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Mar 27
Apple execs sell shares

More than a million restricted shares of Apple stock that seven of them were granted on Dec. 14, 2005 became fully vested Wednesday. The next day, with Apple opening at an all-time record high, four of them sold off all those shares pursuant, as the SEC Form 4 has it, to a Rule 10b5-1 trading plan, reports "Fortune" (http://macosg.me/2/18).

Chief Operating Office Tim Cook was the "big winner," the article adds. He sold 300,000 Apple shares at prices ranging from US$226.9 to $230.7, for a total of $68.8 million -- $32 million of which was set aside for taxes.

"Fortune" reports that three other officers also dumped their restricted shares Thursday. Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer sold 200,000 shares and cleared $45.98 million. Ron Johnson, senior vice president for retail sold 200,000 shares and cleared $45.95 million. Phil Schiller, senior vice president of worldwide marketing, sold 150,000...

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Mar 27
Apple looking for cellular technology software manager

A new job posting (http://jobs.apple.com/index.ajs?BID=1&method=mExternal.showJob&RID=35157...) shows that Apple is looking for a cellular technology software manager to manage the cellular protocol software team, responsible for the design, implementation and integration of layer 1-3 protocols for iPhone.

According to Apple, the position will be responsible for ensuring appropriate cellular technology development and execution, KPI performances and interoperability of cellular technology on various platforms, R&D of new protocol and standards, as well as working with cross-functional teams to deliver the best customer experience on cellular. The person hired must have knowledge of: one or more multiple cellular technologies (WCDMA/UMTS, HSPA,...

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Mar 27
Credit Suisse firm predicts Monster fiscal quarter for Apple

Credit Suisse has raised their Apple target from US$275 to $300, reiterated its Outperform rating and calling for a Monster quarter. According to "StreetInsider" (http://macosg.me/2/17), in a note to clients, the firm made these points:

° Apple's March quarter revenue and EPS (earnings per share) should be $12.26 billion and $2.57 billion, respectively.

° On a calendar basis, Credit Suisse expects respective revenues and EPS of $59.43 billion and $13.23 for 2010. For fiscal 2011, the firm is now looking for respective revenues and EPS of $65.34 billion and $14.55. For calendar 2011, they are now expecting revenues and EPS of $66.32 billion and $14.72, respectively.

° Apple will sell 1.08 million iPads in the June quarter, 4.81 for calendar year 2010 and 8.73 for calendar year 2011.

° In calendar year 2010, Apple will ship 7.41 million iPhones, and 52.36 million in calendar year 2011....

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Mar 27
Vodafone Essar to sell the iPhone 3GS in India

Vodafone Essar, India's third-largest mobile operator says it will begin selling the iPhone 3GS in the country, effective immediately, reports "Reuters" (http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSSGE62P09C20100326?feedType=RSS&feedNa...).

India's top mobile firm Bharti Airtel also said earlier this week it would start selling iPhone 3GS in the country as of today. The company has previously sold the iPhone 3G, but not the faster version of the Apple smartphone.

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Mar 27
Apple owners nearly 40% more interested in the iPad than non-...

Even though the iPad doesn’t officially become available for another week, awareness is strong among certain key demographic groups, according to a new report by The NPD Group, a market research company.

The report report found that awareness is highest among current Apple owners, (82%), consumers with $100,000 or greater income (80%), and 18-34 year olds (78%). Those demographic groups are the ones with the most interest in buying an iPad. Only 18% of all consumers surveyed expressed a real interest in owning an iPad while 27% of 18-34 year olds and 24% of Apple owners said they were extremely or very interested.

One of the main reasons Apple owners are interested in the iPad is because it’s an Apple product, says The NPD Group (which is no big surprise, is it?). Thirty-seven percent cited “liking the Apple brand” as a top reason for their interest in the iPad. That tied with “multi-touch screen”, which was also the number one reason driving interest among 18-34...

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Mar 27
Apple juggles panel makers to avoid iPad delays

Taiwan-based TPK Touch Solutions has seen Apple shift orders for iPad-use projected capacitive touch panels to fellow maker Wintek because of TPK's delayed shipments, according to "DigiTimes" (http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20100326PD213.html), which quotes industry sources" on the news.

Wintek has recently announced a plan to set up a touch panel module production line in Dongguan, southern China. The company is evaluating another plan to expand the capacity for front-end touch panel production, adds "DigiTimes."

The iPad -- now available for pre-order -- is due to hit the stores April 3. At least the Wi-Fi only versions will; the Wi-Fi + 3G model will hit US store sleeves in late April. In addition, all models of iPad will be available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK in late April.

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Mar 27
Apple plans third Italian retail store, this one in Turin

Apple has begun to search for employees for its third retail store in Italy. It will be in Turin (Torino), a city in northern Italy.

Turin was the site of the 2006 previous Winter Olympics. The story there will be the third after the one in Rome, which opened three years ago, and the one in Carugate (Milano), which opened last September. You can read more (in Italian) here: http://www.setteb.it/?p=8494 .

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Mar 27
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for March 267

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/).

HomePipe Networks has announced the free Secure Home Access Service for the iPhone and iPod touch. With HomePipe, anyone with access to a web browser or mobile device can now securely access everything on their home network. Users can access their photos, videos, music, and documents without the hassles of moving, uploading, or copying files to the cloud or mobile devices, according to the folks at HomePipe Networks.

ThatsMyStapler has released NIOSH Chemical Hazards Pocket Guide 1.0 (US$4.99) for the iPhone and iPod touch. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Chemical Hazards Pocket Guide provides a concise source of general industrial hygiene information for workers, employers, and occupational health professionals. As a fully tested and recommended application by Laboratory Safety personnel, users will find...

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Mar 27
Radio Shack to become second-largest, third-party iPhone...

Radio Shack will soon become the second-largest third-party retailer of Apple's iPhone by storefronts when it launches a front-page promotion to celebrate the rollout of the touchscreen handset to thousands of its shops nationwide, according to an "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) report.

Starting March 28, the specialty electronics retailer will offer the iPhone in 3,000 of its 4,500 stores in the US, "completing a first-phase expansion that will see it leapfrog both AT&T and Best Buy in terms of the number of brick-and-mortar retail locations that will stock the device for walk-in activations, but not necessarily in terms of volume sales," the article says. Only big-box retailer Walmart will offer the device in more stores.

"AppleInsider" says Radio Shack plans to promote the iPhone on the cover of its March 28 circular, at what it claims are the lowest prices ever offered...

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Mar 27
'MacVoices' looks at taking control of DEVONthink

On the new MacVoices (http://www.macvoices.com), Mac expert Joe Kissell talks about his new book, "Take Control of Getting Started with DEVONthink."

He discusses some of the ways DEVONthink works, how it fits into a paperless workflow, how it manages the documents and information it organizes, and some of its many capabilities. This Take Control book has some different features, including a screencast; Kissell talks about the reasons for the differences, and how they facilitate your getting started with DEVONthink.

"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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Mar 27
TechRestore offers 1TB hard drive upgrade for MacBooks, MB Pros

TechRestore (http://www.techrestore.com) has begun offering an US$329 1TB Drive Upgrade service for MacBook and MacBook Pro systems that includes same-day and overnight installation, data transfer and free shipping.

The new 1TB laptop drive is compatible with 13-inch and 15-inch inch MacBook and MacBook Pro Unibody systems and the original MacBook Pro 17-inch models. TechRestore's high-speed same-day and overnight hard drive upgrade service includes installation by an Apple Certified Technician of the new drive into the users MacBook or MacBook Pro, data transfer from the old hard drive onto the new drive and Free return shipping.

An exact clone of the users data is transferred to the new drive, ready for immediate use when their Mac is returned to them, says Shannon Jean, founder and president of TechRestore. Clients also have the option of having their old hard drive installed into an...

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Mar 27
Atlona Technologies releases new HDMI switcher

Atlona Technologies (http://www.atlona.com), a solutions manufacturer of audio video accessories, has released the newest addition to their HDMI switcher line with the 2x4 HDMI1.3 distribution amplifier, the AT-HD-V214. It has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$499.
 
Users looking to switch two sources to multiple HDTVs are often forced to purchase both switchers and splitters in order to accommodate both their two sources, and video amplification. The AT-HD-V214 is designed to address the matter.


The AT-HD-V214 is a 2x4 HDMI 1.3 Distribution Amplifier designed to work as a splitter for all HD video applications. With two HDMI 1.3 Inputs this unit also boasts four HDMI 1.3 mirrored Outputs, allowing all outputs to switch to a specifically desired source. 


Atlona’s AT-HD-V214 allows any digital video source with HDMI outputs (such as: DVD, Satellite, Cable Box, PC, Xbox360, PS3...

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Mar 27
Larry Jordan Final Cut Studio newsletter for March released

Larry Jordan, digital media analyst and teacher of Final Cut Pro, has just released the March edition of his free monthly Final Cut Studio newsletter. Published each month for the last six years, each issue is packed with techniques, tips, and the latest industry news.

The March issue includes over 42 pages of information covering all aspects of Apple's Final Cut Studio. Each issued is designed to help editors get the most out of Apple's Final Cut Studio. You can find it here: http://www.larryjordan.biz/newsletter .

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Mar 27
Graphic Inspector update for Mac OS X addresses stability issues

Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has updated Graphic Inspector, which checks entire folders of graphic files for potential problems, to version 1.7.3. The new version addresses stability issues related to metadata extraction routines.

Graphic Inspector lets graphic professionals et crucial info on multiple graphic files instead of checking them manually. Users automatically get information on multiple raster and vector files. Graphic Inspector will display the file kind, color mode, resolution, compression, color profile, spot colors, fonts, metadata and other attributes.

With its checkup presets, Graphic Inspector lets users create custom control settings and locate files with unwanted attributes. For example, users can make Graphic Inspector warn them about all files whose color mode is RGB, format -- JPEG, resolution is below 200 dpi, ICC profile doesn't contain "USWebCoated" etc.

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Mar 26
CTM releases FoxTrot Professional Search 2.6, Server for Mac OS...

CTM Development (http://www.ctmdev.com) has released FoxTrot Professional Search 2.6, a 64-bit update to their networked document indexing and retrieval solution for Mac OS X 10.4.11 or higher.

Developed with law firms, media and mobile professionals in mind, FoxTrot Professional Search locates documents and their content using multiple categorization of search results, ranked by relevance. Utilizing the latest Cocoa technologies, the application works directly with PDF, HTML, word processing, e-mail and multimedia metadata.

FoxTrot Professional Search 2.6 and FoxTrot Search Server are available immediately. A single user license is priced at approximately US$133. A five-user license (which includes peer-to-peer sharing) is available for about $266. A 10-user license also includes FoxTrot Search Server for approximately $522.

FoxTrot Professional Search 2.6 is available as a full-featured 30-day...

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Mar 26
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for March 26

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/).

HomePipe Networks has announced the free Secure Home Access Service for the iPhone and iPod touch. With HomePipe, anyone with access to a web browser or mobile device can now securely access everything on their home network. Users can access their photos, videos, music, and documents without the hassles of moving, uploading, or copying files to the cloud or mobile devices, according to the folks at HomePipe Networks.

ThatsMyStapler has released NIOSH Chemical Hazards Pocket Guide 1.0 (US$4.99) for the iPhone and iPod touch. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Chemical Hazards Pocket Guide provides a concise source of general industrial hygiene information for workers, employers, and occupational health professionals. As a...

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Mar 25
Apple releases iMovie 8.0.6

Apple has released iMovie 8.0.6, an update of the video editing component of the iLife suite. Apple says the update improves reliability when working with videos from Aperture and is recommended for all users of iMovie '09.

You can obtain the update via the Software Updates component of the Mac OS X Systems Preferences app.

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Mar 25
Apple updates Aperture to version 3.0.2

Apple has released version 3.0.2 of Aperture, its software for professional photographers. The update improves overall stability and fixes issues in a number of areas.

You can find a list of all the changes at http://support.apple.com/kb/TS2518 . Aperture 3.0.2 requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later and Aperture 3.x.

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Mar 25
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for March 25

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/).

Nickelodeon announced the launch of several new apps for the iPhone and iPod touch based on its most popular television properties and leading online games; Nick Kids' Choice Awards (free), A to Z With Moose and Zee (US$1.99), Diego Snowboard Rescue ($1.99), Sky Storm ($0.99), High School Cheerleader ($1.99), Dora Saves Crystal Kingdom-Rainbow Ride Lite (free), and Go, Diego, Go: Musical Missions Lite (free).

Cloud-based backup/sync service SpiderOak has announced its first mobile application for the iPhone. The program allows users to access any of the files uploaded to SpiderOak across any device, open personal and guest ShareRooms, and email any individual file (via link) using the iPhone mail client. The free application was designed to work...

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Mar 25
Dragster file transfer utility for Mac OS X revved to version 1....

Ambrosia has updated Dragster (http://www.AmbrosiaSW.com/utilities/dragster/), an US$19 file transfer utility for Mac OS X 10.4 ("Tiger") or later, to version 1.1.1. The upgrade, free for registered users, fixes various issues and improves key functionality.

Dragster works via drag and drop and can send files via email, upload them to remote servers, copy them to your iDisk, or copy/move files anywhere on your local drives. Dragster lets you set customizable "shortcuts." There's a contextual menu component to Dragster, so you can right-click or control-click a file in any program, and send that file to one of the shortcuts you've set up. The utility fully supports Apple's Bonjour technology.

Dragster supports FTP, SFTP, SCP, SMB (Windows File Sharing), as well as AFP (AppleShare) for file transfers. It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later.

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Mar 25
POP3it Pro for Mac OS X ready for FileMaker Pro 11

Comm-Unity Networking Systems has released POP3it Pro 4.1.8 (http://www.pop3itpro.com/), an update of the email downloading and importing plug-in for FileMaker Pro. The upgrade fixes some bugs and brings full compatibility with FileMaker Pro 11.

POP3it Pro allows you to connect to a POP3 Email Server and download email directly into your FileMaker Pro database. The plug-in also allows you to import email directly from the mailbox storage files of email clients like Thunderbird, Eudora, and Apple Mail.

This version is a free upgrade for anyone with a 4.x license. All you need to do is download the latest version and install it. Your existing registration and settings will be imported into the new version.

For new users a single user license for the client version of POP3it Pro is US$65. To use the server edition of POP3it Pro, you'll need to purchase at least a 10-user license for $319....

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Mar 25
Analyst raises iPad sales estimate for fiscal 2011 from 5.5...

BMO Capital analyst Keith Bachman is predicting a 17% increase in Mac sales, a new iPhone in June and higher iPad sales than many expect.

According to "Forbes" (http://brainstormtech.blogs.fortune.cnn.com/2010/03/25/bmo-ups-its-ipad-...), he says that his initial estimate -- that Apple would sell 2.5 million units in fiscal 2010 and 5.5 million in fiscal 2011 -- was conservative. He's raised his fiscal 2011 estimate to 7.2 million — a 30.09% increase.

The iPad -- now available for pre-order -- is due to hit the stores April 3. At least the Wi-Fi only versions will; the Wi-Fi + 3G model will hit US store sleeves in late April. In addition, all models of iPad will be available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK in late...

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Mar 25
Pioneer brings iPhone, iPod touch control to new 7.1 channel/AV...

Pioneer (http://www.pioneerelectronics.com) has released a new line of 7.1 channel AV receivers that offer A/V control via the iPhone and iPod touch. The VSX-920-K, VSX-1020-K and the Pioneer-branded flagship receiver the VSX-1120-K, offer enhanced iPhone and iPod touch control and functionality, are 3D capable with the advanced version of HDMI and feature wireless Bluetooth audio streaming for Bluetooth-enabled devices.

Additionally, Pioneer today announced availability of its iControlAV App, which turns compatible iPhone and iPod touch into a fully functioning remote control for the Pioneer receiver, on the Apple App Store. 7.1 channel models deliver expanded iPhone functionality with the top two models featuring the company’s first app for their home entertainment products and Bluetooth Audio Streaming for wireless devices.

The new line of 7.1 receivers are iPhone certified...

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Mar 25
Speck delivers four new Artsprojekt cases for the iPhone

Speck, Zazzle and Artsprojekt have teamed up to offer another four all-new limited-edition Fitted Artsprojekt cases for iPhone 3G and 3GS: Random, Waves, Blue River and Koi.

Each design is printed on fabric that is then fused to Speck’s road-tested “Fitted” two-piece snap-together hard shell case. The fabric increases in-hand comfort, while helping phones stay securely in place when set down, according to the folks at Speck.
 
This new generation of Fitted Artsprojekt edition case designs, as well as previously released editions for the iPhone 3G and 3GS, are available now exclusively at http://www.zazzle.com/speck or http://www.zazzle.com/labz/iphonecases for a manufacturer's suggested retail prce of US39.95.

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Mar 25
MyService Offers 1TB MacBook Pro hard drive upgrade

MyService (http://www.myservice.com) has announced a new 1TB hard drive upgrade for the MacBook Pro. These new Scorpio Blue drives by Western Digital are the largest mobile drives available.

MyService has these drives in stock and the complete upgrade service is US$345. The price includes the new 1TB drive, round trip shipping, professional installation and data transfer.

Your old hard drive is returned to you and can be used for backups. Since MyService is an Apple Authorized Service Provider, the 1TB upgrade won't void your Apple warranty. These drives are slightly higher than standard 2.5-inch drives but fit perfectly in all Unibody MacBook Pros, the 13-inch MacBook Unibody and the 17-inch (Silver Keyboard) MacBook Pro, according to the folks at MyService.

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