Analyst: Apple's failure to pay dividends keeps some...
According to Toni Sacconaghi at Bernstein & Co., Apple’s failure to pay a dividend is preventing some investors from buying shares, reports "Silicon Alley Insider" (http://www.businessinsider.com/the-apple-investor-oct-22-2010-10).
About 10% to 15% of the investors he speaks with avoid Apple because they only buy firms with payouts or they’re concerned Apple will use the cash for an acquisition. However, "Silicon Alley Insider" says Sacconaghi's talking to the wrong investors "as the stock has increased 5x the past 5 years versus an 11% gain in the S&P 500, with little signs of stopping."
Blabbelon introduces integrated Suite of voice products
Blabbelon (http://blabbelon.com/, games developer and creator of voice systems has announced the release of its desktop client products for both Mac OS X and Windows. The company simultaneously released its 2.0 update of its browser-based voice software, with integration between the three products.
Earlier this year, the company announced the approval of its iPhone app in the Apple App Store. All four products share a common proprietary core application programming interface that lets users stay in touch regardless of desktop, web, or mobile access. All products remain free-of-charge for unlimited users.
The Blabbelon iPhone app is available now and can be downloaded for free.
Analyst: MacBook Air shipments to hit 700,000
MacBook Air shipments in the fourth quarter of 2010 are expected to reach about 700,000 units, accounting for more than 17% share of the company's 4.1 million Mac shipments, while the 11.6-inch model will account for 60% of the total MacBook Air sales due to its low price, according a Chinese-language Commercial Times report citing vice president of Concord Securities research department, Mingchi Kuo -- as noted by "DigiTimes" (http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20101022PB200.html).
Kuo pointed out that the new MacBook Air notebooks paired with the company's upcoming new operating system Mac OS X Lion next year should be able to attract more consumers to purchase the machine as their second computer choice, while Taiwan-based supply chain players including notebook maker Quanta Computer, chassis maker Catcher Technology, panel maker AU Optronics (AUO) and cooling module maker Auras Technology will all benefit from the new device, the article adds.
Jobs, President Obama talk jobs
President Barack Obama discussed job creation and American competitiveness during a meeting with Apple CEO Steve Jobs in California on Thursday, reports "Fox News" (http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/10/22/obama-talks-jobs-apples-steve...).White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said the pair met at the Westin hotel in San Francisco.
"They discussed American competitiveness and education, especially reforms such as the president's Race to the Top initiative," Gibbs said in a statement. "They then talked about energy independence and ways to increase job creation."
Jobs is a major donor to Democratic causes, having contributed US$50,000 to the Democratic National Committee in 2000 and $26,700 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in 2006, per Federal Election Commission records.
Apple addresses FaceTime beta issue
Along with Apple’s FaceTime beta release came a new iTunes Store account security flaw. Now Apple has offered a fix.
According to "Cocoa Touch Apps" (http://cocoatouchapps.com/2010/10/apple-fixes-facetime-security-flaw-ser...), while people were "poking around" in the FaceTime beta, they noticed that they could easily access their iTunes Store accounts right from the app. In doing so, they’re able to update their account settings without re-entering the iTunes Store password. To make matters worse, the application automatically saves your username and password even if you sign out
"Cocoa Touch Apps" says this is Apple's "easy ... yet annoying fix":
Go to your User Folder / Library / Preferences and delete com.apple.FaceTime.plist
That will reset the settings for the app and clear out your password.
Jobs comments on Java-Mac OS X situation
Apple's announcement that they would be ceasing future development of their version of Java for the Mac understandably worried Java developers.
Apple has posted developer documentation (http://developer.apple.com/library/mac/#releasenotes/Java/JavaSnowLeopar...) that said:
"As of the release of Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 3, the Java runtime ported by Apple and that ships with Mac OS X is deprecated. Developers should not rely on the Apple-supplied Java runtime being present in future versions of Mac OS X.
"The Java runtime shipping in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, and Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, will continue to be supported and maintained through the standard support cycles of those products."
Now "Mac Rumors" (http://www.macrumors.com) reports that one concerned Java developer from Portico Systems emailed Steve Jobs asking about Apple's future plans for the Java programming language and platform on Mac OS X. Jobs' reply was:
"Sun (now Oracle) supplies Java for all other platforms....
Apple denies discrimination against Korean iPhone users
Apple would be willing to improve its customer service policy for Korean iPhone users if a directly operated branch in Korea is established, Farrel Farhoudi, a senior director for the IT company's iPhone service, said in a parliamentary audit on Thursday -- as reported by "The Chosunilbo" (http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2010/10/22/2010102200910.html).
Grand National Party lawmaker Kwon Teak-ky raised the issue of different after-sales service policies between China and Korea and suggested it is discriminatory. Farhoudi replied that the regulations in China are different from those of Korea as there are directly operated Apple stores in China but none here, so the company's responsibilities are different., says "The Chosunilbo."
Audioengine introduces N22 desktop audio amplifier
Audioengine has released Audioengine N22 Premium Desktop Audio Amplifier. The N22 is a compact integrated stereo power amplifier and headphone amp that you can connect to your iPod, computer, and speakers or headphones for a great-sounding personal stereo system.
For example, you can connect it to your Mac or PC with no software to install or settings to change. You can pair the N22 amp with the Audioengine P4 passives or your favorite speakers for a high-end mini desktop hi-fi music system, according to the folks at Audioengine. You can connect a subwoofer via the variable line output and charge your iPod via the USB power port. Two audio inputs are standard so you can plug in your computer, iPod or stereo directly.
The vertical design of the N22 with its integrated stand allows the 22 watt/per channel stereo class A/B amplifiers to run cool through passive convection without a fan or heatsink. The N22 fits easily on your desk and doesn't take up much space.
For headphone enthusiasts...
'iFixIt' tears down the new MacBook Air
The new MacBook Air is an exercise of proprietary engineering, according to the gang at "iFixit," who recently took the new teeny laptop apart. You can find the teardown at http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/MacBook-Air-11-Inch-Model-A1370-Teardown/... .
According to "iFixIt," while you can easily access everything once you remove the proprietary screws, you can't really replace any component with an off-the-shelf part, unless you source it from Apple or someone involved in Apple-based repair. Most components -- RAM included -- are soldered to the logic board, preventing them from being replaced. We definitely recommend users to buy the 4GB RAM version of the Air, as the paltry 2GB already borders on obsolete by today's standards.
The one standout in this proprietary sea is the 64GB SSD. It's not locked down like the rest of the components, although it is a very slim and unusual form factor (for a hard drive). It's attached to the logic board with what appears to be a new mini-SATA (mSATA...
'AppleScriptObj C Explored' is available
Often overlooked in Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard") are the dramatic updates to AppleScript, specifically the new AppleScript/Objective-C support for the creation of AppleScript applications and applets.
Starting with Snow Leopard, AppleScript can now call any of the Cocoa routines and methods directly in application scripts, providing access to the full of the power of the Cocoa frameworks. In addition, AppleScript applications now fully integrate all Cocoa interface elements using outlets and actions, or Cocoa bindings, that link directly to AppleScript properties and handlers.
Adoption of ASOC (AppleScript/Objective-C) has been constrained by the lack of good documentation -- until now. AppleScript expert Shane Stanley, has written AppleScriptObjC Explored, an in-depth guide to creating AppleScript Objective-C applications. The guide includes both thorough documentation (in PDF format) and numerous example Xcode projects. For more info go to http://www.macosxautomation.com/...
Info needed on farming/agricultural software for the Mac
Our next Category Review will look at farming/agricultural software for the Mac. If you use or know of such goodies, drop me a line (email@example.com) no later than Wednesday, Oct. 27. We had intended to run a column on copywriting software for the Mac -- but we found none.
Category Reviews 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.
VanDyke Software releases SecureCRT 6.6 client for Mac OS X
VanDyke Software has released SecureCRT 6.6, a secure terminal client for Mac OS X and Windows. It's the first Mac version of the software.
SecureCRT is a terminal client that helps network administrators manage secure remote access and securely “tunnel” e-mail, web, and corporate application data. Three trends evolving over several years drove VanDyke’s development of SecureCRT for Mac OS X, says Jeff P. Van Dyke, president and founder of VanDyke Software. According to a survey commissioned by the company and executed by Amplitude Research, network administrators ranked “securing remote access” their top priority for four years running (since 2006).
Meanwhile, in 2008, Yankee Group released findings that 80% of senior IT execs surveyed had Macs in their organization, increasing from 47% in 2006. Additionally, since 2005, inquiries from network administrators about a secure terminal emulator for Macs had doubled each year.
SecureCRT is designed to help network administrators to...
Clio launches Apple in Law Firms Survey
Clio has launched the inaugural Clio Apple in Law Firms Survey. All legal professionals and law students from all law firms and law schools are invited to participate in the survey, regardless of size and location.
The survey aims to determine to what extent lawyers and law students are now using Apple and Mac products, and whether there is clear evidence of an increasing trend of the legal industry “going Mac” in the future. Available online at http://macsurvey.questionpro.com/ , the Clio Mac Survey will remain open until Tuesday, Nov. 9, at 5pm Eastern.
The tabulated results will be presented by Clio President Jack Newton at MILOfest, a conference for Mac-using attorneys being held on November 11-13 at the Disney World Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida. Clio will also be giving away a free iPad to a randomly selected survey respondent.
iPresentee triples Mail Stationery Collection, offers free...
iPresentee (ttp://www.ipresentee.com) has released Mail Stationery 2.0 templates to be used with Apple's Mail software. It's an US$30 collection of 160 templates.
The new release retains 60 templates from the previous release and adds 100 new Mail Stationery templates for Mail. Also, iPresentee is offering a number of Mail Stationery templates for free.
New Mail Stationery templates comes with an installer to make sure the templates end up in the right place and would be displayed in Apple Mail New Message Stationery menu automatically. They require Mac OS X 10.5 or later.
Equinux introduces new Stationary Pack Business Edition
Small businesses and offices can now send Stationery emails suited for a variety of purposes, whether a special offer, invoice or newsletter with the Stationery Pack Business Edition from equinux (http://www.equinux.com).
It's a collection of over 200 templates. Featuring 12 unique design lines with 17 layout variations for each, Business Edition is equipped to cover many common business scenarios.
Each layout gives users the option to create Stationery emails in the style they want. You can add company logos, digitized signatures and photos in portrait and landscape format. There are text areas for headlines, message content, legal disclaimers and footers.
Stationery Pack Business Edition is available in English, German and French. Licenses start at US$59.95 at the equinux online store. Discounted volume licenses are also available. Stationery Pack Business Edition will soon be available as boxed version at selected Apple Retailers.
MiRow is set of plug-ins for Front Row
FireCore has released MiRow (http://ww.firecore.com/mirow), a set of plug-ins for Apple's Mac OS X app, Front Row. The solution lets you:
° Enable additional media formats such as AVI, MP4, MKV and more without having to leave Front Row;
° Stream media from sites like Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, BBC and more;
° Automatically download cover art and other metadata for your media files;
° Find new artists by accessing Last.fm radio stations, artist bios and slideshows;
° Use an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad to take control with the Remote HD app;
MiRow normally costs US$24.95, but it's available now for pre-order for $19.95.
New video course offers Core Data for Mac OS X training
You can learn how to develop with Apple's Core Data for OS X , iPhone and iPad in a new, 11-hour video training course presented by Marcus Zarra and Steve Scott. The course is made up of 28 chapters three of which can be viewed in full on the course page of the iDeveloper TV web site (http://ideveloper.tv).
Whether you are targeting Mac OS X or the iPhone/iPad, it is likely your application is going to need to access and persist data. Core Data helps you avoid dealing with complex SQL API's or having to handle XML by presenting you with an elegant object oriented way to access your data, says Zarra.
He's the owner of Zarra Studios and the creator of seSales and iWeb Buddy as well as being a co-author of "Cocoa Is My Girlfriend" a blog covering all aspects of Cocoa development. He's been using Core Data since its original release in OS X 10.4 Tiger and has released numerous applications and papers covering all of the topics of Core Data.
Coladia releases Dracula 3 -- the Path of the Dragon for Mac OS...
Adventure game publisher Coladia and Anuman Interactive have announced that Dracula 3 -- the Path of the Dragon (http://www.coladia.com/en/17490/games/mac/dracula_3_the_path_of_the_dragon) is now available for Mac OS X. Following in the same vein as The Secrets of Da Vinci -- The Forbidden Manuscript, Dracula 3 -- the Path of the Dragon is an historical adventure game in which players have to solve a series of riddles and puzzles inspired by the world of Bram Stoker.
Here's how the game is described: "Mgr Arno Moriani, the 'devil's advocate,' is carrying out a canonization process, investigating in the interwar years a potential candidate for beatification in Transylvania. His investigation is quickly wrapped up. The strange stigmata on the corpse are not the hallmark of some divine power. In fact, the villagers see it as the "mark" of Count Dracula. The bishop decides to carry out his own investi gation to determine once and for all whether the vampire truly exists. But the reality...
Apple now has 18% of smartphone marketshare
According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics (http://www.strategyanalytics.com), global smartphone shipments grew an impressive 78% annually to reach a record 77 million units in the third quarter of 2010, Apple was the star performer, as it overtook RIM and closed the gap on Nokia.
“Global smartphone shipments grew an impressive 78% annually to reach a record 77 million units in Q3 2010," says Tom Kang, director at Strategy Analytics. "Apple was the star performer during the quarter, as it captured a record 18% marketshare, overtook RIM and closed the gap on Nokia.”
Neil Mawston, Director at Strategy Analytics, adds: “Global smartphone shipments grew 78% from a year earlier, the industry’s fastest rate since the mid-2000s. However, the surging volumes are placing heavy demands on component suppliers and moderate shortages of select components are emerging ahead of the the holiday season.”
Other findings from the research include:
° Nokia shipped record smartphone volumes...
Study: 4% of US households own tablet computers
The Nielsen Company (http://blog.nielsen.com/nielsenwire/online_mobile/connected-devices-does...) recently surveyed more than 5,000 consumers who already own a tablet computer, eReader, netbook, media/games player, or smartphone to get a better sense of who is using these devices and how they are using them. Among the insights:
° Four percent of U.S. households now own tablet computers.
° The iPad trumps the iPhone for “print” and video viewing.
° A majority of iPad owners have already downloaded and paid for content
Apple issues Mac App Store Review Guidelines
Apple has issued an initial outline of what developers will need to do to get their apps listed in the upcoming Mac App Store, reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).
"The App Store has revolutionized the way mobile apps are developed and distributed," Apple writes in the Mac App Store Review Guidelines document. "With over 300,000 apps and 7 billion downloads, it has been a huge hit with developers and users around the world. Now we are thrilled to be opening our new Mac App Store to the hundreds of thousands of Mac developers and tens of millions of Mac users around the world."
The guidelines further note, "to ensure that apps are reliable, perform as advertised, and free of offensive material, we will review every app on the Mac App Store based on a set of Mac App Store Review Guidelines that we are ready to share with you. These guidelines are designed to help you create and prepare your apps so they will sail through our approval process."
Apple lists a series of...
Plantiffs amend iPad overheating lawsuit
Three iPad owners who sued Apple this summer because their tablets overheated have added Apple's TV and web commercials to their complaints, reports "Computerworld" (http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9192219/Hot_iPad_lawsuit_turns_Ap...). Court documents show that Jacob Balthazar, Claudia Keller and John Browning amended their original federal complaint to cite iPad ads as key in their decision to buy the Apple tablet.
"Apple released a commercial depicting use of the iPad in various places, including outdoor locations such as a sidewalk cafe, front steps of a building, and on a grassy lawn, among others," the new complaint stated. "Apple also posted a commercial on its website depicting the iPad being used in a variety of ways, including outdoors while affixed to the dashboard of a car and the gas tank of a motorcycle."
In July Balthazar, Keller and Browning sued Apple over claims that its iPad easily overheats, then suddenly switches itself off. In a complaint filed with an...
Apple adds 2.8GHz Core i7 option for MacBook Pros
Apple has added 2.8GHz, Intel Core i7 processor options for its 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pros. Customers can now choose to upgrade their notebooks with 2.8GHz Core i7 CPUs, which are now available for both notebook sizes.
Upgrading the 17-inch MacBook Pro to the 2.8GHz adds US$400 to the basic price. It's a $200 upgrade for 15-inch MacBook Pro customers.
AT&T activates 5.2 million iPhones in third quarter
AT&T has reported third-quarter results highlighted by growth in consolidated revenues, strong sales of integrated devices, gains in IP-based and strategic business services, and disciplined execution on cost initiatives. And it activated 5.2 million iPhones in the quarter.
For the quarter ending Sept. 30, AT&T's consolidated revenues totaled US$31.6 billion, up $847 million, or 2.8%, versus the year-earlier quarter, marking the company's third consecutive quarter with a year-over-year revenue increase. Versus the second quarter of this year, consolidated revenues were up $773 million, or 2.5%.
Compared with results for the third quarter of 2009, operating expenses were $26.1 billion versus $25.4 billion; operating income was $5.5 billion, up from $5.4 billion; and AT&T's operating income margin was stable at 17.3%, compared to 17.5 percent.
iPhone activations, spurred by the iPhone 4's release, were up 62.5% from the previous quarter.
Apple posts Java, ProKit updates
Apple has posted updates for Java for Mac OS X and ProKit. You can obtain the updates via the Software Update component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.
Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 3 delivers improved compatibility, security, and reliability by updating Java SE 6 to 1.6.0_22.
Java for Mac OS X 10..5 Update 8 delivers improved compatibility, security, and reliability by updating J2SE 5.0 to 1.5.0_26, and updating Java SE 6 to 1.6.0_22 for 64-bit capable Intel-based Macs. J2SE 1.4.2 is no longer being updated to fix bugs or security issues and remains disabled by default in this update.
ProKit 6.0 (Snow Leopard) fixes issues with user interface software that is shared by Apple's professional applications. This update is recommended for all users of Final Cut Studio, Final Cut Pro, Motion, Soundtrack Pro, DVD Studio Pro, Aperture, Final Cut Express, Soundtrack, Logic Studio, Logic Pro, MainStage, WaveBurner and Logic Express.
Aperture update adds iLife '11 support
Apple has released Aperture 3.1, which adds iLife '11 support. It also improves overall stability and performance and includes a number of specific bug fixes.
You can obtain it via the Software Update component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app. It's a 357.55MD download and requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later.
Aperture is Apple's software for professional photographers. It costs US$199, though version 3.1 is a free update for registered users of version 3.x.
Apple releases MacBook Air software update 1.0
Apple has posted the MacBook Air (Late 2010) Software Update 1.0. It resolves an issue where a MacBook Air (Late 2010) computer -- unveiled on Thursday -- may become unresponsive while playing back movie trailers in iMovie.
The update also addresses an issue where the computer may become unresponsive after waking from sleep when an external display is connected and also contains general graphics performance updates. To download and install the MacBook Air (Late 2010) Software Update 1.0, open Software Update by choosing the Apple menu, then choose Software Update.
AT&T introduces pay-as-you-go data packages for laptops
AT&T (http://www.att.com) has launched AT&T DataConnect Pass Global -- a lineup of international pay-as-you-go data packages now available on AT&T-certified laptops and netbooks. The announcement expands AT&T's portfolio of pay-as-you-go data services, providing domestic and now international data passes designed to meet individual needs and budgets without a long-term commitment.
Designed for international business travelers and vacationers alike, the passes provide data coverage in more than 100 countries, including Canada, Mexico, countries in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Available in 30-day session increments, packages can help travelers better manage their data usage abroad and at rates significantly lower than pay-per-use service. Data packages include:
° DataConnect Pass Global 20MB for US$24.99;
° DataConnect Pass Global 50MB for $59.99;
° DataConnect Pass Global 100MB for $119.99;
° DataConnect Pass Global 200MB for $199.99
Data sessions may be purchased at...
MacTech Conference offers first chance to discuss Mac OS X Lion
MacTech Conference will be the first public opportunity to discuss Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion"), how to take advantage of the new App Store for Mac, and the impacts of Lion's new features (including Mission Control, Full Screen, Launchpad, Auto save and Apps resume).
As the first major industry event after Apple's announcements, attendees can talk through their options with industry experts and peers, form strategies for adoption and support, and more. The conference, for IT Pros and Mac developers, will be held Nov. 3-5 in Los Angeles.
"The MacTech Conference attendee list already reads like a who's who of the community with attendees registered from a majority of states in the U.S., and countries ranging from Sweden to Egypt to Japan. What better place to think through and talk about your options for supporting and taking advantage of Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion), the Mac App Store and more," says Neil Ticktin, editor-in-chief/publisher, "MacTech Magazine." "This in addition to our amazing line...
Panda Security launches Panda Antivirus for Mac
Panda Security has launched Panda Antivirus for Mac. This new solution delivers protection against malware affecting Mac OS and Mac OS X; it also prevents Mac users from transmitting malware to other users of Windows and Linux operating systems.
Panda Antivirus for Mac scans files and email, detecting and eliminating or blocking many types of threats, including viruses, Trojans, spyware, keyloggers, adware, hacking tools, botnets, dialers, scareware and other threats that have traditionally targeted Windows users.
"We are approaching a tipping point where it will soon be financially viable for cybercriminals to target their efforts at Mac users," says says Ivan Fermon, senior vice president of product management, Panda Security. "When Apple reaches 15% marketshare worldwide, which Panda expects will happen very soon, we predict that hackers will begin to aggressively target attacks against this platform. The rapid increase in use of Apple-powered devices -- iPhones, iPods, iPads...
WaterField Design announces cases for new MacBook Air
Well, that was quick. WaterField Designs (http://www.sfbags.com/) has already announced two new laptop SleeveCases and Suede Jacket Sleeves made specifically for Apple's just-announced MacBook Air 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch notebooks. Manufactured locally in San Francisco, these stylish, custom-fitted and protective Macbook Air cases will begin shipping by Oct. 29.
The form-fitted SleeveCase combines a ballistic nylon shell with a neoprene interior to absorb shock and cushion the MacBook Air against bumps and bruises. Users can customize the SleeveCase to suit their individual needs -- choosing either a horizontal or vertical orientation with an optional padded front flap, shoulder strap, and/or Piggyback accessories pouch. Trim options include a new distressed brown leather option or the grey-checkered Indium. You can toss the SleeveCase into another bag or sling it over your shoulder to travel light. It costs US$37 for the 11-inch model and $39 for the 13-inch model.
Mac OS X Lion to prowl in summer 2011
Apple gave a sneak peek of Mac OS X Lion, the eighth major release of the operating system, at today's "Back to the Mac" event. Shipping next summer, Lion is inspired by many of iPad’s software innovations.
The sneak peek highlighted just a few of Lion’s features, including the Mac App Store, a new way to discover, install and automatically update desktop apps; Launchpad, a new home for all of your Mac apps; system-wide support for full screen apps; and Mission Control, which unifies Exposé, Dashboard, Spaces and full screen apps into a new view of everything running on your Mac, and allows you to instantly navigate anywhere.
“Lion brings many of the best ideas from iPad back to the Mac, plus some fresh new ones like Mission Control that Mac users will really like,” says Apple CEO Steve Jobs. “Lion has a ton of new features, and we hope the few we had time to preview today will give users a good idea of where we are headed.”
Craig Federighi, vice president of engineering for OS X,...
The Mac gets some FaceTime
Apple has announced the public beta of FaceTime for Mac, an entirely new application that allows Mac users to video call iPhone 4 and iPod touch users as well as other Macs. It automatically uses your Address Book contacts so there’s no need to create special buddy lists, and it works with the built-in camera and mic on Mac notebooks, iMacs and Apple LED Cinema Displays.
“FaceTime makes video calling to or from mobile devices easy for the first time,” says Apple CEO Steve Jobs. “We’ve sold more than 19 million FaceTime-ready iPhone 4 and iPod touch devices in the past four months, and now those users can make FaceTime calls with tens of millions of Mac users.”
FaceTime for Mac requires Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard") and is easy to set up with an Apple ID. The public beta is available immediately as a free download at www.apple.com/mac/facetime .
iLife '11 sees upgraded iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand
Apple has introduced iLife ’11, which sees major upgrades to iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand. iWeb hasn't received any new features, but it's still there, as is -- surprise -- iDVD.
iPhoto ’11 has a whole new look, with full screen modes for Faces, Places and Events. iMovie ’11 makes it easier than ever to edit videos and transform them into "theatrical trailers" for easy posting online. GarageBand ’11 introduces new ways to improve your playing and create great sounding songs with Flex Time and Groove Matching. Free with every new Mac, iLife ’11 is available as an US$49 upgrade for existing users.
“iLife is widely regarded as the best suite of ‘digital life’ applications in the world, and iLife ’11 makes them even better,” says Apple CEO Steve Jobs. “iLife now makes it easier than ever to create books and letterpress cards, make amazing movie trailers from your personal videos and post them online, and make your band sound far better or teach yourself piano or guitar.”
iPhoto ’11 --...
MacBook + iPad = new MacBook Air
At the "Back to the Mac" event, Apple CEO Steve Jobs asked what would you get if a MacBook and an iPad hooked up? The answer: the new MacBook Air, which Apple's head honcho described as the "future of laptops."
The new MacBook Air replaces mechanical hard disks and optical drives with Internet services and solid state flash storage. Jobs says this means it's faster (solid state flash storage is up to twice as fast as hard drive storage), more reliable (hard drive crashes are eliminated), and lighter and smaller (solid state flash storage is up to 90 percent smaller and lighter than hard drives).
Available in 11-inch and 13-inch models and weighing as little as 2.3 pounds, the new MacBook Air is Apple’s lightest and most portable notebook ever. MacBook Air uses the same solid state storage technology as the iPad to deliver instant-on responsiveness, up to seven hours of battery life and up to 30 days of standby time. Prices start at US$999.
“MacBook Air is the first of a new...
Apple COO offers 'State of the Mac' address
Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook gave a "State of the Mac" address at Wednesday's "Back to the Mac" event. He pointed out that the Mac has outgrown market for 4.5 years and, as of August, has a US consumer market share of 20.7%, per stats from the NPD Group.
"Mac share and units are rising much faster than industry," Cook says. "And we have a vibrant developer community. There are now 600,000 developers and that number is growing at 30,000 per month."
The COO also noted that the world loves the Mac. The Mac was number one in customer satisfaction in the 2010 ACSI (American Customer Satisfaction Index); it's the seventh year in a row the Apple computer has taken the top spot. "Consumer Reports" lists the Mac as number one in tech support. "PCWorld" says the Mac leads the pack in customer satisfaction and customer service. "PC Magazine" says our favorite computer platform is number one in reliability, customer satisfaction and customer service.
"Momentum for the Mac has never been...
Data Rescue 3 now 64-bit
Prosoft Engineering's Data Rescue 3 (http://www.prosoftengineering.com), the data rescue utility for Mac OS X, now runs natively as 64-bit on machines that support Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard").
"Prosoft is excited to add this improvement to Data Rescue 3," says says Greg Brewer, CEO of Prosoft Engineering. "Now that it runs natively as 64-bit it will run faster and be able to take full advantage of all the memory in your Mac, resulting in faster scanning and recovery times. Data Rescue 3 continues to lead the way as the best selling hard drive recovery software for the Mac platform. It has been used by hundreds of thousands of Mac users worldwide over the past decade. We are dedicated to providing the best data recovery software and helping our customers that are faced with the unfortunate situation of potential computer data loss."
Data Rescue is a hard drive and file recovery software for the Mac. It works even when your hard drive fails to mount or boot. The software doesn't...
Boxee Box to ship Nov. 10
D-Link and Boxee have announced the upcoming Boxee Box by D-Link will begin shipping on Nov.10 to customers who pre-order the Boxee Box through Amazon in the U.S. or Best Buy and Future Shop in Canada. The Boxee Box will be generally available through the company's network of retail and online distributors on November 17, 2010.
Manufacturer's suggested retail pricing for the US and Canada will be $229 with an average street price at about $199. Prices may vary in other regions.
The Boxee Box was first unveiled in December 2009 and is the first media device capable of playing most popular media file formats from a home network along with free and premium TV shows and movies, videos, music, and photos from the Internet, with support for full 1080p high-definition (HD) and 5.1 surround sound, says Rod St. Michel, vice president of consumer sales at D-Link. He says that with tens-of-thousands of movies, shows and apps available, the Boxee Box gives users unparalleled access to on-demand...
Class on Demand ships new Photoshop CS5 titles
Class on Demand has announced "Complete Training for Adobe Photoshop CS5"; the third of four recently released Class on Demand titles centered around the Adobe Creative Suite 5 (CS5) family.
Available in both DVD-ROM and streaming video delivery format through the exciting Class on Demand Online Learning Platform, it offers both novice and advanced users alike a look at the newest Photoshop workflow. The instructor is Sue Jenkins, an Adobe Certified Expert and web and graphic designer.
"Complete Training for Adobe Photoshop CS5" is broken down into seven segments, covering approximately seven hours of Photoshop features ranging from tools, to styles and adjustment layers, web graphics, retouching techniques, editorial techniques, and more. It's available via the Class on Demand website (http://www.classondemand.com) for US$99.95.
Civilization V coming to the Mac in time for the holidays
Aspyr Media will publish Sid Meier’s Civilization V for Mac, the latest entry from the flagship turn-based strategy franchise. Released in partnership with 2K Games, a wholly owned publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Sid Meier’s Civilization V is the newest addition to the Sid Meier’s Civilization franchise on the Mac.
Here's how the game is described: "Developed by Firaxis Games, Sid Meier’s Civilization V reinvigorates the classic turn-based strategy genre with an astonishing new engine built from the ground-up for this flagship edition of the Sid Meier’s Civilization franchise. Players are introduced to an entirely new combat system, deeper diplomatic interactions and a cavalcade of expanded features that deliver a fully immersive experience. Players build and defend their empire on their quest to become the greatest ruler the world has ever known. The Mac version is expected to be available this holiday season."
Pricing and system requirements haven't been announced...
Epson ships new projectors
Epson America (http://www.epson.com) announced the PowerLite 1750, 1760W, 1770W, and 1775W are now shipping. Introduced at InfoComm in June, these sleek new models weigh less than four pounds and at 1.7-inches tall, are as thin as a laptop.
Designed for mobile professionals and corporations, the PowerLite 1700-series offer reliable 3LCD image quality, high brightness and easy-to-use, hassle-free features, according to Heather Gareis, senior product manager, Projectors, Epson America.
The PowerLite 1750 (US$799) and 1760W ($899) offer 2600 lumens of color and white light output, and the PowerLite 1770W ($999) and 1775W ($1,199) offer 3000 lumens of color and white light output. The PowerLite 1750 features XGA resolution, while the PowerLite 1760W, 1770W and 1775W all feature WXGA resolution (16:10 aspect ratio) for use with widescreen laptops and DVD content.
Myithemes is new site for iLife, iWork themes
Myithemes (http://www.myithemes.com) has launched a new web site selling themes and templates for such Mac applications as iWeb, iMovie, iDVD, Garage Band, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Rapidweaver, Sandvox, and WordPress applications.
Similar in function to TemplateMonster and ThemeForest, the site offers all designers an opportunity to display and sell their work. Also available are an affiliate program with commissions on sales, and a membership subscription offering unlimited downloads.
Myithemes is made possible by a partnership between leading suppliers of themes and templates for Macintosh applications. Themes are priced from US$9.95 (USD) and up, and may be downloaded using PayPal. An annual membership subscription, allowing unlimited downloads for one year, is available for $49.95.
Learn 'How To Make iPhone Apps With No Programming...
Thinking Drone has released "How To Make iPhone Apps With No Programming Experience" ( http://www.createyouriphoneapp.com), an US$97 ebook that takes users by the hand and walks them through the entire process of developing, submitting and eventually marketing their own app for iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.
"How To Make iPhone Apps With No Programming Experience" includes these free bonuses: source code for a live application, details on how to make money from free apps, and a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) template.
USB Fever releases Power Pack with Click Stand for iPhone 4G
USB Fever has released the US$39.99 Power Pack with Click Stand for iPhone (http://www.usbfever.com/index_eproduct_view.php?products_id=2043).
With this item, you can "wear" this battery on your iPhone 4G, you can sync your iPhone 4G with your Mac or PC, even when the battery is on. With this external battery, you no longer have to hassle with the external battery with an external battery or synchronization, say the USB Fever.
TranslateIt! for Mac OS X adds new Text Translation tool
TranslateIt! for Mac (http://www.mac.gettranslateit.com/) -- a multilingual dictionary that allows looking up words on the fly -- has been updated to version 12.9. The upgrade adds a new Text Translation tool.
Detachable cards now have blurred background and possibility to tune the background color. Version 12.9 also sports improved english words colorizer for plai ntext dictionaries.
With TranslateIt!, you hover the pointer over an unfamiliar word (in any Cocoa Aapplication), and you will see its translation in a pop-up window. It comes with several free dictionaries for a large number of languages. TranslateIt! supports translation from/to any language (corresponding dictionaries must be installed), English sounds (it contains over 17,000 English words pronunciations) and printing of flash cards.
The software also comes with a Words Quiz (a game for learning new words), a built-in DictBuilder utility for creating custom dictionaries and a multilingual user interface. TranslateIt!...
Encoding.com video format library now includes Ogg/Theora, WebM/...
Encoding.com (http://www.Encoding.com), a video encoding service provider, has announced the expansion of its video format library to include WebM and Ogg Theora. Along with existing support for H.264, Encoding.com now has encoding presets to support all popular Internet browsers.
Video content developers now have a one-stop service for converting videos to high-quality formats across all HTML5 browsers, including Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Chrome, and Opera, and mobile devices including iPhone / iPad, Android, Blackberry, Nokia and Samsung, says Jeff Malkin, president of Encoding.com.
"While HTML5 delivers on the promise of viewing videos across the web without the need for browser plugins, there is no standardization of video codecs and containers across the various browsers and mobile devices," he says. "Content providers who want to maximize their viewership must therefore encode video to many different formats for ubiquitous coverage. Encoding.com has long provided an...
XanEdu, NYU Stern conduct iPad testing in MBA classes
XanEdu (http://www.xanedu.com), a provider of CoursePacks and custom textbooks, has partnered with New York University Stern School of Business to conduct its first program-wide test of iPads this fall. Instructors will use the XanEdu CoursePack Management System to publish materials that students will then be able to access on iPads.
Last month XanEdu announced its iPad CoursePack publishing program as part of the company's strategic technology plan. XanEdu's iPad app feature set will be driven by input from hundreds of students participating in XanEdu's fall 2010 class tests. Features include digital note taking, collaboration tools and integration into learning management systems on campus. Students will be asked to provide feedback through usage logs, surveys and focus groups.
As part of its commitment to leveraging technology to enhance the learning environment, NYU Stern's IT group was seeking new models that support its mission, says Kim Corfman, Vice Dean for MBA Programs. A...
Holiday consumer spending forecast looks good for Apple
This holiday season should be a good one for Apple. Spending on consumer electronics gifts will reach historic highs, despite an overall decline in gift spending, according to new research released today by the Consumer Electronics Association (http://www.CE.org/). And it's good news all around for Apple.
Consumer electronics will once again be the “hottest” gifts, both to give and to receive, this holiday season. Overall, consumers will spend US$750 on holiday gifts, down 2%t from last year. They will, however, spend more on CE gifts than ever before. Consumers will spend $232 on CE gifts, up 5% from last year and the highest level since CEA began tracking holiday spending.
Nearly a third of consumers’ total gift budgets will be allocated to CE. When it comes to spending, nearly half will buy a CE gift for children on their list, two in five will buy a CE gift for their spouse/significant other and 29% will buy CE for themselves.
“Giving electronics as a holiday gift, either to a...
Pre-orders taken for Grand Theft Auto: the Trilogy
Macgamestore (http://www.macgamestore.com) has begun taking pre-orders for Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy, for the Mac. The first 3D releases in the epic saga are here together in sequence: Grand Theft Auto 3, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
This limited edition packaging makes it "the ultimate collector's set of GTA games on Mac," say the gang at Macgamestore. The game is scheduled to ship on Nov. 22. Pre-order pricing is US$39.95.
Monotype Imaging debuts Fonts.com APIs, plug-ins
Monotype Imaging Holdings has introduced its Fonts.com Web Fonts API (application programming interface), which enables developers to integrate the Web Fonts solution in web applications, providing users with the ability to tap into Monotype Imaging’s Web font offering.
Also new are plug-ins for the open source WordPress, Drupal and Joomla! content management systems. Using any of these popular CMS offerings, users are able to create websites that support Fonts.com Web Fonts.
The Fonts.com Web Fonts API enables developers to integrate Web fonts into applications and cloud-based CMS products, which are designed to provide users with simplified methods for publishing Web content to web sites, says Chris Roberts, vice president of marketing at Monotype Imaging. Monotype Imaging’s new open source WordPress, Drupal and Joomla! plug-ins, all based on the company’s API, feature a WYSIWYG editor, which allows text to display in a chosen Web font while the user is typing.
In addition to...