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iPad Shipments Fuel PC Market Growth, Free Black Friday Deals App, Pico Projector for iPhone, and More

This Week's iPad, iPhone, iPod, and Apple TV News

Compiled by Charles Moore and edited by Dan Knight - 2011.11.07

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iPad Shipments Fuel 18% Global PC Market Growth

PR: Canalys has announced that Q3 2011 worldwide PC shipment volumes showed healthy year-on-year growth of 18%. Unlike some market research firms, Canalys includes touchscreen tablet computers in its sales metrics, and in this report notes that it's "pad proliferation" that's driving overall PC market expansion, while the form factor continues to disrupt traditional desktop, notebook, and, in particular, netbook sales. Total pad shipments were almost three times as many as in the same period a year ago. Notebooks grew 9% and desktops increased 8%, but netbooks declined 28%. China once again outperformed the global average, increasing 27% to account for 18% of worldwide volumes, while sluggish economies in the United States and Western Europe hindered expansion in those regions.

Apple's iPad shipments were up 166%, as sales of the iPad 2 continued to gain momentum, though its share of the worldwide market fell from 96% in Q3 2010 to 67% in Q3 2011 as a result of increasing competition from vendors such as Samsung, Asus, and Acer. Canalys predicts further market share erosion for Apple next quarter, despite strong holiday sales. Apple sold 11 million iPads in the last quarter, and this strong performance kept it firmly in second place in the total PC market (when pads are included) with a 15% share and just a point behind HP (16%), but ahead of Lenovo (12%), Dell (10%), and Acer (10%). Apple maintained a top-two position in each region, tablets-in.

"Ongoing legal and media battles between Apple and its current closest competitor, Samsung, kept the top two pad vendors in the spotlight over the course of Q3," says Canalys Analyst Tim Coulling. The result is that the pad market is being portrayed as very much a two-vendor race, with Samsung benefiting the most from the extra publicity on the global stage. In reality though, competition is intensifying as more vendors enter the market and seek to capitalize on growth opportunities."

As the holiday season gets underway, Canalys expects Amazon to make a major impact with its new Kindle Fire, priced at an extremely aggressive $199. Canalys predicts that the combination of a low price point and extensive video, audio, and other content will propel Kindle Fire shipments to more than 2 million in the fourth quarter, with Amazon taking second place in the United States. A mass upgrade movement from the original Kindle ebook reader to the Fire, however, is not a foregone conclusion, and international rollout has yet to be announced.

"HP's fire sale of the TouchPad, slashing prices from $499 to $99, following its decision to withdraw webOS hardware, demonstrated that pricing is a critical factor in determining success," says Coulling. "Overall, HP took fifth place in the worldwide pad market, shipping around 560,000 units."

HP recently announced that it would retain its Personal Systems Group (PSG), stating that PSG was too intertwined in HP's overall business. But the future of webOS remains unclear, despite HP's continuing investment in the platform. Canalys believes that webOS gives HP a much needed point of differentiation, and HP should now make every effort to use the platform.

"In addition to finding the right price points, vendors need to create a rich and vibrant content ecosystem. Though overall pad growth next quarter is inevitable, some vendors are further along than others in terms of providing a comprehensive user experience," comments Canalys Research Analyst Michael Kauh. "Content is critical, as is a compelling consumer proposition with single sign-in and billing options."

Programmer Swaps MacBook for iPad and Linode - and Loves It

Munich-based programmer, occasional writer, and part-time startup founder Mark O'Connor blogs that on September 19 he said good-bye to his trusty MacBook Pro and started developing exclusively on an iPad with Linode 512, a $20/month virtual server service. So how are things going after a month spent working in the cloud?

Mark O'Connor's iPad setupO'Connor notes that compiling on the quad-processor Linode is around twice as fast as inside VMware on his MacBook was, and also completely, blissfully silent, plus it doesn't even get warm, a refreshing change from the MacBook keyboard.

He also notes that in a bitterly ironic twist, the only part of working in the Cloud that doesn't work smoothly is using Google's cloud-based Google Docs Web-based word processor, which he say is a joke, frequently losing the cursor position and sizable chunks of text.

O'Connor says he launched his experiment because he believes that most people don't want to rearrange windows, babysit their own general purpose computers. or back up their data, and he predicts that sooner or later, almost everyone will work like this, and he wanted a taste of what that might feel like. He says he expected to find something that didn't work, but as the days turned into weeks and the weeks gathered into a month, he found he hadn't returned to his laptop even once.

He says he doesn't miss the weight, doesn't miss the keyboard getting warm when he's compiling, and doesn't miss the laptop's fragility, both physically and virtually. He doesn't miss running out of power, and to his surprise, he find himself happy with coding in the cloud, which he says isn't for everybody, but for his workflow it's a perfect fit and he loves it, except for the perfect peace being occasionally and rudely disturbed by the twin jet-engines of his MacBook's cooling fans spinning up to full power on the shelf behind him. "I cant believe I used to put up with this all day and night," he says.

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Free Black Friday Deal Finder Helps Holiday Shoppers Save Money and Time

PR: FatWallet, an online shopping resource for millions of savvy shoppers, has announced the very first leaked holiday ad from Macy's and six other stores on its Black Friday Deal Finder for the 2011 holidays.

Black Friday Deal FinderThe Black Friday Deal Finder is claimed to be the only resource of its kind for holiday shoppers who want early access to the very best deals of the season and the chance to get a jump on the crowds. The company says its 2011 Deal Finder is on track to have the most Black Friday ads in one spot, with more than 20,000 listings, with ads from Macy's and Radio Shack already posted on the Deal Finder.

"Most shoppers do not have the time and resources to efficiently sort through all the various Black Friday ads to find the best deals," says FatWallet COO Ryan Washatka. "We created the Black Friday Deal Finder and iPhone app to do the work for our shoppers. With a single tool, users will be able to search for the best deals by store, product, brand, or price. There's no better way to plan your holiday shopping on a budget."

How does it work? As soon as a retailer's Black Friday ad is leaked to the public, FatWallet tags each item in its Deal Finder for easy searching, sorting, and shopping. In addition to having more deals, the 2011 Deal Finder was redesigned to be faster and easier to use. Beyond sorting by price, product and store, shoppers can also focus on door busters, free shipping, rebates, or other special discounts as well. As they put together their list, users can easily share it with friends and family to coordinate shopping and maximize savings. Users can also shop in advance and save their favorite deals for purchase as they go on sale.

Black Friday Deal Finder

The Deal Finder proved to be a huge success among shoppers in its first year last year with more than 13,000 deals from major retailers, saving shoppers millions of dollars. FatWallet also offers up-to-the-minute sales, coupons, and insider tips from a variety of resources including: the Black Friday Forum, the FatWallet Blog, and easy-to-navigate features like Today's Best Deals and Cyber Monday Deals.

Following @fwblackfriday will keep Twitter users up-to-date on breaking Black Friday news and deals. The Black Friday Deal Finder is available online or on the go via the Black Friday iPhone App (free at the iTunes Store).

As the preferred online shopping resource for millions of savvy consumers, FatWallet.com works closely with hundreds of retailers like HP, New Egg, Walmart and Amazon to publish thousands of special offers, discounts, coupon codes and Cash Back rewards to its members. The much celebrated FatWallet forums represent the pulse of an evolving online marketplace where smart consumers gather to share and learn. Voted One of the 50 Best Small and Medium Companies to Work for in America by Great Places To Work, FatWallet ranks as one of the top 600 Internet properties in the nation. (Quantcast)

Gmail App for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch Released - and Removed

PR: Google Product Manager Matthew Izatt blogs:

Gmail app for iOS

"Earlier today we launched a new Gmail app for iOS. Unfortunately, it contained a bug which broke notifications and caused users to see an error message when first opening the app. We've removed the app while we correct the problem, and were working to bring you a new version soon. Everyone who's already installed the app can continue to use it."

Izatt says that with mobile computing, we check email pretty much everywhere these days, so with that in mind, Google's developers have created a new Gmail app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, combining favorite features from the Gmail mobile web app and iOS into one app so you can be more productive on the go. Its designed to be fast, efficient and take full advantage of the touchscreen and notification capabilities of your device. And it's one more reason to switch to Gmail.

Features include:

Speed

  • the information you need quickly, with minimal effort and distraction. So we've included some timesaving features:
  • Get alerted to new messages with push notifications and sounds
  • Find an email in seconds with search across your entire inbox
  • Autocomplete email addresses from your Gmail contacts or select from your devices address book
  • Upload photos with a click using the new attachment button in compose view
  • On iPad, navigate your inbox and read your mail simultaneously with split view
  • Upload photos
  • Reply, move, label and more

Gmail app for iOS

Efficiency

  • Our inboxes overflow with dozens and even hundreds of messages a day, and this can be even more challenging on a smaller screen. The new Gmail app helps organize your mail so you don't have to go wading through your inbox to find that key message from your boss or loved one:
  • Focus on your important messages first with Priority Inbox
  • Quickly scan countless emails on the same subject with threaded conversations
  • Organize your mail by archiving, labeling, starring, deleting and reporting spam
  • Threaded conversations on the iPad

Gmail app for iOS

Touch

  • Google has also optimized the interface so you can perform common actions in Gmail with the lightest touch:
  • Pull down your inbox to rapidly refresh if you're eager for new mail
  • Swipe right to view your labels without ever leaving your inbox
  • Swiftly scroll through dozens of emails just by sliding your finger
  • Pull down to refresh
  • Swipe right to view labels

Color Range Free: Many Color Effects in One App

Color Range on iPadColor Range on iPhonePR: SSA Mobile LLC has released Color Range Free 3.1, a free version of its popular photo editing application. Color Range 3.1 is an all-in-1 solution for creative color play on photos. The app's key feature is that it combines all possible color editing tools in one easy to use app.

"First introduced as an app that can automatically define a specific color or color range on a photo, in a year of work it has evolved into a multifunctional application for creative color play on photos", says Serge Aliseenko, CEO of SSA Mobile LLC. "Currently there are no apps on the market that can offer what we do."

Color Range allows users to highlight colors, remove colors, change colors, and create monochrome and colorized vintage pictures automatically. All the effects are very easy to use and get real-time previews.

Color Range on iPhoneMain features of Color Range:

  • Unique filters called Color Separator and Equalizers Of Colors' Range for automatic point out and partial or full elimination of a color or colors range
  • Standard or Advanced mode of gray/colored brush for manual elimination or recovering of photo's colors
  • Brightness, Contrast, Saturation and Sharpness filters for additional adjustments and receiving of the style you need for your image
  • HUE filter for changing colors of selected objects
  • Color Balance filter for achieving different kinds of vintage effects
  • Ability to view all applied effects in real-time
  • Ability to cancel and repeat your actions an unlimited number of times
  • Zoom function
  • Ability to upload images with any resolution or apply the built-in camera
  • Ability to save images in Photo Album, send them via email or export them to Facebook and Twitter

Color Range on iPadThe free version is limited to save images in low-res only.

Languages: US English, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish

Device Requirements:

  • iPhone 3GS or higher, iPad, iPad 2, iPod touch 3G or higher
  • Requires iOS 3.2 or later
  • 5.4 MB

Color Range Free 3.1 is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Photo & Video category.

Adobe Carousel Available in iTunes App Store and Mac App Store

Adobe CarouselPR: Adobe has announced the immediate availability of Adobe Carousel in the iTunes App Store and Mac App Store. Adobe Carousel is the only photography solution that gives consumers access to their entire photo library from their iPad, iPhone, iPod touch and Mac OS. It's a simple way to browse, adjust, and share photos without worrying about manual syncing. Adobe Carousel is powered by the same photo-processing engine used in Lightroom, so customers get the finest photo-editing results delivered consistently, no matter the device.

Adobe Carousel comprises a set of client apps for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and Mac OS desktops; support for Windows and Android is expected in the first half of 2012.

Adobe CarouselPhoto libraries imported into Adobe Carousel are automatically accessible on any supported device through Adobe Carousel's cloud-based smart mesh technology. Once photos are imported, any edits, deletions, or additions made to the library on one device automatically update across all devices linked to the account. Subscribers can import an unlimited number of JPEG files and install Adobe Carousel on as many of their compatible devices as they want. Getting started with Adobe Carousel is as simple as downloading the apps and setting up a subscription plan on the iPhone and iPad.

Multitouch gestures allow an interactive experience to explore photos quickly and easily, and Adobe's powerful photo-processing engine lets users adjust exposure, shadows, highlights, white balance, vibrance, clarity, and contrast. Customers can experiment with the appearance of an image by applying over a dozen different preset photo "Looks."

Adobe CarouselPhoto sharing is easy with Adobe Carousel. Subscribers can invite up to 25 friends and family members to collaborate on a photo library for free - so anyone with an Adobe Carousel capable device can view and add photos, apply adjustments and Looks to images, and easily flag favorites. Users can also share photos via Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and email.

System requirements (iOS):

  • Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad.
  • Requires iOS 4.2 or later.

Adobe Carousel is immediately available through the iTunes App Store and Mac App Store.

Customers can take advantage of a special introductory price for Adobe Carousel through Jan. 31, 2012 of $59.99/year or $5.99/month. Anyone subscribing at the introductory offer will be able to renew at that same price for an additional two years. At the conclusion of the introductory offer, Adobe Carousel will be $99.99/year or $9.99/month. Customers receive a complimentary subscription for up to 30 days and can purchase a monthly or yearly subscription at any time from their iPad or iPhone. They automatically receive any enhancements and updates to Adobe Carousel at no additional charge.

As part of their subscription, customers can download and install the apps as many times and across as many devices as they want for no additional fee.

Camera Multi-Lens for iPad 2 and iPhone 4S

PR: CreativeAppDev has announced the release and immediate availability of Camera Multi-Lens for iPad 2 and iPhone 4S. You have an iPad 2 and iPhone 4S, both devices don't offer multiple lens support like a true DSLR camera does. Now you have. Camera Multi-Lens brings a professional level DSLR lens emulation feature to your photos taken in this app or loaded from camera roll/photo albums.

Camera Multi-Lens

Just take/open a photo and choose the lens effect you want. Camera Multi-Lens includes an advanced lenses library for all purposes. When you're done, just choose what you want to do with your photo - send it via email to your friend, tweet it to Twitter, share it to Facebook or Tumblr service.

Camera Multi-Lens for iPad 2 and iPhone 4S provides:

  • Professional stylish user interface optimized for iPad 2 and iPhone 4S
  • Load existing or take new photos from camera in app
  • Large image resolution support
  • Choose between camera lenses in app to get amazing effects with your photos
  • Apply or Undo your effects
  • Combine effects with each other
  • Save photos to your device or send to web (email, twitter, facebook, tumblr are supported)
  • Camera Multi-Lens - one iPad but many lenses

Device Requirements:

  • Compatible with iPad and iPad 2/iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S
  • Requires iPhone OS 4.0 or later
  • 1.3 MB/1.1 MB

Camera Multi-Lens for iPad 2/iPhone 4S (v1.0) is $4.99/$2.99 (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Photo & Video category.

Presentation & Protection

Multimedia Pico Projector for iPod & iPhone

PR: This product is an accessory for Apple devices enabling users to play video and audio from an iPhone or iPod via the built-in Apple original decoder chip. Maximum power consumption of product is under 450 mA (at maximum audio volume), so it's claimed to be able to play two movies with 20% power reserve left. The lens has its own focus function to can adjust the clarity of the image.

Usage of the product is claimed to be easy for anyone. Put the projector plug into the iPhone/iPod and turn on the power, and it should work after 13 seconds.

Specificationz:

  • Display Technology: LCoS Technology
  • Aspect ratio: 4:3
  • Focusing: Lens Focus Length
  • Lamp source: White LED
  • Lamp life: Over 50,000 hr.
  • Brightness: 10 lumens
  • Contrast ratio (FIFO): >80: 1
  • Resolution: 480 x 320 Pixels
  • Projector size: 7.5 @ 0.3m 25 @ 1.0m
  • Distortion: 1.5%
  • Field Angle(1/2):15
  • Color Gamma (comparing to NTSC):>40%
  • I/O Connectors I/O: A/V IN , Apple devices, Audio OUT,
  • Video / Audio Terminal: DVD/PMP/DV/DC/PSP & All with AV out Device
  • Video compatibility: Apple device playback,Analog video
  • Audio compatibility: Apple device playback,Analog audio
  • Speaker: 1W Stereo
  • Power source: DC 5V,1A
  • Maximum operating current: 450 mA
  • Dimensions: 57.5x48x16mm (L*W*H)
  • Weight: 32g
  • Support: All languages

Package includes:

  • Pico Projector
  • for iPhone Holder
  • Tripod
  • USB Cable
  • AV Cable

$87.99

BodyGuardz Mykase, Customizable iPhone 4/4S Protection

MykasePR: BodyGuardz has launched Mykase, a customizable hard case for iPhone 4/4S.

Using a patent-pending system of interchangeable plates, Mykase is a multi-piece case that includes a base (comprised of interlocking back-and-side and bottom pieces) as well as additional back plates for customization. The base is available in matte black and gloss white, and each package comes with three back plate color options black, white and yellow allowing users to mix to create a customized color combination.

Additional colors will be available in late November, including the option for users to print their own designs and pictures on the back plate.

"With Mykase, we offer consumers the chance to express their individuality while also safeguarding their coveted iPhones, says Kirk Feller, CEO and president of BodyGuardz.

Combined with the Mykase base that offers complete coverage, the personalized back plate serves as a reinforced barrier to further prevent scratches and dents. Mykase is easy to put on and remove and provides secure coverage that is designed not to come apart even when dropped.

Mykase is engineered to fit the specifications of the iPhone 4/4S and snugly enclose the device. A soft strip inside grips the iPhone and raises it slightly to create additional protection from impact and scratching. Mykase can be paired with BodyGuardz's full line of products including UltraTough clear skins, Carbon Fiber armor, and ScreenGuardz screen protectors.

Customers can preorder Mykase ($29.95) now at BodyGuardz.com. BodyGuardz will ship Mykase beginning mid-November.

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