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Jan 27
Apple, News Corp. teaming up for Feb. 2 announcement

Apple and News Corp. have sent out invitations (http://twitpic.com/3tx7qk) to a Feb. 2 event at the Guggenheim Museum in New York on Feb. 2. News Corp. Chairman & CEO Rupert Murdock and Eddy Cue, Apple's vice president of Internet Services, will oversee the event.

The event will see the launch of "The Daily," an iPad-only digital newspaper that will purportedly cost US$1 per week. Apple's Cue will probably be on hand to announce a new iTunes subscription purchasing model that will allow publishers to bill customers on a recurring basis rather than requiring per-issue in-app purchases.

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Jan 27
Apple releases iTunes 10.1.2

Apple has released iTunes 10.1.2 with performance and stability improvements. It also adds support for the upcoming Verizon iPhone.

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

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Jan 27
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Jan. 27

Here are the latest iPhone/iPod touch/iPod/iPad apps. You can find 'em at the Apple App Store (http://www.itunes.com/appstore/).

NerdsGeeksGurus has announced Orchid Notebook 1.0 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. With this US$1.99 app, orchid hobbyists and growers are able to track their orchid collections and wish lists. The app also offers a basic reference section aimed toward new orchid enthusiasts, and includes descriptions, care, and propagation of orchids.

AppGeneration Software has released NPolls 1.0 for iOS, their free polling app that enables users to express their opinions and win cash. Polls are short, only 5-15 questions, and cover topics such as: products and brands; habits and lifestyles; politics; sports; and social trends.

Mention Mobile has introduced Super Friends! 1.0, its first social iPhone application. It's a $0.99 casual game that allows users to...

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Jan 27
Macworld: Keydex launches new of iPad accessories

iMate (http://www.imateweb.com/shopping/index.php) has introduced new Keydex products designed specifically for iPad at this week's Macworld Expo. While 90% of docking stands only allow users to place their iPad vertically, the Keydex Speaker Stand offers three ways to position the the Apple tablet.

Aside from the typical portrait orientation, users can also place their iPad in the landscape configuration on UG-H1018 to fit the original video screen. The cylindrical 6W duo speakers purportedly deliver surround sound-like entertainment/ The universal AUX cable can be applied to any other audio device.

The Keydex Speaker Stander sports dtachable speakers. For ergonomic typing, the UG-H1018 is designed for users to lay the iPad against the speakers at a 30 degree angle. The bonus silicone case provides a cushion protection and its rubbery texture prevents iPad from...

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Jan 27
Macworld: Splashtop Desktop Remote adds support for Macs

At this week's Macworld Expo, Splashtop, which specializes in instant-access computing, says it has extended its Splashtop Remote Desktop software product to support Macs. Now users of

The iMac, Mac Pro, MacBook Pro and Air, and Mac Mini can now access and control their home or office Mac remotely using a tablet, such as an iPad, or a smartphone, such as an iPhone, says Mark Lee, CEO and co-founder of Splashtop.

Mac support for Splashtop Remote is the newest update to the Splashtop product family, which also includes support for Windows, iOS clients, and Android devices. It allows users to access and control their computer remotely through a mobile device, such as an iPad, an iPhone, or an Android-based Dell Streak, Samsung Galaxy Tab or Lenovo LePad, bridging the computing experience across devices.

Lee says users can enjoy a rich and interactive remote Mac and PC experience that includes full real-time video and audio. With Splashtop Remote, users can watch...

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Jan 27
Macworld: the future of Apple in digital learning

Mike Lawrence, executive director, Computer-Using Educators (CUE) offered a "Macworld Presentation" session on Wednesday about "Apple's Role in Ubiquitous Learning." Among other tidbits he says he thinks Apple will monetize the iTunes University in the future to bring an a la flavor to education.

In a nutshell, he predicts iTunes University -- a distribution system for everything from lectures to language lessons, films to labs, audiobooks to tours -- will evolve into something like the iTunes Store for education. You'll be able to choose one course at one school and one course at another (perhaps even at the high school level) and combine them all into one education package using digital courses and digital textbooks.

Lawrence says the age of the computer lab and classroom computer has passed, as students are increasingly carrying their computing devices in their hands, pockets and backpacks. The freedom, flexibility and power that these developments usher in are...

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Jan 27
VocalLabs: Apple continues to lead in call satisfaction

Apple leads Dell and HP in customer satisfaction with technical support, but saw a decline in problem resolution rates and IVR satisfaction in the second half of 2010, according to the latest study on phone-based customer service quality conducted by Vocal Laboratories (Vocalabs).

In telephone interviews conducted immediately following a tech support call, 60% of Apple customers said their problem was resolved on the call, down seven percentage points from the first half of the year. Satisfaction with the automated portion of the tech support call also declined among Apple customers, as measured by the “nuisance factor,” the percentage of customers who experienced any of three common service problems.

Thirty-five percent of Apple customers interviewed in the second half of 2010 reported they experienced IVR problems, irrelevant or repetitive steps, or difficulty reaching an agent, up from 21% in the second half of 2009. During the same period, Dell improved IVR...

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Jan 27
Apple continues slim lead over RIM in smartphone market

According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics (http://www.strategyanalytics.com), global smartphone shipments grew an impressive 75% annually to reach a record 94 million units in the fourth quarter of 2010. Apple maintained its small lead over RIM, while Nokia continued to underperform.

“Global smartphone shipments grew a healthy 75% annually to reach a record 94 million units in Q4 2010," says Tom Kang, director at Strategy Analytics. "Apple was once again the fastest growing brand among the big three smartphone players, as it almost doubled volumes on an annual basis, maintained a small quarterly lead over RIM, and captured 17% global marketshare.”

Neil Mawston, Director at Strategy Analytics, adds: “Global smartphone shipments reached 293 million units during full-year 2010, almost doubling from 151 million in 2008 and 175 million in 2009, highlighting the rapid...

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Jan 27
Last Xserve orders won't ship for two months

Apple will officially discontinue its Xserve line of rack-mount servers at the end of the month, but indicates that all orders for the systems taken today and through Monday won't ship for at least another two months, reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).

Apple updated its online store early Thursday by noting that orders for both the "Quad-Core" and "8-Core" will ship in "April." No explanation was provided for the delay, which comes just four days before the company will stop accepting orders for the servers on Jan. 31.

In November 2010 Apple announced it would discontinue its Xserve rack-mount server this month. Why? “Since its introduction in the fall of 2009, Mac mini with Snow Leopard Server has become Apple’s most popular server system," the company says.

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Jan 27
Macworld: OWC announces Mac mini media center solution

Other World Computing (http://www.macsales.com) has announced at this week's Macworld Expo the OWC Media Center Solution for the 2010 Mac mini to address the growing need of consumers wanting to search, navigate, consume, store/backup, and sync digital content from multiple content sources and devices with one easy to use solution.

The OWC Media Center Solution includes installing the Plex digital media management platform onto a customer’s 2010 Mac mini, upgrading the mini with 4GB of OWC RAM, and bundling all the necessary hardware -- including an OWC Mercury Pro Qx2 storage solution, OWC Slim portable CD/DVD/Blu-ray disc burner, Elgato EyeTV Hybrid tuner or HD DVR, and Apple Remote -- to deliver a plug and play Mac mini based home theatre/entertainment solution.

The OWC Media Center Solution for 2010 Mac mini will be demonstrated live at the Macworld Expo in OWC’s booth #513. Pricing and...

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Jan 27
Macworld: NewerTech eSATA To USB 3.0 adapter announced

Newer Technology, (http://www.newertech.com) announced at this week's Macworld Expo the NewerTech eSATA to USB 3.0 Adapter for using an eSATA interfaced equipped external hard drive with computers offering the "SuperSpeed" USB 3.0 interface.

The US$29.95 adapter offers benchmark proven performance of up to 247MB/s reads and 206.4MB/s writes for the fastest data transfer rates available with external data storage/backup, according to the folks at NewerTech.

The NewerTech eSATA to USB 3.0 Adapter is compatible with Mac OS X 10.2.8. It comes with a one-year warranty.

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Jan 27
Reggie Ashworth releases VidConvert 1.0 for Mac OS X

Independent software developer Reggie Ashworth has announces VidConvert 1.0, a new video converter for Mac OS X. It will convert just about any type of video into one of the a varityof formats, allowing you to create videos for your iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple TV.

To use you add a file, select a format and a quality, and click convert. Optionally you can change your save folder from the main window. For advanced users you can select the Advanced quality if you choose to allow such options as custom Frame Rate, Bit Rate, etc. But for most users simply choosing Normal or High quality should be sufficient. After your conversion is finished simply add more files or quit VidConvert and the job is done.

Supported formats include iPhone, iPod, iPad, QuickTime, .mp4, MPEG-1 and 2, DivX, Xvid, and audio only formats such as .mp4 and .m4a. VidConvert can add iTunes compatible videos directly to your iTunes library for convenience and for syncing with your iPhone, iPod, or other...

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Jan 27
Macworld: Boom is new volume booster app for the Mac

Global Delight has released Boom, a volume booster application for the Mac at this week's Macworld Conference & Expo.

Users are often confronted with the issue of low audio output on their Mac (both desktop and laptops). Sometimes the content itself comes with poor audio quality, as is the case with online videos. At other times, being outdoors doesn't help. The experience could be frustrating too like in the case of bad volume during voice chats in spite of maxing the volume of your Mac.

Boom is designed to make life easier by boosting the audio output of the entire system rather than focusing on a few applications. This means you can now enhance the volume of media-playing applications like iTunes and QuickTime. You can also boost the volume of online videos like YouTube and Hulu playing on a web browser. Voice applications like iChat and Skype can also use Boom to enhance their audio experience. Additionally, Boom provides a simplified equalizer with custom...

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Jan 27
Macworld: Green Onions grows iPad hybrid keyboard/protector

Green Onions Supply has expanded its lineup with a new keyboard skin: the iVeil Hybrid Keyboard
Protector for Apple iPad Keyboard Dock. It's on display at this week's Macworld Conference & Expo.

iVeil Hybrid Keyboard Protectors combine custom-molded silicone with an enhanced surfacing material. The upper side's smooth surface coating allows for a more comfortable typing experience that losely matches the feel of an uncovered iPad Keyboard Dock, while underneath, it retains the excellent anchoring and durability of silicone, say the folks at Green Onions.

This model of the iVeil Hybrid Keyboard Protector will soon be available from different e-tailers. You can find more info at http://www.greenonionssupply.com/kbhbipad.html .

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Jan 27
2010 CES iLounge sells out in record time

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) says the 2012 International CES iLounge Pavilion, sponsored by iLounge.com, sold out in less than two hours during CES exhibitor space selection.

The 2012 iLounge Pavilion, already featuring 50,000 net square feet of exhibit space (similar to the pavilion’s space at the 2011 CES), will showcase a record-setting display of accessories and software for Apple’s iPad, iPhone, iPod and Mac platforms. Owned and produced by CEA, the 2012 International CES will run Jan.10-13 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The 2011 iLounge Pavilion featured more than 200 exhibitors across 50,000 net square feet and launched thousands of new products, including Griffin’s CarTrip and Crayola Stylus application-aided accessories, Mophie’s iPad charging and mounting accessory PowerStand and the app-controlled Sphero robotic ball from Orbotix. For more info on the International CES, visit CESweb.org.

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Jan 27
iKit releases AutoCharge + USB

iKit (http://www.kit.com) has launched the AutoCharge + USB, which features a 2.1 AMP USB port for giving a rapid charge to your iPad, iPhone, iPod and USB devices while on the go. 

The AutoCharge + USB works with standard 12v accessory outlets, and includes a charge sync USB cable. The car charger also sports a rubberized coated finish. The AutoCharge + USB is available in either black or white for US$24.95.

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Jan 27
NameFind now for Intel Macs only

Code by Kevin has released NameFind 5.0, an update to its Mac file-search tool. It's a tool that provides file-searching capabilities on Mac OS X.

You can find files by name. Enter a search term, specify your search directory, and run the search query. NameFind will present a list of all files that match the search name.
 
NameFind is designed to be an alternative to the Mac's built-in Spotlight search technology. It uses a different file search algorithm to find files, either on your entire hard drive or in a specific directory.

Version 5.0 of NameFind now runs Mac OS X 10.6 or higher to run. It's for Intel Macs only (32-bit or 64-bit); PowerPC processors need not apply. The new version sports a completely different file search algorithm that no longer depends on external Unix tools.

NameFile is now written as a multi-threaded program for speed and responsiveness. You can now access system functions (sound alerts, AppleScripts) via Cocoa API's...

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Jan 27
Cronette for Mac OS X gets maintenance update

Tension Software has updated Cronette (http://pomola.com/products_cronette/cronette.html), a Cocoa task launcher for Macs and Mac servers, to version 1.4.3. The "now task already at max runs per day" are showed as runnable in the table to avoid confusion with tasks not runnable for incomplete setting specifications.

Cronette lets you specify tasks to be launched automatically by the Mac. It can be used on unattended Mac Servers or also on regular Mac workstations for tasks to execute during the night or for recurring tasks to be performed on a regular basis. It provides different types of launch tasks: daily, weekly, monthly, yearly.

Any task can be specified to launch different type of execution: open applications or documents from disk; open different type of URL; execute different type of actions: restart, shutdown, sleep; sending a message to...

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Jan 27
PixelMags launches 2.0 Digital Publishing Platform

Digital publishing company PixelMags (http://www.PixelMags.com) has launched its 2.0 tools portal, technology that allows publishers to take full control of their digital content from pricing to delivery as well as integration with Apple’s approval system.

PixelMags’ new 2.0 tools portal offers publishers range of customizable tools that allow for real-time interactivity. Tools include drag and drop web, e-mail, phone and address hotlinks, videos directly from YouTube with additional options for customization through HTML5, all in real-time.

PixelMags built the “Ads by PixelMags” advertising network to allow publishers to take full advantage of their extended reach created by the PixelMags 2.0 publishing platform, says PixelMags founder and COO Ryan Marquis. This new advertising network was built specifically for the magazine industry, he adds.

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Jan 27
ShareTool 2.2 delivers iTunes 10 Home Sharing

YazSoft (http://www.yazsoft.com) has announced ShareTool 2.2, an update to their utility for Mac OS X. At a click of a button, ShareTool lets you connect to most Bonjour services running on your home/office networks from anywhere in the world.

This includes Screen Sharing, File Sharing, Remote Printing, Secure Browsing, and more. ShareTool 2.2 delivers iTunes 10 Home Sharing across the Internet, the ability to run ShareTool as a background service, and more.

ShareTools 2.2 requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later. Pricing starts at US$25 for a new user license.

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Jan 27
Better Rename 8 hits the Mac App Store

Publicspace.net (http://www.publicspace.net/) says Better Rename 8, its music and photo renaming utility, is available on the Mac App Store. It's a tool that caters for the full range of file renaming tasks.

Better Rename is the Mac App Store version of A Better Finder Rename, a file renaming solution available for the Mac. Its interface includes a instant preview feature. The tool features capture time and date extraction (EXIF JPEG and most RAW formats) for digital photographers, ID3 tag extraction for music lovers, regular expression support, plain-text file import for renaming from databases and many other advanced features.

The new renaming engine introduced in version 8 is capable of handling large renaming jobs, such as file name conflicts, swaps and dependency cycles, according to the folks at Publicspace.net. The renaming engine leverages all the latest Mac OS X technologies by...

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Jan 27
App Tamer update tweaks user interface

St. Clair Software has released App Tamer 1.0.3 (http://www.stclairsoft.com/AppTamer/), an update to their Mac utility that automatically pauses applications to improve battery life and reduce CPU usage. The new version improves the app's user interface, adds user-requested features, and refines the operation of its AutoStop capabilities.

Some Mac applications, especially web browsers, continue running tasks or animations even when they're supposed to be idle in the background. This can consume valuable processing power and reduce battery life. App Tamer's AutoStop capability automatically pauses these applications when you switch away from them, and then restarts them when you click back to them. This frees your CPU and reduces power consumption.

App Tamer requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. Version 1.0.3 is a free update for registered users. For new users the cost is US$14...

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Jan 27
360Works announces update for all plug-ins

FileMaker product developer and innovator, 360Works has announced an update affecting all of their FileMaker plug-ins.

SafetyNet, ScriptMaster, Scribe, SuperContainer, 360Works Email, FTPeek and WebAssistant were all updated, and logging is now consolidated to a single log file for all 360Works plug-ins. For more info go to http://www.360works.com .

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Jan 26
Apple TV streaming more Netflix video than the iPad

In reporting its latest financials (http://macte.ch/u0HUw), Netflix (http://www.netfilx.com) says that Apple TV's support for its Watch Instantly video streaming has already passed the iPad in viewing hours.

"The devices with large installed bases -- meaning Windows and Mac laptops, Sony PS3, Microsoft Xbox, and Nintendo Wii -- are the most popular devices for watching instantly from Netflix," says Netflix. "AppleTV has done very well for us, and in just four months has passed the also-growing iPad in Netflix viewing hours. The Roku player remains a strong performer. Our iPhone and Windows phone applications are very popular, and we’ll have support for several Android phones this year. While Google TV has not yet gone mainstream, the concept of Android and Chrome built into televisions and Blu-ray players is powerful; we’re confident that...

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Jan 26
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Jan. 26

Here are the latest iPhone/iPod touch/iPod/iPad apps. You can find 'em at the Apple App Store (http://www.itunes.com/appstore/).

3Dgrafix has announced Stoned 3D, a new game for the iPhone, iPod touch and It's an US$0.99 casual game with 3D graphics. Your task is to catch as many falling blocks as possible and to hit the appearing dinosaurs for extra points. You can also upload your scores to OpenFeint to see your position in a worldwide ranking.

Kiboomu has released ABC Song Piano for the iPhone and iPod touch. With the $0.99 app, users can discover the alphabet from Ant to Zebra with the ABC Song in a fun, easy way. Press the start button and sing along. Children can also learn the song on the piano by following the lighted keys or matching colorful music notes to the piano keys. You can hear the song played on a banjo, xylophone, harp, and more.

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