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Apr 15
Speck announces wave of iPad cases

Speck has offered up a full line of cases, bags and other new solutions for the iPad. Pricing ranges from US$24.95 to $49.95.

The first three offerings, the PixelShield sleeve, PixelSleeve Plus carrying case and ShieldView anti-glare protective screen films for iPad offer optimum screen and device protection. Also coming are CandyShell cases, Fitted Hard Shell Cases, SeeThru and SeeThru Satin cases and PixelSkin for the iPad. For more info go to http://www.speckproducts.com .

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Apr 15
PlusTek announces workgroup scanner with integrated flatbed

Plustek Technology (http://www.plustek.com/usa) has announced the new SmartOffice PL1530 scanner, Plustek's newest ADF scanner with an integral flatbed. It will go on sale next month with a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$349.

The SmartOffice PL1530 features two USB ports that allow the scanner to be shared between two computers for business users who want to save money and space. It's bundled with business card reading software and a suite of document management and scanning applications.

Documents can be scanned with the flatbed or ADF and sent to either computer with the press of a button. Multi-page documents can be scanned on both sides to be processed into electronic searchable PDF files.

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Apr 15
MacForensicsLab gets speed boost, more with version 3.0

MacForensicsLab (http://www.MacForensicsLab.com) has updated their self-titled, computer forensic suite, MacForensicsLab, to version 3.0 The new version offers new features, more stability and speed improvements.

The latest version of MacForensicsLab features redesigned core functions. Speed improvements make all tasks faster than ever, says MacForensics CEO Marko Kostyrko. Some operations were benchmarked to run up to 12 times faster then the previous version, he adds. New 64-bit operation helps to maximize speed and take full advantage of newer Mac's Intel processors. What's more, MacForensicsLab has redesigned memory allocation algorithms to prevent system freezes due to memory leaks or inefficient memory distribution by the operating system. 

MacForensicsLab is priced at US$1,195 for licensed law enforcement and $1,495 for private industry. Upgrade pricing is available for owners...

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Apr 15
Apple looking for engineer for iPad video capture

It’s "a sure thing that the iPad will get a camera in its second generation," according to the "Cult of Mac" site (http://www.cultofmac.com/apple-is-hiring-ipad-camera-engineer/38256). There’s already an empty, iSight-shaped slot in the iPad’s frame and Apple is looking for a performance QA engineer to work on still and video capture in the iPad Media department.

At the "Jobs at Apple site" (http://jobs.apple.com/index.ajs?BID=1&method=mExternal.showJob&RID=47818...), it says: "The Media Systems team is looking for a software quality engineer with a strong technical background to test still,...

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Apr 15
Steve Jobs is entrepreneur most admired by teenagers

Apple CEO Steve Jobs, the co-founder and chief executive officer of Apple, is the entrepreneur most admired by teenagers, according to a new survey by Junior Achievement USA (http://www.ja.org), the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs.

In a poll of 1,000 12-17-year-olds, 35 per cent thought that Jobs was more impressive than Facebook-founder Mark Zuckerberg or television host Oprah Winfrey, reports the "Telegraph" (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/apple/7593141/Steve-Jobs-is-entrep...). Zuckerberg was the favorite of 10% of respondents, and Winfrey the...

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Apr 15
Tidy Up for Mac OS X tidied up to version 2.1.5

Hyberbolic Software (http://www.hyperbolicsoftware.com) has released Tidy Up! 2.1.5, the latest version of their disk, file and folder processing utility for Mac OS X.

Tidy Up! can find duplicate files and packages using any criteria. Version 2.1.5 improves the search for content within email messages of Mail. Now it will find messages even if they differ by the number of spaces at the end of the message.

Tidy Up 2.1.5 requires Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard") or higher. Upgrades from version 1.x are $20, and upgrades from version 2.x are free.

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Apr 15
Dr. Bott releases mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapters

Apple's newly released MacBook Pro models now support audio output via their mini DisplayPort, and Dr. Bott's mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapters fully support this new feature. With these adapters, a single HDMI cable can transmit both audio and video to your LCD-TV or LCD-display.

Older Macs with a non-audio mini DisplayPort can achieve the same result by using the Dr. Bott Audio and mini DisplayPort to HDMI Adapter Pro. This adapter combines digital audio and digital video to a single, unaltered HDMI signal to pass to the display via HDMI cable.

All Dr. Bott HDMI adapters for mini DisplayPort support HDCP copy protection. They're plug and play; no driver installation is necessary.

The US$29 Mini Display Port to HDMI Adapter is designed to connect your flat panel display or LCD-TV with HDMI-Port to a computer equipped with a Mini DisplayPort. It supports audio output on the MacBook Pros released this week.

The $99Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Adapter Pro w/...

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Apr 15
vjoon announces full support for Adobe Creative Suite 5

vjoon (http://www.vjoon.com) says its cross-media publishing platform, K4 6, will be compatible with Adobe Creative Suite 5 in the second quarter of 2010.

With its explicit workflow features for multiple output channels, content management for multimedia, and automation of exports for digital publishing, K4 version 6 complements the latest Adobe creative software by "providing an ideal platform for creative teams to collaborate," says vjoon CEO Andreas Schrader. He adds that, in K4, content isn't simply reused for different channels, but is adapted to the different demands of specific media and devices, including web sites, print publications and handheld devices such as the iPad and Amazon Kindle.

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Apr 15
Oki Data launches new color LED printer series

Oki Data Americas (http://www.okidata.com ), which markets its products under the OKI Printing Solutions brand, has added two new series of digital color printers designed for medium and large workgroups with the launch of the C610 Series and the C711 Series. Pricing ranges from US$699 to $1,449.

Offering HD (high-definition) Color Technology, both the C610 Series and C711 Series allow users to produce high-quality, color documents in-house, reducing lead/turn-around time, cost and potential waste associated with outsourcing, according to Mike Garofola Sr. of OKI Data Americas.
The C610 Series from OKI Printing Solutions comes in four configurations that deliver a footprint of 17.1 x 21.5 x 13.4 inches and print speeds up to 32 ppm color and 34 ppm mono. With a monthly duty cycle of 75,000 pages, it’s designed for small-to-medium sized businesses and medium workgroups.

The C610 Series features...

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Apr 15
Maintain releases Cocktail 4.7.3 (Snow Leopard Edition)

Maintain has released Cocktail 4.7.3 (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 addresses an issue in which the system log server (syslogd) may not be properly restarted, fixes a bug where clearing the virtual memory swap files may cause kernel panics and addresses minor compatibility issues with Mac OS X 10.6.3 (v 1.0 and 1.1) identified in the previous release.

Cocktail 4.7.3 (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 features designed to simplify the...

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Apr 15
Cartographica for Mac OS X updated to version 1.2

ClueTrust has announced Cartographica 1.2 (http://www.macgis.com), an update to their Geographical Information System (GIS) software for Mac OS X. Due in May, the new version builds on Cartographica's exploratory interface and adds:

° Flexible labeling that can show multiple fields in multiple styles on one or more lines;

° Improved Illustrator export, using layers to provide all the geospatial and textual data, plus legends that can be styled for direct inclusion into documents;

° New formula fields that enable calculations using higher math as well as ready use of geoprocessing data, and can be updated in real time;

° Live Maps that incorporate access to a variety of tile-servers and WMS services to put data into context quickly;

° Increased speed and reduced memory footprint.

Cartographica provides a set of tools that enable the user to explore, analyze and present...

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Apr 15
nova media unveils 3G surfstick for the Mac

nova media has unveiled the iCON XY (http://www.novamedia.de/en/icon-xy.html), a 3G USB surfstick made by the Belgium company Option. The HSPA modem reaches download and upload speeds up to 7.2Mbps and 5.76Mbps.

The surfstick sports a swivel USB connector and a micro-SD slot compatible to SDHC cards with up to 32GB memory. The iCON XY isn't IM locked and can be used in any 3G network running on 900 or 2100 MHz and on any EDGE/GPRS network running on 850, 900, 1800 or 1900 MHz.

"The real benefit of the iCON XY is the ability to use it with prepaid SIM cards all around the world." says Jan Fuellemann, PR spokesperson at nova media. "Using a prepaid SIM card abroad can save hundreds of Euros otherwise spend for data roaming costs."

The iCON XY features a self-installing connection manger, "uCAN Connect" software from Option. It's compatible with all Intel Macs...

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Apr 15
NTFS 8.0 supports Snow Leopard in 32-bit, 64-bit modes

Paragon Software has updated NTFS for the Mac (http://www.paragon-software.com/home/ntfs-mac/) to version 8.0. The upgrade is purportedly the first NTSF driver to support Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard") in both 32-bit and 64-bit modes.

The purpose of NTFS for Mac OS X is to provide rapid reading and writing data to NTFS volumes under Mac OS. It comes in a single edition that includes a standard DMG disk image containing the installation package.

NTFS for the Mac costs US$39.95. NTFS for Mac OS X requires Mac OS X 10.4.6 or higher.

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Apr 14
Gartner: Apple has 8% US computer market share

According to the latest results from the Gartner research group, Apple has 8% of the US computer market for the first quarter of 2010. That's up 34% from the 7.2% of the same period a year ago.

That places Apple fifth among US computer vendors. Ahead of it, with first quarter 2010 market share percentages, are HP (25%), Dell (23.4%), Acer (15.6%) and Toshiba (8.6%). Worldwide, Apple still doesn't rank in the top five, which are: HP (18.2%), Acer (14.2%), Dell (12.1%), ASUS (5.5%) and Toshiba (5.5%). The Mac has, by most estimates, a 5% global market share.

Worldwide computer shipments totaled 84.3 million units in the first quarter of 2010, a 27.4% increase from the first quarter of 2009, according to preliminary results by Gartner. These first quarter results have exceeded Gartner's earlier market outlook. Gartner had been expecting first quarter computer shipments to grow 22%.

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Apr 14
... Or maybe it's just 6.4%

Okay, Gartner says Apple's US market share has grown. IDC says it's shrunk for the first quarter of 2010. As the old joke says, "99% of all statistics are made up," so I guess you can pick which one you like best.

According to IDC, Apple had 6.4% of the US market share in quarter one of 2010, compared to 7% in the same time period a year ago. The research group says Apple sold 1,130,000 Macs for 1Q 2010 compared to 1,043,000 in 1Q 2009.

According to IDC, Apple is fifth among US computer vendors. Ahead of it are, with market shares for 1Q 2010 are HP (25.4%), Dell (24.1%), Acer (13.1%) and Toshiba (8.6%).

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Apr 14
Apple releases security updates, Server Admin Tools 10.6.3

Apple has released a security update for users of Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard") and 10.6 ("Snow Leopard"), as well as Server Admin Tools 10.6.3

Security Update 2010-003 for Snow Leopard (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1029), Leopard Client (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1027) and Leopard Server (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1028) fixes an issue with the potential execution of arbitrary code when viewing or even just downloading a document with a maliciously crafted embedded font.

Server Admin Tools 10.6.3 (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1032) contains remote administration tools, documentation, and utilities...

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Apr 14
OWC announces memory, storage upgrades for new MacBook Pros

Other World Computing (http://www.macsales.com) has announced OWC DDR3 1066MHz Memory Upgrades up to 8GB and internal 2.5-inch hard drive upgrades up to 1TB for the new MacBook Pro 13-inch, 15-inch and 17-inch models announced this week.

OWC Memory and internal drive upgrades offer owners of the newest MacBook Pro models savings of up to 46% versus factory installed options as well as upgrade options not available from the factory, according to the folks at OWC. Details and ordering information for OWC Memory, internal hard drive upgrades, and other accessories for the new MacBook Pro models, as well as existing MacBook and MacBook Pro models introduced since 2006, is available at http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/memory/Apple_MacBook_MacBook_Pro/...

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Apr 14
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for April 14

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/).

PriceGrabber.com has launched a free iPad app. It enables shoppers to search, find and buy millions of products in more than 25 categories.

Westmont College is offering a new iPhone app for the college community. The free tool will provide access to on-and off-campus information.

MDeverywhere (http://www.mdeverywhere.com), a provider of revenue cycle management solutions for physicians, has developed a web-based practice management offering for all mobile hand-held devices. Providers can now capture charges and view their schedules via any smart phone or other web-enabled hand-held device – such as the iPad or RIM Blackberry -- at the time and point of care for...

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Apr 14
Apple releases firmware updates for 27-inch iMacs

Apple has released firmware updates for its 27-inch iMacs. You can obtain the updates via the Software Update component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.

27-inch iMac EFI FW Update 1.0 (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1031) is recommended for all quad-core Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors 27-inch iMacs. This 2.1MB update requires Mac OS X 10.6.3.

It resolves an issue that sometimes caused high processor utilization while playing audio through the headphone output mini-jack. It also resolves an issue that prevented the display backlight from turning on after powering on the iMac.

27-inch iMac SMC Firmware Update 1.0 (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1030) fixes Target Display Mode compatibility issues on 27-inch iMac computers. It's a 397KB download and requires Mac OS X 10.6...

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Apr 14
Limit Point Software releases Mailings 1.9.46

Limit Point Software has released Mailings 1.9.46 (http://www.limit-point.com/Mailings/Mailings.html), an update of the application for batch emailing that delivers any web page or plain text document with attachments to multiple recipients for marketing, news announcements, product updates, etc. It's a maintenance release

Mailings delivers web pages, plain or HTML text documents to multiple recipients for marketing, news announcements, product updates etc. It integrates with mail clients, most common browsers, Address Book and Entourage.

Mailings is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. For a limited time, it's available for US$10; upgrades are always free. A demo is available for download.

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Apr 14
ABC says its TV viewing app for the iPad is a success

ABC is the only TV network so far to offer an application for watching its shows free -- with ads, naturally -- on the iPad, and it says its business model is proving successful, according to the "Wall Street Journal" (http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2010/04/13/abc-sees-success-in-ipad-app/).

The network said that in the 10 days since the iPad’s debut, its TV-show watching app has been downloaded 205,000 times, giving the Walt Disney unit a presence on nearly half the 450,000 devices that Apple says it has sold. What's more, users have watched at least part of 650,000 television episodes using the app, generating “several million” ad impressions, an ABC spokesman told the "Journal." Disney-ABC television President Anne Sweeney says the network is pleased with the initial results.

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Apr 14
Koku is new personal finance manager for the Mac

FadingRed has introduced Koku 1.0 (http://www.fadingred.com/koku), a personal finance management for the Mac. It lets you track checking, savings, and credit card accounts, and generate beautiful custom reports to analyze your spending and income.

Key features of Koku include the ability to automatically and securely download transactions as they occur from a wide array of financial institutions via Direct Connect. Also, with inbox-like status indicators, you can find and review what's new. Koku also provides the option to automatically tag transactions as they are downloaded.

Koku also has Smart Tagging, which allows users to categorize transactions with multiple tags free of hierarchy. The software also lets users import from all the standard financial data formats -- OFX, QIF, QFX and OFC.

Koku 1.0, available for Mac OS X 10.6 or later. A demo is available for download....

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Apr 14
Analysts up their price target for Apple stock

Apple will announce its latest financial results on Tuesday, April 20. And two analysts have upped their price target for the company's stock.

As reported by AppleInsider (http://www.appleinsider.com), Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster is predicting sales of 7.5 million iPhones for the first quarter of calendar 2010 and 2.9 million Macs. Those would be year-over-year growth increases of 93% and 39%, respectively. Munster has raised his price target to US$299.

Meanwhile, Caris & Company analyst Robert Cihra has raised his estimate to $300. He's forecasting sales of 7.5 million iPhone sales and 3.1 million Mac sales.

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Apr 14
Apple releases Backup 3.2

Apple has updated Backup (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3991), a MobileMe component, to version 3.2. It's recommended for all users of Backup 3.

According to Apple, this update improves the overall reliability of Backup and uses space more efficiently on your iDisk or local storage by automatically recycling older backup data. When backing up to iDisk, older backups are recycled every 30 days for daily backup plans and every 12 weeks for weekly backup plans.

For example, if you are backing up to your iDisk on a daily basis, Backup will maintain a minimum of 30 days of backup history. You may choose not to recycle when backing up to a hard disk, CD, or DVD, but recycling is recommended as it uses storage space more efficiently and improves reliability when restoring your data, says Apple.

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Apr 14
Patent Calls: Apple, others not infringing Wi-LAN Bluetooth...

Patent Calls (http://www.patentcalls.com) -- an independent research firm that provides comprehensive patent reports and analysis --has conducted an independent analyst report on US Patent 5,515,369 (‘369) -- the patent that 19 tech companies, including Apple, are allegedly infringing according to a complaint filed by Wi-LAN on April 7. The report says the companies aren't infringing on the patent.

In its filing, WiLAN claims that these companies have infringed and continue to infringe WiLAN’s patent by making and/or selling various products enabled with Bluetooth technology including cellular handsets and personal notebook computers. WiLAN is represented in this action by McKool Smith.

However, despite Wi-LAN’s claims, an in-depth analysis of patent ‘369 and of the Bluetooth specifications by Patent Calls finds otherwise. Patent Calls' analysis concludes that compatibility with the Bluetooth...

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