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Feb 07
Apple has a CEO succession plan; most companies don't

Apple may not want to disclose its CEO succession plan, but at least it has one, notes "All Things D" (http://macte.ch/EWZST). Which is more than you can say for most other companies.

According to a global survey of 1,300 companies by Korn/Ferry (http://www.kornferry.com/), although 98% of companies believe a CEO succession plan to be important, only 35% currently have one in place. And 49% haven’t had one in place for the last three years. Despite the recent increase of unexpected departures of several high profile CEOs, the trend hasn't fully opened the eyes of corporate executives, according to the Korn/Ferry Executive Survey.



“Given the number of abrupt, high profile executive departures this year, it’s surprising that more companies are not acting with greater urgency to put a CEO succession plan in place,” says Joe...

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Feb 07
iPhone sees 86.2% growth year-over-year

Apple's iPhone gained more ground in the worldwide smartphone market year-over-year, with shipment volume growth coming from Asia/Pacific and Japan, according to the IDC research (http://www.idc.com).

As of the fourth quarter of 2010, Apple had 16.1% of market share shipping 16.2 million iPhones. That compares to 16.1% and 8.7 million units shipped in the fourth quarter of 2009. That's 86.2% growth. Nokia leads the market with 28% market share and 28.3 million units shipped in the fourth quarter of 2010.

In addition, Apple made further inroads into the enterprise market, with more companies adding Apple to their approved smartphone list and increased development of corporate-centered applications. Rumors of an iPhone 5 have begun to heat up the blogosphere, with many expecting a new design and perhaps a mobile wallet, says IDC.

According to the "IDC Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker," vendors...

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Feb 07
Moska releases Archiware PresSTORE integration for Canto Cumulus...

Retrieving files from PresSTORE Archive just got a easier thanks to Archieware PresSTORE Integration for Cumulus, a new Cumulus add-on released by Moksa.

Originally developed by Moksa as a custom Cumulus integration for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), Moksa president Vincent DiPaola saw an opportunity to bring archive and retrieval from within the Cumulus Client to the larger Canto Cumulus market. The Moksa integration provides an interface to PresSTORE archives from within the Cumulus Client.

By selecting records in the Cumulus collection window, users can manage and retrieve files from tape jukeboxes, and more. Cumulus Integration for PresSTORE is priced at US$1,995 for an unlimited seat license. It’s available for Cumulus 8.0 or later (Mac OS X and Windows), and can be purchased directly from Moksa (http://www.moksa.com), or through authorized Archiware and Canto resellers.

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Feb 07
British House of Lords gives thumbs up to iPads

As reported by "The Telegraph" (http://macte.ch/hBPsd), peers in the British House of Lords will soon be able to use iPads and other mobile internet devices during debates. The Lords Administration and Works Committee said in a new report that current restrictions are "incomplete, outdated and contradictory".

For a trial period of one year, it is proposed that peers should allowed to refer to handheld electronic devices including all tablets, smartphones and ebook readers, during debates, provided they are set to silent, notes "The Telegraph." However, laptops will remain outlawed. Internet-enabled Lords will be restricted in what they are allowed to browse, however.

"Members taking part in proceedings should be able to use electronic devices to access Parliamentary papers and other documents which are clearly and closely relevant to the business before the House," the report proposes. "Members should...

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Feb 07
Analyst ups his sales forecasts for iPhones, iPads

In a note to clients -- as reported by "Fortune" (http://macte.ch/sDma0), Susquehanna's Jeff Fidacaro has raised his Apple price target from US$445 to $465 and upped his sales estimates for the iPhone and iPad.

For the March quarter, Fidacaro raised his iPhone shipment estimate to 19.8 million (from 17.7 million). For fiscal 2011, he's looking for iPhone shipments of 76.7 million (up from 70.5 million), an increase of 92% year over year.

Fidacaro's supply-chain sources suggest a build of 6.7-7.1 million iPads in the current quarter (2 million iPad 1s and the rest iPad 2s) and sales of 5.25-5.5 million units. The big bump comes next quarter, after what he believes will be the April launch of the iPad 2. Fidacaro is looking for sales of 8.5 million iPads (up from 6.5 million) in the June quarter and has raised his fiscal 2011 estimate to 32.1 million iPads (from 27.3 million), an increase of 330% year...

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Feb 07
Georgia may go with iPads for students

Senate President pro tem Tommie Williams says that Georgia legislators and state educators are considering an offer from Apple regarding iPads, reports the "Atlanta Journal Constitution" (http://macte.ch/9nD6S),

"Last week we met with Apple Computers, and they have a really promising program where they come in and their recommending to middle schools -- for $500 per child per year, they will furnish every child with an iPad, wi-fi the system, provide all the books on the system, all the upgrades, all the teacher training-- and the results they’re getting from these kids is phenomenal."

Williams said legislators are currently searching for money in the state’s education budget to fund pilot programs across the state.

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Feb 07
Analyst raises target price on Apple stock

In a note to clients -- as reported by "Barron's" (http://macte.ch/TSVUG) -- Needham & Co. analyst Charlie Wolf has raised his target price on shares of Apple from US$375 to $450, saying the “trajectory” of sales of the iPhone and iPad now appears to be higher than he originally expected.

Wolf now estimates 300 million smartphones were sold in total last year, up from a prior expectation of 250 million units. He also notes his estimation for iPhone sales last calendar year was only 40 million, which turned out to be below the actual 47.5 million Apple sold.

For 2011, he’s now modeling 75 million units. Wolf sees Apple with a 16% share of smartphones now, moving to perhaps 22% in the next five years, with the assumption Verizon Communications sells 16 million units this year and 16 million next year.

As a consequence of the iPhone and iPad estimates, Wolf raised his estimate for the material...

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Feb 07
WWDC 2011 to be held June 5-9?

A new listing for a generic "Corporate Meeting" scheduled for June 5 through 9 at San Francisco's Moscone West could prove to be a placeholder for Apple's annual Worldwide Developer's Conference, reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).

The convention center calendar shows Sunday, June 5, through Thursday, June 9, set aside for an unnamed meeting labeled as a "convention/tradeshow." While the generic listing is no guarantee of the WWDC 2011 dates, the second half of June is booked with five different events, suggesting that Apple's annual event will occur earlier in the month, notes "AppleInsider." The June 5 bloc set aside at the Moscone Center has been reserved at Moscone West, where Apple has historically held WWDC.

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Feb 07
Ballistic HC case released for the Verizon iPhone 4

Ballistic has released the US$49.99 Ballistic HC for the Verizon iPhone 4 (http://www.goballisticcase.com). The Ballistic HC case has been specifically designed to “survive life.”

It features an interchangeable outer gel skin layer, front facing inward holster and built-in screen protector. The Ballistic HC also incorporates connector seals to ensure that dirt and other corrosive materials don't enter into the ports.

This case is engineered with shock absorption. The exterior is comprised of a rugged and edgy appearance and integrates five layers of protection.

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Feb 07
iPad 2 coming in April, according to ... Elton John

When you want to know about iPad news, who ya gonna call? Elton John, it seems. Sir Elton John predicts an April launch date for Apple's new tablet in a series of interviews to promote his new movie project "Gnomeo and Juliet."

"I'm a Luddite. I don't have a phone, I don't have a computer, I don't have an iPad and I don't have an iPod," the singer/songwriter said in an interview with "The Telegraph." "But this is going to be a problem for me because they're coming out with a Skype iPad in April and I've got to get one because I want to see my son when I'm not there -- I'll have to enter the world of technology."

"Our main question is whether Elton has merely been reading the same blogosphere speculation as us (or, more accurately given his comments, whether someone who's on his payroll to read blogosphere speculation has been telling him about the iPad 2 rumours)," says "CNET UK" (http://macte.ch/CzbQs...

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Feb 07
Canon releases new digital SLR cameras

Canon USA (http://www.usa.canon.com) has announced the EOS Rebel T3i and EOS Rebel T3 digital SLR cameras. Complementing the EOS Rebel T2i DSLR, the EOS Rebel T3i, Canon’s new flagship Rebel, offers features for beginning photographers, and the EOS Rebel T3 provides a more attractively priced option for those looking to experience the pleasure of shooting with a DSLR camera, according to the folks at Canon.

For the young enthusiast learning photography or the adult looking to learn more, Canon’s new Feature Guide instruction will walk Rebel T3i users through functions and provide recommendations for various settings. 

Point-and-shoot users looking to step-up to a DSLR can take advantage of the T3i camera’s Scene Intelligent Auto mode, which provides complete scene analysis and optimized settings.  Canon’s three-inch Vari-Angle Clear View LCD screen, ideal for properly composing those difficult...

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Feb 07
GEAR4 announces Apple-Certified line of headphones

GEAR4 is extending its growing portfolio of audio products by launching its own consumer range of headphones for iPods, iPhones and iPads. Encompassing 20 products, the company's headphone range was unveiled at CES in Las Vegas.

GEAR4’s headphone collection will offer in-ear, on-hear and sports models of headphone styles. The entire range will be available towards the end of the first quarter, although some of the products are already available on the GEAR4.com web site (http://www.GEAR4.com).

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Feb 07
'MUG Event Calendar': looking back at Macworld 2011

This week’s "MUG Event Calendar" continues to echo from Macworld 2011, but the presenters start to return to the mix, after having recovered from the show.

"Macworld" Senior Editor Christopher Breen will make two virtual MUG appearances, one in New York and one in Oregon. Dave Hamilton of "The Mac Observer" and "Mac Geek Gab" will present to a Nevada group, and Rob Pegorano of The Washington Post will demonstrate tax software to a Washington D.C. group.

Macworld 2011 will be the focus in Texas, Pennsylvania, California and more, The Mac App Store will make several appearances, along with GarageBand, Automator, using your Mac for health care issues 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, improving your computing skills, finding...

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Feb 04
Verizon iPhone sets sales record

At 8:10 p.m. (Eastern) on Thursday, Verizon Wireless ceased online orders of iPhone 4 to existing customers and ended the most successful first day sales in the history of the company.

"This was an exciting day,” said Dan Mead, president and chief executive officer for Verizon Wireless. “In just our first two hours, we had already sold more phones than any first day launch in our history. And, when you consider these initial orders were placed between the hours of 3 a.m. and 5 a.m., it is an incredible success story. It is gratifying to know that our customers responded so enthusiastically to this exclusive offer -- designed to reward them for their loyalty."

Mead also said customers will have another opportunity at being among the nation’s first to own an iPhone 4 on the Verizon Wireless network. "Yesterday's launch set the pace for next week when we open up sales to everyone across America," he added.

The general market launch of the iPhone 4 on the Verizon...

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Feb 04
Survey: expect a line for the Verizon iPhone

Neither snow, nor rain, nor gloom of 3G-only networks will deter iPhone fans.  As the end draws near for AT&T’s exclusive hold on the Apple smartphone, uSamp (http://www.uSamp.com), a technology and online sample companies, has released a nationwide survey of AT&T and Verizon customers to gauge their plans for the Feb. 10 launch of Verizon’s iPhone.  

The conclusion: a stalwart group of iPhone enthusiasts intends to line up on day one, regardless of severe weather, product quirks and service uncertainties. Drawing from its online panel from Jan. 28 to Jan. 31 to query AT&T customers -- as well as current Verizon users of Android and BlackBerry phones -- uSamp surveyed more than 700 smartphone users, finding that 29% of AT&T customers who intend to switch to Verizon for the iPhone are willing to wait in line on Feb. 10 to get it.  Among existing Verizon customers who plan to get the iPhone, 24%...

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Feb 04
ISS wants to know the plans for Jobs' (eventual) successor

The Laborer’ International Union of North America wants Apple to unveil their plans on a successor to CEO Steve Jobs. And Institutional Shareholder Services has backed the labor union’s proposal, adding its voice to those who are asking Apple what it plans to do if and when Jobs steps down, notes "Forbes" (http://macte.ch/LTwV8).

Apple’s board is asking shareholders to vote against the proposal. In its proxy statement, Apple argues that it does indeed have a succession plan, but that publicly identifying the company’s future leaders “invites competitors to recruit high-value executives” and that “executives who are not identified as potential successors may choose to voluntarily leave.”

"ISS believes that shareholders would benefit by having a report on the company's succession plans disclosed annually," the ISS says. ""Such a report would enable shareholders to judge the board on its readiness and...

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Feb 04
Together 2.4 released on the Mac App Store

Reinvented Software (http://reinventedsoftware.com/) has announced Together 2.4 for Mac OS X. It's available at the company's web site and the Mac App Store for .

Together an application for storing, previewing, editing and searching all kinds of files. Version 2.4 adds support for OpenMeta tags, bookmark file import and bookmark content searching. Together will import tags from OpenMeta and update OpenMeta tags with the tags you use on items in its library. Together is now also available on the Mac App Store.

Also in version 2.4, Together can import bookmarks from the HTML files that are exported from most web browsers and online services such as Delicious, preserving any folder structure used. When importing from Delicious, Together will also import the tags and notes for the bookmarks.

Additionally, Together includes content searching for bookmarks files. Normally, Together...

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Feb 04
ArraySync lets you synchronize QuickTime across multiple...

The National Software Laboratory has announced ArraySync, a new tool for synchronizing QuickTime playback on multiple displays attached to one computer, or across a local area network.

ArraySync allows you to create video walls and multi-screen demonstrations without specialized hardware. It's scalable, and can run entirely on hardware you already own. You can synchronize two displays or a hundred.

With ArraySync, you can use a Mac server to control PC clients, or a PC server to control Mac clients, or mix and match Macs and PCs in any combination you can wish. ArraySync's underlying protocol is platform independent.

You can mirror one video across your network, or combine displays to build a video wall and span one video across it. The National Software Lab'scompanion utility, ArrayShaker, allow syou to break up your media into multiple segments and distribute them to ArraySync clients powering your displays. Mac users also have the option to span videos...

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Feb 04
App Tamer for Mac OS X updated to version 1.0.4

St. Clair Software has released App Tamer 1.0.4 (http://www.stclairsoft.com/AppTamer/), an update of the app for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher that gives you control over your applications so you can save battery and CPU power. The new version fixes some bugs.

Some Mac applications, especially web browsers, continue running tasks or animations even when they're supposed to be idle in the background. This can consume valuable processing power and reduce battery life. App Tamer's AutoStop capability automatically pauses these applications when you switch away from them, and then restarts them when you click back to them. This frees your CPU and reduces power consumption, according to the folks at St. Clair.

App Tamer shows the average percentage of your processor(s) being used by each app, and graphically displays a history of CPU usage. You can enable AutoStop for any...

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Feb 04
Wrapsol offers film coverings for the Verizon iPhone

Due to the slight shift in buttons on the Verizon version of the iPhone 4, many current iPhone cases aren’t fitting properly with expectations for a short supply in phone protection, according to the folks at Wrapsol. The company says it's jumped in to provide that protection with pre-orders so there’s no delay in keeping the sleek new phones from wear and tear.
 
Wrapsol will be offering two different types of film for pre-ordering for the Verizon iPhone 4 including Wrapsol’s Ultra film (US$29.95) that offers clear protection for front to back scratch and drop protection. There's also the Wrapsol Clean version ($14.95), which is a matte screen protector that also eliminates fingerprints, smudges and glare.
 
For those whose pre-order the films, Wrapsol is offering a 25% discount with the code verizoniphone. Pre-orders ship Feb. 10.

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Feb 04
DEVONtechnologies updates products

DEVONtechnologies (www.devon-technologies.com) has released a second public beta of DEVONagent and updates all editions of its information manager DEVONthink and its intelligent note-taking application DEVONnote to version 2.0.7.

The second beta of DEVONagent 3.0 brings new plug-ins, e.g. for Gutenberg.org and ACM Digital Library, and a new navigation bar for search results that gives direct access to all objects collected on a selected page. Selections can be remembered and are re-applied to similar content when loading the same or another page from the same site to simplify taking notes, using services, or adding to DEVONthink.

Domains and single URLs can be excluded from searching with wildcards, several scanner and search plug-ins have been improved, the plug-in assistant is more flexible, and older archives are no longer renamed and so still be accessed from DEVONagent 2.3.1....

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Feb 04
Akvis ArtSuite adds St. Valentine Pack

Akvis has updated Akvis ArtSuite to version v.6.7. ArtSuite is a collection of effects for decorating photos.

Version 6.7 includes an improvement in the transformation of photos in hand-painted frames, a Recent Files list that's accessible by right-clicking on the Open Image button, and a new themed frame pack: the St. Valentine Pack. The St. Valentine Pack is available for US$12.

Available as a stand-alone product and a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop and other editors on Windows and Macintosh, Akvis ArtSuite lets you decorate digital photos, create original postcards, personalized desktop wallpapers, etc.

Akvis also offers a free set of frames (30 designs for any occasion), as well as Wedding, Travel, and Christmas frame packs. Each contains 50 hand-painted frames. These themed packs are offered at a price and are intended for professionals, as well as those who are interested in quality design photo frames. Note that these frames are only available in the...

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Feb 04
Apimac Clean Text 6.5 available on the Mac App Store

Apimac has released Clean Text 6.5 (http://www.apimac.com/cleantext/), which is now available on the Mac App Store. It costs US$19.95 and can be found in the Productivity category.

Clean Text is a Mac OS X tool for eliminating all text formatting issues. It performs such functions as removing empty lines, removing unwanted spaces, removing tab characters, converting smart quotes, tabs, returns, and more. A new Quick Clean action in version 6.5 lets you solve the most common cleaning problems of text found in email messages, documents and web page with a single click.

Clean Text 6.5 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.

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Feb 04
TextExpander update for Mac OS X adds Spanish localization, more...

SmileOnMyMac (http://www.smileonmymac.com) has updated TextExpander, a Mac OS X utility that lets users define abbreviations for frequently-used text strings and images, to version 3.2.3. The update adds a Spanish language localization.

It also further refines the optional feature to eliminate double capitals. TextExpander can now correct double capitals when they appear at the beginning of words as well as at the beginning of sentences.

The regular cost of TextExpander is US$34.95 for a single user license or $44.95 for a five-pack family license. A 30-day fully-functioning demo of TextExpander can be downloaded at the SmileOnMyMac web site. Upgrades to TextExpander 3.x from earlier versions costs $15. Version 3.2.3 is a free update for registered users of version 3.x. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later.

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Feb 04
'MacVoices': parenting in a connected world, the...

Two new "MacVoices TV" (http://www.macvoices.com) episodes look at sessions from last week's Macworld Expo.

In one episode, a panel of Mac technologists discuss the challenges of raising children in a connected world that is constantly changing. Social media use, gaming, cell phone
use,texting, balancing tech with real world activities, and how much tech is too much or not enough are all discussed.

In another episode, Jake Ehrlich and Leo Vassershten of BulletTrain show off the BulletTrain Express, a chassis that fits an Apple Wireless Keyboard and a Apple Magic Trackpad into an ergonomic, unified surface for controlling your Mac remotely, whether it is in front of you on your desktop or across the room in your home theater. Their entry in the iPad accessory is the Magic Stand, an add-on that lets you angle your iPad almost any way, and even hang it.

"MacVoices" is an Internet show...

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