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Mar 02
Aquafadas president talks about the future of digital publishing

Claudia Zimmer is Aquafadas’ president and founded the company with Matthieu Kopp in 2004. Aquafadas started with video editing software and later became Europe’s leading solution provider for the creation and distribution of digital comic books, which can be consumed on video game consoles, computers, smartphones, and now tablets.

Long before tablets hit the market Aquafadas established its foundations for their latest development: An end-to-end publishing solution dedicated to digital publishing on tablets and smartphones. Aquafadas’ solution will be launched on March 17, at the Paris Book Fair and at a worldwide Web event.

In this interview Claudia Zimmer speaks about the importance of digital publishing across media and industries, the business challenges of digital publishing, and the technical obstacles presented by new tablets and mobile operating systems, and she provides insights on how Aquafadas' approach to digital publishing is different.

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Mar 02
Oddsmakers bet on Apple iPad 2 event

Will Steve Jobs make an appearance today at the Apple announcement? This is just one of the many rumors surrounding the big iPad 2 event, taking place today at 10 a.m. (Pacific).
 
With that in mind, Tony Harvey and his team of oddmakers at Bookmaker.com, an online sportsbook, have laid out the odds on what’s to come for the upcoming tablet. Here are the odds they've determined.
 
There will be three versions of the iPad 2
Yes  -1500  (96%)
No   +500    (17%)
 
A front and back-facing camera
Yes   -1500   (96%)
No   +500   (17%)
 
Slimmer, lighter and retina display
Yes  -5000  (160%)
No   +1000  (9.10%)
 
The iPad 2 will have a flat back
Yes  +100   (49%) 
No    -160   (61.7%)  
 
A wide-range speaker
Yes   -130   (56%) 
No    -130   (56%)
 
The iPad 2 will have a USB port
Yes    +200   (33.3%)
No     -500...

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Mar 02
IMCapture lets you record video, audio calls from FaceTime

IMCapture has introduced IMCapture for FaceTime (http://www.imcapture.com/IMCapture-for-FaceTime/), a new product designed to record and save FaceTime conversations. It costs US49.95 for a single user license.

This Mac call recorder creates a universal platform for your recorded files, enabling you to convert all FaceTime conversations into different video formats. What's more, IMCapture for FaceTime engages an automatic recording feature as an option that enables to launch recording process by default as soon as the conversation has been started.

It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. IMCapture is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.

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Mar 02
DateLine now available on the Mac App Store

MachineCodex Software (http://machinecodex.com/software.php) has released DateLine 1.0 on the Mac App Store. It's a linear desktop calendar that costs US$7.99 and is found in the Productivity category.

With Dateline, you can see your events and tasks in a floating window. You can add a customizable hot key to quickly access the app. Dateline syncs with iCal, BusyCal and other Mac calendaring apps.

It's been localized for English, French, Italian, Japanese, German and Portuguese. Dateline has support for all calendar formats and locales. You can double click on a day to jump to your calendar app.

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Mar 02
FolderGlance 3.0 adds a menu extra, context-sensitive script...

Yellow Lemon Software has updated FolderGlance for Mac OS X (http://www.scsc.no/products/folderglance/) to version 3.0. The new version adds a menu extra for access to files and folders from your menubar, and context-sensitive script support.

FolderGlance is an utility that enables users to browse files and dig into folders directly from the Finder's context menu. With Hover Previews, files can be previewed instantly from the Finder's context menu simply by hovering the cursor over the file of interest.

Files can be opened, moved, copied or opened with a custom application using a custom Open With menu. The custom Open With menu lets users tailor the applications that appear when attempting to open a file with a different application than the default.

Package and bundle contents can be viewed from the context menu. Using Custom Folders, users have access...

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Mar 02
Seagate ships 3TB Barracuda XT drive

Seagate (http://www.seagate.com) has begun shipments of its 3TB Barracuda XT hard drive. It delivers the highest available capacity for home servers and workstations, high-definition video editing and production systems, high-performance computer gaming systems and desktop computers, says Dave Mosley, Seagate executive vice president of sales, marketing and customer service.

Legacy computer BIOS designs and device drivers and older operating systems such as Windows XP are incapable of using hard drive capacities beyond 2.1TB. The upshot is that existing desktop drives with more than 2.1TB of storage capacity must be deployed with additional software or hardware and may also require extra device drivers to overcome this limitation.

The Barracuda XT hard drive combines a 64MB cache that optimizes burst performance in cache-intensive applications such as gaming and nonlinear video editing with Serial...

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Mar 02
Nuclear Nova Software releases ASCII Art through Mac App Store

Nuclear Nova Software (http://www.nuclearnova.com) says its ASCII Art for Mac OS X (10.5 and higher) is now available through the Mac app store. It's on sale for US$9.99 (normally it's $19.99). The software is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.

ASCII Art is a generator that converts digital pictures into text art. You can output art to both black/white text and full color, with the ability to export plain text, HTML, TIFF and RTF files. A user editable character set adjusts the available characters to be used. ASCII Art offers real time previews.

Compatible source images include JPEG, PNG, GIG, BMP, TIFF, TGA, JPEG, TIF and more. Output quality greatly depends on the input file. Often images such as clip art work better than sources such as digital pictures.

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Mar 02
Redpark console cable connects to iOS devices

Redpark Product Development (http://www.redpark.com/shop) is now shipping an US$69 Console Cable that connects the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad to console ports on Cisco routers, switches and firewalls. The Console Cable is a six foot long serial cable with RJ-45 connector, wired per Cisco specifications, and made for the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G, iPod touch (second, third and fourth generation) and iPad.

To use the Console Cable, users must also download the Get Console app from the App Store. It costs $9.99.

The Console Cable, along with the Get Console app, allows field engineers to perform router maintenance, troubleshooting and disaster recovery operations directly on the Cisco console port using their iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. The Get Console App features logging, configuration repository, command and keyboard shortcuts and optional console sharing with remote web users.

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Mar 02
skEdit available at the Mac App Store

Before Dawn Solutions (http://www.beforedawnsolutions.com) has announced skEdit 4.1.4, an update of their text/HTML editor. It's now available at the Mac App Store for US$34.99.
With a focus on web development, skEdit Text/HTML editor includes features to assist in the editing of HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, Perl, Python, ASP, Ruby/Rails, SQL, ActionScript and ColdFusion.

Version 4.1.4 includes some minor bug fixes, and updates the application to use the new support site, registration, and error handling. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher.

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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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