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Jun 01
TARMAC lets you integrate iPhones, iPads into IT infrastructure

Companies can now integrate the iPhone and iPad into their IT infrastructure with equinux's new TARMAC, a provisioning tool tailored specifically for the Apple platform. With TARMAC (http://www.equinux.com/us/products/tarmac/demo.html) medium to large enterprises can securely set up and manage their iPhones and iPads  over-the-air, says equinux CEO till Schadde.

Businesses can use TARMAC to remotely set up their iPhones and iPads without needing to manually connect them to a machine. TARMAC Server operates within a company's network and using an existing directory service to automatically create personalized user profiles.

TARMAC is installed as middleware on a company's network, and supports directory services in Active Directory, Open Directory, Open LDAP and MySQL databases. The configuration settings available in TARMAC guarantee safety in...

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Jun 01
Apple shuts down Lala music service

Yesterday (May 31) Apple shut down the Lala music streaming service, which it purchased at the end of 2009.

It's speculated that Apple will use the Lala technology/staff to launch an online music streaming service similar to Spotify soon. How soon? Perhaps at next week's Worldwide Developer Conference, according to rumors.

Speculated to debut on June 7, the service -- if it is coming -- would likely be based on Apple's purchase of Lala six months ago. Lala -- which offered "the first and only free fully licensed service to instantly provide anywhere web access to an existing music library such as iTunes" -- was purchased by Apple earlier this year. The goal is probably to allow Apple to implement a new iTunes feature that would allow users to stream their purchased media content remotely. In fact, rumors of such a service surfaced earlier this year.

Purportedly, the service would allow iTunes shoppers to build up a digital video collection (music, movies, TV...

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Jun 01
Google reportedly bidding Windows adieu

Google is phasing out the internal use of Windows because of security concerns, reports the "Financial Times" (http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/d2f3f04e-6ccf-11df-91c8-00144feab49a.html), attributing the info to "several Google employees."

The directive to move to other operating systems "began in earnest" in January, after Google’s Chinese operations were hacked, and could effectively end the use of Windows at Google, which employs more than 10,000 workers internationally, the article adds. New employees are now given the option of using Macs or PCs running Linux.

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Jun 01
Apple to divert small slice of iPad profits to Foxconn raises?

Apple is reportedly cutting 0.7% of iPad profits to give factory workers at Foxconn, a China-based unit of Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry, a 20% raise, reports "DailyTech" (http://www.dailytech.com/Report+Apple+Cuts+07+Percent+of+iPad+Profit+to+...).

The move follows a rash of recent suicides at the plant. Apple's products are almost entirely manufactured by Foxconn. The 20% raise won't hit Apple's wallet too hard, says "Daily Tech." It's estimated to raise the costs of labor for the iPad from 2.3% of the cost to 3%.

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Jun 01
Adobe unveils digital viewer technology for magazines

Adobe has unveiled a new digital viewer technology that enables print publishers to offer digital versions of their magazines.

This new publishing software was developed with input from Condé Nast’s "WIRED" magazine, a publication that recently debuted a digital edition for the iPad, utilizing the new digital viewer technology. WIRED’s June issue Reader application, now available through the Apple App Store for US$4.99, is built using Adobe’s digital viewer software.

"Adobe’s work with WIRED has resulted in a digital magazine format that creates an immersive experience, allowing a publication’s unique content, look and feel and advertising to stand out in the digital realm," says David Burkett, vice president and general manager, Creative Solutions at Adobe. "We aim to make our digital viewer software available to all publishers soon and plan to deliver versions that work across multiple hardware platforms. It’s safe to say that if you are already working in InDesign...

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Jun 01
Study: iPad's success not slowing eBook reader market

In a new report, IMS Research (http://www.fpdmarketresearch.com) says the success of the iPad is not slowing down the eBook reader market.

Shipments of electrophoretic display (EPD) frontplanes were up over 20% in the first quarter of 2010 (Q1’10) with even faster growth expected in Q2’10. In addition, eBook shipments are expected to rebound from a seasonally weak Q1’10 and rise by over 30% quarter-over-quarter worldwide in Q2’10. Based on supply chain surveys, 2010 eBook shipments are headed to around 15M units, according to IMS Research.

Amazon continued to dominate the global eBook market with a 48% share in Q1’10. Barnes & Noble rose to #4 with an 8% share with its innovative Nook product.

Prime View International (PVI) widened its share advantage over its competitors in Q1’10 accounting for nearly 90% of the eBook display market. Its financials have also improved...

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Jun 01
iHome releases dual kitchen timer/speaker system for the iPhone...

iHome (http://www.ihomeaudio.com/) has introduced the USS$99 iP39 Dual Kitchen Timer and Alarm Clock Radio Speaker System for the iPhone and iPod.

With stainless steel finishes, dual cooking timers, retractable docking station and an easy-to-clean control panel and magnetic remote control, the iP39 is designed to blend seamlessly into kitchens everywhere, while providing added functionality to the most trafficked room in the home, says Evan Stein, vice president of Marketing, iHome. The iP39 Dual Kitchen Timer and Alarm Clock Radio Speaker System for iPhone/iPod features two independent cooking timers that allow users to set and track cooking times as well as a full-featured alarm.

The built-inretractable docking station allows owners to charge their iPhone or iPod, listen to their music, and have their alarm trigger their iPod music library, FM radio or buzzer. The iP39 is also suitable for...

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May 31
Sanyo introduces waterproof full HD dual camera

Sanyo (http://www.sanyo.com) has released what it says is the world's first waterproof Full HD Dual Camera that can be used underwater. The DMX-CA100 will be launched at the end of June in Japan. No word on US availability or pricing.


The Full HD Dual Camera can be used to a depth of three meters underwater for up to 60 minutes: it meets the IPX8 standard based on JIS C 0920 waterproofing guidelines. This Full HD video (1920 x 1080 pixels) capturing in all kinds of year-round outdoor conditions, not only in the rain, or while swimming in the pool or ocean, but also perfect for marine sports such as snorkeling and surfing, or even for winter sports, including skiing and snowboarding, according to the folks at Sanyo.


The video format MPEG-4 AVC H.264 format enables videos to be handled on a computer or the Internet using a single file, just like a still photo.

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May 31
Trailrunner for Mac OS X runs to version 3.1

Trailrunner (http://www.trailrunnerx.com/), a Mac OS X solution for folks doing long distance sports, has been updated to version 3.1. You can now send Trails to the iPhone and iPad versions of the app.

With TrailRunner you can plan workout routes on a geographical map, export the route directions as small NanoMaps onto an iPod and import workout data from the Nike + iPod sports kit back into the workout diary. Other features are an exercise plan, .Mac weblog publishing, a GPS, GPX and KML import/export, an integrated map and elevation data download from global mapping services like USGS topo maps.

TrailRunner is donationware. You can download the software, and, if you like it, make a donation to the developer.

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May 31
Intel unveils new product plans for high-performance computing

During the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC), Intel (http://www.intel.com) announced plans to deliver new products based on the Intel Many Integrated Core (MIC) architecture that will purportedly create platforms running at trillions of calculations per second, while also retaining the benefits of standard Intel processors.

Targeting high-performance computing segments such as exploration, scientific research and financial or climate simulation, the first product, codenamed "Knights Corner," will be made on Intel's 22-nanometer manufacturing (nm) process -- using transistor structures as small as 22 billionths of a meter -- and will use Moore's Law to scale to more than 50 Intel processing cores on a single chip. While the vast majority of workloads will still run best on Intel Xeon processors, Intel MIC architecture will help accelerate select highly parallel applications, according to Kirk Skaugen...

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May 31
RapidweaverTemplates releases new Rapidweaver themes collection

RapidweaverTemplates (http:/www.RapidWeaverTemplates.com) has added new Rapidweaver themes to be used with Realmac Software's web site building application. They are: YellowPages, Summertime, Sunset, Nature and Sunny.

The new collection complement the existing Rapidweaver themes. Each theme incorporates a number of different graphic elements that can be removed, moved and changed in size, opacity or color.

RapidWeaver themes require Mac OS X with RapidWeaver 4.0 installed. Each RapidWeaver theme is available for US$12.99. The complete set of 18 RapidWeaver Themes may be purchased for $49.95. Samples and more information about RapidWeaver Themes are available immediately from RapidWeaverTemplates.

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May 31
Midnight Mansion game update for Mac OS X fixes some bugs

Midnight Mansion 1.2.0b (http://www.actionsoft.com/midnightmansion.html ), an update to ActionSoft's action/exploration game, has been released. The upgrade squishes some bugs.

Midnight Mansion is an action/exploration platformer with 32-bit graphics. As Jack Malone, you will explore eight huge mansions, each filled with traps, puzzles, and secrets, as you search for legendary treasure. Ride on conveyor belts, avoid zapper beams, and dodge monsters as you collect keys that give you access to new areas of each mansion. Non-violent gameplay allows the whole family to enjoy the game. Features include multiple user accounts, online high scores, suspend game, a level editor, and much more.

Midnight Mansion works with any Mac capable of running Mac OS X 10.1.5 or higher (Mac OS X 10.2 or higher is recommended). Midnight Mansion is shareware and is free to try...

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May 31
Sync Android with Outlook and iCal with Missing Sync update


Mark/Space (http://www.markspace.com) has updated their all-in-one Android PIM and media synchronization software, The Missing Synv for Android. Version 1.4 brings phone-to-desktop calendar synchronization to Android phones. You can now synchronize Microsoft Outlook or Apple iCal calendars wirelessly over a Wi-Fi network or via Bluetooth.



The Missing Sync for Android software is available for Windows PC and Mac computers and supports phones running Android OS, such as the Google Nexus One, Verizon Motorola Droid and HTC Droid Incredible.



The calendar app included on Android-powered phones syncs with Google Calendar. To sync with a Mac or Windows PC, Mark/Space had to develop their own Android calendar app. Fliq Calendar is their full-featured calendaring app designed especially to synchronize with calendars from Outlook and iCal. Fliq Calendar works with The Missing Sync to keep calendar...

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May 31
'MUG Event Calendar': iPad, TypeStyler, Daylight, more

June starts off with a bang at the "MUG Event Calendar."

Joe Cox of Apple will present the iPad to an Australian group, while Dave Stillman of Strider Software will show off TypeStyler to a California group, and Ross Mondschain of Daylight will demonstrate their Daylight for the Mac and iPhone to an Illinois group. Other topics on this week’s agenda include a film festival in New Mexico, Photoshop CS5, two different MUG picnics, iTunes, iWork and more.

"The MUG Event Calendar" can be found at "The MUG Center" (http://www.mugcenter.com), an online resource for Mac User Groups, Mac User Groups are starting to officially celebrate the holiday season.

MUGs are good places for making new friends in the Mac community, imProving your computing skills, finding solutions to technical Problems, and perhaps locating a good deal on used hardware. For more info on MUGs, and to find the location of the...

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May 31
Apple sells two million iPads in less than 60 days

Apple says iPad sales have topped two million in less than 60 days since its launch on April 3. Apple began shipping iPad in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK this past weekend. The iPad will be available in nine more countries in July and additional countries later this year.

"Customers around the world are experiencing the magic of iPad, and seem to be loving it as much as we do," says Apple CEO Steve Jobs. "We appreciate their patience, and are working hard to build enough iPads for everyone."

He adds that developers have created over 5,000 exciting new apps for iPad that take advantage of its multi-touch user interface, large screen and high-quality graphics. iPad will run almost all of the more than 200,000 apps on the App Store, including apps already purchased for your iPhone or iPod touch.

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May 31
Remember our armed forces on Memorial Day

Macsimum News will be closed today in honor of Memorial Day in the US. Originally called Decoration Day, is a day to remember those who have died in our nation's service. Remember our soldiers, past and present, and have a safe and wonderful holiday.

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May 30
DOJ's Apple problem expands beyond music

The Dept. of Justice's probe into Apple is expanding to include how the iPhone and iPad maker does business with media outfits in areas beyond music, according to "The New York Post" (http://www.nypost.com/p/news/business/apple_probe_grows_eC2Xojek2kBNijBO...), quoting "several," anonymous sources.

According to these sources, the Justice Dept. has contacted a handful of the country's biggest media and technology companies to get their views on Apple, "which, after years of casting itself as the tiny outsider, has become an 800-pound gorilla calling the shots in several arenas," the article adds.

Hollywood industry source purportedly said: "You can't dictate terms to the industry. The Adobe thing is just inviting the wrath of everybody." With the iPad, Apple has been criticized by many for...

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May 29
Australians bought 30,000 iPads on Friday

Australians bought an estimated 30,000 iPads Friday as the product went on sale nationwide, according to the "Daily Telegraph." A further 20,000 of the tablet computers are expected to be sold this weekend, the newspaper adds.

In Sydney, the first iPads were sold to the more than 300 customers who camped out overnight in the cold outside the flagship George St store. By comparison, Apple sold more than 500,000 iPads in the first week of release in the US and a million after 28 days.

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May 29
Microsoft wants Bing as a search option on the iPhone

Microsoft and Apple are in long-term talks about adding the Bing search service as a prominent option on the iPhone and not as a replacement of Google as has been rumored, according to"All Things D" (http://kara.allthingsd.com/20100528/microsoft-talking-to-apple-about-bei...).

Currently, Google is the default search on the popular mobile device, although you can switch the search option to Yahoo, if you wish. Microsoft wants to be added to the search options, "but has wanted to do so in a way that makes the choice more visible," according to "All Things D." In addition, Microsoft wants to make its Bing mapping more integrated with the iPhone, the article adds.

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May 29
DOJ investigating whether Apple is guilty of price fixing in...

Seeking information on possible price fixing in the digital music marketplace, the U.S. Department of Justice contacted the legal departments of the major record labels as part of an initial inquiry into Apple, sources have told "Billboard" (http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20100529/media_nm/us_apple), a music industry trade publication. The DOJ also spoke with a number of digital music services, the article adds.

Earlier this month, the DOJ reportedly reached out to the major music lablels to learn whether Apple was affecting pricing in the market. Since the featured album in Amazon's Daily Deal usually sells for the low prices of $3.99-$5.99, as opposed to the almost standard $9.99 for digital albums, any attempt to discourage labels from participating in the Amazon promotion might be construed as price fixing. And some sources said Apple had pushed...

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May 28
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for May 28

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/).

Amazon.com has announced its Kindle App for iPad is now available in all countries where the iPad is offered. The free app lets users select from hundreds of thousands of books available in the Kindle Store on iPad and features Amazon Whispersync technology that saves and synchronizes customers’ last page read, bookmarks, notes and highlights across their Kindle, Kindle DX, iPhone, iPod touch, Mac, iPad and more.

Speaking of reading apps, Kobo, a global eReading service, has also announced availability of its free iPad application in all markets where iPad is available. Additionally, Kobo today released regional versions for Canada, UK and Australia and announced a New Zealand application is coming soon. The regionalized applications, built...

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May 28
Analyst expects new Mac Pros, iTunes.com to be unveiled at WWDC

In a note to clients Kaufman Bros. analyst Shaw Wu is expecting some big announcements beyond iPhone OS 4 and a likely new iPhone at June's Apple Worldwide Developer Conference. Among them is a new Mac Pro.

"AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) concurs, expecting a pro Mac desktop that adds a total of 12-cores from Intel's latest Westmere architecture to the high-end desktop. (Apple is also expected to release a second LED-backlit Cinema Display, measuring 27-inches diagonally and resembling its existing 24-inch model," says "AppleInsider"). And Wu also thinks we'll see a revved MacBook Air and a web-based version of iTunes.

“Sources tell me that in the past few weeks, Apple has started signaling to the labels that it’s interested in a web-based version of iTunes, its dominant music retail platform,” Wu has told clients. “But those conversations are preliminary at best. So if you’re...

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May 28
Next version of Apple TV to reportedly use iPhone OS

We were hoping that Apple would get serious about its "hobby," the Apple, TV, and according to the "endgaget" web site (http://www.engadget.com/2010/05/28/the-next-apple-tv-revealed-cloud-stor...), this is finally going to happen.

The report says that the next Apple TV rev -- which WON'T be unveiled at next month's Apple Worldwide Developer Conference -- will be based directly on the upcoming iPhone 4, meaning it will get the same internals, down to that A4 CPU and a limited amount of flash storage -- 16GB to be exact -- though it will be capable of full 1080p HD, the article says. What's more, it will run a version of iPhone OS 4, not Mac OS X.

"engadget" says the device is said to "be quite small with a scarce amount of ports (only the power socket and...

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May 28
Verizon iPhone due by the holidays?


Apple has bumped up its iPhone production plans, which include a Verizon iPhone that will be available for the holidays, according to a report at "TheStreet" (http://www.thestreet.com/story/10769660/1/apple-verizon-iphone-set-for-h...).

Rodman Renshaw analyst Ashok Kumar, who has been monitoring the production plans in Asia, says Apple has asked its supply and manufacturing partners to prepare for a production rate of four million iPhones a month by September, a 25% increase. The company has also told its manufacturing partner Asustek to plan on starting full-scale production of a CDMA version of the iPhone to be available at Verizon as early as November, the analyst adds.

Most pundits think that a Verizon iPhone is inevitable and just a matter of time...

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May 28
Info needed on firefighting software for the Mac

Our next Migration Kit will look at firefighting software for the Mac. If you use or know of such goodies, drop me a line (dsellers@macsimumnews.com) no later than Wednesday, June 1.

Migration Kits appear on Friday and round-up Mac solutions for specific industries and areas as dentistry, engineering, sales, etc. Also, if you have a particular migration topic you'd like us to cover, drop me a line, as well.

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