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Nov 30
Apple's 'data center guru' dies from heart attack

According to "9to5Mac" (http://www.9to5mac.com/38912/apples-top-data-center-executive-olivier-sa...), Oliver Sanche (center), the man in charge of all things related to data centers for Apple, passed away last Thursday from a heart attack.

Sanche was heading Apple’s soon-launching North Carolina data center, the article adds. He joined Apple from eBay in late 2009 where he used to lead data center projects as well.

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Nov 30
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Nov. 30

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/).

Deep Prose Software has announced FastTalker 1.0 for the iPhone and iPad. The US$1.99 app is for making quick audio notes on-the-go without having to look at the screen or tap a lot of buttons. It is designed to capture quick audio recordings of 5, 10, 15, or 20 seconds at a time. FastTalker starts and ends recording automatically; just start the app and record your thoughts.

Hot Chili Apps is expanding their Christmas Card Edition. Christmas C@rds HD 1.0 are e-cards. The $3.99 app allows anyone to design on the iPad in HD quality and in a complete new look, with a choice of various graphic elements for designing his/her own Christmas card to his individual taste. It has 36 C@rd templates that can be decorated on the iPad with personal photos or...

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Nov 30
OWC Expands Mercury Rack Pro Rackmount RAID Line

Other World Computing (http://www.macsales.com) has expanded the storage capacity of its OWC Mercury Rack Pro rackmount storage solutions to 12TB.

It touts four hard drive bays each capable of holding up to 3TB each in a 1U rackmount design. The Mercury Rack Pro is available in two RAID and interface models: the “Quad Interface” model with FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 2, and eSATA ports and Hardware RAID 0/1/5/10/Span modes; and the eSATA port multiplier RAID ready model.

The Mercury Rack Pro is immediately available in 17 pre-configured solutions, from 2TB to 12TB with manufacturer's retail pricing starting at US$529.99. The Mercury Rack Pro is compatible with Mac OS X 10.2 and higher, and Windows Windows XP and later operating systems and comes complete with all interface connecting cables, a $200 retail value disk utility software bundle, and up to a five-year solution warranty.

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Nov 30
TRTL Bot unveils eco-functional iPhone 4 case

TRTL Bot (http://www.trtlbot.com) has announced the Minimalist 4, an "eco-functional" case for the iPhone 4 that is only being offered during the holiday season. It combines the protection of a case and the capability of a money holder, allowing you to carry up to three ID/credit cards with your phone.

Designed and manufactured in the Los Angeles area using recycled plastic, the white Minimalist 4 is similar to its predecessor, the Minimalist 4 and TRTL Stand 4, containing at least one plastic water bottle per case. TRTL Bot blends minimalistic design with simple practicality, both represented in the white color of the case, says President Peter Gloria.

Both the white and black Minimalist 4 and the TRTL Stand 4 are currently available for US$34.99 at the TRTL Bot web site.  For iPhone 3G/3GS users, a Minimalist 3G/3GS is also available in black or white for $24.99.

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Nov 30
AG Findings releases new iPhone 4 case

AG Findings has announced the Vent Shell for the iPhone 4. It's available in a variety of vibrant colors and is engineered with polycarbonate to keep your phone guarded from everyday dings.

The Vent is a one-piece shell, which snaps onto your mobile device and leaves the charging port, camera and controls fully accessible. The Vent Shell is available at AT&T retail stores for US$29.99 in a two-pack that includes red and black, both with a soft-touch coating.  An additional two-pack (clear and purple) is available at http://www.att.com/wirelessaccessories . Other combinations and colors are available at http://www.agfindings.com .

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Nov 30
Griffin Technology releases LightBoard case/app combo

Griffin Technology (http://www.griffintechnology.com) has released LightBoard, an interactive children's experience for the iPad. The combination case and app creates a kid-safe arts activity center while simultaneously protecting the Apple tablet, says Mark McGlon, creative director at Griffin.

The LightBoard is an US$39.99 protective case and art table in one. Your iPad is surrounded in a shatter-resistant polycarbonate shell with openings for the speakers and headphone jack. A built-in polycarbonate screen shield protects the Multi-Touch display against scratches and impacts. A clipboard frame holds a piece of drawing paper firmly in place.

The LightBoard case is custom-built to work with the included LightBoard Trace app, a free download from the Apple App Store. With the app, your iPad serves up more than 35 different coloring activities and figures for your child. Slide a...

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Nov 30
Star Shipping game comes to the Mac, iOS devices

Corbomite Games has released Star Shipping (http://starshipping.corbomitegames.com/), a new commerce strategy game, for the Mac, Windows, iPad and iPhone/iPod touch.

Here's how the game is described: "The goal of Star Shipping is to become the richest captain in the galaxy by trading commodities between new and exciting planets, while working for the intergalactic space trading company 'Star Shipping Inc.' Since space is unpredictable while traveling to different planets, you’ll encounter multiple types of enemies like space pirates, monsters and other alien lifeforms. You can choose between flying solo or protecting your cargo by hiring defense drones. In-game news at the end of each turn dramatically affects the next turn’s outcome as well as random events that occur during travel will make players think twice before taking chances and increases the fun as the game...

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Nov 30
Study: use of tablets such as the iPad to grow in the workforce

The Gartner research group (http://www.gartner.com) says that by 2013, 80% of businesses will support a workforce using tablets. The Apple iPad is the first of what promises to be a huge wave of media tablets focused largely on content consumption, and to some extent communications, rather than content creation, with fewer features and less processing power than traditional computers and notebooks or pen-centric tablet computers.



"Support requirements for media tablets will vary across and within enterprises depending on usage scenario," says Gartner. " At minimum, in cases where employees are bringing their own devices for convenience, enterprises will have to offer appliance-level support with a limited level of network connectivity (which will likely include access to enterprise mail and calendaring) and help desk support for connectivity issues."

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Nov 30
New version of Flock browser is Mac compatible

Flock, creator of a social web browser, has announced the availability of a Chromium 7-based version of its new Flock browser on both the Macintosh and Windows platforms.

Shawn Hardin, president and CEO of Flock, says his company offers the only browser that lets the user:

° See all of their social content in one place by simply glancing at the Flock Sidebar, including tweets, Facebook and LinkedIn status updates, RSS feeds, and YouTube and Flickr content.

° Choose to see everyone in the Sidebar and get their updates fast.

° Share content and updates across Facebook, LinkedIn and multiple Twitter accounts with two clicks.

° Group friends in multiple ways while still having their social media updates visible in the scrolling Sidebar. They can also combine or group their friends according to work, play, school, clubs, interests -- any way they choose.

Flock for the Mac supports Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6 and will be available on Dec. 1 for...

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Nov 30
Apple among world's most admired knowledge enterprises

Teleos (http://www.knowledgebusiness.com) -- an independent knowledge management and intellectual capital research firm -- has announced the winners of the 13th annual Global Most Admired Knowledge Enterprises (MAKE) study. For the first time, Google has been named the overall Global MAKE Winner, but Apple is also on the list.

"These organizations have been recognized as global leaders in effectively transforming enterprise knowledge into wealth-creating ideas, products and solutions," says Apple among world's most admired knowledge enterprises. "Even during this period of global economic uncertainty, they are building portfolios of intellectual capital and intangible assets which will enable them to out-perform their competitors now and in the future."

A panel of Global Fortune 500 senior executives and internationally-recognized knowledge management/intellectual capital experts...

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Nov 30
Telio bundles Teliophone service with the iPad

Telio (http://www.telio.ch/no/) -- a Norwegian telecommunications company that provides VoIP telephony services in Norway, Denmark and the Netherlands --is offering its Teliophone service bundled with the iPad

“Teliophone enables our customers to achieve substantial savings for a number of their calling scenarios and especially when traveling outside Norway," says Eirik Lunde, CEO of Telio Holding ASA. "For many customers this will be a possibility to substantially reduce the very high roaming costs. This is a new method of distributing Telio’s access independent telephony services."

The bundle will be launched at the price of NOK 2,995 with a Telio Mini subscription of NOK 159 per month. Through Teliophone it is possible to call any number on the traditional fixed and mobile networks all over the world at prices from 0,- per minute.

Lunde says Teliophone on iPad enables you to use iPad as...

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Nov 30
Audio-Technica announces under-$100, noise-canceling headphones

Audio-Technica (http://www.audio-technica.com/cms/site/c35da94027e94819/index.html) now offers two noise-cancelling headphones under US$100 -- the QuietPoint ATH-ANC27 over-ear and ATH-ANC25 on-ear models. They cost $99.95 and $79.95, respectively.

Both headphones feature exclusive, highly effective QuietPoint ANC technology that detects environmental noise and applies a corresponding sound-canceling signal, according to the folks at Audio-Technica. Like all Audio-Technica QuietPoint models, the ATH-ANC27 and ATH-ANC25 are designed for use with the the iPod, iPhone and iPad, along with computers, in-flight entertainment systems or virtually any device with a headphones jack.

Both models have a detachable cord, enabling their use as cordless noise-canceling headphones. They work even when their noise-canceling...

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Nov 30
SanDisk, Nikon, Sony Propose Industry Standards for Next-Gen...

SanDisk, Nikon and Sony have announced the joint development of a set of specifications that addresses the future requirements of professional photography and video markets. The three companies proposed the specifications to the CompactFlash Association (CFA), the international standards organization, with the intent to standardize the format.

Professional photography and High Definition (HD) video applications require a new generation of memory cards capable of processing significantly larger files, according to Kazuyuki Kazami, operating officer, vice president and general manager, development headquarters, imaging company. To address the imaging industry’s future speed and capacity demands, SanDisk, Nikon and Sony proposed a new card specification whose performance and storage capabilities surpass those of existing memory cards. Once accepted, the new format will enable "exciting new possibilities" in the professional imaging and video markets, Kazami says.

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Nov 30
SintraWorks releases CommandPDF 1.0 for Mac OS X

SintraWorks has released CommandPDF 1.0 for Mac OS X (http://sintraworks.com/index.php/sintraworks/commandpdf_home/), a PDF imposition tool designed to handle intense imposition workflows.

It consists of a graphical user interface app to design and test imposition templates, and two command line apps -- one to impose PDF documents according to a chosen imposition template, and a daemon to automate the imposition process. CommandPDF will also overlay the pages of documents on top of each other.

CommandPDF 1.0 requires Mac OS X 10.6. running on an Intel Mac. A single user license is US$199.95. A demo is available for download. Also, aAs an introductory offer SintraWorks is offering CommandPDF 1.0 at 30% off the regular price through Dec. 14.

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Nov 30
New DJ software for Mac and Windows available

MacDJMixer Studio (http://www.macdjmixer.com) has released a "simple" version of its DJ Software, DJ Mixer Express. The US$29.95 app turns your computer into a high-end DJ system and includes a virtual mixing desk, automix function, precise beat recognition and a preview function.

DJ Mixer Express lets you automate common tasks like automatic DJ mixing, automatic BPM counter and beat mixing, or apply a high degree of control over every aspect of your mix. You can define your own sound by applying distinct effects to the song. Each of the two independent decks have functions for play/pause, pitch (speed), vinyl simulation (scratch, reverse play, brake, spin), gain, equalizer, listening only in headphones, etc.

DJ Mixer Express 2.0 runs on Mac OS X 10.3.9 or higher and Windows 7, XP and Vista. A demo is available for download.

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Nov 30
Vitamin-R update for Mac OS X adds a new chart

Publicspace.net has announced Vitamin-R 1.37 (http://www.publicspace.net/Vitamin-R/index.html), an update of its Mac OS X compatible productivity tool for creative professionals. The new version adds a new chart showing the evolution of your ability to concentrate over the course of the work week.

Vitamin-R is a collection of tools and techniques for managing attention and maintaining motivation. According to the folks at publicspace.net, it complements the task capturing and organizing features of modern to-do list managers by forcing you to concentrate fully on one task a time and keeping distractions at bay. It breaks down large, vaguely defined tasks into a series of short "time slices" of between 10 and 30 minutes, each with specific and actionable objectives.

Vitamin-R provides you with the "Now & Later Board," complete with FastType magic,...

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Nov 30
Jumsoft updates iWork, iWeb templates

Jumsoft (http://www.jumsoft.com) has updated its design templates for Apple's iWork apps. The new Pages Templates 6.0 consists of 50 new templates, along with 50 designs.

The current 100-template kit provides a range of documents, from brochures and photo albums to posters and invitations. Some templates include up to 12 different sections. The set offers a collection of 280 layouts.

The new template pack includes the template types that were introduced in the earlier versions (including Brochure, Business Cards, Flyer, and Recipe) as well as an entire line of new templates: Business Plan, Calendar, Evaluation, Family Tree, Gift Certificate, Gift Label, ID Badge, Quiz, Sticker, and Wine Label. All 100 templates included are available in both paper size A4 and U.S. Letter.

Pages Templates 6.0 requires Apple iWork '08 or later. It costs US$39 for new customers. Pages Templates 6.0 is being...

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Nov 30
iWebTemplate adds 10 new iWeb themes

iWebTemplate (http://www.iwebtemplate.com), in collaboration with iPresentee, has added 10 new iWeb themes to be used with iWeb, Apple's web site building application.

The following themes have been added: Jeans Style, International, Ink Theme, Green Company, Flight Theme, Fashion, Experts, Entertainment Theme, Elegance Theme and Easel Theme. The new iWeb themes can be customized. One hundred and forty iWeb templates are now available.

The new iWeb themes can be customized. Each theme offers eight templates and include the following templates: Welcome, About Me, Photos, My Albums, Movie, Blog, Podcast, and Blank. iWebTemplate has undergone numerous updates and improvements over the past couple of months.

iWebTemplate's aim is to give you more and more options to show your creativity for building web sites with iWeb. The new iWeb themes can be customized and includes an installer to...

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Nov 30
iHub Basic gets new graphical user interface, more

Nova media (http://www.novamedia.de) has updated iHub Basic for Mac OS X to version 2.03, a free upgrade for registered users. The US$29.95 software syncs contacts and calendars automatically and wirelessly between Macs, iPhones, iPads and iPod touches in any local network.

Version 2.0 has been rewritten from scratch, features a new graphical user interface and adds the ability to automatically configure the server as well as any client Macs, iPhones, iPads and iPod touch.

The software installs on a Mac and shares selected calendars, contacts and address book groups. Other Macs and iOS devices on the same network can access and edit any shared data. iHub Basic doesn't require any additional client software as it uses the open standards CalDAV and CardDAV which are supported by default by Mac OS X and iOS.

"Thanks to iHub Basic, there is no need to store sensitive on any far-away cloud...

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Nov 29
Analyst: Apple retail stores packed on Black Friday

Ticonderoga analyst Brian White says in a note to clients -- as reported by "Barron's (http://blogs.barrons.com/techtraderdaily/2010/11/29/apple-stores-jammed-...) -- that Apple retail stores in his neighborhood were crowded “well past the the Black Friday sale and into Sunday evening.”

He thinks the buzz was strongest for the iPad discount (US$41 off), and that that product probably outperformed others on Friday. Consumers appear intrigued by the MacBook Air and that unit probably also did very well, White said.

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Nov 29
Kubato Image Tools announces Lensbaby image enhancing tools

Kubota Image Tools -- a provider of photographer-empowering creative imaging tools, workflow-saving solutions and educational offerings for photographers -- says it has created the new Kubota Creative Tools -- The Lensbaby Pak, specially designed to enhance the artistic effects created with  Lensbaby optics.

Kevin Kubota, founder of Kubota PhotoDesign and the Idea Guy behind Kubota Image Tools, created the set of Photoshop image enhancing tools as part of the Lensbaby Kubota Contest.  Winners of the contest, selected by Kubota, were announced previously. The Lensbaby Pak includes 15 brand new Photoshop image enhancement tools Kubota devised to enhance images captured with each of the unique six Lensbaby Optics.
 
The Kubota Lensbaby image enhancement tools are currently available for instant download for US$39 at...

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Nov 29
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Nov. 29

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/).

All Caps Apps has announced Christmas ELF 1.0, their new electric light finder for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. With the free app, you can let the Christmas ELF guide you on a tour of all the festive holiday lights. Along the journey, vote for your favorites and tag others that you find on your own. Christmas ELF uses GPS to pinpoint the user's current location.

CodeArtists has announced iMagicSanta 1.0, their first title for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. The US$0.99 app lets you collect wishes from your loved ones on your iDevice. All the wishes will be delivered directly to your email inbox.

Viaden Mobile has introduced Christmas Shopping: Save your Money 1.0, a $0.99 "bargain-seeking and penny-saving tool" for iPhone and...

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Nov 29
IDC: Android will be Europe's top smartphone platform in...

Google's Android software will be Europe’s top smartphone platform next year, according to researcher IDC.

Android phones accounted for 23% of western Europe shipments in the third quarter, behind Nokia Oyj’s Symbian and Apple's iPhone platforms, IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo said in an interview -- as reported by "Bloomberg" (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-11-29/android-phones-set-to-pass-noki...). Android is set to pass Symbian and iPhone in the region, he said, adding that it is already second to Symbian worldwide.

Nine-month sales of Android devices in Western Europe were led by HTC Corp. with 39% of shipments, followed by Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB with 27% and Samsung Electronics Co. with 14%, Jeronimo said....

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Nov 29
Gartner: iPad to cut into global computer sales

The Gartner research group (http://www.gartner.com) has cut its global forecast for personal computer shipments forecast for 2010 and 2011 as consumers keep a tight rein on spending and interest grows in tablet devices such as the iPad.

Tablet devices are expected to displace 10% of computer shipments by 2014, according to Gartner. The impact of tablets is already evident this year, when computer shipments are projected to total 352.4 million units, up 14.3% from last year, says the research group.

The Sellers Research Group (that's me) thinks they're right EXCEPT that the Mac will be immune from this trend. In fact, I predict Mac sales with continue to grow due to the "halo effect" from the iPad and iPhone.

-- Dennis Sellers

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Nov 29
LinkOptimizer for InDesign updated to version 4.4.10

Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has released LinkOptimizer 4.4.10, an update of its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign. It's a maintenance update that improves recognition of certain attributes in InDesign links and enhances user interface.

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

LinkOptimizer Light 4.4.10 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 4.4.10 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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