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Jan 24
Apple’s App Store downloads top 10 billion
Apple says more than 10 billion apps have been downloaded from its Apple App Store by the more than 160 million iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users worldwide. The 10 billionth app downloaded, Paper Glider, was purchased by Gail Davis of Orpington, Kent, UK. As the winner of the App Store Countdown to 10 Billion Apps, Gail Davis will receive an US$10,000 iTunes Gift Card. “With more than 10 billion apps downloaded in just two and a half years -- a staggering seven billion apps in the last year alone -- the App Store has surpassed our wildest dreams," said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, in a press release. “The App Store has revolutionized how software is created, distributed, discovered and sold. While others try to copy the App Store, it continues to offer developers and customers the most innovative experience on the planet.” The Apple App Store offers more than 350,000 apps to iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users in 90 countries around the...
Jan 24
Apple hires new director of global security?
Apple has allegedly named a new director of global security -- David Rice, who's currently a consulting director of policy reform for the U.S. Cyber Consequences Unit, a faculty member at the Institute for Applied Network Security, and director of The Monterey Group, a cyber-security consulting firm, reports "PC Mag" (http://macte.ch/1NbEW). Apple hasn't confirmed such a hire. Speculation suggests that Rice will be heavily involved in enterprise security surrounding the iPad and iPhone, "an area that Apple's been interested in for some time now," says "PC Mag." Those who know Rice describe him as a deeply respected name in IT security circles who not only can speak the kind of language that makes CIOs comfortable, but can also back up that language with the skills and knowledge to match, says Arik Hesseldahl at "NewEnterprise" (http://macte.ch/9lVHt).
Jan 24
SilverCocoa serves up Wines 1.0 for Mac OS X
SilverCocoa has served up Wines 1.0 (http://www.silvercocoa.com/wines), offered exclusively on the Mac App Store. Wine lovers, collectors or enthusiasts can add to their collection, take notes, rate it and more. Wines lets you track a collection, cellar, or simply which wines you tasted recently and enjoyed. By rating, commenting and classifying your wines by country, region, varietal, price, and much more, you can find which wine you are looking for quickly. Adding new wines is facilitated with the help of the Snooth database. Just enter the name of the wine you are looking for and 90% of the time, it will be found in the database and information will be filled in for you. With the Smart Image Finder you will find bottle or label images for most wines. If you can't find one, use the integrated webcam feature to snap a picture of a bottle and use it in the application. Wines requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher. For a limited time, it's offered at the discount price of $9.99. Wines can...
Jan 24
Bare Bones updates BBEdit, TextWrangler
Bare Bones Software (http://www.barebones.com) has updated BBEdit and TextWrangler for Mac OS X. BBEdit 9.6.3, an update to its strength HTML and text editor, is a maintenance release that fixes reported issues and adds several refinements. 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 $30. TextWrangler 3.5.3 is an update to the text editor. The new version is a maintenance release that fixes reported issues. All Mac OS X users may download TextWrangler 3.5.3 free of charge from the Mac App Store or the Bare Bones Software web site.
Jan 24
MacPractice MD 4.1 is 2011/2012 compliant
MacPractice (http://www.macpractice.com), an Apple developer of practice management and clinical software on Macs and iPhones for medical and dental offices, says its MacPractice MD 4.1 is 2011/2012 compliant and was certified as a Complete EHR on Jan. 5 by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT), an ONC-ATCB. This is in accordance with the applicable Eligible Provider certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. The 2011/2012 criteria support the Stage 1 meaningful use measures required to qualify eligible providers and hospitals for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), says Mark Hollis, president of MacPractice.   The ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification program tests and certifies that Complete EHRs meet all of the 2011/2012 criteria and EHR Modules meet one or more -- but not all -- of the criteria approved by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) for either eligible provider or...
Jan 24
Mailings for Mac OS X updated to version 2.0.01
Limit Point Software has released Mailings 2.0.01, an update of the application for batch emailing that delivers any web page or plain text document with attachments to multiple recipients for marketing, news announcements, product updates, etc. Mailings delivers web pages, plain or HTML text documents to multiple recipients for marketing, news announcements, product updates etc. It integrates with mail clients, most common browsers, Address Book and Entourage. Mailings is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.4.4 or higher. It costs US$19.99 and is available at the Mac App Store. A demo can be downloaded at the product web site, (http://www.limit-point.com/Mailings/Mailings.html).
Jan 24
Launch2net update supports Nokia CS18, CS19 surfsticks
Nova media has updated launch2net Premium (http://www.novamedia.de) its 3G connection manager with the ability to share your Mac's 3G connection with iPads and other devices. Version 2.1.2 offers support for Nokia's high speed surfsticks CS18 and CS19. Launch2net Premium can replace different connection managers from network operators and modem manufacturers, making a mobile online experience much more enjoyable, says Jan Fuellemann, PR spokesperson at nova media. Using the integrated Mobile Hub, the 3G connection can instantly be shared with iPads, iPod touches and other WLAN capable devices, he adds. Besides the ability to establish a 3G connection with most modems and most network operators, launch2net Premium offers a full fledged SMS text message manager as well as a statistics. Launch2net Premium 2.1.2 is available today for download at nova media's web site. It's a free update for current users. For new users a single license of launch2net Premium is priced at approximately US...
Jan 21
Verizon iPhone's Personal Hotspot will pause web data when...
Verizon tells "The LA Times" (http://macte.ch/WuCA1) the Verizon iPhone 4's Personal Hotspot feature will pause web data when a call is taken on the handset.

 Ken Muche, a Verizon spokesman, said that the company has a policy of pausing any web data on any phone with Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities when a call comes in and is answered, so as to maintain the call's quality.

"If you do two things at once and you do both of them poorly, what's the point?," Muche told the "Times." "That's part of the reason we don't have the same dropped call issues that other carriers do. We really do believe that a phone is only as good as the network it's on and this is the way we have always looked at it and that's why we aren't willing to sacrifice call quality." While using the Personal Hotspot on the Verizon iPhone, or any other phone with the feature if a call isn't answered web data will go on uninterrupted, he said. If a call is answered, the web data is paused and the Wi-Fi signal returns when the...
Jan 21
Belgium competition minister eyeing 'unfair' Apple...
Apple wrote to European publishers earlier this month outlawing the private exchange when a reader downloads a mag or newspaper from within an app. Apple says subscriptions must use the company's own billing mechanism with Apple getting a 30% cut. However, Belgium competition minister Vincent van Quickborne doesn't think this is fair and has launched a "rapid" competition investigation into the issue, reports "The Register" (http://macte.ch/DDN5v). On the other hand, Apple doesn't have a monopoly share of the digital reader market, so "it might be hard to make that one stick," the article says. News Corp's Project Alesia was created with the intention of offering a licensing system to all comers on equitable terms. However, "the print industry didn't have the brains to join in" and the 100-man project was dismantled last autumn, says "The Register."
Jan 21
Analyst: Apple invests in 'tens of millions' of iOS...
The most likely use of Apple's secret US$3.9 billion long-term supply investment is for tens of millions of displays for the iPhones and iPads the company plans to sell in the near future, Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty said in a note to investors, as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com). 
She estimated that Apple's $3.9 billion investment could purchase about 136 million iPhone displays, or approximately 60 million iPad displays. If those displays were coupled with touch panels, the money could buy Apple 100 million iPhone panels, or 40 million for the iPad, Huberty adds.
Jan 21
DataMind Srl announces Jade Plugin 3.0 for Apple's Aperture...
DataMind Srl has announced Jade Plugin 3.0, an update of the digital image processing plug-in for Aperture, Apple's professional photographer application. Based on DataMind's digital image processing applications, Jade and Beryl, Jade Plugin implements algorithms to enhance color, contrast and dynamic range, remove red-eye effect and remove noise. Jade Plugin is an image enhancement tool that will automatically improve digital images directly in Aperture. Jade will use its proprietary algorithms to enhance color, contrast and dynamics, automatically detect and remove red-eye effect and to reduce noise. In addition, it provides manual controls to fine-tune the intensity value, increase the contrast and apply the color correction for unbalanced images. The red-eye removal can be tuned by setting the threshold level, the intensity of correction and by directly selecting the eye or image area to be corrected. Jade Plugin requires Mac OS X 10.5.6 or higher and Aperture 2.1 or later. It...
Jan 21
iFunia releases 3DGallery for Mac OS X
iFunia has announced 3DGallery for Macintosh. It's a 3D photo gallery maker that can turn digital photos into a flash image presentation. Users can view their photos in 3D and upload the 3D flash photo gallery to liven up web sites or blogs. You can add photos and music and choose from a variety of preset 3D flash gallery templates to create personalized flash galleries for sharing. iFunia 3DGallery for Mac is priced at US$39.95 for a personal license. A commercial license is also available. For more info or a demo go to the iFunia web site (http://www.ifunia.com).
Jan 21
Report: 65% of Apple's sales came from iOS devices
The iPhone and iPad generated US$15 billion of revenue for Apple last quarter. In addition, the iPod touch generated about $2.3 billion, implying that iOS based devices were responsible for sales of $17.3 billion -- or 65% of Apple's revenue, says the asymco research group (http://macte.ch/J7SsG). Mac OS X powered hardware generated 20% of sales. The sale of Mac OS X software (both the operating system and applications for it) accounted for another $786 million or 3% of total. In addition, asymco suggests the proportion of sales due to apps in the Apple App Store is nearly half, or another $600 million (a bit more than 2%).
Jan 21
Apple adds suppliers for iPhone 5
Apple has added Foxconn Electronics, Foxlink, Gold Circuit Electronics and Epistar as component suppliers for the upcoming iPhone 5, scheduled for launch during the summer (or perhaps the fall), says Chinese-language "Economic Daily News " -- as reported by "DigiTimes" (http://macte.ch/9Ph5X). Foxconn will become the iPhone 5's new earphone supplier, the article says. With a shortage of HDI boards, Apple has also purportedly added GCE as a supplier, but will continue to source from Compeq Manufacturing and Unimicron Technology. And ED chipmaker Epistar could break into Apple's supply chain after forming a strategic alliance with Japan's Toyoda Gosei, which also provides Epistar access to Toyoda technologies, says "DigiTimes."
Jan 21
FontDoctor 8 is in the house
FontGear has released FontDoctor 8 for Macintosh. It's an update of the font problem diagnosis and repair utility for graphic designers and the publishing industry. The new version can identify and fix common font related problems that often interrupt creative workflow and production, according to the folks at FontGear. FontDoctor can also optimize workflow by creating a library of manageable font files and folders organized by font foundry name, family name, and more. Version 8 introduces an updated interface, faster diagnosis and repair, enhanced reporting with charts, updated font cache cleaning, and a new font comparison tool used to contrast the unique properties of separate font files side-by-side. FontDoctor 8 is available for US$69.99 for a single user license, and $350 for a site license. Version 7.x users can upgrade to version 8 for $19.99. FontDoctor 8 is compatible with Mac OS X 10.4 and higher. Purchases, upgrades and a demo version are available from the FontGear web...
Jan 21
Apple updates 'Purchase Policies' web page
Apple has updated its “Purchase Policies” web page (http://macte.ch/Ui8ZC) to reflect the end of re-stocking fees on opened Apple products, reports "ifoAppleStore" (http://www.infoapplestore.com). As previously reported, the change was sparked by the addition of Personal Set-Up services to each purchase of a Mac or iPod, which includes the unboxing of the product. Previously, product returns were accepted within 14 days without a re-stocking fee, but only if the product box was un-opened. Now, since the Specialist or customer opens the product within the store, a re-stocking fee on opened products is no longer appropriate, says "ifoAppleStore."
Jan 21
Apple restates pledge for safe working conditions
Apple restated its pledge to provide safe working conditions for workers assembling of its products after environmental groups in China released a report criticizing the tech company for failing to be transparent about its suppliers, reports "IDG News" (http://macte.ch/JcG1Z). "Apple is committed to ensuring the highest standards of social responsibility throughout our supply base," Apple spokeswoman Carolyn Wu said in a statement. The company requires all suppliers to sign up to Apple's code of conduct before the contracts are made. Compliance is then monitored through factory audits and measures to correct violations, says IDG. Apple has recently beenranked last out of 29 global technology companies in terms of responsiveness and transparency to health and environmental concerns in China, according to a Beijing-based nonprofit group -- as reported by "Bloomberg Businessweek" (http://macte.ch/sxl1j). BT Group Plc and Hewlett-Packard Co. were among the highest ranked companies, Ma...
Jan 21
Apple releases new Brother printer, scanner drivers
Apple has released new Brother printer and scanner drivers for Mac OS X 10.6. Both require Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. You can find the drivers here (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3669#brother). Or you can obtain 'em via the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.
Jan 21
Christofle, LaCie reveal Galet USB Key
Christofle and LaCie have introduced Galet, an USB key with design by Christofle, a French luxury brand. It costs US$139 and comes with 4GB of storage.   Here's how it's described: "Hand-crafted in France, each piece is individually plated with precious silver through Christofle’s 150 year-old silvering process. Then it is carefully inspected for a smooth finish and radiant polish, which guarantees its excellence. The Galet is assembled and hand packed in a charming gift box at LaCie’s factory in Paris, ensuring each Galet represents the finest presentation and quality. Once the process is complete, the result is a timeless gift that will bring convenience and luxury to one’s daily life." The Galet includes LaCie’s Private-Public software with password protection. The Galet is available in Christofle boutiques worldwide, as well as the LaCie Online Store (http://www.lacie.com).
Jan 21
TimeTag is new time sheet app for Mac OS X
Capparsa has debuted TimeTag (http://www.capparsa.com) at the Mac App Store. It's a personal time sheet application that allows you to create and use descriptive tags to track the time spent on your day's activities. Time Tag avoids the long list of time records and instead automatically and intelligently groups together hours by activity. This allows the user to know where his day went without the need for a calculator and spreadsheet app. TimeTag, originally an iOS-only app, was completely re-designed for the Mac. You can categorize tags, so a group of tags can be "Being Productive" or "Leisure Time." TimeTag also features a filter that allows the user to pull up a specific subset of records. There can be combined with the export feature, which lets you export all or some of your records for use in other apps. Time Tag requires Mac OS X 10.6.6. It costs US$4.99 and is available exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.
Jan 21
Akvis NatureArt adds Frost effect
Akvis (http://www.akvis.com) has upgraded Akvis NatureArt -- a tool for "imitating the magnificence of natural phenomena on your digital photos" -- to version 2.0. In addition to the six nature effects previously offered by NatureArt (Rain, Sun, Water, Lightning, Clouds, and Fire), version 2.0 offers a new nature effect: Frost. The Frost effect allows you to adorn an image with an openwork of frost crystals. Also in the new version is the possibility to save/load selections. What's more, version 2.0 of NatureArt introduces the ability to create new images. The New Image dialog provides a choice of default presets for creating your own postcards, posters, and other projects. You can create nature scenes from scratch, such as converting a blank background into a sea view or a night sky with scattered, glistening stars. You can even draw a unique picture with the help of NatureArt's effects. Akvis NatureArt is available in two editions, as an independent program (standalone) and as a...
Jan 21
TinyBooks Pro now a native Mac OS X app
Ken Winograd and Space-Time Associates (http://www.winograd.com) has updated TinyBooks Pro, its Mac accounting and bookkeeping program, to version 7.0.5. It's now a native Mac application and requires an Intel-based Mac running OSX. (Rosetta is no longer required.) The new TinyBooks Pro also includes Quarterly Bottom Line Reports, TypeAhead Comments, support for keyboard navigation, mouse scroll wheels, easier backups, resizable windows, and more. TinyBooks Pro is a single-entry bookkeeping and accounting system designed for sole proprietors, home and other small businesses, and family finances. To use you enter your expenses and income, and TinyBooks Pro does the rest. Current and year-to-date on-the-fly totals are continually displayed. Fully automatic bar-charting of all expense and income accounts make the determination of monthly trends intuitively obvious, according to the folks at Space-Time Associates. TinyBooks Pro 7.0.5 is exclusively for Intel-based Macs and is available...
Jan 21
Sync iTunes across devices and user libraries with SuperSync 4.0
SuperSync 4.0 (http://www.supersync.com) has been rebuilt from the ground up to let users sync iTunes libraries across multiple computers and accounts. Now you can access and merge music and video with another SuperSync library, computer, hard drive, network volume, iPhone, iPad, or iPod. SuperSync eliminates duplication by allowing merging across user accounts and libraries. Users now have an "all access pass" to their iTunes content, says SuperSync President Brad Lowe. SuperSync 4.0 is available for purchase online for as US$29 for a two-pack, $39 for a five-pack, and $49 for a 10-pack. SuperSync 4.0 is a free upgrade for all current SuperSync owners.
Jan 21
Troi Automatisering releases URL Plug-in 2.5 for FileMaker Pro...
Troi Automatisering has announced the availability of Troi URL Plug-in 2.5 for FileMaker Pro 11. Troi URL Plug-in can help you fill in forms on the Internet, all from FileMaker Pro. It also retrieves data or images from web sites. Version 2.5 adds compatibility with Windows 7 and with FileMaker Pro 11. It also adds new features like improved proxy support and image handling and more. A fully functional demo version of Troi URL Plug-in 2.5 is available for downloading from Troi's web site (http://www.troi.com/software/urlplugin.html). Troi URL Plug-in 2.5 works with FileMaker Pro 9, 10 and 11. The plug-in can also be used with runtimes created by FileMaker Pro Advanced 9, 10 or 11. The plug-in is available for Mac OS X 10.5.7 or higher, Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Home Edition (SP 3), Windows Vista or Windows 7. Licenses cost US$69 per user. Details on developer licenses and multi-user discounts can be found on theTroi Automatisering web site. Troi URL Plug-in 2.5 also works...
Jan 21
MultiMode update fixes text macro related bugs
Black Cat Systems has updated MultiMode (http://www.blackcatsystems.com/software/multimodeOSX.html), a Mac OS X application that lets your Mac decode several different modes of non-voice communication often heard on shortwave, to version 6.2.3. This version corrects some bugs related to text macros. MultiMode is an US$89 application that lets your Mac decode and transmit several different modes of non-voice communication often heard on shortwave and ham radio. It allows you to decode and display Morse Code, RTTY, FAX, SSTV, ACARS, PSK31 and many other modes on your Mac, without any extra hardware. MultiMode now also allows you to transmit in most of the modes of operation. MultiMode Lite is also available, which offers reception of CW, RTTY, and FAX modes only. MultiMode Lite is ideal for sailors who need to be able to view weather charts and reports, but don't need the extra modes, or transmit capability.
Jan 20
Apple releases iMovie 9.0.2
Apple has released iMovie 9.0.2. It's a 27.52MB download and requires Mac OS X 10.6.3 or later. This update improves overall stability and fixes an issue that could cause audio playback to be out of sync. According to Apple, the update is recommended for all users of iMovie '11. You can download it via the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.
Jan 20
Cropmark numeric keypad offered for Bluetooth Macs
Other World Computing (http://www.macsales.com) has announced the US$39.99 Cropmark LMP Bluetooth Keypad for Apple wireless keyboard users. Cable/driver free and plug-and-play ready, it adds the numeric capability missing from Bluetooth-enabled Mac keyboards for the entering of figures, tables, and calculations.   The 28-key Cropmark numeric keypad is designed for anyone who works with numbers, such as small business owners, accountants, restaurateurs, financial analysts, stock brokers, bookkeepers, and spreadsheet users. Designed with the same cylindrical base and brushed aluminum finish as the Apple keyboard, the Cropmark LMP Bluetooth Keypad includes a custom linking connector that snaps in, integrating the keypad with the Apple Wireless Keyboard. It features a full set of number keys, including forward delete, page up, page down and five additional function buttons. Scissor-type membrane keys are designed to provide comfort typing and reduced typing fatigue.  The keypad can also...
Jan 20
'Woz' to do ESC 'fireside chat'
Apple co-founder Steve "Woz" Wozniak will give a "fireside chat" on Tuesday, May 3, at 9 am, as part of the ESC [Embedded Silicon Systems] Silicon Valley 2011 conference (http://esc-sv09.techinsightsevents.com/), which will be held May 2-6 in San Jose California. The Embedded Systems Conference is a global electronics industry event for the design engineering community with demonstrations, speeches and technical training classes and accreditation opportunities. You can get more info and register at http://www.embedded.com/esc/sv .
Jan 20
MacTech Conference acquires US NSConference
"MacTech Magazine" (http://www.mactech.com) and iDeveloper TV (part of The Mac Developer Network Limited) has announced that "MacTech" is acquiring the US version of NSConference and merging it into MacTech Conference: For Apple IT Pros and Developers. While iDeveloper TV will continue to operate NSConference UK independently, NSConference organizers will now be a part of the MacTech Conference team. The yet-to-be-announced MacTech Conference 2011 is slated for fall 2011. NSConference UK will be held March 21-23 in Wokefield Park outside of London. The sold-out event focuses on sessions presented by some of the world's top Mac OS X and iOS developers. MacTech Conference 2011 will be a US-based event that delivers content for both IT pros and OS X/iOS developers on the Mac. NSConference's head, Steve Scott ("Scotty"), will join the MacTech Conference 2011 team as Sessions Chair for the Developer Track working with Edward Marczak (who will continue to oversee the IT Track as well as...
Jan 20
Macworld 2011 will serve as launch pad for over 100 new products
Dozens of companies will showcase more than 100 new products next week at Macworld 2011, IDG World Expo, owner of Macworld 2011, announced today. Each year, Macworld is the event of choice for Apple third-party product manufacturers to unveil and launch their newest products -- including software, hardware, peripherals, accessories and applications -- for the Apple products platform, says IDG. The Macworld 2011 First Looks program showcases these products for media and attendees to make it easy to locate innovations at the show. Macworld 2011 will take place Jan. 26-29 at Moscone Center's West Hall in San Francisco. To register, go to https://register.rcsreg.com/r2/macsf2011/ga/clear.html .
Jan 20
SEC chair: Apple handling Jobs' medical leave appropriately
Former U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Arthur Levitt, "once disinvited from joining Apple Inc.’s board amid differences over corporate governance, said the company has disclosed enough about CEO Steve Jobs’s health, reports "Bloomberg Businessweek" (http://macte.ch/qBihB). Levitt, who headed the SEC from 1993 to 2001, told "Bloomberg Businessweek" the severity of Jobs’s cancer is well established and the board doesn’t need to share more details with the public. “It’s easy to criticize the board, but I think the reality is that someone who owns Apple stock has got to be deaf, dumb and blind not to know that Jobs has an illness that can reoccur at any time,” he said in a telephone interview. “Jobs going on medical leave sends a message to the market. An intelligent investor should know the risks of Jobs having a relapse. For the board to opine on what the extent of the illness is right now I don’t think is really necessary.”
Jan 20
Quark launches iPad Publishing Service for QuarkXPress 8 users

Quark has introduced a new service that enables QuarkXPress 8.5 users to publish QuarkXPress content to the iPad. With its iPad Publishing Service for QuarkXPress, Quark will configure a starter iPad app with the customer's logos and colors, and enable the enrichment of QuarkXPress content, which can then be published to that app. The new service is designed for anyone from the individual designer to corporate publishers and book, newspaper, and magazine publishers who are interested in reaching the digital market quickly with richly-designed, interactive content at a fraction of the cost of conventional app development and publishing, says PG Bartlett, senior vice president of product management for Quark. Customers that use the iPad Publishing Service starting in February 2011 will be able to easily migrate to App Studio for QuarkXPress later in 2011, he adds.

With the iPad Publishing Service for QuarkXPress, users can either convert existing print publications for delivery to the...
Jan 20
Apple sues Nokia in London
Another day, another lawsuit as the Apple-Nokia battle continues. Apple sued Nokia Oyj in the U.K. over claims that one of the h company’s European patents for scrolling technology on touch-screen handsets is invalid, reports "Bloomberg" (http://macte.ch/XeB0o). The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in the High Court in London, challenges one of seven Nokia patents asserted against Apple in a September 2010 lawsuit in Dusseldorf, Germany, Nokia spokesman Mark Durrant told "Bloomberg" in an e-mail. “Nokia is confident that all of the 37 patents it has asserted against Apple” are valid, he said. “We are examining the filing and will take whatever actions are needed to protect our rights.” The Apple-Nokia legal brouhaha has been underway for some time now. In November Nokia announced the filing of t another lawsuit against Apple, in Federal District Court in Wisconsin, regarding five of Nokia’s patents. Nokia said those patents are infringed by the iPhone and iPad 3G and involve technology that...
Jan 20
Digital music revenues grew 6% globally in 2010
Action to stop digital music piracy is gaining momentum worldwide, with implementation by ISPs of warnings and deterrent sanctions taking effect in three countries in 2010 and governments in other countries expected to implement measures in 2011, according to a new report by the IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry). The group represents the recording industry worldwide with some 1,400 members in 66 countries and affiliated industry associations in 45 countries. ISP cooperation measures are now in place aimed at substantially reducing illegal file-sharing in France, South Korea and Ireland. Governments in several other countries, including the UK, New Zealand and Malaysia, are expected to implement new laws in 2011 and the European Union is reviewing its intellectual property enforcement legislation, says the IFPI. An overview of the global digital music sector is provided in IFPI's "Digital Music Report 2011" The report shows that consumer choice for accessing...
Jan 20
Chinese environmental group blasts Apple
Apple ranked last out of 29 global technology companies in terms of responsiveness and transparency to health and environmental concerns in China, according to a Beijing-based nonprofit group -- as reported by "Bloomberg Businessweek" (http://macte.ch/sxl1j). BT Group Plc and Hewlett-Packard Co. were among the highest ranked companies, Ma Jun, director of the Institute of Environmental and Public Affairs said in a phone interview today. Apple refused to confirm suspected polluters were among its suppliers and avoided taking responsibility for environmental problems related to its products, he told "Bloomberg." "We originally thought that Apple, as a corporate citizen, would take a leadership role, but now we feel they ended up as the most obstructive," Jun said. “Apple has had an extensive supplier auditing program since 2006 and we have lots of information available through our web site,” said Jill Tan, a Hong Kong-based spokeswoman for Apple.
Jan 20
Study: iPhone making big headway with smaller businesses
The small and medium business (SMB) market is fertile ground for breaking Research in Motion’s (RIM) corporate smart phone hegemony, new research by AMI-Partners (http://www.ami-partners.com) -- which specializes in IT, Internet, telecommunications and business services strategy, venture capital, and actionable market intelligence --indicates. Apple’s iPhone, in particular, is making headway, especially with smaller businesses (SBs). “The wealth of applications available for the iPhone makes it an attractive option for SBs,” says Karen Nielsen, senior telecom analyst with AMI. “Small businesses are less apt to have in-house IT support, making the application-rich iPhone an attractive multi-use option. mployees are driving a dual/multiple smart phone model by purchasing their preferred brand for personal reasons, and then using it for corporate access.” AMI’s new study, "2010 The Dynamics of Blackberry & iPhone Use -- U.S. SMB Market," shows a solid Blackberry position along with...
Jan 20
TriGeo: hackers will increasingly target iOS devices
Surges in Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Poisoning will yield record-breaking malware outbreaks for businesses in 2011 according to TriGeo Network Security (http://www.trigeo.com/) , a provider of security information and event management (SIEM) technology for mid-market enterprises. The company says that, in addition to SEO poisoning attacks in 2011, companies should expect to see: ° Hackers increasingly targeting vulnerabilities in mobile devices – specifically the iPhone and the iPad. The consumerization of IT continues to present a significant risk to businesses. As new, popular mobile devices are introduced into the workplace, look for hackers to uncover new mobile device vulnerabilities that lead to increased data breaches. ° Data breaches at schools and hospitals yield record-breaking financial losses in 2011. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, educational and medical institutions accounted for more than a third of all data breaches in 2010, as well as some of...
Jan 20
Jawbone launches motion-controlled Bluetooth headset
Jawbone has unveiled the Jawbone ERA, a Bluetooth headset that delivers a HD audio experience. It boasts a 25% larger wideband speaker and builds on Jawbone's legacy of noise-canceling expertise with the latest version of military-grade NoiseAssassin 3.0 technology, says Jawbone CEO and founder Hosain Rahman.  The Jawbone ERA can detect your surroundings and adjust the inbound volume and intelligibility, whether you're in a restaurant, ball game or traffic to give you the clearest, richest sound, automatically without any user intervention. What's more, Jawbone has teamed with Fullpower-MotionX, which specializes in motion technology, to create what the company says is the first headset with a built-in accelerometer integrated with the patented MotionX platform.   Jawbone ERA detects your natural movements when you interact with it. Out of the box, users can "Shake Shake" the Jawbone ERA into pairing mode, and "TapTap" it to answer or end a phone call. And this is just the beginning...
Jan 20
GarageGames buys Torque assets
GarageGames (http://www.garagegames.com), a subsidiary of Graham Software Development, has acquired the assets relating to the Torque software division of InstantAction, and will be relaunching the Torque business The resurrection of the GarageGames brand highlights the new company’s focus on the independent game developer community, according to CEO Eric Preisz. To celebrate the relaunch and return to its “indie” roots, GarageGames has reduced pricing across all its Torque on-line products to US$99 each for a limited time. GarageGames' Torque products provide developers, regardless of size or experience level, an affordable way to create high quality games, says Preisz. The Torque line of products includes 2D and 3D solutions for the Mac/PC, iOS, Xbox 360 and Wii. Torque solutions offer features such as editing, rendering, a streamlined art pipeline, web publishing, multiplayer networking, and several state-of-the-art add-on tools.
Jan 20
Corner-A releases TheVideoDiary 2.0 for Mac OS X
Corner-A today has released TheVideoDiary 2.0 (http://corner-a.com/thevideodiary)for Mac OS X. TheVideoDiary allows you to capture video with your webcam and keep it organized as a personal video diary. You can customize every diary entry to be video, text or both. Version 2.0 offers a library of diaries, password-protection, better user interface, tagging and quick preview with video thumbnails, as well as many more customizing options were also added. TheVideoDiary 2.0 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. A webcam supported by Apple QTKit is required to capture the video with the app. It costs US$20 for a single-user license.
Jan 20
Frosty Dogs announces TaskSurfer for the Mac App Store
Frosty Dogs has announced TaskSurfer 1.0, the company's task management application in the Mac App Store. Featuring s synchronization across Macs and mobile devices, it's a task manager that fits GTD or tag-based systems. Because a project-based GTD style doesn't suit everyone, TaskSurfer features a tag browser that lets the user focus on tasks that have been tagged with the user's custom tags. Tags can be used for categories, time, locations, people, and anything that can be typed. Using Snow Leopard's Core Location technology, tasks can be assigned to a location-based context, and tasks will be filtered as the Macbook moves from one location to the next. At home, office, or the coffee shop, TaskSurfer will show only the tasks appropriate for the current location. TaskSurfer also provides the option to synchronize tasks with online task manager Toodledo. Tasks can be kept in-sync across Macs at home and office, and any device that supports syncing with Toodledo. TaskSurfer is...
Jan 20
Corner-A releases TheVideoDiary 2.0 for Mac OS X
Corner-A today has released TheVideoDiary 2.0 (http://corner-a.com/thevideodiary)for Mac OS X. TheVideoDiary allows you to capture video with your webcam and keep it organized as a personal video diary. You can customize every diary entry to be video, text or both. Version 2.0 offers a library of diaries, password-protection, better user interface, tagging and quick preview with video thumbnails, as well as many more customizing options were also added. TheVideoDiary 2.0 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. A webcam supported by Apple QTKit is required to capture the video with the app. It costs US$20 for a single-user license.
Jan 20
EyePower Games launches Ink2Go 1.0.13 on Mac App Store
EyePower Games has launched Ink2Go 1.0.13 (http://ink2.eyepowergames.com) on the Mac App Store. It's a tool for presentation and communication. Ink2Go allows its users to scribble notes and annotations on the desktop, regardless of the application that's currently active, to enhance the point of discussion in a presentation, in a meeting or during a live lecture. Users can toggle from a desktop view to a whiteboard view whenever an illustration of ideas and thoughts is needed. As a desktop application, Ink2Go launches itself as a floating toolbar, that can be dragged to anywhere on the screen so that it doesn't get in the way of the presentation. On the toolbar are buttons for various functions, including pen, highlighter and eraser. Ink2Go also provides a function that allows its users to toggle from a desktop view to a whiteboard view whenever an illustration of ideas and thoughts is needed. And multiple pages of annotations are also supported. The whole process of the annotation,...
Jan 20
Brain app available via Mac Game Store
UK-based independent games developer Chris Mayer today announces Brain App, the popular Mac brain training software, is available for purchase via Mac Game Store. The app presents a variety of rapid-fire math problems in quick succession to exercise the brain. Brain App tracks progress and encourages users to improve day-by-day. Four Brain Exercise types have been included in the initial release of Brain App for Mac. A fifth exercise will be added via a free update in February. Brain App users can suggest new features and exercises on the Brain App Facebook Page. Brain App requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. It's available for download from the MacGameStore.com (ttp://www.macgamestore.com/product/1727/Brain-App/), priced at US$4.95; customers may also opt for a DVD Backup of their purchase for $7.95.
Jan 20
The Support Group offers free FileMaker Go seminar
The Support Group (http://www.supportgroup.com/) has announced free, two-hour, live seminar on FileMaker Go that will demonstrate how FileMaker Pro users can have full access to all their data via an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. It will be offered on Wednesday, Jan. 26, from 10 am to noon (Eastern) at The Support Group's corporate facility in Natick, Massachusetts. The Support Group is one of the few firms chosen by FileMaker to be both a Platinum level member of the FileMaker Business Alliance and an Authorized training provider. The class is described as appropriate for any level of FileMaker Pro user. Scheduled speakers are Matt O'Dell, systems engineer with FileMaker, and Chad Novotny, vice president, Technology for The Support Group, All participants must register in advance by contacting Greg Lekstrom at (866) 940-8400 x225.
Jan 20
Vitamin-R gets new time slice adjustment feature
Publicspace.net has announced Vitamin-R 1.41 (http://www.publicspace.net/Vitamin-R/index.html), an update of its Mac OS X (10.5 and higher) compatible productivity tool for creative professionals. The new version provides a way for users to adjust the duration of a time slice while it's running. Vitamin-R is a collection of tools and techniques for managing attention and maintaining motivation. According to the folks at publicspace.net, it complements the task capturing and organizing features of modern to-do list managers by forcing you to concentrate fully on one task a time and keeping distractions at bay. It breaks down large, vaguely defined tasks into a series of short "time slices" of between 10 and 30 minutes, each with specific and actionable objectives. Vitamin-R provides you with the "Now & Later Board," complete with FastType magic, to give you a place to quickly dump all those things that go through your head and allows to get back to the task at hand. It requires Mac...
Jan 20
iWebThemesPro extends collection, adds animated iWeb themes
iWebThemesPro (http://www.iwebthemespro.com/) has announced new "animated with Flash" iWeb themes for iWeb, the web site creation component of Apple's iLife suite. The new iWeb themes feature eight templates that include flash animation and static backgrounds. Each theme incorporates a series of layered images that are customizable, replaceable, or removable. All themes incorporate backgrounds, so any web site can be filled with different amounts of information. The themes require Mac OS X 10.4.3 or later and iWeb 2.0 (iLife '08) or iWeb 3.0 (iLife '09 or iLife '11). Each iWeb theme is available for US$9.99. The set of 25 iWeb themes may be purchased for $29.99.
Jan 20
Mac Shutdown X now shuts down at end of a Chrome download
Pomola Software has updated Mac Shutdown X (http://pomola.com/products_macshutdown/macshutdown.html), a Mac OS X utility for shutting down a Mac on a specified event or on a specified date and time, to version 1.6.1. The upgrade provides shutdown at the end of Chrome download and fixes some bugs. Mac Shutdown X costs US$20. Version 1.6.1 is a free update for registered users. The software is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.5or higher.
Jan 20
PDFPen 5.2.1 available in Spanish
SmileOnMyMac has updated PDFPen (http://www.smileonmymac.com/PDFpen/download.html), its PDF editing and form-filling tool for Mac OS X, to version 5.2.1. The update adds Spanish localization and improves the Italian localization. It also fixes a performance issue with continuous viewing. The changes in PDFpen 5.2.1 have also been made in PDFpenPro 5.2.1, the pro version that can also convert websites into PDFs, create fillable PDF forms, and construct document table of contents. PDFpen costs US$59.95, and PDFpenPro is $99.95. Family pack licenses, which cover up to five computers in one household, are $74.95 for PDFpen and $129.95 for PDFpenPro. Upgrades from earlier versions of either application are $25, and free to users who purchased after Feb. 14, 2010. Upgrades from any version of PDFpen to PDFpenPro are $40. PDFpen 5.0.2 and PDFpen Pro 5.0.2 require Mac OS X 10.6 or later. Demo versions are available for download.
Jan 20
Skysoft updates SyncPod for Mac
iSkysoft Studioh has upgraded SyncPod for Mac (http://www.iskysoft.com/syncpod.html). The upgrade "aims at revolutionizing" the way Mac users backup and share multimedia files, such as music, TV shows, and audiobook, videos, pictures, PDF and ePub e-books, to Mac, iPod, iPad and iPhone devices. The new interface facilitates drag-and-drop file transfer. Also, the upgraded SyncPod for Mac comes with more user-friendly features. SyncPod for Mac offers the ability to back-up your iOS device's content to your Mac and transfer multimedia files from Mac to Apple devices. It costs US$39 for a single user license. SyncPod for Mac requires an Intel-based Mac (32-bit or 64-bit) running Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.
 
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