Barcode Producer for Mac OS X adds QR Code support
Apparent Corp. has updated Barcode Producer (http://www.itsapparent.com/barcodeproducer/), its barcode creation software suite for Mac OS X, to version 6.5. The app can now create smart QR Codes for text, URLs, and the App Store for iPhone and iPod touch.
Originally from Japan, QR Codes are rapidly emerging in the United States and Europe, and allow you to encode text and URLs directly into square barcodes that are read by iPhone, iPad 2, iPod touch, Android, and many other smartphones.
Barcode Producer is a tool for creating barcodes visually with one-click export for Adobe Creative Suite products, including Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, and Acrobat Distiller. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.
Barcode Producer for Mac OS X and Windows is immediately available online with digital and physical CD-ROM delivery. It costs US$199. Plug-ins and accessories include the GS1 DataBar generation tool ($299), Automator batch barcode generation system ($...
Voila image capturing tool comes to the Mac App Store
Global Delight has updated Voila (http://www.globaldelight.com) -- an image capturing, annotating and sharing tool that sports the ability to capture a region from the screen in rectangular, circular, polygonal or free hand form -- to version 3.0.4. It's now available at the Mac App Store for US$19.99 and requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher.
In version 3.0.4, support has been provided to choose the camera of your choice while making the capture. Another new feature is the option to save the web page archive. With this feature, users can opt to save the web page archive along with the web snap. This enables them to refer and open the web page within the application's browser.
Voila offers full screen capture, timed capture or a menu capture. In addition, the software is integrated with a blend of annotating tools like texts, arrows, callouts, sprays, stamps and more. Additionally, you can share your work via email or iPhoto. A 15-day demo of Voila is available at the Global Delight web...
iWebThemesPro adds new iWeb themes
iWebThemesPro (http://www.iwebthemespro.com/) has added five new iWeb themes for Apple's web site creation component of its iLife suite. These new iWeb themes retain 25 themes from the previous release and add five new ones: Retro, Mammoth, Tea Time, Drawing and Underground.
The iWeb themes include eight templates to choose from. Each theme incorporates a series of layered images that are customizable, replaceable, or removable. Each theme is flexible and can be used for a personal or business website.
The themes require Mac OS X 10.4.3 or higher and iWeb 2.0 (iLife '08) or iWeb 3.0 (iLife '09 or iLife '11). Each theme is available for US$9.99 each. The set of 30 iWeb themes may be purchased for $29.99.
Apple's patent case against accessory makers proceeds
Apple's patent infringement suit against makers of unlicensed accessories for the company’s iPod, iPhone and iPad devices can proceed, a federal judge ruled yesterday, reports "Bloomberg" (http://macte.ch/5Pej8).
In July 2010 Apple sued eForCity Corp. and six other companies (Accstation, Itrimming, Everydaysource, United Integral, Crayzondigital and Boxware) in the California Northern District Court in San Jose, California, for infringing nine patents. Most defendant companies are related and are located in El Monte, California, according to court papers.
Apple said in its complaint that the companies weren’t participants in its “Made for iPod” program, and were producing products of “inferior quality and reliability, raising significant concerns over compatibility with and damage to Apple’s products.” The infringement case stands, despite eForCity’s argument that it was procedurally improper. U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel said Apple properly stated its claims in its complaint....
Xoom, Atrix 4G smartphone not hot sellers
Analysts say the Xoom Android tablet (pictured) and Atrix smartphone are poor performers, despite heavy marketing campaigns launched by Verizon Wireless and AT&T, respectively, reports "InformationWeek" (http://macte.ch/H6OYb).
According to Pacific Crest analyst James Faucette's channel checks, sales of the Xoom and Atrix have been "disappointing," the article says. His research led him to cut Motorola's revenue and earnings projections for the rest of the year and into 2012.
"Based on our checks, we believe overall sell-through trends for of the Xoom and Atrix have been disappointing," Faucette said in a note to clients. "In particular, we believe Atrix's lower-than-forecast volumes are a result of the $49 iPhone 3GS and the HTC Inspire, which kept Atrix sales well below forecast in spite of the marketing focus put on the Atrix by AT&T."
While Faucette doesn't provide any actual sales guesstimates for the Xoom, Deutsche Bank pegs the number of Xooms sold at just 100,000,...
Survey: teens flocking to the iPhone
Apple has achieved a record 17% iPhone market share among teens with an additional 37% of respondents indicating interest in buying an iPhone in the next six months, according to a new survey by the Piper Jaffray research group, as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).
The percentage of teens who own the iPhone jumped from 14% in October of last year to 17% this spring. The number of teens who plan on buying an iPhone in the next six months rose from 33% last fall to 37% this spring. According to Piper Jaffray, intent to buy has historically translated into subsequent market share gains.
What's more, the 21st bi-annual Piper Jaffray teen survey of 4,500 high school students found that Apple continues to dominate the teen market and has driven "surprisingly quick adoption" of tablets by teens, the article adds. The survey -- which includes tablets for the first time -- says 22% of teens now own a tablet and 20% plan to buy one in the next six months.
iPad 2 tops Consumer Report's tablet ratings
After almost a year in which the Apple iPad has been virtually the only game in town in tablet computers, some serious competitors are finally hitting the market. Yet in Consumer Reports latest tests of the 10 most-promising tablet computers, the iPad 2 with Wi-Fi and 3G topped the Ratings. The full report including Ratings of tablets is available at www.ConsumerReports.org .
In Consumer Reports lab tests, the Motorola Xoom revealed itself as the iPad 2’s chief rival. Like the iPad 2, the Xoom boasts a 10-inch screen but adds conveniences that the iPad lacks, including a built-in memory card reader and support for the Flash videos and animations found on many websites.
“So far Apple is leading the tablet market in both quality and price, which is unusual for a company whose products are usually premium priced,” says Paul Reynolds, Electronics Editor at Consumer Reports. “However, it’s likely we’ll see more competitive pricing in tablets as other models begin to hit the...
Apple orders 12PB of storage
Apple ordered as much as 12PB -- yep, 12 petabyes or 12,000 terabytes -- of capacity from Isilon Systems (http://www.isilon.com/), notably to manage the video download of its customers using iTunes, according to "Storage Newsletter" (http://macte.ch/qD0tZ), quoting an inside source of the new division of EMC. It's probably the largest of its 1,500 customers recorded at the end of December, including 20% in Europe, the article adds.
Apple's deal with Isilon was said to "probably" make the iPhone maker the largest customer of the storage provider, according to "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com). Other clients of Isilon include Ancestry.com, Clear Channel, MySpace, NBC Universal, Sony, World Wrestling Entertainment, XM Satellite Radio.
Isilon's Scale-out Storage Platform, powered by the OneFS operating system, combines a suite of management applications and enterprise-class hardware. The company's three product lines provide a range of options to address enterprise storage...
Second-graders at Columbia Elementary School to get iPads
All second-graders at Columbia Elementary School in northern Indiana will be issued iPads next year to help them with reading lessons, reports the "Ventura County Star" (http://macte.ch/o6Vf2).
An US$200,000 Classroom Innovation Grant from the Indiana Department of Education will pay for the iPads as well as MacBook Pros for second- and third-grade teachers, and related costs, the article adds.
Rochester Schools Technology Director Theresa Shafer told the "Ventura County Star" that the students will be able to take the iPads home. The school will have evening workshops to teach parents how the iPads work, how they can help their children use them, and online safety.
Whither the white iPhone?
Apple has promised a white iPhone will arrive sometime this spring, but according to a new store update it’s looking like the handset has taken one step back, not closer to launch, says "SlashGear" (http://macte.ch/lmV6N).
After the Apple Store went down overnight, the white iPhone SKU was gone from the system. As "SlashGear" notes, this could mean that Apple is preparing a different version with a new SKU, or it might mean that the company has given up on the white iPhone idea altogether.
Last month an iPhone fan wrote Phil Schiller, Apple's vice president of worldwide marketing, on how to get a white iPhone. Schiller reportedly answered with a terse, Jobs-ian answer: "The white iPhone will be available this spring (and it is a beauty!)."
The white iPhone has been troubled since the start. When Apple announced the iPhone 4, it said it would be available in black and white models. However, on June 23, 2010, Apple issued a statement that the white models "have proven more challenging...
Analyst predicts iPad 3, iPhone 5 this fall
Matthew Bryson of Avian Securities, who follows component makers such as Micron Technology (MU), this morning tells clients in a note -- as reported by "Barron's" (http://macte.ch/DaO0s) that "recent conversations with the electronics supply chain indicate that Apple (AAPL) is sending out design specifications and component needs for the next generation iPad."
I'm dubious but Bryson thinks we'll see an iPad 3 within six months. The analyst thinks it may arrive this fall along with the iPhone 5, which he doesn't believe will launch in June as some have predicted (or at least hoped).
“We feel the 2H launch fits well with indications an iPhone 5 launch could also come later in the year," Bryson writes. "With the two platforms sharing similar hardware in many respects, in our view it would make some sense to see the platforms roll-out simultaneously with this timing likely enabling Apple to offer 4G enabled products.”
"Barron's"notes that he analyst thinks a fall introduction of a new...
Apple looking for 'Thunderbolt Software Quality Engineer...
Apple has posted a listing (http://macte.ch/anDEC) for a new full-time vacancy in the role of "Thunderbolt Software Quality Engineer" with specific experience writing tools for and testing firmware and software, "who will be part of the team to drive the software quality and integration for an exceptional customer experience."
The SW QA role in this position includes creating tools to assist in validating software and firmware tests, building automated suites, hands-on functional testing, bug reporting/regression, maintaining test guidelines, and project QA status reporting.
"The candidate is responsible for qualifying cutting edge Thunderbolt firmware and software, requiring expertise in testing high speed buses and PCIe devices," says Apple. "The team is the key part in driving Thunderbolt software quality, involving new HW and SW, working with creative, smart people, world-class products and cutting edge technologies."
Thunderbolt is a new high-speed computer connection technology...
DISH Network agrees to acquire Blockbuster assets
DISH Network says it was selected as the winning bidder in the bankruptcy court auction for substantially all of the assets of Blockbuster, Inc.
DISH Network's winning bid was valued at approximately US$320 million. After certain adjustments are made at closing of the transaction, including adjustments for available cash and inventory, DISH Network expects to pay approximately $228 million in cash to acquire Blockbuster at the closing which is expected to occur in the second quarter of 2011.
"With its more than 1,700 store locations, a highly recognizable brand and multiple methods of delivery, Blockbuster will complement our existing video offerings while presenting cross-marketing and service extension opportunities for DISH Network," says Tom Cullen, executive vice president of Sales, Marketing and Programming for DISH Network. "While Blockbuster's business faces significant challenges, we look forward to working with its employees to re-establish Blockbuster's brand as a leader...
iPad 2 sales way ahead of sales of original Apple tablet
Sales of iPad 2 are running at a rate faster than its predecessor, and Apple took delivery of 2.4-2.6 million units in March, according to "DigiTimes" (http://macte.ch/UFgTs), quoting unnamed sources at "upstream touch panel suppliers."
Based on a conservative estimate, Apple is likely to take delivery of 4-4.3 million units a month, or a total of over 12 million units, of iPad 2 tablets in the second quarter, said sources told "DigiTimes." TPK Touch Solutions and G-Tech Optoelectronics are eagerly expanding their capacities for cover lenses currently, with TPK expected to ramp up its cover lenses for 3.5-inch touch panels to five million units and for 10-inch panels to 2.5 million units in June, the article adds.
Dot Hill to launch AssuredSAN video Apple solutions
Dot Hill Systems (http://www.dothill.com), a provider of Unified Virtual Storage and SAN storage solutions, will be showcasing a newly tested and certified video post-production solution for Apple users at the NAB Show, April 9-14, at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Booth # SL10906.
The solution combines Dot Hill's AssuredSAN shared storage solution with ATTO Celerity Fibre Channel host bus adapters (HBAs), Final Cut Pro editing software and Autodesk Smoke software. Dot Hill's reliable, high performance AssuredSAN storage combined with ATTO 8Gb Fibre Channel HBAs delivers high performance network solution for Apple post-production editors looking to improve workflow and ease-of-use at an affordable price point., says Jim Jonez, senior director of marketing, Dot Hill.
The solution has been fully tested and certified to easily integrate with Apple workstations running Mac OS X and the Apple Xsan file system. Pricing hasn't been announced.
QuickerTek brings back the Carry Handle for older MacBook Pros
QuickerTek is bringing back their Carry Handles (http://macte.ch/4RXzX) for the first and second generation 15-inch MacBook Pros. This US$79.95 lightweight carry handle is made from non-flex aircraft quality aluminum.
The Carry Handle attaches with a bracket mount that uses the existing screw holes on the back of the computer. It's doesn't alter your Apple laptop, and is completely reversible.
The Carry Handle ensures that the Mac laptop doesn't slip and hit the floor, according to the folks at QuickerTek. The design lays the handle out and the bracket elevates the 15-inch MacBook Pro, allowing better airflow underneath the laptop.
QuarkXPress 9 Test Drive available to download
Quark has announced the availability of the 30-day Test Drive of QuarkXPress 9, the next major version of the page-layout and graphic design software.
With the evaluation software users can experience the new features of QuarkXPress 9, including tools for advanced design automation as well as the ability to create content that can be delivered directly to digital devices.
To download the QuarkXPress 9 30-day Test Drive, visit http://www.quark.com/products/quarkxpress/test_drive.aspx .
With QuarkXPress 9, designers and creative professionals have a variety of options for publishing to digital devices, including all devices pre-installed with the Blio eReader, including Windows computers from Toshiba, HP, and Dell, and soon, devices that run the iOS, Android, and Silverlight platforms. Designers can also convert QuarkXPress print files into reflowable e-books using the ePUB format to publish to Apple’s iBooks, the Barnes & Noble NOOK, Sony Reader, Amazon Kindle and more.
Seagate ships 'world's slimmest' portable hard...
Seagate (http://www.seagate.com) has announced the availability of its new GoFlex Slim portable hard drive -- a 9mm, 2.5-inch external drive designed for the latest trend of portable, thin, laptops and netbooks.
Initially showcased at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics show in January of this year, the new GoFlex Slim performance drive is now available on http://www.seagate.com, in-store and at select online retailers. A 320GB version of the GoFlex Slim drive can be purchased for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of US$99.99.
At 9mm, it's 38% leaner than the current GoFlex ultra-portable drives. In fact, the new GoFlex Slim drive is roughly the width of a pencil and can slide into a pocket, purse or messenger bag. It's equipped with a 7200RPM drive and a USB3.0 interface. Alas, it will only run at USB 2.0 speeds on Macs as they don't support USB 3.0.
However, the GoFlex Slim portable drive will also be available in a version for use specifically with Mac OS X computers...
Icon-ic art prints offered by Susan Kare
Susan Kare, the noted interface designer, once referred to by the New York Times as “ the Betsy Ross of the personal computer” is now offering prints of some of her most engaging icons -- the visual metaphors for computer commands -- at Kare Prints (http://www.kareprints.com/).
Some of the prints offered feature her original icons for Apple’s Macintosh. The limited editions come in a range of colors and sizes and are numbered and signed.
Kare is a computer iconographer based in San Francisco. She has designed thousands of icons for the world’s leading companies that have become familiar to anyone who uses a computer.
All of the giclée prints (fine art prints created on an ink-jet printer) are made using archival pigment inks and 100% cotton rag paper. The prints range in size from 8.5 x 11 inches to 30 x 40 inches, and custom sizes (and custom editions) are available upon request.
There is a limited run of each print size, and each is inspected, signed and numbered personally...
PHYX Keyer 2.0 offers collection of keying plug-ins
Noise Industries, developer of visual effects tools for the post-production and broadcast markets, and development partner PHYX are bringing the VFX community PHYX Keyer 2.0 for the FxFactory platform.
PHYX Keyer 2.0 is an amplified collection of keying plug-ins designed to work inside Adobe After Effects, Apple Final Cut Pro, Apple Motion and Apple Final Cut Express applications. PHYX Keyer 2.0 is GPU-accelerated for speed increases of up to 300% and introduces three new professional-quality plug-ins to the existing pack; Composite Matcher, FastKeyer, and MatteFuse.
Version 2.0 contains tools to create composites, repair uneven green/blue screens, create and manipulate mattes, neutralize green/blue spill, and match background color and edge lighting. It introduces three new keying plug-ins that help create and refine keys using efficient algorithms for a variety of shooting conditions. PHYX Keyer 2.0 includes a variety of highlights:
PHYX Keyer 2.0 is available now as a free...
Rays is new plug-in for creating light ray effects
Digital Film Tools, developer of visual effects software, has announced the availability of a new plug-in for visual effects artists -- Rays. The Rays plug-in allows users to create realistic light ray effects.
Known as volumetric lighting in computer graphics, or crepuscular rays in atmospheric optics, this effect adds polish and style, according to Marco Paolini, founder and president, Digital Film Tools. You can create shafts of light streaming through clouds, rays filtering through a forest canopy, beams of light on a foggy night, or rays shooting out from text.
With Rays you can: set the ray length and brightness; control ray direction with an on-screen control; customize the color of the rays using a color picker; deal with threshold control to specify where the rays will be visible; randomize the rays; and modify settings with slider.
Rays is available now for US$50. Available as a plug-in for Apple Aperture, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, users can...
Andrei Doubrovski releases Script Arsenal 1.0
Andrei Doubrovski has announced Script Arsenal 1.0 (http://script-arsenal.com/), a catalog allowing you to manage and apply your Photoshop scripts.
Script Arsenal ships with over 100 ready-made scripts for creating various effects and streamlining your everyday workflow. Users are able to extend the catalog by including additional scripts, either downloaded from the Internet or with their own customized scripts. The catalog interface is available in eight languages.
The catalog interface is available in eight languages. What's more, the scripts coming with it are multilingual as well. At any time you can alter the way they are displayed in the catalog. If that's not enough, the icons help you to visually identify an item's purpose.
All the scripts are compatible with Photoshop CS3 and newer versions for Windows and Mac OS X. Using most of them doesn't require a substantial Photoshop experience.
Script Arsenal requires Mac OS X 10.4.11 or higher and Adobe Photoshop CS3 or later. It...
Dejal introduces Simon Express, Simon Free
Dejal Systems (http://www.dejal.com/simon/) has introduced Simon Express and Simon Free, new editions of the server monitoring tool for Mac OS X (10.5 and higher), especially for the Mac App Store.
These editions check web pages, FTP and DNS servers for changes or failures, and notify you via sound, speech, and other means. They're streamlined editions of the full Simon application, which supports many more services, filters, notifiers and reports.
There are now three editions of Simon: Simon: the standard edition, sold directly from the Dejal website; Simon Express: a paid edition, sold on the Mac App Store; and Simon Free: a free edition, available on the Mac App Store.
The standard edition of Simon is unchanged; it includes all the same features as before, and is sold in four license levels: Bronze: this enables up to 15 active test configurations; Silver: this enables up to 40 active test configurations; Gold: this enables up to 100 active test configurations; and Platinum: this...
CS Odessa releases tools for ConceptDraw Office users
CS Odessa (http://www.conceptdraw.com/) has released seven tools for users of ConceptDraw Office 2 that assist managers in the making of decisions and innovation planning.
Professional Analytical Tools are now available in the Business Productivity Area of ConceptDraw Solution Park. The seven management and planning tools allow for the visualization of any process. Solution Park is an online collection of visual solutions designed to provide productivity increasing solutions for all ConceptDraw products. The tools that have been added to the ConceptDraw Solution Park are:
° Affinity Diagram, which allows one to organize data into groupings based on natural relationships;
° Relations Diagram, which displays all interrelated cause-and-effect relationships and factors; describes desired outcomes;
° Prioritization Matrix, which prioritizes items based on weighted criteria;
° Root Cause Tree Diagram, which breaks down broad categories into finer levels of detail;
° Involvement Matrix,...
MoneyWorks 6 delivers over 100 new features
Cognito Software has released MoneyWorks 6, an update of the cross-platform accounting software. The new version delivers over 100 new features and more.
MoneyWorks 6 was designed to meet the accounting, workflow and information requirements of small-medium business. MoneyWorks 6 is available in four versions to suit various sized businesses -- MoneyWorks Datacentre, Gold, Express and Cashbook. Contact Cognito Software (http://www.cognito.co.nz/) for pricing options.
MacScan updated to version 2.8
SecureMac has announced MacScan 2.8, the latest version of its anti-spyware privacy and security software for Mac OS X. This new version of MacScan enhances protection against the latest threats for Mac OS X, adding usability enhancements and bug fixes.
MacScan 2.8 has been updated to offer compatibility with Firefox 4 for removal of blacklisted tracking cookies, as well as web files such as browsing and download history to ensure better internet privacy and security. Additionally, the updaet contains an improved user interface plus the latest spyware definitions and tracking cookie blacklist.
MacScan retails for US$29.99 and can be purchased using Paypal or credit card, either through the built-in registration system, or via the MacScan webstore (http://macscan.securemac.com). Upgrades from previous versions of MacScan 2 are free, and can be obtained by either selecting "Check for Updates" under the "MacScan" menu, or by downloading the demo version from http://macscan.securemac....
Little Bookmark Box for Mac OS X adds Spotlight integration
PointWorks (http://www.pointworks.de/) has announced Little Bookmark Box 1.5, an innovative bookmarking tool for Mac OS X. The update adds Spotlight integration (bookmarks can now be searched using Spotlight), colored labels for bookmarks, resizable window width and German localization.
Little Bookmark Box is designed to work unobtrusively alongside your browser. Bookmarks can be automatically grouped in smart boxes by creating rules, organized in manually created boxes or just left in the Inbox. Little Bookmark Box allows personalization of bookmarks and bookmarks can be sent automatically to bookmarking services.
Little Bookmark Box requires an Intel Mac running Mac OS X 10.6 or later. It costs US$9.95 and is available on the Mac App Store as well as on the PointWorks online store. There is a demo version with limited functionality available on the PointWorks web site.
Woz: an iPad-like device has been Jobs' goal all along
Apple co-founder Steve ("Woz") Wozniak is rooting for the iPad, which he says has been a mission for Steve Jobs' since day one, reports "The Huffington Post" (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/05/apple-cofounder-steve-wozniak-t...)
Speaking to a gathering of engineers at Storage Networking World in Santa Clara, California, Woz told his audience that tablets were intended for "the normal people in the world." He said the iPad had been Steve Jobs's ultimate goal since Apple was founded in 1976.
"But it was just hard to get there, because we had to go through a lot of steps where you connected to things, and (eventually) computers grew up to where they could do ... normal consumer appliance things," Woz said.
Analyst expects iTunes-related cloud strategy soon
Apple is expected to release its own iTunes-related cloud strategy soon likely integrating its MobileMe services and taking advantage of its investments in its North Carolina data center, Ben Reitzes, an analyst at Barclays Capital, told clients in a note -- as reported by "International Business Times" (http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/130749/20110405/apple-inc-itunes-mobilem...).
Last week, Amazon announced its Amazon Cloud Drive, Amazon Cloud Player for Web and Amazon Cloud Player for Android with the ability to store music, photos, videos and documents in the cloud and access them on many devices.
"We believe the launch of Apple’s service is much more complex than Amazon’s given its millions of users with years worth of files," Reitzes says. "Also Apple faces much more legal scrutiny in terms of attention from content owners and regulators – who will need to be 'on board' from day one."
The analyst said Apple would use its cloud based iTunes/MobileMe service to further "lock in"...
Analyst: iPad to take 70% of tablet market
Computer sales continue to grow, but at a slower pace than expected, Deutsche Bank analyst Chris Whitmore writes in a note to investors -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).
He's reduced his computer unit growth, excluding tablet sales, for 2011 to a 4% year-over-year increase, compared to his previous prediction of 9%. Though computer sales saw a significant reduction in estimates, Whitmore boosted his 2011 tablet sales forecast to 45 million, up from 40 million. And he thinks 35 million of those tablets will be iPads.
"In aggregate, we believe iPad will remain dominant with 70% market share," says Whitmore. "Our tablet unit estimate remains below Consensus due to our concerns that non-iPad tablets will underwhelm."
AT&T iPhoners more likely to report dropped calls than those...
Owners of Apple's iPhone 4 on the AT&T network are more than twice as likely to report dropped calls than Verizon customers, according to a new survey by the ChangeWave research group (http://www.changewave.com).
A new ChangeWave survey of 4,068 consumers has taken a close up look at key comparisons between Verizon iPhone 4 owners and AT&T iPhone 4 owners – including customer satisfaction and dropped call rates.
The ChangeWave survey, completed March 28, was conducted several weeks after Verizon began offering the iPhone 4. Among other things, the results provide insight into how owners believe the AT&T and Verizon iPhones stack up against each other in a couple of key areas.
In terms of overall satisfaction the two iPhones are virtually indistinguishable. A look at the Very Satisfied ratings for each shows 82% of Verizon iPhone 4 customers saying they're Very Satisfied versus 80% of AT&T iPhone 4 customers.
For the past few years ChangeWave has been tracking overall...
Nasdaq OMX rebalances, reduces 'big weighting' of...
Nasdaq OMX has announced a rare rebalancing of its Nasdaq-100 index, which will reduce the "big weighting" of Apple, reports the "Wall Street Journal" (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405274870458700457624323156649384...). The company currently makes up more than 20% of the index.
Apple’s stock value accounts for just over 20% of the index, but after the restructuring it will account for slightly over 12%. Still, at 12.3% Apple will still be the largest single component on the index.
The rebalancing was driven in part by "the seemingly unstoppable rise in Apple shares, which are up more than fourfold in the past two years," says the "WSJ."
VirnetX expands lawsuit against Apple, others
VirnetX Holding Corp. has expanded the scope of its patent litigation case against Apple and other companies by filing its first amended complaint, reports "Seeking Alpha" (http://seekingalpha.com/article/251243-virnetx-expands-scope-of-patent-case).
In the original complaint, VirnetX accused Apple of infringing on its ‘135 and ‘151 patents. The new amended filing now suggests that Apple’s products also infringe on several claims of yet another patent known as the ‘504 patent, titled “Agile Network Protocol for Secure Communications Using Secure Domain Names." The invention covers a system for providing a domain name service for establishing a secure communication link, says "Seeking Alpha."
VirnetX Holding Corp. sued Apple, Aastra, Cisco and NEC for patent infringement. The lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division, the patent lawsuit capital of the universe.
VirneX claims the companies violate five of its patents that...
Apple wins patent related to Cover Flow, Time Machine
Apple has won its appeal in a patent lawsuit related to its Cover Flow and Time Machine technologies, reports "The Mac Observer" (http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/article/court_overturns_cover_flow_patent...).
The new ruling doesn’t invalidate the Mirror Worlds patents. Instead, it only stated that Apple didn’t infringe on the company’s patents, saving the company from a US$625.5 million judgement, says "The Mac Observer."
In 2008 Mirror Worlds Technologies, a Texas based company, accused Apple of violating four distinct but related patents that touch on creating "streams" of documents that are automatically sorted according to time stamps, including future dates assigned to calendars and other reminders. The company said that just about all of Apple's product line infringes on a system for organizing data by time, "but draws its closest connection with the Time Machine backup feature in Mac OS X Leopard."
Apple was ordered by a jury to pay damages to Mirror Worlds for infringing...
MYcomics is online comic strip tool for Mac OS X
Minder Softworks has announced MYComics 1.0 (http://www.mindersoftworks.com/products/mycomics/) for Mac OS X. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and costs US$9.
MYComics is designed to let users read their favorite online comic strips using its built-in web browser and database of over 350 comics. Users can tag favorite comics and save them to MYComics' collections folders, find comics using smart folders, and view saved comics with MYComics' viewer. MYComics also features social media and mail integration.
To share favorite comics, MYComics integrates with Facebook, Twitter, and OS X Mail. You can drag image files into MYComics from a variety of sources (another web browser, email, or the Mac OS X Finder.
ATTO introduces FastFrame 10Gb/s network interface card
ATTO Technology (http://www.attotech.com) has launched its latest offering in its family of high-performance products, the FastFrame 10Gb/s Ethernet Network Interface Card (NIC).
The FastFrame NIC is the only card of its kind on the market offered in quad, dual and single port options for PCIe 2.0 data interconnects, according to Timothy Klein, president and CEO for ATTO Technology. ATTO’s 10Gb Ethernet NICs not only meet and exceed the growing demands of traditional host-to-host networking, but they also expand the possibilities to Ethernet-based storage by supporting Data Center Bridging, he adds.
ATTO’s FastFrame NICs, based on Intel chip technology, offers network connectivity for Mac, Windows and Linux operating systems FastFrame 10Gb/s NICs will be available for shipment in late April. Pricing hasn't been announced.
GoPro releases 3D Hero System
GoPro (http://www.GoPro.com) has released the 3D Hero System, a waterproof 3D expansion kit for GoPro’s 1080p HD Hero camera. The 3D Hero System is available immediately at GoPro.com and is shipping to GoPro retailers worldwide with a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$99.99.
The 3D Hero System has a modular design that enables consumers to combine two 1080p HD Hero cameras to form a single 1080p 3D camera. The folks at GoPro say it's the world’s smallest. Waterproof to 180 feet, the 3D Hero System can be worn on the body, mounted on gear and vehicles, and used as a handheld camera.
GoPro’s 1080p HD Hero cameras are not included with the 3D Hero System and are sold separately, starting at $259.99 per camera.
Grungetastic is new artistic app for Mac OS X
JixiPix has announced Grungetastic 1.0 (http://www.jixipix.com/grungetastic/grungetastic.html), a design and photography application for Mac OS X 10.5 or later. It's is available for US$7.99 at the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category.
Grungetastic is an app for distressing and adding grunge to your photos. You control everything from colors to multiple overlays to borders. The software includes over 80 overlays and almost 40 borders.
A "Randomize" button truly randomizes all of the effect controls. All aspects of the process can be adjusted on-the-fly without needing to enter into a dialog or modal state.
Grungetastic supports full-size images. There's a preview mode and visual presets with the ability to create custom presets using the "Save" menu.
WriteIt! Studios Cookie Stumbler released for Mac OS X
WriteIt! Studios has introduced CookieStumbler 1.0 (http://www.writeitstudios.com), an application to keep your Mac's privacy safe. It requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.
Cookie Stumbler includes tools to detect ad/tracking cookies. It features schedules, on-click filter and automator actions to make the process customizable.
With Cookie Stumbler you can scan and track cookies, then remove them with a single click. It supports Google Chrome, Firefox, OmniWeb, Chromium, Safari and Flash cookies,
Cookie Stumbler comes with a one-year subscription to WriteIt's update service, which includes software and definition updates. Subscription extensions will be available for $10 for one year and $17 for two years for both, single and family licenses. In celebration of the release and in order to support our advertising activities WriteIt! Studios is offering the product at prices starting from $18.95 for a single user license (it's normally $24.95) for a period of four weeks.
D-Link offers new wireless n network camera
D-Lin has announced that its mydlink-enabled Wireless N Day/Night Network Camera (DCS-932L) is now available. With a built-in CPU and web server, the DCS-932L offers a day and night monitoring system for homes and small offices.
Sporting a web-based interface, consumers can integrate the DCS-932L into an existing network and view the streaming video from a computer, iPhone, iPad or Android device. It offers 802.11n Wi-Fi connectivity, Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) for three-step installation, Motion JPEG, and 20 frames per second (fps) streaming, as well as new infrared illumination technology for night viewing. This new infrared technology enables users to monitor a home or small office at up to 16 feet away from the camera, enabling around the clock surveillance of children, sleeping babies, pets, homebound relatives, valued possessions, and more, says Daniel Kelley, associate vice president of consumer marketing, D-Link North America
The DCS-932L Wireless N Network Camera is now...
TaskPaper comes to the Mac App Store
TaskPaper 2.2.3 from Hog Bay Software (http://www.hogbaysoftware.com/products/taskpaper) is now available in the Mac App Store, and for a limited time you can get it for US$4.99. It will switch back to $29.99 on Friday, April 8th.
TaskMaker is a list maker for Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. Its plain text file format let you integrate into your workflow in a variety of ways.
Dogs Playing Poker comes to the Mac
Candywriter has introduced Dogs Playing Poker 1.0 (http://www.candywriter.com/dogsplayingpokermac.html) for Mac OS X, a comic take on the old meme. It costs US$4.99, requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher and is available in the Mac App Store in the Games Category.
Designed for Texas Hold 'em novices, advanced poker players, and dog lovers alike, users select their dog breed of choice and then enter a five-round tournament that spans a junkyard, dog pound, train car, den, and Chinese restaurant kitchen. On the way, users face off against 19 unique hounds; a fox and a walrus are also included in the line-up.
Poker novices can get up-to-speed on the ins and outs of Texas Hold 'em by completing the built-in tutorial. Experienced players can enjoy the diverse poker playing traits of the various characters and the hundreds of poker "tells" bundled into the game.
LogicalVue Software announces SQLVue 4.0
LogicalVue Software has announced SQLVue 4.0 (http://www.logicalvue.com/products/sqlvue), an update to their IDE for SQLite developers. With it you can edit table data using the data editor.
This SQL editor will auto-complete SQL commands, table names and column names. SQLite a free, open-source, single-user database engine. It's used by a wide variety of applications and development tools, including Mac OS X (CoreData), iOS, Real Studio, Adobe Flex/Air, Google Gears, Bento and more.
SQLVue uses a tab-based design familiar to most developers. Other features include: full code completion (for SQLite syntax and your table and column names); full display of database Pragma values; and a table editor that displays all table information one place.
SQLVue 4.0 rquires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later. Through April 15, it's being offered at a special introductory price of US$9.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Developer Tools category.
Flash'In'App flashes to version 2.6
Eltima Software has released Flash'in'App 2.6, an update of the Cocoa framework that allows loading and fully managing Flash movies right in Mac applications.
With version 2.6, the app features new options designed to make implementing Flash Player component into any Mac application even more convenient. Those who are working with Flash'In'App for the first time, will find examples of Flash'In'App usage for applications written in different languages, including Python and Ruby.
Communication with Flash Player component was also improved. Now SWF objects, arrays and other data can be sent to it via the ExternalInterface class.
Flash'in'App 2.6 features several bug fixes to make it more stable and reliable. A set of classes, contained in Flash'In'App framework, will let any application play SWF files, manage their playback, communicate with them via external API [application programming interface], FSCommands or variables, control external resources loading, etc.
Surveyed developers concerned about Android's '...
A survey of 250 working developers released by Baird's William Powers -- as reported by "Fortune" (http://macte.ch/QHDO2) -- believes Android's market share gains may be illusory -- especially when the rise of the iPad is taken into account -- and that as a development environment, Google's OS is, well, a mess.
Per Baird's survey 71% of respondents said they were writing apps for Android, and 62% said they were writing for iOS. But, "Fortune" notes, the survey also suggests that programmers writing for Android are finding the ecosystem to be every bit as perilous as Arment predicted.
Among the problems that surfaced:
° Device fragmentation. 56% of Android developers said that operating system fragmentation among the various Android devices was a meaningful or "huge" problem, a percentage that actually increased over the past three months.
° Store fragmentation. Several developers expressed concern over Android app store fragmentation.
° Ease of development. iOS outscored Android
Florida high school students to get iPads, MacBooks
Students at a central Florida high school -- Lakes Wales High School in Lakeland -- will have iPads waiting for them when they go back to school in August, reports the "Associated Press" (http://macte.ch/yCyX5).
Each teacher at the school will also get one of the new touchscreen tablets (presumably the iPad 2), as well as a MacBook laptop. That's thanks to an anonymous US$1 million donation to the school's technology program, notes the AP.
The donor said in a press release that he hopes the gift will allow students and teachers to realize their full potential. The AP reports that the money will also be used for a new science, technology, engineering and math research lab; new audio equipment and video screens for the gymnasium; and flat screen monitors around the school to exhibit students' work and help staff communicate with students.
Lake Wales Senior High School was constituted in 1924 and had a total student body of 85 students, five full time faculty members, and one...
Analyst: MacBook Air continues to be strong sales performer
J.P. Morgan analyst Mark Moskowitz says in a note to investors -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) that checks with Apple's supply chain indicate that the MacBook Air has continued to be a strong performer for Apple.
He says 420,000 MacBook Air units were shipped in the fourth quarter of calendar 2010, which represented growth of 333% year-over-year, and 326.8% quarter-over-quarter. The level was also three times greater than the product's previous quarterly high. The number is also much lower than an estimate of over one million units given by another analyst in March, notes "AppleInsider."
"We believe that the growth rate of the MacBook Air stands to moderate, but we expect the product to exhibit increasing contribution to the overall Mac business," Moskowitz wrote. "(The fourth quarter of calendar 2010) was the first quarter in which the MacBook Air accounted for greater than 10% of total Apple Mac units. More importantly, the MacBook Air accounted for...
Several European companies waiting for iPads to go paperless
European companies, including at least one Swiss multinational, are being forced to delay a move to paperless board meetings because of the shortage of Apple’s recently launched iPad 2 tablet device, reports the "Financial Times" (http://macte.ch/yChih).
"Company secretaries in Europe and elsewhere quickly embraced the original iPad and a specialized iPad app called Boardbooks from Diligent, a New Zealand-based software developer, as a money and time-saving alternative to sending out bulky packages of board papers to directors each month," the article says. "Many companies, however, had been waiting for the upgraded iPad 2, which became available in Europe on March 25 in limited quantities, before making the switch."
However, Apple restricts the purchase of the iPad 2 to two per customer because of component and product shortages. Now some companies have had to put their iPad plans on hold, says the "Financial Times."
NetMarketShare: Mac OS X, iOS, Safari all gain market share
Mac, Safari and iOS market share for Internet usage rose from February to March,, according to the latest market share survey from NetMarketShare (http://www.netmarketshare.com).
According to the report, among operating systems, Mac OS X had 5.25% of the global market share in March compared to 5.19% in February (that's global market share; in the US it's almost 10%). Windows remains dominant with 89.58% as of March. That's down from 89.69% in January. Apple's highest percentage previously was 5.27% in October 2009.
When it comes to browsers, Safari had 6.61% in March compared to 6.36% in February, while Internet Explorer had 55.92% Firefox had 21.80% and Chrome had 11.57%. That compares to, respectively, February percentages of 56.7%, 21.74% and 10.93%, respectively, for the browsers.
The iOS's market share also rose, according to NetMarketShare. It had 1.87% of the global market share in March compared to 1.81% in February. The iOS' highest percentage of market share was in January...
Google Analytics: iOS ecosystem still ahead Android ecosystem
A large sample of millions of website visitors detailed by Google Analytics indicates that the entire Android ecosystem combined, while slightly ahead of the iPhone 4, continues to be outpaced by Apple's iOS, largely due to the rapid growth of iPad, reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).
This mirrors additional data that underlines Apple's lead in both mobile browsing and app sales, refuting recent reports that claim Android is displacing iOS, the article adds. As "AppleInsider" notes, there are regular reports that Google's Android platform has passed the iPhone 4 in both installed base and growth. However, Jeff Tribble of SEO firm ROI365 notes that the firm's analytics data covering four million unique visitors across a large portfolio of web sites shows that Android's share of web visits over the iPhone "is very slight and has not grown much over the past quarter."
Tribble reported that his collective data "currently show 2.89% of the visits coming from Android vs...