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Feb 24
ToughTech Duo offers storage for snapshots

CRU-DataPort has introduced the ToughTech Duo, an US$499 portable, RAID storage systems that works with two 2.5-inch notebook drives or solid state drives that to back-up or store data.

Designed for professional photographers and digital media users while on location or in the studio, ToughTech Duo maximizes storage in a mini footprint (3.5 x 6.26 x 1.34) to ensure data integrity and protect digital assets. It guards against data loss by writing the same information in real-time to both drives. It also saves from costly system downtime as the system can continue to run while the ToughTech Duo restores data on the hard drive, according to the folks at CRU-DataPort.

Connecting to any host computer via FireWire 800/400, USB 2.0 and eSATA provides flexibility, while the eSATA interface option offers the fastest transfer rates, they add. ToughTech Duo also supports bus power with an included FireWire cable. The ToughTech Duo sports a multi-country compatible AC power...

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Feb 24
NewerTech announces seven-piece toolkit for iPhone 4 DIY...

Newer Technology (http://www.newertech.com) has announced the NewerTech Seven Piece Toolkit for iPhone 4 to provide Do It Yourself servicing of the iPhone 4.

The US$9.99 toolkit contains varying sized, non-marring case opening pry tools, a suction cup display puller, and a magnetized driver set to either access Apple’s proprietary TS1 "Pentalobe" screws or the included replacement Phillips screw. For more information, visit: http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Newer%20Technology/TOOLKITIPH4/ .

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Feb 24
Mariner Software releases Paperless 2.0

Mariner Software (http://www.marinersoftware.com) has released Paperless 2.0, providing a digital document solution for the home and business. The new version lets you create, manage and store any type of paper and digital document.

Paperless 2.0 has multiple new features, including the ability to create expense reports, pie-charts and contact reports. In addition, the user can create custom field types such as text, currency and checkboxes. Data entry is eased with automatic matching of thousands of popular U.S. merchants, says Michael Wray, president of Mariner Software.

This version of Paperless includes an expanded use of Fujitsu's ScanSnap scanners with support for the Fujitsu S1500M, S1300 and now the S1100, Fujitsu's mobile scanner. In addition, more scanners are supported through Apple's Image Capture, providing users of Paperless 2.0 multiple scanner option.

The new...

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Feb 24
Vitamin-R 1.51 adds Dropbox compatibility

Publicspace.net has announced Vitamin-R 1.51 (http://www.publicspace.net/Vitamin-R/index.html), an update of its Mac OS X compatible productivity tool for creative professionals. The new version adds adds the ability to synch the Vitamin-R log book across multiple Macs using the Dropbox cloud service.

Vitamin-R is a collection of tools and techniques for managing attention and maintaining motivation. According to the folks at publicspace.net, it complements the task capturing and organizing features of modern to-do list managers by forcing you to concentrate fully on one task a time and keeping distractions at bay. It breaks down large, vaguely defined tasks into a series of short "time slices" of between 10 and 30 minutes, each with specific and actionable objectives.

Vitamin-R provides you with the "Now & Later Board," complete with FastType...

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Feb 24
Cocktails for Mac is now served

Containing nearly 500 cocktails and wines of the world, Cocktails for Mac 1.0 (http://www.jonesapr.com/newsite/?page_id=785) contains a cornucopia of cocktail content. The app features a variety of popular drinks with pictures, step-by-step preparation and interesting cocktail trivia.

Featured cocktails are organized by topic, organized in two-page spreads tailored to take advantage of wide screen displays. Not just an encyclopedia of cocktails, it contains a complete integrated mixologist guide.

Cocktials requires Mac OS X 10.6. It costs US$4.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Lifestyle category.

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Feb 24
Password Repository update improves the data export utility

Tension Software has updated Password Repository (http://www.pomola.com/products_passwordrepository/passwordrepository.html), a Mac OS X password storage utility, to version 2.1.2.5. The upgrade improves the data export utility.

Now tab, newline and return are converted in conventional chars to fit in tabular text data export. Version 2.1.2.5 also see small interface changes to increase the ease of use.

Password Repository lets you save all your passwords in documents protecting them on disk using a single password. Data is encrypted using strong and bullet proof algorithms, and the password protecting a document isn't saved in any place.

Password Repository costs US$30, though version 2.1.2..5 is a free update for registered users of version 2.x. The software is Universal Binary so runs...

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Feb 24
RCP Ringtone Design releases Ringtones 2.0

RCP Ringtone Design (http://rcptones.com) has released Ringtones 2.0, which provides more than 100 ringtones in M4R format for the iPhone, and MP3 format for Android, BlackBerry, and many other devices.

Each tone is handcrafted. The download comes with instructions for installation. Ringtones 2 costs US$4.99. A compact version of the release, "RCP Elite," offers 30 of the tones at less than half the price.

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Feb 24
'YML' looks at the iPad 2, Apple's stockholders...

This week's episode of "Your Mac Life" looks at rumors of the iPad and the Apple's stockholders meeting.

You can listen in this and every Wednesday evening from 5:30 to 8 pm (Pacific). Live video is on Your Mac Life! You can watch the show live at http://yml.macosg.com/ -- or you can listen in to the plain old audio feed at http://www.yourmaclifeshow.com/QT/stream.mov .

You can join one of the two Chat Rooms that run during the live show -- on the live video site or on the dedicated IRC Server at irc.chat-solutions.org in the #yourmaclife Channel.

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Feb 23
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for Feb. 23

Here are the latest iPhone/iPod touch/iPod/iPad apps. You can find 'em at the Apple App Store (http://www.itunes.com/appstore/).

RapidWeaver Central has announced iCentral 1.0 for iOS, their news app dedicated to RapidWeavers "who want to keep their finger firmly on the RapidWeaver community pulse." The free app will keep users updated and alert them to any new product release announcements and more.

Supportware has released My Football Pro Free for use on the iPhone or iPod touch. The app lets users follow over 800 football leagues worldwide with live match information, tables, and more. You can follow your favurite teams as they play live matches, with directly updated information. Previous editions of My Football have been limited to one year of data, but not anymore. Users now get data for an unlimited time.

Juicy Bits has introduced Halftone 1.0, their new vintage effects...

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Feb 23
Shareholders nix public CEO succession plan, get data center...

Apple shareholders have rejected a plan requiring the company to disclose a succession plan for its chief executive officer, reports the "Associated Press" (http://macte.ch/pByVa).

That's according to preliminary voting results announced today at Apple's annual shareholders meeting. Apple didn't provide the voting breakdown.

Also, at the meeting, as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com), the company said its North Carolina data center is expected to open this spring, and will support the iTunes and MobileMe services. The facility will also support Apple's corporate systems. "But it's the uses for iTunes and MobileMe that will undoubtedly fuel speculation about Apple's long-rumored plans for a cloud-based iTunes streaming service," says "AppleInsider."

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Feb 23
MobileMe to transition to new Calendar service on May 5

On May 5, MobileMe -- Apple's US$99-per-year suite of Internet services -- will transition completely to the new Calendar service that Apple launched in October. The new MobileMe Calendar includes calendar sharing, invitations, and a new Calendar web application.

To maintain calendar syncing between your devices and to continue accessing your calendar at me.com, MobileMe users must upgrade to the new Calendar by May 5. To do so:

1) Make sure you are using the most recent software on your devices and computers:

iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch: iOS 4.2.1 or later

Mac: Mac OS X 10.6.6 Snow Leopard or Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard (requires manual setup)

PC: MobileMe Control Panel version 1.6.5

2) Sign in to www.me.com/calendar and follow the dialog that appears or click "Upgrade now" in the sidebar.

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Feb 23
Survey: Jobs' departure wouldn't have major impact on...

If CEO Steve Jobs -- now on a medical leave -- were to step down from Apple, it wouldn't have a material impact on customers' buying intentions, according to a new survey from RBC Capital Markets and ChangeWave, as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).

The companies recently conducted a survey of 3,091 respondents between Jan. 31 and Feb. 9, asking them about a hypothetical scenario in which Jobs might depart Apple. Of those surveyed, 93% said they would likely continue buying Apple's products or wouldn't actively change their purchasing decisions if the company's co-founder weren't running the show.

The latest results are a change from June 2008, when a previous survey found that 18% of respondents said they would be less likely to buy Apple products if Jobs weren't with the company. Analyst Mike Abramsky said the results show that Apple may be bigger than its CEO,...

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Feb 23
Apple announces special event on March 2

Apple has sent out media invitations to a special event scheduled for next Wednesday, March 2. The tagline on the invitation: "Come see what 2011 will be the year of."

With the corner of an iPad peeking out from behind the date on the invite, it's pretty safe to assume the iPad 2 will be revealed. The event will be held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco at 10 am (Pacific).


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Feb 23
Study: by 2014 Apple's iPad business will be worth over $17...

By 2014 Apple's iPad business will be worth over US$17 billion, according to a new study by Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com).

By way of comparison, the worldwide smartphone market will be worth $ 65 billion by 2014 while the portable market will be worth $195 billion, according to the research group. Worldwide shipments of dedicated eReaders -- products like Sony's eReader and the Amazon Kindle -- will reach 7.2 million units in 2014, down from a high of 10.4 million units in 2012.

Meanwhile, worldwide shipments of media tablets will soar from 7.1 million units in 2010 to over 64 million units in 2014, according to Research and Markets.

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Feb 23
Quark announces QuarkXPress 9


Quark has announced QuarkXPress 9, the newest version of QuarkXPress, which will allow designers to publish directly to digital devices and increase their productivity with new features for design automation.

The new version gives designers the power to design for and publish to digital devices in a variety of formats, while also offering them even more control over the execution of their creative visions, according to the folks at Quark. QuarkXPress 9 sets a precedent for digital publishing by offering designers a flexible and cost-effective array of options for creating content that can be published to digital devices -- e-readers, smartphones, and tablets -- with one tool, and without programming code, they add.

With App Studio for QuarkXPress, designers will have a dedicated design environment within QuarkXPress 9 for creating content for the iPad. Designers will be able to create customized apps for the iPad, distribute their apps through the Apple App Store,...

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Feb 23
Apple tops product placement chart for 2010

Apple sat atop the product placement charts for 2010 after getting Macs, iPads, iPods and other items featured in 30% of the top movies at the U.S. box office in 2010, reports Brandchannel (http://www.brandchannel.com).

Nike, Chevrolet and Ford tied for second place, each appearing in 24% of the top films. Sony, Dell, Land Rover, and Glock appeared in at least 15% of the #1 films. 

Apple-branded products appeared in more than one-third of all number one films at the US box office between 2001 to 2010 (making 112 of the 334 #1 films in America since 2001). That is second only to Ford (144 of 334) and well ahead of third place Coca-Cola (96 of 334).

In fact, Apple products appeared in more top films in the last decade than McDonald's and Nike combined (92). Pretty impressive, considering that fewer than 15% of American computer-owning households have an Apple. (That figure, by the way,...

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Feb 23
Apple slices minimum buy-in for iAd in half

When Apple debuted its iAd service it required a minimum investment of US$1 million from advertisers. Now with the first run of iAd campaigns ended, Apple is lowering its minimum spend to appeal to smaller-scale advertisers that originally couldn’t afford the platform, according to "All Things D" (http://macte.ch/ILBgW).

The new entry point is $500,000. “This new minimum buy is a great step forward and a necessary one, I think,” Mark Read, CEO of WPP Digital, the digital arm of global ad giant WPP, told John Paczkowski of "All Things D." “Lowering the minimum buy to $500,000 from $1 million will certainly make the platform more appealing.”

iAds combine the emotion of TV advertising with the interactivity of Internet advertising, according to Apple CEO Steve Jobs. He says that iAds, which are built into iOS 4, allow users to stay within their app while engaging with the ad, even while watching a video,...

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Feb 23
Elan will continue its lawsuit against Apple

Another day, another lawsuit. Or at least a continuation of one. Elan Microelectronics plans to continue its patent lawsuit against Apple over multitouch technology and says a reported US$100 million settlement proposal from Apple was untrue, reports the IDG News Service (http://macte.ch/8Gpfa).

In March 2010 the Taiwanese maker of chips and touch-screens asked the U.S. trade agency to ban the import and sale of some Apple products, including the iPad, because of alleged patent infringement. The company claims Apple “knowingly and deliberately” used Elan’s technology, while continuing to introduce infringing products The petition also seeks to ban imports of the iPhone and iPod touch products, Elan said in the complaint.

Elan sued Apple in April 2009 , alleging infringement of two of its touch screen patents, The lawsuit alleges that Apple products -- including its MacBook, iPhone and iPod touch -- use...

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Feb 23
Analyst: Apple earnings will grow 25-30% per year

Apple's earnings will grow 25-30% per year through 2015 thanks mainly to the iPhone's addressable subscriber base, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster told clients in a note today -- as reported by "Fortune" (http://macte.ch/KnfI8).

He thinks most folks are underestimating the company's opportunity to grow its mobile business over the next five years. Munster expects the iPhone, which represents 39% of Apple's revenues today, to at least keep pace with the smartphone's current growth rate of 35% per year and sell 200 million units in 2015. That implies that more than 40% of Apple's revenue stream will grow at the rate of 35% per year from 2013 to 2015.

The analyst expects the iPad to grow faster than the iPhone, and the Mac and iPod to grow more slowly. "The net is we believe a sustainable 25-30% growth rate in earnings could be achievable through 2015," he told clients.

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Feb 23
Major overhaul of Final Cut Pro coming this spring?

A group of video editors were on the Apple campus in Cupertino, California, recently in order to preview the new version of Final Cut Pro, reports "TechCrunch" (http://macte.ch/L99tT), quoting unnamed sources.

Purportedly, the next version of the professional video editing software will be “the biggest overhaul to Final Cut Pro since the original version was created over 10 years ago." One of the "TechCrunch" sources described the new release as encompassing everything from low level architectural changes to a complete redesign of the user interface.

Early reports from people who have demo’d the new Final Cut Pro say that the changes are “dramatic and ambitious” and should alleviate concerns that Apple has shifted its video editing focus from the professional to the consumer space, shutting down work on FCP, adds "TechCrunch."

Apple plans on releasing the new product this spring, perhaps in a...

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Feb 23
Apple planning Joint Venture retail service?

The "Boy Genius Report" site is reporting (http://macte.ch/VObNm) that Apple is planning a new, retail-based service being called Joint Venture. First rumored back in March of last year, Joint Venture is an extension of Apple’s current Genius Bar services aimed at small businesses and prosumers, says "BGR."

Subscribers of the new service will be able to speak with a store-based Apple technician over the phone for one-on-one consultation and troubleshooting, or they can request an on-site visit, the article addsd. Currently, Apple’s Geniuses are not allowed to provide support remotely via the phone or in-person outside of Apple’s retail locations.

"BGR" says an unnamed source has confirmed that Apple will reveal these plans to retail employees this Sunday, explaining how to properly position, explain, and sell the new offering.

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Feb 23
FileMaker Developer Conference 2011 features over 60 sessions

FileMaker, Inc. a wholly owned subsidiary of Apple, has announced schedule highlights for the FileMaker Developer Conference 2011, the largest annual gathering of worldwide FileMaker independent and corporate database developers, trainers and users. It will be held Aug. 2-5, at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel, San Diego.

Attendees will save up to US$300 off the full conference registration price, paying $1,295 (or US$1,949 for the Gold Conference registration package, which includes pre-conference and FileMaker Training Series sessions, as well as the FileMaker Developer Conference), by taking advantage of the limited-time “early bird” discount, available until June 17. Attendees will receive complimentary copies of FileMaker Pro 11 Advanced and FileMaker Go for iPhone and iPad.

Conference goers will learn how to build more professional databases, extend solutions to the web and deploy custom solutions for the iPhone and iPad. In addition to increasing their...

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Feb 23
New desktop audio player delivers hi-res playback

Audiofile Engineering has launched Fidelia (http://audiofile-engineering.com/fidelia/), an US$19.99 "premium desktop music player" created exclusively for Mac OS X and designed to offer "rich high-fidelity playback for music lovers of any taste or technical background."

It has support for numerous high-resolution file formats and an interface that honors the classic stereo amplifiers of decades past. Also, Fidelia integrates with users' existing iTunes libraries, says Matthew Foust, founding partner of Audiofile Engineering.

"Just as high-definition video technology has changed the way people experience movies and television, high-resolution audio formats like FLAC and Apple Lossless give consumers access to superior levels of sound quality," he adds. "Fidelia is designed as an elegant, approachable way for casual and studious listeners alike to embrace these...

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Feb 23
iBike Dash released for iPhone, iPod touch

Velocomp (http://www.iBikeDash.com), a sports technology company and creator of the iBike line of power meters, has announced the iBike Dash CC (Cycling Computer), a light-weight wireless bicycle computer system that turns any iPhone or iPod touch into your own personal fitness trainer. 

Priced starting at US$199, the iBike Dash CC includes a free app for the iOS devices. The app features customizable tools, from simple speedometers to work-out programs. The app is displayed on the iPhone or iPod touch screen with high-resolution color graphics and animation.
 
Intelligent biking is all about sustaining your energy, so that you have more than enough left for the last few miles. The iBike Dash CC tells you how hard is too hard. Riding within your boundaries is critical for safe training, and with the iBike Dash CC’s “HR Pacing Meter,” you can see at a glance whether your heart rate in the...

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Feb 23
V-MODA unveils customized headphones

V-MODA has unveiled Crossfade Customs, a personalization option for its over-ear headphone, the Crossfade LP. In honor of its five year anniversary of launching fashion metal headphones in color, the company will offer this service, previously only available to celebrities, to everybody.

To kick off the program, V-MODA customers can choose from six plate color options, four unique engraved designs with custom text on a choice of four base frames. Initial designs include a numbered jersey, crown, skull snake, and vinyl immortal angel logo. Colors available for the metal Crossfade LP plates are gold, black, gunmetal, pink, purple and red. The custom headphones will arrive ready-to-wear according to the buyer’s specifications.

The Crossfade LP features a patented 50mm dual-diaphragm driver, BLISS noise isolation, memory foam ear-cushions, metal memory headband and signature "V-ANGLE" design. Each pair includes an exoskeleton hard case, soft cleaning cloth, 24K gold plugs...

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