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Feb 18
Antitrust enforcers eyeing Apple's digital subscription...
U.S. antitrust enforcers have begun looking at the terms Apple has set this week for media companies who want to sell their content on its iPad and other devices, says the "Wall Street Journal" (http://macte.ch/cKco3), quoting "people familiar with the matter." The Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission's interest in Apple's new subscription service is at a preliminary stage, and might not develop into either a formal investigation or any action against the company, the article adds. However, it comes as Apple has attracted growing antitrust scrutiny in the U.S. and Europe. A spokeswoman for the European Commission, the European Union's executive arm, told the "WSJ" that the commission was aware of the new subscription service and was "carefully monitoring the situation." The Justice Department and the FTC are both interested in examining whether Apple is running afoul of U.S. antitrust laws by funneling media companies' customers into the payment system for its iTunes store...
Feb 18
MyService offers MacBook 480GB SSD upgrade
MyService (http://www.myservice.com) has announced a new 512GB solid state drive upgrade for the MacBook. These new SSD drives by OWC are the biggest SSD drives available for the Apple laptop. The upgrade service includes the new drive, round trip shipping, professional installation and data transfer. Most drive upgrades are completed the same day. After the service is complete, your Mac is cleaned, tested and returned back to you along with your old drive. In addition to the 512GB drives, MyService also offers a line of OWC Mercury Pro SSD drives ranging from 120GB to 480GB in stock. All drives feature a three-year warranty. Since MyService is an Apple Authorized Service Provider, the 480GB SSD upgrade will not void your Apple warranty.
Feb 18
QuickerTek introduces the Little Black Box USB Batter
QuickerTek has introduced the US$29.99 Little Black Box (http://www.quickertek.com/products/ipad_charge_monitor_usb.php), their new USB battery pack that allows you to use any AA battery to charge or power Apple's iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or virtually any USB powered device. The Little Black Box is compact so you can take it on an airplane, camping or road trips. That means you can use Alkaline, Carbon, Ni Metal Hydride or NiZinc rechargeable AA batteries as long as all four AA batteries are the same kind and brand. The internal circuitry compensates for different battery voltages to supply the correct voltage for USB compatibility. QuickerTek says its test studies show that the best batteries to use are the rechargeable NiZinc batteries, they are the highest capacity (mAhr). The Little Black Box has a one-year parts and labor warranty.
Feb 18
Winter Wolves releases dating sims game
Winter Wolves, in collaboration with Christine Love, has released Love & Order (http://www.winterwolves.com/loveandorder.htm), a dating sim game. It costs US$19.99 and runs on Mac OS X, Windows and Linux systems. Here's how the game is described: "Take on the role of Dana Larose, a young woman starting her career as a secretary in the Crown Attorney's office. The office is both overworked and understaffed, so you'll have to work out whose projects you help with accordingly. Will you be able to unravel the mystery being covered up, balance the stress of juggling overtime for everyone, and still manage to find love...? "The game features beautiful manga artwork, captivating gameplay and a relaxing soundtrack. In the classic tradition of dating sims, you can pursue four characters, three men and one woman. The game is completely family friendly and easy to pick up and play. Beside working in the office, completing several tasks for the various characters, you'll also be able to...
Feb 18
2011 Loop Business Expo road tour kicks off March 30
The 2011 Loop Business Expo National Road Tour (http://www.loopbusinessexpo.com) kicks off in Los Angeles, California, on Wednesday, March 30, at the Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel.  This event is for all business owners that use Macs, iPhones and iPads for their day-to-day business operations. Free admission will be granted to all guests that use Apple in their business or PC business end-users thinking about switching to Apple.  The Expo will have over 50 manufacturers and developers from all over the world showcasing business solutions for Apple users. There are already have 300 business end-users registered for the Los Angeles Expo and over 500 business owners are expected. The upcoming Los Angeles Expo is expected to be four times bigger than our past events. The event will add the iPad/iPhone Zone. This zone is especially designed for iPad and iPhone developers and accessory makers targeted at business users.  The Loop Business Expo will be promoted by the Local Apple...
Feb 18
Winter Wolves releases dating sims game
Winter Wolves, in collaboration with Christine Love, has released Love & Order (http://www.winterwolves.com/loveandorder.htm), a dating sim game. It costs US$19.99 and runs on Mac OS X, Windows and Linux systems. Here's how the game is described: "Take on the role of Dana Larose, a young woman starting her career as a secretary in the Crown Attorney's office. The office is both overworked and understaffed, so you'll have to work out whose projects you help with accordingly. Will you be able to unravel the mystery being covered up, balance the stress of juggling overtime for everyone, and still manage to find love...? "The game features beautiful manga artwork, captivating gameplay and a relaxing soundtrack. In the classic tradition of dating sims, you can pursue four characters, three men and one woman. The game is completely family friendly and easy to pick up and play. Beside working in the office, completing several tasks for the various characters, you'll also be able to...
Feb 18
Swann's new DVR kit compatible with the iPhone
Swann Security (http://www.swann.com) has released a new DVR kit that features remote viewing on a variety of smartphones, expanded hard drive capacity, remote control, a mouse and higher resolution cameras. Debuted at the 2011 International CES, this all-in-one DVR kit includes all of the equipment and software necessary to install a surveillance system. For the first time, Swann offers a DVR that allows users to view live video remotely using a number of 3G-enabled smartphones. Now you can see what’s happening at your home or business live at any hour on your phone. Supported smartphones include the iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Mobile 6 and Symbian, as well as the iPad. This new DVR kit also boasts a e 500GB hard drive capable of recording up to 30 days of non-stop video from four cameras simultaneously (depending on settings, longer with motion detection). It also has controls clickable using a mouse and remote control, and is packaged with Swann’s new PRO-580 color...
Feb 18
SoftRAID releases SoftRAID 4.0.2
SoftRAID (http://www.softraid.com) has released SoftRAID 4.0.2, an update to its RAID product for Mac OS X. The upgrade includes several additions to the 4.0 feature set. For instance, 4.0.2 has specific support for Advanced Format disks. These are the latest generation of disk drives that have larger sectors (1, 2 or 4 kbytes). By using these larger sector sizes, disk drive manufacturers can increase the number of gigabytes per platter and offer greater error correction. SoftRAID version 4.0.2 is the first software RAID package on Mac OS X that correctly supports these drives, says Tim Standing, president, SoftRAID, LLC. SoftRAID version 4.0.2 also includes better support for SSD drives, adds a feature to create read-only volumes, and improvements to the email notification features in SoftRAID. It includes online help, so that users can be guided on each feature as they use SoftRAID. SoftRAID 4.0.2 also includes performance enhancements for SSD drives and several enhancements in...
Feb 18
iFunia Video Converter Pro available on the Mac App Store
iFunia has updated iFunia Video Converter Pro Converter to version 2.9.1 and is offering it on the Mac App Store for US$34.99. It requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. iFunia Video Converter Pro is a tool for Mac users that converts video into numerous video/audio formats for use on personal computers or portable players. Users can preview and edit video clips before converting them, trim or crop the video, and can also add text or images as a watermark on the movie. A demo is available at the iFunia web site (http://www.ifunia.com/video-converter-mac.html).
Feb 18
BackJack Online Backup for Mac unveils 4GB free account
Synectics Business Solutions has announced the availability of a 4 GB Free Account to complement its business service. The company says users will benefit from a full-featured version of the BackJack software along with access to the company's support. Additional Macs or storage can be added by subscribing to the full service, where pricing starts at US$8 per month for 20 GB of protection. To get started with a free 4 GB account, go to http://www.backjack.com/freeaccount . You must be running Mac OS X 10.4.10 or higher.
Feb 18
321Soft Studio releases Data Recovery for Mac
321Soft Studio has released 321Soft Data Recovery for Mac (http://www.321soft.com/download.html), which can recover lost data -- including photos, documents, video, music, PDF, and text files -- from all types of media such as hard drives, USB flash drives, iPod, SD Card, memory sticks, mobile devices, or any other type portable storage device. It's compatible with HFS+, FAT16/32, NTFS ISO9660, UDF, and EXT2/3 file system volumes. 321Soft Studio is non-destructive data recovery software and won't write or make changes to the drive it's recovering from. All recovered files must be saved to another storage device or another drive letter in the system. 321Soft Data Recovery for Mac is available in both single user and technician licenses. The software is available at a starting price of US$99.95 and is compatible with Mac OS X 10.4 or higher.
Feb 18
TinyBooks 7.0.6 for Mac OS X adds Receipt button
Ken Winograd and Space-Time Associates (http://www.winograd.com) has updated TinyBooks Pro, its Mac accounting and bookkeeping program, to version 7.0.6. The upgrade adds a Receipt button to the Professional Invoice Printer window. It also made the Generate button the default button on the Reports window, fixed the New and New With Import dialogs so the default fiscal year is shown on dialog opening, added a cloverleaf (Apple/Command key) icon to the Calculate Tax button on the Enter/Modify Item dialog to properly show the keyboard equivalent, modified the Enter/Modify Item dialogs to more prominently highlight the current month, and improved the international handling of Import and Export functions. 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...
Feb 17
Arten Science Limited announces free Twitter update client
Arten Science (http://www.artenscience.com/) has announced TwitQwik for Mac OS X. It offers a way to update your Twitter status and upload photographs from your Mac. TwitQwik doesn't download your tweets, leaving you to read those at your leisure using your existing favorite Twitter client. The app purportedly has no advertisements, no spyware and uses minimal system resources. TwitQwik is free unless you're using it within a company or enterprise in which case a site license is available for US$100. This also provides you with a customized version with your own logo.
Feb 17
MailMate is new Mac OS X email client
Freron Software has introduced MailMate 1.0 (http://freron.com), an email client for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. MailMate is designed for and only supports IMAP while still working when offline. It features searching capabilities and smart mailboxes. It also has alternative message viewer layouts and a browser-inspired design. According to the folks at Freron Software, the encouraged workflow in MailMate is to handle each incoming email by either archiving or deleting it. Smart mailboxes can then be used to automatically organize emails based on any message header of any message body part. MailMate includes a set of alternative layouts for the main view. For example, a widescreen layout with the message view to the right of the messages outline and a correspondence layout which allows one to immediately see any messages in any existing email correspondence related to the currently selected message(s). MailMate 1.0 costs US$. A demo is available for download.
Feb 17
Sony not abandoning iTunes
Sony has no plans to withdraw Sony Music songs from Apple's iTunes Store as payback for Apple's decision to block the Sony e-reader app from the Apple App Store, says "Business Insider" (http://macte.ch/gKE4B). Earlier this week, it was reported that Sony might pull its artists from Apple's iTunes Store, as well as withhold its games from the iPhone, in what could spark an "all-out war" between the two companies, according to "Yahoo News" (http://macte.ch/qv7oI). Sony plans to launch a rival online music store to iTunes in Australia called Music Unlimited. The company may also be planning to launch a gaming service that would enable mobile phone users to play first generation Playstation games on their handsets -- a service Sony says is unlikely to be available through iTunes. "Yahoo News" says Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Michael Ephraim told reporters that Sony’s music streaming is a "new technology" that gave consumers greater freedom to play their music on a variety of devices...
Feb 17
iPhone 4 named Best Mobile Device
The iPhone 4 was named the Best Mobile Device at this week's Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona, Spain, even though Apple wasn't participating. Here's what the judges had to say about the iPhone 4: "Great screen, sharp design, fantastic materials, and phenomenal ecosystem for app developers. In a tight race, the iPhone 4 built on the success of its predecessors to set the pace for smart phones." The winners of the 16th Annual Global Mobile Awards were announced at Mobile World Congress on Tuesday, Feb. 15. Hosted by British TV and radio star Jonathan Ross, the winners were recognized in a two-part afternoon awards ceremony and evening Congress Party and Awards Celebration.
Feb 17
Steve Jobs to meet with President Obama
Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who recently took a medical leave of absence from his company, and Google CEO Eric Schmidt will be among the attendees of President Obama's event with business leaders in San Francisco Thursday evening, reports "ABC News" (http://macte.ch/iGfup), quoting an unnamed source "familiar with the event." They'll be among many business leaders in technology and innovation the president will sit down and talk to, as he continues to sell his State of the Union message, the article adds. “The president and the business leaders will discuss our shared goal of promoting American innovation, and discuss his commitment to new investments in research and development, education and clean energy,” a White House official said. Jobs' reported attendance may be a surprise for some, as a flurry of Internet rumors have put the CEO on death's door. Such sources as the "National Inquirer" and celebrity gossip site, "Radar Online" (http://macte.ch/Xkq7p), yesterday served up articles...
Feb 17
Apple reportedly secures 60% of global touch capacity
In order to achieve its internal goal of shipping 40 million iPad products in 2011, Apple has occupied close to 60% of the global touch panel capacity causing tight supply among Apple's competitors, reports "DigiTimes" (http://macte.ch/vWEql), quoting unnamed "sources from upstream component makers." Sources from tablet makers told "DigiTimes" that the component shortage is causing their shipment volumes to be unable to catch up with their orders, especially for second-tier players. Touch panels are currently suffering the most serious shortage due to Apple holding control over the capacity of major touch panel makers such as Wintek and TPK, and with US-based RIM, Motorola and Hewlett-Packard (HP) also competing for related components, second-tier players are already out of the game, the article adds. Sources from iPad distributors told "DigiTimes" that in 2010, Apple's order forecasts to its original equipment manufacturer partners were all high and the biggest problem on the supply...
Feb 17
Apple releases Camera RAW update
Apple has released Camera RAW 3.6 (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1357). It adds RAW image compatibility for new Canon, Olympus and Pentax cameras to Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11. It also addresses processing problems for some cameras. Camera RAW 3.6 requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher and is a 6.45MB download.
Feb 17
Wondershare launches PDF converter on Mac App Store
AnyBizSoft PDF Converter, is now available on the Mac App Store. It costs US$69.99. AnyBizSoft PDF Converter lets you convert PDF to six formats including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, EPUB, HTML and Text on Mac OS X. By converting PDF to the Office formats, users can edit, reuse, present PDF files. Also, converting PDF to EPUB can improve the eBook reading experience on the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Sony Reader, and more. PDF Converter preserves all the elements of original PDF files, such as text, hyperlinks, images, layouts, tables, columns, and graphics. It supports batch-conversion and partial-conversion modes. Batch-conversion allows Mac users to convert maximum 50 PDF files at one time. Partial-Conversion helps users specify page ranges (e.g. page 1-15) or select specific pages (e.g. page 5, 7, 14…). PDF Converter also converts encrypted PDF files. If the PDF file has copying, printing and editing restrictions, Mac users can convert it with this app directly. If the PDF file has an...
Feb 17
Windows Phone 7 Connector app available
The Windows Phone 7 Connector app for Mac computers is ready and lets you transfer data between a WP7 smartphone and a Mac. It's free and is available at the Mac App Store. The app is designed to sync your media files from your Mac, with your Windows Phone 7 or Zune HD. You can also sync photos and videos you captured on your phone with your Mac, and, when needed, update your Windows Phone 7 software.
Feb 17
Trine game available at Macgamestore.com
Frozenbytes's Trine is now available at Macgamestore.com and requires Mac OS X 10.6.4 or higher. The game is normally priced at US$19.95, but is available for a limited time for $9.95. Here's how Trine is described: "Trine is a fantasy action game where the player can create and use physics-based objects to beat hazardous puzzles and threatening enemies. Set in a world of great castles and strange machinery, three heroes are bound to a mysterious device called the Trine in a quest to save the kingdom from evil. "The gameplay is based on fully interactive physics - each character's different abilities help the player battle an army of undead and defeat hazardous contraptions. The player can at any time freely choose whoever is best suited for the upcoming challenge or puzzle: The Wizard is able to summon objects to help solve puzzles and create new ways to overcome obstacles, the Thief uses her agility and dead-on accuracy to swiftly surprise the monsters, and the Knight unleashes...
Feb 17
TARMAC now supports creation of App Catalogs
Equinux has updated TARMAC (http://www.equinux.com/us/products/tarmac/demo.html), a provisioning tool tailored specifically for the Apple platform, to version 1.5. With TARMAC medium to large enterprises can securely set up and manage their iPhones and iPads  over-the-air, says equinux CEO till Schadde. TARMAC now supports the creation of App Catalogs -- a way to provide employees with pre-defined groups of applications through the TARMAC web interface. With the App Catalog, TARMAC 1.5 can host internally developed apps and link those apps to specific workgroups. Using TARMAC, companies can provide employees with an app to access internal sales figures or earnings predictions from internal databases – all without going through the App Store. Using the Admin-interface an administrator can upload, delete or update new apps. Administrators in corporate networks can define user groups and then categorize and restrict access to certain apps based on the user group. Within the App Catalog,...
Feb 17
FoldersSynchronizer updated to version 4.1
SoftoBe (http://www.softobe.com has updated FoldersSynchronizer, its Mac OS X tool for backing up and synchronizing files, folders and disks, to version 4.0.1. A free update for registered users of version 4.0, it's a maintenance release with some bug fixes. FoldersSynchronizer is an US$40 app for Mac OS X and Mac OS 9 that synchronizes and backs-up files, folders and disks. The user can choose one or more pairs of files, folders or disks and then they will be synchronized or backed-up. FoldersSynchronizer lets you organize your sync and backup in several sessions to save to a file for a later reuse. On each session you can apply special options like Timers, Multiple Folders, Filters, Exclude Items, Auto-Mount local and remote volumes, launch your own AppleScripts, set how to resolve conflicts, execute an incremental or an exact copy, and include locked files.
 FoldersSynchronizer lets you specify global settings like whether the software should display a preview panel listing all the...
Feb 17
SugoiSoft brings Jisho to the Mac App Store
SugoiSoft has made its debut on the Mac App Store with the release of its flagship Japanese English dictionary, Jisho 4.1. This is purportedly the first Japanese English dictionary available on the Mac App Store not designed for native speakers of Japanese. Jisho supports searching in multiple languages including: Japanese, English, German, Russian, and French. It also has the ability to convert the Japanese phonetic script hiragana, and Katakana to Roman letters making it easier for beginners to pronounce and read Japanese. Lists of words can also be made within the application so users can track forgotten words or any other vocabulary they choose. Jisho 4.1 requires a Mac running Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later and costs US$20. A full trial and direct purchase version of Jisho is also available for direct download from the Sugoi Software web site (http://www.sugoisoft.com).
Feb 17
Class on Demand offers Pinnacle Studio training
Class on Demand, a provider of professional educational products for creative markets, has announced "Complete Training for Pinnacle Studio v.14 and v.15." Developed in conjunction with Avid, the new course instructs users how to leverage both Pinnacle Studio v.14 and v.15 to create HD movies and video with effects, transitions, and more. Class on Demand founder and instructor Paul Holtz spearheads the training release, offering instruction on its integrated tools and his own tips-and-tricks. The new Class on Demand Complete Training for Pinnacle Studio v.14 and v.15 is priced at $49.99 and is available in both DVD-ROM and streaming video delivery formats from Class on Demand (http://www.classondemand.net/media/pinnacle-training/studio14and15.aspx).
Feb 16
Apple, others looking for international tax amnesty
A group of tech, pharmaceutical and energy giants -- including Apple -- is readying a major lobbying blitz for a tax holiday that would allow them to bring home the estimated $1 trillion they've got parked overseas at a steeply discounted rate, according to "Fortune" (http://macte.ch/kY9Zo). Quoting "sources close to the effort," the article says Apple, Oracle, Cisco, Duke Energy and Pfizer are among the major players looking to bankroll a coordinated, sustained pitch to sell policymakers on the idea. Their goal: win a one-year tax amnesty on their foreign earnings, allowing them to repatriate that money at a tax rate of about 5%, instead of the 35% they face now. The push is timed to coincide with the start of a debate on an overhaul of the corporate tax code, and the companies are hoping to include the holiday in any reform package that moves forward, says "Fortune." However, if the broader reform effort stalls, the companies will probably try to move their plan separately, the...
Feb 16
Quark holding special online event Feb. 23

On Wednesday, Feb. 23, Quark is hosting a special online event to make a "significant, product-related announcement." Members of the press are receiving instructions on how to register for the event. No other details have been offered.
Feb 16
MobileMe to get live video streaming, location-based check-in,...
According to an exclusive report (http://macte.ch/YtK8H) by "Cult of Mac," Apple's MobileMe is in for bigger changes than anyone has anticipated. MobileMe is Apple's US$99-per-year, subscription suite of Internet services. 
Rumors have abounded this week that Apple would be soon offer the service for free, perhaps in conjunction with a "streaming only" iPhone that would lack internal storage of any sort. (I'm dubious; see http://www.macnews.com/2011/02/16/cloud-not-entirely-not-ever). Now "Cult of Mac," quoting an unnamed source, says that, among the chances planned for MobileMe, are: ° A live video-streaming service like Ustream; ° A location-based check-in system like Gowalla or Foursquare; ° A geo-tagging system codenamed “Tokens” that tags real-world locations, "like Facebook Places on steroids." -- Dennis Sellers dsellers@applecentral.com
Feb 16
iPads propel Apple past HP to top mobile computer position
Surging iPad shipments propelled Apple to a 17.2% share of worldwide mobile pesonal computer shipments in the fourth quarter of 2010 (Q4’10), placing Apple at the top of the DisplaySearch market share ranking. According to preliminary results from the "DisplaySearch Quarterly Mobile PC Shipment and Forecast Report," Apple shipped more than 10.2 million notebook and tablet computers combined, nearly a million more units than HP in Q4’10. While Apple’s iPad is benefiting from a first-mover advantage, particularly in mature markets, its notebook computer shipment growth rate continues to exceed the industry average. “While we anticipate increased competition in the tablet PC market later this year with the introduction of Android Honeycomb-based tablets, Apple’s iPad business is complementing a notebook line whose shipments widely exceed the industry average growth rate,” says Richard Shim, Senior Analyst at the DisplaySearch (http://www.displaysearch.com) research group. “Apple is...
Feb 16
Apple's notebook shipments should remain strong
Apple is expected to see its notebook shipments remain strong in the first quarter of 2011 since Intel's defective chip incident didn't impact the company, reports "DigiTimes" (http://macte.ch/7nEbB), quoting unnamed "sources from retail channel vendors." Those sources says that because Apple's products have high ASPs [average selling prices], even if the company is slow in upgrading its products to the latest platform, it won't see a significant impact on its pricing or gross margins. Apple's shipments in January reached the company's expectations, and the company is reportedly planning to increase its orders for the first quarter, says "DigiTimes." According to the IDC research group, Apple shipped approximately 2.86 million laptops in the fourth quarter of 2010. That's up 34.2% year-over-year.
Feb 16
Android market outpacing Apple App Store in growth?
Lookout (http://www.mylookout.com), a company that specializes in smartphone security, has released the findings of its second App Genome Report, based on an analysis of over 500,000 mobile apps across different device platforms and app markets. Results indicate that the Android Market is maturing, with the rapid addition of apps and increased proportion of paid apps. In addition, Lookout analyzed specific alternative app markets and found that while these markets increase users’ access to apps, some also have a higher number of apps that could be repackaged with malware or illegitimate ad code. Results show that the Android Market is growing at a rate nearly three times faster than the Apple App Store. Lookout found that the number of apps available in the Android Market increased approximately 127% since August 2010, while the Apple App Store grew at a rate of 44% during the same period. This coupled with the fact that the Android Market has seen the prevalence of paid apps go...
Feb 16
AT&T head wants universal app store for smartphones
AT&T's CEO Randall Stephenson says he's frustrated with the way applications are sold to smartphone users and thinks customers should be able to buy an application once and have it work across many different devices, reports "USA Today" (http://macte.ch/imDCY). As an alternative to today's most popular application stores, such as the Apple App Store, Stephenson touted an emerging system that lets carriers like AT&T sells apps directly to users, the article adds. He likes a new standard for web software, HTML 5, which will allow applications to run on different devices, and the Wholesale Applications Community (or WAC), which launched Monday. "You purchase an app for one operating system, and if you want it on another device or platform, you have to buy it again," Stephenson said in a keynote speech at this week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. "That's not how our customers expect to experience this environment."
Feb 16
MagicWand connects Magic Trackpad to Apple Wireless keyboard
Twelve South (http://www.twelvesouth.com) has introduced MagicWand, an US$29.99 accessory that connects the Apple Magic Trackpad to the Apple Wireless Keyboard. With MagicWand in place, Mac users can fully utilize Apple’s multi-touch gesture technology with an iMac, MacBook or Mac home theater setup, says Andrew Green, creative director of Twelve South. The MagicWand has a special “H” beam to create a stable, portable input device you can use at a desk or on your lap, he adds. To set up, you snap your keyboard into one end of MagicWand, and your Trackpad into the other. The Trackpad can be positioned on either side of the keyboard, for right or left-hand use. No more balancing a keyboard on one knee and Trackpad on the other while working from the couch, something those who have a Mac home theater setup will really appreciate, says Green. For added control in the office, MagicWand can be used in conjunction with a mouse. Place the Trackpad on one side of your keyboard and a mouse on...
Feb 16
VintageScene comes to the Mac App Store
JixiPix says VintageScene 1.0 (http://www.jixipix.com/vintage-scene/vintage-scene.html), a retro photography application, is now available on the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later, costs US$7.99 and is available in the Graphics & Design category. VintageScene is software for converting new photographs into retro, aged, and vintage style effects. With it you can take total control over the age, fade, distress, weathering, and tint of photos, assign paper age and color, choose an overlay or border to accentuate the age of the photo, add details, and more. With VintageScene, you can emulate looks from the early 1800s all the way through current times. You can also: control the age and color of a photo; assign paper age and color; choose an overlay or border to accentuate the age of the photo and add details; save presets for any custom designed look; add a randomize effect to get a unique look; and create a number of combinations with over 60 built-in presets.
Feb 16
Bubble Breaker is new puzzle game for your Mac
Mayan Software has leased Bubble Breaker (http://www.mayansoftware.com/bubblebreaker/) on the Mac App Store. The game requires an Intel Mac and Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later. It costs US$1.99 and is found in the Games category. In the game the goal is to burst as many connected bubbles as you can, plan your moves wisely and push yourself to the top of the global leader board. Bubble Breaker comes with three game modes, and includes customizable features. In casual mode, you play along and pass each level by scoring as much as you can. In classic mode, you test your skills on how much can you score with only one board of bubbles. In Zen mode, you're supposed to be calm, take your time and rule the leader board.
Feb 16
Study: iPhone app users have a higher value than Android app...
According to data collected in January from Mobclix (http://www.mobclix.com), a mobile ad exchange network, iPhone app users have a higher value than Android app users. And utility app users have a higher value than game and entertainment app users. Mobclix found that advertising on iOS devices were more effective than advertising on Android devices, sometimes yielding double the revenue or more. This makes iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users more "valuable" to developers and advertisers. According to Moblclix, average revenue is defined as monthly revenue/unique users per month. Apps with 500k+ downloads and/or 75k+ daily active users were used for calculation purposes. Apps spent an average of two weeks in their categories' "Top 10" listing and are free apps Value is based only on advertising revenues. An active user is defined as a usage of three times a week for a minimum of five minutes.
Feb 16
Sales of Verizon iPhones below expectations?
Initial sales of the Verizon iPhone 4 have failed to meet the expectations of both Apple and Verizon, says the "Boy Genius Report web site (http://macte.ch/eruFX), quoting unnamed sources. The article says data from five Apple stores show that Verizon iPhone 4 sales for its first five days of availability were significantly lower than for the debut of the AT&T iPhone 4 over the same period of time. "Additionally, we have been told that online pre-orders between Verizon and Apple amounted to around 550,000 units," says "BGR." "We also have some statistics on who’s buying Verizon iPhones to share with you: 30% of people buying Verizon iPhones were Android users, just over 25% of people buying iPhone 4 were BlackBerry users, and only 14% of people buying the Verizon iPhone were AT&T iPhone owners. The remaining percent didn’t want to say, didn’t have a smartphone, or didn’t have a phone prior to making their iPhone 4 purchases last week."
Feb 16
Crimsonworld game released for Mac OS X
Crimsonworld is a new Mac OS X game available exclusively in the Mac App Store. It costs US$1.99. Here's how the game is described: "CrimsonWorld is an intense shooter with loads of beasts and loads of weaponry to fight them. Watch the action from an overhead perspective as you fight off teeming alien hordes on various desolate landscapes. Progressively upgrade weapons to do away with your foes more effectively, splattering blood, bones, and innards in your wake." Crimsonworld has 25 unique locations, 12 types of weapons and lots of monsters. A demo is available at http://www.gamepro.com .
Feb 16
Noise Industries releases free barcode generation plug-in
Noise Industries says their development partner, Yanobox, has released Barcode, a free barcode plug-in powered by the FxFactory platform. The new Barcode generator boasts adjustable parameters that allow users to replicate the EAN-13 encoding of the universal barcode, as well as take the symbol to a whole new level with custom color modes, random digitization options, and more. Barcode supports the latest versions of Apple Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express, Motion and After Effects. Barcode is offered as a free plug-in via the Noise Industries and Yanobox web sites. To download the Barcode freebie, go to http://www.yanobox.com/Barcode .   FxFactory Pro is available for US$399. Additional plug-ins are available for free or commercially starting at a price point of $29. FxFactory products can be purchased via the Noise Industries website (http://www.noiseindustries.com) or through select resellers.
Feb 16
CopyPaste Pro 3.0 adds search-through clips feature, more
Plum Amazing has updated CopyPaste Pro (http://plumamazing.com/mac/copypaste/), a multiple clipboard utility for Mac OS X, to version 3.0.  Macs come with only one clipboard; every time you make a new copy all previous clip info is lost. CopyPaste Pro changes that because it works in the background and remembers all copies and cuts creating a "Clip History." The "Clip Archive" is the place in CopyPaste Pro where permanent clips are kept.  CopyPaste Pro 3 adds a search-through clips feature for the History and Archives, so you can find anything in any clip. Also new is a Clip Revolver feature. Actually, this feature existed in a much older version of CopyPaste. Users requested it so Plum Amazing has brought it back. This is how it works: turn Clip Revolver on in the preferences and then command-option-v pastes and empties the last clipboard. This can be set in the preferences. A copy of the last used clip either copied or pasted can be at the top of the History stack, so you can...
Feb 16
AJA, Avid partner to deliver Full Video I/O in Avid Media...
AJA Video Systems (http://www.aja.com) has added support for Io Express in Avid Media Composer 5.5 and Avid NewsCutter 9.5. AJA Io Express delivers a portable video I/O solution offering HD/SD capture, monitoring and output in Avid Media Composer 5.5. AJA Io Express with Avid Media Composer 5.5 will be showcased at the AJA stand at the Broadcast Video Expo (D20) in London from Feb. 15-17. Paul Foeckler, vice president, Creative Professionals, Avid Technology, says key features of Avid Media Composer 5.5 workflow with AJA Io Express: HD/SD-SDI input/output; HDMI 1.3a input/output with Deep Color support at 30 bits per pixel; HD/SD Component video output; 10-bit HD to SD hardware downconvert; RS422 support, 2-channel RCA audio output; ExpressCard-34 and PCIe interfaces available for laptop or desktop use; small, portable design including standard 4-pin XLR power connector. Media Composer 5.5 supports a variety of industry standard SD and HD formats, frame rates and resolutions...
Feb 16
Jabra unveils new Bluetooth products
Jabra (http://www.jabra.com) will reveal its all-new Bluetooth range at this week's Mobile World Congress. For the first time, Jabra will publicly showcase the next generation Jabra Stone2 Bluetooth headset, plus the all-new Jabra Freeway. The Jabra Stone2 features a new voice concept that allows for hands-free communication, boasting a voice system that tells users who is calling and allows them to simply say "answer" to take the call or "ignore" to reject it. The Jabra Freeway is all new speakerphone sports three speakers combined with Virtual Surround Sound. Also on show at Mobile World Congress will be new Jabra VoIP-optimised headsets. Two new plug-and-play devices join the Jabra Extreme For PC, providing a range of multi-use headsets for mobile calls and VoIP calls through laptops, mobile devices, tablets and computers. The Jabra EasyGo for PC uses a pre-paired USB adaptor that will automatically connect designed for music lovers, coming fully equipped with a high-quality...
Feb 16
MacPractice apps certified as Complete EHRs
MacPractice (http://www.macpractice.com) -- an Apple developer of practice management and clinical software on Macs and iPhones for medical, dental, chiropractic and eye care offices, -- says MacPractice MD 4.1, MacPractice 20/20 4.1, MacPractice DC 4.1 and MacPractice DDS 4.1 are all 2011/2012 compliant and were certified as a Complete EHRs on Jan. 5 by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT), an ONC-ATCB, in accordance with the applicable Eligible Provider certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. The 2011/2012 criteria support the Stage 1 meaningful use measures required to qualify eligible providers and hospitals for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).   The ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification program tests and certifies that Complete EHRs meet all of the 2011/2012 criteria and EHR Modules meet one or more -- but not all -- of the criteria approved by the Secretary of Health and Human...
Feb 16
ArraySync updated to version 1.0.1
The National Software Laboratory has announced ArraySync 1.0.1, an update of the tool for synchronizing QuickTime playback on multiple displays attached to one computer, or across a local area network. It's a free maintenance update for registered users. ArraySync allows you to create video walls and multi-screen demonstrations without specialized hardware. It's scalable, and can run entirely on hardware you already own. You can synchronize two displays or a hundred. With ArraySync, you can use a Mac server to control PC clients, or a PC server to control Mac clients, or mix and match Macs and PCs in any combination you can wish. ArraySync's underlying protocol is platform independent. You can mirror one video across your network, or combine displays to build a video wall and span one video across it. The National Software Lab'scompanion utility, ArrayShaker, allow syou to break up your media into multiple segments and distribute them to ArraySync clients powering your displays. Mac...
Feb 15
Apple posts iWeb 3.0.3
Apple has released an update (version 3.0.3) to iWeb, the web site creation component of its iLife suite. This update contains bug fixes and improvements, including the following: ° Addresses an issue when using the iSight Movie widget on certain Macs; ° Addresses an issue publishing iWeb sites using FTP; ° Improves compatibility with Mac OS X. It's a 177.12MB download and requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher. You can obtain it via the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.
Feb 15
Apple eyeing 3G for future MacBook Airs?
Apple has began reaching out to select MacBook Air owners with a survey that could help define future versions of the teeny notebook, posing questions on 3G, data syncing, I/O usage, and the desire for models with more capable computing power, reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com). The survey touches on a number of issues, including the use of USB ports and external disc drives, web-based file storage and syncing, and use of certain function keys on the keyboard, the article adds. It also includes a number of queries related to wireless 3G data connectivity, "suggesting Apple could be exploring integrated cellular radios in future notebooks," says "AppleInsider."
Feb 15
iPhones with bigger screens? iPhones with slide-out keyboards?
Apple reportedly will change the screen size of the iPhone from 3.5 to four inches for its fifth generation iPhone to compete with the Google Android platform in the 4- to 7-inch smartphone market, reports "DigiTimes" (http://macte.ch/pxwkh), quoting unnamed "upstream component suppliers." The component suppliers noted that the production lines for Apple's next generation iPhone have begun testing, and Apple is interesting in expanding the screen size to four inches to support the tablet market as the vendor only has a 9.7-inch iPad in the market, the article adds. Smartphones that adopt the Google Android platform are mainly four inches and larger. Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S and Google's Nexus S adopt 4-inch panels, Sharp adopts 5.5-inch panels for its smartphone, and Acer plans to launch a 4.8-inch smartphone. In other iPhone rumors, "Engadget" (http://macte.ch/Sh6re) says Apple may be planning a future iPhone with a slide-out keyboard. A four-inch screen? Maybe. An iPhone with a...
Feb 15
Apple launches subscriptions on the App Store
Apple has announced a new subscription service available to all publishers of content-based apps on the Apple App Store, including magazines, newspapers, video, music, etc. This is the same innovative digital subscription billing service that Apple recently launched with News Corp.’s “The Daily” app. Subscriptions purchased from within the App Store will be sold using the same App Store billing system that has been used to buy apps and in-app purchases. Publishers set the price and length of subscription (weekly, monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly, bi-yearly or yearly). Then with one-click, customers pick the length of subscription and are automatically charged based on their chosen length of commitment (weekly, monthly, etc.). Customers can review and manage all of their subscriptions from their personal account page, including canceling the automatic renewal of a subscription. Apple processes all payments, keeping the same 30%share that it does today for other In-App Purchases. “Our...
Feb 15
DiskRadar 1.0 for Mac OS X offers hard disk fault prediction,...
Binary Fruit has introduced DiskRadar 1.0 (http://www.diskradar.com) for Mac OS X, an utility featuring hard disk fault prediction, infographic usage data, cleanup function, and HD temperature monitoring to prevent overheating. Designed for use by non-technical users, the application provides access to sufficient hard drive diagnostic data to satisfy any system administrator, according to the folks at Binary Fruit. Additional features include: 64 bit, multi-core optimization; 100% safe in-app file removal; and history-based disk health evaluation. DiskRadar 1.0 is compatible with all: standard internal hard drives (IDE/ATA/SATA and RAID); external hard drives (FireWire drives, USB drives, thumbdrives); CD/DVD drives and images; network share drives and FUSE drives; and Time Machine volumes. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. DiskRadar has three types of licenses. There's the lite version for US$14.95 (with limited time introductory pricing of $12.95). There's the pro version for $...
 

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