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Nov 29
Analyst: Apple retail stores packed on Black Friday

Ticonderoga analyst Brian White says in a note to clients -- as reported by "Barron's (http://blogs.barrons.com/techtraderdaily/2010/11/29/apple-stores-jammed-...) -- that Apple retail stores in his neighborhood were crowded “well past the the Black Friday sale and into Sunday evening.”

He thinks the buzz was strongest for the iPad discount (US$41 off), and that that product probably outperformed others on Friday. Consumers appear intrigued by the MacBook Air and that unit probably also did very well, White said.

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Nov 29
Kubato Image Tools announces Lensbaby image enhancing tools

Kubota Image Tools -- a provider of photographer-empowering creative imaging tools, workflow-saving solutions and educational offerings for photographers -- says it has created the new Kubota Creative Tools -- The Lensbaby Pak, specially designed to enhance the artistic effects created with  Lensbaby optics.

Kevin Kubota, founder of Kubota PhotoDesign and the Idea Guy behind Kubota Image Tools, created the set of Photoshop image enhancing tools as part of the Lensbaby Kubota Contest.  Winners of the contest, selected by Kubota, were announced previously. The Lensbaby Pak includes 15 brand new Photoshop image enhancement tools Kubota devised to enhance images captured with each of the unique six Lensbaby Optics.
 
The Kubota Lensbaby image enhancement tools are currently available for instant download for US$39 at...

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Nov 29
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Nov. 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/).

All Caps Apps has announced Christmas ELF 1.0, their new electric light finder for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. With the free app, you can let the Christmas ELF guide you on a tour of all the festive holiday lights. Along the journey, vote for your favorites and tag others that you find on your own. Christmas ELF uses GPS to pinpoint the user's current location.

CodeArtists has announced iMagicSanta 1.0, their first title for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. The US$0.99 app lets you collect wishes from your loved ones on your iDevice. All the wishes will be delivered directly to your email inbox.

Viaden Mobile has introduced Christmas Shopping: Save your Money 1.0, a $0.99 "bargain-seeking and penny-saving tool" for iPhone and...

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Nov 29
IDC: Android will be Europe's top smartphone platform in...

Google's Android software will be Europe’s top smartphone platform next year, according to researcher IDC.

Android phones accounted for 23% of western Europe shipments in the third quarter, behind Nokia Oyj’s Symbian and Apple's iPhone platforms, IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo said in an interview -- as reported by "Bloomberg" (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-11-29/android-phones-set-to-pass-noki...). Android is set to pass Symbian and iPhone in the region, he said, adding that it is already second to Symbian worldwide.

Nine-month sales of Android devices in Western Europe were led by HTC Corp. with 39% of shipments, followed by Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB with 27% and Samsung Electronics Co. with 14%, Jeronimo said....

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Nov 29
Gartner: iPad to cut into global computer sales

The Gartner research group (http://www.gartner.com) has cut its global forecast for personal computer shipments forecast for 2010 and 2011 as consumers keep a tight rein on spending and interest grows in tablet devices such as the iPad.

Tablet devices are expected to displace 10% of computer shipments by 2014, according to Gartner. The impact of tablets is already evident this year, when computer shipments are projected to total 352.4 million units, up 14.3% from last year, says the research group.

The Sellers Research Group (that's me) thinks they're right EXCEPT that the Mac will be immune from this trend. In fact, I predict Mac sales with continue to grow due to the "halo effect" from the iPad and iPhone.

-- Dennis Sellers

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Nov 29
LinkOptimizer for InDesign updated to version 4.4.10

Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has released LinkOptimizer 4.4.10, an update of its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign. It's a maintenance update that improves recognition of certain attributes in InDesign links and enhances user interface.

LinkOptimizer lets you reduce InDesign job size and speed up processing by eliminating excess image data and performing essential image adjustments.

LinkOptimizer Light 4.4.10 can be purchased from the Zevrix Solutions web site for US$259.95 , as well as from authorized resellers. LinkOptimizer works with Mac OS X 10.4.2-10.5 and InDesign CS-CS4.

Version 4.4.10 is free for LinkOptimizer 4.x users and a $98.98 to upgrade from previous versions. A demo is available for download. For new users the costs is $259.95.

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Nov 29
Boris Continuum Complete delivers 3D titling to Sony Vegas Pro...

Boris Continuum Complete 7.0.3 for Sony Vegas Pro is now available from Boris FX (http://www.borisfx.com). The upgrade features 3D Objects filters -- BCC Extruded Text, BCC Type-On Text, BCC Layer Deformer, BCC Extruded EPS, and BCC Extruded Spline -- delivering 3D extrusion capabilities to the Sony Vegas Pro 10 timeline.

Version 7.0.3 is a free upgrade for registered users. New users can save up to US$1,000 on Doris Continuum Complete or Sony Vegas Pro through Dec. 1. Regularly $1,995, you can obtain it for $995 for a limited time.

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Nov 29
Apple now fourth largest computer vendor in Canada

Heading into the holiday season, Apple captured 10.8% of the Canadian Personal Computing Market in Q3, 2010 according to IDC Canada. The data collected by IDC puts Apple in fourth spot among other computer manufacturers HP, Acer and Dell respectively, reports "ehMac" (http://www.ehmac.ca/index.php?f=29).

According to IDC Canada, the 10.8% market share in Canada for Apple is up from 9.9% in the second quarter of 2010. "ehMac" notes that Apple briefly cracked the 10% threshold in 2009 as well. With the addition of five more of its retail stores in Canada in 2010, Apple now has 19 stores across the country.

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Nov 29
Apple video product training offered at Government Video Expo

NewBay Media, a publisher of digital content creation media, says the Government Video Expo will get underway Tuesday, Nov. 30, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC, where the conference will run through Dec. 2 and offer two days of exhibits on Wednesday, Dec. 1, and Thursday, Dec. 2. Thousands are expected to gather at the East Coast’s largest professional video event,.

Carmel King, executive vice president, Video Broadcast Division, NewBay Media, says highlights of Government Video Expo 2010 include:

° A three-day track on Final Cut Studio Editing, and single-day tracks on Avid Editing and Adobe Production Premium CS5 with Premier Pro;

° Two-day Apple Certification Training on Final Cut Pro Level 1, and Apple Motion;

° Multiple educational tracks focusing on digital video production techniques, HDSLR filmmaking, social media solutions, motion graphic and FX;

For a complete event schedule, as well as registration...

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Nov 29
Apple beefing up legal staff for patent violation lawsuits

Apple is hiring more lawyers in its battles against Nokia, Motorola and HTC over alleged patent violations, reports "Bloomberg" (http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-11-29/apple-lawyers-up-for-patent-...).

Apple has been the most-sued technology company since 2008, the year after the iPhone was introduced, topping Microsoft Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co. and Dell Inc., according to LegalMetric Inc., a compiler of litigation data based in St. Louis.

"Bloomberg" says Apple CEO Steve Jobs is recruiting lawyers who have fought for and against some of the world’s largest companies, including Microsoft, Intel Corp. and Broadcom Corp. Broadcom won a patent dispute with Qualcomm Inc. last year that ended with Qualcomm paying $891 million...

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Nov 29
myTracks 2.2 for Mac OS X adds iPhoto '11, Aperture 3...

Developer Dirk Stichling has announced myTracks 2.2. for Mac OS X (http://www.mytracks4mac.com/myTracks/Start.html), an update to his GPS/Photo application that allows the user to download, sync, edit, and record GPS tracks.

myTracks' Logger Assistant has presets for more than 50 GPS devices. Features include: automatic geotagging; iPhoto '09 and '11 and Aperture 3 compatibility; track import, export, editing, and library; geocaching; OpenStreetMap and Google Earth support; and a free iOS version with sync.

Users can drag and drop JPEG or RAW photo files onto myTrack's dock icon, where they will undergo geotagging automatically, syncing to the appropriate GPS track. A manual mode allows for geotagging without a GPS track.

myTrack displays GPS tracks on a variety of different maps, including: OpenStreetMaps, Microsoft Bing Maps, OpenCycleMap,...

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Nov 29
LTB ships LTB Light 9.2 for Mac OS X

LTB Soft has announced LTB Light 9.2 (http://www.ltblight.com/), an update of the US$299 Mac OS X application that permits natural and artificial lighting calculation with a color radiosity method applied to a finite elements plan. Version 9.2 is a free upgrade for registered users of version 9.x.

The update adds: a PDF export menu; a progression bar in the drawer to control calculation status while in background; a button in the About dialogue to copy in the pasteboard the list of installed lighting sources with their power; a Find/Replace tool in every source list dialogue; and a "select all kind" button in the filter selection dialogue. Also, the lighting source name has been upped to 255 characters.

LTB Light implements OpenGL. Data management take places through an internal CAD system, directly in a perspective view. It's possible to introduce flatten surfaces with colored glazing, furniture...

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Nov 29
myTracks 2.2 for Mac OS X adds iPhoto '11, Aperture 3...

Developer Dirk Stichling has announced myTracks 2.2. for Mac OS X (http://www.mytracks4mac.com/myTracks/Start.html), an update to his GPS/Photo application that allows the user to download, sync, edit, and record GPS tracks.

myTracks' Logger Assistant has presets for more than 50 GPS devices. Features include: automatic geotagging; iPhoto '09 and '11 and Aperture 3 compatibility; track import, export, editing, and library; geocaching; OpenStreetMap and Google Earth support; and a free iOS version with sync.

Users can drag and drop JPEG or RAW photo files onto myTrack's dock icon, where they will undergo geotagging automatically, syncing to the appropriate GPS track. A manual mode allows for geotagging without a GPS track.

myTrack displays GPS tracks on a variety of different maps, including: OpenStreetMaps, Microsoft Bing Maps, OpenCycleMap,...

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Nov 29
ForkLift for Mac OS X rolls to version 2

BinaryNights (http://www.binarynights.com) has announced ForkLift 2, an update to their dual-pane file manager and FTP client for Mac OS X.

ForkLift is a file manager that integrates multiple features. Version 2 was rewritten from the ground up to bring enhanced speed and stability, as well as new features such as Disklets, Stacks, Transfer Queue, Synclets, Favorites Manager, and Coverflow view. Existing features have also been revamped, like RegExp in search and filtering, an enhanced Multi-Rename, and fine-grain control for Folder Sync operations.

You can create and manage archives, edit files, use Quicklook, batch-rename, and organize with ease between all types of volumes, local or remote, including full support for FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, S3, iDisk, SMB, AFP and NIS. In addition, a new Disklets feature allows you mount any of your remote connections, making them appear to your Mac as local...

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Nov 29
Troi Automatisering releases Troi Activator Plug-in 3.0

Troi Automatisering has released Troi Activator Plug-in 3.0 for FileMaker Pro 11. The updated cross platform plug-in runs natively in FileMaker Pro 11 and now serves as image upload server.

The Activator Plug-in is a tool for triggering scripts across the network, even over the Internet. A fully functional demo version of Troi Activator Plug-in 3.0 is available for downloading at Troi's web site at http://www.troi.com/software/activatorplugin.html .

Troi Activator Plug-in 3.0 works with FileMaker Pro 9, 10 and 11. The plug-in can also be used with runtimes from FileMaker Pro Advanced 9, 10 and 11. The plug-in is available for Mac OS X 10.5.7 or higher and Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.

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

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Nov 29
TranslateIt! for Mac OS X gets new Text Translate tool

TranslateIt! for Mac (http://www.mac.gettranslateit.com/) -- a multilingual dictionary that allows looking up words on the fly -- has been updated. There's a new Text Translation tool. Also, German Polish and French localization has been updated.

With TranslateIt!, you hover the pointer over an unfamiliar word (in any Cocoa Aapplication), and you will see its translation in a pop-up window. It comes with several free dictionaries for a large number of languages. TranslateIt! supports translation from/to any language (corresponding dictionaries must be installed), English sounds (it contains over 17,000 English words pronunciations) and printing of flash cards.

The software also comes with a Words Quiz (a game for learning new words), a built-in DictBuilder utility for creating custom dictionaries and a multilingual user interface. TranslateIt! for Mac is distributed as...

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Nov 29
SpeedUp Mac optimizes hard drive performance

Stellar Information Systems, a provider of data recovery software and solutions, has launched a SpeedUp Mac (http://www.stellarspeedupmac.com/). It helps you increase the system performance significantly by removing all the unwanted files, applications and system junks from your Mac system.

SpeedUp Mac software acts both as a cleanser and uninstaller. With its Clean My Mac option, the software helps you delete all your unusable duplicate files, large old files, cache/temporary files, and universal binaries from any Mac volume in your system. What's more, SpeedUp Mac can uninstall the not-in-use applications, plug-ins, widgets and generates free space out of it.

Speed Up Mac is available in a single user download version with a lifetime license. It costs US$39 only.

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Nov 29
iPhone users most loyal of smartphone owners

A new GfK survey finds that 56% of smartphone owners in key global markets were keeping their options open about which phone they would buy next, with only Apple commanding a significant degree of loyalty, reports "Reuters" (http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6AS0XB20101129).

The survey found that just 25%of smartphone owners planned to stay loyal to the operating system running their phone, with loyalty highest among Apple users at 59% and lowest for Microsoft's phone software, at 21%.

Of users of Research in Motion's BlackBerrys, 35% said they would stay loyal, notes "Reuters." The figure was 28% for users of phones running Google's Android software, and 24% for users of Nokia Symbian phones.

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Nov 29
Apple to open retail store in Amsterdam

Apple plans to open a retail store in Amsterdam, in the same building where it set up its Benelux headquarters last year, reports "Mashable" (http://mashable.com/2010/11/29/apple-retail-store-amsterdam/).

The building in question is called the Hirsch building, and it’s located on Amsterdam’s Leidseplein, the article adds. Apple has set up its Dutch headquarters on the third floor, and its retail store is set to occupy a large portion of the building’s ground floor.

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Nov 29
Analyst: Apple stores selling 8.2 Macs per hour per store

Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster and his team have been counting sales at Apple retail stores and have told clients -- as reported by "Fortune" (http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/11/29/apple-store-count-8-8-ipads-sold-...) -- that:

° Macs were leaving the stores at the rate of 8.2 units per hour per store, down from 8.3 last year and 13 two years ago. "While Mac sales were flat year-over-year" he writes, "we believe it is too early to make a call on Macs in the Dec. quarter. Note that Mac NPD data in the first month of the quarter (Oct.) was up 20% year-over-year
° iPads were selling 8.8 units per hour. There are no other Black Friday iPad sales to compare with, but Munster believes these numbers are in line with his prediction that...

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Nov 29
Apple smokes competition in 'PC World' survey

Products made by Apple, Asus, Brother, and Canon "are typically reliable and well supported," according to a new poll of 79,000 "tech aficionados" by "PC World" (http://www.pcworld.com/article/211074/the_tech_brands_you_can_trust.html).

The "PC World" study also found that:

° Products made by Dell and Hewlett-Packard often aren't reliable and well supported, especially if you're a home user.

° Laptops are slightly more reliable than before, and have fewer serious problems than desktops.

° Business computer customers are generally more satisfied than their consumer counterparts.

"Apple once again smoked the competition in the desktop, notebook, and smartphone categories, winning high praise from customers in all reliability and service categories," says "PC World."

"The...

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Nov 29
Can’t make it to Macworld? Loop Business Expo is coming to a...

By Terry Jarrell
Apple Consultants Network

Many Mac faithful have long been converging in San Francisco every January for Macworld, but what about those who cannot make the trek across country but still want to take part in a great Mac oriented event? Enter the Loop Business Expo (http://www.loopbusinessexpo.com/).

While not quite as big an event, the LBE is just getting started with roots in Miami, Florida. The Expo plans to travel the U.S. throughout 2011 on the Loop Business Expo National Tour. Next stop is Dec. 8 in beautiful Orlando, Florida, with the next event in Tampa, Florida, on Feb. 23, 2011.

The expo features more than 50 national hardware and software vendors showcasing their products and services. While primarily aimed at business users, there will be something for users of many levels including workshops, keynote speakers and roundtable...

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Nov 29
HD Deck transforms USB port into HDTV port

With more subscription TV services popping up on the Internet, it may be fine for a group of college kids to huddle around a laptop, but it isn’t very comfortable for a group of adults to share a 13-inch computer screen.
 
On Dec. 1, Sewell Direct (http://www.sewelldirect.com) will announce an HD Deck, which transforms a USB port into a full 1080p HDTV port, giving you VGA, DVI and HDMI video connection options. With both Mac and PC versions available, the product is perfect for streaming video, showing family photos off, or even business purposes.

The HDdeck is like an external video card you connect to virtually any computer with an available USB port, adding an additional screen (in most cases an HDTV but many monitors these days also have HDMI inputs). This will allow you to expand your computer's desktop space to another monitor where you can watch videos, surf the web, play games...

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Nov 29
Zevrix announces updated automated file delivery solution

Zevrix Solutions (http:/www.zevrix.com) has announced Deliver 2.0.6, a maintenance update to its automated solution to send and share files across the Internet and local networks.

Deliver lets users send files to remote and local destinations with e-mail notifications, compression, encryption and other powerful capabilities. It supports FTP, Amazon S3, MobileMe and other services, and lets users send files to multiple destinations at once. Deliver also lets users send output files directly from Adobe InDesign.

The new version introduces the option to copy notification email body to the general clipboard after delivery. Users can paste the body text to their email clients to send custom messages. The new update also addresses several stability and connectivity issues.

Deliver Express, a fully automated version of Deliver, is currently in beta testing stage. It will process files automatically from watched hot folders.

Deliver 2.0 can be purchased from...

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Nov 26
Apple buys another 98 acres in Cupertino

Apple has made a 98-acre land purchase that will roughly double the size of its home base in Cupertino, reports the "Silicon Valley Mercury News" (http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_16706216?source=most_emailed&ncli...).

Apple's latest acquisition is the longtime campus of Hewlett-Packard, the article adds. HP announced over the summer that it planned to move out of that site, which it had occupied for decades, as it consolidates operations at its Palo Alto headquarters over the next two years.

The "Mercury News" says it's no surprise the company needs more room: in the past year, Apple reported $65 billion in sales and added 12,300 employees to its global work force of 46,600, many of them in Cupertino.

"They've just had spectacular growth," analyst Tim...

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