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Apr 07
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for April 7

Here are the latest iPhone/iPod touch/iPod/iPad apps. You can find 'em at the Apple App Store (http://www.itunes.com/appstore/).

Animoto (http://www.animoto.com) has announced a way for consumers to enjoy their personal video slideshows, with new Apple AirPlay functionality, allowing users to watch Animoto videos on their TV.  With this new functionality, Animoto videos on an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch can instantly be played on a TV using Apple TV and AirPlay.  A video slideshow creation service, Animoto lets consumers to create TV-quality videos, from their photos and video clips. Its solution is available in a free, "lite" version, as well as a "plus" version for enthusiasts (US$30 per year) and a "pro" version ($249 per year).

Paragon Software Group and Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc. has released the Russian-...

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Apr 07
Sales of the iPad 2 hit new high in March

Isp.org.cn's (http://www.isp.org.cn/products/) latest report shows that the sales of Apple's iPad 2 surpassed iPad 1 in March, as the shipment volume reached 2.4 million units.

Isp.org.cn says, pertaining to monthly shipments in Q2, the iPad 2 will grow from four million units to 4.5 million units. The total volume of shipments in Q2 will reach 12 million units. Isp.org.cn reports that the sales speed of the iPad 2 far exceeds that of the iPad 1.

Isp.org.cn is an e-commerce company and a vertical search engine company in China.

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Apr 07
Clorox replaces Blackberries with iPhones, Android devices

Ralph Loura took over as CIO of Clorox a year ago, has cleaned out Blackberries and replaced them with iPhones and Android devices, reports "Computerworld" (http://macte.ch/wPzmp).

Loura so far has replaced 6,000 desktop and tower computers with lightweight HP laptops, and got rid of company-issued Blackberries while letting workers choose between an iPhone or Android or Window Phone 7-powered smartphone the article adds. The company has issued 2,000 smartphones, 92% of which are iPhones. About 6% of the smartphones chosen were Android-based while 2% were Windows Phone 7 devices.

"We live in public cloud for mail and messaging. I don't have to worry about security because I don't sync data to the iPhones. It remains in the cloud," Loura told "Computerworld."

He added that a select group of employees is piloting a small number of iPads. While he's yet to find anyone who has said "take my laptop...

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Apr 07
Analyst tweaks estimates based on rumored iPhone 5 delay

In a note to clients -- as reported by "Barron's (http://macte.ch/YXDfr) -- Morgan Keegan analyst Tavis McCourt reiterated his year forecast for iPhone sales, while noting that he's adjusted June and September estimates to accommodate for the rumored shift of the iPhone 5 introduction from June to September.

McCourt now estimates 14 million iPhone units in the June fiscal Q3, down by three million, but 22 million for the September quarter, higher by three million. McCourt’s estimate for the March quarter just ended is 17.5 million, unchanged. He estimates 69.7 million for the full year, unchanged from before.

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Apr 07
Gartner: Android to have half of smartphone OS market by 2012

Worldwide smartphone sales will reach 468 million units in 2011, a 57.7% increase from 2010, according to Gartner. By the end of 2011, Android will move to become the most popular operating system (OS) worldwide and will build on its strength to account for 49% of the smartphone market by 2012, according to the research group.

Sales of open OS devices will account for 26% of all mobile handset device sales in 2011, and are expected to surpass the one billion mark by 2015, when they will account for 47% of the total mobile device market.

“By 2015, 67% of all open OS devices will have an average selling price of $300 or below, proving that smartphones have been finally truly democratized,” says Roberta Cozza, principal analyst at Gartner. “As vendors delivering Android-based devices continue to fight for market share, price will decrease to further benefit consumers. Android's position at the high end of the market will remain strong, but its greatest volume...

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Apr 07
Active Storage announces ActiveSAN configurations, pricing

Active Storage (http://www.activestorage.com), which specializes in high-performance storage solutions for media and creative professionals, has announced configurations and pricing for ActiveSAN, the high-performance metadata controller appliance for Xsan and StorNext networks.

Active Storage also announced plans to conduct live ActiveSAN demonstrations for the first time at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show next week in booth #SL5225. In addition, the company has collaborated closely with Quantum, the makers of StorNext, to address the needs of current Xsan users moving from Apple Xserve metadata controllers.

Migration strategies from Xserve-based Xsan networks to ActiveSAN were carefully crafted, including implementation of Access Control Lists (ACLs) for permission control, and the use of extended attributes, says Alex Grossman, CEO of Active Storage. ActiveSAN is a...

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Apr 07
Illuminate is a new windows-finding tool for Mac OS X

Fortunate Bear has announced Illuminate 1.0 (http://fortunatebear.com/products/illuminate/) for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher). The US$19.95 app is designed to allow users to find the right window when they need it.

It does this by providing three ways to find windows: a graphic window switcher so users can search by sight; a quick switch feature to bring up a window by typing part of its title; and full text search to find windows containing the given words or phrases. Illuminate also provides customizable shortcuts, so everything can be done via the keyboard.

Illuminate's Cycle Windows feature provides a visual window switcher so users can find the window they want just by looking. Unlike Expose for Mac, Illuminate shows no more than five windows on the screen at a time, so the window thumbnails remain large and legible, according to the Fortunate Bears....

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Apr 07
Class on Demand expands Legends Series

Class on Demand, a provider of professional educational products for creative markets, has expanded its "Class on Demand 'Legends' Series" training initiative (http://www.classondemand.com/legends/).

Powered by the Class on Demand Learning Platform's streaming video server, "Class on Demand 'Legends' Series" offers beginners and seasoned professionals a chance to attend short-format training seminars from their home or office computer. The seminars, webinars, and workshops share exciting techniques from digital media and post-production gurus, including Final Cut tutorial Legend, Larry Jordan.

The latest Legend to come on board is video lighting veteran, Carl Gundestrup. With over 30-years of experience under his belt, Gundestrup's resume is packed with big name projects that include the likes of NBC, ABC, Industrial Light & Magic, Pepsi, Bath and Body Works,...

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Apr 07
AV3 Software unveils first Production Power Pack

AV3 Software has introduced its new Production Power Packs. To kick-start the Production Power Pack initiative, AV3 Software partnered with Boris FX -- a developer of integrated graphics and effects technology for the broadcast, post-production, film, and multimedia markets.

This first, specially priced package bundles AV3 Software's Get dialog search application powered by Nexidia with Boris AAF Transfer for a search-and-transfer combination for any editing environment within Apple Final Cut Pro and Avid Media Composer.

Boris AAF Transfer is a bi-directional sequence transfer tool, allowing editors to exchange projects that include transitions, effects, image and time warps, third party effects, and keyframes between Final Cut Pro and Avid editing and finishing systems. The AV3 and Boris FX Production Power Pack provides editors with the ability to transition projects between NLEs, preserving not only the dialog "hits" from Get, but all metadata -- from transitions...

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Apr 07
D-Link releases ShareCenter solutions

D-Link has released its ShareCenter 2-Bay Network Storage devices, the DNS-320 and DNS-325. These network-attached storage (NAS) solutions feature an upgraded hardware platform and enable consumers to share documents, files and digital media on a home network.
 
The DNS-320 and DNS-325 provide users with centralized storage to help protect, manage, share, stream and remotely access data, says Daniel Kelley, associate vice president of consumer marketing, D-Link North America. Both products feature two SATA HD bays for 3.5-inch drives of either 1TB or 2TB capacities.

Installation of ShareCenter devices is simple, and if more storage is needed, easy expansion allows consumers to add additional hard drives without using tools or attaching any cables, according to Kelley. In addition to content back-up and RAID support for data protection, the DNS-320 and DNS-325 also feature remote access to files through a built-in web file server app and FTP server.

With...

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Apr 07
Elmedia Player now offers HTML support

Eltima Software (http://www.eltima.com) has updated Elmedia Player -- a media player for the Mac (OS X 10.4 or later), which can play all most popular Flash and video formats and allows downloading online videos and their external resources directly to the hard drive -- to version 1.0.6. The new version provides improved downloading capabilities with HTML5 support.

Elmedia Player Pro lets the user download the underlying multi-media resources such as images, graphics and external video, along with the original video file.To download videos from the web with Elmedia Player Proall you have to do is enter the link to the webpage where your video is located and choose the files you want to download from the list.

Elmedia Player also provides its users with organization and management: media library inspired by iTunes, usual and smart playlists creation, volume adjustment in the application (not...

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Apr 07
App Tamer updated to version 1.0.6

St. Clair Software has released App Tamer 1.0.6 (http://www.stclairsoft.com/AppTamer/), an update of the app for Mac OS X 10.4 and higher that gives you control over your applications so you can save battery and CPU power. The new version of App Tamer corrects several problems and reduces App Tamer's own CPU demands.

Some Mac applications, especially web browsers, continue running tasks or animations even when they're supposed to be idle in the background. This can consume valuable processing power and reduce battery life. App Tamer's AutoStop capability automatically pauses these applications when you switch away from them, and then restarts them when you click back to them. This frees your CPU and reduces power consumption, according to the folks at St. Clair.

App Tamer shows the average percentage of your processor(s) being used by each app, and graphically displays a...

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Apr 07
Bodega 'corner store' gets speed boost

Freshcode, a Macintosh publisher and developer, has released Bodega 1.5, an update to its Mac software discovery and download application.

Bodega provides "corner store" access to the latest apps for the Macintosh directly from the Mac desktop. Version 1.5 provides increased speed and performance enhancements, and is now purportedly up to 500% faster than previous versions.

The Bodega app updater actually looks for and provides updates for all apps installed on the user's hard drive. It doesn't matter whether applications were downloaded from, or purchased through, Bodega; so long as the applications on the user's hard drive are Sparkle-enhanced, Bodega will keep on eye out for updates issued by the developer. When found, Bodega lets the user know an update exists, and will even download and install it for them.

Bodega requires Mac OS X 10.5 or greater. The Bodega 1.5 update is free to all Bodega users and available via Bodega's "Check for Updates" feature. For...

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Apr 07
Barcode Producer for Mac OS X adds QR Code support

Apparent Corp. has updated Barcode Producer (http://www.itsapparent.com/barcodeproducer/), its barcode creation software suite for Mac OS X, to version 6.5. The app can now create smart QR Codes for text, URLs, and the App Store for iPhone and iPod touch.

Originally from Japan, QR Codes are rapidly emerging in the United States and Europe, and allow you to encode text and URLs directly into square barcodes that are read by iPhone, iPad 2, iPod touch, Android, and many other smartphones.

Barcode Producer is a tool for creating barcodes visually with one-click export for Adobe Creative Suite products, including Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, and Acrobat Distiller. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.

Barcode Producer for Mac OS X and Windows is immediately available online with digital and physical CD-ROM delivery. It...

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Apr 07
Voila image capturing tool comes to the Mac App Store

Global Delight has updated Voila (http://www.globaldelight.com) -- an image capturing, annotating and sharing tool that sports the ability to capture a region from the screen in rectangular, circular, polygonal or free hand form -- to version 3.0.4. It's now available at the Mac App Store for US$19.99 and requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher.

In version 3.0.4, support has been provided to choose the camera of your choice while making the capture. Another new feature is the option to save the web page archive. With this feature, users can opt to save the web page archive along with the web snap. This enables them to refer and open the web page within the application's browser.

Voila offers full screen capture, timed capture or a menu capture. In addition, the software is integrated with a blend of annotating tools like texts, arrows, callouts, sprays, stamps and more. Additionally, you can...

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Apr 07
iWebThemesPro adds new iWeb themes

iWebThemesPro (http://www.iwebthemespro.com/) has added five new iWeb themes for Apple's web site creation component of its iLife suite. These new iWeb themes retain 25 themes from the previous release and add five new ones: Retro, Mammoth, Tea Time, Drawing and Underground.

The iWeb themes include eight templates to choose from. Each theme incorporates a series of layered images that are customizable, replaceable, or removable. Each theme is flexible and can be used for a personal or business website.

The themes require Mac OS X 10.4.3 or higher and iWeb 2.0 (iLife '08) or iWeb 3.0 (iLife '09 or iLife '11). Each theme is available for US$9.99 each. The set of 30 iWeb themes may be purchased for $29.99.

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Apr 07
'YML' looks at the iPod, iPad anniversaries

The new "Your Mac Life" episode looks at the anniversaries of the iPod and the iPad -- and what they mean to the Mac community. Also, "IRC Babe Sly" will have her announcements and announce the "Web Site of the Week."

You can listen in this and every Wednesday evening from 5:30 to 8 pm (Pacific). Live video is on Your Mac Life! You can watch the show live at http://yml.macosg.com/ -- or you can listen in to the plain old audio feed at http://www.yourmaclifeshow.com/QT/stream.mov .

You can join one of the two Chat Rooms that run during the live show -- on the live video site or on the dedicated IRC Server at irc.chat-solutions.org in the #yourmaclife Channel.

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Apr 06
Apple's patent case against accessory makers proceeds

Apple's patent infringement suit against makers of unlicensed accessories for the company’s iPod, iPhone and iPad devices can proceed, a federal judge ruled yesterday, reports "Bloomberg" (http://macte.ch/5Pej8).

In July 2010 Apple sued eForCity Corp. and six other companies (Accstation, Itrimming, Everydaysource, United Integral, Crayzondigital and Boxware) in the California Northern District Court in San Jose, California, for infringing nine patents. Most defendant companies are related and are located in El Monte, California, according to court papers.

Apple said in its complaint that the companies weren’t participants in its “Made for iPod” program, and were producing products of “inferior quality and reliability, raising significant concerns over compatibility with and damage to Apple’s products.” The infringement case stands, despite eForCity’s argument that it was procedurally improper. U.S....

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Apr 06
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for April 6

Here are the latest iPhone/iPod touch/iPod/iPad apps. You can find 'em at the Apple App Store (http://www.itunes.com/appstore/).

Internet Design Zone has announced Addition & Subtraction For Kids 1.0, a free educational game app for the iPhone and iPod touch. Suitable for kids in grades 1 and 2, Addition & Subtraction For Kids is designed to help little kids perfect their addition and subtraction skills. The app has a colorful underwater theme with lots of attractive fishes to keep the kids hooked. For each addition and subtraction question, a number of fish are shown on screen which the child has to count and answer.

Panorama Concepts has released Soundbox Deluxe 1.0, an US$0.99 sound effects app for for the iPhone, iPod, iPad touch. It includes a collection of sounds in four different categories, including animals, sports, transportation and weapons. With Soundbox Deluxe,...

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Apr 06
Xoom, Atrix 4G smartphone not hot sellers

Analysts say the Xoom Android tablet (pictured) and Atrix smartphone are poor performers, despite heavy marketing campaigns launched by Verizon Wireless and AT&T, respectively, reports "InformationWeek" (http://macte.ch/H6OYb).

According to Pacific Crest analyst James Faucette's channel checks, sales of the Xoom and Atrix have been "disappointing," the article says. His research led him to cut Motorola's revenue and earnings projections for the rest of the year and into 2012.

"Based on our checks, we believe overall sell-through trends for of the Xoom and Atrix have been disappointing," Faucette said in a note to clients. "In particular, we believe Atrix's lower-than-forecast volumes are a result of the $49 iPhone 3GS and the HTC Inspire, which kept Atrix sales well below forecast in spite of the marketing focus put on the Atrix by AT&T."

While Faucette doesn't provide any actual sales...

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Apr 06
Survey: teens flocking to the iPhone

Apple has achieved a record 17% iPhone market share among teens with an additional 37% of respondents indicating interest in buying an iPhone in the next six months, according to a new survey by the Piper Jaffray research group, as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).

The percentage of teens who own the iPhone jumped from 14% in October of last year to 17% this spring. The number of teens who plan on buying an iPhone in the next six months rose from 33% last fall to 37% this spring. According to Piper Jaffray, intent to buy has historically translated into subsequent market share gains.

What's more, the 21st bi-annual Piper Jaffray teen survey of 4,500 high school students found that Apple continues to dominate the teen market and has driven "surprisingly quick adoption" of tablets by teens, the article adds. The survey -- which includes tablets for the first time --...

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Apr 06
iPad 2 tops Consumer Report's tablet ratings

After almost a year in which the Apple iPad has been virtually the only game in town in tablet computers, some serious competitors are finally hitting the market. Yet in Consumer Reports latest tests of the 10 most-promising tablet computers, the iPad 2 with Wi-Fi and 3G topped the Ratings. The full report including Ratings of tablets is available at www.ConsumerReports.org
 
In Consumer Reports lab tests, the Motorola Xoom revealed itself as the iPad 2’s chief rival.  Like the iPad 2, the Xoom boasts a 10-inch screen but adds conveniences that the iPad lacks, including a built-in memory card reader and support for the Flash videos and animations found on many websites.
           
“So far Apple is leading the tablet market in both quality and price, which is unusual for a company whose products are usually premium priced,” says Paul Reynolds, Electronics Editor at Consumer...

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Apr 06
Apple orders 12PB of storage

Apple ordered as much as 12PB -- yep, 12 petabyes or 12,000 terabytes -- of capacity from Isilon Systems (http://www.isilon.com/), notably to manage the video download of its customers using iTunes, according to "Storage Newsletter" (http://macte.ch/qD0tZ), quoting an inside source of the new division of EMC. It's probably the largest of its 1,500 customers recorded at the end of December, including 20% in Europe, the article adds.

Apple's deal with Isilon was said to "probably" make the iPhone maker the largest customer of the storage provider, according to "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com). Other clients of Isilon include Ancestry.com, Clear Channel, MySpace, NBC Universal, Sony, World Wrestling Entertainment, XM Satellite Radio.

Isilon's Scale-...

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Apr 06
Second-graders at Columbia Elementary School to get iPads

All second-graders at Columbia Elementary School in northern Indiana will be issued iPads next year to help them with reading lessons, reports the "Ventura County Star" (http://macte.ch/o6Vf2).

An US$200,000 Classroom Innovation Grant from the Indiana Department of Education will pay for the iPads as well as MacBook Pros for second- and third-grade teachers, and related costs, the article adds.

Rochester Schools Technology Director Theresa Shafer told the "Ventura County Star" that the students will be able to take the iPads home. The school will have evening workshops to teach parents how the iPads work, how they can help their children use them, and online safety.

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Apr 06
Whither the white iPhone?

Apple has promised a white iPhone will arrive sometime this spring, but according to a new store update it’s looking like the handset has taken one step back, not closer to launch, says "SlashGear" (http://macte.ch/lmV6N).

After the Apple Store went down overnight, the white iPhone SKU was gone from the system. As "SlashGear" notes, this could mean that Apple is preparing a different version with a new SKU, or it might mean that the company has given up on the white iPhone idea altogether.

Last month an iPhone fan wrote Phil Schiller, Apple's vice president of worldwide marketing, on how to get a white iPhone. Schiller reportedly answered with a terse, Jobs-ian answer: "The white iPhone will be available this spring (and it is a beauty!)."

The white iPhone has been troubled since the start. When Apple announced the iPhone 4, it said it would be available in black and white models. However, on...

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