safety and prevents overheating, according to Lepow CEO Jacky Fan. It features a smooth, flat, high-grade rubberized outer material that provides protection and a comfortable grip, he adds.
The Poki has a unibody construction and a slide sensor for indicating battery usage with a swipe of the finger. It's compatible with all major devices such as Apple and Android smartphones and tablets, as well as digital cameras, gaming devices and any other mobile device that requires charging.
The Lepow Poki portable charger will have the following manufacturer's suggested retail prices: US$59.99 for the 5,000mAh version and $99.99 for the 10,000mAh model. They will be available in white,...
CEA announces iBeacon Scavenger Hunt at CES
New this year at the 2014 International CES, attendees can participate in the first promotional iBeacon-based scavenger hunt to explore the event and be rewarded with a special prize. Owned and produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the 2014 CES, a gathering place "for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies," will run Jan. 7-10 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Attendees at the 2014 CES who download the CES Mobile App on iOS or Android devices will be encouraged to explore all areas of the show through the scavenger hunt and will collect badges for each iBeacon they encounter. Specific scavenger hunt instructions are included in the CES App.
The first three verified players who collect all of the available badges will be rewarded with a special prize from CES, available for pick-up in the Press Room at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), South Hall Connector, Room S229, during normal operating hours. A limited number of prizes will be available for others...
AutoMailer 2.0.1 for OS X to merge data with emails
Tension Software (http://www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated AutoMailer, a Mac OS X app that lets you merge data from a database with email templates and send to multiple addresses in text or web format, to version 2.0.1. The upgrade adds the ability to send both text emails or web (created in html) emails and management of an Except (never send) list and possibility to send directly via an external mail server.
AutoMailer lets you send an unlimited quantity of emails with a single click, with personalized contents for each recipient. Emails sent by AutoEmailer look like and are standard emails.
AutoMailer 2.0.1 requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. It costs US$25 and is available at the Tension Software web site and the Mac App Store.
Razer announces new headphone series
Razer has announced the Razer Adaro series, a new line of headphones designed for personal entertainment. They're available now for pre-order and will ship in February. Prices start at US$79.99.
The new audio lineup will initially feature four models: bass-heavy earphones, analog stereo headphones, Bluetooth headphones and DJ-style headphones. The Razer Adaro series marks the company’s latest venture into the personal entertainment audio space.
The Razer Kraken and Electra, two of Razer’s best-selling headphones, were tuned for music, as well as gaming, says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder, CEO and creative director. For more info go to www.razerzone.com.
Powerrocks to unveil Smart Power at CES
Powerrocks will unveil its Smart Power 5200mAh portable power banks at next week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. They're designed to charge tablets, smartphones and other devices on the go.
Smart Power provides the exact battery status on your Apple and Android device’s screen while charging, so there’s no more guessing, according to the folks at Powerrocks. The power banks indicate remaining power via an iOS app. The power bank’s remaining battery capacity, status, voltage, charging time, remaining time, power evaluation, use frequency, percentage of remaining capacity, temperature, average current, and health index is displayed.
Smart Power power banks also includes standard LED indicators to show the approximate available power of the power bank charger, which includes a fast charging feature. About the size of a makeup compact, they'll be available in a variety of colors, including yellow, pink, purple, blue, red, and silver.
They'll be available in February for US$...
Lepow to introduce Mod speaker at next week's CES
Lepow will introduce its Mod Bluetooth speaker at next week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It's inspired by record players from the 1960s and incorporates today's latest technology such as Bluetooth 4.0, 360-degree surround sound and four sound modes, says Lepow CEO Jacky Fan.
The new Lepow Mod's modern look is enhanced by its metal construction. It features four sound modes (normal, rock, classic, and vocals), touch controls for volume and play, a built-in Lithium battery that provides up to eight hours of play time, 360-degree audio distribution, and a USB port and cable to charge the speaker. It has a transmission distance of up to 30 feet. The unit measures 9.5" x 4" x 5.5".
In addition to being a wireless music player for smartphones and tablets, the Mod also acts as a hands-free speakerphone with its built-in microphone, and an external USB charger for mobile devices with its built-in 6000mAh battery. The Bluetooth speaker will be available in a variety of colors...
iDevices to announce new iGrill products at CES
iDevices will announce new iGrill products at next week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. They are the iGrill Bluetooth Smart Meat Thermometer and iLP Bluetooth Smart Liquid Propane Monitor.
The iGrill Bluetooth Smart Meat Thermometer allows you to monitor the temperature of your food using the free iDevices Connected App from up to 150 feet away. The device features a LED display with proximity wake-up, magnetic mounting, four probe ports and a 150-hour battery life.
The patented iLP is designed to solve the grilling problem of running out of propane in the middle of your cook. Using iLP with the iDevices Connected app, grillers can monitor the level of propane left in their tank using its ultra-sonic sensors. Just leave it on the bottom of your propane tank and the app will alert you when your propane level is getting low and tell you the location of the nearest refill location.
Priced at US$99.99, the iGrill2 will be available at http://www.iDevicesinc.com in 2014. The...
Happy New Year from MacTech, MacNews
MacTech.com and MacNews.com wish you a very happy new year -- and the very best for 2014.
Court-appointed monitor in ebook case denies Apple's...
According to "The Wall Street Journal" (http://tinyurl.com/mtqsxya) Michael Bromwich, the lawyer picked as Apple's monitor in the ebook legal case, said in court documents filed Monday that Apple's characterization of his team's activities as a "roving investigation" in fact "bear no relation whatsoever to the activities we have attempted to conduct."
Last month Apple filed papers in federal court in Manhattan seeking to halt a court-appointed antitrust monitor, Bromwich, from engaging in any further oversight over the company, pending the outcome of its appeal of the e-books antitrust judgment entered against it last July. Apple claimed that Bromwich “is conducting a roving investigation that is interfering with Apple’s business operations, risking the public disclosure of privileged and confidential information, and imposing substantial and rapidly escalating costs on Apple that it will never be able to recover,” even if it wins its appeal.
Apple also alleged that the monitorship, “...
Zoom It for OS X now Mavericks ready
Appatit has announces Zoom It 1.2.2, an update to their virtual magnifying glass app for OS X. It's now optimized for OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
Zoom it is designed for artists, engineers, designers, presenters, photographers, project collaborators pr anyone who relies on corrective lenses. The app provides an on-screen loupe that's always available. Version 1.2.2 adds multi-monitor support on Mavericks, as well as a fixed menubar icon on Retina displays.
Zoom It 1.2.2 costs US$2.99 and is available at the Mac App Store in the Utilities category. It requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later. For more info go to http://www.app-atitlcom
Kinvio releases WHD110 wireless HDMI extender kit
Kinvio has introduced WHD110 wireless HDMI extender kit. It's designed to allow you to wirelessly stream audio and video content to your television in high definition.
The HDMI extender kit streams video and audio content up to 65 feet in open space or up to 40 feet indoors, depending on wall density. It provides a wireless connection between televisions, audio systems, laptops, gaming consoles, cable boxes, monitors and more.
Users simply connect Kinivo’s compact transmitter to the output device and attach the receiver to the TV’s HDMI input to wirelessly stream audio and video over your home’s entertainment system. Kinivo’s WHD110 also brings the power of the Internet to your living room with the ability to stream online content to your television screen.
It supports a wireless frequency of 5GhZ, 1080p resolution, and 3D. Kinivo’s WHD110 Wireless 5GhZ HDMI extender kit is now available on Amazon.com and Kinivo.com for US$139.
Samsung, Apple resume patent talks
Apple and Samsung have resumed negotiations out of court in an effort to resolve disputes over ongoing patent-infringement, according to "Forbes" (http://tinyurl.com/kf8tcwx)
This announcement comes a couple of days after Apple once again sought an injunction against Samsung to prevent it from selling certain "copycat" products in the U.S. At stake in the negotiations is an overall resolution to the copycat allegations brought by Apple against Samsung, notes "Forbes."
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.
SCSC releases SpotOff 2, Spot-O-Meter 2 for Mac OS X
Software and Computer System Company (SCSC) has released SpotOFf 2 with Spot-O-Meter 2 and Spot-O-Meter Mini for Mac OS X.
SpotOff 2 is the next generation of the company's original product, SpotOff. It takes control of both Spotlight and Time Machine indexing related to the mds [meta data server] process. With the new versions, a user can tell when mds indexing is out of control, and then turn it on and off as needed.
The new version of SpotOff allows a user to control not only meta data server (mds) problems associated with Spotlight, but those associated with Time Machine as well. In addition, the original Spot-O-Meter has been re-vamped and comes in both a standard sized version, as well as a new "mini" version.
SpotOff 2 with Spot-O-Meter 2 and Spot-O-Meter Mini cost $10.95 each. Both versions of Spot-O-Meter can be downloaded from the company's web site (http://www.scsc-online.com) without SpotOff at no cost. Previous users of earlier versions of SpotOff have been e-mailed...
ForeUI for Mac OS X updated to version 3.50
EaSynth Solution has released ForeUI 3.50, an update to their UI [user interface] prototyping tool for all popular desktop operating systems including Mac OS X (10.6 and higher).
With it, users can build GUI [graphic user interface] mockups for desktop software, mobile apps, websites, or web applications. The software provides six UI themes and users may also design their own by using the "UI Theme Editor" plug-in. Several enhancements for the prototyping of mobile apps are available in the new version.
ForeUI 3.50 costs US$150 per user. Volume discounts are also available. A 15-day trial of the full version can be downloaded from the EaSynth Solution website (http://www.foreui.com/).
Apple seeks ban once more for U.S. ban on Samsung products
Apple filed a motion on Thursday to renew its effort to stop sales of Samsung products that it says infringes on three of its patents, reports "FOSS Patents" (http://tinyurl.com/k6d5t47).
On Nov. 18, 2013 the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit revived Apple's bid for a permanent patent injunction against Samsung's Android-based devices with respect to three multitouch software patents, while affirming Judge Lucy Koh's denial of injunctive relief with respect to the asserted design patents. "FOSS Patents" notes that Samsung could have tried to delay the process through a petition for a rehearing, but didn't.
As a result, the Federal Circuit yesterday (December 26, 2013) issued the formal mandate to the United States District Court for the Northern District of California (Judge Koh's court). On the same Apple brought a renewed motion for a permanent injunction, requesting that another injunction hearing be held as early as Jan. 30, 2014.
Political scandal in Turkey could sour iPad, Apple store deals
A growing political scandal in Turkey threatens to involve the country’s prime minister, a "key player in a program to purchase $4 billion worth of iPads for thousands of schools, which in turn was a major motive for Apple’s plans to open a retail store in the country early next year, reports "ifo Apple Store."
Three ministers resigned Christmas night in the face of corruption allegations. They called on prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to also resign. If Erdogan does leave office, it could put the iPad deal in jeopardy, and leave the nearly-finished and high-profile Apple store with fewer customers. Read more at http://tinyurl.com/my7zbm3 .
Apple accused of iPhone pricing interference in Taiwan
Apple has been fined NT$20 million (US$670,000) fine by Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission (FTC) for interfering with pricing procedures carried out by mobile service providers and mobile phone distributors, reports "The Wall Street Journal" (http://tinyurl.com/meyl3k3)
The company has also been ordered to stop interfering with mobile service providers and handset distributors' pricing, the article adds. Apple can appeal, but may get slapped with the fine if it doesn't comply.
The FTC said that, after examining email correspondence between the iPhone maker and the Taiwanese mobile companies, they "discovered the companies submit their pricing plans to Apple to be approved or confirmed before the products hit the market." The ruling doesn’t apply to other Apple products, such as the iPad.
Enolsoft Video Converter for Mac gets new editing tools
Enolsoft has updated Video Converter for Mac, an app that lets you convert all common 2D video. The new version adds new video editing tools such as rotate videos, choose subtitles or audio track and import external subtitles into videos.
Enolsoft Video Converter for Mac lets you convert between all common video formats including AVI, WMV, FLV, MKV, VOB, MOV, 3GP, Xvid, MPEG, RM, RMVB, MP4, etc., and extract audios from videos on Mac to save as MP3, M4A, AIFF, WAV, AAC, and OGG files. With the converter, Mac users can: play AVI, MKV, AVCHD videos on portable devices like iPad, iPhone; upload recorded AVCHD videos to YouTube; or edit home-made video in iMovie or Final Cut Pro.
What's more, your videos can be personalized with a wide array of build-in video editing tools. Enolsoft Video Converter for Mac is available for US$35. A demo is available for download. Go to http://tinyurl.com/mwa9245 for more info.
Happy holidays from all of us at MacTech and MacNews
All of us at MacTech and MacNews wish all our readers and advertisers the very best of the holiday season.
Keep safe and enjoy this time with your family and friends. Then rejoin us for the latest Apple news on Thursday, Dec. 26.
Addonics ships port multipliers with 6Gbps data transfer rates
Addonics Technologies has announced two new members of its Port Multiplier family, both designed to support SATA 3.0 6Gbps and enhance the storage capabilities for a wide range of computer systems.
The new products are the Internal 5-port 6G Port Multiplier, which is an excellent solution for adding more drives to a computer that has limited SATA ports, and the 5-Port 6G Rack Mount Port Multiplier, which has more flexibility for large volume storage needs. As many as five hard drives, SSD or optical drives can be connected to these PMs.
The hard drives or SSD drives appear as five individual drives when connecting to a Port Multiplier compatible controller. The drives can also be set up as a RAID group using the RAID software of the OS or the host controller.
The Internal 5-port 6G Port Multiplier is designed to be mounted into an add-on card slot of any standard desktop or low profile system. It connects up to 5 SATA hard drives or optical drives into a single SATA port on a system...
Apple, China Mobile enter into multi-year agreement
Apple and China Mobile have entered into a multi-year agreement to bring the iPhone to the world's largest mobile network.
As part of the agreement, the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c (pictured) will be available from China Mobile's expansive network of retail stores as well as Apple retail stores across mainland China beginning on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014. The iPhones will be available for pre-registration from China Mobile's official website (www.10086.cn) and customer service hotline "10086" beginning on Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013.
"Apple’s iPhone is very much loved by millions of customers around the world. We know there are many China Mobile customers and potential new customers who are anxiously awaiting the incredible combination of iPhone on China Mobile’s leading network. We are delighted that iPhone on China Mobile will support our 4G/TD-LTE and 3G/TD-SCDMA networks, providing customers with high-speed mobile service," says Xi Guohua, China Mobile Chairman.
"Apple has enormous respect...
Text Converter for Mac OS X gets improved converter engine, more
Tension Software (http://www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated Text Converter, the Mac OS X tool for converting files from various formats (PDF, HTML, RTF, RTFD) to standard plain text, to version 1.2.
Text Converter works via drag and drop. Version 1.2 now keeps a log of processed files, even though a re-launch of the app. It also sports an improved converter engine and enhanced layout.
Text Converter requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. It's available for US$10 from the Tension Software web site and the Mac App Store.
Virtual City Playground for Mac OS X adds holiday elements
G5 Entertainment has released Virtual City Playground 1.13, an update of its game for the Mac. The new version adds holiday elements.
Virtual City Playground is a sim-social that lets create your own cities. Yor must provide the inhabitants with business opportunities, neighborhoods, and entertainment facilities, among other amenities.
Virtual City Playground requires Mac OS X 10.7.4 or later. It's free at the Mac App Store. For more info go to http://www.g5e.com .
VisionTek announces portable toolkits
VisionTek Products has added two custom configured portable toolkits to its e-commerce website. The kits, starting at US$19.99, provide the ability to open, upgrade, and repair Macs, iOS devices, PCs, and other digital gadgets.
The VisionTek 26 Piece Toolkit, priced at $26.99 MSRP, includes a six piece straight blade and Phillips screwdriver set. The VisionTek 12 Piece Toolkit $19.99 comes with everything needed to perform upgrades and repairs on Macs, iOS devices, and other digital devices. Both kits are available for immediate purchase from VisionTek’s Accessories product category and come backed by a one year warranty. For more info go to http://www.visiontekproducts.com .
Passware enhances FileVault2 decryption on Mac OS X
Passware — a provider of password recovery, decryption, and electronic evidence discovery software for computer forensics, law enforcement organizations, government agencies, and private investigators — has announces the addition of a hardware-accelerated FileVault2 password recovery option to its disk decryption feature in Passware Kit Forensic, originally released in 2012.
Passware’s previous solution relied on memory analysis for extraction of FileVault2 encryption key. While the decryption process was a matter of minutes, in many cases it was unavailable to computer forensics, because often the target Mac was shut down making the encryption keys no longer available in the memory. Passware adds the new option in response to increased demand on Mac forensics, says CEO Dmitry Sumin.
Now Passware offers a brute-force recovery of the FileVault2 password that works with the disks images, regardless of whether the computer is still running or not. Acceleration of Passware’s password...
Apple releases updates for Mavericks Server, new Mac Pro
Apple has posted VPN Update for Mavericks Server (http://tinyurl.com/k8fdhml). The update addresses an issue that prevented users from connecting to VPN services using Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol, or L2TP. It requires Mac OS X 10.9.1 and Server 3.0.1.
If you bought a new Mac Pro, Apple has released Mac Pro EFI Firmware Update 2.0 (http://tinyurl.com/ko7a9vf). This update improves system reliability during reboot, resolves an issue with memory self-test, and improves graphics power management when using Boot Camp.
Devulder Software rolls out Numismatik for Mac OS X
Devulder Software has released Numismatik for Mac OS X (10.6.6 and higher). It's available for US$4.99 at the Mac App Store.
The software allows you to manage a collection of pieces of money. You can follow and print the history of your purchases and sales.
A graph display for a given period is possible. For more info go to http://tinyurl.com/ktga4cp .
SoundSoap 3 now available at the Mac App Store
Soundness says version 3 of its SoundSoap audio noise reduction software is now available on the Mac App Store in the Video category.
SoundSoap 3 is designed to solve audio noise problems in videos and audio files like unwanted hiss and background noises, clicks, pops, crackles, electrical hum, and rumble. The latest version of the software adds new features, a new user interface, and 64-bit compatibility.
SoundSoap 3 works as a standalone application or as a companion to iMovie, Final Cut Pro X, GarageBand, iPhoto, Premiere, Skype, and other audiovisual software.
The standalone SoundSoap 3 application now features audio recording. After media files have been cleaned with SoundSoap, they can now be shared with one click directly to Facebook, Email, Messaging, AirDrop, and more.
Pricing and Availability:
SoundSoap 3.0.2 on the Mac App Store is a standalone application and costs $79.95 (USD). The SoundSoap 3 application requires Mac OS 10.9 (Mavericks) or later. The standalone version...
BatchOutput PDF 2.2.1 adds advanced printer page feed options
Zevrix Solutions has released BatchOutput PDF 2.2.1, a feature update to its solution to automate PDF printing with watched hot folders on Mac OS X.
Users only need to drop PDF files into hot folders, and the documents will be printed automatically using the assigned output preset settings. The new version introduces advanced paper feed options that allow users to specify an output printer tray for all pages, or separate trays for the first page and remaining ones.
The software is available in two licenses: BatchOutput PDF and BatchOutput PDF Server. BatchOutput PDF Server allows users to create hot folders on a network, which makes it possible to serve multiple users with a single copy of the program. The low-cost regular version targets users who need to automate PDF printing on a single computer.
BatchOutput PDF can be purchased from the Zevrix website (http://www.zevrix.com) for US$24.95 (the Server version is$99.95), as well as from authorized resellers. The update is free for...
SkySafari acquired by Simulation Curriculum; SkySafari 4 released
Simulation Curriculum (http://www.simulationcurriculum.com) has acquired Southern Stars Group's SkySafari apps for iOS, Mac OS X, and Android, as well as its SkyFi, and SkyWire hardware product lines. Simulation Curriculum Corp. is the publisher of the Starry Night and Layered Earth software.
The acquisition also includes Southern Stars (http://www.southernstars.com) developers Tim DeBenedictis and Bill Tschumy. They'll join Simulation Curriculum, and continue to support and develop Southern Stars' products under the new company.
The first new product to be released under the combined company is SkySafari 4, an update of Southern Stars' flagship mobile astronomy app. SkySafari 4 represents a complete overhaul of this award-winning product line for iOS 7, and is available on the Apple App Store now. SkySafari 4 will be offered at an introductory 50% discount through Jan. 20, 2014.
"SkySafari and Starry Night are the two most well-known and highly regarded astronomy software...
OWC announces memory upgrades for the new Mac Pro
Other World Computing has announced the full certification and availability of OWC Memory upgrade kits for Apple’s new Mac Pro 2013 models.
These new ECC 1866MHz Quad-Channel Matched Kits are now available in 32GB and 64GB kits and offer savings of up to 31% versus the factory option cost additions, according to OWC. Trade-in rebates for factory installed memory provide for net savings of up to over 37% versus factory, they add. Go to http://tinyurl.com/ewapc for more info.
VirnetX announces denial of Apple's petitions for patent...
VirnetX Holding Corp., an Internet security software and technology company, says the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has denied seven petitions for inter partes review (IPR) filed by Apple.
These petitions sought review of certain claims of VirnetX's U.S. Patent Nos. 6,502,135, 7,418,504, 7,490,151 and 7,921,211. The USPTO found that Apple's petitions weren't filed within the time limit imposed by the statute and declined to institute inter partes review.
Thecus announces devices that support RAID 50, 60
Thecus has announced what it says is world's first NAS devices with support for RAID 50 and RAID 60. They're targeted to small and medium businesses and enterprise customers.
Full RAID 50 support is now available in the following Thecus NAS devices: N6850 (pictured), N7510, N8850, N8900, N10850, N12000 N12000PRO, N16000, and N16000PRO. In addition, all devices with 8 bays or more, also support RAID 60.
For ultra high speed connectivity, 10GB Ethernet cards are supported. Maximum capacity starts at 24TB in the entry-level N6850 and ranges up to 2.5 petabytes for N12000PRO and N16000PRO systems with additional daisy-chained Thecus D16000 DAS units.
Standard features in Thecus NAS devices include OLED touch panel display, web and mobile administration, HDMI output, and USB 3.0. Go to http://www.thecus.com for more info.
Apple upgrades Logic Pro X to version 10.0.5
Apple has updated Logic Pro X, its professional recording software, to version 10.0.5. The upgrade adds three new drummers and 11 new drum-kit designs.
Also, volume and pan automation can now be used in XML interchange with Final Cut Pro X. Logic Pro X 10.0.5 is a free update for registered users. For new users the cost is US$200. It's available at the Mac App Store.