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Oct 27
27-inch Cinema Display touch screens announced

Troll Touch (http://www.trolltouch.com), a manufacturer of custom touchscreen solutions for Apple computers and displays has announced two new additions to its Mac product offering. The first is an internally integrated, high resolution, analog resistive touchscreen overlay and controller system that replaces the sheet glass that is installed on the display when purchased from Apple.

The second product announced is a user-installed 27-inch removable touchscreen system that incorporates the same analog resistive technology and high resolution controller as the Troll Touch factory integrated, internal product. The SlipCover external system can be installed or removed by the user in minutes.

Both products are shipped with driver and calibration software. The systems are both Mac and Windows compatible. Delivery of the 27-inch systems is slated to begin on or before Dec. 1. Pricing is: US$2,499...

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Oct 27
ShotPut Pro Enterprise Edition released for the Mac

Imagine Products (http://www.imagineproducts.com) has released a new multi-version user of its ShotPut Pro application for Mac OS X. ShotPut Pro?--Enterprise Edition is designed for sites with many users and computers and is built for rapid, remote deployment via disk imaging.

This version of ShotPut Pro? for Mac requires individual computers to access your internal "server" once during initialization of the application. After cloning the master disk with the unactivated software on it, or installing ShotPut Pro? individually, simply launch the software once on the target computer to auto-activate from the Enterprise Software Manager.

The Imagine Enterprise Software Manager controls all serial numbers and allowed number of copies. It runs on your server or active computer on your network when activating ShotPut Pro? on individual Macs.

Available for Macintosh or Windows,...

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Oct 27
SecureMac says trojan horse that affects Mac OS X is 'in...

SecureMac says it has discovered a new trojan horse in the wild that affects Mac OS X, including Snow Leopard. The trojan horse, trojan.osx.boonana.a, is spreading through social networking sites, including Facebook, disguised as a video.

The trojan is currently appearing as a link in messages on social networking sites with the subject "Is this you in this video?" According to the folks at SecureMac, when a user clicks the infected link, the trojan initially runs as a Java applet, which downloads other files to the computer, including an installer, which launches automatically.

When run, the installer modifies system files to bypass the need for passwords, allowing outside access to all files on the system. Additionally, the trojan sets itself to run invisibly in the background at startup, and periodically checks in with command and control servers to report information on the infected system. While running, the trojan horse hijacks user accounts to spread itself...

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Oct 27
Disk Drill 1.0.55 released by CleverFiles

CleverFiles (http://www.cleverfiles.com) has updated their new data recovery software for Mac OS, Disk Drill. The new release (version 1.0.55) features fixes that help you recover your data faster, more effectively, with much better results, according to J. Press of CleverFiles.

Specifically, these changes were applied to Recovery Vault, the brand-new technology developed by CleverFiles to improve data recovery from HFS/HFS+ Mac file systems. Now Disk Drill has better understanding with Mac´s feature to empty trash securely. Also, version 1.0.55 correctly detects USB media and boasts many other graphical user interface and low-core updates.

Disk Drill is compatible with any PowerPC or Intel Mac running Mac OS X 10.5 or newer and is 64-bit ready. Currently it's in beta testing and is being offered for free. Just remember: beta software is unfinished software, so use with care.

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Oct 27
iPad, tablets may be slightly cannibalizing notebook sales

Jon Peddie Research (http://www.jonpeddie.com), a research and consulting firm for graphics and multimedia, has announced its estimated graphics chip shipments and supplier’s market share for the third quarter of 2010 (Q3’10). Tablets such as the iPad seem to be having some effect.

Overall graphics chip shipments were an unseasonably 1% down from Q2’10 due to the 8.4% drop in notebook sales despite an 8.4% growth in desktop sales reflecting the increasing impact of the notebook market. The possible cause for the decline in notebook sales could be the iPad, and the related shift from netbooks.

Embedded graphics processors from Intel showed strong growth, up 50% from Q2’10, while total IGPs shipments from all vendors slowed to a modest 1.4% growth quarter-to-quarter.
Overall, market shifts occurred for all vendors even though the quarter-to-quarter total shipments were basically flat.

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Oct 27
Adorama announces iBoard keyboard for iOS devices

Adorama (http://www.adorama.com) has announced the Flashipoint iBoard wireless Bluetooth keyboard for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, as well as Macs. The US$69.99 keyboard is purportedly manufactured to the same specs as the original Apple wireless Bluetooth Keyboard but with an additional feature.

In addition to normal keyboard functions, this app-controlled mobile keyboard also provides shortcuts that allow users to open apps and web sites. The iBoard Keyboard kit includes:

° The keyboard with App shortcuts such as “Mail” printed on the keys to provide users with a quick response to certain apps and web sites. The keyboard’s “A” Hot key is pre-programmed to take users to the iPad and iPhone accessories page at: http://www.adorama.com/ipadkeyboard . Also included is a full coverage transparent skin with...

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Oct 27
InnoPocket rolls out Transformer iPad case

InnoPocket (http://www.innopocket.com) has launched the Transformer case for the iPad.The US$34.99 case has a 3-in-1 utility design.

Transformer's patented swivel hinge design allows you to rotate the lid for optimum table top viewing but still securely grip the device when carrying or holding the device. It serves as a shield for protecting, a stand for viewing, and a stage for typing.

The Transformer is a contemporary transparent book style case constructed from crystal clear polycarbonate with non-slip rubber grips on the swivel hinge. You can transform your case into a work station by folding the lid back for a low level typing solution.

The Transformer provides full protection for the iPad’s glass display and aluminum body wrapped in polycarbonate. It offers access to the dock connector, volume control, power switch and speaker.

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Oct 27
Apple execs exercise stock options

Several senior Apple -- including Betsy Rafael (controller), Jeffrey Williams (operations senior VP) and Bertrand Serlet (software engineering senior VP) -- took advantage of the company's recent record share prices to exercise some of the stock options they've been sitting on, reports "Fortune" (http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/10/26/bob-mansfields-10-million-payday/...).

But none saw quite the windfall that Bob Mansfield enjoyed last Thursday, the article adds. According to an SEC Form 4 filed Tuesday, Mansfield sold 40,000 shares on Oct. 21 with a strike price of $36.54 for $308 apiece -- clearing $10.844 million in the deal.

"Mansfield's market timing was pretty good, but not as good as Serlet's, who sold 5,000 shares on Oct. 18 for $318.50 each, within $0.50 of Apple's all-time...

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Oct 27
Analyst: Apple, Netflix a good match

Here's more fodder for the "what companies should Apple buy?" discussion. Gleacher & Co. analyst Brian Marshall, on CNBC’s “Fast Money,” said Apple should buy Netflix.

“I do think that that transaction could make sense,” said Marshall -- as noted by "Barron's" (http://blogs.barrons.com/techtraderdaily/2010/10/26/netflix-apple-makes-...). "You know, Apple wants to be the first company to seemlessly integrate the home office and the living room. What’s limiting them now is basically...

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Oct 26
Apple launches online store in China

Apple has introduced the Apple Store in China (apple.com.cn), which features free shipping, free personalized engraving on any iPod or iPad, and the ability to custom configure any Mac with just a few clicks.

“We are thrilled to open our newest online store in China,” says Apple Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook. “With personalized engraving, configure-to-order options and free shipping on everything, the Apple Store is a great destination for our customers in China.”

Just in time for the holiday shopping season, signature gift wrap is available with the purchase of most Apple products including iPod, iPad and iPhone. The online Apple Store also lets eligible students and faculty members take advantage of special education pricing on Apple products. Also starting today, customers in China can access the Apple App Store in Simplified Chinese.

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Oct 26
Apple drops in Greenpeace rankings

In the latest Greenpeace Greener Electronics rankings (http://www.greenpeace.org), Apple takes a big drop (from fifth to ninth place) "not because it has lost any points but because several other companies have overtaken it."Here's what Greenpeace has to say about Apple:

"Apple drops to 9th place from 5th, with the same score of 4.9. Apple does best on the toxic chemicals criteria, where it scores most of its points. All Apple products are now free of PVC vinyl plastic and brominated flame retardants (BFRs), with the exception of PVC-free power cords in countries where their safety certification process is still ongoing.

"For this Apple continues to score full marks (doubled). Apple scores points for its chemicals policy informed by the precautionary principle and for lobbying the EU institutions for a ban on PVC, chlorinated flame retardants and BFRs during the current revision of the EU’s...

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Oct 26
Apple Pro Training part of Government Video Expo

NewBay Media, a publisher of digital content creation media, hsa announced details of its conference program for Government Video Expo (http://www.gvexpo.com), coming to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC, Nov. 30 through Dec. 2.

Featuring three distinct conference programs covering a broad range of topics, Government Video Expo is expected to attract thousands of video and A/V professionals for three full days of education, training, exhibitions, film screenings and networking events. At the heart of Government Video Expo’s educational program is the Digital Media DC Conference, produced by Future Media Concepts, which features three full days of sessions in five parallel tracks, and includes over 50 presentations focusing on the latest techniques and practices for editors, motion graphics designers, new media professionals and video producers.

Tracks include: Final Cut...

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Oct 26
Apple wants more business, government clients

Apple has enlisted Unisys to help it help it sell more to businesses and U.S. government agencies, expanding beyond a customer base made mostly of consumers, reports Bloomberg.

Unisys will provide maintenance and other services to companies and government agencies that purchase Apple devices, Gene Zapfel, a managing partner at Unisys, said in an interview. One of the first of its kind for Apple, the contract was signed this month, he told "Bloomberg," though he didn’t discuss terms of the deal.

Apple has tended to cater mostly to consumers, though it’s adding corporate customers in part because of widening interest in other products, such as its mobile phones, Brian Marshall, an analyst at Gleacher & Co., told "Bloomberg."

“Apple will get adoption of more Mac clients in the enterprise because of the iPhone,” Marshall added, citing the way users of the iPad helped attract customers to Macs.

Unisys (...

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Oct 26
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Oct. 25

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/).

Vertigo Software has announced Virus Strike 1.0, an app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. It's an action puzzle game that combines elements of Tetris with Bejeweled and Flight Control. The concept is simple: draw a sloping line and the viruses will roll down the line. Tilt the screen and the viruses will roll down the slopes faster. It unites classic puzzle and physics-based problem solving and more. For a limited time only, Virus Strike 1.0 is free.

Actor Genie Audition 1.0 has been released today for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users. The free app is a Hollywood casting resource, which offers the latest news in casting calls and tips/advice from veterans in the TV and film world.

Sulaba has introduced Journal Diary Pro 1.0 for the...

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Oct 26
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Oct. 26

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/).

Apple has updated its its Apple Store app for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. The new version enhances the reservation process and adds the ability to engrave and gift wrap some products. Apple Store 1.1 allows you to check-in for Genius Bar appointments and reservation pickups.

AppMobi has announced its free AppLab interactive eBook app. It's intended for people who are interested in creating mobile web sites or native smartphone apps, and want to learn how to leverage the powerful new capabilities of HTML5.

Conduit, powering apps for its network of over 250,000 web publishers and their 170 million users, and Justin.tv, a live video community on the web, has launched Justin.tv Browser App, which lets users view streaming video on the...

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Oct 26
OWC offers do-it-yourself 1TB HDD kit for laptops

Other World Computing (http://www.macsales.com) has announced the OWC DIY Hard Drive Kit, a way to upgrade your laptop hard drive at home, school, or office to a faster (to 7200RPM), larger (to 1TB) hard drive or high performance SSD. The kit includes:

° A new hard drive up to 2.5 inches and 1TB hard drive, 5400 or 7200 RPM or SSD;

° An OWC External Enclosure to re-use the old drive;

° A five-piece toolkit with the tools to complete the DIY project;

° Cables for transferring data from the old drive to new drive.

A how-to guide and installation videos can be found at http://www.macsales.com/installvideos . There are 60 configurations with pricing starting at US$57.99.

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Oct 26
Mapdiva releases free Ortelius Military Map Symbols for Mac OS

Mapdiva, makers of Ortelius map design software, has announced the availability of its free download of military map symbols for graphic designers and mapmakers to create custom maps for web sites, magazines, books, and brochures.

The NATO Equipment Map Symbol Collection is comprised of 93 different scaleable vector graphics, including silhouette icons of artillery, explosive devices, helicopters, equipment, personal weapons. soldiers, tanks and vehicles. It has NATO equipment, as well as some non-NATO items. This symbol collection is designed for military history mapping projects and wargaming maps.

The NATO Equipment Map Symbol Collection for Ortelius map illustration software is created with MilPics pictorial fonts series developed by Tom Mouat (copyright 1988) MapSymbs and distributed with permission. A registered True Type Fonts version is available from Wargame Downloads.

Symbols are customizable thanks to Ortelius' Style Inspector and integrated Mac OS X...

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Oct 26
The Mac doing very well in Europe

Pascal Cagni, Apple vice president and general manager for Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa, did in an interview with Katie Allen of "The Guardian." Speaking after Apple’s earnings report for the fourth fiscal quarter, Cagni was optimistic on the Mac in Europe.

Questioned on Apple’s success in Europe during the recession, Cagni responded that the Mac is “typically above 20-25% market share in each of the countries.” That’s about twice the market share in the U.S., and you have to wonder how the numbers add up to worldwide figures that put the Mac under 5%, says "The New York Times" (http://www.nytimes.com/external/gigaom/2010/10/26/26gigaom-apple-europe-...).

At Monday’s...

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Oct 26
Rumor: Apple to buy Sony (nope, won't happen)

Shares of Sony rose nearly 3% on Tuesday as traders cited various media reports speculating that the Japanese electronics maker could be a potential acquisition target of Apple to help it jump into the gaming industry.

Apple currently has US$50 billion in cash reserves and has a market capitalization of $282 billion while Sony has a market cap of $34 billion. Financially Sony is within Apple's reach.

But what good reasons are there for Apple to want to buy Sony? Between the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Apple App Store, the Mac and the upcoming Mac App Store, Jobs & Company have all the pieces they need to make a serious play for the gaming market should they so desire. The Sellers Research firm is 99.99% certain that Apple isn't planning on buying Sony (or any other major company at this time).

-- Dennis Sellers

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Oct 26
ABI Research: 19% of all phones shipped in 2Q were smartphones

According to ABI Research (http://www.abiresearch.com), smartphones made up 19% of all handsets shipped in the second quarter. That represents a 12% increase over the first quarter, and a 50% jump compared to the same quarter in 2009.

Senior analyst Michael Morgan says that these remarkable growth rates are being driven by falling (often heavily subsidized) handset prices. Cost is no longer much of an obstacle.

“One of the key remaining barriers to smartphone adoption in subsidized markets is now the cost of the data plan rather than the cost of the handset," he says.

Ten percent would normally be considered very good quarter-over-quarter growth, Morgan notes, but in the smartphone segment that would now be considered lackluster. The battle for supremacy is now escalating at a feverish pitch.

“The market is exploding, but there are so many players and so many operating systems...

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Oct 26
Western Digital releases WD TV Lib Hub

Western Digital (http://www.westerndigital.com) has introduced the WD TV Live Hub media center, a Full-HD 1080p media player with a 1TB built-in network hard drive that gives users the freedom to play all their personal media on any screen in the home.

The WD TV Live Hub media center brings new experiences to the WD TV family, including instantly renting or purchasing the newest releases through the Blockbuster On Demand service, the same day as DVD/Blu-ray release, as well as interacting with personal Facebook communities. In the U.S., the WD TV Live Hub media center is initially available exclusively at Best Buy online and at all 1,093 Best Buy stores nationwide.

The WD TV Live Hub media center plays a variety of media file types, including Full-HD 1080p video formats such as .mkv, .mp4 and .mov. The compact hard drive enables users to centralize their digital media from multiple...

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Oct 26
Franklin 3D Game Engine for REAL Studio released

The Component Man Group has announced Franklin 3D 1.71 for REAL Studio (formerly
REALbasic), the cross-platform BASIC language development environment from REAL Software.

Franklin 3D is a professional 3D game and simulation engine available for Mac OS X and Windows. It includes over 400 methods, including support for display control, model loading and callbacks. It also includes the engine, plus a collection of example projects. According to the Component Man Group, utilizing an open source core engine, Franklin 3D lets developers use the optimal 3D rendering engine depending on the platform: OpenGL on Mac OS X or Windows, and DirectX

Franklin 3D includes a set of demo examples/projects that developers can use in their own games and simulations. Deployment is royalty free.

This is the second development platform supported by the game engine. Franklin 3D for LiveCode incorporates the same core engine and supports Runrev LiveCode, the HyperCard like cross-...

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Oct 26
Raidon releases new HDD mobile rack

Raidon (http://www.raidon.com.tw) has released a new, hot-swappable mobile rack, the iS1010, which comes in a tray-less design accommodating both 2.5-inch HDD and 3.5-inch HDD without securing with any screws.
 
The iS1010 is only the size of a standard CD-ROM and fits in any 5.25-inch bay from any computer casings. Even without the trays, the well-protected structure design of iS1010 ensures a well connection to the installed HDD and without any intervals possibly causing damage from vibration, according to the folks at Raidon.

Other than that, the aluminum casing with cooling fan provides excellent heat dissipation keeping HDD in a well functioning temperature during operation, they add. Contact Raidon for pricing.

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Oct 26
iPresentee unveils iWeb Themes holiday sale

iPresentee (http://www.ipresentee.com) has announced iWeb Themes 10 -- Holiday Bundle to be used with Apple's web site building application, iWeb. iWeb Themes 10 adds 25 holiday intro themes. T

iWeb Themes 10 includes themes for Halloween, Christmas, New Year, Valentine's Day and Easter holiday. The new release extends iWeb themes collection up to 105 themes.

iWeb Themes 10 requires Mac OS X 10.4.3 or higher and iWeb 2.0 (iLife '08) or iWeb 3.0 (iLife '09 or iLife 11). Each iWeb theme is available for US$6.99. The set of five new iWeb Themes 10 may be purchased for $25. Samples and more information about iWeb Themes 10 are available at the iPresentee web site.

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Oct 26
Speck unveils new case colors, styles for latest iPod touch

Speck has released new cases colors and styles for the fourth gen iPod touch. Among them are:

° GeoMetric, an US$29.95 flexible and slim protective case with triangular contrasting-textured facets. The texture is designed to provides a better grip with its contoured form-fit design. The GeoMetric is available in black, cyan and purple.

° Fitted, a $29.95, form-fit fabric-wrapped two-piece hard shell case that protects from scratches and scuffs and is soft-touch finished for a comfortable grip. It's available in MisKerChief Red, TastyCakes Pink, SpexyHexy Purple, TartanPlaid White, Darkest Tartan Plaid, Dalmatian Houndstooth and CookieCamo Brown.

° PixelSkin HD, a $24.95, flexible high-contrast skin case with a smooth HD pixel texture. It boasts a contoured, single-piece skinny fit and is available in black, purple and bright red.

° PixelSkin, a $24.95 rubbery matte finish case with an "extra-grippy grid texture." It's available in black, Kelly Green,...

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