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Dec 03
Apple sued for age discrimination
Another day, another lawsuit. Michael Katz, a Florida man in his 60s, has sued Apple, alleging that he was denied promotions when he worked at the company's retail store because of his age, reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com). He claims Apple violating the state's Civil Rights Act, as he believes he was subjected to discrimination based on his age. The complaint, filed this week, seeks damages in excess of US$15,000. "AppleInsider" says Katz began working as a Mac specialist at the Apple store at Millennia Mall in Orlando in March 2006, when he was 60 years old. In his lawsuit, he says he expressed his desire to be promoted to the title of "Creative." In his tenure at the Apple store, there were "several" openings for creatives at the store, and Katz claims he applied each time but was denied the position. Those who were selected for the job were at least 15 years younger than him, he said.
Dec 03
Analyst foresees digital TV, pico projector for the iPhone 5
Ticonderga Securities analyst Brian White said in a note to clients -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) -- that suppliers tell him that mobile digital TV and miniature embedded pico projectors are poised to become major selling features in future smartphones such as the iPhone 5. "Watching local TV stations on a smartphone could be an attractive option for some consumers," White says. "Additionally, an embedded pico projector allows users to project a slide presentation or video on a wall or other surface in large size, which makes sense for the iPhone 5 in our view, as Apple seeks to expand the features in the next-generation iPhone." In addition, the analyst says he could see the features also appearing in a future hardware update to the iPad, allowing users to have an "even richer experience."
Dec 03
'PC World': MacBook Air performs worse than similarly...
Lab tests prove that many Windows 7 laptops having a similar price offer better performance than the 2010 MacBook Air models, reports "PC World." "The numbers show that many Windows notebooks that carry a similar price tag outperform the 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air models we tested," the article says. "Other differences show up, too. Many of the better-performing Windows laptops are bigger and heavier than the Air, and some have poorer battery life. But if you’re interested in getting the most pop possible for your buck, it’s clear that the MacBook Air isn’t the best way to go." You can read the details of their test at http://www.pcworld.com/article/211930/macair_tested2.html?tk=rss_news .
Dec 03
Apple, publishers still disagree on mag app subscription details
Apple and the publishing industry haven’t been able to come to terms over magazine app subscriptions for the iPad. According to "All Things D" (http://mediamemo.allthingsd.com/20101203/apple-publishers-still-miles-ap...), publishers want the ability to sell the subscriptions themselves, or at least the opportunity to hang on to subscribers’ personal data, but Apple CEO Steve Jobs is opposed to that. The article -- quoting "publishing sources" -- says here’s what Apple is offering publishers, according to publishing sources: ° The ability to sell app subscriptions through iTunes. ° Seventy percent of the revenue from each sale. ° The ability to offer an opt-in form for subscribers that would ask them for a limited amount of information: name, mailing address, email address.
Dec 03
comScore: Apple has 24.6% of US smartphone market
Approximately 60.7 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones during the three months ending in October, up 14% from the preceding three-month period, representing one out of mobile subscribers, accodring to a new report by the comScore research group (http://www.comscore.com). RIM was the leading mobile smartphone platform in the U.S. with 35.8% hare of U.S. smartphone subscribers, followed by Apple with 24.6% share (up 0.8 percentage points). Google Android saw another month of strong growth, rising 6.5 percentage points to capture 23.5% of smartphone subscribers. Microsoft accounted for 9.7% of smartphone subscribers, while Palm rounded out the top five with 3.9%. Despite losing share to Android, most smartphone platforms continue to gain subscribers as the smartphone market overall continues to grow, according to comScore.
Dec 03
XILS Lab releases PolyKB II
XILS Lab (http://www.xils-lab.com/) has launched the PolyKB mk II, the recreation of a very polyphonic synthesizer released in the 80's. The PolyKB II is a polyphonic subtractive synthesizer based on two waveform morphing, aliasing free oscillators and a self oscillating four poles low pass filter. The oscillators take a large part of the sound of this synthesizer while the filter recreating a standard analog chip of the 80's (with the help of very complete modulation sections), allows the PolyKB II to create "incredibly warm sounds from gorgeous basses to slowly evolving pads, through aggressive leads and thin crystal keyboards as well as a huge range of incredible special effects that all sound designers will love to use," according to the folks at XILS Lab. Through Dec. 19, the new PolyKB II Synthesizer will be sold at introductory price of US$89 (it's normally $199) or as part of the "Ultimate XILS-Lab bundle" sold during the same period at $189 (normally $398). The PolyKB II is...
Dec 03
Analyst: Apple will sell 32 million iPads in fiscal 2011
The iPad will cause nearly 50% of all growth for Apple in fiscal year 2011, according to Caris & Company analyst Robert Cihra. In a note to clients -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) -- he calls Apple's growth "stunning." In the December quarter, Cihra expects Apple to sell 6.7 million iPads. He has also projected the sale of 32 million iPads in fiscal year 2011, accounting for more growth in Apple's bottom line than the iPhone.
Dec 03
OWC iMac upgrade program now offers 3TB hard drive
Other World Computing (http://www.macsales.com) says its OWC Turnkey Upgrade Installation Program for the mid-2010, 27-inch now offers iMac owners the option to upgrade the hard drive to a 3.0TB model. That's a 50% storage capacity increase over the 2.0TB factory option. This new storage capacity option joins existing upgrade program choices: ° Adding up to three OWC Mercury Extreme Pro SSDs for up to a total of 1.44TB capacity; up to 5.5X higher than the factory SSD option; ° Adding the first offered eSATA port option for an iMac, and/or adding up to 16GB RAM with savings up to 81% versus factory options. The turnkey professional installation service program offers multiple configuration options starting at US$169 with a 48-business hours or less installation turnaround and includes complete shipping options along with OWC’s warranty coverage.
Dec 03
Apple-Motorola legal battle now involves 42 patents
There are now 42 patents involves in the ongoing legal brouhaha between Apple and Motorola. Apple now alleges that Motorola infringes 24 of its patents (21 of them with Android-based phones, the remaining 3 with set-top boxes and DVRs), while Motorola previously asserted 18 patents against a variety of Apple products (mostly but not exclusively iPhone, iPad and iPod), reports "Foss Patents" (http://fosspatents.blogspot.com/2010/12/apple-vs-motorola-now-42-patents...). Litigation between the two companies takes place in several different federal courts -- primarily the Western District of Wisconsin and the Southern District of Florida -- as well as before the US International Trade Commission (ITC), the article adds. Last week it was announced that Apple's patent claims against Motorola will be reviewed by the ITC, which could issue an order banning Motorola phones from the U.S. The ITC will determine if Motorola is infringing Apple patents and whether it should rule to block U.S....
Dec 03
No demos, betas on the Mac App Store
Following Thursday night’s seeding of a new build of Mac OS X 10.6.6, Apple updated its Developer News site (http://developer.apple.com/news/) with a few tips for developers to consider before trying to submit their Mac apps for approval. "MacStories" (http://www.macstories.net/mac/apple-confirms-no-demos-in-the-mac-app-store/) notes that, among these tips Apple has confirmed that demos, trial versions and beta software is off limits for the Mac App Store . The company says: "Your website is the best place to provide demos, trial versions, or betas of your software for customers to explore. The apps you submit to be reviewed for the Mac App Store should be fully functional, retail versions of your apps." Craig Federighi, vice president of engineering for OS X, demoed Lion at the Back to the Mac event in October. The Mac App Store brings the Apple App Store experience to Mac OS X, making discovering, installing and updating Mac apps easier than ever, he said. Like on the iPad, you...
Dec 03
EA VP: Apple has 'good chance to succeed' with a game...
Apple would have a "relatively good chance to succeed" if it tried to take on Sony and Microsoft in the video game console market, according to Electronic Arts Vice President Patrick Soderlund, who fielded questions from "CVG" (http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?id=278837) about the future of the games industry and those competing in it. He said that anyone else but Apple would find it very hard to compete with PlayStation and Xbox. "CVG" asked Soderlund what would happen if Apple were to make a move into mainstream gaming and tried challenge the big two with a console of its own. "If it was anyone but Apple, I'd say that's going to be very hard," he replied. "I still think it's going to be extremely hard for them but they've surprised many people before. Look at what they did with the iPhone, right? They are a truly brilliant company so I would give them a relatively good chance to succeed if they tried."
Dec 03
TrendNet releases 300Mbps Wireless N Media Bridge
TrendNet (http://www.trendnet.com) has released the US$69.99 300Mbps Wireless N Media Bridge, model TEW-640MB, which is designed to provide a high performance wireless connection for all networked media center devices. The 300Mbps Wireless N Media Bridge connects a Ethernet-ready gaming console, network television, receiver, media controller, and DVR to a lag-free high-speed wireless n network, says Sonny Su, technology director of Trendnet. There's no need to place your media center near a hardwired Internet connection-cut the cables and experience the high definition connection quality of the Wireless N Media Bridge, he adds. Users who have a router with a WPS button require practically no setup. Power up the TEW-640MB, press the WPS button on your router, then the WPS button on the TEW-640MB, and it's connected to your router and the Internet. Finally, network media center devices to the four Ethernet ports on the back of the TEW-640MB for instant Internet access. Su says advanced...
Dec 03
Black Cat Systems releases Graph Paper Maker 2.3.0
Black Cat Systems (http://www.blackcatsystems.com/) has released Graph Paper Maker version 2.3.0.  Graph Paper Maker is available for Mac OS X and Windows, and is priced at US$19.99. The new version adds an option to generate sheets of gridded paper. Graph Paper Maker lets you create your own custom sheets of graph paper. It's designed for students, teachers, engineers, scientists, researchers, businessmen, and others who need to create specialized sheets of graph paper. The sheets of graph paper are saved as PDF file. The templates can also be saved, so that they can later be edited and re-used if minor modifications to the graph paper sheets are necessary.
Dec 03
DVDxDV Pro 3.0 features new timeline view
DVDxDV Pro (http://www.dvdxdv.com/) has been updated to version 3.0.4. The new version provides instant access to any part of a DVD movie with its new expandable timeline view. Version 3.0.4 provides instant access to any part of a DVD movie with its new expandable timeline view. With a resolution expandable to a single second, this timeline can pin point scenes on a DVD for extraction. Use the timeline to mark the beginning and ending of an important scene such as a the blowing out of the candles at child's birthday party and extract this scene to a Quicktime movie. DVDxDV Pro rips unencrypted standard definition DVDs into QuickTime video files. It can convert DVDs into High Definition 1080i video for use in Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere and iMovie HD. In addition to editing systems, DVDxDV Pro supports conversion to the MP4 format for use in the iPhone, iPod, iPad, and Apple TV. DVDxDV Pro will convert to any QuicktTme compatible codec, as...
Dec 03
Info needed on gaming accessories for the Mac
Our next Category Review will cover gaming accessories (joysticks, trackballs, speakers, headsets, etc.) for the Mac. If you use or know of such goodies, drop me a line (dsellers@applecentral.com) no later than Wednesday, Dec. 15. Category Reviews appear on Friday and round-up Mac solutions for specific industries and areas as dentistry, engineering, sales, etc. Also, if you have a particular pic you'd like us to cover, drop me a line, as well.
Dec 03
PowerProduction Software updates StoryBoard Quick
PowerProduction Software has updated StoryBoard Quick -- software for visually planning media projects -- to version 6, adding new screenwriting software imports including support for Final Draft fdx format. "This version offers new and more artwork, simplicity and speed to every task," says Jeff Walsh, vice president of Product Management at PowerProduction Software. "By streamlining the digital workflow for the professionals, and enabling beginning videographers to plan projects, StoryBoard Quick 6 brings new vitality to the essential process of storyboarding for pre-production.” StoryBoard Quick integrates with screenwriting applications such as Final Draft, Screenwriter , Montage, Storyist, etc. and batched image imports. It's designed for pre-production planning for projects and lets you compose your shots using the ready-made art as well as enabling the layering and compositing of integrated artwork with imported photos. Other new features in version 6 include import from...
Dec 03
Info needed on gaming accessories for the Mac
Our next Category Review will cover gaming accessories (joysticks, trackballs, speakers, headsets, etc.) for the Mac. If you use or know of such goodies, drop me a line (dsellers@applecentral.com) no later than Wednesday, Dec. 15. Category Reviews appear on Friday and round-up Mac solutions for specific industries and areas as dentistry, engineering, sales, etc. Also, if you have a particular pic you'd like us to cover, drop me a line, as well.
Dec 03
Mophie announces juice pack plus for the iPhone 4
Mophie (http://www.mophie.com) has announced the the juice pack plus, an US$99.95 enhanced capacity iPhone 4 battery case that will purportedly more than double the time iPhone users have to rock, talk and surf. The plus is mophie’s second rechargeable external battery case designed for the iPhone 4, and has a 2,000 mAh battery capacity, the largest of any juice pack case produced to date. In keeping with mophie’s award-winning juice pack design, the juice pack plus is ultra-thin and light-weight, providing protection and now even more power for the iPhone 4 while adding only 1mm of thickness when compared to the original juice pack air design, says Susan Schedel, vice president of sales and marketing for mophie. The juice pack plus boasts a 2,000 mAh charging capacity, offering iPhone 4 power users with more than double the battery life on-the-go. It features enhanced design elements including a dual injected rubber grip for extra hold, says Schedel.
Dec 03
Black Cat Systems releases Graph Paper Maker 2.3.0
Black Cat Systems (http://www.blackcatsystems.com/) has released Graph Paper Maker version 2.3.0.  Graph Paper Maker is available for Mac OS X and Windows, and is priced at US$19.99. The new version adds an option to generate sheets of gridded paper. Graph Paper Maker lets you create your own custom sheets of graph paper. It's designed for students, teachers, engineers, scientists, researchers, businessmen, and others who need to create specialized sheets of graph paper. The sheets of graph paper are saved as PDF file. The templates can also be saved, so that they can later be edited and re-used if minor modifications to the graph paper sheets are necessary.
Dec 03
DVDxDV Pro 3.0 features new timeline view
DVDxDV Pro (http://www.dvdxdv.com/) has been updated to version 3.0.4. The new version provides instant access to any part of a DVD movie with its new expandable timeline view. Version 3.0.4 provides instant access to any part of a DVD movie with its new expandable timeline view. With a resolution expandable to a single second, this timeline can pin point scenes on a DVD for extraction. Use the timeline to mark the beginning and ending of an important scene such as a the blowing out of the candles at child's birthday party and extract this scene to a Quicktime movie. DVDxDV Pro rips unencrypted standard definition DVDs into QuickTime video files. It can convert DVDs into High Definition 1080i video for use in Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere and iMovie HD. In addition to editing systems, DVDxDV Pro supports conversion to the MP4 format for use in the iPhone, iPod, iPad, and Apple TV. DVDxDV Pro will convert to any QuicktTme compatible codec, as...
Dec 02
Analyst: Apple to continue mobile market domination
Based on continued strong sell-through trends for Apple's iPad and iPhone, Canaccord Genuity technology analyst Michael Walkley told clients -- as reported by "CIO Insight" (http://www.cioinsight.com/c/a/Latest-News/Apple-Mobile-Market-Domination...) -- that he thinks Apple will maintain both market and value share leadership in the mobile device market. Walkley's report maintained the firm's "buy" rating for the company, and noted strong sell-through indication trends for iPads with growing distribution and improved supply. As a result, Walkley increased his iPad unit estimates from 5 million to 6.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2010.
Dec 02
Apple discontinues wired version of its compact keyboard
Apple has "quietly discontinued" its compact wired keyboard, and only offers the full-size wired option on its store, reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com). You can still get the wireless version of the compact keyboard. Apple still sells its full-size wired keyboard with numeric keypad for US$49. It also sells the wireless keyboard, without a numeric keypad, for $69. While the wired compact keyboard is no longer available from Apple's store, it can still be purchased through Amazon for $46.99, notes "AppleInsider."
Dec 02
Europe's telecoms reducing iPhone subsidies?
Sanford Bernstein’s European telecoms analyst Robin Bienenstock told clients in a note -- as reported by "Barron's (http://blogs.barrons.com/techtraderdaily/2010/12/02/apple-europes-teleco...) -- that although the fear of Apple creating an easily unlocked SIM card has faded Europe’s wireless operators have moved ahead with reductions in the subsidy they provide to the iPhone. Bienenstock has observed a €40 to €150 reduction in iPhone subsidies “in the largest iPhone markets." In essence, the carriers sensed Apple was seeking to play them against one another even more, in a “prisoner’s dilemma,” and they have been spooked, says Bienenstock. She also notes promotions for the iPhone have disappeared from the carriers’ home pages, and that “ceilings have fallen on tariffs across Europe.”
Dec 02
No Starch Press releases 'My New iPad, Second Edition'
No Starch Press has released "My New iPad, Second Edition" by Wallace Wang. The 384-page, US$24.95 book is for "new iPad owners in need of guidance." The book shows readers how to do useful and entertaining things with their iPad, like surf the Internet, send email, listen to music, take notes, read ebooks, and play with photos. This second edition has been updated with a chapter on troubleshooting and revised to cover the new features introduced in iOS 4.x, including multitasking, folders, printing, and much more. Wang s the author of several computer books, including "My New Mac," "My New iPhone" and "Steal This Computer Book" (all No Starch Press). He's also a successful stand-up comic who has appeared on A&E's "Evening at the Improv" and performs regularly at the Riviera Comedy Club in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Dec 02
Survey: iPad not quite worth the sticker price
A new consumer survey says the iPad isn't quite worth what Apple charges, notes "Fortune" (http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/12/02/how-much-is-an-ipad-worth/). Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster and his associates recently ran a small survey of 65 consumers who don't presently own tablet computers, the story adds. They were shown a pair of  competing devices -- an US$629 Apple's iPad 3G and a $599 Samsung Galaxy Tab running Google's Android OS -- and asked not just which one they preferred (the iPad won that bake-off 85% to 15%) but what they thought a reasonable price for each would be. Munster reports that his sample group thought the iPad was worth about $417 -- $212 (34%) less than its suggested retail price. The Galaxy Tab, by comparison, was worth about $283 -- $316 (53%) below its retail price.
Dec 02
Ping lands exclusive Michael Jackson song
In a new promotional effort to generate interest for its Ping music social networking service, Apple has landed an exclusive track from the late pop star Michael Jackson, reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com). The song, from the forthcoming album "Michael," is called "Much Too Soon." The newly released song from the "King of Pop" can be streamed within iTunes by accessing Ping, and navigating to the official Michael Jackson account. Ping, introduced with iTunes 10, is a new social network for music designed to let users follow their favorite artists and friends to discover what music they’re talking about, listening to and downloading. You can check out photos and videos your favorite artists have posted, see their tour dates and read comments about other artists and albums they’re listening to. In addition, you can post your thoughts and opinions, your favorite albums and songs, the music you’ve downloaded from iTunes and the concerts you plan to attend.
Dec 02
Analyst: Apple could more than double sales by 2015
Apple could more than double its sales by 2015 to $200 billion, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said in a note to clients -- as reported by "MobileBeat" (http://venturebeat.com/2010/12/02/apple-analyst-200-billion-prediction/?...). According to his projections, this would come mainly on the growth of iPhone sales, from a forecast of 36 million in 2010 to 185 million in 2015. The iOS will share a large part of the market with Google’s rival Android operating system, squeezing out smaller players like BlackBerry and Symbian, and should have more than a quarter of the smartphone market by 2015, says Munster. He thinks that Apple will also benefit from its range of devices, from the iPod touch, which is popular with younger users as a music and games device, to the iPhone, to the iPad, which is better-received by older users.
Dec 02
iGuard 1.0 announced for Snow Leopard
Kapeli (http://kapeli.com) has announced iGuard 1.0, its first Mac App Store-exclusive application. Even though Mac OS X is already protected from most threats, iGuard adds an extra layer of security and will protect users from hackers that could gain remote access to their Mac, according to the folks at Kapeli. The app keeps an eye on the currently active user sessions and warns the user of any threat. It allows users to detect any unauthorized access to their system and stop it. Users only have to enable its AutoProtect feature, which will run iGuard quietly in the background. iGuard will then notify the user in case of any threats. iGuard will be available for US$1.99 (USD) on the Mac App Store. Craig Federighi, vice president of engineering for OS X, demoed Mac OS X Lion and the Mac App Store at an Oct. 20 "Back to the Mac" event. The Mac App Store brings the Apple App Store experience to Mac OS X, making discovering, installing and updating Mac apps easier than ever, he says....
Dec 02
Apple TV users report rental, HDMI 'handshake' issues
Early adopters of the new Apple TV are reporting issues with streaming HD rentals and problems completing "HDMI handshakes" between the new Apple TV and their HDTVs. reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com). Several discussion threads on Apple's support forums related to issues with HD rentals not loading and HDMI connectivity problems have reached hundreds of posts in length as increasing numbers of Apple TV owners report having trouble with the device, the article adds. Another Apple support thread details potential compatibility issues between Apple TV and a number of HDTV sets. Users report frequent "HDMI handshakes" between their television sets and Apple TV, with the picture returning with inverted colors. A user-compiled list of TVs affected includes models by Philips and Sony, says "AppleInsider."
Dec 02
Survey: iPad not quite worth the sticker price
A new consumer survey says the iPad isn't quite worth what Apple charges, notes "Fortune" (http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/12/02/how-much-is-an-ipad-worth/). Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster and his associates recently ran a small survey of 65 consumers who don't presently own tablet computers, the story adds. They were shown a pair of  competing devices -- an US$629 Apple's iPad 3G and a $599 Samsung Galaxy Tab running Google's Android OS -- and asked not just which one they preferred (the iPad won that bake-off 85% to 15%) but what they thought a reasonable price for each would be. Munster reports that his sample group thought the iPad was worth about $417 -- $212 (34%) less than its suggested retail price. The Galaxy Tab, by comparison, was worth about $283 -- $316 (53%) below its retail price.
Dec 02
onOne Software releases Perfect Photo Suite 5.5
onOne Software has released Perfect Photo Suite 5.5 for Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Apple Aperture. Tackling specific problems within a photographer's preferred workflow, the Perfect Photo Suite 5.5 offers solutions for color correction, image resizing, masking and professional photographic effects. With support for Photoshop CS5, CS4 and CS3, the Perfect Photo Suite 5.5 includes FocalPoint 2, PhotoTune 3, PhotoFrame 4.6, PhotoTools 2.6, MaskPro 4.1 and Perfect Resize 7 (the next generation of Genuine Fractals). With this new version of the Perfect Photo Suite 5.5, photographers will be able to use FocalPoint 2, PhotoTune 3, PhotoFrame 4.6 and Perfect Resize 7 directly within Lightroom and Aperture without the need for a separate host application. In addition, owners of the Perfect Photo Suite 5.5 will receive Perfect Layers when it becomes available next year. This completely new product provides photographers with the ability to create layered files directly from...
Dec 02
ClearWire launches Clear Modem with Wi-Fi
Clearwire Corp., a provider of wireless broadband services and operator of the first 4G network in the U.S., has announced the availability of the Clear Modem with Wi-Fi. The new modem brings Clear 4G service to the home or office. The Clearwire 4G network purportedly offers average mobile download speeds of 3-6 mbps with bursts over 10 mbps. “Now our customers can get broadband Wi-Fi internet throughout their house, with one simple device about the size of a book -- and without a rat’s nest of wires,” says Mike Sievert, chief commercial officer at Clearwire. “Our new Clear Modem with Wi-Fi makes it easier than ever to connect the Wi-Fi devices that customers already have at home, such as laptops and desktops, tablets, iPods, and smartphones, without needing a wired connection to the cable or phone company.” The Clear Modem with Wi-Fi is part of a growing ecosystem of nearly 70 devices on the market today that enable customers to connect to Clear 4G, he adds. The Clear Modem with Wi-...
Dec 02
Rubitrack update supports Suunto devices
Toolsfactory software has released rubiTrack 2.4 (http://www.rubitrack.com/), an update of the GPS enabled activity tracking software for the Mac OS X. The upgrade adds: direct sync for Suunto devices; support for the Suunto Moveslink XML file format; and more. Utilizing the latest Mac user interface technologies, rubiTrack lets you display, analyze and organize your outdoor activities. rubiTrack is for runners, bikers, walkers, hikers, skiers and everyone else who logs GPS data. rubiTrack reads tracks from GPS enabled fitness devices like the Garmin Forerunner, Garmin Edge and compatible devices. RubiTrack is compatible with Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard") or later. It costs US$39, though version 2.4 is a free update for registered users of version 2.0.
Dec 02
Mirye releases E Frontier Mori Collections
Mirye Software has released four E Frontier Mori Collections, compatible with Shade 7 and higher. Each pack includes elements that 3D designers and animators can use to save time in texture and effect development time. Mori Collection 11: Hard Surfaces, includes hundreds of hard surface textures in categories such as concrete, glass, metal, tile and rock/soil. Mori Collection 12: Soft Surfaces includes soft surfaces such as paper, cloth, curtains and fabric. Mori Collection 13: Wood Surfaces is specialized in textures for specific types of wood and wood products, such as teak wood, wood bark, wood paneling and includes a Japanese tatami mat. Mori Collection 14: Science Fiction includes textures, example models and texture effects specific to the genre. These collections are backwards compatible with Shade 7 and later (including the currently shipping Shade 10) and come in the native Shade file format. Shade is a 3D modeling, rendering and animation professional graphics software on...
Dec 02
Em Software releases InDesign CS5 versions of Data Publishing...
Em Software (http://emsoftware.com/) has announced updates for InData, InCatalog, and Xtags, its suite of data publishing products for the latest version of Adobe's InDesign, CS5. These new versions bring their own new features to the table, as well as take advantage of some remarkable new features in InDesign CS5, according to Em Chief Technical Officer Chris Roueche.. InData and InCatalog no longer require a separate copy of Xtags to handle XPress-Tagged text, and InCatalog adds link markers for page items as well as more complex SQL query support. Upgrades to these products are free for CS4 versions purchased after Sept.15, 2009, and otherwise cost US$150 each for InData and Xtags, and $300 for InCatalog (one-packs). InData and Xtags are $400 new, and InCatalog is $800 new, or $1,200 with ODBC support (Pro version).
Dec 02
iWeb Themes Park launches give new iWeb themes
iWeb Themes Park (http://www.iwebthemespark.com) has launched seven new themes for iWeb, Apple's web site creation tool. The new themes are: Christmas Holidays (free), Christmas Night (free), Circles, Decorations, Recreation, Rise Up, Trustworthy. To use iWeb themes from iWeb Themes Park requires a Mac with iWeb from iLife '08, iLife '09, iLife '11. The iWeb Themes Box of 85 themes is priced at US$47.77. Ten iWeb themes in a Combo Package can be purchased for $29.99. Each template is available for $11.99 or $12.99. Using the coupon code "iWebThemesTrio" three iWeb themes of your choice can be obtained with a $12.99 discount. Four iWeb themes are free for everyone.
Dec 02
Zevrix Deliver gets maintenance update
Zevrix Solutions (http:/www.zevrix.com) has announced Deliver 2.0.8, a maintenance update to its automated solution to send and share files across the Internet and local networks. The upgrade addresses several stability and performance issues. Deliver lets users send files to remote and local destinations with e-mail notifications, compression, encryption and other powerful capabilities. It supports FTP, Amazon S3, MobileMe and other services, and lets users send files to multiple destinations at once. Deliver also lets users send output files directly from Adobe InDesign. Deliver 2.0.8 can be purchased from Zevrix web site for US$19.95 (it's free with purchase of BatchOutput for InDesign). A demo is available for download. The upgrade from File Courier is free for licensed users. Deliver works with Mac OS X 10.5 and higher.
Dec 02
iBank rings up version 4.1
IGC Software (http://www.iggsoftware.com) has released released iBank 4.1, a new version of its financial management application for Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher. The upgrade adds additional report templates, CSV data import and new contextual menus. iBank costs USS$59.9; licensed users of previous versions of iBank can upgrade for $29.99 (though version 4.1 is a free update for registered users of version 4.x). iBank for iPhone requires a MobileMe account. The Mac version requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher. A demo is available for download.
Dec 02
Apple reseller dpi opening new office in Los Angeles
dpi (http://www.dpipro.com), a reseller of Apple products for businesses across the U.S., is expanding to the West Coast to serve the "exploding demand" for Apple Computer products from business accounts, says President Matina Koester. The new office, in the Westwood area of Los Angeles, will be the West Coast headquarters for the Clayton, MO-based company. "We are seeing exponential growth in demand from business accounts for Apple products," Koester says. "The iPhone, the iPad and the applications that run on them have opened the door for a lot of companies that previously had been closed off to Apple products. We needed to expand to keep up with the demand." The increased demand for the product in the corporate market has been a long time coming for dpi, which started selling and servicing Apple products in 1994. At that time, Apple had strong sales among consumers, but, in corporate sales, it was limited to the art and graphics market. With the success of the iPhone over the last...
Dec 02
NEA, MacPractice offer integrated electronic insurance...
National Electronic Attachment (http://www.nea-fast.com) and MacPractice (http://www.macpractice.com) have announced that MacPractice DDS fully interfaces with NEA’s FastAttach system for electronic insurance submission. FastAttach enables dental offices to transmit attachments (x-rays, perio charts, lab reports, doctor’s notes, intra-oral pictures, narratives, EOB’s, etc.), via the Internet, where payors are able to view them, in support of electronic claims. FastAttach accelerates claim processing and eliminates the need to duplicate or mail attachments, says David Fincher, vice president of Sales at NEA. For more information on the NEA FastAttach system, visit the NEA web site.
Dec 02
UA releases new SSL E Series plug-ins
Universal Audio (http://www.uaudio.com/) has released the Solid State Logic-authenticated, SSL E Series Channel Strip and G Series Bus Compressor plug-ins for the UAD-2 platform. Designed to complement to the E Series Channel Strip, the SSL G Series Bus Compressor emulates the center section console dynamics from UA's SSL 4000. This plug-in features the same control set and transparent compression characteristics of the hardware version, including its ability to “glue” together a mix. Available for purchase via UA’s Online Store, the SSL E Series Channel Strip and SSL G Series Bus Compressor plug-ins sell for US$299 and $249, respectively.
Dec 01
Some 27-inch Cinema Displays have audio glitches
Owners of Apple's new 27-inch Cinema Display have had problems with the hardware's speakers, with sound that cuts out and issues with volume control, reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com). Some of the new Cinema Displays completely lose sound after a period of use, the article says Users said the only way to fix the problem is to unplug the display, and then plug it back in. Still, this doesn't prevent the issue from returning. There are also issues with the response time of volume control on the keyboard, says "AppleInsider." Some Cinema Display usrs said they experienced delays of 6-7 seconds after pressing a key to change the volume.
Dec 01
NetMarketShare: Mac OS X, Safari, iOS gain market share
Safari and iOS market share for Internet usage rose from October to November, while the Mac OS X percentage dipped slightly, according to the latest market share survey from NetMarketShare (http://www.netmarketshare.com). According to the report, among operating systems, Mac OS X had 5.02% of the global market share in November, compared to 5.00% in October (that's global market share; in the US it's almost 10%). Windows remains dominant with 90.81% as of November. That's down from 91.09% in October. Apple's highest percentage previously was 5.27% in October 2009. When it comes to browsers, Safari had 5.57% in November compared to 5.36% in October, while Internet Explorer had 58.41% Firefox had 22.81% and Chrome had 9.27%. That compares to, respectively, October percentages of 59.18%, 22.83% and 8.50%, for the browsers. The iOS's market share also rose, according to NetMarketShare. It had 1.37% of the global market share in November compared to 1.26% in October. That's an all time...
Dec 01
Verizon Wireless to launch 4G LTE Wireless Network Dec. 5
Verizon Wireless (http://www.verizon.com) says it's turning on the world's first large-scale 4G LTE network on Sunday, Dec. 5. The company says its 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network will be the fastest and most advanced 4G network in America.   Business users will be the first to take advantage of the 4G LTE network with speeds up to 10 times faster than the company's 3G network, according to Verizon President/CEO Dan Mead. With the launch, Verizon Wireless is also offering new value-priced 4G LTE Mobile Broadband data plans starting at US$50 monthly access for a 5GB monthly allowance, as well as two new 4G LTE USB modems: the LG VL600 which will be available at launch, and the Pantech UML290, available soon.   The initial 4G LTE launch immediately reaches more than one-third of all Americans, right where they live, says Mead. He adds that Verizon plans to quickly expand 4G LTE, and by 2013 will reach the existing Verizon Wireless 3G coverage area. The company expects 4G LTE average...
Dec 01
Realmac Software Launches RapidWeaver 5
Realmac Software has released RapidWeaver 5, an upgrade to the company's web site creation application. The upgrade includes a number of new features, user interface enhancements and a number of other smaller additions, says Daniel Counsell, founder and director of Realmac Software. RapidWeaver 5 now allows users to manage all the resources in their projects (PDFs, images, ZIP files etc) instead of on a per-page basis. The new feature allows users to add, link and publish all the resources they need in their site. The all-new sitemap features allow users to add an HTML sitemap to their project, as well as the auto-generation of an XML sitemap complete with search engine submission when it's updated. As RapidWeaver users tend to work with more than one project at any time, the new Projects window and FTP Bookmarks allow users to easily switch between projects and enter frequently-used publishing credentials when settings up projects to publish, says Counsell. RapidWeaver 5 contains a...
Dec 01
Nielsen: iPhone, Blackberry have 27% each of US smartphone...
According to October data from The Nielsen Company (http://www.nielsen.com), 29.7% of U.S. mobile subscribers now own smartphones that run full operating systems. The most popular smartphones are the Apple iPhone and RIM Blackberry, which are caught in a statistical dead heat with 27% of smartphone market share in the U.S. Twenty-two percent of smartphone owners have devices with the Android operating system. When mobile users who planned to upgrade to a smartphone in the next year were asked about their next phone, Apple’s iOS and Android were tied for “most desired” operating system. Among users planning to get a new smartphone, current smartphone owners showed a preference for the iPhone (35%), while 28% of both smartphone and feature phone planned smartphone upgraders indicated they wanted a device with an Android operating system as their next mobile phone. Feature phone owners planning to get a smartphone are less likely to have made up their mind about the OS they will choose...
Dec 01
EDA survey documents usage, future plans of Xserve owners
A survey conducted by the he Enterprise Desktop Alliance (http://www.enterprisedesktopalliance.com) -- an organization to help IT departments integrate Macs into the corporate environment -- showed that Apple Xserve owners are considering a wide range of options in response to Apple's announcement on Nov. 5 it was ending the shipment of the Xserve hardware platform on Jan. 31, 2011. Sixty-five percent of respondents expect to stay with their current Xserves for at least the next two years. When the time comes to replace the Xserve, over one third will migrate to one of Apple's recommended alternative platforms, the Mac Pro and Mac mini, which can both run Apple's OS X Server software. Nearly as many people were unsure what solution they would choose for many of the services they currently run on an Xserve. A plurality of Xserve owners believes that the transition from the Xserve will not be more expensive than staying with their current system. The online survey was conducted from...
Dec 01
iPad coming to Thailand on Dec. 3
The iPad will be released in Thailand on Friday, Dec. 3, at a starting price of 15,900 baht, reports the "MyThailand" blog (http://iphone.mythailandblog.com/2010/11/price-release-date-of-ipad-in-t...). It will be sold at the iStudio and Apple Shop. "The official prices for iPad are several thousand baht cheaper than grey market at MBK and very favourable when compared to USA and UK," says "MyThailand."
Dec 01
StatCounter: BlackBerry overtakes Apple in mobile Internet usage
BlackBerry OS overtook Apple’s iOS for the first time in the US in November in terms of mobile internet usage according to web analytics company, StatCounter (http://www.statcounter.com). The company’s research arm, StatCounter Global Stats, finds that for the first time in the US BlackBerry OS at 34.3% overtook Apple’s iOS which recorded 33% in November. Google’s Android is rapidly gaining and has almost tripled internet market share from 8.2% last November to 23.8% this year, according to the research group. Apple’s iOS has fallen from 51.9% to 33% over the same period, according to Aodhan Cullen, CEO of StatCounter. He added that, if current trends continue, BlackBerry and Android combined are on course to become twice the size of iOS as regards mobile Internet usage in the next year. Commenting on Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 7 he said that it was not yet registering significantly in terms of internet usage but would be interesting to observe over the next year. BlackBerry’s US...
Dec 01
Free DISH Remote Access transforms the iPad into a TV
DISH Network has announced that the DISH Remote Access -- a free application that gives DISH Network customers the ability to watch their live and recorded TV on compatible smartphones, tablets and laptops -- is now available for the iPad. To enjoy live and recorded TV viewing on the iPad, DISH Network customers must have a broadband-connected, Sling-enabled device such as the Sling Adapter -- a small placeshifting device that pairs with DISH Network's ViP 722 or 722k HD DVRs. "DISH Network is the only pay-TV provider to offer a true TV everywhere solution, and now we've extended that experience to the iPad," says DISH Network Chief Marketing Officer Ira Bahr. "Unlike mobile viewing from cable and telcos that limit access to select programs, our TV Everywhere services give consumers 24 x 7 access to all of their live and recorded content included with their DISH Network programming subscription." In addition to TV viewing, the DISH Remote Access app also gives DISH Network customers...
 
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