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Nov 18
'YML' looks at the Magic Trackpad, the Beatles...

The new "Your Mac Life" episode looks at the Magic Trackpad, the Beatles' catalog coming to iTunes and more.

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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Nov 17
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Nov. 17

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/).

Earlier this year Google launched a Google Voice HTML5 web app for iPhone users. Now they've launched the official Google Voice for iPhone app (alas, in the US only). With this free app, you’ll have access to all the major Google Voice features on your iPhone.

Wine.com, an online wine retailer, has announced its free app for the iPad. The app features a "Label Flow" interface where users swipe through thousands of wine labels in a comprehensive dashboard view. Clicking on a label brings up a magazine-like page that includes critical acclaim and pedigree specifics, winery background, region, varietal and even an interactive geo-location "tour."

Happylatte has released Pee Monkey Plant Bloom, a sequel to Pee Monkey Toilet Trainer. Pee Monkey...

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Nov 17
AT&T CEO: we won't be hurt too much if a Verizon iPhone...

AT&T Wireless CEO Ralph de la Vega doesn't think his company will suffer too much if and when a Verizon version of the iPhone is released, reports "Silicon Alley Insider" (http://www.businessinsider.com/att-wireless-ceo-heres-why-we-wont-get-ou...).

Though he didn't say that AT&T's exclusivity with the iPhone in the US is ending anytime soon, this morning at the JPMorgan tech conference, he said AT&T wasn't too worried because:

° 70% of AT&T's customers are on family plans, which is a pain in the butt to move everyone over to a new carrier;

° 40% of customers are on corporate discount plans, which are also a pain to let go of.

So just as AT&T has never been able to...

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Nov 17
Latest legal shot fired in Apple-Nokia battle

Another day, another lawsuit. Nokia has announced the filing of yet another lawsuit against Apple, in Federal District Court in Wisconsin, regarding five of Nokia’s patents. Nokia says those patents are infringed by the iPhone and iPad 3G and involve technology that improves speech and data transmission with new antenna configurations and positioning of data in applications.

“Nokia has been the leading developer of many key technologies in mobile devices” Nokia’s Patent Licensing General Manager Paul Melin said in a statement. "We have taken this step to protect the results of our pioneering development and to put an end to continued unlawful use of Nokia’s innovation.”

But this is merely the latest shot in the legal battle between Apple and Nokia. Here's the background (take notes; there'll be a test later): in February it was announced that Apple's patent-infringement complaint seeking to block Nokia Oyj’s phone imports into the U.S. will be investigated by a U.S...

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Nov 17
Apple, HTC, RIM sued for patent infringement

Another day, another lawsuit. Apple, HTC and Research in Motion are being sued by St. Clair Intellectual Property Consultants (http://stclairipc.com/) for allegedly violating six US patents, reports "Bloomberg" (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-11-17/apple-htc-corp-research-in-moti...).

St. Clair says the defendants are using the protected inventions in their smartphones and tablets without permission. The suit was filed yesterday in federal court in Wilmington, Delaware.

The defendants “have acted objectively and subjectively reckless in implementing technology” that they “should have reasonably known would infringe” the patents, St. Clair lawyers...

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Nov 17
'MacVoices' looks at the newest Mophie Juice Pack

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com), Jonathan Bradley of Mophie shows off the newest version of the Mophie Juice Pack, an integrated iPhone case and battery solution to keep you iPhone going longer.

"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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Nov 17
AT&T announces first MiFi 'intelligent' mobile...

AT&T (http://www.att.com) has announced the upcoming availability of the AT&T Mobile Hotspot, MiFi 2372 from Novatel Wireless. The company says it's the first carrier in the Americas to launch the MiFi 2372 Mobile Hotspot from Novatel Wireless preloaded with MiFi OS, widgets and applications support.

The AT&T Mobile Hotspot offers simultaneous Wi-Fi connectivity for up to five devices, including PCs, cameras, digital media players, tablets and gaming devices, and runs on AT&T's HSPA 7.2 network. Beginning Nov. 21, the AT&T Mobile Hotspot will be available at AT&T company-owned stores nationwide or online for US$49.99 after $100 mail-in rebate (pay $149.99 and after mail-in rebate receive $100 AT&T Promotion Card.).

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Nov 17
Jobs tops Gates in tech power poll

Apple CEO Steve Jobs topped Bill Gates of Microsoft in the latest tech power poll by the "SiliconValley/San Jose Business Journal" (http://www.bizjournals.com/sanjose/news/2010/11/17/jobs-tops-gates-in-te...) online survey.

Jobs took 42% of the votes cast in the unscientific Business Pulse survey that was done between Nov. 9 and Nov. 16. Gates was favored in 29% of the responses.
Google Inc.'s co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin garnered 14%. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg nabbed 8%.

Jobs is also in the running for the 2010 Marketwatch CEO of the Year (http://www.marketwatch.com/ceooftheyear). He's up against Amazon's Jeff Bezos, Netflix's...

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Nov 17
Speck releases CandyShell Grip for fourth gen iPod touch

Speck (http://www.speckproducts.com) has released the CandyShell Grip for the fourth gen iPod touch. The US$34.95 case is designed for gamers.

“Anyone can make a big bulky gaming case, but we set out to create a case ideal for people that love gaming that would also look and work just as well as their everyday case,” says Bryan Hynecek, Lead Designer at Speck. “The new iPod touch is amazingly thin, so we knew we had to offer the extra grip and comfort gamers would appreciate without compromising protection or style, and without having to take it off when not gaming.”

Ridged rubbery finger pads on the back of the case offer gamers an extra-grippy surface to hold onto their iPod touch during frantic games of Ninjatown: Trees of Doom, while the four bumpers around the front bezel edges help lock in thumb placement over the iPod’s touchscreen so players won’t lose track of where their games’...

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Nov 17
Apple replaces Microsoft as Pros' favorite tech stock

After passing Microsoft in market-cap earlier this year, Apple has replaced the software giant as the Pros' favorite tech stock at the end of the third quarter, according to "Indie Research" (http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Apple-Overtakes-Microsoft-as-indie-2908767...). Pro portfolio performance is based on institutions' top-15 holdings as disclosed in quarter-end filings with the SEC.

At the end of Q3, energy giant ExxonMobil and healthcare blue chip Johnson & Johnson were ranked first and second in Pro popularity again, but there was a changing of the guard in the tech space as Apple passed Microsoft for the number-three spot on the list, the article adds. At the end of Q3, 695 13F-filing asset managers counted Apple among their top-15 U.S.-listed equity...

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Nov 17
Hulu Plus officially unveiled, price lowered

Hulu Plus, the premium subscription service from Hulu, has officially launched. And it's priced at US$7.99 per month; originally, the price was tagged at $9.99 for a monthly subscription.

Hulu Plus (http://www.hulu.com/plus) will offer current and past seasons from many ABC, Fox and NBC shows -- and in HD at that. There's still a free "base" service.

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Nov 17
Lift Audio announces Icon Series of headphones

Lift Audio (http://www.liftaudio.com) has announced the Icon Series 6mm Premium Headphone, which has a list price of US$79.99. One of the smallest headphones in the world, the 6mm driver is smaller than a dime.

An elongated cone-shape creates a deep yet comfortable tight seal within the ear to block ambient noise, according to the folks at Lift Audio. Three sizes (S,M,L) of soft silicone fittings create a personalized feel.

The Icon Series 6mm headphone sports a magnesium-enriched dynamic driver and noise-isolating technology. Passive noise isolation reduces ambient noise without introducing artificial sounds into your music.

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Nov 17
Arrow Bit solution helps Mac users work with Outlook files

Arrow Bit SL (http://www.arrowbit.com/) has released PstExporter and PstServer, two applications that provide alternative solutions for letting Mac users work with Outlook files. Users switching from Windows to the Mac will now be able to either migrate their messages, or access them directly with virtually any e-mail program.

Both applications run entirely on Mac OS X, which means that Windows and Outlook aren't required for the transition to occur, according to the folks at Arrow Bit. PstExporter (US$27.90) converts pst files from Microsoft Outlook to the common mbox format. Files created with PstExporter can be easily imported with programs like Apple Mail or Entourage. For a quick and unattended conversion, PstExporter can work in batch mode.

For users that continue to use Microsoft Outlook, but still need visibility of their emails on a Mac, PstServer ($39.90) provides ae solution. They will...

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Nov 17
Solver line now available for Mac OS X, Excel 2011

Frontline Systems, developer of the Solver in Microsoft Excel, is shipping new Mac OS X and Excel 2011 compatible versions of Premium Solver Platform and five plug-in, large-scale Solver Engine.

They're "designed to bring unmatched ease, speed, and power to solving challenging mathematical optimization problems with up to millions of decision variables," says Daniel Fylstra, president of Frontline Systems. The new products are released as Version 10.5, in line with their counterparts on Windows.

Premium Solver Platform 10.0 for Mac is upward compatible from the new Solver for Excel 2011, and all previous versions of Solver for Mac and Windows. Its LP/Quadratic Solver handles linear programming problems up to 40 times larger than the standard Solver, and problems of virtually unlimited size -- millions of decision variables -- with plug-in large-scale Solver Engines, says Fylstra. While speed is highly problem-dependent, it usually solves linear mixed-integer problems...

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Nov 17
Doozla for Mac adds 'My Doozle's area

iPlasq (http://www.plasq.com) has released Doozla 1.2 for the Mac, an update of their full screen drawing application for kids.

Doozla features free-hand drawing and painting tools, color-in templates, background images, auto-archive library management with webcam and tablet support. Version 1.2 offers a new "My Doozles" area that can automatically save and store all the Doozles that are created, as well as added the capability to export Doozles so they can easily be used in other applications.

Doozla includes a stack of artwork designed for coloring in and coloring over. The software uses curves to draw, not pixels. This means each twist and turn of your mouse makes beautiful smooth lines on your screen and printed page, according to the folks at Plasq.

Doozla is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.4.6 or higher. It costs US$24.95; a demo is...

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Nov 17
Barcode Producer update supports Acrobat X

Apparent Corp. has updated Barcode Producer (http://www.itsapparent.com/barcodeproducer/), its barcode creation software suite for Mac OS X, to version 6.2. The upgrade adds support for Adobe's new Acrobat X release.

Other minor improvements in this release include a smaller program size for faster downloading, and a new copy to clipboard option for bitmap barcode images.

Barcode Producer is a tool for creating barcodes visually, with one-click export for Adobe Creative Suite products, including Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, and Acrobat Distiller.

Version 6.2 costs US$199. Barcode Producer is a Universal Binary app so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later.

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Nov 17
New Take Control ebook offers painless paper cuts

Joe Kissell's new "Take Control of Your Paperless Office" offers a guide for replacing printed documents with digital versions that can save space, reduce clutter, and increase efficiency. The 118-page ebook costs US$10, and it is available now at http://www.takecontrolbooks.com/paperless-office

The book, which is available only in electronic form to avoid excessive irony, helps readers develop their personal clean-up strategies and pick the proper tools to use with their Macs, such as scanners and OCR (optical character recognition) software, devices and services for storing digitized documents, and applications that help categorize, locate, and display digital document collections.

Kissell describes how to convert paper documents into digitized files and offers ideas for how to organize an office workflow, with suggestions for developing day-to-...

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Nov 17
DEVONtechnologies tweaks product line

DEVONtechnologies (http://www.devon-technologies.com) has updated all editions of its high-end information manager DEVONthink and its intelligent note-taking application DEVONnote to version 2.0.6, fixing bugs, adding better integration with Spotlight, and improving the overall performance.

Finally, besides updating the commercial applications, DEVONtechnologies has also posted an updated version 4.6.1 of its freeware find-file utility EasyFind that fixes two bugs introduced in last week’s release of version 4.6.

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Nov 17
Ronald D. Sugar joins Apple’s Board of Directors

Dr. Ronald D. Sugar, former chairman of the board and CEO of Northrop Grumman Corp. has been appointed to Apple’s Board of Directors. He will serve as the chair of the Audit and Finance Committee.

“Ron is an engineer at heart, who then became a very successful business leader. We are very excited to welcome him to Apple’s Board,” says Apple CEO Steve Jobs. “In addition to having been the CEO of a high-tech Fortune 100 company, Ron has a Ph.D. in engineering and has been involved in the development of some very sophisticated technology.”

Sugar served as Chairman and CEO at Northrop Grumman Corp. from 2003 until his retirement in 2010. Previous to Northrop, he held executive positions at Litton Industries and TRW, where he served as chief financial officer.

He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of both the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Royal Aeronautical Society. He is a director of Chevron Corporation,...

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Nov 17
Majesty 2: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim comes to the Mac

Virtual Programming (http://www.vpltd.com/) has released Majesty 2: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim for the Mac. It requires Mac OS X 10.5.3 or later and an Intel processor. Majesty 2 costs US$39; a demo is available for download.

Here's how the game is described: "As in its best-selling predecessor, Majesty 2 takes players to Ardania, a kingdom still in disarray after a demon wreaked havoc 500 years previous. Players recruit heroes who help them complete a 16-mission campaign, but the heroes have minds of their own: they may be more interested in having a beer at a local tavern than fighting monsters. Smart hero management is key to restoring Ardania to its former glory.

"AAs they complete quests, each hero improves their statistics with better abilities and fills their inventory slots with increasingly powerful items, giving Majesty 2 a role-playing element. Complementary heroes can be assigned to groups that...

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Nov 17
Griffin Technology unveils Slap for sixth gen iPod nano

Griffin Technology (http://www.griffintechnology.com) has unveiled Slap for the six generation iPod nano, a wearable case designed to take full advantage of the return in popularity of the wristwatch, and of the new iPod nano's timepiece functionality.

The US$24.99 Slap case -- which comes in red, purple, blue, green, black, orange, yellow and pink -- sports a flexible, spring-steel band that's wrapped in soft silicone. Snap the Slap open, then snap Slap shut around your wrist; it comfortably self-adjusts to your exact size, according to Melissa Lapsley, head of User Research at Griffin. Your iPod is surrounded by a frame of thick silicone that guards against bumps and jolts.

Slap protects the dock connector and volume controls, but leaves the headphone port open so you can plug in and listen any time. And speaking of time, you can use your Slap-enclosed iPod nano as a wristwatch...

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Nov 17
iWebTemplate releases 30 new iWeb themes

iWebTemplate (http://www.iwebtemplate.com) has added 30 new iWeb templates to be used with iWeb, the web site building component of Apple's iLife suite.

iWeb Themes for Business 9.0 and 10.0, developed by iPresentee, extends iWebTemplate's iWeb themes collection up to 125. iWeb Themes 9.0 includes Rock, Wall, Night, Your Leisure and Suntrap. iWeb Themes 10.0 includes Christmas, New Year, Halloween, Valentine's Day and Easter holiday. Christmas is coming! Start your own Chistmas website today.

Each iWeb theme incorporates a number of different graphic elements that can be removed, moved and changed in size, opacity or color. iWeb Themes for Business requires Mac OS X 10.4.3 or later and iWeb 2.0 (iLife 08) or iWeb 3.0 (iLife 09). Each iWeb theme is available for US$10.

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Nov 17
NewerTech debuts keyboard covers for Apple laptops

NewerTech (http://www.newertech.com) has expanded its accessory line for Macs with the NuGuard Keyboard Covers. Featuring a silicone surface texture, they protect MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air models.

The Keyboard Covers are available in black, white, pink and red. They're US$17.99 each.

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Nov 17
Missing Sync for Android updated to version 1.5

Mark/Space (http://www.markspace.com) has updated their all-in-one Android PIM and media synchronization software, The Missing Sync for Android. Version 1.5 brings phone-to-desktop calendar synchronization to Android phones. The upgrade adds full support of synchronization over fast and secure USB cable connections and increasing the overall performance of media sync.


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...

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Nov 17
Budcase is ear bud keychain for iOS devices

Extended Access has announced BudCase 3 (http://www.budcase.com), an US$12.95 ear bud keychain case for the iPhone, iPad, and mobile music lovers. It's designed to provide quick and easy access to ear buds anytime, anyplace, anywhere, says Extended Access CEO Chris Dawson.

He says the product was "born out of the frustrating fact that when leaving home, many people simply forget to bring their ear buds." BudCase 3 uses a compact design to solve this problem. You clip BudCase 3 onto a keychain where ready access to a music lover's ear buds is made immediately available.

The BudCase 3 is made from synthetic leather and a magnetic fastener designed to make opening and closing it quick and easy. Alternatively BudCase 3 can store two USB memory drives or other small items.

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