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Feb 24
Thunderbolt technology strikes from Intel

Intel (http://www.intel.com) has announced the availability of Thunderbolt technology, a new high-speed computer connection technology that brings together high-speed data transfer and high-definition (HD) display on to a single cable. And it's already appearing on Macs -- in the revamped MacBook Pro line announced today.

Running at 10Gbps, Thunderbolt technology can transfer a full-length HD movie in less than 30 seconds, according to Mooly Eden, general manager, PC Client Group, Intel. This Intel-developed technology is coming to market through a technical collaboration with Apple.

The vision for Thunderbolt technology (formerly codenamed “Light Peak”) is to move media faster, simplify connections between devices, and foster new and exciting ways to build and use computers, says Eden. Combining high-speed data and HD video connections together onto a single cable is instrumental to achieving that vision...

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Feb 24
MacBook Pro gets new processors, Thunderbolt I/O technology

Apple has updated its MacBook Pro family with next generation processors and graphics, high-speed Thunderbolt I/O technology and a new FaceTime HD camera. Featuring the very latest dual-core and quad-core Intel Core processors, the entire MacBook Pro line is up to twice as fast as the previous generation, according to Apple.
 
“The new MacBook Pro brings next generation dual and quad Core processors, high performance graphics, Thunderbolt technology and FaceTime HD to the great design loved by our pro customers,” says Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “Thunderbolt is a revolutionary new I/O technology that delivers an amazing 10 gigabits per second and can support every important I/O standard which is ideal for the new MacBook Pro.”

Starting at US$1,199 the new 13-inch MacBook Pro features Intel Core i5 and Core i7 dual-core processors up to 2.7GHz and Intel HD Graphics 3000. The 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro models...

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Feb 24
Apple releases developer preview of Mac OS X Lion

Apple has released a developer preview of Mac OS X Lion, which the company takes some of the best ideas from the iPad and brings them back to the Mac for the eighth major release of the Mac OS X.

Lion features Mission Control, a new view of everything running on your Mac; Launchpad, a new home for all your Mac apps; full screen apps that use the entire Mac display; and new Multi-Touch gestures. Lion also includes the Mac App Store. The Lion preview is available to Mac Developer Program members through the Mac App Store today, and the final version of Lion will ship to customers this summer. 

“The iPad has inspired a new generation of innovative features in Lion,” says Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “Developers are going to love Mission Control and Launchpad, and can now start adding great new Lion features like full screen, gestures, Versions and Auto Save to their own apps.”

Mission Control unifies Exposé,...

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Feb 24
LaCie announces Thunderbolt drive

LaCie (http://www.lacie.com) has announced plans for the LaCie Little Big Disk featuring the all-new Thunderbolt technology, developed by Intel and brought to market with collaboration from Apple.

Designed to store large audio and video files, the LaCie Little Big Disk will bring a new level of performance to creative workflows with ultra-fast data transfer, complete system backup in minutes, and faster content editing than ever before, says Philippe Spruch, chairman and general manager, LaCie. Thunderbolt technology delivers bandwidth at 10Gbps and runs two protocols (PCI Express and DisplayPort) simultaneously over a single cable for connectivity to high performance peripherals like the LaCie Little Disk and high-resolution displays.

The LaCie Little Big Disk can deliver multiple streams of HD video and offload hours of content in minutes without compromising bandwidth and performance, says Spruch. With...

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Feb 24
Webb School students to get iPads

Beginning in the fall of 2011, students in fourth grade and higher at The Webb School of Knoxville, a private K-12 school, will be required either buy or lease an iPad for the coming school year, reports "The Journal" (http://macte.ch/nwNZe).

The move has been a long time coming, Jim Manikas, technology director for the 1,050-student school, told "The Journal." But when Apple introduced the iPad, the idea of "one computer per student" took off, he added.

Before announcing the initiative, Manikas said his team gave the school's existing technology infrastructure a good, hard look. What they saw were about 700 computers, a high percentage of which had either passed into obsolescence or come pretty close to reaching it. Replacing those units would cost the school about $550,000 -- an investment that would simply put the IT infrastructure "at a reasonable level without expanding it in any way," Manikas told...

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Feb 24
FaceTime now available on the Mac App Store

Apple's FaceTime video chat app for Mac OS X has left beta testing and is now available at the Mac App Store for US$0.99.

FaceTime was first introduced with the iPhone 4. FaceTime for Mac makes it possible to communicate with anyone on an iPhone 4, iPod touch, or Mac from your Mac. If you use one of the new MacBook Pros you get 720p clarity.

All you need is an Apple ID and an email address and you’re ready to roll. To start a video call with someone, find her entry in the contacts list. FaceTime works with Address Book so you don’t have to enter your contacts from scratch.

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Feb 24
Say goodbye to boxed copies of MobileMe

Apple is telling resellers that it's stopped shipping boxed copies of MobileMe, its US$99-per-year suite of Internet services. Apparently, MobileMe will only be able to be purchased online, through Apple -- though rumors abound that Apple is planning a major overhaul of the service.

Resellers can continue to sell remaining their stock, but once they're gone, they're gone. Of course, the box sets were mostly for retail promotion, containing only an activation code.

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Feb 24
Apple shareholders back CalPERS on board member election...

CalPERS wins 'high profileThe California Public Employees' Retirement System has won a "high-profile" victory in its effort to pressure Apple to reform the way the tech giant's board members are elected, reports the "Sacramento Bee" (http://macte.ch/AHbQC). At Apple's annual shareholders meeting in Cupertino, California, on Wednesday, shareholders approved a CalPERS proposal to adopt a majority vote requirement for board elections.

The CalPERS proposal is non-binding, but puts pressure on Apple to approve the plan, says the "Bee." Currently, nominees to the Apple board who are unopposed don't need a majority of shareholders' votes to be elected.

A nominee could win election with only one "yes" vote. Shareholders who don't like a particular nominee can "withhold" their vote, but it has no practical effect. For the past year, CalPERS has been pressuring Apple and 57 other companies to adopt a majority-...

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Feb 24
Apple store opens in Mongolia

An official Apple store has, at long last, opened its doors in Mongolia in what is known as the world’s coldest capital: Ulaanbaatar, reports "M.A.D. Corporate Services" (http://macte.ch/8xkfy).

The opening of an Apple shop in Mongolia is "something of a leap of faith within a country of less than three million people that still ranks as one of the poorest in the world," the article adds. However, despite its apparent poverty, "M.A.D." says Mongolia is one of the fastest growing economies in the world, "propelled largely by its enormous mineral reserves and its close proximity to the insatiable Chinese economy."

Until now Apple products have only been available in Mongolia in the form of imports brought by individuals from the US or China. Prices were excessive, often double if not triple the official Apple retail prices.

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Feb 24
Federal workers in Australia could get iPads

Thousands of federal public servants in Australia could soon have their work laptops replaced with iPads, reports "The Sydney Morning Herald" (http://macte.ch/2c0T8).

Senior officers in the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs are trialling more than 40 iPads. The trial is expected to conclude in early March. "The Herald" says the department will then decide whether to roll out "thousands of the tablet computers."

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Feb 24
AutoCrypt for Mac OS X offers batch process encryption of...

AutoCrypt is a new multipurpose encryption tool for Mac OS X (10.5 or later) from Pomola Software (http://www.pomola.com) that, using a document-based application, lets you save in a document all the settings used to create encrypted archives. Using these documents, AutoCrypt can be used for crypto batch processing of files.

Using the blowfish algorithm, all the encrypted files will be unreadable by anyone except who knows the correct password. Documents are at the basis of the way AutoCrypt operates. These documents don't contain encrypted data, but they're used to encrypt the files the user likes to protect .

In case the files to encrypt or to decrypt are updated with frequencies, an AutoCrypt document listing this files provides a one-click method to encrypt them, storing the updated files in a user specified place. The user can launch AutoCrypt as example in the night using the Autorunoption turned...

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Feb 24
Clip-on task lamp comes to Quirky store

This week marks the official release of Mantis -- a socially-developed task lamp and monitor light -- at the Quirky online store (http://macte.ch/ktYsB) for US$29.99. It's a clip-on light that brightens your workspace, with minimal interference to your surroundings.

Mantis is portable and battery operated so you can take it with you and use it to illuminate your keyboard, bookshelf, worktable, or any other low-lit spot. It's designed to function either as a clip-on or free standing.

Mantis comes fully equipped with 11 bright LED's and two light settings. Its replaceable batteries provide 30 hours of light and automatically shut off after two hours of use. The unit itself is nine inches wide, with a removable clip designed to clamp onto any monitor, laptop, or shelf.

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Feb 24
iBiz 4 available at the Mac App Store

IGG Software says iBiz 4.1.3, the latest version of its time-tracking and billing app, is now available at the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later, costs US$39.99 and can be found in the Business category.

iBiz is a solution for the management of billable hours and invoicing. With it you can bill according to hourly rates, one-time fees, quantities, mileage, or any combination. Version 4.1.3 sports an all-new library of invoice templates .

iBiz Professional, IGG's networkable client/server edition of the software with many additional, admin-level features, remains exclusively available from IGG (http://www.iggsoftware.com). iBiz Pro and iBiz 4 are both available as free trial downloads from IGG's website as well.

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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.

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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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