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Nov 19
'iPad 2' coming soon -- and in a 'world mode...

Ibiden, Tripod Technology and TTM Technologies have been named as the initial PCB suppliers for a second-generation iPad, which is expected to be launched in the first quarter of 2011, reports "DigiTimes" (http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20101118PD211.html). Four more suppliers will be added to the list in February 2011, when shipments of the new iPads ramp up, the article -- quoting "industry sources" -- adds.

The sources said Ibiden, Tripod and TTM have received certification from Apple, and will start shipping any-layer HDI boards for the "iPad 2" in small quantities in December. The updated tablet is will reportedly have two cameras similar to the iPhone 4.

Whats more, "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) says that the 3G model of Apple's next-gen iPad will be...

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Nov 19
Nordic telecom operators eyeing iPad plans

Several Nordic telecom operators say they'll offer customers data subscription packages exclusively for the iPad, even though Apple hasn't given a launch date for the tablet in the Nordic countries, says "Dow Jones Newswire" (http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/2010/11/19/swedish-telecom-operators-...?).

Hutchison Whampoa Ltd's European operator Tre, TeliaSonera AB, Tele2 AB and Telenor ASA all say they'll offer data subscription packages exclusively for the iPad, giving iPad users Internet connectivity through their respective networks. However, the telecom operators didn't say when they plan to launch the subscription packages and didn't disclose any price details, says "Dow Jones."

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Nov 19
Europe's mobile providers not happy with rumored Apple-SIM...

"Reliable sources" suggest that some of Europe’s mobile providers are uniting in their opposition to Apple’s plans to embedding SIMs within mobile devices, reports "The Next Web" (http://thenextweb.com/mobile/2010/11/19/european-carriers-close-ranks-ag...?).

The providers -- thought to include Vodaphone UK, France Telecom and Telefónica in Spain --are privately saying that they could refuse to subsidize an iPhone that contained an embedded SIM, the article adds. Recent reports have hinted that Apple is investigating the possibility of embedding SIM cards within their mobile devices.

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Nov 19
Apple releases firmware updates for laptops

Apple has released MacBook and MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 2.0. You can obtain it via the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.

The update -- which requires Mac OS X 10.6.5 -- is recommended for the MacBook (Mid 2010) model.  The update resolves an issue where an attached external display may occasionally incorrectly show a purple coloration.

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Nov 19
Apple releases Boot Camp update

Apple has released Boot Camp Update 3.2, which adds support for the MacBook Air, ATI Radeon HD 5870, and Apple's USB Ethernet Adapter. You can obtain it via the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.

Boot Camp is designed to simplify Windows installation on a Mactel by providing a simple graphical step-by-step assistant application to dynamically create a second partition on the hard drive for Windows, to burn a CD with all the necessary Windows drivers, and to install Windows from a Windows installation CD. After installation is complete, users can choose to run either Mac OS X or Windows when they restart their computer.

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Nov 19
QNAP unveils new mid-range NAS servers

QNAP (http://www.qnap.com) has refreshed its mid-range NAS business lineup with new two and four-drive desktop models, the TS-239 Pro II+ and TS-439 Pro II+.

The Turbo NAS servers adopt Intel's new D425 single-core Atom CPU with 1.8GHz clock speed and 1GB of RAM. They provide maximum storage of 8TB (using four 2TB hard drives and single disk volume/JBOD configuration). The TS-239 Pro II+ and TS-439 Pro II+ NAS servers are compatible with VMware, Citrix and Windows 2008 Hyper-V clusters virtualization platform.

They're designed for file sharing, backup, and advanced server applications in the office environment. They'll be available later this month. Pricing hasn't been announced.

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Nov 19
Workflow Manager is new Cumulus add-on

WorkflowManager is a new Cumulus add-on from Canto partner Moksa (http://www.moska.com). It works on Mac OS X and Windows and was originally developed by Moksa as a custom Cumulus integration for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).

Based on a modular architecture, WorkflowManager comprises a number of "tasks" that work together to enable customers to create advanced, multi-step workflows that include job routing, approvals based on voting, user-to-user communications and more, says Moksa President Vince DiPaola. A browser based interface offers access to files and work directives for freelancers and others working outside the organization's Cumulus system.

WorkflowManager is available for Canto Cumulus 8.0 or higher.

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Nov 19
MacTech Boot Camp 2011 coming Jan. 26

On the heels of the success of MacTech Conference for IT Pros and Developers, "MacTech Magazine" has announced MacTech Boot Camp 2011: a one day event for those that support the home user, and small business market.  

MacTech Boot Camp is a single-track, hotel based seminar that is specifically geared to serve the needs of consultants and techs wanting to serve their base better. It will be held in San Francisco on Wednesday, Jan. 26. MacTech Boot Camp attendees are encouraged to visit Macworld Expo San Francisco in the days following MacTech Boot Camp.

"MacTech Conference 2010 was an enormous success delivering amazing content and a quality conference to IT Pros and developers in the large organization, Enterprise, and ISV markets. We know that many consultants and techs in the market focus on serving the home and small business communities. MacTech Boot Camp is designed just for them," says Neil Ticktin, editor-in-chief/publisher, "MacTech Magazine."  "If you're...

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Nov 19
First MacTech Conference attracts attendees from 10 countries

"MacTech Magazine" has announced the results of its MacTech Conference 2010 attendee survey, and wrap-up information. Held in Los Angeles, almost 300 people took part in the first ever MacTech Conference from Nov. 3-5 at the Sheraton Universal.  The conference had both general sessions, and two tracks focused on IT and developer topics for the Apple market.  The session-packed, immersive conference provided not only an opportunity to learn, but all meals and evening activities as part of the conference registration.

The conference began with the first public demonstration of Mac-based Planetary Exploration Rovers, and a keynote address about Lion (Mac OS X 10.7) by Andy Ihnatko. The IT and developer tracks had over 40 sessions from speakers. Dozens of attendees took advantage of the option to take an Apple Certification Exam at the conclusion of the conference. In the evening hours, attendees took part in an exclusive trip to the world renowned Griffith Observatory including...

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Nov 19
Millennial Media: Android ties iOS for largest smartphone OS

Mobile ad network Millennial Media says its latest figures show that this month, for the first time, Android tied with Apple’s iOS as the largest smartphone OS on the Millennial network, with an 8% increase month-over-month and 37% impression share.

Android ad requests grew 65% month-over-month, and since January, Android has now grown 2182%. The iPod touch was included on the list of top mobile devices for the first time, and was number three (ahead of phones like the Motorola Droid) .

RIM ad requests grew 43% month-over-month, and RIM devices represented six of the Top 30 mobile phones (with the BlackBerry Curve being number two overall). iPad requests increased 112% month-over-month  .

Motorola became the number three manufacturer and held a 15% impression share. Two new Motorola devices -- the Droid 2 and the Droid X -- both made their entrance into the Top 30 Mobile Device list. The top 4 countries globally (in terms of impressions) were the US, UK, Canada...

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Nov 19
PandaWare releases new class of classes for REALbasic developers

The PandaWare Company has announced the availability of a set of classes for REALbasic developers who want to convert styled text to HTML.

The new PWStyleHTMLField class provides a drop-in solution for turning styled text in a REALbasic or Real Studio project into HTML. It can also generate an HTML email message in one line of code.

The PWStyleHTMLField offers extensive support for links. It allows adding other HTML tags to support features that a REALbasic TextArea or EditField doesn't display, such as images, lists, tables, and options that can be incorporated in HTML with CSS styles.

More information is available, and a compiled demo application can be downloaded for free at http://pandaware.com/RB/pwhtmlfield.html . Developers may also request a time-limited demo project for testing in their own projects. Licenses for using PWStyleHTMLField are US$25...

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Nov 19
iToner update updated for iTunes 10.1, iOS 4.2

Ambrosia Software has updated iToner (http://www.ambrosiasw.com/utilities/itoner/), an utility for Mac OS X that lets iPhone users create and install custom ringtones on the Apple communications device, to version 2.0.7. This update addresses compatibility issues with iTunes 10.1 and iOS 4.2, as well as minor changes to improve the iToner user experience and reliability.

iToner allows you to assign different ringtones for your different contacts. With iToner, you can now "have a Barry White ringtone for when your girlfriend calls, Frank Zappa for when your college buddies ring you up, or the theme from "Jaws" for when your boss is calling," according to the folks at Ambrosia.

iToner is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It works with Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later. iToner costs US$15, though version 2.0.7 is a free update for...

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Nov 18
EdgeCast adds full HTTP streaming for iOS 4 devices

EdgeCast Networks, a content delivery network (CDN), hasannounced full support for HTTP live and on-demand streaming to the Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

“Supporting video on demand and live streaming to iOS devices builds on our commitment to ensuring that our customers can deliver content to any user regardless of their format, location, or device,” says Ted Middleton, vice president of product management at EdgeCast Networks. “This further extends the evolution of streaming technology to new HTTP-based formats which bring increased quality, superior user experiences, and new monetization opportunities."

EdgeCast iOS 4 support includes intelligent dynamic stream technology, which is supported by the media player built into Apple devices. Intelligent dynamic stream selection lets an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch automatically switch between different bit rates depending on the device’s current connection speed. By switching bit rates on-the-fly as network...

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Nov 18
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Nov. 18

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

"60 Minutes" is apparently the first primetime news magazine to have its own stand-alone application for the iPad. Content from the television broadcast and online features will be offered on the new app, now available for US$4.99.

Mimvi -- a search, discovery and recommendation engine for finding mobile apps (or applications -- has announced the launch of a proprietary search and recommendation technology based on cognitive computing for all mobile app platforms.The patent-pending technology has been used to create platform-specific search engines starting with the U.S. market’s three primary “smartphone” players: Apple’s iPhone, Google Android and RIM’s BlackBerry. Windows Mobile 7, Samsung, Nokia and others will follow. These search engines...

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Nov 18
Analyst: China catching 'Apple fever'

Following a trip to China, Ticonderoga Securities analyst Brian White says the country is catching "Apple fever," as reported by "Fortune" (http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/11/18/analyst-china-catching-apple-fever/?).

He cites conversations with China Unicom, Apple's exclusive partner and the second largest carrier (162 million subscribers) in the world's largest mobile phone market, in which he was told that "the opportunity for high-end smartphones in China is over 100 million units." White also quotes a report in the "Chengdu Chinese Commercial News" that mentions a newly signed "cooperation agreement" between Apple and China Mobile (CHL), the "global giant" of mobile phone carriers with roughly 815 million mobile subscribers.

"Fortune" says the nature of this agreement is unclear, but White...

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Nov 18
Apricorn rolls out new Mac Array

Apricon (http://www.apricorn.com) has introduced the Mac Array, a turnkey solution for instantly increasing your Mac Pro’s processing power. Designed specifically for Mac Pro systems, the Apricorn Mac Array internal SSD RAID is designed to bridge the gap between your computer's high capacity hard drive and your system's RAM, acting as virtual memory, for a performance increase of up to 10 times.

Aimed at the creative market, the Mac Array is the ideal tool for high performance applications such as video editing, animation and image processing, says Mike McCandless, vice president of Sales & Marketing at Apricorn. Built around four 128GB solid state drives on Apricorn's specially designed SATA PCIe Host Card, the Mac Array's form factor adds a total of 512GB of virtual memory to your system, yet uses only one internal full length PCIe X4 slot, keeping the other slots and drive bays free for expansion...

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Nov 18
DISH Network introduces TV Everywhere

DISH Network says it's the first pay-TV provider in America to introduce a true TV Everywhere offering, giving DISH Network subscribers the ability to watch all of their live and recorded television programs on compatible smartphones, tablets and laptops.

DISH Network subscribers can access these features when they download and use the DISH Remote Access application in concert with their broadband-connected, Sling-enabled receiver.

"Unlike mobile viewing from cable and telcos that limit access to select programs, our TV Everywhere services give consumers 24 x 7 access to all of the live and recorded content included with their DISH Network programming subscription," says DISH Network Chief Marketing Officer Ira Bahr.

To enjoy the live viewing capability of DISH Remote Access, consumers need to be DISH Network subscribers and have a Sling-enabled device such as the newly-released Sling Adapter -- a small placeshifting device that pairs with DISH Network's ViP...

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Nov 18
Printopia allows Mac, iOS device printer sharing

Ecamm (http://www.ecamm.com) has released Printopia, a Mac app that lets you share your Mac's printers with any "capable" iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. It will also add a virtual printer, allowing you to save print-outs to your Mac as PDF files.

Whether you have an inkjet printer plugged into your Mac, a laser printer plugged into your router or even a network printer, if your Mac can print to it, Printopia will share it. The software translates for your printer, allowing it to speak to your iPhone or iPad even if it's not an AirPrint-compatible printer. Printopia even supports many password-protected printers.

Double-click to install Printopia, and within seconds you'll see most any connected printers on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. You'll also see Printopia's "Send To Mac" and "Send To Dropbox on Mac" virtual printers.

Printopia requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. It costs US$9.95; a demo is...

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Nov 18
LaCie announces USB 3.0 FastKey drive

LaCie (http://www.lacie.com) has announces the FastKey, which it says is the smallest USB 3.0 drive around. It's backward compatible with USB 2.0, which is good for Mac users as Apple hasn't added support for USB 3.0.

The FastKey packs 30GB to 120MB of storage into a 2.5-inch solid state drive, with pricing starting at US$149.99. It also includes software AES 256-bit encryption.

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Nov 18
Apple updates Safari

Apple has released Safari 5.0.3 and Safari 4.1.3, updates of its web browser for Mac OS X and Windows.



The updates fix security-related glitches. On the Mac, you can obtain the update via the Software Updates component of the Systems Preferences app.

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Nov 18
iStopMotion for Mac OS X gets Tilt Shift filter

Boinx Software (http://www.boinx.com) has updated iStopMotion, the stop motion and time lapse tool for Mac OS X, to version 2.5. Headlining the new update is the combination of a brand new Tilt Shift Filter with stop motion animation and time-lapse recording.

A popular effect among photographers aiming to capture a "miniature-scale model" effect, Tilt Shift is designed for stop motion animation's small movements and individually photographed frames. This pairing of Tilt Shift with stop motion and time-lapse recording software allows animators to expand creative expression, manipulating the depth of field of their images so that life-sized locations or subjects appear miniature in size, says Boinx CEO Oliver Breidenbach.

Additional product updates include full support for new Canon DSLR camera models and HDV camera support in iStopMotion Pro when Logic Studio or Final Cut Studio is installed. Version 2.5...

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Nov 18
New iPhone/iPod touch cases are inspired by T-shirts

Griffin Technology (http://www.griffintechnology.com) has announced Griffin + Threadless Cases for the iPhone 4 and the fourth generation iPod touch. They have "T-shirt-inspired designs": Everyday Life Would Be Cooler with Sound Effects, Radio-Activity (Spread Music Love), and Sky Thief for iPhone 4; and Splatter in D Minor, Rock is Dead and Paper Killed It, Electric Jellyfish, IceCreamCheerleadingStunt, and FrequenCity for iPod touch.

Original art for each case is outsourced from the Threadless.com community, submitted and selected by community members. The new Griffin + Threadless Cases for iPhone 4 and iPod touch are US$34.99.

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Nov 18
NewerTech announces USB 3.0 universal drive adapter

NewerTech (http://www.newertech.com) has announced the NewerTech USB 3.0 Universal Drive Adapter for connecting any 2.5-inch, 3.5-inch or 5.25-inch hard drive, SSD, or optical drive to Macs and PCs via USB 3.0.

The adapter is available immediately at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$39.99 from NewerTech’s exclusive distributor, Other World Computing, as well as through the retail channel. It comes with everything needed for immediate use including power cables, interface connecting cables, a heavy duty UL listed 2.0 Amp AC adapter, and a full one year NewerTech warranty. It's compatible with Mac computers running Mac OS X 8.6 or higher.

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Nov 18
'MacVoices' looks at going paperless

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com), Mac expert Joe Kissell has -- the author of "Take Control of Your Paperless Office" -- looks at, well, going paperless.

He talks about what scanners to buy, what software you need to help organize your documents and ways to store you documents locally and in the cloud. Kissell covers workflows that work, how to avoid barriers that might doom your attempt to rid yourself of paper clutter, and why this was one of the most fun Take Control book he's written yet.

"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 Apple community," according to host Chuck Joiner.

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Nov 18
Socialite update improves error handling

Realmac Software has announced the availability of Socialite 1.2.2 (http://www.realmacsoftware.com/socialite/). Previously known as EventBox, Socialite is a multi-service social network client for Mac OS X that's designed to make it easy stay up-to-date with the latest RSS articles and friends' status updates on Twitter, Facebook and Flickr.

Version 1.2.2 improves error handling to work around Twitter API output issues. It also limits direct messages to 140 characters to match API behavior.

Socialite is an a native Mac OS X application that brings together all your social networks into one convenient place, according to Daniel Counsell, director and founder of Realmac Software. From your Google Reader RSS feeds, Twitter updates, Flickr photos and more, Socialite is the best way to manage your social networks. Socialite supports six services: Twitter (including the...

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