It may cost only $29, but Apple’s new iPad Camera Connection Kit features heavily this week, with Glenn Fleishman reviewing it for its primary purpose (transferring photos from your camera to your iPad) and also discovering that it works for audio headsets as well. And then Jeff Carlson found that you can use it to expand your iPad’s media storage capacity, too! On the Mac side of the fence, Glenn covers Orbicule’s Undercover theft-recovery software and Joe Kissell contributes an introduction to file encryption in Mac OS X. We also run down Apple’s stellar second quarter financial results and congratulate the four (!) TidBITS staffers included in the 2010 MacTech 25 list of most influential people in the Macintosh technical community. Notable software releases this week include Nisus Writer Express 3.3.2 and Nisus Writer Pro 1.4.1, HoudahGeo 2.5, Default Folder X 4.3.7, and PageSender 4.6.
Congratulations to Adam Engst, Tonya Engst, Glenn Fleishman, and Joe Kissell, all of whom were included in the most recent MacTech 25 list of most influential people in the Macintosh technical community.
Apple continues to set records with its earnings report for the second quarter of its fiscal year. iPhone sales were up 124 percent over the year-ago quarter, and iPod sales stayed remarkably strong. Mac sales fared well, too. Growth outside the United States contributed to the overall strong results. And this quarter ended before a single iPad was delivered.
In a change in Orbicule's Undercover 4, the theft-recovery tool gives you the information generated by a stolen computer, as well as sharing it with law enforcement. You can also optionally track your laptop in real time.
See who won copies of FotoMagico Pro 3 in the last DealBITS drawing, and if you're not among them, read on to save 20 percent on the professional-level slideshow software.
The iPad Camera Connection Kit, a two-adapter set, is now shipping. We take a look at the basics of using the kit to import photos from a camera or SD card. It's a solid offering, and one that surprisingly lets you connect devices other than cameras.
While Apple makes no mention of it, you can plug a set of driver-free USB headphones or a headset into the iPad Camera Connection Kit's USB adapter.
The 16 GB iPad doesn't offer enough storage for avid movie watchers, especially if you want to take the iPad on vacation without a laptop. Here's a way to bring more media than will fit on the device, without paying for a larger-capacity iPad, using Apple's iPad Camera Connection Kit.
In this excerpt from his massive "Mac Security Bible," Joe Kissell explores the theory and practice of encrypting files on your Mac's hard drive.
Notable software releases this week include Nisus Writer Express 3.3.2 and Nisus Writer Pro 1.4.1, HoudahGeo 2.5, Default Folder X 4.3.7, and PageSender 4.6.
While recovering from last week's massive TidBITS issue and responding to oodles of amazingly kind comments from readers, we didn't do much reading other than following the Gizmodo stolen iPhone prototype story, which Andy Ihnatko and Scott Adams did a good job of summarizing. Adam also shared some stories from his early Mac days with MacTech Magazine, and we watched as Israel banned the iPad, took flak, and lifted the ban last weekend.