Apple to open two new retail stores Nov. 13
Apple is set to open two new retail stores on Saturday, Nov. 13.
Apple Store University Park Mall is located at 6501 North Grape Road, Mishawaka, Indiana 46545. Apple Store Summit Mall is located at 3265 West Market Street in Akron, Ohio 44333. Both will open to the public at 10 am (Eastern) on Nov. 13.
Monotype Imaging introduces the Harmonia Sans Family
Monotype Imaging Holdings, a provider of text imaging solutions, has added the Harmonia Sans family to the Monotype typeface collection. The suite features 17 fonts that can be licensed and downloaded from the company’s Fonts.com, Linotype.com and ITCFonts.com stores.
Harmonia Sans is also available for web site design from Fonts.com Web Fonts. Designed by Jim Wasco in collaboration with George Ryan, both of Monotype Imaging, it combines calligraphic proportions with geometric letterforms inspired by sans serif typefaces such as the Futura and ITC Avant Garde Gothic designs.
Harmonia Sans includes five weights that range from light to black. Each has a cursive italic counterpart. Condensed designs are available for the regular, semi-bold and bold weights, in addition to four monospaced designs. All 17 Harmonia Sans fonts are available as OpenType Pro selections, which allow for the automatic insertion of old style figures, arbitrary fractions, tablular figures, proportional figures...
iWork '11 waiting for launch of Mac App Store?
"AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) says iWork '11 is ready to go and is simply waiting for Apple to launch the Mac App Store.
Introduced at October's "Back to the Mac" event, the Mac App Store will be built into Mac OS X Lion, when it prowls in 2011. However, Apple is releasing a version for Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard") before year's end.
Craig Federighi, vice president of engineering for OS X, demoed Lion at the Back to the Mac event. The Mac App Store brings the Apple App Store experience to Mac OS X, making discovering, installing and updating Mac apps easier than ever, he said. Like on the iPad, you purchase apps using your iTunes account and they download and install in just one step.
App updates are delivered directly through the Mac App Store, so it’s easy to keep all of your apps up to date. The Mac App Store will be available for Snow Leopard within 90 days and will be included in Lion when it ships next summer.
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DxO Optics updated to version 6.5
DxO Labs (http://www.dxo.com) has released the latest version of its image enhancement software for photographers: DxO Optics Pro 6.5. Along with providing photographers with high dynamic range (HDR) capability from a single RAW image, version 6.5 improves accessibility and productivity.
DxO Optics Pro 6.5 and upgrades for both Mac OS X (10.5 and higher) and Windows will be offered at a 30% holiday season discount through Dec. 25. Here's a list of what's new in version 6.5:
° HDR rendering from single RAW shots to reveal the full dynamic range of high contrast scenes without the need for bracketing;
° Improved RAW conversion engine for automatic processing and productivity at any ISO ranging from 100 to 100,000;
° Integration of Lightroom 3 support;
° Numerous interface improvements, including a new large preview window for detailed inspection of images before adding them a project;
° Support for new cameras.
DxO Optics Pro v6.5 for Mac and Windows, Standard and Elite editions, are...
ExactScan Pro update sports more OCR languages, more
ExactCode has updated its ExactScan Pro (http://www.exactcode.de/site/products/exactscan/) scanning software for Mac OS X (10.4 and higher) to version 2.12.1. The upgrade 11 sports new OCR languages, improved barcode recognition as well as several improved user interface localizations.
ExactScan includes built-in drivers for over 180 document scanners, including devices from Avision, Kodak, Oki, Visioneer and Xerox. Together with the Spotlight indexing services built into Mac OS X since 10.5 ("Leopard") this features form a document management solution suitable for small-office and home-office (SOHO) environments. What's more it has image enhancement algorithms that can recognize automatically how the images and documents have to be cropped and de-skewed.
ExactScan comes with support for many languages (English, Dutch, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, Simplified-Chinese, Traditional-Chinese) and works with Mac OS X 10.4 and higher. The pro version of the software costs...
Jobs: hardly anyone was buying the Xserve
French site "MacGeneration" is reporting (http://www.macgeneration.com/news/voir/175852/xserve-pour-ainsi-dire-per...) that one of its readers emailed Apple CEO Steve Jobs to inquire about the reasons behind the decision to discontinue the Xserve rackmount server.
Jobs reportedly sent one of his succinct replies from his iPhone. He simply said, "Hardly anyone was buying them."
Apple will continue to sell its rack-mount server product through Jan. 31, 2011, and will continue to honor warranties and support contracts. Apple has posted a Xserve Transition Guide (http://images.apple.com/xserve/pdf/L422277A_Xserve_Guide.pdf).
Every Xserve ships with an unlimited client edition of Leopard Server, offering support for Mac, Linux and Windows clients without the added cost of client-access licenses. Leopard Server sports Server Assistant and Server Preferences, which allow even nontechnical users to quickly manage users and groups on the server and easily set up key services, according to...
.Mac HomePage ends today
On July 7, 2009, the .Mac HomePage web application was discontinued by Apple. Now the company is discontinuing HomePage viewing as of Nov. 8 (that's today).
As of July 7, MobileMe users were no longer be able to create new pages or edit existing pages using HomePage. HomePage was the web site creation tool in Apple's US$99-per-year .Mac suite of Internet services (formerly .Mac, now MobileMe).
Last month Apple sent a letter to MobileMe subscribers that read:
"Over a year ago, we retired the .Mac HomePage application for publishing new pages, but allowed previously published pages to remain viewable on the web. On November 8, 2010, we will discontinue online viewing of photos, movies, and files shared using .Mac HomePage.
"Please note that your content will not be deleted. Any photos, movies, or files you have published using HomePage will continue to remain on your MobileMe iDisk in the Movies, Pictures, or Public folders. We recommend MobileMe Gallery as a great way to share photos...
Melbourne docs to get iPads
A re-elected Victorian government in Melbourne, Victoria, would employ an extra 2,800 doctors, nurses and other health professionals to treat hundreds of thousands more patients under a $1.5 billion health package, as well as provide an iPad for every doctor working in a public hospital, reports "The Age" (http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/state-election-2010/record-investment-...).
The article says the package would cover: the recruitment of 2,800 front-line health professionals over the next two years; $618 million to treat an extra 315,000 emergency patients; and $344 million to ensure more than 620,000 people get the elective surgery they need. It also includes $340 million for specialist services, like chemotherapy and intensive care; $36 million to provide dental care for more than 70,000 extra patients; and $33 million to create new doctor-training posts, half of which will be in the bush.
Imposition Wizard 1.8 released for Mac OS X
Applications for Life Company has released Imposition Wizard 1.8 (http://www.impositionwizard.com), an update to their professional level, standalone imposition software for Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.
As a standalone application, Imposition Wizard doesn't require any third-party software, it just reads and writes PDF files. Version 1.8 sports several small improvements, and features a two-up preview mode, reads bleed and trim data from source files, as well as allows to rotate sheets and define their default parameters.
Imposition Wizard supports all main imposition schemes: Booklet, N-Up, Step & Repeat, Cut Stack. It allows to reorder pages of source documents, supports custom crops and bleeds of source pages, allows to define padding for sheets and trim the unused space. Imposition Wizard supports creeps for booklets, it performs saddle stitched and perfect binded impositions and much more. This software can solve most imposition tasks and can be controlled using AppleScript.
PDF Checkpoint gets maintenance update
Zevrix (http://www.zevrix.com) has updated PDF Checkpoint, an automated PDF preflighting and conversion solution, to version 1.2.1. It's a maintenance update.
PDF Checkpoint lets users review and analyze preflight results. The program is equally suitable to process hundreds of files as well as single PDF documents.
PDF Checkpoint checks fonts, colors, images and metadata of multiple PDF files and lets users instantly identify potential problems according to user-defined preflight profiles. Preflight profiles let users check PDF for specific attributes, such as image resolution, color model, PDF/X compliance and others. PDF Checkpoint can also route PDF into success/error folders according to preflight results and generate preflight report for each file.
With PDF Checkpoint, you can export PDF pages into TIFF, JPEG and other formats as RGB, CMYK or Grayscale images. You can specify image resolution and scale. You can also split multipage files into single page PDF documents. Users...
Rutgers Mini MBA program provides students with iPads
The Rutgers Mini MBA Program (http://www.cmd.rutgers.edu/index.html?utm_source=BW&utm_medium=pr&utm_co...) is offering an accelerated Social Media Marketing Course from Dec. 6-10, on the Piscataway, New Jersey campus. All of the students enrolling in the course will receive iPads.
This Social Media Certificate Program has been approved by the New Jersey Department of Labor for workforce training grants. Funding may be available for those receiving unemployment benefits. iPads will be an integral part of the 10-session Rutgers Mini MBA Program, which provides new career skills in a field that is defined by social media technology and change, says Eric Greenberg, the Faculty Chair of the Mini-MBA: Social Media Program at the Center for Management Development (CMD).
The cost of the Social Media Certificate Program is US$4,995, which includes all instructional materials on a pre-loaded iPad and fees. The Rutgers Mini MBA Program may qualify for corporate tuition reimbursement....
Toshiba introduces blade-type SSD modules
Toshiba has announced the Blade X-gale SSD series, a new form factor in high capacity, high performance solid-state storage. Available now, the new drives are offered in capacities of 64GB, 128GB and 256GB, with a maximum sequential read speed of 220MB per second and a maximum sequential write speed of 180MB/s.
They's designed for for integration into space-sensitive products, including tablet computers, laptops, mini-mobile and netbook computers. As mobile devices get smaller and lighter, yet even more feature packed than ever, the SSDs inside them -- the heart of storing all of the music and other entertainment data -- must be even smaller, and much thinner.
Scott Nelson, vice president, Memory Business Unit, Toshiba America Electronic Components, says Toshiba's new 64GB and 128GB Blade X-gale SSDs are the thinnest available within the company's comprehensive portfolio of SSD solutions. At a thickness of 2.2mm, the modules are 42% thinner than that of a typical mSATA SSD, and...
Mac Marshal advances to version 2.0
ATC-NY has just released two new versions of Mac Marshal (http://www.macmarshal.com) to fight cyber crime. Mac Marshal 2.0 automates the forensics process for a cyber investigator.
It scans a Macintosh disk, automatically detects and displays Mac and Windows operating systems and virtual machine images, then runs a number of analysis tools to extract Mac OS X-specific forensic evidence written by the OS and common applications.
Mac Marshal Forensic Edition runs on an investigator's Mac workstation to analyze a disk image. Mac Marshal Field Edition runs on a Mac target machine from a USB drive. It extracts volatile system state data, including a snapshot of physical RAM. The Field Edition also analyzes disk-based data, with the same capabilities as the Forensic Edition.
Highlights of the new features available in Mac Marshal 2.0 include:
° Streamlined analysis, including Spotlight searches, on E01-format disk images.
° New analysis tools including system configuration analysis and...
Apple is e-reader manufacturer most likely to impact publishing...
Publisher members of the Audit Bureau of Circulations and ABC Interactive are implementing plans for harnessing the mobile market’s potential and focusing on strategies that increase revenue from the distribution channel. And they've found that Apple currently leads the pack of manufacturers offering e-reader and tablet devices, but some concerns may drive publishers to other devices.
Eighty-six percent of respondents said that Apple is the e-reader manufacturer most likely to impact the publishing market. However, only 11% of survey respondents said they were satisfied with the analytics and subscriber data they receive from Apple. Only 19% said they were content with Apple’s app business model.
According to the new survey from ABC and ABCi, “Going Mobile: How Publishers Are Solidifying Strategies and Adapting to the Mobile Market" (http://www.accessabc.com/press/press110410.htm), publishers see digital distribution of their publication as an increasingly important element of their...
iZotope announces Nectar vocal suite
iZotop has announced Nectar (http://www.izotope.com/products/audio/nectar), a new plug–in that includes a complete vocal processing toolkit and is compatible with Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. It offers dozens of professionally designed vocal production styles powered by 11 processing modules.
Users will select an included style and then customize it with faders tailored to that style. For further customization of their vocal sound, users can switch to the Advanced View and access all of the controls of the underlying modules that power the plug-in, says Hart Shafer, Vice President of Product Management for iZotope.
Nectar includes Pitch Correction, Breath Control, Compressors, DeEsser, Doubler, Saturation, EQ, Gate, Limiter, Delay, and Reverb modules. Breath Control offers users a target mode, which allows them specify the desired level of breaths detected in the track. Pitch Correction includes both auto and graphical pitch editing controls.
iZotope Nectar is designed for audio...
Bank of America, Citigroup eyeing the iPhone
Bank of America and Citigroup are considering whether to let employees use an iPhone as an alternative to Research In Motion.’s BlackBerry for corporate e-mail, reports "Bloomberg Businessweek" (http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-11-05/bank-of-america-citigroup-sa...), quoting " three people familiar with the plans."
The banks are testing software for the iPhone that’s designed to make it secure enough for company messages, said the people, who didn’t want to be named because the plans aren’t public. The tests are the latest sign that RIM may be losing its tight grip on the corporate smartphone market, says "Bloomberg Businessweek."
Apple introduces Mac Pro Server configuration
After announcing that the Xserve is being at the start of 2010, Apple has quietly introduced a new server configuration option for the Mac Pro. The configuration starts at US$2,999.
The new Mac Pro Server configuration includes a 2.8GHz quad-core Intel Xeon processor, 8GB of RAM, two 1TB hard drives, an ATI Radeon HD 5770 video card with 1GB of RAM, and Mac OS X Server with an unlimited client license. Build-to-order options offer up to two 2.93GHz six-core Xeons, as well as up to 8TB of storage across all four drive bays. Also optional are Fiber Channel, hardware RAID cards and Xsan 2.
UA becomes RTAS developer for Avid Pro Tools
Universal Audio (http://www.uaudio.com) has announced that it's an Avid RTAS developer, and that the UAD-2 platform is now compatible with Avid’s family of Pro Tools music creation and audio production solutions.
While a significant percentage of the 40,000 UAD Powered Plug-In users worldwide are already using Pro Tools solutions, with this agreement, these users will be assured of an improved workflow in the future, says Universal Audio Inc founder and Chairman Bill Putnam Jr.
He says that, in particular, by combining the new Pro Tools|HD Native PCIe card and UAD-2 DSP Accelerator PCIe cards, Pro Tools|HD Native users can have the best of both worlds: an industry leading digital editing and mixing platform working on the power of the host CPU, and a library of classic analog emulation plug-ins developed in partnership with Neve, Manley, Roland, Empirical Labs, Fairchild, Pultec, Teletronix, dbx, Studer, Lexicon and more.
Launch2net Premium update improves stability, more
Nova media has updated launch2net Premium (http://www.novamedia.de) its 3G connection manager with the ability to share your Mac's 3G connection with iPads and other devices. Version 2.1 improves stability, adds better support for VPN and Prepaid connections.
Launch2net Premium can replace different connection managers from network operators and modem manufacturers, making a mobile online experience much more enjoyable, says Jan Fuellemann, PR spokesperson at nova media. Using the integrated Mobile Hub, the 3G connection can instantly be shared with iPads, iPod touches and other WLAN capable devices, he adds. Besides the ability to establish a 3G connection with most modems and most network operators, launch2net Premium offers a full fledged SMS text message manager as well as a statistics.
Launch2net Premium 2.1 is available today for download at nova media's web site. It's a free update for current users. For new users a single license of launch2net Premium is priced at...
Another Foxconn worker commits suicide
Another worker has committed suicide at the south China manufacturing complex of iPhone maker Foxconn International Holdings, whose clients include Apple, HP and Sony, reports "Reuters" (http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6A41M920101105?utm_source=feedburn...).
It's the latest in a string of employees who have jumped to their deaths this year. The employee "fell to death" early on Friday at one of Foxconn's manufacturing facilities in the southern Chinese manufacturing hub of Shenzhen, Xinhua News Agency reported.
"The death was confirmed by the municipal government. No further information was immediately available," Xinhua said.
Say goodbye to Xserve
Apple will discontinue its Xserve rack-mount server in January. Why? “Since its introduction in the fall of 2009, Mac mini with Snow Leopard Server has become Apple’s most popular server system," the company says.
Apple will continue to sell its rack-mount server product through Jan. 31, 2011, and will continue to honor warranties and support contracts. Apple has posted a Xserve Transition Guide (http://images.apple.com/xserve/pdf/L422277A_Xserve_Guide.pdf).
Every Xserve ships with an unlimited client edition of Leopard Server, offering support for Mac, Linux and Windows clients without the added cost of client-access licenses. Leopard Server sports Server Assistant and Server Preferences, which allow even nontechnical users to quickly manage users and groups on the server and easily set up key services, according to David Moody, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Mac Product Marketing.
Leopard Server includes Podcast Producer, a way to automatically publish podcasts to iTunes or...
Apicorn introduces 750GB Aegis Padlock Drive
The Apricorn Aegis Padlock drive is now available in 750GB, 500GB, and 250GB capacities. It uses a physical numeric keypad instead of a biometric reader or software to give you access to the drive's storage.
The benefits of the keypad are that you can use the drive on any computer, plus you can share the drive with a group via the PIN number. You can also set the drive with guest PINs for flexibility, though this requires an installable utility.
The Aegis Padlock has security features including either 128-bit or 256-bit AES encryption, military grade FIPS PUB 197 validated encryption on the 256-bit model, a wear resistant keyboard, Apricorn's Variable Time Circuit (VTC) technology, and Apricorn's "brute force, self destruct" feature.
The Aegis Padlock starts at US$89 for the 128-bit encrypted 250GB drive, all the way up to $199 for the 256-bit milspec model 750GB drive. The drives are available now from resellers in the U.S., Canada, and online at http://www.apricorn.com .
Playback sports more aggressive service discovery
Yazsoft has introduced Playback Media Server 1.7.1 (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 more aggressive service discovery. Also, iTunes movies are now sorted properly.
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...
Softpress offers discounted Pixelmator as a companion product
Following the release of Freeway 5.5, the upgrade to its family of web design tools, Softpress (http://www.softpress.com) has announced a special deal on a companion application, Pixelmator.
"Freeway 5.5 has been a great success, with rave reviews and lots of excitement from our users," Softpress Managing Director Richard Logan says. "As a 'thank you' for our supporters, we have arranged to add Pixelmator 1.6.2 to our list of deeply discounted companion products. Alongside Intaglio and Easy Web Animator, Pixelmator will make it a real joy to create modern leading-edge websites, reliable email newsletters and stunning presentations within Freeway. Both professional and novice users will benefit from the innovative and powerful features of these applications for the creation of stylish, dynamic and standards-compliant output. Thanks to all and Enjoy!"
Award-winning Pixelmator from the Pixelmator Team will be offered exclusively to registered Freeway owners at US$39, nearly 35% off its...
Soundboard update adds Soundpipe technology, more
Ambrosia Software has updated Soundboard (http://www.ambrosiasw.com/dl/soundboard) for Mac OS X to version 2.0. Like cart machines in broadcast radio studios, Soundboard lets users map sound effects, audio clips, or musical accompaniment to keys on the Mac keyboard, triggered with a single tap.
The new 2.0.0 version features major functionality upgrades, such as our new Soundpipe technology, which allows users to route audio to other applications (such as GarageBand) for recording. Other features include a totally redesigned one-window user interface, with improvements such as per-effect fader controls, Duck and Pause All controls, and more.
Soundboard’s 32 triggers can also be used to build custom mashups from your onboard audio. You can create intros and fades, crop at will, and apply filters to your audio without fear of losing your original file.
You can control Soundboard via any MIDI device, and MIDI effects such as panning and gain are automatically applied to Soundboard's...
Info needed on birding/bird watching software for the Mac
Our next Migration Kit will look at Mac software for birding and bird watching. If you use or know of such goodies, drop me a line (email@example.com) no later than Wednesday, Nov. 9.
Migration Kits appear on Friday and round-up Mac solutions for specific industries and areas as dentistry, engineering, sales, etc. Also, if you have a particular migration topic you'd like us to cover, drop me a line, as well.
Light Peak equipped Macs possible for 2011
The rumor mill says that the first computers using LightPeak will arrive in the first half of 2011. And Apple might be one of the first manufacturers to include it in its Mac models, says "CNET" (http://news.cnet.com/8301-13924_3-20021658-64.html).
Developed by Intel, the Light Peak technology paves the way for a new generation of extreme computer input and output (I/O) performance, delivering 10Gb/s of bandwidth, with the potential ability to scale to 100Gb/second over the next decade, according to David Perlmutter, executive vice president and general manager, Intel Architecture Group. At 10Gb/second, a user could purportedly transfer a full-length Blu-Ray movie in less than 30 seconds. Intel says it intends to work with the industry to determine the best way to make this new technology a standard.
The optical technology allows for smaller connectors and longer, thinner, and more flexible cables than currently possible. Light Peak also has the ability to run multiple protocols...
Ancestry.com unveils new Family Tree Maker for the Mac
Ancestry.com has launched Family Tree Maker for Mac, the new Mac version of the family history software. It provides a way to save and organize your family tree on your Mac computer and has a variety of tools that can help you share your discoveries with family and friends.
Family Tree Maker for Mac combines intuitive tools with robust features and flexible options, making it ideal for family history novices and experts alike, says Eric Shoup, senior vice president of Product for Ancestry.com. A dynamic user interface and integration with Ancestry.com makes it simple to create family trees, record memories, and organize photos, videos and audio clips, plus share ancestors' stories, he adds.
It's even possible to explore family migration paths by viewing timelines and interactive maps that highlight events and places in ancestors' lives. The first step is to start a family tree by entering and organizing family history information. From there, a myriad of features help you bring your...
IDC: iPhone now number two smartphone globally
The worldwide smartphone market reached a new milestone during the third quarter of 2010 (3Q10), with the leading vendors posting double- or even triple-digit year-over-year growth. According to the International Data Corporation (http://www.idc.com) "Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker,"vendors shipped a total of 81.1 million units, up 89.5% from the 42.8 million units shipped during 3Q09.
Apple marked a new milestone in iPhone shipments, enough to take the number 2 ranking worldwide. The third quarter is typically Apple's highest volume quarter, and 3Q10 was no exception. Consumers who did not get their iPhone 4 at the end of June were rewarded for their patience and even the much-hyped "Antennagate" did little to dampen demand, as the company moved swiftly to provide solutions, says IDC.
For the first three quarters of 2010, vendors have shipped a total of 200.6 million units, up 67.6% from the 119.6 million units shipped during the first three quarters of 2009.
IK releases iKlip for iPad
IK Multimedia (http://www.ikmultimedia.net) has announced iKlip, an US$39.99 universal microphone stand adapter for the iPad. It allows musicians and presenters to take their Apple tablet with them on stage, in the studio or at school.
The iKlip is designed to offer support and and allow the operation of music and presentation apps on virtually any microphone stand. The device's multi-angle, adjustable design allows for optimal viewing and access to all the iPad's controls, buttons and connection ports, and allows positioning of an iPad in both in landscape and portrait orientation.
Its dense thermoplastic lightweight material ensures durability and secure holding of the iPad with most stand types, according to the folks at IK Multimedia. Now with iKlip, guitar and bass players, vocalists, keyboardists, DJs and any other musicians can use their favorite iPad apps during live performance, learning or training sessions, presentations or a multitude of other music applications, they add...
Accordance Bible Software releases Bible Atlases, geography...
Accordance Bible Software has released 13 Bible atlases and related books from Carta, Israel's leading publisher of maps, atlases, and books on Biblical history and geography. The new Carta collection includes six high-quality atlases and seven books on the history of Jerusalem and the Jewish temple.
° The Carta Bible Atlas (the fourth-edition of the best-selling Macmillan Bible Atlas), by Yohanan Aharoni, Michael Avi-Yonah, Anson F. Rainey, and Ze'ev Safrai;
° The Sacred Bridge, Carta’s Atlas of the Biblical World, by Anson F. Rainey and R. Steven Notley;
° Carta's New Century Handbook and Atlas of the Bible, by Anson F. Rainey and R. Steven Notley;
° The Illustrated Bible Atlas with Historical Notes, by F. F. Bruce;
° Bible History Atlas Study Edition, by F. F. Bruce;
° The Onomasticon by Eusebius of Caesarea;
° The Illustrated Atlas of Jerusalem, by Dan Bahat and Chaim T. Rubinstein;
° Carta's Historical Atlas of Jerusalem, by Dan Bahat;
° Jerusalem in the Time of...
Apple releases version 9.1 of iPhoto '11
Apple has released iPhoto '11, version 9.1. This update adds several new print product options to iPhoto '11.
It also improves overall stability and addresses a number of other minor issues. According to Apple, iPhoto '11 9.1:
° Provides the ability to create and order calendars in iPhoto;
° Additional letterpress holiday greeting card themes are now available;
° Fixes an issue that prevented videos downloaded from MobileMe or Flickr from importing correctly into iPhoto events.
Apple says the 35.4MB update is recommended for all users of iPhoto '11. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.3 or later. You can obtain it via the Software Update component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences software.
Apple updates HP printer drivers
Apple has released HP Printer Drivers v.2.5.2 for Mac OS X v10.6 (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL907). This download includes the latest HP printing and scanning software.
It requires Mac OS X v10.6.1 or later. It's a 387.47MB download.
Brits want an iPad for Christmas -- if they can afford it
In its annual Christmas shopping survey, Twenga (http://www.twenga.co.uk), a next-generation shopping search engine, asked Internet users what presents they most wanted this Christmas. Topping the wish lists this year is one product in particular, the iPad.
Over half (56%) of the Brits surveyed said that they were wishing for an iPad this Christmas. However, 40% still feel that it’s too expensive to have any hope of one ending up in their stocking.
The iPad’s popularity is also apparent in Spain and France, where 64% and 60% respectively, said that they would like an iPad. Italian users were even more hopeful, with 69% crossing their fingers for one this Christmas.
However, in Germany and the Netherlands, only 41% and 40% respectively, had Apple’s tablet computer on their Christmas wish lists.
With regards to the price, other countries in Europe seem to share the British sentiment that the iPad, despite its appeal, is simply too expensive. Again, Spanish and Italian users feel...
Turn your old Macs into coffee machines, docks, more
Do you remember the coffee making iMac with subwoofer and integrated Mac mini, one year ago? Well, there are some new family members from Kiwidee (http://www.kiwidee.com/kiwidee/home_e.html), a company that offers a "second life for your Mac."
The new iMac Coffee Edition has got an "Injector System" and is now fit for cappuccino. Pricing starts at 399.
The new iMac A/V Edition turns the iMac into an iPhone/iPod/ iPad movie and sound dock with HDMI out + Bluetooth. Pricing starts at 483.
Instead of the Mac mini you can now also choose an integrated 119 Full HD Media Player/Streamer. Last but not least, the Cube is reborn as the 499 SubCube 2.1 sound system featuring an iPod/iPhone dock + Bluetooth.
ProteMac KeyBag Pro captures password, keyboard activit
ProteMac has launched KeyBag Pro (http://www.protemac.com/KeyBag_PRO/) for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. This US$99.95 stealth keystroke recorder captures every Mac log-on password. Working undetectable, it audits every typed activity including log-on passwords, programs run, typed symbols, instant message charts, email, etc.
KeyBag Pro enables you to trace all password attempts. Plus, it archives all passwords ever typed in, enabling you to export this data in the desired format to the location you specified.
KeyBag Pro creates the record of the programs' usage illustrating this statistic data in a chart that displays the typing speed and the total number of keystrokes for a definite application used in the specified time period. This means KeyBag Pro delivers the comprehensive report about application statistics indicating the time and text typed in a specific application. The special Keystroke Typed Details window shows the full text or the message even if it has been deleted.
iWeb Themes Park now offers 77 iWeb templates
iWeb Themes Park (http://www.iwebthemespark.com) has introduced Bloomy, Butterflies, Diamonds, Magnification and Old World themes for iWeb, the web site creation component of Apple's iLife suite. The updated iWeb Themes Box has 77 iWeb themes all in all.
The five new themes are different from the others and offer new website building possibilities in new fields, such as antiques, romantics, handmade artworks and other, according to the folks at iWeb Themes Park. To use them you'll need iWeb from iLife '08, iLife '09 or iLife '11.
The iWeb Themes Box of 77 themes is priced at US$44.99. Ten iWeb Themes in a Combo Package can be purchased for $29.99. Each template is available for $11.99 or $10.99. Using the coupon code “iWebThemesTrio” 3 iWeb Themes of Your choice can be obtained with $11.99 discount. Two iWeb Themes are free for everyone.
LaCie brings USB 3.0 speed to the Mac world
LaCie (http://www.lacie.com) says it's introducing industry-leading performance to Mac users with the availability of a USB 3.0 driver for Mac OS X. The driver brings the fast speeds of LaCie’s USB 3.0 hard drives to Mac computers and laptops -- delivering transfer rates that are up to two times faster than FireWire 800, the company claims.
By downloading LaCie’s USB 3.0 driver for the Mac, and using it in conjunction with LaCie’s USB 3.0 expansion cards, Mac users can experience USB 3.0 speeds. Simply Check your compatibility with USB 3.0, install the peripherals, and download the driver.
Apparently, you'll need a Mac Pro with a PCI Express card or a MacBook Pro with an ExpressCard/34 to use the expansion cards. If you already have one of LaCie’s USB 3.0 products and a LaCie expansion card, visit http://www.lacie.com/usb3mac to download the driver, get more information, or check your Mac’s compatibility.
Tidy Up for Mac OS X tidied up to version 2.3.0
Hyberbolic Software (http://www.hyperbolicsoftware.com) has released Tidy Up! 2.3.0 the latest version of their disk, file and folder processing utility for Mac OS X.
Tidy Up! can find duplicate files and packages using any criteria. Version 2.3.0 adds compatibility with iPhoto 11, a check button column in the result list and fixes some incompatibilities with Aperture 3.1.
Tidy Up 2.3.0 requires Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard") or higher. Upgrades from version 1.x are $20, and upgrades from version 2.x are free. For new users the cost is US$30 for a limited time.
New variant of Boonana Trojan Horse in the wild
The SecureMac team (http://www.securemac.com) says a new variant of the Boonana malware has been discovered. The new variant, trojan.osx.boonana.b, behaves in a very similar manner to the original malware, and is currently being distributed on multiple sites.
SecureMac has identified two more web sites that are currently hosting the new malware variant. Rather than the initial site which tricks users into running (and installing) the malware, these servers seem to be hosting update code for the malware. The infected machines contact these servers looking for updates to the malware payload. At the time of analysis (Nov. 2), these servers were live and distributing malware, says SecureMac.
In addition to the malware updates, these servers contain what appear to be keystroke logs from infected machines, including usernames and passwords. With a quick glance, Boonana may look like a variant of Koobface, which was discovered for Windows back in 2008.
However, ESET has also confirmed...
Beta version of Skype 5.0 for Mac available
Skype (http://www.skype.com) has released a beta version of Skype 5.0 for Mac in beta. The new release boasts a revitalized look and feel that simplifies navigation and provides a more native Mac experience. Some of the highlights of Mac 5.0 beta include:
° Group video calling, which allows you to do video calls with more than two people at a time as long as all participants are on the new Mac beta or Skype for Windows 5.0;
° A new call control bar: you can hang up, mute and more from a mini Skype toolbar that sits on top of any web pages, documents or photos you've got open;
° Offline IM so that you can send and receive instant messages even if the recipient is offline;
° A Floating Contacts Monitor to see your online contacts and contact groups.
Just remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.
A Verizon iPhone coming before year's end?
"TUAW" (http://www.tuaw.com/2010/11/03/verizon-iphone-announcement-rumored-to-hi...) thinks we may see a Verizon iPhone before the end of 2011. Such a device has been expected for a long time, but most predictions have it arriving no sooner than early 2011.
However, "TUAW" say a Verizon insider told them that training notices have been sent out to customer service personnel describing an "Iconic Device" that will be available for pre-order on Nov. 9. The device is expected to be in very high demand, and the training goes on to cover how to handle the pre-orders as they come in, says "TUAW."
Jobs hints at update of Final Cut Pro
It's been over seven month since Apple last updated Final Cut Pro. But that may be about to change. "Cult of Mac" (http://www.cultofmac.com/steve-stay-tuned-and-buckle-up-for-64-bit-final...) reports an email exchange between a Final Cut Pro user and Apple CEO Steve Jobs.
The article says Evan Agee recently emailed Jobs, expressing his hopes of a 64-bit update to Final Cut Pro. He purportedly received one of the CEO's famed, succinct replies: “Stay tuned and buckle up.”
Analyst sets $410 price target for Apple stock
Robert W. Baird analyst William Power launched coverage of Apple Thursday morning with an Outperform rating and US$410 price target, reports "Barron's" (http://blogs.barrons.com/techtraderdaily/2010/11/04/apple-baird-launches...).
“Apple has established itself as the unabashed premium provider in the burgeoning smart phone market,” he tells clients in a research note. “We expect the company to further expand its market position, while also capitalizing on a number of newer growth initiatives, including the iPad, which is opening another huge market. Combined with what we view as an attractive valuation, despite the strong stock move, we are initiating coverage with an Outperform rating.”
Apple accepting submissions for Mac App Store
Apple is now accepting submissions for the upcoming Mac App Store. Revealed in October, the Mac version will operate much like the iOS App Store, and is set to launch sometime in January 2011.
At the Oct. 20 "Back to the Mac" event, Craig Federighi, Apple's vice president of engineering for OS X, demoed The Mac App Store. He said it brings the Apple App Store experience to Mac OS X, making discovering, installing and updating Mac apps easier than ever, he says. Like on the iPad, you purchase apps using your iTunes account and they download and install in just one step.
App updates are delivered directly through the Mac App Store, so it’s easy to keep all of your apps up to date. The Mac App Store will be available for Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard") and will be included in Mac OS X Lion when it ships next summer.
Gartner to CEOs: seize the iPad opportunity
The iPad and its ecosystem are likely to disrupt existing technology use profiles and business models, and CEOs should ensure that its potential is being seriously evaluated inside their organizations, according to a new report from Gartner Inc (http://www.gartner.com).
“It is not usually the role of the CEO to get directly involved in specific technology device decisions, but Apple's iPad is an exception,” says Stephen Prentice, Gartner Fellow and vice president. “It is more than just the latest consumer gadget; and CEOs and business leaders should initiate a dialogue with their CIOs about if they have not already done so.”
The research grouop forecasts worldwide media tablet sales to end users to reach 19.5 million units in 2010, driven by sales of the iPad. Media tablets are poised for strong growth with worldwide end user sales projected to total 54.8 million units in 2011, up 181 percent from 2010, and surpass 208 million units in 2014.
Unless there is a self-evident case to the...
Jawbone introduces Jambox wireless speaker, speakerphone
Jawbone (http:///www.jawbone.com) has introduced the Jambox, which it says is the first intelligent wireless speaker and speakerphone. In addition to delivering full spectrum audio, Jambox connects with mobile phones, computers, tablets, iPods or any other Bluetooth device, allowing consumers to stream and share music, movies, games, phone and conference calls wirelessly.
Jambox's acoustic drivers and ultra-small dome produce an audio spectrum almost as wide as the human ear itself, says Hosain Rahman, CEO and founder of Jawbone. These drivers and speakers work in concert with an innovative moving-wall passive bass radiator and airtight enclosure.
The Jambox can be updated with apps, software and new features at Jawbone's online platform, MyTalk. Audio alerts offer hands-free convenience, letting you know battery life, caller ID, call functions and more. Jambox can also be personalized with voice and language options.
The Jambox boasts stainless steel construction and an industrial-...
Apple planning third retail store in Scotland
Apple is preparing to open its third store in Scotland, this one in Edenburgh on Princes Street, reports "The Journal" (http://www.journal-online.co.uk/article/7007-new-apple-store-to-open-on-...).
By opening a store in Scotland’s capital, customers will no longer have to travel to Glasgow to fix their faulty or broken products, says "The Journal." There are currently only two Apple Stores in Scotland, in Glasgow and Aberdeen.
Apple acknowledges MacBook Air glitches
The "Boy Genius Report" site (http://www.bgr.com/2010/11/04/apple-confirms-macbook-air-bugs-internally/) says Apple has confirmed a problem with the new MacBook Air is working on a fix.
Apple hasn't addressed any of the reported issues publicly, but a source told "BGR" that the manufacturer is investigating several of them internally. Included among the issues is a bug where the display flickers or shows horizontal lines of varying colors when a computer wakes from sleep or after hot-plugging a display. Another bug causes the screen to fade from light to dark repeatedly after waking from sleep. Apple’s internal support system includes suggestions for interim fixes in each of these cases, but no permanent fixes are available at this time.
"Apple has stated internally that the aforementioned issues have been isolated and will be addressed in an upcoming software update," says "BGR." "When dealing with customers, Apple employees have been instructed to state that the company is aware of...
Excel Software releases QLRT Xcode 1.0
Excel Software (http://www.excelsoftware.com) has announced QLRT Xcode 1.0 for Xcode developers to protect Mac OS X software. QLRT Xcode is a static library implementation of the QuickLicense runtime software for protection, activation and license management.
Xcode programmers can protect their software from piracy and increase revenue by supporting a variety of license types, activation processes and advanced licensing features. QLRT Xcode is used in conjunction with QuickLicense. The developer configures all aspects of the software license with QuickLicense and builds a tiny encrypted Ticket file.
That Ticket file is bound to an application when the QLRT library is dropped into the source code and linked into the application. By focusing on value added customer solutions rather than
internal protection, activation and licensing features, the vendor gains programming productivity and deployment flexibility, according to the folks at Excel Software.
QLRT Xcode is the newest member...