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Oct 25
StarTech offers Mini DisplayPort adapters

StarTech.com (http://www.startech.com/) has announced the availability of their new line of Mini DisplayPort adapters, which are designed to allow users to overcome compatibility issues between laptop and desktop computers equipped with a Mini DisplayPort output port and monitors/displays that only support older video connections such as DVI, HDMI and VGA.
 
StarTech.com’s new Mini DisplayPort Adapter product line includes the following:

° Mini DisplayPort to VGA (US$29.99), which lets you connect a VGA monitor, TV or projector to a computer with a Mini DisplayPort output (video only);

° Mini DisplayPort to HDMI ($28.99), which lets you connect an HDMI TV or monitor to a laptop/desktop with a Mini DisplayPort output; adapter supports audio as provided by source, requires audio-capable display (e.g. HDTV, monitor with built-on speaker etc,);

° Mini DisplayPort to DVI ($28.99), which lets...

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Oct 25
Apple products top UK children's holiday wish list

According to a survey in the UK, almost a quarter of children have put an Apple product at the top of their Christmas list, reports the "Telegraph" (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/8084305/Children-want-gadgets-not-toys-f...). The survey, by battery manufacturer Duracell, polled over 2,000 kids and found that top "toy" on the wishlist was an iPhone 4.

Approximately 39% of children quizzed wanted Apple gadgets this year, with 17% of five to eight- year-olds, 50% of nine to 12-year-olds and 66% of 13 to 16-year-olds all putting Apple items -- including iPads and iPod touches -- at the top of their lists. The top 10 toys for Christmas 2010, according to the report are:

1) iPhone 4 (14%)
2) iPod touch (13%)
3) iPad (12%)
4) Kinect for Xbox (6%)
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Oct 25
Apple, Google, Facebook, others counterattack Paul Allen lawsuit

Apple last week joined forces with Google, Facebook, Yahoo and others in an effort to dismiss patent infringement charges brought by billionaire Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, reports Computerworld.

In August it was announced that a tech licensing company controlled by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen was suing 11 companies, including Apple, for violating patents on “fundamental web technologies” developed by Interval Research, the now-defunct Silicon Valley lab that Allen created with Xerox PARC veteran David Liddle in the 1990s.

In addition to Apple, Facebook, Office Depot, Yahoo, YouTube, Netflix and eBay were targeted. Not surprisingly, Microsoft wasn't on the list.

A total of four Interval Research patents were cited in the complaint, which seeks unspecified monetary damages for alleged patent infringement. In a statement, Allen’s firm calls the patents at issue in the suit “fundamental to the ways that leading e-commerce and...

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Oct 25
New Apple data center could launch 'any day now'

The new Apple data center in Maiden, North Carolina is expected to begin operations “any day now,” according to local officials, reports "Data Center Knowledge" (http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2010/10/24/video-the-fully-o...).

Even as Apple begins to ramp up production at the 500,000 square foot iDataCenter, there are rumors circulating that Apple may be planning to build a second 500,000 square foot facility on the site, the article adds. The facility -- not counting the rumored expansions -- is expected to employ at least 50 full-time employees.

The North Carolina state legislation requires that the average wage exceed the wage standard of the county in which it’s located. A data center will typically contract locally for services such as...

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Oct 25
'MacVoices' looks at social media from an enterprise...

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com), Chuck La Tournous provides an update on social media from the enterprise perspective.

No longer an option for businesses, he discusses why any return-on-investment (ROI) measurement of social media initiatives doesn't tell the whole story and the impact that social media may have on other communication and service channels. La Tournous also covers some of the kinds of information to distribute with your social media efforts and how it can help humanize and distinguish your company.

"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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Oct 25
Adobe extends AIR applications across screens

At Adobe MAX, Adobe’s worldwide developer conference, Adobe announced Adobe AIR 2.5 software for televisions, tablets, smartphones and desktop operating systems. A key element of the Adobe Flash Platform, AIR enables developers to leverage existing code to create and deliver standalone applications across devices and platforms.

Adobe AIR now supports smartphones and tablets based on iOS, BlackBerry Tablet OS, Android, iOS, and desktops including Mac, Windows and Linux operating systems. In addition, Samsung will be the first television manufacturer to integrate support for Adobe AIR 2.5 in Samsung SmartTVs while Acer, HTC, Motorola, RIM, Samsung and others are expected to ship the runtime pre-installed on a variety of devices including tablets and smartphones later this year and early 2011.

Adobe also announced previews of developer tools that make the process of multiscreen development more streamlined. With new releases of Flash Platform tools, including an AIR 2.5...

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Oct 25
Red Pill is new image editor for the Mac

Times for Fun has released Red Pill (http://www.timesforfun.de/Red_Pill.html), a new image editor for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. It offers a dozen tools and purportedly handles big images a as fast as Photoshop.

Features included: tools like magic wand, paint brush, paint bucket and clone stamp; a transform, adjust filter; paste into command; float/anchor selection; unlimited undo; the ability to resize, rotate and flip and image; a quick save command; a file manager; batch processing; and smart fill.

A trial version is available for download. Registration is approximately US$24. Red Pill is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.

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Oct 25
Long Island model suing for 'stolen' sexy photos

Another day, another lawsuit. An aspiring Long Island model is suing Apple and app maker Samba Studios for "turning her into an Internet tart," reports the "New York Post" (http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/net_babe_sues_over_hot_pics_DxNMeRTG9...).

Rebecca Battino claims she was surprised when sexy self-portraits she took as a 16-year-old (she's now 19) popped up in an online app from Samba Studios dubbed "eXtreme Cam Girls." The shots were swiped from iPhone on her Mac, she says, so she's accusing Apple and Samba Studios of copyright infringement.

The steamy shots were swiped from her computer, Battino claims in a $1 million Manhattan federal-court lawsuit that accuses Apple and app-maker Samba Studios of copyright infringement.

eXtreme Cam Girls has been removed...

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Oct 25
CrumplePop brings adjustable Lower Thirds to Final Cut Pro

CrumplePop (http://www.crumplepop.com/) has released LowerThirds, an US$69 tool for creating adjustable lower thirds in Final Cut Pro. It allows editors to add lower thirds to any FCP project by dragging and dropping.

CrumplePop LowerThirds automatically adjusts in size to fit whatever text you type in, eliminating repetitive resizing and dramatically improving workflow. With the software, you type in some text -- a name or title, for instance -- and a background box grows to match the size of your text. Then drag in color swatches, photos, or video to create almost any look for your lower third.

CrumplePop LowerThirds is based on Apple's Master Template architecture, so busy editors can use LowerThirds right inside of Final Cut Pro. It comes with 10 intro/outro animation styles and 15 high resolution ProResLT video backgrounds.

CrumplePop LowerThirds also includes a collection of...

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Oct 25
Boris Continuum Complete 7 AVX for Avid DS available

Boris FX (http://www.borisfx.com) says Boris Continuum Complete 7 AVX for Avid DS (BCC 7 AVX for DS) is now available.

BCC 7 AVX for DS brings over 180 filters to Avid DS. New features include a video noise reduction tool, a new OpenGL particle engine, new on-screen overlay control widgets for streamlined workflow, and support for Boris AAF Transfer.

Boris Continuum Complete 7 AVX for Avid DS is available immediately through the Boris FX worldwide reseller channel and direct through the Boris FX web site at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$2,495. It's a free upgrade for BCC 6 AVX for DS users. Owners of previous versions of BCC AVX for DS may upgrade for $599.

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Oct 25
SecuritySpy for Mac OS X gets full screen mode, more

Ben Bird has updated SecuritySpy (http://www.bensoftware.com/ss/index.html), a multi-camera video surveillance application for Mac OS X, to version 2.0.9. The upgrade includes a full-screen mode, support for more network cameras and bug fixes.

SecuritySpy's remote viewing feature lets you access your surveillance system over the Internet or over a local network using a web browser. Pricing starts at US$50 for one camera. A 30-day demo is available for download. SecuritySpy is a Universal Binary app, so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.

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Oct 25
ActionSoft updates Midnight Mansion 2: The Haunted Hills

ActionSoft has updated Midnight Mansion 2: The Haunted Hills (http://www.actionsoft.com/games/midnightmansion2/), to version 1.0.2. This version fixes problems in various mansions, including one in Jasperlone Mountains Hard that would prevent the game from being able to be completed on Hard difficulty.

Here's how the game is described: "Jack Malone is back, in his biggest adventure yet! Join Jack in his quest for treasure as he explores underground caverns, mad scientist laboratories, spooky graveyards, old abandoned castles, and more!

"Outwit new enemies and solve new puzzles as you explore over 880 rooms in the built-in mansions. And when you're done, try out the two bonus mansions for even more fun! And as always, a level builder is included so you can create your mansions, or play mansions others have made.

"Midnight Mansion 2 is a...

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Oct 25
MacUpdate Desktop updated to version 5.0.5

MacUpdate Desktop (http://www.macupdate.com), an application that helps you keep third party applications updated, has been revved to version 5.0.5.The upgrade adds automatic background checking of your apps and continues to improve upon the auto-download and install features.

MacUpdate Desktop lets you keep all your Mac software up-to-date. It offers automatic software updates to every application, widget, screen saver, and preference pane. It searches and matches more than 30,000 pieces of Mac software

MacUpdate Desktop 5.0 sports a redesigned user interface and one-click updating. You can download and install updates with a single click. There's also now update verification; you can confirm which updates were installed successfully.

In MacUpdate Desktop 5.0, you can archive older versions in case you need to revert to a previous release of an updated item. You can also organize your apps...

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Oct 25
First app in the PFiddle Collection available

Fiddlesoft has released version 1.0.0 of Applidude (http://pfiddlesoft.com/pfiddles/), the first application in the PFiddle Collection. It floats over your screen and reminds you which application is currently active.

Applidude costs US$4.95. A full-featured, 30-day demo is available for download.

The next application in the PFiddle Collection is almost ready. It's Waccy Accy. a game based on Apple's Accessibility API (application programming interface).. You fill in the blanks on the game board by moving the mouse pointer over text elements on the screen containing the missing letters in your user name.

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Oct 25
MixTape for Mac OS X updated to version 1.1.5 -

Atomic Droplet (http://atomicdroplet.com/) has released MixTape 1.1.5, an update for its mixing application for Mac OS X 10.4.11 and higher. This update removes the requirement to create an publishing account prior to purchase.

It takes the music users already have (from iTunes) and gives them an environment where beat matched mixes can be created without the complexity associated with audio workstations or DJ apps. The resulting mixes can be published either back into iTunes or directly onto the web.

Music is drag and dropped from iTunes into MixTape's library where a beat detection algorithm finds the base tempo and strips of lockable beats called "timing tabs." The main user interface is a timeline where music can be: dragged to its desired play location; have it's in and out points set with drag handles; and create "snap to grid" regions using the timing tabs. This "snap to grid" behavior...

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Oct 25
Nvidia unveils 3D software for computers/HDTVs

Okay, Apple, take note: Nvidia has unveiled 3DTV Play software that will let users connect 3D notebooks and desktops running its 3D Vision technology to 3D high-definition TVs for a “big-screen entertainment experience,” the company says.

According to "InformationWeek" (http://www.informationweek.com/news/software/hosted/showArticle.jhtml?ar...), any compatible Nvidia GeForce graphics processing unit (GPU)-powered system running the 3DTV Play software can be connected to an HDMI 1.4 3D HD TV, letting users view 3D photos and videos on a larger screen. They will also be able to play some 500 games in 3D -- more than any other platform -- according to Nvidia.

When the compatible video playback software is employed, users can also watch Blu-ray 3D movies in full 1080...

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Oct 25
Analyst: Apple's failure to pay dividends keeps some...

According to Toni Sacconaghi at Bernstein & Co., Apple’s failure to pay a dividend is preventing some investors from buying shares, reports "Silicon Alley Insider" (http://www.businessinsider.com/the-apple-investor-oct-22-2010-10).

About 10% to 15% of the investors he speaks with avoid Apple because they only buy firms with payouts or they’re concerned Apple will use the cash for an acquisition. However, "Silicon Alley Insider" says Sacconaghi's talking to the wrong investors "as the stock has increased 5x the past 5 years versus an 11% gain in the S&P 500, with little signs of stopping."

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Oct 25
'MacVoices' looks at MacTech Conference

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com) Neil Tickin, editor-in-chief, publisher of "MacTech Magazine," talks about the first MacTech Conference (http://www.mactech.com/conference/), will be held Nov. 3-5 in Los Angeles.

He reminds us of the genesis of the conference, what it will offer, who it is (and isn't) for, who's
attending, and more. Starting with an Andy Ihnatko keynote, the MacTech Conference is built for developers and serious Mac geeks. Recent additions to the list of offerings include a panel on virtualization that is being supported by the major players in the virtualization space, Apple certification exams, and the first conference discussions of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. Ticktin also talks about the first non-university public appearance of Mac-based rovers, and why the MacTech Conference...

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Oct 25
Blabbelon introduces integrated Suite of voice products

Blabbelon (http://blabbelon.com/, games developer and creator of voice systems has announced the release of its desktop client products for both Mac OS X and Windows. The company simultaneously released its 2.0 update of its browser-based voice software, with integration between the three products.

Earlier this year, the company announced the approval of its iPhone app in the Apple App Store. All four products share a common proprietary core application programming interface that lets users stay in touch regardless of desktop, web, or mobile access. All products remain free-of-charge for unlimited users.

The Blabbelon iPhone app is available now and can be downloaded for free.

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Oct 25
'MUG Event Calendar': three Final Cut Pro meetings...

"The MUG Event Calendar" closes out October with a wide variety of presentations and demos.

Apple Senior Systems Engineer Dave Marra will be the featured speaker at a New Jersey group, while three Final Cut Pro User Groups, one in San Francisco, other in Los Angeles and one in Indianapolis, will feature presenters talking about a range of video-related topics and products.

Other topics on the week’s agenda include 1Password, Snow Leopard, Mac holiday gifts and crafts, Skype, iChat, the Verizon MiFi and the iPad, landscape photography, and more.

"The MUG Event Calendar" can be found at "The MUG Center" (http://www.mugcenter.com), an online resource for Mac User Groups. MUGs are good places for making new friends in the Mac community, imProving your computing skills, finding solutions to technical Problems, and perhaps locating a good deal on used hardware. For more info on MUGs, and to find...

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Oct 22
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Oct. 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/).

Mobivention has announced Mahjong Mountain 1.0 for the iPhone and iPod touch. It's based on a classic Chinese game concept that has the goal of finding matching gaming pieces. Additional difficulty levels are included through different game layouts and different pilings of the pieces. The first 1,000 downloads of the full version are free. Further campaigns and details of the game can be found on http://www.facebook.com/mobivention .

Appdicted has released Monster Meter 1.0 for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users. The US$0.99 gives parents a way to prove to young children that there are no monsters hiding in their room. The app offers four different monster...

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Oct 22
Analyst: MacBook Air shipments to hit 700,000

MacBook Air shipments in the fourth quarter of 2010 are expected to reach about 700,000 units, accounting for more than 17% share of the company's 4.1 million Mac shipments, while the 11.6-inch model will account for 60% of the total MacBook Air sales due to its low price, according a Chinese-language Commercial Times report citing vice president of Concord Securities research department, Mingchi Kuo -- as noted by "DigiTimes" (http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20101022PB200.html).

Kuo pointed out that the new MacBook Air notebooks paired with the company's upcoming new operating system Mac OS X Lion next year should be able to attract more consumers to purchase the machine as their second computer choice, while Taiwan-based supply chain players including notebook maker Quanta Computer, chassis maker Catcher Technology, panel maker AU Optronics (AUO) and...

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Oct 22
'MacVoices' looks at BookBrewer

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com), Dan Pacheco, founder and CEO of FeedBrewer, and Kelly Peterson, eBook Manager for Borders, discuss BookBrewer, the site that lets bloggers turn their sites into ebooks, suitable for publication and sale.

Pacheco reviews the process, how much it costs, how web sites get converted to ebooks, how long the process takes, and how they'rre distributed for sale. Peterson talks about Border's involvement in distribution and how it fits with their model of delivering content that people want to read.

"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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Oct 22
Jobs, President Obama talk jobs

President Barack Obama discussed job creation and American competitiveness during a meeting with Apple CEO Steve Jobs in California on Thursday, reports "Fox News" (http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/10/22/obama-talks-jobs-apples-steve...).White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said the pair met at the Westin hotel in San Francisco.

"They discussed American competitiveness and education, especially reforms such as the president's Race to the Top initiative," Gibbs said in a statement. "They then talked about energy independence and ways to increase job creation."

Jobs is a major donor to Democratic causes, having contributed US$50,000 to the Democratic National Committee in 2000 and $26,700 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in 2006, per Federal Election Commission...

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Oct 22
Apple addresses FaceTime beta issue

Along with Apple’s FaceTime beta release came a new iTunes Store account security flaw. Now Apple has offered a fix.

According to "Cocoa Touch Apps" (http://cocoatouchapps.com/2010/10/apple-fixes-facetime-security-flaw-ser...), while people were "poking around" in the FaceTime beta, they noticed that they could easily access their iTunes Store accounts right from the app.  In doing so, they’re able to update their account settings without re-entering the iTunes Store password.  To make matters worse, the application automatically saves your username and password even if you sign out

"Cocoa Touch Apps" says this is Apple's "easy ... yet annoying fix":

Go to your User Folder / Library / Preferences and delete com.apple.FaceTime.plist

That will reset the settings for the app...

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