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Jan 21
Apple restates pledge for safe working conditions

Apple restated its pledge to provide safe working conditions for workers assembling of its products after environmental groups in China released a report criticizing the tech company for failing to be transparent about its suppliers, reports "IDG News" (

"Apple is committed to ensuring the highest standards of social responsibility throughout our supply base," Apple spokeswoman Carolyn Wu said in a statement. The company requires all suppliers to sign up to Apple's code of conduct before the contracts are made. Compliance is then monitored through factory audits and measures to correct violations, says IDG.

Apple has recently beenranked last out of 29 global technology companies in terms of responsiveness and transparency to health and environmental concerns in China, according to a Beijing-based nonprofit group -- as reported by "Bloomberg Businessweek" (...

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Jan 21
Apple releases new Brother printer, scanner drivers

Apple has released new Brother printer and scanner drivers for Mac OS X 10.6.

Both require Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. You can find the drivers here ( Or you can obtain 'em via the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.

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Jan 21
Christofle, LaCie reveal Galet USB Key

Christofle and LaCie have introduced Galet, an USB key with design by Christofle, a French luxury brand. It costs US$139 and comes with 4GB of storage.
Here's how it's described: "Hand-crafted in France, each piece is individually plated with precious silver through Christofle’s 150 year-old silvering process. Then it is carefully inspected for a smooth finish and radiant polish, which guarantees its excellence. The Galet is assembled and hand packed in a charming gift box at LaCie’s factory in Paris, ensuring each Galet represents the finest presentation and quality. Once the process is complete, the result is a timeless gift that will bring convenience and luxury to one’s daily life."

The Galet includes LaCie’s Private-Public software with password protection. The Galet is available in Christofle boutiques worldwide, as well as the LaCie Online Store (

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Jan 21
TimeTag is new time sheet app for Mac OS X

Capparsa has debuted TimeTag ( at the Mac App Store. It's a personal time sheet application that allows you to create and use descriptive tags to track the time spent on your day's activities.

Time Tag avoids the long list of time records and instead automatically and intelligently groups together hours by activity. This allows the user to know where his day went without the need for a calculator and spreadsheet app.

TimeTag, originally an iOS-only app, was completely re-designed for the Mac. You can categorize tags, so a group of tags can be "Being Productive" or "Leisure Time."

TimeTag also features a filter that allows the user to pull up a specific subset of records. There can be combined with the export feature, which lets you export all or some of your records for use in other apps.

Time Tag requires Mac OS X 10.6.6. It costs US$4.99 and is available...

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Jan 21
Akvis NatureArt adds Frost effect

Akvis ( has upgraded Akvis NatureArt -- a tool for "imitating the magnificence of natural phenomena on your digital photos" -- to version 2.0.

In addition to the six nature effects previously offered by NatureArt (Rain, Sun, Water, Lightning, Clouds, and Fire), version 2.0 offers a new nature effect: Frost. The Frost effect allows you to adorn an image with an openwork of frost crystals. Also in the new version is the possibility to save/load selections.

What's more, version 2.0 of NatureArt introduces the ability to create new images. The New Image dialog provides a choice of default presets for creating your own postcards, posters, and other projects. You can create nature scenes from scratch, such as converting a blank background into a sea view or a night sky with scattered, glistening stars. You can even draw a unique picture with the help of NatureArt's effects.


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Jan 21
iSkin unveils new fashion line for tablets, notebooks

iSkin ( has unveiled a new fashion line for tablets and notebooks. The Q.West Collection features 16 gadget carriers.

The collection melds new influences from fashion runways and hip elements previously seen in iSkin products. Although designed with Apple products in mind, the Q.West Collection fits similar-sized mobile, camera, tablet and notebook computer models. See the complete line at the iSkin web site.

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Jan 21
TinyBooks Pro now a native Mac OS X app

Ken Winograd and Space-Time Associates ( has updated TinyBooks Pro, its Mac accounting and bookkeeping program, to version 7.0.5. It's now a native Mac application and requires an Intel-based Mac running OSX. (Rosetta is no longer required.)

The new TinyBooks Pro also includes Quarterly Bottom Line Reports, TypeAhead Comments, support for keyboard navigation, mouse scroll wheels, easier backups, resizable windows, and more.

TinyBooks Pro is a single-entry bookkeeping and accounting system designed for sole proprietors, home and other small businesses, and family finances. To use you enter your expenses and income, and TinyBooks Pro does the rest. Current and year-to-date on-the-fly totals are continually displayed. Fully automatic bar-charting of all expense and income accounts make the determination of monthly trends intuitively obvious, according to the folks at Space-...

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Jan 21
Sync iTunes across devices and user libraries with SuperSync 4.0

SuperSync 4.0 ( has been rebuilt from the ground up to let users sync iTunes libraries across multiple computers and accounts. Now you can access and merge music and video with another SuperSync library, computer, hard drive, network volume, iPhone, iPad, or iPod.

SuperSync eliminates duplication by allowing merging across user accounts and libraries. Users now have an "all access pass" to their iTunes content, says SuperSync President Brad Lowe.

SuperSync 4.0 is available for purchase online for as US$29 for a two-pack, $39 for a five-pack, and $49 for a 10-pack. SuperSync 4.0 is a free upgrade for all current SuperSync owners.

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Jan 21
Troi Automatisering releases URL Plug-in 2.5 for FileMaker Pro...

Troi Automatisering has announced the availability of Troi URL Plug-in 2.5 for FileMaker Pro 11.

Troi URL Plug-in can help you fill in forms on the Internet, all from FileMaker Pro. It also retrieves data or images from web sites. Version 2.5 adds compatibility with Windows 7 and with FileMaker Pro 11. It also adds new features like improved proxy support and image handling and more.

A fully functional demo version of Troi URL Plug-in 2.5 is available for downloading from Troi's web site (

Troi URL Plug-in 2.5 works with FileMaker Pro 9, 10 and 11. The plug-in can also be used with runtimes created by FileMaker Pro Advanced 9, 10 or 11. The plug-in is available for Mac OS X 10.5.7 or higher, Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Home Edition (SP 3), Windows Vista or Windows 7.

Licenses cost US$69 per...

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Jan 21
MultiMode update fixes text macro related bugs

Black Cat Systems has updated MultiMode (, a Mac OS X application that lets your Mac decode several different modes of non-voice communication often heard on shortwave, to version 6.2.3. This version corrects some bugs related to text macros.

MultiMode is an US$89 application that lets your Mac decode and transmit several different modes of non-voice communication often heard on shortwave and ham radio. It allows you to decode and display Morse Code, RTTY, FAX, SSTV, ACARS, PSK31 and many other modes on your Mac, without any extra hardware. MultiMode now also allows you to transmit in most of the modes of operation.

MultiMode Lite is also available, which offers reception of CW, RTTY, and FAX modes only. MultiMode Lite is ideal for sailors who need to be able to view weather...

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Jan 21
'MacVoices' looks at 'the teardown experts'...

On the new "MacVoices" (, the "Road to Macworld" continues with Kyle Wiens, co-founder and CEO of "iFixit" and the main man of the Macworld Expo feature presentation “iFixit live! The Teardown Experts Show Off Apple’s Hardware -- From the Inside Out.”

He discusses how he got started taking things apart and why being able to do so is an important part of evaluating the lifespan and viability of electronics. Apple’s design and manufacturing decisions have impacted consumers’ ability to maintain and repair their devices. Wiens talks about the trends he sees and what they mean, Apple’s affect on the industry and how they compare to others, and how he and his team will attempt live repairs on audience-provided devices at his Macworld session.

The Road to Macworld 2010 is a special MacVoices series produced in partnership with Macworld to preview some of the exhibitors and...

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Jan 20
Apple releases iMovie 9.0.2

Apple has released iMovie 9.0.2. It's a 27.52MB download and requires Mac OS X 10.6.3 or later.

This update improves overall stability and fixes an issue that could cause audio playback to be out of sync. According to Apple, the update is recommended for all users of iMovie '11.

You can download it via the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.

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Jan 20
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Jan. 20

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

Apple has posted Keynote, Pages and Numbers 1.3.1 for the iPad with a predictive text fix for Chinese and Japanese characters. The upgrade also fixes an issue where Numbers users lost data in new cells when the app was quit and restarted, as well as a problem where invalid region settings in iOS caused Numbers to quit.

Hunter Research and Technology have announced gyroCam 1.0.1 for the iPhone and iPod touch. The US$0.99 app automatically levels photos in real time, while shooting. GyroCam frames a level 4:3 sub-image from the scene.

MobileInfocenter has released deGeo 1.0 for iOS devices. It's a $0.99 photo sharing app for iOS that protects iPhone and iPad users locational privacy. The tool helps to guard personal privacy by removing the built- in...

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Jan 20
Cropmark numeric keypad offered for Bluetooth Macs

Other World Computing ( has announced the US$39.99 Cropmark LMP Bluetooth Keypad for Apple wireless keyboard users. Cable/driver free and plug-and-play ready, it adds the numeric capability missing from Bluetooth-enabled Mac keyboards for the entering of figures, tables, and calculations.  

The 28-key Cropmark numeric keypad is designed for anyone who works with numbers, such as small business owners, accountants, restaurateurs, financial analysts, stock brokers, bookkeepers, and spreadsheet users. Designed with the same cylindrical base and brushed aluminum finish as the Apple keyboard, the Cropmark LMP Bluetooth Keypad includes a custom linking connector that snaps in, integrating the keypad with the Apple Wireless Keyboard.

It features a full set of number keys, including forward delete, page up, page down and five additional function buttons. Scissor-type membrane keys...

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Jan 20
'Woz' to do ESC 'fireside chat'

Apple co-founder Steve "Woz" Wozniak will give a "fireside chat" on Tuesday, May 3, at 9 am, as part of the ESC [Embedded Silicon Systems] Silicon Valley 2011 conference (, which will be held May 2-6 in San Jose California.

The Embedded Systems Conference is a global electronics industry event for the design engineering community with demonstrations, speeches and technical training classes and accreditation opportunities. You can get more info and register at .

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Jan 20
MacTech Conference acquires US NSConference

"MacTech Magazine" ( and iDeveloper TV (part of The Mac Developer Network Limited) has announced that "MacTech" is acquiring the US version of NSConference and merging it into MacTech Conference: For Apple IT Pros and Developers.

While iDeveloper TV will continue to operate NSConference UK independently, NSConference organizers will now be a part of the MacTech Conference team. The yet-to-be-announced MacTech Conference 2011 is slated for fall 2011.

NSConference UK will be held March 21-23 in Wokefield Park outside of London. The sold-out event focuses on sessions presented by some of the world's top Mac OS X and iOS developers.

MacTech Conference 2011 will be a US-based event that delivers content for both IT pros and OS X/iOS developers on the Mac. NSConference's head, Steve Scott ("Scotty"), will join the MacTech Conference 2011 team as Sessions Chair for the...

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Jan 20
Macworld 2011 will serve as launch pad for over 100 new products

Dozens of companies will showcase more than 100 new products next week at Macworld 2011, IDG World Expo, owner of Macworld 2011, announced today.

Each year, Macworld is the event of choice for Apple third-party product manufacturers to unveil and launch their newest products -- including software, hardware, peripherals, accessories and applications -- for the Apple products platform, says IDG. The Macworld 2011 First Looks program showcases these products for media and attendees to make it easy to locate innovations at the show.

Macworld 2011 will take place Jan. 26-29 at Moscone Center's West Hall in San Francisco. To register, go to .

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Jan 20
SEC chair: Apple handling Jobs' medical leave appropriately

Former U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Arthur Levitt, "once disinvited from joining Apple Inc.’s board amid differences over corporate governance, said the company has disclosed enough about CEO Steve Jobs’s health, reports "Bloomberg Businessweek" (

Levitt, who headed the SEC from 1993 to 2001, told "Bloomberg Businessweek" the severity of Jobs’s cancer is well established and the board doesn’t need to share more details with the public.

“It’s easy to criticize the board, but I think the reality is that someone who owns Apple stock has got to be deaf, dumb and blind not to know that Jobs has an illness that can reoccur at any time,” he said in a telephone interview. “Jobs going on medical leave sends a message to the market. An intelligent investor should know the risks of Jobs having a relapse. For the board to opine on what the extent of the illness is right...

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Jan 20
Quark launches iPad Publishing Service for QuarkXPress 8 users

Quark has introduced a new service that enables QuarkXPress 8.5 users to publish QuarkXPress content to the iPad. With its iPad Publishing Service for QuarkXPress, Quark will configure a starter iPad app with the customer's logos and colors, and enable the enrichment of QuarkXPress content, which can then be published to that app.

The new service is designed for anyone from the individual designer to corporate publishers and book, newspaper, and magazine publishers who are interested in reaching the digital market quickly with richly-designed, interactive content at a fraction of the cost of conventional app development and publishing, says PG Bartlett, senior vice president of product management for Quark. Customers that use the iPad Publishing Service starting in February 2011 will be able to easily migrate to App Studio for QuarkXPress later in 2011, he adds.

With the iPad Publishing Service for QuarkXPress, users can either convert existing print publications for...

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Jan 20
Apple sues Nokia in London

Another day, another lawsuit as the Apple-Nokia battle continues. Apple sued Nokia Oyj in the U.K. over claims that one of the h company’s European patents for scrolling technology on touch-screen handsets is invalid, reports "Bloomberg" (

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in the High Court in London, challenges one of seven Nokia patents asserted against Apple in a September 2010 lawsuit in Dusseldorf, Germany, Nokia spokesman Mark Durrant told "Bloomberg" in an e-mail.

“Nokia is confident that all of the 37 patents it has asserted against Apple” are valid, he said. “We are examining the filing and will take whatever actions are needed to protect our rights.”

The Apple-Nokia legal brouhaha has been underway for some time now. In November Nokia announced the filing of t another lawsuit against Apple, in Federal District Court in Wisconsin, regarding five of Nokia’s patents....

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Jan 20
Digital music revenues grew 6% globally in 2010

Action to stop digital music piracy is gaining momentum worldwide, with implementation by ISPs of warnings and deterrent sanctions taking effect in three countries in 2010 and governments in other countries expected to implement measures in 2011, according to a new report by the IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry). The group represents the recording industry worldwide with some 1,400 members in 66 countries and affiliated industry associations in 45 countries.

ISP cooperation measures are now in place aimed at substantially reducing illegal file-sharing in France, South Korea and Ireland. Governments in several other countries, including the UK, New Zealand and Malaysia, are expected to implement new laws in 2011 and the European Union is reviewing its intellectual property enforcement legislation, says the IFPI.

An overview of the global digital music sector is provided in IFPI's "Digital Music Report 2011" The report shows that consumer...

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Jan 20
Chinese environmental group blasts Apple

Apple ranked last out of 29 global technology companies in terms of responsiveness and transparency to health and environmental concerns in China, according to a Beijing-based nonprofit group -- as reported by "Bloomberg Businessweek" (

BT Group Plc and Hewlett-Packard Co. were among the highest ranked companies, Ma Jun, director of the Institute of Environmental and Public Affairs said in a phone interview today. Apple refused to confirm suspected polluters were among its suppliers and avoided taking responsibility for environmental problems related to its products, he told "Bloomberg."

"We originally thought that Apple, as a corporate citizen, would take a leadership role, but now we feel they ended up as the most obstructive," Jun said.

“Apple has had an extensive supplier auditing program since 2006 and we have lots of information available through our web site,” said...

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Jan 20
Study: iPhone making big headway with smaller businesses

The small and medium business (SMB) market is fertile ground for breaking Research in Motion’s (RIM) corporate smart phone hegemony, new research by AMI-Partners ( -- which specializes in IT, Internet, telecommunications and business services strategy, venture capital, and actionable market intelligence --indicates. Apple’s iPhone, in particular, is making headway, especially with smaller businesses (SBs).

“The wealth of applications available for the iPhone makes it an attractive option for SBs,” says Karen Nielsen, senior telecom analyst with AMI. “Small businesses are less apt to have in-house IT support, making the application-rich iPhone an attractive multi-use option. mployees are driving a dual/multiple smart phone model by purchasing their preferred brand for personal reasons, and then using it for corporate access.”

AMI’s new study, "2010 The Dynamics of...

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Jan 20
TriGeo: hackers will increasingly target iOS devices

Surges in Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Poisoning will yield record-breaking malware outbreaks for businesses in 2011 according to TriGeo Network Security ( , a provider of security information and event management (SIEM) technology for mid-market enterprises. The company says that, in addition to SEO poisoning attacks in 2011, companies should expect to see:

° Hackers increasingly targeting vulnerabilities in mobile devices – specifically the iPhone and the iPad. The consumerization of IT continues to present a significant risk to businesses. As new, popular mobile devices are introduced into the workplace, look for hackers to uncover new mobile device vulnerabilities that lead to increased data breaches.

° Data breaches at schools and hospitals yield record-breaking financial losses in 2011. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, educational and medical...

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Jan 20
Jawbone launches motion-controlled Bluetooth headset

Jawbone has unveiled the Jawbone ERA, a Bluetooth headset that delivers a HD audio experience. It boasts a 25% larger wideband speaker and builds on Jawbone's legacy of noise-canceling expertise with the latest version of military-grade NoiseAssassin 3.0 technology, says Jawbone CEO and founder Hosain Rahman. 

The Jawbone ERA can detect your surroundings and adjust the inbound volume and intelligibility, whether you're in a restaurant, ball game or traffic to give you the clearest, richest sound, automatically without any user intervention. What's more, Jawbone has teamed with Fullpower-MotionX, which specializes in motion technology, to create what the company says is the first headset with a built-in accelerometer integrated with the patented MotionX platform.  

Jawbone ERA detects your natural movements when you interact with it. Out of the box, users can "Shake Shake" the Jawbone ERA into pairing mode, and "TapTap" it to answer or end a phone call. And this is...

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