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Jan 19
Monotype Imaging unveils Carter Sans typeface

Monotype Imaging Holdings has introduced into its ITC collection the latest typeface by typeface designer, Matthew Carter. The eight-font Carter Sans family can be licensed and downloaded from Monotype Imaging’s Fonts.com, ITCFonts.com and Linotype.com stores. Carter Sans is also available for web site design from Fonts.com .

Recently, Carter was honored as a MacArthur Fellow for 2010 and was also inducted into the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame. Today, Carter and Cherie Cone run Carter and Cone Type, Inc. in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which produces and markets Carter’s designs.

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Jan 19
PulpMotion upgrade offers Facebook, YouTube features

Aquafadas (http://www.aquafadas.com) has updated PulpMotion and PulpMotion Advanced, slideshow and animation software for Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard") or later, to version 3.2. Users are now able to export their creations to Facebook and YouTube. Simply log on to Facebook or YouTube, and PulpMotion will do the rest.

PulpMotion 3.2 costs US$129 for PulpMotion Advanced and $49 for PulpMotion Standard. Other upgrade options are available to existing PulpMotion customers who purchased before this date. Version 3.2 is a free update for registered users of version 3.0.

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Jan 19
SuperMeet announces free educational workshops

Final Cut Studio, Adobe, Avid editors and digital filmmakers from around the world will gather together for the Tenth Annual San Francisco SuperMeet, to be held on Friday, Jan. 28, at the UCSF Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco, California.

Free educational workshops will be offered during the day by Canon, Adobe, Avid and Blackmagic Design. Bay Area filmmakers will also have a chance to screen content in the SuperMeet Digital Showcase featuring 30 software and hardware developers.

Tickets to the SuperMeet are now available for purchase online for US$15 each (plus ticket fee) and $10 (plus ticket fee) for students. Registration for the free educational workshops are also currently online.

Free educational workshops will be offered during the day prior to the SuperMeet, featuring fresh content from Canon, Adobe, Avid and Blackmagic Design. Workshop attendees have 12 sessions to choose from.

The workshops will end at 4 pm at which time the...

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Jan 19
TopXNotes for Mac OS X improves note syncing with iOS devices

Tropical Software (http://www.tropic4.com) has updated TopXNotes, the note organizer for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher, to version 1.7. It now has has improved synchronization (NoteSync) with Apple touch devices including the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.  

This new capability builds on TopXNotes 1.5 which modernized the user interface with a customizable toolbar with larger icons, a rewritten NoteOrganizer, two-finger scrolling, new icons, and many cosmetic improvements. What's more, version 1.7 streamlines the sync setup process and improves how it interacts with the latest iOS on Apple touch devices.

TopXNotes 1.7 is available for US$39.95 from the Tropical Software web site and many Mac resellers. You can also get TopXNotes Touch for iOS devices at the Apple App Store.

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Jan 19
Cronette for Mac OS X updated to version 1.4.2

Tension Software has updated Cronette (http://pomola.com/products_cronette/cronette.html), a Cocoa task launcher for Macs and Mac servers, to version 1.4.2. The upgrade offers better handling of the "First process repetition" table.

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 type 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 the log; execute a complex UNIX command.

Cronette costs US$30 for a single...

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Jan 19
TeamAgenda update includes latest TeamAgenda Web

Teamsoft, (http://www.teamsoft.com) has announced a new version of TeamAgenda, a multilingual group calendar and scheduling solution. The new version of TeamAgenda includes the latest version of TeamAgenda Web, and an automatic server back up function.

The new version is available immediately for free to anyone with a valid support contract. Go to http://www.teamsoft.com/customer_support_patches.php , enter your license number, and download the latest version.

Customers can also use Teamsoft's hosting service, and avoid having to install any server software whatsoever. TeamAgenda runs on Mac OS X and Windows systems, as well as Mac and Windows servers. All TeamAgenda products allow real-time access to all staff schedules, contact lists and to-do lists and allow managers and...

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Jan 19
'MacNotables' looks at Christopher Breen's...

The latest edition of "MacNotables" (http://www.macnotables.com/wordpress/), a podcast that serves as home to Mac personalities who will comment on the latest news and opinions in the Mac community, is available.

The guest is Christopher Breen, who is delivering three different sessions, and is also producing and participating in a number of discussions on the Macworld Live stage on the show floor, and displaying his (music) keyboard talents with the Macworld All-Star Band at Cirque du Mac. He talks about each in turn, and makes it hard to choose between them.

"MacNotables" panelists include Christopher Breen, Bryan Chaffin, Jim Dalrymple, Adam Engst, Tonya Engst, Andy Ihnatko, Joiner, Ted Landau, Jason Snell, Bob LeVitus, Dan Frakes and Yours Truly. Not all panelists can make all shows due to scheduling conflicts.

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Jan 18
Macs grow at almost eight times industry average

Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer said that Mac sales for the December quarter set another quarterly record with sales of almost eight times IDC's most recent estimate for the PC industry overall.

There was growth in each geographic segment grew; Japan and Asia-Pacific grew over 50%. Oppenheimer says growth was fueled by strong demand for the revamped MacBook Air as well as continued strong sales of MacBook Pro. "Macworld" (http://www.macworld.com) says 70% of all the Macs sold were laptops. However, it seems the iMac is still going strong, and is definitely Apple's best-selling desktop.

The average selling price of Macs went up. Desktop Macs now have an ASP of US$1,410 and laptops have an ASP of $1,272.

Asia/Pacific led the Mac growth with 67% increase year over year. That's 10x what the market there grew overall.

Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook said that Apple has seen 19...

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Jan 18
iPad now in over 80% of Fortune 100 companies

Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer says Apple sold 7.3 million iPads in the December quarter for a sequential increase of over three million. The demand in corporate environment remains strong, he added.

Over 80% of Fortune 100 deploying are test driving the tablet. That's up from 65% the previous quarter, says the financial officer. Recognized revenue from the iPad was US$4.61 billion for an average selling price of about US$600.

If you combine the figures for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, Apple saw sales of 160 million iOS devices through the December quarter, Oppeheimer said. He adds that the Apple App Store now has over 300,000 apps available and has seen nine billion downloads to date.

When it comes to current and upcoming iPad competitors, Apple Chief Operating Officer says Apple is confident it can go toe-to-toe with anyone in the tablet arena.

-- Dennis Sellers
dsellers@applecentral.com...

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Jan 18
iPod touch now accounts for 50% of all iPods sold

In an interview with the press and analysts concerning Apple's latest financial results, Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer said the iPod touch grew 57% in sales year-over-year and now accounts for 50% of all iPods sold.

The iPod remains the top-selling MP3 player globally with 70% of market share.

-- Dennis Sellers
dsellers@applecentral.com

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Jan 18
iPhone sales up 86% in December quarter

In an interview with the press and analysts concerning Apple's latest financial results, Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer said iPhone's sales growth for the December quarter was up 86%. That compares to 70% growth for the global smartphone market overall.

Oppeneheimer says recognized revenue from iPhones were US$10.74 billion for the December quarter compared to $5.85 billion in the year-ago quarter. The iPhone line has an average selling price of US$625.

At the end of the previous fiscal quarter, there were 185 iPhone carriers in 90 countries. Oppenheimer says that the Apple smartphone continues to experience strong growth in all segments, with sales in Asia-Pacific and Japan doubling year-over-year. He adds that 88 of Fortune 100 companies are deploying the iPhone, and that interest in the Apple smartphone continues to grow in this market.

Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook says that the IDC predicts the smartphone market to quadruple in two years, so...

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Jan 18
Apple retail store revenue doubles in December quarter

Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer said revenue for Apple's retail stores doubled in the December quarter to US$3.85 billion, compared to $1.97 billion in the September quarter. That's an increase of 95%.

The stores sold 851,000 Macs, compared to 689,000 the previous quarter, an increase of 24%. And (you knew this was coming) Oppenheimer says that about half of the Macs were sold to customers who had never owned an Apple computer before.

Apple now has 323 stores worldwide;. 87 are outside US. In fact, average international store volume exceeded the average U.S. store volume, Oppenheimer says, noting that the new stores in China stores are the highest when it comes to traffic and revenue.

With an average of 321 stores open during the quarter, average revenue per store was US$12 million, an increase of 69%. The Apple stores had 75.7 million visitors in the December quarter, an increase of 49% from the September quarter.

Oppenheimer says Apple...

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Jan 18
Apple sees record, Mac, iPhone, iPad sales

Apple has announced the financial results for its fiscal 2011 first quarter that ended Dec. 25, 2010. The company posted record revenue of US$26.74 billion and record net quarterly profit of $6 billion, or $6.43 per diluted share.

These results compare to revenue of $15.68 billion and net quarterly profit of $3.38 billion, or $3.67 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 38.5% compared to 40.9 % in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 62% of the quarter’s revenue.

Apple sold 4.13 million Macs during the quarter, a 23% unit increase over the year-ago quarter. The company sold 16.24 million iPhones in the quarter, representing 86%t unit growth over the year-ago quarter. Apple sold 19.45 million iPods during the quarter, representing a 7% unit decline from the year-ago quarter. The company also sold 7.33 million iPads during the quarter.

“We had a phenomenal holiday quarter with record Mac, iPhone and iPad sales,” CEO Steve...

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

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

SkyTeam has announced a new mobile offering to all passengers traveling with any of its 13 member airlines. The free iPhone app contains a variety of features for today's traveler, including worldwide airline flight schedules, flight status, weather information with seven-day forecasts, notifications to users of updates and changes, an airport locator and important contact phone numbers. The eSkyGuide also provides the ability to look up flight schedules in Flight Mode when Internet access is disabled.

Commercial Defeasance has released iDefease, a free mobile calculator that allows commercial real estate professionals to estimate defeasance costs for any loan instantly on their iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. It also answers frequently asked questions and...

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Jan 18
'Fortune': Jobs went to Switzerland in search of...

"Fortune" is reporting (http://macte.ch/pcxuk) that Apple CEO Steve Jobs -- who announced a medical leave of absence this week -- spent part of 2009 at a hospital in Basel, Switzerland seeking treatment for neuroendocrine cancer, which he had surgically treated in 2004.

Jobs had surgery for pancreatic cancer in 2004, taking a leave of absence to recover. He returned, then took a second medical absence for roughly six months in 2009. At that time he underwent a secret liver transplant at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.

However, also during that absence, "Fortune" says Jobs also took an unpublicized flight to Switzerland to undergo an unusual, hormone-delivered radiological treatment at the University of Basel for neuroendocrine cancer. The treatment isn't available in the U.S.

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Jan 18
SanDisk announces SDHC card with UHS-I technology

SanDisk (http://www.sandisk.com) has introduced the SanDisk Extreme Pro SDHC UHS-I card. The card features Ultra High Speed (UHS) technology from the newly released SD 3.0 specification and achieves up to 45MB/second read and write performance.

As DSLRs offer increasingly sophisticated features such as high megapixel continuous burst shooting and high-definition (HD) video capture, photographers need advanced memory cards capable of unlocking their cameras' full potential. The card achieves high performance and efficient power consumption in UHS-enabled cameras such as the Nikon D7000, says Susan Park, director, retail product marketing, SanDisk.

The SanDisk Extreme Pro SDHC card adheres to the new UHS Speed Class 1 video class rating, offering 10MB/second minimum sustained write speed capable of recording HD 1080p videos or even 3D content. The card is shipping to major retailers worldwide and comes...

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Jan 18
Future Apples releases iSpeak Translator for the Mac

Future Apps (http://www.future-apps.net), an iOS development company has released the iSpeak Translator for the Mac. It's available at an introductory price of US$4.99 at the Mac App Store and requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 and higher.

iSpeak Translator for the Mac is not just a mere text translator, but uses the highest quality text to speech syntheses available to speak the translated phrase back to you in the target language, according to Future Apps founder and CEO John Stefanopoulos. Instead of offering separate apps for individual language pairs, all languages are being combined into one application.

iSpeak Translator for the Mac includes five languages for the initial release: English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. The application will be updated with many more languages in the very near future at no additional cost, according to Stefanopoulos.

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Jan 18
Penn State students test driving iPads

Students at Penn State are test-driving iPads in a technical writing course. Last summer the school’s Education Technology Services (ETS) bought 40 Apple tablet computers for faculty and student projects. Michael Faris, an instructor in the Department of English, planned a technical writing course for fall 2010 featuring the iPad in its curriculum.

“Students in my class were juniors and seniors who had already developed their reading, writing and research habits,” Faris says. “The iPad forced them to adapt to different strategies and change the way they think about their work.”

Each student in the class received the touch-screen-only iPad and an accessory keyboard for the semester. Apple donated iTunes gift cards to cover the cost of applications students may have needed to download for the class -- like a word processing program -- as well as a gift card from publishing company Bedford/St. Martin’s, to cover the expense of the digital textbook they needed to download...

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Jan 18
Ovum: Android OS will edge pass the iOS by 2015

The iPhone and iPad accounted for 90% of the 14 million devices running "lite" operating systems sold last year. By 2015, however, when 150 million sales are expected, the proportion of smartphones and tablets based on Apple software will have dipped to 35%, the analysts at Ovum told clients -- as reported by "The Telegraph" (http://macte.ch/NsKAo). And I'd take this prediction with a big grain of salt.

"This huge growth in shipments will be dominated by tablet-style technologies such as the iPad and will mainly be driven by consumers buying devices to complement their smartphones," says Tony Cripps, principal analyst, Ovum.

He adds that the main beneficiary will be Google, and that by 2015 its share of smartphone and tablet sales will have risen to 36 %, edging ahead of Apple. The remaining 29% of the "lite" operating system market will be divided between Microsoft, RIM and HP's WebOS, the analysts...

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Jan 18
iPad accounted for nearly 90% of media tablets shipped in 3Q10

The worldwide media tablet market grew 45.1% in the third quarter of 2010 (3Q10), driven almost exclusively by global demand for Apple's iPad. According to the International Data Corporation (http://www.idc.com) researchgroup, vendors shipped 4.8 million units globally in 3Q10, compared to 3.3 million units in the second quarter of 2010 and iPad represented nearly 90% of the media tablets shipped worldwide in 3Q10.

The growing popularity of tablet devices among consumers worldwide is evidenced not only by adoption of media tablets, but also of eReaders, saysIDC. The third quarter of 2010 saw global eReader shipments increase to 2.7 million units representing 40% growth over 2Q10, with the U.S. representing nearly three-quarters of the worldwide eReader market.

According to IDC, media tablets are tablet form factor devices with color displays larger than five inches and smaller than 14 inches, running...

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Jan 18
Two charged with stealing iPad users' data

Two U.S. prosecutors filed criminal charges against two people accused of stealing the email addresses and other personal data of about 120,000 users of the iPad, reports "Reuters" (http://macte.ch/CXmXp).

Daniel Spitler and Andrew Auernheimer were each charged with one count of fraud and one count of conspiracy to access a computer without authorization, prosecutors said. The charges arise from an alleged hacking last year of AT&T's servers, which affected iPad users who accessed the Internet through AT&T's 3G network.

The charges come seven months after a group calling itself Goatse Security said it hacked into AT&T's iPad subscriber data. The group obtained a list of email addresses that also included celebrities, chief executives, politicians and several senior government officials, adds "Reuters."

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Jan 18
CDMA iPhone orders expected to hit 12-15 million in 2011

Taiwan-based notebook maker Pegatron Technology has recently started shipping its Apple CDMA iPhones orders with total volume is estimated to be around 12-15 million units in 2011, reports "DigiTimes" (http://macte.ch/r2n2b), quoting "sources from upstream component makers."

Pegatron originally only forecasted internally to ship about 10 million CDMA iPhones in 2011. However, as demand continues to stay strong, the company has recently increased its internal shipment forecast to 12-15 million units, "DigiTimes" adds.

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Jan 18
Analyst predicts sales of four million Macs for first fiscal...

Any drop in Apple's share price tomorrow "presents a buying opportunity ahead of earnings," according to Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty in a note to clients, as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com). He discussed the impact of Apple CEO Steve Jobs' medical leave of absence, as well as an improved outlook for iOS and more favorable component costs than previously expected.

"We expect the company to report strong December quarter results Tuesday night and continue to believe our bull case of CY11 $25 EPS (vs. consensus of $20.68) is increasingly likely on the back of stronger than expected iPhone/iPad shipments and gross margins." the analyst says. ""In addition to upward revisions from the recent Verizon launch, our meetings highlighted long iPhone lead times in China given strong demand. iPad touch panels, the major bottleneck over the past several quarters and 10-15% of...

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Jan 18
Ludwig receivers to be compatible with iPod docking stations

Ludwig Enterprise (http://www.ludwigent.com) says its new receiver, dubbed The One, will be compatible with the Apple’s iPod docking devices.

The One’s docking connector is designed to mate or electronically couple with “off the shelf” docking cavities in external speakers, clock radios, charging stations and more. Interoperability improves product performance and increases accessory choices. The One radio is designed to be a mobile or fixed based multi-channel, multi-purposed digital 2-way communication device.

The device will resemble existing PDAs with touch screen for channel selection, GPS, USB port, and self-contained antenna. The primary service is audio but may be enhanced with video, signage, text, educational and social networking features.

Availability and pricing for The One hasn't been announced.

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Jan 18
WD expands line of SAS hard drives

Western Digital (http://www.westerndigital.com) has announced the availability of its second-generation WD S25 SAS drives and its latest WD RE SAS 3.5-inch drives for the traditional enterprise market.

Shipping now, the 2.5-inch, 10,000 RPM, WD S25 with SAS 6 Gb/second interface hard drives offer IT professionals storage with new 450GB and 600 GB capacities. The WD S25 line, including the previously released 147GB and 300GB capacities, is designed for mission-critical server and storage systems.

Also shipping now to original equipment manufacturers, the new 3.5-inch, 7,200 RPM, WD RE SAS with 6 Gb/second interface hard drives offer 1TB and 2TB capacity points. The WD RE SAS drives mark a commitment to the expansion of WD's SAS portfolio for high-capacity data center storage, storage area networks (SAN), network attached storage (NAS), direct attach storage (DAS), networked surveillance...

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