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Nov 04
'MacVoices' looks at iMovie '11

On the new "MacVoices" (, Jeff Carlson has been spending lots of time with the new iMovie '11, and has discovered a number of useful, cool and largely undocumented features.

He discusses the under-publicized return of the timeline (even if it isn't called a timeline), the usefulness of Movie Trailer and other effects, and then dives into things you didn't know, including rolling shutter fix, morse code in a theme, and several other minor but tasteful additions. iMovie '11 still isn't good with interlaced video; Carlson explains what that means to you and how to work around it, and why iMovie '11 is finally almost like the long-dead iMovie HD.

"MacVoices" is an Internet show and podcast that delivers in-depth discussions with the most influential people in the Mac industry, as well as "the individuals who are out there making it happen on the front lines of the global...

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Nov 04
USB Fever announces new iPad, iPod, iPhone products

USB Fever has announced three new products for the iPad, iPod and iPhone. The Leather Case with Keyboard for iPad ( is an US$69.99 combination leather case and keyboard.

The Watch band for iPod Nano 6th ( is a $9.99 strap that turns the latest iPod nano into a wristwatch. The
Universal Tripod Mount for iPhone, Cellphone and PDA (

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Nov 04
A Verizon iPhone coming before year's end?

"TUAW" ( thinks we may see a Verizon iPhone before the end of 2011. Such a device has been expected for a long time, but most predictions have it arriving no sooner than early 2011.

However, "TUAW" say a Verizon insider told them that training notices have been sent out to customer service personnel describing an "Iconic Device" that will be available for pre-order on Nov. 9. The device is expected to be in very high demand, and the training goes on to cover how to handle the pre-orders as they come in, says "TUAW."

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Nov 04
Jobs hints at update of Final Cut Pro

It's been over seven month since Apple last updated Final Cut Pro. But that may be about to change. "Cult of Mac" ( reports an email exchange between a Final Cut Pro user and Apple CEO Steve Jobs.

The article says Evan Agee recently emailed Jobs, expressing his hopes of a 64-bit update to Final Cut Pro. He purportedly received one of the CEO's famed, succinct replies: “Stay tuned and buckle up.”

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Nov 04
Analyst sets $410 price target for Apple stock

Robert W. Baird analyst William Power launched coverage of Apple Thursday morning with an Outperform rating and US$410 price target, reports "Barron's" (

“Apple has established itself as the unabashed premium provider in the burgeoning smart phone market,” he tells clients in a research note. “We expect the company to further expand its market position, while also capitalizing on a number of newer growth initiatives, including the iPad, which is opening another huge market. Combined with what we view as an attractive valuation, despite the strong stock move, we are initiating coverage with an Outperform rating.”

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Nov 04
Apple accepting submissions for Mac App Store

Apple is now accepting submissions for the upcoming Mac App Store. Revealed in October, the Mac version will operate much like the iOS App Store, and is set to launch sometime in January 2011.

At the Oct. 20 "Back to the Mac" event, Craig Federighi, Apple's vice president of engineering for OS X, demoed The Mac App Store. He said it brings the Apple App Store experience to Mac OS X, making discovering, installing and updating Mac apps easier than ever, he says. Like on the iPad, you purchase apps using your iTunes account and they download and install in just one step.

App updates are delivered directly through the Mac App Store, so it’s easy to keep all of your apps up to date. The Mac App Store will be available for Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard") and will be included in Mac OS X Lion when it ships next summer.

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Nov 04
Gartner to CEOs: seize the iPad opportunity

The iPad and its ecosystem are likely to disrupt existing technology use profiles and business models, and CEOs should ensure that its potential is being seriously evaluated inside their organizations, according to a new report from Gartner Inc (

“It is not usually the role of the CEO to get directly involved in specific technology device decisions, but Apple's iPad is an exception,” says Stephen Prentice, Gartner Fellow and vice president. “It is more than just the latest consumer gadget; and CEOs and business leaders should initiate a dialogue with their CIOs about if they have not already done so.”

The research grouop forecasts worldwide media tablet sales to end users to reach 19.5 million units in 2010, driven by sales of the iPad. Media tablets are poised for strong growth with worldwide end user sales projected to total 54.8 million units in 2011, up 181 percent from...

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Nov 04
Jawbone introduces Jambox wireless speaker, speakerphone

Jawbone (http:/// has introduced the Jambox, which it says is the first intelligent wireless speaker and speakerphone. In addition to delivering full spectrum audio, Jambox connects with mobile phones, computers, tablets, iPods or any other Bluetooth device, allowing consumers to stream and share music, movies, games, phone and conference calls wirelessly.

Jambox's acoustic drivers and ultra-small dome produce an audio spectrum almost as wide as the human ear itself, says Hosain Rahman, CEO and founder of Jawbone. These drivers and speakers work in concert with an innovative moving-wall passive bass radiator and airtight enclosure.

The Jambox can be updated with apps, software and new features at Jawbone's online platform, MyTalk. Audio alerts offer hands-free convenience, letting you know battery life, caller ID, call functions and more. Jambox can also be personalized with voice...

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Nov 04
Apple planning third retail store in Scotland

Apple is preparing to open its third store in Scotland, this one in Edenburgh on Princes Street, reports "The Journal" (

By opening a store in Scotland’s capital, customers will no longer have to travel to Glasgow to fix their faulty or broken products, says "The Journal." There are currently only two Apple Stores in Scotland, in Glasgow and Aberdeen.

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Nov 04
Apple acknowledges MacBook Air glitches

The "Boy Genius Report" site ( says Apple has confirmed a problem with the new MacBook Air is working on a fix.

Apple hasn't addressed any of the reported issues publicly, but a source told "BGR" that the manufacturer is investigating several of them internally. Included among the issues is a bug where the display flickers or shows horizontal lines of varying colors when a computer wakes from sleep or after hot-plugging a display. Another bug causes the screen to fade from light to dark repeatedly after waking from sleep. Apple’s internal support system includes suggestions for interim fixes in each of these cases, but no permanent fixes are available at this time.

"Apple has stated internally that the aforementioned issues...

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Nov 04
Excel Software releases QLRT Xcode 1.0

Excel Software ( has announced QLRT Xcode 1.0 for Xcode developers to protect Mac OS X software. QLRT Xcode is a static library implementation of the QuickLicense runtime software for protection, activation and license management.

Xcode programmers can protect their software from piracy and increase revenue by supporting a variety of license types, activation processes and advanced licensing features. QLRT Xcode is used in conjunction with QuickLicense. The developer configures all aspects of the software license with QuickLicense and builds a tiny encrypted Ticket file.

That Ticket file is bound to an application when the QLRT library is dropped into the source code and linked into the application. By focusing on value added customer solutions rather than
internal protection, activation and licensing features, the vendor gains programming productivity...

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Nov 04
GSLO funds development of ApplePeel 520 for iPad

GoSolarUSA ( and Yosion have announced a development agreement to configure new versions of the ApplePeel 520 for use with tablet computers such as the Apple iPad.

GoSolarUSA is providing the funding and tablets that Yosion needs to develop the new gadgets. The two companies have worked together closely since signing an option agreement in September. GoSolarUSA signed a profit participation agreement with Yosion last month that entitles GSLO to a portion of Yosion’s net profits worldwide.

“Apple has sold more than three million iPads since the tablet’s release in April, selling over 300,000 on launch day alone,” says Tyson Rohde, GSLO President and CEO. “Clearly, there’s a very large market of tablet users developing here that we believe will grow by leaps and bounds this holiday season. By developing the ApplePeel 520 for the iPad and other devices such as the Amazon...

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Nov 04
YML looks at the MacBook Air, Magic Trackpad, more

The new "Your Mac Life" episode looks at the new MacBook Air, the Magic Trackpad and the 2011 Macworld Conference & Expo.

You can listen in this and every Wednesday evening from 5:30 to 8 pm (Pacific). Live video is on Your Mac Life! You can watch the show live at -- or you can listen in to the plain old audio feed at .

You can join one of the two Chat Rooms that run during the live show -- on the live video site or on the dedicated IRC Server at in the #yourmaclife Channel.

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Nov 04
BatchOutput update introduces Deliver support

Zevrix Solutions ( has released BatchOutput 3.9.6, an update to its professional solution to automate printing and exporting from Adobe InDesign. It's a maintenance upgrade that introduces support for Deliver, a new solution for file delivery to remote and local destinations.

BatchOutput is designed to automate and simplify InDesign production workflows of service providers, printers, ad agencies and publishers. With BatchOutput, users only need to select the files to output and adjust the settings, and the rest will be done automatically.

BatchOutput 3.9.6 can be purchased from the Zevrix web site for US$129.95, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. The upgrade to BatchOutput 3.9 is free for users of version 3.x, and $51.98 from earlier versions. It includes the Deliver application (a $19.95 value). Users who purchased BatchOutput 3.7 and earlier...

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Nov 03
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Nov. 3

Here are the latest iPhone/iPod touch/iPod/iPad apps announced. You can find 'em at the Apple App Store (

FileMaker has delivered FileMaker Go 1.1 for iPhone and FileMaker Go 1.1 for iPad apps in five new languages in addition to English -- French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Japanese. With FileMaker Go, users can view, edit and search FileMaker Pro records on an iPhone and iPad. Databases can be accessed directly from files hosted on FileMaker Pro or FileMaker Server, or database files can be copied locally onto FileMaker Go via File Sharing in iTunes.

The new update is available free to existing FileMaker Go users. FileMaker Go for iPhone and iPod touch (running iOS 4) is US$19.99 and FileMaker Go for iPad (running iOS 3.2) is $39.99. 

Aspyr Media and test prep leader Kaplan Test Prep have teamed up for futureU, one of the industry’s first...

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Nov 03
Flixster launches single sign-on with Facebook on the iPhone

Flixster ( has integrated with Facebook’s new single sign-on feature for iPhone and Android devices, making it possible for people to begin sharing and discovering movies with their friends with just one click when logged into Facebook.

"Facebook’s new feature shows how an Internet of many connected devices is quickly converging as one platform," says Flixster co-founder and CEO Joe Greenstein. "Our 23 million mobile users are now just one click away from their friends, whether they are using an Android phone, an iPad or accessing Flixster or Rotten Tomatoes from their desktop."

Available on both iPhone and Android and iPhone devices, single sign-on for Facebook Platform makes it easier for the over 100 million people who access Facebook on mobile devices to bring their friends with them to their favorite apps, and to get started quickly, he adds. Once a person is logged...

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Nov 03
Apple acknowledges iOS 4.1/daylight savings time glitch

Apple has acknowledged an iOS 4.1 bug involving daylight savings time in some countries. In an online note (, Apple had this to say:

"In some regions, shortly before or after the daylight saving time (DST) change, repeating alarms created in the Clock app may work incorrectly.

"Products affected: iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (3rd generation), iPhone 3G, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod touch (2nd generation)

"To resolve this behavior for existing alarms, set the repeat interval to Never. You will need to reset these alarms for each day you need them. After November 7th, 2010, you can set your alarms to repeat again."

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Nov 03
ComScore: Apple has 24.4% of US smartphone market

ComScore (, a company that measures the digital world, today released data from the comScore MobiLens service, reporting key trends in the U.S. mobile phone industry during the three month average period ending in September.

The report ranked the leading mobile original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and smartphone operating system (OS) platforms in the U.S. according to their share of current mobile subscribers ages 13 and older, and reviewed the most popular activities and content accessed via the subscriber’s primary mobile phone. The September report found Samsung to be the top handset manufacturer overall with 23.5% market share, while RIM led among smartphone platforms with 37.3% market share.

For the three month average period ending in September, 234 million Americans ages 13 and older used mobile devices. Device manufacturer Samsung ranked as the top OEM with 23.5%...

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Nov 03
Sony brings Free Realms to the Mac

Sony Online Entertainment (SOE), in collaboration with TransGaming, has released Free Realms for the Mac platform. Mac users can now enjoy the family-friendly online world, integrated into synchronous gameplay on the same game servers as PC players.

Free Realms players on the Mac platform will experience consistent controls and functionality and will have full access to the existing Marketplace and community forums, according to the folks at Sony. Free Realms is a free-to-play, online game that has more than 14 million registered players engaged in its virtual world.

In Free Realms, players can customize their characters and play a variety of mini-games. To play, visit .

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Nov 03
Nielsen: iPhone has 28% market share

The Android exited the third quarter with 19% smartphone market share, with the BlackBerry OS and Apple iOS grabbing 30% and 28%, respectively, according to the Nielsen research group -- as reported by "eWeek" (

The BlackBerry OS, which just months ago commanded more than 40% of the U.S. smartphone market before the rivalry between iPhone and Android took wing, dipped to 30% market share, per the study. The iPhone 4 has been the hottest-selling smartphone, says Nielsen.

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Nov 03
Blackmagic Design's Compact Videohub shipping

Blackmagic Design ( is shipping the Compact Videohub, which it says is the world’s smallest 40 x 40 SDI router that fits into two rack units of space.

It features three Gb/s SDI, ASI, auto switching SD, HD and 3 Gb/s SDI formats, full SDI re-clocking, USB, redundant power inputs, ethernet and serial router control for US$4,995.
Compact Videohub is less than an inch deep. It includes more control interfaces such as USB, as well as direct ethernet and RS-422 serial interfaces.

Direct ethernet router control allows direct connection to a computer network for control. Ethernet control is fully compatible with Blackmagic Design‘s range of software control panels, the Videohub Smart Control hardware control panel and the new Videohub Control for iPad.

Compact Videohub, like all Blackmagic Design Videohub routers, allows for a range of...

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Nov 03 releases MacForensicsLab Write Controller 1.0 ( has released MacForensicsLab Write Controller 1.0, a software write-blocking application. It prevents the Mac from automatically mounting volumes and maintains the integrity of suspect data, providing a layer of protection when working with important information.

By default, Mac OS X automatically mounts the volumes of any device when connected to the Mac. If a suspect drive is connected directly to the Mac with mounting turned on, the Mac OS will immediately update the drive with system related information which could compromise the integrity of the evidence.

Write Controller allows an investigator to control this behavior and prevent automatic mounting which prevents accidental writing to the drive. The software also has the flexibility to allow the user to mount and unmount volumes.  

MacForensicLab Write Controller is now...

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Nov 03
'MacNotables' looks at the new MacBook Air

The latest edition of "MacNotables" (, a podcast that serves as home to Mac personalities who will comment on the latest news and opinions in the Mac community, is available.

Mac guru Ted Landau is the proud owner of a new MacBook Air, and provides some
insight into the benefits and limitations of the SSD drive, the unibody construction and how it compares to the PC netbook market. While not for everyone, Landau explains how the Air compares and compliments Mac desktops, other Mac laptops and even the iPad.

Then he examines the Mac App Store announcement and what he thinks its impact will be on developers and users alike, why he thinks sooner is better to establish an app
store presence, and why he isn't necessarily happy about it all.

"MacNotables" panelists include Christopher Breen, Bryan Chaffin, Jim Dalrymple...

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Nov 03
ITC: Nokia shouldn't be found guilty of infringing Apple...

Nokia shouldn’t be found liable of infringing Apple patents, the staff of the U.S. International Trade Commission, reports "Bloomberg" (

“The evidence will not establish a violation” of Apple patent rights, the staff, which acts on behalf of the public as a third party in the case, said in a pre-hearing memo released yesterday. Apple is asking the ITC to block imports of Nokia phones into the U.S., claiming they are infringing four patents.

In September Apple sued Nokia in Britain, reiterating claims it has already made in a lawsuit in the US. The whole legal brouhaha has a convoluted background. In May Nokia announced the filing of another lawsuit against Apple, in...

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Nov 03
Warner Music Group exec departs for Apple

Elliott Peters, Warner Music Group’s senior VP and head of digital legal affairs is leaving the company next month for a job at Apple, reports "Billboard" (

According to an internal memo obtained by the music industry publication, Peters is taking on the role of corporate attorney director for iTunes Europe and Internet services, based in Luxembourg, where he will manage the European legal team for iTunes and MobileMe services. He’s been with WMG since 2000. Ron Wilcox, WMG’s executive counsel for business affairs and strategic and digital initiatives will oversee the label’s digital legal affairs team upon Peters’ departure.

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