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Jan 19
Apple updates iDVD

Some have proclaimed it dead, but there seems to be life in iDVD yet. Apple has updated the DVD creation component of iLife to version 7.1.1. The update improves overall stability and ensures compatibility when sending slideshows from iPhoto '11 to iDVD.



Apple says this update is recommended for all users of iDVD 7. It's a 34.53MB download and requires Mac OS X 10.6.6. or later and iDVD 7. You can obtain the update via the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.

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Jan 19
Apple releases MacBook Air Software Update 2.0

Apple has released MacBook Air (Late 2010) Software Update 2.0 for the latest MacBook Airs. It's a 342KB download and requires Mac OS X 10.6.5 or higher.

According to Apple, this update resolves an issue with some MacBook Air (Late 2010) systems that prevents the system from sleeping. You can obtain the update via the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.

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Jan 19
Zhip up your iPhone, iPod touch

The Zhip (http://www.thezhip.com/) is a new, US$24.99, pocket-size mobile accessory that securely and anchors any mobile unit such as an iPhone and iPod touch to the back of any fixed surface for on-the-go viewing and access, delivers just that.

The Zhip (pronounced "zip") uses a "no-drop," three-foot extendable zip cord to anchor any smartphone to the back of a car seat: to entertain the kids while on the road with movies, music videos, and games; to the top of exercise equipment at home or at the gym to the back of an airplane seat to allow travelers to enjoy their own personalized entertainment selections; or to any desired fixed surface.

The Zhip expands to fit any handheld mobile device and features special retractable, "scratch-free" grip handles with protective padding that attach tightly around a phone or iPod touch. The unit is compact (it measures 27/8 x 13/8 x 3/4 inches) and can fit...

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Jan 19
Mobile payment debuts nationally at Starbucks

Starbucks has launched mobile payment in all U.S. company-operated stores, allowing customers to pay for in-store purchases with select smartphones, including the iPhone (and iPod touch).

This national program now includes nearly 6,800 company-operated stores and more than 1,000 Starbucks in U.S. Target locations. To experience mobile payment at Starbucks, customers just need to download the free Starbucks Card Mobile app.

In addition to the mobile payment capability, the app allows customers to manage their Starbucks Card account, check their card balance, reload their card with any major credit card (iPhone users can also use the PayPal feature), check their My Starbucks Rewards status and find a nearby Starbucks store with the store locator feature. Customers can pay with their smartphone by holding their mobile device in front of a scanner on the countertop and scan the Starbucks Card Mobile App’s on-screen barcode to make a purchase.

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Jan 19
iKit releases new iPad case

iKit has released the iPad Exec Case. The case sports a sleek look and provides protection for your Apple tablet.

This slim, impact-resistant case offers form-fitting protection, while allowing full access to all controls and functions, guaranteeing a durable solution for your iPad against drops while maintaining maximum functionality, according to the folks at iKit. It's available at http://www.iKit.com in a black or gray option for US$39.95.

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Jan 19
HEX launches Cable Keeper for the iPod nano

HEX has announced the Cable Keeper neoprene armband. When combined with the HEX Watch Band for the six generation iPod nano, it creates a workout accessory for the active user.

The HEX Cable Keeper routes headphone cables through its cable management tab, allowing the cables to stay out of the way and tangle-free during athletic activities. Features include an adjustable closure to y fit all sizes and reflective tape for increased night-time visibility.

The Watch Band stores the iPod nano and provides full access to all controls, while the Cable Keeper keeps headphone cords tangle-free allowing for a fun and comfortable workout experience. The HEX Cable Keeper and Watch Band are available now for US$8.95 and $29.95 respectively at http://www.shopHEX.com .

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Jan 19
Victorinox adds Slim, Slim Duo, Secure SSD USB to device...

Victorinox (http://www.victorinox.com/), the brand behind the Swiss Army Knives and the Secure Pro USB devices, has launched new electronic additions to its technology range. Showcased at CES, the brand unveiled three new products: the Victorinox Slim, Victorinox Slim Duo and the Victorinox Secure SSD.
 
The Slim range includes advanced USB flash drive, which are available in flight friendly versions and feature data storage of up to 128GB. The Secure SSD is the world’s smallest 256GB solid state drive, according to the folks at Victorinox.
 
The products are waterproof, shock resistant and available in a range of colors, including red, blue, orange, pink, green and silver. The memory capacity is up to 64GB for the Victorinox Slim and 128GB for the Victorinox Slim Duo. Pricing hasn't been announced.

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Jan 19
Seagate unveils new generation of SV35 hard drive

Seagate Technology (http://www.seagate.com) has begun shipments of the sixth generation of SV35, a 3.5-inch hard drive designed to meet the high demands of surveillance digital video recording, and of new high-capacity additions to the Pipeline HD family of purpose-built hard drives for consumer video applications.

Unlike solutions primarily designed for consumer video recorders, SV35 hard drives combine the high performance, capacity and reliability for the exacting workloads of video surveillance recording and network surveillance video recorders, according to the folks at Seagate. The Seagate SV35 now delivers up to 2TB of capacity to enable calable surveillance system storage design and is approved for 24x7 video surveillance applications with a MTBF of more than 1 million hours.

Pipeline HD is now available in 1.5TB and 2.0TB capacities. Performance-tuned for video recording and playback,...

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Jan 19
Monotype Imaging unveils Carter Sans typeface

Monotype Imaging Holdings has introduced into its ITC collection the latest typeface by typeface designer, Matthew Carter. The eight-font Carter Sans family can be licensed and downloaded from Monotype Imaging’s Fonts.com, ITCFonts.com and Linotype.com stores. Carter Sans is also available for web site design from Fonts.com .

Recently, Carter was honored as a MacArthur Fellow for 2010 and was also inducted into the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame. Today, Carter and Cherie Cone run Carter and Cone Type, Inc. in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which produces and markets Carter’s designs.

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Jan 19
PulpMotion upgrade offers Facebook, YouTube features

Aquafadas (http://www.aquafadas.com) has updated PulpMotion and PulpMotion Advanced, slideshow and animation software for Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard") or later, to version 3.2. Users are now able to export their creations to Facebook and YouTube. Simply log on to Facebook or YouTube, and PulpMotion will do the rest.

PulpMotion 3.2 costs US$129 for PulpMotion Advanced and $49 for PulpMotion Standard. Other upgrade options are available to existing PulpMotion customers who purchased before this date. Version 3.2 is a free update for registered users of version 3.0.

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Jan 19
SuperMeet announces free educational workshops

Final Cut Studio, Adobe, Avid editors and digital filmmakers from around the world will gather together for the Tenth Annual San Francisco SuperMeet, to be held on Friday, Jan. 28, at the UCSF Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco, California.

Free educational workshops will be offered during the day by Canon, Adobe, Avid and Blackmagic Design. Bay Area filmmakers will also have a chance to screen content in the SuperMeet Digital Showcase featuring 30 software and hardware developers.

Tickets to the SuperMeet are now available for purchase online for US$15 each (plus ticket fee) and $10 (plus ticket fee) for students. Registration for the free educational workshops are also currently online.

Free educational workshops will be offered during the day prior to the SuperMeet, featuring fresh content from Canon, Adobe, Avid and Blackmagic Design. Workshop attendees have 12 sessions to choose from.

The workshops will end at 4 pm at which time the...

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Jan 19
TopXNotes for Mac OS X improves note syncing with iOS devices

Tropical Software (http://www.tropic4.com) has updated TopXNotes, the note organizer for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher, to version 1.7. It now has has improved synchronization (NoteSync) with Apple touch devices including the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.  

This new capability builds on TopXNotes 1.5 which modernized the user interface with a customizable toolbar with larger icons, a rewritten NoteOrganizer, two-finger scrolling, new icons, and many cosmetic improvements. What's more, version 1.7 streamlines the sync setup process and improves how it interacts with the latest iOS on Apple touch devices.

TopXNotes 1.7 is available for US$39.95 from the Tropical Software web site and many Mac resellers. You can also get TopXNotes Touch for iOS devices at the Apple App Store.

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Jan 19
Cronette for Mac OS X updated to version 1.4.2

Tension Software has updated Cronette (http://pomola.com/products_cronette/cronette.html), a Cocoa task launcher for Macs and Mac servers, to version 1.4.2. The upgrade offers better handling of the "First process repetition" table.

Cronette lets you specify tasks to be launched automatically by the Mac. It can be used on unattended Mac Servers or also on regular Mac workstations for tasks to execute during the night or for recurring tasks to be performed on a regular basis. It provides different type of launch tasks: daily, weekly, monthly, yearly.

Any task can be specified to launch different type of execution: open applications or documents from disk; open different type of URL; execute different type of actions: restart, shutdown, sleep; sending a message to the log; execute a complex UNIX command.

Cronette costs US$30 for a single...

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Jan 19
TeamAgenda update includes latest TeamAgenda Web

Teamsoft, (http://www.teamsoft.com) has announced a new version of TeamAgenda, a multilingual group calendar and scheduling solution. The new version of TeamAgenda includes the latest version of TeamAgenda Web, and an automatic server back up function.

The new version is available immediately for free to anyone with a valid support contract. Go to http://www.teamsoft.com/customer_support_patches.php , enter your license number, and download the latest version.

Customers can also use Teamsoft's hosting service, and avoid having to install any server software whatsoever. TeamAgenda runs on Mac OS X and Windows systems, as well as Mac and Windows servers. All TeamAgenda products allow real-time access to all staff schedules, contact lists and to-do lists and allow managers and...

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Jan 19
'MacNotables' looks at Christopher Breen's...

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.

The guest is Christopher Breen, who is delivering three different sessions, and is also producing and participating in a number of discussions on the Macworld Live stage on the show floor, and displaying his (music) keyboard talents with the Macworld All-Star Band at Cirque du Mac. He talks about each in turn, and makes it hard to choose between them.

"MacNotables" panelists include Christopher Breen, Bryan Chaffin, Jim Dalrymple, Adam Engst, Tonya Engst, Andy Ihnatko, Joiner, Ted Landau, Jason Snell, Bob LeVitus, Dan Frakes and Yours Truly. Not all panelists can make all shows due to scheduling conflicts.

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Jan 18
Macs grow at almost eight times industry average

Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer said that Mac sales for the December quarter set another quarterly record with sales of almost eight times IDC's most recent estimate for the PC industry overall.

There was growth in each geographic segment grew; Japan and Asia-Pacific grew over 50%. Oppenheimer says growth was fueled by strong demand for the revamped MacBook Air as well as continued strong sales of MacBook Pro. "Macworld" (http://www.macworld.com) says 70% of all the Macs sold were laptops. However, it seems the iMac is still going strong, and is definitely Apple's best-selling desktop.

The average selling price of Macs went up. Desktop Macs now have an ASP of US$1,410 and laptops have an ASP of $1,272.

Asia/Pacific led the Mac growth with 67% increase year over year. That's 10x what the market there grew overall.

Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook said that Apple has seen 19...

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Jan 18
iPad now in over 80% of Fortune 100 companies

Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer says Apple sold 7.3 million iPads in the December quarter for a sequential increase of over three million. The demand in corporate environment remains strong, he added.

Over 80% of Fortune 100 deploying are test driving the tablet. That's up from 65% the previous quarter, says the financial officer. Recognized revenue from the iPad was US$4.61 billion for an average selling price of about US$600.

If you combine the figures for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, Apple saw sales of 160 million iOS devices through the December quarter, Oppeheimer said. He adds that the Apple App Store now has over 300,000 apps available and has seen nine billion downloads to date.

When it comes to current and upcoming iPad competitors, Apple Chief Operating Officer says Apple is confident it can go toe-to-toe with anyone in the tablet arena.

-- Dennis Sellers
dsellers@applecentral.com...

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Jan 18
iPod touch now accounts for 50% of all iPods sold

In an interview with the press and analysts concerning Apple's latest financial results, Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer said the iPod touch grew 57% in sales year-over-year and now accounts for 50% of all iPods sold.

The iPod remains the top-selling MP3 player globally with 70% of market share.

-- Dennis Sellers
dsellers@applecentral.com

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Jan 18
iPhone sales up 86% in December quarter

In an interview with the press and analysts concerning Apple's latest financial results, Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer said iPhone's sales growth for the December quarter was up 86%. That compares to 70% growth for the global smartphone market overall.

Oppeneheimer says recognized revenue from iPhones were US$10.74 billion for the December quarter compared to $5.85 billion in the year-ago quarter. The iPhone line has an average selling price of US$625.

At the end of the previous fiscal quarter, there were 185 iPhone carriers in 90 countries. Oppenheimer says that the Apple smartphone continues to experience strong growth in all segments, with sales in Asia-Pacific and Japan doubling year-over-year. He adds that 88 of Fortune 100 companies are deploying the iPhone, and that interest in the Apple smartphone continues to grow in this market.

Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook says that the IDC predicts the smartphone market to quadruple in two years, so...

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Jan 18
Apple retail store revenue doubles in December quarter

Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer said revenue for Apple's retail stores doubled in the December quarter to US$3.85 billion, compared to $1.97 billion in the September quarter. That's an increase of 95%.

The stores sold 851,000 Macs, compared to 689,000 the previous quarter, an increase of 24%. And (you knew this was coming) Oppenheimer says that about half of the Macs were sold to customers who had never owned an Apple computer before.

Apple now has 323 stores worldwide;. 87 are outside US. In fact, average international store volume exceeded the average U.S. store volume, Oppenheimer says, noting that the new stores in China stores are the highest when it comes to traffic and revenue.

With an average of 321 stores open during the quarter, average revenue per store was US$12 million, an increase of 69%. The Apple stores had 75.7 million visitors in the December quarter, an increase of 49% from the September quarter.

Oppenheimer says Apple...

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Jan 18
Apple sees record, Mac, iPhone, iPad sales

Apple has announced the financial results for its fiscal 2011 first quarter that ended Dec. 25, 2010. The company posted record revenue of US$26.74 billion and record net quarterly profit of $6 billion, or $6.43 per diluted share.

These results compare to revenue of $15.68 billion and net quarterly profit of $3.38 billion, or $3.67 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 38.5% compared to 40.9 % in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 62% of the quarter’s revenue.

Apple sold 4.13 million Macs during the quarter, a 23% unit increase over the year-ago quarter. The company sold 16.24 million iPhones in the quarter, representing 86%t unit growth over the year-ago quarter. Apple sold 19.45 million iPods during the quarter, representing a 7% unit decline from the year-ago quarter. The company also sold 7.33 million iPads during the quarter.

“We had a phenomenal holiday quarter with record Mac, iPhone and iPad sales,” CEO Steve...

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Jan 18
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Jan. 18

Here are the latest iPhone/iPod touch/iPod/iPad apps. You can find 'em at the Apple App Store (http://www.itunes.com/appstore/).

SkyTeam has announced a new mobile offering to all passengers traveling with any of its 13 member airlines. The free iPhone app contains a variety of features for today's traveler, including worldwide airline flight schedules, flight status, weather information with seven-day forecasts, notifications to users of updates and changes, an airport locator and important contact phone numbers. The eSkyGuide also provides the ability to look up flight schedules in Flight Mode when Internet access is disabled.

Commercial Defeasance has released iDefease, a free mobile calculator that allows commercial real estate professionals to estimate defeasance costs for any loan instantly on their iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. It also answers frequently asked questions and...

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Jan 18
'Fortune': Jobs went to Switzerland in search of...

"Fortune" is reporting (http://macte.ch/pcxuk) that Apple CEO Steve Jobs -- who announced a medical leave of absence this week -- spent part of 2009 at a hospital in Basel, Switzerland seeking treatment for neuroendocrine cancer, which he had surgically treated in 2004.

Jobs had surgery for pancreatic cancer in 2004, taking a leave of absence to recover. He returned, then took a second medical absence for roughly six months in 2009. At that time he underwent a secret liver transplant at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.

However, also during that absence, "Fortune" says Jobs also took an unpublicized flight to Switzerland to undergo an unusual, hormone-delivered radiological treatment at the University of Basel for neuroendocrine cancer. The treatment isn't available in the U.S.

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Jan 18
SanDisk announces SDHC card with UHS-I technology

SanDisk (http://www.sandisk.com) has introduced the SanDisk Extreme Pro SDHC UHS-I card. The card features Ultra High Speed (UHS) technology from the newly released SD 3.0 specification and achieves up to 45MB/second read and write performance.

As DSLRs offer increasingly sophisticated features such as high megapixel continuous burst shooting and high-definition (HD) video capture, photographers need advanced memory cards capable of unlocking their cameras' full potential. The card achieves high performance and efficient power consumption in UHS-enabled cameras such as the Nikon D7000, says Susan Park, director, retail product marketing, SanDisk.

The SanDisk Extreme Pro SDHC card adheres to the new UHS Speed Class 1 video class rating, offering 10MB/second minimum sustained write speed capable of recording HD 1080p videos or even 3D content. The card is shipping to major retailers worldwide and comes...

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Jan 18
Future Apples releases iSpeak Translator for the Mac

Future Apps (http://www.future-apps.net), an iOS development company has released the iSpeak Translator for the Mac. It's available at an introductory price of US$4.99 at the Mac App Store and requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 and higher.

iSpeak Translator for the Mac is not just a mere text translator, but uses the highest quality text to speech syntheses available to speak the translated phrase back to you in the target language, according to Future Apps founder and CEO John Stefanopoulos. Instead of offering separate apps for individual language pairs, all languages are being combined into one application.

iSpeak Translator for the Mac includes five languages for the initial release: English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. The application will be updated with many more languages in the very near future at no additional cost, according to Stefanopoulos.

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