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Mar 19
Bookmakers: iPad's debut unlikely to outdo that of the...

The odds are stacked against the iPad reaching sales of one million as quickly as the iPhone did, YouWager.com, an online bookmaker says.

The iPhone, which went on sale in June 2007, took 74 days to get to the one million mark. The iPad, a tablet device that debuts on April 3, has a 72 percent probability of taking longer than that, according to YouWager.com, which began taking bets on the topic this week.

"No matter what they put out on the market, there’s going to be large sales, but with this particular product, we don’t think it’s as practical as the iPhone,” Brian Sanz -- who works on wagering, auditing and research development for YouWager.com -- told "Bloomberg" (http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=conewsstory&tkr=AAPL%3AUS&sid=apJ...).
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Mar 19
iPad ad during the Academy Awards gets mixed reviews

The Brandweek Buzz Report by YouGov (http://www.brandweek.com) is a weekly consumer perception report that analyzes the most talked about brands based on buzz. In evaluating the ads broadcast during the recent Academy Awards, Apple's iPad ad received mixed reviews.

Apple took the wraps off its first commercial for the iPad. The ad featured a highly syncopated overview of everything the device to the tune of “There Goes My Love” by The Blue Van.

When the product was first unveiled in January, the consumer reaction was quite mixed. That seems to have carried over two months later, according to BrandWeek. The new ad gave Apple a short-lived shot in the arm with adults over 18, sending the brand from a buzz score of 35 the day after the Oscars to 38.5 a couple of days later. However, perception has been rocky since then, with the brand’s buzz score now at 32.4, reflecting the public’s indecision...

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Mar 19
Imation to ship multi-terabyte magnetic tape

Imation (http://www.imation.com) is ready to begin shipping its Imation LTO Ultrium Generation 5 tape cartridges, with nearly double the storage capacity, increased data transfer rates, and a new partitioning functionality over the prior tape generation.

This follows certification by the Measurement Analysis Corporation (MAC), an independent testing board for compliance verification testing, and the LTO Technology Provider Companies: HP, IBM Corporation and Quantum Corp. Imation previously announced that it was the first company to obtain the license to develop and manufacture this new multi-terabyte LTO 5 tape.

With a native capacity of 1.5 terabytes and 3.0 terabytes of compressed storage, data transfer rates of up to 280 MB/second compressed, data encryption, and new partitioning functionality to enhance file control and space management, the LTO 5 format offers significant improvements over prior...

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Mar 19
Voices added to Heileen 2: The Hands Of Fate game

Tycoon Games has released a voiced version of their latest game, Heileen 2: The Hands Of Fate. It adds hours of voiced content to one of Tycoon Games' longest games to date.

Like many of its Japanese counterparts, this visual novel leaves the main character unvoiced, but a team of seven voice actors has worked to bring life to the rest of the cast including Black the cat, Marie, Lora, Otto, Robert, Ebele and many more. Previous customers can redownload the game for free, while new users can try the new voiced demo at the official game page: http://www.tycoongames.eu/adventures/heileen2.php .

Heileen 2: The Hands Of Fate costs US$19.99. It's compatible with Mac OS X, Windows and Linux systems.

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Mar 19
SongGenie for Mac/iPhone/iPod updated to version 2

Equinux has updated SongGenie (http://www.equinux.com/us/products/songgenie/index.html), a software application designed to analyze, detect and label music data, to version 2.0 The upgrade automatically searches online for lyrics, which can be displayed on your iPod or iPhone.

SongGenie constructs an acoustic fingerprint of each track and, based on specific characteristics, detects the appropriate artist name, song title and album title. It automatically identifies tracks containing incomplete or incorrect information. It even detects music titles for tracks with no artist, album or song title information; titles that were digitalized without extra information and are therefore called, for example, "Title 01" and additional characters that suggest incorrect names like an underline.

Using an acoustic fingerprint, SongGenie determines...

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Mar 19
Bharti Airtel to sell iPhone 3GS in India

India's Bharti Airtel says it's entered into an agreement with Apple to sell the iPhone 3GS in India .

According to "The Wall Street Journal" (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405274870358090457513118396274628...), no launch date has been announced. Bharti Airtel already sells the iPhone 3GS, but, so far, hasn't sold the faster version of the Apple smartphone.

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Mar 19
Security researcher to reveal Mac OS X security holes

Security researcher Miller is planning to reveal "no fewer than 20 zero day security holes within Mac OS X" at CanSecWest, reports "Engadget" (http://www.engadget.com/2010/03/19/charlie-miller-to-reveal-20-zero-day-...).

According to Miller: "OS X has a large attack surface consisting of open source components, closed source third-party components and closed source Apple components; bugs in any of these types of components can lead to remote compromise ... Mac OS X is like living in a farmhouse in the country with no locks, and Windows is living in a house with bars on the windows in the bad part of town."

In other words, Apple users are "safer" (due to the lack of work that goes into hacking them), "but less secure," notes "Endgadget."

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Mar 19
Wintek blamed for iPad delay

Taiwan-based touch panel supplier Wintek has been blamed for a delay of iPad shipments, according to a Chinese-language report on the "Liberty Times."

Actually, the WiFi only version goes on sale April 3. All Apple originally said was they're go on sale in late March.

The "Liberty Times" report claimed that Wintek is facing a manufacturing bottleneck in its touch panel production, and its low yield rate for touch panels has hampered its shipments to Apple. However, according to "DigiTimes" (http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20100319PB202.html), in response to the report, Wintek, in a statement filed with the Taiwan Stock Exchange said that all of its operations have been running in line with its plans, and it declined to comment on individual clients or particular orders.

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Mar 19
Ben-Q introduces new monitors

Ben-Q (http://www.benq.com) has extended its line of LED monitors with the addition of the 24-inch wide screen V2410T (US$319) and V2410B ($279). The former is targeted more to business users, the latter to home users.

According to the folks at Ben-Q, the V2410T is designed to cater for corporate users’ needs. It comes with a height adjustment function allowing users to adjust the screen’s height according to theirs. Unlike the CCFL technology used in the LCD monitors, V2410T and V2410B use energy efficient LED backlighting. In comparison to a CCFL monitor, V2410T and V2410B purportedly consume 44% less power -- and 56% less in Eco mode.

BenQ’s V2410T and V2410B’s LED backlit screens offer Full 1080p High-Definition at 16:9 aspect ratio and are enhanced with BenQ’s Senseye Human Visual Technology using its six proprietary calibration techniques. A "Display mode hot key", located on the right side of these...

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Mar 19
'Demystifying iPhone & iPad App Development'...

"Demystifying iPhone & iPad App Development: A Non-Technical Overview for Decision-Makers and Idea People," a conference session given at the Macworld 2010 Conference & Expo in San Francisco in February, is now available online (http://www.paradeofprogress.com/macworld/) as a free video screencast.

Parade of Progress Productions, a Los Angeles-based design, development & consulting firm specializing in the iPhone, announced that it is making its Macworld session freely available, both for streaming and as a download.

"Because of the wonderful response to the content, we wanted to make the information available to a much larger audience," says Ron Diamond, principal of Parade of Progress.

The video is available in both a large format for viewing on the desktop, as well as a smaller format viewable directly on the iPhone and iPod touch.

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Mar 19
Snow Leopard Server TechForum Virtual Events slated

Sewelltech and Apple are sponsoring free Mac OS X Snow Leopard and Snow Leopard Server Tech Forum Virtual Events. A total of 5 different topics and 12 different event times will be offered.

These one-hour sessions are free, include live demonstrations and Q&A, and begin at 11 a.m. (Pacific). You can register now at http://seminars.apple.com/go/wc/ent/SewellTech/ .

The Tech Forum Virtual Events are designed to teach learn how your organization can benefit from the power and flexibility of Snow Leopard and Snow Leopard Server. The Mac OS X Snow Leopard for IT sessions are designed for medium to large IT departments that want to learn how easy it is to deploy, manage, and secure Mac clients in a network environment. And the Snow Leopard Server events will introduce business users to the key features that offer simple and innovative ways to...

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Mar 18
Apple releases Logic Pro 9.1

Apple has released Logic Pro 9.1.1 (http://www.apple.com/logicstudio/download/), an update of the music creation and audio production tool. The new version delivers improved compatibility and numerous fixes, according to Apple.

Logic Pro 9.1.1 requires Mac OS X 10.5.7 or later. For new users the cost is US$499.

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Mar 18
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for March 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/).

Namco has released Tinseltown Dreams: The 50s for the iPhone and iPod touch. The US$2.99 app is a Match 3 movie-making game that allows players to "create their very own box-office sensation."

Spoonjuice has released new organizational app, Daily Deeds, for the iPhone and iPod touch. The $0.99 app lets users create a task list to carry with them on-the-go, and monitor accomplishments over time.

Good.iWare has released a new version of its $0.99 GoodReader file viewer for the iPhone that includes "server-style" support for DropBox. Now users can upload files and even entire directories to Dropbox from GoodReader, and are also able to delete files just like they could with a normal file server, such as FTP.

I-itch has introduced ABC...

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Mar 18
Arkansas.gov becomes first state to offer mobile payments for...

With today’s launch of http://arkansas.gov/m, Arkansas is the first state to provide secure payment processing specifically for smartphone users. It's part of the official web site of the state of Arkansas.

Starting today, the Arkansas.gov mobile site features secure payments for three high-volume online government services: inmate trust account deposits; probation and parole supervision and restitution payments; and Pulaski County property tax payments. These mobile applications provide an option for users to access government services and are available on all smartphone operating platforms, including the iPhone, Blackberry, Google Android, Windows Mobile, and Palm, says Claire Bailey, chief information officer of the state of Arkansas.

The state’s decision to launch an optimized mobile version of Arkansas.gov was driven by the growing popularity of smartphone devices in the state. “We recognize that...

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Mar 18
5-Port FireRepeate-800 Pro is new FireWire 800 repeater hub

EveryThingHerePlus has released the 5-Port FireRepeate-800 Pro (http://www.everythinghereplus.com/electronics/unibrain-firerepeater-800-...), a FireWire 800 repeater hub. The US$102.25 device provides port expansion on FireWire 800 IEEE 1394b device chains.

Oriented towards industrial and machine vision applications, the FireRepeater-800 Pro provides the ability to connect up to five FireWire 1394b devices. Its metallic compact case is designed to minimize the risk of physical damage.

The platform agnostic device provides five 9-pin (bilingual) FireWire 800 ports with a maximum throughput of up to 800 Mbps each. The hub utilizes FireWire 800 bus power or accepts an optional power adapter (sold separately) for...

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Mar 18
NonlinearEducating.com site launches

MacProVideo.com, a supplier of software tutorial videos for Macs, has launched a new tutorial site called NonLinearEducating.com . This new site will focus on creating cross-platform versions of their software tutorials for both Mac and Windows computers. 

According to company founder and Publisher Martin Sitter, “At macProVideo.com we created a method of teaching through videos called the ‘NonLinear Educating System.’ We’ve proven how effective this system is with our large base of Mac users, and we now seek to roll our educational system out the broader market of Windows PC users as well. With NonLinearEducating.com we’ve designed a cross platform educational environment that will appeal to both Mac and Windows PC users.”

NonLinearEducating.com launches with over 150 different titles and 450 hours of tutorial-videos available for software like Photoshop, Flash, Dreamweaver, Word, Final Cut Pro, Cubase, Pro Tools, Ableton Live, and Edius Pro. Tutorial-videos at...

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Mar 18
Universal Audio releases EMT 140 Classic Plate Reverb

Universal Audio, a manufacturer of audio hardware and UAD-2 powered plug-ins for Mac and PC, has released the EMT 140 Classic Plate Reverb plug-in for the UAD platform.

It replicates the sonic signature of three different EMT 140 plates formerly installed at the Plant Studios in Sausalito, California, and is licensed and endorsed by EMT Studiotechnik as the world’s only authentic EMT plate reverb emulation, says EMT President Jules Limon. Available for US$199, the EMT 140 includes three distinct plate models and original EMT 80 Hz input Shelving Filters or custom aftermarket Martech Low-Cut Filters

The EMT 140 also sports Pre Delay, Low and High Shelving Filters, Wet/Dry Mix, Balance and
Width controls with Hard Bypass via the lighted EMT power icon. Plus, it includes Modulation controls to add additional movement to the stereo field.

The EMT 140 Classic Plate Reverb plug-in is available as part of the new UAD Software 5.6.0 release. UAD Software v5.6.0...

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Mar 18
Intego releases Washing Machine 2 for the Mac

Intego (http://www.intego.com), the Mac security specialist, has released Washing Machine 2, a Mac OS X (10.5 and higher) app that cleans up files left behind by web browsers and other Internet programs.

Version 2, optimized for Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard"), helps Mac users delete files that take up space or present privacy risks, created by a number of programs that access the Internet. Users can clean files quickly, manually or automatically, and use secure cleaning to ensure that the files can never be recovered, according to the folks at Intego.

Washing Machine 2 can clean five types of items: Bookmarks, Caches, Cookies, Download Histories, and Browsing Histories. It works with most web browsers, and many utilities or other programs that store information without users being aware. It even cleans up after some programs that users would never think are storing data. These files can take up several...

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Mar 18
Samsung introduces four new, color laser printers

Samsung (http://www.samsung.com) has unveiled its latest range of color printers for small to medium sized business users. They incldue the single-function Samsung CLP-670ND and CLP-620ND, and CLX-6220FX and CLX-6250FX multifunction printers.

The color printers include the Samsung TonerSave feature that allows users to monitor and limit toner usage for extended cartridge life and reduced cost per page. The printers also include a PowerSave Mode that reduces the cost of printing by lowering the temperature of the machine.

The Samsung CLP-670ND and CLP-620ND, and CLX-6220FX and CLX-6250FX feature Samsung’s Easy Color Manager. This application allows the user to apply color balance, brightness, contrast, and saturation to any image viewed on a computer monitor. Individual users can also create personalized color profiles, allowing a variety of color results from one machine.
Beyond color, the new...

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Mar 18
iDAPT i4 charging solution is iPhone, iPod compatible

IDAPT (http://www.idaptweb.com) has announced the the IDAPT i4. The US$59.99 charging solution will be available in May in black or white.

It can charge up to four mobile devices simultaneously. It's compatible with over 4,000 mobile electronic devices including the iPhone, iPod, Blackberry, Nintendo DS, PSP, PS3 controller, GPS systems, digital cameras, and Bluetooth products.

The IDAPT i4 features an interchangeable tip system making it completely customizable. It has three charging points and an additional USB charging point, allowing users to charge their electronics without the mess of tangled cords or the need for more than one outlet. Additional features include a “quick release” button that lets you eject the interchangeable tips, LED display light indicating charge status, and an on/off switch.

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Mar 18
Rupert Murdoch: the iPad will rule all media

News Corp. chief, Rupert Murdoch says the iPad will rule the world. Well, if not the world, at least all media.

“All media is going to go on to the iPad, whether it be music or books or newspapers or movies, you’ll be able to get on your iPad… they’ll get better and better and you’ll be able to do more tricks with it," he says in an interview (http://distorted-loop.com/2010/03/18/rupert-murdoch-all-media-is-going-t...) with his own Fox Business Channel.


Murdoch also thinks that bigger iPads are in the works. "The iPad will be pretty small to start with , but there will be more iPads," he says. (The photo is courtesy of ScrapeTV.com)

-- Dennis Sellers

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Mar 18
Ngmoco plans six iPad games

Though all iPhone games will run just fine on the iPad when it launches on April 3, there are very few iPad-specific titles confirmed yet. But Ngmoco plans to rectify that and has six iPad specific titles in the works.

CEO Neil Young tells "GamePro" (http://www.gamepro.com/article/news/214448/ngmoco-to-release-6-ipad-game...) "between us and (recently acquired iPhone studio) Freeverse, we will have about six or so iPad titles around the launch." He told "GamePro" that the Freeverse-developed space trading title Warp Gate "looks gorgeous" on the iPad.

As for other games, they might do Dropship for the iPad. "That game hadn't performed as well as we'd hoped and it was really easy to do, plus it will look great on the larger screen," Young told "GamePro."

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Mar 18
Amazon.com, publishers clash as the iPad looms

Amazon.com has threatened to stop directly selling the books of some publishers online unless they agree to a detailed list of concessions regarding the sale of electronic books, according to two industry executives with direct knowledge of the discussions, according to the "New York Times" (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/18/technology/internet/18amazon.html?ref=...).

The company is pressuring publishers just as Apple is also preparing to sell digital books for reading on its iPad, the article adds. Five of the country’s six largest publishers — Macmillan, Simon & Schuster, Hachette, HarperCollins and Penguin — have already reached deals with Apple to sell their books through its iBookstore, which will be featured on the iPad. (The holdout is Random House.)

Under those agreements...

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Mar 18
Apple Director Jerome York dies at age 71

Apple has announced the death of Apple Board member Jerome B. (Jerry) York. York, the chairman, president and CEO of Harwinton Capital, who joined Apple's Board of Directors in 1997.

He was the former CFO of IBM and Chrysler, and former vice chairman of Tracinda. He is widely acknowledged for his contributions at Chrysler and IBM during their turnarounds.
"Jerry joined Apple's Board in 1997 when most doubted the company's future. He has been a pillar of financial and business expertise and insight on our Board for over a dozen years," says Apple CEO Steve Jobs. "It's been a privilege to know and work with Jerry, and I'm going to miss him a lot."

Jerry York was born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1938. He graduated from the United States Military Academy, and received an MS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from the University of Michigan. Trained as an engineer, York worked his way up through Chrysler to become CFO.

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Mar 18
Synology releases DS410 four-bay NAS server for small business...

Synology America Corp. (http://www.synology.com) has introduced the new DS410 DiskStation, a four-bay network attached storage server for workgroups and small businesses. Built on the company’s award-winning DiskStation Manager firmware, DSM 2.3, the new DS410 is faster than the DS409, its predecessor.

It offers many more features like encrypted file sharing, automatic backup to the cloud, desktop and network backup, multi-media streaming, surveillance, email and web hosting and more, says Heather Morford of Synology.  The DS410 is the perfect solution to replace older PC servers, outdated tape backups and multiple other devices in the office or around the home, she adds.
 
The DS410 DiskStation holds up to 8TB of storage across four bays of hard drives. It sports an energy-savings design including hard drive hibernation, a smart fan and scheduled power on/off,. The DS410 test results show that...

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