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Smartphone apps market hit $2.2B in the first half of 2010

Posted in Software by Shane McGlaun on August 26th, 2010

If you needed anymore proof that the sale of apps for smartphones was a huge and booming business than the success of the App Store here it is. A company called Research2guidance has offered up the results of its app research.

According to the company, the market for apps was worth $2.2 billion in the first half of the year. To compare for all of 2009 the app market was worth only $1.7 billion. The number of apps downloaded in the first half of 2010 was 3.9 billion with only 3.1 billion downloaded in all of 2009.

PLX Kiwi debuts devices to help you drive green and watch your car

Posted in Android,APC,Software by Shane McGlaun on August 25th, 2010

One of the keys to driving with an eye towards being green and improving economy is to watch how you accelerate and keep an eye on mileage figures. Some cars have onboard computers for this, but others lack such systems.

PLX Kiwi has unveiled several cool products that plug into the OBDII port on modern cars, can monitor all sorts of things on the vehicle. The Kiwi Drive Green Save Gas module monitors green savings, and offers 20 green driving lessons.

Netbook Software Suite bundled on a USB drive or SD Card

Posted in Software by Conner Flynn on June 7th, 2010

How do you get people to buy bloatware in this day and age? Well, you definitely have to try a new gimmick. Maybe by bundling software packages onto a USB drive or SD card. That’s exactly what PC Treasures is doing with their Netbook Software Suite.

For $35 or less, you can buy their Netbook Software Suite that comes with a 4GB SD card, or a USB drive that is bundled with a whole bunch of software. Stuff like McAfee VirusScan Plus 2010 with a 1 Year subscription, ACDsee Photo Manager, Anytime Organizer, CheckIt Registry Cleaner, Corel WordPerfect Office X3, Cyber Patrol Parental Controls, Laplink Everywhere 5, Mahjongg Ancient Mayas, Stuffit Deluxe 2009; Sudoku, Kakuro, and Friends; SurfSecret Total Privacy Suite; Turbo Backup 7.2; World’s Best Boards Game; and Thunderbird email.

Tripware books trips through Outlook 2007

Posted in Software by Shane McGlaun on July 8th, 2009

tripware-logo-sbI occasionally travel on business and have come to realize that booking a trip on most online services like Expedia is a pain. You have to sort through so many pages to find what you want and be sure that extras you don’t want aren’t being added on the sly to your total.

A new trip booking service aimed at business travelers called Tripware has been announced. The service is an Outlook 2007 plug-in that allows users to book trips directly from Outlook 2007. One of the coolest parts is that the plug-in remembers a user’s preferences like car rental info and hotel preferences.

Cloud computing will change smartphone apps

Posted in Software by Shane McGlaun on July 8th, 2009

attnavappWe can thank Apple for the massive boom in awareness and availability of apps for smartphones. The Apple App Store has been a runaway sales success and has spawned a litany of competing offerings from other smartphone makers.

According to research firm ABI Research the future of smartphone and mobile applications lies in cloud computing. The research firm says that a new architecture for cloud-based apps will change the way the apps are developed, acquired, and used. ABI figures that the market for could-based apps will reach $20 million annually by 2014.

Study: Microsoft Office dominates free alternatives

Posted in Software by Shane McGlaun on November 17th, 2008

Google DocsWhen it comes time to work I turn to Microsoft Office as do the majority of business people and users looking to do some word processing, check email or build spreadsheets. Microsoft Office is expensive for sure and several free products have turned up that offer Office-like capabilities.

Among the free offerings that are Office alternatives are Google Documents and OpenOffice. While both of these offerings are free, they still only have a tiny fraction of the users Microsoft has for Office. A new study from Clickstream Technologies polled Internet users to find out what productivity suite most people use.

Symantec acquires PC Tools for second time in software history

Posted in Software by Nino Marchetti on August 20th, 2008

PC ToolsOlder computer geeks, circa mid-1990s, may well remember Central Point Software, developers of the original PC Tools collection of software utilities which gave Symantec a run for its money. Symantec acquired Central Point in 1994, putting an end to its major competitor at the time. The PC Tools name faded for awhile, before becoming the name of another software company in 2004. This company, in turn, was just picked up by Symantec today.

Symantec said it would be acquiring PC Tools for an undisclosed sum, keeping the company as a separate brand (for now). PC Tools, the modern company, is known for its variety of software products which handle privacy, anti-virus, computer maintenance and other tasks on Windows computers. This, again, is much like the original PC Tools. Did Symantec see the writing on the wall, again, and just decide to nip a potential …

Microsoft wants you to visit “Albany,” aka, HELL

Posted in Software by Nino Marchetti on April 19th, 2008

Albany The Egg building

A rather strange landmark of the Albany, New York skyline is The Egg, a local performing arts venue. This oddly designed building could well be an omen for Microsoft’s freshly announced “Albany” subscription service – a big, fat laid egg.

Albany, as discussed by Microsoft product manager Bryson Gordon, will be an all you can eat service for consumers which gives them all the Microsoft goodness they can handle under one desktop. You can, for x amount of dollars, gain access to Office Home and Student 2007, Windows Live OneCare and Windows Live Mail, Messenger and Photo Gallery. This is on top of security updates and the like.

Photoshop Express now online and free

Posted in Software by Darrin Olson on March 27th, 2008

Adobe Photoshop Express now online and freeAdobe announced on Thursday the beta launch of Adobe Phtotoshop Express, an free online tool for editing, storing and sharing images without the need for any installations or downloads. The Express version of Photoshop is of course a pared-down of the full-blown version of Photoshop, but Adobe hopes it will get more people interested in editing their photos and familiar with the tool, and in turn then sell more copies of Photoshop C3 for the normal $600-$900.

The new tool isn’t completely without any downloads or installations since it does require the Flash player 9 to run, but will then run on any browser with the plugin including Windows, Macs and Linux machines. Adobe is also offering 2GB of free storage with the free Photoshop Express account.

Turn your iPhone & iPod into a guitar

Posted in iPhone,iPhone Accessories,Software by Conner Flynn on January 21st, 2008

Turn your iPhone & iPod into a guitar
Let’s face it, Guitar Hero is not nearly enough for some would be Rock stars out there. To them, everything needs to have the ability to be plucked, strummed and otherwise abused musically. And the air guitar only gets you so far before people start avoiding you like the plague. This is for those people.

The PocketGuitar is a virtual guitar for the iPhone and iPod Touch. It was developed as a Google Code project by Shinya Kasatani. You can also use the songs on your iPod for those long guitar sessions. Apparently, it’s very easy to install. Now you’ll have a whole new way to annoy those around you, while getting your guitar action on.

RealPlayer 11 transfers online video to iPods

Posted in RealNetworks,Software by Nino Marchetti on November 15th, 2007

real-player-11.jpgRealPlayer. You remember that multimedia application, right? That’s the other program besides iTunes or Windows Media Player which lets you enjoy media files on your computer. RealNetworks, the company behind the program, is officially out today with the latest incarnation known as RealPlayer 11.

RealPlayer 11, depending upon if you are using the free or pay for version, lets you do a number of interesting features. You can, for example, transfer video content to iPods, which means RealNetworks is now encroaching upon Apple territory. The software will also let you now do “one-click” downloads of video you might otherwise normally stream so that you can watch it offline later.

IBM Lotus Symphony – Office Competition For Free

Posted in IBM,News,Services,Software by Darrin Olson on September 19th, 2007

IBM Lotus Symphony is being offered online for free providing text document, spreadsheet and presentation editors.Microsoft has taken more than one significant hit this week by losing its antitrust ruling appeal in Europe on Monday and then finding out that IBM now also provides competitive software to their Office suite of products. What makes this even more concerning for Microsoft is that IBM is offering their tools for free.

Tuesday IBM launched Lotus Symphony, a collection of three office-minded, internet-based programs that are freely available on the web after registering. The programs, bearing the same name as IBM’s top commercial software, consist of Lotus Symphony Documents which is a word editor, Lotus Symphony Presentations as a slide show creating tool, and Lotus Symphony Spreadsheets. All the programs work with Windows and Linux operating systems, and IBM says they have a future version planned for Mac OSX. The trio of programs can export documents to PDF’s and support a multitude of file types including Word, Excel and Powerpoint files from Microsoft.

Final Cut Studio 2 Released

Posted in Apple,Final Cut Studio 2,News by Darrin Olson on April 15th, 2007

Final Cut Studio 2Today Apple released Final Cut Studio 2, the latest upgrade to the companies video production suite of tools. Apple states that this new version was made specifically to allow editors using the software to “animate, mix, grade and deliver their work as a natural extension of the editorial process”.

For many users, the most significant of the many enhancements to the software package would have to be Final Cut Pro 6. This version introduces Apple’s new codec format for HD video compression called ProRes 422. The new compression will allow video files to be compressed to a much more manageable size than previously possible.

The Final Cut Studio 2 suite also includes Motion 3, Soundtrack Pro 2, Compressor 3 DVD Studio Pro 4.2 and Color. Color is a new addition to the Final Cut Studio suite of products, made to allow editors to further improve footage …

Google Apps Premier Edition

Posted in Google,News,Software by Paul Patterson on February 22nd, 2007

Google Apps Premier EditionGoogle has released an enterprise version of its popular hosted productivity and communications suite, Google Apps. Google Apps Premier Edition will cost businesses $50 per user per year.

For $50 a user you get the entire Google Apps package plus access to APIs, conference room scheduling for Calendar, 10GB of storage for email, extended phone support for critical issues, and mobile GMail on your BlackBerry.

Google Apps includes GMail, Talk, Calendar, Start Page, Docs and Spreadsheets, and Page Creator. Google Apps currently comes in three editions: Standard, Education, and Premier. The Standard and Education editions will remain free.

Google has already signed on some larger companies such as Procter & Gamble, General Electric Corporation, and Prudential to use the new service.

Gmail For Your Domain was launched back in February 2006 as an invitation-only beta and allowed Gmail to be used with a …

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Released

Posted in Adobe,News,Software by Darrin Olson on February 19th, 2007

Adobe Photoshop LightroomAdobe has released its 1.0 version of the Photoshop Lightroom software which will bring the product out of its year-plus beta period and available for retail purchase. The Lightroom software is a digital photographers ‘toolbox’ used for managing, developing and presenting a digital photo library.

The product is available initially for $199, but will go up to $299 starting in May. If you are currently using the beta 4.1 or previous, it will expire at the end of February and you will have two months to take advantage of the $100 discount.

Lightroom 1.0 has some additional features which help filtering through large collections of photos by keywords and a new Key Metadata Browser for key information tags. It also has an improved ranking system with colored labels and a feature to pick or reject items. The Develop module has some new features for comparing versions of …