Monday, April 11, 2011

Windows App Store: That’s just Microsoft being Microsoft




Honestly, if the Windows App Store looked any different than the Mac App Store….that would be more shocking than this:


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Avian Securities sees iPhone 5 by Christmas 2011 or early 2012








Pictured above: Third=party iPhone 4 metallic back sticker

Research firm Avian Securities issued a note to clients today that will dash hopes of those that have been keeping their fingers crossed for the iPhone 5 this summer. According to the note based on checks with a key supplier , their analysts believe that the handset will go into production in September, which means it won’t land on store shelves before the end of this year, possibly even Q1 2012, reports Business Insider. Here’s what the note reads:

Supporting out comments over the last month, conversations with yet another key component supplier indicates that production for iPhone-5 will begin in September. This is consistent with Avian findings in the supply chain in recent months and we believe the consensus view is moving towards this scenario. In addition, our conversations also indicate the existence of a lower-spec/lower-priced iPhone in Apple’s roadmap. 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 also been speculated in the press and gadget blogs, though we do not believe consensus currently discounts the existence of such a model.


What do you guts think? Can Apple really be so confident in iPhone 4 to push back the iPhone 5 to early 2012. This would give anyone in the cutthroat cellphone business, especially the Android camp, ample time to run circles around the iPhone 4. Worse, such a highly unlikely scenario (in my personal opinion) means Apple would be missing on the all-important holiday shopping season because I doubt lots of people would buy last year’s phone – unless Apple slashes the price substantially. On the other hand, a Q1 2012 release makes sense if Apple wants the next iPhone to be a 4G LTE world phone.

This would give them an opportunity to use the updated Gobi chipset that combines more functions and consumes less power while giving carriers more time to deploy their LTE networks ahead of the iPhone 5′s release.


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SCEA vs. Geohot: Sony wins a not-quite flawless victory




Well, after all the talk of TROs, tweets, and YouTube user info, it seems that the SCEA vs. Geohot litigation has come to a rather uneventful conclusion. According to Sony's Playstation Blog, the case has been settled, and Hotz has agreed to a permanent injunction preventing him from distributing his PS3 jailbreak hack ever again. Of course, while this settlement has cowed the man who did the initial distribution deed, the jailbreak genie's out of the bottle, and no court order can ever put it back.

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Three new iPad apps from Adobe: Eazel, Nav and Color Lava




Adobe today launched Creative Suite 5.5. With it comes the new Photoshop Touch Software Development Kit that facilitates the creation of apps for smartphones and tablets that can talk to desktop Photoshop app. This opens interesting possibilities and Adobe announced three new iPad apps built using the new SDK that showcase several scenarios. Called Adobe Eazel, Adobe Nav and Adobe Color Lava, these programs will land on the App Store next month, priced between two to five bucks. Check out a video demonstration and brief app descriptions right below the fold.



Adobe Eazel is a finger-paint program that lets you sSend your artwork directly to Photoshop CS5 from any location, provided you have a network connection between your iPad and a computer.

As the name suggests, Adobe Nav lets you view Photoshop documents on your iPad as well as customize the Photoshop CS5 toolbar on iPad to easily access the tools you use most. You can browse, reorder, view and zoom in on up to 200 open Photoshop documents on iPad, tap a document on iPad to make it the active document in Photoshop CS5 and more.

Adobe Color Lava is when you need to mix colors and create custom swatches on your tablet. Anything you create on an iPad is instantly available in Photoshop CS5. Adobe has detailed all three apps in cool videos, but we couldn’t embed them here so you’ll have to follow the links. Note that those apps don’t seem to be related to a new Photoshop Express app with layers Adobe recently demoed at Photoshop World. Included below is a promo clip that kinda sums up the idea of interacting with Photoshop CS5 via tablets.




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Wow! Online shopping with a Minority Report twist

3 from B-Reel & B-Reel Films on Vimeo.


I was just blown away when I saw this new online shopping technology called 3LiveShop from Stockholm-based B-Reel and Hi3G Access. Instead of tirelessly skimming through endless static product lists, 3LiveShop lets you engage in a one-on-one video session with a sales rep. But instead of a dull Skype-like voice chat, the sales representative on the other end converses with the customer augmented-reality style via a multitouch screen.

This is where the fun part begins. The setup allows the sales rep to drag phone images and other useful information across the screen, seen by the shopper as cool Minority Report-like overlays on top of the video feed. It’s just too cool not to mention it here. Imagine this tech put to work at the online Apple store. Wonder how this works? Read on…




The setup on the sales rep side is fairly complex. In order to create an intimate augmented reality atmosphere, the technology involves high-resolution cameras, a multitouch touchscreen – even some mirrors.

Frontends for both the salesperson and the customer are connected to an existing e-commerce backend. Hardware components have been built by Teenage Engineering. The software component is based around Adobe Flash technology. B-Reel has only three units operational at the moment, but they plan on pitching the technology to a number of retailers.




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Adobe unveils Creative Suite 5.5 with subscription options




True to its new mid-cycle release schedule, Adobe has upgraded the Creative Suite 5 suite to version 5.5. InDesign, Flash Professional, Dreamweaver, Premiere Pro and After Effects were all upgraded with new interactive features to help create rich HTML5 web apps, stereoscopic video and touch-based apps for smartphones and tablets. A new subscription-based model has debuted alongside the suite that lets you rent individual programs for a monthly or yearly fee.

Photoshop will set you back $35 a month, while the entire Design Premium CS 5.5 costs $95 on a monthly basis. The full CS 5.5 Mater Collection suite costs $129 a month. Additionally, open-source framework Flex 4.5 will land on the Mac in June.




Additionally, the company launched the Photoshop Touch Software Development Kit that lets you create apps for smartphones and tablets and pledged to release three new Photoshop companion apps for iPad that utilize the new SDK. Macworld has a detailed overview of the new features. The new Creative Suite 5.5 will ship by the end of April via the Adobe Store in North America, Authorized Resellers and Adobe Direct Sales. The entire CS5.5 Master Collection costs $2,599. The Design Premium, Web Premium, Production Premium and Design Standard are priced at $1,899, $1,799, $1,699, $1,299, respectively.

Individual programs are also available, such as the $699 Photoshop, $999 Photoshop Extended, $249 Flash Builder 4.5 Standard, $699 Flash Builder 4.5 Premium, $399 Flash Catalyst, and $699 Flash Professional. As always, education pricing for students, faculty and staff in K-12 and higher education is available.
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