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Oct 28
Serial port extension will 'kill' laptops in...

An Australian network engineer has designed and built a serial port extension for Apple handhelds, including the iPad, "that is set to spell the death of laptops in datacentres," according to "ZDNet Australia (http://www.builderau.com.au/news/soa/Aussie-makes-Apple-iMod-for-datacen...).

Designer and network engineer Chris Pollock, who will sell the devices for about US$50 through his site, IoNetworks, built the device after becoming frustrated at having to cart a bulky laptop into a datacenter in order to access serial ports on networking equipment, the article adds.

"For the last six years, I've been able to use SSH [Secure Shell] from my phone and so the idea of carrying a laptop into the datacentre has become less and...

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Oct 28
Apple increases employees, decreases amount of moolah spent on...

According to Apple's latest 10-K, which it filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday, it has increased its number of employees, expects its gross margins to fall, and is spending less (percentage-wise) on ads.

Apple has 46,600 full-time employees as of Sept. 25, up from 34,300 a year-ago and 32,000 in 2008. Most of that increase came in the retail segment, where Apple now has 26,500 employees, 10,000 more than in 2009.

Apple says in the 10-K that its gross margin will likely fall in coming quarters, as it sells a larger mix of products such as the iPad. Apple reported a gross margin of 39.4% in fiscal 2010, down from 40.1% in 2009.

When it comes to advertising, Apple actually spent less: $691 million in 2010. However, total revenues were over $65 billion, so Apple only spent about 1% of its revenue on advertising. Last year, that percentage was 1.37%. In 2001, it was 5%.

For 2010 overall, Apple poured $2.6 billion into capital...

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Oct 28
VUDU comes to Boxee and the Mac

VUDU’s on-demand movie service (http://www.vudu.com) will soon be available to Boxee (http://boxee.tv) users on Mac, Windows, and the Boxee Box by D-Link.

Boxee is VUDU’s very first Mac and Windows delivery platform, allowing users both new and old to access VUDU’s huge library of content from any computer. In turn, VUDU will be Boxee’s first premium pay-per-view movie service with access to new release movies as soon as they come out on DVD along with a huge catalogue of TV shows and films.

VUDU is offering every new user who signs up through Boxee a free movie so you can try out the service when it launches. Boxee’s free software will give viewers access to VUDU’s movie collection in standard definition.

Users who have the Boxee Box by D-Link will experience the VUDU’s full HD and HDX library delivered directly onto their televisions in 1080p...

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Oct 28
Contort USB Hub manager available from Quirky

Contort -- a community-developed USB hub that manages your drives and cables while protecting them -- is available for US$34.99 from Quirky (http://www.quirky.com/products).

Contort is a four-port USB hub and cord manager with a 360-degree flexible rubber neck to protect all your USB devices from accidental damage. It has a built-in cord management wrap with four anchors to corral your cables.

Contort is the 59th product designed and developed by the Quirky community since Quirky’s launch on June 2, 2009. Quirky gives everyone the chance to get product ideas out of their heads and onto shelves. Each week, Quirky’s community collaborates to select and produce one new product idea.

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Oct 28
Left for Dead game, goodies released for the Mac

Valve (http://www.valuesoftware.com) and its Steam gaming service, has released the Left 4 Dead game for the Mac, along with all the previously released DLC content for the zombie survival action title.

Here's what Valve has to say about it: "Mac OS X users rejoice, you can celebrate Halloween in style. Left 4 Dead is available for Mac users everywhere. What does this mean for Mac users? You get Left 4 Dead and all the previously released DLC for one low price. Plus, thanks to Steam play you can play in the same games on the same servers as PC users.

"On Oct. 5 we promised the OSX version of L4D by Halloween. Since hell froze over and we actually made the date, we brought back some other updates – ALL THE WAY FROM HELL! These updates for L4D include tank spawns in stasis until a player takes over, no tank slow down while on fire and we turned off auto-spawning in Finales (plus a few more...

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Oct 28
Bracketron announces two new iPad mounting solutions

Bracketron (http://www.bracketron.com), a manufacturer in mounting solutions for mobile consumer electronics, has announced two new mounting solutions for the iPad.

The first is a desktop stand is designed for use at home or the office. The second product is a headrest mount that attaches to the back of the driver or passenger headrest for backseat viewing. They're US$19.95 each.

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Oct 28
MEI offers Adobe DPS training

Managing Editor (http://www.maned.com) -- an Adobe premier development partner and a provider of software solutions for the publishing industry -- is offering training and consulting services for publishers, advertisers and creative teams using Adobe’s new Digital Publishing Suite (DPS) to build specialized content for tablets such as the iPad.

MEI has been working with Adobe during the development of the DPS tools, which were made available on Adobe Labs this week. In conjunction with this beta release, MEI’s workflow, technology and design experts are ready to assist users of the suite, from template creation to app deployment.

Depending on a publisher’s specific tablet needs, MEI also offers the vjoon K4 Cross-Media Publishing Platform, which is fully compatible with Adobe’s DPS. K4 allows publishers to integrate Adobe InDesign and InCopy to create and manage content for print, online, mobile and, now...

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Oct 28
Qoppa Software enhances Java PDF Libraries, Components

Qoppa Software (http://www.qoppa.com), a provider of PDF solutions, has released ew versions of its Java PDF Libraries and Components, adding PDF feature coverage along with improvements in memory management and performance.

There's now new Unicode support in jPDFProcess, jPDFAssemble, and jPDFNotes. These libraries now allow editing unicode text in annotations content and within document properties (author, subject, description). This will be of special interest to customers using non-latin characters such as Arabic, Asian (Chinese, Japanese and Korean), Greek, or Cyrillic characters.

There's new callout annotation in jPDFProcess, jPDFViewer, jPDFNotes. The callout tool combines a text box with a line and an arrow and is used to draw attention to text or objects in a PDF document.

Theres a new calibration tool in jPDFNotes. The measuring tool now also allows architects and engineers to set the...

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Oct 28
Strata releases Live 3D CX 2

Strata (http://www.strata.com) has released the Strata Live 3D CX 2 Suite of design tools for 3D on the web. It offers one-click publishing to the cloud and the ability to distribute, share and embed interactive 3D content anywhere on the web. Live 3D Version 2 becomes the first solution to make high-quality interactive 3D content as easy to publish and share as a YouTube video, according to Ken Bringhurst, president of Strata.

Live 3D is a cross platform Java based application for publishing interactive 3D content to the web and Adobe PDF, allowing viewers to experience products in a virtual 3D environment with the ability to rotate, zoom, measure, and interact with a model’s features and options. Its content requires no special plug-ins and is already viewable by the majority of people accessing the Internet, says Bringhurst.

Each license of Live 3D comes with a free subscription to StrataLive3D.com...

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Oct 28
SoftStep is USB/MIDI foot controller

Keith McMillen Instruments (http://www.keithmcmilleninstruments.com) has released SoftStep (US$289.99), which it says is the first universal multi-touch USB/MIDI foot controller. It can be used with an effects racks or software programs.

SoftStep weighs in at just over a pound and fits into most laptop and guitar cases. Ten sensor keys support five degrees of motion such as up/down, left/right, inc/dec, pressure and rotary motions that can be preprogrammed to control effects, software, or multimedia.

SoftStep also has a four-direction navigation pedal, an alphanumeric LED display, and backlit keys. It connects to a computer through USB and contains Expansion and Expression ports. With the MIDI expansion module, SoftStep can be used with or without a computer (Mac or PC) to connect to external MIDI hardware.

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Oct 28
YML ponders: is Apple an arrogant company

The new "Your Mac Life" episode ponders the question, "Is Apple an arrogant company?"

You can listen in this and every Wednesday evening from 5:30 to 8 pm (Pacific). Live video is on Your Mac Life! You can watch the show live at http://yml.macosg.com/ -- or you can listen in to the plain old audio feed at http://www.yourmaclifeshow.com/QT/stream.mov .

You can join one of the two Chat Rooms that run during the live show -- on the live video site or on the dedicated IRC Server at irc.chat-solutions.org in the #yourmaclife Channel.

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Oct 28
Virtual Programming acquires Syncode

Virtual Programming has announced the purchase of Australian developer Syncode (http://syncode.com.au/), which is known for its Synotes, Syncopy, and iTweetReply utilities for Mac OS X and iOS.

Virtual Programming will immediately assume ongoing support for all three products, as well as development of a new product listed as "Coming soon" on Syncodes web site. Additional software development is currently being discussed.

Virtual Programming will retain use of the Syncode brand for current and future versions of Syncodes products. It will remain distinct from Virtual Programmings brand, which is associated with gaming entertainment for Mac OS X and iOS.

Synotes is an iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch app that's also available as a web application. It lets users create, view, edit, save, and delete notes that are synced between devices, as well as with the web version, via Syncode's server. Users...

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Oct 27
'MacVoices' looks at CoTweet

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com), Meg Clark and Ayush Agarwal of CoTweet discuss their solution for social media activity by enterprise-level
clients.

With posting capabilities for both Twitter and Facebook, CoTweet facilitates not just getting the word out, but also offers tools to manage customer interaction and sales opportunities through integration with SalesForce. The CoTweet duo discuss the logistics of getting started with CoTweet, the feature sets of both their free and paid services, and more.

MacVoices" is an Internet show and podcast that delivers in-depth discussions with the most influential people in the Mac industry, as well as "the individuals who are out there making it happen on the front lines of the global Apple community," according to host Chuck Joiner.

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Oct 27
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Oct. 27

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/).

Simiula has announced KissOnThefly 1.0, a virtual kissing app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users. It allows you to send virtual kisses with animated postcards with sound. As an Introductory offer, from Oct. 26-31, KissOnThefly 1.0 is free; after this it will cost $0.99.

Demansol has introduced Lost In The Jungle 1.0, an US$0.99 hidden object game for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The objective of Lost In The Jungle is to let the user explore dense forests in search of hidden objects in order to get her colleague out of Tribal's clasp. Lost In The Jungle offers 40 forests to explore, with the option for user defined play lists of songs, featuring a multiplayer mode to play with family and friends, and much more.

Tapulous, part of...

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Oct 27
Apple hosting 'secret' iOS developer meeting next week...

"Silicon Alley Insider" (http://www.businessinsider.com/apple-ios-developer-event-2010-10) says that Apple is hosting an event for iOS developers in California next week. Quoting "an industry source," the publication says it may be a more intimate version of the iPhone Tech Talks that Apple hosted around the world last year.

This year, app publishers may get some extra face time with Apple engineers, and perhaps some hands-on development help. The big idea, it seems, is an effort to improve the quality of iOS apps available in Apple's App Store, says "Silicon Alley Insider."

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Oct 27
Apple, Gemalto working on 'special' SIM card?

Sources inside European carriers have reported that Apple has been working with SIM-card manufacturer Gemalto to create a special SIM card that would allow consumers in Europe to buy a phone via the web or at the Apple Store and get the phones working using the Apple App Store, reports "GigaOm" (http://gigaom.com/2010/10/27/is-apple-about-to-cut-out-the-carriers/).

It’s rumored that Apple and Gemalto have created a SIM card, which is typically a chip that carries subscriber identification information for the carriers, that will be integrated into the iPhone itself. Then customers will then be able to choose their carrier at time of purchase at the Apple web site or retail store, or buy the phone and get their handset up and running through a download at the Apple App Store as opposed to visiting a carrier store or...

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Oct 27
Study: mobile operators can expand tablet market by 70%

The Strategy Analytics research group (http://www.strategyanalytics.com) predicts that greater use of operator retail stores and subsidies could grow volumes of tablet sales by over 70% in the US and Europe.

Companies across the value chain are developing strategies to participate in the hot new tablet market, driven by the success of the Apple iPad, the firm says. Mobile operators, such as AT&T and Verizon Wireless, have announced plans to sell the iPad directly in their retail stores. As device vendors ready new tablets, aiming to take market share from Apple, it is important to understand the role that operators and their subsidies can play in tablet market growth, says Chris Ambrosio, executive director of the Strategy Analytics Global Wireless Practice.

"Subsidies can be an important tool to promote tablet sales, but operators need to price data plans at levels that...

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Oct 27
XtremeMac announces Play-Through Sleeve for the iPad

XtremeMac (http://www.xtrememac.com) has announced the Play-Through Sleeve for the iPad. It'sa US$34.99 full-coverage neoprene case with built-in screen protection. It is lightweight and ideal for the active iPad user. 

The Play-Through Sleeve’s protective built-in screen is clear and allows for touch screen navigation while still protecting iPad from unwanted scratches, dings and dirt. Additionally, the Play-Through Sleeve includes a removable headphone jack cover to protect the device while still allowing access to the jack when needed.

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Oct 27
Marware C.E.O. Hybrid for iPad available for pre-order

Marware says the C.E.O. Hybrid for the iPad (http://www.marware.com/products/iPad/C-E-O-Hybrid-for-iPad) is available for pre-order. The C.E.O. Hybrid is a fusion of the traditional shell case and a padded folio case. It retails for US$49.99.

Featuring a low-profile, soft exterior and an injection molded structure, the C.E.O. Hybrid boasts minimal bulk, rigid support, padded protection and flexible functionality. It sports a carbon fiber twill pattern design lined with soft suede-like cloth and such extras as a hand strap for non-slip grip when the case is open, multiple angle stand options for viewing, display or typing, an elastic strap to hold the case in the open position, and a snap-tight precision molded closure system with reinforced corner protection.

The C.E.O. Hybrid is available in black. The C.E.O. Hybrid retails for...

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Oct 27
Localized versions of Vectorworks 2011 line now available in...

Nemetschek Vectorwork (http://www.vectorworks.net/international) says a number of its European distributors have released localized versions of the 2011 award-winning Vectorworks line of design software, including: Vectorworks Designer, Architect, Landmark, Spotlight, Fundamentals and Renderworks.

Versions in each country’s native language are now available in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. The English-language version of the Vectorworks 2011 product line was released in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia, New Zealand, and other international markets on Sept. 14.

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Oct 27
Pamplin executive MBA students adopt iPads

In Blacksburg, Virginia, Virginia Tech's Pamplin College of Business has a new class of executive MBA students who have adopted iPads in their learning program, reports "Virginia Tech News" (http://www.vtnews.vt.edu/articles/2010/10/102710-pamplin-ipads.html).

“Executive MBAs need to be up-to-date on technology. What better way than by using such innovative products as the iPad?” says the program’s executive director Charles Jacobina says.

He expects that the students will use the iPad primarily as an eReader, as a tool for team collaboration and communication, and as a notepad for taking notes in class when used with a stylus, notes "Virginia Tech News." In addition to the student users, five Pamplin faculty members are using the device in their teaching, as a replacement for or complement to traditional...

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Oct 27
Kyte introduces live video streaming to iOS devices

Kyte (http://www.kyte.com/), a 360° video platform, today announced new live streaming functionality, enabling broadcasters for the first time to deliver both on-demand and live video experiences to any Apple iOS device, including the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

The updated Kyte iOS Application Framework and SDK (software developer kit) allow customers to deliver native iPad, iPhone and iPod touch apps that feature live streaming video and audio, according to Chief Operating Officer Gannon Hall. Live streaming is also supported for HTML5-based web browsing on iOS devices.

The live streaming functionality is made even more powerful when combined with Kyte’s signature social features, such as the ability for mobile viewers to share content via Facebook, Twitter and email, as well as integrated commenting, rating and chat capabilities, which increase user engagement and social content discovery, says Hall...

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Oct 27
Future Sonics announces Atrio special edition headphones

Future Sonics (http://www.FutureSonics.com) has announced the new Atrio Special Edition (ASE) professional earphones. They're equipped with Future Sonics’ proprietary studio-grade dynamic driver.

The multi-driver and cross-over free ASE’s provide remarkable full range audio for use on stage, in-studio, or with your personal MP3 and multimedia pads and players, says Futer Sonics co-founder Marty Garcia. The ASE’s are available for US$229.

The Power of 1, Future Sonics' proprietary dynamic drivers, produce frequencies below 150Hz more effectively than multiple driver designs, delivering audio the way your own ears would naturally hear, says Garcia. The ASE sports a lightweight design with multiple in-ear sleeves to create a custom fit and seal with natural noise-isolation characteristics, he says.

They're available in a special edition chocolate color. Each ASE comes stored in a case...

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Oct 27
Intego warns of new new Mac trojan horse

Intego (http://www.intego.com) says it has discovered a Mac version of the Koobface worm, which spreads via social networks such as Facebook, MySpace and Twitter. The company sys its Virus Monitoring Center has been examining this malware for some time, and given the low level of risk, has not publicly issued information about it.

However, since other reports have been made public about this malware, Intego has decided to publish this security memo. Reports have circulated discussing a Trojan horse, but without understanding either the scope or the functioning of this malware, according to Intego.

"This threat is a Mac OS X version of the Koobface worm, which is served as part of a multi-platform attack via a malicious Java applet," the company says. "The malware itself is made up of a number of elements, though in order to simplify, we will use the term 'Trojan horse' to describe it. (Technically, it...

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Oct 27
'iPod: The Missing Manual' up to ninth edition

O'Reilly Media has released "iPod: The Missing Manual, Ninth Edition" (http://oreilly.com/catalog/0636920010142) by J. D. Biersdorfer. It's 304 pages and costs US$15.99 for the ebook edition and $19.99 for the print version.

The updated book covers the latest iPod touch, iPod shuffle and iPod nano, as well as the iPod classic. Biersdorfer is the author of "iPad: The Missing Manual," "iPod: The Missing Manual" and "The iPod Shuffle Fan Book," and is co-author of "The Internet: The Missing Manual" and the second edition of "Google: The Missing Manual." She has been writing the weekly computer Q&A column for the Circuits section of "The New York Times" since 1998.

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