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Mar 02
Turbo NAS series now compatible with Hitachi, Seagate 3TB SATA...

QNAP Systems (http://www.qnap.com) says Hitachi (Deskstar7K3000 HDS723030ALA640) and Seagate (Barracuda XT ST33000651AS) 3TB hard drives are now fully supported by the entire lineup of Intel-based and ARM-based Turbo NAS series.

QNAP users can now update the system firmware of Turbo NAS to version 3.4.0 or later version and use these high capacity hard drives to enjoy 24TB storage (8-bay desktop or rack-mounted models) for backup and storage of documents, multimedia files, and more. For more information about the hard disk compatibility list of QNAP Turbo NAS, go to http://www.qnap.com/pro_compatibility.asp .

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Mar 02
Forsythe joins Enterprise Desktop Alliance

Forsythe (http://www.forsythe.com) is the first Apple Authorized System Integrator to join the Enterprise Desktop Alliance (http://enterprisedesktopalliance.com/).

Forstyhe is a provider of IT solutions and support services to Fortune 1000 organizations. The Enterprise Desktop Alliance represents member companies committed to making it easy to deploy, integrate and manage Macs in a Windows environment.

"Forsythe experts have an impact on the strategy, design and implementation of IT from the desktop to line of business applications," says T. Reid Lewis, president of the Enterprise Desktop Alliance and president of Group Logic. "We look forward to collaborating with Forsythe to solve Mac integration challenges for customers."

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Mar 02
EarthDesk turns 9, on sale at 60% discount

Xeric Design is celebrating the ninth birthday of its flagship product, EarthDesk, with a special offer for a single-user license at a 60% discount (normally $39.95).

EarthDesk replaces your static desktop with an image of the Earth showing current sun, moon and city illumination, as well as real-time global cloud coverage, allowing you to track hurricanes and other weather systems. This offer is available on the Xeric Design website (http://www.xericdesign.com/earthdesk.php), as well as from the Mac App Store. This discoount is valid through March.

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Mar 02
Class on Demand offers Avid Studio training

Class on Demand has announced "Complete Training for Avid Studio." Available in both DVD-ROM and streaming video delivery format through the Class on Demand Online Learning Platform, "Complete Training for Avid Studio" offers instruction on the consumer video editing software.

The new instructional course is hosted by Class on Demand founder and Avid Studio expert, Paul Holtz. For a sampling of Class on Demand's "Complete Training for Avid Studio," go to http://www.classondemand.net/media/avid-training/avidstudio.aspx . The new Class on Demand training for Avid Studio is priced at US$49.99 USD and is available to purchase as a DVD or digital download from Class on Demand (http://www.classondemand.com).

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Mar 01
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for March 1

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

Orb Factory and EverAge Apps have announced Sticky Mosaics Butterflies 1.0 for the iPad. The US$2.99 app contains a set of four templates that your child can decorate with a collection of sparkling jewels. The more jewels you add, the more your butterfly will sparkle. When you complete each butterfly, the butterfly will "come to life and fly."

Internet Design Zone has released Cute Alphabets 1.0, an educational app for iPhone and iPod touch devices. The $0.99 app is designed to help parents begin the early education process of their child with the very basics of ABC alphabets.

Sigma Game has launched Dungeons & Coin 1.2.5 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This free arcade game charges players with gathering up as many coins as they can by...

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Mar 01
Apple defends 'App Store' moniker; blasts Windows...

Apple is defending its use of the phrase "App Store" in a new filing, saying that that Microsoft has failed to prove that the term should be left open for use by competing mobile application marketplaces, reports "TechFlash" (http://macte.ch/wfEJT).

In January Microsoft asked the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to deny Apple a trademark on the name "App Store," saying the term is generic and competitors should be able to use it. Apple applied for the trademark in 2008 for goods and services including "retail store services featuring computer software provided via the internet and other computer and electronic communication networks" and other related offerings, the article adds. Apple launched its App Store for the iPhone that year.

In January, Microsoft filed a motion for summary judgment with the agency's Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, asking it to deny the trademark to Apple, reports "Infoworld...

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Mar 01
Verizon exec hints at new iPhone, usage-based pricing

Verizon Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo hinted at a new Verizon iPhone and usage-based pricing during a webcast of an investor conference -- as reported by "Reuters" (http://macte.ch/eCTJV).

He didn't talk about a release date for a new iPhone. However, Apple has normally updated its smartphone in the summer. That's when the iPhone 5 is expected -- and that would match Verizon Wireless' timeline on its new data plans.

Verizon Wireless allows unlimited Web surfing for US$30 a month for users of its version of the iPhone. But this is expected to change in the coming months, according to "Reuters."

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Mar 01
OWC announces hard drive upgrades for new MacBook Pros

Other World Computing (http://www.macsales.com) has announced higher capacity, higher speed hard drives and Solid State Drives (SSDs) “Do it Yourself” kits for the new MacBook Pro 13-inch, 15-inch and 17-inch models announced by Apple last week. 

The upgrade kits provide all the needed tools, including a bus-powered external enclosure, for the installation, data transfer, and ongoing use of the original drive for additional external storage and/or data backup. The OWC 1TB Hard Drive Kit features 33% more storage capacity than the largest 750GB drive factory option and is priced at US$122.99.
 
The OWC 750GB 7200RPM Hard Drive Kit offers 50% more storage capacity than the largest 500GB 7200RPM drive factory option. It's priced at $124.99 (compared to up to $150 for the factory 750GB 5400RPM upgrade option).
 
The OWC Mercury Extreme Pro Solid State Drive (SSD) Kits cost from $114....

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Mar 01
Tablet sales could double this year; iPad still most desired

A recent survey of 1,500 consumers indicates sales of tablets such as the iPad could more than double in 2011. Of those who completed the survey, 10% currently own a tablet and 17% plan to buy a tablet this year.

The survey, conducted by Zoomerang, using its online survey tool, provides insight into the factors impacting consumer purchasing decisions for tablets. The top three factors valued most by consumers include price, connectivity capabilities (i.e. 3G, 4G, WiFi) and the tablet's operating system with 56%, 46% and 44%, respectively. Demonstrating its popularity among consumers and market presence, 80% of those who purchased a tablet in 2010 chose the iPad by Apple.

"If consumers buy additional tablet computers as predicted by this Zoomerang study, tablet market penetration will surpass 25% in the next year," says Alex Terry, general manager of Zoomerang. "But while Apple was the clear tablet winner of 2010, this next, larger wave of purchasers is still...

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Mar 01
Former Apple CEO joins InterDigital’s board of directors

InterDigital (http://www.interdigital.com) -- which develops fundamental wireless technologies -- has announced the election of Dr. Gilbert F. Amelio to its board of directors, effective immediately. Amelio was CEO of Apple from February 2006 to September 2007.

Amelio joined InterDigital’s Technical Advisory Council in early 2010, a position he will relinquish to assume his role on the company’s board of directors. His career spans decades of executive leadership roles in technology companies including National Semiconductor and Rockwell International.

A senior partner at Sienna Ventures, a privately-held venture capital firm, Amelio has been involved in the leadership or funding of a broad range of technology ventures, including Acquicor Management and Jazz Technologies. He also serves on the boards of directors of AT&T and Pro-Pharmaceuticals.

-- Dennis Sellers

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Mar 01
NetMarketShare: Safari gains market share; Mac OS X, iOS dip

Mac, Safari and iOS market share for Internet usage rose from December to January,, according to the latest market share survey from NetMarketShare (http://www.netmarketshare.com).

According to the report, among operating systems, Mac OS X had 5.19% of the global market share in February compared to 5.25% in January (that's global market share; in the US it's almost 10%). Windows remains dominant with 89.69% as of February. That's down from 89.70% in January. Apple's highest percentage previously was 5.27% in October 2009.

When it comes to browsers, Safari had 6.36% in February compared to 6.60% in January, while Internet Explorer had 56.77% Firefox had 21.74% and Chrome had 10.93%. That compares to, respectively, January percentages of 56T, 22.75% and 10.70% for the browsers.

The iOS's market share also rose, according to NetMarketShare. It had 1.81% of the global market share...

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Mar 01
Former Apple procurement manager pleads guilty to wire fraud

Paul Devine, a former Apple procurement manager, has pleaded guilty to to wire fraud and other charges in a multimillion-dollar kickback scheme.

"The Financial Times" (http://macte.ch/A5hFN) reports that Devine entered a plea agreement on Monday in federal court in San Jose, California, accepting responsibility for one count each of wire fraud, conspiracy and money laundering, prosecutors said. The ultimate loss to Apple was more than $2.4 million, according to the agreement, and Mr Devine agreed to forfeit $2.25 million in proceeds from his actions. He has been free on bail and is scheduled to be sentenced in June, says "The Times."

Devine was accused of trading confidential Apple information in return for more than $1 million in payments, bribes and kickbacks. He purportedly had over $150,000 stored in shoe boxes in his house. Devine had a further $20,000 worth of foreign currency in his possession....

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Mar 01
Steve Jobs was reportedly up for knighthood

Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown blocked knighthood for Apple CEO Steve Jobs in 2009 because he turned down an invitation to speak at the Labour Party conference, reports "The Telegraph" (http://macte.ch/RDWKu), quoting a former senior Labour MP [Member of Parliament].

Jobs was put forward for the honor by the Prime Minster for services to technology, the article says. “Apple has been the only major global company to create stunning consumer products because it has always taken design as the key component of everything it has produced," Brown, who left Parliament at the last election," the MP said. "No other CEO has consistently shown such a commitment.”

The former MP was told by Downing Street that the decision was related to a failed attempt to attract Jobs to Labour’s annual conference. Such an appearance would have been viewed as a coup for Brown, according to "The Telegraph." However, a...

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Mar 01
'Financial Times' owner may look elsewhere than Apple...

"Financial Times" owner Pearson says it may remove its business from the Apple App Store if the company continues to refuse to give up customer information.

Recently, Apple announced a new subscription service for magazines, newspapers and music bought through its app store, but offered tough terms including keeping 30% of subscription revenues and retaining control of customer information. Pearson CEO Majorie Scardino told "The Guardian" (http://macte.ch/4YDaS) that there was enough competition to the Apple App Store that his company wouldn't have to capitulate to Apple's terms.

"The important thing to remember is there are many, many tablets coming out and multiple devices ... [from] Kindle to mobiles," he says. "If indeed Apple are not happy to give us customer data then maybe we will get it somewhere else."

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Mar 01
Freedom is new universal iPad mount

MountMe (http://www.mount-me.com) has unveiled the US$49.99 Freedom, an all-in-one carrying and mounting device for the iPad. It's a protective case that can transform into an adaptable mounting device.

With Freedom an iPad can be mounted and viewed virtually anywhere. including on car seats, head rests, airplane seats, walls, mirrors, windows and more. Whether you are at home, in a hotel, outside or on the go, Freedom provides a secure yet flexible and instantly accessible mounting and protective system that allows users to position their iPad where they need it, when they need it, says MountMe founder Brien Spina, It’s also great for use in a workplace such as a doctor’s office, lawyer’s office, business office and a classroom, he adds.

Freedom's mobile mounting strap allows you to securely mount your tablet to a headrest, car visor, your leg, and any other object you can wrap a strap around....

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Mar 01
Tyfone, Dexim bring NFC contactless payments to the iPhone

Tyfone (http://www.tyfone.com), a mobile financial services solutions provider, has announced the Tyfone iPhone sleeve, powered by Dexim (http://www.dexim.net). The Tyfone iPhone sleeve uses Tyfone’s SideTap MicroSD technology to allow existing iPhone users worldwide to make mobile contactless payments directly from their phones.

The Tyfone iPhone sleeve and the company’s patented SideTap technology transform the iPhone into a true electronic wallet, says Carol Grunberg, vice president of marketing at Tyfone. This Dexim-powered sleeve, which also provides protection for the iPhone, has a slot to house the Tyfone SideTap MicroSD card, a secure memory card integrated with contactless payments technology.

This sleeve also has built-in circuitry interfacing the 30-pin iPhone connector to a memory card slot enabling iPhone apps to communicate...

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Mar 01
Semento is new web-based server monitoring service

CodingMammoth (http://www.codingmammoth.com) has announced Semonto, their web-based server monitoring service that immediately notifies the user should any of their servers go off-line or display anomalous behavior. Notifications may be received via email, SMS, Twitter, Apple push notifications, etc.

In addition, by registering for a Semonto account users may access free iOS and Mac OS X apps to check their server's current status, review their server's statistics, view test results, and perform advanced diagnostics. Semonto also provides free reports including tables and graphs to display server performance over time.

Configured as Software as a Service (SAAS), the Semonto monitoring system requires neither any software be installed on the user's server, nor any programs be running in the background that could affect server operation. Semonto has multiple test servers at various...

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Mar 01
Stellar launches Drive Defrag, Drive Clone with dedicated...

Stellar Information Systems (http://www.stellardefragdrive.com) has launched two new products, Stellar Drive Defrag and Stellar Drive Clone. The former helps you defrag the Mac hard drive/volumes and optimize the free spaces to make your system faster. The latter is a tool that creates clone of your Mac hard drive, logical volume and even the boot volume.

Stellar Drive Defrag defrags the metadata files in a Mac volume, clubs together the scattered free spaces in a volume and performs complete defragmentation on an entire volume by dragging the files into a single contiguous memory location. What's more, the software creates a bootable DVD, which can be used to defrag the boot volume and also to start your non-booting Mac system.

Stellar Drive Clone creates an exact replica of the Mac hard drive and logical volumes. The software can also create image of any volume or the entire...

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Mar 01
PhotoPresenter 4.1 available at the Mac App Store

Boinx Software (http://www.boinx.com) has released PhotoPresenter 4.1, an update to the quick presentation tool for digital photographers. It requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher and costs US$9.99.

PhotoPresenter is a theme-based photo viewer for creating animated slideshows with photos, movies and music. Version 4.1 integrates with Facebook for complete access to photo albums, as well as Facebook friends' shared albums. Facebook albums instantly appear in the PhotoPresenter interface for easy access and quick compilation of photo slideshows.

PhotoPresenter 4 is built around 37 themes. Among them are Origami, as seen on the iPad. It letsyou create animated slideshows with effects instantly. Every theme offers a variety of settings to configure it to your needs. PhotoPresenter 4 remembers the theme you selected for each album, so you can keep various different presentations on hand.

PhotoPresenter 4...

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Mar 01
Raskin pops up in the Mac App Store

Raskin Software (http://raskinformac.com/) is offering its self-titled Raskin application – a zoomable single surface Finder alternative for the Mac -- in the Mac App Store. It's on sale for 60% off its normal US$49.95 price for a limited time.

Raskin 1.2.2 added a Services contextual menu giving access to all file and folder-related Services provided by Mac OS X, as well as custom Services installed or created by the user. This can be an Automator Action to rotate or scale the currently viewed picture directly on the Raskin Surface or a file renaming action.

Raskin requires Mac OS X 10.6.3 or higher. A 30-day demo is available for download at the Raskin Software web site (http://www.raskininformac.com).

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Mar 01
iOS developer training scheduled for May, June

About Objects has announced additional dates for public classes on iPhone and iPad development in May and June.

The courses cover ANSI C, Objective-C, and iOS SDK programming, and will be held at the company's Reston, Virginia,  headquarters, as well as near the Apple campus in Cupertino, California. The company helps instructors and students stay in touch through an invitation-only social networking site, providing updated lab exercises and examples after the training has ended.

Pricing begins from US$1,395 for the 2-day Objective-C for Beginners class, to $2,895 for the 5-day Introduction to iPhone and iPad Development. Students who wish to attend both "Objective-C for Beginners" and "Introduction to iPhone and iPad Development," or who wish to attend all three classes can sign up for a bundled offering at a substantial discount. Early registration discounts are also available. For more info, including dates and times, go to the About Objects web site (...

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Mar 01
Comm-Unity releases MMQuery 1.2 FileMaker Pro plug-in

Comm-Unity Networking Systems has released a maintenance update of MMQuery, bringing it to version 1.2. This update contains a completely rewritten core.

MMQuery lets you work with your FileMaker Pro data through the calculation engine. It allows you to perform SQL queries on your own database or use the many helper functions in the plug-in to do the same types of queries without actually having to know SQL.  

MMQuery is available immediately at http://mmquery.cnsplug-ins.com/ for both Mac OS X and Windows. It costs US$35 for a single-user license, though version 1.2 is a free upgrade for registered users. A demo is available for download.

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Mar 01
Wondershare Video Converter available on the Mac App Store

Wondershare Software's Wondershare Video Converter for Mac (http://www.wondershare.com/pro/mac-video-converter.html) is now available at the Mac App Store. Normally priced at US$38.99, it's available for $8.99 through March 6.

Wondershare Video Converter provides Mac users with a solution to convert videos into various video/audio formats for importing to sorts of mobile players, applications and websites, such as the latest iPhone 4, iPad, iPod, iTunes, iMovie, YouTube, etc. Users can convert not only SD videos, but also HD videos with editing and real-time preview functions.

Wondershare Video Converter also extracts and converts audio track from your video files to WAV, MKA, OGG, 3GP, Mp3, M4A, and more. It supports scamera/camcorder high definition and standard definition video format and supports simple video editing (trim, crop,...

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Mar 01
Tension Software announces Product Manager 1.5.3

Tension Software (http://www.pomola.com) has announced Product Manager 1.5.3, an update of the US$30 Mac OS X application to manage company products from different standpoints. It's a maintenance release with various bug fixes.

Product Manager is document-based and can manage an unlimited number of documents, each with an unlimited number of products, subdivided in families. The application is customizable with the labels the user needs to better describe the specific products category used.

Product Manager requires Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard or later. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.

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Feb 28
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for Feb. 28

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

NSC Partners has announced Clean Energy Hawaii STEM for the iPad (US$4.99). Developed in partnership with the MEDB Women in Technology Project, Clean Energy it was designed specifically to support ienergy science education worldwide -- to be used by teachers, parents and students in class or at home to augment a science, technology, engineering and mathematics curriculum. Hawaii is used as a portal because of its ambitious goal of 70% Clean Energy by 2030.

U.S. Army Accessions Command has launched a free iPhone application and a mobile website (m.armystrongstories.com) as part of its Army Strong Stories blogging and storytelling platform. Both offer portable access to site content, while also enabling users to share their own Army Strong story, post...

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