Apple releases LED Cinema Display Software Update 1.0
Apple has posted LED Cinema Display Software Update 1.0 (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1107). It provides support for the 27-inch LED Cinema Display.
It's a 75.79MB download and requires Mac OS X 10.6.4 or higher. LED Cinema Display Software Update 1.0 can be obtained with the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.
NBC not likely to join rental program for new Apple TV
NBC Universal Chief Executive Jeff Zucker says the network isn't likely to follow rivals to make its TV shows available for new US$0.99 rental service unveiled earlier this month in conjunction with the new Apple TV, reports "Reuters" (http://www.reuters.com/article/idCNN2219136720100922).
"We do not think 99 cents is the right price point for our content. ... We thought it would devalue our content," Zucker said at a Goldman Sachs investor conference. And he noted that NBC shows are already available for $1.99 for download at iTunes.
The new $99 Apple TV was introduced on Sept. 1 and should ship within the next 2-4 weeks. With it you rent a TV episode for $0.99, and you have up to 30 days to start watching and then 48 hours to finish it -- or watch multiple times.
Android OS grows in business market, but iOS stays strong
ChangeWave's (http://www.changewave.com) latest corporate spending survey shows that the big winner in the business smart phone market this quarter is the Google Android Operating System, though Apple's iOS still remains strong.
When the research group asked respondents which mobile operating system their company currently provides, the Android OS (16%) was the clear momentum winner, registering a six point jump in market share since a previous survey in May.
All told, over the past nine months the Android OS has seen a five-fold increase in corporate market share. At the same time, Research In Motion’s OS still holds the dominant share of the corporate market, but it has dropped three points since May in terms of current share. The Apple iOS remains strong, ticking higher by one point.
Going forward, 35% of respondents report their company plans to buy smart phones next quarter one point less than previously.
FMC announces new iPhone, iPad development courses
Future Media Concepts (http://www.FMCtraining.com), an Apple Gold Level training Center, is expanding its Mac IT Academy offerings with two workshops for creating, publishing and selling iPhone and iPad applications.
The workshops are taught in small class size to maximize student/instructor interaction and provide the most conducive learning environment, according to the folks at Future Media Concepts. The teaching methodology consists of a combination of instructor demonstration and hands-on supervised practice sessions. Contact Future Media Concepts for times and pricing.
Only half a million iPad owners using AT&T's network?
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson says that about a half a million iPad owners use the company's network to connect the Apple tablet computer to the Internet, reports "Reuters" (http://www.reuters.com/article/idCAN2116253420100921). And one analyst says that's a lower number than expected.
AT&T, is the only U.S. operator providing cellular connectivity for iPad. Pacific Crest analyst Steve Clement told "Reuters" that the half a million figure could indicate that many iPad purchasers aren't bothering to connect the device to the Internet using the AT&T network.
Since operators such as AT&T are expecting strong growth from gadgets such as tablet computers, this trend could mean the device category will represent less business than expected, he said.
"Half a million at this point would seem low," Clement told "Reuters." Samsung Electronics is banking on several carriers, including AT&T, to help sell its new table device, the Galaxy Tab.
Accused Apple supply manager proposes $600,000 in bonds
The Apple supply manager charged with selling company secrets for more than a million dollars in kickbacks has proposed posting a bond of more than US$600,000 from foreign bank accounts to be released from jail, reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).
Paul Devine has offered $612,407 apparently held in foreign bank accounts for bail, the article adds. The Apple global supply manager, has been accused of trading confidential Apple information in return for more than $1 million in payments, bribes and kickbacks.
He purportedly had over $150,000 stored in shoe boxes in his house. Devine had a further $20,000 worth of foreign currency in his possession, according to Department of Justice Attorney Michelle Kane.
Ethernet Alliance Forum to explore next gen system design
Industry experts from companies such as Google, Cisco, VMware, NetApp and Intel will present on the impact Ethernet networks of the future will have on system and component design at a Technology Exploration Forum hosted by the Ethernet Alliance (http://www.ethernetalliance.com) on Oct. 5 in Santa Clara, California.
The continued evolution of Ethernet technology raises many questions about the future of network and system design. This one-day event, open to both Ethernet Alliance members and non-members, will provide the opportunity to explore these questions with members of the Ethernet community. Specific areas of discussion will include energy efficiency in Ethernet networks, higher Ethernet speeds, Internet data center, cloud computing and virtualization standards, and impacts on storage networking.
Forum attendees are invited to an informal networking reception following the event, where they will have the opportunity to meet the presenters, John D’Ambrosia, the program chair,...
LensPack is new collection of video editing tools
Noise Industries (http://www.noiseindustries.com) has announced that FxFactory development partner SUGARfx has released a new collection of video editing tools and plug-ins in the form of LensPack, "lens effects with a twist."
FxFactory powered plug-ins are designed by Noise Industries and their development partners to extend the visual effects capabilities of Adobe After Effects, Apple Final Cut Pro, Apple Motion and Apple Final Cut Express applications. SUGARfx’s latest boasts capabilities for users looking to distort, straighten, magnify, loupe, and purposely flaw pristine video footage.
Priced at US$99, it comes with five image enhancement and distortion tools. Optico improves and increases normal lens distortion when shooting in wide-angle mod. Horizon Line straightens footage with an auto-rotation tool.
Distorium distorts footage to make it appear as if it is “literally” coming out of the screen. Loupe automatically emulates the magnification effect in any part of your video...
Multi-Format sues Apple for patent infringement
Another day, another lawsuit. A New Jersey-based company named Multi-Format is suing Apple for patent violation. Apparently, the lawsuit concerns the sale and enabling of downloaded video content like movies and HDTV programming on iTunes to all of Apple's hardware including the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV, reports "Patently Apple" (http://www.patentlyapple.com/patently-apple/2010/09/apple-sued-for-the-s...).
Multi-Format is seeking a "reasonable royalty" from Apple and has further asked the court to consider tripling the damages accessed if the damages are not found by a jury, the article adds. Multi-Format Inc is a private company categorized under Motion Picture Producers and Studios and located in Little Ferry, NJ.
Digital Video Expo returns to Pasadena Convention Center next...
NewBay Media says the Digital Video Expo (http://www.dvexpo.com) is opening its doors next week at the Pasadena Convention Center, where the conference will run from Tuesday, Sept. 28, through Thursday, Sept. 30, with two days of exhibits on Sept. 29 and 30.
According to David Williams, conference chair, Digital Video Expo, and editor, "DV Magazine," highlights of this year’s Digital Video Expo include:
° Apple Certification Training from Weynand Training International;
° Multiple educational tracks focusing on web & mobile video, DSLR filmmaking, 3D production, and editing;
° Full-day workshops including Lighting, Canon 5D/7D Training, Digital Cinematography Training, and RED POST The Easy Way;
° Free Lighting Master Classes with cinematographers from the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC), led by veteran director of photography George Spiro Dibie;
° Keynotes by leading filmmakers, including Greg Le Duc, Bernie Laramie, Keefe Kaupanger-Swacker, Tom Funk, and Robert...
Aqua Connect announces over 60 features in Mac Terminal Server
Aqua Connect (http://www.aquaconnect.net) has announced support for over 60 features and options in their Mac terminal services solution. The Aqua Connect Terminal Server supports the latest Mac OS X features such as Core Animation and Core Image, along with greater compatibility with Apple’s Workgroup Manager.
Aqua Connect Terminal Server can now utilize more of the functionality of Apple’s Workgroup Manager, including the ability to create a Simple Finder in Mac OS X. A Simple Finder will allow administrators to deliver single or specific applications to users while also disabling the other functions of the desktop. Simple Finder is the easiest way for administrators to present application virtualization in OS X terminal services, says Renee Mehrian, executive vice president of Aqua Connect.
The Aqua Connect Administrator Tool was developed to complement Workgroup Manager’s features. The Administrator Tool is capable of customizing specific user environments to increase performance...
Ableton introduces Amp for Ableton Live 8 users
Amp (http://www.ableton.com/amp) is a new Ableton 8 audio effect designed to add warmth and drive. Co-developed with Softube, Amp delivers the sound and simplicity of legendary amplifiers and cabinets, according to the folks at Ableton.
Amp comes with Cabinet, a separate effect that provides a selection of classic guitar cabs, with optimized mics and mic positioning. Ableton has also included a range of sounds that transform Ableton’s instruments and effects with Amp’s new sonic character. These include Instrument and Effect Racks, Live Clips and over 400 presets.
Amp is included with Ableton Suite 8 and is available separately for US$129 from the Ableton web shop. Live 8 users can also take advantage of a free collection of new Instrument and Audio Effect Racks that use Amp's technology when they download the latest Live update, 8.2.
Analyst: Apple revving up for Verizon compatible, CDMA iPhones
Analyst Jeffrey Fidacaro with Susquehanna Financial Group said in a note to investors -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) -- that Apple is expected to build its first three million Verizon-compatible CDMA iPhones in December. If true, this underscores rumors that Apple is eyeing an early 2011 launch for a Verizon-compatible CDMA iPhone.
Quoting "contacts in the company's overseas supply chain," Fidacaro adds that the device is on track for an early 2011 launch. The analyst puts total GSM and CDMA iPhone production for the quarter at between 21 and 22 million.
If it actually happened, this would be the first time Apple has produced a version of the iPhone for a CDMA wireless network, which is different from AT&T's GSM technology. In cellular service there are two main competing network technologies: Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) and Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA). Both boast "3G" standards, or 3rd generation technologies.
As noted by...
Over one million iPhones sold in South Korea
Sales of the iPhone passed one million within about nine months of its debut in South Korea, reports "Yonhap News" (http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/techscience/2010/09/19/8/0601000000AEN20...). KT Corp., the local carrier for the iPhone, said that 1.02 million iPhones were activated as of Aug. 16.
Furthermore, KT says it expects iPhone sales to reach 1.2 million in early October. The company received 350,000 advanced orders for the iPhone 4, the latest model from Apple, which arrived in the country Sept. 10.
DEVONthink products ready for upcoming iPhone/iPad app
DEVONtechnologies (http://www.devon-technologies.com) has updated all editions of its information manager, DEVONthink, and its note-taking application, DEVONnote, to version 2.0.4.
The new releases of DEVONthink and DEVONnote have been prepared to work with the upcoming DEVONthink To Go for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, as well as with DEVONagent 2.5. DEVONthink To Go lets users take their data with them on their device and add new documents on the go.
In addition, DEVONthink Pro Office 2.0.4 comes with a new "Import, OCR, and delet"' folder action for easy integration of e.g. network scanners, improves the reliability of the built-in text recognition, and improves the integration with DEVONagent 2.5, which is about to be released later this year.
DEVONthink Pro and Pro Office 2.0.4 allow the user to add reminders for documents to Hog Bay Software's Task Paper and connect to Third Street Software's Sente 6.0 through an updated smart template. Many other templates, e.g. the...
AirWatch Mobile Device Management 5.12 available for iOS 4.x...
AirWatch (http://www.air‐watch.com), a provider of enterprise-grade Mobile Device Management (MDM) software, today has announced the commercial availability of AirWatch 5.12. This new version of the AirWatch solution includes mobile device management capabilities for iPhone and iPod touch devices using iOS 4.
It's available in three delivery options: Software as a Service (US$2 per device per month), a dedicated software appliance ($30 per device) and software deployed on premise behind a corporate firewall (with pricing starting at $4,995). Delivery options allow for flexibility to transition easily across the different models.
According to AirWatch CEO John Marshall, iOS 4’s expanded enterprise integration technologies, coupled with the AirWatch MDM solution, let organizations deploy and manage both corporate- and employee-liable iPhone and iPod touch iOS4 devices; protect sensitive corporate data; secure access to enterprise resources; monitor compliance with corporate policies;...
FileMaker Go for the iPhone, iPad lets you create PDFs, email...
FileMaker, Inc. (http://www.filemaker.com), a wholly owned subsidiary of Apple, has announced version 1.1 of FileMaker Go for iPhone and FileMaker Go for iPad, the apps that let users work with FileMaker Pro databases on iPhone or iPad.
These updates are available free from the Apple App Store, and include enhancements for creating PDFs, sharing databases via email, and inserting photos in databases. Users can now produce PDFs directly from FileMaker Go and either save them on their mobile devices or email them. This feature lets mobile users save and distribute reports, create invoices, and share project status directly from their iPad or iPhone.
Another enhancement is the ability to save a copy of a complete database and email it directly from FileMaker Go. With this feature, iPhone and iPad users can exchange databases from their devices without needing to dock with a desktop or laptop.
The update also delivers new ways to work more efficiently with photos and other media and...
Nokia releases Qt 4.7
Nokia today released Qt 4.7, the latest version of the cross-platform application and UI (user interface) framework. It's available for download now for all of Qt¹s supported platforms, with upgrades for Nokia and customer solutions expected over the coming months.
A key feature of Qt 4.7 is QML (Qt Meta-Object-Language), a declarative language that describes the interface of a program and how it behaves. The new version also includes performance improvements that make applications and user interfaces run faster and smoother.
An updated Qt SDK is now available for download. It contains Qt 4.7, Qt Creator 2.0.1 and everything developers need to create applications and to re-use the code across the Qt supported platforms. It can be downloaded at http://get.qt.nokia.com .
EastWest announces Hollywood Strings Gold Edition
EastWest has followed up their Hollywood Strings Diamond Edition virtual instrument with the US$795 Hollywood Strings Gold Edition (http://www.soundsonline.com/hollywood-strings). Designed for film, television, and video game scoring, it provides all of the sounds from the Diamond Edition in 16-bit resolution and includes a single, mid-tree mic position, all articulations with the exception of bow-change legato, and does not include Divisi mics.
The Gold Edition ships on multiple DVDs. It was designed to run on most music creation computer systems, and the system specifications are consistent with most other EastWest/Quantum Leap products.
PandaWare updates TimeCache, TimeCache Manager
The PandaWare Company (http://www.pandaware.com) has updated TimeCache -- its time and expense billing app for Mac OS X 10.3.9 and higher -- to version 8.0.10. The update offers improvements to reports, invoices and analysis charts, and several bug fixes.
In addition, it provides support for several new features in TimeCache Manager, a companion application for workgroups that allows managers to consolidate billing information.
TimeCache offers support for timed or manual entries, retainer billing, customizable invoices and reports, printing options, and flexible data entry options. It also offers tracking of all a user's computer activity, the ability to save fine-grained details with time and expense entries, can use Apple Address Book entries for client contact information, can produce charts of billable time and expenses, and can import from and export to iCal calendars.
What's more, PandaWare has updated TimeCache Manager, allows for streamlined management of a workgroup's...
Adobe reports record revenue
Adobe (http://www.adobe.com) has reported strong financial results for its third quarter fiscal year 2010 that ended Sept. 3.
In the third quarter of fiscal 2010, Adobe achieved record revenue of US$990.3 million, compared to $697.5 million reported for the third quarter of fiscal 2009 and $943.0 million reported in the second quarter of fiscal 2010. This represents 42% year-over-year revenue growth. Adobe’s third quarter revenue target range was $950 million to $1 billion.
Adobe’s GAAP [Generally Accepted Accounting Principles] diluted earnings per share for the third quarter of fiscal 2010 were $0.44, based on 523.2 million weighted average shares. This compares with GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.26 reported in the third quarter of fiscal 2009 based on 531.8 million weighted average shares, and GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.28 reported in the second quarter of fiscal 2010 based on 533.3 million weighted average shares.
GAAP operating income was $302.0 million in the...
Apple pulls in 39% of handset industry's profits
Michael Walkley of the Canaccord Genuity group says Apple 17 million mobile handsets in the first half of 2010, compared with 400 million handsets sold by Nokia, Samsung and LG.
Yet he told clients -- as reported by "Fortune" (http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/09/21/pie-chart-apples-outrageous-share...) -- Apple pulled in 39% of the industry's profit during that period, more than the 32% earned by the world's three largest handset makers combined.
"We are also impressed with Apple's ability to monetize its innovative products through selling high-margin consumer products that drive strong earnings results and growth trends for Apple shareholders," Walkley said. "A case in point is the mobile phone market, where most handset OEMs struggle to post a profit or even 10% operating margins (except RIM and recently HTC), while we estimate Apple boasts roughly 50% gross margin and 30%+ operating margin for its iPhone products."
LaCie announces new IPS display
LaCie (http://www.lacie.com) has announced the latest addition to its line of professional displays: the 24-inch LaCie 324i, featuring a 10-bit P-IPS LCD panel. It's designed for prepress, illustration, web design, and photographic workflows.
The LaCie 324i color is rated at 102% NTSC and 98% AdobeRGB. With wide gamuts that are not disturbed by irregular patterns, digital artists can rely on true colors that maintain the integrity of their work, says Ahcene Tirane, Lacie product manager for displays.
Its 178° viewing angle provides the same visual experience and quality from numerous axes, without distorting the picture or losing color, he adds. The monitor boasts an anti-glare panel and 1920 x 1200 resolution. If landscape isn't he desired display mode, you can pivot the LaCie 324i 90 degrees to portrait mode. The multifunction stand glides when raising, lowering, swiveling, tilting, or pivoting the display.
The LaCie 324i has four display and video inputs, making it compatible with...
Last.fm comes to AppleTV
Version 4.2 of aTV Flash (http://firecore.com/atvflash) -- an US$49.95 USB flash drive that inserts into the Apple TV and will upgrade it to do various kinds of new things -- has been released.
This version -- a free update to registered users of version 4.0 -- brings a certified Last.fm app to the Apple TV. It allows you to experience your favorite music and includes support for streaming Last.fm radio, artist bios, artist artwork and scrobbling recent plays back to Last.fm.
As always, aTV Flash includes support for additional media formats that are not typically supported by the AppleTV. These formats included DivX, Xvid, AVI, WMV, VIDEO TS (DVD files) and many more. Additionally it adds a fully integrated WebKit based web browser, and the ability to expand the storage capacity through the use of an external USB hard drive.
CalDigit VR mini now holds up to 2TB
A little over a year ago, CalDigit (http://www.caldigit.com) introduced the CalDigit VR min, a compact and bus-powered , two-drive RAID system with a quadruple interface. The CalDigit VR mini is hasn’t gotten any bigger, but it can hold twice as much data and even outperforms the previous generation.
The CalDigit VR mini now supports RAID levels 0, 1 and JBOD, supporting speeds fast enough for high definition video editing, according to the folks at CalDigit. Using eSATA, the CalDigit VR mini can reach speeds of over190MB/s.
It's only two inches tall and five inches long -- small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. The 1TB and new 2TB CalDigit VR mini cost US$499 and $599, respectively.
Macs continue to lead in computer customer satisfaction
ustomer satisfaction with personal computers surged 4.0% to match the industry’s all-time high of 78 in the latest American Customer Satisfaction Index. And Mac users were the most satisfied of all.
Nearly all brands showed increases in satisfaction and no manufacturer declined. Lower prices, better service, and an emphasis on new, smaller systems and a variety of portable computers helped drive the improvement. However, Apple continued its dominance, leading the computer category by a wide margin for the seventh straight year.
Customer satisfaction with Apple’s computer products, including the iPad, rose 2% to an ACSI of 86 -- the highest score ever for Apple. The company now has a 9-point lead over its nearest competitor. No other company in the ACSI has as formidable a lead within its own industry.
Innovation and product diversification, along with strong customer service, have long been at the center of Apple’s success. At times, demand for Apple products has outstripped supply...
Germany: Apple, others must come up with data protection...
Germany's government has told Apple, Google and other providers of online map services to come up with their own guidelines on data protection by Dec. 7 or face new regulations on the market, reports "Total Telecom" (http://www.totaltele.com/view.aspx?C=3&ID=458750).
Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said after a meeting between German officials and Internet executives that they had one last chance to adopt voluntary measures or Berlin would draw up legislation to protect consumers. ￼Representatives of the companies involved didn't attend the news conference.
The announcement came at the end of five hours of talks between de Maiziere, the federal justice and consumer protection ministers, data protection authorities and managers from firms specializing in online navigation services, according to "Total Telecom."
Apple shares hit all time high
Apple shares rose to a 52-week high of US$283.78 on Monday. That was an all-time high during yesterday's trading, before Apple closed at $283.23.
As noted by "BusinessWeek" (http://macosg.me/2/vc), Apple's share price has been climbing steadily since the stock market lows of March 2009. Despite the fall in consumer spending during the recession, Apple has continued to sell more Macs, iPods and iPhones.
Toshiba rolls out Canvio Basics portable hard drives
Toshiba (http://www.toshibastorage.com) has unveiled the newest addition to its Canvio line of portable hard drive solutions: the Canvio Basics portable hard drive family. It's available in 320GB, 500GB, or 750GB models with prices at US$79.99, $99.99 and $119.99, respectively.
The Canvio Basics sports a glossy black finish and soft, rounded edges. It has an internal shock sensor, ramp loading tchnology, and a three year limited warranty.
The Canvio Basics pocket-sized form factor not only makes it easy to carry, but also conforms to Toshiba’s environmental efforts to reduce the quantity of materials used in production, according to Manuel Camarena, product manager for consumer storage at Toshiba Storage Device Division. In addition, the Canvio Basics’ packaging is made from 100% recyclable materials.
Currency Assistant for Mac OS X rings up version 3.1.3
MaBaSoft has released version 3.1.2 of Currency Assistant for Mac OS X. In the new version of the conversion calculator (http://www.mabasoft.net/products/currencyAssistant.htm), you can now automatically look for rates on the other web sites if they're temporarily unavailable on your favorite source.
To automatically look for rates on the other web sites, select the "Try other sources if the rate isn't available on favorite web site" checkbox in the Rates Update pane of the Preferences window. The maximum precision of exchange rates has been increased in Currency Assistant. Rates can now have up to 12 significant digits. Also, rates updated from the IMF web site now have the same precision as the published rates.
Currency Assistant lets you convert between 174 world currencies (all major circulating currencies plus the 16 Eurozone legacy currencies) and automatically updates exchange rates over the Internet using the rates published by the European Central Bank, the Bank of Canada,...
TinkerTool tweaked for Snow Leopard, iTunes 10
TinkerTool 4.2, a new version of the utility for accessing hidden preference settings in Mac OS X, is now available. The update adds a preference to make Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard") and iTunes 10 use the standard window title bar layout and horizontally aligned window buttons.
TinkerTool is an application that gives you access to additional preference settings Apple has built into Mac OS X. This allows to activate hidden features in the operating system and in some of the applications delivered with the system.
TinkerTool is available for free and can be downloaded here (http://www.bresink.com/osx/TinkerTool.html). TinkerTool is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher.
Playrix launches Fishdom: Spooky Splash for Mac
Playrix Entertainment has launched Fishdom: Spooky Splash for Mac OS 10.4 and higher (http://www.playrix.com/games/mac/fishdom-spooky-splash.html). It costs US$19.95; a demo is available for download.
Here's how the game is described: "Fishdom: Spooky Splash challenges players to complete tile-swapping levels and earn cash to create a Halloween-themed spooky aquarium of their own design. Players need to build up their spooky aquarium and create the eerie atmosphere of an underwater haunted house with witches, vampires and ghosts in it. While completing match-3 levels, they earn cash to buy exotic tropical fish and Halloween-themed ornaments."
Features in Fishdom: Spooky Splash include: almost 100 themed fishies and accessories; an unlimited number of tanks to create and design; and a bonus screensaver.
Panasonic releases LUMIX GH2 digital camera
Panasonic (http://www.panasonic.com) has announced the LUMIX DMC-GH2, a hybrid touch-control camera featuring full High Definition (HD) video recording and compatibility with an interchangeable 3D lens.
Compatible with the Micro Four Thirds System standard, the LUMIX GH2 is newly designed with an easy-to-hold grip and includes a refined image processing engine and sensor, full HD video recording, and the ability to take 3D photos with Panasonic's new interchangeable 3D lens.
A dedicated button on the top of the camera lets users record videos while shooting photos (up to 14 megapixels) without changing any extra settings. The LUMIX GH2 can now record full HD 1920 x 1080 videos in 60i, doubling the sensor output from 25p/24p to 50p/60p. The camera also supports 1080/24p native mode at 24 Mbps, the highest in AVCHD format.
The LUMIX GH2 will be available in black and silver models in early December in three different kit options for a suggested retail price of: US$899.95 (body only...
Playback Media Server gets new NGINX engine
Yazsoft has introduced Playback Media Server 1.7 (http://www.yazsoft.com/products/playback/information/), an update of their zero configuration media server for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. The upgrade sports a new NGINX engine.
Playback can share media stored in folders or even make entire disks available to a Playstation 3 or Xbox 360. No configuration is required. By default, it will share almost any content on the users system. And Playback automatically integrates with iTunes, iPhoto, and Aperture. Users can share all content from these applications transparently or choose specific playlists and albums.
Those who like to tinker will appreciate Playback's built-in Access Control List (ACL) and bandwidth throttling. The ACL allows users to control which devices have access to their media. Bandwidth throttling limits the transfer rate from the computer to their UPnP device. This allows others on the network to do other Internet related activities, such as surf the web and check their...
moveAddict for Snow Leopard gets faster, lighter
Kapeli has announced moveAddict 2.0 (http://kapeli.com/moveaddict), an update of the Mac OS X app that offers the capability to cut and paste files (with merging folders as a bonus) to the Finder. feature to Mac's Finder. It works with the usual keyboard shortcuts for cut and paste.
With version 2.0, moveAddict has been completely rewritten to make it faster and more lightweight than before. The Finder is now used to move the files, which means that users will see the usual Finder progress indicator dialog while transferring files, as well as be able to undo and stop transfers.
A notification window and Finder file labels provide feedback at every stage. Original data remains untouched until the move gets safely registered by the Finder. What's more, moveAddict doesn't modify the Mac system in any way, it is just a small (5 MB) application.
moveAddict requires Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard"). You can download a free version that allows moving one object at a time and is otherwise...
Seagate debuts 1.5TB portable external drive
Seagate (http://www.seagate.com) has launched what it says is the world’s first 1.5TB, 2.5-inch portable external drive. Available immediately, the new 1.5TB FreeAgent GoFlex comes in black and has a suggested retail price of US$249.99.
With 1.5TB of capacity people can now store and carry up to 60 HD movies, 750 video games, thousands of photos or tens of thousands hours of digital music, says Darcy Clarkson, vice president of Global Retail Sales and Marketing for Seagate. Shipping now in the United States and rolling out globally later this year, all 1.5TB GoFlex ultra-portable drives will ship with a USB 3.0 interface cable, accelerating the transfer speed of a drive up to 10x when connected to a USB 3.0 port, when compared to a USB 2.0 port. Unfortunately it will only run at USB 2.0 speeds on the Mac since it doesn't yet support USB 3.0.
Each drive includes an NTFS driver for Mac, which allows the hard drive to store and access files from both Mac OS X and Windows computers...
Adobe announces Photoshop Elements 9
Adobe (http://www.adobe.com) has announced Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 software for Mac OS X and Windows systems. It's the latest version of the consumer photo-editing software to organize, edit, create and share photos.
"The Content Aware Fill technology introduced with Photoshop CS5 is one of our most exciting innovations ever, so we're thrilled to be able to make it accessible to photo and video enthusiasts in this latest Elements release," says Kevin Connor, vice president of product management for Digital Imaging at Adobe.
The content intelligence in the Spot Healing Brush analyzes what's in the image and de-clutters or repairs photos (like removing tourists from a crowded scene or an obstruction, such as a telephone pole) with a swipe of a brush, filling in the background. The same content intelligence synthesizes missing pixel information to create a panorama from multiple photos, without leaving any gaps or blank spaces.
In addition, the new Photomerge Style Match turns drab...
Wolfram Research, Nvidia team up for integrated GPU programming...
Wolfram Research (http://www.wolfram.com) has announced a technical collaboration with NVidia (http://www.nvidia.com) to integrate GPU acceleration into Mathematica 8.
Combining Mathematica's programming ease-of-use with the computational speed of the GPU-equipped hardware dramatically increases application performance and user productivity across industry, research, and education, according to Tom Wickham-Jones, Wolfram Research's director of Kernel Technology. He adds that Nvidia's GPU architecture can transform Mathematica's computing, modeling, simulation, and visualization performance, boosting
speed by up to a factor of 100.
Mathematica's CUDA GPU programming features along with its built-in examples for common application areas, such as image processing, medical imaging, statistics, and finance. Mathematica's CUDA programming capabilities will be showcased at the GPU Technology Conference Sept. 20-23 in San Jose, California.
Bookends for Mac OS X updated to version 11.0.9
Sonny Software has released Bookends 11.0.9, a Mac-only full-featured bibliography/reference and information management application for professionals and students. You can now perform an Autocomplete Paper using CrossRef as a source of the reference metadata. You can also import multiple text files with one drag and drop.
A free evaluation copy of Bookends 11.0.9 can be downloaded from the Sonny Software web site (http://www.sonnysoftware.com). All features are enabled in the evaluation copy except that databases are limited to a maximum of 50 references. Once purchased, Sonny Software will supply a registration number that will "unlock" the evaluation version and remove this restriction.
Bookends 11.0.9 retails for US$99 ($69 for students), but is a free update for registered users of version 11.x. Group discounts and site licenses are also available.
MailTags update is compatible with Mail 4.4
Indev Software has updated MailTags (http://www.indev.ca/MailTags.html), a tool that adds the ability to tag email messages for organization work flows and sophisticated searches to the Mac OS X Mail app, to version 2.5. The new version is compatible with Mail 4.4.
MailTags is shareware with a 21-day trial period. Registration is US$29.95, though version 2.5 is a free update for registered users of version 2.x. Educational and volume discounts are available.
MailTags is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.4.7 or higher.
Purify for Mac OS X adds support for Email compass 1.1.0 changes
Hendrickson Software Components (http://www.hendricom.com) has released Purify 2.3.0, an update of the tool for filtering email and tracing and reporting spam, which uses the Purify Lexical Analysis Tool (PLAT). It adds support for Email compass 1.1.0 changes.
Using an English dictionary, and an algorithm that examines the content of an email using 5 parts of speech, the PLAT will examine the email message content to determine what words it considers "meaningful" in the message. This is a far more accurate way to apply a statistics based filter to email message content, according to the folks at Hendrickson.
Purity can be used as a stand-alone product. However, it was designed to scale, so that it can support a workgroup from a central computer. Purify's filtering features will also be integrated into an upcoming hsc product, an information manager called "Compass" (Spring '08).
Versions are available for the Mac, Windows, and Linux, and support virtually every email client. The Mac...
iPhone rolling out in several countries this month
The iPhone 4 will be launched in South Africa on Wednesday, Sept. 22, by both the Vodacom Group and the MTN Group. reports Fin24. Other countries poised to get the iPhone 4 soon according to "Edible Apple (http://www.edibleapple.com/china-israel-thailand-and-slew-of-other-count...) include:
° Israel will get the iPhone 4 on Sept. 24 via Orange, Pelephone, and Cellcome.
° The Phillippines will get the iPhone 4 on Sept. 26 via Globe Telecoms.
° Turkey will get the iPhone 4 on Sept. 24 via Turkcell and Vodafone Turkey.
° Thailand will get the iPhone 4 on Sept. 24.
° Croatia will get the iPhone 4 on Sept. 24 via T-Mobile,
° The UAE (United Arabs Emirates) will get the iPhone 4 on Sept. 25 via Etisalat.
° Macedonia will get the iPhone on Sept. 24.
° Tunisia will get the iPhone 4 on Sept. 25 via Orange.
The iPhone 4 will be available in Malaysia on Sept 26 in some areas, and nationwide on the 27th. And Russia will reportedly get the iPhone 4 sometime between Sept. 22 and 24th...
Survey: 23% of AT&T iPhone customers would go Verizon if...
"Silicon Alley Insider" (http://www.businessinsider.com/iphone-att-credit-suisee-2010-9?utm_sourc...) notes that a new survey from Credit Suisse says 63% of iPhone owners will stick with AT&T, even if it loses the exclusive right to sell the Apple smartphone.
So where would AT&T iPhone owners go if they had a choice? Approximately 23% will join Verizon, while 3% will go to Sprint, and 2% will go to T-Mobile, says Credit Suisse.
iPhone users more likely than Android, Blackberry users to pay...
iPhone users download almost twice as many apps from its App Store as those who go to the Android Market or BlackBerry App World Store, according to a report by consumer measurement firm Nielsen.
What's more, Apple App Store customers seem more open to paying for their apps, reports "InformationWeek" (http://www.informationweek.com/news/software/web_services/showArticle.jh...). The study found that for every two free apps they download, they generally pay for one. Android Market and BlackBerry App World customers, on the other hand, download more than 3.5 free apps for every one they buy. Least likely to convert from a free trial version of an app to a full, paid version are BlackBerry users, Nielsen's recently released State of Mobile Apps study found.
Apple/Rovi deal points toward future Apple TVs -- and an Apple...
On Monday it was announced that Apple made a deal with a company called Rovi that could potentially see the firm's TV listings guide make its way to the Apple TV, according to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster.
Per a filing with the US Security and Exchange commission, Rovi Corp. -- a company that specializes in digital entertainment services -- has entered into a multi-year agreement with Apple whereby Apple shall license intellectual property from Rovi. The specific terms of the license agreement are confidential.
According to claims at the Rovi web site:
° Approximately 111 million subscribers and 91 million CE devices worldwide use their guidance technology.
° The Rovi content protection technology is on approximately nine billion DVDs and Blu-ray discs.
° More than 500 million devices are enabled with their protection technology.
° Rovi has active advertising rights in place with approximately 121 million guides worldwide.
° The company has a unique catalog of entertainment...
Apple posts Security Update for Snow Leopard
Apple has released Security Update 2010-006 Snow Leopard (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1105). The company says it's recommended for all users and improves the security of Mac OS X.
Security Update 2010-006 Snow Leopard is a 1.93MB download that requires Mac OS X 10.6.4. You can obtain it via the Software Update component of the Mac OS X Systems Preferences app.
Apple licensing intellectual property from Rovi
According to a filing with the US Security and Exchange commission (http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1424454/000142445410000030/form8-...) Rovi Corp. (http://www.rovicorp.com) -- a company that specializes in digital entertainment services -- has entered into a multi-year agreement with Apple whereby Apple shall license intellectual property from Rovi. The specific terms of the license agreement are confidential.
According to claims at the Rovi web site:
° Approximately 111 million subscribers and 91 million CE devices worldwide use their guidance technology.
° The Rovi content protection technology is on approximately nine billion DVDs and Blu-ray discs.
° More than 500 million devices are enabled with their protection technology.
° Rovi has active advertising rights in place with approximately 121 million guides worldwide.
° The company has a unique catalog of entertainment metadata for TV, movies, music and games that includes: more than 1.2 million TV series episodes since...
Bible goes high tech
The recently released print version of The Almighty Bible - Genesis (first book in the graphic novel series) has been welcomed with a positive reception from teens, tweens, parents and grandparents in both Christian and secular communities. Now the team behind this project has announced the release of an app for the iPad and iPhone.
“It is our goal to create a tool that young people will be eager to revisit outside of Sunday school, youth group and Bible study sessions," says Kevin O’Donnell co-producer of the project and creator of the award winning “Liberty’s Kids” from PBS.
Each page is also accompanied by illustrations and "Bblically accurate" condensed text that young people nine and up can follow. In addition to what the print version already offers, the app will provide the reader with narration, maps, glossary, historical commentary and other features.
The first app in the series, Genesis,- will be released to the public on Oct 1 with a live debut of the app at the National...
BatchOutput Server update improves long queue handling
Zevrix Solutions has updated BatchOutput Server (http://zevrix.com/BatchOutputServer.php), an output workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign, to version 4.5.6. The new version improves long queues handling and addresses several other issues.
Under BatchOutput Server workflow, production artists and prepress operators simply submit files to hotfolders that reside on the network. BatchOutput Server automatically outputs the files from its dedicated station using hotfolder settings, and will auto-activate document fonts as well.
BatchOutput 4.5.6 can be purchased from the Zevrix Solutions web site for US$699.95, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput 4.5 is available for Mac OS X 10.4.2 and higher, a Universal Binary, and works with Adobe InDesign CS-CS4.
Quark to demo digital publishing to the iPad, iPhone at IFRA
Quark (http://www.quark.com) will be onsite at the IFRA Expo 2010 in Hamburg, Germany, on Oct. 4-6 in booth #1.551 to demonstrate digital publishing to the iPad, iPhone, desktops, and other digital devices.
The company is currently helping companies around the world publish content to the iPhone and iPad using Quark dynamic publishing software to automate the publishing workflow and prepare content for delivery to digital devices. Quark Publishing System users can instantly publish newsfeed content to Apple’s digital devices through a newsreader application that can be created using NewsGator’s TapLynx Framework.
At the iFRA Expo, Quark will demonstrate how publishers using QuarkXPress can create digital media content that can be published to the Blio eReader, reading software that will soon be available on leading digital devices. Publishers in need of an application for iPad, iPhone and other leading digital devices can visit the Quark booth to discover what Quark customers are...