JixiPix announces a photo to painting app for Mac
JixiPix (http://www.jixipix.com) has introduced PhotoArtista Oil 1.0, a photo-to-oil painting application, now available on the Mac App Store. It costs US$9.99, requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and can be found in the Graphics & Design category.
PhotoArtista -- Oil was developed specifically for converting photographs into works of oil painted art. It includes six art styles that range from realistic to expressionistic: portrait, landscape, realism, impressionism, expressionism and tone painting.
OWC intros New Mercury Rack Pro 1U RAID
Other World Computing (http://www.macsales.com) has announced new OWC Mercury Rack Pro “Quad Interface” 4-Bay 1U solutions with: FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 3 and eSATA interface ports; selectable Hardware RAID 0/1/3/5/10/Span and non-RAID Independent Drive modes, and storage/backup capacity up to 12TB.
The Mercury Rack Pro is immediately available in 15 pre-configured solutions, from 2TB to 12TB, priced starting at US$549.99. The Mercury Rack Pro is compatible with Mac OS X 10.2 and higher and Windows Windows XP and later operating systems.
It comes complete with all interface connecting cables, a $100 retail value disk utility software bundle, and up to a five-year solution warranty. For more info go to
Secret of the Lost Cavern comes to the Mac App Store
Coladia (http://www.coladia.com) says Secret of the Lost Cavern is now available on the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher and normally costs US$19.99. However, it's being offered for a limited time for $9.90.
Here's how Secret of the Lost Cavern is described: "It's a point and click adventure game, that plunges the player into an inspiring adventure that takes place during the Paleolithic period in prehistoric time, 15,000 years B.C. Delve into a world of exploration and intrigue as you embark on a Stone Age quest filled with puzzles and mystery.
"Experience your adventure through the eyes of Arok and meet many fascinating characters. Contend with the wild world where fishing, hunting, gathering, and mysterious shaman ceremonies are all part of the struggle for survival as you follow the path of your mentor and work with him to recreate the paintings of the renowned Lascaux Cave.
"Also featured is an integrated encyclopedia filled with historically accurate data on...
DaisyDisk 2 available in the Mac App Store
DaisyDisk Team has released the final version of DaisyDisk 2.0, an update to the disk analyzer utility for Mac OS X. It requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later and costs US$19.95.
DaisyDisk displays disk contents as an interactive color-coded sunburst map, revealing large files that may no longer be needed, and allowing you to delete them. Version 2.0 features built-in file deletion, can scan several disks at a time, has a new user interface based on Core Animation, and more.
DaisyDisk represents disk content as an interactive color-coded sunburst map. The map can be navigated to preview deeper levels of data. When the application is launched an overview of all mounted disks is displayed, with graphical indicators of how full each is.
A demo is available at the DaisyDisk web site (http://www.daisydiskapp.com/). Existing DaisyDisk customers can upgrade to version 2.0 for $9.95. Free upgrades are available to early supporters and recent purchasers.
Tekkeon’s Dual Port Power Pack charges two devices at once
Tekkeon (http://www.tekkeon.com) has introduced the newest member of its mobile power product family: the US$69.95 TekCharge MP1860A, a dual port power pack with two USB outputs, to simultaneously charge and power an iPad, iPhone, iPod nano or iPod touch, and a second small portable device
It connects to devices in three ways: to an iPad, iPhone, iPod nano or iPod touch using the included Dock Connector/USB cable, or to any compatible device using the USB device cable or an adapter tip. An Apple Dock Connector to USB cable is included for charging and syncing iOS devices, with Mini USB and Micro USB adapter tips included for connection to current models of BlackBerry, HTC, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, and Sony Ericsson mobile phones.
The included USB adapter tips can be used to charge Kindle2, Nook, MP3 players, PDAs, portable media players, pocket video cameras, portable routers, GPS, MP3 players, and other 5V devices that use a Micro or Mini USB cable to charge. Additional...
Mondo Solitaire is new solitaire game for the Mac
Ambrosia Software (http://www.AmbrosiaSW.com) has released Mondo Solitaire, an US$9.99 solitaire game for the Mac. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher, and a demo is available for download.
Mondo Solitaire has over 300 game variants and an user interface that's been designed especially with the Mac in mind. In addition to having every solitaire game under the sun, Mondo Solitaire also offers some unique variants such as additional suits, additional decks, and alternate rules, according to the folks at Ambrosia.
Brunhilda and the Dark Crystal come to the Mac App Store
Codeminion and Twin Bottles say Brunhilda and the Dark Crystal 1.28 (http://brunhildathegame.com/), their casual adventure game for Mac OS X, is now at the Mac App Store. It costs US$9.99 and can be found in the Games section.
The story focuses on an ancient prophecy and makes Brunhilda personally responsible for solving the great mystery. The story is packed with twists and turns and humorous dialogues. The gameplay is a mixture of hidden object mechanic, puzzles and point-and-click quest solving.
Brunhilda and the Dark Crystal boasts over six hours of gameplay. There are 10 different lands to visit with multiple locations and NPC characters and three arcane mini-games.
Faber Acoustical brings SignalScope Pro 3 to the Mac App Store
Faber Acoustical has announced SignalScope Pro 3.0, an update to their acoustical test and measurement toolset for the Mac. It's now available in the Mac App Store for US$199.99 and requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later.
SignalScope Pro offers a suite of tools on the Mac for dynamic and real-time signal analysis, data acquisition, and automated testing. Version 3 features an enhanced user interface, better control over audio device configurations, and more comprehensive user preferences.
New functionality in SignalScope Pro includes the option to perform arithmetic operations, such as addition, subtraction, and multiplication, on two arbitrary input channels of an audio input device. Users can also specify arbitrary FFT lengths and view live spectrogram data in 3D with a logarithmic frequency scale. Two of each type of analysis tool can be opened and operated simultaneously.
A 30-day demo version is available for download at the from Faber Acoustical website (http://www.faberacoustical.com...
Cristallight Software releases iBarcoder 3.3.3
Cristallight and Don Kurt have released iBarcoder 3.3.3 (http://www.cristallight.com/iBarcoder/), the latest Mac barcode software for Mac OS X 10.4 or later.
iBarcoder (US$39.95) supports multiple symbologies including the Japanpost customer Mac barcode, three types of FIM codes, Postnet, Several UPC, EAN and IBSN codes, QR code, and more. With the app you can individualize the coding to identify location sold, style, and other tracking information.
A Counter Mode automatically creates the next barcode in a sequence from the defined parameters you have specified. You can use starting numbers and postix parts using the increment value established.
World Clock Deluxe ticks to version 4.7.4
MaBaSoft (http://www.mabasoft.net) has updated its World Clock Deluxe time tool to version 4.7.4. In the new version, Daylight-Saving time information for Chile and Cuba has been updated.
This year, Chile has extended Daylight-Saving time (which was originally planned to end on March 13) to continue until April 3 to face water shortage in reservoirs and avoid a possible energy crisis.Cuba decided to postpone the start of DST from the second to the third Sunday in March.
With World Clock Deluxe you can display multiple clocks in a horizontal or vertical palette, in the menu bar and in the Dock, show Coordinated Universal Time and Internet Time, assign labels and colors to clocks, calculate date and time conversions across different time zones and show the current weather all over the world. The software is Universal Binary and runs in English, German, Dutch, French and Italian.
World Clock Deluxe requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later and runs natively on both PowerPC-based and Intel-based...
Booxter for Mac OS X revved to version 2.7
Deep Prose Software (http://www.deepprose.com) has released Booxter 2.7 for Mac OS X. With Booxter users can create multiple libraries and smart lists to organize books, music, movies and comic books.
Version 2.7 improves on the free companion iPhone app, available from the Apple App Store. Customers can now scan barcodes and have them sent directly into Booxter, wirelessly. If you have an iPhone or iPod touch, you now have a scanner. Other improvements include adding Amazon Italy as a search site for books, music and movies, improving online searches, and enhancing the user interface.
Booxter supports both handheld and wireless barcode scanners and iSight video cameras to add large numbers of items to a collection. It requires Mac OS 10.4 or later. A downloadable demo version has a limit of 30 items for each library.
The full version costs US$29.99; there's a free version with a limit of 30 items for each library. Version 2.7 is a free update for registered users of version 2.x....
Volitans Software announces SMART Utility 2.2
Volitans software has announced SMART Utility 2.2, an update to the hard drive diagnostic application. The new version includes a menu icon to run in the background, a better user interface for single partitions, and better support for SSDs, as well as bug fixes.
SMART Utility is an application to scan the internal hardware diagnostics system of hard drives. SMART is a system built into hard drives by their manufacturers to report on various measurements of a hard drive's operation.
SMART Utility is available in a variety of licenses including a personal license for US$25 and a family license for $40. It can be purchased online (http://www.volitans-software.com/) or within the SMART Utility itself through its embedded web store.
MegaSeg update includes over 70 improvements, new features
Fidelity Media has released MegaSeg 5.6. The new version encompasses over 70 improvements and new features including:
° iTunes Sound Check volume support;
° A new BPM Tapper with improved accuracy;
° Intro countdown timers accurate to a tenth of a second;
° (Pro) A built-in FTP upload feature to send "Now Playing" data;
° Printing directly from the Logs and Show History reports;
° (Pro) Voice Over tracks are now automatically back-timed into track intros;
° Playlist menu commands to sort by Category, Date Added, and Time;
° A MIDI preset for the Numark DJ2GO controller;
° MIDI controller jog wheels can now scrub the Wave Viewer for analog style cueing;
° (Pro) New Events to start Ambient Playlists and toggle Rules on and off;
° Font and color options for the Category and Playlist Browsers, Logs, Ambient Playlists, and hot keys;
° (Pro) Option to toggle events on/off automatically with the playlist stop/start button;
° (Pro) A Rules On/Off button on the main screen.
The MegaSeg DJ...
InPreFlight for InDesign updated to version 2.8.14
Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has updated InPreflight Pro -- its quality control, packaging automation and preflight reporting solution for Adobe InDesign -- to version 2.8.14. The new version improves reliability of automated packaging of multiple files.
InPreflight provides a preflight solution for service providers, printers, ad agencies, designers and publishing houses. It gathers information about document fonts, colors and links and lets users locate potential problems according to preflight presets. The software is also a packaging automation solution that allows users to preflight and package multiple documents.
Among other abilities, it can collect all files into one folder, eliminating the need to collect the same links multiple times for each design. In addition, InPreflight lets users print graphic preflight reports and save them as fully searchable interactive PDF files, providing an easy way to analyze, archive and send reports to service providers....
Apple releases iTunes 10.2.1, Java updates
Apple has released iTunes 10.2.1 and a Java update.
iTunes 10.2.1 is designed to let you sync with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 4.3. Apple says it also offers improved Home Sharing.
Apple has also updated Java for Mac OS X 10.5.8 and 10.6.6, including server versions for both. They're security updates.
You can obtain the updates via the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.
ASK Video offers downloadable video tutorials
ASK Video Interactive Media (http://www.askvideo.com), a creator of software tutorials on DVD, is now offering their entire catalog of music software tutorial videos as digital downloads in addition to the original DVD format.
The move to download has been made possible by AVP, or Ask Video Player. AVP is built upon the company's instruction delivery system and takes advantage of the latest technologies to give the user the best video experience possible, says Steve Kostrey, president of ASK Video. AVP has both product authorization and built-in online product registration to ensure ease of use and provide a secure method of distributing videos instantly to customers, he adds.
This new distribution method gives both customers and online retailers an advantage. Retailers no longer have to ship and stock physical product, while having the entire ASK Video catalog available for sale. This also means that customers can instantly purchase and begin using any title as well. They simply...
iPad 2 launch will see higher sales but shorter lines
When the iPad 2 launches Friday, it should see even higher sales than when the first iPad debuted, but shorter lines, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster tells clients in a note, as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).
The original iPad launched at 221 U.S. Apple retail stores and most of Best Buy's 1,000-plus American stores in 2010. Munster says the iPad 2 will debut at more than 10,000 stores of retail partners in addition to 236 current Apple retail stores. The second generation tablet will also go on sale in the U.S. Friday at Walmart, Target, and AT&T and Verizon stores.
Munster expects the new model to outsell its predecessor, which reached a million sales in just 28 days. "Generally, the length of the lines at Apple retail stores on launch day have been a helpful early indication of demand," he says. "However, factors like online pre-orders, simultaneous international launches, weather, timing in the day and the day of the week can all impact a...
Apple planning the 'next generation' online store
Apple has posted a job opening (http://macte.ch/KFTgo) for a "senior software engineer -- core services" to "help build the next-generation Apple Online Store."
"Do you enjoy building highly scalable, distributed web applications?" Apple asks in the job posting. "Do you get excited about performance tuning java applications at the limits of memory and CPU? Do you enjoy working with other high output engineers? If so, then join our team and make a difference."
Apple is looking for "senior-level engineers with demonstrated experience delivering advanced solutions in a multi-tier, distributed environment." A BS in Computer Science, Mathematics, or EE, or relevant industry experience is required. An MS in Computer Science or related technical field is desired.
-- Dennis Sellers
Adobe releases experimental Flash to HTML5 conversion tool
Adobe has released an experimental Flash to HTML5 conversion tool on Adobe Labs, codenamed Wallaby. Wallaby is an AIR application that allows designers and developers to convert Adobe Flash Professional (FLA) files into HTML5 via drag and drop, expanding the distribution of creative content across platforms, including iOS devices like the iPad and iPhone.
Wallaby is being released on Labs in response to the tremendous amount of customer interest after Wallaby was first demoed at MAX last October, according to Adobe. The company invites customers to download this tool, try out the code it generates and provide feedback on how they are using it.
"User response to the Wallaby technology preview will enable Adobe to better understand what types of innovations are needed in our long-term investments in both Flash and HTML5 technology," Adobe says.
Users can access the Wallaby preview technology and more information for free at labs.adobe.com .
Woz: Apple can work 'pretty well' even without Jobs
Apple can function “pretty well” even with CEO Steve Jobs on a medical leave of absence, co-founder Steve "Woz" Wozniak said, as reported by "Bloomberg Businessweek" (http://macte.ch/J8n2t).
“Steve Jobs is only on partial leave. Even if he were to be on total leave, we have examined it,” Wozniak, who said he last spoke with Jobs two months back, spoke in Singapore today. “Apple will go on pretty well even if he is not there directly.”
“I love Apple so much and hope to be back as soon as I can,” Jobs said in an e-mail to employees in January. Jobs said he will continue to “be involved in major strategic decisions for the company.”
Nuance introduces PDF Converter for Mac
Nuance Communications has introduced Nuance PDF Converter for Mac, giving Apple Mac users the ability to create, convert and edit PDF files for US$99.
PDF Converter for Mac allows users to create, view, edit and scan industry-standard PDF files. The product uses Nuance OmniPage document conversion and optical character recognition (OCR) technology to turn PDF files back into editable text documents and turn scanned PDF files into searchable PDF files.
The product also connects to separate cloud-based services, including NuancePDF.com document conversion for conversion to fully-formatted word processing and spreadsheet documents, and Evernote, a note storage and access service. Drag and drop document assembly features to combine Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents with PDF documents -- adding the entire document or specific pages, according to Robert Weideman, general manager and senior vice president for the Nuance Document Imaging Division.
You can redact or erase...
iOS has second place in global mobile operating system market
Google’s Android mobile operating system overtook RIM’s BlackBerry globally for the first time on a monthly basis in February according to web analytics company, StatCounter (http://www.statcounter.com).
Its research arm StatCounter Global Stats finds that Android recorded 15.2% of the worldwide market compared to 14.5% for BlackBerry. Nokia’s Symbian still leads the global market with 30.7% with Apple's iOS in second place with 24.6%.
StatCounter data also pinpoints the rise and rise of mobile devices to access the Internet. The use of mobile to access the Internet compared to desktop has more than doubled worldwide from 1.72% a year ago to 4.45% today. The same trend is evident in the US with mobile Internet usage more than doubling over the past year from 2.59% to 6.32%.
“The momentum is certainly with Android which has almost tripled its market share over the last 12 months from 5.4% to 15.2%,” says Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter. In the same period iOS fell globally from 33.9%...
Pioneer A/V Receiver compatible with Apple’s AirPlay
Pioneer Electronics has introduced a new audio video receiver that includes Apple's AirPlay for wireless music streaming. It gives music lovers complete access, control, and playback of their entire iTunes music library.
Once the VSX-1021 is connected to a home network through Ethernet or Wi-Fi using Pioneer’s optional AS-WL300 wireless LAN adapter (sold separately), AirPlay lets consumers stream their favorite songs to the receiver from iTunes on Mac and PC, or their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. AirPlay requires iTunes 10.1 or later and iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 4.21.
To use Airplay, users can choose a song or playlist on their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch and then tap the AirPlay icon. The VSX-1021 will appear as an available device, and once selected, the receiver automatically turns on or switches to the Airplay source to start music playback.
Using Apple’s Remote app on an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch also enables consumers to browse and access their iTunes music library...
Rovi releases Toast 11, Toast 11 Pro
Rovi Corp. has launched Roxio Toast 11 Titanium for Mac. The update helps extend Mac OS and iLife applications with new capabilities and feature enhancements for capturing, copying, converting and enjoying personal digital media and entertainment.
Toast 11 has been redesigned from the ground up and showcases a new interface. It also boasts refined workflows along with built-in video tutorials. You can see a video overview of Toast 11 at http://macte.ch/GKgiO .
For existing users, Toast 11 adds many features such as recording to multiple drives simultaneously, a streamlined product update mechanism, and the ability to save custom video profiles, which is useful for those that are often converting video for a particular device. The latest version now also offers built-in features for directly uploading media to social networking sites such as YouTube, Vimeo or Facebook and technology optimizations, dubbed VideoBoost, that speed up H.264 (high definition) video conversion or encoding....
MyLifeOrganiser released for Mac OS X and Windows
Application Systems North America has announced the North American release of SoftTech Solution's myLifeOrganiser, developed using FileMaker for Mac OS X and Windows.
This organizer is designed to enable families to take control of their daily lives. All members of the family can build complete personal schedules that they can view by week or month. Each personal calendar can display special occasions, such as birthdays and anniversaries, school activities, doctor and dentist appointments, prescription renewals, vehicle inspections and insurance due dates and much much more, all of which can be set within myLifeOrganiser. Personal, family and pet information including birthdays, vet details and awards can all be added and tagged with a photo.
Personal and details can be retrieved from the electronic Address Book. Individuals can track their mortgages, loans, retirement plans, and shares all in location helping them to take control of their family budget. Important documents such as...
Edouard is new ERP solution for Mac OS X
Flying Pig has introduced Edouard 0.8 (http://www.flyingpigcorp.com/EN/edouard.php), their new ERP solution for Mac OS X. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher and an Intel-based Mac.
Dedicated to companies concerned about maximizing their resources productivity, Edouard supports classic business needs such as inventory management, contacts, purchases, sales, production, accountancy and more. Based on a Client-Server architectures, it uses PostgreSQL database and Objective-C 2.0 Cocoa as a technological backbone. According to the folks at Flying Pig, Edouard will work with up to 500 users at the same time on huge database (several millions entries).
Pricing policy is: US$59 per user, per month for a shared server cloud solution; $99 per user per month for a dedicated server cloud solution; and $2,999 per user for an in-house license. However, to celebrate the release Flying Pig offers a launch discount of 30% until version 1.0 arrives.
Video tutorial on Pages for iPad available on the Mac App Store -
Noteboom Productions (http://www.noteboomproductions.com) has announced Tutor for Pages for iPad 1.0, their latest video tutorial. It's available on the Mac App Store for US$4.99 and requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later.
With it, users can watch videos on their Mac to learn how to use Pages on the iPad. Users can choose different video chapters to watch as they go through the video tutorial. The videos cover everything from the document setup to header and footers to masking images to adding tables and charts.
All the videos are included in the app so the user can follow along on their iPad. No Internet connection is needed once the app is downloaded.
Point in Space announces new database manager
Point In Space Internet Solutions has released their new Database Manager, available on all FileMaker type hosting accounts.
Developed in cooperation with 360Works (http://www.360works.com/), the new Database Manager allows for much greater flexibility and functionality when managing FileMaker databases on Point In Space's services, says Point in Space President John May. Users can now open and close database files, update and download running databases, transfer files in .fp7 or .zip format via either a web browser or FTP, as well as manage FileMaker Pro clients connected to their databases.
For details on Point In Space's FileMaker Hosting, go to http://www.pointinspace.com/ .
Keynote Zone releases Technology Keynote theme
Keynote Zone (http://www.keynotezone.com) has announced a Technology Keynote theme for use with Keynote, the presentation component of Apple's US$79 iWork suite.
The theme was created especially for those who need to complement any scientific or technology based content of their presentations. The Technology standard version theme comes in two sizes (800 x 600 and 1024 x 768) and is available for $16. The Technology HD version theme comes in five sizes (800 x 600, 1024 x 768, 1280 x 720, 1680 x 1050, 1920 x 1080) and is available for $20.
The Technology theme requires Mac OS X 10.4.10 or later and iWork '08 (Keynote 4) or iWork '09 (Keynote 5). The Keynote Zone Collection 10 is available for download for $69.
Cartographica adds support for exports to MAPublisher 8.4
ClueTrust has announced integrated support for information-rich exports to Avenza's newly released MAPublisher 8.4 to facilitate enhanced map creation using Adobe Illustrator.
First, use Cartographica 1.2.2's geospatial tools to import, analyze and transform your data into the information you want to present. Then use MAPublisher to refine that presentation into a map for professional results.
ClueTrust and Avenza have collaborated closely to ensure that data and geographic information is accurately and seamlessly exported from Cartographica to Adobe Illustrator, where MAPublisher recognizes the information and provides display and formatting capabilities based on it, the companies say. The result is an optimized workflow for people who need to create high quality maps from existing geospatial data, they add.
Cartographica 1.2.2 is available now for US$495. Volume and educational discounts and student pricing are available. A fully functional, 30-day demo is is available from the...
Bomgar introduces remote support console for iPads
Bomgar -- which specializes in secure, appliance-based remote support solutions -- has introduced what it says is the first collaborative remote support representative console designed for the iPad.
The new Bomgar iPad Representative (Rep) Console allows IT support technicians to access, view and fix a remote computer or mobile device directly from their iPad or iPad 2. It also allows support technicians to work on multiple remote support sessions at once, plus invite other in-house and external support reps to simultaneously collaborate on the same session.
The Bomgar iPad Representative (Rep) Console doesn’t require the person being supported to have pre-installed software on their device or be part of a pre-defined “buddy list” to receive support. Technicians can provide support to anyone in virtually any location using their iPad. Finally, the iPad Rep Console works in conjunction with the Bomgar appliance, making it the only iPad remote support solution that doesn’t pass...
ComScore: Apple has 7% of mobile subscriber market
ComScore (http://www.comscore.com), a company that measures the digital world, has released data from the comScore MobiLens service, reporting key trends in the U.S. mobile phone industry during the three month average period ending January 2011. According to comScore, Apple had 7% of the mobile subscriber market, down, up from 6.4% in the previous study.
The study surveyed more than 30,000 U.S. mobile subscribers and found Samsung to be the top handset manufacturer overall with 24.9% market share. Google Android took the lead among smartphone platforms with 31.2% market share, after two short months in second place.
Approximately 65.8 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones during the three months ending in January 2011, up 8% from the preceding three-month period. Google Android captured the #1 ranking among smartphone platforms for the first time in January with 31.2% market share. RIM ranked second with 30.4% market share, followed by Apple with 24.7% (an increase of 0.1%...
iPad moving into the cockpit
The iPad won approval from U.S. regulators to display navigational charts for some charter pilots, "a step that may speed the end of the decades-old tradition of paper maps in the cockpit," according to "Bloomberg Businessweek" (http://macte.ch/Rj2VH).
With the Federal Aviation Administration endorsing iPads in a test project at Executive Jet Management, a unit of Warren Buffett’s NetJets, the way is open for pilots at airlines and other commercial carriers to seek authorization for the devices, Les Dorr, an agency spokesman, told the publication. iPad use by professional pilots would support Apple’s goal of winning more business buyers.
The company’s total corporate sales may rise 51% to US$11.3 billion in 2011, said Brian Marshall, a Gleacher & Co. analyst, told "Bloomberg Businessweek." Revenue was $76.3 billion last year.
Bracketron announces new iPad stand
Bracketron has announced a new stand for the iPad. The Twist360 features a protective hard case with a handgrip that can rotate 360 or be flipped into various positions for use as a desktop or lap stand.
TwistGrip allows multiple viewing angles in both landscape and portrait. Or you can flip it flat for a handle or to hang on the wall. It's designed to be lightweight and portable.
The Twist360 will soon be available at many leading consumer electronics retailers and on the Bracketron website (http://www.bracketron.com). It will have a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$59.95.
'AppleInsider': over a million MacBook Airs shipped...
Apple's teeny laptop is a hit. Concord Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo told "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) that his most recent checks in Asia indicate Apple shipped a total of 1.1 million of its 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Airs during the three-month period ending December, "making the new breed of ultra-thin portables one of the company's most successful Mac product launches ever."
Those figures are about 63% higher, or 400,000 units more, than the 700,000 units that Kuo had initially estimated. The figures also support an earlier claim by "AppleInsider" that the new MacBook Airs comprised more than a third Mac maker's notebook business in the fourth quarter.
Apple doesn't break down its Mac or device sales by product family. However, the company shipped just over 2.9 million notebook systems during the fourth quarter of 2010. At 1.1 million units, the new MacBook Airs captured a 40% slice of the company's notebook business and accounted for just over a quarter of its...
iPhone data downloads faster on AT&T than Verizon
The iPhone 4 on AT&T's network downloaded data twice as fast, on average, as the iPhone on Verizon Wireless, according to thousands of recent field tests in five U.S. cities conducted by Metrico Wireless, an independent mobile device performance evaluation company.
Metrico's tests looked at several other variables, however, and found the average Web page load time was nearly the same on iPhone 4 on both networks, a Metrico official told "InfoWorld" (http://macte.ch/QA9BR). What's more, when the iPhone 4 was in a moving vehicle, the AT&T model successfully finished about 10% more download session than Verizon's.
However, when the iPhones were stationary, the Verizon iPhone had a 10 percent better success rate in uploading data than the AT&T iPhone, notes "InfoWorld." Metrico didn't reveal actual time measurements for any of its results, including the data downloads and uploads or Web page loading times, prior to publication of its full study.
Hungary drafted new constitution on an iPad
Hungary is drafting its new constitution on an iPad, reports "NetworkWorld" (http://macte.ch/tpZWI). Jozsef Szajer, a Hungarian politician and member of the European Parliament, wrote a blog post last week detailing how he's using Apple's tablet to flesh out Hungary's new constitution, the country's first since 1949.
Hungary is the only Eastern Bloc country that didn't re-write their constitution after the fall of the Soviet Union. In 2010, "the country initiated a drafting process and apparently Apple's iPad found its way into the mix," says "NetworkWorld."
Best Buy may give iPad 2 to all salespersons
Best Buy is considering distributing iPad 2s to every salesperson in its 1,000-plus chain, reports "The Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal" (http://macte.ch/l1vH8).
The retailer has given out iPads and other mobile devices to sales employees on a limited basis before, but only in a couple of dozen stores, the article adds. The idea is part of its "Connected Store" format. That format "is modeled on Apple's high-touch retail stores, where salespeople often use such devices to process orders and customers get a lot of hands-on time with the iPads, iPhones and other products," according to The Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal."
ZAGG to offer sportLeather through AT&T for the iPhone 4
ZAGG (http://www.ZAGG.com) says ZAGG sportLeather is now available through AT&T company owned retail stores nationwide. Made from genuine leather with sports equipment styling, the ZAGG sportLeather for Apple’s iPhone 4 can be found at AT&T stores and online at the ZAGG web site.
A part of ZAGG’s LeatherSkins line, ZAGG sportLeathers are thin, pliable covers that apply directly to personal electronics like a film, but arecreated from genuine leather. ZAGG sportLeather uses a patent-pending adhesive process that holds the skin firmly in place on the device and is also removable.
ZAGG sportLeather provides gadget protection in a thin form, and is available at AT&T stores in authentic reproductions of baseball and football textures.
Enterprise Edition of Adobe Digital Publishing Suite available
Adobe has announced the immediate availability of the Enterprise Edition of Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, a turnkey set of hosted software services and viewer technology to create, distribute, monetize and analyze digital magazines, newspapers and publications.
With output aimed at Android tablets, including Motorola Xoom and Samsung Galaxy Tab, as well as RIM PlayBook and iOS tablet devices, the Enterprise Edition allows large publishers to implement a custom tablet publishing solution without disrupting existing publishing processes and infrastructure, says David Wadhwani, senior vice president, Creative and Interactive Solutions, Adobe. Today’s news follows the announcement that Adobe Digital Publishing Suite will support both Apple App Store Subscriptions and Google One Pass for magazine and newspaper publishers.
The Enterprise Edition of Digital Publishing Suite allows publishers worldwide to implement a tailored digital publishing solution built on the foundation of Adobe...
Paradise Beach 2 hits the Mac App Store
Nevosoft has released Paradise Beach 2: Around the World (http://nevosoft.com/description/game-ParadiseBeach2/) on the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later and can be found in the Games category. The game normally costs costs US$6.99, but is on sale at an introductory price for $2.99 for a limited time.
Here's how the Paradise Beach 2 game is described: "Once again the goal is to create the perfect beach resort for others, making everybody satisfied and happy. A lot of improvements over its predecessor make the sequel an exciting entertaining experience. The title is available in nine languages, including English, German, Spanish, French, Japanese and Russian.
"Players will help manage family businesses on eight different islands. After finishing the story mode, which can easy take up to seven hours, one can also enjoy the sandbox mode, or try to replay levels for a better rating, and to obtain all of the awards. Each of the eight islands varies in landscape, each with...
Mail Perspectives extends Mail's user interface
Indev has announced Mail Perspectives (http://www.indev.ca/MailPerspectives.html), new software to transform your email experience in Apple's Mail application. It costs US$24.95, but is being offered at a special introductory price of $19.95 through March 18. A demo is available for download.
Mail Perspectives adds four new windows to Mail -- the Perspective, Quick Look, Recent Mail and Mail Actions Windows -- to the Mac OS X Mail app. It's designed to make it easier to monitor mailboxes and visually organize the Mail environment.
The new Perspective Window is a compact window that displays the essential details of the messages belonging to selected mailboxes in either single message or list mode. The Quick Look Window previews full messages without the need to create an extra window for each message. The Recent Mail Window is an up-to-date list of messages that have recently arrived. The Mail Actions Window is a window to provide access to common mail actions such as check messages...
Vortimac Software releases Dossier 2.6 for Mac OS X
Vortimac Software has released Dossier 2.6, an update to their information management tool for Mac OS X. The upgrade features interface enhancements, better support for import from various sources, an upgraded help system, and dozens of other enhancements and bug fixes.
Dossier is designed for keeping and organizing notes, to-do lists, passwords, and virtually anything else. Features include multiple documents and multiple simultaneous viewers per document, smart folders, live search, an integrated calendar, encryption, flexible printing of entries, folders, or entire documents, rich text editing, support for export, unlimited undo/redo capability, and more.
Dossier requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. It costs US$24.99 and is also available via the Mac App Store. A full featured, 30-day demo version is available at the Vortimac Software web site (http://www.vortimac.com).
SMEStorage now supports the icloud browser desktop service
SMEStorage (http://www.smestorage.com) has added support for the icloud browser based desktop service, enabling icloud users to use SMEStorage tools and clients to manage and work with their cloud data.
icloud offers 3GB of free storage and cloud stored files. An additional Super Drive with 100GB is available for US$99.99 per year.
It can be accessed and managed from all clients and tools that SMEStorage supports. These include desktop cloud tooling and virtual drives for Mac, Windows, and Linux, and also mobile support for the iPhone, iPad, Android and BlackBerry.
There are also plug-ins for the Firefox and Chrome internet browsers. SMEStorage also makes access to icloud available from an Amazon S3 API [application programming interface]. For business users, they can now use cloud storage as the data storage for the SMEStorage "File Server in the Clouds" offering which compliments or replaces the traditional office file server.
'MUG Event Calendar': tax preparation, going paperless...
A busy week on "The MUG Event Calendar" features both new and familiar presenters.
Original Mac team member and iApp developer Bill Atkinson will address one California group while Adam Christianson will be the featured guest at another. Rob Pegorano of the Washington Post will speak to a Washington D.C. group, Intego will appear at a Texas Group, The Apple Store will make presentations to North Carolina and California groups, and Best Buy will send their Apple reps to a Virginia group.
Other topics on this week’s calendar include online tax preparation, the Command Line, iWork, going paperless, Mac maintenance, RapidWeaver and, more.
"The MUG Event Calendar" can be found at The MUG Center (http://www.mugcenter.com), an online resource for Mac User Groups. MUGs are good places for making new friends in the Mac community, improving your computing skills, finding solutions to technical problems, and perhaps locating a good deal on used hardware. For more info on MUGs, and to find the...
Apple looking for iOS speech engineers
Apple plans to hire new employees related to voice control and syncing for the iPhone, "suggesting further enhancements in both categories for future handsets," reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).
The web site's staff found job openings for "iOS Speech Operations Engineers" and an "IOS Server Speech Engineer" that will work as part of the iOS Application Frameworks team at Apple's Cupertino, CA, headquarters. Another three job listings pertain to iPhone and iOS sync technology. Two are for an "iPhone Sync Development Engineer" and one is for an "iPhone Sync QA Engineer."
Apple negotiating for more flexibility for digital purchases
Apple is talking with record companies including Vivendi SA (VIV)’s Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group Corp. (WMG) and EMI Group to give users more flexibility in how they access purchased music, reports "Bloomberg" (http://macte.ch/k8U6Y).
Under discussion is a deal that would provide iTunes customers with a permanent backup of music purchases if the originals are damaged or lost, the article says, quoting "three people with knowledge of the plans." The service also would allow downloads to iPad, iPod and iPhone devices linked to the same iTunes account, they said. The move would be a step closer to universal access to content centrally stored on the Internet.
Apple and the record labels are eager to maintain demand for digital downloading amid increasing popularity for Internet services such as Pandora Media, which don’t sell tracks and instead let users stream songs from the Web, whatever the device, says "Bloomberg."
iPad 2 shipments expected to top two million in March
Apple's still on target to take 40 million iPads from Taiwan suppliers in 2011 with shipment volume expected to top 6-6.5 million units, including over three million iPad 2 models, in the first quarter and to further expand to 10-12 million units in the second, according to a "DigiTimes" report (http://macte.ch/fsonZ).
After producing 1.7-2 million units of the first-generation iPad in January, Apple began to phase out production of the old model in February, while beginning to roll out the iPad 2, the article adds, quoting component suppliers in Taiwan." Shipments of iPad 2 are expected to top 2-3 million units in March.
TransGaming releases Dragon Age: Ultimate
TransGaming has released Dragon Age: Ultimate (http://gametreemac.com/bioware/dragon-age-origins-ultimate-edition-mac) for Intel-based Macs for US$39.99. It includes the original Dragon Age: Origins, the sequel: Awakening, and all nine DLC packs.
Here's how Dragon Age Ultimate is described: "Dragon Age: Origins: Discover the groundbreaking RPG, winner of more than 50 awards including more than 30 'Game of the Year' awards! You are a Grey Warden, one of the last of a legendary order of guardians. With the return of mankind's ancient foe and the kingdom engulfed in civil war, you have been chosen by fate to unite the shattered lands and slay the archdemon once and for all. Explore a stunning world, make complex moral choices, and engage in bone-crushing visceral combat against massive and terrifying creatures.
"Dragon Age: Origins -- Awakening Edition: The story of the Grey Wardens continues as you are named Commander of the order. As your first duties you have been entrusted with...
Apple eyeing iPhone based on China Mobile telecoms standard?
Apple CEO Steve Jobs has expressed interest in developing an iPhone based on China Mobile's fourth-generation telecoms standard, the chairman of the Chinese telecoms operator says -- as reported by "Reuters" (http://macte.ch/dr223).
"Jobs has said he's very interested in developing an iPhone that will run on TD," China Mobile Chairman Wang Jianzhou said on the sidelines of the Chinese Communist Party's consultative meeting. Apple officials weren't available for comment.
China Mobile, the world's largest mobile carrier by subscribers, is currently testing a fourth-generation network that runs on its homegrown TD standard, and is looking to smartphone operators to design phones that support the system.