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Jul 20
iSuppli ups iPad forecast

Amid indications that Apple Inc. is ratcheting up its iPad production targets to meet booming demand, iSuppli Corp. (http://www.isuppli.com) is ratcheting up its shipment forecast as well.

iSuppli now predicts Apple will ship 12.9 million iPads in 2010, an increase from the previous forecast issued April 2 of 7.1 million units. Shipments will rise to 36.5 million in 2011 and 50.4 million in 2012, predicts the research group.

“The iPad is shaping up to be the ‘Tickle Me Elmo’ of the 2010 holiday season, with product demand expected to vastly exceed available supply,” says Rhoda Alexander, director of monitor research for iSuppli. “Apple has hiked its iPad manufacturing goals to suppliers across Asia. As iSuppli stated in its initial forecast, the key to continuing success will be how quickly Apple responds to issues as they arise and whether the company can align suppliers to meet demand needs. Apple’s...

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Jul 20
Blue Microphones announces second gen Mikey

Blue Microphones (http://www.bluemic.com) says the second generation Mikey will be available online and in-stores on Aug. 20 with a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$99.99.

Building upon the audio technology developed for the original Mikey, the second generation portable mic is designed for iPhone, iPod and iPod touch, featuring improved circuitry for superior recording and enhanced new features, says John Maier, CEO of Blue Microphones.
Like the original, Mikey features two custom-tuned Blue capsules for professional-quality stereo recording capabilities.

To accompany its sleek new design, Mikey features an improved acoustic circuit that allows for higher quality recordings of high-volume events, like concerts, Maier says. Mikey also now boasts a 3.5mm line-input for direct recording of other sound sources such as a guitar or mixer along with a USB pass-thru connection to allow for...

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Jul 20
LinkOptimizer update addresses resolution handling

Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has released LinkOptimizer 4.4.2, an update of its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign. The new version addresses an important issue related to resolution handling.

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

LinkOptimizer Light 4.4.2 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 4.4.2 is free for LinkOptimizer 4.x users and a $98.98 to upgrade from previous versions. A demo is available for download.

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Jul 20
Apple Store Fayette Mall to open July 24

Apple will open a new retail store in Lexington, Kentucky, this Saturday, July 24.

Apple Store Haywood Mall (http://www.apple.com/retail/fayettemall) is located at 3401 Nicolasville, Road, Suite 303, Lexington, Kentucky 40503. The grand opening will be from 10 am to 9 pm. Regular store hours haven't yet been announced.

Apple Store Haywood Mall will be the company's 295th retail store. Apple plans to open another 18 or so during this fiscal year, with about half of those outside the U.S.

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Jul 20
Apple takes top spot in Q2 Media Impact Value ranks

Media measurement technology firm, General Sentiment, has released its quarterly Top 20 report highlighting the brands that made the biggest media impact for the quarter. Apple topped General Sentiment's Impact Value rankings this quarter on the strength of its iPad and iPhone 4 product releases.

Google fell to the number three spot despite generating record levels of discussion for the brand.  This marks the fourth quarterly analysis of its kind by General Sentiment, whose premier report was for the third quarter of 2009. General Sentiment also announced the launch of a new media value metric called Perception Value, which measures the brand with a greater emphasis on the quality of the content and exposure.

For the first time, General Sentiment has produced a top-10 ranking of winners and losers based on Perception Value. Perception Value isolates effects of the public sentiment on brand value by assigning positive value to positive mentions and negative value to...

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Jul 20
McAfee releases new Mac products

McAfee has launched McAfee Internet Security and McAfee Family Protection for the Mac (http://www.mcafee.com/mac). 

McAfee Internet Security empowers consumers to surf the web safely, while McAfee Family Protection allows parents to filter inappropriate content from their children, says Todd Gebhart, executive vice president and general manager, consumer, mobile and small business at McAfee. 

McAfee Internet Security for Mac includes the following features and benefits:

° McAfee SiteAdvisor technology protects users from malicious web sites, browser exploits and notifies users whether an ecommerce site has been scanned by McAfee for potential vulnerabilities.

° SiteAdvisor technology provides site ratings in 22 search engines, and features advanced phishing protection that will alert users to sites that may try to steal personal identities or gain access to financial information...

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Jul 20
OWC announces eSATA ExpressCard adapter

Other World Computing (http://www.owc.com) has announced the US$39.99 Slim eSATA ExpressCard Adapter for adding a high speed 3.0Gb/s eSATA port to any Apple MacBook Pro model that offers a built-in ExpressCard slot.

Featuring a flush fitting design, the OWC Slim eSATA ExpressCard Adapter fits completely inside the MacBook Pro ExpressCard slot and is AHCI compliant requiring no drivers for Mac OS 10.5.x and later. No drivers are required and the “hot swappable” card can be inserted at any time and sits flush with the edge of the ExpressCard slot.

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Jul 20
OtterBox announces cases for the iPhone 4

OtterFox (www.otterbox.com/iphone-cases/iphone-4-cases/) has unveiled its Defender Series case. Impact Series and Commuter Series cases for the iPhone 4. The Defender Series case sports a polycarbonate shell made of hi-impact, shatter-resistant material .

Built into the shell is a clear Multi-Touch display screen cover as well as a clear cover for the Apple logo cutout on the backside. Finally, a silicone skin wraps around and locks into the shell . A holster-style swivel belt clip is enclosed.

Coming soon, the OtterBox Commuter Series case features two layers of device security. A silicone mid-layer and a polycarbonate shell combine to provide protection from bump and shock, while the self-adhering screen protector defends from scratching. Similar to the Impact Series, the Commuter Series will offer coverage for the iPhone 4 power button, volume...

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Jul 20
GEAR4 announces line of portable audio solutions for the iPod,...

GEAR4 (http://www.GEAR4.com), an UK iPod and iPhone audio brand, has expanded its presence in the U.S. market with the introduction of new portable audio solutions for the iPhone and iPod touch. They'll be available for purchase in the U.S. by Oct. 1.
 
The US$149 Explorer SP is a lightweight iPod/iPhone speaker that comes with a carrying case and a remote. It has a lithium-ion battery with a fast-charge feature, purportedly giving it 10 hours of continuous play after only two hours of charge.

The StreetParty Size 0 is a slim and slender dock. Then there's teh StreetParty 4, a device dock that actually folds completely flat for storage. Both are powered with AA batteries, and manufacturer's suggested retail price is $99 and $69, respectively.
 
Rounding out GEAR4’s portable solutions, the StreetParty Compact is an option with a MSRP of $49. It's smaller in height than the other portable...

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Jul 20
Paradigma Software ships Valentina DB 4.7

Paradigma Software (http://www.valentina-db.com) has released Valentina DB 4.7, an update of the columnar database for business and developers. The new version sports over a dozen of user requested improvements and optimizations, as well as several core improvements and updates for 64-bit operations under Mac OS X.

Valentina DB based products include Valentina ADK and Valentina Developer Network for developers desiring to incorporate the Valentina DB into their applications. VDN also allows royalty free deployment of Valentina Embedded Server. Developer solutions start at $199 for every major development environment for Mac OS X, Windows, Linux and iPhone.

Standalone, business ready Valentina Office Server is also available for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux, and includes full PHP development, PDF reports generation, SSL security, Bonjour auto-lookup features and more.

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Jul 20
PulpMotion upgrade for Mac OS X offers new photo frame theme

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 3.1. The new versions offers a new photo frame theme and a brand new version of animated books.

With all these new features there are now more than 190 themes available in PulpMotion Advanced, including 30 new wedding themes.

PulpMotion 3.1 costs US$129 for PulpMotion Advanced and $49 for PulpMotion Standard. Complimentary upgrades are available to customers who purchased PulpMotion on or after Jan. 1. Other upgrade options are available to existing PulpMotion customers who purchased before this date. Version 3.1 is a free update for registered users of version 3.0.

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Jul 20
PFiddlesoft Frameworks updated

PFiddlesoft has updated the PFiddlesoft Frameworks, Cocoa frameworks for writing assistive applications for persons with disabilities using Apple's Accessibility and Quartz Event Taps APIs on Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6.

The PFiddlesoft Frameworks were upgraded today to include the PFAssistive Framework version 3.1.1 and the PFEventTaps Framework 1.3.1. Both frameworks can now be used with an assistive application that runs as a trusted accessibility process, so that its user does not have to turn on the global "Enable access for assistive devices" setting in the Universal Access pane of System Preferences.

You can download the PFiddlesoft Frameworks now at pfiddlesoft.com/frameworks/ . The frameworks are written using Objective-C 2.0. They are Universal Binaries supporting 32-bit and 64-bit architectures using reference counted memory management.

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Jul 20
USB Fever releases two new products.

USB Fever has released two new products. One is for the iPad, the other for the iPhone.

The Headrest Mount for eeePC/UMPC/iPad (http://www.usbfever.com/index_eproduct_view.php?products_id=1918) is an US$33.99 gadget for mounting a tablet device to your windshield windows. The MonoPod Collapsible Self-protrait Stick
(http://www.usbfever.com/index_eproduct_view.php?products_id=1930) is a $16.99 doohickey for using the iPhone and other device for taking a self-portrait.

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Jul 20
Centrify offers free AD authentication for Macs

Centrify Corp., which specializes in securing and auditing access to cross-platform systems and applications through Active Directory, has announced availability of Centrify Express, a new set of free software applications and tools, content resources and community forums designed to help organizations improve security and compliance of data center and desktop systems.

A subset of the company’s award-winning Centrify Suite of identity and access management solutions (IAM), Centrify Express is ideal for organizations interested in establishing a single sign-on experience for Mac and Linux users based on their existing Active Directory credentials. To download the free software, visit http://www.centrify.com/express .
 
Centrify Express comprises:

° DirectControl Express, which enables Mac OS X and Linux servers and workstations to participate in a Windows Active Directory...

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Jul 20
Apple explains its location collection info practices

Apple told Congress it collects location information about users of the iPhone, iPad and Mac computers in batches and encrypts it before sending it over a WiFi connection from the device to Apple's servers every 12 hours, reports "eWeek" (http://macosg.me/2/kd).

Apple said its iPhone, iPad and Mac computers collect location information, but do so anonymously in batches and encrypt it before sending the data over a WiFi connection from the devices to Apple's servers every 12 hours. Apple's info was in response to a list of questions from U.S. Reps. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Joe L. Barton (R-Texas).

Last month the Congressmen sent Apple a letter demanding to know about the company's practice of collecting, storing and sharing the location of users' mobile devices. Apple, which will not let users download any applications from the iTunes store without agreeing to the new terms and conditions, shares...

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Jul 20
SQLLiteManager adds table editor with foreign key support

SQLabs has updated SQLLiteManager (http://www.sqlabs.com/sqlitemanager.php), a SQLite database manager tool for Mac OS X and Windows, to version 3.5. The upgrade adds a table editor with foreign key support and an advanced low level SQlite 3 database analyzer.

SQLiteManager is a graphical user interface (GUI) database manager for SQLite databases. it allows you to open and work with SQALite 2.x, SQLite 3.x, in memory databases and REALSQL Server databases. It allows you to create and browse tables, views, triggers and indexes. SQLLiteManager enables you to insert, delete and update records and supports arbitrary SQL commands.

It works with Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. A SQLiteManager single license is US$49, and a $20 discount coupon code is available for SQLiteManager 1.x registered users. Company and multiplatform licenses are also available. SQLLiteManager is a...

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Jul 20
Spootnik launches a web front end for OmniFocus MacOS/iOS app

Buzzard AG has announced a web front-end for OmniFocus as an additional feature to their Spootnik web service (http://www.spootnik.net), which provides synchronization between OmniFocus and Basecamp to enable collaboration between co-workers and customers.

A Spootnik Account functions as a hub, keeping OmniFocus on iPhone and Mac in sync, synchronizing tasks with the online collaboration app by 37signals Basecamp, and now also providing access via a web browser. Spootnik makes OmniFocus accessible from everywhere; only a web browser is required

Device requirements are: OmniFocus on Mac OS X computer or iOS device; OmniFocus 1.5 or higher; and a web browser (Firefox 2+, Safari 4+, Chrome 5 and IE 7+).

The Spootnik web service is available via monthly subscription plans. A 30-day free trial is available.

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Jul 20
WaterField Designs offers covers, cases for the Apple Wireless...

WaterField Designs (http://www.sfbags.com) has announced two new protective keyboard cases for Apple's wireless keyboard. Mobile iPad and laptop users may now carry their keyboard in the minimalist Keyboard Slip Case (pictured) that safeguards the keyboard with ballistic nylon and light padding or in the Keyboard Socket, a soft, padded keyboard pouch.

The $29 Keyboard Slip Case offers protection in a slim ballistic nylon case with a lightly padded liner. The Apple wireless keyboard slips y into the custom-fitted, snug case. Six trim choices allow users to add a splash of color. The Keyboard Socket is an US$15 padded, custom-fitting pouch designed to provide scratch-free keyboard protection from other bag contents. It's available in black.

WaterField also offers the $39 Keyboard Sleeve to tote the keyboard and the $49 Keyboard Travel Case to protect and carry the keyboard, mouse and additional laptop...

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Jul 20
Apple donates MacPaint source code to Computer History Museum

By Gaurang Donovan

The source code for MacPaint, the drawing program that shipped with the first Mac in 1984, is going on display at the Computer History Museum (http://www.computerhistory.org/highlights/macpaint/) in Mountain View California on Tuesday. Apple donated the code, along with the code for QuickDraw, to the museum.

MacPaint is the drawing program application which interacts with the user, interprets mouse and keyboard requests, and decides what is to be drawn where. The high-level logic is written in Apple Pascal, packaged in a single file with 5,822 lines. There are an additional 3,583 lines of code in assembler language for the underlying Motorola 68000 microprocessor, which implement routines needing high performance and some interfaces to the operating system.

QuickDraw is the Macintosh library for...

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Jul 20
Apple releases iBooks 1.1.1

Apple has updated iBooks, its ebook/PDF reader, to version 1.1.1. You can now zoom in on any image and see it in high resolution.

It also offers performance tweaks for reading PDFs. What's more, iBooks 1.1.1 lets you look up definitions to English words inside books without a specified language and fixes some bugs.

iBooks works with the The iBookstore features books from major and independent publishers. Once you’ve bought a book -- or download a free one -- it’s displayed on your Bookshelf. Just tap it to start reading. iBooks 1.1.1 is a free download at the Apple App Store and works with the iPad, iPhone or iPod touch.

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Jul 20
Yankee Group: courting Apple owners is good business

Approximately 1.7 million consumers bought iPhone 4s in its first three days of sale, sending Apple more than US$1 billion in revenue. Research from Yankee Group (http://www.yankeegroup.com) shows that those same consumers will be worth more than $1.8 billion to AT&T this year, and more than $9 billion to it over the next five years.

"Apple iPhone owners shop more, buy more and remain more loyal to their phones than users of other devices," says Carl Howe, Yankee Group research director and author of the new report. "Our surveys tell us that Apple is the most popular choice of consumers shopping for a new smartphone. Because those subscribers will earn more revenue for operators, mobile operators worldwide should be courting them.:

Key data from the report reveals iPhone users:

° Are younger and wealthier. IPhone users average 32 years of age with $100,000 of household income,...

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Jul 20
KickApps delivers drag and drop HMTL5 authoring

KickApps Corp. (http://www.kickapps.com) says the latest release of the KickApps App Studio will support HTML5, allowing marketers, brand managers and developers to create-customized, full-featured web applications via drag and drop.

This allows KickApps to integrate the existing Flash creation capabilities of the App Studio with support for custom media player creation for devices running Apple’s mobile operating system, including the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The App Studio provides users with a single authoring environment in which they can create customized video experiences that support both Flash and HTML5, with no coding required.

The App Studio also enables the creation of customized data-driven apps for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Apps on these devices will appear and function as they do on Flash-enabled devices, and designers, and developers will be able to customize them with...

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Jul 20
Canon releases new printers, scanners

Canon USA (http://www.usa.canon.com) has announced five new PIXMA printers with a new Full High Definition (HD) Movie Print feature and two new scanners.

Now when using the new Full HD Movie Print with compatible HD Canon EOS and PowerShot Digital cameras, consumers can print individual frames of movies. The new PIXMA printers also feature improvements to Auto Photo Fix II to enhance photos while Easy-PhotoPrint EX software now allows users to search and use images from Flickr.

The new Canon PIXMA MG5220 (US149.99) and PIXMA MP495 Wireless Photo All-in-One printer ($79.99), PIXMA MG5120 ($129.99) and PIXMA MP280 Photo All-in-One ($69.99) printers along with the new PIXMA iP4820 inkjet printer ($99.99) will provide users with many improvements to increase overall quality and ease-of-use, according to the folks at Canon.

With enhanced Easy-PhotoPrint EX software, images can now be searched...

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Jul 20
Kanguru releases new encrypted flash drive

Kanguru Solutions (http://www.kanguru.com) has released the Kanguru Defender Basic, a hardware encrypted, secure flash drive designed for everyday use. It's the latest in the Defender line of encrypted flash drives, following the FIPS 140-2 Certified Kanguru Defender Elite and the Kanguru Defender V2.

The Defender Basic offers security features including: 256-bit AES hardware-based encryption; limited password attempts; and on-chip password matching. No administrative rights are required for use.

Capacities for the Kanguru Defender Basic start at 2GB and go up to 128GB. Prices start at US$29.95.

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Jul 20
Samsung launches 1TB Spinpoint MT hard drive disk

Samsung (http://www.samsung.com) has started shipping its new Spinpoint MT2 1TB 2.5-inch internal mobile hard disk drive. It's designed for use in portable storage solutions, such as the newly released Samsung S2 Portable 1TB USB Drives.

Other applications include digital TVs, home media systems and set-top boxes, where quiet and cool operations are important, says I. C. Park, vice president, storage marketing, Samsung. mploying industry-leading 333GB per-platter technology, the new Spinpoint MT2 drive offers up to an enormous 1TB for personal digital collections such as photos, music, video and work files, he adds.

Running at 5400rpm speed, the MT2 has a 12.5mm form factor and utilizes Samsung’s proprietary SilentSeek and NoiseGuard technologies to minimize noise levels during drive operation.It also features SATA 3.0 Gbps interface and Native Command Queuing functions. The Spinpoint MT2 drive has...

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