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Oct 26
Apple Pro Training part of Government Video Expo

NewBay Media, a publisher of digital content creation media, hsa announced details of its conference program for Government Video Expo (http://www.gvexpo.com), coming to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC, Nov. 30 through Dec. 2.

Featuring three distinct conference programs covering a broad range of topics, Government Video Expo is expected to attract thousands of video and A/V professionals for three full days of education, training, exhibitions, film screenings and networking events. At the heart of Government Video Expo’s educational program is the Digital Media DC Conference, produced by Future Media Concepts, which features three full days of sessions in five parallel tracks, and includes over 50 presentations focusing on the latest techniques and practices for editors, motion graphics designers, new media professionals and video producers.

Tracks include: Final Cut...

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Oct 26
Apple wants more business, government clients

Apple has enlisted Unisys to help it help it sell more to businesses and U.S. government agencies, expanding beyond a customer base made mostly of consumers, reports Bloomberg.

Unisys will provide maintenance and other services to companies and government agencies that purchase Apple devices, Gene Zapfel, a managing partner at Unisys, said in an interview. One of the first of its kind for Apple, the contract was signed this month, he told "Bloomberg," though he didn’t discuss terms of the deal.

Apple has tended to cater mostly to consumers, though it’s adding corporate customers in part because of widening interest in other products, such as its mobile phones, Brian Marshall, an analyst at Gleacher & Co., told "Bloomberg."

“Apple will get adoption of more Mac clients in the enterprise because of the iPhone,” Marshall added, citing the way users of the iPad helped attract customers to Macs.

Unisys (...

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Oct 26
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Oct. 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/).

Vertigo Software has announced Virus Strike 1.0, an app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. It's an action puzzle game that combines elements of Tetris with Bejeweled and Flight Control. The concept is simple: draw a sloping line and the viruses will roll down the line. Tilt the screen and the viruses will roll down the slopes faster. It unites classic puzzle and physics-based problem solving and more. For a limited time only, Virus Strike 1.0 is free.

Actor Genie Audition 1.0 has been released today for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users. The free app is a Hollywood casting resource, which offers the latest news in casting calls and tips/advice from veterans in the TV and film world.

Sulaba has introduced Journal Diary Pro 1.0 for the...

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Oct 26
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Oct. 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/).

Apple has updated its its Apple Store app for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. The new version enhances the reservation process and adds the ability to engrave and gift wrap some products. Apple Store 1.1 allows you to check-in for Genius Bar appointments and reservation pickups.

AppMobi has announced its free AppLab interactive eBook app. It's intended for people who are interested in creating mobile web sites or native smartphone apps, and want to learn how to leverage the powerful new capabilities of HTML5.

Conduit, powering apps for its network of over 250,000 web publishers and their 170 million users, and Justin.tv, a live video community on the web, has launched Justin.tv Browser App, which lets users view streaming video on the...

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Oct 26
OWC offers do-it-yourself 1TB HDD kit for laptops

Other World Computing (http://www.macsales.com) has announced the OWC DIY Hard Drive Kit, a way to upgrade your laptop hard drive at home, school, or office to a faster (to 7200RPM), larger (to 1TB) hard drive or high performance SSD. The kit includes:

° A new hard drive up to 2.5 inches and 1TB hard drive, 5400 or 7200 RPM or SSD;

° An OWC External Enclosure to re-use the old drive;

° A five-piece toolkit with the tools to complete the DIY project;

° Cables for transferring data from the old drive to new drive.

A how-to guide and installation videos can be found at http://www.macsales.com/installvideos . There are 60 configurations with pricing starting at US$57.99.

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Oct 26
Mapdiva releases free Ortelius Military Map Symbols for Mac OS

Mapdiva, makers of Ortelius map design software, has announced the availability of its free download of military map symbols for graphic designers and mapmakers to create custom maps for web sites, magazines, books, and brochures.

The NATO Equipment Map Symbol Collection is comprised of 93 different scaleable vector graphics, including silhouette icons of artillery, explosive devices, helicopters, equipment, personal weapons. soldiers, tanks and vehicles. It has NATO equipment, as well as some non-NATO items. This symbol collection is designed for military history mapping projects and wargaming maps.

The NATO Equipment Map Symbol Collection for Ortelius map illustration software is created with MilPics pictorial fonts series developed by Tom Mouat (copyright 1988) MapSymbs and distributed with permission. A registered True Type Fonts version is available from Wargame Downloads.

Symbols are customizable thanks to Ortelius' Style Inspector and integrated Mac OS X...

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Oct 26
The Mac doing very well in Europe

Pascal Cagni, Apple vice president and general manager for Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa, did in an interview with Katie Allen of "The Guardian." Speaking after Apple’s earnings report for the fourth fiscal quarter, Cagni was optimistic on the Mac in Europe.

Questioned on Apple’s success in Europe during the recession, Cagni responded that the Mac is “typically above 20-25% market share in each of the countries.” That’s about twice the market share in the U.S., and you have to wonder how the numbers add up to worldwide figures that put the Mac under 5%, says "The New York Times" (http://www.nytimes.com/external/gigaom/2010/10/26/26gigaom-apple-europe-...).

At Monday’s...

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Oct 26
Rumor: Apple to buy Sony (nope, won't happen)

Shares of Sony rose nearly 3% on Tuesday as traders cited various media reports speculating that the Japanese electronics maker could be a potential acquisition target of Apple to help it jump into the gaming industry.

Apple currently has US$50 billion in cash reserves and has a market capitalization of $282 billion while Sony has a market cap of $34 billion. Financially Sony is within Apple's reach.

But what good reasons are there for Apple to want to buy Sony? Between the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Apple App Store, the Mac and the upcoming Mac App Store, Jobs & Company have all the pieces they need to make a serious play for the gaming market should they so desire. The Sellers Research firm is 99.99% certain that Apple isn't planning on buying Sony (or any other major company at this time).

-- Dennis Sellers

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Oct 26
ABI Research: 19% of all phones shipped in 2Q were smartphones

According to ABI Research (http://www.abiresearch.com), smartphones made up 19% of all handsets shipped in the second quarter. That represents a 12% increase over the first quarter, and a 50% jump compared to the same quarter in 2009.

Senior analyst Michael Morgan says that these remarkable growth rates are being driven by falling (often heavily subsidized) handset prices. Cost is no longer much of an obstacle.

“One of the key remaining barriers to smartphone adoption in subsidized markets is now the cost of the data plan rather than the cost of the handset," he says.

Ten percent would normally be considered very good quarter-over-quarter growth, Morgan notes, but in the smartphone segment that would now be considered lackluster. The battle for supremacy is now escalating at a feverish pitch.

“The market is exploding, but there are so many players and so many operating systems...

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Oct 26
Western Digital releases WD TV Lib Hub

Western Digital (http://www.westerndigital.com) has introduced the WD TV Live Hub media center, a Full-HD 1080p media player with a 1TB built-in network hard drive that gives users the freedom to play all their personal media on any screen in the home.

The WD TV Live Hub media center brings new experiences to the WD TV family, including instantly renting or purchasing the newest releases through the Blockbuster On Demand service, the same day as DVD/Blu-ray release, as well as interacting with personal Facebook communities. In the U.S., the WD TV Live Hub media center is initially available exclusively at Best Buy online and at all 1,093 Best Buy stores nationwide.

The WD TV Live Hub media center plays a variety of media file types, including Full-HD 1080p video formats such as .mkv, .mp4 and .mov. The compact hard drive enables users to centralize their digital media from multiple...

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Oct 26
Franklin 3D Game Engine for REAL Studio released

The Component Man Group has announced Franklin 3D 1.71 for REAL Studio (formerly
REALbasic), the cross-platform BASIC language development environment from REAL Software.

Franklin 3D is a professional 3D game and simulation engine available for Mac OS X and Windows. It includes over 400 methods, including support for display control, model loading and callbacks. It also includes the engine, plus a collection of example projects. According to the Component Man Group, utilizing an open source core engine, Franklin 3D lets developers use the optimal 3D rendering engine depending on the platform: OpenGL on Mac OS X or Windows, and DirectX

Franklin 3D includes a set of demo examples/projects that developers can use in their own games and simulations. Deployment is royalty free.

This is the second development platform supported by the game engine. Franklin 3D for LiveCode incorporates the same core engine and supports Runrev LiveCode, the HyperCard like cross-...

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Oct 26
Raidon releases new HDD mobile rack

Raidon (http://www.raidon.com.tw) has released a new, hot-swappable mobile rack, the iS1010, which comes in a tray-less design accommodating both 2.5-inch HDD and 3.5-inch HDD without securing with any screws.
 
The iS1010 is only the size of a standard CD-ROM and fits in any 5.25-inch bay from any computer casings. Even without the trays, the well-protected structure design of iS1010 ensures a well connection to the installed HDD and without any intervals possibly causing damage from vibration, according to the folks at Raidon.

Other than that, the aluminum casing with cooling fan provides excellent heat dissipation keeping HDD in a well functioning temperature during operation, they add. Contact Raidon for pricing.

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Oct 26
iPresentee unveils iWeb Themes holiday sale

iPresentee (http://www.ipresentee.com) has announced iWeb Themes 10 -- Holiday Bundle to be used with Apple's web site building application, iWeb. iWeb Themes 10 adds 25 holiday intro themes. T

iWeb Themes 10 includes themes for Halloween, Christmas, New Year, Valentine's Day and Easter holiday. The new release extends iWeb themes collection up to 105 themes.

iWeb Themes 10 requires Mac OS X 10.4.3 or higher and iWeb 2.0 (iLife '08) or iWeb 3.0 (iLife '09 or iLife 11). Each iWeb theme is available for US$6.99. The set of five new iWeb Themes 10 may be purchased for $25. Samples and more information about iWeb Themes 10 are available at the iPresentee web site.

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Oct 26
Speck unveils new case colors, styles for latest iPod touch

Speck has released new cases colors and styles for the fourth gen iPod touch. Among them are:

° GeoMetric, an US$29.95 flexible and slim protective case with triangular contrasting-textured facets. The texture is designed to provides a better grip with its contoured form-fit design. The GeoMetric is available in black, cyan and purple.

° Fitted, a $29.95, form-fit fabric-wrapped two-piece hard shell case that protects from scratches and scuffs and is soft-touch finished for a comfortable grip. It's available in MisKerChief Red, TastyCakes Pink, SpexyHexy Purple, TartanPlaid White, Darkest Tartan Plaid, Dalmatian Houndstooth and CookieCamo Brown.

° PixelSkin HD, a $24.95, flexible high-contrast skin case with a smooth HD pixel texture. It boasts a contoured, single-piece skinny fit and is available in black, purple and bright red.

° PixelSkin, a $24.95 rubbery matte finish case with an "extra-grippy grid texture." It's available in black, Kelly Green,...

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Oct 26
Griffin Technology releases new iPad stands

Griffin Technology (http://www.griffintechnology.com) has released the Tablet Stand for the iPad (and other tablet devices), Studio Stand for iPad, and Elan Passport Graphite for iPad.

The US$24.99 Tablet Stand (pictured) sports an A-frame design that swings open to hold your tablet upright in either portrait or landscape view. You can close the Tablet Stand and lay it down to hold your tablet at an angle for desktop or tabletop surfing, reading, or gaming. A built-in soft cushion cradles your tablet and leaves room for cables.

The $49.99 Studio Stand is a slim polycarbonate case for iPad with a built-in stand. Snap on the polycarbonate shell to protect the back and sides of your iPad, and there's access to the dock connector, volume controls, and headphone jack. You can swing the integrated stand into place to hold your iPad in portrait or landscape mode.


The $49.99 Elan...

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Oct 26
Eco-functional iPhone 4 cases from TRTL BOT shipping

TRTL BOT (http://www.trtlbot.com) has released its TRTL Stand 4 and Minimalist 4 multifunctional, eco-friendly iPhone 4 cases. They're designed in the US using 100% recycled plastic.

The TRTL Stand 4 (pictured) costs US$29.99 and is a multimedia optimizer, viewing stand/case that lets you prop up your iPhone in several modes; portrait (ideal for FaceTime), landscape (good for watching videos) and Tripod (good for timed photos).

The $34.99 Minimalist 4 is a wallet substitute/case combo. It can hold up to three ID or credit cards, as well as an iPhone 4.

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Oct 26
MegaSeg update works better with Magic Mouse

Fidelity Media has released MegaSeg 5.5.1 (http://www.megaseg.com), an update of the Mac-based DJ and radio automation software. According to Fidelity Media Founder Jason Cox, the new version --- a free update for registered users of version 5.x -- contacts improvements to mixing with Apple's Magic Mouse, better performance during Time Machine backups, a fix for reading AAC metadata created by Sound Grinder and Logic Pro, and several other refinements.

MegaSeg is a self-contained DJ music mixing and radio automation system that enables DJs and radio stations to put their music libraries on their Mac and segue or beat mix between songs or music videos, trigger sound effects via hot keys, note requests via color-coded request lists, cue tracks via a second sound output, create dynamic scheduled playlists, and program timed playlist events. MegaSeg has full integration with the iTunes library and playlists,...

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Oct 26
TextExpander for Mac OS X adds backup, restore options

SmileOnMyMac (http://www.smileonmymac.com) has updated TextExpander, a Mac OS X utility that lets users define abbreviations for frequently-used text strings and images, to version 3.2. The update adds backup and restore options.

Users can keep multiple backup files from which to restore snippets in case of data loss. Backup can be made automatic. Restore options have been added to the File menu.

The update also adds new keyboard shortcuts for use when searching snippets. Pressing Return twice will expand the top result in the search results. Any of the top nine search results can be expanded with a key combination of Command and the number corresponding to the desired snippet's place on the list of results, i.e. Command + 1 through Command + 9.

The regular cost of TextExpander is US$34.95 for a single user license or $44.95 for a five-pack family license. A 30-day fully-functioning...

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Oct 26
Norman warns of new vulnerability in Firefox browser

Norman ASA (http://www.norman.com), a security company offering  products protecting government and enterprise networks and consumer desktops, says its its researchers have identified new Trojan malware that infected the Nobel Peace Prize site early Tuesday. The new Trojan was transmitted through a vulnerability in Firefox 3.5 and 3.6.

The Norman Malware Detection Team in Oslo found that the attack was enabled by a zero-day vulnerability in the popular Firefox web browser and recommend all Internet users be cautious when surfing the Net. If a user visited the Nobel Prize site while the attack was active early Tuesday using Firefox 3.5 or 3.6, the malware might be installed on the user's computer without warning.

The malware would then attempt to connect to two Internet addresses, both which point to a server in Taiwan. If the connection was successful, the attacker would have access to the infected...

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Oct 26
AppDelete for Mac OS X updated to version 3.1.4

Reggie Ashworth has updated AppDelete (http://reggie.ashworth.googlepages.com/appdelete), an application deleting app for Mac OS X, to version 3.1.4. It's a maintenance update.

Via drag 'n drop, AppDelete will delete any chosen app with all of its associated items that belong to that application. You'll no longer have to hunt through their system to find and delete these items manually.

You can drag any item that can be uninstalled onto AppDelete: applications, widgets, preference panes, plug-ins, screensavers, etc. You can also activate AppDelete in many ways: dragging items onto main window, onto dock icon, selecting in menu, right-clicking using AppDelete workflow, and throwing items in the trash. When the preview screen appears you can uncheck any items you would like to exclude. You also have several choices: delete the items, log only the...

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Oct 26
Planon IWMS system enabled for the Mac

The Planon Group (http://www.planonsoftware.com), a global provider of Integrated Workplace Management Solution (IWMS) software, has launched software release designed to optimize workplace use and employee performance while reducing costs.

The 2011 version of Planon’s software offers a range of new functionality, including dvanced AutoCAD integration. It's also enabled for the Mac.

What's more, Planon 2011 offers organizations a way to achieve internal and external compliance mandates and contractual obligations with streamlined, unified invoice processing and cash flow management resulting in less mistakes and administration and maximized contract value, says Pierre Guelen, founder and CEO, Planon Group. Additionally, the latest version offers a wide array of financial forecasting, scenario planning, strategic decision-making and activity planning tools and reports. Contact the Planon...

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Oct 26
BBEdit for Mac OS X gets HTML5 support

Bare Bones Software (http://www.barebones.com) has released BBEdit 9.6, an update to its strength HTML and text editor. The upgrade adds HTML5 support.

A refined Translate command simplifies the process of converting documents between HTML and plain text, according to Rich Siegel, founder and CEO of Bare Bones Software. BBEdit 9.6 also includes support for directory-specific settings and a new command-line option for creating projects.

The update is available free of charge to all registered BBEdit 9 customers. For new users it has a suggested retail price of US$125. Any registered owner of BBEdit prior to version 9.x can upgrade for US$30.

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Oct 26
Security loophole found in iOS 4.1

A security loophole in iOS 4.1 (as well as the 4.2 beta, apparently) allows unauthorized access to the iPhone’s contacts, phone functionality, emails and MMS, reports "SlashGear" (http://www.slashgear.com/ios-exploit-bypasses-iphone-lockscreen-for-phon...?).

Spotted by forum members at "MacRumors" (http://www.macrumors.com), the exploit apparently works this week: from the iPhone 4 lockscreen, hit “Emergency Call”, type in a random number and initiate the call, and then press the sleep key as soon as the end-call button appears on-screen.  That automatically takes you to the handset’s contact list.

From that list, it’s possible to browse all the contacts, as well as...

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Oct 26
Chinese workers become ill while working on Apple products

Workers in southern China, who say they were assembling Apple laptops and iPhones, have become seriously ill after using a dangerous chemical, reports "ABC News" (http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/10/26/3048024.htm).

The Number Five People's Hospital in Suzhou has been treating workers who breathed in vapors from the chemical n-hexane, the article adds. According to the workers, the chemical was being used in the production of Apple products and has left them unable to walk.

The ABC's Foreign Correspondent snuck into the Number Five People's Hospital to visit a group of women who were working in a very small, badly ventilated factory. They say they were using n-hexane to glue and polish the logos on Apple products.

"ABC News" says Apple wouldn't confirm it had sourced products from companies based in China, but said it...

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Oct 26
Adobe announces new Digital Publishing Suite

At MAX, Adobe’s annual worldwide conference, Adobe announced the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite (http://adobe.com/digitalpublishing), providing publishers a set of turnkey hosted services and viewer technology to create, publish, optimize and sell digital content direct to consumers, through content retailers or leading mobile marketplaces.

Built on the foundation of Adobe Creative Suite and Adobe InDesign CS5 software, the Digital Publishing Suite enables the design and delivery of innovative publisher-branded reading experiences, paired with flexible commerce models and support for deep analytics reporting, says David Wadhwani, senior vice president and general manager for Creative and Interactive Solutions, Adobe.

Using InDesign CS5, PDF, HTML5 and the Digital Publishing Suite, publishers will be able to author both fixed and adaptive layouts, natively build new levels of...

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