DEVONAgent Express is new web search utility
DEVONtechnologies (http://www.devon-technologies.com) has released DEVONAgent Express on the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 and costs US$$4.99.
DEVONagent Express, the latest Mac product from DEVONtechnologies, makes the search technology behind DEVONagent available from any app on the Mac and is easy-to-use, says Eric Böhnisch-Volkmann, president of DEVONtechnologies. Just like Spotlight searches the computer DEVONagent Express searches the web and presents the results directly in its menu.
DEVONagent Express adds a menu to the right hand side of the menu bar that lets the user choose the best search engine for the job, then type a query, and run the search. The app comes with more than 80 pre-fab plug-ins that let it talk to the earch engines and services that people use every day: Google, Bing, Yahoo, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia, the App Store, and many, many more.
All results are collected and presented directly in the menu, can be previewed when hovering...
Quark, Perseus Books Group partner for digital publishing
Quark and The Perseus Books Group have entered into an agreement to implement Quark’s dynamic publishing software for book production, with a target launch of early fall.
Through its Constellation service, Perseus will use Quark’s dynamic publishing solution to simplify and automate the process of publishing books across formats. A core feature of the Quark solution is the ability to create a single-source document that can be delivered across multiple types of media. The original book file is created in an e-book compatible format that is ready for export to the Web, social media, and mobile devices without further conversion.
Once implemented, all publishers using Constellation will be able to allow their creators to author structured content easily in a Microsoft Word user interface that does not require knowledge of XML, says David Steinberger, CEO and president of The Perseus Books Group. It also minimizes training and increases productivity by leveraging familiar tools, he...
'Early bird' discount for 2011 FileMaker Conference...
Attendees registering for the annual FileMaker Developer Conference have until June 17, 2011 to take advantage of the “early bird” discount and save up to US$300 off the full conference registration price. After June 17, the full conference fee of $1,595 will apply.
The 2011 FileMaker Developer Conference will be Aug. 2-5 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel in San Diego, California. This year’s conference features over 60 FileMaker sessions including many that cover the core of FileMaker solution development, including: "FileMaker Calculation and Scripting Essentials," "Practical Techniques for Improving WAN Performance," "Surviving as an In-House Developer" and "Data Modeling in Practice."
Attendees can also learn more about FileMaker Go for iPhone and iPad with sessions that explore design, sync, and integration strategies. For a complete listing of all sessions, go to http://www.filemaker.com/r/dc2011_pr . In addition to increasing their technical expertise, attendees can meet...
Kanex releases mLinq, AirBlue
Kanex (http://www.kanexlive.com) has released two new products: the mLinq and the AirBlue.
The US$99 mLinq is an USB-to-HDMI adapter that supports full 1080p HD. It's designed to enable a simple and cost effective way for extending and connecting your Mac to a second or third display in high-definition. Mac users can now utilize up to three displays showing content from; the notebook screen, a second display via the Mini DisplayPort to your Apple LED Cinema Display and the third from the USB port to your HDTV.
For legacy Macs (2006-2009 models) that don't include a Mini DisplayPort connector, the mLinq lets the computers connect to any HDMI enabled external display such as an HD projector, monitor or an HDTV. The mLinq is USB powered and sports a built-in LED light.
The $49 AirBlue is a portable, Bluetooth music receiver that enables you to wirelessly play, listen and control all your favorite media from your iPod touch, iPhone or MP3 player through your home stereo or speakers. To...
Enhance Technology shipping 3TB HDD storage system
Enhance Technology (http://www.enhance-tech.com) has announced the availability of 3TB SATA drives for its EnhanceRAID workgroup & departmental storage systems. The E400 and E800 Series are purportedly the first desktop storage systems shipping with 3TB SATA drives.
The EnhanceRAID series 3TB offers 24TB in 0.31 cubit feet for the desktop 8-drive E800 Series and 12TB in 0.20 cu ft for desktop 4-drive E400 Series. Its True backplane design lowers latency and increases reliability, according to the folks at Enhance Technology. Multiple host interfaces are available for easy data transfer and sharing between workgroups & departments.
The EnhanceRAID E400 and E800 Series storage systems populated with 3TB HDDs are now available immediately through its worldwide dealer network. For more information, go to the Enhance Technology web site.
Box Shot 3D for Mac OS X gets Collada import feature
Applications for Life (http://www.appsforlife.com/) has announced Box Shot 3D 3.4, an update to their US$60 Mac OS X/Windows compatible utility that renders 3D shapes using provided images. The upgrade brings the support of Collada format and fixes some issues.
Box Shot 3D allows you to render software boxes, book covers, magazines, CD, DVD and Blu-Ray boxes, cans, bottles, mugs, bags and more. No 3D knowledge is required.
Box Shot 3D costs US$80. A demo version is available for download at the Applications for Life web site.
VintageScene for Mac OS X updated to version 2.0
JixiPix has released VintageScene 2.0 (http://www.jixipix.com/vintage-scene/vintage-scene.html), an update of the retro photography application. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later and costs US$7.99, though version 2.0 9 is a free update for registered users.
VintageScene is software for converting new photographs into retro, aged, and vintage style effects. With it you can take total control over the age, fade, distress, weathering, and tint of photos, assign paper age and color, choose an overlay or border to accentuate the age of the photo, add details, and more. Version 2.0 adds a new user interface, as well as a new effect called "Faded Time" that recreates a photograph that has been faded and severely weathered.
With VintageScene, you can emulate looks from the early 1800s all the way through current times. You can also: control the age and color of a photo; assign paper age and color; choose an overlay or border to accentuate the age of the photo and add details; save presets...
VidConvert 1.0.4 for Mac OS X gets Passthrough option
Independent software developer Reggie Ashworth has updated VidConvert, his video converter for Mac OS X, to version 1.0.4. The upgrade contains a new Passthrough option in the Advanced panel.
There are also a new Same as Source folder output option and a new menubar shortcut to delete files in the main list. Now files with duplicate names will add a suffix instead of overwriting. There were also improvements made to the Info panel reporting, along with miscellaneous bug fixes and optimizations.
VidConvert will convert just about any type of video into one of the a variety of formats, allowing you to create videos for your iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple TV. To use you add a file, select a format and a quality, and click convert. Optionally you can change your save folder from the main window.
For advanced users you can select the Advanced quality if you choose to allow such options as custom Frame Rate, Bit Rate, etc. But for most users simply choosing Normal or High quality should be...
GroupLogic Unveils mobilEcho
GroupLogic has unveiled mobilEcho (http://macte.ch/C3V1d), a secure mobile file management (MFM) software product for the iPad. It enables enterprise IT organizations to provide secure and managed corporate file access for enterprise iPad users, based on existing security and access control policies, according to the folks at GroupLogic.
Apple recently said more than 80% of Fortune 100 companies are either currently using or testing iPads within their organizations. Whether directly acquired by the enterprise or brought into the workplace by employees, enterprise IT organizations are struggling to offer secure access to enterprise file servers without a native, user-accessible file system on the device.
GroupMobile says mobilEcho addresses this problem by enabling enterprise IT organizations to rapidly install and provide simple, secure and managed mobile file management for corporate iPad users. It can be purchased via the GroupLogic web store.
Beginning today, GroupLogic also...
Apple buys patents from Freescale Semiconductor
Apple recently recorded the receipt of 200 patents and pending patent applications from the electronics company Freescale Semiconductor, reports "PatentlyO" (http://macte.ch/L8X4F), a patent law blog.
Although not recorded until May 18, 2011, the assignment is dated April 11, 2011. "PatentlyO" notes that the law doesn't require that patent assignments be recorded. However, the recordation of rights protects the assignee against others who may later claim rights under color of title. The assignment records available only indicate that Apple received an “assignment of assignors interest.”
"Thus, it is unclear from the information now available whether (1) Apple obtained full title to the patents and (2) whether Apple purchased the rights or obtained them through some other type of transaction," says "PatentlyO." "However, a cash purchase is likely because Apple has a large multi-billion-dollar cash surplus while Freescale has a large multi-billion-dollar debt that has come due. The...
Apple defends iOS developers in Lodsys lawsuit
According to several sources -- including "Macworld" (http://www.macworld.com) and "The Loop" (http://www.loopinsight.com), Apple's legal department has come to the defense of iOS app developers with a letter to Lodsys regarding its patent dispute with app developers.
In the letter to Lodsys, Bruce Sewell, Apple senior vice president and general counsel said, "“Apple is undisputedly licensed to these patents and the App Makers are protected by that license,” wrote Bruce Sewell, Apple Senior Vice President and General Counsel."
“Thus the technology that is targeted in your notice letters is technology that Apple is expressly licensed under the Lodsys patents to offer to Apple’s App Makers,” he added. “These licensed products and services enable Apple’s App Makers to communicate with end users through the use of Apple’s own licensed hardware, software, APIs, memory, servers, and interfaces, including Apple’s App Store. Because Apple is licensed under Lodsys’ patents to offer such...
Apple's Scott Forstall on Most Creative People in Business...
Scott Forstall, Apple's senior vice president of iPhone software, places number two on the "100 Most Creative People in Business 2011" list by "Fast Company" (http://www.fastcompany.com).
Here's what "Fast Company" has to say about Forstall: "Jonathan Ive's slick designs may grab the headlines whenever Steve Jobs introduces a new product, but it's Scott Forstall's smart software that fills Apple's coffers. As senior VP of iPhone software, Forstall is the chief architect of iOS, the industry-defining operating system that runs on more than 160 million iPhones, iPads, and iPods.
"The popularity of that tap, pinch, and swipe interface has sent Cupertino's earnings rocketing: Revenue hit a record $26.7 billion in the last quarter of 2010; 65% of it came from sales of iOS devices. Apple's Mac operating system is now being remodeled around Forstall's baby, with this summer's OS X Lion update set to include numerous features borrowed from iOS, including multitouch controls."
File It Away 1.0 released for Mac OS X
TeachTech (http://teachtechcolorado.com/) has introduced File It Away 1.0 for Mac OS X (10.6.6 or later). It costs $1.99 and is available through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.
Providing a drag-and-drop interface, File It Away is an utility for keeping Mac files and folders filed away. You can drag files or folders to the File It Away icon, and you can choose to move or duplicate them.
The icon for the utility is automatically placed in the Dock at purchase. File It Away doesn't do anything you can't do in the Finder; it's just designed to make things easier and quicker.
NewerTech announces AdapaDrive bracket
Newer Technologies (http://www.newertech.com) has announced the NewerTech AdaptaDrive™ converter bracket for installing any capacity size 2.5-inch SATA hard drive or Solid State Drive in a 3.5-inchSATA drive bay equipped desktop Mac, PC or external enclosure.
The NewerTech AdaptaDrive is available immediately at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$24.99 from NewerTech’s exclusive distributor, Other World Computing (http://www.newertech.com/products/adaptadrive.php). It supports 1.5GB/s and 3.0GB/s drives, so existing notebook hard drives can be utilized for extra storage. Or a high performance 3G SSD such as the Mercury Extreme Pro can be added.
The AdaptaDrive is fully SATA 3.0 Revision 3.0 (6GB/s) compatible. It measures 5.77 x 3.98 x .35 inches and comes in a black painted aluminum design.
Backblaze Online Backup launches 'Locate My Computer'
Backblaze, an online backup provider offering unlimited backup for US$5 per month, has launched Locate My Computer, a new feature that enables users to locate lost or stolen computers.
It allows users to see the ISP, IP address, and location of the computer if it has been misplaced -- even the thief’s files if the computer was snatched by nefarious individuals. Locate My Computer is free to all Backblaze customers. Visit http://www.backblaze.com/lost_computer.html for more information.
As long as Backblaze remains installed and the computer can connect to the Internet, the Locate My Computer feature will enable users to:
° Use Backblaze's map to get a representation of where their computer is located;
° See the Internet Service Provider the account is attached to and obtain contact information;
° Obtain the specific IP address the computer is using;
° Use the "Date Range Restore" feature to see files uploaded after theft.
InnoPocket releases SeeThru Folio for the iPad 2
InnoPocket (http://www.innopocket.com) has released the SeeThru iPad 2 Folio, an US$34.99 transparent form-fitting hard case designed to allow you to show off and see the iPad 2's design while still keeping it protected.
It offers a functional three-in-one utility design. The SeeThru iPad2 Folio acts as a protecting shield, a display stand and a typing slant.
It's made from two clear polycarbonate shell. The top and bottom shells are jointed with a patent swivel hinge that rotates 360 degreems allowing the top cover to fold completely underneath the back cover exposing screen. It also sets up in multiple landscape and portrait positions. You have full access to all side buttons and ports with the case in place.
iPhone 5 to have curved glass design?
The latest in the never ending rumors on the iPhone 5 may have a curved glass design.
According to reports at "DigiTimes" (http://www.digitimes.com) and other sites, Apple is going to adopt a curved cover glass for its next generation model of the smartphone. The company has reportedly has purchased 200-300 glass cutting machines to be used by glass makers, according to unnamed sources in Taiwan.
"DigiTimes" says there's no timetable yet for the volume production of iPhone 5 as Apple is currently still working with related suppliers including those involved in cover glass, glass cutting, lamination and touch sensors to improve yield rates. The next gen phone will arrive sometime between June and September, depending on which source you believe.
Foxconn fire not expected to have major impact on iPad 2...
The explosion and following fire breaking out at Foxconn's production base of iPad 2 in Chengdu City, western China, hasn't affected the assembly lines of the tablet computer, according to Taiwan-based Chinese-language newspaper "Commercial Times" -- as reported by "DigiTimes" (http://macte.ch/HR3Dm).
The location of the explosion is used to house coating lines and store some chemical materials, "CT" reports. As many iPad supply chain players have been concerned about the impact of the accident, Foxconn has replied to them that production will continue as originally scheduled. However, Foxconn is expected to increase the proportion of total iPad 2 output at its production base in Shenzhen, southern China, adds "DigiTimes."
Apple retail stores get a revamp
On Sunday Apple on Sunday unveiled a new look to its global retail stores, celebrating the store's 10th anniversary.
The update uses dedicated iPads by all its products as sales tools for comparison shopping and customer assistance. Also, there's a new in-store app on the iPad is there "to answer questions from customers and keep them in the store," says "USA Today" (http://macte.ch/IufIJ).
The first stores sporting the revamped look and iPad "smart stations" opened Sunday morning in Sydney, Australia. This was followed by openings in Japan, Italy, France, Spain, the United Kingdom and then the US.
MEI Releases InPorter 3 to support cross-media publishing
Managing Editor Inc. (MEI) has released a new version of its InPorter file-import utility for the vjoon K4 Cross-Media Publishing Platform.
InPorter 3 now supports version 6 of vjoon K4, the database solution integrating Adobe InDesign and Adobe InCopy. The server-side module streamlines and automates the process of getting content from external sources into the vjoon K4 database. InPorter handles any kind of object that vjoon K4 can handle -- InCopy documents, InDesign layouts, image files of various kinds, graphics, ads,
multimedia and more -- as well as XML content, such as text from a Web CMS.
It works by monitoring hot folders that are linked to customer-configured feeds from external sources, such as DAMs, Web CMS platforms, content repositories, business systems or archives. InPorter places the incoming files in specific locations within the vjoon K4 workflow, where editors and designers have immediate access to them.
It can input InDesign layouts from archived sources for new...
The iPhone 5 Experiment' is underway
MEDL Mobile's app developer and marketing expert Rob Shoesmith is conducting "The iPhone 5 Experiment."
He plans on camping out on the streets of London for the launch of the iPhone 5 (whenever that may be). As part of his marketing and PR experiment, he's following one rule: he can't spent any money on anything he's taking with him. "
"I love marketing and PR and thought about camping out for the iPhone 5 and asking companies to make my stay a luxurious one," Shoesmith says. "'The interest has been amazing and things are really starting to snowball. At this rate I believe I could possibly generate more media coverage than I need a couple of years ago with my app Problem Halved."
He has a number of activities planned to pass the time including michellin starred dining from his tent, a personal training session and even a live band to keep him entertained. Shown are some of the items Shoesmith has had contributed.
You can follow his progress at http://www.robshoesmith.blogspot.com...
Tumult releases HTML5 animation builder for Mac OS X
Tumult has released Hype (http://tumultco.com/hype), a HTML5 animation builder for Mac OS X. Animations and interactive content made with Hype work on desktops, smartphones and iPads with no coding required.
Hype sports a keyframe-based animation system. It leverages a recording system to create effective motions and transition, according to the folks at Tumult.
Hype is available from the Mac App Store for an introductory price of $29.99. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher.
iPad 2 part of Rutgers' Mini-MBA
The Rutgers Mini-MBA Program is offering business professionals an accelerated Digital Marketing course during the week of July 11-15.
The pioneering use of the new Apple iPad 2 in the course is transforming what was already recognized as one of the top executive education programs, says Eric Greenberg, director, Marketing Programs, Center for Management Development (CMD), Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
This program is designed for executives working in marketing, advertising, communications, sales, IT professionals looking to expand into a marketing role, or anyone who is responsible for developing a digital media or social media plan for their organization. The cost of the Rutgers Mini-MBA: Digital Marketing course is US$4,995, which includes all instructional materials on a pre-loaded iPad 2 and fees.
The Rutgers Mini MBA Program may qualify for corporate tuition reimbursement. For those interested in academic graduate credit, a three-credit course waiver is...
Plum Amazing updates iKey, yTape and CopyPaste
Plum Amazing (http://www.plumamazing.com) has new versions of the iKey, yType and CopyPaste. All require Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and are available at the Mac App Store
iKey (US$29.99), now up to version 2.5.1, is an automation utility, a program that creates shortcuts to accomplish repetitive tasks. All you have to do is put together three necessary parts of a shortcut: one or more commands that give the shortcut its functionality, a context in which it runs, and a launcher that defines how the shortcut is activated.
CopyPaste Pro 3.1 is the latest incarnation of the $30 multiple clipboard editing, display and archive utility. You can use the Clip Browser (horizontal browser) or Clip Palette (vertical browser) to see clips from different points of view. You can use the CopyPaste Tool to act on clipboard data.
yType ($9.99) is a new productivity tool that runs in the background to amplify your typing ability. Type a few characters to paste a much larger block of text.
Kwik Photoshop plug-in updated to version 1.1
Kwiksher has released Kwik 1.1 (ttp://www.kwiksher.com), an update of the plug-in for Adobe Photoshop CS5 designed to simplify the creation of interactive, animated content for both iOS and Android devices.
Targeted to designers and illustrators who want to create comics, magazines, and interactive books, Kwik allows users to add buttons, animations, and with the new version, videos to static Photoshop compositions. Version 1.1 allows users to add video and brings new animation and button action types and more.
Kwik requires Photoshop CS5 for OS X, the Ansca Corona software development kit for Mac OS X, a certified iOS and/or Android developer membership and Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later. It's normally priced at US$79.99, but is currently available at the special introductory price of $49.99 directly from Kwiksher. Kwik is free for projects with only one or two pages.
SideFolders 1.3.1 released on the Mac App Store
Code529 has announced SideFolders 1.3.1, an update to its file management utility for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher). It's available for US$4.99 at the Mac App Store in the Utilities category. A 14-day trial version is available on the SideFolders website (http://code529.com/sidefolders.html).
SideFolders hides itself on the left or right side of the screen and pops up when the user moves their mouse to the edge of the screen, giving them instant access to all their files and folders. Besides showing all devices and favorite places, the user can add files and folders so they can be accessed instantly, as well as access to files they recently worked with or downloaded.
In version 1.3.1, folders can now be browsed inside SideFolders. The SideFolders window can be resized and moved by dragging the titlebar. Also in version 1.3.2, the time before SideFolders shows can now be configured, and the time before SideFolders hides can now be configured.
Explosion at Foxconn plant kills two
"The Wall Street Journal (http://macte.ch/SkdcV) and other sources are reporting that a large explosion ripped through a Foxconn plant in southwestern China Friday night, killing at least two people and suspending production at the facility.
Foxconn -- which manufacturers, among other things, the iPad 2says the situation has been brought under control by the fire department and the "cause of the explosion is being investigated by local police." The company said it is cooperating with the investigation and production at the site has been suspended until the investigation is completed.
A statement from the news department of the Chengdu Municipal government said two people are confirmed dead and 16 injured, including three seriously. The government appeared to rule out foul play, saying the explosion didn't have a human factor.
Mac sales grow 66% in the enterprise arena
In a note to clients -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) -- Needham & Company analyst Charlie Wolf says Mac sales in the enterprise during Apple's last fiscal quarter grew 66%, significantly outpacing the rest of the PC market, which grew just 4.5% in the enterprise.
He said though he originally viewed success in the enterprise as a "one-quarter blip," it now appears to be a "durable platform" for Apple. Wolf says the trend is particularly interesting because between 2007 and 2009, Mac sales in the enterprise stagnated even as the platform was taking off with consumers.
The trend has only reversed over the past four quarters. Wolf says Mac sales are now estimated to be 3% of total computer business sales, which is the highest total Apple has seen since the second quarter of 1997.
Apple: 'App Store' isn't generic
Apple is continuing to fight its corner over the use of the term 'App Store' and is still arguing that it is not a generic term, reports "The Inquirer" (http://macte.ch/7SmSl).
"Apple denies that, based on their common meaning, the words 'app store' together denote a store for apps," said the company in a recent filing in a California federal court.
Apple sued Amazon over its use of the term back in March, having already sent it three cease and desist letters. Last month Amazon has responded in court to Apple's trademark infringement lawsuit over the use of the term "App Store," which Amazon has contended is generic and should be free to use.
Amazon's response was filed in a U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California. The company says it doesn't need to obtain a license or authorization from Apple to use the term "app store."
"No such license or authorization is required because 'app store' is a generic term, and Amazon's use of the term causes no likelihood of...
Apple, three record labels reach deals on cloud music service
Apple has reached agreements with three major record labels -- including Sony, it seems -- to let users of its new music service access their song collections from handheld devices via the Internet, reports "Bloomberg" (http://macte.ch/bRzEX), quoting "people with knowledge."
The new iTunes offering will let users store content on Apple’s servers and access it using the Web, rather than loading songs into a device’s memory, said the people. The plans could be previewed as early as Apple’s developers conference, set to begin June 6, reports "Bloomberg."
If so, Apple would follow Google and Amazon.com in letting consumers stream music from the so-called cloud instead of downloading it to a hard drive. Unlike competing products, Apple’s cloud music service won’t require users to upload online collections, two people told "Bloomberg." Apple's service will reporotedly be dubbed "iCloud."
MacGameStore releases Assassin's Creed Brotherhood
MacGameStore (http://www.macgamestore.com/) has released Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed Brotherhood as a digital download through its web site, with both Standard and Deluxe editions available.
Here's how the game is described; "Live and breathe as Ezio, a legendary Master Assassin, in his enduring struggle against the powerful Templar Order. Defeating the corrupt tyrants entrenched there will require not only strength, but leadership, as Ezio commands an entire Brotherhood who will rally to his side.
"And for the first time, introducing an award-winning multiplayer layer that allows you to choose from a wide range of unique characters, each with their own signature weapons and assassination techniques, and match your skills against other players from around the world. It's time to join the Brotherhood."
Assassin's Creed Brotherhood requites Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. The Standard Edition is now available for download for US$49.95. The Deluxe version is also available for download for $59....
Link found between Mac, Windows version of scamware
Microsoft says it's found evidence of a link between the fake security software now plaguing Mac users and a family of similar software on Windows, reports "Computerworld" (http://macte.ch/8yGII). Earlier this month researchers announced the discovery of a Mac-specific scam that claims the machine is heavily infected.
Once installed, the software nags users with pop-ups and fake alerts until cave and pay a fee to purchase the worthless program, notes "Computeworld." To get rid of the program's alerts -- and the occasional pornographic page that pops up in the browser, a new twist intended to make victims think their computers have been hijacked -- many Mac owners pay the $79.50 "registration fee" for the scamware, the article adds.
The bogus program is apparently the first security software scam on the Mac. Engineers who work for the Microsoft Malware Protection Center (MMPC) told "Computerworld" that users who visit a Web page posing as a free online virus scanner get served either...
iPad-style media tablets to outstrip PC tablets
Shipments of traditional PC-type tablet PCs will be dwarfed by the newer media-type tablets like the iPad, with the media category outshipping the PC variety by a factor of 10 during the period from 2010 to 2015, according to IHS iSuppli (http://www.isuppli.com).
From 2010 to 2015, a total of 888.7 million media tablets will be shipped, compared to just 88.8 million PC tablets. A total of 45.2 million PC tablets will be shipped in 2015, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 81.5% from 2.3 million units in 2010. In contrast, media tablets will reach 262.1 million units by 2015, rising at a 72.1 percent CAGR from 17.4 million units in 2010.
Media tablets, built on ARM microprocessors and utilizing mobile operating systems, have already surged past the 25 million sales mark -- easily surpassing the last decade’s worth of fully configured PC tablet sales, says iSuppli.
“While there’s clearly a need for tablet PCs with full PC functionality, the media-type tablet pioneered by...
Nisus Software releases Nisus Writer Pro 2 for Mac OS X
Nisus Software has released Nisus Writer Pro 2, an update of their word processor for Mac OS X.
New features in Nisus Writer Pro 2 include track changes, a suite of drawing tools, watermarks, paragraph-level borders and shading, EPUB export, a customizable special characters menu and palette, as well as saved PDF files create clickable links for cross-references, page numbers in generated TOCs/Indexes, hyperlinks and more.
There have also been additions to the Nisus Macro Language, and a host of bug fixes and other features and enhancements. These new features add to an already rich feature set that includes an intuitive interface, multilingual text support, powerful find and replace, easy to use style system, multipart selections, full screen mode, and a native file format (RTF) that almost any word processor can read, says Nisus CEO Jerzy Lewak.
Nisus Writer Pro 2 is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS 10.4.11 or later.
PADACS ships renovated keyboard cases For iPad 2
PADACS (http://www.padacs.com) has begun shipping its refreshed range of Bluetooth keyboard cases, the Toccata 2 and Rubata 2 (pictured), for the iPad 2. First launched last year for Apple’s original iPad, the keyboard cases are designed to provide a conveniently-sized physical keyboard for the iPad inside attractive cases.
The US$59.95 PADACS Toccata 2 Bluetooth Keyboard Case contains a 9.2 x 5.3 inch QWERTY silicone keyboard that's large enough to type on without adding to the iPad case size. Charged by an included USB cable, the Lithium battery-powered keyboard runs for as long as 45 hours. The Toccata 2 has been redesigned to hold the 33% slimmer iPad 2, making the entire Toccata 2 case both thinner and sleeker.
The $79.99 the PADACS Rubata 2 iPad Keyboard Case provides a premium cover with a built-in hard plastic shell Bluetooth keyboard with special iPad keys. Having undergone a total transformation, it's now made from synthetic leather and has a redesigned hard shell...
Tecplot Chorus is Mac compatible CFD simulation analytics tool
A new simulation analytics tool being developed by Tecplot (http://www.tecplot.com) called Tecplot Chorus is designed to allow engineers to more easily discover trends and anomalies in computational fluid dynamics (CFD) studies and simultaneously gain insights into the underlying, fluid-dynamic phenomena that cause these variations.
By allowing engineers to collaborate in analyzing large sets of simulation data, the tool will help them make more informed decisions faster, says Tecplot President Mike Peery. Tecplot Chorus -- which will be Mac OS X and Windows compatible -- is presently in testing with a select group of key customers and will be available for purchase in the third quarter of this year.
Tecplot Chorus can analyze anywhere from one to thousands of simulation cases simultaneously. It incorporates a simulation data management system for both test and computational data. The new simulation analytics tool also promotes greater collaboration and efficiencies among teams of...
Apple, China mobile reach an agreement?
China Mobile says it has reached consensus with Apple using its fourth-generation technology on iPhones to be offered by the Chinese mobile services provider.
However, China Mobile Chairman Wang Jianzhou told "MarketWatch" (http://macte.ch/EL5tf) that talks with Apple on launching the iPhone remain ongoing. He also declined to elaborate on exactly what has been agreed with Apple. Apple reps had no comment.
PDF2ID 3.0.1 adds InDesign CS5.5 support
Recosoft Corp. (http://www.recosoft.com) is shipping PDF2ID Standard/Professional 3.1, an upgrade of the PDF-to-InDesign conversion tool for Mac and Windows platforms. PDF2ID converts PDF files to native InDesign documents.
The new version -- a free upgrade for version 3.0 users -- is compatible with and supports Adobe InDesign CS5.5 in addition to InDesign CS3-CS5. The latest release also includes enhancements in the areas of font mapping, conversion and overall
PDF2ID 3.1 is available immediately from the Recosoft web store in the following configurations: PDF2ID Standard 3.1; US$299; PDF2ID Professional 3.1, $399;
PDF2ID Standard 3.1 Upgrade, $129 (for PDF2ID v1.x/2.x licensees); PDF2ID Professional 3.1 Upgrade, $159 (for PDF2ID v1.x/2.x licensees). Customers who purchased PDF2ID v2.x licenses on/after Aug. 1, 2010, are entitled to a free upgrade to PDF2ID 3.1.
Digital Charts releases Child Growth Charts 1.1 for Mac OS X
Digital Charts has announced Child Growth Charts 1.1, an update to the US$19.99 parenting application for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher).
Child Growth Charts allows parents to track their child's growth from 0-36 months. Parents will be able to see how their child compares to the rest of the population with their position and history. Version 1.1 includes an updated user interface, new printing features, bug fixes and updated documentation.
The Child Growth Charts uses official CDC charts; the child's statistics are super-imposed directly onto the CDC charts for comparison. The charts can be zoomed in and out using the pinch and stretch features of a track pad. All the major measurements used to check a child's progress are supported in weight, height and head circumference
Metric and American System units are supported with conversion between the two. Records can be kept for all the children in the family. A free trial version is available at the Digital Charts web site (http://www....
Agile Web Solutions changes name
To celebrate the five-year anniversary of 1Password for Mac, Agile Web Solutions says the company is being rebranded as AgileBits (http://agilebits.com).
Agile Web Solutions released the first public beta of 1Password for Mac on Friday, May 19, 2006 -- half a decade ago. Over the next five years, 1Password received two major upgrades. The new AgileBits name does an even better job of expressing the company's core mission: to make innovative applications, says Dave Teare, co-founder of AgileBits.
AgileBits, including all products and customer support channels, can now be found at at their website. A single-user license of 1Password for the Mac or Windows is available for US$39.95, and a five-user family license costs $69.95 (USD).
A fully functioning, 30-day trial of 1Password may be downloaded for free from AgileBits' Downloads page. After 30 days, 1Password will continue to run for free and be limited to 20 items. 1Password for iPhone and iPad costs $14.99.
Ohanaware releases HDRtis Pro 1.0.2 for Mac OS X
Ohanaware has released HDRtist Pro 1.0.2 (http://www.ohanaware.com/hdrtistpro/) for Mac OS X 10.5 (or higher) running on an Intel Mac. InstallEasy has been improved for Snow Leopard users. Version 1.0.2 also adds support for 16-Bit Photoshop files and fixes some bugs.
HDRtist Pro is the more advanced version of Ohanaware's freeware HDRtist. It's been designed to provide more creativity with HDR images, while maintaing an easy-to-use interface, according to the folks at Ohanaware. Utilizing Apple technology, HDRtist Pro is able to wield and manipulate 128-bit floating-point images (that's 16,843,009 times more precision than a JPEG photo).
The app's engine has been designed to work with multiple exposures, single RAW images, and can make single JPEG images look like HDR. One-click styles, editable HDRs, and a "drop-N-click" system are all featured in HDRtist Pro.
HDRtist Pro costs US$29.99 for new users. Version 1.0.2 is a free update for registered users.
Syncro Soft updates Oxygen XML Editor, Oxygen XML Author
Syncro Soft, the producer of Oxygen XML Editor and Author (http://www.oxygenxml.com), has released version 12.2 of its XML Editor and XML Author containing a set of tools supporting all the XML related technologies.
Oxygen combines content author features like the CSS-driven Visual XML editor with a XML development environment. It has support for the main document frameworks DITA, DocBook, TEI and XHTML and also includes support for all XML Schema languages, XSLT/XQuery Debuggers, WSDL analyzer, XML Databases, XML Diff and Merge, Subversion client and more.
Version 12.2 of oXygen XML introduces a number of development features. It provides support for editing XSLT and XML Schema modules in the context of a main XSLT, respectively, main XML Schema file. To improve XML Schema visual editing it introduces a Palette view that allows to create new schema components by dragging them from this Palette view into the diagram. For XSLT 2.0 and XQuery transformations it's possible to specify...
Apple trademarks Thunderbolt
Well, it seems that it's Apple, not Intel, that has trademarked "Thunderbolt." It's been previously reported that the technology was developed by Intel with collaboration from Apple. Perhaps that collaboration was greater than anyone suspected.
"MacNN" (http://macte.ch/2oMcG) says Apple is "making claims to the Thunderbolt trademark in the U.S. and Canada, based on an earlier filing last November in Jamaica." Thunderbolt is a new high-speed computer connection technology that brings together high-speed data transfer and high-definition (HD) display on to a single cable. And it's already appearing on Macs -- in the revamped 2011 MacBook Pro and iMac lines.
Running at 10Gbps, Thunderbolt technology can transfer a full-length HD movie in less than 30 seconds, according to Mooly Eden, general manager, PC Client Group, Intel. The vision for Thunderbolt technology (formerly codenamed “Light Peak”) is to move media faster, simplify connections between devices, and foster new and exciting...
Apple enters list of top 5 UK computer vendors for first time
Apple has entered the ranks of the top five computers vendors in the UK for the first time, knocking Samsung out of the group, says the Gartner research group (http://www.gartner.com). The Mac had 6.6% market share compared to 23.4% for HP, 19.3 for Acer, 9.6 for Dell and 8.6 for Asus.
Apple was the only one of the five to grow UK computer shipments in the first quarter of the year. Gartner says it saw year-over-year global growth of 15.9% and year-over-year growth of 10% in the UK.
The top four UK computer vendors in the first quarter of 2011 were HP, Acer, Dell and Toshiba. All four saw drops in units shipped ranging from 12% to 30%.
Apple now fourth worldwide in mobile communication market
Worldwide mobile communication device sales to end users totaled 427.8 million units in the first quarter of 2011, an increase of 19% from the first quarter of 2010, according to Gartner (http://www.gartner.com). Smartphones continued to outpace the rest of the market, and a newly competitive mid-tier smartphone market will drive smartphones into mass adoption and accelerate this trend, says the research group.
Apple sold 16.9 million iPhones to end users worldwide, more than doubling its sales of iPhones year-on-year. This market-beating growth came from all regions: the iPhone is now available in 90 countries from 186 communication service providers (CSPs).
“This strong performance helped Apple consolidate its position as the fourth largest brand in the mobile communication market overall,” says Carolina Milanesi, research vice president at Gartner. “Considering the higher than average price of the iPhone this is a remarkable result and highlights the impact that a strong...
'CNET': Apple sings cloud-music licensing deal with...
Apple has signed a cloud-music licensing agreement with EMI Music and is very near to completing deals with Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment, "multiple" music industry sources told "CNET" (http://macte.ch/Lg1Wh).
Warner Music Group already had a deal in place with Apple, the article notes. The licensing agreements will enable Apple to launch a fully licensed cloud-music service -- rumored to be dubbed iCloud -- to rival unlicensed offerings of rivals Amazon and Google.
The negotiations with Sony Music Group and Universal Music Group could be wrapped up as early as next week, the sources told "CNET." What this means is that Apple will have signed contracts with all four of the top four record companies on June 6 when the 2011 Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off. The sources who spoke with "CNET" said they didn't know when Apple would announce the deals or roll out the cloud service.
iPhones facing stricter laws in Europe
Apple and Google smartphones may come under tighter regulation in Europe after a data protection panel ruled that data on the location of their users should be classed as private, the "Financial Times" reports (http://macte.ch/HjkZb).
The proposals by the panel, which advises the European Commission, are a first step to formulating a law on mobile phone location data, and could be written into Europe's revised Data Protection Directive this year, the article adds. The panel said companies should get permission from smartphone users before collecting user-location data and should specify what purpose the data are being used for.
Logitech introduces new iPad accessories
Logitech (http://www.logitech.com) has introduced accessories for the iPad and Android-based tablets. They include -- in addition to the already released Logitech Keyboard Case -- the following:
° The Logitech Wireless Speaker ($99.99). It eliminates cables and lets you place your speaker wherever you want -- up to 50 feet away from your iPad or Android tablet depending on use, settings and environmental conditions. A rechargeable battery powers the speaker for up to 10 hours, depending on your use and settings. Just pair with your tablet using Bluetooth wireless, and you're ready to listen.
° The Logitech Tablet Keyboard ($69.99). This keyboard-and-stand combo comes in two versions, one for Android-based tablets and a second for iPads, and is designed to travel easily and set up quickly. It pairs with your tablet over Bluetooth wireless, so you can use it on your desk, lap or anywhere within 30 feet of your tablet, depending on use, settings and environmental conditions.
Mophie juice pack now compatible with all iPhone 4s
Mophie (http://www.mophie.com) says the juice pack plus is now compatible with all iPhones. It costs US$99.95.
The enhanced capacity iPhone 4 rechargeable external battery case more than doubles the time to rock, talk, surf and send, according to the folks at mophie. In tandem with the launch, the company has designed a special edition purple juice pack plus case.
The plus boasts a 2,000 mAh battery capacity. Designed for iPhone 4 power and protection, the case has a thin and light-weight design, a dual injected rubber grip, and is only one millimeter thicker than mophie's flagship case, the juice pack air. The special edition purple juice pack plus, of which only 3,000 were produced, features a purple band around the edge of the case. Additional colors include black-on-black, and black with cyan, magenta or yellow banding.
Creativity Different introduces CDBrace for your Macbook
Creativity Different has introduced the CDBrace (http://www.cdbrace.com/), a new accessory for the MacBook and other portables. It attaches to your laptop without affecting its normal use.
You can leave CDBrace on all of the time as it fits in most bags and cases. However, it's easily detachable, according to Terrance Kirkwood, founder of Creativity Different.
The CDBrace is the first product from the company. It retails for US$29.95. However, Creativity Different is offering the CDBrace for a special pre-order price of $20 -- and a "very special" $5 price to the first 50 pre-orders -- through May 31. It's due for release in late summer and works with a Unibody Macbook or any laptop with a 9.5-inch, unobstructed gap between the laptop's screen and base.