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Sep 22
Nokia releases Qt 4.7

Nokia today released Qt 4.7, the latest version of the cross-platform application and UI (user interface) framework. It's available for download now for all of Qt¹s supported platforms, with upgrades for Nokia and customer solutions expected over the coming months.

A key feature of Qt 4.7 is QML (Qt Meta-Object-Language), a declarative language that describes the interface of a program and how it behaves. The new version also includes performance improvements that make applications and user interfaces run faster and smoother.

An updated Qt SDK is now available for download. It contains Qt 4.7, Qt Creator 2.0.1 and everything developers need to create applications and to re-use the code across the Qt supported platforms. It can be downloaded at http://get.qt.nokia.com .

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Sep 22
EastWest announces Hollywood Strings Gold Edition

EastWest has followed up their Hollywood Strings Diamond Edition virtual instrument with the US$795 Hollywood Strings Gold Edition (http://www.soundsonline.com/hollywood-strings). Designed for film, television, and video game scoring, it provides all of the sounds from the Diamond Edition in 16-bit resolution and includes a single, mid-tree mic position, all articulations with the exception of bow-change legato, and does not include Divisi mics.

The Gold Edition ships on multiple DVDs. It was designed to run on most music creation computer systems, and the system specifications are consistent with most other EastWest/Quantum Leap products.

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Sep 22
PandaWare updates TimeCache, TimeCache Manager

The PandaWare Company (http://www.pandaware.com) has updated TimeCache -- its time and expense billing app for Mac OS X 10.3.9 and higher -- to version 8.0.10. The update offers improvements to reports, invoices and analysis charts, and several bug fixes.

In addition, it provides support for several new features in TimeCache Manager, a companion application for workgroups that allows managers to consolidate billing information.

TimeCache offers support for timed or manual entries, retainer billing, customizable invoices and reports, printing options, and flexible data entry options. It also offers tracking of all a user's computer activity, the ability to save fine-grained details with time and expense entries, can use Apple Address Book entries for client contact information, can produce charts of billable time and expenses, and can import from and export to iCal calendars.

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Sep 21
Adobe reports record revenue

Adobe (http://www.adobe.com) has reported strong financial results for its third quarter fiscal year 2010 that ended Sept. 3.

In the third quarter of fiscal 2010, Adobe achieved record revenue of US$990.3 million, compared to $697.5 million reported for the third quarter of fiscal 2009 and $943.0 million reported in the second quarter of fiscal 2010. This represents 42% year-over-year revenue growth. Adobe’s third quarter revenue target range was $950 million to $1 billion.

Adobe’s GAAP [Generally Accepted Accounting Principles] diluted earnings per share for the third quarter of fiscal 2010 were $0.44, based on 523.2 million weighted average shares. This compares with GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.26 reported in the third quarter of fiscal 2009 based on 531.8 million weighted average shares, and GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.28 reported in the second quarter of fiscal 2010 based on 533.3...

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Sep 21
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Sept. 21

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/).

Sulaba has announced Memory Puzzle 1.0, an US$2.99 game for the iPad. It allows you to play three different types of 'Memory Puzzle' games in one application, including Numbers, Colors and Picture Puzzle. Players can also challenge friends by adding multiple users and post their scores on FaceBook or Twitter.

Duck Duck Moose has released Park Math 1.0 for the iPhone and iPod touch. The $1.99 app introduces early math concepts to children in pre-school and kindergarten. With seven educational activities, Park Math teaches counting, addition, subtraction, sorting and more as children play with Blue Bear and his friends in a park.

The Bicycle Association of Great Britain has rolled out Bike Hub Cycle Journey planner 1.0, its first iPhone app...

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Sep 21
Apple sues Sanho Corp. for patent infringement

Apple is suing Sanho Corp. for patent infringement. The lawsuit was filed in the California North District Court in San Jose. Among the products named in the suit are Sanho's magnetic power connectors, as well as a MacBook car charger.

Sanho (http://www.hypershop.com) is the company behind the HyperMac line of external batteries for the MacBook, iPod, iPad and iPhone and the HyperDrive portable photo storage device. The company was founded in 2002.

According to "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com), Sanho's products use recycled official MagSafe products made by Apple. Apple's lawsuit also singles out charging and data cables that rely on the 30-pin dock connector compatible with the iPod, iPhone and iPad ecosystem of devices, the article says.

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Sep 21
Apple pulls in 39% of handset industry's profits

Michael Walkley of the Canaccord Genuity group says Apple 17 million mobile handsets in the first half of 2010, compared with 400 million handsets sold by Nokia, Samsung and LG.

Yet he told clients -- as reported by "Fortune" (http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/09/21/pie-chart-apples-outrageous-share...) -- Apple pulled in 39% of the industry's profit during that period, more than the 32% earned by the world's three largest handset makers combined.

"We are also impressed with Apple's ability to monetize its innovative products through selling high-margin consumer products that drive strong earnings results and growth trends for Apple shareholders," Walkley said. "A case in point is the mobile phone market, where most handset OEMs struggle...

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Sep 21
LaCie announces new IPS display

LaCie (http://www.lacie.com) has announced the latest addition to its line of professional displays: the 24-inch LaCie 324i, featuring a 10-bit P-IPS LCD panel. It's designed for prepress, illustration, web design, and photographic workflows.

The LaCie 324i color is rated at 102% NTSC and 98% AdobeRGB. With wide gamuts that are not disturbed by irregular patterns, digital artists can rely on true colors that maintain the integrity of their work, says Ahcene Tirane, Lacie product manager for displays.

Its 178° viewing angle provides the same visual experience and quality from numerous axes, without distorting the picture or losing color, he adds. The monitor boasts an anti-glare panel and 1920 x 1200 resolution. If landscape isn't he desired display mode, you can pivot the LaCie 324i 90 degrees to portrait mode. The multifunction stand glides when raising, lowering, swiveling, tilting, or pivoting the...

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Sep 21
Last.fm comes to AppleTV

Version 4.2 of aTV Flash (http://firecore.com/atvflash) -- an US$49.95 USB flash drive that inserts into the Apple TV and will upgrade it to do various kinds of new things -- has been released. 

This version -- a free update to registered users of version 4.0 -- brings a certified Last.fm app to the Apple TV. It allows you to experience your favorite music and includes support for streaming Last.fm radio, artist bios, artist artwork and scrobbling recent plays back to Last.fm.

As always, aTV Flash includes support for additional media formats that are not typically supported by the AppleTV. These formats included DivX, Xvid, AVI, WMV, VIDEO TS (DVD files) and many more. Additionally it adds a fully integrated WebKit based web browser, and the ability to expand the storage capacity through the use of an external USB hard drive.

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Sep 21
Go to MacTech Conference, get your Apple authorized training...

Immediately following the Conference for IT Pros and Mac developers, Apple Authorized Training Center v.2 Consulting is offering a study hour and exam session on Nov. 5, 12:30 am to 4 pm on site at the conference.

Having an Apple Certification is the best way to prove to your clients or employer that you possess the knowledge and know-how to be considered a "guru" in your Mac-related field of expertise.
You can take any Apple Certification Exam that is currently available at the time of testing.
v.2 Consulting will have an Apple Certified Trainer on site during the study hour to assist with Mac OS X Support Essentials and Server Essentials related questions.

If you register for MacTech Conference using this special form (https://forms.mactech.com/fillsurvey.php?sid=205) you get your certification exam paid for as part of the conference. ...

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Sep 21
'MacNotables' looks at the changes in TV show viewing

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.

Jim Dalrymple of "The Loop" is starting to come around to Apple's way of thinking when it comes to TV show watching, and shares his perspective on the rent vs. buy model, his rapidly dispersing concerns over streaming vs. hard drive-stored media, and what it all means to the consumer.

In the dispute over Flash-based development tools for the iOS, did Apple fold, or make a sound business decision? Dalrymple has some thoughts on that, as well as Yahoo's disingenuous position on Apple's iAd platform.

"MacNotables" panelists include Christopher Breen, Bryan Chaffin, Jim Dalrymple, Adam Engst, Tonya Engst, Andy Ihnatko, Joiner, Ted Landau, Jason Snell, Bob...

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Sep 21
CalDigit VR mini now holds up to 2TB

A little over a year ago, CalDigit (http://www.caldigit.com) introduced the CalDigit VR min, a compact and bus-powered , two-drive RAID system with a quadruple interface.  The CalDigit VR mini is hasn’t gotten any bigger, but it can hold twice as much data and even outperforms the previous generation.

The CalDigit VR mini now supports RAID levels 0, 1 and JBOD, supporting speeds fast enough for high definition video editing, according to the folks at CalDigit. Using eSATA, the CalDigit VR mini can reach speeds of over190MB/s.  

It's only two inches tall and five inches long -- small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. The 1TB and new 2TB CalDigit VR mini cost US$499 and $599, respectively.

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Sep 21
Macs continue to lead in computer customer satisfaction

ustomer satisfaction with personal computers surged 4.0% to match the industry’s all-time high of 78 in the latest American Customer Satisfaction Index. And Mac users were the most satisfied of all.

Nearly all brands showed increases in satisfaction and no manufacturer declined. Lower prices, better service, and an emphasis on new, smaller systems and a variety of portable computers helped drive the improvement. However, Apple continued its dominance, leading the computer category by a wide margin for the seventh straight year.

Customer satisfaction with Apple’s computer products, including the iPad, rose 2% to an ACSI of 86 -- the highest score ever for Apple. The company now has a 9-point lead over its nearest competitor. No other company in the ACSI has as formidable a lead within its own industry.

Innovation and product diversification, along with strong customer service, have long been at the center of Apple’s success. At times, demand for Apple...

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Sep 21
Germany: Apple, others must come up with data protection...

Germany's government has told Apple, Google and other providers of online map services to come up with their own guidelines on data protection by Dec. 7 or face new regulations on the market, reports "Total Telecom" (http://www.totaltele.com/view.aspx?C=3&ID=458750).



Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said after a meeting between German officials and Internet executives that they had one last chance to adopt voluntary measures or Berlin would draw up legislation to protect consumers. Representatives of the companies involved didn't attend the news conference.



The announcement came at the end of five hours of talks between de Maiziere, the federal justice and consumer protection ministers, data protection authorities and managers from firms specializing in online navigation services, according to "Total Telecom."

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Sep 21
Apple shares hit all time high

Apple shares rose to a 52-week high of US$283.78 on Monday. That was an all-time high during yesterday's trading, before Apple closed at $283.23.

As noted by "BusinessWeek" (http://macosg.me/2/vc), Apple's share price has been climbing steadily since the stock market lows of March 2009. Despite the fall in consumer spending during the recession, Apple has continued to sell more Macs, iPods and iPhones.

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Sep 21
'MacVoices' looks at data recovery

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com), Gordon Bell talks about another level of data recovery, this time at The Data Rescue Center, another aspect of the
Prosoft Engineering empire.

Unlike the kinds of repairs and recoveries you can do at home with their software products, The Data Rescue Center is for those times when the hardware issues or damage is physical. Bell explains how and why they took data recovery to the next level, building clean rooms, hiring expert data recovery technicians and even introducing access to their services.

"MacVoices" is an Internet show and podcast that delivers in-depth discussions with the most influential people in the Mac industry, as well as "the individuals who are out there making it happen on the front lines of the global Apple community," according to host Chuck Joiner.

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Sep 21
Toshiba rolls out Canvio Basics portable hard drives

Toshiba (http://www.toshibastorage.com) has unveiled the newest addition to its Canvio line of portable hard drive solutions: the Canvio Basics portable hard drive family. It's available in 320GB, 500GB, or 750GB models with prices at US$79.99, $99.99 and $119.99, respectively.

The Canvio Basics sports a glossy black finish and soft, rounded edges. It has an internal shock sensor, ramp loading tchnology, and a three year limited warranty.

The Canvio Basics pocket-sized form factor not only makes it easy to carry, but also conforms to Toshiba’s environmental efforts to reduce the quantity of materials used in production, according to Manuel Camarena, product manager for consumer storage at Toshiba Storage Device Division. In addition, the Canvio Basics’ packaging is made from 100% recyclable materials.

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Sep 21
Currency Assistant for Mac OS X rings up version 3.1.3

MaBaSoft has released version 3.1.2 of Currency Assistant for Mac OS X. In the new version of the conversion calculator (http://www.mabasoft.net/products/currencyAssistant.htm), you can now automatically look for rates on the other web sites if they're temporarily unavailable on your favorite source. 

To automatically look for rates on the other web sites, select the "Try other sources if the rate isn't available on favorite web site" checkbox in the Rates Update pane of the Preferences window. The maximum precision of exchange rates has been increased in Currency Assistant. Rates can now have up to 12 significant digits. Also, rates updated from the IMF web site now have the same precision as the published rates.

Currency Assistant lets you convert between 174 world currencies (all major circulating currencies plus the 16 Eurozone legacy...

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Sep 21
TinkerTool tweaked for Snow Leopard, iTunes 10

TinkerTool 4.2, a new version of the utility for accessing hidden preference settings in Mac OS X, is now available. The update adds a preference to make Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard") and iTunes 10 use the standard window title bar layout and horizontally aligned window buttons.

TinkerTool is an application that gives you access to additional preference settings Apple has built into Mac OS X. This allows to activate hidden features in the operating system and in some of the applications delivered with the system.

TinkerTool is available for free and can be downloaded here (http://www.bresink.com/osx/TinkerTool.html). TinkerTool is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher.

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Sep 21
Playrix launches Fishdom: Spooky Splash for Mac

Playrix Entertainment has launched Fishdom: Spooky Splash for Mac OS 10.4 and higher (http://www.playrix.com/games/mac/fishdom-spooky-splash.html). It costs US$19.95; a demo is available for download.

Here's how the game is described: "Fishdom: Spooky Splash challenges players to complete tile-swapping levels and earn cash to create a Halloween-themed spooky aquarium of their own design. Players need to build up their spooky aquarium and create the eerie atmosphere of an underwater haunted house with witches, vampires and ghosts in it. While completing match-3 levels, they earn cash to buy exotic tropical fish and Halloween-themed ornaments."

Features in Fishdom: Spooky Splash include: almost 100 themed fishies and accessories; an unlimited number of tanks to create and design; and a bonus screensaver.

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Sep 21
Panasonic releases LUMIX GH2 digital camera

Panasonic (http://www.panasonic.com) has announced the LUMIX DMC-GH2, a hybrid touch-control camera featuring full High Definition (HD) video recording and compatibility with an interchangeable 3D lens.

Compatible with the Micro Four Thirds System standard, the LUMIX GH2 is newly designed with an easy-to-hold grip and includes a refined image processing engine and sensor, full HD video recording, and the ability to take 3D photos with Panasonic's new interchangeable 3D lens.

A dedicated button on the top of the camera lets users record videos while shooting photos (up to 14 megapixels) without changing any extra settings. The LUMIX GH2 can now record full HD 1920 x 1080 videos in 60i, doubling the sensor output from 25p/24p to 50p/60p. The camera also supports 1080/24p native mode at 24 Mbps, the highest in AVCHD format.

The LUMIX GH2 will be available in black and silver models in early...

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Sep 21
Chinon releases iPod docking station with TV tuner

Chinon USA (http://www.chinonusa.com) has introduced the US$199 AVi portable iPod docking/charging station complete with a seven-inch TFT LCD monitor, ATSC digital TV tuner, and audio.

Dock an iPod into its top, and the AVi expands iTunes movies, music videos, and TV shows on its widescreen (16:9) LCD screen. Plus, it plays iTunes music and standard MP3 music files on its 2.5W dual speakers. Need video streaming off the Internet? Plug in an iPod touch with Wi-Fi to watch YouTube, Hulu or full-length Netflix movies.

In addition, users can showcase their iPod-stored digital photos on the LCD, turning the AVi into a digital photo frame. The AVi simultaneously plays and charges the iPod so you don't have to worry about running down the battery.

With the Chinon AVi, you can also watch your favorite TV programs anywhere, any time, in your backyard or on the go. Inside the AVi box users will...

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Sep 21
iHome releases iP3 for the iPhone, iPod

iHome has introduced the US$199 iP3 Speaker System for iPod/iPhone (http://www.ihomeaudio.com/iP3).The newest addition to the Studio Series collection, the iP3 sports Bongiovi Acoustics’ Digital Power Station (DPS) technology, a minimalist design, and component video output for playback of iPhone/iPod videos on TV.
 
The iP3 Speaker System for iPod/iPhone allows users to dock, charge and play their music and video. It's equipped with a 50-watt, class D amplifier and two 3.5-inch coaxial neodymium speakers.

Bongiovi Acoustics DPS technology was developed by a team of audio engineers and is a chip-based algorithm, custom-tuned to each product.

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Sep 21
Playback Media Server gets new NGINX engine

Yazsoft has introduced Playback Media Server 1.7 (http://www.yazsoft.com/products/playback/information/), an update of their zero configuration media server for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. The upgrade sports a new NGINX engine.

Playback can share media stored in folders or even make entire disks available to a Playstation 3 or Xbox 360. No configuration is required. By default, it will share almost any content on the users system. And Playback automatically integrates with iTunes, iPhoto, and Aperture. Users can share all content from these applications transparently or choose specific playlists and albums.

Those who like to tinker will appreciate Playback's built-in Access Control List (ACL) and bandwidth throttling. The ACL allows users to control which devices have access to their media. Bandwidth throttling limits the transfer rate from...

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Sep 21
moveAddict for Snow Leopard gets faster, lighter

Kapeli has announced moveAddict 2.0 (http://kapeli.com/moveaddict), an update of the Mac OS X app that offers the capability to cut and paste files (with merging folders as a bonus) to the Finder. feature to Mac's Finder. It works with the usual keyboard shortcuts for cut and paste.

With version 2.0, moveAddict has been completely rewritten to make it faster and more lightweight than before. The Finder is now used to move the files, which means that users will see the usual Finder progress indicator dialog while transferring files, as well as be able to undo and stop transfers.

A notification window and Finder file labels provide feedback at every stage. Original data remains untouched until the move gets safely registered by the Finder. What's more, moveAddict doesn't modify the Mac system in any way, it is just a small (5 MB) application.

moveAddict requires Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow...

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