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Oct 11
ACCC takes Apple to task over iPhone warranty issues

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), a consumer watchdog agency, has taken Apple to task over warranty issues as reports surface of new design problems relating to the iPhone 4's glass body, reports the "Sydney Morning Herald" (http://macosg.me/2/y3).

Telstra, following discussions with the ACCC, has agreed to provide full two-year warranties for customers who buy handsets on two-year contracts. The agreement included all manufacturers except Apple.

"Although nearly all major handset manufacturers have agreed to honour full warranties, the ACCC continues to have concerns in relation to warranty issues with the Apple iPhone," the organization told the "Herald."

The consumer watchdog's concerns come as new reports surface of large cracks appearing in the iPhone 4's body when certain third-party slide-on cases are used, the article adds. The affected cases are purportedly Apple...

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Oct 11
'Fortune': Apple may have sold four million Macs this...

Mac unit sales, which stalled in the second quarter as customers waited for the new MacBooks that arrived in April and May, took off in the third quarter, coming in just shy of 3.5 million, reports "Fortune" (http://macosg.me/2/y2).

Although Apple's competitors saw computer sales weaken this summer, all signs suggest that the Mac was the exception, driven by back-to-school sales and the new desktop models released in late July (not to mention store traffic from people coming in to buy iPhones and iPads), the article adds.

The average Q4 unit sales estimate of the 31 analysts "Fortune" polled is 3.86 million Macs. Five of them, however, expect Apple to report that it sold four million or more.

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Oct 11
China: Apple puts halt to production of Meizu M8

After negotiations fell through, Apple has convinced the Chinese state Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) to stop Meizu's production of the Meizu M8, which Apple says looks too similar to its iPhone, reports -- "Meizu Me" (http://macosg.me/2/y1).

Meizu CEO Jack Wong agreed to Apple and SIPO's terms to stop producing the phone in face of a potential factory closure. However, he tells "Meizu Me" that Apple wants even more and is now demanding that Meizu not only stop production, but also stop all display and sales of the remaining stock of Meizu M8 phones.

China's SIPO has the right to close factories without a court order, which means that Meizu's factory could be shut down if they don't comply, says "Meizu Me." Wong says this is angry as he claims that this isn't part of the original deal, and also that this will force a lot of Meizu's franchised stores to go out of business.

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Oct 11
Kensington rolls out ClickSafe Keyed Laptop Lock

Kensington Computer Products Group (http://www.kensington.com) has introduced the Kensington ClickSafe Keyed Laptop Lock, a security standard for mobile professionals.  The lock is designed to make locking down a laptop as easy as buckling and unbuckling a seat belt, according to Rob Humphrey, director, Security Products, Global Business at Kensington.

The Kensington ClickSafe Keyed Laptop Lock (US$49.99) attaches to a laptop with a single motion. It sports a cable with a tamper-proof, disc-style lock. A master key version is also available.

The Kensington ClickSafe Keyed Twin Laptop Lock ($69.99) features a dual, one-click lock with three rotational degrees of freedom to attach to hardware in a single step.  There´s no need for employees to insert a key or follow multiple steps.  A master key version is also available.

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Oct 11
fScanX 1.5 for Mac OS X adds support for new scanners

Elevated Software Development has updated fScanX (http://www.elevated-dev.com/Products/fScanX/), their scanning solution for Mac OS X, to version 1.6. It adds support for new scanners, including hihg-speed Fujitsu scanners.

fScanX was developed specifically to provide native Mac OS X support for high-speed Fujitsu scanners. Rather than requiring the application to launch in order to perform scanning, fScanX's command-line utility gives developers the ability to control the user interface completely. This opens up a host of possibilities for prepress operators, developers and graphic designers alike to build custom workflows involving scanning, according to Scott Ribe, founder of Elevated Software Development.

Additionally, fScanX ships with an Automator action that enables creation of scanning workflows without scripting. fScanX also enables a host of...

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Oct 11
Boris FX introduces Boris Continuum Complete 7 for Sony Vegas...

Boris FX (http://www.borisfx.com) has released Boris Continuum Complete 7 for Sony Vegas Pro (BCC 7 for Vegas Pro). Based on the Open Effects Association (OFX) platform, BCC 7 for Vegas Pro gives Sony editors a collection of over 140 visual effects plug-ins.

Customizable presets allow editors to quickly create high-end effects with no learning curve, according to Dave Chaimson, vice president of worldwide marketing, Sony Creative Software. Effects can be selectively applied via channel or region-based masks. All filters take advantage of either multi-processing or OpenGL hardware acceleration.

Boris Continuum Complete 7 for Sony Vegas Pro has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$595. This is a special introductory price that's available through Nov. 19. The regular MSRP will be $995. Also, a free, full functioning 14-day trial version is available.

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Oct 11
Hitachi ships 10K RPM enterprise hard drive

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (http://www.hitachigst.com) announced what it says is the industry’s fastest and most power-efficient, 10K RPM, 6Gb/s Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) Enterprise hard drive, the Hitachi Ultrastar C10K600.

The new 2.5-inch, 600GB Hitachi drive delivers up to 15% better random and 18% faster sequential performance than competitive products on the market today, according to Brendan Collins, vice president of Product Marketing, Hitachi GST. The Ultrastar C10K600 drive also sets a new standard for energy-efficiency with an operating power specification that is at least 22 percent lower than the competition, he adds.

The Ultrastar drives are designed for tier 1, enterprise networked storage arrays, blades and other rack-mounted servers. The Ultrastar C10K600 drive family is offered in 300GB, 450GB and 600GB versions, providing capacity parity with 3.5-inch drives. The...

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Oct 11
Elements+ 3.0 released for Photoshop Elements 9

Independent author Andrei Doubrovski has announced Elements+ 3.0 (http://elementsplus.net/), an update of his enhancement patch for Adobe Photoshop Elements 9. Elements+ is a add-on that unlocks the undocumented advanced functions in Photoshop Elements featured in the latest versions of Photoshop.

Elements+ is JavaScript-based, so the script behavior will depend on current circumstances. The unleashed features can be accessed via dedicated dialog boxes that include undocumented commands and panels for exploring and using the hidden (officially unsupported) contents, such as paths, color channels, and more. The kit includes smart filters, vector masks, and more advanced tools normally hidden under the hood, says Doubrovski.

Elements+ 3.0 sports eight dialog boxes: Color and Tone, Selections, Layers, Masks, Smart Filters, Paths, Text and Scripts. The Scripts catalog includes 100-plus additional...

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Oct 11
'EveryMac' updated with new info on the Apple TV

EveryMac.com (http://www.everymac.com) -- a guide to every Macintosh, Mac compatible, and upgrade card, with technical, configuration, and pricing details -- now features complete specs (and a handful of Q&As) on the new Apple TV and a comprehensive update to the iPod Q&A.

The latter answers more than 100 iPod questions answered, covering all models from the original iPod up to the latest button-adorned iPod shuffle, multi-touch capable iPod nano, and dual camera-equipped iPod touch. Additionally, EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Comparison has been integrated with Mac, iPod, iPhone and iPad specs pages, so that it is possible to load a particular model from its own specs page into the feature with a single click.

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Oct 11
Next MacBUS meeting to look at House Industries, more

The next meeting of The Macintosh Business Users Society of Greater Philadelphia (MacBUS) will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 26, at 6:30 pm.

This month's meeting will feature a presentation about House Industries, a type foundry, by Rich Roat. Roat is the founder of Brand Design Company.

A general Mac troubleshooting Q&A session will also be held. Attendees are encouraged to bring questions and invite friends or coworkers who may find the meeting beneficial.

MacBUS was the first user group in the United States to focus on the business and professional uses of the Macintosh operating system. The group of approximately 75 members meets this month at:

MacBUS was the first user group in the United States to focus on the business and professional uses of the Macintosh operating system. The group of approximately 75 members meets this month at:

Hunt Room
Dorrance Hamilton Hall
University of the Arts
320 South Broad Street
...

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Oct 11
'MUG Event Calendar': Prosoft Engineering, LaCie, more

October is a busy month on "The MUG Event Calendar" -- and none will be busier than the one coming up.

Jennifer Bell of Prosoft Engineering will be in Illinois to their products, while both LaCie and Ian Schray of GadgetTrak will stop at an Oregon group. Kurt Schmucker of Microsoft will travel to Texas to talk about the latest version of Microsoft Office, and a group in Australia will look back -- but no too far back at Apple’s September Event.

A host of home-grown topics are on this week’s agenda, including Aperture, QuickBooks Pro, Photoshop Elements 9 and Premier Elements 9, Firefox add-ons, iTunes 10, Filemaker Go, AudoDesk on the iPad and iPhone, Klix, on-demand book publishing and more.

"The MUG Event Calendar" can be found at "The MUG Center" (http://www.mugcenter.com),, an online resource for Mac User Groups. MUGs are good places for making new friends in the Mac community,...

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Oct 11
Walmart reportedly to start carrying iPads this week

Target and Amazon are now carrying the iPad, and Walmart looks to be next, reports "Fortune" (http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/10/09/target-and-amazon-have-the-ipad-i...). Rumors say the giant retail chain will begin carrying the Apple tablets this week and could have them in 1,000 stores before the end of October.

In May, "Bloomberg Businessweek" reported that Walmart was expecting to offer the iPad for sale at "some U.S. stores" before the end of 2010, a move that could re-double the iPads' retail presence. The question is whether Apple can build the things fast enough to meet demand, notes "Fortune."

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Oct 09
Eminem's publisher wants settlement against Apple enforced

Eminem’s music publisher has asked a U.S. District Court judge in Detroit to enforce a settlement reached in a lawsuit against Apple totaling more than US$2.2 million, reports the "Detroit News" (http://detnews.com/article/20101009/ENT04/10090354/1424/ENT04?). The request by Ferndale-based Eight Mile Style LLC, filed under seal Tuesday, asked the court to enforce a settlement stemming from a lawsuit over downloads of the hip-hop star’s music on iTunes.

The settlement -- never previously disclosed — has grown to more than $2.2 million, including attorney fees, according to court records. It was unclear which company was responsible for paying the settlement, but the only defendants in the case are Apple and Aftermath Records, says the "Detroit News."

The motion was filed less than a month after a federal appeals court in...

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Oct 09
Walmart reportedly to start carrying iPads this week

Target and Amazon are now carrying the iPad, and Walmart looks to be next, reports "Fortune" (http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/10/09/target-and-amazon-have-the-ipad-i...). Rumors say the giant retail chain will begin carrying the Apple tablets this week and could have them in 1,000 stores before the end of October.

In May, "Bloomberg Businessweek" reported that Walmart was expecting to offer the iPad for sale at "some U.S. stores" before the end of 2010, a move that could re-double the iPads' retail presence. The question is whether Apple can build the things fast enough to meet demand, notes "Fortune."

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Oct 08
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Oct. 8

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/).

Limit Point Software has announced Foodmatic 1.0, an US$0.99 cooking app for the iPhone designed to help users eat better, tastier food. It allows users to create recipes in three easy steps. Foodmatic uses its built-in database and a proprietary algorithm to determine what flavors and foods go together really well.

AppoTize has released Convert2 -- TechPro for iPad 1.0, a $1.99 professional unit conversion program for scientists, engineers, technicians and students. It contains thousands of conversions for the technical professional. Conversions include description and unit symbols. Convert2 -- TechPro allows for easy sharing of data with iWork applications, as well as all other iPad apps that support copy and paste.

Golf Vision has...

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Oct 08
Scratch that, Microsoft isn't buying Adobe

Despite rumors (started by "The New York Times" on Thursday) to the contrary, Microsoft isn't buying Adobe. Nor are the two companies merging to take on Apple.

Kara Swisher of "AllThingsD" (http://kara.allthingsd.com/20101007/adobsoft-nonsense-on-the-microsoft-a...) says she's spoken to reps at both companies and the report is nonsense.

"In any case, it is not a big surprise at this point if longtime rivals like Adobe and Microsoft -- which makes a competing video technology called Silverlight to Adobe’s Flash -- talk about trying to stop the explosive growth of Apple, especially in the mobile space," she writes.

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Oct 08
CMU offers course on using the iPad

A pilot course has been created at Central Michigan University to teach students how to maximize the use of the iPad, according to the "Morning Sun" (http://themorningsun.com/articles/2010/10/08/news/doc4cae8206f0e24287939...).



Professor Patricia Janes of Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services asked Mike Reuter, director of technology operations, to teach her parks and recreation students to be “dangerous” with the higher-level technology that is desired and expected by today’s employers.



“The class I co-teach is RPL 400 N, digital media in recreation, parks and tourism,” Reuter told the "Morning Sun." “The class is designed to give our students the tools they need to go out and compete better in the corporate world or whereever they end up after they graduate.”



The course,...

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Oct 08
Scosche releases sneakPEEK II for iDevices

Scosche Industries (http://www.scosche.com) has released the US$59.99 sneakPEEK II, a switchable HD and standard definition audio video output solution for iPad, iPhone and iPod. The sneakPEEK II features both component & composite cable connections ensuring maximum TV compatibility, says Kas Alves, executive vice president of Scosche Industries. 

The sneakPEEK II allows users to share their videos with friends and family regardless of the TV that's available: HD or standard definition, component or composite, he says. It can be connected to virtually any television.

The sneakPEEK II’s integrated micro USB cable and included three-foot USB-to-micro USB cable allow users to charge their device during playback. It also comes with 24k gold plated tips.

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Oct 08
Adobe updates BrowserLab

Adobe has released an update for Adobe BrowserLab, its hosted service that allows web designers and developers to preview web sites in different browsers and operating systems so they can maintain design consistency and integrity across multiple screens.

This BrowserLab update will be of particular interest to Mozilla Firefox users. Key new features in this update include:



° An add-on for Firebug that gives Firefox fans new functionality for previewing edits they’ve made with Firebug and previewing how those edits hold up in other browsers;


° Safari 5 support;

° Additional Dreamweaver CS5 integration enhancements;

° A new comparison tool enhancement called Smart Align, which lets users align screenshots to a specific point area of a page, for browsers that position pages differently.

For more information about Adobe BrowserLab go to https://browserlab.adobe.com...

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Oct 08
Oppenheimer raises Apple price target to $345

In a note to clients issued early Friday, Oppenheimer analyst Yair Reiner raised his Apple price target to US$345 in a note to clients Friday, as reported by "Fortune" (http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/10/08/oppenheimer-raises-aapl-target-to...). However, the rumors of an impending Verizon iPhone causes him some concern.

"Apple's stock has performed admirably this year (up 37% YTD), but it has significantly lagged the improvement in the company's fundamentals, which have driven FY10 consensus EPS estimates up by 75% since January," Reiner told clients. "If there's one thing making us nervous about Apple right now it's the mounting expectation that Verizon will launch the iPhone in 1Q11. We still...

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Oct 08
.Mac HomePage viewing to end Nov. 8

On July 7, 2009, the .Mac HomePage web application was discontinued by Apple. Now the company is discontinuing HomePage viewing as of Nov. 8.

As of July 7, MobileMe users were no longer be able to create new pages or edit existing pages using HomePage. HomePage was the web site creation tool in Apple's US$99-per-year .Mac suite of Internet services (formerly .Mac, now MobileMe).

Today Apple sent a letter to MobileMe subscribers that read:

"Over a year ago, we retired the .Mac HomePage application for publishing new pages, but allowed previously published pages to remain viewable on the web. On November 8, 2010, we will discontinue online viewing of photos, movies, and files shared using .Mac HomePage.

"Please note that your content will not be deleted. Any photos, movies, or files you have published using HomePage will continue to remain on your MobileMe iDisk in the Movies, Pictures, or Public folders. We recommend MobileMe Gallery as a great way to...

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Oct 08
China Telecom planning to carry the iPhone?

China Telecom Corp., China’s third-largest mobile phone-company, may have held “intensive talks” with Apple Inc. to offer the iPhone early next year, according to Deutsche Bank AG analysts -- as reported by "Bloomberg" (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-10-08/china-telecom-in-iphone-talks-w...).

Discussions to provide a version of iPhone that would work on China Telecom’s code-division-multiple-access network may have included talks with Qualcomm, Alan Hellawell and William Bratton, analysts at Deutsche Bank in Hong Kong, wrote in a report Thursday.

This would tie in with reports/rumors that Apple plans to begin selling an iPhone that runs on Verizon Wireless’s CDMA network in the first quarter, ending AT&T’s...

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Oct 08
Analyst: rivals won't cut iPad's market share to less...

Acer chairman J.T. Wang recently predicted that Apple’s share of the tablet market would decline precipitously as new rivals emerge, falling from nearly 100% to 20 or 30%. However, J.P. Morgan analyst Mark Moskowitz doesn't think the iPad will dip below 50% anytime in the foreseeable future, reports "All Things D" (http://digitaldaily.allthingsd.com/20101008/tk-apple-will-control-half-o...).

“The iPad’s sales momentum out of the gate has been unprecedented for a new product, and there appears to be no boundaries to the use case for the device, meaning the adoption curve could remain steep beyond the near term,” he said in a note to clients. “We think that the iPad’s form factor, technology, and content ecosystem...

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Oct 08
Apple considering music subscription service?

Apple is talking with the major record labels about a subscription music service that would give customers unlimited access to songs for a monthly fee, reports "The New York Post" (http://www.nypost.com/p/news/business/apple_is_changing_its_tune_on_musi...), quoting unnamed sources. The article adds that iTunes Vice President Eddie Cue was on the phone with music honchos as recently as a few weeks ago trying to figure out how the partners can move forward.

One source said the service could have tiered pricing ranging from US$10 to $15. "The Post" notes that there are issues to be ironed out, including how much music would be included in each tier and how long consumers would be able to access that content.

Of course, there have been rumors of Apple...

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Oct 08
Apple working on daylight savings patch for the iPhone

Apple plans to fix a daylight savings bug in its alarm clock application for iPhones that causes recurring alarms to go off an hour early, according to "ZDNet" (http://www.zdnet.com.au/apple-plans-iphone-daylight-savings-patch-339306...).

The bug was first discovered on Sunday morning after daylight savings kicked in for New South Wales, Victoria, the Australian Capital Territory, South Australia and Tasmania. Unless otherwise configured, most iPhones automatically adjusted to daylight savings and moved an hour forward.

However, due to a glitch in the iPhone's alarm clock application, any recurring alarms set to go off on multiple days, such as a weekday alarm, would go off an hour earlier than the time set, notes "ZDNet." The only way to avoid the problem is to set the alarm every night...

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