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Apr 06
Analyst predicts iPad 3, iPhone 5 this fall

Matthew Bryson of Avian Securities, who follows component makers such as Micron Technology (MU), this morning tells clients in a note -- as reported by "Barron's" (http://macte.ch/DaO0s) that "recent conversations with the electronics supply chain indicate that Apple (AAPL) is sending out design specifications and component needs for the next generation iPad."

I'm dubious but Bryson thinks we'll see an iPad 3 within six months. The analyst thinks it may arrive this fall along with the iPhone 5, which he doesn't believe will launch in June as some have predicted (or at least hoped).

“We feel the 2H launch fits well with indications an iPhone 5 launch could also come later in the year," Bryson writes. "With the two platforms sharing similar hardware in many respects, in our view it would make some sense to see the platforms roll-out simultaneously with this timing likely enabling Apple to offer 4G enabled...

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Apr 06
Apple looking for 'Thunderbolt Software Quality Engineer...

Apple has posted a listing (http://macte.ch/anDEC) for a new full-time vacancy in the role of "Thunderbolt Software Quality Engineer" with specific experience writing tools for and testing firmware and software, "who will be part of the team to drive the software quality and integration for an exceptional customer experience."

The SW QA role in this position includes creating tools to assist in validating software and firmware tests, building automated suites, hands-on functional testing, bug reporting/regression, maintaining test guidelines, and project QA status reporting.

"The candidate is responsible for qualifying cutting edge Thunderbolt firmware and software, requiring expertise in testing high speed buses and PCIe devices," says Apple. "The team is the key part in driving Thunderbolt software quality, involving new HW and SW, working with creative, smart people, world-class products and cutting...

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Apr 06
DISH Network agrees to acquire Blockbuster assets

DISH Network says it was selected as the winning bidder in the bankruptcy court auction for substantially all of the assets of Blockbuster, Inc. 

DISH Network's winning bid was valued at approximately US$320 million. After certain adjustments are made at closing of the transaction, including adjustments for available cash and inventory, DISH Network expects to pay approximately $228 million in cash to acquire Blockbuster at the closing which is expected to occur in the second quarter of 2011.

"With its more than 1,700 store locations, a highly recognizable brand and multiple methods of delivery, Blockbuster will complement our existing video offerings while presenting cross-marketing and service extension opportunities for DISH Network," says Tom Cullen, executive vice president of Sales, Marketing and Programming for DISH Network. "While Blockbuster's business faces significant challenges, we look forward to working with its employees to re-establish Blockbuster's ...

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Apr 06
iPad 2 sales way ahead of sales of original Apple tablet

Sales of iPad 2 are running at a rate faster than its predecessor, and Apple took delivery of 2.4-2.6 million units in March, according to "DigiTimes" (http://macte.ch/UFgTs), quoting unnamed sources at "upstream touch panel suppliers."

Based on a conservative estimate, Apple is likely to take delivery of 4-4.3 million units a month, or a total of over 12 million units, of iPad 2 tablets in the second quarter, said sources told "DigiTimes." TPK Touch Solutions and G-Tech Optoelectronics are eagerly expanding their capacities for cover lenses currently, with TPK expected to ramp up its cover lenses for 3.5-inch touch panels to five million units and for 10-inch panels to 2.5 million units in June, the article adds.

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Apr 06
Dot Hill to launch AssuredSAN video Apple solutions

Dot Hill Systems (http://www.dothill.com), a provider of Unified Virtual Storage and SAN storage solutions, will be showcasing a newly tested and certified video post-production solution for Apple users at the NAB Show, April 9-14, at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Booth # SL10906.

The solution combines Dot Hill's AssuredSAN shared storage solution with ATTO Celerity Fibre Channel host bus adapters (HBAs), Final Cut Pro editing software and Autodesk Smoke software. Dot Hill's reliable, high performance AssuredSAN storage combined with ATTO 8Gb Fibre Channel HBAs delivers high performance network solution for Apple post-production editors looking to improve workflow and ease-of-use at an affordable price point., says Jim Jonez, senior director of marketing, Dot Hill.

The solution has been fully tested and certified to easily integrate with Apple workstations running Mac OS X and the Apple Xsan file...

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Apr 06
QuickerTek brings back the Carry Handle for older MacBook Pros

QuickerTek is bringing back their Carry Handles (http://macte.ch/4RXzX) for the first and second generation 15-inch MacBook Pros. This US$79.95 lightweight carry handle is made from non-flex aircraft quality aluminum.

The Carry Handle attaches with a bracket mount that uses the existing screw holes on the back of the computer. It's doesn't alter your Apple laptop, and is completely reversible.

The Carry Handle ensures that the Mac laptop doesn't slip and hit the floor, according to the folks at QuickerTek. The design lays the handle out and the bracket elevates the 15-inch MacBook Pro, allowing better airflow underneath the laptop.

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Apr 06
QuarkXPress 9 Test Drive available to download


Quark has announced the availability of the 30-day Test Drive of QuarkXPress 9, the next major version of the page-layout and graphic design software.

With the evaluation software users can experience the new features of QuarkXPress 9, including tools for advanced design automation as well as the ability to create content that can be delivered directly to digital devices.


To download the QuarkXPress 9 30-day Test Drive, visit http://www.quark.com/products/quarkxpress/test_drive.aspx .



With QuarkXPress 9, designers and creative professionals have a variety of options for publishing to digital devices, including all devices pre-installed with the Blio eReader, including Windows computers from Toshiba, HP, and Dell, and soon, devices that run the iOS, Android, and Silverlight platforms. Designers can also convert QuarkXPress...

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Apr 06
Seagate ships 'world's slimmest' portable hard...

Seagate (http://www.seagate.com) has announced the availability of its new GoFlex Slim portable hard drive -- a 9mm, 2.5-inch external drive designed for the latest trend of portable, thin, laptops and netbooks.

Initially showcased at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics show in January of this year, the new GoFlex Slim performance drive is now available on http://www.seagate.com, in-store and at select online retailers. A 320GB version of the GoFlex Slim drive can be purchased for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of US$99.99.

At 9mm, it's 38% leaner than the current GoFlex ultra-portable drives. In fact, the new GoFlex Slim drive is roughly the width of a pencil and can slide into a pocket, purse or messenger bag. It's equipped with a 7200RPM drive and a USB3.0 interface. Alas, it will only run at USB 2.0 speeds on Macs...

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Apr 06
Icon-ic art prints offered by Susan Kare

Susan Kare, the noted interface designer, once referred to by the New York Times as “ the Betsy Ross of the personal computer”  is now offering prints of some of her most engaging icons -- the visual metaphors for computer commands -- at Kare Prints (http://www.kareprints.com/).

Some of the prints offered feature her original icons for Apple’s Macintosh. The limited editions come in a range of colors and sizes and are numbered and signed.  

Kare is a computer iconographer based in San Francisco.  She has designed thousands of icons for the world’s leading companies that have become familiar to anyone who uses a computer.

All of the giclée prints (fine art prints created on an ink-jet printer) are made using archival pigment inks and 100% cotton rag paper. The prints range in size from 8.5 x 11 inches to 30 x 40 inches, and custom sizes (and custom editions) are available upon request...

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Apr 06
PHYX Keyer 2.0 offers collection of keying plug-ins

Noise Industries, developer of visual effects tools for the post-production and broadcast markets, and development partner PHYX are bringing the VFX community PHYX Keyer 2.0 for the FxFactory platform.

PHYX Keyer 2.0 is an amplified collection of keying plug-ins designed to work inside Adobe After Effects, Apple Final Cut Pro, Apple Motion and Apple Final Cut Express applications. PHYX Keyer 2.0 is GPU-accelerated for speed increases of up to 300% and introduces three new professional-quality plug-ins to the existing pack; Composite Matcher, FastKeyer, and MatteFuse.

Version 2.0 contains tools to create composites, repair uneven green/blue screens, create and manipulate mattes, neutralize green/blue spill, and match background color and edge lighting. It introduces three new keying plug-ins that help create and refine keys using efficient algorithms for a variety of shooting conditions. PHYX Keyer 2.0 includes a variety of highlights:

PHYX Keyer 2.0 is...

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Apr 06
Rays is new plug-in for creating light ray effects

Digital Film Tools, developer of visual effects software, has announced the availability of a new plug-in for visual effects artists -- Rays. The Rays plug-in allows users to create realistic light ray effects.

Known as volumetric lighting in computer graphics, or crepuscular rays in atmospheric optics, this effect adds polish and style, according to Marco Paolini, founder and president, Digital Film Tools. You can create shafts of light streaming through clouds, rays filtering through a forest canopy, beams of light on a foggy night, or rays shooting out from text.

With Rays you can: set the ray length and brightness; control ray direction with an on-screen control; customize the color of the rays using a color picker; deal with threshold control to specify where the rays will be visible; randomize the rays; and modify settings with slider.

Rays is available now for US$50. Available as a plug-in for Apple Aperture, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Adobe Photoshop...

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Apr 06
Andrei Doubrovski releases Script Arsenal 1.0

Andrei Doubrovski has announced Script Arsenal 1.0 (http://script-arsenal.com/), a catalog allowing you to manage and apply your Photoshop scripts.

Script Arsenal ships with over 100 ready-made scripts for creating various effects and streamlining your everyday workflow. Users are able to extend the catalog by including additional scripts, either downloaded from the Internet or with their own customized scripts. The catalog interface is available in eight languages.

The catalog interface is available in eight languages. What's more, the scripts coming with it are multilingual as well. At any time you can alter the way they are displayed in the catalog. If that's not enough, the icons help you to visually identify an item's purpose.

All the scripts are compatible with Photoshop CS3 and newer versions for Windows and Mac OS X. Using most of them doesn't require a substantial Photoshop...

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Apr 06
Dejal introduces Simon Express, Simon Free

Dejal Systems (http://www.dejal.com/simon/) has introduced Simon Express and Simon Free, new editions of the server monitoring tool for Mac OS X (10.5 and higher), especially for the Mac App Store.

These editions check web pages, FTP and DNS servers for changes or failures, and notify you via sound, speech, and other means. They're streamlined editions of the full Simon application, which supports many more services, filters, notifiers and reports.

There are now three editions of Simon: Simon: the standard edition, sold directly from the Dejal website; Simon Express: a paid edition, sold on the Mac App Store; and Simon Free: a free edition, available on the Mac App Store.

The standard edition of Simon is unchanged; it includes all the same features as before, and is sold in four license levels: Bronze: this enables up to 15 active test configurations; Silver: this enables up to 40...

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Apr 06
CS Odessa releases tools for ConceptDraw Office users

CS Odessa (http://www.conceptdraw.com/) has released seven tools for users of ConceptDraw Office 2 that assist managers in the making of decisions and innovation planning.

Professional Analytical Tools are now available in the Business Productivity Area of ConceptDraw Solution Park. The seven management and planning tools allow for the visualization of any process. Solution Park is an online collection of visual solutions designed to provide productivity increasing solutions for all ConceptDraw products. The tools that have been added to the ConceptDraw Solution Park are:

° Affinity Diagram, which allows one to organize data into groupings based on natural relationships;

° Relations Diagram, which displays all interrelated cause-and-effect relationships and factors; describes desired outcomes;

° Prioritization Matrix, which prioritizes items based on weighted criteria;

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Apr 06
MoneyWorks 6 delivers over 100 new features

Cognito Software has released MoneyWorks 6, an update of the cross-platform accounting software. The new version delivers over 100 new features and more.

MoneyWorks 6 was designed to meet the accounting, workflow and information requirements of small-medium business. MoneyWorks 6 is available in four versions to suit various sized businesses -- MoneyWorks Datacentre, Gold, Express and Cashbook. Contact Cognito Software (http://www.cognito.co.nz/) for pricing options.

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Apr 06
MacScan updated to version 2.8

SecureMac has announced MacScan 2.8, the latest version of its anti-spyware privacy and security software for Mac OS X.  This new version of MacScan enhances protection against the latest threats for Mac OS X, adding usability enhancements and bug fixes.

MacScan 2.8 has been updated to offer compatibility with Firefox 4 for removal of blacklisted tracking cookies, as well as web files such as browsing and download history to ensure better internet privacy and security. Additionally, the updaet contains an improved user interface plus the latest spyware definitions and tracking cookie blacklist. 

MacScan retails for US$29.99 and can be purchased using Paypal or credit card, either through the built-in registration system, or via the MacScan webstore (http://macscan.securemac.com). Upgrades from previous versions of MacScan 2 are free, and can be obtained by either selecting "Check for...

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Apr 06
Little Bookmark Box for Mac OS X adds Spotlight integration

PointWorks (http://www.pointworks.de/) has announced Little Bookmark Box 1.5, an innovative bookmarking tool for Mac OS X. The update adds Spotlight integration (bookmarks can now be searched using Spotlight), colored labels for bookmarks, resizable window width and German localization.

Little Bookmark Box is designed to work unobtrusively alongside your browser. Bookmarks can be automatically grouped in smart boxes by creating rules, organized in manually created boxes or just left in the Inbox. Little Bookmark Box allows personalization of bookmarks and bookmarks can be sent automatically to bookmarking services.

Little Bookmark Box requires an Intel Mac running Mac OS X 10.6 or later. It costs US$9.95 and is available on the Mac App Store as well as on the PointWorks online store. There is a demo version with limited functionality available on the PointWorks web site.

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Apr 05
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for April 5

Here are the latest iPhone/iPod touch/iPod/iPad apps. You can find 'em at the Apple App Store (http://www.itunes.com/appstore/).

Distal Industries has announced Meet-Up Mile, their marathon watching app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The US$0.99 app is designed to make it easy to watch your friends and family run marathons. Simply enter your runner's pace and where you want to watch the race. Meet-Up Mile tells you what time to be there to watch them go by. The app also predicts how long it will take for the runner to complete the race and the time of day the runner will cross the finish line.

Kerubin has released Paint Easter Egg for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The $0.99 app is designed to be simple to use, but is designed to give the users the best possible plateau for artistic expression on a smooth 3D egg surface. Real egg artwork can be easily created and also shared...

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Apr 05
Woz: an iPad-like device has been Jobs' goal all along

Apple co-founder Steve ("Woz") Wozniak is rooting for the iPad, which he says has been a mission for Steve Jobs' since day one, reports "The Huffington Post" (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/05/apple-cofounder-steve-wozniak-t...)
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Speaking to a gathering of engineers at Storage Networking World in Santa Clara, California, Woz told his audience that tablets were intended for "the normal people in the world." He said the iPad had been Steve Jobs's ultimate goal since Apple was founded in 1976.

"But it was just hard to get there, because we had to go through a lot of steps where you connected to things, and (eventually) computers grew up to where they could do ... normal consumer appliance things," Woz said.

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Apr 05
Analyst expects iTunes-related cloud strategy soon

Apple is expected to release its own iTunes-related cloud strategy soon likely integrating its MobileMe services and taking advantage of its investments in its North Carolina data center, Ben Reitzes, an analyst at Barclays Capital, told clients in a note -- as reported by "International Business Times" (http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/130749/20110405/apple-inc-itunes-mobilem...).

Last week, Amazon announced its Amazon Cloud Drive, Amazon Cloud Player for Web and Amazon Cloud Player for Android with the ability to store music, photos, videos and documents in the cloud and access them on many devices.

"We believe the launch of Apple’s service is much more...

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Apr 05
Analyst: iPad to take 70% of tablet market

Computer sales continue to grow, but at a slower pace than expected, Deutsche Bank analyst Chris Whitmore writes in a note to investors -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).

He's reduced his computer unit growth, excluding tablet sales, for 2011 to a 4% year-over-year increase, compared to his previous prediction of 9%. Though computer sales saw a significant reduction in estimates, Whitmore boosted his 2011 tablet sales forecast to 45 million, up from 40 million. And he thinks 35 million of those tablets will be iPads.

"In aggregate, we believe iPad will remain dominant with 70% market share," says Whitmore. "Our tablet unit estimate remains below Consensus due to our concerns that non-iPad tablets will underwhelm."

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Apr 05
AT&T iPhoners more likely to report dropped calls than those...

Owners of Apple's iPhone 4 on the AT&T network are more than twice as likely to report dropped calls than Verizon customers, according to a new survey by the ChangeWave research group (http://www.changewave.com).

A new ChangeWave survey of 4,068 consumers has taken a close up look at key comparisons between Verizon iPhone 4 owners and AT&T iPhone 4 owners – including customer satisfaction and dropped call rates.

The ChangeWave survey, completed March 28, was conducted several weeks after Verizon began offering the iPhone 4. Among other things, the results provide insight into how owners believe the AT&T and Verizon iPhones stack up against each other in a couple of key areas.

In terms of overall satisfaction the two iPhones are virtually indistinguishable. A look at the Very Satisfied ratings for each shows 82% of Verizon iPhone 4 customers saying they're Very Satisfied...

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Apr 05
Nasdaq OMX rebalances, reduces 'big weighting' of...

Nasdaq OMX has announced a rare rebalancing of its Nasdaq-100 index, which will reduce the "big weighting" of Apple, reports the "Wall Street Journal" (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405274870458700457624323156649384...). The company currently makes up more than 20% of the index.

Apple’s stock value accounts for just over 20% of the index, but after the restructuring it will account for slightly over 12%. Still, at 12.3% Apple will still be the largest single component on the index.

The rebalancing was driven in part by "the seemingly unstoppable rise in Apple shares, which are up more than fourfold in the past two years," says the "WSJ."

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Apr 05
VirnetX expands lawsuit against Apple, others

VirnetX Holding Corp. has expanded the scope of its patent litigation case against Apple and other companies by filing its first amended complaint, reports "Seeking Alpha" (http://seekingalpha.com/article/251243-virnetx-expands-scope-of-patent-case).

In the original complaint, VirnetX accused Apple of infringing on its ‘135 and ‘151 patents. The new amended filing now suggests that Apple’s products also infringe on several claims of yet another patent known as the ‘504 patent, titled “Agile Network Protocol for Secure Communications Using Secure Domain Names." The invention covers a system for providing a domain name service for establishing a secure communication link, says "Seeking Alpha."

VirnetX Holding Corp. sued Apple, Aastra, Cisco and NEC for patent infringement. The lawsuit was filed in...

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Apr 05
Apple wins patent related to Cover Flow, Time Machine

Apple has won its appeal in a patent lawsuit related to its Cover Flow and Time Machine technologies, reports "The Mac Observer" (http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/article/court_overturns_cover_flow_patent...).

The new ruling doesn’t invalidate the Mirror Worlds patents. Instead, it only stated that Apple didn’t infringe on the company’s patents, saving the company from a US$625.5 million judgement, says "The Mac Observer."

In 2008 Mirror Worlds Technologies, a Texas based company, accused Apple of violating four distinct but related patents that touch on creating "streams" of documents that are automatically sorted according to time stamps, including future dates assigned to calendars and other reminders. The company said that just about all of Apple's product...

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