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Mar 11
Dell increases PC market lead over Acer -- thanks to the iPad

Dell’s competitive position is improving in the global computer market, thanks to strong corporate sales as well as an unlikely helper: the iPad, according to the iHS iSuppli research group (http://www.isuppli.com).

U.S.-based Dell in the fourth quarter solidified its hold on second place in the global computer business as No. 3 player Acer saw challenging conditions continue in the consumer markets, new IHS iSuppli research indicates. Acer’s decline was spurred by rising competition for its consumer-focused netbook and notebook computers from the iPad and other media tablets.

U.S.-based Dell in the fourth quarter saw its market share lead in unit shipments expand over Taiwan’s Acer to 1.9 percentage points, up from a 0.4 point gap in the third quarter. With Dell’s fourth-quarter shipments remaining flat compared with the third quarter, its market share lead was entirely due to a precipitous 12.9%...

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Mar 11
NewerTech announces NuShelf mounts for the Mac Mini

Newer Technology (http://www.newertech.com) has announced the NewerTech NuShelf Mount (http://www.newertech.com/products/macmini_acc.php) for installing one or more 2010 Mac mini computers and/or Apple Time Capsule wireless hard drives under a desk, shelf, or cabinet.

Designed and made in the USA and priced starting from US$39.95, the precision manufactured acrylic NuShelf Mount is designed to save desktop space by relocating a 2010 Mac mini and/or Time Capsule to a more protected, unused mounting location. Two models are available.

The $39.95 NuShelf Mount holds one 2010 Mac mini or one Time Capsule. The $44.95 NuShelf Dual Mount holds two 2010 Apple Mac minis, two Apple Time Capsules, or one mini and one Time Capsule $44.95.

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Mar 11
iPad 2 may usher in mainstream video calls

The iPad 2 may jumpstart the video call era, says "Investor's Business Daily" (http://macte.ch/08vBs). The second-gen Apple tablet sports front- and rear-facing cameras along with FaceTime software.

Apple introduced FaceTime video chat in June with the launch of its iPhone 4 smart phone. Since then, it has made the feature available in the iPod touch media players and for Macs. It's available for Mac OS X at the Mac App Store for US$0.99.

FaceTime for Mac makes it possible to communicate with anyone on an iPhone 4, iPod touch, or Mac from your Mac. If you use one of the new MacBook Pros you get 720p clarity.

All you need is an Apple ID and an email address and you’re ready to roll. To start a video call with someone, find her entry in the contacts list. FaceTime works with Address Book so you don’t have to enter your contacts from scratch.

"Apple's marketing machine will do a lot to...

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Mar 11
Apple may sell 600,000 iPads in weekend debut

Apple may sell 600,000 of the the iPad 2 when it debuts this weekend, extending the device’s lead in a crowding market, according to "Bloomberg Businessweek" (http://macte.ch/p2luf). The iPad 1 sold 300,000 in 24 hours.

The iPad 2 went on sale on Apple’s website at 4 a.m., then appears in U.S. stores at 5 p.m. Brian Marshall, an analyst at Gleacher & Co. who predicted more than a half- million in unit sales, is one of several who expect the iPad 2 to outpace its predecessor, notes "Bloomberg Businessweek."

Tim Bajarin, an analyst at Creative Strategies, projects sales of 500,000 iPad 2s in two days. He -- along with analysts from Rodman & Renshaw LLC and Piper Jaffray & Co. -- also predicts the device will outsell the first iPad.

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Mar 11
82% of future tablet buyers want an iPad

Since its initial release, the Apple iPad has been the de facto standard by which competing tablets are measured. But with the release of the iPad 2 just around the corner, can new tablets from Motorola, Research in Motion and a host of others successfully launch and compete?

During February, the ChangeWave (http://www.changewave.com)research group surveyed 3,091 consumers on tablet demand and future buying trends -- including customer satisfaction, tablet cannibalization of other electronic devices, and consumer preference for wireless tablet services. The survey was completed just before Apple’s iPad 2 announcement.

Future tablet demand remains extraordinarily high among consumers – with better than one-in-four respondents (27%) saying they plan on buying a tablet device in the future. That’s two points higher than in a previous ChangeWave survey in November.

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Mar 11
Stock Calculator Release 2 available for Mac OS X

System Support Products has announced Stock Calculator 2.0, an update to their profit/loss and share price calculator app for Mac OS X 10.4 or later. With the upgrade, the application re-written as a Universal Binary for native execution on both Intel and PowerPC processors.

Multiple calculation windows can now be open simultaneously in Stock Calculator. There are also user interface updates and improvements.

Stock Calculator is designed for performing "what if'" analyses, such as determining what share price a stock needs to attain in order to return a specified profit. It can determine the total cash outlay, per share buying price, or number of shares, as well as the net profit amount and total return percentage, or the per share selling price.

Stock Calculator for Mac OS X is currently available for a one-time charge of US$14.95 from the System Support Products website (http://www....

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Mar 11
Verbatim releases new wireless computer accessories

Verbatim (http://www.verbatim.com) has announced the retail availability of its latest computer accessories -- the Mini Wireless Slim Keyboard & Mouse, the Wireless Optical Touch Mouse and the Wireless Mini Travel Mouse (pictured). These accessories offer 2.4GHz performance and "leave-in" USB Nano receivers for portability.

Designed with a piano black finish, Verbatim's US$44.99 Mini Wireless Slim Keyboard & Mouse sports a laptop-style keyboard, while its accompanying wireless mouse helps to eliminate cord clutter. The receiver can also be stored inside the mouse when not in use.

The $39.99 Verbatim Wireless Optical Touch Mouse lets users navigate the mouse pointer with the swipe of a finger and is designed for both right- and left-handed users. Verbatim’s $19.99 Wireless Mini Travel Mice are designed for notebook users and features a Nano receiver small enough to plug in and leave...

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Mar 11
CompanionLink announces PC Sync support for the iPad 2

CompanionLink Software has announced two-way synchronization of contacts, calendar, tasks and notes between popular PC software and the iPad 2.

CompanionLink offers multiple ways to sync the iPad 2, including local Wi-Fi sync, a secure hosted wireless sync service, and automatic wireless sync via Google. The sync works in tandem with a business-focused iPad app called DejaOffice.

CompanionLink will sync the iPad 2 with CRM suites like IBM Lotus Notes, Sage ACT!, Palm Desktop, Novell GroupWise, Salesforce CRM, and Highrise. CompanionLink also synchronizes with Microsoft Outlook add-ins like Franklin Covey PlanPlus for Microsoft Outlook, Getting Things Done (GTD), Take Back Your Life, Respond, Avidian Prophet, and Outlook Business Contact Manager.

CompanionLink's sync solutions for iPad are available for a one-time cost starting at US$39.95. CompanionLink Secure Hosted Wireless is available for $9.95 per month. Free telephone support is included. More details...

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Mar 11
Spirit is Calling is daily spiritual journal for Mac OS X

BKeeney Software has introduced Spirit is Calling, a daily spiritual journal for Mac OS X (10.4 and higher) co-authored by Rev. Chris Michaels and Dr. Edward Viljoen. The US$21 app encourages daily journal entries that allow the user to track their spiritual growth over the course of a year.

The journal tracks thoughts and reflections on a daily basis and allows the user to return to previous entries at any time. The program can be scheduled to automatically open every day at a scheduled time.

Michaels is a national speaker, author and ordained minister. Viljoen is a national speaker, author and is the senior minister at the Center for Spiritual Living in Santa Rosa, California. A 14-day demo of Spirit is Calling can be downloaded at the BKeeney Software's website (http://www.bkeeney.com).

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Mar 11
iBank for Mac OS X rings up version 4.2

IGC Software (http://www.iggsoftware.com) has released released iBank 4.2, a new version of its financial management application for Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher. The version delivers multiple enhancements including in-line editor calculations, improved transaction entry and split editing, and enhanced rules for complex imports.

iBank costs USS$59.99; licensed users of previous versions of iBank can upgrade for $29.99 (though version 4.2 is a free update for registered users of version 4.x). iBank for iPhone requires a MobileMe account. The Mac version requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher. A demo is available for download.

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Mar 11
Transitioning to Xcode 4 screencasts available

The Pragmatic Studio (http://pragmaticstudio.com/) has released six free screencasts to help developers transition from Xcode 3 to Xcode 4 and learn new time-saving keyboard shortcuts.

This initial round of screencasts is geared toward developers familiar with Xcode 3 who want to make the jump over to Xcode 4. Many of the concepts will be familiar to iOS developers, but the screencasts will help guide you around the new user interface. There is also a handy Xcode 4 Shortcuts Cheat Sheet available for download.

In their upcoming hands-on iPhone/iPad Programming courses the Pragmatic Studio will be teaching Xcode 4. It will be held April 18-21 in Denver, Colorado, and July 18-21 in Reston, Virginia.

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Mar 11
Desktop search engine supports Adobe, Quark, Microsoft

Markzware (http://www.markzware.com) has announced PageZephyr 2.11, a free update of the desktop search and content extraction engine for InDesign and other formats on the Mac.

PageZephyr desktop search converts InDesign, QuarkXPress and Publisher documents to the Internet. Version 2.11 supports InDesign CS5 plus extracts and exports text to your WordPress Blog, Scribd, Google Docs, and Box.net accounts.

PageZephyr searches documents within InDesign, Publisher and QuarkXPress and extracts and finds content within specific areas across file types. It's a semi-automatic content creator, providing ability to merge, edit and combine content.

This search engine finds content in multiple documents in different formats and highlights search criteria. You can customize discovered text by editing font styles, size, colors, etc., to optimize for output options.

PageZephyr costs US$99. It...

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Mar 11
NLU Products launches iPad 2 products

NLU Products (http://www.BodyGuardz.com) has released protective films for the new iPad 2 from the company’s BodyGuardz and ScreenGuardz lines to safeguard the device from scratches and nicks. Available for order online now, NLU Products will ship iPad 2-compatible products on Monday, March 14.

iPad 2 users can choose from BodyGuardz, BodyGuardz Armor Carbon Fiber and ScreenGuardz HD Anti-Glare. All films are custom-designed for the iPad 2, add virtually no bulk and are compatible with accessories such as hard cases, docking stations or the Apple Smart Cover.

BodyGuardz, made from the same material typically used to shield the fronts of automobiles from damage, is available in full-body, screen- or back-only protection. For those seeking personalization while safeguarding against scratches, BodyGuardz Armor Carbon Fiber provides back and side protection while adding a carbon-fiber pattern to the...

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Mar 11
BaseElements FileMaker plug-in is free, open source

Goya (http://www.goya.com.au/) has announced BaseElements, a free and open source plug-in for FileMaker. It's a cross platform developer tool for analyzing, documenting and completely cross-referencing every element in FileMaker Pro database systems.

This plug-in is not only available for unlimited free use to end users and workgroups, but also available under an open source license. FileMaker developers can extend their FileMaker solutions without extra cost or licensing issues.

The BaseElements plug-in allows users to add to and enhance their FileMaker solutions via the plugin interface. By adding options to perform File, XSLT, Dialog, Clipboard and more functions, FileMaker developers can work on extending and improving their FileMaker solutions without extra cost or licensing issues, says Nicholas Orr, owner of Goya. The source code for the plug-in is available from github (...

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Mar 11
Adobe updates Lightroom, Camera Raw

Adobe has announced the Lightroom 3.4 and Camera Raw 6.4 Release Candidates are available for immediate download on Adobe Labs.

The Release Candidates bring raw file support to seven popular camera models including Canon EOS Rebel T3i and Olympus E-PL1s, improve on lens correction profiles introduced in the Lightroom 3.3 and Camera Raw 6.3 releases, and add over 10 new lens profiles to help photographers automatically correct unwanted distortion and chromatic aberration.

In addition, the Lightroom 3.4 and Camera Raw 6.4 Release Candidates address a number of issues reported by customers on the previous releases. Lightroom is a digital photography workflow solution designed to help serious amateur and professional photographers import, manage, enhance and showcase all their images within one application. The Photoshop Camera Raw plug-in provides access to raw image formats produced by many leading digital cameras.

The Lightroom 3.4 Release Candidate is...

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Mar 11
BatchOutput for InDesign adds Deliver Express support

Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has released BatchOutput 3.11, an update to its professional solution to automate printing and exporting from Adobe InDesign. The upgrade adds support of Deliver Express for automated delivery of output files.

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 3.11 can be purchased for US$129.95. A demo is available for download. Upgrades to BatchOutput 3.11 are free for licensed users of version 3.x, and $47.98 for the users of earlier versions. Every order includes a free license of File Courier (a $19.95 value). BatchOutput is available for Mac OS X 10.4.2 and higher, a Universal Binary, and works with Adobe InDesign CS-CS5.

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Mar 10
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for March 10

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

MobileInfocenter has announced Tech News Tube 1.0 for iOS. It delivers the latest tech news, rumors and articles in a free, universal app, aggregating the tech news aggregators to bring readers the latest industry news and articles. Users can finger swiper their way through the day's headlines and share links.

Big Pixel Studios has released Land-a Panda 1.0 for iOS devices. In the puzzle game (which is US$0.99 for the iPhone and iPod touch and $1.99 for the iPad) players control a young lovestruck male panda called Yang Guang, whose goal is to meet his dream partner, a female panda called Tian Tian.

Makers Interactive has introduced World Academy 1.0 for the iPhone and iPod touch. It's an educational quiz game for learning world culture into fun....

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Mar 10
Jobs ties for 110th ranking on world's billionaires list

"Forbes" has released its list of the world's billionaires (http://www.forbes.com/wealth/billionaires). Apple CEO Steve Jobs ties for 110th place with a net worth of US$5.5 billion. He ranked 136 last year (though he comes in at 34th among US billionaires)>

Here's what "Forbes" has to say about Jobs:

"In March the Apple founder made a surprise appearance at the unveiling of his iPad 2, after taking medical leave in January. Insanely creative Apple chief transforms a multibillion-dollar industry every few years. First, personal computers with Apple II, Macintosh; then film with Pixar; music (iTunes), mobile (iPhone). Now iPad is treated as messiah tablet, savior for publishing industry. Apple still sells computers, but twice as much revenue now comes from music distribution and hand-held devices. Shot past long-time rival Microsoft as world's most valuable tech...

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Mar 10
Xcode available at the Mac App Store

Apple's Xcode is now available on the Mac App Store for US$4.99 (and still free for Apple developers who pay the annual membership fee).

Xcode is a toolset for building Mac OS X and iOS applications. According to Apple, with Xcode 4, the tools have been redesigned to be faster, easier to use, and more helpful. The Xcode IDE purportedly understands your project’s details, identifies mistakes in both syntax and logic, and will even fix your code for you.

Xcode 4 also has a brand new user interface, built upon technologies that Apple itself uses to build Mac OS X and iOS, and that have produced over a quarter million Mac OS X and iOS apps.

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Mar 10
Mobile app downloads approached eight billion in 2010

2010 saw considerable growth in the mobile applications market, and more competition is expected in 2011. Despite more proactive involvement in app store development from other platform providers, Apple’s iTunes is still the market leader after having such a successful head start, according to ABI Research (http://www.abiresearch.com).

The research group says the iPhone interface had notched up more than 5.6 billion accumulated downloads by the end of 2010, compared to nearly 7.9 billion total downloads from all stores during that year. However, Apple is set to face more intensive competition in 2011.

“The iTunes App Store only targets iOS users; that leaves more room for other platform application stores to step up and focus on ‘non-Apple’ clientele,” says research associate Fei Feng Seet. “Android smartphone quarterly shipments now exceed Apple’s. There is still a long way to go, but...

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Mar 10
iPad 2 hits the stores Friday

Just in case you somehow missed it, the iPad 2 be available tomorrow at 5 p.m. local time at all 236 Apple retail stores in the US and through the Apple Store (http://www.apple.com) beginning at 1 a.m. (Pacific).

Every customer who buys an iPad 2 at an Apple retail store will be offered free Personal Setup service, helping them customize their iPad 2 by setting up email, loading new apps from the App Store and more. The iPad 2 will also be available beginning at 5 p.m. local time at AT&T, Best Buy, Target, Verizon Wireless, Walmart and select Apple Authorized Resellers.

The iPad 2 has a suggested retail price of US$499 for the 16GB model, $599 for the 32GB model, $699 for the 64GB model. The iPad 2 with Wi-Fi + 3G will be available for a suggested retail price of $629 for the 16GB model, $729 for the 32GB model and $829 for the 64GB model. iPad 2 with Wi-Fi + 3G -- compatible with the Verizon network...

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Mar 10
Apple to open up 'popup store' for SXSW

Apple will open a temporary store Friday in Austin, Texas, in the Scarbrough Building on Congress Avenue downtown, timed to the start of South by Southwest Interactive Conference and the release of the iPad 2 , reports the "American-Statesman" (http://macte.ch/al3hn).

Popup stores are a trend for retailers that want to unveil products or test a new location without committing to a permanent space. SXSW (http://sxsw.com/) features five days of presentations from experts in emerging technology, networking events hosted by industry leaders, the SXSW Trade Show and a line-up of special programs "showcasing the best new digital works, video games and innovative ideas the international community has to offer."

On Wednesday, construction workers were busy retrofitting the 5,000-square-foot space in the building, at Congress and West Sixth Street, that...

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Mar 10
New Apple shop opening at Virgin Megastore Mall of the Emirates

Virgin Megastore is opening the first Apple shop in the United Arab Emirates at the Virgin Megastore, Mall of The Emirates, Dubai. The Apple shop will open on Wednesday, March 16 at 5 p.m.

The new Apple shop carry the full range of Apple desktops and notebooks, including the award-winning MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and iMac, along with a range of Mac-compatible software and accessories with the support of Mac Solutions Consultants.

"Since 2005, the Virgin Megastore has been one of the best places to test drive and explore Apple products in Dubai," says Nisreen Shocair, president of Virgin Megastore in the Middle East. "With the opening of the first Apple shop in the United Arab Emirates at the Virgin Megastore, we're really excited to build on this and offer our customers a first class shopping experience for everything Mac. Customers who want to learn more will be able to watch the various daily product demos showing the different types of projects you can...

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Mar 10
Apple had 83% of tablet market in 2010

According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) "Worldwide Quarterly Media Tablet and eReader Tracker" (http://www.idc.com), 10.1 million media tablets were shipped in the fourth quarter of 2010 (4Q10) -- more than double the 4.5 million shipped in the third quarter.

Apple's share came down from 93% in 3Q10 to 73% in 4Q10, but still reflected Apple's strong leadership position. Samsung's Galaxy Tab was the primary competitor in the holiday season, beating other players to market and capturing more than 17% share, while a number of smaller regional players also participated.

"Strong holiday sales of media tablets were in line with IDC projections and strong consumer interest in the category while device vendors scrambled to offer products competitive with Apple's iPad and now iPad 2," says Loren Loverde, vice president, Consumer Device Trackers. "Media Tablets are on pace to reach shipments of roughly...

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Mar 10
Safari, IE go down first at hacking contest

Safari and Internet Explorer were successfully hacked on the first day at the annual Pwn2Own hacking contest in Vancouver, BC, reports "The Inquirer" (http://macte.ch/qu5pb).

"Safari goes down first at Pwn2Own!" tweeted Aaron Portnoy, manager of the security research team at Pwn2Own sponsor Tipping Point. Insecurity research company Vupen broke into the Safari browser, running on a fully patched version of Mac OS X, by successfully exploiting a zero-day flaw, says "The Inquirer."

The hack happened even though Apple issued a last-minute security patch for Safari. Apple is supposedly adding more focus on security for the upcoming Mac OS X Lion.

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