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In its annual Christmas shopping survey, Twenga (http://www.twenga.co.uk), a next-generation shopping search engine, asked Internet users what presents they most wanted this Christmas. Topping the wish lists this year is one product in particular, the iPad.
Over half (56%) of the Brits surveyed said that they were wishing for an iPad this Christmas. However, 40% still feel that it’s too expensive to have any hope of one ending up in their stocking.
The iPad’s popularity is also apparent in Spain and France, where 64% and 60% respectively, said that they would like an iPad. Italian users were even more hopeful, with 69% crossing their fingers for one this Christmas.
However, in Germany and the Netherlands, only 41% and 40% respectively, had Apple’s tablet computer on their Christmas wish lists.
With regards to the price, other countries in Europe seem to...
Do you remember the coffee making iMac with subwoofer and integrated Mac mini, one year ago? Well, there are some new family members from Kiwidee (http://www.kiwidee.com/kiwidee/home_e.html), a company that offers a "second life for your Mac."
The new iMac Coffee Edition has got an "Injector System" and is now fit for cappuccino. Pricing starts at 399.
The new iMac A/V Edition turns the iMac into an iPhone/iPod/ iPad movie and sound dock with HDMI out + Bluetooth. Pricing starts at 483.
Instead of the Mac mini you can now also choose an integrated 119 Full HD Media Player/Streamer. Last but not least, the Cube is reborn as the 499 SubCube 2.1 sound system featuring an iPod/iPhone dock + Bluetooth.| Read more »
ProteMac has launched KeyBag Pro (http://www.protemac.com/KeyBag_PRO/) for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. This US$99.95 stealth keystroke recorder captures every Mac log-on password. Working undetectable, it audits every typed activity including log-on passwords, programs run, typed symbols, instant message charts, email, etc.
KeyBag Pro enables you to trace all password attempts. Plus, it archives all passwords ever typed in, enabling you to export this data in the desired format to the location you specified.
KeyBag Pro creates the record of the programs' usage illustrating this statistic data in a chart that displays the typing speed and the total number of keystrokes for a definite application used in the specified time period. This means KeyBag Pro delivers the comprehensive report about application statistics indicating the time and text typed in a specific application. The...| Read more »
iWeb Themes Park (http://www.iwebthemespark.com) has introduced Bloomy, Butterflies, Diamonds, Magnification and Old World themes for iWeb, the web site creation component of Apple's iLife suite. The updated iWeb Themes Box has 77 iWeb themes all in all.
The five new themes are different from the others and offer new website building possibilities in new fields, such as antiques, romantics, handmade artworks and other, according to the folks at iWeb Themes Park. To use them you'll need iWeb from iLife '08, iLife '09 or iLife '11.
The iWeb Themes Box of 77 themes is priced at US$44.99. Ten iWeb Themes in a Combo Package can be purchased for $29.99. Each template is available for $11.99 or $10.99. Using the coupon code “iWebThemesTrio” 3 iWeb Themes of Your choice can be obtained with $11.99 discount. Two iWeb Themes are free for everyone.| Read more »
CAZE has announced their ThinEdge clear trim case (http://www.iphonecaze.com/iphone-3g-cases/style-series/iphone-4-thinedge...) for the iPhone 4. The US$19.90 case is constructed of lightweight, hard-shell plastic.
The ThinEdge trim case offers sleek protection for the iPhone 4 and comes with an wallet size stand for easy viewing of your wide screen. The ThineEdge wraps the edges & corners to cushion and protect and keeps the front and back of the iPhone 4 from coming into direct contact with flat surfaces when laid down. It's available in clear, grey, blue and pink.| Read more »
Hyberbolic Software (http://www.hyperbolicsoftware.com) has released Tidy Up! 2.3.0 the latest version of their disk, file and folder processing utility for Mac OS X.
Tidy Up! can find duplicate files and packages using any criteria. Version 2.3.0 adds compatibility with iPhoto 11, a check button column in the result list and fixes some incompatibilities with Aperture 3.1.
Tidy Up 2.3.0 requires Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard") or higher. Upgrades from version 1.x are $20, and upgrades from version 2.x are free. For new users the cost is US$30 for a limited time.| Read more »
Griffin Technology (http://www.griffintechnology.com) has unveiled their next generation of compact, multi-use docks. AirCurve Play (US$19.99) brings the acoustic simplicity of Griffin's original AirCurve to the iPhone 4, and the $59.99 PowerDock Dual (pictured) allows simultaneous charging of and iPad and iPhone (or iPod).
AirCurve Play makes the speaker of your iPhone 4 10 decibels louder, and it works without batteries, cables, or power adapters. Just slip your iPhone into AirCurve's rubber dock gasket, and your iPhone 4 becomes a portable audio/video conference phone, video viewer, and self-contained music player -- even a beside alarm clock.
PowerDock Dual is a charging dock for iPad and iPhone and also a place for your stuff. The contents of your pockets -- your keys, change, guitar picks -- they all go in PowerDock Dual's built-in valet dish, while your iPad and iPhone (or...| Read more »
The SecureMac team (http://www.securemac.com) says a new variant of the Boonana malware has been discovered. The new variant, trojan.osx.boonana.b, behaves in a very similar manner to the original malware, and is currently being distributed on multiple sites.
SecureMac has identified two more web sites that are currently hosting the new malware variant. Rather than the initial site which tricks users into running (and installing) the malware, these servers seem to be hosting update code for the malware. The infected machines contact these servers looking for updates to the malware payload. At the time of analysis (Nov. 2), these servers were live and distributing malware, says SecureMac.
In addition to the malware updates, these servers contain what appear to be keystroke logs from infected machines, including usernames and passwords. With a quick glance, Boonana may look like a variant of...| Read more »
Skype (http://www.skype.com) has released a beta version of Skype 5.0 for Mac in beta. The new release boasts a revitalized look and feel that simplifies navigation and provides a more native Mac experience. Some of the highlights of Mac 5.0 beta include:
° Group video calling, which allows you to do video calls with more than two people at a time as long as all participants are on the new Mac beta or Skype for Windows 5.0;
° A new call control bar: you can hang up, mute and more from a mini Skype toolbar that sits on top of any web pages, documents or photos you've got open;
° Offline IM so that you can send and receive instant messages even if the recipient is offline;
° A Floating Contacts Monitor to see your online contacts and contact groups.
Just remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.| Read more »
On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com), Jeff Carlson has been spending lots of time with the new iMovie '11, and has discovered a number of useful, cool and largely undocumented features.
He discusses the under-publicized return of the timeline (even if it isn't called a timeline), the usefulness of Movie Trailer and other effects, and then dives into things you didn't know, including rolling shutter fix, morse code in a theme, and several other minor but tasteful additions. iMovie '11 still isn't good with interlaced video; Carlson explains what that means to you and how to work around it, and why iMovie '11 is finally almost like the long-dead iMovie HD.
"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...| Read more »
USB Fever has announced three new products for the iPad, iPod and iPhone. The Leather Case with Keyboard for iPad (http://www.usbfever.com/index_eproduct_view.php?products_id=2066) is an US$69.99 combination leather case and keyboard.
The Watch band for iPod Nano 6th (http://www.usbfever.com/index_eproduct_view.php?products_id=2067) is a $9.99 strap that turns the latest iPod nano into a wristwatch. The
Universal Tripod Mount for iPhone, Cellphone and PDA (http://www.usbfever.com/index_eproduct_view.php?products_id=2068...
"TUAW" (http://www.tuaw.com/2010/11/03/verizon-iphone-announcement-rumored-to-hi...) thinks we may see a Verizon iPhone before the end of 2011. Such a device has been expected for a long time, but most predictions have it arriving no sooner than early 2011.
However, "TUAW" say a Verizon insider told them that training notices have been sent out to customer service personnel describing an "Iconic Device" that will be available for pre-order on Nov. 9. The device is expected to be in very high demand, and the training goes on to cover how to handle the pre-orders as they come in, says "TUAW."| Read more »
It's been over seven month since Apple last updated Final Cut Pro. But that may be about to change. "Cult of Mac" (http://www.cultofmac.com/steve-stay-tuned-and-buckle-up-for-64-bit-final...) reports an email exchange between a Final Cut Pro user and Apple CEO Steve Jobs.
The article says Evan Agee recently emailed Jobs, expressing his hopes of a 64-bit update to Final Cut Pro. He purportedly received one of the CEO's famed, succinct replies: “Stay tuned and buckle up.”| Read more »
Robert W. Baird analyst William Power launched coverage of Apple Thursday morning with an Outperform rating and US$410 price target, reports "Barron's" (http://blogs.barrons.com/techtraderdaily/2010/11/04/apple-baird-launches...).
“Apple has established itself as the unabashed premium provider in the burgeoning smart phone market,” he tells clients in a research note. “We expect the company to further expand its market position, while also capitalizing on a number of newer growth initiatives, including the iPad, which is opening another huge market. Combined with what we view as an attractive valuation, despite the strong stock move, we are initiating coverage with an Outperform rating.”| Read more »
Apple is now accepting submissions for the upcoming Mac App Store. Revealed in October, the Mac version will operate much like the iOS App Store, and is set to launch sometime in January 2011.
At the Oct. 20 "Back to the Mac" event, Craig Federighi, Apple's vice president of engineering for OS X, demoed The Mac App Store. He said it brings the Apple App Store experience to Mac OS X, making discovering, installing and updating Mac apps easier than ever, he says. Like on the iPad, you purchase apps using your iTunes account and they download and install in just one step.
App updates are delivered directly through the Mac App Store, so it’s easy to keep all of your apps up to date. The Mac App Store will be available for Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard") and will be included in Mac OS X Lion when it ships next summer.| Read more »
The iPad and its ecosystem are likely to disrupt existing technology use profiles and business models, and CEOs should ensure that its potential is being seriously evaluated inside their organizations, according to a new report from Gartner Inc (http://www.gartner.com).
“It is not usually the role of the CEO to get directly involved in specific technology device decisions, but Apple's iPad is an exception,” says Stephen Prentice, Gartner Fellow and vice president. “It is more than just the latest consumer gadget; and CEOs and business leaders should initiate a dialogue with their CIOs about if they have not already done so.”
The research grouop forecasts worldwide media tablet sales to end users to reach 19.5 million units in 2010, driven by sales of the iPad. Media tablets are poised for strong growth with worldwide end user sales projected to total 54.8 million units in 2011, up 181 percent from...| Read more »
Jawbone (http:///www.jawbone.com) has introduced the Jambox, which it says is the first intelligent wireless speaker and speakerphone. In addition to delivering full spectrum audio, Jambox connects with mobile phones, computers, tablets, iPods or any other Bluetooth device, allowing consumers to stream and share music, movies, games, phone and conference calls wirelessly.
Jambox's acoustic drivers and ultra-small dome produce an audio spectrum almost as wide as the human ear itself, says Hosain Rahman, CEO and founder of Jawbone. These drivers and speakers work in concert with an innovative moving-wall passive bass radiator and airtight enclosure.
The Jambox can be updated with apps, software and new features at Jawbone's online platform, MyTalk. Audio alerts offer hands-free convenience, letting you know battery life, caller ID, call functions and more. Jambox can also be personalized with voice...| Read more »
Apple is preparing to open its third store in Scotland, this one in Edenburgh on Princes Street, reports "The Journal" (http://www.journal-online.co.uk/article/7007-new-apple-store-to-open-on-...).
By opening a store in Scotland’s capital, customers will no longer have to travel to Glasgow to fix their faulty or broken products, says "The Journal." There are currently only two Apple Stores in Scotland, in Glasgow and Aberdeen.| Read more »
The "Boy Genius Report" site (http://www.bgr.com/2010/11/04/apple-confirms-macbook-air-bugs-internally/) says Apple has confirmed a problem with the new MacBook Air is working on a fix.
Apple hasn't addressed any of the reported issues publicly, but a source told "BGR" that the manufacturer is investigating several of them internally. Included among the issues is a bug where the display flickers or shows horizontal lines of varying colors when a computer wakes from sleep or after hot-plugging a display. Another bug causes the screen to fade from light to dark repeatedly after waking from sleep. Apple’s internal support system includes suggestions for interim fixes in each of these cases, but no permanent fixes are available at this time.
"Apple has stated internally that the aforementioned issues...| Read more »
Excel Software (http://www.excelsoftware.com) has announced QLRT Xcode 1.0 for Xcode developers to protect Mac OS X software. QLRT Xcode is a static library implementation of the QuickLicense runtime software for protection, activation and license management.
Xcode programmers can protect their software from piracy and increase revenue by supporting a variety of license types, activation processes and advanced licensing features. QLRT Xcode is used in conjunction with QuickLicense. The developer configures all aspects of the software license with QuickLicense and builds a tiny encrypted Ticket file.
That Ticket file is bound to an application when the QLRT library is dropped into the source code and linked into the application. By focusing on value added customer solutions rather than
internal protection, activation and licensing features, the vendor gains programming productivity...
GoSolarUSA (http://www.GoSolarUSA.com) and Yosion have announced a development agreement to configure new versions of the ApplePeel 520 for use with tablet computers such as the Apple iPad.
GoSolarUSA is providing the funding and tablets that Yosion needs to develop the new gadgets. The two companies have worked together closely since signing an option agreement in September. GoSolarUSA signed a profit participation agreement with Yosion last month that entitles GSLO to a portion of Yosion’s net profits worldwide.
“Apple has sold more than three million iPads since the tablet’s release in April, selling over 300,000 on launch day alone,” says Tyson Rohde, GSLO President and CEO. “Clearly, there’s a very large market of tablet users developing here that we believe will grow by leaps and bounds this holiday season. By developing the ApplePeel 520 for the iPad and other devices such as the Amazon...| Read more »
The new "Your Mac Life" episode looks at the new MacBook Air, the Magic Trackpad and the 2011 Macworld Conference & Expo.
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.| Read more »
Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has released BatchOutput 3.9.6, an update to its professional solution to automate printing and exporting from Adobe InDesign. It's a maintenance upgrade that introduces support for Deliver, a new solution for file delivery to remote and local destinations.
BatchOutput is designed to automate and simplify InDesign production workflows of service providers, printers, ad agencies and publishers. With BatchOutput, users only need to select the files to output and adjust the settings, and the rest will be done automatically.
BatchOutput 3.9.6 can be purchased from the Zevrix web site for US$129.95, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. The upgrade to BatchOutput 3.9 is free for users of version 3.x, and $51.98 from earlier versions. It includes the Deliver application (a $19.95 value). Users who purchased BatchOutput 3.7 and earlier...| Read more »
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/).
FileMaker has delivered FileMaker Go 1.1 for iPhone and FileMaker Go 1.1 for iPad apps in five new languages in addition to English -- French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Japanese. With FileMaker Go, users can view, edit and search FileMaker Pro records on an iPhone and iPad. Databases can be accessed directly from files hosted on FileMaker Pro or FileMaker Server, or database files can be copied locally onto FileMaker Go via File Sharing in iTunes.
The new update is available free to existing FileMaker Go users. FileMaker Go for iPhone and iPod touch (running iOS 4) is US$19.99 and FileMaker Go for iPad (running iOS 3.2) is $39.99.
Aspyr Media and test prep leader Kaplan Test Prep have teamed up for futureU, one of the industry’s first...| Read more »