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Jun 17
'Tech Night Owl' looks at the iPhone 4, iOS, more

On this week's "Tech Night Owl," Gene Steinberg, the Owl himself, and guests look at the iPhone 4, iOS 4 and the FTC's possible action against Apple.

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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Jun 17
MacProVideo releases Abelton Live 8, Cubase 5 tutorials

MacProVideo.com has released two new training programs for Ableton Live 8 and Cubase 5.

The first tutorial is called "Live 8 404: Making Electronic Dance Music." Created by the Dutch DJ and record producer, Olav Basoski, this tutorial shows how he uses Live 8 to produce chart-topping electronic dance anthems.

The second new release is called "Cubase 401: Mastering in Cubase." This tutorial is produced by one of Steinberg's very own Cubase Product experts, Matthew Loel T. Hepworth. In this three-hour tutorial, he shows how to utilize the mastering plugins including compressors, mulitband compressors, EQs, limiters, and maximizers.

These tutorials are available from MacProVideo.com's web site for both HD Download and streaming through the company's extensive Online Tutorial Library.

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Jun 17
BatchOutput gets maintenance update

Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has released BatchOutput 3.8.1, an update to its professional solution to automate printing and exporting from Adobe InDesign. The new update addresses an issue related to EPS export presets management.

BatchOutput is designed to automate and simplify InDesign production workflows of service providers, printers, ad agencies and publishers. With BatchOutput, users only need to select the files to output and adjust the settings, and the rest will be done automatically.

BatchOutput 3.8.1 can be purchased for US$129.95. A demo is available for download. Upgrades to BatchOutput 3.8.1 free for licensed users of version 3.x, and $47.98 for the users of earlier versions. Every order includes a free license of File Courier (a $19.95 value). BatchOutput is available for Mac OS X 10.4.2 and higher, a Universal Binary, and works with Adobe InDesign CS-CS5.

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Jun 17
Apple posts WWDC session videos

Apple has posted the session videos for its 2010 Worldwide Developer Conference online: http://developer.apple.com/videos/wwdc/2010/ . They're available in either HD or standard definition.

You can watch over 100 in-depth technical sessions from WWDC 2010. All presentation slides are in PDF; also offered is session related sample code. And it's all free to registered Apple developers.

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Jun 17
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for June 17

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/).

Disney Publishing Worldwide has released the Toy Story 3 read-along app on the Apple iPad. Children can join Woody, Buzz, their pals, and a crew of new toys on an adventure in this interactive reading experience packed with 3D effects, exciting games, sing-along tunes, puzzles, and coloring pages. Children can hear the story read aloud, record their own narration, or explore at their own pace.

The Toy Story 3 app for the iPad is US$8.99 and comes with a one-month free subscription to disneydigitalbooks.com. The Toy Story read-along app, the Toy Story 2 read-along app and The Princess and the Frog read-along app can also be directly downloaded from the Apple App Store.

ONYX Apps has announced DjembePad 1.0, a $1.99 digital drum simulator and...

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Jun 17
BAM Investor predicts major plunge in Apple stock

Take this info with a very big grain of salt. Following the successful launch of the iPad, with sales that continue to beat many analyst predictions, Apple's stock prices soared to record highs this month and its market cap surpassed Microsoft's for the first time.

However, BAM Investor (http://www.baminvestor.com), a hedge fund financial model based on behavioral analysis, has announced publicly on Twitter that it predicts the share price of Apple to fall to US$42 as soon as fall 2010 or as late as fall 2011

"As far as timing, our behavioral analysis model indicates AAPL could reach the 45 dollar level as early as the summer/fall of 2010 or as late as the fall of 2011," says says BAM Investor founder and CEO, J.G. Savoldi. "I understand that this forecast will shock most investors -- and for good reason. The cardinal rule of forecasting is to only predict price or time, but never both. In...

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Jun 17
Maintain releases Cocktail 4.7.5 (Snow Leopard Edition)

Maintain has released Cocktail 4.7.5 (Snow Leopard Edition), the latest maintenance update of Cocktail (http://www.maintain.se/c) for users running Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard"). This version adds Mac OS X 10.6.4 compatibility, support for latest versions of Safari, Chrome, Opera and OmniWeb web browsers as well as clearing of the latest variants of the HellRTS and OpinionSpy trojan horses.

This version also contains improvements on the clear Internet caches procedure and updated Automator actions.

Cocktail 4.7.5 (Snow Leopard Edition) requires Mac OS X/Mac OS X Server 10.6 or later and is tested for compatibility with Mac OS X/Mac OS X Server 10.6.3. Cocktail (Leopard Edition) for Mac OS X 10.5 and Cocktail (Tiger Edition) for Mac OS X 10.4 are available for download from the Maintain web site.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for Mac OS X that offers a variety of practical...

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Jun 17
NewerTech announces NuRAM memory upgrades for new Mac mini

Newer Technology (NewerTech) has announced NuRAM Memory Upgrades up to 8GB for the new Mac mini "Unibody" models introduced Tuesday by Appl.

The NewerTech NuRAM Memory Upgrades Kits for the new Mid 2010 mini, as well as kits for iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro, Mac mini (2009), and PC compatible computers that utilize PC8500 DDR3 1066MHz CL7 204 pin SO-DIMM memory modules, are available immediately from NewerTech's exclusive distributor, Other World Computing (OWC), as well as through the retail channel. For more info go to http://www.newertech.com/products/nuram.php .

The NuRAM 4GB DDR3 Memory Module (1 x 4GB memory module) costs US$134.99 and replaces one factory installed memory module for 5GB or 6GB total RAM. This upgrade isn't available as a factory option. The NuRAM 8GB DDR3 Memory Kit (2 x 4GB matched memory modules) is $249.99.

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Jun 17
Griffin Technology releases iPhone 4 cases

Griffin Technology (http://www.griffintechnology.com) has announced their first accessories for Apple’s new iPhone 4. Griffin’s announcement includes: Elan Holster Metal (US$34.99), Elan Passport Wallet ($39.99), Reveal ($24.99( and four different Screen Care Kit options, the first offerings in a line of devices for iPhone 4.
 
“Each new Apple creation presents us with exciting development opportunities,” says Mark Rowan, president of Griffin Technology. “Our new accessories for iPhone 4 represent an ongoing commitment to what we do best -- enhancing the daily technological experience.”

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Jun 17
Apple places orders for CDMA iPhones?

Let the Verizon iPhone rumors start anew. A "DigiTimes" report (http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20100617PD215.html) quotes "sources from component makers" as saying that Pegatron Technology has received CDMA iPhone orders.

If it actually happened, this would be the first time Apple has produced a version of the iPhone for a CDMA wireless network, which is different from AT&T’s GSM technology.
Vodafone, co-owner of Verizon Wireless, already sells the iPhone in Europe. Verizon is on CDMA.

"DigiTimes" says that Pegatron will also start shipping a CDMA version of the iPhone 4 to Apple in the fourth quarter and is currently using its plants in Shanghai, China to produce the products, The company is also purportedly working on gaining orders for MacBooks and iPads from Apple.

-- Dennis Sellers

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Jun 17
Apple shares hit all-time high

Apple shares hit an all-time high on Thursday, a day after the retail and technology bellwether said it sold more than 600,000 iPhone 4s.

Shares hit US$272.90 before slipping to $270.96, up 1.4 percent for the day. And as noted by "Fortune" (http://macosg.me/2/ea), the analysts have been bumping up their share price targets. Here are the ones we've heard about; we'll add more as they come in:

Kaufman Bros.' Shaw Wu raised his estimate from $320 to $340. Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster: raised his to $348 from $340. And Caris and Co.'s Robert Cihra upped his from $310 to $325.

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Jun 17
Analyst: upgrade rate to iPhone 4 just over 50%

Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty says in a note to clients that a survey by her firm suggests the upgrade rate from older iPhones to the newer iPhone will be more than 50%, but not much more. Even 50% is considerably higher than the 18% upgrade rate found in a November 2008 survey and 25% since the launch of the original iPhone in 2007, notes "Fortune" (http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/06/17/whats-driving-iphone-4-sales/).

A loyal and growing installed base is a good thing for Apple, Huberty says. She estimates that if 30% of current iPhone owners upgrade this year, Apple will sell 42 million units in 2010. If 50% upgrade, it will sell 48 million. In her model, the iPhone installed base rises from about 30 million at the end of 2009 to 100 million by the end of 2011.

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Jun 17
Forrester: tablets to outsell netbooks by 2012

The executive team at Apple said it would happen, and it seems they're right: tablet devices like the iPad will outsell netbooks by 2012, according to the Forrester Research Group (http://www.forrester.com).

Fueled by a growing interest in tablet computers, nearly half a billion computers will be sold to consumers in the US between now and 2015, according to a new report by the research group. Over the next five years, computer unit sales across all form factors -- desktops, notebooks and laptops, tablets, and netbooks -- will increase by 52%.

Despite an ongoing industry debate about how to define tablets, Forrester believes they should be classified as a form of personal computer. Tablet sales in the US will go from a modest 3.5 million units in 2010 to 20.4 million units in 2015, a 42% compound annual growth rate. Starting in 2012, tablets will outsell netbooks, and by 2014, more consumers will...

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Jun 17
Clearwire adds 4G/3G modem for Macs

Clearwire Corp., a provider of wireless broadband services, has announced the upcoming availability of three new Mac compatible products that will extend the potential for super-fast speeds and unlimited 4G usage plans to the millions of mobile devices available today, according to Dow Draper, vice president of product development for Clearwire.

The latest suite of devices -- the CLEAR SpotTM 4G, CLEAR Spot 4G+, and the CLEAR 4G+ Mobile USB, bring new 4G connectivity possibilities to a wide range of Wi-Fi-enabled laptops, netbooks, smartphones, and other connected devices -- without the worries or hassles of tiered or capped usage plans, he says.

The CLEAR Spot 4G offers the speed and flexibility of a personal Wi-Fi hotspot, simultaneously connecting multiple Wi-Fi devices at 4G speeds, while the CLEAR Spot 4G+ adds the option of allowing users to use nationwide 3G coverage when outside the 4G coverage area. In addition, the CLEAR 4G+ Mobile USB modem is the first...

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Jun 17
iSkin announces line of iPad cases

iSkin (http://www.iSkin.com) has released a line of protective covers for the Pad -- the iSkin Duo and the iSkin Vu. The iSkin Duo is a low-profile, dock friendly way to guard and enhance the tablet.

Available in a variety of two-tone color options, the Duo’s body color is fused with a front-facing black screen frame surfaced with an embossed designer pattern. It's also equipped with side grips for better handling, an earphone port cover and fully protected volume, home and sleep buttons.

iSkin created the Duo for iPad from premium silicone that is both hypoallergenic and free of chemicals like bisphenol-A, phthalates, latex and PVC. The silicone has been treated with a low-dust and low-lint finish that purportedly helps it to resist the natural tendencies of silicone to attract small particles. In addition, the Duo is embedded with Microban antimicrobial protection, exclusive to iSkin, which works...

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Jun 17
Mac DVD Ripper ready for the iPhone 4

Digiarty Software has updated its DVD Ripper for Mac (http://www.winxdvd.com/dvd-ripper-for-mac/) with support for the iPhone 4. It's a free update for registered users.

DVD Ripper for Mac works on both encrypted and non-commercial homemade DVDs and can convert to MP4, MOV, iTunes, iLife, AVI, FLV, MP3, etc. that playable on Mac, but also converting DVD content to the format playback on portable devices like the iPod, iPad, iPhone and the PSP.

This DVD Ripper also works as a solution for those who want to make backup DVD copies of their protected DVDs since it has the ability of making 1:1 DVD copy to hard drive by removing the copy-protection from encrypted discs. Also, its editing function lets you to trim any video segment you favor and adjust the video effects, like video resolution, frame rate, bitrate and audio channel depending on what you like.

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Jun 17
SUGARfx releases MagiMoto animation plug-in

Noise Industries (http://www.noiseindustries.com) has announced that development partner SUGARfx has released a new FxFactory powered plug-in, MagiMoto. The US$49 plug-in boasts a variety of animation capabilities, which allow users to spin, scale, dissolve, throw and wiggle objects.

FxFactory powered plug-ins are designed by Noise Industries and their development partners to extend the visual effects capabilities of Adobe After Effects, Apple Final Cut Pro, Apple Motion and Apple Final Cut Express applications. No keyframes are necessary

MagiMoto offers customizable transitions for animation projects or slideshows. It has an option to save presets or share with other users and on-screen element synchronization feedback.

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Jun 17
DEVONthink products beef up email features, more

DEVONtechnologies (http://www.devon-technologies.com) has updated its DEVONthink info manager line to version 2.0.3 in both the Professional and Professional Office editions. Users can finally drag multiple email messages from Apple Mail directly to their database.

This integrates DEVONthink with Apple's Mail application in Mac-like fashion. Users can now also "print" any document to PDF even from within DEVONthink Pro, e.g. to save web pages in a future-proof format. The previously, less prominently placed, folder action scripts can be installed with a single click through the Install Add-Ons dialog and be used instantly. Folder actions turn any folder in the file system into a "hot folder." Files dropped into a hot folder, or placed into them from another application, e.g. a networked scanner or FTP workflow, are automatically picked up by DEVONthink Pro and added to a database....

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Jun 17
MathMagic Personal Edition adds background color support, more

InfoLogic has updated MathMagic Personal Edition (ttp://www.mathmagic.com), the Mac OS X professional level editing suite for Mac OS X, to version 7.0. The upgrade adds background color support and more controls over equation shapes.

MathMagic Personal Edition was specifically developed as a standalone utility for use with any word processing, presentation, or graphic application, including iWork, AppleWorks, Microsoft Word, Keynote or PowerPoint. Equations created with Personal Edition can be used with various applications and documents by drag and drop, copy and paste, or export/import.

MathMagic reads various math expression formats, including MathML and LaTeX. Among many of MathMagic's features are its ability to read MS Equation editor and MathType equations directly, helping switchers to reuse most, if not all, of their legacy content. On top of all the features MathMagic Personal Edition offers, InfoLogic's MathMagic Pro Editions come with additional plug-ins...

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Jun 17
Cerebro integrated with Mikogo for Mac, Windows users

Cinesoft and BeamYourScreen have announced the integration of the Cerebro project management complex with Mikogo, across-platform remote desktop tool ideal for web conferencing and remote support.

The Mikogo software has been implemented within both the Cerebro Mac OS X and Windows distribution kits. Cinesoft and BeamYourScreen have created a new "Web conference" menu within the Cerebro interface that allows users to launch Mikogo.

All you need to do is register your Mikogo account and click on "Start Mikogo web conference."Registration is necessary only when you wish start a screen sharing session. Participants, on the other hand, are not required to register a Mikogo account and can rather sit back, relax, and enjoy the easy-to-use Cerebro Mikogo web conference. You can check out a free trial of Cerebro at http://cerebrohq.com/en/pricing/#openform .

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Jun 17
'iFixIt' tears down the new Mac mini

"iFixIt" has torn down the new Mac mini that Apple introduced this week. You can read all about it at http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Mac-Mini-Mid-2010-Teardown/3094/1 .

"The 2010 Mini has been heavily revised," says "iFixIt." "The main external difference is the new "pancaked" look -- it's wider than the previous Mini, but significantly thinner. The power brick is gone (the power supply is now internal), and Apple has finally included an all-important HDMI port. However, Apple's engineers didn't stop there, and we found some very cool internal improvements."

Here's are some highlights from their report:

° Departing from previous generations, the Mini's unibody top enclosure is machined from a single block of aluminum.

° With a simple counter-clockwise twist, we were able to gain access into the Mini's...

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Jun 17
MacJury continues to deliberate iPhone 4 pre-orders, more

The MacJury (http://www.macjury.com) has convened again to examine some of the current issues in the Mac world, including the iPhone 4 pre-order meltdown, how a reservation is not a pre-order, and your best bets to get a new iPhone on the first day.

Discussions range from the popularity of the iPhone, AT&T and Apple's culpability for problems, and why the iPhone generates so much buzz and Android phones don't.Then, the new Mac mini is put on the stand for a discussion of key features, how it fits into the home theater market, and what it means for the future of the Apple TV.

Safari 5's new Reader feature also gets the third degree, eliciting strong feelings from the user, the content creator, and web publisher perspectives. The evidence on all these issues is weighed and discussed by the panel of Jeff Carlson, Bryan Chaffin, Julio Ojeda-Zapata, Michael T. Rose, Fraser Speirs, and host Chuck...

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Jun 17
DMG Master for Mac OS X updated to version 2.2.2

Tension Software (http://pomola.com) has updated DMG Master software to create standard Disk Image Archive recognized by any Mac, to version 2.2.2. The upgrade fixes a bug related to adding files to the archive.

DMG Master costs US$20, though version 2.2.2 is a free update for registered users of version 2.0. It's Universal Binary, so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. DMG Master requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later.

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Jun 16
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for June 16

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/).

Rocket Racing is the newest air sport of the 21st Century that can now be experienced as an US$2.99 racing game for the iPhone and iPod touch. The Rocket Racing League game is based on the real-world Rocket Racing League (RRL) where Top Gun pilots maneuver rocket-powered aircraft through a virtual 3D Raceway-In-The-Sky. In the game, players take control of a fully customizable Rocket Racer aircraft and pilot their way through floating 3D obstacle courses set in visually stunning environments.

Virtual Programming has set a standard $0.99 price for all of its games at Apple's App Store. They include Pipe Mania, an updated version of the action puzzle game that debuted in 1989.

Dreadnought Design's first game, Tail Gunner, is now available for...

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Jun 16
Apple releases iTunes 9.2

Apple has released iTunes 9.2, which includes support for iPhone 4, iOS 4, iBooks 1.1, and more. According to Apple's release notes, it allows you to:

° Sync with iPhone 4 -- if you can get one, right? -- to enjoy your music, movies, TV shows, books and more on-the-go;

° Sync and read books with an iPhone or iPod touch with iOS 4 and iBooks 1.1;

° Organize and sync PDF documents as books. Read PDFs with iBooks 1.1 on iPad and any iPhone or iPod touch with iOS 4;

° Organize your apps on your iOS 4 home screens into folders using iTunes;

° Perform faster back-ups while syncing an iPhone or iPod touch with iOS 4;

There are also album artwork improvements make artwork appear more quickly when exploring your library. iTunes 9.2 also includes some security fixes for the Windows version.

You can obtain it -- on the Mac -- via the Software Update component of the Systems Preferences app.

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