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Dec 23
Page Director ALS now compatible with InDesign CS5, QuarkXPress...

Managing Editor says Page Director Ad Layout System 5.6.1, ALS for Magazines 5.6.1 and AdForce 5.6.1 are now available.

MEI's flagship product and its related technologies have been upgraded for compatibility with the latest pagination software from Adobe and Quark. ALS 5.6.1 works with enhanced versions of MEI's Ad Import plug-in and ALS XT, which allow users to export issues to Adobe InDesign CS5 and QuarkXPress 8.5.

MEI has also updated its FiFi, Fido and Split & Folio XTs and plug-ins for compatibility with QuarkXPress 8.5 and InDesign CS5. FiFi and Fido restore file-path information for ad files after ALS pages have been imported so lost file links can be updated; Split & Folio lets users split up an InDesign or QuarkXPress document to deal out as single pages or page ranges while preserving the original file's information.

New versions of ALS for Magazines, MEI's automated ad-layout solution built specifically with magazines in mind, and AdForce...

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Dec 23
'MacVoices' looks at taking control of iPad basics

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com), Tonya Engst -- who has updated her book, "Take Control of iPad Basics," to version 1.2, talks about, well, taking control of iPad basics.

Why a .1 upgrade and what does it mean? Engst explains before digging into some iPad basic tips for every level of user.The iPad is #1 on many holiday gift lists for giving or getting, and Engst's book assures the new iPad owner they will be enjoying the full capabilities of the device with minimal effort or learning curve. She discusses some of the less intuitive aspects of iPad use, why security is especially important for this mobile device, reveals her favorite use for her iPad, and more.

"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...

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Dec 23
YML looks at the best of 2010

The new "Your Mac Life" episode looks at the best tech products of 2010.

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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Dec 22
New iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Dec. 22

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/).

Fandango, provider of the nation's most widely-used mobile moviegoing applications, today announced its new, and free, Fandango app for the iPad. It refines features of Fandango's previous apps, and adds new ones, including: "The Pulse," a visual representation of the company's hottest ticket sellers, viewable in both list and map formats; movie reviews from professional critics and film fans alike, plus movie-related tweets, all on one large Multi Touch screen; map integration that knows a moviegoer's location and helps her find titles, theaters, showtimes and tickets; expanded video, photos, trailers, clips and exclusive interview features that take advantage of the large, high-resolution HD display.

Aquafadas has released myComics for the...

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Dec 22
Apple, others sued over ... you guessed it ... patent...

Another day, another lawsuit. A company called Hybrid Audio is suing Apple, Dell, HTC and other companies of infringing a MP3-related patent for "Signal Processing Utilizing a Tree-Structured Array," reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).

The application references "audio signals," but makes no mention of MP3 files or the MPEG-1 Layer III standard. However, the lawsuit targets Apple, HTC and Dell for creating devices that allow playback of MP3 files, notes "AppleInsider."

The iPod nano, iPhone 4, iPad, MacBook Pro, and iTunes software are specifically mentioned in the lawsuit. The suit targets products "that contain or use hardware and/or software for processing audio information in accordance with the MPEG-1 Layer III (MP3) standard," according to "AppleInsider."

As part of their compensation, Hybrid Audio is seeking a judgment and order requiring each Defendant named...

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Dec 22
Calpers wants Apple to change how board members are re-elected

The California Public Employees' Retirement System (Calpers) -- the largest public pension in the U.S. -- is seeking to change the policies of Apple and 57 other large companies that make up a portion of its nearly US$200 billion U.S. portfolio. It wants Apple to change it he way it handles board of director elections, according to "The Wall Street Journal" (http://macte.ch/bYNA5).

Members of the board can currently be re-elected by a single "yes" vote in uncontested elections. Calpsers wants Apple and other U.S. companies it invests in to adopt rules requiring directors to win a majority of the vote, saying that will make board members more accountable to shareholders, says the "Journal."

Calpers said Apple resisted its request, so the pension fund submitted an advisory shareholder resolution to force the issue. The measure is set to come up for a vote at the iPhone maker's annual meeting in February...

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Dec 22
GEAR4 offers UnityRemote for iOS devices

GEAR4 (http://www.GEAR4.com) has announced the U.S. availability of UnityRemote. Now available through Amazon for US$99, the UnityRemote device turns any iPhone, iPod touch or iPad into a universal remote control.

It enables users to control everything from TVs to Hi-Fis, Blu-Ray players to digital TV boxes -- anything that has an infrared receiver -- using one single device, according to GEAR4 CEO Tom Dudderidge. UnityRemote works with two parts -- an app, which is downloaded for free from the Apple App Store, and a small device that can be placed anywhere in the room.

The UnityRemote device receives a Bluetooth signal from the Apple device, and then sends an infrared command in 360 degrees via five infrared transmitters to the device to be controlled.
After launching the app, users select the device to be controlled from a long list of manufacturers. If the device to control isn't listed,...

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Dec 22
Fake (and dangerous) iTunes e-mail making the rounds

E-mails purportedly coming from iTunes and bearing "iTunes account may be suspended" in the subject line have been hitting inboxes in the last few days, according to "Help Net Security" (http://www.net-security.org/malware_news.php?id=1576).

The message reads: "Dear iTunes Customer, it is possible that your account password has been stolen. 4 different IP addresses have been used to login to your account within the last 24 hours. Please visit the bellow link and read what to do and how to contact support department."

If you click the link in the message, you're taken to fake Apple support page. Although it doesn't ask for any confidential info, "the site silently serves a malicious script that tries to exploit vulnerabilities in older versions of Java and Windows Help to gain access to the system and download and install malware," says "Help...

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Dec 22
NewerTech announces NuStands for the iPad, Mac mini

NewerTech has announced NuStand alloy stands for the iPad and Mac mini.

The iPad version is designed to eliminate hard-to-view flat and unstable/unsafe "prop" viewing of an iPad. Featuring an, aircraft grade aluminum body and silicone center, the NewerTech NuStand Alloy for iPad gently yet securely holds an iPad up to a 15 degree angle in either portrait or landscape positions for personal viewing preferences. The open design provides full access to all ports for using, viewing and charging an iPad.

By orienting the 2010 Mac mini into an upright vertical position, the NewerTech NuStand Alloy for Mac mini (pictured) provides a secure way to display a 2010 Mac mini. Besides creating a custom appearance and easier access to all ports and connections, the NuStand Alloy for Mac mini main benefit is greater placement flexibility of a 2010 Mac mini on a crowded desktop or in a space limited home theater cabinet, according to the folks at NewerTech. Non-skid rubber feet...

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Dec 22
Updated iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Dec. 22

Cascadium has announced Fugitives 1.1 for iOS devices, an update of the app that provides new features and user interface improvements. Fugitives retrieves FBI Wanted Criminals in a number of categories and lets you peruse the details and pictures of these wanted fugitives. You can use Fugitives to find out details, including reward amounts, on the FBI Wanted list. For the rest of the month of December, Fugitives 1.1 is on sale for US$0.99.

Mealtickets & Unusual Ideas has released Traverse Traveler 1.1, an update of their free, mobile guide for iOS devices. Offering an interactive resource, Traverse Traveler features the best destinations in the Traverse City region, featuring local restaurants, lodging, wineries, attractions, shopping, events, services and more.

Houdah Software has served up Quid 4.0, the latest version of the $0.99 universal currency converter for iOS devices. Quid draws on a source of exchange rates for over 180 world currencies and precious...

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Dec 22
Photoshopped fake iPad Mini picture?

By Greg Mills

As anyone who spends much time on the Internet knows, Photoshopping pictures can create very convincing evidence to support absolute speculation.  

There is a picture circulating online that, in my opinion, has been intentionally modified to drop a small image of an "iPad Mini" into a staged picture. See http://www.cultofmac.com/famous-taiwan-race-car-driver-claims-he-has-an-... .

The full picture shows a man holding an iPad in each hand. The picture was staged with him holding a real iPad in his left hand and holding up an empty right hand up in the same position as if he was holding a smaller iPad. If you capture the pixels where his finger nails intersect the smaller iPad you will notice there are vertical lines...

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Dec 22
Analyst: Apple needs an app store for the Apple TV

Kaufman Brothers analyst Shaw Wu said in a note to clients -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) -- that though the Apple TV is starting to take off -- Apple says sales will top one million this week -- sales of the $99 set-top box just aren't enough to have a major effect on Apple's bottom line.

He says the million unit sales figure is "positive, but fairly immaterial." If the device continues to sell a million units per quarter, it would amount to US$400 million in annual revenue -- just a drop in the bucket for a company expected to earn $88 billion in revenue in its fiscal year 2011, Wu says.

Despite this, the analyst thinks the Apple TV is now positioned to become a "more material contributor and game changer in the TV space." On the other hand, he believes a major catalyst for the set-top box would be the addition of an App Store, allowing users to download new...

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Dec 22
Darkest of Days game comes to the Mac


You're our last, best chance to keep history intact, so no pressure, buddy." That's Kronotek's Agent Dexter speaking to the player in Darkest of Days (http://www.vpltd.com/software/dod/), Virtual Programming's latest release for Mac OS X. Gamers step into the time-traveling shoes of Alexander Morris, who Agent Dexter plucks from the ranks of General Custer's army during the Battle of Little Big Horn. Now he must travel through history and relive some of its most famous events while protecting those whose survival is crucial to the space-time continuum.

Players' quest to keep the space-time continuum intact begins with the Civil War's Battle of Antietam and the Battle of Tannenberg during World War I. They soon learn that a mysterious organization called the Opposition is using its own time travel technology to stop them from protecting a Union Army corporal and a Russian Army officer...

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Dec 22
AnyBizSoft posts beta of PDF Editor for Mac

AnyBizSoft, a Wondershare company focused on PDF solutions, has released a public beta of PDF Editor for Mac beta.

With the integration of their existing PDF to Word conversion technology, this new released program not only enables users to edit PDF text, insert images, and annotate on PDF files, but also allows users to convert PDF to Word on Mac OS X. Just remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.

Also, AnyBizSoft PDF Editor for Mac Beta’s Keycode is giving away a free Christmas gift. Keycode’s giveaway program is held on AnyBizSoft PDF Editor for Mac Beta’s official product page (http://www.anypdftools.com/pdf-editor-for-mac.html). After downloading the program, users need to click Get Keycode Now button to find the get keycode area. By filling out the username, e-mail address and clicking Send me Keycode button,...

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Dec 22
Another analyst thinks Apple will enter the TV market

Ticonderoga Securities analyst Brian White told clients -- as reported by "Forbes" (http://blogs.forbes.com/ericsavitz/2010/12/21/apple-when-will-they-start...) -- that Apple will eventually start making television sets. He thinks that Apple “has larger ambitions” in the TV market, and contends the current generation Apple TV is “just the beginning of something much larger.”

“In our view, Apple is one of the few companies in the world that will be able to offer consumers a broad digital media ecosystem with iTunes, iBooks and the App Store,” he says. "Additionally, Apple arguably offers the most aesthetically pleasing consumer electronic products in the world. Keep in mind, the TV is at the center of living rooms around the globe, and an Apple TV would likely be a big hit, in our view....

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Dec 22
Alpinestars brings protection to the iPhone 4 with Incipio

Incipio and Alpinestars have teamed up on two cases for the iPhone 4: the Tech 10 and Bionic.

The Alpinestars TECH10 Motocross boot is a motocross boot. The $24.99 Tech 10 iPhone case shares DNA with the TECH10 boot and is intended to provide the same amount of performance and protection.

The $34.99 Alpinestars Bionic Jacket (pictured) is engineered to provide maximum protection against the brutal forces of motorcycle racing. The Bionic case for the iPhone 4 borrowed design cues from the Bionic Jacket and shares its impeccable protective nature. For more info go to http://www.myincipio.com/alpinestars .

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Dec 22
Apple posts iPhone Configuration Utility 3.2

Apple has released iPhone Configuration Utility 3.2. It's a 10.17MB download, requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and can be downloaded via the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.

The iPhone Configuration Utility lets you create, maintain, encrypt, and install configuration profiles, track and install provisioning profiles and authorized applications, and capture device information including console logs. Apple hasn't said what's changed with version 3.2.
 
Configuration profiles are XML files that contain device security policies, VPN configuration information, Wi-Fi settings, APN settings, Exchange account settings, mail settings, and certificates that permit iPhone and iPod touch to work with your enterprise systems.

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Dec 22
Intego updates VirusBarrier X6

Intego (http://www.intego.com) has released an update to VirusBarrier X6, the company’s program that protects Macs from malware and network threats. This update, version 10.6.10, offers enhancements and performance improvements, improves overall stability, supports general compatibility issues, and addresses a number of other minor issues.

VirusBarrier X6 users can download the update through NetUpdate, Intego’s tool for updating its software. This update is free for all users of VirusBarrier X6.

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Dec 22
UK teen found guilty of fraud on iTunes, Amazon

A UK teen named Lamar Johnson has plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud. He and his band used stolen credit cards to purchase something like $750,000 worth of their own music from both Amazon and the iTunes Store between January 2008 and June 2009, reports "engadget" (http://www.engadget.com/2010/12/22/uk-teen-buys-750-000-of-his-own-music...).

While Johnson will find his sentence tacked onto the 5-year jail term he is currently serving for grievous bodily harm, the rest of his 12 member "band" will have to wait until they appear in court in January to discover their fate, the article adds. The name of the band hasn't been disclosed.

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Dec 22
Cakewalk announces free Sonar X1A update

Cakewalk, a developer of products for music creation and recording, has announced a free update for Sonar X1 Producer, Studio, and Essential. All registered Sonar X1 customers can download the free Sonar X1A update at http://www.catwalk.com .

The Sonar X1 Update has been split into two parts. The first update, X1A, addresses usability enhancements and overall stability issues across the entire application. The next update X1B, will address a number of additional issues based largely on customer feedback. Availability of the Sonar X1B update will be announced in the first quarter 2011.
 
A comprehensive list of what is included in the Sonar X1A update can be found at http://www.cakewalk.com/support/kb/reader.aspx?ID=2007013216 .

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Dec 21
Evom lets you watch Flash videos anywhere

The Little App Factory has released Evom (http://thelittleappfactory.com/evom/), a free Mac OS X app that lets you "watch Flash videos anywhere."

You can use it to convert your movie files for playback anywhere. Drag files, folders, or links into Evom to start. Converted media files are exported into iTunes or saved to your desktop.

You can download Flash videos from web sites to iPods, iPhones, iPads, and many other devices. Drag a link or URL into Evom to start. The software takes advantage of your Mac’s multi-core processor.

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Dec 21
Apple releases iPhone 9.1.1

Apple has released iPhone 9.1.1. It's a 62.09MB download, requires Mac OS X 10.6.3 or higher and can be downloaded via the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.

According to Apple, this update adds new email options to iPhoto '11. It also improves overall stability and addresses a number of other minor issues.

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Dec 21
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Dec. 21

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/).

Verizon says  FiOS TV customers who also have Apple's iPad can now download and use Verizon's free FiOS Mobile application, which lets customers manage their DVRs and browse FiOS video-on-demand (VOD) offers remotely, plus turn their Apple tablet into a remote control for their HD set-top boxes.  

3dot5 has announced World Flights -- HD 1.0, a flight tracking application for the iPad. The US$2.99 app offers several ways to access the required info based on your specific requirements. You can search by airline, route, airport, nearest airport and add airports and routes to Favorites for even faster access.

Cocoa Platypus has released Project SD1, their new 2D side scrolling platform game for the iOS platform. The $1.99 game follows the...

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Dec 21
Apple sued for violating digital video compression patents

Another day, another lawsuit. A lawsuit against Apple (as well as Canon, LG and TivO) was filed Monday by a patent holder named Multimedia Patent Trust in a U.S. District Court in the Southern District of California. It's aimed at, well, just about all of Apple's product line, notes "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).

The complaint cites four U.S. patents granted to a number of different inventors between 1990 and 1996. All four inventions granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office are related to digital video compression techniques. Apple is specifically accused of violating the first three with hardware it makes that plays video. In addition to hardware, the suit also names a number of Apple's software products, including Final Cut Studio, iTunes and iLife.

Multimedia Patent Trust states that it informed Apple of its alleged violations on March 15, 2007. "Appleinsider" say...

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Dec 21
Analyst: Verizon 'excited' about carrying the iPhone...

In a note to clients -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) -- Kaufman Brothers analyst Shaw Wu says Verizon is "still excited" about launching Apple's iPhone early next year "to combat slowing Android momentum in the US."

He says the confirmation of Verizon's interest in launching the iPhone, "despite it already carrying a full roster of competing operating systems including Android, BlackBerry, Symbian, Windows, and webOS," provides additional support for data reported earlier showing a sharp decline in Verizon's growth from Android following the launch of iPhone 4.

Last week, Apple Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster told clients that he thinks Apple will sell nine million Verizon iPhones in 2011. What's more, he says that estimate may be conservation. Munster thinks that Apple could sell closer to 20 million iPhones at Verizon next year.

The analyst thinks...

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