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Nov 10
New version of Objective-Basic released

A new version of Objective-Basic (http://www.objective-basic.com/) -- the BASIC programming language for Mac -- has been released. Objective-Basic is related to Visual Basic and Objective-C.

It's an object-oriented, compiled, modern programming language.Objective-Basic supports Interface Builder and uses the default Apple compiler to create native Mac applications.

You may also directly use Cocoa API [application programming interface] calls within your code. Objective-Basic is free for personal use; for commercial apps you can get an unlimited license for US$35.

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Nov 10
AirPrint for iOS being downgraded?

"Last minute stability and compatibility problems" with Apple's AirPrint for iOS devices may have forced the company to delay Mac and Windows support indefinitely, reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).

Originally, Apple said that AirPrint automatically finds printers on local networks and can print text, photos and graphics to them wirelessly over Wi-Fi without the need to install drivers or download software. HP’s existing and upcoming ePrint enabled printers were supposed to be the first to support printing direct from iOS devices.

"AppleInsider" says release notes from the iOS 4.2 Golden Master, which was released on Nov. 1, state that "iOS 4.2 devices can print wirelessly only to printers that support AirPrint and are running the latest available firmware." Prior references to printing to Mac or Windows have been removed.

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Nov 10
Gartner: Apple now world's fourth largest phone maker

According to new info from the Gartner research group (http://www.gartner.com) Apple has overtaken Research in Motion to become the world's fourth largest manufacturer of smartphones and cell phones.

On the downside, Gartner says sales of Google Android devices by Samsung, HTC, Motorola, Sony and others were greater than that of the iPhone. During the third quarter, Apple had 16.7% of the worldwide smartphone market compared to 25.5% for Android devices, 36.6% for Symbia devices, 14.8% for RIM and 2.8% for Windows Mobile.

Worldwide mobile phone sales to end users totaled 417 million units in the third quarter of 2010, a 35% increase from the third quarter of 2009, according to Gartner. Smartphone sales grew 96% from the third quarter last year, and smartphones accounted for 19.3% of overall mobile phone sales in the third quarter of 2010.

“This is the third consecutive double-digit increase in...

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Nov 10
'Consumer Reports' likes the new MacBook Airs

"Consumer Reports" likes Apple's revved MacBook Airs, praising them overall in its latest Computer Ratings (http://blogs.consumerreports.org/electronics/2010/11/consumer-reports-ra...).

"Consumer Reports" ranks both the 11-inch and 13-inch models as "Very Good" based on: performance ("while running productivity applications, multimedia applications, and 3D games"); ergonomics ("represents the quality of the keyboard and pointing device, and accessibility of features); and versatility ("includes hardware such as memory-card slots and AV connections, software such as security programs and productivity applications, and tech support and warranty provisions).

The 11-inch MacBook Air received a score of 67 out of 100, and the 13-incher...

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Nov 10
SugarSync ups its free, online storage plan to 5GB

SugarSync -- makers of the SugarSync file sync, online backup and file sharing service -- has more than doubled its free service offering, and unveiled a new, free 5 GB plan. The upgraded plan allows consumers to manage their data, anytime, anywhere, and now from any device.

Consumers can backup and access all of their most important files from any device they choose, regardless of their operating system or handset preference, says SugarSync CEO Laura Yecies. Prior to this 5GB plan being initiated, SugarSync offered a free 2GB account.

Over the next day, existing SugarSync users on the 2GB service will be upgraded to a 5 GB account (no action is required by users). Statistics show people’s storage needs double every two years so this larger plan is better suited for today’s mobile consumer, says Yecies.

Those interested in setting up their own Personal Cloud service can get started with a free account by visiting SugarSync.com/free. For persons with greater...

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Nov 10
ZTE Peel lets you use an iPod touch on Sprint's 3G network

Beginning on Nov. 14, Sprint customers can attach ZTE Peel to their iPod touch and connect to Sprint’s 3G network.

The ZTE Peel is a device that cradles the second- and third-generation iPod touch with a case-like form factor. With universal Wi-Fi compatibility and support for up to two Wi-Fi enabled devices, iPod touch users will have a virtually anywhere, anytime Internet connection that removes the reliance on a Wi-Fi hotspot for a data connection, says Fared Adib, vice president, Product Development. Customers simply slide their iPod touch (touch-screen face out) into ZTE Peel, press down on both sides until it clicks into place, and then press the power button located on the back of ZTE Peel to connect to Sprint’s 3G network.

The ZTE Peel will be available beginning Sunday, Nov. 14, through Sprint retail stores and direct ship sales channels, including web sales (http://www.sprint.com) and...

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Nov 10
Jabra unveils new Bluetooth headset

Jabra (http://www.jabra.com) has announced the US$129.99 Jabra Stone2, a new Bluetooth headset that "talks" to users thanks to its Voice System. It will go on sale Nov. 21.

With Voice Control, you can make calls using the sound of your voice (such as "Call Dad"), answer an incoming call by saying "Answer," and reject a call by saying "Ignore." The Jabra Stone2's Voice Guidance feature lets you hear the name of an incoming caller through the headset (for example, "Mom Cell" or "David's Work"), exactly how you have the caller programmed into your phone. If the caller's number isn't saved to your phone, the headset will read out the phone number.

A "Connected" audio alert means the Stone2 is paired with your mobile device. The headset signals a "Low Battery" audio alert when it needs to be charged.  Battery levels also appear on the iPhone. What's more, the Stone2 talks users through an easy set-up process...

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Nov 10
Apple, the Dentsu Group bring iAds to Japan

Apple and the Dentsu Group -- which offers national, multinational and global clients a range of advertising and marketing services -- has announced a partnership to expand Apple’s iAd mobile advertising network to Japan in early 2011. Dentsu will be responsible for the selling and creative execution of iAds in Japan, and Apple will host, target and deliver the iAds to its iPhone and iPod touch users.

“After an incredibly successful launch in the US where we’ve already doubled the number of brands on the network, we’re excited to bring iAd to Japan,” says Andy Miller, Apple’s vice president of iAd. “Dentsu is one of the world’s most prestigious advertising agencies, making them an ideal partner for iAds in Japan.”

“We’re thrilled to be joining with Apple to introduce such a powerful new ad platform in Japan,” adds Ryuichi Mori, senior executive vice president, Dentsu. “Mobile advertising is Japan’s fastest-growing platform and iAd’s rich media experience and engaged...

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Nov 10
LinkOptimizer for InDesign updated to version 4.4.9

Zevrix Solutions (http://zevrix.com) has released LinkOptimizer 4.4.9, an update of its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign. It's a maintenance update that improves relinking and image conversion accuracy and is recommended to all LinkOptimizer users.

LinkOptimizer lets you reduce InDesign job size and speed up processing by eliminating excess image data and performing essential image adjustments.

LinkOptimizer Light 4.4.9 can be purchased from the Zevrix Solutions web site for US$259.95 , as well as from authorized resellers. LinkOptimizer works with Mac OS X 10.4.2-10.5 and InDesign CS-CS4.

Version 4.4.9 is free for LinkOptimizer 4.x users and a $98.98 to upgrade from previous versions. A demo is available for download. For new users the costs is $259.95.

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Nov 10
LaCie announces Starck Mobile USB

LaCie (http://www.lacie.com) has announced the latest addition to its USB 3.0 portfolio, bringing the interface to the design of Philippe Starck with the LaCie Starck Mobile USB 3.0. Remember, however, that Apple doesn't support USB 3.0 yet, so such devices will run on Macs at USB 2.0 speeds.

The LaCie Starck Mobile USB 3.0 comes with LaCie Setup Assistant software to install your drive on Mac and PC. It also includes LaCie Backup Assistant for automatic backup a snap. In addition, you get 10GB of Wuala Online Storage included for one year to store, share and sync your data online.

The LaCie Starck Mobile USB 3.0 will be available in a 500GB capacity through the LaCie Online Store, LaCie Corner, LaCie Reseller+ and LaCie Storage Partner starting at the suggested retail price of US$109.99.

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Nov 10
Disc Cover gets 140 new temples, more, in version 3

BeLight Software has updated Disc Cover (http://www.belightsoft.com/products/disccover/overview.php) - its Mac OS X software for designing CD/DVD labels, covers, inserts, jewel cases and more -- to version 3.0. The upgrade features 140 new templates, 30 artistic collages, support for multi-page booklets, a completely redesigned Assistant, lyrics and video frames import, adds vertical text tool, and more.

For new users the cost is US$34.95 for a downloadable version and $39.99 (plus shipping and handling) for a boxed version. All previous Disc Cover customers receive a gift of over 15,000 high-quality clipart images upon upgrading to version 3. Those who purchased Disc Cover on or after Aug. 1, 2010 will be provided with a free Disc Cover 3 license code. All others can upgrade for $19.95.

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Nov 09
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Nov. 9

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/).

"The Washington Post" has announced its new iPad app that combines the publication's reporting and analysis with innovative social media and sharing capabilities and multimedia. Readers can enjoy complimentary full access until mid-February 2011. After this, print newspaper subscribers will pay US$0.99/month and non-subscribers will pay $3.99/month for full access to the app.  

Fishing Trip Organizer is a new, $4.99 fishing trip planner for iOS devices. IT was designed for fishing enthusiasts, of all ages and ability. From tournament fishing, to family trips and local outings, Fishing Trip Organizer enables you plan, track, and remember all of your fishing trips.

Twezr, which offers a way to stay in sync with close friends and co-workers...

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Nov 09
Apple tweaks iPod water damage policy

Apple has made changes to its internal screening process pertaining to iPod liquid damage, a source tells "The Boy Genius Report" (http://www.bgr.com/2010/11/09/apple-amends-internal-ipod-water-damage-po...).

"Apple builds a series of Liquid Contact Indicators (LCI) into its iPod line of devices. When these LCIs come in contact with moisture, they become activated. In the event of a warranty claim or other repair, the LCIs indicate to Apple that the device in question may have been affected by a liquid," says "BGR." "Employees of Apple Stores and AppleCare Repair Centers then have specific guidelines used in the event liquid damage is suspected. Previously, the presence of an activated LCI within the headphone jack was cause enough for employees to state that an iPod may have been damaged by water...

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Nov 09
Verizon airs iPad ad

Verizon has begun airing its first television commercial for the iPad since the carrier began offering the device paired with a MiFi mobile hotspot in its retail stores in October.

"The Next Web" (http://thenextweb.com/mobile/2010/11/09/video-verizons-brand-new-ipad-co...) notes that the ad "certainly does two things we haven’t really seen in an iPad commercial before: it shows it working with a mobile hotspot and emphasizes the ability to use it outside." The tagline of the ad is: "Introducing iPad on Verizon. All the magic of iPad. All the nationwide power and reliability of Verizon."

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Nov 09
Medical tech firm buys 4,500 iPads

Medical technology company Medtronic (http://www.medtronic.com) has bought 4,500 iPads for its employees. The purchase possibly makes the medical device company one of the “earliest and biggest corporate buyers” of the tablet computer, according to "Computerworld" (http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/352494/Meet_the_CIO_Who_Bought_4_...).

Medtronic, headquartered in Minneapolis, has six major businesses that focus their efforts around a condition or therapy type: Cardiac Rhythm Disease Management, Spinal and Biologics, CardioVascular, Neuromodulation, Diabetes, and Surgical Technologies.

Medtronic bought the Apple tables to help employees better share information with customers, physicians and one another,...

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Nov 09
Enterprise Desktop Alliance conducts survey on Xserve demise

On Nov. 5, Apple announced that it was no longer going to ship the Xserve effective Jan. 31, 2011. The Enterprise Desktop Alliance -- an organization to help IT departments integrate Macs into the corporate environment -- has opened a new survey to see what you think about this move.

"If you have Xserves, we want to hear your opinion on this transition," says the EDA. " What will you do for those Xserve based services and applications, when will you do it, and what do you think it will cost? Please go to the Xserve transition survey (http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/V8P68F8?c=email) and let us know what this change means to you. We are also offering a $50 Amazon gift certificate to one of every 100 respondents. We will be publishing the results of the survey and hope to do so as soon as next week."

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Nov 09
Apple buys Wi-Gear?

A source told "9to5Mac" (http://www.9to5mac.com/) that Apple bought Wi-Gear, a Bluetooth wireless headphone designer in San Francisco two months ago for an undisclosed sum.

WiGear, now closed, is perhaps best known for its iMuffs. iMuffs were wireless headphones that let you pause, rewind, adjust volume and change tracks right from the headset without touching the iPhone. You could also answer incoming calls directly from the headphone using the integrated microphone, enjoying the same automatic music suspension that you get on your iPhone when a call comes in.

Designed to be worn behind the neck, iMuffs weighed just 2.2 ounces and were powered by a rechargeable lithium battery providing up to 20 hours of continuous playback time on a single charge. iMuffs were charged using any computer's USB port or through an included travel charger.

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Nov 09
'Glassmate' hits iPhone case makers

Apple’s retail stores have suspended sales of iPhone 4 slider cases because of concerns about trapped dirt causing scratches and cracks -- the so-called “Glassgate” issue, reports "Cult of Mac" (http://www.cultofmac.com/67948/67948).

The ban is impacting at least half-a-dozen case makers who expected to have a blockbuster holiday season, a source who works in the case industry and asked for anonymity, told Leander Kahney of "Cult of Mac." The story says Apple is investigating whether the constant action of sliding cases on and off the glass-backed iPhone can cause scratches and eventually cracks.

"Cult of Mac" says the iPhone 4′s back is not made from the same toughened Corning Gorilla Glass used on the front. The "Glassgate" issue purportedly isn't affected by snap-on cases.

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Nov 09
Security research criticizes Safari's 'phone call...

A security researcher says Apple has made a poor security decision by allowing Safari to honor requests from third-party applications to perform actions such as making a phone call without warning a user, reports "Computerworld" (http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9195578/iPhone_s_Safari_dials_cal...).

Safari, like other browsers, can launch other applications to handle certain URL protocols. These might be in clickable links, or in embedded iframes. An iframe containing a URL with a telephone number, for example, will cause Safari to ask if the user wants to make a phone call to that particular number, Nitesh Dhanjani, a security researcher, on the "SANS Application Security Street Fighter" blog...

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Nov 09
SafeEyes offers YouTube filtering for the Mac

Now families with Macs can block the unwanted content on YouTube without blocking the entire site with the newest Mac edition of InternetSafety.com's Safe Eyes, a Mac family Internet manager with intelligent YouTube filtering.  

Safe Eyes 3.6 for Mac eliminates the need to make all YouTube videos off-limits simply to shield children from those that are off-color and otherwise objectionable -- including 5,700 clips about phone sex, 287,000 tagged bra, and 907,000 labeled porn. While forbidding access to all YouTube content is still an option, the software now has the ability to:

° Filter videos on the YouTube site on a clip-by-clip basis.

° Enforce tighter controls than YouTube's own self-policing system, which enables site users to voluntarily flag videos as unsuitable for viewers under 18 but has no automated rating capabilities.

° Simultaneously screen YouTube videos embedded in Facebook, emails, blogs and elsewhere.

Parents can configure Safe...

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Nov 09
Sococo Team Space available for the Mac

Sococo (http://www.sococo.com), a provider of communication services, has added Mac support to its flagship product, Team Space, a service for distributed teams. Team Space is built on Sococo's communication platform.  

Sococo provides always-on smart spaces that help people communicate more naturally and effectively, says Ken Rosen, principal, Performance Works, Sococo. Smart spaces automatically connect people with multi-channel communications and enable them to visualize where they are and what's going on around them, he adds..

Team Space is an always-on service that promotes more effective communication. It presents an intuitive visual layout that depicts an office floor plan with individual offices, conference rooms and common areas. Visual cues allow you to see who's in the office, who's busy, who's free and who's meeting with whom.  

A click allows you to enter any room and be instantly...

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Nov 09
Duracell introduces wireless USB charger

Duracell (http://www.duracell.com) has introduce the US$34.99 Duracell myGrid, a wireless USB charger. It's a Lithium-ion rechargeable battery that gives users the freedom to stay connected to devices they value most without the hassle of searching for an outlet.

The Duracell myGrid USB Charger is compatible with devices such as smart phones, e-readers, MP3 players, portable gaming devices, GPS units, Bluetooth®headsets, and virtually anything else that can be connected with a USB cable. Recharging the Duracell myGrid USB Charger is simple as it is compatible with the Duracell myGrid charging pad ($69.99). Users drop the Duracell myGrid USB Charger onto the myGrid and go, or it can be charged through its USB input.

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Nov 09
OWC expands Mercury On-The-Go Pro line

Other World Computing (http://www.macsales.com) has added four new 750GB 7200 RPM models to its OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro bus powered portable storage solution line.

The Mercury On-The-Go Pro is a pocket-sized portable storage solution for Mac or PC users featuring FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 3, and/or USB 2.0 interfaces. Available with up to 1.0TB of storage capacity, the Mercury On-The-Go Pro can hold up to one million JPEG photos, 500 DVD movies, 76 hours of digital video, or 350,000 MP3 songs.

The Mercury On-The-Go Pro 750GB 7200RPM line features four models, including: a “Triple Interface” model for FireWire 800/400 and USB 2.0; a “Combo Interface” model for FireWire 400 and USB 2.0; a USB 3.0 “SuperSpeed” model for USB 3/2.0 Backwards; and a USB 2.0 model all available immediately priced from $134.99 from Other World Computing. In addition to the newest models, Mercury On-The-Go Pro...

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Nov 09
FxFactory Slideshow Plug-in CoverFlux 2 released

Noise Industries, developer of visual effects tools for the post-production and broadcast markets, says FxFactory development partner, idustrial revolution, has released a major update to its "freebie" slideshow generator, CoverFlux.

The new CoverFlux 2 is completely re-written, bringing faster rendering and over 10 unique features to its "iTunes-style" image browsing effects. Powered by FxFactory, CoverFlux 2 is free for users of Apple Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express, Motion and After Effects.

CoverFlux 2 is completely free, with no watermark when registered. With 10+ new features, users can now select the depth of the stack, the number, the angle, the depth of field of the display, add round corners, soft edges, travelling gloss to highlight edges, and more.

Users can load, reorder and rename the files using the built in file browser. It has an option to choose the auto-animation feature or manual keyframe control to jump forward or backwards to any image...

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Nov 09
'MacVoices' looks at taking control of Safari 5

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com), Sharon Zardetto's talks about her new book, "Take Control of Safari 5."

She looks at the new features, big and small in this version of Apple's web browser. Leading the pack in the "big" category is Reader, a function that makes web page content more legible and accessible by changing it to a standard size, type and style while stripping out a web site's ads, navigation and more. While good for web surfers, publishers and advertisers haven't exactly welcomed the feature. Zardetto discusses this struggle, along with the other big new Safari feature, Extensions, by talking about their functionality, the two ways to get them, and some of her favorites.

"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...

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