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Apr 12
Analyst: Apple sold seven million iPads, 3.6 million Macs

Apple is, as usual, expected to beat expectations in its upcoming quarterly earnings call, with RBC Capital Markets Analyst Mike Abramsky forecasting sales of seven million iPads and 17 million iPhones in the second quarter of fiscal 2011.

As noted by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com), he tells clients in a note that he expects Apple to beat Wall Street forecasts for iPad 2 sales, with the second-generation device reaching between two and three million units moved in the quarter. In all, he sees seven million iPads being sold in the second quarter of fiscal 2011.

The second quarter of fiscal 2011 saw the launch of the CDMA Verizon iPhone 4, which Abramsky believes was a strong seller in the three-month span. He has estimated that Apple sold about two million of the Verizon iPhone in the quarter.

The analyst has also called for Apple to report sales of 3.6 million Macs....

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Apr 12
Analyst: CDMA-version of the iPhone could net Apple $6 billion

Apple could see as much as US$6 billion from sales of the CDMA-version of the iPhone on Verizon, and another $3 billion in CDMA iPhone sales overseas in 2012, analyst Mark Moskowitz of J.P. Morgan Research tells clients in a note, as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).

He said Apple's pursuit of Verizon first was a sound approach, given that Verizon represents a "major piece" of the global CDMA opportunity. Next Mosokowitz thinks Apple will go after China, India, Japan and South Korea next because of their high penetration rates of smartphone usage and the increased purchasing power of their growing consumer bases.

The analyst predicts Apple will sell 10 million iPhones through Verizon in 2012, amounting to roughly $6 billion in revenues. In the overseas CDMA market, the analyst projects a 10% market share in 2012, resulting in approximately $3 billion in revenues.

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Apr 12
Moshi unveils iVisor AG for the iPad 2

Moshi is shipping the iVisor AG for iPad 2 (http://www.moshimonde.com). The iVisor is an U$30 screen protector (available in black or white) that shields the the tablet's touch screen without hindering its appearance or functionality. 

What's more, the iVisor AG features an anti-reflective matte finish that helps reduce glare and smudging. The screen protector designed to adhere onto the iPad 2 screen for a precise fit. This feature Moshi's own proprietary design, which purportedly makes it the only screen protector on the market that is removable, re-usable and 100% bubble-free.

Due to its 100% bubble free installation, it can be installed in seconds with four steps and no added chemicals, according to the folks at Moshi. It's also equipped with the company's polymer adhesive that allows repeated cleaning and re-application.

The iVisor's multilayer construction is engineered...

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Apr 12
Solarflare announces Mac OS X support

Solarflare has announced support for Mac OS X. This will bring the high performance of Solarflare SFN5500 10GbE server adapters to the Mac OS X video production environment, as well as to other Mac OS-based work groups, the company says.

Solarflare will showcase its 10GbE server adapters at the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Show in Arista Networks' booth SL11205, at the Las Vegas Convention Center, April 11-14. The company will support Mac OS X 10.6 and above with its Solarflare Midrange and Enterprise SFN5500 family of dual- and single-port 10GbE server adapters.

Now, video content creation firms using Macs will be able to leverage fully 10 Gigabit networking. Content developers will be able to use Apple's graphics hardware to create animated user interfaces and visualizations that simultaneously layer different media types, such as text, 2D graphics, OpenGL rendering and QuickTime video, all in real-time over 10GbE networks.

Solarflare's SFN5500...

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Apr 12
AJA previews Thunderbolt-enabled products at NAB

At this week's NAB show in Las Vegas, AJA Video Systems (http://www.aja.com) is previewing products-in-development featuring the Thunderbolt technology for new high-framerate 2K 3D, 4K and 5K workflows, and portable HD connectivity.

Thunderbolt technology is based HD/SD I/O with the recently introduced MacBook Pro line. Developed by Intel and brought to market with technical collaboration from Apple, Thunderbolt technology is designed to provide simple, yet powerful one-cable plug-in connectivity for 3G, HD/SD-SDI and HDMI workflows. Codenamed "Phaser", AJA's upcoming product supports HDMI 1.3a input and HDMI 1.4 output for stereo playback, provides 10-bit up/down/cross-conversions, with RS422 device control and professional reference/LTC I/O, in a highly portable design

Codenamed "Riker," AJA's multi-format I/O technology for everything from SD to 5K workflows, is designed to address rapidly changing I/O and...

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Apr 12
Korean portals unhappy with Apple, Google

Korean portals Naver and Daum are considering filing a complaint with the Fair Trade Commission against Apple and Google for allowing only Google and a few other chosen portals on their smartphones, reports "The Korea Herald" (http://macte.ch/tGyFC), quoting industry sources. Spokespeople at Naver and Daum said the complaints would most likely be filed this week.

Currently, Google, Yahoo and Bing are the only search engines carried by smartphones powered by iOS and Android operating systems. Naver and Daum believe the limited choice is unfair and boosted Google’s mobile market share up to 20% in Korea, which sharply contrasts with its 5% share in the online market, says "The Herald."

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Apr 12
Harman unveils new JBL On Air Wireless AirPlay speaker dock

Harman International Industries has announced the new JBL On Air Wireless AirPlay speaker dock. With AirPlay technology built in, the JBL On Air Wireless lets you play music from your iTunes library on a Mac or a PC, and from an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch device over your existing Wi-Fi network.

Users will enjoy album artwork and song information on the bright color display, and can use the included remote control to play and pause music, as well as navigate to next and previous tracks, says David Slump, president, Harman Consumer Division. AirPlay requires iTunes 10.1 or later and iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with iOS 4.2 or later.

Three advanced JBL transducers deliver rich, full-spectrum sound uniformly across a wide-listening area, says Slump. Distinct stereo imaging is often less than ideal with desktop sound systems, but the JBL On Air Wireless dock’s unique HALO (horizontal acoustic level optimization) design delivers clean, powerful sound that JBL products are...

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Apr 12
AJA releases 4K Mode for KONA 3G

At this weeks' NAB show in Las Vegas, AJA Video Systems (http://www.aja.com) has announced the new 4K Mode for the KONA 3G capture card. Available with new version 9.0 driver software for KONA 3G, the 4K Mode supports true 4K playout and monitoring.

The KONA 3G is a multi-format SD/HD/Dual Link/3G and 2K video I/O solution for professional video and audio applications. KONA 3G offers 4K playback in both YCbCr and RGB, at resolutions up to 4096x2160. When 4K playout is selected, the four SDI connectors on the KONA 3G are remapped as outputs for driving four quadrants of a 4K display.

4K Mode for KONA 3G is available now via the free version 9.0 driver software for KONA 3G (Mac); a PC supported version will be available at a later date. The manufacturer's suggested retail price for the KONA 3G is US$1,995, and the optional breakout box, the K3G-Box, is $395.

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Apr 12
Carbon is new Bluetooth headset made of carbon fiber

Bluetrek (http://www.bluetrek.com) has released the US$69.99 Carbon, which it says is world’s first Bluetooth headset made of carbon fiber.

This new Bluetooth headset is equipped with the best in class audio enhancement technology for both the user and the receiver to assure crystal clear conversations for both parties, according to the folks at Bluetrek. In addition, the patented mechanism embedded in the carbon fiber tube allows extended talk time, yet reduces weight to less than six grams while retaining a slender aesthetic to the ear piece, warranting long time wear with superb comfort, they add.

Bluetrek will showcase this new product during the spring edition of The Hong Kong Electronics and Global Sources Fair from April 12 to 17.

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Apr 12
Collins Russian-English Dictionaries available for Mac OS X, iOS

Paragon Software Group, a software developer for mobile devices and desktop computers, and Collins Language, a language learning and dictionary publisher, have announced the availability of Collins Gem Russian Dictionary, Collins Russian Pocket Dictionary and Collins Russian Dictionary for Mac OS X, Windows, iOS, Android and Java ME systems.

The three bilingual Russian-English multifunctional "talking" dictionaries are part of a licensing partnership to bring Collins reference materials to all types of mobile computing platforms. The applications will be available to demo at the London Book Fair, Stand Y750 in the Digital Zone.
 
Collins Russian dictionary features include:

° A morphology module, which helps users look up words in any grammatical form to assist in regular and irregular verb conjugation, and uses of irregular plurals;

° Accessible definitions, even when a word includes prefixes or suffixes;

° Audio pronunciations recorded by...

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Apr 12
Native Instruments announces Komplete Audio 6

Native Instruments (http://www.native-instruments.com) hasannounced Komplete Audio 6, a six-channel audio interface for studio and live usage. As the successor to the Audio Kontrol 1, it provides more connectivity, increased audio performance and a host of practical new features, complemented by a versatile software package for music production and DJing, according to the folks at Native Instruments.

Based on the latest generation of Native Instruments’ USB Audio interface technology, the Komplete Audio 6 addresses the typical needs of musicians and producers in a portable package. With four balanced analog inputs and outputs, complemented by a digital S/PDIF stereo I/O and an integrated MIDI interface, the unit can be used as the centerpiece for a range of setups.

Due to 24-bit/96kHz Cirrus Logic converters and +11dBu analog output stages, Komplete Audio 6 delivers audio...

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Apr 12
AutoDesk ignites Flame Premium 2012

At this week's NAB show in Las Vegas, Autodesk (http://www.autodesk.com) released Autodesk Flame Premium 2012, a new version of the 3D visual effects and finishing software.

Introduced in late 2010, Flame Premium combines the Autodesk Flame visual effects toolset with a timeline workflow for conform and editing, as well as real-time color grading. Flame Premium 2012 features groundbreaking tools for relighting in post, an enhanced stereoscopic 3D (S3D) finishing workflow, and improved integration with Autodesk 3D animation software, says Marc Petit, senior vice president, Autodesk Media & Entertainment.

With the introduction of relighting capabilities in Flame Premium 2012, artists can now take advantage of the real-world 3D information inherent to their images or composites and dramatically change the look of their final scenes, he adds. With relighting, artists can radically adjust and refine...

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Apr 12
Primera announces Bravo 4102 XRP Disc Publishers

Primera Technology (http://www.primera.com) has announced its Bravo 4102 XRP Disc Publisher (DP-4102 XRP in Europe, Scandinavia and Middle East) at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The NAB Show is being held from April 11-14/

Bravo 4102 XRP Disc Publishers are the newest addition to Primera’s Bravo 4100-Series. These units are purportedly the fastest in their class, printing a full-color, 100% coverage disc in just six seconds each. This compares to 20 to 120 seconds on competitive machines to print discs with comparable print quality.

With built-in high-speed recorders, direct-to-disc printing and fast robotics, Primera’s disc printers and publishers automate the process of burning and printing quantities of CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray Discs. Applications for the Bravo 4102 XRP Disc Publishers include the archival and distribution of video and audio in broadcast...

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Apr 12
BRU Producer's Edition 2.3.0 supports LTSF

The Tolis Group (http://www.tolisgroup.com) has announced the availability of LTO-5 LTFS volume support in BRU Producer's Edition at the 2011 NAB Show. BRU Producer's Edition version 2.3.0 provides native LTFS (Linear Tape Filesystem Support) for Mac OS X users.

LTFS allows the use of LTO-5 media as if it were a disk volume and provides a self-documenting format that is compatible with other platforms supporting the LTFS standard, says Bob Christ, Tolis Group executive vice president.

While LTFS provides an easy-to-access mechanism for writing and reading data on LTO-5 volumes, once a volume is un-mounted for storage, the system has no knowledge of the contents of the offline tape. BRU Producer's Edition extends the usefulness of LTFS by providing the support needed to properly parse and search LTFS volumes, even if the media is currently offline or even offsite by maintaining local catalogs...

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Apr 12
RadVision announces new video conferencing capabilities for iOS

RadVision (http://www.radvision.com) has announced Scopia Mobile V3, which the company says is the first enterprise application for Apple iOS and Google Android devices that allows mobile users to connect with full video, audio and H.239 data collaboration to the nearly two million installed standards-based video conferencing and telepresence systems worldwide.

Scopia Mobile V3 is based on RadVision’s BeeHD client framework for developing HD video-enabled applications across many platforms. Scopia Mobile users will be able to fully participate in enterprise video and telepresence conferences leveraging the latest mobile devices such as the iPad 2 and iPhone 4 along with the Android-based Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab and HTC ThunderBolt

The current version of Scopia Mobile for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch allowing users to participate in video conferences with standards-based audio and H....

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Apr 12
Media Excel introduces multi-screen transcoder

Media Excel (http://www.mediaexcel.com/index.php), a provider of adaptive nScreen transcoding, announces its third-generation product, HERO nS, at this week's NAB show in Las Vegas.

HERO nS combines the company’s transcoding software solutions with multi-core DSP processors, allowing HERO nS to surpass the density of any other competing solution while retaining flexibility required for convergence of HD multi-channel, multi-rate and multi-screen video delivery, according to the folks at Media Excel. It offers an 800% improvement in transcoding density, is optimized for the latest greatest embedded multi-core DSP platforms, and uses a fraction of power consumption required by competing solutions, they add.

HERO nS ingests content from a variety of live and file-based sources, from DVB-ASI and uncompressed 1080i to MPEG-2 Transport Streams on both RJ-45 and BNC connections. In...

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Apr 12
Dalet unveils enterprise MAM for sports solution

Dalet Digital Media Systems (http://www.dalet.com) has debuted at this week's NAB show the debuted today at NAB 2011 the Dalet Sports Factory, which the company says is the industry's first enterprise MAM (Media Asset Management) workflow solution developed specifically for sports production.

Dalet Sports Factory manages the challenges of fast-paced, live event and post-game coverage by leveraging the MAM capabilities of Dalet Enterprise Edition with purpose-built sports logging, clipping and replay tools. The combination produces a cohesive, high-speed workflow that delivers winning results, says Stephane Schlayen, chief operating officer, Dalet.

"In addition, our enterprise MAM layer natively brings the support of a wide range of video servers or I/O ports, including our Brio but also EVS, K2 or Omneon," he says. "In short, it is now possible to empower an existing sports platform with our MAM...

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Apr 12
Blackmagic Design announces support for CS 5.5 Production Premium

Blackmagic Design has announced support for Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Production Premium software for its entire range of capture and playback video products for Mac OS X and Windows 7 systems.

Blackmagic Desktop Video 8.0 update to support this new Adobe software is available now for download from the Blackmagic Design website (http://www.blackmagic-design.com) free of charge. Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink, Multibridge, Intensity and UltraStudio Pro can now take full advantage of the new features included in CS 5.5 Production Premium, including the Mercury Playback Engine that provide amazing real time effects in any resolution.

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Apr 11
Avian Securities expecting 'lower-spec/lower-price iPhone...

The iPhone 5 should go into production in September Avian Securities said in a note to clients -- as reported by "Business Insider" (http://macte.ch/M3Ts3).

This suggests the iPhone won't be on the market until the end of this year, or even early next year possibly, says the research group. Apple may also be developing a lower price/lower spec iPhone model, says Avian.

"Our conversations also indicate the existence of a lower-spec/lower-priced iPhone in Apple's roadmap," the research group told clients. "However, while our contacts have seen the placeholder in the Apple roadmap, they do not yet have insight into specs or production timing. This leads us to believe that any launch is likely a very late 2011 or more likely a 2012 event. As a reminder, Avian has uncovered several data-points in recent months pointing to the existence of a lower-spec/lower-price iPhone. A lower-spec/lower-price iPhone has...

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Apr 11
Sonnet Technologies announces Thunderbolt products

Sonnet Technologies has announced its first products with Thunderbolt technology at the 2011 NAB Show. Developed by Intel and brought to market with technical collaboration from Apple, Thunderbolt technology supports high-performance data services and high-resolution displays through a single, compact port. Thunderbolt appears on the latest MacBook Pros and is expected to expand to the entire Mac line.

Based on PCI Express and DisplayPort technologies, Thunderbolt provides support for two channels on the same connector with 10 Gbps of throughput per channel in both directions. 

Sonnet's Fusion storage products with Thunderbolt technology include a portable 2-drive SSD system, a 4-drive RAID 5 unit, and a professional 8-drive video edition RAID storage system. Sonnet's Echo Express PCIe 2.0 Expansion Chassis with Thunderbolt ports enable users to plug in high-performance PCIe 2.0 adapters such as video capture cards, Fibre Channel cards, Sonnet RAID controllers, and...

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Apr 11
Official Steve Jobs biography coming next year

Apple CEO Steve Jobs has finally agreed to participate in a book about his life, reports "CBS News" (http://macte.ch/BK1Tk).

Simon & Schuster has announced that Walter Isaacson's "iSteve: The Book of Jobs" will be published in early 2012. Isaacson has been working on the long-rumored biography since 2009 and has interviewed Jobs, members of his family, colleagues at Apple and competitors.

Spokeswoman Tracey Guest of Simon & Schuster told "CBS News" that no further details were available and that neither Jobs nor Isaacson would be commenting. You can read more about Issacson at http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2011/04/10/the-man-who-won-steve-jobs-trust-2/ .

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Apr 11
Garner: iOS to dominate tablet market through 2015

Despite mounting competition from other operating systems, Apple’s iOS will continue to own the majority of the worldwide media tablet through 2015, according to Gartner (http://www.gartner.com). Due to the success of Apple’s iPad, iOS will account for 69% of media tablet OSs in 2011, and represent 47% of the media tablet market in 2015, says the research group.



Gartner analysts say the Apple iPad did to the tablet computer market what the iPhone did to the smartphone market: re-invented it. A media tablet is not just a different form factor to perform the same tasks that can be done on a computer, says the research group. Tablets deliver a richer experience around content consumption, thanks to the ecosystem they support. The richer the ecosystem, the stronger the pull for consumers.



“Seeing the response from both consumers and enterprises to the iPad, many vendors are trying to compete by first...

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Apr 11
Bharti Airtel, Aircel to launch the iPhone 4 in India

Bharti Airtel, India's top mobile phone carrier, and its smaller rival Aircel separately said on Monday they would launch the iPhone 4 in India in the coming months, reports "Reuters" (http://macte.ch/gIc4K).

Both companies gave no specific dates for the planned launch. Bharti and Vodafone Essar already sell earlier models of the iPhone in India.

With nearly 800 million mobile subscribers, India is the world's second-biggest market for mobile phone services and is also the fastest-growing. But smartphones are estimated to account for just over 5% of the mobile handset sales, notes "Reuters."

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Apr 11
Bruker's TopSpin SMR available for the Mac

Bruker is welcoming Apple users to its TopSpin NMR software. Mac OS X joins Windows and Linux as supported operating systems for Bruker’s TopSpin processing software, providing NMR scientists in academia and industry with the ability to use the operating environment of their choice.

Entirely programmed in the native Mac OS X environment, the new TopSpin software -- which costs US$99 for a student license -- caters to Mac users’ familiarity with the unique and intuitive characteristics of that operating system, while maintaining the proven capabilities, look and feel of TopSpin, says Bruno Guigas, director for NMR software at Bruker. Incorporating a comprehensive range of NMR data analysis, processing and simulation features, TopSpin includes modules for efficient small molecule characterization and structural biology research, he adds.

"The Bruker NMR Guide offers integrated access to experiment descriptions, literature references, a comprehensive search engine and...

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Apr 11
Smoke for Mac OS X billows at NAB

At this week's NAB show in Las Vegas, Autodesk (http://www.autodesk.com) released Autodesk Smoke 2012 for Mac OS X (http://macte.ch/GGaQc). It's a new version of the all-in-one editorial finishing tool with an integrated 3D visual effects toolset.

Smoke combines finishing tools with the familiar workflow of a nonlinear editor (NLE) to reduce complexity and streamline finishing of high-quality content, says Marc Petit, senior vice president, Autodesk Media & Entertainment. Autodesk Smoke 2012 enhancements include:

° A redesigned 3D lighting system in Action that produces cast shadows and realistic 3D lighting artifacts;

° Support for geometry cache animation import from Autodesk animation software via Autodesk FBX software, and Flame FX creative and technical tools for common finishing tasks;

° A stereo 3D (S3D)...

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