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Sep 30
iPad leads the tablet charge as mini-notebook shipments plummet

In the second quarter of 2010, shipments of mini-note/tablet computers were down 4% quarter-to-quarter (Q/Q), but up 29% year-over-year (Y/Y). However, without the 3.3 million iPads shipped in the quarter, shipments of mini-note/tablet PCs would have been down 14% Q/Q and 13% Y/Y.

Clearly, there was an “iPad Effect” in the portable computer market, according to a new DisplaySearch report (http://www.displaysearch.com), which also tracks tablet computers five inches and larger. The effect might have been even more pronounced, but Apple struggled to fill demand, with shipment times listed as 7-10 business days for all of the second quarter of 2010 (Q2’10), and shipments into Japan and China were just beginning at the end of the period, says the research group.

Overall, the portable market posted strong Y/Y unit growth in Q2’10, surging 32% to 50.4M units. However, not all market segments...

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Sep 30
Stealth Shell sneaks onto the MacBook, MacBook Pro

Hard Candy Cases has introduced the Stealth Shell for the 13-inch models of the MacBook and MacBook Pro. The two-piece shell clicks on snugly and stays put through heavy use and cross-country or cross-town travel, and is coated with a rubberized "soft touch" paint for better gripping.

The lightweight polycarbonate shells are now available in four colors: blue, black, army green and silver. You can order them for US$39.95 at http://www.HardCandyCases.com .  

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Sep 30
Dot Hill rolls out 10Gb iSCSI storage systems for SMB Market

Dot Hill Systems Corp. has introduced the Dot Hill AssuredSAN 3400 Series (http://www.dothill.com/products/san-array/), delivering 10Gb/second iSCSI storage capabilities to address expanding bandwidth demands of small to medium sized businesses.
  
In addition to the AssuredSAN line for channel partners, OEM versions of the 3400 Series are also available. Dot Hill 3420 arrays with 2.5-inch drives and 3430 storage systems with 3.5-inch drives feature four 10Gb iSCSI ports.
 
Dot Hill’s 3000 Series, introduced throughout 2010, now provides a complete line of high-speed host connection interfaces including 8Gb Fibre Channel, Hybrid Fibre Channel with iSCSI, 6Gb SAS and now 10Gb iSCSI. All members of the extended Dot Hill 3000 line support AssuredSnap and AssuredCopy data protection software, and mixed-drive configurations including SAS, SATA and SSD. The...

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Sep 30
Panorama database program for Mac, Windows revved to version 6.0

ProVUE Development has released Panorama 6.0 (http://www.provue.com/panorama), an upgrade to the RAM-based database program for Mac and Windows platforms. New features include:

° A 5x speed boost on Intel-based Macs;

° Live Preview -- complex search and data manipulation operations are instantly previewed as the user types and clicks;

° A new Total Recall feature protects data from power failures and crashes;

° A new Time Lapse feature allowsa database to be “rolled back” to its previous state (to recover accidentally deleted record, for example);

° The ability to drag to re-arrange the order of database fields;

° The ability to temporarily hide database fields;

° The ability to right click on any data cell or column header for context sensitive pop-up menu for selecting, sorting, and other common operations, including a “show me more like this”...

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Sep 30
MetaView for Mac OS X adds 3D metaplots feature

Lyle Andrews has released MetaView2.0 (http://www.metaview.tv/), an update of the Mac OS X application that lets you view stock market data in 3D. New features include 3D metaplots of volume data, a news "Dragnet" feature that searches the Internet for stories related to a particular stock, and 3D plotting of headlines and historic events.  

MetaView 2.0 also boasts faster openGL graphics and a new streamlined client/server architecture. MetaView costs US$49.95, but also requires a subscription to a special MetaView data feed for $15 per month.

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Sep 30
'MacNotables' looks at the Apple TV, Macsimum/MacNews...

The latest edition of "MacNotables" (http://www.macnotables.com/wordpress/), a podcast that serves as home to Mac personalities who will comment on the latest news and opinions in the Mac community, is available.

Yours Truly talks about the impending combination of "Macsimum News" and "MacNews" before providing some insight into recent developments in the online video arena. Apple TVs are starting to arrive in customer's hands, but several networks have expressed their disinterest in Apple's new video rental model. Just to make things more
interesting, Hulu has announced they are coming to Roku and TiVo, but not Apple TV.

I and host Chuck Joiner talk about what it all means for the Apple TV's success potential -- and for your viewing habits. On the subject of competition for Apple, the Blackberry Playbook and Samsung Galaxy Tab have been announced. How do that...

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Sep 30
USB Fever releases new iPad products

USB Fever has released two new iPad products. Memory Card Reader and USB Connection Kit for iPad (http://www.usbfever.com/index_eproduct_view.php?products_id=2028) is an US$34.99 adapter for the Apple tablet.


It has two slots: one for reading the SD, SDHC card, one as a straight USB port. You can connect your DC/camera directly via the USB port, your flash drive or even the memory card via a card reader. You can even take your iPhone (iPhone 4 and iPhone 3Gs ONLY) as a camera and connect to iPad.

The $28.99 Desktop Stand with built-in charger for iPad (http://www.usbfever.com/index_eproduct_view.php?products_id=2029) allows you to show off and charge your Apple tablet...

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Sep 30
Analyst keen on iPhone, iPad, iPod shipment levels

In a note to clients -- as reported by "Barron's (http://blogs.barrons.com/techtraderdaily/2010/09/30/apple-stifel-repeats...), Stifel Nicolas analyst Doug Reid today repeats his Buy rating on Apple, boosting his price target on the stock to $360, from $350. He gave three reasons for the higher estimates and target:

° Checks find iPad and iPod shipments are tracking ahead of prior estimates.

° "Increased confidence” in the longer term growth outlook for the iPad following recent competitive product announcements that “appear less menacing for Apple’s competitive position than we previously feared.”

° Higher shipment assumptions for iPhone based on strong data from China and favorable channel...

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Sep 30
MacFlux web site creation tool revved to version 3

Macware has released MacFlux 3 (http://www.macwareinc.com/products/MacFlux/overview.html), an update of the web site creation tool for Mac OS X. It's an Universal Binary product so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.

MacFlux provides the tools to create and publish your own web site the same day you start using it: pre-designed website templates, a drag-and-drop WYSIWYG interface, simple palettes for style changes, and an editing interface that shows the website the way it would be displayed on the Internet. Professional web designers can even drill down to the source code.

MacFlux is available in Apple retail stores, or online for an manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$99.99. It requires Mac OS X 10.5 or 10.6.

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Sep 30
Rep blasts Apple for 'discriminatory practice' against...

A former National Assembly representative has launched a one-man campaign protesting Apple's "discriminatory practice" of denying Taiwanese buyers of iPhone 4 protective sleeves, reports "Asia NewsNet" (http://www.asianewsnet.net/news.php?id=14666&sec=2).

Kao Chia-yu launched the campaign because buyers of the iPhone 4 haven't received protective sleeves for the latest model of the smartphone as promised by CEO Steve Jobs. Jobs said earlier that those who purchased iPhone 4 by the end of September would get a free protective sleeve from the company to help with the antenna reception problem experienced when you hold the phone a certain way.

Taiwan's top three telecom carriers, namely Chunghua Telecom, Taiwan Mobile, and FarEastone Telecom started to sell the iPhone 4 on Sept. 17. However, none have protective sleeves for the iPhone 4...

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Sep 30
Study: GPS, Accelerometers, gyroscopes coming to more...

ABI Research (http://www.abiresearch.com) anticipates that the sensor-driven user interface (UI) will be an emergent theme in the next wave of mobile UI innovation -- turning objects, locations, and people into networked, interactive elements.

By 2013, 85% of smartphones will ship with GPS, over 50% will ship with accelerometers, and almost 50% will have gyroscopes, says the research group.

“The growth of sensors in smartphones will be driven by applications such as gaming, location awareness, and augmented reality, as well as the expansion of motion-based commands,” says senior analyst Victoria Fodale. “The high-level operating system of a smartphone, which provides open application programming interfaces (APIs), has facilitated the use of data from cameras, sensors, and GPS receivers.”

When an accelerometer is combined with a gyroscope, developers are able to create applications that...

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Sep 30
Ascender offers fonts from the Hallmark Design Collection

Ascender Corp., a provider of font products, has entered into an agreement with Hallmark Cards to distribute fonts from the Hallmark Design Collection, a set of script and lettering-style typefaces.

The Ascender type development team collaborated with Hallmark to produce the fonts in TrueType and OpenType formats, and is making the fonts available for licensing and instant download from Ascender’s font web sites. For more information or to view the fonts visit: http://www.ascenderfonts.com/foundry/hallmark/ .

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Sep 30
WebsitePainter gets improved HTML code editor, more

Ambiera has announced WebsitePainter 1.2 (http://www.ambiera.com/websitepainter/index.html) for Mac OS X and Windows systems. It's an update of the web editor for creating web site without HTML knowledge and programming.

WebsitePainter includes a variety of templates and supports web standards such as HTML, CSS, PHP and ASP. Version 1.2 sports: an improved HTML code editor; a new browser window for selecting specific elements in a page; the ability to select files as hyperlink targets; improved scrolling and faster image rendering; and enhanced Unicode file support

On the Mac WebsitePainter requires Mac OS X 10.4.1 or later. It costs approximately US$54 for a single-user license and $135 for a company-wide license.

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Sep 29
Dutch Skies 360 Volume 3 DVD released

Bob Groothuis (http://www.bobgroothuis.com/) has released a DVD called Dutch Skies 360 Volume 3, with royalty free HDRI images of Dutch Skies 360. The images, with the famous Dutch Light, can be used for visual effects, 3D, architecture, game development, etc.

The Dutch Light is famous all over the world. The great painters captured the Dutch light in their paintings. Today there is a online shop that will bring the future version of the Dutch Light in the form of Dutch Skies 360 to the customers.

Also with the launch of the Dutch Skies 360 Volume 3 DVD there is a free Dutch Skies 360: The annual Free Dutch Skies 360 2010 Edition. That free version is available for everyone and may be used for commercial work without charge.

The DVD contains 36 plus three bonus sIBL 2.0 sets. The DVD costs US$124.99. The licenses are royalty free. After online payment the DVD will be sent by...

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Sep 29
Troi File Plug-in gets maintenance update

Troi Automatisering has released Troi File Plug-in 5.0.1 for FileMaker Pro an update of the tool for getting access to information outside the FileMaker Pro database. It's a maintenance update with some bug fixes and performance tweaks.

A fully functional demo version of Troi File Plug-in 5.0.1 is available for downloading at Troi's web site (http://www.troi.com/software/fileplugin.html). Troi File Plug-in 5.0works with FileMaker Pro 9.x, 10.x and 11.The plug-in can also be used with runtimes from FileMaker Pro Advanced 9 x and 10.sx. The plug-in is available for Mac OS X 10.5.7 or higher, Windows XP (Service Pack 2) and Windows Vista. QuickTime 7 or later is needed for some image related functions.

Licenses cost US$89 per user. Details on developer licenses and multi-user discounts can be found on the Troi web site.

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Sep 29
Apple making inroads into enterprise area

Small businesses and large corporations alike are beginning to embrace Apple by supporting and purchasing iPhones, iPads and Macs for their employees and by creating applications for their customers' Apple devices, according to "CNN Money" (http://money.cnn.com/2010/09/29/technology/apple_enterprise/index.htm?so...).

In July Apple Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook said that 50% of Fortune 100 companies are already deploying or thinking about using the iPad for corporate use and 80% were supporting the iPhone.

Adoption from the so-called enterprise market is far lower for Macs, but also growing, notes "CNN Money." Although 75% of businesses have a Mac on the premises, only 25% of companies have a "significant" number of Macs (30 or more), according to a survey conducted by...

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Sep 29
'iFixiIt' tears down new Apple TV

The "iFixIt" site has torn down the new Apple TV. You can see the entire thing at http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Apple-TV-2nd-Generation-Teardown/3625/1, but here are some of the highlights:

° The Apple TV is the least expensive iOS device Apple has ever shipped. The set-top box continues the trend of cost-cutting that we saw in the iPad, even sharing several parts with its tablet cousin.

° The big news: "iFixIt" uncovered a Samsung NAND flash chip and found it has a whopping 8GB of flash storage! The A4 processor has 256MB of integrated RAM, the same as the iPad.

° Apple's current HD movies generally run less than 4GB, but Apple needs around 512MB for the OS and likely wants to leave room for video quality improvements over time.

° This is the easiest to service new Apple product "iFixIt"...

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Sep 29
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Sept. 29

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/).

Quantum Clockwork has announced Morris 1.0.0 for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users. Developers of the US$2.99 have taken a collection of three medieval board games, revamped them for modern usage and are now releasing them in a new product under the name, Morris.

Dot Next has released ABC - Magnetic Alphabet 1.0, a digital version of $1.99 magnetic board game for the iPhone and iPod touch. It's a tool to help preschool age children become familiar with letters and numbers.

Chimani has debuted a $4.99 resource for exploring Yosemite National Park on iOS devices. The Yosemite app delivers constantly updated content, including shuttle bus schedules, ranger led activities and more.

Jambasoft has introduced Camera Duo 1.0, a $0.99 app...

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Sep 29
Two MacBook Pro models included in class-action lawsuit against...

A newly announced settlement in a class-action lawsuit against graphics maker Nvidia has entitled owners of a number of notebook computers, including two of Apple's MacBook Pro models, to repairs or monetary compensation, reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com)

Case No. 08-cv-04312-JW relates to Nvidia chips found in some Dell, HP and Apple notebooks sold between 2005 and 2010. For Mac owners, the suit relates to 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pro models sold between May 2007 and September 2008.

Owners of an affected Mac system could experience distorted or scrambled video on the screen, or the display may not work when the notebook is turned on, notes "AppleInsider." Some Dell and HP systems also reportedly have additional issues, such as random characters, lines or garbled images appearing on the screen.

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Sep 29
Apple looking to spur HTLM5 web site development

An Apple job posting (http://jobs.apple.com/index.ajs?BID=1&method=mExternal.showJob&RID=63051...) shows that the company is looking to spur the development of HTLM5 web sites. Apple -- or at least CEO Steve Jobs -- prefers HTML5 over Flash.

Here's part of the job listing: "Apple’s Worldwide Marketing Communications group is seeking a manager to lead digital innovation with a newly-formed creative technology team. This individual will be responsible for driving web-standard (HTML5) innovation that enhances and redefines the marketing of Apple’s products and services to millions of consumers. Work will also include exploring opportunities with apple.com, email, and mobile/multi-touch experiences on iPhone and iPad. This role requires working closely...

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Sep 29
My AppleTV arrived today

"Fortune" (http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/09/29/apple-tv-has-2-3-week-shipping-de...) is reporting that the Apple TV has a 2-3 week shipping. It's "not clear whether it's high demand or a production hiccup that's causing it," the article adds.

However, I beg to differ. My AppleTV arrived today. Look for a review in the very near future.

-- Dennis Sellers

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Sep 29
Wireless USB 1.1 spec released

The Wireless USB Promoter Group today announced the completion of the Wireless USB 1.1 specification, the technical map for product developers to bring the next generation of Wireless USB products to the market.

Wireless USB 1.1 delivers performance enhancements to Wireless USB technology, as well as added UWB upper band support for frequencies of 6GHz and above, and offers backward compatibility with Wireless USB products currently in use by consumers. Wireless USB is evolving with optimized power efficiency and ease of use, says Jeff Ravencraft, USB-IF president and chairman.

Lower idle power requirements and improved battery life enhance Wireless USB power efficiency, and the new association model offers support for Near Field Communication (NFC) and proximity-based association, making Wireless USB even easier to install and use, he adds. To download the Wireless USB Revision 1.1 specification and adopter agreement, visit...

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Sep 29
Booq releases Boa folio case for the iPad

Booq (http://www.booqbags.com) has releaesd the US$89.95 Boa folio case for the iPad. It features a three-position design for typing, presentations, and desk work.

It can be carried on its own or slide into another backpack, bag, or purse. Booq’s three-position design lets you use the iPad flat across your lap, slightly elevated for comfortable typing, and near vertical for presentations and video viewing. The interior features a large document pocket and a molded bumper to protect the iPad and hold it securely in place.

The exterior comes equipped with an iPhone specific pocket located on the front flap. When the iPad is not in use, Boa folio features a closing strap to guard against unwanted opens and for screen protection during accidental drops. It's sewn from genuine Nappa leather and booq Twylon. iPad users can go with a 1680D ballistic nylon version of the Boa folio with the same...

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Sep 29
Pearson and Virginia launch iPad social studies curriculum

Pearson and the Commonwealth of Virginia has launched what they describe as the nation's first-ever complete social studies curriculum (http://www.pearsonschool.com/index.cfm?locator=PSZy64) for the iPad. Pearson has developed four new iPad Apps plus digital curriculum aligned to the Virginia editions of Pearson's U.S. History and World History programs for seventh and ninth graders. The new iPad program will be piloted in several schools for 12 weeks beginning November 1 as part of Virginia's Beyond Textbooks initiative.

"In exploring the instructional potential of digital content, it makes sense to partner with Pearson, whose technologies and traditional textbooks are widely used in Virginia schools," Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia I. Wright says. "The experiences of students and teachers with the applications and digital history...

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Sep 29
Time Warner boss warns against deals with Apple, Amazon

Time Warner boss Jeff Bewkes told British media execs at the Royal Television Conference in London that television is entering a second golden age of creativity and reward but warned against the danger of low-cost digital giveaways. Specifically, he cautioned against deals with the likes of Apple and Amazon "that undersold the value of blue-chip TV fare," reports "The Hollywood Reporter" (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3i677c428c4dc1...).

"How can you justify renting your first-run TV shows individually for 99 cents an episode and thereby jeopardize the sale of the same shows as a series to branded networks that pay hundreds of millions of dollars and make those shows available to loyal viewers for free?" he said. "These new entrants must meet...

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