ÜberMask for Mac OS X hides files and folders
Nova media (http://www.novamedia.de) has released ÜberMask for Mac OS X, an US$19.9 utility that hides files and folders with a keystroke from curious eyes and inadvertent discovery. Files and folders managed by ÜberMask can't even be found by Spotlight.
"ÜberMask is not designed to encrypt files or turn a Mac into Fort Knox," says Jan Fuellemann, PR spokesperson at nova media. "Rather it will hide files and folders as quick as a flash so that colleagues, partners or kids can not stumple upon them. Any user of ÜberMask can give his Mac into other hands without a second thought."
ÜberMask uses custom selected key combinations to hide and manage files and folders. Using a BOSS key, all managed data will be hidden at the same time. The ÜberMask key is used to hide or reveal single files and folders and to launch the ÜberMask application.
As soon as the Mac is switched off, ÜberMask taked care to hide all managed files as well. This way all special files and folders are hidden from view...
CES: GE debuts new digital camera line-up
General Imaging (GIC), the exclusive worldwide licensee of GE Digital Cameras (http://www.ge.com/digitalcameras/US), will unveil the latest additions to its Power, Power Pro and Smart Series lines, and the brand's first handheld 1080p HD digital video camera at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
The US$129.99 GE DV1 (pictured) is the first GE-branded handheld, HD digital video camera. It's pocket-sized and waterproof and offers a built-in flip out USB plug for instantly connecting and uploading HD videos and photos to share. With full HD 1080p movie recording capabilities combined with a highly durable exterior, the DV1 is not only waterproof to 16 feet, but shockproof and dustproof , according to the folks at GE.
The X500 ($149.99), due next month, features an electronic view finder, 16-megapixels, optical image stabilization, 15X optical zoom, 27mm wide angle lens, shutter and aperture priority modes; high dynamic range and smile, blink and face detection.
Worldwide tablet sales to reach 81.3 million units in 2012
Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com) expects worldwide tablet sales to reach 81.3 million units in 2012, up from 15.7 million in 2010. The iPad, which essentially revitalized the category, will remain the market-share leader through the forecast period, with an expected 69% of the global market in 2012, down from 85% in 2010, according to the research group.
Consumers in the US will be big drivers of tablet sales, making up 62% of all tablets sold in 2010. Looking back on successful technology launches personal computers, video-game consoles, DVD and MP3 players, smartphones the recent wave of tablets led by the Apple iPad stands out for its instant popularity and steep adoption curve, says Research and Markets.
What's more, the Yankee Group (http://www.yankeegroup.com) has released its first-ever global tablet forecast, predicting total global revenue from tablet devices like Apple’s iPad and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab will increase from US$16 billion in 2010 to a...
Canon announces new Pixma office printers
Canon U.S.A. (http://www.usa.canon.com) has launched five new Pixma Office printers, four of which have the ability to print, copy, scan and fax while the remaining printer has 13 x 19-inch printing capabilities. They sport features such as Advanced Media Handling, an Auto Document Feeder (ADF) and Full HD Movie Print.
The Canon Pixma MX882 (US$199.99), MX420 ($99.99) and MX410 ($149.99) Wireless Office All-In-One (AIO) printers help make daily office tasks more convenient by printing from almost anywhere, according to Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A. In addition, each of these Wireless AIO models are 802.11n Wi-Fi certified. For the business owner who doesn't need the wireless option, the Canon Pixma MX360 Office AIO model is available for $79.99.
Canon recognizes the needs of small businesses to have a desktop printer that prints spreadsheets or ledger-sized documents in addition to high-quality photos as large as 13...
Comcast to bring in-home streaming to the iPad
Comcast (http://www.comcast.net) has announced plans to enable in-home streaming for live and On-Demand content this year on Apple’s iPad, as well as Android powered tablets. Later this year, customers will be able to watch live news, TV shows and movies in their homes whenever they want, the company says.
Comcast plans to roll out its new play now feature, which will enable customers using the popular Xfinity TV iPad app to watch nearly 3,000 hours of On Demand content, including movies and hit TV shows, either in the home or on-the-go, including anywhere there is a wireless connection.
The initial selection of programs and movies is just the beginning, says Brian Roberts, Chairman & CEO of Comcast. Comcast plans to bring thousands of additional choices to the iPad in the weeks and months ahead and to add the same functionality and content to Android powered devices later this year, he adds.
Comcast’s Xfinity TV app functions as a television guide, remote control and mobile...
Seagate introduces GoFlex for Mac external drives
Seagate (http://www.seagate.com) has introduced a new collection of GoFlex for Mac external drives designed to make it easy for those who use Mac OS X and Time Machine to backup, shuttle, or share their digital content.
These new portable and desktop solutions are HFS+ formatted out-of-the-box, making them fully compatible with Apple Time Machine backup software, while maintaining the ability to work across both Mac OS X and Windows computers. GoFlex for Mac drives can also be used with computers running Windows by simply downloading an HFS+ driver for Windows from Seagate.com, which will provide full read-write access to the drive from a Windows computer.
Each GoFlex for Mac product comes bundled with FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 adapters and cables -- the most popular interfaces for Apple computers -- but also delivers the flexibility to change the drive’s interface to USB 3.0 or powered eSATA for use with Windows computers.
Each 2.5-inch, ultra-portable drive in the family features a...
Retrevo's CES 2011 predictions
By Andrew Eisner
CES 2011 officially opens on Thursday, Jan. 6 and we're already getting a sense of what products and categories are going to stand out from the crowd. We still believe that 2011 will be the year of the tablet and expect to see lots of them in Las Vegas.
Android tablets will be everywhere
Google may have been caught off guard in 2010 as far as a tablet-friendly version of Android but with new versions including Gingerbread and Honeycomb about ready to ship we expect to see Android-based tablets make up for lost ground this year. We expect to see large crowds gathering around a Honeycomb-based tablet at the Motorola booth. Android tablets will most likely be featured in booths from vendors like LG, Toshiba, Samsung, Acer, Asus, MSI, Dell, Lenovo, and many others while we expect to see Windows Phone 7 (or some other Microsoft mobile OS) running on tablets in the Microsoft booth.
HP and Palm have managed to keep the wraps on their "PalmPad," tablet but we could see a...
Micron introduces solid state drives for NAND Flash-based...
Micron Technology (http://www.micron.com) has unveiled a new portfolio of the RealSSDTM solid-state drives (SSDs) for the flash-based notebook market. A new breed of notebooks are entering the market that have lightweight construction, snappier system responsiveness and a longer lasting battery -- all made possible because of the innovations in flash-based storage products, says Dean Klein, vice president of memory system development at Micron. "
The new portfolio is the first SSD product line to incorporate Micron's 25-nanometer (nm) NAND flash technology, creating a broad portfolio of capacities ranging from 64GB to 512GB. The drives will be available in 1.8-inch and 2.5-inch form factors.
As with its predecessor, the product line also supports the SATA 6Gb/s interface, which opens up the data path between the host processor and the SSD delivering improved overall system responsiveness including faster boot times and speedier application loads, Klein says.
The new drives reach...
Linkius update for Mac OS X offers performance boost
Conceited Software (http://conceitedsoftware.com) has announced Linkinus 2.2, an update of the chat app for Mac OS X. The upgrade boasts improved overall performance and CPU usage, a multi-line input field: a more responsive channel listing, better support for /who and /names, revamped IRC identities and updated styles.
Linkinus provides a social IRC experience, featuring embedded media, short URL expansion, message starring, combined chats, emoticons, and more. You can assign colors to chat participants, group consecutive messages into a unique block, customizing emoticons, smart scrolling, put the spotlight on specific channel users, jump to highlights and being alerted of relevant content automatically.
Linkinus 2.2 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or greater and costs approximately US$27. A 15-day free trial is available. Student, multi-user, and 1.x upgrade discounts are also available.
TimeTable 2.0 for Mac OS X supports multiple calendars, more
Developer Steven Riggs has updated TimeTable for Mac OS X (http://www.stevenriggs.com) to version 2.0.
This release adds: multiple calendars; the ability to set rates per calendar; the ability to save column layouts; the ability to save text export settings; live preview for the text export; live preview for the notes export, better date selection controls; the ability to view time in hours, minutes or duration; improved to-do export options; and enhanced user interface; and other internal enhancements.
TimeTable allows you to export iCal calendar data and analyze and total the number of hours recorded on your calendar. It's designed to make it simple to track and bill for your time without keeping a second record outside of your calendar. TimeTable reads and filters iCal calendar data and calculates the hours spent in the events.
TimeTable 2.9 requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.
TimeTable costs US$19.99 for a...
CoverSutra 2.5 coming to the Mac App Store
Sophiestication Software's CoverSutra (http://www.sophiestication.com/coversutra/), an iTunes extender for Mac OS X has been updated to version 2.5. The upgrade will be available for US$4.99 on the Mac App Store when it launches on Thursday, Jan. 6.
CoverSutra 2.5 adds bigger Desktop Album Cases (up to 256 pixels), a new keyboard bezel display style, an option to let CoverSutra automatically start and quit with iTunes, along with localizations in German, Italian, Russian, Spain, French, Dutch, Japanese, and Chinese. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later.
CoverSutra lets you control iTunes without having to leave the currently active application. The software does this through the use of global keyboard shortcuts, information bezels and a transparent floating window. In addition, CoverSutra has integrated support for Last.fm, a social music recommendation service.
A downloadable demo of CoverSutra 2.2 is available now for Mac OS X 10.4 or later. It can be purchased for US$19.95. Version...
Withings launches iPhone connected blood pressure monitor
Withings has launched the Withings Blood Pressure monitor. All data is recorded and saved to the user’s secure online space for measurement access and retrieval through their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or other screen connected to the device's interface.
Through the Withings application programming interface, specialist partners can interface with the platform to offer additional services, as Withings has already proven with its WiFi Body Scale and partners such as Google Health, Microsoft HealthVault and numerous health & sports coaching websites such as DailyBurn.com, RunKeeper.com, FitOrbit.com, gymtechnik.com, aujourdhui.com, Strands.com, Danholt4mac.com, Jogmap.de and more, says Withings co-founder Cédric Hutchings.
The Withings Blood Pressure monitor costs US$129. It will be available later this month at http://www.withings.com .
MiLi debuts MiFlip smartphone charger
MiLi Power (http://www.MiLiPower.com) has unveiled the MiFlip, an US$49.99, foldable smartphone charger. It's compatible with the iPhone, iPod touch and Blackberry.
The MiFlip has multiple functions filling the need for a charger, battery back-up, and mobile device stand. Its flip design keeps it slim and sleek, not adding unneeded bulk or weight, says MiLi Power Executive Vice President Robert Grossman. The design also provides a built-in kickstand for widescreen movie viewing.
The MiFlip provides up to eight hours of talk, 15 hours of video or 80 hours of music. It uses a mini-USB connector and lets you sync all your data between your computer's iTunes library and smartphone.
Workamajig software gets drag and drop project set-up
Workamajig (http://www.Workamajig.com), software for ad agencies and others in the creative and design industries, has been updated to version 10.5.3.8, adding the ability to set up new projects via drag and drop.
Workamajig's new features for setting up new projects allows users to drag templates into campaigns automatically creating new projects, says Ron Ause, Workamajig's director of marketing. The software's features continue to integrate tightly with Apple's Safari web browser, and Google's Chrome browser, both for the Mac and Windows platforms, he adds.
As alway, no installation or conversion are necessary, and all updates are at no cost to the over 21,000 users of Workamajig. All client log-ins and vendor logins are always free.
OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro mini debuts
Other World Computing (OWC) says its OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro mini 1.5TB model is the highest capacity 2.5" “Quad Interface” bus powered portable storage solution on the market and available for immediate ordering with 12 models priced from US$99.97.
It features a “quad interface” of FireWire 800/400, USB 2.0, and eSATA interface connectivity for data transfer speeds up to 300MB/second. The Mercury Elite-AL Pro mini has no fan and is available in brushed aluminum. No AC adapter is required.
All OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro mini models, including the new 1.5TB model, are available for immediate ordering at http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/firewire/EliteALmini/eSATA_FW800_FW400_USB . They're compatible with Mac OS 8.6 and later, including all versions of Mac OS X, and Windows 98SE or later.
CryptoEdit 1.6.1 for Mac OS X improves internal engine
Tension Software has updated CryptoEdit (http://www.pomola.com/products_cryptoedit/cryptoedit.html), a Mac OS X program to create and edit protected encrypted documents, to version 1.6.1. The update offers improvement in the internal engine. Also, opening an encrypted document the password dialog is now centered and not resizable.
CryptoEdit can import from other documents in standard TEXT or RTF or RTFD (RTF + images) . Documents can also be exported as TEXT, RTF or standard RTFD (included images)
CryptoEdit document are saved always encrypted for security purpose. Saving a document containing images will create on disk a single file with all the text and images encrypted in a single file. Any data the user puts in the document is encrypted and not redeable without the right password.
CrytopEdit costs US$30, though version 1.6/1 is a free update for registered users.
Scorpion Barcode optimized for Snow Leopard
Scorpion Research (http://www.ScorpionResearch.com) has updated Scorpion BarCode, its barcode creation software for Mac OS X (10.4 or higher), to version 2.10. The upgrade is optimized for Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard").
There's also a new Terminal Command Line scripting added for custom solutions, a new Trim barcode height feature and a new display text over-ride feature. Magnification control has been improved in version 2.10. Also, there AppleScript improvements and the fixing of anomalies.
Scorpion BarCode lets you create barcode images for use in other applications. A single user license is US$160; multiple user and educational discounts are available. A 30-day demo can be downloaded at the Scorpion Research web site.
BatchOutput update for Mac OS X adds error logging
Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has released BatchOutput 3.10, an update to its professional solution to automate printing and exporting from Adobe InDesign. The update dds an option to log InDesign preflight errors to a text file during processing.
BatchOutput is designed to automate and simplify InDesign production workflows of service providers, printers, ad agencies and publishers. With BatchOutput, users only need to select the files to output and adjust the settings, and the rest will be done automatically.
BatchOutput 3.10 can be purchased for US$129.95. A demo is available for download. Upgrades to BatchOutput 3.101 free for licensed users of version 3.x, and $47.98 for the users of earlier versions. Every order includes a free license of File Courier (a $19.95 value). BatchOutput is available for Mac OS X 10.4.2 and higher, a Universal Binary, and works with Adobe InDesign CS-CS5.
Apple updates iMovie, GarageBand
Apple has released updates for iMovie and GarageBand. You can obtain both via the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.
iMovie 9.0.1 -- a 27.52MB download -- improves stability and fixes other minor issues, including:
° Fixes an issue where stabilization would not be applied correctly to some video clips from iPhone and iPod touch;
° Fixes an issue that prevented use of some valid Facebook passwords that contained non-alphanumeric characters;
° Improves compatibility with some cameras that create content in multiple formats;
° Improves performance when scrolling the Project Library.
GarageBand 6.0.1 -- a 47.5MB download -- improves overall stability, and addresses compatibility and a number of other minor issues, including:
° Fixes an issue related to undoing Flex Time edits;
° Removes occasional latency that can occur on guitar tracks;
° Restores the ability to use the Quantize Note Timing menu for tracks with Groove Matching.
Research group: iPad to have 'lion's share' of...
The Forrester research group (http://macte.ch/xBjSd) has Forrester published its revised US consumer tablet forecast, which forecasts US tablet computer sales to more than double this year. And the big winner is expected to be -- you guessed it! -- Apple and the iPad.
Forrester has revised its US consumer tablet forecast for 2010 upward to 10.3 million units, and expects sales to more than double in 2011 to 24.1 million units. Of those sales, the lion's share will be iPads, and "despite many would-be competitors that will be released at CES, we see Apple commanding the vast majority of the tablet market through 2012," says the research group.
"One major assumption that changed in our model is the replacement rate, which we think will be closer to that of MP3 players or iPhones than to that of PCs," says Forrester. "Although they are certainly used for productivity, tablets are proving themselves to be "lifestyle devices" at home and at work, and as such we think consumers will...
Analyst: iPad, Mac sales exceeding expectations
Analyst Chris Whitmore with Deutsche Bank says in a note to investors -- as reported by "AppleInsider' (http://www.appleinsider.com) -- says that checks over the holidays indicated that Apple saw better-than-expected demand for both the iPad and the Mac. In addition, consumer demand for the iPhone showed no signs of slowing down, even as rumors of a Verizon iPhone loomed over the holiday buying season, he adds.
During the holiday period, Deutsche Bank checked in at more than 50 Apple retail and partner stores, and found lines and crowds driving "robust" demand for the iPhone, Whitmore says. The analyst said iPad is tracking ahead of his model, so he's increased sales estimates from six million to 6.5 million for the fourth quarter of calendar 2010. He also sees Apple selling 28 million iPads in 2011, up from his previous estimate of 22 million.
Whitman says the MacBook Air seems to be a big hit. he's upped his estimate for Mac sales in the December quarter from 4 million to 4.2...
Lexar announces Echo MX, ZX back-up drives
Lexar Media (http://www.lexar.com) has announced the Echo MX and ZX backup drives, designed to automatically protect essential files for on-the-go netbook and notebook users.
Jyh Chau, senior product marketing manager, Lexar Media, says the drives offer high-performance read/write speeds and no-touch backup software. Additionally, the Echo ZX offers a low-profile design and sports an always-on capacity meter.
The Echo MX back-up drive provides 128-bit AES encryption with built-in Lexar Echo backup software. It's available in capacities of 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB, provides multiple levels of storage, and offers speeds up to 28MB/second read and 10MB/s write on lower capacities and speeds up to 30MB/s read and 17MB/s write for the 128GB capacity.
The Echo ZX provides all the benefits of a larger backup device in a tiny, plug-and-stay USB form factor, says Chau. This always-ready, low-profile drive can plug into a notebook or netbook and remain there for ongoing, automatic...
Joby unveils new iPad products
Joby (http://www.JOBY.com) has launched two new iPad products For the road warrior, the GorillaMobile Ori is designed to amplifiy the productivity of the iPad with ergonomic design and sleek protection on-the-go. The GorillaMobile Yogi is designed for the user who sees the iPad as an extension of themselves and wants to cuddle up with the iPad on the couch or in bed.
The $79.95 GorillaMobile Ori transforms from a sleek protective case to a versatile, ergonomic positioning stand. Drawing its inspiration from the folding art of origami, it's engineered from a superlight German-made aluminum/polypropylene composite used in high-performance cars, says Joby CEO Forrest Baringer-Jones. The four main viewing modes are optimized for the task at hand, so you can position the stand to watch a movie on the plane, flip through a business presentation or type an email at a café -- with the ability to adjust the display height and viewing angle to be comfortable for you. The Ori delivers rigid...
CarTrip, CleanDrive App connect with car's on-board...
Griffin Technology (http://www.griffintechnology.com) has announced CarTrip, an integration of hardware and software that provides realtime driver feedback on everything from fuel efficiency to maintenance codes and environmental impact.
CarTrip's Bluetooth monitor plugs into the car's OBD-II port to record and analyze data from the car's on-board computer. On-board memory stores data, and CarTrip's expansion SD card slot allows for additional data storage. A built-in sleep feature minimizes power consumption when not in use. CarTrip displays the data on a compatible iOS or Android device, using a friendly (and free) app called CleanDrive. It's available at the Apple App Store.
CleanDrive monitors the car's performance, collecting realtime data like fuel consumption, acceleration, top speed and engine diagnostic codes. It crunches the numbers and displays a "Carbon Score" on the iOS or Android device's screen. Instantaneous, trip, and long-term averages are recorded to give a clear...
ATTO introduces FastStream SAS/SATA RAID storage controllers
ATTO Technology has introduced their latest shared RAID Storage Controllers. ATTO's FastStream RAID Storage Controllers are independent external RAID storage controllers that provide 8Gb Fibre Channel or 6Gb SAS host connectivity to multiple tiers of SAS/SATA disk storage enclosures.
All models, including the 5550, 8250 and the 8550 are available with updated features and benefits. FastStream storage controllers connect workstations or a SAN to low-cost JBOD disk storage, providing managed latency for high-performance workflows. The FastStream is designed for applications in digital audio/video and IT infrastructures, including digital film production, high-definition video post production, imaging, digital prepress, disk-to-disk backup, audio production and transaction-based environments.
The FastStream SC 8550 touts with transfer speeds of up to 1500MB/second while providing parity RAID protection to multiple tiers of disk enclosures. It's engineered to run six streams of 10-bit...
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 for the Mac coming Jan. 6
Feral Interactive (http://www.feralinteractive.com) says the Mac version of LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 will be released on Thursday, Jan. 6 for US$39.95. It's available for pre-order.
Here's how the game is described: "Combining the quirky and fun gameplay of LEGO with the magic of Harry Potter, LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 lets users experience all the thrills and excitement of the first four Harry Potter books and films in a brand new way. The adventure builds from Privet Drive to the Triwizard Tournament in an interactive journey that takes players through some of the most detailed and expansive environments ever created for a LEGO game.
"Playing as Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, as well as more than 170 other favorite characters, fans will have the opportunity to attend lessons, cast spells, mix potions, fly on broomsticks and complete tasks to earn rewards. In LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4, players will have the freedom to play alone or in two-player co-op as...
Candy Convertible Air released for new MacBook Airs
New protection for the MacBook Air has arrived. Hard Candy Cases (http://www.HardCandyCases.com) says their newest case doesn't add bulk or weight to the 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air.
The Candy Convertible Air is available in an "animal-friendly faux-nubuck sleeve." The form-fitting folio design allows full use of the MacBook Air without removal, and is available in black and red for US$44.95. Shipping this month, product is available for pre-order at the Hard Candy Cases site.
Logitech HD Pro Cam now Mac compatible
So you can make HD video calls and Full HD video recordings on a Mac, Logitech (http://www.logitech.com) has announced that its flagship Logitech HD Pro Webcam C910 (US$99.99) is now Mac-compatible.
The newest Logitech HD webcam is not only plug-and-play ready with iChat, Photo Booth® and FaceTime, but with the latest Logitech software for Macs, Mac fans can now experience Full HD 1080p video recording and one-click uploading to Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, as well as integration with the editing and management functions of iPhoto and iMovie, according to Eric Kintz, vice president and general manager of Logitech’s video business. And for video calls in HD 720p, Mac enthusiasts can now enjoy the "fast, free and easy-to-use" Logitech Vid HD for Mac, he adds.
The newest Logitech webcam is compatible with much more than just Macs. In addition to Apple applications such as FaceTime, iChat and Photo Booth, the Logitech HD Pro Webcam C910 will work with virtually every major video-...
Kodak announces new cameras, printers
Kodak (http://www.kodak.com) has announced new video cameras, expanded its EasyShare line and debuted a new all-in-one.
The company has introduced two new additions to its Mac compatible pocket video camera portfolio – the Kodak Playfull Video Camera and the next generation of the Kodak PlaySport Video Camera that's shockproof, dustproof and waterproof up to 10 feet. Both video cameras feature Kodak's Share Button that let you share your videos and pictures with friends and family in three steps. The company has also added Twitter as a sharing destination as well as two more international sites.
The PlayFull can tackle 1080p HD video and 5-megapixel HD stills. It has built-in software and USB arm for automatic sharing, in-camera charging and transfer to a computer, built-in digital image stabilization, smart face tracking technology and and expandable SD/SDHC card slot (up to 32 GB). The video camera will be available in silver, blue-silver, purple-silver and blue-black for US$149.95...
Iomega rolls out new products at CES
Iomega (http://www.iomega.com) is making several announcements at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, including a home media cloud edition, an iPhone backup and charger, (shown) and Iomega TV with Boxee.
Iomega has announced its Personal Cloud technology, which offers data protection and remote access solution for small businesses and consumers. It's a web-based computing architecture that connects your Iomega network storage device to other individuals and/or devices via the Internet.
Iomega's Personal Cloud technology is completely self-owned; the content and accessibility is always under your control. And there are no usage fees or subscription charges.
The Iomega Personal Cloud will be available worldwide beginning this month with the launch of the new single-drive Iomega Home Media Network Hard Drive Cloud Edition. It's also a built-in feature in the new Iomega TV with Boxee, launching in February.
Users of Iomega's new NAS devices can create their own Personal...
MiLi HD docking station compatible with iOS devices
MiLi Power (http://www.MiLiPower.com) has released the MiLi HD docking station. Equipped with HDMI output and Hi-Fi speaker, MiLi HD allows you to transfer media to your flat screen or home theater system directly from your iOS device. It's compatible with the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
It allows Apple users to watch their downloaded films, TV shows, and mobile services like NetFlix, in 1080i HD directly on their home television, according to MiLi Power’s Executive Vice President Robert Grossman. You can listen to your entire music or iTunes library playing through your high-quality home audio setup or through MiLi HD’s built-in HiFi speaker, he adds.
The MiLi HD docking station sports a mini-USB connection and a fully functional docking station with charging capabilities. It's priced at US$99.99.
Din's Curse: Demon War available for pre-order
Soldak Entertainment is now taking pre-orders of the Din's Curse: Demon War expansion (http://macte.ch/CdqR9) for both Mac and Windows platforms. It's available for US$8.99 for a limited time.
Din's Curse: Demon War is the first expansion for the unique action RPG Din's Curse. Din's Curse is a single player and co-op multiplayer action RPG for Windows and Mac PCs with 141 class combinations (196 with the expansion), an "infinite" number of dynamically generated towns, real consequences, and a dynamic, evolving world.
Din's Curse: Demon War is scheduled to be released in the fourth quarter of 2010, however it will be released when it's done, according to the folks at Soldak Entertainment.
QuickerTek announces Apple Juicz Solar Charger 2
QuickerTek (http://www.quickertek.com/) has expanded its solar chargers to include the 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Airs.
The Apple Juicz now powers all MacBook and MacBook Pro models as well as all MacBook Air. The charger comes with all needed cables; it folds into a transportable size, yet unfolds to gather maximum sunlight to power the MacBook.
A 27-watt Apple Juicz Solar Charger (US$700) is sufficient for many users to charge the MacBook and MacBook Air. However, for those customers that need faster charging with more power, the 55 watt version is also available for $1,200. The 55 watt version uses more solar panels (larger when unfolded) to gather more solar rays providing faster charging.
Lexar introduces 128GB memory card
Lexar (http://www.lexar.com) has announced new Lexar Professional Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC) memory cards. The new 33x SDXC cards enable the capture, storage, and transfer of extended lengths of 1080p high-definition (HD) video and continuous, rapid-fire image capture in a single, high-performance solution, according to Pachi Chen-Wong, senior product marketing manager, Lexar Media.
The Lexar Professional 133x SDXC card is the first available in a 128GB capacity, and is also offered in a 64GB capacity. Both cards are speed rated at 133x, providing a minimum guaranteed transfer speed of 20MB per second, and feature a Class 10 speed designation. The memory cards are compatible with all SDXC-enabled devices.
The Lexar Professional SDXC cards include a limited lifetime warranty and free, dedicated professional technical support. The new 64GB and 128GB Lexar Professional SDXC memory cards will be available in the first quarter of 2011 at leading retailers and on the Lexar...
Sony adding new features to some films sold in the iTunes Store
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is quietly testing new features in iTunes-available versions of its films "with an eye on a future in which digital distribution offers a more compelling product than physical discs," reports "paidContent.org" (http://macte.ch/0xpAC).
Buy the Will Ferrell comedy "The Other Guys" and you’ll notice three extras that can’t be found on DVD or any other digital platform, the article says. A search button allows you to input a word, and any mention of it in the script will be retrieved along with a link to the exact moment in the movie in which the line was uttered. A “clip & share” function lets the viewer take select scenes and post them to social networks.
There’s also a playlist with songs from the film, which are linked to to places on iTunes where those songs can be purchased. The same features are also found on Sony’s "Salt" and "Resident Evil: Afterlife."
That "these features are available only to those who buy Guys, not rent, should come as no...
Handbrake update is for Intel-only Macs
Handbrake (http://handbrake.fr/downloads.php), a DVD "ripping" app for Mac OS X, has been updated to version 0.9.5. It's free, requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher and, as of this version, is compatible only with Intel-based Macs.
Handbrake 0.9.5 also has a new Audio Panel supporting >4 audio tracks, VLC detection in /Applications and ~/Applications and multiple instance support.
Handbrake can encode directly from DVDs (even encrypted ones) or from VIDEO_TS folders. It supports: AC3, LPCM and MPEG audio tracks; two-pass encoding; encoding of two audio tracks; and picture deinterlacing, cropping and scaling. It outputs MP4, AVI, OGM, AAC, MP3 and Vorbis audio files. It also includes a bitrate calculator.
However, Handbrake doesn't handle DTS audio tracks or single VOB files. If you have a DVD-ROM with random video files saved on it (AVI, MPG, WMV, MOV, etc), Handbrake won't be able to convert these files.
CyWee introduces wireless streaming accessory for Apple products
CyWee Group (http://www.cywee.com) -- a provider of wireless solutions for mobile devices, personal computers, and home entertainment -- has launched the company’s Air Shuttle mobile accessory.
The Air Shuttle is the first and only MFi-certified accessory that enables real-time audio and video transmission from an iPod, iPhone, or iPad without using a cable, and provides users with a convenient and portable solution for how their mobile content may be shared on-the-go and at home to a TV, according to CyWee CEO Joe Ye.
The Air Shuttle product consists of a transmitter and a receiver unit that attaches to a TV’s composite audio and video ports. The streaming resolution projects at standard DVD-quality (480p) and transmits audio and video data at 5.8GHz. A plug-and-play solution, the next generation device doesn't require any additional software.
Native apps such as YouTube, iPod, Photos, or any app that has incorporated the Apple TV-out API may be transmitted to a bigger screen using...
NetMarketShare: Safari, iOS gain market share, Mac OS X is flat
Safari and iOS market share for Internet usage rose from November to December, while the Mac OS X percentage dipped slightly, according to the latest market share survey from NetMarketShare (http://www.netmarketshare.com).
According to the report, among operating systems, Mac OS X had 5.02% of the global market share in December compared to 5.03% in November (that's global market share; in the US it's almost 10%). Windows remains dominant with 90.29% as of December. That's down from 91.81% in November. Apple's highest percentage previously was 5.27% in October 2009.
When it comes to browsers, Safari had 5.98% in December compared to 5.55% in November, while Internet Explorer had 57.08% Firefox had 22.81% and Chrome had 9.98%. That compares to, respectively, November percentages of 58.44%, 22.76% and 9.26%, for the browsers.
The iOS's market share also rose, according to NetMarketShare. It had 1.69% of the global market share in December compared to 1.36% in November. That's an all...
Analyst: Verizon iPhone will earn Apple 'respect' on...
Oppenheimer analyst Yair Reiner said in a note to investors -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) -- that the anticipated arrival of the iPhone on Verizon in the U.S. will not only increase sales of Apple's smartphone, but will also earn the company more respect on Wall Street.
He thinks the market dislikes Apple because Google's Android mobile operating system is gaining momentum and investors are probably worried about the sustainability of the price premium of Apple's iPhone as handsets running Android become more prevalent. "If so, the more lasting consequence of an Apple-Verizon deal won't be the number of incremental iPhones sold, but the scale of competition between iPhone and Android could tip sharply in Apple's favor," Reiner told clients. "If so, Apple's earnings won't just rise from the additional Verizon units -- they'll finally get some respect."
Next Final Cut Studio to come in two versions?
Apple should probably roll out the next version of Final Cut Studio in March or early April. And it will come in two versions, according to "HardMac" (http://www.hardmac.com).
The upgrade may not feature all the new features some users are clamoring for. However, two versions are already running at beta level, one for Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard") and one for Mac OS X Lion, says "HardMac." Some new features will only be available on Lion’s version, due to the changes made on QuickTime layer, the article adds.
Apple looking to hire CPU engineer, microarchitect
Two new job postings at Apple show the company is beefing up its CPU creation/enhancement abilities. The jobs are probably for taking the A4 chip in the iPhone 4 and iPad to the next level, but you have to think that Apple may at least be considering developing its own Mac processors down the line.
One job posting (http://macte.ch/zf8LR) is for a CPU implementation engineer. Here's what Apple says about the position: "Looking for an experienced and well rounded CPU design professional to work on the definition, design, and implementation of a CPU core. The candidate will be responsible for taking a design from specification or RTL through physical design using both custom and semi-custom implementation techniques. Will be expected to work closely with architects in product definition and feasibility analysis. May also be involved in definition and/or implementation of design methodology. The he ideal candidate will have experience across a broad range of disciplines, including micro-...
Intel officially unveils Sandy Bridge processors
Intel has officially unveiled its "Sandy Bridge" processors. chips will in actuality carry the same Core i3/i5/i7 naming as the 2010 generation of Intel processors.
According to Intel, highlights of the Sandy Bridge processors, built around a new 32nm microarchitecture, include more energy efficient performance and improved 3D and graphics performance. The latest version of Intel's Turbo Boost technology, called Turbo Boost 2.0, lets each core boost performance past its base clock speed as needed for dynamic workloads, while balancing the thermal headroom to avoid overheating. Intel claims that with this new generation of CPUs, "content creation is up to 42% faster and gaming up to 50% faster," than previous generations.
You'll definitely see Sandy Bridge processors in Macs this year. Intel sahs its next-generation laptop chips based on the Sandy Bridge architecture will be able to play Blu-ray 3D movies while preserving battery life. Could this mean Blu-ray playback might finally...
Analyst raises Apple target share to $400
In a note to clients -- as reported by "Barron's" (http://macte.ch/io80W) -- international Strategy and Investment Group analyst Abhey Lamba raised his price target on shares of Apple to US$400 from $370, while reiterating a Buy rating.
He says results of a recent survey the firm conducted lead him to believe Apple will hold onto 60% of the tablet market in 2011, despite incursions by Google’s Android, Microsoft’s Windows, and the Palm WebOS platform. Lamba is modeling 27 million iPads to be sold by Apple in the fiscal year ending in September, which is higher by 1.5 million units than Lamba’s previous estimate. His figure for the quarter just ended is 6.7 million units. Lamba is projecting 50 million units for the entire tablet industry this calendar year.
The analyst also raised his estimate for the current quarter’s Mac shipments to 4.5 million. That's higher by half a million units, as Apple has been aggressive in its pricing with the line, and Lamba detects strong demand.
Apple's market cap tops $300 billion
In a "broad 2011 rally that pushed the Dow up nearly a point in mid-morning trading Monday, Apple popped more than $7 (2.25%) to hit new record intraday highs -- and to cross a major psychological barrier," reports "Fortune" (http://macte.ch/Jelq1).
The company's market capitalization -- its stock price times the number of shares outstanding -- is now more than $300 billion. Apple has been the most valuable tech stock and the world's second most valuable company -- after ExxonMobil -- since it passed Microsoft last May.
Analyst Gene Munster offers his 2011 predictions for Apple
In a note to clients -- as reported by "Yahoo! Finance" (http://macte.ch/ctWwT), following are the major announcements for Apple in 2011 with their probabilities and time tables:
° Verizon launch of the iPhone: Probability 95% (Munster expects this in the March quarter)
° Mac App Store: Probability 100% (well, we know he's got this one right as Apple has announced a Jan. 6 launch)
° iTunes cloud services: Probability 90%
° iPad geographic expansion: Probability 100%
° iPad subsidies from carriers: Probability 80%
° Mac OS X Lion: Probability 100% (summer 2011)
Munster also expects a fifth generation iPhone to ship this summer with NFC capability. NFC is a short-range wireless connection technology that would turn the iPhone into an electronic wallet or security passkey, the article says. NFC is already in use in Asia and is expected to explode here in the next three to five years, especially if Apple adopts the technology.
The analyst thinks Apple will release the generation iPad in...
Nielsen: iPhone leads smartphone race
The race for the lead in U.S. smartphone operating system (OS) consumer market share is tighter than it has ever been. According to November data from The Nielsen Company (http://www.nielsen.com), the popularity of the Android OS among those who purchased a smartphone in the last six months (40%) makes it the leading OS among recent acquirers.
But despite its surge among recent acquirers, when it comes to overall consumer market share, Android OS (25.8%) is still behind Apple iOS (28.6%). RIM Blackberry’s position is less clear: Its share (26.1%) puts it within the margin of error of both Apple iOS and Android. In other words, RIM remains statistically tied with both Apple for first and Android for third, says The Nielsen Company. Apple’s clear lead over Android notwithstanding, this race might still be too close to call.
Nielsen Company says this much is clear, however: all three smartphone OS leaders -- Apple iOS, RIM Blackberry and Android -- are benefitting from strong demand for...
iHome introduces new iPad audio solutions
iHome (http://www.ihomeaudio.com/) has introduced a new line of iPad audio solutions. They're due later this year; pricing hasn't been announced. The solutions include the:
° iDM12 Rechargeable Portable Bluetooth Speaker System for iPad/iPhone/iPod: a micro sound bar for the media watcher on the go, the iDM12’s protective magnetic casing detaches to serve as a stand for either portrait or landscape orientation. Need to leave the room but don’t want the music to stop? Bring it with you and stream the tunes via the Bluetooth connection.
° iDM15 Rechargeable Portable Stereo Bluetooth Speakers with Speakerphone (pictured): a package that sports two small speakers wrapped up in a protective travel case that transforms into an iPad, iPhone, or netbook stand when speakers are in use. These mini-speakers are equipped with the latest in Bluetooth technology.
° iDM70 Protective "Sound Sleeve" Case and Stand for iPad with Built-in Rechargeable Stereo Speakers: a premium iPad case, protective...
Swann Security unleashes SportsCam Waterproof Mini Video Camera
Swann Security (http://www.swannsecurity.com) has debuted the SportsCam Waterproof Mini Video Camera. The US$99 mini camera/DVR combo is housed in a waterproof case and comes with a myriad of mounting options.
At the core of SportsCam is a color camera that can record 640 x 480 high resolution video or still images. The device stores recordings on a removable MicroSD card (up to 16GB), so users can swap out cards while on the go.
A 16GB MicroSD card will capture approximately five hours of video. SportsCam is powered by a Lithium-ion battery that recharges via USB and gives the user 2.5 hours of life per charge.
Not only is the SportsCam’s case shockproof, but it’s also waterproof up to 65 feet, according to the folks at Swann Security. With no dials, gauges knobs or any preferences to configure, users simply turn it on, strap it on and hit record, they add. Swann’s SportsCam will go on sale next month.
News Anchor coming to the Mac App Store
Basil Salad Software has announced the upcoming availability of News Anchor 2.0 (http://newsanchormac.com/wp/) for Mac OS X. It's a hands-free RSS/ATOM feed reader, allowing you to enjoy news feeds along with your breakfast.
News Anchor packages news feeds into a television-like news broadcast using text-to-speech technology. With its one-click hands-free operation, you can listen to your news feeds while having meals or doing other tasks.
News Anchor will be available to download from the Mac App Store when it launches on Jan. 6. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher. Pricing hasn't been announced.
FmPro Migrator update enhances Visual FoxPro to FileMaker...
.com Solutions has released FmPro Migrator Developer Edition 5.97 ( http://www.fmpromigrator.com/products/fmpro_migrator/index.html). The new version enhances automated Visual FoxPro Form & Report Conversions to FileMaker Pro.
The Visual FoxPro Conversion Service built into in FmPro Migrator Developer Edition enables FileMaker Pro developers to automate the conversion of Windows-only FoxPro solutions into cross-platform compatible FileMaker Pro database files. Converted solutions can be run on MacOS X, Windows and iPhone/iPad mobile devices using FileMaker Go.
This feature converts DBF file tables, data, relationships, forms, reports/labels, scripts, and static ComboBox/ListBox value lists into FileMaker Pro database files.
FmPro Migrator Developer Edition is priced at US$200 per developer and includes a copy of FmPro Migrator Developer Edition for both Mac OS X (Universal Binary) and Windows platforms.