Say goodbye to Xserve
Apple will discontinue its Xserve rack-mount server in January. Why? “Since its introduction in the fall of 2009, Mac mini with Snow Leopard Server has become Apple’s most popular server system," the company says.
Apple will continue to sell its rack-mount server product through Jan. 31, 2011, and will continue to honor warranties and support contracts. Apple has posted a Xserve Transition Guide (http://images.apple.com/xserve/pdf/L422277A_Xserve_Guide.pdf).
Every Xserve ships with an unlimited client edition of Leopard Server, offering support for Mac, Linux and Windows clients without the added cost of client-access licenses. Leopard Server sports Server Assistant and Server Preferences, which allow even nontechnical users to quickly manage users and groups on the server and easily set up key services, according to David Moody, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Mac Product Marketing.
Leopard Server includes Podcast Producer, a way to automatically publish podcasts to iTunes or...
Apicorn introduces 750GB Aegis Padlock Drive
The Apricorn Aegis Padlock drive is now available in 750GB, 500GB, and 250GB capacities. It uses a physical numeric keypad instead of a biometric reader or software to give you access to the drive's storage.
The benefits of the keypad are that you can use the drive on any computer, plus you can share the drive with a group via the PIN number. You can also set the drive with guest PINs for flexibility, though this requires an installable utility.
The Aegis Padlock has security features including either 128-bit or 256-bit AES encryption, military grade FIPS PUB 197 validated encryption on the 256-bit model, a wear resistant keyboard, Apricorn's Variable Time Circuit (VTC) technology, and Apricorn's "brute force, self destruct" feature.
The Aegis Padlock starts at US$89 for the 128-bit encrypted 250GB drive, all the way up to $199 for the 256-bit milspec model 750GB drive. The drives are available now from resellers in the U.S., Canada, and online at http://www.apricorn.com .
Playback sports more aggressive service discovery
Yazsoft has introduced Playback Media Server 1.7.1 (http://www.yazsoft.com/products/playback/information/), an update of their zero configuration media server for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. The upgrade sports a more aggressive service discovery. Also, iTunes movies are now sorted properly.
Playback can share media stored in folders or even make entire disks available to a Playstation 3 or Xbox 360. No configuration is required. By default, it will share almost any content on the users system. And Playback automatically integrates with iTunes, iPhoto, and Aperture. Users can share all content from these applications transparently or choose specific playlists and albums.
Those who like to tinker will appreciate Playback's built-in Access Control List (ACL) and bandwidth throttling. The ACL allows users to control which devices have access to their media. Bandwidth throttling limits the transfer rate from the computer to their UPnP device. This allows others on the network to do other...
Softpress offers discounted Pixelmator as a companion product
Following the release of Freeway 5.5, the upgrade to its family of web design tools, Softpress (http://www.softpress.com) has announced a special deal on a companion application, Pixelmator.
"Freeway 5.5 has been a great success, with rave reviews and lots of excitement from our users," Softpress Managing Director Richard Logan says. "As a 'thank you' for our supporters, we have arranged to add Pixelmator 1.6.2 to our list of deeply discounted companion products. Alongside Intaglio and Easy Web Animator, Pixelmator will make it a real joy to create modern leading-edge websites, reliable email newsletters and stunning presentations within Freeway. Both professional and novice users will benefit from the innovative and powerful features of these applications for the creation of stylish, dynamic and standards-compliant output. Thanks to all and Enjoy!"
Award-winning Pixelmator from the Pixelmator Team will be offered exclusively to registered Freeway owners at US$39, nearly 35% off its...
Soundboard update adds Soundpipe technology, more
Ambrosia Software has updated Soundboard (http://www.ambrosiasw.com/dl/soundboard) for Mac OS X to version 2.0. Like cart machines in broadcast radio studios, Soundboard lets users map sound effects, audio clips, or musical accompaniment to keys on the Mac keyboard, triggered with a single tap.
The new 2.0.0 version features major functionality upgrades, such as our new Soundpipe technology, which allows users to route audio to other applications (such as GarageBand) for recording. Other features include a totally redesigned one-window user interface, with improvements such as per-effect fader controls, Duck and Pause All controls, and more.
Soundboard’s 32 triggers can also be used to build custom mashups from your onboard audio. You can create intros and fades, crop at will, and apply filters to your audio without fear of losing your original file.
You can control Soundboard via any MIDI device, and MIDI effects such as panning and gain are automatically applied to Soundboard's...
Info needed on birding/bird watching software for the Mac
Our next Migration Kit will look at Mac software for birding and bird watching. If you use or know of such goodies, drop me a line (email@example.com) no later than Wednesday, Nov. 9.
Migration Kits appear on Friday and round-up Mac solutions for specific industries and areas as dentistry, engineering, sales, etc. Also, if you have a particular migration topic you'd like us to cover, drop me a line, as well.
Light Peak equipped Macs possible for 2011
The rumor mill says that the first computers using LightPeak will arrive in the first half of 2011. And Apple might be one of the first manufacturers to include it in its Mac models, says "CNET" (http://news.cnet.com/8301-13924_3-20021658-64.html).
Developed by Intel, the Light Peak technology paves the way for a new generation of extreme computer input and output (I/O) performance, delivering 10Gb/s of bandwidth, with the potential ability to scale to 100Gb/second over the next decade, according to David Perlmutter, executive vice president and general manager, Intel Architecture Group. At 10Gb/second, a user could purportedly transfer a full-length Blu-Ray movie in less than 30 seconds. Intel says it intends to work with the industry to determine the best way to make this new technology a standard.
The optical technology allows for smaller connectors and longer, thinner, and more flexible cables than currently possible. Light Peak also has the ability to run multiple protocols...
Ancestry.com unveils new Family Tree Maker for the Mac
Ancestry.com has launched Family Tree Maker for Mac, the new Mac version of the family history software. It provides a way to save and organize your family tree on your Mac computer and has a variety of tools that can help you share your discoveries with family and friends.
Family Tree Maker for Mac combines intuitive tools with robust features and flexible options, making it ideal for family history novices and experts alike, says Eric Shoup, senior vice president of Product for Ancestry.com. A dynamic user interface and integration with Ancestry.com makes it simple to create family trees, record memories, and organize photos, videos and audio clips, plus share ancestors' stories, he adds.
It's even possible to explore family migration paths by viewing timelines and interactive maps that highlight events and places in ancestors' lives. The first step is to start a family tree by entering and organizing family history information. From there, a myriad of features help you bring your...
IDC: iPhone now number two smartphone globally
The worldwide smartphone market reached a new milestone during the third quarter of 2010 (3Q10), with the leading vendors posting double- or even triple-digit year-over-year growth. According to the International Data Corporation (http://www.idc.com) "Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker,"vendors shipped a total of 81.1 million units, up 89.5% from the 42.8 million units shipped during 3Q09.
Apple marked a new milestone in iPhone shipments, enough to take the number 2 ranking worldwide. The third quarter is typically Apple's highest volume quarter, and 3Q10 was no exception. Consumers who did not get their iPhone 4 at the end of June were rewarded for their patience and even the much-hyped "Antennagate" did little to dampen demand, as the company moved swiftly to provide solutions, says IDC.
For the first three quarters of 2010, vendors have shipped a total of 200.6 million units, up 67.6% from the 119.6 million units shipped during the first three quarters of 2009.
IK releases iKlip for iPad
IK Multimedia (http://www.ikmultimedia.net) has announced iKlip, an US$39.99 universal microphone stand adapter for the iPad. It allows musicians and presenters to take their Apple tablet with them on stage, in the studio or at school.
The iKlip is designed to offer support and and allow the operation of music and presentation apps on virtually any microphone stand. The device's multi-angle, adjustable design allows for optimal viewing and access to all the iPad's controls, buttons and connection ports, and allows positioning of an iPad in both in landscape and portrait orientation.
Its dense thermoplastic lightweight material ensures durability and secure holding of the iPad with most stand types, according to the folks at IK Multimedia. Now with iKlip, guitar and bass players, vocalists, keyboardists, DJs and any other musicians can use their favorite iPad apps during live performance, learning or training sessions, presentations or a multitude of other music applications, they add...
Accordance Bible Software releases Bible Atlases, geography...
Accordance Bible Software has released 13 Bible atlases and related books from Carta, Israel's leading publisher of maps, atlases, and books on Biblical history and geography. The new Carta collection includes six high-quality atlases and seven books on the history of Jerusalem and the Jewish temple.
° The Carta Bible Atlas (the fourth-edition of the best-selling Macmillan Bible Atlas), by Yohanan Aharoni, Michael Avi-Yonah, Anson F. Rainey, and Ze'ev Safrai;
° The Sacred Bridge, Carta’s Atlas of the Biblical World, by Anson F. Rainey and R. Steven Notley;
° Carta's New Century Handbook and Atlas of the Bible, by Anson F. Rainey and R. Steven Notley;
° The Illustrated Bible Atlas with Historical Notes, by F. F. Bruce;
° Bible History Atlas Study Edition, by F. F. Bruce;
° The Onomasticon by Eusebius of Caesarea;
° The Illustrated Atlas of Jerusalem, by Dan Bahat and Chaim T. Rubinstein;
° Carta's Historical Atlas of Jerusalem, by Dan Bahat;
° Jerusalem in the Time of...
Apple releases version 9.1 of iPhoto '11
Apple has released iPhoto '11, version 9.1. This update adds several new print product options to iPhoto '11.
It also improves overall stability and addresses a number of other minor issues. According to Apple, iPhoto '11 9.1:
° Provides the ability to create and order calendars in iPhoto;
° Additional letterpress holiday greeting card themes are now available;
° Fixes an issue that prevented videos downloaded from MobileMe or Flickr from importing correctly into iPhoto events.
Apple says the 35.4MB update is recommended for all users of iPhoto '11. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.3 or later. You can obtain it via the Software Update component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences software.
Apple updates HP printer drivers
Apple has released HP Printer Drivers v.2.5.2 for Mac OS X v10.6 (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL907). This download includes the latest HP printing and scanning software.
It requires Mac OS X v10.6.1 or later. It's a 387.47MB download.
Brits want an iPad for Christmas -- if they can afford it
In its annual Christmas shopping survey, Twenga (http://www.twenga.co.uk), a next-generation shopping search engine, asked Internet users what presents they most wanted this Christmas. Topping the wish lists this year is one product in particular, the iPad.
Over half (56%) of the Brits surveyed said that they were wishing for an iPad this Christmas. However, 40% still feel that it’s too expensive to have any hope of one ending up in their stocking.
The iPad’s popularity is also apparent in Spain and France, where 64% and 60% respectively, said that they would like an iPad. Italian users were even more hopeful, with 69% crossing their fingers for one this Christmas.
However, in Germany and the Netherlands, only 41% and 40% respectively, had Apple’s tablet computer on their Christmas wish lists.
With regards to the price, other countries in Europe seem to share the British sentiment that the iPad, despite its appeal, is simply too expensive. Again, Spanish and Italian users feel...
Turn your old Macs into coffee machines, docks, more
Do you remember the coffee making iMac with subwoofer and integrated Mac mini, one year ago? Well, there are some new family members from Kiwidee (http://www.kiwidee.com/kiwidee/home_e.html), a company that offers a "second life for your Mac."
The new iMac Coffee Edition has got an "Injector System" and is now fit for cappuccino. Pricing starts at 399.
The new iMac A/V Edition turns the iMac into an iPhone/iPod/ iPad movie and sound dock with HDMI out + Bluetooth. Pricing starts at 483.
Instead of the Mac mini you can now also choose an integrated 119 Full HD Media Player/Streamer. Last but not least, the Cube is reborn as the 499 SubCube 2.1 sound system featuring an iPod/iPhone dock + Bluetooth.
ProteMac KeyBag Pro captures password, keyboard activit
ProteMac has launched KeyBag Pro (http://www.protemac.com/KeyBag_PRO/) for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. This US$99.95 stealth keystroke recorder captures every Mac log-on password. Working undetectable, it audits every typed activity including log-on passwords, programs run, typed symbols, instant message charts, email, etc.
KeyBag Pro enables you to trace all password attempts. Plus, it archives all passwords ever typed in, enabling you to export this data in the desired format to the location you specified.
KeyBag Pro creates the record of the programs' usage illustrating this statistic data in a chart that displays the typing speed and the total number of keystrokes for a definite application used in the specified time period. This means KeyBag Pro delivers the comprehensive report about application statistics indicating the time and text typed in a specific application. The special Keystroke Typed Details window shows the full text or the message even if it has been deleted.
iWeb Themes Park now offers 77 iWeb templates
iWeb Themes Park (http://www.iwebthemespark.com) has introduced Bloomy, Butterflies, Diamonds, Magnification and Old World themes for iWeb, the web site creation component of Apple's iLife suite. The updated iWeb Themes Box has 77 iWeb themes all in all.
The five new themes are different from the others and offer new website building possibilities in new fields, such as antiques, romantics, handmade artworks and other, according to the folks at iWeb Themes Park. To use them you'll need iWeb from iLife '08, iLife '09 or iLife '11.
The iWeb Themes Box of 77 themes is priced at US$44.99. Ten iWeb Themes in a Combo Package can be purchased for $29.99. Each template is available for $11.99 or $10.99. Using the coupon code “iWebThemesTrio” 3 iWeb Themes of Your choice can be obtained with $11.99 discount. Two iWeb Themes are free for everyone.
LaCie brings USB 3.0 speed to the Mac world
LaCie (http://www.lacie.com) says it's introducing industry-leading performance to Mac users with the availability of a USB 3.0 driver for Mac OS X. The driver brings the fast speeds of LaCie’s USB 3.0 hard drives to Mac computers and laptops -- delivering transfer rates that are up to two times faster than FireWire 800, the company claims.
By downloading LaCie’s USB 3.0 driver for the Mac, and using it in conjunction with LaCie’s USB 3.0 expansion cards, Mac users can experience USB 3.0 speeds. Simply Check your compatibility with USB 3.0, install the peripherals, and download the driver.
Apparently, you'll need a Mac Pro with a PCI Express card or a MacBook Pro with an ExpressCard/34 to use the expansion cards. If you already have one of LaCie’s USB 3.0 products and a LaCie expansion card, visit http://www.lacie.com/usb3mac to download the driver, get more information, or check your Mac’s compatibility.
Tidy Up for Mac OS X tidied up to version 2.3.0
Hyberbolic Software (http://www.hyperbolicsoftware.com) has released Tidy Up! 2.3.0 the latest version of their disk, file and folder processing utility for Mac OS X.
Tidy Up! can find duplicate files and packages using any criteria. Version 2.3.0 adds compatibility with iPhoto 11, a check button column in the result list and fixes some incompatibilities with Aperture 3.1.
Tidy Up 2.3.0 requires Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard") or higher. Upgrades from version 1.x are $20, and upgrades from version 2.x are free. For new users the cost is US$30 for a limited time.
New variant of Boonana Trojan Horse in the wild
The SecureMac team (http://www.securemac.com) says a new variant of the Boonana malware has been discovered. The new variant, trojan.osx.boonana.b, behaves in a very similar manner to the original malware, and is currently being distributed on multiple sites.
SecureMac has identified two more web sites that are currently hosting the new malware variant. Rather than the initial site which tricks users into running (and installing) the malware, these servers seem to be hosting update code for the malware. The infected machines contact these servers looking for updates to the malware payload. At the time of analysis (Nov. 2), these servers were live and distributing malware, says SecureMac.
In addition to the malware updates, these servers contain what appear to be keystroke logs from infected machines, including usernames and passwords. With a quick glance, Boonana may look like a variant of Koobface, which was discovered for Windows back in 2008.
However, ESET has also confirmed...
Beta version of Skype 5.0 for Mac available
Skype (http://www.skype.com) has released a beta version of Skype 5.0 for Mac in beta. The new release boasts a revitalized look and feel that simplifies navigation and provides a more native Mac experience. Some of the highlights of Mac 5.0 beta include:
° Group video calling, which allows you to do video calls with more than two people at a time as long as all participants are on the new Mac beta or Skype for Windows 5.0;
° A new call control bar: you can hang up, mute and more from a mini Skype toolbar that sits on top of any web pages, documents or photos you've got open;
° Offline IM so that you can send and receive instant messages even if the recipient is offline;
° A Floating Contacts Monitor to see your online contacts and contact groups.
Just remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.
A Verizon iPhone coming before year's end?
"TUAW" (http://www.tuaw.com/2010/11/03/verizon-iphone-announcement-rumored-to-hi...) thinks we may see a Verizon iPhone before the end of 2011. Such a device has been expected for a long time, but most predictions have it arriving no sooner than early 2011.
However, "TUAW" say a Verizon insider told them that training notices have been sent out to customer service personnel describing an "Iconic Device" that will be available for pre-order on Nov. 9. The device is expected to be in very high demand, and the training goes on to cover how to handle the pre-orders as they come in, says "TUAW."
Jobs hints at update of Final Cut Pro
It's been over seven month since Apple last updated Final Cut Pro. But that may be about to change. "Cult of Mac" (http://www.cultofmac.com/steve-stay-tuned-and-buckle-up-for-64-bit-final...) reports an email exchange between a Final Cut Pro user and Apple CEO Steve Jobs.
The article says Evan Agee recently emailed Jobs, expressing his hopes of a 64-bit update to Final Cut Pro. He purportedly received one of the CEO's famed, succinct replies: “Stay tuned and buckle up.”
Analyst sets $410 price target for Apple stock
Robert W. Baird analyst William Power launched coverage of Apple Thursday morning with an Outperform rating and US$410 price target, reports "Barron's" (http://blogs.barrons.com/techtraderdaily/2010/11/04/apple-baird-launches...).
“Apple has established itself as the unabashed premium provider in the burgeoning smart phone market,” he tells clients in a research note. “We expect the company to further expand its market position, while also capitalizing on a number of newer growth initiatives, including the iPad, which is opening another huge market. Combined with what we view as an attractive valuation, despite the strong stock move, we are initiating coverage with an Outperform rating.”
Apple accepting submissions for Mac App Store
Apple is now accepting submissions for the upcoming Mac App Store. Revealed in October, the Mac version will operate much like the iOS App Store, and is set to launch sometime in January 2011.
At the Oct. 20 "Back to the Mac" event, Craig Federighi, Apple's vice president of engineering for OS X, demoed The Mac App Store. He said it brings the Apple App Store experience to Mac OS X, making discovering, installing and updating Mac apps easier than ever, he says. Like on the iPad, you purchase apps using your iTunes account and they download and install in just one step.
App updates are delivered directly through the Mac App Store, so it’s easy to keep all of your apps up to date. The Mac App Store will be available for Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard") and will be included in Mac OS X Lion when it ships next summer.
Gartner to CEOs: seize the iPad opportunity
The iPad and its ecosystem are likely to disrupt existing technology use profiles and business models, and CEOs should ensure that its potential is being seriously evaluated inside their organizations, according to a new report from Gartner Inc (http://www.gartner.com).
“It is not usually the role of the CEO to get directly involved in specific technology device decisions, but Apple's iPad is an exception,” says Stephen Prentice, Gartner Fellow and vice president. “It is more than just the latest consumer gadget; and CEOs and business leaders should initiate a dialogue with their CIOs about if they have not already done so.”
The research grouop forecasts worldwide media tablet sales to end users to reach 19.5 million units in 2010, driven by sales of the iPad. Media tablets are poised for strong growth with worldwide end user sales projected to total 54.8 million units in 2011, up 181 percent from 2010, and surpass 208 million units in 2014.
Unless there is a self-evident case to the...
Jawbone introduces Jambox wireless speaker, speakerphone
Jawbone (http:///www.jawbone.com) has introduced the Jambox, which it says is the first intelligent wireless speaker and speakerphone. In addition to delivering full spectrum audio, Jambox connects with mobile phones, computers, tablets, iPods or any other Bluetooth device, allowing consumers to stream and share music, movies, games, phone and conference calls wirelessly.
Jambox's acoustic drivers and ultra-small dome produce an audio spectrum almost as wide as the human ear itself, says Hosain Rahman, CEO and founder of Jawbone. These drivers and speakers work in concert with an innovative moving-wall passive bass radiator and airtight enclosure.
The Jambox can be updated with apps, software and new features at Jawbone's online platform, MyTalk. Audio alerts offer hands-free convenience, letting you know battery life, caller ID, call functions and more. Jambox can also be personalized with voice and language options.
The Jambox boasts stainless steel construction and an industrial-...
Apple planning third retail store in Scotland
Apple is preparing to open its third store in Scotland, this one in Edenburgh on Princes Street, reports "The Journal" (http://www.journal-online.co.uk/article/7007-new-apple-store-to-open-on-...).
By opening a store in Scotland’s capital, customers will no longer have to travel to Glasgow to fix their faulty or broken products, says "The Journal." There are currently only two Apple Stores in Scotland, in Glasgow and Aberdeen.
Apple acknowledges MacBook Air glitches
The "Boy Genius Report" site (http://www.bgr.com/2010/11/04/apple-confirms-macbook-air-bugs-internally/) says Apple has confirmed a problem with the new MacBook Air is working on a fix.
Apple hasn't addressed any of the reported issues publicly, but a source told "BGR" that the manufacturer is investigating several of them internally. Included among the issues is a bug where the display flickers or shows horizontal lines of varying colors when a computer wakes from sleep or after hot-plugging a display. Another bug causes the screen to fade from light to dark repeatedly after waking from sleep. Apple’s internal support system includes suggestions for interim fixes in each of these cases, but no permanent fixes are available at this time.
"Apple has stated internally that the aforementioned issues have been isolated and will be addressed in an upcoming software update," says "BGR." "When dealing with customers, Apple employees have been instructed to state that the company is aware of...
Excel Software releases QLRT Xcode 1.0
Excel Software (http://www.excelsoftware.com) has announced QLRT Xcode 1.0 for Xcode developers to protect Mac OS X software. QLRT Xcode is a static library implementation of the QuickLicense runtime software for protection, activation and license management.
Xcode programmers can protect their software from piracy and increase revenue by supporting a variety of license types, activation processes and advanced licensing features. QLRT Xcode is used in conjunction with QuickLicense. The developer configures all aspects of the software license with QuickLicense and builds a tiny encrypted Ticket file.
That Ticket file is bound to an application when the QLRT library is dropped into the source code and linked into the application. By focusing on value added customer solutions rather than
internal protection, activation and licensing features, the vendor gains programming productivity and deployment flexibility, according to the folks at Excel Software.
QLRT Xcode is the newest member...
GSLO funds development of ApplePeel 520 for iPad
GoSolarUSA (http://www.GoSolarUSA.com) and Yosion have announced a development agreement to configure new versions of the ApplePeel 520 for use with tablet computers such as the Apple iPad.
GoSolarUSA is providing the funding and tablets that Yosion needs to develop the new gadgets. The two companies have worked together closely since signing an option agreement in September. GoSolarUSA signed a profit participation agreement with Yosion last month that entitles GSLO to a portion of Yosion’s net profits worldwide.
“Apple has sold more than three million iPads since the tablet’s release in April, selling over 300,000 on launch day alone,” says Tyson Rohde, GSLO President and CEO. “Clearly, there’s a very large market of tablet users developing here that we believe will grow by leaps and bounds this holiday season. By developing the ApplePeel 520 for the iPad and other devices such as the Amazon Kindle and the Archos 7, we can provide these tablet users with the first must-have...
BatchOutput update introduces Deliver support
Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has released BatchOutput 3.9.6, an update to its professional solution to automate printing and exporting from Adobe InDesign. It's a maintenance upgrade that introduces support for Deliver, a new solution for file delivery to remote and local destinations.
BatchOutput is designed to automate and simplify InDesign production workflows of service providers, printers, ad agencies and publishers. With BatchOutput, users only need to select the files to output and adjust the settings, and the rest will be done automatically.
BatchOutput 3.9.6 can be purchased from the Zevrix web site for US$129.95, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. The upgrade to BatchOutput 3.9 is free for users of version 3.x, and $51.98 from earlier versions. It includes the Deliver application (a $19.95 value). Users who purchased BatchOutput 3.7 and earlier can contact Zevrix to receive a free Deliver license. BatchOutput is available for...
Flixster launches single sign-on with Facebook on the iPhone
Flixster (http://www.flickster.com) has integrated with Facebook’s new single sign-on feature for iPhone and Android devices, making it possible for people to begin sharing and discovering movies with their friends with just one click when logged into Facebook.
"Facebook’s new feature shows how an Internet of many connected devices is quickly converging as one platform," says Flixster co-founder and CEO Joe Greenstein. "Our 23 million mobile users are now just one click away from their friends, whether they are using an Android phone, an iPad or accessing Flixster or Rotten Tomatoes from their desktop."
Available on both iPhone and Android and iPhone devices, single sign-on for Facebook Platform makes it easier for the over 100 million people who access Facebook on mobile devices to bring their friends with them to their favorite apps, and to get started quickly, he adds. Once a person is logged into the Facebook mobile app, he or she can log-in to additional apps with just one click...
Apple acknowledges iOS 4.1/daylight savings time glitch
Apple has acknowledged an iOS 4.1 bug involving daylight savings time in some countries. In an online note (http://support.apple.com/kb/TS3542), Apple had this to say:
"In some regions, shortly before or after the daylight saving time (DST) change, repeating alarms created in the Clock app may work incorrectly.
"Products affected: iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (3rd generation), iPhone 3G, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod touch (2nd generation)
"To resolve this behavior for existing alarms, set the repeat interval to Never. You will need to reset these alarms for each day you need them. After November 7th, 2010, you can set your alarms to repeat again."
ComScore: Apple has 24.4% of US smartphone market
ComScore (http://www.comscore.com), a company that measures the digital world, today released data from the comScore MobiLens service, reporting key trends in the U.S. mobile phone industry during the three month average period ending in September.
The report ranked the leading mobile original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and smartphone operating system (OS) platforms in the U.S. according to their share of current mobile subscribers ages 13 and older, and reviewed the most popular activities and content accessed via the subscriber’s primary mobile phone. The September report found Samsung to be the top handset manufacturer overall with 23.5% market share, while RIM led among smartphone platforms with 37.3% market share.
For the three month average period ending in September, 234 million Americans ages 13 and older used mobile devices. Device manufacturer Samsung ranked as the top OEM with 23.5% of U.S. mobile subscribers, up 0.7 percentage points from the three month period ending...
Sony brings Free Realms to the Mac
Sony Online Entertainment (SOE), in collaboration with TransGaming, has released Free Realms for the Mac platform. Mac users can now enjoy the family-friendly online world, integrated into synchronous gameplay on the same game servers as PC players.
Free Realms players on the Mac platform will experience consistent controls and functionality and will have full access to the existing Marketplace and community forums, according to the folks at Sony. Free Realms is a free-to-play, online game that has more than 14 million registered players engaged in its virtual world.
In Free Realms, players can customize their characters and play a variety of mini-games. To play, visit http://www.FreeRealms.com .
Nielsen: iPhone has 28% market share
The Android exited the third quarter with 19% smartphone market share, with the BlackBerry OS and Apple iOS grabbing 30% and 28%, respectively, according to the Nielsen research group -- as reported by "eWeek" (http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Mobile-and-Wireless/Android-at-at-19-as-Apple-C...).
The BlackBerry OS, which just months ago commanded more than 40% of the U.S. smartphone market before the rivalry between iPhone and Android took wing, dipped to 30% market share, per the study. The iPhone 4 has been the hottest-selling smartphone, says Nielsen.
Blackmagic Design's Compact Videohub shipping
Blackmagic Design (http://www.blackmagic-design.com) is shipping the Compact Videohub, which it says is the world’s smallest 40 x 40 SDI router that fits into two rack units of space.
It features three Gb/s SDI, ASI, auto switching SD, HD and 3 Gb/s SDI formats, full SDI re-clocking, USB, redundant power inputs, ethernet and serial router control for US$4,995.
Compact Videohub is less than an inch deep. It includes more control interfaces such as USB, as well as direct ethernet and RS-422 serial interfaces.
Direct ethernet router control allows direct connection to a computer network for control. Ethernet control is fully compatible with Blackmagic Design‘s range of software control panels, the Videohub Smart Control hardware control panel and the new Videohub Control for iPad.
Compact Videohub, like all Blackmagic Design Videohub routers, allows for a range of flexible control options. These include the free Videohub software control panels for icon-based push button control from...
SubRosaSoft.com releases MacForensicsLab Write Controller 1.0
SubRosaSoft.com (http://www.macforensicslab.com/) has released MacForensicsLab Write Controller 1.0, a software write-blocking application. It prevents the Mac from automatically mounting volumes and maintains the integrity of suspect data, providing a layer of protection when working with important information.
By default, Mac OS X automatically mounts the volumes of any device when connected to the Mac. If a suspect drive is connected directly to the Mac with mounting turned on, the Mac OS will immediately update the drive with system related information which could compromise the integrity of the evidence.
Write Controller allows an investigator to control this behavior and prevent automatic mounting which prevents accidental writing to the drive. The software also has the flexibility to allow the user to mount and unmount volumes.
MacForensicLab Write Controller is now available at the manufacturer’s suggested retail price of US$149 ($135 for licensed law enforcement). It...
ITC: Nokia shouldn't be found guilty of infringing Apple...
Nokia shouldn’t be found liable of infringing Apple patents, the staff of the U.S. International Trade Commission, reports "Bloomberg" (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-11-02/nokia-gets-support-of-itc-staff...).
“The evidence will not establish a violation” of Apple patent rights, the staff, which acts on behalf of the public as a third party in the case, said in a pre-hearing memo released yesterday. Apple is asking the ITC to block imports of Nokia phones into the U.S., claiming they are infringing four patents.
In September Apple sued Nokia in Britain, reiterating claims it has already made in a lawsuit in the US. The whole legal brouhaha has a convoluted background. In May Nokia announced the filing of another lawsuit against Apple, in Federal District Court in Wisconsin, regarding five of Nokia’s patents. Nokia says those patents are infringed by the iPhone and iPad 3G and involve technology that improves speech and data transmission with new antenna configurations and...
Warner Music Group exec departs for Apple
Elliott Peters, Warner Music Group’s senior VP and head of digital legal affairs is leaving the company next month for a job at Apple, reports "Billboard" (http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/content_display/industry/e3i8a210b25e0747...).
According to an internal memo obtained by the music industry publication, Peters is taking on the role of corporate attorney director for iTunes Europe and Internet services, based in Luxembourg, where he will manage the European legal team for iTunes and MobileMe services. He’s been with WMG since 2000. Ron Wilcox, WMG’s executive counsel for business affairs and strategic and digital initiatives will oversee the label’s digital legal affairs team upon Peters’ departure.
Analyst expects banner year for Apple in 2011
Wedge Partners analyst Brian Blair has told clients -- as reported by "Barron's (http://blogs.barrons.com/techtraderdaily/2010/11/02/apple-can-sell-100m-...) -- that he expects Apple to see 100 million iPhones, 48 million iPads and lots of MacBook Airs in 2011. To be specific, he predicts:
° Apple will produce 45-48 million iPads next year, which would be up from his forecast of 13.5 million in 2010. He expects the arrival of the iPad 2 to spark sales.
° Apple will sell approximately 100 million iPhones and nab 10% of the global market share.
° MacBook Air unit momentum will cause the street to raise expectations for Mac units in the quarter. "We believe the 11 inch Air will be both provide solid incremental units to Apple’s December quarter Mac units, but also add meaningful incremental revenues to the company over the next year," says Blair.
Lawsuit claims Apple intentionally 'iBricked' iPhone...
Another day, another lawsuit. To boost sales of the iPhone 4, Apple told owners of its third-generation iPhone to download an operating system that the company knew would turn the 3G phones into a "device with little more use than that of a paper weight," unhappy customers say in a Superior Court class action, as reported by the "Courthouse News Service" (http://www.courthousenews.com/2010/11/03/31573.htm).
Lead plaintiff Bianca Wofford says Apple told owners of its 3G and 3GS iPhones that the new iOS4 operating system was an upgrade. But she says the "upgrade" made her phone slow and susceptible to crashes, turning an iPhone into an "iBrick," says "Courthouse News Service."
"In essence, Apple knowingly and intentionally released what it called a system software 'upgrade' that, in fact, made hundreds of thousands of third generation iPhones that were exclusively tethered to AT&T data plans 'useless' for their intended purpose," according to the complaint.
It continues: "Since...
Maintain releases Cocktail 4.7.8 (Snow Leopard Edition)
Maintain has released Cocktail 4.7.8 (Snow Leopard Edition), the latest maintenance update of Cocktail (http://www.maintain.se/c) for users running Mac OS X 10.6.x ("Snow Leopard"). It adds ability to clear the Koobface.A/Boonana.A trojan and Microsoft Office 2011 font caches. This version also fixes few minor bugs discovered in the previous release.
Cocktail 4.7.8 (Snow Leopard Edition) requires Mac OS X/Mac OS X Server 10.6 or later and is tested for compatibility with Mac OS X/Mac OS X Server 10.6.5. Cocktail (Leopard Edition) for Mac OS X 10.5 and Cocktail (Tiger Edition) for Mac OS X 10.4 are available for download from the Maintain web site.
Cocktail is a general purpose utility for Mac OS X that offers a variety of practical features designed to simplify the use of advanced UNIX function. A single user license costs US$14.95.
Native Instruments opens up The Mouth by Tim Exile
Native Instruments (http://www.native-instruments.com) has introduced The Mouth, an US$79 performance instrument and sound processor designed by electronic artist Tim Exile. Based on Reaktor technology, it generates melodies and harmonies from any audio signal on the fly, turning vocals, drum loops and other sources into electronic textures and original sonic mayhem.
The Mouth is the second instrument collaboration between Native Instruments and Exile, following the keyboard-controlled effects processor The Finger, and originating from the same custom Reaktor-based live setup that is at the center of Exile's stage performances.
Equipped with automatic pitch detection and harmonizing controls, The Mouth provides an array of expressive and inspirational synthesizer, vocoder and talk box-style sounds and effects with an electronic character.
The Mouth offers separate "Pitch" and "Beats" modes for tonal processing of all kinds of audio material, enabling anything from auto-tuning effects...
iTunes music clips expanded from 30 to 90 seconds
iTunes (and Apple) will be increasing the length of music clips on their system from 30 seconds to 90 seconds, reports "Symphonic Distribution" (http://symintranet.com/blog/?p=3273).
“We are pleased to let you know that we are preparing to increase the length of music previews from 30 seconds to 90 seconds on the iTunes Store in the United States," Apple said. "We believe that giving potential customers more time to listen to your music will lead to more purchases.”
Canon introduces imageFormula DR-6030C document scanner
Canon USA (http://www.usa.canon.com) has added the US$4,495 imageFORMULA DR-6030C document scanner to its lineup. The new scanner provides comprehensive scanning functionality in a desktop design that effectively delivers document-capture benefits across business applications, says Jim Rosetta, vice president and general manager, Imaging Systems Group, Canon U.S.A. “
The Canon DR-6030C is a solution for scanning large numbers of documents. Delivering color and black-and-white scan speeds up to 80 pages-per-minute (ppm) /160 images-per-minute (ipm)i, the DR-6030C scanner can handle a variety of document types such as thick documents, plastic ID cards, driver licenses, as well as long documents up to 118 inches in length.
The compact Canon DR-6030C scanner can handle batches of mixed documents as well as deskew or rotate inverted images. Features such as Auto Page Size Detection and Skip Blank Page can help reduce document preparation time and increase employee productivity by enabling...
Apple named most innovative company
The 2010 Global Innovation 1000 (http://www.booz.com/global/home/what_we_think/featured_content/innovatio...), the sixth annual study of corporate innovation spending, released today by global management consulting firm Booz & Company, names Apple as the most innovative company.
Apple leads the list, capturing 79% of the vote. It's followed by Google with 49% and 3m with 20%. The three companies "can innovate successfully without breaking the bank," says Booz & Company.
"Apple is an exceptional example of our observation that success in innovation is determined not by how much money you spend, but rather by how you spend it," the report says. "The company has a long history of bringing innovative and stylish products to market, from the first Apple computer in 1976 to the iPod, the iPhone, and the iPad today. Yet it invests just 3.1% of its revenues in R&D, less than half the average percentage of the computing and electronics industry. Apple’s financial performance has...
Raidon presents the GearTANK 6610 series
Raidon Technology (www.RAIDON.com.tw) has launched the GearTANK 6610 Series, GR6610-5S-U5 with miniSAS interface and SL6610-5S-L4D with dual band iSCSI. It's a direct attached storage solution via miniSAS interface at 300 MB/second.
Designed for data intensive workflows and security environments, the GearTANK 6610 series comes with a built-in Intel IOP80331 and 512MB of internal cache memory under the hood. It supports up to 10TB in capacity and RAID level 0, 1, 0+1, 3, 5, 6, 10 and JBOD. The GearTank 6610 series is also equipped with LCD management and a user friendly web GUI to simplify maintenance and configuration process.
The GearTANK SL6610-5S-L4D provides two Gigabit LAN ports at 200 MB/second for multiple users to access to the same storage network without slowing down the network traffic. The GearTANK SL6610-5S-L4D also supports remote access, global hot spare and off-site backup for data management. Contact Raidon for pricing options.
Eltima releases SyncMate Beta 3
Eltima Software has released SyncMate Beta 3 (http://www.sync-mac.com/), a beta version of the software for syncing data between a Mac to Windows Mobile handheld devices. Just remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.
Users can sync their Macs with Windows Mobile devices, Android or Nokia phones, other Macs or Windows PCs, Sony PlayStation Portable, USB flash drives, Google accounts and special online storage provided by Eltima within one application. SyncMate 3.0 Beta also offers new options for its users. It's possible to mount Windows Mobile and Android devices as additional Mac disks via Wi-Fi, USB or Bluetooth and more.
For those users who don't have an Expert version of SyncMate yet but will buy it starting from Nov. 2 and until SyncMate 3's official release (within the grace period). A free upgrade to SyncMate Expert 3 is guaranteed. For those users who already use SyncMate Expert for a while, 50% off the official retail price is guaranteed.
One of the...