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Sep 13
Totem Tribe Gold game updated for Mac OS X

Enkord (http://www.enkord.com/) has announced Totem Tribe Gold 1.06, an expansion on their adventure/strategy/hidden object game for Mac OS X (10.4 and higher) and Windows. The game's narrative supplies 32 exotic locations to explore and over 200 quests and puzzles.

Here's how the game is described: "Totem Tribe Gold tells the story of the peaceful Hawk Tribe living on Tetala Island. According to legend the island was once marked by a glowing sparkle from the sky, the Tear of Heaven, capable of imparting wisdom and enlightenment to its owner. As the young female chieftain, Aruku, the player attempts to lead the tribe to prosperity as characters explore surrounding islands in search of totems that lead to an answer to the mysteries of the Tear of Heaven. With 32 distinct levels of play, each with its own obstacles, battles, quests, characters, puzzles, explorations, experiments, training and building, the...

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Sep 13
Kensington announces new iPad accessories

Kensington Computer Products Group (http://www.kensington.com) has introduced three new iPad accessories to help boost productivity for users of the tablet computer on-the-go or in the car.

Kensington’s PowerBack Battery Case with Kickstand and Dock (US$129.99) is an all-in-one design that integrates battery charging, protective casing, three-position kickstand and dock abilities. The built-in charger provides up to five extra hours of power for iPad, while the slip-on case protects the tablet computer.

The PowerBack’s kickstand adapts to individual user needs by offering three convenient viewing modes for iPad: portrait mode is best for photo viewing and web browsing, landscape mode is best for video watching, typing mode texting and emailing.

You can eliminate the need for multiple chargers with the Kensington Wall Pack Duo Charger ($29.99) that simultaneously powers two iPad, iPhone...

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Sep 13
iPod comes out on top as most prized possession

After new versions of the iPod were recently launched, the portable media playing devices have been voted "most prized possession" among Facebook users, coming out just on top ahead of the Blackberry and closely followed by iPhones and laptops.
 
Meanwhile, only 1% of respondents regarded their wedding ring as their most prized possession, while cars were the favorites of only 4% of people on the social network. Dogs got 9% of the vote, and cats received 5%.
 
The survey was carried out in August on behalf of insurance firm Protect Your Bubble (http://www.protectyourbubble.com), with 12% of the 500 respondents voting for their iPods as their most prized possession, just outdoing the Blackberry, which received 11.5% of the votes.
 
The first iPod launched in 2001 and the devices are still hugely popular despite the massive surge in purchases of smartphones in...

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Sep 13
iPad Wi-Fi models available in China on Sept. 17

Apple says the Wi-Fi models of the iPad will be available to customers in China from Apple Retail Stores, and select Apple Authorized Resellers, on Friday, Sept. 17, starting at 10 a.m.

Apple Retail Stores will offer a free Personal Setup service to every customer who buys an iPad at the store, helping them customize their new iPad by setting up their email, loading their favorite apps from the App Store, and more. Apple Retail Stores in China are also hosting special iPad workshops to help customers learn more about the tablet device.

iPad Wi-Fi models in China will be available for a suggested retail price of CNY3988 for 16GB, CNY4788 for 32GB and CNY5588 for 64GB. For more information visit http://www.apple.com.cn .

iPad will roll out to many more countries later this year and Apple will announce availability and local pricing for these additional countries at a later date.

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Sep 13
Next MacBUS meeting looks at new Apple hardware, iTunes 10

The next meeting of The Macintosh Business Users Society of Greater Philadelphia -- or MacBUS (http://www.macbus.org) -- will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 28, at 6:30 pm.

This month's meeting will feature a presentation by Dave Marra, who will cover Apple's latest technology, including iPods, iPads, iPhones, iTunes 10, and more. As a senior systems engineer for Apple, Marra has conducted thousands of technology presentations, keynote addresses and workshops for schools, Mac and PC user groups, businesses and other professional organizations across the United States and Canada.

A general Mac troubleshooting Q&A session will also be held. Attendees are encouraged to bring questions and invite friends or coworkers who may find the meeting beneficial.

MacBUS was the first user group in the United States to focus on the business and professional uses of the Macintosh operating system. The group of...

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Sep 13
'MacVoices' looks at PDF Pen 5

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com), Jean MacDonald, Philip Goward, Greg Scown of Smile Software (formerly SmileOnMyMac) talks about PDF Pen 5,.

New to this version is redacting of PDFs -- real redacting, not just cosmetic graphic placement
that can reveal confidential information. How this is implemented and why it is so important are covered in-depth, as is the other new feature: conversion of web pages to PDF documents. You won't appreciate

"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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Sep 13
'Tech Night Owl' looks at new iPods, new Apple TV

On this week's "Tech Night Owl," Gene Steinberg, the Owl himself, and guests look at the aftermath of Apple’s media event, which featured the introduction of new iPods and a totally redesigned Apple TV. They also focus on Apple’s surprise decision, this past week, to update the rules of the road for the Apps Store.

You can tune into the live broadcast stream Thursday nights from 6-8 Pacific, 9-11 Eastern from http://www.technightowl.com/radio ; an archive of the show will be available for downloading and listening at your convenience within four hours after the original broadcast. You can also access our show's podcast feed, now available at http://www.technightowl.com/nightowl.xml .

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Sep 13
'MUG Event Calendar': iMovie, Time Machine, more

Several notable guests and presentations are on tap in this week's "The MUG Event Calendar."

Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus will visit a Texas group, Apple Senior Systems Engineer Dave Marra will present to a New Jersey group, while some of his colleagues from The Apple Store, will present to one California group, and Jennifer Bell of Prosoft Engineering will be the featured speaker at another California group.

Bob Boldt of Other World Computing will show off what they offer to a Wisconsin group, while author and graphics expert Scott Kelby will be the special guest at a Michigan group. Other topics up for this discussion include iMovie, Time Machine, digital photography, Numbers vs. Excel, Pages, networking and more.

"The MUG Event Calendar" can be found at The MUG Center (http://www.mugcenter.com), an online resource for Mac User Groups. MUGs are good places for making new friends in the Mac...

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Sep 11
New iPad before the holidays?

A version of the iPad with a built-in video camera and support for the new FaceTime video conferencing standard has already progressed to the advanced testing stages, says “AppleInsider” (http://www.appleinsider.com), quoting a “person with proven knowledge of Apple’s future product plans.”

When might such a device arrive? Perhaps in time for holidays, but no later than March 2011, the article says. And the move, if it happens, would be as much about FaceTime as the iPad.

“It’s also believed that Apple may striving to embed FaceTime within its entire mobile arsenal before making good on a promissory to open up the standard to the rest of the world, thereby mitigating the market opportunity for rival tablet devices that could incorporate the technology,” says “AppleInsider.”
FaceTime is video calling that uses Wi-Fi. Apple says that using FaceTime is as easy as making a regular voice...

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Sep 10
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Sept. 10

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/).

Blackmagic Design has announced Videohub Control for iPad, a new, free control panel software that allows the iPad to become a XY control panel for all Blackmagic Design Videohub series routing switchers.

DigitalDeejay has released mix.dj for iPad. This $6.99 app gives you access to thousands of mixes from DJ's around the world in one click. You can listen to more than 25,000 mixes straight from your iPad, streaming whenever and wherever you want, all via WiFi or 3G. You can choose from 25 pre-programmed moods and genres.

Aspyre Apps has introduced PhotoCaddyHD, its new iPad version of their photography guide. It's a $3.99 handbook for photographers of all skill levels, with content that is constantly evolving thanks to an active user...

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Sep 10
Apple sues Sanho Corp. for patent infringement

Apple is suing Sanho Corp. for patent infringement. The lawsuit (http://dockets.justia.com/docket/california/candce/5:2010cv04042/231609/) was filed Thursday in the California North District Court in San Jose, though details aren't yet available.

Sanho (http://www.hypershop.com/) is the company behind the HyperMac line of external batteries for the MacBook, iPod, iPad and iPhone and the HyperDrive portable photo storage device. The company was founded in 2002.

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Sep 10
MicroStrategy deploys 1,100 iPads

MicroStrategy, a business intelligence software maker, has deployed 1,100 iPads to executives and sales personnel to conduct critical job-related tasks. The company said it expects 700 more iPads to be deployed soon, reports "Computerworld" (http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9184419/BI_firm_takes_iPads_over_...).

MicroStrategy is one of the largest business users of iPads to go public about its deployment, the article adds. Most other businesses that have talked about iPad use have around 100 users.

MicroStrategy said it is using some applications that can run on both the iPad and the iPhone, while others are designed to fully take advantage of the larger 9.7-inch iPad touch screen. For example, some of the latter applications help sales personnel...

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Sep 10
Apple's free Bumer case program ends Sept. 30

Customers who buy an iPhone 4 after Sept. 30 won't able to request a free case through Apple's case program, Apple announced today (http://www.apple.com/iphone/case-program/). However, they will be able to contact AppleCare to request a free Bumper.

"We now know that the iPhone 4 antenna attenuation issue is even smaller than we originally thought," says Apple. "A small percentage of iPhone 4 users need a case, and we want to continue providing them a Bumper case for free."

For everyone else, Apple is discontinuing the free case program on all iPhone 4s sold after Sept. 30. The company is also returning to its normal returns policy for all iPhone 4s sold after that date. Users experiencing antenna issues should call AppleCare to request a free Bumper case.

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Sep 10
JPMorgan, UBS eyeing iPhones?

JPMorgan Chase & Co. may soon let employees use iPhones for corporate e-mail, making it an alternative to Research in Motion’s BlackBerry at the bank for the first time, reports "Bloomberg" (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-09-10/jpmorgan-said-to-test-iphone-fo...), quoting "two people familiar."

JPMorgan is purportedly testing the iPhone and smartphones based on Android software. The bank is the second-largest in the U.S. by assets and has about 220,000 employees worldwide.

UBS AG, Switzerland’s biggest bank, said it is also considering allowing its staff to use iPhones for company messaging as more of them opt for the Apple product, adds "Bloomberg." UBS has more than 63,000 employees.

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Sep 10
Apple updates printer, scanner drivers

Apple has released several printer and scanner driver updates for Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard").

They involve products from Brother, Infotec, Laner, Gestetner, Ricoh, Savain and NRG. You can obtain 'em via the Software Update component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.

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Sep 10
FaceTime coming to Macs, Windows systems?

The French site Mac4ever (http://www.mac4ever.com/news/57279/rumeurs_du_vendredi_ilife_et_facetime/) says that Facetime, Apple’s open source video chatting protocol, will be coming to iChat on the Mac -- and to Windows, as well. I think they're right, and have predicted this before.

In case you're not familiar with it, FaceTime is video calling that uses Wi-Fi. Apple says that using FaceTime is as easy as making a regular voice call, with no set-up required. On the iPhone 4 and fourth gen iPod touch, you can instantly switch to the rear camera to show others what you are seeing with just a tap.

FaceTime works right out of the box. You don't have to up a special account or screen name.If you want to start a video call with your best friend, find her entry in your Contacts and tap the FaceTime button....

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Sep 10
Gartner: Symbian, Android to dominate mobile OS market

The worldwide mobile operating system (OS) market will be dominated by Symbian and Android, as the two OSs will account for 59.8% of mobile OS sales by 2014, according to the Gartner research group (http://www.gartner.com).

Symbian will remain at the top of Gartner's worldwide OS ranking due to Nokia's volume and the push into more mass market price points. However, by the end of the forecast period, the No. 1 spot will be contested with Android, which will be at a very similar share level.

Communication service providers' (CSPs') marketing and vendor support for Android-based smartphones will drive the platform to become the second-largest platform, following Symbian, by year-end 2010 (see Table 1). This is almost two years earlier than Gartner predicted a year ago.

"The worldwide mobile OS market is dominated by four players: Symbian, Android, Research In Motion and iOS," said Roberta Cozza,...

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Sep 10
Adobe resurrects Flash tool for the iPhone

Adobe says it will resurrect a tool that lets developers port Flash applications to the iPhone. The move came after Apple tweaked its App Store review guides.

"Apple's announcement today that it has lifted restrictions on its third-party developer guidelines has direct implications for Adobe's Packager for iPhone, a feature in the Flash Professional CS5 authoring tool," Adobe said in an online statement (http://blogs.adobe.com/conversations/2010/09/great-news-for-developers.html). "We will now resume development work on this feature for future releases. This is great news for developers and we’re hearing from our developer community that Packager apps are already being approved for the App Store. We do want to point out that Apple’s restriction on Flash content running in the browser on iOS devices...

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Sep 10
AJA introduces mini-converter, new KONA card

AJA Video Systems (http://www.aja.com) has announced the availability of Hi5-3D, a new mini-converter that combines dual 3G SDI inputs into various multiplexed 3D formats for output on true 3D HDMI 1.4a and SDI to enable simple, flexible stereoscopic viewing on 3D monitors and projection systems. The company has also unveiled its new KONA 3G capture card.

The Hi5-3D's true HDMI 1.4a output supports EDID transactions that automatically configure 2D/3D functions according to the HDMI monitor's capabilities. Input SDI 2 is frame-synchronized to input SDI 1 in 3D modes and SDI input audio is embedded in both the HDMI and SDI outputs. Hi5-3D also supports 2-channel RCA audio output with user control of channel selection, along with AJA's Mini-Config application for user configuration and firmware download.

The Hi5-3D will available In October at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$495. For a complete set...

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Sep 10
KT receives almost 300,000 iPhone 4 orders

KT, Korea's second-largest mobile-phone carrier, provided Apple's latest gadget to its first 10,000 customers on the first day of its release and says it has received nearly 300,000 orders, including 20,000 on Friday alone, reports the "Korea Times" (http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/art/2010/09/133_72869.html).

KT has sold nearly 900,000 of Apple's previous handset, the iPhone 3GS. It hopes that the iPhone 4 will further boost its efforts to narrow the gap with rival SK Telecom, Korea’s largest mobile carrier, says the "Korea Times."

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Sep 10
Everki ships laptop bag with iPad pocket

Everki (http://www.everki.com) has released the US$59.99 Track Laptop Messenger, a laptop bag with a pocket especially for the iPad. It's available immediately.

The front features a safety reflective strip for extra protection at night, especially convenient for bicyclists looking for a versatile laptop bag.The front also features a two-system closure, There's Velcro on the inside front flap for quick access, and Everki buckles for extra security. The Track can also be converted into a carry-on bag.

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Sep 10
IvySkin offers new iPhone 4 cases

IvySkin USA (http://www.ivyskin.com) has released a line of protective cases for the iPhone 4. The all new Quattro 4 (shown) cases as well as the SmartCase feature interchangeable battery pack and patented Touch-Thru glass Multi-Touch screen.

The US$44.95 Quattro 4 comes with a Glass Touch-Thru scratch free screen in addtiion to the polycarbonate shell that snaps on the back of the iPhone. It's available in four colors.

The $79.95 SmartCase 4 retails for $79.99 USD and comes with Quattro 4 case along with a 1500mAh battery pack and Glass Touch-Thru screen. It is now available for pre-order in four colors.

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Sep 10
Default Folder for Mac OS X updated to version 4.3.10

St. Clair Software has updated Default Folder (http://www.stclairsoft.com/DefaultFolderX/index.html), its utility for enhancing Open and Save dialogs in Mac OS X, to version 4.3.10. The upgrade addresses issues with Finder labels, as well as adding more capabilities for AppleScript users.

Default Folder X 4.3.10 is a free update for existing users who purchased a license or upgrade on or after June 1, 2007. The upgrade is US$14.95 for users who bought their copies before that date. Default Folder X costs $34.95 for a new license. Installers are available now in English and German and will be released shortly in Japanese, French, and Danish.

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Sep 10
Blackmagic Design ships DaVinci Resolve 7.0 for Mac OS X

Blackmagic Design (http://www.blackmagic-design.com) is shipping DaVinci Resolve 7.0 for Mac OS X with pricing starting from US$995. It's the latest version of the high end DI grading system with features used by both Hollywood and high end post production.

The new version includes a new user interface developed with colorists and benefits from the decades of DaVinci color grading experience, according to the folks at Blackmagic Design. The new DaVinci Resolve 7.0 for Mac now reads and writes all the common Apple ProRes file formats including 4444, 422, 422(HQ), 422 (Proxy) and 422 (LT) directly on the timeline with no conversion required. Colorists can just select the clips in their media storage and DaVinci Resolve will play and grade them in real time, even if there are mixed resolutions and formats on the timeline.
Both Mac OS X and Linux systems now support read and write of...

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Sep 10
Aqua Connect adds support for CS5 volume licensing edition

Aqua Connect (http://www.aquaconnect.com), the folks behind the enterprise grade Mac terminal server, says that Sun Media Corporation and Database Publishing Systems, Inc., have chosen Aqua Connect Terminal Server as their Mac deployment solution. Aqua Connect also announced support for the Adobe Creative Suite 5 volume licensing edition.

Sun Media Corporation and Database Publishing Systems were faced with the possibility of moving off of the Mac platform for their application deployment. Their users and customers were dependent on Mac applications, which made switching platforms costly and time-consuming. Aqua Connect’s OS X terminal server enabled both organizations to centralize their Adobe Creative Suite deployment and give their end-users and customers remote access to custom Mac applications.

"The Mac platform and applications have experienced an overwhelming adoption rate within the...

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