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Topic: Software

Apple discontinues sale of MobileMe retail boxes as overhaul looms

02/24/2011, 12:02 pm

Apple on Thursday removed the $99 MobileMe product from its online store and notified resellers that it has discontinued the retail box for its cloud-based syncing product, suggesting the company is prepared to launch a rumored overhaul of the service.


Apple releases FaceTime on Mac App Store for 99 cents [u]

02/24/2011, 08:02 am

Buyers of Apple's new MacBook Pro lineup will get the newly out-of-beta FaceTime for Mac free with a new machine, while existing Mac users can buy the video chat software on the Mac App Store for 99 cents [updated with explanation of charge].


Report says dramatic, ambitious Final Cut Pro update coming in spring 2011

02/23/2011, 01:02 am

Apple will release a "spectacular" update to its Final Cut Pro professional video editing application this spring, a new report claims.


Best Buy invites customers to 'discover' Apple's iWork '11 this Saturday [u]

02/15/2011, 03:02 pm

The official Mexican website for retailer Best Buy has a special event devoted to iWork '11 scheduled for this Saturday, suggesting an update to Apple's productivity suite could be imminent. [Update: Best Buy has removed all references to iWork '11]


MPEG LA starts digging patent pool under Google's WebM

02/12/2011, 03:02 am

Google's efforts to create a royalty-free video codec for the web are now being actively undermined by the MPEG Licensing Authority, which has announced plans to represent patent holders who claim infringement.


Adobe Flash Player 10.2 offers improved hardware acceleration for Mac

02/09/2011, 03:02 pm

Adobe has publicly launched Flash Player 10.2 for Mac, Windows and Linux, an update to the Web plugin that introduces full hardware acceleration support for video which, when supported, is said to be up to 34 times more efficient.


Mac App Store hastens Apple's plans to cease boxed software sales - rumor

02/07/2011, 01:02 pm

A new rumor suggests that Apple plans to cease all sales of boxed software at its retail stores, instead relying solely on digital distribution through the Mac App Store.


Microsoft announces H.264 support for Google's Chrome

02/02/2011, 06:02 pm

In an effort to resolve "uncertainty around video on the web" using HTML5, Microsoft has announced a new plugin for Google's Chrome browser that adds back support for H.264 video playback, blunting Google's attempt to gain traction for WebM.


Apple denies claim that Sony Reader, Kindle in danger on iOS App Store

02/01/2011, 01:02 pm

Apple issued a surprisingly timely response to a claim made by the New York Times that suggested the company might bar iOS apps that sell content outside of Apple's software market within iTunes.


Adobe prepping "Creative Suite 5.5 Digital Publishing” for iOS, Android development

01/28/2011, 11:01 am

Adobe appears poised to rush to market a new bundle of Creative Suite applications ahead of CS6 that it hopes will solidify its Flash and Air technology as an alternative platform for developers looking to capitalize on the booming market for iOS and Android-based cell phone and tablet applications.


Apple revamps its public website using HTML5

01/26/2011, 06:01 am

Apple has relaunched its entire website with a new design using HTML5, adding a darker, glossy navigation bar and speedy new animated page layouts for Mac and iPod pages.


Microsoft offers free 30 day trial of Office for Mac

01/25/2011, 05:01 pm

Rather than listing Office for Mac on the Mac App Store, Microsoft is offering a new 30 day free trial for the suite, something that can't be done through Apple's App Store.


Pixelmator reports $1 million haul from Mac App Store in just 20 days

01/25/2011, 04:01 pm

Less than three weeks after listing Pixelmator on Apple's new Mac App Store, its developers report grossing a million dollars from the title, while Microsoft and some other big Mac developers have yet to engage the new online market.


Adobe poised to build cloud features into Creative Suite 6 with Maestro

01/24/2011, 02:01 pm

The forthcoming Creative Suite 6 from Adobe will add a number of new programs and features to the collection of software, including Maestro, a cloud-based service for syncing and sharing files.


Documents appear to offer sneak peek at Adobe's plans for Creative Suite 6 [u]

01/21/2011, 04:01 pm

A series of documents tied to a recent Adobe client survey suggest the next generation of Creative Suite (Adobe CS6) could include 64-bit versions of Illustrator and Flash Professional, as well as new image enhancing additions to After Effects. [Update: the existence of this survey has now been corroborated several times over.]


Google reaffirms intent to derail HTML5 H.264 video with WebM browser plugins

01/15/2011, 04:01 am

After igniting a hailstorm of controversy over its intent to drop HTML5's H.264 support from its Chrome browser, Google has reaffirmed its intent to push its own open WebM video codec via Flash-like plugins for Internet Explorer and Safari users. The reason: Google wants to ship free platforms without incurring external licensing fees.


Google drops support for H.264 video in Chrome to push WebM

01/11/2011, 05:01 pm

Google has announced the intention to remove support for H.264 video playback from its Crome browser to "enable open innovation," yet still apparently plans to promote Adobe Flash.


Novell patent pool filing by Microsoft, Apple, Oracle, EMC withdrawn

01/11/2011, 03:01 pm

A plan created by Microsoft, Apple, Oracle, and EMC to create a consortium to acquire hundreds of Novell patents has been withdrawn after complaints from open source advocates, leaving the fate of the nearly half billion dollars' worth of patents uncertain.


Mac App Store dramatically boosts Evernote users, Apple a top developer

01/10/2011, 04:01 pm

Apple's new Mac App Store has more than doubled the new users signing up with Evernote's cloud-based note capturing service when it opened two days ago, while Apple itself is also benefitting handsomely from setting up an App Store for Mac users.


Apple expands Keynote support, online storage options in beta

01/10/2011, 12:01 pm

Apple on Monday announced to users of its public beta that new features have been added to the Web-based service, including the ability to play Keynote presentations online, as well as new options for public sharing and private online storage.