Canada's government gives thumbs-up to the iBookstore
The federal government in Canada declared on Tuesday that having a Canadian version of Apple Inc.'s iBookstore would be of net benefit to Canada, reports the "Leader-Post" (http://www.leaderpost.com/news/iBookstore+gets+thumb+Canada/3978206/stor...).
In September, then-governor general Michaelle Jean ordered the government to review the digital bookstore's Canadian iteration to ensure it posed no risk to the nation's cultural identity. On Tuesday, the government found it didn't.
"Apple has demonstrated how iBookstore Canada represents new opportunities for Canadian authors and publishers, and I have determined that this investment will be of net benefit to Canada," Heritage Minister James Moore said in a statement announcing the approval.
Some of the new opportunities outlined in the agreement include promotion of Canadian-authored books in both French and English, reports the "Leader-Post." Increased access to titles by aboriginal authors and publishers is also expected to be...
Stores carrying Apple products burglarized
Stores carrying Apple products should be on guard. Burglaries of such establishments seems to be on the rise.
A security camera caught this smash and grab robbery at an apple store in Greenwich, Connecticut, reports "NECN" (http://www.necn.com/12/15/10/New-England-Apple-stores-step-up-securit/la...). Thousands of dollars in merchandiser were stolen.
Several stores selling Apple products in Vermont and New Hampshire have also been targeted recently, notes "NECN." Police say the suspects were looking for drug money and knew the popular products would help them get it.
And yesterday South Burlington (Vermont) police responded to an alarm at Small Dog Electronics at about 0605 hours and found the front door had been broken, reports "WPTZ" (http://www.wptz.com/mostpopular/26140038/detail.html). Officers found a display case where the glass was broken and an unknown number of iPad were stolen.
Last Thursday, the same store was burglarized. The Waitsfield location of Small Dog Electronics...
Apple ranks number 20 on Best Places to Work list
When it comes to great employers, the employees know best. Glassdoor.com, a jobs and career community where people share workplace insights, has just released the third annual Employees' Choice Awards, listing the top 50 "Best Places to Work" based on surveys collected from U.S.-based employees in 2010. Apple placed number 20 on the list.
The top five Best Places to Work, according to employees, are: Facebook, Southwest Airlines, Bain & Company, General Mills and Edelman. Of the 50 employers honored, 16 have been on the list for each of the last three years, and 21 are debuting on the list this year, including Facebook.
"Glassdoor's Employees' Choice Awards recognize stand-out companies that have retained the support and commitment of their employees despite the tough economic climate," says Robert Hohman, co-founder and CEO of Glassdoor. "Through anonymous employee reviews and surveys, Glassdoor offers a unique look into the top U.S. employers and some of the factors that make...
iPads, iPod touches increasingly incorporated into classrooms
iPads and iPod touches are increasingly common in classrooms across North America, it seems.
iPads are being provided to students at several Bay Area public and private schools this year, including Hillbrook, which claims to be the only K-8 school in America using tablet computers in class and sending them home, reports the "San Jose Mercury News" (http://www.mercurynews.com/top-stories/ci_16860666?nclick_check=1).
At Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose -- which introduced 32 iPads into the classroom this fall -- the devices are used only in class. And Stanford's School of Medicine gave 92 iPads outright to its first-year students this September. At Hillbrook, which received its iPads last summer as a gift from the parents of two students, seventh-graders such as Sophie slip the handheld devices into backpacks at the end of the school day. Hillbrook's program has been such a hit that it will be expanded next year to include eighth-graders, says the "Mercury News."
Analyst: Apple will sell nine million Verizon iPhones in 2011
Apple will sell nine million Verizon iPhones in 2011, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster told clients a note, as reported by "Business Insider" (http://www.businessinsider.com/apple-will-sell-9-million-verizon-iphones...).
What's more, he says that estimate may be conservation. Munster thinks that Apple could sell closer to 20 million iPhones at Verizon next year.
The analyst thinks Verizon will activate 25 million smartphones next year. His estimate of nine million would only represent 36% of all activations for the year. Note that there's been no official word on if or when Verizon will carry the iPhone.
ooVoo launches first 4G mobile video chat service
oVoo (http://www.ooVoo.com) has launched ooVoo Mobile, a mobile video chat service on the Android marketplace. It allows up to six users to simultaneously participate on a video call.
ooVoo Mobile users can make calls to friends, family and colleagues on Macs, PCs, tablets and other mobile phones. And it works over Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G networks.
As well as six-way video chat and unparalleled quality, ooVoo Mobile also features free ooVoo-to-ooVoo voice calls, text chat, contact list integration and video calls to any person not on ooVoo via a web browser. Available immediately on the Android Market for the HTC Evo and Samsung Epic, ooVoo plans to support new devices every day as well as iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices in early 2011.
Slideshow update for Mac OS X sports revised QuickTime formats
Apimac (http://www.apimac.com) has released Slideshow 9.6, an update to their slideshow and presentation tool for Mac OS X. The update includes revised QuickTime exportation formats to support the iPad and iPhone 4.
Slideshow allows you to create slideshow presentations and portfolios that can be distributed as freestanding programs for Mac and Windows or as movie files. The files can be distributed as freestanding programs for Mac and Windows systems or as movie files optimized for YouTube, CD-ROMs, the Web, iTunes, iPod, iOS (iPad, iPhone and iPhone 4) mobile devices and computers.
Slideshow 9.5 also offers mproved compatibility with Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard"), Apple Remote support updated to work with Snow Leopard and the new Aluminium Remote, user interface improvements and more. It costs US$39; a demo is available for download.
BBEdit for Mac OS X gets maintenance update
Bare Bones Software (http://www.barebones.com) has released BBEdit 9.6.2, an update to its HTML and text editor. It fixes reported issues and adds syntax coloring and function navigation support for JSON.
A refined Translate command simplifies the process of converting documents between HTML and plain text, according to Rich Siegel, founder and CEO of Bare Bones Software. BBEdit 9.6 also includes support for directory-specific settings and a new command-line option for creating projects.
The update is available free of charge to all registered BBEdit 9 customers. For new users it has a suggested retail price of US$125. Any registered owner of BBEdit prior to version 9.x can upgrade for US$30.
Raidon launches internal, 2.5-inch SSD storage
Raidon Technology (http://www.RAIDON.com.tw) has announced two internal 2.5-inch iR2420-2S-S2 and iS2420-2S-S2 storage device with aluminum textures and a tray ejection design.
They accommodate two 2.5-inch SSD or SATAII hard drives that offer quick installation. They're the size of a 3.5-inch and can be installed in any 3.5-inch HDD slot in a computer.
The tray ejection design can be installed SSD or HDD without any screws. What's more, the SSD or HDD is removable while the system is still running. Contact Raidon for pricing options.
Chronos announces upcoming SOHO Notes 9, SOHO Organizer 9
Chronos has announced a special pre-release sales event for its forthcoming release of SOHO Notes 9 and SOHO Organizer 9. The aim of this sales event is to introduce the new features in these forthcoming products and give users a chance to save money.
SOHO Notes 9 and SOHO Organizer 9 will be officially released before Jan. 31. Users may pre-order either product at a 25% discount before midnight on Dec. 31 at http://www.chronosnet.com/store/version9presale.html . Similarly, currently registered customers may pre-order an upgrade at a 25% discount.
During the pre-release pricing, you can purchase SOHO Notes 9 for US$29.99 (it's regularly $40). You can buy SOHO Organizer 9 for $74.99 (it's regularly $100). Pre-release pricing for upgrades is: upgrade to SOHO Notes 9 for $18.75 (regularly $25) and upgrade to SOHO Organizer 9 for $37.50 (regularly $50).
SOHO Notes 9 -- digital note-taking application for the Mac -- will offer the following new features: a widescreen view; bookmarklets...
Tickets on sale for tenth annual San Francisco FCPUG SuperMeet
The FCPUG Network has announced the Tenth Annual San Francisco FCPUG SuperMeet will take place on Friday, Jan. 28, 2011, at the UCSF Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco, California.
Doors open at 4 pm and presentations begin at 7 pm. The San Francisco FCPUG SuperMeet kicks off a year-long celebration of the tenth anniversary of the SuperMeets and promises to be the single largest gathering of FCS, Adobe and Avid editors, gurus and digital filmmakers in the Bay Area for all of 2011.
At 4 pm will be the "SuperMeet Digital Showcase," featuring over 25 software and hardware developers. Presentations will begin at 7 pm and continue until 11 pm. Tickets are on sale online for the early bird price of US$10 each plus ticket fee (early bird pricing ends Dec. 28) and $6 for students with a valid student ID.
The San Francisco FCPUG SuperMeet agenda will feature presentations from Autodesk and AJA, show-and-tells from local Bay Area filmmakers and tips and tricks from Alex Lindsay,...
FmPro Migrator upgraded to version 5.5.8
.com Solutions has announced FmPro Migrator Platinum Edition 5.5.8 (http://www.fmpromigrator.com/products/fmpro_migrator/index.html). The new version creates .Net database front-end applications from popular desktop database applications.
Compiled applications can be deployed as Windows desktop or cross-platform SilverLight apps. This feature leverages the automated layout and relationship importing features of FmPro Migrator Developer Edition, along with FileMaker Pro Advanced or Microsoft Access and Visual Studio 2010.
FmPro Migrator Developer Edition is priced at US$200 per developer. It includes a copy of FmPro Migrator Developer Edition for both Mac OS X and Windows platforms.
Zevrix Deliver beefs up emailing feature
Zevrix Solutions (http:/www.zevrix.com) has announced Deliver 2.1, a maintenance update to its automated solution to send and share files across the Internet and local networks. The upgrade update lets users add email recipients at delivery time.
Deliver lets users send files to remote and local destinations with e-mail notifications, compression, encryption and other powerful capabilities. It supports FTP, Amazon S3, MobileMe and other services, and lets users send files to multiple destinations at once. Deliver also lets users send output files directly from Adobe InDesign.
Deliver 2.1 can be purchased from Zevrix web site for US$19.95 (it's free with purchase of BatchOutput for InDesign). A demo is available for download. The upgrade from File Courier is free for licensed users. Deliver works with Mac OS X 10.5 and higher.
Apple updates printer drivers
Apple has released updated printer drivers for various Canon, Fuji and Lexmark printers. You can download them via the Software Updates component of the Mac OS X Systems Preferences app.
By default, Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard installs software supporting the printers currently used by your Mac (if available), nearby printers on your network, and popular printer and scanner models. You can learn more about the latest printer updates at http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3669 .
Apple releases Apple TV firmware update
Apple has released a firmware update for the latest Apple TV. The update will appear automatically for Apple TV owners.
There are no release notes or other info on what the firmware update entails. The only thing we know is that the moniker of the update goes from iOS 4.2 Build 8C150 to iOS 4.2.1 Build 8C154.
Mac sales surge in November
Mac sales surged last month, according to new data from the NPD research group (http://www.npd.com). Sales rose 19%, and the new MacBook line has sold well. Apple is also being adopted by more businesses, notes "24/7 Wall Street" (http://247wallst.com/2010/12/14/apple-and-lenovo-take-pc-growth-lead/).
Toshiba saw November sales improve 22% improvement over October and Lenovo saw a 69% gain. On the other hand, HP saw a 15% dip in sales.
iPad is Most Memorable New Product Launch of 2010
The iPad secured the number one spot as the Most Memorable New Product Launch of 2010 (http://www.mmnpl.com), a host of equally interesting product introductions garnered consumer attention in this year’s Most Memorable New Product Launch survey. by Schneider Associates, an integrated marketing and public relations agency.
Technology products took five spots, with the Windows 7 coming in a close second to the iPad and compensating for the failure of Vista in 2007. Rounding out the tech trend were Motorola Droid (#4), the iPod nano (#6) and Samsung 3DTV (#8). Quick, low cost breaks were also a theme, with consumers remembering small indulgences in the form of small but tasty impulse purchases like Pretzel M&Ms (#3), McDonald’s Smoothies (#5), and Starbucks VIA instant coffee (#7).
As always, a few innovative and nontraditional product offerings made memorable impressions, with Huggies Jeans Diapers (#9), Kleenex Hand Towels (Tied #10) and the KFC Double Down Sandwich (Tied #10)...
Analyst expects 'smart TV' from Apple by 2012
In a note to clients -- as reported by "Forbes" (http://blogs.forbes.com/ericsavitz/2010/12/14/apple-off-morgan-stanley-b...) -- Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty said she removed Apple from her firm’s best idea list, noting that the stock is up 28% over the past six month, twice the gain for the S&P 500 over the same span. However, she keeps an US$375 price target on the shares.
She also sees lots of new goodies from Apple over the next two years. For 2011, she expects a Verizon iPhone, the iPhone 5 in July and lower priced iPads by April. For 2012, she expects Apple to unveiled a "smart "TV, a redesigned iPad and and LTE iPhone.
First iAd for iPad is for 'Tron Legacy'
The first iAd for iPad will launch Tuesday for the upcoming Disney movie, "Tron Legacy." This is a preview of what Apple's mobile ad format will look like on the iPad, and the only iAd planned for Apple's tablet for this year, an Apple spokesman told "Advertising Age" (http://adage.com/digital/article?article_id=147660).
Here's how "Advertising Age" describes the ad: "Like its iPhone and iPod Touch predecessors, the first iPad iAd is chock-full of the rich graphics, touch navigation and video native to apps. The full-screen 'Tron' ad, which will run in iPad apps such as TV Guide, includes close to 10 minutes of video, images from the movie, a theater locator with showtimes, and a preview of the movie soundtrack with the option to purchase on iTunes without leaving the ad. For the first time in any iAd, users will also be able to send email straight from within the ad."
Ads combine the emotion of TV advertising with the interactivity of Internet advertising, according to Apple CEO...
BitDefender releases Antivirus 2011 for Mac OS X
BitDefender (http://www.bitdefender.com), a provider of Internet solutions, has announced the latest version of its antivirus solution, BitDefender Antivirus 2011 for Mac. It's designed for Mac OS X users, networks running both Mac and PCs and users operating a dual-boot Windows and Mac system.
In addition to proactively securing Mac computer systems from viruses and removing malware threats, the latest version incorporates BitDefender’s antiphishing technology to protect households using multiple operating systems.
“We’re seeing more and more Mac-specific threats as the market grows. Moreover phishing attacks can expose sensitive information or an identity regardless of the operating system, making security software a must for any computer,” says Catalin Cosoi, BitDefender’s head of online threats lab. “The latest release of BitDefender Antivirus for Mac offers protection that’s essential to combating the next generation of - threats that will impact both businesses and consumers...
OWC announces do-it-yourself SSD kits for laptops
Other World Computing (http://www.macsales.com) has announced the OWC Do-It-Yourself (DIY) SSD Storage Upgrade Kit starting at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$109.99.
Available in 14 configurations with capacities up to 480GB, the OWC DIY SSD Kits let you upgrade your Mac or Windows laptop to the solid state drives (SSDs). They also work with Mac minis.
With the OWC DIY SSD Storage Upgrade Kit, MacBook, MacBook Pro, Mac mini, and PC laptop users can upgrade their computer’s internal hard drive with SSDs from OWC. They can then continue to use their old drive by installing it into the provided OWC enclosure for a pocket-sized portable external drive.
Select kits include a $200 retail value disk utility software bundle. For bundle details, visit http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/solutions/software_bundle/
US soldiers may get choice of free iPhone or Android phone
The Army wants to issue every soldier an iPhone or Android cell phone and pay every soldier's monthly phone bill, reports the "Army TImes" (http://www.armytimes.com/news/2010/12/army-smart-phones-for-soldiers-121...).
Lt. Gen. Michael Vane, director of the Army Capabilities Integration Center, said the Army would issue these smart phones just like any other piece of equipment a soldier receives, the article adds. In February, the Army plans to begin fielding phones, network equipment and applications to the first Army brigade to be modernized under the brigade combat team modernization program, says the "Army Times." The test won't be limited to smart phones but will include any electronic devices that may be useful to troops.
“We’re looking at everything from iPads to Kindles to Nook readers to mini-projectors,” said Mike McCarthy, director of the mission command complex of Future Force Integration Directorate at Fort Bliss, told the "Army Times." The Army plans to roll out wireless...
Theme Studio released FileMaker Pro
ISO Productions has released Theme Studio for FileMaker Pro (http://filemakerthemes.com/), a design solution for FileMaker Pro users and developers that contains a suite of tools and resources for helping the FileMaker user or developer in the visual design process of a FileMaker database.
Theme Studio includes access to collections of icons, whole layout templates, layout elements, colors and gradients. it an be used with any version of FileMaker Pro from version 9 thru 11 on both the Macintosh and Windows operating systems. The software runs within the FileMaker development environment itself and does not require the user to exit to another application.
The software allows users to create custom icons quickly (by merging two or more icons), re-color whole FileMaker layouts, start or update projects from pre-designed Layout Themes and add many commonly used layout elements which have been pre-formatted for easy use, says Matt Petrowsky, the developer of the Theme Studio. Users can...
Intego releases Remote Management Console 2 for Macs
Intego (http://www.intego.com) has released Remote Management Console 2, an update of the tool for remotely managing Intego software on multiple Macs.
Remote Management Console 2 lets administrators manage Intego software on any number of Macs, in different locations, all from a central administration console. The new version is a full rewrite of the program, introducing a new client-server architecture, greater flexibility in usage, a new interface and improved reporting tools.
Remote Management Console 2 allows administrators to manage and configure Intego security software on any number of Macs over a local network or via the Internet. The administrator can contact client computers via a Remote Management Console server and set policies for certain programs.
Remote Management Console 2's Console, Server and NetUpdate Proxy components require Mac OS X 10.5 or later, or Mac OS X Server 10.5 or later, running on either a PowerPC or Intel-based Mac. Client components require Mac OS...
Seagate releases Barracuda Green hard drive
Seagate (http://www.seagate.com) has released the Barracuda Green hard drive, which it describes as "the industry’s highest performance eco-friendly 3.5-inch desktop drive for low-power personal computers, multi-drive home networking systems and external storage."
The Barracuda Green hard drive spins at 5900 RPM and sports Seagate’s SmartAlign technology, which purportedlyl enables all the benefits of the new 4K sector standard while simplifying drive installation by eliminating the need for utilities often required to ensure optimum drive performance. The Barracuda Green hard drive delivers whisper-quiet acoustics and helps reduce system costs associated with the fans and power supply devices often required for power-hungry systems, says Dave Mosley, Seagate executive vice president of Sales, Marketing and Product Line Management.
Barracuda Green hard drives also support Seagate Think Green programs. The drives are offered in capacities of 2TB, 1.5TB and 1TB; however, pricing hasn't...
REAL Software releases REAL Studio Web Edition
REAL Software (http://realsoftware.com) -- creator of object-oriented, cross-platform software development tools for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux -- has announced the general availability of REAL Studio Web Edition, a web application development tool designed for both ordinary people and traditional software programmers.
REAL Studio Web Edition allows users to create web 3.0 applications up to 50 times faster than traditional web development tools by using a single programming language rather than several web technologies, says Geoff Perlman, REAL Software founder and CEO. Because of its unique interface, almost any app built for the desktop can now be created for the web with ease without the need to learn five different web technologies, he adds.
REAL Studio Web Edition uses a single, high-level, object-oriented language that is tightly integrated with the REAL Studio web framework. This allows developers to focus on what makes their application unique, says Perlman.
Mac-based digital signage software gets update
Media Sign Pro (http://mediasignpro.com) has released version 3.2 of their Mac-based digital signage software. Media Sign Pro is designed to simplify the creation of digital signage.
Version 3.2 includes a variety of updates, including a fully-integrated system scheduler, higher zone limits, RSS feed optimizations, and more. Chris Lee, president and co-founder of Media Sign Pro, says the highlight of the update is the automated system scheduler that allows users to schedule shut downs and startups of their Mac at scheduled times along with the auto-launch of their digital signage project. Users can have their Macs start up at the beginning of the day, launch their digital signage project, and then shutdown at the end of the day without the need of any user interaction.
The new release will be available to all clients free of charge, even those who are still using versions 1.x or 2.x. For new users the cost is $499.
Workamajig now syncs with Google's online calendar
Workamajig (http://www.Workamajig.com), integrated software for ad agencies and others in the creative and design industries, has been updated. It now allows syncing with Google's online calendars and enhancements for Apple's Safari 5.0.3.
Workamajig's new feature to sync with the Google Calendar was designed after months of client feedback and discussion, says Ron Ause, Workamajig's director of marketing. This addition to the Workamajig Project Management Software gives users yet one more option to sync their calendars, since Workamajig already syncs with Microsoft's Outlook calendar, and Apple's iCal calendar.
With the latest version of Workamajig, no installation or conversion are necessary, and all updates are at no cost to the over 20,000 users of Workamajig. All client logins and vendor logins are always free.
Jumsoft offers 20 email greetings for free
Jumsoft (http://www.jumsoft.com) has once again expanded its Goodies bundle, a collection of templates and images that are available from the company's webs ite at no charge.
Jumsoft is offering 20 Mail Stationery holiday templates for Apple's Mail app. Most stationery templates contain multiple color schemes or design variations. The stationery templates require a Mac that runs Mac OS X 10.5 or later.
Support Group holds free FileMaker web seminars
The Support Group (http://www.supportgroup.com/), an authorized FileMaker Pro training provider, has announced a free one-hour web seminar, "Advanced Scripting and Calculations," which will present advanced techniques for the experienced FileMaker user.
The free seminar requires pre-registration, and will be offered twice on Wednesday, Dec. 15, from 11 am to noon (Eastern), and also from 2 -3 pm. It's appropriate for intermediate and advanced FileMaker Pro users
Scheduled speakers are Chad Novotny, vice president of otechnology for The Support Group, and Rick Colcock, system engineer for FileMaker, Inc. You can register for the 11 am and 2 pm sessions at http://cts.vresp.com/c/?FileMakerInc./3ff2219479/a8d4969fe0/a4233b6c34/t... and http://cts.vresp.com/c/?FileMakerInc./3ff2219479/a8d4969fe0/9c9199cef7/t... , respectively.
iKey 2.5 works with KeyCue to displays all shortcuts
Plum Amazing (http://plumamazing.com) has updated iKey, software for automating repetitive actions on the Mac, to version 2.5. It now works in conjunction with KeyCue to display shortcuts and hotkeys. iKey the best way to automate repetitive actions on the Mac.
In essence, an iKey shortcut is a little program in its own right, but you don't need to know programming to create an iKey shortcut. All you have to do is put together three necessary parts of a shortcut. One or more commands that give the shortcut its functionality, a context in which it runs, and a launcher that defines how the shortcut is activated.
Together iKey and KeyCue offer greater power, control and automation for any Mac OS X program including Apple's Final Cut Pro, iTunes, Garage Band and Aperture, and Adobe's PhotoShop, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash, ColdFusion and LightRoom, says Plum Amazing CEO Julian Miller. With KeyCue, it has always been possible to display and explore available shortcuts on your Mac.
DxO Optics updated to version 6.5.2
DxO Labs (http://www.dxo.com) has released the latest version of its image enhancement software for photographers: DxO Optics Pro 6.5.2. The upgrade adds RAW support in both its Standard and Elite editions for the Pentax K-5 and Sony NEX-5 and NEX-3. Also, 50 new DxO Optics modules are now available.
DxO Optics Pro 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. They're available from both DxO Labs’ e-store and selected resellers at the holiday season discount of:
° DxO Optics Pro Standard edition: US$99, reduced from $169;
° DxO Optics Pro Elite edition: $199, reduced from $299.
All customers who purchased DxO Optics Pro since June 1, 2009 are entitled to a free upgrade to version 6.5. All other users benefit from the 30% discounts:
° DxO Optics Pro Standard (any version) to DxO Optics Pro 6 Standard: $49, reduced from $79;
° DxO Optics Pro Elite (any version) to DxO Optics Pro 6 Elite: $79, reduced...
Two days left for early bird pricing for MacTech Boot Camp
There's just two days left on the early bird pricing for the 2011 MacTech Boot Camp. It's a single-track, hotel based seminar that is specifically geared to serve the needs of consultants and techs wanting to serve their base better. It will be held in San Francisco on Wednesday, Jan. 26.
MacTech Boot Camp attendees are encouraged to visit Macworld Expo San Francisco in the days following MacTech Boot Camp.
Working with MacTech's partner v.2 Consulting, MacTech Boot Camp attendees can take part in a moderated study session and discussion group on Mac OS X support essentials, and then take a proctored Apple Certification Exam. The instructor led study group and exam are normally priced at US$299. MacTech Boot Camp attendees can get a $100 discount, and sign up for study group/exam for $199.
MacTech Boot Camp is priced at $495. If you act by Dec. 15th, you can take advantage of the early registration and save $200 on MacTech Boot Camp (making the registration just $295).
More info can...
Japanese digital publishers blast pirated works at the Apple App...
A consortium of digital publishers in Japan has issued a stern rebuke to Apple over the appearance of illegal copies of its authors’ works that have appeared for sale in the Apple App Store, reports "TNW Asia" (http://thenextweb.com/asia/2010/12/14/japanese-publishers-rebuke-apple-o...).
In a joint press release, the consortium, including, the Japan Book Publishers Association, the Japan Magazine Publishers Association, The Electronic Book Publishers Association of Japan, and Digital Comic Association claimed that works by famous authors Haruki Murakami and Keigo Higashino have been illegally sold in the App Store. They're also dubious of Apples’s claim that it is unable to check for copyrighted material during the application screening process.
While the works have now been removed from the App Store, the publishers’ group is complaining that Apple should do more in the application approval process to ensure that the content of submitted applications does not breach copyrights,...
Computer prices on the rise -- which is good news for Apple
For the first time in years, computer prices are on the rise, according to new info from the NPD research group, as reported by the "Wall Street Times" (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405274870468180457601788378719196...).
In November, the average retail price of a personal computer sold in the U.S. was US$615, up 6% from last year's $580, which marked a record low, according the NPD Group. Average computer prices have now increased in six of the past eight months compared with 2009 levels, according to NPD data.
The rising prices for computers -- including desktops, laptops and low-cost netbooks but not tablets -- is a big turnabout for the $250 billion global computer industry, which for years has coped with sharp price declines even as machines became more powerful, says the "Journal."
One factor in the market has been Apple, the article adds. The company increased its U.S. market share to 10.4% in the third quarter from 9.3% a year ago, according to research firm Gartner....
ConceptDraw 2.0 released in tandem with Solution Park
CS Odessa has released ConceptDraw Office 2.0, which now gives business professionals single-click access to integrated solutions for Project management, brainstorming, report writing, and much more.
The latest ConceptDraw Office suite release is being launched in tandem with the new ConceptDraw Solution Park online resource center. ConceptDraw Solution Park features integrated business productivity solutions that bundle ConceptDraw software, templates, and “how-to” guides.
Through the browser, users can view available solutions on ConceptDraw Solution Park and click on the solution they want. ConceptDraw Solution Browser then automatically loads any software, templates and guides supporting the chosen solution.
Version 2.0 also enhances integration of the suite’s ConceptDraw MindMap for mind mapping and brainstorming, ConceptDraw Project project management software, and ConceptDraw PrpO for business diagramming and scoreboard development and display. For example, a user can...
'Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures' launches on the Mac
Sony Online Entertainment and LucasArts, in collaboration with TransGaming, has released Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures for the Mac at http://www.CloneWarsAdventures.com .
Here's how the game is described: "Clone Wars Adventures is an action-packed browser-based virtual world where fans can live out the thrills and excitement of Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated TV series on Cartoon Network.
"Clone Wars Adventures is the ultimate virtual destination for fans of the TV series where players go online to experience fun mini-games, daily activities, events, rewards, lively social environments and competitions. Players can battle alongside their favorite Star Wars characters like Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi. It is updated every week with new content pulled from that week's new episode.
"In addition to weekly updates in Clone Wars Adventures, Mac players who log in today will experience the Star Wars holiday season: the Orto Plutonia for Life Day, which brings a host of...
TimeCache for Mac OS X gets interface improvements
The PandaWare Company (http://www.pandaware.com) has updated TimeCache -- its time and expense billing app for Mac OS X 10.3.9 and higher -- to version 8.0.11. The update offers interface improvements and bug fixes.
TimeCache offers support for timed or manual entries, retainer billing, customizable invoices and reports, printing options, and flexible data entry options. It also offers tracking of all a user's computer activity, the ability to save fine-grained details with time and expense entries, can use Apple Address Book entries for client contact information, can produce charts of billable time and expenses, and can import from and export to iCal calendars.
Licenses for TimeCache are US$70 per user. Version 8.0.11 is a free update for registered users.
Analyst expects growth of all Apple products over next two...
BMO Capital’s Keith Bachman told clients in a note -- as reported by "Barron's (http://blogs.barrons.com/techtraderdaily/2010/12/13/apple-bmo-ups-target...) -- that he's reiterating a Buy rating on Apple shares and hasraised his price target to $355 from a prior $330.
Bachman also raised his rating for this quarter’s iPhone sales to 16.5 million units, from a prior 15 million. The analyst thinks Apple will sell 60 million iPhones this fiscal year and 76 millioin i fiscall 20`2.
And what of Apple's other products for this fiscal year? Bachman is forecasting 16.8 million Macs, 42.9 million iPods, and 21.3 million iPads. For 2012, he expects 20 million Macs, 36.5 million iPods, and 32 million iPads.
Apple launches 12 Days of Christmas on iTunes
Apple UK has announced the "12 Days of Christmas" (http://www.itunes12daysofchristmas.co.uk/), which will run Dec. 26 through Jan. 6. Each day will offer a song, music video, TV episode, film, app or book for free download.
Each free download will only be available for 24 hours. You can sign up for daily email alerts for download the special 12 Days of Christmas app to make sure you don't miss out.
Initial version of Light Peak may use copper
The initial version of Light Peak will use copper instead of light-based technologies, reports "CNET" (http://news.cnet.com/8301-13924_3-20025179-64.html?tag=mantle_skin;content), quoting "an industry source familiar with Intel's plans."
Developed by Intel and championed by Apple, this proposed 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 100Gbs 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.
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 simultaneously over a single cable, enabling the technology to connect devices such as peripherals, displays,...
If the iPad is a computer, Apple has 12% share of worldwide...
I've argued repeatedly that the iPad should be considered a personal computer -- and Goldman Sachs hardware analyst Bill Shope agrees with me. In a note to clients on Monday -- as reported by "Tech Trader Daily" (http://blogs.barrons.com/techtraderdaily/2010/12/13/apple-ipad-mac-12-pc...) -- the analyst only sees computer sales growing 8% next year, but is more bullish on tablet computers, especially the iPad.
In fact, Shope sees iPad sales surpassing Mac revenue by September 2011. The analyst argues that tablets should be considered part of the personal computer market, in which case Apple’s worldwide computer market share would rise to 12% this fiscal year, from 4.4% at present.
Last week DisplaySearch put the Apple tablet in the computer category in its "Quarterly Mobile PC Shipment and Forecast Report." Do so, and that research group says Apple is the number one personal computer maker in the U.S. and number three globally.
What's more, Shope expects a 10% price cut on all models...
Cydia plans competitor to Mac App Store
As Apple prepares to launch the Mac App Store next month, a rival effort is underway by Cydia (http://cydia.saurik.com) -- a popular app store alternative destination for the estimated 10% of owners of jailbroken iPhones -- is planning a competitor, reports "PC World" (http://www.pcworld.com/article/213399/apple_nemesis_to_offer_mac_app_sto...?).
At a developers conference this weekend, Jay Freeman, the man behind Cydia, The Mac App Store is designed to make it easy for users to find, download and pay for apps, without having to move around various web sites to download their software.
"Apple will put every app submitted in the Mac App Store through its infamous approval process. Also, there won't be any trials, in-app purchases or product keys," says "PC World." "However, due to these limitations in the upcoming Mac App Store, Freeman believes that his Cydia alternative for Macs will be a much more attractive platform for developers."
Apple recently confirmed that demos, trial...
Future unveils 14 'one-off' mags for the iPad
The magazine publishing company, Future, has unveiled 14 new titles for the iPad, each a tablet-specific niche brand that hadn’t existed in print. However, "each is a timeless one-off, designed to attract a large number of single-copy sales this coming New Year," says "mocoNews" (http://moconews.net/article/419-future-sees-ipad-as-a-bookazine-vehicle-...).
Any decision on a regular long-term tablet publishing schedule for Future’s monthly titles will come after these one-offs, perhaps hinting at how publishers are having to find a cost-effective iPad production timetable before going forward, the article adds. It means Future’s tablet strategy looks a lot like its roster of specialist “bookazine” one-offs, which increasingly grace newsagent shelves, says "mocoNews."
Future does publish 50 of its printed monthly magazines on iPad as digital replicas distributed through the Zinio digital subscription/mag publishing service. As for tablet-specific editions, Future has published two iPad-...
Paul Allen's lawsuit against Apple, others dismissed
Billionaire investor Paul Allen's patent lawsuit against Apple and other high technology companies has hit a snag as a federal judge in Seattle dismissed the complaint for not describing its allegations specifically enough, reports the "Wall Street Journal" (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405274870405870457601582020637580...).
U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman on Friday set a Dec. 28 deadline for the plaintiff, a company controlled by Allen called Interval Licensing LLC, to file an amended complaint. A spokesman for Allen said it plans to do so soon, calling the judge's order a "procedural issue" that won't halt the case.
In August it was announced that a tech licensing company controlled by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen was suing 11 companies, including Apple, for violating patents on “fundamental web technologies” developed by Interval Research, the now-defunct Silicon Valley lab that Allen created with Xerox PARC veteran David Liddle in the 1990s.
In addition to Apple,...
Ping gets playlist support
Apple’s Ping has added the ability to build and share playlists. Now users can import playlists from iTunes, build playlists in the iTunes social networking service, and let Ping friends add to their playlists.
Ping lets you follow your favorite artists, see what they’re up to, check out photos and videos they’ve posted, see their tour dates and read comments about other artists and albums they’re listening to. In addition, you can post your thoughts and opinions, your favorite albums and songs, the music you’ve downloaded from iTunes and the concerts you plan to attend.
Ricoh introduces new Aficio series
Ricoh (http://www.ricoh-usa.com) has introduced the Ricoh Aficio MP C3001/C3501 and MP C4501/C5501 Series.
Building on the achievements of the Series' predecessors -- the Aficio MP C2800, MP C3300, MP C4000 and MP C5000 -- these new, versatile color multifunction products (MFPs) offer enhanced productivity, advanced security and eco-friendly operation for businesses of any size, all with a low total cost of ownership (TCO), according to Shun Sato, senior vice president, marketing, Ricoh Americas Corp.
The Aficio MP C3001/C3501 & MP C4501/C5501 series boasts output speeds of up to 30 pages per minute (ppm), 35 ppm, 45 ppm and 55 ppm for both full color and black and white, respectively. A mix of hardware and software solutions expands system capabilities. The hardware enhancements include printing from and scanning to a USB clip drive or SD card without network connectivity.
Additionally, an optional USB keyboard is available for easier data entry when using document management...
Apple interested in Nortel's patents?
Last year Nortel sold its optical networking and carrier ethernet business to Ciena for US$769 million and its wireless business to Ericsson for $1.3 billion. Soon it will sell off its patents as well, "among them some thought to be essential 4G wireless technologies like Long Term Evolution (LTE) and Service Architecture Evolution (SAE)," reports "All Things Digital" (http://digitaldaily.allthingsd.com/20101213/everybody-wants-nortels-4g-p...).
That IP is drawing a lot of interest from companies such as Apple, Research in Motion and Nokia, "none of which want to see it in the hands of a rival, particularly as 4G’s commercial availability broadens," the article adds. "All Things D," quoted unnamed sources, say all four companies are participating in the auction.
Nortel (http://www.nortel.com) was founded in 1895 as Northern Electric and Manufacturing, supplying telecommunications equipment for Canada's fledgling telephone system. It grew to become, at one point, a global leader in...
Android market now second largest app store
Smaato (http://www.smaato.com), a mobile ad optimizer and mobile advertising company, has announced a compilation of mobile advertising trends for 2011. Smaato gathered market data for the three strongest regions in mobile marketing: the USA, Europe and Asia.
The trends show that, in 2010, the iTunes Store tippled its offering of mobile applications and the Android market was established as the second largest app store. Android bypassed Apple with a market share of 25% (Apple has 17%) and is now the second largest OS behind Symbian (37%) according to Morgan Stanley.
The growth of mobile as an established media channel will continue the next couple of years, according to Harald Neidhardt, CMO and co-founder, Smaato. Asia is still the leader in mobile advertising and will proceed being the strongest market in terms of ad spending. In 2010 Japanese companies already invested more than $1 billion in this business followed by South Korea and China ($270M and $180M). In Asia more than 15...
Apple tech soars on '2010 Trends on Twitter'
Twitter's "2010 Trends on Twitter" list (http://yearinreview.twitter.com/trends/) lists the iPad among the top 10 overall trends (the Gulf Oil spill was number one).
In the technology section, Apple ruled. The iPad was number one, Apple's iOS was number three, the iPone was number four and the MacBook air number nine.