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Nov 05
Bank of America, Citigroup eyeing the iPhone

Bank of America and Citigroup are considering whether to let employees use an iPhone as an alternative to Research In Motion.’s BlackBerry for corporate e-mail, reports "Bloomberg Businessweek" (http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-11-05/bank-of-america-citigroup-sa...), quoting " three people familiar with the plans."

The banks are testing software for the iPhone that’s designed to make it secure enough for company messages, said the people, who didn’t want to be named because the plans aren’t public. The tests are the latest sign that RIM may be losing its tight grip on the corporate smartphone market, says "Bloomberg Businessweek."

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Nov 05
Apple introduces Mac Pro Server configuration

After announcing that the Xserve is being at the start of 2010, Apple has quietly introduced a new server configuration option for the Mac Pro. The configuration starts at US$2,999.

The new Mac Pro Server configuration includes a 2.8GHz quad-core Intel Xeon processor, 8GB of RAM, two 1TB hard drives, an ATI Radeon HD 5770 video card with 1GB of RAM, and Mac OS X Server with an unlimited client license. Build-to-order options offer up to two 2.93GHz six-core Xeons, as well as up to 8TB of storage across all four drive bays. Also optional are Fiber Channel, hardware RAID cards and Xsan 2.

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Nov 05
UA becomes RTAS developer for Avid Pro Tools

Universal Audio (http://www.uaudio.com) has announced that it's an Avid RTAS developer, and that the UAD-2 platform is now compatible with Avid’s family of Pro Tools music creation and audio production solutions.

While a significant percentage of the 40,000 UAD Powered Plug-In users worldwide are already using Pro Tools solutions, with this agreement, these users will be assured of an improved workflow in the future, says Universal Audio Inc founder and Chairman Bill Putnam Jr.

He says that, in particular, by combining the new Pro Tools|HD Native PCIe card and UAD-2 DSP Accelerator PCIe cards, Pro Tools|HD Native users can have the best of both worlds: an industry leading digital editing and mixing platform working on the power of the host CPU, and a library of classic analog emulation plug-ins developed in partnership with Neve, Manley, Roland, Empirical Labs, Fairchild, Pultec, Teletronix, dbx, Studer...

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Nov 05
Launch2net Premium update improves stability, more

Nova media has updated launch2net Premium (http://www.novamedia.de) its 3G connection manager with the ability to share your Mac's 3G connection with iPads and other devices. Version 2.1 improves stability, adds better support for VPN and Prepaid connections.

Launch2net Premium can replace different connection managers from network operators and modem manufacturers, making a mobile online experience much more enjoyable, says Jan Fuellemann, PR spokesperson at nova media. Using the integrated Mobile Hub, the 3G connection can instantly be shared with iPads, iPod touches and other WLAN capable devices, he adds. Besides the ability to establish a 3G connection with most modems and most network operators, launch2net Premium offers a full fledged SMS text message manager as well as a statistics.

Launch2net Premium 2.1 is available today for download at nova media's web site. It's a free update for...

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Nov 05
Another Foxconn worker commits suicide

Another worker has committed suicide at the south China manufacturing complex of iPhone maker Foxconn International Holdings, whose clients include Apple, HP and Sony, reports "Reuters" (http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6A41M920101105?utm_source=feedburn...).

It's the latest in a string of employees who have jumped to their deaths this year. The employee "fell to death" early on Friday at one of Foxconn's manufacturing facilities in the southern Chinese manufacturing hub of Shenzhen, Xinhua News Agency reported.

"The death was confirmed by the municipal government. No further information was...

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Nov 05
Say goodbye to Xserve

Apple will discontinue its Xserve rack-mount server in January. Why? “Since its introduction in the fall of 2009, Mac mini with Snow Leopard Server has become Apple’s most popular server system," the company says.

Apple will continue to sell its rack-mount server product through Jan. 31, 2011, and will continue to honor warranties and support contracts. Apple has posted a Xserve Transition Guide (http://images.apple.com/xserve/pdf/L422277A_Xserve_Guide.pdf).

Every Xserve ships with an unlimited client edition of Leopard Server, offering support for Mac, Linux and Windows clients without the added cost of client-access licenses. Leopard Server sports Server Assistant and Server Preferences, which allow even nontechnical users to quickly manage users and groups on the server and easily set up key services, according to David...

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Nov 05
Apicorn introduces 750GB Aegis Padlock Drive

The Apricorn Aegis Padlock drive is now available in 750GB, 500GB, and 250GB capacities. It uses a physical numeric keypad instead of a biometric reader or software to give you access to the drive's storage.

The benefits of the keypad are that you can use the drive on any computer, plus you can share the drive with a group via the PIN number. You can also set the drive with guest PINs for flexibility, though this requires an installable utility.

The Aegis Padlock has security features including either 128-bit or 256-bit AES encryption, military grade FIPS PUB 197 validated encryption on the 256-bit model, a wear resistant keyboard, Apricorn's Variable Time Circuit (VTC) technology, and Apricorn's "brute force, self destruct" feature.

The Aegis Padlock starts at US$89 for the 128-bit encrypted 250GB drive, all the way up to $199 for the 256-bit milspec model 750GB drive. The drives are available now from resellers in the U.S., Canada, and online at...

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Nov 05
Playback sports more aggressive service discovery

Yazsoft has introduced Playback Media Server 1.7.1 (http://www.yazsoft.com/products/playback/information/), an update of their zero configuration media server for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. The upgrade sports a more aggressive service discovery. Also, iTunes movies are now sorted properly.

Playback can share media stored in folders or even make entire disks available to a Playstation 3 or Xbox 360. No configuration is required. By default, it will share almost any content on the users system. And Playback automatically integrates with iTunes, iPhoto, and Aperture. Users can share all content from these applications transparently or choose specific playlists and albums.

Those who like to tinker will appreciate Playback's built-in Access Control List (ACL) and bandwidth throttling. The ACL allows users to control which devices have access to...

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Nov 05
Softpress offers discounted Pixelmator as a companion product

Following the release of Freeway 5.5, the upgrade to its family of web design tools, Softpress (http://www.softpress.com) has announced a special deal on a companion application, Pixelmator.

"Freeway 5.5 has been a great success, with rave reviews and lots of excitement from our users," Softpress Managing Director Richard Logan says. "As a 'thank you' for our supporters, we have arranged to add Pixelmator 1.6.2 to our list of deeply discounted companion products. Alongside Intaglio and Easy Web Animator, Pixelmator will make it a real joy to create modern leading-edge websites, reliable email newsletters and stunning presentations within Freeway. Both professional and novice users will benefit from the innovative and powerful features of these applications for the creation of stylish, dynamic and standards-compliant output. Thanks to all and Enjoy!"

Award-winning Pixelmator from the Pixelmator...

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Nov 05
Soundboard update adds Soundpipe technology, more

Ambrosia Software has updated Soundboard (http://www.ambrosiasw.com/dl/soundboard) for Mac OS X to version 2.0. Like cart machines in broadcast radio studios, Soundboard lets users map sound effects, audio clips, or musical accompaniment to keys on the Mac keyboard, triggered with a single tap.

The new 2.0.0 version features major functionality upgrades, such as our new Soundpipe technology, which allows users to route audio to other applications (such as GarageBand) for recording. Other features include a totally redesigned one-window user interface, with improvements such as per-effect fader controls, Duck and Pause All controls, and more.

Soundboard’s 32 triggers can also be used to build custom mashups from your onboard audio. You can create intros and fades, crop at will, and apply filters to your audio without fear of losing your original file.

You can...

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Nov 05
Info needed on birding/bird watching software for the Mac

Our next Migration Kit will look at Mac software for birding and bird watching. If you use or know of such goodies, drop me a line (dsellers@applecentral.com) no later than Wednesday, Nov. 9.

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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Nov 05
Light Peak equipped Macs possible for 2011

The rumor mill says that the first computers using LightPeak will arrive in the first half of 2011. And Apple might be one of the first manufacturers to include it in its Mac models, says "CNET" (http://news.cnet.com/8301-13924_3-20021658-64.html).

Developed by Intel, the Light Peak technology paves the way for a new generation of extreme computer input and output (I/O) performance, delivering 10Gb/s of bandwidth, with the potential ability to scale to 100Gb/second over the next decade, according to David Perlmutter, executive vice president and general manager, Intel Architecture Group. At 10Gb/second, a user could purportedly transfer a full-length Blu-Ray movie in less than 30 seconds. Intel says it intends to work with the industry to determine the best way to make this new technology a standard.

The optical technology allows for smaller...

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Nov 05
Ancestry.com unveils new Family Tree Maker for the Mac

Ancestry.com has launched Family Tree Maker for Mac, the new Mac version of the family history software. It provides a way to save and organize your family tree on your Mac computer and has a variety of tools that can help you share your discoveries with family and friends.

Family Tree Maker for Mac combines intuitive tools with robust features and flexible options, making it ideal for family history novices and experts alike, says Eric Shoup, senior vice president of Product for Ancestry.com. A dynamic user interface and integration with Ancestry.com makes it simple to create family trees, record memories, and organize photos, videos and audio clips, plus share ancestors' stories, he adds.

It's even possible to explore family migration paths by viewing timelines and interactive maps that highlight events and places in ancestors' lives. The first step is to start a family tree by entering and organizing family history information. From there, a myriad of features help...

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Nov 05
IDC: iPhone now number two smartphone globally

The worldwide smartphone market reached a new milestone during the third quarter of 2010 (3Q10), with the leading vendors posting double- or even triple-digit year-over-year growth. According to the International Data Corporation (http://www.idc.com) "Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker,"vendors shipped a total of 81.1 million units, up 89.5% from the 42.8 million units shipped during 3Q09.

Apple marked a new milestone in iPhone shipments, enough to take the number 2 ranking worldwide. The third quarter is typically Apple's highest volume quarter, and 3Q10 was no exception. Consumers who did not get their iPhone 4 at the end of June were rewarded for their patience and even the much-hyped "Antennagate" did little to dampen demand, as the company moved swiftly to provide solutions, says IDC.

For the first three quarters of 2010, vendors have shipped a total of 200.6 million units, up 67.6% from the 119.6...

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Nov 05
IK releases iKlip for iPad

IK Multimedia (http://www.ikmultimedia.net) has announced iKlip, an US$39.99 universal microphone stand adapter for the iPad. It allows musicians and presenters to take their Apple tablet with them on stage, in the studio or at school.

The iKlip is designed to offer support and and allow the operation of music and presentation apps on virtually any microphone stand. The device's multi-angle, adjustable design allows for optimal viewing and access to all the iPad's controls, buttons and connection ports, and allows positioning of an iPad in both in landscape and portrait orientation.

Its dense thermoplastic lightweight material ensures durability and secure holding of the iPad with most stand types, according to the folks at IK Multimedia. Now with iKlip, guitar and bass players, vocalists, keyboardists, DJs and any other musicians can use their favorite iPad apps during live performance,...

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Nov 05
Accordance Bible Software releases Bible Atlases, geography...

Accordance Bible Software has released 13 Bible atlases and related books from Carta, Israel's leading publisher of maps, atlases, and books on Biblical history and geography. The new Carta collection includes six high-quality atlases and seven books on the history of Jerusalem and the Jewish temple.

These include:

° The Carta Bible Atlas (the fourth-edition of the best-selling Macmillan Bible Atlas), by Yohanan Aharoni, Michael Avi-Yonah, Anson F. Rainey, and Ze'ev Safrai;

° The Sacred Bridge, Carta’s Atlas of the Biblical World, by Anson F. Rainey and R. Steven Notley;

° Carta's New Century Handbook and Atlas of the Bible, by Anson F. Rainey and R. Steven Notley;

° The Illustrated Bible Atlas with Historical Notes, by F. F. Bruce;

° Bible History Atlas Study Edition, by F. F. Bruce;

° The Onomasticon by Eusebius of Caesarea;

° The Illustrated Atlas of Jerusalem, by Dan Bahat and Chaim T. Rubinstein;

° Carta's...

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Nov 04
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Nov. 4

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/).

Food Network has announced its In The Kitchen app is available on the App Store. For the first time, food enthusiasts can access Food Network recipes, along with essential utility-based kitchen tools, anytime and anywhere using iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Designed to run across all iOS devices the US$1.99 app recognizes the device it's being downloaded to and launches the appropriate version.

Jumsoft has released Relationship for iPhone 1.0, a free, streamlined iOS version of Jumsoft's popular CRM management tool for Mac OS X. Relationship for iPhone features a simple interface, contact views, convenient management of projects, tasks, and events, and the ability to synchronize with the updated desktop version of Relationship 2.1. Users are able...

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Nov 04
Apple releases version 9.1 of iPhoto '11

Apple has released iPhoto '11, version 9.1. This update adds several new print product options to iPhoto '11.

It also improves overall stability and addresses a number of other minor issues. According to Apple, iPhoto '11 9.1:

° Provides the ability to create and order calendars in iPhoto;

° Additional letterpress holiday greeting card themes are now available;

° Fixes an issue that prevented videos downloaded from MobileMe or Flickr from importing correctly into    iPhoto events.

Apple says the 35.4MB update is recommended for all users of iPhoto '11. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.3 or later. You can obtain it via the Software Update component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences software.

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Nov 04
Apple updates HP printer drivers

Apple has released HP Printer Drivers v.2.5.2 for Mac OS X v10.6 (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL907). This download includes the latest HP printing and scanning software.

It requires Mac OS X v10.6.1 or later. It's a 387.47MB download.

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Nov 04
Brits want an iPad for Christmas -- if they can afford it

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...

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Nov 04
Turn your old Macs into coffee machines, docks, more

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.

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Nov 04
ProteMac KeyBag Pro captures password, keyboard activit

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...

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Nov 04
iWeb Themes Park now offers 77 iWeb templates

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.

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Nov 04
CAZE announces ThinEdge Clear Trim Case for iPhone 4

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.

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Nov 04
Tidy Up for Mac OS X tidied up to version 2.3.0

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.

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